The Liverpool Tribune: 2016 ".
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Friday, 30 December 2016

MANÉ VOWS TO REPEAT HIS HEROICS AGAINST GUARDIOLA AGAIN



Sadio Mané has said he will try to repeat his performance for Salzburg against then Bayern Munich when they beat Pep Guardiola's Bayern in the Bundesliga 3-0. 


"We won 3-0 and for us to play against a big team like them was a big moment," said Mane.
"I was very happy that day to help make this kind of game and help my team.
"Pep was the Bayern coach so maybe he will remember, but now it is a different type of game, in a different league and this will be a tough game.
"I just have to try to give my best and make the fans and my team-mates proud."


Saturday's encounter pits two of the Premier League's top-scoring sides against each other with Jurgen Klopp's side having registered six more goals than the visitors to Anfield.


The evening kick-off is expected to be full of goals and attacking football, with City's top scorer Sergio Aguero back from suspension.
He will be a constant threat to Liverpool's probable centre-back pairing of Klavan and Lovren who need to be at their best to nullify Man City's goal scoring threats of Aguero, Silva and possibly the returning Raheem Sterling.
 
"It will be a very good game because it is two open teams and everyone will be excited to play this game," added Mane.


"Maybe we have the best strikers, I can't say. In our mind it is not about being the best, it is about trying to score as many as we can.
"Of course it would help us make a big step if we won but not just against City, we have to try and do that in every game.


"We know we can beat every team in the league and so we are only focusing on ourselves. We don't have to think too much about City."


Lets hope for a Liverpool victory at Anfield against Man City, funny enough a draw wouldn't be a bad result as it would keep us in second place but ahead of Man City and Arsenal, but behind Chelsea if they beat Stoke City...



Tuesday, 27 December 2016

STURRIDGE STILL HAPPY AT LIVERPOOL

Liverpool's somewhat over-looked striker, Daniel Sturridge scored his first Premier League goal this Season in the 4-1 defeat of Stoke City at Anfield on Tuesday evening and afterwards was in a contrite and philosophical mood regarding his position in Jurgen Klopp's pecking order upfront.

"The most important thing is that I keep my mindset as positive as possible", he stated.
"It is a team game at the end of the day, everyone is going to be needed in the squad. I have not had any issues or problems within the camp.



"I am enjoying my football and when I get my minutes I focus myself, and if I am not in the team I stay positive and give my input when I can.
"It is nice to play and score goals."


Liverpool went 1-0 down early on against Stoke, but Sturridge was quick to stress they never had any doubts they would bounce back.
"We were very resilient. We never give up, we keep going throughout the game and we know that the hard work is going to pay off at some point," he added.
"That is the most important thing for us.
"It is important that the team keeps going and puts the pressure on."


Fair play to him for not sulking when he is not being picked for selection. He has been behind Firmino and Origi in getting selected for much of this Season, but he has taken it on the chin and now looks set for reward as Mané will soon be off to the African Cup Of Nations, Origi may also be dropped for the Man City game this Saturday.
  



Monday, 19 December 2016

LIVERPOOL SCORE LATE WINNER TO BEAT EVERTON TO GO SECOND

 Sadio Mane's 94th minute tap-in ensured Jurgen Klopp enjoyed his first visit to Everton with a 1-0 win that saw his Liverpool team move into second in the Premier League on tonight.

A game with an abundance of passion and pride failed to deliver many goalmouth incidents and seemed more likely to be remembered for the failure of referee Mike Dean to send off Everton's Ross Barkley in the second half.


The midfielder was shown only yellow for a violent stamp that struck Jordan Henderson above his ankle.


But deep in injury time, Daniel Sturridge cut inside and saw his well-aimed shot strike the foot of the right-hand post, rebounding into the six-yard area where Mane reacted first and converted the game's only goal.




That dramatic goal allowed Liverpool to move to within six points of league leaders Chelsea, with Manchester City a further point back in third. Everton, with just one win in seven, are ninth.


"It's a wonderful feeling," purred Klopp in his press conference. "Really, really good. It was a long, long stoppage time. We gave them no chances. We deserved to win."


His Everton counterpart Ronald Koeman, who was experiencing his first Merseyside derby, disagreed.


"The substitutes of Liverpool had a big impact in the final result," Koeman told the media. "We didn't keep the ball after the break so much. The team didn't deserve to lose the game."


However, Koeman conceded Barkley was fortunate to stay on the pitch. "Barkley, maybe he was lucky. Maybe it's a red," said Koeman, who in his heyday as a player was renowned for his physicality.


Without a derby win in the last six years, and with just one victory from the last 19 fixtures with Liverpool, Everton had started the game in impressive and aggressive fashion but lost their way after the interval.


After 22 minutes, Barkley - the only native Merseysider on either side - pushed the ball wide to Aaron Lennon whose cross forced Ragnar Klavan into an important interception with Romelu Lukaku poised to connect at the far post.


Then moments later, another Everton attack ended with Leighton Baines setting Barkley away for a 25-yard shot which passed within feet of the post.


Everton were unsettled at the interval by the loss of the injured midfielder James McCarthy, who made way for veteran Gareth Barry, and Liverpool finally began to make an impression on proceedings.

On 50 minutes, the visitors carved out the best chance of the game with James Milner's long pass seeing Firmino shrug off Funes Mori and advance clean through only for Stekelenburg to deny him with a brave block.



Lukaku eased the pressure, momentarily, when he headed just over while twisting, off-balance, to meet Barry's pass but it was only a brief respite as Mane exchanged passes with Firmino on 57 minutes and was denied by the combined efforts of Leighton Baines and Stekelenburg.


That incident proved costly for the Everton goalkeeper who could play on for only another seven minutes before being forced off with a leg injury, handing the gloves to substitute Joel Robles.


Barkley was fortunate only to be shown that yellow card in that 67th-minute incident, which angered Lovren and saw players briefly square up to each other - a flashpoint which also led to a booking for Everton's Seamus Coleman.


The visitors continued to enjoy the better of the closing stages with Robles making the save of the match, diving quickly to his left to keep out Firmino's volley on his line before the goal, and Coleman having to clear a Firmino shot off the line in the sixth of eight minutes added on.

 
A hard-fought but very welcome win for Liverpool who now sit in second place above Man City and Arsenal on 37 points, 6 behind runaway leaders Chelsea going into Christmas.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

MAN CITY WIN LEAVES DOOR OPEN FOR LIVERPOOL

With Man City's 2-1 victory over Arsenal at the Eithad on Sunday, Liverpool can move into outright second in the Premier League, if they beat Everton at Goodison Park on Monday night.

Chelsea are the runaway leaders going into Christmas and Conte's team are certainly the one's to catch, even at this stage of the Season.



But a Liverpool victory over Ronald Koeman's Everton would bring the gap to the top down to 6 points for Liverpool.

Its important to take advantage over other team's results and the Man City v Arsenal game was always going to prove pivotal for Jurgen Klopp's side.

A win for Arsenal would have put some pressure on the Reds to beat Everton, just to stay level on points with the Gunners, however Guardiola's win means we can leap-frog them back into outright-right second.

Thanks Raheem Sterling for the winning goal and the £49 million transfer fee.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

WHEN HENDERSON PLAYS WELL LIVERPOOL PLAY WELL

Liverpool dropped more points in the League this time against West Ham at Anfield.

Adam Lallana opened the scoring and instead of pushing on for more Liverpool sat deep and invited the visitors on to them, back passing far too often conceding a goal to a Mahrez free-kick and then a Matip & Karius mistake allowing Antonio to steal in for a 2-1 lead.

Thankfully Divok Origi's goal evened things up early in the second half but the old habit of back-passing persisted mainly by Jordan Henderson.

The Liverpool Captain has been guilty of some negative football in recent games where he passes the ball sideways and backwards instead of getting on the ball himself and driving the side forward.

For long periods of the game against West Ham he was negative and cautious in his play but when it dawned on him to finally be more positive he had a great shot that Randolph did really well to tip over for a save, he also found his team mates with better passes though his numerous wasted corners left a lot to be desired.

Play on the front foot Hendo, that's how Liverpool win games instead of drawing or losing them.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

POSSIBLE LIVERPOOL TEAM TO PLAY WEST HAM

Liverpool face West Ham at Anfield on Sunday at 4:30pm with both sides having suffered defeats in their previous games.

Liverpool lost catastrophically 4-3 to Bournemouth while the struggling Hammers got bashed 5-1 to Arsenal last weekend, so its a must-win game for both teams, especially Liverpool of course.

The Reds midfield has looked disjointed lately with Emre Can and Wijnaldum seeming to play similar roles to negative effect, expect Can to line up alongside Jordan Henderson and the returning Adam Lallana from injury.

Liverpool welcome back the imperious Joel Matip in defence which should in theory shore up the back-line.

Mané and Firmino look a bit weary at the moment but expect them to start alongside Divok Origi upfront.


Under-pressure West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is expected to pack his defence and hit Liverpool on the counter-attack, nothing new there.

Lets hope for a resounding Liverpool win as we can consolidate 3rd place after Man City's defeat at Leicester.

3-1 to Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

BEWARE THE WOUNDED ANIMAL

Liverpool face West Ham on Sunday evening at Anfield meaning a home win to a side who lost 5-1 to Arsenal and are near the bottom in 17th place in the League is a sure thing, right?

Not so Liverpool have had two shoddy performances of their own in the calamitous defeat to Bournemouth and the poor performance against Leeds in the EFL Cup the previous week, so we have no reason to be over-confident going into this one.


Liverpool look out of sorts without Coutinho in the team, he is the focal point of the team, linking the midfield and the attack to devastating effect, without him we have looked disjointed and average at times.

The pairing of Can and Wijnaldum doesn't seem to be working with neither player sure of his duties in midfield, whether dropping deep or going forward, this upsets the whole balance of the side as seen over the last two games, one will have to be dropped.

Matip was sorely missed that goes without saying, lets hope he returns against Slaven Bilic's West Ham as he will be badly needed against a team looking to restore some pride and points on Sunday and will be looking to kick-start their Premier League Season especially after the ringing endorsement of their under-fire boss by chairman David Gold, beware Andy Carroll Liverpool fan's as another tough game awaits us.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

LIVERPOOL 15-GAME UNBEATEN RUN IS OVER

Liverpool squandered a 3-1 lead to lose 4-3 at Bournemouth.
An embarrassing second half display by every single player wearing the shirt, they should be ashamed of themselves.


I was going to do a player-ratings piece, but what's the point?

Everyone in that team would be lucky to get a 5/5 more like a 4/5.

The loss of Joel Matip was a major blow to begin with, Lucas is not a central defender and how it showed as the goals flew in the Liverpool net in the second half.

Too much back-passing by Henderson and others handed the initiative to Bournemouth and they outfought and outscored Jurgen Klopp's team with ease.

Firmino was very poor on his return from injury, Mané took his goal well but was otherwise ineffective, needs a rest, Origi scored a cracker but didn't do enough in the game.

It was just as bad against Leeds last week, despite winning that game 2-0, I remember thinking that a better side than Leeds would have beaten us that night.

Lowly Bournemouth turned us over with ease.

Liverpool drop down to third below Chelsea and now Arsenal are a point above us.

Not a good day to be a Red.  

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

LIVERPOOL DRAW SOUTHAMPTON IN EFL CUP SEMI-FINALS

Liverpool have been drawn out of the hat against Southampton in the League Cup semi-final to be played over two legs commencing on the second week in January.
Liverpool overcame Leeds 2-0 at Anfield on Tuesday thanks to late goals from Divok Origi and young Ben Woodburn.





Southampton beat an under-strength Arsenal 2-0 with Jordi Clasie & Ryan Bertrand scoring tonight meaning Jurgen Klopp's side will face a stiff test against a side we only drew 0-0 with ten days ago

Man Utd will play Hull in the other semi-final.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

STEP FOWARD MARCO GRUJIC

With Philippe Coutinho having suffered a foot injury in the 2-0 defeat of Sunderland on Saturday, the chance has now come for some fringe players in the Liverpool squad for the League Cup game against Leeds on Tuesday evening at Anfield.

Divock Origi showed his undoubted class with his 76th minute goal against Sunderland when it seemed like a goal would never come.
That we did defeat a Sunderland team who unashamedly "parked the bus" against Liverpool was a welcome relief to every Liverpool supporter.

With outright second place achieved on goal difference over Man City thoughts now turn to the EFL Cup game against Leeds on Tuesday evening.

Changes will be made by  Jurgen Klopp, especially with the injuries to Coutinho, Firmino and maybe a rest for Mané who is beginning to look tired lately in games.

One hidden gem in the Liverpool squad is Marco Grujic. The former Red Star Belgrade midfielder has had to take a back-seat since he joined Liverpool at the start of this Season.


But surely now is the time to give the young Serbian a chance in the Liverpool midfield as his attacking play and ability to score goals could be vital as Liverpool's challenge for this trophy gets serious once again.
Its hard to believe that the guy has not played more games since he arrived at Anfield this year having played a starring role for Red Star last Season.

He has already scored for Liverpool in The Champions Cup where we beat Barcelona 4-0 in pre-season.




Sunday, 20 November 2016

JURGEN YOU MUST ROTATE THE FORWARDS TO KEEP IT FRESH

After Liverpool's missed opportunities at Southampton where we did everything but score a goal to win the game,
Liverpool's Manager Jurgen Klopp must utilize his forwards much more than he has been doing so far this Season.

Yes Mané and Firmino played quite well but we have two quality International strikers on the bench in Sturridge and Origi and when things are not going well on the pitch, you start them both in the next game, they will score goals for Liverpool and win games for Liverpool when we play them.



Also, it was obvious that Firmino, Mané and Coutinho were suffering from the exertions of playing two competitive games in South America and one in Senegal whilst Daniel Sturridge and Origi hardly had a workout with their Countries, Sturridge with a goal against Scotland then dropped for the Spanish match.

The point is, if you have a squad full of talent then you need to rotate them now and then otherwise things become stale and predictable and forwards soon become disenchanted.



Friday, 18 November 2016

POSSIBLE LIVERPOOL TEAM IF LALLANA & COUTINHO ARE OUT

Liverpool travel to St. Mary's to play Southampton at 3pm this Saturday looking for another victory to keep them at the top of the Premier League.

There are injury concerns over Adam Lallana who injured his groin playing for England and is a major doubt to face his former club.

Phil Coutinho is also a worry as he was pictured leaving Hospital in Liverpool on Thursday evening for a scan on a tight hamstring while playing for his native Brazil.

If both players fail to make it, then Manager Jurgen Klopp will have a number of decisions to make.
Maybe Wijnaldum in for Lallana and Sturridge to start up front with Firmino and Mané around him.

                                      Possible Liverpool team:



We should be in for an entertaining encounter at The Dell, as they used to call it, with Southampton lying in 10th position under Claude Puel, they like to play good football and so do we.

Expect Liverpool to earn another three points away from home by at least two clear goals.
 

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

LIVERPOOL PLAYER RATINGS V WATFORD

Liverpool had a fantastic 6-1 win against Watford at Anfield last Sunday, here is how the players rated:



  1. Karius 7/10: Made some very good saves, kick outs still average.
  2. Clyne 7/10: Mister dependable at the back as always.
  3. Matip 8/10: A very astute signing, commands the defence.
  4. Lucas 6/10: Another outing for Liverpool's War-horse, did his job well.
  5. Milner 8/10: Defends and attacks really well at left-back, a real professional.
  6. Lallana 8/10: Great creative display, provided two assists for goals.
  7. Henderson 7/10: Great Captain's display, worked hard for the team.
  8. Can 7/10: People forget he is only 23, took his goal well & not too many back-passes.
  9. Coutinho 9/10: Conducted the orchestra, setting up chances, goals, accomplished, how long will we have him?
  10. Mané 9/10: Two more goals for the Senegalese striker, great signing.
  11. Firmino 8/10: Scored again and was a constant threat in the game.
All in all it was a terrific display by Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool to bring us to the top of the League, long may it continue.


Sunday, 6 November 2016

LIVERPOOL TROUNCE WATFORD 6-1 TO TOP THE LEAGUE

Liverpool hammered Watford by 6 goals to 1 at Anfield on Sunday afternoon and now top the Premier League by one point on 26 pts ahead of Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City and Spurs, all below us.

Happy days for Liverpool fans especially after the margin of victory against Walter Mazzarri's team with Mané, Coutinho, Firmino, Can and Wijnaldum all hitting the back of the net in 90 minutes.


Yes there were moments of indecision and poor play at the back which would have been punished by top four teams surely, but by and large, it was an overwhelming display of attacking dominance by Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool.

Liverpool are setting the standards for football quality this Season that few will be able to match.


Thursday, 3 November 2016

LUIS GARCIA PRAISES LIVERPOOL STAR PHILIPPE COUTINHO

Liverpool legend Luis Garcia has lavished praise upon Reds attacker Philippe Coutinho, describing him as a player who possesses creative qualities that are unrivalled in the Premier League.

The Brazilian's eye-catching displays during October were recognised today as he was named the Standard Chartered Player of the Month after claiming the most votes from fans in our online poll.
And Garcia is delighted with the form of the man who wears the No.10 shirt he once donned on a regular basis at Anfield.


In fact, the Spaniard is in full agreement with Dejan Lovren, who recently insisted that his attacking colleague is one of the best players in the country at the moment.

Garcia said: "He is one of the most exciting players to watch – he can make something from nothing and that's something that you don't see very often in the Premier League," Garcia told Liverpoolfc.com at the LFC World event in Singapore.
"To have these kinds of players in England is very important for the league, it's one of the best leagues in the world and it will continue to be with this type of player."


It is not just Coutinho who has caught Luis' eye, either.
The other forwards who form part of an attack that, along with Manchester City, has blasted a league-leading 24 goals this season were also hailed by the former midfielder.
"They are doing an amazing job," he commented.


"It's weird not to see them score two or three goals every game. I think also for the supporters it's important to see a team that goes forward, is attacking and plays attractive football. 

"The most important thing is the goals that the team are scoring; it was a lack of goals in the last few years that the team needed to improve on. 


"Hopefully they can continue and we can see more of this football."

The former Spain international went on to wax lyrical about an impressive start to the campaign that has seen the Reds suffer defeat just once.

"I think we are not surprised because we were expecting something very good but maybe not as good as the team is looking right now," he added.


"I think the manager has done an unbelievable job since the very beginning, the players have fitted very well together, and the new players are doing fantastic work. 


"The results are arriving and so the important thing now is to continue in the same way and [show] the consistency that is needed to win the Premier League.


"To be at the top during the whole season is what's most important now and the team is looking good."


(c)Liverpool FC

Friday, 28 October 2016

POSSIBLE LIVERPOOL TEAM TO PLAY PALACE

Saturday's 5:30pm kick-off at Selhurst Park between a buoyant Liverpool and a mid-table team in Crystal Palace has all the makings off a classic away tie in the Premier League.

Liverpool are 3rd on 20 points same as Man City and Arsenal and Klopp's side are unbeaten in ten games in all competitions while Palace under Pardew are 11th in the table, on 11 points.

Alan Pardew is a canny manager who seems to know how nullify  teams and former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke may wish to put one over on Jurgen Klopp for not picking him then selling him this Summer, he has scored 3 and missed a penalty since he moved on.

As ever, Jurgen Klopp has decisions to make when it comes to naming his team: Karius or Mignolet, who to play in the midfield, upfront: Sturridge or Firmino, it remains to be seen.

Captain Jordan Henderson returns after suspension while James Milner was unwell during the week but is expected to be fit to play.

Here is the possible team for the game:

It is a typical away from home selection with the unfortunate Sturridge back on the bench after his two goals against Spurs won us the game on Tuesday.

Can or Wijnaldum, Can was on the bench on Tuesday and came on late, but Dutchman Gino Wijnaldum ran the show against Tottenham in midfield that night, hard to call.

Expect whatever team Jurgen Klopp puts out to win by one or two clear goals if we stop Benteke from scoring.



Thursday, 27 October 2016

LIVERPOOL FACE THE ALAN PARDEW TEST AT SELHURST PARK

Liverpool face old foe Alan Pardew & Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday evening in the Premier League.

With the Reds in joint-top place on 20 points alongside Arsenal & Man City, a win is a must to keep Klopp's Campaign going.




Despite Daniel Sturridge's two goals against Spurs on Tuesday, he may not be a starter in the away game against Palace with the preferred option of Firmino, Mané and Coutinho seemingly likely to resume upfront.

Its a choice that has served Klopp well so far this Season with goals aplenty and victories in almost every game so far, Sturridge or Origi may appear in the second-half depending on the game.

Christian Benteke, released by Liverpool for £32 million to Palace in the Summer has started well for Palace scoring 3 times already this Season, but he is still up to his usual failings of missing penalties and squandering one on one chances in front of goal.

He is still a goal threat especially at set-pieces so we have to be wary of a man with a point to prove against his old boss, Jurgen Klopp.

Its a game Liverpool should win if they are serious about winning the Premier League, lets hope they do it.


Saturday, 22 October 2016

STURRIDGE AND ORIGI MUST START IN EFL CUP

Following on from Liverpool's downing of bogey-team West Brom on Saturday, Jurgen Klopp must now look to Tuesday's EFL/League Cup encounter against Spurs at Anfield.

Daniel Sturridge was an unused sub against Tony Pulis's team while Divok Origi was a last-minute introduction in the 2-1 victory against The Baggies, Danny Ings has also been banging in the goals for the Under 23's.

It is fair to say that neither striker are too happy playing second-fiddle to Firmino and Mané and both non-starters will relish a run-out against Tottenham on Tuesday night.

While Klopp might favour a same team again formula, he will have to change things around to keep his squad fresh and happy.

Mané and Firmino have started the Season on fire, propelling the Reds into second place in the Premier League on 20 points so far.
Cool, as Klopp would say, but not so cool if your other attackers are left sitting on the bench every other match.

Daniel Sturridge has been given starts without scoring this Season while the ever-improving Divock Origi has barely got a look-in.

Time to unleash these two against Spurs on Tuesday at Anfield, with Ings to start on the bench, they are bound to get amongst the goals.  

Monday, 17 October 2016

STALEMATE AT ANFIELD AS MOURINHO DOES IT AGAIN

Liverpool drew with Man Utd at Anfield as Jose Mourinho's negative tactics were on display yet again, this time in the colours of Man Utd.

Liverpool went into this game as favorites, having gone on a 6 game unbeaten run, scoring freely against Arsenal, Leicester and Hull along with others. A home victory would had lifted them into joint-top of the League had they won, it was not to be.

Jose Mourinho came up with another game-plan to thwart Jurgen Klopp's side: Defending in numbers, man for man marking, numerous dirty tackles and a typical negative approach from the Portuguese.



True, Liverpool did not start well and looked a bit over-awed by the occasion in the 1st half, no urgency, no attacking verve, stifled by the opposition, it had to get better than this.

In the 2nd half it did, less back passes, more aggression going forward and a few shots on goal by Can and Coutinho that, might on another day would have been goals.

Not to be, we dust ourselves down and go again against West Brom next Saturday.

How a young Steven Gerrard would have taken the game by the scruff of the neck, who knows.  


Saturday, 15 October 2016

LIVERPOOL HAVE A GREAT CHANCE TO GO TOP ON MONDAY

Following on from Saturday's results: Liverpool have a great chance to go joint Top of the Premier League if we beat Man Utd on Monday evening.

Man City could only draw with Everton, Spurs were lucky to gain a point with West Brom while Arsenal earned all three points against Swansea.



Should we do the impossible and defeat the hated Mourinho and the hated Man Utd, then we will join Man City & Arsenal on 19 points at the top of the Premier League as it stands.

If this does not concentrate minds for Monday's clash then nothing will.

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool have started well this Season and will be aiming for another victory at the new Anfield to progress in the League against Mourinho's Utd.

Bring it on.

Monday, 10 October 2016

WIJNALDUM INJURES HAMSTRING IN HOLLAND V FRANCE MATCH

Gino Wijnaldum pulled his hamstring playing for the Netherlands against France and went off after 60 minutes making him a major doubt for Liverpool's clash with Man Utd next Monday evening.





This will be a blow to Jurgen Klopp's Reds as the former Newcastle player has been an ever-present in the Liverpool midfield this season and his presence will be missed against Mourinho's side at Anfield.

Wijnaldum is to have a scan at Melwood on Wednesday to discover the extent of the damage to his right hamstring:

"It's tough to say because I never had a hamstring injury before. So I don't know (how bad it is)," he said.

"I will travel back to the club where I will receive treatment. Then we will see how bad it is."

The Dutch international is doubtful for the eagerly-awaited Premier League clash with United at Anfield.



Wednesday, 28 September 2016

SAKHO MAKES HIS COMEBACK FOR LIVERPOOL

Mamado Sakho finally made his return in a Liverpool shirt against Wolfsburg in the UEFA Under 23's on Wednesday night at Prenton Park, Tranmere.

The young Reds lost 2-1 due to a late goal from the German outfit, but Mike Beale's Liverpool gave a good account of themselves throughout the game and a draw looked to be on the cards when young Brooks-Lennon equalized for the Reds late in the game.

However, there was still time for Wolfsburg to win the game with Hansen heading home a corner to give the German's a lucky victory against a plucky Red's team.

This was recalled Mamado Sakho's first game for Liverpool of any description since his unfair banning by UEFA back in April, for apparently taking a banned substance, he has since been exonerated buy the ruling body, but he was a huge miss against Seville in the Europa League final and Euro 16 for France.

Sakho played well in his first game in four months alongside Iloris at centre-half,  he defended most situations well, but looked a bit leggy at times, which is understandable after his long lay-off.

He has had his run-ins with Klopp since then too of course, but lets hope that common sense will prevail and that the £18 million defender gets back in the main squad soon.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

ARE LIVERPOOL TITLE CONTENDERS? OH YES WE ARE!

So another comprehensive victory over another Premier League outfit in the shape of a 5-1 thrashing of Hull City at Anfield.
That's 13 points from 6 games in the League: joint third alongside Arsenal who we beat 4-3 and Everton who we have yet to play this Season, one point behind Spurs on 14 who we frustratingly only drew 1-1 against in London earlier this campaign.

Beating Chelsea 2-1 away, demolishing Champions Leicester 4-1 at Anfield and beating Derby & Burton in the EFL Cup.

All these results can only lead you to one conclusion, Liverpool are serious Title Contenders this year. Leaving the painful defeat to Burnley aside, we have out-played almost every team we have come up against in these early stages of the Season.

Liverpool play now with a high-pressing, attack-minded approach in every game, Heavy Metal football as Manager Jurgen Klopp calls it, it has placed us near the top of the table and who knows where it will take us this Season.

There are a few minor problems to be ironed out; our shots to goals ratio must improve, for instance. We had 32 shots on goal in the Hull game yet only 3 of them were scored directly with James Milner converting two penalties (what a revelation he is at left back). Also we conceded a slack goal from Hull's solitary attack of the whole match.

Things that need to be ironed out over the rest of the Season, don't know where it will finish, but continue on in this manner then anything is possible for Liverpool and manager Jurgen Klopp.

*Looks like Mammado Sakho is in more trouble at Anfield. The French defender claimed his fitness issues 'were a lie' after his lengthy absence from the game due to baseless drug allegations in April, an Achilles injury and a rift in pre-season with Klopp. Think he is out the door in January, which is a pity for him and for Liverpool.





Friday, 23 September 2016

PROBABLE LIVERPOOL TEAM TO FACE HULL

Liverpool face Hull City at New Anfield at 3:00pm on Saturday with a lot at stake. For Jurgen Klopp's team it is a chance to climb into the coveted top four while Mike Phelan's side can join Liverpool on ten points should they win today.

Both teams did well in the EFL Cup mid-week with Hull beating Stoke and a Liverpool side seeing off Derby at the 'Ipro' 3-0.

Those playing against Nigel Pearson's side on Tuesday can largely have a breather as Klopp is likely to restore most of the team that won so well at Chelsea last week.

James Pearce of The Echo suggests that Karius will get the nod in goal instead of Simon Mignolet, while Daniel Sturridge is reportedly not fit enough to start for the Reds, I agree.


We should be good enough to beat a Hull side which ex-Manc Steve Bruce walked away from while his former side-kick Mike Phelan has them playing well, just 3 points behind the Reds.


Wednesday, 21 September 2016

LIVERPOOL WILL HAVE TO IMPROVE TO BEAT SPURS IN THE EFL CUP

Liverpool have been handed a tough draw in the 4th round of the EFL Cup against Spurs at Anfield in October.

We had a facile win at Derby County 3-0 on Tuesday evening where lots of good Liverpool play was spoiled by some average football against a Derby team currently in the lower reaches of  The Championship.

3-0 was a fair result, but it could and should have been more. Jurgen Klopp did not criticize his changed formation after the game in which Karios, Klavan and Grujic all started against Derby along with Coutinho and Origi who both scored along with Klavan who scored his 1st for Liverpool.

We also kept a clean sheet which was good but to beat Spurs in the next round we will need our first team on show: Lovren, Milner, Wijnaldum and Mané must start if we are to beat Pochettino's Spurs who convincingly beat Gillingham 5-0 at home with goals from Erickson, Lamela and Onomah to meet us in the next round.

Game scheduled for Tuesday Oct 25. 

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

LIVERPOOL PUT DERBY TO THE SWORD IN 3-0 VICTORY

There were seven changes to Liverpool’s starting line-up, but their superiority remained intact. It was a different competition, but there was no alteration to their determination to dominate.

Derby County attempted to turn Tuesday night’s League Cup encounter at Pride Park into a scrap, but Jurgen Klopp’s side rolled up their sleeves before rolling the hosts. If the message hadn’t been received yet, Liverpool spelt it out clearly again here, in bold lettering: they are formidable, and they are to be feared.


A 3-0 victory in the third-round encounter extends the Anfield side’s unbeaten streak to five games, with Chelsea and Leicester City two of their high-profile casualties. A disappointing afternoon at Burnley remains the anomaly in a blistering start to Klopp’s first full campaign at the helm, and the Reds will want to ensure it remains that way.


They have now smashed in 19 goals during their opening seven fixtures, managing just five during the same sequence last season under Brendan Rodgers.

Liverpool are sharper, steelier and stronger across the board. They act as the attacking juggernaut that irresistibly and incisively slices the opposition apart in seconds, but the Reds can also cause damage from set-pieces and stun goalkeepers from distance.

They are not just a counter-pressing outfit, they want to conquer the ball. They are not simply full of firepower, they are ferocious in their battle for second balls and possess as much bite as they do brilliance.

At half-time, Nigel Pearson will have retained hope that his men could still ruffle the visitors. Liverpool were only one up on the scoreboard, Ragnar Klavan having reacted quickly and clinically to Philippe Coutinho’s corner, which Derby failed to clear.




But after the break, the visitors were animals - clawing after every ball, being tigerish in the final third. That the score remained at 3-0 felt charitable at times given their fluidity and force.
Coutinho and Roberto Firmino were peerless, showcasing deft touches and nutmegs while exuding an abundance of confidence and class. They played it simple too, and were simply outstanding in doing so.

It was the Brazilian duo who combined for the second goal, Coutinho receiving a pass before playing the ball to Firmino’s feet. The 24-year-old waited for his compatriot to dart into a vacant space between four markers, and fed him wonderfully. The finesse and speed in which they linked floored Derby before they could sense danger.


Four minutes later, Liverpool’s ‘Magician’ sent Divock Origi through and the Belgian striker ensured the ball disappeared into the back of the net. It was his fifth goal in just his sixth appearance in the competition.

For all their stellar attacking qualities, the Merseysiders also superbly dealt with matters at the back. Loris Karius, finally making his competitive debut after suffering a broken bone in his right hand during pre-season, was assertive and assured in goal - a late flap at a corner aside.




His aggressive starting position allows Liverpool to play, as per their blueprint, higher up the pitch. It also ensures they win back possession quicker with the German sucking up loose balls and sending his side back on the front foot.

The 23-year-old’s stellar anticipation and speed off his line to thwart Darren Bent just before half-time was the highlight of his first outing, and while Klopp insisted there is no certified number one between Karius and Mignolet, more displays like this one could change that.

Liverpool are not just competing externally, the tussle for starting spots within the team is ridiculously strong too. Klopp stated pre-match that any line-up he fields this season will be a powerful one, and the triumph in the East Midlands serves as evidence that is very much the case.


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Friday, 16 September 2016

LIVERPOOL SHOW TITLE CREDENTIALS WITH WIN AT CHELSEA

Make no mistake about it, Liverpool's win over Chelsea at the Bridge laid down a marker for the Season ahead.

Goals from Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson in the first-half were just reward for the dominance of Liverpool over Chelsea in the game.
Jurgen Klopp's red machine is beginning to purr nicely and to completely overrun Antonio Conte's Blues shows a real sign of progression by Liverpool.

Last Season was all about getting to know the Premier League by Jurgen Klopp who is almost a year into his role now. This Season he has more knowledge of the League, how English football works, how each team plays, he is more experienced now and results are starting to show that.

The defeat of a good Chelsea team at their own ground is a very pleasing and significant result. Liverpool totally dominated their opponents in the first half, went two goals up and at half-time Chelsea were reeling.

Whatever Conte said to them during the interval seemed to work as they came after Liverpool with much more purpose and energy with Diego Costa getting a goal in the 62nd minute after a rare mix up in the otherwise commanding Liverpool defence.

That proved to be the summit of Chelsea's adventure however, despite shading the possession and territory in the 2nd half, they failed to score again.

Indeed, sub Origi was denied by Courtois from a fierce downward header, to make it 3-1.

However, all Liverpool fans can be happy in the knowledge that we are on the right track to success this Season. We are in joint second in the League as I write.  

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

WILL FIT AGAIN EMRE CAN PLAY AGAINST CHELSEA

Good news for Liverpool is that German international midfielder Emre Can took part in a full training session at Melwood on Tuesday after his recent ankle injury.

The player was an ever-present in manager Jurgen Klopp's side last Season, so he obviously has great faith in the lad and he may well feature against Chelsea in London on Friday evening.

The question is: Who will Klopp leave out to accommodate Can?
It is very hard to make a case for dropping any of the eleven players who did so well in the resounding defeat of Champions Leicester City last Saturday, a 4-1 victory was down to the whole team.

Jordan Henderson had an excellent game in the holding midfield role, a position fairly new to him but it might well be his best role.

Wijnaldum has featured in almost every game since his signing from Newcastle and is solid and assured if yet to find his best form.

Adam Lallana, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino were the goal scorers at Anfield while Daniel Sturridge also played very well in that match. Coutinho is also expected to start against Chelsea.

So it will be a difficult decision for the Manager to make, its away from home against new man Antonio Conte's Chelsea.
Klopp may be a little less gung-ho and drop the unlucky Sturridge for depth in midfield in Emre Can, time will tell .

Its a measure of progress for Liverpool that Klopp now has these choices to make.

Friday, 9 September 2016

54,074 REASONS TO BE HAPPY

Finally it has come to pass, a day we have waited decades for and twenty months to build, from slowly buying up derelict properties around Anfield, to all the planning submissions and appeals and to all the fine design and tremendous building work carried out by Carrillion.
Sept 9th, 2016 has been worth the wait.




A magnificent new stand has somehow been created despite all the hurdles and obstacles, it is really a site to behold. Now Liverpool FC can honestly say they have a modern, world-class stadium with a new capacity of over 54,000 seats and VIP boxes.

The Liverpool fans very much deserve this, the club really need this and FSG have really earned a huge amount of respect for delivering this to the city of Liverpool and LFC in particular.

The original FSG development plans were to also include starting work on the Anfield Road Stand once the Main Stand was completed.  


Now lets go and beat Leicester City in our revamped Stadium   

Friday, 2 September 2016

SAKHO'S REDEMPTION

Mohamado Sakho took the first steps towards salvation at Anfield when he was named in Liverpool's 24 man official squad for the 2016/17 season.

The French International has had a torrid Summer, firstly being suspended by UEFA for supposedly failing a drug-test causing him to miss the Season's finale and the Seville defeat in the Europa League Final.

He then incurred the wrath of Jurgen Klopp by missing pre-season training and missing a rehab session on his foot injury as well as gate-crashing a Klopp press conference in the USA.

It was not approved by the Liverpool manager who told the unfortunate yet likeable defender to find a new club on a loan-deal to prove his fitness, effectively treating one of our best defenders as a pariah who was to be removed.

Three clubs came calling: Stoke, West Brom and Besiktas but, Momo rejected them all, apparently to the fury of the Red's boss. However Sakho,it seems, is pretty determined to remain at Liverpool, get fit again and be in contention for first-team selection and his self belief has been rewarded to some degree as he was named in Liverpool's 25 man squad for the 2016/17 season.

I think Jurgen Klopp will slowly, but surely soften his stance on the talented £18 million defender, and we should see him in the Liverpool first-team in the coming months this season which is good news all round for Liverpool.






  


Saturday, 27 August 2016

WE WON'T BE SIGNING A LEFT BACK THIS SUMMER

After an absorbing 1-1 encounter with Spurs at White Hart Lane, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was asked in his post-match interview about possible new signings before the transfer window shuts on Wednesday night.

Referring to the left full-back problem Klopp said: "You need more players for different positions. The only decision we made was that Millie can play there and in the style of play that we should play.
A full-back is not only a winger in the offensive situation – it’s something like a number eight in different moments.
It’s a really good position for Millie. He still has to adapt a little bit and learn because he has 500 games, but not in this position.
So we have to work on it, that’s how we work with every player, but in the end we were convinced he can play the position, that’s why we didn’t make a transfer in that position on other players. I’m not surprised that he can play there."


So that's it then, James Milner is to be our left-back for the foreseeable future, not ideal and a mistake I believe.

Milner had a good game as an attacking left back against Spurs and took the penalty well, but he was out of position for the cross that led to Danny Rose's equaliser in the 72 minute.
Don't get me wrong, a man whose has been mainly a central midfielder for most of his career, cannot be expected to suddenly become a world-class full back.

He will do a solid job there no doubt, but its a bit short-sighted of the management to fail to go into the transfer-market and buy an orthodox left-back.

Time will tell if Klopp is right or not.   

Friday, 26 August 2016

JURGEN KLOPP: "MAKE CONSISTENCY A HOBBY"



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As he so often does, Jurgen Klopp framed the prevailing emotions at Liverpool perfectly. “The last defeat always feels stronger than the last win,” said the German as he reviewed the club’s opening three games of the season while surveying the next encounter.

Sandwiched in-between victories against Arsenal and Burton came the rattling 2-0 reverse at Burnley; the result most dwelled on in discussions about the Anfield side. It also signalled the first real signs of irritation from swathes of the fanbase towards the Reds boss, with the overreaction to the loss at titanic levels.

Rage ruled over rationale with some questioning whether Klopp really was an upgrade on Brendan Rodgers, others suggesting nothing at all has changed at the club, some writing the season off already and a few concluding that neither the manager nor the squad are good enough.

But as the 49-year-old prepares Liverpool for Saturday’s showdown at White Hart Lane - 315 days after taking charge of his opening game in English football, which also came against Tottenham - he knows his team are stronger and their approach sharper than it was 10 months ago.

The Burnley defeat may have triggered doubts from supporters desperate for success, but it has not altered the positivity of the man intent on delivering it.

On miserable afternoons like the one suffered at Turf Moor, it’s easy to forget just how much progress the Reds have made from that starting point against Spurs.

In less than a year under Klopp's tutelage, Liverpool have reached two finals, have turned in unreal performances against their fiercest rivals, are the leading goalscorers in the Premier League for 2016, have strengthened key areas of the squad while shifting deadwood, and possess a certified identity.

Their attack is well stocked and certainly not short of quality with the signing of Sadio Mane a particularly inspired one. And while there are question marks in defence, the goals Liverpool have conceded thus far have stemmed from offensive errors rather than typical failings at the back. The club have yet to play a competitive game with Loris Karius between the sticks, and the German was set to start the season as first-choice goalkeeper before breaking a bone in his hand. 

There have been cries to move for a specialist holding midfielder, but there is conviction from the backroom staff in the options already available to play as the defensive screen.

The Merseysiders are still under construction, but the foundations are secure and the vision is steely. “For us, everything could have been better, but it could have been worse,” said Klopp in summary of the past 10 months.

“We’re still on the way. My team gave me a lot of really good signs to work with. We are quite optimistic for the season.”

As per the manager’s own admission, they will have to “make consistency a hobby” if they are to fulfil their ambitions, an aim he believes will materialise once the team finds their rhythm.

In fact, there is an inherent belief within the squad that once Liverpool fully click - as they did briefly in the second half against Arsenal - they will be harrowing for opponents.

In order for that sentiment to spread beyond Melwood, they need to prove they can turn up and take maximum points with regularity.

And there’s no better place to restore optimism among the support base following the Burnley stumble than at Tottenham, where it was at its highest when Klopp sat in a dugout as Liverpool boss for the first time. 

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Saturday, 20 August 2016

EXPECT KLOPP TO MAKE CHANGES FOR THE EFL BURTON GAME ON TUESDAY

After Saturday's abject defeat to Burnley where several "stars" failed to shine in defence or attack, Jurgen Klopp is going to drop the hammer on several players in the League Cup game at Burton Albion on Tuesday night.

Expect Manninger to replace Mignolet in goal and Joel Matip to start as central defender with either Lovren or Klavan missing out.
Trent Alexander-Arnold will replace Clyne after his error at the back led to Sam Vokes' opening goal for Burnley.

Grujic and Can should start in midfield as the Liverpool manager utilises his full squad. Wijnaldum may keep his place if only to integrate him into Klopp's style of football.

Would love to see Danny Ings get a start upfront as he is a great talent who has been out for a year now recovering from a cruel ACL injury. I imagine Origi will lead the front line in a game everyone is desperate to win on Tuesday evening.


Burton Albion are no mugs. Under former red Nigel Clough, they are in the Championship and they lie in 17th in the division. But Liverpool nowadays are prone to defeats to underdogs so anything can happen.


Thursday, 18 August 2016

KLOPP'S BLINDSPOT


Jurgen Klopp is a very good manager, maybe even a great manager and Liverpool are fortunate to have him at Anfield.

He is a great tactician, a great motivator of players and a proven winner in his time at Mainz and Dortmund.
He inherited an average squad from Brendan Rodgers last season when he took over at Liverpool, yet he managed to guide the team to the League Cup and Europa League finals, losing both sadly.

This season should be better as Klopp has been busy in the transfer-market in both buying and selling players, Benteke the latest to be offloaded at a good price.

The squad and the team now looks stronger in almost every department: Karius in goal, Matip and Kavlan in defence, Grujic and Wijnaldum in midfield and Mané a lethal addition upfront.
       
        
  So what's my point, its a certain Alberto Moreno.

The left back who is plainly not a left back has not been replaced and as yet,  nobody has been signed as cover for him in a squad which Klopp has called ''my own''.


Liverpool were after young Ben Chilwell from Leicester, but the £10 million fee was considered excessive and the pursuit was dropped earlier this Summer.

Klopp, who earlier this week rounded on the critics of Moreno who cited his penalty mistake v Arsenal, lack of marking for the first goal and his errors in The Europa League Final where he was to blame for two of Sevilla's goals.

Throughout his time at Liverpool, the young Spaniard has impressed all too briefly and it is hard to understand what our Manager actually sees in Moreno.

James Milner is to be Pidgeon-holed into that position at left back it seems, a role he has openly said to be unhappy about and so he should be.

It appears that the normally ruthless Jurgen Klopp may have a blindspot when it comes to Alberto Moreno unfortunately.  

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