The Liverpool Tribune: July 2016 ".
LIVERPOOL FACE HOFFFENHEIM AT ANFIELD 2-1 UP AFTER 1ST LEG..

Sunday, 31 July 2016

GINI WIJNALDUM SAYS LIVERPOOL CAN WIN THE TITLE WITH HIM IN THE TEAM

Gini Wijnaldum believes Liverpool can challenge for the Premier League title this season as he vowed to contribute at least 10 goals to their pursuit of glory.

The £25million signing from Newcastle, who made his Reds debut in Saturday's comfortable 2-0 win over AC Milan in California, is aiming high ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.
The Dutchman takes inspiration from what champions Leicester City achieved last term and believes Liverpool can do something similar under Jurgen Klopp.

“Of course we can be serious challengers,” Wijnaldum said.
“If you play for a club as big as Liverpool you always have to be trying to win trophies - that always has to be the aim.
“You’re never going to be happy with eighth or ninth here. You have to go for titles.
“That’s the dream for me to help Liverpool create more history and I will do everything I can for that.
“If Leicester can do it then why can't we? It’s all about the team – that makes a champion, not a signing.”


Wijnaldum insists he will play his part by providing Liverpool with a much needed injection of firepower from midfield.

Most players shy away from publicly speaking about individual targets for fear of falling short, but the supremely confident midfielder has no doubt that the goals will flow for him.

“I think a player with my quality has to get at least 10 goals a season,” he said.

“Sometimes you reach more, sometimes less. Last season I got 11. But because I create so many chances I have to score at least 10 – that’s the pressure I put on myself.

“I did it at Feyenoord, PSV, Newcastle. I always want to score, I am greedy to score and will do the same this season, looking for chances.

“It’s because I have the quality to score goals. To be fair I have the quality to create chances too and because I create a lot, I score goals.

“But it can always be better because I missed a lot as well. Every time I play I want to score, it’s something I've had since I scored a lot as a youngster.”

“The manager told me I am a player he needs in his team and that I have the quality he likes,” he said.

“That gave me a good feeling and confidence. There are a lot of big players in the world and he said that to me.

“He is intense, yes. But you have to be because the way we want to play is intense and you have to be fit.

“You have to train hard, you have to run. You always want to play football but the hard training is part of it too to create a base.

"There is a special quality here. He wants to keep everyone together, show everyone how we want to play.

“That gives everyone a good feeling. That's the most important thing in football as you have to do it as a team.





Saturday, 30 July 2016

TEAM NEWS: WIJNALDUM & STURRIDGE START AS MILNER BEGINS NEW ROLE AT LEFT-BACK

As was expected the Liverpool side to play AC Milan shows Daniel Sturridge upfront, new recruit Gini Wijnaldum starts his first game for the Reds and James Milner reluctantly plays as left-back in a strong Liverpool team to face the Italian Giants in the Levi's Stadium  in the USA this morning.



Henderson, Lallana and Milner all start in a strong looking Liverpool side with Mignolet returning in goal following Karius's unfortunate injury v Chelsea.

One player to watch is Estonian defender Ragnar Klavan who will play a significant role for Klopp this season with defensive injuries to Sakho and new-man Matip already.

Liverpool team: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Klavan, Milner, Henderson, Lallana, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Mane, Sturridge.
Substitutes: Manninger, Clyne, Firmino, Moreno, Brannagan, Origi, Ings, Stewart, Wisdom, Markovic, Ojo, Randall, George.

Friday, 29 July 2016

KARIUS BREAKS HAND, GRUJIC HAS CONCUSSION, SAKHO & GOMES STILL INJURED

From a fairly innocuous pre-season abroad in the US, problems have emerged on the injury front.

Impressive new goalkeeper Loris Karius had his hand broken as he and Dejan Lovren clashed in trying to clear a ball from Chelsea the other night.
Lovren was left clutching his head after the incident while Karius now spends 8 to 10 weeks out with the ineffective Simon Mignolet due for a return in the Liverpool goalmouth to gasps of despair.

Also, new midfielder Grujic suffered concussion in the same game v Chelsea and may be out for the AC Milan game on Sunday morning.

Add to that the injuries to Sakho and Joe Gomez both with Achilles problems, then its clear, we don't need or can afford any further casualties for the beginning of the Premier League season.




Thursday, 28 July 2016

NEXT UP FOR LIVERPOOL: AC MILAN


After last night's 1-0 defeat to old enemies Chelsea in The International Champion's Cup competition, Liverpool get a chance to make amends early Sunday morning against Italian side AC Milan, (didn't we beat them before somewhere important).


I didn't see the Chelsea game as I have to renew my Lfc subscription but, from what I can tell, a draw leading to penalties would have been a fairer result on the night.



As it always has been, pre-season is about gaining fitness, integrating new players into the squad, working on tactical formations and having to play a few annoying games in the process.

So our 1st defeat in five off-season games is nothing to get too worried about although it is annoying to lose anytime to Chelsea.

AC Milan at 3:05 am Sunday morning under their new manager Vincenzo Montella is a chance to redeem ourselves, play a few more of the senior players and maybe beat the Italians again at The Levi's stadium, San Francisco.

By the way, heard Moreno was awful again, when is Klopp gonna get rid of this guy and buy a proper left-back?



Wednesday, 27 July 2016

LIVERPOOL FACE CHELSEA WITHOUT STURRIDGE, MATIP & OTHERS

Liverpool play the first of their Champion's Cup matches against Chelsea early this morning without many of their star players.

Daniel Sturridge is unfit while Wijnaldum, Benteke, Origi and Can have only joined the group this week, too soon maybe for them to be selected for this game against their Premier League rivals.



Still Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has plenty of options in his squad now with Sadio Mane, Krujic and the returning Danny Ings hoping to start the first game of the American tour.

Monday, 25 July 2016

JOE ALLEN IS NOW A STOKE CITY PLAYER

Joe Allen has officially become a Stoke City player after signing on the dotted line in a £13 million deal from Liverpool, rising to £15 million if Mark Hughes' side finish in the top ten this coming Season.


Speaking afterwards the Welshman said: ''It's been a whirlwind 48 hours for me but I am delighted to have finally been able to put pen to paper. I was really excited as soon as I heard of the club's interest and it wasn't a difficult decision for me to make. I am incredibly excited about my future here at Stoke City.''

There is no doubt that Wales exploits in France at Euro 16 and his performances during the tournament greatly helped to raise the profile of Allen in getting a move that he and Liverpool will both be satisfied about as Jurgen Klopp continues his changes at Anfield.



Thursday, 21 July 2016

LIVERPOOL SIGN WIJNALDUM FROM NEWCASTLE UTD

Liverpool's Summer spending continued this week with the signing of midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum from relegated Newcastle United for a £25 million fee, that's £23 million upfront with the remainder based on add-on appearances.


The Dutchman is expected to fly out to the USA to join up with Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool squad at the weekend, once his medical and five-year contract are done.

Liverpool face Chelsea in their opening match of this Champion's Cup competition next Thursday 28th of July. 

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

LIVERPOOL ACCEPT £13 MILLION BID FOR JOE ALLEN

Liverpool have accepted a £13million bid for Joe Allen from Stoke, Press Association Sport understands.



The Wales midfielder, currently on leave after his exploits in getting Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016, is in the final year of his contract.
Allen is looking for more playing time, having been restricted to mainly Europa League appearances last season.
Stoke's bid is roughly in line with Liverpool's valuation of a player with less than 12 months remaining on his contract - and would recoup most of the £15million they paid Swansea four years ago - so the decision is now likely to rest with the player himself, who is not due back to pre-season training until July 26.
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