The Liverpool Tribune: September 2016 ".
LIVERPOOL QUALIFY FOR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PLAY-OFFS BY BEATING MIDDLESBROUGH 3-0 TO FINISH FOURTH..

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.






  


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