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

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.



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