The Liverpool Tribune: November 2016 ".
LIVERPOOL DRAW YET ANOTHER GAME, THIS TIME AT HOME TO WEST BROM 0-0...

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

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