The Liverpool Tribune: December 2016 ".
LIVERPOOL SCORE 7 GOALS IN ESTONIA V MARIBOR IN CHAMPION'S LEAGUE..

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.  

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