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Tags: EFL Cup


  1. Jamie Carragher Points Finger Over Lack Of Signings

    Jamie Carragher has spoken out about Liverpool’s failure to expand the squad in the January transfer window, a period that saw Liverpool crash out of both the EFL Cup and FA Cup as well as losing to relagation battles Swansea & Hull.

    Carragher believes that Liverpool lack the quality on the bench that teams around them in the race to the top four have.

    Speaking on Sky Sports, Carragher said, “Liverpool don’t have the squad to match the other teams and are in a major fight for the top four. For how great everything was going a few months ago, it shows how quickly everything can just unravel.”

    “A major disappointment, whether it was down to the manager or the board, was not getting any reinforcements in in January. The players are there. I am not saying panic buy.”

    “At this moment, there are lots of problems, defensively and in attack, but I am talking about in terms of numbers, Liverpool needed something.”

    “If you look at Liverpool’s bench, they haven’t got anything like what Manchester United have got, City have got – these are the teams they are trying to compete with.”

    “The fact that they haven’t reinforced from a position of strength – where they were in the league as the best challengers for Chelsea – has meant they have fallen away.”

    “Certain players have been superb all season. You can’t expect the likes of Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho to keep up their levels, they need to come out of the team, not dropped, but just taken out for a couple of weeks to freshen them up, but there isn’t the players on the bench to do that.”

    “Other sides have got that quality in reserve that Liverpool haven’t.”


  2. Liverpool Find Unlikely Backer In Neville

    Liverpool have found an unlikely backer in Gary Neville after the Reds suffered a mid season slump after exits from both the FA and EFL cups and hard to swallow defeats to Swansea and Hull who are both battling relegation.

    Gary Neville has tipped Liverpool to improve over the remainder of the season as their hectic schedule of games has come to an abrupt end.

    Neville said,  “Liverpool had a period where they could pick the same side, they had that week to prepare. The minute that that squad hit three games a week, with the way that they play, was always going to hurt them. You cannot play that way three times a week.”

    “When you are leaving six players back at base, it causes disruption, it disrupts the squad and the squad isn’t good enough.”

    “Liverpool will get stronger as the season goes on. Now they are out of the cups, they are back to that period where they will have a week between games, and that is when they get can get their energy up and become devastating.”

     

    “Next season, when they potentially get back into Europe, they will have to strengthen the squad.”


  3. Video: Jurgen Klopp Pre Leeds Press Conference

    Jurgen Klopp hosted his pre match press conference ahead of tomorrow night’s EFL Cup clash with Leeds United at Anfield.

    The session was dominated by questions about injuries to Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana and it looks likely that none of them will be available for tomorrow night’s EFL Cup fixture.

    The only certainty in tomorrow night’s line up is that Simon Mignolet will start the match. Klopp said, “If nothing happens, Simon will play. 100 per cent.”

    Philippe Coutinho will undergo a scan this afternoon on a suspected ankle ligament injury while Adam Lallana is ruled out because of a groin injury sustained on international duty. Roberto Firmino has a calf injury while Daniel Sturridge is also nursing the same injury.

    When asked is he would make eleven changes, Klopp said, “I think last time in the press conference it was not the idea to make 11 changes, it happened after the press conference, sorry”

    “I have no idea at this moment because we need to have a look at the boys and how they feel and I have to talk to them.”

    “Everyone can say this year we don’t have intensity of international [European] football and all that stuff, but when you are in the rhythm it’s different and we are not in this rhythm.”

    Philippe Coutinho Injury

    “We need to listen to the players and to figure out if they are ready or not. It’s not about attitude, we cannot take any risks, it’s really only about having the line-up which can stand the intensity of the game because Leeds is in a really good moment – they’re a football playing side and they will force us into a lot of things, so we need to work in this game, there’s no alternative.”

    “So the players need to be fit and that’s what we have to decide from now on. The line-up, I don’t have to make it until 5 o’clock tomorrow.”

    Klopp was also asked about the possibility of some of the u23 squad getting some game time with the senior squad and said, “We will see, we have a U23 squad of course, but it’s fluent. The plan is – and this is not too surprising – is to find a line-up which can win the game tomorrow, that’s what we have to do, so we don’t want to rest someone who doesn’t need a rest.”

    “It’s possible to make a few changes, but it’s possible that we’ll play exactly the same team – both is possible in this moment.”

    “I need a few more hours to know about, when we have all the answers to my questions then I’ll make the line-up. That’s how it usually works and in this case it’s no different.”


  4. EFL Cup Date Confirmed

    Liverpool will play Leeds United at Anfield on Tuesday November 29th 2016 at 7:45pm in the quarter final of the EFL Cup.

    The game will be televised live on Sky Sports.

    Ticket details yet to be announced


  5. Lallana: Lack Of European Football Helping Instill Klopp Philosophy

    Adam Lallana has said that the lack of European football is benefiting the reds as it’s allowing Jurgen Klopp the time to instill his methods on the training ground.

    Last year’s eighth place finish meant that the reds would only compete in domestic competition this season and after nine games in the Premier League, Liverpool are joint top of the league on with 20 points and into the quarter finals of the EFL Cup. Proof that Klopp’s methods are working.

    Lallana said, “We have fewer games this season, which is the only advantage of not being in Europe. That means a lot of players could possibly not be playing, but it also means the quality in training and the fight for places is so big.”

    “That’s a good thing. It keeps everyone on their toes, so the standard in training is always at a high level. We’re on the training pitch a lot more this season, which means we’ve got more days to be able to work on certain things tactically that the manager wants, and we’re seeing that pay off.”

    Lallana believes that lats years fixture congestion was a good learning curve for the players but said that this season’s lighter schedule will benefit the development of the team in the long run.

    “It was a good thing we were in different competitions, but it was game, recover, game, recover.”

    “From pre-season this summer, when we were away and on the training pitch twice a day, you could see him filtering across the way he wants to play, his tactics, his style, his demands.”

    “Even during the week now, we’re getting good sessions in because we’ve got the time. Hopefully, as this season goes on, we’ll get to know each other inside out as a squad. And if next year we’re in Europe, then it won’t be so vital to have these sessions that we need to work on tactics because we’ll know what the manager wants.”

     


  6. Mignolet: I Will Keep Fighting To Get My Place Back

    Simon Mignolet has vowed to keep fighting to get his place as Liverpool’s number one goalkeeper back.

    Mignolet, who impressed in goal during Liverpool’s 2 – 1 victory over Tottenham in the fourth round of the EFL cup at Anfield last night is not happy to be the number two goalkeeper and has said that he can’t accept being second choice.

    “I don’t want to be a number two, that’s clear. I want to play. I will keep fighting to get my place back.”

    “I will never give up fighting firstly because that’s not in my character to just give up.”

    “Secondly because I am not in a situation where I can sit on the bench. I’m 28 years old and I want to play week in week out.

    “So I’ll work hard and I’ll never give up – giving up is not what I want to do. I see it as a challenge that I can overcome. Hopefully it will be a fair challenge based on performances put in on the pitch.”

    Mignolet has been unchallenged as Liverpool’s number one over the last few seasons and many say that the lack of competition for the coveted number one spot has meant that there has been no pressure to perform. The arrival of Loris Karius in the summer has meant that that situation has changed.

    Although Karius has failed to impress since his arrival, Klopp’s announcement that he is to remain as first choice keeper means that he will get an extended run in the team as he comes back from an injury.

    Mignolet said he’s not thinking about that. “It’s not in my character” he said.

    “The only thing I can then do is to play my best, work hard and keep my head down like I’ve always been doing. Then in the end you can’t complain that you have, how you say, let yourself down. I want to keep my head up and be professional.”

    “I can only do my job to the best of my ability – be the best I can. Hopefully I can get my chance again to show what I can do. I don’t want that to take long.”

    “I was happy with my performance against Tottenham. Sometimes as a keeper you have to help the team out in important moments and I did that.”


  7. Liverpool To Face Leeds in EFL Cup Quarter Final

    Liverpool will play Leeds Utd in the quarter finals of this year’s EFL Cup. The tie will be played at Anfield.

    Tie will be played week commencing November 28th 2016.

    Liverpool beat Burton Albion, Derby County and Tottenham to earn their place in the quarter final draw.

    Leeds United’s last visit to Anfield was October 2003. A 17-year-old James Milner was in the Leeds starting line up. Liverpool won 3-1 with goals from Owen, Murphy and Sinama-Pongolle.


  8. Liverpool Advance To EFL Cup Quarter Final

    Liverpool advance to the quarter final stage of the EFL Cup with a 2 – 1 victory over Tottenham at Anfield tonight.

    A goal in each half from Daniel Sturridge ( 9′ & 64′) ensured victory for Jurgen Klopp’s men against a Spurs side that made 10 changes to the starting line up.

    Lucas was deemed to have fouled Lamela just inside the eighteen yard box to gift Spurs a penalty which Janssen cooly converted on 76 minutes to make it 2 -1.

    Sturridge came close to getting his hattrick when Michel Vorm got a finger tip to his powerful shot from the edge of the area to deflect it onto the crossbar.

    After a nervy last few minutes where Spurs threatened to equalize, Liverpool held their composure to take the victory.

    There were some impressive showing from younsters Alexander-Arnold, Ejaria and Stewart while Simon Mignolet put in a solid perfomance between the posts.

    Daniel Sturridge deservedly picked up the man of the match award and looked threatening throughout the 90 minutes.

    Liverpool await their opponents in the next round with the remaining games being played Wednesday evening.

    The draw for the quarter finals takes place after Wednesday nights fixtures and will be live on Sky Sports.