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  1. Liverpool’s Issues Still Remain Despite Summer Investment

    Liverpool’s 5 – 0 mauling at the hands of Man City at the Etihad on Saturday brought an end to Liverpool’s impressive run against the Premier Leagues top 5 teams which saw us go unbeaten against them in the league last season.

    It also ended the Reds unbeaten away record which stretched back to last February when we lost 3-1 to defending champions, Leicester City.

    The drubbing also brought Liverpool’s frailties from last season back to the fore as our inability to perform without the influential Sadio Mane and our weaknesses in defence were clear for all to see.

    Liverpool suffered an immediate dip in form when Mane departed for the African Cup of Nations and failed to win a game during his absence, only picking up 2 points over the period with draws away to Manchester United and to Chelsea at Anfield.

    The Reds dropped from second to fourth place losing eight points on Chelsea at the top in the process.

    Jurgen Klopp’s men also crashed out of both cup domestic cup competitions with a two leg loss to Southampton in the EFL Cup semi-final and a 2-1 defeat at home to Wolves in the FA Cup.

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    The impact of Mane’s red card last Sunday was immediate as Liverpool conceded their second goal of the game shortly after his dismissal and practically imploded without registering a single shot on target in the second half.

    The withdrawal of Mohammed Salah which was deemed necessary to change our formation didn’t help matters in attack but it was our defence that was exposed from that point on as we were torn apart.

    In an interview Kevin De Bruyne gave to Sky Sports after the game on Sunday, he spoke of how Manchester City had planned to take advantage of Liverpool’s weak defence and how he was able to get plenty of crosses and passes in behind our back four.

    Manchester City had a total of ten shots on target during the game with seven of those ending up in the back of the net, all be it having two of them ruled out for offside.

    Jurgen Klopp’s decision to rotate the defence, dropping Lovren and bringing in Klavan away to one of the contenders for the Premier League title highlighted just how thin our defence really is.

    The tally on Sunday now means that Liverpool have conceded eight Premier League goals this season, the same number we have scored. That brings the total to eleven goals conceded in six games across all competitions so far this season: a very worrying statistic.

    Early last season, fans and pundits were pointing out the weaknesses in the Reds back line with as both Lovren & Matip both suffered injuries throughout the season, ensuring third choice centre back, Ragnar Klavan played in 20 of the 38 Premier League last year.

    A worrying statistic is that Liverpool dropped more points (18) from leading positions than all but 4 other teams in the Premier League last season and that statistic looks likely to be continued this season.

    Failure to bring in a quality centre back or two in the summer and the sale of Mamadou Sakho means that Liverpool are to compete on four fronts with just four recognised centre backs in Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan & Joe Gomez, all of whom besides Klavan are injury prone.

    Many will argue that with the exception of Joel Matip, none are good enough to play for Liverpool Football Club.

    Liverpool’s attack has proved to be a potent force so far this season but with us conceding as many goals as we have scored, if the trend continues, the table will not make for nice reading come the end of the season.

    Having gone through last January and this summer transfer window without addressing the defensive issues, it’s vital that Liverpool do something to remedy it in the coming January transfer window. A window in which Liverpool have not done any business in for a number of years.

    The only activity there has been in any January window under Jurgen Klopp has been the signing of Steven Caulker on loan.

    It Liverpool are to have any hope to improve on last year’s league position and to progress in the Champions League, it’s vital that our defence is strengthened in the coming transfer window.

     


  2. Clyne Set To Be Out For Significant Period

    Liverpool right back, Nathaniel Clyne is set to be side lined for a significant period of time with a back injury according to the official Liverpool Website.

    Clyne has not played for Jurgen Klopp ‘s men since he came on as a substitute in Liverpool’s pre-season friendly against Tranmere Rovers on July 12th last.

    Speaking to liverpoolfc.com, Klopp said, “Nathaniel is working hard on his rehab and we have kept a close eye on his progress, but the reality is we are looking at some time still before he is back and available for selection. I am told it will be longer than just a couple of weeks, so we will continue to monitor and assess.”

    “It is pretty certain he’ll not be available for the majority of the Champions League group matches. If we are fortunate enough to still be in UEFA competition in the New Year he could be added to the squad then.”

    “The medical guys are pleased with how he is responding and Nathaniel has shown a really strong attitude, given he is not someone who is used to being out injured.”

    “What is positive for us is how Joe [Gomez] and Trent [Alexander-Arnold] have stepped up and grasped their opportunities.”

    There was speculation that he was a long term injury concern when he wasn’t included in Liverpool’s Champions League squad which was announced a few days ago.

    He can however be included in January when teams are permitted to submit updated squads before the later stages of the cometition begin in February. That is of course dependent on Liverpool progressing from the group stage of the competition.

    Clyne is continuing to work with the medical team at Melwood in an effort to return to full fitness as soon as possible


  3. Adam Lallana Set To Sign 4 Year £150k A Week Contract

    According to Chris Bascombe of The Telegraph, Adam Lallana is about to commit his long term future to Liverpool by signing a new four year contract said to be worth £150,000 a week.

    The 28 year old England International who moved to Liverpool from Southampton in 2014 for a fee of £25m is a key player in Jurgen Klopps plans and his representative are in talks with Liverpool about his future with talks said to be at an advanced stage.

    The deal will see Lallana extend his stay at Anfield until June 2021 by which time he will be 32 years of age.

    Lallana has thrived under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp and the German is said to have wanted to secure his key players services for the long term.

    The new deal for Lallana follows hot on the heals of deals for Phillipe Coutinho who signed a new 5 year contract in January and Joe Gomez who signed for a similar term.

     


  4. Lovren Heaps Praise On Joe Gomez

    Dejan Lovren has spoken of his respect for Joe Gomez’ attitude during his recovery from an anterior cruciate ligament ligament injury that kept him out of the Liverpool line up for a year.

    19 year old Gomez returned to training last week to tumultuous applause from his team mates.

    Lovren said, “It was a really tough year for him. I was looking at him every day throughout the year he couldn’t play. He showed so much strength – his mentality was blowing me away.”

    “He was always positive about everything. He was definitely disappointed but he never stopped believing. It was so good to see him back on the pitch.”

    “The most important thing for him now is to keep his fitness. He’s coming back and hopefully he will have some games this year.”

    “I remember when we played with him last year – the first three games he played, he was amazing. He had an amazing start. This guy is so strong, he’s just 19. He is unbelievable. He can be a top player.”

    Gomez joined Liverpool from Charlton Athletic last year and impressed right from the start. He is a long way off the first team yet in terms of fitness and will hopefully feature for reds again soon.