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  1. 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


  2. Crystal Palace Submit Bid For Sakho

    Reports are emerging from France Football that Crystal Palace have submitted a €28m (£25m) bid for Mamadou Sakho.

    There is also interest from West Brom and Leicester city but neither side have submitted a bid at this stage.

    Sakho joined Crystal Palace on loan last January and played eight games for them before suffering a ligament injury in April which kept him out for the rest of the season.

    He made a massive impact with Palace fans in the eight games he played for the club and was a contender for their player of the season award.

    The French centre back fell out of favour with Jurgen Klopp after a number of disciplinary incidents, one of which saw him sent home from the Reds pre season tour of the US in July 2016.

    Since then, Sakho has played his football with the under 23’s and does not feature in Jurgen Klopp’s plans despite being light in the centre back department.

    Liverpool hoped to get £30m for the out of favour defender but could be tempted by the bid this late in the window.

    Update: A deal has been agreed for the transfer of Mamadou Sakho to Crystal Palace for a fee of £20m. The fee could rise to £30m with add ons.


  3. Liverpool Linked With Dortmund Defender

    Liverpool have been linked with 23 year old Borussia Dortmund centre back, Matthias Ginter. The versatile German international defender can play across the centre of defence as well as doubling up as a right back and defensive midfielder.

    Ginter is said to be considering his options after Dortmund agreed a deal with Bayer Leverkusen to sign defender, Ömer Toprak who will join the club in the summer.

    The 23 year old is seen as a proactive defender who plays in a team that uses a similar type of pressing football to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

    His defensive numbers measure up to both Matip and Lovren but it’s on the ball where he excels. His pass completion rivals that of Jordan Henderson with an 87.2% passing accuracy over 90 minutes, averaging 78.6 passes per game.

    He’s not afraid to get involved in attack where his pressing and passing capabilities would perfectly suit the Liverpool system under Klopp and he’s also good in the air.

    It’s reported that Dortmund value the defender at £13m: a fee which would cover the cost of the incoming Ömer Toprak.

    Liverpool could easily cover the cost of the transfer should the sale of outcast Mamadou Sahko go through during the summer window which looks very likely.

    The defender has seen plenty of game time this season with 30 appearances across all competitions.


  4. Liverpool Target Says He Turned Down January Move To Anfield

    FC Rostov’s Iranian attacker, Sardar Azmoun who was heavily linked with a move to Liverpool during the January transfer window has said he turned down a move to Anfield during the last window because he felt he would spend a lot of time on the bench.

    Speaking to an Iranian website he said, “there were talks of Liverpool having expressed an interest in me during the past winter transfer window, however, I did not feel the time to move was right.”

    “I would have ended up playing a few games and then spent a great deal of time on the bench as Liverpool were only looking to fill a void for a particular part of their season.”

    “I want to move to a big club to develop as a player and therefore I will time the move with great precision. I am sure I will be playing for a top European club in the near future.”

    Liverpool were rumoured to be interested in the 22 year old striker, dubbed “The Iranian Messi” and he was seen as a replacement for Sadio Mane who departed for the African Cup of Nations in January.


  5. Liverpool Have Better Premier League Run In Than Opponents

    Liverpool have a much more favorable end to this Premier League season than any of our rivals for the top four positions. We currently sit in fourth place with 56 points from 29 games while our rivals for the coveted fourth place, Manchester United and Arsenal, sit on 52 and 50 points respectively with only 27 games played.

    While the games in hand may seem like a lifeline to both Man Utd and Arsenal, they are not easy games by any stretch of the imagination. Both Man Utd and Arsenal have to play an away fixture at Southampton while Arsenal also have a visit to the Emirates from a resurgent Leicester City as their games in hand.

    Of the eleven games that Manchester United have left, they have a home tie against league leaders, Chelsea as well as three tough away fixtures against Arsenal, Man City and Tottenham.

    Add to that the congested fixture list which could see them playing a game on average every 3.3 days as they compete on three fronts in the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League and it looks like a big ask for them to make top four.

    Arsenal also face Manchester City at the Emirates in their next game as well as an away game at Tottenham and the aforementioned game against Man Utd at the Emirates all before the season ends. They are also still competing in the FA Cup with Manchester City as their next opponents on April 23rd.

    Tottenham will have to square up against both Arsenal and Manchester United at White Hart Lane and are also still involved in the FA Cup with an away tie against Chelsea scheduled for April 22nd.

    Chelsea look all but out of sight with a 10 point lead over Tottenham but they still have tough fixtures at home to Manchester City and an away tie at Old Trafford that Liverpool will be hoping they can take maximum points from.

    Liverpool have taken 20 points from a possible 30 available against or top six rivals this campaign but our final games of the season certainly wouldn’t be seen as difficult as our rivals as we do not face another top six team this season.

    We have home games against Everton, Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Middlesborough and away ties against Stoke City, West Brom, Watford and West Ham as our final nine games.

    All of these games are certainly winnable games for Liverpool but for our tendency to perform poorly against the so called lower teams this season which has seen us lose to teams like Burnley, Bournemouth and Swansea during this campaign.

    Reds supporters will be hoping that this trend has now been ended with our scrappy 2 – 1 victory over Burnley at Anfield earlier this month showing that we can grind out a result against the so called lower teams.

    Hopefully this victory and the recent results against Arsenal and Manchester City can instill the confidence that has been lacking at times in Jurgen Klopp’s men this season that will see us through to the end of the season to maintain fourth place at the very minimum.

    It’s now more important than ever that we put the final nine teams that we face to the sword without mercy and that we show the same fight and hunger against this opposition as we did against top six teams this season.

    I, for one, feel that we can not only achieve a fourth place finish this May but that we can mount a genuine challenge for second place.

    All will unfold over the next 10 weeks

     


  6. Klopp: We Are Still In The Battle

    Jurgen Klopp insists that Liverpool are still in the battle for the coveted top four places in this years Premier League.

    The Liverpool boss was quizzed after yesterday’s 1 – 1 draw with fellow top four battlers, Manchester City on whether Liverpool would be made to rue the dropped points to lesser teams during this premier league campaign.

    Klopp responded, “We are still in the battle. That’s how it is. It’s important but we have to improve. I know a lot of reasons why we couldn’t, but it’s a long term project.”

    “If I have to wake up every morning and think ‘Oh my God, we lost the points here and there’, it wouldn’t make any difficult so I don’t do it.”

    “I am really focused on the moment. If I think about something then it’s about the future. The rest in done with analysis.”

    “We could have done better in the other games. There is one outstanding consistent side this year and they will be champions, that’s well deserved and then all the rest fight with all we have for the Champions League.”

    “If we do it then it’s a success, if we don’t then we will be disappointed but it would not stop working and believing in this project. We are really convinced about the circumstances we have and we want to use it.”

    Liverpool face Everton at Anfield on Saturday, April 1st after the international break and Klopp added, “The next game against Everton, they are quite impressive, it’s not only a derby but another very important game.”

    “We send the boys around the world to their national team and hopefully they come back healthy. Then we go again.”


  7. Match Report: Leicester 3 Liverpool 1

    Liverpool lost 3 – 1 to relegation strugglers Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in what can only be described as a lack lustre performance from Jurgen Klopp’s men.

    Liverpool, who haven’t played a competitive game since beating fellow top four challengers, Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 0 at Anfield sixteen days previous were favourites to come away from managerless Leicester with 3 points.

    Leicester put the Liverpool defence under pressure right from the kick off as they looked to play us at our own game by pressing high up the field and the tactic looked to be working as Liverpool failed to maintain any sort of possession in the opening ten minutes.

    Mignolet was called upon twice in the first six minutes to make saves from Robert Huth and Jamie Vardy who look nailed on to score from close range but scuffed his shot.

    It took 10 minutes for Liverpool to register a shot as Joel Matip narrowly missed out on getting on the end of Sadio Mane’s low cross into the six yard box.

    Leicester created more chances in the following minutes calling for Mignolet to to be alert to keep Liverpool in the game.

    Leicester took the lead on 27 minutes as sloppy passing from Liverpool allowed Mark Albrighton to play a first time ball through to Jamie Vardy  to put him one on one with Simon Mignolet. Vardy coolly drove the ball under Mignolet and in to the net to give Leicester a deserved lead.

    The goal looked to have spurred the reds on and they threatened briefly after conceding but it took just nine minutes for Leicester to double their advantage after Danny Drinkwater pounced on a poor clearance to fire home a long range effort from all of 25 yards on 38 minutes.

    Liverpool looked to claw one back before half time and came closest through an Emre Can effort from 20 yards out which Kasper Schmeichel dealt with.

    The second half saw a change to Liverpool’s formation as we switched to three at the back with Emre Can drop into the left side of defence as Milner and Clyne operated as wing backs and we looked more dangerous going forward in the opening ten minutes of the half.

    Coutinho forced a save from Schmeichel in the 54th minute and Mane sprinted into the area in the 56th minute only to have his shot blocked by Robert Huth.

    Leicester made it 3 – 0 in the 59th minute as Jamie Vardy beat Emre Can to get on the end of Fuchs’ cross to head past Mignolet from six yards.

    Liverpool created two chances in the following five minutes to allow shots from Matip who fired into the side netting and Lallana who forced a save from Schmeichel.

    Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana were replaced by Divock Origi and Alberto Moreno in the 65 minute and 2 minutes later, Philippe Coutinho was put through by Emre Can to score from 15 yards.

    Ben Woodburn replaced Lucas Leiva in the 83rd minute but the reds failed to add the Philippe Coutinho’s goal and Leicester took all three points for their first victory of 2017.

    Jurgen Klopp’s men looked a shadow of the team who beat Spurs 2 weeks ago and put in a very half hearted performance to come away with nothing from a bottom half of the table side for the fifth time this season.

    Liverpool failed to adapt to a counter attacking Leicester side who used similar tactics against us last season when they won the Premier League.

    Speaking after the match, Klopp said, “It’s getting more serious now. We all play for our future, myself included. We get judged every day, especially on match days.

    “Of course, performances have influences on things.”

    “I don’t think they aren’t as good as I thought,” said Klopp. “But I think they need my help more to show it every week.”

    “I feel maximum responsibility because I am. I hope I use the word ‘we’ and not ‘they’ because I’m involved in this.”

    “It doesn’t get better. It was not good enough in the beginning, not good enough in the middle and in the end. It was 100 per cent clear what happened with Leicester tonight. Back to their roots, their line-up was clear.”

    “It was clear how emotional the game was because if Leicester didn’t show emotion it would be really strange. It wasn’t that intense but we weren’t ready for this.”

    “15 or 16 days to prepare is not perfect, because of the rhythm. But for defending you don’t need rhythm, you need organisation.”

    “Maybe it looked like at the end that a few players struggled with rhythm, but I don’t want to use that as an excuse or an explanation,” said Klopp.


  8. Klopp: Liverpool Already Working On Summer Signings

    According to the Liverpool Echo, Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Liverpool are already working on a number of transfer deals that will see the squad strengthened in the summer.

    Speaking from La Manga in Spain where the Reds are currently engaging in a warm weather training camp during the prolonged break from domestic football, Klopp said the the amount of business done will depend on whether Liverpool manage to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

    The Echo report that the primary target for Jurgen Klopp in the summer will be Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt and that the there won’t be many in-comings during that window but that those that do come in will be top class editions.

    Klopp said, “We are in talks with different people – players, agents, all that stuff. Not a lot of decisions have been already made at this point. Why should they at this stage? But we are on the way. At the end I’m sure we will have a really good squad.”

    “We already have a good squad and a few more good players will make it even better. There’s a good base.”

    When asked if Liverpool needed Champions League football in order to secure the players on his shopping list, Klopp said, “I actually don’t think so but we will see. We don’t have to talk about the Champions League now because we are not even qualified.”

    “But of course if we are in the Champions League then it would have an influence. We would need a deeper squad and you have to be prepared for that. No question.”

    “Even with the league this season, we could have needed a deeper squad with the injuries we had. But we’re through that now. We will adapt our plans to the number of tournaments we play next year.”

    After the mass exodus of players out of Anfield last summer where 13 players left, it is unlikely that many players will leave the club during this summer’s window.

    “We have a long-term plan but a few things will change because you always have to react to situations. We have to perform until the end of the season and then we will do a review, looking back on the good things and bad things. Then we will make final decisions.”

    Klopp continued, “we don’t block opportunities, we don’t keep someone for just maybe one or two cup games. A few boys were among those who left last summer. I thought we gave them a really good education and they were ready to go somewhere else and play.”


  9. Match Report: Liverpool 2 Spurs 0

    Liverpool showed creativity, composure and discipline by beating Tottenham Hotspur by 2 goals to nil at Anfield today to narrow the gap to second place to just one point.

    It was a tale of two halves as Liverpool showed great qualities in both attack and defence.

    The first half was a case of overloading Spurs and pressing them at every opportunity while the second half was an example of how to contain a team while still managing to create chances.

    Mane showed that Ben Davies was the weak link in Spurs side very early on and Liverpool took full advantage of it down that right hand side.

    From the four tackles Davies attempted during the game, only one was successful and he was caught out for pace and position on a regular basis.

    The first 20 minutes set the tone for the rest of the game. Mane put in a man of the match performance as he drew save after save from Hugo Lloris as well as putting two past him showing exactly what we have been lacking during January while he was away at the African Cup of Nations.

    Any questions of an AFCON hangover were put to bed after 20 minutes with 2 goals in 138 seconds and he continued to prove a thorn in the Spurs defence until he was replaced in the 92nd minute by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

    Spurs never really threatened even though Liverpool were not at full strength at the back.

    Lovren missed today’s game with minor injury and Klavan didn’t play much of a part in training during the week, having suffered with a virus.

    Klavan made the bench but Lucas got the nod ahead of him in the starting line up at the back.

    Lucas made sure Harry Kane didn’t get into today’s game and was replaced by Klavan in the 81st minute.

    Gini Wijnaldum was exceptional today and proved the point that Emre Can and Jordan Henderson should not start in the same line up.

    The second half saw Spurs come into the match a bit more but the frustration grew as did the card count for both Spurs and Liverpool as the game became a lot more scrappy.

    Liverpool just edged the possession with 51% to Spurs 49% but created twice as many chances as Spurs with 10 chances created.

    Liverpool had 17 shots with 13 of them coming in the first half compared to Spurs 7 with a passing accuracy stat of 72% compared to Spurs 70%.

    Speaking after the game, Jurgen Klopp praised his players saying, “every single one of them gave everything during the game.”

    “We had to show reaction and the reaction was perfect. “

    He continued by saying that there were a few outstanding performances today, naming Henderson and Wijnaldum as stand out players while also singling out Firmino by saying, “I never saw a better performance from a striker without scoring.”

    When asked about the performance in an interview with BT Sport after the game, Jordan Henderson said, “Even without the ball we looked good.”

    He continued by saying, “We need to play like that every week no matter who it’s against”

    Pochettino on the other hand was very critical of his side’s performance saying, “Liverpool were better and fully deserved the win. We were sloppy.”

    “In the second half we reached the same level as Liverpool but it was too late. We were very poor first half.”

    He refused to single out the defence and said that the whole team was poor.

    When asked about his team’s challenge for the title, he said, “Based on the first 45 minutes, that is not a team ready to challenge for the Premier League”

    Steven Gerrard said in his punditry for BT after the match that, “Liverpool never gave Spurs a chance to breathe today.”

    Liverpool now head into a two week break with our next game away to Leicester on Monday February 29th.

    Jurgen Klopp will be hoping that the time spent with the squad help to achieve his goal of winning the final 13 games.


  10. 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.