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  1. Naby Keita Undergoes Liverpool Medical

    It’s emerging that Liverpool have secured the services of Naby Keita from RB Leipzig as the Guinean underwent a medical for the club this morning.

    Keita will make the move to Merseyside in July 2018 for the reported release clause of £48m which activates next summer. The deal includes add ons that were included to aid in getting the deal done this summer ahead of the move next year.

    Liverpool have chased the midfielder all summer and had 3 bids rejected outright during that time with RB Leipzig saying each time that he was not for sale.

    The deal represents good business for both clubs as Leipzig get to keep Keita for another season, saving face with the fans while Liverpool get the jump on the like of Arsenal & Barcelona who are said to be interested in Keita also.

    The fee also ensures that Liverpool don’t have to pay a huge fee for the player as the trend of huge transfer fees looks to continue.


  2. Guillem Balague Claims Barcelona Preparing Final Coutinho Bid

    Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has told Sky Sports that he believes Barcelona are preparing a final bid for want away Philippe Coutinho before the transfer window closes this Thursday.

    He also states that Liverpool’s position on the sale of the Brazilian remains unchanged and the player is not for sale. The Catalans don’t believe they will secure the signature of Coutinho but feel they must show loyalty to their target by submitting a final bid.

    Balague claims Barcelona are already looking at alternatives for Coutinho with Naby Keita of RB Leipzig reported to be their next choice.

    Liverpool spent the majority of the summer transfer window pursuing the talented Guinean-an without success.


  3. 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

     


  4. 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.”


  5. Sturridge Leaves Liverpool Training Camp

    Daniel Sturridge has returned to Liverpool early from the Reds warm weather training camp at La Manga in Spain.

    The 27 year old has reportedly been suffering from a virus all week but still wanted to travel with the squad in the hope that it would improve enough for him to train.

    He didn’t train with the rest of the team on Thursday and after being assessed by Liverpool medical staff, it was decided that he wouldn’t be able to take part in any of the training.

    Sturridge returned to Liverpool today ahead of the rest of the team, who will return on Sunday.

    He is the second player in the last few weeks to suffer from a virus as Ragnar Klavan missed some of last weeks training with a similar ailment.

    Sturridge took to Instagram to reassure fans that he’ll be back in training next week.

     

    lil virus ting. Nothing crazy I’ll be training when the boys gets back. Contagious ting. No risk…. ✌🏾

    A post shared by Daniel Sturridge – Dstudge (@iamdanielsturridge) on


  6. 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.


  7. 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.”


  8. Gerrard Confirms MK Dons Jobs Rejection

    There have been a number of reports over the last few days about Steven Gerrard being offered the managerial position at MK Dons.

    It emerged yesterday that the former Liverpool captain rejected the offer after speaking with MK Dons chairman, Pete Winkelman.

    Speaking to BT Sport, he confirmed that he was indeed offered the job of replacing Karl Robinson at the League One side saying:  “I’m just taking a bit of time to consider what’s next. Exciting times moving forward.”

    “I spoke to MK Dons. I had a chat with the chairman, it’s a very exciting job for somebody else but it’s a bit soon for me.”

    “But it’s true, I did speak to them.”

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    Philippe Coutinho

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    Pele

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    Mamadou Sakho

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    Gerrard is back on Merseyside weighing up his options after his 18 month contract with LA Galaxy ended and is reported to be in talks with Liverpool over the possibility of taking up a coaching role at the club.

    He has previous experience coaching at youth level with the Liverpool under 16’s as well as working with the England under 18’s.

    We discussed Steven Gerrards return at length on our last podcast. Listen below.

    Listen to “Southampton v Liverpool Match Review & Philippe Coutinho Rumours” on Spreaker.


  9. Classy Milner Speaks About His Role Under Klopp

    James Milner has yet again shown his class by speaking out about his role in Jurgen Klopp’s team.

    The 30 year old who has played the majority of games at left back for the reds this season spoke to the Liverpool Echo.

    “It is down to me to make sure Liverpool don’t buy a left back.”

    “Klopp doesn’t owe me anything. I am a Liverpool player, he is the manager, he picks the best team to win and it is my job to make sure that what is best for Liverpool is me.”

    “You read a lot about players not being honourable and loyal, but clubs are not loyal to players either. But we know what business it is.”

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    Nathaniel Clyne

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    Philippe Coutinho

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    ”A left back for Jurgen Klopp is going to be playing a lot different to a left back for another manager.”

    “I would find it harder playing left back for another manager in another system because Jurgen likes his full backs to play, he wants his teams to be fluid.”

    “There are going to be times when I will end up in centre midfield and centre midfield will be covering me.”

    Milner has been like a breath of fresh air sonce signing for Liverpool lasy year and has established himself as one of the first names on Jurgen Klopp’s team sheet.

    He has been one of our most consistent players since signing from Manchester City on a free transfer and has been the consumate professional throughout.

    Daniel Sturridge and Mamadou Sakho could learn a thing or two from James Milner.


  10. Whelan: Liverpool Have Tools To End Title Famine

    Former Liverpool player, Ronnie Whelan has been talking up Liverpool’s title challenging credentials, saying that we now look a more balanced team than we were under our previous title challenge in 2014  but also than last year’s team under Klopp.

    Writing in his column for The Irish Independent, Whelan said, “That was a statement, and a very significant one too. Liverpool have a real title challenge on and Jurgen Klopp’s victory grin had a feral look to it.”

    “Most people were celebrating the goals Liverpool scored against Watford and the overwhelming momentum Klopp’s team was able to build up and sustain over a full game, but I saw other things which made me even happier. I saw a much better balance to the team.”

    “I remember during the first four or five months of Brendan Rodgers’ run at the title feeling distinctly queasy about climbing on any bandwagon for two reasons.”

    “The team had a bad habit of winning big and failing against weaker opposition and Rodgers had very few options to bring off the bench.”

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    “Liverpool had a huge win over Arsenal in early February, 2014 and I remember challenging them to go and stamp their authority on Fulham in their next game at Craven Cottage.”

    “They went behind twice and left it until a Stevie Gerrard penalty in the 90th minute to win it and launch themselves on a real title chase.”

    “Just a month ago, I still had some of the same doubts about Liverpool. I was concerned about brittleness at the back and inconsistency.”

    “But against Watford, I saw defenders put their foot through the ball at the right time. I saw pragmatism at the back.”

    Roberto Firmino celebrates after scoring for Liverpool against Watford at Anfield

    Roberto Firmino celebrates after scoring for Liverpool against Watford at Anfield

    “It’s great to play the ball out when it’s right to do it but sometimes it’s a much better option to just play it long. As a result, when Watford came back at Liverpool, they only got one.”

    “In Rodgers’ time, that game might have ended 5-4 and even a year ago under Klopp, Liverpool would probably have conceded more.”

    “However, this time when they had a dip, Watford scored but the response was a bit like Ireland when the All-Blacks inched to within four points of them in Chicago.”

    “They put their heads down and went again. On came Daniel Sturridge and Gerogino Wijnaldum and Watford were pinned back again as shots peppered substitute goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon.”

    “It was great to see and very encouraging. We knew Klopp had a plan and I think this was the closest the players have come to executing it fully.”

    Whelan also took the time to give weight to a Bill Shankly adage about being the best team on Merseyside by making refernce to the contrasting fortunes of Liverpool and Everton over the weekend.

    “What a contrast with Ronald Koeman and Everton. Just a few months ago, everyone wondered whether Liverpool would be the best club on Merseyside, never mind in England.”

    “The goal difference between the two teams shifted by 10 in Liverpool’s favour in one day”

    This article probably wont go down well with one Watford fan as yet another Liverpool legend has come out in praise of Klopps team but such is life when you’re winning. Must remember to post this on “The Hornet’s Nest” Watford Fans Forum.