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  1. Liverpool To Appeal Sadio Mane Ban

    Liverpool have appealed the 3 match ban handed down to Sadio Mane following the red card he received for a coming together with Man City’s goalkeeper, Ederson during the Premier League clash at the Etihad on Saturday.

    Mane received the straight red from referee Jonathan Moss for what he deemed a dangerous challenge as Mane’s boot was raised resulting in the Man City goalkeeper receiving facial injuries from Mane’s studs.

    Liverpool claim that the standard 3 match ban is excessive punishment as the Guinean did not intentionally cause the collision as he had his eye on the ball.

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    Klopp told Sky Sports: “The whole game was the red card. I don’t think it’s a red card, he doesn’t see him. I have seen the goalie already and it’s not that bad and it’s an accident. It’s unlucky, really unlucky to play against City with 10 men.”

    “It was unlucky, it was an accident. The goalkeeper comes out, Sadio wants the ball. To get a red card in a game like this is really unlucky.”

    The incident has sparked massive debate as to whether Mane should have received the straight  red card or just a yellow with pundits and fans alike.

    The situation was made even more confusing as Newcastle United’s Matt Ritchie only received a yellow card for an identical tackle on Swansea City’s Alfie Mawson in their Premier League clash on Sunday.

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    Ederson posted this image of his injuries after the match on Saturday

    The appeal will be heard this morning and if successful could see the ban reduced to one or two matches instead of the 3 matches currently applied.

    Should the ban be upheld, Mane will miss the games at home to Burnley and away to Leicester in the league as well as the away tie to Leicester in the League Cup.

    He will however be eligible to line up at Anfield on Wednesday night in Liverpool’s Champions League tie against Sevilla as the ban only applies to domestic competitions.

     


  2. 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

     


  3. 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.”


  4. Coutinho Out For Six Weeks

    Philippe Coutinho look set to miss the next six weeks as it was confirmed this afternoon that the Brazilian sustained ankle ligament damage during Liverpool’s weekend fixture against Sunderland.

    The 24 year old sustained the injury during a tussle with Sunderland midfielder, Didier N’Dong which resulted in the Liverpool dynamo being stretchered off in the 34 minute.

    Coutinho underwent a scan on his ankle this afternoon at Spire Hospital in Mossley Hill.

    He will now miss the busiest part of the season as the reds face a congested schedule of fixture over the Christmas period.

    It looks likely that he will return early in the new year meaning that he could potentially miss up to seven Premier League games including the trip to Goodison Park to take on Everton and a home fixture against fellow title challengers, Manchester City on New Year’s Eve.

    The lay off could also include the FA Cup third round fixture which is scheduled to take place in early January.

    Coutinho however hopes to be back sooner than that as he has set his sights on the game against Manchester City on December 31st.

    Watch Klopp’s Pre EFL Cup Press Conference


  5. Raheem Sterling Speaks About Controversial Liverpool Exit.

    Former Liverpool Winger, Raheem Sterling, has spoken out about his time and Liverpool and about his plans to leave Liverpool before he had even signed at the age of 15.

    Speaking to Gary Lineker on BBC’s Premier League show, Sterling said, “I’ve never mentioned this to anyone but I’ll never forget when me and my agent were on our way to Liverpool on the train.”

    “At that time I was 15 years old and we were already talking about what we’d like to do after Liverpool if things didn’t turn out like we wanted.”

    “I just said well this is a massive club and a massive opportunity for me now but I remember saying to him by the time I’m 22, if I haven’t won anything or playing in the biggest competitions then I need to assess my options.”

    “You want to make sure you’re playing at the highest level. Liverpool are a great team, I never said that wasn’t the case. But at the time it was a great opportunity to come here and work with some of the best players in the world.”

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    “I’m not saying there aren’t some great players at Liverpool because there are but it was for me, my development and where I wanted to be. It was about playing in the Champions League and against the biggest teams like Barcelona; for me that’s a massive game to be involved in.”

    “I’ve always loved Liverpool, it was a great team which helped my development. I never had any big issues there at all; with the fans or anything like that. It didn’t go the way I would have liked but it happened and you have to move on.”

    Sterling angered Liverpool supporters with his attitude while playing for the club and also for the manner in which he orchestrated his big money move to Manchester City at the beginning of last season.

    If this is his way of trying to appease Liverpool fans, it’s going to be about as successful as his previous interview with the BBC when he was a Liverpool player in which he was critical of the club.