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  1. 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.


  2. 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.

     


  3. 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.”


  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. 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.”

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    “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.”


  6. Coutinho Likely Ankle Ligament Damage

    It is feared that Philippe Coutinho suffered ankle ligament damage during yesterdays game against Sunderland at Anfield which led to the Brazilian wizard being stretchered off.

    The tricky Brazilian had been ably shadowed by Sunderland’s Jason Denayer who limited his creativity for the first half an hour of the match. The first opportunity that Coutinho had to shake him off led to the incident which resulted in the injury.

    Coutinho was replaced by Divock Origi on 34 minutes after clashing with Sunderland defender, Didier Ndong in Sunderland’s box. The Brazilian was stretchered off and was seen to be visibly upset as he was brought down the tunnel. He was later seen leaving Anfield on crutches.

    Klopp played down the injury during his after match press conference saying that Phil had said that he was in a lot less pain at half time. He said, “He had pain, but pain gets better. In the first moment, it was obviously very painful but when I saw him at half-time, he said the pain was much better. We have to wait.”

    Coutinho arrived to Liverpool’s Melwood training ground on Sunday wearing the same protective boot that he left Anfield in yesterday and was assessed by the medical staff ahead of a scan which is scheduled for tomorrow.

    It is understood that he has sustained ankle ligament damage which is likely to keep him out of action for four weeks but pending the results of the scan, this is yet to be confirmed.

    The outlook for Firmino however is more positive as the medical staff deemed a scan unnecessary but he will likely be rested for Tuesday evening’s game against Leeds in the EFL Cup.

    Firmino limped off in the 87th minute after a heavy challenge and was replaced by Lucas Leiva.

    Should Coutinho miss the next four weeks, he will miss Premier League games against Bournemouth, West Ham, Middlesbrough and Everton.


  7. Coutinho Undergoes Scan For Tight Hamstring

    Philippe Coutinho was photographed at Spire Hospital in Liverpool The Echo is reporting that he is now a doubt for Saturday’s Premier League game against Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday.

    Coutinho and fellow team mate Roberto Firmino only arrived back from international duty with Brazil on Wednesday night.

    Both players reported to Melwood on Thursday morning but neither player played any active part in training.

    It was reported that Coutinho was complaining of a tight hamstring which is the reason he was sent for the scan.

    Coutinho played 170 minutes of football for Brazil during the international break, helping them secure crucial World Cup qualifying victories over Argentina and Peru.

    There are no indications that Coutinho will miss Saturday’s game but he will certainly be a doubt now along with Adam Lallana who picked up a groin injury during England’s 2 – 2 draw with Spain.


  8. PSG To Offer Deal To Include Coutinho And Firmino

    The silly season is well and truly upon us when we see stories like this appearing in the media and the fact that its international break at the moment, there isn’t much in the way of news so these stories are always sure to appear.

    According to the Daily Express and the giant of world football that is French football website, Foot Sur 7, Paris Saint Germain’s President, Nasser Al-Kheilifa wants to offer €100m (£87.75m) for Liverpool’s dynamic duo, Philippe Coutinho & Roberto Firmino.

    According to the story which appeared yesterday, Al-Kheilifa feels that the best way to attract Coutinho to Paris is to bring his close friend, Firmino with him.

    The quote in the piece states that “the two midfielders are downright inseparable and do not give up an inch, which is also reflected on the field.”

    £88m for Coutinho & Firmino I hear you say? Surely Coutinho is worth that much on his own?  Well according to the author, Jean-Luc D, PSG are going to sweeten the deal by including 24 year old Brazilian right winger, Lucas Moura in the deal.

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    Moura, who moved to PSG in January 2013 for a fee of €35m (£31m) from Sao Paulo has scored 33 goals and provided 38 assist in 186 appearances for the French club. He’s also made 35 international appearances for Brazil, scoring 4 goals.

    Both Coutinho & Firmino have been in electrifying form for Liverpool this season and are sure to attract the type of rumours that are being plied at the moment.

    Let’s be honest. Well are in a lot stronger position to hold onto our top talent than we have been in previous years, not only because of our league position but because we have one of the best managers in world football at the club and we are playing exciting football.

    Moura, however may be worth a punt in January, if not just to prove a point to PSG.


  9. Spanish Football Journalist Guillem Balague On Coutinho Sale

    Respected Spanish journalist and Sky Sports football expert, Guillem Balague has had his say on the chances of Philippe Coutinho moving to Spain.

    Even though Coutinho has been in sizzling form for Liverpool this season, Balague believe’s Coutinho is not yet ready to make the move.

    Speaking to Sky Sports, Balague said, “Last time I spoke about Coutinho a few months back, I thought he wasn’t ready for Barcelona or Real Madrid”

    “I can now see that he is the most talented player at Liverpool, he’s performing regularly, and is scoring.”

    “Yes, he is getting to that level where either Barca or Real can come for him.”

    “He needs a bit more glamour for Real Madrid to have big, big interest.”

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    “For Barcelona, they need to decide what to do with Arda Turan, and then they have to decide whether a player like Coutinho fits in that team.”

    “The problem with Coutinho as a No 10, he hasn’t got a place in a Barcelona 4-3-3.”

    “He has to play wide, or play deeper, but that isn’t his role, so it’s difficult to find a place for him.”

    “Let’s see who the manager is at Barcelona next season, or if Luis Enrique continues, but certainly he would be so expensive that I couldn’t see Barca coming in for him just yet.”

    “At the moment, neither of them are in the equation, but let’s see how things progress.”

     


  10. Liverpool Set Coutinho Valuation At £68m

    According to reports emanating from France, Liverpool have set Philippe Coutinho’s transfer valuation at £68m after interest from PSG, Real Madirid and Barcelona.

    We reported earlier this week that PSG were the most likely club to make a bid for Coutinho but this does not mean that Liverpool will accept any bid.

    With Liverpool flying high in the league and having reached the quarter final of the EFL Cup, there is every chance that this season could prove to be a successful year with the prospect of Champions League football next season a real possibility.

    Coutinho is happy at the club and Liverpool are reportedly ready to offer Coutinho an improved contract in the next few weeks in order to solidify Coutinho’s future.

    The price tag of £68m is believed to be more to deter a bid than an actual release clause but there is sure to be a similar type of high release clause inserted into any new contract offered to the player.

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    Coutinho is a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s team and Klopp is sure to pull out all the stops to keep Coutinho at the club but the Brazilian is sure to attract interest with the performances he has put in this season.

    PSG have apparently made Coutinho their number one target after allegedly having a bid for him rejected in the summer.