Player News - Liverpool

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Jurgen Klopp rang in the changes once again for Liverpool following their Europa League match on Thursday, but today's recipe fell flat in a 3-1 loss to Swansea City.

While the Reds were able to find success a couple of weeks ago with a similar team sheet against AFC Bournemouth, the rotation plan was not prepared for a energized Swansea side. Teenager Pedro Chirivella was handed his first league start and partnered Kevin Stewart as the deep lying midfielders to protect the back line. The Swans cut through them like a knife through hot butter. Chirivella was replaced to begin the second half, but by then it was too late. Christian Benteke scored a much-needed goal to bring the Reds back to within one, heading home a Seyi Ojo corner, but Liverpool would conceded again just two minutes later. A second yellow card and sending off of Brad Smith ended any hope of a comeback. Europa League is certainly top of mind for Liverpool and hopefully a result like today's will not dampen their spirits.
Source: BBC Sport
May 1 - 9:09 AM

Jurgen Klopp looks set to make several changes again to his Liverpool XI this weekend against Swansea City, with the manager indicating that Danny Ward is likely to play in place of Simon Mignolet.

It appears Klopp is ready to mix things up just as he did two weekends ago against AFC Bournemouth where he made ten changes to the XI from the previous game, handing starts to many a fringe player. The only fantasy darling that looks safe to call upon is Daniel Sturridge, who did not start last night against Villareal. Dejan Lovren may get another start as well. He and Kolo Toure started against the Spanish club but Martin Skrtel is the only other natural center back option to come in lest Klopp digs into Tiago Ilori territory or plays a defensive midfielder at the back. Philippe Coutinho has a chance to play as well if he shakes his illness as he only played forty-five minutes yesterday.
Apr 29 - 10:43 AM

Jurgen Klopp made it known that Philippe Coutinho's early withdraw from Liverpool's loss to Villareal yesterday evening was due to an illness, putting his status for Sunday against Swansea City in doubt.

Klopp did not elaborate on Coutinho's condition, only to simply say the midfielder was ill. This could turn out to be very good or very bad news for fantasy managers hoping to use him this weekend against the Swans. The good news is, if Coutinho's illness is not severe, his shortened shift in the Europa League could increase his chances of starting on Sunday. The bad news, of course, is that Klopp may call on another option if he thinks Coutinho is not back in good health. While it is always nice to think optimistically, the fact is Coutinho is very hard to trust these days in fantasy. In his last four league starts, he has been outstanding, delivering three goals and three assists. The problem is, those games are sandwiched around five games where he did not start.
Apr 29 - 10:31 AM

Good news for Divock Origi as well as fans of Liverpool and the Belgian national team as forward Divock Origi's ankle injury is not severe enough as to require surgery and he could be fit in time for Euro 2016.

A scan revealed that the ligament damage surrounding Origi's ankle can heal without surgery, which should get him back on the pitch in a few weeks. While it may mean his season with Liverpool may be over, it is still encouraging that the injury is not as bad as first thought. Belgium play their first group stage match of the Euros on June 13, and the current timetable should allow Origi the chance to heal and get some training in before the competition starts.
Apr 28 - 1:34 PM

Jurgen Klopp revealed in his press conference ahead of Liverpool's Europa League tie with Villareal that striker Christian Benteke is fit an available for selection.

Benteke is fully recovered from knee ligament damage that kept him out of action for a month and offers much-needed depth at the striker position now that Divock Origi is sidelined. Benteke has been a big disappointment in his first season at Anfield but that will not stop Klopp from trying to extract the most he can from the Belgian. Daniel Sturridge will almost certainly be the starter for both legs of the Europa League semifinal and is the preferred option in league play, but with a heavy schedule, it is possible we see Benteke start one of the last four league games to preserve Sturridge. This will not be good news for Sturridge owners in fantasy but he will certainly have value down the stretch regardless. Benteke cannot be counted on for more than one start at this point, and should remain off of fantasy rosters.
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 28 - 1:27 PM

Liverpool looked to be in control by taking a 2-0 lead over Newcastle United but the Magpies mounted a comeback and the Reds could only muster a 2-2 draw.

It looked to be more of the same for the Reds when it comes to their recent attacking form, as they found a goal just 67 seconds into the match. Alberto Moreno delivered a deep ball to Daniel Sturridge at the edge of the area and the striker was able to turn and blast a shot past two defenders and the goalkeeper. Moreno notches a second assist on the half hour mark, picking out Adam Lallana at the top of the box and Lallana put a fine touch on his shot to tuck it just under the bar. The second half was a different story as Newcastle pulled one back just three minutes after play resumed. The Magpie defense then started to tighten and while Liverpool had plenty of possession in the final third to find a match-winner, they could never create the space necessary to execute a challenging shot. A win would have seen the Reds leapfrog West Ham in the table but all focus now will be on their Europa League semifinal this Thursday.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 23 - 12:13 PM

Liverpool released a statement on their official website that Mamadou Sakho will not be available for selection as he is currently under investigation by UEFA for an anti-doping violation.

The club stated that Sakho has not been formally suspended, but the defender will be kept from playing until the "process" of the investigation has been carried out. Sakho had recently become a hero on the pitch with his goal that brought the Reds level against Borussia Dortmund then scoring again in the Merseyside derby. Kolo Toure returns to center back for Liverpool today, partnering Dejan Lovren, while Martin Skrtel is fit enough to make the bench.
Apr 23 - 9:21 AM

As initially feared, a scan of the ankle Divock Origi injured in Liverpool's derby win over Everton has revealed ligament damage and the forward is a major doubt to play again this season.

Origi was a victim of one of the uglier injuries you will see all season, not just for the damage that was done but for the fashion in which it was inflicted. Ramiro Funes Mori stamped Origi on the ankle and held it there as the Belgian twisted and fell to ground. Jurgen Klopp did not want to officially declare his season over, but it is looking grim for his chances. This does have a direct impact on the viability of Daniel Sturridge as a fantasy option. With Christian Benteke yet to return and likely not trusted to start often when he does, Sturridge is a safer bet to start. The only possible scenario to spoil that notion is if Jurgen Klopp plays a false 9 with Roberto Firmino playing up took, like he did on occasion earlier in the season.
Apr 22 - 9:01 AM

Liverpool will be pleased to have thoroughly beaten their derby rivals Everton 4-0, but the victory was marred by a potential serious injury to one of their goal scorers, Divock Origi.

Liverpool looked the more threatening attacking side from the start but the two sides were goalless as halftime approached. On 43 minutes, the Reds broke through when James Milner sent a cross to find Origi at the back post and the latter headed home. It is his 3rd goal in the past three league games, where he has only averaged 38 minutes an appearance. Milner would get a second assist, crossing yet again for Mamadou Sakho and the defender nodded it to goal. The bad news came five minutes into the second half as Origi had his ankle stamped on and needed to be stretchered off. His replacement Daniel Sturridge would score to make it 3-0, assisted by Lucas and Philippe Coutinho finished it off with a lovely right-footed strike, set up by Joe Allen.

Kolo Toure is a doubt for Liverpool ahead of their derby clash with Everton tomorrow evening as the defender tries to shake off a muscle cramp picked up against AFC Bournemouth over the weekend.

Toure was removed in the win over the Cherries on 66 minutes, with Mamadou Sakho coming in to finish off the game. Toure was one of several players named in the XI over the weekend who are normally not first choice, with the manager clearly resting his key players for the upcoming derby. With that being the case, if if Toure were fit for tomorrow, there is almost no chance he will start again. Sakho and Dejan Lovren, both stars in the amazing come-from-behind win over Borussia Dortmund last week, will be the center back pairing against the Toffees in all likelihood.
Source: HITC Sport
Apr 19 - 9:56 AM

Divock Origi is an early doubt for Wednesdays’ Merseyside derby after picking up a back injury at Bournemouth yesterday.

Origi was a late second half replacement for Roberto Firmino and appeared to come through his 15 minute cameo at the Vitality relatively unscathed. But after the final whistle, manager Jurgen Klopp revealed the Belgian striker would be assessed ahead of game against their local rivals: "Origi got a knock on his back, I think. I asked him after the game and he said it was a little knock in the back and hopefully it's not serious." The Liverpool manager also went on to confirm Kolo Toure is almost certain to miss out after a muscular issue forced him off during the first half of Sundays’ win: "[His injury is] a little bit more serious, it's the muscle. I'm not sure if it's cramp or more but in the last few months Kolo had absolutely no issue with his muscles so hopefully it's not a big thing."
Source: Daily Star
Apr 18 - 6:31 AM

Jurgen Klopp rang in the changes but it was one of Liverpool's stars, Daniel Sturridge, who provided an goal and an assist to guide the Reds to a 1-2 win over AFC Bournemouth.

Roberto Firmino was the only player to start Thursday against Dortmund and again today. Fringe players Danny Ward, Connor Randall, Brad Smith and Kevin Stewart were all handed starts and Lucas played at center back. It worked out in the end as many key players were rested ahead of the Merseyside derby and they grabbed the three points. In the 41st minute, A Jordon Ibe corner was backheeled on target by Sturridge and Firmino scored on the rebound. Ibe then assisted Sturridge directly just before halftime as the former delivered another corner and the latter headed it into the corner of goal. The Cherries pulled one back late but with too little time to change the result.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 17 - 10:36 AM

Emre Can could miss the remainder of the season after a scan confirmed the 22-year-old had ruptured ankle ligaments.

The Liverpool midfielder hobbled off during Thursdays’ dramatic Europa League win over Borussia, but the victory was marred by the news that Can will miss between 4-6 weeks. Can joins Jordan Henderson in the treatment room after the Liverpool skipper damaged knee ligaments in Dortmund seven days earlier. The pair have a chance of making the final on May 18, if, Liverpool can find a way past Villarreal in the semis.
Source: Daily Mail
Apr 16 - 10:43 AM

Liverpool will have to wait on the results of a scan to determine the extent of injury for Emre Can and it is possible he has kicked his last ball this season.

Can was already forced to miss out on this weekend's match against AFC Bournemouth, but the valuable defensive midfielder suffered an ankle injury during the Reds memorable win over Borussia Dortmund on Thursday. He seems very likely to miss out on both of Liverpool's double gameweeks fixtures and perhaps Week 35 as well against Newcastle United in a best-case scenario. Should the scan come back with bad news, his season could very well be over, which would be especially detrimental to the club's Europa League trophy hopes. Can was leading the competition in successful tackles before succumbing to the injury. Joe Allen looks poised to see plenty of pitch time during the run-in, partnering James Milner in the middle of the pitch, with Lucas providing an alternative option.
Apr 15 - 1:42 PM

James Milner has had a very productive week so far, notching two assists in the win over Stoke on Sunday and two more assists in a wild 4-3 win over Borussia Dortmund this evening.

While names like Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge are typically the first to enter one's thinking when investing in Liverpool attacking players, Milner might be the wisest pick of all ahead of their double gameweek. He has a couple of key factors working in his favor - he is more heavily involved in set pieces now that Jordan Henderson is out with injury, with penalty duties thought to be a part of the equation, and he is far less likely to be rested in either match this gameweek in comparison to the other three big options. He is looking a great value at 6.5m and has the benefit of a home game against Newcastle the following week making him even more attractive.
Source: Daily Mail
Apr 14 - 8:18 PM


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