Player News - Liverpool

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Nathaniel Clyne should be back for Liverpool’s next Premier League game after missing the 1-1 draw against Man United because of injury.

The big news prior to kick off at Old Trafford was the surprise inclusion of Trent Alexander-Arnold who made his full Premier League debut at right-back in the absence of Clyne. Previously, the 18-year-old had managed only a brief injury time cameo at Middlesbrough [GW16] although Arnold has been involved in both domestic cup competitions this term. There was no mention of an injury doubt during Friday's media briefing, but Jürgen Klopp did offer an update ahead of the north-west derby: "We all have – a few of us probably have a few more – 14 muscles between the ribs and one of these hurts a lot. He got a knock at Southampton," before going onto to add. "Clyne can nearly cope with everything so we all thought it will work out, but in training [Saturday] he twisted it a little bit. We had to wait overnight and he said this morning ‘no chance’.
Source: The Metro
Jan 16 - 5:20 AM

James Milner converted a penalty early but Liverpool struggled to create chances and will be happy with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

It is reasonable to think that Liverpool would be happy with the result. With Sadio Mane away at the African Cup of Nations, Philippe Coutinho just back from a long injury layoff and Nathaniel Clyne out the Reds were hardly at full strength. On the other side, Manchester United were both healthy and in great form. Jurgen Klopp's side didn't create a great deal but got a goal early but couldn't quite make it stand up.
Source: Espnfc.com
Jan 15 - 3:04 PM

Southampton took a 1-0 advantage over Liverpool in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final, but the Reds were able to get Philippe Coutinho back into action.

James Milner also returned, in a starting role, after shaking off a minor calf complaint. Coutinho, meanwhile, came on for the final half hour of the match and had an immediate impact on what was a previously ineffective attack. The Brazilian's return should see his compatriot, Roberto Firmino, shift back to the central role of a false nine formation going forward, but, as much as Jurgen Klopp would like to name Coutinho to his XI this weekend against Manchester United, the manager may ease the playmaker back with another role from the bench. With Sadio Mane off to AFCON, we should see a front three of Firmino, Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge in the coming weeks with Divock Origi another option.
Jan 12 - 6:01 AM

Jürgen Klopp confirmed Philippe Coutinho "is fit enough" to be involved on Wednesday night after stepping up his recovery from injury.

Liverpool take on Southampton in the semi-final of the EFL Cup at Anfield and the Brazilian star looks set to be named in the match day squad following his return to training last week. Coutinho hasn’t featured since damaging ankle ligaments against Sunderland in November but Klopp could give 24-year-old minutes from the bench with one eye on this weekend’s trip to Old Trafford. The Reds boss also hinted that Loris Karius could start in goal. James Milner appears to be over his recent calf problem, but Jordan Henderson is still feeling [heel] pain although he is a "good way" and is hoping to rejoin the main group on Thursday. Joel Matip is making progress and could come back into contention for the FA Cup replay at Plymouth in 10 days.
Source: ESPNFC.co.uk
Jan 9 - 10:21 AM

Jürgen Klopp was taking no chances at Sunderland on Monday after replacing James Milner at half-time as a precaution.

The midfielder, come left-back did not appear for the second forty-five at the Stadium of Light after receiving a kick to his lower leg during a hard-fought opening on Wearside: "It felt like he got a knock on this calf, but he didn't know exactly," Klopp said. "So, we had to be really careful. That's why we changed him." Liverpool take on Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup this weekend, but with a readymade replacement waiting in the wings, Klopp could rest the 31-year-old and pass full-back duties onto Alberto Moreno. Daniel Sturridge should be okay for Sunday, but again the Reds boss won't want to take any chances with his injury prone attacker: "He got a knock on his right ankle. I don’t think it’s too bad." Jordan Henderson [heel] could return within 10 days but Sadio Mane will miss the next month, at least, after leaving for the African Cup of Nations.
Jan 4 - 12:40 PM

Liverpool allowed two leads to evaporate and could only manage a point against Sunderland as the two sides played to a 2-2 finish at the Stadium of Light.

After perhaps their finest defensive display of the season just two days ago against Manchester City, Liverpool managed to stop Sunderland scoring from open play. Unfortunately, the defense made a couple of mistakes under pressure and allowed two penalties to cancel out the leads of 0-1 and 1-2. The Reds scored first when Daniel Sturridge headed home a wayward shot by Dejan Lovren, the latter credited with the dubious assist. The second goal came from Sadio Mane, who pounced on a loose ball that came about from a corner. Mane now heads to the Africa Cup of Nations as Jurgen Klopp hopes Philippe Coutinho can fill the void when the Reds play their next league match in thirteen days.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 2 - 12:12 PM

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has emerged as a slight doubt to face Sunderland on Monday due to a heel injury.

The midfielder was subbed off in the 64th minute of Liverpool's massive 1-0 win against Manchester City on New Year's Eve with a heel issue, although it's not the same foot that had caused him problems earlier in the year. If Henderson cannot face Sunderland, expect Divock Origi and Emre Can to be part of the starting lineup. Said manager Jurgen Klopp: "In this moment, it’s a little bit of pain in the heel," Klopp told the media during his post-match news conference. "If Hendo is limping, it is probably a little bit more pain. We have to see. We will see. We don’t know exactly in this moment."
Jan 1 - 3:47 PM

Liverpool will continue to be without Philippe Coutinho and Joel Matip for Monday's trip to Sunderland.

Both starters were originally expected to return from ankle injuries to face Manchester City on New Years Eve, but now look to be assessed more on a game-to-game basis. However, the club didn't seem to miss the duo much with Ragnar Klavan helping the side to a clean sheet and Georginio Wijnaldum scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win against City. Said Klopp on the pair's fitness: "I don't believe in miracles. Nobody told me they can do what you have to do when you want to play a football game in two days, so no chance...We will make a line-up, then the medical department gives me the opportunity to, if I have no choice then the players who are fit will play."
Jan 1 - 3:43 PM

Liverpool took a titanic step in their title push by overcoming Pep Guardiola's Manchester City on a 1-0 scoreline.

Liverpool are now 4 points clear of City and 6 off leaders Chelsea in the title race. In the first half, City failed to take the initiative in spite of their superiority in possession. Instead, Liverpool had the best of the chances and were ahead through Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum. He headed home a sublime cross from the left by Adam Lallana beyond Claudio Bravo. Liverpool's hard press was as successful in the second half as it had been in the first but both sides were guilty of wasteful possession. City could not provide Sergio Aguero with a gilt edged opportunity, though the Argentine and many other big guns were lacking the edge necessary in title deciding ties. The most credit goes to Klopp and Liverpool's defence for a resolute display under near-constant pressure.
Source: BBC Sport
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 02:34:00 PM

Adam Lallana continued his scorching hot form as he equalized Jon Walters' first half tally and then it was off to the races as Liverpool scored three more unanswered for a 4-1 win.

The Christmas season looked to be piling progressively more misery on Jurgen Klopp's men. After Roberto Firmino was pulled over for drunk driving on Christmas Eve the Reds looked decidedly off the pace as their match with the Potters started. Jon Walters scored the opener and Joe Allen nearly made it 2-0 but for a strong save from Simon Mignolet. Lallana converted a deflected Sadio Mane pass for Liverpool's equalizer and the flood gates opened. Firmino put the Reds into the lead a couple of minutes later and Giannelli Imbula (OG) and Daniel Sturridge score in the second half for the final 4-1 tally.
Source: espnfc.com
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 02:33:00 PM

Philippe Coutinho had been targeting a return on New Year's Eve when Liverpool take on Manchester City, but the Brazilian's ankle is still keeping him out of training and Jurgen Klopp categorized Coutinho's chances of returning for New Year's Eve as "very unlikely".

FPL managers should have dropped Coutinho by now, so news of a delayed return does not hurt too much, but for those who own him in draft leagues will be disappointed. The Reds turn around and play again on January 2nd against Sunderland, so one would assume Coutinho is likely to miss that match as well. That would set up a return for Week 20, when the Reds play Manchester United. It would be wise to hold Coutinho out until he is ready as Klopp will need to depend on him in January as Sadio Mane will be absent for some time playing in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Source: Daily Star
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 05:40:00 AM

Joel Matip will not need an operation to cure a persistent and long standing ankle problem but Liverpool could be without the defender in January as the Cameroon FA look to impose a ban for the duration of the 2017 African Cup of Nations.

Matip missed the Merseyside derby because of injury but speaking ahead of the game Jürgen Klopp played down fears of a serious problem: "It’s just a case of time. There will be no surgery, there is not even a risk of it. It is only about resting the injury," he said. "Against West Ham it was possible to play but then against Middlesbrough it was not." However, the Reds may yet still lose their centre-back for around three-weeks following Matip’s decision not to partake in the upcoming AFCoN tournament. Cameroon coach Hugo Broos is clearly unhappy: "These players have put personal interest above those of the national team and the federation reserves the right to take action against the players in accordance with FIFA regulations."
Source: Sports Mole
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 05:22:00 AM

Philippe Coutinho reveals he is targeting a return against Man City on New Year’s Eve although Jürgen Klopp wouldn’t be drawn on whether the Brazilian star could be ready in time.

Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com Coutinho confirmed his recovery is "progressing well" with a view to facing Pep Guardiola’s side on December 31: "This is still my hope - to return for this game," he said. "The rehab is going really well. I can now walk without crutches and I am working well with the medical team. I'm pleased with how I am recovering." However, Klopp refused to give a specific timeframe as he dodged questions about Coutinho's potential return: "It would be cool [if he could return in game week 19]. He is improving a lot [but] we will have to see. [I have] no idea at the moment. I never rush a player back." Liverpool struggled initially following the injury to Coutinho, losing and drawing the next two matches, but their title charge looks to be back on track after back-to-back Premier League wins.
Source: Sky Sports
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 04:50:00 AM

The man Ronald Koeman brought to the Premier League was his undoing as Sadio Mane scored from a rebound late in stoppage time to give Liverpool a 1-0 victory over bitter rivals Everton.

After Daniel Sturridge rolled a shot from distance just past the hands of Joel Robles that hit the post, Sadio Mane pounced on the rebound and turned it home for the only goal of the match. Outside of the goal it was exactly what you expect from a derby clash with energetic tackles and yellow cards outnumbering flowing passing moves by a significant margin. It looked like it was going to go the distance nil-nil before Mane's goal rescued the points and Christmas joy for the red side of Stanley Park.
Source: espnfc.com
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 05:05:00 PM

Jurgen Klopp has not ruled out Emre Can, Daniel Sturridge or Joel Matip for Monday night's Merseyside derby, but the trio all require late fitness tests to determiner their involvement.

Can sounds to have the best chance of featuring against Everton, as the manager stated the German international will be involved, provided he comes out of training over the next couple of days unscathed. The Merseyside derby is never short on physicality and Klopp may want Can in his XI over the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum. Joel Matip's ankle issue isn't thought to be serious, but the manager says the defender is still feeling pain in the area. Ragnar Klavan would get another start if Matip cannot go. Whether Sturridge is fit or not, he is most likely a bench option as Divock Origi is in too good of form to drop right now.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 12:43:00 AM



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