Player News - Liverpool

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Making his first start since Week 6 last weekend and Brendan Rodgers apparently pleased with what he saw with a shakeup in formation, Lazar Markovic could be poised for a run in the side which puts him on the fantasy radar.

Rodgers liked what he saw when deploying three center backs and using wingers with Markovic having played on the right last weekend. He didn't score or assist but still managed a respectable 8 points in the Yahoo game, having been subbed off on 73 minutes. Still under 21, there is plenty of room for the prospect to grow and make his mark in the Premier League. At 5.66m in the Yahoo game, it is a situation worth monitoring closely.
Dec 25 - 12:30 PM

Mamadou Sakho looks set to continue in place of the injured Dejan Lovren as Liverpool travel to Turf Moor on Boxing Day.

The $36 million signing has failed to live up to his huge tag since joining from Southampton in the summer with many believing his absence ‘is a blessing in disguise’ following a number of erratic defensive blunders in the heart of defence. Lovren was replaced during the Capital One Cup win over Bournemouth at half-time as a precaution but a further examination confirmed a minor groin strain which kept him out of the draw against Arsenal on Sunday. Liverpool are hopeful the defender could return over Christmas but following their impressive display at Anfield Rodgers’ maybe happy to stick with a back three which consists of Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho.
Dec 24 - 8:24 PM

Mario Balotelli is available to Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool travel to Burnley on Boxing Day, but the manager admits that the striker "may be ill-suited to the Reds’ high-intensity style."

Well it is nice to know that Rodgers is the final person on the planet to view the Balotelli transfer as an abject failure but the truth is, he was never a good fit to replace Luis Suarez considering they were letting go a world class player for his antics and replacing him with perhaps the world leader in antics. Bottom line, they need Daniel Sturridge in their XI week in, week out to compete on any level that even slightly resembles the club that nearly won the title last season. Balotelli may not get sold in January but it looks clear he won't be at Anfield by the end of summer 2015.
Dec 24 - 5:35 PM

Raheem Sterling can help Liverpool get back to winning ways as the Reds head to Burnley's Turf Moor on Boxing Day.

Brendan Rodgers has changed Liverpool’s system in recent matches and this switch has Sterling playing as the main striker, which is always a huge bonus when a player is listed as a midfielder in a fantasy game. Sterling had been going through a difficult spell over the past month or so but this new position has the England man looking a genuine goal threat again and he’s an extremely tempting option for Week Eighteen as the Reds travel to Burnley.
Dec 24 - 8:00 AM

Martin Skrtel's injury caused nine minutes of injury time and Liverpool used most of that time before Skrtel equalized in an action-packed match at Anfield.

Martin Skrtel's driven header late into stoppage time pull out a deserved point for Liverpool at Anfield. The Reds dominated Arsenal early in the match but couldn't find the net until the end of the first half. Philippe Coutinho scored in the 45th minute to open the scoring. Arsenal responded almost immediately through Mathieu Debuchy. Olivier Giroud looked to have the winner through Santi Cazorla in the 64th minute until Skrtel crushed an Adam Lallana corner into the back of the net.
Dec 21 - 1:02 PM

Mario Balotelli has been suspended for GW17 for posting an abusive Instagram photo.

Balotelli will miss Liverpool's match against Arsenal this weekend and will have to pay a $40,000 fine. The striker has had a rough season as he has yet to score in the Premier League and hasn't been able to replace any of the production lost through the departure of Luis Suarez and the injury to Daniel Sturridge. He is not a great fantasy option as of now but it's worth noting Balotelli can be streaky and can quickly become an option if he finds the back of the net soon.
Dec 18 - 2:32 PM

Adam Lallana continued to disappoint fantasy managers in Liveprool's 3-0 loss to Manchester United.

Lallana has dropped off significantly from last season and Liverpool's lack of success hasn't helped. They are clearly missing the spark that Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge provided last season and their whole team is struggling as a result. Lallana's fantasy value might go up with Sturridge returning from injury but we wouldn't bet on him to be a good fantasy option this season.
Dec 18 - 2:25 PM

With the current rash of injuries among the Reds, Brendan Rodgers has been using three centerbacks and playing Alberto Moreno further up the pitch as more of a wingback/midfielder which adds to his fantasy value.

This would be extremely significant if Liverpool were defending anywhere near adequately right now, but they are not, so expecting a clean sheet along with any potential attacking returns from Moreno this weekend is asking a bit much as they host Arsenal this weekend. Still, any out-of-position players moved farther up the pitch are worth alerting as the chance of reaping points through attacking and defending is always possible.
Dec 18 - 10:34 AM

Brendan Rodgers has indicated that he will stay with Brad Jones between the sticks for the foreseeable future, and the keeper is available for the bare minimum 1m in the Yahoo game.

First, a disclaimer is needed: Buyer Beware. Jones is only attractive as one's backup keeper in the Yahoo game, as Liverpool are a mess right now and facing Arsenal next. There should be no plans to actually use him this weekend in any format. However, should the unlikely scenario occur where the Reds turn things around defensively, and Jones somehow supplants Mignolet long term, then he could be rotated in as a fantasy starter in certain weeks. With the transfer window coming it would seem that Jones would only keep his job until the New Year, when Brendan Rodgers can either decide to try and sell Migs and bring in someone else or give him back the job, seeing has how his wages are about 10 times that of Jones. There is reason to think Jones could slot in as a starter in your Yahoo XI between now and then with home to Leicester in Week 20 looking the most attractive, but best to keep him benched until you see something positive first.
Dec 15 - 11:46 AM

Brendan Rodgers’ misery was compounded on Sunday when his Liverpool side drew a blank at Old Trafford making it just two wins from eight as the Reds slide to tenth in the table.

The big news prior to kick-off was that Brad Jones would be between the sticks with Belgium goalkeeper Simon Mignolet expecting to be sidelined for an "indefinite period" as Rodgers looks to change things – following the loss to United Jones will be thankful for the vote-of-confidence having looked suspect on the first and third goals. The game marked the return of Kolo Toure [groin] after missing out midweek and the Ivorian was called in action a little earlier than expected as Glen Johnson over-stretched midway through the first half. However Liverpool can at least take heart from the performance of Mario Balotelli – who himself has just returned from injury – the Italian striker looked full of endeavour and was only denied a goal by man-of-the-match David de Gea who pulled off a stunning save.
Dec 14 - 1:56 PM

Liverpool suffered perhaps their most frustrating result of the season, losing 3-0 at Old Trafford to Manchester United as the season for the two sides continues to head in opposite directions.

"Frustrating" is a common description for a result that goes bad in the Premier League, but there really is no better word for what the Reds endured today. They came out on the front foot, and Raheem Sterling used his pace to sneak himself into high percentage scoring positions but he was denied by David De Gea early and often and though Pool had the game on paper, United were in control 2-0 at the half. The missed opportunities for Raheem Sterling shifted to Mario Balotelli, who came on as a substitute in the second half and proceeded to, well, be Mario Balotelli -- show massive flair, come up empty and pick up a silly yellow card in the process. Today's result was a reflection of the two biggest names in the league last year no longer around - Luis Suarez, which has turned Pool from title contenders into mid-table mediocrity and David Moyes, who's epic fail of a season at Old Trafford can be forgotten about as van Gaal rights the ship.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 14 - 10:46 AM

Liverpool's wretched Champions League campaign came to a disappointing conclusion as they failed to beat Basel at Anfield and saw their hopes of reaching the knockout phase evaporate.

This performance summed up Liverpool's season so far. Sloppy in possession and outplayed by Basel, they found themselves deservedly behind after 25 minutes when Fabian Frei hit a fine finish in to the bottom corner of the net. Needing a win to qualify, Brendan Rodgers sprung a surprise at half-time by removing Ricky Lambert - his only striker on the pitch - for Lazar Markovic, who was promptly sent off within 15 minutes of the re-start for swinging an arm. Steven Gerrard did his best Superman impression with a stunning free-kick 10 minutes from time and Liverpool did exert some pressure in the final minutes as they pushed for the required winner, but it ended 1-1, and Europa League football beckons in the new year.
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 10 - 4:27 AM

Alberto Moreno finished the day with 14 fantasy points partially due to Liverpool's clean sheet.

Liverpool have only conceded one goal in their last three matches and their defenders have been a solid source of points during that stretch. We don't anticipate that the continue when they face Manchester United and Arsenal next, so we'd look for other options for the next two weeks. The same can be said about their goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
Dec 6 - 2:09 PM

Liverpool and Sunderland ended in a scoreless draw Saturday with both teams showing very little to be desired.

Raheem Sterling had a few bright moments, but overall Liverpool lacked quality in the final third. The game picked up a bit with the insertion of Steven Gerrard with about 25 minutes to go, but they couldn't breakdown Sunderland's defensive approach to the game. The Reds have scored one goal or less in six of its last seven games. In that same span Sterling has just two assists and he hasn't found the back of the net since September 20. He's an intriguing player, but his inconsistency to get on the scoresheet will hurt you. Continue looking elsewhere for a replacement.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 6 - 2:01 PM

Adam Lallana, Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson tally strikes in Liverpool's 3-1 win over Leicester City.

Liverpool went down 1-0 early off an own goal from Simon Mignolet, but Lallana equalized five minutes later and Gerrard and Henderson added second-half strikes to give Liverpool a 3-1 victory at King Power Stadium. Gerrard got his third goal of the season and his first since September 27, while Lallana and Henderson each got their second of the season and their first since October 4.

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