Player News - Liverpool

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Liverpool announced the club has tied down defender Dejan Lovren to a new long-term contract after an impressive season.

The Croatian international bounced back from a down year by making 25 appearances in the Premier League, starting every match despite missing a month with injury. Lovren has been the club's bona fide leader along the back-line, forming a fluid partnership with summer signing Joel Matip. Now, it looks like the pair will be together for years to come following the 27-year-old Lovren's new deal. Said manager Jurgen Klopp: "In a situation like this, you really have to look from the outside. If Dejan played for another club, you would think about signing him. Then you would have to think about what would you have to pay for him and it would be a lot - a big sum of money. Having him around and giving him a new contract and working with him together… he is 27 years old and his best time for a centre-half is still to come."
Apr 29 - 10:54 AM

Reports on Saturday suggest Daniel Sturridge could miss tomorrows clash at Anfield having sat out of "several" training sessions this week.

The injury-plagued striker has endured another hugely disappointing season, only five Premier League starts [2-goals], and his days at Liverpool look to be numbered following his fourth injury of 2017 [calf / hip / ankle]. But while Sturridge remains a major doubt, Joel Matip and Lucas Leiva look to be winning their race to recover from muscular injuries in time to face Crystal Palace. Ragnar Klavan [knee] is expected to miss out and Jürgen Klopp "may try" Joe Gomez who has impressed for the Under-23s recently. Even though Firmino is training away from the main group, the Brazilian star will be fine as the club carefully manage him between games due to concerns that he is in the "red zone" [increased injury risk].
Apr 22 - 11:43 AM

Jurgen Klopp delivered some potentially bad news in his presser ahead of Liverpool's match against Crystal Palace this weekend, as Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan and Lucas have all popped up on the injury report.

At the center-back positions this weekend, it looks like it will be Dejan Lovren partnering...someone. Matip is carrying a knock, minor enough for one to think, given the current state of the roster, the defender is prepared to play through. Klavan, on the other hand, has been dealing with a ligament issue on and off in recent weeks, so his status is quite unclear. Lucas, meanwhile, normally provides cover in central defense when Liverpool have an injury crisis, but he, too, has a knock. Whatever the partnership this weekend, the news should give a bump to Crystal Palace's attacking players, who are being heavily invested in for their double gameweek.
Apr 21 - 5:18 AM

Roberto Firmino continues to train away from the main group as the club carefully manage their Brazilian star.

Liverpool are said to be concerned that Firmino is in the ‘red zone’ which essentially means he is at high risk of picking up a soft tissue injury. His workload will be monitored closely between games to minimise the chances of picking up a strain or tear. The 25-year-old has really stepped up in recent weeks, following an injury to Adam Lallana, contributing two goals + two assists in April while he has already surpassed last season’s goal scoring tally [11]. Liverpool take on Crystal Palace this weekend knowing that another three-points will help cement their place in third and go some way towards clinching a Champions League qualification spot. Adam Lallana [thigh] has stepped up his recovery with one eye on a return in game week thirty-five while captain Jordan Henderson [foot] is not far behind following his recent setback.
Source: The Metro
Apr 19 - 1:48 PM

A goal in first half stoppage time by Roberto Firmino was all Liverpool's attack could manage today, but it was enough to take all the points as they kept West Brom out in a 0-1 win.

Neither side looked particularly threatening in the first half, but Liverpool were in control of the game, spending much more time in the final third than the Baggies. A free kick was awarded just before halftime that led to the lone goal. James Milner sent the ball in and Lucas flicked it on to Firmino, who headed it home. There was little influence provided by Philippe Coutinho or Divock Origi in the attack, but the defense did it's job, with Simon Mignolet coming up with a big save late on. The Reds move ahead of Manchester City to third in the table, though the Citizens have a game in hand.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 16 - 10:31 AM

Sadio Mane insists he will be back "even better than before" after successfully undergoing knee surgery.

The Senegal international damaged the lateral [outer] meniscus in his left knee against Everton ten days ago, which ended Mane’s season when specialists agreed that the Liverpool attacker needed to go under the knife. Initial reports suggest the 25-year-old will be sidelined for around 8 weeks but the procedure should ensure that Mane is back and ready for when the players reconvene for pre-season in July. The Reds take on West Bromwich Albion this weekend and Jürgen Klopp is expected to be without captain Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana who are still recovering from respective foot and thigh injuries. However, teenage midfielder Luis Longstaff was pictured with the first-team at Melwood today suggesting he could be involved at the Hawthorns on Sunday.
Apr 12 - 1:36 PM

There's no doubt who Liverpool will rely upon to fill the void left by Saido Mane following a 2-1 win against Stoke City.

Mane, undoubtedly the star of Liverpool's season thus far, was ruled out earlier this week for the remainder of the season with knee surgery likely. But manager Juergen Klopp seemed to make matters more difficult for himself by leaving Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho out of the starting lineup for youngsters Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold. But at halftime, everything changed for the reds. On came the Brazilian attackers, who within two minutes of each other turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead. It started in the 70th minute with Coutinho, who was a doubt to play after missing training this week due to illness and then Firmino issued the game-winner in the 72nd with a half-volley for Liverpool's first road win of 2017.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 8 - 12:03 PM

Jurgen Klopp has made it official today in ruling out Sadio Mane for the rest of the season as the winger will undergo knee surgery.

The Reds had to wait for an additional scan that measured the extent of Mane's injury and they got the answer most people expected. Mane will need to have an operation to repair torn meniscus cartilage and, if all goes well, will be ready to train again in June, but that does not help Liverpool's aspirations for the run-in. Mane's pace and creativity cannot be replaced. But, Divock Origi has proven to be an effective weapon in the attack and as long as the Brazilian duo of Firmino and Coutinho stay fit, it is still a potent front three. If Origi is still available in the free agent pool of your draft league, scoop him up immediately.
Source: ESPN FC
Apr 7 - 7:38 AM

Liverpool had the lead with three minutes remaining in regular time, but AFC Bournemouth were able to find a late equalizer to wipe two points off the Reds' season as the two sides played to a 2-2 final.

Riding high off of their recent derby win, the Reds look poised to keep the momentum going with a home game against the Cherries. However, Liverpool's Achilles heel has been their defending, and it hurt them again today, as they allowed Bournemouth an early goal. The Reds battled back though. Five minutes before halftime, Philippe Coutinho continued his reawakening, getting on the end of a Roberto Firmino through ball before finishing sharply. Just before the hour mark, the Reds went out in front, as Divock Origi headed home a Georginio Wijnaldum cross. Liverpool held the advantage into the final minutes, but coughed up an equalizer to Bouremouth. A loss by Manchester City keeps Liverpool 3rd in the table for now. Origi scores in his second straight appearance an may be a valuable fantasy asset for the run-in, as we expect Sadio Mane to have kicked his last ball this season.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 5 - 5:09 PM

Sadio Mane will undergo another scan and the club will know within the next 48 hours whether the Senegalese international will require surgery, effectively ending his season.

Unless you have been living under a rock since the Merseyside derby, you are well aware of Mane's injury plight. Initial scans revealed damage done to his knee but the plan is to allow a few days to pass, take another scan, then determine whether or not a minor operation in needed to repair damaged meniscus cartilage. If surgery is required, it is about an eight week recovery period, which would keep him out for the remainder of the season. Being the competitor that he is, Mane is hoping to avoid surgery and help his club reach the goal of a spot in next season's Champions League. The current view of the Echo is that surgery is much more likely than not. A major blow to fantasy owners, especially to those in draft leagues who had to endure time missed already in 2017 due to commitments in the Africa Cup of Nations. Divock Origi stands to benefit the most from his absence and Klopp might try and kick the tires on Daniel Sturridge before the season ends.
Apr 5 - 8:26 AM

And just like that, it looks like Liverpool have lost another midfielder due to injury with Sadio Mane set to miss the midweek match.

What we still don't know is how long Mane is set to miss after leaving the club's 3-1 win in the Merseyside derby in the 53rd minute with an unspecified leg injury. The playmaker underwent scans and tests over the past two days, and manager Jurgen Klopp is expected to address the issue Tuesday in his prematch press conference. However, Klopp said he doesn't think Mane will be available for the Bournemouth match: "When I saw him in the dressing room, it didn’t look like he’ll be ready for Wednesday. We will see, hope. I don’t know exactly, I don’t want to speculate now. Obviously he has pain and it didn’t look like it’s only a knock or a muscle or something, but we have to wait."
Apr 3 - 3:29 PM

Philippe Coutinho was the star player on the day, scoring a brilliant goal and providing an assist as Liverpool once again have their way with their crosstown rivals Everton in a 3-1 win.

Liverpool would go on top before the ten minute mark and not look back, with Sadio Mane opening the scoring, playing a 1-2 with Roberto Firmino before racing to the left edge of the box and then sent a low shot that tucked inside the far post. Everton would level the match just before the half hour mark but Coutinho put the Reds ahead to stay for good just three minutes later, taking a pass from Lucas near the center circle, then dribbling into the left side of the area, switched the ball to his right foot and sent a classic curler past a helpless Joel Robles. Mane had to exit the match early with an injury, but his replacement, Divock Origi, scored on the hour mark, latching onto a pretty pass by Coutinho before firing home. After a couple of months with little production, Coutinho made his presence known once again today.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 1 - 9:35 AM

Sadio Mane opened the scoring in the Anfield edition of this season's Merseyside derby, but the electric winger had to leave early in the second half following a leg injury.

The injury occurred in the 53rd minute, when Mane collided with Everton's Leighton Baines and Mane fell with his leg bent awkwardly. Liverpool appear to have put the game to bed as Mane's substitute Divock Origi scored a few minutes later, but Emre Can also had an injury scare just after that, though the German international is carrying on for now. The exact nature and potential time missed regarding Mane's injury should be revealed later in the day, but with a quick turnaround, one has to think his availability for Wednesday's match with Bournemouth is in serious jeopardy.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 1 - 8:57 AM

Daniel Sturridge has returned to training this week after spending a month on the shelf with a hip problem, but his participation in this weekend's Merseyside derby is highly unlikely.

If there is one thing we have learned this season out of Anfield is that Jurgen Klopp appears set to offload Sturridge this summer as the striker's ongoing injury issues has depleted the manager's faith. At this point, Divock Origi has likely passed Sturridge on the depth chart when both are fit, and that is just to play the role as first option off the bench, as Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are the clear starters in the front three. Like Klopp, fantasy managers should have little to no faith in Sturridge at this point, but perhaps the England international can make an impact down the stretch and increase his appeal on the market this summer.
Mar 31 - 12:40 AM

Jordan Henderson has been ruled out of this weekend's Merseyside derby as the midfielder has failed to recover in time from a foot injury.

The always-intense and highly anticipated clash with crosstown rivals Everton will have to commence without Liverpool's captain, who will now miss his fifth consecutive league match following the injury which occurred on the training ground. The central midfield trio in Jurgen Klopp's 4-4-3 is further damaged with the absence of Adam Lallana. However, the Reds are blessed with a pretty deep squad, so the manager will likely turn to Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum with perhaps Lucas deployed deeper and central. Anything can happen when these two clubs get together, so fantasy managers in draft leagues or weekly salary leagues might look at Wijnaldum as an option based on recent form or Can as a budget option who will likely take a stab or two at the goal from range.
Mar 31 - 12:29 AM



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