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Liverpool fielded a strong XI in their trip to Finland and managed a pair of second half goals to beat HJK Helsinki, 0-2.

While we wait to see the much anticipated debuts for Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino in tomorrow's final preseason match, today's XI looked much closer to what Brendan Rodgers will have in mind when the club open the season next weekend away to Stoke City. After a rather uneventful first half, the Reds began taking control of affairs and Divock Origi would finally break the goalless affair in the 73rd minute. Only five minutes later, Pool doubled the advantage when Coutinho played a 1-2, then fired an angled shot that took a deflection and smashed the back of the net. As much growth as we witnessed in Coutinho last season, he still has a crack at getting even better. If he can add a few goals to the bevvy of assists he is sure to provide, he could move into the top tier of midfield options with David Silva-type numbers. Another interesting note, Joe Gomez got the start again today and is still has an outside chance of supplanting Alberto Moreno at left back.
Source: Guardian
Aug 1 - 4:00 PM

Marquee summer signings Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke will not feature in Liverpool's final preseason friendly against Helsinki tomorrow, and Brendan Rodgers has stated that both may not be ready for Week 1 at Stoke.

Rodgers decided that rather than have both new signings travel with the team for the match in Finland tomorrow, that they would be better served to stay at home base and use the time to train. Firmino had international tournament obligations this summer, so a delayed introduction was to be expected but it was hoped that he would get one look in preseason after having signed over a month ago. Danny Ings is looking like a lock to lead the line Week 1 while the lack of Firmino will be made up with a trident of Phillipe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and Jordan Ibe starting in all likelihood.

Jordan Ibe has dazzled enough so far this summer that Brendan Rodgers has now gone on record to state that the winger will feature heavily in the first team this coming season.

Bargain alert in the early weeks for fantasy managers as Ibe could pay real dividends for investors as their low-end midfielder. Priced at just 5.0 in the FPL game, he is worth a shot if only for the first four weeks. After that comes the international break and the closing of the transfer window when managers can assess his value going forward. Could he be the next Sterling for the Reds?
Jul 30 - 6:34 PM

Jordon Ibe impressed with a phenomenal goal but Liverpool were otherwise kept in check with Malaysia XI as the two sides played to a 1-1 final.

Ibe has to be working his way into Brendan Rodgers' thinking as the season approaches, he has been superb so far in preseason and his goal today was certainly of the caliber and class that deserves its place in the top flight. Malaysia scored the opener with a real hustle goal, but it was Ibe who responded near the half hour mark. Working near the area on the right flank, he worked his way in for what looked like a potential cross, but instead made the split second decision to strike with the opening given, and he blasted a cannon into the top shelf. He is only 5.0m in the FPL game and makes for a fine speculative pick in the later rounds of drafts. He will have one more chance in preseason to stake a claim when the Reds travel to Helsinki August 1.
Source: Telegraph
Jul 24 - 12:41 PM

After weeks of building speculation, Liverpool have officially worked out a deal with Aston Villa that sees prized striker Christian Benteke heading for Anfield.

Details of the transfer are still pending but the Reds official website have called the signing a "long-term deal" and part of the agreement was for Liverpool to compensate the release clause in the Belgian's Villa contract. Make no mistake, the addition of Benteke and Ings does not signal a return to the kind of goal rate the club enjoyed when Luis Suarez was around, but it is all but guaranteed to be an improvement on last season's acquisitions of Mario Balotelli and Ricky Lambert. Benteke has hit a rut with Villa until Tim Sherwood shows up. If he can continue the form he displayed in the second half last season, he projects to be one of the top goal scorers in 2015/2016. The thought of Ings being a shoe-in as a Week 1 starter is now under major threat.

Danny Ings scored his first goal for his new club and James Milner scored for the second straight match as Liverpool wrap up their two-date Australian tour with a 0-2 win over Adelaide United.

Until Daniel Sturridge returns to fitness, Christian Benteke puts ink to paper, or (in Mario Balotelli's case) hell freezes over, the striker spot looks to be locked in for Ings to start the season, regardless of form entering Week 1. It was encouraging then, to see him break his duck at this stage of preseason as he adjusts to life with a new club and a much higher profile. Milner appears to be right at home already, with goals in successive games now. Fellow new boy Nathaniel Clyne assisted the Ings goal.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 20 - 11:30 AM

James Milner grabbed his first goal as a member of Liverpool, a game-winner, as Liverpool toppled Australian outfit Brisbane Roar, 1-2.

Brisbane scored the opener in the 17th minute but it did not take long for Adam Lallana to level things, curling a shot into the far corner of net, making two goals in two for Lallana, who scored against the Thai All-Stars earlier in the week. The game winner came in the 75th minute when Milner, who fed Lallana for the first goal, scored himself after nutmegging a defender and scuffing a shot that fooled the Aussie shot-stopper. The Reds continue their preseason tour in Australia on Monday when they visit Adelaide United.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 17 - 12:59 PM

Christian Benteke is reportedly in Liverpool today for a medical ahead of his long-rumored transfer to Liverpool FC.

There was a brief time where Benteke was rumored to be heading to Manchester United instead but it appears that he will be Liverpool's seventh signing of the summer. The fit is an odd one given Liverpool's style of play but if Brendan Rodgers is flexible then a healthy Daniel Sturridge and Benteke with Roberto Firmino behind them could be a potent attacking trio. There would definitely be some shuffling to be done to get Benteke, Firmino, Sturridge, Milner, Coutinho, Henderson, and maybe even Adam Lallana. That's a lot of players to fit in (presumably) five attack-oriented spots but Rodgers will figure it out if he's the right man for the job.
Jul 17 - 10:32 AM

Divock Origi led a Liverpool attack that overwhelmed the Thai All-star team in Reds pre-season action.

Liverpool switched out the entire side at halftime so no one played extensively as the Reds get set to switch continents from Asia to North America. Divock Origi started his career at Liverpool with a goal which will have supporters optimistic that he can improve upon his unimpressive showing in France last season. Adam Lallana, also looking to rebound from a disappointing season, was also on the score sheet along with Lazar Markovic and Mamadou Sakho
Jul 15 - 5:02 PM

After some verbal sparring in the media earlier in the off-season, Martin Skrtel and Liverpool have agreed on a new contract.

It isn't immediately clear how long this deal will last but the physical Slovakian center back will be patrolling the center of the defense for Liverpool for the 2015-16 season and likely at least a couple beyond that. This is good news for Liverpool who both need the help at center back as well as not needing another player relationship deteriorating into a media battle as the Raheem Sterling relationship has.
Source: Twitter.com
Jul 10 - 1:03 PM

Liverpool have called time on Javier Manquillo's loan at Anfield a year before it was set to expire and the player will return to Atletico Madrid.

This seems like a good solution all the way around. Atletico presumably wanted Manquillo to play regularly at Anfield to help him develop. The player, likewise, probably wanted to play. Liverpool, with Nathaniel Clyne, probably didn't want to pay Atletico to have a developmental right back around who was never going to play and wasn't a long term asset for the club. Everyone saw the sense in ending the deal and that is what has happened. Javier, we hardly knew ye.
Source: espnfc.com
Jul 8 - 12:46 PM

Liverpool acquired Brazilian phenom Roberto Firmino from Hoffenheim via tranfer for a fee of around £29m.

The 23-year-old Firmino is coming off a club season in the Bundesliga where he was named "Breakout Player of the Year" and has impressed as well this summer in the Copa America tournament. He is best used centrally, so if Raheem Sterling does in fact leave Anfield, they already have a replacement. Firmino figures to earn pitch time regardless though, and could be a fantasy force if he can click with the style of play in the PL quickly. He had no issues in Germany so there is reason to be optimistic. His participation in the tournament this summer may mean Brendan Rodgers will ease him in to recharge his batteries but it shouldn't take long for this talent to begin building his PL highlight reel.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 5 - 9:51 PM

Liverpool have acquired 18 year old central defender Joe Gomez from Charlton Athletic via transfer at a fee of £3.5m.

Gomez is one of the more promising domestic defensive prospects for England, as he comes off a very good season for Charlton while making a splash for the U-19 team as well. He projects to be a major force in the top flight in a few years but still remains far from a first team regular for his new club. As such, he is not one to get too excited from a fantasy perspective this season.
Source: The Guardian
Jul 5 - 9:31 PM

Liverpool have signed Adam Bogdan after the keeper's contract with Bolton Wanderers expired.

Brad Jones, who was Simon Mignolet's backup last season, had his contract expire as well and the Reds look to the former Bolton man to fill his shoes. Bogdan has seen action in the top flight along with international duty for Hungary but he shouldn't pose much threat to Mignolet's job as he isn't much of an upgrade on the departed Jones.
Source: Daily Mail
Jul 5 - 8:30 PM

The Sunday Express reveal that Liverpool are expected to meet the buy-out clause for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke.

The big Belgium would cost near $50 million and represent Brendan Rodgers’ seventh major purchase of the summer. The arrival of Benteke is likely to see fringe players Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini move on while Mario Balotelli has reportedly been linked with a move to Tyneside although new manager Steve McClaren is not keen. Raheem Sterling will report to pre-season training on Monday but the England winger could complete a move to the Etihad within the next 7-days and former full-back Glen Johnson [released] is believed to be on the verge of a move to West Ham.
Jul 5 - 11:41 AM


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