Player News - Liverpool

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Jurgen Klopp revealed in his press conference ahead of Liverpool's trip to Swansea City that Divock Origi may not make the squad as the forward copes with a minor foot injury.

It would not put much of a dent in Liverpool's attacking plans should Origi miss out, as the trident of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are fit and locked into the XI, while Klopp is still finding ways to get minutes to Daniel Sturridge before he looks to Origi. We have seen the Reds face an injury crisis a couple of times during Klopp's tenure though, so Origi could be an important piece in the future. The good news is, the foot issue is a minor one, so the Belgian should be back to 100% after the international break.
Sep 29 - 11:22 PM

Liverpool deconstructed Hull City on Saturday 5-1, in a game which they could have won by an even wider margin at Anfield.

The near capacity crowd witnessed a masterclass from Liverpool's midfield, led by Coutinho, Lallana and Mane. The game started with The Reds dominating, holding possession and creating chances. Lallana linked up with Coutinho to strike the ball in from close range on 17'. Hull's Elmohamady saw red for handling a Coutinho shot on the line, the subsequent penalty was converted by Milner. Lallana provided Mane on the edge of the box in the 36', with Senegalese given too much time to turn and shoot. 3-0. Meyler pulled one back after a Hull corner before Coutinho struck back immediately from long range. Sub Sturridge won another penalty late on which was again converted by Milner. Nothing for Firmino.
Source: the42.ie
Sep 24 - 12:03 PM

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp revealed Daniel Sturridge has returned to training and looks set to be available against Hull City this weekend.

The forward has returned to training after missing much of the week, including the club's League Cup win against Derby County in midweek, due to a knock. Sturridge started last week in the absence of Roberto Firmino in the club's win against former club Chelsea, but faces a fight to get back into the starting lineup this week. Said Klopp: "Daniel made something like a final test yesterday, so he had three days without training but should be in training today. It depends on the training [whether he is fit for Hull], so it’s not only [about] being part of the training. I think [he will be available] but we will see."
Sep 23 - 5:23 AM

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp announced midfielders Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum are fully fit to face Hull City this weekend.

The German manager revealed the midfield pair was held out of the club's League Cup win to Derby County on Tuesday due to minor knocks and concerns of overworking the midfielders, who have started every Premier League match so far this season: "Adam and Gini were not in the squad [at Derby], but they will be ready – they trained yesterday completely normal...Gini got a knock on his knee, it was swollen but was not a risk, but he was not at 100 per cent for the Derby game. He was not in the squad but trained on the day. The same with Adam Lallana, who felt the intensity of the last games a little bit, so there was no reason to try anything with him."
Sep 23 - 5:19 AM

Daniel Sturridge "should be" in contention against Hull City this weekend but the forward will have to prove his fitness over the next couple of days.

Sturridge had been kept out of training with his teammates as the oft-injured English international has been dealing with a knock since last weekend. This is his second injury already this season, after experiencing a hip problem last month. But, to be fair, neither ailment has seen him miss any significant time. Instead, he is finding himself as the fourth option in an attacking three for Jurgen Klopp and the manager could look to any minor problem with Sturridge as a reason to keep him as only a bench option. Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino, provided the trio are fit, do not look to be giving up a starting role any time soon.
Sep 22 - 9:38 AM

James Milner is still providing plenty of production in many fantasy formats despite his reverese out-of-positioning at left back for Liverpool.

Normally the kiss of death for fantasy managers, Milner's switch from midfield to left back has not hurt his fantasy appeal. He is still the penalty taker for the Reds and has scored from the spot already this season. He also has an assist since his shift to left back, assisting six shots so far on the season while creating eight chances in total. Those who drafted Milner have to be pleased. He may not be getting full credit as a defender for clean sheets but he has found a home as a starter and is providing returns.
Source: Metro
Sep 21 - 7:27 AM

Jurgen Klopp rang in the changes for Liverpool's EFL Cup tie with Derby County, including handing a debut to goalkeeper Loris Karius, and the Reds defeated a punchless Derby County side, 0-3.

Karius had little to show in his debut with Derby County only mustering two shots on target over 90 minutes. Elsewhere, Marko Grujic was handed a start along with other senior players who have not seen much action in the league thus far this season. Philippe Coutinho was involved in all three of the goals for the Reds. He delivered a corner kick that was slotted home by Ragnar Klavan, scored on a 1-2 with Roberto Firmino and finally set up Divock Origi for the final score. Emre Can came on as a second half substitute, marking his return from injury.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 21 - 1:22 AM

Roberto Firmino missed out of Liverpool's 1-2 win against Chelsea because he is dealing with a groin strain.

Tough break for fantasy managers who own Firmino in leagues where lineups lock an hour before the first kickoff. Firmino was not ruled out before team news was released and in fact traveled with the club to Stamford Bridge. That would lead one to believe Jurgen Klopp made a last-minute decision and Firmino's injury is not serious, setting the Brazilian up for a likely return in Week 6 against Hull. Because Klopp has four marquee players fighting for positions in the front three; Firmino, Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Daniel Sturridge, the manager has the luxury of being precautious and simultaneously getting everyone time on the pitch.
Source: Daily Mirror
Sep 17 - 9:57 AM

Diego Costa's second half goal wasn't enough to save Chelsea as a strong Liverpool performance brought victory for the Reds, with Henderson's screamer the highlight.

It was a 2-1 win, with Liverpool dominating proceedings in the opening 45 minutes and holding firm as Chelsea improved slightly after the interval. Dejan Lovren scored his first Liverpool goal on 17 mins, he was was left unmarked along with a few other queuing teammates to volley in Coutinho's cross. Chelsea started to grow into the half until suddenly being beaten down by a fantastic effort by Henderson, who curled in from well outside the box after Cahill's clearance fell to his feet. Costa's first shot on goal in a quiet night brought what turned out to be a mere consolation as the Blues' big guns failed to fire, especially Hazard.
Source: the42.ie
Sep 16 - 5:00 PM

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that defender Dejan Lovren and Loris Karius are set to return to action Friday.

Lovren missed the club's match against Leicester City on Saturday, an impressive 4-1 win, after sustaining a facial injury in training last Friday. However, he has been cleared to face Chelsea Friday night, along with Karius. The summer signing has been out with a broken hand since the preseason, but has now proven his fitness in training according to Klopp: "The players involved in the last game are until now all ready again plus Dejan (Lovren)...Loris (Karius) is training a week now so all good."
Sep 15 - 7:28 PM

Speaking at Wednesdays’ press-conference, Jürgen Klopp provided a mixed injury update ahead of the game against Chelsea at Anfield tomorrow.

Dejan Lovren, who missed the win over Leicester after suffering an eye injury, will be available although his place in the starting XI is by no means assured. Ragnar Klavan has overcome the knee injury which kept him on the bench last time out and, despite a mistake which led to the Leicester goal, Lucas Leiva had a solid game. Emre Can "is not injured any more" but he won't play having only re-joined the group on Tuesday. "He needs to train and we have to make him fit [like Mamadou Sakho]." Both could feature in the EFL Cup at Derby next week as they look to build fitness – Joe Gomez [Achilles tendinitis] is still at least a month away.
Source: The Metro
Sep 15 - 5:31 AM

Adam Lallana scored his second goal of the season against Leicester in Week 4 and his fine start might have earned him a contract extension.

Jurgen Klopp is blessed with a plethora of attacking options and some big names are warming the bench on a weekly basis, but Lallana looks primed to have his finest season with the Reds, displaying the kind of influence and production that he came to be known for in his days with Southampton. He has earned appeal for FPL investment as a budget path into Liverpool's attack and, considering the points look to be spread around between the likes of Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane, spending less on Lallana is making more sense by the day. A contract extension would only make his grip on a starting role all the more stronger and he is thriving in his position playing behind the front three.
Sep 14 - 3:53 AM

Emre Can is expected to return to training for Liverpool this week and could come into contention for Friday night's tilt with Chelsea.

Can's only competitive action so far this season came as a substitute on Opening Day against Arsenal and in the League Cup against Burton Albion last month when the German international injured his ankle. If he can come through the week without a setback, he will add to Jurgen Klopp's options in defensive midfield. Now that the Reds are beginning to get healthy after a series of injuries in the preseason and the early part of the season, we should soon see who Klopp's preferred XI is. Considering they have been shaky defensively, we may well see Can getting starts sooner rather than later, perhaps at the expense of a more attack-minded midfielder like Georginio Wijnaldum to help shore things up.
Sep 13 - 8:18 AM

Former Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli hit out at the club by calling the move to Liverpool "the worst decision of my life."

Despite one year left on his contract, the Italian forward left the Reds in a free transfer to Ligue One side Nice and scored two goals in the French club's win against Marseille on Saturday in his debut. Following the match, Balotelli told French media that he never felt he fit in at the club after joining in a £16 million move from AC Milan in the summer of 2014: "Apart from the fans, who were fantastic, and some players who I got on really well with, I didn't like the club. I had two coaches, with Rodgers and Klopp for a short time, but neither their methods nor their personality left me with a good impression. I never really felt right there."
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 12 - 5:38 PM

Dejan Lovren's omission from the Liverpool squad when their team news was released was not a surprise for long when the defender revealed through his Instagram account a badly swollen black eye.

Lovren suffered the eye injury in training the day before the match after an unlucky accidental clash with a teammate. Provided that the swelling goes down during the week, Lovren will be back in the XI for Week 5 against Chelsea. Unfortunately, the Reds play in the Friday night game, so that cuts the usual week downtime short by one day, but, seeing as how deputy Lucas performed against Leicester, Jurgen Klopp would probably prefer Lovren's one eye to Lucas' two.
Sep 12 - 2:34 AM



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