Player News - Liverpool

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Samed Yesil has joined FC Luzern on a season-long loan.

The 21-year-old joined Liverpool from Bayer Lrverkusen in 2012 but hasn't been able to crack the first team. Yesil will gain experience at Yesil, but his Premier League future is in doubt as he has failed to impress at Liverpool.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 31 - 1:44 PM

Daniel Sturridge is back in Merseyside to begin training again with Liverpool as he takes the next step in returning from a hip problem, but Brendan Rodgers could offer not timetable yet on the forward's return to competitive action.

The important thing for Sturridge is that there hasn't been any setbacks in his recovery, as he is still on track for a possible return at the end of September. Given his injury record, expect a very careful, gradual introduction back into action. While a fit Sturridge can do wonders for the Reds attacking plans, they are in much better shape without him now that Christian Benteke and Danny Ings are in the mix versus last season, when the secondary options were Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert.
Source: IB Times
Aug 31 - 10:45 AM

Liverpool played poorly on both sides of the ball and went down to ten men when Phillipe Coutinho was given a second yellow card as they lost to West Ham 0-3.

This is one the Reds will want to forget as quickly as possible. Poor defending led to the first two Hammer goals, as Martin Skrtel failed to clear a ball effectively and Dejan Lovren simply gave the ball away to put the Hammers up 0-2 within the opening half hour. Early in the second half, Coutinho made a rash sliding tackle of Mark Noble and his second booking saw him off. The attack, outside of a 30 yard strike of the woodwork by Roberto Firmino in the early going, was dormant all day. The Reds will have a fortnight to get things right but no Coutinho in Week 5 will certainly hurt.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 29 - 12:01 PM

Liverpool were finally able to get Mario Balotelli off of their books with a loan of the maligned striker to AC Milan, and now "Super" Mario is ready to blame everyone but himself for flopping at Anfield.

To be fair, Balotelli didnt rip Liverpool to shreds, but he seems convinced that it was Brendan Rodgers tactics that were to blame for his low-goal output more than anything. An interesting theory considering Rodgers was making tactical decisions the previous season that saw the Reds score more goals in a single campaign than any other top flight club in the PL era. Perhaps it has a bit more to do with player personnel than tactics then. Balotelli was brought in as hail mary replacement for Luis Suarez and Mario....you are no Luis Suarez.
Source: Guardian
Aug 27 - 11:20 AM

Philippe Coutinho hit the post twice and was the player of the first half as Liverpool dominated play at the Emirates but couldn't break through and had to settle for a nil-nil draw.

For the second week running, Liverpool benefited from an incorrectly called offsides that disallowed a goal that should have stood. Other than the disallowed goal, the Reds dominated the first half with Coutinho and Christian Benteke their best players. The second half saw Arsenal regain dominance on their home field but neither side could find the back of the net during an exciting but ultimately fruitless day for both sides.
Aug 24 - 5:08 PM

Roberto Firmino is in line for his first competitive Liverpool start after Adam Lallana suffered a muscular injury – believed to be his thigh – in training this weekend.

Liverpool travel to the Emirates on Monday to face arguably their stiffest test of the campaign [to date]. In the absence of Lallana and with captain Jordan Henderson [foot] a major doubt Brendan Rodgers could be forced into a reshuffle. Firmino has been working his way back to full fitness following a late return from the Copa America and the Brazilian is poised to start in attack alongside Christian Benteke. In midfield Emre Can or Lucas Leiva will fight it out to replace Henderson or if rumours are to be believed then both will feature with Jordon Ibe also making way. Liverpool have won just once away to Arsenal in more than 15-years and will need to improve upon their performances during the first two games to stand any real chance of maintaining their 100% record.
Aug 24 - 12:33 PM

Mario Balotelli is never far from the headlines and now comes word that he would like to stay in England with Watford a potential destination.

What a great solution this could be, Watford could certainly use competition for Troy Deeney as a target forward to lead their 4-2-3-1. The Pozzo family obviously bring a bit of home cooking to the ownership situation and might be able to connect with Balotelli on that front. There is also the option to use all three of their clubs (Watford, Udinese and Granada) to find the perfect spot for Balotelli from season-to-season. It's obviously a risk for a newly promoted club because presumably the Italian international won't come cheap but it does get the wheels churning.
Source: Twitter.com
Aug 18 - 11:26 AM

Jordan Henderson has emerged as an early doubt for this weekends’ trip to the Emirates after injury forced the Liverpool captain off early in the second half against AFC Bournemouth Monday.

Henderson slowly trudged off in obvious discomfort at Anfield and briefly exchanged words with Brendan Rodgers before making a beeline for Chris Morgan the Liverpool physio. During the post-match press conference - which was dominated by two key refereeing decisions – Rodgers revealed his captain had missed a large chunk of training during the build-up to GW2 because of a foot problem which meant the 25 year-old needed a pain-killing injection to play. Liverpool nicked a fortuitous 1-nil win to take maximum points from their opening two games with a controversial goal from Christian Benteke. That followed a contentious decision to rule out a Tommy Elphick header on 5-minutes.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 18 - 11:21 AM

Christian Benteke scored his first league goal as a member of Liverpool, though it should not have counted, as the Reds were lucky to grab three points in a 1-0 win over AFC Bournemouth.

The Reds have looked far from dominant in the opening two weeks, yet they sit on six points from two after a late Coutinho goal last week and Benteke's questionable volley today. Jordan Henderson sent a cross that showed Coutinho to be in an offside position and under new rules, the play should have been flagged as he attempted to get a touch of the ball before it found Benteke at the back post. Perhaps it may take some more time for this side to settle and for Roberto Firmino to make an impact, but so far the "new-look" Liverpool attack is not looking very impressive.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 17 - 5:02 PM

Mario Balotelli is taking in tonight's Anfield opener, dressed sharply for anything except football.

Brendan Rodgers has gone on record ahead of the Monday night match stating that Balotelli's career with Liverpool is over. Lucky for Mario, he is still on the books and has the perk of prime seating at Anfield. Fabio Borini and Jose Enrique are also on the outs for the Reds.
Aug 17 - 3:41 PM

A day after making a cameo debut in Liverpool's win over Stoke City, Roberto Firmino scored three goals in a behind-closed-doors friendly.

The friendly was played against Welsh side TNS and featured other notables who didn't start yesterday, such as Danny Ings, Mamadou Sakho and Lazar Markovic, to name a few. Obviously, without a chance to see him in action with the closed-door match, it is safe to say it was a positive step for Firmino and should help his chances of making a start next weekend in the Anfield opener. That should be welcome news to owners of the Brazilian in draft leagues, but FPL players should hold off ideas of investment until we see him establish his place.
Source: Liverpool FC
Aug 10 - 12:33 PM

Liverpool were desperate to begin the season right and they were saved from an otherwise disappointing goalless draw with a late strike by Phillipe Coutinho as the Reds escape with all the points after a 0-1 win at Stoke City.

Christian Benteke and Joe Gomez were handed their debuts from the start and the atmosphere was electric at the Britannia, but neither side had much industry in the opening hour and it could be said Stoke were the better side to that point. The introduction of Emre Can changed all that. The Reds began controlling things and spent more time in the Potters final third but were still missing the final touch. In the 86th minute, with Brendan Rodgers looking set to take him off, Coutinho turned sharply with the ball outside the box and sent an accurate blast from distance that Jack Butland could only get a helpless fingertip to. The result takes the heat off of Rodgers but the Reds need to show a bit more moxie next week at Anfield considering all the talent that has been brought in this summer.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 9 - 1:05 PM

The latest timetable for Daniel Sturridge's return has the oft-injured striker back in training by the time the calendar flips to September.

This is slightly ahead of the previous timetable's estimate but with so many setbacks for Sturridge the past couple of seasons, it is difficult to be too optimistic. By signing Benteke and Ings, it is almost as if the Reds are preparing for life without Sturridge, and would take any contribution as a bonus. The fact is though, if Sturridge can get fit and stay that way for a while, he can only help the club climb the table. He has a fantastic goal rate and fits into the Liverpool system nicely, he just needs to stay fit.
Aug 5 - 10:58 AM

Joe Allen looks set to miss the trip to the Britannia this weekend after the Wales international limped out of last Sundays’ friendly win over Swindon Town with barely 12 minutes on the clock.

Allen was hoping to stake a claim for a place in the match-day squad against Stoke but the midfielder is now expected to be sidelined after tweaking his hamstring – a scan will confirm the extent of the problem. Any decision regarding the involvement of Christian Benteke this weekend is likely to be left until the last moment but his debut goal - a stunning strike - and overall performance pleased Rodgers who hinted he could get the nod despite not being 100% match fit. However the same cannot be said of summer signing Firmino who is still lacking sharpness according to BR - following his late return from the Copa America - which means the Brazilian can only hope for a place on the bench at very best.
Aug 4 - 5:28 AM

Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino made their much-anticipated debuts for Liverpool today but it was Benteke that grabbed the headlines with a superb strike as the Reds downed Swindon Town, 1-2.

Well, he's ready. After a goalless first half between the two sides, Benteke's master stroke came a few minutes into the second frame. He chested a pass at the top of the box and whipped his leg around on the volley to positively smash the back of the Swindon net. It was a display of power only a select few strikers on the planet possess and is a testament to how lethal the Belgian beast can be. The general thinking was that he would not be ready as as starting option for Brendan Rodgers in week one, and it would make sense for Danny Ings to get an opportunity before giving way, but it might prove difficult for Rodgers to resist. Outside of Aguero, Rooney, Costa, Sanchez (if classified as such) and Kane, there is not a more coveted forward to own heading into the season.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 2 - 1:42 PM


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