Player News - Liverpool

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Liverpool continued their impressive defensive record at home as they played to a 0-0 draw with Manchester United.

In a tight affair, it was the Reds who enjoyed the majority of possession and created several more chances, but they could not find a way to beat David de Gea. The best chance came in the first half when Joel Matip's shot was saved and Mo Salah dragged the rebound wide. It seemed a matter of time before Liverpool would find a way through and it nearly occurred around the hour mark, when Joe Gomez found Emre Can in the area but the German international somehow missed an open target. There was a penalty shout for Philippe Coutinho shortly thereafter, but referee Martin Atkinson was not interested. The Reds have allowed just one goal at home so far this season and Gomez seems to have nailed down a regular starting role.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 14 - 9:42 AM

Liverpool confirmed that winger Sadio Mane has suffered a hamstring injury while on international duty this week.

The news comes as a shocking blow to the Reds, who are also without Adam Lallana, ahead of their showdown with Manchester United this weekend. Mane, who just returned from a three-match suspension, has three league goals this season and will now miss up to six weeks after sustaining the injury near the end of Senegal's World Cup qualifier. Said the club in a statement: "The winger was substituted 89 minutes into Senegal’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over the Cape Verde Islands on Saturday. And it has now been confirmed that he picked up an injury during that fixture that could keep him out of action for up to six weeks."
Source: The Guardian
Oct 10 - 12:06 PM

Philippe Coutinho scored a superb goal but Liverpool had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Newcastle on Saturday.

Liverpool started the match strong and found the opener through Coutinho. Allowed room to maneuver at the top of the box, the Brazilian curled a near post strike past Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot - at full extension - and into the top right corner. However, the advantage was erased seven minutes later. Former Liverpool man Jonjo Shelvey split the Reds backline to send Joselu through and draw the home side level. Liverpool looked set to regain the lead after the restart when Magpies defender Ciaran Clark botched a clearance, but Daniel Sturridge was denied by Elliot and Mohamend Salah put the rebound over. Despite Jurgen Klopp's second-half introductions of Roberto Firmino, Dominic Solanke and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the Reds were unable to produce a match-winner. The result sees Liverpool rise to seventh in the table with 12 points.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 1 - 2:39 PM

Philippe Coutinho returned to the Liverpool starting line-up for a Premier League match for the first time this season and headlined a thrilling 3-2 win over Leicester City.

Coming off a mid-week loss to the same Foxes, Liverpool were looking for their summer want-away man to rebound with a big match. The Brazilian delivered with an assist on Mohamed Salah's opener and then a beautiful free kick from distance to make it 2-0. The Reds struggled to keep the lead conceding a goal to Shinji Okazaki before Jordan Henderson netted a 3rd for Jurgen Klopp's men. It was a nervous close as Jamie Vardy replied almost immediately and then had a penalty attempt to tie the score only to see Simon Mignolet save it to preserve the win. Breathless stuff at the King Power Stadium.
Source: espnfc.com
Sep 23 - 2:35 PM

Mo Salah made it three goals in his first five league games for Liverpool, but the Reds failed to find a match-winner and could only draw at home, 1-1, to Burnley.

Some big additions and subtractions to Jurgen Klopp's team sheet today. Philippe Coutinho made his first start of the season, Andrew Robertson and James Milner saw a return to the XI, Dejan Lovren was left out because of a back issue but was apparently fit enough for the bench and, of course, the club were without the suspended Sadio Mane. In general, Liverpool displayed far more quality over the course of the match, but it was Burnley who took advantage of their few chances while the Reds were frustrated by a pesky Claret defense and impressive display by Tom Heaton backup, Nick Pope. After conceding the opener, the Reds responded quickly when Emre Can slipped Salah through and the winger slotted the ball inside the far corner. Several other chances were squandered the rest of the way though, with a volley by Trent Alexander-Arnold stopped by Pope late on to seal their fate.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 16 - 12:11 PM

In the middle of his recovery bid, Liverpool forward Danny Ings was taken off in the 36th minute of the club's U23 match over the weekend.

However, the club confirmed that the 25-year-old was taken off as a precaution after feeling discomfort in his knee. Ings has been out since November after sustaining major ligament damage to his knee, his second knee injury of the course of a year. Said U23 manager Neil Critchley: "It's more a precaution than anything. He felt something very early in the game and he wasn't quite right, so we're not taking any chances with Danny and there are plenty of first-team games to come."
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 14 - 5:55 AM

Liverpool will officially have to do without Sadio Mane for the next three matches due to Saturday's red card.

The club appealed the three-match ban given to Mane after he was sent off in the 37th minute with a straight red for kicking Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson in the head following a chase for a loose ball. That means the attacker will miss two Premier League games against Burnley and Leicester City as well as a League Cup match next week, meaning he will not return until October in Gameweek 7 against Newcastle. Said Jurgen Klopp after the incident: "I think everyone knows he didn't see the goalie. He just wanted to get the ball as soon as possible, hopefully the goalie is not seriously injured. [Sadio] is very, very upset," he added. "We couldn't keep him, he was shocked about the situation. I am sure also about the decision."
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 13 - 6:23 AM

Liverpool had an afternoon to forget in a brutal 5-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City on Saturday at the Etihad.

The Reds were involved in its second straight blowout, but this time felt the sting of defeat following the crushing win against Arsenal before the international break. But the club can look to one even in particular that changed the course of the afternoon. Down 1-0 in the 37th minute, Sadio Mane caught Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson in the face with a high boot, earning a straight red card in a violent collision that saw Ederson leave the match on a stretcher. After the sending off, 10-man Liverpool was not match for Gabriel Jesus (two goals within seven minutes) and Leroy Sane's two goals and will now have to deal without Mane for the next three games, including two Premier League matches.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 9 - 9:28 AM

Jurgen Klopp omitted Nathaniel CLyne from Liverpool's Champions League group stage squad, a sign that the England international may still be months away from returning to action.

Heading into the season, it looked as if it was a matter of whether Clyne would return before or after the international break, but it appears as though his rehab is not going as well as hoped. This opens the door for a potential budget defender option for the next several weeks. Trent Alexander-Arnold did well in Week 1, but it has been the versatile Joe Gomez who has taken the right back spot for the last two league games. There could be rotation between the two going forward, but Gomez looks to provide a bit more promise for fantasy purposes.
Source: The Times
Sep 5 - 6:18 AM

After an uncertain week, Jurgen Klopp said the club got what it wanted all along with Philippe Coutinho's stay.

It was a tumultuous summer transfer window for Coutinho after requesting a move to Barcelona amid rampant transfer rumors. The Catalan side saw a bid of £90 million rejected by Liverpool, who wanted upwards of £100 million. But now the Brazilian will return to Anfield after the international break, where he will have to compete with new signings Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mohamed Salah. Said Klopp: "We still have a really good player in the squad who can play. Don’t believe everything in the press or that there are offers here and there and that the minute after the offer has been entered, it should already be over. We are not like George Orwell where everybody knows everything immediately. We have exactly the situation we wanted and no other."
Source: The Guardian
Sep 5 - 5:37 AM

Philippe Coutinho marked his return from injury by scoring in Brazil’s 2-0 win over Ecuador.

The Liverpool playmaker is yet to feature in the Premier League this season due to illness and a ‘back’ problem which he aggravated during the Audi Cup win over Bayern Munich on August 01. Just a week ago, Jurgen Klopp insisted Coutinho was still on their "injury list" but he was happy for the 25-year-old to join up with the national team to be assessed. Following those tests, Dr. Rodrigo Lasmar confirmed "Philippe is in the perfect condition to play" while a second doctor, and lifelong friend Michael Simoni suggested his "back problem" had been caused by stress amid interest from Barcelona who have submitted three separate bids for the wantaway star. But despite his lack of game time, Coutinho showed no signs of rustiness after he came off the bench to slot home Gabriel Jesus’ pass to cement La Canarinha’s place at the top of their World Cup qualification group.
Sep 1 - 6:16 AM

Liverpool wrapped up their summer shopping with another major acquisition in signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arenal for a transfer fee of £35m.

Chelsea were just as active in trying to land "the Ox", perhaps even more so than Liverpool, but apparently the decision came down to the player's desire to dedicate his tools to a midfield role and Liverpool by all accounts are willing to provide that chance. That means the pacey Oxlade-Chamberlain will be in the mix for a spot in Jurgen Klopp's midfield three, where Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum are currently holding court. There is also veteran James Milner in the mix and we cannot forget that Philippe Coutinho end the summer still a Red. There is certainly plenty of fantasy potential with the Ox but he will have to establish himself and fight off stiff competition to become a dependable regular starter under Klopp.
Source: ESPN FC
Sep 1 - 5:55 AM

Wantaway Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho looks set to feature for his national team in the World Cup qualifying matches against Ecuador and Colombia.

Coutinho, who has been subject of three substantial bids from Barcelona, is yet to play this season due to an apparent back issue. Speaking ahead of the Arsenal game last weekend, Jurgen Klopp revealed the 25-year-old was still on "our injury list" although he hadn’t spoken to the Brazilian FA regarding his availability for the upcoming internationals. However, news on Monday confirmed that Coutinho is likely to be involved following tests by national team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar: "From a medical point of view, Philippe is in the perfect condition to play." Further reports go on to suggest that his "back problem" had been caused by stress according to lifelong friend and doctor Michael Simoni: "He is okay now. The problem was a matter of stress, it was something emotional. The uncertainty about his future led him to feeling stressed. Everything is solved now. All he needed was someone to give him a pep talk."
Aug 28 - 4:33 PM

Sky Sports News understands Chelsea have agreed on a fee with Arsenal for England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Reports suggest Oxlade-Chamberlain's time as a Gunner has come to an end. The winger reportedly rejected a new and improved contract offer last week which would have committed him long-term to Arsenal and looks set to depart despite being elected for the 4-0 thumping at Liverpool on Sunday. Should the proposed deal transfer happen, the addition of Oxlade-Chamberlain will provide Chelsea manager Antonio Conte with a versatile player that will challenge Victor Moses at right wing-back and strengthen his options in midfield. With the summer transfer window cut-off on Thursday, a medical and personal terms are expected to be complete over the next 24/48hrs.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 28 - 4:32 PM

Liverpool steamrolled Arsenal in another high-scoring meeting between the two sides, a 4-0 win at Anfield.

The acclaimed three-pronged attack passed its first major test with flying colors with Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane all scoring to give Philippe Coutinho a tough decision ahead of the transfer deadline. Firmino opened the scoring in the 17th minute after heading in a cross from Joe Gomez following an Arsenal turnover. Then Mane died a second with a missile of a curling finish before the half. Then it really all fell apart for Arsenal as Salah broke away on a counter attack with only Petr Cech to beat for the third. Even Daniel Sturridge added a goal as a second-half substitute as the Reds enter the break on seven points.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 27 - 1:03 PM



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