Player News - Liverpool

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The brief speculation over Adam Lallana's future at Liverpool is over after the club officially announced he has signed a new contract.

The former Southampton midfielder has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham in recent months following a stellar run of form that has seen him record seven goals and seven assists this season. But the 28-year-old has now signed a three-year contract reportedly worth £150,000-a-week to make him one of the highest-paid players at the club. Said Lallana: "Signing for a club like Liverpool is obviously a big thing – but to re-sign shows you’ve obviously contributed enough that the people who make the decisions want you to stay longer. This is a really good place to be at the moment and, for a player who wants to be part of something special, I can’t think of a better club to commit your future to."
Feb 22 - 5:53 PM

Dejan Lovren is at risk of missing this weekend’s trip to Leicester after travelling to Germany to meet with a knee specialist.

It was hoped that the Croatian centre-back would rejoin the main group in training this week following their return from a warm weather training camp in La Manga, but his availability for Monday night looks to be in doubt as he struggles to shake off a persistent knee problem. Lovren has been playing through pain barrier in recent weeks and it was hoped that rest and treatment during the Premier League break would help. However, a decision has now made the decision to send Lovren to Germany in an attempt to find the underlying cause. Joel Matip will line-up in a flat back four while Jürgen Klopp could look to Lucas Leiva or Ragnar Klavan to partner the former Schalke 04 in the heart of the Liverpool defence.
Feb 21 - 4:49 AM

Sadio Mane took a while to shake off his trip to Africa for the Cup of Nations but he came up big as Liverpool beat Spurs 2-0 in the marquee clash of Week 25.

Sadio Mane scored twice early, in the 16th and 18th minutes, to dampen any hopes that Spurs had of picking up any points at Anfield. From there, Liverpool stayed on top and were the more likely to score a third as opposed to Spurs potentially cutting into the lead. The win followed the season-long trend of Liverpool performing well against fellow rivals for the top four while Spurs have struggled to win against that same group of opponents.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 11 - 2:29 PM

Adam Lallana heads into Liverpool's match against Spurs late Saturday as a doubt, with Jurgen Klopp optimistic that the midfielder can overcome his Achilles injury.

Lallana missed a couple days of training in this week's buildup to the match against Tottenham, but Jurgen Klopp hoped to have the England international back in training on Friday, along with Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan, who also missed training with knee and illness issues respectively. It sounds as though Lovren and Lallana have a better than 50/50 chance of making the XI on Saturday, assuming there were no setbacks on the training ground Friday.
Feb 11 - 5:12 AM

Medical staff will assess Dejan Lovren when the squad reconvene at Melwood after Jürgen Klopp handed his players a few days off following their dismal display at Hull last weekend.

There was no news prior to the game at the KCOM Stadium, but it is understood that Lovren picked up a knee injury during the 1-1 draw with Chelsea and there are growing concerns that the Croatian may need to go for a scan to determine the precise nature of the problem. His absence on Saturday, coupled with Ragnar Klavan, who was also missing due to illness, earned Lucas Leiva a recall in the heart of the Liverpool defence alongside Joel Matip. However, with Tottenham visiting Anfield this weekend, the situation isn’t ideal, especially given their poor run of form and Klopp will be hoping for at least one returner to face Messrs Kane, Alli and Eriksen.
Feb 8 - 6:21 AM

Liverpool came from behind to draw 1-1 with title favorites Chelsea on a raining Tuesday night at Anfield.

Liverpool picked up a much needed draw to keep their title hopes alive thanks a second-half header by Georginio Wijnaldum and a splendid spot-kick denial by Simon Mignolet. The Reds fell behind after 24 minutes when David Luiz blasted a free kick over the wall and in off the post to beat an out-of-position Mignolet. With Chelsea seemingly on their way to victory, the home side responded when Jordan Henderson's 57th-mintue cross was headed across goal by James Milner and nodded home by Wijnaldum. After Liverpool's equalizer disaster nearly struck when Diego Costa was award a penalty after a challenge by Joel Matip. However, Mignolet righted his first-half mistake with a strong handed save on Costa's ensuing spot kick. Liverpool now sit in 4th in the table and just one point off second place, but 10 points a drift from league-leaders Chelsea, .
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 31 - 6:16 PM

Liverpool will charter a private jet in order to ensure Sadio Mane is available for Tuesdays game against league leaders Chelsea at Anfield.

Senegal were knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations late on Saturday evening, losing on penalties to Cameroon, with Mane missing the decisive kick. Since joining up with his international teammates earlier this month, Liverpool have struggled, winning just 1 of seven matches [away at Plymouth in the cup], and on the back of three straight home defeats, Jürgen Klopp is keen to have Mane involved again as soon as possible. However, following a gruelling 120 minutes, plus his return travel back to the UK, the best Mane can hope for is a place on the bench. Liverpool will assess the player on his arrival at Melwood. Adam Lallana [leg laceration] and Nathaniel Clyne [bruised ribs] are expected to return to the squad after the pair were rested as a precaution against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Source: Daily Post
Jan 29 - 4:19 PM

Liverpool have not had a good week when it comes to cup play, as they are knocked out at home in the 1-2 FA Cup loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers a few days after ending their EFL Cup run.

Jurgen Klopp made nine changes from the side that lost Wednesday in the second leg of the EFL semifinal, with Loris Karius and Roberto Firmino retaining their positions. The fringe players could not get the job done as Wolves shocked the Anfield crowd, taking a 0-2 lead into halftime. Divock Origi was finally able to pull one back late on, but there was not enough time to complete a comeback. Influential figures such as Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana were not risked as they recover from their respective minor injuries but one has to speculate whether Klopp would have included them if he knew the side he would go on to name would struggle so much. Even Sadio Mane's week has been forgettable, as his missed penalty led directly to Senegal getting knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Jan 29 - 2:56 AM

Liverpool is on the back end of a hectic fixture list, but the club might have to go without Adam Lallana for the FA Cup on Saturday.

While the club faces Wolverhampton Wanderers in the fourth round of the Cup, manager Jurgen Klopp said he won't throw out a bunch of new faces. But he might be forced to rest Lallana, who sustained a cut that required stitches this week. "But we’ll have enough and a very good team for tomorrow. We will not make 10 changes or something. A few changes we have to make. A real injury problem… Adam Lallana got a cut, maybe you saw it. I’m not sure we should now try, if the stitches are really good enough or whatever. But not more."
Jan 27 - 12:01 PM

Liverpool have ended any rumors regarding the future of Philippe Coutinho by agreeing to terms with the Brazilian international on a new contract that will carry until 2022

Supporters of Liverpool can collectively exhale as arguably the centerpiece of the franchise has committed his future to the club. Once clubs like Barcelona let it be known that they are interested in a player, it is best to make that player happy and the Reds apparently did that with this new contract, which incidentally does not include a release clause. Coutinho has flourished under the leadership of Jurgen Klopp and will continue to be a top player in the PL, both in fantasy and reality.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 25 - 4:38 AM

Roberto Firmino shot back into form, scoring two second half goals to get Liverpool level with Swansea City, but the Jacks were in the mood for the upset and found a winning goal in a 2-3 upset.

While still hampered by the absence of Sadio Mane, the return of Philippe Coutinho to the XI made this matchup look very one-sided on paper, but the Reds found themselves up against a Swansea side looking determined to climb out of the bottom of the table. After struggling to break through their defense in the first half, the upset looked sealed with Swansea scoring two goals quickly after the second half began. Firmino would score twice himself though in the space of 14 minutes, first by heading in a James Milner cross, then by scoring brilliantly when he collected a Georginio Wijnaldum cross, controlling the ball and firing accurately. In the end, an inconsistent defense cost the Reds points in their chase to the title, with some questionable efforts from Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan in the middle.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 21 - 9:44 AM

With less than 24 hours before their Saturday lunchtime kickoff against Swansea City, FIFA have made Joel Matip eligible to play for Liverpool.

The dispute between club and country has finally been settled and in just enough time for Matip to make the XI if Jurgen Klopp so desires for Saturday's contest with the Swans. West Brom's Nyom has also been given eligibility after both players withdrew their desire to play for Cameroon in the Africa Cup of Nations. While the absence of Sadio Mane will continue to be felt, the Reds are in pretty good shape otherwise concerning injuries and player availability. It could be a lopsided affair against last place Swansea at Anfield on Saturday.
Jan 21 - 4:06 AM

It looks like it will only be a one-week injury absence for Liverpool's Nathanial Clyne as he closes on a return.

The right-back was omitted from the lineup against Manchester United last weekend, as well as from Wednesday's FA Cup replay against Plymouth Argyle, due to a rib injury suffered in Gameweek 20. But manager Jurgen Klopp said Clyne is set to return for the weekend against Swansea City after Trent Alexander-Arnold impressed as his replacement: "It’s really painful, but now we know after a scan that there is nothing else and each day helps him to settle and get back on the pitch, if you want. So we give him for sure, we have to, two or three more days and then hopefully he can start running and all that stuff... He has a big chance, I think, for Swansea."
Jan 18 - 6:59 PM

Jürgen Klopp has taken the decision not to involve Joel Matip in the FA Cup replay at Plymouth Argyle and risk a potential FIFA sanction.

At yesterday’s press conference, the Liverpool boss hinted that he was prepared to consider the Cameroon defender following his recovery from an ankle ligament injury, despite uncertainties regarding his current eligibility. Matip ‘refused to play’ at the Africa Cup of Nations after being named in his country’s provisional squad, although Klopp insists he has done "nothing wrong" as his last appearance for the national side was in September 2015. "FIFA have told us they will decide on Friday if they open a case or not," a disgruntled Klopp mused. The football governing body said that it had referred Liverpool to article five of its rules which state: "A player who has been called up by his association for one of its representative teams is, unless otherwise agreed, not entitled to play for his club during the period for which he has been released, plus an additional period of five days."
Jan 18 - 10:44 AM

Nathaniel Clyne should be back for Liverpool’s next Premier League game after missing the 1-1 draw against Man United because of injury.

The big news prior to kick off at Old Trafford was the surprise inclusion of Trent Alexander-Arnold who made his full Premier League debut at right-back in the absence of Clyne. Previously, the 18-year-old had managed only a brief injury time cameo at Middlesbrough [GW16] although Arnold has been involved in both domestic cup competitions this term. There was no mention of an injury doubt during Friday's media briefing, but Jürgen Klopp did offer an update ahead of the north-west derby: "We all have – a few of us probably have a few more – 14 muscles between the ribs and one of these hurts a lot. He got a knock at Southampton," before going onto to add. "Clyne can nearly cope with everything so we all thought it will work out, but in training [Saturday] he twisted it a little bit. We had to wait overnight and he said this morning ‘no chance’.
Source: The Metro
Jan 16 - 5:20 AM



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