Player News - Liverpool

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Mo Salah regained the lead in the race for the Golden Boot with his thirteenth of the season, but Liverpool failed to put Everton away and a foolish foul by Dejan Lovren allowed Everton to squeak a 1-1 draw with their next-door neighbors.

Entering off the high of a seven-goal explosion in Champions League during midweek, Jurgen Klopp rang in the changes, turning some heads by leaving Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino on the bench for the big derby. The heavy rotation appeared to have little negative effect, as the Reds were in control from the get-go, dominating possession and spending the majority of the time in the Toffee's final third. They couldn't break through until just before halftime, but Salah did it in phenomenal style. After receiving a pass from Joe Gomez, he spun around one defender, shrugged off another and curled a perfect short around a third to grab the lead. Sadio Mane was behind the defense with teammates to pick out moments later, but took the shot and dragged it wide. That miss came back to haunt Liverpool, as they failed to get that second goal to put the game to bed and Lovren's foul in the Reds' box gave Everton the chance to equalize and they did.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 10 - 11:28 AM

Alberto Moreno is an early doubt for the Merseyside derby after limping off during the 7-0 Champions League win over Spartak Moscow on Wednesday.

The defender was replaced moments before the half-time break after suffering what appeared to an injury to his right ankle while blocking a shot from midfielder Roman Zobnin. Following lengthy treatment, he tried to continue, but left the field in tears just minutes later. Post-match, Jurgen Klopp was cautiously optimistic revealing that Moreno "was a bit more positive" in the treatment room and that he may have avoided a lengthy spell on the sidelines. "Maybe [we] are lucky and it's not too serious, we'll see. We need all the boys for the next few weeks but especially for the game on Sunday." In his absence, the Liverpool boss could look to James Milner, who proved an able deputy throughout 2016/17 while Andrew Robertson is another option, although the full-back has only started three Premier League games since arriving in the summer.
Dec 7 - 4:56 AM

Ragnar Klavan and Joe Gomez have recovered from illness and the defensive duo will feature against Spartak Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Gomez missed the win at Brighton last weekend while Klavan was only fit enough for the bench, and with Joel Matip sidelined due to a thigh complaint, Liverpool were forced to play Emre Can and Gini Wijnaldum alongside Dejan Lovren. However, following their recovery, Klopp is expected to name a more familiar back four as they aim to progress to the knockout phase of the competition. A draw will suffice, although a win will guarantee top spot, however, a loss would see the Reds miss out if Sevilla avoid defeat. Adam Lallana will not be a part of the squad, but Klopp was quick to allay injury fears when he confirmed the midfielder is "in a very good way" having returned from a long-term injury recently. "We want to build him up with his fitness and all that stuff" said the manager.
Dec 5 - 4:32 PM

Liverpool have returned to the Premier League's top four with another fine away win.

Liverpool broke the deadlock on the half hour mark through a header by Emre Can from a Coutinho corner and they double their lead less than two minutes later through an electric counter attack which finished with Firmino applying the finish - Coutinho again the provider. The Brazilian netted his second after the break after being set up by Salah. Brighton struck back through a penalty from Murray, who had missed a few chances earlier, but The Reds were not to be undone. Coutinho fired in a late free-kick before making Lewis Dunk head into his own net to make it five on 89'. With Spurs still floundering, this is a huge statement from Liverpool as the congested festive schedule unfolds.
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 2 - 12:20 PM

It is extremely doubtful that Joel Matip will be in the squad Saturday as Liverpool travel to face Brighton and Hove Albion, with the defender dealing with a muscle injury.

Klopp was quoted on Friday as saying, "It looks like Joel Matip is out. After the game, he felt something muscle-wise." That game, of course, refers to the midweek win over Stoke City. Klopp went on to say that Ragnar Klavan is no longer ill, which would lead one to assume Klavan is ready for Brighton, though the defender is still injury flagged. Klavan should partner Dejan Lovren in central defense and has been a decent fantasy add in draft formats in recent weeks.
Dec 2 - 5:23 AM

Sadio Mane, fresh off a squabble with manager Jurgen Klopp at the weekend, returned to the starting line-up with an early goal to put the Reds ahead against Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium on Wednesday.

Jurgen Klopp rang in the changes with Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah rested against the Potters. On the positive side for the fluidity of the Liverpool attack, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were both restored to the line-up after being rotated from the start over the weekend. It was Mane who again proved his worth with a 17th minute goal to put the Reds ahead and calm the nerve of supporters who might have been concerned over a stumble fielding a weakened line-up. Mane also assisted on the second goal that was scored by Salah who came in as a substitute. Salah added a third goal late.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 30 - 4:03 AM

Mohamed Salah scored again for Liverpool but the Reds conceded late again and could only pick up a point against Chelsea.

The Reds had to have been worried about maintaining a lead after their three goal collapse against Seville in mid-week. It happened again as the Reds scored first through Salah. Chelsea kept throwing out pressure and eventually Willian's would-be cross found the back of the net. Critics are bound to question Jurgen Klopp's omission of Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino from the start.
Source: Espnfc.com
Nov 25 - 2:41 PM

Liverpool's defensive issues made themselves present once again, this time allowing Sevilla to score three unanswered goal to erase the Reds lead in a 3-3 draw.

The Reds are still top of their group and are assured of going through to the knockout stage of the Champions League, but last night's performance symbolized why they may not be able to meet the objectives they set for themselves this season. The attack exploded right out of the gate, with Roberto Firmino bagging a brace and Sadio Mane's header made it 0-3, which is where the score stood to begin the second half. The defense then collapsed, giving up silly fouls and allowing the Sevilla crowd to urge on the home side. The Reds would then give up three goals from the 51st minute on, two from set pieces, the other by way of penalty when Alberto Moreno fouled the opponent in the box. Moreno's performance was especially scrutinized, making one wonder if Jurgen Klopp will look toward Andrew Robertson or James Milner to play at left back this weekend.
Nov 22 - 1:13 AM

Mo Salah accelerated his emergence as a cult figure in fantasy football with a brace as Liverpool eased to a 3-0 win over Southampton.

The Egyptian got on the scoresheet first after the Dusan Tadic scuppered a chance to break on the counter and lost possession near his own area. Salah curled in with his left foot from 20 yards. The Reds grew into the game from there and Coutinho played Salah in for his second with a perfectly weighted through-ball. The Brazilian got one of his own with a follow-up after Firmino saw one of his shots spilt forward by Forster to round out the scoring for the day. Southampton failed to register a single shot on target and the pressure continues to mount on manager Mauricio Pellegrino.
Source: BBC Sport
Nov 18 - 12:09 PM

The Liverpool Echo is reporting that Joel Matip is "almost certain" to miss Saturday's match against Southampton as the defender is dealing with a thigh problem.

The news came late in the evening from Merseyside, so fantasy owners who thought Matip was OK following Jurgen Klopp's initial press conference may be waking up to some unfortunate news. Actually, owners of any Liverpool defenders will feel Matip's loss, as the Echo projects Dejan Lovren to take Matip's place. Lovren has had a nightmare season but has a chance to get on the right track against his former club if Klopp indeed turns to him. The manager does have alternatives though. With a solid defensive record at home and playing a Saints side with a struggling attack, this looked to be one of the more bankable clean sheet matchups this weekend. The fact that Matip is "unlikely to be risked" suggests that the Cameroon international will be in contention for next weekend.
Nov 18 - 4:28 AM

Liverpool is hoping to have a trio of starters available for the club's upcoming match against Southampton this weekend.

Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson both participated in full training for the club on Wednesday while Sadio Mane also took part in certain drills in the hopes of facing his former team this weekend. Lallana has not played this season after suffering a thigh injury before the first weekend of the season, but looks set to return to face his former side as well. Meanwhile, Jordan Henderson looks to have recovered well after withdrawing from international duty due to a minor thigh problem sustained last week.
Source: Sky Sports
Nov 15 - 4:03 PM

Liverpool suffered another massive injury blow with defender Nathaniel Clyne set to miss the next three months.

The right-back has not played at all this season after sustaining a back injury in the preseason. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was optimistic last week over Clyne's recovery: "He was in a good way and then had a little setback. That's how back problems are. We showed him to specialists all over the world and it is not a big problem, it just needs time, that is all." However, the former Southampton star has since undergone a minor operation that is expected to rule him out until February, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez expected to continue filling in.
Source: The Guardian
Nov 13 - 5:44 PM

Liverpool are sweating on the fitness of Sadio Mane following an announcement by the Senegal Football Association that he would be returning to Liverpool after feeling ‘an old injury’.

Following almost a month on the sidelines, the 25-year-old made a surprise return to action before the international break, in a 4-1 win over West Ham. After completing one full training session, Jurgen Klopp insisted Mane was feeling sharp, before adding "it looked like he is ready for at least 20-25 minutes." The winger started at the London Stadium – laying on two assists for Salah – and he was passed fit to join his Senegal teammates, although club physio Scott McAuley accompanied Mane to Africa to ensure he didn’t suffer a setback. However, having played in the World Cup qualifying win over South Africa, the Senegalese Football Association released a statement advising that Mane ‘slightly felt from his old injury’ and after discussions with medical staff ‘it was decided by mutual agreement to make it available to his club to continue treatment until full recovery.'
Source: Mail Online
Nov 13 - 8:48 AM

Adam Lallana is edging closer to a first-team return having missed the previous three months because of injury.

The Liverpool midfielder picked up a serious thigh problem on the eve of the new campaign and is yet to feature in 2017/18. However, following a stint at the Aspire clinic in Qatar, Lallana is now entering the final phase of his recovery. Speaking ahead of the game at West Ham [GW11], Jurgen Klopp revealed the 29-year-old "is close" to returning with the midfielder pencilled in to play in a behind-closed-doors friendly next week. If Lallana is able to come through 90 minutes unscathed, then the ex-Southampton player may have a chance of facing his former employers when the fixtures resume on November 18; although after more than three months out, a place on the bench is most likely. Lallana grabbed 8 league goals plus seven assists as Liverpool pipped Arsenal to a Champions League spot last season.
Nov 8 - 4:08 AM

Jordan Henderson has become the latest player to withdraw from Gareth Southgate’s injury-ravaged England squad.

The Liverpool captain missed the 4-1 win at West Ham after complaining of discomfort in his thigh after training on Friday, and following tests by the England medical department, it was agreed that Henderson would return to Melwood for further treatment. In addition to Harry Winks [ankle] and Harry Kane [knee], the Three Lions have also lost Manchester City duo Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph to respective back and calf injuries. But despite the crisis, Jack Wilshere is still being overlooked, with Southgate choosing instead to call-up midfielders Jack Cork from Burnley and Jake Livermore [West Brom]. None of the injured quintet are believed to be serious and should be back in contention when the Premier League fixtures resume on November 18. There was better news regarding Chelsea defender Gary Cahill who has been passed fit after picking up a slight knock during the 1-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday.
Source: ESPN.co.uk
Nov 7 - 5:02 PM


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