Player News - Liverpool

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Joe Allen will be "out for a while" according to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, as the midfielder has to recover from a hamstring injury picked up last weekend.

Allen, along with Dejan Lovren, were removed early during the eventual draw with Sunderland in Week 25. The prognosis for both looked as though the injuries were minor and both would be available in a week's time. However, Lovren has been ruled out for at least the weekend clash with Aston Villa while it sounds as though Allen will be sidelined for even longer. The Reds will likely line up with Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and James Milner playing between the back four and the attacking three.
Feb 12 - 6:46 AM

Jurgen Klopp revealed that Dejan Lovren will be left out of action this weekend when Liverpool travel to play Aston Villa.

Earlier in the week, Lovren's chances of being fit against Aston Villa were looking favorable, as Klopp had indicated that the center back was taken out of last weekend's match against Sunderland as a precaution. Unfortunately, the manager indicated that Lovren "has a strange feeling in his muscle" but hopes to have the Croatian available for the Reds next game. It looks like it will be a Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure partnership at center back once again on Sunday.
Feb 12 - 6:31 AM

Liverpool may have lost their FA Cup replay against West Ham yesterday but they did welcome Daniel Sturridge back to the pitch after he came in for Philippe Coutinho in the 59th minute.

Sturridge didn't do a great deal in his return registering three shots but failing to hit the target with any of them. Still, with Roberto Firmino playing out of position as a target forward for much of the past two months, the return of Sturridge could signal a boost to the Liverpool attack that would look much better with a healthy Sturridge supported by Firmino and an also-returning Coutinho. Of course we must take any "Sturridge is back" talk with a massive grain of salt since his recent history tells us that he's more likely to be out again soon with another injury than making a protracted run of starts.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 10 - 10:10 AM

Steven Caulker failed a late fitness test for Liverpool ahead of their FA Cup replay with West Ham United and was kept out of the squad on matchday with a back problem.

Brought in on loan last month from Queens Park Rangers, Caulker was thought to be able to assist Jurgen Klopp with the injuries he has at the center back position. Now Caulker joins the list with Martin Skrtel, who is certain to miss at least a couple more weeks, and Dejan Lovren, who is looking to return from a leg cramp that saw him leave just 11 minutes into the Reds draw against Sunderland in Week 25. Caulker has made just three appearances in league play that have totaled five minutes in pitch time in his return to Anfield, hardly making him any sort of fantasy prospect. It appears Kolo Toure is firmly ahead of him in the pecking order, so we may not even see Caulker make the bench very often when the likes of Skrtel, Lovren and Mamadou Sakho are all fit.

Phillipe Coutinho marked his return from a hamstring injury by getting a start in the FA Cup replay against West Ham United.

Coutinho had been out of action for just over a month with a hamstring injury but was handed a start straight away upon his return. Liverpool lost the match in the final moments against the Hammers, but it was the Brazilian playmaker who equalized the affair shortly after the second half commenced, driving a free kick under the West Ham wall and into the net. His return will be welcome news to fantasy owners in draft leagues and he may be available at a discount in weekly salary leagues due to his prolonged absence, but he is not a recommended pickup in the FPL game. For one, the Reds have a blank immediately following the Week 26 round this weekend, not to mention he can be frustratingly streaky. Take away the four goals he scored in a three week span from gameweeks 11-13, he has scored just once on the season and that was opening day.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 10 - 3:48 AM

Joe Allen was removed early in Liverpool's draw with Sunderland on Saturday due to fatigue according to Jurgen Klopp in his press conference ahead of the Reds FA Cup replay with West Ham United.

Jordan Ibe came on at the end of the first half to replace Allen and the Reds would eventually cough up a two goal lead in the final quarter hour of play. The status of Allen seems relatively clear - he will almost certainly be rested for the FA Cup tie, with Lucas as a likely replacement, but should be fine for Week 26 against Aston Villa. Allen isn't much of a fantasy prospect, but for the few managers out there that have him on their roster, check back in later in the week for confirmation of his availability.
Source: Express
Feb 8 - 10:52 AM

Dejan Lovren was substituted early in Liverpool's draw with Sunderland on Saturday with a leg cramp, putting some doubt in the center back's availability for the Reds FA Cup replay against West Ham United on Wednesday.

Lovren lasted only eleven minutes against the Black Cats and it was revealed today by Jurgen Klopp that the Croatian felt cramping in the same area two or three times before being removed, labeling the substitution as precautionary. He was replaced by Kolo Toure and is likely to have the veteran fill in for the FA Cup tie with the Hammers. It sounds though that Lovren will be fit enough for Week 26 against Aston Villa barring a setback in training.
Source: Express
Feb 8 - 10:31 AM

Liverpool let a forgettable final 10 minutes put a damper on what should have been a gutsy win after conceding two late goals to allow Sunderland to steal a point in a 2-2 draw at Anfield.

As often the case this season, Liverpool outshot its opponents by more than double but struggled to find the back of the net. But Roberto Firmino gave the Reds a lead just before the hour mark with a precise header back across goal after a looping cross to the back post from James Milner on the left wing. Firmino was at it again just 11 minutes later after intercepting a pass on the wing and beating Billy Jones into the penalty area, before cutting a pass back across the box to Adam Lallana for a wide-open goal. But Jurgen Klopp won't be happy with the defense upon his return from appendicitis, which caused him to miss the match, in addition to another injury to a member of the back-line with Dejan Lovren leaving in the 12th minute. However, Daniel Sturridge was deemed fit to make the squad for the first time in 2016.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 6 - 12:17 PM

Jurgen Klopp appears to be none the wiser as to when Daniel Sturridge will make his long awaited return to first team action. The German boss today confirmed that the striker will miss out again this weekend.

"He's still working; sometimes it's better and sometimes it's a bit worse because of one or the other issues. He needs consistency in sessions and that's what we try to do," Klopp said. "He cannot play tomorrow and for sure not against Leicester and I don't know what happens after this to be honest." Sturridge has been missing since the defeat at Newcastle in December and despite the initial optimism of an early return, the England international has yet to feature in 2016 following a series of setbacks. Liverpool will play their ninth game of the month on Saturday and with Divock Origi still sidelined and Christian Benteke seemingly out of favour, the Reds certainly need the 26-year-old back amongst their ranks to help bolster the squad with the club still fighting on four fronts.
Jan 29 - 11:47 AM

Dejan Lovren is nearing a return to action but still needs more training before being fit enough to start, so the center back will likely be used as a bench option for the Capital One and FA Cup ties this week.

Jurgen Klopp has already anointed Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho as the center back pairing for tonight's 2nd leg semi-final against Stoke City. It is possible that Lovren will be fit enough to earn a start on Saturday when the Reds take on West Ham in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Either way, barring a setback, fantasy managers should expect the Croatian to be in contention for the next league contest, which will be a week from tonight against Leicester City.
Jan 26 - 6:29 AM

Nathaniel Clyne picked up a knock to his knee in Liverpool's thrilling victory over Norwich City on Saturday, leaving his availability in doubt for the Reds 2nd leg semifinal with Stoke City in the Capital One Cup tonight.

With the array of injuries that Liverpool have endured in their defense this season, Clyne has played every minute in league play and was able to finish out the game against the Canaries. With Jon Flanagan now healthy and a lead in hand already against the Potters in the semifinal round, it would make sense for Clyne to be rested even if his knee is fit for action. Remember, the Reds also have FA Cup action against West Ham at the weekend before picking back up in league play next Tuesday, so again, with a fit Flanagan, it looks wise to give Clyne a rest. He should be available for Week 24.
Jan 26 - 6:23 AM

A goal by Adam Lallana in the final moments saw Liverpool edge Norwich City 5-4 in an absolutely thrilling contest.

Those who took this match in are still in the process of collecting their breath. Defending was atrocious on both sides. The Reds opened the scoring in the 19th minute when Roberto Firmino squirted a shot past the outstretched leg of Declan Rudd. Norwich would then score three unanswered, the last of which was a penalty foul by Alberto Moreno that put the Reds down 3-1 on 54 minutes. The Canaries turned off though, letting Jordan Henderson score just a minute later. Roberto Firmino then got his brace in the 63rd minute, followed by a James Milner goal in the 75th. Norwich leveled things in injury time as things looked headed for a draw, but Adam Lallana struck on the half-volley in the final moments to give the Reds the win. Phew!
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 23 - 9:55 AM

Jurgen Klopp indicated in Liverpool's press conference ahead of their match against Norwich City tomorrow that Adam Lallana may not be ready for selection as he deals with a muscle injury.

Klopp said that Lallana was able to do some training but not "normal" training, as it appears the midfielder cannot give 100% on the training ground as of Friday. He has not been ruled out, but it is particularly tough for his availability as the Reds play the early Saturday kickoff. That will benefit fantasy managers in draft and salary leagues though as they can find out if Lallana will start before the gameweek begins and make plans for a replacement if he indeed misses out.
Source: Sports Mole
Jan 22 - 11:59 AM

Daniel Sturridge is on the comeback trail once again but it may be some time before the Liverpool striker is ready for a return to action.

Jürgen Klopp revealed during Tuesdays’ pre-match FA Cup briefing: "(There is) no chance for Daniel. He has had a break in training because of some issues. He’s now back but no team training since Newcastle (early December). I don’t know how long it is. That’s not a situation we can think about him." With Danny Ings (ACL) out for the remainder of the season and Divock Origi set for another month on the sidelines (knee surgery), striking duties have fallen to Christian Benteke who has failed to impress. Indeed, the German manager has opted to start recent games without a recognised forward. Liverpool managed just four shots on target from [19] during Sundays’ defeat to North West rivals Man United who converted their one and only shot at goal.
Jan 19 - 10:40 AM

Jon Flanagan will make his long awaited return to competitive action when the full-back re-joins the squad on Wednesday night as Liverpool take on Exeter City in an FA Cup third round replay at Anfield.

Flanagan has not featured since May 2014 following successive surgeries to remedy a persistent knee complaint, but the defender has been gradually building up his fitness for a number of months now and is close to playing. The 23-year-old was involved in a behind-closed-doors match at the end of December and has increased his game time with the development side since. "Jon is in a really good way and we’re really happy about this," Jurgen Klopp confirmed. "The medical department decided that he’s not for the started line-up but if nothing happens he’s on the bench. It’s a long time for him and it’s the first step back for him, being back in the dressing room and not in a suit, in a tracksuit!"
Jan 19 - 10:10 AM


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