Player News - Liverpool

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Liverpool have received a double injury boost as Joel Matip and Sadio Mane trained with the first team on Tuesday.

Matip missed Sundays 4-3 defeat at Bournemouth after picking up an ankle injury during the home win over Sunderland in game week thirteen. The absence of the Cameroonian defender handed Lucas Leiva his third Premier League start of the season, but despite a decent performance, Jürgen Klopp will be glad to have Matip back amongst the ranks. Matip has been the pick of the Liverpool back four this season and from his 11 Premier League appearances, the 25-year-old is yet to taste defeat [8 wins and three-draws]. The Reds have travelled to Barcelona for warm weather training, and the group included Mane who picked up a knock at the Viatality. However, Daniel Sturridge remains a doubt ahead of the West Ham game as he continues his recovery from a calf injury. The England international did not travel with the rest of his teammates and will carry on his rehab at the clubs training ground [Melwood].
Source: Daily Post
Dec 6 - 4:03 PM

Liverpool will be without Daniel Sturridge for their trip to AFC Bouremouth on Sunday as the forward has yet to recover from a calf injury.

The Sturridge injury saga continues on and this one may be the final straw for Jurgen Klopp, as rumors are floating rampantly of a move for Sturridge in the January transfer window. At first, some begrudged Klopp for not finding space for Sturridge in the early stages of the season, but the England international has not done much in the time he's been given in league play, failing to score a single goal in 380 minutes of pitch time. Now, he will miss his fourth of the past six games, and even when he starts, he rarely plays for more than an hour. He is an excellent finisher, no doubt, but he has been fantasy poison for the past two years now.
Dec 2 - 6:43 AM

Jurgen Klopp has reported that Adam Lallana is back in training as of Thursday and "looked good", offering some optimism on the midfielder returning this weekend.

It is a bit of a mess in the Reds injury department for their attacking players, with some good news, and some bad. The best news of the lot is the possible return of Lallana for the weekend's match against Bournemouth, but Jurgen Klopp has several ways he can approach a strong XI, even without Lallana's inclusion. Roberto Firmino is expected to play, and may form a front three with Sadio Mane and Divock Origi, though Lallana could find a wide role in that trident. Should he revert back to the middle of the park, he will need to oust one of Jordan Henderson, Emre Can or Georginio Wijnaldum. Fantasy managers will hope for the best but may want to consider an alternative option as a Sunday kickoff gives even managers in formats that allow for lineup changes during the gameweek very limited replacement options.
Dec 2 - 6:26 AM

Philippe Coutinho sustained ligament damage to his ankle in Liverpool's win over Sunderland this past weekend and the midfielder is set to be sidelined for about six weeks.

Coutinho's projected absence means we will not be seeing the playmaking Brazilian back in action until sometime in January 2017. It could not come at a much worse time as it occurs right during the busiest stretch, the festive period of the Premier League schedule. So, while he is to miss six weeks or thereabouts, he is likely to miss seven or eight league games. Jurgen Klopp's side does offer plenty of depth but are now dealing with the newest of a long series of Daniel Sturridge issues and await the return of Adam Lallana. A healthy Sturridge could push Roberto Firmino to Coutinho's wide position or, once Lallana returns, the Englishman could play in a more advanced wide role. Divock Origi stands to see more opportunities as well and could act as temporary help for fantasy managers.
Source: Daily Mail
Nov 29 - 5:39 AM

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed forward Daniel Sturridge missed the weekend due to a calf injury.

It was the worst timing for Sturridge, who could have filled in for an injured Philippe Coutinho in the first half. Instead, Divock Origi came in and scored the opening goal against Sunderland. Said Klopp: "He had a tight calf. He hasn't trained for two days and I have no idea when he is back. It is not sure that he can train tomorrow, so he was out because of this injury." It remains to be seen whether Sturridge will be available for the week ahead, with Coutinho and Lallana also set to miss out.
Source: Sky Sports
Nov 28 - 8:16 AM

Roberto Firmino is expected to miss the EFL Cup tie versus Leeds on Tuesday because of injury.

Following the victory over Sunderland, Jürgen Klopp revealed Firmino had "sustained a knock which led to his late substitution" against Sunderland. The 25-year-old was kicked in the calf, but while he was in pain post-match, the problem is unlikely to keep him out of game week fourteen. However, there are growing concerns that Philippe Coutinho may be ruled out until the new year and Liverpool are preparing themselves for the worst after he was stretchered off. Initial reports offered a glimmer of hope, suggesting it was unlikely that Coutinho had broken any bones in foot / ankle, but it still looks like the in-form Brazilian is set for a lengthy spell on the side-lines. Klopp also offered an update on Daniel Sturridge who missed out this weekend: "He had a tight calf. He hasn’t trained for two days and I have no idea when he is back."
Nov 27 - 3:26 PM

It took until the final quarter hour of the match, but Liverpool eventually wore down a stout Sunderland defense, scoring twice to win 2-0 at Anfield.

After coming away goalless last weekend at Southampton, the Reds attack looked frustrated once again at the hands of a deep-lying Sunderland. Liverpool were dealt a major blow a half hour in, when Philippe Coutinho looked to have rolled his right ankle and needed to be stretchered off. His replacement, Divock Origi was the man to finally open the scoring on 75 minutes, collecting a pass from Jordan Henderson then creating some space to send a curler inside the back post. The Reds put the game to bed on 90 minutes, when James Milner scored from the spot for the fifth time this season after Sadio Mane was brought down inside the box. The Reds will be happy with the points but will be holding their breath over the status of Coutinho.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 26 - 12:03 PM

Philippe Coutinho looks to be this weekend’s big casualty after he was stretchered off at Anfield on Saturday.

As the little Brazilian cut inside, his heavy touch allowed Didier Ndong to step in and boot the ball clear. Coutinho stretched to block the punt, but his right ankle caught the full force of the Sunderland midfielder's follow-through and he was left writhing in agony on the turf. Coutinho signalled to the bench immediately and he was carried off with his leg in a protective brace. BBC pundit Martin Keown had this to say: "I'm speculating here but it looks like a really bad injury - possibly a broken foot or, at best a twisted ankle. That's a massive shame because he is the worst player Liverpool could be without." While across on BT Sport, ex-Newcastle and Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas said: "I’ve seen quite of few of these injuries and there’s a ligament at the front of the ankle and it looks like [Ndong was stronger in the challenge] and his ankle snaps down. It’s a bad one."
Nov 26 - 11:19 AM

Adam Bogdan suffered a season-ending ACL injury last weekend during Wigan Athletic's goalless draw with Barnsley, cutting his loan to the Latics short and bringing him back to Merseyside for treatment and recovery.

Bogdan was brought in last season to back up Simon Mignolet and, in his first appearance for the Reds, put in a absolutely horrible performance. Jurgen Klopp then decided to turn to third-stringer Danny Ward as Mignolet's backup for the remainder of the season. After bringing in Loris Karius over the summer, the Reds shipped Bogdan to Wigan in the hopes of regaining some confidence given some regular playing time. The news has little impact on Liverpool's plans at the position this season and Bogdan is a long way away from having any relevance in the fantasy game.
Nov 24 - 8:02 AM

Liverpool U23's 4-0 win over Burnley in the Lancashire Senior Cup was highlighted by the return of Joe Gomez, who played the full 90 minutes without issue.

The 19-year-old versatile defender suffered a major knee injury back in October of last season and was kept out of action until the club began their preseason training ahead of the current campaign. He then was dealt a setback when he developed tendinitis in July, adding a few more months of delay to his return. His return to the senior team would give Jurgen Klopp some defensive depth but it remains to be see of what the manager thinks of the teenager and the role he is to play for the rest of the season. Gomez got his chance at the start of last season when Brendan Rodgers was still in charge. With that in mind, Gomez shouldn't be drawing too much fantasy attention just yet.
Nov 24 - 7:51 AM

Liverpool legend and key figure for the England international team over the last two decades, Steven Gerrard has officially announced his retirement from professional football.

After as single season in the MLS playing for LA Galaxy, there was rumor of Gerrard making a return to Liverpool. He may just find himself back at Anfield but it would be in a coaching or front office position. Gerrard made his Reds debut in 1998 and, while Liverpool failed to win a title during his career, he did help lead the club to three runner-up finishes in the Premier League, most recently in 2013/14, and led the led the club to eight major trophies. He earned 114 caps for the Three Lions, placing him fourth all-time on that list. He totaled 141 goals in 618 appearances combined for club and country. He brought a workman's like approach to the game, playing as a box-to-box midfielder capable of scoring and assisting while operating as the field general and ambassador for the sport. A management role is likely to come his way in the not-too-distant future and he was already linked with MK Dons for that very gig.
Source: BBC Sport
Nov 24 - 6:53 AM

In move which would be the reverse of recent trends, Southampton are hoping to sign a Liverpool player - none other than Daniel Sturridge.

Sturridge has been struggling in the Klopp era for game time as his recurring injury issues have blighted his fitness. He hasn't started a league game since mid-September for the Reds and has been a substitute often. The rumours state that the England international could move to the south coast in January on loan with a £25 million deal to go through next summer. It's clear that the Saints are struggling for goals with Charlie Austin being relied on far too heavily.
Nov 23 - 10:06 AM

Jurgen Klopp has reported that Adam Lallana will miss additional two or three more games as the impact midfielder recovers from a groin injury.

Tough news for Lallana owners in fantasy as there was hope the England international had a chance of returning this weekend. In reality, despite coming off a rare goalless performance, the Reds are fortunate to have a soft schedule for the next two weeks, as they host Sunderland this weekend and travel to Bournemouth the following week. A possible third game out would be for the EFL Cup so that sets up Lallana for a PL return when the Reds host West Ham in Week 14.
Nov 23 - 7:06 AM

Jürgen Klopp admits Philippe Coutinho had a "little bit" of a problem but insists he did not take any risks with his Brazilian play maker.

Coutinho had been a slight doubt for the trip to St Mary’s after returning from international duty with a tight hamstring. However, following a battery of tests, Klopp was satisfied that the in-form Samba Star was ready and able to face Southampton. "Three things are important for me – what the doc says, what the scan says when you have one and what the player says," the Liverpool manager revealed post-match. "All were thumbs up so we let him run." Surprisingly, Coutinho played the full 90 minutes coming through the goalless encounter unscathed; a decision which was maybe influenced by the loss of Adam Lallana due to the groin injury he picked up playing for England: "It was serious enough to be not involved today and possibly the next two or three games. We don't know exactly in the moment but that was the only problem we had."
Source: The Express
Nov 21 - 5:50 AM

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp risked further injury to star attacker Philippe Coutinho on Saturday but to no avail against Southampton.

The only good news from the shocking 0-0 draw, given Liverpool's current run of goalscoring form, at the St Mary's was the fact that Coutinho's condition didn't worsen after returning from international duty with hamstring tightness. But Klopp reassured in his post-match news conference that there was no major risk: "Because of the flight, Phil [Coutinho] had a little bit [of a problem] but obviously no big problem as everybody could see today. We would have taken no risk, 100 per cent not. Three things are important for me – what the doc says, what the scan says when you have one and what the player says."
Source: Express
Nov 21 - 5:45 AM

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