Player News - Liverpool

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Mo Salah is struggling to be fit for Egypt’s Group A opener against Uruguay on June 15.

The Liverpool star is yet to take part in full training as he continues his recovery from a shoulder injury. It was hoped that Salah would be ready for Friday, but even though he has been working in the gym individually, Monday was his first time back on the training pitches, although his involvement was minimal as the rest of the squad were put through their paces. "He is gradually getting better," managing director, Ehab Lehita, said. "However, I cannot confirm today that he will play in the first match. All I can say is that we hope he will play. We're keeping an eye on the situation day-by-day." Even if Salah is confident that his shoulder can hold up-to the rigours of the first game, a lack of sharpness may see the 25-year-old used from the bench with the Russia game, four days later, offering a more realistic opportunity to start.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 11 - 5:39 PM

Nabil Fekir will not be joining Liverpool after his proposed move broke down at the very last moment.

Rumours as to why the deal is now dead are rife after a fee had been agreed with Lyon, the player had agreed a contract and Fekir had been pictured in a Liverpool shirt ready for release on the club website. The 24-year-old arrived in Paris on Friday to undergo a medical and was seen as the perfect replacement for Philippe Coutinho. However, if media stories are to be believed, an underlying knee complaint looks to have scuppered any chance of the £50 million move being sanctioned by the Liverpool board despite the France star clocking up over 40 domestic appearances in successive seasons since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament back in September 2015. So, for the moment at least, Fekir will remain a Lyon player. The French outfit have already released a statement confirming his availability for the 2018/19 Champions League competition. Jurgen Klopp may now turn his attention elsewhere.
Jun 10 - 2:46 PM

Doctors at The Massachusetts General Hospital confirm Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius was concussed during the Champions League final after taking a blow to the head.

The 24-year-old has been lambasted for his two fatal errors which led to Real Madrid lifting the European trophy on a night to forget. Karius was involved in a collision with defender Sergio Ramos early in the second half, and minutes later, it was his throw out which was deflected into an empty net by Karim Benzema. He was later culpable when allowing Gareth Bale’s shot from distance to slip through his hands. There was no on pitch assessment carried out at the time and following his return from holiday, Karius was immediately sent back to Boston to visit head specialist - Dr. Ross Zafonte: "After carefully reviewing game film and integrating a detailed history -- including his reported present and immediate post-contact subjective symptoms -- physical examination and objective metrics, we have concluded that Mr. Karius sustained a concussion during the match," a hospital statement read.
Source: ESPN.co.uk
Jun 5 - 12:59 PM

Sergio Ramos has broken his silence over the incident which led to Mohamed Salah being replaced midway through the first half of the Champions League final.

The Real Madrid captain believes Salah instigated the take down which led to the Liverpool star landing heavily on his shoulder: "I see the play well, he grabs my arm first and I fell to the other side, the injury happened to the other arm and they said that I gave him a judo hold," Ramos mused before adding. "He could have played if he got an injection for the second half, I have done it sometimes but when Ramos does something like this, it sticks a little bit more." There were initial concerns that Salah would miss the World Cup finals, but the Egyptian Football Federation were quick to quell growing concerns by insisting his recovery would take no longer than three weeks. The 25-year-old is currently rehabbing in Spain and hinted in a recent Twitter post that he is on schedule to feature in the opener: "Good feelings…"
Jun 5 - 12:14 PM

Liverpool physio Ruben Pons reveals Mohamed Salah could feature for Egypt in the group stage of the World Cup.

In an interview with Spanish outlet Marca, Pons said Salah would miss "three to four weeks" in principle, but insisted the goal is "to try to reduce those deadlines." Providing his recovery goes to plan, Salah is likely to miss the opener with Uruguay although he stands a good chance of facing Russia in Game Two, sentiments echoed by Dr Mohamed Abu Ula on the Egypt Football Federation Facebook page: "The period of absence will not exceed three weeks." While Sergio Ramos has been singled out for some very harsh criticism over his alleged intent to injure Salah, video footage has now emerged showing that it may have been the Egyptian who instigated the take down which led to his injury. A petition calling for UEFA to 'punish' Ramos for the tackle has gathered over 500,000 signatures while an Egyptian lawyer has filed a lawsuit for €1billion on the basis of inflicting 'physical and psychological harm' to the people of his country.
Source: ESPN.co.uk
May 30 - 3:11 PM

Liverpool wasted no time in preparing for next season with the signing of Monaco midfielder Fabinho on Monday.

Just two days after losing to Real Madrid in the Champions League final, the club was right back at it on Monday morning with a surprise move for the impressive 24-year-old Brazilian from Monaco for a reported fee of £40 million. Fabinho played a critical role in helping Monaco win the Ligue 1 title in 2016/17 but his drop in form led to him being left off a competitive Brazilian national team for the World Cup. But with Emre Can closing on a free transfer to Juventus, the Reds have moved to pair Fabinho with Naby Keita to form a new midfield centerpiece. Said Fabinho: "This is something that I always wanted – this is a giant of a team. The infrastructures of the club look exceptional. A football club of this size coming after my services, I didn’t have to think that much about coming over. I will try to create my own history at this football club. Hopefully, on a personal level, I’m able to win titles with this club."
May 28 - 5:14 PM

Mohamed Salah has vowed to play at this summer’s World Cup finals despite suffering a "really serious injury" in the Champions League final.

The Egyptian superstar fell awkwardly following a tussle with Sergio Ramos, and although he tried to continue following a lengthy spell of treatment, Salah left the field in tears on the half hour mark. Speculation at the time suggested he had dislocated his shoulder with a proposed recovery timeline of 2-3 months, but an X-ray and further tests confirmed the injury is not as bad as initially feared. Salah damaged [stretched] the ligaments in his shoulder joint, but while it looked bad on camera, a return within a matter of weeks is possible, although he may need a cortisone injection to ease the pain and swelling. On Sunday, Salah took to Twitter to help calm fears over his fitness: "It was a very tough night, but I'm a fighter. Despite the odds, I'm confident that I'll be in Russia to make you all proud. Your love and support will give me the strength I need."
May 27 - 5:26 PM

Mohamed Salah's chance to shine on a global stage in this summer's World Cup is in question after the superstar damaged his shoulder in the Champions League Final loss to Real Madrid.

The incident occurred just before the half hour mark, when Salah's arm got tangled up with Real's Sergio Ramos and Salah got the worst of it as the two went to ground. Early reports are that the Egyptian international dislocated his shoulder, but it is possible that there could be ligament damage. Expect a timetable for recovery in the next 24-48 hours. Jurgen Klopp did not sound too optimistic when asked about Salah's status, saying "It doesn't look good." It would be a huge blow for the sport if Salah were to miss big event.
Source: Telegraph
May 27 - 5:10 AM

Liverpool had to cope with an injury to Mo Salah in the first half and Real Madrid eventually found their scoring touch in the second half, scoring three times to win their third consecutive Champions League Final, 3-1.

Jurgen Klopp needed a heroic performance from his players in order to beat the favored Spanish side, and that is what he got in the opening half-hour of the match, as the Reds looked evenly matched with Real. But then, the critical moment happened. Mo Salah had to exit the game after dislocating his shoulder. His loss took the wind out of Liverpool's sails and Real would finally open the scoring shortly after the second half began, as Loris Karius made a mess by having a toss that was meant to begin a counter attack hit the leg of Karim Benzema and the ball found its way into the net. There was a moment of hope when Sadio Mane equalized a few minutes later but Real had a big weapon on their bench in the form of Gareth Bale and the ex-Spur would come in to score twice, once via a dazzling overhead kick, the second from 30 yards out that Karius should have easily collected, but it slipped from his grasp and found the net.
Source: The Guardian
May 26 - 8:43 PM

Liverpool were handed a major boost on Thursday as both James Milner and Emre Can were deemed fit for the weekend.

The Reds will already be without starting midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and were preparing to go without Emre Can due to a back injury that has limited him since March and kept him out of the German national team for the World Cup. But manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Can and Milner have come through full training this week without a hitch and will now be available for selection against back-to-back Champions League winners Real Madrid in the final on Saturday night: Millie was clear [he would be fit] and Emre is a surprise. He told me he would come back, try this and that and then we would talk to people...Now he trains completely normal. He's a nice option and that's why he is with us."
Source: Sky Sports
May 24 - 5:57 PM

What a boost it could be for Liverpool if Emre Can is deemed fit for Saturday's Champions League final.

The star midfielder has been out since March with a back injury and was left off Germany's provisional World Cup roster as a result. But manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Can participated in training at Anfield on Monday with the team and now has a chance to play in the final against Real Madrid on Saturday night, where the Reds could use as much help as possible, in what could be Can's final game in a Liverpool shirt before an expected summer move to Juventus: "With Emre or players in the situation of Emre it depends on the reaction on things [but] let me say it like this: 10 days ago, I didn’t think it was possible that he could do what he did today, and that he could do what he did in Marbella already. "That looked good and my impression of him is really positive, but we have to wait again until tomorrow. But the door, of course, is open. It’s really nice to have him back in the group and he is really desperate to be part of [the final] and we will see."
May 22 - 9:29 AM

Adam Lallana was a notable omission from the England World Cup squad when it was announced on Wednesday afternoon.

The attacking midfielder has endured an injury-ravaged campaign but following his brief 16-minute cameo against Brighton on the final day, many believed Gareth Southgate would take a punt on the 30-year old. Lallana is said to be devastated by the decision, but he has been added to the standby list despite only playing 235 minutes in the Premier League which includes a single start. There is no doubting his ability, but fitness concerns ultimately have cost him his place in Russia. That said, the Three Lions still have friendly internationals against Nigeria and Costa Rica to come and rarely do they pass without problems. Lallana is joined by midfielders Lewis Cook and Jake Livermore, and Burnley duo Tom Heaton and James Tarkowski, on the back-up list: "All of the guys on standby have been really professional in their approach to this. They recognise there’s still an opportunity," said Southgate following confirmation of his 23-man squad.
Source: The Mirror
May 17 - 9:41 AM

Emre Can has been omitted from Germany’s provisional 27-man World Cup squad.

The Liverpool midfielder has been hampered by a persistent back complaint since March. It was initially thought that the problem was only minor, but Can was withdrawn from the international friendlies against Spain and Brazil after breaking down in training. In April, Jurgen Klopp mused that Can was "not in the best place" in terms of his injury, although there was hope that his recovery "will be a little bit quicker than maybe we thought." But, ahead of the Premier League clash with Chelsea on May 06, Klopp announced that "next Monday" was pivotal, as a decision would be made on whether he could return to full training. However, scan results proved inconclusive which ended his chances of being ready for the Champions League final and left Can in Germany undergoing further treatment. The setback is likely to mean that he has played his last game for the club with a move to Serie A winners Juventus in the offing.
May 15 - 6:19 PM

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be lucky to play again this year after successfully undergoing knee surgery.

There was some suggestion that he could be ready for the start of 2018/19, but that timeline has already been pushed back to November, although I’d suggest that a year could be nearer the mark in terms of his recovery. The club have not provided an official update at this point, although the procedure was to repair a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, which in itself is around nine months out. However, Oxlade-Chamberlain also suffered damage to the surrounding structures, and even when he does return to the training pitches after extensive rehab, he will need time to regain match-fitness. The injury, which occurred during the Champions League semi-final first leg at Anfield, ensures that he will miss the final on May 26 and ends his hopes of featuring at this summers World Cup in Russia. Speaking earlier this month, Jurgen Klopp said: "I've told him already that we will wait for him like a good wife when a man is in prison."
May 15 - 5:40 PM

Jurgen Klopp has played down any suggestion that James Milner will miss the Champions League final through injury.

Liverpool face Real Madrid in Russia on May 26 and the absence of Milner from the matchday squad on Sunday led some to speculate that the midfielder could remain on the sidelines after picking up a muscular issue at Chelsea. However, Klopp assured supporters, prior to kick-off on Sunday, that the problem is not considered long-term: "It’s a little injury. It’s serious enough to put him out for today; he couldn’t train the whole week," he said. "We hope it will work out. But we had to accept it and we had to think about solutions [to face Brighton]." Dominic Solanke came into the side, one of two changes, as Liverpool comfortably secured a Champions League qualification spot with a 4-0 win. Adam Lallana made good on his promise to feature during the run-in and the England international hopes to end his injury-ravaged season on a high after replacing Sadio Mane with 16 minutes remaining.
May 14 - 7:03 AM



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