John Flanagan has become the forgotten men at Liverpool after spending almost 2 years on the sidelines due to a long-term injury.
The defender did not play for 19 months due to a knee injury. He recently made his competitive return in the 3-0 win over Exeter City in January. Since then, he has featured in six matches across all competitions. However, his absence from the Europa League has been surprising given that Liverpool have just progressed to the last 16 round of the competition. Manager Jurgen Klopp says that he is left impressed by the 23-year-old, but says that Liverpool have to be cautious with the player.
He has been given enough time to recover from the games by deliberately being omitted from the Europa League competitions. The German will be aware that Liverpool fans will be able to see the best of the 23-year-old only from next season. The next few months will just be utilised as a settling in period for the defender. Before his major injury, Flanagan was keeping out experienced defender Glen Johnson from the right back spot. Many doubted about his ability to return to the Liverpool first-team especially after the managerial change, but Klopp is providing him with plenty of opportunities to prove himself. Continue reading →
Jurgen Klopp has had six months in charge of the Anfield club but has yet to field a player for the club that he has personally signed. The German coach has been working with the players his predecessors have taken on but has still managed to reach the Europa League semi-finals and knock out his former club Dortmund in the process.
So despite the Europa League semi-final looming, Klopp will surely have one eye on the summer transfer window and here are five players that could be on their way to Anfield in the coming months. Continue reading →
Steven Gerrard has declared that he is ready to go back to Liverpool to take on a coaching role. He is currently playing for LA Galaxy in the MLS but wants to return to England at the end of his contract. Gerrard joined LA Galaxy at the end of last season and still have one year left in his contract.
Steven Gerrard has already started his coaching badges and would want to further his training with a coaching role at the club. He has recently met the current Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp and both men seems to get along with each other.
Klopp has allowed Steven Gerrard to train with the Liverpool side during the MLS off-season, and he believes that having Gerrard around can help boost the team spirit. Klopp has stated that he is impressed with the former Liverpool’s skipper form and that he is still a great player. The manager has revealed that Gerrard has helped him understand the club better and provide him some insights into the club culture.
At the moment, Gerrard knows that he still have a lot to learn – the step up toe professional coaching is similar to swapping playing games at Titan Bet and actually sitting at a table facing off against poker champions!
He stated that a lot of players did not make it as a manager because this is two different roles. He believes that he has still a lot to learn from the other top managers. He is interested in getting as much knowledge and experience as he can and then afterwards he will decide whether he can make it as a manager. One way to do this would be to work at Liverpool and get as much insight as possible for the German tactician.
Alongside his coaching badges, Steven Gerrard has also been offered a job as a pundit and very soon you will be hearing the former Liverpool man’s analysis on the media.
At the age of 31, Alberto Aquilani has already reached the peak of his playing career and his pinnacle is over as well. The Italian midfielder is currently performing for the Portuguese club Sporting CP where he is serving as an off and on player who gets time on the pitch on certain games while there are others where he is simply not there.
Aquilani joined Sporting CP on August of 2015 but before this transfer was officially completed, he was rumoured of making a move to the MLS club Montreal Impact. The veteran midfielder was and might still be viewed by the American outfit as a player that can boost the midfield department in the squad of the Canadian manager Mauro Biello. If you fancy that he will make the move, you can use this bonus for sports betting to stick some money on it happening, and make a few easy pounds on the way.
Lets not forget, the Italian midfielder has also played in a few of the top clubs of the Serie A including: Roma, Juventus and AC Milan. Aquilani has the experience of playing in some of the biggest stages of the world and this is another one of the reasons of why he has attracted the attention of the MLS club.
Besides all of the previously mentioned Italian clubs, Aquilani also spent time playing in the Premier League as he performed in Liverpool and it was a fairly disappointing time in Anfield as he was acquired by the English club back in 2009 as a way to replace Xabi Alonso who had left to join Real Madrid but unfortunately for Liverpool, Aquilani failed to adapt and was offloaded after only 1 season.
Despite the dreadful period of time that Aquilani spent in Liverpool, it seems like there are still clubs interested in securing his services and Montreal Impact is one of those clubs and a move might actually occur depending if whether or not Sporting CP is interested in offloading Aquilani and if the Italian midfielder wants to make his way out of the Portuguese outfit or if he just wants to spend the last few years of his career in Sporting CP.
Christian Benteke believes Jurgen Klopp has unfairly overlooked him particularly after December, with Klopp not starting with Benteke too many times lately.
The reason for that is believed to be that Benteke lacks the moving game which Klopp likes. But, according to Benteke, the perception about him not being Klopp’s type of player is wrong and he has got the game which is preferred in the Reds camp at the moment. Continue reading →
Consistency may have eluded Liverpool during a season which promised much yet failed to meet expectations, but as Jurgen Klopp’s team travel to St. Mary’s this weekend for a potentially tough test against a Southampton side who continue to make good progress under Ronald Koeman, there is still hope that Liverpool can enjoy a strong end to the season that may put them in contention for a top four finish.
Three straight Premier League victories have not only made the Reds one of the in-form teams alongside West Ham and Bournemouth, but also reignited hopes of making a late push to secure Champions League football next season. Continue reading →
Liverpool’s inconsistent form continued after they could only manage a 0-0 draw in the Europa league match against Augsburg.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was expected to get the best out of his team against a German outfit, who he knows very well from his time at Borussia Dortmund. This much also witnessedKlopp returning to Germany for the first time as a manager is leaving Dortmund. The return, though, was not a happy one since Augsburg appeared to be handed the advantage after Liverpool failed to score an away goal or even get a positive result.
An away goal would have been crucial with the return leg at Anfield in a few days. The impetus has now shifted to Augsburg, who will hope to score away from home. Such a possibility will leave Liverpool searching for two goals in response. The club are in a precarious position as far as European football is concerned, but this has largely been the status since the arrival of Klopp a few months ago. The German has been unable to make a major impact on results, as Liverpool continues to struggle in the league. The weekend’s 6-0 thrashing of relegation threatened Aston Villa was bound to give some much-needed confidence to the team, but they were not able to imply that in the Europa League game. Continue reading →
Whether Long or someone else, but, one thing is certain that the Reds are in a situation where they have to make a signing to give some power to the front line, otherwise, they will be in trouble.
As far as Long is concerned, the danger with him, if Liverpool indeed manages to seal his services, is that he is a sort of unpredictable Footballer and it’s very hard to expect consistency from him.
So, if he suits Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp, it can’t be said with conviction.
However, for the time being, Koeman has seemed to have closed the topic completely as he has declared that there will be no more business done from Southampton’s side in the remaining couple of weeks in the transfer window.
When asked about Long and whether he would go, Koeman’s answer was a firm ‘no’. Continue reading →
The soccer school of Jamie Carragher are thinking an offer of financial backing to the Longford GAA club which has been fined €2000 for letting their fields to be used to arrange one of the schools operated by the ex Liverpool defender in the previous August.
The appeal of Dromard GAA club against the fine has been found out of order as it was presented previous week outside the 3-day window let for in GAA regulation. The club took the 3-day windowpane to be 3 ‘working’ days’ but this is 3 days from the time and date of notification. Continue reading →
The winter transfer window is over but this hasn’t stopped transfer rumors from going around and recent reports involving Liverpool and a possible signing are linking the Premier League club with Alvaro Morata of Juventus.
Alvaro Morata has struggled trying to secure a starting role in the team of Massimiliano Allegri who has preferred to utilize the services of Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic and forcing Alvaro Morata to the sidelines.