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Are Liverpool Still Capable of Catching Chelsea?

Liverpool ended 2016 in style. The Reds got the better of Premier League title rivals Manchester City 1-0 at Anfield to move within six points of leaders Chelsea. The performance of the team was far from impressive, but it was the final score that was the topic of discussion and was encouraging.

The Merseyside outfit, though, have failed to maintain that momentum in January and have slipped down to fourth in the Premier League table. A 3-2 defeat to relegation candidates Swansea City at Anfield has put Jurgen Klopp’s side as many as 10 points behind leaders Chelsea. Continue reading

Jurgen Klopp Confident of Liverpool Success at Goodison Park

Jurgen Klopp is confident that Liverpool will avoid the same fate as Arsenal when they take on Everton at Goodison Park on Monday night.


After having gone more than five games without a win, Everton finally managed to secure a victory in the league. It came in the form of a comeback success over title chasing Arsenal. The 2-1 win over the gunners was achieved in incredible circumstances, as the club were clearly buoyed by the home support, who acted as the 12th man. Since then, Arsenal have gone on to lose against Manchester City by the same score.

As title chasing Liverpool come to Goodison Park, the possibility of a similar fate suffered by Arsenal has been put forward to manager Jurgen Klopp. Incidentally, this will also be his first taste of the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park. The Liverpool manager, who has already seen his team throw away games in the 4-3 loss against Bournemouth and 2-2 draw with West Ham, says that his team are more than well-equipped to deal with the threat posed by the home team. Continue reading

Jurgen Klopp Dismisses Defensive Issues at Liverpool

Liverpool extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to seven matches after a 2-1 win over West Brom.


The game also marked a return to winning ways for the Reds, who were only able to manage a disappointing goalless draw against Manchester United in the previous game. A win was very much essential for Liverpool, partly as being the home team, in order to take advantage of teams like Tottenham and Arsenal dropping points. One of the few positives from the Manchester United game was a clean sheet, but Liverpool failed to keep one against West Brom.

In fact, the clean sheet against United was the first of the season for Liverpool. This has led to suggestions that the club may have a problem with defending. Manager Jurgen Klopp has dismissed the suggestions saying that playing against West Brom – with their focus on set pieces – was always going to be difficult. He says that he would rather focus on the victory rather than the club’s inability to keep a clean sheet. The victory coupled with other teams dropping points has helped Liverpool moved level on points with Manchester City and Arsenal at the top of the table.
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Mino Raiola reckons Mario Balotelli was humiliated

Mino Raiola reckons Mario Balotelli was humiliated during his last days at Liverpool as he was not considered to be good enough to be given a single pre-season fixture.


Raiola reveals his client was willing for a fixture as he could not be properly prepared for the season just by training and he had told that to his boss, but, Klopp turned a deaf ear towards him which was a sign of lack of respect.

Raiola, however, denies that he would never like to talk to Klopp about the transfer of his other clients.

The Italy native believes that he doesn’t have to contact any manager for any kind of business. It’s the managers who would come to him if they have an interest in his clients and he would not be reluctant to take the call of Klopp if it comes at any point, but, if Klopp himself shows reluctance to speak to him, he can’t do anything and will just make his clients aware of that and will suggest them to hire a different agent to get the deal done.
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LIVERPOOL INTERESTED IN ARSENAL PLAYER KIERAN GIBBS

The Reds are reported to have shown interest in arsenal’s player Kieran Gibbs and are ready to have him join them in the coming season.


Liverpool want to use Gibbs to solve their troublesome left-back spot troubles. Liverpool have had issues with the position for some time now with many fans wanting a change after current incumbent Alberto Moreno poor performance in the Europa League final against Sevilla who went on to lift the trophy.

The Gunners are reported to be ready to allow the transaction go through for the 26-year-old Gibbs this summer after he lost his place to Spanish left-back Nacho Monreal. Liverpool are also considering Leicester City’s teenage left-back Ben Chilwell, even though he has made just three senior appearances for the Premier League champions. The Reds are inclined to go with the Gibbs option as he is a more experienced alternative.

Gibbs has been capped 10 times by England, has spent his entire career to date at the Emirates apart from his brief stint at Norwich City in 2007/2008 when he turned out seven times. He has played more than 200 games for The Gunners and was among the 2014 FA Cup-winning side.
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Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius is closing in on a transfer to Liverpool

Loris Karius is a 22 year old shot-stopper who went through a very impressive season with the German club Mainz after being able to keep 9 clean sheets as well as saving 2 penalty kicks.


These achievements have attracted the attention of the Premier League club Liverpool and it’s rumored that the English outfit is on the verge of securing the services of the German goal-keeper.

If everything goes as planned and Loris Karius is indeed by Liverpool during the summer transfer window then the German player will bring a new level of competition to the goalkeeping department of the Premier League club as Simon Mignolet will have to be at his best if he wants to keep the starting role position in Anfield.

Simon Mignolet did not have the best of seasons but with the potential arrival of Loris Karius, this will force the Belgian player to be at his best or his position in the club will be taken over by Karius. Continue reading

John Flanagan has no Importance at Liverpool

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

Ronald Koeman is in no mood to sell Shane Long as he has confirmed

Ronald Koeman is in no mood to sell Shane Long as he has confirmed that the Ireland international would spend the rest of the season at St. Mary’s Stadium only.

Long has been in the sight of Liverpool right from the time the transfer window opened in January and they were even planning to bid for him, but, for some reason, they have not done it so far.

However, there is no doubt that there is a vacancy of a striker over there at Liverpool with Daniel Sturridge showing continuous fragility in terms of his fitness.

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

John Barnes believes that the club are still a far away from being recognised

Liverpool legend John Barnes believes that the club are still a far away from being recognised as title contenders even though they have done well under the regime of Jurgen Klopp.

The former Borussia Dortmund manager came to the club as the replacement for Brendan Rodgers. His ideas are seen as a step above the Northern Ireland manager, who achieved Champions League qualification only once in his three years at the club. Immediately upon his arrival,Klopp has transformed the way the club have been playing for quite a while. Liverpool have become much more offensive while being urgent in the defensive areas like pressing.

This high-intensity style of football has already contributed to some impressive victories over the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City. The club remain only a couple of points below the top four and talk has begun about potential title challenge if Liverpool maintain this form till the end of the campaign. This is due to the limited difference between the teams occupying top four and the top of the table. Leicester currently lead the table but with only a couple of points advantage over Manchester United. Barnes admitted that he is a fan ofKlopp, while also stating that he is sad to have seen the end of Rodgers at the club. Continue reading

Liverpool managed to get their first league win under Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool managed to get their first league win under Jurgen Klopp after a 3-1 result against Chelsea. This victory comes just days afterKlopp managed to get his first victory in the League Cup against Bournemouth. Prior to this victory, the German had achieved three consecutive draws and several doubts about his ability to manage the Premier League outfit had just started rising. Following these two impressive wins, though, Liverpool have already been asked about a potential title challenge.Klopp has dismissed those concerns right away by saying that he wants to take every game as it comes.

The latest win against Chelsea was mightily impressive considering that the blues were playing at home, where they are usually very strong. Furthermore, Chelsea opened the scoring within the opening 10 minutes through midfielder Ramires. For much of the first half, Liverpool struggled to create any meaningful opening in the game since they were without striker Christian Benteke, who was not deemed 100% fit to start. The striker came from the bench to score the third and final goal. This victory means that Liverpool are unbeaten in the last five games and they are now up to seventh in the table.Klopp will now look to build on this victory rather than aiming for the title straightaway. Continue reading