Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has stressed that his team must not get carried away after making a strong start to the ongoing campaign. The Merseyside giants have begun the season with a 10-match unbeaten run in the Premier League and their most recent victory over Cardiff City has seen them jump to the top of the table ahead of Manchester City, who have a game in hand.
Speaking after the game, Klopp admitted that he is pleased with the current points tally of 26 but the team need to stay on track for the remainder of the campaign, he said: “The number of points makes the difference. Because the difference between 23 and 26 feels like 20 points, pretty much! It’s really important to stay on track. We will all meet each other, it’s unbelievable that five or six clubs have such a big number of points but it only makes it even more intense. It’s good for the people and the supporters of different clubs. We won, but for us it’s just the next step, that’s cool.”
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has paid tribute to fellow compatriot and teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The England international sustained a serious knee ligament injury while playing for the Reds against AS Roma in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final and he has since been left on the sidelines.
Initially, it had been suggested that the former Arsenal man could return to action by the start of the 2018/19 season but manager Jurgen Klopp disclosed the truth during pre-season that the Englishman may miss entirety of the current campaign through his rehabilitation programme. As such, the midfielder is facing a fresh low in terms of his professional career and Henderson has praised him for the positive reaction whenever they have spoken to each other.
The most anticipated match of the season thus far is now in the books, with Liverpool having salvaged a point at Stamford Bridge. Reds supporters will be breathing a sigh of relief, as a loss to Chelsea would have represented a fairly early setback, and now Liverpool remains tied with Manchester City atop the league tables. All in all, it was a terrific result. But here are four more takeaways from Saturday’s match.
1. The Equalizer Was Spectacular
This doesn’t really need to be said again for anyone who watched the match, but as it was still the main takeaway, I’m listing it. This was one of the best goals of the season so far, and may have been even more important than it was spectacular to watch. And what was really remarkable about the goal – an 89th minute strike from the red-hot Daniel Sturridge – was that he looked almost nonchalant about it. You’ll only see a handful of goals in a lifetime as effortlessly incredible as this one. Continue reading
Guinea international Naby Keita has admitted his motivation to succeed with Liverpool after making the switch to the Premier League during the summer. The 23-year-old has been a constant presence in the Reds midfield since the start of the season and he has now set the aim of improving on the personal scale with the Merseyside giants.
Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “I’m the kind of person who thinks that if I score eight goals in one season my objective must be to score nine goals in the following season. That’s the kind of mentality I have. First and foremost, I should say that I’m very much a team player and I always think about the team first. The Premier League is different to other leagues where I have played and everybody knows it is very tough, but I will do my best to beat my own personal records – I’m very motivated.”
Arsenal legend-turned-pundit Ian Wright has backed Liverpool to compete with Manchester City for the Premier League title this season. The Reds made a strong start to the campaign as they beat West Ham United by a comfortable 4-0 scoreline and Wright believes they are capable of challenging the Citizens, although the Premier League may not be a two-horse race.
He told The Sun: “No one is daft enough to think the Premier League is a two-horse race one game into a nine-month season. It’s the equivalent of calling the winner of the Grand National as they’re still clearing the first fence. But after seeing Manchester City and Liverpool in action this weekend, you can bank on one thing – however many are still in it come mid-May, those pair are certs to be involved. In just two weeks City have systematically dismantled Chelsea and Arsenal – two teams that will be up at the top end – with the minimum of fuss.”
The representative of Simon Mignolet has confirmed that the Belgian is looking for a fresh challenge away from Liverpool during the ongoing transfer window. The 30-year-old played second fiddle to Loris Karius during the second half of the previous campaign and the big-money signing of Alisson Becker is only expected to hasten his exit.
In an interview with Walfoot, Mignolet’s agent confirmed the keeper is keen on parting ways with the Merseyside outfit and the solution would have been found regardless of Alisson’s arrival this summer, he said: “It doesn’t change the situation [Alisson’s arrival]. Our goal is to find a solution for Simon to play and Alisson’s arrival doesn’t change that.
We know that a player of €60-70million won’t find himself on the bench.We are looking at the situation and looking for a solution to his playing time. There are options, the next few days will be decisive.”
Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has backed Mohamed Salah to recover from Egypt’s group stage exit at the summer World Cup. The 25-year-old was being fancied to star for his nation at the tournament but it was not meant to happen with a shoulder injury hampering his gametime for the Pharaohs.
Salah was left out on the bench during the late 1-0 defeat to Uruguay in the opening game and although he scored from the penalty spot against Russia, they eventually suffered a 3-1 loss which ousted them from the tournament. Salah and co. still have another consolation game against Saudi Arabia before returning home and Mane has now wished the best for his teammate for the future.
Germany international Thomas Fuller believes Mohamed Salah can end Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s dominance for the Ballon d’Or. One of Messi or Ronaldo have won the prestigious award in the last ten seasons but Muller is hoping that Salah can end this run by guiding Liverpool to Champions League glory.
Speaking on behalf of Gillette, Muller told The Mirror: “I think that Mo Salah was very impressive. Maybe if Liverpool can win the Champions League title, he’s a big candidate.The whole world is looking for a new Ballon D’Or winner. Leo Messi and Ronaldo are outstanding, but the performance of Salah this season was also outstanding. I think he has a great chance.”
Liverpool have confirmed that midfielder Emre Can will be released from the club following the expiry of his contract on June 30. The Germany international refused to extend his contract over the course of the 2017/18 season and he is now certain to leave the Reds for a fresh challenge elsewhere.
“Liverpool FC can confirm that Emre Can and Jon Flanagan will both leave the club upon the expiry of their contracts this summer. The club today released its Premier League retained list following the conclusion of the 2017-18 campaign, confirming the departure of a number of players in the process. Everybody at Liverpool FC thanks all departing players for their contributions and wishes them the best of luck for the future,” a statement read on the club’s official website.
Liverpool have confirmed that Joe Gomez has undergone a surgery to an ankle problem which is expected to keep him out for a couple of months. As such, the England international will miss the Reds’ Champions League final against Real Madrid this month whilst also facing the heartbreak of not representing the Three Lions at the summer World Cup.
“Liverpool can confirm Joe Gomez has undergone an operation on an ankle injury. The surgery, which has now addressed the issue, means the 20-year-old will play no part in the remaining two fixtures of the 2017-18 campaign, or the World Cup finals with England. However, Gomez will be ready for the start of Liverpool’s pre-season training schedule in July following a rehabilitation period,” a statement from the club read. Continue reading