Going into the first leg of the Champions League tie between Liverpool and Manchester City, not many punters or pundits gave Liverpool a chance of qualifying to the semi-final stage of this season’s Champions League. Manchester City, the runaway league leaders were tipped by many online sports betting punters to win both home and away. That was not to be the case as Liverpool proved that the earlier win against Manchester City in the Premier League was not a fluke result as the team dismantled Manchester City by 3 goals to nil. The big question now however is, will Liverpool finish off the job when the teams meet at the Etihad.
Comfortable lead to take to the Etihad
When teams play in the knockout stages of the Champions League, there are two things that are particularly important, the first one is to take a healthy lead in the first leg more or if you are playing at home and the second one is to avoid conceding the away goal. Liverpool passed these two tests in the first leg winning by a 3 goal margin and avoiding to concede an away goal. Though it’s a comfortable lead, the calibre of the side Liverpool are going to meet in the second leg suggests there is still more work to be done. Continue reading
Jamie Redknapp believes that Jurgen Klopp has been able to transform the fortunes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in just a few months. Liverpool brought in the England international from Arsenal in the summer for around £ 35 million. After being in and out of the national team for several years, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been able to establish himself as a regular first-team player at Liverpool. Even though he made a slow start at Anfield, he has been extremely good of late and came up with one of the goals in the 5-0 victory over Swansea on Boxing Day.
Redknapp claims that he was not initially sure about Oxlade-Chamberlain moving to Anfield, as the competition was intense at the club and they were going through a transitional period with regard to the quality of players being signed. There was a sense that Liverpool snapped up Oxlade-Chamberlain only because he was available for a much less transfer fee, when he was also apt enough to fit into the homegrown players rule. After starting out as a in his career, Oxlade-Chamberlain of late has found incredible success as a wingback. His energy, the ability to come up with tackles, and attacking moves have all contributed to his growth as a wingback.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists his side are still on the hunt for the title despite falling nine points behind table-toppers Manchester City. The Reds were frustrated on Saturday as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Manchester United, who opted for a defensive approach to their game.
Since the stalemate, questions have been raised over the Reds progress after securing just one win in the last eight games in all competitions. In a report quoted by The Mirror, Klopp believes the club remain in the pursuit of the English crown and backs them for continued success in the years to come.
Jamie Carragher feels Mohamed Salah has been the signing of the 2017 summer transfer window following an impressive start to his Liverpool career. The Egypt international joined the Reds from AS Roma for a club-record fee in June, and he has since contributed 10 goals in just 16 appearances for the Merseyside club.
Writing in his column in The Telegraph, Carragher revealed that Salah has been the season’s standout signing after having comfortably adapted to the right-wing position. The Liverpool legend initially expected Salah to contribute around 15 goals for the campaign, but he now admits that the attacker is on course to achieve the 25-goal tally. Continue reading
The first clash of the Premier league season between champions Chelsea and title challengers Liverpool is one to savour this November. Both clubs have made a solid start to the campaign and sit in 4th and 5th respectively with just 3 points separating the pair. The game is made even more important in the fact they are both trailing run away leaders Manchester City by other 10 points already. With this being the case neither team can afford to drop points.
Both clubs are also looking like progressing to the knock out stage of the Champions league so will have a busy schedule ahead of them in the coming months. Continue reading
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that both Manchester City and Manchester United are in good shape to challenge for the Premier League crown this term.
The Mancunian pair are currently tied on points at the top of the table, having gone unbeaten with identical records.
Prior to the Reds’ League Cup against Leicester City, Klopp was asked to comment on the superb starts made by United and City, for which he said: “I watched United and City, but it’s not my job to count points. They are in a good shape but a season is like this. As long as your attitude is right then you do not need to look at other teams. It’s not a surprise that City and United are in [the title race]. I cannot always say what everybody wants to hear.‘If I am fine with a lot of things then I say it and a lot of people do not want to hear it.” Continue reading
Newcastle United favourite Kevin Keegan feels Jurgen Klopp is still the right man to manage Liverpool.
The German head coach endured a tough month of September with his side winning just one game in seven across all competitions. As a result, the 50-year-old is under pressure to perform when the Reds take on rivals Manchester United in next Saturday’s league meeting.
Speaking at an Aspire Academy event, Keegan, who won three league titles and one European Cup as a Liverpool player, feels his former side should keep patience with the German manager, he said: “I think he’s a great manager. He fits Liverpool, he gets Liverpool. There are a lot of teams in the Premier League struggling in defence. All the rules have been changed to suit attackers — yellow cards, red cards. It’s no fun being a defender. If a defender misses three tackles he’s off so it’s no wonder they are cautious. I don’t think Manchester City, Manchester United or Chelsea are great defensively. It’s not just a Liverpool problem. I hope they have patience with him if it doesn’t actually go quite right because he is the right guy.” Continue reading
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has claimed that Nathaniel Clyne will be unavailable for a second period after having suffered a serious injury.
The back injury suffered by the player appears to be serious than initially thought. As a result, he was left out of the Champions League squad announced by the club. Liverpool made the return to the European competition often overcoming Hoffenheim in a two legged qualifying match. The squad for the group stages has just been announced and one of the prominent absentees was former Norwich city defender.
The 26-year-old played only 45 minutes during pre-season and has not been seen since then. It is expected that the back problem suffered by the player is likely to keep him on the sidelines for the next three months. Rather than fill the spot with a player who cannot play for the next three months, Liverpool have decided to go for a different option. However, there is little doubt that Nathaniel Clyne will be able to reclaim his squad when he meets the return to the first-team. Manager Jurgen Klopp has received a lot of plaudits for the way has transformed Liverpool in the last 12 months. Continue reading
Former Liverpool-striker-turned-pundit Dean Saunders has urged Liverpool to cash in on Philippe Coutinho, should they receive an offer in excess of £100 for the playmaker.
The Brazil international has been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona in recent days amid the uncertainty over the future of Neymar, who could be on the cusp of Paris Saint-Germain.
The French champions are apparently willing to match Neymar’s £195m release clause to lure him to Parc des Princes, and this has shifted the Catalan giants’ focus to compatriot Coutinho. Liverpool has repeatedly stressed that their star performer will not be sold this summer, but it is suggested that they would consider an offer of around £134m in order to part ways with the Brazilian.
Speaking to TalkSPORT, Saunders believes that Coutinho is replaceable unlike former Reds striker Luis Suarez, and the club should seek to sign one on Juan Mata, Gylfi Sigurdsson or Isco, all of whom will come at a fairly cheaper price, he said: “£100m sell him. For me, he’s replaceable. Continue reading
Liverpool have secured the signing of defender Andrew Robertson from Hull City for an initial fee of £8m.
The Scotland international has inked a long-term contract with the Merseyside giants and he will provide the necessary backup on the left side of the defence. Continue reading