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
Belgium international Simon Mignolet has said that he is prepared to fight for his Liverpool future. The 30-year-old has been playing second fiddle to Loris Karius for most of the second half of the season, and he is still optimistic of proving himself to manager Jurgen Klopp.
Speaking in a press conference, Mignolet admitted that it is not a good situation to be in ahead of the World, but he is prepared to work hard in training to reclaim the number one role, he said: “Always the only thing you try to do is prove every time in training you are ready for when the chance comes along. It is never easy of course because I have never in my career spent time on the bench, but it is how it is and the only thing you can do is try to change it, but it is never easy. I’ve had a few conversations with the manager already and we have spoken about numerous things. You always have to be ready for when the chance comes along.”
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said that he wants to win trophies with Liverpool. He said that he does not want Liverpool to be known as an entertaining side but rather as a side that win trophies. He said that it is true that they have been good offensively and scored plenty of goals but this will be of no use if they do not manage to win trophies.
Indeed Liverpool has managed to score 300 goals since Jurgen Klopp has taken over as manager of the club and has established themselves as one of the most entertaining sides in the league. Earlier in the season, the team was facing some defensive worries where they were conceding too many goals and they have managed to address those issues. Jurgen Klopp said that the team has now become stronger defensively and that they are not giving away cheap goals.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that his side won’t be favourites when they face-off against Manchester City in the quarter-final stage of the Champions League. A number of Reds players including Georginio Wijnaldum had hoped to miss the Citizens in the next stage of the European competition, but they will now to have overcome the Premier League leaders in order to qualify for the semi-finals.
Speaking in his weekly press conference, Klopp stressed that the Reds are not favourites to go through on any condition, but they will have to give their everything at this stage of the competition, he said: “I’ve said it before and it’s still the truth, it’s always common in a draw that you’ll get your neighbour, more or less, but to be honest I don’t mind, really. It is exactly like it was before – we take what we’ve got. Now it’s Manchester City, let’s go. We’ve lost once and we’ve won once against them in the league – and I don’t think they thought before the best draw they could have got is Liverpool. That’s a sign for us and how strong we can be.”
Liverpool decided to bring in Virgil van Dijk for a world record transfer fee – for a defender – of £ 75 million – in order to finally replace players like Daniel Agger. The Danish international has been one of the instrumental players for Liverpool over a period of five years before he recently retired from playing.
Agger was once linked with a move to Barcelona and Liverpool had to resist any attempt to sell the player. Since his departure from the club, Liverpool have struggled with a leaky back four and the manager Jurgen Klopp has splashed out heavily on Virgil van Dijk in order to arrest the club’s poor defensive record. Continue reading
Brazil international Roberto Firmino has stated his ambition of being one of Europe’s deadliest strikers after having enjoyed an impressive season to date with Liverpool. The 26-year-old has already notched 20 goals for the Reds this term, and he is only behind Mohamed Salah in the club’s scorer list.
In a report covered by The Independent, Firmino has spoken about his desire to become of one Europe’s leading strikers, and he is aiming to catch up with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane, he said: “Of course I want to be at their (Neymar, Edinson Cavani, Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo) level but I only focus on playing a good game.
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.