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
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.
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
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 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
Nice left-back Dalbert has confirmed that Liverpool are one of the clubs to have enquired over his services during the current transfer window.
The Brazilian is still keen on pushing through a move to Inter Milan this summer.
The Brazilian was in good form for the Ligue 1 outfit last term as he helped them to third in the league standings which in turn guaranteed them a place in next season’s Champions League. A host of clubs including Liverpool have expressed an interest in his signature, but the 23-year-old admits that he has personally intervened in order to seal a switch to San Siro this summer.
Dalbert was quoted on L’Equipe: “More than ten European clubs contacted my agent; amongst them are Liverpool and Inter Milan. Inter made an undeniable offer for me and Nice and I think we will have a favourable outcome for all the parties. I am counting on the understanding of the leaders and it was a difficult decision, but I am sure when I say that I want a new project.” Continue reading
Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Steve Nicol feels that his former club are taking a huge risk on Mohamed Salah, who is likely to cost in excess of £40m.
The player’s representative was spotted in London earlier yesterday, and it is suggested that the deal is close to completion with the Reds likely to surrender to Roma’s demands.
Salah failed to make a significant impact during his previous Premier League spell with Chelsea, and Nicol insists that the Merseysiders are wasting their time on the player, who is unlikely to be a regular starter. The likes of Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane pick themselves in the starting line-up, and there is a doubt whether Salah would prop up through the middle – a position occupied regularly by Robert Firmino.
“It is a lot of money, yeah. It’s a lot of money for Liverpool to buy a player, who, if everybody is fit, I don’t think starts.You play Coutinho on the left, you play Mane on the right. I don’t think you play Salah through the middle that means he doesn’t start.As far as the squad, obviously Liverpool are in the Champions League yes, but for £40m? I don’t think so,” he told ESPN. Continue reading
Liverpool are reportedly plotting a last-ditch attempt to lure Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Anfield.
The England international had a top season with Arsenal last term as he contributed six assists and 11 goals en route to their FA Cup triumph. The 23-year-old initially started the campaign on the flanks, but he was later drifted into a central midfield role before taking up an unfamiliar wing-back position in the backend of the season.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been a favourite among the Gunners faithful since his arrival from Southampton back in 2011, but he has not realised his full potential with Arsene Wenger opting to chop and change his attacking options. However, The Ox managed to prove his credentials during the recently concluded campaign as he showed a tireless work rate and the hunger to win games for the club. Continue reading
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says that the club has finally proved that they can handle the pressure at the top end of the game.
The club has been criticised heavily for being unable to maintain the high standards week in and week out. After having been at a challenging position up until January, the club were in a position of losing the top four places. However, Liverpool are now just one win away from securing Champions League qualification for next season. The club managed a 4-0 win over West Ham in order to open up a four-point advantage over Arsenal, who have a game in hand.
The Reds will be able to finish in the top four with respect to of Arsenal’s results if they managed to win the final game of the season against Middlesbrough. The north-east outfit are already relegated after finishing 19th in the table. However, they have recently showed that they can provide competition after almost snatching an equaliser in the 2-1 loss against Southampton. Continue reading
Jurgen Klopp has denied suggestions that Liverpool have a mentality problem when it comes to facing the teams from the bottom half of the table.
Even though Liverpool have an outstanding record against the top teams, the club has struggled against lower opposition. Losses against the likes of Leicester City, Swansea, and Burnley standout from the crowd in the second half of the campaign. As a result of these and defeats, Liverpool have been unable to make progress in the league table despite getting high-profile victories against the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham since the turn of the year.
Klopp has in fact had an excellent record against the top teams since his arrival at Anfield. The record against the lower opposition is certainly not spectacular. This has led to suggestions that the club may possess a mentality problem against the lower opposition. Continue reading