Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola cracked under the pressure in a recent press conference by insisting that the Press count their Charity Shield victory as a proper title win!
The Citizens won the League Cup for the third season running with a 2-1 triumph over Aston Villa at the Wembley and that meant that they picked up a second silverware for the season after the Community Shield triumph over Liverpool in August. Continue reading
Liverpool’s excellent start to the season continued at home to Leicester when Jurgen Klopp’s men got a hard-fought victory against their opposition. Leicester came into the game in third position and in good vein of form following consecutive victories over Tottenham and Aston Villa.
Liverpool had played a midweek thriller at home to Salzburg and there was always a threat of that repeating against Leicester. The Reds started the game quickly out of the blocks putting the opposition under intense pressure. Continue reading
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said that he has immense faith in his players and is not concerned by the recent league defeat at the hands of Manchester City. The Reds had faced City on Thursday night knowing that a victory would take them 10 points ahead of the reigning champions but that was not the case with the Citizens securing a 2-1 triumph.
Following the game, Klopp admitted that he is relatively unperturbed by the defeat, given the Reds still have a four-point advantage over the Citizens at the top of the table, he quipped: “I have so much faith in my players you can’t imagine. But if somebody would have told me that after both the City games – not that I’ve thought about it – that we would be four points clear, I would have paid money for it you cannot believe. You (some of the media) wanted to tell us the season is over if we lose tonight. But football is like this. If we’d have won tonight we’d have been 10 points clear, but we’re not. For us it’s really important that we take it game by game because there’s no other chance.”
Liverpool goalie, Alisson has admitted that the duo of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez have forced him to adapt his game because both of them are “so good”.
The Brazilian goalkeeper arrived at Liverpool in the summer for a then-record transfer fee of £65 million from Italian side, Roma and has impressed in his first few months at the red half of Merseyside. Continue reading
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 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’ Champion’s 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.”
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.”
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