Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has dropped Daniel Sturridge for today's Premier League clash with West Brom. FULL TEAM : Karius, Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner, Henderson, Can, Lallana, Coutinho, Mane, Firmino SUBS : Mignolet, Moreno, Klavan, Lucas, Wijnaldum, Sturridge, Origi WEST BROM : Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Nyom; Phillips, Yacob, Fletcher (c), McClean; Chadli; Rondon SUBS : Myhill; Galloway, Morrison, Gardner, Brunt, Leko, Robson-Kanu * After struggling against Man United, £30m -rated Sturridge's omission is understandable, but if Klopp intended to drop Sturridge today he shouldn't have praised Sturridge to high heaven just a day before the game. * On Friday, Klopp hailed Sturridge as 'outstanding' and 'unbelievable'; waxed lyrical about his goalscoring ability, and specifically absolved him from blame for failing to score in the Premier League this season. 24-hours later, Sturridge is dropped to bench. * In my view, Klopp's comm
22 Oct 2016
Molby insists: Klopp 'has to' start 'nervy' €18m Liverpool star today. Shock recall for dropped Mignolet?
10/22/2016 02:54:00 pm | Jaimie K
Liverpool legend Jan Molby insists that Jurgen Klopp must keep the faith with one of Liverpool's ' nervy ' stars today. In his column for the Liverpool Echo this week, Molby insisted: "Klopp has to keep him [Karius] in [For West Brom]. We’ve just got to pray he’s the right man, he’s got good qualities but playing in the Premier League is a totally different experience". Karius had another shaky game against Manchester United, but the question is this: Are his errors just standard teething problems as he settles into the League, or are these issues (flapping at crosses; hesitation on his line; dodgy passes out of defence etc), ultimately leading up to a big, costly mistake? Hopefully, it's the former, and although Klopp described Karius as ' outstanding ' this week, he concedes that the German needs to up his performance: "He [Karius] has to improve and he can improve. If you want a goalkeeper who plays football then you have to take the
10/22/2016 11:52:00 am | Jaimie K
Liverpool continue to be linked with Napoli attacker Lorenzo Insigne, and new reports suggest that the ' brilliant ' attacker is keen on a move to Anfield. Last week, TalkSport claimed: * Napoli are planning to sell Insigne over his unreasonable salary demands, and both Liverpool are Spurs are interested. * The club's Chief, Aurelio De Laurentiis has slapped a €50m price tag on Insigne. Speaking to Rai Sport last night, Italian football expert Ciro Venerato claimed: "Insigne is tempted to leave. His agent has received a call from Jurgen Klopp, who has been following him for some time and is very interested in the player:". Insigne is enduring a torrid time at Napoli this season, and he compounded his misery this week by missing a crucial penalty in a 3-2 Champions League defeat to Besiktas. Some info about Insigne: * 25 year old left-winger who can also plays as a striker. Current contract expires: 2019. * Napoli : 29 goals/41 assists (70) in 17
10/22/2016 08:45:00 am | Jaimie K
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed his favourite football player of all time. In a Q&A with fans on Friday, Klopp was asked the following question : "Who is your all-time favourite player?" Klopp responded: "My father would say Pele, but I don't him good enough, so I would say Diego Maradona". A bit of an obvious choice (!) but an understandable one. The irony, of course, is that Maradona - previously described by Klopp as 'unbelievable' player who 'never really trained' - would've struggled in a Jurgen Klopp team, and ultimately sh^itcanned to the bench (and ultimately, the exit door) for failing to press and run enough. The feeling appears to be mutual, though. When asked last week about his favourite current managers, Maradona enthused : "Jurgen Klopp, at Liverpool. I love what he conveys, the type that gives me confidence. Before at Dortmund and now in the Premier League. Klopp is always going forward.” Her
10/22/2016 04:00:00 am | Jaimie K
Should Emre Can keep his place for today's Premier League clash with West Brom? Can looked well off the pace on againsts Manchester United; he slowed down Liverpool's attacking momentum on numerous occasions, and gave the ball away and/or got caught in possession numerous time. To be fair, he'd just returned from injury, but with the reduced fixture schedule this year, and so much at stake, the margin (for players) is slim. Just ask Simon Mignolet (!) On Friday, Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Georgino Wijnaldum is 'on the way back, and that 'everything is good' with Adam Lallana, which means Can's place will come under threat. I conducted a poll asking fans if Can should retain his place in the starting lineup, and the results are emphatic: * 73% of participating fans voted for Klopp to drop Can back to the bench. Lallana is more likely to play than Wijnaldum, who is - according to Klopp - 'on the way back', and if the Dutch midfielder does
21 Oct 2016
'Next Ibrahimovic' to Anfield? Liverpool want 'extraordinary' striker who 'will leave' soon. Klopp sent scouts already
10/21/2016 11:17:00 pm | Jaimie K
Liverpool continue to be linked with a move for Swedish sensation Alexander Isak. In September, Spanish daily Sport claimed that Liverpool are considering a January move for Isak, and according to Swedish newspaper Expressen today: * Scouts from top clubs have been watching Isak's progress with AIK, including Liverpool. * Manchester United, Paris St-Germain, Inter, Roma and Leicester, also want Isak, who is unimaginatively dubbed the 'next Zlatan Ibrahimovic' When asked last month about Isak's future, AIK sporting director Bjorn Wesstrom told Fotbolldirekt : "Now that he has made the breakthrough, Alexander will leave for a big transfer fee. Now or in the next transfer window he will be sold". Some info about Isak: * 17-year old striker. 13 goals/assists in 25 apps for AIK. Current contract expires: 2018. * On his role for AIK: "I am part of building the attack . You can play ball into my feet, and I can bring other players into the game
10/21/2016 08:08:00 pm | Jaimie K
Jurgen Klopp continues to bat away criticism of Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius. With Simon Mignolet exiled to the sidelines, Karius is currently Liverpool's number one, but the German is under fire after several shaky performances. Klopp isn't having it, though, and when asked last night about Karius's performance against Man United, he noted: "Of course he [Karius] has to improve and he can improve. If you want a goalkeeper who plays football then you have to take the risks". Klopp also confirmed that he'd had his eye on Karius for years: "He was outstanding but [at Mainz]. We watched him for a long time, especially in the last two years." Meanwhile, Simon Mignolet remains upset by his relegation to the bench. Last week, he made a public plea (which fell on deaf ears) for Klopp to include him against Manchester United, and this week, he's sent a subtle message Liverpool's manager about his continued exclusion from the team.
Confirmed: Liverpool rejected transfer 'deal' for 'unbelievable' £80k-a-week Brazilian midfielder. Mistake?
10/21/2016 05:45:00 pm | Jaimie K
Lucas Leiva has confirmed that Liverpool stopped him from leaving Anfield over the summer. In August, Galatasaray official Levent Nazifoglu confirmed : "We've spoken personally with Lucas Leiva. He asked for one more day. The situation will be clearer by tonight". Jurgen Klopp reportedly vetoed the deal to keep Lucas as defensive cover, and when asked this week about the summer rumours, Lucas told ESPN : “There were a few exit opportunities, but they ended up not happening. Liverpool didn’t feel comfortable to seal a deal". Reading between the lines, it sounds like Lucas wanted to leave, but Liverpool put the kibosh on the transfer. From Klopp's point of view, it made sense to keep Lucas, but the Brazilian obviously would've benefited from a move, as his first team opportunities are severely limited this year. Indeed, Lucas has made just three appearances so far this season, which must be frustrating for a player in the prime of his career Luca
Confirmed Team News: 'Outstanding' £15m star banned for Liverpool/West Brom; £20m attacker dropped after fitness fail
10/21/2016 03:22:00 pm | Jaimie K
West Brom will be without their top defender for Saturday's Premier League clash with Liverpool. According to the Birmingham Mail : "Tony Pulis will be without star defender Jonny Evans. Evans^ picked up his 5th yellow card of the season against Tottenham last weekend making him unavailable for the trip to Anfield". Pulis left £20m -rated Saido Berahino out of the last game against Spurs due to being 8lbs overweight, and the Baggies boss has confirmed today that he'll also miss the Liverpool game: "We've come to the conclusion that's the best way forward, he [Berahino] has bought into it and we'll take him out of the firing line. It's important we get him back to sharpness and fitness". As for Liverpool - the squad is in good shape, and Jurgen Klopp confirmed this on Friday: "We have nothing to moan about. Wijnaldum is on the way back, so that's good. Nobody is ruled out for the game". Klopp also hinted that Ada
Anfield MegaDeal: Liverpool ready to pay €50m to sign 'explosive' attacker. Record transfer in January?
10/21/2016 01:19:00 pm | Jaimie K
Jurgen Klopp is reportedly ready to break Liverpool's transfer record in January. Earlier this year, The Guardian claimed that Liverpool were interested in signing Athletic Bilbao star Iñaki Williams, and according to Spanisn newspaper Don Balon this week: "Liverpool are willing to pay up to €50m to get Williams. Klopp intends to make Williams his 'new Aubameyang'. Some info about 22-year old Williams, who is nicknamed 'La Pantera' (The Panther): * Right winger, who can also play on the left, or as a striker. Plays as a centre-forward for Spain's U21 side. Current deal expires: 2021. * Fastest player in La Liga. Broke the record last season after recording a speed of 22.2 MPH during a 1-1 draw with Deportivo. * 16 goals/8 assists (24) in 70 games for Bilbao (1 every 199 minutes). This season: 1 goals/2 assist 11 games. * Ex-Red Mikel San Jose's assessment : "His [Williams'] performances are very good. We knew about his potenti