10 Dec 2016

Yes Please: Liverpool want 'incredible' £33m goal-machine with better stats than Sturridge. Offer in January

Liverpool are reportedly planning a January move for one of Manchester United's former players. According to The Mirror : "Liverpool and Tottenham are plotting moves for Javier Hernandez. Both teams are planning rival offers to bring the former Manchester United striker back to England". In my view, this is a realistic, enticing link, for the following reasons: * Rarely injured, which is (or should be) a priority selection criterion for new players. * Proven in the Premier League, La Liga, and the Bundesliga, so settling-in shouldn't be a problem. Plus, after playing for Man United and Real Madrid, small club mentality shouldn't be an issue. * Copious Champions League experience, and proven on the international stage. * Given his comparatively minimal average minutes per game (AMPG), Chicharito's minutes per goals/assist ratio is consistently good: - Man Utd : 59 goals/20 assists (79) in 159 apps = One every 105 mins (AMPG = 52 mins) - Real M

'Not Good Enough': Lawro blasts 'nervous' €18m Liverpool star and claims 'Klopp' is taking a big risk

Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson is the latest ex-player to slate Reds goalkeeper Loris Karius. Speaking to the BBC this week, Lawro scathed: "Klopp has stuck his neck out with Loris Karius, and might improve, but at the moment he is just not good enough". Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville have also offered similarly withering assessments this week: * Neville : "He [Karius] looks nervous , and he isn't good enough. Goalkeepers can transmit anxiety, and the likes of Karius and Stekelenburg, that's what they do. The challenge for Liverpool is the defence, but also the goalkeeper". * Carra : “In eight starts for Liverpool he [Karius] has not shown me one thing to suggest he’s good enough. He’s miles away.” In the midst of such criticism, Karius should just keep his head down, and focus on improving his game. Instead of doing that, though, he conducted an interview with the Daily Mail , where he basically entered into a war of words with Neville and

Confirmed Team News: 'Brilliant' Liverpool attacker out; Klopp confirms £43m 'superstar' is back; Matip also fit

Liverpool face West Ham at Anfield on Sunday, and here is the latest confirmed team news. * In his pre-match press conference, Klopp confirmed that Matip and Mane are both available for Sunday's game. * Klopp also confirmed : "I have no idea when he [Sturridge] will be back. If he is not training with the team at the moment then we don’t have to think about him for West Ham, or for Middlesbrough". * On Friday, Slaven Bilic offered the following injury update for West Ham: "Antonio and Cresswell are available for Sunday. We hoped Cheikhou [Kouyate] would be back but it has come too soon." * As for perennial sicknote Andy Carroll, Bilic noted : "Hopefully he will be fit for some part of the game this weekend — but we have to be careful with him." After 3 goals in 3 games, there's a strong case for Origi to start his third game in a row, but with Adam Lallana back in the squad, he'll probably get dumped to make way for Klopp's golden

Klopp's Next Transfer? Liverpool fighting to sign 'outstanding' £10m star who rejected 'Man Utd'

Liverpool are once again being linked with a new left-back ahead of the upcoming January transfer window. On Friday, Sky Sports reported: "Liverpool and Man City are set to go head to head in the battle to capture Schalke's Sead Kolasinac" . Liverpool have been linked with Kolasinac several times in recent months, but it appears that the Serbian left-back is keen to stay with Schalke. When asked in November about his future, Kolasinac admitted : “[Schalke chief Christian] Heidel has already contacted my agent over prolonging my contract. There is no time pressure. I feel good here and Schalke is a great club." Some info about Kolasinac, hailed as 'outstanding' by ex-Schalke boss Jens Keller: * Left-back, who can also play as a DM, and a centre-back. Played alongside Liverpool defender Joel Matip at Schalke. * Apr 2014 : Kolasinac admitted that he he had an 'offer from Man Utd' (which he rejected). * Apr 2016 : Talksport claimed : &

9 Dec 2016

Great News for Liverpool: Klopp confirms January decision made on 'wonderful' £100k-a-week star

Liverpool have received a massive boost ahead of the packed Christmas fixture schedule. Earlier this week, Cameroon boss Hugo Bross claimed that Reds defender Joel Matip is 'prepared to make a comeback' for the national team, and confirmed plans to discuss his participation in the African Cup of Nations. Speaking to Voetbal Magazine , Bross noted: “When I took over as coach I asked him [Matip] to return, but he said to me he was not convinced. I’ve heard that he is now prepared to make a comeback and so I am going to go and see him again.” Luckily for Liverpool, Matip has rejected the chance to represent Cameroon at the AFCON, and Jurgen Klopp confirmed this today during his pre-match press conference: “I am happy about [that] he decided this. It is good for us. For Joel it is different because he has grown up in Germany. He is a wonderful player" . Matip is vital to Liverpool's defensive solidity, and it's worth pointing out the facts again: With Mat

Deal Close? Liverpool to make €22m offer for 'impressive' midfield sensation who wants transfer to 'Man Utd'

Liverpool are reportedly ready to sign one of Serie A's most coveted young midfielders. According to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport this week: * Liverpool reps recently watched Kessie in action in Atalanta's 2-1 victory over Roma. * Reds are planning a €22m offer, which comes with a salary of €2.5m per season. Liverpool have allegedly scouted Kessie 'extensively' this season, and Man City, Juve, Chelsea, and Man United also interested, the Reds clearly have a lot of competition. Some info about €20m -rated Kessie, who is (lazily) nicknamed the 'New Yaya Toure': * Defensive/holding midfielder, who can also play as a center-back. Contract expires: 2021 * Atalanta/Cesena : 14 goals/assists in 56 apps (One every 314 mins). * Scouting Report ( Strengths ): "Can play in various positions. Good positioning, speed, stamina, power and technique. Excellent movement around the box". * Aug 2016 : Kessie admitted : "I was close t

Anfield MegaDeal? Liverpool keen to sign 'exceptional' £35m powerhouse who knows Klopp. Offers invited by Roma

Liverpool are once again being linked with a move for versatile Roma defender Antonio Rudiger. In May, a report on German TV channel Sport 1 claimed that Liverpool were considering an offer for Rudiger, and according to the Daily Mail this week: "Liverpool are keeping tabs on Antonio Rudiger [and] Roma will listen to offers next month". Some info about £35m -rated Rudiger: * Centre-back, who can also play as a right-back, or a defensive-midfielder. Contract expires: 2020 * Roma and Stuttgart : 125 appearances in the last four seasons (Averages 29 games per season). 10 apps for the German national team. * Three separate knee injuries in the last 2 seasons (216 days out; 21 games missed) * Scouting Report ( Strengths ): "Lightning fast and agile; strong aerially and in the tackle; a tidy ball-playing defender; never-say-die attitude". * Scouting Report ( Weaknesses ): "Prone to the odd lapse in concentration; guilty of trying too hard on occasio

Injury Disaster: Klopp confirms 'brilliant' €25m star will miss Liverpool's next two games; 'no idea' when he's back

How serious is Daniel Sturridge's current injury? It must be pretty serious because Sturridge is still not back in full team training. Speaking to reporters today, Klopp confirmed that Sturridge is working with the club's 'rehab coach', and is yet to join up with his team-mates on the training field. He further explained: "I have no idea when he [Sturridge] will be back. If he is not training with the team at the moment then we don’t have to think about him for West Ham, or for Middlesbrough". This is ' brilliant ' Sturridge's third week of missing team training, so the injury is obviously serious, and it looks like it'll be a while before he's fit enough to return. Personally, I doubt Sturridge will play again before the new year. Once recovered, he will have to consistently train to get back up to match fitness, and if Klopp sticks with his previous plan of demanding 10 straight days of training before first-team selection (as h

Anfield Smackdown: Nicol blasts Klopp for 'nonsense' decision to snub £55k-a-week Liverpool star

Liverpool legend Steve Nicol has slammed Jurgen Klopp for continually playing square pegs in round holes. When asked this week about Liverpool's defensive weaknesses, Nicol told ESPN : "Why is Klavan not playing? Why is Lucas playing ahead of Klavan? The reason can only be this new ‘play it out from the back' nonsense". Like many fans, I was surprise to see Lucas starting ahead of Klavan, who is a massively experienced central defender with 116 caps for the Estonia national team. It doesn't make sense: what is the point of signing Klavan if he is not going to be used when Liverpool need him the most?! In my view, Klopp's snub (and it's not the first time) is an insult to Klavan, and basically amounts to a very public vote of no-confidence. It's simple: if Klopp trusted Klavan, he would've started him in the recent league games against Watford and Bournemouth. On a related note: the intense criticism of Lucas after the Bournemouth deba

Sign for Liverpool? 'Outstanding' €12m international wanted by Klopp drops massive transfer hint

One of Liverpool's current transfer targets has revealed some enticing news about his future. The Reds are currently linked with a move for Southampton defender Jose Fonte, and new developments suggest he is on the way out of St. Mary's. Recent reports claimed that Fonte had rejected a new contract, but according to the man himself : "I don't know what they [Southampton] are talking about. There's nothing on the table that I didn't sign. I have been informed by Southampton that they are NOT offering me a new contract". Liverpool were first linked with Fonte last summer, and with the Reds clearly in need of another centre-back, the Portuguese's contract situation offers the Reds an opportunity bring in a top quality, experienced central defender on the cheap. Reds legend Mark Lawrenson is certainly in favour of a transfer. When asked last season about Liverpool's centre-back situation, he told the BBC : "I think Liverpool signed the