27 Sep 2016

Boss raves: Exciting Liverpool sensation who impressed Klopp 'has it all'. Future Star?

Academy sensation Trent Alexander-Arnold is yet to feature for Liverpool's first-team this season, but according to U23s boss Michael Beale, the 17-year old is knocking on the first-team door. After watching Alexander-Arnold's impressive performance against Sunderland at the weekend, U23s boss Michael Beale told the Liverpool Echo : “He [AA] is young and playing ever so well. Speed, aggression, strength; he has it all. The confidence of training with the first team - you can see it in the development he has made". Brendan Rodgers first brought Alexander-Arnold into the first-team fold last year, and Jurgen Klopp also seems to rate the youngster. When asked about his progress in August, Klopp enthused : "Trent is a real Scouser, right? If there’s a player who is a Scouser and can play football then we should go for him 100%. But it’s not the first thing we should think about.” Alexander-Arnold's description on the official LFC website : "A creative

Message to Klopp? 'Wonderful' €14m Liverpool star reveals his 'best' position; wants to play as an AM

What is Marko Grujic's best position? The fact that Grujic has been dubbed the 'New Matic' suggests that he's perceived as a defensive midfielder, but according to the man himself, he excels in a different position. When asked in a recent interview about his best position, Grujic noted: "I see myself in the position I played against Derby. We had Lucas behind, with me and Hendo further forward. That’s my best position in midfield". I suspect that €14m -rated Grujic is in for a rude awakening; I doubt that Klopp plans to utilise him as an attacking midfielder, and given his height and strength, he'll probably be used in a similar way to Emre Can. Does Grujic have the skills to be an effective attacking midfielder? * Hailed by Jurgen Klopp as a 'wonderful player'.

Better Than Coutinho? Klopp raves over 'wonderful' €28m maestro Liverpool tried to sign under Benitez

Back in 2009, ex-Reds boss Rafa Benitez confirmed that he tried to sign Man City attacker David Silva, and it appears that Liverpool's current boss is also fan of the Spanish maestro. When asked on Monday to name the 'most dangerous player in the Premier League', Klopp told Sky Sports : "I like David Silva. He is a wonderful player. He’s everywhere and so skilled and he has such a good attitude. I like his style of play". During the 2008-9 season, Benitez told the Liverpool Echo : "We were asking about the situation with him [Silva]. We are trying to have conversations and trying to progress but it’s not easy to sign any player now" What a signing that would've been (!) Daniel Sturridge is also an admirer of Silva, and back in 2015, he raved : "David Silva is a striker's dream. The guy's passing is unreal" Liverpool missed out €28m -rated Silva, but the club later signed Philippe Coutinho, who is a very similar type of

Redknapp: £120k-a-week Liverpool star is a 'manager's dream' and 'unsung hero' like title-winning legend

Liverpool utility man James Milner put in another solid performance at left-back over the weekend, and ex-Red Jamie Redknapp believes that Milner now compares favourably to one of the club's legends of the 1980s. In his Monday column for the Daily Mail, Redknapp raved : "James Milner is a manager's dream. He's been a winger, a solid central midfielder and is now impressing at left back. He reminds me of Steve Nicol...who was such an unsung hero in our squad". In my view, this is a very good comparison. Like Milner, Nicol excelled in several roles for Liverpool, most notably at right-back in Kenny Dalglish's all-conquering team of the late '80s. I vividly remember that team, and Nicol was a fantastic player, and went on to win the 1989 'Player of the Year' award, an achievement that's basically unheard of for a full-back. Indeed, Nicol is the only defender in the last 32 years to win that accolade. Of course, a big difference between

Klopp insists: 'Outstanding' €36m international is the 'best in the world'. Agree?

Who is the best goalkeeper in the world? One thing's for sure, it most definitely 'aint Simon Mignolet, but Jurgen Klopp has a view on the issue, and unsurprisingly, he's gone with the obvious choice. In an interview last week with The Guardian , Klopp mused: “At the moment, the best goalkeeper in the world plays at Bayern Munich, and he’s German. We always have good ones. That’s the kind of mentality we have, we like this job. Kids like to wear the gloves". I don't think many will disagree with Klopp's assessment here. Neuer's record at Bayern is formidable, and he's on fire again this season, with only 1 goal conceded in 8 games (7 clean sheets!). Granted, Bayern have a superb defensive unit, and a key component of their defensive solidity is the use of a dedicated defensive-midfield. Whether it's Kimmich, Vidal, or Martinez, Bayern play with a DM, and it makes a massive difference to their defensive solidity. One goal conceded in 8 game

26 Sep 2016

Carra insists: Klopp will 'probably' replace Jordan Henderson with 'excellent' £33m star as Liverpool's 'holding midfielder'

Is Emre Can now a squad player? Reds legends John Aldridge and Jamie appear to disagree on the issue, but according to Carra, Can - when fully fit - Last week will usurp Jordan Henderson as the Reds' number 6. Last week, Aldo told the Liverpool Echo : "Emre Can is an excellent player but...how does he get into that midfield? As things stand, he's waiting for an injury, or for someone to slip up". Carra has a different view, though, and when asked about Can's first team chances over the weekend, he noted : "The holding role is earmarked for Emre Can, and I expect him to return to that [when he's fit]. Jordan will probably play a slightly different position". I'm not so sure. Jurgen Klopp seems pretty enamoured with the Wijhendallana axis right now, and I suspect he'll stick with it, even if the Reds continue to leak goals. I'm not Can's biggest fan, but there's clearly room for a dedicated defensive-midfielder in the

Klopp insists: €14m Liverpool star cannot be 'outstanding' until he improves his 'skills' in one area

After starting against Derby last week, Marko Grujic returned to the bench for Saturday's victory over Hull, and according to Jurgen Klopp, Grujic must improve in one specific area if he's to have any chance of becoming a first-team regular. When asked about Grujic after the Derby game, Klopp hailed the Serb's performance as 'wonderful', but warned : “If [Grujic's] defensive skills had the same quality as the offensive skills then he will be an outstanding player. We are working on it". Grujic has already conceded that he needs to improve his defensive work. Speaking to the Liverpool Echo last week, he admitted: "When I came from the Serbian league, I didn’t really do a lot of defensive things. I know that. Klopp wants me to do more in defence. He has said that". Grujic is young, so he has plenty of time to work on the defensive side of the game, but given the intense physical demands Klopp places on his players, the €14m -rated midfie

Anfield Surprise: Klopp hails 'brilliant' €28m outcast and claims he's 'one of the best' players in training

Is it game over for Alberto Moreno? The error-prone Spaniard has been bench-bound for six of the last seven games, but based on Jurgen Klopp's latest comments, there may be a way back for Moreno. In his post-Hull press conference, Klopp enthused : "One of the best players in training in the last few weeks has been Alberto Moreno. He took the situation brilliantly and is in a really good moment". Moreno started Liverpool's midweek League Cup victory over Derby, and helped the club keep a clean sheet, so that's obviously a positive. When it comes to the league, though, James Milner has his feet firmly under the table, and given the Reds' superb current form, it will take a lot to displace him. I honestly believe that Moreno - who is dubiously rated at €28m by CIES - can still have a future at Liverpool, but only if Klopp coaches out his bad habits, specifically: * Reckless tackles,  some of which are so brainless that it's hard to comprehend how a

Boss Confirms: 'Yes', I tried to sign 'incredible' €20m Liverpool attacker; transfer failed due to 'high' cost

Prior to signing for Nice, ex-Red Mario Balotelli was heavily linked with a move to Palermo, and the Serie A side's President has now confirmed that he wanted to sign the Italian. On August 28th (three days before the transfer deadline), Palermo Vice-President Guglielmo Micciche told reporters : “We made an offer [for Balotelli]. now it’s up to Liverpool and the player. ". When asked this weekend about the deal, Mauricio Zamparino told Rai Sport : “Did I want Balotelli? Yes. The cost for Palermo was too high, I can’t allow that type of thing anymore. He is a golden boy. I am pro-Balotelli!” Balotelli has contributed 4 goals in his first two league games for Nice, but due to a new injury, he missed the club's 1-0 victory over Nancy on Sunday. According to the BBC , Balotelli 'was absent with an adductor muscle problem'. After such a great start in France, the last thing Balotelli needs is an injury disrupting his momentum... * Jul 2016: Described as a

'I know him': Klopp confirms he will 'talk' with 'brilliant' €23m international 'if he wants to'

After being dropped for Saturday's 5-1 victory over Hull, Simon Mignolet is on the outside looking in right now, but Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that he's willing to discuss the Belgian's relegation to the bench. When asked on Sunday about the possibility of Mignolet having a negative reaction to being dropped, Klopp told the Liverpool Echo : “If he [Mignolet] wants to talk we can talk, but it will be not a problem because I know him. We cannot promise line-up positions. After the game if someone wants to talk about it we can talk about it". Being dropped is a hammer blow for Mignolet's career, especially given the fact he's already second-choice goalkeeper for Belgium. If Mignolet remains a back-up at Liverpool, then there's little chance of him usurping Thibaut Courtois on the international stage. Mignolet may be magnanimous about the situation right now, but if he's on the bench for the next 8-9 months, I doubt he'll want to stay

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