24 Oct 2016

I Want LFC: 'Brilliant' €50m attacker desperate for Liverpool transfer. Agent wants talks ASAP

After a flurry of recent speculation , it appears that Napoli attacker Lorenzo Insigne is desperate to sign for Liverpool. Over the weekend, Italian football expert Ciro Venerato told Rai Sport : "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:". Now, according to UK reports : * Insigne's agent is 'pushing for talks with Liverpool' to help end the striker’s 'hell' at Napoli. * The ' brilliant ' attacker is trying to 'force a January move to Liverpool'. Insigne is enduring a torrid time at Napoli this season, and he compounded his misery last week by missing a crucial penalty in a the Champions League, and according to Football Italia : "Insigne was in tears on the bench during a 3-2 Champions League home defeat to Besiktas, as he was jeered by the fans for missing a penalty". Emotion is one thing, but Insig

Confirmed Team News: €35m Liverpool star out; Klopp confirms 'brilliant' LFC misfit 'will play'

Liverpool face Spurs tomorrow, and there's already confirmation of at least two changes to the team. ' Excellent ' Reds captain Jordan Henderson will miss the game after picking up a booking against West Brom on Saturday, and when asked today about his team selection for Spurs, Klopp confirmed : "There is a 100 per cent chance he [Mignolet] will play. Simon is a real professional and it is a luxury problem who will be in goal as they are both high-quality keepers. He is a very serious person and a very good professional". Mignolet will be happy to get some game time, but he'll also be aware that he is now in bona-fide back-up territory, and that means only playing in domestic cup competitions. Granted, it's against a Premier League team, but Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has already confirmed that he'll probably field a weakened team : “For me, they are not kids or boys — they are players. It is the same to play against Gillingham and Liverpoo

Transfer Update: Liverpool could seal January deal for €7m sensation Klopp hailed as 'special'. Loan or keep?

Huddersfield are reportedly keen to sign one of Liverpool's brightest prospects on loan. According to The Guardian : "Huddersfield Town’s manager David Wagner may utilise his Liverpool connections to take Joe Gomez on loan. Wagner is interested in offering Gomez much-needed game time from January". After such a long time out injured, €7m -rated Gomez obviously needs game time to regain proper match fitness, but short of a catastrophic injury meltdown, there's little chance of that happening at Anfield. As such, a loan deal appears to make sense, and despite Klopp's initial antipathy towards the loan system, lots of Reds youngsters were farmed out (or sold) over the summer. Plus, with Liverpool stipulating that players must play 75% of games for their loan clubs, Gomez will potentially get plenty of action at Huddersfield. Klopp appears to rate Gomez, and his programme notes this week, the German enthused : “We will look after [Gomez] because we beli

Anfield Update: 'Explosive' €50m attacker responds to Liverpool transfer rumours; confirms he 'wants to stay' at Bilbao

Liverpool remain heavily linked with ' explosive ' attacker IƱaki Williams, but is there any real chance of the Reds sealing a deal? Last week, Don Balon claimed: "Liverpool are willing to pay up to €50m to get Athletic Bilbao striker Inaki Williams. Klopp intends to make Williams his 'new Aubameyang'. When asked on Sunday about Liverpool's interest, Williams told Spanish newspaper AS : "I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm very happy where I am and I am very grateful to Athletic, to the fans, the club and my team-mates for their support. I want to stay here for many years". This is an emphatic response, and in an age of meaningless contracts, and over-entitled young players desperate for a (premature) money-spinning big club move, it's refreshing to see an unambiguously proclamation of loyalty. For me, this is great news. €50m for a winger who averages an assist every 554 minutes is utterly ridiculous, especiall

23 Oct 2016

Bad News for Klopp: 'Brilliant' £69m Liverpool-duo could miss vital league game

Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino could miss Liverpool's upcoming Premier League clash against Southampton. During the next international break, Coutinho and Firmino will fly to Brazil (and then onto Peru) for two World Cup qualifiers, and according to the Liverpool Echo : "Liverpool have been making special arrangements to ensure that Coutinho and Firmino get back as quickly as possible [but] they won’t report back until the Thursday of that week, just 24-hours before [Southampton]". Aaaagh. Another interminable international break, which will make it THREE in the first three months of the season. How I wish the Premier League, and/or the FA would make a massive fuss over this tedious and continual disruption to the season, and pressgang UEFA to schedule international breaks in a less irritating manner. But, I digress... Barring injuries to other players, Liverpool's squad is big enough to deal with absence of Coutinho and Firmino. Possible lineup witho

'I'm Surprised': Carragher hails €14m Euro sensation's 'outstanding' performances

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has hailed ex-Red Joe Allen for his goalscoring prowess this season. In his Saturday column for the Daily Mail, Carra enthused : "I am...surprised by the way he [Allen] is thriving in a No-10 role. Nobody could have anticipated him being so prolific. He is a very good footballer, but someone who seemed more suited to a defensive role". €14m -rated Allen weighed in with seven goals in four years at Liverpool, but after three months of this season, he already has four goals for Stoke. If Allen - hailed for his influential performances during Euro 2016 - continues at his current goalscoring rate, he could match his entire output at Liverpool after just six months at Stoke. In a recent interview, Stoke Boss Mark Hughes hailed Allen as 'absolutely outstanding' since his move to Stoke, and explained why he'd pushed him into a more forward role: "I've pushed him [Allen] forward [because] he anticipates things in th

Transfer Bombshell: Liverpool pushing to sign 'top-class' £128m Real Madrid star

Liverpool are reportedly considering a shock move for one of Real Madrid's most high profile players. Earlier this month, Diario Gol claimed that Ramos has offers on the table from Liverpool, PSG, and Bayern Munich, and according to Spanish newspaper AS this week: "Jurgen Klopp wants to sign Sergio Ramos, who is a top priority for next season. Klopp is pushing hard for the transfer because he believes Ramos will provide the leap in quality required to fight for major titles". Can Klopp attract a player like Ramos to Anfield? In my view, it's doubtful, even if Liverpool qualify for the Champions League. The main barrier will be financial - Ramos signed a new 5-year deal a year ago, which contains a whopping £128m buyout clause, so Liverpool will have to pay through the nose to seal the deal. Additionally, Ramos - hailed by Jamie Carragher as 'top-class' - is currently on £261k -a-week at the Bernabeu, and only teams like Manchester United, Man Cit

Carragher: Forget Mane. 'Excellent' £20m BR signing 'won' the game for Liverpool. Agree...?

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has hailed two of Brendan Rodgers' signings for their vital contribution to Saturday's 2-1 victory over West Brom. Reacting the hard-fought victory, Carra enthused : "Good win today for Liverpool. [Philippe] Coutinho was outstanding, and a great block from [Dejan] Lovren late on won us the three points" . I'm not sure Coutinho was 'outstanding', but he had a major hand in both goals, so the Brazilian definitely influenced the game. Some other post-match reaction: Roy Evans "Great win and performance today. Some of the football we played was superb. Need to be more clinical and put games to bed but that will come". Simon Mignolet "Massive three points today! Now roll on midweek against Tottenham in the EFL". Jordan Henderson "Great three points! Well done Phil Coutinho and Sadio Mane on their goals". David Thompson "Such a one sided game today at Anfield. liverpool&

22 Oct 2016

'Stunning': Gary Lineker hails £74m Liverpool-duo for 'beautiful' football against West Brom

England legend Gary Lineker has hailed Liverpool's beautiful football during today's 201 victory over West Brom. After watching Sadio Mane score the sublime first goal at Anfield, Lineker raved : "Stunning move by Liverpool, highlighted by a beautiful dummy from [Philippe] Coutinho, and finished perfectly by [Sadio] Mane" Stunning indeed, and it's a goal that's sure to delight Jurgen Klopp, who recently confirmed that team goals containing great 'movement' are his personal favourites. West Brom 'parked the bus' at Anfield, and clearly came to defend, but unlike the Man United game, the Reds found a way to breach the rearguard action, and both times, off-the-ball movement played a key part in unlocking a stubborn defence. Have Liverpool have finally figured out how to beat ultra-defensive teams at home? That remains to be seen, but today's victory bodes well for future games against similarly defensive-minded teams. Mane and Cou

Chelsea hero raves: 'Hard-working' €28m Liverpool star was 'exceptional' against West Brom. Agree?

Ex-Chelsea star Graham Le Saux has hailed Adam Lallana's performance against West Brom. During Lallana's 79th minute substitution, Le Saux, a co-commentator for the game, raved: "He [Lallana] has been exceptional this evening. He's so hard-working for the team, and it’s a prudent decision to take him off as he’s still recovering from injury". Lallana is rejuvenated under Jurgen Klopp, but in my view, Le Saux overstates the quality of his performance. As usual, Lallana looked busy, and provided a decent link between midfield and attack, but he failed to actually influence the game in any meaningful way, and his stats show this: * No shots on target, and no successful crosses. * 58 passes, but didn't create a single chance. * No clearances or blocks. Only one interception in the game. * Lost possession 4 times, and dispossessed twice. Only Firmino lost the ball more (5 times). * Only 2 goals in 9 games now. Liverpool almost threw the game away