Player News - Liverpool

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Liverpool are headed back to the Champions League after securing a top-four finish by defeating Middlesbrough 3-0 at Anfield.

All eyes were on Jurgen Klopp's side heading into the final day of the season, with the Reds in need of a win to lock up a place in Europe. However, despite a slow opening 45 minutes, the club would not be denied. Georginio Wijnaldum delivered the vital opener with a rocket from inside the area just before the break while Philippe Coutinho doubled their advantage just six minutes after the restart, as the Brazilian curled a free-kick over the wall and down into the bottom right corner. With the match seemingly in hand, Adam Lallana added the third when he cooly slide a left-footed strike past Boro goalkeeper Brad Guzan. The result sees Liverpool return to the Champions League for just the second in the last eight years.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, May 21, 2017 12:35:00 PM

Like much of its season, Sunderland's final match of the season ended in disaster with a 5-1 loss to Chelsea.

Sunderland had a golden opportunity to play party-poopers at Stamford Bridge on a day that ended with champagne being splashed across the pitch by the title-winners. Javier Manquillo scored his first goal of the season in just the third minute to temporarily silence the home faithful who just wanted to see off John Terry and celebrate a fifth league title. But the lead lasted all of five minutes and the Black Cats, who were missing 11 first-team players to injury, later conceded four goals from the 60th minute on to finish bottom of the table.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, May 21, 2017 12:23:00 PM

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp expressed hope that midfielder Roberto Firmino would be available for Sunday.

The club faces a massive final match on Sunday against Middlesbrough, needing a win to qualify for Champions League. A draw or a loss could see Arsenal jump the Reds for a Champions League spot, with Manchester City also looking to clinch. But Liverpool was handed a major boost with Klopp saying Firmino is expected to return after missing out last week due to a knock: "We could not decide until now, but he feels good and he feels comfortable. He did a lot of things, but was not part of team training. That’s not a problem after this long season. I think we will make a final test tomorrow. In this moment, I would rather say ‘yes’ than ‘perhaps’, but I am not sure."
Sat, May 20, 2017 07:24:00 PM

Liverpool manager Jurgen Kloop has shot down rumors linking star midfielder Philippe Coutinho with a summer transfer.

Reports across Europe claim Barcelona is considering a summer move for Coutinho, with Neymar lobbying the club for his Brazilian teammate. But with Liverpool on the verge of Champions League, Klopp said he can control who stays and who goes: "There are absolutely no plans [to sell]. What our owners say is there is the absolute opportunity not to sell anybody if we do not want to. That means we can bring in other players and it is a good situation. We have a stable squad with a good basis. We want to bring a few in with fresh blood, but nobody will leave us without our say so I am completely relaxed about this."
Source: Sky Sports
Tue, May 16, 2017 01:12:00 PM

When asked whether Roberto Firmino, who missed out today's match with a muscle issue, would be available for Liverpool's final match of the season against Middlesbrough, Jurgen Klopp said he wasn't sure in his post-match interview.

According to Klopp, Firmino still felt aggravation in the muscle during a light training session on Friday and knew after that session that the Brazilian would miss out against West Ham. As it turned out, Firmino was hardly missed as the Reds put four goals past the Hammers. Arsenal are expected to take all three points at home against Sunderland on Tuesday, which keeps the Gunners in reach of passing the Reds up for a Champions League spot on the final day of the season, so expect Firmino to do everything he can to be available for the Reds final match.
Sun, May 14, 2017 12:17:00 PM

Jürgen Klopp provided an unexpected but welcome injury update by insisting Jordan Henderson could still play again this season.

The Liverpool skipper hasn’t featured since sustaining heavy bruising to his foot back in February, and despite threatening a return on several occasions, Henderson has remained firmly on the sidelines. The England international then suffered a setback on the clubs’ warm weather training camp in Tenerife, Klopp admitting that they must be "really careful" not to rush him back too quickly and risk exacerbating his heel condition. Henderson spent time in the Liverpool treatment room last season before travelling to America for a cortisone injection to help relieve the symptoms of his incurable foot condition - Plantar Fasciitis - before suffering a metatarsal fracture in training. But, while many thought Henderson’s campaign was over, Klopp says he might feature during the run-in given his "high fitness" levels as the medical department have "not made a final judgement" on a possible return.
Source: Independent
Wed, May 10, 2017 12:55:00 PM

Liverpool were in need of three points to help secure a Champions League place but their attack was lacking a spark and a James Milner penalty kick was saved to tell the story of a frustrating 0-0 draw with Southampton.

Liverpool sit third in the table when the final whistle blew in this one, but both Manchester clubs are breathing down the neck of the Reds with enough games in hand to control their destinies. Southampton's defending frustrated Liverpool all afternoon, containing the Reds outside the box and forcing them to take their chances from distance. It appeared all would turn out well, when a penalty was awarded after Lucas sent a ball into the box and a Saints defender made contact with his arm. Milner, who had been a perfect seven for seven, stepped up and directed a low shot on target near the post, but Fraser Forster made a quality save to preserve the clean sheet. Daniel Sturridge came on as a substitute in the latter stages of the match and gave the Reds a bit more threat, but it nothing materialized. The Reds travel to West Ham next weekend before wrapping up their season at Anfield against Middlesbrough.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, May 7, 2017 10:41:00 AM

The dead leg Philippe Coutinho sustained in Liverpool's Monday night win over Watford is not serious and signs are positive the Brazilian playmaker will be available for selection this Sunday when the Reds host Southampton.

It looks to be a bullet dodged for Jurgen Klopp and the club, as Coutinho returned to training as soon as Wednesday and all reports point toward the player responding well to the injury he suffered when colliding with the Hornets' Adrian Mariappa. Naturally with Sadio Mane done for the season along with Jordan Henderson as well as the unreliable health of Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool will be quite pleased that Adam Lallana made a successful return from injury on Monday and that Coutinho appears ready to jump back into action as they look to secure a Top 4 finish. If you have Coutinho in your draft league, plan to use him this weekend. Those in weekly salary leagues may want consider though that it could be a short shift for Coutinho, perhaps only an hour of pitch time.
Fri, May 5, 2017 05:08:00 AM

Liverpool squeaked past Watford to add three points to their Champions League aspirations, but star playmaker Philippe Coutinho left the match early with a dead leg.

Coutinho is one fantasy's most standout figures, regardless of format, so owners will want to breathe a sigh of relief after Jurgen Klopp would report post match that the injury to the Brazilian international is not serious. The incident occurred about 10 minutes into the contest when Coutinho collided with Watford's Adrian Mariappa and Coutinho took hard contact to his right thigh. The medical staff quickly wrapped the area up and Coutinho reported on his Instagram account that the injury is not serious. On a positive note, Adam Lallana came on to replace Coutinho, looked sharp, and finished the match no worse for the wear. The Reds are now third in the table, three points above Manchester City, four above Manchester United. However, both Manchester sides have a game in hand, so we have a real three-way battle for the final two Champions League spots. Expect Coutinho to be in contention next weekend.
Source: Daily Mail
Tue, May 2, 2017 03:48:00 AM

Emre Can struck a spectacular overhead goal in first half stoppage goal for the only goal of the match at Vicarage Road.

The win lifts Liverpool back into the driving seat with respect to Champions League qualification. With Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United all dropping points Liverpool's victory sees them control their own destiny as the season enters its final weeks. The downside for the Reds is that talisman Philippe Coutinho went out injured in the 5th minute. The severity of the injury is unknown at this point but his absence over the final weeks would be a dent in Liverpool's qualification campaign.
Source: espnfc.com
Mon, May 1, 2017 05:03:00 PM

Liverpool announced the club has tied down defender Dejan Lovren to a new long-term contract after an impressive season.

The Croatian international bounced back from a down year by making 25 appearances in the Premier League, starting every match despite missing a month with injury. Lovren has been the club's bona fide leader along the back-line, forming a fluid partnership with summer signing Joel Matip. Now, it looks like the pair will be together for years to come following the 27-year-old Lovren's new deal. Said manager Jurgen Klopp: "In a situation like this, you really have to look from the outside. If Dejan played for another club, you would think about signing him. Then you would have to think about what would you have to pay for him and it would be a lot - a big sum of money. Having him around and giving him a new contract and working with him together… he is 27 years old and his best time for a centre-half is still to come."
Sat, Apr 29, 2017 10:54:00 AM

Reports on Saturday suggest Daniel Sturridge could miss tomorrows clash at Anfield having sat out of "several" training sessions this week.

The injury-plagued striker has endured another hugely disappointing season, only five Premier League starts [2-goals], and his days at Liverpool look to be numbered following his fourth injury of 2017 [calf / hip / ankle]. But while Sturridge remains a major doubt, Joel Matip and Lucas Leiva look to be winning their race to recover from muscular injuries in time to face Crystal Palace. Ragnar Klavan [knee] is expected to miss out and Jürgen Klopp "may try" Joe Gomez who has impressed for the Under-23s recently. Even though Firmino is training away from the main group, the Brazilian star will be fine as the club carefully manage him between games due to concerns that he is in the "red zone" [increased injury risk].
Sat, Apr 22, 2017 11:43:00 AM

Jurgen Klopp delivered some potentially bad news in his presser ahead of Liverpool's match against Crystal Palace this weekend, as Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan and Lucas have all popped up on the injury report.

At the center-back positions this weekend, it looks like it will be Dejan Lovren partnering...someone. Matip is carrying a knock, minor enough for one to think, given the current state of the roster, the defender is prepared to play through. Klavan, on the other hand, has been dealing with a ligament issue on and off in recent weeks, so his status is quite unclear. Lucas, meanwhile, normally provides cover in central defense when Liverpool have an injury crisis, but he, too, has a knock. Whatever the partnership this weekend, the news should give a bump to Crystal Palace's attacking players, who are being heavily invested in for their double gameweek.
Fri, Apr 21, 2017 05:18:00 AM

Roberto Firmino continues to train away from the main group as the club carefully manage their Brazilian star.

Liverpool are said to be concerned that Firmino is in the ‘red zone’ which essentially means he is at high risk of picking up a soft tissue injury. His workload will be monitored closely between games to minimise the chances of picking up a strain or tear. The 25-year-old has really stepped up in recent weeks, following an injury to Adam Lallana, contributing two goals + two assists in April while he has already surpassed last season’s goal scoring tally [11]. Liverpool take on Crystal Palace this weekend knowing that another three-points will help cement their place in third and go some way towards clinching a Champions League qualification spot. Adam Lallana [thigh] has stepped up his recovery with one eye on a return in game week thirty-five while captain Jordan Henderson [foot] is not far behind following his recent setback.
Source: The Metro
Wed, Apr 19, 2017 01:48:00 PM

A goal in first half stoppage time by Roberto Firmino was all Liverpool's attack could manage today, but it was enough to take all the points as they kept West Brom out in a 0-1 win.

Neither side looked particularly threatening in the first half, but Liverpool were in control of the game, spending much more time in the final third than the Baggies. A free kick was awarded just before halftime that led to the lone goal. James Milner sent the ball in and Lucas flicked it on to Firmino, who headed it home. There was little influence provided by Philippe Coutinho or Divock Origi in the attack, but the defense did it's job, with Simon Mignolet coming up with a big save late on. The Reds move ahead of Manchester City to third in the table, though the Citizens have a game in hand.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Apr 16, 2017 10:31:00 AM



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