Premier League side Liverpool have crashed out of the FA Cup after losing at home in a surprising manner to Wolverhampton.
The loss adds to the problems at Anfield after they threw away a chance to continue the race against Chelsea, then losing to Southampton in the EFL Cup semi finals. There have been so many disappointments within one week as it seems the team might end up trophyless again this campaign. They ended up without any title win last year but at least they got to two finals. This year they seem so far away.
Wolves stunned the Reds when Richard Stearman scored in the first minute. He latched onto a Helder Costa free kick to calm the home fans. Wolves did not stop at that, they scored the second before the end of the first half. Same Costa set up Andreas Weimann who easily dribbled Loris Karius to get the goal.
A subdued Liverpool team could not get the goals in. However, Divock Origi got one in and tried forcing another game when he sought to equal the scoreline but it didn’t quite happen. The loss made the third defeat at home in a week – a record that had been long standing until Swansea wrecked them. Read More
Liverpool are going strong in the Premier League at the moment and are very much in the running for the league title. Jurgen Klopp has taken the team to a new level, and the players are competing well with their counterparts at Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal.
The Reds have a fearsome attacking unit. Philippe Coutinho is one of the best playmakers in the Premier League, Roberto Firmino has stepped up his game under manager Klopp, Adam Lallana seems to have found his mojo under the German, while Sadio Mane is scoring goals and has proven to be a superb signing. Read More
Liverpool have progressed quite well under manager Jurgen Klopp and are in the running for the Premier League title this season. It will not be easy to catch league leaders Chelsea, but the Reds certainly have a great chance of at least finishing in the top four.
It is remarkable that Liverpool are doing so well without a ‘natural striker’ in form. Divock Origi has scored only four goals in the Premier League, while Daniel Sturridge has found the net only twice in the league. Roberto Firmino has operated as a forward this season, but his goal tally in the league has yet to hit double figure.
Liverpool are playing attacking, attractive football and are also scoring goals, but going forward, the Merseyside outfit need to sign a proven goalscorer. After all, if the Reds play in the Champions League next season, which seems to be highly likely given the odds on Betway, they would need someone to score regularly.
It is not going to be easy for Liverpool to recruit a quality striker in the January transfer window. After all, how many clubs would be willing to part company with their best strikers even for a good amount of money? It is in the summer transfer window that the Merseyside outfit should try to sign a top striker. Below are two strikers that Liverpool should look at signing for the 2017-18 campaign and beyond:
Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon)
Alexandre Lacazette has been at Lyon all his career so far, although he has been linked with Arsenal on more than one occasion. The France international is one of the best forwards in mainland Europe and is only 25 years of age.
Lyon have sold their best players over the years, and Liverpool should try their chance with a bid for Lacazette in the summer transfer window. The 25-year-old’s record in Ligue 1 is stunning – he has scored 17 goals already this season and found the net 21 times during the 2015-16 campaign – and he would be a brilliant signing for the Reds.
Moreover, Lacazette has experience of playing in the Champions League. It would come in handy for Liverpool if they feature in Europe’s premier club competition next season.
Inaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao)
Inaki Williams is not a very prolific forward, but he is only 22 years of age and has a lot of potential. The youngster has already earned a cap for the Spain national team, underlining his promise and quality.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp likes to work with young and raw talent, and Williams would suit the German. The Athletic Bilbao forward has scored only two goals in La Liga so far this season, but he has created 17 chances.
The problem that Liverpool could face is the youngster’s buyout clause, which is €50 million (£43.07m). It is quite a lot of money for someone who scored just 8 La Liga matches last season. This could be a gamble for Liverpool, but it could be worth it in the long run.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp felt that his team fully deserved the 1-0 win over Everton on Monday night.
It was the first taste of Merseyside derby at Goodison Park for the German manager, who came to the club last October. After a disappointing 90 minutes of action between the two teams, Sadio Mane stepped up to score the crucial winner in fourth minute of the injury time. It was a sickening blow for the home team and they were given little time to recover from this setback. After having enjoyed a 2-1 win over Arsenal only a few days ago, the home team were coming in with a lot of confidence.
Klopp says that the presence of the home support was like a 12th man for Everton. However, they were rarely aroused in the game after things did not create much opportunities to speak about. Liverpool enjoyed possession of the ball in huge numbers, but they could come up with only four shots on target. Read More
Simply put, Philippe Coutinho is a special talent. The Brazil star has been a pivotal figure at Anfield since moving to Liverpool from Inter Milan in 2013 and Jurgen Klopp has attempted to build his current squad around the 24-year-old.
Coutinho’s creativity and influence in attacking areas has helped Liverpool to carve defences apart this season and it would be fair to claim that the Brazilian is one of the frontrunners for the PFA Player of the Year award. Read More
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his side’s having a hard time keeping up with – not the Kardashians but – Antonio Conte’s high-flying Chelsea side. The German made this known during a post-match conference following The Reds 2-2 draw with Sunderland.
Chelsea stay 3 points off second place Arsenal and their 1-0 win over West Brom on Sunday see them go 6 points clear off The Reds. Read More
After going top of the table following a 6-1 win over Watford, Liverpool have managed to capture the attention of the entire English league.
Jurgen Klopp came to the club at a time when they were struggling after the sacking of Brendan Rodgers. The Northern Irishman was struggling to lead the club when they had two competitions to cover. After showing flashes of brilliance in his first season at the club, Liverpool are moving up the gears in his second campaign. The German was widely praised for his ability to take Borussia Dortmund to great heights without spending much.
He seems to be repeating the trait at Anfield. The current league position has sparked talk about yet another title challenge at Anfield. One of the greatest clubs in England, Liverpool are now only 2nd to Manchester United when it comes to the most number of league titles.
However, they have not won the English Championship in more than 25 years. A few managers have come close to ending this wait but without success. The mantle now goes towards Klopp, but the German insisted that he does not want to be compared with the past because he is writing his own history.
Even after the win against Watford, Klopp tried to remain grounded by choosing to focus on the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City.”It’s a really good moment and I know that everybody compares with the past, especially at Liverpool. Three years ago, 10, five, 25 years ago – but this team is new, we are new. Our story started a few months ago so you cannot compare us with anyone else. If everybody wants to say ‘We wait now for 20-something years for silverware’ or whatever, we can say ‘Okay, we (have) tried, actually, only since a year’,” said Klopp.
Jurgen Klopp and the supporters of Liverpool are extremely happy to see the club at the top of the Premier League with 26 points secured from their 11 opening league matches and the German manager has recently revealed details concerning what he considers when selecting his first-team players.
Something that Klopp stated in regards to one of Liverpool’s players not being good enough to make it into the first-team is that those performers are usually just sent to a suitable team in the 2nd division of England, although this is a method that has traditionally been utilized by many clubs from around the world, so it’s not really a shocking thing to hear.
Even though this method is not innovative, Jurgen Klopp did say that this is a very important thing to do for those players that just can’t make it into his main team as this gives those players the chance to develop further and learn many things, even if it’s not with his own team.
“It’s good for their development and good for us that we can make the joys and decisions about their futures at LFC. If we have to make a decision that a player is not good enough for the Liverpool first-team then they need to be good enough for another Premier League club or minimum a Championship club. That is what we have to create, we have to give them the opportunity and that is what we are doing’’
“They can still stay a little longer in their situation and be patient, they can use the time in the corner with not the biggest public watching, not lots of people asking about you and watching each step of you.Hopefully we can bring through a few of them in the red shirt of Liverpool at Anfield in the first-team. That is the dream of all of us.” Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp said.
There are many coaches who are well past 60 and are still working, but, Jurgen Klopp says he will not stretch his career that far.
Klopp intends to retire after maybe 10 more years of work and then return to the country of his birth to spend the rest of his life in peace.
Klopp’s stint in his Anfield office has gone beyond 12 months and he hints that he wouldn’t mind if he has to serve in the same office until he bids goodbye to Football management.
In the media gathering on the eve of Swansea match, Klopp said “Germany is my motherland and that’s where I would like to remain based. I can’t say if I take up another coaching assignment in Germany, but, I would go back just because it’s my home.”
“I don’t actually see myself still on the side lines and giving instructions in my sixties. I would be finished by the time I get to that age and if after retirement, I find that Liverpool was the last club I coached, I would feel proud because my CV would then display three brilliant teams.” Read More
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