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Xherdan Shaqiri made just his third start of the season and once again made the most of his minutes, scoring a fine goal in the second half to seal the result for Liverpool in a 2-0 win over Fulham.

Liverpool had a very attack-minded lineup today, with Shaqiri finding room to join up with the usual suspects Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah, setting Jurgen Klopp's side up to score big on Fulham's poor defense, but the Cottagers were able to keep things from getting out of hand. After dominating possession in the first half, the Reds took the lead shortly before halftime, as Trent Alexander-Arnold picked out Mo Salah on a swift counter attack and the Egyptian found the net once again. Shaqiri then put Liverpool into a comfortable position not long after the restart, scoring a splendid volley from a deep cross by Andrew Robertson. In just 305 total minutes of league play for his new club, Shaqiri has two goals and four assists. Productive indeed.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 11 - 9:11 AM

Dejan Lovren faces a race against time to be fit for Sundays encounter with Fulham after falling ill prior to the Champions League game against Red Star.

The Liverpool defender missed the draw at Arsenal last weekend due to a minor muscular problem, but was included in the travelling squad to Belgrade, although he was a notable omission from the matchday squad when the teams were announced. Lovren was expected to partner Virgil van Dijk, but instead Joel Matip came in for his first start in over a month at the expense of Joe Gomez who dropped to the bench. The Croatian international has impressed since his return to side having spent most of the season recovering from a pelvic problem which was aggravated during the World Cup. Depending on his availability, Jurgen Klopp may choose to push Gomez out to right-back in the lunchtime kick-off with Trent Alexander-Arnold making way. Otherwise, the Reds will probably line-up defensively as they did at the Emirates.
Source: The Sun
Nov 7 - 5:51 AM

James Milner opened the scoring in the marquee match of the weekend but Liverpool couldn't hold hosts Arsenal and settled for a 1-1 draw.

After withstanding an early Arsenal onslaught, the two sides traded haymakers for the rest of the match. Both sides had goals disallowed before eventually scoring one apiece. The Reds could reasonably argue for their disallowed goal but it was not to be and they await Manchester City's result to see if they remain atop the table after Week 11.
Source: Espn.com
Nov 3 - 3:39 PM

In a dominant display led by a goal and two assists from Mo Salah, Liverpool did the expected by thrashing Cardiff City, 4-1.

Liverpool were in complete control of this one, despite Cardiff being within a shot of a draw until the final quarter hour. They struck early through Salah, who was in position to stick in the rebound of a Georginio Wijnaldum shot. It would be another 45 minutes until they found their second when Sadio Mane was given the ball in the area and made a move before firing a laser into the net on 66 minutes. Cardiff would pull one back but that seemed to only fire up the Reds attack. Salah would first assist Xherdan Shaqiri, with the Swiss international notching his first Liverpool goal, then moments later, threaded a pass into Mane who delivered a professional finish. Jurgen Klopp's side next travel to Arsenal for a big matchup in Week 11.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 27 - 12:00 PM

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that midfielders Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson will not be available to play against Cardiff City this weekend.

While Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are fit and rearing to go after the club's Champions League win over Red Star Belgrade this week, the Reds will have to continue without Keita and Henderson for the time being. Keita has not played since suffering a hamstring injury during the international break while Henderson suffered a hamstring strain over the weekend against Huddersfield Town. Said Klopp: "It will not work out for them tomorrow. They are both in a good way but they will not be ready. That's pretty much it though - the rest, apart from [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rhian [Brewster], should be available."
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 27 - 12:56 AM

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that winger Sadio Mane is in contention for Wednesday's match.

The playmaker sustained a broken thumb while on international duty last week with Senegal, which caused him to miss the 1-0 weekend win against Huddersfield Town. However, Klopp confirmed that Mane has trained this week ahead of Wednesday night's Champions League matchup with Red Star Belgrade: "Millie looks fine and should be OK, Gini got a knock on his Achilles but should be OK and Sadio trained and should be fine. [We have] a couple of problems, but still enough players to choose from."
Oct 24 - 1:37 AM

Jordan Henderson is rated as a major doubt for the Champions League tie against Crvena Zvezda on Wednesday night.

The Liverpool skipper could only manage 45-minutes at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday before being replaced as a precaution because of tight hamstring. "It was not that he felt nothing, but he didn’t feel a lot," Klopp said after the narrow win. "He wanted to carry on – that’s a good sign. We decided no. Hopefully it’s nothing." Henderson will have a scan this week to determine the extent of the problem. Meanwhile, Sadio Mane [thumb] ‘could’ return to the matchday squad although a hamstring problem is likely to keep Naby Keita side-lined. "They are normal issues. Both are not too serious; they cannot play today [vs Huddersfield], which is never good, but it shouldn’t be that long," Klopp told BT Sport prior to kick-off. "Sadio especially, we have to see how it develops in the next few days. Naby, maybe we have to be a bit more patient."
Oct 22 - 10:14 AM

Mohamed Salah scored the only goal of the match as Liverpool picked up a tightly contested win at the John Smith Stadium.

He still doesn't look close to the dominating force of last season but Liverpool supporters and fantasy managers alike will welcome a sign of life from the Egypt international. Xherdan Shaqiri, subbing in for an injured Sadio Mane, assisted. The win sees the Reds maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
Source: Espn.com
Oct 20 - 2:24 PM

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was coy on the injury status of star wingers Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

In his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday's game against Huddersfield Town, Klopp said the club will continue to monitor Salah (groin injury) and Mane (broken thumb) but confirmed that they have been involved in training this week. However, he has ruled out Naby Keita due to a hamstring injury suffered during the international break while also all but confirming Virgil van Dijk is fit to return from a minor rib injury. "We had a session yesterday and a few of the boys trained, so we’ll have to see how they’ve reacted after that. The only thing that is pretty sure is that Naby will not be available; with all the rest we have to see how it develops. That’s it, pretty much."
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 19 - 11:29 PM

Liverpool confirm Sadio Mane has successfully undergone surgery after injuring his hand while on international duty.

Speaking ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Sudan on Tuesday, Senegal coach Aliou Cisse revealed Mane wouldn’t be considered for the return game in Khartoum after breaking the first metacarpal [thumb] in his left hand. Although the injury was not thought to be serious, Mane was assessed on his return to Melwood and it was agreed that surgery, conducted at a north-west hospital, was the best course of action. Despite the operation being a success, his involvement at Huddersfield hangs in the balance and his recovery will be monitored over the next couple of days. With Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah [both hamstring] also at risk of missing out on Saturday, Jurgen Klopp could be forced into a tactical switch at the John Smith’s Stadium with Xherdan Shaqiri and Daniel Sturridge pushing to be included in the starting XI.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 17 - 6:00 PM

Naby Keita is the latest Liverpool player to pick up an injury during the international break.

The summer signing from Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig has enjoyed a promising start to his Premier League career, featuring in all eight games, but the Guinea international is at risk of missing out this weekend after suffering a suspected hamstring strain. Keita was carried off during the first half of Tuesdays Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Rwanda clutching the back of his thigh and his involvement at Huddersfield hangs in the balance. With Mo Salah and James Milner [both hamstring] and Sadio Mane [broken thumb] all doubts for game week nine, Jurgen Klopp could be forced into a major reshuffle. The Reds have a Champions League tie versus Crvena Zvezda four days later and the Liverpool boss won’t want to take any unnecessary risks meaning Xherdan Shaqiri and Daniel Sturridge are in pole position for a starting role at the John Smith’s Stadium. Meanwhile, Fabinho is in line to make his Premier League debut.
Oct 16 - 3:27 PM

Netherlands national team manager Ronald Koeman confirmed that Virgil van Dijk is fit despite leaving the team.

The former Everton coach said there was a previous agreement with Liverpool to allow Van Dijk to play against Germany before being sent back to the club to rest after playing through the pain of a niggling rib injury. It comes as welcomed news to Liverpool fans as Sadio Mane's status is up in the air after suffering a broken thumb while Mohamed Salah has also suffered an injury during the international break. Said Koeman: [Van Dijk] "He's back in Liverpool but he is ready to play for next week. He's taken a rest. He spoke to the manager. The medical staff of the Dutch national team spoke to the medical staff of Liverpool and made the decision that he was playing only the Germany game and then after back to Liverpool. He is ready to play next weekend."
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 15 - 9:31 PM

Sadio Mane has become the latest injury doubt ahead of game week nine after suffering an injury while on international duty.

The Senegal star went for an X-ray on Monday and left hospital with his thumb in a splint [cast]. Although the specifics of the injury aren’t yet known, the problem is not believed to be serious and Mane should be okay for the trip to Huddersfield on Saturday - although he will be assessed on his return to Melwood. Fortunately, it looks like Mohamed Salah has been cleared following his withdrawal from the national team. Following the win over Swaziland, the Egyptian Football Association confirmed a "primary diagnosis" revealed that there was no apparent tear "but the player will need to undergo [further] scans" back at Liverpool. Virgil van Dijk will be "ready" to face the Terriers. "The medical staff of the Dutch national team spoke to the medical staff of Liverpool and made the decision that he was playing only the Germany game," said Ronald Koeman. "He is ready to play next weekend."
Oct 15 - 4:06 PM

The Dutch Football Association confirm Virgil van Dijk will not be risked in a friendly against Belgium this week.

The Liverpool centre-back scored his country’s opener in a 3-0 win over rivals Germany in Amsterdam on Saturday, but despite completing 90 minutes, Van Dijk took another knock on his ribs and will return to Melwood as a precaution. There is nothing to suggest that the £75m defender will miss the trip to Huddersfield on Saturday, but given his ongoing issue, it seems needless to risk him after admitting he was managing the problem with painkillers and by "being strong and being a warrior." Injured on the eve of the Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain last month, Van Dijk completed the match but lasted less than an hour against his old club five days later - he then missed the Carabao Cup defeat to Chelsea. "You never really play completely pain free. You are always going to have something - you are never going to be 100% totally fit throughout the season."
Source: ESPN.co.uk
Oct 14 - 10:46 AM

In a game where he scored a ridiculous corner and Egypt won 4-1 versus Swaziland, Liverpool fans will be left disappointed as Mo Salah went off with a groin injury.

While he has failed to hit the highs of last year, Salah being taken off with a groin injury is a huge blow for the Reds. The extent of the injury is unknown and adds to a mounting injury list for Liverpool that includes James Milner. Moving forward, Xherdan Shaqiri and Adam Lallana will play a large part in the plans for Liverpool but depth will be challenged as they look to challenge Manchester City for the title. With games versus Huddersfield and Cardiff on the horizon, Liverpool will be able to live without Salah before they hit tough sledding in a fixture with Arsenal on November third. Salah owners in FPL will likely want to wait to hear the full extent of this but it’s looking like the time is now to own Sadio Mane and Eden Hazard.
Oct 12 - 5:26 PM



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