Player News - Liverpool

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Liverpool were handed a major boost on Thursday as both James Milner and Emre Can were deemed fit for the weekend.

The Reds will already be without starting midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and were preparing to go without Emre Can due to a back injury that has limited him since March and kept him out of the German national team for the World Cup. But manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Can and Milner have come through full training this week without a hitch and will now be available for selection against back-to-back Champions League winners Real Madrid in the final on Saturday night: Millie was clear [he would be fit] and Emre is a surprise. He told me he would come back, try this and that and then we would talk to people...Now he trains completely normal. He's a nice option and that's why he is with us."
Source: Sky Sports
May 24 - 5:57 PM

What a boost it could be for Liverpool if Emre Can is deemed fit for Saturday's Champions League final.

The star midfielder has been out since March with a back injury and was left off Germany's provisional World Cup roster as a result. But manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Can participated in training at Anfield on Monday with the team and now has a chance to play in the final against Real Madrid on Saturday night, where the Reds could use as much help as possible, in what could be Can's final game in a Liverpool shirt before an expected summer move to Juventus: "With Emre or players in the situation of Emre it depends on the reaction on things [but] let me say it like this: 10 days ago, I didn’t think it was possible that he could do what he did today, and that he could do what he did in Marbella already. "That looked good and my impression of him is really positive, but we have to wait again until tomorrow. But the door, of course, is open. It’s really nice to have him back in the group and he is really desperate to be part of [the final] and we will see."
May 22 - 9:29 AM

Adam Lallana was a notable omission from the England World Cup squad when it was announced on Wednesday afternoon.

The attacking midfielder has endured an injury-ravaged campaign but following his brief 16-minute cameo against Brighton on the final day, many believed Gareth Southgate would take a punt on the 30-year old. Lallana is said to be devastated by the decision, but he has been added to the standby list despite only playing 235 minutes in the Premier League which includes a single start. There is no doubting his ability, but fitness concerns ultimately have cost him his place in Russia. That said, the Three Lions still have friendly internationals against Nigeria and Costa Rica to come and rarely do they pass without problems. Lallana is joined by midfielders Lewis Cook and Jake Livermore, and Burnley duo Tom Heaton and James Tarkowski, on the back-up list: "All of the guys on standby have been really professional in their approach to this. They recognise there’s still an opportunity," said Southgate following confirmation of his 23-man squad.
Source: The Mirror
May 17 - 9:41 AM

Emre Can has been omitted from Germany’s provisional 27-man World Cup squad.

The Liverpool midfielder has been hampered by a persistent back complaint since March. It was initially thought that the problem was only minor, but Can was withdrawn from the international friendlies against Spain and Brazil after breaking down in training. In April, Jurgen Klopp mused that Can was "not in the best place" in terms of his injury, although there was hope that his recovery "will be a little bit quicker than maybe we thought." But, ahead of the Premier League clash with Chelsea on May 06, Klopp announced that "next Monday" was pivotal, as a decision would be made on whether he could return to full training. However, scan results proved inconclusive which ended his chances of being ready for the Champions League final and left Can in Germany undergoing further treatment. The setback is likely to mean that he has played his last game for the club with a move to Serie A winners Juventus in the offing.
May 15 - 6:19 PM

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be lucky to play again this year after successfully undergoing knee surgery.

There was some suggestion that he could be ready for the start of 2018/19, but that timeline has already been pushed back to November, although I’d suggest that a year could be nearer the mark in terms of his recovery. The club have not provided an official update at this point, although the procedure was to repair a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, which in itself is around nine months out. However, Oxlade-Chamberlain also suffered damage to the surrounding structures, and even when he does return to the training pitches after extensive rehab, he will need time to regain match-fitness. The injury, which occurred during the Champions League semi-final first leg at Anfield, ensures that he will miss the final on May 26 and ends his hopes of featuring at this summers World Cup in Russia. Speaking earlier this month, Jurgen Klopp said: "I've told him already that we will wait for him like a good wife when a man is in prison."
May 15 - 5:40 PM

Jurgen Klopp has played down any suggestion that James Milner will miss the Champions League final through injury.

Liverpool face Real Madrid in Russia on May 26 and the absence of Milner from the matchday squad on Sunday led some to speculate that the midfielder could remain on the sidelines after picking up a muscular issue at Chelsea. However, Klopp assured supporters, prior to kick-off on Sunday, that the problem is not considered long-term: "It’s a little injury. It’s serious enough to put him out for today; he couldn’t train the whole week," he said. "We hope it will work out. But we had to accept it and we had to think about solutions [to face Brighton]." Dominic Solanke came into the side, one of two changes, as Liverpool comfortably secured a Champions League qualification spot with a 4-0 win. Adam Lallana made good on his promise to feature during the run-in and the England international hopes to end his injury-ravaged season on a high after replacing Sadio Mane with 16 minutes remaining.
May 14 - 7:03 AM

It was an amazing run from start to finish as Mohamed Salah finished the season with 32 goals, a Premier League record, to best Harry Kane by two goals.

Coming back to the Premier League from Roma, Salah showed everyone what he was about early and only went nine of 38 Premier League games without registering a goal or an assist. He’ll now look forward to scoring in the Champions League final on Saturday, May 26th.
May 13 - 12:14 PM

Liverpool has secured a Champions League berth on the back of Mohamed Salah in a 4-0 win over Brighton.

Win and you’re in was the message delivered from Jurgen Klopp to the team as Liverpool needed a good result ahead of their Champions League final and they got just that. Playing in a new 4-2-3-1 formation, the Reds overran the Seagulls right out of the gate, dominating possession en route to a goal from Salah in the 26th minute. That goal, his 32nd of the Premier League season, gives Salah sole possession of the Premier League record for goals scored in a 38-game season. But after scoring, Liverpool kept their feet on the gas with Dejan Lovren scoring his second of the season on a beautiful cross right before half. In the 53rd minute, Dominic Solanke registered his first Premier League goal after halftime with Salah playing him through. That wasn’t all for the day as Andrew Robertson found a goal to add to his assist as the ball dropped to him in the box following a corner putting the Reds up by a final 4-0 scoreline.
May 13 - 11:57 AM

Sadio Mane has emerged as an early doubt for the final day after picking up knock at Stamford Bridge.

Jurgen Klopp said a week off is "exactly what was needed" after playing nine games in the past month and welcomed the extra recovery time. The Liverpool boss revealed. "It would have been difficult to play [a midweek fixture]," with one or two new additions to an already extensive injury list. Among those is Sadio Mane, who suffered a "fresh problem" in the 1-0 defeat by Chelsea, with the Senegal international set for a late fitness test. Despite warming up with the group on Friday at Melwood, Mane has not been involved in full training at all this week and Klopp was non-committal on availability. "We will see." His absence could ensure a return for Adam Lallana to the matchday squad. The midfielder has endured an injury-plagued campaign but he has been working normally now for the past 10 days: "It's been a long time with no football, but Adam is Adam. He looks quite okay to be honest."
May 12 - 2:32 PM

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez reveals he will miss the Champions League final and the upcoming World Cup finals in Russia after undergoing surgery.

The 20-year-old has been troubled by an ongoing ankle problem since March after suffering a high sprain playing for England in Amsterdam. Gomez spent a month on the sidelines returning in the 2-2 draw at West Brom in game week thirty-five. But, after playing 90 minutes against Stoke City seven days later, manager Jurgen Klopp explained he had sustained another sprain and the Club would seek further guidance to help determine "what it is exactly." On Tuesday, Gomez provided his own update via Instagram: "Gutted to confirm that my season for both club and country is over having undergone successful ankle surgery," he said. "Been a tough few weeks trying everything possible to be available on the pitch to help the team. I'm going to do all I can to get back and be in the best possible shape for pre-season."
Source: BBC Sport
May 8 - 10:24 AM

Liverpool failed to score in consecutive league games for the first time under Jurgen Klopp, as they could not mount much pressure on Chelsea and would lose 0-1.

It's the last remaining days of the season where unexpected results are pretty much expected. Klopp made several changes from the side that drew against Stoke last weekend, but the front three were all first choice. Chelsea frustrated the Reds, keeping the few attempts they had outside the area. Sadio Mane had a couple of threatening moments in quick succession about midway through the first half, but soon after it was Chelsea who would score the day's only goal. Trent-Alexander Arnold added to his appeal by playing a wide role in midfield.
Source: NBC Sports
May 6 - 8:07 PM

Adam Lallana was part of the 23-man travelling squad to Rome on Tuesday, but Jurgen Klopp confirmed the midfielder will not be involved following his recent recovery from injury.

Jurgen Klopp revealed the England midfielder is training with the squad and is hoping to feature during the run-in: "It shows how close he is. Unfortunately, the season is not too long anymore, but we’re really happy about having him with us." Trent Alexander-Arnold [dead leg], Sadio Mane [thigh] and Jordan Henderson [ankle] have recovered from minor knocks but Joe Gomez stayed at Melwood for treatment. "He had a little bit of a setback in the early stages of the last game," the Liverpool boss said during his pre-match media briefing. "He came through somehow, to be honest, but after the game the injury was still there so we’ve left him at home." Joel Matip, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Emre Can remain long-term absentees.
May 1 - 4:31 PM

Emre Can may have played his last game for the club if reports emanating from Italy prove to be true.

The Liverpool midfielder, who is out of contract in the summer, has stalled on signing a new deal and looks set to leave the club on a free transfer. Can has been heavily linked with Juventus for several months and Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport believes an announcement, confirming the move, will be made after the Champions League semi-final second-leg tie. Speaking ahead of last weekend’s Premier League clash with Stoke City, Jurgen Klopp hinted that Can would not feature during the run-in as he struggles to shake off the niggling back complaint which has hampered him since March. "His rehab is improving a lot. It is much better, but it is quite close to the end of the season." The 24-year-old arrived from Bayer Leverkusen in 2014 and has made 115 Premier League appearances, scoring 10 times, including the Carling Goal of the Season in 2016/17.
May 1 - 4:00 PM

Liverpool will check on a host of players ahead of their Champions League second-leg tie in Rome.

The Reds were involved in a keenly contested goalless draw against relegation threatened Stoke City at Anfield on Saturday and Jurgen Klopp has been left sweating on the availability of several first-team players. Trent Alexander-Arnold sustained a dead leg in the first half, although he did manage to continue until the 64th minute: "He was limping but always gave a thumbs-up to carry on," explained the Liverpool boss. "I thought the best thing was to keep on going, but the medical department told me it was better to take him off, so we did." Jordan Henderson completed the game despite twisting his ankle just before half-time while Gomez picked up a similar injury: "We will see what happens in the next 2/3 days. But Wednesday is not the longest break in the world, so we will see. Joe got an early knock and twisted his ankle as well a little bit."
Apr 30 - 11:10 AM

Mo Salah shocked all that watched as he missed a big chance early and Liverpool's attack could never quite find their feet as they had to settle for a 0-0 draw with Stoke City.

It looked to be a typical thrashing by the Reds attack, who threatened straight from the opening whistle. But, six minutes in, Salah found himself in space, closing down on the keeper, lofted a chip that looked destined for the back of the net, and the ball somehow went wide. Not long after, Danny Ings supplied an excellent finish from a tight angle, but the goal was disallowed for offside. Salah again looked to grab his PL record goal just before halftime, but his free kick missed by inches. Jordan Henderson overcame an injury scare after spending a couple of minutes down getting treatment, a welcome relief as the Reds cannot afford another injury to their midfield.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 28 - 9:51 AM


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