Player News - Liverpool

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An own-goal, a Joel Matip header, and a poacher's finish sealed a 3-0 victory for Liverpool over Southampton on Saturday.

Liverpool were ahead after just ten minutes. Xherdan Shaqiri, a surprise starter in a line-up which included all of the usual front three, fired in a cross from the left which deflected off Shane Long and Wesley Hoedt into the net. Matip grabbed the second soon after, rising above Vestergaard to head in Trent Alexander-Arnold's corner. Salah made it three just before the break after he won the race to prod home a Shaqiri free-kick which hit the crossbar. Luck wasn't on Southampton's side on the day, but Liverpool were good value for their win when you take into account that Salah had a second goal disallowed.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 22 - 12:02 PM

Dejan Lovren has resumed training after recovering from a pelvic injury that has kept him sidelined since this summer's World Cup.

Lovren was spotted participating in drills at Melwood in Liverpool's first training session since defeating PSG in Champions League action this week. After helping Croatia make it to the World Cup final, Lovren looked poised to partner Virgil van Dijk for the 2018/2019 season more often than not, but two factors are going to make things difficult. For one, Joe Gomez, who has been playing Lovren's spot, has been rock solid thus far, and it will be tough to supplant him. Then, Lovren has the distraction of being involved in a criminal investigation in which he and Croatian teammate Luka Modric allegedly provided a false statement - a perjury charge that carries anywhere from six months to five years in prison. Joel Matip, who has made three straight one-minute cameos in league play, remains the primary backup at center back.
Source: Liverpool FC
Sep 19 - 11:41 PM

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he's still in the dark over Roberto Firmino's chances for Tuesday night.

The Brazilian scored in a 2-1 against Tottenham on Saturday but was taken to the hospital with a scary injury to his eye. While he missed training on Monday, Firmino is working back in the hopes of being ready to face Paris Saint-Germain when Champions League gets underway for Liverpool on Tuesday. "If we played today, no chance but we all hope that there is a chance until tomorrow. So that is good news, that he will be close for the game, because when everybody saw the picture after the game we were all shocked...He will be fine. We only don't know exactly when. So another 30 hours roundabout until the game and we will see how it develops."
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 18 - 12:24 AM

Roberto Firmino is an early doubt for the Champions League tie with Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night due to injury.

The Brazil star was caught by Jan Vertonghen’s hand as the pair went shoulder-to-shoulder, and after receiving treatment on the pitch, Firmino was forced off with 16 minutes remaining because of a problem with his eye. Post-match, a frustrated Jurgen Klopp was unsure of the precise nature of the injury and Firmino was taken straight to Moorfields Eye Hospital in London with club doctor Andy Massey for further tests. "I have no clue what exactly happened, but it’s something with the eye and, at the moment, it’s not comfortable for him." It was another outstanding performance from Firmino and his potential absence has left the Liverpool boss sweating ahead of a huge night in Europe. However, the Reds do have options, although a hamstring injury with keep Adam Lallana on the side-lines. Daniel Sturridge and summer signing Xherdan Shaqiri were both excellent in pre-season and either could be handed their first starts of the campaign.
Sep 15 - 1:45 PM

Georginio Wijnaldum scored his first ever Premier League goal away from home as Liverpool continue their perfect start with a 1-2 win at Tottenham.

The Reds nearly got off to a dream start but a Roberto Firmino goal was disallowed in the opening minute due to Sadio Mane being offside. Liverpool then began to see Spurs work their way into the match but were able to break through first in the 39th minute, when a shot was initially saved but the attempted clearance failed, allowing Wijnaldum to head the ball just over the line. It took 58 appearances away from home for the Dutchman to finally score. Firmino and Mane would link up again for what would be the match winner just before the hour mark, when Mane's shot was spilled by Michel Vorm and Firmino had the easiest of tap-ins to seal the victory. A late Spurs goal wiped out the clean sheet but it is another title-contending performance for Liverpool, despite a relatively quiet Mo Salah.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 15 - 9:45 AM

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana said he hopes to be fit from a groin injury within the next two weeks.

The former Southampton star said he is targeting a return to action for the club's Champions League showdown with PSG next Tuesday after sustaining a minor groin injury in England training this week, which kept him out of UEFA Nations League games. "It's a minor setback, which isn't ideal, as I've been in great shape until now, but it's positive news that it's only a brief lay-off," he said. I'm pleased I'll be back available for Liverpool, both domestically and in the Champions League during September, and then England again for the next break."
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 13 - 12:19 AM

Simon Mignolet has returned to Melwood for treatment after having suffered a minor hand injury while on international duty.

Roberto Martinez confirmed the Liverpool stopper has been ruled out of Belgium’s friendly with Scotland on Friday and the Nations Cup clash with Iceland. Thankfully, the 30-year-old is expected to be available for the resumption of the Premier League on September 15 when Liverpool travel to Tottenham in the early kick-off. Jurgen Klopp recently criticised Mignolet for the comments he made in Belgium when questioning Liverpool’s decision not to allow him to leave during the window. "In general, discussing your individual problems in public doesn't make too much sense," he said. "If he was happy to be a No.2 then I wouldn't really know him. He's a top professional, a top goalkeeper, and of course, he is not happy." The arrival of Brazil international Alisson Becker for £67m pushed Mignolet down the pecking order and following the departure of Loris Karius on a two-year loan deal to Turkish club Besiktas, he remains the only experienced back-up goalkeeper at the club.
Sep 6 - 5:31 AM

Adam Lallana has been withdrawn from the England squad and will return to Liverpool for further tests after suffering a suspected groin strain in training.

The injury-plagued midfielder was injured during the Three Lions first session at St George’s Park on Tuesday afternoon, and following an initial assessment by the Football Association, it was agreed that he would return to Melwood for further tests. Lallana was desperate to prove himself following his omission from the World Cup squad, but the setback means he will miss the games against Spain and Switzerland. Lallana has just three minutes of first-team football under his belt in 2018/19 while thigh and hamstring problems restricted him to a single Premier League start last season. For Lallana, who turned 30 in May, the European Championships in 2020 represent his last realistic chance of playing at a major tournament for his country and the pressure to prove his fitness is beginning to mount. Lallana becomes the second player to leave England camp after Raheem Sterling returned to Manchester City because of a back complaint.
Source: BT Sport
Sep 4 - 4:55 PM

Liverpool made it four wins in four in their 1-2 defeat of Leicester City, though Alisson's clean sheet streak ended in embarrassing fashion.

The early statement for a title push continued this afternoon, as the Reds were able to jump out to a lead inside of ten minutes. After an uncharacteristic follow-up miss by Mo Salah four minutes in, Liverpool broke though via Sadio Mane, who fired home from inside the box. The goal was created brilliantly by Andrew Robertson, who dribbled through an attempted tackle to provide the assist. The Reds then scored a backbreaker moments before halftime, when Roberto Firmino headed home a James Milner corner for his first league goal of the season. Drama unfolded in the second half when Alisson, who has been solid in the opening weeks, completely misplayed a ball that was stripped and put in by Leicester, the first goal given up by the Reds this season.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 1 - 9:39 AM

Brighton put in a good shift at Anfield but ultimately came up short as a goal from Mo Salah settled the game.

Last year's player of the year scored midway through the first half. James Milner won the ball in midfield and set of a chain of quick fire passes which released Salah to side-foot into the net. The Seagulls got into the game in the second half and created good chances for Gross and Knockaert, but ultimately Liverpool always looked like thry had it in them to win. Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold had the best chances. Liverpool lead the league with a 100% record so far.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 25 - 3:02 PM

Even on a day when they weren’t at their best, Liverpool proved to be too much for Crystal Palace in a 2-0 win.

The Liverpool attack wasn’t as potent as their 4-0 season-opening win against West Ham, but the Reds’ defense continued to dominate with another clean sheet—the club has conceded only one goal in its last five Premier League games dating back to last season. James Milner opened the scoring with a penalty in the 45th minute when former Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho brought down Mohamed Salah in the box. Salah caused problems all evening for Palace, later drawing a foul that sent of a palace defender before assisting on the final goal of the game, a stoppage-time tally from Sadio Mane to put him tied atop the goal leaderboard.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 20 - 5:05 PM

Joel Matip is progressing nicely as he continues to build fitness following his recovery from an injury setback.

The Liverpool defender spent almost four months on the sidelines after undergoing thigh surgery before limping off just 22 minutes into his first-team comeback game. But on Wednesday, Matip came through a 60-minute behind-close-doors workout at Melwood as the Reds put five past a West Ham academy side. The game also included Adam Lallana, Xherdan Shaqiri and Daniel Sturridge who all managed to get on the scoresheet while Jordan Henderson, Alberto Moreno and Fabinho were handed some valuable game time. Liverpool don’t play again until Monday and it’s uncertain whether Jurgen Klopp will risk Matip at Selhurst Park, although a place on the bench appears more realistic at this stage with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez continuing in the heart of defense. Ragnar Klavan [hamstring] was not involved, suggesting this weekend will come too soon, and Dejan Lovren remains sidelined due to an abdominal injury which was exacerbated during the World Cup this summer.
Aug 16 - 5:45 AM

Dejan Lovren is set for a short-spell on the sidelines after aggravating a pelvic injury in Russia.

Jurgen Klopp revealed the centre-back could return before the end of the month after he played through the pain-barrier to help Croatia reach the World Cup final. "He is not fit. Last year he already had a few problems with that, but recovery days were always enough," mused the Liverpool boss. "Now in the World Cup, [playing] three times [for] 120 minutes it got a bit worse, but I am pretty sure it will settle in the next one, two or three weeks. In the end, it is serious but not that serious, so it’s not that we need to be afraid." But, speaking to Croatian news outlet Sportske Novosti, Lovren revealed he will meet with a specialist in Holland to help find the root cause of the problem. "I cannot train at all because of stomach muscle issues," he said. "I am suffering a lot of pain and will see a doctor in the Netherlands."
Aug 12 - 2:01 PM

Liverpool have not skipped a beat over the summer, beginning their 2018/2019 season with an impressive 4-0 win over West Ham United, with Sadio Mane's brace leading the way.

A positive opening jab from the Reds, who rightly have title hopes on their minds after this impressive showing. The usual suspects were at it again, as Mo Salah got them on the board first, tapping in a low cross from Andrew Robertson. Mane would double the lead just before halftime, turning in a ball chipped into the area by James Milner. Mane then put it out of reach with another close range shot, this one assisted by Roberto Firmino. Daniel Sturridge put icing on the cake with a late goal just moments after entering the game. New signing Naby Keita lookes sharp and Trent Alexander-Arnold was a whisker away from scoring a peach of a free kick. This is one fun club to watch.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 12 - 10:26 AM

Joe Gomez "should be fine" for the visit of West Ham on Sunday after missing Liverpool’s final game of pre-season due to a minor niggle.

The 21-year-old was a surprise omission from the side which faced Torino at Anfield, and with a number of players at risk of missing out this weekend, concerns for Gomez began to grow. However, speaking after the 3-1 victory, Jurgen Klopp played down the severity of the injury which kept him out of the game: "I think yes," he said when asked whether Gomez would be fit. "It was nothing serious but for tonight it was not possible. He played on Saturday and now it’s Tuesday, but he should be [fine]." Joel Matip [hip] and Ragnar Klavan [hamstring] have already been ruled out of week one while there are doubts over Trent Alexander-Arnold and Dejan Lovren following their late return from an extended break post-World Cup. A decision on James Milner will also be made closer to kick-off following a sickening clash of heads [vs Napoli] which left the vice-captain requiring 15 stitches to close a gaping wound.
Aug 8 - 12:55 PM


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