Player News - Liverpool

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The FA confirmed that Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has been cleared after allegations of making a racist comment.

The issue at hand arose during Liverpool's 2-1 win against rival Everton in the FA Cup at the beginning of January. After the match, Everton defender Mason Holgate alleged that Firmino made a racist comment to him during an altercation. But after a lengthy review, the FA cleared the Brazilian of any wrongdoing, making him available to face West Ham this weekend. "Having considered all of the available evidence, we consider it is not sufficient to raise a charge against Firmino," said the FA in a statement. "However, we are completely satisfied that the allegation was made in absolute good faith by Holgate and that there is no suggestion of this being an intentionally false or malicious allegation."
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 21 - 9:08 PM

Liverpool beat Southampton 2-0 at St. Mary's courtesy of a goal each from Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino.

Following Man Utd's loss to Newcastle earlier on Sunday, the 'Pool had an opportunity to narrow the gap to second place to two points and they duly did that. Firmino opened the scoring early on, putting the finishing touches on a counter-attack by The Reds. The Brazilian's twentieth goal of the season in all competitions was assisted by none other than Mo Salah, who had the favour returned by Firmino just before half-time to double the lead. Karius was tested by the Saints a bit in the first half but it was one way traffic in favour of the visitors after the interval although no more goals were scored. Guido Carillo hasn't added teeth to the Saints' attack instantly as his manager would have hoped, with Southampton now languishing in the relegation zone in 18th place though they are within touching distance of Newcastle in 13th, just two points ahead.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 11 - 2:01 PM

Mo Salah is making his case for Player of the Season with a pair of goals but Liverpool gave up two late goals and would draw in a wild one with Tottenham, 2-2.

This may not have been the game of the season for 90 minutes, but it may take the cake for most dramatic climax. The Reds took the lead early, with Salah taking advantage of a Tottenham mistake and delivering a clinical, unstoppable finish on three minutes. Liverpool were by far the stronger side throughout the first half but were unable to add to their advantage. Things got crazy with ten minutes to play. Spurs would equalize and had a chance to take the lead, but a penalty was saved by Loris Karius. One minute into stoppage time, Salah did it again, with another beautiful individual display of finesse dribbling and power finishing for his 21st league goal of the season as the Reds seemed to win it. But Spurs drew another penalty and Karius could not stop the what was essentially the final kick of the game as the two sides battling for a Champions League spot finished an astonishing draw.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 4 - 1:37 PM

Liverpool will once again be without the services of defender Ragnar Klavan as he continues his recovery from injury.

The centre-back last played in the 4-3 win over Man City in January but Klavan is hoping to be back soon. A sickness bug during the build-up to game week twenty-four restricted him to place on the bench at the Liberty Stadium while a training ground thigh strain ruled him out of the subsequent matches against West Brom and Huddersfield Town. However, the 32-year-old has revealed he is "getting better" and he should be ready within the next fortnight. "The prognosis is that I'll train with the team again next week. I'm not targeting a game per se, but I'm hoping to train with the squad on Wednesday." Klavan faces stiff competition for a place in Jurgen Klopp's starting XI with Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and new arrival Virgil van Dijk all vying for a place in the heart of defence.
Feb 3 - 11:39 AM

Liverpool cruised to victory over Huddersfield at the John Smith Stadium with a 3-0 win over the hosts.

Liverpool entered the game needing a win after a disappointing run of two consecutive losses to Swansea and West Brom. Laurent Depoitre perhaps could have given the Terriers an early lead before Emre Can scored a long-range effort which deflected along the floor into the bottom corner of Lossl's net. For Liverpool's second, Mané drew a defender into a tackle and released Firmino who ran down the left flank and along the byline into the box unopposed before finishing coolly. In the second half The Reds cemented their victory from 12 yards through Mo Salah, who took up penalty duties from Firmino after his FA Cup miss at the weekend. Liverpool will be delighted to cement their top four place for the week whilst Huddersfield are one point above the relegation zone.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 30 - 5:02 PM

Adam Lallana once again finds himself in the physio room, this time with a slight muscle tear, as the midfielder will miss Liverpool's trip to Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night.

It is shaping up to be a lost season for the England international. He missed virtually the entire first half of the PL season because of a thigh injury, playing a total of just 41 minutes before finally earning his first and only start of the season against Burnley on New Year's Day. The muscle tear occurred before Liverpool bowed out of the FA Cup over the weekend, will keep him out against the Terriers and has to be considered a major doubt for Sunday's clash with Spurs.
Source: Goal.com
Jan 29 - 11:37 PM

Virgil van Dijk played well but wasn't enough to overcome Liverpool's set piece issues as they fell 1-0 to Swansea.

The loss should, in no way, be pinned on van Dijk but it is worth pointing out that Liverpool's struggles on set pieces and at the back in general are bigger than any single player. Until the system improves and the midfield contributes more to goal prevention in their own end then the frustrations will continue.
Source: Espn.com
Jan 22 - 5:14 PM

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that top scorer Mohamed Salah is expected to be fit for the weekend.

The Egyptian international, who has been linked to Real Madrid over the last week, has missed some training this week due to illness. However, Salah returned to training today ahead of the Swansea City match and is likely to feature, along with newcomer Virgil van Dijk. Said Klopp: "Virgil was back yesterday and completely fine. We have a few problems with players feeling ill or unwell. [Ragnar Klaven] was out but hopefully back today. Dejan was out. Mo Salah was out but hopefully back today. Mo and Raggy are on the good side of it already, but with Dejan we are not 100% sure."
Jan 19 - 2:28 PM

Jordan Henderson is back training for Liverpool after missing a month with a hamstring injury.

Henderson went down a few days before Christmas, missing a busy stretch of the season where the Reds have also been making personnel moves. Emre Can has started regularly in the absence of the England international, doing well in the process. Can is linked with a move away from Anfield this month which would clear a path for Henderson, but Can may have the upper hand for now until he gives Jurgen Klopp a reason to make the switch. Odds are, Henderson will be back in the XI, but it may take a few games beforehand.
Jan 19 - 7:20 AM

Liverpool condemned Manchester City to their first domestic defeat of the season despite the absence of new centre-back Virgil van Dijk.

Talk ahead of the late kick-off on Sunday suggested the £75 million defender would not be making his Premier League debut due to a problem with his hamstring. News which was confirmed officially by Jurgen Klopp when the team line-ups were announced. "[He is] a little bit injured – not really serious," he explained. "It was immediately after the [Everton] game he felt [his hamstring] a little bit. We made an assessment. If it’s the last game of the season maybe you take the risk." The former Southampton defender watched on from the stands as his new teammates edged a seven-goal thriller, a match described as "historical" by Klopp and one "you will talk about in 20 years." The Reds have the luxury of an 8-day break before their next match which should ensure that van Dijk is back in contention.
Jan 14 - 4:17 PM

In one of the season's most dramatic affairs, Liverpool were able to hand Manchester City their first defeat, winning 4-3 in a nail-biter.

Goals continue to fly in the post-Coutinho era and it was Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain's performance that stood out the most. He would get the Reds on the board first, finishing a counter with a low drive, assisted by Roberto Firmino. City would level as the sides were 1-1 at the break but the Reds attack had a customary attacking explosion with three goals in nine minutes. The Ox would first pay Firmino back, setting up the Brazilian who finished with a sweet chip. Minutes later, Sadio Mane would fire a beauty from the edge of the box into the top corner, with Mo Salah teeing up the goal. Salah then had Anfield rocking, lobbing a ball over the keeper whose clearance attempt fell right to the Egyptian. City would score twice late to turn a rout into a narrow win but the Reds defense had done well up until then, despite the absence of Virgil van Dijk.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 14 - 1:03 PM

Liverpool officially announced that midfielder Philippe Coutinho will leave the club for Barcelona in a deal worth £146 million.

The Brazilian playmaker's move is the second biggest transfer in world football history after the club originally rejected a £113 million move this summer. Despite being ineligible for Champions League and just five months from the World Cup, Coutinho opted to leave the club in the middle of the season for his dream club in Barcelona. Said manager Jurgen Klopp: "It is no secret that Philippe has wanted this move to happen since July, when Barcelona first made their interest known. Philippe was insistent with me, the owners and even his team-mates this was a move he was desperate to make happen. Despite that, we managed to keep the player here beyond the summer window, hoping that we would be able to persuade him to stay and be part of what we are looking to do." The club is currently linked with Riyad Mahrez and Thomas Lemar as a possible replacement.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 7 - 2:34 AM

Mo Salah has been ruled out of tonight’s FA Cup clash against rivals Everton.

Speaking ahead of the Merseyside derby, manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that both Philippe Coutinho [thigh] and the newly crowned African Footballer of the Year - Salah [groin] - would not be available after sustaining muscular problems during the 2-1 win over Leicester City. However, neither is considered a "big injury" and the pair should be in contention when the Premier League resumes on January 14. Elsewhere, captain Jordan Henderson [hamstring] and Alberto Moreno [ankle] are expected to join the main group for elements of training during the build-up to the Manchester City game giving them a chance of making the matchday squad. Daniel Sturridge is included within a "bunch of players" who have stepped up their recoveries in recent days although the Liverpool striker does lack sharpness having missed the last month.
Jan 5 - 8:11 AM

Philippe Coutinho is expected to miss the FA Cup third-round derby against rivals Everton after failing to recover from a thigh injury.

While the build-up to Liverpool’s game at Burnley was dominated by concerns surrounding Mo Salah, who limped off with a groin problem against Leicester, there had been no mention of an injury sustained by Coutinho during the same match. "Phil are Mo are injured, not massively but enough for today," revealed Jürgen Klopp when asked to explain his team selection at Turf Moor. "[They are] a doubt, at least a doubt, for Everton," he then added. The Liverpool boss is due to speak ahead of the game, but reports suggest that Coutinho will miss out on Friday, while Salah is due to attend an awards ceremony in Ghana on Thursday effectively ruling him out of the tie. Despite the derby on Merseyside, Klopp seems certain to rotate heavily, as he has done throughout the festive fixture period.
Source: The Guardian
Jan 4 - 5:33 AM

Liverpool named what could be considered a "weak side" but still managed to eke out three big points, as Ragnar Klavan scored in the final moments to beat Burnley, 1-2.

Jurgen Klopp made seven changes to the side that played just 48 hours ago, with Philippe Coutinho, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino absent from the XI, and they still found a way to win. It was a typical Burnley-esque first half, with the Reds enjoying the majority of possession but unable to break through the pesky Claret defense. The breakthrough would come right on the hour mark, when Sadio Mane provided a moment of individual brilliance, settling the ball and spinning to blast a powerful shot home all in one swift motion. It looked as if the match would end in a draw when Burnley leveled with just a few minuted to go, but Klavan was the hero as a free kick was headed first by Dejan Lovren before headed home by the Estonian international. With Virgil van Dijk thought to have one foot in Anfield already, it is only fitting that the match was won by two center backs linking up.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 1 - 12:02 PM


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