Player News - Liverpool

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Joel Matip has emerged as an early doubt for the opener against West Ham after limping off just 22 minutes into the 3-1 defeat by Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.

The Liverpool defender only recently re-joined his team-mates following a similar setback in March which required surgery. Matip has been blighted by ongoing thigh issues and this latest setback threatens to rule him out of game week one. "It’s not the same injury. It’s another muscle – it looks like, hopefully, only a little tear," Jurgen Klopp told the waiting press in his post-match interview. "We will see, but we cannot say any more about it now. It is of course the most negative thing about the day. It’s not cool. Maybe tomorrow or the day after we will know more, but in this moment, we only know that it was too painful for him to carry on." Dejan Lovren is already out of the first game following his involvement in the World Cup finals while Klopp is yet to make a decision on Trent Alexander-Arnold who may be given permission to return early.
Source: ESPN.co.uk
Jul 23 - 1:53 AM

Liverpool continue to stock up world class talent this summer, and their latest addition may be the key to their aspirations as they sign AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson for a fee of £65m.

The Reds have already turned heads with the acquisition of midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho, along with winger Xherdan Shaqiri, but with Alisson, they address their most important need. The keeper position has been a thorn in the club's side since the departure of Pepe Reina four years ago, with Simon Mignolet and, more recently, Loris Karius falling short of expectations. It is a clear statement of intent by the club that they are gunning for a title this season. If the defense can tighten up with steady work from Alisson between the sticks, they just might make a push. Conversely, anything outside a top four finish with this squad would be a major disaster.
Source: Liverpool FC
Jul 19 - 9:04 PM

Liverpool expect Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to miss the majority of 2018/19 and insist that any competitive play next season would be a ‘bonus’.

The former Arsenal midfielder was just beginning to establish himself at Anfield when he injured his knee during the Champions League win over AS Roma in April. Oxlade-Chamberlain underwent surgery 8 days later but details of the injury were never revealed publicly, and as such, there had been no definitive timeline on a potential return to play until now: "It feels like an appropriate time to tell people that for Ox this coming season will be about focusing on recovery and rehab," manager Jurgen Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com. "We have known this from pretty much the day after he got the injury and after the successful surgery, we were sure of it. There has been no change, no setback – it’s exactly on the schedule we expected and planned for." Liverpool have already been active during the transfer window and followed up the signings of Fabinho and Naby Keita with the capture of Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke.
Jul 19 - 1:12 AM

Joel Matip could make his long-awaited return against Bury this weekend.

The Liverpool centre-back has not featured since undergoing surgery on his thigh in March, but he is back in contention after coming through the opening weeks of pre-season unscathed. When fully fit, Matip is an integral part of the Liverpool defence [only two Premier League defeats when named in the starting XI during 2017/18], but a persistent thigh problem restricted him to just 25 appearances. With Virgil van Dijk also poised to make his return on Saturday, Jurgen Klopp will be keeping a watchful eye on the defensive pairing as Dejan Lovren is likely to miss the first few games of the new campaign due to his involvement at the World Cup. Liverpool welcome West Ham United to Anfield on the opening weekend before travelling to Selhurst Park as part of Monday night football. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Simon Mignolet are also at risk of missing out in August as they are given additional time off post-Russia.
Jul 13 - 8:33 AM

Jordan Henderson allays injury fears ahead of the World Cup semi-final clash with Croatia on Wednesday.

The Liverpool captain complained of muscular tightness during the build-up to the Sweden game and was withdrawn in the 85th minute as a precaution: "We’ll just have to assess people as we go," said manager Gareth Southgate following the 2-0 win. "Hendo was one who was feeling tightness in his hamstring, which was why we made the change. We’ll just have to assess the bodies." However, Henderson took part in full training on Monday as all 23-players were put through their paces. Jamie Vardy has recovered from the minor groin issue which stopped him taking a penalty against Colombia while goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was involved despite a problem with his hand: "It was a daft injury by myself," he told reporters. "I went to punch the floor but ended up punching my knee and hurt my thumb. It was a bit of anger. But I’m a man not a mouse. I’m fine. I’ll live another day, won’t I?"
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 9 - 8:16 AM

Loris Karius could play for the first time since the Champions League final as Jurgen Klopp’s men ramp up their pre-season preparations at Chester on Saturday.

The Liverpool goalkeeper has been under the spotlight since his ill-fated performance after suffering concussion in a collision with defender Sergio Ramos, which was initially missed by the club’s medical team: "After four days I got a call from Franz Beckenbauer," Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com. "He called me and said ‘your goalkeeper had a concussion." A decision was then taken to send Karius to visit a head specialist - Dr. Ross Zafonte – in Boston: "I thought it was too late, you cannot check that [but] if you have one, you see it days later. Five days after the final, Loris had 26 of 30 markers for a concussion still. That’s clear." Although Karius is not using the head trauma as an excuse, Klopp believes that it does at least offer an "explanation" as to why his concentration levels uncharacteristically dipped: "He was influenced by that knock, that is 100 per cent."
Jul 7 - 2:37 AM

Naby Keita's move to Anfield was marked with an honorable gesture, as the midfielder was handed the number 8 shirt straight from the club legend who wore it last, Steven Gerrard.

The club had yet to find a worthy recipient of the number since Gerrard left for the LA Galaxy in 2015, but in Keita, Liverpool feel like they have a true box-to-box midfielder much in the mold of the former club captain. The Reds have a wealth of options in the midfield, despite the departure of Emre Can, but new signings Keita and Fabinho look destined to be regulars from the jump in the midfield three. In fantasy formats, Keita's value goes up the more categories there are to fill, and he will deliver returns from both sides of the ball.
Source: Liverpool FC
Jul 2 - 6:05 AM

Liverpool have secured the services of Mo Salah for the future, signing the winger to a new contract that has him with the club until 2023.

A huge announcement for what has already been a very aggressive summer for the Reds, as they have already made two high-impact acquisitions in Fabinho and Naby Keita. Now, they have the commitment from the reigning Player of the Year, as the Egyptian national looks to build off of a record-breaking season by gunning for some silverware in the coming campaign. He can easily be pegged as the number one overall choice in any fantasy draft format and will likely be the highest-owned FPL player when we enter Week 1. It is only a matter of waiting to find out exactly how expensive his price tag will be.
Source: Liverpool FC
Jul 2 - 5:53 AM

Mo Salah is struggling to be fit for Egypt’s Group A opener against Uruguay on June 15.

The Liverpool star is yet to take part in full training as he continues his recovery from a shoulder injury. It was hoped that Salah would be ready for Friday, but even though he has been working in the gym individually, Monday was his first time back on the training pitches, although his involvement was minimal as the rest of the squad were put through their paces. "He is gradually getting better," managing director, Ehab Lehita, said. "However, I cannot confirm today that he will play in the first match. All I can say is that we hope he will play. We're keeping an eye on the situation day-by-day." Even if Salah is confident that his shoulder can hold up-to the rigours of the first game, a lack of sharpness may see the 25-year-old used from the bench with the Russia game, four days later, offering a more realistic opportunity to start.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 11 - 5:39 PM

Nabil Fekir will not be joining Liverpool after his proposed move broke down at the very last moment.

Rumours as to why the deal is now dead are rife after a fee had been agreed with Lyon, the player had agreed a contract and Fekir had been pictured in a Liverpool shirt ready for release on the club website. The 24-year-old arrived in Paris on Friday to undergo a medical and was seen as the perfect replacement for Philippe Coutinho. However, if media stories are to be believed, an underlying knee complaint looks to have scuppered any chance of the £50 million move being sanctioned by the Liverpool board despite the France star clocking up over 40 domestic appearances in successive seasons since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament back in September 2015. So, for the moment at least, Fekir will remain a Lyon player. The French outfit have already released a statement confirming his availability for the 2018/19 Champions League competition. Jurgen Klopp may now turn his attention elsewhere.
Jun 10 - 2:46 PM

Doctors at The Massachusetts General Hospital confirm Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius was concussed during the Champions League final after taking a blow to the head.

The 24-year-old has been lambasted for his two fatal errors which led to Real Madrid lifting the European trophy on a night to forget. Karius was involved in a collision with defender Sergio Ramos early in the second half, and minutes later, it was his throw out which was deflected into an empty net by Karim Benzema. He was later culpable when allowing Gareth Bale’s shot from distance to slip through his hands. There was no on pitch assessment carried out at the time and following his return from holiday, Karius was immediately sent back to Boston to visit head specialist - Dr. Ross Zafonte: "After carefully reviewing game film and integrating a detailed history -- including his reported present and immediate post-contact subjective symptoms -- physical examination and objective metrics, we have concluded that Mr. Karius sustained a concussion during the match," a hospital statement read.
Source: ESPN.co.uk
Jun 5 - 12:59 PM

Sergio Ramos has broken his silence over the incident which led to Mohamed Salah being replaced midway through the first half of the Champions League final.

The Real Madrid captain believes Salah instigated the take down which led to the Liverpool star landing heavily on his shoulder: "I see the play well, he grabs my arm first and I fell to the other side, the injury happened to the other arm and they said that I gave him a judo hold," Ramos mused before adding. "He could have played if he got an injection for the second half, I have done it sometimes but when Ramos does something like this, it sticks a little bit more." There were initial concerns that Salah would miss the World Cup finals, but the Egyptian Football Federation were quick to quell growing concerns by insisting his recovery would take no longer than three weeks. The 25-year-old is currently rehabbing in Spain and hinted in a recent Twitter post that he is on schedule to feature in the opener: "Good feelings…"
Jun 5 - 12:14 PM

Liverpool physio Ruben Pons reveals Mohamed Salah could feature for Egypt in the group stage of the World Cup.

In an interview with Spanish outlet Marca, Pons said Salah would miss "three to four weeks" in principle, but insisted the goal is "to try to reduce those deadlines." Providing his recovery goes to plan, Salah is likely to miss the opener with Uruguay although he stands a good chance of facing Russia in Game Two, sentiments echoed by Dr Mohamed Abu Ula on the Egypt Football Federation Facebook page: "The period of absence will not exceed three weeks." While Sergio Ramos has been singled out for some very harsh criticism over his alleged intent to injure Salah, video footage has now emerged showing that it may have been the Egyptian who instigated the take down which led to his injury. A petition calling for UEFA to 'punish' Ramos for the tackle has gathered over 500,000 signatures while an Egyptian lawyer has filed a lawsuit for €1billion on the basis of inflicting 'physical and psychological harm' to the people of his country.
Source: ESPN.co.uk
May 30 - 3:11 PM

Liverpool wasted no time in preparing for next season with the signing of Monaco midfielder Fabinho on Monday.

Just two days after losing to Real Madrid in the Champions League final, the club was right back at it on Monday morning with a surprise move for the impressive 24-year-old Brazilian from Monaco for a reported fee of £40 million. Fabinho played a critical role in helping Monaco win the Ligue 1 title in 2016/17 but his drop in form led to him being left off a competitive Brazilian national team for the World Cup. But with Emre Can closing on a free transfer to Juventus, the Reds have moved to pair Fabinho with Naby Keita to form a new midfield centerpiece. Said Fabinho: "This is something that I always wanted – this is a giant of a team. The infrastructures of the club look exceptional. A football club of this size coming after my services, I didn’t have to think that much about coming over. I will try to create my own history at this football club. Hopefully, on a personal level, I’m able to win titles with this club."
May 28 - 5:14 PM

Mohamed Salah has vowed to play at this summer’s World Cup finals despite suffering a "really serious injury" in the Champions League final.

The Egyptian superstar fell awkwardly following a tussle with Sergio Ramos, and although he tried to continue following a lengthy spell of treatment, Salah left the field in tears on the half hour mark. Speculation at the time suggested he had dislocated his shoulder with a proposed recovery timeline of 2-3 months, but an X-ray and further tests confirmed the injury is not as bad as initially feared. Salah damaged [stretched] the ligaments in his shoulder joint, but while it looked bad on camera, a return within a matter of weeks is possible, although he may need a cortisone injection to ease the pain and swelling. On Sunday, Salah took to Twitter to help calm fears over his fitness: "It was a very tough night, but I'm a fighter. Despite the odds, I'm confident that I'll be in Russia to make you all proud. Your love and support will give me the strength I need."
May 27 - 5:26 PM



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