It was heartbreak for Jordan Henderson and England, but delight for Dejan Lovren and Croatia as the Vatreni beat the Three Lions to advance to a final showdown against France.
Henderson played 97 minutes of this game before being replaced by Eric Dier. Lovren played the full 120 minutes as Croatia reached the final- his second major final this year after the Champions League with Liverpool.
This was also the first time in 31 games that Henderson had suffered defeat in an England jersey. The Three Lions went ahead through Trippier (5), but lost as Croatia scored through Perisic (68) and Mandzukic (109)
Trent Alexander Arnold was an unused substitute.
Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet was also an unused sub as Belgium lost 1-0 in their World Cup semifinal to France.
Another Premier league season is kicking off and many of the top sides have been busy in the market as they look to challenge for the top four and title. Liverpool, as is customary with them in recent years, have been busy investing in the squad as they look to continue their rise that included a memorable run last season to the Champions league final. The final was a game that firmly indicated that Liverpool needed a top class goalkeeper and they have sorted just that. They have signed Brazilian number one Alisson for £65 million from Roma which is a big price tag so pressure will be on him from the get go to perform. Along with Alisson, they’ve landed Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri, which takes their spending in this window to nearly £175m (and counting!) Continue reading
Leicester City have agreed a fee with Liverpool for the transfer of goalkeeper Danny Ward. The Welsh keeper, No.3 at the Reds behind Lorius Karius and Simon Mignolet, will now discuss personal terms with Leicester after the Foxes agreed a £10m fee for the Reds.
It remains to be seen whether Leicester see Ward as a potential replacement for Kasper Schmeichel, who has been linked with moves to Chelsea and Roma, or as a backup option for the Danish international.
Liverpool are themselves close to signing Roma’s Alisson Becker.
Ward signed for Liverpool in 2012 but has only made 3 first team appearances for the Reds.
It’s been barely over a month since the Champions League final- the one in which Lorius Karius made two howlers, which were eventually diagnosed as errors caused due to concussion.
However the young German’s confidence looks visibly shot- is he in the right frame of mind to start for Liverpool next season? Judging by this howler in pre-season against Tranmere, the answer would perhaps be no. Should Klopp start looking for another keeper? The Liverpool gaffer defended Karius after the game, but at this moment, not all fans feel that the latter has overcome his mental demons. The Reds have a massive fan base, which also means that Karius will be subject to greater levels of scrutiny than, say, back in his native Germany. Continue reading
It may look far fetched at this moment, but reports in Italy claim that Liverpool are interested in the services of Paulo Dybala. The Reds have met with the player’s agent Gustavo Mascardi and are reportedly considering tabling a 90-100 million euro offer for the Argentine star, who at 24, still has the best years of his club career ahead of him.
Juventus reportedly do not want to sell the player, with coach Allegri wanting to play him and Ronaldo together. The CR7 rumours have only gained momentum following Portugal’s exit from the World Cup, but Dybala may not want to play second fiddle to Ronaldo. He is a key player at Juve, earning 7 million euros a season with the Bianconeri.
Dybala was part of Argentina’s World Cup squad, but only had a total of 23 minutes in the tournament- that being a second half substitute replacement for Enzo Perez in their 3-0 loss to Croatia. The Albiceleste were eventually sent home by France in the Round of 16, and Dybala did not feature at all in three of their four games at the tournament.
With Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Marko Grujic’s teams exiting the World Cup in the group stage, that left Jordan Henderson, Dejan Lovren, Simon Mignolet, Trent Alexander Arnold and Roberto Firmino’s as LFC’s representatives in the knockout stags.
Roberto Firmino:- Firmino was introduced at half time for Willian, but could not stop Brazil from going down to Belgium in their QF.
Jordan Henderson:- Henderson for the first time in this World Cup, was substituted. Played 85 minutes before being replaced by Eric Dier. England beat Sweden 2-0 to advance.
Dejan Lovren:- Another 120 minutes of action for Lovren, and like the previous round, his Croatian side needed penalties to progress.
Trent-Alexander Arnold and Simon Mignolet:- Unused
Round of 16:-
Roberto Firmino:- Firmino replaced former Liverpool player Philippe Coutinho in the 86th minute v Mexico, and took only two minutes to score the goal that sealed Brazil’s progress to the quarters.
Dejan Lovren:- Lovren played the full 120 minutes as Croatia beat Denmark on penalties.
Jordan Henderson:- Like Lovren, played the 120 before his team won on penalties. Missed his kick in the shootout.
Trent-Alexander Arnold and Simon Mignolet:- Unused