Liverpool went temporarily second in the Premier League as they easily saw off the challenge of West Ham at Anfield. West Ham under Moyes had proven to be no easy beats for the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City, but they collapsed in the second half at Anfield, extending Moyes’ winless run as manager at the ground to 15 games (7 draws, 8 defeats)
Liverpool’s front trio of Mane, Salah and Firmino all got on the scoresheet, and many records were broken by the Reds during the game
West Ham gave a debut to Patrice Evra and Moyes’ plan seemed to revolve around playing a strong defensive five and relying on the counter attacking skills of loanee Joao Mario, the returning Manuel Lanzini and the immensely talented Marko Arnautovic, who has been in the form of his life since Moyes’ arrival Continue reading
How about a back four of Clyne, Alderweireld, Van Dijk and Robertson? Sounds dreamy, doesn’t it?
Well, that dream could become a reality for Liverpool fans, with the Times reporting that Spurs are ready to listen to offers for Toby Alderweireld after negotiations over a new contract stalled. The Belgian reportedly wants to be on £150,000/week, and the Lilywhites don’t want to break their wage structure for the 29 year old. Manager Mauricio Pochettino is also in favour of the board’s decision.
It would seem to be a no brainer to go for Alderweireld, who at 29, is still one of the best centre backs in the business, and would definitely be an upgrade on the likes of Klavan and Lovren and even Joel Matip. Whether Spurs would be willing to sell to a league rival is another matter altogether, but they did sell Kyle Walker to Man City £50m not too long ago. Alderweireld is also in the last year of his contract with the Lilywhites. Continue reading
Mo Salah notched up his 30th goal of the season as Liverpool’s first knockout Champions League game in nearly a year saw them demolish Porto in Lisbon.
Senegal international Mane became the first Reds player to score a European away hat trick since Michael Owen in 2002, netting in the 25th, 53rd and 85th minutes of the game Continue reading
Daniel Sturridge has chosen a move to West Bromwich Albion over Newcastle for “family reasons”, with the Birmingham born striker opting for a loan switch to the West Midlands outfit till the end of the season. Newcastle were seriously looking at landing Sturridge after failing in their pursuit of Nicolai Jorgensen, but the 28 year old has picked the Hawthorns as his next destination as he makes a last ditch attempt to make the English squad. Albion will cover the entirety of Sturridge’s wages- £120,000 a week, and will pay a loan fee, rumoured to be around the £2m mark. Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, who recently left for Barcelona, both joined Liverpool in January 2013.
Sturridge has scored only three goals for Liverpool this season Continue reading
Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva seems to be enjoying himself in Italy with Lazio, and here he is, with an assist for Adam Marusic in the Biancocelesti’s clash against AC Milan over the weekend at the San Siro. Unfortunately for Lazio, they went down 2-1 to the Rossoneri, with Cutrone scoring a controversial handball goal Continue reading
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has named Lorius Karius as the Reds No.1 goalkeeper and has said that the 24 year old will be given an extended run under the sticks. Karius had made four league appearances for the Reds this season and was in goal for their thrilling 4-3 win over league leaders Man City at Anfield. He was also Klopp’s No.1 for all six of Liverpool’s Champions League group games as well as the recent FA Cup win over Everton, which saw Virgil van Dijk score on debut for the Reds.
From an admittedly small sample (he’s made only 4 PL appearances this season, as mentioned before), Karius has conceded more goals than saved shots. However, Liverpool are YET to lose a game this season when he’s been in goal.
Belgian keeper Simon Mignolet, who last played for the Reds against Burnley on New Year’s Day, has said that he will consider his future at Anfield, with one eye on the upcoming 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Liverpool are reportedly willing to sell Daniel Sturridge in the winter transfer window, but want £30m for the striker. Sturridge is apparently desperate for a move in order to gain more playing time before the World Cup- his last Liverpool appearance was over a month ago in the 7-0 demolition of Spartak Moscow in the Champions League.
The Reds will not stand in his way if he wants a move, but want £30m for move, with a loan switch apparently not an option at this stage of the winter transfer window. Continue reading
Legendary ex wrestler Virgil, who was a very prominent figure in the 80’s and early 90’s, has decided to take the mickey out of some fans by posing as Liverpool’s newest signing Virgil van Dijk on twitter. Virgil, whose real name is Michael Jones, even asked fans in a poll what he should be doing with the 75 million that the Reds paid for his signature.
A nice bit of banter, especially if you know who Virgil was! Some of the younger chaps might not, and we can already see some folks falling for it on social media, wondering if it was the real VVD Continue reading
Liverpool’s defence has been a major reason for them not quite being able to challenge for the title despite having the attacking talents like Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane at their disposal.
The Reds, shockingly for a side that is currently top four in the Premier League, have the third WORST defensive record away from home in the league. Only West Ham and Stoke have conceded more on the road, and even bottom of the table Swansea have shipped in less than Jurgen Klopp’s side on their travels. Continue reading
Another attacking masterclass from Jurgen Klopp’s side as they brushed aside Swansea 5-0. It all started with a beautiful strike from the in-form Philippe Coutinho, set up by some very impressive pressing from his country mate Roberto Firmino. Continue reading
The Arsenal vs Liverpool fixture again proved to be one full of goals, but the Reds will be ruing their defensive lapses that converted what was looking to be an easy victory into a hard fought draw. There were only six and a half minutes in the second half between the visitors going 2-0 ahead and then falling 3-2 behind. Arsenal effectively scored their three goals in the space of five odd minutes, and all three were courtesy of defensive mistakes.
For the first and third Arsenal goals, right back Joe Gomez was guilty while much maligned goalkeeper Simon Mignolet will not have endeared himself to fans after he let Granit Xhaka’s powerful shot in.
Some more abysmal defending from the Reds Continue reading
John Terry has named Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher in his all time Premier League XI. Midfielder Gerrard and defender Carragher are the only two Liverpool players in the list (it has 8 Manchester United players!). Carragher partners Rio Ferdinand in the heart of midfield while Gerrard plays alongside Paul Scholes.
After seeing his own name in the XI, Carra jokingly accused Terry of being after a job at Sky! Continue reading