Monthly Archives: August 2018

Neville & Carra- Liverpool will finish second in the league

Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher have made their predictions for the 2018/19 Premier League, and both say that Liverpool will finish second behind Man City, whom they expect to defend their title.

The duo also said that Manchester United and Tottenham will complete the top four, meaning that Chelsea and Arsenal potentially missing out on Champions League football.

Both pundits named a Liverpool player as the “One to watch” with Neville nominating Brazilian keeper Alisson and Carra choosing Naby Keita.

Carra & Neville predictions

Winners: Man City
Top Four: Man City, Liverpool, Man Utd, Tottenham

Likely team to challenge top six: Everton

Player of the season: David Silva

Young Player of the season

Neville: Phil Foden
Carra: Ryan Sessegnon Continue reading

Ragnar Klavan Cagliari- Liverpool defender moves to Serie A

Liverpool defender Ragnar Klavan has completed his move to Serie A side Cagliari. The Estonian international has transferred for a reported fee of £2m.

Despite injuries to Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren (the Reds had Joe Gomez partnering VvD in their first game of the season), Klopp agreed to sanction the Klavan move, with youngster Nat Phillips having earned the gaffer’s confidence.

Klavan will be best remembered by Reds fans for his last minute goal against Burnley at Turf Moor- Liverpool’s first of 2018, and the first goal by an Estonian in the Premier League.

Cagliari’s opening game of the 18/19 Serie A season will be away at Empoli.

Klavan

(via Twitter)

Three Liverpool players in Brazil squad to play USA & El Salvador

Three Liverpool players- Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino, have been called up to the Brazilian squad for next month’s friendlies against the United States and El Salvador. Former Liverpool player Philippe Coutinho has been called up as well. The list doesn’t include the Man City quartet of Ederson, Danilo, Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho, but the United duo of Fred and Andreas Pereira are present.

Brazil reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup before losing to Belgium.

Full Brazilian squad:-

Alisson, Hugo, Neto
T. Silva, Marquinhos, Dede, Felipe, F. Luis, A. Sandro, Fabinho, Fagner
Casemiro, Fred, Arthur, Lucas Pacqueta, Renato Augusto, Andreas Pereira, Coutinho
Neymar, Willian, Firmino, D. Costa, Everton, Pedro Continue reading

500th Premier League victory for Liverpool as Hammers swept aside

Despite West Ham’s awful past record at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp would’ve been a tad worried ahead of this clash- the latter had spent almost £100m in the summer window, and in Manuel Pellegrini, had acquired a manager who was Premier League proven- the Chilean was Man City gaffer when they won the league title in 2014.

Most of those fears were unfounded as the Reds coasted to a 4-0 win at Anfield. They were electric in the first half, and took their foot off the pedal in the second, with the game over as a contest by the hour mark. Perhaps the best debut Alisson could’ve asked for in goal- he barely had a save?

How did Naby Keita perform?

Very, very well. He has the same jersey number as the legendary Steven Gerrard and showed enough to indicate he could be a club legend if he stays long enough.

Where did Liverpool play Keita?

Keita started on the left side of a three man midfield, with Wijnaldum in the cnetre and Milner on the right. When Sadio Mane was substituted, Keita moved ahead to play on the left side of Liverpool’s three pronged attack.

Naby Keita

(via Twitter)

Check out Keita’s role in Liverpool’s first goal and the tactics they employed to get him into space.

Mane was equally impressive scoring twice (one of them was offside though!)

How did Joe Gomez go?

Gomez was chosen to partner Van Dijk in the absence of Lovren and Klavan, and gave a decent account of himself, shutting out Marko Arnautovic.

How did James Milner play?

Milner seems to be ageing like fine wine. He started the game as Liverpool captain, handing the band to Henderson when the latter came in. As a teenager with Leeds, Milner’s first game was against West Ham, and he thoroughly enjoyed himself against Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

As good an afternoon as Jurgen Klopp could’ve asked for. Salah with the opening goal, Mane with two, and Sturridge with the last, scoring with his first touch off the bench!