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
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
Liverpool avenged their 4-3 loss at the Vitality Stadium suffered last season with a four goal demolition of Eddie Howe’s side at the same venue on Sunday. The architect of the victory was Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho, who started the rout with this superb solo goal. Robertson with the assist- the goal and the trickery was Phil’s, but Roberton’s run played an important role in the Bournemouth defenders’ indecisiveness.
Coutino’s fellow forwards Firmino and Salah were also on the scoresheet Continue reading
Sadio Mane’s superb volley goal against Spartak Moscow has been nominated for the Champions League Goal of the week. The fantastic goal, the fourth in Liverpool’s 7-0 demolition of their Russian opponents at Anfield, was Mane’s first of the game (he ended up bagging a brace) and came in the 47th minute.
Absolutely fantastic tekkers for the volley- check it out below.
Philippe Coutinho, who bagged a hat trick, has been nominated for Player of the Week Continue reading
A scintillating attacking performance from Liverpool saw them demolish Spartak Moscow 7-0 at Anfield and seal their passage into the Round of 16 as group winners.
Philippe Coutinho scored his first ever LFC hat trick, with Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah also on the scoresheet as the Reds qualified top of Group E. For Spartak, it was an evening to forget, much like their last trip to Anfield back in 2002, when they had lost 5-0.
The result also means 5 of the 16 teams in the knockout stages will be English (effectively one third). Four English teams finished as winners of their respective groups, with the solitary exception behind Chelsea, who qualified as runners up in their group behind Roma.
Liverpool’s potential Round of 16 opponents are therefore Basel, Real Madrid, Shakhtar, Bayern, Juventus or Porto (they can’t get Chelsea because teams from the same country cannot meet in the Round of 16) Continue reading