Liverpool got their pre-season friendlies off to a flying start with a 6-0 win over Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park on Thursday evening.
The young Reds striker put a season of injury woes behind him by turning on the style against League One side Tranmere and, in doing so, declared himself fit, ready and able to play a part in Jurgen Klopp’s first-team squad for the 2019/20 campaign.
It’s no secret that Liverpool have been quiet in the transfer market so far this summer. Could Klopp’s faith in Brewster’s abilities be one of the main reasons why Liverpool have not looked to spend big on another forward? Continue reading →
Liverpool are reportedly confident that Divock Origi will extend his current contract deal with the club to go beyond 2020.
Origi showed his worth to the first team on several occasions last season when he filled in for one of the first-choice front three and, more often than not, provided important goals when called upon.
The Reds’ forward line consists of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane so Origi has one of the toughest jobs in football trying to break into Liverpool’s first eleven. However, Jurgen Klopp is reportedly very happy with the Belgian international’s contribution and his ability to be effective in a short space of time. Continue reading →
When a weekend of Premier League action sees some unusually uniform results, it can be difficult to choose a “Game of the Weekend” from the bunch, and depends largely on your criteria. Perhaps Southampton’s 1-0 win at Brighton stands out for you, if for no other reason than it was the only game with less than two goals. If you are a fan of Crystal Palace or Leicester then no doubt you would have been pleased to see your beloved side record a home win, or maybe Everton fans could be the happiest as they won away from home with a clean sheet at West Ham – the only side other than Man City to do so. Of course, if a game could have more of an impact on the progressing season, there can surely be little argument that Liverpool taking on Spurs tops the bill.
At this late-ish stage of the season, Premier League clubs do of course start gaining games in hand over some of their rivals. At the time of writing, for example, league leaders Liverpool have played 32 games, while second-placed Man City have featured in 31 and Arsenal (in fifth) are on 30. Of course, Monday evening games play a part, but so too does the progress of different teams in different competitions. Liverpool now have a two point lead at the top of the table, though City have of course played that one game less. It is now time to look at which players performed the best for their clubs in this past weekend’s round of games, adopting a 4-4-2 formation here. For simplicity, we are calling this week 32 but that may not apply to all teams of course.
Last Saturday evening, Manchester City went in at half-time with the score still 0-0 against Watford. Liverpool’s staff, players and fans worldwide will have watched on with the hope that Javi Gracia’s Hornets were going to do the unthinkable and prevent City from taking all three points.
A second-half hat-trick from the brilliant Raheem Sterling changed all of that. Yet, it could all have been so different.
Ben Foster and the Watford back four had frustrated City in the first period. If they had held out for even ten minutes after the interval, who knows what may have transpired?
The first goal should not have stood. Sterling was offside from Sergio Aguero‘s knock on. As soon as City’s number seven moves for the ball he is interfering with play. The whistle should have been gone before the Watford defender got a foot on it.
This past weekend we saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lose his domestic unbeaten run as Man Utd manager, with Arsenal triumphing 2-0 at the Emirates. Elsewhere, Liverpool maintained pressure on league leaders Man City with their 4-2 win over Burnley at Anfield, and Southampton caused something of an upset by beating Tottenham 2-1 on the south coast. There were wins for Brighton and Cardiff, with Newcastle also putting in an impressive showing with their 3-2 home win against Everton. With that in mind, we will now adopt a 4-4-2 formation and see which players performed the best for their clubs in England’s top flight this past weekend.
Jurgen Klopp needs to unleash Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to get Liverpool to the title.
As Liverpool smashed Watford at Anfield on Wednesday night, there was a sense of the old Liverpool coming back to the fore. Two 0-0 draws inside a week had some concerned about the Reds.
They were particularly worried about the form of their front three. More than one claim that trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino haven’t been the same this year. In the numbers alone, that seems a strange argument to make.
Salah has 20 goals in all competitions and is the top scorer in the Premier League. Mane has 15 to his name and in some parts of the campaign has been near on world-class. Firmino, meanwhile, has chipped in with 11 and continued his rise to the best false nine in Europe. Continue reading →