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Liverpool fans were wrong about Jurgen Klopp's selection - and that should worry their rivals

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Ranking the Successes of Every Player That Has Left Liverpool Under Jurgen Klopp

LFC Online - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 00:00

​Since Jurgen Klopp's arrival to Merseyside in 2015, ​​Liverpool have become one of Europe's most dominant forces. 

Fans can now enjoy the German controlling the touchline at Anfield, while a genuinely world-class squad - consisting of ​Roberto Firmino, ​Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Alisson to name a few - do the business on the pitch. 

But it hasn't always been sunshine and roses - Klopp arrived to an interesting squad, with a mixture of genuine talent, potential stars and, mostly, those who just weren't up to standard. 

It's taken a while, but Liverpool have finally shifted most of the deadwood that they once relied upon. The question is, how have those players fared since moving away from the Reds, who have now been transformed into a European elite once again? 

Well, here is a list ranking every Liverpool player let go (permanently) by Jurgen Klopp on how successful they have been elsewhere.

21. Jordon Ibe Jordon Ibe

Sold to: Bournemouth (2016)

After a 16-year-old Jordon Ibe moved to Liverpool from Wycombe Wanderers in 2012, the future looked bright for the winger. He broke into the first-team throughout 2013/14, and loan moves to Birmingham City and Derby County would follow. 

In 2016, Ibe moved to Bournemouth in a club-record £15m move, but any sort of momentum failed to follow. Three years on and with only three goals to his name, a now 24-year-old Ibe looks lost at the top level. 

It took two of those years for him to get his first Bournemouth goal, and he has only managed two appearances for Eddie Howe's side this season.

20. Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge

Released (2019)

When Klopp arrived at ​Liverpool, Daniel Sturridge was one of the bigger talents at the club, and was club top goalscorer in the 2015/16 season. He quickly found himself playing second-fiddle to new signing Roberto Firmino however, and struggled to nail down a spot in the starting XI.

After a failed loan move to West Brom in the second half of the 2017/18 season, Sturridge looked lost. He returned to Liverpool however and was used again as rotation. In his final season, he scored that goal vs Chelsea in the 89th minute, to earn them a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Sturridge was released upon the end of his contract in June 2019, and received a six-week ban from football after instructing his brother to bet on odds of him moving to Sevilla. He eventually signed with Trabzonspor, and his current goal scoring record doesn't read too badly. It's a shame his fall from grace does however, which is why he's so low down in this list.

Top celebration, though.

19. Lazar Markovic Rsc Anderlecht v Standard de Liege

Sold to: Fulham (2019)

The most incredible thing about Lazar Markovic is the fact that he only left Liverpool permanently in 2019. That was last year. How? You tell me.

Markovic signed for Liverpool from Benfica in 2014, but after one season playing with the Reds, he found himself in the trap of the loan spell soon after. Moves to Fenerbahce, Sporting CP and Hull City would follow, where he only made a handful of appearances for each club. 

He spent the second half the 2017/18 on a season-long loan spell at Belgian side Anderlecht, before (finally) moving on a free transfer to Fulham in January 2019.

He was released from Fulham at the end of his contract last summer however, and now plays for Partizan, where he is in his second spell.

18. Dominic Solanke Dominic Solanke

Sold to: Bournemouth (2019)

Striker Dominic Solanke is one of many talents who came through the youth system at Chelsea. He joined Liverpool in June 2017 upon the expiration of his Chelsea contract, in what looked to be a low-risk, potentially high-reward ​deal for the Reds.

In two seasons at Liverpool however, the forward managed just one goal, coming on the final day of the 2017/18 season against Brighton. In January 2019, Solanke moved on and signed with Bournemouth, for a reported fee of £19m.

While not quite as disappointing as Jordon Ibe has been for Eddie Howe’s side so far, all credit has to go to Liverpool for securing such a profit on the striker, who just can’t seem to find the net with any regularity.

17. Kevin Stewart Kevin Stewart

Sold to: Hull City (2017)

Kevin Stewart moved from Spurs to Liverpool in 2014 in what he described as a ‘dream move’, but only managed 11 appearances and was loaned out three times during his spell with the Reds.

He eventually sealed a permanent move to Hull City, where he has remained since 2018 and enjoyed regular game time. Not bad at all, but not great either (he says while sat at his desk having not even played Sunday league in 18 months).

16. Martin Skrtel Turkish Spor Toto Super Lig"Fenerbahce AS v Galatasaray AS"

Sold to: Fenerbahce (2016)

Possibly considered a club legend by Liverpool fans, Martin Skrtel had a solid career as a hardline centre-back in his peak years and was a key (said lightly) player Liverpool during his spell.

While eight-year-old me had to deal with Randy Orton punt-kicking my favourite wrestlers in WWE around 2008, Skrtel made watching football just as difficult as he flew through my favourite players every weekend. 

Admittedly past his best, he eventually moved to Fenerbahce in 2016, where he enjoyed two years in good form. He earned a move to Serie A with Atalanta, but somehow left after just three (3) weeks, and is now back in Turkey with Istanbul Basaksehir.

15. Ragnar Klavan  Ragnar Klavan

Sold to: Cagliari (2018)

Ragnar Klavan enjoyed a two-year spell with the Reds from 2016 to 2018 after an impressive season in the Bundesliga with FC Augsburg. 

A solid rotation option but ideally nothing more, his most memorable moment came when he bagged a stoppage-time winner away at Burnley in the 2017/18 season. Perhaps a quick-fix from Jurgen Klopp, he departed in 2018 for Serie A side Cagliari, and has remained there ever since. 

It was a somewhat calculated, but strange move looking back. Sort of like when Channel 5 bought Big Brother and put it back on television, thinking it was still cool. A sound addition if you must, but would anyone really have noticed if you didn’t do that? Probably not.

14. Andre Wisdom Wolverhampton Wanderers v Derby County - Sky Bet Championship

Sold to: Derby County (2017)

Andre Wisdom broke into the Liverpool first-team in 2013 after coming through the youth system. A promising loan at Derby County followed, but he was then stuck in the trap of loan moves at every possible chance. Spells at West Brom, Norwich and even Red Bull Salzburg followed, before returning to Derby on a permanent transfer in 2017.

Wisdom has remained there since, asserting his place at Derby as a key asset to the club in an admittedly difficult season for the Rams. At this point, Wisdom could be considered a mainstay in Championship football. 

The most interesting thing about this whole thing however, is that Andre Wisdom is still only 26 years old. I refuse to believe it personally, but go figure.

13. Brad Smith Brad Smith

Sold to: Bournemouth (2016)

Australian-born Brad Smith made his breakthrough into the Liverpool first team alongside Jordan Rossiter in 2013, and would go on to make 11 appearances in all competitions before signing for Bournemouth in July 2016.

While he has failed to make a significant impact with the Cherries, he enjoyed a successful season-long loan spell with the Seattle Sounders in 2018/19. Smith went on to win the MLS Cup with the Sounders, starting in the final, and becoming the first Australian to ever do so.

Although his time in England has been somewhat underwhelming, his impact in MLS sees him rank in ninth.

12. Mario Balotelli FBL-ITA-SERIEA-JUVENTUS-BRESCIA

Sold to: OGC Nice (2016)

Where do we even begin with Mario Balotelli? After an interesting three years at Premier League side ​Manchester City - which involved goals, fireworks in his own house and controversial celebrations - Balotelli eventually found himself back in England with Liverpool after signing from Milan in 2014.

A poor debut season however, littered by controversy and simply not enough goals, saw him fail to replace Luis Suarez, who had just left for Barcelona. He spent the 2015/16 season back at Milan on a season-long loan, which also didn’t go his way as he managed just one league goal in 20 appearances.

Balotelli had no future under Jurgen Klopp, and moved to French side OGC Nice on a free transfer ahead of the 2016/17 season. In typical Balotelli fashion, he enjoyed a prolific three years in Nice, netting 43 goals in all competitions. He moved to Marseille in 2019, before moving back to Italy with hometown club Brescia in the same year, where he remains currently. 

11. Simon Mignolet Simon Mignolet

Sold to: Club Brugge (2019)

Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet endured an up and down time at Liverpool. When signing in 2013 under Brendan Rodgers, he looked to be one of the most promising goalkeepers in the league. And while performances in general were okay, his inconsistency would ultimately cost him his spot as number one.

Fellow ‘keeper Loris Karius was signed to provide competition for Mignolet ahead of the 2016/17 season. Mignolet started as number one, but by October 2016 had become second choice behind the German, who admittedly didn’t impress too much himself.

Jurgen Klopp struggled to establish a consistent number one between the two, which ultimately led to the then-record signing of Alisson Becker in summer 2018.

Mignolet spent the 2018/19 season as backup after Karius had been quickly shipped off to Besiktas on a two-year loan, but moved on last summer to Club Brugge in his home nation of Belgium. Now 31, he can enjoy being a wiser head in the dressing room at a lesser side, perhaps where the pressure is easier to handle. 

10. Joe Allen Joe Allen

Sold to: Stoke City (2016)

Dubbed the 'Welsh Pirlo', Joe Allen made the move to Merseyside in 2012 after an impressive stint at Swansea City. He enjoyed four years at Liverpool, filled with ups and downs, but in the end expressed his desire to play regular first-team football.

Allen moved to then Premier League side Stoke City in July 2016, and has remained there since, becoming a key asset to the Potters in a difficult spell. Although Stoke now play their football in the Championship, Allen is a positive in a dark period. He also bosses it for Wales still, and is one of their most important players.

His ability has seen him consistently linked with a move back to the top flight, although judging by his haircut alone you'd think he was preparing for a big money move to Spain.

9. Danny Ward FBL-ENG-FACUP-BRENTFORD-LEICESTER

Sold to: Leicester City (2018)

Goalkeepers have it difficult, don't they? Dean Henderson is currently considered one of the best in the Premier League, but the fact that David de Gea remains number one at parent club ​Manchester United makes things infinitely more awkward for him.

While Danny Ward might not be at Henderson's level, his ability is there. Impressive loan spells at Aberdeen and Huddersfield however were not enough to convince Liverpool to pull the trigger on him, and his future was set in stone when they signed Alisson.

Ward secured a move to Leicester City in the same window, after falling further down the pecking order. He remains second-fiddle behind Kasper Schmeichel, but has a much better shot at game time with an admittedly very good Leicester side, than he ever did at Liverpool.

8. Christian Benteke Christian Benteke

Sold to: Crystal Palace (2016)

Belgian striker ​Christian Benteke earned a move to Liverpool in 2015 after setting the Premier League alight with Aston Villa in previous seasons. This was his chance to announce himself at the top level, but unfortunately it didn't quite work out.

A disappointing season saw him score just 10 goals in all competitions for Liverpool, who shipped him out the following summer to Crystal Palace, recouping most of the £32m they paid for him. Benteke looked revived in his debut season with Palace, scoring 17 goals in all competitions as their top scorer.

Things haven't been smooth-sailing since, admittedly. He's barely managed just four goals since, due to injuries and inconsistencies. He still appears regularly for Palace however, and recently signed a new deal. It is clear that they haven't lost faith in him, and believe his goal scoring ability is ready to be unleashed once more.

7. Mamadou Sakho Mamadou Sakho

Sold to: Crystal Palace (2017)

Perhaps Crystal Palace deserve some credit when considering Liverpool's recent success, for providing them with sufficient funds to use elsewhere. Mamadou Sakho enjoyed a good career for the most part at Liverpool, until disciplinary issues in 2016 saw Jurgen Klopp send him home from their pre-season tour of the United States.

A loan move to Palace would follow in January 2017, and the move would eventually be made permanent for a fee of £24m plus add-ons in the summer. Since then, Sakho has been one of Palace's best players; while his off-field antics may have cast doubt in the minds of some, he has always had the ability.

6. Ryan Kent Ryan Kent

Sold to: Rangers (2019)

A highly-rated prospect of the Liverpool academy, Ryan Kent impressed for the reserves enough to be included in the Reds' 2015 pre-season tour. After impressing in pre-season, loan moves would follow. 

Eventually, Kent found his feet on loan at Rangers ahead of the 2018/19 season, now managed by former Liverpool great Steven Gerrard. Suddenly, Kent excelled in Scotland and come the end of the season, he had been named Scotland's Young Player of the Year, as well as being in their Team of the Year.

After a brief return to Liverpool ahead of the 2019/20 season, Kent ultimately returned to Rangers, this time on a permanent transfer. At just 23, Kent has a bright future ahead of him, and the chance to play regular first-team football in Scotland will do him the world of good. This one is one to watch.

5. Philippe Coutinho Philippe Coutinho

Sold to: Barcelona (2018)

Placing this one was difficult. Philippe Coutinho arrived at Liverpool as a kid from Inter in 2013, but left them as one of the best forwards in the world at the time. Coutinho grew into a fan favourite amongst the Anfield faithful, and his performances stole the show on a weekly basis in the Premier League.

He probably could've waited until summer for his big move, but forced his way out in January 2018 amid interest from Barcelona. Liverpool accepted an offer worth up to £142m depending on add-ons, and he was now at the top of the footballing tree.

His move didn't go as planned however; after a promising start in the second half of the 2017/18 season, he found himself struggling for a regular spot - and it got to the point where a move away was the best choice. He is currently on loan at Bayern Munich, although it is unlikely he will remain there beyond this season...because he can't get in their team either.

There was only one winner here, and it was not Philippe Coutinho.

4. Lucas Leiva Lega Calcio Serie A TIM"FC Internazionale v SS Lazio"

Sold to: Lazio (2017)

After 10 years at Liverpool, Lucas Leiva ended his stay in July 2017 after following Luis Alberto to Lazio. 

Now 33, the Brazilian is entering the latter stages of his career, but still offers a lot to the Italian side in their title charge. The slower pace of Serie A may well be on his side, but his experience is something that many clubs can only wish for. 

Lucas could be considered to Lazio what The Undertaker currently is to WWE; a fierce, slightly intimidating locker-room leader who brings irreplaceable wisdom and experience to a side in need as his career winds down. 

I don't think he pretends to be an actual dead man, though.

3. Emre Can Emre Can

Left for: Juventus (2018)

Emre Can signed for Liverpool as a highly-rated youth prospect in 2014, arriving from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. He made over 150 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions, before departing for Juventus upon the expiration of his deal in summer 2018.

Can joined ​Juventus in June that year, and would debut in August as a substitute against Chievo Verona. However, after being left out of their Champions League squad ahead of the 2019/20 season by new boss Maurizio Sarri, it seemed like Can may have been deemed surplus to requirements. 

He joined Borussia Dortmund in January 2020 on what was initially a loan deal; the deal became permanent the following month, with Can signing a four-year deal.

While his time both during and after his spell at Liverpool may have been somewhat up and down, Can has played for some of Europe’s biggest clubs, and has a chance to make a name for himself in a Dortmund side that once again looks to be developing into one of Europe’s most exciting squads. He's started brilliantly.

2. Luis Alberto Luis Alberto Romero

Sold to: Lazio (2016)

Once a product of Barcelona, Luis Alberto struggled to break into Liverpool's first team. After just a handful of appearances after signing in 2013, he spent two seasons on loan elsewhere, before moving permanently to Lazio in August 2016.

He has since established himself as a key player in a Lazio side that is challenging for a Serie A title, contributing to 15 goals so far this season. 

Perhaps one that goes under the radar, Luis Alberto is still only 27, and could easily find himself in the Premier League once again, if the option becomes available.

1. Danny Ings Danny Ings

Sold to: Southampton (2019)

​Danny Ings quickly became one of England's hottest young prospects during his time at Burnley. The striker impressed enough to earn a move to Liverpool in June 2015, and it looked like this was the next step on the way to announcing himself on the big stage.

In unfortunate circumstances, injuries plagued his time with the Reds. He was sidelined with an ACL injury in his first training session with Jurgen Klopp in 2015, and after making a brief comeback at the end of that season, he would soon be sidelined again in October 2016 for nine months.

A loan move to Southampton ahead of the 2018/19 season was agreed, which became permanent in 2019. Ings has turned his career around once more with the Saints. He's bagged 26 times in 55 appearances so far, including 15 Premier League goals this season.

With Gareth Southgate facing a selection crisis due to injuries to Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford ahead of Euro 2020, 27-year-old Ings could be in for the call-up, which would be the perfect way to come full circle in his revival since life at Liverpool.


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Jamie Carragher Claims Naby Keita & Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Could 'Explode' at Liverpool Next Season

LFC Online - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 00:00

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has suggested Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could have greater influence in the Reds' midfield next season if given more time to prove themselves.

The pair have struggled with injuries since arriving at Anfield, with Keita playing a bit-part role in the Champions League triumph last season. Knocks and the form of Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum have restricted the former RB Leipzig star to just eight league appearances this term.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is still establishing himself back in the squad after being absent for most of last season, though he has impressed in spells when fit during his time on Merseyside.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain,Naby Keita

However, Carragher claims they have plenty to offer, should they be given the chance to do so.

Speaking to ViaSport - ​as quoted by HITC - the former England international said: “I think in defence they have four centre backs, they have young players coming through in full back positions. 

"In midfield we are still waiting for ​Naby Keita and ​Oxlade-Chamberlain to explode, so give them more time.”

He further claimed that ​Liverpool should should focus their transfer efforts on strengthening their forward options. Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are Jurgen Klopp's current first choice front three, with other squad members like Oxlade-Chamberlain and Takumi Minamino capable of playing out wide and Divock Origi able to fill in up front.

Carragher added: “The biggest thing Liverpool need to spend on is an attacking player.”

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keita both started the 1-0 win at Norwich but had lessened roles in the 1-0 loss at Atletico Madrid, with the former appearing as a substitute and the latter not making it off the bench.

However, ​Henderson's three week absence will open up a spot in midfield for either player to fill, though they'll likely face competition for that position from James Milner. The Reds face West Ham on Monday as they look to take another step towards winning the Premier League.


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Kaka Shows Liverpool Love by Picking Steven Gerrard & Jurgen Klopp Over Premier League Legends

LFC Online - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 00:00

One-time ​Ballon d'Or winner Kaka has expressed his admiration for ​Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard and has revealed he would pick him over fellow contemporary England midfielders Frank Lampard and Paul Scholes.

The former Milan and Real Madrid midfielder was asked to choose between the trio during an interview with ​Sport Bible in which he was asked a series of 'either/or' questions.

Recalling his battles with the now Rangers manager in the 2005 and 2007 Champions League finals, Kaka said: "I like Gerrard.

Liverpool's midfielder Steven Gerrard (L...

"Because we had this challenge between ourselves in 2005 and 2007, I really admire him.

"Of course, Lampard was pretty amazing, Scholes the classic. But I'll have Gerrard."

Gerrard debuted for Liverpool in 1998, aged just 18, and went on to win one ​Champions League in 2005, as well as two FA Cups and three League Cups, among other honours. 

He also picked up individual awards such as PFA Players' Player of the Year in 2001, and was third place in the 2005 Ballon d'Or after defeating Kaka's Milan.

Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard holds

In the same interview, Kaka also picked Jurgen Klopp as the manager he would prefer to play for ahead of ​Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, continuing the Liverpool-themed admiration.

“Right now, this year? Klopp," Kaka said. 

​"These guys are so good and I’m a big fan… Last season, Pep had an amazing season. ‘How can I motivated my team again? What can I do?' And then Jurgen comes with winning a Champions League and start to this Premier League."

Guardiola edged Klopp to the title last season by just one point, as the two sides were neck and neck. City finished the season on a record-breaking 98 points, while Liverpool fell short of their first Premier League with 97 points.

FBL-ENG-PR-MAN CITY-LIVERPOOL

After a heartbreaking end however, Klopp has bounced back, and looks set to secure the Reds' first Premier League title this season in astonishing fashion. They currently sit 22 points clear of second-placed City with just 12 games remaining.


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Liverpool Learn Extent of Jordan Henderson's Hamstring Injury

LFC Online - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 00:00

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Jordan Henderson will miss around three weeks of action after suffering a hamstring injury in the club's midweek Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid.

With ten minutes remaining of the 1-0 loss, Henderson was forced off the pitch and replaced by James Milner, having fallen to the floor clutching the back of his thigh.

While the round of 16 first-leg defeat itself was damaging, the news following the match is perhaps ​even more concerning. 

Many will back ​Liverpool to overturn their first-leg deficit at Anfield, but the absence of their captain for crucial fixtures could prove pivotal, with this season largely considered to be the Englishman's finest to date.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Monday's ​Premier League clash with West Ham, Klopp confirmed the length of ​Henderson's layoff, after the midfielder went to hospital on Friday for scans.

"It could have been worse. It was the hamstring, but it's not that bad," Klopp said, via ​Goal. "He will be out for three weeks or so, which is not cool but we still see it as we were lucky."

Henderson has made 34 outings in all competitions this season, helping lead Liverpool to an unbeaten 26 matches in the top flight so far and well on course for a maiden Premier League crown. They're also in the hunt for successive ​Champions League crowns, as well as a first FA Cup success since 2006.

Jordan Henderson

However, they could be without their captain for both those two competitions, with Henderson certainly set to miss the FA Cup fifth-round tie against ​Chelsea on 3 March, while the reverse leg of their round of 16 tie with Atletico falls on 11 March.

Before those is an away trip to Watford and the home visit of West Ham, with another home league clash with Bournemouth to come after their domestic cup excursions.

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Loris Karius to Return to Liverpool This Summer Following Besiktas Loan

LFC Online - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 00:00

​In one of the more unsurprising stories of the week, Besiktas do not want to exercise the option to make Loris Karius' two-year loan move from Liverpool a permanent one. 

The German goalkeeper has been with the Turkish outfit since the summer of 2018, having fallen out of favour on Merseyside after a string oh high-profile mistakes - none more calamitous than his duo of costly errors in the 2018 Champions League final.

The then-world record transfer fee for a stopper was made by Jurgen Klopp's side on Alisson Becker the following summer, prompting ​Liverpool to ship out Karius with apparently little genuine intention of seeing him return. 

Besiktas became Karius' escape route, with his two-year loan including an option to purchase for £7.25m, while the temporary deal itself pocketed the Reds £2.25m. Initially, it was claimed that the deal included an obligation to buy but, according to ​The Atheltic, that isn't the case and, either way, it isn't going to happen.

Karius has made 63 outings during his time with Besiktas, but the Turkish side do not want to trigger any sort of permanent deal and will instead send him back to the ​Premier League at the end of the season.

Mistakes have continued to be forthcoming during the German's time in Istanbul, and his relationship with the supporters turned sour in March 2019 after he sought legal action against his temporary employers for supposed unpaid wages. Not only that, he's been booed by his own fans and criticised publicly by his manager. All of the above hardly aiding his cause.

A return to Liverpool may be avoided if a deal is agreed with another club beforehand, but if not, he will return for pre-season training in early July.

Loris Karius

However, if he is to come back to Anfield, the club have no desire to reintegrate Karius back into their squad. Alisson has emerged as one of Europe's finest stoppers since his £65m move, while backup goalkeeper Adrian has impressed when called upon, and is content with sticking out as the club's number two.

Further down the pecking order, third-choice Caoimhin Kelleher will likely be sent out on loan next season, leaving the club to mull over handing an extension to 36-year-old Andy Lonergan, who has impressed Klopp since being signed as emergency cover last summer.

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90min's Definitive European Power Rankings: Week 22 - Curb Your Enthusiasm Special

LFC Online - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 00:00

Following a week in which: 

- Liverpool SHOCKED the world by losing. 

- Atalanta SHOCKED the world by thumping Valencia 4-1. 

- Erling Haaland SHOCKED the world by scoring an absolute thunderb*stard. 

- Manchester City SHOCKED the world by beating West Ham...well, maybe that wasn't shocking...

We, using quotes from pretty, pretty, pretty good TV show 'Curb Your Enthusiasm', rank the 15 best teams in Europe. 

15. Sheffield United (Re-Entry)  Billy Sharp

"I'm trying to elevate small talk to medium talk."

 

​Sheffield United didn't play this past week because, to quote ​Krishan Davis (I don't know any Sheffield United fans, ok): "They enjoyed some much deserved downtime after moving within two points of the top four." 

14. Manchester City (Down 1)  Rodrigo

"And who knows, you know what? Maybe I'll be able to need a lawyer someday."

"Anything could happen."

"A lot of people sue me." 

​Manchester City need lawyers.

Manchester City need a lot of lawyers. 

Manchester City need a lot of the best lawyers in the world to appeal against UEFA's FFP sanctions, or they could be absolutely f**ked. 

13. Inter (Down 11) Romelu Lukaku

"Let's all go upstairs and all get under the covers and sob."

After ​Inter's harrowing, soul destroying, absolutely devastating defeat at the hands of title rivals SS Lazio, their fanbase all went upstairs, got under the covers and sobbed. 

12. Paris Saint-Germain (Down 9)  Antonio Mateu Lahoz,Marco Verratti

"Grape works as a soda. Sort of as a gum. I wonder why it doesn't work as a pie. Grape pie? There's no grape pie." 

Paris Saint-Germain work in Ligue 1. They sort of work in the Champions League group stages. I wonder why they don't work in the Champions League knockout rounds. 

Paris Saint-Germain: Champions League winners? 

That won't happen. 

11. Marseille (Up 1)  Andre Villas-Boas

"You don't respect wood." 

While Andre Villas-Boas is still somewhat of a laughing stock in England, he's earning the respect he deserves in France by winning week in, week out with Marseille. 

Les Pohoceens have won their last three Ligue 1 games, and are unbeaten in their last 14. Nice one.

10. Real Madrid (Down 5)  Toni Kroos

"Have you ever been the victim of a serious crime?"

"My cousin once stole an Almond Joy from me. It was upsetting at the time but, ummm..."

I mean, ​Real Madrid's 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo was probably quite upsetting at the time for Los Blancos fans, but it's not the end of the world. 

They're still top of La Liga, and have lost just one league game all season. It's still all gravy, baybee. 

9. Barcelona (Up 2) Frenkie de Jong,Samuel Umtiti

"You know who wears sunglasses inside? Blind people and assholes."

You know who steals a relegation threatened team's star striker outside of the transfer window, ensuring that team can't replace said star striker? ​Barcelona, La Liga and assholes. 

8. Juventus (Down 1)  FBL-ITA-SERIEA-JUVENTUS-BRESCIA

"I always think of nice things but never act on them."

Maurizio Sarri coming to ​Juventus and getting them to play exciting, passing football was a nice thought.

Sarri-ball was a nice thought.

It's just a pity it hasn't been acted on yet.

7. Bayern Munich (Re-Entry)  Thomas Mueller

"It's people like you that are the problem."

"No, I'm the solution! I'm the solution to the problem!" 

After about a year of people telling you that Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer and Jerome Boateng are finished and are a serious problem for ​Bayern, it turns out that they're the solution.

Because they're some of the key players in Bayern's post-Christmas surge to the top of the Bundesliga table. Thomas Muller, alone, has registered 14 assists in BuLi this season; that's Jadon Sancho numbers.

6. RB Leipzig (Re-Entry)  Jose Mourinho,Julian Nagelsmann

"You can put my colon up next to your colon; we'll see who has a cleaner, healthier colon." 

On Wednesday night, the Champions League pitted the baldy Mourinho against the 'mini-Mourinho', and we saw who has a cleaner, healthier col...ahem...I mean...we saw who the better manager was.

It's 'mini-Mourinho': Julian Nagelsmann.

5. Liverpool (Down 4)  Mohamed Salah

"I think every erection is a miracle."

It's a miracle!!!!!! 

​Liverpool have lost a game of football!!!! 

They actually lost!!!!! 

And because they lost, the Reds have been knocked off their perch atop of 90min's Definitive European Power Rankings. 

It's a miracle!!!!!!

4. Borussia Dortmund (Re-Entry)  Erling Haaland

"You know, it's kinda of half-jacket, half-shirt; half-man, half-beast."

'What is Erling Haaland? How is he this good?' 

Well, you know, it's because he's kinda half-Ruud van Nistelrooy, half-Ivan Drago; half-Paul from Tekken, half-beast. 

3. Atletico Madrid (Re-Entry)  Diego Pablo Simeone

"I'll have a vanilla...one of the vanilla bulls**t things. You know, whatever you want, some vanilla bulls**t latte, cappa thing. Whatever you got - I don't care."

​Atletico Madrid's style of play is some seriously boring vanilla bulls**t, but bah gawd it worked against Liverpool in midweek. 

After snatching an early goal at Wanda Metropolitano, Atleti - in true Simeone-ball fashion - sat back, defended for their lives, and spoiled the game at every opportunity.

It was boring af, but also pretty damn impressive.

2. Atalanta (Re-Entry)  Remo Freuler

"A date is an experience you have with another person that makes you appreciate being alone."

An Atalanta game is an experience you have that makes you appreciate football.

They are BOX OFFICE.

They are, by some distance, the most exciting team to watch in Europe, and they're one of the best teams in Europe too. 

This past week they absolutely hammered Valencia 4-1 at San Siro in their first ever Champions League knockout round game; scoring two of the best goals you're likely to see in the UCL this season in the process. 

Oh, they also scored their 62nd and 63rd Serie A goals of the season - 11 more than any other team - in a huge win over AS Roma in Serie A. 

They are BOX OFFICE. 

1. SS Lazio (Up 3)   SS Lazio v FC Internazionale - Serie A

“Pretty, pretty, pretty good.”

Well Lazio fans, that win over Inter was pretty, pretty, pretty good, eh? 

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is pretty, pretty, pretty good, eh?

Ciro Immobile is pretty, pretty, pretty good, eh? 

Simone Inzaghi is pretty, pretty, pretty good, eh? 

Going on a 19 game unbeaten run in Serie A is pretty, pretty, pretty good, eh? 

Being just one point adrift of top spot is pretty, pretty, pretty good, eh? 


Source : 90min

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Why Bayern Munich Goalkeeper Turned Down January Move to Liverpool

LFC Online - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 00:00

​Liverpool saw a winter move for up-and-coming Bayern Munich goalkeeper Christian Fruchtl rejected as the player is looking for a club where he can be a guaranteed starter.

20-year-old Fruchtl came through Bayern's youth ranks, having joined the club in 2014, and is currently the first team's third-choice stopper behind the legendary Manuel Neuer and former Stuttgart player Sven Ulreich.

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While Germany Under-19 star Fruchtl has yet to make a senior appearance for Bayern, he is highly rated in Bavaria and was first called up to join the first team on the club's winter tour of Qatar at the age of just 15.

According to ​Sport1​Liverpool phoned up ​Bayern to ask about Fruchtl's availability in December, with a view to making the young star the club's number two behind inaugural Yachine Trophy winner Alisson Becker.

However, according to his advisor, Christian Rossner, Fruchtl is only interested in joining a club where he will be 'number one'.

Christian Fruchtl

Fruchtl ultimately stayed at Bayern during the January transfer window, but the club's plan remains to loan him out for 2020/21. With Alexander Nubel set to arrive in summer from Schalke to challenge (and eventually replace) Neuer, Fruchtl's chances of first-team minutes in Munich in the near future appear slim at best.

Liverpool signed Adrian last summer to replace long-serving goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, while the 33-year-old Spaniard has already seen a surprising amount of game time due to Alisson's early-season injury and later suspension.

The former West Ham star has won in all ten of his Premier League appearances this season, keeping two clean sheets, while he also impressed in the Reds' penalty shootout win over Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup back in August.

Adrian

Adrian's contract is set to expire in 2021 - though with an option to extend for a further year - while Liverpool have also tested 21-year-old Irish youngster Caoimhín Kelleher in the Carabao Cup this season.

In recent months, the Reds have also been linked with a ​transfer for 23-year-old ​Turkish goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir who plays for Trabzonspor.


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Timo Werner Would Have to Settle for a Back-Up Role Next Season if He Joins Liverpool

LFC Online - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 00:00

​RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner may have to settle for a back-up role next season if he joins Liverpool, with the Reds thought to have little intention of breaking up current front three Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino to make room for new signings.

Having spent the last few years considered to be among the best emerging strikers in Europe, Werner has stepped things up to a new level in 2019/20 and is on course to break through the 30-goal barrier for the first time in his career – he currently has 26 in all competitions.

Timo Werner

Liverpool have been heavily linked with the prolific 23-year-old, whose goals have put Leipzig firmly in the Bundesliga title race as they look to break Bayern Munich’s domestic dominance.

A rumoured release clause of €60m (£50m) makes Werner an affordable target for Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp previously ruling out a Kylian Mbappé pursuit because of cost, despite being a fan of the player’s technical ability. Even a deal for £100m-rated Jadon Sancho appears unlikely – despite what Kaveh ‘The Insider’ Solhekol has claimed for Sky Sports this week.

Last month, David Ornstein wrote for The Athletic it is ‘probable that neither Sancho nor Mbappé will end up at Anfield for the foreseeable future’, describing Liverpool as having ‘little interest’ in spending the kind of money it would take to land such players.

An element of that is being unable to guarantee automatic starts for anyone new.

Roberto Firmino,Mohamed Salah

According to Goal this week, Salah, Mané and Firmino are ‘going nowhere this summer’, with the reaction from Liverpool to recent Firmino links with Bayern Munich one of ‘bemusement’.

And so while Werner is a significantly better match for Liverpool than Mbappé or Sancho when it comes to price, he too would have to play second fiddle, at least to begin with. In this scenario, any new arrival up front could essentially just be an upgrade on Divock Origi.

But Werner’s humble comments this week suggest it is something he could be prepared for. The German, who is expected to lead the line for his country at Euro 2020, appears to be genuinely flattered by the Liverpool links and is self-aware enough to know he is not the finished product.

“I know Liverpool is the best team in the moment in the world. When you’re linked with that team it makes me very proud,” he said after facing Tottenham in the Champions League.

“It’s a pleasure but I know at Liverpool there are a lot of good players and I know I have to improve myself to learn much more things to get on this level to play there.”

Timo Werner

That attitude and character could suit Liverpool, who landed Takumi Minamino when he was willing to give up a starring role at Red Bull Salzburg in order to test and improve himself.

Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann revealed that he has already spoken to Werner on the subject, explaining: “It would be more difficult for Timo Werner to play at Liverpool than at Leipzig. He will not get the status he has here in the first few years and I tell him that too.”

The question Liverpool will already be asking themselves is whether £50m is a price worth paying for someone not to start every week.

It is worth noting that 90min also reported earlier this month that Liverpool are so impressed by emerging teenagers Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott they are reluctant to do anything in the transfer market that might risk blocking their respective paths to regular first-team football.

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Schoolboy Man Utd fan gets letter from Jurgen Klopp

BBC Sport - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 23:49
Donegal schoolboy Daragh Curley asked the Liverpool manager if his side could lose some matches.
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Liverpool news and transfers - Bukayo Saka boost, Christian Fruchtl snub, Jordan Henderson blow

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Liverpool news and transfers - Bukayo Saka boost, Christian Fruchtl snub, Jordan Henderson blow

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Полузащитник «Ливерпуля» сравнил себя с Каземиро и Бускетсом.

Вести.Ru - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 22:09
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Полузащитник «Ливерпуля» Фабинью объяснил, в чем его сходство с Серхи Бускетсом из «Барселоны» и Каземиро из «Реала».

— Я пытаюсь организовывать игру и раздавать передачи, потому что у меня хорошее видение поле, особенно когда я получаю мяч на чужой половине, — сказал бразилец в разговоре с El Pais. — Если у меня есть свободное пространство, я хочу влиять на игру в атаке, но моя первая задача — оборона. У нас похожие роли с Каземиро и Бускетсом.

Фабинью перешел в «Ливерпуль» из «Монако» в 2018 году за 45 млн евро.

В этом сезоне 26-летний хавбек провел в чемпионате Англии 17 матчей, забил один мяч и отдал одну голевую передачу. 

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«МЮ» нужно квалифицироваться в ЛЧ, чтобы получить Санчо.

Вести.Ru - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 22:09

Руководство «Манчестер Юнайтед» уверено в приобретении полузащитника «Боруссии Дортмунд» Джейдона Санчо в летнее трансферное окно.

Единственным необходимым условием является выход «красных дьяволов» в Лигу чемпионов. Для этого они должны попасть в четверку в чемпионате Англии или выиграть Лигу Европы.

По информации источников, главным конкурентом «МЮ» в борьбе за 19-летнего англичанина станет «Ливерпуль», поскольку Санчо привлекает возможность сотрудничества с Юргеном Клоппом.

«Боруссия» оценивает стоимость игрока в 140 млн евро. Среди других претендентов на Санчо также называют «Челси».

После 26 туров АПЛ «МЮ» набрал 38 очков и занимает седьмое место.

Вы сможете следить за первым матчем 1/16 Лиги Европы между «МЮ» и «Брюгге» 20 февраля с 20:45 (мск) на канале «Матч ТВ», а также на сайтах matchtv.ru и sportbox.ru. 

Лига Европы. 1/16 финала. Брюгге - Манчестер Юнайтед. 1-й матч

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Тимо Вернер: «Горжусь тем, что меня связывают с переходом в «Ливерпуль».

Вести.Ru - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 22:09
Тимо Вернер / Фото: © Hartmut Boesener / imago-images.de / Global Look Press

Нападающий сборной Германии и «Лейпцига» Тимо Вернер прокомментировал интерес со стороны «Ливерпуля». 

Ранее в СМИ появилась информация о том, что руководство «Ливерпуля» заинтересовано в услугах 23-летнего форварда, а переговоры между сторонами находятся в продвинутой стадии.

— Сейчас «Ливерпуль» — это лучший клуб в мире, и я очень горжусь тем, что меня связывают с переходом в эту команду, — приводит слова Вернера Viasport. — Но у «Ливерпуля» уже есть множество хороших игроков, поэтому мне нужно стать лучше, многому научиться, чтобы выйти на их уровень игры. 

Отметим, что текущее соглашение Вернера с «Лейпцигом» рассчитано до лета 2023 года. Сумма отступных составляет 58 миллионов евро.

В текущем сезоне чемпионата Германии Вернер забил 20 мячей и отдал 6 результативных передач в 22 матчах за «Лейпциг». 

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp's heartwarming reply to young Man Utd fan's cheeky request

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 21:40
This is why even some of Liverpool's biggest rivals can't help but love Jurgen Klopp
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Former Liverpool man Ryan Babel's hilarious reaction to Alan Nyom foul in Europa League clash

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 21:10
Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel showed an alternative way of expressing his frustrations at an opponent making the most of a foul
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