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Luke Vorm Liverpool draw a blank!

Liverpool failed to make up ground in the race for fourth spot and most Liverpool supporters if not all must see this result as a further two points dropped. Credit has to go to a superb effort between the sticks from Michel Vorm. Three stunning saves late on kept a determined Liverpool side out but overall, I have to say Liverpool were disappointing in a match they dominated in the first half but looked all at sea for large parts of the second period.

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Good morning, afternoon or evening wherever you are and welcome to another edition of The Green Room, formerly a regular issue on Football Friends and now featured here on the Kop Times. Here where we discuss everything Liverpool, The Premiership and the beautiful game, so please feel free to leave a comment and give some feedback.  A week into the official wintertime and Liverpool are already looking “Vorm out”.

OK, Enough of the puns and down to business. Liverpool failed to make up ground in the race for fourth spot and most Liverpool supporters if not all must see this result as a further two points dropped. Credit has to go to a superb effort between the sticks from Michel Vorm. Three stunning saves late on kept a determined Liverpool side out but overall, I have to say Liverpool were disappointing in a match they dominated in the first half but looked all at sea for large parts of the second period.

This isn’t the first time that Liverpool have failed to make their chances pay and if this form keeps up, there’s every likelihood Liverpool will miss European football for a second season running. The Liverpool team, for me, were woefully short of what’s expected, a sentiment echoed by Kenny Dalglish. If this goes on much longer, I can’t even see them matching last season’s sixth place. That would be a disaster for the club.

The team has to get back to basics and begin to retain possession much better than they do at the moment. Dalglish will have no option but to ring the changes in January on this performance. Watching Liverpool is becoming a chore at times. Paying for the first 30 minutes then going to sleep until the last 15. Not good enough.

Again Liverpool started brightly and could have taken the lead from an Andy Carroll header that hit the woodwork in a lively first half display. Again, if’s but’s and maybe’s are the words on their supporter’s lips. Late on in the second half, a questionable offside decision denied Dirk Kuyt’s brave header. Carroll again not meeting expectations.

The Swansea fans have to be happy with this result and indeed they deserve to be. Their second half performance was beyond what one would expect from a newly promoted side. Overall though, their finishing was poor, and helped Liverpool escape finishing the match empty-handed.

Pepe Reina made you wonder what side he was playing for at times. His usually reliable kicking deserted him and two mistakes almost gifted the game to Swansea. For 25 minutes of the second half, I really thought Liverpool were going to be embarrassed because Swansea were in control and dominating the midfield. Wayne Routledge was particularly industrious for the Swans and it’s no coincidence they faded after he was substituted in the 74th minute after taking a knock from a full-bloodied challenge from the rough-and-ready Martin Skrtel.

Daniel Agger on the other hand was having immense trouble containing the imaginative Swansea attacking play and twice gave away free kicks in dangerous areas. Agger is no slouch but Nathan Dyer proved a handful for the other half of the Reds’ central back line. Had Danny Graham and Mark Gower been more clinical in front of goal it would surely have been a fairytale end to the match for the visitors.

It wasn’t until Craig Bellamy came on for the hopeless Carroll that Liverpool looked like they could make something happen. Alas, too late was the cry. A revitalized Liverpool could find no way past the numerous men in white who continued to threaten on the counter and were further frustrated by the very Vorm in the Swansea goal.

I have Michel Vorm in my fantasy football team. I subbed him this week. “I can’t see him keeping Liverpool out at home” I thought in my usual rose tinted misguided Liverpool fan way! How wrong I could have been. The guy was immense. Swansea have shipped 15 league goals this season. That’s not down to their ‘keeper but more “terrible defendin’” as a certain Mr. Alan Hansen would say. If it weren’t for Vorm their goal difference would read much worse than the current -3.

Elsewhere in the Premiership and unfortunately for wasteful Liverpool, Chelsea, Aston Villa and Arsenal all recorded wins to keep the race for fourth very interesting. Having seen Tottenham’s demolition of Queens Park Rangers last weekend I would consider them to be favourites for the last Champions League place

The Europa League spot will be fought out between Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. If I’m honest, I should add that I only include Liverpool out of bias. The Newcastle bandwagon continues to roll with a 2-1 victory over Everton. However, Newcastle have a very tough November with matches against the top three coming in quick succession. This will shape their season and give us a good idea as to whether Newcastle are genuine contenders of if the wheels will fall off said wagon.

Sir Alex Chapman Ferguson celebrated 25 years in charge of Manchester United with a 1-0 win at home against Sunderland who’s early season form has all but evaporated and going from bad to even worse with the loss of one of their most promising of summer signings, Connor Wickham with a knee injury.

It was announced at Old Trafford that the North Stand will be renamed in Ferguson’s honour, and, to be fair, the man deserves it. There aren’t many who can argue against that. As much as it burns me to say it. Fair is fair after all. It doesn’t seem that long ago that rumours were rife Fergie was going to be sacked if they lost to Nottingham Forest in the fourth round of the 1989/90 FA Cup, 

The Manchester City goal machine continues unabated after their 2-3 win at QPR taking them five points clear and moving their goal difference number to 29, a good 13 away from their closest and local rivals.

Sunday, I expect Tottenham to continue their strong form but remain in fifth position.  In the other games, Stoke should see off Bolton and I believe Wolves’ imminent relegation dogfight will be confirmed. Still, at least they have a manager with plenty of experience there.

 

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Boost for Liverpool as Bundesliga manager open to selling this star striker

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Julian Nagelsmann claims RB Leipzig could sell Timo Werner

Liverpool have been handed a boost in their chase for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.

The 23-year-old has been linked with the Reds (h/t Liverpool Echo) and has been in great form this season.

The German has 15 goals and four assists in all competitions for Leipzig this season. Werner is also a regular for the national side and scored in their recent win over Estonia too.

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Timo Werner is a regular for the German national team (Image credit: Getty)

Leipzig’s manager Julian Nagelsmann was speaking to Bild and claimed Werner could be sold if the German became bigger than the club (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“I’ve already advised many players to take off their wedding ring with their current club to move somewhere else.

“I’d do the same with Timo Werner if he were developing faster than the team at RB Leipzig.”

Werner’s release clause

The 23-year-old signed a new deal with Leipzig in the summer, however, that includes a £25million release clause (h/t Liverpool Echo).

Werner is capable of playing across the front-line and it will be interesting to see how things develop for him in the coming months.

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Timo Werner joined Leipzig from Stuttgart (Image credit: Bongarts)

Bayern Munich are also keen on landing the 23-year-old (h/t Liverpool Echo) and the Bavarians are struggling this season.

Leipzig are placed extremely well to qualify for the next round of the Champions League and lie second in the Bundesliga, ahead of Bayern.

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Werner scored 16 Bundesliga goals in the previous season and should go past that mark if he keeps his scoring rate up.

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Liverpool interested in Bundesliga star who could leave for £100m in the summer

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Liverpool interested in Jadon Sancho as Dortmund star expected to leave in summer

Liverpool are the latest club to highlight their firm interest in Jadon Sancho, according to the Daily Mail.

The 19-year-old has been excellent for Dortmund since joining from Manchester City but has faced some tough times recently.

Manager Lucien Favre has reprimanded Sancho recently and subbed him after 36 minutes against Bayern Munich (h/t Daily Mail).

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Jadon Sancho joined Borussia Dortmund from Manchester City (Image credit: Getty)

The English winger has also been criticised by Michael Zorc, the sporting director, and is contemplating his future at the Bundesliga club (h/t Daily Mail).

Manchester United and PSG are interested in the England international but Liverpool and Barcelona are also keen on landing him (h/t Daily Mail).

Dortmund want big money for Sancho

The winger has a lot of potential to develop further, and Dortmund would not allow him to leave on the cheap.

The report adds that Dortmund are planning for his exit and want more than £100m for the winger.

Sancho has scored three goals and provided five assists this season for the Bundesliga side. The England star has also featured in Euro 2020 qualifiers and has a couple of strikes to his name.

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Harvey Elliott joined Liverpool from Fulham (Image credit: Getty)

It will be interesting to see if Liverpool make a big move in the next summer window.

This summer was quiet with two young players and two veteran keepers joining. However, we kept hold of all our stars and have started this Premier League season well.

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The Reds lie eight points clear of the chasing pack and are nine ahead of defending champions Manchester City.

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Liverpool star pictured with ankle in protective cast during international break

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Mohamed Salah pictured with ankle in protective cast

Mohamed Salah aggravated an ankle injury in our 3-1 win over Manchester City at the weekend.

The Egyptian scored the second goal of the game and was bright against the Premier League champions.

However, a tackle from Fernandinho late in the game saw Salah remain down and needed treatment.

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Mohamed Salah leaves the pitch during the Leicester game (Image credit: Getty)

The Liverpool forward continued after treatment but had to be subbed off as we held on for the win.

The international break should allow Salah to rest before our clash against Crystal Palace. Egypt shared a couple of pictures and the Liverpool forward was seen wearing a protective boot.

Leicester injury back to hurt Salah

Salah injured his left ankle initially against Leicester City and missed the draw against Manchester United.

The Egyptian will not play for the national side during the break and is also a doubt for the clash against Palace (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The niggling issue needs time to heal and it will be interesting to see if the forward plays the game after that.

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Mohamed Salah celebrates with Jordan Henderson (L) after scoring against Tottenham (Image credit: Getty)

Liverpool host Napoli at Anfield after the international break and a win should see us qualify for the knockout rounds of the competition.

We shouldn’t try to leave it to the final day as we travel to Austria and face surprise package RB Salzburg.

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The Reds have an easier run in before the trip to Austria. Liverpool have games against Brighton, Everton and Bournemouth, and should be favourites for the three clashes.

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