Jurgen Klopp seemed to be happy as his side prepared to face Manchester City on Saturday. There was a lot going on before the end of the transfer window and we did come out on top of it all.
While we brought in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal, we also kept hold of Philippe Coutinho, despite a lot of interest from Barcelona.
Coutinho had been hankering for a move to the La Liga side but we stood firm by not selling him, though the Brazilian did play for his national side during the international break. Coutinho has not featured in any of our games this season and with his performances for the national team, many hoped to see him in action at the Etihad.
Klopp however stated that Coutinho would not be playing for us, though the midfielder was fit enough to play for 15-20 minutes.
“I decided to leave [Coutinho] out of the squad for City so we can use the time for extra training,” Klopp was stated by the Liverpool Echo.
“We have got all the numbers from the Brazilian FA – the intensity of the training, stuff like that, and it was all okay. And he played twice – I think about 15 or 20 minutes.
“He could have played 15 or 20 minutes again in the City game, maybe longer, but I think really it makes sense [to leave him out],” added the Liverpool manager. “He agreed completely, so it was not as if he said ‘no, I don’t need training, I want to play’. It was a good conversation.”
We could still see a debut in the game against the Citizens with new signing Oxlade-Chamberlain featuring for us. Klopp was extremely pleased with this signing and added:
“[He can fit in] A few positions. He is a very good football player. He is good in small spaces. Really good in big spaces. A good dribbler. A good passer. We want to have him on the pitch as often as possible. He fits really well in different line-ups. In the system we play at the moment he can play in four positions.”
Even though Coutinho would not be a part of the fixture, getting the Ox on for a few minutes would not hurt us. The player took a wage cut to sign for us for a pay of £120,000-a-week, while Arsenal and Chelsea were willing to pay him a lot more.
Coutinho might leave us next summer but if Klopp can work his magic with the English midfielder, we would not feel the bite of the Brazilian’s departure. Naby Kieta would be joining us next season as well and things do look good in the midfield. If we can hold on to Coutinho though, we could become the most feared side in the land next time around and hopefully, we can win a few titles this time around.
Newcastle United interested in signing highly-rated 21-year-old Liverpool starlet
Newcastle United are interested in Dominic Solanke, according to the Newcastle Chronicle (h/t Liverpool Echo). The report claims that the club is also looking at another Liverpool striker, Divock Origi.
The club already have a couple of players on loan from English sides, Salomon Rondon and Kenedy, and would not be allowed to make another loan move in the January window.
Solanke has struggled for game time this season and hasn’t played a single minute of football for the senior side. The 21-year-old did score a goal for the Reds in the Premier League last season and made 21 appearances in the competition.
However, only five of those were starts and the youngster hasn’t featured in any of the cup games this season either. Minutes on the pitch will be tough for the Englishman as Liverpool prefer Roberto Firmino to lead the attack.
Daniel Sturridge has seen a revival in his Anfield career this season and has four goals to his name in all competitions.
Solanke does need time on the pitch to get better and it will be interesting to see if we are willing to let him leave in the winter window or not.
Liverpool injury update: Reds confirm that star attacker has undergone a successful surgery
The Senegalese star’s surgery was supervised by our medics and was successful. The report adds that Mane’s recovery will be monitored in the coming days ahead of our clash against Huddersfield on Saturday.
The 26-year-old is on a bit of a goal drought as he hasn’t scored for club or country since September 1. Mane’s last goal came in the 2-1 win over Leicester and the 26-year-old doesn’t even have an assist to his name since scoring that goal against the Foxes.
Liverpool need their top stars to be firing but have a number of injury concerns ahead of the Huddersfield clash. Virgil van Dijk, Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah and James Milner all have issues that the club have to keep an eye on but we could see a couple of them start against the Terriers.
The Reds haven’t won a game since their 3-0 triumph over Southampton on 22nd September, but we should start as favourites against a win-less Huddersfield.
It will be interesting to see what Jurgen Klopp does with his team. We don’t have tough fixtures until te game against Arsenal November 3, and this is the ideal time for the manager to rotate the squad.
Mane is an important player for the team but he should only play when he is 100% fit.
Barcelona interested in January swoop for 29-year-old Liverpool star
The Croatian has a couple of starts for the Reds this season, with one coming in the 0-0 draw against Manchester City last week.
The 29-year-old has seen his spot in the starting XI taken up by Joe Gomez. Liverpool seem to prefer a centre-back pairing of Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, and that has seen us concede just three goals in eight Premier League games.
The La Liga champions are facing a bit of a crisis at the back, as per the report. Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen are out for a while and that only leaves Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet as the fit central defenders in the team.
Barcelona haven’t looked invincible this season and have conceded nine goals in eight games. They sit second in the league behind Sevilla and have won just four of their opening eight games in the competition.
Lovren, for his part, recently came back from an injury he picked up during the World Cup. The Croatian looked in decent touch against Manchester City and selling him in January would be a big risk taken by the Reds.
Liverpool only have Joel Matip as their other senior central defender and we need to keep the Croatian at the club until the end of the season just in case there’s an injury crisis.
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