Liverpool’s principal owner, John Henry has confirmed that he will be present when the club faces Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Kiev.
The American was speaking at an event at the London stadium where he confirmed that his MLB franchise Boston Red Sox will take on arch-rivals the New York Yankees in two regular season games.
Henry was quoted by the Liverpool Echo as saying:
“I am very, very excited to go to the Champions League final. This is for our fans around the world, this is what this club is all about – trying to win European championships.
“It’s for Jurgen and everyone associated with the club.”
The owner also praised the fans as we did a brilliant job of supporting the team throughout the European campaign and the American highlighted just how well we did against Manchester City as well.
“Our fans really pushed us past Manchester City, they pushed us past Roma so that when we were playing the away legs, we were already in such a great position.
“Jurgen has done a tremendous job, as has everybody associated with the club.”
The last time we were in the Champions League final, it didn’t go all that well as AC Milan defeated us 2-1 but this time around, we do have a quality attacking side, thanks to the exploits of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Henry has not seen our latest manager, Klopp, pick up a trophy in his near three-year spell with us and hopefully, that changes when we face Real Madrid in the CL final this time.
Picking up the title would be a great achievement given that we weren’t even considered as one of the favourites for the title at the start of the season. However, the side has played with a different ability in the Champions League this time around.
The first thing at hand is to seal a top-four place and a win against Brighton on the final day of the season should be enough for that. Henry might be watching that match too but Madrid has to be the key fixture for us all.
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.
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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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