The two words that most Liverpool fans would hate right now are “Sergio” and “Ramos” said one after the other. The Real Madrid player, and I use the word “player” very lightly as he has made himself the public enemy no.1 for the Liverpool fans.
Just to recap, drag Mohamed Salah down, chuckle when the player was receiving treatment, elbow Loris Karius in the face, get Sadio Mane booked by feigning contact, criticise the Liverpool players after the final, I guess I’ve covered everything.
All this was done in a space of a few days and while I wish we could have hammered Madrid in the final of the Champions League with Salah undressing Ramos with a filthy piece of skill and scoring the winner, it was not to be.
However, a week or so after the loss and spending countless hours thinking about what could have been, it has come to my attention that we don’t feature “smart” footballers in the side and seem to be missing an edge in our game, something that Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard brought to us.
Goody good Liverpool under Klopp
I can’t recall a player in the Liverpool side that opponents hate because of the player’s nature. Sure, they can hate Salah for his goals, Firmino for his incredible work rate or Mane for his blistering pace.
Hell, they can make fun of Henderson, Lovren or even Moreno but none of them is someone that can antagonise opponents and get under their skin.
We do play a great brand of football but where are the players that can get into the face of the opposition when things are not going our way?
Suarez was that kind of player. He was a magician on the field but when we needed a spark, when we needed to frustrate the opponents, when we needed to show that we cannot be dominated, he would come up with a tackle, attract the attention of the referee, shove, push, ‘bite’, foul, feign injury.
He would do something to give us an edge and it was near impossible for a defender to breathe when Suarez was in full flow. It was even harder for the opponents to deal with his character on the field.
Looking back over the years, Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Sami Hyypia, Javier Mascherano, John Arne Riise and even El Hadji Diouf were players that were not going to take things lying down when it was not going our way.
That is what we are missing now at Liverpool.
Where is our aggression gone?
Sadio Mane got a red card last season for a high boot on Ederson but that was the only occasion where we seemed to be on the edge and that too, the ref might have got the decision wrong, given that the player was looking at the ball and there probably was no real malice.
As much as I hate to say this, we need a player like Sergio Ramos in the team. The kind who will do anything for the win. For all the quality that Madrid have, Ronaldo, Bale, Kroos and Modric, they sill need instigators such as Ramos and they had Pepe too, another serial offender.
There was a time when we were being linked with a move for Diego Costa, unfortunately, he ended up going to Chelsea.
Imagine, had we had a line-up featuring Suarez and Costa as forwards with Gerrard down the middle and Carra at the back. No team would try to pull off non-sense against us. We would have been on their faces and possibly half the battle would be won before we even go on to the pitch.
This Liverpool side is too good, too good in terms of playing football and too good when it comes to facing the opponents.
We need to have the fire in us and hopefully, next season, with the additions of Naby Keita and Fabinho, we can develop an edge in our game that would give us that extra 10% when things don’t work for us.
Klopp needs a few footballers with a street-smart mind, someone who would know how to get the business done. We aren’t being linked with such players and maybe getting one or two disruptive players will make us tougher to beat.
“New Fernando Torres”: Some Liverpool fans on cloud nine as on-loan starlet wins Carabao Cup Player of the Round award
In what comes as a sweet surprise to the Liverpool fans, on-loan Reds starlet Harry Wilson has won the Carabao Cup Player of the Round award.
The youngster scored a fantastic free-kick against Manchester United to inflict a painful defeat on the Red Devils. He is currently on loan at Derby County, managed by Frank Lampard, and the promising young starlet is enjoying a good spell at the club.
He has made 9 appearances in all competitions, scoring 2 goals and claiming an assist. Wilson had a very good game against Mourinho’s men in the Carabao Cup and scored his team’s first goal to equalise after Mata had given Mourinho’s men an early lead.
The game was incredible as it went all the way to the penalties, with Derby eventually winning the shootout 8-7. As the club’s official twitter handle shared the news, some fans went crazy on Twitter.
Morphing into Torres right in front of our eyes this lad
— Wayne Fox Jones (@JoneseyWayne) October 19, 2018
Has done enough to be around the first team. Hope he doesn’t go on loan next season.
— Sid Dhal (@siddhant_dhal) October 19, 2018
Definitely to get back home next season
Super super potential 👏👏👏
— Ahmed M Mekki (@aMekkiii) October 19, 2018
Can’t wait to see this lad back in a @LFC kit.
— Jon Wilson (@Jon_Wilson_74) October 19, 2018
….and what about that goal for Wales on Tuesday? A Welsh wonder-goal.🏴
— dylan jones (@drjdylan) October 19, 2018
Salah is ready to be benched next year
— Zoro⚔️ (@karthik_jammy) October 19, 2018
Bring him back in january!
— Teddy Septiansyah (@t_septiansyah) October 19, 2018
bring this kid from loan. make him backup for Salah/Mane. making more option alongside Shaqiri.
— sirlangstrumpf (@mattXpi) October 19, 2018
New Fernando Torres
— Kofi Opoku (@KofiOpo41290462) October 19, 2018
Liverpool injury update: Jurgen Klopp provides the latest on injured Reds stars including Keita
Manager Jurgen Klopp has provided the latest team news ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Huddersfield Town. (Liverpool Echo)
Summer signing Naby Keita suffered a hamstring injury while on duty for his national team whereas Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Virgil Van Dijk suffered setbacks too.
The Reds will check on the fitness of the latter three but Klopp confirmed that Keita is out for this game. When asked if he had a fitness update, Klopp responded by saying (h/t Liverpool Echo),
“Not really. We had a session yesterday and a few of the boys trained, so we’ll have to see how they’ve reacted after that.
“The only thing that is pretty sure is that Naby will not be available; with all the rest we have to see how it develops. That’s it, pretty much.”
Speaking about Virgil van Dijk, the gaffer added that there were no long-term concerns regarding the player’s fitness. The Dutchman featured in the Netherlands’ 3-0 win vs Germany but returned home after the game as a precautionary measure, missing the following game against Belgium.
“You saw when he went off – everybody saw when he went off – in the home game against Southampton, Virg would not leave the pitch without any major problems.
“It settled pretty quickly. Football players have to play very often with some kind of pain, that’s how it is. What it is exactly is not too important.
“It’s all good, he has no problems with that anymore.”
We’ll have to wait to see if the injured players recover in time to make it to the starting XI against Huddersfield Town.
Despite a drop in form, we are level on points with league leaders Man City and a win against the Terriers would help us maintain the pressure at the top.
Salah and Mane out? – Predicted 4-3-3 Liverpool line-up to face Huddersfield Town
Predicted Liverpool line-up to face Huddersfield in the Premier League
Liverpool take on a struggling Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on Saturday. While the Terriers are one of the three teams who are yet to win in the Premier League this season, Liverpool are tied level on points with league leaders, Manchester City.
The Reds are unbeaten in the league but the international break hasn’t been great. Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane all picked up injuries and Jurgen Klopp might mix things up.
Liverpool drew against Manchester City last time around and it will be interesting to see how the Reds fare in this game.
Probable Liverpool XI
Manager: Jurgen Klopp
The Brazilian is our first-choice goalkeeper and will start the game against the Terriers on Saturday.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB)
Alexander-Arnold was part of the England side during the recent international break and should be up for the clash against Huddersfield.
Virgil van Dijk (CB)
Van Dijk is a sure starter for the Reds at the back. He has completely transformed our team’s dynamics and is crucial to our success.
Joe Gomez (CB)
Gomez was excellent for England against Spain and should look to carry that form for Liverpool on Saturday.
Andy Robertson (LB)
The Scottish captain is one of the best left-backs in the league and must start for the Reds.
James Milner (CM)
Milner picked up an injury prior to the international break but should be fit for this game.
Jordan Henderson (CM)
The captain should start the game for the Reds given that Naby Keita is out injured.
Georginio Wijnaldum (CM)
Wijnaldum scored a great goal against Germany recently and has been excellent for Liverpool so far.
Xherdan Shaqiri (RW)
Salah’s minor problem could give Shaqiri a chance to shine. The Swiss star hasn’t started many games for us, but this is the perfect tie to play him.
Roberto Firmino (ST)
The Brazilian isn’t getting as many goals as he would have liked, but he is an important player for the team and should start on Saturday.
Daniel Sturridge (LW)
With Mane a doubt, Klopp can opt to play Daniel Sturridge on the left wing.
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