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End of season awards

With the season now over, I wanted to hand out my own end of season awards to the Liverpool team. So here they are:



By Tariq Saleh

With the season now over, I wanted to hand out my own end of season awards to the Liverpool team. So here they are:

Player of the season:

Lucas Leiva – After being criticised so much in his first few years at Anfield, Lucas finally won over the Liverpool fans with a string of consistent performances this season. Lucas has been a mainstay in the team this season and has been one of a handful of players who have performed on a consistent level. Despite not offering many goals his enthusiasm, passing and ball winning ability has shown that he can match up to the best of midfielders in the Premier League. With the departures of Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano and an injury hit season for Steven Gerrard, it was up to Lucas to finally prove his worth and he stepped up and made the central midfield position his own.  

Young player of the season:

Jay Spearing – Ever since Kenny Dalglish took the job, one of the first things he looked to do was to involve Spearing in the first team a lot more. He showed his confidence in him by starting him against Everton in the merseyside derby at Anfield. Spearing has taken that confidence given to him by Dalglish and became a regular in the team for the remaining few months of the season, putting in a string of hard working displays. Spearing didn’t manage to score or create many chances but his energy and work rate made him a hit with the Liverpool fans. His performances also earned him a call up to the England Under-21 squad for this summer’s European championships.

Signing of the season:

Luis Suarez – Despite only arriving in January, Suarez is definitely Liverpool’s signing of the season. The decision to sell Fernando Torres turned out to be a work of genius as Suarez more than filled the gap left by the Spaniard. He scored 4 goals and put in a number of fantastic performances, most notably against Manchester United at Anfield. His energy and skill really endeared him to the reds’ fans and they will be looking for him to get the club back into the Champions League next season and challenge for honours.

Flop of the season:

Paul Konchesky – The full back, signed from Fulham in the summer by Roy Hodgson, turned out to be one of the worst signings Liverpool have made in recent seasons. He never established himself at Liverpool and his confidence always took a beating as he endured negative comments from Liverpool fans, which led to his mum lashing out at them via Twitter. Konchesky spent the latter half of the season on loan at Championship side Nottingham Forest and it seems as though his time at Liverpool is at an end.

Most Improved player:

Dirk Kuyt – Kuyt has always been a key figure in the Liverpool side, but with the arrival of Suarez he managed to add several goals to his name. Kuyt was always praised for his work rate but was often criticised for not scoring enough goals, despite being a striker by trade. Kuyt was deployed as a right winger by both Rafa Benitez and Roy Hodgson but Kenny Dalglish managed to bring Kuyt back to his natural position, largely thanks to the unselfish work of Luis Suarez who loves working the flanks, allowing Kuyt to come inside. Kuyt ended the season with 15 goals; his highest ever tally for Liverpool in a single season.

Goal of the season:

Raul Meireles – There was no other real contender. Meireles’ wonder strike against Wolves at Molineux in January was the pick of the bunch.

One to watch:

Raheem Sterling – 16 year old Raheem Sterling is a huge prospect at Liverpool and the club have high hopes for him. Signed from QPR at the age of 15, he has been making a name for himself in the Liverpool youth team. In a FA Youth Cup match in February, he scored 5 goals and displayed an electrifying turn of pace and good finishing ability. After this performance he was named in the Liverpool squad that travelled to Sparta Prague in the Europa League. H e has been likened to Theo Walcott because of his pace and he is a player to watch out in a few years, he may even break into the senior Liverpool side next season.

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Liverpool in the race with Man United to sign 20-year-old promising Championship defender



Lloyd Kelly

Lloyd Kelly

Bristol City youngster Lloyd Kelly is being tracked by Liverpool after several fantastic performances in the Championship, according to the Mirror.

The 20-year-old Englishman is predominantly a left-back but is comfortable when switched to operate as a centre-back.

Kelly has 18 Championship appearances for City this season and has even scored a goal. The Championship side lie 13th in the league as they try to push up for a playoff spot.

The report adds that Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal are also keeping tabs on the England U21 international. The youngster, who seems to be a player for the future, has also trained with the England senior squad under Gareth Southgate.

The report claims that we are looking to sign him in the winter window, but face competition from the trio of Premier League clubs.

Trent alexander Arnold Joe Gomez Liverpool

The Reds have done well with some of their young players in recent years and Kelly could be one for the coming years. He could make a story similar to Joe Gomez at Anfield.

The latter joined us on the cheap from Charlton Athletic a few years ago and even made his senior debut as the left-back. However, he has now shifted to central defence and has been impressive for the Reds under Jurgen Klopp.

Read more: Liverpool contact Paris Saint-Germain over out-of-contract Frenchman

Gomez is out for a few weeks due to injury and hopefully, he comes back stronger as we look to continue our fantastic start to the season.

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“We want to be as successful as possible” – Jurgen Klopp praises players after record-breaking start to the season



Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has hailed the Liverpool players for their record-breaking start to the season. The Liverpool Echo reports that our tally of 42 points from 16 games is the best during this stage of a top-flight season.

We achieved that landmark with a 4-0 demolition job of Bournemouth on Saturday and moved to the top of the Premier League table after Chelsea’s win over Manchester City.

Klopp further gave all the credit for the feat to the players (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“I think I said a few years ago that we have to write our own history.

“It’s important but it’s not the most important thing in the world that we beat any team’s record from 30 years ago or whatever.

“The thing is that we want to be as successful as possible. Nobody knows what that means. This league is so difficult to play.”

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool

Mohamed Salah

The manager even had time to joke about the points tally we have achieved so far this season.

“To have 42 points, I usually had that in April, and now it’s December. That’s massive. It’s exceptional, and the boys deserve all the credit for that because they fight for each yard.”

Liverpool looked great in the win over the Cherries but it felt like we had more in the tank. There are a couple of tough matches coming up for the Reds as we face Napoli in the Champions League and Manchester United at the weekend.

We have to beat the Italians to make it to the next round of the European competition, and the pressure will be on to put Carlo Ancelotti’s men to the sword.

Read more: Liverpool contact Paris Saint-Germain over out-of-contract Frenchman

Klopp will already be planning the downfall of the Serie A side, and if we play to our potential, there could be a fantastic match at Anfield in midweek.

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“It’s time for a change right now” – Former USA international urges Liverpool target to leave Bundesliga giants



Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic

Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic has been told that it is time for a change, with the January window around the corner.

The American was a target for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp in 2016 (h/t Liverpool Echo), but the Reds had their offer rejected by the Bundesliga giants.

The Liverpool Echo adds that the Reds have kept tabs on the 20-year-old and Chelsea are also interested in signing the winger.

Former United States international Alexi Lalas believes it is time for the winger to leave Dortmund for bigger things in the future.

The American told Colin Cowherd (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“There are teams all over the world that would love to have Christian Pulisic right now. I think he’s done a great job in going over to Germany, he’s done a great job at Borussia Dortmund.

“But I think it’s time for a change right now for Christian Pulisic, and a change to an even higher profile team.”

The report adds that the American is out of contract in 2020 and should he refuse to extend his stay at Dortmund, the club could sell him in the coming window.

Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic

Liverpool could do with someone like Pulisic in their side, and he would certainly do well under his former boss Klopp.

The American is one of the bright players in the Bundesliga but hasn’t been great in the current campaign for Borussia Dortmund.

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The youngster has been upstaged by Jadon Sancho, who is playing better than him at the moment.

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