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Villareal vs Liverpool – player ratings

Liverpool made a tough trip to Estadio El Madrigal as Klopp’s men gave away a goal in the 90th minute and lost the game 1-0. It was a lackluster performance by the Reds as there was no spark in the attacks. With Klopp deciding to give Sturridge rest, his team was not able to have that chemistry up-front and could not create many chances. Let’s take a look at how the players fared in the game.

Simon Mignolet – 7        

The Belgian goalkeeper was tested a lot in front of the goal and managed a decent job throughout the game. He almost pulled out a clean sheet until the last minute when the Yellow Submarine changed the scoreline.

Nathaniel Clyne – 7

Clyne made a lot of runs and had a good work-rate throughout the game. He gave his side the depth on the right wing.

Kolo Toure – 7.5

Resolute defending in terms of positional play. Toure did not make any mistakes in handling the ball until the last goal where he could not catch up with the striker.

Dejan Lovren – 7

Had a good game overall. Man-marking was tight and did a good job at the back.

Alberto Moreno – 6.5

The Spanish left-back had one of the usual games where he was not tracking the wingers well and was not on his toes.

Lucas Leiva – 6.56

His pace was put to the test by the Villarreal players and Lucas was not able to match the tempo.

Joe Allen – 8



Allen impresses again. Allen got a chance to start in this big game and he did a pretty good job. Kept possession and was moving the ball forward with conviction. He got a good chance to give his side the lead but couldn’t finish.

James Milner – 7.5

Was given the responsibility of carrying out the attacks from the sides and showed good work-rate as usual and created some potential goal-scoring opportunities.

Philippe Coutinho – 5.5

Coutinho had a horrible game with no significant impact for his side. Klopp would have wanted his star man to be way creative in terms of possession and attacks but the Brazilian did not manage to impress and was substituted after the first half.

Adam Lallana – 6.5

Lallana was working hard for the game and was trying his bit to create chances but could not produce a moment of brilliance.

Roberto Firmino – 6

Firmino was chosen over the likes of Sturridge for this one but the Brazilian did not give much justice to the role as his first shot on goal came in the second half.


Jordan Ibe – 5.5

He came in for Coutinho on the 46th minute and had almost half the game to impress his manager but could not make the most of it.



Klopp explains why he chose to leave out 30-year-old Liverpool star for Napoli clash



Jurgen Klopp explains decision to leave out Dejan Lovren against Napoli

Dejan Lovren hasn’t played a single minute for us this season after being linked with an exit from Liverpool in the summer (h/t Express).

The Croatian has fallen down the pecking order since the rise of Joel Matip and Joe Gomez, and was even left out of the squad for the trip to Napoli.

Liverpool start the defence of their Champions League crown against the Italian giants but Lovren will not feature in the team.

Jurgen Klopp explained his decision to leave Lovren out of the team but suggested that this was a tactical move (h/t Express):

“As an example, Dejan Lovren is not in the squad and I have no explanation for that other than two centre halves on the bench is probably not necessary.”

Klopp also highlighted that Xherdan Shaqiri was brought in as he provides options for a few positions and adds to the creativity of the team.

Tough times for Lovren

The 30-year-old will have to fight for a place in the starting XI and that will not be easy given the form of Matip and Virgil van Dijk.

The pair has been excellent over the past nine months or so and has helped us to a great start in the Premier League.

Dejan Lovren and Mohamed Salah
Dejan Lovren and Mohamed Salah

It will be interesting to see if Lovren gets a few games in the domestic cup competitions.

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Liverpool have a couple of young guns in Sepp van den Berg and Ki-Jana Hoever, who could feature in the first-team.

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Jurgen Klopp clarifies agent’s comments regarding weather impacting his future at Liverpool



Jurgen Klopp clarifies agent’s comments about weather impacting his future

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has clarified his agent’s comments regarding the English weather impacting his future at the club.

The German’s agent, Marc Kosicke, spoke to Sporx and claimed that the English weather would play a role in his time at Anfield.

However, Klopp clarified that his agent was only trying to make a joke about the weather (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“I think he wanted to make a joke! But now I have to be serious because I could make a lot of jokes about the weather, especially when I am sweating like crazy (in Napoli’s media room).”

The manager added that was just “German humour” and no one understood it. However, Klopp did suggest that the weather isn’t always the best in Liverpool:

“The weather in Liverpool is not always nice, especially in winter, but in March and September, it is nicer than you would imagine.

“I came in October 2015 and and you could sing a song ‘Don’t move to Liverpool in October’ and until March, for five months, it was not too cool and it was harsh.”

Klopp doesn’t mind the weather in England

The German did reveal that he spoke about the wind in a few games but says that this isn’t enough to see him leave the country.

Klopp also added that he was fine with the current weather in the country and he enjoys it:

“I am completely fine with the weather in Liverpool. It’s pretty much the opposite of this room right now! So I enjoy it quite often actually.”

The manager finished by saying that his agent was having a joke and no one actually got it.

Jurgen Klop lifts the Champions League trophy
Jurgen Klopp lifts the Champions League trophy

Klopp is contracted with the Reds until 2022 and has made us a force to be reckoned with.

Liverpool lead the Premier League by five points after just five games and are one of the favourites to win the Champions League this season.

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The Reds bagged their first trophy under Klopp last season, and there should be more silverware to come in the near future.

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Liverpool boost as key attacker is expected to be out for just two weeks – Klopp confirms



Jurgen Klopp confirms Divock Origi is out for a couple of weeks

Divock Origi picked up an injury in our 3-1 win over Newcastle United and had to be replaced by Roberto Firmino.

The Belgian was taken off in the first half after hurting his ankle, and will not feature for Liverpool against Napoli.

Divock Origi
Divock Origi

The 24-year-old scored some important goals for us in the Champions League last season, and Jurgen Klopp provided an update on the striker (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“The update on Div is that it is not too serious.

“We expect him [to be out for] between one and two weeks, but it depends a little bit on when he can deal with the pain.

“It is nothing really; it’s a feeling, but it should be fine.”

Good news for Liverpool

The Belgian might not be on the same levels as our first-choice front three, but he is a decent player to have on the bench.

The former Lille striker is the back-up to Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, and this update from Klopp is a bit of a relief for us.

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool have some big games coming up after this week, with Leicester City, Tottenham and MK Dons (Carabao Cup) on the horizon.

Origi should feature in some of these games as we need to give a bit of a break to the likes of Mane, Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

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The trio has started the season in blistering form, and hopefully, they remain injury-free for the majority of the campaign.

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