Liverpool went out on a mid-season break to train in the sunny region of La Manga. The opportunity arose as the Reds did not have any FA Cup games in the past week after being knocked out in the earlier round.
Jurgen Klopp did not want to let go of a chance to give the team a bit of a recharge and he didn’t just take the first team out for the trip to La Manga. There were a few other players from the U18 side that joined the senior side for the trip.
Yan Dhanda and Conor Masterson both joined the side for the training camp and it is an experience Masterson will never forget.
Speaking to the official website of the club Masterson was glowing in his praise of manager Klopp and spilled the details about the trip.
“He’s a great manager and he’s very good socialising with the players,” the 18-year-old told. “He is very good on one-to-ones and giving you advice.
“He made me more tactically aware of what I need to do and it was a great experience.
“The manager gives us great confidence because he really wants to see what you can do, what we have [coming through] in the Academy, and it’s great for us.
“I learned so much from the trip. You are training with quality players every day and that was great for me and Yan, and we learned a lot from it.”
Didn’t even know I was going on the trip
Masterson, who is now the U18 captain of the side, has had a great season so far and even featured for the U23 side. The youngster made it to the trip after a discussion with first-team development coach Pep Ljinders.
“Pep asked me did I have my passport – I said ‘yes’ and he said ‘good, because you’re coming to La Manga with us’. I was chuffed, over the moon!” he explained.
“I then had to get my passport as quickly as possible and then we were on the plane and off to La Manga. It happened so quickly and it was brilliant.”
With the Reds now back home and preparing for a tough trip to Leicester, Masterson took part in his own team’s game against the Nike Academy at Kirkby. Masterson was playing alongside Joe Gomez and was pleased with the performance alongside his fellow defender.
“I was happy to be back, it was good to keep the clean sheet and I thought we played well against a good team who had some decent players,” he said.
“Moving up to the U23s is a great honour for me, it’s another step forward in my development and I’m enjoying it.
“Joe is a great player. He is great to play alongside because he is confident and he talks to you throughout the game and I felt so comfortable alongside him.”
Former Liverpool hero warns that Reds star’s form could dip later in the season due to this reason
Latest Liverpool news: Barnes warns Mane’s form could dip later in the season
Sadio Mane has been a machine for Liverpool over the past two seasons. The Senegal star was involved in the World Cup, played almost every game for us last season and then took the national side to the AFCON final.
Barely three weeks after the final, he was back at Liverpool and came off the bench to face Norwich. Mane has bagged three goals in his last two games and should feature for us against Arsenal at the weekend.
Former Liverpool star John Barnes claims that Mane is in fine form due to a lack of rest for the attacker, and we could pay for that later in the season.
Barnes was speaking to the Sport Review and claimed that Klopp would be able to manage this situation (h/t Liverpool Echo):
“Maybe one of the reasons Sadio Mane in fine form is because he’s fitter than everybody else because he hasn’t had the time off, which he could pay for later on in the season, come Christmas time.
“But I’m sure that Klopp will be able to manage that situation.”
Liverpool’s over-reliance on their forwards
Klopp has rotated his midfield several times over the past two seasons but isn’t afforded the same luxury when it comes to the forwards.
Roberto Firmino only missed games when he was injured in the previous campaign, while Mohamed Salah also played in most of the games.
Liverpool have Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi as cover for the pair, but they aren’t on the same level as the African stars.
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Salah and Mane are extremely durable, given the number of games played over the past two years, and they seem to be performing at a high level and barely look tired.
“I don’t want to talk about it”: Klopp refuses to confirm if Liverpool star’s future is at Anfield
Latest Liverpool transfer news: Klopp doesn’t confirm Lovren’s future at club
Jurgen Klopp was speaking to the press ahead of the weekend clash against Arsenal.
The German touched upon a range of topics from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s return to Alisson and Naby Keita’s injuries.
There was some transfer talk during the conference as Klopp was asked about Dejan Lovren’s future.
The European transfer window closes on 2nd September, and Klopp was not going to share any details regarding Lovren’s future (h/t Liverpool Echo):
“No comment on Lovren. A potential transfer or not, I don’t want to talk about it.”
Liverpool need to keep four quality centre-backs
Losing Lovren now would be a big blow as we would only have three recognised senior centre-backs until January. This is a risk that Klopp should not take and hopefully, we can keep hold of the Croatian until the end of the season.
Lovren is fourth-choice at the club, thanks to the form shown by Joel Matip and Joe Gomez but should feature in some of our cup games this season.
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Klopp has always been coy with regards to players coming in or going out of the club and hopefully, we aren’t left to rue Lovren’s sale this month.
Liverpool open case regarding transfer of 20-year-old attacker to Serie A club
Latest Liverpool news: Adekanye given reprieve as Liverpool dispute transfer
Bobby Adekanye left Liverpool in the summer to join Lazio in the Serie A. The former Barcelona and Ajax youngster left on a free without making a senior appearance for the Reds.
However, Liverpool believe that the Italians broke the rules to sign the Dutch attacker and opened a case that could have seen the 20-year-old not play for Lazio in the season opener, according to Calciomercato.
FIFA have acted upon this complaint and announced that the youngster has been granted a reprieve and can play for Lazio against Sampdoria in the first game of the season (h/t Calciomercato).
The report adds that the youngster can feature for Lazio until the dispute is completed, and Adekanye could feature for the Eagles on Sunday.
Adekanye struggles to break into the senior side
The attacker has come through the ranks of several quality academies in his short career but he was never able to impress Jurgen Klopp enough to feature in the first-team.
The youngster didn’t feature much in our pre-season this summer and Klopp already has quality wingers in the first-team at the moment.
Impressive youngsters such as Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent can’t break into the side either, with both players spending time away on loan last season.
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It would have been difficult for Adekanye to feature for the senior side this season and hopefully, he gets more games at Lazio.