The Champions League clash against Maribor will be another chance for us to continue our solid home form as we have not lost a game at Anfield this season. We face the side that we demolished in our last European game 7-0, and a repeat performance could give us a lead in the group before a couple of tough matches.
Sevilla and Spartak Moscow face each other and with us on 5 points at the moment, another 3 could make our passage into the next round easier.
Jurgen Klopp was sharing his thoughts before the game and the Mirror carried quotes from the German where he spoke about Loris Karius starting against the Slovenian side.
He also added that he would not be taking Maribor lightly and that he does not expect another 7-0 win.
“After 7-0 many may not respect Maribor, but we do.
“Maybe it’s a challenge for people to be 100% spot on, but my job is to make sure we are.
“Don’t think about the result, you should never think about the result before the game. If we win 1-0, that’s fine.”
Klopp also spoke about the improvement in performances from our side but he did not say that we could win the Champions League, thanks to a number of quality sides in the tournament.
“I never ignore performances, the good or the bad ones. We have to prove ourselves on the pitch all the time.
“One and a half weeks after a bad game I cannot say ‘yes, we learned from it’.
“Live is a process. We learn, we have to improve. But I don’t think many people reach a final point where it all just works.
“In the Champions League, results side OK, performance side, very good.
“You want to win it, is it possible? There are a number of good teams out there.”
Updates on Mane and Lallana
The German has missed Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana in the past weeks due to injury but he did suggest that the attacking pair will be returning to training during the international break and that is possibly when we might see them in action.
“Sadio had this morning a clearing session before he returns to training. Now he’s not in the squad so tomorrow is a down day, then on Thursday he should be in training.
“Adam will be part of team training in the international break. Both of them are in a good way, but not good enough to involve them tomorrow or at West Ham.”
There were some who were wanting to ask Klopp about the abuse that Dejan Lovren suffered after the Tottenham showing and recently the Croatian defender even shared a screenshot of a social media site where someone threatened his family. But our manager did not want to speak about it.
A win against Maribor is the least we should expect from the game and anything less than three points would make our chances of making it out of the Champions League group very slim.
“This one is definitely the answer” – Former Tottenham boss claims this Liverpool star is the signing of the season
Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood shared his opinion on who the best signing has been in the Premier League this season.
“They needed to fix a problem they had, and a goalkeeper was obviously a problem for Liverpool.
“They’ve tried to sign goalkeepers in the past and it hasn’t been the answer – this one is definitely the answer.
“He’s outstanding on his feet, he sets the moves off very quickly but most importantly, he keeps the ball out the net. He makes big saves at the right time.
“He has quiet periods in games then he makes a huge save – and that is, for me, a tell-tale sign of a world class goalie.”
Alisson has made several top quality saves since joining Liverpool. The one against Eden Hazard vs Chelsea, the point-blank save off Andre Gomes in the Merseyside derby and his latest was the incredible last-minute save in the Napoli tie.
Sherwood talked up that save in the Champions League and claimed it was Peter Schmeichel-esque. The Englishman also claimed that the Brazilian would have saved the Demba Ba goal during that incredible 2013-14 season where we missed the title.
“You can’t win zero without a good goalkeeper. Right now, Liverpool, they haven’t got the best but they’re right up there with the top three keepers in the Premier League.”
The former AS Roma keeper has conceded just 7 goals from 17 Premier League games, and it will be interesting to see if he can keep more clean sheets in the remainder of the campaign.
“Dont know where he goes from here now” – Some Liverpool fans concerned about youngster returning from loan deal
Ovie Ejaria is set to return to Liverpool and end his loan spell with Rangers early. The club released a statement regarding the 21-year-old who scored two goals in 28 games for Steven Gerrard’s side. The release added this was the best move for all involved.
“However, following discussions between the two clubs, as well as Ejaria and his family, it has been determined an early return to the Reds is in the best interests of all parties concerned.”
The release thanked the Scottish giants for helping the 21-year-old Englishman, and it will be interesting to see what the next step for the youngster would be.
Ejaria is one of the highly rated players in our youth system but for some reason, things just did not work out for him at Rangers.
We have another star on loan at Rangers in Ryan Kent, and the winger has been doing pretty well at the club. Many Liverpool fans chipped in with their thoughts regarding the return of Ejaria, and here are some reactions from Twitter.
Decent player in there, wrong attitude
— Craigy 🇬🇧 (@CraigyC1872) December 15, 2018
Struggle to get near the first team. Technically very good. But went missing on several games in Scotland.
— Craig welsh (@welshy2686) December 15, 2018
Boys got bags of ability.When he’s in the mood he’s a joy to watch.Far too inconsistent and pushed off the ball easily.
— Blue (@jmcm1872) December 15, 2018
Bit worrying considering you know Stevie G would have given him a fair crack.
— Koda (@KodaK203) December 15, 2018
Welcome back lad!! Get back in the mix with 1st team #YNWA
— GeorgeDoors (@stardorman) December 15, 2018
Decent back up for the FA Cup, would rather Harry Wilson but we need all the squad depth we can get!
— James Taylor ❄️🎄🍺 (@Taylor28284) December 15, 2018
Couldn’t settle in Scotland. Feels Scot prem is levels below the English u23 development league
— Tony McKenna (@tmaclfc) December 15, 2018
Dont know where he goes from here now..
— The Donfather🇬🇧🏴 (@DougieDon1) December 15, 2018
Seems a decent kid but most of the games simply passed him by and I just can’t see him surviving at any high level of football. Good luck to him.
— FollowFollowGru (@FollowFollowGru) December 15, 2018
Xherdan Shaqiri shocks the Red Devils – Liverpool player ratings from 3-1 win over Man United
Liverpool 3-1 Man United: Shaqiri double seals the deal for the Reds
Sadio Mane got the opener but things took a turn when Alisson spilt a cross and Jesse Lingard scored in the first half.
The Reds dominated the game but things weren’t working. However, Xherdan Shaqiri came off the bench and scored a couple of deflected goals as Anfield went wild. This was a well deserved win for the Reds and here are the player ratings from the game.
Liverpool Player Ratings
Alisson – 6.5/10
The Brazilian looked alright with the ball at his feet but his mistake could have been huge had we not won the game. Alisson looked calmer in the second half and was barely troubled.
Nathaniel Clyne – 7/10
Got a start in the Premier League and did a decent job at the back. The Englishman could be a huge bonus for us in the remainder of the season.
Dejan Lovren – 7/10
It was great seeing Lovren not make any mistakes at the back, even though some of his passes weren’t the best.
Virgil van Dijk – 8/10
The Dutch defender did a great job at the back and was rarely troubled by the physical Romelu Lukaku.
Andy Robertson – 7.5/10
The left-back’s crosses weren’t the best but his energy down the flank was brilliant and he had a couple of crucial interceptions to keep United from scoring.
Georginio Wijnaldum – 7.5/10
Another regular Wijnaldum performance as he ran his socks off and kept things moving for the Reds.
Fabinho – 8.5/10
This was a fantastic performance from the Brazilian as he controlled the midfield and had a brilliant assist for Mane’s opener.
Naby Keita – 7/10
The Guinea midfielder was played on the left and did a good enough job with his running.
Sadio Mane – 8/10
The misses against Napoli won’t count for much now as he scored the first goal of the game. The Senegal attacker even set up the second goal, although there were a few deflections.
Roberto Firmino – 7.5/10
Again, the Brazilian was played behind Mohamed Salah but it didn’t matter as he put in a great shift by harassing the United players.
Mohamed Salah – 7/10
The Egyptian was marked well by the United defence but he kept on running, trying to create.
Xherdan Shaqiri – 9/10
What a substitution. The Swiss was the spark for the Reds in the second half and no one from Liverpool will care that both his goals came off deflections. He was quick on the ball on both occasions and made United pay.
Jordan Henderson – NA
Came on late to keep things calm.
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