Jurgen Klopp faces an interesting set of fixtures as he tries to get the Reds back into the top four of the Premier League. Ahead of the weekend game against Bournemouth, the German manager has given an update on the team news and other things.
Klopp has confirmed that goalkeeper Simon Mignolet will return to the starting XI on Sunday after being left out of the midweek clash against West Bromwich Albion. The ‘keeper sustained an ankle knock during last weekend’s 1-1 draw against Everton but is now ready to reclaim his place from Lorius Karius, who kept a clean sheet against West Brom.
Klopp also gave an update on Adam Lallana saying that the England international is available for the Sunday clash. The midfielder has made just one appearance for the Reds this season after suffering an injury in the pre-season. However, the Reds will be without Joel Matip and Alberto Moreno as the manager has to grapple with injury concerns. Along with the duo, another player unavailable for selection is Daniel Sturridge.
Klopp also said on our official website that his rotation policy is to make sure that his players are kept fresh ahead of the hectic period of games.
How did the fans take his view? Some of them are interested more in winning than plain rotation for the sake of it. Here are some of the reactions.
We are not interested in any rotation. Maintain a winning team
— Johnnie danso (@OcantaDee) December 15, 2017
Its alright doing that if you have quality coming in,big game like everton the strongest team should of started
— Robbie green (@kongdarts) December 15, 2017
I get the rotation part, but the squad is t good enough to rotate to be consistent gaining points.
— S.O.C (@ScorpioStevie) December 15, 2017
Don,t put Salah on the bench we need him in start line
— Don Elhamahmy (@don_elhamahmy) December 15, 2017
What fit to scrape a draw against @WBA ??
— royston vasey (@tandragee1) December 15, 2017
So play them if they’re fit.
— Sexy Xeno (@Sexy_Xenomorph) December 15, 2017
If we didn’t have such super fit, highly rotated players, we might have drawn at home against two of the worst teams in the league.
— E (@ThatBoyRitto) December 15, 2017
Liverpool equal two more records after their impressive 2-0 win over Fulham
Liverpool don’t seem to be the same team from last season, despite boasting an unbeaten record in the Premier League.
The Reds beat Fulham 2-0 to make it 30 points from 12 games, and are just two behind Manchester City who lead the table.
Our attack hasn’t blitzed the opposition like last season, but the numbers suggest this has been an amazing start to the Premier League campaign.
Ian Doyle wrote for the Liverpool Echo about the latest game and claimed that we have matched our best points tally after 12 games.
Doyle further claimed that our goal difference of +18 was the best in terms of Premier League seasons.
Our attack might not be firing on all cylinders but our defence has been exceptional so far. Alisson kept yet another clean sheet on Sunday, and we also equalled the record for clean sheets from 1977-78 and 1978-79.
In fact, our defence has been the reason why we have done so well this season. We barely seem to concede and Virgil van Dijk has been an exceptional purchase, alongside Alisson.
The pair combined well to start an attack against the Cottagers on Sunday. Van Dijk signalled Alisson to take a free-kick early, and that resulted in Mohamed Salah opening the scoring for the Reds.
The Reds haven’t been that great in the Champions League, and we need to ensure our qualification into the next round.
Liverpool play Watford after the international break and take on Paris Saint-Germain away a few days later.
“I can’t believe it”, “Shocked” – Some Liverpool fans unsure about Mohamed Salah’s choice of T-shirt
The former Roma star is also one of the most recognisable faces in the world, and there have been murals, statues and paintings celebrating the success of the Liverpool attacker.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the player wants a bit of privacy and Salah tweeted an image of him travelling “incognito”.
Travelling incognito.😀 pic.twitter.com/1Ys7bx6AUg
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) November 12, 2018
The player wearing a Balaclava would not have been much of a problem, but many fans didn’t like his choice of shirt.
The Egyptian wore a “Project-Playboy” shirt and while we cannot say what his intentions were by sporting the shirt, some of the fans questioned his taste, while others some supported him.
Salah charging pic.twitter.com/qpRFwau1Tm
— Engr.Faris 🇸🇦 (@Mustache_O) November 12, 2018
— Stuart Maxwell (@cobblerstu) November 12, 2018
— شحات عمران (@gnsPHNmRt71XgdA) November 12, 2018
Be careful mo
— Nathan Astin (@nathastin) November 12, 2018
Try going Rambo next time😂cheers for the pic 🙏 pic.twitter.com/FUFoTVGVcX
— Nav nagra (@Navnagra4) November 12, 2018
Is that Playboy t shirt or another rabbit symbol
— Mohamed Salah Bastawy (@bastawy_salah) November 12, 2018
Playboy ya Salah pic.twitter.com/uAxT1ZYUth
— Abdelrahman mohamed (@Abdelra32371181) November 12, 2018
Mo Salah wearing playboy tees huhhh💉💉💉💉
— _ (@MB_86_) November 12, 2018
Not mo salah mo play boy
I can’t believe it
— husseinbawaked (@husseinbawaked) November 12, 2018
— Lemo (@sugarllemo) November 12, 2018
“I want to help the team” – Liverpool star wants to continue helping team after impressive performance against Fulham
Xherdan Shaqiri isn’t concerned about how many goals he scores and wants to help Liverpool do well. The Swiss star started in our 2-0 win over Fulham and scored a wonderful volley after Mohamed Salah opened the scoring.
The 26-year-old was pleased with his finish and told Liverpool’s website:
“The [kind of] impact is not so important for me. I want to help the team.
“When it’s with a goal or assist, it’s always good for the team. I came in the summer to help this team go forward and make the process better.
“I’m very happy with my performances, I just have to keep going like this and train hard every day. I hope we keep going until the end like this.”
Although the former Stoke City star hasn’t started many games for Liverpool, the stats are pretty decent for the 26-year-old.
The attacker already has two goals and three assists from four starts, and his performances should put forward his case of starting more games.
The Swiss attacker was the cheapest transfer we made in the summer, but he looks a quality purchase now.
Jurgen Klopp changed his formation to fit Shaqiri into the starting XI against Fulham. However, the Swiss star was the X Factor in our win over the Cottagers, and hopefully, he keeps getting the starts after the international break too.
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