The greatest show in football is just a few days away! Every football fan, even if we are Liverpool supporters here, for close to two months every four years can switch the Red of Anfield and cheer on our national side, as long as they make it to the World Cup.
Of course, we can do our bit by supporting Liverpool players who are going to the greatest event ever and the bone of contention for this piece is the fear that the “World Cup” curse might hit one of our best players.
Every four years something happens to a Liverpool player, or well, something terrible takes place for the club. In recent memory, we can highlight Luis Suarez going all cannibalistic on Giorgio Chiellini and getting banned from international football.
That was in the 2014 World Cup when Uruguay faced Italy and Suarez did what he did to Branislav Ivanovic and faced the ire of FIFA and well the English media.
However, that was not the end of it all. The subsequent weeks led us to sell our star player to Barcelona and well, we never recovered from that transfer as Brendan Rodgers brought in Mario Balotelli and the likes.
Off went Suarez, our team and well even Rodgers had to ultimately pay the price for this mini-disaster which we only seem to be recovering now.
2010: Fernando Torres and his injury concerns
Cue to 2010 and the golden era of Spanish football. Fernando Torres was a beast when he swapped Atletico Madrid for Liverpool and he almost led us to the title in 2009. The 2010 season saw him end the campaign with a knee injury but he still made it to the Spanish squad for the World Cup.
Try as he might, that Torres was not the same as the one who cut through defenses as a child rip presents open on Christmas Day.
Even though the Spanish side had won the World Cup, there was something missing from Torres and he was spectacularly sold in the winter window in 2011 when we replaced him with Andy Carroll.
Even that move did not work out for us as we paid a record fee for the Englishman and he struggled to fit into our grand scheme of things.
Torres did manage to win a lot of silverware with Chelsea but this was not the player that terrorised defences and scored jaw-dropping goals from every possible angle, oh no sir.
2002: El Hadji Diouf and his scoring rate
This also has to go down as one of the worst pieces of business we have ever done. Diouf had just come off a great campaign taking Senegal to the World Cup and Gerard Houllier signed the striker as he hoped Diouf would lead us to glory.
It did seem to work out fine for us as the Senegal national side reached the quarter-final of the tournament and even defeated France, the reigning champions.
Diouf even scored a brace on his debut at Anfield but that was that for the “striker”.
Quick question, how many strikers can go the entire season without scoring a goal? Well, Diouf certainly did that in his second full season with us.
A big fat zero! From 33 games in all competitions. That’s what his return was and it should come as no surprise that the “star” was shipped out to Bolton by the end of the 2003-04 season.
2018: Who is next?
So I come back to the starting point of the piece. The greatest show in football is here but there is a real fear that some Liverpool star might have a poor tournament or even worse pick up an injury that will define his career at Anfield in the wrong manner or even be sold if he has a good tournament.
Mohamed Salah has been rushed back from his injury ( Hey Sergio Ramos, stop watching WWE) and we could see him play the last group game and even face Spain in the knockout round.
Jordan Henderson isn’t going to be the captain of England as for some reason Harry Kane has gotten the armband.
Roberto Firmino is a player that doesn’t catch the eye all the time but he could be the one flashing about in Russia and crazy rumours may come flying in about him wanting to go to Spain or something similar.
Hell, Simon Mignolet might become the first-choice keeper for Belgium and take the team all the way to the trophy and then we will get fans saying “Mig should have been the number one all season.”
No thank you, the World Cup has provided us with great memories like that glorious handball from Suarez against Ghana or Andres Iniesta scoring the winning goal for Spain but for every great tournament, it is Liverpool that suffers and I shudder to think about what might happen post-Russia.
Bad news for Liverpool? Gary Neville claims Man City will have this advantage over the Reds during next two Premier League match days
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville claims that Manchester City have an advantage over Liverpool in the next two rounds of the Premier League.
The Reds played before City in the last weekend and piled on the pressure after defeating Crystal Palace. City made light work of Huddersfield and will play before the Reds after the FA Cup and Carabao Cup games.
Neville was speaking to Sky Sports (h/t Express) and claimed playing first was preferable:
“[It makes] a big difference.
The Sky Sports pundit further claimed that during his playing days at United, the team felt playing first was an advantage. Getting the points first before their rivals was always preferred, according to Neville, and he believed City will put the pressure on Liverpool.
“Either go further in front or close the gap. There’s no doubt it’s a different type of pressure.
“City will absolutely want to be closing that gap to one point, and asking Liverpool have they got it in them to stand the pressure of playing the day after or two days after.”
City play Newcastle away a day before we host Leicester City. Pep Guardiola’s men then host Arsenal a day prior to us travelling to West Ham United.
The Premier League champions can cut the lead to just one point before we face Leicester, and it will be important for us to respond in the perfect manner, irrespective of City’s result.
Liverpool haven’t dropped many points this season, and if we win these two Premier League games, the pressure will be back on our rivals as the race for the title heats up.
“This makes me very happy”, “Extremely happy for him” – Some Liverpool fans excited as star Englishman returns to training in Dubai
Liverpool are off to the sunny shores of Dubai for a much-needed warm weather break. The Reds lead the Premier League but came off two tough wins in recent weeks.
The last one saw us just about defeat Crystal Palace at Anfield and a few players are doubtful for the clash against Leicester City.
Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold are facing fitness issues, however, there was some good news for the Liverpool fans as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was caught training in Dubai.
Chambo!!! 😍 pic.twitter.com/PkpQ8FGpyK
— The Redmen TV (@TheRedmenTV) January 21, 2019
The Englishman picked up an ACL injury in our Champions League tie against AS Roma last season and has not played for the side since.
The Reds have missed his driving runs and goals this season. Who knows what the team could have done if Liverpool had Oxlade-Chamberlain playing from the first game in this campaign!
It would be fantastic if we can have the Ox back for some games during the later stage of the season as we look to win a trophy under Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds hold a four-point lead over Manchester City and have some tough games remaining this season.
Several fans were excited over Ox’s training and here are some of their reactions from Twitter.
— connor (@connor37610393) January 21, 2019
Besides my gf, this is the best possible thing I could’ve woken up to see!
— SarahBewley_Realty (@SarahB_MSRE) January 21, 2019
First week out on the pitch and He’s already back to a level where he would be Evertons best player
— Roy Carlton (@RoyCarlton2012) January 21, 2019
I’ve not been this excited about someone returning from injury in a while
— Jordan (@Jordan_LFC18) January 21, 2019
Looking good out there. Seems like the club have been doing a fantastic job with getting him back to fitness at the right pace (which is somehow still faster than expected). Probably help that Ox has such a great attitude and determination to get back on the pitch.
— Jonathan Ferreira (@KafkaPlaysCatan) January 21, 2019
@Fraservens97 come back soon
— Kole Matthews (@kole_matthews) January 21, 2019
— Cornelius Fillmore (@DHWalcott) January 21, 2019
Extremely happy for him
— Roberto FIRMINO (@obithrice01) January 21, 2019
— Dimitrije Tucović (@DimitrijeTucov3) January 21, 2019
— Leon Turberfield (@Turboman13R) January 21, 2019
This makes me very happy 😍😍😍
— Pal Kuner (@palkuner) January 21, 2019
“He sometimes sends me messages” – Virgil van Dijk cannot believe this Liverpool legend texts him prior to games
Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk has revealed that club legend Sir Kenny Dalglish messages the Dutchman before games.
Van Dijk is one of the best defenders in the world and has helped the Reds to the top of the Premier League.
The Dutchman joined the Reds from Southampton last year and told Liverpoolfc.com about spoke about the King being open with Van Dijk:
“Kenny Dalglish gave me his mobile number in the very beginning and told me to ring him at any time.
“It is unbelievable when he sometimes sends me messages before games. That is what Liverpool is about.”
The defender added that on match-days he gets to meet many legends and learn more about the club’s history.
The Dutch defender has possibly been the best player for the Reds this season, and could reach legendary status, just like Kenny if he keeps doing the job at the back.
It isn’t just Van Dijk who has been great, the rest of the Liverpool back-four has been fantastic in most games. The Dutchman is an incredible presence at the back, and he seems to make players better if they play alongside him.
The Reds have one of the best defences in Europe, and should we keep things tight at the back, there is a chance of winning silverware under Jurgen Klopp.
If the Dutchman helps us to the Premier League title, there is no doubt he would be considered as one of the best to have ever played for Liverpool.
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