Shaqiri was the best player for Stoke City last season as he scored 8 goals and provided 7 assists for the Potters. However, even with that output, they were relegated and that is partly why we have signed him on the cheap.
The Swiss Messi would provide us with not only quality cover for our front three, but he is also a match-winner and could make the difference on days when things don’t go right.
There is another aspect of Shaqiri’s that we must not take lightly, and that is his fighting ability. The player has had a tough upbringing, since moving to Switzerland as a refugee. His grit and determination will be a huge factor, especially when we go up against physical sides.
The Shaq should have been a Liverpool player years ago but there is no better time than the present and it will be amazing to have the Swiss star at Anfield.
However, despite Shaqiri’s presence, we cannot be considered title contenders.
An A Grade attack, an A Grade midfield but its still not enough
Shaqiri might play out wide or through the middle but our attack is not the concern for the upcoming season. Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Shaqiri are quality players while the likes of Divock Origi, Danny Ings, Daniel Sturridge and Dominic Solanke would provide cover for the first-teamers.
Even if we sell a couple from the latter quartet or send them out on loan, Liverpool should be alright for the rest of the season.
The midfield has also seen a lot of new arrivals with Naby Keita and Fabinho adding quality to the team. With James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Georginio Wijnaldum and a few of the young players to play in the cup matches, we are still short in the defence and goalkeeping departments.
Liverpool fans will know what plagues us between the sticks as Loris Karius is not having the best time since moving from Mainz.
We might as well go ahead with Danny Ward as our No.1 keeper for the upcoming season but that doesn’t provide us with a lot of confidence. Not unless the young Welshman produces some quality performances early on in the season, at least.
The defence certainly has improved after we signed Virgil van Dijk but we still have problems. That said, the number of errors created by our defence should decrease after the arrivals of Fabinho and Keita, who will do a lot of the work in the heart of the park.
It also boils down to the mentality of the side and the players. We don’t have a number of winners and until we pick up some sort of trophy under Klopp, the Premier League will be a tough task.
The competition lasts for the entire season and unlike a cup game, you need to be on point for at least 32-33 games of the season.
Throw that in with the Champions League, League Cup and FA Cup games and you have a number of competitions that can wreak havoc upon the side.
Klopp is an experienced manager who has dealt with all this before but our team is extremely young and needs a few more “winners” in the team.
Someone like a Yaya Toure would have been great for the side. Furthermore, an old keeper like Buffon would have really made a difference even if he did not play often.
If we do not bring in more players this summer, we could win one of the cups but for a sustained Premier League battle, we need a greater edge.
Maybe this won’t be our year but I hope we can win something at least.
“It is painful” – Jurgen Klopp provides injury update after 1-0 Napoli win
Liverpool were in the wars last night as they defeated Napoli 1-0 to progress into the knockout round of the Champions League.
Mohamed Salah got the only goal of the game in the first half, and we had Alisson to thank for keeping it that way. The Brazilian pulled off a brilliant save in stoppage time, but we should have killed off the game with Sadio Mane missing some gilt-edged chances.
Nevertheless, some Liverpool players put it all on the line at Anfield, and Jurgen Klopp spoke about the injuries to James Milner, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip.
Milner and Trent had to be subbed while Matip picked up a shoulder problem later in the game. The German told Liverpoolfc.com that the right-back could have a bit of a problem while Milner was suffering from cramp.
“I’m not sure. Nobody told me anything about [Joel’s] shoulder, so hopefully that’s a good sign.
“Trent got a knock on his foot, we are not sure about what exactly it is. It is painful.
“Millie had cramps – I hope it was only cramp. That was it, I don’t know anything else.”
The Reds are stretched a bit at the back with Joe Gomez out till the New Year while Dejan Lovren only recently returned from a training injury and got a few minutes against Napoli.
Our next game is against Manchester United on Sunday, and hopefully, we have most of our players at 100%. The right-back spot will be interesting to keep an eye on as Milner could play in case Trent isn’t fit.
The Reds should be buoyed by their performance against the Italians, and we could be in for a brilliant night at Anfield on Sunday too.
Alisson saves the day as Klopp’s men progress – Liverpool player ratings from 1-0 win over Napoli
Liverpool made it into the next round of the Champions League with their 1-0 win over Napoli. The Reds had to leave it till the last game of the group to ensure qualification to the knockout round, and what a night it was.
Mohamed Salah got the only goal of the game in the first half, but Napoli had their chances. Sadio Mane was the culprit as we couldn’t make the game safe, and it almost cost us late on.
The Reds finished second in the group, but more importantly, we kept the momentum and head into the Manchester United tie full of confidence.
There were several fantastic players at Anfield, and here are our player ratings.
Alisson – 9/10
The Brazilian made a huge save in stoppage time to keep Arkadiusz Milik out. We would have given him a 10 but the keeper was barely troubled in the game.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7.5/10
The right-back had some great deliveries in the final third but was troubled a lot by the Napoli attackers in the night.
Virgil van Dijk – 8.5/10
Van Dijk was booked early on for a studs-up challenge but barring that, he was excellent at the back as he kept the Napoli attack in check.
Joel Matip – 8.5/10
This possibly was the best display by the Cameroon star since his move to Anfield. Matip was rarely flustered by the Napoli attack, and his passing was top-notch as well.
Andy Robertson – 7.5/10
The Scot didn’t have his best attacking game but some of his interceptions were important. There was one moment where he let the ball past him but Jose Callejon could not take advantage.
Georginio Wijnaldum – 7.5/10
The Dutch midfielder was a little slow to start, maybe it was the occasion, but he came into the game later on.
Jordan Henderson – 7/10
The captain didn’t have a great start to the game but came into prominence in the second half as we controlled the tie.
James Milner – 7.5/10
It was great seeing Milner make some dashes to break past the Napoli defence but the Englishman had to be subbed with a slight injury.
Mohamed Salah – 8.5/10
Salah was brilliant in the first half and his goal was a thing of beauty. He looked like he was going to cross but decided to slot the ball in between David Ospina’s legs. The Egyptian should have had a second but Ospina saved well.
Roberto Firmino – 7/10
Played as our striker in this game and took some time to adjust to Napoli’s defending. He did do well in the second half and was subbed off after running himself to the ground.
Sadio Mane – 6.5/10
Mane was frustrating in attack as he missed two clear-cut chances to score. Fortunately, the misses did not hurt us but the Senegal star needs to be more composed in front of the goal.
Naby Keita – 6/10
Came off the bench to give some energy and running to the side.
Fabinho – 6.5/10
The Brazilian provided some extra cover for the defence.
Dejan Lovren – NA
Came on late in the late.
“Worth every penny”, “Could save this country from Brexit” – Some Liverpool fans can’t believe star’s performance against Napoli
The Reds knew this scoreline would see them pip the Italians to second spot, at least, in the group. However, a goal for the Serie A side would mean we would have to win by a two-goal margin.
Mohamed Salah got the only goal of the game, but we were wasteful in the final third. Sadio Mane should have scored a hat-trick, which would have put the Italians out of the tie completely.
The Senegalese star’s misses almost cost us as Arkadiusz Milik found himself free in stoppage time with the ball at his feet, six yards from goal.
The Napoli striker seemed destined to score, and break Liverpool hearts, but Alisson quickly rushed off his line and blocked the powerful shot.
The Liverpool keeper celebrated with the rest of the team after the final whistle, but the Reds were inches away from a painful Champions League elimination.
The Brazilian was imperious for us at the back with his composure, and his passing was on point too. Jurgen Klopp certainly got one of the best keepers in the world, and the Liverpool fans were grateful for the former AS Roma star’s contributions in the win.
— SCARFACE (@LFC_LION) December 12, 2018
How did we cheat the master Monchi himself 2 times in a row? First we bought Mo Salah for a bargain and next year we got Alisson for a bargain again.
— LFC Scout Watch (@Mobyhaque1) December 12, 2018
Alisson Becker 😎 pic.twitter.com/pIUzxhuBaz
— #FPL berhadiah 500k. 😎 (@INDONESIAN_LFC) December 12, 2018
Mad how we put 7 past Alisson😂
— LFC_000 (@LFC_000) December 12, 2018
Klopp: ‘If I knew Alisson was this good – I would have paid double.”
— LFC KNOWLEDGE (@LFCknowledge) December 12, 2018
Alisson is a joke. Feels like he’s saved us 20 points this season already. So helpful in open play but these crucial saves he’s been making are just on another level.
12 clean sheets at the moment. Not bad for your first 22 games.
— Viktor Fagerström (@ViktorFagerLFC) December 12, 2018
Would any LFC fan swap Alisson and VVD for Coutinho? Nope? me neither. What a bit of business that was
— Wayne (@Gunga__Din) December 12, 2018
Alisson Becker could save this country from Brexit.
— Chris Hewitt (@ChrisHewittLFC) December 11, 2018
— Irish Reds 🔴🇮🇪 (@LFCIrishFanzone) December 11, 2018
— Eric LFC 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 (@_lfcEric) December 11, 2018
Worth every penny
— Mukunda Pokhrel (@Mukund_Pokhrel) December 11, 2018
That’s the difference between world class and a £4M keeper….just saying! Best keeper we’ve had for decades
— Wiggz 🔴⚽️ (@WiggzLFC) December 11, 2018
The best goalkeeper in the world currently. Insane 😱
— Nuredin Zymeri (@nuredinz14) December 11, 2018
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