According to a report by The Metro, Liverpool have received a huge boost in the race to sign Jasper Cillessen from Barcelona. The report goes on to claim that our Premier League rivals Chelsea are also interested in acquiring his services this summer.
Cillessen has been playing second fiddle to Marc Andre Ter Stegen, who is the undisputed No.1 for the Catalan giants right now. Due to a severe shortage of game time at Camp Nou, the 29-year-old must look for options elsewhere.
Now, Liverpool have recently signed Alisson Becker from AS Roma and it goes without saying that he will be the first-choice goalkeeper for us next season. We also have the likes of Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius on our books but as per a report from The Telegraph, we might offload both of them before the transfer window slams shut.
If that happens, it makes sense for Liverpool to sign Cillessen. The Metro further states that Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has “confirmed” that the Dutchman is, in fact, closing in on an exit this summer.
When asked about Cillessen, Valverde said (h/t The Metro):
“The truth that is quite close, tomorrow will have to play. I cannot imagine another situation ahead of time. But I do not have a key to anything.”
In 21 appearances for Barcelona, Cillessen has maintained 11 clean sheets, which speaks volumes of his calibre and power between the sticks. Considering the error-laden performances of Mignolet and Karius from the previous term, it would be nice to have someone as reliable as Cillessen as our backup keeper.
However, the goalkeeper is already facing a lack of game time at Barcelona and it remains to be seen if he would be willing to play as the second-choice keeper yet again at Liverpool.
“Wasted ~100 seconds. He’s living in 2030” – Some Liverpool fans react hilariously to forward’s struggles against Napoli
Sadio Mane could have made the game safe for Liverpool against Napoli last night. The former Southampton star had three glorious chances to give us a comfortable lead but conspired to miss or see his efforts saved.
The forward’s blushes were saved by Mohamed Salah’s striker in the first half, but Napoli could have knocked us out of the Champions League had it not been for Alisson’s wonder save in stoppage time.
Mane played a few minutes in our win over Bournemouth and looked sharp for a lot of the game, but his finishing was the subject of some ridicule by the Liverpool fans.
The Senegal international is still one of the best attackers we have, and he needs to work on his shooting ahead of our crunch clash against Manchester United on Sunday.
Although the forward wasn’t at his best, some Liverpool fans saw the funny side of his misses, and shared their reactions on Twitter.
Alisson might want to let Mané get a few past him in training. He’s so used to seeing his shots saved now he’s stopped believing he can score.
— N8 | LFC 🇦🇺 (@grubbavitch) December 11, 2018
Sadio Mane has the ability of Samuel Eto’o and the composure of David N’gog
— LFC News (@LFCTransferNRS) December 11, 2018
Mane should clean up Anfield as punishment 😊
— Jamie (@jamiekop227) December 11, 2018
Man of the Match tonight- Sadio Mane
Y’all too slow to keep up with his tactics. A miss on goal cost us 27-32 seconds of time wasted. If he scored, referee is legally obligated to add 30 seconds added time. Missed 4 goals, wasted ~100 seconds. He’s living in 2030.
— Muhammad Umar (@umer_721) December 11, 2018
Mane mad as a bag of kittens. Expect him to score a worldy against Utd after missing 4 sitters tonight. 🤣
— kop in full voice (@LFC_Bantz) December 11, 2018
All mane’s salary MUST go to Alisson’s pocket.
— Johnes (@johnescabezas) December 11, 2018
Hopefully Mane will take it all out on Utd. Incredible misses.#LFC making things easy as always 👀
— Alan Hoey (@Alan_Hoey) December 11, 2018
Mane missing sitters to waste time my LW
— أحمد ⚡ (@psychedelicnoel) December 11, 2018
MANE missed again 😂😂😂😂😂😂
I can’t cry
— SCARFACE (@LFC_LION) December 11, 2018
“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.
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