Liverpool certainly brought a smile to many fans with their signings this summer. Alisson, Fabinho and Naby Keita more or less fixed our problems in the midfield and in goal. Xherdan Shaqiri seems to be a quality player that can do the job in a few positions.
The Reds haven’t sold many players either, so there is a real sense of competition for almost every spot in the team.
Liverpool haven’t had the luxury of quality squad players for a few years but now, it does feel like every position in the club has someone who can step up for a few games should someone from our starting XI miss out due to injury or suspension.
For every Roberto Firmino, we have a Daniel Sturridge or a Dominic Solanke. For every Fabinho, we have a James Milner or a Georginio Wijnaldum, and the list goes on.
The Reds, however, might have to take a few tough decisions come the end of the season.
While the new boys will have a greater chance of staying at the club, there would be some cuts next season if Klopp decides to freshen things up or increase the quality.
This is not to say that these players will not be of enough quality in the coming seasons but here are three Liverpool stars that might have to prove their worth this campaign or risk being sold in the future.
It certainly came as a surprise to me that the Englishman was set to stay at Anfield.
“Who doubts Daniel Sturridge when he’s fit? I don’t. He’s an outstanding player, hopefully he can stay fit and then the future is bright.”
Well, Sturridge has looked fit in the pre-season games we played. There is a very slim possibility that he will be starting more games than Firmino for us this season but the Englishman does have a lot of talent.
Sturridge’s loan to West Brom did not work out last season but he still could do a decent job for us if he stays fit.
However, should he get injured as he has done throughout Klopp’s time at the club, it could mean goodbye for the Englishman.
Dominic Solanke is waiting on the wings to play more games and the competition is heavy for the striker’s role in the team.
There was always going to be some concern for the midfielders in the side after the arrival of Fabinho and Keita. The pair should be starting games for us as they give us everything we have been missing.
This is not to say that the Dutch international has not been a decent player for us. Wijnaldum has done what we have asked him to but he has never excelled as one of the best.
Unlike James Milner, who performed admirably as a left-back and then did a superb job in the midfield when a number of players were out injured, Wijnaldum has always given us 6/10s or 7/10s but not 9/10s.
The 27-year-old is not getting younger and there will be a lot of competition for the midfield slots in the coming years.
Wijnaldum played 35 games for us in all competitions last season but scored just a single goal with two assists to his name.
The former Newcastle man is a decent squad player but it might be better for us to give chances to youngsters rather than the 27-year-old.
Wijnaldum could still come good this season but the signs from the previous campaigns don’t point to that.
“Last season was so stop-start that it was more or less written off.”
Lallana is one of the most gifted players in the Liverpool team and his energy makes him a fan favourite. However, an unfit Lallana is of no use to the side and this season could be make or break for him.
The 30-year-old is someone who cannot do a lot of running on the pitch and has to be used wisely by Klopp. But there is a chance he can come good given that he had a lot of time to rest last season.
The previous campaign was a disaster for Lallana as he picked up an injury in pre-season and never really came back into the team.
There has also been a major doubt about which position is the best for Lallana and now we seem to have the right men for our midfield, while our attack is set with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane out wide.
The former Southampton man is not a part of the first XI at Liverpool right now due to the new players in the team but he could do a decent job in a few cup games.
However, there are a lot of youth players at Liverpool and if Lallana doesn’t prove his worth, he could be forced to make way for another rising player.
“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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