Monthly Archives: July 2016

Swansea following Liverpool contract talks with Joe Allen

Swansea want allenSwansea are waiting to discover the fate of Liverpool’s contract talks with Joe Allen before potentially making a move if a agreement isn’t made between the player and club.

Allen has one year remaining on his Liverpool contract and no talks have yet taken place as Allen reached the Euro semi-finals with Wales after some impressive displays from the 26 year old.

Liverpool signed Allen from Swansea for a fee of 15million in 2012 when Brendan Rodgers was in charge and so far he has struggled to break into the first team under Klopp as the Welshman made just 8 premier league starts last season.

Klopp has confirmed that Liverpool will hold talks with Allen when he returns to the Reds preseason after a extended break and Klopp said he hopes they can reach a agreement when he returns.

“We will find a solution but it’s not done,” Klopp said after Liverpool’s 5-0 friendly win on Wednesday night.

“Obviously Joe Allen is a good player. We never doubted this. He played a good European Championship, like the whole Welsh team.

“We have to make decisions, we have to find solutions. We have to talk to the player, ask the player and think about our situation. That’s how it works.”

Allen was named in the official UEFA team of the tournament after a number of impressive games which helped Wales have a fantastic tournament.

 

 

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Skrtel and Ibe leave the club for a combined 20million

fenerbahce and Bournemouth have both announced the signings of Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel and winger Jordon Ibe for a combined fee of 20million.

Skrtel is a vastly experienced centre back who made 319 appearances for the club after he was signed from Russian club Zenit St Petursburg for a fee of 5million.

Skrtel leaves the club after 8 successful years

Skrtel leaves the club after 8 successful years

The Slovakian international had been at the club for 8 years and scored a impressive 18 goals in his time at Liverpool.

The 31 year old had fallen down the pecking order at Liverpool last season under Jurgen Klopp as he built up a partnership between Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho, with veteran defender Kolo Toure being utilised before Skrtel was.

It’s sad to see a player go after such a long time at the club and many memory’s but clearly now the time is right Skrtel to leave the club after a number of high profile errors in the last few seasons.

Jordan Ibe has also left the club after showing so much promise last season he has also fallen down the pecking order at Anfield.

The 20 year old made 58 appearances for the club with all four of his goals coming last season, but only one coming in the Premier League. Ibe made his Liverpool debut at just 17 years old and a game against QPR three years ago and hasn’t capped off on his potential that he once had.

Ibe leaves the club after not fulfilling his potential

Ibe leaves the club after not fulfilling his potential

A fee of 15million represents fantastic business by the Reds as he is a player that hasn’t proven himself in the Premier League as of yet and for him and Bournemouth it is a good move as he will get first team football as well as giving Bournemouth the chance at attempting to fulfil his talent that he has at just 20 years old.

Ibe fallen down the pecking order under Klopp like Skrtel did as he was the only senior winger at the club and still wasn’t able to get into a team that was struggling for width, with Mane’s signing this further pushed him to the exit door.

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Karius hints at first team place as he rejects the chance to represent Germany at the Olympics

KariusLoris Karius has told of a conversation with Reds boss Jurgun Klopp which resulted in him giving up the opportunity to represent Germany at the Olympic games.

Germany wanted the 23 year old to represent them but this would of resulted in Karius missing the opening two games of the Premier League season.

After a chat with Klopp the German goalkeeper opted to put club before country as he bids to be in the starting eleven for the start of the season.

“I spoke with the manager and we said that it didn’t make sense for me to go to the Olympics as I would miss the first two league games of the season and of course I want to play in them,” Karius explained.

“We agreed together I wouldn’t be going. First I spoke with Jürgen and then together we spoke with the German people who wanted me to go. The priority is the club. It’s more important that I am available for the start of the season.”

Karius played 45 minutes in the Reds preseason 5-0 win over Fleetwood town and Karius is relishing the challenge ahead of him.

He added: “What we talked about stays with us. Of course I know a club like this has more competition.

“It’s a bigger club and better players means more competition, but I am not scared of anything. If I was, I wouldn’t have come here. I have a good feeling.

“I wouldn’t come here to sit on the bench. That doesn’t make sense. I’m not a ‘keeper who hasn’t shown his ability. I’m a good goalkeeper and I’ve shown that a lot.

“I could have stayed at Mainz and played there. If I wasn’t sure I could come and play here this season, I wouldn’t have done it.”

Karius states he is happy to be back in England after having a 5 year stay in Manchester in the youth academy of Manchester City.

“When I left Man City I was still really young and I decided to go somewhere else to get some first-team experience,” he continued.

“I took the step to Mainz. I needed to join a smaller club to get my career going as a young player – I did everything right with that move.

“I had almost three full seasons in the Bundesliga there. I am still young but I’ve played around 100 games in the Bundesliga so I have some experience.

“I thought it was time to take the next step in my career. The opportunity to join Liverpool came up and I thought it was a good next step for me.”

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Dominant young Reds stroll to victory – Liverpool 5 – 0 Fleetwood town

Liverpool strolled to victory over Fleetwood town as Gruic, Woodburn, Lucas and two goals from Firmino secured our second preseason win in a row.

First half team

Karius – 6.0

Just like in the 1-0 win over Tranmere Rovers another very assured performance but really not at all tested. Looks good with his feet and his delivery also looks to be a improvement on Mignolets. We need to see how he is at shot stopping and decision making to fully judge him, the upcoming games later on in preseason should test him.

Jon Flanagan – 6.2

Flanagan is easing himself back and hopefully gets a full preseason behind him, tonight he didn’t put a foot wrong and got forward quite a lot. Wasn’t tested massively defensively where he is better so a easy night for the scouse fullback.

Joel Matip – 6.5

Fleetwood didn’t impose themselves on the game so Matip has another game to comfortably bed into the side. Looks like he is extremely composed on the ball as he wasn’t frightened to take a couple of risks he is capable off. Defensively he handled everything but won’t be his most stressful game in a Liverpool shirt.

Dejan Lovren – 6.5

A very similar performance to Matip as these two look like they are building the basis of their relationship on the pitch as they both should start against Arsenal on the opening day. Composed on the ball and defensively sound but wasn’t tested.

Alberto Moreno – 7.5

With no pressure on him defensively he thrives, Fleetwood sat back and didn’t offer a lot going forward so Moreno could do what he does best and he just attacked. Overlapped Mane on the left hand side constantly and troubled their right back for 45 minutes. Got the assist for Grujic after a fantastic ball into the box and was creative as normal. If he can improve defensively he would be a massive player for Liverpool in the future.

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Where do Liverpool still need to strengthen

Liverpool have already added some fresh faces to the club but where do we still need to strengthen and what positions are we possibly to stacked in?

Goalkeepers

Liverpool has goalkeepers a plenty right now, Mignolet and new signing Karius are vying for the first team place with one destined to be sat on the bench. This was a void that Liverpool really needed to improve as Mignolet needed somebody to at least put the pressure on him, or even replace depending on the Liverpool fan that you speak to. Danny Ward, who is the third choice now, has recently signed a new long term deal at Liverpool but will be loaned out to Huddesfield in the championship for the season and Liverpool are heavily rumoured to be signing 39 year old Alex Manninger who would be the third choice for the coming season if signed. This then means that Bogdan has no future at Liverpool despite featuring in the Reds preseason friendly against Tranmere for 45 minutes and has been heavily touted to move to Wigan in the coming days.

Verdict: Liverpool has plenty of options in this position but with the departures of Ward and Bogdan a third choice could be important to get wrapped up.

Full backs

This is a position where Liverpool does need to strengthen as the lack of depth in these positions is risky to say the least going into the upcoming season. Nathaniel Clyne was signed last summer and he made the most appearances of any Liverpool player last season making over 50 appearances in his debut season due to the lack of options to even rest him. He had a fantastic season but we were lucky he never got injured last season as Randall would of had to come in if that was the case. Flanagan is back now and hopefully gets a full preseason of playing football as he has been badly missed and he would fill the void of being clyne’s understudy if he can stay fit. On the left side of the defence we have the much criticised Alberto Moreno who hasn’t massively impressed since signing two years ago, his attacking prowess is unquestionable as he was by the far the most creative full back in the Premier league last season but it is his defensive work where he is often found out of position and lacking the intelligence to play this position as he is caught out on a consistent basis. His tackling is rash, he often loses out to stronger players but he does have the pace to help him out at times. If Klopp can curb his erratic defending there is no doubting he would be a fantastic first choice it’s just whether Moreno can learn to defend better. With Moreno’s understudy being either Flanagan, again, or Brad Smith the options in this position is not that strong. Brad Smith is very similar to Moreno where he is very good offensively but his positioning and overall defending is poor.

Verdict: I’m overall happy with the two first choices in Clyne and Moreno, but we at least need another good left back to be able to challenge Moreno on the left side. Flanagan is a very good understudy for Clyne providing he can keep himself fit this season.

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