When Jürgen Klopp was announced as Liverpool manager, succeeding the late ‘great’ Brendan Rodgers, he didn’t have a lot of fans to win over; we were already on his side. But the words he delivered gave us a real feeling of optimism.
This season has been a tricky one to call from all corners of the Barclays Premier League, Leicester City are the league leaders in their first season after promotion, Brendan Rodgers was eventually ousted as Liverpool manager, and we’ve finally found a defender in Dejan Lovren.
Since the day Christian Benteke signed for Liverpool from Aston Villa, there were always an equal share of critics and optimists. As I lay in my hospital bed awaiting surgery, reading the news on Twitter, I was in the optimistic camp – it’s fair to say that’s changed.
The Walkout is the talk of the weekend and like a lot of fans who don’t get to go to the matches, I’m not really in a position to condemn or condone those who did the walking, so I won’t. Instead I’m just going to try my best to understand the whole situation and take in the views and opinions of anyone that it effects directly.
Daniel Sturridge is ready to quit Liverpool this summer.
Striker Sturridge is desperate to get back to his best at club level and for England after his injury nightmare, and fears he may have to leave Anfield for the good of his career.
The Reds’ boss Jurgen Klopp has voiced his frustrations both privately and publicly and Sturridge believes it could be time for a fresh start.
There would be no shortage of interest in the 26-year-old despite the problems that have limited him to 19 appearances last season and just six so far in the current campaign, because he
Jurgen Klopp warns Pep Guardiola he will find it tougher in England.
More often than not, it’s the words we speak to others that reveal how we feel about situations and by warning Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp reveals that he is finding it tough in England. Well that was to be expected and we all knew that would be the case, but sometimes I feel that Jurgen Klopp was taken by surprise and wears a wtf face quite a lot. Did he, and does Pep Guardiola think
Liverpool, who are now eighth and 16 points off top, look a long way from the side who beat Manchester City 4-1 and Southampton 6-1 in November and December.
With Daniel Sturridge frequently injured and Christian Benteke out of favour, the Reds started with Roberto Firmino as their central forward but the Brazilian only had two efforts, one blocked and one off target.
When BBC Match of the Day’s Jonathan Pearce praised Liverpool’s work ethic to Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, the German replied: “It’s rare a journalist says something more positive than the manager.
“I’m not too fine with our game today. We could have played much better. We had a few shots where we could pass and a few passes where we could shoot. We created half chances but not real chances. Today would have been a good day to show we are ready for this. I need a few more seconds to calm down. I have to watch it again.
Danny Ings inched closer to a return to the pitch as he received medical clearance to train with the team.
In what would be a big boost for Liverpool in the second half of the season, Danny Ings inched closer to a return to the pitch as he received medical clearance to train with the team.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was quick to play down some of the optimism about whether Ings would feature for the club again during the 2015-16 campaign.
“I had lunch with Ingsy a few minutes ago,” said Klopp, per James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo. “He’s not in the perfect way, but Tuesday will be his first time outside again. He’s still a long way away from being available but he’s here.”
Ings’ season looked to have ended prematurely after he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in October.
It not only robbed Ings of the early momentum he built up as a Reds player following his summer switch from Burnley, but it also deprived Liverpool of a versatile attacking option.
Ings can fulfill a variety of different offensive duties, after all. Blessed with tight close control, admirable work rate and an instinctive knack for finding space in dangerous areas, Klopp can utilise the forward in a plethora of different scenarios.
There’s a nasty side to the forward as well, which often goes unnoticed. While that’s not a quality that will enable him to stick more chances away, every team needs a player who gets under the opposition’s skin, and his edgy personality gives Liverpool a completely different dimension.
Even with additional injuries to Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge, the Reds do have options at the point of the attack with Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino, who has acquitted himself well to a No. 9 role. Plus, after his already lengthy layoff, the squad is well-versed with coping without Ings if he is unable to return.