Liverpool FC News – Non Members

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Liverpool v Chelsea – INFOGRAPHIC

The Premier league season is already 11 games in as Chelsea look to defend their title following an incredible season as they dominated from start to finish. This season looks to be all different as Manchester City look a new team and have begun in imperious form. They are already on an incredible 34 points in just 12 games dropping points only once in there draw to struggling Everton.

Therefore this makes the clash between Chelsea and Liverpool all the more important as neither team can afford to drop points if they want to challenge for the title. The Liverpool v Chelsea odds currently make Liverpool the favourites for the clash at 5/4 with the draw at 5/2 and Chelsea as they outsiders at 21/10. This comes as no surprise as Liverpool have been abit of a bogey team for Chelsea in recent times. This is shown in the fact that Chelsea have failed to beat Liverpool since back in November of 2014.

The two clubs have played each other a record 166 times with Liverpool currently leading the way with 71 victories in comparison to Chelsea’s 53. The two teams have been very evenly matched and this is also backed up in the fact the goals scored head to head ratio shows Liverpool have scored 252 times to Chelsea’s 227. With all this being said both clubs have won an extensive number of trophies over time and have had a lot of success. Check out the infographic below to see the comparison between the two teams in regards to the trophies won.

Liverpool make Julian Draxler approach

Liverpool have reportedly made an approach to Paris Saint-Germain regarding the availability of Julian Draxler.

Reports originating from France claim that Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp is stepping up his interest in the the 24-year-old German winger who only made the switch to PSG from Wolfsburg in January this year. Around the same time, Klopp offered Draxler the opportunity to come to Anfield but pulled out when it became clear that the Germany international favoured a move to France. Supporters may recall Draxler’s agent Roger Wittmann attending Liverpool’s 4-2 Champions League win over Hoffenheim back in August.

It is claimed that Liverpool have made tentative inquiries over a loan move with a view to a permanent deal despite recent reports stating that Draxler wants to stay with PSG.

Arsenal also continue to be linked with the player.

  • ‘The manager also has the option of adding Julian Draxler to his squad after his agent declared that his client is keen on the idea of a move to Anfield,’KOPTALK, 28.08.17
  • ‘KOPTALK sources claim that Draxler wasn’t a target earlier in the window but is now under consideration because of the Coutinho saga,’KOPTALK, 24.08.17
  • ‘KOPTALK understands that the Reds have made an enquiry to Wolfsburg about the player’s availability but have not tabled an offer with the 23-year-old winger’s representatives having indicated to Liverpool officials that he favours a move elsewhere,’KOPTALK, 22.12.16

Steven Gerrard named in UEFA’s team of the century

Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard has been named in UEFA’s team of the century.

The Liverpool legend, who is the only English player to make the starting XI, is deployed in midfield alongside Barcelona duo Andrés Iniesta and Xavi.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry lead the attack with Philipp Lahm, Carles Puyol, Gerard Piqué and Sergio Ramos lining up across the defence.

Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas is named in goal.

Jürgen Klopp responds to Daniel Sturridge speculation

Jürgen Klopp

Jürgen Klopp insists Daniel Sturridge will not be allowed to leave Liverpool during the January transfer window, even if the player wants to go.

It has been suggested that the 28-year-old Liverpool striker wants to leave Anfield in the New Year in the hope of improving his chances of making England’s World Cup squad. Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate recently went on record to say that Sturridge’s lack of game time was a problem in terms of him being considered for international duty. However, Klopp believes ‘club’ is more important than ‘player’ and ‘country’.

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The Liverpool manager said: “The situation with the player is completely okay. I can imagine a player with his quality is not happy that he is not starting all the time. I really can imagine that. But that’s all.

“At this moment we need all our players. We have November, even if he feels a little different.

“There is around one-and-a-half months to go before the window opens and I don’t think for a second about things like this.

“There are so many games before then and I need all of them.”

Jürgen Klopp returns to Melwood following health scare

Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has returned to work following yesterday’s health scare.

The 50-year-old was passed fit to resume duties as Liverpool prepare to face Southampton at Anfield on Saturday with no further information being made publicly available as yet as to what the problem was.

Klopp is set to host his pre-match press conference at Melwood tomorrow as normal despite the likelihood of him returning to hospital for follow-up appointments.

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Also hoping to return to action is Jordan Henderson. The Liverpool skipper returned to full training on Wednesday after recovering from his thigh injury and is hopeful of making Saturday’s squad.

“I feel good. I completed my first session so hopefully I can play a part at the weekend,” said the player who missed Liverpool’s 4-1 win at West Ham and England’s friendlies against Germany and Brazil.

Adam Lallana, who hasn’t figured for the Reds since pre-season, is also pushing for inclusion.

Philippe Coutinho made his return to action for Brazil during the international break while Sadio Mane should be available despite reporting back from international duty early with a slight hamstring problem.

Jürgen Klopp admitted to hospital

Jurgen Klopp

Jürgen Klopp was admitted to hospital today after feeling unwell overnight.

The Liverpool manager reported to Melwood as normal this morning but the club’s medical team insisted that he must go to hospital to be examined further. He subsequently underwent a number of tests after admitting himself to hospital and he is expected to be released later today with follow-up appointments expected in due course.

A statement on the club’s official website said: ‘Jürgen Klopp has attended a hospital appointment today as a precautionary measure, after feeling ill.

‘He is being assessed by doctors and will be absent from training on Wednesday as a result.

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‘There are currently no plans for Jürgen to remain in hospital beyond his appointment and he will therefore return home this evening; however, he may require further check-ups in the coming days.

‘The club urges that the privacy of Jürgen, his family and other patients is respected while attending hospital visits.’

During the international break the 50-year-old visited South Africa to attend a charity event.

It’s not known if Klopp, who missed a home game against Sunderland back in February 2016 after undergoing an emergency appendicitis operation, will be back at work tomorrow.

Barcelona ace linked with Liverpool switch

Ivan Rakitić

Ivan Rakitić could make the switch to Anfield as part of a deal that would see Philippe Coutinho go in the other direction, claim reports originating from Spain today.

The 29-year-old Croatian midfielder is rumoured to have made it known that he won’t play second fiddle to the Brazilian if Barcelona finally secure his signature next year. Subsequently, the media are now suggesting that Liverpool may be tempted to include him in a deal during negotiations.

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Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp already has stacks of midfielders at his disposal and with Rakitić turning 30 in March, we’re not convinced by this speculation.

Meanwhile, former Barcelona favourite Ronaldinho has said he’d be delighted to see Coutinho make the switch to the Nou Camp.

Speaking in London as a Football for Peace ambassador, the Brazil legend said: “I would be very happy to see such a talented player wear the shirt I wore for so many years.

 

“I believe the way he plays will perfectly suit Barcelona and would be delighted to see a player of such quality wear the shirt.

“I like the way Coutinho plays and the type of football he brings. Those types of qualities will hopefully help Brazil win the next World Cup.”

Liverpool insist Coutinho isn’t for sale but sources on the KopTalk Members’ website claim that the club have maintained dialogue with Barcelona since the summer transfer window closed.

Barcelona are hopeful of securing Coutinho during the January transfer window and the player himself wants to make the transfer as soon as possible. However, clubs don’t want to sell half way through the season so Barcelona would have to make a substantial offer for Liverpool to consider doing business then. Failing that, Barcelona will have to wait until the summer which is when Liverpool would rather do business, in the hope that Coutinho proves to be a hit at the World Cup with Brazil.

Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in signing the Liverpool man.

Solanke’s England call up could cost Liverpool £10million

Dominic Solanke

Dominic Solanke’s call up to the England squad could cost Liverpool £10million due to the pending compensation dispute following his transfer from Stamford Bridge to Anfield in the summer.

The 20-year-old was signed on a free transfer by Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp but as he is under the age of 24 Chelsea are entitled to compensation which is yet to be finalised.

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Chelsea have previously rejected a £3million offer from Liverpool so the matter is set to be decided by a tribunal and with Solanke now being called up by Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate, the Blues are hoping to receive a cheque for around £10million, especially as he was also awarded the Golden Ball at the Under 20 World Cup earlier this year.

No date has been set for the matter to be resolved.

Liverpool reject new Barcelona bid for Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho

Barcelona have tabled a new transfer bid for Liverpool ace Philippe Coutinho.

Detailed reports today state that both club are continuing to negotiate a deal ahead of the January transfer window which is when the Catalan giants would prefer to do business opposed to waiting until the summer.

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Reports in Spain claim that Liverpool have rejected Barcelona’s latest transfer offer which was approximately £106.4million.

Liverpool are said to be demanding £132m but Barca officials feel that the current transfer bubble has burst and that their chances of landing Coutinho cheaper will also be helped by the player’s desire to finally secure his dream move to the Nou Camp.

Meanwhile, reports in France claim that Coutinho’s close pal Neymar is trying to convince him to snub Barcelona and instead make the switch to PSG who are willing to make Liverpool an offer.

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Javier Mascherano linked with Liverpool return

Mascherano & Alonso

Javier Mascherano has been linked with a possible return to Liverpool next year.

Reports suggest that the 33-year-old will be allowed to leave Barcelona on a free transfer in the summer after seeing his game time reduced this season.

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PSG, Juventus and Liverpool are all said to have tabled offers for the player who turns 34 in June.

Recent reports suggest that he is open to the idea of a return to the Premier League, the MLS or his homeland Argentina.

In today’s reports, Mascherano is quoted as saying: “I do not know what’s going to happen [in the future]. I’m always analyzing my situation.

“Today I have no plans to return to Argentina, but I have not had any proposals either.

 

“I do not rule out anything. I do not want to be a prisoner of my words, I will seek my happiness.”

There are claims that Lionel Messi had been quoted as saying that Mascherano could be Anfield bound; those suggestions are untrue. A Spanish report merely stated that Messi would be sad to see his close friend leave Barcelona and Liverpool were one of the clubs mooted as having an interest by the publication and not actually by Messi himself.

Do we think this will happen? For our thoughts on these claims, check out our extended version of this article on our members’ website.