Klopp May Go Shopping Because Of Injuries

liverpool-kloppLiverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, admits the club’s worsening injury situation in central defence may force him to go shopping in the January transfer market.

Liverpool defeated Stoke 1-0 in their Capital One Cup semi-final first leg at the Britannia on Tuesday but the victory came at a cost as Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren and Kolo Toure all suffered injuries.

Coutinho limped off with a hamstring injury in the 18th minute, while Lovren left 10 minutes before half-time with a similar complaint.

With Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho also side lined, Klopp is now seriously thinking about bringing in options for the defence.

Liverpool Players Will Help Mignolet Win Golden Gloves – Skrtel

LiverpoolLiverpool defender, Martin Skrtel, says assisting goalkeeper, Simon Mignolet to win the Golden Gloves award will be one of Liverpool’s targets in their final three matches of the 2014-15 season.

The goalkeeper currently leads the standings in the race for the accolade, with his 14 clean sheets putting him ahead of the likes of Fraser Forster, Joe Hart and Thibaut Courtois.

While trying to secure a top-four berth is the most crucial for the Reds, Skrtel insists they’ll also be trying to help Mignolet get his gloves on the custodian prize at the end of the campaign.

He told Liverpoolfc.com: “It’s always nice to get a clean sheet, and Simon is at the top of the list. We will try to help him and we hope and believe he can win it.

“That will be one of the messages for the last three games – but not only for these last three games as we try to keep clean sheets as often as we can. At the moment we’re doing pretty well and we want to carry on in that way.”

Liverpool head into their last trio of matches trailing fourth-place Manchester United by four points in the race for Champions League qualification and Skrtel knows it’ll be difficult to overturn that deficit, but is adamant the Reds won’t be giving up on the hope of doing so until it’s mathematically impossible.

“It’s obviously not over because we still have a chance – and while we have a chance, we will fight for it,” said the 30-year-old.

“We will do all we can do to try and get into the top four and then we’ll see where we finish at the end of the season.

“We have to be honest – we know it is not in our hands, but we have to win our games and wait on United’s results. Then we’ll see. We are ready and we’ll be fighting.”

Meanwhile, Skrtel insists he remains fully committed to Liverpool.

The centre-back has been the subject of media speculation regarding his long-term future, but has confirmed he’s in negotiations regarding a new contract with the Reds.

“There is always talk about my position and my future.

“Almost every single transfer window there is always talk about myself leaving Liverpool and interest from other clubs.

“But as it stands, I still have a contract with Liverpool, I have an offer from Liverpool and we’ll see where we finish [with those talks].

“I am fully committed to Liverpool.”

Liverpool Are Getting Rhythm Back – Lallana

LiverpoolAdam Lallana says Liverpool were disappointed not to have turned a dominant display against Arsenal into three points, but believes Martin Skrtel’s 97th-minute equaliser could prove a defining moment in their season.

Liverpool came back with a Skrtel header deep into stoppage time to earn a well deserved 2-2 draw at Anfield on Sunday.

Lallana told Liverpoolfc.com: “I’m thoroughly disappointed we didn’t take all three points, but there was a good feeling about the whole atmosphere and the performance today – and it’s been like that for the last few games.

“We feel we’re turning a corner and getting a little bit of rhythm into our game. That goal was huge for us at the end because we would have been thoroughly disappointed with losing, but it was a point, a good performance and we move on.”

He spoke further; “Although we didn’t get the result, we picked up a vital point by getting a goal in the last minute and when we meet up again for training (on Monday) there won’t be that bitter disappointment at not putting in a good performance.

“We know we’ve played well, so there are encouraging signs and we’ll hopefully take that into the Burnley game.”

Liverpool at many times during the match, laid siege to Wojciech Szczesny’s goal, always threatening to score with the 3-4-3 formation believed to be helping them discover their attacking rhythm.

“We’ve found a system that the gaffer has changed and got us playing and I think it’s working,” said Lallana. “We’ve been creating a lot more chances, in the United game, Bournemouth game and today.

“We’re disappointed at conceding the first goal on the stroke of half-time. It probably gave Arsenal a little bit of momentum that could have been avoidable. But there was great character shown by the lads to keep pushing and get the vital goal at the end.”

The 26-year-old Lallana had a third successive start in the match, and turned in a good attacking display in supporting Raheem Sterling and he believes the new system has favoured him.

“I’m enjoying being on the pitch and playing in the system we have been playing,” he said.

“I feel it’s one of my best positions, but I am happy to play anywhere. I just feel I am becoming a bit more relaxed on the pitch now – and a relaxed Adam Lallana is probably when you’ll see the best of me.

“I’m happy with the way things are going on the field at the minute, but we just want to pick up more results.

“We’ve got a busy Christmas period and I feel if we can put in the performances we’ve shown over the last week, we’re not going to be too far away from picking up a lot of wins.”

Brendan Rodgers’ side can take positives into a festive run of matches that will see them face Burnley, Swansea City and Leicester City.

EPL: Liverpool Confident Of Victory Over Chelsea

Brendan RogersLiverpool Manager, Brendan Rodgers is confident his Liverpool players possess the necessary ingredients to get the better of title rival Chelsea when the two teams meet at Anfield on Sunday.

Liverpool will go into the game five points ahead of Jose Mourinho’s side following an unexpected victory by bottom club Sunderland at Chelsea which Liverpool took advantage of with its 3-2 win at Norwich City on Sunday.

Beating Chelsea on Sunday would put Liverpool closer to its first ever Premier League title with two games left to play.

Rodgers gave an insight into the philosophy that has helped the team get to the top of the league table, crushing teams like Arsenal and Liverpool along the way.

“When they are in the changing room just before we go out, I always tell them, ‘Lose yourself, focus on the ball and focus on the team. If you do that, then we can be a real force,’ ” he said.

“You have seen all the characteristics of our team today (Sunday) — wonderful invention and creativity, courage, arrogance on the ball, goal-scoring, young players and senior players all playing, and instructions that allow them to express themselves.

“It’s going to be a brilliant game next weekend with Chelsea coming to Anfield. The supporters will be right up for it and the players as well. We are looking forward to it.”

Raheem Sterling scored two of Liverpool’s goals at Carrow Road, either side of Luis Suarez’s 30th Premier League goal of the season, and Rodgers hailed the England international for his contribution.

“He is arguably the best young player in European football at the moment,” Rodgers said.

Liverpool Massacre: Wenger Questions Arsenal’s Title Credentials

Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger has raised questions over his Arsenal side’s performance in their heavy 5-1 defeat to Liverpool with the battle for the Premier League title beginning to tighten.

Liverpool run riot over Wenger’s side at Anfield on Saturday with two goals each from Martin Skrtel and Raheem Sterling plus one from Daniel Sturridge saw.

With several key fixtures coming – including Manchester United in the league and Bayern Munich in the Champions League – Wenger admitted his team’s showing was “naïve” and only the fans gave a credible performance for the entirety of the drubbing.

“It was a very poor day. We were poor defensively, offensively,” Wenger told BT Sport.

“Only our fans were good for 90 minutes. All the rest, we were poor. Liverpool played very well, so congratulations to them. But it was a poor performance on a day when we couldn’t afford it.

“Of course it raises some questions today because we were caught many times and were naive. Defensively we need to be more stable. Today we were too open. From the front to the back we were not at the level we are used to.”

Liverpool Manager, Brendan Rodgers however, has hailed what he described an “incredible performance” from the home side, in which they scored five goals against Arsenal at Anfield for only the third time in their history.

Rodgers said: “It was an incredible performance. It’s not the first time we’ve been outstanding at home, but everything about us today was incredible. Everything was outstanding.

“We’ve been getting better and better. We’ve got a lot of young players, developing well. But for us it’s just about improving.”

Daniel Sturridge, who scored Liverpool’s fourth goal to cap a devastating opening 20 minutes for the Gunners, said in his post-match interview: “We went out there and did what the manager told us.

“The first 20 minutes were unbelievable and it’s about the team. We worked as a team and we are getting results.

“It starts form the back and the boys have been excellent. Martin Skrtel got two goals and Raheem Sterling two and got a well-earned Man of the Match for all the hard work he has put in.”