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Crystal Palace could be without Connor Wickham for Liverpool clash

In-form Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham could miss the Premier League visit of Liverpool owing to a thigh injury he suffered at Sunderland.

The 22-year-old has scored braces in each of Palace’s past two games to rediscover the form and confidence that tempted manager Alan Pardew to pay an initial B#7million to sign him from Sunderland last summer.

However, his chances of extending that goalscoring run against Liverpool are in the air, with the England Under-21 international facing a late fitness test ahead of the fixture at Selhurst Park, along with Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.

“Connor has done terrific, unfortunately he has got a knock and we will have a scan,” Pardew said.

“We thought it might just be a bang but it could be more serious than that, he is probably touch and go for Sunday.

“This is the type of situation we’ve got to address next year, where he can play week-in, week-out. If he misses this Sunday, it is a blow to us but for his part, he has been terrific. It looks good going forward; he is only 22.

“Wayne Hennessey is also struggling and that’s something we’ll look at at the 11th hour again. (Left-back Pape) Souare coming back (after suspension) is a boost for us, the balance he gives us down left side is important and he will start.”

Souare’s return could mean former Liverpool defender Martin Kelly is sacrificed, but one player Pardew will certainly start is Wilfried Zaha, who the manager insisted will not be transferred to China regardless of speculation suggesting otherwise.

“(We will) fight tooth and nail to hold on to all our good players,” he said.

“We want to build this club, it’s an important year and (will be) the first time we’ve done three years in a row in the Premier League.

“We want to get across that hurdle and then build again with our best players. As a career move, China for Zaha makes no sense, I can’t see him being interested in that. He’s picked up this year, been our best player in this period, the games of the last two months.”

Striker Christian Benteke may currently be a bit-part player for Liverpool but manager Jurgen Klopp believes he has seen a change for the good in the Belgium international.

The B#32.5million summer signing is third-choice behind Daniel Sturridge and compatriot Divock Origi and the 20-minute substitute appearance he got against Manchester City in midweek – when the match was already won – was his first action in four games.

Benteke has not started a Premier League match since December 30 – the date of his last goal – and he has now been caught as the club’s top scorer this season by Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and James Milner.

The fact the big striker was leading the way on just seven goals tells you all you need to know about his first season at Anfield, in which he has struggled to get to grips with Klopp’s concepts and at times has looked like a man who does not know where or when to run when actually on the pitch.

However, when he came off the bench on Wednesday Klopp said he noticed an improvement in the striker’s game, although whether that will be enough to save him from the player cull which is surely coming at the end of the season remains in doubt.

“If you saw him in the last game he came on and was completely different to the games he had before,” said the Reds boss ahead of the trip to Palace.

“The problem is in a club like Liverpool with the strikers we have – (Daniel) Sturridge, Benteke, (Divock) Origi, (Danny) Ings – injured but here – and (Roberto) Firmino – you have not too much time to show what you are able to so you need to use the time you have got.

“Christian was not in the best moment in this situation and Sturridge and Divock came back and now they are little bit ahead but when I saw Christian coming on in the last game he played really good.

“I am not worried.”

Even when primary striker Sturridge was rested against City it was Origi who was handed the role of spearhead.

The 20-year-old is still raw but his running in behind the defence and Klopp added: “Divock can improve every part of his game.

“He is smart enough to go behind the line, use his speed and is technically good enough to play with us and be an option and that is a really good situation.”

Sturridge will return to the team on Sunday so both Origi and Benteke will have to settle for a place on the bench.

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 Posted by at 7:08 am
Mar 052016
 

Striker Christian Benteke may currently be a bit-part player for Liverpool but manager Jurgen Klopp believes he has seen a change for the good in the Belgium international.

The £32.5million summer signing is third-choice behind Daniel Sturridge and compatriot Divock Origi and the 20-minute substitute appearance he got against Manchester City in midweek – when the match was already won – was his first action in four games.

Benteke has not started a Premier League match since December 30 – the date of his last goal – and he has now been caught as the club’s top scorer this season by Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and James Milner.

The fact the big striker was leading the way on just seven goals tells you all you need to know about his first season at Anfield, in which he has struggled to get to grips with Klopp’s concepts and at times has looked like a man who does not know where or when to run when actually on the pitch.

However, when he came off the bench on Wednesday Klopp said he noticed an improvement in the striker’s game, although whether that will be enough to save him from the player cull which is surely coming at the end of the season remains in doubt.

“If you saw him in the last game he came on and was completely different to the games he had before,” said the Reds boss ahead of Sunday’s trip to Crystal Palace.

“The problem is in a club like Liverpool with the strikers we have – (Daniel) Sturridge, Benteke, (Divock) Origi, (Danny) Ings – injured but here – and (Roberto) Firmino – you have not too much time to show what you are able to so you need to use the time you have got.

“Christian was not in the best moment in this situation and Sturridge and Divock came back and now they are little bit ahead but when I saw Christian coming on in the last game he played really good.

“I am not worried.”

Even when primary striker Sturridge was rested against City it was Origi who was handed the role of spearhead.

The 20-year-old is still raw but his running in behind the defence and his willingness to press opponents from the front gave Liverpool an impetus going forward they did not get from Benteke.

Like his compatriot, Klopp said the youngster had benefited from time out of the game when he was sidelined with a hamstring injury sustained on Boxing Day.

“Divock can improve every part of his game,” he said.

“He is smart enough to go behind the line, use his speed and is technically good enough to play with us and be an option and that is a really good situation.

“It was not he played the most self-confident football in the world so he started with too much dribbling and wanted to show in one situation all skills he has and that was not too clever.

“I have seen this a lot of time, especially with young players, so we talked to him and gave him a bit of rest to cool down and told him he didn’t have to change the world in one day.

“We told him what he has to improve and everyone saw before his last injury he made really great steps.

“During his last injury he used the time and now he has more muscle which is important, especially as a striker in England as all the centre-halves are very physical.”

Sturridge will return to the team on Sunday so both Origi and Benteke will have to settle for a place on the bench.

Source: PA

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 Posted by at 7:23 am
Mar 042016
 

Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool are still in the race for the top four but will only get there if the players stay “angry”.

Victory over Manchester City on Wednesday lifted the Reds to within six points of their fourth-placed opponents and that night Klopp praised their reaction after losing to Manuel Pellegrini’s side in the Capital One Cup final three days previously.

He now wants them to keep that intensity and desire as they head into what he described as the most important part of the season.

“Six points is not the world. In our situation I would like to say we take each point but we have to show it,” he said.

“From now on the work can be completely different if we want.

“We need to stay angry – it is not that we are always looking for our game and which style [to play]. You need [to find] a way and then go.

“This is the most important part of the league, the rest of the season has been preparation for these last few yards.

“Our starting position is not masterclass but it is good enough to do something and we should try everything we can but I don’t think about the top four.

“I only think about how there is a lot of points to get and we should really get as many as we can – starting at Crystal Palace (on Sunday).

“I didn’t forget the first game when we lost it (Palace inflicted Klopp’s first defeat as Liverpool manager in November): we have to take points back.”

Liverpool’s problem has been their consistency, with a regular string of injuries being a significant contributing factor.

Wednesday’s win over City was the first time they had registered back-to-back league victories – albeit over a fortnight apart – since December 30.

“Consistency was not our hobby until now in this season so we have to improve in this part of the game and stay in the race,” Klopp added.

“We had a few not so good games and always the problem was the same: we had no good start in the game.

“That doesn’t mean we have to score a goal in the first minute. We only have to be concentrated from the first minute.

“We have to show we learned this in the last five or six months and it is a big chance for us. We have to try everything to take it.”

Just when the injury problems appeared to be over Klopp has learned he will be without Lucas Leiva for over a month after the midfielder strained a thigh taking a penalty in the shoot-out at Wembley.

“It is really unfortunate and a little bit more serious as I’ve never heard of an injury like this with a penalty,” he said.

“I don’t know exactly how long but he’ll be out for five to six weeks.”

Source: PA

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Liverpool will go head-to-head with rivals Manchester United for £62million-rated Napoli striker GONZALO HIGUAIN, claims the Daily Star.

Aston Villa players believe they will start next season without REMI GARDE as the Premier League strugglers plan a massive overhaul in the summer, according to the Sun.

Manchester City and Manchester United are both interested in West Ham defender ANGELO OGBONNA, according to The Times.

The Guardian is reporting Tottenham risk losing highly-rated 17-year-old midfielder MARCUS EDWARDS, who is out of contract in the summer.

Chelsea have learned that Roma midfielder MIRALEM PJANIC, a player recommended by prospective new manager Antonio Conte, has a £31million buyout clause, The Times reports.

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Mar 022016
 

Liverpool stun Manchester City with big Anfield win

Liverpool gained some revenge for their Capital One Cup final defeat with a 3-0 victory which put a huge dent in Manchester City’s title ambitions.

A re-run of their Wembley encounter three days on produced a completely different game and result, with goals inside the first hour from Adam Lallana, James Milner and Roberto Firmino earning the home side their handsome win.

It inflicted City’s third successive Premier League defeat – a run they had not experienced for seven years – and more significantly left them trailing leaders Leicester by 10 points, albeit with a match in hand.

Equally as worrying for Manuel Pellegrini as he enters his final three months in charge, it left fourth-placed City looking over their shoulder with Manchester United and West Ham now breathing down their necks.

The Chilean manager may have already won the League Cup, his third trophy in three years, but it would tarnish his legacy if he were to leave incoming manager Pep Guardiola without Champions League football

City, without injured captain Yaya Toure and with 19-goal striker Sergio Aguero making little impact, were a pale imitation of the side which has so often lit up the Premier League.

For Liverpool, however, this was a performance which highlighted all of their characteristic inconsistency as once they got into their stride they cut through City with apparent ease.

With Daniel Sturridge rested, Divock Origi was preferred to B#32.5million striker Christian Benteke. Origi was making his first league start since being injured in the Boxing Day win over Leicester and gave Liverpool’s attack mobility which allowed them to press City high up the field.

Jon Flanagan, on his first league start since May 2014, clattered into the returning former Anfield favourite Raheem Sterling in the first 30 seconds to set the tone for their own personal battle which the Liverpool full-back won comfortably, producing one brilliantly-timed recovery tackle to deny his former team-mate the chance to shoot.

The job the defender did on the England winger, on his first return to Anfield since his B#49million summer move, was good enough for Sterling to be replaced by Wilfried Bony at half-time.

If Flanagan had kept Sterling in check, the same could be said of both sides as for 34 minutes they cancelled each other out.

It was only a slack piece of absent-minded defending from Nicolas Otamendi, City’s B#32million centre-back, which allowed Liverpool to take the lead.

Lallana picked up the ball midway in the visitors’ half but with the Argentina international standing off he advanced, albeit slowly, and with no challenge coming in he opted to shoot.

The ball almost seemed to travel in slow motion but it was well-placed enough to beat Joe Hart, restored at the expense of City’s Wembley hero Willy Caballero, inside his left-hand post for Lallana’s third goal in his last four league games.

Such was the low-key manner of the goal it took a moment for the realisation to sink in around Anfield, but there was no such confusion around the second which sliced City apart just before the break.

Lallana started the move with a backheel to Firmino who squared for Milner to charge into the penalty area and ram past Hart.

England midfielder Milner, who chested Aguero’s header off the line from City’s only attempt on target, has yet to be on the losing side in the Premier League matches in which he has scored and confirmation that record would continue was secured as early as the 58th minute.

Again Lallana played a central part, running at the defence before teeing up Firmino for his seventh goal of the season.

The remaining chances which were created all fell to Liverpool with Milner twice going close against his former club.

City, who for a side of their quality have incredibly won just once in 25 league visits to Anfield, barely put up a fight and that will be a concern for Pellegrini as the title race enters its final 10 matches.

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 Posted by at 6:34 pm
Feb 292016
 

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure hopes the Europa League can save their season after an agonising penalty shoot-out defeat in the Capital One Cup final left them with little else to play for.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are nine points off fourth place in the Barclays Premier League – although Wednesday’s match at home to Wembley conquerors Manchester City offers a chance to reduce that – and Champions League qualification via that route looks highly unlikely.

So the main priority now is trying to qualify for the premier European club competition by winning the Europa League.

They will have to get past arch-rivals Manchester United, whom they have drawn for the first time in Europe, in the last 16 but Toure believes it is the only way to salvage a campaign which has occasionally promised success but ultimately failed to deliver.

“Winning the Europa League can save the season and the Premier League is not done yet,” said the centre-back.

“Of course we have plenty of games coming. We have another Premier League game which is very important. We need to digest this loss and then focus for the game because it will be tough.

“We can get three points against City. The final showed both sides can win.”

Defeat to City was Liverpool’s third in succession at Wembley, having lost the 2012 FA Cup final to Chelsea and then last season’s semi-final to a struggling Aston Villa side.

Toure was an unused substitute last April but he at least came off the bench against former club City after a clash of heads forced Mamadou Sakho off after 25 minutes.

While he may not be around to make amends – the 34-year-old defender’s contract expires in the summer – he believes Klopp’s squad of younger players can benefit.

“You have to learn to lose sometimes before you win,” he added.

“We will learn as a team together to lose and we hope we can win next time.”

Captain Jordan Henderson has backed the players to bounce back immediately at Anfield and exact some sort of revenge on Manuel Pellegrini’s side in midweek.

“You have to try to take positives from it and learn from these experiences,” he said.

“We had a situation against Chelsea after the cup final when we played them a few days later and played very well (winning 4-1 at Anfield).

“We’ve got to do that again. Something similar would be nice, although it won’t make up for the disappointment.

“It is hard, it is difficult, but that is life and football and you have to deal with it as best you can.

“As a team we’ve great character and personality. You saw that on the pitch, so there won’t be a problem moving forward.

“I feel when we play to the level we are capable of we can beat everyone.

“We left everything on the field. We have to do the same until the end of the season and there could still be success for us.”

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