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Liverpool-born former Man City starlet is perfect Jadon Sancho alternative for Jurgen Klopp

May 22, 2020 • admin

Jadon Sancho isn’t the sole young winger who quit Manchester City for the Bundesliga due to a perceived lack of first-team opportunities.

Rabbi Matondo followed his former youth team-mate in making the move to Germany last year, signing for Schalke for a fee believed to be around £11m.

As with Sancho, it didn’t take long for Matondo’s decision to be justified. Schalke coach David Wagner soon regarded the teenager as a key member of his squad.

And now Matondo’s success in Germany has seen him tipped as a left-field alternative to Sancho should long-term admirers Manchester United be priced out of a move for the britain international this summer.

However, the 19-year-old could also catch the attention of champions-elect Liverpool, who are reportedly within the marketplace for attackers.

RB Leipzig centre-forward Timo Werner has been the topic of many transfer speculation concerning a move to Anfield, and it’s easy to ascertain why Liverpool would have an interest during a striker who has scored 21 times in 26 league appearances this season.

But Jurgen Klopp might still struggle to suit Werner into his starting line-up, then it’d add up to focus on a younger player who could use the mentorship of the likes of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah to grow and develop within the future .

This is where the Liverpool-born Matondo could fit the bill.

He is often compared to Sancho, for obvious reasons, but Matondo may be a very different sort of wide man.

While Sancho is an attacking all-rounder, capable of scoring together with his left or right foot, and from the left or right, or through the center , Matondo is more of a standard winger, a speed merchant.

Sancho has averaged 2.5 dribbles per Bundesliga match this season and three per match within the Champions League, consistent with stats website WhoScored.com.

By contrast, Matonda has averaged only one dribble per league outing. What’s more, he averages 1.1 shots on goal per game, while Sancho has charted 1.9 per game.

The Football Whispers website says Matondo completes quite 50% of the take-ons he attempts and creates 1.04 chances per 90 minutes.

He focuses the bulk of his energy on the attacking side of the sport and may be wont to devastating effect, as Wagner has proved at Schalke this season.

By almost every measure, Sancho has outperformed Matondo this season, but that’s to not say the Welsh international isn’t an exciting prospect.

He would also come far cheaper than the Dortmund man, and in Liverpool’s case there’s reason to believe he would fit into their squad without rocking the boat an excessive amount of .

Between Firmino, Mane and Salah, Klopp already has the right attacking balance, but Matondo could still offer something different.

His pace and skill to run at opponents could open up space for others around him. If Takumi Minamino was signed in January for his ability with the sport ahead of him, Matondo might be useful for the way he’s ready to leave the sport behind him.

He won’t be Werner or Sancho, but the Welshman could still be just what Klopp needs.

Source : liverpoolecho.co.uk

Klopp makes huge decision to keep Liverpool star despite Werner splurge

February 17, 2020 • admin

Liverpool’s potential moves for brand spanking new attackers this summer won’t affect Roberto Firmino’s future at the club, consistent with reports.

Having created arguably the deadliest front three in Europe with Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, Liverpool are heavily linked in recent months with shaking things up within the final third.

Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho is about for a busy summer, with Jurgen Klopp’s Reds linked, along side Chelsea and Manchester United, with a move for the britain star.

However, RB Leipzig hitman Timo Werner is that the subject of perhaps the strongest links to Liverpool, with Klopp said to be keen to secure a move for his compatriot.

Such reports are met with claims that one among Liverpool‘s current stars could move , with Bayern Munich credited with interest in bringing Firmino back to the Bundesliga.

According to The Athletic journalist James Pearce, though, any Liverpool move to usher in new attackers won’t be done at the expense of their current crop.

Pearce adds that Werner or Sancho will only be delivered to Liverpool to go with the choices Klopp already has at his disposal.

Liverpool are shrewd with their business in recent seasons, spending only what they need and doing so on players who have improved the team.

Philippe Coutinho was sold to Barcelona for around £142m in January 2018, with the cash wont to fund moves for goalkeeper Alisson Becker and centre-back Virgil van Dijk.

The pair are two of Klopp‘s best players since their arrival and played a key part in Liverpool’s Champions League triumph last term.

Indeed, an equivalent are often said this season, with Liverpool 25 points clear at the highest of the Premier League table needing five wins from their final 12 games to clinch the title.

Mane was the hero from the bench on Saturday to assist the Reds preserve their unbeaten league run, scoring the winner against Norwich at a blustery Carrow Road.

Liverpool huffed and puffed within the half but Senegal international Mane netted to earn his side a 17th successive league win.

Source : teamtalk.com

Sadio Mane injury update

January 24, 2020 • admin

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is unsure on the severity of the injury that forward Sadio Mane suffered during Liverpool’s Premier League clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers last night.

The Reds defeated Wolves 2-1 at the Molineux Stadium, which provides Liverpool a 16-point lead at the highest of the Premier League table with a game in hand.

However, Mane was forced off the dig in the first-half thanks to a hamstring injury, which didn’t look season-ending, but it had been enough for the the Senegal international to return off the pitch.

However, Klopp has stated that he doesn’t know the results of Mane’s injury as of yet.

“We don’t know exactly [what the injury is], it’s the muscle. He felt something within the hamstring,” said Klopp, as quoted by LiverpoolFC.com.

“We don’t know yet, obviously, we’ve to attend we’ll see.”

Hopefully this is often not too serious of an injury. Mane did the proper thing asking to return off as soon as he felt something.

The fact he could walk off the pitch with relative ease suggests that this injury is nothing too serious. However, if it were to be, Mane would be an enormous loss for the Reds. he’s arguably the foremost important man in Liverpool’s attack.

Source : anfieldwatch.co.uk

Joe Gomez raves about ‘special’ Liverpool FC star

January 23, 2020 • admin

Joe Gomez talks up the influence of Virgil van Dijk on the Liverpool FC team this season

Joe Gomez has heaped praise on Virgil van Dijk for the influence he has been having on the Liverpool FC team in recent weeks.
The Netherlands international has been in fine form for the Merseyside outfit thus far this term and he scored the Reds’ opening goal in their 2-0 convert Manchester United last Sunday afternoon.

Van Dijk, 28, has scored four goals within the Premier League this season and he has been a daily fixture within the varsity throughout the campaign.

The Dutch defender has started all 22 of the Reds’ Premier League games this term to assist them lead the way at the highest of the table, with Jurgen Klopp’s side yet to lose a match within the top flight this term.

Gomez has admitted that he has been thrilled by the impact that Van Dijk has had at Liverpool FC this season and has talked him up as a key player for the Reds.

Joe Gomez has heaped praise on Virgil van Dijk for the influence he has been having on the Liverpool FC team in recent weeks.
The Netherlands international has been in fine form for the Merseyside outfit thus far this term and he scored the Reds’ opening goal in their 2-0 convert Manchester United last Sunday afternoon.

Van Dijk, 28, has scored four goals within the Premier League this season and he has been a daily fixture within the varsity throughout the campaign.

The Dutch defender has started all 22 of the Reds’ Premier League games this term to assist them lead the way at the highest of the table, with Jurgen Klopp’s side yet to lose a match within the top flight this term.

Gomez has admitted that he has been thrilled by the impact that Van Dijk has had at Liverpool FC this season and has talked him up as a key player for the Reds.

Speaking in an interview with Liverpool FC’s website, Gomez said of Van Dijk: “I don’t think it’s easy to live what he does for us as a team.

“He’s such a dominant character, a dominant player. He’s a special player and we’re lucky to possess him at the club – he’s my big brother!

“He’s a top player and a top person to be alongside.”

Van Dijk are going to be expecting to start out for Liverpool FC when the Reds combat Wolves faraway from range in the Premier League on Thursday night.

The Merseyside outfit are currently leading the way at the highest of the table and that they have only dropped two points within the league all season.

Source : thesportreview.com

Paul Merson makes bold prediction about Liverpool FC this season

January 22, 2020 • admin

Paul Merson tips Liverpool FC to be ready to win both the Premier League and Champions League this season

Paul Merson believes that Liverpool FC have what it takes to win both the Premier League and Champions League this season.
The Reds have made a fantastic start to the new Premier League season, with the Merseyside outfit currently flying high at the highest of the table with a game in hand.

Liverpool FC were impressive 2-0 winners over Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday as they took yet one more step towards the top-flight title.

The Merseyside outfit are the heavy favourites to win their first ever Premier League title this term, and therefore the Reds also are looking to compete within the Champions League and FA Cup.

Liverpool FC will combat Atletico Madrid within the last 16 of the Champions League, starting next month, as Jurgen Klopp’s men bid to succeed in a 3rd consecutive final within the competition.

Source : thesportreview.com

Roy Keane wonders if people are getting carried away with Liverpool

January 21, 2020 • admin

Manchester United legend Roy Keane believes that folks are becoming over excited with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

Liverpool possess a 16-point lead at the highest of the Premier League table with a game in hand after beating arch-rivals Manchester United 2-0 at Anfield on Sunday.

It is likely that Liverpool will claim the Premier League title come the top of the season, which might be another trophy added to Klopp’s collection.

The Reds have claimed the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and therefore the FIFA Club World Cup since the German has been at the helm.

However, Keane believes that Liverpool got to win quite one Premier League title to be considered one among the simplest teams to grace England’s top division.

“This team are brilliant in Europe over the previous couple of years and everybody is getting over excited with them because they’ve been so brilliant but this may be their first league title,” Keane said on Sky Sports.

‘You’ve gotta win a couple of league titles!”

Source : anfieldwatch.co.uk

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is yet to reach his full potential

January 19, 2020 • admin

Mohamed Salah has lit up the Premier League – also as European football – ever since he moved to Liverpool in 2017 for £36.9m.

His move to Anfield came after he first did not make the grade at Chelsea, making just 19 appearances in total, before rebuilding his reputation with AS Roma in Serie A. And albeit he plundered 34 goals in 83 games in his time with the Giallorossi, there may are some people questioning whether he would be ready to cut it within the English top flight.

Two Premier League Golden Boots, a Champions League medal and 85 goals in 132 matches for the Reds have provided an emphatic answer. Very rarely features a new arrival made such a fast and telling impact. Salah’s performances haven’t only put him on the map on these shores, but also across the earth within the last two terms, he has finished sixth and fifth within the Ballon d’Or rankings.

The big fat Liverpool quiz of 2019 – what proportion does one remember about the last year at Anfield?

Those displays have come from the proper wing predominantly. In 225 games across his career therein position – as per Transfermarkt – he has 103 goals and 57 assists. He has become documented for his ability to chop in and score from that role (look no further than his stunning strike against former side Roma within the Champions League), and has found his place in Jurgen Klopp’s famed front three.

However, whilst he does have tons more games therein position, his record is really much better elsewhere on the pitch – centre-forward. In 32 games because the main striker, he has 28 goals and 10 assists. That, therefore, works out at a record far over one goal contribution per match, which is considerably quite he averages on the proper flank.

The majority of these games (24) have come for his current club, as well, which shows that he’s proven there within the Premier League. it’s actually hard to believe, but we might not have seen the simplest of the previous FC Basel man yet. His talent has shown that he’s adept on the flank, but incredibly, he might not are playing in his best position right along .

With Roberto Firmino – the 17th best player consistent with the 2019 Ballon d’Or rankings – because the current number nine within the red half Merseyside, it might be an enormous involve Klopp to drop him out of the side. But with Jadon Sancho being linked to the club, it might allow the 52-year-old to play both English youngster and Salah if the previous were to form the switch from Borussia Dortmund.

Source : footballfancast.com

Minamino has a message for Liverpool fans on his 25th birthday

January 17, 2020 • admin

 

Happy Birthday for yesterday, Taki!

Liverpool’s new signing turned 25 on Thursday, just fortnight after his arrival from Rb Salzburg.

So far, Minamino has only played once, impressing within the FA Cup victory over Everton – but we expect to ascertain more of him before the top of January and his spot within the team for the sport with Shrewsbury is unquestionably guaranteed.

Liverpool posted a cheerful Birthday message on Twitter for our new no.18, and Minamino’s reply was great.

It says, “Thank you for several messages. I’m 25 now! i will be able to do my best to form this an honest year…”

With Liverpool on track for Premier League glory, it’s set to be one, right now.

Source : empireofthekop.com

Marcus Rashford injury update ahead of Liverpool clash

January 17, 2020 • admin

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has stated that he’s able to play through the pain against Liverpool this weekend, consistent with The Daily Mirror.

Jurgen Klopp’s side welcome Manchester United to Anfield on Sunday looking to require another step closer to the Premier League title.

Liverpool possess a 14-point lead at the highest of the table with a game in hand. Manchester United on the opposite hand sit in fifth and are five points outside the highest four, which highlights the gulf in school between the 2 sides.

With that being the case, the last item Manchester United needed was an injury to a key player like Rashford leading into the sport .

Rashford sustained a back injury during his side’s FA Cup third round replay against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday night.

Source : anfieldwatch.co.uk

Liverpool have broken another record in America as enormous growth solidifies

January 16, 2020 • admin

  

    A Roberto Firmino first-half goal proved enough to stretch Liverpool’s unbeaten record to 38 league games against Tottenham on Saturday evening. As a results of the victory in north London, the Reds have now made the all time start to a top-flight season in any of Europe’s top five leagues, amassing 61 points from a possible 63 on offer from their first 21 matches of the campaign.

Intriguingly, Liverpool’s victory over Spurs was also the foremost watched match on NBC Sports in over a year, further indicating that the Reds’ support within the US is growing at speed. 1.25 million people tuned in to observe the sport the foremost since 1.36 million watched Arsenal beat Manchester United at the Emirates last season.

The Reds are not any strangers to the US and broke tradition last summer once they returned there for the second year running for his or her annual pre-season tour. Given that they had toured the US the year before, the expectation was that they might head to Asia instead, but Jürgen Klopp’s side instead played games against Borussia Dortmund in Indiana, Sevilla in Boston and Sporting Lisbon in ny . Liverpool have previously played ahead of 55,000 in North Carolina, 52,000 in New Jersey and 101,000 in Michigan, and returning to the States has often made perfect sense from a billboard point of view, with the sport growing at a rapid speed there.

The Reds also hired Kate Pratt, formerly of Madison Square Garden, as Head of Sales for America in autumn last year, because the club’s determination to earn more revenue within the USA and beyond became increasingly strong.

Speaking on the US market, Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore told Yahoo Finance in 2019: “When we glance at the engagement of our US fanbase, it’s our fastest growing market within the world. Going there and playing is one thing but we’d like to possess 24/7 engagement with the US market.”

There is little question that Liverpool are an enormous draw once they visit the US, but given these impressive viewing figures, it’s clear that they’re quickly establishing themselves because the favorite Premier League team within the country.

Source : liverpool.com