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Liverpool player ratings on FIFA 17: Are they fair?

Phillipe Coutinho 85

Coutinho is our best ranked player and it’s probably fair to say most supporters will say Coutinho is our best player. He was 84 last season and FIFA continue to bump up his ratings as he deserves.

Coutinho is Liverpool's best player according to FIFA

Coutinho is Liverpool’s best player according to FIFA

Fairness: 9/10

Daniel Sturridge 84

FIFA have taken the chance to upgrade Sturridge to a 84 after being 83 on the previous game, what he has done to warrant this upgrade as he was mostly injured last season I’m not sure but no doubt about it Sturridge is one of the best strikers in the Premier League when he is fit.

Sturridge's upgrade seems confusing after a injury hit season last season

Sturridge’s upgrade seems confusing after a injury hit season last season

Fairness 7/10

Karius 82

We haven’t seen much of Karius in a Liverpool shirt so a 82 could maybe be a bit high for a goalkeeper that may not be our starting goalkeeper just yet. He has been upped by two from FIFA 16 but he was the second best goalkeeper in the Bundesliga last season so maybe it is deserved.

Karius has a strong rating and has a way better card than Mignolet

Karius has a strong rating and has a way better card than Mignolet

Fairness 5/10

Dejan Lovren 82

Lovren has had a huge upgrade from his average 79 rating on last year’s FIFA, Lovren is our starting centre back and he had a very good season last season.

Fairness 8/10

Lovren has got a huge upgrade, maybe this goal has something to do with it?

Lovren has got a huge upgrade, maybe this goal has something to do with it?

Joel Matip 82

Matip has been one of the most solid performers in the German League for a number of years so deserves a high rating and he has slotted into our side seamlessly so far. Quicker than you think and dominant in the air his FIFA rating is very good.

Fairness: 8/10

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Derby County 0-3 Liverpool: Player ratings

Loris Karius 7.5

Karius made his Liverpool debut and looked a very confident goalkeeper. He had a couple of dodgy moments with his feet at times but nothing overly concerning, the German bailed out Henderson’s poor error when Karius was quick out of his area to clear the danger. Constantly on his toes and with our high pressing game he could be the goalkeeper we need.

Karius could of put himself in contention for the game with Hull after a good game here.

Karius could of put himself in contention for the game with Hull after a good game here.

Nathaniel Clyne 7.3

Clyne never really seems to get a rest, he plays nearly every game and is always consistent. We are so thin in this area it’s unreal but we only play a game a week this overall this season so its not a massive concern. Clyne got forward well and helped out in attacks as he normally does but his end product on the final ball could improve at times.

Joel Matip 7.2

Matip put in another really composed game tonight and looked so dominant whenever Derby got forward. That’s four good performances in a row now and if he continues he could prove to be bargain of the summer as he arrived on a free transfer. Looks good with any partner to, tonight he played with Klaven and he has also played next to Lucas and Lovren in recent games with Matip impressing in all of them.

Ragnar Klaven 7.3

Klaven made his comeback from a small injury tonight and performances like this will continue to push Mamadou Sakho further down the pecking order. Got his first goal for Liverpool with a neat finish where he had to sort his feet out and he looked comfortable at the back all game.

Klaven scored his first goal for Liverpool with a neat finish

Klaven scored his first goal for Liverpool with a neat finish

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Predicted starting eleven for EFL third round tie with Derby

Goalkeeper

Loris Karius

This is certain to happen, as Klopp has already stated Karius will make his debut later on. A cup game is the right moment to throw in Karius without too much pressure on him. Joel Matip made his debut in the EFL cup tie against Burton Albion and has started every game since then so Karius needs a good solid game here to really put the pressure on Simon Mignolet.

Defence

National Clyne

Clyne seems to start every game for Liverpool and so rarely misses a game. We are so thin in this area that Clyne can’t be rested too many times at all. Our back up right back options are youngsters Conor Randall and Trent Alexandre Arnold so we are very thin in this area so I expect Clyne to start again.

Lucas Leiva

Klopp may choose to rest first choice centre back pairing Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren for this cup game and give other players a chance. Lovren has only just recovered from an eye injury and Matip iis only just reaching full match fitness. There is a case for Mamadou Sakho  to start this game but he isn’t fully match fit yet so I expect Lucas to get the nod.

Ragnar Klaven

Klaven started our first two league games of the season but since then Joel Matip has replaced him as most people expected. Klaven picked up a injury on the recent international break for Estonia and this is why he hasn’t featured on the bench either.

Alberto Moreno

James Milner has replaced Moreno as our starting left back but is now 32 years old so he could do with a deserved rest. This offers a big opportunity to the much maligned Spanish fullback to prove to Klopp he can improve defensively and grow into the role.

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Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool: Player Ratings

Simon Mignolet – 7.2

Mignolet didn’t have a awful lot of saves to have to do, but he looked solid and controlled his six yard box comfortably. The Belgium has had a good start to the season so let’s hope it continues.

Nathaniel Clyne – 8.1

Clyne was up against in my opinion the best winger in the league on his day in Eden Hazard and he did extremely well to shackle Hazard who had a poor game overall. Clyne seems to be building a good connection with Sadio Mane on the right hand side with Clyne helping out in attack and Mane coming back to help defend.

Joel Matip – 8.3

Matip continued his strong run of form and he looks like he has been at Liverpool for years, comfortable on the ball, dominant in the air and strong in the tackle. Did extremely well all game and shackled Diego Costa extremely well. Made a slight error when he went to ground to early in the box and this lead to Chelsea getting a goal back but there were countless other errors in this goal.

Dejan Lovren – 8.4

Got his first Premier league goal for Liverpool and to boot he had a impressive game at the back for us. Lovren’s goal was a fine finish from a superb Coutinho cross into the box. The Croatian is building a good relationship with Matip at the back and this can only improve over time.

James Milner – 8.2

I didn’t personally think that Milner could play left back but he’s been fantastic in our last three games, gets forward extremely well and helps out Coutinho but its his defensive work where he has impressed me most. Coutinho doesn’t track back a awful lot so Milner has to do a lot of defending on his own and he’s been holding his own in recent games, another fantastic performance as he stifled Willian extremely well on his side.

Adam Lallana – 7.6

Another good game for Lallana, albeit he was less effective today than in other games. Lallana worked extremely hard and ran around 12 kilometres once again, heckled Chelsea when they had possession and distributed the ball well when he had it.

Jordan Henderson – 8.6 Man of the match

Wow, that goal probably would of won him this award anyway but a great performance to boot to for our skipper. He probably will never score a better goal than that as our Gerrard would have been proud of that himself. He’s adapting to playing as a number six really well as he has great balance to his game, he knows when to run and when to hold his position. Henderson really looked like a captain tonight, he was leading by the front foot and was shouting in the middle of the park, he really is proving the doubters wrong right now.

Georgina Wijinaldum – 8.3

I said this in the game with Leicester but this is his game in a Liverpool shirt so far, I didn’t think he was such a work horse but boy did he put in a shift in for this game as he looked absolutely knackered when he came off as a late substitution. Goals will come for the Dutch international if he carries on playing like this.

Phillipe Coutinho – 7.9

Coutinho wasn’t involved in the game to much, especially in the second half but he still proved he is a difference maker with a beautiful ball to the back post for Lovren to smartly finish. Liverpool were sat deep for most of the second half so Coutinho understandably couldn’t get fully into it and he was substituted later on for Lucas.

Daniel Sturridge – 7.1

Sturridge was probably our least effective player on the park today, even in the first half when we were brilliant. He showed composure on the ball and a willingness to run but just struggled. Was taken off for Origi really early in the second half and he looked like he was injured but Klopp confirmed that he wasn’t and it was a tactical approach as Sturridge looked extremely tired, maybe a lack of match fitness.

Sadio Mane – 8.1

Mane was his normal busy self, turning and running at their backline constantly but was impressed me with his game today was his defensive work. Countless times he came back to help out Clyne nullify the threat of Hazard as he put in a selfless display. Red fans now have a chant for Mane and this shows just how quickly fans have recognized his talents.

Substitutions

Origi 55 (Sturridge) – 6.7

Origi struggled when he came on to be honest, we were sat extremely deep so Origi had no support with him up top as he constantly lost the ball. Had a huge chance to make it 3-1 after a good cross from Milner but Origi couldn’t convert from 8 yards as begovic made a great save to deny what should of been a goal.

Lucas 74 (Coutinho) – 7.0

Came on and his job was to protect the back four which he did extremely well as he really helped calm the game down when he came on. Gave away a silly foul on Hazard just outside the box and if that gone in he would be criticized but overall he did well.

Steward 89 (Wijaldum) – N/A

Played about four minutes so really can’t give a rating.

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Liverpool predicted team vs Chelsea

Goalkeeper

Simon Mignolet

Mignolet will carry on in goal for this game as Karius had just returned from a injury and this game has come too soon for Karius. Mignolet hasn’t made a direct error yet this season so should remain in goal for this goal, but Karius should eventually displace Mignolet the German will start in Tuesday’s game against Derby.

Defence

Nathaniel Clyne

This is a no brainer as we have no other senior right backs at the club and Clyne is one of our most consistent players and offers us such a big outlet on that right hand side, seems to have a good understanding with new signing Sadio Mane as well.

Joel Matip

Matip has started the last three Liverpool games in a row and has been cool and composed in every game, set pieces will be huge in this game with Chelsea as they have such a big side so we will need Matip for his aerial prowess, which he has showed already. He sets up attacks well and can play out of the attack well but if we are to win this game Matip must have a good game.

Dejan Lovren

Lovren received a nasty looking eye injury last week in training and had to sit out the game with the champions. Klopp has confirmed that Lovren has recovered and the swelling has gone down so I expect him to come in for Lucas.

James Milner

Many fans had their doubts with Milner playing left back but he is adapting to the role quite well really, he has had good games against Spurs and Leicester where he had got a goal and a assist from these two fixtures. Milner will have to be solid defensively this game as he is going against the workaholic Willian.

Midfield

Georgina Wjinaldum

Wjinaldum has been adapting quite well to this position and his role in this Liverpool side, with two assists this season already. He has played with such energy and has won the ball back extremely well and he is showing signs he can add to Liverpool’s attack as well. Had his best game in a red shirt against Leicester at the weekend so I expect him to start, despite Can returning to training and isn’t ready to start a game just yet.

Jordan Henderson

The Liverpool skipper is starting to adapt to this new defensive role that Klopp has put him in, he has had two impressive performances in this role recently and his energy, pressing and passing from deep has been crucial to how we are currently playing. Henderson will need support defensively in this game though as he is still not a natural defensive midfielder and he is not naturally someone who will continually win the ball back.

Adam Lallana

Lallana is the player in the midfield that it didn’t even cross my mind to drop him, his two goals and one assist mean he is adding that end product that fans wanted to see for a number of years and his linkup play and his energy have been a crucial part to how we have played as well as how he has adapted to his new more deeper role playing in centre midfield instead of one of the attacking positions.

Attack

Phillipe Coutinho

Coutinho didn’t start the game with Leicester as he wasn’t fully ready due to his Brazil commitments but he will be chomping at the bit in a fixture where he scored twice last season. The Brazilian will start on the left as he usually does and he will cutting inside constantly.

Roberto Firmino

I expect Firmino to go up top for this game, despite Sturridge being impressive in the game last weekend. Firmino notched two goals last week on the wing but he will be essential to drag their defenders out of position leaving more space for the midfield runners and attackers. David Luiz is a touch tight defender and he likes playing against a striker and nicking the ball ahead of them, Firmino will be key to exposing this weakness in Chelsea’s defence.

Sadio Mane

Mane has recently picked up our player of the month for August and he will look to continue his impressive form, hopefully adding more to his goal tally or assist tally. Mane is a player who has walked into this side and given us a different edge,  he will need to help out Clyne defensively as Hazard will be playing on that right hand side of midfield.

Would you make any changes to this team?

 

 

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Adam Lallana has transformed his Liverpool career and is becoming a key player for Liverpool

When Liverpool signed Adam Lallana back in the summer of 2014 eyebrows were raised at the 25million price tag that former boss Brendan Rodgers forked out. This was a player that had just two years experience in English footballs top flight division having played for Southampton for 8 seasons, playing in league one and the championship before Southampton were promoted to the Premier League in 2012.

Lallana was a key figure in Southampton earning back to back promotions from league one to the Premier League, he scored 8 goals in the season they were promoted to the championship from league one and scored 11 goals in the championship where they spent just the one season before reaching the so called ‘holy grail’ having fallen so far away from top level football for a number of years.

Lallana was a key figure to help Southampton get back to back promotions from league 1 to the Premier league

Lallana was a key figure to help Southampton get back to back promotions from league 1 to the Premier league

Lallana struggled to get to grips with the Premier League in the Saints first season back in the top flight and it wasn’t till the second season where he showcased his talents to the world, he scored a impressive 9 goals in the league for Southampton as they had achieved a top half of the table finish and he also got in the PFA shortlist for player of the season at the annual Premier League awards. Lallana was rewarded for his good season with a place in England’s 2014 World Cup campaign, and this prompted Liverpool to swiftly move in for him.

Lallana earned a move to Liverpool after a having a great season at Southampton

Lallana earned a move to Liverpool after a having a great season at Southampton

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Daniel Sturridge’s performance against Leicester causes selection headache for Klopp

Daniel Sturridge produced a scintillating performance against Leicester City at Anfield on Saturday night, the kind that showed he can and is adapting to Klopp’s high tempo style of play.

Sturridge had a scintillating game against Leicester

Sturridge had a scintillating game against Leicester

There has been much criticism of Daniel Sturridge not suiting Klopp’ style of play and there is a fair point as there was a time when he really didn’t look like he was willing to run for the team. Much has also been written about Klopp’s relationship with Sturridge after Divock Origi came on of the bench before Sturridge in the 1-1 draw with Spurs before the international break, thus people saying that Sturridge has been relegated to third choice striker even though he is our best striker that we have.

Much was made of Sturridge's reaction when Origi came on of the bench before him

Much was made of Sturridge’s reaction when Origi came on of the bench before him

When Klopp named Sturridge in the starting line up to face Leicester for the grand opening of the new and impressive stand at Anfield it raised a few eyebrows after what has been written by many newspapers and media outlets about Klopp and Sturridge’s so called ‘relationship’. To Liverpool fans we were not surprised to see Sturridge back in the starting line up as simply put he is our best striker and finisher, this Klopp surely knows regardless of what is being written and simply isn’t true.

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Roberto Firmino is criminally underrated in the Premier League

When people talk about who the best no 10 is in the Premier League names such as Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Mesut Ozil and our own Brazilian magician Coutinho’s names all continually crop up and rightfully so, but where is Firmino in this conversation?

Now we know Firmino took a while to get into his stride at Liverpool but since Klopp waltzed through the Anfield door Firmino has been arguably our most consistent performer in the space of that last 6-8 months.

It took Firmino till November to grab his first goal for Liverpool in a 4-1 victory over Manchester City, where he laid down a real marker with his performance that day. His start to life at Liverpool was frustrating with former boss Brendan Rodgers not sure how best to utilise the Brazilian, he started on the bench a lot and when he played he was shoved into an unnatural position which didn’t suit him at the time.

Firmino celebrates with Coutinho after first Liverpool goal

Firmino celebrates with Coutinho after first Liverpool goal

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Swansea following Liverpool contract talks with Joe Allen

Swansea want allenSwansea are waiting to discover the fate of Liverpool’s contract talks with Joe Allen before potentially making a move if a agreement isn’t made between the player and club.

Allen has one year remaining on his Liverpool contract and no talks have yet taken place as Allen reached the Euro semi-finals with Wales after some impressive displays from the 26 year old.

Liverpool signed Allen from Swansea for a fee of 15million in 2012 when Brendan Rodgers was in charge and so far he has struggled to break into the first team under Klopp as the Welshman made just 8 premier league starts last season.

Klopp has confirmed that Liverpool will hold talks with Allen when he returns to the Reds preseason after a extended break and Klopp said he hopes they can reach a agreement when he returns.

“We will find a solution but it’s not done,” Klopp said after Liverpool’s 5-0 friendly win on Wednesday night.

“Obviously Joe Allen is a good player. We never doubted this. He played a good European Championship, like the whole Welsh team.

“We have to make decisions, we have to find solutions. We have to talk to the player, ask the player and think about our situation. That’s how it works.”

Allen was named in the official UEFA team of the tournament after a number of impressive games which helped Wales have a fantastic tournament.

 

 

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Skrtel and Ibe leave the club for a combined 20million

fenerbahce and Bournemouth have both announced the signings of Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel and winger Jordon Ibe for a combined fee of 20million.

Skrtel is a vastly experienced centre back who made 319 appearances for the club after he was signed from Russian club Zenit St Petursburg for a fee of 5million.

Skrtel leaves the club after 8 successful years

Skrtel leaves the club after 8 successful years

The Slovakian international had been at the club for 8 years and scored a impressive 18 goals in his time at Liverpool.

The 31 year old had fallen down the pecking order at Liverpool last season under Jurgen Klopp as he built up a partnership between Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho, with veteran defender Kolo Toure being utilised before Skrtel was.

It’s sad to see a player go after such a long time at the club and many memory’s but clearly now the time is right Skrtel to leave the club after a number of high profile errors in the last few seasons.

Jordan Ibe has also left the club after showing so much promise last season he has also fallen down the pecking order at Anfield.

The 20 year old made 58 appearances for the club with all four of his goals coming last season, but only one coming in the Premier League. Ibe made his Liverpool debut at just 17 years old and a game against QPR three years ago and hasn’t capped off on his potential that he once had.

Ibe leaves the club after not fulfilling his potential

Ibe leaves the club after not fulfilling his potential

A fee of 15million represents fantastic business by the Reds as he is a player that hasn’t proven himself in the Premier League as of yet and for him and Bournemouth it is a good move as he will get first team football as well as giving Bournemouth the chance at attempting to fulfil his talent that he has at just 20 years old.

Ibe fallen down the pecking order under Klopp like Skrtel did as he was the only senior winger at the club and still wasn’t able to get into a team that was struggling for width, with Mane’s signing this further pushed him to the exit door.

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