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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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Karius hints at first team place as he rejects the chance to represent Germany at the Olympics

KariusLoris Karius has told of a conversation with Reds boss Jurgun Klopp which resulted in him giving up the opportunity to represent Germany at the Olympic games.

Germany wanted the 23 year old to represent them but this would of resulted in Karius missing the opening two games of the Premier League season.

After a chat with Klopp the German goalkeeper opted to put club before country as he bids to be in the starting eleven for the start of the season.

“I spoke with the manager and we said that it didn’t make sense for me to go to the Olympics as I would miss the first two league games of the season and of course I want to play in them,” Karius explained.

“We agreed together I wouldn’t be going. First I spoke with Jürgen and then together we spoke with the German people who wanted me to go. The priority is the club. It’s more important that I am available for the start of the season.”

Karius played 45 minutes in the Reds preseason 5-0 win over Fleetwood town and Karius is relishing the challenge ahead of him.

He added: “What we talked about stays with us. Of course I know a club like this has more competition.

“It’s a bigger club and better players means more competition, but I am not scared of anything. If I was, I wouldn’t have come here. I have a good feeling.

“I wouldn’t come here to sit on the bench. That doesn’t make sense. I’m not a ‘keeper who hasn’t shown his ability. I’m a good goalkeeper and I’ve shown that a lot.

“I could have stayed at Mainz and played there. If I wasn’t sure I could come and play here this season, I wouldn’t have done it.”

Karius states he is happy to be back in England after having a 5 year stay in Manchester in the youth academy of Manchester City.

“When I left Man City I was still really young and I decided to go somewhere else to get some first-team experience,” he continued.

“I took the step to Mainz. I needed to join a smaller club to get my career going as a young player – I did everything right with that move.

“I had almost three full seasons in the Bundesliga there. I am still young but I’ve played around 100 games in the Bundesliga so I have some experience.

“I thought it was time to take the next step in my career. The opportunity to join Liverpool came up and I thought it was a good next step for me.”

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Udinese confirm Liverpool’s interest in midfielder Piotr Zielenski

Could we see Zielenski move to Liverpool in the summer?

Could we see Zielenski move to Liverpool in the summer?

Liverpool manager Klopp and other members of Liverpool’s transfer committee have been watching and monitoring the progress of the 21 year old, whom is currently at Serie A side empoli on loan for the season.

It was only last month that the player himself came out and said he would love to play alongside Liverpool playmaker Phillipe Coutinho, before going on to then confirm rumours linking him with a move to Anfield.

‘There is a lot of truth in rumours about Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp is interested in me, we had some talks,’ Zielinski told Polish outlet Sportowe Fakty.

An d now, Udinese Sporting Director Cristiano Giaretta has stated the Reds hold concrete interest in the Polish international, but they could face a bidding war Zielinski’s signature.

‘There is interest from Liverpool and it is concrete interest,’ Cristiano Giaretta told Italian radio station Radio Punto Zero.

‘He is doing very well and has the eyes of the Premier League on him’.

Zielenski is a more of a holding midfielder and could strengthen a position Liverpool are particular weak in depth with, the 21 year old has 4 goals and 6 assists to his name this season as well as making 13 international appearances for Poland already.

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Liverpool fearing the worst over Emre Can injury

Emre Can faces a agonizing wait to see if he has suffered ligament damage

Emre Can faces a agonizing wait to see if he has suffered ligament damage

According to the Liverpool Echo Liverpool are growing increasingly concerned that German midfielder Emre Can could miss the remainder of the season after he picked up a ankle injury in the dramatic 4-3 victory over Borussia Dortmund.

The Liveprool Echo believe that the club is fearing the worst ahead of a scan for the 22-year-old, who will face a agonizing wait to see if he has suffered ligament damage which could make him a doubt for Germany’s Euro campaign.

Can was seen on the pitch celebrating Liverpool’s win after the final whistle, but he was seen wearing a protecting boot on his injured ankle.

Can will join the likes of fellow midfielder Jordan Henderson and Cristian Benteke in the treatment room, as well as long term absentees Danny Ings and Joe Gomez who have missed the majority of the season.

The German was already sidelined for the match with Bournemouth on Sunday as he serves the second of his two match suspension, but he’s looking increasingly unlikely to feature in the Merseyside derby on Wednesday as well.

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Liverpool 4-3 Borussia Dortmund(5-4 Liverpool agg) – One of the greatest European games in history as Liverpool perform heroic comeback

Mignolet – 7.1

Mignolet could not do anything for any of the goals, but made a great save to deny Augabamayang but the ball fell to Mkhitiaryan for a tap in. Composed throughout the night as he keeps up his steady performances recently.

Nathaniel Clyne – 6.7

Clyne was up against one of the best wingers in the world in Marco Reus and struggled to deal with Reus’s runs at times in the game, as proved when he was out of position for Reus to make the score 3-1 after Hummel’s great pass. Grew into the game though and was a good outlet on the right hand side.

Mamadou Sakho – 7.2

A dreadful start to the game for both central defenders as Dortmund took a early 2-0 lead, Sakho was extremely out of position for Dormund’s second goal as he couldn’t intercept the pass, but he made a heroic tackle to deny Augabamayang from scoring and making it 3-0. Showed great guts to carry on going through the game and made some crucial interceptions and tackles, as well as making the score 3-3 on the night after drifting into acres of space in the Dortmund penalty box but he took his header well and kept it low, really becoming a Kop fan favourite right now.

Sakho celebrates leveling the game on the night

Sakho celebrates leveling the game on the night

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Liverpool 4-1 Stoke City: Player ratings – Reds run riot as Klopp rings the changes

Simon Mignolet – 7.3

Mignolet has looked a lot more assured recently and put in another good display here. Couldn’t do anything for the goal but did make one outstanding save to prevent another set play goal to be conceded.

Nathaniel Clyne – 7.0

Clyne had another good performance and has become a beacon of consistency for Liverpool this season. Defended solidly and provided a good outlet down the right.

Martin Skrtel – 6.6

A much more assured performance from the Slovakian international after his shambolic display against Southampton the last time he played. Gave away the free kick which lead to Stoke’s equaliser, but this was a much better performance from Skrtel.

Kolo Toure – 6.5

Had a couple of shaky moments at the back but overall had a good game. Toure has had a good season and whenever he has had the chance to step up he has put in good performances consistently.

Alberto Moreno – 8.1

Moreno’s good form continues as he was solid defensively all game and scored a cracker of a goal, which has been coming for him this season. Provided a great asset down the left hand side and was always running the flank.

Moreno celebrates his goal vs Stoke

Moreno celebrates his goal vs Stoke

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Jordan Henderson to miss the rest of the season

Henderson set to miss 6-8 weeks

Henderson set to miss 6-8 weeks

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson will miss the rest of the season after he sustained a knee injury in the 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund and he is also a doubt for England’s Euro 2016 campaign.

The midfielder damaged ligaments in his knee and will be out for between 6-8 weeks.

England boss Roy Hodgson has reiterated the fact that he is reluctant to take players to Euro 2016 if they are not fully match fit.

“I wouldn’t be happy to really take players with us in the hope that they will become fit during the tournament,” he has said.

Henderson has been plagued with injuries all season and is already playing through a heel injury which he picked up earlier on in the season which made him miss two months.

Henderson has made just 15 appearances in the Premier League this season, which is rare for Henderson who has barely had any injuries before this season.

This is a huge blow for Liverpool as we have a shortage of quality in the midfield, even with Henderson playing poorly this season he will be a big miss. Other players will get a opportunity though as Emre Can is set to miss the next two Premier League games through suspension, Lucas still has a injury and now Henderson is injured so Allen, Milner and Stewart will all potentially be given opportunities in this position in the next few games.

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Divock Origi – ‘People forget I’m 20 but I have everything here to become a big player’

Origi celebrates against Dortmund

Origi celebrates against Dortmund

The 20 year old Belgium was preferred to Daniel Sturridge for the first leg with Borussia Dortmund, and he repaid his managers faith by scoring a crucial away goal.

It wasn’t just the fact that he scored but he put in a massive performance emphasising what Klopp wants in a striker, his movement and pace caused Dortmund problems all game but he also showcased the other part of his game which is he has gained a lot, which is his strength that he has gained recently and he used this to bring the midfielders into play.

Origi’s only real problem right now is the fact that he has scored just 6 goals this season in 28 appearances, with three of these coming against Southampton in the Capital One Cup, albeit most of his appearances have come from the bench.

He knows he has to improve but he needs time to develop into a accomplished striker for the Reds.

I have learned a lot, I’ve adapted a lot. I’m still young, only 20 and people sometimes forget that,” he said.

“I’m grateful to be at this big club, where people believe in me and everything is here for me to become a big player, which is my aim.

“I’m happy that I’m making these steps and hopefully that continues.

“It was playing a big team and as the striker I had a big responsibility [against Dortmund] but I felt the support of everybody from the coach to my team-mates and the fans.

“Everyone tried to help me as much as possible and it showed in my performance.

“You can feel the support and it gives me a boost. It does make a difference to experience that.

“Everyone said I should play to my qualities, which is getting in behind the defenders and taking them on one-on-one and of course, importantly, scoring.

“We worked a lot tactically and he (Klopp) knows my qualities and told me just to use them.

“I’m very happy that I could do this.”

Asked about who the favourites are of the tie going into the second leg at Anfield, Origi reiterated what Klopp said in his press conference which was that there are no favourites and the tie is evenly balanced.

“For me, there’s no favourites,” added Origi, who could make way for Sturridge to return against Stoke on Sunday.

“We are a good team and they are a good team. We have to show on the pitch we are capable of doing good things and we have to finish it off at Anfield.

“We have to be confident and if we are at 100 per cent, we will go through.”

 

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Europa league quarter final first leg – Liverpool vs Borussia Dortmund – Player Ratings

Simon Mignolet – 7.2

Mignolet had one outstanding save to make which was to deny Marco Reus in the first half, but other than this save the rest he had to make were simple shots which he handled well. He handled set pieces well by punching and catching them, but there were two heart in mouth moments when he turned Aubameyang not once but twice which was risky.

Nathaniel Clyne – 6.4

Not Clyne’s best game in a red shirt but he was solid. He got forward on the right giving us a outlet on the right hand side when lallana cut inside but he was caught out of position a couple of times and gave the ball away needlessly at times. May not have been his best game but even then he is solid.

Dejan Lovren – 8.5

I found it difficult to pick who was better out of Lovren and Sakho in this game but I will give it Lovren as he was calmer at the back and he lead the back four excellently. Made a crucial block to deny Aubameyang in the first half and he has been a revelation since Klopp took over.

Lovren's impressive stats vs Dormund

Lovren’s impressive stats vs Dormund

Mamadou Sakho – 8.3

Sakho and Lovren are building a very good partnership at the back now and Klopp clearly now knows his best back four. Sakho had a torrid time in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham at the weekend but he made up for it here. If Sakho can add more consistency to his game he can potentially be a world class centre back for us as when he’s on his game he wins everything but then he has games like the ones he had against Tottenham and Watford, but he has been consistently fantastic in the Europa League.

Sakho's impressive stats vs Dortmund

Sakho’s impressive stats vs Dortmund

Alberto Moreno – 7.6

One of Moreno’s best games in a Red shirt, not for the attacking prowess he holds but for some solid defending which is something you don’t say too much about Moreno. He used his speed to cut out a lot of moments and provided an outlet with Coutinho on the left hand side where them two have built a good understanding of each other.

Emre Can – 6.9

Got booked unfortunately very early but that did not stop him from putting in some crucial tackles. Certainly not his best game for us but he worked tirelessly and won a lot of tackles that a lot of players wouldn’t make if they were on a yellow card so early on. Didn’t do an awful lot in the final third but he was crucial in our own half.

Jordan Henderson – 6.3

This could potentially be the last time that we see Henderson in a Liverpool shirt this season as he got a potentially serious knee injury in the first half. He hasn’t been the same player since picking up that heel injury which he has been playing through all season. He put in the work in the first half but lacked any kind of quality in the first half but did get the assist for the crucial Divock Origi away goal after a clever layoff.

James Milner – 7.8

Milner had a really good game and worked tirelessly all game proving what a good free transfer he has been. He did lose the ball a lot in the first half but just his work rate trumped that. He became the captain for the second half and helped calm things down when Dortmund scored so early in the second half.

Adam Lallana – 6.8

Lallana didn’t show the best of his attacking game in yesterday’s game but he did have a couple of neat turns and touches. He worked his socks off though as he normally does and was just the player we needed for a game like this where work rate was so vital.

Phillipe Coutinho – 7.3

Had another good game as his recent sparking form continues, he was denied scoring by two good saves from Weidenfeller and Coutinho helped out Moreno a lot to defend on the left flank. He has built up a good understanding with Moreno and it has really helped Coutinho that we have two strikers who like to run in behind in Sturridge and Origi.

Divock Origi – 8.6 MOTM

Eyebrows were raised when the Young Belgium was selected over Daniel Sturridge, but Origi took this opportunity splendidly. This was more of a tactical change from Klopp as he fancied Origi’s raw pace, workrate and strength over Sturridges finishing prowess. On another day Origi could of had a hattrick today, he led the line brilliantly as he brought our midfielders into play with his holdup play and then he has the other aspect of his game which is the pace which we exploited as we looked to play balls over the top of their two cbs. He took his goal fantastically, albeit it caught a deflection but he should of had a second on the stroke of half time as he missed a glorious one on one opportunity which he put straight at the goalkeeper.

Origi celebrates against Dortmund

Origi celebrates against Dortmund

Subs

Joe Allen 6.7 (Jordan Henderson 45)

Joe Allen came on at half time and just slotted in seamlessly, he won a lot of tackles and just his pressing caused Dortmund to give the ball away a lot. He could get a lot more game time coming up with Lucas still injured, Henderson possibly injured for a while and Can suspended for the next two Premier League games.

Roberto Firmino 6.2 (Adam Lallana 78)

Firmino was always likely to not make this match due to the thigh injury he picked up which made him miss the international break and our game with Tottenham. He pressed well when he came on but expect him to start in a week’s time at Anfield.

Daniel Sturridge 6.1 (Divock Origi 84)

It was a surprise to a lot of people that Sturridge was dropped for such a big game but Klopp fancied a fully rested Origi and his workrate. He had one fantastic run when he came on as he took the ball passed two Drotmund players but it came to nothing. Expect Sturridge to start against Stoke at the weekend but after this performance by Origi and Sturridge’s recent performances expect Origi to start in a week’s time again.

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