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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


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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Liverpool team ratings vs Aston Villa


Simon Mignolet has already made himself an instant kop hero with two brilliant displays against Stoke and Aston Villa. Looked much more comfortable in goal after looking a bit nervy last week against Stoke. The Belgium made two brilliant saves to deny Christian Benteke on both occasions with the first being a full stretch save to deny a curling striker from Benteke. His second was in the 86th minute as Benteke met the ball in the box with a powerful half volley being denied by a brilliant stop from his Belgium colleague.


Glen Johnson is always reliable at Liverpool and was again here today. Worked hard all game to nullify the threat from Gabriel Agbonlahor, who was exceptional in his first two games. Didn’t have too many chances to attack the Aston Villa defence, but was a good defensive game from Johnson.


Daniel Agger had another solid display in this match today as he forges a new partnership alongside Kolo Toure. The Dane put his body on the line a number of times during the match, especially his clash with Aston Villa keeper Brad Guzan from a corner. The new vice captain partnership with Kolo Toure goes from strength to strength as they keep another clean sheet with a solid display.


Kolo Toure proved again why Liverpool got him as a free transfer as he put in another brave display for his new team. Toure had the tough task of stopping Christian Benteke, which he did as Benteke rarely threatened during the match. The Ivorian gives Liverpool some height in the box, something they have lacked for a long time.


Jose Enrique claimed the assist for the goal from Daniel Sturridge, but otherwise his display was average. Some of his passing was wayward as he lost the ball to many times in dangerous positions and doesn’t look comfortable when he is on the ball sometimes. Enrique can be unplayable on his best day but just lacks the consistency that is needed when playing for Liverpool.


Lucas did brilliant to shield the defence from Aston Villa. Lucas is often the unsung hero as he gets himself about the pitch making vital tackles and interceptions and rarely loses the ball. You notice the gaps that Lucas not playing would give if he was injured and is one of the most underrated players in the Premier League.


Steven Gerrard was inspirational today in getting back and defending the onslaught from Aston Villa in the second half, although some of his passing was wayward for Gerrard. Made tackles and put his body on the line for Liverpool in a hard fought battle.


Did not have a lot to do as the Aston Villa defence kept him quiet for most of the match. The second half was all Aston Villa and Coutinho is not the best with his defensive duties. If he is to remain a winger then he will have to learn to be wary of leaving spaces when he attacks. The Brazilian is clearly better in the number 10 role as he does not have much defensive responsibility but Liverpool lack quality wingers to replace Coutinho in that position.



Henderson put in an effortless display running from box to box, but with Liverpool being so much under pressure from Villa he did not have much time to show his qualities. Got into the box well which is pleasing to see from a midfielder, but drifted out of the game for too long.


New signing Iago Aspas had a comfortable game as he just like Henderson and Coutinho did not have a lot to do. Showed a lot of neat little touches during the game and showed he can be a tricky customer, but did not get enough off the ball to showcase what he can do.



Daniel Sturridge put in a scintillating display again here and scored the winner, just like he did last week against Stoke City. His goal was well taken as he called for Coutinho to dummy the ball as collected it and danced past a number of defenders, took the ball around the keeper and slotted it into the roof of the net for a goal of the month contender. Looked lively and dangerous all game and even defended in the second half as Villa piled on the pressure. At one point in the match he was in the right-back position which just emphasised his overall performance.



Liverpool’s new signing Aly Cissokho was a brilliantly used tactic from Rodgers as he took of Aspas for Cissokho to bring more height into the game and so that Cissokho could get back more and defend. Looked powerful and some of his runs were brilliant as he tried to take the pressure of the Liverpool defence.


Rodgers attempted to put on Joe Allen to try to control the game a lot more, taking of Coutinho for the Welshman. Some of his passing was wayward but helped Liverpool to defend more than what Coutinho and Aspas would off. Allen helped cover the gaps in midfield and it worked for the final minutes as Rodgers closed off the match well with some good substitutions.

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Liverpool hold firm against resilient Aston Villa

Liverpool earned their second 1-0 victory in the space of a week as they held firm against a resilient Aston Villa team.

Aston Villa went into this match in good form as they beat Arsenal in a stunning 3-1 display last Saturday and they battled Chelsea to a narrow 2-1 defeat where they deserved a point. Liverpool’s task was to stop a firing Benteke who had scored 3 goals in 2 games against top opposition.

Liverpool named an unchanged line-up from the team that beat Stoke City 1-0 comfortably, with new signing Aly Cissokho starting on the bench.

Liverpool were aiming to make their best start to a season since the 2008-09 season by getting 2 wins from 2.

Liverpool certainly made a positive start to the match as they dominated possession and dictating all the play, but chances were coming hard to come by for Liverpool. Countinho’s 15th minute curler was the closest Liverpool came in the opening 15 minutes of the game.

However just after the 20 minute mark the deadlock was finally broken, and deservedly, broken by Liverpool.

It was a well worked team goal as Enrique looked for Coutinho, who got a shout from Sturridge to dummy it, which he obliged and the ball ran into Sturridge’s path who showed nimble footwork to dance beyond several challenges and slam the ball into the roof of the net.

Sturridge breaks the deadlock

Sturridge breaks the deadlock

The visitors kept control of the game for the rest of the half, but with four minutes until half-time Simon Mignolet was called into action with a full stretch save from Christian Benteke’s curler.

Moments after Villa continued their first good spell in the match as Andres Weimann had a powerful shot deflected just over the bar for a corner.

Liverpool introduced new signing Aly Cissokho to the match for Iago Aspas, as they looked to close off the match.

Cissokho makes Liverpool debut

Cissokho makes Liverpool debut

Villa continued to pressurise the Liverpool defence as Kolo Toure’s headed clearance found its way invitingly for Gabriel Agbonlahor who volleyed the ball agonisingly wide.

Toure challenges Benteke

Toure challenges Benteke

Then, on 86 minutes, a bouncing ball was latched onto by Christian Benteke in the box who lashed a powerful strike towards goal, with Liverpool’s Belgium stopper turning the ball round the post brilliantly.

Liverpool had a late penalty appeal turned down as Sturridge rounded the keeper, with Brad Guzan making contact with Sturridge with the ref turning down a certain penalty.

Liverpool held on for a well worked three points as Liverpool make it two wins from two in the league so far.

Gerrard celebrates Liverpool's second successive win

Gerrard celebrates Liverpool’s second successive win

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Liverpool player rating v Stoke City


Simon Mignolet had a superb debut for Liverpool yesterday. The first 20 minutes of the match he looked a little uncomfortable in the Reds goal, making a few mistakes when he received the ball at his feet. But he made a three top class saves during the course of the match. The first coming from a curling shot from Jonathon Walters which Mignolet had to spring across his goal to prevent Stoke taking the lead in the game. The second of his high profile saves came when Stoke were awarded a penalty in the last few minutes of the game and Mignolet sprung across to his right to dramatically rescue Liverpool from dropping points. The third was the rebound from the penalty where he had to get up quickly to prevent Kenwyn Jones from a late equaliser. Along with the saves he looked comfortable in goal for the most part and handled the crosses well.


Glen Johnson did not have to do much today and had a very quite match for his standards. Did not bomb down the right hand side as much, but defensively was very sure in the match and made no mistakes. Johnson has good competition for his place this season in the returning Martin Kelly and if Johnson does lose form then Kelly will be breathing right down his neck. Had a secure game but will need to better his performances if he is not to become complacent.


Kolo Toure signed for Liverpool in the summer on a free transfer and a lot of people questioned whether he will be good enough for Liverpool, with a lot of supporters expecting him to more of a squad player. But he proved all his doubters wrong with a solid performance against Stoke. He’s now 32 but he does not lack pace and is extremely strong. Liverpool needed a bit of height, physicality and experience and Toure proved all of them today. Toure hit the crossbar for Liverpool after getting on the end of a corner with a blistering header onto the bar, and continued to look a threat for corners. Matched the physicality of Stoke City and is the needed extra height and experience that is needed, and he certainly proved his doubters wrong with this performance!


Daniel Agger is Liverpool’s new vice captain after remaining with Liverpool for a number of years and showing undivided loyalty towards Liverpool, despite interest from Barcelona. His performance today was solid alongside Kolo Toure, but did give away a late penalty with a handball that could of cost Liverpool three points if it weren’t for Mignolet’s heroics. Handled the physicality of Stoke well and dealt with everything Stoke threw at the Reds defence.


Had a solid game in the left-back slot for Liverpool, but is now under pressure as Liverpool are looking to sign a new left-back. With reports that Liverpool have agreed a loan deal for Aly Cissokho, Jose Enrique could well lose his place in the team. The Spaniard can be erratic at times but he wasn’t tested too much by Stoke. He looked a threat going forward, although some of his touches let him down and ended positive attacks.


Had a good game against Stoke and is often the unsung hero in matches. Lucas holds the midfield and defence together and the game was no different against Stoke. He was making tackles, putting his body on the line and starting off attacks for Liverpool. You don’t usually notice his mark on the match but when he is not in the starting eleven you can see the gaps in the Liverpool team.


Henderson started ahead of Joe Allen in the match which did surprise a lot of supporters after Joe Allen was so prominently featured in pre-season. Henderson looked lively and was box to box for all the game. Had a number of chances but hit most of them straight against the Stoke keeper Begovic and needs to improve his finishing.


Do we expect anything else from Gerrard? He was his usual self pinging passes and pulling all the strings in the Liverpool team. Combines defence and attack brilliantly and was all over the park like he normally is. He plays in a deeper role now and lets Henderson bomb forward, although he still picks and chooses when he goes forward like he did in this match today.


Coutinho had a brilliant game and created the most chances out of any Premier League teams on the opening day of the weekend. Coutinho rattled the post with a cracker of a strike and was involved in everything which was good about Liverpool’s attack play. Coutinho even got back defensively well and did not leave gaps when he was going forward. The Brazilian also forged a brilliant partnership with Iago Aspas and Daniel Sturridge.


Daniel Sturridge was rated at just eighty percent fit for the game and it is a great credit to how well the England international played. Sturridge was the match winner with a brilliant 25 yard strike to beat Begovic in the Stoke goal, and it took something special to beat the Stoke keeper who had an impressive game. Sturridge forged a brilliant relationship on the field with Coutinho and Aspas. Sturridge had a few chances to double his goal tally but otherwise had a stunning game for Liverpool. When Suarez returns to the fold he could find it hard to get back into the team if Liverpool continue to play like this.


Iago Aspas made his Barclays Premier League debut in this match today and did not show it. Looked lively for the whole match and showed how skilful he can be during the course of the match. Had a couple of chances to score and needs to improve his finishing if he is to be a success at the Reds. Aspas linked up well with Coutinho and Sturridge during the match.



Raheem Sterling played 20 minutes of the match coming on the pitch for the impressive Aspas. Didn’t do a lot as Liverpool mostly had to defend for the last 15 minutes of the match. Had a impressive pre-season where he looked extremely lively.


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Rodgers lavishes praise on goalkeeper Simon Mignolet

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers lavished praise on new Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, after he saved a last minute Liverpool to help Liverpool to a deserving 1-0 victory over Stoke City.

The Reds took a first half lead with a stunning 25 yard strike from Daniel Sturridge and looked on course to comfortably pick up the victory until Daniel Agger handled the ball in the penalty area to give Stoke a penalty.

Mignolet saved the resulting penalty from Jonathon Walters, in the process rescuing all three points for Liverpool in their first game of the season.

Rodgers told his post-match press conference: “He made three terrific saves in the game. He had one in the first half when Jonathan Walters had a great turn and shot and Simon stretched and got a strong arm to the corner on the left side.

“Obviously when you don’t take your chances – and we created numerous chances and didn’t do that – and then get a penalty against you at the end, there’s sometimes that sinking feeling.

“But he’d done his homework and knows exactly where all the penalty takers are going. It was a good first save and then obviously the reaction to get up and make the second save was impressive.

“I think from that, you also saw the spirit in the team, what we’re trying to cultivate here as well and the energy and attitude of the players.

“It was terrific performance all round – but of course, the goalkeeper gets the plaudits when he saves a penalty right at the end.”

Mignolet’s save prompted joyous scenes of celebration as Liverpool got the new season up and running with a victory.

Rodgers added: “I’m delighted – I’m just delighted for the players. The work they put in over the course of pre-season and their focus and concentration amid everything that was thrown at them at the club, to come out and play like that, create as many chances as they did and get the win was excellent.

“There was a great atmosphere, it was a wonderful day and it’s the first three points of hopefully many more.”

Mignolet was not the only debutant in the match, as Kolo Toure and Iago Aspas both made their Premier League debuts for Liverpool.

“Kolo introduced himself to the crowd when he jumped about seven foot five in the first couple of minutes of the game – it was a wonderful leap and I think you could see his energy and enthusiasm,” said the boss.

“When we lost Jamie Carragher last year, we were losing real experience – but Kolo comes in and offers that. He was excellent.

“Mignolet was very good and Iago Aspas is a real bright and clever player. In and around the edge of the box, he wants to shoot, he wants to combine with people and that’s something that’s important for us. I thought for 70 minutes he was excellent.

“Tactically he understands the game and what we’re trying to do here. All across the board, it was very good.”

Rodgers also praised Daniel Sturridge, who has only been training for two weeks and was rated at being eighty per cent fit for the match and played 90 minutes.

“Considering he’s only been back just over two weeks from his injury, I think he’s a great credit,” said the manager.

“He played 90 minutes in midweek in a game behind closed doors, so to come out and play another 90 today was really putting himself out there.

“Just at the point before he scored, I’d made a note for him to maybe take more shots because our combination play was great.

“It was a really good move, we showed great patience to pass and to probe to get the space. You saw Daniel’s power, he’s got a wonderful left foot and it was a terrific finish.

“He’s disappointed he never got a few more, but he continues to score and that’s why he’s here. That’s his job.”

He replied: “At the minute, the concentration is on the players who are available to play. Luis is doing his work and there’s nothing to be said there. For us, it’s about continuing with the momentum coming through from last season and winning games, which is what we’re here for.

“He’s a part of our team and a part of the club. The supporters are a class act here – the classic Liverpool Way is to always support the players and the manager. That’s what they always do.”

Rodgers continued: “I won’t be saying anything on Luis Suarez and it’s only purely out of respect for the players that are working hard at the minute.

“All I will say is I am very satisfied with how everything has been resolved and we as a club are now looking to the future and moving on.”

Meanwhile, on the prospect of adding his squad before the close of transfer window, Rodgers said: “We’re confident of having one or two in before the window shuts, but there are no names, just speculation.”

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Mignolet saves Liverpool in a deserving 1-0 victory

Rodgers celebrates a big win for Liverpool

Rodgers celebrates a big win for Liverpool

Liverpool begun the new season with a 1-0 win over Stoke City with a stunning 25-yard strike from Daniel Sturridge, with Mignolet saving Liverpool with a last minute penalty save.

Liverpool dominated much of the match after hitting the crossbar three times during the match, emphasising how much they dominated.

Mignolet made himself an instant kop hero by saving a 88th minute penalty from Stoke City striker Jonathon Walters.

The excitement around the start of the season was emphasised by Liverpool’s bright start to the game, with the Reds hitting the crossbar and scoring an offside goal in the first quarter of an hour.

Stoke had a great chance when Mignolet struggled to handle former Reds striker Peter Crouch and parried the ball straight to defender Robert Huth, who volleyed the ball onto the crossbar with a gaping goal.

Shortly after, Liverpool were celebrating a goal through striker Daniel Sturridge from a brilliant free-kick from Steven Gerrard which found Sturridge’s head and the England striker put the ball into the back of the net, until the referee called for a, rightful, offside decision.

Liverpool continued to press when a corner found its way to debutant Kolo Toure who blasted his header onto the crossbar, with Sturridge’s follow up going high and wide.

Toure smashes the crossbar

Toure smashes the crossbar

Stoke goalkeeper had a sublime game and was called into action numerous times before Liverpool broke the deadlock.

After Aspas hit the ball straight at the Bosnian goalkeeper, he found a sublime pass to find Jose Enrique who hit the ball straight at Begovic.

Coutinho eye for a pass was evident again here in this match after he slid a ball through for Jordan Henderson, but Begovic rushed out to prevent Henderson from getting a left footed shot in.

The brilliant Stoke keeper though was powerless to stop a sublime Sturridge strike as Liverpool finally broke the deadlock.

Quick interplay in the Reds midfield found Sturridge who struck an unstoppable strike from 25 yards out and found its way into the corner of the net beautifully.

Sturridge celebrates breaking the deadlock for Liverpool

Sturridge celebrates breaking the deadlock for Liverpool

The Potters kept on fighting though as Mignolet had to acrobatically get across his goal to prevent a curling effort from Stoke striker Jonathon Walters. Lucas then had to nod a Ryan Shawcross header of the line to keep Liverpool in it going into halftime.

Liverpool continued to impress in the second half as they looked for a second goal and were unlucky not have extended their lead before the hour mark in the match.

Coutinho whipped in a cross and Sturridge failed to connect with the ball, but it fell to Henderson who blasted his strike straight at Asmir Begovic.

Sturridge then had a chance to double his tally when he fired the ball from a tight angle for begovic to knock onto the post. From the resulting corner summer signing Iago Aspas, who impressed, glanced his header just wide of the post.

Aspas continued to impress as he teed up Jordan Henderson, who cut across the ball with a sweeping striker that agonisingly nailed the far post.

As Liverpool closed in on the win, Daniel Agger was ruled to have handballed the ball inside the penalty box and Stoke were awarded a last minute penalty to level the game.

Stoke striker Jonathon Walters stepped up to take the penalty and was dramatically stopped by a impressive penalty save from new goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, sealing a vital three points for Liverpool.

Mignolet saves a penalty from Stoke City's Walters

Mignolet saves a penalty from Stoke City’s Walters

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Suarez to miss Liverpool trip to Norway due to injury

Unsettled Liverpool striker Luis Suarez will miss Liverpool’s trip to Norway due to a foot injury he received in training.

The 26-year-old has been the subject of two rejected bids from Arsenal for Suarez and the Uruguayan is considering handing in a transfer request to force a move away from Anfield.

Suarez has so far played in three of Liverpool’s friendly’s, against Melbourne Victory, Thailand and Olympiacos.

Liverpool meet Valerenga on Wednesday in a friendly match before travelling to Dublin to take on Celtic on Saturday, a week before the season starts.

Suarez will have a scan on his foot this week and will stay behind to receive treatment.

Other players who have not made the journey to Norway due to little knocks are Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel and Glen Johnson, as well as Daniel Sturridge who has just started full training again.

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Sturridge to be fit for start of season as he returns to full training

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is back in full training, with Rodgers expecting the England international to play a part when Liverpool travel to Scotland to play Celtic this Saturday.

Daniel Sturridge injured his ankle on England international duty in May and stayed behind to be ready for the start of the season, as the Reds toured Indonesia, Thailand and Australia.

Brendan Rodgers brought in Sturridge from Chelsea in January and the 23-year-old scored 11 goals in 16 appearances for the Reds.

Liverpool boss Rodgers is thrilled now that Sturridge is back in training, and he feels that everything is heading in the right direction for the start of the season.

“Thankfully Daniel had his first training session today with the team and I thought he looked very, very sharp,” Rodgers told

“He obviously had an injury at the end of the season which set him back, but he’s worked very hard along with the medical guys who have done a great job with him.

“It’s a great testament to him he’s kept himself fit and it was just waiting for the right time to introduce him.

“The game on Wednesday will probably be too much for him so we’ll look towards the weekend.

“It’s important he has another good week’s training and it was great to see him back today, because for me he can be one of the top strikers in the Premier League this season.

“He’s played no part in the pre-season so you put him in at the top end of the field with his pace, power and his quality and we are able to add something more to the group as well.

“So it all bodes well for us for the beginning of the season and sets us up nice and solid and exciting for the first game.”

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Liverpool make 22million bid for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa

Liverpool have submitted a 22million bid for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, according to several reports.

Liverpool have already gone to La Liga twice this summer with the signings of Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas from Seville and Celta Vigo respectively.

Luis Suarez will miss the first six games of the season due his 10 game ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic and Daniel Sturridge hasn’t kicked a ball this pre-season yet and could miss the start of the season.

Liverpool will not buy the 24-year-old as a replacement for Suarez, but rather someone to persuade Suarez to stay and partner him up front.

The Brazilian will be Liverpool’s fourth most expensive signing behind Andy Carroll(35million), Fernando Torres(26million), and Luis Suarez(22.8million).

Costa is a powerful striker standing at 6ft2inches and made his mark at Atletico Madrid last season scoring 20 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions, playing as second fiddle to Falcao.

Atletico Madrid are considering Liverpool’s approach as they have sold Falcao to Monaco and brought in David Villa as his replacement. Costa wants to talk to Liverpool over a move to Anfield.

Liverpool are looking to bring in a few more marquee signings and Diego Costa fits into the category for Liverpool.

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