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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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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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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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Liverpool’s Adam Lallana could be out injured for 6 weeks

Injured LallanaLiverpool have suffered a major blow to their preparations for the new season with the injury of new signing Adam Lallana, who could potentially be out for up to 6 weeks.

The England midfielder, who had signed for 23.5million from Southampton earlier in the summer, could potentially miss the first 3 games of the Barclays Premier League campaign, these games include a game against former club Southampton and two away trips to Manchester City and Tottenham.

Lallana is also likely to miss the start of England’s Euro qualifying campaign away to Switzerland. The 25-year-old was hurt during a training exercise on Thursday and Liverpool’s fears were realised following the results of the scan.

He has suffered a lateral collateral ligament damage, but does not require surgery which could have potentially put him out of action for 3 months.

Lallana was expected to make his Liverpool debut against Olympiacos on Sunday, but now may have to wait until after the season has started.

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Adam Lallana has finally signed for Liverpool, Here is his first full interview.

Adam, welcome to Liverpool Football Club…

Thank you very much. I’m over the moon for it to be sorted. I still can’t quite believe it. I just can’t wait to get started in pre-season and work with the team.

Can you describe your emotions right now?

Not really, no, it has not sunk in if I’m being honest. I’d like to thank everyone at Southampton for what they have done for me; I have been there for the best part of 14 years. I’m so excited for the next chapter of my career, coming to a special club like Liverpool. I’m quite humbled and I just can’t wait to get started.

After spending so much of your life on the south coast, how big a step is this for you?

It’s a huge step. Liverpool have got so much history and after the season they had last season, I can’t wait to get started and carry on and build on that. Champions League football is back; everyone is telling me that the atmosphere on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at Anfield are something special. Lambert is up here already and he has been telling me all about it. It’s great that I can continue my career with him as well. That’s a special moment.

How much of a help is he going to be now you’re both here at Liverpool?

A massive help. I’ve spent the last four or five years with him. We’ve had great careers at Southampton and achieved something special, but we’re both thoroughly looking forward to the new challenge. It’s Rickie’s boyhood club and a club I can’t wait to be a part of.

Tell us what the thought process is when you find out that Liverpool Football Club are interested in you…

To start off with…if it’s true! There had been a lot of toing and froing and it had been a little bit longer than I’d anticipated, but it’s something I’m not quite used to. I’m grateful that Southampton accepted the offer in the end and granted my wish to play at such a fantastic football club, in Champions League football and competing for Premier League titles. I’ll probably get back started in pre-season within three weeks. I’ll have time to chill out with my family, go on holiday and take a break from it for a week or so. Then I’ll come back fully focused on the job in hand.

Who was the first person you spoke to about this move?

Probably my dad, my family and my wife. A lot of my close friends are Southampton fans, but they understand. They understand this is an opportunity that you just can’t turn down. At the age I’m at, 26 now, it’s just the right step. I’m sure most people will understand my decision.

You’ve had quite a rise in quite a short space of time – you’re now a Liverpool player, you’re an England international. Does it seem surreal? Does it sink in, how far you’ve come?

It doesn’t yet. To think, five or six years ago, I was playing in League One. But it’s a reality that we’ve climbed up the leagues and done so well. I’d like to think I’m here on merit, I think I’ve earned it. I just can’t wait to keep improving, playing with world-class players and a lot of England teammates as well, which I’m also looking forward to so much. It’s going to be a great new chapter in my life.

Do your ambitions as a player change now that you’re at a club like this?

They have to – it’s a huge club that wants to win titles again and compete in the Champions League. There are different targets to what a club like Southampton has, but I’m just going to be pushing to do the best I can.

What has the manager, Brendan Rodgers, said to you about how he sees you fitting into his Liverpool?

I can’t say I’ve had that chat in detail yet. But from what I have spoken to him, he seems like a top manager. Everyone compliments him massively and gives him great references. All of the lads at England said that if I did get the chance to work with him then it would help my career in huge ways. So I can’t wait to get started working with him.

How do you think your style and your game will complement what he already has here at Liverpool?

I hope it complements and I can bring something different to the team. People have said to me that there are similarities in the way Southampton and Liverpool play their football, and I hope that enables me to settle that much easier. I just can’t wait to start playing with the world-class players that are here – I’m only going to learn and get better.

Adam Lallana signs for Liverpool

Adam Lallana signs for Liverpool

Having watched Liverpool from afar and seeing the success Liverpool had last season, how much does that excite you to be part of it going forward?

Watching the run-in towards the end of last season was unbelievable, not just for myself but everyone involved in football. It got the hairs on the back of my neck standing up just watching them, and the style of football they were playing. Deep down, I was thinking to myself: hopefully one day I’ll be able to play in that team. That dream has become a reality now, so I can’t wait for that to get started.

You were part of one of the few sides to take points from Liverpool at Anfield. What was that experience like?

It was a great afternoon. Southampton weren’t expected to get anything from the game. I remember the game quite well; we won 1-0 and a few fans clapped us off the pitch. It shows what respectful fans Liverpool are and how great the fans are. To be playing for Liverpool now, with them behind me, is another reason why I can’t wait to get started.

This is a great moment for you, signing for this football club, but we know it has been a difficult few weeks with England in the World Cup. How do you overcome a disappointment like that to ensure you start your Liverpool career well?

Just keep working even harder. We did suffer disappointment; not just myself, all of the lads are disappointed, the whole country is disappointed. We need to rest now for a couple of weeks, recharge the batteries and then get back to doing what we love, that’s playing football. Hopefully we’ll have learned a lot from the experience and take what positives we can into the European Championship campaign.

Do you become stronger mentally from experiencing something like that?

Without a shadow of a doubt. I think you can only become stronger mentally.It’s a long way from home, in different conditions and a lot of people’s first major tournament. So it is good experience. We just have to learn quickly and hopefully improve and get better results next time.

You mentioned spending plenty of time with your new Liverpool teammates while you were over in Brazil. Did you ask them questions about this football club and what it’s like to be here?

I did and they were on to me about when it was getting sorted. I was running out of answers in the end because I thought the more I say ‘soon’ the longer it would take. During the World Cup I was fully focused on just playing for England, but I was eager for it to get sorted once I knew I was coming home. Just so I can switch off and rest and recover for a couple of weeks before we start pre-season.

How much can you still learn from someone like Steven Gerrard? You’ve had opportunities to spend time with him at international level, but here with your football club now, how much can you still learn from someone like him?

There’s no limit to what I can learn playing with him. I grew up watching him. My best mates, he’s their legend. For me to be playing alongside him, not just at England but at club level, is quite surreal really. They’re always asking me what he’s like. He’s got that aura around him. But I need to quickly get used to it because I’ll be playing with him week in, week out.

You’ll make him feel old saying you grew up watching him…

Well, I did, it’s just the fact and reality. He’s still such a good player and he can go on to play for numerous more years with the quality he possesses.

Your first official game for Liverpool could be against your former club Southampton. What do you anticipate that feeling will be like?

It would have been worse if it was at St Mary’s, I’m glad it’s at Anfield. But to be lining up against my teammates from last year just had to happen. It’s fate. Rickie and I spoke about it, and he said he could have bet his mortgage on it, he knew it was going to happen.

You’ve experienced Anfield as an opposition player. What will that feeling be like to run out with the home support behind you?

I can’t wait to experience it. Everyone says it has got a unique atmosphere; it’s a unique ground with a lot of history. I just can’t wait to get on the pitch with the fans behind me, rather than just the away fans.

Finally, what is your message to those Liverpool supporters?

Hopefully I can settle in quickly, and I will give it my best throughout the whole time I’m here. I hope I can add something to the team and hopefully we can win trophies while I’m here, because that’s why I’m here – for success.

 

 

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Lallana on verge of 25million move to Liverpool

LallanaLiverpool are on the brink of signing one of their top summer transfer targets this summer after agreeing a 25million fee for Adam Lallana.

The English international has had his heart set on a move to Liverpool at the end of the season, with it looking like his dream has come true after arriving at Melwood for a medical.

Liverpool had an opening bid of 20million rejected for the player and they subsequently put in a 25million bid, which was again rejected. Liverpool had struggled to agree a price as they would not budge of their own valuation of the player, and they were always wandering whether Southampton will budge of their 30million valuation for the player.

Talk of Lallana’s future was put on hold until the World Cup had finished for England, and after having been eliminated early, Liverpool have seemed to be able to tie up the deal quickly.

Liverpool are trying to complete their transfer business quickly, with the signings of Emre Can and Rickie Lambert already made to a squad that finished runners up last season.

 

 

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Adam Lallana to push through Liverpool move after leaving Brazil early with England

LallanaSouthampton playmaker Adam Lallana will try to push through a move to Liverpool now that England have been knocked out of the World Cup early.

Roy Hodgson’s team will be returning to England after Tuesdays match with Costa Rica, having lost to both Italy and Uruguay. Lallana will reiterate to Southampton officials that he feels now is the time to leave.

Given his long association with Southampton he is reluctant to hand in a formal transfer request, but with Southampton and Liverpool struggling to agree a move then the 26-year-old may have to hand in the transfer request.

Liverpool have had a 25million bid for lallana rejected with Southampton playing hardball over their star player, with Bournemouth getting 25% of any fee that is agreed for Lallana.

Lallana does not want to leave Southampton on bad terms due to his longstanding stay there, but he believes now is the right time to move on.

Southampton are holding out for 30million from Liverpool, but the Merseyside club will be willing to let Fabio Borini go to Southampton as a makeweight for Lallana.

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Liverpool to wait until after the World Cup to seal Lallana deal

LallanaLiverpool have told Southampton star Adam Lallana that he remains there top summer target and our willing to wait until the World Cup is over to seal the deal, with Lallana desperate to move to Liverpool.

The Merseyside giants want Lallana to force through a move to Liverpool this summer, but understand that he has to concentrate on the World Cup with England right now.

Liverpool are not willing to budge from their 25million take-it-or-leave-it deal, even if Southampton want 30million for their captain.

The 26-year-old is desperate to move to Liverpool and is expected to hand in a formal transfer request to Southampton, who he has already told he wants to join Liverpool to challenge for trophy’s and play in the Champions League.

Lallana could even refuse to play in Southampton’s pre-season matches if the South Coast club refuse to speak with Liverpool.

Now though Lallana is concentrating on the World Cup as England continue their preparations in Miami, before travelling to Rio next week.

Lallana has four years left on his deal and they sit in a good position regarding any transfer for their captain, although if Lallana is sold Southampton owe Bournemouth 25 per-cent of the transfer fee, which has complicated the deal.

Lallana scored 9 goals last season and claimed 8 assists, as Southampton finished eighth. With the 26-year-old being included in the England squad for the World Cup.

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