Oct 132015

Liverpool fans have been very expectant after the appointment of Jurgen Klopp to replace Brendan Rodgers. Their first test under their new manger would be when Liverpool visit Tottenham at White Hart Lane this October 17. The match is one in which Klopp would have to prove his worth.

Commenting on that match, Tottenham forward, Harry Kane, has come out to say that Tottenham can outrun Liverpool just as they have outrun other teams.

Harry Kane After England’s 3-0 win over Lithuania said: “In the first couple of games after a managerial appointment everybody tries to impress so they will probably have that little five per cent extra than usual. We expect that. The Liverpool players at England could not wait to get back to start working under him.

“But we have out-run every team we have played so far this season and that’s a sign we’re playing the manager’s tactics right and are fit enough to do it. And that’s what we have to do again on Saturday. Obviously Liverpool, with a new manager, will be up for it. But we know what we have to do.”

Although Kane is talking tough, Tottenham’s statistics against Liverpool tell a different story. Tottenham has not won a single game in their last five games against Liverpool. They have also conceded a total of 18 goals in these encounters. However, Tottenham has had a good start to this season. They haven’t lost a game except from the first match of the season which they lost to United.

Obviously, the match at White Hart Lane this weekend will be one that would be a very decisive one for both teams.

Oct 132015

A former Liverpool star, Djibril Cisse has been implicated in a blackmail case. He has been released from police custody after he was arrested along with three others around 6am this morning. The blackmail case is one in which involves Malthieu Valbuena, Cisse’s former teammate at Marseille and fellow French player.

Cisse was involved in a plot to collect a sum of money from Valbuena in order for them not to publish a sex tape in which Valbuena was involved in. This act by Cisse could turn out badly for him. He could end up getting a five year jail term for his actions in this case of blackmail against the present Lyon midfielder.

This imbroglio involving the two players has come out as shocking to the outside world. The two players are considered friends. They are both French players and they played together at Marseille between 2006 and 2008.

Djibril Cisse has played for Liverpool, Sunderland and QPR in the English Premier League. He joined Liverpool in 2004. He was able to net about 24 goals in 74 appearances for Liverpool. He left the Premier League and Liverpool in the year 2007.

He returned to the English Premier League on a season long loan for Sunderland in 2008.  He scored 11 goals for Sunderland that season. He subsequently joined QPR in the Premier league in 2012 and scored 12 goals for them during the 18 months period in which he was with them.

Cisse was released by Ligue 1 club Bastia this summer. Thus, he is currently without a club. It would be interesting to how all this played out.

Oct 102015

After a tough start to the season for Liverpool which culminated in the sack of coach Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool has appointed Jurgen Klopp as their new manager. The appointment is coming barely a week after the sack of Rodgers and is Liverpool keeping to their word of appointing a manager before their game against Tottenham.

The appointment of Klopp was confirmed on Thursday night. Klopp would be presented as the coach by 10 am on Friday in an interview at Anfield. Klopp signed a 3 year deal worth about £6 million per year. The deal has an option of an additional twelve years if Klopp performs to the expectation of owners, Fenway Sports Group.

Klopp arrived at Liverpool by 5pm on Thursday. He landed at the John Lennon Airport. He came through a private Jet from Dortmund. He was accompanied by family and assistants, Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz. He signed the deal with Fenway Sport Group President, Mike Gordon and Liverpool Chief Executive, Ian Ayre.

The former Dortmund coach would be making little changes to the back room staff. John Achterberg, the goal keeper trainer would be retained. He would also retain academic director Alex Inglethorpe and club director Andy Massey.

Some back room staff who are leaving include assistant manager, Sean O’Driscoll, Glenn Driscoll the performance head and Chris Davis who is the head of opposition analysis.

The coming of Jurgen Klopp to Liverpool has been well anticipated. Even before Rodgers was sacked, there were speculations that he might be interested in the Liverpool job. After the sack of Rodgers, Klopp and Ancelotti were both speculated as top runners for the job. Finally, Klopp was the favourite of Fenway Sports Group.

We hope that he would be able to deliver at Liverpool.

Oct 052015

Liverpool have had a very woeful performance early this season by all standards. This has in the end, culminated into the sacking of the Liverpool coach, Brendan Rodgers. Brendan Rodgers was sacked this Sunday. This was after the 1-1 draw with Everton at Everton’s home which took place on Saturday.
The game was a virtually fruitless one, especially for the Liverpool team. Liverpool got the first goal when forward Danny Ings scored at the 41st minute. Everton equalised sooner at the 45th minute through their forward, Romelu Lukaku. This result ended up placing Liverpool at 10th position on the table.
On Sunday, Rodgers was shown the door after it appeared that he was no longer fit to take the team to the promised land. It is reported that the decision to sack Rodgers had already been reached even before the Everton game. The owners of Liverpool, Fenway Sports Group chose not to reveal this before the match do that it would not interfere with preparations for the match.
Brendan Rodgers is the first Liverpool coach since the 1950s not to lift a trophy in his first three years. Rodgers came pretty close to getting the league title in the 2013/2014 season but they ended up coming second place. Louis Suarez was very important in this season. The next season he was sold and Rodgers was unable to find a suitable replacement. Thus, Liverpool ended up as sixth position in the 2014/2015 season.
Rodgers was cut some slack due to the previous performance of the team in the 2013/2014 season. This season, the performance of the squad was woeful and it has culminated to his leaving of the club.
Liverpool have promised to find a replacement for the coach before the game against Tottenham in two weeks time. Top contenders for the position include former Dortmund coach, Jurgen Klopp and former Madrid coach, Carlo Ancellotti.

Sep 252015

The position of Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers is in serious question as there have been insinuations that former Dortmund boss, Jurgen Klopp, might be interested in his job.

This is coming after a woeful performance by the Liverpool side since the beginning of this season. Liverpool haven’t won in their last five games before their match against Carlisle. Of the last 8 games played by Liverpool, they only have 6 goals to boot.

The game against Carlisle was even won on penalties as Liverpool could not find a win in 120 minutes. Danny Ings scored for Liverpool when he headed a cross from Adam Lallana into the goal in 23rd minute. Asamoah equalised for Carlisle in the 35th minute. The rest of the game dragged on with neither side being able to find the net. The Liverpool fans were so disappointed that they booed the team while the match was on.

A lot of people are calling for Brendan Rodger’s head. This is further heightened by insinuations that the former Dortmund coach might be interested in Rodger’s position. Klopp, who left Dortmund at the end of last season for a year long sabbatical might end it prematurely to take a coaching position in the English Premier league. Right now, Liverpool seems to be the club in need of a new coach.

Some fans have also vowed to wear Jurgen Klopp outfits to Liverpool’s next game in a bid to register their grievances.

However, neither Klopp nor any of his representatives has not been contacted by Liverpool for the position.

Liverpool have also been linked to former Madrid coach, Carlo Ancelotti.

Sep 222015

More pressure has been mounted on Liverpool boss, Brendan Rodgers after a dissppointing match against Norwich this Sunday. Liverpool drew the match 1-1 against Norwich at Anfield. Ings Scored first for Liverpool after half time in the 48th minute. However, Martins got one back for Norwich in the 61st minute following a blunder from Liverpool keeper during a corner kick.

Liverpool have won just 5 of their last 18 games in all competitions. This season, they have only scored four goals in the Premier League which is a record better than only Newcastle’s. All these point to a dismal performance from Liverpool.

The coach has a lot to be blamed for. Liverpool’s defence has continued in its sloppiness. This problem is further made worse by Liverpool’s bluntness going forward. Brendan Rodgers spent £80 million on 7 players this transfer season. However, there hasn’t been much impact in their game this season.

The next test for Brendan Rodgers is their league cup match against Carlisle on Wednesday. After that is the match against Aston Villa at Anfield. Aston Villa have won only one match this season. However, they have a good record against Liverpool. They have had two wins in their last four away games at Anfield. Also, Liverpool has not beaten Aston Villa at home since 2010.

Brendan Rodger’s side has to improve their performance in the coming matches. If Rodgers doesn’t improve he could find himself out of a job very soon. This is made worse by the insinuation that Dortmund’s former coach, Jurgen Klopp might be interested in Rodger’s position.

Sep 132015

After Liverpool’s last match last season in which they conceded six goals from stoke, one would think they would have gone back to the drawing board and devised better means to up their game. This is not the case as their performance this season has been poor.

Liverpool has lost 2 out of five games this season. One may wonder how losing two games out of five is disastrous. Losing two out of five isn’t disastrous in itself, it is the manner of the loss that is disastrous. The first loss was 0-3 to Westham at Anfield. The other loss is the recent one to arch-rivals Manchester United this weekend.

The first half of the match at old Trafford was unproductive as neither teams had any shots on target. Four minutes after the break, Daley Blind helped put United in the lead. In the 70th minute, Ander Herrerra was tackled in the 18 yard box and a penalty was awarded which he converted into a second goal for United. In the 84th minute, Christian Benteke scored for Liverpool with a beautiful acrobatic display. A minute later, deadline day signing, Martial, put in a third one for united, sealing the match for them.

The playing style of Liverpool’s coach, Brendan Rodgers, has come under heavy criticism. Jamie Carragher, a retired former Liverpool defender has criticised Rodgers love of the 4-3-3 formation. He asserts that the formation is not right for Liverpool as they don’t have any wide players. He cites the example of the 2013/2014 season when Liverpool was close to clinching the title when they used the 4-4-2 formation.

In all, Brendan Rodgers has to put his act together at Liverpool. If not, he might find himself out of job soonest.