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  1. Peter Crouch has spoken about his memories of the technical brilliance of former teammate Xabi Alonso.Xabi was a favourite of many Reds fans during his five year tenure and while Steven Gerrard quite rightly got the headlines for his talismanic performances, quite often it was the Spaniard who was making the team tick in an understated fashion.Crouch, who played with Alonso at Liverpool from 2005 until 2008, hailed his former teammate as "class" - and recalled the time Steven Gerrard was about to dish out a rollicking to the Spaniard until he scored a wonder goal. The Mirror reported the former Red as saying:“Everything he did was done with a touch of panache, on and off the pitch. “He came to Liverpool from Real Sociedad but he had no problem settling into the dressing room, he mixed with everyone.“In training, he would rap these short balls into your feet and expect you to deal with it. “You would then see him strike these beautiful 50-yard passes that would hit their target like a laser.“To see him in shooting practice was also a sight to behold.Crouch discussed some of the specific drills that took place during that time.“We had this drill where the midfielders – whether it would be Xabi, Steven Gerrard or Didi Hamann – would arrive on the edge of the box after a ball was crossed in from out wide and the quality of their finishing was just immaculate."The sound of the connection illustrated the level of the strike.“That’s not to say he didn’t drive us mad at times. He used to take on shots from the halfway line at Melwood, with varying success."The first time he repeated it in a game – at Luton in the FA Cup – Stevie was going to give him the biggest rollicking of all time… until he saw the ball sail into the net from 70 yards."Alonso scored that goal in January of 2006 and the Champions League and FA Cup winner with the Reds produced another moment of pure instinctive brilliance just a few months later when he scored another goal from half way against Newcastle with a shot which was hit in a much sweeter fashion.While the departure of Alonso to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009 left a bad taste in the mouth and certainly not of his making, his career continued to thrive and the list of honours grew ever more by winning the La Liga three times and Champions League once with Madrid.Alonso then topped off a fine career at Bayern Munich where he won a hat trick of league titles as well as a couple of domestic cups.When you add a World Cup and two European Championships with Spain, Alonso’s football resume is clearly one of the finest in the modern era.In keeping with the modest man that he is, Alonso has gone back to where it all began for him and he is currently the manager of Real Sociedad B. View full article
  2. Peter Crouch has spoken about his memories of the technical brilliance of former teammate Xabi Alonso.Xabi was a favourite of many Reds fans during his five year tenure and while Steven Gerrard quite rightly got the headlines for his talismanic performances, quite often it was the Spaniard who was making the team tick in an understated fashion.Crouch, who played with Alonso at Liverpool from 2005 until 2008, hailed his former teammate as "class" - and recalled the time Steven Gerrard was about to dish out a rollicking to the Spaniard until he scored a wonder goal. The Mirror reported the former Red as saying:“Everything he did was done with a touch of panache, on and off the pitch. “He came to Liverpool from Real Sociedad but he had no problem settling into the dressing room, he mixed with everyone.“In training, he would rap these short balls into your feet and expect you to deal with it. “You would then see him strike these beautiful 50-yard passes that would hit their target like a laser.“To see him in shooting practice was also a sight to behold.Crouch discussed some of the specific drills that took place during that time.“We had this drill where the midfielders – whether it would be Xabi, Steven Gerrard or Didi Hamann – would arrive on the edge of the box after a ball was crossed in from out wide and the quality of their finishing was just immaculate."The sound of the connection illustrated the level of the strike.“That’s not to say he didn’t drive us mad at times. He used to take on shots from the halfway line at Melwood, with varying success."The first time he repeated it in a game – at Luton in the FA Cup – Stevie was going to give him the biggest rollicking of all time… until he saw the ball sail into the net from 70 yards."Alonso scored that goal in January of 2006 and the Champions League and FA Cup winner with the Reds produced another moment of pure instinctive brilliance just a few months later when he scored another goal from half way against Newcastle with a shot which was hit in a much sweeter fashion.While the departure of Alonso to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009 left a bad taste in the mouth and certainly not of his making, his career continued to thrive and the list of honours grew ever more by winning the La Liga three times and Champions League once with Madrid.Alonso then topped off a fine career at Bayern Munich where he won a hat trick of league titles as well as a couple of domestic cups.When you add a World Cup and two European Championships with Spain, Alonso’s football resume is clearly one of the finest in the modern era.In keeping with the modest man that he is, Alonso has gone back to where it all began for him and he is currently the manager of Real Sociedad B.
  3. Liverpool have put their recruitment plans on hold due to the current uncertainty regarding the Covid-19 pandemic meaning that a deal to sign the RB Leipzig star striker Timo Werner is now in the balance.The Reds were seen as the favourites to sign Werner in the summer especially as Jurgen Klopp is a noted fan, but the Mirror reports that this stance has reportedly given Bayern Munich a sense of confidence that they can sneak in and sign the striker.The reigning Bundesliga champions are looking for alternatives to Leroy Sane who was their prime attacking target before the Man City star suffered a long term knee injury.Werner who has been in outstanding form both domestically and in Europe this season has reportedly a £51million release clause in his Leipzig contract that has to be activated by a certain date in April. The report also says that Liverpool have also put a halt on contract talks for now - which could affect the futures of midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and defender Dejan Lovren.If their futures are not secured this summer they will both enter the final year of their contracts, which increases the possibility that the Reds could lose them for nothing.While there is plenty of uncertainly about when the resumption of leagues across Europe will take place, the status of the summer transfer window is also up in the air.It is believed that Liverpool will not resume any recruitment activity or contract talks until there is clarity on when transfers can be completed. View full article
  4. Liverpool have put their recruitment plans on hold due to the current uncertainty regarding the Covid-19 pandemic meaning that a deal to sign the RB Leipzig star striker Timo Werner is now in the balance.The Reds were seen as the favourites to sign Werner in the summer especially as Jurgen Klopp is a noted fan, but the Mirror reports that this stance has reportedly given Bayern Munich a sense of confidence that they can sneak in and sign the striker.The reigning Bundesliga champions are looking for alternatives to Leroy Sane who was their prime attacking target before the Man City star suffered a long term knee injury.Werner who has been in outstanding form both domestically and in Europe this season has reportedly a £51million release clause in his Leipzig contract that has to be activated by a certain date in April. The report also says that Liverpool have also put a halt on contract talks for now - which could affect the futures of midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and defender Dejan Lovren.If their futures are not secured this summer they will both enter the final year of their contracts, which increases the possibility that the Reds could lose them for nothing.While there is plenty of uncertainly about when the resumption of leagues across Europe will take place, the status of the summer transfer window is also up in the air.It is believed that Liverpool will not resume any recruitment activity or contract talks until there is clarity on when transfers can be completed.
  5. John Barnes believes the integrity of the Premier League must be upheld meaning that Liverpool have to complete the season to be classified as winners of the league.The Belgian Pro League became the first in Europe to cancel their season, and in doing so they declared Club Brugge as the winners.Brugge are currently 15 points clear of Gent but the main difference is that it is a 16-team league and there was just one game of the season remaining when it was halted.In terms of the Premier League, the Reds legend said all fixtures must be honoured no matter how long it takes to overcome this global nightmare that is the Covid-19 pandemic.The Mirror (via BonusCodeBets) reported Barnes as saying:“A lot of people are looking at it quite binary saying: ‘Liverpool should just be given the league title’ because they’re 25 points ahead. “But for the integrity of football it is important that the season must be finished.“You can’t just award Liverpool the league title without promotion or relegation taking place. It’s wrong."You have to honour the league which means that the bottom three have to go down, the top three have to come up from The Championship, bottom three go down from there and then the same with League One.“It’s not a binary choice to say give them the championship and we’ll sort everything else; you can’t do that! I don’t see why you cannot finish the season."Even if we play football in three months, six months, 10 months’ time or even a year. "We have nine games to play and these must be honoured – we then start the next season two or three months later. The former England international says the football calendar may well have to be turned on its head due to this unique situation."Obviously in an ideal world you’d like to start the season in August and finish in May, but in these unprecedented times we may have to start playing again in August and finish in October, two months off until next season in January or maybe February.“Maybe we scrap the FA Cup, League Cup and Champions’ League so we all catch up, that way we can get the way back to August and play from then until May next season."It’s opening up a can of worms to try and start over again, and I don’t see why we are so worried about the following season. “Completing this season is the most important thing to do."For the integrity of football all the way down, it is so important the season is concluded.”
  6. John Barnes believes the integrity of the Premier League must be upheld meaning that Liverpool have to complete the season to be classified as winners of the league.The Belgian Pro League became the first in Europe to cancel their season, and in doing so they declared Club Brugge as the winners.Brugge are currently 15 points clear of Gent but the main difference is that it is a 16-team league and there was just one game of the season remaining when it was halted.In terms of the Premier League, the Reds legend said all fixtures must be honoured no matter how long it takes to overcome this global nightmare that is the Covid-19 pandemic.The Mirror (via BonusCodeBets) reported Barnes as saying:“A lot of people are looking at it quite binary saying: ‘Liverpool should just be given the league title’ because they’re 25 points ahead. “But for the integrity of football it is important that the season must be finished.“You can’t just award Liverpool the league title without promotion or relegation taking place. It’s wrong."You have to honour the league which means that the bottom three have to go down, the top three have to come up from The Championship, bottom three go down from there and then the same with League One.“It’s not a binary choice to say give them the championship and we’ll sort everything else; you can’t do that! I don’t see why you cannot finish the season."Even if we play football in three months, six months, 10 months’ time or even a year. "We have nine games to play and these must be honoured – we then start the next season two or three months later. The former England international says the football calendar may well have to be turned on its head due to this unique situation."Obviously in an ideal world you’d like to start the season in August and finish in May, but in these unprecedented times we may have to start playing again in August and finish in October, two months off until next season in January or maybe February.“Maybe we scrap the FA Cup, League Cup and Champions’ League so we all catch up, that way we can get the way back to August and play from then until May next season."It’s opening up a can of worms to try and start over again, and I don’t see why we are so worried about the following season. “Completing this season is the most important thing to do."For the integrity of football all the way down, it is so important the season is concluded.” View full article
  7. Jurgen Klopp is once again in the sights of the key stakeholders in German Football to manage the national team.Klopp has regularly been linked to take over the reigns of the National team and the Mirror reports that there is a growing enthusiasm within the corridors of football power in his homeland to line up Klopp as a successor to Joachim Low.And more significantly, the report says Klopp himself is believed to see managing the national side as a natural development. In December, the much loved manager signed a contract extension until the end of 2024 and there is no get-out clause attached to that deal.The German sees this role at Liverpool as his last in club management and it is a sign of how much he loves the club that when positions at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have become available, he has not been tempted in the slightest.It goes without saying that Liverpool are thrilled with the progress that Klopp has made during his tenure where he has built a culture of success, and doing so with eye-catching Football and in a humble fashion.At the press conference after he signed the contract extension, Klopp said that whenever he does depart, “he wants to leave it the club in a very good place”. The powers-that-be at the club feel that Klopp can build a lasting legacy in the same way that Alex Ferguson and Arsenal Wenger did at Man United and Arsenal.Low has been in the role of German team manager since 2006 and has had many good moments in that time with the World Cup success in 2014 undoubtedly being the pinnacle.However in more recent times, Low has experienced tougher times which has included a dismal 2018 World Cup campaign where they were eliminated at the group stage.That poor form continued in the Nations League when they were relegated from League A to League B after failing to win against France and the Netherlands.However they were spared the humiliation after UEFA decided to increase the number of nations in League A from 12 to 16, meaning the four nations who should have been relegated will now remain in League A. Germany did find their form in qualifying for the now postponed Euro 2020 winning seven of their eight games and the international tournaments as viewed as the true litmus test for Low.While there is a number of young up and coming managers in German Football, it appears that Klopp only has to say the word and the job will be his. View full article
  8. Jurgen Klopp is once again in the sights of the key stakeholders in German Football to manage the national team.Klopp has regularly been linked to take over the reigns of the National team and the Mirror reports that there is a growing enthusiasm within the corridors of football power in his homeland to line up Klopp as a successor to Joachim Low.And more significantly, the report says Klopp himself is believed to see managing the national side as a natural development. In December, the much loved manager signed a contract extension until the end of 2024 and there is no get-out clause attached to that deal.The German sees this role at Liverpool as his last in club management and it is a sign of how much he loves the club that when positions at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have become available, he has not been tempted in the slightest.It goes without saying that Liverpool are thrilled with the progress that Klopp has made during his tenure where he has built a culture of success, and doing so with eye-catching Football and in a humble fashion.At the press conference after he signed the contract extension, Klopp said that whenever he does depart, “he wants to leave it the club in a very good place”. The powers-that-be at the club feel that Klopp can build a lasting legacy in the same way that Alex Ferguson and Arsenal Wenger did at Man United and Arsenal.Low has been in the role of German team manager since 2006 and has had many good moments in that time with the World Cup success in 2014 undoubtedly being the pinnacle.However in more recent times, Low has experienced tougher times which has included a dismal 2018 World Cup campaign where they were eliminated at the group stage.That poor form continued in the Nations League when they were relegated from League A to League B after failing to win against France and the Netherlands.However they were spared the humiliation after UEFA decided to increase the number of nations in League A from 12 to 16, meaning the four nations who should have been relegated will now remain in League A. Germany did find their form in qualifying for the now postponed Euro 2020 winning seven of their eight games and the international tournaments as viewed as the true litmus test for Low.While there is a number of young up and coming managers in German Football, it appears that Klopp only has to say the word and the job will be his.
  9. Despite the halt to the Premier League season, transfer rumours never stop and the latest snippet of news regards another left-back being linked to the Reds.Football 365 (via Spanish publication Sport) reports that PSG star Layvin Kurzawa is on the radar of Liverpool as they search for specialised cover for Andy Robertson.The evergreen James Milner has deputised many times in the role during the tenure of Jürgen Klopp, but in doing so, it takes away some of the strengths he offers in the middle of the pitch.Youngsters Yasser Larouci and Adam Lewis have made appearances in domestic cup and pre-season games, but they are both viewed as options for the long term.Kurzawa was strongly linked to Arsenal during the January transfer but he stayed put at the French champions with manager Thomas Tuchel very keen to keep hold of him. The 27 year-old has a deal of experience in a domestic sense having also played for Monaco, in European competition for PSG and also on the international stage where he has won 13 caps for France. He also brings a winning pedigree to the table having been part of three title-winning squads with PSG as well as a number of domestic cups.With his contract ending in the summer, Liverpool will be able to sign Kurzawa on a free transfer.In terms of his strengths, Kurzawa looks to have a nice blend between attacking and a defensive sense.In possession, he tries to drive forward with the ball, a trait highlighted by his 1.47 progressive runs up the pitch per 90 minutes this season.He likes the ball at his feet with Kurzawa averaging 2.8 successful dribbles per 90 minutes meaning that he does not turn over the ball easily. Kurzama also has a passing success rate of 87% during the 2019/20 season.Despite being comfortable in possession, Kurzawa is not a playmaking full-back in the way that Robbo and Trent are, although to be honest, not many are in the modern Football landscape.An area where Kurzawa could struggle in a Jürgen Klopp side is his defensive positioning and concentration.This is along with a lack of confidence in his own ability which many close observers believe is a key reason that he has been in and out of the PSG side this season. That last part makes him sound like a Alberto Moreno clone, but in truth we are not looking for a world beater in this position, just a player that can give Andy Robbo a breather every now and then.With that all said, being able to sign Kurzawa could be a pretty savvy move.
  10. Despite the halt to the Premier League season, transfer rumours never stop and the latest snippet of news regards another left-back being linked to the Reds.Football 365 (via Spanish publication Sport) reports that PSG star Layvin Kurzawa is on the radar of Liverpool as they search for specialised cover for Andy Robertson.The evergreen James Milner has deputised many times in the role during the tenure of Jürgen Klopp, but in doing so, it takes away some of the strengths he offers in the middle of the pitch.Youngsters Yasser Larouci and Adam Lewis have made appearances in domestic cup and pre-season games, but they are both viewed as options for the long term.Kurzawa was strongly linked to Arsenal during the January transfer but he stayed put at the French champions with manager Thomas Tuchel very keen to keep hold of him. The 27 year-old has a deal of experience in a domestic sense having also played for Monaco, in European competition for PSG and also on the international stage where he has won 13 caps for France. He also brings a winning pedigree to the table having been part of three title-winning squads with PSG as well as a number of domestic cups.With his contract ending in the summer, Liverpool will be able to sign Kurzawa on a free transfer.In terms of his strengths, Kurzawa looks to have a nice blend between attacking and a defensive sense.In possession, he tries to drive forward with the ball, a trait highlighted by his 1.47 progressive runs up the pitch per 90 minutes this season.He likes the ball at his feet with Kurzawa averaging 2.8 successful dribbles per 90 minutes meaning that he does not turn over the ball easily. Kurzama also has a passing success rate of 87% during the 2019/20 season.Despite being comfortable in possession, Kurzawa is not a playmaking full-back in the way that Robbo and Trent are, although to be honest, not many are in the modern Football landscape.An area where Kurzawa could struggle in a Jürgen Klopp side is his defensive positioning and concentration.This is along with a lack of confidence in his own ability which many close observers believe is a key reason that he has been in and out of the PSG side this season. That last part makes him sound like a Alberto Moreno clone, but in truth we are not looking for a world beater in this position, just a player that can give Andy Robbo a breather every now and then.With that all said, being able to sign Kurzawa could be a pretty savvy move. View full article
  11. Gary Lineker is the latest Football luminary to have his say over the halted Premier League season.Opinions differ over whether the 2019/20 season should continue, or be voided with the Covid-19 outbreak currently sweeping through the country.Naturally some people have vested interests concerning their reasoning, but speaking as someone not directly involved, Lineker believes that the season should be concluded which will give Liverpool the opportunity to win the title in their own right.The Mirror via Talksport reported the Match of the Day host as saying:I think ideally we’d like to finish the season, I think that would make sense.“But this whole situation is so fluid and much more important than anything, it’s difficult to know when it’s going to go away.“We could be able to play again by June, it might have calmed down enough, whether that will be behind doors, which is not really what football’s about, but it would help to finish the leagues.“That’s the thing everybody would want to happen, except perhaps some supporters who really don’t like Liverpool.“I think that would be the fairest thing." The Premier League is currently on hold until the end of April, but with the virus still incredibly prominent, it appears certain that date will be changed when the Premier League, PFA and EFL meet tomorrow.Many clubs in the lower leagues are doing it especially tough in this unprecedented time. Lineker said that the powers that be need to find the starting date that suits all parties.And he also believes that this season can intertwine with the new campaign.“The one thing I’ll say at the moment is the players are having their rest now and it’s not the rest they would want, it’s not the holiday they would want, but once they get back and have a couple of weeks training to start the season again, they certainly wouldn’t need another pre-season between the seasons.
  12. Gary Lineker is the latest Football luminary to have his say over the halted Premier League season.Opinions differ over whether the 2019/20 season should continue, or be voided with the Covid-19 outbreak currently sweeping through the country.Naturally some people have vested interests concerning their reasoning, but speaking as someone not directly involved, Lineker believes that the season should be concluded which will give Liverpool the opportunity to win the title in their own right.The Mirror via Talksport reported the Match of the Day host as saying:I think ideally we’d like to finish the season, I think that would make sense.“But this whole situation is so fluid and much more important than anything, it’s difficult to know when it’s going to go away.“We could be able to play again by June, it might have calmed down enough, whether that will be behind doors, which is not really what football’s about, but it would help to finish the leagues.“That’s the thing everybody would want to happen, except perhaps some supporters who really don’t like Liverpool.“I think that would be the fairest thing." The Premier League is currently on hold until the end of April, but with the virus still incredibly prominent, it appears certain that date will be changed when the Premier League, PFA and EFL meet tomorrow.Many clubs in the lower leagues are doing it especially tough in this unprecedented time. Lineker said that the powers that be need to find the starting date that suits all parties.And he also believes that this season can intertwine with the new campaign.“The one thing I’ll say at the moment is the players are having their rest now and it’s not the rest they would want, it’s not the holiday they would want, but once they get back and have a couple of weeks training to start the season again, they certainly wouldn’t need another pre-season between the seasons. View full article
  13. Xherdan Shaqiri could have played his last game for the Reds with Sevilla keen on the services of the Swiss star.The Mirror reports the team who are currently placed third in La Liga, are reportedly ready to test Liverpool's resolve this summer with a £28million offer.The proposed fee documented in the report would see Liverpool more than double their money on the original fee that they paid for the attacking midfielder from Stoke City in the summer of 2018.The much travelled 28 year-old has struggled for game time this season due to increased competition for places as well as a ongoing battle with muscle injuries.When Shaqiri does get onto the playing arena, it is clear that he makes a difference to the team with his vibrancy and his creative mindset. He also plays with a joyful demeanour which the supporters in particular feed off.But the truth is that we have not seen it often enough with his last start coming in the World Club Cup in the middle of December.Jürgen Klopp has displayed sympathy for the predicament of his player saying in January:"It’s not cool, absolutely not cool.”“But maybe there are different reasons, for sure. Shaq is a very special player in different departments. “His physique is different to all others I ever saw, his muscles are unbelievable."For his part, Shaqiri has been understandably frustrated that his lack of playing time but understands he is part of a big squad."We have a big, talented squad, and many have to wait for their chance."I have never had a problem with the coach."
  14. Xherdan Shaqiri could have played his last game for the Reds with Sevilla keen on the services of the Swiss star.The Mirror reports the team who are currently placed third in La Liga, are reportedly ready to test Liverpool's resolve this summer with a £28million offer.The proposed fee documented in the report would see Liverpool more than double their money on the original fee that they paid for the attacking midfielder from Stoke City in the summer of 2018.The much travelled 28 year-old has struggled for game time this season due to increased competition for places as well as a ongoing battle with muscle injuries.When Shaqiri does get onto the playing arena, it is clear that he makes a difference to the team with his vibrancy and his creative mindset. He also plays with a joyful demeanour which the supporters in particular feed off.But the truth is that we have not seen it often enough with his last start coming in the World Club Cup in the middle of December.Jürgen Klopp has displayed sympathy for the predicament of his player saying in January:"It’s not cool, absolutely not cool.”“But maybe there are different reasons, for sure. Shaq is a very special player in different departments. “His physique is different to all others I ever saw, his muscles are unbelievable."For his part, Shaqiri has been understandably frustrated that his lack of playing time but understands he is part of a big squad."We have a big, talented squad, and many have to wait for their chance."I have never had a problem with the coach." View full article
  15. West Ham has emerged as a possible new home for Liverpool reserve goalkeeper Loris Karius.The German has been on loan at Besiktas for the last two seasons, but despite the thought that a fresh start away from the intense gaze of Anfield would see him thrive, it has been anything but a smooth ride with Karius making his fair share of poor errors and publicly berated by his former manager.Besiktas has made it known that they are not interested in paying the £7.25m that it would require to make the move permanent.In a new development, The Mirror (via Voetbal) reports that the Hammers have registered an interest.The East London outfit have had their fair share of issues between the sticks this season with Number 1 Lukasz Fabianski missing a number of months with an hip injury. While his deputies, Roberto, Darren Randolph and David Martin are not thought to be good enough, and manager David Moyes has identified the position as a key one to strengthen and believes he can get the 26 year-old for a cut-price feel around £4.5 million. However, this is competition for his services with Belgian side Anderlecht and Sporting Lisbon of Portugal also thought to be monitoring the situation.Where Karius next ends up next in his Football career is uncertain, what seems ever more likely is that the keeper has made his last appearance for the Reds. View full article
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