A selection of Liverpool Football Club-related stories and titbits you may have missed over the past seven days…
Having picked up four bookings already this season, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is just one away from netting himself a one-match suspension. Should he collect it against Manchester United on Monday night, Henderson will be forced to sit out the home fixture with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, October 22. The current five booking accumulation ban remains in place until December 31.
Looking ahead to that mouth-watering clash with United, former Reds defender Jamie Carragher remarked to his current Sky Sports paymasters: “This is extra special, under the lights at Anfield, and there’s been some great games there, you think of the 3-3 game all that time ago. It will be a great atmosphere, and I think Liverpool will go in confident with the way they’re playing. But it’s always difficult on the back of international games – who you bring back, what time they come back, did anyone pick up any injuries, so that will have bearing too.”
Liverpool are already sweating on the fitness of Georginio Wijnaldum after the midfielder was forced off after an hour of the Netherlands’ 1-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to France on Monday night with a hamstring problem.
One player ready to take advantage, after his own period of injury-related inactivity, is Emre Can. Analysing his own situation to the official website, the midfielder, who appeared 49 times last term, said: “Gini, Henderson and Lallana have done very well and played good football. We have to continue that. If you look at the bench, we have a very, very strong bench and a very strong squad. Of course I’m always happy when my team wins, but it’s always different when you play. I have to work hard. I have to get fitness back. If I get game time – which is always different to training – I have to work hard on my game and get confidence again.”
An alternative option to replace Wijnaldum, if required, is youngster Marko Grujić. The Serbian has this week been discussing his attempts to adapt to the riggers of playing in England after arriving from Red Star Belgrade in the summer. “The big thing the coach said to me was that I needed to improve my defensive attributes,” Grujic told Fifa.com. “I’m trying hard to do that and I know that I’m still young, learning all the time and still adapting to English football. At Liverpool, we play very high on the pitch with a lot of running and pressing. I saw the statistics and we are top in England in terms of the amount of metres we run in a match. It’s a great philosophy and working well for us, but it’s tough too and takes some time to adapt to be perfect in it.”
Grujic has already earned at least one admirer in the shape of Anfield colleague Nathaniel Clyne. Speaking about the most impressive youngsters at the club, the full-back told Goal.com: “Sheyi Ojo is really good. Trent Alexander-Arnold is another one who impresses. Marko Grujic is good as well. He is very confident on the ball, he has got a good shot as well. I am enjoying training and working with him. I am growing up as a player, really, and I can definitely give advice to these youngsters who are coming through to the first team or who are trying to get into the first team if they need any help, and I could look out for them and help them.”
Liverpool FC and Watford FC have announced a reciprocal ticket price agreement for younger and older supporters of both clubs. Visiting U16s at both Anfield and Vicarage Road will be charged just £5, while over 65s and students will pay £10. Adult tickets will be priced at £30. The first meeting of the teams this season takes place at Anfield on Sunday, November 6, with kick-off at 2.15pm GMT, before a return at Watford in April.
Former Reds boss Roy Evans has praised the impact of current incumbent Jürgen Klopp as the German passes his first anniversary in charge at Anfield. “So far, so good,” remarked the 68-year-old to the Liverpool Echo. “I’ve been delighted with what I’ve seen from Jürgen’s team. I’m enjoying watching them and they seem to play with that little bit of freedom… I think Jürgen’s done fantastically in his first year, he’s got all the fans on his side. I like what he says about people enjoying their football and the players enjoying their games. He talks a lot of sense and he’s passionate about the game.”
Danny Ings folllowed up his hat-trick for the U23s against Ipswich Town last weekend with two more goals as a Liverpool X1 beat Bradford 5-0 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Melwood on Sunday. James Milner, Emre Can and youngster Yan Dhanda were also on target. Liverpool: Karius, Milner, Moreno, Matip, Leiva, Stewart, Can, Chirivella, Woodburn, Brewster (Dhanda), Ings.
Ovie Ejaria bagged a crucial late goal as England U20s defeated the USA 2-0 on Monday night. Of the 18-year-old midfielder’s progress, ex-Liverpool striker Neil Mellor has told the latest edition of the official Liverpool FC magazine: “A year ago he would probably admit that he wasn’t finding it easy in the U18s. Now he’s training with the first team after a fantastic pre-season where he stood out in games. Technically gifted, he’s comfortable on the ball and has a good engine. Obviously he still has a long way to go, but it’s great to see him on the right track and that the hard work of the Academy staff is paying off.”
Three impressive finishes helped Liverpool Ladies come from behind to beat Doncaster Rovers Belles 1-3 in the FA Women’s Super League 1 on Sunday. Caroline Weir was on target twice in the first half, while Natasha Harding effectively made the game safe with 20 minutes to go. LFC Ladies: Chamberlain, Murray, Bonner, Van Den Berg, Van De Sanden, Coombs (Longhurst), Zelem, Ingle, Harding (Green), Weir, Hodson.
Liverpool FC has signed a three-year partnership deal with Malaysia Airlines, which will see the company become the club’s official global airline partner. Malaysia Airlines, the national carrier of Malaysia, was established nearly 80 years ago when the Liverpool-based Ocean Steamship Company partnered with the Straits Steamship Company and it now flies 40,000 guests to more than 1,000 destinations every day.
Follow me on Twitter @superbag
|At Vital Liverpool we’re always looking for contributors so if you’re an LFC fan who wants to share his or her opinion with the masses, simply email articles/blogs to email@example.com|