A selection of Liverpool Football Club-related stories and titbits you may have missed over the past seven days…
Like their senior counterparts 24 hours prior, Liverpool U23s were held to a draw by Manchester United on Tuesday night. A strong line-up containing the likes of Mamadou Sakho, Marko Grujić and Danny Ings took the lead at Leigh Sports Village through captain Harry Wilson but were later pegged back by Josh Harrop. LFC U23s: Grabara, Alexander-Arnold, Llori, Sakho, Randall, Chirvella, Stewart, Grujic, Ejaria (Woodburn 79′), Wilson (Brannagan 82′), Ings. Subs not used: Kelleher, Maguire, Lennon.
Former Reds striker John Aldridge is amongst the many observers who believe United’s negative tactics in Monday’s goalless draw with Liverpool to be a compliment to the Merseysiders. Writing in his regular Liverpool ECHO column, Aldo remarked: “If there’s one thing Monday’s Anfield stalemate demonstrated, it’s that Manchester United acknowledge they are behind Liverpool at present… If United fans want to celebrate not really having a shot on target at Anfield and leaving with a point, then that’s a good sign for Liverpool. Their approach was as though they were afraid of Liverpool. They were hard to break down, and it was a world away from the United teams Alex Ferguson would put out at Anfield with the clear intention of winning the game.”
Reflecting on his performance against Jose Mourinho’s men, Emre Can expressed a need to get matches under his belt after a prolonged spell of inactivity. “I was very happy to start,” he told Liverpoolfc.com. “My last 90 minutes was the Europa League final last season, a long time ago. I have to get fitness back and get my confidence back. I’m looking forward to that. With game time, I will get there.”
Spain and Bayern Munich star Xabi Alonso has praised current Anfield captain Jordan Henderson. Of his fellow midfielder, the popular former Liverpool man told the official website: “It’s not just the performances on the pitch, from the outside it looks like he has taken the leading role in the changing room… Jordan has so much energy, he plays well and he’s very complete. Not just as a holding midfielder, he’s able to get closer to the box. He’s becoming a very important player.”
Retired Brazil striker Ronaldo has named countryman Philippe Coutinho as the man he would most like ex-side Real Madrid to sign. Speaking on Onda Cero‘s ‘El Transistor’ radio show, the World Cup winner commented: “I would like to see Coutinho at Real Madrid, the Liverpool player.”
Teenage defender Joe Gomez has made a welcome return to team training after a nightmare 12 months with injuries. Of his presence at Melwood on Thursday, Kop boss Jürgen Klopp said: “With a big applause, he came back. It was really nice to have the boy back in training. It is only parts of training. He needs time, he has to do a lot until he’s match fit, but it’s really good to have him back. Actually, it is the first time I’ve had him. He got his injury in the international break when I came here last year. Now it is his first time on the pitch with the team. It was really a very nice moment.”
Speaking of Klopp, the ex-Borussia Dortmund manager has been named the Premier League Manager of the Month for September after guiding Liverpool to three successive victories. Klopp’s 100% record meant he saw off competition from Pep Guardiola, Arsene Wenger, Mauricio Pochettino and Alan Pardew.
There was also a Premier League award for Jordan Henderson who scooped September’s Goal of the Month accolade for this stunning curling effort against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Recently-retired Danish defender Daniel Agger has high hopes for his old team during the rest of the season. “It’s going well so far,” he remarked to Liverpoolfc.com. “To be honest, I have some expectations this year, especially after last year. Jürgen is looking good for the club, I think he’s doing well. He has some great ideas and the way he talks with the media, everything, I like.”
No fewer than eight Premier League fixtures involving Liverpool during December and January have been selected for live broadcasts in the UK by either Sky Sports or BT Sport. They include matches against Everton, Manchester City and Manchester United and many have been rescheduled from their original dates and times to facilitate the screenings. Click here to view an updated fixture list.
Liverpool U18s recorded a 2-1 victory at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon courtesy of a double from striker Glen McAuley. The two first half strikes take the 16-year-old’s tally for the season to six. LFC U18s : Kelleher, Lewis, Owens, Masterson, Johnston, Coyle, Camacho, Hunter, McAuley, Brewster (Simmonds 80′), Dhanda. Subs not used: Glennon, Lattie, Grabara, Blair.
Liverpool Ladies defender Alex Greenwood has been nominated for the 2016 Vauxhall Young Player of the Year award. Supporters can place their vote on the Vauxhall Football website until 5pm BST on Monday, October 31. The winner will be announced at The FA Women’s Football Awards, which will take place at Wembley Stadium on Friday, November 18.
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