Liverpool are set to host Arsenal at Anfield early in the season.
The Premier League giants would clash in week 3 after both having eventful starts to the new term. Arsenal overturned a deficit to post a hard fought win against Leicester City in the season opener but stumbled against Stoke City. Liverpool, at their end, played a 3-3 draw against Watford and then fought hard to get a 1-0 win in their second game.
Arsene Wenger would be on the focal point, after a slow start to the new campaign. The Frenchman insisted on keeping the bulk of his top players and even added more, including record signing Alexandre Lacazette. After 13 years of disappointment, the fans want a serious challenge for the title if they don’t eventually clinch it. Starting this way is not a good show of what’s to come.
Former Hull player Andrew Robertson and impressive youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold are likely to start in wingback. There’s Joe Gomez incase Arnold does not beat his fitness concerns. (more…)
Liverpool star James Milner is impressed with the display of new player Mohammed Salah.
The Egypt international joined for almost £40 million this summer and scored in his first appearance on Friday. Salah got the equalizer in the 1-1 draw against Wigan at the DW Stadium.
Jurgen Klopp broke the Reds transfer record for the player when he joined in from AS Roma. He joined the training last week where Milner has seen him play upclose.
“He’s a top player, he’s shown that in the little time that he’s been here and I’ve seen it playing up close also. He’s a great addition to the squad and it was nice for him to get off the mark as well,” Milner said. (more…)
Ray Wilkins opines that Premier League side Liverpool must buy players if they want to remain competitive next term.
He advised manager Jurgen Klopp to get talented players that fit right into their roles ahead of their Champions League show next term.
Alberto Moreno started in left back role but after poor performances, he was dropped and James Milner took over. Wilkins said Milner did well in an unfamiliar role but asked that the star be returned to the wide role or the midfield.
Wilkins says the player must be replaced is Liverpol want to perform well in the league and on the continent. (more…)
James Milner remains hopeful that Liverpool will be able to qualify for the Champions League, as destiny remains in their hands.
After struggling for form in January and February, the club are once again back on track in terms of wins. Even though they have dropped out of the title race as a result of that poor form, it would still be seen as a successful campaign if the club can qualify for the Champions League next season. Liverpool are bidding to return to the Premier European competition for the first time in three seasons. This would be extremely crucial for the club in the long run, as it would help them attract the best players from across Europe.
Liverpool have been able to extend their unbeaten run to 6 league games, but they have managed only three wins last five matches. (more…)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he never has any fear about James Milner not converting penalty kicks even though he looks away each time.
The German coach looked away, as expected, when the right back stood up to take the kick in the last game against Manchester United.
The experienced midfielder, who switched roles excellently this term, is yet to lose a penalty kick this term. His five goals in the Premier League this campaign have been from spot kicks and he has not faltered.
“Did I watch the penalty shoot-out at Wembley? Probably not. I don’t look at Penalties too often. I would say that in general I’m not superstitious but when we shoot the penalties it probably says something completely different,” Klopp said of Reds loss to the Red Devils in the last EFL Cup final.
“With Milly, it’s no problem. I don’t need to watch, I just enjoy the noise after he has scored. All good,” Klopp added. (more…)
James Milner is one player that has transformed tremendously since his teenage showing for Leeds United as a youngster.
The Liverpool left back made his debut for Leeds at 16 years old in 2002. Milner played as a winger in the game, setting a record. Milner helped his team in the 4-3 victory over West Ham in the Premier League. After five games, he scored his first at 16 years 356 days to become Leeds youngest goalscorer. He actually broke the Premier League record to become the youngest goalscorer.
After 14 years, Milner faced his old side Leeds in the EFL quarterfinal as a Reds star, playing a different role where the vice captain witnessed Ben Woodburn become Liverpool’s youngest ever goalscorer.
“He was a little spotty-faced kid who had a lot of energy. He was a good crosser of the ball, he as fast and he kept his head down. You noticed him on the pitch but you didn’t really notice him off it. He wasn’t a flash kid. He just anted to play football,” Milner’s former teammates Michael Duberry said.
Milner went on become one of the best players during his stint with Leeds. The Magpies signed the player for £3.6 million. The player has gone on to play in different roles and becoming a poster for versatility.
James Milner believes Jordan Henderson can be a “great leader” for England having been named captain for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier in Slovenia.
The Interim manager, Gareth Southgate benched Wayne Rooney for the match after their Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Malta at Wembley, with Henderson set to deputize.
The 30-year old Liverpool’s vice-captain who retired international footballer after England’s flop at Euro 2016, said Henderson deserves to captain the Three Lions.
“It is amazing and fully deserved,” Milner told Liverpool’s official website. “He is a top player with a top attitude, he is a great captain here – obviously I have played under him for the last year. Last year times were tough for him when he was injured and desperate to be out on the field, but he was a great leader even when he wasn’t playing, which isn’t the easiest thing to do.
“He has shown what a good captain he is really. When things aren’t going well for you, that’s when your strengths come through as a captain. He showed that last year and obviously this year on the field he has been playing amazingly. He will be a great leader for England as well.”
Liverpool player James Milner has returned to feature for his side in the second game of the season in the Premier League game against Burnley on Saturday.
The midfielder is likely to feature in the left back position when he returns to a beefed up Reds squad, who are keen on fighting for the trophy this season. He was pictured in the training session with his team mates at Melwood, with coach Jurgen Klopp leading the session.
The training session had in attendance the full squad, with Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez missing due to injury. Danny Ings was pictured in good condition after his goal in the under 23 team. Daniel Sturridge was doing fitness work ahead of the game against the newly promoted side.
Burnely would be hosting the team with the hope of upturning their fate after losing their last game to Swansea City. On the other hand, the Merseyside club will be looking at their second successive win after their 4-3 pushover of Arsenal. (more…)
James Milner is one of those players who had been pursued by illustrious clubs like Arsenal.
Last season the club had pursued the player though at the end they allowed Liverpool to take him over. This time they might be reviewing their decision and whether they should have pursued the case more diligently. Indeed the England midfielder could become an asset to any team that he joins up. He is considered one of the top players of England and Arsenal would definitely have benefited from him being part of the team
. Arsenal has been waiting to win a major title and the drought of winning titles at the Premier League is definitely giving this team food for thought.
The Borussia Dortmund fixture must have taken a lot out of the Reds’ players emotionally.
They were absolutely gone for all money, were Liverpool, when the score was reading 3-1 for Dortmund with just half an hour for the whistle to be blown.
Well now with that dramatic comeback, Jurgen Klopp and his boys can come and say ‘Oh, we always believed we were in it’ and all that.
You would like to believe they have earned the right to say so and if they say so, it would be justifiable.
But, one would assume that hardly anyone sitting in that dugout was dead sure that the situation could be turned around.
When you concede 3 goals at home and are 2-4 down on aggregate in the return leg of a Europa League quarter final and the second half is already half done, how can you even tell yourself that you are still there in the game?
But, in sports, passion combined with home support can make you overcome mountains and what Liverpool did was surely like overcoming a mountain.
Dortmund, well spare a thought for them; they were far better a unit for about 2/3rd of the game. They would be dispirited and that’s how they should be.
For Liverpool though, the business continues and they are into another contest straightaway, the assignment this time for them is a Premiership fixture against Bournemouth. (more…)