Chelsea and Liverpool played a 1-1 draw in today’s late Premier League clash. The Reds, who were defeated 2-1 by the Blues on Wednesday in the Carabao Cup, had to come from a goal down to earn a point at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s man of the moment Eden Hazard break the deadlock in the 25th minute but Daniel Sturridge got off the bench to rescue the Merseyside club from tasting their first defeat of the season.
There were so many missed chances from both teams throughout the encounter. Shaqiri, Salah, Firmino and Mane all failed to take their chances in the first half of the game.
Here is how Liverpool players fared during the tension-soaking encounter
Alisson – 8/10
The Brazilian has been wonderful for the Reds since his record-breaking switch to Anfield from Roma.
He had a great showing today, first his point-blank save to prevent his compatriot Willian from breaking the deadlock.
Though he had a touch Hazard’s goal, he couldn’t prevent that from entering into the net.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 5/10
The young defender was often seen at the final half of the pitch, therefore, leaving his primary mission.
He was caught unaware by the Blues experienced wingers. It wasn’t his day because he can do better than what we saw throughout today’s encounter.
Joe Gomez – 8/10
The 21-year-old has grown with so much confidence in just 35 matches with the Reds senior squad.
He was composed and maturely dealt with every attacking move made by the Blues from his position.
Virgil van Dijk – 9/10
The Dutch defender passed a last-minute fitness test and he was given the nod to return to the starting XI by Klopp. His experience and quality was obvious during the crunch tie.
He created a rock-solid partnership with Gomez at the back of the pitch as it takes Hazard’s brilliance to get pass the two defenders.
Andy Robertson – 6/10
Robertson returned to the starting lineup against the Blues but he was found wanting when it comes to joining the attack. It takes him much time to settle into the game and he almost cost his teammates a goal when he allowed Willian to skip past him.
Though he was comfortable under intense pressure from Chelsea’s attackers, he needs to do more in subsequent matches.
Jordan Henderson – 6/10
The Liverpool skipper started the clash but appeared to be lacking full fitness as he was off the game’s pace and quality.
Gini Wijnaldum – 6.5/10
To be fair to the midfielder, he was played out of position by Klopp, so, he shouldn’t be blamed for his less-inspiring display against the Blues.
James Milner – 6/10
It’s not his day, the England international struggle throughout the time he spent on the pitch before being replaced by Klopp. He is surely top player, he will come out good in the next fixture.
Mohamed Salah – 5/10
The player hasn’t hit his last season form so far this season. He was far from impressive and he missed so many goalscoring opportunities.
Sadio Mane – 6/10
It was a quiet day for the Senegalese player, who had no real influence on the team’s final scoreline.
Roberto Firmino – 6.5/10
Like his fellow striking partner, he could do more than what we saw today. The Brazilian didn’t really have a great game today.
Xherdan Shaqiri (on for Mohamed Salah, 66′) – 7/10
Naby Keita (on for Jordan Henderson, 78′) – 8/10
Daniel Sturridge (on for James Milner, 86”) – 9/10
Man United Must Pay Staggering Fee For Spain-based Transfer Target
Premier League giants Manchester United might have to pay a huge transfer fee to sign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona in the current January transfer window.
Brazilian international Coutinho has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United in the past few weeks after failing to settle down at Barcelona.
The Red Devils have been linked with a £100m bid for him but the Daily Mirror say that the 20-time English champions will have to pay more for him.
It was revealed that Philippe Coutinho has a staggering £355m as the release clause in his current deal with the Spanish La Liga champions.
Barcelona are not looking to sell him and Manchester United might need to activate the aforementioned release clause to sign him.
Coutinho was seen as the long-term replacement for Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta when the Blaugrana splashed the cash on him but he has not been able to meet that expectation at the club.
The 26-year-old has already lost his place in the Barcelona XI to French World Cup winner Ousmane Dembele in recent games.
Philippe Coutinho has started just one of the last five games in the league and that sole start came at the weekend in the 3-0 win over lowly Eibar at the Nou Camp.
Arsenal In Advance Talks To Sign Two Players, Journalist Reveals
Italian journalist Nicolo Schira has revealed that Premier League giants Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign two players this month.
The Gazzetta dello Sport media personnel made this known on his official Twitter account as monitored by Football London.
According to the experienced journalist, Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign both Denis Suarez and Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco as the Gunners target quality additions to boost the squad ahead of the second half of the season.
Spanish midfielder Denis Suarez is on the payroll of La Liga giants Barcelona at the moment, while Belgian international winger Carrasco is based in China.
Yannick Carrasco joined Chinese Super League club Yifang Dalian at the start of last year after leaving Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid and has scored seven goals in 25 appearances for his team.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery is no stranger to both players from his time in Spain especially Denis Suarez.
Denis Suarez excelled under Unai Emery at Seville four years ago (2015) and the Spaniard will definitely welcome the opportunity to work with him again at Arsenal.
The Gunners are likely to sign the two players on loan with the club handicapped for funds as confirmed by Unai Emery in one of his recent press conferences.
£160,000 p/w Player Offered To Arsenal, Journalist Confirms
Experienced Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur has confirmed that North London giants Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign exciting winger Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco.
According to him via the Daily Star, Belgian international attacker Yannick Carrasco has been offered to the Gunners who don’t have the money to sign him.
Terreur further revealed that his wages will also be a problem for the North Londoners.
He earns £160,000 (€180,000) on a weekly basis in China.
Yannick Carrasco is desperate to return to Europe in the current January transfer window after leaving Spanish side Atletico Madrid for Chinese Super League club Yifang Dalian in February 2018.
An Arsenal transfer for Carrasco will be possible on two conditions.
Firstly, he has to take a pay cut on his £160,000 per week salary.
The other condition is that his Chinese club would opt for a loan arrangement with the Gunners for the former AS Roma forward rather than their preference for a permanent deal.
Arsenal have been restricted to possible loan signings this month after it was revealed that the club has no money to spend in this transfer window.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery confirmed the ‘no money’ stance from the club in one of his recent pre-match press conferences.
Arsenal Prepared To Pay Midfielder To Hasten Exit
Arsenal are reportedly prepared to pay midfielder Mesut Ozil to speed up his exit from the club.
According to the ESPN, senior club officials don’t mind paying Ozil after he leaves the club with Arsenal finding it difficult to sell him because of his huge salary.
Earlier reports claim that the 2014 FIFA World Cup winner has already been offered to the Italian Serie A duo of Juventus and Inter Milan by Gunners boss Unai Emery after Ozil failed to adapt to his methods since the start of the season.
ESPN confirmed that there is interest in Mesut Ozil from China and that Inter Milan are also open to a loan deal for the former Real Madrid and Schalke 04 playmaker but his huge salary is a stumbling block to any transfer.
Mesut Ozil is on a weekly pay of £350,000 following the contract that he signed in February 2018.
The recently retired German international star still has two-and-a-half years left on that contract.
Ozil and Unai Emery have not enjoyed a good working relationship since the latter was appointed the Arsenal manager in the summer.
The Spaniard had dropped Ozil on numerous occasions including last weekend’s Premier League London Derby defeat (1-0) at the hands of West Ham United.
Klopp to have transfer change of mind
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been suggested to have a change of mind in his stand on the winter transfer market by club legend John Aldridge.
The Reds are dipped into defensive crisis which could affect all of their efforts all through the season and that is why the Reds legend feels the German boss cannot afford to take the gamble but to add to his squad so as to be able to push through the second half of the season.
Former Southampton central defender Virgil Van Dijk is only central back available at the moment for the team with three other options injured but the German boss feels he can still manage the team without the players.
He made it clear that he is happy with the squad and will not necessarily go into the market for more additions.
However, the Reds legend stated that it would be a better situation for his former side if Joel Matip returns soon as Fabinho cannot continue to carry on despite pulling a superb performance at the defense.
He, therefore, stated that should the Reds survive this winter window with the return of Joel Matip, he expects the German boss to secure new defenders in the coming summer window.
Liverpool edging closer to big deal
English Premier League leaders Liverpool are believed to be close to sealing a deal for Red Bull Salzburg striker Moanes Dabour before the end of this January transfer window.
While the report claims that the Merseyside club are in pole position to land Moanes Dabour, it adds that the Reds are still unsure whether to table a bid or not.
This could therefore delay a deal for the Israel international and the Reds could just miss out on his signature knowing that he has got a number of suitors who are also ready to land him before the end of this winter window.
It is alleged that the Reds are making efforts to replace Dominic Solanke who has gone to join Bournemouth with Moanes Dabour so as to add more options to the team’s attack.
However, Transfer Market Web confirms that the Reds are close to sealing a deal for Moanes Dabour but failed to state when the deal could be confirmed.
The report claims that the Reds are considering to submit an offer of £22 million for the star forward who is also being linked with a move to Fulham, Valencia, and Leeds.
Meanwhile, the Reds are still top of the Premier League table and they hope their current crop of players can help them through.
Star player pushing for Liverpool exit as he awaits offers
Emerging reports claim that Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge is still keen on leaving the Anfield this January winter transfer window as he awaits the right offers.
The report claims that Daniel Sturridge expects to move to the US topflight league MLS, having held talks with some teams in the league.
The 29-year-old is currently in his last six months as a Liverpool player according to his contract which makes him free to speak to suitors in this January window.
Liverpool are yet to have any discussion with the star player over a new deal which signals that he is on his way out.
More so, the fact that he has not been handed playing time as he has failed to break into the team hints that he is not in the plans of manager Jurgen Klopp.
Last season, Daniel Sturridge got offers from China but refused to leave as he was bent on fighting for a shirt at the Anfield which has failed to yield any result.
However, the Reds are expected to listen to offers for the player and hand him is wish to leave or risk losing him for free when his contract expires at the end of the season.
End of the road for Liverpool as target gets new bumper deal
Liverpool have reached the end of the road in their pursuit of RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner as he is already being offered a whopping deal of £100,000-a-week by his German side, according to Bild
This, therefore, means that the Reds will no longer be able to land the star player as he will not be available anymore excepts if he rejects the offer from his German side.
Suggestions are that the development is more of a blow to Tottenham than the Reds knowing that the North London outfit are also keen on the player and they have got no enough option at the attack.
Tottenham have lost Harry Kane to injury which would have been the best opportunity to land Timo Werner so he could serve as a cover for the injured England international.
Timo Werner has been impressive this season to continue his fine goalscoring form of last season. He scored a total of 42 goals in his first two seasons which makes the club keen on keeping him.
However, the reaction of the German international o the £100,000 offer handed to him would be made known in coming days as he is yet to confirm the offer.
Turkish side end Liverpool’s hope of January addition
English Premier League outfit Liverpool had thought that they will bring back Steven Caulker to help the squad through the second half of the season, especially with the number of injuries in the team.
But that will no longer happen as he has been snapped up by Turkish side Aytemiz Alanyaspor.
The England international defender is also respected at the Anfield and has been tipped to help serve as a defensive replacement but that will no longer happen with the latest development.
Steven Caulker joined Liverpool on loan in 2016 and was able to secure just six appearances under manager Jurgen Klopp before he found his way out as he could not break into the team.
With the situation at the Merseyside club where Virgil Van Dijk is only available central defender makes it necessary for the German boss to look out for an option and he was believed to be willing to return Steven Caulker on a loan spell knowing that he has improved in his game.
However, the Reds boss might not go ahead with other signings having lost out on Steven Caulker having earlier stated that he was not interested in this winter transfer window especially if his players remain fit although.
Man United Join Race To Sign €50m-rated Target
Premier League giants Manchester United have joined the race to sign AS Roma winger Cengiz Under according to widespread media reports.
The Daily Mirror claim that the Red Devils are the latest team to show an interest in Turkish international star Under.
Other Premier League sides like Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Arsenal have all been mentioned as potential transfer destinations for the young winger.
German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have also registered an interest in the player.
Cengiz Under is a versatile attacker that can play at the tip of the attack or on either wing (left wing and right wing).
He has built a reputation as one of the most exciting young players on the European football scene since his transfer from Turkish Super Lig Istanbul Basaksehir at the start of last season.
Cengiz Under played a big role for the Italian capital club as they reached the semifinals of last season’s Champions League.
Under and AS Roma were beaten by Premier League leaders Liverpool on aggregate in their semifinal meeting in the Champions League last season.
His good form for AS Roma has continued into this season with six goals scored in addition to six assists in all competitions.
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