In From The Fringes – Joe Allen


“You’d think he was a Spanish player, a real European player. I would have paid many more millions for this kid,”- Brendan Rodgers on signing Joe Allen

Once described as the Welsh Xavi, Joe Allen is one of a few players to see their chances diminished since the arrival of Jurgen Klopp.

In From The Fringes - Joe Allen

Although Allen has failed to light the Kop on fire since his £15 million move from Swansea, he has proven himself to be a good hand when needed over the years. However despite a few good runs in the side, injuries have affected his momentum time and time again, so it is little wonder that he now plays second fiddle to Can, Henderson, Lucas and even young Rossiter.

Joe Allens performance against Bordeaux on Thursday evening was a typical Allen type performance. The Welshman is great at keeping the ball and playing a simple pass. He was very tenacious in his pressing, trying to prove to Klopp that he can Gegenpress just as his peers. But as with all Joe Allen performances, errors were all too familiar. For such a technically gifted footballer, he is very error prone which leaves many fans scratching their heads as to why he gives the ball away. A perfect example was in the second half, when under no pressure, he tried to play the ball back to Mignolet with a frail pass, putting the team under unnecessary pressure and almost handing Bordeaux and equaliser.

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Liverpool vs Swansea City | Match Preview


After two wins on the bounce we now have Swansea City in our sights. The Swans have a number of links with Liverpool FC such as John Toshack, Tommy Smith, Colin Irwin, Brendan Rodgers, Colin Pascoe, Jonjo Shelvey and Joe Allen amongst others, and promises to be a good game.

According to reports, Jordan Henderson and Jordan Rossiter are close to fitness, so do they risk playing these two in the upcoming league match?

Liverpool Vs Swansea Preview

For me, Liverpool do not need to change too much since the last fantastic league performance especially if Phillippe Coutinho is fit, as the way we played going forward was fantastic, interchanging of positions, so fluid everything slotted in and made sense. We raved about Sturridge, Suarez and Sterling, plus I know this was only one game but it has the potential to be as good.

The Reds will be missing Lucas Leiva who misses the game due to suspension, and his loss will be missed by Liverpool, as he breaks up opposition play and is still by far the best defensive midfielder at the club. Yes there are better technical footballers but nobody stops the opposition playing better than Lucas.

Simon Mignolet has also taken some criticism especially following Thursday night and the goal conceded against Bordeaux.  I am not one to jump on a band wagon, I have had concerns about Mignolet since last season, yes he is a good shot stopper no arguments there, but he is not a commanding presence and has no authority and is easily pressurised.  I would prefer Bogdan in goals, who is better on set pieces and a better more vocal commanding presence and would be my goalkeeper.

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‘Defence first, but I’d love to score again’

Alberto Moreno

Defensive responsibilities will always come first but Alberto Moreno admits he would love to put his name on the scoresheet again when Liverpool take on Swansea City today.

The Spaniard has found the target twice for the Reds since his arrival in the summer of 2014, with the last notched against the Welsh side at Anfield 11 months ago.

Given his attacking tendency from the left flank, it comes as no surprise that Moreno is keen to add to that tally – and do it during the latest meeting with Swansea this afternoon too.

He told “Let’s hope I can. My style of play is always very attack-minded, and if I could I’d score in every game!

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Klopp calls for ‘fighting performance’ against Swans

Jurgen Klopp

Jürgen Klopp wants a ‘fighting performance’ from his team as Liverpool target a third consecutive win today, against Swansea City at Anfield.

Fresh from securing a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League by beating Bordeaux on home soil, the Reds quickly switch attention back to the Barclays Premier League this afternoon.

The boss is expecting a stern test from the Welsh visitors but, as he writes in his programme notes, insists his side know what is required to record another victory.

“We have to be at our very best if we want to get another good result and improve our league position,” says Klopp.

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How to follow Reds’ clash with Swansea City


Liverpool host Swansea City in the Barclays Premier League at Anfield on Sunday – listen to free live commentary and follow the match on the official website, LFCTV, social media, mobile and LFCTV GO.

As well as live photos, reports, reaction and more, you can follow the fixture all the way in our match centre, which includes live Opta stats, minute-by-minute text commentary and scores from elsewhere. Check out our live match centre. You can also listen to every Liverpool game this season with our free commentary service on the website. Click here to listen to live commentary featuring John Aldridge from 4.15pm GMT.

Follow @LFC for the first sight of Jürgen Klopp’s teamsheet, live updates and goal alerts throughout the 90 minutes, and the club’s official Man of the Match poll; follow LiverpoolFC on Instagram for a selection of live match photos and behind-the-scenes images; and follow Liverpool FC on Facebook for live updates and photos. And make sure you’re following Official_LFC on Snapchat for exclusive photos and videos.

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Lovren: How we can repeat City performance today

Dejan Lovren

A confident approach will allow Liverpool to reproduce the level of performance that was too much for Manchester City when they face Swansea City this afternoon, according to Dejan Lovren.

The Reds were unstoppable at the Etihad Stadium last weekend to follow up last month’s 3-1 victory on the road against Chelsea with another emphatic win over a Barclays Premier League rival.

But Jürgen Klopp has acknowledged that the team’s form at Anfield must now improve – and Lovren believes those displays can be repeated in L4 by adopting the right mentality.

The defender told “We need to take [the performance] from Manchester City to home. We just need to be confident and stay calm.

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Callaghan leads tributes to LFC great Gerry Byrne


28th November 2015

Ian Callaghan has led the tributes to Liverpool legend Gerry Byrne who sadly passed away today at the age of 77.

The pair shared some wonderful moments together under Bill Shankly at Anfield and the duo were pivotal in helping the Reds win their first ever FA Cup in 1965.

Byrne went down in history as playing most of the game at Wembley against Leeds United despite suffering from a broken collar bone.

In paying tribute to his friend, Callaghan told “He was my first roommate at Liverpool and he was just a lovely guy.

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