It’s always hard for a team when they lose their best layer to injury and it looks like this has just happened to Liverpool. Over the years Coutinho hasn’t had too many problems. He’s had a few knocks here and there but his time spent on the sidelines has been limited. That’s all about to change though as he now looks like he’s set to be out until New Year after sustaining an injury against Sunderland in the 33rd minute. He was replaced by Origi who came in and did a fantastic job, scoring the game-changing goal. It just goes to show that Liverpool do have a good squad of players and for the Reds fans sake, let’s hope the squad can contribute and fill the void left by Coutinho. Lallana looks set to be back soon, as does Firmino but it will be interesting to see how Liverpool play without their main man.
There are huge differences in lifestyle between British people and Australians and the weather certainly has something to do with it. Staying motivated in the UK can be quite hard to do when it’s dark and chucking it down with rain, but of course during our Christmas period Australia enjoys their hottest weather. Even during their winter the temperatures are so high you’d expect them to seek shade and relax but there’s more runners, cyclists and personal trainers during this period and that’s common in many Australian cities. There are even free fitness classes at local parks and beaches. That’s why Australians are fitter and it’s probably why they’re better at sports! Seriously speaking, the British government can do a lot more in terms of persuading more people to stay fit and healthy and they can certainly take a leaf from the Australian government.
Adam Lallana really has impressed for Liverpool this year. He’s in with a big chance of collecting the player of the month award with two goals and 2 assists, not to mention a man of the match performance against Chelsea. He really is flying right now, which is great news for Liverpool and terific news for England. With Lallana hitting top form right now, Liverpool have jumped up the premier league table, surpassing bitter rivals Manchester United. It’s not just the 3 points they keep collecting though, they’re smashing goals in left right an centre and they’re all coming from midfield. Even without Sturridge, Origi or Ings starting, Liverpool have up to 7 players in the box to grab a goal so some teams will find it impossible to stop them, as many others have faced the same problem against the Reds this year.
Alberto Moreno has had a torrid start to the Premier League season. Not only does he have the media and fans on his back after his last two performances, he’s now been dropped by Jurgen Klopp and replaced with James Milner. His big mistake came against Arsenal when he nearly cost Liverpool the match, but he’s not convinced in his cameo appearances since. Moreno is an out and out left-back so it can’t do his confidence any good to see that Jurgen Klopp would rather have Milner play in his position. Moreno’s biggest attribute is his speed but it’s only caused him to make rash decisions lately, and he’ll need to work hard on the training field to get his place back in the team. It’s suprising to see Klopp pick Milner though rather than buying a new left-back, so it will be interesting to see how the season unfolds.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a man full of confidence, he’s probably more arrogant than Manchester United’s manager Jose Mourinho, and so it’s fair to say many rival fans are hoping they’ll both be failures come the end of the campaign.
That doesn’t look likely at the moment though, with Ibrahimovic scoring with an overhead kick inside the first five minutes of the match. He celebrated the way Zlatan always does, mutedly. The 5-2 win over Galatasaray proves United have really kicked on with their pre-season training, and they certainly dominated the match, but there were a couple of defensive errors which led to goals. It’s difficult to say how Manchester United will shape up for the first game of the premier league season, but some big names will be dropped, but if they can stick together and play like a team of old, they’ll have a very good season.