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.
Sadio Mane was phenomenal for Southampton last season, scoring many goals in the premier league, taking the Saints to new heights. So why is it most Liverpool fans you speak too aren’t that excited about what he’ll be bringing to the team? Well he is a Southampton player, and Liverpool haven’t had huge success when buying from Southampton in the past. Lallana, Lovren, Lambert, Mignolet and Clyne haven’t exactly set the football world alight, but perhaps Mane can. He’s one of the fastest players in the league and he’s likely to play on the wing or through the middle, cutting defences apart. We know there are bigger names out there, but Liverpool fans should appreciate the talent that Mane is and give him the backing he deserves.
It looked set to be Kopp’s first marquee signing as Liverpool manager. Gotze made it clear he wasn’t happy sitting on the bench last season at Bayern Munich but with Carlo Ancelotti coming in he’s committed his future to them. It’s a big blow for Liverpool because he was the only high profile player on their radar. It’s a bit of a worry too because if Liverpool can’t attract top stars, which is very likely considering they’re not in any European competition next season, they could be ready for another step down in the table. It will be interesting to see who they’re linked with over the coming months, but there you have it, it certainly won’t be Mario Gotze. Let us know who you think Liverpool need to sign this summer.