Liverpool Klopp Episode 28: We Can Work It Out
Tough times for Liverpudlians.
Fan favorite Jon Flanagan is out again with more knee surgery.....
UPDATE: OPPS! My bad, as that link is an old one back to 2015 that is still visible on the Echo web page. Flanagan is fine and is on the substitutes bench for today's match!
A supporter group is calling for a fan walkout at the 77 minute mark of Saturday's match against Sunderland at Anfield to protest ticket prices.....
Center back Skrtel has an injury setback.....
Rumors of Sturridge wanting to leave the club in the summer.....
UPDATE: He is on the bench today!
January transfer window target Alex Teixeira appears to have chosen the bigger paycheck of the Chinese league over LFC.......
Criticism of the club's performance swirls around the team amidst the congested fixture schedule.....
Sunderland appears to be relegation bound and should be an easy win for Liverpool. But then again, Newcastle appear relegation bound and they thrashed the Reds 2-0. Thus, this game can't be mailed in by Klopp's crew as the club is in disarray.
With the short rest from last Tuesday match against LCFC and the FA Cup replay coming up next Tuesday, Coach Klopp is likely going to have to juggle the line-up.
Starting XI thoughts
I think the 2-0 loss to LCFC can't be placed entirely on the goalkeeper and the defense so I think Mignolet-Clyne-Lovren-Sakho-Moreno will be on the line-up card. Vardy is an exceptional talent and sometimes there isn't much you can do about that.
However, LFC clearly didn't do much on the offensive end despite possession and shots. Thus, I think there will be some changes there. Henderson has gamely fought through pain and his being the first substitution in the last two games suggest he may need a break so time to put Allen in for him to share defensive midfield duties with Lucas. Firmino looks lost and may need a break. Dare we say it, Benteke to start and lead the line. Running behind him Can, Milner, and Ibe.
UPDATE: Klopp is in the hospital for a possible appendicitis. Wishing him a speedy recovery.
Henderson is still in but Allen is in for Lucas. Firmino remains leading the line with Benteke on the bench. Lallana is in and Ibe is on the substitutes list.
The #LFC starting line-up and substitutes to face @SunderlandAFC in full... pic.twitter.com/RTOIrhcYiB— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 6, 2016
UPDATE: Ugh. Lovren out at 13' with injury. Toure is now in.
Nice goal last night by Jozy Altidore in the friendly between USA and Canada. Would love to see Liverpool get a goal like this once in a while. But at this point, ANY goal would be welcome from LFC! The Reds haven't scored since January 23 when they got 5 against Norwich.
USA TV coverage on USA. Internet radio on TalkSport and LiverpoolFC.
MCFC 1 LCFC 3! Wow, the Foxes take down Man City at the Man City's home grounds!
UPDATE: Argh! Another injury, Allen is off in first half stoppage time. Ibe is sent in. 0-0 so far as Sunderland is parking the bus. LFC has dominated possession, gotten some shots but as usual have botched good opportunities.
update: Firmino's goal was an Altidore like header off a cross.
UPDATE: It is a final. LFC snatches defeat from the jaws of victory. Cruising with a 2-0 lead, they surrender two goals with the last one at the 82 and 89 minute mark. The EPL scriptwriters twist the knife into the LFC fans who stuck to the end instead of joining the walkout to protest the new price structure.