We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Monday, following the crucial 2-1 victory at Fulham.
Today’s Main Headlines
- Robbo offers explanation for “tough” win at Fulham
The left-back also discusses a “massive week” for the Reds.
- Alexander-Arnold lauds Milner’s “nerves of steel”
A huge moment from the veteran at Craven Cottage.
- European chief spot on with criticism of Champions League weekend plans
Not a decision that would go down well.
- Debating Fulham 1-2 Liverpool
The good, the bad & Salah’s milestone burden.
- 5 key stats from Fulham 1-2 Liverpool
A rare gift from Firmino as Mane hunts down Salah.
- Media on Fulham 1-2 Liverpool
“Powers of recovery” and “Klopp’s heavy mettle” reinforce title belief.
- How Liverpool’s loanees performed over the past week
Karius’ response and spoils shared as Kent & Millar go head-to-head.
Koeman Retains Faith in Van Dijk
Speaking to the press about his international captain, Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman said he has no concerns about his mistake:
“[Virgil] showed he’s also just a human who can make a mistake. It happens in football. Luckily they got a penalty.
“We know each other well, he’s having a fantastic season.”
Van Dijk will lead out Holland in their two upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Belarus (March 21) and Germany (March 24).
More Info on Robbo’s Op, Keen to Face Kazakhstan
Andy Robertson is likely to miss Scotland’s clash with Kazakhstan on Thursday, due to requiring dental surgery on an abscess.
Despite this, the left-back is taking every measure to ensure he is still in contention for the clash in Astana, as assistant manager Peter Grant explained on Monday:
“It’s a big blow. We were prepared for it obviously, before the game on Sunday we knew he was struggling a little bit but he wanted to play.
“And the way he is, he is still desperate to play and still trying to get himself back out here as well.
“That’s the way Andy Robertson is, that’s why the manager selected him to be his captain, because he is determined to play for his country.”
However, Grant provided more information on Robertson’s operation, describing it as “one of the worst problems you can have,” before adding that a further check will be made later today, and they would “take it from there.”
Fulham Win “Big” for Reds
It’s not too often that Gary Neville says positive things about Liverpool, so we should make the most of it!
“They’ll have known that was a big moment.
“There will be times where Liverpool drop points before the end of the season, so too will Manchester City I think, but it couldn’t be on Sunday against Fulham.
“Manchester City’s game in hand is at Manchester United, at Old Trafford, on April 24.
“There’s an opportunity for Liverpool here to step clear, with City not catching up for a few weeks, with the added complication of an FA Cup semi-final too. It’s a good thing for Liverpool, I believe.
“They had to win today. It wasn’t vintage Liverpool, after the week they’ve had, it would have taken a lot out of them.
“To get the victory was big.”
Dropped points at Craven Cottage could have been fatal but Liverpool dug deep and showcased their winning mentality once again, not least the nerveless Milner.
Fulham Struggles No Surprise
While many expected Liverpool to cruise past 19th-placed Fulham, recent results after big European away matches show it was no great surprise.
Highlighted by analyst Andrew Beasley in his column for the Liverpool Echo, the Reds have prevailed just four times in their last 18 attempts after being on their European travels in midweek, in the last 16 of a competition or later.
That suggests fatigue arguably played a part against the Cottagers, with Liverpool never quite at their free-flowing best.
Dropped points also occurred after the Champions League last-16 first leg at home to Bayern, with a frustrating 0-0 draw taking place away to United.
Glatzel Describes “Unbelievable Feeling”
Paul Glatzel is enjoying a stunning season, captaining the Liverpool U18s to the FA Youth Cup final with two goals in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Watford, bringing his tally to 28 in all competitions.
His aforementioned double at Anfield at the weekend was the latest show of brilliance from the striker, who was overjoyed after the game.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” Glatzel told LiverpoolFC.com.
“We’ve come here trying to get to the next round and we wanted to put in a performance for ourselves that we can be proud of and I think we have done that.
“We played well and got the result, which is the main thing, and we have the Youth Cup final to look forward to.
“We have all looked forward to it [playing at Anfield] for a long time now. The day has come, and everybody has performed and that’s what we needed to do. We are all proud.”