Liverpool’s first team have departed on international duty, but if anything they’ve been in the news even more on Tuesday – on both sides of the border.
There’s a lot to be said for composure
Winning the game wasn’t enough. Going nine points clear of Man City, and eight clear at the top, wasn’t enough.
Those mean old folks at Liverpool had to keep rubbing City’s noses in it, didn’t they? On the net, no doubt in the streets, and definitely on international duty with England – where Raheem Sterling has almost been binned from the squad for all-but-attacking Joe Gomez.
The City man has apologised, but won’t be in England’s squad for Thursday’s match, for his part in the row with Gomez who suffered a cut to the face.
There’s no doubt Liverpool got under the City players’ collective skin at the weekend and, on a wider note, is that a specific improvement under Jurgen Klopp?
Early worries against Palace
It’s getting difficult to know exactly who is the player we’d least like to be without for any particular fixture, these days.
Well, we might be against Palace. Andy Robertson is out of Scotland’s utterly pointless qualifiers-they-can’t-qualify-with, which initially sounded like a significantly impressive case of cannotbearseditis.
But as it turns out there’s an ankle injury for the Scottish skipper.
James Milner might be turned to, then, when we face Roy Hodgson and his merry men in two weeks’ time.
As they head off around the world…
Two or three injuries to worry about already, then, but there are plenty more Reds in action over the coming couple of weeks.
European qualifiers, friendlies in far-flung places and a whole load of youth prospects are in action – and we’ve got everything you need to track the progress of every Liverpool player.
- Here’s a list of all 24 players on international duty
- Klopp is also away, at a UEFA coaches’ conference speaking out on VAR
- Plus, Liverpool’s seven Ballon d’Or nominees have received their certificates
Quickfire LFC news
- Van Dijk has won Goal.com’s Best Player award and has spoken about Klopp, the Ballon d’Or and his Anfield journey so far
- A brilliant behind-the-scenes video from the weekend shows several players embracing Reds fan Sean Cox
- Andy Robbo has spoken about the win over City and his ongoing competition with Trent Alexander-Arnold
- And Trent himself is held up as the perfect example for our young(er) right-back Neco Williams, who debuted in the League Cup against Arsenal
Around the Prem
- Arsenal boss Unai Emery is not having a good evening, with the news that he has six games to save his job (FourFourTwo)
- Man City will react to dropping to fourth place by going on another £100 million spending spree in January (Mail Online)
- Blue Sh- sorry, Everton, striker Moise Keane was left out of their weekend game for disciplinary reasons, not for playing terribly (Echo)
- And a photo has emerged detailing how much Chelsea players will be fined if they break squad rules, including being late for training (£20,000), missing community duties (£5,000), being late for meetings (£500 per minute) and more (football.london)
Stupid story of the day
Now, we know what you’re thinking: exactly the same as we did at the weekend, because there’s not a chance in hell he makes our XI. But no, they’ve gone for something rather different – Klopp dropping a midfielder to accommodate him as a No. 10.
Right. Can definitely see that happening, then.
Tweet of the day
"Pep Guardiola is coming!" ?
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was left confused when a reporter asked him if he had spoken to the Manchester City boss at a UEFA coaches' conference…? pic.twitter.com/En6OFiWNef
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 12, 2019
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Worth watching tonight
Czech Republic take on England in a Women’s international friendly at 7:15pm.
Would-be Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi, on loan at Mainz, is playing for Nigeria U23s at 6pm.