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Manchester United and Liverpool target set to move in the summer

Manchester United target Daley Sinkgraven is set to move abroad in the summer after impressing for SC Heerenveen this season. At the moment, Ajax and Liverpool are believed to be their direct rivals to sign 19-year old.

Sinkgraven’s teammate De Roon revealed recently that the attacker is a brilliant player and will eventually move on despite the club trying everything to keep him. He told Voetbal Primeur, “He is so nimble, he almost dances on the field.

“He can do anything with his left foot. Daley is a player, for whom people come to the stadium. I hope he stays during the winter, but in the summer he will surely move to a big club.”

Sinkgraven made his debut for the u21 Dutch side in September and revealed earlier in the week that the reports of clubs being interested in him were flattering,  “It is a compliment that there are so many clubs interested in me,” said Sinkgraven told Voetbal Primeur.

“Whether it is all true, we will have to wait and see,” he added.

United manager Louis Van Gaal wanted detailed scouting reports on the teenager after being impressed with his early showings for Heerenveen and could even sign him in January if his progress is good. He has made a total of 14 appearances for his side this season and has scored three goals. He has been a good creator for his side as well with 25 key passes to his name.

A move to Manchester United will depend on whether he feels if he could get into the first team as their line-up is already filled with quality attackers. The youngster had revealed that a move to Ajax will suit him as he want’s to play with the best team in Netherlands before eventually making the switch to other European giants, “I see it is a compliment that such big clubs are interested, I would first prefer to play at the top of the Netherlands. I think it is too soon to move to a foreign country. Ajax would be a nice step.”

Nevertheless, if United come in with a good offer then Heerenveen will have to sell. In Louis Van Gaal, Sinkgraven will definitely have a manager who he will benefit from as he knows how to incorporate the youth into the side.

 

 

Liverpool Player Ratings Against Ludogorets – Lucas & Henderson Were The Pick Of The Lot

A late equaliser 3 minutes from time stole a hard-fought 3 points away from Liverpool on a freezing night in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Reds fought back after conceding an opening goal 3 minutes into the game with goals from Rickie Lambert and Jordan Henderson but fell prey to yet another set-piece goal late in the game. Here is a look at how the Reds performed :-

Simon Mignolet – 4/10

The Belgian shot-stopper did his reputation no good after failing to deal with an awkward shot in the opening minutes of the game by fumbling it only to hand the Bulgarians an opening goal. Yet another disappointing outing for Mignolet.

Javier Manquillo – 5/10

Under criticism for giving away the corner that led to the equaliser needlessly, Manquillo had a decent game otherwise. Defensively solid, Rodgers clearly has a lot of faith in the young full-back.

Martin Skrtel – 5/10

The Slovakian centre-half won some very important headers and put in some crucial tackles as the Reds defended deep in the second half. Unconvincing yet effective in a way, Skrtel will always have that erratic element about his game.

Kolo Toure – 5/10

Replacing the under-performing Dejan Lovren, Kolo Toure failed to keep up the form he sowed at the Bernebeu. Often misplacing headers, Toure looked a tad nervous in the heart of the defence.

Glen Johnson – 5/10

Its baffling that Rodgers’ persists on playing the terribly under-performing Johnson ahead of Moreno game after game. To be fair to the English full-back, he did put in a much better performance at left-back than he normally does at right-back. However, he was at fault for losing his man while defending the corner that led to the equaliser.

Lucas Leiva – 7/10

It took the Brazilian a while to get into the game but when he did, he showed Rodgers how important an out-and-out defensive midfield is in the current Liverpool side. Shielded the defence well and controlled the tempo to an extent.

Joe Allen – 6/10

Effective – that’s what you can call Allen’s performance. The Welshman put in decent shift on the left of the midfield diamond and backed it up with some crucial defensive interventions. Quiet yet effective.

Jordan Henderson – 7/10

Having gone off the boil in the recent weeks, this would have been a much needed game for the vice-captain. Apart from a very well-taken goal, Henderson’s industry and endeavour proved to affect the game very scarcely.

Steven Gerrard – 6/10

Looked far better in a more advanced role than in defensive midfield. The skipper’s sharp, incisive passing was a key to Liverpool counter-attacks. However, his lack of pace in the final third proved costly at times when the Reds attacked.

Raheem Sterling – 7/10

A brilliant cross from his weaker foot set Jordan Henderson up in the first half. Lively and quick, Sterling was keeping the Ludogoretz defence on the toes all game.

Rickie Lambert – 7/10

Perhaps his best game in a Red shirt, Lambert won almost every header and linked play with Sterling and Gerrard brilliantly operating as the front-man. Generated power all by himself for the equaliser, it might just be the start to Lambert’s career on Merseyside.

Ludogorets vs Liverpool – Confirmed Lineups

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Group B is a tricky one as three teams stand a chance to qualify for the next round. With Real Madrid clearly winning the group, Liverpool could finish in second if they win at Bulgaria tonight. Rodgers has gone for his strongest lineup, with the weakest link being at left back, where English International Glen Johnson continues.

The Reds have lost their last three games in the League and a defeat tonight could go a long way in deciding Brendan Rodgers’ future at Anfield.

Here are the confirmed lineups:

Liverpool: Mignolet, Manquillo, Skrtel, Toure, Johnson, Lucas, Allen, Henderson, Gerrard, Sterling, Lambert.

Subs: Jones, Lovren, Coutinho, Moreno, Lallana, Borini, Can.

Ludogorets: Stoyanov, Minev, Moti, Terziev, Caicara, Alexandrov, Espinho, Abalo, Dyakov, Marcelinho, Misidjan.

Subs: Borjan, Barthe, Aleksandrov, Anicet, Wanderson, Quixada, Hamza.

Projected Liverpool XI To Face Ludogorets – Start Lucas Leiva As DM

Liverpool’s stuttering season seems to be on a road that goes downhill and there seems to be no respite for Brendan Rodgers’ Reds. The Northern Irishman faces the toughest matches of his relatively green managerial career. With 2 must-win games in the Champions League, its close to do-or-die for the Reds on their return to Europe’s elite.

Here’s a look at how they might line-up against the Bulgarian opponents Ludogorets Razgrad:-

Liverpool XI vs Ludogorets

Simon Mignolet
The Belgian retains his place in goal for the lack of quality competition at Anfield. The former Sunderland man is a pretty adept shot-stopper but his indecisiveness when dealing with crosses and set-pieces have cost the Reds far too often in since his move to Merseyside.

Javier Manquillo
The Spanish right-back is one of the better signings Redgers made this transfer window. Defensively sound, Manquillo needs a little work on his attacking output but given he is just 20 years old – he can sort that out soon enough.

KoloToure
The Ivorian was the star-man for the Reds on their visit to the Bernebeu dealing with the likes of Benzema and Ronaldo comfortably. He will be expected to start once again in the Champions League and Rodgers shores up a shaky defence.

MamadouSakho
The Frenchman returns from injury and ought to go straight into the starting 11. A physically imposing defender, Sakho might just offer the defensive solidity Rodgers has been craving.

Alberto Moreno
Mysteriously left on the bench for the Palace game, Moreno should go straight into the starting 11 for this must-win game. Undoubtedly the best signing of the summer, Moreno looks like a potentially world-class left back.

Lucas Leiva
With skipper Steven Gerrard being found out time and again in defensive midfield, its time Rodgers hands the specialist a decent run in the first team. A defensive midfielder of the highest order, Lucas protects the back-four while consistently ticking over the possession.

Emre Can
The young German looks better in a Red shirt every passing game. Physical, fearless and tireless – Can has all the qualities to grow into a very important box-to-box player for the Reds.

Adam Lallana
The former Southampton skipper was bang on the money with his assist for Lambert’s opener. Gradually affecting the game more with his creativity and versatility, Lallana was one of the brighter Liverpool players at the weekend.

Steven Gerrard
It cannot be ay clearer; if Rodgers does opt to play the skipper he ought to play him in the position he can affect the game the most. Playing as the number 10, Gerrard will have a better chance to affect games.

Fabio Borini
The Italian is team-player down to its definition. Waiting for his chance to return to the starting 11, the game against Ludogoretz might just be the game for the former Roma man to finally net his first of the season.

Rickie Lambert
Held the ball up well and linked play decently, Lambert looked a little like the striker Liverpool signed from Southampton at the weekend. With Balotelli and Sturridge injured, Lambert has a lot of responsibility to lead the attack.

Liverpool Player Ratings vs Crystal Palace – Allen Was The Only Positive

If a rainy encounter at Selhurst Park didn’t break enough Liverpool hearts in May, a rain-affected encounter at Selhurst Park in November surely did. Playing to save their faltering season, the Reds didn’t do themselves any favours after letting a game slip away from their hands after having the most near-perfect start to a Premier League game they’ve had this season. Here is an assessment of yet another dismal outing by Brendan Rodgers’ side:

Simon Mignolet – 5/10

Despite making a few good saves through the game, Mignolet was largely at fault for the second goal Palace scored. The Belgian shot-stopper gave away the ball to the opposition after a terribly poor goal-kick. Another visit to Selhurst Park, Mignolet will want to forget as soon as he can.

Javier Manquillo – 6/10

The young Spanish full-back had his hands full with the lively Bolasie all afternoon. Despite giving a good account of himself playing at right-back, Manquillo would rue the chance he squandered to register his first Liverpool goal as the Reds surged forward for an equaliser.

Martin Skrtel – 4/10

The Slovakian centre-back was well below his best form against Dwight Gayle. Sloppy in possession and reckless in defence, Skrtel certainly isn’t helping his team giving away cheap free-kicks at the edge of the box.

Dejan Lovren – 5/10

The Croatian centre-back can certainly talk the talk but he’s not helping his growing critics list with performances such as this. Another forgettable outing in a Liverpool shirt for the former Saints man.

Glen Johnson – 5/10

While newspapers report that Liverpool and Glen Johnson are close to agreeing terms on a new deal, his performance at left-back should certainly make the club think twice. Very wasteful in possession and always shaky in defence.

Steven Gerrard – 6/10

Its become pretty evident to all the teams in the Premier League how to stop the Liverpool skipper from affecting the game. The ever reliable 34 year-old midfielder was awfully bad with his shooting all afternoon squandering a host of chances he would normally put away.

Joe Allen – 7/10

The Welshman worked hard all game despite being on the receiving end of a nasty collision with Baolasie early in the second half. One of the better Liverpool players on the pitch.

Adam Lallana – 6/10

The former Saints skipper started the game like a dream but then faded away as he couldn’t get on the ball enough and failed to impose his undoubted ability on the proceedings.

Phillipe Coutinho – 6/10

The Brazilian showed signs of invention and creativity around the box but lost the ball far too often and was muscled out rather easily.

Raheem Sterling – 5/10

The teenager had an afternoon to forget. Maybe it’s the weight of expectations finally taking a toll on the youngster’s game but he certainly seems to be struggling recently.

Rickie Lambert – 6/10

The 32 year-old striker finally got off the mark for Liverpool but couldn’t do much after that. Isolated upfront with very little service, Lambert was a lonely figure upfront for Liverpool all afternoon.

Manchester United And Arsenal On Alert As Klopp Hints Reus Exit

Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Marco Reus could leave in the coming transfer window as the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool are being linked heavily with the Germany international.

Reus has been linked with a move elsewhere in the last two months after stalling over a contract in June this year and Klopp felt that certain players want to move abroad to follow their dreams, “We had very successful years and we couldn’t keep all these players.

“Not all of them stayed here. They had their own dreams their own situations different ideas, whatever. So we will see (about Reus).

“The most important thing is the story of this club will go on. We’ll have to do it with other players.”

Dortmund have had some high-profile exits from their club in the last few years with likes of Mario Goetze and Robert Lewandowski leaving for pastures anew. Despite that, Dortmund have kept going and avoided a catastrophe, that is until this season. With the team struggling to find consistency in the league, a plethora of stars could leave in the summer if they fail to qualify for the Champions League. Mats Hummels and Reus are two big names that everyone are after at the moment so Klopp will have his work cut out in the next few months or so.

Reus is said to have a release clause of £27.6m, a fee which the top European clubs like Barcelona, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool can easily afford. The former Monchengladbach man had his heart set out on a move to Barcelona last summer, but they went and signed Luis Suarez instead. With the transfer embargo in place, they will not be able to sign players in the next two transfer windows which could be a chance for the Premier League clubs to sign Reus.

How Liverpool Should Line-up Against Crystal Palace At Selhurst Park

Liverpool take on Palace in what appears to be a revenge fixture with the memory of the capitulation at Selhurst Park still fresh in the minds of the Liverpool supporters. Here is a look at how the Reds might line-up :-

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Formation :- 4-2-3-1

Simon Mignolet
The Belgian shot-stopper put in better performances in the last couple of games as a the Liverpool keeper. Mignolet will look to continue the good form into this weekend. Looking more assertive and confident with every passing game – Mignolet will look to cement his number 1 spot.

Javier Manquillo
The young Spanish full-back is one of the better signings the Reds have made this summer. Madrid-born Manquillois rock solid in defence. Why Brendan Rodgers’ persists with Glen Johnson is beyond the comprehension of many Liverpool fans.

Kolo Toure
Probably the best Liverpool player on the pitch in Madrid, Toure’s recent performances is proof enough that the Ivorian has still a lot to offer. With Lovren far from the player Liverpool signed from Southampton, Rodgers’ ought to opt for Toure.

Martin Skrtel
Arguably, Liverpool’s best defender. The Slovakian will resume in the heart of defence after the international game. Still a bit rash in the odd tackle, Skrtel will have to be at hs best if Liverpool have to save their stuttering season.

Alberto Moreno
The Spaniard looks like a full-back who will serve Liverpool for years to come. A pacey, fearless full-back with a lethal left foot. Moreno has all the makings of a top-class Premier League full-back for years to come.

Steven Gerrard
The Liverpool skipper will be well rested during the international game and will resume in the Liverpool midfield. If the Reds do make it to the top-4 from here on in, the skipper will have a big role to play.

Emre Can
Fearless and powerful – the young German is a midfield-powerhouse in the making. The youngster adds another dimension to the Reds midfield while being solid defensively and putting in a shift for the team off the ball.

Raheem Sterling
After a bright start to the season, the teenager’s form has tailed off in recent weeks. His explosive pace and trickery will be key when Liverpool take on a Palace side that will e content to sit back and defend all throughout the game.

Adam Lallana
The English midfielder had a rather fruitful international break with impactful performances for the 3 Lions. The two-footed creative midfielder will play a key role in unlocking a tight Palace defence.

Phillipe Coutinho
The twinkle-toed Brazilian has shown glimpses of his best form in the recent weeks. At his best down the middle behind the striker or down the left, Coutinho will have a point to prove after being subbed off quite early against Chelsea.

Rickie Lambert
As Brendan Rodgers said that the 32 year old former Saints striker will have a big role to play in the coming weeks. With Sturridge still out injured and Balotelli injured too, Liverpool will look to their new number 9 to spearhead the attck.

Why Liverpool Should Splash £30m On This South American Star During The January Window

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It’s been a disappointing start to the new season despite spending heavily in the summer for Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool. While the defence was always a cause of concern the most worrying aspect of the Reds performances this season has been the lack of an attacking spark. The movement and cohesion of Reds in attack tore apart the Premier League last year, they became one of only three teams in Premier League history to score over 100 goals in a single campaign. In Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool had 2 world-class centre-forwards who played at a frightening pace and the duo scored 52 league goals between them.

While the Reds sold Suarez to Barcelona this summer, injury has limited Sturridge to just 3 league appearances this campaign. Any team would struggle without two forwards of that ability, but the decline has been alarming. Having signed Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert in attack – Rodgers’ signings are yet to to convince the fans and the club. The Italy international has failed to score or register an assist in nine league matches for his new team and his perceived lack of application has been heavily criticised. Liverpool are already believed to be considering signing another striker to help solve their attacking problems and they are reportedly preparing a £30m bid for Porto’s Colombian star Jackson Martinez. Here are some things Martinez brings to a side:

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If there was one thing that the current Liverpool side are lacking as compared to last season – its goals. The 28 year old Columbian is a proven goal-scorer and even though the Portuguese division isn’t as strong as the England’s top flight Martinez has shown his ability at every level he’s ever played at. Martinez joined Porto from Mexican club Chiapas in 2012 and has been a prolific goal-scorer since moving to Europe, having scored 53 goals in 70 league games. He scored 0.92 goals per 90 minutes at this summer’s World Cup for Colombia, and has a sensational return of 1.34 per 90 in the Champions League so far this season.

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Liverpool have struggled to score goals in the absence of Sturridge. Blessed with a lethal shot on either foot, Martinez has proven himself as a clinical finisher no matter which foot he uses and he is no slouch in the air either. While neither Sturridge nor Balotelli are lightweight, Martinez would most definitely bring additional power and physicality to the Liverpool attack. While providing another option in attack, Martinez also poses a real danger in the air.

Work-rate:

Liverpool new-boy Mario Balotelli has shown a willingness to run and close down defenders in spells at Liverpool yet he hasn’t really made much of it. In the case of the Columbian hot-shot it’s a key feature of his game as he defends from the front for club and country. A very hard worker – he has completed the joint-second-highest number of tackles for forwards in the Champions League this season (7). A stat very Ian Rush-esque.