JOSE Mourinho has today been charged for comments made about the Manc ref prior to Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield.
Massively up and down week for Old Jose, there. Starts with him getting pumped by his old team, followed by his own admission that life in Manchester is a disaster, then he beats a second string Manchester City side in the League Cup but caps that off with an FA charge for being a gobshite…
Wijnaldum: We Can Win The League Cup
We’re on the march with Jürgen’s army…etc. Gini Wijnaldum has been speaking to LFCTV about the Reds’ win over Spurs on Tuesday night, and he reckons we can go all the way.
He said: “It seems like it’s a real chance.
“But we must look at it from round to round, and try to win the games to get to the final and then try to win it. It’s an opportunity to win a trophy and we must do everything to achieve that. That’s what we’re going to do.”
We all in for this league and cup double then, lads?
Mignolet: I Don’t Want To Be Number Two
Sounds like some mad bird who reckons Klopp has been copping off behind his back, there. Obviously, he’s just saying he doesn’t want to just sit on the bench, though, which is reasonable for any professional footballer. Rather be on the pitch, so do everything you can to do that.
He told James Pearce, after the win over Spurs: “I don’t want to be a number two, that’s clear. I want to play. I will keep fighting to get my place back.
“I will never give up fighting, firstly because that’s not in my character to just give up. Secondly because I am not in a situation where I can sit on the bench. I’m 28 years old and I want to play week in, week out.
“So I’ll work hard and I’ll never give up – giving up is not what I want to do. I see it as a challenge that I can overcome. Hopefully it will be a fair challenge based on performances put in on the pitch.”
Must be hard with Klopp openly stating that Loris Karius is his number one. Fair play that he wants to get his head down, though.
Lallana Doesn’t Buy Transformation Claims
There’s no doubt that Adam Lallana has been among the goals this season, with three goals in nine appearances compared to four in 30 last season. Whether that be down to position change or other factors is up for debate. But the man himself insists that there hasn’t been any rapid transformation in his game, as some are suggesting.
He told Sport magazine: “I don’t think there’s much difference in terms of fitness to last season. Listen, things are going to get written about you when the team is doing well and you’ve chipped in with a couple of goals. I feel I was as important last season as I am this season to the manager. He’s shown trust and belief in me since he’s come here.
“This season we’re performing better as a team; I just think that’s coincided with him being here the length of time he has and having a good pre-season. It’s his squad now. He’s made the changes. Personally, I don’t think there’s too much different to last season, though.”
Whatever it is that is making him play better, I don’t think I’m alone in hoping it continues.
Clyne Heading For The Exit?
Ridiculous this, isn’t it? There have been rumours circulating today that first Manchester City and later Barcelona are considering moves for Nathaniel Clyne. This has caused some to genuinely weigh this up as a potential option. ‘Kinell.
What’s the point in selling a player who is so important to the way we play and is one of the most complete in his position?
— The Anfield Wrap (@TheAnfieldWrap) October 27, 2016
First, there is Adam Smith’s column looking at how Klopp’s side are seeing out games, and why fans should adapt to that fact. Read that here.
Also, Dan Austin is back with another Football, Bloody Football looking at Jose Mourinho’s Partridge moment, Mark Clattenburg at his glorious best and trump talk from South Africa. Read it here.