IT’S the day after the Reds knocked Spurs out of the League Cup to reach the quarter-finals, leaving another trip to Wembley just around the corner.
Probably worth mentioning, at this stage, that I think cup draws are utter shite. Just seems no need for all that build up just to pull a couple of balls out of what is basically a tombola drum, like some sort of mad primary school fair. Just jib it and tell us who is playing who, will you?
Lucas: Klopp Showed The Trust He Has In The Squad
I was made up with last night – with the result and for the lads that came into the team. People won’t be happy that we concede late, leaving a nervy last couple of minutes, whether that in itself is overstated or not is a different debate, but I was just happy to see the Reds see it out and pick up the win. It’s all about momentum, at the end of the day.
Lucas Leiva spoke to Liverpoolfc.com after the game, and spoke about the lads who came into the team, saying: “(Jürgen Klopp) showed the trust he has in the squad. We probably didn’t expect that many changes until Monday.
“But at the end we showed a lot of hunger and determination to win and get through to the next round.”
Roll on the testimonial, Lucas lad.
Origi: Young Reds Showed Big Hearts
Divock Origi has been doing much along the same lines. It can’t be easy for 11 lads who don’t play together regularly to be asked to go and perform in front of 50,000-plus at Anfield but I thought it was a great performance, particularly from the Belgian in the second-half.
He also told Liverpoolfc.com: “Very happy. We knew it would be intensive, but I think we showed big heart.
“At the beginning we had to find each other, we also changed the formation, but the coach told us just to play with our qualities and that he believed in us 100 per cent, and we have a lot of quality in the group.”
Johnno 4 Barca
Seems as though transfer silly season is starting to click into gear once again. Can’t see much more shite than this being spouted, though, to be honest.
Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo – who knows? – are reporting that Barcelona are eyeing up former Red Glen Johnson as a potential signing, as they are looking to bring in a veteran right-back.
No. Me neither. ‘Kinell.
The End Of Mama?
Probably less ominous than the heading makes out, to be fair. And, to a certain extent, some might have seen this coming given some of Jürgen’s decisions over the past couple of weeks and months.
French newspaper L’Equipe are reporting that Mamadou Sakho has gone past the point of no return, in terms of his relationship with his manager, and will be moved on in January. Some rumours even suggest that his Snapchat rant earlier in the season played a part in the decision.
A rapid decline, indeed. The lads did speak about this on our daily(ish) video the other day:
Firstly, we’ve got Ten From The Terrace in the aftermath of last night’s win over Spurs. Read that here.
Phil Blundell has written his weekly column, as this week he talks about the strength in depth shown in last night’s win, which you can read here.
Joel Rabinowitz has done a great piece questioning the suggestion that Liverpool are having problems at the back. Read it here.
And, finally, Gibbo has done his latest Home And Away about the visit of Spurs to Anfield. Read that here.