Coutinho: Reds Ready To Bounce Back
PHILIPPE Coutinho is looking to put Liverpool’s disappointing week behind and bounce back as Chelsea visit Anfield.
The Brazilian featured in all three of the Reds’ home losses but is as eager as anybody to put right the wrongs of those defeats.
He said: “Yes, it was hugely disappointing, and we have to lift ourselves for Chelsea, that is very important. We have all left from there in the dressing room feeling so disappointed because we lost again, it was very hard.
“We have another opportunity straight away to bounce back, and it is a good opportunity, a big game against Chelsea. That is it. We have a few days to prepare everything, and to go again and that is what we must do now.”
Straight into these, Phil.
Comolli On Young Player Price Cap
JUST can’t seem to keep him from talking about the Reds.
This time, Damien Comolli was speaking to ESPN’s Glenn Price as he insisted that the owners had a price and age cap in place on potential new signings during his time as Director of Football.
He said: “In the spring of 2012, the owners told me that we had a limited spending budget per player of €10million and we could only sign players who were under 21.”
A further example of the owners’ moneyball strategy at play there, it seems. Although, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Comolli was finding further excuses for his ultimate failure at the club.
Firmino Free To Play After Court Date Move
BIG boost, this. Roberto Firmino’s court date has been pushed back to allow him to feature in the Reds’ crunch clash with Chelsea at Anfield.
The Brazilian was charged with drink driving on Christmas Eve and was due to appear at Liverpool Magistrates Court but that has now been put back by 24 hours after a reschedule request was granted.
That means we near enough have our strongest squad to pick from. A confidence boost, if nothing else.
Pre-Chelsea Injury News
SO, we now know that Bobby will be free to feature, but who else is back for the visit of Chelsea?
Mane may claim a place on the bench after flying home from the African Cup of Nations, although his later than expected arrival meant he missed training and will have just one session just hours before the game for Jürgen Klopp to make a decision.
Nathaniel Clyne is still absent with a rib injury and Ovie Ejaria will definitely miss out after rupturing ankle ligaments at the weekend, but midfielder Adam Lallana is set to play after sitting out the FA Cup defeat to Wolves.