In this instalment of our TT Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories to have involved Liverpool recently and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.
Mohamed Salah injury ‘not a massive issue’
Jurgen Klopp confirmed after Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Tottenham yesterday that Mohamed Salah’s 85th-minute withdrawal was due to an ankle injury, but he believes that it is “nothing serious”. [via liverpoolfc.com]
The 27-year-old also incurred an ankle knock in the victory over Leicester at the start of the month, which caused him to miss last week’s draw at Manchester United.
Klopp told liverpoolfc.com: “Mo is the same ankle [he injured earlier this month], it just gets sore the longer the game goes on. It’s not a massive issue, that will disappear one day, but it’s still a bit there at the moment.”
Salah again showed his importance to this Liverpool side by scoring the decisive penalty against Tottenham yesterday, having registered a goal and an assist against Genk in the Champions League last week. He is now on eight goals and four assists for the season so far.
The Egyptian will almost certainly be rested for the midweek Carabao Cup clash against Arsenal and, with a Premier League game against closest challengers Manchester City coming up in 13 days’ time, Klopp may be wise not to take risks with Salah for the games against Aston Villa and Genk prior to the champions’ visit to Anfield, depending on the severity of the ankle injury.
Gary Neville critical of Trent Alexander-Arnold defensively
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville said that Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold needs to improve the defensive side of his game.
Speaking after the Reds’ 2-1 win over Tottenham, Neville felt that the 21-year-old was fortunate not to be punished by Spurs for some defensive lapses.
He said of Alexander-Arnold on Sky Sports: “He’s got to become as serious about his defending as he is about his attacking, and you’ve got a world-class full-back there.
“Tottenham could have scored two or three and he could’ve been sat on a losing team or a team that drew because of his defensive play. If he looks at that, it’s an epitome of what his game is.”
Neville has a point in saying that Alexander-Arnold could have been more solid defensively – of Tottenham’s 11 shots, five came from his direct opponent Son Heung-min, who hit the crossbar early in the second half with Liverpool 0-1 down.
The Reds right-back also picked up a yellow card for tripping Harry Kane in the 63rd minute, but it wasn’t all bad from a defensive point of view, as he won both of his attempted tackles and was not dribbled past in the game, as per WhoScored.
However, with Alexander-Arnold likely to come up against in-form left winger Raheem Sterling when Manchester City visit Anfield on November 10th, he would be wise to heed Neville’s words of warning about the defensive aspect of his game.
On-loan Allan wanted by Flamengo
Liverpool midfielder Allan, who is currently on loan at Brazilian club Fluminense, is a transfer target for a neighbouring club.
According to Revista Colorada, Allan’s current loan was meant to finish last June, but Fluminense successfully extended it after being impressed with his performances for the club.
The central midfielder has failed to score in 31 games for Fluminense this year and has a poor disciplinary record, with 10 yellow cards and one red. [via TransferMarkt]
With Klopp having an abundance of midfield options already and Fabinho delivering another solid performance yesterday, along with the recent goalscoring exploits of Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana, Allan’s prospects at Anfield currently seem very bleak and it could be in everyone’s best interests if Liverpool sell him were Flamengo to follow up their interest with a transfer offer.
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