Liverpool: Klopp reacts to draw; young goalkeeper linked; trophy for cult hero
As Liverpool sought to bounce back from a surprise defeat to Bournemouth last weekend, Jurgen Klopp discussed his frustration after a draw with West Ham and also provided an update on an injury to Dejan Lovren as he told the press:
“It’s a negative thing that we didn’t win, but it’s still a point so it’s kind of mixed emotions. Being one goal down in a game against West Ham with their style of play, with their situation in the table plus the quality they have usually – it is really difficult to play against them… [Lovren] said he had a cramp and in the ear of the medical department, it was a hamstring issue. It was in the region. Dejan wanted to carry on but we cannot take a risk in this situation. Hopefully we took him [off] early enough.”
Adam Lallana gave his team the lead but Dimitri Payet and Michail Antonio helped the Hammers to complete a turnaround before the break, with Divock Origi’s second half equaliser enough to earn a point.
One man heavily criticised once again was goalkeeper Loris Karius, and he won’t be helped by news that former ‘keeper Chris Kirkland recommended talent Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to the club in the summer. Kirkland, who worked with Pickford whilst at Preston North End, told BT Sport:
“I told Liverpool to sign him last summer. He will have all of the top clubs looking at him – not just in England, but in Europe as well. He definitely won’t be there (at Sunderland) next summer. I wouldn’t be surprised if he is not there come January. For me, he could be one of the best in the world – he is the best I have worked with, that’s for sure. He would make saves like that all of the time at Preston. I think he has made the second most saves in the Premier League this season.”
Pickford has caught the eye and was called up to the England senior squad for the first time in November but is still awaiting his first cap at senior level.
Another former player is in the news as ex-left back Djimi Traore has gone one better than Steven Gerrard as he formed part of the Seattle Sounders team which defeated Toronto FC on penalties to lift the MLS Cup on Saturday night in his role as assistant manager of the American club.
Now 36-years-old, the defender made 88 appearances for the Anfield outfit and then since played for clubs including Monaco, Marseille and Portsmouth, scoring his only career goal (at the right end) for Seattle in his final season before taking up a coaching role with the club in 2015.
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