Yet Clarets manager Sean Dyche is not warming to the Dubliner’s talents instantly, with the players crowned as Ireland’s finest in 2016 at the FAI awards on Sunday night he was left on the bench once again for the 0-0 draw with Sunderland on Saturday.
“We’re still too static when we are on the ball and we came close to giving it away with careless passing at the back”. Also at 1-1 we had a big chance with Adam Lallana but unfortunately he didn’t touch the ball.
“I think he is doing a good job”, said Puyol, who made 682 appearances in total for Barca plus claimed Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 during his 100 caps for Spain. We are fighting every single game to be in the four who qualify for the Champions League. But this miss, on the end of some brilliant play – and in a game where Liverpool had an astonishing 13 shots from inside the box – is a microcosm of Liverpool’s season. “Tomorrow I will be happy but in this moment I am a little bit disappointed”. Referee Michael Oliver probably should have given the Reds two more penalties than he did.
There were two other happy managers following a thrilling 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium, where James Milner’s seventh penalty of the season – this one against his former club – was cancelled out by Sergio Aguero’s equaliser.
An increasingly end-to-end contest then spat out a glorious chance for Lallana, but from Firmino’s knock-down and with Mignolet’s goal at his mercy, he missed his kick.
“I saw him at 17 playing for Milton Keynes as a holding midfielder”, the Spurs manager said. I enjoyed it because it was two sides trying to win the game, trying to create chances. If he can’t do it, it’s because he worked so hard beforehand.
Adam Lallana has been described as perhaps the “best player, technical-wise”, that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has ever coached. I can see a low-scoring game because at some stage both sides have got to be a more cautious.
“After the Champions League, the last few days at training people were so, so, sad”, said Guardiola.
Wijnaldum knows that with greater consistency, the Reds should be higher.
Manchester City hosted Liverpool at the Etihad in a clash between the 3 placed City and 4 placed Liverpool in the Premier League.
The Argentinian said: “The same that he said in the press conference he said to us”. We were not 100 per cent concentrated.
A side like Manchester City, who they faced today, is nearly the ideal opposition for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to press and counter-attack at speed because they leave so much space.
Liverpool kept up its excellent record against its rivals in the top six this season, with Klopp’s team winning five and drawing five from 10 games.