It’s probably the most friendly competition in world football; the international Champions Cup. In their second game of the tournament, Liverpool beat AC Milan 2-0 thanks to goals from Origi and Firmino, but what did the win prove?
Origi will continue improving
The goal was simply sublime. The touch was calm, whilst the rapid movement created enough space to fire the ball home. He made an instant impact when he came on and he’ll certainly be competing with Daniel Sturridge for a starting spot this year.
Mane is fast
Mane really showed his pace in the game, exposing AC Milan’s back four numerous times. With Ojo and Mane, Liverpool will give Liverpool some much needed pace, something they lacked last year.
AC Milan look poor
You can’t say Liverpool defense looked good because they were barely tested. It was a good game for Liverpool, but AC Milan just weren’t up for it.
Mario Balotelli has returned to Liverpool from AC Milan after failing to impress after a loan spell. He’s said the reason he’s under performed the last two years is because the expectations placed on his shoulders were low. He’s relishing a return to English football and a return to form, but Jurgen Klopp has already struggled with Benteke, a proven striker in the Premier League and his teams seem to function better when they have a striker who runs beyond defenders. Balotelli doesn’t fit in with this tactic, he likes the hold the ball up and turn players, but he doesn’t have the pace that he used to, so all we can see next for Mario is to be shown the exit door. That’s easier said than done though because at the moment no clubs have shown firm interest. We’re sure this will resolve itself soon so keep an eye out.
Roy Hodgson has released his squad of 23 to go to Euro 2016 and some say he was very cruel in his decision-making. Danny Drinkwater, a player who has proved himself all season at Premier League Champions Leicester City was left out, whilst Jack Wilshire was included yet he’s only just come back from injury. Leicester fans are rightly furious but even likes of former England captain Alan Shearer has announced his disappointment at the decision. Drinkwater was probably the best defensive player in the league last season, and okay so he may not bring goals to the party, but he would certainly bring excellent defensive skills and that could be something Roy Hodgson comes to regret. Hopefully Danny Drinkwater can have another fine season next year and push on for England because he really deserves to.
It’s been a disanointing season for Liverpool, and as a fan myself; I can’t wait for the season to be over. We’re sitting at mid-table with a team of average players, and even the almighty Jurgen Klopp can’t help us! There’s going to be a lot of movement in the summer transfer window, and one man already on his way in is centreback Joel Matip.
This may mean Skrtel, Toure or Sakho may depart, but there are plenty of other players fighting for their place. Here’s our rundown of players we think may leave this summer:
- Joe Allen
Time could well be up for all of these players, and we’re pretty sure Liverpool will be one of the busiest clubs in the transfer window. Let’s just hope key players like Sturridge and Coutinho stay.
On the whole, it was a rather quiet transfer period for the so-called ‘big teams’ like Liverpool, Manchester United, Man city, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham. Funnily enough, the team that spent the most was Newcastle, which made a big change, with Shelvey and Townsend the big two coming in. The rather quiet period suggests there will be big signings to be made during the summer, and we’ll have to wait another few months to see whether that’s the case. With Klopp yet to make a stamp on the Liverpool team and Guardiola joining Man City relatively soon, it would be strange if there weren’t any high profile signings. Manchester United may well be getting Jose Mourinho and we’re sure he too will want to make some changes, so perhaps the quiet window can mean a much more exciting summer period.
So it’s been over a month since Chelsea sacked Mourinho, and things are actually starting to look better. The Blues have climbed the table, and they’ve actually picked up a bit of form, although they have had a fair few draws in recent weeks. The players seem happier, they seem to be giving more—which is natural considering they’re essentially playing for their futures at Stamford Bridge. Obviously, the season hasn’t gone to plan, and they’re unlikely to make top 4, or top 6 for that matter, but the storm seems to have passed, and there’s now the feeling that the only way is up. The win against Arsenal was huge, and it will certainly give the players a boost, but we’re sure this season could just be a blip and they may go back to being title contenders this time next year, depending on who the permanent manager is.
Many people will be thinking about working out early next year when the calorific Christmas period is out of the way. It’s easy to talk the talk though, and many people may start the year with a bang, going to the gym for several weeks before it all stops completely.
To become a regular ‘gym goer’ or ‘home exerciser’, you need to have one thing; motivation. If you really want to keep fit you have to change your lifestyle somewhat and create a new schedule. Working out isn’t easy, especially when you’re feeling fatigued after a long day’s work, but you just have to find the right balance. Do cardio one day, followed by weights the next, an abs workout the day after and then rest the next day. Then repeat the cycle. Choose workouts that can work out for you!
It’s amazing to see Chelsea so close to the relegation zone so close to Christmas. How is it possible to go from champions to relegation fighters in just a few moths? It’s a question no player, manager or pundit has been able to answer as yet.
Some people believe Mourinho has now lost the backing of the players and deserves to be sacked, but there’s no way a manager rated as one of the best in the world can lose his talents overnight. Every week we feel as though the team will go back to winning ways, but that just doesn’t look likely.
There may well have to be some business in the transfer window if Chelsea are to return to winning ways, but they need to get their confidence back first.
Okay, okay, so it’s early days for Jurgen Klopp. He’s only several games into his reign as Liverpool manager, but what he’s done over the last few weeks is quite amazing, he’s given Kopites belief! The players seem happier, more energetic and there are signs that the team is pressing higher, and playing more of the ‘heavy metal football’ that Klopp promised he would bring.
Rival teams won’t be worried right now though, and Klopp will need to bring in fresh faces. He needs time to bring in players that can fit in with his ideas, and there are likely to be plenty of Liverpool players on their way out the door come January. So far Klopp is winless but unbeaten, so there’s lots of improvement to be made, but he’s such a lovable character, and we are only expecting good things from him and his staff.
Fitness is everything to an athlete, and it doesn’t just come over night; it takes hard work and dedication. If you’re regularly involved in sports and you’ve recently had an injury then it can take some time to regain that fitness.
When you feel fit and healthy to start running again it’s important to take it slow. There’s no point in rushing back because you may do yourself more damage than good, and it can mean that you have to wait even longer to return back to good health.
A gentle jog is a good way to start while swimming can also be a nice way to ease back into ful fitness. You can then gradually pick up the pace or run and swim more frequently, and this along with a sensible diet will certainly see your fitness bounce back. If you’re looking to overcome a recent set back then make sure you do not rush yourself back.