Is Grzegorz Krychowiak a good midfield option for Liverpool?
According to a report by The Sun, Liverpool are interested in a move for Grzegorz Krychowiak. The player recently represented Poland for the ongoing World Cup in Russia but the team crashed out during the group stages.
A midfielder by trade, the 28-year-old spent the previous season on loan with West Bromwich Albion. The Baggies endured a terrible season in the Premier League and eventually dropped down to the Championship.
In a similar fashion, Krychowiak’s form has also taken a drastic dip. The player does not lack talent, however, and he can be lethal on his day. Unfortunately for him, those days do not come too often.
Krychowiak is currently on the books of French giants Paris Saint-Germain, and Liverpool are unlikely to face any major hindrances to sign him. The Reds could utilize the added squad depth since Emre Can has moved to Juventus. That said, one cannot help but wonder if the Merseysiders truly need him.
One might argue that Jurgen Klopp could help the player rediscover his form and while that is true, Liverpool have a plethora of midfield options at hand right now. Can is primarily a defensive midfielder and in his absence, the manager still has Jordan Henderson.
Furthermore, new arrival Fabinho is also a defensive midfielder by trade. If anybody had their doubts about Henderson, his performances for England in the ongoing World Cup should pacify them.
Hence, with two quality options at hand, it does not make sense for Liverpool to sign Krychowiak. The Polish international will be a high-risk purchase, given his recent form. To be fair, he was one of the most promising midfielders in Europe at one point in time.
His performances were Sevilla were truly incredible but ever since he joined PSG in 2016, his form took a nosedive. He often looked out of depth and failed to secure a spot for himself in the starting XI.
Last season, he joined West Brom temporarily but as mentioned earlier, he failed to make much of an impact for them. To make matters worse, Krychowiak was partly responsible for Poland’s loss against Senegal in the World Cup.
The two teams were tied 1-1 but the midfielder gave away the ball to Mbaye Niang which led to Senegal’s winner. Hence, even if Liverpool do sign him, it would be a while before Krychowial returns to his best.
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Predicted Liverpool line-up to face Chelsea: Who starts for the Reds?
With six wins out of six in the Premier League, Liverpool have made the best-ever start in their history. Jurgen Klopp’s men continued their winning run on Saturday with a 3-0 thrashing of Southampton at Anfield.
Liverpool have arguably played the most attractive brand of football in the ongoing season and the Reds have sent a clear message to their title rivals.
Granted, the Reds outplayed Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League game but they are yet to face the big guns in the Premier League. Jurgen Klopp’s men will face their first real test of the season when they welcome Chelsea for the third round of the League Cup on Wednesday.
Virgil Van Dijk picked up a rib injury in the game against Southampton and is unlikely to feature on Wednesday. Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren continue their recovery from groin and pelvic injuries respectively.
Predicted Liverpool XI to face Chelsea
Manager: Jurgen Klopp
The Brazilian has been solid between, barring a howler against Leicester City. He has made some really good saves and should retain his position in the line-up.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB)
The youngster has grown in confidence as the season has progressed. He had an outstanding game against PSG and followed it up with another top-notch performance against Southampton. Klopp should hand him another start.
Joel Matip (CB)
The Cameroonian international made his first start since March against the Saints and looked quite solid at the back. He scored Liverpool’s second goal with a towering header and Klopp should offer him another start.
Joe Gomez (CB)
The English youngster started from the bench against Southampton but must start the League Cup game in place of Virgil van Dijk, who is out with an injury.
Andrew Robertson (LB)
The Scotsman had another good game against Southampton and did his reputation no harm at all. Should start the League Cup tie.
Georginio Wijnaldum (LCM)
The Dutchman has been instrumental in Liverpool’s success this season and continued his impressive run of form against Southampton. Must retain his place in the line-up.
Jordan Henderson (CM)
The English international must receive a start against Chelsea.
James Milner (RCM)
Klopp could field a 4-3-3 formation in the League Cup, meaning Liverpool’s standout performer of the season, James Milner, should start.
Sadio Mane (LW)
The Senegalese forward has been deadly in front of the goal and has already scored four goals in the Premier League. He had another impressive game against Southampton and Klopp must not bench him for the League Cup tie.
Mohamed Salah (RW)
The Egyptian wizard hasn’t been at the top of his game this season but he put up an impressive display in the last game, scoring from Shaqiri’s free-kick. He should start against Chelsea.
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Roberto Firmino (CF)
The Brazilian looked his usual self in front of the goal in the last game, passing accurately and linking the play with his teammates. Should start ahead of Daniel Sturridge.
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James Milner holds the key to Liverpool’s success against Chelsea
Jurgen Klopp’s side continued their winning ways in the Premier League with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Southampton on Saturday at Anfield. Liverpool have made a stunning start to their campaign with six wins out of six, which is their best-ever start in history. The Reds currently sit atop the standings with 18 points and have already established themselves as one of the favourites to win the Premier League crown.
Liverpool successfully replicated their domestic form on the European front as well and came away with three priceless points in an enthralling 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League. Given that Liverpool have been drawn along with PSG, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade in a potential group of death, the victory on opening day could go a long way in deciding their fortunes in Europe.
Considering the exhilarating performances from the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, it is easy to get carried away with the forward line. While it is true that the attacking trio has done exceptionally well, the story of Liverpool’s success has not been based entirely on their exploits.
Summer recruit Naby Keita has provided energy and impetus to Liverpool’s midfield. In Keita, Liverpool have found a balanced central midfielder when compared to Jordan Henderson. But the player who has orchestrated proceedings effectively in the middle of the park is none other than the veteran James Milner.
Milner, who earns £120,000-a-week, once again holds the key to Liverpool’s success when they host Chelsea for the third round of the League Cup tie on Wednesday. Not only has the 32-year-old dictated terms in the midfield with his impressive range of passing but he has also impressed with his work rate.
He has been virtually everywhere in the midfield and has contributed equally to the defence and the attack. While he has broken up the play in the midfield with solid pressing and crucial interceptions, he has also drifted to the wider areas of the park from where he has delivered dangerous crosses into the box. It is unusual for a player of his age to be so proactive in the midfield but he has once again proven his worth this season.
Much of Chelsea’s success this season has been down to the stability in their midfield. While new signing Jorginho has successfully dictated the tempo of the game with his remarkable range of passing from a deep position, Mateo Kovacic has contributed with some crucial tackles and interceptions.
Meanwhile, N’Golo Kante has enjoyed an advanced position under Maurizio Sarri and has linked the play well with his teammates up front. Kante has provided the perfect balance between the defence and the attack and the midfield trio has shielded the rearguard effectively
To put things into perspective, the duel between James Milner and N’Golo Kante could possibly decide the fate of the match. The two midfield powerhouses will go head-to-head in the quest for dominance on Wednesday.
And that is not the end of it. Liverpool are set for an intriguing doubleheader against Chelsea as the two teams will clash once again over the weekend in the Premier League.
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Why Daniel Sturridge could resurrect his Liverpool career this season
Liverpool started with Daniel Sturridge as the central striker for their Champions League opener against Paris Saint-Germain. The club’s first-choice forward Roberto Firmino was forced to start from the bench due to an eye injury.
Incredibly enough, the experienced English international did not disappoint his manager and scored with a brilliant header in the first half to put Liverpool in the driver’s seat. It was the goal that changed the complexion of the game and tilted the balance in the Reds’ favour. Ultimately, Sturridge helped the Reds secure all three points in their kitty.
The win should come as a massive boost for the Merseysiders, given they were able to overcome a star-studded PSG team. The three points should definitely help them progress through the group stages since they have been drawn along with Napoli and Red Star Belgrade in a potential group of death.
The 29-year-old striker was a lively presence in the attacking third and linked up effectively with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. He impressed with his tireless running and troubled the defenders with some subtle and incisive runs behind the backline. His activity was not only confined to the attacking third as he also dropped deeper to carry the ball forward and drifted wide on occasions to support the play.
Sturridge was at the right place at the right time to head home the cross and had another golden chance to double his tally in the second half but he directed his header straight at the goalkeeper. He could have had another assist had the linesman not ruled his challenge on Alphonse Areola as a foul. At times, the former Chelsea and Manchester City man was guilty of wayward shooting and inappropriate decision-making but he was impressive for large quarters of the game.
Jurgen Klopp has used Sturridge as a substitute in four of Liverpool’s first five Premier League games and his game time has been limited to a total of 21 minutes in the league. But the 29-year-old has shown glimpses of his abilities.
He scored Liverpool’s fourth goal in the 4-0 win over West Ham United on opening day after coming on as a late substitute. Sturridge has recorded a pass success percentage of 93.3 in the Premier League which shows that he has managed to coordinate effectively with his teammates.
Sturridge, who currently earns £120,000-a-week, joined Liverpool back in the summer of 2012 and has made a total of 137 appearances for the Reds across all competitions, scoring 64 goals. He only made 9 appearances in the Premier League last season and was largely present in the squad as an understudy to Firmino.
The English international, who was left out of Gareth Southgate’s squad for the World Cup in Russia, currently finds himself behind Firmino as the second-choice striker at Anfield. His lack of game time in the Premier League in recent seasons has taken a toll on his international career as well.
Sturridge played for Manchester City and Chelsea in his earlier days but failed to consolidate his position at his former clubs. He was also a part of the Blues’ squad that tasted European glory in 2011/12. Hence, he has a lot of top-flight experience under his belt and Liverpool should look to make adequate use of his abilities. He is a valuable asset to the squad and he must play a supporting role, given that Liverpool are expected to excel at all fronts this season.
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Sturridge has shown strong signs of promise with some impressive performances and Liverpool should continue handing him regular minutes to allow him to resurrect his career.
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