Although Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that the club isn’t looking to bring in any new players when the transfer window re-opens in the New Year, confirmation from Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer that long term target Xherdan Shaqiri could be available in January may change things for the Anfield outfit.
The Swiss international, who the Reds have been heavily linked with and reportedly made a move for during the summer, has failed to fight his way into Pep Guardiola’s first team plans and has continually stated that first team football is his overriding priority. Shaqiri has not only stated a desire to one day play in England, but has ackowledged that a move to Anfield was a realistic option for him before the Bavarian club blocked his transfer — something that apparently won’t happen in January.
Following Sunday’s shock reversal at the hands of Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace, Liverpool have come in for criticism from all angles with former Reds defender Jamie Carragher delivering one of the most scathing verdicts on their performance.
Southampton transplant Rickie Lambert may have scored his first competitive goal for the club he left as a boy in the opening exchanges of the match, but the 32-year old had admitted that neither himself, nor his teammates were up to standard. “We lost the individual battles and it wasn’t good enough. There wasn’t anyone in a Liverpool shirt who was good enough and it was wholly down to the players on the pitch” he said ahead of today’s meeting with PFC Ludogrets in the Champions League. “I do believe it is a lack of confidence at the minute but that will come back. It is not going ideally but it is up to the players on the pitch to ‘dog’ the performances out.”
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Liverpool have no time to re-group from their shock 3-1 reversal at the hands of Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace with an all important meeting with PFC Ludogrets in Bulgaria later today that could very well determine their fate in the Champions League. Although Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has admitted that his team is suffering from a lack of confidence, he also believes that Sunday’s loss could be the catalyst they needed to galvanize as a unit.
The blows just keep coming for Liverpool following their tepid defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace yesterday, and one of the hardest body blows has come from former defender Jamie Carragher.
The Reds legend, now a pundit on Sky Sports, was unabashed in his criticism of his former side following their capitulation at Selhurst Park yesterday — even going so far to admit that he’s getting very worried about them. “Luis Suarez has gone, so what? There’s no leadership on the pitch. As a Liverpool fan which I am – I don’t care about being neutral on TV – when you’re watching your own team, the worst thing you can ever think is they’re being bullied and weak” blasted the former defender. “That’s what we’ve seen today from Liverpool and it’s not the first time. It’s being going on all season and we’re saying ‘oh, new players getting time to adjust’. I’m not a big believer in that.”
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By the time Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak curled in a spectacularly struck free-kick to well and truly put the game out of Liverpool’s reach, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers looked nothing short of shell shocked. There’s no question that he’s under real pressure now following the Reds fourth defeat on the trot, and though it may seem a bit daft to do so, he’s ready to shoulder the blame.