There are many ways in which to demonstrate how Liverpool are about to step into the unknown without the stricken Virgil van Dijk.
But one in particular highlights the issue with which Jurgen Klopp must now grapple as he begins to plan for life without the talismanic Dutchman.
As a limping Van Dijk was helped around the Goodison pitch on his way to hospital on Saturday, Joe Gomez entered the fray from the bench to partner Joel Matip at centre-back.
And never before have the duo started a ga…
Ross Barkley reveals Aston Villa ‘surprise’ after Chelsea loan transfer – Birmingham Live
Ross Barkley has scored two goals in as many matches since joining Aston Villa on a season-long loan move from Chelsea towards the end of the summer transfer window…
Ross Barkley has been blown away by his new Aston Villa teammates after watching them battle against relegation from afar last season.
The midfielder has made an instant impact since joining on a season-long loan from Chelsea at the end of September with two goals in his first two matches.
Having scored on his debut in the 7-2 thrashing of Liverpool before the international break, Barkley grabbed a late winner against Leicester City last time out to extend Villa’s perfect start to the Premier League.
Liverpool’s defensive frailty might about to be eased, and one player is key reason why – Liverpool.com
Virgil van Dijk was the team’s main aerial presence, but Klopp may have to rethink his strategy for defending dead balls, with certain players providing key insight…
It took just eight minutes. From the first set-piece Liverpool faced after Virgil van Dijk was substituted at Goodison Park on Saturday, they conceded a goal.
To make matters worse, Michael Keanes header came from a location that the Reds defensive master would probably have been occupying. Its not that Liverpool didnt concede goals from dead-ball situations when Van Dijk played, of course, but his influence was clearly illustrated in the goals against figures. Between 2009/10 and 2016/17, the…
Liverpool’s £113m Champions League incentive as prize money set to be slashed – Liverpool Echo
Clubs will see a drop in revenue from the competition over the next five years
When Liverpool marched their way to Champions League glory back in 2019 they also pocketed a near £100m windfall as well as holding aloft a European crown for the sixth time.
Back then, in those halcyon days before coronavirus wreaked havoc on football’s finances, Liverpool were the beneficiaries of an enhanced financial package from UEFA that saw them take home home some £27m less than they did for their trip to the final 12 months previous when they were beaten by Real Madrid in Kiev.
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