Liverpool analysis – Diogo Jota sends message to Sadio Mane as Marko Grujic asks transfer question


Grujic asks a transfer question As Jurgen Klopp’s first signing, Marko Grujic will forever have a special place in Liverpool’s history books.

However, that appears to be the most the Serbs would get at Anfield after spending the last two years on loan at Hertha Berlin and, heading into this season, not appearing for the Reds since December 2017.

But this quarter’s unusually early Carabao Cup schedule gave the midfielder an unexpected stage to shine on.

Grujic was pretty well tidy last week at Lincoln City, rallying against opposition from Ligue 1 and scoring his first Reds goal in the second half.

Arsenal offered a much tougher challenge. And he’s more than met him, helping Liverpool dominate the engine room battle while also proving a threat in the Gunners’ set-piece area with his size.

The Reds remain open to offers for Grujic with Borussia Moenchengladbach in the box to strike a deal ahead of Monday night’s transfer deadline.

This performance will at least have strengthened Liverpool’s hand at the negotiating table.

And, if the asking price isn’t met, Klopp will know he has another defensive midfielder option that he can trust.

Jota sends a message

Diogo Jota has sufficiently demonstrated in his brief appearance on Monday that he is not the type to attend the ceremony.

And Liverpool’s new £ 41million signing has given further proof against Arsenal that when it comes to getting attention, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah can expect a bit more. competition.

In the first half alone, Jota found himself embroiled in an argument with Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos – an Iberian rivalry, of course – and could have convinced the same player to penalize.

He also hit a header that was brilliantly saved by Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno, with the ball falling for Takumi Minamino to hit below the bar a few yards before the break. A costly failure in the final analysis.

A deal of over £ 41million has been struck to take Wolves’ Anfield forward, and he is ready to kick off Jurgen Klopp.

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At the start of the second half, Jota was hit from behind by a typical false contrite Grant Xhaka. The Portuguese dusted himself off and continued.

And, while Jurgen Klopp has said he’ll be mostly used on the left, Jota’s ability to run from a central position saw him run on a nice pass from Curtis Jones before drawing another great save from Leno. .

The night was less encouraging, however, for Divock Origi, who appears to have slipped further down the pecking order in the attack line. Admittedly, his missed penalty in the shootout was not the best moment.

Diogo Jota is challenged by Rob Holding in the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on October 01, 2020
Diogo Jota is challenged by Rob Holding in the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on October 01, 2020

Williams au double

Social media is rarely representative of the general consensus, especially when it comes to football.

The vocal minority will always make the loudest noise, and following last week’s Carabao Cup victory at Lincoln City, Neco Williams has found himself in the crosshairs.

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Of course, it was not his best performance. But it was still a strange reaction from some fans after a 7-2 win.

Indeed, Reds deputy manager Pep Lijnders was compelled to say that supporters should, well, support.

Williams, for his part, did not appear to be greatly disturbed by the strength of the performance which highlighted the qualities that caught Jurgen Klopp’s attention in the draw last season when the Welshman made his debut. among seniors.

Coupe Liverpool vs Arsenal Carabao

The 19-year-old more than stood up to Pepe, the Arsenal man, who has £ 72million, with a determined and resilient defense and, most importantly, was calmer when in possession.

By his side, namesake Rhys Williams was equally impressive on his first start at Anfield, less dependent on Virgil van Dijk than last week and growing in confidence in the second half alongside Joe Gomez.

Liverpool’s exit from the Carabao Cup could make another loan deal more likely for the center-back. On this evidence, a league club – having spent last year at Kidderminster Harriers – would be a deserved step forward.


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