Carli Lloyd, winner of both the Ballon d’Or (World Player of the Year) and Golden Ball (World Cup MVP) in 2015 battled injuries in 2016. She suffered a sprained MCL with the NWSL’s Houston Dash on April 23, but returned in time for the Summer Olympics in Rio. It appears 2017 will also see her playing overseas for a bit, as there is talk she is set to join Manchester City on loan.Follow paulmbanks
What a difference a Sadio Mane makes. With the Senegal attacker away on international duty in the Africa Cup of Nations, Liverpool FC had a disastrous January. The struggles continued into the beginning of February, but today brought a total 180. Mane, who brings to the LFC table a skill set that no one else on the roster really has, bagged a double and Liverpool downed Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at Anfield.
The Reds continued their recent trend of consistently beating Spurs, and Manager Jurgen Klopp was very pleased with the result; as one would expect.Follow paulmbanks
Liverpool’s 2017 struggles continued last week, with a 2-0 loss to Hull. Saturday, they host Spurs in what is a crucial game for Liverpool’s top-4 hopes.
Despite a miscue that directly resulted in Hull’s first goal, Simon Mignolet will start in net for Liverpool. Neither Mignolet nor Loris Karius has had sustained success for the Reds between the pipes this year, but it should still be Mignolet’s job right now.Follow paulmbanks
Liverpool FC comes into Saturday’s tilt against Tottenham Hotspur with a couple of injury concerns.
The big question for Liverpool is the health of Dejan Lovren, who missed last week’s game against Hull with a knee problem. He hasn’t practice with the first-team all-week and is in doubt to play against Spurs.Follow paulmbanks
One of the most interesting Liverpool news stories circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world today involves two big names that you would never expect- Bill Gates and Bob Kraft. Gates, the Microsoft founder and current richest man alive was offered a chance to purchase the team but did not respond.
Bill Gates, with a current estimated net worth of $84.2 billion, has been deemed the wealthiest man alive since 2014, and he also held the title from 1995-2007 and 2009.Follow paulmbanks
Liverpool heads into Saturday’s match with Hull as healthy as they can be after playing a congested January.
Fans, and Jurgen Klopp for that matter, were worried for a second after the Chelsea match, when Sadio Mane had an ice pack wrapped around his knee. Mane alleviated those concerns post match, saying it was just a precaution after coming back from the African Cup of Nations.Follow paulmbanks
Diego Costa and Chelsea battled Liverpool to a 1-1 draw yesterday in a match that many would consider a victory for the Reds and a loss for the Blues. Given the horrendous January that Liverpool had, this was definitely a moral victory. Considering that Chelsea had won 16 of their last 18 heading into the league fixture, this has got to be considered a setback.
Diego Costa, the man who everybody has a strong opinion on, once again played a major role in the outcome of the match, and of course, it was a controversial.Follow paulmbanks
Arsenal and Manchester United are the biggest rivals that Chelsea have for the Premier League title.
Did I hear that correctly?
Yes, that’s exactly what Blues star and 2014-2015 PFA Player of the Year Eden Hazard says. Chelsea have a nine point lead right now at the top of the table over London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, so who could catch and then overtake them between now and May?Follow paulmbanks
Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Liverpool entered January with an insanely jammed schedule, and now as the month draws to a close, they have one win in their last eight across all competitions. Maybe the return of Sadio Mane will save them? Of course, the Reds entered that period already weary from festive season fixture congestion.
Now Manchester United face some serious fixture congestion of their own. Of course, that’s partially due to the Red Devils being proverbial “victims of their own success.”Follow paulmbanks
Struggling Liverpool gets back into Premier League action on Tuesday when they host Chelsea. The Reds had an awful week last week, being knocked out of both the EFL and FA Cups.
After Loris Karius played in both Cup games during the week, Simon Mignolet should return in goal for the Reds against Chelsea. He last played in a 3-2 loss to Swansea, but he should be the keeper moving forward.Follow paulmbanks