“Jurgen Klopp and Sean Dyche might be able to share notes about their injury woes. Liverpool could raise millions if they imposed a congestion charge in their treatment room, Thiago Alcantara the latest casualty, although the cavalry is waiting on the bench if required tonight.
“Dyche heads to Anfield without Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s fitness. Under Frank Lampard Everton were punchless without their striker so all eyes will be on Ellis Simms.”
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has used his programme notes to take exception to claims the players have stopped giving 100 percent to the Anfield cause.
“I see their desire every single day. I feel how much they want it.”
Having talked the talk, the Kop will be anticipating he and his teammates will walk the walk tonight.
as reported by Chris Bascombe.
“I wonder where Liverpool’s creativity is going to come from although they will be hard-working.”
addresses one of the more depressing issues du jour.
A long overdue clampdown on ‘unacceptable’ chants is in operation at Anfield. Virtually every Liverpool home game is contaminated with songs from the away end which have clear references to the Hillsborough disaster of 1989.
Merseyside Police say they will take action should supporters be identified singing offensive material.
“Just to be 100% clear. Any chants in relation to ‘murderers’ or ‘always the victim’ are football tragedy related and totally unacceptable,” read a statement.
“Behind them are people who have suffered unimaginable pain. (Where) possible, positive police and stewarding action will be taken.”
Couple of less familiar
faces on the Monday Night Football tonight: Izzy Christiansen and Leon Osman both repping for the Blues, bit of pitchside guest chat with David Jones on Sky.
Less indoor funfair
and more ‘send in the clowns’ recently.
Teams in the now widely discredited ‘text’ format.
Good evening and welcome to our live blog coverage of Monday Night Football, where the match tonight comes from Anfield and features two of the country’s great sporting institutions, Liverpool and Everton, both of whom are at the very least in a bit of a pickle and arguably in something approaching turmoil. The hosts, piloted by Jurgen Klopp, are bumbling along in a profoundly disappointing 10th place before kick off; that is a monster 22 points off the lead and 15 points worse than they were at this stage last season. Grim, grim, grim and we will have plenty of time to hear from experts about that this evening.
Klopp seems to be closing to chucking a wobbler at any moment right now. He was furious this week that physiotherapist Andreas Kornmayer and assistant manager Pep Lijnders have come under criticism as the fanbase tries out various theories as to why Liverpool’s form has tanked this season. We will see. Anyway, some excellent quotes in this piece from Chris Bascombe about it all and you can read that here. Jurgen Klopp: Have the balls to go for me, not my Liverpool staff
Things for Everton are not exactly rosy either, what with them being in 18th place with 18 points, albeit that there is a better mood at Goodison since the appointment of Sean Dyche, whose managerial record so far with the Toffees reads played one, won one. And not just any one, they beat the League leaders of course.
Mind you, Everton fans might not make a lot to his shocking revelation he used to support… Liverpool. “My mate had the yellow Liverpool kit. I thought ‘that’s a nice kit, who is that?’ and he said ‘Liverpool’ so I thought, ‘we are Liverpool fans from now on then’. He still is. So that was my first reference point for supporting Liverpool.”
Nice piece here, also from Basco, about Why supporting Liverpool or Everton does not stop you working for the enemy
Alright when you’re winning probably! Telegraph Sport columnist Jamie Carragher, who will surely be on Sky’s Monday Night Football later, was family a convert.
Anyhoo, we will see which 22 lads step over the white line at 8pm this evening fairly soon. Teams at 7, kick off at 8.