Wednesday, 24 July 2013

EPL Preseason

Liverpool Training Session
Coutinho takes an early shower

The excitement grew with every step towards the G. The Reds supporters, chanted as they walked towards the historic ground, drenched in their scarves and jerseys of this 121 year old club. It was quite easy to get a little carried away, considering we were about to witness the likes of Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Phillippe Coutinho and Kolo Toure do what they do best. The chants grew to a raucous as the players jogged out onto the hallowed turf, turning to clap the stadium of Red supporters. The training slowly begun as the players took part in several drills. The session lasted roughly 90 minutes and the main drill was a mini match, with less than half the pitch used.

Player Analysis

  • Phillippe Coutinho

The noteworthy point from the session, Coutinho didn't train with the main group. It appeared he had a slight issue, but nothing too hazardous, as he still did some solid quick sprints and the like. He stayed out there for about 15 minutes before he went in for an early shower. So don’t be too worried, looks like a bit of management at this stage. Note; reports on the Liverpool twitter page revealed it was a slight calf ailment. 

  • Luis Suarez

Luis was moving well, looked to be in good form. Missed a couple of easy shots in the mini match, but otherwise looked the goods. Very, very doubtful he'll remain a Red, but depending on where he ends up, he could still be extremely relevant this season!

  • Kolo Toure

    Looked like he had already been well and truly welcomed into the squad. Was moving well, and could well play a part in the season ahead, given the depth in the defence is far from strong.

  • Simon Mignolet

    Mignolet made a couple of strong saves during the mini match. An extremely important factor for a goalkeeper is confidence, and Simon seemed to have it in spades. Given Reina's departure, he is now well and truly number 1, so he must be considered.

  • Iago Aspas

    Iago had some incredible touches in the mini match. Will be someone who can do the inspiring, if yesterdays session was anything to go by. If he leads the line in Gameweek 1, he'll be very hard to leave out of any fantasy football side.

    Thanks for reading. Hope you all enjoy the match tonight, should be a cracker!