COMPETITION: Where will the goals go in?

Shirts, gift vouchers and computer games are up for grabs in our competition ahead of the Reds’ visit to Chelsea this weekend.

Liverpool have played 15 games so far this season in all competitions and to say that scoring goals hasn’t been a strong point would be about as big an understatement as “Liverpool missed Luis Suarez when he left” or “Fernando Torres was better for Liverpool than he was for Chelsea.”

Liverpool have been hopeless in front of goal.

The 3-2 win over Aston Villa was the only game in the Premier League, Europa League or League Cup so far this campaign that saw Liverpool score more than one goal. Obviously we don’t count the penalty shoot out goals against Carlisle, but if you include the last three games of last season that’s 17 out of 18 games where Liverpool have been unable to bag as many as two goals.

Is the Chelsea the game the one where the floodgates finally open?

If it is you might just be in for a bonanza of prizes in our competition (open to UK residents only).

Here’s Asmir Begović, standing in front of his goal at Stamford Bridge, plastic flags to his right, shaking in fear (probably) at the thought of facing a Liverpool side who can’t stop scoring. We hope.

Begovic - Chelsea vs Liverpool

 

You’ll see six squares in the goal, six places where his clean sheet can be messed up.

Pick a square and tell us which one you’ve chosen below in the comments. It’s first come first served for each square, if your square is one that ruins the Chelsea keeper’s day you could be in for a prize.

For every goal Liverpool score this weekend we are giving a prize away – up to a maximum of five goals! If Liverpool score more than five goals you’ll have enough celebrating to do anyway.

If more than one goal is scored in your square, your reward gets better.

To give you even more chance of winning it also applies to Simon Mignolet’s goal – which of course we don’t want to see breached – so should Chelsea get a consolation past him and it lands on your square you’re in for a prize.

 

paddy-power-prizes

The prizes:

  • If one goal lands in your square you will receive: A £10 Amazon Voucher
  • If two goals land in your square you will win: Football Manager 2016 on Pre Order! Release date November
  • Three goals or more in your square and you will get: A Liverpool Football Club Shirt (take your pick of the Home/Away/Third shirts)

The booby prize:

If the game ends goalless, the first person to comment wins the following prize.

  • Danny Dyer’s Funniest Football Foul-Ups on DVD

Sorry, but that’s how it’s got to be. Maybe it’s not too bad, with the sound down.

 

danny-dyer-dvd

 

Have a go below in the comments. Make sure you use a valid email address otherwise we won’t be able to get hold of you if you win. If you’ve not commented before your comment might not appear straight away but it will be logged with the correct date and time and will appear as such when we approve it.

Good luck!

 

Competition sponsored by Paddy Power.

Rules

  • Each player is only allowed one square, no multiples
  • Entries will not be accepted from blog owner, contributor or employees of Paddy Power
  • Squares will be allocated to the first 6 people to comment on available squares
  • The BBC’s definition of which square the ball went into is final, this can be found on BBC Football news www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/results
  • Prizes are subject to availability
  • Only one prize per square
  • Only the first 5 goals are counted
  • UK entries only
  • If the match score is 0-0 the first to comment on the original post will win the booby prize, a Danny Dyer Football Foul-Ups DVD

 

 

Klopp is happy with his medical staff – unlike some

NEW Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp inherited a range of problems when he took over as boss at Anfield, one of which was an extensive injury list. The list has had more names added to it in the short time since he took the helm, but the German isn’t blaming the medical department for it. 

Some managers are better at looking after their medical staff than others, it seems.

Jordan Henderson, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings, Jon Flanagan, Joe Gomez and Jordan Rossiter are amongst those missing, with Roberto Firmino only just back in the side.

Jurgen Klopp (Pic: LFC)

Kolo Toure became the latest casualty, in Liverpool’s League Cup win over Bournemouth, a game Christian Benteke missed through his latest injury setback.

Liverpool are yet to score more than once in a game since Klopp arrived, a situation not helped by the absence for the majority of those games of three of his strikers, but that situation looks set to ease again, at least slightly.

 

 

“Cristian (Benteke) trained quite normally with one of his fitness coaches so he’s good and prepared for tomorrow,” Klopp said, adding: “That is the only thing that has changed – Kolo has not the most serious injury, but enough that he can not play tomorrow.”

And Sturridge? “No,” he laughed, “The Daily Daniel? No!”

The boss says Benteke should be available for the trip to Stamford Bridge, but with so many players missing questions were being asked about the club’s medical staff, with some reports suggesting Klopp was unhappy with them.

The manager denied this at today’s press conference, going out of his way to praise a department that he admittedly doesn’t know every member of but one he’s more than happy with the work of, including physio Chris Morgan.

“I think this is one of the departments that works perfect,” Klopp said.

“I’m not sure about all because I’ve not met all yet, but everything is fine.

“Chris and his team are working hard, there is no doubt from my side after two and a half weeks here.

“If you have a look at the kind of injuries we have, it’s nothing to do with the medical department. It’s been because of hits or other things.”

Klopp says patience is called for: “It’s normal in football that nobody waits but you have to wait. Recovery and rehab needs time.

“These two guys, Ingsy and Gomez, are out for a long time.

“Henderson and Flanagan are closer but not ready yet.”

There was a little bit more information on the Scouse full-back: “Flanagan is back on the pitch but he needs time after his long journey with his knee injury. He looks good,” Klopp said.

Liverpool play Chelsea in the lunchtime kick-off tomorrow, a club who have just been served legal papers by their former club doctor Eva Carneiro. Carneiro is claiming constructive dismissal following much publicised criticism at the hands of manager Mourinho, who seems to be in the middle of something of a meltdown. Here’s hoping it continues for at least another weekend.

Pics: LFC