Frank Lampard hails ‘brilliant’ Philippe Coutinho after Liverpool’s draw with Spartak Moscow

Philippe Coutinho was on form for Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Frank Lampard hailed Philippe Coutinho following Liverpool’s draw with Spartak Moscow in the Champions League, claiming he is often playing a ‘different game’ to his team-mates.

The Brazilian scored Liverpool’s equaliser in Russia but Jurgen Klopp’s men couldn’t find a winner in Moscow.

It was Coutinho’s second goal of the season after his stunning free-kick against Leicester on Saturday and he was Liverpool’s main threat throughout their draw with Spartak.

The playmaker, of course, came close to joining Barcelona in the summer but Lampard says Liverpool are far stronger for having kept Coutinho.

Coutinho has two in two (Picture: Getty)‘He had a brilliant game,’ Lampard told BT Sport.

‘Sometimes he plays a different game to everybody else.

‘His passing and awareness to play the right ball for the right run. He was at the hub of all the great chances we’ve talked about but at the end of the day you need people there to finish them.’

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Rio Ferdinand blasts Loris Karius after Liverpool’s draw with Spartak Moscow

Loris Karius was at fault for Spartak Moscow’s goal (Picture: Getty)Rio Ferdinand blasted Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius after the Reds’ 1-1 draw with Spartak Moscow and says the German’s team-mates are well within their rights to be annoyed with him.

Liverpool dropped more points on matchday two after a frustrating draw in the Russian capital.

The Reds were behind in the first half after Fernando’s free-kick found its way past Karius in goal, who – on reflection – will probably feel he should have done better.

Philippe Coutinho levelled but the Reds couldn’t find a winner and Ferdinand says he would be ‘fuming’ with Karius if he was a Liverpool defender.

Klopp refused to blame Karius (Picture: Getty)‘If i’m in that team I’m turning around and fuming [at him],’ Ferdinand told BT Sport.

‘I’d be asking him what’s going on. You’d expect your goalkeeper to save the ball there. I

‘It’s not even right in the corner, it almost goes in the middle of the goal once it hits the net and that’s where my frustration would lie.’

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Frank Lampard explains how Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has improved since his Chelsea nightmare

Mohamed Salah has made an instant impact at Liverpool since his move from Roma (Picture: Getty)Frank Lampard believes Mohamed Salah has returned to the Premier League a totally different player to the one who flopped at Chelsea but insists there is significant room for improvement.

The Egypt international joined Chelsea in January 2014 but failed to make an impression under Jose Mourinho and spent the last three years in Italy rebuilding his career.

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An outstanding season at Roma persuaded Liverpool to pay a club-record £39million for his services during the close season, and the former Basel forward has rewarded Jurgen Klopp’s faith with six goals already.

Despite his outstanding start to his Liverpool career Lampard, who played alongside Salah during his time in west London, believes the 25-year-old still lacks composure in front of goal.

Frank Lampard played with and against Mo Salah during his time at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)‘I think he’s done very well, it’s a good start for him,’ Lampard told BT Sport. ‘His improvement since leaving Chelsea and playing in Italy has been great.

‘He’s got six goals in nine games which is impressive for anyone. his chance conversion rate is down which shows you how much room for improvement there is.

‘I think his temperament and his confidence in himself has grown since he was in England before.

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‘He’s always in good positions, he takes the inside left channel brilliantly. He’s playing very well, scoring goals in all positions.

‘He’s a good signing and there’s room for improvement for more.’

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Philippe Coutinho must score more goals to reach the next level, warns Rio Ferdinand

Philippe Coutinho scored his first goal of the season on Saturday (Picture: Getty)Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has warned Philippe Coutinho he must be scoring ’25 to 30 goals a season’ if he’s to reach the next level.

The Brazilian scored a stunning free-kick in Liverpool’s 3-2 win against Leicester on Saturday and set-up Mohamed Salah for the Reds’ second goal.

The playmaker was desperate to join Barcelona in the summer but Liverpool rejected three bids for the Brazil international, the last of which believed to be around £145million.

Coutinho starts for Liverpool in their Champions League clash with Spartak Moscow but Ferdinand believes the Brazilian needs to score more goals if he’s to earn a move to the Camp Nou.

Ferdinand wants more goals from Coutinho (Picture: Getty)‘If he wants to elevate himself into the top tier of players then he needs to be scoring more goals than he is now,’ Ferdinand told BT Sport.

‘If you’re going for £150-160m which is what people were talking about as a package then you expect him as a number 10 to be getting 25 to 30 goals a season and that’s his task now to get to that [level] this season.’

The 25-year-old scored 14 goals in 36 appearances for the Reds last season, his best scoring campaign since moving to Anfield.

Arsenal should start Aaron Ramsey in every game, says Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher

Arsene Wenger has been urged to use Aaron Ramsey in every game (Picture: Getty)Aaron Ramsey is one of Arsenal‘s best players and should start every game for the club, according to surprise claims made by Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher.

The Wales international has been in and out of the Arsenal team in recent seasons, failing to nail down a single position and struggling to show the required consistency to cement a starting spot.

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However, Ramsey looks to be one of the Gunners’ most improved performers this term, forming a strong partnership alongside Granit Xhaka in the middle of the park and also shining in a more advanced role against West Brom.

Carragher believes Ramsey is key to this Arsenal side and has the potential to do for them what Frank Lampard used to do for Chelsea, if given license to do so.

Ramsey has shown signs of improvement this season (Picture: Getty)

Ramsey could be Arsenal’s answer to Frank Lampard, says Jamie Carragher (Picture: Getty)‘Aaron Ramsey should always get in that Arsenal team because he’s one of their best players,’ Carragher told Sky Sports.

‘He’s scored two winners in cup finals but does that role suit him in a central midfield two?

‘When he plays that role, he’s not actually doing anything different that we see Aaron Ramsey do.

‘He covers the most ground in any game, so that’s the type of player he is.

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‘When you say ‘holding midfield player’, that’s the position he’s playing if you like, but he’s never going to be a holding midfield player.

‘He just wants to run, he wants to get in the box. Half the time you look at the manager and say if you’ve got a player like Ramsey, where do you fit him into your team?

‘He’s played him in that role tonight but going forward he’s got (Mesut) Ozil, he’s got (Alexis) Sanchez. How do you get them all in?

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‘I always think Ramsey would be best, even though he’s been brilliant in that role for Wales, actually in a role we saw Frank Lampard play at Chelsea, where there’s that three-man midfield, you have a sitting midfield player and he’s the one getting box-to-box.

‘Because him getting box-to-box, he gets goals, that’s what he does.’

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Virgil van Dijk tips Liverpool and Manchester City for success in the Champions League

Virgil van Dijk was linked with Liverpool, City and Chelsea in the summer (Picture: Getty)Virgil van Dijk sent the cheekiest come-and-get-me plea of all-time to both Liverpool and Manchester City when predicting which English sides will progress the furthest in this season’s Champions League.

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The 26-year-old defender was heavily linked with a move away from Southampton in the summer transfer window, with Liverpool, City and Chelsea all understood to be interested ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.

However, Liverpool were forced to make an official apology after an illegal approach for Van Dijk in June and the Netherlands centre-back remained with the Saints.

On which Premier League giants will go furthest in Europe this term, Van Dijk told Squawka: ‘I think Liverpool and Man City maybe.

Jurgen Klopp expressed a strong interest in the Dutchman this summer (Picture: Getty)‘You never know. It’s always going to be difficult and [it’s] a different style of play – European nights are always different.

‘Anything can happen, especially if you are the big English clubs who are in the Champions League at the moment.’

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Liverpool travel to Spartak Moscow for their second match of the competition on Tuesday night, while City host Shakhtar Donetsk at the Etihad.

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Liverpool never considered selling Daniel Sturridge, says Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp insists Daniel Sturridge is important to Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he never thought about selling Daniel Sturridge during the summer transfer window.

The Reds striker failed to establish himself as a regular in Klopp’s side for much of last season and has had numerous injury problems during his time at Anfield.

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This saw Sturridge linked several times with a move away in recent months, though he ended up staying put.

It would seem this came after talks with Klopp, who insists the England international remains an important member of his squad.

Sturridge hasn’t always been a regular under Klopp (Picture: Getty)

Sturridge was linked with an exit over the summer (Picture: Getty)‘Yes, we did (have a chat) and all was good,’ Klopp said.

‘It was not a talk with him saying “when can I go?” or “where can I go?”. Not that talk, but about what we planned for this season.

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‘Daniel is important, not could be, he is important.’

Sturridge missed the midweek Carabao Cup game against Leicester City, but Klopp says he left him out in order to continue working to get him to peak condition.

Leicester vs Liverpool TV channel, kick-off time, odds and team news

Leicester defeated Liverpool on Tuesday (Picture: Getty Images)Leicester City will face Liverpool for the second time in five days when they meet this weekend.

The Reds lost 2-0 to the Foxes in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night and will be looking for some revenge in the Premier League.

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Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani’s goals knocked the Reds out of the League Cup, with Liverpool now having lost the last three at the King Power Stadium.

However, Craig Shakespeare’s side will be looking to improve on their Premier League form, having amassed just four points from five games this season.

Liverpool will be looking to bounce back in the league, after being held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield last weekend against Burnley.

Islam Slimani celebrates scoring his sides second goal on Tuesday (Picture: Getty Images)What time is Leicester vs Liverpool?

Kick-off on Saturday, September 23 at 5.30pm from the King Power.

Which TV channel can I watch Leicester vs Liverpool?

You can watch the action live on BT Sport, with coverage starting when the 3pm games end at 5pm.

What is the team news?

The Adrien Silva saga continues, with the Portuguese star returning to Lisbon whilst the Foxes appeal his transfer.

Jamie Vardy had a slight groin problem but should play and Christian Fuchs has recovered from an eye injury.

Adam Lallana has started running again, however, he will not be rushed back and Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip are both doubts.

Sadio Mane is suspended this weekend – but Danny Ings returned this week.

What is the latest odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)

Leicester – 16/5

Draw – 3/1

Liverpool – 9/10

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The Foxes last won three home league games in a row against the Reds back between September 1955 and October 1962.
Jamie Vardy has had a hand in 15 goals (12 goals, three assists) in 18 Premier League appearances under Craig Shakespeare.
Leicester City have won just two of their last 10 Premier League clashes with Liverpool (D2 L6).

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Jurgen Klopp admits Manchester United are making his job at Liverpool ‘more difficult’

Liverpool are struggling to keep pace at the top. (Getty Images)Jurgen Klopp admits his job at Liverpool has been made ‘even more difficult’ by the fast starts from Manchester United and Manchester City.

The two Manchester clubs have both registered 13 points this season, while Liverpool have won two out of their opening five Premier League games and have conceded nine goals.

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‘Everywhere it’s the same but here a little bit more [expectation],’ Klopp said.

‘Obviously it’s difficult in this place not to be number one, even though they were not number one in the last 25 years.

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‘Especially when the Manchester teams are flying, that makes it even more difficult but I cannot change this.

‘What I can do is cool the situation here down and do the right things again and work on the other things. That’s how it is always.

‘I only feel the difference when I meet you [the press], you are my public. When I meet you I know something is obviously really wrong.’

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Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United

Ahead of this weekend’s Premier League action former England, Liverpool, Manchester United and Real Madrid striker Michael Owen shares his thoughts on every fixture. The BetVictor Brand Ambassador is predicting a few shocks…

West Ham v Spurs

The Hammers have turned things around in fine style in the past fortnight; beating Huddersfield on home soil last Monday and now unbeaten in their last three after the 3-0 defeat of Bolton in the League Cup. Nevertheless, I remain a big fan of Spurs, especially away from home, and expect them to better a surprisingly poor record at West Ham. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have lost three of their last four at the Hammers but with an in-form Harry Kane leading the line up-front should turn that record around on Saturday.

Harry Kane could be the difference (Getty)Burnley v Huddersfield

Sean Dyche will surely be puzzled at Burnley’s inconsistencies this season thus far, with the Clarets avoiding defeat at the likes of Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea but disappointing on home soil to West Brom and Leeds. Despite the Clarets being knocked out of the cup by Leeds midweek , I expect them to ring the changes and beat a Huddersfield side that continue to struggle for goals.

Everton v Bournemouth

After four straight defeats in all competitions Everton needed both a result and a performance midweek so Blues’ boss Ronald Koeman will have been pleased with the 3-0 defeat of Sunderland in the Carabao Cup. There have been 19 goals scored in the previous four Premier League games between the two sides and I expect that trend to continue at the weekend and goals likely at Goodison.

Ronald Koeman’s side are in the relegation zone (Getty)Man City v Crystal Palace

The Citizens were awesome last weekend at Watford, making a good Hornets side looks very average at Vicarage Road, and it’s no surprise to see BetVictor shorten Pep Guardiola’s side to even money for the Premier League title. They should run riot against Palace at the weekend and look a fair price at 3/4 to beat the Eagles to nil at The Etihad.

Southampton v Manchester United

I expect Manchester rivals United to likewise claims all three points at the weekend, with Jose Mourinho’s side unstoppable against Southampton on the south coast. The Red Devils are unbeaten in six Premier League visits to St Mary’s, winning four, and likely to extend that record at Southampton’s expense.

Romelu Lukaku will look to continue his tremendous scoring run having been put on the bench in midweek (Getty)Stoke City v Chelsea

The Britannia is a really tough place to go and I expect Antonio Conte to prepare his Chelsea side for a battle at the weekend. The Blues have been electric away from home under the Italian, winning seven of their last eight Premier League games and with Eden Hazard returning to the starting XI should extend the run accordingly.

Hazard should return to the starting XI (Getty)Swansea v Watford

As mentioned previously, I’m a big fan of Watford and would put a line through last week’s mauling by Champions-elect Manchester City. The Hornets have been brilliant away from home this season, winning at both Bournemouth and Southampton, and could surprise a Swansea side that remain one of the favourites for the drop.

Leicester v Liverpool

The pick of the weekend’s Premier League games is a repeat of Tuesday’s League Cup tie that saw Leicester win 2-0 at the King Power Stadium. However, BetVictor make the Reds odds-on to reverse the form in Saturday’s evening kick-off. Both are often prone to defensive mistakes and with two excellent attacking line-ups in action I expect fireworks from the two sides on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp will be desperate to see his side win after some poor results (Getty)Brighton v Newcastle – Sunday

Both sides were playing Championship football last season and it will be fascinating to see how the two clubs deal with their respective battles for survival at the foot of the Premier League table. Newcastle boast the more obvious chance of staying up but Brighton are respected on home soil and as such I can see both sides cancelling each other out at The Amex.

Arsenal v West Brom – Monday

Arsene Wenger’s side look to have their mojo back after their recent performances against both Chelsea at the Bridge last Sunday followed by the 1-0 defeat of Donny Rovers in the cup midweek. The Gunners now host West Brom at The Emirates bidding to make it five games unbeaten in all competitions and will be very tough to beat. I expect their class to prevail against the Baggies and fancy them to keep a third consecutive clean sheet in the process.

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