Jurgen Klopp is growing increasingly “frustrated” with Daniel Sturridge, with the German unable to “trust” the striker, according to journalist John Richardson of the Express.
Sturridge has not been fit enough to start a single Premier League game for Liverpool since Klopp took over in October, though the striker did serve a frustrating reminder of his ability with two goals in the Reds’ 6-1 Capital One Cup win at Southampton in December.
Sturridge is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury suffered just four days after that game, against Newcastle United, and Richardson claims Klopp has lost patience with the 26-year-old.
Joao Teixeira hopes to make the most of a second chance to start his Liverpool career after gaining valuable experience in cup competitions this season.
The 23-year-old has played in all three of the Reds’ FA Cup ties, putting in a useful performance in the goalless fourth round draw at home to West Ham, after featuring in a Capital One Cup game back in October.
He made his first-team debut as a substitute in the Premier League win at Fulham almost two years ago but was then loaned to Brighton for the whole of last season and it was only the current injury problems which propelled him back into first-team contention with a crop of the academy’s top talent.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp shrugged off the prospect of having to play yet another match after a goalless draw at home to West Ham meant an FA Cup fourth-round replay.
Liverpool dominated the game after West Ham lost James Tomkins and Cheikhou Kouyate to injury in the first half and the visitors were indebted to back-up goalkeeper Darren Randolph for a string of saves.
A ninth match in 29 days forced the Reds boss, who is still managing a number of injuries, to make wholesale changes to his side but the younger players he brought in acquitted themselves well and should probably have won the game.
Liverpool are heading to Wembley once again after they held their nerve to break Stoke’s hearts on a dramatic night at Anfield.
Joe Allen and Simon Mignolet were the heroes as Liverpool won 6-5 on penalties but Jurgen Klopp admitted he did not see the spectacle unfold because he did not want to obstruct the view of the fans behind him.
Allen, who had come on as a late substitute in normal time, wrapped in the decisive spot-kick in sudden death after Mignolet had denied Marc Muniesa and Peter Crouch.
Simon Mignolet secured Liverpool’s passage to Wembley for next month’s Capital One Cup final with two penalty shootout saves before Joe Allen struck the decisive spot-kick to eliminate Stoke City.
With the game going to extra-time and penalties following Marco Arnautovic’s contentious first-half goal – the Austrian was clearly offside when released by Bojan Krkic – Liverpool booked their 12th League Cup final appearance after Mignolet saved from Peter Crouch and Marc Muniesa.
Following a season that has seen him subjected to persistent criticism, the Belgian goalkeeper was cheered off the Anfield pitch after his match-winning heroics.
According to various media reports Liverpool have made a £24.5m offer for Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alex Teixeira. The prolific 26-year-old Brazilian has been targeted by Chelsea with Shakhtar willing to sell.
Teixeira has scored 22 goals in 15 league games this season, as well as three in six Champions League appearances.
A delegation from Liverpool, including chief executive Ian Ayre, is in Orlando, Florida, where Shakhtar are playing in the Florida Cup tournament, to open talks with the Ukrainian club.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp warned against placing too much expectation on his young stars after a number impressed in the 3-0 FA Cup third-round replay win over Exeter.
Sheyi Ojo, with a brilliant individual effort, and Joao Carlos Teixeira scored their first senior goals on their Anfield debuts after Joe Allen, one of three experienced players in the side, had put them ahead in the first half.
The likes of Cameron Brannagan and Brad Smith also impressed but Klopp insists it is too early to be pushing them for full first-team involvement.