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  1. Jurgen Klopp has lavished praise on his squad after they broke another long standing record as they defeated Leicester 3-0 on Sunday evening at Anfield. The victory saw the Reds record their 64th consecutive game without defeat at Anfield breaking a near-on 40 year record. The list of absentees from Liverpool’s lineup had been well documented over the past few weeks, but those who were fit wanted to make an emphatic statement that this team is built on a squad mentality where any individual can fill a role. James Milner typified that with a ever professional performance at right-back filling in for Trent-Alexander-Arnold while Fabinho was fit to resume his central defence role alongside Joel Matip and did not miss a beat. The last time Liverpool had such a imposing record at home, it was ended by the Foxes in January of 1981, but from the moment they strode onto the hallowed Anfield turf, the intent was clear and there only looked to be one winner. Klopp who has overseen this remarkable era spoke with real pride over what his side achieved as the Mirror reported. There will be a moment in the future when I think back on the record and hopefully it will not be the number 64 but more. It is incredible, absolutely incredible, but it is all about the boys. "It is difficult to set records at this club because our fathers and grandfathers were obviously pretty good.” “When you think about how tight a lot of the games were the boys had to dig in and that shows their incredible character. “We really enjoy playing here, it is our ground, our home and everything feels like home even when then the people aren't here - which is absolutely bullshit. Jonny Evans opened the scoring by heading into his own net and that was soon doubled when Andy Robertson delivered an exquisite ball to Diogo Jota who produced a deft header to continue his outstanding start to his Liverpool career by creating his own piece of history. The 23 year-old Portuguese forward became the first Liverpool player to score in his first four league games. But arguably the feel good moment of the contest came towards the end when Roberto Firmino scored his second goal of the season.The tireless No 9 has come in for increased scrutiny over the last few months for his lack of goals as well as his general impact. Despite the clear lack of confidence in his play, Klopp has been a staunch defender of the Brazilian and said his performance against the Foxes showed why he is so important. “What people say about him is just ridiculous, it's just because they don't have anything else to talk about. He played outstanding again."
  2. Jurgen Klopp has lavished praise on his squad after they broke another long standing record as they defeated Leicester 3-0 on Sunday evening at Anfield. The victory saw the Reds record their 64th consecutive game without defeat at Anfield breaking a near-on 40 year record. The list of absentees from Liverpool’s lineup had been well documented over the past few weeks, but those who were fit wanted to make an emphatic statement that this team is built on a squad mentality where any individual can fill a role. James Milner typified that with a ever professional performance at right-back filling in for Trent-Alexander-Arnold while Fabinho was fit to resume his central defence role alongside Joel Matip and did not miss a beat. The last time Liverpool had such a imposing record at home, it was ended by the Foxes in January of 1981, but from the moment they strode onto the hallowed Anfield turf, the intent was clear and there only looked to be one winner. Klopp who has overseen this remarkable era spoke with real pride over what his side achieved as the Mirror reported. There will be a moment in the future when I think back on the record and hopefully it will not be the number 64 but more. It is incredible, absolutely incredible, but it is all about the boys. "It is difficult to set records at this club because our fathers and grandfathers were obviously pretty good.” “When you think about how tight a lot of the games were the boys had to dig in and that shows their incredible character. “We really enjoy playing here, it is our ground, our home and everything feels like home even when then the people aren't here - which is absolutely bullshit. Jonny Evans opened the scoring by heading into his own net and that was soon doubled when Andy Robertson delivered an exquisite ball to Diogo Jota who produced a deft header to continue his outstanding start to his Liverpool career by creating his own piece of history. The 23 year-old Portuguese forward became the first Liverpool player to score in his first four league games. But arguably the feel good moment of the contest came towards the end when Roberto Firmino scored his second goal of the season.The tireless No 9 has come in for increased scrutiny over the last few months for his lack of goals as well as his general impact. Despite the clear lack of confidence in his play, Klopp has been a staunch defender of the Brazilian and said his performance against the Foxes showed why he is so important. “What people say about him is just ridiculous, it's just because they don't have anything else to talk about. He played outstanding again." View full article
  3. Jurgen Klopp says he is not ready to turn his focus to international management as he has more than enough to deal with at club level. Klopp has been regularly linked to the Germany national team job over the past few years, much to do with the outstanding success he has had with Liverpool as well as the high level of respect he has back home. Last year Klopp’s agent Marc Kosicke alerted people to the interest when he said: "Jurgen himself once said that in the event that Joachim Low someday no longer wants to be the national coach – and it would be possible for him do that – this is an option for him.” German legend Lothar Matthaus then brought the issue to the forefront this week saying: “When you talk about possible candidates (to replace Joachim Low), there is only one person that everyone would want in the future, and that is Jurgen Klopp. “He is extremely successful, personable and equally popular with fans and the media. But Matthaus added that Klopp is “far from finished at Liverpool and the national job can wait for a few more years.” Klopp confirmed that intention in a report (via the Mirror): “Maybe in the future but now, no, because now I have no time. I also have a job - a pretty intense job by the way. “I am not sure if anybody has asked after me but if they don't know I have a job here at Liverpool- even though the weather is bad again! “I like it and I am responsible for a lot of things here so I will not go and search for another challenge.” Another top manager who is not looking for a new challenge is Pep Guardiola who this week signed a two year extension at Man City. Klopp said that he is happy to see his old sparring partner staying at the Etihad but is wary of some other rivals on the horizon. “I am happy about Pep signing a new contract.but I'm afraid it won't be just Guardiola against Klopp over the next few years. “It also looks like Frank Lampard and Chelsea are building a proper team there. Man United will not stay without trying and the same with Arsenal, who have a good way as well. "Tottenham look really dangerous this year. Leicester are really good – and 100 percent Wolves will not sleep. "I have probably forgotten that there are others as well and I don't mean any disrespect. Klopp said that having a number of teams battling it out for honours is a positive thing as it raises the overall standard of the game. "I watch a lot of football. Not just us, but other teams, and I see the steps they make.That's good for all of us – and I am happy that Pep stays with me for longer.” View full article
  4. Jurgen Klopp says he is not ready to turn his focus to international management as he has more than enough to deal with at club level. Klopp has been regularly linked to the Germany national team job over the past few years, much to do with the outstanding success he has had with Liverpool as well as the high level of respect he has back home. Last year Klopp’s agent Marc Kosicke alerted people to the interest when he said: "Jurgen himself once said that in the event that Joachim Low someday no longer wants to be the national coach – and it would be possible for him do that – this is an option for him.” German legend Lothar Matthaus then brought the issue to the forefront this week saying: “When you talk about possible candidates (to replace Joachim Low), there is only one person that everyone would want in the future, and that is Jurgen Klopp. “He is extremely successful, personable and equally popular with fans and the media. But Matthaus added that Klopp is “far from finished at Liverpool and the national job can wait for a few more years.” Klopp confirmed that intention in a report (via the Mirror): “Maybe in the future but now, no, because now I have no time. I also have a job - a pretty intense job by the way. “I am not sure if anybody has asked after me but if they don't know I have a job here at Liverpool- even though the weather is bad again! “I like it and I am responsible for a lot of things here so I will not go and search for another challenge.” Another top manager who is not looking for a new challenge is Pep Guardiola who this week signed a two year extension at Man City. Klopp said that he is happy to see his old sparring partner staying at the Etihad but is wary of some other rivals on the horizon. “I am happy about Pep signing a new contract.but I'm afraid it won't be just Guardiola against Klopp over the next few years. “It also looks like Frank Lampard and Chelsea are building a proper team there. Man United will not stay without trying and the same with Arsenal, who have a good way as well. "Tottenham look really dangerous this year. Leicester are really good – and 100 percent Wolves will not sleep. "I have probably forgotten that there are others as well and I don't mean any disrespect. Klopp said that having a number of teams battling it out for honours is a positive thing as it raises the overall standard of the game. "I watch a lot of football. Not just us, but other teams, and I see the steps they make.That's good for all of us – and I am happy that Pep stays with me for longer.”
  5. Former referee Mark Halsey has spoken about the diminishing levels of referee standards in English football. The 59 year-old who retired in 2013 after 14 seasons as a Premier League referee is now a close observer of the whistle blowers and does not like what he sees. The Daily Star reported Halsey as saying: “I hate to criticise fellow colleagues but over the last six to seven years the standard is dropping alarmingly, at all levels. “We have some great referees out there at the top, and I think Michael Oliver is by far our best referee; Martin Atkinson, Mike Dean, they are experienced guys and they are good referees. "Top coaches turn average players into good players, good players into excellent players - it is no different with referees. "We have a failing with a number of top coaches who can take our referees forward." Halsey also took aim at the decision makers for the extraordinary decision to put David Coote in charge of the VAR for the Reds clash with Leicester on Sunday evening. Coote will forever by remembered by Liverpool fans for his failing to punish Everton keeper Jordan Pickford for his truly reckless challenge on Virgil Van Dijk, which saw the imperious central defender ruled out for the season with a ACL injury. The Nottinghamshire official then produced another crucial error when he ruled out a Jordan Henderson last minute goal for offside which left Jurgen Klopp rightly bewildered. The decision to remove Coote from this fixture was described by Referee chiefs as “Operational Reasons.” but Halsey said it was a choice which should not been made in the first place. “It's poor appointing. There was a massive furore about the incident and we had two or three different reasons why it wasn't picked up; the offside nullified the challenge which was nonsense. "Why put him in that pressure cooker? There was no need to put him on that fixture list as VAR with Liverpool." Thankfully common sense was applied in the end and Andre Marriner will be the man in the VAR hot seat tomorrow evening. View full article
  6. Former referee Mark Halsey has spoken about the diminishing levels of referee standards in English football. The 59 year-old who retired in 2013 after 14 seasons as a Premier League referee is now a close observer of the whistle blowers and does not like what he sees. The Daily Star reported Halsey as saying: “I hate to criticise fellow colleagues but over the last six to seven years the standard is dropping alarmingly, at all levels. “We have some great referees out there at the top, and I think Michael Oliver is by far our best referee; Martin Atkinson, Mike Dean, they are experienced guys and they are good referees. "Top coaches turn average players into good players, good players into excellent players - it is no different with referees. "We have a failing with a number of top coaches who can take our referees forward." Halsey also took aim at the decision makers for the extraordinary decision to put David Coote in charge of the VAR for the Reds clash with Leicester on Sunday evening. Coote will forever by remembered by Liverpool fans for his failing to punish Everton keeper Jordan Pickford for his truly reckless challenge on Virgil Van Dijk, which saw the imperious central defender ruled out for the season with a ACL injury. The Nottinghamshire official then produced another crucial error when he ruled out a Jordan Henderson last minute goal for offside which left Jurgen Klopp rightly bewildered. The decision to remove Coote from this fixture was described by Referee chiefs as “Operational Reasons.” but Halsey said it was a choice which should not been made in the first place. “It's poor appointing. There was a massive furore about the incident and we had two or three different reasons why it wasn't picked up; the offside nullified the challenge which was nonsense. "Why put him in that pressure cooker? There was no need to put him on that fixture list as VAR with Liverpool." Thankfully common sense was applied in the end and Andre Marriner will be the man in the VAR hot seat tomorrow evening.
  7. Liverpool are highly likely to be on the lookout for a new central defender come the January transfer window. After the loss of first choice pairing Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez to long term knee injuries and with fill-in Fabinho currently also on the treatment table, Jurgen Klopp has to shuffle his pack and come up with a suitable partnership for the next six weeks or so. The Reds were already down to the bare bones before the loss of Gomez and Klopp last remaining senior centre back is the injury prone Joel Matip, who himself is only just back from his latest spell on the treatment table. The absence of the senior pros has opened the door for some of the younger players to show that they might have a future with the club. Nat Phillips almost left in the summer but Klopp will be feeling extremely relieved that no move materialised, as the 23 year old is going to be needed over the coming weeks. He produced a man of the match display against West Ham in his first Premier League game recently, while teenager Rhys Williams caught the eye in the Champions League win over Atalanta. Both will be hoping to be given the opportunity to partner Matip this weekend against Leicester. That promises to be an extremely tough game for the Reds as the Foxes are flying high. The best bookies for football on betting.co.uk have Klopp's men as favourites but with the ever increasing list of casualties it wouldn't be a huge shock if Leicester were able to upset the odds. Klopp cannot do a great deal about his centre back shortage right now but the rumour mill has been abuzz with names that the German could look to when the window opens up, including the highly rated Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig, Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli and Ben White from Brighton. A new name has now come into discussions with the Echo saying that Brazilian Gleison Bremer is a player that the Reds are closely looking at. After learning his trade at São Paulo and Atletico Mineiro, the 23 year-old made the move to Europe for the 2018/9 season joining Italian club Torino for £5 million on a five year deal. While he took time to find his feet in Serie A in his first season, he impressed observers last year starting 27 games for the Turin based side and certainly has the technical ability and overall qualities to play in a Jurgen Klopp side. The left-sided centre back is an intelligent mover and impressive reader of the game, making 2.2 interceptions per game while also clearing the ball on average 5.2 times per 90 minutes this season. Bremer is adept in playing creative long balls out from the back, is currently in the top three for overall passes in the Torino team while also being threat from set prices with the 6 foot 2 defender scoring 5 goals last season and another during this campaign. However Liverpool are not the only Premier League team interested in the services of Bremer with Fulham and Everton closely monitoring his situation. But after playing for a side who have recently flirted with relegation and last honour of any kind was 20 years ago (Serie B winners), you suspect he would jump at the chance of playing at one of Europe’s biggest clubs alongside some of his countrymen and under one of the best managers in the game. If a reasonable fee can be agreed to, you suspect there will be winners all round. View full article
  8. Liverpool are highly likely to be on the lookout for a new central defender come the January transfer window. After the loss of first choice pairing Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez to long term knee injuries and with fill-in Fabinho currently also on the treatment table, Jurgen Klopp has to shuffle his pack and come up with a suitable partnership for the next six weeks or so. The Reds were already down to the bare bones before the loss of Gomez and Klopp last remaining senior centre back is the injury prone Joel Matip, who himself is only just back from his latest spell on the treatment table. The absence of the senior pros has opened the door for some of the younger players to show that they might have a future with the club. Nat Phillips almost left in the summer but Klopp will be feeling extremely relieved that no move materialised, as the 23 year old is going to be needed over the coming weeks. He produced a man of the match display against West Ham in his first Premier League game recently, while teenager Rhys Williams caught the eye in the Champions League win over Atalanta. Both will be hoping to be given the opportunity to partner Matip this weekend against Leicester. That promises to be an extremely tough game for the Reds as the Foxes are flying high. The best bookies for football on betting.co.uk have Klopp's men as favourites but with the ever increasing list of casualties it wouldn't be a huge shock if Leicester were able to upset the odds. Klopp cannot do a great deal about his centre back shortage right now but the rumour mill has been abuzz with names that the German could look to when the window opens up, including the highly rated Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig, Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli and Ben White from Brighton. A new name has now come into discussions with the Echo saying that Brazilian Gleison Bremer is a player that the Reds are closely looking at. After learning his trade at São Paulo and Atletico Mineiro, the 23 year-old made the move to Europe for the 2018/9 season joining Italian club Torino for £5 million on a five year deal. While he took time to find his feet in Serie A in his first season, he impressed observers last year starting 27 games for the Turin based side and certainly has the technical ability and overall qualities to play in a Jurgen Klopp side. The left-sided centre back is an intelligent mover and impressive reader of the game, making 2.2 interceptions per game while also clearing the ball on average 5.2 times per 90 minutes this season. Bremer is adept in playing creative long balls out from the back, is currently in the top three for overall passes in the Torino team while also being threat from set prices with the 6 foot 2 defender scoring 5 goals last season and another during this campaign. However Liverpool are not the only Premier League team interested in the services of Bremer with Fulham and Everton closely monitoring his situation. But after playing for a side who have recently flirted with relegation and last honour of any kind was 20 years ago (Serie B winners), you suspect he would jump at the chance of playing at one of Europe’s biggest clubs alongside some of his countrymen and under one of the best managers in the game. If a reasonable fee can be agreed to, you suspect there will be winners all round.
  9. Liverpool are considering their defensive options in the aftermath of Joe Gomez being ruled out for the best part of the season with a knee tendon injury. With the talismanic Virgil Van Dijk already ruled out for the season with a Cruciate Ligament injury, losing Gomez soon after is undoubtedly major blow for the Reds. Since the news emerged of the 23-year old going down in England training, football pundits and fans alike have documented their contingency plans to how Jurgen Klopp can keep the Liverpool season on track. A lot depends on keeping Joel Matip fit which has proved easier said than done in the past, but it has to be said when he is on the pitch, the Cameroon international is a class act. Klopp does have options to partner Matip at his disposal in Fabinho, Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams. All three have played at CB this season and have certainly not let the manager down with their performances. But with the games continuing to come thick and fast, there has been discussion whether bringing in an extra defender could be the way to go. With the next transfer window not opening for another six weeks, the next best option is a free agent. Teamtalk reports that Daryl Janmaat is a name that has emerged as someone who is available. The Dutch international is without a club after leaving Watford in October and the 31 year-old fills the need as experienced defensive cover having also played for Newcastle, Feyenoord and Heerenveen. On the plus side, Janmaat is widely recognised as a versatile defender, while mostly played as a right back, he has played centrally on occasions. Ironically Janmaat suffered a knee injury of his own last season restricting the veteran to just seven starts in the relegated season of the Hornets. The two parties amicably came to an agreement last month and Janmaat whose credentials have been verified by Gini Wijnaldum who played with him at Newcastle and on the International stage spoke recently about his frustrating campaign. “I’ve had an unpleasant season. A normal injection into the knee caused an infection. The joint later had to be rinsed again, followed by a period of antibiotics. “Fortunately that is all over, I train daily again and feel fit. It was time for a new step in my career. I really want to play football for a few more seasons.” He has also stated he is ready for first team action if or when called upon. “I am free to come and go as I please. I have been training with a physiotherapist for some time now, the knee is okay. If a club is looking for a defender, I’m ready,” “I feel like I’m getting stronger. Now I’m waiting to see which club comes my way. “I’m not in a hurry, in the sense that I’m just going to sign somewhere because I want something. I can take my time, I’m curious which clubs are interested.” Time will tell whether Liverpool are one of those clubs. View full article
  10. Liverpool are considering their defensive options in the aftermath of Joe Gomez being ruled out for the best part of the season with a knee tendon injury. With the talismanic Virgil Van Dijk already ruled out for the season with a Cruciate Ligament injury, losing Gomez soon after is undoubtedly major blow for the Reds. Since the news emerged of the 23-year old going down in England training, football pundits and fans alike have documented their contingency plans to how Jurgen Klopp can keep the Liverpool season on track. A lot depends on keeping Joel Matip fit which has proved easier said than done in the past, but it has to be said when he is on the pitch, the Cameroon international is a class act. Klopp does have options to partner Matip at his disposal in Fabinho, Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams. All three have played at CB this season and have certainly not let the manager down with their performances. But with the games continuing to come thick and fast, there has been discussion whether bringing in an extra defender could be the way to go. With the next transfer window not opening for another six weeks, the next best option is a free agent. Teamtalk reports that Daryl Janmaat is a name that has emerged as someone who is available. The Dutch international is without a club after leaving Watford in October and the 31 year-old fills the need as experienced defensive cover having also played for Newcastle, Feyenoord and Heerenveen. On the plus side, Janmaat is widely recognised as a versatile defender, while mostly played as a right back, he has played centrally on occasions. Ironically Janmaat suffered a knee injury of his own last season restricting the veteran to just seven starts in the relegated season of the Hornets. The two parties amicably came to an agreement last month and Janmaat whose credentials have been verified by Gini Wijnaldum who played with him at Newcastle and on the International stage spoke recently about his frustrating campaign. “I’ve had an unpleasant season. A normal injection into the knee caused an infection. The joint later had to be rinsed again, followed by a period of antibiotics. “Fortunately that is all over, I train daily again and feel fit. It was time for a new step in my career. I really want to play football for a few more seasons.” He has also stated he is ready for first team action if or when called upon. “I am free to come and go as I please. I have been training with a physiotherapist for some time now, the knee is okay. If a club is looking for a defender, I’m ready,” “I feel like I’m getting stronger. Now I’m waiting to see which club comes my way. “I’m not in a hurry, in the sense that I’m just going to sign somewhere because I want something. I can take my time, I’m curious which clubs are interested.” Time will tell whether Liverpool are one of those clubs.
  11. Troy Deeney believes that Liverpool made a mistake in releasing Joe Gomez to go on international duty. In a season of crippling injuries, Jurgen Klopp’s side received another potential devastating blow on Wednesday when Joe Gomez went down with a knee injury at England training in preparing for their friendly with the Republic of Ireland on Thursday evening. The 23 year-old has had his fair share of serious injuries at his time with the Reds including a cruciate ligament injury which saw him ruled out for most of the 2015/6 season. There has been nothing confirmed about the length of time Gomez will face on the sidelines this time around, but the fact that he went down without any contact will be of great concern to those associated with the club. Speaking on Talksport (via HITC), the Watford striker openly questioned why Liverpool let Gomez join the England camp in the current circumstances they find themselves in. “I think when you say meaningless [friendly] you are looking towards England as an establishment and why are we playing these international friendlies right now? “It’s difficult because we always want the national team to do so well – I just think with the short turnaround with pre-season, the number of injuries Liverpool already have, it could have been one that he missed out. He could have easily not gone. That would have helped everybody else. The topic of the congested football calendar has been one that has come to the forefront during this campaign with many managers saying that players welfare has seemingly become a secondary issue. Deeney believes that Liverpool had legitimate grounds for Gomez to not be released for this fixture. “Its a friendly. There is not a great deal of any importance of it. “I just don’t understand why Liverpool didn’t say ‘no, we will refuse you to go to this one because of the current crisis’ and I don’t think anyone could have complained.” The sad thing about this is that Gomez was just starting to come into his own with the responsibly of being the leader of the defence in the absence of Virgil Van Dijk. Klopp who has had to put his World Class managerial qualities to full use early this season will now have another significant juggling act to perform. The incredibly capable but so often injured Joel Matip is the last man standing when it comes to senior central defenders. Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams are inexperienced but have made huge strides when asked to fill in and there is also Fabinho who is working his way back from a hamstring injury. Those who follow this fine club know full well that we never do things easily. Last season was viewed by many as the greatest individual season in the clubs history and for very good reason. In many ways with the adversity this squad have had to overcome so far, if Jordan Henderson lifts the league trophy in May, it could be viewed on a comparable level.
  12. Troy Deeney believes that Liverpool made a mistake in releasing Joe Gomez to go on international duty. In a season of crippling injuries, Jurgen Klopp’s side received another potential devastating blow on Wednesday when Joe Gomez went down with a knee injury at England training in preparing for their friendly with the Republic of Ireland on Thursday evening. The 23 year-old has had his fair share of serious injuries at his time with the Reds including a cruciate ligament injury which saw him ruled out for most of the 2015/6 season. There has been nothing confirmed about the length of time Gomez will face on the sidelines this time around, but the fact that he went down without any contact will be of great concern to those associated with the club. Speaking on Talksport (via HITC), the Watford striker openly questioned why Liverpool let Gomez join the England camp in the current circumstances they find themselves in. “I think when you say meaningless [friendly] you are looking towards England as an establishment and why are we playing these international friendlies right now? “It’s difficult because we always want the national team to do so well – I just think with the short turnaround with pre-season, the number of injuries Liverpool already have, it could have been one that he missed out. He could have easily not gone. That would have helped everybody else. The topic of the congested football calendar has been one that has come to the forefront during this campaign with many managers saying that players welfare has seemingly become a secondary issue. Deeney believes that Liverpool had legitimate grounds for Gomez to not be released for this fixture. “Its a friendly. There is not a great deal of any importance of it. “I just don’t understand why Liverpool didn’t say ‘no, we will refuse you to go to this one because of the current crisis’ and I don’t think anyone could have complained.” The sad thing about this is that Gomez was just starting to come into his own with the responsibly of being the leader of the defence in the absence of Virgil Van Dijk. Klopp who has had to put his World Class managerial qualities to full use early this season will now have another significant juggling act to perform. The incredibly capable but so often injured Joel Matip is the last man standing when it comes to senior central defenders. Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams are inexperienced but have made huge strides when asked to fill in and there is also Fabinho who is working his way back from a hamstring injury. Those who follow this fine club know full well that we never do things easily. Last season was viewed by many as the greatest individual season in the clubs history and for very good reason. In many ways with the adversity this squad have had to overcome so far, if Jordan Henderson lifts the league trophy in May, it could be viewed on a comparable level. View full article
  13. Caoimhin Kelleher has left the door open for a loan move once the winter transfer window opens in January. Kelleher joined the Liverpool academy in 2015 from Ringmahon Rangers in his native Ireland. After being on the bench for the Reds Champions League and Super Cup triumphs, the custodian made his senior debut in the EFL Cup 3rd round clash against Milton Keynes Dons and played three further domestic cup games during last season. With Alisson the undisputed No 1 choice for Jurgen Klopp between the posts, the 21 year-old battles it out with Adrian for the back-up role. While Kelleher freely admits he has learnt a great deal from his goalkeeping colleagues and coaches, the lack of consistent first team action is something that any footballer wants. Speaking to the press pack ahead of the Republic’s friendly clash with England Thursday evening (per the Irish Examiner), Kelleher said that there was a loan opportunity in the summer, but Jurgen Klopp chose to keep him once the shoulder injury to Alisson occurred. The youngster is keeping an open mind to what may lay ahead in the next few months. “We'll just review it and see what happens in the future. I wouldn’t say I’m frustrated. Of course, I want to play games as soon as possible. 'I’ve been patient. I have good patience. If January comes and I get out, that’s great. And if I don’t get out, I’m not going to blow up.” As with all young prospects, it is always finding ways to improve but Kelleher feels he has all the things required at Liverpool to make him take that next step. “Its definitely something I believe. I wouldn't stay at Liverpool if I didn't believe that, to be honest. "It's something I can see myself doing in the future, on both fronts, so I keep pushing myself, keep trying to improve, and hopefully when the opportunity does come for me then I'll be ready and able to impress. “I’m not bothered where it is once it’s the right team, the right style and the manager and everything. Once it’s all the right thing for me, that’s the club I’ll choose.”
  14. Caoimhin Kelleher has left the door open for a loan move once the winter transfer window opens in January. Kelleher joined the Liverpool academy in 2015 from Ringmahon Rangers in his native Ireland. After being on the bench for the Reds Champions League and Super Cup triumphs, the custodian made his senior debut in the EFL Cup 3rd round clash against Milton Keynes Dons and played three further domestic cup games during last season. With Alisson the undisputed No 1 choice for Jurgen Klopp between the posts, the 21 year-old battles it out with Adrian for the back-up role. While Kelleher freely admits he has learnt a great deal from his goalkeeping colleagues and coaches, the lack of consistent first team action is something that any footballer wants. Speaking to the press pack ahead of the Republic’s friendly clash with England Thursday evening (per the Irish Examiner), Kelleher said that there was a loan opportunity in the summer, but Jurgen Klopp chose to keep him once the shoulder injury to Alisson occurred. The youngster is keeping an open mind to what may lay ahead in the next few months. “We'll just review it and see what happens in the future. I wouldn’t say I’m frustrated. Of course, I want to play games as soon as possible. 'I’ve been patient. I have good patience. If January comes and I get out, that’s great. And if I don’t get out, I’m not going to blow up.” As with all young prospects, it is always finding ways to improve but Kelleher feels he has all the things required at Liverpool to make him take that next step. “Its definitely something I believe. I wouldn't stay at Liverpool if I didn't believe that, to be honest. "It's something I can see myself doing in the future, on both fronts, so I keep pushing myself, keep trying to improve, and hopefully when the opportunity does come for me then I'll be ready and able to impress. “I’m not bothered where it is once it’s the right team, the right style and the manager and everything. Once it’s all the right thing for me, that’s the club I’ll choose.” View full article
  15. Roy Keane maintains that Liverpool are best team in the Premier League despite having a number of obstacles to overcome in the early part of this season. The Champions played out a 1-1 draw with rivals Man City in a clash which did not reach great heights but after three successive league defeats at the Etihad, there is little doubt that Jurgen Klopp would be the more satisfied of the two managers. The result sees Liverpool keep their unbeaten run going to seven games since the thumping at Villa Park. Liverpool have fluctuated between gritty and great during this stretch of form with the manager having to dig deep into his squad with a number of injuries and on Sunday they were at their resilient best. Keane knows all about what it takes to be successful in this league, and speaking after the game says he liked what he saw from Liverpool as the Metro reported: “We know about Liverpool’s quality, but I look at the body language and mind-set and hunger of teams who have won the league, and I see that so much in this Liverpool team. “I still think it’s going to take a lot to stop this team. I know they’re not at their best, they’re grinding out results. “But Jurgen Klopp will be delighted with that result. Winning championships is about dealing with setbacks and disappointments and I saw that with Liverpool today. But the Man United legend cast significant doubt on Man City reclaiming the league trophy this season. “I think the big worry for Man City, they are always brilliant to watch, but it’s the lack of goals. I think it will be very difficult for them to win the league. ‘When you look at their squad, to only have two strikers, the board have to be critical of themselves. They only have themselves to blame. I don’t see Man City winning the league this season." Fellow Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher added that this season is going to be a war of attrition and we are not going to see the kind of points haul that Liverpool and City have produced over the last two seasons. “It’s a strange season with the lack of a pre-season. ‘But I would say there’s more signs of Liverpool getting to their best than Man City right now. “I don’t think any team will get the points that we’ve seen in the last two seasons and that’s what gives every team a shout.’ Both Pep Guardiola and Klopp spoke about their frustrations that the five-sub rule was scrapped for this season and the German also touched on length of recovery between games in this condensed schedule. “Let me say it like this. We played after the last international break at 12.30 at Everton. My players were Wednesday night, some of them, at Peru. Then you play at 12.30. These kind of things should not happen. I understand 100 per cent the need of television, 100 per cent. “But the Premier League needs to fulfil more the position of the unity of the players as well. Everything changed apart from the fixture list. Usually in a season we all have an October, November and then a very, very tricky December. “This year, the October is like the December, the November is like the December and the December is still like the December. This intensity is really difficult. It’s completely normal that you play Saturday, it’s the 12.30 which is the killer. “We get it, we want to play football 100 per cent with all we have – we need to play football, it’s great for the people, it’s great for us, everything is fine. But Wednesday night and 12.30 should not be allowed. View full article
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