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  1. Team success and not personal glory is in the front of Mo Salah's mind as the Reds prepare to take on arch-rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford tomorrow.The Egyptian has been a prolific goal scorer since arriving on Merseyside at the start of last season, however Man United are the only Premier League team that he has failed to hit the back of the net against in three previous meetings.While many strikers would dwell on that record along with casting a eye to the scoring charts at this time of the season, Salah's only intention is making sure the Reds claim the all important three points tomorrow afternoon.The Official site reported Salah as saying:“As I’ve said before, for me, the record is not that important."Being the top scorer is important, but it never counts as No.1 – the Premier League is No.1."If we win [a game] 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 and anyone else scores, I don’t mind, I would be very, very happy. For me, the team is the most important thing.“I hope I can score [Premier League goal numbers] 50, 51, 52… but the most important thing is to win [our] game."We need to stay first in the table and that’s something very important for us.” Currently Salah sits level with Sergio Aguero on 17 goals for the season with Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang two goals further back.In terms of the game, Salah knows the Red Devils will pose a much sterner challenge than the deflated and disheartened outfit that came to Anfield in the middle of December."Everyone knows about Liverpool and Manchester United. "They have good players – even before they won their last 10/11 games, they have had very good players from the beginning of the season."They have a good team and now they are winning, winning, winning, so they have confidence, but at the end of the day we want to win the game. "Whoever we play against, we want to win the game.”A victory tomorrow will not only give us the league double over a fierce rival, it will give the team a almighty boost when it comes to the title race as we enter the pivotal stage of the season.
  2. Team success and not personal glory is in the front of Mo Salah's mind as the Reds prepare to take on arch-rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford tomorrow.The Egyptian has been a prolific goal scorer since arriving on Merseyside at the start of last season, however Man United are the only Premier League team that he has failed to hit the back of the net against in three previous meetings.While many strikers would dwell on that record along with casting a eye to the scoring charts at this time of the season, Salah's only intention is making sure the Reds claim the all important three points tomorrow afternoon.The Official site reported Salah as saying:“As I’ve said before, for me, the record is not that important."Being the top scorer is important, but it never counts as No.1 – the Premier League is No.1."If we win [a game] 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 and anyone else scores, I don’t mind, I would be very, very happy. For me, the team is the most important thing.“I hope I can score [Premier League goal numbers] 50, 51, 52… but the most important thing is to win [our] game."We need to stay first in the table and that’s something very important for us.” Currently Salah sits level with Sergio Aguero on 17 goals for the season with Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang two goals further back.In terms of the game, Salah knows the Red Devils will pose a much sterner challenge than the deflated and disheartened outfit that came to Anfield in the middle of December."Everyone knows about Liverpool and Manchester United. "They have good players – even before they won their last 10/11 games, they have had very good players from the beginning of the season."They have a good team and now they are winning, winning, winning, so they have confidence, but at the end of the day we want to win the game. "Whoever we play against, we want to win the game.”A victory tomorrow will not only give us the league double over a fierce rival, it will give the team a almighty boost when it comes to the title race as we enter the pivotal stage of the season. View full article
  3. From the moment Virgil Van Dijk walked through the doors at Melwood at the end of 2017, you had a sense there was something just a bit special about him.It was quite the ordeal to bring Van Dijk to the club with claims of illegal tapping up of the player by Southampton and negotiations between the two clubs coming to a grinding halt.While it would have been easy for Jurgen Klopp to walk away and look elsewhere, it was a indication of how highly the German rated him that he was so determined to get his man come what may, especially with Man City and Chelsea lurking ominously.There was the usual jokes about Liverpool returning to their 'feeder club' to sign another player, while there was also questions whether the Dutchman was worth the world record fee for a defender.But from the moment he graced the Anfield turf in the third round FA Cup clash against Everton, you could see the sort of aura he has.While he was not at his sharpest in that fixture due to the fact that he had not played for a few weeks, he still managed to have a impact by scoring the winner.In his following 53 appearances, he has certainly made his teammates walk taller by his presence, in the process making them better players.The Official site reported on a conversation Van Dijk had with the BBC Football Daily podcast, where he outlined his goals for the future and how he wanted to be remembered once his career is done."That’s a difficult question, but maybe as a legend of Liverpool."At the moment, that’s something that comes to my mind. I want to achieve great things, amazing things, here. "We have a fantastic squad, we have everything, we have all the tools, but obviously we have to do it.“For us, we have a team in the league that is pretty good as well [Manchester City] that are doing fantastic. We’re matching them at the moment and we will see what happens. Van Dijk also talked about his overall emotions when he met some of the greats of the club for the first time.“Before I started training [with the club], I went to the game against Leicester [in December 2017]. "I was in the boardroom and met so many legends, great players who played for a beautiful club."When you play for this club, you'll always be welcome as you've been part of the family. It's one of the reasons I definitely wanted to play for the club.”Over the years, there have been countless times that a player declares their undying love for a club, only to leave a couple of years later as Liverpool fans know all too well.So while it may be too early to pop the champagne corks just yet, you get a feeling 'big Virg' is the kind of person who keeps to their word.He is well aware of the lengths that the club took to bring him to Merseyside and he wants to repay them in full.“I just want to give everything for this club. They went all out to get me and I want to give everything for them and hopefully make sure we achieve great things.Virgil has a job to do and it is clear he won't be satisfied until it is successfully achieved.
  4. From the moment Virgil Van Dijk walked through the doors at Melwood at the end of 2017, you had a sense there was something just a bit special about him.It was quite the ordeal to bring Van Dijk to the club with claims of illegal tapping up of the player by Southampton and negotiations between the two clubs coming to a grinding halt.While it would have been easy for Jurgen Klopp to walk away and look elsewhere, it was a indication of how highly the German rated him that he was so determined to get his man come what may, especially with Man City and Chelsea lurking ominously.There was the usual jokes about Liverpool returning to their 'feeder club' to sign another player, while there was also questions whether the Dutchman was worth the world record fee for a defender.But from the moment he graced the Anfield turf in the third round FA Cup clash against Everton, you could see the sort of aura he has.While he was not at his sharpest in that fixture due to the fact that he had not played for a few weeks, he still managed to have a impact by scoring the winner.In his following 53 appearances, he has certainly made his teammates walk taller by his presence, in the process making them better players.The Official site reported on a conversation Van Dijk had with the BBC Football Daily podcast, where he outlined his goals for the future and how he wanted to be remembered once his career is done."That’s a difficult question, but maybe as a legend of Liverpool."At the moment, that’s something that comes to my mind. I want to achieve great things, amazing things, here. "We have a fantastic squad, we have everything, we have all the tools, but obviously we have to do it.“For us, we have a team in the league that is pretty good as well [Manchester City] that are doing fantastic. We’re matching them at the moment and we will see what happens. Van Dijk also talked about his overall emotions when he met some of the greats of the club for the first time.“Before I started training [with the club], I went to the game against Leicester [in December 2017]. "I was in the boardroom and met so many legends, great players who played for a beautiful club."When you play for this club, you'll always be welcome as you've been part of the family. It's one of the reasons I definitely wanted to play for the club.”Over the years, there have been countless times that a player declares their undying love for a club, only to leave a couple of years later as Liverpool fans know all too well.So while it may be too early to pop the champagne corks just yet, you get a feeling 'big Virg' is the kind of person who keeps to their word.He is well aware of the lengths that the club took to bring him to Merseyside and he wants to repay them in full.“I just want to give everything for this club. They went all out to get me and I want to give everything for them and hopefully make sure we achieve great things.Virgil has a job to do and it is clear he won't be satisfied until it is successfully achieved. View full article
  5. Liverpool got back to winning ways on Saturday afternoon with a important 1-0 victory against Brighton at the Amex Stadium.The win reaffirms the Reds' seven point lead at the top of the table although they have played a game more than nearest rivals Man City who take on Wolves on Monday night.It was one of those afternoons where patience would be a key factor as Brighton are known as a highly organised unit on home turf and the first 45 minutes followed that script.While the defence was rock solid despite Trent Alexander-Arnold sustaining a ankle injury in the pre-match warm-up which he bravely managed to play through, the team needed to be a bit more decisive in the attacking third.Step forward the man for the big moment in Mo Salah, who won a penalty after being fouled in the box by Pascal Gross five minutes after the break and the Egyptian was able to power home the resulting spot-kick past goalkeeper David Button.The penalty looked a clear-cut decision and to Brighton manager Chris Hughton's credit he agreed with that call, however he felt a number of the other decisions by referee Kevin Friend did not go the way of his side. Sky Sports reported Hughton as saying:"There's no intent and referees have a hard job, but sometimes you feel things go your way and sometimes you feel some of the decisions don't go your way." I felt today it was one of those days. No malice or anything towards the referee but I thought the bulk of decisions favoured Liverpool today."I feel for Pascal because Mo Salah is probably the most dangerous player once he gets in those sort of positions."One-on-one with the pace that he's got. It was difficult for Pascal, but no complaints (with the penalty).Despite Brighton failing to register a shot on target throughout the ninety minutes, the.veteran manager believed his team was worth some reward for their toil on the afternoon."On the balance of play I thought we deserved something."They are such a good side and the opportunities they had were when we were trying to get back into the game and put bodies forward and made the game a bit more open. I thought we restricted them to minimal chances."Pascal Gross' chance [a shot in the second half] was probably as good as any of their chances. "In the latter part of the game we went for it a bit and showed a real intent to get back on level terms and I thought for the feel of the game that we deserved something.For his part, Jurgen Klopp was thrilled with the patience his team displayed throughout the game." I thought it was the most mature performance of the season. It's so important. On a good day, everybody can win a football game."On an average day, not a lot of football teams can win football games. On a bad day, pretty much only a few teams can win football games. Today was not a bad day, it was a difficult day for us."It was just a difficult game because Brighton is doing really well. "We played a lot of times against a 4-5-1 system, but how they do it is different. I'm really happy that the boys took the game like it is." After tasting defeat for the first time for the season in their last league clash, Klopp knew all eyes would be on the Reds to see how they responded. He knew there was only one way to rectify that."If you fall from the horse, the best thing you can do is go immediately back on it." Win or lose we never look back, only forward to the next game.That next game is against Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday.
  6. Liverpool got back to winning ways on Saturday afternoon with a important 1-0 victory against Brighton at the Amex Stadium.The win reaffirms the Reds' seven point lead at the top of the table although they have played a game more than nearest rivals Man City who take on Wolves on Monday night.It was one of those afternoons where patience would be a key factor as Brighton are known as a highly organised unit on home turf and the first 45 minutes followed that script.While the defence was rock solid despite Trent Alexander-Arnold sustaining a ankle injury in the pre-match warm-up which he bravely managed to play through, the team needed to be a bit more decisive in the attacking third.Step forward the man for the big moment in Mo Salah, who won a penalty after being fouled in the box by Pascal Gross five minutes after the break and the Egyptian was able to power home the resulting spot-kick past goalkeeper David Button.The penalty looked a clear-cut decision and to Brighton manager Chris Hughton's credit he agreed with that call, however he felt a number of the other decisions by referee Kevin Friend did not go the way of his side. Sky Sports reported Hughton as saying:"There's no intent and referees have a hard job, but sometimes you feel things go your way and sometimes you feel some of the decisions don't go your way." I felt today it was one of those days. No malice or anything towards the referee but I thought the bulk of decisions favoured Liverpool today."I feel for Pascal because Mo Salah is probably the most dangerous player once he gets in those sort of positions."One-on-one with the pace that he's got. It was difficult for Pascal, but no complaints (with the penalty).Despite Brighton failing to register a shot on target throughout the ninety minutes, the.veteran manager believed his team was worth some reward for their toil on the afternoon."On the balance of play I thought we deserved something."They are such a good side and the opportunities they had were when we were trying to get back into the game and put bodies forward and made the game a bit more open. I thought we restricted them to minimal chances."Pascal Gross' chance [a shot in the second half] was probably as good as any of their chances. "In the latter part of the game we went for it a bit and showed a real intent to get back on level terms and I thought for the feel of the game that we deserved something.For his part, Jurgen Klopp was thrilled with the patience his team displayed throughout the game." I thought it was the most mature performance of the season. It's so important. On a good day, everybody can win a football game."On an average day, not a lot of football teams can win football games. On a bad day, pretty much only a few teams can win football games. Today was not a bad day, it was a difficult day for us."It was just a difficult game because Brighton is doing really well. "We played a lot of times against a 4-5-1 system, but how they do it is different. I'm really happy that the boys took the game like it is." After tasting defeat for the first time for the season in their last league clash, Klopp knew all eyes would be on the Reds to see how they responded. He knew there was only one way to rectify that."If you fall from the horse, the best thing you can do is go immediately back on it." Win or lose we never look back, only forward to the next game.That next game is against Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday. View full article
  7. It appears that after five seasons, Alberto Moreno's time at Liverpool is coming to a close. A report from the Daily Star(via Estadio Deportivo) basically confirms the news that Moreno is set to depart come the conclusion of this campaign.The Spaniard is currently free to talk to other foreign clubs and sign a pre-contract agreement.While a return to former club Sevilla is believed to be Moreno's first choice, no deal is in place at this moment and clubs from Serie A and even the Premier League are believed have registered an interest. The Spanish left-back has often been one of the most discussed players when he has taken to the pitch, and mostly not in a positive fashion either.Viewed as a good bit of business when Brendan Rodgers signed him from Sevilla in the summer of 2014, it was quickly apparent that while Moreno was a attacking threat, he was susceptible to a defensive mistake or two.When a manager like Jurgen Klopp loses patience in you, like he did when James Milner replaced Moreno for the majority of the 2016/7 season, there was a sense the writing was well and truly on the wall.While he responded admirably in the early stages of last season, a untimely injury opened the door for Andy Robertson and the Scot has taken his opportunity superbly.Moreno has been on the outside looking in ever since that fateful night against Spartak Moscow in late November 2017, only making 12 first team appearances in the 13 months since.There has been constant speculation about Moreno's displeasure of his playing status which ramped up over the festive period when the 26 year-old spoke out about the situation in his homeland. Moreno said at the time "Moving back to Spain is something I have thought about, I am tired of the cold here but I do not know about interests from other clubs."I am in my fifth year here, there is no agreement on a renewal and in January, I am free to listen to any offer."An interesting claim is that Liverpool were planning to offer Moreno a new deal when the current deal expired at the end of the season, but the Spaniard seemingly wants his future sorted before then. Taking everything into account, a clean break will be best for all parties concerned.The imminent departure of Moreno means that Liverpool will be looking for a fresh face to give competition to the Scottish captain. Whether they venture onto the open market or look internally and promote someone like Adam Lewis, we will see.While Moreno is looking to close this chapter of his career, one player who it seems does have a future at the club is Divock Origi.The Belgian striker has constantly been linked to Wolves in the lead-up to the January transfer window, but it is believed in the aftermath of Dominic Solanke leaving the club to sign for Bournemouth, Jurgen Klopp does not want to lose another attacking player with so much still to play for in the second half of the season.While unlikely to crack the starting lineup in its present form, the worth of having the 23 year-old remain in the squad was illustrated by his vital late winner against Everton last month.
  8. It appears that after five seasons, Alberto Moreno's time at Liverpool is coming to a close. A report from the Daily Star(via Estadio Deportivo) basically confirms the news that Moreno is set to depart come the conclusion of this campaign.The Spaniard is currently free to talk to other foreign clubs and sign a pre-contract agreement.While a return to former club Sevilla is believed to be Moreno's first choice, no deal is in place at this moment and clubs from Serie A and even the Premier League are believed have registered an interest. The Spanish left-back has often been one of the most discussed players when he has taken to the pitch, and mostly not in a positive fashion either.Viewed as a good bit of business when Brendan Rodgers signed him from Sevilla in the summer of 2014, it was quickly apparent that while Moreno was a attacking threat, he was susceptible to a defensive mistake or two.When a manager like Jurgen Klopp loses patience in you, like he did when James Milner replaced Moreno for the majority of the 2016/7 season, there was a sense the writing was well and truly on the wall.While he responded admirably in the early stages of last season, a untimely injury opened the door for Andy Robertson and the Scot has taken his opportunity superbly.Moreno has been on the outside looking in ever since that fateful night against Spartak Moscow in late November 2017, only making 12 first team appearances in the 13 months since.There has been constant speculation about Moreno's displeasure of his playing status which ramped up over the festive period when the 26 year-old spoke out about the situation in his homeland. Moreno said at the time "Moving back to Spain is something I have thought about, I am tired of the cold here but I do not know about interests from other clubs."I am in my fifth year here, there is no agreement on a renewal and in January, I am free to listen to any offer."An interesting claim is that Liverpool were planning to offer Moreno a new deal when the current deal expired at the end of the season, but the Spaniard seemingly wants his future sorted before then. Taking everything into account, a clean break will be best for all parties concerned.The imminent departure of Moreno means that Liverpool will be looking for a fresh face to give competition to the Scottish captain. Whether they venture onto the open market or look internally and promote someone like Adam Lewis, we will see.While Moreno is looking to close this chapter of his career, one player who it seems does have a future at the club is Divock Origi.The Belgian striker has constantly been linked to Wolves in the lead-up to the January transfer window, but it is believed in the aftermath of Dominic Solanke leaving the club to sign for Bournemouth, Jurgen Klopp does not want to lose another attacking player with so much still to play for in the second half of the season.While unlikely to crack the starting lineup in its present form, the worth of having the 23 year-old remain in the squad was illustrated by his vital late winner against Everton last month. View full article
  9. Neil Warnock has blasted the conduct of Liverpool over the failed loan move of Nathaniel Clyne to Cardiff. The Liverpool right-back was heavily rumoured to join his old manager in Wales however on Friday, Clyne joined Bournemouth on loan until the end of the season.The veteran manager cut a frustrated figure in the aftermath of the Bluebirds shock 3rd round FA Cup to Gillingham and not for the first time in his career took his anger out on the Reds.Sky Sports reported Warnock as saying."I was disappointed with Nathaniel Clyne. "Having known the player and given him his debut (at Crystal Palace), I'm disappointed not just with the boy himself but with Liverpool as well for not ringing me."To see it on television when I've done everything right and they've promised that he's my player this week, it's a disgrace for me, it's a lack of class isn't it?"But listen, we're not going to get any favours, whether it's on the pitch or off it and we're always up against it and that's when we're good.Warnock suggested he should have looked to the 'dark arts' of the transfer market to get the deal over the line."I probably should have been illegally tapping him, but I've done everything right and then Bournemouth come in and I suppose Bournemouth paying £19million for [Dominic] Solanke probably whetted their appetite a little bit."The Cardiff manager continued his blame game saying that the wait over signing Clyne had cost him further signings."The reason I'm disappointed with Nathaniel and Liverpool is that I've missed out on three players because of waiting."I lost out on a couple of full-backs and a striker, so I'm doubly disappointed." For those with good memories, they will remember that Warnock also laid a fair share of the blame of Sheffield United's relegation in 2007 at the door at the Reds and Rafa Benitez in particular.What irritated Warnock so much was that he deemed that Rafa had fielded a weakened team against Fulham looking ahead to the Champions League final against AC Milan.Fulham won the clash 1-0, pushing the Blades one step closer to relegation.For those who need a refresh, here is what Warnock said at the time." I didn't even know two of those that played for Liverpool at Fulham last week."I'd never heard of them but when you are a foreign manager like Rafa Benitez, you probably don't give two hoots about what Sheffield United think."" I’ll never forgive Benitez for playing what wasn’t even a reserve team. “I’d understand it if the Champions League was the following week but it was 18 days away."You don’t ever forget things like that." Warnock also sent a email to Rafa saying he would never forgive him who in turn replied, threatening legal action for questioning his integrity and alleging that a Harrods hamper would be delivered to him by Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed. It took good few years for Warnock to get over it, talking about it in great detail whenever the topic was raised. However it has finally appeared to let it go, even praising Rafa this season for the loyalty he has shown to Newcastle under tough circumstances. Just for Neil's benefit, the starting lineup included the likes of Pepe Reina, Xabi Alonso, Alvaro Arbeloa and Sami Hyppia and Craig Bellamy to name just five.- hardly what you describe as 'nobody's.' Jurgen Klopp and Warnock have been mutually appreciative of each other's teams and personal achievements in the game, in the lead-up to their meeting earlier this season.This non-loan deal of Clyne may put a damper on the unlikely 'bromance' but perhaps for once, Warnock can look in his own backyard before placing blame at the feet of others.
  10. Neil Warnock has blasted the conduct of Liverpool over the failed loan move of Nathaniel Clyne to Cardiff. The Liverpool right-back was heavily rumoured to join his old manager in Wales however on Friday, Clyne joined Bournemouth on loan until the end of the season.The veteran manager cut a frustrated figure in the aftermath of the Bluebirds shock 3rd round FA Cup to Gillingham and not for the first time in his career took his anger out on the Reds.Sky Sports reported Warnock as saying."I was disappointed with Nathaniel Clyne. "Having known the player and given him his debut (at Crystal Palace), I'm disappointed not just with the boy himself but with Liverpool as well for not ringing me."To see it on television when I've done everything right and they've promised that he's my player this week, it's a disgrace for me, it's a lack of class isn't it?"But listen, we're not going to get any favours, whether it's on the pitch or off it and we're always up against it and that's when we're good.Warnock suggested he should have looked to the 'dark arts' of the transfer market to get the deal over the line."I probably should have been illegally tapping him, but I've done everything right and then Bournemouth come in and I suppose Bournemouth paying £19million for [Dominic] Solanke probably whetted their appetite a little bit."The Cardiff manager continued his blame game saying that the wait over signing Clyne had cost him further signings."The reason I'm disappointed with Nathaniel and Liverpool is that I've missed out on three players because of waiting."I lost out on a couple of full-backs and a striker, so I'm doubly disappointed." For those with good memories, they will remember that Warnock also laid a fair share of the blame of Sheffield United's relegation in 2007 at the door at the Reds and Rafa Benitez in particular.What irritated Warnock so much was that he deemed that Rafa had fielded a weakened team against Fulham looking ahead to the Champions League final against AC Milan.Fulham won the clash 1-0, pushing the Blades one step closer to relegation.For those who need a refresh, here is what Warnock said at the time." I didn't even know two of those that played for Liverpool at Fulham last week."I'd never heard of them but when you are a foreign manager like Rafa Benitez, you probably don't give two hoots about what Sheffield United think."" I’ll never forgive Benitez for playing what wasn’t even a reserve team. “I’d understand it if the Champions League was the following week but it was 18 days away."You don’t ever forget things like that." Warnock also sent a email to Rafa saying he would never forgive him who in turn replied, threatening legal action for questioning his integrity and alleging that a Harrods hamper would be delivered to him by Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed. It took good few years for Warnock to get over it, talking about it in great detail whenever the topic was raised. However it has finally appeared to let it go, even praising Rafa this season for the loyalty he has shown to Newcastle under tough circumstances. Just for Neil's benefit, the starting lineup included the likes of Pepe Reina, Xabi Alonso, Alvaro Arbeloa and Sami Hyppia and Craig Bellamy to name just five.- hardly what you describe as 'nobody's.' Jurgen Klopp and Warnock have been mutually appreciative of each other's teams and personal achievements in the game, in the lead-up to their meeting earlier this season.This non-loan deal of Clyne may put a damper on the unlikely 'bromance' but perhaps for once, Warnock can look in his own backyard before placing blame at the feet of others. View full article
  11. Alberto Moreno has been given a Liverpool lifeline with the Spanish defender set to start the third round FA Cup clash against Wolves on Monday night, manager Jurgen Klopp confirming the news at a press conference on Saturday.The much maligned left-back has only made four appearances (three starts/ one sub) for the club this season with the last time being in early December away to Burnley.Since then, Moreno has publicly questioned why he was consistently being overlooked in favour of Andy Robertson.Speaking to a paper in his homeland over the festive period, the 26 year-old said:"I do not feel good, that is the truth."I hurt myself giving everything for this team and I think that when I came back from injury, I deserved an opportunity."The situation is normal for a lot of players but simply, I did not like the way he (Jurgen Klopp) has treated me, you can say that."In another example of Klopp being the bigger person, he said his door is always open for any disgruntled player.The manager went one step further by giving glowing praise to the Spanish international in the build up to the cup clash with the Midlands side.The Liverpool Echo reported Klopp as saying:“Will Alberto start? 100%,. “Alberto is another example of being an unbelievable professional person and a really important part of the dressing room."He's from the positive side of the planet, I would say! "He is very often in very, very good shape, he loves training, he loves playing, he loves all these things. He is really good with all the boys." After seemingly being out the door at the end of the 2016/7 season, Moreno was enjoying a renaissance in the first few months of the last campaign, even winning a call-up to his national team.However a serious ankle injury in the final Champions League group game against Spartak Moscow gave new signing Andy Robertson an opportunity he was waiting for, and the Scot has not relinquished his grip on the left-back role since.However after such a intense and emotionally draining December and early January with so many big games, Klopp knows that it is important to give his key players a mental break just as much as a mental one.With cover at left-back pretty thin, it is a rare opportunity for Moreno to give a good impression, and remain in the thoughts of the manager for the rest of this season.
  12. Alberto Moreno has been given a Liverpool lifeline with the Spanish defender set to start the third round FA Cup clash against Wolves on Monday night, manager Jurgen Klopp confirming the news at a press conference on Saturday.The much maligned left-back has only made four appearances (three starts/ one sub) for the club this season with the last time being in early December away to Burnley.Since then, Moreno has publicly questioned why he was consistently being overlooked in favour of Andy Robertson.Speaking to a paper in his homeland over the festive period, the 26 year-old said:"I do not feel good, that is the truth."I hurt myself giving everything for this team and I think that when I came back from injury, I deserved an opportunity."The situation is normal for a lot of players but simply, I did not like the way he (Jurgen Klopp) has treated me, you can say that."In another example of Klopp being the bigger person, he said his door is always open for any disgruntled player.The manager went one step further by giving glowing praise to the Spanish international in the build up to the cup clash with the Midlands side.The Liverpool Echo reported Klopp as saying:“Will Alberto start? 100%,. “Alberto is another example of being an unbelievable professional person and a really important part of the dressing room."He's from the positive side of the planet, I would say! "He is very often in very, very good shape, he loves training, he loves playing, he loves all these things. He is really good with all the boys." After seemingly being out the door at the end of the 2016/7 season, Moreno was enjoying a renaissance in the first few months of the last campaign, even winning a call-up to his national team.However a serious ankle injury in the final Champions League group game against Spartak Moscow gave new signing Andy Robertson an opportunity he was waiting for, and the Scot has not relinquished his grip on the left-back role since.However after such a intense and emotionally draining December and early January with so many big games, Klopp knows that it is important to give his key players a mental break just as much as a mental one.With cover at left-back pretty thin, it is a rare opportunity for Moreno to give a good impression, and remain in the thoughts of the manager for the rest of this season. View full article
  13. Liverpool full-back Andy Robertson says developing a fear factor in the the same vein that Man City had last season, will be a important step in the quest for title glory. The Citizens strolled to the league title, demolishing a number of teams and setting countless records along the way.Liverpool were arguably the only team willing to go toe to toe with them, and those tactics paid off when they inflicted the first of only two losses in the league at Anfield in January.That defeat seemed to play on their mind when they came to Anfield for the first leg of the Champions League quarter final clash where they were torn apart by a scintillating first half display by the Reds.Liverpool have been more deliberate in their play this season, aiming for a measure of control all over the pitch, rather than leaving the door open to let opponents back in the game.The way that Liverpool brutally identified Arsenal's weaknesses in the first 45 minutes on Saturday was a clear reminder of those captivating attacking displays from the last campaign.Robertson hopes that it is a sign of things to come with The Independent reporting the Scotland captain as saying:"Of course, if teams are coming here maybe a bit worried then of course that works to our advantage. "But it only works to our advantage if we make it happen."We did that by going behind [against Arsenal] and we hit them hard straight after it so it was really good. "If people are worrying about coming here then it’s a good sign for us, but it’s up to us to continue that and we need to keep winning games by doing that.”Robertson said the perfect team to learn from is City who maintained that hunger throughout the whole season."We spoke about City last season and I’m sure every other team did as they were very hard to beat. "Of course we did it here in the league and the Champions League but in the league, not many people could touch them. "But the thing is, they completed it and they’ve got their winners’ medal and the trophy. "Just now, we have nothing and that’s why at the end of the season, hopefully we can talk about it.” Liverpool have mixed emotions of the Etihad Stadium last season.They were thrashed 5-0 in September albeit with 10 men for a majority of that contest, but got a measure of revenge in the second leg of the Champions League quarter final.Robertson says that you cannot put the clash on Thursday in the same context.“The thing is about the difference in the Champions League game is they obviously had to win by four goals or whatever so they had to come out."" They only need to win by one on Thursday. Despite holding the upper hand in the title race at this point, the left-back is taking nothing for granted.“Look, they’re a fantastic team, a very experienced team and they’ve been in this position before. "They’ve won the title. "It’s something that we’ve never had. They’re probably more experienced than us in this position but we look forward to it.”Getting a result on Thursday will put a major dent in the hopes of City, while giving Liverpool a massive psychological boost as we enter the second half of the season.
  14. Liverpool full-back Andy Robertson says developing a fear factor in the the same vein that Man City had last season, will be a important step in the quest for title glory. The Citizens strolled to the league title, demolishing a number of teams and setting countless records along the way.Liverpool were arguably the only team willing to go toe to toe with them, and those tactics paid off when they inflicted the first of only two losses in the league at Anfield in January.That defeat seemed to play on their mind when they came to Anfield for the first leg of the Champions League quarter final clash where they were torn apart by a scintillating first half display by the Reds.Liverpool have been more deliberate in their play this season, aiming for a measure of control all over the pitch, rather than leaving the door open to let opponents back in the game.The way that Liverpool brutally identified Arsenal's weaknesses in the first 45 minutes on Saturday was a clear reminder of those captivating attacking displays from the last campaign.Robertson hopes that it is a sign of things to come with The Independent reporting the Scotland captain as saying:"Of course, if teams are coming here maybe a bit worried then of course that works to our advantage. "But it only works to our advantage if we make it happen."We did that by going behind [against Arsenal] and we hit them hard straight after it so it was really good. "If people are worrying about coming here then it’s a good sign for us, but it’s up to us to continue that and we need to keep winning games by doing that.”Robertson said the perfect team to learn from is City who maintained that hunger throughout the whole season."We spoke about City last season and I’m sure every other team did as they were very hard to beat. "Of course we did it here in the league and the Champions League but in the league, not many people could touch them. "But the thing is, they completed it and they’ve got their winners’ medal and the trophy. "Just now, we have nothing and that’s why at the end of the season, hopefully we can talk about it.” Liverpool have mixed emotions of the Etihad Stadium last season.They were thrashed 5-0 in September albeit with 10 men for a majority of that contest, but got a measure of revenge in the second leg of the Champions League quarter final.Robertson says that you cannot put the clash on Thursday in the same context.“The thing is about the difference in the Champions League game is they obviously had to win by four goals or whatever so they had to come out."" They only need to win by one on Thursday. Despite holding the upper hand in the title race at this point, the left-back is taking nothing for granted.“Look, they’re a fantastic team, a very experienced team and they’ve been in this position before. "They’ve won the title. "It’s something that we’ve never had. They’re probably more experienced than us in this position but we look forward to it.”Getting a result on Thursday will put a major dent in the hopes of City, while giving Liverpool a massive psychological boost as we enter the second half of the season. View full article
  15. The popularity of Roy Hodgson among Liverpool fans peaked to unprecedented levels on Saturday evening as his Crystal Palace side shocked the footballing world by defeating Man City at Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.The defeat by the Citizens gave Liverpool a surprise four point buffer over their main title rivals heading into the busiest time of the Premier League calendar.The architect of City's downfall on the weekend has said that despite Liverpool not tasting defeat in the league during the first part of the season, it is highly unlikely to remain that way. Four Four Two reported Hodgson as saying:" Someone will beat Liverpool against the odds, there is a long way to go yet and there will be an upset somewhere along the line."I don't think Pep Guardiola will be too concerned about a four-point gap with 20 games left to play." The veteran manager is not alone with those thoughts with former Newcastle and Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas also believing Liverpool will come unstuck somewhere in the second half of the season.The Liverpool Echo reported Jenas as saying:"It’s not unrealistic (for Liverpool to go unbeaten) because of the standards that they’ve set and the way that they are playing."We felt this about Manchester City last year and they fell just short of it and I feel like the same will probably happen to Liverpool at some point."It might be a weird game that catches them out, it might not be the obvious one. Jenas unsurprisingly says that the January 3rd clash between the two sides will be crucial to where the title may end up." They’ve ( Liverpool) got the game on January 3 which could be pivotal.“There’s so much that’s going to be changing throughout the rest of the season."Regardless of what they look like now, there’s injuries and stuff that could be coming.”Liverpool have had to deal with a recent set of injuries to members of their defence which they have handled well to this point.There is sure to be plenty more bumps in the road to negotiate in the second half of the season.It is therefore unreasonable to think we will go through the season unbeaten as the league is a lot more competitive than when Arsenal completed their 'invincible' season in 2003/4.To be honest, that kind of thing may be nice to look back on, but did it push the Gunners onto greater heights in the following years? For a team like ours, it certainly should not be the major focus in any case.The most important thing above all else is to keep our nerve while the pressure is on and the rest will take care of itself.
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