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  1. There are many reasons why Andy Robertson is one of the most popular players in the current Liverpool squad.Not only is he an outstanding player with a terrific work ethic, he is someone who relates to the fanbase.His journey from Queens Park in the Scottish Third division to playing on the biggest stages for one of the best teams in World Football is one of immense hard work after countless knock-backs.There is an old adage that 'you never forget where you come from' and Robbo is testament to that.He is as normal and grounded that a Footballer can be and proof of that was where he spent his recent winter break.Not in a glamorous island location, but back home in Glasgow.Robertson spoke to the Daily Mail about his time off.“It would have been no good if I came back here with heat stroke, so I did everyone a favour and went back up there and spent time on the golf course.To make ends meet coming up the ranks, the left-back worked for a time at Marks & Spencer.Once again, Robertson shows his quality as a person by not forgetting about those tough times but reflecting on them.“For people to say it was a fairy tale leaving Marks & Spencer behind — how many thousands of people work in these supermarkets, I felt that was a bit disrespectful.“These are normal lives and people can have a very good life working there. “How many of them are in our stands over the weekend and there am I saying: “I have left this terrible life behind and moved on”. “Of course I get better paid. Would I be happier playing football than at M&S? "Yes, of course, but if that was my life I’d be the same person I am today. “Money doesn’t bring me happiness, but from three or four I wanted to be a footballer. That was my dream in life.The Scotland captain also spoke about those who doubted him along the way.“I am one of the lucky ones who have said I wanted to be a footballer through my whole life. "I held on to that when I was at Queen’s Park and people probably laughed at me when I was 16 or 17 and they asked me what I’d be.“People were looking at me and thinking “get a grip, it’s gone now”. "For me, my dream was always to become a footballer. That’s why I say “yes, of course” I’m happier than if I were at M&S. “Of course me being able to set my kids up for life is an added bonus and being able to give them a good start in life is an added bonus, but for me it was all about just kicking a ball every single day.”The grass-roots history of Robertson extends to his ability of sticking up for his teammates on the pitch.He is not an hatchet man by any sense of the word, but there is certainly a crafty subtleness to the way he goes about putting things right.Like what happened in the Club World Cup Final in Doha against Flamengo when he put Rafinha in his place after he had enough of his physicality against Sadio Mane.The sideline microphone picked up the former Hull man say “Sadio, I’ll get him, don’t worry.”He talked about what occurred.“I know how to deal with Sadio. “That was me trying to calm my own team-mate down. I know sometimes things can affect Sadio. “In that game he got targeted Once he gets booked, there is nothing he can really do. So if I were to say something short and sharp to Sadio, it might have a little effect.“Unfortunately, the camera and the audio picked it up. “I don’t want to come across as that player, but if it comes to protecting a team-mate I like to think my team-mates protect me as much as I try to protect them. “We’re a family and if one of them is getting targeted then we will all back them up.“That happens in any good team. Like the Man United team of old. Like with Roy Keane. They never shied away from protecting each other. Arsenal with Vieira. That was the same. "At Man City, Fernandinho does it.“ For me as a team we protect each other. We are like a family. We are like brothers. "If one of them is getting targeted or picked on it is up to the rest of us to protect him. That’s what I try to do.” While the 25 year-old does not believe in regrets, there is one moment in the Anfield miracle game against Barcelona which he does not take any pride in. “I do look back on that moment with Messi as one regret. I don’t like seeing it. “When I saw it afterwards I was gutted.“We all had the attitude that day that nothing was standing in our way to get to that final and we created that atmosphere around the stadium and me and Fabinho were tracking him and there was a tangle of legs and we were on the floor. “To do that to the greatest player that has ever played…“ I have nothing but respect for him and Barcelona, but we went into that game with the attitude that we were 3-0 down, we needed a miracle, we needed something special and if that little thing stopped the best player in the world playing to his highest potential.“But I do regret it. That’s not me as a person. That’s not my personality. But that night a lot of things happened that you don’t really remember.“It was the loudest changing room I have been in before the game. You could see the focus and the determination in all of us and maybe I went over the line.”“But Liverpool fans like the edge, I think. I feel that maybe this whole team is quite good at representing Liverpool right now. “Liverpool is a big working class city. We go out and show hard work. “We get beaten in games but what you can’t question is that every time we go out there, we give 100 per cent.’While many fans are dreaming of the moment that Jordan Henderson lifts the Premier League trophy, Robertson is wary of saying those very words.A fan came up and said “You are going to win the league, aren’t you?’ “I said to him: “We are doing well so far”.’“I didn’t want to give him too much hope. Look, we’re a team that loves winning games and are very good at it and we need five wins now and we believe we will be able to get those five wins and more.“We know what position we’re in. “Do we believe we’re going to win it? “Not yet. "Not until the Champions sign is over our heads." View full article
  2. There are many reasons why Andy Robertson is one of the most popular players in the current Liverpool squad.Not only is he an outstanding player with a terrific work ethic, he is someone who relates to the fanbase.His journey from Queens Park in the Scottish Third division to playing on the biggest stages for one of the best teams in World Football is one of immense hard work after countless knock-backs.There is an old adage that 'you never forget where you come from' and Robbo is testament to that.He is as normal and grounded that a Footballer can be and proof of that was where he spent his recent winter break.Not in a glamorous island location, but back home in Glasgow.Robertson spoke to the Daily Mail about his time off.“It would have been no good if I came back here with heat stroke, so I did everyone a favour and went back up there and spent time on the golf course.To make ends meet coming up the ranks, the left-back worked for a time at Marks & Spencer.Once again, Robertson shows his quality as a person by not forgetting about those tough times but reflecting on them.“For people to say it was a fairy tale leaving Marks & Spencer behind — how many thousands of people work in these supermarkets, I felt that was a bit disrespectful.“These are normal lives and people can have a very good life working there. “How many of them are in our stands over the weekend and there am I saying: “I have left this terrible life behind and moved on”. “Of course I get better paid. Would I be happier playing football than at M&S? "Yes, of course, but if that was my life I’d be the same person I am today. “Money doesn’t bring me happiness, but from three or four I wanted to be a footballer. That was my dream in life.The Scotland captain also spoke about those who doubted him along the way.“I am one of the lucky ones who have said I wanted to be a footballer through my whole life. "I held on to that when I was at Queen’s Park and people probably laughed at me when I was 16 or 17 and they asked me what I’d be.“People were looking at me and thinking “get a grip, it’s gone now”. "For me, my dream was always to become a footballer. That’s why I say “yes, of course” I’m happier than if I were at M&S. “Of course me being able to set my kids up for life is an added bonus and being able to give them a good start in life is an added bonus, but for me it was all about just kicking a ball every single day.”The grass-roots history of Robertson extends to his ability of sticking up for his teammates on the pitch.He is not an hatchet man by any sense of the word, but there is certainly a crafty subtleness to the way he goes about putting things right.Like what happened in the Club World Cup Final in Doha against Flamengo when he put Rafinha in his place after he had enough of his physicality against Sadio Mane.The sideline microphone picked up the former Hull man say “Sadio, I’ll get him, don’t worry.”He talked about what occurred.“I know how to deal with Sadio. “That was me trying to calm my own team-mate down. I know sometimes things can affect Sadio. “In that game he got targeted Once he gets booked, there is nothing he can really do. So if I were to say something short and sharp to Sadio, it might have a little effect.“Unfortunately, the camera and the audio picked it up. “I don’t want to come across as that player, but if it comes to protecting a team-mate I like to think my team-mates protect me as much as I try to protect them. “We’re a family and if one of them is getting targeted then we will all back them up.“That happens in any good team. Like the Man United team of old. Like with Roy Keane. They never shied away from protecting each other. Arsenal with Vieira. That was the same. "At Man City, Fernandinho does it.“ For me as a team we protect each other. We are like a family. We are like brothers. "If one of them is getting targeted or picked on it is up to the rest of us to protect him. That’s what I try to do.” While the 25 year-old does not believe in regrets, there is one moment in the Anfield miracle game against Barcelona which he does not take any pride in. “I do look back on that moment with Messi as one regret. I don’t like seeing it. “When I saw it afterwards I was gutted.“We all had the attitude that day that nothing was standing in our way to get to that final and we created that atmosphere around the stadium and me and Fabinho were tracking him and there was a tangle of legs and we were on the floor. “To do that to the greatest player that has ever played…“ I have nothing but respect for him and Barcelona, but we went into that game with the attitude that we were 3-0 down, we needed a miracle, we needed something special and if that little thing stopped the best player in the world playing to his highest potential.“But I do regret it. That’s not me as a person. That’s not my personality. But that night a lot of things happened that you don’t really remember.“It was the loudest changing room I have been in before the game. You could see the focus and the determination in all of us and maybe I went over the line.”“But Liverpool fans like the edge, I think. I feel that maybe this whole team is quite good at representing Liverpool right now. “Liverpool is a big working class city. We go out and show hard work. “We get beaten in games but what you can’t question is that every time we go out there, we give 100 per cent.’While many fans are dreaming of the moment that Jordan Henderson lifts the Premier League trophy, Robertson is wary of saying those very words.A fan came up and said “You are going to win the league, aren’t you?’ “I said to him: “We are doing well so far”.’“I didn’t want to give him too much hope. Look, we’re a team that loves winning games and are very good at it and we need five wins now and we believe we will be able to get those five wins and more.“We know what position we’re in. “Do we believe we’re going to win it? “Not yet. "Not until the Champions sign is over our heads."
  3. Steven Gerrard has spoken about the satisfaction in the development of Jordan Henderson as he stands on the brink of lifting Liverpool’s first league trophy in three decades.Following in the footsteps of one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players was never an easy task, let alone someone like the former Sunderland man who already had plenty of doubters regarding whether he had what it took to succeed at a top club.While there have been ups and downs there is little doubt that the skipper has come into his own and is a fine all-round midfielder and leader of men.Speaking to former teammate Danny Murphy for a wide ranging piece in the Mail on Sunday, Gerrard said Henderson was prepared to work his backside off for the good of the team."We both know there are players who are "at it" every day and I appreciated Jordan's power and fitness by training with him. “Some players play for themselves, Jordan does the dirty running, grappling for second balls, 12 or 13km Saturday and Wednesday, again and again. “Teams can't function at Liverpool's level without a cog like Jordan Henderson. He's obviously going be a Premier League winner. “I look at him and think: good for you.”Gerrard recalls a time when he had a heart to heart conversation with Henderson a few years ago when his future looked anything but certain."I remember a chat with Jordan in LA a while ago and he wasn't sure whether he was coming or going at the club. “I remember saying to him don't give up on Liverpool, you'll be fine. "I knew what he had inside and that he would get there. "You know with certain people. "He has lifted the European Cup above his head.“He has that confidence now." Gerrard also touched on the respect and pride he has for one of his contemporaries in Frank Lampard for taking on the Chelsea job under difficult circumstances and his wish to rekindle that rivalry on the touchline in the years ahead.But for know, his greatest admiration is for the man currently in the Anfield hot seat. “Klopp has this stature. "When he walks in a room, it's "Whoa,""If he was your manager you'd think "I am running here". "This Liverpool team are monsters and it's come from him the moment he arrived.“For the players to have that level of respect for their manager in a modern dressing room is special. “You can see everyone is tuned in, physically and mentally. “To get that from your players is a tough nut to crack. "And I sense Liverpool is growing again around the world.” View full article
  4. Steven Gerrard has spoken about the satisfaction in the development of Jordan Henderson as he stands on the brink of lifting Liverpool’s first league trophy in three decades.Following in the footsteps of one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players was never an easy task, let alone someone like the former Sunderland man who already had plenty of doubters regarding whether he had what it took to succeed at a top club.While there have been ups and downs there is little doubt that the skipper has come into his own and is a fine all-round midfielder and leader of men.Speaking to former teammate Danny Murphy for a wide ranging piece in the Mail on Sunday, Gerrard said Henderson was prepared to work his backside off for the good of the team."We both know there are players who are "at it" every day and I appreciated Jordan's power and fitness by training with him. “Some players play for themselves, Jordan does the dirty running, grappling for second balls, 12 or 13km Saturday and Wednesday, again and again. “Teams can't function at Liverpool's level without a cog like Jordan Henderson. He's obviously going be a Premier League winner. “I look at him and think: good for you.”Gerrard recalls a time when he had a heart to heart conversation with Henderson a few years ago when his future looked anything but certain."I remember a chat with Jordan in LA a while ago and he wasn't sure whether he was coming or going at the club. “I remember saying to him don't give up on Liverpool, you'll be fine. "I knew what he had inside and that he would get there. "You know with certain people. "He has lifted the European Cup above his head.“He has that confidence now." Gerrard also touched on the respect and pride he has for one of his contemporaries in Frank Lampard for taking on the Chelsea job under difficult circumstances and his wish to rekindle that rivalry on the touchline in the years ahead.But for know, his greatest admiration is for the man currently in the Anfield hot seat. “Klopp has this stature. "When he walks in a room, it's "Whoa,""If he was your manager you'd think "I am running here". "This Liverpool team are monsters and it's come from him the moment he arrived.“For the players to have that level of respect for their manager in a modern dressing room is special. “You can see everyone is tuned in, physically and mentally. “To get that from your players is a tough nut to crack. "And I sense Liverpool is growing again around the world.”
  5. Timo Werner has continued his public admiration of Liverpool by saying that there are many reasons why the Reds would be the perfect club for him.The German striker scored his 27th goal for RB Leipzig in all competitions this season in their 5-0 rout of Schalke on Saturday as they maintain the pressure on Bayern Munich atop the Bundesliga.After the victory Werner kept up the charm offensive for his prospective new employers in the same week where he said he was honoured to be linked with a club like Liverpool.Sky Sports reported Werner as saying:"Last year, until I extended my contract, it was always Bayern Munich [that I was linked with]. “Now Liverpool has come up through the media and through our game in England.“You have there the best coach in the world with Jurgen Klopp.“There are many things that would suggest that my style of play might be a good fit there.” However, he was also careful to stay in the moment with his current team.“We have so much to do with Leipzig.“You can see we won against Tottenham, but we also have a second leg. “It's hard to think about where to play next year if you want to step on the gas here and now."
  6. Timo Werner has continued his public admiration of Liverpool by saying that there are many reasons why the Reds would be the perfect club for him.The German striker scored his 27th goal for RB Leipzig in all competitions this season in their 5-0 rout of Schalke on Saturday as they maintain the pressure on Bayern Munich atop the Bundesliga.After the victory Werner kept up the charm offensive for his prospective new employers in the same week where he said he was honoured to be linked with a club like Liverpool.Sky Sports reported Werner as saying:"Last year, until I extended my contract, it was always Bayern Munich [that I was linked with]. “Now Liverpool has come up through the media and through our game in England.“You have there the best coach in the world with Jurgen Klopp.“There are many things that would suggest that my style of play might be a good fit there.” However, he was also careful to stay in the moment with his current team.“We have so much to do with Leipzig.“You can see we won against Tottenham, but we also have a second leg. “It's hard to think about where to play next year if you want to step on the gas here and now." View full article
  7. Loris Karius is heading back to Liverpool at the end of the season. The German goalkeeper’s two year loan spell with Besiktas concludes in May and The Mirror (via The Athletic) says that the Turkish club have no plans to trigger the buy-on clause to make the deal permanent.The spell of Karius in England was littered with high profile blunders highlighted by his calamitous performance in the 2018 Champions League final and those mistakes have continued to haunt him in Turkey. So much so that last March Senol Gunes his manager at the time said:“Karius has gone a bit stagnant, something is wrong with his electricity, motivation, enthusiasm for the game."The 26 year-old will return to his parent club, but he will do so in the knowledge that there is no future for him at the Reds.Not only is his replacement Alisson firmly ensconced as the No 1, he is widely acknowledged as the best goalkeeper in World Football.The backup role is ably filled by Adrian who did a fine job at the start of the season when the Brazilian was out with a calf injury.While youngster Caoimhín Kelleher has gained experience in domestic cup competitions.So all that means that the inconsistent German will be on the lookout for another club.There is a wide held view that goalkeepers mature much later that their outfield colleagues so in that sense Karius has many years to make an impression in the game.Just how much the Reds can get for him will be very interesting to note.
  8. Loris Karius is heading back to Liverpool at the end of the season. The German goalkeeper’s two year loan spell with Besiktas concludes in May and The Mirror (via The Athletic) says that the Turkish club have no plans to trigger the buy-on clause to make the deal permanent.The spell of Karius in England was littered with high profile blunders highlighted by his calamitous performance in the 2018 Champions League final and those mistakes have continued to haunt him in Turkey. So much so that last March Senol Gunes his manager at the time said:“Karius has gone a bit stagnant, something is wrong with his electricity, motivation, enthusiasm for the game."The 26 year-old will return to his parent club, but he will do so in the knowledge that there is no future for him at the Reds.Not only is his replacement Alisson firmly ensconced as the No 1, he is widely acknowledged as the best goalkeeper in World Football.The backup role is ably filled by Adrian who did a fine job at the start of the season when the Brazilian was out with a calf injury.While youngster Caoimhín Kelleher has gained experience in domestic cup competitions.So all that means that the inconsistent German will be on the lookout for another club.There is a wide held view that goalkeepers mature much later that their outfield colleagues so in that sense Karius has many years to make an impression in the game.Just how much the Reds can get for him will be very interesting to note. View full article
  9. Liverpool may be focused well and truly on the League and European competition, however a sneaky eye is also being cast to what may be on the market come the summer transfer window.While the name of Timo Werner has been heavily linked of late with the player himself making no secret of his admiration for the club, another player currently plying his trade in the Bundesliga has come into the discussion.The Mirror (via Bild) reports that Werder Bremen winger Milot Rashica is a player who really interests Jürgen Klopp as the manager has closely tracked his performances this season.While Werder Bremen are currently mired in relegation scrap sitting in 19th position and five points from safety, Rashica has been a shining star scoring seven league goals (along with three in the German Cup) and adding three assists.The Kosovo international came to Germany from Vitesse Arnhem where he was part of the squad who won the KNVB Beker (Dutch Cup) for the first time in their history in 2017.While Rashica can play as a striker, it is believed that he strengths lie mostly on the left of a front three where he can potentially provide cover for Sadio Mane.He is very comfortable cutting inside from the flank and is an adept crosser of the ball and a classy finisher from dead ball situations. Speaking recently about what may lie ahead, Rashica says his hunger for scoring goals is always forefront in his mind.“I'm never satisfied. I always want more. When I've scored 10 goals, I want to score 15. When I have scored 15, I want 20. "I think I've done OK (this season), but I hope to score several more goals."Borussia Dortmund is another team who have shown interest, Rashica is focusing on his current club and helping maintain their status in the top flight."I'm not thinking about that at all right now. We have much more important things in forefront of us. “In football, you can't plan ahead much anyway. At the moment, I'm only concentrating on Werder Bremen and on bouncing back."It is believed the release clause in Rashica's contract is in the vicinity of £31 million.
  10. Liverpool may be focused well and truly on the League and European competition, however a sneaky eye is also being cast to what may be on the market come the summer transfer window.While the name of Timo Werner has been heavily linked of late with the player himself making no secret of his admiration for the club, another player currently plying his trade in the Bundesliga has come into the discussion.The Mirror (via Bild) reports that Werder Bremen winger Milot Rashica is a player who really interests Jürgen Klopp as the manager has closely tracked his performances this season.While Werder Bremen are currently mired in relegation scrap sitting in 19th position and five points from safety, Rashica has been a shining star scoring seven league goals (along with three in the German Cup) and adding three assists.The Kosovo international came to Germany from Vitesse Arnhem where he was part of the squad who won the KNVB Beker (Dutch Cup) for the first time in their history in 2017.While Rashica can play as a striker, it is believed that he strengths lie mostly on the left of a front three where he can potentially provide cover for Sadio Mane.He is very comfortable cutting inside from the flank and is an adept crosser of the ball and a classy finisher from dead ball situations. Speaking recently about what may lie ahead, Rashica says his hunger for scoring goals is always forefront in his mind.“I'm never satisfied. I always want more. When I've scored 10 goals, I want to score 15. When I have scored 15, I want 20. "I think I've done OK (this season), but I hope to score several more goals."Borussia Dortmund is another team who have shown interest, Rashica is focusing on his current club and helping maintain their status in the top flight."I'm not thinking about that at all right now. We have much more important things in forefront of us. “In football, you can't plan ahead much anyway. At the moment, I'm only concentrating on Werder Bremen and on bouncing back."It is believed the release clause in Rashica's contract is in the vicinity of £31 million. View full article
  11. It appears that Adam Lallana’s time at Liverpool is in its final few months with a new contract not on the cards.Sky Sports reports that the club have made it clear that there will be no new deal for the veteran midfielder and he is free to negotiate his future.While a number of Premier Leqgue clubs have made enquires, it is believed that Leicester have got a jump on their rivals although Lallana will assess all options very closely before making a final decision.Brendan Rodgers has got an obvious link with the 31 year-old having brought him to the Reds in the summer of 2014.In that time, Lallana has made 175 appearances and scored 22 appearances in all competitions. While the first three seasons saw the midfielder as a key member of the starting 11, a number of injuries and increased competition for spots saw opportunities become limited for the ex-Southampton man.While he has had his share of critics within the fanbase during his six season stint, you certainly could not question his attitude which has been first class and why someone like Jürgen Klopp rates him so highly.In truth, he will leave the club on a high note having made a number of meaningful contributions this season, in comparison to his previous last two campaigns.
  12. It appears that Adam Lallana’s time at Liverpool is in its final few months with a new contract not on the cards.Sky Sports reports that the club have made it clear that there will be no new deal for the veteran midfielder and he is free to negotiate his future.While a number of Premier Leqgue clubs have made enquires, it is believed that Leicester have got a jump on their rivals although Lallana will assess all options very closely before making a final decision.Brendan Rodgers has got an obvious link with the 31 year-old having brought him to the Reds in the summer of 2014.In that time, Lallana has made 175 appearances and scored 22 appearances in all competitions. While the first three seasons saw the midfielder as a key member of the starting 11, a number of injuries and increased competition for spots saw opportunities become limited for the ex-Southampton man.While he has had his share of critics within the fanbase during his six season stint, you certainly could not question his attitude which has been first class and why someone like Jürgen Klopp rates him so highly.In truth, he will leave the club on a high note having made a number of meaningful contributions this season, in comparison to his previous last two campaigns. View full article
  13. Andy Robertson has lit the fuse for what should be an explosive second leg of the Champions League last 16 clash with Atletico Madrid in three weeks time.A scrappy goal to Saul Niguez in the fourth minute was symbolic of the contest and that suited Atletico to a tee as they were able to slow the pace considerably which naturally frustrated the visitors who failed to register a shot on target throughout the ninety minutes.There is little doubt Jürgen Klopp would have told his players beforehand not to fall for their playacting and dubious antics, but it is easier said than done in the heat of the battle.Sadio Mane was taken off at half time for risk of getting a second yellow card while Klopp himself got booked on the touchline.The straight talking left-back left nobody in any illusions of what he thought of the,home teams’ antics after the game in which Liverpool fell to just their third defeat of the season. The smart money is still on the defending Champions progressing, and if you're looking to cash in then you'll find betting tips at Bettingmetrics.com. The Mirror reported Robertson as saying:“The corner just ricocheted, it was tight but onside. "We gave them the best possible start and that get the fans behind them and then they start falling over and getting under the skin a bit.“We put in a decent performance and we know we can be better. We've got a second leg to put it right." Robertson also picked up on the reactions of the Atletico players after the game and gave them a little word of warning.“They celebrated as if they won the tie after the game. “They are coming to Anfield and we know our fans will be there."Klopp was absolutely furious with the lack of protection that the Senegal star got on the evening.“He [Sadio Mane] was targeted. It was clear. They wanted to make sure he got a yellow card.“It is only half time but you need to be really strong as a referee in this atmosphere. “We speak about Anfield and the power a stadium can have, and tonight we saw it. “They got a result, the stadium wasn't here to see sensational football, they got the result and so they are happy.“Already in the first 30 minutes three of their players went to the ground I don't know what for. Nobody to blame.“I am fine, 1-0 down at half time we have the longest half time break and we will use that. “Welcome to Anfield. It is not over yet."
  14. Andy Robertson has lit the fuse for what should be an explosive second leg of the Champions League last 16 clash with Atletico Madrid in three weeks time.A scrappy goal to Saul Niguez in the fourth minute was symbolic of the contest and that suited Atletico to a tee as they were able to slow the pace considerably which naturally frustrated the visitors who failed to register a shot on target throughout the ninety minutes.There is little doubt Jürgen Klopp would have told his players beforehand not to fall for their playacting and dubious antics, but it is easier said than done in the heat of the battle.Sadio Mane was taken off at half time for risk of getting a second yellow card while Klopp himself got booked on the touchline.The straight talking left-back left nobody in any illusions of what he thought of the,home teams’ antics after the game in which Liverpool fell to just their third defeat of the season.The Mirror reported Robertson as saying:“The corner just ricocheted, it was tight but onside. "We gave them the best possible start and that get the fans behind them and then they start falling over and getting under the skin a bit.“We put in a decent performance and we know we can be better. We've got a second leg to put it right." Robertson also picked up on the reactions of the Atletico players after the game and gave them a little word of warning.“They celebrated as if they won the tie after the game. “They are coming to Anfield and we know our fans will be there."Klopp was absolutely furious with the lack of protection that the Senegal star got on the evening.“He [Sadio Mane] was targeted. It was clear. They wanted to make sure he got a yellow card.“It is only half time but you need to be really strong as a referee in this atmosphere. “We speak about Anfield and the power a stadium can have, and tonight we saw it. “They got a result, the stadium wasn't here to see sensational football, they got the result and so they are happy.“Already in the first 30 minutes three of their players went to the ground I don't know what for. Nobody to blame.“I am fine, 1-0 down at half time we have the longest half time break and we will use that. “Welcome to Anfield. It is not over yet."
  15. Diego Simeone has given Liverpool a worthy complement by saying they will stand the test of time in comparison to other great sides.The Atletico Madrid manager will come up against the European Champions this evening on the same ground where Jordqn Henderson lifted number six in June.Speaking before the first leg, Simeone was glowing in his tribute for Jurgen Klopp and his team as the Mirror reported.“Liverpool are a magnificent team trained by a coach who is different,”“We have always spoken about great teams and I have no doubt this Liverpool team will go down in football history as a great team because it is different to other teams. “This team is more intensive, changes and adapts. I admire this as a rival coach.“Klopp has been creating this kind of team for four years and he has been improving.” The 49 year-old Argentinian who won more than 100 caps for his country admitted that he felt Liverpool would struggle to recover once Philippe Coutinho left the club to join Barcelona.However, their ability to overcome that loss in a seamless fashion really impressed Simeone.“Even after Coutinho left, when it looked as though the team was breaking up, the opposite happened. “It became even stronger and that says a lot about the players who are at Liverpool.While he knows the tie will be a big challenge with a few players unavailable or lacking in consistent minutes of late, he has full faith in those who will take to the Wanda Metropolitano stadium and his supporters who will be attendance.“We are going to play against some vibrant fans at Liverpool but I really trust my fans and my players.For his part, Jurgen Klopp is really looking forward to coming up another animated character on the touchline and paid Simeone a tribute of his own as he prepares to go head to head with him for the first time.“People say about me I am emotional on the sideline If I am level 4 I would say Diego is level 12.“I am really like the Kindergarten Kop against him. Really impressive. He has been here eight years. “That is really long, and still having this emotional level, wow. That is really impressive. “His teams are always world class organised. "If you work hard as possible you have a chance, if you don’t you have no chance. "You will not have a shot on target against them.“That makes him one of the best. “We have exchanged messages after big games. We meet in a competitive game for the first time. "It will be interesting, really interesting.” View full article
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