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  1. Dejan Lovren has discussed the mountain he had to climb to reclaim his spot in the Liverpool starting line-up.Lovren had a 2018-19 season which was blighted by a number of niggling injuries that saw fall the Croatian fall well back in the pecking order to partner Virgil Van Dijk.In football just like in life, you are bound to your ups and downs and it is how you respond from adversity which will dictate the direction that your career heads.If you put in the hard work, more often than not you are bound to reap the rewards.An injury to the incumbent in Joel Matip and Joe Gomez being in indifferent form allowed Lovren to return to the starting CB spot alongside the imperious Dutchman.Lovren described his comeback plan to Sky Sports.“I started from zero again to prove that I deserve to be in the first XI but that's football.“When you've been out for months in the last season and didn't have so many minutes on the pitch, it's about restarting.“ In pre-season, I did hard work behind the scenes and again, maybe it didn't start as well as I thought it would, but I've been speaking with the manager, been patient and sometimes it's easy to say that but not to do.“ I did it in the end and everything came back... It's good to feel that you're important here again and this is what matters for every player."For all intents and purposes, it appeared the veteran was heading to the exit door in the summer with a number of Italian clubs interested in his services.It would have been more than understandable if the veteran wanted a fresh start especially as his Liverpool career has been anything but straight forward.However his love for the club is undisputable. “ It's a big place to leave after everything I went through here. “There have been more positive days than the bad, especially after the Champions League final and the win was a big relief for me because I wanted to win something with this club, having been here for so many years.“ I would ask myself if we didn't win, should I stay or not and there was some interest with some other clubs but I had a good conversation with the manager. “After that, the decision was easy so I had stayed and I think we are on the right path to do something big this season again.Lovren was full of praise for the way that Gomez responded to the adverse crowd reaction he suffered from a group of England fans in their European qualifier againstMontenegro "I think he reacted well, to be honest."I've been speaking with him two or three days ago and asked about it and he was OK, positive and this is what is important for the club and his team-mates. “We are behind him and that's what he needs at the moment.“He's an unbelievable man and player but it's aggravated everything about that and he didn't deserve it. “You're playing for the national team and he's there, giving his best so I don't think he deserved the boos."
  2. Dejan Lovren has discussed the mountain he had to climb to reclaim his spot in the Liverpool starting line-up.Lovren had a 2018-19 season which was blighted by a number of niggling injuries that saw fall the Croatian fall well back in the pecking order to partner Virgil Van Dijk.In football just like in life, you are bound to your ups and downs and it is how you respond from adversity which will dictate the direction that your career heads.If you put in the hard work, more often than not you are bound to reap the rewards.An injury to the incumbent in Joel Matip and Joe Gomez being in indifferent form allowed Lovren to return to the starting CB spot alongside the imperious Dutchman.Lovren described his comeback plan to Sky Sports.“I started from zero again to prove that I deserve to be in the first XI but that's football.“When you've been out for months in the last season and didn't have so many minutes on the pitch, it's about restarting.“ In pre-season, I did hard work behind the scenes and again, maybe it didn't start as well as I thought it would, but I've been speaking with the manager, been patient and sometimes it's easy to say that but not to do.“ I did it in the end and everything came back... It's good to feel that you're important here again and this is what matters for every player."For all intents and purposes, it appeared the veteran was heading to the exit door in the summer with a number of Italian clubs interested in his services.It would have been more than understandable if the veteran wanted a fresh start especially as his Liverpool career has been anything but straight forward.However his love for the club is undisputable. “ It's a big place to leave after everything I went through here. “There have been more positive days than the bad, especially after the Champions League final and the win was a big relief for me because I wanted to win something with this club, having been here for so many years.“ I would ask myself if we didn't win, should I stay or not and there was some interest with some other clubs but I had a good conversation with the manager. “After that, the decision was easy so I had stayed and I think we are on the right path to do something big this season again.Lovren was full of praise for the way that Gomez responded to the adverse crowd reaction he suffered from a group of England fans in their European qualifier againstMontenegro "I think he reacted well, to be honest."I've been speaking with him two or three days ago and asked about it and he was OK, positive and this is what is important for the club and his team-mates. “We are behind him and that's what he needs at the moment.“He's an unbelievable man and player but it's aggravated everything about that and he didn't deserve it. “You're playing for the national team and he's there, giving his best so I don't think he deserved the boos." View full article
  3. Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders says the club have plans in place to deal with their heavy schedule in the middle of next month.The Reds will be taking part in two separate competitions in consecutive days on two different continents, that being the Carabao Cup quarter final against Aston Villa and then the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar.It has already been decided that the senior squad will be split for both fixtures and Lijnders explained a little bit more about what will take place.The Mirror (via the Official Club magazine) reported the Dutchman as saying:“It is important with a 'culture of victory' because each prize we can win is important, so we try to attack each competition we play.“ But, for me, the most important thing is the chance to show, in a different part of the world, our identity and our philosophy and a real spirit of initiative.“In a perfect world people should look forward to seeing us play. “As regards [to] changing between England and Qatar, we already have the people in charge who are preparing to make this process as smooth as possible.“ We have to ignore what's beyond our control whatever the circumstances. “This is what we always try to do, but in these periods, it will be even more the case."Lijnders says that the club are determined to add the international trophy to their cabinet. “ "It would be incredible to become champions of the world.“ Not many big teams get this chance. It's a mark, a stamp of a strong process over many years.“We have to think about the semi-final first, it's the first step and the only one that counts at the moment. View full article
  4. Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders says the club have plans in place to deal with their heavy schedule in the middle of next month.The Reds will be taking part in two separate competitions in consecutive days on two different continents, that being the Carabao Cup quarter final against Aston Villa and then the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar.It has already been decided that the senior squad will be split for both fixtures and Lijnders explained a little bit more about what will take place.The Mirror (via the Official Club magazine) reported the Dutchman as saying:“It is important with a 'culture of victory' because each prize we can win is important, so we try to attack each competition we play.“ But, for me, the most important thing is the chance to show, in a different part of the world, our identity and our philosophy and a real spirit of initiative.“In a perfect world people should look forward to seeing us play. “As regards [to] changing between England and Qatar, we already have the people in charge who are preparing to make this process as smooth as possible.“ We have to ignore what's beyond our control whatever the circumstances. “This is what we always try to do, but in these periods, it will be even more the case."Lijnders says that the club are determined to add the international trophy to their cabinet. “ "It would be incredible to become champions of the world.“ Not many big teams get this chance. It's a mark, a stamp of a strong process over many years.“We have to think about the semi-final first, it's the first step and the only one that counts at the moment.
  5. Rafa Benitez has given the tick of approval to the work of the FSG group since taking ownership of the Reds and says it is a major reason that they have been able to stay the course with Man City.Benitez knows first hand the difference between successful and dysfunctional ownership and therefore was able to give a astute description in what he has seen from John Henry, Tom Werner and their team over the past nine years.The Echo (via Four Four Two magazine) reported Benitez as saying:“ My memories of Liverpool are really good with (former owner) David Moores, but he couldn't spend the money to compete against the other teams.“ When he decided to sell, I think it was to the wrong people. It was very clear - I knew that and the fans knew that, then afterwards, was the proof.“ Now I think they have a model that is more competitive. “They make the right decisions, which means they are able to compete with Manchester City." The much-loved former manager also touched on his famous ‘facts’ press conference in 2009 when battling Man United for the Premier League title.While many may well disagree,to this day, Benitez remains steadfast in his belief that he was in full control of his emotions.“ People tried to compare that press conference to Kevin Keegan's (for Newcastle in 1996) but it was nothing like that. I was very calm.“ Everything I was saying was a fact, even though people were laughing about my way of pronouncing the word 'fact'. “But it was very clear - if you analyse it now, I was right."The current manager of Dalian Yifang in the Chinese Super League said that the Reds finished the campaign in very strong fashion including thrashing their bitter rivals in their own backyard.“ Later on we went to Old Trafford and I remember a father and son had a banner saying 'Rafa's cracking up'. “We beat United 4-1. "In the last 11 games of the season, our only draw was the 4-4 draw with Arsenal, when Andrey Arshavin scored four goals. “We won 10 out of 11.“ Manchester United had played in the Club World Cup and had a couple of games in hand. They won them and continued winning, but we continued winning as well.“That's not cracking up. People have short memories. They follow the propaganda of the people who are winning."
  6. Rafa Benitez has given the tick of approval to the work of the FSG group since taking ownership of the Reds and says it is a major reason that they have been able to stay the course with Man City.Benitez knows first hand the difference between successful and dysfunctional ownership and therefore was able to give a astute description in what he has seen from John Henry, Tom Werner and their team over the past nine years.The Echo (via Four Four Two magazine) reported Benitez as saying:“ My memories of Liverpool are really good with (former owner) David Moores, but he couldn't spend the money to compete against the other teams.“ When he decided to sell, I think it was to the wrong people. It was very clear - I knew that and the fans knew that, then afterwards, was the proof.“ Now I think they have a model that is more competitive. “They make the right decisions, which means they are able to compete with Manchester City." The much-loved former manager also touched on his famous ‘facts’ press conference in 2009 when battling Man United for the Premier League title.While many may well disagree,to this day, Benitez remains steadfast in his belief that he was in full control of his emotions.“ People tried to compare that press conference to Kevin Keegan's (for Newcastle in 1996) but it was nothing like that. I was very calm.“ Everything I was saying was a fact, even though people were laughing about my way of pronouncing the word 'fact'. “But it was very clear - if you analyse it now, I was right."The current manager of Dalian Yifang in the Chinese Super League said that the Reds finished the campaign in very strong fashion including thrashing their bitter rivals in their own backyard.“ Later on we went to Old Trafford and I remember a father and son had a banner saying 'Rafa's cracking up'. “We beat United 4-1. "In the last 11 games of the season, our only draw was the 4-4 draw with Arsenal, when Andrey Arshavin scored four goals. “We won 10 out of 11.“ Manchester United had played in the Club World Cup and had a couple of games in hand. They won them and continued winning, but we continued winning as well.“That's not cracking up. People have short memories. They follow the propaganda of the people who are winning." View full article
  7. Simon Mignolet has said the time was right for him to leave Liverpool in the summer as he didn’t see a consistent playing role at the club.Mignolet has six seasons at the Reds where he made over 200 appearances in total.The first three seasons saw the Belgian as the undisputed Number 1 between the sticks, but it was when Jürgen Klopp chose to bring in some competition that Mignolet found appearances harder to come by.While you sense Mignolet would have been content to stay at the club if he was competing with Loris Karius, it was when Klopp saw fit to sign the World Class talent in Alisson that things changed for the 31 year-old.The Echo (via H et Belang van Limburg reported Mignolet as saying: “If I could really fight for my place, I might have stayed. “But if I had ended up in goal if Alisson picked up an injury, I would be allowed to push ten shots out of the box.“Then Alisson could immediately claim his place again. “And even if he pushed the ball into his own goal, he would still retain [his place in the starting XI]. “What sense did it make for me?”Mignolet has seen Liverpool’s continued development this season from afar, but he has no regrets over his decision to leave in his quest for first team Football where he has made 20 appearances for his new team Club Brugge in all competitions this season. "No, because I knew that the opportunity existed.“I haven’t thought once: ‘S**t, now Liverpool is in the Premier League race and I’m gone.“Of course, I could have stayed with Liverpool to earn my money, challenge for the league title and the Champions League."However, as long as you are not on the starting XI yourself, a price feels different. “So I would rather play in the starter at Club Brugge than grabbing the English title as a substitute at Liverpool."It is admirable logic by the veteran as many players in his position would have been very comfortable to stay and pick up a healthy wage.
  8. Simon Mignolet has said the time was right for him to leave Liverpool in the summer as he didn’t see a consistent playing role at the club.Mignolet has six seasons at the Reds where he made over 200 appearances in total.The first three seasons saw the Belgian as the undisputed Number 1 between the sticks, but it was when Jürgen Klopp chose to bring in some competition that Mignolet found appearances harder to come by.While you sense Mignolet would have been content to stay at the club if he was competing with Loris Karius, it was when Klopp saw fit to sign the World Class talent in Alisson that things changed for the 31 year-old.The Echo (via H et Belang van Limburg reported Mignolet as saying: “If I could really fight for my place, I might have stayed. “But if I had ended up in goal if Alisson picked up an injury, I would be allowed to push ten shots out of the box.“Then Alisson could immediately claim his place again. “And even if he pushed the ball into his own goal, he would still retain [his place in the starting XI]. “What sense did it make for me?”Mignolet has seen Liverpool’s continued development this season from afar, but he has no regrets over his decision to leave in his quest for first team Football where he has made 20 appearances for his new team Club Brugge in all competitions this season. "No, because I knew that the opportunity existed.“I haven’t thought once: ‘S**t, now Liverpool is in the Premier League race and I’m gone.“Of course, I could have stayed with Liverpool to earn my money, challenge for the league title and the Champions League."However, as long as you are not on the starting XI yourself, a price feels different. “So I would rather play in the starter at Club Brugge than grabbing the English title as a substitute at Liverpool."It is admirable logic by the veteran as many players in his position would have been very comfortable to stay and pick up a healthy wage. View full article
  9. It is hard to believe that we are on the verge on waving goodbye to another decade.As all Liverpool fans know, it has been nothing short of a rollercoaster, and in truth has contained all the ingredients required for a Hollywood blockbuster.Disenchantment, hope, heartbreak, despair, acceptance, hope(again), heartbreak(again), expectation, elation, disappointment and finally true happiness.At this present moment, football observers the world over have come to the realisation that Liverpool are a extremely good side with just one box left to tick, that being the league title.There have been hits and misses in the transfer market during that time and ESPN have rated the top five best and worst signings to arrive at the club.The top five are pretty much indisputable, but the order that they are placed might cause some good natured debate.5. Roberto Firmino (2015-)4.Virgil Van Dijk (2018-)3. Luis Suarez (2011-14) 2. Mo Salah (2017-)1. Sadio Mane (2016-) On the other side of the coin are the flops.5. Loris Karius (2016-)4.Sebastian Coates (2011-15)3.Christian Benteke (2015-16)2.Alberto Aquilani (2009-12)1 Andy Carroll (2011-13) It’s a list that no player wants to be on and there would be a fair few players happy to have missed out such as Paul Konchesky, Joe Cole, Christian Poulsen, Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert to mention a few.Gladly, the amount of failures have substantially reduced in the last few years, while the quality brought into the club has certainly increased. Here's to a highly successful decade ahead.
  10. It is hard to believe that we are on the verge on waving goodbye to another decade.As all Liverpool fans know, it has been nothing short of a rollercoaster, and in truth has contained all the ingredients required for a Hollywood blockbuster.Disenchantment, hope, heartbreak, despair, acceptance, hope(again), heartbreak(again), expectation, elation, disappointment and finally true happiness.At this present moment, football observers the world over have come to the realisation that Liverpool are a extremely good side with just one box left to tick, that being the league title.There have been hits and misses in the transfer market during that time and ESPN have rated the top five best and worst signings to arrive at the club.The top five are pretty much indisputable, but the order that they are placed might cause some good natured debate.5. Roberto Firmino (2015-)4.Virgil Van Dijk (2018-)3. Luis Suarez (2011-14) 2. Mo Salah (2017-)1. Sadio Mane (2016-) On the other side of the coin are the flops.5. Loris Karius (2016-)4.Sebastian Coates (2011-15)3.Christian Benteke (2015-16)2.Alberto Aquilani (2009-12)1 Andy Carroll (2011-13) It’s a list that no player wants to be on and there would be a fair few players happy to have missed out such as Paul Konchesky, Joe Cole, Christian Poulsen, Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert to mention a few.Gladly, the amount of failures have substantially reduced in the last few years, while the quality brought into the club has certainly increased. Here's to a highly successful decade ahead. View full article
  11. Veteran Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana is in the sights of Ligue 1 juggernaut Paris St. Germain.The Mirror reports that the French champions are looking to bolster their squad with proven big league experience.They will more than likely lose Edinson Cavani in January with the Uruguay star striker heavily linked to the LA Galaxy.As mentioned previously, Lallana is out of contract at the end of this season and has reportedly attracted interest from the US and China.PSG are one European club who have the finances to offer Lallana similar money that he could expect to get in the Far East in particular.Despite his injury problems over the last few years, Lallana remains in the first team plans of manager Jürgen Klopp.The German has held the England international in high regard as he was somewhat of atalisman in his early tenure.Touch wood, the 31 year-old seemingly has his body in fine condition for this campaign, enjoying a strong pre-season and playing some important minutes in the season proper, most tellingly his cameo against Man United.After he hit the back of the net for the first time in over two seasons, Klopp underlined what he thought of the player.“A wonderful story. A wonderful, wonderful, wonderful story.“This weekend we had a long talk in general about our situation, and he is completely relaxed and fine and knows how difficult it is at the moment to come into the team.“But he just trains well and he deserved that; it was 25-30 minutes and he had a proper impact. Then scoring a goal… wow! That was really, really nice." Lallana will most likely know that the days of being a consistent starter are a thing of the past at the Reds.So it will come down to whether he wants to continue to be part of a squad that he knows so well, appreciate what he does and are on the crest of something very special.Or, if he indeed wants to challenge himself in a new league.The article also infers that if Lallana were to depart, Liverpool would be very keen on the services Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser, with the Scottish international looking for a bumper new contract as his current deal expires in the summer. View full article
  12. Veteran Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana is in the sights of Ligue 1 juggernaut Paris St. Germain.The Mirror reports that the French champions are looking to bolster their squad with proven big league experience.They will more than likely lose Edinson Cavani in January with the Uruguay star striker heavily linked to the LA Galaxy.As mentioned previously, Lallana is out of contract at the end of this season and has reportedly attracted interest from the US and China.PSG are one European club who have the finances to offer Lallana similar money that he could expect to get in the Far East in particular.Despite his injury problems over the last few years, Lallana remains in the first team plans of manager Jürgen Klopp.The German has held the England international in high regard as he was somewhat of atalisman in his early tenure.Touch wood, the 31 year-old seemingly has his body in fine condition for this campaign, enjoying a strong pre-season and playing some important minutes in the season proper, most tellingly his cameo against Man United.After he hit the back of the net for the first time in over two seasons, Klopp underlined what he thought of the player.“A wonderful story. A wonderful, wonderful, wonderful story.“This weekend we had a long talk in general about our situation, and he is completely relaxed and fine and knows how difficult it is at the moment to come into the team.“But he just trains well and he deserved that; it was 25-30 minutes and he had a proper impact. Then scoring a goal… wow! That was really, really nice." Lallana will most likely know that the days of being a consistent starter are a thing of the past at the Reds.So it will come down to whether he wants to continue to be part of a squad that he knows so well, appreciate what he does and are on the crest of something very special.Or, if he indeed wants to challenge himself in a new league.The article also infers that if Lallana were to depart, Liverpool would be very keen on the services Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser, with the Scottish international looking for a bumper new contract as his current deal expires in the summer.
  13. Raheem Sterling has spoken strongly in defence of Joe Gomez after he was inexplicably booed by so-called England fans in their 7-0 rout of Montenegro at Wembley on Thursday evening.In a continuation of a story that has stretched through the whole week, Gomez was subject to a less than accommodating reaction when the defender came on for Mason Mount in the 70th minute.Sterling was not selected for the clash after his altercation with Gomez on Monday, but he was seen to be applauding the Liverpool defender when he stepped onto the pitch.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set the tone for the rout with an early goal and the hosts followed on from there, sealing their qualification for Euro 2020 with the comprehensive victory.In the aftermath. Sterling took to Twitter to condemn the actions of those who took part.“Joe hasn't done anything wrong and for me to see someone who keeps his head down and work hard…especially after a difficult week for him to be booed when he came on tonight was wrong.“I've taken full responsibility and accepted the consequence. I felt as though I had to say this.In speaking to Sky Sports, England manager Gareth Southgate was at a loss to explain what had taken place. “ I don't understand it because no England player should ever be booed. “We're a team and Joe has done nothing wrong.“ I've made that clear earlier in the week so I don't understand that. Raheem and him are very close and the whole team are very close so we don't want to see anybody treated in that way."I'm sure [I'll talk to him] because as a young man that's an upsetting experience so the reason for putting him on was that he's been with us September, October, we haven't got him into the game and tonight was an opportunity to do that."However Southgate stopped short of sending a pointed message to the supporters.“No, it's done, it's done we move on. I've said what needs to be said, it's for me now to make sure that Joe's okay."Leicester midfielder James Maddison also wanted to show his support for the 22 year-old.“Joe's a strong boy, a strong-minded boy. I'm not sure why they were booing, whatever the reason, that's behind him. “He's a strong-minded boy, as I said, so he won't let that affect him."One thing is for certain, Joe will be given a rousing round of applause the next time he steps onto the Anfield pitch.
  14. Raheem Sterling has spoken strongly in defence of Joe Gomez after he was inexplicably booed by so-called England fans in their 7-0 rout of Montenegro at Wembley on Thursday evening.In a continuation of a story that has stretched through the whole week, Gomez was subject to a less than accommodating reaction when the defender came on for Mason Mount in the 70th minute.Sterling was not selected for the clash after his altercation with Gomez on Monday, but he was seen to be applauding the Liverpool defender when he stepped onto the pitch.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set the tone for the rout with an early goal and the hosts followed on from there, sealing their qualification for Euro 2020 with the comprehensive victory.In the aftermath. Sterling took to Twitter to condemn the actions of those who took part.“Joe hasn't done anything wrong and for me to see someone who keeps his head down and work hard…especially after a difficult week for him to be booed when he came on tonight was wrong.“I've taken full responsibility and accepted the consequence. I felt as though I had to say this.In speaking to Sky Sports, England manager Gareth Southgate was at a loss to explain what had taken place. “ I don't understand it because no England player should ever be booed. “We're a team and Joe has done nothing wrong.“ I've made that clear earlier in the week so I don't understand that. Raheem and him are very close and the whole team are very close so we don't want to see anybody treated in that way."I'm sure [I'll talk to him] because as a young man that's an upsetting experience so the reason for putting him on was that he's been with us September, October, we haven't got him into the game and tonight was an opportunity to do that."However Southgate stopped short of sending a pointed message to the supporters.“No, it's done, it's done we move on. I've said what needs to be said, it's for me now to make sure that Joe's okay."Leicester midfielder James Maddison also wanted to show his support for the 22 year-old.“Joe's a strong boy, a strong-minded boy. I'm not sure why they were booing, whatever the reason, that's behind him. “He's a strong-minded boy, as I said, so he won't let that affect him."One thing is for certain, Joe will be given a rousing round of applause the next time he steps onto the Anfield pitch. View full article
  15. The father of Joe Gomez has spoken about his son’s altercation with Raheem Sterling saying he felt a deal of pride with the way that his son handled the difficult situation.The Mirror reported Augustus Gomez as saying that the Liverpool defender is “doing OK” with all the attention that has come his way over the last few days.Gomez Sr. also said that the 22 year-old wants to keep a level head focusing on his football and young family.“He wasn’t expecting it, it happened, he brushed it away and he carried on. “He is fine apart from the scratch on his face. "I spoke to him, I spoke to his agent; let him just be happy and smiling and so-forth.“ He is very passionate about what he does.“ We just want to see that Joe is happy, that his wife is happy, we are happy and that is it.Despite the incident, Augustus did not look to put any blame on the shoulders of Sterling, and felt that the Man City star was still agitated from the events of Sunday evening.“ It is not his fault. Fans were agitating him and he took it out because of his frustration.“It is normal. Young people are very ambitious and very willing to win for their team and that is what happens. “If Liverpool were losing, one of the players would be agitated as well.If there is one piece of advice that Gomez has taken on board from his father, it is to stay grounded.“As a public figure like him, you need to try and be a public figure for the children, for his friends, his family and so on.“He wants to be like a normal person and run around like normal on the pitch, smile and be happy, go home, be with his wife and his son.“His main focus now is to play football and to forget about the hype. "It is something he does not want to talk about. He keeps his head low."
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