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  1. Sepp van den Berg is set to be loaned out for another season with newly relegated Burnley likely to be his destination. The Dutchman has spent the last season and a half at Preston North End making 61 appearances for the Championship club, and returned to his parent club in the summer making the bench in the opening game of the season against Fulham. The 20 year-old has made four appearances for Liverpool which have all come in domestic cup competitions but is yet to make his league debut. And with the quality of depth that the Reds have in the central defensive position, that is unlikely to change in the near future and like Rhys Williams at Blackpool, the best pathway forward is for him to continue his Football education at another club for now. Lancs Live reports that the Burnley have stolen a march over their bitter Lancashire rivals Blackburn and are in the box seat to get the deal done with Liverpool apparently happy for that to be the case. The Clarets have had a complete change of approach in the summer from the dogged and backs to the wall resistance of Sean Dyche to former Man City captain Vincent Kompany who favours giving youth a chance and wanting his team to dominate position. And being a defender who is comfortable with the ball at his feet and an eye for a pass, if this loan does go ahead it could be beneficial for all parties. The Dutch U/21 international is under contract at the Reds until 2024. View full article
  2. Sepp van den Berg is set to be loaned out for another season with newly relegated Burnley likely to be his destination. The Dutchman has spent the last season and a half at Preston North End making 61 appearances for the Championship club, and returned to his parent club in the summer making the bench in the opening game of the season against Fulham. The 20 year-old has made four appearances for Liverpool which have all come in domestic cup competitions but is yet to make his league debut. And with the quality of depth that the Reds have in the central defensive position, that is unlikely to change in the near future and like Rhys Williams at Blackpool, the best pathway forward is for him to continue his Football education at another club for now. Lancs Live reports that the Burnley have stolen a march over their bitter Lancashire rivals Blackburn and are in the box seat to get the deal done with Liverpool apparently happy for that to be the case. The Clarets have had a complete change of approach in the summer from the dogged and backs to the wall resistance of Sean Dyche to former Man City captain Vincent Kompany who favours giving youth a chance and wanting his team to dominate position. And being a defender who is comfortable with the ball at his feet and an eye for a pass, if this loan does go ahead it could be beneficial for all parties. The Dutch U/21 international is under contract at the Reds until 2024.
  3. Diogo Jota will be the next Liverpool star to extend their current deal according to a new report. The former Porto and Wolves player has been with the Reds for two seasons and in that time he has proven to be a very important piece of Jurgen Klopp’s frontline rotation scoring 34 goals in 85 appearances in all competitions. Jurgen Klopp and the other key decision makers have made a concerted decision to start the evolution of the squad bit by bit. Additions like Harvey Elliott, Ibrahima Konate, Luis Diaz, Fabio Carvalho, Darwin Nunez and Jota himself will undoubtedly play their role in the present period of time, but in many ways they will carry the fortunes of the club well into the future. We have seen many times over the years certain clubs ride the wave of success thinking it will never end and then end up in a whole world of hurt as they have not pre-planned for the next phase. This will certainly not be the case at Liverpool. The existing deal of Jota expires in 2025 but according to the Telegraph negotiations have stepped up in recent times and it is speculated that the Portuguese international will receive a significant pay rise with the contract extension. While he will miss the first Premier League fixture of the season against Fulham with a hamstring injury, it is hoped he will return to the matchday squad shortly after. View full article
  4. Diogo Jota will be the next Liverpool star to extend their current deal according to a new report. The former Porto and Wolves player has been with the Reds for two seasons and in that time he has proven to be a very important piece of Jurgen Klopp’s frontline rotation scoring 34 goals in 85 appearances in all competitions. Jurgen Klopp and the other key decision makers have made a concerted decision to start the evolution of the squad bit by bit. Additions like Harvey Elliott, Ibrahima Konate, Luis Diaz, Fabio Carvalho, Darwin Nunez and Jota himself will undoubtedly play their role in the present period of time, but in many ways they will carry the fortunes of the club well into the future. We have seen many times over the years certain clubs ride the wave of success thinking it will never end and then end up in a whole world of hurt as they have not pre-planned for the next phase. This will certainly not be the case at Liverpool. The existing deal of Jota expires in 2025 but according to the Telegraph negotiations have stepped up in recent times and it is speculated that the Portuguese international will receive a significant pay rise with the contract extension. While he will miss the first Premier League fixture of the season against Fulham with a hamstring injury, it is hoped he will return to the matchday squad shortly after.
  5. Virgil Van Dijk says that the fact that Mo Salah is able to focus on his own game instead of endless contract negotiations can only be a good thing. Liverpool had a outstanding season winning two trophies and coming exceptionally close to claiming two more with the Egyptian superstar playing a major part in the success scoring 31 goals which included his third golden boot as the Premier League’s top scorer with 23 goals, an honour he shared with Tottenham’s Son-Heung-min. The one slight criticism of Salah’s overall game was that he was single focused and didn’t always look for teammates in better scoring positions, but last season he addressed that well and truly by registering the most assists in the league with 13. The 30 year-old was a tireless competitor not just for the Reds but for his nation Egypt and mid season departed to lead them in the African Cup of Nations where they fell agonisingly short to lifting the trophy falling to Sadio Mane’s Senegal on penalties in the final. The second half of the campaign was a real gruelling affair for Salah. Not only dealing with that defeat but another heartbreaking loss to the same opposition in World Cup qualifying, along with Liverpool’s campaign and lingering in the background was whether he was going to sign a new deal. It’s little wonder that it took its toll and his output dropped after returning from the AFCON tournament where Salah scored just eight goals in all competitions. But the off-season saw the news that all Reds fans were dreaming of but not many were expecting when he signed on the dotted line until the end of the 2024/25 season. As a senior member of the squad and a astute thinker of the game at large, Van Dijk has no doubt that the burden that Salah carried certainly had a impact on his performance and general well-being and the resolution will only be a good thing ( per the Mail). “He's under the microscope all of the time — he created that himself. He's such a good player and he shows that all the time.At the end of the season, there was a lot of talk about his contract. “We are all human beings and maybe that affected him a little bit, unfortunately. But he still showed high levels and quality, played with a free mind and he's happy to be here — everyone is happy to be here.' The Dutchman had some sage advice on his own experience for another teammate in Darwin Nunez, another forward who had attracted plenty of headlines in the off-season, some of which before he had barely kicked a ball in anger. “For him it's the same as me. The transfer fee is not something you should think about. He just has to keep his head down, work hard and be an important player. “I don't speak Spanish, so I don't speak with him yet! That's quite difficult at the moment but we have plenty of experienced players who speak to him at any chance that's possible. He learns a lot in training and sees how we want to play, how we defend and attack. 'He just has to focus on himself and the team. He has to improve, get settled in as quickly as possible and the way to do that is to learn in training. “He shouldn't look at what others have to say about his performances. That's the key to success. If you perform then you'll be fine. "Don't get distracted.”
  6. Virgil Van Dijk says that the fact that Mo Salah is able to focus on his own game instead of endless contract negotiations can only be a good thing. Liverpool had a outstanding season winning two trophies and coming exceptionally close to claiming two more with the Egyptian superstar playing a major part in the success scoring 31 goals which included his third golden boot as the Premier League’s top scorer with 23 goals, an honour he shared with Tottenham’s Son-Heung-min. The one slight criticism of Salah’s overall game was that he was single focused and didn’t always look for teammates in better scoring positions, but last season he addressed that well and truly by registering the most assists in the league with 13. The 30 year-old was a tireless competitor not just for the Reds but for his nation Egypt and mid season departed to lead them in the African Cup of Nations where they fell agonisingly short to lifting the trophy falling to Sadio Mane’s Senegal on penalties in the final. The second half of the campaign was a real gruelling affair for Salah. Not only dealing with that defeat but another heartbreaking loss to the same opposition in World Cup qualifying, along with Liverpool’s campaign and lingering in the background was whether he was going to sign a new deal. It’s little wonder that it took its toll and his output dropped after returning from the AFCON tournament where Salah scored just eight goals in all competitions. But the off-season saw the news that all Reds fans were dreaming of but not many were expecting when he signed on the dotted line until the end of the 2024/25 season. As a senior member of the squad and a astute thinker of the game at large, Van Dijk has no doubt that the burden that Salah carried certainly had a impact on his performance and general well-being and the resolution will only be a good thing ( per the Mail). “He's under the microscope all of the time — he created that himself. He's such a good player and he shows that all the time.At the end of the season, there was a lot of talk about his contract. “We are all human beings and maybe that affected him a little bit, unfortunately. But he still showed high levels and quality, played with a free mind and he's happy to be here — everyone is happy to be here.' The Dutchman had some sage advice on his own experience for another teammate in Darwin Nunez, another forward who had attracted plenty of headlines in the off-season, some of which before he had barely kicked a ball in anger. “For him it's the same as me. The transfer fee is not something you should think about. He just has to keep his head down, work hard and be an important player. “I don't speak Spanish, so I don't speak with him yet! That's quite difficult at the moment but we have plenty of experienced players who speak to him at any chance that's possible. He learns a lot in training and sees how we want to play, how we defend and attack. 'He just has to focus on himself and the team. He has to improve, get settled in as quickly as possible and the way to do that is to learn in training. “He shouldn't look at what others have to say about his performances. That's the key to success. If you perform then you'll be fine. "Don't get distracted.” View full article
  7. Jurgen Klopp has emphasised the importance of Roberto Firmino as speculation grows regarding his future with Liverpool. The iconic front three was split up earlier in the summer when Sadio Mane left to join Bayern Munich. While that was an end of a tremendous and memorable era in so many ways, Klopp has been first to say that ‘nothing lasts forever’ and that squad changes are a part of Football. The individual brilliance of Mo Salah and Mane have been clearly evident during their Reds careers, but it is fair to say supporters have a special part in their hearts for the Brazilian. Firmino is the pure definition of a selfless Footballer, prepared to do the ‘dirty work’ in tracking back and winning possession and is just as happy to set up a teammate for a goal than score one himself. The 30 year-old is one of the more senior members of the current squad having made 327 appearances (98 goals) but is in the last year of his current deal and with no word of a new one on the table, it has led to speculation that Juventus are extremely keen and preparing a bid. Speaking ahead of the Community Shield fixture against Man City (per the Official site), Klopp did not directly address the rumour, but made no secret on how important Firmino is to the team. “Bobby is crucial for us,” he is [the] heart and soul of this team. “The way we played in the last few years was only possible because of Bobby. That’s why I’m really happy he could train the majority of the time here in the pre-season so far and everything looks really good. “I am absolutely fine and, for me, there’s no doubt about his quality. All the rest, we will see how this year goes, but yes, he is essential for us.” With Darwin Nunez new to the Premier League and essentially still very young in his Football career, the presence of someone like Firmino could be extremely important in getting the best out of the Uruguayan at Liverpool. In many ways, he couldn’t ask to learn from anyone better.
  8. Jurgen Klopp has emphasised the importance of Roberto Firmino as speculation grows regarding his future with Liverpool. The iconic front three was split up earlier in the summer when Sadio Mane left to join Bayern Munich. While that was an end of a tremendous and memorable era in so many ways, Klopp has been first to say that ‘nothing lasts forever’ and that squad changes are a part of Football. The individual brilliance of Mo Salah and Mane have been clearly evident during their Reds careers, but it is fair to say supporters have a special part in their hearts for the Brazilian. Firmino is the pure definition of a selfless Footballer, prepared to do the ‘dirty work’ in tracking back and winning possession and is just as happy to set up a teammate for a goal than score one himself. The 30 year-old is one of the more senior members of the current squad having made 327 appearances (98 goals) but is in the last year of his current deal and with no word of a new one on the table, it has led to speculation that Juventus are extremely keen and preparing a bid. Speaking ahead of the Community Shield fixture against Man City (per the Official site), Klopp did not directly address the rumour, but made no secret on how important Firmino is to the team. “Bobby is crucial for us,” he is [the] heart and soul of this team. “The way we played in the last few years was only possible because of Bobby. That’s why I’m really happy he could train the majority of the time here in the pre-season so far and everything looks really good. “I am absolutely fine and, for me, there’s no doubt about his quality. All the rest, we will see how this year goes, but yes, he is essential for us.” With Darwin Nunez new to the Premier League and essentially still very young in his Football career, the presence of someone like Firmino could be extremely important in getting the best out of the Uruguayan at Liverpool. In many ways, he couldn’t ask to learn from anyone better. View full article
  9. Jurgen Klopp has all but closed the door on any more incoming players during the summer transfer window. The Reds did their transfer dealing in a efficient fashion bringing in Darwin Nunez, Calvin Ramsey and Fabio Carvalho. There has been a fair bit of speculation linking the club to a number of midfielders but it has come to nothing with the manager saying on a number of occasions he is more than happy with the contingent that he has in that part of the pitch. And speaking to Sky Sports with the new season just a fortnight away, Klopp has confirmed that that is still the case. “Unless we have injuries or player sales no, we have our squad. Hopefully, there won't be any so Liverpool supporters can focus on other things. There has been discussion about who may be following Sadio Mane and Taki Minamino out the exit door but Klopp was keeping his cards very close to his chest in that regard. “I don't talk about these things you know that. Look at the results, not the process - don't forget!" However, the manager has been casting an eye on what Liverpool’s rivals have been doing in the summer transfer window and he says no matter how good you may be, it is important to freshen things up and keep the squad on their toes. “It was clear before that Tottenham were going in the right direction last season with their signings. Man City haven't just brought in players, they've given two to Arsenal and one to Chelsea. "We're in a similar situation where you can't always go with the same team. You need fresh blood and fresh legs. City are in a similar situation to us and we did it in a similar way. In the end, they will all have fantastic football players like we will. It's the question of who makes the most of it.” Despite Liverpool making three finals and pushing Man City all the way until the final few minutes of the League season, Klopp takes nothing for granted in Football and he has set a modest goal to tick off first and foremost. "The main target in this league first and foremost always is to qualify for the Champions League which is really difficult enough already. “When you reach that, and then there's still time to compete for the title, you do that. When you've qualified for it four, five years in a row people may not appreciate that anymore but it will be a massive fight for the Champions League places. "Everyone wants to win the Premier League but I have no idea who will make the race. We're looking to play the best possible season for us and we're really looking forward to it." While everyone associated with the club would have loved to have had a clean sweep of silverware last season, you get a sense that Klopp does not have regrets or focus on what has occurred in the past. "It ended how we liked it - it ended with a parade. We would've loved to celebrate even more. If there's anything good about losing is that there's always the next day. "If you're smart enough, you can pick up information about your defeat in order to do better and that's the plan. There was obvious disappointment in losing but I was over it pretty quickly. "The parade helped me massively and let's try it again. Nothing would be different had we won the league or the Champions League. I'd still be sat here wearing the same shirt and the same shorts. We'll try to use it and analyse it in the right way."
  10. Jurgen Klopp has all but closed the door on any more incoming players during the summer transfer window. The Reds did their transfer dealing in a efficient fashion bringing in Darwin Nunez, Calvin Ramsey and Fabio Carvalho. There has been a fair bit of speculation linking the club to a number of midfielders but it has come to nothing with the manager saying on a number of occasions he is more than happy with the contingent that he has in that part of the pitch. And speaking to Sky Sports with the new season just a fortnight away, Klopp has confirmed that that is still the case. “Unless we have injuries or player sales no, we have our squad. Hopefully, there won't be any so Liverpool supporters can focus on other things. There has been discussion about who may be following Sadio Mane and Taki Minamino out the exit door but Klopp was keeping his cards very close to his chest in that regard. “I don't talk about these things you know that. Look at the results, not the process - don't forget!" However, the manager has been casting an eye on what Liverpool’s rivals have been doing in the summer transfer window and he says no matter how good you may be, it is important to freshen things up and keep the squad on their toes. “It was clear before that Tottenham were going in the right direction last season with their signings. Man City haven't just brought in players, they've given two to Arsenal and one to Chelsea. "We're in a similar situation where you can't always go with the same team. You need fresh blood and fresh legs. City are in a similar situation to us and we did it in a similar way. In the end, they will all have fantastic football players like we will. It's the question of who makes the most of it.” Despite Liverpool making three finals and pushing Man City all the way until the final few minutes of the League season, Klopp takes nothing for granted in Football and he has set a modest goal to tick off first and foremost. "The main target in this league first and foremost always is to qualify for the Champions League which is really difficult enough already. “When you reach that, and then there's still time to compete for the title, you do that. When you've qualified for it four, five years in a row people may not appreciate that anymore but it will be a massive fight for the Champions League places. "Everyone wants to win the Premier League but I have no idea who will make the race. We're looking to play the best possible season for us and we're really looking forward to it." While everyone associated with the club would have loved to have had a clean sweep of silverware last season, you get a sense that Klopp does not have regrets or focus on what has occurred in the past. "It ended how we liked it - it ended with a parade. We would've loved to celebrate even more. If there's anything good about losing is that there's always the next day. "If you're smart enough, you can pick up information about your defeat in order to do better and that's the plan. There was obvious disappointment in losing but I was over it pretty quickly. "The parade helped me massively and let's try it again. Nothing would be different had we won the league or the Champions League. I'd still be sat here wearing the same shirt and the same shorts. We'll try to use it and analyse it in the right way." View full article
  11. Liverpool may have fallen short in their quest for another European Cup, but the aftermath has left a lasting impression on one of their young stars. In a campaign where the Reds pushed themselves to the very limit fighting on all four fronts, they ended it with a very respectable two trophies to add to a growing tally in the Jurgen Klopp era. Trying to put a brave face on after a bitter defeat is never easy and there was some doubts about how the general mood would be for a pre-planned parade celebrating the achievements of the team the day after the Champions League final. While there would be sets of fans across the country who would struggle to generate the enthusiasm needed for such a occasion, as we have seen over the years Liverpool fans are extremely unique in their love for their team. And for a relative newcomer like Ibrahima Konate, it completely took his breath away and something that will stay with him as he told the Official site. “When we started (the parade), for me it was already crazy, the first 20 minutes I was very happy. After, I enjoyed it a lot but I was a little bit tired. After one or two hours I spoke with Divock and Ox and they said, ‘What? Are you happy now? OK, wait, you will see.’ I said, ‘What will I see?’ “At the end, when we arrived in the city… [puffs out cheeks] I was really not ready for that. Oh my God. I will never forget this moment. “Maybe yes, one of the best days of my life because how you can do that; in my head I imagined if we [had] won the Champions League…! “It was a very, very great moment for me and my family and I hope we will enjoy it like that a lot of times with Liverpool.” As is the case with most new signings, Konate took time to find his feet and learn the tempo of a new league. Not a great deal was known about the 23 year-old when he signed from RB Leipzig, but as his confidence grew, his various strengths and personality came into play and by the end of the season, he was a firm fan favourite as well as a regular selection in the first X1. One of Konate’s main strengths is his physical build which allows his to outmuscle his opponent which is vital in a defensive sense, can be a real asset when it comes to attacking set-pieces as he showed in the latter part of last season with some really important goals in big games. He spoke about the words of wisdom that he got from none other than Thiago Alcantara. “It was good for the team, that’s more important. When I scored the first goal, after that I was confident. I hope this season I will score more than the last season. “I spoke about this one time with Thiago in training and he told me, ‘When you go you have to believe. You are strong, you are big, you have to go.’ I said, ‘Yes, this is a good word for me.’ And I did it.” For a younger player, the beauty about playing for a team like Liverpool is that there is no end of players who are happy to pass on some telling advice and in terms of central defenders, some of the best in World Football. Konate spoke about what is was like to play alongside Virgil Van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez. “For sure I improved a lot with him (Van Dijk). I improved with him because I learn about him, I look how he plays.“But not only him, I learn with also Matip and Joe because we play in the same position. Everybody knows Virg is the best defender in the world and I look a lot at how he plays, how he thinks, before the game he knows a lot of players. “I take inspiration from him and a lot of players in the world, but with him I have the chance to play with him and to train with him. I think it’s just the start and I hope year after year I will learn, learn, learn again. “I hope one day I will be like him or better one day. I hope!”
  12. Liverpool may have fallen short in their quest for another European Cup, but the aftermath has left a lasting impression on one of their young stars. In a campaign where the Reds pushed themselves to the very limit fighting on all four fronts, they ended it with a very respectable two trophies to add to a growing tally in the Jurgen Klopp era. Trying to put a brave face on after a bitter defeat is never easy and there was some doubts about how the general mood would be for a pre-planned parade celebrating the achievements of the team the day after the Champions League final. While there would be sets of fans across the country who would struggle to generate the enthusiasm needed for such a occasion, as we have seen over the years Liverpool fans are extremely unique in their love for their team. And for a relative newcomer like Ibrahima Konate, it completely took his breath away and something that will stay with him as he told the Official site. “When we started (the parade), for me it was already crazy, the first 20 minutes I was very happy. After, I enjoyed it a lot but I was a little bit tired. After one or two hours I spoke with Divock and Ox and they said, ‘What? Are you happy now? OK, wait, you will see.’ I said, ‘What will I see?’ “At the end, when we arrived in the city… [puffs out cheeks] I was really not ready for that. Oh my God. I will never forget this moment. “Maybe yes, one of the best days of my life because how you can do that; in my head I imagined if we [had] won the Champions League…! “It was a very, very great moment for me and my family and I hope we will enjoy it like that a lot of times with Liverpool.” As is the case with most new signings, Konate took time to find his feet and learn the tempo of a new league. Not a great deal was known about the 23 year-old when he signed from RB Leipzig, but as his confidence grew, his various strengths and personality came into play and by the end of the season, he was a firm fan favourite as well as a regular selection in the first X1. One of Konate’s main strengths is his physical build which allows his to outmuscle his opponent which is vital in a defensive sense, can be a real asset when it comes to attacking set-pieces as he showed in the latter part of last season with some really important goals in big games. He spoke about the words of wisdom that he got from none other than Thiago Alcantara. “It was good for the team, that’s more important. When I scored the first goal, after that I was confident. I hope this season I will score more than the last season. “I spoke about this one time with Thiago in training and he told me, ‘When you go you have to believe. You are strong, you are big, you have to go.’ I said, ‘Yes, this is a good word for me.’ And I did it.” For a younger player, the beauty about playing for a team like Liverpool is that there is no end of players who are happy to pass on some telling advice and in terms of central defenders, some of the best in World Football. Konate spoke about what is was like to play alongside Virgil Van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez. “For sure I improved a lot with him (Van Dijk). I improved with him because I learn about him, I look how he plays.“But not only him, I learn with also Matip and Joe because we play in the same position. Everybody knows Virg is the best defender in the world and I look a lot at how he plays, how he thinks, before the game he knows a lot of players. “I take inspiration from him and a lot of players in the world, but with him I have the chance to play with him and to train with him. I think it’s just the start and I hope year after year I will learn, learn, learn again. “I hope one day I will be like him or better one day. I hope!” View full article
  13. Curtis Jones is fit and extremely motivated to be a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield rotation for the upcoming season. The 21 year-old had a frustrating 2021/22 season where he showed flashes of his natural talent, but could not really get any momentum going due to a serious eye injury which saw him miss two months of action as well as a bout of bout of Covid. In all Jones made 27 appearances, 15 of which came in the Premier League and with pre-season action beginning in earnest for the Reds this week with two fixtures in Asia, the England U-21 international told the Official site that his main aim is to make a strong impression that will put him firmly in the plans of the manager. “I see that every time that I'm here or [with] any chance that I get. So game after game or season after season is big. "I'm ready now and I do think I have a bit of a point to prove. "[Last season] was up and down. There were games when I played and played well, got a couple of goals and a couple of assists. Of course, I want to add to that. "But then I was injured with the eye for five-and-a-half weeks and then I came back and got COVID and then picked up a smaller knock as well.” “It was up and down but now I'm ready." Being a unused substitute on FA Cup final day and missing out altogether for the League Cup triumph has Jones hungry in the quest of more honours in his own right. “Since I've been around the team, I've always been in semi-finals, finals and winning things, and last season we were in all four – it's perfect, I'd like that again. "And on a personal note, to go in the team, take my chance, keep my place in the team and, of course, score and assist more goals.” The addition of the versatile Fabio Carvalho brings more depth to the squad and Jones sees this only as a positive. "It's competition in midfield but I don't see it as that. I see him more as a teammate – kind of I help him and he helps me and then Hendo helps us or Thiago helps us. "It's competition in terms of a space but at the same time, it's like a friendly thing. There's no sort of, 'Ah, he's playing and I'm not and then I need to completely push him out of the way.' "It is that a little bit, of course, because you want to go out there and go and play, but I think the competition is alright and it's just a teammate thing."
  14. Curtis Jones is fit and extremely motivated to be a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield rotation for the upcoming season. The 21 year-old had a frustrating 2021/22 season where he showed flashes of his natural talent, but could not really get any momentum going due to a serious eye injury which saw him miss two months of action as well as a bout of bout of Covid. In all Jones made 27 appearances, 15 of which came in the Premier League and with pre-season action beginning in earnest for the Reds this week with two fixtures in Asia, the England U-21 international told the Official site that his main aim is to make a strong impression that will put him firmly in the plans of the manager. “I see that every time that I'm here or [with] any chance that I get. So game after game or season after season is big. "I'm ready now and I do think I have a bit of a point to prove. "[Last season] was up and down. There were games when I played and played well, got a couple of goals and a couple of assists. Of course, I want to add to that. "But then I was injured with the eye for five-and-a-half weeks and then I came back and got COVID and then picked up a smaller knock as well.” “It was up and down but now I'm ready." Being a unused substitute on FA Cup final day and missing out altogether for the League Cup triumph has Jones hungry in the quest of more honours in his own right. “Since I've been around the team, I've always been in semi-finals, finals and winning things, and last season we were in all four – it's perfect, I'd like that again. "And on a personal note, to go in the team, take my chance, keep my place in the team and, of course, score and assist more goals.” The addition of the versatile Fabio Carvalho brings more depth to the squad and Jones sees this only as a positive. "It's competition in midfield but I don't see it as that. I see him more as a teammate – kind of I help him and he helps me and then Hendo helps us or Thiago helps us. "It's competition in terms of a space but at the same time, it's like a friendly thing. There's no sort of, 'Ah, he's playing and I'm not and then I need to completely push him out of the way.' "It is that a little bit, of course, because you want to go out there and go and play, but I think the competition is alright and it's just a teammate thing." View full article
  15. After an extremely well deserved break, Liverpool will begin their pre-season in earnest this week with two fixtures against Premier League opposition. On Tuesday the Reds face Man United in Bangkok, and a few days later head to Singapore to face Crystal Palace. The reigning FA and League Cup holders have been their normal efficient themselves in getting their transfer business done. While they have lost a big member of the squad in Sadio Mane along with domestic cup specialist Taki Minamino, the hope is the addition of Darwin Nunez from Benfica will play a big part of future success. One of the most admirable and in some ways underrated aspects of the current club set-up is their ability to cast a eye to the future. When you are riding high in the table winning honours, it’s very easy to become complacent and live in the moment, with no pathway for what comes next. Among many things, that is something that has led to the downfall of Man United in the post Alex Ferguson era and Chelsea have lacked a future vision to some degree too. But Jurgen Klopp and his back room staff know that the planning for the next phase takes times and while signings like Calvin Ramsey from Aberdeen and Fabio Carvalho from Fulham might not be headline grabbing at this stage, they have the ability to grow and become vital pieces in time. The manager spoke to the Official site of his delight in adding the pair to the squad. “Fabio, wow, what a season he played with Fulham. Getting promoted [with a] football-playing [style], properly football-playing, is not easy. “So, Marco Silva obviously did an incredible job there, but a big part of that was absolutely Fabio. And Harry Wilson obviously, our former [player], and Neco [Williams] of course. “When we watched him it was a pure joy to watch him, absolutely. He can play so many different positions for us, the way we play. At the minute he’s not really set on one position – it’s the wing, it’s the eight, it’s the 10, it’s the false nine if he grows a few more muscles. “It’s a short-term and a long-term project; he can start tomorrow and he needs to adapt, you can see that a little bit, but when he has the ball that’s proper quality. I’m over the moon that he’s here. Fantastic prospect.” With the Scottish U/21 international, it is set to be a slower process with Klopp confirming that he is suffering from a slight injury which needs proper treatment. Nonetheless he is very excited about the skill-set of the 18 year-old. “Unfortunately, Calvin is now not training with us in the moment, he has a little injury. Nobody knew, we found it when he did his medical check. Until today he has no problems but the medical department tells us if we don’t take care for that now, he will have a problem in the future. “So, when you are that young then of course he has a long career ahead of him, so we are very responsible in these moments, so he didn’t train yet with the team but is doing a lot of fitness work. So, it will not take too long I think. “So I didn’t see him yet in training but everything we saw about him, we heard about him, I heard from him: a fantastic boy. And what a player he is, what he did for Aberdeen last year, absolutely exceptional. “In his age group and you know the things we need from a full-back, he is as close as it gets to the things we want and is still a kid. So we really expect a lot from him in the long term.”
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