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  1. Jurgen Klopp has downplayed any suggestion that Liverpool struggle to defeat their top six rivals away from home.In the first two months of Jurgen Klopp’s tenure, the Reds had recorded two fine victories away to Chelsea (3-1) and Man City(4-1).But in recent times, it has become more of a struggle.The Reds have picked up just the one victory from the last away 12 fixtures, which was a 2-1 victory away to Tottenham last September.It is a stat which caused some surprise for Klopp, but he says the pleasing thing was that the performances were to the level he liked.The Mirror reported Klopp as saying:“Performance-wise, that’s why it’s so surprising."There was one at Arsenal where we should have won when Virgil [van Dijk] had two no-brainers that he didn’t score, the header against the post.“Against Man City we lost last year but that is not a match you lose usually.“The margins at the end were so small with the ball not over the line." Klopp alluded to the fact that some of those fixtures were played when his team was at a significant disadvantage compared to the opposition.“We were always the [Premier League] club that was in the Champions League the longest.“We lost 1-0 at Chelsea two seasons ago when we came from a Champions League game and they were not involved anymore. That helps.“I don’t remember these specific away games but it was pretty rare that it was a performance that deserved to lose an away game.The manager said sticking to your own strengths is the most important thing when it comes to these big fixtures. “We cannot plan winning against a side like Chelsea, City, Tottenham, United.“You have to play how you play to deny their strengths and push through your strengths. Then you have a chance.“The last game we won at Tottenham was pretty early in the season. That makes it all different.“We played against Arsenal early in the season (the 4-3 win in 2016). It was one of the best games for a while and we did really well in that game. “So let’s just keep going and we will see what happens.“It is not an obvious problem.”
  2. Jurgen Klopp has downplayed any suggestion that Liverpool struggle to defeat their top six rivals away from home.In the first two months of Jurgen Klopp’s tenure, the Reds had recorded two fine victories away to Chelsea (3-1) and Man City(4-1).But in recent times, it has become more of a struggle.The Reds have picked up just the one victory from the last away 12 fixtures, which was a 2-1 victory away to Tottenham last September.It is a stat which caused some surprise for Klopp, but he says the pleasing thing was that the performances were to the level he liked.The Mirror reported Klopp as saying:“Performance-wise, that’s why it’s so surprising."There was one at Arsenal where we should have won when Virgil [van Dijk] had two no-brainers that he didn’t score, the header against the post.“Against Man City we lost last year but that is not a match you lose usually.“The margins at the end were so small with the ball not over the line." Klopp alluded to the fact that some of those fixtures were played when his team was at a significant disadvantage compared to the opposition.“We were always the [Premier League] club that was in the Champions League the longest.“We lost 1-0 at Chelsea two seasons ago when we came from a Champions League game and they were not involved anymore. That helps.“I don’t remember these specific away games but it was pretty rare that it was a performance that deserved to lose an away game.The manager said sticking to your own strengths is the most important thing when it comes to these big fixtures. “We cannot plan winning against a side like Chelsea, City, Tottenham, United.“You have to play how you play to deny their strengths and push through your strengths. Then you have a chance.“The last game we won at Tottenham was pretty early in the season. That makes it all different.“We played against Arsenal early in the season (the 4-3 win in 2016). It was one of the best games for a while and we did really well in that game. “So let’s just keep going and we will see what happens.“It is not an obvious problem.” View full article
  3. Former Man City captain Vincent Kompany believes his former club and Liverpool will be in a class of their own for the conceivable future.Kompany left the Premier League Champions after the last campaign to become a player/manager at Anderlecht. And he believes that the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal and Man United are not equipped to take the challenge up to the duo who produced a title race for the ages last season, and show no signs of slowing down in the early stages of this campaign.The Mirror reported Kompany as saying:“ My opinion is that, at the moment, it’s very difficult for the other clubs to compete because Liverpool and City are well-oiled machines.“Each player knows what to do. I think these guys are there to stay and the other ones will have to improve fast or otherwise that gap will remain.“It seems that even if they don’t have a great day, it’s still a comfortable game and there aren’t many teams in recent history who’ve been able to have comfortable games in the Premier League."These two teams have been so good at nullifying the danger from the other teams, I don’t see the other teams being able to do that yet.“City and Liverpool have a huge volume of games which you can expect them to win and that gives them a massive advantage when it comes to overall league tables. Despite believing that they are a cut above the rest, Kompany says you cannot take anything for granted in Football and any sign of a drop-off will be pounced upon.“ All I’m saying is it’s the reality of these two teams.“I think anybody could recognise they’re ahead, but nothing is granted or given. “If any of them drop their attention for one bit, the tables can turn, but I just don’t see any cracks.” View full article
  4. Former Man City captain Vincent Kompany believes his former club and Liverpool will be in a class of their own for the conceivable future.Kompany left the Premier League Champions after the last campaign to become a player/manager at Anderlecht. And he believes that the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal and Man United are not equipped to take the challenge up to the duo who produced a title race for the ages last season, and show no signs of slowing down in the early stages of this campaign.The Mirror reported Kompany as saying:“ My opinion is that, at the moment, it’s very difficult for the other clubs to compete because Liverpool and City are well-oiled machines.“Each player knows what to do. I think these guys are there to stay and the other ones will have to improve fast or otherwise that gap will remain.“It seems that even if they don’t have a great day, it’s still a comfortable game and there aren’t many teams in recent history who’ve been able to have comfortable games in the Premier League."These two teams have been so good at nullifying the danger from the other teams, I don’t see the other teams being able to do that yet.“City and Liverpool have a huge volume of games which you can expect them to win and that gives them a massive advantage when it comes to overall league tables. Despite believing that they are a cut above the rest, Kompany says you cannot take anything for granted in Football and any sign of a drop-off will be pounced upon.“ All I’m saying is it’s the reality of these two teams.“I think anybody could recognise they’re ahead, but nothing is granted or given. “If any of them drop their attention for one bit, the tables can turn, but I just don’t see any cracks.”
  5. Dejan Lovren has talked about the positive motivation of Jurgen Klopp that transpired during a uncertain last few months for the defender.It has been a challenging last 12 months for the Croatian, who has fallen from first choice Centre-Back to a clear fourth in the pecking order.It has led to some personal thoughts about what may be the best move for his career.Heavily linked with a move away in the summer, Lovren eventually stayed put after what he described as a good discussion with the manager.The Mirror (via Croatian publication Sportske Novotsi) reported the defender as saying:“ I feel relief the transfer window is closed. I got tired of reading and listening every day about me leaving or staying in Liverpool.“Everyone wrote 'Dejan is here, Dejan is there', and knew nothing! “It annoyed me. Lovren who was heavily linked to AC Milan and Roma in the past few months, admitted that he could have left the club that he loves. However he felt he still had something left to prove.“Yes, I did consider moving, I knew I gave my best for Liverpool, won CL and I am not kind of player that likes to be benched and earn money. “Some people around me advised me "What do you care, you are in big club, shut up take the money.“But I am not happy on the bench.”The 30 year-old was certainly grateful for the support that he received from the club, with the manager being on top of the list.“I feel very happy because all the time I felt LFC was by me, I respect that a lot. “ Klopp told me "Listen, buddy, you are top class player, we will not let you go on loan. We need you.“ I wanted to leave, it didn't happen, I was told Liverpool needs me and I accepted that.“Last week I spoke to Klopp again, he told me he understands me, knows I am not happy, but he also said "Look, now it is finished, I want you to reset your head, I find you important". Never one to display a lack of confidence, Lovren says he will be more than ready whenever he is called upon.“I am in my prime age, in great shape, mentally ready and you can not buy experience."
  6. Dejan Lovren has talked about the positive motivation of Jurgen Klopp that transpired during a uncertain last few months for the defender.It has been a challenging last 12 months for the Croatian, who has fallen from first choice Centre-Back to a clear fourth in the pecking order.It has led to some personal thoughts about what may be the best move for his career.Heavily linked with a move away in the summer, Lovren eventually stayed put after what he described as a good discussion with the manager.The Mirror (via Croatian publication Sportske Novotsi) reported the defender as saying:“ I feel relief the transfer window is closed. I got tired of reading and listening every day about me leaving or staying in Liverpool.“Everyone wrote 'Dejan is here, Dejan is there', and knew nothing! “It annoyed me. Lovren who was heavily linked to AC Milan and Roma in the past few months, admitted that he could have left the club that he loves. However he felt he still had something left to prove.“Yes, I did consider moving, I knew I gave my best for Liverpool, won CL and I am not kind of player that likes to be benched and earn money. “Some people around me advised me "What do you care, you are in big club, shut up take the money.“But I am not happy on the bench.”The 30 year-old was certainly grateful for the support that he received from the club, with the manager being on top of the list.“I feel very happy because all the time I felt LFC was by me, I respect that a lot. “ Klopp told me "Listen, buddy, you are top class player, we will not let you go on loan. We need you.“ I wanted to leave, it didn't happen, I was told Liverpool needs me and I accepted that.“Last week I spoke to Klopp again, he told me he understands me, knows I am not happy, but he also said "Look, now it is finished, I want you to reset your head, I find you important". Never one to display a lack of confidence, Lovren says he will be more than ready whenever he is called upon.“I am in my prime age, in great shape, mentally ready and you can not buy experience." View full article
  7. Luis Suarez has opened up on the pain that he and his Barcelona teammates felt in the aftermath of their dramatic collapse in the second leg of the Champions League semi final tie against Liverpool.The once-adored Reds striker turned public enemy number one, due to his antagonising antics throughout the two legs which included a running battle with Andy Robertson who did not take a backward step throughout.Speaking publicly on the unforgettable Anfield night for the first time, the Uruguayan gave a fascinating insight into the aftermath.The Mirror (via Fox Sports Argentina) reported Suarez as saying:“It was days, weeks, that we who loved to take the kids to school, football, activities, we suffered ... I did not want to leave from home after losing.“It was very complicated. I really had a bad time, like most of my team-mates. “We had already learned the previous year that we could have such a 3-0 result in our favour, but football has that. Suarez said that the outstanding frenzied atmosphere that the Anfield crowd was able to generate that night played a major part in the events that followed.The star striker also admitted that a sense of fear rapidly spread amongst the visitors, and the Catalan giants simply couldn’t cope with what they were up against. “We knew how Anfield was going to be and how tight the stadium was, I told the teammates and everything."It is not necessary to take away merits from Liverpool, which pushed the fans.“In five minutes they had two situations, at 15 minutes they already won and that enters you, it generates a nervousness.“Then you see that a teammate loses the ball, another loses two more balls, and that leads you to an awkward situation until in the second half it goes out as it came out.“The Champions League has that, if you go out 30 seconds relaxed, they pass you by. “At the group, institutional level and as a human being this kind of defeat is suffered."It is a night that still gives any Liverpool fan goosebumps as well as putting a beaming smile on their face.And it makes it all the better to read the kind of impact it had on our opposition. Football is a game played above the shoulders, just as much as what talent you may possess on the pitch.If you enter a game with a wrong attitude, you are going to pay the ultimate price.If we are to meet Barcelona again in the near future, having any kind of psychological advantage can be priceless.
  8. Luis Suarez has opened up on the pain that he and his Barcelona teammates felt in the aftermath of their dramatic collapse in the second leg of the Champions League semi final tie against Liverpool.The once-adored Reds striker turned public enemy number one, due to his antagonising antics throughout the two legs which included a running battle with Andy Robertson who did not take a backward step throughout.Speaking publicly on the unforgettable Anfield night for the first time, the Uruguayan gave a fascinating insight into the aftermath.The Mirror (via Fox Sports Argentina) reported Suarez as saying:“It was days, weeks, that we who loved to take the kids to school, football, activities, we suffered ... I did not want to leave from home after losing.“It was very complicated. I really had a bad time, like most of my team-mates. “We had already learned the previous year that we could have such a 3-0 result in our favour, but football has that. Suarez said that the outstanding frenzied atmosphere that the Anfield crowd was able to generate that night played a major part in the events that followed.The star striker also admitted that a sense of fear rapidly spread amongst the visitors, and the Catalan giants simply couldn’t cope with what they were up against. “We knew how Anfield was going to be and how tight the stadium was, I told the teammates and everything."It is not necessary to take away merits from Liverpool, which pushed the fans.“In five minutes they had two situations, at 15 minutes they already won and that enters you, it generates a nervousness.“Then you see that a teammate loses the ball, another loses two more balls, and that leads you to an awkward situation until in the second half it goes out as it came out.“The Champions League has that, if you go out 30 seconds relaxed, they pass you by. “At the group, institutional level and as a human being this kind of defeat is suffered."It is a night that still gives any Liverpool fan goosebumps as well as putting a beaming smile on their face.And it makes it all the better to read the kind of impact it had on our opposition. Football is a game played above the shoulders, just as much as what talent you may possess on the pitch.If you enter a game with a wrong attitude, you are going to pay the ultimate price.If we are to meet Barcelona again in the near future, having any kind of psychological advantage can be priceless. View full article
  9. Jordan Henderson is a fan of having competitive tension within the Liverpool squad as it helps push them to the next level.The footage of Sadio Mané gesticulating furiously when he was substituted late in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Burnley was one of major talking points from Saturday’s action.The Senegal star was annoyed by the decision of Mo Salah to go it alone rather than lay it off to him in a more central position where he had a fair bit of open space.Henderson who had come off a few minutes before Mané gave a first hand description of what occurred and said it was all quickly forgotten. The Mirror reported the skipper as saying:“ I couldn’t really understand at first, but then when he came in (to the change room) he was laughing and joking.“ The most important thing was we got the result, Sadio knows that and is fine now, he’s a great lad.“He performed really well again. “Him and Bobby were really big in winning the second ball. He had a fantastic game.Henderson believes there is nothing wrong with having that kind of open animation that Mané displayed on Saturday within the squad. “That’s just us pushing each other all the time. I think that’s important. “We all want to do better, we all want to improve, but we’re really close and I think we can deal with that.”“ I quite like that now and again. I think we need it.”
  10. Jordan Henderson is a fan of having competitive tension within the Liverpool squad as it helps push them to the next level.The footage of Sadio Mané gesticulating furiously when he was substituted late in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Burnley was one of major talking points from Saturday’s action.The Senegal star was annoyed by the decision of Mo Salah to go it alone rather than lay it off to him in a more central position where he had a fair bit of open space.Henderson who had come off a few minutes before Mané gave a first hand description of what occurred and said it was all quickly forgotten. The Mirror reported the skipper as saying:“ I couldn’t really understand at first, but then when he came in (to the change room) he was laughing and joking.“ The most important thing was we got the result, Sadio knows that and is fine now, he’s a great lad.“He performed really well again. “Him and Bobby were really big in winning the second ball. He had a fantastic game.Henderson believes there is nothing wrong with having that kind of open animation that Mané displayed on Saturday within the squad. “That’s just us pushing each other all the time. I think that’s important. “We all want to do better, we all want to improve, but we’re really close and I think we can deal with that.”“ I quite like that now and again. I think we need it.” View full article
  11. Andy Robertson has paid Roberto Firmino the ultimate tribute by saying that his presence is vital to the success of the squad.The exceptionally hard working forward ticked off on personal landmark against Burnley when he scored his 50th Premier League goal for the Reds.In the process, he became the first Brazilian to pass the half century doing so in his 141st game for the club.The definition of a perfect teammate is doing ‘the little things’ that may not always make the highlight reel, but is very highly thought of by teammates.Robertson certainly recognises this and Sky Sports reported the Left Back as saying:"With his work rate, his technique, his goals and his all-round play, I don't think there's anyone like him.“He’s our first line of defence and I’ve not seen anybody better at doing that.“He presses defenders and doesn’t give them a minute. "People will say there are better strikers, but for me what he does is so important to our team. “We'd be lost without him. He's world class. There is long held view that while every top team needs a quality striker, they can be one dimensional if things do not go their way in front of goal.However that is certainly not the case with Firmino as Robertson says.“He does everything, and that's the beauty of Bobby. “He comes back and nicks the ball in midfield for us.“The work he puts in during games is probably more than any other striker in the world.“He’s so important defensively for us, then he goes up the park and scores goals and makes assists.Another recognition of the importance of the role that Firmino plays comes from Gini Wijnaldum as Jurgen Klopp recollects.“I remember when we played at Barcelona and Gini played that position, Gini’s sitting in the dressing room saying ‘what the heck are you doing in that position? “It’s unbelievable! It’s so intense.“That’s probably the biggest respect you can get, when someone plays in your position and says that.”
  12. Andy Robertson has paid Roberto Firmino the ultimate tribute by saying that his presence is vital to the success of the squad.The exceptionally hard working forward ticked off on personal landmark against Burnley when he scored his 50th Premier League goal for the Reds.In the process, he became the first Brazilian to pass the half century doing so in his 141st game for the club.The definition of a perfect teammate is doing ‘the little things’ that may not always make the highlight reel, but is very highly thought of by teammates.Robertson certainly recognises this and Sky Sports reported the Left Back as saying:"With his work rate, his technique, his goals and his all-round play, I don't think there's anyone like him.“He’s our first line of defence and I’ve not seen anybody better at doing that.“He presses defenders and doesn’t give them a minute. "People will say there are better strikers, but for me what he does is so important to our team. “We'd be lost without him. He's world class. There is long held view that while every top team needs a quality striker, they can be one dimensional if things do not go their way in front of goal.However that is certainly not the case with Firmino as Robertson says.“He does everything, and that's the beauty of Bobby. “He comes back and nicks the ball in midfield for us.“The work he puts in during games is probably more than any other striker in the world.“He’s so important defensively for us, then he goes up the park and scores goals and makes assists.Another recognition of the importance of the role that Firmino plays comes from Gini Wijnaldum as Jurgen Klopp recollects.“I remember when we played at Barcelona and Gini played that position, Gini’s sitting in the dressing room saying ‘what the heck are you doing in that position? “It’s unbelievable! It’s so intense.“That’s probably the biggest respect you can get, when someone plays in your position and says that.” View full article
  13. Trent Alexander-Arnold has lavished praise on his teammates after their 3-0 win over Burnley on Saturday evening.The victory was the Reds 13th straight league win in a row which is a club record and the right-back says it is a credit to the whole squad.The Official site (via Sky Sports) reported the English international as saying:“We want to be setting records, we want to be doing good things. It’s always a good sign when you’re setting records for the club.“It’s an unbelievable side we’ve got, we’re winning an unbelievable amount of games. We’ve really started the way we ended last season, winning all our games.“Hopefully we keep that rhythm up and, touch wood, stay injury-free over the internationals then come back and we’ve got a tough game that weekend. That’s what the manager will focus on.”The Reds were set on their way by a Alexander-Arnold strike which deflected off Chris Wood, deceiving Nick Pope in the Burnley goal. It was credited as an own goal to the Burnley striker, and while Jurgen Klopp was stunned when told post match, Alexander-Arnold was not worried in the slightest. “I’m not too fussed about whether it’s my goal or an own goal. It doesn’t matter, it’s all about the team and winning the game. “Obviously I’m just trying to create chances for the team.“We’ve got a bit of luck with the deflection but at the end of the day a goal is a goal and not one of us will complain.Alexander Arnold was more thrilled in the character of the side coming up against an opposition who are very difficult to play against due to their physicality and direct football.“The most important thing was to come here and get the win and top it off with a clean sheet, our first one this season. Hopefully that gets the ball running with them.“It was always going to be tough coming here, it always is for us.“We saw the game out really well, we defended the long balls unbelievably.“We’re made up with how we’ve done; we performed really well, we did what we wanted to do and I don’t think they made too many clear-cut chances against us, we really shut them out.” View full article
  14. Trent Alexander-Arnold has lavished praise on his teammates after their 3-0 win over Burnley on Saturday evening.The victory was the Reds 13th straight league win in a row which is a club record and the right-back says it is a credit to the whole squad.The Official site (via Sky Sports) reported the English international as saying:“We want to be setting records, we want to be doing good things. It’s always a good sign when you’re setting records for the club.“It’s an unbelievable side we’ve got, we’re winning an unbelievable amount of games. We’ve really started the way we ended last season, winning all our games.“Hopefully we keep that rhythm up and, touch wood, stay injury-free over the internationals then come back and we’ve got a tough game that weekend. That’s what the manager will focus on.”The Reds were set on their way by a Alexander-Arnold strike which deflected off Chris Wood, deceiving Nick Pope in the Burnley goal. It was credited as an own goal to the Burnley striker, and while Jurgen Klopp was stunned when told post match, Alexander-Arnold was not worried in the slightest. “I’m not too fussed about whether it’s my goal or an own goal. It doesn’t matter, it’s all about the team and winning the game. “Obviously I’m just trying to create chances for the team.“We’ve got a bit of luck with the deflection but at the end of the day a goal is a goal and not one of us will complain.Alexander Arnold was more thrilled in the character of the side coming up against an opposition who are very difficult to play against due to their physicality and direct football.“The most important thing was to come here and get the win and top it off with a clean sheet, our first one this season. Hopefully that gets the ball running with them.“It was always going to be tough coming here, it always is for us.“We saw the game out really well, we defended the long balls unbelievably.“We’re made up with how we’ve done; we performed really well, we did what we wanted to do and I don’t think they made too many clear-cut chances against us, we really shut them out.”
  15. Liverpool have claimed another club record under the tenure of Jurgen Klopp as they registered their 13th straight league win, 3-0 against Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday evening.Playing the Clarets on their own turf is never a easy task, but the Reds produced a professional performance.The goals came courtesy of a Trent Alexander-Arnold strike which ricocheted of the shoulder of Chris Wood and was credited as a own goal for the Burnley striker.Sadio Mané and a 50th Premier League strike from Roberto Firmino (the first Brazilian to do so) rounded out the scoring for the European Champions and kept their 100% record, the only team in all four divisions in England to hold that mantle.A proud Jurgen Klopp spoke to Sky Sports after the game about the continued top performances of his side."Very early when I came in, I told everyone that we want to create our own history and that is what the boys do week in, week out.“ The intensity we put into games is unbelievable. I can ask for a lot but still the boys have to deliver, and they do.“We were brilliant, there were so many 50-50 situations because of the long balls but we played early balls in behind as well. “In moments we played really, really good football. Everything was there.“ We were a bit lucky with the own goal, but we forced that situation. The manager knew that his defence would have to be at their best due to the physical nature of the way Burnley’s front pairing of Wood and Ashley Barnes play, but they more than passed the test.“We controlled the game as much as you can because Wood and (Ashley) Barnes fight so hard, and we defended it really well.“We were aggressive but gave away no fouls, we worked our socks off. You have to show the respect for the opponent with the attitude you put in."One of the main talking points didn't come on the pitch but off it, involving a very agitated Mane after he was substituted.His frustration was not directed towards Klopp, but to Mo Salah who the Senegal star felt should have passed him the ball in open space during a passage in the second half, rather than take the shot on himself where he was in tight confines. However Klopp played down any sign of tension in the ranks. “ Sadio is an emotional guy, it's good, we are all individuals."Something went not like he wanted, it is not the substitution. “Would he do it in exactly the same manner again? "Probably not, but it happens. Nothing happened, he didn't say any wrong words.“We will clarify it, as we always do, in the dressing room."A international break now takes place, but Klopp is hoping that does not kill any of the momentum as his side faces a challenging period of games.“We want to have them all healthy back for what will be an unbelievably intense run of five away games and one home game.“We have a lot to travel and a lot of things to do, but if we play like today with the same attitude, we have a good chance to win more games." View full article
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