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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. Simon Mignolet has spoken about the pride he had in representing Liverpool Football Club.While the goalkeeper was a somewhat maligned figure by fans and critics, inside the four walls of Melwood, he was unanimously admired by the manager and teammates alike.In a wide ranging interview with the Official site, the veteran who made over 200 appearances over six seasons, admitted there had been some difficult moments in his time at the Reds, but the good times are what he will remember with true happiness."Spending six years here, I wouldn’t have thought that was going to be the case when I started. So I’m happy about that, it’s been a great ride, with ups and downs as in any career, but I’ll only treasure the great memories and there are plenty of them."Obviously winning the Champions League, ranks as the highest. "That is why you come to Liverpool, to win trophies, so even though I didn’t feature I felt part of the team and I think the squad recognised as well my importance there in trying to push the team on to win that medal. "To do that was the best but there were other great moments also.Mignolet said the opportunity to be a Number one keeper again was a key reason why he signed for Club Brugge."Well over the last few years now I always thought and said that I want to be playing again, that I want to be back on the pitch. "They were the team that wanted me the most, that pushed the most to come and get me. "Like yesterday, I played the game and although it was a Champions League qualifier vs first leg(vs Dynamo Kiev) and you can’t really say it’s already won, I was on the pitch and kept a clean sheet. "We won 1-0 and the feeling afterwards, that’s what I wanted again. " That’s why we are football players, to have that feeling again [and] to be not only important in the dressing room and being professional and pushing the lads on - I wanted to be important again on the pitch and that’s the opportunity I’ve got now, and that’s why I grasped it with my two hands.While the Belgian has departed the Reds, the club will not be too far from his mind." I’ve always done that with my old teams. Sunderland and Sint-Truiden as well, I still follow the results on a weekly basis."I just have a look and see how they did, what the score was, and the Premier League I will always follow and will give a special vibe to my ex-teammates.The 31 year-old also believes that this squad has what it takes to pick up plenty more silverware in the seasons ahead." I think the experience of winning a trophy can only push them forward, make them even more hungry to win the next one and be eager to win the next one."With the quality inside this dressing room, I don’t think you have to be afraid. You have to challenge for every single thing – Premier League, League Cup, FA Cup and, of course, in Europe – and I’m sure they will do that."Finally, Mignolet spoke about what his lasting memory will be of the club and the impact that the fans have."It's a big family, It’s a big club in the world, the biggest thing that always struck me the most is when you go abroad and see how the club is being followed. "Not only with the performances on the pitch but also the connection around it, the support it gets, the following it gets. I saw that again in America when I was there and that’s really special." To the fans I say, just stay who you are, basically! It’s [the message is] fairly easy. "I think if they can continue the support that they do at this moment in time and how they have been over the last few years then I’m sure more trophies will follow and the team will only perform better because of that." Thanks Mig for your service and good luck at your new club. 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. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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."
  9. 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.
  10. Liverpool have strongly refuted claims made by the agent of exciting youngster Bobby Duncan.Saif Rubie is the representative of Duncan and outlined a catalogue of issues regarding Duncan, with one of the startling claims stating that he had been kept at the Reds against his will.The Dubai-based Rubie who has looked after Kolo Toure and former Chelsea and West Ham manager Avram Grant in the past, claimed in a long statement on Twitter that the striker would never play for Liverpool again and was suffering from mental health issues.Rubie strongly criticised the sporting director Michael Edwards and was angry that the club refused loan moves to Fiorentina and Danish club FC Nordsjaelland.“For a player with zero first team experience, no clubs were prepared to pay an outright reasonable fee for a player they got for £200,000 last summer.“With that in mind we have been able to find clubs that were ready to take Bobby on a season-long loan with a option to buy for amounts of £1.5million upwards which is a great return for the club on a player who will never play for the Liverpool first team and who doesn’t want to be there.“The club and Michael Edwards specifically made it clear that that kind of deal wouldn’t work.“So then myself and my team worked even harder and managed to get a deal on the table for a loan with an obligation to buy after five starts with a higher transfer fee than before and a sell-on to Liverpool.“Putting all of that aside, the real reason Bobby missed the Under-23 game (against Southampton) on Monday is because he has suffered some deep mental health issues with all the stress the club has put him under. “Stress of being told he can leave but then going out of their way to force him to stay against his will.“Not only is he on a very small salary but he also has one season left on his contract after this one and Liverpool have flatly said he will not get a new one. “Bobby has not left his room for four days because of this and will never go back to Liverpool again and my only concern now is his mental health and well being.“This is not really dignified behaviour from a club with the rich history of Liverpool and one who one of their greatest ever players Steven Gerrard happens to be Bobby’s cousin.“It’s a sad state of afford that a club such as a Liverpool can be allowed to get away with destroying the life of a young man such as Bobby.” Understandably the club came out with all guns blazing and put out this statement as reported by the Liverpool Echo.“Liverpool Football Club is aware of and disappointed by the unattributed comments and unfounded allegations that have been made in the media regarding one of our players.“As the interests of the player in question are not best served by either inaccurate speculation, inflammatory statements or public discourse, we will be making no further comment.“ We will, however, continue our efforts to work privately with the player to find resolution in the best interests of all involved."Duncan is a supreme poacher at the under age level where he scored 32 goals for the U/18s in all competitions last season, and previously broke many records when on the books of former club Man City. is just a sad and sorry situation all round and let us hope it has a satisfactory conclusion. 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.” View full article
  12. 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
  13. 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.”
  14. 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.”
  15. 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.”
  16. 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
  17. 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."
  18. 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
  19. Jurgen Klopp has downplayed any concerns that there is any friction between himself and Xherdan Shaqiri and believes that the Swiss star will play a valuable part in the weeks ahead.The 27 year-old has been on the fringes of the squad in the early part of this campaign.The attacking midfielder has not played a minute in the opening three league games, with his only action coming in the Community Shield against Man City where he came on as a late substitute.It comes on the back of Shaqiri playing minimal minutes in the tail end of last season despite having a great stretch of form around the festive period.The lack of minutes for Shaqiri led to the presumption that the popular figure was on the outer, however Jurgen Klopp says that is not the case. The Liverpool Echo reported Klopp as saying Shaq is training well.“That's the first four weeks of the season, that's the situation, that's how it is.“That's probably the hardest period for players who are not yet (playing). (There was) an injury for Shaq as well (in the summer).“In training, Shaq doesn't have to improve in any way if he can keep the level he is doing at the moment. It's not about that.“Of course he can improve, everybody can improve, but he doesn't have to show anything special.“And we will need him. He knows that 100%.Klopp admitted that Shaqiri was likely to be frustrated at this present time, but that is only normal in terms of a player that wants to play as much as he can.“Is he the happiest player in the squad at the moment? I don't think so. “Can I see that on the training pitch? No.“He is in a good mood and training hard, doing what he has to do and is ready for the moment when he has to help the team on the pitch.”
  20. Jurgen Klopp has downplayed any concerns that there is any friction between himself and Xherdan Shaqiri and believes that the Swiss star will play a valuable part in the weeks ahead.The 27 year-old has been on the fringes of the squad in the early part of this campaign.The attacking midfielder has not played a minute in the opening three league games, with his only action coming in the Community Shield against Man City where he came on as a late substitute.It comes on the back of Shaqiri playing minimal minutes in the tail end of last season despite having a great stretch of form around the festive period.The lack of minutes for Shaqiri led to the presumption that the popular figure was on the outer, however Jurgen Klopp says that is not the case. The Liverpool Echo reported Klopp as saying Shaq is training well.“That's the first four weeks of the season, that's the situation, that's how it is.“That's probably the hardest period for players who are not yet (playing). (There was) an injury for Shaq as well (in the summer).“In training, Shaq doesn't have to improve in any way if he can keep the level he is doing at the moment. It's not about that.“Of course he can improve, everybody can improve, but he doesn't have to show anything special.“And we will need him. He knows that 100%.Klopp admitted that Shaqiri was likely to be frustrated at this present time, but that is only normal in terms of a player that wants to play as much as he can.“Is he the happiest player in the squad at the moment? I don't think so. “Can I see that on the training pitch? No.“He is in a good mood and training hard, doing what he has to do and is ready for the moment when he has to help the team on the pitch.” View full article
  21. Virgil Van Dijk was given due recognition for his outstanding body of work over the past 12 months when he won the UEFA Men’s player of the year for 2019.The big Dutchman who has been a colossal figure in the heart of the Liverpool defence since arriving from Southampton, claimed the award in a select field ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.The margin of victory for Van Dijk was substantial as he tallied 305 points which was 98 ahead of Messi while Ronaldo was a distant third of 74 points.Sadio Mane and Mo Salah followed with 51 and 49 points respectively.The award is voted by the managers of the 32 Champions League and 48 Europa League clubs, along with 55 journalists from the member associations of UEFA.The Ballon D’Or is awarded on similar lines, this time international coaches, captains and journalists give their vote.While you can take nothing in life for granted, judging by the margin of victory for this award, there is a fair chance that ‘big Virg’ will be adding to his individual honours list in December.Speaking after the ceremony, the Official site(via UEFA) reported Van Dijk as saying:”(It feels] Fantastic. It’s been a great year and obviously, to get recognition for what we did last year is stunning.“It’s down to everyone at Liverpool, everyone that is helping me along the way as well so it’s great”Van Dijk also reflected on his personal journey to this special moment.“It's been a long road but that's part of my journey, it's part of who I am.“I needed it like this, I'm not a player who was 18 years old and had that rise straight away.“ I had to work hard for every step of the way – that's part of me and I'm very happy about that.“I'm very proud to get this trophy and it's all credit to everyone that's helped me along the way.” Jurgen Klopp was understandably delighted for his defender.“Brilliant! It’s really big. I wanted to call him immediately but he had to go on stage. “I’m so happy for him; I’m happy for us as well because he knows that without the boys around him, he cannot win that prize. “It’s a prize for all of us – but we send our big man there to get it. It’s big. It’s really rare for a defender. It’s such important information for football, such an important sign for football. “Yes, we all love goals – we want to score them and see them – but more and more and more people get excited about defending. “Virg is an exceptional defender, in the moment 100 per cent the best defender in the world, so he deserves that prize absolutely. “It’s now the icing on the cake of the Champions League campaign last year. It’s really big and I’m completely happy for him and his family."It was not the only award for Van Dijk on the evening as he picked up the Champions League Defender of the season while Alisson was selected as the best goalkeeper. View full article
  22. Virgil Van Dijk was given due recognition for his outstanding body of work over the past 12 months when he won the UEFA Men’s player of the year for 2019.The big Dutchman who has been a colossal figure in the heart of the Liverpool defence since arriving from Southampton, claimed the award in a select field ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.The margin of victory for Van Dijk was substantial as he tallied 305 points which was 98 ahead of Messi while Ronaldo was a distant third of 74 points.Sadio Mane and Mo Salah followed with 51 and 49 points respectively.The award is voted by the managers of the 32 Champions League and 48 Europa League clubs, along with 55 journalists from the member associations of UEFA.The Ballon D’Or is awarded on similar lines, this time international coaches, captains and journalists give their vote.While you can take nothing in life for granted, judging by the margin of victory for this award, there is a fair chance that ‘big Virg’ will be adding to his individual honours list in December.Speaking after the ceremony, the Official site(via UEFA) reported Van Dijk as saying:”(It feels] Fantastic. It’s been a great year and obviously, to get recognition for what we did last year is stunning.“It’s down to everyone at Liverpool, everyone that is helping me along the way as well so it’s great”Van Dijk also reflected on his personal journey to this special moment.“It's been a long road but that's part of my journey, it's part of who I am.“I needed it like this, I'm not a player who was 18 years old and had that rise straight away.“ I had to work hard for every step of the way – that's part of me and I'm very happy about that.“I'm very proud to get this trophy and it's all credit to everyone that's helped me along the way.” Jurgen Klopp was understandably delighted for his defender.“Brilliant! It’s really big. I wanted to call him immediately but he had to go on stage. “I’m so happy for him; I’m happy for us as well because he knows that without the boys around him, he cannot win that prize. “It’s a prize for all of us – but we send our big man there to get it. It’s big. It’s really rare for a defender. It’s such important information for football, such an important sign for football. “Yes, we all love goals – we want to score them and see them – but more and more and more people get excited about defending. “Virg is an exceptional defender, in the moment 100 per cent the best defender in the world, so he deserves that prize absolutely. “It’s now the icing on the cake of the Champions League campaign last year. It’s really big and I’m completely happy for him and his family."It was not the only award for Van Dijk on the evening as he picked up the Champions League Defender of the season while Alisson was selected as the best goalkeeper.
  23. Liverpool have strongly refuted claims made by the agent of exciting youngster Bobby Duncan.Saif Rubie is the representative of Duncan and outlined a catalogue of issues regarding Duncan, with one of the startling claims stating that he had been kept at the Reds against his will.The Dubai-based Rubie who has looked after Kolo Toure and former Chelsea and West Ham manager Avram Grant in the past, claimed in a long statement on Twitter that the striker would never play for Liverpool again and was suffering from mental health issues.Rubie strongly criticised the sporting director Michael Edwards and was angry that the club refused loan moves to Fiorentina and Danish club FC Nordsjaelland.“For a player with zero first team experience, no clubs were prepared to pay an outright reasonable fee for a player they got for £200,000 last summer.“With that in mind we have been able to find clubs that were ready to take Bobby on a season-long loan with a option to buy for amounts of £1.5million upwards which is a great return for the club on a player who will never play for the Liverpool first team and who doesn’t want to be there.“The club and Michael Edwards specifically made it clear that that kind of deal wouldn’t work.“So then myself and my team worked even harder and managed to get a deal on the table for a loan with an obligation to buy after five starts with a higher transfer fee than before and a sell-on to Liverpool.“Putting all of that aside, the real reason Bobby missed the Under-23 game (against Southampton) on Monday is because he has suffered some deep mental health issues with all the stress the club has put him under. “Stress of being told he can leave but then going out of their way to force him to stay against his will.“Not only is he on a very small salary but he also has one season left on his contract after this one and Liverpool have flatly said he will not get a new one. “Bobby has not left his room for four days because of this and will never go back to Liverpool again and my only concern now is his mental health and well being.“This is not really dignified behaviour from a club with the rich history of Liverpool and one who one of their greatest ever players Steven Gerrard happens to be Bobby’s cousin.“It’s a sad state of afford that a club such as a Liverpool can be allowed to get away with destroying the life of a young man such as Bobby.” Understandably the club came out with all guns blazing and put out this statement as reported by the Liverpool Echo.“Liverpool Football Club is aware of and disappointed by the unattributed comments and unfounded allegations that have been made in the media regarding one of our players.“As the interests of the player in question are not best served by either inaccurate speculation, inflammatory statements or public discourse, we will be making no further comment.“ We will, however, continue our efforts to work privately with the player to find resolution in the best interests of all involved."Duncan is a supreme poacher at the under age level where he scored 32 goals for the U/18s in all competitions last season, and previously broke many records when on the books of former club Man City. is just a sad and sorry situation all round and let us hope it has a satisfactory conclusion.
  24. As speculation continues to swirl on whether Jurgen Klopp will stay on as Liverpool manager past his current contract, there is one former player who feels there is a perfect candidate.Jerzy Dudek believes his former captain Steven Gerrard is destined to take over the Anfield hot seat, despite being incredibly surprised that he walked down the managerial path.The Scottish Herald (via Polish publication Przeglad Sortowy) reported the 2005 Champions League hero as saying:“I was with Steven in the Liverpool dressing room for many years and. I must admit I was amazed he became a manager so quickly after finishing playing.“I spent a lot of time with him in private too and not once did he ever mention to me he wanted to become a manager.“He is ideally suited to it because he was a great leader and as a captain, he brilliantly managed our dressing room. "But honestly, I would have laughed at you if you told me he wanted to be a manager. Dudek paid tribute to Gerrard for taking up the Rangers position who were a long way from their trophy laden past.“It wasn't an obvious choice because he took on a really difficult task. “Rangers were just getting out of financial problems, they had uncertainty at board level and were just returning to the top league.“But his development has been rapid because no one expected that and he has exceeded expectations. The goalkeeper believes Gerrard who has guided Rangers to a unbeaten start in the new campaign, is the man to take over from the current manager. “When I was in Liverpool recently, it was no secret that Steven is the main man and indeed, only candidate for replacing Klopp when he decides his time at Anfield is over.“Everyone knows that sooner or later the great captain will return."As it has been said a number of times, Jurgen is the only person who knows when it will be the right time to depart.It is never easy to follow a manager who leaves a tremendous legacy and you only have to look at Man United as proof of that.Stevie still has a bit to prove as a manager which he will readily admit, but if he does orchestrate a powershift in Glasgow in the next few seasons, then he will certainly have a strong case.But for the time being, let’s just continue to enjoy having the best manager in Europe in charge of our great club. View full article
  25. Jamie Carragher believes that Joel Matip is firming as being Virgil Van Dijk’s long term partner in the heart of the Liverpool defence.As someone who knows the position like the back of his hand, Carragher has been greatly impressed with what he has seen from the Cameroon International since he took possession of the role in the early part of 2019. The Mirror(via Sky Sports) reported Carragher as saying:“ I think this fella [Matip], because you're alongside Virgil van Dijk, he doesn't get talked about a lot. “That's normal, the other fella next to him is a superstar."But I couldn't believe he didn't start the season And his performances at the back end of last season were outstanding. “And actually when he's come in I think he's actually made a difference to Liverpool.“Obviously Joe Gomez can play right-back or centre-back, but for me at this moment it looks a bit more solid with Matip in there. “He should be [first choice]. I think he is right now. Just like any good team, competition for places is fierce and Carragher believes it is a healthy problem for Jurgen Klopp to have. “ You need that within a squad. “ I always feel in a team there should be seven or eight absolute starters who know they are playing as soon as they are fit and everyone knows they are playing, and there should always be three or four positions up for grabs.“In this Liverpool team there are three or four positions up for grabs – the centre-back position and probably the centre-midfield positions either side of Fabinho.He also believes the midfield three can be interchangeable but the front three are in a class of their own."The players who have got the shirt now [Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum] are first choice but you could easily see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain going in there, Naby Keita when he's fit, James Milner.“And the front three naturally picks itself.” View full article
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