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  1. Jurgen Klopp has once again discussed the possibility of Adam Lallana moving into the No. 6 role after being impressed with his performances in the position so far in the pre-season.Klopp is a unabashed fan of Lallana, and once again waxed lyrical over the credentials of the 31 year-old when speaking on the U.S tour.The Official site reported Klopp as saying:" You see the sessions here, what a footballer he is, it’s incredible." Still it feels like people say, ‘He was injured, he was injured’ – yes, but in the moment he is not." I had, for example, Ilkay Gundogan, who was twice, if not three times, really seriously injured (at Dortmund) and now for one or two years he is playing completely without any injury."So just no pressure, no rush, build up, really build a fitness level, work with the experience you made in the situations. And then everything will be fine. Klopp said while the move is certainly not set in stone especially as pre-season is the time to experiment, he says Lallana's performances point to the fact of his overall adaptability." Football-wise, there is absolutely no doubt about Adam." In the moment he plays a slightly different position, he enjoys it."He’s not now fixed in the No.6 position; we have players who played that position before and played it really well. " But Adam is a midfielder through and through and he is an outstanding player."Outstanding players, you always try to find the best position on the pitch and in some games it’s possible the best position for Adam Lallana is the No.6 It must be a very dominant game, by the way, but he can play."The comments by Klopp on Lallana will certainly spark some discussion, but agree with him or not on this issue, it is another example of the wholehearted support that the manager gives his players.It is certainly one of his many outstanding qualities as a manager. View full article
  2. Liverpool have once again reiterated that they will be keeping Simon Mignolet at the club for the upcoming season.Just a day ago Mignolet 's agent publicly stated that the keeper was looking to leave in the summer, saying:"It’s important for Simon to play somewhere, and our goal is still to make him leave."He’s still got a lot to offer, and if we have an offer, we’re counting on Liverpool making an effort." While the club are certainly sympathetic to the fact that Mignolet will want look for options in terms of his quest for first-team football, the Liverpool Echo reports that Jurgen Klopp is determined to hold on to the Belgian as a proven back-up option for Alisson, along with his overall experience and professionalism around the squad.There is also the fact that there is a dearth of quality back-up keepers on the market, meaning the club are determined to hang on to what they currently hold. The only way that Mignolet possibly leaves, is if the club is receive incredible terms for the player and that he is happy with them himself.But with even more games on the schedule for the Reds including the Club World Cup in December and hopefully more lengthy runs in the domestic cups, there is a distinct possibility that if the 31 year-old stays at the Reds, he will make more than his two paltry appearances in the last campaign.
  3. Liverpool have once again reiterated that they will be keeping Simon Mignolet at the club for the upcoming season.Just a day ago Mignolet 's agent publicly stated that the keeper was looking to leave in the summer, saying:"It’s important for Simon to play somewhere, and our goal is still to make him leave."He’s still got a lot to offer, and if we have an offer, we’re counting on Liverpool making an effort." While the club are certainly sympathetic to the fact that Mignolet will want look for options in terms of his quest for first-team football, the Liverpool Echo reports that Jurgen Klopp is determined to hold on to the Belgian as a proven back-up option for Alisson, along with his overall experience and professionalism around the squad.There is also the fact that there is a dearth of quality back-up keepers on the market, meaning the club are determined to hang on to what they currently hold. The only way that Mignolet possibly leaves, is if the club is receive incredible terms for the player and that he is happy with them himself.But with even more games on the schedule for the Reds including the Club World Cup in December and hopefully more lengthy runs in the domestic cups, there is a distinct possibility that if the 31 year-old stays at the Reds, he will make more than his two paltry appearances in the last campaign. View full article
  4. Jurgen Klopp has once again discussed the possibility of Adam Lallana moving into the No. 6 role after being impressed with his performances in the position so far in the pre-season.Klopp is a unabashed fan of Lallana, and once again waxed lyrical over the credentials of the 31 year-old when speaking on the U.S tour.The Official site reported Klopp as saying:" You see the sessions here, what a footballer he is, it’s incredible." Still it feels like people say, ‘He was injured, he was injured’ – yes, but in the moment he is not." I had, for example, Ilkay Gundogan, who was twice, if not three times, really seriously injured (at Dortmund) and now for one or two years he is playing completely without any injury."So just no pressure, no rush, build up, really build a fitness level, work with the experience you made in the situations. And then everything will be fine. Klopp said while the move is certainly not set in stone especially as pre-season is the time to experiment, he says Lallana's performances point to the fact of his overall adaptability." Football-wise, there is absolutely no doubt about Adam." In the moment he plays a slightly different position, he enjoys it."He’s not now fixed in the No.6 position; we have players who played that position before and played it really well. " But Adam is a midfielder through and through and he is an outstanding player."Outstanding players, you always try to find the best position on the pitch and in some games it’s possible the best position for Adam Lallana is the No.6 It must be a very dominant game, by the way, but he can play."The comments by Klopp on Lallana will certainly spark some discussion, but agree with him or not on this issue, it is another example of the wholehearted support that the manager gives his players.It is certainly one of his many outstanding qualities as a manager.
  5. They say you have to be a unique kind of character to be a goalkeeper as there is nowhere to hide. Quite often you can be the hero and the villain in the same 90 minutes of action. If you think that is a tough predicament to be in, then spare a thought about the status of a number two keeper like Simon Mignolet. While the weekly wages are adequate consolation, the competitive instincts of a Footballer dictates that its only natural that you want to be out on the playing arena with your teammates sharing the highs and lows. You may only play a handful of games throughout a nine month season, but while you may not step onto the playing arena too often, your focus must remain razor sharp and your attitude needs to be at a top level as any negativity can bring down the morale of the whole squad. Mignolet only played two cup games during last season, however his attitude was widely hailed by Jurgen Klopp and fellow squad members alike.Speaking to the Official site, Mignolet was thankful for those kind words.“First and foremost, you [only] get praise when it’s due."I’m happy with the fact they saw it. I’m not after it. But it’s nice for them to say it, they don’t have to do that."The only thing I can do is help the team in the best way I can; if they then see that and praise me about it, so for the better. "The most important thing is that the team wins games and wins trophies, that’s what we did last year and we’re very pleased with that."Hopefully all the work we do again in pre-season will help the team and the club along the line to win more trophies, because in the end that’s why you’re paid to be a football player and that’s what your job is." That’s what I try to do – I try to do my best in the best way I can because that’s what I’m paid for, that’s what my job is and that’s what I always will do.”From firmly being on the periphery, Mignolet will be once again 'the main man' during the Reds pre-season tour to the US with a number of goalkeepers either injured, on loan or in the case of Alisson, having a well overdue holiday after being a member of Brazil's victorious Copa America squad.So as a senior member of the Reds squad, Mignolet will look to set the standard, for his keeping companions which include Academy member Daniel Atherton and veteran free-agent Andy Longeran who has been drafted in for the tour.Mignolet is looking forward to lead from the front. "In this squad at this moment there are a few players not there, there aren’t many who are very experienced in pre-season."It’s about being at the highest level every day of your life, not only when you’re on the pitch but also off it. "We’ve got a few young ‘keepers now. Andy has joined in to train with us and he is experienced as well, so he will help me in that sense."The young boys will see what it is to live and work your life as a professional footballer. "I’ve done it all over my career and I will keep doing that. The only thing you can do is be professional and do your job the best you can.”The 31 year-old is also enjoying the feeling of playing in a professional setting on a continuous basis.“Over the off season you try to keep yourself fit and especially in our position you make sure you keep a certain basis,"And, first and foremost, that you don’t get injured when you get back. I’ve had luck with injuries over my career, I haven’t had many."As a ‘keeper you can easily play 90 minutes when you come straight back in. I only had to play 45 minutes against Tranmere. "But for me, I haven’t been playing very often, it’s nice to have some minutes under my belt and to play games. That’s a good thing."I’ve only been here four days and I’ve already played one 45 minutes and then 80 minutes. "That’s why you’re a football player, that’s what I enjoy.” The Belgian says the squad have the taste for silverware after last season's Champions League victory and they want to build on that."With the celebrations afterwards, everybody knows, everybody saw and felt what it was. "We’re now even more hungry to experience that again. And we have the experience once you’re at that level to deal with the occasion when it comes along."It can be a really exciting season for us and hopefully we can get some silverware again, just like we did last year.” View full article
  6. They say you have to be a unique kind of character to be a goalkeeper as there is nowhere to hide. Quite often you can be the hero and the villain in the same 90 minutes of action. If you think that is a tough predicament to be in, then spare a thought about the status of a number two keeper like Simon Mignolet. While the weekly wages are adequate consolation, the competitive instincts of a Footballer dictates that its only natural that you want to be out on the playing arena with your teammates sharing the highs and lows. You may only play a handful of games throughout a nine month season, but while you may not step onto the playing arena too often, your focus must remain razor sharp and your attitude needs to be at a top level as any negativity can bring down the morale of the whole squad. Mignolet only played two cup games during last season, however his attitude was widely hailed by Jurgen Klopp and fellow squad members alike.Speaking to the Official site, Mignolet was thankful for those kind words.“First and foremost, you [only] get praise when it’s due."I’m happy with the fact they saw it. I’m not after it. But it’s nice for them to say it, they don’t have to do that."The only thing I can do is help the team in the best way I can; if they then see that and praise me about it, so for the better. "The most important thing is that the team wins games and wins trophies, that’s what we did last year and we’re very pleased with that."Hopefully all the work we do again in pre-season will help the team and the club along the line to win more trophies, because in the end that’s why you’re paid to be a football player and that’s what your job is." That’s what I try to do – I try to do my best in the best way I can because that’s what I’m paid for, that’s what my job is and that’s what I always will do.”From firmly being on the periphery, Mignolet will be once again 'the main man' during the Reds pre-season tour to the US with a number of goalkeepers either injured, on loan or in the case of Alisson, having a well overdue holiday after being a member of Brazil's victorious Copa America squad.So as a senior member of the Reds squad, Mignolet will look to set the standard, for his keeping companions which include Academy member Daniel Atherton and veteran free-agent Andy Longeran who has been drafted in for the tour.Mignolet is looking forward to lead from the front. "In this squad at this moment there are a few players not there, there aren’t many who are very experienced in pre-season."It’s about being at the highest level every day of your life, not only when you’re on the pitch but also off it. "We’ve got a few young ‘keepers now. Andy has joined in to train with us and he is experienced as well, so he will help me in that sense."The young boys will see what it is to live and work your life as a professional footballer. "I’ve done it all over my career and I will keep doing that. The only thing you can do is be professional and do your job the best you can.”The 31 year-old is also enjoying the feeling of playing in a professional setting on a continuous basis.“Over the off season you try to keep yourself fit and especially in our position you make sure you keep a certain basis,"And, first and foremost, that you don’t get injured when you get back. I’ve had luck with injuries over my career, I haven’t had many."As a ‘keeper you can easily play 90 minutes when you come straight back in. I only had to play 45 minutes against Tranmere. "But for me, I haven’t been playing very often, it’s nice to have some minutes under my belt and to play games. That’s a good thing."I’ve only been here four days and I’ve already played one 45 minutes and then 80 minutes. "That’s why you’re a football player, that’s what I enjoy.” The Belgian says the squad have the taste for silverware after last season's Champions League victory and they want to build on that."With the celebrations afterwards, everybody knows, everybody saw and felt what it was. "We’re now even more hungry to experience that again. And we have the experience once you’re at that level to deal with the occasion when it comes along."It can be a really exciting season for us and hopefully we can get some silverware again, just like we did last year.”
  7. Marko Grujic has a goal to return to Liverpool and make a lasting impact. However he admits to the fact that he needs another season on loan to produce a consistent body of work that will give Jurgen Klopp plenty of food for thought.The 23 year-old Serbian international has made just over a handful of appearances for the Reds since becoming Jurgen Klopp's first signing in January 2016 for £5million.At the time he was courted by some of Europe's elite, however the Reds won the battle for the Defensive Midfielder. Since then it has been a mixture of various loan moves and frustrating spells on the sidelines due to injury.After spending time with Neil Warnock's Cardiff, Grujic had a complete culture shift moving to the Bundesliga for the 2018/9 season where he played with Hertha Berlin.There he won glowing accolades from media, teammates and the general fanbase for his overall play. Hertha Berlin manager Pal Dardai went so far to say that Grujic is the best midfielder he has seen in his 22 year stint as a player/manager at Hertha. While Jack Woods, a member of the Hertha Berlin supporters club told TLW last season:"What separates Grujic? I’d say his strength. He’s a decent attacking option and can score goals of which he has started the move off. "But also defensively, he’s extremely strong physically, yet agile. It’s not an aggressive sort of strong, rather an ability to push past other players, without committing a foul. "Our record when he is out injured speaks for itself. We average more than a point extra when he is in the lineup." When he plays a good game, the team feeds off that and moulds around that good performance. However as has been the case throughout the career of the well-built Grujic, he was restricted to just 23 appearances. The Mirror (via German publication Bild) reports on some of Grujic's thoughts on his fitness struggles and his future plans."My contract at Liverpool runs until 2023. "We [he and Klopp] both saw it in a similar way: I only managed to make the most of 50 per cent of my opportunities in Berlin Minor injuries knocked me back."It's another reason why I didn't want to leave. " I have unfinished business at Hertha. He also found that it is better for my development to stay in the Bundesliga for another year."I always realise that I belong to such a big club and it's where I want to be. "If I play 34 very good games for Hertha, the chance to be a true Liverpool player next year is great."It is a refreshing thing to see a player speak so openly and honestly about where they are currently placed in their career.Grujic knows he has work to do on his overall consistency, but his ambition speaks volumes about where he wants to be in the future. View full article
  8. Marko Grujic has a goal to return to Liverpool and make a lasting impact. However he admits to the fact that he needs another season on loan to produce a consistent body of work that will give Jurgen Klopp plenty of food for thought.The 23 year-old Serbian international has made just over a handful of appearances for the Reds since becoming Jurgen Klopp's first signing in January 2016 for £5million.At the time he was courted by some of Europe's elite, however the Reds won the battle for the Defensive Midfielder. Since then it has been a mixture of various loan moves and frustrating spells on the sidelines due to injury.After spending time with Neil Warnock's Cardiff, Grujic had a complete culture shift moving to the Bundesliga for the 2018/9 season where he played with Hertha Berlin.There he won glowing accolades from media, teammates and the general fanbase for his overall play. Hertha Berlin manager Pal Dardai went so far to say that Grujic is the best midfielder he has seen in his 22 year stint as a player/manager at Hertha. While Jack Woods, a member of the Hertha Berlin supporters club told TLW last season:"What separates Grujic? I’d say his strength. He’s a decent attacking option and can score goals of which he has started the move off. "But also defensively, he’s extremely strong physically, yet agile. It’s not an aggressive sort of strong, rather an ability to push past other players, without committing a foul. "Our record when he is out injured speaks for itself. We average more than a point extra when he is in the lineup." When he plays a good game, the team feeds off that and moulds around that good performance. However as has been the case throughout the career of the well-built Grujic, he was restricted to just 23 appearances. The Mirror (via German publication Bild) reports on some of Grujic's thoughts on his fitness struggles and his future plans."My contract at Liverpool runs until 2023. "We [he and Klopp] both saw it in a similar way: I only managed to make the most of 50 per cent of my opportunities in Berlin Minor injuries knocked me back."It's another reason why I didn't want to leave. " I have unfinished business at Hertha. He also found that it is better for my development to stay in the Bundesliga for another year."I always realise that I belong to such a big club and it's where I want to be. "If I play 34 very good games for Hertha, the chance to be a true Liverpool player next year is great."It is a refreshing thing to see a player speak so openly and honestly about where they are currently placed in their career.Grujic knows he has work to do on his overall consistency, but his ambition speaks volumes about where he wants to be in the future.
  9. Jurgen Klopp is still considering the idea of signing a back-up left-back to Andy Robertson in the summer transfer window.Speaking after Liverpool's 3-1 victory over Bradford in their second pre-season game on Sunday, the manager alluded to the fact that he is still making up his mind in this regard.The discussion relating to cover for Robertson has become more relevant in recent times with the Scottish captain having his return to competitive action delayed by a surgical procedure on his hand due to an infection.Sky Sports reported Klopp as saying:" We will see. It's not a yes, not a no."I have said already we have to think about everything and at the end maybe we do nothing."I can imagine we have a look at all the things around us. "Of course, we lost a left-back (in Moreno) but today we saw two pretty young ones in (Adam Lewis and Yasser Larouci) and James (Milner) played it. We will see." Klopp also discussed a possible change of roles for one of his proven favourites in Adam Lallana playing in the deep-lying midfield position."Adam is the kind of player he can play that and he enjoys this 'Jorginho' role - I hope Maurizio Sarri doesn't see the games or he will make an offer."But most importantly, Klopp said the main thing in relation to Lallana is keeping him fit on a regular basis which has been much easier said than done in recent times."It is about getting Adam rhythm, bringing him in early and doing things he is naturally good at - small spaces, passing the ball, and then from time-to-time offering the runs in behind as well and together with Milly (Milner) that is possible. "For us, it is another option."He needs a bit of luck, as we all do in life. "We have to come through (pre-season) without injuries, that would be cool, and then we have a couple of new players, I would say, this season." View full article
  10. Jurgen Klopp is still considering the idea of signing a back-up left-back to Andy Robertson in the summer transfer window.Speaking after Liverpool's 3-1 victory over Bradford in their second pre-season game on Sunday, the manager alluded to the fact that he is still making up his mind in this regard.The discussion relating to cover for Robertson has become more relevant in recent times with the Scottish captain having his return to competitive action delayed by a surgical procedure on his hand due to an infection.Sky Sports reported Klopp as saying:" We will see. It's not a yes, not a no."I have said already we have to think about everything and at the end maybe we do nothing."I can imagine we have a look at all the things around us. "Of course, we lost a left-back (in Moreno) but today we saw two pretty young ones in (Adam Lewis and Yasser Larouci) and James (Milner) played it. We will see." Klopp also discussed a possible change of roles for one of his proven favourites in Adam Lallana playing in the deep-lying midfield position."Adam is the kind of player he can play that and he enjoys this 'Jorginho' role - I hope Maurizio Sarri doesn't see the games or he will make an offer."But most importantly, Klopp said the main thing in relation to Lallana is keeping him fit on a regular basis which has been much easier said than done in recent times."It is about getting Adam rhythm, bringing him in early and doing things he is naturally good at - small spaces, passing the ball, and then from time-to-time offering the runs in behind as well and together with Milly (Milner) that is possible. "For us, it is another option."He needs a bit of luck, as we all do in life. "We have to come through (pre-season) without injuries, that would be cool, and then we have a couple of new players, I would say, this season."
  11. Liverpool will reject any bids for Dejan Lovren and Divock Origi during the summer transfer window.Both players have attracted interest from rival clubs with only this week, a report saying that AC Milan were very keen on the services of the Croatian defender.However the Liverpool Echo says that the Reds are planning to have Lovren on board for the 2019/20 campaign.The report continues to say that Lovren has not indicated that he is keen to depart the club despite been restricted to just 15 appearances in 2018/9.While Liverpool themselves claim that they have not received any official offers for the player who turns 30 today.Meanwhile, the club are hoping that the late season renaissance of Origi will see the Belgian striker sign a long team deal to stay at Liverpool.Even if Origi declines the opportunity to sign on the dotted line and looks to further his career elsewhere, the Reds are determined to hang onto the 24 year-old for the upcoming season, even if it means losing him for nothing next summer.The impact of Origi was a massive plus in the last few months of the 2018/9 season as he evolved seemingly overnight from a player on the fringes, to someone who could produce on the biggest of occasions. And with the front three on international duty during the off season, Origi will most certainly be given plenty of opportunities early in the new campaign.While fans are wondering if a marquee signing will be made in the next month, it seems the powers that be are making sure they hold on to what they have which is more than fair enough when you take into account what this squad accomplished last season. View full article
  12. Liverpool will reject any bids for Dejan Lovren and Divock Origi during the summer transfer window.Both players have attracted interest from rival clubs with only this week, a report saying that AC Milan were very keen on the services of the Croatian defender.However the Liverpool Echo says that the Reds are planning to have Lovren on board for the 2019/20 campaign.The report continues to say that Lovren has not indicated that he is keen to depart the club despite been restricted to just 15 appearances in 2018/9.While Liverpool themselves claim that they have not received any official offers for the player who turns 30 today.Meanwhile, the club are hoping that the late season renaissance of Origi will see the Belgian striker sign a long team deal to stay at Liverpool.Even if Origi declines the opportunity to sign on the dotted line and looks to further his career elsewhere, the Reds are determined to hang onto the 24 year-old for the upcoming season, even if it means losing him for nothing next summer.The impact of Origi was a massive plus in the last few months of the 2018/9 season as he evolved seemingly overnight from a player on the fringes, to someone who could produce on the biggest of occasions. And with the front three on international duty during the off season, Origi will most certainly be given plenty of opportunities early in the new campaign.While fans are wondering if a marquee signing will be made in the next month, it seems the powers that be are making sure they hold on to what they have which is more than fair enough when you take into account what this squad accomplished last season.
  13. Team success and not personal glory is in the front of Mo Salah's mind as the Reds prepare to take on arch-rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford tomorrow.The Egyptian has been a prolific goal scorer since arriving on Merseyside at the start of last season, however Man United are the only Premier League team that he has failed to hit the back of the net against in three previous meetings.While many strikers would dwell on that record along with casting a eye to the scoring charts at this time of the season, Salah's only intention is making sure the Reds claim the all important three points tomorrow afternoon.The Official site reported Salah as saying:“As I’ve said before, for me, the record is not that important."Being the top scorer is important, but it never counts as No.1 – the Premier League is No.1."If we win [a game] 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 and anyone else scores, I don’t mind, I would be very, very happy. For me, the team is the most important thing.“I hope I can score [Premier League goal numbers] 50, 51, 52… but the most important thing is to win [our] game."We need to stay first in the table and that’s something very important for us.” Currently Salah sits level with Sergio Aguero on 17 goals for the season with Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang two goals further back.In terms of the game, Salah knows the Red Devils will pose a much sterner challenge than the deflated and disheartened outfit that came to Anfield in the middle of December."Everyone knows about Liverpool and Manchester United. "They have good players – even before they won their last 10/11 games, they have had very good players from the beginning of the season."They have a good team and now they are winning, winning, winning, so they have confidence, but at the end of the day we want to win the game. "Whoever we play against, we want to win the game.”A victory tomorrow will not only give us the league double over a fierce rival, it will give the team a almighty boost when it comes to the title race as we enter the pivotal stage of the season.
  14. Team success and not personal glory is in the front of Mo Salah's mind as the Reds prepare to take on arch-rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford tomorrow.The Egyptian has been a prolific goal scorer since arriving on Merseyside at the start of last season, however Man United are the only Premier League team that he has failed to hit the back of the net against in three previous meetings.While many strikers would dwell on that record along with casting a eye to the scoring charts at this time of the season, Salah's only intention is making sure the Reds claim the all important three points tomorrow afternoon.The Official site reported Salah as saying:“As I’ve said before, for me, the record is not that important."Being the top scorer is important, but it never counts as No.1 – the Premier League is No.1."If we win [a game] 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 and anyone else scores, I don’t mind, I would be very, very happy. For me, the team is the most important thing.“I hope I can score [Premier League goal numbers] 50, 51, 52… but the most important thing is to win [our] game."We need to stay first in the table and that’s something very important for us.” Currently Salah sits level with Sergio Aguero on 17 goals for the season with Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang two goals further back.In terms of the game, Salah knows the Red Devils will pose a much sterner challenge than the deflated and disheartened outfit that came to Anfield in the middle of December."Everyone knows about Liverpool and Manchester United. "They have good players – even before they won their last 10/11 games, they have had very good players from the beginning of the season."They have a good team and now they are winning, winning, winning, so they have confidence, but at the end of the day we want to win the game. "Whoever we play against, we want to win the game.”A victory tomorrow will not only give us the league double over a fierce rival, it will give the team a almighty boost when it comes to the title race as we enter the pivotal stage of the season. View full article
  15. From the moment Virgil Van Dijk walked through the doors at Melwood at the end of 2017, you had a sense there was something just a bit special about him.It was quite the ordeal to bring Van Dijk to the club with claims of illegal tapping up of the player by Southampton and negotiations between the two clubs coming to a grinding halt.While it would have been easy for Jurgen Klopp to walk away and look elsewhere, it was a indication of how highly the German rated him that he was so determined to get his man come what may, especially with Man City and Chelsea lurking ominously.There was the usual jokes about Liverpool returning to their 'feeder club' to sign another player, while there was also questions whether the Dutchman was worth the world record fee for a defender.But from the moment he graced the Anfield turf in the third round FA Cup clash against Everton, you could see the sort of aura he has.While he was not at his sharpest in that fixture due to the fact that he had not played for a few weeks, he still managed to have a impact by scoring the winner.In his following 53 appearances, he has certainly made his teammates walk taller by his presence, in the process making them better players.The Official site reported on a conversation Van Dijk had with the BBC Football Daily podcast, where he outlined his goals for the future and how he wanted to be remembered once his career is done."That’s a difficult question, but maybe as a legend of Liverpool."At the moment, that’s something that comes to my mind. I want to achieve great things, amazing things, here. "We have a fantastic squad, we have everything, we have all the tools, but obviously we have to do it.“For us, we have a team in the league that is pretty good as well [Manchester City] that are doing fantastic. We’re matching them at the moment and we will see what happens. Van Dijk also talked about his overall emotions when he met some of the greats of the club for the first time.“Before I started training [with the club], I went to the game against Leicester [in December 2017]. "I was in the boardroom and met so many legends, great players who played for a beautiful club."When you play for this club, you'll always be welcome as you've been part of the family. It's one of the reasons I definitely wanted to play for the club.”Over the years, there have been countless times that a player declares their undying love for a club, only to leave a couple of years later as Liverpool fans know all too well.So while it may be too early to pop the champagne corks just yet, you get a feeling 'big Virg' is the kind of person who keeps to their word.He is well aware of the lengths that the club took to bring him to Merseyside and he wants to repay them in full.“I just want to give everything for this club. They went all out to get me and I want to give everything for them and hopefully make sure we achieve great things.Virgil has a job to do and it is clear he won't be satisfied until it is successfully achieved.
  16. From the moment Virgil Van Dijk walked through the doors at Melwood at the end of 2017, you had a sense there was something just a bit special about him.It was quite the ordeal to bring Van Dijk to the club with claims of illegal tapping up of the player by Southampton and negotiations between the two clubs coming to a grinding halt.While it would have been easy for Jurgen Klopp to walk away and look elsewhere, it was a indication of how highly the German rated him that he was so determined to get his man come what may, especially with Man City and Chelsea lurking ominously.There was the usual jokes about Liverpool returning to their 'feeder club' to sign another player, while there was also questions whether the Dutchman was worth the world record fee for a defender.But from the moment he graced the Anfield turf in the third round FA Cup clash against Everton, you could see the sort of aura he has.While he was not at his sharpest in that fixture due to the fact that he had not played for a few weeks, he still managed to have a impact by scoring the winner.In his following 53 appearances, he has certainly made his teammates walk taller by his presence, in the process making them better players.The Official site reported on a conversation Van Dijk had with the BBC Football Daily podcast, where he outlined his goals for the future and how he wanted to be remembered once his career is done."That’s a difficult question, but maybe as a legend of Liverpool."At the moment, that’s something that comes to my mind. I want to achieve great things, amazing things, here. "We have a fantastic squad, we have everything, we have all the tools, but obviously we have to do it.“For us, we have a team in the league that is pretty good as well [Manchester City] that are doing fantastic. We’re matching them at the moment and we will see what happens. Van Dijk also talked about his overall emotions when he met some of the greats of the club for the first time.“Before I started training [with the club], I went to the game against Leicester [in December 2017]. "I was in the boardroom and met so many legends, great players who played for a beautiful club."When you play for this club, you'll always be welcome as you've been part of the family. It's one of the reasons I definitely wanted to play for the club.”Over the years, there have been countless times that a player declares their undying love for a club, only to leave a couple of years later as Liverpool fans know all too well.So while it may be too early to pop the champagne corks just yet, you get a feeling 'big Virg' is the kind of person who keeps to their word.He is well aware of the lengths that the club took to bring him to Merseyside and he wants to repay them in full.“I just want to give everything for this club. They went all out to get me and I want to give everything for them and hopefully make sure we achieve great things.Virgil has a job to do and it is clear he won't be satisfied until it is successfully achieved. View full article
  17. Liverpool got back to winning ways on Saturday afternoon with a important 1-0 victory against Brighton at the Amex Stadium.The win reaffirms the Reds' seven point lead at the top of the table although they have played a game more than nearest rivals Man City who take on Wolves on Monday night.It was one of those afternoons where patience would be a key factor as Brighton are known as a highly organised unit on home turf and the first 45 minutes followed that script.While the defence was rock solid despite Trent Alexander-Arnold sustaining a ankle injury in the pre-match warm-up which he bravely managed to play through, the team needed to be a bit more decisive in the attacking third.Step forward the man for the big moment in Mo Salah, who won a penalty after being fouled in the box by Pascal Gross five minutes after the break and the Egyptian was able to power home the resulting spot-kick past goalkeeper David Button.The penalty looked a clear-cut decision and to Brighton manager Chris Hughton's credit he agreed with that call, however he felt a number of the other decisions by referee Kevin Friend did not go the way of his side. Sky Sports reported Hughton as saying:"There's no intent and referees have a hard job, but sometimes you feel things go your way and sometimes you feel some of the decisions don't go your way." I felt today it was one of those days. No malice or anything towards the referee but I thought the bulk of decisions favoured Liverpool today."I feel for Pascal because Mo Salah is probably the most dangerous player once he gets in those sort of positions."One-on-one with the pace that he's got. It was difficult for Pascal, but no complaints (with the penalty).Despite Brighton failing to register a shot on target throughout the ninety minutes, the.veteran manager believed his team was worth some reward for their toil on the afternoon."On the balance of play I thought we deserved something."They are such a good side and the opportunities they had were when we were trying to get back into the game and put bodies forward and made the game a bit more open. I thought we restricted them to minimal chances."Pascal Gross' chance [a shot in the second half] was probably as good as any of their chances. "In the latter part of the game we went for it a bit and showed a real intent to get back on level terms and I thought for the feel of the game that we deserved something.For his part, Jurgen Klopp was thrilled with the patience his team displayed throughout the game." I thought it was the most mature performance of the season. It's so important. On a good day, everybody can win a football game."On an average day, not a lot of football teams can win football games. On a bad day, pretty much only a few teams can win football games. Today was not a bad day, it was a difficult day for us."It was just a difficult game because Brighton is doing really well. "We played a lot of times against a 4-5-1 system, but how they do it is different. I'm really happy that the boys took the game like it is." After tasting defeat for the first time for the season in their last league clash, Klopp knew all eyes would be on the Reds to see how they responded. He knew there was only one way to rectify that."If you fall from the horse, the best thing you can do is go immediately back on it." Win or lose we never look back, only forward to the next game.That next game is against Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday. View full article
  18. Liverpool got back to winning ways on Saturday afternoon with a important 1-0 victory against Brighton at the Amex Stadium.The win reaffirms the Reds' seven point lead at the top of the table although they have played a game more than nearest rivals Man City who take on Wolves on Monday night.It was one of those afternoons where patience would be a key factor as Brighton are known as a highly organised unit on home turf and the first 45 minutes followed that script.While the defence was rock solid despite Trent Alexander-Arnold sustaining a ankle injury in the pre-match warm-up which he bravely managed to play through, the team needed to be a bit more decisive in the attacking third.Step forward the man for the big moment in Mo Salah, who won a penalty after being fouled in the box by Pascal Gross five minutes after the break and the Egyptian was able to power home the resulting spot-kick past goalkeeper David Button.The penalty looked a clear-cut decision and to Brighton manager Chris Hughton's credit he agreed with that call, however he felt a number of the other decisions by referee Kevin Friend did not go the way of his side. Sky Sports reported Hughton as saying:"There's no intent and referees have a hard job, but sometimes you feel things go your way and sometimes you feel some of the decisions don't go your way." I felt today it was one of those days. No malice or anything towards the referee but I thought the bulk of decisions favoured Liverpool today."I feel for Pascal because Mo Salah is probably the most dangerous player once he gets in those sort of positions."One-on-one with the pace that he's got. It was difficult for Pascal, but no complaints (with the penalty).Despite Brighton failing to register a shot on target throughout the ninety minutes, the.veteran manager believed his team was worth some reward for their toil on the afternoon."On the balance of play I thought we deserved something."They are such a good side and the opportunities they had were when we were trying to get back into the game and put bodies forward and made the game a bit more open. I thought we restricted them to minimal chances."Pascal Gross' chance [a shot in the second half] was probably as good as any of their chances. "In the latter part of the game we went for it a bit and showed a real intent to get back on level terms and I thought for the feel of the game that we deserved something.For his part, Jurgen Klopp was thrilled with the patience his team displayed throughout the game." I thought it was the most mature performance of the season. It's so important. On a good day, everybody can win a football game."On an average day, not a lot of football teams can win football games. On a bad day, pretty much only a few teams can win football games. Today was not a bad day, it was a difficult day for us."It was just a difficult game because Brighton is doing really well. "We played a lot of times against a 4-5-1 system, but how they do it is different. I'm really happy that the boys took the game like it is." After tasting defeat for the first time for the season in their last league clash, Klopp knew all eyes would be on the Reds to see how they responded. He knew there was only one way to rectify that."If you fall from the horse, the best thing you can do is go immediately back on it." Win or lose we never look back, only forward to the next game.That next game is against Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday.
  19. It appears that after five seasons, Alberto Moreno's time at Liverpool is coming to a close. A report from the Daily Star(via Estadio Deportivo) basically confirms the news that Moreno is set to depart come the conclusion of this campaign.The Spaniard is currently free to talk to other foreign clubs and sign a pre-contract agreement.While a return to former club Sevilla is believed to be Moreno's first choice, no deal is in place at this moment and clubs from Serie A and even the Premier League are believed have registered an interest. The Spanish left-back has often been one of the most discussed players when he has taken to the pitch, and mostly not in a positive fashion either.Viewed as a good bit of business when Brendan Rodgers signed him from Sevilla in the summer of 2014, it was quickly apparent that while Moreno was a attacking threat, he was susceptible to a defensive mistake or two.When a manager like Jurgen Klopp loses patience in you, like he did when James Milner replaced Moreno for the majority of the 2016/7 season, there was a sense the writing was well and truly on the wall.While he responded admirably in the early stages of last season, a untimely injury opened the door for Andy Robertson and the Scot has taken his opportunity superbly.Moreno has been on the outside looking in ever since that fateful night against Spartak Moscow in late November 2017, only making 12 first team appearances in the 13 months since.There has been constant speculation about Moreno's displeasure of his playing status which ramped up over the festive period when the 26 year-old spoke out about the situation in his homeland. Moreno said at the time "Moving back to Spain is something I have thought about, I am tired of the cold here but I do not know about interests from other clubs."I am in my fifth year here, there is no agreement on a renewal and in January, I am free to listen to any offer."An interesting claim is that Liverpool were planning to offer Moreno a new deal when the current deal expired at the end of the season, but the Spaniard seemingly wants his future sorted before then. Taking everything into account, a clean break will be best for all parties concerned.The imminent departure of Moreno means that Liverpool will be looking for a fresh face to give competition to the Scottish captain. Whether they venture onto the open market or look internally and promote someone like Adam Lewis, we will see.While Moreno is looking to close this chapter of his career, one player who it seems does have a future at the club is Divock Origi.The Belgian striker has constantly been linked to Wolves in the lead-up to the January transfer window, but it is believed in the aftermath of Dominic Solanke leaving the club to sign for Bournemouth, Jurgen Klopp does not want to lose another attacking player with so much still to play for in the second half of the season.While unlikely to crack the starting lineup in its present form, the worth of having the 23 year-old remain in the squad was illustrated by his vital late winner against Everton last month. View full article
  20. It appears that after five seasons, Alberto Moreno's time at Liverpool is coming to a close. A report from the Daily Star(via Estadio Deportivo) basically confirms the news that Moreno is set to depart come the conclusion of this campaign.The Spaniard is currently free to talk to other foreign clubs and sign a pre-contract agreement.While a return to former club Sevilla is believed to be Moreno's first choice, no deal is in place at this moment and clubs from Serie A and even the Premier League are believed have registered an interest. The Spanish left-back has often been one of the most discussed players when he has taken to the pitch, and mostly not in a positive fashion either.Viewed as a good bit of business when Brendan Rodgers signed him from Sevilla in the summer of 2014, it was quickly apparent that while Moreno was a attacking threat, he was susceptible to a defensive mistake or two.When a manager like Jurgen Klopp loses patience in you, like he did when James Milner replaced Moreno for the majority of the 2016/7 season, there was a sense the writing was well and truly on the wall.While he responded admirably in the early stages of last season, a untimely injury opened the door for Andy Robertson and the Scot has taken his opportunity superbly.Moreno has been on the outside looking in ever since that fateful night against Spartak Moscow in late November 2017, only making 12 first team appearances in the 13 months since.There has been constant speculation about Moreno's displeasure of his playing status which ramped up over the festive period when the 26 year-old spoke out about the situation in his homeland. Moreno said at the time "Moving back to Spain is something I have thought about, I am tired of the cold here but I do not know about interests from other clubs."I am in my fifth year here, there is no agreement on a renewal and in January, I am free to listen to any offer."An interesting claim is that Liverpool were planning to offer Moreno a new deal when the current deal expired at the end of the season, but the Spaniard seemingly wants his future sorted before then. Taking everything into account, a clean break will be best for all parties concerned.The imminent departure of Moreno means that Liverpool will be looking for a fresh face to give competition to the Scottish captain. Whether they venture onto the open market or look internally and promote someone like Adam Lewis, we will see.While Moreno is looking to close this chapter of his career, one player who it seems does have a future at the club is Divock Origi.The Belgian striker has constantly been linked to Wolves in the lead-up to the January transfer window, but it is believed in the aftermath of Dominic Solanke leaving the club to sign for Bournemouth, Jurgen Klopp does not want to lose another attacking player with so much still to play for in the second half of the season.While unlikely to crack the starting lineup in its present form, the worth of having the 23 year-old remain in the squad was illustrated by his vital late winner against Everton last month.
  21. Neil Warnock has blasted the conduct of Liverpool over the failed loan move of Nathaniel Clyne to Cardiff. The Liverpool right-back was heavily rumoured to join his old manager in Wales however on Friday, Clyne joined Bournemouth on loan until the end of the season.The veteran manager cut a frustrated figure in the aftermath of the Bluebirds shock 3rd round FA Cup to Gillingham and not for the first time in his career took his anger out on the Reds.Sky Sports reported Warnock as saying."I was disappointed with Nathaniel Clyne. "Having known the player and given him his debut (at Crystal Palace), I'm disappointed not just with the boy himself but with Liverpool as well for not ringing me."To see it on television when I've done everything right and they've promised that he's my player this week, it's a disgrace for me, it's a lack of class isn't it?"But listen, we're not going to get any favours, whether it's on the pitch or off it and we're always up against it and that's when we're good.Warnock suggested he should have looked to the 'dark arts' of the transfer market to get the deal over the line."I probably should have been illegally tapping him, but I've done everything right and then Bournemouth come in and I suppose Bournemouth paying £19million for [Dominic] Solanke probably whetted their appetite a little bit."The Cardiff manager continued his blame game saying that the wait over signing Clyne had cost him further signings."The reason I'm disappointed with Nathaniel and Liverpool is that I've missed out on three players because of waiting."I lost out on a couple of full-backs and a striker, so I'm doubly disappointed." For those with good memories, they will remember that Warnock also laid a fair share of the blame of Sheffield United's relegation in 2007 at the door at the Reds and Rafa Benitez in particular.What irritated Warnock so much was that he deemed that Rafa had fielded a weakened team against Fulham looking ahead to the Champions League final against AC Milan.Fulham won the clash 1-0, pushing the Blades one step closer to relegation.For those who need a refresh, here is what Warnock said at the time." I didn't even know two of those that played for Liverpool at Fulham last week."I'd never heard of them but when you are a foreign manager like Rafa Benitez, you probably don't give two hoots about what Sheffield United think."" I’ll never forgive Benitez for playing what wasn’t even a reserve team. “I’d understand it if the Champions League was the following week but it was 18 days away."You don’t ever forget things like that." Warnock also sent a email to Rafa saying he would never forgive him who in turn replied, threatening legal action for questioning his integrity and alleging that a Harrods hamper would be delivered to him by Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed. It took good few years for Warnock to get over it, talking about it in great detail whenever the topic was raised. However it has finally appeared to let it go, even praising Rafa this season for the loyalty he has shown to Newcastle under tough circumstances. Just for Neil's benefit, the starting lineup included the likes of Pepe Reina, Xabi Alonso, Alvaro Arbeloa and Sami Hyppia and Craig Bellamy to name just five.- hardly what you describe as 'nobody's.' Jurgen Klopp and Warnock have been mutually appreciative of each other's teams and personal achievements in the game, in the lead-up to their meeting earlier this season.This non-loan deal of Clyne may put a damper on the unlikely 'bromance' but perhaps for once, Warnock can look in his own backyard before placing blame at the feet of others. View full article
  22. Alberto Moreno has been given a Liverpool lifeline with the Spanish defender set to start the third round FA Cup clash against Wolves on Monday night, manager Jurgen Klopp confirming the news at a press conference on Saturday.The much maligned left-back has only made four appearances (three starts/ one sub) for the club this season with the last time being in early December away to Burnley.Since then, Moreno has publicly questioned why he was consistently being overlooked in favour of Andy Robertson.Speaking to a paper in his homeland over the festive period, the 26 year-old said:"I do not feel good, that is the truth."I hurt myself giving everything for this team and I think that when I came back from injury, I deserved an opportunity."The situation is normal for a lot of players but simply, I did not like the way he (Jurgen Klopp) has treated me, you can say that."In another example of Klopp being the bigger person, he said his door is always open for any disgruntled player.The manager went one step further by giving glowing praise to the Spanish international in the build up to the cup clash with the Midlands side.The Liverpool Echo reported Klopp as saying:“Will Alberto start? 100%,. “Alberto is another example of being an unbelievable professional person and a really important part of the dressing room."He's from the positive side of the planet, I would say! "He is very often in very, very good shape, he loves training, he loves playing, he loves all these things. He is really good with all the boys." After seemingly being out the door at the end of the 2016/7 season, Moreno was enjoying a renaissance in the first few months of the last campaign, even winning a call-up to his national team.However a serious ankle injury in the final Champions League group game against Spartak Moscow gave new signing Andy Robertson an opportunity he was waiting for, and the Scot has not relinquished his grip on the left-back role since.However after such a intense and emotionally draining December and early January with so many big games, Klopp knows that it is important to give his key players a mental break just as much as a mental one.With cover at left-back pretty thin, it is a rare opportunity for Moreno to give a good impression, and remain in the thoughts of the manager for the rest of this season. View full article
  23. Neil Warnock has blasted the conduct of Liverpool over the failed loan move of Nathaniel Clyne to Cardiff. The Liverpool right-back was heavily rumoured to join his old manager in Wales however on Friday, Clyne joined Bournemouth on loan until the end of the season.The veteran manager cut a frustrated figure in the aftermath of the Bluebirds shock 3rd round FA Cup to Gillingham and not for the first time in his career took his anger out on the Reds.Sky Sports reported Warnock as saying."I was disappointed with Nathaniel Clyne. "Having known the player and given him his debut (at Crystal Palace), I'm disappointed not just with the boy himself but with Liverpool as well for not ringing me."To see it on television when I've done everything right and they've promised that he's my player this week, it's a disgrace for me, it's a lack of class isn't it?"But listen, we're not going to get any favours, whether it's on the pitch or off it and we're always up against it and that's when we're good.Warnock suggested he should have looked to the 'dark arts' of the transfer market to get the deal over the line."I probably should have been illegally tapping him, but I've done everything right and then Bournemouth come in and I suppose Bournemouth paying £19million for [Dominic] Solanke probably whetted their appetite a little bit."The Cardiff manager continued his blame game saying that the wait over signing Clyne had cost him further signings."The reason I'm disappointed with Nathaniel and Liverpool is that I've missed out on three players because of waiting."I lost out on a couple of full-backs and a striker, so I'm doubly disappointed." For those with good memories, they will remember that Warnock also laid a fair share of the blame of Sheffield United's relegation in 2007 at the door at the Reds and Rafa Benitez in particular.What irritated Warnock so much was that he deemed that Rafa had fielded a weakened team against Fulham looking ahead to the Champions League final against AC Milan.Fulham won the clash 1-0, pushing the Blades one step closer to relegation.For those who need a refresh, here is what Warnock said at the time." I didn't even know two of those that played for Liverpool at Fulham last week."I'd never heard of them but when you are a foreign manager like Rafa Benitez, you probably don't give two hoots about what Sheffield United think."" I’ll never forgive Benitez for playing what wasn’t even a reserve team. “I’d understand it if the Champions League was the following week but it was 18 days away."You don’t ever forget things like that." Warnock also sent a email to Rafa saying he would never forgive him who in turn replied, threatening legal action for questioning his integrity and alleging that a Harrods hamper would be delivered to him by Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed. It took good few years for Warnock to get over it, talking about it in great detail whenever the topic was raised. However it has finally appeared to let it go, even praising Rafa this season for the loyalty he has shown to Newcastle under tough circumstances. Just for Neil's benefit, the starting lineup included the likes of Pepe Reina, Xabi Alonso, Alvaro Arbeloa and Sami Hyppia and Craig Bellamy to name just five.- hardly what you describe as 'nobody's.' Jurgen Klopp and Warnock have been mutually appreciative of each other's teams and personal achievements in the game, in the lead-up to their meeting earlier this season.This non-loan deal of Clyne may put a damper on the unlikely 'bromance' but perhaps for once, Warnock can look in his own backyard before placing blame at the feet of others.
  24. Alberto Moreno has been given a Liverpool lifeline with the Spanish defender set to start the third round FA Cup clash against Wolves on Monday night, manager Jurgen Klopp confirming the news at a press conference on Saturday.The much maligned left-back has only made four appearances (three starts/ one sub) for the club this season with the last time being in early December away to Burnley.Since then, Moreno has publicly questioned why he was consistently being overlooked in favour of Andy Robertson.Speaking to a paper in his homeland over the festive period, the 26 year-old said:"I do not feel good, that is the truth."I hurt myself giving everything for this team and I think that when I came back from injury, I deserved an opportunity."The situation is normal for a lot of players but simply, I did not like the way he (Jurgen Klopp) has treated me, you can say that."In another example of Klopp being the bigger person, he said his door is always open for any disgruntled player.The manager went one step further by giving glowing praise to the Spanish international in the build up to the cup clash with the Midlands side.The Liverpool Echo reported Klopp as saying:“Will Alberto start? 100%,. “Alberto is another example of being an unbelievable professional person and a really important part of the dressing room."He's from the positive side of the planet, I would say! "He is very often in very, very good shape, he loves training, he loves playing, he loves all these things. He is really good with all the boys." After seemingly being out the door at the end of the 2016/7 season, Moreno was enjoying a renaissance in the first few months of the last campaign, even winning a call-up to his national team.However a serious ankle injury in the final Champions League group game against Spartak Moscow gave new signing Andy Robertson an opportunity he was waiting for, and the Scot has not relinquished his grip on the left-back role since.However after such a intense and emotionally draining December and early January with so many big games, Klopp knows that it is important to give his key players a mental break just as much as a mental one.With cover at left-back pretty thin, it is a rare opportunity for Moreno to give a good impression, and remain in the thoughts of the manager for the rest of this season.
  25. Liverpool full-back Andy Robertson says developing a fear factor in the the same vein that Man City had last season, will be a important step in the quest for title glory. The Citizens strolled to the league title, demolishing a number of teams and setting countless records along the way.Liverpool were arguably the only team willing to go toe to toe with them, and those tactics paid off when they inflicted the first of only two losses in the league at Anfield in January.That defeat seemed to play on their mind when they came to Anfield for the first leg of the Champions League quarter final clash where they were torn apart by a scintillating first half display by the Reds.Liverpool have been more deliberate in their play this season, aiming for a measure of control all over the pitch, rather than leaving the door open to let opponents back in the game.The way that Liverpool brutally identified Arsenal's weaknesses in the first 45 minutes on Saturday was a clear reminder of those captivating attacking displays from the last campaign.Robertson hopes that it is a sign of things to come with The Independent reporting the Scotland captain as saying:"Of course, if teams are coming here maybe a bit worried then of course that works to our advantage. "But it only works to our advantage if we make it happen."We did that by going behind [against Arsenal] and we hit them hard straight after it so it was really good. "If people are worrying about coming here then it’s a good sign for us, but it’s up to us to continue that and we need to keep winning games by doing that.”Robertson said the perfect team to learn from is City who maintained that hunger throughout the whole season."We spoke about City last season and I’m sure every other team did as they were very hard to beat. "Of course we did it here in the league and the Champions League but in the league, not many people could touch them. "But the thing is, they completed it and they’ve got their winners’ medal and the trophy. "Just now, we have nothing and that’s why at the end of the season, hopefully we can talk about it.” Liverpool have mixed emotions of the Etihad Stadium last season.They were thrashed 5-0 in September albeit with 10 men for a majority of that contest, but got a measure of revenge in the second leg of the Champions League quarter final.Robertson says that you cannot put the clash on Thursday in the same context.“The thing is about the difference in the Champions League game is they obviously had to win by four goals or whatever so they had to come out."" They only need to win by one on Thursday. Despite holding the upper hand in the title race at this point, the left-back is taking nothing for granted.“Look, they’re a fantastic team, a very experienced team and they’ve been in this position before. "They’ve won the title. "It’s something that we’ve never had. They’re probably more experienced than us in this position but we look forward to it.”Getting a result on Thursday will put a major dent in the hopes of City, while giving Liverpool a massive psychological boost as we enter the second half of the season.
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