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  1. Xherdan Shaqiri could have played his last game for the Reds with Sevilla keen on the services of the Swiss star.The Mirror reports the team who are currently placed third in La Liga, are reportedly ready to test Liverpool's resolve this summer with a £28million offer.The proposed fee documented in the report would see Liverpool more than double their money on the original fee that they paid for the attacking midfielder from Stoke City in the summer of 2018.The much travelled 28 year-old has struggled for game time this season due to increased competition for places as well as a ongoing battle with muscle injuries.When Shaqiri does get onto the playing arena, it is clear that he makes a difference to the team with his vibrancy and his creative mindset. He also plays with a joyful demeanour which the supporters in particular feed off.But the truth is that we have not seen it often enough with his last start coming in the World Club Cup in the middle of December.Jürgen Klopp has displayed sympathy for the predicament of his player saying in January:"It’s not cool, absolutely not cool.”“But maybe there are different reasons, for sure. Shaq is a very special player in different departments. “His physique is different to all others I ever saw, his muscles are unbelievable."For his part, Shaqiri has been understandably frustrated that his lack of playing time but understands he is part of a big squad."We have a big, talented squad, and many have to wait for their chance."I have never had a problem with the coach." View full article
  2. Jadon Sancho is the player who would be a perfect addition for Liverpool according to former Reds and Everton player Don Hutchison. The Borussia Dortmund forward is one of the hottest prospects in Europe with a number of clubs interested in signing the 19 year-old former Man City youth player. But for Liverpool to secure his services, they would have to let go one of their prized assets in the front three.Hutchison says while he wouldn’t sell by choice, if it came to that scenario that player could be Mo Salah. The Mirror reported the Scottish international as saying: "I think if you're going to sell anyone and you had to sell one - don't get me wrong, I wouldn't sell any if I was Jurgen Klopp - but if one was to go and you offered Mo Salah for someone like Jadon Sancho, I maybe would take that swap.However he was unequivocal in his belief that Sadio Mané shouldn’t be the man sacrificed.“I wouldn't [accept £140m for Mane], I wouldn't. While Hutchison says Salah is an incredibly talented player, he identified a few flaws in his game.“When we were talking about the Champions League just before the Atletico Madrid game, you watch Mo Salah and the guy does genius things but he does the most basic things so bad it's untrue.“He can't pass a ball five yards, he seems to keep playing this ball where he tries to nutmeg everyone from whatever side he's on, if he's coming off the right flank onto his left, tries to play it to a striker through a body of players that's never, ever on.“And you watch him and go: 'Surely this has been coached, surely Jurgen Klopp and his coaching staff have tried to coach Mo Salah,' and he does the basic things really badly."Yet his numbers are frightening and he scores a ridiculous amount of goals in the Premier League and the Champions League." View full article
  3. West Ham has emerged as a possible new home for Liverpool reserve goalkeeper Loris Karius.The German has been on loan at Besiktas for the last two seasons, but despite the thought that a fresh start away from the intense gaze of Anfield would see him thrive, it has been anything but a smooth ride with Karius making his fair share of poor errors and publicly berated by his former manager.Besiktas has made it known that they are not interested in paying the £7.25m that it would require to make the move permanent.In a new development, The Mirror (via Voetbal) reports that the Hammers have registered an interest.The East London outfit have had their fair share of issues between the sticks this season with Number 1 Lukasz Fabianski missing a number of months with an hip injury. While his deputies, Roberto, Darren Randolph and David Martin are not thought to be good enough, and manager David Moyes has identified the position as a key one to strengthen and believes he can get the 26 year-old for a cut-price feel around £4.5 million. However, this is competition for his services with Belgian side Anderlecht and Sporting Lisbon of Portugal also thought to be monitoring the situation.Where Karius next ends up next in his Football career is uncertain, what seems ever more likely is that the keeper has made his last appearance for the Reds. View full article
  4. Xherdan Shaqiri could have played his last game for the Reds with Sevilla keen on the services of the Swiss star.The Mirror reports the team who are currently placed third in La Liga, are reportedly ready to test Liverpool's resolve this summer with a £28million offer.The proposed fee documented in the report would see Liverpool more than double their money on the original fee that they paid for the attacking midfielder from Stoke City in the summer of 2018.The much travelled 28 year-old has struggled for game time this season due to increased competition for places as well as a ongoing battle with muscle injuries.When Shaqiri does get onto the playing arena, it is clear that he makes a difference to the team with his vibrancy and his creative mindset. He also plays with a joyful demeanour which the supporters in particular feed off.But the truth is that we have not seen it often enough with his last start coming in the World Club Cup in the middle of December.Jürgen Klopp has displayed sympathy for the predicament of his player saying in January:"It’s not cool, absolutely not cool.”“But maybe there are different reasons, for sure. Shaq is a very special player in different departments. “His physique is different to all others I ever saw, his muscles are unbelievable."For his part, Shaqiri has been understandably frustrated that his lack of playing time but understands he is part of a big squad."We have a big, talented squad, and many have to wait for their chance."I have never had a problem with the coach."
  5. Premier League players are firmly against the plan to play games behind closed doors.The Mirror reports that players from all divisions in England have spoken to their representatives at the Professional Footballers Association about their displeasure of the plan.There was a belief that the Premier League has mapped out a plan to resume games from as early as May 2nd, especially as they were under pressure from TV companies to fulfill their contracts or they will risk losing money running into the hundreds of millions of pounds. Some of the reasoning behind the players concerns include:* Fearing for their own safety amid strict Government warnings over social distancing.* It could put their own families in jeopardy if they then become infected* Extra strain would be placed on emergency services with ambulances, paramedics and security would be needed at a time when they are already being stretched to the limit* They do not want to play in empty stadiums with loyal fans being locked outWith the players so strong in their view, there will undoubtedly be some strong discussions taking place behind the scenes.The PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor said: “Players do have concerns and understandably so. It would not be our preferred option but everything has to be considered at the moment."There is also a fear that the new season will kickoff behind closed doors with no one knowing when this Covid-19 outbreak will ease. View full article
  6. Jürgen Klopp believes by all working together, the world will be a much better place in the aftermath of the global health emergency that we are all living through.It is often in the time of crisis where we often see the best of people wanting to help out each other and it has certainly been the case in terms of this global Covid-19 outbreak.The catchphrase “‘We are all in this together’ has been often seen across social media platforms and conveyed by global leaders.In terms of Football, Klopp who is an great humanitarian in his own right, has been widely praised by his view that Football and the fortunes of his own team be put on the back burner as we deal with something much more important.The Mirror (via the Official site) published his poignant views on the current situation.“In the future, in 10, 20, 30, 40 years, if we look back and the conclusion is that this was the period when the world showed the biggest solidarity, the biggest love, the biggest friendship or whatever, that would be great, that would be really great.“So in the moment when you go through a phase or a period like this it’s not possible to see that, especially not for the people who are ill, but there will be a point in the future, a moment in the future when we look back and hopefully then we can see it like this.“Because that’s the solution for it - we all have to be disciplined, we all have to work together, we all have to take care of each other and that’s the solution for this problem.”Klopp maintained his line that 'Football is not the most important thing in the world', but said for people to see the players return to the pitch, they have to be disciplined in their everyday life.“We said it now often enough, and I think everybody knows, football is not the most important thing in the world. One hundred per cent not. “In this moment it’s clear what is. “But the only way to get football back as soon as possible, if that’s what the people want, the more disciplined we are now the earlier we will get, piece by piece by piece, our life back. That’s how it is.“We have to be disciplined by ourselves, we have to keep the distance to other people. “We can still do some things, not a lot, but we have to just calm down a little bit with things. “Yes, outside the economy has to carry on, that will start again. But the lower the number will be when we go out again, the number of people infected, that’s what I understand."There will be a moment when other smart people find a vaccine for the virus. But until then, we have to make sure we do the best possible for all the people out there. “You hear now more and more it’s not only the elderly and weaker - it’s not only that, there are younger people involved who can die of it as well. "It’s not about that, it’s about just, show heart and a bit of sensibility and do the right thing: stay at home as long as we have to.It was clear that Klopp got a tingle of excitement when he discussed a return to competitive action . “At one point we will play football again as well, 100 per cent. I couldn’t wish more for it because of a few really good reasons, how you can imagine. “I can’t wait actually, but even I have to be disciplined and I try to be as much as I can.”The German spoke about how he is spending his time away from the cut and thrust of Football management.“ I watched a few movies – I watched the Taken trilogy again! "To be honest, that’s how it is – you do a lot of things you usually don’t do. "I’m still in that period. Two weeks is long but it’s not that long.Klopp said although this time in life is extreme in its severity and seriousness, it is also important to maintain a lighter side of life and he has enjoyed his players doing so.“I tried the (Tiktok) dance of Ox! Not as bad as you probably think! “It’s very important in these times that we all show we take this situation seriously, but we are human beings. "You have to keep your own mood up and you have to keep the mood up for other people. "If the boys do anything on Instagram, as long as it’s in a legal frame I’m overly happy about it – it just shows they are still cheeky and all that stuff. “I like it, I like it a lot. I like the line-ups they do. “All these things are really funny. It’s good.”It has been said many times before, but in desperately tough times like this, it just highlights what a special individual Jürgen is and how lucky we are to have him as our manager. View full article
  7. West Ham has emerged as a possible new home for Liverpool reserve goalkeeper Loris Karius.The German has been on loan at Besiktas for the last two seasons, but despite the thought that a fresh start away from the intense gaze of Anfield would see him thrive, it has been anything but a smooth ride with Karius making his fair share of poor errors and publicly berated by his former manager.Besiktas has made it known that they are not interested in paying the £7.25m that it would require to make the move permanent.In a new development, The Mirror (via Voetbal) reports that the Hammers have registered an interest.The East London outfit have had their fair share of issues between the sticks this season with Number 1 Lukasz Fabianski missing a number of months with an hip injury. While his deputies, Roberto, Darren Randolph and David Martin are not thought to be good enough, and manager David Moyes has identified the position as a key one to strengthen and believes he can get the 26 year-old for a cut-price feel around £4.5 million. However, this is competition for his services with Belgian side Anderlecht and Sporting Lisbon of Portugal also thought to be monitoring the situation.Where Karius next ends up next in his Football career is uncertain, what seems ever more likely is that the keeper has made his last appearance for the Reds.
  8. Jürgen Klopp believes by all working together, the world will be a much better place in the aftermath of the global health emergency that we are all living through.It is often in the time of crisis where we often see the best of people wanting to help out each other and it has certainly been the case in terms of this global Covid-19 outbreak.The catchphrase “‘We are all in this together’ has been often seen across social media platforms and conveyed by global leaders.In terms of Football, Klopp who is an great humanitarian in his own right, has been widely praised by his view that Football and the fortunes of his own team be put on the back burner as we deal with something much more important.The Mirror (via the Official site) published his poignant views on the current situation.“In the future, in 10, 20, 30, 40 years, if we look back and the conclusion is that this was the period when the world showed the biggest solidarity, the biggest love, the biggest friendship or whatever, that would be great, that would be really great.“So in the moment when you go through a phase or a period like this it’s not possible to see that, especially not for the people who are ill, but there will be a point in the future, a moment in the future when we look back and hopefully then we can see it like this.“Because that’s the solution for it - we all have to be disciplined, we all have to work together, we all have to take care of each other and that’s the solution for this problem.”Klopp maintained his line that 'Football is not the most important thing in the world', but said for people to see the players return to the pitch, they have to be disciplined in their everyday life.“We said it now often enough, and I think everybody knows, football is not the most important thing in the world. One hundred per cent not. “In this moment it’s clear what is. “But the only way to get football back as soon as possible, if that’s what the people want, the more disciplined we are now the earlier we will get, piece by piece by piece, our life back. That’s how it is.“We have to be disciplined by ourselves, we have to keep the distance to other people. “We can still do some things, not a lot, but we have to just calm down a little bit with things. “Yes, outside the economy has to carry on, that will start again. But the lower the number will be when we go out again, the number of people infected, that’s what I understand."There will be a moment when other smart people find a vaccine for the virus. But until then, we have to make sure we do the best possible for all the people out there. “You hear now more and more it’s not only the elderly and weaker - it’s not only that, there are younger people involved who can die of it as well. "It’s not about that, it’s about just, show heart and a bit of sensibility and do the right thing: stay at home as long as we have to.It was clear that Klopp got a tingle of excitement when he discussed a return to competitive action . “At one point we will play football again as well, 100 per cent. I couldn’t wish more for it because of a few really good reasons, how you can imagine. “I can’t wait actually, but even I have to be disciplined and I try to be as much as I can.”The German spoke about how he is spending his time away from the cut and thrust of Football management.“ I watched a few movies – I watched the Taken trilogy again! "To be honest, that’s how it is – you do a lot of things you usually don’t do. "I’m still in that period. Two weeks is long but it’s not that long.Klopp said although this time in life is extreme in its severity and seriousness, it is also important to maintain a lighter side of life and he has enjoyed his players doing so.“I tried the (Tiktok) dance of Ox! Not as bad as you probably think! “It’s very important in these times that we all show we take this situation seriously, but we are human beings. "You have to keep your own mood up and you have to keep the mood up for other people. "If the boys do anything on Instagram, as long as it’s in a legal frame I’m overly happy about it – it just shows they are still cheeky and all that stuff. “I like it, I like it a lot. I like the line-ups they do. “All these things are really funny. It’s good.”It has been said many times before, but in desperately tough times like this, it just highlights what a special individual Jürgen is and how lucky we are to have him as our manager.
  9. Liverpool are looking closely at a player who is seen as one of Spanish Football’s most exciting prospects.20 year-old Ferran Torres has come through the youth ranks at Valencia and made his senior debut for Los Ches at 17 years of age.In that time, he has already made 90 first team appearances. The youngster has had a breakthrough campaign scoring six goals in all competitions including two goals and two assists in the Champions League.And in doing so, he became the first player born in 2000 to net a Champions League goal for a Spanish club.Torres is viewed as a versatile attack minded player who can play on either flank, as a winger and has a tremendous vertical leap which can see him play as a centre forward.But while these are all attributes that will interest the Reds, the Mirror reports they will face stiff competition from Real Madrid and Barcelona while Man City and Juventus are also sniffing around.The young talent has represented his country at the various youth levels and is reportedly close to earning a cap at the highest level. Former Valencia manager Marcelino was someone who had no doubts over the ability of Torres. “All of us within the club were sure that we were looking at a very high-level footballer.“It was only a matter of time before he exploded, because it was clear this player had to play. “He still has a significant margin for improvement, but for me, he is one of the revelations of the season."While Valencia are hoping they can persuade the youngster to extend his stay, the likelihood is that he will be on the move.There is debate about any transfer fee that will be set.Valencia are protected by a release clause, which has been reported in the Spanish media as being as high as €90m.That is unlikely to be true though, with the player signing his current deal on his 18th birthday - which would mean a much lower release clause than suggested.If this youngster than have even half the career of another F. Torres, then he will have done very well indeed. View full article
  10. Clubs from the upper echelon of the Premier League have launched a bid to stop Man City playing in the Champions League while the appeal over their two year ban is ongoing.The Daily Mail reports that eight of the current top 10 placed clubs in the Premier League have submitted a joint application to the Court of Arbitration for Sport which will hear City’s appeal against their punishment from UEFA for breaching Financial Fair Play rules.The only two teams not on the list are Sheffield United and naturally City themselves.It is believed the group have written separately to the same law firm who have in turn sent them an application backed by all to the arbitration body.If Man City request their punishment is “stayed” (in other words not served) while their appeal is ongoing, the other clubs will strongly reject that premise. For their part, Man City have not requested that measure take place.City have a firm belief that this is a calculated attack by some of the most powerful clubs in the country.An unnamed source did little to reject that view by saying:“For too long, City have been able to get away with breaching the rules at the expense of at least one other club that has been unable to get into the Champions League.“The fear is that they will be able to delay any punishment and — should they win the appeal — get off scot-free, which would be outrageous."There is a thought that with the current Covid-19 global outbreak sending football calendars into turmoil, the case over City’s two year ban will be delayed and they could well start the new season in the Champions League. View full article
  11. Liverpool are looking closely at a player who is seen as one of Spanish Football’s most exciting prospects.20 year-old Ferran Torres has come through the youth ranks at Valencia and made his senior debut for Los Ches at 17 years of age.In that time, he has already made 90 first team appearances. The youngster has had a breakthrough campaign scoring six goals in all competitions including two goals and two assists in the Champions League.And in doing so, he became the first player born in 2000 to net a Champions League goal for a Spanish club.Torres is viewed as a versatile attack minded player who can play on either flank, as a winger and has a tremendous vertical leap which can see him play as a centre forward.But while these are all attributes that will interest the Reds, the Mirror reports they will face stiff competition from Real Madrid and Barcelona while Man City and Juventus are also sniffing around.The young talent has represented his country at the various youth levels and is reportedly close to earning a cap at the highest level. Former Valencia manager Marcelino was someone who had no doubts over the ability of Torres. “All of us within the club were sure that we were looking at a very high-level footballer.“It was only a matter of time before he exploded, because it was clear this player had to play. “He still has a significant margin for improvement, but for me, he is one of the revelations of the season."While Valencia are hoping they can persuade the youngster to extend his stay, the likelihood is that he will be on the move.There is debate about any transfer fee that will be set.Valencia are protected by a release clause, which has been reported in the Spanish media as being as high as €90m.That is unlikely to be true though, with the player signing his current deal on his 18th birthday - which would mean a much lower release clause than suggested.If this youngster than have even half the career of another F. Torres, then he will have done very well indeed.
  12. Raheem Sterling has publicly revealed that he still has a deep love for the club that he began his senior career with.The Man City forward was once a loved figure at Anfield after coming to the club as a 15 year-old from QPR.It was clear that the youngster had talent but like many in that position, he needed someone to guide him through the ups and downs of being a professional.That individual was Brendan Rodgers who initially used the tough love approach, but from there the relationship blossomed and peaked spectacularly in the 2013/4 season where Sterling was a pivotal member of the squad which went heartbreakingly close to ending the title drought. As the performances of the team crumbled after that bitter disappointment, Sterling seemingly looked to greener pastures where he believed his career goals could be fulfilled.While the usual suspects on the continent were mentioned, he eventually signed for Man City in a deal close to £50 million.While no one would begrudge a player a move if they do not want to be at the club anymore, but the way Sterling and his advisers handled his exit a lot to be desired.It led to a lot of acrimony whenever Liverpool played City and in truth, was probably the birth of a fierce rivalry between the two teams which has escalated several levels in the years since.Sterling conducted a Q and A session on the account of his management agency and the question was put to him whether he want to play for the Reds again.His answer as reported by the Echo is as follows:Would I ever go back to Liverpool? To be honest with you I love Liverpool.“Don’t get it twisted, they are always in my heart. “It’s a team that has done a lot for me growing up so…"It is a fascinating response especially when you take into account the European ban hanging over the head of City.The Echo ran a poll asking the readers whether they would take Sterling back but it is clear the resentment for the individual is still high with over 70% saying No.However when it is all said and done, it is nice to know that Sterling still respects the club that gave him an opportunity which to his credit he grabbed with both hands. View full article
  13. Clubs from the upper echelon of the Premier League have launched a bid to stop Man City playing in the Champions League while the appeal over their two year ban is ongoing.The Daily Mail reports that eight of the current top 10 placed clubs in the Premier League have submitted a joint application to the Court of Arbitration for Sport which will hear City’s appeal against their punishment from UEFA for breaching Financial Fair Play rules.The only two teams not on the list are Sheffield United and naturally City themselves.It is believed the group have written separately to the same law firm who have in turn sent them an application backed by all to the arbitration body.If Man City request their punishment is “stayed” (in other words not served) while their appeal is ongoing, the other clubs will strongly reject that premise. For their part, Man City have not requested that measure take place.City have a firm belief that this is a calculated attack by some of the most powerful clubs in the country.An unnamed source did little to reject that view by saying:“For too long, City have been able to get away with breaching the rules at the expense of at least one other club that has been unable to get into the Champions League.“The fear is that they will be able to delay any punishment and — should they win the appeal — get off scot-free, which would be outrageous."There is a thought that with the current Covid-19 global outbreak sending football calendars into turmoil, the case over City’s two year ban will be delayed and they could well start the new season in the Champions League.
  14. Raheem Sterling has publicly revealed that he still has a deep love for the club that he began his senior career with.The Man City forward was once a loved figure at Anfield after coming to the club as a 15 year-old from QPR.It was clear that the youngster had talent but like many in that position, he needed someone to guide him through the ups and downs of being a professional.That individual was Brendan Rodgers who initially used the tough love approach, but from there the relationship blossomed and peaked spectacularly in the 2013/4 season where Sterling was a pivotal member of the squad which went heartbreakingly close to ending the title drought. As the performances of the team crumbled after that bitter disappointment, Sterling seemingly looked to greener pastures where he believed his career goals could be fulfilled.While the usual suspects on the continent were mentioned, he eventually signed for Man City in a deal close to £50 million.While no one would begrudge a player a move if they do not want to be at the club anymore, but the way Sterling and his advisers handled his exit a lot to be desired.It led to a lot of acrimony whenever Liverpool played City and in truth, was probably the birth of a fierce rivalry between the two teams which has escalated several levels in the years since.Sterling conducted a Q and A session on the account of his management agency and the question was put to him whether he want to play for the Reds again.His answer as reported by the Echo is as follows:Would I ever go back to Liverpool? To be honest with you I love Liverpool.“Don’t get it twisted, they are always in my heart. “It’s a team that has done a lot for me growing up so…"It is a fascinating response especially when you take into account the European ban hanging over the head of City.The Echo ran a poll asking the readers whether they would take Sterling back but it is clear the resentment for the individual is still high with over 70% saying No.However when it is all said and done, it is nice to know that Sterling still respects the club that gave him an opportunity which to his credit he grabbed with both hands.
  15. Premier League players are firmly against the plan to play games behind closed doors.The Mirror reports that players from all divisions in England have spoken to their representatives at the Professional Footballers Association about their displeasure of the plan.There was a belief that the Premier League has mapped out a plan to resume games from as early as May 2nd, especially as they were under pressure from TV companies to fulfill their contracts or they will risk losing money running into the hundreds of millions of pounds. Some of the reasoning behind the players concerns include:* Fearing for their own safety amid strict Government warnings over social distancing.* It could put their own families in jeopardy if they then become infected* Extra strain would be placed on emergency services with ambulances, paramedics and security would be needed at a time when they are already being stretched to the limit* They do not want to play in empty stadiums with loyal fans being locked outWith the players so strong in their view, there will undoubtedly be some strong discussions taking place behind the scenes.The PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor said: “Players do have concerns and understandably so. It would not be our preferred option but everything has to be considered at the moment."There is also a fear that the new season will kickoff behind closed doors with no one knowing when this Covid-19 outbreak will ease.
  16. Trent Alexander-Arnold says that Jürgen Klopp is an genuine individual who treats every player the same, whether you have played a senior game or are one of stars of the squad.Klopp is renowned for his outstanding ability to connect with players in a football sense as well as a humanistic level. The right-back says told GQ (via the Mirror) that he finds it hard to identify one special quality of the German.“ His man management... as a person, as a manager. Just unbelievable."And while some people think that his habit of hugging his players on the pitch as slightly over the top , the England international says it is entirely genuine. “He’s the same person, because I feel as though in those interviews, when you see him on the camera, you can see that he’s a loving person.“You can see that he’s someone who cares about the people around him. “He cares about his family, he cares about his players, he cares about his staff. He treats everyone as equals.“He treats the captain the same as he would a young player. “People probably have a conception of him as maybe being very emotional, heart on the sleeve. "Which he is to an extent, but he knows how to control it in ways that are beneficial to everyone around him.“He knows what needs to be said and what tone it needs to be said in, at the right time."The 21 year-old has come a long way under the tutelage of Klopp and has a lot to thank him for.It is just one of the reasons why he couldn’t dream of playing for another Football team.“It’s not something I’ve ever thought about. I’ve always loved Liverpool.“ I’ve always supported them. I’ve always played for them. So, yeah, still now, I wouldn’t sit there in my room and daydream about playing somewhere else.”But he does respect the general values of another city, that being Barcelona.“I’d say my favourite other team would be Barça. "I feel as though they’ve got kind of the same values and beliefs as Liverpool.“In Liverpool, everyone’s got the same beliefs, the same drive to succeed, the same hard-work ethic, the tenacity. "The passion in what they believe in is a massive thing in this city.” Trent also says another special feature is that Liverpool fans are very quick to make those players who come from other parts of the world as one of their own.And in turn, the players are able to buy into the culture of the club.“ I think it’s well known here that the fans are special and they love the players more than anything, but it’s not just about the fans.“It’s whether you fit the city and the environment that you’re living in, whether the people accept you, if you feel at home, if the family feel at home. “I think Liverpool is probably one of the easiest in that regard, because as soon as you come in you are accepted – you know that.“So (even if you are not born here) the players understand what the club is about, the history, this tradition, the values of the club. “I grew up with it. I understood it from an early age. I was taught it throughout my childhood, whereas they weren’t. "But they get it.”
  17. Trent Alexander-Arnold says that Jürgen Klopp is an genuine individual who treats every player the same, whether you have played a senior game or are one of stars of the squad.Klopp is renowned for his outstanding ability to connect with players in a football sense as well as a humanistic level. The right-back says told GQ (via the Mirror) that he finds it hard to identify one special quality of the German.“ His man management... as a person, as a manager. Just unbelievable."And while some people think that his habit of hugging his players on the pitch as slightly over the top , the England international says it is entirely genuine. “He’s the same person, because I feel as though in those interviews, when you see him on the camera, you can see that he’s a loving person.“You can see that he’s someone who cares about the people around him. “He cares about his family, he cares about his players, he cares about his staff. He treats everyone as equals.“He treats the captain the same as he would a young player. “People probably have a conception of him as maybe being very emotional, heart on the sleeve. "Which he is to an extent, but he knows how to control it in ways that are beneficial to everyone around him.“He knows what needs to be said and what tone it needs to be said in, at the right time."The 21 year-old has come a long way under the tutelage of Klopp and has a lot to thank him for.It is just one of the reasons why he couldn’t dream of playing for another Football team.“It’s not something I’ve ever thought about. I’ve always loved Liverpool.“ I’ve always supported them. I’ve always played for them. So, yeah, still now, I wouldn’t sit there in my room and daydream about playing somewhere else.”But he does respect the general values of another city, that being Barcelona.“I’d say my favourite other team would be Barça. "I feel as though they’ve got kind of the same values and beliefs as Liverpool.“In Liverpool, everyone’s got the same beliefs, the same drive to succeed, the same hard-work ethic, the tenacity. "The passion in what they believe in is a massive thing in this city.” Trent also says another special feature is that Liverpool fans are very quick to make those players who come from other parts of the world as one of their own.And in turn, the players are able to buy into the culture of the club.“ I think it’s well known here that the fans are special and they love the players more than anything, but it’s not just about the fans.“It’s whether you fit the city and the environment that you’re living in, whether the people accept you, if you feel at home, if the family feel at home. “I think Liverpool is probably one of the easiest in that regard, because as soon as you come in you are accepted – you know that.“So (even if you are not born here) the players understand what the club is about, the history, this tradition, the values of the club. “I grew up with it. I understood it from an early age. I was taught it throughout my childhood, whereas they weren’t. "But they get it.” View full article
  18. Liverpool have identified three central defensive options to replace Dejan Lovren if the Croatian leaves the club in the summer.The 30 year-old has made 184 appearances across all competitions in his six season stint at the Reds but he is out of contract next summer.With Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez the preferred pairing in the heart of the defence at this present time, opportunities seem limited for the veteran to be a first team regular and therefore he may look at other options to continue his career.It is for that reason that Liverpool have a contingency plan and The Mirror via Spanish publication (AS) reports that Michael Edwards has identified three targets.They are Jose Gimenez from Atletico Madrid, Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig and Alessandro Bastoni from Inter Milan.Gimenez is described as an individual is an aggressive, proactive centre back who's virtually flawless in the air, quick off the mark and difficult to knock off the ball. His high level of anticipation helps him clear danger often, and his preferred style out of defence is to go long and seek teammates with lofted balls.The Uruguayan international has had an injury interrupted season which saw him only be a bit-part player in the Champions League last 16 tie against the Reds.While the 25 year-old is tied to the Madrid club until 2023 and has a release clause of €120 million there is belief that a cut-price deal could be in order with Diego Simeone sticking with a Steven Savic and Felipe partnership.The other two options are younger with Upamecano 21 and Bastoni 20.The scouting report on Upamecano says he is a is a strong and willing tackler with a solid aerial presence and very capable with the ball at his feet. The French U/21 international is seen as one of the best young defenders in Europe and a major reason behind Leipzig’s very impressive campaign in the Bundesliga and Champions League this season.He also doesn’t lack any confidence In his ability, saying just last month.“As I said, first I focus on RB Leipzig and then about what I intend to do, but there are clubs that love me. “I will speak well with my agents and my parents at the end of the season. "And we will make the right decision."The buyout clause could be a stumbling block (€92 Million) but again there is a thought a lower fee could be agreed to.Lastly Bastoni is seen as one of the brightest stars of Serie A and his development has seen Inter manager Antonio Conte prefer him to veteran Diego Godin. His strengths lie in his front foot defending and positioning along with his technical ability.Along with youngster Sepp van den Berg who was signed last summer, it is good to see the club casting the net far and wide looking for extra quality and depth in the key defensive positions. View full article
  19. Dejan Lovren could swapping life on Merseyside for North London with both Arsenal and Tottenham interested in the veteran defender.The Mirror (via Sky Sports) reports that both clubs are looking for defensive reinforcements and Lovren is the sort of player who could add valuable leadership.The Croatian who has made 14 appearances this season has been linked to the Serie A during the last few transfer windows, but Jürgen Klopp was very keen to keep the 30 year old as defensive cover. Lovren still has over a year to run on his current contract, but it is believed much like Adam Lallana he will be on the lookout for a new club this summer in the quest for more playing time.Lovren is the definition of someone who splits opinion in the fanbase.Some are very quick to point out his flaws as seen in his most recent outing against Watford where the Reds lost for the first time this season.While the team as a collective unit had a very rare shocker, it was the performance of the centre back which was forensically examined by all in sundry, with his direct opponent on the evening Troy Deeney even chipping in a few barbs for good measure. But there are others who see Lovren as the consummate teammate, someone who supports others, does not cause any fuss and is willing to play any kind of role when called upon for the club he truly loves.If Lovren does sign for either of the North London rivals, he will bring a impressive resume which includes being a starter in a World Cup and Champions League final. View full article
  20. Liverpool stars are being told forget about what lies out of their control in this unprecedented time due to the global Covid-19 outbreak.The Reds sit just two games from a long awaited and much deserved title triumph, but have been made to wait to lift the trophy due to the halt to the Premier League season.Naturally, such a sudden halt to a season comes with a share of disappointment and frustration.However, the Daily Mail reports that club sports psychologist Lee Richardson has come up with a list of plans and techniques to stay healthy which is by far the most important thing.“What happens with the decision of the Premier League or the direction the virus takes next is out of our control.‘All we can control is our behaviour and our response to the challenge of keeping the most vulnerable safe and minimising infection rates.“In focussing on the controllable and in accepting that which we cannot control, i.e. Premier League, government response, we give ourselves the best chance of overcoming the psychological challenge of keeping perspective. “As the manager has said, football is not the most important thing. “The health and safety of us all is far more important.’” Richardson also said keeping active in all facets of life is incredibly important along with keeping close to loved ones and not to focus on negative stories either on the news or on social media.Richardson ends on a positive by saying.“We will come out of the other side of this“Normality will return but also to be realistic that this will not be for some time’.Richardson played for a number of clubs in his own career including Watford, Blackburn and Aberdeen before becoming manager of Chesterfield and then becoming a sports psychologist and as well as Liverpool, he also works at the Lancashire County Cricket club.He was brought to Liverpool this season and speaking about his appointment, Jürgen Klopp is certainly a big fan of what he brings to the table.“It is just an add-on for all the things we try to deliver. “We try to make sure the boys are in the best hands. “With Lee, the good thing is he was a player himself, a manager himself and then he decided to become a sports psychologist.‘It is a really interesting career. He’s a fantastic person, which is important because then I don’t have to convince the boys to talk to him. It’s easy.“He is a really interesting person and so the boys enjoy that he is around and when you need him, you can use him.”
  21. Liverpool stars are being told forget about what lies out of their control in this unprecedented time due to the global Covid-19 outbreak.The Reds sit just two games from a long awaited and much deserved title triumph, but have been made to wait to lift the trophy due to the halt to the Premier League season.Naturally, such a sudden halt to a season comes with a share of disappointment and frustration.However, the Daily Mail reports that club sports psychologist Lee Richardson has come up with a list of plans and techniques to stay healthy which is by far the most important thing.“What happens with the decision of the Premier League or the direction the virus takes next is out of our control.‘All we can control is our behaviour and our response to the challenge of keeping the most vulnerable safe and minimising infection rates.“In focussing on the controllable and in accepting that which we cannot control, i.e. Premier League, government response, we give ourselves the best chance of overcoming the psychological challenge of keeping perspective. “As the manager has said, football is not the most important thing. “The health and safety of us all is far more important.’” Richardson also said keeping active in all facets of life is incredibly important along with keeping close to loved ones and not to focus on negative stories either on the news or on social media.Richardson ends on a positive by saying.“We will come out of the other side of this“Normality will return but also to be realistic that this will not be for some time’.Richardson played for a number of clubs in his own career including Watford, Blackburn and Aberdeen before becoming manager of Chesterfield and then becoming a sports psychologist and as well as Liverpool, he also works at the Lancashire County Cricket club.He was brought to Liverpool this season and speaking about his appointment, Jürgen Klopp is certainly a big fan of what he brings to the table.“It is just an add-on for all the things we try to deliver. “We try to make sure the boys are in the best hands. “With Lee, the good thing is he was a player himself, a manager himself and then he decided to become a sports psychologist.‘It is a really interesting career. He’s a fantastic person, which is important because then I don’t have to convince the boys to talk to him. It’s easy.“He is a really interesting person and so the boys enjoy that he is around and when you need him, you can use him.” View full article
  22. Liverpool have identified three central defensive options to replace Dejan Lovren if the Croatian leaves the club in the summer.The 30 year-old has made 184 appearances across all competitions in his six season stint at the Reds but he is out of contract next summer.With Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez the preferred pairing in the heart of the defence at this present time, opportunities seem limited for the veteran to be a first team regular and therefore he may look at other options to continue his career.It is for that reason that Liverpool have a contingency plan and The Mirror via Spanish publication (AS) reports that Michael Edwards has identified three targets.They are Jose Gimenez from Atletico Madrid, Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig and Alessandro Bastoni from Inter Milan.Gimenez is described as an individual is an aggressive, proactive centre back who's virtually flawless in the air, quick off the mark and difficult to knock off the ball. His high level of anticipation helps him clear danger often, and his preferred style out of defence is to go long and seek teammates with lofted balls.The Uruguayan international has had an injury interrupted season which saw him only be a bit-part player in the Champions League last 16 tie against the Reds.While the 25 year-old is tied to the Madrid club until 2023 and has a release clause of €120 million there is belief that a cut-price deal could be in order with Diego Simeone sticking with a Steven Savic and Felipe partnership.The other two options are younger with Upamecano 21 and Bastoni 20.The scouting report on Upamecano says he is a is a strong and willing tackler with a solid aerial presence and very capable with the ball at his feet. The French U/21 international is seen as one of the best young defenders in Europe and a major reason behind Leipzig’s very impressive campaign in the Bundesliga and Champions League this season.He also doesn’t lack any confidence In his ability, saying just last month.“As I said, first I focus on RB Leipzig and then about what I intend to do, but there are clubs that love me. “I will speak well with my agents and my parents at the end of the season. "And we will make the right decision."The buyout clause could be a stumbling block (€92 Million) but again there is a thought a lower fee could be agreed to.Lastly Bastoni is seen as one of the brightest stars of Serie A and his development has seen Inter manager Antonio Conte prefer him to veteran Diego Godin. His strengths lie in his front foot defending and positioning along with his technical ability.Along with youngster Sepp van den Berg who was signed last summer, it is good to see the club casting the net far and wide looking for extra quality and depth in the key defensive positions.
  23. Liverpool are a number of clubs monitoring promising French defender Evan Ndicka.The 20 year-old currently plays at Eintracht Frankfurt after coming through the ranks at Auxerre.Ndicka who has represented his country at the various youth levels is on the radar of Valencia and Sevilla and Sky Sports reports that Liverpool and Arsenal are also looking closely at the youngster.Ndicka mainly plays as a Central defender but is more than comfortable playing at left-back and it is that flexibility which could interest the Reds as they search for a capable backup to Andy Robertson.The defender has made 14 starts and one substitute appearance in the Bundesliga this season. On a wider note, there is a level of uncertainty of when the transfer window will be opened due to the fact that domestic leagues may be still completing the current season.The window is due to re-open on the 18th of June. Sky Sports also report that FIFA are reviewing the situation with regards to player registrations, with the possibility that players such as Adam Lallana could run out of contract at their club before the season restarts. One possibility been mooted is players in the position of Lallana and reserve goalkeeper Andy Lonergan be given rolling contracts on a week by week basis.It is just one more issue that Football has to confront in a time of unprecedented uncertainty. View full article
  24. Liverpool are a number of clubs monitoring promising French defender Evan Ndicka.The 20 year-old currently plays at Eintracht Frankfurt after coming through the ranks at Auxerre.Ndicka who has represented his country at the various youth levels is on the radar of Valencia and Sevilla and Sky Sports reports that Liverpool and Arsenal are also looking closely at the youngster.Ndicka mainly plays as a Central defender but is more than comfortable playing at left-back and it is that flexibility which could interest the Reds as they search for a capable backup to Andy Robertson.The defender has made 14 starts and one substitute appearance in the Bundesliga this season. On a wider note, there is a level of uncertainty of when the transfer window will be opened due to the fact that domestic leagues may be still completing the current season.The window is due to re-open on the 18th of June. Sky Sports also report that FIFA are reviewing the situation with regards to player registrations, with the possibility that players such as Adam Lallana could run out of contract at their club before the season restarts. One possibility been mooted is players in the position of Lallana and reserve goalkeeper Andy Lonergan be given rolling contracts on a week by week basis.It is just one more issue that Football has to confront in a time of unprecedented uncertainty.
  25. Liverpool could be bqck in competitive action in early June according to a fresh report.The Covid-19 outbreak has swept through the world with alarming ferocity putting pay to any traditional conclusion to the Football season.Countless meetings involving key Football power-brokers have taken place in the last few weeks deciding what the next move will be.Everyone associated with Liverpool have been watching developments incredibly closely with the Reds only two wins away from winning the league. While there have been those with vested interests who wanted the season to be voided, that was never going to be a likely scenario with so much at stake.The statement from the Premier League this week provided much comfort when it clarified that the current season would be extended indefinitely.The Telegraph(via the Echo) reports that a “tentative" plan will see matches resume again after June 1st with action taking place behind closed doors.It could see the campaign finished within six weeks of that date - allowing for the 2020/21 season to begin around August 8th.As well as games taking place in empty stadiums, the Telegraph suggests "the presence of emergency crews within the ground" would need to be sanctioned by the Government.The report implies that this is only a target at this stage and things could rapidly change.However the moving of Euro 2020 to next year gives leagues across Europe some vital flexibility as they aim to complete the current season.It has been a case of so close, yet so far as we wait for positive news on this unprecedented situation.Hopefully this proposed step moves us one one step closer to claiming the ultimate prize. View full article
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