Posts Tagged ‘Champions League’

Attacking Mentality Can Win Liverpool Champions League

May 9, 2018

Liverpool will face Real Madrid later this month in the Champions League final, a game that is sure to be tense, nervy and tight. However, if Liverpool want to win the game then they have to believe that they can, and attack as though they are favourites to lift the trophy. We have seen them at their devastating best in Europe when they have attacked good teams, and that is what we must see once again despite the game being a final played on neutral soil.

When Liverpool threw the kitchen sink at Manchester City in their 3-0 victory over them at the quarter-final stage, the Premier League champions simply didn’t have an answer. They attacked with pace and put City on the back foot, and just when City thought they had a minute to catch their breaths, Liverpool attacked even harder. City are arguably a far better team than Real Madrid, but they couldn’t keep up with Liverpool that night, and that is exactly the kind of performance that will win the team from Merseyside the Champions League. Read More

Jurgen Klopp pleased with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Jurgen Klopp pleased with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

January 11, 2018

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was pleased with the performance of midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain against West Ham United on Saturday. The England international made his first Premier League start in the Reds shirt, and he did not disappoint as he scored the crucial third goal in the 4-1 thrashing of the Hammers.

Manuel Lanzini got a goal back for the Hammers to make it 2-1 early in the second half but just a minute later, Oxlade-Chamberlain popped up the other end to score after his initial effort was saved by goalkeeper Joe Hart. The 24-year-old initially struggled to make an impact with Liverpool, but Klopp is pleased that the former Arsenal man is adjusting quickly to the club’s style of play.
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Klopp: Philippe Coutinho won’t be sold

August 4, 2017

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has iterated that Philippe Coutinho will not be sold to Barcelona during this summer’s transfer window.

The Brazil international has been repeatedly linked with a move to the Camp Nou with compatriot Neymar also publicly stating that he would welcome the attacker to Catalunya.

Despite this, Klopp has continuously suggested that the Reds are not keen on selling Coutinho whilst insisting that it is a decision which is accepted between him and the board, he declared: “If I say he is not for selling, he is not for selling. There is nothing else to say. It’s a club decision, it’s my decision. That’s how it is. I can say 20 times, he is not for sale. If you ask the other question the other way and I say, there has been no assurance, you make the story the other way. There is no story for me. Whatever happens from their side, I say he is not for sale. The answer is — not for sale.” Read More

Liverpool Must Use a Top-Four Finish as a Springboard to Success

May 8, 2017

The Reds’ victory at Watford gives them a significant advantage over the stuttering Manchester duo in the quest for a place in the Premier League top four.

Emre Can’s superb finish is quite rightly being touted as one of the goals of the season but the German’s acrobatics shouldn’t deflect the attention away from a hugely important three points for his side.

Liverpool have been far from consistent this campaign and have regularly slipped up against sides in the bottom half of table, much to the chagrin of Reds fans. Read More

Liverpool Have Not Thrown Away Top Four Place, says Jurgen Klopp

May 4, 2017

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says that the club have not thrown away a top four place after the loss against Crystal Palace.

The club came into the game on the back of a good run of form in recent weeks. However, Crystal Palace managed to secure a 2-1 win at Anfield. Even though Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring after just 24 minutes, Crystal Palace managed to pull back level in the 42nd minute through former Red Christian Benteke. The Belgian once again haunted the club with a second goal in the 74th minute, and Liverpool were unable to recover from these two setbacks.

This was the first defeat for the club since the end of February when they lost to Leicester City. They have been able to go on a run of five wins and two draws in the last seven games. Yet, this defeat is much more damaging to the club’s hopes of finishing in the top four, as it has allowed Manchester United with a real opportunity to plug the gap with their two games in hand. United are only three points behind. Read More

Anything Other Than Top Four Will Be Disaster, Says Steve McManaman

March 5, 2017

Liverpool legend Steve McManaman says that manager Jurgen Klopp can have no excuses with regard to meeting the objective of finishing in the top four.

Qualification for the Champions League remains is the most important priority for Liverpool. At the start of January, the club was seen as the main challenges for Chelsea, who were on a 13 game winning run that had just come to an end. Since then, a run of just one league victory has seen the team slip outside the top four and almost certainly out of the title race. Liverpool are 11 points behind Chelsea having played the same number of games.

Manager Jurgen Klopp also made the mistake of fielding youngsters for the cup competitions – EFL Cup and FA Cup. This has had a catastrophic effect on the team since they were dumped out of the competition in the early stages. Klopp recently admitted that his mistakes when it comes to team selection in the cup competitions. Read More

Liverpool Cannot Be Defensive Due to Heritage, says Klopp

October 26, 2016

Manchester United were heavily criticised for their tactics in the recent goalless draw at Anfield.

Jose Mourinho set up his team in a defensive manner and it saw them make only one shot on target in the entire 90 minutes. Liverpool struggled to deal with the opposition being so intent on breaking up their game. David de Gea ended up making some crucial saves to keep United in the match. Even as the next game approaches, Liverpool manager is incensed by the tactics of Jose Mourinho. He says that it would be difficult to play such tactics as the Liverpool manager due to the history of the club.

Liverpool have a great reputation of playing beautiful and attractive football. United also have this heritage – especially under Sir Alex Ferguson – but Mourinho seems to be attracted more towards the results. The Portuguese is in a difficult situation just a few months into his reign at United. The club have not been getting results as they should have been and they sit in a lowly seventh place. United were aware that Liverpool would be extremely strong at Anfield. Mourinho was not too displeased with the solitary point, although it meant that United have taken only one win in the last five games.
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European Weakness

December 1, 2014

It’s been a strange one. A very strange one in fact. It’s safe to say that all Liverpool fans have been left scratching their heads following the most peculiar of starts to this season.

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