Posts Tagged ‘Cup Final’

Injury-plagued striker determined to prove his worth to Liverpool

October 22, 2017

England international Danny Ings has effectively ruled out a winter exit from Liverpool by suggesting that he still has a ‘bit part to play’ for the club.

The 25-year-old is currently looking to regain his match fitness after enduring a succession of long-term knee injuries.

Ings made his first Liverpool appearance in nearly a year in the 2-0 League Cup defeat to Leicester City in September, but he has yet to make a Premier League comeback under Jurgen Klopp. Speaking to The Times, the marksman believes he still has the mind-set to play for the Reds, thereby ruling out a potential move elsewhere.

He said: “Everywhere I have been, I have always found a way to make it happen. I have been in a lot of tough situations at previous clubs where it has been hard to break in. People from the outside looking in will probably have the assumption, ‘Oh, he’s the forgotten man’ but it has not crossed my mind at all. I still believe in myself. I still believe I can play in this team. I still feel like I have a big part to play in this football club.” Read More

Virgil van Dijk wants to join Liverpool ahead of Arsenal and Chelsea

September 23, 2017

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk is keen to push through a move to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool despite interest from the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea.

The Netherlands international has been training with the reserve squad over the past month as he looks to join the Reds before this week’s transfer deadline.

The Saints have regularly suggested that the centre-back would not be sold during this summer’s transfer window, but according to The Telegraph, the Reds are willing to spend as much as £70m for his services. Chelsea and Arsenal are also said to have expressed an interest in his signature, but the Dutchman’s preference remains on making a move to Anfield, having verbally agreed to personal terms earlier in the mix.

Earlier in June, Southampton had lodged an official complaint regarding an illegal approach from Liverpool for their defender, and this led to the Reds making a public apology while confirming that they would not be reviving their interest in the Dutch footballer.

Despite this, the former Celtic man continues to be associated with a move to Merseyside with Klopp keen to reinforce the central defence, which has let them down against the lower-ranked teams who tend to have additional height in terms of personnel. Read More

Jamie Carragher questions Philippe Coutinho’s commitment

August 24, 2017

Former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher has admitted that he had suspicions over Philippe Coutinho’s commitment ever since he signed a new long-term contract in January.

The Brazil international had been strongly linked with a move to long-term suitors Barcelona, who are hoping to sign him as a potential replacement or addition to star forward Neymar.

Coutinho had attracted a similar interest from the Camp Nou giants earlier last season, but he decided to commit his future to the Reds on a fresh five-year contract. Despite his extension, Carragher feels that the attacker would not stay for the entirety of his contract, but he is hopeful that he remains in Merseyside for another 12 months at the least.

He told “Hopefully we can get 12 more months out of him. When he signed his five-year deal, I didn’t think that he would see it out. There is no doubt that at one stage in his career Philippe will want to play for one of the Spanish giants as many of the South American players do. Barcelona and Real Madrid are seen as the two biggest teams in world football who always have the best players.” Read More

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


June 2, 2017

Liverpool would have to battle fellow Premier League club Arsenal and Spanish giant Barcelona for the signature of Marco Reus.

The 27-year old has suffered a spate of injuries over recent seasons. His employers Borussia Dortmund are willing to listen to offers from £67 million, according to reports.

Spanish source MundoDeportivo claims Barca want the talented playmaker to join them this summer. They would have to fend off interests from three English clubs for him though. Transfer Market Web says Manchester City are also in the mix for the German.

Borussia Dortmund have reportedly removed the previous £21 million release clause in the player’s contract in 2015 so they would earn big if clubs want to sign him now.

Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp worked with the player while he was at Borussia. 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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Jurgen Klopp reckons that Liverpool were celebrating too soon

Jurgen Klopp reckons that Liverpool were celebrating too soon

September 5, 2016

Jurgen Klopp reckons that Liverpool were celebrating too soon after scoring four goals against Arsenal during the weekend.

Even though Liverpool were 4-1 up against the home team at the Emirates stadium, they ended up conceding two more goals to ensure a nailbiting finish. The 4-3 victory for Liverpool does mean that they have begun the new 2016-17 season on a positive note. ManagerKlopp, though, will want his team to keep a clean sheet and dominate teams rather than playing out rollercoaster games. After having spent a substantial sum of money, Liverpool want to make strides in the Premier League.

Philippe Coutinho was once again at his best on Sunday and Arsenal found it difficult to stop him from making a significant impact in the game. The Brazilian ended up scoring two goals to start the campaign in the best possible fashion. However, the most impressive player on the pitch was Liverpool’s new signing Sadio Mane. The £ 34 million acquisition from Southampton had a brilliant debut and could be one of the players to watch if he continues this form throughout the campaign. He barely put a foot wrong during the entire game. Adam Lallana scored the other goal before Arsenal tried to stage a remarkable comeback.
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Jurgen Klopp unhappy with Fitness Standards of Squad

August 2, 2016

Upon taking his chair in the Anfield office, Jurgen Klopp had found himself with a squad which did not have the standard of fitness he would have liked to see.

It took the German, by his own admission, about 15 weeks to first work on that and then, only from February onwards, he reckoned the players were sufficiently fit to operate in the style he wanted.

Because all that work had been done while the season was running, the inconsistency in the results was hardly a surprise. And, it’s that inconsistency initially in Klopp’s tenure which limited Liverpool to 60 points making them end 8th.

If the winning percentage of the Reds post February is put into comparison with their winning percentage in the period between October and February, a considerable rise would be found which means once the coach had the footballers with better fitness, he was productive.

That upsurge still could not materialize the continental qualification, but, it was a proof that Klopp, with a team fit enough to cope with his style, could pay dividends in England.
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Liverpool’s Adam Lallana praised the work of Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool’s Adam Lallana praised the work of Jurgen Klopp

June 30, 2016

The English midfielder Adam Lallana has lauded what JurgenKlopp has done ever since he arrived back on October of 2015.

According to Lallana, the impact that Klopp has made is undeniable and clear as the German manager has pushed the Premier League club into a team that has reached the finals of the Europa League.

Not only has JurgenKlopp has guided Liverpool to the finals of the European competition but according to Adam Lallana, the German manager has made the squad believe that they are able to overcome any team out there.

Adam Lallana said: “Now we believe we can beat anyone. “The manager has always had belief in us regardless of who we play. That is one thing he has brought here, no matter who we play, whether we play Barcelona or whoever, he will make us believe we can win the game. You go out on the pitch thinking we can win this by doing this, every team is beatable, you do believe him genuinely.’’ Read More