Posts Tagged ‘Klopp’

IS KLOPP STILL THE ONE?

October 17, 2017

The 1-1 draw against Newcastle United placed coach Jurgen Klopp in bad light as Liverpool struggled to meet the expectations of the fans, who have gone through a roller-coaster time with Klopp at the helm. Former coach Rafa Benitez shared the spoils and received decent treatment fro fans as a former manager, with many fans left to wonder whether they might have been better off sticking with Benitez way back when.

The only thing that the Reds< got right was Philippe Coutinho’s wonder strike, that would have beaten any goalkeeper in the world. Newcastle were able to recover quickly as Joselu got behind the defence to get his deflected finish in. The Magpies could have conceded one or two more goals in the second half but Liverpool were not on point - with Daniel Sturrdige staying resolutely on the bench, they kept on flunking their chances in front of goal. 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 5times.co.uk: “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

Target Should be Top Four, not the Title

Target Should be Top Four, not the Title

August 11, 2017

Liverpool enjoyed a successful 2016-17 Premier League campaign. The Reds were in the title race for around half the season and eventually finished fourth. With Arsenal and Manchester United ending up below them in the standings, the Anfield faithful must have been satisfied with how last season eventually panned out. Jurgen Klopp’s side played good attacking football, and there were a lot of positives.

With the 2017-18 Premier League campaign getting underway this week, Liverpool fans will be hoping for yet another exciting and successful season. The Reds have been quite active in the summer transfer window and have signed three players so far, while they have not lost anyone they could not live without. Andre Wisdom was away on loan at RB Salzburg last season, while Kevin Stewart failed to make an impact at Anfield and Lucas Leiva was able to make only 12 starts in the Premier League in 2016-17. Read More

LIVERPOOL TO BATTLE BARCA AND ARSENAL FOR REUS

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

Liverpool Not Worried about Philippe Coutinho to BarcaTransfer Rumours

May 25, 2017

Liverpool are not worried about the possibility of Barcelona coming in with an offer for Philippe Coutinho in the summer.


The Brazilian has been subjected to transfer rumours about an offer from Barcelona, which would be extremely hard to turn down for any player. Reports in Spain have claimed that informal talks between Liverpool and Barcelona have taken place with a view of completing the £ 76 million transfer in the summer. Not too long ago, Barcelona signed Luis Suarez from Liverpool for a similar fee; the Uruguayan has now turned into one of the biggest success stories of recent years.

The transfer rumours surroundingCoutinho comes at a worst possible time for Liverpool, who have been trying to qualify for the Champions League next season. Jurgen Klopp says that the club are not worried about any transfer rumours since the players signed a new contract only in January. Importantly, this new contract does not figure any release clause that would enable Barcelona to do away with any negotiations. 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 CRASH OUT OF THE FA CUP

February 7, 2017

Premier League side Liverpool have crashed out of the FA Cup after losing at home in a surprising manner to Wolverhampton.


The loss adds to the problems at Anfield after they threw away a chance to continue the race against Chelsea, then losing to Southampton in the EFL Cup semi finals. There have been so many disappointments within one week as it seems the team might end up trophyless again this campaign. They ended up without any title win last year but at least they got to two finals. This year they seem so far away.

Wolves stunned the Reds when Richard Stearman scored in the first minute. He latched onto a Helder Costa free kick to calm the home fans. Wolves did not stop at that, they scored the second before the end of the first half. Same Costa set up Andreas Weimann who easily dribbled Loris Karius to get the goal.

A subdued Liverpool team could not get the goals in. However, Divock Origi got one in and tried forcing another game when he sought to equal the scoreline but it didn’t quite happen. The loss made the third defeat at home in a week – a record that had been long standing until Swansea wrecked them. Read More

Jurgen Klopp Revels in Deserved 2-1 Victory over Everton

Jurgen Klopp Revels in Deserved 2-1 Victory over Everton

January 22, 2017

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp felt that his team fully deserved the 1-0 win over Everton on Monday night.


It was the first taste of Merseyside derby at Goodison Park for the German manager, who came to the club last October. After a disappointing 90 minutes of action between the two teams, Sadio Mane stepped up to score the crucial winner in fourth minute of the injury time. It was a sickening blow for the home team and they were given little time to recover from this setback. After having enjoyed a 2-1 win over Arsenal only a few days ago, the home team were coming in with a lot of confidence.

Klopp says that the presence of the home support was like a 12th man for Everton. However, they were rarely aroused in the game after things did not create much opportunities to speak about. Liverpool enjoyed possession of the ball in huge numbers, but they could come up with only four shots on target. Read More