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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

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 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

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

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 acknowledges that he should not have got as excited

September 27, 2016

Jurgen Klopp acknowledges that he should not have got as excited as he did after the Reds shook the net as many as 4 times back to back in a goal fest at the Emirates Stadium.


As per Klopp, that kind of celebration should be avoided when the final whistle is a long way away as it can take a lot of emotional energy out of you while you still have to keep competing.

However, Klopp reckons achieving the advantage of three goals playing as a visiting team and that too at an incredibly tough place, nobody, not even he, could control himself and it led to an absolutely wild celebration.

The German, at the end of the evening, was amused that his team worked beautifully as a defensive unit as the game was closing in and did not let in the leveller after the advantage was lessened down to one goal by the hosts. Read More

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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