Liverpool FC have two birthdays.
They do not celebrate it though due to their history. The club started far back in 1892, meaning the club is 125 years in 2017. However Liverpool are not celebrating their birthday due to their complicated split from Everton.
The club was originally called “Everton Football Club and Athletic Ground Company Limited” was incorporated at Companies House January 26 1892. Though the club was incorporated they did not become “Liverpool FC” until June 3, 1892 as there were two Everton football clubs at the Merseyside.
The president of Everton then John Houlding and the owner of Anfield had a row with a group of directors at Everton over the rent he was charging the club. There was just one Everton FC. The disgruntled directors resolved to move to a new stadium at Goodison with the vice president William Barclay resigning his role in protest in the absence of Houlding. Continue reading
Liverpool ended 2016 in style. The Reds got the better of Premier League title rivals Manchester City 1-0 at Anfield to move within six points of leaders Chelsea. The performance of the team was far from impressive, but it was the final score that was the topic of discussion and was encouraging.
The Merseyside outfit, though, have failed to maintain that momentum in January and have slipped down to fourth in the Premier League table. A 3-2 defeat to relegation candidates Swansea City at Anfield has put Jurgen Klopp’s side as many as 10 points behind leaders Chelsea. Continue reading
Jurgen Klopp is confident that Liverpool will avoid the same fate as Arsenal when they take on Everton at Goodison Park on Monday night.
After having gone more than five games without a win, Everton finally managed to secure a victory in the league. It came in the form of a comeback success over title chasing Arsenal. The 2-1 win over the gunners was achieved in incredible circumstances, as the club were clearly buoyed by the home support, who acted as the 12th
man. Since then, Arsenal have gone on to lose against Manchester City by the same score.
As title chasing Liverpool come to Goodison Park, the possibility of a similar fate suffered by Arsenal has been put forward to manager Jurgen Klopp. Incidentally, this will also be his first taste of the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park. The Liverpool manager, who has already seen his team throw away games in the 4-3 loss against Bournemouth and 2-2 draw with West Ham, says that his team are more than well-equipped to deal with the threat posed by the home team. Continue reading
Although he couldn’t engineer the win that all Liverpool fans most desperately wanted and the three points that were required to keep pace with leaders Chelsea, the game against The Old Enemy highlighted once again that Jurgen Klopp is absolutely the right man for The Reds.
Seeing Klopp engaged in a bust-up with Jose Mourinho on the touchline made the German even more popular with Liverpool fans who are no admirers of Mourinho after his tomfoolery as Chelsea manager in the Rafa Benitez years.
Although it was a disappointing result after being ahead for much of the game, a point at the home of Manchester United can be seen as a decent outcome and leaves Liverpool still on the heels of Chelsea with players returning to enhance Klopp’s options over the next few games. Continue reading
Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has thanked manager Jurgen Klopp for the impressive start he has been to the season.
The former Southampton defender looked out of sorts in his first season at Anfield. This led to rumours that a swift departure was on the cards. However, he has been able to find a manager who trusts in him a lot. Following the departure of Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren has been the default first choice player at the centre of the defence. He has featured in nine league games and managed to score one goal – in the 4-2 win against Crystal Palace.
It is a tremendous improvement from the Croatian, and he says that Klopp is a major factor. In the past, defending has been a major problem for Liverpool as they have never struggled to score goals in recent memory. Buoyed by the presence of players like Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge, and, more recently, Philippe Coutinho, the team has been great going forward.
At the back, Klopp continues to admit that the team is not at its best, but they have been able to go without a defeat since the loss against Burnley earlier in the campaign. Lovren now claims that he is playing at his best just like he was at Southampton.
“When I started to play with Jurgen Klopp I think people were then able to see the difference between the first and the second season here for me.He just believes in us and I think that has helped me to get back to the form I showed at Southampton or during the couple of years before that in France.I would say he works 24 hours a day on everything at the club.He knows everything that is happening, and he wants us to give that same 100 per cent on the pitch,” said Lovren.
For the first time in the season of 2016-17, Liverpool has managed to secure the top position after having collected 26 points from the 11 league matches that they have played so far and even though the start of the season for Jurgen Klopp and for his squad has been going so impressive, the German manager has recently come out and told his team to stay focused and continue their recent string of imposing performances that has seen them claiming successive triumphs over: West Bromwich Albion, Crsytal Palace and a very dominating 6-1 victory over Watford.
Even though none of those previously mentioned teams are considered to be the best in England or title contenders, this recent string of successive victories does indeed show that Jurgen Klopp and his men are going through a fine form with an abundance of goals being scored in their latest games.
The 49 year old German manager wants his team to stay cool and continue this form as Jurgen Klopp said: “If somebody thinks being one point ahead after 11 match days is a big sign for the rest of the season then I can’t help this person. We stay cool. It’s the best position I can imagine but nothing else has happened. We knew that Arsenal drew against Tottenham but we didn’t speak one word about the possibility of being top of the table.”
‘’You can play a really good season and you could be fifth or sixth and nobody would be really happy. So, stay cool, take the things like they are, play your best, win games, that’s the only thing we can do’’
The Premier League has not even reached it’s midway point and just as Jurgen Klopp recently said, anything can happen in the rest of the season and their current impressive playing form could start to disappear at any-time and this is why Klopp wants his players to just stay cool.
Liverpool extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to seven matches after a 2-1 win over West Brom.
The game also marked a return to winning ways for the Reds, who were only able to manage a disappointing goalless draw against Manchester United in the previous game. A win was very much essential for Liverpool, partly as being the home team, in order to take advantage of teams like Tottenham and Arsenal dropping points. One of the few positives from the Manchester United game was a clean sheet, but Liverpool failed to keep one against West Brom.
In fact, the clean sheet against United was the first of the season for Liverpool. This has led to suggestions that the club may have a problem with defending. Manager Jurgen Klopp has dismissed the suggestions saying that playing against West Brom – with their focus on set pieces – was always going to be difficult. He says that he would rather focus on the victory rather than the club’s inability to keep a clean sheet. The victory coupled with other teams dropping points has helped Liverpool moved level on points with Manchester City and Arsenal at the top of the table.
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Jurgen Klopp has sarcastically taken a dig at Manchester United by claiming that the game against the Red Devils was a great preparation to face Tony Pulis’ West Brom.
Tony Pulis is regarded as a manager who favours physical approach to a game, while he makes no secret of the fact that set pieces count a lot when it comes to getting results in football. He is the only top England manager not to have been relegated throughout his career. Pulis may have slightly altered his approach since moving to West Brom, but the club do have a physical element towards them.
Liverpool’s run of four straight wins in the Premier League came to an end after a goalless draw against Manchester United. The result on Monday night at Anfield was highly disappointing for Liverpool, but they did everything to overcome a defensive minded United team. Many criticised José Mourinho for adopting a highly defensive approach in a game of this magnitude. Some Liverpool players have tried to console themselves over this result saying that it was a sign of United and giving them a lot of respect. The attitude towards United does not seem to have changed, as Klopp took a dig at United’s tactics with a direct reference to facing Pulis’ team.
Mino Raiola reckons Mario Balotelli was humiliated during his last days at Liverpool as he was not considered to be good enough to be given a single pre-season fixture.
Raiola reveals his client was willing for a fixture as he could not be properly prepared for the season just by training and he had told that to his boss, but, Klopp turned a deaf ear towards him which was a sign of lack of respect.
Raiola, however, denies that he would never like to talk to Klopp about the transfer of his other clients.
The Italy native believes that he doesn’t have to contact any manager for any kind of business. It’s the managers who would come to him if they have an interest in his clients and he would not be reluctant to take the call of Klopp if it comes at any point, but, if Klopp himself shows reluctance to speak to him, he can’t do anything and will just make his clients aware of that and will suggest them to hire a different agent to get the deal done.