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.
Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana claims that there is a lot of belief at the club and he expects the Merseyside outfit to do well in the 2016-17 season.
Even though the Reds started the new campaign with a difficult away trip against Arsenal, it was seen as a great time to come up against the North London outfit since they were suffering from a large number of injuries especially in defence. Liverpool were able to unleash the entire attack and it is highly unsurprising that Arsenal struggled.
Jurgen Klopp already has an impressive strikeforce in his hands with the likes of Philippe Coutinho strengthened by the arrival of Sadio Mane.Even though the club were only able to achieve a 4-3 victory, Adam Lallana claims that it has given the team a lot of belief. This opening stage belief has the potential to help the club do well over the course of the entire campaign or at least up until Christmas. There will also be belief within Lallana, who has taken no time to get off the mark of the season. Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane were the most impressive players for Liverpool on Sunday.
Head coach of Liverpool Jurgen Klopp has been offered a new deal by the club, according to reports.
The manager joined the club in the last campaign. The club decided to extend the deal they made with the tactician only nine months ago. Klopp, who is 49-years of age, earlier agreed to a deal to remain at the club till 2018 with the option of another year but the club wants to ward off any potential issues in future, especially based on this pedigree.
The German coach took The Reds to two finals in his last season, and could have finished much higher in the English Premier League if he had not sacrificed it for the sake of winning a title. Liverpool lost both finals, first to Manchester United in the League Cup, then to Sevilla in the Europa. There are reports that the fresh deal might not necessarily involve negotiating new financial terms but the club wants him to commit, especially based on his status and achievements. Klopp led his former club Borussia Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles and took them to a UCL final.
The Reds are reported to have shown interest in arsenal’s player Kieran Gibbs and are ready to have him join them in the coming season.
Liverpool want to use Gibbs to solve their troublesome left-back spot troubles. Liverpool have had issues with the position for some time now with many fans wanting a change after current incumbent Alberto Moreno poor performance in the Europa League final against Sevilla who went on to lift the trophy.
The Gunners are reported to be ready to allow the transaction go through for the 26-year-old Gibbs this summer after he lost his place to Spanish left-back Nacho Monreal. Liverpool are also considering Leicester City’s teenage left-back Ben Chilwell, even though he has made just three senior appearances for the Premier League champions. The Reds are inclined to go with the Gibbs option as he is a more experienced alternative.
Gibbs has been capped 10 times by England, has spent his entire career to date at the Emirates apart from his brief stint at Norwich City in 2007/2008 when he turned out seven times. He has played more than 200 games for The Gunners and was among the 2014 FA Cup-winning side.
Loris Karius is a 22 year old shot-stopper who went through a very impressive season with the German club Mainz after being able to keep 9 clean sheets as well as saving 2 penalty kicks.
These achievements have attracted the attention of the Premier League club Liverpool and it’s rumored that the English outfit is on the verge of securing the services of the German goal-keeper.
If everything goes as planned and Loris Karius is indeed by Liverpool during the summer transfer window then the German player will bring a new level of competition to the goalkeeping department of the Premier League club as Simon Mignolet will have to be at his best if he wants to keep the starting role position in Anfield.
Simon Mignolet did not have the best of seasons but with the potential arrival of Loris Karius, this will force the Belgian player to be at his best or his position in the club will be taken over by Karius. Continue reading
Liverpool forward, Daniel Sturridge missed the team’s training ahead the clash with Australia. His absence brings his fitness into question ahead of Euro 2016 billed for next month. Striker Marcus Rashford is set to start England’s Euro 2016 warm-up match against Australia in his place, according to reports.
Sturridge, 26, who did not play in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Turkey, was sidelined with an unspecified knock. Continue reading
As Roy Hodgson today submits his final squad for France, Tonybet.com has gone out on a limb and decided to offer an incredible 50/1 for England to win Euro 2016 to mark the 50 years it has been since the Three Lions won a major championship! The rest of the market is in the region of 8/1!
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Daniel Sturridge has refuted rumours that he is looking to leave Liverpool in the summer amidst recent claims that he is unhappy at the amount of gametime he is receiving under Jurgen Klopp.
Sturridge has been an impressive goal scorer for Liverpool since his £ 12 million move from Chelsea almost 3 years ago. However, he has also suffered from numerous injury problems – especially in last two years – that have restricted his time on the pitch. Rumours about Sturridge being unhappy surfaced after the striker was left out of the Europa league semi-final game against Villarreal.
This was the first leg and Liverpool suffered a 1-0 defeat. The club has been struggling without regular goalscorers throughout the campaign. Hence, it is surprising that Jurgen Klopp left out of the England international out of this game of mammoth importance. Interestingly, Klopp has been at loggerheads with Sturridge ever since he came to the club towards the end of 2015. The German has been unhappy with the way Sturridge has pulled himself out of games citing injury problems, although the striker has responded by claiming that these were genuine injury issues that have restricted to less than 25 games in each of the last two seasons. Continue reading
Liverpool may have received a huge boost by overcoming Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals of the Europa League, but this victory came at the expense of an injury to Emre Can.
Even though signed by Brendan Rodgers, Can has become a key member of Jurgen Klopp’s revolution at Anfield. His versatility has been taken advantage of by Klopp. Liverpool have received news that the player has ruptured his ankle ligaments in the game against Dortmund. Given the lengthy recovery times involved in ligament injuries, it is almost sure that the player has played his last game of the campaign.
Furthermore, the club will be devastated especially given that Can was starting to settle quite convincingly. The 22-year-old walked gingerly and was taken off by the manager. He was seen leaving Anfield with protective gear for his foot, which raised suspicions that the injury may have been serious. Managing Jurgen Klopp said that the news so far not been great regarding the injury, but a full extent of the damage will be revealed in tomorrow’s scan. Klopp admitted that since there is very little time left in the campaign, it leaves Can with a potential season-ending injury. It remains to be seen if his good form earns him a place with the German national team at Euro 2016. Continue reading
John Flanagan has become the forgotten men at Liverpool after spending almost 2 years on the sidelines due to a long-term injury.
The defender did not play for 19 months due to a knee injury. He recently made his competitive return in the 3-0 win over Exeter City in January. Since then, he has featured in six matches across all competitions. However, his absence from the Europa League has been surprising given that Liverpool have just progressed to the last 16 round of the competition. Manager Jurgen Klopp says that he is left impressed by the 23-year-old, but says that Liverpool have to be cautious with the player.
He has been given enough time to recover from the games by deliberately being omitted from the Europa League competitions. The German will be aware that Liverpool fans will be able to see the best of the 23-year-old only from next season. The next few months will just be utilised as a settling in period for the defender. Before his major injury, Flanagan was keeping out experienced defender Glen Johnson from the right back spot. Many doubted about his ability to return to the Liverpool first-team especially after the managerial change, but Klopp is providing him with plenty of opportunities to prove himself. Continue reading