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.
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