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.
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.
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.
Liverpool’s inconsistent form continued after they could only manage a 0-0 draw in the Europa league match against Augsburg.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was expected to get the best out of his team against a German outfit, who he knows very well from his time at Borussia Dortmund. This much also witnessedKlopp returning to Germany for the first time as a manager is leaving Dortmund. The return, though, was not a happy one since Augsburg appeared to be handed the advantage after Liverpool failed to score an away goal or even get a positive result.
An away goal would have been crucial with the return leg at Anfield in a few days. The impetus has now shifted to Augsburg, who will hope to score away from home. Such a possibility will leave Liverpool searching for two goals in response. The club are in a precarious position as far as European football is concerned, but this has largely been the status since the arrival of Klopp a few months ago. The German has been unable to make a major impact on results, as Liverpool continues to struggle in the league. The weekend’s 6-0 thrashing of relegation threatened Aston Villa was bound to give some much-needed confidence to the team, but they were not able to imply that in the Europa League game. Continue reading
Liverpool legend John Barnes believes that the club are still a far away from being recognised as title contenders even though they have done well under the regime of Jurgen Klopp.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager came to the club as the replacement for Brendan Rodgers. His ideas are seen as a step above the Northern Ireland manager, who achieved Champions League qualification only once in his three years at the club. Immediately upon his arrival,Klopp has transformed the way the club have been playing for quite a while. Liverpool have become much more offensive while being urgent in the defensive areas like pressing.
This high-intensity style of football has already contributed to some impressive victories over the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City. The club remain only a couple of points below the top four and talk has begun about potential title challenge if Liverpool maintain this form till the end of the campaign. This is due to the limited difference between the teams occupying top four and the top of the table. Leicester currently lead the table but with only a couple of points advantage over Manchester United. Barnes admitted that he is a fan ofKlopp, while also stating that he is sad to have seen the end of Rodgers at the club. Continue reading
Liverpool managed to get their first league win under Jurgen Klopp after a 3-1 result against Chelsea. This victory comes just days afterKlopp managed to get his first victory in the League Cup against Bournemouth. Prior to this victory, the German had achieved three consecutive draws and several doubts about his ability to manage the Premier League outfit had just started rising. Following these two impressive wins, though, Liverpool have already been asked about a potential title challenge.Klopp has dismissed those concerns right away by saying that he wants to take every game as it comes.
The latest win against Chelsea was mightily impressive considering that the blues were playing at home, where they are usually very strong. Furthermore, Chelsea opened the scoring within the opening 10 minutes through midfielder Ramires. For much of the first half, Liverpool struggled to create any meaningful opening in the game since they were without striker Christian Benteke, who was not deemed 100% fit to start. The striker came from the bench to score the third and final goal. This victory means that Liverpool are unbeaten in the last five games and they are now up to seventh in the table.Klopp will now look to build on this victory rather than aiming for the title straightaway. Continue reading
This Premier League season which reached it’s end a few weeks ago was a disastrous one for Liverpool but especially for Brendan Rodgers who will now have a meeting with the chairman Tom Werner.
Liverpool was knocked out of the FA Cup after losing against Aston Villa on April 19. Brendan Rodgers also failed on pushing his team to a European spot as Liverpool had to settle with the 6th spot of the Premier League which does not grant them with any possibility of competing in either the Champions League or the Europa League.
Just by taking a look at how Liverpool finished this season, it’s pretty evident that the Premier League club was just happy to have this campaign finalized.
The last match of the season of Liverpool was played at the Britannia Stadium as Brendan Rodgers and his men faced off with Stoke City and lost 6-1.
Brendan Rodgers has a managerial contract with Liverpool that extends until 2018 and this means that the coach hailing from Northern Ireland should have his job secured until then but in the world of football certain things end sooner than initially expected. Continue reading
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge fired a late winner as England beat Denmark at Wembley last night, in the final game before Roy Hodgson names his provisional World Cup Squad.
The former Chelsea and Manchester City, who man was one of five Reds players to be selected by Hodgson for the friendly, headed in from Adam Lallana’s cross for his twelfth goal in as many games to all but assure himself of a place on the plane to Brazil, barring any unfortunate circumstances.
Captain Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Glen Johnson all also started the match, as did Daniel Agger for the Danes.
Meanwhile, Johnson has revealed that he has not yet been offered a new contract at Anfield, according to the Express.
The full-back, who won a landmark fiftieth international cap last night, is set to enter the final year of his current deal at the end of the season.
He is keen to pledge his future to Brendan Rodgers’ side, though talks of an extension are yet to commence.
The 29 has also denied claims that the club are unwilling to offer him a deal on his current wages, which, according to the Mirror, are around £139,000 per week.
Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has insisted that Brendan Rodgers will be given the funds to strengthen his squad in the summer, the Daily Star understands.
The Merseyside club failed to get any deals over the line in January, but Ayre has insisted that the Reds boss will be supported financially when the transfer window reopens at the end of the season.
Liverpool will be looking to strengthen their position in the top four of the Premier League as they travel to Southampton tomorrow afternoon.
With Manchester City playing in the Capital One Cup final on Sunday afternoon, the Reds will move into third place if they take all three points, while they could also leapfrog second place Arsenal if they lose their match at Stoke City.