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Liverpool prepared to break the bank for Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Liverpool are reportedly plotting a last-ditch attempt to lure Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Anfield.


The England international had a top season with Arsenal last term as he contributed six assists and 11 goals en route to their FA Cup triumph. The 23-year-old initially started the campaign on the flanks, but he was later drifted into a central midfield role before taking up an unfamiliar wing-back position in the backend of the season.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has been a favourite among the Gunners faithful since his arrival from Southampton back in 2011, but he has not realised his full potential with Arsene Wenger opting to chop and change his attacking options. However, The Ox managed to prove his credentials during the recently concluded campaign as he showed a tireless work rate and the hunger to win games for the club. Continue reading

Liverpool Have No Mentality Issues against Weaker Sides, Claims Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has denied suggestions that Liverpool have a mentality problem when it comes to facing the teams from the bottom half of the table.


Even though Liverpool have an outstanding record against the top teams, the club has struggled against lower opposition. Losses against the likes of Leicester City, Swansea, and Burnley standout from the crowd in the second half of the campaign. As a result of these and defeats, Liverpool have been unable to make progress in the league table despite getting high-profile victories against the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham since the turn of the year.

Klopp has in fact had an excellent record against the top teams since his arrival at Anfield. The record against the lower opposition is certainly not spectacular. This has led to suggestions that the club may possess a mentality problem against the lower opposition. Continue reading

LIVERPOOL PLAN BIG SUMMER MOVES

Liverpool FC prepares to bolster their attack ahead of next season with plans to sign top European targets when the transfer window re-opens in August.


According to the latest reports, the Anfield outfit is keen on capturing the signatures of Borussia Dortmund superstar Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Dynamo Kyiv’s Andriy Yarmolenko.

Liverpool head coach, Jurgen Klopp worked with the Gabon striker, Aubameyang at Borussia Dortmund and is considering the speedy striker as the perfect replacement for struggling Daniel Sturridge who has had a difficult campaign in front of goal with just two goals in the Premier League haven made five league starts this term. The former Chelsea man has spend much of his time either on the bench or being laid-off due to injury.

The director of Borussia Dortmund, Hans-Joachim Waztke has disclosed that Aubameyang would be available at a fee around £60m, putting top clubs like Real Madrid, Arsenal and Chelsea in a race for his signature. The 27-year-old has been enjoying another successful season at Dortmund scoring 20 goals in all competitions this term. Continue reading

Jurgen Klopp Confident of Liverpool Success at Goodison Park

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

Jurgen Klopp Dismisses Defensive Issues at Liverpool

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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Liverpool Manager Takes a Swipe at Manchester United’s Tactics

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.
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Mino Raiola reckons Mario Balotelli was humiliated

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.
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JURGEN KLOPP OFFERED NEW DEAL AT LIVERPOOL

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.
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Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius is closing in on a transfer to Liverpool

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

John Flanagan has no Importance at Liverpool

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