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Henderson happy to play advanced role for Liverpool

Jordan Henderson says that he is very happy with his advanced role in the current Liverpool team. There has been a lot of rotation from Liverpool especially in the midfield positions. Jurgen Klopp has been using the likes of Fabinho, Naby Keita, and Henderson in different positions. The former two players have been used in a defensive minded position, while Henderson has been given the license to go forward whenever he has the opportunity. The change in the midfield role has been quite rewarding over the last few weeks, as Liverpool picked up a 3-1 comeback victory over Southampton on Friday. It was a game that saw Henderson contribute with a goal and an assist.

The 28-year-old was initially criticised when he moved from Sunderland but he has become an integral part of Liverpool over the years. After assuming the role as the captain in recent years, Henderson has been the heartbeat of Liverpool. This season, however, his campaign has been curtailed by injuries. Henderson has only featured in the Champions League and Premier League to date this season. He has taken a remarkable time in order to get his first goal of the campaign, but the midfielder has now been able to contribute three assists and a goal in his last five matches for club and country.
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Klopp Pleased with Crucial Win over Chelsea

Jurgen Klopp was extremely pleased with the big victory over Chelsea that helped put Liverpool closer towards the league title for the first time since the start of the Premier League. The Reds came close to winning the title a few years ago but they were beaten by Chelsea at Anfield as the end of the season approached. This was when Brendan Rodgers was the manager at Liverpool.Klopp has so far been unable to lift any major honour with Liverpool after coming up as a runner-up in the Champions League, Europa League, and the League Cup.

Liverpool were able to pick up a 2-0 victory over Chelsea this time around. After a goalless first half, Sadio Mane came up with the breakthrough and Mohamed Salah was able to score with a wonder-strike just a few minutes later.Klopp felt that Liverpool were the dominant force in the match and were completely deserving of their three points. Liverpool, though, had a few heart in the mouth moments when Eden Hazard struck the post and also had a brilliant opportunity at goal. However, Liverpool had the better of chances throughout the match and they are now inching closer towards the league title.
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Jurgen Klopp speaks on Mohamed Salah’s finishing against Everton

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has acknowledged that Mohamed Salah is not enjoying the best of periods after failing to score for the fourth game running. The Egypt international has been the Reds’ standout performer since the beginning of last season but he has recently gone into a shell with the inability to convert opportunities into goals.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Klopp admitted that the game was difficult for the team, given they were up against the Toffees, who were determined to restrict them from scoring. He added that Salah has been getting everything right until the last second where he has failed to find the scoresheet, he said: “It is OK, a difficult game for different reasons and a wild opponent. The wind was coming from all directions and did not help anybody. It was a game that was difficult to control and we had three or four really big chances with Mohamed Salah and Fabinho, I don’t remember them having any chances. It is 0-0 and we kept our unbeaten run against them, not exactly what we wanted but it was a difficult game.
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Gary Neville believes win over Liverpool hands Ole with the permanent Manchester United job

Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Gary Neville believes his former club may find it difficult to snub Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the permanent managerial role, should the Norwegian guide the team to success against Liverpool this weekend. The 45-year-old was tasked with the interim role during the month of December after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho at the helm, and he has since exceeded expectations by guiding United to 11 wins from 13 matches.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville highlighted that there is no doubt that Ole wants the permanent role with the Red Devils and he has the best chance of doing so, should the club get the better of Jurgen Klopp’s side on Sunday, he said: “Two or three months ago he would have been hopeful of getting the job, but if he beats Liverpool on Sunday then I can’t see any way he wouldn’t get it. It shouldn’t be defined by one game but to beat Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and then Liverpool it would almost make it impossible for him not to get the job. It is an incredible body of results and would make it a lot more difficult to withhold it from him if he keeps beating team after team.”
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Andrew Robertson reacts after Liverpool drop points at West Ham United

Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson has urged the club’s supporters to relax and enjoy the Premier League run-in for the Merseyside outfit. The Reds dropped points for the second league game on the bounce at West Ham United and this has reduced their advantage over Manchester City at the top to just three points.

Speaking after the game, Robertson highlighted that the team are not nervous regarding the title challenge and remains confident that the club can push for their maiden Premier League crown this term, he said: “I wouldn’t say nerves are showing – did anyone say that when City picked up no points at Palace and Leicester? I don’t think they did. It’s no different for us. A lot of people talk about pressure because we’ve never been in this position but it’s February. I think everyone needs to relax and try and enjoy the run-in if you’re fans. Many other teams would want to be in the position we’re in just now, so, nerves aren’t showing in the changing room.”
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Jurgen Klopp unperturbed despite Liverpool’s defeat to Manchester City

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said that he has immense faith in his players and is not concerned by the recent league defeat at the hands of Manchester City. The Reds had faced City on Thursday night knowing that a victory would take them 10 points ahead of the reigning champions but that was not the case with the Citizens securing a 2-1 triumph.

Following the game, Klopp admitted that he is relatively unperturbed by the defeat, given the Reds still have a four-point advantage over the Citizens at the top of the table, he quipped: “I have so much faith in my players you can’t imagine. But if somebody would have told me that after both the City games – not that I’ve thought about it – that we would be four points clear, I would have paid money for it you cannot believe. You (some of the media) wanted to tell us the season is over if we lose tonight. But football is like this. If we’d have won tonight we’d have been 10 points clear, but we’re not. For us it’s really important that we take it game by game because there’s no other chance.”
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Jurgen Klopp heaps praise on Alisson Becker after Napoli win

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has heaped praise on goalkeeper Alisson Becker after the Brazilian made a string of impressive saves during the club’s 1-0 win over Napoli in the Champions League. The Reds had come into the game in a must-win situation and they had to sweat it out for the victory after holding onto a slender advantage for vast parts of the game.

Speaking after the match, Klopp was full of praise for Alisson, who made numerous saves including one during the dying stages which ensured the club’s progress into the knockouts, he said: “If I knew Alisson was this good I would have paid double. It was not only one save. He had a lot of things to do tonight.

“How cool and calm he was with the ball helps us a lot in our buildup situations. When he comes out for crosses he is outstanding. And, yes, that save was just incredible. The game was outstanding, unbelievable. The boys played with their whole hearts on the pitch. Our offensive defending, our offensive pressing was some of the best I’ve ever saw.”

Liverpool paid a sum of around £67m to prise Alisson away from Roma during the summer after Klopp witnessed some shambolic keeping from Loris Karius during the Champions League final against Real Madrid last season. Since then, the Brazilian has lived up to the expectations with a number of standout performances with the sole notable mistake coming against Leicester City, where he conceded needlessly trying to pass the ball within the box.

Alisson is currently leading the Premier League clean sheet charts with 10 this term and he has the chance to better the statistic when Manchester United make the trip to Anfield this weekend. The Reds are winless against their Mancunian counterparts in the top-flight since 2014.

Sadio Mane optimistic about Liverpool’s Champions League prospects

Senegalese attacker Sadio Mane has said that Liverpool have tried to forget about last season’s shortcomings in the Champions League but they remain motivated to go one better during the current campaign. The Reds surprised many as they reached the final of the elite competition last term but they could not cross the final hurdle against Real Madrid after a forgettable goalkeeping performance from Loris Karius.

Thereafter, there had been a huge sense of disappointment around the club but Mane has now highlighted that they have moved on from the unwanted situation. Speaking to Goal.com, he said: “We have tried to forget about thatand we are doing our best this season to try to go to the final again—and why not win it? Of course, last season, nobody expected it from us, and maybe this year they do. But that’s not pressure.
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Liverpool boss not getting carried away by strong Premier League start

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has stressed that his team must not get carried away after making a strong start to the ongoing campaign. The Merseyside giants have begun the season with a 10-match unbeaten run in the Premier League and their most recent victory over Cardiff City has seen them jump to the top of the table ahead of Manchester City, who have a game in hand.

Speaking after the game, Klopp admitted that he is pleased with the current points tally of 26 but the team need to stay on track for the remainder of the campaign, he said: “The number of points makes the difference. Because the difference between 23 and 26 feels like 20 points, pretty much! It’s really important to stay on track. We will all meet each other, it’s unbelievable that five or six clubs have such a big number of points but it only makes it even more intense.  It’s good for the people and the supporters of different clubs. We won, but for us it’s just the next step, that’s cool.”
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Jordan Henderson pays tribute to the injured Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has paid tribute to fellow compatriot and teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The England international sustained a serious knee ligament injury while playing for the Reds against AS Roma in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final and he has since been left on the sidelines.

Initially, it had been suggested that the former Arsenal man could return to action by the start of the 2018/19 season but manager Jurgen Klopp disclosed the truth during pre-season that the Englishman may miss entirety of the current campaign through his rehabilitation programme. As such, the midfielder is facing a fresh low in terms of his professional career and Henderson has praised him for the positive reaction whenever they have spoken to each other.
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