Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has acknowledged that he has been amazed with the progress made by Trent Alexander-Arnold over the past few years. The right-sided defender made a slow beginning to his senior career where he was found out defensively but over the past couple of seasons, he has transformed into one of Europe’s most-sought after defenders.
Speaking in a press conference, Klopp was asked about any Reds player he has been surprised with and he mentioned the name of Alexander-Arnold, he told: “I have known Trent Alexander-Arnold since he was 17 years old. He was a big talent but we were not sure he could do it physically. Now he is a machine – so he is a big surprise.”
Cameroonian defender Joel Matip has stated his ambition of winning more trophies with Liverpool after penning a new long-term deal with the Merseyside outfit. The 28-year-old’s existing deal was due to expire at the end of the campaign but he has now penned a new contract until the summer of 2024.
Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “This is one of the dreams that every young footballer or young kid has, but normally you know it probably won’t come true. Now I am part of this club and we won the Champions League, that’s something nobody can ever take away from you. I hope something like this will follow on again. Now we’ve seen how it is to win something and we want to have that feeling again. We’ve had it now, but we are focused to repeat it and repeat it.”
Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson has laughed off suggestions that the Reds could go unbeaten through the Premier League campaign. The Merseyside outfit were one point short of champions Manchester City last season but they are aiming to go one better this term to secure a maiden Premier League title.
Speaking to ESPN FC, Robertson said that the team are not thinking about going unbeaten through the campaign, considering there are bound to be struggles along the way, he told: “Not at all [thinking of an unbeaten season]. You know how tough this league is. It’s the most competitive it’s probably ever been. It would be great if we can, but the chances of going through a season unbeaten are very tough. We’ll try our best, but the chances of having a few bumps along the road is realistic. We need to be ready for that.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has sent a warning to Trent Alexander-Arnold following his recent selection for the England national side. Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate recently made the decision to axe Manchester City’s Kyle Walker for the forthcoming internationals and that is likely to hand Alexander-Arnold with the right-back role with Kieran Trippier and Aaron Wan-Bissaka providing the back-up.
Speaking in a press conference, Klopp acknowledged that he has been surprised with the omission of Walker from the Three Lions squad. He added that Alexander-Arnold has been offered with a chance to cement the right-back spot, but needs to keep improving in order to hold onto the position on a long-term basis.
Former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock has said that Jurgen Klopp needs to offer rest to the trio of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino with some rest during the course of the current campaign. The trio managed at least 50 appearances each during the previous season and they have since participated for their respective nations in summer tournaments.
As such, there is the risk of potential burnout as the current season proceeds and Warnock has sent a warning over the same to the Reds boss, he told Sky Sports: “I think Jurgen probably knows that it is going to be a big ask, being in seven competitions at the start of the season. More games again, coming off the back of Copa America and the Africa Cup of Nations. He knows that the players are going to need a rest at some point. He’s spoken openly about finding time during the season to give Mane, Salah, and Firmino more rest because they’re going to need it.”
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has urged manager Jurgen Klopp to bring Philippe Coutinho back to Anfield this summer. The Brazil international left the Reds to join Barcelona at the midway stage of the 2017/18 campaign, but the move has failed to work out with him struggling for form in the Spanish La Liga.
Speaking to Pundit Arena, Carragher stated that the Reds can make some improvement in terms of the midfield options, considering the likes of Adam Lallana and Xherdan Shaqiri don’t match up to the quality possessed at Manchester City. He added that the club should make an attempt to re-sign Coutinho, whose future with the Blaugrana remains uncertain at the present point of time.
The representative of Philippe Coutinho has indicated that Barcelona have no plans of sanctioning the attacker’s sale despite the speculation in the media. The Brazil international had a mixed campaign with the Blaugrana last term and he was particularly disappointing in the league where he managed just five goals and two assists.
Amidst this, the Blaugrana have been actively pursuing the services of Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid and reports have emerged that they could sanction the sale of Coutinho to balance the books. When asked about the speculation over the Brazilian’s future, agent Kia Joorabchian said that he has already spoken with the Blaugrana hierarchy and there remains no chance of the attacker parting ways with the club, he told: “I talked a few days ago with Pep Segura at Barcelona. He told me that the club does not want to sell Coutinho this summer, no matter what.”
Former Tottenham Hotspur star Darren Bent believes Liverpool may surprise everybody by making a marquee signing during this summer’s transfer window. The Reds could not end their long-wait for a maiden Premier League title last term but they still concluded the season on a strong note after securing the Champions League trophy for the sixth time in their history.
Speaking to The Star, Bent acknowledged that the Reds don’t need any major changes for the summer but they may surprise everyone with a big name signing. He added that Matthijs de Ligt could be an option for the Merseyside outfit, considering the teenager has a good bond with Virgil van Dijk in central defence for the Netherlands, he said: “They may go out and surprise everybody and go and get De Ligt, Virgil’s Dutch team-mate. If they can manage to pull that one off and those two can play together, that would be brilliant.”
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has indicated that the Champions League save against Napoli at Anfield remain the best moment of his campaign. The Reds had a tough ride in the Champions League group stage with defeats at Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli, and Red Star Belgrade and they still progressed after holding the perfect record at home.
Still, they had to do the hard way and Alisson was crucial to the qualification for the knockouts after making a stunning stoppage time save against Napoli in the final group stage game. The interception ensured that the Reds came up with a 1-0 triumph in a must-win match and Alisson has now spoken about the moment.
Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Rio Ferdinand believes the Liverpool players will be haunted after squandered several clear-cut chances during the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Barcelona. The Reds had gone into the game with the aim of securing an away goal with a strong performance, but rather the opposite happened as they succumbed to a disappointing 3-0 loss.
Speaking after the game, Ferdinand said that the Reds created gilt-edged chances in the game and some stars will be haunted for not taking advantage, he said: “Credit to them, they created chances but at the top level, you need to finish those chances. These Liverpool players won’t sleep tonight. (Mohamed) Salah at times was unplayable and (Marc-Andre) Ter Stegen was great again today. At this level, that’s got to hit the back of the net. We saw with Manchester United that they came here and had chances and didn’t put them away – you’d get punished at the other end.”