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.”
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.”
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Guinea international Naby Keita has admitted his motivation to succeed with Liverpool after making the switch to the Premier League during the summer. The 23-year-old has been a constant presence in the Reds midfield since the start of the season and he has now set the aim of improving on the personal scale with the Merseyside giants.
Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “I’m the kind of person who thinks that if I score eight goals in one season my objective must be to score nine goals in the following season. That’s the kind of mentality I have. First and foremost, I should say that I’m very much a team player and I always think about the team first. The Premier League is different to other leagues where I have played and everybody knows it is very tough, but I will do my best to beat my own personal records – I’m very motivated.”
Arsenal legend-turned-pundit Ian Wright has backed Liverpool to compete with Manchester City for the Premier League title this season. The Reds made a strong start to the campaign as they beat West Ham United by a comfortable 4-0 scoreline and Wright believes they are capable of challenging the Citizens, although the Premier League may not be a two-horse race.
He told The Sun: “No one is daft enough to think the Premier League is a two-horse race one game into a nine-month season. It’s the equivalent of calling the winner of the Grand National as they’re still clearing the first fence. But after seeing Manchester City and Liverpool in action this weekend, you can bank on one thing – however many are still in it come mid-May, those pair are certs to be involved. In just two weeks City have systematically dismantled Chelsea and Arsenal – two teams that will be up at the top end – with the minimum of fuss.”
The representative of Simon Mignolet has confirmed that the Belgian is looking for a fresh challenge away from Liverpool during the ongoing transfer window. The 30-year-old played second fiddle to Loris Karius during the second half of the previous campaign and the big-money signing of Alisson Becker is only expected to hasten his exit.
In an interview with Walfoot, Mignolet’s agent confirmed the keeper is keen on parting ways with the Merseyside outfit and the solution would have been found regardless of Alisson’s arrival this summer, he said: “It doesn’t change the situation [Alisson’s arrival]. Our goal is to find a solution for Simon to play and Alisson’s arrival doesn’t change that.
We know that a player of €60-70million won’t find himself on the bench.We are looking at the situation and looking for a solution to his playing time. There are options, the next few days will be decisive.”