Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says that the club has finally proved that they can handle the pressure at the top end of the game.
The club has been criticised heavily for being unable to maintain the high standards week in and week out. After having been at a challenging position up until January, the club were in a position of losing the top four places. However, Liverpool are now just one win away from securing Champions League qualification for next season. The club managed a 4-0 win over West Ham in order to open up a four-point advantage over Arsenal, who have a game in hand.
The Reds will be able to finish in the top four with respect to of Arsenal’s results if they managed to win the final game of the season against Middlesbrough. The north-east outfit are already relegated after finishing 19th in the table. However, they have recently showed that they can provide competition after almost snatching an equaliser in the 2-1 loss against Southampton. Continue reading
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
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.
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
Liverpool full-back Glen Johnson has admitted that he lost respect for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, before claiming that Brendan Rodgers is a better boss, the Mirror understands.
The 29 year old has criticised the Blues boss for dropping him for a Champions League match against Barcelona in when the pair worked together at the London club.
Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk winger Yevhen Konoplyanka, Sky Sports understands.
The Reds have already began negotiations with the Ukrainian club as they look to conclude a deal for the 24 year old, who has nine goals in twenty-three appearances so far this season.
Liverpool have been handed an fitness boost ahead of their New Year’s Day clash with Hull City with both Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge likely to return to first team action ahead of schedule, the Mirror understands.
Reds’ skipper Gerrard has been out for the past three weeks with a hamstring injury, while Sturridge was injured in training back in November and despite reports suggesting that they would be absent until around mid-January, they could make the match day squad for tomorrow’s match at Anfield, where Brendan Rodgers’ men are aiming to bounce back from two straight defeats.
Meanwhile, the Liverpool manager has played down links between the club and Barcelona forward Cristian Tello, according to the Independent.
The Spain international has regularly been linked with a move to Anfield in 2013, with him struggling to hold down a first team place with the La Liga champions.
The 22 year old has started two league games this season, with most of his appearances coming as a substitute, while his only goal came in a cameo appearance against Celtic in the Champions League.
Rodgers has insisted that no deals are imminent, though the club are working to identify targets as they attempt to get their top four challenge back on track.
Liverpool will be keen to keep pressure on Premier League leaders Arsenal as they travel to the Gunners’ North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon.
The Reds go in to the weekend five points off Arsene Wenger’s men who travel to Manchester City and joint on points with third place Chelsea who host Crystal Palace.
Liverpool have been left with just two fully fit senior midfielders in the lead up to Christmas, with Jordan Henderson now joining their already extensive injury list, the Mirror understands.
The England international had his ankle damaged in a nasty clash with Kevin Nolan in the Reds’ victory over West Ham United on Saturday afternoon, and joins captain Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge, Jose Enrique, Daniel Agger and Sebastien Coates on the side-lines.
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Liverpool could welcome Philippe Coutinho back to their starting line-up for this evening’s visit of Norwich City.
The Brazilian international played the last twenty-five minutes of Sunday afternoon’s shock defeat to Hull City, and could take Raheem Sterling’s place in midfield.