Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that his side won’t be favourites when they face-off against Manchester City in the quarter-final stage of the Champions League. A number of Reds players including Georginio Wijnaldum had hoped to miss the Citizens in the next stage of the European competition, but they will now to have overcome the Premier League leaders in order to qualify for the semi-finals.
Speaking in his weekly press conference, Klopp stressed that the Reds are not favourites to go through on any condition, but they will have to give their everything at this stage of the competition, he said: “I’ve said it before and it’s still the truth, it’s always common in a draw that you’ll get your neighbour, more or less, but to be honest I don’t mind, really. It is exactly like it was before – we take what we’ve got. Now it’s Manchester City, let’s go. We’ve lost once and we’ve won once against them in the league – and I don’t think they thought before the best draw they could have got is Liverpool. That’s a sign for us and how strong we can be.”
Brazil international Roberto Firmino has stated his ambition of being one of Europe’s deadliest strikers after having enjoyed an impressive season to date with Liverpool. The 26-year-old has already notched 20 goals for the Reds this term, and he is only behind Mohamed Salah in the club’s scorer list.
In a report covered by The Independent, Firmino has spoken about his desire to become of one Europe’s leading strikers, and he is aiming to catch up with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane, he said: “Of course I want to be at their (Neymar, Edinson Cavani, Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo) level but I only focus on playing a good game.
Going into the first leg of the Champions League tie between Liverpool and Manchester City, not many punters or pundits gave Liverpool a chance of qualifying to the semi-final stage of this season’s Champions League. Manchester City, the runaway league leaders were tipped by many online sports betting punters to win both home and away. That was not to be the case as Liverpool proved that the earlier win against Manchester City in the Premier League was not a fluke result as the team dismantled Manchester City by 3 goals to nil. The big question now however is, will Liverpool finish off the job when the teams meet at the Etihad.
Comfortable lead to take to the Etihad
When teams play in the knockout stages of the Champions League, there are two things that are particularly important, the first one is to take a healthy lead in the first leg more or if you are playing at home and the second one is to avoid conceding the away goal. Liverpool passed these two tests in the first leg winning by a 3 goal margin and avoiding to concede an away goal. Though it’s a comfortable lead, the calibre of the side Liverpool are going to meet in the second leg suggests there is still more work to be done. Continue reading
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists his side are still on the hunt for the title despite falling nine points behind table-toppers Manchester City. The Reds were frustrated on Saturday as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Manchester United, who opted for a defensive approach to their game.
Since the stalemate, questions have been raised over the Reds progress after securing just one win in the last eight games in all competitions. In a report quoted by The Mirror, Klopp believes the club remain in the pursuit of the English crown and backs them for continued success in the years to come.
Jamie Carragher feels Mohamed Salah has been the signing of the 2017 summer transfer window following an impressive start to his Liverpool career. The Egypt international joined the Reds from AS Roma for a club-record fee in June, and he has since contributed 10 goals in just 16 appearances for the Merseyside club.
Writing in his column in The Telegraph, Carragher revealed that Salah has been the season’s standout signing after having comfortably adapted to the right-wing position. The Liverpool legend initially expected Salah to contribute around 15 goals for the campaign, but he now admits that the attacker is on course to achieve the 25-goal tally. Continue reading
The first clash of the Premier league season between champions Chelsea and title challengers Liverpool is one to savour this November. Both clubs have made a solid start to the campaign and sit in 4th and 5th respectively with just 3 points separating the pair. The game is made even more important in the fact they are both trailing run away leaders Manchester City by other 10 points already. With this being the case neither team can afford to drop points.
Both clubs are also looking like progressing to the knock out stage of the Champions league so will have a busy schedule ahead of them in the coming months. Continue reading
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has claimed that Nathaniel Clyne will be unavailable for a second period after having suffered a serious injury.
The back injury suffered by the player appears to be serious than initially thought. As a result, he was left out of the Champions League squad announced by the club. Liverpool made the return to the European competition often overcoming Hoffenheim in a two legged qualifying match. The squad for the group stages has just been announced and one of the prominent absentees was former Norwich city defender.
The 26-year-old played only 45 minutes during pre-season and has not been seen since then. It is expected that the back problem suffered by the player is likely to keep him on the sidelines for the next three months. Rather than fill the spot with a player who cannot play for the next three months, Liverpool have decided to go for a different option. However, there is little doubt that Nathaniel Clyne will be able to reclaim his squad when he meets the return to the first-team. Manager Jurgen Klopp has received a lot of plaudits for the way has transformed Liverpool in the last 12 months. Continue reading
Former Liverpool-striker-turned-pundit Dean Saunders has urged Liverpool to cash in on Philippe Coutinho, should they receive an offer in excess of £100 for the playmaker.
The Brazil international has been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona in recent days amid the uncertainty over the future of Neymar, who could be on the cusp of Paris Saint-Germain.
The French champions are apparently willing to match Neymar’s £195m release clause to lure him to Parc des Princes, and this has shifted the Catalan giants’ focus to compatriot Coutinho. Liverpool has repeatedly stressed that their star performer will not be sold this summer, but it is suggested that they would consider an offer of around £134m in order to part ways with the Brazilian.
Speaking to TalkSPORT, Saunders believes that Coutinho is replaceable unlike former Reds striker Luis Suarez, and the club should seek to sign one on Juan Mata, Gylfi Sigurdsson or Isco, all of whom will come at a fairly cheaper price, he said: “£100m sell him. For me, he’s replaceable. Continue reading
Jürgen Klopp’s first full season in charge may have brought the Champions League qualification that the club – and the fans – craved but the question will now be how much further can this side go?
The club has already had a very busy summer on the transfer front with a couple of big potential transfers rumbling on while the arrival of Salah from Roma has increased expectations of a successful season to come. Continue reading
Former Southampton star Sadio Mane moved to Anfield last summer.
He impressed heavily and he would easily make any list of best summer signings. The forward was named the Player of the Season at Liverpool for his commendable displays this term. He also picked up the Players’ Player of the Season honours on Tuesday.
The Senegalese star scored 13 goals in 27 games since his move to the Merseyside. He had to leave the team to appear in the African Nations Cup in January but he made instant impact as he returned. Injuries limited his appearances for the rest of the season but he had done enough to warm him way into the hearts of the fans and his teammates.
“I just want to thank my teammates and supporters for giving me this honour. It means so much to me. I feel at home at this club and in this city. My teammates, the staff, the manager and the supporters have all made me feel so welcome since I joined the club. Continue reading