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Klopp singles out Chelsea as Premier League favourites
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Klopp singles out Chelsea as Premier League favourites

The Reds boss believes the Blues have a strong squad and are playing good football, making them strong contenders for the title this year Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Chelsea are the current favourites to win the Premier League this season. The Blues are first in the English top-flight after they beat Leeds 3-1 on Saturday and have a one-point lead over reigning champions Liverpool and Tottenham, who play on Sunday. Klopp believes the London side are the biggest threat to his side's title defence but was quick to stress the Reds remain focused on themselves.
‘We’re still Liverpool!’ – Klopp says expectations remain high despite injury woes
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‘We’re still Liverpool!’ – Klopp says expectations remain high despite injury woes

The Reds boss says he will not use absences as an excuse as the team prepares for a busy December Jurgen Klopp insisted Liverpool would not use injuries as an excuse, saying the club's status meant they were still expected to win. Liverpool have endured an injury crisis to begin the season, but are second in the Premier League and have reached the last 16 in the Champions League. In a boost, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita returned to training on Friday, two days before the champions host Wolves.
Liverpool 1-0 Ajax: Jones winner sees Reds top Champions League group
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Liverpool 1-0 Ajax: Jones winner sees Reds top Champions League group

Curtis Jones' second-half goal secured Liverpool's progress to the Champions League knockout stages as group winners.   Liverpool secured passage to the Champions League knockout stages as group winners as they earned a 1-0 win over Ajax. A second-half goal from teenager Curtis Jones ensured the Reds would progress to the next stage on Wednesday, although academy prospect Caoimhin Kelleher, given his chance in goal, was required to make a stunning late save from Klaas Jan Huntelaar to protect the points at Anfield. Better was still to come for Jurgen Klopp and co, too, as news of Atalanta's shock draw with Midtjylland meant top spot was clinched in Group D with a game to spare.
His knee ‘doesn’t look like a knee should’ – Klopp updates on Van Dijk’s progress from injury
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His knee ‘doesn’t look like a knee should’ – Klopp updates on Van Dijk’s progress from injury

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has given injury updates on Virgil Van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita. Jurgen Klopp says Virgil Van Dijk's recovery from serious injury is going "really well" despite the Liverpool boss revealing the defender's knee "does not look like a knee should". Van Dijk suffered knee ligament damage in last month's Merseyside derby, sustaining the injury as a result of a forceful challenge from Jordan Pickford. The Dutchman could ultimately miss the rest of the club season and even next year's delayed Euro 2020.
Robertson backs Liverpool boss Klopp’s call for help to limit player injuries
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Robertson backs Liverpool boss Klopp’s call for help to limit player injuries

The Scotland international feels five substitutions would go a long way to easing the problem Andy Robertson has backed his Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s appeal for help from football’s governing bodies in a bid to limit the number of injuries players are picking up. The 2020-21 season is a condensed one on account of the previous campaign finishing late due to the coronavirus pandemic. As such, teams are being forced into quick turnarounds in order to fulfil their fixtures. Klopp has been vocal on the subject, and hit out at the broadcast partners for his side being asked to play games so close together.
(UEFA Champions League) Liverpool 0-2 Atalanta: EPL champions suffer worst ever home defeat under Jurgen Klopp
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(UEFA Champions League) Liverpool 0-2 Atalanta: EPL champions suffer worst ever home defeat under Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool on Wednesday night suffered a 2-0 loss against Atalanta in the Champions League, making it the first time in 137 matches that manager Jurgen Klopp has lost at home by such a margin since joining Liverpool.   In Klopp's previous competitive matches in charge at home, Liverpool have only lost by more than one goal.   The last time the Reds suffered such a heavy defeat at Anfield was in August 2015, when Brendan Rodgers saw his side lose 3-0 to West Ham in the Premier League.     On Wednesday November 25, Liverpool failed to register a single shot on target - the first time they've done so in the Champions League since  2003 while opponents Atalanta  struck twice in the space of five minutes via Josip Illcic and Robin Gosens.   ...
Liverpool interested in £71m rated Samuel Chukwueze
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Liverpool interested in £71m rated Samuel Chukwueze

Liverpool are reportedly one of the sides interested in Nigeria and Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze. Reports from Spanish tabloid La Razon claims Liverpool Boss, Jurgen Klopp could be keen on bringing the pacy winger to Anfield next summer. The 21-year-old has a £71m release clause in his contract on the four-year deal he signed last summer and it is understood that Villarreal could lower their asking price should they receive concrete offer for the player. Chukwueze has been on the steady rise since making his debut for the Yellow Submarine two seasons ago. He was the hero for Villarreal last weekend coming off the bench to win the penalty that earned Unai Emery’s side a point against Real Madrid.
Klopp And Guardiola Slam EPL Over Substitutes Rule
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Klopp And Guardiola Slam EPL Over Substitutes Rule

Following the reversal of the English premier league substitute rule back to three subs in a match, two of the EPL most elite coaches have reacted to the news... The two respected coaches have accused the governing body of making a mistake by not allowing five changes per game. Klopp feels the Premier League showed a 'lack of leadership' with their decision to cut back on substitutes because of the packed schedules several teams were going to encounter. Speaking on Friday, Manchester City boss Guardiola echoed Klopp's thoughts, saying there has been "47 per cent more muscular injuries" this year compared to the same stage of the campaign in 2019-20. And the Catalan has added his voice to a growing campaign for the Premier League to rethink the decision to only allow three s...
Liverpool 2-0 Midtjylland: Jota helps secure hard-fought Champions League win
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Liverpool 2-0 Midtjylland: Jota helps secure hard-fought Champions League win

Liverpool had to work hard to see off Midtjylland, Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah getting the goals in a 2-0 triumph at Anfield. Diogo Jota scored the 10,000th goal in Liverpool's history as they laboured to a 2-0 win over Midtjylland, maintaining their 100 per cent start in Champions League Group D. After a woeful first-half display from Jurgen Klopp's side, Portugal forward Jota finished off a fine team move 10 minutes into the second period as he struck home from close range. Midtjylland's best chance fell to Brazilian Evander, who saw his shot on the turn flashed wide, while Liverpool missed further opportunities to increase their margin of victory.
Virgil Van Dijk Injury Is Not Good – Jurgen Klopp
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Virgil Van Dijk Injury Is Not Good – Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk's knee injury is "not good", says the champions' manager Jurgen Klopp. Van Dijk was hurt in a rash challenge by Everton keeper Jordan Pickford in the first half of Saturday's 2-2 draw. The Netherlands defender, 29, could not continue and will see a specialist on Sunday to discover the extent of the injury. "Virgil played I don't know how many games in a row, he plays with pain, but he couldn't play on," said Klopp. "That's not good." Liverpool's claims for a penalty from the incident were turned down as Van Dijk was ruled to be offside before England number one Pickford clattered into him.
‘Thiago is a phenomenal player’ – Liverpool’s new ‘magician’ will be the signing of the season, says Enrique
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‘Thiago is a phenomenal player’ – Liverpool’s new ‘magician’ will be the signing of the season, says Enrique

The former Red is confident that the Spanish midfielder will add a new dimension to Jurgen Klopp's starting XI for the 2020-21 campaign Jose Enrique has described Thiago Alcantara as a "phenomenal player" and backed Liverpool's new "magician" to be the signing of the season. Liverpool bought Thiago from Bayern Munich for £20 million ($26m) on September 18, tying him down to a four-year contract. The former Barcelona playmaker has won 24 major trophies over the course of his career, including two Champions League crowns, the second of which he picked up with Bayern in 2019-20.
‘I Did The Job Of The Manager All Those 17 Years’ – Jurgen Klopp’s Former Assistant, Zeljko Buvac Hits Out
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‘I Did The Job Of The Manager All Those 17 Years’ – Jurgen Klopp’s Former Assistant, Zeljko Buvac Hits Out

Zeljko Buvac has claimed that he “did the job of manager” after finally breaking his silence after his shock departure from Liverpool in 2018. Former Reds assistant boss Buvac quit Merseyside with no explanation beyond ‘personal reasons’ after working with Jurgen Klopp for 17 years. It was claimed that the Bosnian-Serb was not pleased with Pep Lijnders’ growing influence at Anfield, with the Dutchman since being promoted to Buvac’s old job. Buvac admitted that he did not congratulate Klopp or the Liverpool players on them ending their 30-year title drought. And he hinted at a breakdown in his relationship with his former boss in conversation with Russian journalist Nobel Arustamyan, with the quotes translated by The Athletic. “I didn’t,” Buvac said when asked if he had c...
Klopp Shocked By Liverpool Collapse To Concede Seven At Aston Villa
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Klopp Shocked By Liverpool Collapse To Concede Seven At Aston Villa

Jurgen Klopp admitted his surprise at Liverpool’s stunning collapse to lose 7-2 at Aston Villa on Sunday. Ollie Watkins scored a first-half hat-trick as the Reds became the first reigning English champions to concede seven goals in a league match since 1953. “It was unexpected but it happened tonight,” said Klopp. “We put all our rubbish things and mistakes in one game and hopefully we can start again.” Liverpool’s high line was torn apart by Villa’s counter-attack, while the absence of goalkeeper Alisson Becker to injury and Sadio Mane due to a positive coronavirus test was notable. The Reds were not beaten until their 28th league game in romping to the title last season and had won their opening three games of the new campaign. Alisson’s absence made a telling impact a...
Liverpool boss Klopp willing to go with Wilson over Shaqiri
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Liverpool boss Klopp willing to go with Wilson over Shaqiri

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is willing to keep hold of Harry Wilson this season. Burnley are the only club to have tabled an offer which was made up of £12million upfront with a further £4m in add-ons. Despite the Clarets' interest, Klopp decided that Wilson was ready to play against Arsenal in this week's Carabao Cup defet and get some minutes under his belt. The Athletic reports Liverpool are waiting for Burnley to increase their offer, but Klopp is potentially willing to keep Wilson in place of Xherdan Shaqiri if the former Stoke man leaves the club. It's a glimmer of hope for Wilson, who remains keen to make the grade at Anfield having come through the youth ranks at Melwood.
‘Thiago is a winner and joined Liverpool for titles’ – Adrian
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‘Thiago is a winner and joined Liverpool for titles’ – Adrian

The Reds goalkeeper is delighted to have a Spain international alongside him on Merseyside, with another notable transfer coup completed Thiago Alcantara is a “world-class” talent and has linked up with Liverpool in order to enhance his reputation as a “winner”, says Reds goalkeeper Adrian. Jurgen Klopp has added another match-altering talent to his ranks at Anfield. Thiago, as one of the finest manipulators of a ball in the global game, has added his considerable ability to a star-studded squad on Merseyside.
Robertson delights in ‘best left-back in the world’ billing from former Chelsea star Filipe Luis
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Robertson delights in ‘best left-back in the world’ billing from former Chelsea star Filipe Luis

The Scotland international lined up against the ex-Atletico Madrid defender during a Club World Cup final triumph for the Reds over Flamengo Liverpool star Andy Robertson has aired his delight at seeing former Chelsea defender Filipe Luis bill him as “the best left-back in the world”. The Scotland international lined up against the experienced Brazilian in the 2019 Club World Cup final. Jurgen Klopp’s side faced Flamengo in that showpiece event, with Roberto Firmino netting the only goal of the game to down his fellow countrymen.
Klopp: Liverpool won’t throw money away in transfer window
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Klopp: Liverpool won’t throw money away in transfer window

The Reds have made just one signing since winning the Premier League title, but their manager is not concerned by the lack of activity Jurgen Klopp vowed Liverpool will not "throw money away" as he hit back at the Premier League champions' transfer critics. Liverpool finished 18 points clear at the top of the table last season but have been accused by some observers of sitting back after making just one signing so far this window. Kostas Tsimikas was brought in from Olympiakos for £11.75 million ($15m) in August to provide competition for regular left-back Andy Robertson.
‘We cannot suddenly decide to behave like Chelsea’ – Klopp defends Liverpool’s transfer policy
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‘We cannot suddenly decide to behave like Chelsea’ – Klopp defends Liverpool’s transfer policy

The German head coach has stressed the importance of sticking to a winning formula amid calls for reinforcements at Anfield Jurgen Klopp has defended Liverpool's transfer policy, insisting the club cannot suddenly decide to "behave like Chelsea" after gradually putting together a title-winning team. Liverpool stormed to their first league title in three decades last season, finishing 18 points clear of Manchester City after being crowned champions with a record-breaking seven games left to spare. After failing to win a single piece of silverware during his first three seasons at Anfield, Klopp has managed to deliver four trophies in the space of two years, including the Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup.
Liverpool Boss Klopp Takes Blame For Brewster’s Penalty Miss In Community Shield
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Liverpool Boss Klopp Takes Blame For Brewster’s Penalty Miss In Community Shield

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has taken on the blame for Rhian Brewster's decisive miss in their penalty shoot-out defeat to Arsenal in the Community Shield. The Premier League champions finished seven places and 43 points ahead of the Gunners last term, but Arsenal ultimately lifted the trophy on Saturday at Wembley. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the Gunners an early lead with a fine strike but Liverpool, who attempted to dictate proceedings, levelled 17 minutes from time through Takumi Minamino. The game went to penalties and Aubameyang netted the decisive kick after Brewster failed to convert, as the Gunners won the shootout by a 5-4 margin. Klopp was insistent that the miss won't damage the 20-year-old, who looks set for his first season with Liverpool's senior squad ...
Klopp praises Minamino’s Liverpool impact, wants five substitutions in the Premier League
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Klopp praises Minamino’s Liverpool impact, wants five substitutions in the Premier League

The Reds boss singled out the Japanese attacker for finding a way to adapt during a difficult period Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insisted Takumi Minamino can have a big impact after scoring his first goal for the Premier League champions in the Community Shield. FA Cup holders Arsenal upstaged Liverpool 5-4 on penalties following Saturday's 1-1 draw in the new season's curtain-raiser at Wembley. Minamino's first Liverpool goal cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's 12th-minute opener in London, where a shoot-out was needed behind closed doors.
No Chance’ Of Liverpool Signing Lionel Messi – Jürgen Klopp
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No Chance’ Of Liverpool Signing Lionel Messi – Jürgen Klopp

Jürgen Klopp has laughed off suggestions that Liverpool could sign Lionel Messi but would like to see him in the Premier League. Messi has rocked the football world by handing in a transfer request at Barcelona, sparking widespread speculation over his future. Klopp says he would happily take the six-times world player of the year, but concedes the Premier League champions are not in the market for the 33-year-old. The Liverpool manager said: “Interest? Who doesn’t want to have Messi in their team? But, no chance.” Liverpool’s title rivals Manchester City are considered to be among the favourites to sign Messi should he leave the Nou Camp. A move to the Etihad Stadium would reunite Messi with his former Barça boss Pep Guardiola, under whom he won two Cha...