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Klopp: If we find the right player, we can buy

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1:39 Jurgen Klopp speaks exclusively to Sky Sports about Liverpool's 'toughest season' ahead, the transfer market, and why he didn't want to face Leeds. Jurgen Klopp speaks exclusively to Sky Sports about Liverpool's 'toughest season' ahead, the transfer market, and why he didn't want to face Leeds.

"It's a big one for all of us. I think it will be tough, tougher, the toughest probably."

Jurgen Klopp is under no illusions about the challenge ahead as Liverpool look to retain the Premier League in a season like no other.

Having won their first title in 30 years in bizarre circumstances, Klopp's battle ahead becomes more unique; Liverpool are, now more than ever, the team to beat, with more games packed into a shorter time period, and a winning team difficult to improve.

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In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports' Geoff Shreeves, Klopp outlined the task ahead for the champions, Liverpool's transfer business, and the opening-day clash with Leeds, live on Saturday Night Football on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event (Kick Off 5.30pm).

'Toughest season to come' "It's a big one for all of us. I think it will be tough, tougher, the toughest probably" "It's a big one for all of us. I think it will be tough, tougher, the toughest probably" "It's a big one for all of us. I think it will be tough, tougher, the toughest probably"

"It's a big one for all of us. I think it will be tough, tougher, the toughest probably. From 10 days on, when we play every three days, particularly the top five or six who have qualified for Europe, because European competition will be more intense than ever before.

"There's nothing experience-wise from the past that is helpful. You go to a different country to play, and two days later you play again. That's from late September to December at least. That's tough.

"We don't know how long we have to play without supporters, which makes this intense period even trickier, because the crowd can give you a boost in a game, so we have to do that by ourselves pretty much.

"In terms of being champions? Being Liverpool is always a challenge, wherever you go, they want to win anyway. Our challenge again will be to show again the greed, the desire, the mentality which we showed in the last years, to be successful again, as successful as possible.

1:23 Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold says rival teams will be 'extra motivated' when they play the defending Premier League champions this season Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold says rival teams will be 'extra motivated' when they play the defending Premier League champions this season

"We spoke very early in pre-season about these challenges. Doing the good things again is part of the answer, try to improve them, and work on the things that didn't work out as well.

"I didn't change. We tried to put in a lot in this season, because it's the only time of the year we really can train, so we try to create a basis which we can use for the full season. It will be interesting to see where we are exactly.

"Nobody here looked for one second tired or overly satisfied with the success we had in the past, because that's not possible in the environment we created, because it's a daily push, a daily kick in the butt with the sessions we have.

"I think we are as well prepared as possible, but it's difficult, really difficult, but the last years were also really difficult. It only looks when you look back and think: 'It was really easy'… it was not for one second easy. It was always a big challenge, and that didn't change."

'If we find the right player, we can sign them' Liverpool won the Premier League title with 99 points last season Liverpool won the Premier League title with 99 points last season Liverpool won the Premier League title with 99 points last season

Liverpool have signed just one player in left-back Konstantinos Tsimikas this season, with the window closing on October 5. But how do you improve a side which earned 99 points last season?

They have been heavily linked with Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, with Gini Wijnaldum's future still not resolved, but Klopp is not concerned.

"Since I've been here, there has not been one transfer window where I've thought: 'If we don't get this player, we cannot start the season'. Not once. We are in a luxury situation that if we can bring somebody in, it will be a really good player, and if we don't, we have really good players.

"It's a little bit of theatre, this transfer business, but in all the years I'm here it's always the same. That isn't to say we always did things right, we did things as good as we could do.

"It depends on different things; one is finding the player, one is having the money and all of these kind of things. But I read this morning that somebody who saw my body language saw 'anxiety, or anger' or things like this. Interesting! That starts really early, judging my body language! I expect that for the season, when we lose a game, when everybody will look if I'm still the funny guy I used to be in some press conferences when we won a game, but this is really early, having not even played a game.

Gini Wijnaldum's future at Anfield has not been resolved, while the club have been heavily linked with Thiago Alcantara Gini Wijnaldum's future at Anfield has not been resolved, while the club have been heavily linked with Thiago Alcantara Gini Wijnaldum's future at Anfield has not been resolved, while the club have been heavily linked with Thiago Alcantara

[If an exceptional player becomes available, can the club do it?] "It was always the case. Always the case. This club, since I am here, and before, spends what we earn. That was always the case. I don't know why this is so surprising now, it's nothing new. Pretty much everything we earn, we spend, if we have to in the moment. If not, we don't, because it makes no sense to throw money away.

"When I speak about the difficulty of the times we live in at the moment, people might think: 'Really? In football as well?' Yes! Surprisingly enough, in football as well! Uncertainty means uncertainty for all of us.

"It must fit to the group. Influence from outside, which a transfer is, can help, 100 per cent. If we can find the right player, it will probably happen, if not, then it won't."

'Bielsa... what a guy!' 1:02 Liverpool boss Klopp is full of respect for the job Marcelo Bielsa is doing at Leeds Liverpool boss Klopp is full of respect for the job Marcelo Bielsa is doing at Leeds

First up in Liverpool's title defence are newly-promoted Leeds on Saturday Night Football at Anfield. A comfortable start to the season? Klopp insists Marcelo Bielsa's side weren't even in his top 10 of sides he'd like to face.

"I can't wait to meet [Bielsa]. It's the first time in my life. I've seen him on television quite a lot. He's a proper character, obviously. I couldn't have more respect for what he's doing - what a guy - and how he's set up Leeds. Their style of play will suit them even more in the Premier League than the Championship, 100 per cent. They will be very, very, very uncomfortable to play against. We had that last year especially with Sheffield United! So different to all of the rest.

"Leeds, man marking over the whole pitch, super organised, really good players, speed, setting up 20, 25 traps on one pitch, and if you walk into one of them then you are in big trouble!

"It is unbelievably interesting. We are not in dreamland, and we cannot wish for things, but for sure they were not in the top 10 of teams we wanted to play on the first matchday. But that's how it is, and I'm really excited about it. It will be tough!"

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Analysis: Should Liverpool bring in new players?

Sky Sports' Gary Neville:

"I think it would be the right thing. It would definitely lift the players in the dressing room and it would also challenge them.

"They are obviously motivated players with a great attitude, but you do not to challenge them and stimulate them. Sometimes you can ease off when you gain success but a new player spikes you.

"I do think Jurgen Klopp was quite clear in that interview that he wanted more players and more quality. He has sweat every single last bit out of this squad in terms of performance. And l think the players themselves deserve a little bit of new help. They probably have 14, 15 really good players and then the quality really does drop. I think they need one or two more."

Analysis: And where should Liverpool strengthen?

Sky Sports' Jamie Carragher:

"It is in attack for me. I know there's a lot of talk about Thiago but l think the excitement is because he is completely different to what Liverpool have in midfield. He could add something completely different.

"But numbers-wise, it is the attacking front three. If one of them was to go down with a serious injury, l think it would really hurt Liverpool and they would find it difficult to go on and win the league. For me, they need someone to really challenge that front three. They have been vital, but they are at a similar age - 28 or 29 - and sooner or later they will need to be changed. I'd like to see Liverpool bring in someone now to take the pressure off that front three but also look to the future."

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How a clash with Leeds started Alexander-Arnold's assist haul

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 17:13
Trent Alexander-Arnold's face lights up at the mention.
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How a clash with Leeds started Alexander-Arnold's assist haul

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 17:13

Trent Alexander-Arnold's face lights up at the mention.

Leeds United’s last visit to Anfield. A League Cup tie in November 2016. The right-back’s second appearance for his boyhood club.

But it’s another career statistic from that night that prompts a grin to form as we speak to the No.66 ahead of Saturday’s Premier League opener against the Yorkshire side.

“That was my first ever assist for Liverpool, so I remember that quite well!” Alexander-Arnold, who teed up Divock Origi for the opener in a 2-0 win, told Liverpoolfc.com.

“It was a good night. Obviously Ben Woodburn got on the scoresheet as well, as Liverpool’s youngest scorer, so it was a good night for the young players and it’s a night I’ll never forget.

“I’ve got fond memories of playing against Leeds, I made my England debut at Elland Road as well. It’s going to be a good game on Saturday, I’m sure.”

Almost four years on, Leeds make the trip to L4 tomorrow evening as a newly-promoted Premier League club, with Argentinian coach Marcelo Bielsa at the helm.

It’s the second successive season that the Reds have begun by hosting the previous campaign’s Championship winners, following a 4-1 victory over Norwich City in 2019.

“There’s always that little bit of not knowing what you’re going to get,” Alexander-Arnold assessed.

“Obviously you watch the videos and analysis and you watch their games, but it’s different playing against the team. What you see and what you actually play against is always a little bit different.

“We know it’s going to be an intense game, they’re going to be up for it and highly motivated. Obviously their players and manager are an unbelievable team. It’s going to be a tough test for us, but I’m sure we’ll be well prepared for it.”

Ahead of the 2020-21 kick-off, Jürgen Klopp has spoken of the intent to ‘attack’ this season’s Premier League title, rather than ‘defend’ Liverpool’s status as champions.

And Alexander-Arnold concurred that there will be no change in the players’ mindset, no diversion from the focus on winning as frequently as possible.

“We just need to do what we’ve been doing over the last few years, we can’t try to change our mentality because we’ve won things,” said the England international, who was named PFA Young Player of the Year this week.

“We need to keep our mentality that any team can beat us if we’re not at 100 per cent – that’s the way the Premier League works, that’s the way the Champions League works and cup competitions.

“It’s football, it’s full of upsets, you see upsets every week in the Premier League. I’m sure this weekend there’s going to be an upset somewhere, if not a few. So, we’re prepared for that.

“We know if we’re at 100 per cent we’ve got a good chance of winning games – that’s the mentality we’ve had over the last few years.

“It’s straightforward for us – it’s about winning trophies. We want to be the best team, we want to be the team that wins trophies, we want to be someone who is very difficult to play against and can win games in many ways.

“So, that’s something we look to; we know we need to improve, we’ve got places where we can improve. We need to adapt and evolve and try to make sure we hit the levels we hit over the last two or three years. I’m sure we’ll be in a good position if we do that.”

Alexander-Arnold has set stunning new benchmarks for assists by a defender in each of the past two Premier League campaigns.

After creating 12 goals for his teammates in 2018-19, the 21-year-old served up another 13 last term while also chipping in with four strikes of his own.

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So, has he set any personal targets ahead of Saturday’s start?

“I just try to make sure I’m in and around the same levels as I hit last season, if not better,” Alexander-Arnold replied. “If I do that, it means me and the team are doing well, I’m able to create goals and chances for the team. We’ve got the attackers that can put them away.

“If I’m doing that, it means the team are doing well as well. It’s a good sign. It works hand in hand.”

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Reds start attack on title with battle of champions – Liverpool vs. Leeds Preview

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 17:00

It’s champions vs. champions on opening day as Liverpool start the 2020/21 Premier League season with a clash against the newly-promoted Leeds United.

Liverpool vs. Leeds United

Saturday, September 12, 2020 – 5.30pm (BST)
Anfield
Premier League (1)
Referee: Michael Oliver

In what feels like a blink of an eye, Liverpool are back in competitive action – just 48 days since the prolonged 2019/20 campaign ended.

The title-winning season is now in the rearview mirror as the Reds look to tackle a new campaign, one which will continue to present new challenges in what is a congested schedule.

Jurgen Klopp‘s side have yet to fire on all cylinders in pre-season, while the end of the 2019/20 campaign was one which saw their foot taken off the accelerator having clinched the title in record time with seven games remaining.

But they will need to be switched on when Marcelo Bielsa’s side arrive at Anfield, with Leeds United back in the Premier League for the first time since the 2003/04 season.

After a 16-year wait, Leeds secured automatic promotion after finishing atop of the Championship table, playing high octane football with an ever-changing system.

A close compact unit, the Whites fluidly transition from 4-1-4-1 to 4-3-3 and even a 3-3-1-3 system dependent on the opposition and the in-game situation.

They will present a welcome test on the opening day of Liverpool’s title defence, but Klopp’s men are no doubt favourites to collect their first three points of the season.

Team News

 Liverpool's Kostas Tsimikas during a preseason friendly match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. (Pic by Propaganda)

The international break was one which, thankfully, did not result in any setbacks for members of the Liverpool brigade.

Andy Robertson, Gini Wijnaldum, Virgil van Dijk, Neco Williams, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold all saw action, with the latter provided his first minutes since the end of the campaign having missed the pre-season camp in Austria.

Elsewhere, Divock Origi allayed fears of an ongoing injury by featuring in the final pre-season friendly against Blackpool, netting in the 7-2 win.

And Joel Matip made welcome progress having played the opening 45 minutes, his first since the meeting at Everton in what was football’s return from lockdown.

Captain Jordan Henderson returned to full training during the week after a lengthy lay-off with a knee injury and will likely only be in contention for minutes off the bench, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains in the early stages of his rehabilitation from a similar injury.

Meanwhile, Kostas Tsimikas was reported to have tested positive for coronavirus during his time with Greece, which has yet to be confirmed by the club.

Possible Leeds XI: Meslier; Ayling, Cooper, Koch, Dallas; Phillips; Costa, Klich, Hernandez, Harrison; Bamford

Last 5 at Home to Leeds (All Competitions)

 Liverpool's Ben Woodburn scores the second goal against Leeds United, to become the club's youngest ever goal-scorer, during the Football League Cup Quarter-Final match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Won 2-0 – November 2016 (Origi, Woodburn)
Won 3-1 – October 2003 (Owen, Murphy, Sinama-Pongolle; Smith)
Won 3-1 – March 2003 (Owen, Murphy, Gerrard; Viduka)
Drew 1-1 – October 2001 (Murphy; Kewell)
Lost 2-1 – April 2001 (Gerrard; Ferdinand, Bowyer)

Did You Know?

The occasion marks Leeds’ first outing in the Premier League since the 2003/04 season, one which saw our very own James Milner feature for his boyhood club as an 18-year-old.

And this is where you need to prepare to have your mind blown.

The ever-brilliant Richard Jolly provided the insane stat that if Liverpool’s No. 7 features against Leeds on Saturday, he will have played in each of the Whites’ last 31 topflight matches.

Where one of those games back in 2003/04 saw him play against someone who turns 57 this month, that being former Man City, Arsenal and England goalkeeper David Seaman.

Form

Liverpool players react during the Community Shield at Wembley Stadium, London. ( Andrew Couldridge/PA Wire/PA Images)

Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)

Won 7-2 vs. Blackpool
Drew 1-1 vs. Arsenal (lost 5-4 on pens)
Drew 2-2 vs. Salzburg
Won 3-0 vs. Stuttgart
Won 3-1 vs. Newcastle

Leeds – Last five results (all competitions)

Won 3-1 vs. Pacos de Ferreira
Lost 3-0 vs. Stoke City
Won 4-0 vs. Charlton
Won 3-1 vs. Derby
Won 1-0 vs. Barnsley

Klopp’s View

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Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Klopp praised Bielsa’s team:

“They are well drilled. The things they do is absolutely brilliant. The way they defend is exceptional.

“They will do well in the Premier League, 100 per cent. They will know it, that the Premier League probably suits them more than the Championship. They can show their full potential.”

TV & Liveblog Info

 Liverpool and Aston Villa players kneel down (take a knee) in support of the Black Lives Matter movement during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Aston Villa FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool vs. Leeds United will be live in the UK on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, with coverage starting at 5pm (BST) ahead of the 5.30pm kickoff.

Chris Williams will be keeping you entertained and up to date with all the action on This Is Anfield’s matchday liveblog, starting from 4.45pm (BST).

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Liverpool v Leeds United: Team news

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 17:00
Jürgen Klopp will make a late decision on his matchday 18 for the meeting with Leeds United as he selects from a near-fully fit Liverpool squad.
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Liverpool v Leeds United: Team news

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 17:00

Jürgen Klopp will make a late decision on his matchday 18 for the meeting with Leeds United as he selects from a near-fully fit Liverpool squad.

The Reds boss is optimistic Jordan Henderson, Xherdan Shaqiri and Kostas Tsimikas will further bolster his options after those on international duty returned this week.

Indeed, Klopp acknowledged during his pre-match press conference that some must miss out this weekend simply due to the limits of the teamsheet.

Asked about the possibility of Henderson, Shaqiri and Tsimikas featuring in the Anfield clash, the boss said on Friday: “Not finally decided yet.

“They are all in training pretty much, all of them. So we will make late decisions about that, but it looks rather promising than not.

“But we have in the moment a lot of players available, here in training. They all came back now, so not all of them will be involved even if they could be involved, that’s the situation.”

Seventeen years after James Milner played for Leeds on their last top-flight visit to Anfield, the midfielder could make his 150th Liverpool league appearance.

Klopp expects the style of Marcelo Bielsa’s team to be even more suited to the Premier League than the Championship, which they won in 2019-20.

“If we are not ready for intensity, we have a problem, 100 per cent, because they will be ready. They were always ready,” he said of the visitors.

“Unfortunately, we don’t play them after they played six games in seven days, so they are pretty fresh, had a good pre-season, and now they will be completely charged. But we [will be] as well, so let’s give it a go.”

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Bielsa, meanwhile, is preparing to bring Leeds to Anfield for a Premier League game for the first time since October 2003.

On that occasion, the Yorkshire side succumbed to a 3-1 defeat, while more recently, the Reds recorded a 2-0 success on Merseyside over their opponents in a League Cup tie in 2016.

Having fallen at the play-off semi-final stage a year earlier, The Whites powered their way to promotion last term by topping the Championship with 93 points – 10 clear of second-place West Bromwich Albion.

“It’s a very special game,” Bielsa reflected ahead of the trip to Anfield. “Full of different scenarios to last season.

“Liverpool are a just champion with a consistent style of play. Without a doubt one of the best teams in the world. They have a defined system with very good players.

“It’s the best league in the world and it requires you to be at the highest level. It’s difficult to assimilate how we are going to adjust to the Premier League. We prepared for this, but we need to show it on the pitch.

“[Our players] have been forming a group for some time and they have maintained the players they feel can play at a higher level.”

Leeds have added several players to their ranks over the course of the summer; most notably club-record signing Rodrigo from Valencia, as well as snapping up Freiburg defender Robin Koch.

Bielsa reported that both players are in ‘very good physical condition’ ahead of the game – and the Argentinian tactician has no injury concerns to contend with, barring the long-term absence of Adam Forshaw.

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LFC U18s' clash with Manchester United postponed

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 15:16

Liverpool U18s' scheduled match with Manchester United on Saturday has been postponed.

The young Reds’ opening fixture of the U18 Premier League North campaign will be rearranged in due course.

Updated fixture details will be announced on Liverpoolfc.com.

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LFC U18s' clash with Manchester United postponed

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 15:16
Liverpool U18s' scheduled match with Manchester United on Saturday has been postponed.
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Jürgen Klopp on 2020-21: We're ready to go again with all we have

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 14:45
‘We will go again with all we have,’ was Jürgen Klopp’s defiant message on the eve of the start of the new Premier League season as Liverpool kick the term off as reigning champions.
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'I'm surprised there are more records Mo Salah can break!'

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 13:27
Jürgen Klopp insists he'll never take Mohamed Salah's record-breaking goalscoring output for granted.
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Jürgen Klopp on Leeds analysis and Marcelo Bielsa admiration

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 13:21

Jürgen Klopp is relishing the prospect of taking on Marcelo Bielsa but warned Liverpool have to be ready to match the intensity of Leeds United on Saturday.

The Premier League champions get their defence of the title under way on home turf as Leeds, winners of the Championship in 2019-20, kick off their top-flight return at Anfield.

In his analysis of the visitors at his pre-match press conference, Klopp outlined his respect for Bielsa’s team and explained his theory that their style will be even better suited to the Premier League.

Which is why he insisted the Reds must be – and will be – prepared to deal with a highly motivated side as the season gets going tomorrow evening.

“That’s a completely different style to Sheffield United, for example, but it’s in a similar way different to how all other teams play,” Klopp said of Leeds.

“That makes it so special and will help them, because it’s not like the most expansive style, that they will open up and be a bit naïve or something like that. Not at all – they are well drilled and the things they do are absolutely brilliant.

“The way they defend is exceptional, it’s man marking, it’s pretty much man marking plus one – that sounds slightly strange but it’s true. So that’s really well organised.

“Of course, they will face challenges as well because in the Premier League some different animals are around than in the Championship, for sure. But anyhow, they will do well in the Premier League, 100 per cent.

“They know it probably that it suits them probably even more, the Premier League, than the Championship did. So, good news for Leeds, they are not in the Championship anymore. Now they can show their full potential and that’s what they will do. But, of course, we are not that bad as well, so we try to push through our things as well.

“If we are not ready for intensity, we have a problem, 100 per cent, because they will be ready. They were always ready. Unfortunately, we don’t play them after they played six games in seven days, so they are pretty fresh, had a good pre-season, and now they will be completely charged. But we [will be] as well, so let’s give it a go.”

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Klopp was also asked whether Bielsa’s status in the game and the methods the Argentinian has employed throughout his career have had an influence on his own managerial approach.

“I admire him, but I was never close enough to him. I watched his teams playing, that’s pretty exceptional. The rest I got from newspapers and stuff like this,” replied the Reds boss.

“I analysed some games, even in the past already and had a look at that. We have a different approach; there are similarities obviously, but there are big differences as well.

“I like him without knowing him as a proper character, obviously. And maybe the hardest-working of all of us, I don’t know, I think we all work pretty much but I don’t think we really can compete with him in that area. When I think about the analysis he presented around the Derby game! That was some information about the opponent obviously. We have a lot of information, I’m not sure we have exactly the same amount. That was funny as well.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting him. He is an inspiration for all coaches because what he is doing, he sticks to it and really pushes it through – and is successful with it. That makes him a very, very interesting figure in this business.”

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Jürgen Klopp on Leeds analysis and Marcelo Bielsa admiration

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 13:21
Jürgen Klopp is relishing the prospect of taking on Marcelo Bielsa but warned Liverpool have to be ready to match the intensity of Leeds United on Saturday.
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LFC fitness latest: Klopp on Henderson, Shaqiri and Tsimikas

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 12:41

Jürgen Klopp explained Liverpool will make a late call on the availability of Jordan Henderson, Xherdan Shaqiri and Kostas Tsimikas for Saturday's clash with Leeds United.

The Reds kick off the 2020-21 Premier League campaign against last season’s Championship winners at Anfield, with almost a full squad in training for the game according to the manager.

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Asked for a fitness update – and specifically regarding Henderson, Shaqiri and summer signing Tsimikas, at his pre-match press conference, Klopp said: “Not finally decided yet.

“They are all in training pretty much, all of them. So we will make late decisions about that, but it looks rather promising than not.

“But we have in the moment a lot of players available, here in training. They all came back now, so not all of them will be involved even if they could be involved, that’s the situation.”

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LFC fitness latest: Klopp on Henderson, Shaqiri and Tsimikas

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 12:41
Jürgen Klopp explained Liverpool will make a late call on the availability of Jordan Henderson, Xherdan Shaqiri and Kostas Tsimikas for Saturday's clash with Leeds United.
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Liverpool expect to lose over £100 million due to coronavirus pandemic

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 11:33

Officials at Liverpool have projected that the club will £100 million in revenue due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, with no guarantee of when it will recover.

Football has been played without fans since March, with a pandemic sweeping the world and forcing lockdown on the UK, with security measures now relaxed but mass gatherings still outlawed.

Test events are taking place across the country to ensure the safe return of supporters to stadia, and Liverpool are hoping that they can welcome a reduced crowd to Anfield for the Premier League clash with Sheffield United on October 24.

But there is no guarantee of when stadia can be at full capacity, and with this one of the biggest sources of income for Premier League clubs it is considered a major setback.

This has seen Liverpool take a cautious approach to the transfer market, with only Kostas Tsimikas (£11.75m) brought in, financed by the sales of Dejan Lovren (£10.9m) and Ovie Ejaria (£3.5m).

Other clubs have been less so, with Chelsea particularly strong in the current window having already signed Kai Havertz (£71m), Ben Chilwell (£50m), Timo Werner (£48m), Hakim Ziyech (£36.7m), Thiago Silva (free) and Malang Sarr (free).

The Athletic‘s James Pearce reports that the club project their losses in the coronavirus pandemic to be over the £100 million mark, with a senior Liverpool source describing the likes of Chelsea as “betting on the future.”

“Certain clubs are betting on the future, they are gambling on when revenues will recover,” they explained.

“Some absolutely need to invest if they are going to compete. Others don’t need to do that.”

Anfield, general, Main Stand (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The belief at Liverpool, clearly, is that heavy spending is not worth the risk in the current climate, and this is in line with widespread reports that any signings will need to be factored in by sales.

It is frustrating, but with the redevelopment of the Main Stand the Reds saw their matchday revenue skyrocket, and with this being a key source of funds, which would, in turn, be put towards additions to the squad, its loss is being felt at squad level.

“It’s a moving target, especially with what happened this week with the government reviewing plans to start letting fans back into grounds again, but it’s going to be into nine figures,” the source elaborated.

“There’s still no clarity on exactly when matchday revenues will recover and that’s the revenue stream that’s taken the biggest hit.

“It’s just not the tickets, it’s everything that goes with having 54,000 inside Anfield every week. It’s the hospitality, not only inside Anfield but off-site too.”

It is this reality that prompted the club’s ill-judged decision to furlough non-playing staff back in April, with the U-turn necessary but also, unfortunately, needing to be offset elsewhere.

The hope was that Liverpool would gain some semblance of clarity before the window closes on October 5, but as the source alludes, further uncertainty from the government this week makes that less likely.

At this stage, Jurgen Klopp can only work with what he’s got, but fortunately, what he’s got is one of the best squads in world football, and though minor tweaks would be appreciated, there are a number of players waiting to break through to improve it even further.

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Liverpool take up a third of world football’s 90+ rated players in FIFA 21

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 10:57

Four Liverpool players are rated 90 or higher in the latest instalment of the FIFA franchise, FIFA 21, with only 12 players across world football ranked as highly.

FIFA 21 is due for release on October 6, and this week saw the reveal of the top-rated players across the popular video game.

The highest is, unsurprisingly, Lionel Messi, with the Barcelona captain above Cristiano Ronaldo and leading the way for the game’s very best players.

Only 12 players are rated at 90 or over in FIFA 21, and incredibly, four of those are from Liverpool, highlighting the club’s standing in world football.

Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Alisson are all rated at 90, with only Messi (93), Ronaldo (92), Robert Lewandowski (91), Kevin De Bruyne (91), Neymar (91) and Jan Oblak (91) considered better.

Kylian Mbappe and Marc-Andre ter Stegen have also been given 90, while the next best from the Premier League is Sergio Aguero on 89.

Liverpool have 10 players in FIFA 21’s top 10, with Trent Alexander-Arnold (87), Roberto Firmino (87), Andy Robertson (87), Fabinho (87), Jordan Henderson (86) and Gini Wijnaldum (85) all included.

Alisson, Mane, Firmino, Robertson and Fabinho have all been given increases in their ratings from last year’s game, but Alexander-Arnold’s is perhaps the most impressive, rising from 83 to 87 to break into the top 100.

“Yeah, I’m happy of course, 87, jeez. Wow, that’s high,” the right-back said, reacting to his rating on Football Focus, before setting the target of “89 next season.”

Beyond the top 10, ratings for Joe Gomez (83), Joel Matip (83), Naby Keita (81), Xherdan Shaqiri (81), James Milner (80), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (79), Takumi Minamino (77) and Divock Origi (77) have also been revealed.

Keita’s seems rather low, but the Guinean is likely to rise up the charts if his excellent form of late continues into 2020/21.

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Gini Wijnaldum could stay at Liverpool after “positive talks” with Jurgen Klopp

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 10:21

Gini Wijnaldum could now stay at Liverpool, with the midfielder claimed to have had “positive talks” with Jurgen Klopp over his future at the club on Wednesday.

The Dutchman’s future has been up in the air this summer after he entered the final year of his contract with no development in negotiations over an extension.

Wijnaldum is believed to have asked for a new four-year deal, with Liverpool not willing to offer that, and with speculation over a move to Barcelona mounting, the No. 5 was predicted to depart.

But after his time with the Netherlands squad this month, Wijnaldum returned to Melwood in midweek and discussed his options with the manager.

Sky Sports claim these were “positive,” with the 29-year-old hoping to stay at Liverpool this season, lured by the prospect that “an offer of a contract extension from the club will be the result of a productive conversation.”

Klopp himself is said to be “keen for him to stay,” though whether that is on a long-term basis or simply for the final season of his deal remains to be seen.

Liverpool have seen the likes of Emre Can, Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge leave the club on free transfers in recent years, either due to the club deciding to move on or the player himself opting to depart.

Given Wijnaldum turns 30 and will be looking for a final big payday, it is a delicate situation for the Reds, particularly given the current financial situation.

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On Thursday night, reliable Argentine journalist Juan Pablo Varsky claimed Liverpool had upped their offer for Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara to £27.9 million, which is closer to the Bundesliga club’s valuation.

Thiago is widely considered the likely replacement for Wijnaldum if he leaves, but the Spaniard rejoined pre-season training with Bayern on Friday morning as question marks remain over his next move.

Earlier in the week, the Independent‘s Melissa Reddy explained that the “ideal scenario” for Liverpool “would be keeping Wijnaldum, selling the excess midfielders and adding Thiago.”

Whether the club can secure reasonable deals for the likes of Marko Grujic, Harry Wilson and Xherdan Shaqiri is unclear, though, with no progress made in talks with interested parties so far.

If that scenario played out, it would undoubtedly be a boost for Liverpool, with Thiago given a campaign to adjust while Wijnaldum is still on Merseyside, giving Klopp two top-level options along with Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita.

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Redknapp on Liverpool's title hopes, transfer priorities

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 09:00
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Jamie Redknapp believes Liverpool will retain their Premier League title - but he says there are two key pieces of transfer business they should do to strengthen the team.

Speaking to Sky Sports' Pitch to Post Podcast, Redknapp reckons Jurgen Klopp's side have all the ingredients to become just the second team to win back-to-back Premier League crowns since 2009.

However, the Sky Sports pundit believes Liverpool could boost their already talented squad by bringing in a new centre-back before the transfer window closes on October 5. So far, Liverpool have only recruited left-back Kostas Tsimikas for £11.75m from Olympiakos.

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"I think they're in a great position to win it again," he said.

"History suggests you have to go out and sign one or two players to strengthen the squad, and I think people have said that in the last few weeks. 'Why haven't Liverpool maybe tried to get Thiago or get one or two players in to strengthen the centre-back area?'

"You've lost Dejan Lovren and that leaves you quite short with only Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk. From their point of view, you just hope you don't get any injuries because if they were to get any injuries in that area they would be short.

"Especially when Gomez has had injuries and Matip can't always play the full season, you might think that might be an area where they could struggle."

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Redknapp also believes it should be a priority for Liverpool to tie Gini Wijnaldum down to a new deal. The Dutch midfielder is out of contract next summer and has been linked with Barcelona.

"Certainly in midfield, the Wijnaldum situation is one that needs to be resolved and I think personally you want to keep him," said Redknapp.

Wijnaldum is such an important player for the team. He's very talented, incredible energy and why would you want to let him go at the moment, unless you can get someone in who's better?

Jamie Redknapp

"He's such an important player for the team, he's very talented, incredible energy and why would you want to let him go at the moment, unless you can get someone in who's better? And I don't see that many midfield players better in the world right now that can do what he can do."

However, regardless of Liverpool's quiet transfer window so far, Redknapp is confident they have what it takes to see off the challenge of Manchester City again this season. Although he expects Pep Guardiola's side to be stronger defensively with the addition of Bournemouth's Nathan Ake.

"I think it's between City and Liverpool, and I'll say it now, I think Liverpool will retain the title," said Redknapp. "I think they've got an incredible team there and a togetherness that is so difficult to find. And Jurgen Klopp has made that work so well.

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"If you look at City, there's not that many players out there that you can sign right now. Nathan Ake looks to me a sensible signing. He's a player that can play in many positions.

"As a young man he played in the defensive midfield position, if you want some protection. Obviously Fernandinho isn't getting any younger and he's one of the best that's ever been. He can also play left-back and he can play centre-back. But they're looking for a partnership in central defence because last year they had so many different times where they'd play Nicolas Otamendi or John Stones, Aymeric Laporte or Fernandinho, they never really got it right in that area.

"But with someone like Nathan Ake - and I know City fans might go, 'well he got relegated this year' - he's a quality player. He knows the game, he's got a brilliant left foot, incredible spring considering he's not the tallest player in the world. You can see him playing in a side like City's where your job is just to defend properly, get that ball to Kevin De Bruyne as quickly as possible and then things happen from there.

"Of course, City are going to be incredibly strong - but I don't think they're going to be as strong as Liverpool."

Listen to Sky Sports' Pitch to Post Podcast here to hear more from Redknapp on Chelsea's transfer business and which players he thinks will star in the Premier League this season. Plus we have updates from our reporters on Everton's new-look midfield and the Newcastle takeover.

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