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Jurgen Klopp delighted with Andrew Robertson form as Alberto Moreno nears return

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 18:49

Jurgen Klopp has spoken of his admiration for Andrew Robertson, following a superb run of form from Liverpool’s likeable Scot in recent weeks.

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Robertson endured a slow start to his Liverpool career, as he grew accustomed to life in Klopp’s system, and saw Alberto Moreno selected ahead of him.

The left-back has proven to be a very good summer signing from Hull City, however, and he has flourished in the first weeks of 2018 in particular.

Excellent back-to-back performances at home to Everton and Man City have seen him become a crowd favourite, with his lung-busting energy and quality down the left flank not going unnoticed by supporters.

Klopp admits he is delighted with how Robertson is faring at the moment, speaking of his importance to this Liverpool side after a slightly shaky start.

“[He is] very important,” Klopp told reporters at Melwood on Friday.

“A lot of people had doubts about Alberto Moreno at the start of the season, and thought we needed to bring in a new full-back, which we did with Andy Robertson.

“He was a nice prospect and a really big talent offensively, but maybe a few gaps to close in his defending.

“He was cool earlier in the season when he didn’t play, he was not in my office asking, ‘why don’t I play?’

“Moreno played fantastic apart from the Sevilla game but then he got injured.

“But for a club like Liverpool, it’s unbelievably important to have someone who can [step in] and it’s not a big bounce [without Moreno].”

 Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia celebrates scoring the first equalising goal with team-mate Alberto Moreno during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Spartak Moscow and Liverpool at the Otkrytie Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Moreno has missed the last 10 games with an ankle injury picked up in Liverpool’s 7-0 win over Spartak Moscow in December, and could return to the matchday squad at Swansea City on Monday night.

This presents Klopp with a long-term selection quandary, with both of his senior left-backs in excellent form this season, but the German is embracing it as a positive.

“With Moreno on the way back we have two very good players for that position,” he continued.

“Andy has stepped up and done a really fantastic job, and it’s really nice as a manager to be part of it.

“You come to a new club and everybody is expecting the best from you from the first second.

“Everybody needs time to adapt—I’m happy that he had the time and used the time, and played like he did in the past few games.”

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates with Andy Robertson after his side's 4-3 victory during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It would be extremely harsh to leave Robertson out for the trip to Swansea, but equally, you couldn’t complain if Moreno returned as first choice.

If Liverpool are to challenge across all fronts for the remainder of 2017/18, they need both left-backs fit and firing.

At long last, there is genuine depth in that area of the pitch.

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Jürgen: Why I'm not interested in our unbeaten run

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 18:28
Jürgen Klopp reflected on Liverpool's recent impressive form – and why it is merely the foundation for the rest of the season – at his pre-match press conference on Friday.
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Jürgen: Why I'm not interested in our unbeaten run

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 18:28

Jürgen Klopp reflected on Liverpool's recent impressive form – and why it is merely the foundation for the rest of the season – at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

Ahead of the Premier League meeting with Swansea City, the manager took questions from the media on a variety of topics, including the Reds’ run of 18 matches without defeat and how to maintain their level following last weekend’s win over Manchester City.

Read Klopp’s responses below…

On guarding against complacency on Monday…

Life is a summary of challenges and that’s a big challenge. We played against top-of-the-table Manchester City and played a fantastic game. We played Swansea a few weeks ago with a caretaker-manager and I said after the game it was much more difficult than the result could make you think. So we know about the specific challenge in this game. They are bottom of the table but they are in a good way. What you have seen since the new manager has come in is a big improvement again: much better results and they won their FA Cup replay during the week. They are doing well and that’s all we think about.

I’m not even sure if we’ll have a look at our game against Swansea because it will be different. We need to have a look at the games since they changed their manager. That’s a challenge, to be honest. But if you know about a challenge you can be prepared for it. That’s my job to do: that we go there and don’t think about the 5-0 or Man City, only think about what we have to do to keep them away from our goal and be as often as possible in front of their goal. It’s on Monday night, there are still a few days to go and hopefully we can make the choice for the line-up from pretty much a full squad. Then let’s go there and use the basis of the season so far. It’s clear we go there and we want to win. But we know about the difficulty.

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On extending the Reds’ 18-match unbeaten run…

If nobody told me how often we didn’t lose, I’d have no idea about it. That’s all the past and I’m not really interested. You can look back on a season after the season, not during. It’s not important. We feel in a good moment. I see the boys training every day and it looks good, that’s the truth, that’s why we can play like we played so far. But we have to do it again. As a Liverpool player you cannot perform one week and then two weeks not – we need to deliver consistently, every day and each game.

It’s only the next game and I can’t imagine any easy games in the Premier League. And Swansea is for sure not an easy game; it’s a long trip, we fly to Cardiff, drive to Swansea, you don’t want to do that, and then we come back at night. So it’s not a friendly game, not for one second. It’s a really tough Premier League game. We will have had enough time on Monday to prepare for the game. We are still doing that, with very important sessions to come this week. As long as we have enough fit players, we want to go there and win the game, with all the things we know about.

On the team continuing their form in the remainder of the season…

The boys played a few pieces of fantastic football already this season. But we have a strong team and a strong squad – a skilled squad – and so we need to win football games. To win football games you need to perform, that’s what we did, but nothing else. This is the decisive part; what we did so far is the basis for the rest of the season. Now we need to be ready again. We should not forget the not-so-good things but for sure not the really good things. We have to use them as tools.

We are longer together now, that always helps. But it’s an outstandingly strong league, especially the fight for the top positions. It’s really hard because everybody needs to play like a champion to stay there. If you give a little bit away then the next one is immediately there and can get you. It’s very interesting. Our first job is to collect points – we did it a few times. The next job is to make our fans happy. If we can combine that, it’s a pretty good situation. We did it last week and we have to try it again on Monday.

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Foundation thanks Supporters Clubs for raising £16k

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 18:14
Official Liverpool Supporters Clubs (OLSCs) from across the world have raised £16,778 for the LFC Foundation as part of their first Fundraising Challenge.
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Foundation thanks Supporters Clubs for raising £16k

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 18:14

Official Liverpool Supporters Clubs (OLSCs) from across the world have raised £16,778 for the LFC Foundation as part of their first Fundraising Challenge.

The competition challenged all 270 OLSCs across 88 countries to organise creative events and activities to bring fellow Reds together while raising funds for the club’s official charity. 

Three top awards were up for grabs: the YNWA Award, for the OLSC who raised the highest amount during the challenge; the Original Award, for the most innovative fundraising group; and the LFC Family Award, for those who delivered the most family-focused fundraising activity. 

The winning Supporters Clubs – Cyprus (YNWA Award), Madrid (Original Award) and Japan (LFC Family Award) – will each receive a special LFC prize. The OLSCs from Cyprus and Japan will attend Anfield for a VIP matchday experience, while the OLSC of Madrid will take part in a Skype ‘meet and greet’ with a first team player live from Melwood.

A number of smaller prizes and rewards were also available, including LFC Foundation merchandise and signed Reds goodies, to those who hit the £50, £100 and £500 targets. 

Andrea Cooper, head of LFC Foundation, said: “Being part of LFC means being part of the greatest football family in the world, and we wanted to come together with our Official LFC Supporters Clubs across the globe to share our mission of creating life-changing opportunities for children and young people. 

“The idea was to put the ‘fun’ into fundraising, so they were asked to come up with their most innovative and creative ideas for events or activities. All of the entries were excellent, with charity dinners, viewing parties and family festivals among the brilliant ideas put forward. 

“We’d like to congratulate the three winners on their fantastic achievements and thank all of the Official Supporters Clubs involved for their valued contribution to the fundraising total.” 

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'Returning Lallana is like a new signing'

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Boss explains Robertson impact and Moreno return

Jürgen Klopp speaks about the left-back situation and the impressive recent performances of Andrew Robertson

19th Jan 2018

2:01 mins

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'Returning Lallana is like a new signing'

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19th Jan 2018

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Klopp's pre-Swansea press conference in full

Watch as the Reds boss speaks to the media ahead of Monday evening's trip to the Liberty Stadium

19th Jan 2018

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Klopp updates LFC's injury situation

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19th Jan 2018

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Karius looking to hold on to number one spot

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19th Jan 2018

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18th Jan 2018

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LFC Later: Dean Saunders & Steve McMahon talk Asia, Man City and attac...

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17th Jan 2018

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Jurgen Klopp challenges Loris Karius to “deliver” after becoming Liverpool’s No. 1

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 17:46

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has told Loris Karius it is now time for him to deliver after installing the goalkeeper as his first choice.

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The German was picked ahead of Simon Mignolet for last weekend’s 4-3 win over Manchester City and is set for an extended run in the side as Klopp’s new No. 1.

Even then the 24-year-old was criticised for being beaten at his near post when Leroy Sane made it 1-1 just before half-time.

“It is a difficult job being a goalkeeper or centre-half at Liverpool because no-one forgives you one mistake,” said Klopp.

“Obviously since I’m in [as manager] it feels like ‘wow’, if our goalkeeper makes a mistake it is a disaster and if any another goalkeeper makes a mistake he is still a fantastic goalkeeper and we should buy him.

“I am fine with our goalkeeper situation. Yes, Loris could have made a save for the first goal against Man City even though I thought it was a world-class finish.

“He is a really good goalkeeper and we brought him in because we wanted him to play.

“But of course Loris has to deliver and he knows that.”

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp and goalkeeper Loris Karius after the 4-0 victory over Arsenal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool have already been linked with a move for another goalkeeper in the summer after Mignolet said earlier this week he was considering his future at the club, saying: “This situation cannot last too long.”

Klopp picked Karius as his goalkeeper for Champions League matches this season and he conceded just six goals—three of which came in 45 minutes against Sevilla—in as many games during the group stage.

However, his longest run in the side as first choice came last season when he started 10 Premier League matches in a row before being taken out of the firing line after criticism for mistakes against Bournemouth and West Ham.

At the time the Reds boss admitted he had done it to protect his compatriot from the glare of the spotlight after his mistakes were picked apart by pundits.

“I’m not interested in public pressure, I’m interested in the boy. There’s no reason to push him through the situation, he loses confidence,” Klopp said 13 months ago.

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Loris Karius during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and FC Spartak Moscow at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Karius did not feature in another league match after being dropped on December 14, 2016 but has started four times this season, including the wins against Arsenal and City and the FA Cup victory over Everton.

“There were a few difficulties but meanwhile he has settled as well,” Klopp said.

“There are a lot of really good things in his game which are natural and I like them and now he can show them.

“We changed a lot of positions during the year not only with the goalkeeper but it looks like we have to stick to our opinions for 20 years if we have made a decision one time.

“I changed not my opinion but I changed the situation and that is all.

“He is the No. 1 and that means he can play a game and can concede a goal against Man [City]—it’s not that we want that but it is possible—but all the good things I’d like to see again.

“I saw a lot of good things in the games he played in the last few weeks and that is why he is in.”

Categories: LFC NEWS

FC Porto v Liverpool: Away ticket details

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 17:40
Liverpool FC have announced the following away ticket details for the Champions League fixture at FC Porto on Wednesday February 14.
Categories: LFC NEWS

FC Porto v Liverpool: Away ticket details

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 17:40

Liverpool FC have announced the following away ticket details for the Champions League fixture at FC Porto on Wednesday February 14.

The tie at the Estadio do Dragao Stadium is set for a 7.45pm GMT kick-off.

The club has received an allocation of 3,200 tickets for supporters to purchase.

The club has also received a further allocation of 200 top category seats that, in line with UEFA guidelines, will be used as part of the player’s allocation, U23 players and coaching staff, travelling club staff and VIPs.

New ticket collection process

As announced here, we confirm that the club are progressing with a new ticket collection process for this fixture. *Further details can be found below.

Ticket prices

The prices for these tickets will be announced in due course. We are in discussions with UEFA to clarify the pricing structure for this game.

Sale dates

Hospitality Members

Kenny Dalglish, Stand Executive Box holders, Premium Level and Centenary Club members should contact the Hospitality Department on 0151 264 2222, option 2.

Disabled Supporters

Tickets will only be available to purchase by calling the booking line on 0151 264 2500.

Qualifying wheelchair-disabled supporters should contact us to register their interest no later than 12pm on Wednesday January 24.

All other supporters

Tickets will be available online only to Season Ticket Holders, Official Members and Fan Card Holders based on attendance at the following European away fixtures:-

Sevilla (21.11.17), Maribor (17.10.17), Spartak Moscow (26.09.17), Villarreal (28.04.16), Borussia Dortmund (07.04.16), Manchester United (17.03.16), FC Augsburg (18.02.16), FC Sion (10.12.15), Rubin Kazan (05.11.15), Bordeaux (17.09.15).

Attendance at three or more games: from 8.15am Wednesday January 24 until 10.45am Thursday January 25.

Supporters who purchase during this sale are guaranteed a ticket.

Supporters can purchase one ticket per qualifying supporter for up to a maximum of 10 tickets per transaction.

The following sale will then take place on a first come first served basis, subject to availability. We cannot guarantee that tickets will be available to all who apply:

Attendance at two or more games: from 11am Thursday January 25 until 10.45am Friday January 26.

Due to the number of qualifying supporters exceeding the number of available tickets during the above sale, we do expect tickets to sell out.

However, in the event that tickets remain, the following sale will take place on a first come first served basis:

Attendance at one or more games: from 11am until 1pm Friday January 26.

Supporters can purchase one ticket per qualifying supporter for up to a maximum of four tickets per transaction during the above sales.

Those supporters not successful are urged not to travel.

There will be no duplicate tickets for this fixture.

Details to be provided at time of booking

Supporters must provide the following information for each individual supporter attending. If someone else is travelling using your Season Ticket, Members Card or Fan Card, their details must be provided when making the booking.

We will not be able to make any changes to the booking once the purchase is complete.

Please have these details ready prior to making your booking:

  • Forname
  • Surname
  • Full Address
  • Country of Birth
  • Date of birth (dd/mm/yyyy)
  • Passport Number or National Identity Number
  • Outbound Travel Date (dd/mm/yyyy)
  • Return Travel Date (dd/mm/yyyy)
  • Method of travel to and from destination and stadium
  • Name and address of accommodation

UK Based Supporters

When completing your booking, you must either:

1. Select the post option to have your tickets sent special delivery at a charge of £5.65 to the registered address of the person making the booking.

Tickets will be posted week commencing January 29 only if you are not selected for ticket collection in Porto.

2. Select the collect option to have your tickets held for collection at Anfield. Click here to check when tickets will be available for collection. All tickets must be collected from Anfield no later than 12pm Friday February 9.

Tickets will be available for collection only if you are not selected for ticket collection in Porto.

Non UK Based Supporters

When completing your booking, you must select the collect option.

All tickets will be held for collection and the club will contact you to provide collection details in the lead up to the game.

*New Ticket Collection Process

Following the sale, the random selection process will take place. The process for those selected supporters will be as follows:

  • The club will send a notification email and SMS week commencing  January 29 to the supporter who made the booking. All supporters within this booking will be required to collect their own ticket in Porto.
  • The supporter who made the booking must inform each supporter within the booking that they too will need to collect their own ticket in Porto and of the collection details (once available).
  • In the lead up to the game, a further email and SMS will be sent to the supporter who made the booking, which will provide full details of the collection point.
  • Following the game, any supporter who does not collect their ticket with the correct identification will have the Porto game removed from their customer record with no refund given and an email will be sent to confirm.

All supporters selected will be required to collect their own ticket in Porto, regardless of whether collection at Anfield or the special delivery option was requested at the time of booking.

A full list of Q&As, including the Ticket Collection Process, can be found here.

For a step by step guide to purchasing tickets online, please click here.

For important safety notice information click here

For general information click here

Categories: LFC NEWS

Video: Jurgen Klopp pre-match press conference – Swansea City vs. Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 17:36

Watch as Jurgen Klopp previews Liverpool’s trip to take on Premier League relegation candidates Swansea City on Monday night at the Liberty Stadium.

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The Reds will fly to Cardiff before travelling down the M4 to south Wales looking to extend their unbeaten run to 19 games.

That stretch already includes a 5-0 victory at home to Swansea on Boxing Day, but since then the hosts have seen a new manager installed in Carlos Carvalhal.

As a result, the Swans will be something of an unknown quantity on Monday, and speaking at Melwood on Friday afternoon Klopp vowed his side would respect their opposition.

“What you’ve seen since the [new] manager is in is a big improvement,” he told reporters.

“They’re doing well, that’s all we think about. I’m not even sure if we can look at our game against Swansea [as reference].

“We don’t think about the 5-0, we don’t think about [beating] Man City [on Sunday], we just think about what we have to do.

“Monday night, still a few days to go, hopefully we can make a choice of the lineup from a full squad and use the basis of this season so far.”

 Liverpool's new signing Virgil van Dijk, who joined from Southampton for £75m, a world record for a defender,, during the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 230th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp provided an update on the fitness of his squad, with Virgil van Dijk set to return at the Liberty and Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan and Mohamed Salah working their way back from illness.

He also confirmed Loris Karius would start once again, having taken over from Simon Mignolet as Klopp’s No. 1 goalkeeper.

And the German discussed the possibility of further January transfers, suggesting Liverpool had already made their “big” signing in Van Dijk.

Liverpool have won three of their last five meetings with Swansea, including a 2-1 victory in their last away trip, and their strong form will give them confidence ahead of next week.

Categories: LFC NEWS

'I've seen good things from Loris - that's why he's in'

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 17:34
Loris Karius’ performances convinced Jürgen Klopp to install the German as Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper ahead of last Sunday’s victory over Manchester City.
Categories: LFC NEWS

'I've seen good things from Loris - that's why he's in'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 17:34

Loris Karius’ performances convinced Jürgen Klopp to install the German as Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper ahead of last Sunday’s victory over Manchester City.

Klopp opted to start Karius against City and explained that the 24-year-old - who had predominantly featured in cup competitions previously this season - would be given an opportunity to prove himself as the Reds’ No.1.

Karius kept two clean sheets during his three starts in December and also played as Klopp’s team defeated Everton 2-1 in the third round of the FA Cup at the start of this month.

And, while confirming that Karius will again be included in his side for Monday’s trip to Swansea City, Klopp said on Friday that the former Mainz stopper had earned his opportunity. 

“How I said, it’s a very difficult job to be a goalkeeper or a centre-half at Liverpool because nobody forgives you one mistake, obviously. Since I’m in it feels like ‘wow, if our goalkeeper makes a mistake it’s a disaster and if any other goalkeeper makes a mistake then it’s ‘he’s still a fantastic goalkeeper and we should buy him’,” the manager told his pre-match press conference at Melwood.

“So I’m really fine with our goalkeeper situation. Yes, Loris Karius could have made a save around the first goal against Man City, even when I think it was a world-class finish in this moment. It was very surprising, very hard, stuff like that. 

“It always makes sense to say the truth but he’s a really good goalkeeper and we brought him in because we wanted him to play. We have a few difficulties but meanwhile he’s settled as well and [there are] a lot of really good things in his game, they are natural and I like them and now he can show them. 

“We changed a lot of positions through the year and only with the goalkeeper it looks like we have to stick to our opinion for 20 years if we’ve made a decision one time, so I changed not my opinion, but I changed the situation now, that’s all. 

“Of course Loris has to deliver, he knows that, but now he is the No.1 and that means he can play a game and he can concede a goal like he conceded against Manchester. 

“It’s not that we want that but it’s still possible, but all the good things I’d like to see again. I saw a lot of good things in the games he played in the last few weeks. That’s why he’s in.”

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Watch free: Jürgen Klopp on Swansea, injuries and transfers

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 17:23
Jürgen Klopp hosted his pre-Swansea City press conference on Friday – and you can watch it in full and for free on YouTube.
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Watch free: Jürgen Klopp on Swansea, injuries and transfers

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 17:23

Jürgen Klopp hosted his pre-Swansea City press conference on Friday – and you can watch it in full and for free on YouTube.

Having inflicted a first defeat of the season on Manchester City last time out, Liverpool are in Wales on Monday evening for a Premier League clash with the Swans.

Ahead of the game, Klopp discussed the match, the condition of his squad and other Reds-related topics during the press conference at Melwood.

Watch everything the manager said in the free video below.

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Categories: LFC NEWS

'Firmino is one of the first picks in training' - Klopp

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 17:20
Jürgen Klopp has insisted there is no shortage of appreciation for Roberto Firmino in the Liverpool dressing room.
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'Firmino is one of the first picks in training' - Klopp

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 17:20

Jürgen Klopp has insisted there is no shortage of appreciation for Roberto Firmino in the Liverpool dressing room.

The Reds' No.9 is enjoying his best season for the club since his arrival from Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim, having scored 17 times in 31 appearances in all competitions thus far.

That increased output in front of goal has not come at the expense of work-rate, either, with the Brazilian as keen as ever to close down and harry opposition defenders across 90 minutes.

Firmino's form this term has seen him earn praise from plenty of external observers but Klopp says the striker's quality has always been recognised at Melwood - most significantly by his teamates.

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He told reporters: "I don't think that it's possible that somebody could get more credit, compliments, praise, whatever you want to say as Roberto gets from us.

"But it's well deserved - everything. He's a fantastic football player. 

"You see him in training and think, 'what a work ethic, what an attitude', and he brings it on the pitch as well.

"He never rests. You have to pull him out, you have to tell him, 'come on, stop, sit here, calm'. 

"I hear in the stadium that people like him - good idea! - but I have no real idea if anybody thinks he's not important or whatever. I'm not too interested to be honest.

"I'm pretty sure if I give the players the opportunity to have a free choice in training [to] build teams by themselves, Bobby is one of the first they would pick.

"[It's] nice to have him around [and] better to have him than in the other team. That's maybe the best thing you can say about a football player."

Categories: LFC NEWS

Boss: Andy Robertson has stepped up - I'm so happy for him

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 17:20
Andy Robertson's patience and perseverance have allowed the left-back to grab his opportunity in the Liverpool first team, according to Jürgen Klopp.
Categories: LFC NEWS

Boss: Andy Robertson has stepped up - I'm so happy for him

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 17:20

Andy Robertson's patience and perseverance have allowed the left-back to grab his opportunity in the Liverpool first team, according to Jürgen Klopp.

The Scot made only three appearances in the first four months of the campaign after signing for the Reds from Hull City last summer.

But an injury to Alberto Moreno in early December opened the door for Robertson, who has started eight of the last nine games and performed impressively on each occasion.

Such was the No.26’s contribution to last Sunday’s victory over Manchester City that his name was chanted from all corners of the stadium in recognition of his exertions.

“It’s nice, really nice and very important,” Klopp said of Robertson’s recent progress.

“A lot of you [the media] were in doubt about Alberto Moreno before the season and thought we needed to bring in a new full-back, which we did with Andy Robertson. He was a nice prospect, it was clear he was a big talent and offensively skilled.

“There were a few gaps to close in his defending things so it was not the most easy time maybe for Andy, for sure. But he was quite cool in the situation – it’s not that he was a lot of times in my office and asking why I didn’t play him.

“Alberto Moreno played fantastically, apart from the Sevilla game he has played an outstanding season so far. Then he got injured and it’s very important, and for a club like Liverpool it’s unbelievably important, to have somebody.

“Andy needed maybe one game and then he was spot-on, that’s good and exactly what we need. Alberto is on the way back. That doesn’t mean anything. It only means our situation is better, that we have two players for that position. We have a lot of games and enough games for both of them.

“Andy stepped up and did a really fantastic job. It’s really nice as a manager to be part of it, to see a player [do that]. It’s quite difficult when you come to a new club and everybody expects the best of you from the first second you are in. Everybody needs time to adapt, even a football player.

“So I’m happy that he had the time, used the time and could play like he played in the last few games.”

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Klopp has regularly rotated his starting line-up during the past few weeks as Liverpool navigated a hectic December and New Year fixture schedule.

And as he met the media ahead of Monday night’s Premier League clash with Swansea City, the boss was asked whether his squad is now better equipped to cope with frequent changes.

He replied: “It’s not the first time that we were aware that the depth of the squad is different to last year.

“With Joe [Gomez], we have five centre-halves but this week we had two and that happens overnight – one is injured, the other one is ill and stuff like that.

“As long as you can react it’s never a problem because it’s a normal part of the season. But you don’t want to change only when players are injured.

“We had a very intense period. These two weeks now between Everton and City, and now City and this game, it feels like a pre-season. There are so many sessions to work on different things, which we really enjoy. It’s fantastic to do things like that.

“All the other times, you have a game and a game, and recovery, and a game. And it will come up again with the Champions League hopefully and the FA Cup hopefully. So we will have enough games for the whole squad and we will use them.

“For us, there is no alternative to rotation. It felt like it was not necessary all the time but it was necessary for what’s coming up now. But nothing is decided and we still have to use this hopefully still existing physical power because now it is getting very interesting.

“Everyone fights for everything, each game becomes a final. One fights for the league, one fights for European competition, for everything. And we will be involved in all that and that’s nice.”

Categories: LFC NEWS

Klopp won't rule out more transfers

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 17:10
By Rory O'Callaghan

Last Updated: 19/01/18 2:52pm

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has refused to rule out more transfer business at Anfield this January. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has refused to rule out more transfer business at Anfield this January.

Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Liverpool are not actively looking to sign new players, although he refused to rule out further transfer business at Anfield before the end of January.

The Reds have already been involved in the two biggest transfers of the month, with Philippe Coutinho heading to Barcelona for £146m and Virgil van Dijk arriving from Southampton for £75m.

Klopp insists Liverpool are not actively looking for new arrivals but stopped short of declaring his transfer business finished for the month.

"If something jumps in my face, maybe we would think about it but we don't actively try to find new players that we don't know," said Klopp.

"I've said it before, we have to use the players that we have. That makes sense. We have really high-quality players, especially Adam Lallana.

Sky sources understand Sevilla have made an approach for Daniel Sturridge Sky sources understand Sevilla have made an approach for Daniel Sturridge Sky sources understand Sevilla have made an approach for Daniel Sturridge

"He is not the replacement for Philippe Coutinho, he is a completely different player but a fantastic player. He is back, that is good. Are we active? No."

Sky sources understand that Sevilla have made contact with Liverpool over a loan move for Daniel Sturridge but Klopp refused to confirm if an approach has been made for the England international.

"If there are any rumours, I am not aware of them but it is not important," said Klopp. "We will see what happens until January 31.

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"We have a long and very decisive part of the season still to play. We need all of our players, we will see how it will be."

Liverpool face Swansea on Monday, live on Sky Sports Premier League, less than a month after defeating the Welsh club 5-0 at Anfield in the reverse fixture.

Klopp insists the trip to the Liberty Stadium is by no means a guaranteed three points and has urged his side to build on their impressive 4-3 win over league leaders Manchester City.

Liverpool travel to face Swansea on Monday, live on Sky Sports Premier LeagueLiverpool travel to face Swansea on Monday, live on Sky Sports Premier League Liverpool travel to face Swansea on Monday, live on Sky Sports Premier League

He said: "It is a big challenge. We played against the top of the table and played a fantastic game. We played against Swansea a few weeks ago, not too long ago, when they had a caretaker-manager and I said after the game it was much more difficult than the result suggested.

"They are bottom of the table but they are in a good way since the new manager came in. They are improving, much better results, they are doing well. That is all we think about.

"I don't think you can look at our [previous] game against Swansea, it will be a different game."

Klopp has revealed that Jordan Henderson is close to full fitnessKlopp has revealed that Jordan Henderson is close to full fitness Klopp has revealed that Jordan Henderson is close to full fitness

Klopp also revealed that club captain Jordan Henderson is set to return to full fitness in time to face the Swans on Monday.

He said: "Hendo had a clearing session. He should be in completely normal training by tomorrow.

"Alberto Moreno is in a good way, he is training four or five days a week and looks good. We've had a few players struggle with illness - Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren and Mo Salah. Ragnar and Mo should be back today or tomorrow.

"Clyne is doing well but a few more steps to go and Virgil [van Dijk] is training as normal."

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