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Liverpool and Chelsea handed Christian Pulisic boost

HEAD NEWS - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 14:33

Liverpool and Chelsea's hopes of landing Christian Pulisic have been handed a boost.

German giants Bayern Munich have also been monitoring the American winger during the last 18 months.

But the Bavarians, looking to overhaul an ageing side in 2019, have switched their attention from Pulisic to Bayer Leverkusen's Kai Havertz.

Bayern have all but dropped their interest in Pulisic; they reckon he would prefer to head to the Premier League and also that BVB would prefer to sell him abroad.

That is giving Premier League sides something of a free run at Pulisic who has just 18 months left on his deal at the Westfalenstadion and is available for the right price in January.

The 20-year-old is no longer a guaranteed first-choice under Lucien Favre - in part thanks to the emergence of Jadon Sancho.

Pulisic has started just one Bundesliga game since September but both Jurgen Klopp and Maurizio Sarri remain big fans.

Sarri is keen to add more pace to his attack at Stamford Bridge and Pulisic fits the bill, while Liverpool's transition back to a 4-2-3-1 formation means Klopp could look to add to his ranks next month - if the right opportunity presents itself.

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Liverpool and Chelsea handed Christian Pulisic boost

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 14:33

Liverpool and Chelsea's hopes of landing Christian Pulisic have been handed a boost.

German giants Bayern Munich have also been monitoring the American winger during the last 18 months.

But the Bavarians, looking to overhaul an ageing side in 2019, have switched their attention from Pulisic to Bayer Leverkusen's Kai Havertz.

Bayern have all but dropped their interest in Pulisic; they reckon he would prefer to head to the Premier League and also that BVB would prefer to sell him abroad.

That is giving Premier League sides something of a free run at Pulisic who has just 18 months left on his deal at the Westfalenstadion and is available for the right price in January.

The 20-year-old is no longer a guaranteed first-choice under Lucien Favre - in part thanks to the emergence of Jadon Sancho.

Pulisic has started just one Bundesliga game since September but both Jurgen Klopp and Maurizio Sarri remain big fans.

Sarri is keen to add more pace to his attack at Stamford Bridge and Pulisic fits the bill, while Liverpool's transition back to a 4-2-3-1 formation means Klopp could look to add to his ranks next month - if the right opportunity presents itself.

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Liverpool and Chelsea handed Christian Pulisic boost

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 14:33
Liverpool and Chelsea's hopes of landing Christian Pulisic have been handed a boost.
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Patience could be required for Reds vs. Rafa – Liverpool vs. Newcastle Preview

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 14:00

Liverpool will look to heap more pressure on Man City on Boxing Day, as they aim to extend their lead at the top by overcoming Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle.


Liverpool vs. Newcastle

Boxing Day, 2018 — 3pm (GMT)
Anfield
Premier League
Referee: Graham Scott

With an incredible 15 wins and three draws from their opening 18 Premier League games, this is the best start to a season in the club’s history at Christmas.

Friday’s 2-0 win at Wolves was the latest hurdle cleared, and on paper, the Boxing Day visit of Newcastle should be a more straightforward affair.

Benitez’s men are fighting to avoid relegation, with off-field matters not helping, and they are likely to adopt a defensive approach – meaning patience could be required.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference Klopp noted as such, with his analysis predicting the visitors will play five at the back.

Liverpool have only ever beaten a team led by their ex-manager once and the Spaniard is an expert at setting a team up to frustrate.

A four-point gap has now been opened up between Jurgen Klopp‘s men and City, who face Leicester City at the same time.

For Liverpool, is simply a case of remaining focused, not resting on their laurels and being ruthless, with anything other than three points a major disappointment.

Victory would complete a remarkable half-season of fixtures.

This fixture last season: Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle

Team News

 Liverpool's Naby Keita during the FA Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC at Molineux Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp has confirmed that he hopes to have both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita available for the match.

Alexander-Arnold has been missing for the last two games with a foot injury, while Keita was substituted with foot and rib injuries against Wolves.

Joe Gomez (leg) and Joel Matip (collarbone) are still out, however, as are Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) and Rhian Brewster (knee).

Rotation is expected at Anfield, with fixtures coming thick and fast for Liverpool, including crucial meetings with Arsenal (December 29) and City (January 3) on the horizon.

The likes of Alberto Moreno, Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi will be hoping for some rare playing time, should Klopp feel the need to give key men a breather.

Xherdan Shaqiri should start, with at least one of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah likely to be rested.

Karl Darlow, Ciaran Clark and Florian Lejuene are all doubts for Newcastle, while former Liverpool man Jonjo Shelvey could also miss out with a thigh issue.

Last 5 at Home to Newcastle (All Competitions)

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane scores the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United FC at Anfield. (Pic by Peter Powell/Propaganda)

Won 2-0 – March 2018 (Salah, Mane)
Drew 2-2 – April 2016 (Sturridge, Lallana; Cisse, Colback)
Won 2-0 – April 2015 (Sterling, Allen)
Won 2-0 – May 2014 (Agger, Sturridge; Skrtel OG)
Drew 1-1 – November 2012 (Suarez; Cabaye)

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 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC at Molineux Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Virgil van Dijk has had an astonishing influence since joining Liverpool in January, with many now hailing him as the world’s best centre-back.

The Dutchman comes out on top in a number of statistics in a Reds shirt, with more minutes played (2,845), passes completed (2,471), duels won (213) and clearances made (173) than any other player.

On top of that, he also leads the way in aerial duels (155), interceptions (38) and shots blocked (13).

Form

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk (hidden) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mates during the FA Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC at Molineux Stadium. Liverpool won 2-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)

Won 2-0 vs. Wolves
Won 3-1 vs. Man United
Won 1-0 vs. Napoli
Won 4-0 vs. Bournemouth
Won 3-1 vs. Burnley

Newcastle – Last five results (all competitions)

Drew 0-0 vs. Fulham
Won 1-0 vs. Huddersfield
Lost 2-1 vs. Wolves
Drew 1-1 vs. Everton
Lost 3-0 vs. West Ham

Klopp’s View

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Speaking at Melwood on Christmas Eve, Klopp explained the tweaks made to Salah’s role, with the Egyptian excelling as a centre forward this season:

“It’s good. He had to adapt a bit to a slightly different position, it’s not that much different but it is different from time to time.

“We need him as a linkup player as well, that’s a very important part of our game. But he is still, with his desire and his speed, especially on the first few yards, just impressive.

“He’s a very important part of our finishing situation in general, how we prepare them, how we come in these situations.

“Of course, he’s young enough to involve a lot more things in his style of play. It’s not just speed, it’s not just finishing, it’s between the lines, it’s keeping the ball.”

TV & Live Blog Info

Camera, Anfield, matchday (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool vs. Newcastle is not live on UK television, due to it being a 3pm (GMT) kickoff.

Do not fear, though, because This is Anfield’s live blog will be running from 2.15pm, as Chris Williams attempts to work off his Christmas dinner and talk you through yet another Reds win.

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41 photos from Liverpool's Christmas Eve training session

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 13:23

Liverpool picked up preparations for their Boxing Day clash with Newcastle United during a training session at Melwood on Christmas Eve.

The Premier League-leading Reds host the Magpies at Anfield on Wednesday afternoon seeking to further extend their unbeaten record.

Work towards that goal continued in a training session 48 hours ahead of kick-off - and our photographer attended to provide the gallery below.

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41 photos from Liverpool's Christmas Eve training session

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 13:23
Liverpool picked up preparations for their Boxing Day clash with Newcastle United during a training session at Melwood on Christmas Eve.
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Liverpool in talks over record new kit deal

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 12:59

Liverpool are reportedly in talks with New Balance over a new kit deal that would see them eclipse the record set by Man United‘s £75m agreement with Adidas.


The Reds have worn New Balance shirts since the 2015/16 season, having previously worked with their affiliate company Warrior from 2012/13.

This has allowed Liverpool to benefit from their ties to America, with Fenway Sports Group a major influence as the club continues to grow under their ownership.

New Balance’s previous deal is worth £45 million a year, but according to the Mail‘s Alex Miller, talks are already underway over an extension reflective of the Reds’ progress since 2015.

Miller points to the arrival of Jurgen Klopp in October of that year as a major factor, along with the ongoing commitment of the likes of Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

Reaching the Champions League final this year has further boosted Liverpool’s profile, while their position at the top of the Premier League for Christmas underline their status as one of world football’s biggest clubs.

Therefore, Miller claims they are seeking a significantly improved deal with New Balance, to come into effect from 2020/21.

“It is understood New Balance will have to increase their sponsorship offer by at least £30 million a year for it to continue,” he writes.

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

United’s deal with Adidas is worth £75 million a year, which is the current record for a Premier League side.

Miller adds that New Balance “have reported two straight years of record kit sales,” and interestingly quotes an unnamed source, saying “if they don’t come up with the cash, the club would be open to finding another partner.”

Along with United (£75m), Chelsea (£60m) and Arsenal (£60m as of next summer) also earn more from their kit deals, which serves to further Liverpool’s case.

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Fabinho at the back? Shaq in attack? – Predicting Liverpool’s starting lineup vs. Newcastle

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 12:00

Jurgen Klopp could rotate his squad as Liverpool take on Newcastle on Boxing Day, three days before another vital Premier League clash at home to Arsenal.


The Reds welcome Rafa Benitez’s side to Anfield knowing victory would at least maintain their four-point lead at the top of the league after 19 games played.

Klopp has acknowledged it won’t be an easy ride, however, highlighting the importance of maintaining focus once again and urging his side to “stay angry, stay greedy, stay in the job.”

He is likely to expect this from a changed side on Wednesday, with the manager shuffling his pack as Liverpool navigate a busy festive schedule that will culminates with a trip to Man City on January 3.

Though he would be remiss to underestimate Newcastle, this is his opportunity to give some of those short on game time a chance, and rotation can be expected.

So how could the Reds line up against the Magpies on Boxing Day?

Team News & Possible Changes

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Who is out? Gomez (leg), Matip (collarbone), Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee), Brewster (knee)

Who could come in? Alexander-Arnold, Clyne, Moreno, Camacho, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Shaqiri, Sturridge, Origi, Solanke

Who could be rested? Milner, Robertson, Keita, Mane, Firmino, Salah

Speaking at Melwood on Christmas Eve, Klopp confirmed that Trent Alexander-Arnold had returned to full training after a foot injury, and that he expects Naby Keita to be involved too.

This would leave only Joe Gomez and Joel Matip as unavailable beyond long-term absentees Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rhian Brewster.

Therefore, the manager can focus on resting players who have been overexposed in the first half of the season, as he did in naming Gini Wijnaldum on the substitutes’ bench on Friday against Wolves.

He, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have all played over 2,000 minutes for club and country already this season, and it is likely they are in consideration to sit out.

 Liverpool's Alberto Moreno during the FA Premier League match between Burnley FC and Liverpool FC at Turf Moor. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Without Gomez and Matip there is little opportunity to omit Van Dijk, but the likes of Alberto Moreno, Adam Lallana, Xherdan Shaqiri, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi are options to rotate elsewhere.

Klopp has included youngster Rafa Camacho on the substitutes’ bench in two games already this season, and could be an option at right-back is Alexander-Arnold isn’t passed fit to start.

But Nathaniel Clyne is the more likely candidate, with James Milner also available to fill in.

The Potential Lineups

 Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After his match-winning cameo against Man United last weekend, it was something of a surprise to see Shaqiri again named on the bench for the 2-0 win over Wolves.

But he is a near-cert to start on Boxing Day, possibly allowing Klopp to rest one of his key forwards—particularly if he switches back to a 4-3-3 formation.

Even in keeping faith with the 4-2-3-1, he could afford to leave out Salah, with Sturridge an able deputy in the No. 9 role.

With Alisson, Van Dijk and Dejan Lovren all fit, Liverpool’s current defensive core can be retained, with Clyne and Moreno providing a balance of stability and attacking thrust at full-back.

The successful midfield pairing of Fabinho and Jordan Henderson could also be given another opportunity, and with Shaqiri and Sturridge coming in for Keita and Salah, the Reds may line up like this at Anfield:

(4-2-3-1) Alisson; Clyne, Lovren, Van Dijk, Moreno; Henderson, Fabinho; Shaqiri, Firmino, Mane; Sturridge

If more changes are required, Klopp could experiment with his defensive line, and with Fabinho his third-choice centre-back at present he could move back to take over from Lovren.

Alexander-Arnold’s return may see him start at right-back, along with Moreno at left-back, with Liverpool in line for a change of structure with the 4-3-3.

With Fabinho at centre-back, Henderson can adopt his familiar No. 6 role supported by Wijnaldum and Keita, while Roberto Firmino could be the one to drop out in attack as Shaqiri joins Mane and Salah.

This would provide Liverpool with the requisite height and strength at the back, along with enough bodies in midfield to cope with Newcastle’s rigid approach.

And with Shaqiri and Mane flanking an in-form Salah in attack, the Reds should have enough firepower to secure an eighth consecutive league win:

(4-3-3) Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Van Dijk, Moreno; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita; Shaqiri, Mane, Salah

It is more likely that Klopp sticks with the 4-2-3-1 that has proved so successful of late, and if that is the case minor changes may be on the horizon.

Fortunately for Liverpool, despite a spate of injuries at the back there are an array of options in midfield and attack, allowing the manager to rotate sensibly and still field a formidable starting lineup at Anfield.

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Play the LFC Foundation Lottery and help support Military Veterans

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 12:00

The LFC Foundation’s Military Veterans project aims to support and re-engage ex-military service men and women back into civilian life through the power of football.

Over 100 veterans a week take part in football sessions across Liverpool to help recapture the ‘spirit of service’ and comradeship that is so powerful amongst ex-military personnel and is often lost on their return from service.

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You can help support LFC Foundation projects like the Military Veterans programme by playing the LFC Foundation lottery. The next draw takes place at the Newcastle United game on Boxing Day, and tickets can be purchased either online or at Anfield on matchday.

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Klopp wants 'angry, greedy' Liverpool

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 11:30
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Last Updated: 24/12/18 11:42am

1:14 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants his players to be 'angry' and 'greedy' against Newcastle Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants his players to be 'angry' and 'greedy' against Newcastle

Jurgen Klopp has urged his Liverpool players to stay "angry" and "greedy" against Newcastle as they look to cement their position at the top of the Premier League.

Liverpool beat Wolves 2-0 on Friday to extend their lead to four points before nearest rivals Manchester City suffered a surprise 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace.

Liverpool next face Newcastle on Boxing Day and Klopp has challenged his players to maintain their focus, with crucial games against Arsenal and Manchester City on the horizon.

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He said: "The most important thing for us is [the reaction] after you win the last game - that is why the Wolves game was such a big challenge.

"Because we played against United a few days, and before that against Napoli, you are on the big stage.

"Then going to Wolverhampton, not only on players' minds but in people's mind, you could drop focus a little bit.

0:45 Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool could be active in the January transfer window if their injury crisis worsens. Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool could be active in the January transfer window if their injury crisis worsens.

"So I was really happy with our attitude. That is what we need - to stay angry, greedy and in the job. That is what we have to do against Newcastle."

Klopp expects Rafa Benitez to receive a warm welcome from the Liverpool fans when he returns to Anfield on Wednesday.

"I think the supporters of this club are famous not to forget people who did an outstanding job here," said Klopp.

"It is not only Rafa, but it is Rafa because he is still in the Premier League and living in the area, he became a proper scouser which is quite rare for a Spanish guy.

2:52 Highlights from Liverpool's 2-0 win over Wolves in the Premier League. Highlights from Liverpool's 2-0 win over Wolves in the Premier League.

"I like him, he is a fantastic manager and a really good person. I'm happy for him that he always gets this kind of reception.

"It is nice, it shows that Liverpool fans don't forget that easy."

Benitez says it would be a "miracle" if Newcastle managed to avoid relegation this season, even if he is provided funds for the January transfer window.

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Klopp sympathises with the Spaniard but believes Newcastle are in a solid position under his guidance.

"I heard that nobody was really happy with the amount of money they had to sign players," said Klopp.

"Rafa is too experienced to carry that for a full season, those emotions. Meanwhile, they are really settled and in a good moment results wise. It is always difficult to play against them.

"We know it will be a tough job."

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Klopp on Rafa Benitez's return to Liverpool

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 10:51

Jürgen Klopp wants Liverpool to stay 'angry and greedy' when they attempt to overcome a Newcastle United side led by Rafael Benitez at Anfield on Boxing Day.

The Reds established a four-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a professional 2-0 victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers last Friday.

Klopp’s long-standing respect for former Reds boss Benitez means he understands the formidable obstacle likely to be in the way of three points.

“I have known him for a long time,” said the German when asked about his opposite number during Monday’s pre-match press conference.

“I knew him before I came to Liverpool and he always did a brilliant job. He was very successful, he was outstanding at Napoli, and won different things. That makes him a special person.

“I don’t know too much about Newcastle; from time to time I read a little bit and I heard nobody was really happy with the amount of money they had to sign players. But Rafa is too experienced to carry that through a full season.

“Now they are really settled and are in a good moment result-wise after a difficult start. It was always difficult to play against them, at Newcastle and here at home as well. We know it will be a tough job.

“I knew the Wolverhampton game was a big challenge for us, because playing against United and winning, and before that against Napoli – big stages – and then going to Wolverhampton, not only in players’ minds but in people’s minds it could drop focus a little bit.

“So I was really, really happy when I saw the attitude we had for that game. That’s what we need: stay angry, stay greedy, stay really in the job. That’s what we have to do against Newcastle again.

“It’s now the third time probably we’ll play against a back five, but still always different. We need to adapt to the different things they offer.

“Rafa, with all his quality, can organise a defence pretty well. That’s not so cool. It’s good for him, not so good for us, but we will still try to beat it.”

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Wednesday’s game marks the fifth occasion Benitez, who led Liverpool to Champions League glory in 2005, will manage the visiting team at Anfield.

The Spaniard is guaranteed a warm welcome from the home crowd – a sentiment the incumbent boss appreciates each time it happens.

“The supporters of this club are famous for not forgetting people who did an outstanding job here,” said Klopp.

“It’s not only Rafa but it’s Rafa especially because he is still in the Premier League and from time to time around, he is still living in the area. Obviously he became a proper Scouser, which is quite rare for a Spanish guy.

“I like him. He is a fantastic manager and a really good person. I’m happy for him that he always gets this kind of reception, it’s nice. It shows that obviously Liverpudlians don’t forget that easily. It’s good for him, very good.”

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Klopp on Rafa Benitez's return to Liverpool

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 10:51
Jürgen Klopp wants Liverpool to stay 'angry and greedy' when they attempt to overcome a Newcastle United side led by Rafael Benitez at Anfield on Boxing Day.
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Jürgen: How world-class Mohamed Salah is evolving

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 10:42

Jürgen Klopp believes Mohamed Salah’s all-round game has evolved as he’s adapted to playing in a slightly different position for Liverpool this season.

The forward has struck 14 times so far this term to lead the Reds’ scoring charts, netting most recently with a deft finish at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday night.

Salah was again deployed as the furthest player forward at Molineux – a position he’s operated regularly in 2018-19 – and produced an outstanding display, which also included an assist for Virgil van Dijk’s second-half goal.

“It’s good,” Klopp told reporters at Melwood on Monday morning, when asked about the Egyptian’s development. “He had to adapt a bit to the slightly different positions; it’s not that much different, but it is different from time to time.

“We need him as a link-up player as well and that’s a very important part of our game, but he is still with the desire and with his speed. His speed in the first few yards is just impressive. He is a very important part of our finishing situation in general, how we prepare them, how we come into the situations.

“Of course, he is young enough to involve a lot more things in his style of play. It is not just speed, it is not just finishing, it is between the lines, there are a lot of things, there is keeping the ball, but you need your body for that. That was the only problem Mo had a little bit at the beginning of the season, a part of his body was not perfect.

“If you work in an office and your shoulder is not 100 per cent, if it is not your writing hand then it should be OK, but if you are a professional football player in this moment it just keeps 10 or 15 per cent away.

“He is a world-class player, but we all knew we had to wait for the moment when everything is fine – that is already a few weeks ago and so it’s all good.”

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Jürgen: How world-class Mohamed Salah is evolving

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Jürgen Klopp's update on Liverpool's January transfer plans

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 10:20

Circumstances will dictate whether Liverpool are active in the January transfer window, which opens on New Year’s Day.

Jürgen Klopp was asked for an update on his plans in terms of potential incomings during Monday’s press conference to preview the Boxing Day meeting with Newcastle United at Anfield.

The boss said: “I’m very happy with what I’ve got and what I have, but how I said, we don’t know and that’s the only little bit why I keep the door open because if some things happen then we need to have a look. 

“Well, if a few more things happen then we need to have a look because there are a monstrous number of games still and it’s really important that we can always react. 

“But as long as we can react then it’s all good, but how I said, if something will dramatically change then we need to have a look, that’s all. If nothing happens, then I would say we will not do anything.”

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Jürgen Klopp's update on Liverpool's January transfer plans

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 10:20
Circumstances will dictate whether Liverpool are active in the January transfer window, which opens on New Year’s Day.
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Klopp: Door open for January signings

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 09:40
Liverpool host Newcastle at Anfield on Boxing Day By Rory O'Callaghan

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0:45 Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool could be active in the January transfer window if their injury list worsens Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool could be active in the January transfer window if their injury list worsens

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool could look to strengthen in the January transfer window if they lose other key players to injury.

Liverpool are four points clear at the top of the Premier League but head into the busy festive period without defensive duo Joe Gomez (ankle) and Joel Matip (collarbone).

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Trent Alexander-Arnold (foot) and Naby Keita (rib) also face late fitness tests for the Boxing Day home game against Newcastle, and Klopp says he could be tempted into the transfer market if he loses any more of his squad.

"I'm very happy with what I've got but I've always said, you don't know," said Klopp. "I'll keep the door open.

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"If some things happen, then we need to have a look. A monstrous number of games are coming up. It is really important that we can react.

"If something dramatically changes, we will need to have a look but if nothing happens, then we will not do anything."

Liverpool will be without Joe Gomez and Joel Matip over the festive period Liverpool will be without Joe Gomez and Joel Matip over the festive period Liverpool will be without Joe Gomez and Joel Matip over the festive period

James Milner filled in at right-back as Liverpool beat Wolves 2-0 on Friday but Klopp says his side cannot afford to keep relying on the versatility of the oldest member of his squad.

"We don't have that many options anymore because we have two injured centre-halves, so that immediately limits everything," said Klopp.

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"We are not that versatile. Yes, [James] Milner can play five or six different positions, that is not a problem for him, but there are not a lot of players who can play that many positions.

"But the situation is OK."

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LFC fitness update: Naby Keita and Trent Alexander-Arnold

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 09:38

Jürgen Klopp is hopeful Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita will be available for Liverpool’s Boxing Day clash with Newcastle United at Anfield.

Alexander-Arnold has resumed full training after missing the Reds’ last two matches due to a foot issue sustained against Napoli earlier this month.

Keita, meanwhile, was forced from the field during Friday’s 2-0 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers, but the rib and foot injuries he picked up during the contest are not serious.

Klopp told his pre-match press conference at Melwood: “Trent is back in training, in full training. We will see.

“Nothing new [on Keita] because it is pretty early, [but] nobody said to me so far he cannot train. I expect him back in training.”

Elsewhere, Klopp reported no other fresh injury concerns ahead of the visit of Newcastle, though confirmed Joe Gomez and Joel Matip remain sidelined.

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LFC fitness update: Naby Keita and Trent Alexander-Arnold

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 09:38
Jürgen Klopp is hopeful Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita will be available for Liverpool’s Boxing Day clash with Newcastle United at Anfield.
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