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Video: Jurgen Klopp’s pre-match press conference – Porto vs. Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 21:00

Jurgen Klopp discussed last season’s trip to Porto, his Brazilian players and the return of Joe Gomez ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League quarter-final second-leg clash with Porto on Wednesday.

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The Reds arrived in Portugal on Tuesday afternoon, and Klopp had little time to waste as he headed to the Estadio do Dragao alongside James Milner for media duties.

Having already overseen training at Melwood earlier in the day, there were few surprises from the manager in terms of his injury list, with Liverpool in excellent shape for the season’s run-in.

Instead, much of his press conference focussed on tomorrow’s opponents, with Klopp reminding everybody present that Porto are a “really, really good team”

When asked about Liverpool’s round of 16 fixture in Portugal last season, and what effect it has now, he told reporters:

“Not really (a help now). I didn’t really like the game last year. Until we were 2-0 up, it was a completely open game. That’s how it is, we don’t remember things like this, we only remember the result”.

Questions from Portuguese reporters shifted to a more tactical nature. “What we do tomorrow we show on the pitch, not at the press conference,” Klopp said with a wry smile.

“We still know we have a really tough job to do tomorrow, We were really good in the first leg. We have to be good tomorrow again, we have to play at our limit, 100 per cent,” Klopp continued.

A question was raised on Liverpool’s Brazilian links, the Reds boss spoke on a personal memory:

“I’m 51 years old and I’ve always seen world class Brazilian players. My father told me when I was younger ‘whatever people will say in the future Pele is the best’.

“The players we have, we bring them in not because they are Brazilian but because they are the best (in that position)”.

Finally, the Reds’ boss spoke on the return of defender Joe Gomez, who has been sidelined with an ankle injury since December.

“Gomez is getting better, can he come on when needed – yes – that should be possible and it’s the most important thing for us. Remember the season he played before he was injured, he was very good.”

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Milner on double talk, Liverpool's belief and Henderson form

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 21:00

Liverpool are continuing to block out all external talk of the team doing a potential Premier League and Champions League double this season, according to James Milner.

After returning to the top of the league with a 2-0 victory over Chelsea on Sunday, the Reds’ attention now turns towards European matters.

Jürgen Klopp’s side will play the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie with FC Porto on Wednesday night at the Estadio do Dragao, holding a 2-0 advantage from last week’s meeting on Merseyside.

Milner previewed the game on Tuesday evening at a press conference, where he discussed Liverpool’s belief, ever-growing maturity and the form of Jordan Henderson.

Read on for a transcript of the vice-captain's media briefing...

On the chances of Liverpool doing the double...

For us we just want to concentrate on our side. I think that’s all we can do, that's all we can control. There has obviously been a lot of talk outside the dressing room for a long time - from the Liverpool side as well - about the first title in years and things like that. But I think, as a group, we’re focused on our targets and concentrating on what's going on within the dressing room - that's the most important thing. The only thing we can control are our games that we’re playing in between now and the end of the season.

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On how this Liverpool team compares to his previous sides...

I think getting to three finals since I’ve been at the club has helped, in terms of experience and going through that together and gaining a lot of European experience in knockout games. Getting to the Europa League final and getting to the Champions League final but not getting over the line is disappointing. But that's something we have the opportunity to change. I think that first one is always the hardest. But for the experience we’ve gained; last year pushing for a Champions League and also battling to get into the Champions League through the league position - that was a high-pressure situation and we managed to do it as well. All that experience we've gained as a group has made us a better side and I think you can see that [in] how we've played this year. At times we maybe haven’t played so well, but we’ve still managed to get the results.

On whether belief is growing within the squad...

I think it is positive. There isn’t too much talk about what’s going on, what might happen at this stage of the season. It's been how we've been all season. We're training the same way, the mentality going into the game is the same. That’s what we can concentrate on - one game at a time and keep pushing. But I'd say that's a massive positive within the dressing room and with the team that every game is just like the next game. Obviously there is plenty of talk outside the dressing room, in the media and, in this day and age, social media, it's hard to get away from it. But the lads are just focussing on our side and what we can control.

On whether there is a feeling that Liverpool 'are unstoppable' at the moment...

I think there's a confidence within the squad and not an over-confidence, which is important. But you’re never going to play a full season playing your best football, and I think that's the most important thing to remember. There are going to be times in a season when you're not playing well, you can't always play your best. I think that’s impressed me more than when we're playing well because we all know how well we can play - we proved it last year, we blew teams away in certain periods of games. This year, it's when we haven't played as well as we would have liked and we've had to grind it out and we've had to keep going until the 90th minute to get a winner. That’s what has impressed me more, to be honest, because I know how good we are as a team and how good we can be at our best. But in long seasons when you're pushing for trophies, league titles and Champions Leagues, it's the tricky 15, 20 minutes, the 45 minutes where you're not on your game - can you keep a clean sheet, can you regroup and can you push forward and get a result? We've managed to do that at tough times and hopefully that continues.  

On Henderson's recent performances in an advanced midfield role...

Fantastic. We know how good he is. He’s been asked to do a job for the team and we know he'll do anything he's asked - whether he's asked to play in goal, he'll do that. That's obviously the sign of a great leader. He’s been playing fantastic in the last few years at No.6, [but] maybe you don't get as many goals and assists there because you're performing for the team, breaking down attacks and starting the play off. So maybe you don’t get as many headlines there. People are seeing how well he is playing there, but he's been playing equally as good as a No.6 as well. It's great to see him maybe getting a bit more recognition now. He's fantastic for us, he's a great leader and some of the performances he’s put in recently at such a big stage of the season shows what a good player he is and what a big influence he is on the team.

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Milner on double talk, Liverpool's belief and Henderson form

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 21:00
Liverpool are continuing to block out all external talk of the team doing a potential Premier League and Champions League double this season, according to James Milner.
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Jürgen Klopp: We've prepared for Porto response - now we have to show it

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 20:30

Jürgen Klopp insists Liverpool are fully prepared for FC Porto and their supporters giving everything to try and turn around the Champions League quarter-final tie when the teams meet at the Estadio do Dragao on Wednesday night.

The Reds hold a two-goal lead from last week’s first-leg encounter at Anfield, when strikes from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino sealed victory.

However, speaking at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday evening, Klopp explained why no-one within the Reds camp is underestimating the threat The Dragons will pose, particularly with a lively home crowd pushing them on.

Read on for a summary of what the manager had to say when he addressed journalists at the Estadio do Dragao in his media briefing, or watch it in full in our YouTube video below...

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On Porto boss Sergio Conceicao saying ‘sometimes, Liverpool are the best team in the world’…

When was that? What did he say, exactly? We are the best team in the world sometimes? Sometimes we are really good, that’s true, and hopefully we can show it again. Maybe I can understand a little bit why he says that because there are moments after we win the ball, or moments before we win the ball, or moments when the boys do some things, then it looks really, really good, that’s the truth, but that’s pretty much all. This is a compliment, but we still know we have a really tough job to do tomorrow – and probably he said that as well, that he still believes in their chances. Did he say that? Yes, OK, then it’s all good.

On the spirit within the Liverpool squad and the mini-competitions among players to get the highest tallies…

It’s nice to have these kind of very positive stories, it’s really nice, but it is normal that in a successful team you have these stories. The boys like each other a lot, there is a good atmosphere in the team, but it is completely normal. I don’t think Sadio and Mo really have a competition [to see who can score more ] – they just want to score, as often as possible. With Robbo and Trent I know it is slightly different, but they are probably most surprised they have so many assists already – before the season, a lot of people wouldn’t have thought that, so that’s cool. So far it is a very positive season, that’s why we are here, but we are not here to celebrate our situation, we are actually here to go to the next round because the season is not finished. In this competition, we have to fight really hard. Porto won all of their home games so far. I know we were really dominant in the home game, but not only because they will get at least two players back, but because the atmosphere in the stadium will be more Porto-dominated. They will try to have a kick-start in the game, immediately being in, so that’s what I think about and not how good our season was until now because that’s something you can really think about after the season, not now.

On how Liverpool will approach the tie…

I don’t know yet. I am sorry, sometimes it is really strange, but there is one football question I don’t answer. It’s really not nice, but what we do tomorrow we show on the pitch and not in the press conference.

On whether winning at the Estadio do Dragao 5-0 last year will have any benefits for the squad…

Not really. I said before the last game [first leg] it was really strange. The first goal was really good, but in the end, Sadio has had harder shots on target that have not gone in and that one was in. The second goal was really good play, a fantastic shot from Millie and then Mo finished it off from the post. A top goal. Then three counter-attacking goals, which were really, really good. Until we were 2-0 up – and even after being 2-0 up – it was a completely open game. You don’t remember things like this, we only face the result. We know, and I saw it in the first game, my players are not silly and they don’t misunderstand things like this. Porto are a really, really good football team. We were really good in the first leg and we have to be really good tomorrow again. We have to play really at our rhythm at 100 per cent and not try to come through somehow because you cannot then stand the power they can create here. I was here for a derby, Porto against Lisbon, years and years ago – I am sure in Germany we only have derbies in Germany and in England we think we only have derbies in England, but then you come to Portugal and you see that derby and it’s loud as well. They are really big games and they – the crowd - know how to influence a game, they know how to influence an opponent, so we have to be ready for this atmosphere – and that’s what we have to try.

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On what Porto showed in turning around the result against AS Roma in the last round…

What we’ve created in the three-and-a-half years since I’ve been in is that the boys believe I tell them the truth in the analysis. I don’t make teams bigger than they are, I don’t make them smaller than they are. The analysis for us is really on point, which is what we want. That’s why there is no risk that we have to convince the boys again and say, ‘By the way, Porto are really good’ because we know it already. We had the analysis meeting this morning, we were sitting together for 45 minutes around about, talking about this team. Only part of it was about the first game, the other part was the second leg against Roma when they played here. We’ve played Roma and they can be really uncomfortable as an opponent, but I didn’t see a real chance for them that night - Porto was really in charge of that game and that was good. We should be prepared but we still have to play.

On the collective journey Liverpool players and supporters have made in Europe over recent seasons…

Actually, I thought about that when I was walking from the plane to the bus at the airport. Really, I thought that it is unbelievable that we are here again all together. It’s really brilliant, it’s unbelievable, the trip, they journey we made with each other in the last couple years – it’s really amazing. It’s one of the best songs we have, ‘We’ve conquered all of Europe…’ – obviously we don’t conquer really, but sometimes we are at least there and play football. It is brilliant – thank you to all of you, it is unbelievable. It is unbelievable.

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Jürgen Klopp: We've prepared for Porto response - now we have to show it

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 20:30
Jürgen Klopp insists Liverpool are fully prepared for FC Porto and their supporters giving everything to try and turn around the Champions League quarter-final tie when the teams meet at the Estadio do Dragao on Wednesday night.
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Klopp, Milner cool 'best in world' tag

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 20:30
James Milner: "To be the best you have to win trophies." By James Dale

Last Updated: 16/04/19 8:39pm

0:43 Jurgen Klopp played down the Porto head coach's suggestion Liverpool are the 'best team in the world' at times Jurgen Klopp played down the Porto head coach's suggestion Liverpool are the 'best team in the world' at times

Jurgen Klopp and James Milner have played down Liverpool's "best in the world" tag from Champions League quarter-final opponents Porto.

Liverpool have travelled to Portugal with a 2-0 aggregate lead following the first leg at Anfield, with Porto head coach Sergio Conceicao suggesting Klopp's team have been the best on the planet at times this season.

"There are moments when it looks really good, that's the truth," Klopp said. "It's a compliment.

"But we still know we have a tough job to do."

Milner, 33, also cooled comparisons with Liverpool's Champions League-winning side of 2005, urging the current group to prove they are the best by securing silverware.

"They got over the line and won a trophy," he said. "That's what we're striving to do."

"We haven't done that yet," he said.

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But there is little talk of silverware within the Liverpool dressing room, the midfielder added.

"There isn't too much talk about what might happen," he said. "It's how it's been all season. The training is the same, the mentality going into the game is the same."

Klopp admitted it has been a "successful season so far", but insisted they had not arrived in Portugal just to celebrate.

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Liverpool fans have made the trip to Porto for a second-successive season, having beaten them 5-0 en route to the Champions League final in Kiev last season.

Klopp revealed the "unbelievable" support had hit as he boarded the plane in Liverpool on Tuesday.

It comes after Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola called on his club's fans to show him they want to get to the final.

"The trip, the journey we made with each other in the last couple of years is really amazing," Klopp said.

"Thank you to all of you."

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Photo gallery: Reds take walk around Estadio do Dragao

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 20:28

The Liverpool squad took a walk around Estadio do Dragao after landing in Portugal on Tuesday evening ahead of their Champions League tie with FC Porto.

Having trained at Melwood in the morning, the Reds boarded an afternoon flight and headed to the venue for the quarter-final second leg upon arrival.

Take a look in our photo gallery from Porto below...

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Photo gallery: Reds take walk around Estadio do Dragao

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 20:28
The Liverpool squad took a walk around Estadio do Dragao after landing in Portugal on Tuesday evening ahead of their Champions League tie with FC Porto.
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‘We need to win trophies’ – Klopp & Milner on Porto boss’ “best team in the world” praise

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 19:37

After Porto boss Sergio Conceicao had said that he considers Liverpool as the “best team in the world,” Jurgen Klopp and James Milner gave their responses in their press conference ahead of Wednesday’s tie.


Conceicao heaped praise on Liverpool during his pre-match press conference earlier on Tuesday, saying: “Liverpool are all about the way that I think about football.

“I like the Liverpool dynamics, their game model. I like the way they play with the ball and without it, it’s similar to how I see football.

“In my opinion, in a lot of these moments, they are the best team in the world.”

When asked for his response, Klopp gave a measured answer: “He said we are the best team in the world? Yeah, sometimes we are really good and hopefully, we can show it again.

“It’s a compliment but we know we have a tough job to do.”

However, Klopp also agreed that his players can, and do, show they’re excellent at times.

“Sometimes we are really good. Sometimes when the boys are doing things it looks really really good.”

 Liverpool's James Milner during a press conference ahead of the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg match between FC Porto and Liverpool FC at Estádio do Dragão. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Milner was also asked for his response to Conceicao’s lauding, again appreciating the compliment but saying that the Reds must win trophies to be considered in such high esteem.

“That’s a nice compliment,” said the vice-captain. “You get those by playing good football over a sustained period of time – so that’s nice to hear.

“To be the best you have to win trophies and that is something we need to do… There are a lot of good teams between us and the last game of the season.”

Milner was also asked about the title run-in and a potential Premier League and Champions League double.

“There isn’t too much talk about what might happen,” he said.

“We’re training the same way, the mentality is the same. That’s a massive positive in the dressing room. The lads are just focused on what we can control.”

“There’s a confidence within the squad. You’re never going to play a full season playing your best football.

“That’s impressed me more than when we’ve played really well. The games when we’ve ground it out.”

Liverpool’s Champions League quarter-final second-leg in Porto is at 8pm on Wednesday night.

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Porto vs Liverpool preview

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 17:23
Liverpool lead Porto 2-0 in the Champions League quarter-final

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Dejan Lovren misses out on the second leg through illness Dejan Lovren misses out on the second leg through illness Dejan Lovren misses out on the second leg through illness

Jurgen Klopp has warned his Liverpool players their Champions League quarter-final tie is far from over as they prepare to face Porto in the second leg on Wednesday.

Porto suffered their heaviest ever home defeat in European competition against Liverpool in last season's Champions League, with the Reds winning 5-0 in a last-16 tie.

Liverpool head to Portugal with a 2-0 advantage from the first leg after goals from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino, but Klopp knows the tie is far from over.

He told the club's official website: "It's clear, 2-0, what would we do? That's the simplest question to ask: we would go for everything.

Roberto Firmino scored Liverpool's second in the first leg Roberto Firmino scored Liverpool's second in the first leg Roberto Firmino scored Liverpool's second in the first leg

"If we were 2-0 down and going into the home leg, would we think we were out? No way. That's exactly what Porto are thinking.

"They always have a high intense game in the highest intense atmosphere. From the first kick they will go with a clear direction.

"We can compare it a little bit to the [Manchester] City game last year when we were 3-0 up and everybody thought, 'halfway through' or whatever.

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"We go there to win the game, that's the plan. It's not easy, we know that, but we should not think about anything else because that's always the aim."

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Porto have lost the first leg of a European Cup knockout tie by two or more goals on six previous occasions, and on all six of those ties, they have been eliminated from the competition.

Sergio Conceicao was ineligible to play for the club in the famous 2004 final due to having already played for Lazio in the first group stage.

Liverpool have been the best team on the planet at times, says Sergio Conceicao Liverpool have been the best team on the planet at times, says Sergio Conceicao Liverpool have been the best team on the planet at times, says Sergio Conceicao

Having been denied the chance to experience the glory of lifting the trophy as a player, the 44-year-old is confident of overturning a two-goal deficit at home - but he knows the size of the task his side face.

He said on Tuesday: "Liverpool are all about the way that I think about football. On many occasions, they have shown themselves to be the best team in the world.

"We have to make up a two-goal deficit against a side who are very strong on the wings and on the counter-attack.

"The balance in our attacks is going to be crucial. The coaching staff have devised a path, a plan for the game. Now it's just down to the players to carry it out on the pitch. They are the ones who have carried out everything good that has happened.

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"I've got some doubts over my first XI, but there cannot be any greater motivation than playing in a quarter-finals and potentially completing an historic comeback."

Team news

Porto are boosted by the return of Pepe and Hector Herrera after both missed the Anfield clash through suspension.

Liverpool welcome back Andy Robertson to their squad after he missed the first leg through suspension.

Klopp will be without Dejan Lovren, who misses out through illness, meaning Joel Matip is likely to play alongside Virgil van Dijk once more.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has also not travelled as he steps up his rehabilitation at Melwood.

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  • Liverpool have never lost a European match against FC Porto in seven previous encounters (W4 D3 L0), keeping three successive clean sheets against them.
  • Since the start of last season, Liverpool have won three of their four away Champions League knockout games, only losing to Roma in last season's semi-final (4-2).
  • FC Porto are the only remaining side in the Champions League to have won 100% of their home games in the competition this season (4/4). Indeed, Porto last won five or more straight home games in the competition between October 1998 and December 1999 (run of six).
  • Liverpool have progressed from all nine of their previous two-legged European ties under manager Jurgen Klopp (four in the 2015-16 Europa League, one 2017-18 Champions League play-off and four Champions League knockout stage ties since the start of last season).
  • Sadio Mane scored a hat-trick for Liverpool against Porto at Estádio do Dragão in last season's Champions League; only Luiz Adriano v Bate Borisov and Cristiano Ronaldo against Atlético de Madrid have ever scored more than one hat-trick against an opponent in the Champions League, while no player has ever scored two away from home against one club.
  • Since the start of the 2017-18 tournament, Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino has both scored and assisted in five different Champions League matches, more than any other player in this time.
  • Moussa Marega has scored in all four of FC Porto's home Champions League matches this season.
Charlie's prediction

In reality, Liverpool could make changes to the team in this one, but they do not want to take advantage, especially if they go a goal down.

Mohamed Salah is back in form and Sadio Mane scored again at the weekend, while Roberto Firmino has been the best of the attacking players recently. He may not take any chances but he may change the midfield.

It will be awkward but Liverpool will get the job done and be comfortable towards the end in this one.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (11/2 with Sky Bet)

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Jürgen's warning: Porto won't think tie is over

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 16:29

Jürgen Klopp knows Liverpool will face an FC Porto side who believe their Champions League quarter-final tie is still open – because his team would feel the same.

The Reds are in control of the last-eight encounter after claiming a 2-0 win at Anfield last week through first-half goals from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino.

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But Klopp anticipates an intense return meeting at Estadio do Dragao on Wednesday night as Sergio Conceicao’s Porto attempt to overturn that deficit.

So Liverpool will not allow the slightest sense of complacency to affect their approach to the game, which the boss likened to their experiences at the same stage of last season’s competition.

“It’s clear, 2-0, what would we do? That’s the simplest question to ask: we would go for everything,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.

“If we were 2-0 down and going into the home leg, would we think we were out? No way. That’s exactly what Porto are thinking.

“They always have a high intense game in the highest intense atmosphere. From the first kick they will go with a clear direction.

“We can compare it a little bit to the City game last year when we were 3-0 up and everybody thought, ‘halfway through’ or whatever.

“We go there to win the game, that’s the plan. It’s not easy, we know that, but we should not think about anything else because that’s always the aim.”

Porto will be boosted by the return of two players from suspension, with Pepe and Hector Herrera available again after sitting out the clash at Anfield.

And Klopp stressed the Reds must produce the kind of performance worthy of booking a place in the Champions League semi-finals for the second successive season.

“Pepe and Herrera are coming back, key players for them – centre-half and No.6 or No.8 back is massive for them. Militao can play right full-back, which changes a lot for them. That will be a different animal, 100 per cent,” he said.

“But we made our own experiences in the Champions League; we’ll try to use the result, go there confident. We are in a good moment, we want to play football and we want to fight hard.

“If you want to go to the semis, you have to fight with all you have and that’s what we will try.”

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Jürgen's warning: Porto won't think tie is over

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Jürgen Klopp knows Liverpool will face an FC Porto side who believe their Champions League quarter-final tie is still open – because his team would feel the same.
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Klopp: Joe Gomez is an option again

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 16:14

Joe Gomez is a selection option once again for Jürgen Klopp after coming through an hour-long run-out for Liverpool’s U23s on Sunday.

The defender made his first appearance since sustaining a lower-leg fracture in early December for Neil Critchley’s side in their 6-0 win over Leicester City, with fellow first-teamers Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rhian Brewster also featuring at the King Power Stadium.

Klopp subsequently named the England international in his 21-man squad for Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg at FC Porto and explained that his impending senior return will be a welcome boost in the final weeks of the season.

Highlights: Gomez, Ox & Brewster play in U23s rout

The boss told Liverpoolfc.com: “Absolutely [he looks strong]. Ox and Joe both did really well at Leicester, it was a brilliant game by all of the boys, to be honest, I watched it back. It looked really good. 

“It’s clear they still need time to get full match fitness but it’s nice to have them back and now Joe first as an option. He played right full-back, we need him as this option as well. 

“We all know he played a wonderful season at the centre-half position until his injury, but he can play both and it’s good to have him.”

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Klopp: Joe Gomez is an option again

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Joe Gomez is a selection option once again for Jürgen Klopp after coming through an hour-long run-out for Liverpool’s U23s on Sunday.
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Liverpool eye starlet with release clause

HEAD NEWS - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 16:11

Liverpool have been paired with a swoop for Bayer Leverkusen forward Julian Brandt this summer, with his release clause standing at £21.5m.

The 22-year-old has been in fine form so far this season, scoring seven goals and providing 14 assists in 38 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit.

Further, he already has 24 caps for Germany to his name, and so it would appear as though he has a bright future ahead of him for club and country.

However, according to Sport Bild, as translated by The Mirror, it’s been suggested that Liverpool could try to prise him away from his homeland and take him to Anfield to bolster Jurgen Klopp’s attacking options.

In today’s inflated transfer market, his rumoured £21.5m release clause could make him a very sensible addition both on and off the pitch.

Nevertheless, both Juventus and Real Madrid are named as competition for his signature,  while the Mirror go on to note that Liverpool have also been paired with an interest in RB Leipzig ace Timo Werner, although he is valued at £35m.

In turn, Brandt could be the smarter option of the two depending on Liverpool’s budget this summer, although Werner is enjoying another prolific campaign having scored 17 goals in 31 outings.

It’s unlikely both will be signed, and so Brandt could emerge as the preferred Plan B.

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Liverpool eye starlet with release clause

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 16:11

Liverpool have been paired with a swoop for Bayer Leverkusen forward Julian Brandt this summer, with his release clause standing at £21.5m.

The 22-year-old has been in fine form so far this season, scoring seven goals and providing 14 assists in 38 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit.

Further, he already has 24 caps for Germany to his name, and so it would appear as though he has a bright future ahead of him for club and country.

However, according to Sport Bild, as translated by The Mirror, it’s been suggested that Liverpool could try to prise him away from his homeland and take him to Anfield to bolster Jurgen Klopp’s attacking options.

In today’s inflated transfer market, his rumoured £21.5m release clause could make him a very sensible addition both on and off the pitch.

Nevertheless, both Juventus and Real Madrid are named as competition for his signature,  while the Mirror go on to note that Liverpool have also been paired with an interest in RB Leipzig ace Timo Werner, although he is valued at £35m.

In turn, Brandt could be the smarter option of the two depending on Liverpool’s budget this summer, although Werner is enjoying another prolific campaign having scored 17 goals in 31 outings.

It’s unlikely both will be signed, and so Brandt could emerge as the preferred Plan B.

Source: CaughtOffside

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Liverpool eye starlet with release clause

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 16:11
Liverpool have been paired with a swoop for Bayer Leverkusen forward Julian Brandt this summer, with his release clause standing at £21.5m.
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Klopp's update on Lovren, Ox, Lallana and Hendo fitness

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 15:59
Jürgen Klopp has explained why the decision was taken to leave Dejan Lovren out of Liverpool’s travelling squad for the Champions League encounter with FC Porto.
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Team flight gallery: Liverpool set off for Porto

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 15:51
Liverpool departed Merseyside this afternoon bound for Porto and a Champions League quarter-final second leg.
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Confirmed: Liverpool's 21-man squad for Porto tie

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 14:59

A 21-man Liverpool squad will travel for Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg versus FC Porto.

The Reds, who hold a 2-0 lead from last week's first leg at Anfield, fly out to Portugal on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the tie at Estadio do Dragao.

Dejan Lovren misses out due to illness, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains at Melwood to carry out additional fitness work.

Liverpool squad: Fabinho, Van Dijk, Wijnaldum, Milner, Keita, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Gomez, Alisson, Henderson, Sturridge, Moreno, Lallana, Mignolet, Shaqiri, Robertson, Origi, Matip, Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold.

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