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Klopp congratulates Akinfenwa after play-off final

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 09:35
Klopp to Akinfenwa: "Even in these strange times I hope you celebrate, appropriately!"

Last Updated: 14/07/20 9:53am

1:35 After promotion to the Championship with Wycombe Wanderers, Adebayo Akinfenwa celebrated post-match with a message from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp! After promotion to the Championship with Wycombe Wanderers, Adebayo Akinfenwa celebrated post-match with a message from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp!

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp sent Adebayo Akinfenwa a congratulatory video message, after the forward helped Wycombe secure promotion to the Championship.

In 2016, Liverpool fan Akinfenwa asked managers to "hit me up on Whatsapp and get me a job" after helping AFC Wimbledon secure promotion to League One, having said he believed he was "technically unemployed".

But after Wycombe beat Oxford 2-1 at Wembley on Monday night, Akinfenwa said: "Let me tell you something, the only person who can hit me up on Whatsapp this time is Klopp, so we can celebrate together."

2:52 Highlights of the League One play-off final between Oxford United and Wycombe Wanderers from Wembley Highlights of the League One play-off final between Oxford United and Wycombe Wanderers from Wembley

Fresh from leading Liverpool to their first Premier League title, Klopp duly messaged the Wycombe man, while Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk were among the players to get in touch.

In his message, Klopp said; "Congratulations. I watched the game and I didn't see the post-match interviews but Hendo or my players told me that you want to get in contact with me on Whatsapp.

"Here we go, congratulations!

0:30 Wycombe Wanderers lifted the League One play-off final trophy after beating Oxford United 2-1 at Wembley Wycombe Wanderers lifted the League One play-off final trophy after beating Oxford United 2-1 at Wembley

"I'm pretty sure you were your whole life at least a Championship player, and now finally you are there, well done. Great, great victory.

2:15 Adebayo Akinfenwa couldn't hide his excitement after Wycombe won promotion to the Championship with a 2-1 victory over Oxford at Wembley Adebayo Akinfenwa couldn't hide his excitement after Wycombe won promotion to the Championship with a 2-1 victory over Oxford at Wembley

"Even in these strange times I hope you celebrate, appropriately!"

Akinfenwa shared a video of himself watching the message to his Twitter page, and afterwards said: "Klopp, you're a legend!"

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Robertson: VAR decisions leaving players in limbo

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 19:10
Robertson: "I believe that the referees are relying on VAR, but then VAR isn't overturning any decisions, so we are stuck in limbo." By Liam Grace

Last Updated: 13/07/20 7:14pm

1:22 Liverpool's Andy Robertson says VAR is failing to overturn referees' decisions Liverpool's Andy Robertson says VAR is failing to overturn referees' decisions

Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson has criticised recent VAR decisions in the Premier League and says it has put footballers in "limbo".

The 26-year-old Scotland international says he is still "scratching his head" that Liverpool were not awarded a penalty in their 1-1 draw with Burnley - after he went down inside the box under a challenge by Johann Berg Gudmundsson - and feels it is not the only call VAR has got wrong recently.

In our latest edition of Ref Watch, former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher had several VAR incidents to assess from the last week, such as Tottenham being refused a first-half penalty against Bournemouth and Manchester United being awarded a contentious spot-kick at Aston Villa.

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Robertson said: "Over the last week, for me there has been four or five decisions that I think should have gone the other away, and I think many footballing people think they should have gone the other way too.

"I believe that the referees are relying on VAR, but then VAR isn't overturning any decisions, so we are stuck in limbo. I'd prefer not to have it and just let the referee call it. If the referee called it, you'd say 'OK, he's seen it differently'.

"But the fact we have about 40 cameras and 40 different angles, I believe the decisions should be right."

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Robertson, speaking specifically about VAR's call to not award Liverpool a penalty against Burnley at Anfield on Saturday, added: "I still believe the decision was wrong.

"Obviously I've seen the video circulate since, and I shouldn't have used the language that I did, but we were in a high-pressured game and emotions were on the line.

"I spoke to the referee and the officials in the tunnel after, and he explained what he thought he had seen - I respected that, not all referees do that - so fair play to him but I still thought he was in the wrong and that it was a penalty.

"That's what we believe VAR was brought in to do [to change the decision]. For me, how that's not a penalty, I still scratch my head over it."

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Charlie's Premier League predictions

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 15:41
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Charlie Nicholas returns with his latest round of Premier League predictions Charlie Nicholas returns with his latest round of Premier League predictions Charlie Nicholas returns with his latest round of Premier League predictions

Charlie Nicholas is back with his Premier League predictions for a full round of action this coming weekend.

Norwich vs West Ham, Saturday - 12:30pm

I am sure West Ham will have been disappointed with the result against Burnley. A VAR decision went against them again, but Jay Rodriguez took his goal brilliantly.

Michail Antonio missed chances, but West Ham are creating chances. That is the difference. They are starting to do that, whereby if they put one or two away then they will win even more games. The players are now content with what David Moyes is asking them, and Sebastian Haller all of a sudden knows he is fighting for his place and needs to get his finger out.

Michail Antonio turned home from close range to give West Ham the lead against Chelsea Michail Antonio turned home from close range to give West Ham the lead against Chelsea Michail Antonio turned home from close range to give West Ham the lead against Chelsea

Manuel Lanzini is back, while Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice are playing well, as does Mark Noble when he comes in. They do still play with too much of a risk at the back but these things all mean Moyes is not sitting back anymore. They must go and put personality into the game.

Brighton had Norwich last week, and if you score first against them they will be ready to accept the consequences. It could happen again in this match. Norwich will give another burst but West Ham will be ready for it.

West Ham, Watford and Brighton will have all pin-pointed this game as one where they must pick up three points, and both Watford and Brighton have done just that. It will be the case for West Ham too and I think they will get through it fairly well.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 0-2 (9/1 with Sky Bet)

Watford vs Newcastle, Saturday - 12:30pm

Newcastle could have conceded eight or nine against Manchester City. Steve Bruce realised you cannot go toe-to-toe with them, as they will rip you apart. You can try to squeeze them and leave yourselves a bit open, but it was the second half of the FA Cup tie where he had the luxury to do that. Newcastle went into the break 2-0 down on Wednesday.

They knew their night was over at that point, and under normal circumstances, Bruce would have parked the bus and made sure they would not have been embarrassed. By the time Newcastle had given up hope, their shape and discipline had gone, and City picked them off. Mistakes caused their own faults.

That was Man City though, and Norwich were the better team against Watford and should have got something from it. Nigel Pearson's team are not looking at performances - they just want to get over the line. I watched Newcastle at Bournemouth. Jonjo Shelvey was getting on ball and making things happen. Watford do not keep the ball like Man City and Newcastle will be able to express themselves.

Ismaila Sarr and Troy Deeney looked a bit better against Norwich, so for that reason, I think it could swing slightly back in Watford's favour. They cannot afford to wait on the results of other teams, and this is an awkward one.

Newcastle can be a burden. They do not need to sit in and force the play. Allan Saint-Maximin should be fit - I enjoy watching him and he really is such a handful. He loves getting on the ball and going at defenders. They will cause problems.

Allan Saint-Maximin should return for Newcastle Allan Saint-Maximin should return for Newcastle Allan Saint-Maximin should return for Newcastle

I was chuffed to bits for Danny Welbeck, who scored a great goal to win it against Norwich. It is so typical of him that he scores the harder chances, and sometimes the easier ones come his way and he rushes them, lacking composure. It was a spectacular goal, and he has been through a lot. Welbeck will not get back into the England set-up but it was lovely to see him back scoring goals.

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

Liverpool vs Burnley, Saturday - 3pm

Burnley squeezed into the threat of Europe again with a great result at West Ham. They were fortunate enough to get a draw with Sheffield United but dug their heels in and picked up a point in the end when they were in front.

James Tarkowski's tackle was a red and it was not VAR's fault, it was the referee who got it wrong on that occasion. Despite the fact Ben Mee has been missing, Burnley have still done well without him. You can get at them though.

In terms of Liverpool, Sadio Mane got a rest and Roberto Firmino looks back to his bright self. Mohamed Salah was back in the goals. It will keep them on their toes, and even the normal starting line-up will be itching to start - Jordan Henderson could be out, so Nabi Keita may get a run, and Georginio Wijnaldum is always a threat.

No matter which full-backs Jurgen Klopp puts in, Liverpool will be dangerous. He could put Neco Williams in, but I always think he is tempted to put an extra few in, but because of the record everyone says he is going for, he may not.

I do not think it is that important to them, and this result will put them on track to beat it, but I think Klopp is caught in between. Does he go with the youngsters or does he go for the points total? The reality is that Curtis Jones scored last week and Takumi Minamino could still get game-time too, but I see Liverpool being fairly comfortable here.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)

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Sheffield United vs Chelsea, Saturday - 5:30pm, live on Sky Sports

I said that Sheffield United had missed Jack O'Connell. Their balance was not right despite playing the same system. Jack Robinson came in and was not comfortable in that position. O'Connell has a sweet left foot and loves to bomb forward. Just to get the whole balance of the team back would have been great for them, and it was another brilliant defensive display.

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Chelsea could have got five against Crystal Palace but they could have conceded five too. There were mistakes all over the park, and Frank Lampard will be concerned by his defence.

Andreas Christensen makes mistakes, and so does Kurt Zouma. Is Lampard comfortable with Marcos Alonso? Reece James is good going forward but he has lots to learn defensively. I cannot separate them. There are mistakes and goals in Chelsea, but this will be a cracking game.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-2 (18/1 with Sky Bet)

Brighton vs Manchester City, Saturday - 8pm, live on Sky Sports

You can see how vital that Norwich win was for Brighton. This is a free hit for them.

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Leandro Trossard has done well since coming back in, and they are a nice footballing team. They have come back better than I thought they would and have really gone after it. Brighton like to play out from the back, and they won't change that up against Manchester City. I love Graham Potter for doing that, but City will thrive off the back of this.

Pep Guardiola's side will be warming up for the FA Cup and the Champions League. I said Gabriel Jesus was due a goal and he got one, Raheem Sterling played well once he came on and then Kevin De Bruyne is strolling for fun at the minute too. This is going to be another one of those games for Manchester City.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-4 (16/1 with Sky Bet)

Wolves vs Everton, Sunday - 12pm, live on Sky Sports

This is another good game. Wolves have been disappointing after I believed they were in the mix for the top four. It was the first time I have seen them look cautious and they almost look unsure of the pressure. The games were winnable that came their way, and they did not play badly against Sheffield United but attacking-wise they were disappointing.

I don't know what goes on at Everton Football Club. They promise so much for three weeks and then it dwindles. What are Carlo Ancelotti's options? They do not have much.

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You felt there was a small chance of Everton finishing in one of the European places. They have since lacked desire, been inconsistent, and there are still problems within the team.

It is an awkward game but it is one Wolves should win. I do not think they will make the top four now, but they have to be ready for any slip-ups. They could still close the gap and this is their last chance.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-1 (17/2 with Sky Bet)

Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace, Sunday - 2:15pm, live on Sky Sports

It is last-chance territory for Aston Villa too. Crystal Palace are so unpredictable and Gary Cahill will be out, so they could be weak at the back. Wilfried Zaha will cause problems - he scored a great goal against Chelsea, and Villa will get agitated by him.

I was expecting a result for Villa against Man Utd. They played OK in the first 20 minutes, but Villa are a side who do not make many chances of substance. Jack Grealish needs players to understand their position so he can play more of a killer pass, but if you do not release it early enough then chances will not come. Sometimes he can be easy to play against.

Other Villa players are trying their best but it is just not happening for them. John McGinn is not there with his control and speed, but it is a must-win scenario for Villa. I am tempted to say they are due a break, but you are unlucky when you are in these positions and they have had that with some of the VAR decisions. I still do not see them getting out of it here. I think they may be gone.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (5/1 with Sky Bet)

Tottenham vs Arsenal, Sunday - 4:30pm, live on Sky Sports

This is a game where they will both look at each other and realise they have become average sides. From an Arsenal perspective, they are improving. It is slow and not overly attractive, despite playing decent going forwards.

Tottenham are going backwards. You look at Heung-Min Son, and I may regret this, but they look to be playing as individuals. There is no team pattern, but the defence changes and they keep a clean sheet. Harry Kane should have had a penalty but Bournemouth should have had a goal.

Jose Mourinho has questions to answer at Tottenham Jose Mourinho has questions to answer at Tottenham Jose Mourinho has questions to answer at Tottenham

This is a team under Jose Mourinho which does not have any identity. It is hard work and they are grafting but it isn't working. Tanguy Ndombele is coming in for bits and pieces, Giovani Lo Celso is nice and neat, and Erik Lamela has lovely ability. Harry Kane is always a goal threat against Arsenal so I would not be surprised if he scored once again.

The back three of Arsenal looked more solid and in control, so for these improvements, alongside Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos, Arsenal have looked better. These two are not my favourites and they are weak defensively as a holding pair, but they have improved on the ball.

Tottenham could raise their game, but Arsenal will be dangerous on the counter-attack. Serge Aurier makes mistakes, and Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will both play as Eddie Nketiah is suspended, but I do think Arsenal could see them off.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-2 (9/1 with Sky Bet)

Bournemouth vs Leicester, Sunday - 7pm, live on Sky Sports

Bournemouth were a bit unlucky against Tottenham and probably should have won it. It was unlucky about the goal, but you can see there is a bit of fight. David Brooks and Callum Wilson are now back.

Jamie Vardy is going for the Golden Boot winner and he is always a threat. James Maddison may not be fit, but I still see enough problems with Leicester. They are not keeping the ball or moving it as well, but they do like an open game, and it does tend to favour Leicester when they get going like that. I think Bournemouth's fight and desire may get them over the line in this one.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-1 (16/1 with Sky Bet)

Manchester United vs Southampton, Monday - 8pm, live on Sky Sports

Man Utd were dominant after the initial 20 minutes at Villa Park, and it then became a walk in the park. Anthony Martial looked off it in parts, but he does look desperate to score goals, as does Marcus Rashford. It was a lovely strike by Mason Greenwood on his right foot.

Southampton are awkward, free-flowing, nice and tidy, but it is their defence that is looking much improved. Man Utd, the sheer size of the club and the momentum they have, have been building much quicker than I thought they would.

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Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba are starring, but the penalty changes the game and they can be dominant after that, but the penalty was very debatable. A giant like Man Utd have to get the top four and they look like they will get it. They don't care about the top two at moment, they just need to keep winning games and make that top four their own. I expect United to win and nail the top four spot.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 3-1 (10/1 with Sky Bet)

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Henderson to miss final games of PL season

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 12:50
Klopp describes results of scan as "the best possible of all bad news" with midfielder not requiring surgery; Liverpool boss confirms Henderson will lift Premier League trophy

Last Updated: 10/07/20 2:27pm

1:02 Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson will miss the final four games of the Premier League season with a knee injury. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson will miss the final four games of the Premier League season with a knee injury.

Jordan Henderson will miss the remainder of the Premier League season with a knee injury sustained against Brighton, but Jurgen Klopp is "pretty positive" the Liverpool captain will be fit for the start of next season.

The England international was forced off after a second-half collision with fellow midfielder Yves Bissouma during the 3-1 Premier League victory at the Amex Stadium on Wednesday.

Henderson underwent a scan on the injury and will miss the club's final four league fixtures as champions, but Klopp described the assessment as "the best possible of all bad news", with no surgery required.

"Hendo is the best possible of all bad news," Klopp said. "A knee injury but no surgery needed and he won't play any more in the later stages of this season. I am pretty positive that he will start new season with us.

"We were all concerned when we saw him in the moment going down and when he left the pitch.

Jordan Henderson sustained a knee injury against Brighton on Wednesday Jordan Henderson sustained a knee injury against Brighton on Wednesday Jordan Henderson sustained a knee injury against Brighton on Wednesday 3:01 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Brighton in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Brighton in the Premier League

"Yesterday when we got the news it was a big relief for all of us. It is not cool obviously but is the best [news] we could get. He's a quick healer and will be back soon."

Klopp confirmed Henderson would lift the Premier League trophy when they are presented with it after their final home league fixture of the season against Chelsea on July 22.

"It was an awful moment when Hendo went down," Klopp added.

"In Germany we would say he's an animal - he fights with everything.

"Everyone felt for him. He deserves to lift the trophy and he will lift the trophy."

Meanwhile, Klopp expressed his surprise at the three penalty decisions made during Thursday's top-flight fixtures, including one given against Aston Villa in their defeat to Manchester United, with the Premier League later revealing they were all incorrect.

Bruno Fernandes was adjudged to have been fouled by Ezri Konsa at Villa Park Bruno Fernandes was adjudged to have been fouled by Ezri Konsa at Villa Park Bruno Fernandes was adjudged to have been fouled by Ezri Konsa at Villa Park 3:00 Aston Villa manager Dean Smith says the first goal against Manchester United was the decisive moment in the match, and Smith was left fuming by the decision to give the penalty Aston Villa manager Dean Smith says the first goal against Manchester United was the decisive moment in the match, and Smith was left fuming by the decision to give the penalty

Asked if he was concerned about VAR not overruling referees, he said: "I can 100 per cent understand that Dean Smith is really struggling to accept what happened last night. I don't know how it can happen.

"In the end it should be the right decision. What I don't understand is that overruling is so complicated because it must be a 'clear and obvious' mistake. I thought they were all obvious [decisions to overrule]."

Liverpool continue their pursuit of overhauling Manchester City's record points tally of 100 in a Premier League season against Burnley, who are targeting Europa League qualification, at Anfield on Saturday.

Last season's meeting between the two clubs at Turf Moor saw Sadio Mane display his frustration with team-mate Mohamed Salah for not passing when he was better placed to score during the 3-0 victory.

Asked for his assessment of the relationship between Mane and Salah, Klopp replied: "I am not sure there is competition but it is all healthy. They want to score goals, that is completely normal."

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Liverpool vs Burnley preview

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 16:34

Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Liverpool vs Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Team news preview image 1:44 Ahead of matchweek 35 in the Premier League, we take a look at some of the stats surrounding the upcoming fixtures

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson's season has been ended by a knee injury and he will not play against Burnley on Saturday.

The England midfielder was forced off late in Wednesday's win over Brighton and scans have revealed damage to the left knee which will sideline him for a few weeks.

Defender Dejan Lovren returns after missing the last three matches with a knock.

Burnley have no fresh injury concerns for Saturday's trip to Anfield.

Ashley Barnes (hernia), Ben Mee (thigh) and Matt Lowton (foot) remain absent for Sean Dyche's men.

Jack Cork is another out and the Burnley boss says it looks like the midfielder's ankle issue will require surgery.

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Burnley squeezed into the threat of Europe again with a great result at West Ham. They were fortunate enough to get a draw with Sheffield United but dug their heels in and picked up a point in the end when they were in front.

James Tarkowski's tackle was a red and it was not VAR's fault, it was the referee who got it wrong on that occasion. Despite the fact Ben Mee has been missing, Burnley have still done well without him. You can get at them though.

In terms of Liverpool, Sadio Mane got a rest and Roberto Firmino looks back to his bright self. Mohamed Salah was back in the goals. It will keep them on their toes, and even the normal starting line-up will be itching to start - Jordan Henderson could be out, so Nabi Keita may get a run, and Georginio Wijnaldum is always a threat.

No matter which full-backs Jurgen Klopp puts in, Liverpool will be dangerous. He could put Neco Williams in, but I always think he is tempted to put an extra few in, but because of the record everyone says he is going for, he may not.

I do not think it is that important to them, and this result will put them on track to beat it, but I think Klopp is caught in between. Does he go with the youngsters or does he go for the points total? The reality is that Curtis Jones scored last week and Takumi Minamino could still get game-time too, but I see Liverpool being fairly comfortable here.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)

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  • Liverpool have won 82% of their Premier League games against Burnley (9/11), their best winning ratio against a side they've faced at least 10 times in the competition.
  • Burnley have taken just one point from their last 18 available away against Liverpool in the top-flight (W0 D1 L5), with their last league win at Anfield coming in September 1974 (1-0).
  • Liverpool's current unbeaten home run in the Premier League stands at 57 games, while the Reds have won each of their last 24 at Anfield in the competition. The Reds have netted 149 goals in those 57 games, while conceding just 32 in return.
  • Victory here will see Liverpool equal the record for most home wins in a single Premier League campaign (18), while it will also put them a step closer to becoming just the second team in top-flight history to win 100% of their home games in a single season, after Sunderland in 1891-92 (13/13).
  • Burnley have won 14 Premier League games this season, equalling their best season for wins in the competition in 2017-18. They last won more in a top-flight season in 1974-75, winning 17 on their way to finishing 10th.
  • Liverpool have won 30 of their 34 Premier League games this season, equalling their best ever tally from a single top-flight campaign (also in 1978-79 and 2018-19).
  • Both Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané have scored four goals in their last three Premier League games for Liverpool against Burnley, with each player netting a brace in this exact fixture last season as the Reds won 4-2.
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Klopp: We must wait on Henderson injury

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 23:43
Liverpool 3-1 winners against Brighton but captain Henderson suffers injury

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3:31 Jurgen Klopp says he knew the threat Brighton posed but was pleased with Liverpool's response and their early goals Jurgen Klopp says he knew the threat Brighton posed but was pleased with Liverpool's response and their early goals

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool must wait to discover the extent of Jordan Henderson's injury after the Reds captain hurt his knee against Brighton.

Henderson had put Liverpool 2-0 ahead in the eighth minute at the Amex Stadium, but collided with Yves Bissouma late in the second half and had to be replaced by James Milner.

It was reported that Henderson had gone for a scan to assess the damage and Liverpool manager Klopp said he did not know how serious the injury is.

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He told Sky Sports: "I don't know what it is exactly but it looks like the knee. We will see. We will have to make scans but we know that it's not nothing, so that's already enough."

When asked in his post-match press conference if Henderson had left the stadium on crutches, Klopp added: "I don't know, I've had press since the game was over pretty much, so I have no idea how he left the dressing room."

'Williams substitution about yellow card' Neco Williams was shown a yellow card for a foul on Tariq Lamptey in the first half Neco Williams was shown a yellow card for a foul on Tariq Lamptey in the first half Neco Williams was shown a yellow card for a foul on Tariq Lamptey in the first half

Neco Williams, 19, was handed his first Premier League start in the 3-1 win over the Seagulls, but was substituted at half-time for Andy Robertson after picking up a yellow card.

Klopp revealed the swap was only about protecting Williams from a sending off and not about his overall performance.

He told Sky Sports: "It was just about the yellow card. On that side [of the pitch], we didn't protect him well enough and in his first professional game, l couldn't tell him, 'don't make a challenge anymore'.

"That was the only reason. I liked a lot his confidence and l liked a lot how he played."

1:48 Mohamed Salah says Brighton gave Liverpool a good game but admitted their early goals gave them more confidence Mohamed Salah says Brighton gave Liverpool a good game but admitted their early goals gave them more confidence

Klopp was generally happy with his team's showing on the south coast but said they could have scored a few more goals.

"For their [Brighton's] build-ups, we had a super solution and l liked how we did it. We don't have an influence on what the other team is doing, we have to react," he said.

"We did pretty well in most of the situations but when you lose the ball in the wrong moment then they have the advantage. They deserved their goal but then we scored the third, we could have scored more, we had really big chances but all good."

Potter pleased despite defeat 2:59 Graham Potter was disappointed that Brighton 'gifted' Liverpool a couple of goals but was pleased with the bravery and personality they showed Graham Potter was disappointed that Brighton 'gifted' Liverpool a couple of goals but was pleased with the bravery and personality they showed

The visit of the newly-crowned Premier League champions was always going to be a tricky task for Brighton, but manager Graham Potter was pleased with how his team handled Liverpool.

He told Sky Sports: "I think we played well. Over the course of the game, we gave a really good account of ourselves, especially going 2-0 down in the manner that we did. Liverpool smelt blood, if you like, because we gifted them a couple of goals so we showed great personality to drag ourselves back into the game.

1:16 Tariq Lamptey says Brighton have to keep improving and praised their battling spirit Tariq Lamptey says Brighton have to keep improving and praised their battling spirit

"We created some chances before we scored a really good goal so we put a lot into that game and there's a lot of positives for us.

"Of course, there are things we need to learn from as well, which is normal, but I'm pleased with a lot that we did. But again, we have to improve as well and that includes myself.

"We wanted to be brave and try to play our game against the best, it's a way to learn and improve your own game and we'll learn from that tonight. Overall, the way we responded to that situation was really good. The boys gave everything and I'm really happy with them."

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How Gomez became pillar of Liverpool defence

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 18:20
By Richard Morgan

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Joe Gomez discussed Jurgen Klopp's influence, injuries and playing alongside Virgil van Dijk in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports Joe Gomez discussed Jurgen Klopp's influence, injuries and playing alongside Virgil van Dijk in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports Joe Gomez discussed Jurgen Klopp's influence, injuries and playing alongside Virgil van Dijk in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports

Joe Gomez has had injury setbacks to overcome during his time at Liverpool, but the centre-back is now a cornerstone of the meanest defence in the country and at 23, already a world, European and Premier League champion.

When Gomez arrived at Liverpool in June 2015, signed as a versatile defender from Charlton, he was joining a club that had finished the previous season sixth, a cavernous 25 points behind champions Chelsea.

The promising Gomez was brought in by manager Brendan Rodgers as part of a £100m summer splurge on Christian Benteke, Nathaniel Clyne, Roberto Firmino, Danny Ings and James Milner (albeit on a free transfer), with the Northern Irishman seeking to return Liverpool to the Champions League.

Gomez arrived at Liverpool from Charlton Gomez arrived at Liverpool from Charlton Gomez arrived at Liverpool from Charlton

However, despite starting the first five league games of that season at left-back, Gomez's campaign was brought to a premature end after he ruptured his ACL while on England U21 duty in October 2015.

Gomez does have one good memory of that painful time in his career, however - it was while waiting for the scan on his injured knee that he first learned of Jurgen Klopp's arrival at the club.

Initially Gomez was used at left-back by Brendan Rodgers Initially Gomez was used at left-back by Brendan Rodgers Initially Gomez was used at left-back by Brendan Rodgers

"I got my scan for my ACL the day he came in," he said when we spoke earlier this week. "Obviously at that point in time as a young player, I remember being on that camp when it got announced that he was going to be our manager and I think I was 18 at the time, you are eager to come back and impress.

"And you are thinking, 'does he know about me? What does he think of me? Am I going to get a chance?' So obviously at that point, I was devastated at the timing being so bad, but straight away he spoke to me."

Talk of Klopp brings an immediate smile to Gomez's face and it soon becomes apparent the affection he has for the larger-than-life German, both as a boss and a friend.

It is a nice feeling and probably when you get a hug it means he is in a good mood and we have done well as a team. We do not take them for granted

Joe Gomez on getting a post-match hug from Jurgen Klopp

"He is an unbelievable manager and an unbelievable person as well," he said. "I would say that I have learned just as much from him as a person just in my everyday life and attitude towards life as I have as a footballer and a professional.

"He is just a good person as well off the pitch and I think that translates to all of us and it makes us want to play for him and do our best on the pitch.

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"And the fact that he is human and he does not seem like this distant boss that we cannot speak to and approach - he is an approachable person and a role model for us all."

That serious knee injury has not been the only setback Gomez has had to endure during his time at Anfield, the defender also damaging ankle ligaments in March 2018, before then fracturing his leg nine months later.

Gomez has paid tribute to the influence Klopp has had on his career Gomez has paid tribute to the influence Klopp has had on his career Gomez has paid tribute to the influence Klopp has had on his career

As a result, shorn of match fitness, the man many consider to be Virgil van Dijk's most suited centre-back partner missed the 2018 Champions League final, while also having to settle for a place on the bench when Liverpool won their sixth European Cup the following year.

"I remember getting the results in the doctor's office (after his ACL)," he said. "And as soon as I got the results he came in and spoke to me and just said, 'I'm here for you and I'll be waiting for you,' that sort of thing.

"Those words stuck with me throughout my whole rehab, which obviously was a tough one. I had my setbacks, but he was always communicating with me.

Gomez has endured his fair share of injuries while at Liverpool Gomez has endured his fair share of injuries while at Liverpool Gomez has endured his fair share of injuries while at Liverpool

"Then coming back - he himself had an ACL injury when he was playing and I think that helped him relate and understand what I was going through.

"And not just once I got back, but just the process and understanding that I myself was still young at the time and that even when I thought I was ready, I was not ready and he knew when I was ready.

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Prior to Liverpool's 4-0 loss at Man City, the Reds had not lost a Premier League game in which Gomez had started at centre-back

"He was massive for me and since then I have had numerous difficult injuries and he was always understanding and communicating with me.

"Thankfully I have had a longer period now where I have been able to get games under my belt and play consistently and I am thankful that he showed that patience in me, because throughout that time, you never know if you will get a chance again.

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"And he showed faith in me, so I will forever be in his debt for that."

Not that the Catford-born defender is complaining, especially as there really is 'no I in team' at Liverpool, a collective drive instilled in the players by Klopp and a major factor behind the club's record-breaking campaign.

"It speaks volumes that as a team and a collective on the pitch, there is obviously not enough space for everyone to play and sometimes the starting XI stays consistent," said Gomez.

"But if you went around the dressing room and asked everybody about the manager, we would all speak of him in such high regard.

Gomez and Van Dijk have formed a rock-solid partnership at the heart of Liverpool's defence Gomez and Van Dijk have formed a rock-solid partnership at the heart of Liverpool's defence Gomez and Van Dijk have formed a rock-solid partnership at the heart of Liverpool's defence

"As a group, it is a nice environment to be in and a nice group to play for and there are not really any egos in the dressing room. And I think that is a massive component to us being so tight this year."

Huge credit in Liverpool winning their first title in 30 years must go to their parsimonious defence, which has let in just 25 goals, while also keeping 15 clean sheets - both Premier League highs this season - and in particular to the partnership at its centre between Gomez and Van Dijk.

Liverpool’s Premier League record since the start of 2018-19 when Gomez and VVD have both started With both Gomez & Van Dijk starting Premier League since Aug 2018 Without both Gomez & Van Dijk starting 29 Games 42 25 Wins 34 3 Draws 6 1 Losses 2 59 Goals for 102 2 Avg. Goals For 2.4 14 Goals against 33 0.5 Avg. Goals Against 0.8 86.2% Win Ratio % 81% 78 Points 108 2.69 Points per game 2.57

The stats show that since the duo first started together against West Ham in August 2018, not only have Liverpool lost less Premier League games on average, but they have also conceded less.

So, what then is the key to their formidable partnership?

"Everyone knows how appreciative I am to be in a team with him, to learn from him and be his partner at times," Gomez explains. "It is massive for me and I am thankful he came to the club.

I genuinely go to him for advice. We have a good relationship, I consider him one of my closest friends in the team

Joe Gomez on his relationship with Virgil van Dijk

"He knows I have learned a great deal from him and we are good friends and that is the fundamental, the foundations of things, as well as the fact we get along, helps massively. And just communicating.

"Besides from that, as a unit and as a team, defensively we have grown. We can't take credit for some of those stats entirely, as a team we have definitely become more sound defensively and that is down to the gaffer and the coaching staff.

"But I enjoy massively playing with Virgil and I have learned a great deal from him and I continue to do so on a weekly basis, so I definitely know I'm blessed to be amongst top-quality defenders at the club and not just Virgil - Dejan (Lovren) and Joel (Matip), I've learned bits from each of them and a few of the other centre-backs over the years as well.

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"Massively [it helps having an off-pitch friendship] - I genuinely go to him for advice. We have a good relationship, we are close, I consider him one of my closest friends in the team. That helps, of course, but as a team the main thing is we go out as a collective and play for each other, the manager and the club."

Meanwhile, a now injury-free Gomez is on course to play his most amount of games ever in a league season, while his return to the starting line-up last December after injuries to Matip and Lovren saw Liverpool keep clean sheets in 10 of the next 11 games he started as they established an unassailable lead over Man City and won the Club World Cup for the first time.

Come the climax to this never-to-be-forgotten, triumphant campaign, Gomez - now the complete modern defender with his exceptional pace, ability to read the play and bring the ball out from defence - can sit back satisfied with his integral role in Liverpool Football Club finally being back on their perch.

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Live on Sky: Brighton vs Liverpool

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 16:20

Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Brighton vs Liverpool in the Premier League on Wednesday (kick-off 8.15pm).

Team news

Brighton boss Graham Potter has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the visit of Premier League champions Liverpool.

Long-term absentee Jose Izquierdo remains sidelined, while the club are regularly assessing the fitness of Steven Alzate, who had a minor groin procedure delayed during lockdown.

Alzate was said by Potter to be "struggling" in training earlier this week, so is unlikely to feature against the Reds.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is set to make changes for their third match in seven days.

Captain Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino were all rested for Sunday's laboured win over Aston Villa but made a crucial impact when coming off the bench.

Left-back Andy Robertson is due a rest but that could depend on whether stand-in James Milner has recovered from a minor problem which kept him out at the weekend.

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Charlie's prediction

Brighton are just about there. You look at the 27-point mark with Aston Villa and Bournemouth, and then Watford on 28. Brighton will be after one more win, but I would say one point could be enough unofficially.

Liverpool were poor against Villa. I understand it is hard to get motivated when the job is already done, and there is no crowd to inspire them either. They have just won their first Premier League ever and have been such heroes.

Do they think the records are important? I think Jurgen Klopp is tempted to play a few youngsters through the week. Some players look tired, like Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson who look knackered.

Mentally, it is the demands of everything that gets you there. Sometimes the crowd can carry you along, but I think they may make a few changes. Mohamed Salah looks out of sorts, but Roberto Firmino makes such a difference when he plays. I still think they will be good enough to take home the points if Klopp does make the changes.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-2 (15/2 with Sky Bet)

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  • Brighton have lost each of their last eight meetings with Liverpool in all competitions, including all five games in the Premier League.
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in all six of their top-flight away games against Brighton (W3 D3), with both teams finding the net in five of those six meetings.
  • Brighton have won two of their four Premier League games since the restart (D1 L1), as many as they had in their previous 18 (W2 D8 L8). The Seagulls are looking to pick up back-to-back wins in the competition for the first time since November.
  • Liverpool have won 29 of their 33 Premier League games this season - should they beat Brighton, they will have reached 30 wins in a season faster than any team in the history of English league football, with Man City holding the record in 2017-18 (35 games).
  • Brighton have lost all four of their previous Premier League matches against teams starting the day top of the table. Their last top-flight win over a side top of the table was back in December 1980, beating Aston Villa 1-0 with a goal from Michael Robinson.
  • Liverpool have failed to score in any of their last five away matches in all competitions (D1 L4) - they are without a goal in their last seven hours and 42 minutes away from home. Only once in their history have the Reds gone more away games without a goal (8 games in April 1992 under Graeme Souness).
  • Brighton have scored 35 Premier League goals this season, equalling their tally from last season with five games remaining. It is one more than they scored in their first season in the competition in 2017-18 (34).
  • At the start of this matchday, Brighton are nine points clear of the relegation zone. It is the furthest ahead of the relegation zone the Seagulls have been all season, and the furthest since January 12th 2019, when they were 10 points ahead of 18th position.
  • Liverpool's Sadio Mane has scored against 28 of the 30 opponents he faced in the Premier League, failing only against Middlesbrough (one game) and Brighton, who he has faced four times and had eight shots against without finding the net.
  • Since the start of the 2017-18 season, Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in 127 goals in 147 appearances in all competitions (92 goals, 35 assists), 22 more than any other Premier League player in that time.

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Tue, 07/07/2020 - 10:56

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Klopp: A team full of Scousers... why not?

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 07:37
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1:49 Jurgen Klopp thinks Liverpool's first team could one day consist purely of Scousers from the academy Jurgen Klopp thinks Liverpool's first team could one day consist purely of Scousers from the academy

Jurgen Klopp is hopeful Liverpool will be able to field "a team full of Scousers" within the next decade after seeing Trent Alexander-Arnold and Curtis Jones graduate from the academy.

Jones, 19, committed his long-term future to his boyhood club by a signing a new deal on Saturday, before scoring his first Premier League goal the following day in a 2-0 win over Aston Villa.

Klopp believes there is enough local talent to eventually fill a full senior team and says he will continue to give opportunities to younger players from all backgrounds.

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"Here we will always try to use them as often as possible because the dream is to have all boys [in a team]," said Klopp at his pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday's trip to Brighton, live on Sky Sports.

"It will not happen in the next five years but maybe 10 years, it would be great to have a team full of Scousers, why not?

"It is not a bad thing to be a Scouser, it is a good thing. They are hardworking, it is clear that they will fight like crazy... the characteristics of a Scouser.

Liverpool-born Curtis Jones signed a new long-term deal with the club earlier this month Liverpool-born Curtis Jones signed a new long-term deal with the club earlier this month Liverpool-born Curtis Jones signed a new long-term deal with the club earlier this month

"But the door is always open for all the other boys who want to play good football. Liverpool is a very open-minded club."

Liverpool have also moved to secure the future of London-born Harvey Elliott, signing the 17-year-old to his first professional deal on Monday.

Elliott, who joined Liverpool from Fulham last summer, has made eight senior appearances for Liverpool this season, including two in the Premier League.

Klopp believes he already has the next generation of talent lined up and has been impressed with the maturity of his younger players.

"We have a good team, which already has a good age group, but the future is already prepared with a few really, really good footballers," he added.

0:41 Klopp says he has the next generation of talent already lined up at Anfield Klopp says he has the next generation of talent already lined up at Anfield

"I am really happy that the boys see it the same way. For young players, the biggest plus they have is time but when they lose patience, things can go not exactly like they should go.

"Our boys want to play, want to be involved and see everything in training. They are really close but not losing patience that they are not playing 90 minutes every three days, or something like that.

"We try to help them as much possible to become the best player they can be. That's what we do with all the players but with the younger players, the responsibility is obviously bigger on our side.

"That is why I really like how these boys have committed 100 per cent to that way. It is a wonderful sign for all of us that the next few are already lined up."

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Liverpool need 12 points from their remaining five games to set a new Premier League record of 101 points in a season.

The Reds continue their campaign away at Brighton on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports, and Klopp has been impressed with Graham Potter, who looks to set to guide the Seagulls to safety in his first full season in charge.

"It is the biggest challenge as a football manager, to implement your ideas while you have to produce results," said Klopp.

"Nobody waits nowadays for the results, everyone wants to see them immediately. I have a lot of respect for what Graham is doing there."

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Elliott signs pro contract with Liverpool

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 15:37
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Elliott's deal is "brilliant news"

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Harvey Elliott joined Liverpool from Fulham in the summer of 2019 Harvey Elliott joined Liverpool from Fulham in the summer of 2019 Harvey Elliott joined Liverpool from Fulham in the summer of 2019

Harvey Elliott has signed his first professional contract with Liverpool.

Elliott, who joined Liverpool from Fulham last summer, has been eligible to sign a professional deal since turning 17 in April.

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The club did not confirm the length of the contract signed by Elliott, who can play on the wing or as a forward.

The England youth international has made eight senior appearances for Liverpool this season, including two outings during Jurgen Klopp's side's Premier League-winning campaign.

Elliott helped a young Liverpool team record notable victories in the domestic cup competitions this season Elliott helped a young Liverpool team record notable victories in the domestic cup competitions this season Elliott helped a young Liverpool team record notable victories in the domestic cup competitions this season

"I think since the first day I've walked in, it's been an indescribable journey so far," Elliott told the club's website.

"I think now to top it off with my first professional contract is a dream come true for me and my family. I'm excited to see what the future holds and I'm just excited to give everything to the club and the fans."

The majority of Elliott's appearances during his debut campaign with the club have come in domestic cup competitions. He started three games each in the FA Cup and EFL Cup, featuring in a young side that recorded notable victories over vastly more experienced Arsenal and Everton teams.

Elliott previously became the youngest player to feature in the Premier League when he made his debut for Fulham last season, aged just 16 years and 30 days.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Harvey Elliott's contract extension is 'brilliant news' for the club Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Harvey Elliott's contract extension is 'brilliant news' for the club Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Harvey Elliott's contract extension is 'brilliant news' for the club

"Brilliant news - really happy," Klopp told the club website.

"Harvey is such an exciting prospect. We all know his qualities - we have seen them this season in the first team and U23s.

"I love his attitude - love his enthusiasm - love his bravery - love the fact he has the right amount of football confidence and cheekiness.

"What is critical - so important - is that he is given time and space to develop. He will get that from us. He needs to be allowed to make mistakes while he learns and not feel more pressure than is right and fair.

"What is great is that he has the perfect culture here and we will protect him. The senior players and the coaches really care about him and are as excited as I am about his future. So, we will all be part of his story as it unfolds."

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Souness: Why not play Trent in midfield?

Sun, 07/05/2020 - 19:24
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Could Trent Alexander-Arnold thrive in midfield? Could Trent Alexander-Arnold thrive in midfield? Could Trent Alexander-Arnold thrive in midfield?

Trent Alexander-Arnold's future at Liverpool may lie in central midfield, according to Graeme Souness.

The right-back, who has provided 12 assists for the Premier League champions this season, stepped into midfield and picked out Naby Keita in the build-up to Sadio Mane's opener in Sunday's 2-0 win over Aston Villa.

It was just the latest example of the 21-year-old's ball-playing prowess, and while Souness feels Jurgen Klopp may be reluctant to move him away from the right-back spot immediately, the Sky Sports pundit believes Alexander-Arnold could slot into midfield in future.

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"I think the boy could play anywhere in midfield," Souness said on Sky Sports. "He started out as a central midfield player and then saw an opening at right-back.

"You would be reluctant to take him away from where he is because a large part of Liverpool's attacking play comes from him and [Andrew] Robertson. They have high energy levels, and when they get into the last third, they can deliver.

"Looking at it now, you've just won the league, you are the current European and world champions, so if it ain't broken, why try to fix it?

"But the modern defender today, at the top clubs, has to be able to take the ball and play and deliver in the final third, so why not?"

Heskey: Midfield is Trent's natural position

Emile Heskey, meanwhile, believes Alexander-Arnold's experience of playing as a midfielder in Liverpool's academy has served him well at right-back and means he would have little trouble adapting to midfield at senior level.

"If you were to ask him, he would be more than happy to play in midfield because that is, I would say, his natural position," the former Liverpool striker said on Sky Sports.

"He gets more space in the wide areas and then you see the passing range that he has. But that passing range has obviously been built up over the years playing in central midfield.

"His decision-making probably comes from having less time when he was in central midfield. He's had to be aware of what's going on around him."

"It's a different game in there," added Souness. "You are dodging bullets and elbows are up.

"If he's full-back, he knows nothing is coming [to his right] when he receives the ball.

"Full-back is a very different position and you get plenty of time there to have your first touch, get it out of your feet and get your head up.

"But he's as good as anyone when he gets a chance to deliver."

Alexander-Arnold's creativity in stats Trent Alexander-Arnold's creativity in numbers Trent Alexander-Arnold's creativity in numbers Trent Alexander-Arnold's creativity in numbers

There is certainly plenty of evidence to suggest Alexander-Arnold has the qualities to thrive in central midfield.

The passage of play leading to Mane's opening goal at Anfield on Sunday was not the first occasion that he is drifted inside from the right flank and the statistics underline his creativity.

His total of 12 assists this season is second only to Kevin de Bruyne in the Premier League, while he ranks third behind the Belgian and Aston Villa's Jack Grealish for chances created (79).

Alexander-Arnold ranks second for expected assists, which measures the quality of chances created, and he's in the same place for what Opta define as 'big' chances created. No player in the Premier League has made more passes into the opposition box.

The numbers are all the more impressive when you consider his position and underline a level of technique and vision far beyond most central midfielders.

For Klopp, they also provide food for thought on how Alexander-Arnold could be used in the future.

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Mane, Jones see off stubborn Villa

Sun, 07/05/2020 - 18:43

Sadio Mane and Curtis Jones kept up below-par Liverpool's perfect home record in their 2-0 win over struggling Aston Villa.

In their first home game since being crowned Premier League champions 10 days ago, Liverpool were fortunate to edge past their relegation-threatened visitors, who had the better of the few chances at Anfield.

However, Mane, so often Liverpool's saviour in times of need, was picked out by Naby Keita's precision pass inside the box 19 minutes from time to rifle an effort in off the crossbar and beat former Reds goalkeeper Pepe Reina.

And when substitute Jones, who signed a new long-term deal at Anfield earlier this week, doubled the lead with a placed finish late on, that confirmed Liverpool would move within two matches of becoming the first team to win every home game in a Premier League season.

Player ratings

Liverpool: Alisson (7), Alexander-Arnold (6), Gomez (7), Van Dijk (7), Robertson (6), Keita (7), Fabinho (7), Oxlade-Chamberlain (5), Mane (7), Origi (5), Salah (6).

Subs: Firmino (7), Henderson (7), Wijnaldum (6), Jones (7), Williams (n/a).

Aston Villa: Reina (7), Konsa (7), Hause (6), Mings (7), Taylor (6), McGinn (6), Luiz (7), Grealish (7), El Ghazi (6), Davis (5), Trezeguet (6).

Subs: Samatta (5), Jota (6), Vassilev (n/a).

Man of the match: Sadio Mane

Villa could have led by the time Mane struck the opener with chances falling for Anwar El Ghazi and Douglas Luiz in either half but failed to sufficiently test Alisson, as the visitors remained a point adrift of safety inside the relegation.

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Aston Villa's guard of honour to welcome Liverpool onto the pitch at Anfield would have been a good reminder for Jurgen Klopp's team of the season they have enjoyed after a difficult defeat at Manchester City on Thursday night.

But any hope of a response from their humbling at the Etihad was premature, as became rapidly evident during a dour opening period where Villa - coming into the game on a run of only two points from their previous eight - shaded the half.

More on this story Naby Keita and Douglas Luiz battle for possession Image: Naby Keita registered his third assist of the season to set up Mane's opener

Douglas Luiz stung the palms of Alisson with a well-struck volley in one of few moments of note before the interval, as Liverpool floundered against an increasingly resolute Villa defence, with their ample possession wasted by a lack of intensity with the ball.

Surely the champions would see an improvement after the break. Not immediately. Jack Grealish fed El Ghazi to fire at Alisson's near post from a tight angle, but with an hour gone and Jurgen Klopp clearly unimpressed with what he had witnessed, a triple change reinvigorated the hosts.

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Liverpool made three changes from the defeat by Manchester City, with Divock Origi getting a rare start in place of Roberto Firmino in attack.

Aston Villa restored Pepe Reina in goal for his first return to Anfield since leaving in 2014, as one of five changes.

With that in mind, you could feel the tide turning by the time Keita looked up inside the Villa box 11 minutes later to pick out Mane on the right, and after escaping the clutches of Neil Taylor he fired home the opener via the woodwork.

And with the hosts now looking more assured, youngster Jones wrapped up victory with a smart eight-yard finish from Mohamed Salah's knockdown.

Grealish could have given Villa the goal their performance deserved in injury time but was denied by a superb Alisson save, leaving the champions' copybook unblotted as they kept up their assault on Manchester City's 100-point record tally from 2018, which four wins from their final five games will be enough to beat.

What the managers said...

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "It was a very difficult game, for different reasons. Aston Villa were well-organised and made it really tricky for us. We made three changes in decisive areas, which was important I think from a physical point of view.

preview image 4:26 Jurgen Klopp said it was a tough game against Aston Villa but he was happy with his Liverpool side's performance

"I think there were two situations which could or should have been penalties, we are where we are because we win the difficult games, and that happened again tonight."

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith: "I'm disappointed and I don't want to be a valiant loser because we're scrapping for points at the moment and running out of games. The game plan was excellent, to outshoot Liverpool at home, the champions at Anfield, in terms of efforts on goal is excellent but we've got find better quality in the final third.

preview image 2:22 Aston Villa manager Dean Smith said they will take a lot of positives from their despite defeat to Livepool at Anfield in the Premier League

"Our counter-attacking opportunities were brilliant and we never found that final quality, a bit like what they showed in the final third with their goals."

Man of the match - Sadio Mane

Yet again, Mane delivered when it mattered for Liverpool with the goal to break the deadlock. It was a fine piece of build-up, with a tempo which had been sorely lacking earlier in the game, to find the Senegalese forward but once the ball did reach him, he finished with typical aplomb.

"28 years old, fantastic attitude, he's a warrior, it'd be faster to tell you what he hasn't got - and I can't think of anything," Graeme Souness told Sky Sports after full-time. "He's aggressive with his attitude, he won't be bullied."

Mane's 16th league goal of the season means he has now scored at least 20 in all competitions for Liverpool for three successive seasons.

Opta facts
  • Liverpool have now won each of their last 34 Premier League matches when scoring the first goal of the game, since a 1-1 draw with West Ham in February 2019.
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 57 Premier League home games (W47 D10), winning each of the last 24 in a row.
  • Aston Villa are without a victory in nine Premier League games (D2 L7), the longest current winless run in the competition.
  • Curtis Jones (19 years, 157 days) is the youngest Liverpool player to score a Premier League goal since Trent Alexander-Arnold (19 years, 80 days) versus Swansea in December 2017.
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Jones agrees new long-term Liverpool deal

Sat, 07/04/2020 - 14:03

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Liverpool youngster Curtis Jones has signed a new long-term contract, the Premier League champions have announced.

The 19-year-old midfielder, regarded as one of the club's best academy prospects, has made eight first-team appearances this season, scoring two goals.

Both of his strikes came in the FA Cup, including a memorable winner against Everton in January.

Jones told the club's official website: "For me, as everyone knows, it's massive. It's my boyhood club and it's the whole of my family's club as well, so for me it's huge.

"I think the environment and stuff is all positive and keeps me as positive as I can. Of course, we're working with a great manager and around the best team in the world, so for me it was easy and [I'm] extremely proud."

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Klopp: If PL don't give everyone a medal - I will

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 22:35
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is prepared to make Premier League winners' medals himself in order for the whole squad to share in the achievement.

The return of the top-flight title to Anfield is a historic moment, coming 30 years after their last one, and the Reds boss is determined no-one should miss out.

Rules state Liverpool will receive 40 medals from the Premier League with the only stipulation being that every player who has featured in five matches must receive one.

There are currently 21 players who are guaranteed to be on that list with youngsters Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones and Neco Williams (all two appearances) next in line.

Who receives the rest of the medals is at the club's discretion but with a significant backroom staff Klopp wants everyone to be able to share the prize, including the likes of fourth-choice goalkeeper Andy Lonergan who has been an unused substitute for UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup, EFL Cup matches and one Premier League game.

"If people don't understand how important the squad is to win the championship then I can't help them to be honest," said the German.

"If you have zero games you should win a medal, if you are part of the squad you should get a medal.

1:16 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his team will need to get used to playing as Premier League champions. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his team will need to get used to playing as Premier League champions.

"If you are the second goalie and you have less games you should have a medal, because you train five million times over a year and if you don't (all) train at the highest level then you have no chance to win the championship (as a squad).

"These boys will get a medal 100 per cent - I will produce it myself, eh? One hundred per cent they can have my medal.

"They deserve a medal and they will get a medal, if not from the Premier League then me."

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Klopp: Young players must earn chance

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 13:13
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Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool's young players must earn their opportunity Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool's young players must earn their opportunity Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool's young players must earn their opportunity

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he will not be handing out Premier League appearances "like Christmas presents", despite the title having been secured.

In Liverpool's last two matches, 17-year-old Harvey Elliott, and Neco Williams and Curtis Jones, both 19, have all been included in the matchday squad and while Elliott and Williams (twice) have come off the bench, the Reds boss said it was not a charitable decision.

"I don't think these kinds of questions will be asked to Frank Lampard or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer," said Klopp.

"We are champions and we now should bring in the young boys, give them a chance, let's have a look. And when we lose a game, everyone is telling us we've lost focus.

3:59 Klopp insisted his team's attitude was not the reason for their 4-0 defeat to Manchester City Klopp insisted his team's attitude was not the reason for their 4-0 defeat to Manchester City

"We want to win football games but to do that, the best players need to be on the pitch. If the young players are part of that, then they will be on the pitch.

"They are so close, they are really good and are our future. But they will not play now because I want to see them in the Premier League.

"We do not give Premier League games as Christmas presents. We cannot do that."

2:59 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester City's 4-0 win against Liverpool in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester City's 4-0 win against Liverpool in the Premier League

A week after being crowned Premier League champions, Liverpool were brought crashing down to earth by Manchester City, who dished out a 4-0 thrashing to Klopp's side at the Etihad Stadium.

It was only the Reds' second league defeat of the season and Klopp says his players learned a heavy lesson.

"We didn't lose a lot of games in the last two-and-a-half years," said the German. "But we have lost, and so far we've always used that for the next games.

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"If you think about things we didn't do well, in this department we have to show a reaction. That doesn't mean changing everything, it means being spot on in these moments. You cannot switch off.

"As an example, Joe (Gomez) was on his own in the challenge with Raheem Sterling but he should have shouted at everybody around him. The other players maybe didn't look at him in that moment. These are the situations we have to change.

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"Hendo (Jordan Henderson) could have been there, usually Fabinho should have been there but he pushed up.

"If we want to achieve something special, the only way to do that is by being 100 per cent in that specific game, which means in all the specific situations.

"Do we have to lose 4-0 to learn that? I'm not sure, but it can help. It makes the point absolutely clear."

Sadio Mane scored a late winner at Villa Park last November Sadio Mane scored a late winner at Villa Park last November Sadio Mane scored a late winner at Villa Park last November

Klopp and Liverpool will attempt to return to winning ways on Sunday against Aston Villa, live on Sky Sports Premier League.

The Reds produced a stunning late smash-and-grab at Villa Park last November, Andrew Robertson equalising with three minutes remaining before Sadio Mane's 94th-minute strike snatched a 2-1 victory.

"That was a special game," said Klopp, whose side have won all 16 of their Premier League games at Anfield this season. "People will be speaking about it in 10 years, that it was one of the key moments of the season.

"I remember exactly how they scored the goal, our goals and other parts of the game, which doesn't always happen. It was a very important one for us.

1:23 Aston Villa manager Dean Smith says his players still feel confident they can avoid relegation despite a poor run of recent results Aston Villa manager Dean Smith says his players still feel confident they can avoid relegation despite a poor run of recent results

"Villa was not in a bad moment at that time. Since then, a lot of things changed. Can we use this game for our preparation? Not really but in general it was a really important game.

"Since then, Aston Villa changed their system twice. They played a back five and in the last game, they played a diamond, bringing Jack Grealish into his best position. We don't know how they will line up against us.

"Some people say rhythm is better than a break. If it was an advantage for City last night, it should be an advantage for us against Aston Villa. They had a week off while we played on Thursday.

"We have to give Villa a proper fight. In possession, they make the pitch big, play diagonal balls, use their speed. They are good.

"But usually in games against top-six teams, they don't have 50-60 per cent of the ball, it's more like between 25 and 35.

"But it's not about that, it's about what they're doing in the moments where they have the ball, and us needing to have solutions for that."

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Stunning City hit four past tepid Liverpool

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 22:00

Premier League champions Liverpool were brought back down to earth as they were thrashed 4-0 by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

City showed respect to the title winners with a guard of honour before kick-off, but it was strictly back to business soon enough as Kevin De Bruyne's penalty put the hosts ahead after Joe Gomez had hauled down Raheem Sterling (25).

Sterling then turned scorer, slotting into the corner from 10 yards after Phil Foden's pass (35), and then Foden got in on the act, rounding off a fine move following a one-two with De Bruyne (45).

Sterling had a say in the fourth as his shot was inadvertently turned home by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for an own goal (66), meaning Liverpool were 4-0 down in a Premier League game for the first time since their 5-0 defeat in this fixture in September 2017.

Phil Foden scored City's third Image: Phil Foden scored City's third at the Etihad

In truth, it could have been an even bigger margin as City, looking to defend their record points haul of 100 from 2017/18, kept Liverpool firmly on 86, with just six games and 18 points left up for grabs. The result leaves the gap between the sides at 20 points.

Player ratings

Man City: Ederson (8), Walker (6), Laporte (6), Garcia (6), Mendy (7), Gundogan (7), Rodri (7), Foden (8), De Bruyne (9), Sterling (9), Jesus (6)

Subs: Mahrez (7), Cancelo (6), Bernardo (NA), Otamendi (NA)

Liverpool: Alisson (6), Alexander-Arnold (5), Van Dijk (6), Gomez (3), Robertson (3), Wijnaldum (5), Fabinho (6), Henderson (5), Mane (5), Salah (6), Firmino (4)

Subs: Oxlade-Chamberlain (6), Origi (NA), Keita (NA), Williams (NA)

Man of the match: Kevin De Bruyne

How super City showed Liverpool no respect

As is customary in the first game after securing the title, Liverpool were given a guard of honour upon entering the pitch at the Etihad, and in case City needed another reminder who the newly-crowned champions of England were, fireworks were heard outside the ground early on in the game.

Manchester City players form a guard of honour for the Liverpool players as they make their way onto the pitch after capturing the league title last week, ahead of the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, 0:31 Champions Liverpool were given a guard of honour by Manchester City ahead of their game at the Etihad.

On the pitch, Liverpool had the better of the chances in the opening stages, helped by City's high defensive line. A simple direct ball met Mohamed Salah, whose drive was beaten away by Ederson, before the Brazilian got up to stop Roberto Firmino's rebound.

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Salah went even closer shortly after, hitting the foot of the post with a low effort from 15 yards after cutting in from the right, but City took the lead midway through the half and never looked back.

Raheem Sterling scored against his old club to double City's advantage Image: Raheem Sterling scored against his old club to double City's advantage

Receiving the ball in the box, the brilliant Sterling rolled Gomez, and the defender's persistence with the arm was deemed unfair as Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot. De Bruyne stepped up and made no mistake for his fourth goal in five games since the restart.

The game was open and frenetic in the first half, but City were the more clinical. Former Liverpool man Sterling doubled their lead as City countered; Foden burst into the box and spread for Sterling on the left, and the forward's first touch was superb, gaining a yard on Gomez before sticking through his legs and into the bottom left corner.

City were putting the pain of losing the title race firmly behind them with each attack, and Foden turned scorer just before half-time, receiving De Bruyne's sumptuous touch from a one-two, and lifting into the roof of the net past Alisson.

Kevin De Bruyne takes on the Liverpool defence Image: Kevin De Bruyne was dominant yet again for City

"People keep saying Foden is one for the future, but he is one for the present," said Sky Sports' Micah Richards, and the 20-year-old should have had a second, but his effort was cleared off the line by Virgil van Dijk after the break.

Liverpool's defence were all over the place - "They are entitled to a night off," said Sky Sports' Gary Neville - as City formed wave after wave of attack, but it was getting embarrassing as City made it 4-0 midway through the second half.

Team news
  • Phil Foden and Eric Garcia came back in for City following 2-1 defeat at Chelsea
  • Gabriel Jesus also came in as Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo and Fernandinho (suspended) dropped out
  • Liverpool unchanged from 4-0 win over Crystal Palace

De Bruyne fed Sterling, whose low shot was heading wide, but it deflected off sub Oxlade-Chamberlain and over the line. It could have been five in stoppage time as Riyad Mahrez found the near post from Foden's through ball, the VAR spotted a handball from Foden in the build-up.

Fireworks were heard again late on, perhaps this time for next season's challengers, and with some City fans billing this as the first game of a new title charge, on that showing the chasm won't be as large as Liverpool are enjoying this term.

What the managers said...

Man City boss Pep Guardiola: "We beat the champions, an extraordinary team. We are brave to play, they are brave to play. My team I like every single game. We tried to play football, take risks. The best team I have ever faced in my life at high pressing.

preview image 3:05 Pep Guardiola speaks with Sky Sports after City's thumping win

"We had the courage to play in the small spaces. It is important. I saw the guard of honour, how they work inside, how focused they were. They didn't even say thank you because they were focused.

"They drank a lot of beers this week but they arrived here with no beers in their blood which is why I give us a lot of credit."

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: "I like my team how they set up. I think we proved that point. And City proved they are an unbelievably good team. Isn't it nice that another team can be champions even when City is around and plays this kind of football?

preview image 3:59 Jurgen Klopp was defensive of his Liverpool side after the game

"City are incredible. I've seen their games - they haven't played a bad game all season. Even when they lost they still played really good football. But in the end the situation is like it is.

"I saw a brilliant attitude. I saw fight. We didn't behave like somebody who became champions a week ago. We lacked fluidity. And in some 50-50 situations they were quicker than us."

City's rout in stats
  • Liverpool's two heaviest Premier League defeats under Jurgen Klopp have both been at the Etihad Stadium against Manchester City (4-0 tonight, 5-0 in September 2017).
  • Manchester City have won their last four home Premier League matches by an aggregate score of 14-0.
  • Liverpool have failed to score in five consecutive away games in all competitions for the first time since April 1992, when they went eight on the road without a goal.
  • This was the joint-heaviest defeat by a side already crowned Premier League champions in a season, with Arsenal losing 4-0 away at Liverpool in 1997-98, which was also the game after they won the title.
  • Jurgen Klopp found himself three goals behind at half-time in a league match for the first time since May 2007 when he was 1. FSV Mainz 05 manager against Bayern Munich (also 3-0 down at half-time).
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Live on Sky: Liverpool vs Aston Villa

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 14:10

Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Liverpool vs Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday (kick-off 4.30pm).

Team news

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren remains a doubt for Sunday's visit of Aston Villa after missing Thursday's defeat to Manchester City with a knock.

With Joel Matip ruled out for the remainder of the season with a foot injury it currently leaves manager Jurgen Klopp with just two fit centre-backs in Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez.

Midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri remains absent, having not played since January.

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Matt Targett is out for Aston Villa after picking up a hamstring injury in last week's 1-0 home defeat to Wolves.

Ezri Konsa is battling a foot injury after suffering a knock against Wolves and has not trained this week ahead of the trip to Anfield, although boss Dean Smith is hopeful he will recover in time.

Tom Heaton and Wesley (both knee) remain out and Borja Baston has left the club after his short-term contract expired with Villa opting not to extend the striker's deal.

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preview image 2:19 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Wolverhampton Wanderers' win against Aston Villa in the Premier League Charlie's prediction

I am sorry, Aston Villa, but this seems to be the worst thing that could have happened to them with Liverpool getting thumped at City. Lots of people predicted what would happen. It was not their attitude, but had they been celebrating a bit too much?!

I did not think they were that bad. Mohamed Salah hit the post and they made chances. Everything the full-backs tried they could not execute, and sadly it was against the one team who can make you look foolish. Welcome to being champions!

Jurgen Klopp's side will be angry, upset, and will have a point to prove. Do Villa park the bus? Do they sit in? Do they get Jack Grealish on the ball? What have they got up front or in the wide areas?

That would be the thoughtful plan, to counter-attack and get some midfield runners alongside the attackers once more. John McGinn is still trying to get fit and find his feet since returning to action. Dean Smith will go to a back five, flood the midfield and put Grealish close to the frontman. They will feed off scraps, but Liverpool will win comfortably.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 3-0 (17/2 with Sky Bet)

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  • Liverpool have won their last four Premier League meetings with Aston Villa, by an aggregate score of 13-3.
  • Aston Villa have only lost one of their last five Premier League away games against Liverpool (W2 D2), though it was in their last such visit in September 2015 (2-3).
  • Five of Aston Villa's last six Premier League wins against Liverpool have been at Anfield, in a run stretching back to April 1999.
  • Liverpool versus Aston Villa has seen more away wins than any other fixture in Premier League history (20 - 14 for Liverpool, 6 for Aston Villa).
  • Aston Villa have lost 13 of their last 15 away Premier League games against the side starting the day top of the table (D2), since beating Leeds 2-1 in January 2000.
  • This will be Liverpool's first home league match since being confirmed Premier League champions for the first time - the Reds are unbeaten in 56 home league games, winning the last 23 in a row.

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Thu, 07/02/2020 - 14:03

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Klopp: Man City will have point to prove

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 07:00
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0:34 Jurgen Klopp says Manchester City will want to prove a point when they face Liverpool on Thursday Jurgen Klopp says Manchester City will want to prove a point when they face Liverpool on Thursday

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Manchester City and Pep Guardiola will have a point to prove when the two teams meet at the Etihad on Thursday, live on Sky Sports.

Klopp's side claimed the Premier League title last Thursday with seven games still remaining in the season after defending champions City lost at Chelsea.

The Reds could break a number of Premier League records between now and the end of the season, including the highest ever points total of 100 - set by City in the 2017-18 campaign.

When asked if Guardiola's side will be out to make a point at the Etihad, Klopp told Sky Sports News: "Yes, I probably would if it was the other way round!

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"I think we had a similar situation a year or two ago when we beat City 4-3 and they were unbeaten until then.

"I don't think I mentioned for one second that we could have been first but we wanted to win that desperately, just to make sure even when they were 20 something points ahead we can still give them a proper game.

"I don't need a proper game to know that City can do that. I know that before but it will be difficult for both teams. It is a good game."

3:17 Klopp insists his Liverpool side will take a positive approach to next season, and won't just try to defend to their title Klopp insists his Liverpool side will take a positive approach to next season, and won't just try to defend to their title 'Man Utd and Chelsea coming up'

Despite Liverpool and City's recent domination of the Premier League, Klopp is adamant the two sides will face a greater challenge from Manchester United and Chelsea next season.

United have shown impressive form since the season restarted, with January signing Bruno Fernandes, and Paul Pogba forming an impressive midfield partnership. Chelsea have sealed the signings of winger Hakim Ziyech from Ajax and forward Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, with the duo set to add major quality to Frank Lampard's squad next season.

Klopp insisted that Thursday's result would not matter as a marker for next season as both clubs will be facing challenges from elsewhere.

"Whatever people say, it will not be important for next season because for sure we both have to be ready," Klopp said.

"We see United coming up. People thought they had no chance but we see with one or two players how good they are and how good they can be, and for sure they will not be worse next season, and now there is Chelsea as well.

"It will not be about City and us. For the last two years pretty much the top of the table was City and us, and City for four or five years before that."

'I would never compare myself to Dalglish and Shankly'

Klopp is only the third Liverpool manager after Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan to win both the European Cup and league title at Anfield - a feat not achieved by club legends Bill Shankly and Kenny Dalglish.

"I'm rather surprised to be honest," admitted Klopp. "The reasons why Kenny [didn't win] I know, but with Bill I don't know exactly why he couldn't win it.

"But it is not important. I would never compare myself with them. Nobody should do that actually. It was different times, building a club and carrying a club.

0:33 The German welcomes Manchester City's decision to give his Premier League-winning team a guard of honour The German welcomes Manchester City's decision to give his Premier League-winning team a guard of honour

"It is a big achievement, I know that. I know how we did it, pretty much because of all of the hard work people put in here at Melwood and the passion that people showed for this club.

"It's never easy, it was not easy this time but it makes it much more valuable, worthy and emotional."

'Henderson could write a book'

Jordan Henderson has joined Emlyn Hughes, Phil Thompson and Graeme Souness as the only men to have won both major honours as Liverpool captain and Klopp is delighted the midfielder is finally receiving recognition after a difficult start to his career at Anfield.

"I couldn't be more happy for him to be honest," said Klopp.

Klopp is pleased Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has proved his critics wrong Klopp is pleased Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has proved his critics wrong Klopp is pleased Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has proved his critics wrong

"If we speak about people carrying expectation around with them, Hendo could and should probably write a book about it and how it deals with that because it was massive when I came in here.

"I felt it pretty early, that it is really difficult to do his job. How people saw him as a player… thank God we all knew what kind of player he really is and together we could make that obvious.

"Now he is probably in the best place ever, in a good shape of course. Not only at the moment but this is of course the big one.

"I can't wait for him to be sitting in a TV studio two or three years after his career has finished, talking about Trent Alexander-Arnold and the other guys and telling them what is right and wrong!

"That will be good fun for sure."

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