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Team news and stats ahead of Shrewsbury vs Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday (kick-off 5pm).

Team news

Shrewsbury boss Sam Ricketts has a full squad to pick from for Sunday's FA Cup glamour tie against world-and-European champions Liverpool.

Ricketts must decide whether to give either of his January signings a debut in the televised fixture.

1:20 Highlights of the Sky Bet League One match between Fleetwood and Shrewsbury Highlights of the Sky Bet League One match between Fleetwood and Shrewsbury

Blackburn defender Sam Hart, who has joined on loan for the rest of the season, was an unused substitute for Saturday's 2-2 draw at Fleetwood.

On Monday, Ricketts brought in ex-Bolton midfielder Josh Vela on a two-and-a-half year deal after he was released by Hibernian.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is awaiting news of a scan on Sadio Mane's hamstring injury. The Senegal international limped off 33 minutes into Thursday's 2-1 win at Wolves.

1:38 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists nothing has been decided in the Premier League title race Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists nothing has been decided in the Premier League title race

Asked if there was any news, the Reds manager said: "No. I think in this moment he is having a scan. He didn't call me out of the scan."

Klopp made a number of changes for his side's 1-0 win over rivals Everton in the third round and will field another weakened team at New Meadow this weekend.

James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri will not be available but fellow midfielder Naby Keita could return after a groin injury which has sidelined him since the end of December.

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  • Shrewsbury Town and Liverpool have only faced once previously, an FA Cup fourth round tie back in February 1996 - the Reds won 4-0 at Gay Meadow on their way to reaching the final that season.
  • Shrewsbury have been eliminated from the FA Cup by Premier League opponents in three of their last four seasons, losing to Man Utd in 2015-16, West Ham in 2017-18 and Wolves in 2018-19.
  • In the Premier League era, Liverpool have progressed from 15 of their 17 FA Cup ties against sides from outside the top two-tiers of English football, going out against Bolton Wanderers in 1992-93 and Oldham Athletic in 2012-13.
  • Liverpool are looking to reach the FA Cup fifth round for the first time since 2014-15, when they reached the semi-final.
  • Shrewsbury Town have lost just one of their last 17 home FA Cup matches (W10 D6), a 0-3 defeat against Manchester United in February 2016.
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Merseyside, Manchester derbies live on Sky Sports

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Last Updated: 24/01/20 2:08pm

Sky Sports has confirmed its latest batch of live Premier League games, with big Merseyside and Manchester derbies on the March schedule.

Liverpool's charge towards a first league title in 30 years will continue in front of the Sky Sports cameras, with Jurgen Klopp's side making the short trip to Everton for a Monday Night Football showdown on March 16, before hosting Crystal Palace the following weekend.

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The latest selection of Sky Sports fixtures also includes the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on Sunday, March 8, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's stuttering side seek the boost of a league double against Manchester City.

Chelsea and Leicester both tackle Aston Villa in televised clashes as the battle for the top four - and fight to avoid the drop - heats up, while Wolves travel to West Ham (Sunday, March 15) looking to keep up the chase for European football and Arsenal visit Southampton (Sunday, March 22) hoping to push themselves into the picture.

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will play host to two tantalising live fixtures during the month as West Ham visit in a London derby (Friday, March 20), after Jose Mourinho takes on former side Manchester United in north London (Sunday March 15).

Jose Mourinho will take on old employers Man Utd in front of the Sky Sports cameras in March Jose Mourinho will take on old employers Man Utd in front of the Sky Sports cameras in March Jose Mourinho will take on old employers Man Utd in front of the Sky Sports cameras in March Latest confirmed Premier League games live on Sky

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Sat March 14: Aston Villa vs Chelsea (5.30pm)

Sun March 15: West Ham vs Wolves (2pm)

Sun March 15: Tottenham vs Man Utd (4.30pm)

Mon March 16: Everton vs Liverpool (8pm)

Fri March 20: Tottenham vs West Ham (8pm)*

Sat March 21: Liverpool vs Crystal Palace (5.30pm)*

Sun March 22: Leicester vs Brighton (2pm)*

Sun March 22: Southampton vs Arsenal (4.30pm)*

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Klopp laughs off 'Inevitables' tag

10 hours 54 min ago
By Rory O'Callaghan

Last Updated: 24/01/20 2:42pm

1:38 Jurgen Klopp insists nothing is decided in the Premier League title race despite Liverpool's 16-point lead Jurgen Klopp insists nothing is decided in the Premier League title race despite Liverpool's 16-point lead

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has laughed off suggestions the Premier League title race is finished and insists nothing "is decided, before it's decided".

The runaway Premier League leaders moved 16 points clear of their nearest rivals Manchester City after a 2-1 win over Wolves on Thursday night.

Victory at Molineux extended their unbeaten run in the league to 40 matches but Klopp is taking nothing for granted as he looks to end the club's 30-year wait for the league title.

When asked what he thought of the tag 'The Inevitables', Klopp said: "We couldn't care less about these kind of things, as far as I'm concerned.

"I think at this moment we are not even mathematically qualified for the Champions League for next year.

Liverpool are now unbeaten in their last 40 league matches Liverpool are now unbeaten in their last 40 league matches Liverpool are now unbeaten in their last 40 league matches

"The only thing we can do is focus on our next games, which is now Shrewsbury, then West Ham and Southampton. That is how it is."

Klopp added: "I cannot change the situation. I've never heard about anything being decided, before it's decided. So why should we think about these kind of things?

"The game last night is a very good example for our situation. It was never easy, it will never be easy and we just have to fight as much as we can."

Sadio Mane had a scan on Friday after suffering a muscle injury against Wolves Sadio Mane had a scan on Friday after suffering a muscle injury against Wolves Sadio Mane had a scan on Friday after suffering a muscle injury against Wolves

Liverpool travel to face Sky Bet League One side Shrewsbury on Sunday in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Sadio Mane had a scan on Friday after suffering a muscle injury against Wolves and could miss the trip to New Meadow.

Klopp confirmed Dejan Lovren has returned to training after a thigh injury but Xherdan Shaqiri, James Milner and Naby Keita all remain doubtful.

Klopp has suggested he will rotate his squad against Shrewsbury Klopp has suggested he will rotate his squad against Shrewsbury Klopp has suggested he will rotate his squad against Shrewsbury

Klopp has suggested he will rotate his squad for the match, with a number of the club's youngsters expected to feature.

"We will have a team with fresh legs," he said. "We have players that have come back from injury so it makes sense to play them, because they are pretty good.

"We want to go through that round, now we are qualified we want to go through.

"It's a tough place to go, how it always is in cup competitions."

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Will the Inevitables become Invincibles?

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 10:58
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Festive fixture congestion wasn't a problem. The January blip is yet to surface. And the tricky double-header with Jose Mourinho's Tottenham and a fired-up Manchester United produced no slip-up.

In fact, in the past few weeks, with the challenges stacking up for Liverpool, they've only strengthened their position at the top of the Premier League table.

Thirteen points and two games in hand stands their advantage over second-placed Manchester City ahead of Thursday's trip to Wolves.

With a kind run of Premier League fixtures on the way - West Ham, Southampton, Norwich, West Ham again, Watford and Bournemouth - the focus has now shifted from whether Liverpool will win the title to just how convincingly.

And whether they can match the unbeaten season of Arsenal's 2003/04 Invincibles.

They've already racked up 39 games unbeaten, stretching back to last January. What's another 16?

Jurgen Klopp will be the first to tell you there's rarely an easy game in the Premier League and his side need to remain focused against every opponent. But there are some obstacles coming up which look more threatening than others.

Here are the key hurdles Liverpool will have to get over if they are to achieve an undefeated, title-winning season…

Wolves on Thursday night

Wolves' recent record against Liverpool is poor - they've lost their last six in the league - but Nuno's side have done the double over Manchester City this season and were only narrowly seen off 1-0 at Anfield, so they have the potential to trouble the visitors at Molineux on Thursday night.

They also knocked the Reds out of the FA Cup with a 2-1 home win a year ago.

With Adama Traore's lightning pace on the counter-attack and Raul Jimenez looking sharp after his match-winning double at Southampton on Saturday, Wolves have the tools to do some damage.

Merseyside derby after Champions League exertions

Liverpool have made light work of their neighbours twice already this season, thrashing them 5-2 in the league in December before fielding a youthful side in the FA Cup and knocking Everton out of that competition.

But Liverpool's trip across Stanley Park in mid-March falls at an intriguing time. On the Tuesday before the weekend derby, Liverpool will have hosted Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Who's to say right now how much that fixture will demand of Klopp's men physically and mentally - and how the result will impact them as they prepare to face opponents who will be utterly focused on ending their unbeaten streak.

Manchester City's revenge at the Etihad?

Liverpool's long unbeaten Premier League run began over 12 months ago after a 2-1 defeat at Manchester City. Could it be that Pep Guardiola's side bookend Liverpool's undefeated spell? This will be game 49, where a draw or win would see Liverpool match Arsenal's record undefeated run.

City will certainly have a point to prove against their seemingly certain Premier League title successors - and if City's own Champions League campaign has not gone to plan, they will have plenty of time to think about this match.

Throw in the fact it comes on the back of an international break, with players returning from all parts of the world and with limited training-field preparation time, and this fixture is shaping up to be Liverpool's biggest test of their Invincible credentials.

A tricky double header

Arsenal will themselves have a shot at denying Liverpool the opportunity to match their Invincible season on 2 May. What a story it would be if they were to pull it off - and Mikel Arteta, for so long Pep Guardiola's confidant, was to be the one to upset his former bosses' rivals.

That trip to the Emirates is sandwiched by a potential Champions League semi-final for Liverpool - and off the back of that Frank Lampard's Chelsea will turn up at Anfield and have a crack at the Reds themselves.

There really is no opportunity for Liverpool to take their foot off the gas.

One final test

Ultimately, Liverpool are set to be celebrating whatever happens against Newcastle on Sunday 17 May. Barring the most dramatic of collapses, they will have the Premier League trophy in their hands, their 30-year wait to be champions of England once more will be over and the party will be going off regardless of the result.

But if an invincible season is still within their grasp, Liverpool's players will have to go again one last time. Newcastle won't make it easy. Manchester United and Chelsea have already been beaten at St James' Park this season, while Manchester City were held to a draw.

The added pressure of sealing a historic unbeaten campaign could cause issues too - remember, Arsenal were trailing at half-time in their final fixture of 2003/04 to Leicester before turning it around after the break.

If they are to become Invincibles, then right through until the final whistle of the final game, Liverpool cannot relax.

Liverpool's remaining Premier League fixtures Wolves (away) January 23 West Ham (away) January 29 Southampton (home) February 1 Norwich (away) February 15 West Ham (home) February 24 Watford (away) February 29 Bournemouth (home) March 7 Everton (away) March 14 Crystal Palace (home) March 21 Manchester City (away) April 4 Aston Villa (home) April 11 Brighton (away) April 18 Burnley (home) April 25 Arsenal (away) May 2 Chelsea (home) May 9 Newcastle (away) May 17 Dates subject to change Super 6: Magic of the Cup?

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Klopp: Alisson exceeding expectations

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 13:00

Last Updated: 22/01/20 3:42pm

1:05 Jurgen Klopp says goalkeeper Alisson is exceeding expectations at Liverpool in terms of his personality and character. Jurgen Klopp says goalkeeper Alisson is exceeding expectations at Liverpool in terms of his personality and character.

Jurgen Klopp says goalkeeper Alisson is exceeding expectations at Liverpool in terms of his personality and character.

Alisson has not conceded a Premier League goal since the 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on November 23 and his clean sheet-keeping ability will be tested when the runaway league leaders play at Wolves on Thursday night.

Klopp knew the Brazilian would set high standards at Anfield when he made him the world's most expensive goalkeeper in the summer but that he has been surprised by the personality Alisson has shown.

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"As a goalkeeper, we knew what we were getting and yes he has made steps," he said. "As a person, he has exceeded expectations because he is just an outstanding guy.

"We have a lot of really good guys but he's a special person and that's great, yes. His character and his calmness helps us a lot and he makes the difficult things look easy.

"But he has to stay like this. For a goalkeeper, you make one little mistake and the ball is in the goal. He doesn't take it for granted so I don't take it for granted either. It's great to have him here."

Liverpool's game with Wolves earlier this season resulted in a 1-0 win for the Reds but was dominated by several VAR-related debates.

There was plenty of VAR controversy during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Wolves in December There was plenty of VAR controversy during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Wolves in December There was plenty of VAR controversy during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Wolves in December

"I understand it was difficult for Wolves to take but both of those decisions were completely right so there was no need to talk about VAR after that game," he said.

"Wolves are really difficult to play against. They play a three at the back or a five at the back and they make the pitch really big.

"They ask you for a lot of footwork, you have to run a lot and that's good. There are solutions to that but not without working a lot.

"You can't play on a 50 or 60 per cent basis against Wolves, you would have absolutely no chance. That's our challenge for that game."

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Wolves vs Liverpool preview

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 11:55
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Last Updated: 22/01/20 4:49pm

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Team news, key stats and prediction ahead of Wolves vs Liverpool in the Premier League on Thursday (kick-off 8pm).

Team news

Wolves full-back Ruben Vinagre will miss the Premier League clash against leaders Liverpool due to a hamstring injury.

Willy Boly (fractured leg) is out while Diogo Jota may return after a serious dead leg.

Wolves completed the signing of striker Leonardo Campana on Tuesday but he is not available for the match as he is currently involved in Ecuador's Olympic 2020 qualifying campaign.

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho came off the bench against Manchester United and could start for the first time since November after recovering from an ankle problem.

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Dejan Lovren (hamstring) is back in training but remains a major doubt for Jurgen Klopp's side, while midfielders James Milner (hamstring) and Naby Keita (groin) remain out.

Xherdan Shaqiri is also set to miss out with a calf injury but Joel Matip could again feature on the bench after not playing since October due to a knee issue.

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  • Wolves have lost each of their last six Premier League meetings with Liverpool, scoring just one goal in that run, since a 1-0 win at Anfield in December 2010.
  • Liverpool haven't lost away against Wolves in league competition since August 1981. They've won three and drawn three of their six visits to Molineux since, keeping a clean sheet in each of the last four.
  • This will be Wolves' first ever Premier League game on a Thursday. Meanwhile, Liverpool have won just 25% of their Premier League games on this day (2/8), their lowest win rate on a specific day in the competition's history.
  • Wolves are unbeaten in their last seven home evening kick-offs in the Premier League (7pm or later), winning five and drawing two since a 0-2 loss against Crystal Palace last January.
  • Liverpool have won each of their last eight evening kick-offs in the Premier League (7pm or later), scoring 31 goals in these games and conceding just six in return.
  • Should they remain unbeaten in this game, Liverpool will be only the fifth team in the history of the English Football League to go 40+ league games undefeated, after Nottingham Forest (42, 1977-78), Arsenal (49, 2003-04), Chelsea (40, 2004-05) and Huddersfield Town (43, 2011).
10:12 In 'Being the Boss', Jurgen Klopp talks managerial inspirations, why he's not on social media, why he doesn't wear a suit and which player would be a good manager In 'Being the Boss', Jurgen Klopp talks managerial inspirations, why he's not on social media, why he doesn't wear a suit and which player would be a good manager
  • Wolves have won 18 points from losing positions in the Premier League this season, seven more than any other team. They are one of only nine teams to have come from 2+ goals behind to win in more than one Premier League game in a season, and the first since Man Utd in 2017-18.
  • Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in 88 goals in 93 Premier League appearances for the Reds (65 goals, 23 assists) - the Egyptian scored and assisted in Liverpool's 2-0 win over Wolves at Molineux last season.
  • Wolves duo Adama Traoré and Raúl Jiménez have combined for seven Premier League goals this season, more than any other partnership. Traoré has registered six assists this season, twice the amount he managed in his previous three Premier League seasons with Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Wolves (3).
  • Liverpool have won their last seven Premier League games without conceding a goal - the last time a team won eight in a row without conceding was in February 2009, when Manchester United won nine consecutively.
Charlie Nicholas' prediction

This is a cracking game and Liverpool will be on such a high. I genuinely thought Liverpool looked tired and leggy, especially at the end, against Manchester United. Have they enough to come in and cover this one up? Jurgen Klopp took Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino off in the latter stages, but it was a case of hanging in there and going a bit more defensively. I have never really seen that from Klopp but some of those players were dead on their feet.

As cool as Virgil van Dijk and the back four have been, there was a vulnerability there. It was a massive game and they got the result. That being said, I see Liverpool's first defeat of the season coming on Thursday, but it will not change the destiny of the Premier League title.

Wolves relish the games against the top-six sides. Wolves looked assured at Anfield but got nothing from it. Klopp may make some changes and it could disrupt them a little bit.

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

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Klopp: Suits, social media and sleeping

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 10:00
What does Klopp enjoy most about management? How has he changed? And how does he switch off?

Last Updated: 22/01/20 2:44pm

10:12

In 'Being the Boss', Jurgen Klopp talks managerial inspirations, why he's not on social media, why he doesn't wear a suit and which player would be a good manager.

The German is closing in on history having inspired Liverpool to a healthy lead at the top of the Premier League, nearing their first title in 30 years.

But what does he enjoy most about management? How has he changed? And how does he switch off?

Here, sitting down with Sky Sports News' Vinny O'Connor, Klopp takes an informal look at his career in management...

What's the best part about being a football manager?

Wow! The money?! Haha! It's working in football, obviously, so I love it, from the first day I did it. I even loved it when I was only a coach at the very beginning when nobody knew me, it was a really good time.

To be honest, I never read a book about football, I never had the opportunity to look at what other coaches were doing, so I had to learn it by myself.

Jurgen Klopp on the early days

Still being with these world-class players every day, seeing them in training, trying to help them to become slighty better if possible, in all different departments, so that's a big, big joy.

How different are you from the manager that started at Mainz?

Klopp during his time at Mainz, where he managed from 2001 to 2008 Klopp during his time at Mainz, where he managed from 2001 to 2008 Klopp during his time at Mainz, where he managed from 2001 to 2008

Thank God today I am much better, but that is because of a lot of experience I was allowed to collect. I had to make some tough experiences, and they were good experiences as well. I know much more about football as well, because I was a player on Sunday, and a manager or coach on Monday, so there was not a lot of time to learn the things I had to for the next day. But I loved it when I started doing it.

I'm an admirer of Arrigo Sacchi. I got a bit more involved in his work when my former manager Wolfgang Frank brought up all of his videos. I think I saw 20, 30 or 500 training sessions of AC Milan in that time

Jurgen Klopp on his managerial influences

To be honest, I never read a book about football, I never had the opportunity to look at what other coaches were doing, so I had to learn it by myself. That was a really good time, especially in the first few years when nobody was really watching us, and we could do whatever we wanted, we could see if it worked out at the weekend or not! It was really cool.

Was there anyone you looked to for managerial inspiration?

I can take from a lot of people a lot of things, but the only real opportunity is when you work together with them. So I'm an admirer - without knowing him, I only one had a phone conversation - of Arrigo Sacchi. I knew him of course, but I got a bit more involved in his work when my former manager Wolfgang Frank brought up all of his videos. I think I saw 20, 30 or 500 training sessions of AC Milan in that time, because my former coach recorded them and showed them to us!

What is the most important quality in football management?

Klopp said he never read a book on football during his early development Klopp said he never read a book on football during his early development Klopp said he never read a book on football during his early development

Attention to detail is probably the most important thing I'd say. The tension, or whatever it is on the touchline, is not important. I think you can be the best coach in the world and sit 90 minutes on your butt. But that's just not me, other really good coaches can do that, but it's not so important. But I try to help during a game. If it's only a little bit, I'm fine with that.

The most important thing? Football understanding for sure. Seeing the game in the bigger picture; not only about scoring and not conceding, shooting, there's much more around this game that is important. And you pretty much need to sort everything around it and let the boys concentrate on the things they have to do. Yes, they have to find solutions by themselves on the pitch but these solutions need to be as well-prepared as possible in sessions.

How much do you look at what other teams are doing across the world? Do you watch videos?

Not really consciously, I don't sit there and study Barcelona, Real Madrid, AC Milan in the good old times. Bayern Munich, Manchester City. I admire a lot of coaches and what they do, but I never watch them often enough to take something for us, or say: 'Let's do it like this.' We always try to do it our own way because it's all about your own players and what they're able to do.

Did you know that Mike Gordon [president of FSG, Liverpool's owners] described you as a polymathematical guy?

I cannot be that, because I don't know what it is?!

It's an individual whose knowledge expands a significant number of subjects!

Hahaha! Thank you Mike. Did he say that before I signed a new contract or after?

Before! He also said: "Jurgen is up there with one of the best CEOs in the world... if he wasn't managing a football club he could be managing a Fortune 500 company..."

Mike Gordon (centre) had high praise for Klopp Mike Gordon (centre) had high praise for Klopp Mike Gordon (centre) had high praise for Klopp

Thank God I don't have to do that! Because, as I see it, the only real thing I understand is football, and life as well, but you cannot use that in a Fortune 500 company I think. I don't know, I never did it, I don't have to. It's very nice, but I said it many times I have the nicest owner in the world, he is very supportive! So that is a good consolation, it is very nice, but it not very true!

Are you a tracksuit manager?

That is obvious!

For me I have no space, no resources to think about what I wear before a game. I'm just not like this. I pretty much fall into a game with other things to do.

Klopp on being a 'tracksuit manager'

Why don't you wear a suit?

I don't like it. I like wearing a suit in the right moment, and this shouldn't be understood as disrespectful as I know especially in England a lot of people wear suits because it is a special day, all that stuff. But for me I have no space, no resources to think about what I wear before a game. I'm just not like this. I pretty much fall into a game with other things to do.

So if somebody tells me: 'Now you have to fix the tie and stuff like that,' that just doesn't work for me. I tried it, not with a suit, but a more casual look when I came to Dortmund. In the first few weeks I wore jeans I think, and a black shirt or something like that, and then I just forgot it, and then I wore only a tracksuit. And that's because the club delivers the tracksuit and it's already in the dressing room, so that helps massively. That's the main reason.

"When I came to Dortmund, in the first few weeks I wore jeans I think, and a black shirt or something like that, and then I just forgot it" "When I came to Dortmund, in the first few weeks I wore jeans I think, and a black shirt or something like that, and then I just forgot it" "When I came to Dortmund, in the first few weeks I wore jeans I think, and a black shirt or something like that, and then I just forgot it"

How do you switch off from football?

By sleeping.

That's it?

Pretty much, or if we are on holiday.

Why don't you do social media?

I don't understand it, or why you would do it. Maybe one day I will do it, but I don't see that. I don't understand why you would want to tell other people, people you don't know, what is good or not so good in the moment. But that's a problem probably of my generation. I'm too old for that already.

Who is most likely to become a manager from your players and why?

Klopp believes Gini Wijnaldum, James Milner and Jordan Henderson could be future captains Klopp believes Gini Wijnaldum, James Milner and Jordan Henderson could be future captains Klopp believes Gini Wijnaldum, James Milner and Jordan Henderson could be future captains

I'm not sure if they want to, but the English guys could pretty much. The mid-age English guys, like Milly, Hendo, Adam (Lallana), Gini for sure could do it if he wants to. The younger ones, Robbo, possibly Trent, but there is a long way to go! Really long. Maybe Dejan wants to do it, and the good thing with him is he could do it in 12 different countries! Really, we have a few good ones. It's all about whether they want to do it. If they want to, they all could do it.

Three words to describe yourself...

I don't think about myself a lot, yeah? So three words, I can't do it.

Happy?

Not always! There you go. Not. Always. Happy. Three words!

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Liverpool not signing striker Werner

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 15:47

Last Updated: 21/01/20 5:15pm

Liverpool will continue to monitor Timo Werner but have no immediate plans to buy the striker Liverpool will continue to monitor Timo Werner but have no immediate plans to buy the striker Liverpool will continue to monitor Timo Werner but have no immediate plans to buy the striker

Liverpool have no plans to sign RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner in the January transfer window.

The Reds will continue to watch the German's development, as will a number of top European clubs including Chelsea.

But the Merseyside club are also unlikely to pursue a move in the summer as things stand, as speculation over his future mounts in Germany.

Chelsea are among a number of European clubs watching Werner Chelsea are among a number of European clubs watching Werner Chelsea are among a number of European clubs watching Werner

Reports in Bild this week claimed Liverpool is Werner's preferred destination should he decide to move to the Premier League.

The report said it remains a question of when he decides to move on, however, having extended his contract until 2023 last summer.

Bild also reported that his new contract has a £51m release clause which will decrease year-on-year as it progresses.

Xherdan Shaqiri will be staying at Anfield at least until the summer Xherdan Shaqiri will be staying at Anfield at least until the summer Xherdan Shaqiri will be staying at Anfield at least until the summer

Meanwhile, for Liverpool to be persuaded to sell Xherdan Shaqiri in the summer they would need to receive an offer of at least £25.5m.

Sky Sports News reported on Monday that the Reds are not willing to let the winger go this month amid interest from Roma.

La Liga side Sevilla have also shown a keenness to bring the Switzerland international in on loan this month, but they too have received a firm no.

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Van Dijk: Clean sheets a collective effort

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 22:50
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Last Updated: 21/01/20 8:14am

Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson are part of an excellent Liverpool defence Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson are part of an excellent Liverpool defence Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson are part of an excellent Liverpool defence

Virgil van Dijk insists he and centre-back partner Joe Gomez cannot take all the credit for Liverpool's recent defensive improvement.

Sunday's 2-0 victory over Manchester United, which extended the Reds' lead at the top of the Premier League to 16 points with a match in hand, was their seventh successive clean sheet in all competitions.

Van Dijk and Gomez featured in six of those matches - both sat out the FA Cup win over Everton - and since Gomez came into the team as a regular starter on December 14 their record is eight clean sheets in nine games.

However, the Holland captain insists it is a collective effort.

2:59 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Manchester United in the Premier League. FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Manchester United in the Premier League.

"Everyone is involved in that. We have a fantastic goalkeeper, the full-backs doing their job, our midfielders and stars obviously up front so it is a whole collective thing," said Van Dijk.

"But obviously as a defender we are very pleased to keep clean sheets because we all know that with us if we keep a clean sheet there is a big chance to win the game so it is a good feeling."

Liverpool have not conceded a goal in seven successive Premier League games, since shipping two in the 5-2 win against Everton in early December Liverpool have not conceded a goal in seven successive Premier League games, since shipping two in the 5-2 win against Everton in early December Liverpool have not conceded a goal in seven successive Premier League games, since shipping two in the 5-2 win against Everton in early December

Liverpool have lost just one of their last 61 league matches and need just 10 more victories to lift a first title in 30 years.

But for Van Dijk and his team-mates it is just business as usual.

10:12 Jurgen Klopp sits down with Sky Sports reporter Vinny O'Connor to reflect on the challenges of management. Jurgen Klopp sits down with Sky Sports reporter Vinny O'Connor to reflect on the challenges of management.

"We can't deny that we are in a good situation but we don't get carried away," he added.

"These things don't mean anything at the moment, only at the end of the season. Hopefully it does mean something at the end of the season.

"We all know why we are doing it. We all know why we work so hard for each other. I think the very good thing about this is that we are always trying to find a way.

"It will never be easy, we all know that, but I think the good thing is we know it is never going to be easy so you can adapt to deal with certain situations.

"Also the mentality we have we know there are going to be setbacks in games, we know there will be difficult moments in games, but if you are ready to face them it makes it a little bit easier."

The next challenge to Liverpool's invincibility comes at Wolves on Thursday.

"They give everyone a big test. Massive respect for them, how they play and how they are doing it at the moment," said the Dutchman.

"Good team, fantastic manager. It is always going to be tough. They showed it against everyone already in the league. We have to be ready again."

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Charlie's Premier League predictions

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 16:55
Charlie Nicholas

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Full programme of midweek fixtures in the Premier League - watch highlights on the Sky Sports website, app and YouTube channel

Last Updated: 20/01/20 6:01pm

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

The games are coming thick and fast in the Premier League, and Charlie Nicholas returns to give his predictions for the midweek fixtures.

Aston Villa vs Watford, Tuesday 7.30pm 2:19 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Brighton's draw with Aston Villa in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Brighton's draw with Aston Villa in the Premier League

Jack Grealish came to Aston Villa's rescue once again, and they earned a very decent point in the end at Brighton. They sometimes play a back five when they play away from home so are nice and compact. They have a few on the road to recovery, but Dean Smith is in the market to try to get a forward that could give them something, anything. They need Grealish to get them out of this situation once more.

Watford have been breathtaking under Nigel Pearson. I know Troy Deeney missed a penalty, but the game was there to be won [against Tottenham] and Watford did not see it through. I am finding it hard to go against Watford at the minute, although I am edging towards Aston Villa slightly, but I will play it safe and back another draw here.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-2 (12/1 with Sky Bet)

1:27 With Aston Villa 'very close' to signing Mbwana Samatta, Dean Smith is hopeful another striker will follow the Tanzanian through the door With Aston Villa 'very close' to signing Mbwana Samatta, Dean Smith is hopeful another striker will follow the Tanzanian through the door

Super 6: Hornets stinging from the same hymn sheet…

Talking of percentages, Watford have picked 60.87 of their 23 Premier League points from their last six matches (14), and the momentum has clearly swayed Super 6 entrants, with 47 per cent expecting Nigel Pearson's team to steal all three points at Villa Park. Who will you side with? Play for free.

Bournemouth vs Brighton, Tuesday 7.30pm 2:59 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Norwich's win over Bournemouth in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Norwich's win over Bournemouth in the Premier League

Oh my goodness! What is going on Eddie Howe? What will he do to turn it around? They were in an awkward situation with 10 men and conceding a penalty, but they looked as if they were pushing on. Are there positives? There were none in the end and Bournemouth remain in the bottom three. They need to revert to being completely attack-minded.

Possession wise, Brighton are excellent, but all of a sudden, they are falling into the category of being good to watch, but being sucked into playing a differing game and not getting the results.

Bournemouth could close the gap here, especially with Aston Villa and Watford playing each other, and they have the chance to go at this one here. Howe knows he needs to force the attack more, force it from the likes of Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson. Because of that, I think they will win in a five-goal thriller

1:34 Eddie Howe says that the possibility of Bournemouth playing Championship football next season is the 'furthest thing from his mind' Eddie Howe says that the possibility of Bournemouth playing Championship football next season is the 'furthest thing from his mind'

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 3-2 (33/1 with Sky Bet)

Super 6: The tightest of margins?

Only 12 per cent separates a Bournemouth win to a Brighton win, with one per cent the difference between a draw and an away win, 38 and 37 per cent respectively. Will you go with your head or your heart as Bournemouth look to score for the first time in five matches, and register a Premier League point in general. Play for free.

Crystal Palace vs Southampton, Tuesday 7.30pm 2:56 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Wolves' 3-2 win at Southampton in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Wolves' 3-2 win at Southampton in the Premier League

This is another awkward one to call. We do not tend to get goals in these situations. Southampton blew it [against Wolves], but other than Danny Ings, they are starting to add goals and be a bit more of a threat in front of goal.

They may feel down but their confidence will still be up and there are positive signs for Southampton. They lie in 13th and still need points in the bank but they are suited away from home and are better than when they play at St Mary's.

Crystal Palace are not convincing. Christian Benteke may be off to Aston Villa but they need someone in as well as Cenk Tosun, who played very well at the Etihad. I'm up to my eyes in draws this week!

0:56 Ralph Hasenhuttl says Southampton will prioritise loan signings with the option to buy in the summer Ralph Hasenhuttl says Southampton will prioritise loan signings with the option to buy in the summer

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

Super 6: Eagles to stop the Saints?

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Everton vs Newcastle, Tuesday 7.30pm 2:52 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Newcastle's win over Chelsea in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Newcastle's win over Chelsea in the Premier League

There have been a few games where Newcastle have not turned up. Has Steve Bruce done a better job than Rafa Benitez? I have said yes numerous times. Are they scoring more goals? Probably not, but he is getting a tune out of Miguel Almiron, while Joelinton looked like a proper centre forward at the weekend. His form has been average to say the least but he keeps getting there.

I thought Everton were fortunate to get a draw against West Ham - their team does not seem right. I am a fan of Bernard, although he does not get through the 90 minutes with consistent class. He is like Joao Moutinho, he has a lovely balance to find the pass but does not do it often enough.

0:50 Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is confident his striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has the quality to play for England. Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is confident his striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has the quality to play for England.

Anthony Gordon came on and played well on his debut, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored again. Carlo Ancelotti is not afraid to make changes, and showed an aggressive side to make those during the game. I am never overly convinced by Everton and for that reason I am going for a draw.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (13/2 with Sky Bet)

Super 6: Carlo to continue Everton push?

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Sheffield United vs Manchester City, Tuesday 7.30pm 2:55 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester City's draw with Crystal Palace in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester City's draw with Crystal Palace in the Premier League

Sheffield United have been fabulous and have been tremendously successful in their first season. I thought that when Wolves came up, they were the best team to be introduced to the Premier League in some time. Sheffield United are not as good in terms of the style but they are not far away from it.

Manchester City are still in second, but I felt as though they were going to kick on with the few wins they registered. Pep Guardiola was angry and seemed to have sussed the issue out. I mentioned when they beat Man Utd in the Carabao Cup that Raheem Sterling needed to start scoring again and up his game to a degree. Everybody has blips in their form, but it seems to be Riyad Mahrez who is carrying City currently. Kevin De Bruyne is still different class and Sergio Aguero continues to score goals.

0:59 Pep Guardiola admits Manchester City are in a battle to finish second in the Premier League Pep Guardiola admits Manchester City are in a battle to finish second in the Premier League

It is time to get Aymeric Laporte back in. As much as I admire Fernandinho, he is not a centre-back - he never has been and never will be. If he plays, he plays the holding role. Rodri is not a centre-back either but he is more natural to play that role. Sheffield United will squeeze but the quality of Manchester City should get them through this.

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

Super 6: Blades to deepen City wound?

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Chelsea vs Arsenal, Tuesday 8.15pm 2:59 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Arsenal's draw with Sheffield United in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Arsenal's draw with Sheffield United in the Premier League

It is awkward watching Arsenal [against Sheffield United] and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is still out too. You miss his goals but his pace and movement too, which makes the opposition have to defend 10 yards deeper. It also creates space for Mesut Ozil. I think Gabriel Martinelli is going to be a star and a real goal-getter and eventually he will be a number nine.

It is needs must at the moment. No centre-backs have been brought in yet, while Bukayo Saka is still at left-back. We are still waiting on transfers. Mikel Arteta has to get in the market and help the defence. They are not letting as many in but Arsenal do not have a clinical side yet.

2:15 The Transfer Talk panel discuss just how much influence Mikel Arteta may actually have on Arsenal’s transfer policy and what funds he may have at his disposal this month The Transfer Talk panel discuss just how much influence Mikel Arteta may actually have on Arsenal’s transfer policy and what funds he may have at his disposal this month

Chelsea have not won much at home recently, except the Burnley game, but Arsenal will need to play defensively and see where it takes them. I need so much more from Nicolas Pepe and a bit more from Alexandre Lacazette. Get the two protectors right in front of the back four, and I would still sell Granit Xhaka if the money was right. We could get by without him.

I think Arsenal will be dangerous away from home, and Nicolas Pepe can deliver in these games, which suit him. He turned up the last time I said this against Manchester United.

0:38 Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard says Edinson Cavani is a great player and admits experienced players may help the squad Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard says Edinson Cavani is a great player and admits experienced players may help the squad

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-2 (12/1 with Sky Bet)

Super 6: Gunning for Glory?

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Leicester vs West Ham, Wednesday 7.30pm 2:56 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from West Ham's draw against Everton in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from West Ham's draw against Everton in the Premier League

I watched West Ham at the weekend and they had a very good first half but did not put the game to bed. They missed the creativity from Felipe Anderson and Sebastien Haller was better - he should have scored a couple but didn't. Mark Noble and Declan Rice were great, particularly Noble in the first half who was excellent

All of a sudden, Leicester are slumping. Brendan Rodgers has always strived for possession football, but sometimes the final pass is not executed. He needs James Maddison to stay on his feet - winning a free-kick in dangerous areas is clever, but stay on your feet and show us some of your magic.

They are caught in a weird situation at the minute. Jamie Vardy has had a few chances and missed them. The two I mention are always Vardy and Maddison. Harvey Barnes took his goal well at the weekend but the likes of him, Demarai Gray and Ayoze Perez have to start delivering and do more. They are a bit unpredictable at the minute, and this makes me want to go with a draw once more.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (7/1 with Sky Bet)

Tottenham vs Norwich, Wednesday 7.30pm 2:45 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Watford's draw with Tottenham in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Watford's draw with Tottenham in the Premier League

How many teams are rebuilding? Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd and Tottenham all are. I do not know what Jose Mourinho is doing differently. The Harry Kane injury is a blow but Tottenham have handled an injury to Kane in the past. Dele Alli stropped when he was brought off, while Norwich grinded out a win.

It is a must-win scenario for Tottenham. Jose has been brought in to deliver the top four, and if he does not do this he will be seen as a failure. The Tottenham players do not look as though they are enjoying their time right now. They will win this one, and I see it being comfortable enough for Tottenham.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-0 (7/1 with Sky Bet)

Manchester United vs Burnley, Wednesday 8.15pm 2:58 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Burnley's win against Leicester in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Burnley's win against Leicester in the Premier League

How do we work out Burnley? They are average at best but managed to drag out a result against Leicester. Sean Dyche demands passion and commitment from his team, but this was always the fabric of what Burnley were good at. What is their reaction to the big clubs? What are we going to see and what are we going to get? This is why they are in and around the bottom three.

Man Utd were awful but came into it in the last 20 minutes against Liverpool. They probably did better than a lot expected. I think Burnley can go there and upset them. Chris Wood scored his goal and then Ashley Westwood nicked it against Leicester. I see an awkwardness around this once again.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (7/1 with Sky Bet)

Wolves vs Liverpool, Thursday 8pm 2:59 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Manchester United in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Manchester United in the Premier League

This is a cracking game and Liverpool will be on such a high. I genuinely thought Liverpool looked tired and leggy, especially at the end, against Manchester United. Have they enough to come in and cover this one up? Jurgen Klopp took Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino off in the latter stages, but it was a case of hanging in there and going a bit more defensively. I have never really seen that from Klopp but some of those players were dead on their feet

As cool as Virgil van Dijk and the back four have been, there was a vulnerability there. It was a massive game and they got the result. That being said, I see Liverpool's first defeat of the season coming on Thursday, but it will not change the destiny of the Premier League title.

0:44 John Aldridge won a league title with Liverpool in 1988. He believes the current side could go down as the greatest in the club’s history. John Aldridge won a league title with Liverpool in 1988. He believes the current side could go down as the greatest in the club’s history.

Wolves relish the games against the top-six sides. Wolves looked assured at Anfield but got nothing from it. Klopp may make some changes and it could disrupt them a little bit.

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

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Liverpool will not let Shaqiri join Roma

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 16:08

Last Updated: 20/01/20 4:17pm

Roma had hoped to take Xherdan Shaqiri on loan  Roma had hoped to take Xherdan Shaqiri on loan  Roma had hoped to take Xherdan Shaqiri on loan

Liverpool are not willing to let Xherdan Shaqiri leave the club this month amid interest from Roma.

Sky in Italy are reporting Roma want to sign the Switzerland international, who missed Sunday's win over Manchester United with a calf injury, on loan as they search for a new winger.

Roma's alternative target is AC Milan winger Suso, who also played for Liverpool, but, according to Sky in Italy, the Rossoneri want to sell him permanently instead of a loan.

Milan are keen on a deal that would include Cengiz Under in exchange and perhaps also Juan Jesus, who could be both an alternative to Alessia Romagnoli and a deputy to Theo Hernandez.

Last week, Sky in Italy reported that Milan had two UK targets for potential young understudies to the left-back - Wigan's Antonee Robinson and Hearts' Aaron Hickey.

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Liverpool see off Man Utd to close in on title

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 18:32
Adam Bate

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Match report and highlights as Liverpool extend their lead at the top by beating Manchester United 2-0 at Anfield

Last Updated: 20/01/20 11:20am

2:59 Highlights: Liverpool defeat Manchester United to go 16 points clear Highlights: Liverpool defeat Manchester United to go 16 points clear

Virgil van Dijk's header helped Liverpool on their way to a 2-0 win over Manchester United at Anfield as they extended their lead at the top to 16 points.

Jurgen Klopp's side had two further goals ruled out before the interval and upped the intensity again in the second half before Mohamed Salah's goal added gloss to the win late on.

The failure to find the second goal until stoppage time made for a nervy finale and United had their moments in the second half with Anthony Martial going close, but there was to be no equaliser.

United do remain the only team to take points off Liverpool this season but - without the injured Marcus Rashford - there was to be no repeat here for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.

Player ratings

Liverpool: Alisson (7), Alexander-Arnold (7), Gomez (7), Van Dijk (8), Robertson (7), Henderson (8), Wijnaldum (8), Oxlade-Chamberlain (6), Salah (7), Firmino (7), Mane (6).

Subs: Lallana (6), Fabinho (6), Origi (6).

Man Utd: De Gea (6), Wan-Bissaka (4), Lindelof (6), Maguire (5), Shaw (7), Williams (5), Fred (7), Matic (4), Pereira (6), Martial (6), James (6).

Subs: Mata (6), Greenwood (6), Dalot (6).

Man of the match: Jordan Henderson.

United had made a promising start too but their early endeavour was soon undermined when they conceded from a corner for the eighth time in the Premier League this season.

How Liverpool won it

Trent Alexander-Arnold's delivery from the right found the head of Van Dijk, who had the run on Brandon Williams and Harry Maguire to power the ball beyond David de Gea.

Virgil van Dijk opened the scoring as Liverpool marched on at Anfield Virgil van Dijk opened the scoring as Liverpool marched on at Anfield Virgil van Dijk opened the scoring as Liverpool marched on at Anfield

The clash between goalscorer and goalkeeper was reprised amid some controversy midway through the first half when Liverpool thought they had doubled their advantaged.

De Gea went up for a high ball after Salah had misdirected his shot, but the United goalkeeper dropped the ball inside the six-yard box under pressure from Van Dijk.

Sadio Mane gathered possession and fed Roberto Firmino, who curled the ball beautifully into the corner only for a VAR review to disallow it for Van Dijk's robust challenge.

By this point, United's flow of counter-attacks were beginning to dry up as the Anfield crowd pushed their team on and the Liverpool advances began to overwhelm the away side.

Georginio Wijnaldum also thought he had found the second goal after latching onto Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's measured through-ball but was correctly adjudged to be just offside.

Andreas Pereira almost had United level against the run of play but he was stretching to reach Aaron Wan-Bissaka's centre and could only divert the ball wide of the post.

At the other end, Mane had a wonderful opportunity to extend Liverpool's lead but his left-footed effort when racing onto Salah's pass was kept out by the right boot of De Gea.

Liverpool came out with even greater intent in the second half and Salah should have scored from Robertson's left-wing cross but could not get the right contact on the ball.

Jordan Henderson then produced a brilliant left-footed shot that was superbly tipped onto the post by De Gea as Liverpool continued to sustain attack after attack.

Jurgen Klopp named the same Liverpool team that beat Tottenham last time out with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain retaining his place in midfield. The interesting changes were on the bench where Fabinho returned to the squad for the first time since November, while Joel Matip was fit enough to make the squad for the first time since October.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stuck with a back four rather than reverting to the back five that secured a point against Liverpool at Anfield – but with a twist. Brandon Williams was pushed further forwards with Luke Shaw coming in at left-back. The big loss was that of the scorer from that first meeting with Marcus Rashford ruled out due to a back complaint.

There was a warning for Liverpool when Fred fired wide and the big chance for United came when Martial blazed over from a good position just before the hour mark.

With the result in the balance, United pushed hard to level things up with Juan Mata and Mason Greenwood being introduced but the clear-cut opening never arrived.

Instead, it was Salah who had the final say, scoring his first goal against Manchester United after racing onto Alisson's clearance up the field and slotting the ball beyond De Gea.

Mohamed Salah scored a late second for Liverpool Mohamed Salah scored a late second for Liverpool Mohamed Salah scored a late second for Liverpool

United and Solskjaer will take heart in a spirited effort. For Liverpool and Klopp, they will take the win and the points that edge them that little bit closer to that long-awaited Premier League title.

What the managers said...

Jurgen Klopp: "Big relief. I was really happy with 85 to 90 per cent of the game. It was brilliant. We dominated the game. I didn't like the last ten minutes of the first half but I have learned to take it because the energy level of the boys on the pitch is incredible.

"After half-time, we came out and should have decided the game in that point. United obviously has quality and they ended up putting us under some pressure, playing some football, and we had to defend. We didn't use our possession well enough and the game stays open.

"Everybody should celebrate the situation apart from us. Nothing has changed. We have exactly the same situation, plus three points. It is great, wonderful, unbelievable, but nothing has changed. I will tell you when it feels different. So far, it feels exactly the same."

5:27 Jurgen Klopp was happy with the way his side dominated Manchester United Jurgen Klopp was happy with the way his side dominated Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: "You are never happy when you lose a game. First goal, it's disappointing to concede from a set piece. We don't deal with that well enough. I thought we weathered the storm well at the start of the second half and for the last half an hour we were excellent.

"We had the majority of the possession in the second half, pushed them back and created chances. Big chances. We created the pressure. I think they looked nervy. Then after, we send everyone up to get that equaliser and they get that goal."

Opta stats
  • Liverpool have taken 91 points from the last 93 available to them in the Premier League.
  • Liverpool have won consecutive home Premier League games against Manchester United for the first time since winning three in a row between September 2008 and March 2011.
  • Manchester United have lost nine of their last 16 away Premier League games, failing to score in eight of those games.
  • Liverpool became the first team since Arsenal in 2001-02 to score in their first 22 Premier League matches of the season - the Gunners went on to score in every game and win the title that season.
  • Liverpool have kept seven consecutive Premier League clean sheets for the first time since December 2006.
  • Virgil van Dijk has scored eight Premier League goals since joining Liverpool in January 2018 - the most of any centre-back in that time.
  • Since the start of last season, Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has more Premier League assists than any other player (21).
  • Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson became the first Reds goalkeeper to assist a Premier League goal since March 2010, when Pepe Reina assisted against Sunderland.
What's next?

The games keep coming for these two teams. Liverpool are back in Premier League action against Wolves at Molineux on Thursday before facing Shrewsbury away in the FA Cup on Sunday. Their game in hand in the Premier League also comes away from home and will be played on January 29 against West Ham at the London Stadium.

Manchester United also have three more games to play before January is through - in three different competitions. There is home game against Burnley at Old Trafford on Wednesday before an FA Cup fourth round clash against either Tranmere or Watford next weekend. The second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Manchester City is on January 29.

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Evra: Liverpool sent me letter about Suarez row

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 14:50
"I was really touched," former Man Utd defender Evra tells Super Sunday. "Now I can see it's real and honest people working for this club" By Chris Reidy

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1:27 Speaking on Renault Super Sunday, studio guest Patrice Evra explains that he received a letter from Liverpool CEO Peter Moore after discussing the Luis Suarez row on MNF last October Speaking on Renault Super Sunday, studio guest Patrice Evra explains that he received a letter from Liverpool CEO Peter Moore after discussing the Luis Suarez row on MNF last October

Patrice Evra has revealed he received a letter from Liverpool CEO Peter Moore in October regarding the Luis Suarez racism row in 2011.

Evra appeared on Monday Night Football on October 21 alongside former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher who apologised for Liverpool's behaviour surrounding the incident at the time.

Suarez used racist language against Evra during a Premier League encounter at Anfield in 2011 Suarez used racist language against Evra during a Premier League encounter at Anfield in 2011 Suarez used racist language against Evra during a Premier League encounter at Anfield in 2011

Evra says a personal message from Liverpool CEO Moore followed shortly afterwards.

"I was really pleased Jamie Carragher apologised and I received a personal letter from Peter Moore and I was really touched about it," said Evra on Renault Super Sunday.

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"He told me he hoped it wasn't too late because this incident happened nine years ago.

"I said thank you very much. I was so disappointed that Liverpool supported a cause like that but now I can see it's real and honest people working for this club."

Liverpool players wore T-shirts in support of Suarez at the time of the racism row Liverpool players wore T-shirts in support of Suarez at the time of the racism row Liverpool players wore T-shirts in support of Suarez at the time of the racism row

Suarez was given an eight-match ban by the Football Association after being found guilty of misconduct for using insulting words to Evra, which included a reference to the defender's colour, in a Premier League match at Anfield in October 2011.

Liverpool's players responded to the suspension by wearing T-shirts with Suarez's face on in the warm-up before a match at Wigan in December 2011, in a show of support for their striker.

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Klopp questions 'strange' Man Utd tactics

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 15:00
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1:43 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp explains why it has been so hard to play against Manchester United in recent meetings Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp explains why it has been so hard to play against Manchester United in recent meetings

Jurgen Klopp has called Manchester United's tactics "strange" and says Liverpool must "protect" themselves against counter-attacking football.

Klopp once again questioned United's strategy ahead of facing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side on Sunday, having accused the club of "just defending" whenever they play Liverpool following their 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in October.

Those comments prompted Solskjaer to hit back by describing his team's philosophy as "aggressive", and Klopp has warned his side must be braced for a similar situation at Anfield this weekend.

"It's strange when you play against a high, high quality team as United still are, and they play the way they play," said Klopp. "It makes life really difficult.

"We had it with Tottenham. That's not normal, how can you expect that? On the other side the counter attacks are of the highest level in the world.

It's strange when you play against a high, high quality team as United still are, and they play the way they play.

Jurgen Klopp

"I don't say they only counter attack but it's a main thing they do. People may want to see that as criticism, it's not, but it's just a description of the situation that makes life for us more difficult."

The United attack of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood have outscored Liverpool's front three of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino this season.

Battle of the front three's Manchester United Goals Liverpool Goals Marcus Rashford 20 Sadio Mane 15 Anthony Martial 12 Mohamed Salah 14 Mason Greenwood 10 Roberto Firmino 9 Total 42 Total 38

Klopp warned his side must be "perfect" in order to stop United's counter-attacking "train" reaching full speed.

"We want to be dominant, but we have to protect ourselves against this situation," he said.

"Attacking football only works if you use the full width of the pitch in the attacking half and that makes it dangerous when you lose the ball.

"This game is asking us for perfection. You lose the ball in the wrong moment and the train starts going."

Fabinho, Matip set for Utd return Fabinho has not played since November Fabinho has not played since November Fabinho has not played since November

Liverpool are "likely" to have Fabinho and Joel Matip back in the squad to face United, Klopp confirmed.

Midfielder Fabinho has been out since an ankle injury forced him off in the 1-1 draw with Napoli on November 27, while centre-back Matip has not played since Liverpool last met United on October 20 when he suffered a recurrence of the knee injury he first picked up in the win at Sheffield United.

Naby Keita, Dejan Lovren and James Milner are ruled out of the game against United.

"They are getting closer and closer," said Klopp. "Dejan, I think, will train 100 per cent from Monday on.

"With the other two [Keita and Milner], I don't know exactly. I cannot rush it so when somebody tells me they are ready, I take them back in training."

Analysis: Can United get in behind Liverpool?

Sky Sports' Jamie Carragher:

"The real top teams, and certainly City and Liverpool, when they're on the front foot they like to push high, they like to leave space in behind and are very brave in everything they do, both with and without the ball.

"At times this season Liverpool have actually been caught out with a high line, and opposition have gone through on goal, and probably haven't made as much as they should have.

"That's something Ole will be looking at - can they get in-behind this Liverpool team? Liverpool will look to play high, squeeze the midfield and give United less space to play in midfield, so they'll have to be really clever in central midfield to get it to the front players.

"As I said after the Man City win, on their day United's front three can be equally as devastating as Liverpool's; they have the quality, but obviously just lack the consistency."

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Sky Sports News' James Cooper:

"In terms of a win, it would do massive things for United. Simply, they'd be the only team to have beaten Liverpool this season having taken two points off them at Old Trafford earlier in the season. They are the only team not to have lost to Liverpool in the Premier League so far this season so in terms of morale, the mood and the way this club is going, a win would transform it.

"A draw, again, would be a very positive result for United and we are not quite in the territory of free hits here, but a lot of United fans, having seen the way Liverpool, who are reigning European and World Champions and have one hand on the Premier League title, have gone about things, are expecting their team to go to Anfield and do their best but perhaps not be good enough.

"Either way, a win or a draw would be massively positive for Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the debate about how long he has got at the helm and where it's going under him. A defeat and things don't really change at all.

"A free hit is a very difficult thing to say to Manchester United fans, who don't want to lose at Liverpool, but I think that's what we're looking at in terms of the game at Anfield on Sunday."

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Live on Sky: Liverpool vs Man Utd

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 14:54
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Team news, key stats and prediction ahead of Liverpool vs Man Utd in the Premier League on Sunday (kick-off 4.30pm).

Team news

Fabinho and Joel Matip are "likely" to be in Liverpool's squad to face Manchester United on Sunday after recovering from injuries, says Jurgen Klopp.

Midfielder Fabinho has been out since an ankle injury forced him off in the 1-1 draw with Napoli on November 27, while centre-back Matip has not played since Liverpool last met United on October 20 when he suffered a recurrence of the knee injury he first picked up in the win at Sheffield United.

However, the league leaders are set to be without James Milner, Dejan Lovren and Naby Keita again.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will give Marcus Rashford the maximum possible opportunity to recover from the back injury he aggravated against Wolves in midweek, but the striker is unlikely to feature.

Rashford will undergo further assessments on Friday ahead of United making a late call over his fitness.

"I'm not going to hold my breath," Solskjaer said. "I probably think he wouldn't be ready. We're going to give him the absolute amount of time to find out."

Meanwhile, Luke Shaw is a doubt after missing the Wolves game with a hamstring injury and Eric Bailly is unlikely to be risked, while Paul Pogba, Marcos Rojo and Scott McTominay are all still out.

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Liverpool vs Manchester United is live on Super Sunday from 4pm; kick-off 4.30pm. Sky Sports customers can watch in-game clips in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.

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  • Since completing a league double over Man Utd in 2013-14, Liverpool have won just one of their 11 Premier League games against the Red Devils (D5 L5).
  • Manchester United are winless in their last four away matches against Liverpool in all competitions (D2 L2) since a 1-0 win in January 2016 in the Premier League.
  • Liverpool have lost 28 Premier League matches against Manchester United, eight more than against any other club.
  • Liverpool will face Manchester United at Anfield for a league game starting the day top of the table for the first time since September 1990, winning 4-0 under Kenny Dalglish.
  • Among the 31 teams Jürgen Klopp has faced 10 or more times during his managerial career, his worst win ratio is against Manchester United (20% - P10 W2 D6 L2).
  • Manchester United have lost their last two away Premier League games on Merseyside against Liverpool and Everton; they haven't lost three in a row in the top-flight since April 1979.
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Manchester United are going there scared. For the first time in many years, you could see Liverpool giving them a proper hiding. What does that mean for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer? What does that mean for the young players? Marcus Rashford is carrying them.

Man United will not want to be embarrassed, but if Liverpool score quickly and get their two full-backs bombing, it could spell trouble.

I am not saying this is easy to do, but Liverpool have something within them right now that is saying they are not giving up the belief that they can go unbeaten. Liverpool have kept six successive clean sheets and that is telling us they have tightened up there.

United proved me wrong at the Etihad and they may do so again - but I can only see a very comfortable Liverpool win. This is Anfield, the crowd will want blood and for Liverpool to give them more; it is one of these days where Liverpool will flex their muscles, say they will be champions, and that is what I think will materialise.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 3-0 (">9/1 with Sky Bet)

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Carra's Liverpool vs Man Utd verdict

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 13:45
Jamie Carragher

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Speaking on the latest Football Weekend Preview, Jamie Carragher previews Liverpool's huge clash with Manchester United on Super Sunday.

United travel to Anfield sitting 27 points behind their rivals, with Liverpool unbeaten in 38 games and on course for their first top-flight title in 30 years.

Here, Carra discusses the intensity of the rivalry, how United will try to hurt Jurgen Klopp's side, and his prediction...

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Carra on... Liverpool overtaking United Jamie Carragher says the United rivalry is still as fierce as ever Jamie Carragher says the United rivalry is still as fierce as ever Jamie Carragher says the United rivalry is still as fierce as ever

"The real big games for Liverpool, for me, are obviously Manchester United and Everton. There's always that extra bit of fear going into those games about how you're going to feel afterwards if you lose.

"At this moment, the position Liverpool are in compared to Manchester United, when I was a player we were never in this position, and I don't mean position in the league, but actually Liverpool being a better side than Manchester United.

"We competed with them in one-off games, but I don't think we were actually a better side than them at any one time I was a player. But in the last few years under Jurgen Klopp, it does feel like there's been a gulf between the two sides."

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"The real top teams, and certainly City and Liverpool, when they're on the front foot they like to push high, they like to leave space in behind and are very brave in everything they do, both with and without the ball.

"At times this season Liverpool have actually been caught out with a high line, and opposition have gone through on goal, and probably haven't made as much as they should have.

"That's something Ole will be looking at - can they get in-behind this Liverpool team? Liverpool will look to play high, squeeze the midfield and give United less space to play in midfield, so they'll have to be really clever in central midfield to get it to the front players.

"As I said after the Man City win, on their day United's front three can be equally as devastating as Liverpool's; they have the quality, but obviously just lack the consistency."

Carra on... Jordan Henderson Jordan Henderson is vital for Jurgen Klopp's side, says Carragher Jordan Henderson is vital for Jurgen Klopp's side, says Carragher Jordan Henderson is vital for Jurgen Klopp's side, says Carragher

"He's been vital. A lot of the time he has been questioned under Jurgen Klopp, should he get a regular game? Should he be captain? But all of these top managers keep picking him out.

"I've worked with him, so I'm well aware of Jordan's qualities and what he's like around the dressing room. For a manager, having him around the dressing room is gold dust, with the example he sets every day.

"Liverpool have bought a lot of players under Jurgen Klopp in his position, and he still plays. That just says it all about him."

Carra on... Klopp taking Liverpool back to the top

"He is a special manager at this moment, I think him and Pep Guardiola are out there as the best two top managers in world football. And they look like they are going to dominate English football.

"From a Liverpool point of view it would be No 19 in league titles, with United on 20, but it's not just the league titles, there are European Cups you have to add in there when comparing Liverpool and Manchester United."

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"I am confident Liverpool will win the game. Mourinho, in his first couple games at Anfield with United, made it really difficult for Liverpool, but in the last one Liverpool really dominated and came out on top in Mourinho's final game at United.

"I think Ole is not quite as pragmatic as Mourinho, so I don't see it being a shut-out kind of game, and I think the tactic for United will be very similar to what it was against Manchester City in December, playing deep and trying to hit on the counter-attack. They were absolutely devastating that day, and if they produce a similar sort of performance, Liverpool could have major problems.

"But there is a gulf between the two clubs, and if Liverpool play anywhere near what they are capable of, they will come out on top.

"I'm confident of a Liverpool win. I think 3-1 Liverpool. And if that is the score, we've got the pundit-camera on us in the commentary box, and hopefully we'll see similar scenes to what we saw at Old Trafford when Adam Lallana got the equaliser!"

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How Salah adapted to lead Liverpool charge

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 08:30
Nick Wright

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In an exclusive interview ahead of Liverpool vs Manchester United, live on Sky Sports Premier League on Sunday, Mohamed Salah opens up on adapting his game and being judged unfairly

Last Updated: 17/01/20 4:46pm

Mohamed Salah has scored 14 goals for Liverpool this season Mohamed Salah has scored 14 goals for Liverpool this season Mohamed Salah has scored 14 goals for Liverpool this season

In the reception area of Liverpool's Melwood training ground, you do not have to look far for reminders of the club's recent success.

The European Cup is mounted on one wall. On another, a trophy tally has been updated to reflect the recent Club World Cup win.

It is little wonder that Mohamed Salah is smiling as he strolls between the two. The Egyptian has been instrumental in Liverpool's emergence as European and world champions, scoring 85 goals in 132 games so far, and now he is helping lead the charge towards the prize they covet most.

Of course, nobody around here is taking anything for granted just yet. But Liverpool sit 14 points clear of second-placed Manchester City with a game in hand at the top of the Premier League table. Jurgen Klopp's side are setting new standards in their pursuit of a Premier League crown which has been a long time coming.

Salah missed Liverpool's last clash with Manchester United due to injury Salah missed Liverpool's last clash with Manchester United due to injury Salah missed Liverpool's last clash with Manchester United due to injury

On Sunday, however, they will face an opponent more motivated than any other to halt their charge. The tables have turned on Manchester United, but Liverpool have only won two of their last 11 meetings. Their old rivals are the only side to have taken points off them this season. They are also one of only two Premier League sides Salah is yet to score against.

It is a record he will be eager to change when he steps out at Anfield.

"You can see from the fans, before and during the game, that they are really excited about playing Manchester United and they really want to win it," Salah tells Sky Sports having taken a seat in the nearby press room.

"There is big competition and, okay, that's important, but as a player you don't have to put more pressure on yourself. In the back of your mind, of course, you know that the fans are pushing you forward to play better and give even more than what you have, but you have to take it as a normal game. You need to get the three points and just carry on.

"I think Manchester United play against me in a different way to some other players. They defend against me in a different way. It's a challenge, but I'm happy about that. As long as the team are winning, I'm always happy."

United, of course, are not the only side to have tried to make life as difficult as possible for Salah since his stunning debut season at Anfield, when he hit 44 goals, including a record-breaking haul of 32 in the Premier League.

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The added attention has required some adaptation.

"In the first year when I came here, I was playing more as a winger," says Salah. "Then, in the second year, it was a real challenge to see what I could do when the other teams came to defend against me on the wing, and I knew that there would always be two players waiting for me there.

For every game, I try to study the opponent before we play. I try to find in my head the way I'm going to score against them.

Mohamed Salah

"I had to change my positioning. Now, sometimes I go inside and play more in that part of the pitch, and sometimes I play number nine. It was a challenge, that change, but I think I'm doing well. I finished as top scorer for the team again last season, which is something great.

"For every game, I try to study the opponent before we play. I try to find in my head the way I'm going to score against them. I think it's working well because I have scored many goals for the team. I think there's a lot I am improving and there is a lot of room to improve more."

Salah set up Roberto Firmino's winner against Tottenham Salah set up Roberto Firmino's winner against Tottenham Salah set up Roberto Firmino's winner against Tottenham

Another consequence of setting such extraordinarily high standards for himself, however, is that the pressure and expectation on his shoulders has been heightened. Salah is still scoring at a formidable rate, but there have been times in the last 18 months when even short dry spells in front of goal have prompted criticism of his form.

"There is always a lot of pressure when you want to play at the top level, when you want to win trophies and a lot of individual trophies as well," he says. "There is of course a big expectation, but the best way to handle it is just to focus on your work and do it in the right way in each game."

He has certainly succeeded on that front, and while Sadio Mane has taken a bigger share of the scoring burden in the last two seasons, it is often overlooked that Salah brings a lot more to the side than goals.

Since his arrival at Anfield in 2017, he has created more chances and provided more assists than any other Liverpool player in the Premier League. In fact, he ranks top in just about every creative metric.

Salah ranks top at Liverpool in terms of creativity Salah ranks top at Liverpool in terms of creativity Salah ranks top at Liverpool in terms of creativity

It has, he says, been an area of focus on the training pitch.

"Sometimes people judge you only on your goals, but honestly, [the creativity] is something the gaffer thinks about and talks to me about a lot. I think my team-mates are happy about it too. As long as I feel like am creating chances and giving assists for them, that's great. Maybe people don't focus much on that, but I like to give assists as well as score.

"In the last game against Tottenham, I gave Bobby [Roberto Firmino] an assist and I was really happy for him to score. Without assists - and I don't just mean my assists - you can't win games.

"Also, I can't focus too much on just scoring or finishing myself, because that means my game won't really change and my opponents will figure out how to defend against me. If sometimes I get the ball and create a chance or give an assist, I can confuse them. It's about being clever."

That cleverness can be seen in how he interchanges positions with Mane and Firmino, and while there was a rare flashpoint earlier in the season when Mane reacted angrily to being substituted during Liverpool's 3-0 win over Burnley - frustrated after Salah had opted to shoot rather than pass to him - there were was never any danger of lingering ill-feeling.

Salah celebrates a goal with Sadio Mane Salah celebrates a goal with Sadio Mane Salah celebrates a goal with Sadio Mane

Instead, the pair swiftly put the episode behind them and, together with Firmino, continue to show why they are regarded as one of the most lethal front threes in the game. So far this season, they have fired 38 goals between them in all competitions.

Is there not at least friendly competition about who can score the most?

Salah grins. "Yes, of course: Me," he says, laughing. "No, no, we don't look at it like that. If none of us score and the game finishes zero-zero - which doesn't happen often - we are really angry and we get annoyed by that. But when we're on the pitch and we're winning, it's great."

Mane and Firmino are not the only Liverpool players with whom Salah shares close bonds. Klopp has described him as "sensational" with his team-mates and "very influential" in the dressing room, and Salah sees Liverpool's team spirit as a major factor in their success.

Salah scored Liverpool's opener in last year's Champions League final Salah scored Liverpool's opener in last year's Champions League final Salah scored Liverpool's opener in last year's Champions League final

"In my mind, the way I think about it is that everything starts in the dressing room," he says. "The relationships you have with everyone can make a huge difference on the pitch. We all have great relationships and I think that helps us in games and in training. It creates a good mood."

It also helps to have a manager in Klopp who is so attuned to the dynamics of the group and the individual needs of his players. Squad players have been kept on side, ably deputising when required, and senior stars have stepped up whenever Liverpool have needed them most.

It is why Klopp was described as a "father figure" by Mane recently and it is why Salah sees him in much the same way. "He knows how to treat each one of us," he says. "I think he has helped everyone in the team and improved us all as players as well. He has good relationships with us all."

Klopp and his players have already secured their place in the history books. That was assured on that heady night in Madrid last year. But there seems little prospect of them losing focus in pursuit of the next target. Not when their form is so relentless. Not when the standards are so high that Jordan Henderson can be seen mouthing "not good enough" as he leaves the pitch after a 1-0 win away to Jose Mourinho's Spurs.

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"Sometimes you have difficult games, like Spurs last weekend, but we managed to win that one because of our experience, and, for myself, as long as we are winning, I'm fine," says Salah. "I want to win the Premier League and I don't mind how we do it in the next 17 games. I just want that trophy, that's the most important thing.

"When I came here, we were not top of the league. We finished fourth in my first year, then we were second last season. But whenever I was asked what I wanted to achieve, it was always the same: I want to win the Premier League. I have always believed we can achieve it and that's what we are trying to do. If we do the hard work, the rest will come."

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Klopp's 10 steps to greatness

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Liverpool vs Manchester: Nev & Carra's city rivalry

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 15:28
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6:56 Who has the better music, TV, nightlife... and footballers? Liverpool or Manchester? Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher go head-to-head for their city. Who has the better music, TV, nightlife... and footballers? Liverpool or Manchester? Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher go head-to-head for their city.

Who has the better music, TV, nightlife... and footballers? Liverpool or Manchester? Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher go head-to-head for their city.

Ahead of Liverpool's meeting with Manchester United on Super Sunday, we asked two pundits who know a thing or two about both cities...

Music The Beatles originate from Liverpool, but Manchester also have  a proud musical heritage The Beatles originate from Liverpool, but Manchester also have  a proud musical heritage The Beatles originate from Liverpool, but Manchester also have a proud musical heritage

Carra: Nothing can beat the Beatles, so next one!

Nev: It's so predictable he would come out with the Beatles! Liverpool has produced some great music, and The Beatles are one of the most famous bands of all time. But as a collective music scene, I'd say Manchester is stronger. Oasis. Stone Roses. The Charlatans.

Carra: No. Oasis wanted to be The Beatles!

TV

Nev: Coronation Street. End of. The longest-running soap, an institution in this country.

Carra: Boys from The Blackstuff. Bread. Hollyoaks. Brookside! But I can let you have Coronation Street...

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Carra: Oh, it's easy. How many do you need? You've only got two! People talk about Manchester United being this great club, they've had two great managers. Matt Busby and Alex Ferguson. Other than that? Absolutely nothing!

Nev: For what they achieved, being at the club for 25 years each, it has to be those two, surely?

Carra: Why? Did they dominate Europe? Has a Manchester United manager every dominated Europe? No. Bob Paisley did.

Best night out

Carra: It has to be Liverpool, surely! How boring is Manchester?!

Nev: Manchester's dance scene was world-renowned for about 15 years! I don't think you can compete with that from a Liverpool point of view.

Carra: The Cream! Everybody from all over the country would go to The Cream!

Best footballer Steven Gerrard with the European Cup in 2005 Steven Gerrard with the European Cup in 2005 Steven Gerrard with the European Cup in 2005

Carra: Steven Gerrard!

Nev: Ryan Giggs!

Carra: Giggs won a lot more than Gerrard. Gerrard was a better player than Ryan Giggs.

Football pundits

Carra: Well I've just won pundit of the year. Finished, next question!

Shopping

Nev: Harvey Nicholas, Sefridges, Arndale and Trafford Centre. No debate!

Carra: Go on then, you can have it!

Best European comeback Neville is adamant Man Utd's 1999 Champions League final win over Bayern Munich is greater than Liverpool's 2005 comeback in Istanbul Neville is adamant Man Utd's 1999 Champions League final win over Bayern Munich is greater than Liverpool's 2005 comeback in Istanbul Neville is adamant Man Utd's 1999 Champions League final win over Bayern Munich is greater than Liverpool's 2005 comeback in Istanbul

Nev: It's ours. 1-0 down in injury time?

Carra: Nothing will ever beat Istanbul. It's talked about all over the world. It was voted the best comeback!

Nev: It's talked about... in Liverpool.

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