Jürgen Klopp has explained why Liverpool will not pause to consider their remarkable form this season until after 2019-20 comes to a conclusion.
Having already lifted the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup this term, the Reds lead the Premier League by 16 points and continue their defence of the Champions League against Atletico Madrid next month.
For now, though, their focus is firmly on an FA Cup fourth-round date with League One side Shrewsbury Town this Sunday.
In the second part of his pre-match press conference on Friday, Klopp discussed the trip to Shrewsbury, the approach he takes to assessing Liverpool’s form, and Xherdan Shaqiri’s situation…
On the challenge of facing a lower-league side away from home…
Of course, it’s tough. That’s the really good thing of a cup competition. Shrewsbury qualified for the round in a difficult game, they had to play twice against Bristol City and qualified. They are looking forward to the game, for sure, since they were qualified; they knew before that we would be the opponent. That’s exactly what I said about the competition, [that] the lower-league team can play at a home ground is an advantage, 100 per cent. Hopefully the pitch will be OK, I have no idea so far about any circumstances. So, we will see that. But that’s proper ‘cup’ [football] and I like that. Is it a test? Yes, maybe, but it’s not that I test the players, it’s a test in general that you play against a team who fights the fight of their life, maybe, and we have to show how important the next round is for us. But I’m not really in doubt about our boys and hopefully we can show that.
On when he will reflect on the levels Liverpool have reached this season…
I have no idea, actually, I don’t think about it. I think it makes sense, if I look back, to do it after the last game [of the season], whichever game that will be. We’re still in two cup competitions. For the league, there is absolutely no reason – there is really a lot to do still. In the cups, we are where we are ahead of the next round. Shrewsbury and Atletico Madrid, these are the opponents. So, no idea.
On whether he ‘gets a sense’ of what is being achieved by his team…
Not really. It’s really about doing what you have to do until it’s over. There’s no 10 per cent party in my mind, no 15 per cent, no eight per cent – there’s just no party. It’s not like this. After the game yesterday, I have these little meetings immediately where I tell the boys what I think and, to be honest, I had to remind myself at the end to say, ‘Congratulations, the result was outstanding’ because before that I spoke about all the other things that were not that good – not because I’m looking for it, just because that’s important as well. We have no time really to make assessments and analysis from our last game. We analyse the next opponent. There are these two meetings – directly after the game and today before training – where I speak a little bit about that. But I think it’s important that we get all the information.
It’s not like this, it’s not like we forget what we have to do better. We are all happy with each other, we are in a good place, that’s clear. But a lot of other teams are the same. We were in a good place last year and the year before when we didn’t win anything, because we just like working together. We just like working together on improvements and there’s still a lot to improve. That’s our life. Imagine anybody in the past after they won something or looked like they’d win something, [if] they would have stopped, that never got rewarded in history. What the boys said, after our career we want to look back and in an ideal world mix up what we won and when it was. That was maybe more a joke when we said it the first time but it’s kind of the idea we have together.
On whether Shaqiri is frustrated by the fitness setbacks he has had this season…
Yes, it’s not cool, absolutely not cool. But maybe there are different reasons, for sure. Shaq is a very special player in different departments. His physique is different to all others I ever saw, his muscles are unbelievable. It’s never ‘big’ so far, but it was always enough to get him out. I can imagine that’s frustrating. It’s frustrating for him, it’s not cool for us. But not to change. We work on that obviously, we don’t want to bring in the situation where that constantly happens, but so far we didn’t find the 100 per cent solution for it. We have to see.
Takumi Minamino will draw plenty of worthwhile experience from his introduction to life in the Premier League, Jürgen Klopp believes.
Minamino made his top-flight bow in Thursday's 2-1 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers as he replaced the injured Sadio Mane in the 33rd minute.
In addition to his talent and the versatility he brings to Liverpool, Klopp was also impressed with the mental toughness the No.18 displayed in trying circumstances at Molineux.
On whether the Japan international will feature on the weekend at Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup, the boss told a press conference: "With Taki we have to think about what we do exactly now because yesterday he played much longer than we thought.
"But yesterday night was a big step for him. For nobody yesterday on the pitch was it a game like where you have to shine and make your best game ever and stuff like this.
"When you come in as a new player in this kind of a battle and then showing up like he did, not with his skills – what he obviously has in different departments of the game – [but] with his mentality and character.
"He was fighting like crazy and closed gaps, was involved in a lot of situations. That was just a super start, to be honest.
"Is it his 100 per cent position? Yes, he can play that. How I said, he's pretty versatile so he can play different positions. For yesterday night, it was exactly what he had to do and he did it. That was much more important than the next game.
"I have to see how he reacted now on the intensity of that game – I don't know him long enough in this part, so we have to see. But each game helps for sure."
Minamino now has two appearances for Liverpool to his name after arriving from Austrian side Salzburg at the start of the month.
His manager is already impressed by his start to life on Merseyside, but feels there's plenty more to come.
"He's exactly the player we expected to get – super, super boy, super player," Klopp continued.
"You saw so many things of his ability last night. This game last night was a proper fight and he was completely ready for that.
"For him, [it's] still kind of a new environment with a new team and then really adapting. From a tactical point of view, it was an outstanding game. That's what we see in training.
"In training then we see, of course, more of all the finishing stuff, the creating stuff. It's just the player we wanted and now he's ours."
Three of Liverpool's Premier League fixtures in March have been rescheduled.
The Reds' home encounter with Bournemouth will now be played on Saturday March 7 at 12.30pm and broadcast live on BT Sport in the UK.
Liverpool will then travel to Goodison Park to face Everton on Monday March 16 at 8pm.
Finally, Crystal Palace's visit to Anfield has been moved to a 5.30pm kick-off on Saturday March 21. However, this game is subject to further change in the event of FA Cup quarter-final participation.
The Everton and Palace matches will be shown live on Sky Sports.
All kick-off times are GMT.
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Jürgen Klopp has confirmed Liverpool are set to bring in fresh legs for Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at Shrewsbury Town.
The Reds made nine changes for the meeting with Everton at the previous stage of the tournament earlier this month and are set to shuffle their pack once more for the visit to New Meadow.
Klopp also explained why the encounter with the League One club is also an opportunity to give players who’ve recently returned from injury some valuable game time.
“We will have a team with fresh legs,” said the boss. “We have players who came back from injury, so it makes sense to play them because they are pretty good and we want to go through.
“Now we are qualified for the round we want to go through and we know it’s a tough place to go, how it always is in cup competitions.”
Klopp added: “It's clear, without a winning mentality, it's difficult to win football games. I don’t think the players left a shadow of a doubt this season that they want to win a game, when they’re part of it, against whoever it is or whoever was the opponent. It is very important.”
Naby Keita could be available for Sunday's FA Cup clash with Shrewsbury Town but Liverpool await further news on Sadio Mane's hamstring injury.
Dejan Lovren is in contention for the fourth-round tie at New Meadow, though James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri are unlikely to be involved.
The manager was asked for an update on Mane, who was withdrawn after ‘feeling something’ in the first half of Thursday’s win at Wolverhampton Wanderers, at his pre-match press conference.
“No, I think he is in the scan in this moment,” replied Klopp. “They didn’t call me out of the scan, so, no. [Fingers crossed], yes.”
On other fitness concerns in his squad, the boss said: “Dejan trained completely normally, until the game it’s a week [back] so should be fine.
“For Shaq and Millie, I think it’s too early. Naby, we will have to see. My information is that he will be part of training today and then we have to see.
“It was not too long, but how he looks and so on. For the boys that didn’t play longer than a half yesterday, today will be a very, very important session and kind of an intense session.
“It’s minus two [days] to the game so there is always intensity. We will see if he can be part of that completely – then he would be an option. If not, then not.”
Adrian is set to return to Liverpool’s starting line-up for Sunday’s FA Cup encounter at Shrewsbury Town.
The goalkeeper will be given the nod to begin the fourth-round fixture at New Meadow this weekend, having been selected against Everton earlier this month.
Jürgen Klopp confirmed: “It is easy to say, Adrian will stay in goal if he can.
“So far [all good] and nothing different.”
Liverpool went 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League once again after a 2-1 victory away at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Thursday night.
Jordan Henderson opened the scoring for the Reds with a header from yet another Trent Alexander-Arnold corner, and despite Raul Jimenez levelling for the home side, Roberto Firmino curled in a brilliant late winner.
Here is what the media made of the game...
Neil Jones, Goal.com
Well, what is there left to say about this Liverpool team? Just when you thought that the party had to end, Jürgen Klopp’s side find a way to turn the music back up. Just when you thought they were out, they pull themselves back in. How do they do it? How do they keep digging out these wins when everything tells you that this, finally, is the night when their luck runs out? With six minutes left, Firmino drew back his left foot. Goal. Bedlam. Firmino is very much Liverpool’s away-day specialist this season. All of his goals have come away from Anfield. This, his 10th of the campaign, was as precious as any. No surrender. Not just yet. The 16-point lead at the top of the table is restored, and can be extended at West Ham on Wednesday as the Reds play their game in hand. By the time Manchester City next play in the league, the gap could be 22 points. Honestly. If January was to be month to test Liverpool, to stretch them, well they have risen to the challenge. This was their fifth win of the month, each of them vital, each of them requiring every ounce of courage, spirit and togetherness. They rarely do it the easy way, this team.
Henry Winter, The Times
Henderson embodies the magnificent team he captains: the will to win, the relentless pressing, the energy, passing and utter determination not to concede ground, goals or points. Henderson is the beacon lighting the way for Liverpool to reach their first league trophy in 30 years. Others contributed immensely here, whether Alisson’s saves, Virgil van Dijk’s interceptions or Roberto Firmino’s finishing, but in truth Liverpool managed their 14th consecutive Premier League win because of Henderson. He went in for a header, scored with his shoulder, and was head and shoulders above everybody here. He stood firm when Wolverhampton Wanderers whipped up a storm in the second half, and with six minutes remaining provided the assist for Firmino to ensure the win. At the final whistle, Henderson raised his clenched fists to the misty skies in celebration, armband gripping his left biceps, a bulging vein in his neck, catching his breath after another intense shift of work.
Melissa Reddy, Independent
What more is there to say? Are there any unused superlatives left? In the absence of fresh words, perhaps it’s wise to borrow Kylian Mbappe’s recent ones. “Liverpool are like a machine,” the Paris Saint-Germain star said. “They win, they win, they win.” Yes, they’ve done it again. At Molineux on Thursday night, the league leaders came, scored twice, sweated a bit, but ultimately conquered. Liverpool have not lost a game in the division for 385 days. They have collected 94 points out of the last available 96. This is Liverpool and they always find a way to win.
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Captain Jordan Henderson grabbed a goal and an assist as Liverpool earned a hard-fought 2-1 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Thursday to move 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League again.
The skipper headed his side in front after eight minutes and teed up Roberto Firmino for a thrilling late winner after Raul Jimenez had earlier equalised for the hosts.
Here are five talking points from an enthralling match at Molineux...
A captain's performance
Nuno Espirito Santo's Wolves provided a particularly tough test for the Reds on a wintry night in the Midlands and it was Henderson who ensured he and his colleagues passed it.
It was the No.14 who spotted a potential area to exploit from Liverpool's first corner of the game - and then attacked that spot to head home the opening goal from the second one.
When the Reds were pegged back by Wolves' 51st-minute leveller, Henderson was at the forefront of cajoling his side to recovery and then, ultimately, victory.
With Wolves occupied by Mohamed Salah on the edge of the area, the ball came out to the captain, who calmly weighted a perfect pass through the chaos for Firmino to score an 84th-minute winner.
And, defensively, he led the team with nine possession regains and 100 per cent aerial duels won.
King of the assists
Another game, another assist from Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Against Manchester United on Sunday it was his corner that Virgil van Dijk headed in for the breakthrough; against Wolves it was a similar delivery for Henderson to convert.
The right-back has assisted 22 Premier League goals since the start of last season - five more than any other player - with a league-high 10 of those coming from set-pieces.
Liverpool have netted eight league goals from corners this season - the joint-most with Arsenal - and can certainly add set-pieces to their attacking armoury, with Alexander-Arnold's dead-ball ability a key factor.
The 2-1 win at Molineux means the Reds are now unbeaten in their last 40 Premier League games and are tied with Chelsea for the third-best run in English top-flight history.
Only Arsenal (49) and Nottingham Forest (42) have ever gone on a longer such streak.
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Liverpool's last loss in the league came against Manchester City at the Etihad in January last year - when the Reds went down 2-1 in their only defeat of the campaign.
Sadio sour note
Jürgen Klopp named an unchanged side for the third Premier League game on the bounce but the Reds were forced to make a change on 32 minutes when Sadio Mane was unable to continue.
The Senegalese forward, who has scored 15 goals in 31 appearances this season, took to the Molineux turf but was then able to stand up and walk off unaided.
The manager delivered an update post-match, reporting that Mane 'felt something' in his hamstring but Liverpool would have to wait on scan results to discover the full extent of the injury.
Minamino makes league debut
With Mane heading down the tunnel, January signing Takumi Minamino came off the bench to make his Premier League debut and his very first touch was to flick the ball over the head of an onrushing opponent.
From a pass fired out to him at pace by the Reds defence, the Japan international took a touch over Matt Doherty at his back, spun and carried the ball forward.
He enjoyed 40 more touches during his 57 minutes on the pitch, linking up most with his skipper, Henderson (10).
Deployed in a central position in the FA Cup victory over Everton earlier this month, he operated mainly on the right-hand side at Molineux.
The forward was often used on the left at Salzburg this season, before his move to Anfield, and Minamino's versatility across the attacking positions gives Klopp more options to ponder during the season's run-in.
Andy Robertson has highlighted the stunning form of Jordan Henderson and believes the captain has been 'driving' Liverpool forward this season.
Henderson once again impressed with a Man of the Match performance in Thursday's 2-1 victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The midfielder opened the scoring at Molineux early in the first half before delivering the assist for Roberto Firmino's 84th-minute winner.
“Hendo, for me, this season has been different class,” Robertson told Liverpoolfc.com following the win. “He’s been one of, if not our best player this season.
“Sometimes over the years Hendo’s not got the credit that he deserves. But when you play with him, you train with him and see the way he acts off the field, it’s an absolute pleasure [for him] to be my captain and everyone’s captain.
“For us, he’s now getting the credit that he deserves and that’s what it’s all about for us because he’s getting the recognition that his performances deserve.
“And today just epitomises Jordan Henderson – the way he went about his business, the way he scored the goal and his assist.
“His all-round play the past couple of months has been second to none and he’s really driving us forward to the position we are in now.”
Henderson is leading a Liverpool side that sits 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League, while also possessing a game in hand on second-place Manchester City.
And Jürgen Klopp's trophy-hungry squad are leaving it all out on the pitch in fixture after fixture in order to deliver more silverware to Anfield this term.
"We are a team that don’t find excuses, we are a team that gets on with it," Robertson stressed.
"Are there some games you go in tired? Are there some games you go in with an injury when you are playing with pain? Of course there are. But like I’ve said, we are going for something that’s never been done before.
"We are playing for a club that is a fantastic club to play for. The fans are really enjoying it, we are all enjoying it, so why wouldn’t we put ourselves out there?
"Pain barrier or tiredness, it’s just about breaking through the barriers and it’s about just giving your all for the badge and for your teammates in there – and that’s what all of us are doing just now.
"Then we rest and maybe hobble about for a couple of days and then we go again. It’s a fantastic group of boys in there, an honest group who work so hard for each other and that’s why we are getting the results just now."
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Liverpool must wait to discover the extent of the injury sustained by Sadio Mane during Thursday’s 2-1 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Reds’ No.10 was forced off in the first half at Molineux due to a hamstring issue, Jürgen Klopp confirmed post-match.
The boss said: "We don’t know exactly [what the injury is], it’s the muscle. He felt something in the hamstring. We don’t know yet, obviously, we have to wait. We will see."
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Liverpool name an unchanged line-up for a third successive Premier League game for tonight’s clash at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Jürgen Klopp has elected to deploy the same starting XI that defeated Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in the Reds’ last two outings.
There is a change among the substitutes, however, with Adam Lallana ruled out due to a virus. Neco Williams is therefore named on the bench.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Subs: Adrian, Fabinho, Minamino, Origi, Matip, Jones, Williams.
A transfer to Liverpool could be a very 'attractive proposition' for Kylian Mbappe, a French journalist has claimed.
Following Mbappe's recent public comments on the Reds, Julien Laurens has said a move to Merseyside might be a possibility for Mbappe - though any admirers of the PSG star would have to pay around €300m to make it happen.
Speaking to ESPN FC, Laurens indicated the Paris Saint-Germain talisman would consider an offer from Liverpool 'every single day of the week'.
Laurens said: "It’s pretty simple, if Liverpool can pay the €300m or maybe €350m with the bonuses, and put that on the table – which is what PSG will ask anyone to sign Mbappe.
"If Liverpool can afford that, plus give him the wages that he wants, he will consider that offer every single day of the week, because, yes Real Madrid is his dream and one day there is a certainty that he will play at the Bernabeu for Real Madrid.
"But he's only 21 years of age so there is plenty time for him to go and play in Madrid one day.
"The fact is that he also would like to play in the Premier League one day, too - and Liverpool is a very attractive proposition for any top player in the world right now with what they are putting together and the project of Jurgen Klopp.
"But again, if they can’t put that money down on the table for an offer, there’s no way he could go there."
Earlier this week in a BBC interview at the launch of his new charity, 'Inspired by Kylian Mbappe', the World Cup winner hailed Liverpool.
Mbappe said: "What Liverpool do in this moment is amazing. They're like a machine, they've found a rhythm and are like 'we play again, we play again'.
"They've lost zero games. When you watch you think everything's easy but that's not easy.
"The guys are focused, they play games every three days and they win, they win, they win.
"Now the problem is that everybody watches Liverpool, and everybody watches what we can do against them, so now they have to show they are strong again but it's a very good team with a very good manager."
Source: Liverpool Echo
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Liverpool have reportedly made contact with Pedro Brazão's agent as they weigh up a swoop for the teenage Nice attacker.
But Jurgen Klopp's side face competition from PSG, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Sporting Lisbon for the 17-year-old winger.
Liverpool have already made two signings since New Year, with attacking midfielder Takumi Minamino having arrived from Red Bull Salzburg, and striker Joe Hardy joining the U23s from Brentford.
And the Reds could be poised to land a third new recruit if they can beat their rivals in the race to sign highly-rated Brazão.
After reports emerged last week that Liverpool were considering a swoop, French publication Footmercato has claimed that both the Reds and PSG have already contacted Brazão's representatives over a possible transfer.
However, Brazão is contracted to Nice until 2022, so the ball is in the French club's court over whether or not they want to sell.
Brazão is a left winger but can also play on the right flank or as an attacking midfielder.
After progressing with Nice's U19s, Brazão joined the club's senior set-up in pre-season and earned a decent amount of playing time, suggesting he was nearing his breakthrough into the first team.
He has so far made just one substitute appearance so far this season, but according to the reports coming out of France it appears Liverpool are hoping to yet again steal a march on their rivals by snapping him up early.
Klopp's side were quick to act in luring Minamino following his impressive Champions league displays for Salzburg, wrapping the deal up early so he could sign on January 1, the day the transfer window opened.
And they will hope to be similarly ahead of the game if they choose to swoop for Brazão, who has two caps for Portugal U19s.
Source: Daily Mirror
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Liverpool's defensive ranks have been bolstered by Dejan Lovren's return to training this week, following on from Fabinho and Joel Matip.
Naby Keita, James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri are ruled out tonight, however.
Wolves hope to welcome Willy Boly and Diogo Jota back after they trained before the Reds' visit.
They are without Ruben Vinagre due to injury, though, and new signing Leonardo Campana is currently on international duty.
Liverpool FC Women have completed the signing of goalkeeper Rylee Foster.
Foster, from Ontario, Canada, joins the Reds after finishing her career in the American college system with West Virginia University.
The 21-year-old enjoyed a successful four-year career with the Mountaineers, playing 84 games and recording 39 clean sheets.
She was named on the MAC Hermann Trophy long list for the most outstanding college player of the year in two successive years.
A Canada U20 international, she will wear the No.13 jersey with the Reds.
LFC Women manager Vicky Jepson said: “Rylee is a good signing for us. It’s about signing a good quality goalkeeper that brings competition to our current squad. She’s a fantastic fit for us for the future.
“We’re glad to have such a young, talented individual join our squad that will add strength. She’s settled in well and we’re looking forward to seeing what she’s capable of.”
Foster is a huge Reds fan and her arm has borne a tattoo with the club’s ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ motto for several years.
“It’s been a dream for me to play for Liverpool since I was a young kid,” she said. “To be able to start my professional career and be in Liverpool – this was the ultimate goal for me – so to be able to start here is amazing.
“I’m going to come in, work hard and do everything I can to help out.
“I got the tattoo in 2014 after my grandmother passed away. My grandparents are both from Wavertree in Liverpool but moved away during the war. It’s just a commemorative thing to show that they are always with me.”