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'Klopp has big problem at Liverpool'

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 13:30

Last Updated: 20/09/17 5:24pm

Alan McInally says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp must feel 'utterly deflated' after his side dominated Leicester but still lost 2-0

Jurgen Klopp has a big problem at Liverpool after his team were beaten 2-0 at Leicester in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, says Alan McInally.

Liverpool dominated possession and shots on target during the match, but were knocked out of the competition as goals from Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani secured Leicester's passage to the last 16.

Speaking on Sky Sports News on Wednesday, McInally said: "Liverpool have a problem putting the ball in the back of the net.

"Complete and utter dominance they had in the first half but they can't put teams away. It's a big problem for him (Klopp).

Shinji Okazaki celebrates after firing the Foxes in frontShinji Okazaki celebrates after firing the Foxes in front Shinji Okazaki celebrates after firing the Foxes in front

"I said at the time, he must be utterly deflated, Jurgen Klopp. Your team can look so good but go in at half-time 0-0.

"And when he substituted Philippe Coutinho at half-time, Liverpool didn't look anywhere near as threatening.

"He had an opportunity with the transfer window to strengthen the football team."

But McInally believes there is still light at the end of the tunnel for Klopp, whose side are without a win since beating Arsenal 4-0 in August.

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"Danny Ings was on the bench last night and he came on in the second half," said McInally. "Once Ings gets his fitness, he might make a difference and they are definitely missing (suspended) Sadio Mane - that's massive."

He added: "And I don't think they are ruthless enough in the final third. They have to be as ruthless as Man City and Man Utd in scoring goals.

"The amount of chances they had and the possession they had, when they go in at half-time, they probably thought 'we'll still win this'."

Another guest on Sky Sports News, Shay Given, highlighted Liverpool's defensive issues, with the Reds conceding 10 goals in their last four games.

Liverpool's failure to sign Virgil van Dijk during the summer is proving costly for Jurgen Klopp, says Sky Sports pundit Shay Given

The former Newcastle, Manchester City and Stoke goalkeeper said: "It was well-documented they wanted to sign Virgil van Dijk in the summer but didn't.

"But you would have thought a club the size of Liverpool would have had a plan B.

"There should be another centre-half in Europe, or the world, they could have got because it's clear from the goals, from last season and this season, they are conceding and even Klopp says he's sick of the same goals week-in, week-out.

"But now they'll have to work on it on the training ground, as there is no magic wand. The window's closed and there's no Van Dijk.

"They'll have to be more dominant (in defence). Someone will have to step up. No one seems to take control of the situation."

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Klopp 'sick' of 'easy goals'

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 01:00
By James Walker-Roberts

Last Updated: 19/09/17 11:19pm

Jurgen Klopp said he is sick of the goals Liverpool were conceding recently

Jurgen Klopp said he is "sick" of the way Liverpool are conceding "easy goals" after their 2-0 Carabao Cup defeat to Leicester on Tuesday.

Having failed to win any of their last three matches, Liverpool started brightly at the King Power Stadium and dominated the first half.

However, they failed to take any of the chances they created and were punished as Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani scored after the break to send the Foxes into the fourth round.

"We played really good football in the first half and should have decided the game early," said Klopp. "We had big chances. But that's football, it's 90 minutes, at least.

"Leicester somehow survive because we are not clinical enough, sometimes it's like that, but you need to stay concentrated until the end and not allow them to score. They scored too easily.

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"The second ball after a corner, and a throw-in… I am sick of goals like this. You cannot play football. First goal we don't push up together, you can say it one time or 1000 times, it's not nice to concede these goals, and today it's again because of these."

Liverpool have kept just two clean sheets this season and have now conceded 10 goals in their last four matches.

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Klopp added: "After the first goal you saw the heads from Leicester went up, that was a bigger difference. The game changes in moments like this, you have the chance to do it by yourself or sometimes you are on the wrong side and that's how it is.

"But that we concede like this, that makes me really, really sick.

"We are still a good football team, I see it, but unfortunately it doesn't feel (like that) at the moment because it's a cup competition. We wanted to go into the next round and nobody is interested who plays the better in the first half.

"The story of this game is really easy to tell, we were the much better team in the first half, we played good football, we didn't score, that's sometimes part of football.

"But as long as we concede goals like we conceded today, then it is quite difficult."

Liverpool return to the King Power Stadium on Saturday to face Leicester in the Premier League.

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Liverpool's finishing problem

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 00:50
Peter Smith

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Last Updated: 19/09/17 10:55pm

Liverpool's Dominic Solanke missed three good chances against LeicesterLiverpool's Dominic Solanke missed three good chances against Leicester Liverpool's Dominic Solanke missed three good chances against Leicester

Eighty shots. Three goals. Liverpool's finishing has badly let them down over the past week and a failure to capitalise on their first-half dominance at Leicester was a key factor in their 2-0 defeat in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, writes Peter Smith.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who is still seeking his first piece of silverware at the club following this third-round exit, vented his frustration after the game at his side's failure to take their "big chances", as he called them.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Philippe Coutinho, Andrew Robertson and Dominic Solanke - three times - were all culpable in the opening 45.

"They could have been out of sight at half-time. We led a charmed life," conceded Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare, after seeing the Foxes step up their own performance after the break, following Liverpool's substitution of the instrumental Coutinho.

Highlights of the Carabao Cup 3rd round match between Leicester and Liverpool

Questions have been asked of Liverpool's defence this season - and Klopp was again angry at the way his side allowed Shinji Okazaki to profit from a half-cleared corner and Islam Slimani room to shoot from distance - but a variation of attacking line-ups have mis-fired since the international break.

Mis-firing Liverpool

24 shots v Sevilla - drew
35 shots v Burnley - drew
21 shots v Leicester - lost

"That thrashing of Arsenal seems a long time ago now," said Sky Sports pundit Alan Smith on co-commentary - and this Liverpool team are certainly now lacking the conviction they showed when hitting eight in back-to-back games against Hoffenheim and the Gunners in August.

There was the heavy defeat to Manchester City but Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino wasted good chances prior to Sergio Aguero's opener and Sadio Mane's sending off. Should Liverpool have turned their early impetuous into goals in that game, the outcome would have been very different.

Firmino then fired a penalty against the post in the 2-2 Champions League tie with Sevilla before Mane and Salah spurned second-half chances, while Daniel Sturridge and Solanke were guilty in the 1-1 draw with Burnley.

At Leicester, Liverpool - who made eight changes from that Burnley fixture - had 13 first-half shots and eight more after the interval, but found the target with just three of them.

We played really good football in the first half. We should have decided it early. We had big chances.

Jurgen Klopp

Robertson was repeatedly afforded acres of space on the left but his delightful crosses went unconverted. Coutinho orchestrated three clear openings. Again, that good work went unrewarded.

"We played really good football in the first half. We should have decided it early. We had big chances," lamented Klopp.

His removal of Coutinho at the break - cautious to ease the Brazilian back from injury - contributed to a drop-off from the Reds in the second half. They made 100 fewer passes after the break without their No10 shuttling the ball across and up the pitch.

Jurgen Klopp said he was sick of the goals Liverpool were conceding recently including the goals in the their 2-0 defeat to Leicester

But Leicester were buoyed by their first-half let-offs. Able to re-think and reconfigure at half-time with the scores still level, Shakespeare and his men were given a lifeline.

Liverpool will be back at the King Power Stadium on Saturday for a Premier League fixture. Most likely with a different frontline. But unless they can end their recently recurring wastefulness in front of goal, they may be leaving with a similar result.

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Slimani stunner ousts Liverpool

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 00:20
By James Walker-Roberts

Last Updated: 19/09/17 11:08pm

Highlights of the Carabao Cup third-round match between Leicester and Liverpool

Islam Slimani scored a brilliant goal as Leicester beat Liverpool 2-0 in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

Substitute Shinji Okazaki opened the scoring in the 66th minute before Slimani fired in from outside the box to seal victory for the Foxes.

Liverpool, with Philippe Coutinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain starting, had dominated the first half, but failed to take any of their chances.

Jurgen Klopp's side, who made the semi-finals last year and final in 2016, have now failed to win any of their last four matches.

Leicester, meanwhile, are into the fourth round for the first time since 2015, having recovered from a dismal first-half performance to progress.

Player ratings

Leicester: Hamer (6), Amartey (5), Dragovic (6), Morgan (6), Chilwell (6), Albrighton (5), Iborra (5), Ndidi (6), Gray (6), Slimani (7), Ulloa (5)

Subs: Choudhury (5), Okazaki (7)

Liverpool: Ward (5), Flanagan (5), Gomez (5), Klavan (5), Robertson (7), Henderson (6), Grujic (5), Wijnaldum (6), Oxlade-Chamberlain (5), Coutinho (7), Solanke (5)

Subs: Ings (5), Woodburn (6)

Man of the match: Shinji Okazaki

Liverpool were dominant in the opening 45 minutes, with Andy Robertson providing plenty of attacking threat down the left side and Coutinho pulling the strings in the middle.

Oxlade-Chamberlain saw an early chance blocked from a Robertson cross before Dominic Solanke shot narrowly wide and Coutinho had an effort saved.

Watch Islam Slimani's fantastic strike

Leicester offered nothing in response and Robertson continued to create chances, crossing to the back post for Solanke to turn over and then putting in a ball that Coutinho almost tapped in. Solanke also lobbed onto the roof of the net towards the end of the half.

But, having replaced Coutinho at half-time, Liverpool lost their control of the game in the second half.

Summer signings Aleksandar Dragovic and Vicente Iborra both made their Leicester debuts. Liverpool summer signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his first start while Philippe Coutinho was named in the XI for the first time this season. Danny Ward and Jon Flanagan featured for the first time since May 2016.

Leicester were forced into a change after Leonardo Ulloa was left dazed by a header, and it was his replacement, Okazaki, who scored the opener, prodding home in the 66th minute from Vicente Iborra's header back.

Oxlade-Chamberlain fired over and Ben Woodburn went close before Danny Ings came on for his first Liverpool appearance since October 2016.

However, it was Leicester who scored the decisive second as Slimani fired in a brilliant strike from outside the box.

Shinji Okazaki celebrates scoring for LeicesterShinji Okazaki celebrates scoring for Leicester Shinji Okazaki celebrates scoring for Leicester Man of the match - Shinji Okazaki

Robertson and Coutinho were brilliant in the first half, but it was substitute Okazaki who proved key in Leicester winning the tie.

The Japan international gave the Foxes more energy up front and, after scoring the first goal, set up Slimani to add the second.

"Bringing him on was a bonus for us," said Foxes manager Craig Shakespeare. "I know what he is about, he gets in and around people and starts the pressing from the front, which we didn't do in the first half."

Pundit reaction

Emile Heskey on Sky Sports Football: "With the amount of possession Liverpool had and the chances they created, they should have won.

"Defensively they were not sound enough. It was a pretty simple ball to deal with for the first goal, the ball back in from a corner, and you just have to deal with the headers. Players are just standing there free.

"Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was disappointing. Sometimes you forgot he was playing. You expect him to be all action down that wing and you didn't see it. In fairness, Ben Chilwell played a blinding game."

What's next?

The two sides meet again at the King Power Stadium on Saturday in the Premier League. Liverpool then travel to Spartak Moscow in the Champions League next Tuesday.

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Klopp: Ox needs time to adapt

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 20:50

Last Updated: 18/09/17 10:46pm

Jurgen Klopp says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain needs time to settle in at Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will need time to get to grips with Liverpool's style of play.

The £40m deadline-day signing is in line for a first Reds start at Leicester in Tuesday's Carabao up tie, live on Sky Sports.

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Klopp has so far restricted the former Arsenal man to just 57 minutes across three substitute appearances - 45 of those in a damage-limitation exercise at Manchester City following Sadio Mane's red card.

And ahead of the Leicester game, he said: "We are working on it. We are obviously together with him and the analysts to show him how we want to play him in this position and in that position.

"So there is work to do but there is no rush. That is how it is but it is really good that he is here.

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"Of course it is always better - and next year it will be like this - if a new player comes in for the [start of] the season at least, if not for the pre-season. That would be even better.

"When the season starts, now we are really in this three-games-per-week rhythm and during the international break he was with the national team. So it is not easy and it takes time.

"But already at the weekend [against Burnley], he came on in a difficult situation and he did really well."

Klopp is convinced Oxlade-Chamberlain made the right call in leaving Arsenal for Anfield but dismissed suggestions the 24-year-old's development stalled at the Emirates.

He said: "I thought it made complete sense for Alex to change club and to come here.

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"He played all the games for Arsenal from the beginning and now he comes here and is on the bench so it looks, 'Oh, not the best decision', but it is a long-term thing. We want to use him and to prepare him also. It is all good from this side at the moment.

"Arsenal changed a lot since Arsene is there. I am sure they didn't always play with three at the back and with wing-backs and so Alex played in different positions when he was there.

"It is the highest quality if you can play in different positions in the Premier League. That says a lot about you. The judgement from outside may be that you don't develop but playing different positions is development.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists he does not feel pressure but sees the opportunity to win a cup competition in the EFL Cup. The German is also unfazed by the Manchester clubs' strong start to the season.

"Probably when Alex was 18 or 19 people thought he would be 'the man' - as people think a lot of times pretty early - and immediately you put a rucksack on their back. That makes development not easy.

"He's at a perfect age and is still able to make big steps."

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Sky Live: Leicester v Liverpool

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 16:50

Last Updated: 18/09/17 5:10pm

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Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will make his first start for the club in the Carabao Cup tie at Leicester.

Jurgen Klopp's side have been finalists and semi-finalists in the last two seasons, but Champions League commitments mean that the Reds boss will make a host of changes for the trip to the King Power Stadium, which is live on Sky Sports Football.

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Team news

Jamie Vardy is a major doubt for Leicester ahead of their Carabao Cup clash against Liverpool. The striker has a groin problem following Saturday's 1-1 draw at Huddersfield while Matty James (Achilles), Robert Huth (ankle) and Christian Fuchs (eye) are out.

Adrien Silva remains sidelined after FIFA blocked his £22million transfer from Sporting Lisbon because his documentation was received 14 seconds after the deadline. Leicester are finalising an appeal.

Huddersfield 1-1 Leicester

Oxlade-Chamberlain will be joined in the Liverpool team by third-choice goalkeeper Danny Ward and fellow midfielder Marko Grujic.

Striker Dominic Solanke is also set to be involved and Sadio Mane sits out the second game of his three-match ban.

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These two sides have met just once in the League Cup, with Liverpool beating Leicester 4-1 in the third round en route to the final in 1987.

The Foxes have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 12 League Cup games, last recording a shutout in August 2012 against Torquay in a 4-0 win.

Liverpool 1-1 Burnley

Liverpool have progressed past the third round in each of the last three seasons, reaching the semi-finals twice and final in 2016.

The Reds have only managed to win one of their last five League Cup encounters against Premier League opposition (D1 L3), losing both semi-final legs against Southampton last season.

Leicester have seen 37 goals in their last seven League Cup contests against Premier League opponents - scoring 15 but conceding 22.

Charlie Nicholas' prediction

When I was looking at my Super 6 selections, this is the one that stood out at me as a potential upset. Leicester have had a tough start but have been playing well and Jamie Vardy should have scored a winner at Huddersfield, but he missed a sitter.

I covered Liverpool at the weekend and I was baffled by Jurgen Klopp's seven changes. They looked defensively vulnerable again and could have lost the game when Ben Mee went agonisingly close in the dying stages. Other than Liverpool's reputation, I really don't see this as an upset, especially as I'm inclined to think they will make another six or seven changes, with Ben Woodburn and the other young guys coming in.

This is a good time for Kelechi Iheanacho to come good. He's in danger of being the next Saido Berahino in terms of just going through the motions and needs to seize his chance in games like this.

Charlie predicts: Leicester to win 2-1 and Iheanacho to score first (35/1 with Sky Bet)

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Klopp unfazed by Utd and City

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 16:30

Last Updated: 18/09/17 7:03pm

Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool are not worried by the strong form of Manchester United and Manchester City

Jurgen Klopp insists strong starts to the season by Manchester United and Manchester City have not placed added pressure on Liverpool.

Liverpool were held to 1-1 draw by Burnley on Saturday, leaving them eighth in the Premier League table, five points behind the Manchester duo, who both won in emphatic fashion.

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Liverpool's attention now turns to the Carabao Cup, where they face Leicester City in the third round on Tuesday night, live on Sky Sports Football.

It represents a good chance for the Reds to capture their first trophy since 2012 and it is one Klopp is keen to seize.

The German said: "I don't feel pressure, I feel opportunity. I feel the chance to do something really good. I see the opportunity to win a very, very interesting cup competition.

Highlights: Liverpool 1-1 Burnley

"I probably have pressure, yes, but it cannot be bigger than the pressure that I put on myself and I am used to that.

"I watch the games of United and City because it is interesting to see but it is not my job to count points in this moment and say 'okay, now they have this lead'. They are obviously in good shape at the moment.

"That is how it is but a season is sometimes like this. As long as you are really focused, as long as you are ready, as long as your attitude is 100 per cent, as long as you are greedy, you don't have to look at other teams.

"Only when you play against them then you have to look at them. All the rest you have no influence so ignore it."

Klopp is set to make changes to his team for the visit to the King Power Stadium, with Danny Ward set to start in goal, while Marko Grujic and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also set to come into the side.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has yet to start since joining from Arsenal, though he was introduced as a 79th-minute substitute against Burnley, and Klopp admits he is trying gradually ease him in.

Klopp says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain needs time to settle in at Liverpool

"We are working on it. We are obviously together with him and the analysts to show him how we want to play him in this position and in that position," Klopp said.

"So there is work to do but there is no rush. That is how it is but it is really good that he is here.

"Of course it is always better - and next year it will be like this - if a new player comes in for the [start of] the season at least, if not for the preseason. That would be even better.

"When the season starts, now we are really in this three-games-per-week rhythm and during the international break he was with the national team. So it is not easy and it takes time.

"But already at the weekend, he came on in a difficult situation and he did really well."

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Liverpool No 1 debate

Sun, 17/09/2017 - 21:40
By Adam Bate

Last Updated: 17/09/17 7:46pm

Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet are battling for the Liverpool jerseyLoris Karius and Simon Mignolet are battling for the Liverpool jersey Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet are battling for the Liverpool jersey

Who should be Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper and why is Jurgen Klopp rotating? We take a look...

For the fourth match in a row Jurgen Klopp made a change in the Liverpool goal for the 1-1 draw against Burnley as he continued his policy of rotating between Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius. While it has become common to use different goalkeepers in different competitions, Klopp's selections have not been quite that rigid.

Liverpool held by Burnley

Liverpool's frustrating week continued as Burnley battled hard for a well-deserved 1-1 draw at Anfield.

Karius was brought in for the big Premier League game at home to Arsenal. "Simon is rested, that is all," Klopp explained. "He won the race and was really strong for us but we need the other two boys also. For a goalkeeper it's a different intensity. He is in the stadium, we had no argument and I told him a rest makes sense. He didn't want to have to rest."

Karius kept a clean sheet, albeit an unconvincing one, in that 4-0 victory over the Gunners but Mignolet returned for the 5-0 defeat at Manchester City. The Belgian was back out of the team for Liverpool's return to the Champions League in the 2-2 draw against Sevilla but he was recalled once more for the next fixture against Burnley.

Jurgen Klopp was angry with aspects of Liverpool’s performance against Burnley

While it was a disappointing draw, Mignolet made a number of good saves, denying Ben Mee a winner inside the final 10 minutes at Anfield. As Klopp suggested when recalling Karius against Arsenal, it is Mignolet who has won the battle to be first choice. But that does not mean he will be the one playing in the Carabao Cup tie against Leicester on Tuesday.

"I did it and I will do it again," said Klopp of his changes. "Simon Mignolet is No 1. At the end of the season he will have played 85 to 87 per cent of games. We need strong goalkeepers and every year we cannot find a new No 2 or No 3. We have young goalkeepers at the best age and all are ready to play so we have to use this situation for the good of the club."

Mignolet had better statistics than Karius in the 2016/17 seasonMignolet had better statistics than Karius in the 2016/17 season Mignolet had better statistics than Karius in the 2016/17 season

Even so, it seems apparent given Klopp's initial decision to give Karius a run in the Liverpool goal last season that he had hoped it would be his compatriot who would make the position his own. Unfortunately for Klopp, despite Karius arriving from the Bundesliga with a fine reputation, that initial period proved a steep learning curve for the player.

Karius did boast the better save percentage from outside the box last season (88.9%) - an indication of the talent and athleticism that Liverpool identified when bringing him in from Klopp's former club Mainz. However, his decision-making abilities came under scrutiny as he struggled to command his area and was guilty of sloppy mistakes.

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Karius made more errors leading to goals in his 10 appearances last season than Mignolet made in his 28 matches. Those errors even cost Liverpool valuable points in back-to-back games against Bournemouth and West Ham. He also made more mistakes in sweeping up behind his defence and came off his line to deal with things less often than his rival, making fewer catches and punches.

Given that Karius is five years younger than his goalkeeping rival, there is time for the balance of power to shift again. Danny Ward will also be pushing hard for a place having impressed in Huddersfield's promotion-winning campaign last season. Whether any of them can satisfy supporters that they are the one to take the team forwards remains to be seen.

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Klopp looks at bigger picture

Sun, 17/09/2017 - 14:50

Last Updated: 17/09/17 2:23pm

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is keen to move on from Saturday's 1-1 draw at home to Burnley Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is keen to move on from Saturday's 1-1 draw at home to Burnley Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is keen to move on from Saturday's 1-1 draw at home to Burnley

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he can look beyond a frustrating week for his side and see an encouraging future.

The 1-1 draw at home to Burnley capped eight days in which they were beaten 5-0 at Manchester City and conceded a late goal to draw on their Champions League return to Sevilla in midweek.

Philippe Coutinho made his first start since a torrent of summer speculation, but failed to spark a victory Philippe Coutinho made his first start since a torrent of summer speculation, but failed to spark a victory Philippe Coutinho made his first start since a torrent of summer speculation, but failed to spark a victory

With a Carabao Cup tie at Leicester on Tuesday, live on Sky Sports, Klopp made seven changes against the Clarets but despite that, he saw signs that the squad he has built can have a successful season.

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"We made seven changes but we were still really fluent, (playing) offensive football, dominant football," said Klopp, after watching his side have 35 shots to their opponents' five and enjoying 71 per cent possession.

"Seven changes and playing this type of football, no one should take it for granted.

Highlights: Liverpool 1-1 Burnley

"Yes, result-wise (it is frustrating) but honestly I am as a person not like this. If I can get over the few more than unlucky situations then it is my job to see the performance.

"We reacted really well and why we feel so disappointed or frustrated is because we see what this team can do.

In his post-match interview, Klopp said he was angry with aspects of Liverpool's performance against Burnley

"Now we have to use this quality consistently. We could have won pretty much all our games so far when you think about the performance.

"We didn't win all and we lost one really high but it was a strange game, we didn't perform from the first second like someone would expect when you lost 5-0.

Mohamed Salah equalised for Liverpool Mohamed Salah equalised for Liverpool Mohamed Salah equalised for Liverpool

"If we can keep the shape and improve the other things, we can be really strong."

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Coutinho: Barca interest complicated

Sun, 17/09/2017 - 14:30

Last Updated: 17/09/17 4:58pm

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Philippe Coutinho admits Barcelona's persistent interest was difficult to ignore but insists he remains committed to playing for Liverpool.

The Brazil international was the subject of three bids from Barcelona and submitted a transfer request in the summer, but Liverpool's hierarchy held firm to keep him at the club.

The 25-year-old started his first Premier League fixture of the season against Burnley on Saturday, following a back injury, and says it remains an "honour" to play for Liverpool.

Coutinho started his first Premier League match of the season against Burnley Coutinho started his first Premier League match of the season against Burnley Coutinho started his first Premier League match of the season against Burnley

"It was a complicated month for me but as I have said, it is an honour to receive that offer but it is also an honour to wear this [Liverpool] shirt, so what I can do is work hard and honour that on the field. It is all cool," Coutinho told ESPN Brazil.

Coutinho was speaking for the first time about how close he came to signing for Barcelona and admits that along with his family he was "interested" by the opportunity, but that Liverpool remain a "great club worldwide".

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"What happened was a job offer and, in life, sometimes you get interested," Coutinho added. "Sometimes you don't and, in my case, everyone knows that I got interested, my family too.

"But as I have always said, it is a great offer to receive an offer from such a great club like that. But it is also a great honour being here. Liverpool is a great club worldwide. I'm here and I will give my best as always. I'm working hard, my thoughts are on the team's goals, making a good season."

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Jurgen Klopp remains confident that Coutinho can continue to excel in a Liverpool shirt as the club competes in the Champions League following their top-four finish last season.

Coutinho, who signed a five-year deal with Liverpool in January, has no immediate plans to follow fellow former Liverpool player Luis Suarez to the Nou Camp.

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"Not that I know of," said Coutinho. "I am in a place that I have always been given respect by everyone and (I) too respect everyone.

"I have conquered my space in four, five years and never had any problems with anyone - the fans, the board, my team-mates, the coaching staff. That has not changed. As I have said, in life, in every job you get an offer, interested or not. It is all in the past."

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Klopp angry with performance

Sat, 16/09/2017 - 21:00
By Oliver Yew

Last Updated: 16/09/17 9:25pm

Jurgen Klopp says he’s angry with aspects of Liverpool’s performance and that their 1-1 draw with Burnley is difficult to accept.

Jurgen Klopp was left angry with Liverpool’s performance after they were held to a 1-1 draw with Burnley at Anfield.

Burnley took the lead through Scott Arfield with their first shot on target after hesitation by centre-backs Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan allowed the ball to drop between them in the middle of the penalty area.

The hosts responded through Mohamed Salah's fifth goal of the season, and his fourth in succession at Anfield, but what followed was more a failure of Klopp's attack to break down Burnley's determined defence as they finished with 35 shots but just nine on target.

And Klopp was frustrated with his side's wastefulness in front of goal.

Jurgen Klopp was left angry with Liverpool's performanceJurgen Klopp was left angry with Liverpool's performance Jurgen Klopp was left angry with Liverpool's performance

"I'm angry about the performance, Klopp told Sky Sports." In a lot of moments of this game you cannot play better football than we did today but we didn't finish the situations with their goalkeeper making two outstanding saves.

"The quality is there and I saw a great attitude. I saw them running, I saw them playing and I saw them fighting, but I didn't see them scoring and that's a problem.

He added: "The boys will take their chances in the future, there's no doubt about it, but in this moment it doesn't feel right.

"That's the thing we have to accept but a draw is difficult to accept at the moment."

Klopp also thought Liverpool should have been awarded a penalty when Salah went down in the penalty area under a challenge from Ben Mee during the second half.

WATCH: Liverpool 1-1 Burnley

"I'm sure it was a penalty on Mo Salah," he said. "If a centre-half goes to ground in the penalty area behind the striker and the striker goes to ground, what should it be?

"He didn't play the ball. I don't know why [it's not a penalty].

"You need to have luck in football sometimes and you need to have a referee that makes the right decisions.

"We drew at Watford. It was an offside goal but we still drew there and today we drew again after what I thought was a clear penalty. We can't change that."

Philippe Coutinho, who a month ago handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force a move to Barcelona, received a rapturous welcome at Anfield on his return to Liverpool's starting line-up, and Klopp was full of praise for the Brazilian's performance.

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"Philippe Coutinho had a great game," the German said. "He was a very important player for us.

"When he's on the pitch sometimes we use him too much, we give him the ball too much. That's not his fault, it's because everyone likes his skills.

"However, he was outstanding and showed a really good attitude. He was also very unlucky with his finishing but on the whole good."

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WATCH: Liverpool 1-1 Burnley

Sat, 16/09/2017 - 20:00

Last Updated: 16/09/17 11:45pm

Liverpool 1-1 Burnley

Jurgen Klopp's complaints about a self-fulfilling prophecy came back to haunt him as Liverpool suffered yet more defensive dithering in the 1-1 draw at home to Burnley.

Liverpool's shortcomings at the back were placed under the microscope this week after conceding a lead in the midweek Champions League draw with Sevilla.

And despite the German's protestations, the Clarets provided more evidence for the case against the defence.

Sean Dyche's well-drilled side took the lead through Scott Arfield with their first shot on target. Hesitation by centre-backs Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan allowed the ball to drop between them in the middle of the penalty area.

Mohamed Salah's fifth goal of the season, and his fourth in succession at Anfield, quickly restored parity. But what followed was more a failure of Klopp's attack to break down Burnley's determined defence as they finished with 35 shots but just nine on target.

Watch the highlights of Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Burnley in the video at the top of the page.

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Liverpool held by Burnley

Sat, 16/09/2017 - 19:40
By Oliver Yew

Last Updated: 16/09/17 6:36pm

Liverpool 1-1 Burnley

Liverpool's frustrating week continued as Burnley battled hard for a well-deserved 1-1 draw at Anfield on Saturday despite the return of Philippe Coutinho to the starting line-up.

Sean Dyche's side took the lead against the run of play in the 27th minute through Scott Arfield, but the hosts responded three minutes later through Mohamed Salah.

Liverpool continued to dominate possession after the break but Burnley had chances of their own with Ben Mee denied by both Joel Matip and Simon Mignolet.

Substitute Dominic Solanke then had a brilliant chance to seal all three points for the hosts late on but his shot was tipped onto the crossbar by Nick Pope as Burnley kept their unbeaten start to the season away from home intact.

Player ratings

Liverpool: Mignolet (7), Alexander-Arnold (7), Matip (6), Klavan (6), Robertson (7), Can (6), Milner (6), Salah (8), Coutinho (7), Firmino (6), Sturridge (6).

Subs: Solanke (6), Oclade-Chamberlain (6).

Burnley: Pope (8), Lowton (7), Tarkowski (8), Mee (8), Ward (7), Gudmundsson (6), Defour (6), Cork (7), Arfield (7), Brady (7), Wood (6).

Subs: Barnes (6), Westwood (n/a), Vokes (n/a).

Man of the match: Nick Pope

Liverpool dominated the early stages but it was Burnley who took the lead out of nowhere in the 27th minute. Matip and Roger Klavan failed to deal with Robbie Brady's flick-on and the ball fell to Arfield on the edge of the penalty area, and he drove the ball beyond Simon Mignolet and into the bottom corner.

However, it took Klopp's men just three minutes to respond with Emre Can's pass picking out Salah, who brought the ball down in the penalty area before smashing it past Pope.

Mohamed Salah celebrates his equaliser in the first half at AnfieldMohamed Salah celebrates his equaliser in the first half at Anfield Mohamed Salah celebrates his equaliser in the first half at Anfield

Coutinho was starting to pull the strings for the hosts and the home fans thought they'd taken the lead when the Brazilian's pass released Daniel Sturridge, but the England striker's shot crashed into the side netting.

The Brazil international, who a month ago handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force a move to Barcelona, received a rapturous welcome at Anfield and may have been guilty of trying too hard, firing a number of shots over the crossbar before being replaced midway through the second half.

Philippe Coutinho made his first start of the season in place of the suspended Sadio Kane. Jurgen Klopp made seven changes in total from the draw with Sevilla with Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Klavan, Robertson, Milner and Sturridge coming in for Karius, Gomez, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson and Wijnaldum. Burnley made two changes to the side that beat Crystal Palace last time out with Nick Pope and Scott Arfield replacing the injured Tom Heaton and Sam Vokes.

It was virtually one-way traffic from there in as Coutinho, Can, James Milner, Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold all had chances.

Solanke's shot from close range was then tipped onto the crossbar by the impressive Pope late on as Burnley's game plan held firm.

The Clarets could have nicked it themselves when centre-back Mee had one effort headed over by Matip and another saved by Mignolet in the same attack.

30 - Liverpool had 30 more shots than Burnley today - the most in any PL game since Man Utd had 31 more than Burnley in Oct 2016. Deluge.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 16, 2017Match stats
  • Liverpool had 35 attempts on goal - since 2003-04, they've only had more in a single Premier League match once (37 vs Everton, April 2016).
  • These were the first points Burnley earned in a league match at Anfield since a 1-0 win in September 1974 - they'd lost their previous four in a row before today.
  • Emre Can has provided as many assists in his four Premier League games this season as he had in his previous 89 combined in the competition (2).
  • Liverpool have averaged 72% possession over their last three Premier League games against Burnley, but have only managed to win one of those games (D1 L1).
The managers

Jurgen Klopp: "I'm angry about the performance. In a lot of moments of this game you cannot play better football than we did today. We didn't finish the situations with the goalkeeper making two outstanding saves. The quality is there. I saw a great attitude. I saw them running, I saw them playing and I saw them fighting, but I didn't see them scoring and that's a problem."

Sean Dyche: "First-half he [Pope] didn't have too much to do. He ended up picking the ball out of the back of the net but it was more to do with the defensive unit, who I was delighted with today.

"Second-half, when you really need your keeper he makes two great saves. One took a nick on the way through which he got a quick hand to and the second right under his bar. That's what the goalkeeper is there for. He's learning all the time and improving."

The pundit

Charlie Nicholas: "It was an onslaught from Liverpool. I'm not taking anything away from Burnley's performance, it was dogged, resilient, you name it, but the problem with Liverpool is they started slowly.

"It's far too regular for Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp was calm on the sidelines but he will be angry inside. They will be disappointed they only got a point but this is still the story of Liverpool. They are still unconvincing against these teams."

Charlie Nicholas gives his verdict on Liverpool's draw with Burnley in the Premier League.Man of the Match - Nick PopeNick PopeNick Pope

Pope was called in for his first Premier League start following Tom Heaton's injury and it was a busy afternoon for the 25-year-old at Anfield.

Liverpool dominated possession and had 35 shots at goal and every time Pope was called into action, he did his job brilliantly.

In particular, saves to deny Sturridge and Alexander-Arnold stand out but the best was when he just got a touch onto Solanke's volley to tip it onto the crossbar and earn his side a well-deserved point.

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Ibe ready to shine?

Sat, 16/09/2017 - 01:50
Nick Wright

Comment and Analysis @nicholaspwright

Last Updated: 16/09/17 12:49am

Jordon Ibe set up Jermain Defoe's winning goalJordon Ibe set up Jermain Defoe's winning goal Jordon Ibe set up Jermain Defoe's winning goal

Jordon Ibe made the difference as Bournemouth came from behind to beat Brighton 2-1 on Friday Night Football. Is the former Liverpool winger finally ready to start fulfilling his potential?

Bournemouth were staring at a fifth consecutive Premier League defeat when Eddie Howe called for Ibe midway through the second half at the Vitality Stadium. Brighton were deservedly in front after Solly March's opener, and the home fans were beginning to feel nervous.

It only took two minutes for Ibe to provide the spark they needed. His smart backheel was perfectly weighted for the onrushing Andrew Surman to equalise, and six minutes after that he found Jermain Defoe for the winner. In a tightly-contested game, two moments of ingenuity made all the difference.

The victory was vital for Bournemouth, whose upcoming fixture list includes daunting away trips to Everton, Tottenham and Stoke, but it could prove even more significant for Ibe. "What a night this could be in his Bournemouth career," said Jamie Carragher in the Sky Sports commentary box. "Hopefully he can go on and justify that fee on the back of this."

That £15m fee has become something of a burden for Ibe since his arrival from Liverpool last summer. The 21-year-old was regarded as one of the most exciting young players in the country during his time at Anfield, with Brendan Rodgers talking up his 'huge future' on one occasion and Jurgen Klopp lauding his 'brilliant talent' on another.

Jermain Defoe and Jordon Ibe discuss Bournemouth's comeback win

Bournemouth seemed like a perfect place for him to begin fulfilling his potential, but his first season on the south coast was disappointing. After starting their first 11 games of the season, Ibe lost his place. Howe admitted he was disappointed by the winger after an FA Cup defeat to Millwall in January, and Ibe only made two further starts before the end of the campaign.

Ibe did not contribute a single goal or assist in 25 Premier League appearances, but he started the new season with a vow to improve. "Last season I was poor and didn't even get a goal," he said. "I know Eddie Howe put a lot of trust in bringing me here for that price tag. I'm hoping the fans will see the real Jordon Ibe this season. I've got a lot to prove."

What a night this could be in his Bournemouth career. Hopefully he can go on and justify that fee on the back of this.

Jamie Carragher on Jordon Ibe

And so, 14 months on from his arrival at the Vitality Stadium, Ibe finally set about showing exactly what he is capable of. His first assist was an example of the flair that has marked him out as a rising star since his teenage years, and there was impressive skill and composure for his second.

After bringing down a high ball following a corner, Ibe drew Anthony Knockaert, Tomer Hemed and Lewis Dunk towards him before prodding the ball through to Defoe with the outside of his boot. Ibe's self-belief had come flooding back, and he was only a couple of inches away from extending Bournemouth's lead with a stoppage-time free-kick.

"He injected something completely different into the game and took the game away from Brighton," said Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville afterwards. "It was that little bit of inventiveness and creativity that unlocked them and pulled them out of position."

Bournemouth 2-1 Brighton

Ibe had a transformative impact on the team, with his speed and directness causing Brighton problems from the moment he stepped onto the pitch. Having only mustered seven shots in 65 minutes before his introduction, Bournemouth attempted six in the final 25.

"He's such a talented footballer," Howe told Sky Sports. "We were hoping for Jordon to explode, and to show the player that we see every day in training. He can beat people in tight areas and he did that for the two goals. I thought it was very special play. I hope that's the kick-start and the confidence boost he needs because he can be a difference-maker for us."

It felt like an important step for Ibe, whose match-winning cameo earned him the man-of-the-match award. The youngster has endured a testing period on the south coast, but his prospects look brighter now. So, too, do Bournemouth's.

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'Woodburn can shine for Liverpool'

Sat, 16/09/2017 - 00:46
By Mathieu Wood

Last Updated: 15/09/17 11:44pm

Ben Woodburn is ready for regular Premier League football, says Sam VokesBen Woodburn is ready for regular Premier League football, says Sam Vokes Ben Woodburn is ready for regular Premier League football, says Sam Vokes

Ben Woodburn has received the backing of Wales colleague Sam Vokes should the Liverpool teenager be selected by Jurgen Klopp on a regular basis.

The absence of the Reds' regular starter Sadio Mane through suspension provides the 17-year-old with an improved chance of featuring in Klopp's starting line-up as Liverpool prepare to face Burnley on Saturday.

However, Klopp is not short of attacking options and hinted that he could hand a starting return to Philippe Coutinho when the two sides meet at Anfield but Vokes is in no doubt about the talent that Woodburn possesses.

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"Ben has been fantastic for Wales, obviously getting a goal on your international debut is huge," Vokes said.

"I think he might be limited to chances at Liverpool but obviously from an international point of view to come and score your first goal and in the second game get a massive assist for us was huge. I am sure on the international side it will be massive for Wales.

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"I am sure he is ready to play in the Premier League regularly. They have a wealth of talent at Liverpool so he is going to be limited with chances. But from his point of view it will be great for him to get some club football under his belt going into the international games.

"Obviously I am sure when he comes away with Wales now he will want to be involved and playing. He will want that chance at club level. I am sure the talent he has got he can step into that Liverpool side. From our point of view at Wales, he has been fantastic."

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Liverpool will want to get moving in the right direction against Burnley at Anfield on Saturday after a tough week.

Meanwhile, Vokes, who has already scored two goals this campaign, believes his side go into the meeting with Liverpool full of optimism after picking up seven points this season under Sean Dyche's leadership.

Burnley defeated reigning Premier League champions Chelsea, at Stamford Bridge, on the opening weekend of the season before securing a point against Tottenham at Wembley.

Sam Vokes scored twice against Chelsea on the opening weekend of the Premier League campaignSam Vokes scored twice against Chelsea on the opening weekend of the Premier League campaign Sam Vokes scored twice against Chelsea on the opening weekend of the Premier League campaign

"We've got some great confidence from the away games we've had recently and the points we've picked up," Vokes added.

"For us, we're not going there in fear of anyone. It's another chance for us to go and put our name out there.

"Even at start of the year when the fixtures came out, everyone thought, 'Those first five are daunting', but we've taken that challenge on and we've got four points from the first two so we go to Anfield full of confidence."

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Klopp hints at Coutinho start

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 15:30
By Rory O'Callaghan

Last Updated: 15/09/17 6:36pm

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hinted Philippe Coutinho could start against Burnley

Jurgen Klopp has hinted Philippe Coutinho could make his first start for Liverpool this season against Burnley on Saturday, after a turbulent summer disrupted by transfer speculation.

Coutinho was linked with Barcelona throughout the summer window after handing in a transfer request at Anfield, although a transfer to the Nou Camp failed to materialise after Liverpool refused to sell the Brazil international.

The 25-year-old missed the start of the season through injury but returned to first-team duties on Wednesday night as a second-half substitute in the 2-2 draw with Sevilla in the Champions League.

"He should be ready," said Klopp, who thanked Liverpool's fans for applauding Coutinho during the draw with Sevilla.

"It was really nice how the crowd welcomed him. I don't think anyone was 100 per cent sure about this and I'm really happy that we, as a Liverpool family, were sensitive enough to do it like this.

"He has trained outstandingly in the few sessions we've had together so far since he's been back. The game [against Sevilla] was not perfect but that is how it is after a long break but it helped him, and helped us.

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"For sure, we're ready to think about him [starting against Burnley]."

While Coutinho could come back into Klopp's starting line-up, the German will have to cope without Sadio Mane, who will serve the opening game of his three-match ban following a red card against Manchester City.

Liverpool have a significantly worse win percentage without Mane, but Klopp insists his side have enough strength in depth to deal with the loss of the Senegal international.

"It was clear before the season that there would be moments he could not play," Klopp said. "That is how we reacted in building the squad so we have options.

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"Roberto [Firmino] has already played left wing and of course Phil [Coutinho] can play there. Alex [Oxlade-Chamberlain] can play there. We have more options so it's good, we can change the system.

"It is always difficult to replace top class players in a really good shape but we did it last year. We had to play without him and I think we did really well in most games."

Liverpool will be hoping to bounce back from their heavy 5-0 defeat to City when they host Burnley.

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The Clarets have made a promising start to the season under Sean Dyche and have already picked up four points away from home at Chelsea and Tottenham.

"What I really like about what Sean Dyche is doing there is that they have a clear plan - you can see it in each game," said Klopp.

"They don't make one step left and one step right, they stick to the plan. That's so clear and difficult to play against because those players show so much desire to defend in all situations.

"There is not one player in the team who you think gambles a bit. It is a big strength for Sean. Nobody should think that tomorrow is an easy game for us."

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'Keep faith in Klopp'

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 01:10
Paul Merson

Football Expert & Columnist @PaulMerse

Last Updated: 14/09/17 11:15pm

Paul Merson says there’s no need for Liverpool fans to panic despite their home draw to Sevilla and their humbling at the hands of Manchester City

Paul Merson has urged Liverpool supporters to keep their faith in Jurgen Klopp, who he believes needs more time to turn the club into genuine title contenders.

Liverpool have failed to replicate the scintillating performance which saw them blow Arsenal away before the international break, shipping five goals at Manchester City before being held by Sevilla in their Champions League opener.

The results have led to questions being asked of Klopp's ability to end the Merseysiders' 27-year wait to be champions.

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But, speaking on The Debate, Merson believes the Reds boss is two-thirds of the way to fielding a side capable of mounting a sustained title tilt.

"I like Jurgen Klopp," he said. "But let's not get carried away, Liverpool are where you'd expect them to be at the moment. I didn't expect them to win the league this season.

"Managers don't know everything about the Premier League after being here for a year-and-a-half - it will take Klopp time.

"I just think he's got it back to front at the moment. He's got his attack sorted, and the midfield to a certain extent, but the defence is some way off.

"That's good enough in Germany but not in the Premier League - just ask Pep Guardiola, who found himself out of the title race last season within no time.

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"Liverpool should keep faith with Klopp. Two weeks ago he was the hero having wiped the floor with Arsenal.

"They got beat at Man City after going down to 10 men and then were held by Sevilla, who are not the worst team in the world.

"Liverpool will be there or thereabouts this season and they will entertain. The Premier League blew Guardiola away last season, Klopp will need time."

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Mane: I only expected a yellow

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 11:20
By Jefferson Lake

Last Updated: 14/09/17 11:23am

Sadio Mane has expressed his surprise at being sent of for his challenge on EdersonSadio Mane has expressed his surprise at being sent of for his challenge on Ederson Sadio Mane has expressed his surprise at being sent of for his challenge on Ederson

Sadio Mane says he was expecting only to be booked for the challenge on Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson which saw him sent off.

Mane was shown a straight red card by referee Jon Moss after his high boot caught Ederson in the face towards the end of the first half on Saturday, with the Brazilian having to be replaced by Claudio Bravo.

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Liverpool failed with an appeal to have Mane's suspension overturned on Tuesday, meaning the winger will sit out the next three domestic fixtures.

He was in the Reds side which drew 2-2 with Sevilla in the Champions League in midweek, and afterwards spoke of his surprise at being dismissed in the City game.

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"Honestly, I was focusing more on the goalkeeper than the card and when I saw the red card I was surprised because I was expecting a yellow card," he said.

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"But I'll accept it and try to forget it. I was going for the ball and I didn't have the intention to hurt him because I'm not that kind of player. I wish him a quick recovery.

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"It's not easy for me because I love to play football and I enjoy helping my team to win games."

Ederson needed around eight minutes of treatment following the incident before he was taken off on a stretcher at the Etihad and a photograph released since has shown eight stitches in wounds on the side of his face.

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He was able to return to the City bench in the second half, and trained - wearing protective head gear - on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday's Champions League match at Feyenoord.

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Klopp: Signings not the answer

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 09:30
By Rory O'Callaghan

Last Updated: 14/09/17 12:54pm

Jurgen Klopp insists there is not a 'general problem' with his defenceJurgen Klopp insists there is not a 'general problem' with his defence Jurgen Klopp insists there is not a 'general problem' with his defence

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists the defensive frailties which cost his side victory against Sevilla cannot be solved merely in the transfer market.

The Reds opened their Champions League campaign with a 2-2 draw on Wednesday night, although a series of defensive errors - coupled with a missed penalty from Roberto Firmino - gifted the Spanish club a crucial point at Anfield.

Liverpool were heavily linked with Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk throughout the summer, although Klopp was eventually forced to abandon a move for the Netherlands international after the Saints accused the Reds of making an illegal approach for the player.

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Klopp, however, refused to blame Liverpool's early-season defensive woes on the club's failure to sign Van Dijk.

"I know you are always looking for this thing - the defence was always something being talked about: 'We didn't sign this or that'," he said.

"If these problems could be solved by one player, you can imagine we would have put all our money into it and say: 'Let's do this'.

Defensive errors from the Reds allowed the Spanish side to secure a crucial draw away from homeDefensive errors from the Reds allowed the Spanish side to secure a crucial draw away from home Defensive errors from the Reds allowed the Spanish side to secure a crucial draw away from home

"It is about being dominant and losing a bit of a grip on the game in all the defensive moments. There is space for improvement. We need to learn to be dominant and not give easy goals.

"It is not a general defending problem but we have to improve 100 per cent."

Liverpool fell behind just five minutes into their Champions League return after Dejan Lovren's slip allowed Wissam Ben Yedder to put Sevilla ahead with a simple finish.

Firmino levelled for the Reds from close-range midway through the first half before a heavily deflected strike from Mohamed Salah handed the hosts a deserved lead at the interval.

Klopp refused to blame the result on the club's failure to sign Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk Klopp refused to blame the result on the club's failure to sign Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk Klopp refused to blame the result on the club's failure to sign Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk

However, with 18 minutes to go, Joaquin Correa was allowed to equalise after Liverpool's defence switched off from a seemingly innocuous throw-in.

"It is disappointment, frustration, but that is completely normal," added Klopp.

"We are responsible for the very good parts in the game and also the not-so-good parts so you have to feel disappointed after a game like this."

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Klopp: Chances most important

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 00:47
By Pete Hall at Anfield

Last Updated: 13/09/17 11:47pm

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his players could not keep up their concentration levels for 90 minutes after drawing to Sevilla

Jurgen Klopp admitted that while it was frustrating Liverpool couldn't hold on for a win in their 2-2 draw with Sevilla, the fact his side are creating chances pleases him.

Liverpool mustered 24 shots against their La Liga opponents, compared to Sevilla's five, and looked in control for large parts of the game at Anfield on their Champions League return, but could not find that killer third after Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah had turned the match on its head in the first half, following Wissam Ben Yedder's opener.

As chance after chance came and went in the first half, Joaquin Correa pounced to net a late leveller and ruin a first Anfield Champions League encounter in three seasons.

Joaquin Correa netted the equaliser at AnfieldJoaquin Correa netted the equaliser at Anfield Joaquin Correa netted the equaliser at Anfield

"I am not sure if I am frustrated," Klopp said. "I am happy about a big part of the game. We tried to ignore the result of last weekend, but we are human beings and it affects confidence, but we were really spot on from the first second.

"You have to keep on going, and there is a lot in this game that we can build on. If you shoot that often and don't score then it is going to be a problem. Usually, in a game like this you will score.

"[The] most important thing in football is creating chances and we did that. We work on this like we work on all parts of our game.

Mo Salah (left) celebrates his goal in the first halfMo Salah (left) celebrates his goal in the first half Mo Salah (left) celebrates his goal in the first half

"All respect for Sevilla, they never gave up. We had more chances. Even against well-organised sides. We didn't use them, as that is the truth.

"Until they scored, we were controlling the game, and that is mature and is something very important.

A few players could not keep their level from the first half, it wasn't a physical thing, more of a concentration thing. We are in a process and it is my job to talk about it and find a solution."

Salah and Mane celebrate giving Liverpool the leadSalah and Mane celebrate giving Liverpool the lead Salah and Mane celebrate giving Liverpool the lead

Tempers were frayed for much of the match on the touchline. Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo was sent to the stands for throwing the ball away in the second half, with Klopp also clashing with a Sevilla coach at the end of the game.

"I was not happy about him throwing the ball away, but now we are fine," Klopp added. "They invited me into the dressing room, and we talked about it.

"He wanted to explain the situation around his red card. There was a lot of smiling and no problem."

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