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Keita: Mane like a big brother to me

Fri, 10/11/2017 - 13:20
By Zinny Boswell

Last Updated: 10/11/17 11:13am

Naby Keita has described future Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane is like a 'big brother'Naby Keita has described future Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane is like a 'big brother' Naby Keita has described future Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane is like a 'big brother'

RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita has revealed future Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane has played a "big brother" role for him throughout his career.

Liverpool confirmed in August that they had signed an agreement to bring Keita to Anfield for a club-record fee of £48m in July 2018. The German club have since announced the 22-year-old will not be allowed to leave early amid suggestions of Liverpool wanting the player in January.

Keita played briefly with Mane at Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg following his arrival from France in 2014 and despite the winger departing for Southampton that summer, he played a key role in helping Keita adapt to his new environment.

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"At first, I wasn't starting and it was very frustrating," Keita told Goal. "I didn't like it and it made the settling-in period harder. But Sadio said: 'My little brother, stay calm. Your chance will come and when it does, you will make the most of it'.

"He helped me with everything - the language, making friends, understanding the club and the city. And, of course, he was right. Once I was put into the team, I showed my qualities and everything went much smoother.

"Salzburg improved me as a player and I learnt so much there, I got a really tactical education. Sadio was important for me, he still is! To me, he's my big brother. He really likes to learn new things, to improve and to push himself and we are the same in this way. He's a good example for me."

Mane, who returned to action at West Ham on November 4 following almost a month out with a hamstring injury suffered while playing for Senegal, is looking forward to linking up with his former team-mate next season.

Sadio Mane is looking forward to linking up with his former team-mate at LiverpoolSadio Mane is looking forward to linking up with his former team-mate at Liverpool Sadio Mane is looking forward to linking up with his former team-mate at Liverpool

"He is a really special player and is like family to me," said Mane. "We were close at Salzburg and still keep in touch. I enjoy watching him and look forward to helping him again when he comes next year.

"He asked me about Liverpool and I told him this is an amazing club with talented players, a great manager and lots of ambition. The city and the people are really nice and he will feel at home here."

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Moreno: I didn't want to leave

Fri, 10/11/2017 - 12:40

Last Updated: 10/11/17 9:44am

Alberto Moreno is back in favour at AnfieldAlberto Moreno is back in favour at Anfield Alberto Moreno is back in favour at Anfield

Alberto Moreno says he never considered leaving Liverpool following the arrival of Andrew Robertson.

The Spain international was expected to depart Anfield over the summer by many after spending last season as second-choice left-back behind James Milner, as Moreno made just two league starts.

Due to Moreno being out of favour with Jurgen Klopp, it was thought bringing in Robertson from Hull City would be the end of the Spaniard's Liverpool career.

Andy Robertson has struggled to dislodge Moreno since joining Liverpool in the summerAndy Robertson has struggled to dislodge Moreno since joining Liverpool in the summer Andy Robertson has struggled to dislodge Moreno since joining Liverpool in the summer

When asked if he thought about leaving Liverpool after the arrival of Robertson, he told Marca: "My idea was to stay, to work and to win [back] my place. I saw myself as capable. I spoke to [Jurgen] Klopp, he told me that he could not promise me anything, to work, and that they were going to a sign a No 3 (left-back).

"There I thought that something was wrong. I spoke to my people and they told me to work, to start from scratch and then we'll see. And here we are."

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Euro Papers: Mascherano to Anfield?

Thu, 09/11/2017 - 13:20
By Matt Gault, Football Whispers

Last Updated: 09/11/17 10:24am

Javier Mascherano's time at Barcelona could be coming to an end, according to reports in the European pressJavier Mascherano's time at Barcelona could be coming to an end, according to reports in the European press Javier Mascherano's time at Barcelona could be coming to an end, according to reports in the European press

European sides cannot strengthen their squads until January, but that does not stop deals from being struck and contracts being agreed ahead of the opening of the winter transfer window.

Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the continent to bring you all the latest transfer news and gossip from the European newspapers.

Spain

Real Madrid have made Tottenham striker Harry Kane their first-choice replacement for Karim Benzema. Real president Florentino Perez is keen on Kane, but is also open to the possibility of deals for Manchester United transfer target Antoine Griezmann, Robert Lewandowski and Paulo Dybala too.

Benzema, 29, has only scored two goals in La Liga this season and, with Cristiano Ronaldo not as prolific as he once was, Perez wants free-scoring Kane to reinvigorate the Spanish club's strikeforce. (Diario Gol)

Mascherano played for Liverpool between 2007 and 2010Mascherano played for Liverpool between 2007 and 2010 Mascherano played for Liverpool between 2007 and 2010

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi thinks his Argentine compatriot and team-mate Javier Mascherano may return to Liverpool. The 33-year-old's time at the Camp Nou is coming to an end, with the club having found a replacement in Colombia centre-back Yerry Mina. Mascherano is also believed to have offers from MLS clubs and Paris Saint-Germain. (Diario Gol)

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has emerged as a PSG transfer target, with the club looking at the Spain international as a possible replacement for Edinson Cavani, who is tipped to leave the Parc des Princes in the summer. (Marca)

France

Neymar is trying to convince PSG to sign Barcelona transfer target Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool. The Brazil international was heavily linked with a move to the Camp Nou in the summer, but the Reds refused to sell. But Neymar, Coutinho's compatriot and friend, has instructed the PSG owners to concentrate their efforts on adding the 25-year-old to their expensively-assembled attacking line-up. (Le 10 Sport)

Neymar is trying to convince PSG to sign Barcelona transfer target Philippe Coutinho from LiverpoolNeymar is trying to convince PSG to sign Barcelona transfer target Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool Neymar is trying to convince PSG to sign Barcelona transfer target Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool

Jean Michael Seri has reiterated his commitment to Nice after his summer move to Barcelona collapsed. The Ivory Coast international blasted the Ligue 1 club when the deal collapsed but seems to have gained a different perspective in realising that he would not be guaranteed first-team football with Barca.

"At Nice, I am loved but in Barcelona, I might not have been guaranteed first-team football," he said. "This is the club I want to be at and not out of spite, I am very happy here." (France Football)

PSG are keen to offload Brazil winger Lucas Moura in January to balance their books and avoid a Financial Fair Play fine, with Chelsea touted as a possible destination. Moura has managed only 76 minutes of football this season but Antonio Conte is believed to be keen on adding him to his squad for a cut price. (Le 10 Sport)

Italy

PSG right-back Thomas Meunier is a top Juventus transfer target. The Belgian has grown frustrated at a lack of game time under Unai Emery and is ready to leave Paris as a result. Manchester United have also been linked with the defender, but both clubs could baulk at PSG's £30m asking price. (Calciomercato)

Napoli have agreed a new contract with Liverpool and Manchester City transfer target Faouzi Ghoulam which will include a €45m (£39.7m) release clause. The Algeria international's current deal was set to expire at the end of the season but negotiations over fresh terms are at an advanced stage. Ghoulam is currently recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. (SportItalia)

Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini says it would be an 'honour' to manage ItalyFormer Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini says it would be an 'honour' to manage Italy Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini says it would be an 'honour' to manage Italy

Joao Mario is expected to leave Inter Milan in January as the Nerazzurri look to raise funds for other targets. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)

Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini says it would be an "honour" to manage Italy and that he would be ready to take the reins if asked. Mancini is currently at Zenit St Petersburg, having joined the Russian club in the summer. (Premium Sport)

Germany

Chelsea have made an approach to sign Hamburg forward Jann-Fiete Arp. The Bundesliga club are keen to tie the 17-year-old down to a new contract having made a quick impact this season, but interest from the Premier League champions may complicate the situation. (Sport BILD)

Belgium

Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard has admitted it would be a "dream" to play under Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane. The Belgium international was a Real Madrid transfer target before suffering an ankle fracture in the summer and, although there has been no suggestion of a Chelsea exit recently, his comments may stir speculation. "He was my idol when I was little, I have a lot of respect for him," Hazard said. (DH)

Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard has admitted it would be a 'dream' to play under Real Madrid boss Zinedine ZidaneChelsea playmaker Eden Hazard has admitted it would be a 'dream' to play under Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard has admitted it would be a 'dream' to play under Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane Turkey

Galatasaray are close to agreeing a deal for Arsenal transfer target Arda Turan. The 30-year-old is expected to leave Barcelona in January but could snub the Premier League for a move to Istanbul. (Fanatik)

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Mignolet: City can be caught

Thu, 09/11/2017 - 09:00
By Gary Cotterill, Sky Sports News

Last Updated: 09/11/17 7:24am

Liverpool trail leaders Manchester City by 12 points but Simon Mignolet says they can close that gapLiverpool trail leaders Manchester City by 12 points but Simon Mignolet says they can close that gap Liverpool trail leaders Manchester City by 12 points but Simon Mignolet says they can close that gap

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet believes Premier League leaders Manchester City can be caught.

Earlier this week, Mignolet's Belgium team-mate Thibaut Courtois suggested the runaway Premier League leaders are "a bit unstoppable" at the moment.

But Mignolet disagrees and isn't ruling out an Anfield title challenge.

Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet says Manchester City can be caught because anything can happen in the Premier League Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet says Manchester City can be caught because anything can happen in the Premier League

"City are doing really well at this time," said the 29-year-old. "They've got loads of quality. But like always the Premier League is a long journey, there's a long way to go."

Manchester City are on 31 points after 11 games, 12 more than Liverpool in fifth. Mignolet though thinks the busy winter schedule is key.

The Premier League is a long journey, there's a long way to go.

Simon Mignolet

"After that win at West Ham we closed the gap [on others]. In the busy winter period anything can happen.

"It's up to us to be challengers and that's what we'll try to do."

Mignolet is no stranger to criticism. He came in for some after Liverpool's heavy defeat at Tottenham last month.

But Jurgen Klopp blamed the result on an all-round bad team performance, and backed Mignolet.

In the two Premier League games since, Liverpool have taken maximum points, scoring seven goals and conceding just one.

Mignolet says the upturn in fortunes follows a team meeting after the Tottenham game.

"We had a discussion all together and I think we have responded well to that."

Mignolet captained Liverpool to last weekend's victory at West HamMignolet captained Liverpool to last weekend's victory at West Ham Mignolet captained Liverpool to last weekend's victory at West Ham

Mignolet seldom starts for Belgium because of the presence in the squad of Courtois, but he is likely to feature in at least one of the upcoming friendlies against Mexico and Japan.

Another appearance for his country would cap a memorable week. Last Saturday he fulfilled a lifelong ambition by leading Liverpool out as captain in the absence of Jordan Henderson and James Milner.

"I was surprised," said Mignolet. "I was only told an hour before the game.

"It was nice to hear that of course. If you read the list of Liverpool captains it was a great experience and I was proud.

"I am also the only Belgian to captain the club and luckily it brought some luck and we won the game."

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Mignolet: Trio will boost Liverpool

Wed, 08/11/2017 - 19:00
By Richard Cooke

Last Updated: 08/11/17 4:03pm

Simon Mignolet is looking forward to having Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana back in the same sideSimon Mignolet is looking forward to having Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana back in the same side Simon Mignolet is looking forward to having Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana back in the same side

Simon Mignolet says Liverpool will be boosted by the returns of Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho.

Mane made his comeback in the 4-1 win over West Ham after a month out with a hamstring injury, while Lallana is due to play in a behind-closed-doors friendly next week as he steps up preparations for his first game of the season having been absent with a thigh injury.

Mane returned for Liverpool's 4-1 win against West Ham after a month out with a hamstring injuryMane returned for Liverpool's 4-1 win against West Ham after a month out with a hamstring injury Mane returned for Liverpool's 4-1 win against West Ham after a month out with a hamstring injury

Coutinho has joined up with Brazil squad, despite an adductor problem forcing him to miss Liverpool's last three matches and could be fit enough to play against England at Wembley on Tuesday.

Coutinho could play for Brazil against England at Wembley next weekCoutinho could play for Brazil against England at Wembley next week Coutinho could play for Brazil against England at Wembley next week

Mignolet told Liverpool's official website: "I think we've been a bit unfortunate with the injuries and the suspensions.

"If you have three of those kind of players injured at the same time then it's obviously a tough thing to deal with, but at the same time the squad has stayed calm underneath it.

"Hopefully after the international break they will be pushing the rest of the squad forward by adding in the goals and giving us a bigger platform to go from."

Liverpool have recovered well from their 4-1 Premier League defeat to Tottenham in October by winning their last three games in all competitions convincingly, scoring 10 goals and conceding just one.

They are fifth in the Premier League, unbeaten in Europe, and just one win away from qualification for the knockout stage of the Champions League.

Adam Lallana is due to play in a friendly next week as he looks to return to the side after a thigh injuryAdam Lallana is due to play in a friendly next week as he looks to return to the side after a thigh injury Adam Lallana is due to play in a friendly next week as he looks to return to the side after a thigh injury

Jurgen Klopp will need all hands on deck with Liverpool facing 13 games in 45 days. Having Mane, Coutinho and Lallana back will be a major tonic going into December when they play eight matches in 29 days.

Mignolet added: "If you get players like them coming back and being fresh after not playing much recently, that can give not only a boost to the team, but also a boost to them individually.

"They will be raring to go and very eager to get on the pitch and score the goals they've wanted to because they've been missing out, and I'm sure they will be ready for any battle that comes ahead of them."

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Keita fined for 'forging licence'

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 17:40

Last Updated: 07/11/17 3:02pm

Naby Keita has been hit with a 'six-figure' fine for allegedly using a forged driving licenceNaby Keita has been hit with a 'six-figure' fine for allegedly using a forged driving licence Naby Keita has been hit with a 'six-figure' fine for allegedly using a forged driving licence

Liverpool-bound Naby Keita has been hit with a "six-figure" fine for allegedly using a forged driving licence.

German daily Bild quote the figure of 415,000 euros (£365,000), due to calculations based on Keita's daily salary, and Leipzig's district court would only confirm to SID, an AFP subsidiary, that the fine is a "six-figure sum".

The 22-year-old, who will join Liverpool for the 2018/19 season, has lodged an appeal against the penalty and should the matter now go to court, the case is likely to be heard in 2018.

Prosecutors in Leipzig accuse Keita of forgery after he allegedly tried to use fake Guinea driving documents to obtain a German licence last December, then again in January.

Keita received his third red card in seven games last monthKeita received his third red card in seven games last month Keita received his third red card in seven games last month

Staff at Leipzig's licensing centre became suspicious and handed the documents to police. Forgery experts identified the papers as "total counterfeits", according to Leipzig's district court.

However, a spokesman for Keita's club RB Leipzig said that "after detailed discussions with the player, we don't assume this is a forgery matter".

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Coutinho could face England

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 17:30
By Mark Ashenden

Last Updated: 07/11/17 3:12pm

Philippe Coutinho has not played for Liverpool since October 22Philippe Coutinho has not played for Liverpool since October 22 Philippe Coutinho has not played for Liverpool since October 22

Philippe Coutinho could be fit enough to face England next Tuesday as Brazil's medical staff look to help his recovery from a leg injury.

Gareth Southgate's England go up against world champions Germany at Wembley on Friday before hosting Brazil four days later.

The 25-year-old Coutinho has not featured for Liverpool since their 4-1 Premier League defeat against Tottenham Hotspur on October 22 after straining his abductor muscle.

Brazil's team doctor confirmed Coutinho had not recovered in time to face Japan in Friday's friendly, but there seems to be hope for any England fan wanting to see him in action in London.

"Coutinho has an adductor muscle injury in his left thigh," doctor Rodrigo Lasmar was quoted as saying by Globo Esportes.

Brazilian stars Philippe Coutinho and Neymar get stuck into some head tennis Brazilian stars Philippe Coutinho and Neymar get stuck into some head tennis

"The chances that he will play against Japan are tiny. He could be on the bench and play a few minutes. But we are working to make him available against England."

The Brazil squad has been preparing in Paris for the two matches and has scheduled training sessions at Parc des Princes, where its Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar is based, on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Transfer Centre LIVE!

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 10:00

GOLD, SULLIVAN STATEMENT 

West Ham joint chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan have also released a statement, saying: 

"It is with disappointment and heavy hearts that we have made the decision to relieve Slaven Bilic of his duties as West Ham United manager.

"Since joining the Club in the summer of 2015, Slaven has conducted himself throughout with honesty and integrity, and shown great determination and commitment to the role.

"In his first season - our final campaign at the Boleyn Ground - he led the team to a memorable finish that no Hammers fan will ever forget, and gave us a 3-2 victory against Manchester United in our final home game there that will go down in West Ham United history.

"During the summer, the Board invested heavily signing the players Slaven believed would complete the squad he needed to push the Club back towards the level we had reached in his first season, and we believe we have the players capable of doing that.

"Sadly, performances and results have not been of the expected standard and, in recent weeks, we have not seen enough indication of the required improvement to give us the encouragement that things would change and we would meet our Premier League aspirations this season."

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Who has run the furthest?

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 09:00

Last Updated: 07/11/17 8:11am

Tottenham and Man Utd are at opposite ends of the distance covered rankingsTottenham and Man Utd are at opposite ends of the distance covered rankings Tottenham and Man Utd are at opposite ends of the distance covered rankings

Premier League tracking data shows that Manchester United have covered less ground than any other side this season.

Jose Mourinho's men, who were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea on Super Sunday, have covered 1162km so far, putting them just below relegation-threatened West Ham at the bottom of the rankings.

Scroll down for the full Premier League distance covered rankings Scroll down for the full Premier League distance covered rankings Scroll down for the full Premier League distance covered rankings

Chelsea, meanwhile, sit seventh in the rankings having covered 1234km, just behind London rivals Arsenal, whose total stands at 1237km.

At the top of the scale, Bournemouth have covered the most ground in the Premier League at 1256km, with West Brom, Tottenham, Watford and Burnley making up the rest of the top five.

Perhaps surprisingly given their reputation for high-pressing and hard-running, Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool rank 11th with 1217km covered, in between newly-promoted sides Huddersfield and Newcastle.

Distance covered by Premier League teams 2017/18RankTeamDistance1stBournemouth1256km2ndWest Brom1247km3rdTottenham1246km4thWatford1241km5thBurnley1238km6thArsenal1237km7thChelsea1234km8thBrighton1225km9thMan City1225km10thHuddersfield1221km11thLiverpool1217km12thNewcastle1213km13thEverton1209km14thCrystal Palace1201km15thLeicester1195km16th Southampton1194km17thStoke1183km18thSwansea1182km19thWest Ham1162km20thMan Utd1162km

Manchester United rank low down on the list for sprints, too, with their total of 5210 putting them 15th in the Premier League rankings.

West Ham are bottom of that category, with Manchester City leading the way. Pep Guardiola's side, whose intensity was too much for Arsenal on Sunday, have racked up 6198 sprints - over 200 more than second-placed Watford and nearly 1000 more than title rivals United.

Most sprints by Premier League teams 2017/18RankTeamSprints1stMan City61982ndWatford59503rdHuddersfield58604thArsenal58425thBournemouth57626thTottenham57107thLiverpool56748thEverton56069thChelsea559710thWest Brom552011thLeicester540712thBurnley540513thSouthampton535614thCrystal Palace521115thMan Utd521016thBrighton518217thStoke505418thSwansea505019thNewcastle502820thWest Ham4942

The individual player to have covered the most ground in the Premier League is Burnley's Jack Cork. The industrious midfielder hasn't missed a minute of the Clarets' campaign since his arrival from Swansea in the summer, covering a total of 133km in 11 games.

Jack Cork has run further than any other Premier League player in 2017/18Jack Cork has run further than any other Premier League player in 2017/18 Jack Cork has run further than any other Premier League player in 2017/18

Watford's Abdoulaye Doucoure is next in the rankings having covered 130km, with Brighton duo Pascal Gross and Dale Stephens and Manchester United's Nemanja Matic completing the top five.

Most distance covered by Premier League players 2017/18PlayerTeamDistanceJ CorkBurnley133kmA DoucoureWatford130kmP GrossBrighton129kmN MaticMan Utd128kmD StephensBrighton127kmC EriksenTottenham126kmD PropperBrighton126kmG XhakaArsenal126kmW NdidiLeicester125kmJ RodriguezWest Brom125km

As for sprints, the Premier League player with the most is Swansea's Jordan Ayew. The forward has endured a difficult campaign in front of goal, scoring just once in 11 appearances, but it is not for a lack of effort. According to the tracking data, he has sprinted 796 times.

Tottenham's Dele Alli ranks second in the Premier League for sprintsTottenham's Dele Alli ranks second in the Premier League for sprints Tottenham's Dele Alli ranks second in the Premier League for sprints

Tottenham's Dele Alli is next-highest on 742 sprints, which is all the more impressive considering he missed Tottenham's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at the weekend, and he is followed in the rankings by West Brom's Jay Rodriguez, Arsenal's Hector Bellerin and Watford's Tom Cleverley.

Most sprints by Premier League players 2017/18PlayerTeamSprintsJ AyewSwansea796D AlliTottenham742J RodriguezWest Brom715H BellerinArsenal695T CleverleyWatford695T InceHuddersfield683A DoucoureWatford682RicharlisonWatford677E PietersStoke669P GrossBrighton662

Along with Doucoure and Gross, Rodriguez is one of only three players to feature in the top 10 for both sprints and distance covered.

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'Liverpool like a bag of Revels'

Sun, 05/11/2017 - 15:40

Last Updated: 05/11/17 2:12pm

Despite thrashing West Ham at the London Stadium, Liverpool remain like a bag of revels this season, says Dominic King Despite thrashing West Ham at the London Stadium, Liverpool remain like a bag of revels this season, says Dominic King

Despite comfortably seeing off West Ham on Saturday, Liverpool remain like a bag of Revels this season, says Dominic King on the Sunday Supplement.

Liverpool's 4-1 victory at the London Stadium showed what Jurgen Klopp's side can do when in full flow, and the victory moved them up to sixth place in the Premier League.

But they've been inconsistent overall this term, losing heavily at Manchester City and Tottenham, and the Daily Mail's North West reporter King says you never know what you will get from Klopp's team.

Jurgen Klopp has huge faith in his ability to improve Liverpool, says KingJurgen Klopp has huge faith in his ability to improve Liverpool, says King Jurgen Klopp has huge faith in his ability to improve Liverpool, says King

He said on Sunday Supplement: "They're a bit like a bag of Revels, you don't know what you're going to get; sometimes the coffee one - like the performances at Manchester City and Tottenham away.

"I think the difference on Saturday was they had Mane back, and Salah and Firmino, and when he's got those three players, they'll beat any of the teams below them, no problem. They're going to score lots of goals.

"I don't need to spell it out, everybody knows it, the defence is not as good as it should be, they've got deficiencies. Klopp disputes it; he has tremendous faith and loyalty in the players that are there, and tremendous faith in his own ability to make them improve."

Match highlights: West Ham 1-4 Liverpool Match highlights: West Ham 1-4 Liverpool

Liverpool finished fourth last season to return to the Champions League, but their league form this term has been less impressive.

Klopp is yet to come under any real pressure from supporters or those outside of the club since taking over from Brendan Rodgers in 2015, and King says the affection towards him from players is evident.

"The affection is there, he's a really popular manager, you never hear people moaning about him," King said. "We never hear stories coming away from him.

Liverpool went from defending a West Ham corner to scoring at the other end in less than 13 seconds on Saturday Liverpool went from defending a West Ham corner to scoring at the other end in less than 13 seconds on Saturday

"He has this sort of relationship with them where he's their friend, but not their best friend.

"He doesn't understand the knee-jerk way, or how emotional the people can get here in terms of talking about Liverpool, in terms of the mistakes that we've been seeing over the last three or four years. He is adamant he can make them improve.

"He wants that maximum concentration; because he knows people will pick up on the slightest failing in defence. He wants a sequence of games where they only concede a handful of goals."

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WATCH: Liverpool's super break

Sun, 05/11/2017 - 11:20

Last Updated: 05/11/17 8:25am

Liverpool went from defending a West Ham corner to scoring at the other end in less than 13 seconds with Mohamed Salah finishing off the scintillating move Liverpool went from defending a West Ham corner to scoring at the other end in less than 13 seconds with Mohamed Salah finishing off the scintillating move

West Ham were put to the sword by Liverpool on Saturday at the London Stadium with Mohamed Salah scoring a devastating opener on the break.

The Reds went from defending a Hammers corner to scoring at the other end in less than 13 seconds with Salah finishing off the scintillating move.

It was the fourth time this season that Jurgen Klopp's side have scored a fast-break goal - twice as many as any other Premier League club, with the Egyptian's precise finish setting the tone for another impressive display in east London.

Salah shone as Liverpool defeated West Ham 4-1 on SaturdaySalah shone as Liverpool defeated West Ham 4-1 on Saturday Salah shone as Liverpool defeated West Ham 4-1 on Saturday

While Liverpool have developed a knack for scoring goals on the counter-attack, West Ham were again criticised for their sluggish response to being breached from their own corner, with the eventual 4-1 defeat heaping more pressure on manager Slaven Bilic.

Click play on the video above to watch Mohamed Salah start and finish the move to give Liverpool the lead against West Ham.

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Unstoppable Salah

Sun, 05/11/2017 - 10:20
By Nick Wright at the London Stadium

Last Updated: 05/11/17 8:26am

Mohamed Salah inspired Liverpool to a comprehensive win at West HamMohamed Salah inspired Liverpool to a comprehensive win at West Ham Mohamed Salah inspired Liverpool to a comprehensive win at West Ham

Mohamed Salah scored twice in Liverpool's 4-1 thrashing of West Ham on Saturday. Nick Wright was at the London Stadium to see the Egyptian continue his brilliant start to the season.

There were 21 minutes on the clock when Manuel Lanzini lined up a corner in front of Liverpool's travelling fans at the London Stadium. West Ham had started reasonably well, restricting the visitors to a solitary half-chance and almost taking the lead themselves when Andre Ayew struck the outside of the post. But 13 seconds later they were behind.

Liverpool went from defending a West Ham corner to scoring at the other end in less than 13 seconds with Salah finishing off the scintillating move Liverpool went from defending a West Ham corner to scoring at the other end in less than 13 seconds with Salah finishing off the scintillating move

It was the kind of West Ham defending Jamie Carragher described as "shambolic" after their 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last weekend, but it was also another example of just how dangerous this Liverpool side can be on the counter-attack. According to Opta, they have now scored twice as many fast-break goals as any other Premier League side this season.

It was fitting, too, that the move started and finished with Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian has been outstanding since his £39m arrival from Roma in the summer and his opener - coolly slotted beyond Joe Hart after a lung-busting sprint from his own half - set the tone for another impressive display on Saturday evening.

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With his precise finish for Liverpool's fourth goal late in the second half, he took his tally for the season to 12 in 16 appearances in all competitions. Harry Kane is the only Premier League player to have scored more. It is only November and Salah is just two goals short of matching top scorer Philippe Coutinho's tally for the whole of last season.

Salah has mostly been used on the right flank this season but on a chilly evening at the London Stadium, he lined up alongside Roberto Firmino up front as Jurgen Klopp switched to what he described as a fluid 4-4-2 formation. It was in keeping with his flying start to life at Liverpool that he adapted so easily.

"It's really nice to have him in the team," said Klopp in his post-match press conference. "He is a real goal threat. He is an offensive midfield player who is more of a striker, that's true. He needed to adapt to the different style from Roma, where he often played as a second striker with Edin Dzeko, but today he had that position and obviously he liked it."

Players congratulate Mohamed Salah (C) after he extends Liverpool's leadPlayers congratulate Mohamed Salah (C) after he extends Liverpool's lead Players congratulate Mohamed Salah (C) after he extends Liverpool's lead

His movement across the front line made life difficult for West Ham from the start, and when he wasn't running at them himself, he was finding team-mates with clever flicks and angled passes. He even showed impressive strength, at one point holding off Aaron Cresswell in West Ham's box before releasing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with a cute reverse pass.

Salah's best moments, though, came in tandem with Sadio Mane. Klopp was largely reliant on the Senegalese international for pace and penetration last season, but Salah has eased that particular concern and made Liverpool even more threatening on the break. The pair have already struck up an impressive understanding, too, as they showed with their combination play for both of Salah's goals.

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Salah's devastating form is a far cry from his previous stint in the Premier League with Chelsea, and it is little wonder he is already being talked up as the signing of the season. Liverpool acted swiftly to bring in Salah during the summer, clinching the deal in June, and the 25-year-old has clearly benefitted from a full pre-season to acclimatise.

"We watched him so often," said Klopp. "The scouting department was really behind him and wanted to take him early so no one else could jump in. It was a decision of all of us. When you find a situation when everybody doing the job agrees about the player, then you can be sure it will work."

Salah is already a firm favourite among the Liverpool fans who sang his name at the London Stadium, and the statistics underline the extent of his impact. As well as his seven Premier League goals and two assists, Salah ranks in the top three for shots, dribbles and touches in the opposition box.

It has all fallen into place quickly for the £39m man and Liverpool are feeling the benefits. With so much of the season still to play, the exciting thing for supporters is that he is only just getting started.

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Liverpool heap pressure on Bilic

Sat, 04/11/2017 - 22:30

Last Updated: 05/11/17 12:04am

Watch highlights from Liverpool's 4-1 win over West Ham Watch highlights from Liverpool's 4-1 win over West Ham

Mohamed Salah scored twice as Liverpool increased the pressure on Slaven Bilic with a 4-1 victory over West Ham at the London Stadium on Saturday.

Summer signing Salah put the visitors ahead in the 21st minute and Joel Matip made it 2-0 from a corner shortly afterwards.

The Hammers eventually responded through Manuel Lanzini in the 56th minute, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain struck back just 57 seconds later with his first Premier League goal for Liverpool and Salah then made it 4-1.

The win sees Liverpool close the gap on the top five, all of whom play on Sunday, while West Ham continue to hover above the relegation zone after another underwhelming performance.

The home side were booed off at half-time and full-time, and manager Bilic now heads into the two-week international break with his job potentially under threat.

Player ratings

West Ham: Hart (5), Cresswell (4), Reid (4), Ogbonna (4), Fernandes (4), Kouyate (4), Lanzini (5), Noble (4), Obiang (4), Hernandez (4), Ayew (4)

Subs: Arnautovic (4), Carroll (4), Sakho (4)

Liverpool: Mignolet (5), Moreno (6), Matip (6), Klavan (6), Gomez (6), Wijnaldum (6), Can (6), Oxlade-Chamberlain (7), Salah (8), Mane (8), Firmino (7)

Subs: Milner (5), Solanke (5), Lovren (5)

Man of the match: Mohamed Salah

The Hammers could have gone ahead early, with Andre Ayew striking the outside of the post after Roberto Firmino was denied early by Joe Hart in the second minute.

Chances after that were few and far between as West Ham defended deep and tried not to give Liverpool space to run in behind. That worked until the visitors scored two goals inside three minutes midway through the first half.

First, Liverpool broke from a West Ham corner, with Mane racing clear from inside his own half and then playing in Salah to finish past Hart. Shortly afterwards, Hart saved from a corner but could only palm the ball out for Matip to tap in from close range in the 24th minute.

Roberto Firmino sees an early effort savedRoberto Firmino sees an early effort saved Roberto Firmino sees an early effort saved

West Ham could not mount any sort of response before the break, but they did cut the deficit in the 56th minute when Lanzini chested down and then flicked a shot into the far corner.

The celebrations were short-lived, though, as Oxlade-Chamberlain replied less than a minute later, finishing from close range after Hart saved his initial shot.

West Ham made two changes with Reid and Obiang coming in for Zabaleta (suspended) and Fonte (injured). For Liverpool, Mane made an early return from injury to start and Oxlade-Chamberlain made his first Premier League start for the club, with Henderson missing out with a thigh injury.

Lanzini and Javier Hernandez spurned chances for West Ham and, after Firmino fired wide, Salah made it 4-1 when he drilled a brilliant shot into the far corner.

Liverpool could have had more as West Ham fans headed to the exits, with those who did stay until the final whistle voicing their disapproval at the performance.

Opta stats
  • Liverpool have scored eight goals in their two Premier League trips to the London Stadium, the same tally as the Hammers have scored in their last nine there in the competition.
  • Since moving to the London Stadium in August 2016, West Ham have lost more games at their home stadium than they have won (W9 D4 L11).
  • In fact, since the move, only Swansea (44) have conceded more goals at home in the Premier League than West Ham (41).
  • For the 14th time under Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool have scored 4+ goals in a single Premier League game - only Manchester City (16) and Tottenham Hotspur (16) have done so on more occasions in this period.
  • Salah has registered 15 goal involvements in all competitions for Liverpool this season (12 goals, three assists), more than any other player for the Reds.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates scoringAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates scoring Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates scoring The managers

Slaven Bilic: "Of course I believe in myself, in my staff and in my team and their character and everything. I came so far from a small country first as a player then as a manager, so it's not about that. I am a big fighter. I definitely don't feel a broken man. I am very, very strong. On the other hand, the situation for West Ham is not good and as I said two years ago, one year ago, and now, the club is about every individual and that includes me."

Jurgen Klopp: "I decided after just one training session to bring Sadio in from the beginning. I've never done that before, but obviously it was not the worse idea I've ever had. Sadio is a naturally fit player, he is a machine. The first goal was a fantastic counter-attack, the second from a corner and that's two goals from set-plays in a week. We've had that before - but usually from the other team. Our response to their goal was outstanding, Oxlade-Chamberlain used the chance, and then brilliant play for the fourth."

Man of the match - Mohamed Salah

Salah continued his fantastic start to the season by scoring his 11th and 12th goals for Liverpool. The first was a composed finish with just Hart to beat, while the second was a superb drilled shot across goal and into the bottom corner.

Along with Mane, the Egypt international looked dangerous throughout and could have scored his first hat-trick as Liverpool continued to flood forward late in the game.

What's next?

West Ham are live on Sky Sports Premier League when they travel to Watford on Sunday, November 19 and also when they host Leicester on Friday Night Football on November 24. Liverpool host Southampton and then Chelsea after the international break, either side of a Champions League trip to Sevilla.

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Bilic backs Liverpool's Lovren

Sat, 04/11/2017 - 02:10

Last Updated: 03/11/17 11:22pm

Slaven Bilic has condemned internet trolls who subjected Dejan Lovren to online death threats Slaven Bilic has condemned internet trolls who subjected Dejan Lovren to online death threats Slaven Bilic has condemned internet trolls who subjected Dejan Lovren to online death threats

Slaven Bilic has leapt to the defence of Liverpool's under-fire defender Dejan Lovren, as West Ham prepare to host the Reds.

Lovren's performances have come under scrutiny this season, and the Croatian was substituted 31 minutes into Liverpool's 4-1 defeat to Tottenham last month after he was at fault for Spurs' opening two goals.

The former Southampton centre-half has also been the subject of online death threats made to his family.

The West Ham manager, who handed Lovren his international debut in 2009 when he was Croatia boss, has condemned the internet trolls.

"Fortunately that is a minority of people," said Bilic ahead of Saturday's Premier League encounter at the London Stadium.

"Maybe I'm wrong and maybe I'm naive, but I think even those people who did it didn't mean it seriously.

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"They weren't joking - it's a bad, bad way of expressing that they're not happy with the way he played.

"But that shouldn't be there. Those people should be ashamed of themselves, big time."

Since being substituted a fortnight ago at Wembley, the 28-year-old has missed a Premier League victory over Huddersfield and a Champions League win over Maribor through injury.

But Bilic insists Lovren has unfairly singled out and has no doubts that West Ham will be facing a quality defender if he features at the London Stadium.

Bilic has asked West Ham fans to be patient with the cautious approach to Saturday's game against Liverpool Bilic has asked West Ham fans to be patient with the cautious approach to Saturday's game against Liverpool

"I'm very, very disappointed with the treatment he has received," said Bilic.

"He's a very good player. He's more than a centre-back. He never hides on the pitch. He's always there.

"A lot of mistakes, sometimes he's making up for somebody else's mistakes. It's not easy to play centre-back at Liverpool because of where they stand.

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"Take Real Madrid against Spurs, and they have probably the best centre-back in the world in Sergio Ramos.

"But when he's exposed on such a big space against Dele Alli and Harry Kane, he doesn't look good. It's very hard to play centre-back.

"Lovren's a really good lad, an honest lad. He never asks for any excuses.

"I hope it isn't going to be on Saturday but sooner or later he's going to score a goal like he scored against Borussia Dortmund and he's going to be a hero again.

"That's the nature of society. The people want it straight away, that want it now and they want it tomorrow. But I think Lovren is very strong in his head."

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Klopp: No pressure on Can deal

Fri, 03/11/2017 - 18:30

Last Updated: 03/11/17 5:25pm

Emre Can can start speaking to other clubs in JanuaryEmre Can can start speaking to other clubs in January Emre Can can start speaking to other clubs in January

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he will not put pressure on midfielder Emre Can to sign a new contract despite the threat of him leaving in the summer is increasing.

The Germany international has just seven months remaining on his current deal and, with negotiations at an impasse there is the possibility - as Juventus are heavily linked with an approach - he could sign a pre-contract agreement with a European club from January.

"What could I do now? I could say, 'yes, it is a big problem' but it isn't," said Klopp.

"I could say it is a big problem which we have to resolve now and put pressure on the player, put pressure on the club, but it makes no sense.

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Jurgen Klopp says Sadio Mane could return from injury when Liverpool visit West Ham on Saturday

"We have to respect his contract is ending and that is how it is.

"I've said it a few times and I'll say it again: it is our job to make this club as exciting as possible.

"He is also allowed to sign a contract [with Liverpool] in May as a player who is still already here. I have no problem with that.

"As long as Emre doesn't give me one sign his mind is somewhere else I don't have to talk about this, it is a normal thing in football."

Asked about January's opening of the transfer window, and Can's ability to strike a deal with a European club, Klopp added: "That is part of football. If it happens like this we can't change it.

"If a player [belonging to another club] is ending his contract next summer and he is good then we should try to do the same so that is an opportunity for all of us."

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West Ham v Liverpool preview

Fri, 03/11/2017 - 17:10

Last Updated: 04/11/17 7:46am

Liverpool midfielder Sadio Mane is back in training Liverpool midfielder Sadio Mane is back in training Liverpool midfielder Sadio Mane is back in training

Slaven Bilic will be looking to guide West Ham away from danger against Liverpool on Saturday evening.

The Hammers bounced back from a miserable 3-0 home defeat to Brighton with a 3-2 victory at Tottenham in the EFL Cup but the pressure on Bilic has intensified again after drawing 2-2 with Crystal Palace last weekend.

Despite registering a comfortable victory against Huddersfield last time out, Liverpool are seven points worse off in the league than at this stage last season.

They won 4-0 in this fixture at the London Stadium last campaign but clean sheets have been scarce, demonstrated by them possessing the worst defensive record on the road in the Premier League.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Sadio Mane could return against West Ham on Saturday while Adam Lallana will train with the first team next week. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Sadio Mane could return against West Ham on Saturday while Adam Lallana will train with the first team next week. Team news

West Ham winger Michail Antonio is out with a hamstring problem.

The Hammers are also short in defence with Pablo Zabaleta suspended and Sam Byram, Jose Fonte and James Collins injured.

But Aaron Cresswell has shaken off the dead leg which forced him off at half-time against Crystal Palace and fellow defender Winston Reid should be fit after missing out at Selhurst Park.

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane could be in line for a surprise recall. The Senegal international's return from a hamstring injury is a fortnight ahead of schedule and after joining full training on Thursday manager Jurgen Klopp said he looked like he could play 25 minutes.

Klopp will make late decisions on midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum (ankle) and defender Dejan Lovren (thigh) but playmaker Philippe Coutinho (adductor) is definitely out.

Slaven Bilic has asked West Ham fans to be patient with the cautious approach to Saturday's game against Liverpool Slaven Bilic has asked West Ham fans to be patient with the cautious approach to Saturday's game against Liverpool Opta stats

None of the last 12 Premier League meetings between these sides at West Ham have ended as a draw - West Ham have won four and Liverpool eight since a 1-1 draw in December 2001.

Liverpool have lost three of their last six Premier League games against the Hammers (W2 D1) - as many as they'd lost in their previous 25.

West Ham have conceded 10 goals in their last eight home Premier League games, despite keeping five clean sheets in that run - four of those goals were scored by Liverpool in their last visit to the London Stadium.

Of the 18 sides to have played in both of the last two Premier League seasons, only Crystal Palace (24) and Swansea City (30) have won fewer points in home matches than West Ham United (31) over this period.

Slaven Bilic remains under pressure at West Ham Slaven Bilic remains under pressure at West Ham Slaven Bilic remains under pressure at West Ham

Liverpool's 15 goals conceded away from home this season is the most by a team in the Premier League - indeed, it's the most the Reds have shipped after five away games of a season since 1953-54 (16), when they were relegated from the top-flight.

Joe Hart has conceded 29 goals in 17 Premier League games against Liverpool during his career; five more than he's let in against any other side.

Merson's prediction

West Ham last week, seriously… Antonio should be on the verge of getting a two-week fine for what he did. I honestly cannot believe what he done, it was unbelievable.

I am going to go for Liverpool to win here. I just think they will have too much firepower for them defensively. So I am going to go 3-1, as how are Liverpool ever going to keep a clean sheet?!

Paul predicts: 3-1 (Sky Bet odds 4/1)

Betting

Liverpool are Sky Bet's 8/13 favourites for the win with West Ham priced at 4/1, while the draw is a 3/1 chance. The Reds will be looking to gain ground on the leaders but are all but written off in the title race at 100/1, while their hosts are 5/2 joint fifth favourites for relegation. Javier Hernandez is considered the Hammers' main threat at 7/1 to score first.

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Premier League build-up LIVE!

Fri, 03/11/2017 - 10:56

PULIS ON LIVERMORE'S ENGLAND ABSENCE 

England manager Gareth Southgate did not name West Brom midfielder Jake Livermore in his squad for friendlies against Brazil and Germany this month. 

Pulis feels the 27-year old deserved a spot in the team due to being "back to his best" in his last three games... 

"Seven or eight changes Gareth has made. Gareth is going to have a look at other people and everything else. 

"I think Jake last two or three games has been back to his best. 

"He has played better football in the last few games than when he got selected before. 

"I don’t think it is anything other than Gareth wanting to bring a few others in. 

"There are people like Smalling being left out as well is [I think he is just] looking at other people."

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Mane returns to Liverpool training

Thu, 02/11/2017 - 21:35
By Joe Shread

Last Updated: 02/11/17 7:16pm

Sadio Mane made his return to full Liverpool training on ThursdaySadio Mane made his return to full Liverpool training on Thursday Sadio Mane made his return to full Liverpool training on Thursday

Liverpool have been handed an unexpected boost after Sadio Mane returned to training several weeks ahead of schedule.

Mane sustained a hamstring injury while on international duty with Senegal last month, and was initially expected to be out for six weeks.

However, he made his return to full training at Liverpool's Melwood training ground on Thursday, less than a month after picking up the injury.

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Despite his return to training, Mane is not in contention for Liverpool's trip to West Ham on Saturday, with a return to the team planned after the upcoming international break.

Mane has been named in Senegal's squad for the World Cup qualifying double-header against South Africa on November 10 and 14.

Mane started the season in blistering form - scoring three times in his first five games - but has since been disrupted by injury, as well his red card against Manchester City and subsequent three-game ban.

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Lovren wins Liverpool award

Thu, 02/11/2017 - 14:20

Last Updated: 02/11/17 11:33am

Liverpool fans have voted Dejan Lovren as the club’s joint player of the month for October after the defender received abuse on social media.

Lovren will share the award with Mohamed Salah after they both received 33 per cent of the votes from the open poll on the club's website.

The Croatian has come in for criticism this season and was substituted after 31 minutes in the 4-1 defeat to Tottenham last month after he was at fault for Spurs' first two goals inside the opening 12 minutes.

Dejan Lovren was substituted after 31 minutes in the 4-1 defeat to Tottenham Dejan Lovren was substituted after 31 minutes in the 4-1 defeat to Tottenham Dejan Lovren was substituted after 31 minutes in the 4-1 defeat to Tottenham

Lovren, who missed Liverpool's win over Huddersfield last weekend after picking up an injury in the warm-up, expressed his disgust on social media after he received a death threat aimed at his family in a private message on Instagram.

However, supporters took to social media to encourage fellow fans to vote for Lovren in the monthly awards as a show of support for the central defender following the abusive message.

Jurgen Klopp is unsure if either Philippe Coutinho or Dejan Lovren will be fit to face Maribor. Jurgen Klopp is unsure if either Philippe Coutinho or Dejan Lovren will be fit to face Maribor.

Salah scored three goals in five games throughout October as Liverpool drew twice against Newcastle and Manchester United before the defeat to Tottenham was sandwiched between comprehensive wins over Maribor in the Champions League and a league victory against Huddersfield.

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Wijnaldum added to Reds injury list

Thu, 02/11/2017 - 02:00
By PA Sport

Last Updated: 02/11/17 7:04am

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has ruled Philippe Coutinho out of Saturday's trip to West Ham Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has ruled Philippe Coutinho out of Saturday's trip to West Ham

Liverpool's 3-0 Champions League win over Maribor did not come without cost as Georginio Wijnaldum was added to a growing injury list.

The Dutchman limped off after just 17 minutes to join the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane and Nathaniel Clyne as players currently unavailable to Jurgen Klopp.

Second-half goals from Mohamed Salah, Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge meant Liverpool - for whom James Milner missed a penalty - edged closer to the knockout stages, but Klopp's thoughts immediately turned to Saturday's trip to West Ham.

Lovren, who sustained a thigh problem in the warm-up against Huddersfield in Saturday, still has a chance of making that game but he is likely to be the only one and Wijnaldum's injury puts additional pressure on the midfield.

Georginio Wijnaldum hobbled off in the first half against MariborGeorginio Wijnaldum hobbled off in the first half against Maribor Georginio Wijnaldum hobbled off in the first half against Maribor

"At half-time the ankle was already swollen. It is probably not a good sign," said Klopp.

"We saw a kick in the game, we didn't think it was too serious, we were not sure if it was swollen or if he twisted it. For sure we have to make a scan."

It could point towards Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain making the starting line-up.

"If he starts a Champions League game, he is not far from starting a Premier League game, no?" said Klopp.

"He was good, he offered a lot, I loved his counter-pressing situations. I'm not sure he did this a lot of times in his life already so it was really nice to see."

Coutinho's absence is set to be extended to a third match as his recovery from an adductor problem is slow.

"I don't think Phil will be able to play, with Dejan (Lovren) it's different, it's not the same problem as Phil had," added Klopp.

Jurgen Klopp also confirmed Phillipe Coutinho would likely miss Saturday's match against West HamJurgen Klopp also confirmed Phillipe Coutinho would likely miss Saturday's match against West Ham Jurgen Klopp also confirmed Phillipe Coutinho would likely miss Saturday's match against West Ham

"Gini is out, maybe there will be some wonder (recovery) with Phil but I don't think at the moment that he can play."

Maribor coach Darko Milanic, who had seen his side demolished 7-0 a fortnight ago, adopted a very defensive approach at Anfield and, while it worked for 45 minutes, the pressure eventually told.

"I am sure the decision for this kind of tactic was very good. We couldn't play any different way," the former Leeds boss said.

"The first half was a very good half defensively. The goal we conceded at the beginning of the second half gave our opponent additional energy.

"When the goalkeeper saved the penalty it gave us more energy but in the end I have to congratulate my boys for the very good match they played."

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