Jürgen Klopp meets every criterion required to manage Liverpool, according to Kenny Dalglish, a predecessor who describes the current boss as ‘the perfect fit’ for the club.
Having spent two spells in charge during a 40-year association with Liverpool that also involved establishing himself as arguably the greatest player to ever wear the red shirt, few men are more familiar with the fabric of the club than Dalglish.
And, in Klopp, the legendary Scot sees a man who has the personality and skill to continue the proud traditions that began with Bill Shankly.
“We want to win matches and we have a guy who I think is cloned into managing Liverpool,” Dalglish told Liverpoolfc.com at the premiere of ‘Kenny’, a new film about his life.
“He is the perfect fit for us as a football club. Jürgen is perfect for us. He fulfils every criteria the people in the past have had.
“We’ve got Shanks which we’ve put down in his criteria for the Liverpool manager: ‘Relate to the people and relate to everybody.’
“I think Jürgen can do that and he’s good at his job as well.”
Dalglish also assessed Steven Gerrard’s start to life as manager of Liverpool’s U18s - and it’s fair to say he has been impressed.
“How good is it for the U18s to go in and to know they are going on a training pitch with Steven?!” the former No.7 said.
“It’s a dream for them isn’t it, and he’s good at his job so it’s not as if he is just paying lip service.
“He’s thrown himself in to the football club and the U18s and also to the U19s for the European games. He’s doing fantastically well and being very successful as well.
“I don’t think there is any downside for anybody with Steven being in the Academy and working with the kids.
“If you are a kid, how thrilled are you if Stevie says that was a great goal? That’s huge for a kid and he’s loving it and really enjoying it.”
Speaking about ‘Kenny’, the King admitted to feeling ‘a wee bit nervous’ before watching the final version and explained why he made the decision to sanction its production.
“The people who made it, Pitch International, were helpful because we have a fantastic relationship with them anyway,” Dalglish said.
“It’s the first time they asked me and I thought it would be a good idea. We have a good friendship and I feel very relaxed in their company, and I think if you feel relaxed it’s a better product.”
For more details about ‘Kenny’ and to pre-order a copy, click here.
Jordan Henderson is hopeful of being involved in Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Southampton at Anfield on Saturday.
The captain returned to full training on Wednesday after recovering from the thigh injury that ruled him out of the Reds’ 4-1 win at West Ham United on November 4 and England’s subsequent international friendlies with Germany and Brazil.
Henderson told Liverpoolfc.com: “I feel good. I completed my first session [on Wednesday], so hopefully I can play a part at the weekend.”
Meanwhile, Henderson has paid tribute to Joe Gomez and Dominic Solanke after their recent England debuts.
Gomez followed up a maiden cap against Germany by turning in a man-of-the-match display in the goalless draw with Brazil on Tuesday – a game in which Solanke earned his first Three Lions’ appearance as a substitute.
“I was over the moon,” said Henderson. “I watched the match and thought Joe was outstanding. He got man of the match, so I was delighted for him because he’s worked so hard.
“I saw how much he worked when he was injured for a long period a year or two ago. He’s come through that, he’s stronger and he’s been fantastic for Liverpool – and now he’s getting his recognition for England as well.
“Dom has come this season and been brilliant since he came in. He got his chance and thought he did excellent when he came on, so hopefully he can get more chances as well.”
Jordan Henderson was speaking to Liverpoolfc.com at the premiere of 'Kenny' - the new film about club legend Kenny Dalglish. For more details and to pre-order a copy, click here.
Joe Gomez will be firmly in contention to be part of England’s World Cup squad if he can continue his impressive form for club and country, Jamie Carragher believes.
Defender Gomez’s fine start to the campaign for Liverpool was rewarded with a first call-up to the senior Three Lions group for their recent friendlies with Germany and Brazil.
The 20-year-old made quite the impression in his first appearances on the full international stage, too, looking comfortable in his 65 minutes against Germany before putting in a man-of-the-match display in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Brazil.
Carragher, for one, liked what he saw and the Reds legend has challenged Gomez to earn himself a place in Gareth Southgate’s party for Russia next year by maintaining his level of performance for Liverpool.
“I thought he did really well. I think he’s had a great season,” the former centre-back told Liverpoolfc.com.
“He’s come in at right-back and at first he was chopping and changing with Trent [Alexander-Arnold], but now it looks like he’s got the shirt at this moment and long may that continue for him because it looks like Gareth Southgate, from an England point of view, is going to give young players a chance.
“A performance like that puts him in a great position, I think, going forward with the World Cup in the summer.
“He’s given himself a great shout for the World Cup but he’ll have no chance of that unless he performs for Liverpool in the way he has been doing.
“If he continues like that he’ll have a decent chance and most importantly he’ll have a great chance of impressing Jürgen Klopp.”
Jamie Carragher was speaking to Liverpoolfc.com at the premiere of 'Kenny' - the new film about club legend Kenny Dalglish. For more details and to pre-order a copy, click here.
A whole host of familiar faces took to the red carpet on Wednesday night as FACT cinema in Liverpool city centre hosted the world premiere of ‘Kenny’.
Kenny Dalglish and family were in attendance, as well as the likes of Jordan Henderson, Peter Moore, Jamie Carragher and a raft of other former Reds stars.
Comedian Lee Evans and celebrity chef Simon Rimmer popped along for the screening of the feature film, too.
‘Kenny’ tells the unique story of a man whose life and career have become entwined with the fortunes of his adopted city. Tragedy and triumph have been shared over more than 30 years, cementing Kenny Dalglish's place in the hearts of everyone who lives in the city.
It offers a unique and unprecedented glimpse into the personal life of a man who has given his all to the club and the city of Liverpool for the last four decades.
You can pre-order your copy now by clicking here – and browse our gallery from the red carpet below.
Philippe Coutinho will continue striving to develop after detailing how he has grown both on and off the pitch since joining Liverpool.
The Reds’ No.10 has established himself as one of the Premier League’s finest creative forces since his arrival at Anfield from Inter in January 2013, with his form at club level also proving sufficient to earn him a regular starting spot in Brazil’s team.
Now comfortable and adept in a range of attacking positions, the 25-year-old has steadily increased his season-on-season goal tally in each of his campaigns on Merseyside.
Despite being restricted to nine club appearances so far this term due to back and adductor injuries, Coutinho has already scored four times - and he has set his sights on improving further under Jürgen Klopp.
“I have become stronger here in every way,” Coutinho told Goal.
“When I first came to England, there was so much to adapt to and learn. It was a completely different experience for me, but also a challenging, exciting one.
“Every year, I’ve felt like I’ve taken more on and become better, more complete and mentally prepared - not only with football but life in general.
“I have never wanted to settle, because I know that improvement is something that doesn’t stop. There are always new things you can pick up and many ways to develop. I’m happy with how much I’ve grown, but I’m not finished yet.”
Discussing how he has enhanced his understanding of the game and versatility during his near-five-year stay at Liverpool, Coutinho continued: “When I arrived, I had only been seen or thought of as a playmaker.
“But I’ve had the opportunity to work with top professionals, real quality players, and under good managers, which has helped me understand the responsibilities of different positions and what each one requires.
“I am used to and confident now in many areas of the pitch and it has made me more rounded - I don’t just attack better, I defend better too.”
Joe Gomez’s seamless adaption to senior international football came as no surprise to Ragnar Klavan.
Having been appointed England U21s captain in August, Gomez joined the full Three Lions squad for their Wembley friendlies against Germany and Brazil this month - just reward for his consistently impressive displays for Liverpool this season.
An assured 65 minutes versus Germany was followed up with a man-of-the-match performance in Tuesday’s goalless draw with Brazil, and Gomez is now back at Melwood preparing for the Reds’ clash with Southampton this weekend.
His teammate Klavan is, of course, no stranger to international football, with the centre-back having amassed well over 100 caps for Estonia.
And 32-year-old has spoken warmly about Gomez’s ability and the manner in which he handled the challenge of playing against the sides currently placed first and second in the FIFA world rankings.
“I’m really pleased. He’s a really nice guy and really, congratulations to him,” Klavan told Liverpoolfc.com.
“It’s well deserved and I could see already when I came last year that he’s eager to learn and he’s training hard, doing the extra work and this is the key to make those steps forward and I’m really happy for him.
“No [his performances didn’t surprise me]. He’s a good guy, he’s a really good player.”
Gomez’s full England debut came almost a year to the day since he made his return following two long-term injuries in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Melwood - and Klavan was full of praise for the way the 20-year-old has progressed in the aftermath of such a testing period in his young career.
“Especially with those injuries that he had, he was a long time out and I think this also made him mentally more stronger and this is a good thing, to have a good mentality and be strong, to keep on fighting and keep on training and you see those rewards are coming,” he stated.
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The final four senior Liverpool players yet to return from international duty will report back to Melwood today.
Georginio Wijnaldum, Emre Can, Alberto Moreno and Marko Grujic will be back at the club’s training complex to begin preparations for Saturday’s Premier League encounter with Southampton.
Young goalkeeper Kamil Grabara also returns from international duty with Poland U21s today.
It will mean all of the Reds’ players who were called up by their countries are now back at Melwood ahead of the Saints clash.
Liverpool Ladies cruised to a 5-1 victory against Aston Villa Ladies in the Continental Tyres Cup at the Select Security Stadium on Wednesday night.
The game produced five different goal scorers, whilst Niamh Charles was a constant threat on the left-hand side as Liverpool ran riot.
The result means Scott Rogers’ charges have secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Continental Tyres Cup.
Rogers made a number of changes from the victory at the weekend, with five players coming into the starting line-up. This included Becky Flaherty making her competitive debut in goal, and Scottish international Caroline Weir returning to action.
The game started at lightning speed with Charles, Jess Clarke and Weir all getting early opportunities on goal.
Sian Rogers continued to be tested in Villa’s goal before Ashley Hodson broke the deadlock in the 17th minute. A fantastic cross from Charles was met by an equally good header which placed into the far corner by Hodson.
Charles constantly caused problems for the Villa defence, teeing up Clarke in the centre of the area, but the forwards attempt was smothered by Rogers.
Moments from half-time the goalscorer turned provider as Hodson’s lofted cross from the right flank was met by Clarke, who leapt higher than the defence to guide her header home.
Liverpool didn’t have to wait long to make it three. Clarke won the home side a penalty and Greenwood stepped up to slot the ball home within five minutes of the restart.
Shortly after the hour mark, Kate Longhurst had a chance to increase the Reds advantage when the ball fell her way, but the midfielder blazed the ball over the bar.
Minutes later Villa grabbed an unlikely lifeline as Chloe Jones converted Hayley Crackle's set piece to make it 3-1.
Rogers’ side looked to instantly regain their three-goal advantage with a wonderful link-up between Greenwood and Hodson which almost lead to Weir setting up Johnson – however, the final ball fell just behind the forward.
As the game went into the final 10 minutes Weir was brought down after a marauding run in the Villa half. The Scottish starlet stepped up and whipped in a delightful free kick to make it 4-1.
Substitute Ali Johnson still had time to bag a fifth for the Reds to make it an emphatic 5-1 victory.
Liverpool Ladies: Flaherty, Fletcher (Johnson, 69), Bonner, Ingle, Greenwood, Longhurst, Coombs, Weir, Hodson, Charles (Harris, 69), Clarke.
It was business as usual at Melwood on Wednesday as Liverpool continued preparations for the weekend meeting with Southampton in the absence of Jürgen Klopp.
With the boss attending a hospital appointment, his assistants Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz oversaw today's session.
A number of the Reds' returning internationals featured, while Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana were welcome participants having overcome recent injuries.
Sadio Mane, meanwhile, continued his rehabilitation after a 'slight' recurrence of a hamstring injury while on international duty.
Check out a selection of shots from today at Melwood below.
Photos by John and Andrew Powell
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Adam Lallana was part of full team training at Melwood on Wednesday after recovering from the thigh injury that has kept him sidelined since early August.
Liverpool's No.20 has spent the last fortnight completing a bespoke fitness plan to ensure his sharpness levels were at their highest for when the Reds' international contingent returned to the club's West Derby base.
And after training freely throughout the week, he again joined his teammates this afternoon as preparations for Saturday's meeting with Southampton continued.
Take a look at a gallery of photos of Lallana during today's session below...
Jordan Henderson returned to full training on Wednesday after recovering from a thigh injury.
The Liverpool captain missed the Reds' 4-1 victory over West Ham United before the international break and subsequently withdrew from the England squad for their friendly matches against Germany and Brazil.
However, the No.14, who has spent the last fortnight recovering, completed his first session back with his teammates at Melwood today ahead of Liverpool's meeting with Southampton at the weekend.
Liverpool Ladies host Aston Villa Ladies in the Continental Tyres Cup on Wednesday evening - make sure you pick up the official programme if you're heading down.
Kick-off at the Select Security Stadium in Widnes is at 7pm GMT, and the official matchday programme is the perfect souvenir for the fixture, on sale at the ground and includes exclusive interviews with some of the Reds' key personnel.
Attacker Jess Clarke tells us why she's loving life with Liverpool, while teenage defender Ellie Fletcher explains why she's at the perfect club to learn her trade.
We also hear the thoughts of manager Scott Rogers and skipper Gemma Bonner ahead of the clash with the Villans in their exclusive columns.
There is a look back at a busy girls' football week, a full round-up of the weekend win, the lowdown on our visitors from the Midlands and all the latest statistics too.
With all this and much more, make sure you pick up your copy of the official matchday programme which will be on sale inside the ground, priced £2.
Jürgen Klopp has attended a hospital appointment today as a precautionary measure, after feeling ill.
He is being assessed by doctors and will be absent from training on Wednesday as a result. There are currently no plans for Jürgen to remain in hospital beyond his appointment and he will therefore return home this evening; however, he may require further check-ups in the coming days.
The club urges that the privacy of Jürgen, his family and other patients is respected while attending hospital visits.
Liverpool Ladies can clinch a place in the quarter-finals of the Continental Tyres Cup with a victory over Aston Villa at the Select Security Stadium in Widnes on Wednesday night.
After a 6-0 win over Sheffield FC Ladies in their opening game and a penalty shootout success at Durham in their last outing, Scott Rogers' team, have made an excellent start to their group.
Liverpool head into this evening's game full of confidence after Saturday's vital 1-0 win over Birmingham City Ladies in the Women's Super League.
Here's everything you need to know ahead of tonight's fixture...
Where is the game being played? The match is at the Select Security Stadium in Widnes, with kick-off set for 7pm GMT.
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View from the player, Gemma Bonner
"First and foremost, we wanted to bounce back against Birmingham at the weekend after last week – going Durham and not getting three points – so we wanted to improve on that performance. Hopefully we can push on now in future games and show a different side to our game, and dig in for future results.
"Progress in the cup is the aim and we are focusing on that. With the game coming so quickly, it is a chance for us to build on the momentum from the Birmingham win. We know sides will try and blocks but we have to come up with ways to break them down."
The return of the fit-again Adam Lallana 'will feel like a new signing' for Liverpool of a hectic run of fixtures, according to Jason McAteer.
Lallana has yet to feature for the Reds in 2017-18 having sustained a thigh injury during the penultimate game of their pre-season schedule.
But, as recently revealed by Jürgen Klopp, the 29-year-old is on track to make his comeback when domestic football resumes following the international break.
And McAteer believes the midfielder's availability provides a timely boost going into the busy Christmas period.
"It will feel like a new signing. Adam played a crucial part last year," he told Liverpoolfc.com.
"[He] is one who can offensively play in a number of positions, so it will be great to have him back, he will be raring to go and he will be fresh.
"He has plenty of ability, he’s added goals to his repertoire as well so he will be a welcome return.
"He’s a lovely player to watch on the eye and he offers a lot. Like I said before it’s a crucial period.
"It’s a crucial time to pick up points and not drop silly points. With the demands of football now you are playing three games a week and it becomes very stressful.
"To have someone like Lallana back who you can get a run of games out of is a massive boost for the club."
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Klopp will also hope to have Sadio Mane available again after the winger returned for the Reds during the 4-1 win over West Ham United that preceded the break.
Although he was something of a surprise inclusion in the starting XI against the Hammers, the Senegalese underlined his value to the Reds by providing two assists.
McAteer said of the No.19: "You miss him when he is not there.
"The manager said he would come back after the international break, but he obviously spoke to the physios and the player and he was raring to go.
"He got his performance against West Ham spot on. He just adds something different.
"I think the players look around the dressing room and when he is fit and playing he gives a massive boost to the team.
"I know everyone talks about Coutinho being the star man but he is right up there as being vitally important for Liverpool and it’s important he come back from the break fit at this crucial time."
With Philippe Coutinho having recovered from an adductor problem ahead of Southampton's visit to Anfield this weekend, Klopp is facing something of a selection headache.
But McAteer insists the manager will welcome the chance to rotate his squad to ensure fresh legs over a period that will see the Reds contest 13 games in 45 days.
He explained: "This is why you put a squad of numbers together. You have cup games thrown in there, we have Champions League this year and we have a run of games over this period.
"I think he has a squad more than able to cope with the demands that come their way.
"There is a lot of football to be played up until new year, but like I said we are getting players back and there are a lot of players playing in Europe this year.
"There are probably one or two players who are able to get on the bench and not start week in week out but there are also a lot who see themselves as a big part of the first team and play a lot of football.
"You look at James Milner who didn’t play at the start of the season but he has played the last five games and he will play a big part coming in.
"It’s all about balancing and playing people at the right time. The physical team, the medical team, the scientists at the club will all be watching the players closely and recovering properly and rehydrating."
Liverpool Ladies host Aston Villa Ladies in the Continental Tyres Cup at the Select Security Stadium in Widnes on Wednesday night - and you can watch the game live free on LFCTV GO from 6.55pm GMT.
Scott Rogers' side can clinch qualification to the quarter-finals of the competition with a victory over the WSL 2 outfit.
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As a professional who has spent the majority of his career in the Premier League, Simon Mignolet can speak with authority about the challenges posed by English football’s packed winter schedule.
Liverpool’s home game against Southampton on Saturday and their trip to Burnley on New Year's Day bookend a 44-day period that includes 13 Premier League and Champions League fixtures.
Playing so many matches in such a short space of time is bound to test any squad, but what’s the key to dealing with such a relentless programme?
Allow Liverpool goalkeeper Mignolet to explain.
“You take every game as it comes, really. Don’t look too far ahead, make sure you’re prepared for the next one, try to recover after it, and get yourself up for the next one as well. That’s the way to go,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“I’ve been here in England for seven years now and I’m pretty used to how it goes in that winter period.
“You have to make sure you stay healthy and fit, get the right rest and recovery off the pitch and then put the work in on it, and everything will take care of itself.”
In the corresponding period 12 months ago, Liverpool won six of their 10 matches while only losing once - the kind of form Mignolet is determined to replicate this season.
“I think that’s what we need at this moment in time as well,” the Belgium international said.
“We have a long run to push ourselves up with the rest of the teams at the top of the Premier League so that’s what the aim is and if we can get on that run, then anything is possible.”
Eight Liverpool players are set to report back to Melwood today ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Southampton.
Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino will return from Brazil duty, while Simon Mignolet heads back from the Belgium squad.
Meanwhile, Dominic Solanke, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold will arrive at the club’s training ground after representing England at senior and U21 level respectively, as Ben Woodburn and Danny Ward following their inclusion in the Wales squad.
On Tuesday, Sadio Mane returned from action with Senegal, while Dejan Lovren checked in following his role in helping Croatia secure World Cup qualification.
Andy Robertson was back in training on Monday following Scotland duty.
Dominic Solanke came off the bench to make his England debut and Joe Gomez made an assured first start as Gareth Southgate's side played out a goalless draw with Brazil at Wembley on Tuesday night.
Philippe Coutinho played the opening 67 minutes and was denied a goal by a fine save from Joe Hart before being replaced by Chelsea star Willian. Roberto Firmino appeared on 75 minutes when he replaced Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus.
Solanke came off the bench in the 74th minute and came close to scoring with a late chance at the back post. Gomez was outstanding during his 90 minute outing and Liverpool’s No.12 was named the Vauxhall England Man of the Match.
Ben Woodburn made his first start for Wales as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Panama in a friendly in Cardiff. The 18-year-old played the opening 74 minutes of the encounter while goalkeeper Danny Ward played the entire 90 minutes.
Alberto Moreno featured for the second 45 minutes as Spain let a 2-0 and 3-1 lead slip as they were held to a 3-3 draw in Russia. Liverpool’s No.18 replaced Jordi Alba at left-back.
Simon Mignolet played the full game as Belgium earned a 1-0 home win over Japan. On-loan Divock Origi appeared for the final 14 minutes off the bench.
Emre Can played the opening 83 minutes at right-back as Germany played out a 2-2 draw with France.
Georginio Wijnaldum remained on the bench as the Netherlands won 3-0 away in Romania.
Harry Wilson played the full game for Wales U21s as they were held to a goalless draw by nine man Romania at Bangor City FC. The Liverpool youngster was lively throughout and went close to scoring on three occasions, firing one effort inches wide.
U23s captain Corey Whelan also went the full distance as the Republic of Ireland U21s lost 2-1 away to Norway. Academy goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher was an unused substitute.