Reds To Extend Scoring Form – Salah

Liverpool must replicate their Champions League finishing to revive their Premier League campaign, winger Mohamed Salah has said.
Salah and striker Roberto Firmino grabbed a brace each as Liverpool pounded Maribor 7-0 on Tuesday night to record their biggest away European win.

The victory has given Liverpool, who managed one win in their last five league games, the confidence to be more clinical in front of goal, said Salah.

“I think it’s an important result for us so we have to keep looking forward and we have to win the next games,” the Egypt international told BT Sport.

“In the last three or four games we missed many chances… and we had bad luck.

“I think that everyone has confidence that the good result is coming, so now we are in a good position and I’m sure in the next games it will be the same.”

The 25-year-old has now scored eight goals in 13 appearances for Liverpool but was more occupied with team performance than a personal record.

“The team did good and we had a good result so that’s the most important thing,” Salah added.

“I’m very happy for that – seven goals or eight goals (scored since he joined Liverpool) doesn’t change anything, but the most important thing for us is to concentrate on improving the results in the Premier League.

“We didn’t win for two, three games, so we need to carry on and keep looking forward and win the next games.”

Eighth-placed Liverpool travels to third-placed Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

 

 

Source: SuperSport

“We Will Be Title Challengers” – Klopp

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is adamant they will be title challengers over the long-term.

Even though Liverpool have now won just one of their last eight matches, the manager explained that he has seen enough this season to believe they will threaten the sides at the summit of the league.

Klopp said: “We have to do whatever is necessary and we will be challenges. We will be challengers for the next few years, no problem.

“We showed big heart, we were brave. I thought we were smart in doing the right thing at the right moment but in the end, it didn’t work out.

“I am not overly-positive, I am not crazy but I really see we are still good, and that is what I try to push. People around the stadium today saw a game they wanted to see — but they all had Liverpool shirts on.”

 

Everton: Onyekuru In Liverpool Amidst Rumors Of Recall From Loan

Everton forward Henry Onyekuru has been spotted in Liverpool in the height of talks about a possible return to his parent owners Everton in January.

Onyekuru was signed by Everton from Belgium side Eupen after scoring 24 goals last season, which was his first top-flight experience since moving to Europe from Nigeria two years ago.

He was immediately loaned out to Anderlecht, where after a period of bedding in, he has recaptured the form that made him the beautiful bride of most European team during the summer transfer window.

Everton is struggling to get goals since the start of the English Premier League season ‎, and Onyekuru who has five goals in seven games has been tipped for a return to the team in January.

The 20-year-old gave credence to ‎the story with a picture of himself with Liverpool as his location on his Snap Chat account earlier today.

Liverpool, Man U Fans Trigger Moscow Security Jitters

As thousands of British fans head to Moscow for Champions League matches involving Manchester United and Liverpool, Russia faces a crucial test of its security measures just months ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Some 2,000 British fans are expected to arrive for matches on Tuesday and Wednesday against Moscow teams known for problems with hooliganism and racism in the stands.

Liverpool plays Spartak Moscow on Tuesday and Manchester United plays CSKA Moscow on Wednesday, both kicking off at 1845 GMT.

The head of the Russian Football Union’s security committee, Vladimir Markin, warned them to behave or face an extended stay behind bars.

“I don’t want to scare anyone but I warn those who plan to come here not to support their side and see the country but to commit hooliganism: the law is the same for all, not just for Russians,” Markin told TASS state news agency on Sunday.

“Those who break it will face a suitable punishment, possibly in the form of a long stay in Russia, in conditions our guests won’t like.”

The influx of supporters raises the spectre of a repeat of the violence at Euro-2016 in France when street battles erupted in central Marseille ahead of the match between England and Russia on June 11 — 35 people were injured and three Russian hooligans jailed.

Russia has vowed to ensure fans’ safety when it hosts the World Cup next year and has cracked down on its own hooligans who model themselves on the hooligan gangs that dogged English football in the past.

For the Liverpool and Manchester United games, tightened controls will be in place at stadium entrances and nearby metro stations — as happened when Russia hosted the Confederations Cup in June and July without incident.

A multi-lingual telephone helpline (Fans Hotline 8-800-775-76-88) is set to open 24 hours between Monday and Wednesday to offer British fans’ legal support if needed.

Both Liverpool and Manchester United have warned fans to be on their best behaviour.

“You can expect there to be a visible police presence wherever groups of LFC and Man United fans congregate,” a Liverpool statement said.

Manchester United called for “impeccable” behaviour from its supporters and advised them not to “attract attention” and to avoid wearing the team’s colours in public.

Risk of jail
In April, President Vladimir Putin approved new legislation toughening punishments for foreign fans responsible for crowd trouble at sports events.

The legislation makes it possible to bar known foreign hooligans or those suspected of planning trouble from entering Russia.

The law increases the fine for such offences to 50,000 rubles ($868, 733 euros) and also makes them punishable by up to 15 days of detention in police cells followed by deportation.

After the Marseilles clashes, the Russian interior ministry’s counter-extremism division also cracked down on Russian fans, leading to more detentions and convictions.

“The atmosphere at football matches has on the whole improved. You feel safer,” said one Spartak fan, who gave his name as Alexander.

“Even if the number of aggressive fans hasn’t gone down, the clubs have learnt to organise matches better,” the 24-year-old said, praising a decision to reinforce crowd control using volunteers in plain clothes rather than “the police, who irritate the fans.”

Nevertheless, Spartak supporters fired a flare at the German referee during a match with Slovenia’s Maribor earlier in September.

UEFA fined the Russian club 60,000 euros and banned it from selling tickets for its next away match.

On Friday, Spartak’s Italian manager Massimo Carrera urged fans “not to repeat such actions,” TASS reported.

“I hope that they will take seriously the risk of not being allowed into the stadium next time,” Carrera said.

Ahead of the World Cup, Russia wants to avoid a repeat of serious fan violence seen in the past.

In 2002, after Russia was knocked out of the World Cup by Japan, fans watching on an outdoor screen near the Kremlin went on a rampage, killing one and wounding dozens, and setting cars on fire.

In 2010, thousands of fans rioted on the street after a Spartak supporter was shot dead in a fight between members of Russian and North Caucasus ethnic groups.

 

 

Source: The Guardian

 

Klopp Vows To Never Give Up

The Liverpool Coach Jurgen Klopp insists he won’t stop attacking principles despite Liverpool’s recent struggles.

Klopp’s team has gone four games without any win and fell out of the League Cup at Leicester this week.

The Reds have conceded 10 goals in that spell, sparking criticism of Klopp’s defenders and claims his commitment to all-out attack has left them too exposed.

Klopp concedes Liverpool’s defence needs to improve, but the Liverpool manager has no intention of changing his philosophy.

With Liverpool returning to Leicester in the Premier League on Saturday, Klopp made it clear he will not allow his players to start adopting a more conservative approach.

“In the beginning, it was so nice, how fluent we are, how creative we are. We are still fluent and still creative but we don’t score, so it’s a big problem,” Klopp said.

“If you would ask me what would you prefer: ‘Do you want your team perfect in defending set-pieces but don’t know how to play football or would you prefer the other way round?’ – I still would take this second one.

“In the moment it feels like we solved it but in the situation, you can see again we are back to old patterns or how we did it a few weeks before.

“What we have at the moment because of the situation is that everybody wants to help where the first ball is.

“We come too close together in the situation where the first ball is going after a throw-in and it means for the second ball we don’t have a good formation.

“We need to get more natural in these things because it’s not that difficult, to be honest, but it happens too often.

“Now we have to work and then it will be even more difficult to create something against us.”

 

Klopp Frustrated With Club Miscues

Jurgen Klopp admitted he is getting sick of Liverpool’s defensive miscues after they slumped to a 2-0 defeat at Leicester in the League Cup third round.

Klopp’s side crashed out as careless play allowed Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani to score for Leicester in the second half at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday.

Liverpool have kept just two clean sheets this season and have been criticised for letting teams off the hook.

Reds boss Klopp admitted he is now becoming fed up of the sloppy performances which have left his side without a win in four matches.

“After the first goal you saw the heads from Leicester went up, that was a bigger difference,” Klopp said.

“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.”

 

Klopp Keeps Making Liverpool Laughable – Shearer

Alan Shearer England legend has slammed Jurgen Klopp and his work with Liverpool.

The Liverpool club has dropped two points at home to Burnley on Saturday.

Shearer wrote for The Sun: “Jurgen Klopp is brilliant at the public relations game.

“Indeed, listen to him and you would be fooled into thinking everything has been on an upward curve since he joined Liverpool.

“Yes, he got them back into the Champions League with last season’s fourth place, which will have brought him plenty of boardroom bonus points.

“The truth, however, is that Liverpool is no different under boss Klopp than they were under Brendan Rodgers.

“Brilliant going forward but not so clever at the back.”

He also said of Klopp: “I am left wondering just what he does on the training ground when the same defensive errors are repeated week in, week out.

“What I witnessed on Saturday in their draw at home to Burnley was laughable.

“Much like when I analyzed their 3-3 draw at Watford on an opening day and, more recently, their 5-0 defeat against Manchester City.”

 

 

Coutinho Yet To Make A Decision Between Barcelona And Liverpool

Philippe Coutinho is not expected to return to Liverpool, and he is being claimed by Barcelonia.

The midfielder has told friends that he is confident of the clubs Barca and Liverpool agreeing on  a fee while he is aways at the World Cup Qualifier in Brazil

Coutinho, who has not played so far this season, stunned Liverpool fans by taking part in full-scale training with Tite’s squad yesterday.

It’s suggested Barca are prepared to go to €160m to convince Liverpool to finally cash in on the midfielder.

And Coutinho has told confidants he is confident his time with Liverpool is now over

 

Klopp Feels Heat As Liverpool Eye Group Phase

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp concedes his side are already feeling the pressure this season ahead of the return leg of their Champions League play-off against Hoffenheim on Wednesday.

Liverpool looked to have planted one foot in the group phase after going 2-0 up in last week’s first leg in Germany, only for Mark Uth’s 87th-minute reply to bring Hoffenheim right back into the tie.

The five-time European champions needed a late Sadio Mane goal to see off Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday and Klopp anticipates another knife-edge occasion at Anfield in mid-week.

“We all have pressure and it’s a quick start always,” said Klopp, who reached the Champions League final with Borussia Dortmund in 2013.

“You need to be there immediately, deliver and all that stuff. The difference this year is that it’s really hard.

“We all know a draw (against Palace), two points instead of four or six, it doesn’t feel good, but you can sort it.

“You can’t do this in a Champions League qualifier. This intensity is really hard, for both teams.”

Klopp made five changes to his starting XI for the 1-0 victory over Palace, with debutant Andy Robertson, Ragnar Klavan, Joe Gomez, James Milner and Daniel Sturridge coming into the side.

Having started on the bench, Dejan Lovren, Emre Can and star signing Mohamed Salah are all expected to return to the starting line-up against Julian Nagelsmann’s Hoffenheim.

Young right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold could also return, having been rested against Palace after setting Liverpool en route to victory in Sinsheim with a memorable 25-yard free-kick.

Liverpool are likely to still be without Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho, the subject of three unsuccessful bids from Barcelona, who continues to nurse a back problem.

But Robertson believes the fire-power on show against Palace demonstrated the strength in depth in Liverpool’s attacking unit.

‘3-0 would be nicer’
“It’s brilliant when you get the ball and you look up and you’ve got Sadio, Roberto (Firmino), Studge (Sturridge) in the first half and Mo (Salah) came on with big Dom (Solanke),” said the former Dundee United left-back.

“It’s great to have the options. We’re not fully up to speed yet, but we’re getting there and when we are, we’ll be a threat.”

Liverpool are bidding to reach the Champions League group phase for only the second time since 2010.

Their last participation in 2014-15 having come to an end in the group stage, it is now over eight years since Anfield last hosted a knockout-phase match in the competition.

Elimination at the hands of European debutants Hoffenheim would represent a monumental setback for Klopp, who was hired partly on the strength of his fine continental record with Dortmund.

But Liverpool’s fans will draw encouragement from the fact that in 14 previous European home games against German teams, their team have never been beaten.

Hoffenheim geared up for the trip to Liverpool with a 1-0 win at home to Werder Bremen on Saturday, courtesy of a deflected shot from substitute Andrej Kramaric in the 84th minute.

“I wouldn’t say no if a few deflected goals fly in on Wednesday,” said head coach Nagelsmann, who led Hoffenheim to a best-ever fourth-place finish in the Bundesliga last season.

“A 2-0 win is the big plan. A 3-0 would be nicer.”

Nagelsmann rested six of the team who started against Liverpool last week, including burly striker Sandro Wagner and Germany winger Serge Gnabry.

Kramaric, who squandered an early penalty in the first leg, only came on for the last 25 minutes, but in a potential good omen for Wednesday, he managed to make his presence count.

 

 

Source: The Guardian

Liverpool Seals Win With Hoffenheim

Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool are far from certain of a Champions League group stage berth despite their 2-1 win at Hoffenheim on Tuesday in their playoff, first-leg.

The result in south-west Germany leaves Klopp’s Liverpool in pole position ahead of the return at Anfield on Wednesday, August 23.

After goalkeeper Simon Mignolet had saved a first-half penalty, 18-year-old defender Trent Alexander-Arnold curled in a free-kick to give Liverpool the lead.

Ex-England forward James Milner made sure of victory by curling in a cross-cum-shot, which dropped inside the far post on 75 minutes after deflecting off Havard Nordtveit for an own goal.

However, Hoffenheim pulled a goal back when replacement Mark Uth managed to beat the offside trap to score late on to give the Germans hope.

“I am happy with the performance, we’d have liked to have won 2-0 and the goal they scored just before the end isn’t so favourable for us,” said Klopp.

“We could have scored one or two more goals and we need Anfield in the return leg. “This thing isn’t over yet.” Liverpool’s want-away attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho sat out the playoff with a back injury.

The Brazilian is desperate to leave Anfield for Barcelona after handing in a transfer request, but Liverpool insists he is not for sale. Belgium goalkeeper Mignolet saved an early first-half penalty to deny hosts Hoffenheim an early lead in Sinsheim.

When Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren brought down Germany winger Serge Gnabry, Hoffenheim’s ex-Leicester City striker Andrej Kramaric stepped up for the spot kick.

The Hoffenheim forward squandered the golden chance, weakly firing his 11th-minute spot-kick at Mignolet.

At the other end, Liverpool’s Egypt striker Mohamed Salah fired just wide of the post on 15 minutes after sprinting clear and beating Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann.

Alexander-Arnold gave Liverpool the lead when his floated free-kick beat Baumann on 35 minutes. However, Hoffenheim could have gone into the break level when striker Sandro Wagner hit the post after Mignolet blocked a Gnabry shot.

Liverpool should have made it 2-0 straight after the break when Baumann saved Roberto Firmin’s shot from point-blank range after Sadio Mane’s clever cross.

‘Brave’
Substitute Milner put the matter beyond doubt when he snapped up Firmino’s pass to the wing from a quickly taken free-kick.

He fired home off his left boot on 75 minutes as the shot clipped Nordtveit and went into the net.

Uth netted Hoffenheim’s consolation goal to give his team a lifeline when he managed to hold off Alexander-Arnold to score on 87 minutes. “We deserved to at least of had a draw,” said Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann.

“We were brave, but we were a bit too open in the second half and risked too much. “The way the game went, with the missed penalty, was unfortunate for us.”

Elsewhere, Apoel Nicosia took a big step towards the group stages with a 2-0 win over Czech side Slavia Prague in Cyprus with Igor de Camargo and Efstathios Aloneftis scoring in the first ten minutes.

The Cypriot outfit was knocked out by FC Copenhagen at this stage last season, but the Danes are struggling this time, falling 1-0 in Azerbaijan by Qarabag FK.

Mahir Madatov scored the only goal of the night when he fired in a rebound after Dino Ndlovu’s shot hit the post after 25 minutes.

In Switzerland, Young Boys defender Kasim Adams Nuhu scored an own goal in added time to hand CSKA Moscow a 1-0 win. Steaua Bucharest, reduced to ten men after Mihai Pintilii was sent off ten minutes from time, drew 0-0 at Sporting Lisbon.

 

Liverpool Reject Barcelona’s €100 Million Coutinho Bid

Liverpool has rejected a second bid from Barcelona for influential Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho worth 100 million euros (£90.3 million), British media claimed Wednesday.

Barcelona is desperate to land the 25-year-old to replace fellow Brazilian Neymar who was sold for a world record 222 million euros to Paris Saint Germain last week.

However, the BBC reported that Liverpool has again told Barcelona that Coutinho, who signed from Inter Milan in 2013, is not for sale.

The Liverpool Echo newspaper added Wednesday: “Liverpool have told Barca they will be wasting their time if they come back in with a third offer and are adamant that Coutinho will not be Neymar’s replacement at the Camp Nou.”

Barcelona believes the Brazilian international has the ability to not only replace Neymar alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in a star front three but could also provide cover for 33-year-old captain Andres Iniesta in midfield.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told Barcelona “to save their energy” last week, claiming the player wasn’t for sale.

However, he was left out of Liverpool’s squad for a friendly win over Athletic Bilbao in Dublin at the weekend while a back injury seems certain to sideline him from the club’s opening Premier League match at Watford on Saturday.

Should Barcelona fail to tempt Coutinho to Spain, they are expected to turn their attentions to highly-rated French star Ousmane Dembele of Borussia Dortmund.

Dembele, 20, was involved in a training ground bust up with Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki last week and has spoken of his desire to one day play for Barca.

 

 

Source: The Guardian