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  1. Juventus Deny Can Agreement

    Juventus have denied claims that they have reached an agreement with Liverpool midfielder, Emre Can ahead of a possible move next summer.

    Can, who’s contract expires at the end of this season has so far refused to extend his current deal at Anfield.

    Rumours emerged that the 23 year old German had already agreed to a move but these reports have been dismissed by the Seria A club.

    Jurgen Klopp is keen to tie his countryman down saying “we are still positive we can find the right solution for both sides.”

    He also said “it’s clear we want him and he also wants to stay” and that “it is about a few little details”.

    Juventus are said to be very keen to sign Can and are keen to recruit him should he continue to reject Liverpool’s contract offers.

     


  2. Liverpool Make Bid For Thomas Lemar

    Liverpool are reported to have made a club record bid of £60m rising to over £70m including add ons for Monaco’s winger, Thomas Lemar.

    The 21 year old French international who is said to be in favour of the move to Anfield can play on either wing as well as in the attacking midfielder role and is adept with both feet.

    James Pearce from the Liverpool Echo claims that the deal is not linked to the departure of Philippe Coutinho and that he will be staying put regardless of what players are brought in.

    Lemar was been neavily linked with a move to Arsenal over the summer but Monaco have rejected any offers for the dynamic midfielder.

    Lemar is currenlty on duty with the French national team and this is likely to be a stumbling block for any move as Didier Deschamps has said any player looking to move should have the deal done before joining up with the national team.

    The 21 year old has provided 2 assists in 4 league games for Monaco so far this season following on from last season where he scored 14 goals and 17 assists in 55 appearances in all competitions


  3. Guillem Balague Claims Barcelona Preparing Final Coutinho Bid

    Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has told Sky Sports that he believes Barcelona are preparing a final bid for want away Philippe Coutinho before the transfer window closes this Thursday.

    He also states that Liverpool’s position on the sale of the Brazilian remains unchanged and the player is not for sale. The Catalans don’t believe they will secure the signature of Coutinho but feel they must show loyalty to their target by submitting a final bid.

    Balague claims Barcelona are already looking at alternatives for Coutinho with Naby Keita of RB Leipzig reported to be their next choice.

    Liverpool spent the majority of the summer transfer window pursuing the talented Guinean-an without success.


  4. Liverpool Target Says He Turned Down January Move To Anfield

    FC Rostov’s Iranian attacker, Sardar Azmoun who was heavily linked with a move to Liverpool during the January transfer window has said he turned down a move to Anfield during the last window because he felt he would spend a lot of time on the bench.

    Speaking to an Iranian website he said, “there were talks of Liverpool having expressed an interest in me during the past winter transfer window, however, I did not feel the time to move was right.”

    “I would have ended up playing a few games and then spent a great deal of time on the bench as Liverpool were only looking to fill a void for a particular part of their season.”

    “I want to move to a big club to develop as a player and therefore I will time the move with great precision. I am sure I will be playing for a top European club in the near future.”

    Liverpool were rumoured to be interested in the 22 year old striker, dubbed “The Iranian Messi” and he was seen as a replacement for Sadio Mane who departed for the African Cup of Nations in January.


  5. Liverpool Have Better Premier League Run In Than Opponents

    Liverpool have a much more favorable end to this Premier League season than any of our rivals for the top four positions. We currently sit in fourth place with 56 points from 29 games while our rivals for the coveted fourth place, Manchester United and Arsenal, sit on 52 and 50 points respectively with only 27 games played.

    While the games in hand may seem like a lifeline to both Man Utd and Arsenal, they are not easy games by any stretch of the imagination. Both Man Utd and Arsenal have to play an away fixture at Southampton while Arsenal also have a visit to the Emirates from a resurgent Leicester City as their games in hand.

    Of the eleven games that Manchester United have left, they have a home tie against league leaders, Chelsea as well as three tough away fixtures against Arsenal, Man City and Tottenham.

    Add to that the congested fixture list which could see them playing a game on average every 3.3 days as they compete on three fronts in the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League and it looks like a big ask for them to make top four.

    Arsenal also face Manchester City at the Emirates in their next game as well as an away game at Tottenham and the aforementioned game against Man Utd at the Emirates all before the season ends. They are also still competing in the FA Cup with Manchester City as their next opponents on April 23rd.

    Tottenham will have to square up against both Arsenal and Manchester United at White Hart Lane and are also still involved in the FA Cup with an away tie against Chelsea scheduled for April 22nd.

    Chelsea look all but out of sight with a 10 point lead over Tottenham but they still have tough fixtures at home to Manchester City and an away tie at Old Trafford that Liverpool will be hoping they can take maximum points from.

    Liverpool have taken 20 points from a possible 30 available against or top six rivals this campaign but our final games of the season certainly wouldn’t be seen as difficult as our rivals as we do not face another top six team this season.

    We have home games against Everton, Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Middlesborough and away ties against Stoke City, West Brom, Watford and West Ham as our final nine games.

    All of these games are certainly winnable games for Liverpool but for our tendency to perform poorly against the so called lower teams this season which has seen us lose to teams like Burnley, Bournemouth and Swansea during this campaign.

    Reds supporters will be hoping that this trend has now been ended with our scrappy 2 – 1 victory over Burnley at Anfield earlier this month showing that we can grind out a result against the so called lower teams.

    Hopefully this victory and the recent results against Arsenal and Manchester City can instill the confidence that has been lacking at times in Jurgen Klopp’s men this season that will see us through to the end of the season to maintain fourth place at the very minimum.

    It’s now more important than ever that we put the final nine teams that we face to the sword without mercy and that we show the same fight and hunger against this opposition as we did against top six teams this season.

    I, for one, feel that we can not only achieve a fourth place finish this May but that we can mount a genuine challenge for second place.

    All will unfold over the next 10 weeks

     


  6. Klopp: We Are Still In The Battle

    Jurgen Klopp insists that Liverpool are still in the battle for the coveted top four places in this years Premier League.

    The Liverpool boss was quizzed after yesterday’s 1 – 1 draw with fellow top four battlers, Manchester City on whether Liverpool would be made to rue the dropped points to lesser teams during this premier league campaign.

    Klopp responded, “We are still in the battle. That’s how it is. It’s important but we have to improve. I know a lot of reasons why we couldn’t, but it’s a long term project.”

    “If I have to wake up every morning and think ‘Oh my God, we lost the points here and there’, it wouldn’t make any difficult so I don’t do it.”

    “I am really focused on the moment. If I think about something then it’s about the future. The rest in done with analysis.”

    “We could have done better in the other games. There is one outstanding consistent side this year and they will be champions, that’s well deserved and then all the rest fight with all we have for the Champions League.”

    “If we do it then it’s a success, if we don’t then we will be disappointed but it would not stop working and believing in this project. We are really convinced about the circumstances we have and we want to use it.”

    Liverpool face Everton at Anfield on Saturday, April 1st after the international break and Klopp added, “The next game against Everton, they are quite impressive, it’s not only a derby but another very important game.”

    “We send the boys around the world to their national team and hopefully they come back healthy. Then we go again.”


  7. Match Report: Liverpool 2 Spurs 0

    Liverpool showed creativity, composure and discipline by beating Tottenham Hotspur by 2 goals to nil at Anfield today to narrow the gap to second place to just one point.

    It was a tale of two halves as Liverpool showed great qualities in both attack and defence.

    The first half was a case of overloading Spurs and pressing them at every opportunity while the second half was an example of how to contain a team while still managing to create chances.

    Mane showed that Ben Davies was the weak link in Spurs side very early on and Liverpool took full advantage of it down that right hand side.

    From the four tackles Davies attempted during the game, only one was successful and he was caught out for pace and position on a regular basis.

    The first 20 minutes set the tone for the rest of the game. Mane put in a man of the match performance as he drew save after save from Hugo Lloris as well as putting two past him showing exactly what we have been lacking during January while he was away at the African Cup of Nations.

    Any questions of an AFCON hangover were put to bed after 20 minutes with 2 goals in 138 seconds and he continued to prove a thorn in the Spurs defence until he was replaced in the 92nd minute by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

    Spurs never really threatened even though Liverpool were not at full strength at the back.

    Lovren missed today’s game with minor injury and Klavan didn’t play much of a part in training during the week, having suffered with a virus.

    Klavan made the bench but Lucas got the nod ahead of him in the starting line up at the back.

    Lucas made sure Harry Kane didn’t get into today’s game and was replaced by Klavan in the 81st minute.

    Gini Wijnaldum was exceptional today and proved the point that Emre Can and Jordan Henderson should not start in the same line up.

    The second half saw Spurs come into the match a bit more but the frustration grew as did the card count for both Spurs and Liverpool as the game became a lot more scrappy.

    Liverpool just edged the possession with 51% to Spurs 49% but created twice as many chances as Spurs with 10 chances created.

    Liverpool had 17 shots with 13 of them coming in the first half compared to Spurs 7 with a passing accuracy stat of 72% compared to Spurs 70%.

    Speaking after the game, Jurgen Klopp praised his players saying, “every single one of them gave everything during the game.”

    “We had to show reaction and the reaction was perfect. “

    He continued by saying that there were a few outstanding performances today, naming Henderson and Wijnaldum as stand out players while also singling out Firmino by saying, “I never saw a better performance from a striker without scoring.”

    When asked about the performance in an interview with BT Sport after the game, Jordan Henderson said, “Even without the ball we looked good.”

    He continued by saying, “We need to play like that every week no matter who it’s against”

    Pochettino on the other hand was very critical of his side’s performance saying, “Liverpool were better and fully deserved the win. We were sloppy.”

    “In the second half we reached the same level as Liverpool but it was too late. We were very poor first half.”

    He refused to single out the defence and said that the whole team was poor.

    When asked about his team’s challenge for the title, he said, “Based on the first 45 minutes, that is not a team ready to challenge for the Premier League”

    Steven Gerrard said in his punditry for BT after the match that, “Liverpool never gave Spurs a chance to breathe today.”

    Liverpool now head into a two week break with our next game away to Leicester on Monday February 29th.

    Jurgen Klopp will be hoping that the time spent with the squad help to achieve his goal of winning the final 13 games.


  8. Impressive Liverpool Top Of The Table

    After 11 games with 4 wins at home, 4 on the road, only dropping two points at home and 5 on the road, the Klopp factor has well and truly taken shape.

    We look an unstoppable force at the moment, playing amazing football. We know we are one of most inform teams in this seasons premier league. We have no fear with Man City, Arsenal and Spurs all dropping points over the weekend and we needed a massive performance against a Watford team that beat us 3 – 0 last season. Boy did we get one!

    To be honest I thought we would find it hard and it did take us a good 20 minutes to get into the game, but when Mane scored the opening goal with a perfectly placed header, the flood gates opened.

    Coutinho is on another level and reinforced the reason why we need to do everything we can to keep him on the 30th minute when he fired home from Firmino’s pass.

    We let Watford come at us for a bit after that but caught them with great attacking play, leading with Lallana’s cross to Emre Can on forty three minutes to end a nice first half for Klopp’s men.

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    The Second half was a similar story with lots of pressure from Liverpool with Watford soaking it up. Lallana yet again turned provider and set up Firmino on the 57th minute before Firmino himself became the provider for Mane on 60 minutes making it 5-0 to Liverpool.

    We became a bit sloppy at the back and allowed Janmaat score a consolation in the 75th minute, which did not go down well with Klopp as was evident on his face immediately afterwards.

    Sturridge came on and had some great chances to score but the Watford keeper made one of greatest saves from a opposing keeper at the Kop end by pushing Sturridge’s shot onto crossbar.

    It was not Daniel’s day as yet again Costel Pantilimon saved another effort from him and pushed it out for a corner.

    Liverpool took a quick and deadly corner and yet again opened up Watford’s defence. The goalkeeper parried another Sturridge shot away but it fell straight into the path of Wijnaldum who scored  his first goal for the club to make it Liverpool 6, Watford 1.

    Who needs Suarez? was sung by Liverpool fans and rightly so. We look like Liverpool of old resurgent in 2017 having not lost a home game and let’s hope it keeps going.

    We are up there fighting among the top teams and I feel I can say now, we have the look of title challengers.


  9. Why Coutinho Won’t Leave Liverpool This Season

    Speculation about Phillipe Coutinho’s future at Liverpool is fair game at the moment and it seems every publication has run with the story in some shape or form.

    The way the Brazilian has played in the first ten games of the season is proof that he is becoming the player that we saw glimpses of in previous seasons.

    The 24 year old has added consistency to his game this season and is putting in performances that are exciting and dare I say, even world class, so it’s no surprise to see his name filling the back pages of newspapers.

    Three clubs being heavily linked with a move for Coutinho at the moment are, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain but it’s very easy to rule all three clubs out if you sit and look at the bigger picture. Lets look at these club separately.

    Paris Saint Germain

    The French League isn’t the most exciting league and competition for the top spot is usually minimally contested. The one thing going in PSG’s favour is that they will be able to offer a very attractive wage, but this alone will not be enough to tempt Coutinho to make the switch as I don’t think he would move for financial reasons.

    That, and the fact that Liverpool are about to offer him yet another improved contract to ensure we keep him at Anfield, should rule out a financially motivated move.

    Real Madrid

    Real Madrid are another of the teams reported to be keen on Coutinho’s signature but this is not something that will happen as they and Athletico Madrid have had a transfer embargo imposed on them by FIFA for breaching rules over the transfer of foreign players under 18.

    The ban will span two transfer windows, January 2017 and Summer 2017, meaning the earliest that they could even think about making an offer would be January 2018.

    This was appealed but the ban was upheld in September so the embargo stands, ruling Real Madrid out.

    Barcelona

    Out of the three clubs, Barcelona seems the more realistic option for Coutinho as he has stated previously that he would love to play at the Camp Nou.

    It’s not difficult to rule out Barcelona when you consider their front three of Neymar, Messi & Suarez, with Iniesta and Alcacer, who would also surely be ahead of Coutinho in the pecking order.

    Also consider his history. When he was at Inter Milan he was kept on the fringes. Why would he want to go to Barcelona to warm the bench, at least for the moment?

    Barcelona have never been subtle about their interest in Coutinho and there were even rumours when they were buying Luis Suarez that they tried to insert a clause into the Suarez’ negotiaition for the Brazilian.

    This deal could happen at some point but not this season.

    Coutinho v Crystal Palace

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    Coutinho is also on the record as saying that he is very happy in Liverpool and his family live there. Also with Lucas and Firmino at the club, there is every reason for him to stay. Not to mention the Klopp effect.

    Liverpool are also strong title contenders this season and stand an excellent chance of making an appearance in next years Champions League. There is also the prospect of picking up a medal in cup competitions. More reasons for the Brazilian magician to stay put.

    This is of course, my opinion and things have a habit of changing very quickly in football, but I do hope that we will see him wearing the number ten jersey for Liverpool for many seasons to come.

     


  10. Klopp’s Pre Match Press Conference Crystal Palace

    Jurgen Klopp fielded questions about Liverpool EFL cup win against Spurs on Tuesday evening as well as discussing Alex Ferguson’s comments, Christian Benteke and the current injuries within the squad.

    Klopp spoke about Ferguson’s comments and went as far as saying that he liked him, a statement that only Klopp could make and expect to get away with. Roy Hodgson was slated when he was Liverpool manager for making similar comments.

    He also spoke about Christian Benteke and how he is a quality player and that he could see that when he was a Liverpool player.

    Klopp also gave an update on Joe Gomez and his progress since returning from injury and he commented on the current status of the squad, mentioning that there were a few knock but all were fit. He mentioned that James Milner was sick on Tuesday but it was only illness.

    Liverpool play Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park at 5:30pm on Saturday. The game is live on BT Sport.