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‘Liverpool MUST BE Brave Against Man City’- Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has urged his side “to be brave” ahead of their top-of-the table Premier League clash with reigning champions Manchester City on Sunday.
Klopp’s side hold a six-point lead over City after 11 games going into the match at Anfield, live on Sky Sports Premier League, with a chance to move nine points clear of their title rivals heading into the international break.
The Liverpool boss acknowledges the rivalry between the pair is “getting bigger and bigger” following a string of close games between the two sides.
“It’s a big game, two really good teams facing each other at Anfield, under the floodlights,” Klopp said.
“The last three games we played 0-0 at home, then lost 2-1 at the Etihad where we nearly scored a goal and then the last one was a draw in the Community Shield, before we lost the shootout.”
“It will be a good football game – I’m not sure whether it will be just from a coaches and tactical point of view or a spectacle one for supporters.
“But everything is on a plate and no one hides anything, we cannot only be offensive but you have to be brave against Manchester City – even for a point.”
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Liverpool Manager, Klopp Gives Update On Salah & Van Dijk

Liverpool manager, Jürgen Klopp, has played down fears that both Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah picked up injuries during Sunday’s 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur.
Salah, who netted the winning penalty, was withdrawn shortly before full time after appearing to have aggravated his ankle injury.
Similarly, Van Dijk was seen leaving the dressing room with ice on his leg after the game.
Speaking to ​Sky Sports after the game, Klopp admitted he was not concerned about either injuries.
The Liverpool boss, however, said he was aware that ​Salah’s knock will likely need some more treatment.
He said,
“Virgil got a dead leg, which will be fine. It’s painful, but it will be fine.
“For Mo, it’s the same ankle. It gets sore the longer the game goes, but it’s not a massive issue. It will disappear one day, but at the moment, it’s still a bit there.
“It had no influence on him during the game, but then the longer the game goes, the more intense it will be. If it starts again, then that’s it.”
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Liverpool Defender Joe Matip Signs New Contract with Liverpool FC

Liverpool defender Joel Matip has signed a new long-term deal which will keep him at the club until summer 2024.
The 28-year-old Cameroon international has scored two goals in nine appearances in all competitions for the Reds this season.
Matip joined Liverpool from Schalke in 2016 and helped Jurgen Klopp’s side to the 2018-19 Champions League title.
“It’s a great feeling to be a longer part of the club. It’s really just a great feeling,” he said.
“From outside, you know Liverpool is such a big club – but when you are inside, then you really get a feeling for how big the club is in all the countries – the supporters are everywhere. It’s a massive and big club that I think every player would want to play for.
“We have a young and talented team and I think every one of us is hungry. Now we’ve seen how it is to win something and we want to have that feeling again.”
Matip missed Liverpool’s last two games before the international break through injury but is expected to return for Sunday’s visit to Manchester United
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Chelsea vs Liverpool: Klopp responds to Guardiola’s claim they have already won title

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has dismissed Pep Guardiola’s tongue-in-cheek congratulations, after he joked last week that the Reds had already won the Premier League title.
Manchester City’s 3-2 defeat at Norwich allowed the Reds to open up a five-point gap at the top of the table, leading Guardiola to declare: “Congratulations Liverpool, you are the champions!”
His side bounced back from that defeat with a 8-0 evisceration of Watford on Saturday and Klopp doesn’t think the title is wrapped up just yet.
“It hasn’t been won already.
“Pep knows that – and that is why I understand, 100 per cent, why he made a joke about it.
“There is not team in the league who I think will go down with hardly any points. You’ve got Watford who were at the bottom with two points but, performance-wise, they could already have had five, six or seven points.
“Wolves are also struggling a bit – but will end up going back up – so we have already seen that the league is different this season.
“I think that’s why Pep responded like he did with a joke because nothing has happened so far.
“We’ve had just five games and so many things can still happen. You simply cannot think that far ahead.
“We have enough to do just thinking about the next game, then the next game and the next game,” Klopp told reporters.
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Chelsea vs Liverpool: Klopp reveals what he told Salah about Mane

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has said Mohamed Salah was worried he wouldn’t get in his first-team ahead of Sadio Mane, when he first contacted the Egyptian to try to sign him.
The Reds splashed out nearly £40million on Salah from Roma in 2017.
He has since proved to be worth every penny, scoring an impressive 75 goals in 111 appearances in all competitions for the club.
Mane had joined Liverpool a year earlier and enjoyed an impressive debut season.
Klopp, speaking to Sky Sports, admits he had to assure Salah he would be an important part of the first-team before he signed.
“It’s incredible how they’ve developed together. The boys are brilliant characters – different but brilliant – but of course we signed (Salah and Mane) because they obviously had outstanding skills.
“I remember when we spoke to Mo the first time, he said ‘Yes, but Sadio is playing on the right wing and he’s not bad is he?’ and I said, ‘I know but he can play on the other wing as well’.
“It was clear it wasn’t just one pushing the other – they could play together. They’re a proper threat. It just works, with Bobby as the connector. Different games can mean different line-ups of course but to have these three in this shape is nice,” Klopp said.
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Champions League: Klopp names one club that can win trophy after 2-0 defeat to Napoli

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has said that Napoli can win the Champions League.
Klopp watched on as the Serie A club beat his side 2-0 in their opening Group E fixture on Tuesday.
Dries Mertens converted an 82nd-minute penalty after Jose Callejon was fouled by Andy Robertson before Fernando Llorente sealed the win in stoppage time.
Klopp, whose side lost 2-0 to Napoli in last season’s group stage, was frustrated with the penalty decision afterwards and when asked about the Champions League chances of Carlo Ancelotti’s side, he said: “They can win the competition, that’s how it is.
“If you have a good plan, if you have good players, which is what they obviously have, then they can win the competition. We experienced that you don’t have to be the best team in the world to win the Champions League.
“You have to be in the right moment, you need to be lucky in some situations and when there’s only two guys in the room that think it’s a penalty you still have to accept that’s a penalty, but that’s all. They can win the competition, of course.”
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Nigerian striker reveals Klopp wants him at Liverpool

Nigeria U-23 striker, Taiwo Awoniyi, has said he still has a future with Liverpool, despite his several loan spells away from the Premier League club, since he joined them four seasons ago.
Awoniyi has gone on loan to FSV Frankfurt (Germany), NEC (Holland), Royal Excel Mouscron and Gent (both in Belgium), before his latest move to Mainz in Germany.
But he hinted that his failure to obtain a work permit, was the reason for his constant loan moves.
“For me, Jurgen Klopp is the best coach so far that I have met in my career.
“If not for an injury that I had during the Pre-season maybe Nigerians would have seen me on the tour of the United States with Liverpool in the pre-season but we had a discussion also and he talked quite good.
“This was why I went to Mainz because it was where Klopp started there. It is like his home and he said Taiwo you can go there and make it your home too. He said hopefully I would get my chance there and that maybe in the next one or two years the work permit is given I could come back but if not I would have to move on with my career.
“I think the most important thing to say about that is that even Liverpool is even looking forward to me to get the work permit that will make me eligible to play in the EPL. I believe this just past summer they had the best opportunity to sell me to another club permanently because they had a lot of clubs that showed interest in me but then they said they were not selling because they said they don’t need to sell me and that I am an amazing talent that could still blossom.
“This was the reason they kept me. I had other chance to go to still stay in Belgium but the club wanted another adventure for me and so they asked me to secure a move to Germany probably a step further will enhance my chance of getting a work permit. It is suggested that once you can do well in one of the top five leagues in Europe it could enhance the prospect of playing in the English League.
“I went to Liverpool because I want to play in England. The most important thing is to keep oneself ready at all time. Hopefully, If I get a work permit one day glory be to God but if not, I will still enjoy my football and keep on working hard,” Awoniyi told SportingLife.
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Mane vs Salah: Fowler takes side, reveals what Liverpool star will keep doing

Liverpool legend, Robbie Fowler, has launched a staunch defence for forward, Mohamed Salah following his squabble with fellow teammate, Sadio Mane in the Reds’ 3-0 win over Burnley last month in the Premier League.

Mane was taken off for Divock Origi, shortly after failing to receive a pass from Mohamed Salah when the score was 3-0.
When he was taken off, the Senegal forward could be seen walking past manager, Jurgen Klopp and shouting at a member of Liverpool’s staff on the bench.
He was then comforted by fellow goalscorer Roberto Firmino, who had also just been replaced.
But Fowler has now said that Salah will continue to be selfish when he sees the goal because it makes him a ‘great goalscorer’.
“It’s the noise surrounding Mane and Salah that I can’t believe,” Fowler wrote in his UK Mirror column.
“Everyone commenting and talking nonsense about being “greedy” or destroying team spirit, have they never watched football before?
“Because you can’t be a ­top-class goalscorer without total belief you will score.
“One of my more famous goals was at Old Trafford where I smashed one past Peter Schmeichel through a sliver of a gap at his near post. Made him look stupid, made me look brilliant – ­classic striker’s goal.
“Yet Rushie was unmarked in the middle, and the gap was TINY. Should I have passed? Those people ­slagging off Salah would have you believe so. They’d say I was selfish, was jealous of Ian Rush and the goals he scored.
“Thing is a few ­minutes before that, I was in the same position – and did pass. And Rushie missed a sitter, from three yards!
“But I was never going to pass anyway.
“I saw Schmeichel had just drifted to his left, had the weight on his left foot, and I ­believed I was good enough to hit that gap between him and the near post. I always believed.
“That’s what goalscorers do. They train for it, their whole week on the ­training ground is spent practicing, visualizing, working out how to score for every position and the best always believe they can score – from five yards, from 20, from 40. Wherever. Even if it’s easier to pass for a tap-in.
“I look at Salah’s record and it tells me he’s going to keep doing it.
“You don’t score that many goals without being what people say is selfish. But what the hell do people want?
“Do they want him to be a goalscorer or do they want him to be someone who’s always looking to pass? You can’t really have both.
“And the other ­nonsense I’ve heard is people saying he’s not passing ­because he’s ­jealous, he doesn’t want Mane to score.
“If anyone can slow down the game so much they have time to think, ‘Oh, I’m not passing to him because he’s scored more than me’, well they’re the best who’s ever played. Yes, Salah can be ­selfish when he sees the goal, but, to me, that makes him a great goalscorer.
“And it’s not as if he doesn’t create chances for others. Mane knows that, and what he did was just frustration at being taken off.
“There was a moment in the 2001 FA Cup final late on when I was criticised for not passing to Michael Owen. Pass? I believed I’d score and no way was I going to miss out on it.
“He did it to me, too. I had frustration in my career that I never had a partner who was a creator, with the team built to provide me with chances. I was always alongside another scorer – Rushie, Stan Collymore, Michael.
“But we still played well ­together, played off each other. I understood them, they understood me, even if we didn’t always get along.
“And it did my head in far more when a midfielder had one of those shots from 40 yards that never go in!.”
Liverpool will take on Newcastle United this weekend at Anfield in their next Premier League fixture.
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EPL: Van Dijk agrees new six-year deal with Liverpool [Details]

Virgil van Dijk has agreed a massive new contract with Liverpool, the UK Mirror reports.
The Dutch defender, who was recently named European Footballer of the Year, said yes to fresh terms this week.
Van Dijk’s current deal was not due to expire until 2023, after his switch from Southampton for £75m just 20 months ago.
But the fresh terms will give him a considerable rise on the £125,000-a-week basic he secured when moving from the south coast club.
Van Dijk will now earn closer to £200,000-a-week and tie him to the Reds until 2025.
The two parties had been discussing improved terms for Van Dijk, even before the £80m world-record fee for a defender, that was secured when Harry Maguire left Leicester for Old Trafford.
That transfer gave Van Dijk’s representatives the target for what they needed to ask for a big contract.
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UEFA Super Cup: What Klopp told female referee about Chelsea’s penalty

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has said he was not impressed with the penalty decision awarded to Chelsea during Wednesday night’s UEFA Super Cup.
But the German reserved praise for the all-female officiating team.
Stephanie Frappart, 35, made history by becoming the first woman to take charge of a major men’s European match alongside her assistants, Manuela Nicolosi and Michelle O’Neill.
Tammy Abraham went down under a challenge from Adrian in the first half of extra time and Frappart swiftly pointed to the spot before brief consultation with VAR.
Klopp felt aggrieved at the penalty decision but was full of praise for the officials who performed superbly on the night.
He then told reporters after the game: “I told the ref team after the game that if we would have played like they whistled, we would have won 6-0. That was my absolute opinion.
“They played a brilliant game. I told her as well that I am not happy with the penalty decision because I’m still not sure that it was a penalty, but it’s not important anymore. They were really good.
“Whatever you could have thought before the game, there was pressure on them like hell with an historic moment.
“Staying by yourself, staying calm and do what you have to do, decide very important things in a very difficult and intense game, I couldn’t have more respect, to be honest. It was a really brilliant performance.”
Liverpool went on to win 5-4 in the shoot-out.