Jurgen Klopp vows to replace Philippe Coutinho this summer

When Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool for Barcelona in January it left a large hole in Liverpool’s midfield which has still

When Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool for Barcelona in January it left a large hole in Liverpool’s midfield which has still yet to be filled.

Klopp, however, in an interview with Robbie Fowler for the Daily Mail has pledged to replace the Brazilian in the summer.

‘We need more quality’

During said interview, Klopp highlighted Liverpool’s midfield as the key area to strengthen.

“You need additions because in the squad, actually, we need more quality,

“What do we do? We brought in Naby Keita already, an outstanding player. We will bring in a couple more players, that will happen. But we had the quality of players already to finish the season higher. 

“Think about the season we played without Adam Lallana and half a season without Philippe Coutinho. Two of the best players in whole Premier League. They didn’t play on the pitch for us. 

“Can you imagine Phil Coutinho still in the team? And we play with the three up front and Phil at No 8 – that would have been nice.’ 

Liverpool also have Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sidelined through injury and fellow midfielder Emre Can is also likely to leave Anfield this summer with Juventus seemingly his destination.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – APRIL 04: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg One match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on April 4, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Potential targets

With so many midfielders injured, leaving or left Liverpool this year, it is clear Klopp is talking sense when he said he wanted to add to the midfield.

One potential target for Liverpool looks to be Lyon’s Nabi Fekir.

In 30 Ligue 1 games, last season Fekir bagged an impressive 18 goals and six assists. Bering in mind that Fekir spent much of the 2017/18 season as an attacking midfielder, 18 goals in 30 games is ridiculous.

Fekir can play CAM, left wing, right wing and even centre-forward. So, while Liverpool may have to splash the cash to sign Fekir, he does look like he could be worth it. And he could well be the midfielder Liverpool and Klopp are looking for.

 

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Jurgen Klopp claims to have found Real Madrid’s weakness

Just days before Liverpool and Real Madrid are set to go head-to-head for the most coveted prize in football, the

Just days before Liverpool and Real Madrid are set to go head-to-head for the most coveted prize in football, the Champions League, Klopp believes he knows exactly how to exploit Madrid.

Marcelo

According to Spanish media outlet, MARCA Klopp stated in an interview that,

“Marcelo is a player who goes up a lot, but … he does not defend,

 “Madrid have no weakness, football is not as easy as saying,

 “If Marcelo joins the attack on the right we leave Salah in that space, because our player will meet with Sergio Ramos,

 “They need four chances to score twice, in the semi-finals Bayern needed eight to score one, Real Madrid have a lot of experience.”

 However, Klopp was also quick to praise Liverpool’s upcoming opponents,

 “They all say that Real Madrid had luck eliminating Juventus and Bayern, but it is the third year in a row that they are in a final, the fourth in five years,

 “We will hurt ourselves in the final and everything will be decided in the decisive moments when the opportunity arises.”

BARCELONA, SPAIN – MAY 06: Marcelo of Real Madrid is challenged by Jordi Alba of Barcelona in the penalty area during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou on May 6, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

 Liverpool’s road to the final

Liverpool topped their Champions’ League group finishing above Sevilla, Spartak Moscow and Maribor.

They would then go on to beat Porto, Manchester City and Roma in the proceeding knockout rounds to earn themselves a place in the final.

Real Madrid’s road to the final

Madrid, on the other hand, are looking to lift the trophy for the third year in a row.

Zidane’s men had a much harder group than Liverpool. They faced Spurs, Dortmund and APOEL in Group H. In which they finished second.

They would then go on to beat PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich in the knockout rounds. Once again, this was arguably a much harder road to the final for Madrid and as a result, they may be slightly more prepared than Liverpool.

 

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Daniel Sturridge shuts down rumours he has fallen out with Jurgen Klopp

With Daniel Sturridge being sent on loan for the second half of last season, rumours were circulating that Sturridge had

With Daniel Sturridge being sent on loan for the second half of last season, rumours were circulating that Sturridge had fallen out with manager Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool’s other staff.

Twitter

However, after one report was published on Twitter, Sturridge was quick to squash the rumours stated in said article.

Good spirits

As per his tweet, Sturridge seems to bear no ill will towards anybody at Liverpool FC as he even went so far as to wish them good luck in the Champions League final this Saturday vs Real Madrid.

This is slightly surprising given that Sturridge did seem quite unhappy at the start of the 2017/18 campaign. Plus, when Sturridge was loaned out, it was to struggling and now relegated West Brom.

More injuries

During his loan spell at West Brom Sturridge was once again kept on the sideline for a prolonged period of time due to injury.

This meant the Liverpool forward made just six appearances for The Baggies, only one of which was a start. This also meant any small hope Sturridge had of making the England World Cup squad went down the drain.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 01: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool speaks to Zeljko Buvac, Liverpool assistant manager prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James Park on October 1, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Sturridge’s future at Liverpool

Furthermore, while Sturridge doesn’t seem to hold any grudges towards anyone at Liverpool, it is hard to see his future lying on Merseyside.

While Sturridge was certainly a top Premier League striker several years ago, constant injuries have halted his career and as a result, he looks a shell of the player he once was.

Therefore, given the form of Liverpool’s current front three, it is very hard to see Sturridge ever working his way back into Jurgen Klopp’s plans. Especially if he continues to get injured several times a season.

Jurgen Klopp speaks before Liverpool’s Champions League final vs Real Madrid

Liverpool vs Real Madrid Liverpool fans are preparing for the biggest game their club has played in for over a

Liverpool vs Real Madrid

Liverpool fans are preparing for the biggest game their club has played in for over a decade on Saturday evening.

The Reds travel to Kiev to face Real Madrid in the Champions League final where they hope to win their 6th European Cup/Champions League.

Liverpool have won a total of 11 European trophies during their 125 year existence including 5 European Cup/Champions League titles.

Real Madrid have won the Champions League 3 times in the last four years and could become the first team since Bayern Munich to win back to back to back European Cup titles (1974,1975,1976).

Jurgen Klopp watches Liverpool at Burnley

Jurgen Klopp during the Premier League match between Burnley and Liverpool at Turf Moor on January 1, 2018 in Burnley, England.

Jurgen Klopp speaks

Klopp was appointed as Liverpool manager in 2015 after Brendan Rodgers’ departure. Since then, the German has taken Liverpool to the next level but is yet to win a trophy Anfield.

Liverpool have lost the Europa League and League Cup finals under Klopp, a manager who has a pretty terrible final record.

The 50 year old has competed in seven finals as a manager, winning just one.

He was in charge of the Borussia Dortmund side that lost the 2013 Champions League final to Bayern Munich.

Klopp: “It’s been a crazy ride!”

Speaking to the official UEFA website, Klopp explained:

“I’m immensely proud of what the boys have achieved. The number of goals we scored is simply crazy. We’ve scored seven goals twice and five goals twice, too. That’s really [crazy], because we aren’t Barcelona, we aren’t Real Madrid or Bayern München. We aren’t anyone else. We are Liverpool, on the way to becoming a really good team. And performing at such a high level is very cool. To summarise, it’s been a crazy ride, but we’ve earned our place here.”

Liverpool have scored 40 goals in the Champions League so far this season and that isn’t even including the 6 they scored in qualification against German side Hoffenheim.

Klopp added: “They’re the defending champions (Real Madrid), and they’ve won back-to-back titles in this competition. They’ve done really well under Zinédine Zidane. He’s one of the top five players of all time. I’m glad we’re not playing against each other – me marking him, or whatever. I’m very glad I can send my players on to the pitch. Just meeting him is awesome. I admired him as a player and respect him as a colleague. It’s incredible what he’s been doing with Madrid. It’s really, really extraordinary. But we’re not going [to Kyiv] to grab some jerseys.”

Klopp was asked what he learnt from losing the 2013 final:

“Nothing. What am I supposed to have learnt from the final? It was late in the season, as it always is with finals. We had a very tight schedule with press duties – it was all new to us. For the lads it still is, but not so much for me. At the end of the day, it’s about putting in the best performance you possibly can on the day. That’s what you do and then you need a bit of luck in the crucial moments. I’m Liverpool manager, I’m healthy, I have a fantastic family; I have a lot of luck in my life. In finals, that’s not been the case so far, so it’s a case of keeping on trying and winning by playing as well as possible. It’s the only opportunity we have to win a trophy [this season], and we’ll do everything we can to try to bring it to a successful ending for Liverpool.”

The interview ended with one simple question, ‘how much do you want the trophy?’.

“A lot. But you mustn’t pin it on me. I’m completely unimportant in the whole thing, and I mean that. Nothing changes for me personally. I’ve lost a few finals and I’m exactly the same as I would be if I’d won them. And that’ll be the case again. But for the club and for the players, I would be over the moon.”

Klopp “Proud” Of Liverpool Stars, Praises Salah, Man City

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is delighted at the manner his side reacted to the pressure of qualifying for next season’s

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is delighted at the manner his side reacted to the pressure of qualifying for next season’s UEFA Champions League competition.

The Reds defeated Brighton 4-0 to seal fourth spot in the English Premier League table.

Goals from Mohamed Salah, Dejan Louvren, Dominic Solanke and Andy Robertson sealed a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League.

“The boys had pressure on them, massive for the last few weeks, it is fantastic to qualify this year. It’s a massive achievement,” Klopp told the BBC after his side’s win over Brighton.

“We did it in an impressive manner. We tried to win the game from the first second. A point was enough but I have no real idea how to go for a point. We could have scored many more but I’m glad we didn’t, Brighton did not deserve that after a really good season.

“What the boys did this season was unbelievable. We missed Adam Lallana for the whole year and I can’t believe we have achieved this without him.

“I’m really proud of the boys, a nearly perfect season. We had no chance to challenge Man City so the only thing you can go for is a Champions League spot. It is a big thing.

“We had a few more chances today, it’s fantastic that Mo Salah could break the record and Dom and Robertson could score. It’s hard to be a young player in this fantastic side, Solanke has struggled a bit but he has shown up today. I’m really happy for him.”

Klopp also allayed fears on James Milner’s availability for the UEFA Champions League final in two weeks’ time.

“James Milner will be fine, just today was a bit early for him. Two weeks break is perfect for us. We will be ready for the final, now I am really looking forward to it. We couldn’t think about it as long as we are not in the Champions League next year,” Klopp added.

“This group of players really deserve it. They keep moving to the next level.”

On Mohamed Salah’s record breaking season the German tactician said: “I had no clue about the record [Salah’s 32 goals], I took him off and then I heard that Tottenham had scored five – Harry Kane could have got them all!

“He has been brilliant, and he can improve so much. He will score in the future, 100%.

“When everyone tells you you are fantastic all season it is hard to stay on track so I am pleased with Mo Salah. Congratulations to Man City, it is incredible to get 100 points, thoroughly deserved. We need more consistency to challenge and a little bit more luck with injuries.

“But we have got a lot of experience from this season. We have matured and we will do that again. In our good moments it is not easy to play better football. We will add to the squad, we need more players but I’m a big believer in developing the team. These boys made a big step.”

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Klopp Focused On Brighton Clash, Not UCL Final; Backs Pep For Best Manager Award

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has stated that his side will do everything possible to seal their spot in next season’s

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has stated that his side will do everything possible to seal their spot in next season’s UEFA Champions League.

The Reds will miss out on a top four Premier League finish if they lose to Brighton and Hove Albion and Chelsea beat Newcastle at St. James’ Park on the last day of the season on Sunday.

The UEFA Champions League finalists are currently fourth on 72 points while Chelsea are fifth on 70 points in the EPL table.

“We need to be completely focused,” Klopp said in his press conference on Friday. “We had our awards and a lot of people wished me luck for the 26th.

“Only a couple of people wished me luck for Sunday. That is the next challenge, the only challenge.

“There are a lot of moments to praise us for but our focus is on Sunday.

“A lot of things can happen but we will try everything to make the Champions League.”

Klopp rated Liverpool’s performance this season in the Premier League very highly.

“Character, mentality, togetherness, everything is how it should be. It is not the most successful season but is a very good season in a difficult league,” the former Borussia Dortmund manager added.

“The boys pick up information and turn it into their performances. On the pitch, the plan is pretty clear and they believe in that and try to deliver. There is another big step to go.”

Klopp then picked his Manager of the Season.

“Pep Guardiola (when asked who is Manager of the Season is). He has been impressive. What a season. Unbelievable football. David Wagner and Chris Hughton should be close. Sean Dyche has done a fantastic job, Rafa at Newcastle. All three teams staying up is a massive achievement.”

And on Emre Can’s injury and contract updates, Klopp said: “Nothing new on injury or contract. He is still having treatment, that is it. You would have known if he had agreed anything. It is like it was before.”

He also spoke on the fitness of Adam Lallana.

“Adam has trained for a week. Yesterday he trained normal. He looks OK. The perfect thing would be to give him minutes and we would see if we can. He is as fit as possible. There is nothing new with anyone else.”

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Jurgen Klopp reveals targets for the remainder of the season

Jurgen Klopp believes that Liverpool qualifying for Champions League would be “a massive success” following the poor luck they have had this

Jurgen Klopp believes that Liverpool qualifying for Champions League would be “a massive success” following the poor luck they have had this season.

The German manager claims that his side have been unfortunate with injuries this season, however, he believes that the players have pulled together very well to help their bid for the top-four.

On Wednesday, the Reds reached the final of the Champions League as they defeated AS Roma 7-6 on aggregate and now they travel to Chelsea on Sunday afternoon for a huge game in the race for the top four.

“A big success”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 04: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates with teammate Virgil van Dijk after scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on February 4, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Whilst the Reds have a Champions League final in Kiev to prepare for, their attentions are fully on tomorrow’s trip to Stamford Bridge.

A win in West London would secure Liverpool Champions League football next season, which Klopp believes would be a “massive achievement”.

Klopp said:

“It would be massive.

“It was actually the main target we had at the start of the season.

“You want to be champions but it was clear after a few months that would not be possible.

“The target is qualifying for the Champions League. That would be a big success.

“With the group we’ve got, with how we came to the final and playing with the biggest intensity, being ready again, then the injuries we had, it would be a massive success.

“It’s all about the players and what they did so far is absolutely exceptional. The problem is that Sunday is also important.”

 

Guardiola, Klopp, Benitez, 3 Others Battle For EPL Manager Of The Season Award

Manchester City’s manager, Pep Guardiola has, expectedly, been nominated for the Barclays Manager of the season award, reports Completesportsnigeria.com. Guardiola

Manchester City’s manager, Pep Guardiola has, expectedly, been nominated for the Barclays Manager of the season award, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Guardiola who guided Manchester City to the title this season equaling Chelsea’s record for the most number of wins in the English Premier League is up against five other coaches for the award.

Also up for the award are Livepool’s Jurgen Klopp, Crystal Palace’s Roy Hodgson, Burnley’s Sean Dyche, Newcastle United boss, Rafael Benitez and Brighton and Hove Albion’s Chris Hughton.

Guardiola’s side have recorded 30 wins so far this season losing just two games. The former Bayern Munich and Barcelona manager will be hoping to set new records for the most goals scored in the EPL and the most league wins in a season.

Klopp made the shortlist for Liverpool’s outstanding attacking display this season. The Reds are the second highest scoring team in the EPL and are also one of the two teams that defeated Champions elect, Manchester City this outgoing season.

The German coach also qualified Liverpool for the final of the UEFA Champions League.

Dyche got listed for Burnley’s impressive performance this season which has seen them compete for an UEFA Europa League spot. They are seventh in the table.

Hodgson who also made the shortlist has lead Crystal Palace out of the relegation zone.The Eagles are now 12th in the table with 38 points from 36 games.

Rafael Benitez and Chris Hughton also got nominated for helping their teams, Newcastle United and Brighton Hove Albion respectively, stay up in the EPL following their promotion from the English Football Championship last year.

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Official: Premier League Manger of the Year nominees announced

The Premier League have officially announced their nominees for the Premier League Manager of the Year award. Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola

The Premier League have officially announced their nominees for the Premier League Manager of the Year award.

Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola and Burnley’s Sean Dyche are currently the leading candidates to claim the award, having both led their sides to remarkable Premier League positions.

Pep Guardiola (Manchester City)

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 25: Pep Guardiola the head coach / manager of Manchester City during the Carabao Cup Final between Arsenal and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on February 25, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Having guided his Mnachster City side to a title-winning season, Guardiola is the favourite to win the award.

City have dominated the league this season leading the way by an impressive 16 points and are on course to break numerous records.

Sean Dyche (Burnley)

during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Burnley at Selhurst Park on January 13, 2018 in London, England.

Last season, the Clarets managed to avoid relegation from the top-flight finishing 16th, just 12 months on and they have qualified to play European football next season with a sixth-place finish remaining on the cards.

Chris Hughton (Brighton and Hove Albion)

Chris Hughton

CRAWLEY, WEST SUSSEX – JULY 22: Chris Hughton, manager of Brighton looks on ahead of the Pre Season Friendly match between Crawley Town and Brighton & Hove Albion at Broadfield Stadium on July 22, 2017 in Crawley, West Sussex. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Upon their return to the Premier League, Chris Hughton has defied the odds to guide the Seagulls to Premier League survival – which was confirmed on Friday evening in a 1-0 win over Manchester United.

Roy Hodgson (Crystal Palace)

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 12: Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Watford at Selhurst Park on December 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

When the former England manager took charge at Selhurst Park, Palace were the first side to not score in their opening four games and had gone their first seven fixtures without securing even a point.

Hodgson managed to turn the Eagles’ form round in remarkable fashion and looks set to help the South Londoners to remain in the Premier League; despite having been looked destined for the drop.

Rafa Benitez  (Newcastle United)

Rafa Benitez celebrates Newcastle win over Stoke

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND – JANUARY 01: Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United shows appreciation to the fans after the Premier League match between Stoke City and Newcastle United at Bet365 Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

It was another frustrating summer from the board at St James’ Park, with the owners not fully backing the Spaniard and then looking to sell halfway through the campaign.

However, with limited resources, not only has Benitez guided his side to safety, he has also led Newcastle to a top-half finish.

Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 31: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool reacts after the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park on March 31, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Klopp has done a remarkable job in Europe this season, however, his side look set to finish fourth in the league – a controversial selection based on league form.

Robbie Savage explains why UCL glory will make Klopp a football great

Big praise Ex-Premier League star Robbie Savage has explained why Liverpool Champions League glory would propel Jurgen Klopp among the

Big praise

Ex-Premier League star Robbie Savage has explained why Liverpool Champions League glory would propel Jurgen Klopp among the managerial greats.

The Reds will face Real Madrid in the final of the competition in May as the Anfield side look to win their sixth European cup.

Though, it would be an understatement to say that it will be easy as the side come up against Real Madrid who have not lost a knockout game under Zinedine Zidane.

Safe to say, Jurgen Klopp has his work cut out for him but should his side win the game, he could be set for greatness.

Jurgen Klopp celebrates Liverpool win at West Ham

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A managerial great?

Robbie Savage certainly thinks that if Klopp were to mastermind a Champions League win, he would be able to among the greats that are Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho and Claudio Ranieri.

“If he charts a path to triumph in Kiev, in my book that would elevate manager Jurgen Klopp to the ranks of English football’s genius elite,” he explained in his Daily Mirror column.

“I love Liverpool’s front three, I love Klopp’s passion, I love the phenomenal din of big European nights at Anfield.

“If Liverpool fly the flag and win their sixth European Cup, Klopp will be a genius – up there on a pedestal with the greats.

“My definition of ‘genius’ means a manager who has achieved exceptional success beyond all expectations.

“Sir Alex Ferguson won the Treble. He’s a genius. So is Arsene Wenger, the man who put together the Invincibles.

“Claudio Ranieri’s a genius for leading Leicester’s 5,000-1 long shots to the title.

“Jose Mourinho has never won the Champions League with an English club, but he’s done it with Porto and Inter Milan. He’s a genius in my eyes.

“And the same applies to Rafa Benitez, who guided Liverpool to their last Champions League triumph.”

Jurgen Klopp makes huge Liverpool transfer claim after Champions League run

Jurgen Klopp is already partly looking at next season after his sides Champions League run.

That is because he has made a claim over the sides attempts to bring in big players after their impressive European showings.

Click here to see what he had to say.