By Martyn Edwards
Liverpool have fresh concerns that Luis Suarez could miss the start of the season due to his international commitments in the Copa America.
The 24-year-old, who has been on international duty with Uruguay, has been instrumental in the countries unexpected run to the semi-finals in the Copa America, which may effect when the player is able to report back to Liverpool for pre-season training.
Suarez would only have three-weeks to recover for the new season if Uruguay go on to reach the final of the competition. But, in an interview with Sky Sports, Liverpool coach Steve Clarke insisted the club will be able to cope with any late arrivals to pre-season training.
“Now in football you just have to accept that different countries and different continents have different have their own tournaments and their own times,” he said.
“It’s up to the boys to go there and do their best for their countries.
“When they come back we’ll assess them fitness wise, physically and mentally, then we’ll decide how we fit them into our training schedule.
“If they are ready to start the season, fine. But if they need a bit of time to recover, that’s why you have a big squad. It will give other people a chance.”
European giants snubbed by Jurgen Klopp after making an attempt to lure him away from Liverpool
Liverpool FC transfer news: Italian journalist claims Klopp isn’t interested in Juventus role
The Daily Mail reports that the Italian giants are looking at a new manager after they confirmed that Max Allegri will be leaving the Serie A giants after five years at the helm.
The Italian failed to win the Champions League despite leading Juve to two finals and saw his side get knocked out by Ajax this season.
BOOM! Klopp has been contacted by Juventus, but with no consequence
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) May 19, 2019
Klopp remaining at Liverpool
The German is one of the best managers in the world and has taken the Reds to a second successive Champions League final.
Klopp has built a wonderful team from the ashes of what Brendan Rodgers left and we only lost out on the Premier League title by one point.
The report claims that Klopp has a contract with the Reds till 2022 and will look to win his first piece of silverware at Liverpool.
Liverpool face Tottenham in the final of the Champions League at the Wanda Metropolitano and should start as favourites for the tie.
Klopp has taken the team from strength to strength since replacing Rodgers, and we seem set for a bright future under the German.
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The German is possibly the best move we have made in the Premier League era, and hopefully, he wins us several titles in the coming years,
Former Premier League manager claims Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Barcelona was made possible by this one man
Latest Liverpool news: Jose Mourinho hails Jurgen Klopp’s efforts at Liverpool after stunning 4-0 win over Barcelona
Former Chelsea and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was full of praise for Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Barcelona in the Champions League.
The Reds came into the tie after losing 3-0 in the first leg of the semi-final and without Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum scored braces to demolish Barcelona but every player was almost perfect on the pitch.
Jose Mourinho spoke on beIN Sports and claimed that Anfield was one of the places where impossible events could take place (h/t Metro):
“I didn’t expect it, I said impossible is nothing, I said if it’s possible, Anfield is one of the places to make the impossible be possible.”
The Portuguese also hailed Klopp’s role in the team and claimed the win was mostly down to him.
“But I have to say that for me, this has one name – Jurgen.
“I think this is not about tactics, this is not about philosophy, this is about heart and soul, and a fantastic empathy he created with this group of players.”
Klopp deserves the Champions League
Mourinho added that we could have ended the season without a trophy but now are just one game away from lifting the Champions League.
Klopp has lost three European finals, two of them with Liverpool, but Mourinho wanted the German to lift the Champions League.
“Everything I think today is about Jurgen’s mentality.
“I just hope that Jurgen wins the Champions League finally.
“Because he lost already two Champions League finals and also a Europa League final.
“I think he deserves to make it happen. Because the work is fantastic.”
The Portuguese manager further credited Klopp for not moaning about the extra games in the season.
The Reds did an incredible job on Barcelona and we have the chance to fix our mistakes from the Champions League final from last season.
Liverpool have the chance of winning the Premier League but need some help from Brighton at the weekend.
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The Reds have to defeat Wolverhampton Wanderers at home, and hopefully, the Seagulls can pick some points off Manchester City on Sunday.
“We don’t defend one v one” – Virgil can Dijk explains how Liverpool plan to deal with Lionel Messi
Latest Liverpool news: Virgil van Dijk claims Liverpool will defend as a unit against Barcelona
The Merseyside giants travel to Barcelona for the first leg of the Champions League semi-final and it will pit one of the best defenders against one of the best attackers in the world.
Van Dijk spoke prior to the meeting on Wednesday where he praised Lionel Messi, but claimed the team would do a job against the Catalans (h/t Guardian):
“I think he is the best player in the world.
“But you see how we play and how we defend. We don’t defend one v one, we defend all together and we attack all together as well so we will see. We will be ready.”
The Dutch defender added that the entire Barcelona team is quality, not just Messi, and was confident the Reds would do well:
“We will prepare well and we have also a very good team so we can compete there. It is not like we are going there for a holiday.”
Van Dijk knows how tough Barcelona will be
The Catalans wrapped up another La Liga title at the weekend, and Van Dijk claimed that the clash against Barcelona would be tough.
The Dutch defender played for Celtic at the Nou Camp but the tie ended 6-1 in the favour of the home team years ago.
Van Dijk is playing for a stronger team now, and we have the best defence in the Premier League too.
The Reds have an excellent attack too, and both legs of the semi-finals should be a treat for football lovers.
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Nullifying Messi and company won’t be easy, but we have the talent to get a positive result from the Nou Camp.
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