By Martyn Edwards
Uruguay eye Copa America glory after Liverpool’s Luis Suraez scored a brace to knock Peru out of the tournament.
Suarez netted twice in the space of five minutes, early in the second half to ensure Uruguay’s place in the Copa America Final. The 24-year-old grabbed the first after the Peru shot- stopper spilled a Diego Forlan shot, leaving Suarez to slot home from close range.
The second came just minutes later as Suraez latched on to a long pass, rounded the keeper and slotted home into an empty net. The 2-0 victory means that Uruguay will face either Paraguay or Venezuela in Sundays final.
“It’s really nice,” Suarez said, in an interview with the Liverpool Echo. “Now we have to enjoy, celebrate and focus on the objective, which is the final.
“I think we knew Argentina were going to attack us (in the quarter-final). But today we had to come out, play and attack.
“In the second half, we were convincing in the beginning, and that gave us the win.”
But as revealed here on TheKoptimes.com yesterday, that reaching the final could mean that Suarez may miss the start of the season, with only three weeks before the first league game of the season.
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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