Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has taken a straightforward jibe at Arsenal’s deal of allowing Alexis Sanchez to move to Manchester United by insisting that no Liverpool player would ever leave Anfield for a top-six club that too in mid-way through the season.
Sanchez, 29, is all set to complete his move to Manchester United in the coming days in a straight swap deal which would see Henrikh Mkhitaryan travelling the other way. Also, there were early reports that Mkhitaryan was yet to agree to personal terms with the Gunners but BBC have confirmed that the move has received a green signal with the Armenia international all set to complete his Arsenal move.
Also, the former Borussia Dortmund man was spotted alongside his agent Mino Raiola at a London hotel last night and Sky Sports have quoted that “the paperwork on every aspect of deal has yet to be signed off.”
It certainly was a shocker to see United garner interest in Alexis but Arsenal played perfectly as well. Had it not been for a January deal, the Gunners would have lost the Chilean on a free transfer in the summer. Hence, it is safe to say Wenger played a perfect card.
But then again, losing a player of the stature of Alexis Sanchez to bring Mkhitaryan (with no disrespect) who failed poorly at Old Trafford is a sort of a gamble, to say the least. Speaking about the same, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp expressed that there is no chance he would allow his star man to leave the club for another title rival and that too midway through the season.
“No Liverpool player of this squad would leave – and not just because we say it but because of their commitment to the club,” he said.
“No-one would leave to any other Premier League club during the season.
“I’m not just confident of that – I know it. It is just impossible. No player who is here will say ‘okay, come on, in the middle of the season I go there or there.’ I really cannot see that situation.‘It’s how I see the commitment of the players. Okay, we have not been together for 10 years or so.
“But while it is not just starting either, it is still fresh and the development is going the right direction. I know it’s far away from being perfect but it’s going in a good way.
“It doesn’t mean that players can’t ever leave the club, but we have to make sure that it doesn’t happen often that a player wants to leave when we want to keep him. A few players we will sell in the summer. That is part of the business. And I know that Alexis Sanchez maybe moves from one club to the other but he isn’t someone I think about. When I am asked about Liverpool, I just can’t see any player at this moment who would leave.
“That is from my point of view and nothing about Alexis Sanchez. It is no criticism on Alexis. He is a fantastic player and obviously he has wanted to leave since the summer. Now it is more likely.”
Liverpool recently sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for a whopping £142m and while addressing the same, Klopp concluded,
“Phil (Coutinho) has left us, yes, but to talk about players from this squad who want to leave for another top-six club, I can’t see it happening. I don’t have a contract with any of them saying they will never leave. But it is just my feeling.”
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“You have to be smart” – Jurgen Klopp highlights tweaks to Liverpool’s style this season
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has claimed that the team have worked on the defensive aspect of their play and are avoiding going all-out when in the lead.
The Reds have not been as free-flowing in their attack when compared to the previous season. However, their defence has been one of the best in the league.
Klopp’s team have conceded just three goals from nine Premier League games. Liverpool, along with Chelsea and Manchester City, have made an exemplary start to the season and have all established their dominion in the English top flight.
Klopp was quoted by the Daily Star as saying:
“It’s a normal period of adaptation.
“You put the focus a bit more on something and immediately you lose a bit of the fluency in something else.”
The German added that we have had good results and wanted the team to get better.
“We have already had good results and scored goals but it’s obvious that we can improve.
“But we need to keep the stability – no doubt about that. What we’ve done defensively so far is credit to the whole team.”
Klopp further claimed that the first part of the season lays the foundations for the rest of the campaign.
“That first part of the season is the basis for the rest of the season so let’s use it. We are growing as a team in a specific way and hopefully we can use that.”
The manager added that the team is sitting back more after taking leads, especially due to the number of games in the league.
“An unleashed beast now” – Some Liverpool supporters love youngster’s performance in 1-0 win over Huddersfield
Liverpool needed a Mohamed Salah goal to get the three points against Huddersfield. The Reds were nowhere close to their fluent best from last season and endured some nervy moments as the home side threatened on numerous occasions.
The Reds were horrible with their passes in the final third and that should be a worry for the rest of the campaign.
However, Joe Gomez was the outstanding player in our defence. The English youngster played a role in our goal and did a great job as the right-back.
Although he wasn’t partnered with Virgil van Dijk in the heart of the defence, the 21-year-old was excellent.
A number of Liverpool fans picked up on this and applauded Gomez’s performance in the game.
Gomez was the pick of our lads today, he’s in superb form, reliable and consistent, not many Defenders around performing better than him in the league IMO #LFC
— Chris Burn (@redbhoyburn) October 20, 2018
I thought joe Gomez was finished after wolves in the fa cup but he’s fucking boss
— Callum (@robo_lfc7) October 20, 2018
Don’t care if Lovren played in a World Cup final, he’s a big step down from Gomez in the central defensive role. #LFC
— Dan Copeland (@ETFootball) October 20, 2018
Joe Gomez reminds me of the fella from AWOL. Its the sideys. 😆 pic.twitter.com/HGoAhT3zFR
— smtm_lfc (@smtm_LFC) October 20, 2018
— Anfield Dugout Tickets (@DugoutTickets) October 20, 2018
Not the best again today but Gomez head and shoulders our best player again. Up the unbeaten reds
— Tom Bedson (@TomBedson_LFC) October 20, 2018
Joe Gomez is an unleashed beast now
— Rollins (@BassamLFC) October 20, 2018
Playing Joe Gomez Right back and Lovern CB makes me nervous. Grinding out results makes champions ❤️ #LFC
— OxDa🐐 (@OxDaGoat) October 20, 2018
Read more: Joe Gomez stars: Liverpool player ratings from 1-0 win over Huddersfield
Joe Gomez stars: Liverpool player ratings from 1-0 win over Huddersfield
Liverpool endured a frustrating night against Huddersfield as their attack failed to click. Mohamed Salah’s first half effort was the only goal of the game, and there wasn’t much goal-mouth action to speak off.
Huddersfield actually had some of the better chances in the second half and even had an effort ruled offside in the first.
Liverpool were wasteful in possession, and their passing in the final third was awful, however, Huddersfield could not take advantage of this.
The Reds kept the pressure on Manchester City as the pair are tied on 23 points, but we are second in the table due to City’s better goal difference.
There weren’t many standout performers for the Reds in this evening’s clash and here are the player ratings from the game.
Alisson – 6.5/10
Had one nervy moment when his clearance was charged down, but he did make one decent save in the game. The Brazilian was beaten by a thunderous drive but that effort came off the post.
Joe Gomez – 7.5/10
Possibly our best player on the night. Gomez helped create the first goal and did a decent job as right-back.
Dejan Lovren – 7/10
The Croatian had one or two iffy moments but this was another quality performance from the former Saint.
Virgil van Dijk – 6.5/10
Van Dijk was quality in the first half but made a couple of mistakes in the second. Thankfully, the home side could not take advantage of the same.
Andy Robertson – 7/10
The Scot was willing to help out in attack, and he did well to track back and defend down the left side.
James Milner – 7/10
Another decent outing by the Englishman, Milner did his regular bit in the middle of the park and kept things going.
Jordan Henderson – 6/10
The captain was taken off during half-time and hopefully, he didn’t pick up a serious injury.
Adam Lallana – 6.5/10
This was Lallana’s first start this season, and he did a decent job with his tricks and flicks. The Englishman had to be replaced with some cramp during the end of the second half.
Xherdan Shaqiri – 7/10
The Swiss was the spark that created our only goal of the game. Shaqiri tried to create chances but something was missing in the final output.
Mohamed Salah – 7/10
Salah might have gotten the goal but he was wasteful in the final third and often made the wrong pass.
Daniel Sturridge – 6.5/10
Another player that seemed to be out of sorts, Sturridge had chances to score but often missed the target. The Englishman was even booked for needlessly blasting the ball over the bar.
Georginio Wijnaldum – 6.5/10
The Dutchman was quality since he came on at half-time.
Fabinho – 5/10
The midfielder did an alright job but needs more time on the pitch.
Roberto Firmino – NA
The Brazilian also was sloppy in attack and made a few mistakes with his passes.
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