Jurgen Klopp would expect his boys to keep up the good work as they travel Goodison Park to face Everton on Saturday.
Liverpool crushed Manchester City 3-0 in the Champions League quarter-final first leg at Anfield on Wednesday. The victory put them in firm position to qualify for the semi-finals, with the second leg set to be played at the Etihad Stadium next Tuesday.
Before the second leg, the Reds face Everton in the Merseyside derby, at the Goodison Park. Due to a depleted squad, Klopp is expected to heavily rotate his squad.
Liverpool will be without Emre Can, Joe Gomez, Adam Lallana, Ragnar Klavan and Joel Matip for the trip to Everton. However, Klopp refused to confirm if star forward Mohamed Salah would feature or not.
Salah was forced off seven minutes into the second half of the midweek Champions League victory over Manchester City. Since then, the Liverpool medical department has been working closely with the Egyptian to get him fit ahead for the Merseyside derby and for the return leg against City.
“I don’t think it makes sense to talk here about what we do with the boys in rehab. But, of course, you can imagine we have tried everything to make him available,” Klopp told in his pre-match presser, as quoted by Liverpoolfc.com.
“[There are] still 24 hours to go pretty much, or 23 hours to go until we start. So let’s see what happens.”
On further injury updates and team selection, Klopp was quoted by the Mirror,
“We have a difficult situation. We have to consider everything. But we need to have a line-up that can win the game.”
“I don’t want to give that information away. We want to wait a little bit. You will see who is available and who isn’t when the line-up is out tomorrow.”
Liverpool striker Danny Ings is back in the squad after recovering from a horrific knee injury. He has failed to get into Klopp’s first-team plans but remains a potent option off the bench.
When asked about the possibility of Ings starting against Everton, our manager said:
“Thank God Danny is here and in a good shape. I wouldn’t guarantee [a start] but his chances don’t look too bad.”
Injuries have piled up for us, with Matip ruled out for the season due to a thigh injury. This has left Klopp with limited first-team options and ahead of the Everton clash, our manager allowed few youngsters to train with the first team squad.
Asked about the youngsters’ involvement tomorrow, Klopp explained:
“For young players, it isn’t about getting the opportunity it is about being ready.
“They are around but because we loaned out players, Ryan Kent, Harry Wilson, Ejaria, Ojo, Grujic, they are the next generation.
“They are really talented boys and I want to use them, but in the right games.”
Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain has been receiving a lot of plaudits for his performances in 2018. The England international scored a 20-yard cracker in the 3-0 win over Manchester City and Klopp praised the midfielder.
“It is because of his quality and potential. He never blamed Wenger for not improving enough but it is sometimes about changing the environment.
“Being in a different place can make things better. He was ready to work hard and there is a different style of football. That obviously helped him.
“He still has a lot of things to improve but he is an outstanding talent.”
Klopp was asked to describe Everton’s form this season, to which he replied:
“It isn’t my job. They will be motivated to the highest level. They have a very good home record and are a really good team.
“Bolasie and Walcott, Tosun is in a good form, they have a good football team. At Goodison, we need to be ready.
“In the last few years, there has been one very harsh challenge – in all the derbies I have played so far. I hope we can go through the game without that.
“We all have our challenges and hopefully we can do that without injuries.”
Liverpool remain in the driving seat to qualify for the Champions League semi-finals following the 3-0 victory at Anfield.
Klopp was asked if he is prioritising the second leg against City over the Everton game, to which our gaffer responded:
“The only way to do this job is to focus on the next game and that’s Everton. If I think after the last game we have to do this or that we will do it, but it’s never looking ahead to another game.”
It is always tough to go to Goodison Park and win but we have been a dominant force in the Merseyside derby. Let’s hope Klopp uses the players at his disposal to good effect.
Liverpool create history: Five talking points from emphatic 3-0 win over Southampton
Liverpool looked comfortable in their 3-0 win over Southampton as we scored all our goals in the first half.
Xherdan Shaqiri was instrumental in two of our goals as Wesley Hoedt opened the scoring by slotting into his own net.
Joel Matip made it two from a corner before Shaqiri’s free-kick was tapped in by Mohamed Salah after it came off the post.
The win made it six out of six in the Premier League and kept up our relentless pace at the top of the table.
Our next game is the Carabao Cup clash against Chelsea and here are the five talking points from the win at Anfield.
1) Back the Shaq
The Swiss star got his first start for the Reds and he was brilliant. The former Stoke City attacker was all over Southampton like a bad rash and his shot in the first half was deflected into the net by Hoedt.
The 26-year-old played an advanced role just behind the front three and his movement was key to unlocking the Saints’ defence a number of times.
Shaqiri will have more difficult games in the future but the Swiss attacker will be an important player for us this season, especially when we are up against some teams that sit back and defend deep.
2) Liverpool don’t get out of second gear
Although the first half was great from the Reds, we didn’t really rip Southampton to shreds as we have done to some of the lower-ranked sides.
Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino had chances to score more goals and make it look like a tennis score but this Liverpool side is still not as fluid as last season’s.
The recent game against PSG certainly had a role to play in our sluggishness. Our game management was great though, as the Saints didn’t trouble us and the best of the Reds is yet to come this season.
3) History made once again
Liverpool made more history after this win as we recorded our best-ever start to a season. Seven wins in seven games is no laughing matter and we have faced some tough teams such as PSG and Tottenham.
The Reds have looked brilliant this season and we all want that one thing missing in our trophy cabinet and hopefully, we will have another historic moment to speak about at the end of the season.
4) Van Dijk and Gomez are stars
Our attack is one of the best in the world but our defence is also slowly getting there. It was a surprise seeing Joel Matip start as he could have done with the minutes in midweek against Chelsea.
Van Dijk was great though and he kept things tight at the back before being replaced by Gomez.
Changing a defensive pairing with a young player after half-time would have been a concern for us a few years ago.
However, Gomez isn’t any young player and the Englishman was rock-solid after coming on. The youngster didn’t make a single mistake in the game and has only gotten better this season.
5) Another clean sheet for Liverpool
Liverpool started the season with three clean sheets and made it a fourth of the season after conceding goals in their last three clashes.
The defence wasn’t tested and Alisson made his first save of the game only in stoppage time.
This makes it seven clean sheets in a row at Anfield, which is an incredible feat, given that we weren’t the tightest defence a couple of years ago.
“Legend”, “Never leave” – Some Liverpool fans want star to extend stay after brilliant start
James Milner is playing like a 20-year-old this season and that has helped us to an incredible start.
Liverpool are perfect and even recorded a fantastic 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. The recent win against Southampton helped the Reds record 7 successive wins. But amidst it all, Milner has been a solid force.
The Englishman scored a penalty against PSG and has two goals and two assists to his name this season. The 32-year-old has been one of our best players and his form has kept out the likes of Fabinho and even Jordan Henderson at times.
The former Manchester City and Leeds United man is a thorough professional and he recently tweeted an image before the Reds’ game against the Saints.
A number of fans showed their support to the Englishman and a few even wanted Liverpool to present him a new contract.
New contract mate pic.twitter.com/O3cb4hqNJb
— Foxy🇸🇳🇧🇷🇪🇬🇬🇳 (@foxylfc974) September 21, 2018
We love you Hamez pic.twitter.com/LQgYRkSC2t
— Niraj (@Niraj_G10) September 21, 2018
— Iz 🌚 (@lfcisabelle) September 21, 2018
Best in the league
— Mack (@Virgil4i) September 21, 2018
— Jonesy (@Jonesy_1026) September 21, 2018
— Anika (@AbedinOfficial) September 21, 2018
Sign a 1 year contract extension
— Effy (@EfrainJD18) September 21, 2018
New contract @LFC !!
— Samiaji SatrioWibowo (@satrio_wibowo11) September 22, 2018
Plz .. don’t go,, new contract James!!
— Ohgnueskrap (@Psheinstein) September 22, 2018
Every team needs a milner, so reliable no messing just 110% every time. Pity we didnt sign him years ago
— Wayne Gahan (@GahanWayne) September 21, 2018
Pen to paper mr Milner! 📝
— Thomas Helgeland (@THelgelandLFC) September 21, 2018
— Klopp on (@Kopitekav) September 21, 2018
Man of the Match, every match.
— Daisy Mom (@DaisyPugMommy) September 21, 2018
“Imperious performance”, “Already a better career than Charlie Adam” – Some Liverpool fans go crazy after brilliant first-half by summer signing
The former Stoke attacker was given a free role in the midfield and he got us going with a hand in two goals. The Swiss star only got 45 minutes on the pitch before he was replaced by James Milner but he looked fantastic.
Apart from pressurizing the opposition into losing the ball, the attacker’s passing was spot on as well. The 26-year-old’s shot in the first half was turned into the net by Wesley Hoedt. He then came up with a wonderful free-kick that cannoned off the crossbar for Mohamed Salah to tap in.
The 26-year-old should receive more starts and some fans loved his performance, even though he didn’t get a goal.
Shaqiri has already had a better Liverpool career than Charlie Adam
— Dan McLaughlin (@Dan23_92) September 22, 2018
If anyone had any doubts about what Shaqiri gives us, that first half answered all of them
— 🔴 Two Red Gringos LFC 🎙 (@TwoRedGringos) September 22, 2018
— Hippokloppamus (@Hippokloppamus) September 22, 2018
Remember Charlie Adam said Shaqiri was lazy? To be honest one look at his grid & anyone would need a fucking lie down. #LIVSOU
— Freddy krueger’s nan (@krueger_nan) September 22, 2018
Shaqiri is something else
— Alain🕊#COYKIRK (@Alan33i) September 22, 2018
Shaqiri starting against Chelsea midweek confirmed
— FF (@Fekir17_) September 22, 2018
WE,VE GOT SHAQIRI, XHERDAN SHAQIRI, I JUS DONT THINK U UNDERTSAND, HE ONLY COST 13 MIL HES BETTER THAN NABIL, WE’VE GOT XHERDAN SHAQIRIIII💉💉
— MS11 (@MoSxlah_) September 22, 2018
Just want to hug one of Shaqiri’s calves right now.
— Devesh🇷🇸 (@Naby_SZN) September 22, 2018
Shaqiri as back up to the front 3 is a big upgrade on Lallana.
— David Martinez (@DMARTINEZ_85) September 22, 2018
Don’t expect to see Fekir anytime soon, Shaqiri is the man for the job.
— Jez 🤙🏻 (@jez_the_red) September 22, 2018
Xherdan Shaqiri, for £13-million, with those massive calves, that do all these magical things on a football pitch.
Our Xherdan Shaqiri.
— Ben Webb (@BenWebbLFC) September 22, 2018
Shaqiri’s free kick .. pic.twitter.com/B8uWJdAdM9
— LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) September 22, 2018
Shaqiri and Salah had clearly planned that. The absolute mad bastards.
— Paul (@Kolology) September 22, 2018
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