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Jurgen Klopp’s tactical switches prove he is still looking to fine tune Liverpool beast – opinion



Latest Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp keeps finding ways to fine-tune Liverpool behemoth

Jurgen Klopp was speaking to the press after Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in December.

The Reds battled hard for the three points as they kept their unbeaten start to the season and although Liverpool looked great, Klopp wanted more from the players (h/t Guardian):

“We did really well so far and we have to do even better from now on, because you can see all the other teams are doing really well.

“That’s the challenge for us, to be focused and as successful as possible. In this moment it looks quite positive, but only in this moment – we have to make sure it stays like this.”

Cue five months ahead and the German is still working on his Liverpool team to get the most out of the Reds.

Manchester City have been a problem for the team this season as they have been relentless, but the Reds have a real chance of creating history and Klopp is still fine-tuning Liverpool.

Working to get the best out of the Reds

The defence has barely been touched this season, in terms of the way we play. Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold bomb forward with Virgil van Dijk, Alisson and the second centre-back doing their bit to keep the opposition out.

The forward line has seen several changes too. Mohamed Salah was played as a striker this season before he was reverted into his right-wing position.

Mohamed Salah scores

Mohamed Salah scores

Sadio Mane played on the right of the attack in some games but has been most effective down the left while Roberto Firmino has also been shuffled a bit when it comes to his role in the attack.

The attack still isn’t destroying teams like it did last season but the trio have been effective. Klopp has constantly fiddled with the midfield too and we saw a glimpse of what can be done in our previous two wins.

Hendo attacks, Naby shines

The jury was still out on Naby Keita after his move from RB Leipzig. The Guinea midfielder has had a difficult time since moving from Germany and we were yet to see the best of him until the game against Southampton.

The midfielder scored the first goal of his Liverpool career with a header and was excellent in the 2-0 win over Porto.

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Naby Keita celebrates against Porto

Klopp is willing to play the Guinea midfielder even when his confidence was a little short and hopefully, Keita gets better in the coming weeks.

The main surprise was Jordan Henderson against the Saints. The captain scored and assisted a goal, and played in an advanced role in the win over Porto.

Klopp admitted it was his mistake that he didn’t play Hendo in that position earlier (h/t BBC), and it shows that the German is willing to change things to get the maximum from the players.

The German has changed his style since the Borussia Dortmund days, and we are seeing a Liverpool team that is evolving to get the right results.

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We still aren’t playing our best-attacking football and have not blown teams away regularly this season, but the Reds are getting the job done, and that is all that matters with the season reaching its climax.

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Klopp wants to keep experienced star at Liverpool despite interest from European giants



Liverpool FC transfer news: Jurgen Klopp does not want to lose Dejan Lovren in the summer

Calciomercato claims that AC Milan will find it difficult to sign Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren.

The Croatian defender recently returned to the Reds for pre-season training, and report claims that the Reds value Lovren at €25million.

The 30-year-old was not a regular starter for us last season due to injuries and the form shown by Joel Matip and Joe Gomez.

Dejan Lovren Mohamed Salah

However, the Croatian is one of the most experienced defenders in the Premier League, and the report adds that Jurgen Klopp admires Lovren’s leadership at the back.

The report claims that this is one reason why Klopp wants to keep Lovren in the team for as long as possible.

Liverpool won’t let Lovren go on the cheap

The report adds that Liverpool are looking to get the complete €25m for Lovren and are not willing to reduce his price.

Milan would have to match the valuation for Liverpool to even consider selling the Croatian (h/t Calciomercato).

The Reds have signed Sepp van den Berg, a young centre-back, in the summer, however, Klopp’s thought process regarding Lovren makes a lot of sense.

The Croatian hasn’t made any noises of wanting to leave and did a decent job in most of his games last season.

Signing a senior defender for the upcoming season would not be easy, and the Croatian has a great relationship with most of the Liverpool players, such as Mohamed Salah.

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Lovren’s experience is certainly great for a young Liverpool team, and it will be interesting to see what our actions are in the summer window.

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“I would say yes”: Klopp opens up on where Liverpool star’s future lies



Latest Liverpool transfer news: Klopp claims Mignolet’s future is with Reds

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Simon Mignolet would be staying despite the keeper being unsure about his playing time at the club (h/t Daily Mail).

Alisson was signed last summer, and the Brazilian has been excellent with the Reds.

The keeper won the Golden Glove in the Champions League and the Premier League, and won the Copa America this summer.

Simon Mignolet in action

Alisson was also the Man of the Match in our 2-0 win over Tottenham in the Champions League final.

However, Klopp was certain that Mignolet would stay, and praised his professionalism last season (h/t Daily Mail):

“Yes, (it’s) how I’ve heard.

“I’ve had a lot of conversations in the last couple of years, months – not weeks. Before we left (for the summer break) we had talk. I would say yes (he stays).”

Simon Mignolet
Simon Mignolet

Klopp added that the Reds need quality players in all positions, and that was the situation with our goalkeepers:

“At a club like Liverpool you need two number ones in the club and we have that with Ali and Simon.

“It’s a good situation for the club and a situation you should have and that’s why everything is fine from my point of view.”

Mignolet needs more games at Liverpool

The Belgian only played two games for the first-team last season, with those appearances coming in the domestic cups.

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Mignolet needs to play regularly as he is in the prime of his goalkeeping career, and the Reds should offer him the same next season.

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The Reds are in additional competitions this season, and it will be interesting to see how things develop with the Belgian.

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Liverpool turn to veteran keeper to solve current injury crisis



Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds move for Andy Lonergan to solve keeper issue

The Liverpool Echo reports that the Reds have moved for former Preston North End goalkeeper Andy Lonergan to solve their problems between the sticks.

The report claims that Jurgen Klopp has brought in the 35-year-old keeper who last played for Middlesbrough.

Lonergan is set to travel to the US for our tour of North America, according to the report, as Simon Mignolet is the only fit senior keeper Liverpool have.

Andy Lonergan

Alisson is away on a break after winning the Copa America while the Reds have seen two young keepers pick up injuries.

Caoimhin Kelleher is out with a wrist injury, Vitezslav Jaros injured his ankle ligaments while Kamil Grabara is yet to report for duty after his U21 Euro exploits with Poland.

Mignolet had to play almost the entirety of our pre-season friendly against Bradford with Dan Atherton being given a few minutes last night.

Lonergan not signing a deal with Liverpool

The report adds that the 35-year-old keeper will not sign a contract with Liverpool, and is unlikely to play in the US games.

Simon Mignolet in action

Liverpool play Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund and Sporting Lisbon in this part of the pre-season tour.

Lonergan is a well-travelled keeper, with stints at Rochdale, Leeds United, Bolton Wanderers and Wolves.

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Liverpool have won both of their pre-season games so far, and their first clash of the season is against Norwich on 9th August.

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