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Gerrard Not Captain but Still England’s Best

Stuart Pearce said Steven Gerrard is ‘as good as it gets’ in English football but not where the captaincy is concerned.

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Stuart Pearce said Steven Gerrard is ‘as good as it gets’ in English football but not where the captaincy is concerned.

Gerrard was expected to inherit the armband following his return to international football after over a year away from his country.

But Pearce, who has now favoured Scott Parker to lead England out at Wembley, was still full of admiration for the Liverpool skipper.

“I would fully expect Steven to play,” said Pearce.

“He has not been on an international football pitch for a long time. It would be folly for a player of his quality not to figure in a game of this magnitude.

“He is as good as it gets in this nation – both what he does on the pitch and how he is around the camp. We are pleased to have him back.”

“Captaining England was the proudest moment of my career,” said Pearce.

“If I feel that in my heart, I can’t take the decision lightly.

“I can only view it as I see it. When you play for your country that is the true pinnacle of anyone’s career. That is still the case.”

Gerrard’s understudy at Anfield, Jordan Henderson will be hoping to impress for the U21s as they meet Belgium in a crucial Euro 2013 qualifier.

“Obviously, everyone wants to play in the senior team,” said Henderson. “But this is a massive game for the U21s.

“I spoke to Stuart when the squad was announced a week ago and he just said, ‘Make sure the boys are okay and do it right.’

“He has been a very big influence on my career and helped me in many ways, so I cannot thank him enough.”

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Former Red believes Jose Mourinho could get sacked if Man United lose to Liverpool

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Former Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp believes that a loss for Manchester United against Liverpool will inevitably lead to Jose Mourinho’s sacking.

The two giants of Premier League football meet on Sunday, and the Reds are 16 points ahead of United after just 16 games this season.

Liverpool are the only unbeaten side in the Premier League and are giving Manchester City a run for their money in the race for the title.

The Reds know a win will keep them on top of the table while a loss for United could scupper their chances of a top-four finish.

Redknapp was speaking to Sky Sports (h/t Metro) and claims such games are huge for the supporters:

“These sorts of games are season-definers. They are the ones that fans wait for. If United win, it will be, ‘Wow, okay, we’ve got to give this guy more time. He can turn it around’.

“But if they lose it will become a situation where you have a snowball effect. The inquest will be so big afterwards and it might feel that it’s all becoming inevitable for Jose.”

Jurgen Klopp (left) and Jose Mourinho (right)

Jurgen Klopp (left) and Jose Mourinho (right)

The former Red claimed that losing to Manchester City would be acceptable as they are one of the best sides in the world but a loss to the Reds would be too much.

Read more: Jurgen Klopp claims Liverpool will not make any winter signings this season

United do have a decent record against us in the Premier League with Jurgen Klopp in charge. Hopefully, we get the win on Sunday and keep our title dreams alive.

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“Do I have to win it?” – Jurgen Klopp responds to Jose Mourinho’s latest trophy jibe

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Jurgen Klopp (left) and Jose Mourinho (right)

Jurgen Klopp (left) and Jose Mourinho (right)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp responded the latest Jose Mourinho jibe where the Manchester United manager claimed that trophies are important.

The United manager was speaking ahead of our clash against the Red Devils, and Klopp was not going to have any of it.

The German claimed that anything less than a trophy would not be considered as a failure after our great start to the season (h/t Liverpool Echo).

“Do I have to? Do I have to win it?”

“People might remember that but what I have to do is make the best of the things the club is offering me – that is what I believe in.”

The manager also spoke about the Champions League ride last season, claiming it was brilliant, even if we didn’t win the title.

Klopp also claimed that life wouldn’t be great if it was only about doing the best all the time.

“I enjoyed it a lot. Going to the final was fantastic but in life – in all departments of life including your job – if only the best counts and effort doesn’t count then life is s***.

“You can do whatever you want but if I’m not as smart as Einstein or whatever, I can’t try a little bit? I will never be him.

“I love the challenge. Make the best of it. That is how I understand life, I learned it a little bit in football. In the end other people have to judge that.”

The manager is yet to win a trophy during his time at Liverpool, but came close by making it to three finals. Liverpool have made their best start ever in the club’s history, and lead the Premier League after 16 games.

Read more: Jurgen Klopp claims Liverpool will not make any winter signings this season

Klopp could certainly make this season even better with a win over United on Sunday, a feat the German has never achieved in the Premier League.

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Liverpool star claims this action against Napoli was similar to scoring a goal

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Alisson produced the moment of our Champions League campaign when he saved in the dying seconds from Arkadiusz Milik.

The save ensured Liverpool defeated Napoli in our final group game 1-0, and we can now think about the knockout rounds.

The Brazilian has been exceptional for us since signing from AS Roma, and the keeper spoke to the Times (h/t ESPN) claiming that the save almost felt like scoring a game-winning goal.

“A save at the end of the game is always great and you feel you have contributed to the game.

“Of course, an important save in the first minute is as important as a save in the last minute but for the fans it’s the closest thing to scoring a goal in the last minute, like we did in the derby against Everton.”

Alisson Liverpool

The former Roma keeper also thanked the teammates for helping secure the win.

“But I only managed to make that save with the help of my teammates’ contribution and thank God we got the victory.”

The next test for the Brazilian would be the clash against Manchester United. A win will keep us at the top of the table, and we need to put United to the sword on Sunday.

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Alisson was excellent in our draw against Chelsea in the Premier League and has only grown in stature. Hopefully, the Brazilian puts up a fantastic performance against our arch rivals.

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