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.”
What’s your opinion? Do you think Klopp is right?
“Show me a club with more heart” – Some Liverpool fans shower love on Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish for meeting 104-year-old fan
There was one special fan who got the chance to meet Jurgen Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish after Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Crystal Palace, 104-year-old Bernard Sheridan.
The fan was specially invited to the game by Klopp, and it was incredible seeing the supporter meet the legend Dalglish and our current manager.
The fan seemed excited to meet Klopp and also shared a joke or two with Dalglish, and he certainly would have enjoyed the game, even though we made tough work of Palace.
The supporter was just a few days away from his birthday and it was a great present, to be fair.
The moment 104-year-old Reds fan, Bernard Sheridan, met Jürgen Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish after the Palace game.
Happy birthday, Bernard. ❤ pic.twitter.com/YMcAotaDmv
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 22, 2019
The Reds have been on overdrive regarding their meetings with fans in recent weeks, and acts such as these bring the supporters closer to the club.
Klopp and the rest of the team have created an incredible atmosphere at Anfield, and the fans seem to be doing their bit as well.
The win over Palace ensured we have a four point lead over Manchester City going into a mini-break, and we need to keep picking up the points.
The Reds haven’t won the Premier League ever, and with the backing of fans such as Sheridan, there is a chance of us breaking the duck.
Several Liverpool fans were pleased with this latest touch and shared their reactions on Twitter.
@KevRedCon this is what Liverpool fc is all about.
— John kelly (@jonhkelly1981) January 22, 2019
My Liverpool is more than a football club………Family, and we look after our own
— kenny (@Kennedy20686482) January 22, 2019
He has seen more than any reds out there.Hope he gets to see us win the league this time
— Neymar (@Suvendra6) January 22, 2019
Wow. ❤️💯 Show me a club with more heart for reals! 🔥
— Liverpool stan ✊ (@MelissaJacobs12) January 22, 2019
love the King and Klopp and respect their hectic schedule. How nice if they could have invited him for a cup of tea to hear about the old days of the club…like the early 20th century.
— Mick (@MICKDXB) January 22, 2019
Sir Kenny a class act
— Liam Smith (@Liam229Smith) January 22, 2019
It’s lovely to see such warm gestures from a club that’s so close to my heart. Feels like I’ve been there, although I’ve never been. Would love to meet them all one day. Hopefully soon. #YNWA
— R Mansingh (@rmansinghani) January 22, 2019
This is Anfield, where dreams are made.
— Howard howface (@HowardHomix1) January 22, 2019
Liverpool set to break world-record annual net profit for football clubs
The Reds had a fantastic campaign last season reaching the Champions League final. The report claims that the Reds banked €81.3million as they finished the competition as runners-ups, and since they did not take part in the Champions League in 2016-17, this is seen as a top-line growth.
There were some major signings at the club with Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Virgil van Dijk signing, but their costs will most likely be spread over their contract lengths, as per the report. Liverpool also sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January for around €130million.
The Mirror adds that Inside World Football’s calculations came after a UEFA statement claimed that Leicester City had held the previous record thanks to their Champions League exploits after winning the Premier League.
Liverpool also have had several sponsorship deals over the years since FSG took over, and this latest news shows how healthy the club is financially.
We have also spent money wisely with most of our transfers working out, and this season is a testament to how far we have come under Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds lead the Premier League and are still competing in the Champions League. Hopefully, we make the season count and win a trophy under Jurgen Klopp.
“I see him staying with us for the next two or three years” – Blow for Klopp as Bundesliga boss claims Liverpool target isn’t moving soon
The German striker has been one of the brightest stars for the Bundesliga side and even represented the national team at the 2018 World Cup.
Werner is just 22, and the Mirror reports that the Reds have been linked with a move for the Bundesliga ace.
Bayern Munich are also keeping tabs on the versatile forward, as per the report, but Rangnick believes Leipzig could keep Werner.
Speaking to Sky Germany (h/t Mirror), Rangnick also conceded that battling Munich’s interest will be difficult:
“If Bayern are serious, then it will be difficult for us. But they often play with one striker, so I see him staying with us for the next two or three years.”
The report adds that the Leipzig boss also claimed Werner would not be leaving to a rival club in the January window.
The forward has scored 11 times from 18 Bundesliga games this season and can play as the central striker or wide left.
The 22-year-old would make an excellent addition to the Liverpool team, and he would provide cover to our front three.
Rangnick’s comments are expected as no club would want to lose their top player, especially to a rival club, and it will be interesting to see how things develop in the summer regarding the striker.