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.
Former Manchester United star believes only Liverpool can “stop” Manchester City
The Reds are a couple of points behind Pep Guardiola’s side, and after Chelsea’s 0-0 draw against Everton, the former United man believes the Blues don’t have it in them to stop City.
Speaking on his podcast (h/t Liverpool Echo), the Englishman believed City were on the right track to retaining their Premier League crown:
“Winning one league is an achievement, winning back-to-back titles makes you a great team and Man City are on the brink of that.
“At this moment in time, I only feel like Liverpool can stop them.”
Neville stated that although Chelsea are doing well under Maurizio Sarri, only the Reds were capable of stopping City.
The former Manchester United defender added that there is another problem as we seem to be the only team capable of taking points off the Cityzens.
“The problem for Liverpool is that it doesn’t look like anyone else can lay a glove on City, that’s the problem they’ve got.”
Guardiola’s men have been supreme this season but they have dropped points against Wolverhampton Wanderers and lost to Lyon in the Champions League.
We need someone else to beat or draw with City to have a real chance of winning the title, and hopefully, a rival steps up and puts a spanner in City’s machine soon.
“Now it’s time to celebrate my birthday” – What the Liverpool players said after 2-0 win over Fulham
Liverpool survived a bit of a scare early on but got the three points with a 2-0 win over Fulham on Sunday.
The win pushed us up to second in the Premier League table as Chelsea drew and Manchester City won their respective games.
It seemed that Aleksandar Mitrovic had opened the scoring in the first half but his effort was ruled offside.
Quick thinking from Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold helped Mohamed Salah score the first goal of the game, and the Egyptian posted an image of his boots.
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) November 11, 2018
The other goalscorer was Xherdan Shaqiri. The Swiss star volleyed in our second after half-time and he certainly was pleased with his performance at Anfield.
— Xherdan Shaqiri (@XS_11official) November 11, 2018
Andy Robertson provided the cross for our second, and the Scottish captain was happy that the Reds won after their midweek defeat to Red Star Belgrade.
— Andrew Robertson (@andrewrobertso5) November 11, 2018
James Milner got a few minutes on the pitch after coming on as a substitute.
— James Milner (@JamesMilner) November 11, 2018
Our starting midfielders were Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum. While the Brazilian did a great job in midfield, Wijnaldum had more to celebrate.
— Fabinho (@_fabinhotavares) November 11, 2018
It was the Dutch midfielder’s birthday and Jurgen Klopp did sub him around 20 minutes before the end of the game.
— Georginio Wijnaldum (@GWijnaldum) November 11, 2018
Simon Mignolet hasn’t played a single minute in our Premier League campaign, but the Belgian was quick to celebrate the win too.
Another great result. Good job boys! See you after the international break 🔜🇧🇪 pic.twitter.com/igSp0lkO6S
— Simon Mignolet (@SMignolet) November 11, 2018
Liverpool play Watford when the players return after the international break. The Reds are a couple of points behind Manchester City at the top of the table, and getting the three points at Vicarage Road will be difficult.
Liverpool handed incredible home record after 2-0 win over Fulham
Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Fulham sent them to the top of the Premier League until Manchester City’s win over Manchester United in the late game.
The win took us to 30 points from 12 matches and helped us reach a small milestone too. The Liverpool Echo reports that the Reds now have the best home record of any team in the top five leagues.
Barcelona held the record with 42 unbeaten home games, but the Catalan’s surprisingly lost to Real Betis 4-3 yesterday.
The last time we lost a home Premier League game was in 2017 with Crystal Palace getting the three points.
Christian Benteke was the chief architect of our destruction that day, and the report claims that we haven’t lost the 27 games held at Anfield since.
The Reds have picked up 18 wins and nine draws from those 27 games, and this season, we have been solid at the back too.
Liverpool have conceded only one goal in their home Premier League games this season which was against Cardiff a couple of weeks ago.
Our home form has been excellent under Jurgen Klopp and we face some tough sides before the end of the year.
Everton, Manchester United and Arsenal all visit Anfield before the New Year. The festive period could define our Premier League challenge, and it will be interesting to see if we can finish this campaign unbeaten.
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