Jurgen Klopp was speaking during his pre-match press conference before Liverpool’s game against Leicester City and claimed that he would be making changes in the starting line-up in the coming months.
“Today it is good but it is needs to stay good. August was always going to be different. Starting three times in a row with same line-up, that won’t happen too many times this season. We didn’t strengthen for August, but for all the other months.”
“The players are in a much better situation now than three weeks ago. We need a good result tomorrow and in all the other games. For that, we need all the players. I’m looking forward to it.”
Liverpool didn’t sell any of their major players in the summer window and brought in four quality signings.
It is a good thing that Klopp has invested in the side as we have a brutal fixture list after the international break.
The real test begins early for the Reds
Liverpool look decent for a proper Premier League title chase this season but we will face an early test of our strength by having to play against some tough teams in less than 30 days.
This really is a brutal schedule, to be honest:
Tottenham – Away (PL: 15 September)
PSG – Anfield (CL: 18 September)
Southampton – Anfield (PL: 22 September)
Chelsea – Anfield (LC: 25 September)
Chelsea – Away (PL: 29 September)
Napoli – Away (CL: 3 October)
Manchester City – Anfield (PL: 7 October)
Liverpool were a little lucky with their Champions League group last season but things are different now. We face PSG, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade in Group C, meaning we must be at our best to qualify for the knockout round.
The Reds haven’t faced such a daunting fixture list during Jurgen Klopp’s time but the Reds do have the strength to deal with such a schedule.
Keita, Alisson, Shaqiri and Fabinho all have Champions League experience but more than that, they add quality to the side.
Liverpool have started the season with three wins on the trot but only the first one was truly convincing. West Ham were also trying to find their feet on the first day of the season. The clashes against Brighton and Crystal Palace, meanwhile, proved that we are yet to hit top gear.
Things have not been easy for the other sides who lead the Premier League table. Tottenham, Watford and Chelsea haven’t looked great in their respective matches this season.
If Liverpool are to prove their title credentials this season, we must perform well even at this early stage.
Dropping points against Spurs, City or Chelsea would give them a bit of a psychological advantage. Throw in the Champions League fixtures against PSG and Napoli, and we would have been a little worried in the past.
However, things are different for Liverpool now and there should be an air of belief in the squad. We did reach the Champions League final last season and we should be looking to go one better too.
The squad is stronger than last season and we can rest and rotate players to ensure they perform at their best.
Facing our opponents early in the season is a bit of a bonus too. Some of them are still trying to find their feet and we could take advantage of that.
Napoli and PSG are under new management while playing at Anfield against Chelsea and Manchester City will provide us with an advantage from the vociferous crowd.
If there ever was a time to put fear into our rivals, it is now. Liverpool have a chance of doing something special this season and it will all start when we face Spurs on 15th September.
“I want to help the team” – Liverpool star wants to continue helping team after impressive performance against Fulham
Xherdan Shaqiri isn’t concerned about how many goals he scores and wants to help Liverpool do well. The Swiss star started in our 2-0 win over Fulham and scored a wonderful volley after Mohamed Salah opened the scoring.
The 26-year-old was pleased with his finish and told Liverpool’s website:
“The [kind of] impact is not so important for me. I want to help the team.
“When it’s with a goal or assist, it’s always good for the team. I came in the summer to help this team go forward and make the process better.
“I’m very happy with my performances, I just have to keep going like this and train hard every day. I hope we keep going until the end like this.”
Although the former Stoke City star hasn’t started many games for Liverpool, the stats are pretty decent for the 26-year-old.
The attacker already has two goals and three assists from four starts, and his performances should put forward his case of starting more games.
The Swiss attacker was the cheapest transfer we made in the summer, but he looks a quality purchase now.
Jurgen Klopp changed his formation to fit Shaqiri into the starting XI against Fulham. However, the Swiss star was the X Factor in our win over the Cottagers, and hopefully, he keeps getting the starts after the international break too.
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.
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