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“It’s crazy” – Klopp blasts Liverpool’s fixture list ahead of the new season



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Latest Liverpool news: Klopp unhappy with fixture list for Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp is unhappy with Liverpool’s fixture list as the season is less than a week away.

The Reds face Norwich City on the opening day of the Premier League season.

Klopp also takes Liverpool to Istanbul for the UEFA Super Cup clash against Chelsea on 14th August and the Reds participate in the Club World Cup in December.

The German wasn’t sure why the Reds were playing early next weekend, with the rival clubs in action only on Sunday.

Klopp also wanted to play on a Sunday and was quoted by the Mirror as saying:

“I would much prefer to have had the Sunday game because that would have given us two more days of preparation.

“We had the last game in the Champions League Final on June 1 and now the first game of the new Premier League season against Norwich.

“That doesn’t sound it’s exactly like it should be to me. Who can have this idea? It’s crazy.”

The German also lamented that the Champions League final against Tottenham was three weeks after the end of the Premier League season.

Further, international tournaments in the summer have seen the late return of several stars.

Alisson, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah joined the side earlier this week while Sadio Mane is expected to return before the Premier League clash.

Liverpool need to be careful with their stars

Playing in seven competitions this season would put a strain on the team, and the Reds have only made a couple of signings this summer.

The Reds need to be careful with the first-teamers ahead of a long and gruelling campaign and hopefully, the players avoid major injuries.

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Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Adam Lallana all faced lengthy spells out with injuries in the previous campaign, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain only returned to fitness towards the end of the season.

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“Best defender for a reason”: Some Liverpool fans react to Van Dijk’s tackle on this Spurs star



Twitter reacts to Virgil van Dijk’s last-ditch tackle on Dele Alli

Virgil van Dijk is the best defender in the world. It is ridiculous how easy he makes it seems at times.

As Dele Alli drove into the Liverpool penalty area, the Dutchman cleaned him out with a well-placed tackle and won the ball back for his side.

Virgil van Dijk

The defender doesn’t usually dive into tackles, but when he does it is one for the highlight reels. Had the timing been even slightly off, Van Dijk could very well have conceded a penalty.

Had Van Dijk not committed to the tackle, Alli could have got his shot in. There is no saying how the match could have turned out had Spurs scored at that point.

The Dutchman marshaled the Liverpool defense well as the Reds notched up their 6th clean sheet in a row. The first time the Reds have achieved it in the last 14 years.

Liverpool have also broken the best start to an English top-flight season with their 20th win in 21 games. The Reds have now gathered an incredible 61 out of 63 points available.

The Reds next face arch-rivals Manchester United as we look to extend our winning run to 13 games.

Liverpool are now 16 points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand over second-placed Leicester City who fell to a shock loss at home to Southampton.

Without further ado, we take a look at how some fans reacted to the tackle.

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Transfer news: Merseyside derby hero to stay at Liverpool beyond this month



Transfer news: Curtis Jones will not leave Liverpool this month

Liverpool will block any loan offers for Curtis Jones after the youngster’s performance in the FA Cup victory against Everton. (h/t Liverpool Echo)

Liverpool journalist Paul Gorst states that the young midfielder is unhappy with the lack of game time afforded to him. It has, however, been termed as just youthful exuberance rather than any sign of him being unhappy.

An academy product, Jones made his Liverpool debut in the FA Cup against Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2019. The 18-year-old has played thrice for Liverpool this season and has impressed when called upon. Jones won the man of the match award in the Carabao Cup win against Milton Keynes Dons.

Curtis Jones

The midfielder has had moments that would be a part of a highlight reel, and among them is his calmly taken penalty in the front of the Kop to dump out Arsenal in the League Cup. But the moment that will live on in the player’s memory and also in Anfield folklore will be his strike to dump Everton out of the FA Cup.

It is always a special moment for a player to score his first senior goal, but for a local lad to go on and break his duck by scoring the winner in the Merseyside derby must be special.

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Jones has represented the English national youth teams at various levels and has won 23 caps. He was a part of the Reds squad that won the World Club Cup in 2019.

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“It’s rumours”: Exciting transfer target dismisses Liverpool talks



Max Clark

Liverpool target Max Clark distances himself from talks of Anfield move

23-year-old left-back Max Clark has distanced himself from rumours linking him with a move to Liverpool. (h/t Liverpool Echo)

The defender currently plays for Vitesse Arnhem in the Dutch Eredivisie, and has reiterated his desire to stay in Holland.

Liverpool journalist Paul Gorst also shut down any speculation regarding the player who had been linked with a move to Merseyside.

Max Clark

Clark too was dismissive of the links, describing them as just rumours at this stage.

It’s nice to be linked to them. I think everyone would be happy with these teams. It’s great, but it’s rumours.

I don’t want to play there either, because I want to go into Europe with Vitesse. So I don’t do anything with it.

With Andrew Robertson the only senior specialist left-back at the club, James Milner has had to step in as a backup whenever required. Clarke, who recently featured in a line-up assembling the statistically best-rated English players, has been touted as the top choice to be the Scotsman’s understudy. (h/t Sky Sports)

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Clarke’s contract at Vitesse runs until the summer of 2021, having joined the club from Hull City in 2018. The defender has made 18 appearances for Vitesse this season and has scored one goal while assisting thrice. (h/t Whoscored)

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