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How Jurgen Klopp ensured that Liverpool averted a Tottenham-like disaster after Kiev – opinion

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How Klopp ensured Liverpool did not fall back after losing UCL to Real Madrid

Liverpool became six-time Champions League winners in June as we beat Tottenham in Madrid.

That was the perfect end to a tough season where we missed out on the Premier League title by one point. Liverpool were brilliant throughout the campaign, but it could have been a different story had it not been for Jurgen Klopp.

The German had already lost two European finals as the manager of the Reds, and the loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League was painful. Liverpool had swatted teams away with their incredible attack but losing Mohamed Salah after 30 minutes was a bitter blow.

Jurgen Klop lifts the Champions League trophy
Jurgen Klopp lifts the Champions League trophy

Sergio Ramos did a bit of his thuggery to knock Loris Karius once, and Klopp didn’t want our Champions League story to end like that (h/t Mirror):

“Last year we really felt we had to go back.

“After what happened against Madrid (in the 2018 final), we felt we can not let it stand like this, that is not possible.”

It would have been easy to put our tools down and take things slow, but Klopp kept on working with the team and improved our defence.

Last season we reached the Champions League final with a great attack and defence, and we deservedly beat Tottenham in the final.

Loris Karius of Liverpool

Liverpool push on as Tottenham fade away

Spurs have had a terrible season so far, and should have pushed on after their Champions League final defeat. However, the players just don’t seem to be in the right frame of mind, something that Klopp averted after the loss in Kiev.

Tottenham look completely broken, some of their players are in the final year of their deals, and their play has been in disarray.

Liverpool improved their play and pushed Manchester City all the way for the Premier League title. The German has turned us into one of the best teams in the world, and we keep on getting the job done.

Even with Tottenham spending loads in the summer, they haven’t been able to push on from their heartbreak in the Champions League. Liverpool didn’t sign any first-team outfield players in the summer, but seem stronger than ever as everyone seems to be on the same page.

Liverpool players celebrate

Cup final defeats are never easy to take but Klopp has ensured we never put our heads down. Liverpool might have missed out on the Premier League last season, but we are stronger than ever this time around.

The German kept the team motivated when we weren’t winning trophies, and now we seem more than capable of landing every trophy we play in.

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Pochettino has some tough issues to iron out at Tottenham, and maybe he could take a leaf out of Klopp’s book to turn things around.

Ditching a corporate job to follow a dream isn’t easy, but when football comes calling, who can say no? Been following the beautiful game since 1998. Liverpool addict, F1 fanatic!

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“You deserve it”, “Music to my ears” – Several Liverpool fans pleased as key Reds star pens new contract extension

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Joel Matip signs new contract to extend stay at Liverpool

Liverpool confirmed that Joel Matip was the latest start to sign a new deal with the Premier League leaders.

The Cameroon defender joined from Schalke on a free transfer in 2016 and has been excellent over the past 12 months.

The 28-year-old has been consistent alongside Virgil van Dijk and has helped us become one of the best defences in Europe.

Joel Matip scores against Manchester City

The centre-back missed our last two games but was happy committing his future to the club (h/t LiverpoolFC.com):

“It’s a great feeling to be a longer part of the club. It’s really just a great feeling.”

Matip added that the Reds had a young team and are ready to win more trophies after landing the Champions League last season.

Back for the United game

The release from the club added that Matip should be ready to face Manchester United on Sunday, and we do need him.

Our defence hasn’t been all that tight this season, with Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren playing alongside Van Dijk in recent games.

Matip will provide us with more assurance at the back, and we should be the favourites for the clash at Old Trafford.

The Cameroon star has turned things around at Anfield and has replaced Dejan Lovren as the partner for Van Dijk.

Gomez was the partner for the Dutchman last season, and Matip didn’t let the opportunity slip when the English defender was out due to a fracture.

Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Andy Robertson and Roberto Firmino are some of the stars who have penned new deals in recent months at Anfield.

Many of our supporters were pleased at this news and here are some of the reactions from Twitter.

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Why copying Liverpool’s defence strategy is difficult for Manchester United or any other side – opinion

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Why United’s move for Harry Maguire was always destined to fail

Virgil van Dijk was the most expensive defender in the world and well, he did turn our fortunes around with some impressive performances.

From a leaky defence, we became the tightest unit last season, and that was the base for a fantastic campaign. The Reds were struggling at the back and landing Van Dijk worked out quite well, something which Manchester United did this summer.

The Red Devils splashed £80million on Harry Maguire to make him the most expensive defender in the world (h/t Express), however, things just haven’t worked out for them.

Michael Owen claimed that the move had failed since United didn’t have the same “calibre” of players as the Reds did (h/t Express). Maguire might be the most expensive defender in the world, but this move was always going to fail.

It isn’t only about the players at Liverpool

The Reds didn’t have the greatest set of defenders before Van Dijk’s arrival and his leadership qualities certainly have helped us at the back.

Things do look calmer here, but United also signed a quality right-back in Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the summer. They had decent options for the other spots while David de Gea is regarded as one of the best keepers in the world.

Virgil van Dijk

So why hasn’t it worked for them? And in all probability, it won’t work for others too.

It all goes down to the manager and the coaches we have. Take Van Dijk out of the defence and we have Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez as his partners.

Each defender has grown leaps and bounds under Klopp. Gomez was possibly the best centre-back last season before he picked up that fracture.

Matip came into his own during the second half of the previous campaign while Lovren was excellent in the 2-1 win over Leicester City.

Joel Matip scores against Manchester City

Our full-backs have been fine-tuned to fit into this system and they are possibly the best in the league.

Andy Robertson came from Hull City and took time to adjust to Jurgen Klopp’s demands. Trent Alexander-Arnold took time to become one of the most consistent right-backs in the league, and the pair is excellent when going into the attack.

It is true that our defence didn’t look that great when Van Dijk wasn’t around but the people behind the scenes also deserve credit for fixing things at the back.

Our entire system works together in getting the best out of the players and that is something which is not in place at most clubs.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t have toplevel experience and even after splashing big on Maguire, they still have a lot of work.

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Liverpool, on the other hand, have been excellent in their transfers over the years and our players are improving with each season under Klopp and co.

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Klopp doesn’t confirm if these 3 important Liverpool stars will face Manchester United

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Jurgen Klopp to take call on three players ahead of Manchester United clash

Jurgen Klopp was in a boisterous mood ahead of our clash against Manchester United on Sunday.

The German participated in his pre-match press conference and spoke on several topics.

The manager also provided an update on three players returning from injury.

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp

Joel Matip, Alisson and Mohamed Salah all carried knocks going into the international break, and Klopp claimed he would check on the trio before making a decision at the weekend:

Liverpool need to be at their best

Adrian has done a wonderful job in place of Alisson, but the Brazilian’s return would be a boost for us.

Salah is one of the best in the world while Matip could be the most important player to return. The Cameroon defender improves our defence and has been excellent alongside Virgil van Dijk.

Joel Matip

We need to be at our strongest when facing Manchester United, and Matip will be important for us. Joe Gomez struggled this season and he is a little rusty after returning from an injury last season.

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Dejan Lovren did well against Leicester City but Matip should be ahead in the pecking order. Salah also needs to have a great game, and it will be interesting to see how Liverpool do against our biggest rivals on Sunday.

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