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Klopp speaks on Van Dijk’s injury.


Liverpool have never given a timeframe for the Dutchman’s return, and although Klopp was reluctant to suggest that he could make a comeback before the season was out, he was positive about his progress.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has described Virgil van Dijk’s rehabilitation as ‘promising’, without giving a timeframe on the defender’s return as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.


The centre-back has not featured for the Reds since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) following a challenge from Jordan Pickford in October’s Merseyside derby.

Such was the severity of the injury, Van Dijk was expected to miss the majority of the season, although he has excited fans by sharing a video of himself juggling a football on his various social media accounts.

“I don’t know what is possible and what is not possible; I don’t think I’m the right person to judge that 100 per cent,” Klopp said (via liverpoolfc.com).

“He looks really good. I spoke to him this morning, I had him on the phone – he is in a really good mood. So it’s all very promising. But I don’t know when he will be back.


“There are for sure a lot of stages still to go over or pass or whatever. That’s clear. I had this injury myself. But for the time we are in and for how long he is out now, how long the rehabilitation is going on, he looks really, really promising. But that’s all.”

Van Dijk’s central defensive partner Joe Gomez is also poised to miss the majority of the season after rupturing his knee tendon while on England duty in November, while Joel Matip has been in and out of the side with various injury problems – a groin strain most recently keeping him out of the Reds last four games.



Liverpool Manager, Klopp lauds Manchester United’s defense.


Liverpool ended the game with 66% of the ball, and Klopp confessed to BBC Sport that he’s not exactly a fan of United’s preferred approach.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp appeared less than impressed with the way Manchester United set up for the side’s 0-0 draw on Sunday.

Klopp’s men dominated possession and had far more shots on goal, but it was United who had the best chances and would have walked away with all three points if goalkeeper Alisson had not been on his toes.


“We played football, tried to do it, force them back into their own box,” he said. “The worst thing you can face in the world, in football, is you play against a side with world-class players and they all defend with all they have, deep in the box and only counter-attack.

“It’s really difficult – that’s the biggest challenge.”

Liverpool failed to break down United’s stubborn defence, meaning they are now on a run of three consecutive games without a goal, but Klopp insisted he is not worried by the Reds’ struggles in front of goal.


“There is nothing fundamentally different, it’s just the result is different,” Klopp stated (via the club’s official website). “We try and we don’t score or we try and we score – that’s a big difference, to be honest.

“It’s not that we ignore the fact and just hope it will be good again. We did that but the only possibility you have to score goals is to create situations and to be ready to fail and to do it again. That’s a massive difference between when you are flying and you score with pretty much each chance you have because then you deal with the missed chances better. It is just information. That is the difference and nothing else.

“I saw my team playing tonight and I saw a really good football team with a clear idea, with super passes, great counter-press and great desire to score – but we didn’t score.

We will create chances and we will score, but I know, now we face Burnley on Thursday and they are not famous for conceding an awful lot of goals.


Then a few days later we play again against United and they obviously defend with all they have.

“It is not that we just decide from now on we want to score again and now we will do it, but I see the boys really in the situation and I will help as much as I can so that we change it as quickly as possible.”



‘These numbers are too big for us’ -Klopp rules out signing Messi


Lionel Messi has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester City, yet Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted that they could not consider a move for the Barcelona captain as he is out of their price range.

Nevertheless, the German stated that he would be happy to see Messi in the Premier League, even if it was for one of their title rivals.

“Who doesn’t want Messi in their team?” Klopp responded when asked if he would be interested in signing the 33-year-old.

“The numbers are not for us, but a good player, to be honest.

“For the Premier League, it would be great, but I am not sure the Premier League needs that boost.

“He’s never played in another league. Football is different here.

“I’d like to see it, but I’m not sure I will.”

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Klopp wants Messi in Liverpool


Jurgen Klopp says he would love to sign Lionel Messi for Liverpool, but the finances involved mean the Reds have “no chance” of landing the Barcelona superstar.

Messi remains at loggerheads with the club he has called home for almost 20 years, with a transfer demanded in the wake of what he sees as broken promises.

Barca were embarrassed 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League earlier this month, and have now replaced manager Quique Setien with the former Southampton and Everton boss Ronald Koeman.

Messi is being hotly-tipped for a move to Manchester City this summer, and when quizzed over whether he would like to add him to his Liverpool squad Klopp responded as many would expect him to.

“Yeah, who doesn’t want Messi in their team?” said the Reds boss ahead of the Premier League champions’ Community Shield clash against Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday.

“But no chance. The numbers are absolutely not for us. But… good player to be honest!”

Klopp went even further and cast doubt on City’s move for the star, perhaps wondering if even they had the finances required to pull off the deal.

“It [signing Messi] will obviously help Man City and make it more difficult to beat them,” said Klopp.


“For the Premier League, it would be great, that would help, but I am not sure the Premier League needs that boost.

“He’s never played in another league. Football is different here. I’d like to see it. Not sure I will.”

Klopp was also quizzed on his plans in the transfer market with the Reds having only brought in Greek defender Kostas Tsimikas this summer.

“We bought players in already!” he said.

“Kostas, the kids are getting closer and look well. I don’t know what will happen.

“There is a long time to go until (the window shuts on) October 5th. We will deal with our situation like we always have. We will see how much we can or want to spend.”

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Klopp named EPL best Manager of the Year


Jurgen Klopp has been named Premier League Manager of the Season for 2019-20.

Liverpool boss led his side to an historic first league title for 30 years as the Reds amassed a club-record 99 points to triumph by an 18-point margin.


Klopp’s men won 32 of their 38 fixtures in the top flight, having navigated the opening 27 rounds of games without a defeat and with just two points dropped.

The championship was clinched with seven matches remaining – an all-time record – and became the fourth major honour the club has collected during his tenure.

Klopp saw off competition from Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Brendan Rodgers (Leicester City) and Chris Wilder (Sheffield United) to take the annual accolade.

He had previously been presented with the League Managers Association’s Manager of the Year honour last month.

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Klopp named LMA Manager of the year


The League Managers Association has recognised the stunning achievements of Jurgen Klopp in the 2019-20 campaign.

Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp has been crowned the League Managers Association (LMA) Manager of the Year.

Klopp oversaw a stunning campaign for the Reds, guiding them to a club-record total of 99 points to claim their first top-flight title in 30 years


They lost just three Premier League games all season and finished a whopping 18 points clear of second-placed Manchester City.

After being presented with the Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy, named after the iconic ex-Manchester United manager, Klopp said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be named the winner of this wonderful Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy, named after a man that I admire so much.

“It feels extra special to win this award because it is voted for by my fellow managers.


“It’s an honour to be in the company of so many managers who have been named as LMA Manager of the Year before, including Liverpool managers like Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan, Kenny Dalglish and, in recent years, Brendan Rodgers.

“Everything we have accomplished at Liverpool this year couldn’t have been done without the superb input of my coaching staff; they make us a really special bunch of football brains.

“I love to work with my coaches, my players and everyone at Liverpool and, of course, I am thankful for the support from all our wonderful Liverpool fans.”

Leeds United’s Marcelo Bielsa was named as the Championship Manager of the Year, meanwhile, after guiding the Yorkshire giants to the title and a return to the Premier League after a 16-year absence.

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Mancity European ban lift is not good news for EPL – Klopp


Mancity European ban lift is not good news for EPL – Klopp


Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp described as “not a good day for football” Manchester City’s successful appeal against a two-year Uefa ban for allegedly breaking Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

“I don’t think it was a good day for football yesterday, to be honest,” Klopp told a virtual news conference on Tuesday.

“FFP is a good idea. It is there for protecting teams and the competition, so that nobody overspends and have to make sure the money they want to spend is based on the right sources.”

City won their appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday, meaning they will now be allowed to compete in next season’s Champions League.

CAS ruled that City did not breach FFP rules by disguising equity funding as sponsorship.


“It’s not up to me to judge this and I don’t but I think this FFP framework we should stick to. I hope FFP stays just because it gives kind of borders that you can go to, but not over it, and that’s good for football,” Klopp said.

“If you start doing that nobody has to care any more and the richest people or countries can do what they want.

“It will make the competition really difficult and I think that would lead automatically to a kind of world super league with like 10 clubs and it would depend on who owns the clubs and not the names of the clubs. It makes sense to have these rules.”

Klopp did say, however, that City’s place in the Champions League next season might at least benefit Liverpool as they try to retain their Premier League title.

“They won’t have 10 or 12 games less now – no other team would have had a chance in the (Premier) league,” he said.

Liverpool face Arsenal on Wednesday knowing defeat would end their chances of equalling Manchester City’s record 100-point haul in the Premier League set two years ago.

With three games remaining they have 93 points with City a distant second on 72

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Mancity’s guard of honour not necessary – Klopp


Mancity’s guard of honour not necessary – Klopp


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp does not feel the need for Manchester City to line up for a guard of honour for his players.

Jürgen Klopp says it will not be necessary for Manchester City to give Liverpool a guard of honour ahead of their Premier League clash on Thursday.

City guard of honour unnecessary, says Klopp
Pep Guardiola stated that City will line up to welcome the newly-crowned champions onto the pitch at the Etihad Stadium for their first match since winning the title last week.

Liverpool celebrated being champions of England for the first time in 30 years when City were beaten at Chelsea last Thursday.

Klopp does not feel the need for Guardiola’s men to make such a gesture to the side that has dethroned them, but thinks it is a nice touch.

The Reds boss said during a virtual press conference on Wednesday: “I am not sure if I’ve ever had one [a guard of honour], long ago in Germany maybe.


“An English tradition and it is a nice gesture. I wouldn’t need it as we want to play football and don’t celebrate but again it’s nice. That is it.”

Liverpool lead second-placed City by a mammoth 23 points with seven games remaining this season, but Klopp says there is no chance they will be winding down.

He added: “I saw City play three times now [since the restart]. You cannot defend City if you don’t play an intense game.

“I can’t see a game where two teams are waiting for final whistle. This will be a proper football game.”

Klopp revealed that he has no new injuries to contend with.

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Klopp Becomes ‘Only Man’ to change Liverpool’s story for good


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Klopp Becomes ‘Only Man’ to change Liverpool’s story for good


Back in October 2015 Jurgen Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool coach, and the Reds were eighth and struggling in the Premier League.

In his presentation he labelled himself as ‘the normal one’ and knew that it wouldn’t be an easy task to bring Liverpool back to their glory days.

The first starting line-up he ever used consisted of Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho, Alberto Moreno, Lucas Leiva, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho, James Milner and Divock Origi.

With those men he ended that season eighth and two fourth place finishes followed in 2016/17 and 2017/18.


Liverpool were gradually improving and reached the Europa League final in 2016 and the Champions League final two years later, losing both to Sevilla and Real Madrid, respectively.

European success arrived in 2019 when Klopp led his men to the Champions League trophy after beating Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid.

A European Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup followed, but what was missing was the title Liverpool coveted most… the English Premier League.

After Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Manchester City on Thursday, Klopp’s men clinched the trophy.

“We want to create our own history,” Klopp promised after missing out on the title last season and that’s what he and his players managed to do a year later.

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‘It’s unbelievable’ Klopp rejoices in tears with emotional words



‘It’s unbelievable’ Klopp rejoices in tears with emotional words


An emotional Jurgen Klopp has admitted he is ‘completely overwhelmed’ after Liverpool’s title win on Thursday.

The Reds wrapped up the Premier League – winning it for the first time in 30 years – on Thursday night after Chelsea managed to overcome second-place Manchester City.

They won it with seven games to spare and Klopp was completely overcome with the emotions of the night.

He told Sky Sports: ‘I have no words. It is unbelievable. It is much more than I ever thought would be possible.

The German added: ‘I am completely overwhelmed, I never knew it would feel like this’.

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Klopp’s 2015 promise came to pass today



Klopp’s 2015 promise came to pass today


When Liverpool appointed Jurgen Klopp as their new coach back in 2015, the club’s media asked him to send a message to the fans.

Being aware that the team were going through a tough period on and off the pitch he gave them a simple yet very complicated promise.

“We have to change from doubters to believers now,” Klopp stressed and five years later he led the Reds to their first Premier League title in 30 years.

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T.Alexander-Arnold praises Klopp



T.Alexander-Arnold praises Klopp


Trent Alexander-Arnold has hailed Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp as the dream maker who has carried his club to the brink of the Premier League title.

Klopp’s side are two wins away from being crowned English champions for the first time in 30 years.

They return to action for the first time since the Premier League’s coronavirus hiatus when they face Merseyside rivals Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.


Liverpool’s march towards the title might have been interrupted by the pandemic, but they remain certain to lift the trophy eventually and Reds right-back Alexander-Arnold believes Klopp deserves all the praise.

When Klopp arrived at Liverpool in 2015, the German found a club drifting into obscurity.

He has transformed them into Champions League winners last season and soon-to-be English champions this term.


“You have to respect the things he does. To change the whole club, to change everyone from doubters to believers, to get everybody thinking the same way, believing the same way and having the same dreams,” Alexander-Arnold told BBC Radio Five on Sunday.

“He just embodies the whole club. Even without being from the city, the country and being local, he just clicks with the club.

“He does it with every person, the fans, the staff and the players.

“He develops the people around him and makes their dreams come true.”


Liverpool were 25 points clear of Manchester City when the season was postponed and had won 27 of their 29 league games.

Alexander-Arnold believes being forced to wait for the title has only sharpened Liverpool’s desire to get their hands on the trophy.

“If you can imagine your ultimate dream and being so, so close to it – two steps away from it really – and someone saying ‘you need to wait over 100 days then you might get it’. It was quite frustrating,” Alexander-Arnold said.

“But the league position hasn’t changed, our mentality hasn’t changed and that is to win every game, push boundaries, break records, win the league and be remembered.”

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Cheer us from home, title glory is near – Klopp


Jurgen Klopp has told Liverpool fans to cheer his team to Premier League glory from their homes as the runaway leaders prepare for the season to restart.


Klopp’s side were two victories from winning Liverpool’s first English title in 30 years when the coronavirus pandemic forced the postponement of the season in March.

Liverpool will finally be back in action on Sunday when they face Merseyside rivals Everton at Goodison Park in a match that could serve as their title clincher.


If second-placed Manchester City lose at home to Arsenal on Wednesday, then Liverpool need only to beat Everton to secure the club’s 19th league title with eight games to spare.

Aware that fans will be eager to celebrate their long-awaited triumph, Liverpool boss Klopp has urged them not to break social-distancing rules by gathering outside Goodison Park or Anfield.


“It’s still football and it’s still for you. That means we will be in the stadium, and you will be at home,” Klopp said in a video message on Liverpool’s website on Tuesday.

“I can promise you, we will feel your support. I will make the boys feel your support. We will use it, you are still 80 or 90 percent of the fuel in our tanks.


“We really will use that, and we will need that. But, the final message: stay safe, support us from home.”

Klopp, who celebrated his 53rd birthday on Tuesday, admitted the three-month lay-off had been taxing as he waited to discover if his side would get the chance to win their first league crown since 1990.

“There were times when we didn’t know exactly if we would play again this season,” he said.


“There were rumours about ‘null and void’, ‘points per game’ and all that stuff. And now we stand here, and in a couple of days the league will start again.

“Because we behaved really responsibly. We did the things we had to do because we wanted to save our loved ones and all the others as well.”

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Perfect or No? See Klopps final verdict on Werner

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has told the board that RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner would be ‘perfect’ for his side, with the Reds continuing to be linked with a move for the Germany international.


Werner has been enjoying an excellent season up to this point, making 39 appearances in all competitions so far in 2019/20. During this time, the 24-year-old has managed 30 goals and a further 12 assists, as well.

As a result, it is hardly a surprise that Werner has been linked with a number of top European clubs in recent months, but it is Liverpool who have been leading the way for his signature. Moreover, the player himself has not held back in his praise of the club in recent times, leading to growing speculation that he could soon make the switch to Anfield.

The trustworthy Fabrizio Romano, writing for the Guardian, has now provided an update on the situation, revealing that Liverpool boss Klopp is still trying to convince the board to pay his release clause – which is around £52.7m – and once again told them this week that Werner would be ‘perfect’ for the club.

The Reds – or another club – has until 15 June to meet Werner’s release clause, and it is said that the forward is prepared to wait for Liverpool to make their decision before deciding on his next club.


A source recently told NobleSports that Liverpool have warned RB Leipzig that they are willing to consider alternative targets unless the German club drops their price. The Reds do not want to be pressured into triggering Werner’s release clause and despite the fact that Klopp is a major fan of Werner, the Reds could be forced to look elsewhere if RB Leipzig stick to their current price.

The runaway Premier League leaders are still keen to conclude a deal, but are hoping to pay a fee closer to the £40m mark. The Reds hope that the threat of pulling the plug on the deal, mixed with the fact that Werner’s release clause will actually drop to £36m in 2021, will encourage Leipzig to reduce the price.



Jurgen Klopp Confident In Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp has insisted Liverpool have no need to be at their “all-time best” in order to clinch a first English league title in 30 years.
Premier League officials are now aiming to restart the season in mid-June, with Liverpool just two wins away from the title when the campaign was postponed on March 13 because of the coronavirus outbreak.

For so long the dominant force in English football, the Merseysiders have not been crowned domestic champions in the Premier League era, with the last of their league titles coming when they won the old First Division crown in 1990.

But as teams start returning to training, Liverpool manager Klopp has tried to ease any mounting pressure on his runaway leaders who are 25 points clear at the top.

“Football is a game where everyone is pretty much in the same situation we play against another team and we don’t have to be at our all-time best we have to be at our best possible and that’s exactly the same for the other teams,” he told the BBC’s Football Focus programme.

“Whenever we will start we will have had the same time for preparation and our job was always, and always will be, to use the situation you are in. We will be in as good a shape as possible.”


Meanwhile the German boss said he was desperate to return to “normal life” after an unexpected two-month break by getting back to Liverpool’s Melwood training base, where players will initially train in small groups.

“Lockdown has been as good as possible it’s not exactly what I want to do but it’s what we all have to do so we try to make the best of it,” said Klopp.

“We started eight weeks ago and now you feel everyone is desperate to get back to a ‘new’ normal life.


“I have missed the boys the most because we have created a group there not only the boys but all the people at Melwood because we have a really good relationship and we became friends over the last four-and-a-half years.

“We see each other pretty often with Zoom and those things but it’s still not the same and going back to Melwood and doing all the things we usually do is something I really miss.”



Jurgen Klopp is unbelievable – Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Jurgen Klopp is an “unbelievable” manager, admits Trent Alexander-Arnold, with “everything” about the Liverpool boss screaming class.

The highly-rated German tactician has been part of the fold at Anfield since October 2015.

His ‘heavy metal’ brand of football has carried the Reds to the top of domestic, continental and global games.

It took some time for his methods to deliver tangible reward, with further final heartache suffered before getting over the line in the 2019 Champions League final.

Records have been sent tumbling by Liverpool in the current campaign, as they wait on a first league title in 30 years.

Alexander-Arnold admits Klopp has been crucial to the progress made on Merseyside, with the 52-year-old cementing a standing as one of the very best in the business.

“Unbelievable,” Alexander-Arnold told GQ when asked for his take on Klopp.

“Just everything about him in every way. His man management, as a person, as a manager. Just unbelievable.”

Quizzed on whether the Liverpool coach is the same behind the scenes as he is in the public eye – with his energetic displays on the touchline becoming the stuff of legend – Alexander-Arnold added: “He’s the same person, because I feel as though in those interviews, when you see him on the camera, you can see that he’s a loving person.

“You can see that he’s someone who cares about the people around him. He cares about his family, he cares about his players, he cares about his staff. He treats everyone as equals. He treats the captain the same as he would a young player.

“People probably have a conception of him as maybe being very emotional, heart on the sleeve. Which he is to an extent, but he knows how to control it in ways that are beneficial to everyone around him.

“He knows what needs to be said and what tone it needs to be said in, at the right time.”

Liverpool entered a coronavirus-enforced break from competitive action sat 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League table, with Klopp’s men now hoping that a season which has promised so much can be played to a finish whenever current restrictions are lifted.


COVID-19: Liverpool suspends training for 2 weeks.

Liverpool have suspended training for two weeks as a result of the coronavirus, and could lift the Premier League trophy in a different home kit to the one worn earlier this season.

Football in England has been suspended until the start of April at the earliest, with the Reds anxiously waiting to hear how the Premier League season will be concluded.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have a seemingly insurmountable 25-point lead at the league’s summit as they close in on their long-awaited maiden Premier League title.

Liverpool suspended training at their Melwood base on Friday, and according to a report from The Athletic, players have been informed that it will remain shut for a fortnight.

The Reds are due to return to action on 5 April against Manchester City – where victory against their closest title rivals would secure the league crown – although Anfield officials are privately aware that the fixture is unlikely to take place on that date.

Top flight clubs are due to meet on Thursday to discuss the next steps of completing the season, and UEFA could postpone this summer’s European Championship at a meeting on Tuesday.

The report also states that Liverpool could win the title wearing a kit different to the one they kicked off the season in if the Premier League season is extended beyond May.

The Reds won a legal battle in the High Court to enable Nike to take over from current shirt suppliers New Balance, securing one of the league’s most lucrative kit deals in the process.

It will be the first time in the club’s history that they have had their shirt designed by the sportswear giants.

They will require permission from the Premier League to change their kit during the course of the season, but given the extreme circumstances, it is not considered to be an issue.

The Nike kit deal is worth £30m – considerably less than the £75m Manchester United receive from adidas – but Liverpool will also receive 20% of all merchandise sales and bonuses should they win the Premier League or Champions League.


COVID-19: WHO Chief appreciate Ronaldo, 2 others.

Jurgen Klopp, Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba received a message of thanks from World Health Organisation director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus for “promoting health and protecting people from coronavirus”.

The Ethiopian politician and academic paid tribute to the trio, along with others from the world of sport who have called for individuals to take responsibility for limiting the spread of the pandemic.

Ronaldo posted a message on Twitter in which he urged his followers to “follow the advice of the WHO”, while Klopp told Liverpool supporters to “think about the vulnerable in our society and act where possible with compassion for them”.

Pogba told his 39.7 million Instagram followers to “dab to beat coronavirus” – as part of advice to cough or sneeze into your elbow rather than hands – while he also shared WHO resources.

“Thank you Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool FC for your powerful message to the world,” Ghebreyesus wrote on Twitter.

“Put people’s health first, reduce risks, care for the vulnerable and compassion: this is the WHO way.

“We will win the fight against COVID-19 if we are working together.

“The WHO is grateful for the solidarity being shown by Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool FC, Alisson Becker, Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba, FIFA, Peter Schmeichel, Andrea Radrizzani, Romain Grosjean and others in the world of sport.”


Barcelona ‘Open to Offers’ for Ousmane Dembele This Summer

Ousmane Dembele has been tipped to leave Barcelona this summer, with the Spanish champions ‘open to offers’ according to journalist Guillem Balague.

The 22-year-old was signed in the summer of 2017 from Dortmund for north of €100m, following Neymar’s sensational departure for Paris Saint-Germain.

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Jurgen Klopp Explains Why Liverpool Couldn’t Compete in Erling Haaland’s Transfer Saga

Jürgen Klopp has admitted Liverpool never had a chance of signing Erling Haaland during the January transfer window, when the Norway international joined Borussia Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg.

Haaland was linked with most top sides in Europe during the winter transfer window, but the 19-year-old and his agent Mino Raiola ultimately decided on a move to Germany – snubbing Salzburg’s sister club in Leipzig in the process.

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Liverpool qualifies for next season’s champions league

The knockout stage of this season’s Champions League hasn’t even started yet – but holders Liverpool have already qualified for next year’s competition.

Chelsea’s failure to beat Manchester United on Monday night means the Premier League leaders have guaranteed a top-four finish, reports the BBC.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are 36 points above fifth-placed Tottenham with 12 games remaining.

But Spurs play Chelsea at the weekend, meaning that if Jose Mourinho’s side did win all of their remaining games and Liverpool lost every one, Chelsea would only be able to reach 74 points and therefore finish behind Liverpool.

Liverpool have reached the last two Champions League finals and face Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their last-16 tie on Tuesday. They are the first team in Europe to secure their spot in the elite competition in European football for the 2020-21 season.

As it stands Manchester City are set to be banned from the Champions League next season, meaning that whoever finishes fifth will take their place in the competition.

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Liverpool can, in theory, win their first Premier League title against Bournemouth on March 7. That would require Liverpool to win all their matches in that time with Manchester City, and Leicester City in third, slipping up.
Manchester United hold the record for the earliest Premier League title win, with Sir Alex Ferguson’s men claiming the trophy in 2000-01 on April 14.


Pep Guardiola Admits his job could Be over at Mancity

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted that he could be sacked by the club if he fails to beat Real Madrid in their Champions League last 16 tie…

The Citizens have almost certainly failed to defend their Premier League title, with Liverpool a whopping 22 points clear at the top of the table, so Guardiola’s focus is on lifting the Champions League with City for the first time.

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26/02 – Real Madrid v City
01/03 – Carabao Cup Final
04/03 – Sheff Weds v City
08/03 – United v City

Speaking to Sky Sports, Guardiola did not shy away from the importance of his upcoming meeting with Real, admitting that all he wants to do over the next few weeks is to find a way to come out on top against Zinedine Zidane’s side.

“There are many incredible players that made our fans happy, and [times when] our fans enjoyed part of the season,” he said.

“I know the people say ‘You are good’ or ‘You’re not good enough.’ I accept it. I want to win the Champions League, I dream and will enjoy the games against Real Madrid, to see what I can do.

Pep Guardiola

“And this process, the two weeks before, will be the happiest moments of my profession, to imagine what we can do to beat them.

“If we don’t beat them, then the chairman will come, or the sporting director, and say ‘It’s not good enough, we want the Champions League, I’m going to sack you’. Then ‘OK, thank you, it was a pleasure.’”

When asked whether he genuinely believed that his job at City could be on the line, Guardiola confessed that it is certainly a possibility.

“I don’t know, many times it has happened. Or maybe he will say ‘OK, you’ve done well, but what can we improve?’” he added. “Since I arrived, that is what I have got from this club – what can we do, then do it better and do it better. That is the process.

Josep Guardiola,Jurgen Klopp
“Liverpool have spent four or five years to win the first title last season. It was a process – new players, the process, then invest more and more, and they are the best team in the world right now.

“Always people believe that you are Pep, or you are Jürgen, or another name, so you have to win all the titles, get two thousand million points, two thousand million goals.

“Sometimes it’s not possible. Sometimes there are opponents, sometimes you cannot do it because in no sport does one team win all the titles all the time. It’s impossible.”


Egypt, Liverpool clashes over Mohammed Salah

The Egyptian Football Association and Liverpool Football club are at loggerheads after the Egyptian FA announced it will be adding star player Mo Salah to it’s list of players to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Egypt qualified for the tournament after reaching the 2019 U23 Africa Cup of Nations final in 2019, and as they are able to call upon three over-aged players, Salah was picked by The Olympic team coach Shawky Gharib.

The men’s tournament is scheduled to run from July 24 to August 9, ensuring Liverpool’s current leading goalscorer would miss the Reds’ pre-season and the start of the 2020/21 Premier League season – which is set to kick off on August 9.

“Out of the three senior players we’ll call-up, Salah is the only one we’re settled on so far because he’s simply one of the top three players in the world,” Gharib said, explaining his decision.

“I haven’t talked to Salah at all about him joining the U23 squad for the Olympics, but in all honesty, his participation in the Olympics will need a little effort from him as well.”

The news has reportedly angered bosses at Liverpool, who believe Salah missing the pre-season will have a negative impact on Liverpool as he is essential to their play and is one of their main men.

Klopp previously said of the possibility of Salah going to the Olympics”

”No decision made yet. Nothing really to say about it. What I have to say to Mo I will say to him and not here (in this press conference). That’s all. No decision made from either side, that’s all I can say.

“I wish we could have the whole squad together for pre-season which is not possible for different reasons – the Euro’s coming up, Copa America again. Yes, Olympic Games – it’s a wonderful tournament but would be not so cool. So far, no decision and you have to wait a little bit.”

Following reports on Wednesday that Klopp might not let Salah go for the Olympics as FIFA has previously acknowledged that clubs are not obliged to release over-age players for the competition – Egypt’s under 23 boss Gharib released a new statement that Salah’s participation will be dependent on Liverpool and Salah:

“Salah’s participation with the Pharaohs team is a decision to be taken only by Salah, his club Liverpool and his coach Jurgen Klopp.

“I have chosen him in an expanded list of 50 players. The final list of 18 players will be submitted next June.”

On Wednesday Salah’s agent Ramy Abbas Issa tweeted: “No decision has been made yet.”