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“I will bench him”: Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool star forward will be benched he does not play well



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“I will bench him”: Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool star forward will be benched he does not play well

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp has conducted his pre-match press conference ahead of the match against Crystal Palace.

After drawing their first match against Fulham, the Reds play their first Premier League home game on Monday night.

Klopp started Roberto Firmino through the middle at Craven Cottage despite adding Darwin Nunez as a new centre-forward this summer.

Klopp acknowledged in a Press Conference that Firmino did not perform well in that match, but he insisted that he still had faith in the Brazilian.

Klopp said: “He is very important. Bobby.

“If you take our last game we didn’t find him properly for different reasons. We analysed it, the centre was very often blocked.

“He didn’t play well and we found it difficult to get him into the game. But we don’t judge him on one game.

“He had a good pre-season and will benefit from that during the season. 200 starts in PL is not bad, most of them with me.

"I will bench him": Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool star forward will be benched he does not play well 1 Sportelo

Bobby Firmino (photo by Getty images)

Since Klopp took over, Firmino, who cost £29 million has played a major role in Liverpool’s offensive strategies; but, past season, things took a different turn.

When Luis Diaz was brought in during the January transfer window, Klopp moved Sadio Mane inside and benched Firmino for a few games.

Nunez recently came off the bench against Fulham and scored and assisted, which increases the pressure on Firmino this season.

Even though it seems likely that Darwin will replace Firmino as the team’s starting midfielder sooner rather than later, he is still a fantastic talent for Liverpool to have on their squad.

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A Private chat reveals Virgil van Dijk’s transfer move to Premier League rivals Manchester United



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A Private chat reveals Virgil van Dijk’s transfer move to Premier League rivals Manchester United

Liverpool defender, Virgil van Dijk has emerged as one of Jurgen Klopp’s valuable players over time, although the situation could have been completely different.

Many Reds supporters believed they overpaid for the former Southampton player when the Dutchman joined the team for a club record £75 million transfer fee in 2018.

Five years later, he is widely regarded as a steal after helping Liverpool win the Premier League and the Champions League.

Van Dijk, who is now 30 years old, was very near to signing with rivals Manchester United, but the team decided to sign Victor Lindelof instead.

Former Southampton striker Charlie Austin opened up about a private conversation he had with the defender whilst they were team-mates at St Mary’s, revealing the Red Devils’ interest.

Austin told talkSPORT last year: “I remember the back end of his Southampton career we were on the bench together at Chelsea away. I sat there and said, ‘come on Virgil, what’s going on, surely Man Utd must’ve been in for you? Massive club in England, etc’

“He said, ‘you know what Chaz, in the summer it was like between more or Lindelof and they signed Lindelof’. I was like, ‘you are joking!’ Nobody knows that, he told me that on the bench. I couldn’t believe it, I was just as gobsmacked as you.

“Obviously there was talk in the summer he was going to go there, then they’ve gone and taken Lindelof instead.”

A Private chat reveals Virgil van Dijk's transfer move to Premier League rivals Manchester United 2 Sportelo

Virgil van Djik (Getty images)

Austin went on to describe Van Dijk’s bitter exit from Southampton after he attempted to force a move to Anfield, which he was eventually granted.

He continued: “The manager was there, Pellegrini at the time, and in the summer he was looking to go.

“I remember him getting everybody in pre-season, got us all around, everyone on the pitch including Virg, and just came out and said, ‘look lads, Virgil wants to go, the club are not allowing him to go, he’s said he’s not going to play so he’s going to train with us’.

“In front of everybody, including Virgil. He was more gobsmacked because no heads up from the manager, nothing. You’re going to go over there and train with the fitness coach and the physio.

“It was more down the line of stamping his authority, what he had to do, albeit he did move in the summer, two days later the transfer window shut and Virg was starting on Saturday.

“He apologised to the lads but the lads were just like, ‘Virg, we understand, you were linked with Liverpool, you wanted to go, it’s fine by us’, but we were happy he was still there because of the quality he brought.”

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Liverpool star “not happy” with Klopp as he  considers leaving Anfield



Darwin Nunez, Mo Salah and Firmino

Liverpool star “not happy” with Klopp as he  considers leaving Anfield

Liverpool star Mo Salah is ‘no longer happy’ with Jurgen Klopp and it is being reported that Spanish giants Real Madrid are looking to ‘take advantage’.

Salah had an unsuccessful spell at Chelsea earlier in his career but he returned to the Premier League with a point to prove when he joined Liverpool in 2017 from Roma.

Salah was acquired by Roma for for £43 million. Although there were some raised eyebrows when this agreement was revealed, he has distinguished himself as one of the top attackers in the world while playing for Liverpool.

In 283 games for the English team, the 30-year-old has scored 173 goals. They have won the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, and Carabao Cup with his assistance.

Due to Salah’s contract’s 2023 expiration date, his future was in doubt toward the close of the previous campaign. Though his current contract expires in 2025, he decided to commit his future to Liverpool.

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Salah has not had as much of an effect this season, scoring just seven goals in 19 games. Liverpool is currently in ninth place in the Premier League as a result of his dismal performance.

This week, it was reported that Liverpool was getting ready to trade Salah to PSG in order to pay for a transfer of Juventus star Federico Chiesa.

Now Spanish outlet Nacional are reporting that Real Madrid ‘want to sign’ Salah.

It is noted that Real Madrid were keen on him in the past, but they are now looking to ‘take advantage’ of his current ‘huge discontent’. It is reported that he would ‘seriously consider a change of scenery’.

Salah is ‘no longer happy’ with Klopp and it is suggested that an exit will be even more likely if Liverpool fail to qualify for the Champions League.

Real Madrid are ‘very much waiting’ for news on Salah, who is said to feel that his time at Liverpool is ‘close’ to concluding.

The report adds: ‘Taking advantage of the clash between Madrid and Liverpool in the Round of 16 of the European Cup, Florentino Pérez hopes to be able to meet and speak personally with Salah , who he hopes will be able to convince him to start an adventure for La Liga Santander.

‘And, of course, they would also have to reach an agreement with Klopp to allow the departure of one of his key pieces.’

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Jurgen Klopp reveals when he will step down as Liverpool coach after milestone match



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Jurgen Klopp reveals when he will step down as Liverpool coach after milestone match

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp took to the dugout for his 1,000th game in management as the Reds drew 0-0 with Chelsea on Saturday.

The German has joked that he could remain Liverpool manager for 10 more years, having overseen the 1,000th game of his coaching career on Saturday.

Despite the Reds’ unmemorable 0-0 tie with Chelsea at Anfield, it was nevertheless a significant moment for Klopp, who made his coaching debut with Mainz in his native Germany 21 years ago.

The former Borussia Dortmund manager, who took over in 2015 and may continue until 2033, was in charge of Liverpool for the 411th game.

Having an 18-year managerial stint seems extremely unlikely in the super-intense modern age of football – only Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger have lasted that long in the Premier League era – but Klopp appears quite content at Anfield, despite his team’s struggles this season.

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Speaking to BT Sport after Saturday’s draw – which did neither side any favours and left the Reds 10 points off the top four at the halfway mark of their campaign – the 55-year-old said.

“My motivation [for the Liverpool job] is no problem. I am a bit like Obelix, who fell in the… You know Asterix and Obelix? Ah, you don’t know it; forget it, it’s obviously a German joke then. I have enough energy for another 10 years if you want!”

As of right now, Klopp is under contract with Liverpool until 2026 after signing a contract extension last year. He is currently the fourth-most successful manager for Liverpool in terms of total awards won (7 trophies).

The Reds’ next game is on Sunday when they travel to Brighton in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Last year, they defeated Brighton to complete the major trophy set under Klopp, having also won the League Cup, the Premier League title in 2019/20, and the Champions League.

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“gave balls away”-Jurgen Klopp slams £200,000-a-week player following Liverpool’s dismal performance against Chelsea



"gave balls away"-Jurgen Klopp slams £200,000-a-week player following Liverpool's dismal performance against Chelsea 5 Sportelo

“gave balls away”-Jurgen Klopp slams £200,000-a-week player following Liverpool’s dismal performance against Chelsea

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has criticised Thiago on the club’s official website for his performance against Graham Potter’s Chelsea at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday.

Klopp stated that Thiago gave the ball away far too many times, as Liverpool and Chelsea played out a goalless draw with each other.

The £200,000-a-week (Spotrac) midfielder started the match and played for the entire 90 minutes.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich star was deployed on the left of a midfield-three

While the Spaniard played some lovely passes, made some good decision,s and was always available for the ball, he was not at his best.

And Klopp noticed that the Liverpool midfielder was giving the ball away too much

“We were compact, we won really good balls, we caused them problems and from there then we have to do better with the ball. Klopp said.

“That’s possible and it was already better than the last league game, that we really keep the balls and play from there.

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“It’s like, even Thiago, who is obviously a great footballer, gave balls away, unforced errors and these kind of things. That’s what we have to do better.”

Liverpool and Chelsea are struggling in the Premier League at the moment, and it’s looking like neither side will end up in the top four this season.

Today, we witnessed how two of England’s top clubs put on a game that was far from brilliant.

Liverpool and Chelsea need to step up their game if they want to finish in the top four of the Premier League this year.

Both the Reds and the Blues have talented teams and players, so Jurgen Klopp and Graham Potter will need to help them reclaim their best form.

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Liverpool handed big injury boost ahead of Chelsea clash



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Liverpool handed big injury boost ahead of Chelsea clash

Darwin Nunez is expected to be available for Liverpool’s Premier League match against Chelsea on Saturday.

Nunez has missed the Reds’ last two matches with a hamstring problem but returned to team training on Thursday.

The Uruguay international is now back to full fitness and in contention to start this weekend, Liverpool boss Jurge Klopp confirmed in his pre-match press conference on Friday.

When asked if Nunez is ‘closer for selection’, Klopp replied: “Yes.”

Successive league defeats away to Brentford and Brighton have left Jurgen Klopp’s men ninth in the table, level on points with Graham Potter’s Chelsea.

If Liverpool are unable to get three points, it would likely end their hopes of Champions League qualification, with the team from Merseyside currently 10 points off fourth placed Manchester United.

Klopp received a much needed boost on Tuesday, when his side secured progression in the FA Cup, beating Wolves 1-0 courtesy of a Harvey Elliott wonder goal.

Darwin Nunez

Darwin Nunez is set to return from injury (Getty Images)

Nunez took to social media earlier, posting a short montage video on twitter, which included the words ‘Liverpool vs Chelsea’ and ‘game on’, alongside images of himself.

What’s more, Liverpool need him more than ever. Injuries to Roberto Firmino, Luis Diaz, and Diogo Jota have left the Reds stretched in attack.

However, the arrival of Cody Gakpo, along with Elliott’s recent form may give the Reds boss a minor headache when selecting his starting XI to face Chelsea.

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