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Jurgen Klopp told to axe Liverpool stars from starting XI after what pundit observed

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Liverpool stars set to be axed from Liverpool XI after what pundit observed

Football Pundict Frank McAvennie has claimed Virgil van Dijk could be axed from the Liverpool starting XI.

The former West Ham striker said either Joe Gomez or Van Dijk should be dropped from the starting lineup against Wolves according to football insider.

The Reds suffered an embarrassing 4-1 loss to Napoli in the first game of their Champions League group stages on Wednesday.

Van Dijk gave away a penalty in the first half of the game after a challenge on Victor Osimhen and he got booked for the challenge.

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Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk,Joel Matip, and Fabio Carvalho (Getty Images)

Asked if either Gomez or Van Dijk should be dropped after the humiliation in Napoli, McAvennie said: “There’s no love lost.

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You can’t, as a player, have two or three bad games. If that happens then you’re out. Then you have to fight your way back in.

“I know that Van Dijk likes Gomez to play with him but it’s not worked. So no matter what Van Dijk wants, the manager has got to change it.

“If it’s not Gomez who gets dropped it’ll have to be Van Dijk because he’s not hit the ground running either. He’s not been his usual self. It’s a strange one but I’m sure the manager will talk to them.“

The former Southampton player’s performance has caused talkSPORT analyst Cundy to doubt the No. 4’s skills since he recovered from the knee injury he suffered against Everton in 2020.

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“Sorry, am I missing something? Do you see the goals Alisson conceded this evening?” Cundy asked listeners (via TEAMtalk).

“Are you watching Van Dijk defend? Can we have an adult, grown up, big boy, put your pants on conversation about Liverpool?

“Because they’re [supporters] happy to come on this station and laud it when they do this that and the other, but when there’s a mistake it’s ‘this that and the other’.

“Put your big boy pants on and have a big boy pants conversation about Van Dijk”

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“That is on them”-Jamie Carragher gives honest opinion on Jurgen Klopp Liverpool exit fears

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“That is on them”-Jamie Carragher gives honest opinion on Jurgen Klopp Liverpool exit fears

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has come under intense pressure, following a run of poor form in the Premier League this season.

Former Liverpool player, Jamie Carragher stated that despite the Reds’ recent troubles, Reds fans will still want Jurgen Klopp in charge at the start of next season.

The Merseyside team suffered a humiliating loss to Wolves on Saturday, keeping them in the mid-table. Ruben Neves’ goal in the second half sealed Wolves’ biggest victory of the year after two goals in the first 15 minutes gave Julen Lopetegui’s squad the lead.

It was the third time in a row that Liverpool have lost away from home in the league, while they have still yet to win a game in the competition in 2023. Carragher, however, did not call for the manager to go.

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“There’s a lot of questions that need to be asked and a lot of answers to be found, but at the start of next season, I don’t think there’s anyone Liverpool supporters would want in that dugout other than Jurgen Klopp,” Sky Sports pundit Carragher said.

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Liverpool’s only victory in 2023 came in a previous game against Wolves in their FA Cup third-round replay, but Brighton eliminated Klopp’s team in the very next round of the competition.

Carragher criticised Liverpool’s transfer strategy as well. Darwin Nunez and Cody Gakpo, who arrived at substantial expense, were two attacking reinforcements added by Klopp, but Arthur, on loan from Juventus, was the only central midfielder that was added.

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There was money there for a midfield player, they tried to buy the lad who went to Real Madrid for £60-£70 million [Aurelien Tchouameni],” the former England defender said. “They couldn’t get him and Jürgen Klopp and his staff or the recruitment team decided that we don’t need to buy a midfielder.

“That is on them. They’ve got to the start of this season, and from day one at Fulham, they haven’t been able to cope with the intensity of a Premier League game of football and they’ve been ran over in every game that they’ve played.”

Liverpool now sits 11 points outside the top four, with fourth-place Newcastle earning a point on Saturday, and 10 behind fifth-placed Tottenham. Their next two games are against Everton and Newcastle, followed by a return to Champions League action against Real Madrid on February 21.

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Liverpool star player reveals he is  “completely frustrated”, and Klopp can’t lose him.

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Liverpool star player reveals he is  “completely frustrated”, and Klopp can’t lose him.

Following the shocking defeat to Wolves on Saturday, Liverpool goalkeeper Allison has admitted that he is “completely frustrated”

The Reds’ season doesn’t seem to be improving, and their 3-0 loss to relegation-threatened Wolves is evidence of how awful they have been this year.

The players appear equally as willing to struggle as the manager, Jurgen Klopp, who keeps emphasising his ability to turn things around.

When asked about the current problems at Anfield and whether the team are committed to rectifying the clubs’ issues, as reported by the Liverpool Echo, goalkeeper Allison said: “Yeah, we are. Definitely”

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The defeat leaves Liverpool 11 points adrift of fourth placed Newcastle United and if they are to have any hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season they need to start winning games.

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Allison Becker (Getty Images)

Liverpool are still in the current competition and could advance by winning that, but they will face a formidable opponent in the holders Real Madrid in the round of 16.

Brazilian goalkeeper Allison didn’t hide the fact that he and his teammates were frustrated by Liverpool’s recent performances and highlighted the need for consistency.

He said: “I think it happened the same as we have done in the other games. We are not having consistency at all – I mean consistency [of] playing 90 minutes really focused and doing everything that we have to do on the pitch.

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“In the first 15 minutes, we started the game not in a good way and we get punished for that, conceding two goals.

“We are not in the situation where we are confident, that confident to come back, but we tried. We did a good second half and then we concede again: you don’t score and you concede again, so it’s completely frustrating from my side.”

A place in Europe’s top competition will be crucial for retaining stars like Allison as well as for luring new players for the upcoming season.

The 30-year-old is one of Liverpool’s most crucial players and has been instrumental in their victories under Klopp; they would hate to have to find a replacement.

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Liverpool handed major injury boost ahead of the Champion League, it could change their season

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Liverpool handed major injury boost ahead of the Champion League, it could change their season

Liverpool have been handed a major injury boost after manager Jurgen Klopp provided a positive update on forward Diogo Jota’s return to fitness.

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Ahead of their game on Saturday against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Klopp was hopeful of Jota’s return

The calf injury the Portuguese international sustained in the Reds’ 1-0 loss to Manchester City at Anfield has kept him out of action since October.

Since then, Liverpool’s problems have persisted, so if they want to turn things around this season, crucial players may return.

In his pre-match press conference, Klopp said: “The boys are training, Diogo Jota had a full session with the team this week but then the next day had again a rehab session, not because of the session the day before, it was just part of the plan. I think he will be back in normal training next week.”

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This season, Liverpool’s performance has drastically declined. The Reds have been competing with City at the top of the table for the last few years, but they are currently in 10th place.

Diogo Jota

Diogo Jota (Getty Images)

It was expected that a drop down would occur due to significant summertime absences and their inability to match the big spenders close.

Injuries haven’t helped, but Jota’s imminent comeback and Virgil van Dijk’s improved recuperation could put a stop to Klopp’s woes.

However, the Dutchman won’t be able to play against Wolves, so the Reds will have to make do with a center-back pairing of Joel Matip and Joe Gomez, with Ibrahima Konate also out.

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Wolves will see this as an opportunity to take points off a wounded Liverpool and move further away from relegation trouble.

Both sides have a huge amount to prove which should make it a fascinating contest at Molineux.

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“Struggling”- Klopp reveals £180,000-a-week Liverpool star is not happy at the club

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“Struggling”- Klopp reveals £180,000-a-week Liverpool star is not happy at the club

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has told the club’s official website that Fabinho is not happy that he is not always in the starting lineup.

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Liverpool and Brazil defensive midfielder, Fabinho is struggling for form at the moment, according to Klopp.

The £180,000-a-week (SalarySport) 29-year-old has to fight his way back into the team, the Liverpool manager stated.

Klopp said about Fabinho: “We don’t have arguments on the training ground or anything. If you think that, that is not the case at all.

“He knows he’s not flying and he has to work his way back. That’s how it is. It’s now really helpful we have Stefan [Bajcetic] because he’s doing really well.

“In this position, you need a guy who wins challenges, who protects everybody, but who plays football as well. It’s really important and for plenty of years, [Fabinho has been] the best in that position for a long time.

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“At the moment, it’s not clicking and that’s true as well, you have to go through that. He’s not the happiest person on the planet but he understands the decision.”

Fabinho

Fabinho has struggled for form this season (Getty Images)

The former Monaco midfielder is having a disappointing season, but let us not forget that the former AS Monaco star is only 29 now.

Now, of course, Klopp has to drop the Brazilian for the benefit of the team, but if the defensive midfielder works hard in training and then gets his chance, then he has to make the most of it.

Fabinho has made 14 starts and four substitute appearances in the Premier League for Liverpool so far this season.

The Brazilian has made five starts and one substitute appearance in the UEFA Champions League for the Merseyside club so far this campaign.

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“I don’t understand”-Darwin sends warning message to Klopp amid poor performing at Liverpool after move from Benfica

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“I don’t understand”-Darwin sends warning message to Klopp amid poor performing at Liverpool after move from Benfica

Liverpool star Darwin Nunez has opened up on the language barrier causing him difficulties understanding Jurgen Klopp. But he appreciates the Anfield boss’ efforts since his transfer.

The Reds paid Benfica an initial £64m, plus £21m in potential add-ons, to secure a transfer for Nunez in June. Liverpool also handed the 23-year-old a £140k-a-week contract through to June 2028. Yet he has endured a mixed debut campaign since his arrival on Merseyside.

Nunez has cut an inconsistent profile at the top of Klopp’s frontline this season, contributing to 10 goals and three assists. He has appeared in 25 of Liverpool’s games thus far this season in all competitions. However, the striker also had to sit out three games as a result of a red card in August.

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Nunez received a straight red card from referee Paul Tierney against Crystal Palace in his debut Premier League start. Early in the second half, the 16-cap Uruguay forward headbutted Joachim Andersen. After that, he would be absent from the Reds’ 2-1 loss against Manchester United.

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Darwin Nunez in action for Liverpool against Chelsea (Getty Images)

Nunez has only provided Liverpool with four goals and an assist in his last 12 Premier League appearances. Also, since the World Cup, he has played in just four Premier League games without contributing to a goal. While he scored on two of his hits against Southampton’s bottom feeders.

Nunez, however, has nearly always been a key component of Klopp’s attacking plans when he has played for Liverpool. The striker from Artigas frequently finds himself in scoring position. But it has turned out to be far more difficult to get the ball across the goal line and into the net.

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One of the issues possibly holding Nunez back with Liverpool is the language barrier, which he admits causes problems with Klopp. The Uruguay star and German boss do not speak the same language at present. But Nunez wants to be able to understand everything soon.

My teammates who speak Spanish are always translating because I still don’t understand a lot of things,” Nunez told Sky Sports. “But watch out because I am taking English classes. I hope that in a year and a half, minimum, I will be able to understand everything.

“[Klopp] doesn’t speak Spanish and I don’t speak English, so we don’t understand each other. But ever since I arrived at Liverpool, he has always given me confidence.”

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