Liverpool maintain 100% start with nervy win at Leicester

Liverpool maintain 100% start with nervy win at Leicester

Sadio Mane has had a hand in four goals in his last four league games against Leicester (two goals, two assists)Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said Alisson’s horrendous error “was clearly going to happen one day”, after his side maintained their 100% start to the season with victory at Leicester. Klopp’s team looked on course for a comfortable win when, after Mo Salah had uncharacteristically missed an open goal, Sadio Mane pounced in the penalty area to poke Liverpool in front after only 10 minutes. Liverpool’s position looked even more secure when Roberto Firmino stole in on James Milner’s corner to double their advantage with a header on the stroke of half-time – but they then proceeded to make life difficult for themselves. And the main culprit was Alisson, the £67m summer signing from Roma, who was embarrassed as he gifted Leicester a goal after 63 minutes when he was robbed by Kelechi Iheanacho while inexplicably performing an elaborate turn with the ball at his feet in the area, Rachid Ghezzal scoring following the ensuing chaos.

Leicester pushed for the equaliser but Liverpool closed out victory to make it four wins out of four at the start of a league season for the first time in 28 years – and leave keeper Alisson the most relieved man inside the King Power Stadium. “It was clearly going to happen one day,” Klopp said of Alisson’s error. “I didn’t think it was going to happen in the next match [after his successful showboating against Brighton last time out, when he chipped an on-rushing attacker]. It’s all OK. He knows he could have cleared the situation. “I said last week we need to get used to it. Don’t constantly give the goalkeeper the ball, there are other solutions. He’s a fantastic goalkeeper who makes fantastic saves and of course in this situation he did not do what he should have done, but it’s all good.” Leicester 1-2 Liverpool: Alisson knows what he did wrong – Jurgen KloppLiverpool win – but suffer in victory Liverpool can call on an old saying to bolster their confidence even further after making it four wins from four at the start of the Premier League season – namely that it is a sign of champions that you can still win when well short of your best. And this certainly applied here with Klopp’s side mediocre for long periods, yet still emerging victorious in the face of Leicester’s spirited challenge. Liverpool opened in the sort of blistering fashion that has blown teams apart in the past, with Salah missing an open goal even before Mane pounced on a rebound off Harry Maguire to score after only 10 minutes. They then, surprisingly, became subdued and went into their shell, only to score against the run of play as Firmino guided in Milner’s corner on the stroke of half-time. Liverpool looked rocky under pressure as Leicester stepped up the pace after the break, with even the normally unflappable Virgil van Dijk rattled as he was put under a thorough examination. They could not control midfield, while Salah was, for once, totally out of sorts and could have had no complaints when he was eventually replaced by Shaqiri. For all that, Liverpool dug deep and secured another three points in a season when they and Klopp know there will be little or no margin for error.

On another day Salah will shine, their defence will be in control and goalkeeper Alisson will not make the sort of horrendous error that turned up the heat on Liverpool even further. There will be days throughout Liverpool’s season when the result will over-ride the performance – and this was undoubtedly one of them. Alisson has to learn quickly Rachid Ghezzal’s goal was the first club goal Alisson had conceded since last season’s Champions League semi-final second leg.

Alisson has already raised eyebrows and attracted attention for his confidence with the ball at his feet, notably his willingness to audaciously chip an oncoming Brighton attacker during last weekend’s victory at Anfield. There is, however, a time and a place – and the time he chose at the King Power Stadium was definitely not it. Alisson was trying to be too clever by half when he embarked on a dainty turn and backheel as Iheanacho chased down Van Dijk’s slightly wayward back pass. For all the modern thinking, this was an occasion when the big boot should have been applied – as manager Klopp’s emphatic gesture on the touchline subsequently suggested. Alisson decided otherwise, played himself straight into trouble and the whole calamity ended with Ghezzal scoring. It gave Leicester the sort of opportunity that could have proved very costly. Liverpool have suffered enough at the hands of goalkeeping errors, such as those of Loris Karius in the Champions League final, so this moment will have revived some uncomfortable memories. Liverpool spared Alisson’s blushes by holding on for the three points but you suspect the Brazilian will be on the receiving end of a sharp reminder from manager Klopp not to repeat those sorts of mistakes.

Liverpool news: Reds legend reveals secret behind resurgence at Anfield

Liverpool news: Reds legend reveals secret behind resurgence at Anfield

That’s the view of former Liverpool striker John Aldridge, who saw Jurgen Klopp’s side beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on Monday to make it two wins from two.

Liverpool have been tipped as the closest challengers to Manchester City this season having reached the Champions League final last year. Goals from James Milner and Sadio Mane earned the win at Selhurst Park to follow up on a 4-0 win over West Ham on the opening weekend. It means the Reds are the only team yet to concede in the Premier League with Virgil van Dijk looking secure at the back alongside new goalkeeper Alisson. And Aldridge believes the influence of both has been key to how secure the Anfield outfit have been in recent months. “We look calmer, a lot more in control and we don’t panic,” Aldridge said on LFCTV. “The centre-halves and goalkeepers we’ve had in the past do panic when things aren’t going right. “But with Van Dijk and the goalkeeper, who is as cool as a cucumber, it gives such a calming effect to everyone. “We’ve got a very good spine now. Wijnaldum had a good game against Crystal Palace and the spine compared to a year ago is excellent.” Klopp has led Liverpool to three finals since taking charge, being beaten in each one.

A League Cup loss to Manchester City on penalties was followed by a defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League final. Real Madrid then stopped Liverpool earning their sixth European crown earlier this year with goalkeeper Loris Karius at fault for two of Madrid’s three goals. And Aldridge admits Klopp needs to start winning the silverware instead of just making the final two. Aldridge added: “He’s only been in the job for two and a half years but you can see the transformation, but we have to start winning these finals.” Klopp himself though has insisted he doesn’t feel under pressure. “We can’t guarantee titles but we can increase the possibility of winning titles,” Klopp told Kicker. “(The goals are) Nothing new.

Only three teams are allowed to finish ahead of us. “We have to ensure that the gap to those three teams is minimal in order to be there at the right moment. But that is very difficult.”

 

Liverpool news: One player’s arrival at Anfield has changed Jurgen Klopp’s side – Crooks

Liverpool news: One player’s arrival at Anfield has changed Jurgen Klopp’s side – Crooks

Van Dijk become the world’s most expensive defender when the Reds splashed out £75m for his signature in January 2018.

The Dutchman came straight into Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI, helping them reach the final of the Champions League in his first few months at Anfield. Van Dijk started the 2018/19 campaign off the way he ended last season’s as he helped Liverpool keep a clean sheet in their 4-0 win over West Ham on Sunday. And BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks was impressed with the 27-year-old’s desire to motivate his team-mates when the Reds were 3-0 up against the Hammers. “Liverpool’s game against West Ham was no longer a contest after 55 minutes,“ Crooks said. “The home side were 3-0 up and their forwards had the Hammers by the throat. “Meanwhile Van Dijk was telling his fellow defenders, in no uncertain terms, that nothing short of a clean sheet would do. “That’s the difference between Liverpool prior to Van Dijk’s arrival and the team that currently exists. “Moreover there’s something of the Alan Hansen about the way he conducts himself on a football pitch. “Apart from the obvious stature, the Dutchman always looks composed, elegant and plays with his head not just his heart.”

A brace from Sadio Mane, and goals from Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge ensured a comfortable three points for the Reds with West Ham struggling to create many chances. Many expect Liverpool to be the biggest challengers to champions Manchester City in the race for the title, but Van Dijk has played down the hype surrounding his team at this early stage. “We’ve seen the media writing about us as the new champions and stuff but we don’t really look at those things,” said Van Dijk. “We need to just focus game by game. “We want to do well. We want to achieve greater things so we need to be ready for any challenge, any battle that comes to us. “We are very well prepared, we were looking forward to this game and I think everyone could see it. “For us it is key that we don’t look too much at other teams. We need to look at ourselves and be ready every week for any opponent we face.

That is key at the moment.” Liverpool will be looking to make it two wins from two when they take on Crystal Palace next Monday (8pm).

 

Liverpool no longer a stepping stone as Jürgen Klopp believes Sadio mane will stay for the long-term

Liverpool no longer a stepping stone as Jürgen Klopp believes Sadio mane will stay for the long-term

The Merseyside outfit impressed under Klopp last season with the attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Mane spurring the team on to a fourth-placed league finish and the Champions League final. The club’s progress has led to top players, including Salah and Firmino, signing new long-term contracts earlier this year and Klopp is optimistic that Mane will follow suit.

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“When I speak about the good mood in the club, that is not only in the stands. We are Liverpool as a team and the boys want to be part of it,” Klopp said. “That’s really cool and it’s a big achievement for the club because these boys, Bobby Firmino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, and a lot of the others as well, could play for pretty much any team in the world. Liverpool warned about Shaqiri’s attitude by former teammate “It is an improved situation that these players don’t use us and then go. It’s cool but now we all together have to deliver. Sign your contracts but now, go again.

” The German boss believes Liverpool’s four new signings in the current transfer window are sufficient and said the club will not need to replace attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who moved to Barcelona in January. “We don’t need to replace Phil. We need to make a squad for the next year. Out there on the market, there isn’t a Phil Coutinho-light. It’s not there. But there are a lot of good players and we have brought a few of them in,” Klopp added. Klopp believes Liverpool’s signings this summer means they do not need to replace Coutinho.

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Liverpool will play friendlies against Italian teams Napoli and Torino before hosting West Ham United in the opening league fixture on 12 August.

 

Klopp warns U.S. to not pile stress on Pulisic

Klopp warns U.S. to not pile stress on Pulisic

CHARLOTTE — Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp warned america about placing “an excessive amount of stress” on Christian Pulisic after he watched the Borussia Dortmund ahead rating twice in opposition to his facet on Sunday. Pulisic’s introduction at half-time sparked a second-half comeback from Dortmund to beat Liverpool 3-1 within the Worldwide Champions Cup fixture because the 19-year-old, taking part in in his residence nation, netted a penalty, coolly completed off a counter-attack for an 89th-minute winner after which arrange Jacob Bruun Larsen’s late strike. Previewing the assembly along with his former membership, Klopp admitted he was a giant fan of Pulisic, whom he tried to signal for Liverpool in August 2016, and the coach was equally impressed after the match. “I did not see something new, simply that he is a bit older and has new tattoos!” Klopp mentioned of the 19-year-old postmatch on Sunday. “He is a improbable expert boy, and it isn’t a shock to see. “He is a wise participant, and sadly the USA wants extra of those gamers. He alone can’t do all of it. “Do not put an excessive amount of stress on the boy, hopefully you possibly can have just a few extra of them after which play very profitable soccer sooner or later. If Belgium and Iceland can go to a World Cup then so can the USA. I feel he’ll be fantastic.” AP Photograph/Chuck BurtonPennsylvania-born Pulisic joined Dortmund in February 2015, simply three months earlier than Klopp ended seven-year keep as supervisor on the Bundesliga facet. Pulisic, who may have an opportunity to play in his residence state on Wednesday as Dortmund face Benfica in Pittsburgh, mentioned he was having fun with his preseason preparations within the U.S. “It was nice to return out right here and see the assist for each groups. Two good opponents right here, it was a extremely good recreation and I am completely happy I may go and assist the crew,” Pulisic mentioned. “[The U.S. crowd to watch European teams] would not shock me anymore. I do know we’ve got nice followers and the game solely continues to develop so it is nice to see everybody out right here. “I feel we’re undoubtedly wanting robust as a crew proper now, personally I really feel good as properly, so I feel we’re wanting good. We have nonetheless acquired a while however I hope we’re 100% prepared to enter the season.”

Jurgen Klopp Responds To Hypocrite Claims After File Transfer For Alisson

Jurgen Klopp Responds To Hypocrite Claims After File Transfer For Alisson

42 minutes ago 0  Shares Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was fired after outdated tweets from him resurfaced and Jurgen Klopp will be able to empathise with things you as soon as stated being brought up towards you sooner or later. Gunn was fired by Disney from Guardians of the Galaxy three after ‘jokey’ tweets about topics corresponding to rape resurfaced that he’d posted way back to 2009. In fact Klopp hasn’t tweeted something as offensive and his feedback do not go wherever close to as far again however one thing the Liverpool supervisor stated about Paul Pogba’s transfer to Manchester United two summers in the past actually has come again to chunk him. Again then the German was crucial of how a lot United spent, saying, “Different golf equipment can exit and spend extra money and gather prime gamers. I need to do it in another way. I might even do it in another way if I may spend that cash.” In January Liverpool broke the world switch report for a defender, forking out £75 million for Virgil van Dijk, and adopted that up this week with a world switch report £65 million transfer for a goalkeeper, Alisson. Klopp defended his earlier assertion from two years in the past saying, “That is the issue as of late. No matter bulls**t you say, no one will overlook it. On the opposite aspect, it’s nonetheless form of true. I could not think about the world would change like that from two-and-a-half years in the past. “100 million was a loopy sum of money. Since then the world has modified utterly and we now have signed the most-expensive goalkeeper and all that stuff. “We do not care what the world round us is pondering, like Man United did not care about what I stated. It is solely an opinion in that second. “Did I modify my opinion? Sure. That is true. Nevertheless it’s higher to vary your opinion than by no means have one. “No matter folks say about that and produce it up repeatedly, I’ve had worse days in my life and worse issues. I’m effective with that. Now we have the gamers we needed. I’m effective with that.” Van Dijk’s transfer to Liverpool in Southampton was a report breaking payment. Picture: PA Photographs In fact Klopp is correct in some methods in regards to the market altering ever since Neymar moved to PSG however Manchester United followers will nonetheless take umbrage with the truth that Klopp particularly stated, “I might even do it in another way if I may spend that cash.” The Liverpool supervisor will not actually care although, as he rightly stated, and followers of the Reds will care even much less if the likes of Alisson, Van Dijk, Naby Keita and Fabinho assist lead the group to success. Ryan Sidle Ryan is a author for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from soccer, method one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He clearly hates YOUR soccer group and has no real interest in synchronised swimming.