Klopp praises Alexander-Arnold response


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has credited Trent Alexander-Arnold for the way he has responded this week following a difficult game against Manchester United last weekend.

The teenage full-back endured a tough afternoon at Old Trafford as Marcus Rashford got the better of him twice to score his side’s goals in the 2-1 loss.

But Klopp has backed the youngster following some criticism in the aftermath of the game at his press conference ahead of this weekend’s return to action.

“The reason he is playing is not because he is Trent or a Scouser, it’s only because of his quality. That’s why he played.” he said.

“His quality is obvious and his areas for improvement are obvious as well.

“That his strength is a little bit more in the offensive part of the position is obvious.

“The first goal, he was involved 100%; that was of course not our best defending but not from him alone.

“He is the youngest of all the players who made a mistake around that situation.

“It can always happen, that’s not a big thing. At his age, he will make mistakes, there is no chance to avoid them constantly.

“Then it’s all about the reaction, and I think he reacted in the game pretty well.

“He was not too impressed. He is on a very good way.” he continued.

Alexander-Arnold has been in and out of the side for much of the season as Klopp has rotated him along with fellow young defender Joe Gomez at right-back in the absence of Nathaniel Clyne.

There has been much debate over which of the pair is the better option, but Klopp has enjoyed having the two developing players at his disposal.

“We have Joe [Gomez] as well, who had a little injury only but that can sometimes mean you are out for two or three games because the other one is playing pretty well.

“That is what happened. Now we will see who will start at the weekend.” he finished.

Liverpool face Watford at Anfield on Saturday evening in the Premier League.

Klopp pleased to see duo recalled by Southgate


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has responded to the news that Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have both been recalled to the England squad.

National manager Gareth Southgate has included the duo in his team for the upcoming friendlies against Holland and Italy ahead of the World Cup.

And Klopp is hopeful that they will be well managed in terms of their fitness as he prepares for the final stretch of the campaign.

“In an ideal world we work together with the national team and that’s what we do in this case, 100%.” he said.

“Adam had probably the most difficult season so far of his career but he is still top three or four players of England, 100%.

“We’ve struggled because it was a really big injury, a ruptured tendon, unlucky but big as well and it needed time.

“We try to use him and I spoke to Gareth this week. For us it’s a big challenge to have him around and not to bring him to be honest because maybe in the moment he needs a little bit longer.

“It’s not because of age or whatever, from all other points of view he’s in fantastic shape, but he needs a little bit more recovery time, stuff like that, and we needed all to learn and deal with that.

“I told Gareth that I don’t know what we’ll do for the weekend but he will be fit next week 100%t, so if he wants to invite him, you’re welcome, if you want to play him, you’re welcome.
“So he is ready to play football, obviously, but our job is to use him as often as possible and if we can do it, prepare him for the World Cup as well, so he will be fit in the summer.

“That’s only too late for the season, but from his point of view I’m pretty sure everything will be good again. If he could play minutes, of course that would help us and him.” he continued.

Klopp stated his pleasure at seeing Oxlade-Chamberlain recalled to the squad after being left out of the last one selected by Southgate.

“I would’ve invited him if I would be the English manager but it’s not my job.” he said.

“I think Alex played and developed a lot here and so it makes absolute sense, he’s a top, top player without a doubt.

“Hopefully it stays like that, he’s fit and he can help England a lot like he can help us a lot.” he finished.

England will play Holland on Friday 23rd March before taking on Italy four days later on Tuesday 27th. Neither of those nations qualified for the competition being held in Russia this Summer.

Klopp wants players to bounce back against Watford


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is hoping to see his side bounce back to form against Watford this weekend.

The German saw his team lose 2-1 to rivals Manchester United last weekend following a disappointing performance at Old Trafford.

And he is hoping that they can challenge the frustration with that result to get back on track against the Hornets on Saturday evening at Anfield.

“First of all, [the record is] good news but it doesn’t mean anything, it only means we have to do it again.” he said.

“We expect from ourselves that we win football games, especially if we lost a game like the last one.

“In an ideal world you play three hours later and change your own mood, so we keep that kind of revenge feeling or whatever during the week because we have to and we want to go back immediately to the other side, the winning side.

“We were not happy about the result, we were not happy about the performance, but the performance was not as bad as the result.

“Only in a few minutes – seven or eight very decisive minutes – we deserved the result.

“We can play better than we played even in the good moments of that game and that’s what we have to try.

“A lot of things you can learn from this game, a lot of things you have to learn from this game.

“It’s already a few days ago but without striking back in an overly aggressive way, because we never did that, we use it as motivation for sure.

“In professional sports you need to be a little bit angry to bring your best on the pitch.

“So, we respect the rules but we are angry and after a game like this it’s a little bit more.

“Hopefully we can bring that in the game as well.” he finished.

Liverpool will welcome Javi Gracia’s Watford side to Anfield on Saturday evening with kick off at 17:3

Klopp responds to Champions League draw


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has reacted to the quarter final draw for the Champions League.

The German boss saw his side drawn against domestic rivals Manchester City for the last eight stage of the competition.

And has been quite pragmatic about what is a tough prospect, giving a philosophical response to questions asked at his press conference ahead of Saturday’s game with Watford.

“I really don’t mind. I knew it would be difficult and that is difficult.” he said.

“The good news is for Manchester City it will be difficult as well.”

“We are for sure not the favourites in this round.

“But in the last eight there are not a lot of favourites, maybe two of them, Bayern and Barcelona.” he finished.

Most Liverpool supporters were looking for the team to be drawn to face either Sevilla or Roma – with few looking to see an all-Premier League tie.

Klopp unhappy with derby switch


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is not happy with the way the fixtures have been arranged around the Champions League quarter finals.

The German saw his side drawn against domestic rivals Manchester City for the last eight stage of the competition.

Both sides face massive derby matches between the two legs of the tie, as City take on local rivals Manchester United at home on Saturday 7th April at 17:30 – and could be league champions by the time the second leg is played.

Liverpool will be making the short trip across Stanley Park to face rivals Everton at Goodison Park.

That game was originally due to take place on Sunday 8th April, with a kick-off of 14:15, but it has been brought forward to Saturday 7th April with a 12:30 start.

And Klopp is not pleased about how the fixtures have been determined for that period.

“I know countries where they cancel whole match days so teams can be in the best shape.” he said.

“We play Wednesday night against Manchester City and then play Everton at twelve-thirty three days later.

“That’s not too cool but obviously we have to go the hard way, I am used to that.

“We take it like it is.

“But if I cannot be angry about something like that anymore and have to be politically correct and say nothing then I am dead because that doesn’t work.” he finished.

Liverpool to face Manchester City in Europe


Liverpool have been drawn to face Manchester City in the quarter finals of the Champions League.

The last two Premier League clubs left in the competition will fight it out for the right to go through to the semi-final stage.

It isn’t the tie that many of either side will have hoped for going into the draw.

“It’s going to be a great couple of games,” City director of football Txiki Begiristain said in Nyon.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp noted the look on the Spaniard’s face following the draw and said “I saw his face. He didn’t look like it was Christmas.”

Klopp’s men are the only side to beat Pep Guardiola’s City team in the league so far this season, thanks to a 4-3 win at Anfield back in January.

It was a measure of revenge for the German and his squad after City inflicted a first defeat of the season on them with a 5-0 win at The Etihad back in September.

The first leg of the tie will take place on Wednesday 4th April at Anfield, as Liverpool welcome City.

City will welcome Liverpool at The Etihad on Tuesday 10th April for the second leg.

The quarter final draw in full is:

Liverpool v Manchester City

Barcelona v Roma

Sevilla v Bayern Munich

Juventus v Real Madrid

Brewster set to be senior player next season


Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster will be promoted to the first-team squad when he returns to fitness.

That is according to a report by Chris Bascombe of the The Telegraph, in which he claims that the teenager will be fast-tracked into Jurgen Klopp’s team.

Brewster suffered an ankle ligament injury earlier this year while playing for the under-23 side and has been sidelined with the injury following two operations.

Klopp has already informed the seventeen year old that he will be made a part of the senior squad for next season and it is seen as an extra incentive to help his recovery.

Brewster has been overseen through his rehabilitation by senior club medical staff at Melwood, as opposed to the academy, since the operations and that is seen as a sign of his progression to a first-team squad member.

The England youth forward is rated very highly by Klopp and his staff following some impressive performances for the development sides at both club and international level.

He turns eighteen next month and will be eligible to sign his first contract as a professional footballer – and is likely to follow in the footsteps of Wales international Ben Woodburn by putting pen to paper shortly after becoming an adult.

Klopp does not have many strikers available in his first-team squad, with Roberto Firmino and Danny Ings the only recognised frontmen at his disposal at present.

Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi will both return from loan spells at West Brom and Wolfsburg respectively, but it is likely that they will each be sold this Summer.

Brewster could be set to be handed plenty of first-team football next season following previous appearances in preseason friendlies.

McDermott questions Can move to Juventus


Former Liverpool midfielder Terry McDermott has questioned why Emre Can would want to leave the club to join Juventus.

Speculation has been rife over the past year or so that the German international is going to head for Turin when his contract expires at Anfield this Summer.

And McDermott believes that he would be wiser to stay where he is, so he can continue his development under manager and compatriot Jurgen Klopp.

“That’s a strange one for me.” he told the Echo.

“I can’t understand why he would want to leave Liverpool.

“I know that foreign players don’t have the same affinity with the club as local lads like Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Phil Thompson or myself.

“We were heartbroken when the day came that we had to move on.

“But Can is playing every week for a manager who trusts him, he’s earning a lot of money and he’s part of an exciting team.

“Maybe he thinks he can get more money elsewhere but walking away would be a gamble because Liverpool are getting better and better under Klopp.” he finished.

Many supporters will hope that Can takes note of what his predecessor has said and decides to put pen to paper on a new contract with the club.

Gerrard backs young Reds to bounce back


Liverpool under-19 coach Steven Gerrard has backed his players to bounce back following the defeat against Manchester City.

The former Anfield skipper watched on as his young side lost 3-2 on penalties to City after a 1-1 draw in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Youth League competition.

Curtis Jones gave his side the lead in the first-half when he tucked away Liam Millar’s cross, but City restored parity before half-time when Lukas Nmecha’s free-kick was deflected in.

City bossed spells of the second-half, but could not make the breakthrough and it went all the way to spot-kicks to decide who would progress and Gerrard was “gutted” to see his side come away defeated.

“I’m gutted for the players because you could see what they were like at the end.” he is quoted by the Echo.

“In a strange way that lifts me because it shows that I’ve got players that care and players that really wanted this.

“I’m really proud, alongside Neil Critchley and the rest of the staff, of the journey that they’ve taken us on.

“It’s a shame we’ve gone out on penalties because I had belief that if we could have got over the line today then we could have gone all the way.

“That’s the disappointing thing, but I’m not disappointed in what they’ve given.

“I thought at times they were terrific. Of course, we had to suffer at certain moments – it’s Manchester City and they’ve got good players.

“We wish them all the best. I’m absolutely so proud of the team and what they’ve given me in this competition.

“The players need to use this hurt and disappointment to motivate themselves for the big games to come.

“The under-23s are in the running for the league and the under-18s are in the running for the league too. We can’t dwell on it.

“We have a game on Saturday and it’s the job of the staff and myself to lift them and get them ready to go again.

“We started very strong and I think the learning curve for these lads moving forward, whichever group they’re going to go on and play for, is when you disrupt Manchester City like that and you get yourselves in the ascendancy, when you smell that blood you’ve got to go for it.

“More often that not, you need more than one goal against Manchester City because you always know they’re going to have their moments.

“We felt that we could really hurt City down the sides. You saw it with the big opportunities Bobby Adekanye and Liam Millar had to hurt them.

“We just maybe lacked that final pass and bit of quality to go and score an extra goal.

“We did to a certain point but we never capitalised once we were on top. We didn’t get more goals in that period.

“We weren’t short on numbers today, but we didn’t really have big options from the bench.

“I thought we did everything right. We’re away from home, we took City to the wire and had a fantastic chance in the last couple of minutes to go and win it.

“I think I’d be over-critical if I pointed any fingers at the players.” he finished.

City will face Barcelona in the semi-finals of the competition.

Mane backs Reds in Champions League


Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane has stated his belief that the team can win the Champions League this season.

Jurgen Klopp’s side sealed a place in the quarter finals of the competition last week thanks to a 5-0 aggregate victory over Portuguese champions FC Porto.

And former Southampton winger Mane believes that there is enough quality in the squad at the German’s disposal to go all the way and win a sixth European Cup for the club.

“There are almost only top clubs left in the race.” he is quoted by Metro.

“We are all aware that if you want to become a champion you must be champions.

“We’ve got the quality to beat every team in the world. And we’ll try exactly that.

“Why should Liverpool not be on top in 2018? We want to win the Champions League.

“I am convinced we can do it for the first time since 2005.” he finished.

The draw for the last eight will take place on Friday and Liverpool will find out who they will face for a place in the semi-finals.