Ings watching Firmino closely

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Liverpool striker Danny Ings has revealed that he is learning from team-mate Roberto Firmino.


The former Burnley forward has admitted that he has been closely watching the Brazil international during training and matches to try and improve his own game – and challenge for a place in the side.

“From the moment I started training back with the lads, I tried to learn every day – especially from Bobby.” he told Liverpoolfc.com

“He is a fantastic player with the way he plays and the amount of work he does for the team, not just on the ball but off the ball as well.

“They are the things I have to look at and learn from, and that’s what I did over the months I was out.

“Being back training with them every day, you get used to the patterns the manager wants and the intensity he wants.


“I’m learning every day from all the lads here and trying to be the best player I can be.” he continued.

Ings also revealed that he wasn’t interested in leaving the club during the January transfer window after other clubs made contact with Liverpool to check his availability.

“I wanted to try to be a part of it with the lads here and get minutes.” he said.

“After that long period out and all the hard work I didn’t want to give up. It’s such a great club and a great team, it’s all I wanted to be part of.

“Going into the back end of the season now, I know that if I work hard enough I can get some more minutes and try to contribute to the team as much as I can.

“I’m looking forward to it.” he finished.


Klopp gives his backing to Ings

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has backed Danny Ings to challenge for a place in his team.

The former Burnley striker has struggled with injury since the German took over from Brendan Rodgers back in October 2015, but has got back to full fitness this season.

And when Klopp was asked if he is thinking about handing Ings a start in the coming weeks, he responded positively.

“Yes, absolutely.” Klopp told LiverpoolFC.com.

“It’s good. He needed time. A few months ago it was different, but a player like him when they come back they think, ‘I am under pressure’ and they want to come in immediately and get game time.


“Danny went the hard way. He played a lot of games for the U23s—a lot of good games. Not all of them were good, but that’s normal.

“If you feel like a settled player, like he usually is, and then you play U23 and are not the best player on the pitch, then it’s not nice but it’s an important experience again.

“It’s all about getting match time and getting minutes. Then at one point, if the quality is there, he will be back – and that he is back now is very important for us and fantastic for him.”

“It was fantastic but he deserves it,” he added.

“Danny is in a fantastic shape. It always takes time. When I came in, it was such a long time [before I could work with him] because in the first session he got injured. Unbelievable.

“Now, after two-and-a-half years, he can play in the Champions League. It’s a wonderful story, it’s really deserved.” he finished.

Klopp praises Robertson performance

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised Andrew Robertson for his performance in the 5-0 win over Porto last week.

The German was pleased to see the Scotland international put in such a strong debut in the Champions League and has labelled it “his best game”.

“It was really good. The whole package, offensively and defensively, was really good. I would say it was his best game.” he is quoted by the Daily Record.

“When he played in Scotland or in Hull it was quite a distance to go to a Champions League tie and now he played it and in that manner, even better.

“We didn’t speak before the game about his debut, we handled it like business as usual, and he did really well.

“I saw him in the dressing room before the game deep breathing – it’s special, it’s really special.

“At the end it’s only a football game but we are all human beings and we are affected by different circumstances and when you hear the Champions League song before the game. I remember my first time.


“It was really different to all that you’ve had before because for a football player it’s a dream.” he continued.

Klopp went on to praise Robertson for making the step up to playing for Liverpool after leaving relegated Hull City to become a member of his squad at Anfield.

“It was a big step to come to Liverpool, but Andy needed the time and he used the time. Well done, I have to say.” he said.

“The rush is very often only from the outside, the boys themselves know they need to adapt, they know they need each session, they know they need to look a little bit left, a little bit right.

“We are already convinced when we sign the player; ‘Come in, we want you to make us stronger, if immediately, good, if not, then we have to work for it’.

“That’s why we have more than eleven players and, thank God, in the moment Alberto got the injury, Robbo stepped up. It was lucky to be honest, it was exactly the right timing.” he added.

Klopp went to to reveal that Alberto Moreno has a fight on his hands to reclaim the left-back slot he was in possession of earlier this season.

“Now Alberto has to fight, no doubt about that, but we need two left-backs, we cannot go into the season with one.” he said.

Salah reveals Klopp tactical tweak

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Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has revealed one way that manager Jurgen Klopp has helped him become a prolific goalscorer.

The Egypt international has managed to break the thirty goal barrier already this season after joining the club from Italian outfit AS Roma last Summer.

And he has explained that his new boss has helped to make him a more productive player by pushing him nearer to the opposition goal.

“With the boss here, I play a little bit closer to the goal, more so than at any other club or more than any of my other coaches have asked me to.” he is quoted by the Echo.

“So I am always in front of the goal to give me the opportunity to score. The manager is always telling me to stay close to the goal in training.

“I don’t want to say too much because we still have a long way to go in the season and I don’t want to give too much away. But yes, it’s something we have worked on in the training sessions.

“You cannot score ten goals from ten balls – that’s impossible and I know that I have missed many chances too this season. But I am trying to improve.

“I am always trying to see my weaknesses and then work on them and I am always trying to score in different ways.

“The coaches help me so much to do that and I also work hard alone after the training sessions.” he added.

Liverpool fans will hope that he can continue to find the net with such regularity.

Reds linked with Gomes again

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Liverpool are in the race to sign Andre Gomes from Barcelona.

That’s according to a report by The Birmingham Mail, who seem an unlikely source for news on Liverpool transfer targets, in which they claim that several Premier League clubs want to sign the midfielder.

Tottenham Hotspur are claimed to be the main English club looking to sign the Portugal international this Summer, with Manchester United and West Ham United also mentioned as interested parties.

Liverpool have been linked with Gomes before, when he was touted as a possible makeweight in the deal that eventually took Philippe Coutinho from Anfield to the Camp Nou.

It appears that the Catalan giants may well need to shift some of their squad players in order to balance the books ahead of another busy Summer in the transfer market.

Whether Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is genuinely keen to agree a deal for the twenty-four year old remains to be seen, but you would think the German coach would have insisted on him being part of the Coutinho transfer if so.

Gomes only signed for the La Liga leaders in 2016, when he made a £35m switch from their domestic rivals Valencia, but he hasn’t made the expected impact and could be moved on this year.

Juventus have secured Can deal

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Juventus have agreed a deal to sign Liverpool midfielder Emre Can.

That is according to agent Federico Pastorello, who has congratulated the Italian club for securing the German international for no fee.

“Juve tried to sign Emre Can in January, but from what I hear, he is certainly going to be their player next season.” he told Rai Sport.

“The rumours I am party to say that the player wants to join Juventus.

“I think it’s wise, because Juve are certainly the most international Italian club at the moment.

“Emre Can would be a great addition, as he is a player worth €40m on the market, so getting him for free deserves credit.” he finished.

Former Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard told BT Sport that the midfielder was “leaving” earlier this week during coverage of the 5-0 win over FC Porto in the Champions League.

Salah should stay at Anfield says Egypt team-mate

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Egypt international Ahmed Elmohamady has advised compatriot Mohamed Salah that he should not leave Liverpool this Summer.

The Aston Villa defender spoke of his pleasure at seeing his international team-mate performing so well since his return to the Premier League last year and does not think he should quit the Reds.

“His tenure with Chelsea helped him a lot.” he is quoted by KingFut.

“He is a source of happiness and joy to us.

“In my opinion, I think he should stay at Liverpool.”

“He’s the club’s superstar, but if he wants to leave he should leave after spending another season at Liverpool at least.” he finished.

Real Madrid have been regularly linked with a big money move for the twenty-five year old as they look to improve their squad in the Summer – and the thirty goals notched by Salah already this season will have caught their attention.

Liverpool fans will hope that Salah takes note and agrees with his fellow Egyptian.

Barnes wants attacking signings to be made

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Liverpool legend John Barnes has said that he believes manager Jurgen Klopp needs to bring in more attacking players.

The former England international isn’t sure that front three Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane can maintain their goalscoring form into the coming seasons.

“They need better all-round players.” he is quoted by the Echo.

“The front-three are great, but I don’t feel that they are necessarily going to continue to do this for the next two or three years.

“Salah is not a centre forward, I don’t think he is a player who can score goals consistently over a period of time. We don’t have players like that.

“We have players like Salah and Mane and, although Mane scored a hat-trick against Porto, they are not out-and-out goalscorers.

“So, as funny as it may seem, I think if they could get a centre forward, a penalty-box player and play Firmino slightly deeper.

“I think it will be better for the balance of the team. Yes, we’re scoring lots of goals but can we see Mane and Salah continuing to score this amount of goals on a regular basis?

“I think we need to get better individual players now.” he finished.

While many supporters would agree that more depth and options are required, with just Danny Ings and Dominic Solanke in reserve, it is unlikely many would feel improvement on the starting trio is required.

Ceballos identified as Coutinho successor

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wants to replace Philippe Coutinho with Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos.

That’s according to a report by Spanish newspaper Don Balon, in an article in which they claim that the twenty-one year old has asked to be allowed to leave.

The Spaniard has started just two games under manager Zinedine Zidane and is reported to have asked the Frenchman to let him leave the Bernabeu to seek more regular first-team action.

Ceballos only signed for Los Blancos last year after impressing for La Liga club Real Betis, but has found it difficult to break in to and hold down a place in Zidane’s team.

He did manage to score twice when making his full debut for the Champions League winners, however, as he netted the goals in a 2-1 away victory over Alaves back in September.

But that failed to spark his Real Madrid career into life and he appears to be looking to leave already – and Reds boss Klopp could be offering him an escape route, if there is any truth to these reports.

Klopp is likely to be looking to add another attacking midfielder to his ranks at the end of the season and Ceballos is unlikely to cost the kind of money that would scare the German off striking a deal.

Klopp ends Alisson pursuit

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Liverpool have ended the pursuit of AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson.

That’s according to a report by the Echo, in which they claim that the Brazil international has been priced out of a move to Anfield by the Italian club.

It has been reported that the club had already opened negotiations with the Serie A outfit to try and get a deal agreed well ahead of the World Cup for the stopper to make the transfer in the Summer.

But Roma, who are regretting letting Mohamed Salah move on for such a modest fee, have slapped a hefty £70m price tag on Alisson and Liverpool believe a deal could be problematic.

Interest in signing a new keeper appears to be dropping thanks to the improved form of former Mainz man Loris Karius, who has been handed the opportunity to stake his claim for the number one spot.

Manager Jurgen Klopp has given his compatriot a chance to prove that a new goalkeeper is not required – and the twenty-four year old has not let his boss down so far, with some impressive performances recently.

Should Karius continue to improve and show that he can be trusted, it would negate the need to find a new custodian and save Klopp spending a big chunk of his transfer kitty.