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Carlo Ancelotti to wait until next season for return to football as former Real Madrid boss says 'I want to take my time to rest'
Carlo Ancelotti has said that while he does intend to return to football management, he wants to extend his current sabbatical until next season. Ancelotti was sacked by Real Madrid.ESPN FC - Liverpool News 7 Oct 00:54
Gab Marcotti of ESPN FC believes that Jurgen Klopp would help to bring life back into Liverpool should he end up being hired as the manager. Jurgen Klopp is expected to travel to Merseyside on Thursday for final face-to-face discussions over becoming Liverpool's new manager, sources have told ESPN FC. Klopp is close to agreeing a three-year deal, with negotiations having made significant progress on Tuesday, sources said. The 48-year-old ended a seven-year stint in charge of Borussia Dortmund in May with the intention of taking a year-long sabbatical from football. Klopp has not been discouraged by the fact that Liverpool wish to keep...Liverpool F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 7 Oct 00:26
Jurgen Klopp set to be unveiled on Friday as new Liverpool manager, penning a three-year deal to succeed Brendan Rodgers
Jurgen Klopp is expected to be unveiled as Liverpool â€™s new manager on Friday. Talks have been ongoing with the 48-year-old and his advisors since Sunday to succeed Brendan Rodgers.Liverpool F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 7 Oct 00:25
Liverpool's head of technical performance Michael Edwards is the laptop guru who did a number on Brendan Rodgers
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David Beckham believes Manchester United will not suffer a Premier League trophy drought like arch-rivals Liverpool
David Beckham believes Manchester United will not follow Liverpoolâ€™s lead and endure a 25-year run without tasting Premier League glory and backs Wayne Rooney to move into midfield.ESPN FC - Liverpool News 7 Oct 00:11
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The ESPN FC panel debate who will end up finishing in the top 4 of the English Premier League come the end of the season.ESPN FC - Liverpool News 6 Oct 23:39
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Gab Marcotti of ESPN FC believes that Jurgen Klopp would help to bring life back into Liverpool should he end up being hired as the manager.Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Liverpool | BBC 6 Oct 23:20
Liverpool are close to appointing former Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp as their manager on a three-year deal.Liverpool F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 6 Oct 18:14
Jurgen Klopp's 10 best celebrations: Liverpool fans are hoping to see plenty of the ex-Dortmund boss's touchline antics
If Liverpool fans had grown tired of Brendan Rodgers composed clenched fist celebration, they're in for a treat should Jurgen Klopp end up in the Anfield dugout.teamtalk.com » Liverpool 6 Oct 18:08
Liverpool’s pursuit of Jurgen Klopp has received almost universal backing from those who know the German and believe he will be an ideal fit.
The Reds are continuing negotiations with the former Borussia Dortmund coach, who could be confirmed as Brendan Rodgers’ successor by the end of the week.
Klopp has been touted as a candidate for the job for a number of years. He was the preferred candidate for club owners Fenway Sports Group back in 2012 but was at the peak of his success in Germany and could not be prised away, but now looks set to be handed the task of restoring Liverpool’s fortunes, much as he did with Dortmund.
“He is a very good coach because he has a good mentality for it,” Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke told Sky Sports.
“He has a good style of playing football and I don’t know if he will go to Liverpool or to another club, but the club who gets him gets a very good manager.
“He can do every job, he can make every club (better) and Liverpool is very similar to Borussia Dortmund, it has the same structure and the same fans. It is a marvellous club.
“Every player he has in his hands, he makes them better, you can be sure.
“It is wonderful to work with him because he has a big understanding of the problems of the club.”
Former Liverpool and Germany midfielder Dietmar Hamann is convinced his compatriot is the perfect choice.
“He is the ideal candidate for the job. He is the one I would pick,” the former Bayern Munich player told talkSPORT.
“The expectations and the mood couldn’t be any further down than it is at the moment at Anfield so it is a great time to come.
“I don’t think with his appointment Liverpool will become title contenders overnight but you need to have a lift from somewhere and I think he can do this.
“Liverpool is a working class club, a working class town, and you need somebody that the fans take to. It is very important at a club like Liverpool that the fans take to the manager.
“For a lot of fans, Klopp would be the first choice and it looks like he is coming. And I think he can create that spark, that emotion, and give people hope again, which I think has been lost in the last 12 months.
“He has got a lot of love and passion for the game and this is why I think he fits the bill perfectly and why I think he will be a success.”
Hamann has denied claims he had helped persuade Klopp to choose Anfield and is in line for a role on the coaching staff but another former Liverpool favourite Robbie Fowler would be keen on the job.
“I would be lying if I said I wasn’t interested – when the new manager comes in I’d love to be on the backroom staff,” said the Kop favourite in quotes reported by BBC Sport.
“Liverpool is a massive part of my life and if that was to be the case then I would absolutely love it.
“My personal opinion is that he is a very good manager. I was impressed with his performances for Dortmund.
“I like what I see. I like Carlo Ancelotti (the other main candidate for the role). I like Ancelotti’s and Jurgen Klopp’s manner.
“I like the way they are with the teams, they get teams playing great football. We deserve good football at Liverpool.”
Another former Liverpool striker Karl-Heinz Riedle has had a foot in both camps having played for Dortmund before he came to England and is now employed by the German club in an ambassadorial role.
“He is right 100 per cent for Liverpool,” Riedle told Sky Sports.
“I was not a player under him but when I spoke to the players they always told me that tactically he is very strong and he is a guy who speaks the same language as the players.
“When he took over at Dortmund seven years ago it was not the aim to win the championship in one or two years but then he achieved that.
“Some players who did not perform previously were turned into world-class players and I hope that he can do that at Liverpool.
“The pressure will be a little bit higher at the beginning compared to Dortmund but he has learned so much that he can handle it easily.”
Rafael Benitez has threatened to reignite his feud with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho once more with his latest comments made to Spanish media.
Benitez and Mourinho have a long rivalry with one another dating back to their times at Liverpool and Chelsea respectively, while Benitez also usurped the Portuguese as manager of the Blues, Inter Milan and now Real Madrid.
When asked by Spanish radio station La Cope to describe his feelings on three former Real managers, Benitez once again revealed more ill feeling towards the current Chelsea boss.
Presented with a picture of current Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini picture, Benitez said: “A great coach and a great person. I have a good relationship with him and he is great as a manager and a person,” and when shown a picture of Carlo Ancelotti he replied: “Carlo is a friend and he is a good coach and a good person.”
Aware that Mourinho would be the next manager to be revealed, Benitez joked: “Letâ€™s just leave it there.” The picture was then shown to the Spaniard, who said: “A great coach… and there we will leave it.”
The reporter then asked: “And you are not going to say ‘good person’?”, to which Benitez replied: “I am free to have my own opinion am I not?”
Benitez was then asked about Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. The Russian ran the rule over Benitez during his temporary spell in charge at Stamford Bridge, but Benitez said: “I never had a problem with him. We won the last European trophy that Chelsea has won and got them into the Champions League.”
The post Benitez directs another barb at old rival Mourinho appeared first on teamtalk.com.teamtalk.com » Liverpool 6 Oct 15:59
Liverpool striker Danny Ings says it will be “difficult” to make the England squad for Euro 2016, but says he has always backed himself to succeed.
The 23-year-old is set to join up with the England senior squad for the first time this week but intends to take it all in his stride.
Since making a summer switch from Burnley to Liverpool the spotlight has intensified on Ings but he has responded in the perfect way with three goals in his last five matches and that focus on him has actually worked to his advantage after a call-up from Roy Hodgson.
“My biggest competition has always been myself, how I develop and how I learn,” he said.
“That is how I have been at any level, whether it was semi-pro at Dorchester Town or here at Liverpool.
“I set myself targets. The mentality doesn’t change.
“I’m not one to look at the outside and take all that in. It is all about me and how I work but if you are in the spotlight, you have to get used to it.
“When you are doing well, a lot of people will recognise it; when you are not doing well, again people will recognise it.
“It is how you deal with it and control your mentality. I just come in every day and be the best I can be.”
Ings went to the UEFA Under-21 Championship in the Czech Republic this summer and his call-up to the seniors came almost two years after he was first picked by Gareth Southgate for the under-21s.
But when asked whether he would have predicted his progress in the three months since signing, he added: “I would have said ‘You never know’.
“I will always back myself to achieve what I can achieve. It is all down to me.
“There have been different stepping stones along the way and it has been great.
“Every time I get that next bit higher, I work that little bit harder to get the next one. That has always been my mentality.
“This is another massive moment in my career and another marginal gain.
“Things like this give me great confidence moving forward. It is something I am going to build on, go there and enjoy it with top, top players.”
With Euro 2016 just over eight months away, does Ings think he has a chance to make the squad for his first senior tournament?
“It is difficult but that is what you go for,” he said.
“It is an opportunity. I have got that call and I now need to improve every day to be around it, for as long as I can.”
Cafu admits AC Milan celebrated at half-time of the 2005 Champions League final before surrendering a three-goal lead to lose to Liverpool.
AC Milan were favourites heading into the 2005 Champions League final and raced into a three-goal lead in Istanbul through Paolo Maldini’s first-minute strike and a double from Hernan Crespo.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side went into the break 3-0 up against Rafael Benitez’s men, but Liverpool recovered in one of the most memorable nights of European football through goals from Steven Gerrard, Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso, with the Reds eventually winning in a penalty shootout.
Brazilian Cafu admits that his AC Milan side had celebrated at half-time after such a dominant first half performance, and that Liverpool were able to capitalise as the Italians “relaxed”.
When asked by FourFourTwo whether Milan had been celebrating in the dressing room, Cafu responded: “It is true, yes.
“We scored three great goals against a Liverpool team that was one of the most tactically aware sides I have ever faced – we thought it was our day, and we relaxed.
“When they scored the first two, we felt the impact. When they netted the third we just couldn’t believe it. It wasn’t Milan’s fault; Liverpool deserved that comeback. I have big admiration for Liverpool: maybe another team wouldn’t show so much character to get level after trailing 3-0 at half-time.
“Actually I realised it was all lost even before the penalty shootout started, when Shevchenko missed that clear opportunity right in front of Dudek during extra time.”
Cafu also spoke of his admiration for Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan, who is currently sidelined with an injury.
“I paid him a visit not long ago; we had lunch and took some pictures together,” he added. “He is very fit and has everything required to be one of the best full-backs in the world.
“The English players that I like the most are those from my generation. I am a big fan of Frank Lampard – his movement is so elegant. Steven Gerrard is also a great example of character for me.”
Me and the legend Cafu pic.twitter.com/wyKASxybiC
â€” jon flanagan (@jon_flan93) May 10, 2014
Mamadou Sakho says he felt like “a little caged lion” while he was not playing under Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool this season.
Sakho started the season out of favour under now ousted boss Rodgers, with Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel preferred as the central defensive partnership before the former suffered an injury.
The Frenchman started his first game of the season last month against Bordeaux in the Europa League and impressed as captain, while he has since reprised his role at the heart of the defence for the Reds in the Premier League.
Speaking toÂ French newspaper L’Equipe, Sakho admits he felt like “a caged lion” during his time out of the Liverpool squad.
“Let’s say that during the short period when I was not playing, I was like a little caged lion who has not fed for a while,” Sakho explained.
“(Like a caged lion) when you open the door: he charges.”
Sakho also revealed that former team-mate and captain Steven Gerrard sent a message of congratulations to the defender and spoke of his ‘pride’ after seeking Sakho captain the club.
“He often sends me small text messages like after my first match of the season at Bordeaux, in the Europa League, with the captain armband,” said Sakho.
“He texted me to congratulate me, he said: ‘Continue to fight like that, I’m proud of you.’
“It’s always nice to receive such a message from a great player.”
Jurgen Klopp's former colleagues and friends believe the German coach and Liverpool are the perfect fit for each other.Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Liverpool | BBC 6 Oct 12:00
Liverpool hope Jurgen Klopp will replace Brendan Rodgers by the end of this week as talks progress well.Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Liverpool | BBC 5 Oct 13:56
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