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Liverpool – teamtalk.com 21 Nov 08:14

Klopp advises Daniel Sturridge amid claims he wants to quit Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has urged striker Daniel Sturridge to put aside any concerns he may have about his place in the side for the good of the club’s season.

Klopp arrived in Spain for the crucial Champions League clash with Sevilla on the back of more speculation about the future of his England striker, who will reportedly look for a move in January in an attempt to salvage his World Cup hopes with England.

Similar noises about a lack of game time and a January move were heard 12 months ago, but Klopp shrugged them off.

“I can imagine a player with his quality is not happy that he is not starting all the time, but that’s all,” said Klopp.

“The situation with the player is completely okay. At this moment we are in November and need all our players – even if he feels a little different.

“There is around one-and-a-half months before the window opens and I don’t think about things like this. There are so many games before then and I need all of them (his players).”

As Klopp was in Spain it was no surprise to hear the local media ask about the continued speculation linking Barcelona with another move for Philippe Coutinho, who handed in a transfer request when he learned of their interest in August only for three bids from the Catalans to be rejected out of hand.

Klopp, however, brushed it aside, saying: “He is 100 per cent Liverpool.”

With qualification for the knockout stage up for grabs in Spain, the Reds boss would like to exact some payback for their 2016 Europa League final defeat by beating Sevilla on their own turf.

The 3-1 reverse in Basel 18 months ago still hurts, especially having led 1-0 at half-time, and, having failed to deliver a decisive blow in September at Anfield, Klopp hopes a victory will finally provide some compensation.

Klopp has visited the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan twice before with Mainz and Borussia Dortmund and left with two draws (0-0 and 2-2), but would dearly love to silence the vociferous home crowd.

But he knows he will need a “mature” performance from his side.

 

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“Without that you have no chance,” he said.

“They (Sevilla) have all the things you need, experienced strikers, quick strikers, ready for channelled balls, midfielders (Steven) N’Zonzi, (Ever) Banega, (Jesus) Navas quick in behind. Different things they have.

“When you prepare for a game like this you think, ‘Oh my god, they are really good’. It is more interesting to face them.

“This is a tough place to come. What we did in the last month result-wise has given us confidence coming here, but that does not mean we win it.

“Our new maturity we will have to show it 100 per cent in this atmosphere. We do not need to run in only one direction and win in the first second.

“We have to show how the last games were against a quality opponent.”

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Liverpool FC News plus Fixtures, Results and Transfer Updates | Mail Online 21 Nov 01:15

Klopp calls on Sturridge to focus on Liverpool duties

Jurgen Klopp has urged striker Daniel Sturridge to put his personal frustrations aside and focus on helping Liverpool hit their pre-Christmas targets.

Liverpool – teamtalk.com 20 Nov 22:16

Jurgen Klopp tells Liverpool what to expect from Sevilla crunch

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits it is now crunch time for his side in the Champions League.

They top Group E and a win against Sevilla in Spain will see them qualify for the knockout stages with a match to spare.

However, their hosts have an impressive home record – they have not lost at the Sanchez Pizjuan since November last year – and it will not be straightforward.

“In the group stage you cannot choose where you get the points from but when you get to the end the more decisive games are,” said Klopp, who is still frustrated at dropping two points at home to the Spaniards due to a late equaliser back in September.

“It felt quite average when we conceded a goal at home to Sevilla (to draw 2-2) and if we had not conceded this goal the situation would have been even better.

“This is ‘the’ game, against Sevilla in Seville. They are a very experienced football-playing team and that’s the Champions League.”

The Sanchez Pizchuan is renowned for its atmosphere and Klopp knows that is something his players will have to handle and quieten if they are to succeed.

“The atmosphere here is really famous and it is our job to make the game not that enjoyable – other teams try it when they come to Anfield,” he added.

 

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“I have played twice here with two teams – Mainz and Dortmund – and it (the atmosphere) depends on the performance.

“But we are not here to enjoy the atmosphere, we are here to get a result.”

Liverpool travelled without injured centre-back Joel Matip, who should recover from a groin problem in time for Saturday’s visit of Chelsea.

Midfielder Adam Lallana, who has yet to play a competitive match after a pre-season thigh injury, was on the plane, however, but may still have to bide his time.

“He is getting nearer and nearer, but we need him for the rest of the season and not for the next weeks,” Klopp told liverpoolfc.com.

“He is really knocking on the door and it’s fantastic that he is back. It’s great.”

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Liverpool – teamtalk.com 20 Nov 22:08

Ref Review: And the referee at Old Trafford said no penalty?

It was bad decision after bad decision on matchday 12 of the Premier League and Arsene Wenger was not moaning this weekend.

 

Refereeing decisions are regularly the source of debate among fans, pundits, players and managers so this season a five-strong TEAMtalk panel will be passing judgement on every red card (or avoidance of one), every penalty and any other major incident every matchday.

We’ll also decide on a weekly basis which side can consider themselves lucky and which was the easiest decision for a match official to make.

 

Arsenal first goal against Tottenham

It seems you can’t keep Mike Dean out of the headlines. A frenetic north London derby and the venerable old whistler had a mare in the first half. That was never a free-kick against Davinson Sanchez in a million years in the build up to Arsenal’s first goal. And to add insult to injury (if you are a Spurs fan) Shkodran Mustafi was offside before putting Arsenal in front. Desperately poor decision from Dean, and a raging Mauricio Pochettinho said afterwards: “It is not one mistake, it was two. It was a foul and it was offside. It was very clear.”

Arsene Wenger was moaning last week after the defeat at Man City; he will not be moaning this week. Maybe decisions do even themselves out?

Verdict: Incorrect decision

 

Vincent Kompany yellow card v Leicester City

After getting a couple of favourable calls against Arsenal they got another one on Saturday. There was a a massive call after just three minutes at the King Power and Kompany was very, very fortunate not to get a red card. Jamie Vardy was blatantly hacked down when through on goal after a cynical lunge by the City skipper. “Off, Off, Off” screamed the home fans but the big Belgian somehow only ended up with a yellow. The only possible mitigation for the referee was the fact John Stones covering Kompany may have saved him from a red. Mighty contentious however and the general consensus afterwards was Kompany should have been dismissed.

Verdict: Incorrect decision

 

Bournemouth first goal v Huddersfield

The Terriers were ultimately well beaten by the Cherries but they have a case that Bournemouth’s opening goal should not have stood. Callum Wilson climbed well to nod home from Jordan Ibe’s cross but in the build up Charlie Daniels almost cut Florent Haderjgonaj in two after a wild lunge. Ref Lee Probert was well placed but bizarrely declined to call the foul. It was a shocking challenge and you could tell by Daniels’ body language he was as stunned as anyone not to be carded for it.

Verdict: Incorrect decision

 

Simon Francis red card v Huddersfield

The big Bournemouth skipper, lucky not to be dismissed against Newcastle before the international break, could not really grumble about his red card on Saturday after picking up two cautions. Francis protested to Probert after the second yellow but they were both blatant cautions and he had to go.

Verdict: Correct decision

 

Everton penalty v Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson was raging after Everton were awarded a controversial penalty at Selhurst Park, insisting Oumar Niasse’s tumble in the box was a “dive”. Ref Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot insisting Scott Dann had blocked off Niasse’s run as he made his way into the area. To be fair to Hodgson and Palace the exaggerated tumble was straight out of the WWE and it was a pretty scandalous decision on reflection.

Verdict: Incorrect decision

 

Manchester United penalty appeal v Newcastle United

In the end the Red Devils ran out easy winners but if they hadn’t claimed all three points Romelu Lukaku’s first-half penalty appeal would have been the main talking point at Old Trafford. With the score at 1-1 Lukaku nearly had his shirt pulled over his head by a Ciaran Clark  but the referee was unmoved. Replays confirmed it was definitely a foul.

Verdict: Incorrect decision

 

Pedro Obiang yellow card v Watford

Obiang had a torrid afternoon against the Hornets and was hooked early by new boss David Moyes, but not before collecting a yellow card for raking his studs down the back of Will Hughes’ Achilles. A genuinely naughty challenge from the Spaniard and a yellow all day long.

Verdict: Correct decision

 

Andy Carroll ‘elbow’ v Watford

Just six seconds into his Premier League debut and Marvin Zeegelaar was flattened by a flailing Carroll elbow as the big Geordie went up to win a header by the touchline. The Dutchman was left with a bloodied nose but Carroll didn’t even get a talking to from the ref. On another day he might have walked as it was a reckless and dangerous challenge.

Verdict: Incorrect decision

 

Team most likely to feel brassed off award

Leicester City

The Foxes knew they were up against it when in-form City rolled into town but they will argue they should have been playing against 10 men after Kompany’s foul on Vardy. The Leicester striker was through on goal and the rules dictate that Kompany should have been heading for an early bath. He didn’t, and Pep Guardiola’s men went to on record a rather routine 2-0 victory.

 

Stonewall decision of the week

Simon Francis red card

Francis – who bloodied the eye of Wayne Rooney with a stray elbow earlier in the season -has been walking a disciplinary tightrope for a while now but saw red on the stroke of half-time at the weekend after picking up two yellows in quick succession for fouls on Huddersfield’s lively Rajiv van La Parra. Even Cherries boss Eddie Howe said afterwards he felt the referee “ended up making the right call”.

 

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ESPN FC - Liverpool News 20 Nov 21:58

Thiago Silva trying to persuade Philippe Coutinho to join PSG

After Tim Weah's impressive display at the U-17 World Cup, PSG correspondent Jonathan Johnson evaluates the American's promising future with the French giants. Marquinhos discusses the importance of Edinson Cavani to PSG after his brace helped the French leaders past Nantes. Thiago Silva has told Telefoot he used the recent international break to try and convince Brazil teammate Philippe Coutinho to team up with him and Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain. Former Brazil captain Silva used his influence to help convince international teammate Neymar to leave Barcelona for PSG last summer for a world record €222 million. Coutinho, who has scored three Premier League goals and laid on two more this season for Liverpool, was the subject of three rejected bids from Barcelona...

Liverpool – teamtalk.com 20 Nov 21:33

Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd, Spurs eye Bilbao kid; Chelsea in ?70m bid

Tottenham and Manchester United are considering an approach for a young Athletic Bilbao attacker, while Chelsea have tabled a €70m bid for a top Italy star, according to Monday’s European papers.

 

TOTTENHAM, ARSENAL AND MAN UTD KEEP WATCH ON YOUNG BILBAO FORWARD

Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United are among the clubs being credited with an interest in Athletic Bilbao star Gorka Guruzeta.

The 21-year-old has taken Spanish football by storm with his impressive skills and a number of clubs are looking to secure the signing of the player, who will be out of contract come the end of the season.

Bilbao played against Manchester United Under-23s at Leigh Sports Village last week and a number of clubs had scouts in attendance as they consider a move for the player.

Of those, it’s reported by Sport that both United and Spurs have both explored the possibility of signing the player.

Goruzeta would be entitled to move on a free, although any club who signs him would have to pay a developmental fee due to his age.

The player can operate across the frontline, either as a central striker or as a winger.

 

BARCELONA URGED TO SIGN HAZARD AFTER REAL MADRID DEVELOPMENT

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has reportedly advised Barcelona to move for Chelsea favourite Eden Hazard amid claims Real Madrid are no longer keen on the Belgian.

The former Lille man has long been linked with a move to the Bernabeu, but it’s suggested Real Madrid are ready to switch their attention to Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah after the Egyptian enjoyed a prolific start to life at Anfield.

And Messi hopes Real Madrid’s reported decision to abandon their interest in Hazard will open the door to Barcelona, who still have money to spend from Neymar’s world-record sale to PSG in the summer.

According to Don Balon, Messi has told the club that Chelsea star Hazard would perfectly compliment their strikeforce and would be better suited to playing alongside himself and Luis Suarez than Philippe Coutinho, in a slightly deeper role, would.

 

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Chelsea would battle hard to keep Hazard, but with the star Belgian often admitting Spanish football is a lure for him, they might find it hard to retain his services should Barcelona make a concrete move for his services.

Meanwhile, Don Balon claim Manchester City could make a move for Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez after Messi objected to the Algerian joining Barcelona.

 

AND THE REST

Chelsea have tabled a €70m (£62.3m) bid for Torino striker Andrea Belotti (El Gol)

Chelsea have been fresh hope of a January deal for Alex Sandro after the Brazilian’s new contract talks with Juventus stalled (Calciomercato)

Real Madrid are back in the market for Manchester United keeper David De Gea with a €70m offer in the pipeline (El Larguero, Cadena Ser)

Ernesto Valverde will use Nelson Semedo as an emergency centre-half alongside Samuel Umtiti after Gerard Pique picked up a fifth booking of the season. It’s claimed the Barcelona boss does not trust reported Liverpool target Javier Mascherano, with a January return to Anfield drawing closer (Don Balon)

Real Madrid target Harry Kane has said his goal is to play for Tottenham for his entire career (Bild)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has been promised funds to sign three major superstars next summer and in an effort to keep him from PSG’s clutches (Sport)

Mourinho is also set for a January raid on Chelsea for winger Willian (Calciomercato)

Manchester United have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Antoine Griezmann amid fresh claims Barcelona have pulled out (Don Balon)

However, it’s also claimed Real Madrid are hatching a plan to sell Gareth Bale for £133m and use the cash to trigger Griezmann’s £90m release clause (Don Balon)

Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva admits he is in regular contact with Philippe Coutinho and says he hopes his compatriot will “work with us” (Telefoot)

Vincenzo Montella’s status as AC Milan’s manager is, once again, in peril (Corriere dello Sport)

Former Spurs striker Mido claims Real Madrid are already on the trail of Mohamed Salah

Real Madrid star Karim Benzema has reportedly had enough of being blamed for his club’s problems in front of goal this season and has pointed the finger elsewhere

Javier Pastore’s agent has said the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder is interested in a move to Inter Milan (Calciomercato)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte appears to be Italy’s red-hot favourite to take over as national team coach, with their FA’s president describing him as “fire” (Gazetta dello Sport)

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ESPN FC - Liverpool News 20 Nov 21:12

How will English clubs fare in Tuesday's UCL action?

ESPN FC's Craig Burley reveals his predictions for Sevilla-Liverpool, Dortmund-Tottenham and Man City-Feyenoord.

Liverpool – teamtalk.com 20 Nov 21:08

Klopp asked if Salah has exceeded expectations at Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp has refused to say if the form of Mohamed Salah had surprised him since the Egyptian’s arrival at Liverpool.

The winger has been in incredible form since his arrival at Anfield from Roma and will be key to the Reds’ success or otherwise during Tuesday’s Champions League clash in Seville.

Asked whether the £36.7million club record summer signing had exceeded expectations with 14 goals in 18 appearances in all competitions Klopp said: “He has reached them at least, that’s clear.

“I like Mo and his goals but we don’t have to talk about that as it’s in the past. I’m more interested in his statistics tomorrow night.

“It was not luck that he scored, he gets fantastic goals. He could build confidence off this.”

Salah is the Premier League’s top scorer with nine goals and earlier on Tuesday, his compatriot Mido suggested the Egyptian was a transfer target for Real Madrid.

 

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ESPN FC - Liverpool News 20 Nov 20:57

How will English clubs fare in Tuesday's UCL action?

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Liverpool FC News plus Fixtures, Results and Transfer Updates | Mail Online 20 Nov 20:44

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Liverpool FC News plus Fixtures, Results and Transfer Updates | Mail Online 20 Nov 18:53

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Liverpool FC News plus Fixtures, Results and Transfer Updates | Mail Online 20 Nov 18:22

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah can break goal-scoring record

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ESPN FC - Liverpool News 20 Nov 16:47

Sevilla will make Liverpool 'suffer' in Champions League clash - Nolito

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ESPN FC - Liverpool News 20 Nov 16:20

Paul Pogba must 'be consistent for years' to match Gerrard - Rafa Benitez

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Liverpool FC News plus Fixtures, Results and Transfer Updates | Mail Online 20 Nov 15:21

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