Champions League final 2019, Tottenham vs Liverpool: live score Jurgen Klopp is vividly describing the moment his seven-year-old self fell in love with European football. He is conjuring images of audio commentaries, exotic names and venues and a sense of ‘something special’ capturing the mood of cities, nations and continents. “You always knew when the big games were on,” he tells me. “My mum would put me in the bath, put the radio on and for one and a half hours I was there. My skin was done. It is more the legend of the competition I remember – the big German players of Bayern Munich and at that time Borussia Monchengladbach... Rainer Bonhoff, Bertie Vogts, Uli Stielike and Jupp Heynckes.”... … [Read more...] about Jamie Carragher meets Jurgen Klopp: ‘Who connected to Liverpool cannot love what we are doing?
Stop press. Manchester City can be beaten. And it was the ‘gegenpressing’ that did it – plus the cauldron of emotion, desire, will, intent and hunger that Anfield was whipped up into as Liverpool gained this remarkable victory. The stadium, quite literally, rocked and City, just as incredibly, struggled to cope. There was a nine-minute spell in the second-half when Liverpool scored three times, when they also struck the woodwork, and it seemed the magic that Pep Guardiola has weaved at City had been exposed as smoke and mirrors. But his side are not 15 points clear, have not gone 22 Premier League without losing, for no reason and it was astonishing that, by the end, Liverpool were left hanging on. But such is Jurgen Klopp; such is his way; such is the pulsating, open football he demands. This was a win in his image; a win full of heart and absolutism - and a little vulnerability. But that is the trade-off. It is the same with Guardiola and he was right in predicting … [Read more...] about Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3: Visitors’ unbeaten run finally over as Jurgen Klopp’s side edge thriller
Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, hailed the “tough decision” of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to leave Arsenal for Anfield after the midfielder completed a £35 million move on Thursday. Oxlade-Chamberlain became Liverpool’s fourth addition of this transfer window, with a fifth recruit – RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita – secured for next summer. The midfielder signed a five-year deal worth £120,000 a week – significantly less than the contract proposed at Arsenal. But Klopp endured frustration in his attempts to add centre-half Virgil van Dijk to his squad, as Southampton would not entertain negotiations with the Merseyside club. Liverpool’s hopes of securing Van Dijk were effectively scuppered following the fallout of their initial attempts in June, when they were forced to apologise for a ‘misunderstanding’ in their pursuit. Club owners Fenway Sports Group assured the … [Read more...] about Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joins Liverpool for £35m as Virgil van Dijk provides frustration for Jurgen Klopp
Amid the Anfield euphoria of erasing Manchester City’s aura of invincibility, there is one regret for Liverpool. A massive 15-point gap remains to Pep Guardiola’s side, a combination of City’s freakish consistency and Liverpool’s occasional wastefulness ensuring the leaders’ defeat can be recognised as the mildest of setbacks. Should Sunday’s thrilling 4-3 victory prove the catalyst for Jurgen Klopp’s side securing the runners-up spot, the satisfaction with another season of significant Anfield progress will be balanced with frustration the most subtle of improvements in the Premier League could have made it better. No-one could have stopped City this season, but the Anfield meeting proved a gulf in points does not reflect a gulf in class. Liverpool have lost just two Premier League fixtures so far in this campaign, but midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum admits such obvious development is not enough. It is Liverpool’s eight draws from 23 … [Read more...] about Georginio Wijnaldum: Liverpool beat Man City playing our own way – others may struggle to do the same
PREMIER LEAGUE legends Paul Ince and Martin Keown named Harry Maguire as the only Manchester United player in their combined XI with Liverpool. Both Ince and Keown named Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson in their back four with the world’s most expensive defender Maguire representing United. Midfield trio Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum were all selected with Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane the forward three. Maguire coming in as the sole United pick is an improvement from Danny Mills combined XI - which was made up of only Liverpool stars. But Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp dismissed the ex-Man City defender’s decision to leave out any of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s struggling players. The German insisted Mills’ pick was a “joke” with the fixture at Old Trafford on Sunday a potential “banana skin”.He said: "Ignoring this game is so easy. Not the game against United, [but] the game you … [Read more...] about Maguire only Man Utd player picked by Ince and Keown in combined Liverpool XI as Solskjaer slump laid bare