Jordan Henderson’s approach to being Liverpool captain makes him the perfect role model for Kevin Stewart to follow.
So says the 23-year-old himself, who stepped into the skipper’s midfield berth for the EFL Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night.
Since breaking into the first-team squad at the beginning of the year, Stewart has had the opportunity to work closely with Henderson at Melwood.
It is a chance the No.35 has grasped too, keenly studying how the England international prepares for games and fulfils his duties as the leader of the side.
“He’s a really cool guy,” Stewart told Liverpoolfc.com. “He doesn’t come across as a big, scary captain.
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Simon Mignolet was satisfied with his performance in Liverpool’s 2-1 EFL Cup victory over Tottenham Hotspur, and the goalkeeper is hopeful of getting another opportunity to impress soon.
Mignolet returned to Jürgen Klopp’s starting line-up for the first time since last month’s Premier League win at Chelsea on Tuesday night, with Loris Karius having been selected ahead of him for the Reds’ previous five games.
Klopp confirmed that Karius is his number one goalkeeper ‘in this moment’ during his pre-Tottenham press conference, but Mignolet is eager to force his way back into the manager’s plans.
“I was happy to play – that’s what you want to do week in, week out,” said the Belgian.
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A trademark smile suddenly appears on Georginio Wijnaldum’s face.
It’s the morning after he has helped Liverpool progress to the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup with a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield.
And midway through a post-match chat with Liverpoolfc.com, the question is raised of whether the Reds can begin to seriously consider the possibility of claiming the trophy.
“It seems like it’s a real chance,” the Dutchman admits.
“But we must look at it from round to round, and try to win the games to get to the final and then try to win it. It’s an opportunity to win a trophy and we must do everything to achieve that. That’s what we’re going to do.”
Wijnaldum was speaking before Wednesday night’s last-eight draw paired Liverpool with Championship side Leeds United in a tie to be played at Anfield in late November.
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26th October 2016
Jürgen Klopp admits Liverpool have ‘unfinished business’ in the EFL Cup but the manager understands there is a lot of work still to do in the competition.
The Reds reached the tournament’s final at Wembley last season and were only denied the chance to lift the trophy after a penalty shootout against Manchester City.
This term, Klopp’s side have eased into a quarter-final meeting with Leeds United at Anfield, having eliminated Burton Albion, Derby County and most recently Tottenham Hotspur.
The boss insists nothing will be granted to Liverpool, however, and no thoughts of returning to the final will enter the players’ minds at this stage.
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26th October 2016
Liverpool will face Leeds United at Anfield in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup.
Wednesday night’s draw paired the Reds with the Championship team, who they last met in the same competition in September 2009.
Jürgen Klopp’s side booked their place among the last eight by beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Anfield, having previously eliminated Burton Albion and Derby County.
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Ben Twelves on 26.10.2016
The media praised Liverpool’s consistent performance level despite Jurgen Klopp making wholesale changes to his team, and the displays of strike-duo Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi, as the Reds beat Tottenham at Anfield.
A sharp brace from the impressive Daniel Sturridge sealed a place in the League Cup quarter-finals for Liverpool as they beat Maurcio Pochettino’s Spurs 2-1.
The Reds No.15 anticipated well inside the box to put Liverpool ahead with a close-range finish after nine minutes, and he doubled the lead mid-way through the second-half when he raced clear and slotted home at the Kop end.
Vincent Jansenn pulled one back from the spot with 15 minutes to go to ensure of another nervy ending for Klopp’s men, but the Reds held on to give Klopp his first victory over Spurs as Reds boss and crucially, a place in the last eight.
It was a deserved victory for Klopp’s men, who should have won by a bigger margin, and the German can certainly be pleased with the efforts of his completely changed team.
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