Boss: We still have belief – 100 per cent

There will be no drop in belief for Liverpool as Jürgen Klopp plots a response to the disappointment of defeat against Swansea City.

The Reds were overturned on home soil for the first time in a year on Saturday, with Roberto Firmino’s brace not enough to prevent the Welsh club from claiming a 3-2 victory.

A chance to make amends arrives almost immediately in the form of the EFL Cup semi-final, second leg on Wednesday night – when Southampton visit Anfield with a place at Wembley at stake.

Klopp’s hopes of reaching that competition’s showpiece for the second season running are maintained by the belief he observes within his group of players.

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Klopp explains Coutinho substitution

Jürgen Klopp has explained that Philippe Coutinho was taken off against Swansea City to protect the playmaker as he returns from injury.

Saturday marked the Brazilian’s first Premier League start since late November, as Liverpool suffered a frustrating 3-2 defeat at Anfield.

With the Reds trailing by two goals early in the second half, Klopp was preparing to introduce Daniel Sturridge in place of Coutinho as Roberto Firmino halved the deficit with a header.

Having pressed ahead with the switch, a sensational solo effort from Firmino levelled the score, only for Gylfi Sigurdsson to strike at the other end and settle the game.

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Why Alberto Moreno could help save Liverpool’s season

Jurge Klopp has transformed many careers at Anfield – but would this be the ultimate?

  • 08:47, 23 JAN 2017
  • Updated08:59, 23 JAN 2017

Jurgen Klopp has made a habit of challenging preconceptions since sweeping into Anfield almost 16 months ago.

Not least when it comes to the players he inherited.

He’s transformed James Milner into a left-back. Adam Lallana into a central midfielder. Roberto Firmino into a striker. Lucas Leiva into a centre-back. Jordan Henderson into a holding midfielder.

Then there’s the revitalisation of players such as Dejan Lovren and the emergence of previously unheralded youngsters like Kevin Stewart.

There is, however, one challenge that would prove greater than all combined, not least as it poses the following audacious question.

Can Alberto Moreno help save Liverpool‘s season?

Yes, that’s the much-maligned – not least in these parts – Alberto Moreno, the regular whipping boy whose time spent walking his dog has far outweighed minutes on the pitch this season, a mere 56 in the Premier League since October.

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A Missing Link For Liverpool

A Missing Link For Liverpool

Lots has been made this season over the transformation of Adam Lallana into the finest English footballer currently within the Premier League. Like many at Anfield, Lallana hasn’t been without his critics since joining from Southampton, but he has overcome them spectacularly, fitting seamlessly into Jurgen Klopp’s high intensity style of football.

The German’s admiration for Lallana’s work rate was evident right from his first game in charge and that bond has gone from strength to strength over the past year, with Lallana acting as a hugely integral figure in the current Liverpool side.

Last season, Lallana registered four goals and six assists as he struggled to replicate the quality he showed for Southampton for so many years. However, so far this season, he has managed seven goals and seven assists in 1,653 minutes of football – that’s a goal every 236 minutes.

To put that into context, Lallana scored after every 527 minutes of play in the previous season, reflecting what a stark improvement he has made in the final third.

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If You Can’t Support Liverpool When They Lose or Draw, Then Don’t Bother

If You Can't Support Liverpool When They Lose or Draw, Then Don't Bother

Utterly embarrassing.



No, I’m not talking about the Liverpool performance against Swansea, I’m actually talking about the supporters’ reaction to it.

So-called “supporters” of Liverpool FC, were absolutely raging, fuming with disbelief – criticising the players, the manager, the board, absolutely anyone that they could attach some ‘blame’ to.

“Klopp doesn’t know what he’s doing.”

“Klopp out!”

“Must sell Clyne, Klavan, Lovren and Mignolet!”

“We NEED new players!”

“Henderson crap. Again.”

“Top four and the season is over.”

Get a grip.

Never have I had the displeasure of being associated with such reactive, fickle and spoilt fans. This is a team, that last season was eighth, and the season before, truly diabolical. Jürgen Klopp, a manager coveted by almost every top European club, decided that he would take over at the ‘great’ Liverpool, and attempt to restore the team to past, and to create future, glories. In all honesty, this is perhaps one of the biggest challenges in world football, coming to Liverpool, with the current team, with immense competition, and without the deep-pocketed approach of rivals, and is a challenge that many a good manager has failed to meet. Yet, nonetheless, and to his credit, Klopp decided to take it on, but has not been rewarded the way he should be, by some fans.

Despite Klopp choosing Liverpool, and steering the team into two cup finals in his first season, then in his first full season, another cup semi-final, and a position to which Liverpool actually have the ability to challenge for the title, that’s not enough for some fans – the very same fans who felt that top four should be LFC’s goal this season.

Liverpool may have lost to bottom side Swansea, but even within the game, there were clear signs of improvement: last season, having gone two goals down, that would likely have been the end of it; yet Liverpool responded with two goals, both from Firmino, signalling an end to his dry run, whilst Coutinho got more valuable game-time under his belt for the upcoming big fixtures, and Joel Matip is set to return to the starting XI next game. Losses in the Premier League happen, and whilst Liverpool had not been beaten for a year at Anfield, that record was bound to be broken eventually – fuming and raging about a small setback in the grand scheme of things is quite pathetic in all honesty. There’s plenty more games for Liverpool to make up lost ground.

Now, to call out a tactical mistake, or highlight errors within a match is fine, but to chastise the team and the manager in the manner that was evident on Twitter, and radio phone-ins is truly ridiculous. Steven Gerrard was spot on when he voiced his own disbelief at the growing discontent amongst the Liverpool fanbase, stating that the Liverpool manager is world-class, and that LFC are lucky to have him. The fans who cannot deal with a small setback would do well to remember that.

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Hendo hails Clyne as the ‘perfect role model’ for Trent

Jordan Henderson feels Nathaniel Clyne’s status as ‘one of the best full-backs in Europe’ means Trent Alexander-Arnold could ask for no better tutor as he learns his craft.

Unwavering consistency in both availability and performance have characterised Clyne’s Liverpool career since his move to Anfield from Southampton in the summer of 2015.

Last season, the England international made 52 appearances in all competitions for the Reds and, up until the recent clash with Manchester United, he had started all of their Premier League matches this term.

A rib/abdominal problem kept the 25-year-old out of that trip to Old Trafford eight days ago, with teenager Alexander-Arnold duly deputising impressively on the occasion of his first top-flight start.

Clyne was back in Jürgen Klopp’s starting line-up for Swansea City’s visit to Anfield on Saturday, though, and Henderson believes there is nobody better for Alexander-Arnold to take inspiration from.

“One of the big positives Trent has, in this moment, is the player he is learning most directly from: Nathaniel Clyne,” the captain wrote in his notes for ‘This is Anfield’, Liverpool’s official matchday programme.

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Photo gallery: Matip and Moreno feature in U23s win

22nd January 2017

Joel Matip and Alberto Moreno both started as Liverpool U23s ran out comfortable 3-0 winners over Ipswich Town in the Premier League Cup on Sunday afternoon.

The first-team regulars were included in a strong line-up – which also included the likes of Joe Gomez, Kevin Stewart, Sheyi Ojo and Ben Woodburn – from Mike Garrity.

Goals from Paulo Alves, U23s debutant Rhian Brewster and Woodburn made sure a dominant Liverpool performance was rewarded with a handsome victory.

View the story of the game from Prenton Park in photos with our match gallery below.

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