Klopp Hails ‘Legend’ Origi As Liverpool Strike Late To Beat Wolves

Liverpool's Belgium striker Divock Origi (L) scores his team's opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on December 4, 2021. JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP
Liverpool’s Belgium striker Divock Origi (L) scores his team’s opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on December 4, 2021. JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP


Jurgen Klopp said Divock Origi deserves a manager who plays him more after scoring deep into stoppage time to take Liverpool top of the Premier League with a 1-0 win at Wolves.

The much-maligned Belgian has scored some iconic goals in seven years since signing for the Reds, but has never nailed down a regular starting place.

Klopp even expressed surprise earlier this season there were no takers for Origi in the transfer market.

However, he proved his worth as a squad player by coming off the bench to end Wolves’ resistence at Molineux after the prolific trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota had failed to fire.

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“Divock Origi, the legend, finished it off and it’s a great story,” said Klopp. “He’s an incredible striker, for different reasons he did not play that often but I hope one day he finds a manager that plays him more than I do.

“He’s one of the best finishers I’ve ever seen in my life. In this great team, with our three, he doesn’t play all the time but he is a very positive boy, loves the club, wants to contribute and he did in an incredible way.”

Chelsea’s defeat to West Ham earlier on Saturday handed Klopp’s men the chance to move ahead of the European champions.

Origi’s low finish from Salah’s cut-back moves Liverpool a point clear of the Blues and two ahead of Manchester City, who face Watford later on Saturday.

“Other results are not really important, we just want to win football games,” added Klopp. “We played three days ago and the derby (against Everton) is easy to focus on as it’s the game of the year, then we start the machine again and I like how we fought today.”

Liverpool had scored four goals in each of their last three league games and two or more in 18 straight games, but saw that run come to an end due to a rare off day with their finishing.

Trent Alexander-Arnold volleyed over before Jota headed over the first of his big chances to score against his former club.

Salah was denied a simple tap in for his 20th goal in as many games by a miraculous last-ditch challenge from Romain Saiss to divert Andy Robertson’s cross to safety.

The chances continued to come and go for Liverpool after the break, but none were bigger than the one presented to Jota midway through the half.

A mix up between Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa and Saiss allowed the Portuguese international to walk the ball towards and unguarded net, but he fired straight at Conor Coady on the line rather than placing the ball into the corner.

Heroics from Sa then seemed set to earn Wolves a point as he denied Mane and Salah.

But he was finally beaten with virtually the last kick of the game as this time Salah played the provider and picked out Origi, who spun before lashing the ball in low on his left foot to spark scenes of wild celebration from Klopp and the rest of the Liverpool bench.



Rangnick’s Expected Arrival At Man Utd ‘Not Good News’ For Rivals: Klopp


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Ralf Rangnick’s expected arrival at arch-rivals Manchester United is “not good news for other teams” due to his vast experience and ability to organise teams.

Klopp’s fellow German is set to be installed as United interim manager until the end of the season following last week’s sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after a terrible run of results.

Rangnick, the former Hoffenheim, Schalke and RB Leipzig boss, is credited with influencing the pressing style of Klopp and Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.

“Unfortunately a good coach is coming to England, that’s how it is, to Manchester United,” Klopp said Friday on the eve of Liverpool’s match against Southampton.

“Ralf is obviously a really experienced manager. He built most famously two clubs from nowhere to proper threats and forces in Germany with Hoffenheim and Leipzig.

“United will be organised on the pitch, we should realise that — that’s obviously not good news for other teams.”

Rangnick’s legal representative earlier confirmed to AFP subsidiary SID that the final points of a deal to take the current head of sports and development at Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow to Old Trafford were being finalised.

According to reports, Rangnick, 63, is poised to sign a deal until May 2022 and then work as a consultant at United for two further years.

United are planning to make a permanent appointment at the end of the campaign, with Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino strongly linked with the job.

Michael Carrick took charge of the team for Tuesday’s Champions League win at Villarreal, which secured progress to the knockout stage, and is also preparing the squad for Sunday’s daunting fixture at Premier League leaders Chelsea.

The former United midfielder refused to be drawn on the reports that Rangnick is poised to take charge.

“From my point of view there’s a lot of speculation and reports, but as I’m sitting here now I’m preparing the team for the game,” Carrick said.

“My head’s in the game. I haven’t got any more news to share with you on that front. I’m just looking forward to getting down to London to play against Chelsea.”

Whoever comes in, Carrick believes the misfiring United squad can quickly adapt to a change in style.

“I think you can get ideas across quite quickly. History shows that,” he said.

“Sometimes it’s not just about ideas, it’s just a different voice, a freshness, and history proves that for whatever reason. Sometimes it works really well, sometimes not so well.”


AFCON: Nigerian Reporter Demands Apology From Klopp Over ‘Little Tournament’ Remark

File COMBO of Nigerian Journalist based in France, Babatunde Ojora and Liverpool boss, Jürgen Klopp.


Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has come under fire from a Nigerian reporter, Ojora Babatunde, over the German’s remark about the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations, which he described as a “little tournament.”

Klopp had earlier in the week been asked about the busy international fixtures that ran into March of next year.

His response was “No international break until March, I’ve heard that so often, but in January there’s a little tournament in Africa, I just want to say.”

After Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over F.C Porto in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, an irate Babatunde speaking via video link to Klopp, demanded an apology over his “little tournament”comments.


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A surprised Klopp moved quickly to defend the statement saying  “I didn’t mean it like that. I didn’t mean it like that, I don’t know why you understand it like that, to be honest..”

“So I was not even close to it being the idea in my mind that I want to talk about the African Cup of Nations as a ‘little tournament’ or the continent of Africa as a little continent, not at all,” Klopp stated in defence.

“What I meant was, if you watch the whole press conference then you might have understood it the right way if you wanted to because I said there are no international breaks until March now.”

Babatunde, still not finished with the 54-year-old was of the opinion that the former Dortmund manager would never demean Europe’s international tournament.

“But you wouldn’t say that in Europe, you wouldn’t say a ‘little tournament’ in Europe…”

“‘I am not a native speaker but if you want to understand me wrong, you can do that all the time,” Klopp said

The Africa Cup of Nations will kick-off in Cameroon on January 9, with the final to be held on February 6, and Klopp is set to lose Salah, Mane, and Naby Keita to international duty.



Klopp Not A Fan Of Atletico Style Despite Respect For Simeone

File Photo: Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp. LEE SMITH / POOL / AFP


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he still finds it hard to warm to Atletico Madrid’s style of play despite his deep admiration for the Spanish champions’ coach Diego Simeone.

Klopp hit out at Atletico’s defensive tactics when Simeone’s men won 3-2 after extra-time at Anfield in the Champions League last-16 in March 2020 to progress 4-2 on aggregate.

The German excused that outburst on Monday, saying it showed his frustration at being forced to play the game with a full crowd just days before the coronavirus pandemic shut down European football for months.

“I was angry, disappointed about a lot of things with the world in the moment,” said Klopp. “Then we had to concentrate on football in a really strange circumstance.

“Diego Simeone is doing everything right. He is the current Spanish champion. He is at Atletico for I don’t know how long, but very successful there.”

Klopp said he respected what Atletico had achieved but preferred a different style of football.

“Do I like it? Not too much but that’s normal because I prefer a different type of football,” he said. “Other coaches prefer other styles of football so nobody has to like it — it just has to be successful and that is what Atletico are for sure.”

Liverpool are unbeaten in 11 games this season, thanks in large part to Virgil van Dijk’s return from knee ligament damage.

The Dutch captain was injured last October by a wild lunge by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in a bad-tempered Merseyside derby.

Van Dijk resisted the temptation to rush back to represent his country at Euro 2020 and Liverpool have reaped the benefits as he has slotted back at the heart of the defence.

Simeone said the Dutchman’s return has given the Reds the “security” they lacked last season to attack more freely.

But Van Dijk himself believes he still has some way to go to get back to his best.

“I don’t think there are a lot of examples of players coming back from an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), a complex knee injury, that’s back to his best after a year, so I’ve work to do,” said Van Dijk.

“I want to be as good as I can be for the team I play for, the fans I play for and the country I play for. The only thing to get there is play games and get more confident in the things you do.

“It’s going the right way and I’m feeling fine so there is always room for improvement.”

Liverpool are on course for the Champions League last 16 after winning their opening two games ahead of the trip to Madrid.

Atletico needed a late turnaround to beat 10-man AC Milan in their last European outing, but are also well-placed on four points from two games in Group B.


Klopp Expects Goal Spree To End Against Man City

File Photo of Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp. LEE SMITH / POOL / AFP


Jurgen Klopp admits he fears Liverpool’s goal spree will come to an end in Sunday’s Premier League showdown with Manchester City.

Klopp’s side crushed Porto 5-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino each netted twice in Portugal and Sadio Mane also scored.

It was the sixth successive match that Liverpool had scored three or more goals, only the third time in the club’s history the feat has been achieved.

They have scored 20 times in 17 days and have 26 goals in their first nine fixtures to equal a club record for a top-flight campaign set in 1922 and replicated only one other time in the 2016-2017 season.

But Reds boss Klopp knows it will not be so easy to run riot when Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions visit Anfield this weekend.

“We play against Man City, I don’t think now it makes too much sense to think too much about how many goals we can score against them,” Klopp said.

“We need a complex and complete performance against them to have a chance only and that’s it.

“But I’m really looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to playing at home again after a while.

“We have two days more (than the three Liverpool had between Brentford and Porto) to the City game, which will be helpful, and then we will be fresh again and then give it a go.”

Liverpool are the Premier League’s leading scorers with 15, but City, who have already scored five against Norwich and Arsenal, are not far behind and defensively they have conceded just once.

City secured their first win at Anfield since 2003 last season with a 4-1 victory in front of an empty ground during Liverpool’s run of six successive home defeats.

But Liverpool are on an 18-match unbeaten run and Brazil midfielder Fabinho believes the win over Porto was just the confidence boost they needed before facing City, who lost to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.

“A performance like this just gives us more confidence for the future,” Fabinho said.

“The next game is against Manchester City at Anfield, so we know Anfield will have a really nice atmosphere.

“These are the kind of games every player likes to play. We just have to play our football, to give everything and we know the fans will be with us.”


Liverpool Banish Burnley Ghosts In ‘Dream’ Return To Anfield

Liverpool's Senegalese striker Sadio Mane celebrates after he scores his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Burnley at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on August 21, 2021. Lindsey Parnaby / AFP
Liverpool’s Senegalese striker Sadio Mane celebrates after he scores his team’s second goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Burnley at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on August 21, 2021. Lindsey Parnaby / AFP


Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool’s “dreams were fulfilled” as the Reds celebrated the return of a full house at Anfield by sweeping aside Burnley 2-0 on Saturday.

Goals from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane either side of half-time extended Liverpool’s 100 percent start to the season with six points from their opening two games.

In front of a first capacity crowd since March 2020, an emotional pre-match tribute was paid to former players who passed away over the past 17 months as well as Andrew Devine, the 97th victim of the Hillsborough disaster, who died in July.

Liverpool ended a 30-year wait to win the title in the time while football was forced behind closed doors by the coronavirus pandemic.

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“Everybody was really looking forward to this football fest today and nobody leaves this place with any kind of disappointment,” said Klopp. “Our dreams were fulfilled atmosphere wise.”

Burnley ended Liverpool’s 68-game unbeaten run at Anfield in the Premier League on their last visit in January, which gave way to a club record six straight home defeats for the Reds in a difficult season blighted by a series of injuries to key players.

Sean Dyche’s men are still without a point from their opening two games, compounding fears for their future in the top flight after a summer of little investment from the club’s new American owners.

“Football doesn’t judge you on whether your business is good,” said Dyche on his lack of signings. “It’s about getting players out there to win games so we’ve got to keep working hard to find that balance.”

The visitors were not shaken by the return of full stands in the opening stages as Dwight McNeil struck the post and Alisson Becker was forced to turn behind Ashley Barnes’s header at the near post.

But Dyche was frustrated at the manner in which his side conceded on 18 minutes as Kostas Tsimikas was given too much time to measure a perfect cross and Jota ran across Ben Mee to flick a header into the far corner.

Liverpool then began to find their rhythm as only a VAR review denied Mohamed Salah doubling the lead as the Egyptian had just strayed offside before blasting home Harvey Elliott’s pass.

The return of Virgil van Dijk from cruciate knee ligament damage has seen Liverpool keep two clean sheets to start the season, but they had to ride their luck at times.

James Tarkowski’s header dropped just wide after beating Alisson to a free-kick launched into the box just before the break.

Early in the second-half, Burnley did have the ball in the net only for the offside flag to this time go against them when Barnes slotted high past Alisson.

Liverpool soon regained the ascendency, though, and should have ran out even more comfortable winners.

Mane’s dip in form was another reason for the Reds’ struggles in finishing a distant third last season.

The Senegalese had passed up two big chances to net his first goal of the season before he made sure of the three points by slamming home Trent Alexander-Arnold’s perfectly measured through ball 21 minutes from time.


Who Said What In Sport This Weekend

Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates winning a set aginst Spain’s Rafael Nadal during their ATP Barcelona Open tennis tournament singles final match at the Real Club de Tenis in Barcelona on April 25, 2021.
Josep LAGO / AFP


“Rafa, bravo. How many is that, 28? 28 Barcelona titles is not bad. I’m really jealous. But you’ve earned it. You’re one of the biggest competitors in our sport, I’m sure you know that.”

— Stefanos Tsitsipas after his marathon loss to Rafael Nadal in the Barcelona final where the great Spaniard now has 12 titles (not 28!).

Italy’s Matteo Berrettini holds up the trophy after defeating Russia’s Aslan Karatsev in their ATP 250 Serbia Open final singles tennis match at The Novak Tennis Centre in Belgrade on April 25, 2021.


“You have to put (in) like 200 per cent to beat this guy, it’s like playing against a wall.”

— Aslan Karatsev who stunned world number one Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the Belgrade ATP tournament.


Photo Credit Luzapena


“Tadej is a phenomenon, everyone knows that.”

— French cyclist Julien Alaphilippe on Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar who won a thrilling Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

“I’ve never seen anything like it. We had basically taken our kit off.”

— Sevilla’s Lucas Ocampos after his team and opponents Granada had to return to the pitch to play an extra minute when their La Liga game was halted too early by the referee. Sevilla still won 2-1 to keep up their title push.


Manchester City’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola (2nd R) and his coaches pose with the trophy after the English League Cup final football match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium, northwest London on April 25, 2021. 


“Maybe we could have 400 days a year and they will be a solution.”

— Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, claiming the expanded Champions League from 2024 will only put more stress on players.


Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp speaks to the media after the English Premier League football match between Leeds United and Liverpool at Elland Road in Leeds, northern England on April 19, 2021.


“I didn’t see us today playing like we deserve Champions League next year. We have another five games and we will see. We learn or we don’t play Champions League, that’s it.”

— Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp after the 1-1 draw with Newcastle


West Ham United’s Scottish manager David Moyes reacts prior to the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and West Ham United at St James’ Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on April 17, 2021.


“I thought it was a rubbish decision. I think it is a decision made by somebody who has never played the game.”

— West Ham boss David Moyes after Fabian Balbuena was harshly sent off following a VAR review in the 1-0 loss to Chelsea.

“Formula E will be the joke of the week”.

— Portuguese driver Antonio Felix da Costa after the Formula E race in Valencia saw half the field fail to finish after their batteries ran out of energy.


Photo Credit: Delhi Capitals


“My family and extended family are putting up a fight against #COVID19 and I want to support them during these tough times. I expect to return to play if things go in the right direction.”

— India star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on his decision to withdraw from the IPL as the country battles spiralling death rates from the pandemic.

Liverpool Not Playing Like Champions League Team – Klopp

Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp walks on the pitch ahead of the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on April 24, 2021. DAVID KLEIN / POOL / AFP
Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp walks on the pitch ahead of the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on April 24, 2021. DAVID KLEIN / POOL / AFP


Jurgen Klopp admitted Liverpool are not playing like a side who “deserve” Champions League football next season after blowing the chance to move into the Premier League’s top four with a 1-1 draw against Newcastle on Saturday.

Mohamed Salah had opened the scoring after just three minutes, but Liverpool wasted a host of chances to extend their lead and paid in stoppage time.

The Reds even had a reprieve when Callum Wilson’s equaliser was ruled out after a VAR review for handball, but still could not hold on as Willock’s deflected strike secured a vital point in the Magpies’ bid for top flight survival.

Liverpool move up to sixth but are a point behind fourth-placed Chelsea and West Ham, who face off later on Saturday at the London Stadium.

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Two more dropped points is a blow to Liverpool’s chances of a place in next season’s Champions League after their owners’ plans for ensuring they have top level European football every season without having to earn it on the field collapsed this week.

Liverpool were one of 12 clubs to initially sign up to proposals for a European Super League (ESL) last weekend, only to withdraw within 48 hours after a backlash from their own players and fans.

“If you deserve it, you deserve it,” said Klopp, echoing the critics of the ESL as a closed shop for Europe’s big clubs.

“I didn’t see us today playing like we deserve Champions League next year. We have another five games and we will see. We learn or we don’t play Champions League, that’s it.”

A protest outside Anfield on Saturday was more muted than the ones seen ahead of Chelsea and Arsenal’s home matches in recent days, but a number of flags and banners were attached to the gates around the ground calling out the “greed” of the club’s American owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG).

John Henry’s FSG helped deliver Liverpool’s first Premier League title for 30 years last season.

But many of the problems Klopp’s men have encountered in defending their title were in evidence again as they failed to see off Newcastle long before a nervy finale.

“I don’t think you can create much more chances, better chances than we did today and we don’t finish the game off,” added Klopp.

The hosts could not have made a better start as a brilliant touch and finish from Salah opened the scoring after just three minutes.

Salah should have had a second but fired too close to Martin Dubravka when clean through on goal, while Sadio Mane also failed to round the Slovakian goalkeeper with a glorious chance.

Dubravka then made a string of fine saves after the break to deny Roberto Firmino, Mane and James Milner.

The tension in the Liverpool players was clear late in the game and Newcastle capitalised after manager Steve Bruce sent on Wilson and Willock.

Wilson bundled home after Alisson had saved his initial effort, but the ball had rebounded off the Brazilian goalkeeper onto the former Bournemouth striker’s hand before he stabbed it into an unguarded net.

Seconds later, Liverpool failed to deal with another long ball into their box and it fell for on-loan Arsenal midfielder Willock, whose strike deflected in off Fabinho to leave Alisson helpless.

A third late goal in recent weeks from Willock edges Newcastle ever closer to survival. Bruce’s men are now nine points clear of the bottom three in 15th.



Klopp Slams Referee For Bias Towards Mane After Liverpool UCL Loss

German referee Felix Brych (C) shows a yellow card to Liverpool’s Senegalese striker Sadio Mane (L) during the UEFA Champions League first leg quarter-final football match between Real Madrid and Liverpool at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium in Valdebebas in the outskirts of Madrid on April 6, 2021.


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has criticised Felix Brych for his officiating during his side’s UEFA champions league loss to Real Madrid on Tuesday night.

The Reds who have been on a bad run of form had a stern test to face in the likes of the 13th time winners when they travelled to Madrid. However, a brace from Vicinius Jnr and Marco Asensio left the return leg tie hanging in the balance.

Klopp’s apparent frustration was evident after the game, insisting his fellow German compatriot had a personal feud with Sadio Mane

‘The situation with Sadio, I’m not sure what the ref did tonight. It seemed like it was sort of personal,” a livid Klopp said in a post-match interview.


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Liverpool’s Senegalese striker Sadio Mane reacts during the UEFA Champions League first leg quarter-final football match between Real Madrid and Liverpool at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium in Valdebebas in the outskirts of Madrid on April 6, 2021.


Mane who was twice fouled close to the penalty box with the referee apparently ignoring penalty protests from Liverpool teammates further infuriated the 53-year -old German

“I told him after the game, I just thought he was unfair with Sadio. He didn’t lose us the game but you need just an OK ref,” he further added.

While still expressing his dissatisfaction with the officiating on Tuesday night he hit out at his side’s display at the Spanish capital.

“If we want to go to the semi-finals we have to earn the right to do so and we didn’t do that, especially in the first half,” he said.


Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp reacts during the UEFA Champions League first leg quarter-final football match between Real Madrid and Liverpool at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium in Valdebebas in the outskirts of Madrid on April 6, 2021.


“I thought it would have been possible but we have to show it in the next game. We made it too easy for them.”

“I’m not happy of how we played in possession. We pressed them really well, they play long but then they beat us to second ball.” he further said.

He also hinted at a glimmer of hope for his side claiming the second leg at Anfield would be a much better performance.

“The only good thing I can say about the game, apart from the goal, is that it is only the first half of the leg.”

Liverpool next play the second leg at home next Wednesday needing to score at least two un-replied goals to stand any chance of progressing to the Champions League semi-finals.




Klopp Rules Out Replacing Loew As Germany Boss

Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on February 7, 2021. Manchester City won the game 4-1.
Jon Super / POOL / AFP



Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on Tuesday ruled himself out of contention to replace Joachim Loew as Germany manager.

The German football association said Loew would step down from his role as national team boss following the delayed Euro 2020, which ends in July.

Loew will leave with a year left on his contract, having signed up until the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar.

Klopp was immediately installed as one of the favourites but the 53-year-old German said: “Am I available for the job after the summer? No.

“Someone else will do the job and with the number of good German managers I am sure the German FA will find a good solution.

“I have three years left at Liverpool. You sign a contract and you stick to it.”

The 61-year-old Loew, nicknamed “Jogi”, has been in charge of Germany since 2006.

The 2014 World Cup triumph in Brazil, where his side beat Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the final thanks to Mario Goetze’s extra-time winner, was the high point of his reign.

But Loew has faced three years of criticism since holders Germany crashed out of the 2018 World Cup in Russia at the group stage.

Klopp ‘Full Of Energy’ To Meet Challenge Of Liverpool Slump


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insisted he still has the energy to turn around the English champions’ season after three consecutive defeats ended the Reds’ realistic chances of defending their Premier League title.

Klopp’s men turn their attention to the Champions League on Tuesday when they face RB Leipzig in the first leg of their last 16 tie.

Social media speculation after Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat to Leicester that Klopp could walk away was dismissed by the German, who thanked supporters who placed a banner reading “YNWA (You’ll Never Walk Alone) Jurgen” outside the club’s Anfield stadium on Sunday.

“I might not look like this, my beard gets more and more grey, but I am full of energy,” said Klopp at his pre-match press conference on Monday. “The situation is a challenge, an interesting challenge.

“We will sort it. We will sort it by playing football, by being even more together, by learning more than you can learn in each season we played before.”

It was reported last week that Klopp’s mother Elisabeth had died last month at the age of 81. Due to coronavirus restrictions, the Liverpool boss was not able to return to his native Germany for the funeral.

The same restrictions mean the match with Leipzig has been moved to Hungarian capital Budapest with Liverpool not offered an elite sport exemption from the German authorities.

“The last thing I want to do is talk about private things. Privately we had a tougher time. That is not just the last three weeks but a much longer time and we always deal with it as a family,” added Klopp.

“Thanks for all the support. I am very grateful for these type of things but nobody has to worry about me.”

At 20 years Klopp’s junior, Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann is seen as the heir to his crown as one of Europe’s best managers.

At just 33, Nagelsmann already has a wealth of experience having led Leipzig to the Champions League semi-finals last season, knocking out Tottenham and Atletico Madrid on the way.

The Germans got the better of Manchester United to reach the knockout stages this season and are Bayern Munich’s closest challengers in the Bundesliga.

“Julian is an extraordinary talent,” added Klopp. “He’s still young as a coach, but he’s already proven everything you can as a manager. He’s young, fresh but still experienced and serious.

“An outstanding manager and when we are all old, he will be even better.”


Klopp Unable To Attend Mother’s Funeral In Germany Due To COVID-19 Restrictions

Klopp Apologises For Wild Celebrations After 'Weird' Liverpool Winner
File photo: Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp is seen before kick off of the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on December 2, 2018. Oli SCARFF / AFP



Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed his mother died last month and he is unable to travel from Britain to attend the funeral in Germany because of Covid-19 travel restrictions.

According to reports, Elisabeth Klopp died on January 19 at the age of 81. She was from Glatten in the Black Forest region,

“She meant everything to me. She was a real mum in the best sense of the word,” Klopp told local newspaper the Schwarzwaelder Bote.

“As a devout Christian, I know she is in a better place now,” he added.

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Germany has introduced strict travel restrictions from countries such as Britain which have been hit by a new, more contagious variant of the coronavirus.

“The fact that I can’t be at the funeral is due to these terrible times,” said 53-year-old Klopp. “As soon as circumstances allow, we will hold a wonderful memorial service befitting her.”

On Wednesday, Liverpool’s official Twitter account offered condolences by posting the message “You’ll Never Walk Alone, Jurgen” accompanied by a photograph of Klopp and a heart.