Klopp Plays Down ‘Crazy’ Liverpool Quadruple Talk

Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp takes a training session at the Axa training centre in Kirkby, north of Liverpool in north-west England on November 23, 2021, on the eve of their UEFA Champions League, Group B football match against Porto. Paul ELLIS / AFP

 

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says it is “crazy” to even think about an unprecedented quadruple of trophies as he prepares his League Cup winners for Wednesday’s FA Cup tie against Norwich.

The Reds beat Chelsea 11-10 in a dramatic penalty shootout at Wembley on Sunday to win the first piece of domestic silverware on offer in the English season and are still chasing glory on three other fronts.

Victory against Premer League strugglers Norwich would take Liverpool through to the FA Cup quarter-finals, while they are 2-0 up after the first leg of their elite European Champions League last-16 game against Inter Milan.

Klopp’s men are six points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, with a match in hand, after a run of six consecutive league wins.

But the German is not entertaining the thought of winning all four trophies, with months of the season still to come.

“No team in the history of English football has won the quadruple, right? That is because it is incredibly difficult,” Klopp said on Tuesday.

“We are still behind Manchester City (in the Premier League). We are not close to thinking about any crazy stuff like that.

“The only team who could get it is us because we won the first final but even City, with all the quality they have in the last years, couldn’t win the quadruple.”

Klopp said it was important to keep the focus on the “next step” and not become distracted.

There are likely to be plenty of changes for the visit of Norwich after a number of Liverpool players featured for 120 minutes at Wembley.

The celebrations were relatively short-lived and Klopp does not think there will be a problem refocusing for the FA Cup tie against the Canaries.

He said: “The party was in the dressing room and then we were all in the bus…. Then we had loud music in the bus, no music in the plane, maybe some in the cars and then home at 12:30 pm (0030 GMT).

“Then you cannot sleep, or at least I can’t, and we gave the boys the day off yesterday.”

Klopp has also played down the seriousness of 18-year-old Harvey Elliott’s celebrations after the Football Association asked him for an explanation as to why he celebrated on the pitch holding a flare.

“He made a mistake but only because of the role model we have as people working in public. I will tell him, I can promise he will not do it again,” said the manager.

“Do I think it is the worst thing that happened in the world of football? No.

“But in the moment I got carried away, and I am nearly four times as old as him, so it can happen.”

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Klopp Puts Premier League Title Down To ‘Destiny’ 

Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp applauds the supporters after the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Liverpool at The London Stadium, in east London on February 4, 2019. The game finished 1-1. Glyn KIRK / AFP

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his side can do no more to end a 29-year wait to win the Premier League as Divock Origi’s late winner earned a thrilling 3-2 victory at Newcastle on Saturday despite losing Mohamed Salah to a head knock.

Salah was stretchered off 20 minutes from time making him a doubt for Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final, second leg against Barcelona, while Klopp confirmed Roberto Firmino will definitely miss the visit of the Spanish champions to Anfield.

“We’ll have to see. He (Salah) took a blow to the head. He watched the game in the locker room, he was OK, but we have to do more tests,” Klopp told Sky Sports.

Overturning a 3-0 first leg deficit against Barca now looks an even more monumental task, although Liverpool stay in the hunt for the Premier League title.

However, rivals Manchester City have two games remaining to Liverpool’s one.

In a recurring theme of a thrilling title race, Liverpool dug deep late on to continue asking questions of the champions by moving two points ahead of City once more.

“I accepted long ago we do everything (we can),” said Klopp, whose side have lost only once in the league this season.

“Whether we will be champions or not is destiny because we cannot do more.

“Even in the draws we tried everything to win the games. The boys showed in each second they really want to win it.”

Faced with a difficult balancing act to strike, Klopp made four changes to the side beaten by Barcelona in midweek.

Trent Alexander-Arnold was one of those recalled and the England right-back was to have an eventful evening at both ends.

Alexander-Arnold’s corner found Van Dijk completely unmarked to open the scoring as Rondon slipped and the PFA’s Player of the Year powered home his fifth goal of the season.

Newcastle had barely ventured over the halfway line in the first 20 minutes, but levelled with their first serious attack.

Matt Ritchie’s driven cross was turned goalwards by Rondon, whose shot was saved on the line by the arm of Alexander-Arnold.

A penalty and a red card would likely have followed for the Liverpool defender had Atsu not put home the rebound.

All of a sudden Newcastle looked the more dangerous side as Ayoze Perez turned Van Dijk before smashing off the crossbar.

However, an enthralling first 28 minutes took another twist when Alexander-Arnold made the most of his reprieve to still be on the field with his second assist of the night.

His cross found Salah inside the area, but the Egyptian still had plenty to do as he cushioned a finish into the far corner on his weaker right foot to move two in front of teammate Sadio Mane and Sergio Aguero in the race for the Golden Boot.

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez could have been taking charge of the Magpies for the last time at home as the Spaniard’s contract runs out at the end of the season.

But his side did not go down without a fight as Rondon’s sweet strike levelled once more early in the second half.

“We will have conversations in the next couple of weeks. It is so simple, you can see the potential,” said Benitez, whose four seasons at the club have been marred by a frosty relationship with owner Mike Ashley.

“I am really proud and pleased because we stayed up but I would like to do something more.”

Salah was caught on the head by Martin Dubravka as Newcastle’s Slovakian goalkeeper raced from his goal to punch the ball to safety.

He was stretchered off, his hands over his face to applause from both sets of supporters.

“He got the hip of the goalie on his head,” added Klopp. “When we came in he was sitting in the dressing room and watched the game. He was then fine but we have to wait.”

Without two thirds of their prolific frontline, Liverpool would have been forgiven for thinking their chase of City was up.

But, not for the first time this season, Origi, who scored a 96th minute winner against Everton in the Merseyside derby in December, came off the bench to score a vital late goal as he got his head to Xherdan Shaqiri’s free-kick.

Klopp Asks Liverpool Fans To Shun Violence, Respect Roma

Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp shouts instructions to his players from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north-west England on April 7, 2018. PHOTO: Lindsey PARNABY / AFP

 

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp warned the club’s fans not to repeat the scenes that saw windows of Manchester City’s team bus smashed by thrown cans and bottles ahead of their Champions League semi-final, first leg against Roma at Anfield on Tuesday.

City became just the latest victims of a famous European night at Anfield on the pitch three weeks ago as Liverpool raced into a 3-0 first leg lead that laid the foundations for their 5-1 aggregate victory over the English champions in the quarter-finals.

However, Klopp wants to retain the passion inside the stadium without the ugly scenes outside which are the subject of a UEFA investigation.

“In the stadium do it again and better. Outside the stadium, please show the respect we have to show,” said Klopp on Monday.

“This is such an outstanding football club, an outstanding football family, known for fantastic atmospheres all over the world, so we don’t need to throw whatever at the bus of the opposing team.

The Italians will be greeted by at least one familiar face in Mohamed Salah, but it is the Egyptian who poses the biggest threat to their dream of returning to the final for the first time since they lost to Liverpool on home soil in 1984.

Salah made the move from the Italian capital to Anfield just 10 months ago and has surpassed all expectations since with an incredible 41 goals in 46 Liverpool appearances to already net more times than he did in two years for Roma.

The 25-year-old was rewarded for his brilliant campaign by winning the Premier League’s Players’ Player of the Year award on Sunday evening, beating off stiff competition from Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne to the prize.

“I’m really happy for him, really proud of that, it is a fantastic achievement. I think if all the other players vote for you it means most to all players,” added Klopp.

“In a season like this, when Kevin de Bruyne played a season like he did, it made it even more special.”

Start of something special

Despite their rich heritage in the competition as five-time winners, Liverpool haven’t been in the last four of the Champions League for a decade.

And captain Jordan Henderson believes this season’s run to the semis can be the start of something special under Klopp.

“Hopefully this is the start of something special with this squad,” said the England international.

“The manager has been brilliant since he has come to the club. We’ve improved every season and done brilliant this season to get this stage.”

However, even Klopp’s men’s 5-1 thrashing of Premier League champions Manchester City over two legs in the last eight was upstaged by Roma coming from 4-1 down in the first leg of their quarter-final with Barcelona to progress on away goals thanks to a famous 3-0 second leg win.

Klopp admitted he thought it was a joke when he was first informed of Roma’s result against Barca, but insists both sides should believe they can be European champions despite the presence of powerhouses Bayern Munich and 12-time winners Real Madrid in the other semi-final.

“I do understand many people would have thought this semi-final would be City v Barcelona, but it’s not, because it is football and Roma made it possible, as we did too,” added the German.

“If anyone thinks we two are the underdogs, who cares? We are in the semi-final and can go to the final.”

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Liverpool Manager, Klopp Hospitalised

FILE PHOTO: Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium. Ian KINGTON / IKIMAGES / AFP

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was admitted to hospital on Wednesday following a health scare.

Media reports said Klopp had told Liverpool’s medical staff that he was feeling ill, and the 50-year-old German was urged to go to a hospital for further tests.

“He is being assessed by doctors and will be absent from training on Wednesday as a result,” the club said in a statement.

“There are currently no plans for Jurgen to remain in the hospital beyond his appointment and he will, therefore, return home this evening; however, he may require further check-ups in the coming days.”

Klopp’s full squad returned to Liverpool’s Melwood training ground from international duty on Wednesday ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Southampton but the players arrived with Klopp nowhere to be seen, as their coach had already been taken to the hospital.

Liverpool did not say whether the former Borussia Dortmund coach, who is scheduled to take part in a pre-match press conference on Friday, will return to training or if he will be on the Anfield bench on Saturday.

Should Klopp be absent this weekend it will be the second game he has missed for Liverpool due to ill health. He was hospitalised with appendicitis ahead of the Reds’ 2-2 home draw with Sunderland in February 2016.

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Liverpool Aim To Close Gap On Chelsea

Liverpool, ChelseaLiverpool Manager, Jurgen Klopp, believes a little more luck on the injury front is all that is separating his team from Chelsea.

Klopp made the remark as he tipped his side to secure all three points when they host Stoke City on Tuesday.

The Reds have only lost twice all season but are currently missing the influential Philippe Coutinho as they prepare for the first of their two home games before the end of the year.

Coutinho is not likely to return before 2017 due to an ankle injury, while defender Joel Matip is also struggling with his fitness.

Chelsea are dominating the English Premier League table while Liverpool trail them with six points.

We Gave Game Away, Klopp Says After Bournemouth Beat Liverpool

Liverpool, Manchester United, man United, Jurgen Klopp, Jose MourinhoLiverpool manager, Jürgen Klopp, on Sunday admitted his side “gave it away”, as Bournemouth’s late comeback condemned his side to a first defeat since August.

Mr Klopp, however, insisted that he had no concerns over his goalkeeper, Loris Karius, despite the errors that contributed the hosts’ dramatic win.

Karius, who looked nervous throughout, spilled Steve Cook’s shot for Nathan Aké to convert from close range to complete a remarkable turnaround, as Bournemouth, inspired by their substitute Ryan Fraser, secured their first victory against Liverpool.

“We gave the game away, and the boys know that.

“Only because of us Bournemouth came back. It was our mistake to let them back in the game but, even when we were 2-0 up at half-time, I wasn’t happy because we weren’t playing too well.

“We were too static in our play and I didn’t like what I was seeing too much, so I told the boys that the game wasn’t over. We kept the ball too long at the wrong moments, passing it late, and, eventually, everything changed,” Klopp said.

Bournemouth had trailed 3-1 after 76 minutes with the visitors apparently in complete control, only for their defensive frailties to be exposed.

The victory had pushed the Merseyside club to third place, four points off the leaders, Chelsea, from whom Ake is on loan.

In other Premiership games, Everton got late equaliser to hold Manchester United to a 1-1 draw.

Sevilla Stun Liverpool, Win Third Successive Europa League Title

Sevilla, Europa League, LiverpoolSevilla have become the first team to win three successive Europa League title after beating Liverpool 3 – 1 on Wednesday night in Basel.

The Reds initially mounted a pressure on the Spanish after Daniel Sturridge scored a goal with a fantastic assist from Philippe Coutinho in the 35th minute.

Liverpool maintained the 1 – 0 lead till the end of the first half.

Sevilla came tough in the beginning of the second half just as Kevin Gameiro scored the equaliser, barely two minutes from the kick off.

Vitolo (Víctor Perez) also made an assist which was utilised by Sevilla’s defender Coke (Jorge Moreno) to set the Spanish on the lead before he (Coke) subsequently scored an unbelievable goal as the game ended 3 – 1.

Sevilla, Europa League 2

The defending champions have endured a disappointing domestic campaign, finishing seventh in La Liga and failing to win a single away game, the only team in Europe’s top five leagues to do so.

Sevilla, Liverpool Set For Europa League Final

Europa League, Sevilla, LiverpoolLiverpool Manager, Jurgen Klopp, has urged his team to become “Liverpool Legends” by winning the Europa League crown against Sevilla in Basel.

The Reds beat Premier League rivals Manchester United, Klopp’s former side Borussia Dortmund and Spanish club Villarreal on their way to the final.

And the Reds boss will be hoping to build on that run to end an 11-year wait for European success at St. Jakob-Park.

On the flipside, Sevilla Coach, Unai Emery, wants his team to stay focused on their game if they are to achieve history in this season’s Europa League final.

The defending champions, Sevilla, have won the last two editions of the tournament and hold a record four UEFA Cup/Europa League triumphs, all in the last decade.

If Sevilla beat Liverpool in Basel they will become the first team to win three successive Europa League titles.

Sevilla have endured a disappointing domestic campaign, finishing seventh in La Liga and failing to win a single away game, the only team in Europe’s top five leagues to do so.

Meanwhile, Liverpool midfielder, James Milner, says winning the Europa League final against Sevilla would mean more than playing “six years” in the Champions League.

Both sides meet in Wednesday night’s final in Basel and Milner championed the tournament as a way of winning an all-important trophy, rather than winning it because it awards a berth in the Champions League.

Europa League: Liverpool Will Take This Opportunity – Jurgen Klopp

LiverpoolLiverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has promised that Liverpool will give everything to lift the Europa League trophy.

This came after the Reds booked a place in the final with a 3-0 victory over Villarreal at Anfield.

A Bruno Soriano own goal in the seventh minute was followed by Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana strikes in the second half, which overturned a deficit from the first leg in Spain.

The Reds therefore progress to a meeting with Sevilla in Basel on May 18 – and deservedly so according to Klopp, who was delighted with his team’s display.

During his post-match press conference, Kloop was full of praises for his players admitting excitedly that their performance surpassed his expectations on the night.

“The problem is I’m not a native speaker so I don’t have the right words for this performance. It was nice to watch and nice to be part of it; the whole performance, not from the first, second (but) from 6.45pm when we drove through the road again. It’s nice.

“The first half-hour… what power! The will was obvious, I would say. Then for 15 minutes we lost a little bit of patience, that’s normal. We tried (to be) a little bit different and it made not too much sense. In the second half, (it was) back to the plan – still very emotional plus very smart, wonderful goals, well deserved.”

Kloop also had good words for striker Daniel Sturridge, who he admitted had a great game but mainly because he had a great team to play with, maintaining that the entire team was outstanding.

The 2016 Europa League final is Liverpool’s first European final since 2007 and Kloop considers this a great feat considering how the season has been for the club and particularly how difficult the Europa League started for them.

“When I came here, the tournament didn’t sound too nice for the people – three draws or something like that. It was a difficult group I thought and we came through with a nice game in Russia. That was good. We felt really comfortable in this tournament…

“I think, especially in 2016, the team has showed a lot of times what they are capable of and what they could be capable of in the future. That’s a really good sign. That’s more important for me as a manager.

“But then when you perform in the right moments like we did tonight, or against Dortmund or against United or Augsburg then you want to have more. That’s what we try now.

“Europe is big and a lot of teams want to go to finals, it’s not too easy. Now we are there. It’s a great opportunity and we will take it as an opportunity,” he said.

He admitted, however, that while outstanding performances are required, the club would also need some luck to win the title.

Klopp Extols Liverpool’s Europa League Performance

Liverpool-Jurgen-Klopp-Europa-League-DortmundLiverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, is full of praise for his team after they staged an amazing performance to beat Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League.

Kloop described the victory as everything a coach would desire from his team on a big match day.

Dortmund coach, Thomas Tuchel admitted that Liverpool took a lot of risks that worked for them.

Liverpool had done the unthinkable fight back at the Anfield Stadium from being 1-3 down to defeat Dortmund 4-3 and also qualified for the semi-final, 5-4 on aggregate.

Villarreal will subsequently host Liverpool in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final on April 28 while the return leg would be played in England on May 5.

On the flip side, Sevilla will travel to Ukraine for the first leg against Shakhtar Donestk while the return leg would be played in Spain.

The Europa League final would take place in Basel, Switzerland on Wednesday, May 18.

Sturridge Out For Another 10 Days – Klopp

sturridgeLiverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has confirmed that Daniel Sturridge will remain out of action for at least another 10 days.

Klopp said that he would give the England striker as much time as he needs to recover from the hamstring injury sustained against Newcastle United in December.

Sturridge has played just 108 minutes of football since Klopp took over from Brendan Rodgers in October.

He has missed Liverpool’s past 11 matches in all competitions since the 2-0 defeat by the Magpies on December 6.

Ranieri, Klopp Comment On Liverpool’s Victory

Liverpool-FC-and-Leicester-CityLeicester City manager, Claudio Ranieri, says Liverpool deserved to win after Christian Benteke ended the League leaders 10-match unbeaten run.

It was Leicester’s second league defeat of the season and the first time they failed to score with Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, who have scored 29 of Leicester’s 37 league goals this season substituted in the second half.

Meanwhile, Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, is pleased to have ended Leicester’s unbeaten run which also ended his side three-game winless streak.

Klopp praised his team’s performance for holding on to a crucial victory that could see them chasing a top four finish again.

The Liverpool boss is hoping the players can continue with such display when they face Sunderland at the stadium of light on Wednesday, December 30.