Liverpool And Jurgen Klopp In Advance Talks

liverpoolLiverpool have confirmed that talks with Jurgen Klopp over the vacant manager’s position at Anfield are progressing well.

It has emerged Klopp is the club’s preferred candidate to replace Brendan Rodgers, ahead of former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss, Carlo Ancelotti, and the Reds hope to have him in place by Friday.

If he takes over at Anfield, he is expected to bring his former Dortmund Assistant, Bosnian Zeljko Buvac, with him.

Buvac is known as ‘the brain’ due to his tactical knowledge, and Klopp has described him as a “master of every form of training”.

Klopp could also bring another of his former Dortmund coaches with him, Peter Krawietz, who never played professional football, and specialises as a video analyst.

Liverpool Players Will Help Mignolet Win Golden Gloves – Skrtel

LiverpoolLiverpool defender, Martin Skrtel, says assisting goalkeeper, Simon Mignolet to win the Golden Gloves award will be one of Liverpool’s targets in their final three matches of the 2014-15 season.

The goalkeeper currently leads the standings in the race for the accolade, with his 14 clean sheets putting him ahead of the likes of Fraser Forster, Joe Hart and Thibaut Courtois.

While trying to secure a top-four berth is the most crucial for the Reds, Skrtel insists they’ll also be trying to help Mignolet get his gloves on the custodian prize at the end of the campaign.

He told Liverpoolfc.com: “It’s always nice to get a clean sheet, and Simon is at the top of the list. We will try to help him and we hope and believe he can win it.

“That will be one of the messages for the last three games – but not only for these last three games as we try to keep clean sheets as often as we can. At the moment we’re doing pretty well and we want to carry on in that way.”

Liverpool head into their last trio of matches trailing fourth-place Manchester United by four points in the race for Champions League qualification and Skrtel knows it’ll be difficult to overturn that deficit, but is adamant the Reds won’t be giving up on the hope of doing so until it’s mathematically impossible.

“It’s obviously not over because we still have a chance – and while we have a chance, we will fight for it,” said the 30-year-old.

“We will do all we can do to try and get into the top four and then we’ll see where we finish at the end of the season.

“We have to be honest – we know it is not in our hands, but we have to win our games and wait on United’s results. Then we’ll see. We are ready and we’ll be fighting.”

Meanwhile, Skrtel insists he remains fully committed to Liverpool.

The centre-back has been the subject of media speculation regarding his long-term future, but has confirmed he’s in negotiations regarding a new contract with the Reds.

“There is always talk about my position and my future.

“Almost every single transfer window there is always talk about myself leaving Liverpool and interest from other clubs.

“But as it stands, I still have a contract with Liverpool, I have an offer from Liverpool and we’ll see where we finish [with those talks].

“I am fully committed to Liverpool.”

Rodgers Slams English FA For Suarez’s 10-Match Ban

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers criticised the English Football Association (FA) for punishing the man rather than the incident after striker Luis Suarez was given a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.

Rodgers compared the punishment meted out on Suarez to two other biting incidents, including one involving England striker Jermaine Defoe.

He said that Suarez acted impulsively and said the club would help him to make sure there would be no repeat.

Meanwhile, Suarez is yet to lodge an appeal against the 10-match ban as he was given till Friday 1100 GMT to lodge an appeal.

It would be recalled that the 26 year old Liverpool striker  was suspended on Wednesday after he was shown to have bitten Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic on the arm during Chelsea-Liverpool weekend clash.

With the ban placed on the striker, Suarez will be out of action for Liverpool for the rest of the season and the first six games of next season.

Suarez is the second top scorer with 23 goals in the English Premier League behind Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie.

Cole Joins Boyhood Club; West Ham On Free Transfer

England International midfielder Joe Cole has left the Reds; Liverpool to return his younger days club Wet Ham after he left the Anfield club on a free transfer.

Signing an 18 month contract with West Ham, Cole admitted having a miserable time in Liverpool after leaving Stamford Bridge to Anfield in 2010.

Cole won eight major trophies at Chelsea, including three Premier League titles, and played 56 times for England.

It was not so pleasant for Cole in his first match for Liverpool after he red-carded and the second match too where he missed a penalty, he was there after sent on a loan spell to French Team Lille.

Cole scored five goals in 42 matches in all competitions at Liverpool.

Cole’s first spell at West Ham from 1998 to 2003 was where he learnt the trade.

“This is where I learnt my trade (West Ham) and I’m happy to have another chance to be here.”

Suarez is unstoppable – Liverpool Manager

Liverpool and Uruguay International; striker Luis Suarez has secured the backing of his manager Brendan Rodgers after he dismissed fears that the striker will be forced out of the English game by continuing criticism.

Since his leaving his former club Ajax for the English Premier League and Liverpool precisely in January 2011 the forward player has had to endure so much and with the last game played by the Reds, there’s no signs of them easing off.

Looking back, the Uruguay international was banned for eight matches last season after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, now he’s been accused of diving which from some quarters a sending-off from the game would have been the only option.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge expressed his concern the 25-year-old could walk away from the club because of the hard time he gets from opposition managers and supporters but Rodgers rejected that.

And according to Rodgers “I think he loves playing in English football,” said Rodgers of Suarez, who only signed a new long-term contract at the start of the season.

“I speak with Luis regularly and he loves the passion and excitement of the game over here.

“What he is a player who is mentally very strong – as you can see from his time here the amount of stick he has taken.

“It is actually a driver for him. It really motivates him and he loves being at Liverpool: he loves the city, the club and the supporters so I can’t see that (being forced out) happening.”

Suarez answered his critics, and more pertinently David Moyes with a sarcastic dive at the Everton manager’s feet after his deflected shot brought the opening goal in Sunday’s Merseyside derby draw.

Rodgers has been impressed by the way the South American has shouldered the burden of being the club’s only fit senior striker and insists it is a privilege to coach him.

“I thought he was outstanding (against Everton). He is a breath of fresh air with his enthusiasm,” added the Northern Irishman.

“He is our only fit senior striker here and he was tireless against Reading and then we had to play a strong team against Anzi (in the Europa League).

“People maybe thought the condition of the team and him in particular would waver but the condition of the group, and particularly him up front, was amazing.

“He is a wonderful talent who will always provoke comments both positive and negative but the bottom line is he is a fantastic player.

 

“He is goal scorer and his goals to games ratio this season is fantastic.

“He is really inspirational for the group because he works hard every day and he is quality at that top end of the field: he genuinely is a world-class striker.

“It is a privilege to work with a player of that quality every day.”

After three tough games Suarez is likely to be given the night off tomorrow when Rodgers’ former club Swansea visit in the Capital One Cup.

Liverpool, the defending champions, came through the last round with a 2-1 win at West Brom having fielded a team with an average age of 24 years 10 days, while seven of the 13 players used that night were under 22.

The Reds boss has admitted league performances are his priority and so the side he puts out in this competition will be shorn of first-team stars and tomorrow is no different.

But he intends to pay every respect to the club he left in the summer, insisting the close relationship he had with Swans chairman Huw Jenkins remains strong and that actually helped when he went back to buy midfielder Joe Allen.

“It improved the Allen deal as I was able to speak to Huw and ask if there was a market for Joe and he came back to me and told me there was a possibility he could be sold,” he said.

“We became close both professionally and personally there and our relationship is still strong.

“Leaving there was sad but I knew I was coming to one of the biggest clubs in the world.

“We are not in contact as much – we would have spoken every day and had many great football conversations – but there is still that respect there and an admiration for the work they do.

“I always like to leave on good terms. There is no problem there.

“But we want to get through and nothing will get in the way of that.

“No sentiment gets in the way of wanting to progress to the next round.”