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Klopp: I am not a clown, I see we have problems
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp commented on his team's recent playing problems, admitting the lack of physical fitness. "I am not always laughing like crazy. I am a normal person," the manager told BBC. "We have this lack of consistency, we cannot ignore it. I am not a clown - even though a few people think I am. "It is not about laughing the whole week and ignoring the problems you have." "I think we are usually clean - not ugly challenges - but physical․ Sometimes you need tactical fouls but being harder than allowed, I don't think it makes sense," The German specialist added. Liverpool will face Arsenal within the boundaries of EPL week 26. Right now they have 49 points and are the fifth in table.
Clash for UCL spot. Liverpool vs Arsenal. MATCH PREVIEW
Spanish La Liga, week 26 March 4, 17:30 UTC Venue: Anfield, Liverpool, England Referee: Robert Madley Overview on Forms Liverpool → L_D_L_W_L Liverpool are on the worst period of their season, and no one knows how much will the disaster continue. The Reds have lost six of their last 10 games in all competitions. Two more draws and only two wins can be counted in them, which are all the ten games in 2017. This horrible series are accompanied with losing the EFL semifinals to Southampton, leaving the FA cup after Wolverhampton loss (1-2) and sliding down to the fifth position in EPL table. Their last clash was against managerless Leicester City (1-3), which has been yet another loss. However, Liverpool still did not lose to the strongest opponents of 2017. Manchester United and Chelsea draws (1-1) accompanied with Tottenham win (2-0), leave a chance of strong fight by Klopp’s team. Arsenal → W_W_L_L_W Arsenal are not in a better form, though. The team lost three out of last five games. The clashes against strong opponents have been the worst, as Arsenal lost to Chelsea (3-1) in Premier League and Bayern Munich (5-1) in Champions League. In general, Arsenal game has been very hard to predict recently. On the other hand, Chelsea and Bayern Munich are obviously stronger than Arsenal, while Liverpool are not. So, the London side can still keep high hope. Important to note that Liverpool are only one point away from Arsenal and the win can put the back to Champions League qualification zone. Head-to-Head The historic records of these teams’ head-to-head clashes show equality, as both of them count for 68 wins, 51 games were draws. The equality holds for the last five clashes, too. Three of the five were draws, Arsenal won one, while Liverpool defeated the opponent in the first round dramatic clash we all remember. Important to not, that last two Arsenal clashes at Anfield were draws, which seems to be the most probable outcome for the Saturday match, too. Missing Players Liverpool → Ings, Ejaria, Grujic (both injured), Lovren, Henderson (doubtful) Arsenal → Cazorla, Sanogo, Elneny (all injured), Ozil, Koscielny, Ramsey (doubtful) Probable Lineups
Borussia star rejected Liverpool before signing for BVB
Borussia Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembele has revealed he rejected the chance to join Liverpool after Jurgen Klopp made a late bid to sign him last summer. "I saw Klopp in Paris but I told him I had made up my mind to sign for Dortmund," Dembele told FourFourTwo. "I told [Leicester manager] Claudio Ranieri the same thing." Dembele is now plying his trade at Borussia Dortmund alongside another reported Liverpool target Christian Pulisic. The Reds have been linked with a move for the forward, who is already known to Klopp from their time together in Germany. However, the USA international recently signed a new deal at the club until 2020 in January and is focused on succeeding at Westfalenstadion. "I have respect for Klopp and I know him - he was very welcoming to me here - but I was never really thinking about going to Liverpool," Pulisic said.
Klopp and Sturridge to have talks over striker’s future
Jurgen Klopp admits he is planning to hold talks with Daniel Sturridge at the end of the season to decide his future at Liverpool. Sturridge, who missed Monday's 3-1 loss to Leicester through illness, has started only five Premier League games this season and nine in total. "I have no idea what happens in the summer. It is not only Daniel but a lot of players," said Klopp. "Daniel was not in training for eight or nine days because of a virus infection. We have to bring him back to the best shape possible and then bring this season to an end as successfully as possible. "Then we will make decisions and speak about Daniel and any other players about what will happen at the end of the season. "A lot of things will influence this and we can speak about it when it is time."
Story of a Badge: Liverpool
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Lallana signs a new deal with Liverpool
Adam Lallana has signed a new long-term deal with Liverpool. The England international has made 117 appearances for the Reds after joining from Southampton in 2014. “I’m very proud and feel quite humbled by the show of faith from the club and the manager in particular," he told the club website. “Signing for a club like Liverpool is obviously a big thing - but to re-sign shows you’ve obviously contributed enough that the people who make the decisions want you to stay longer. “This is a really good place to be at the moment and, for a player who wants to be part of something special, I can’t think of a better club to commit your future to."
Adam Lallana is set to sign a new contract
Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana is set to sign a new three-year contract at Anfield. The deal, understood to be worth around £110,000-a-week, also contains the option to extend for a fourth year. Lallana has just two years left to run on the five-year contract he signed when joining from Southampton in a £25m deal in the summer of 2014. The 28-year-old has become an important first-team player under Jurgen Klopp, making 27 appearances and scoring seven goals this season.
Premier League Top 4: The Contenders
With 13 games left to play, Chelsea’s lead is far from unassailable, and the title race is still very much open. According to Conte, as many as ‘six teams’ can ‘fight to win the title’. As the season draws ever closer to a thrilling finale, however, attentions will turn toward to the all-important and lucrative Champions League places; the top 4. Chelsea’s place in the top 4 is all but assured, so let’s take a look at the other contenders: Manchester City Guardiola’s City team look to be rallying at the right time. They’ve hit a fine patch of form in recent weeks, winning their last 3 premier league matches, and look like a sensible bet to secure a top 4 position. City face a tough run of games at the end of March and start of April, however. They will face Liverpool at home on March 19th, followed by away trips to Arsenal and Chelsea in the space of 4 days. With all 3 sides in the mix for a top 4 place, these games could prove key. Tottenham Hotspur Having conceded only 18 goals this season, Tottenham have the joint best defence in the league. The recently injured Jan Vertonghen has been a key element in Tottenham’s defensive prowess, and will be a huge miss for Pochettino’s side. Spurs have stumbled slightly since his injury, having previously recorded 7 straight victories before he was carted off against West Brom in January. Spurs have a habit of falling at the final hurdle but, with the experience of last season’s title race, young players like Dele Alli are sure to cope better mentally this season. I’ve no doubt that Spurs will still be in the title race going into the season’s final games, and certainly won’t let a Champions League place slip away. Spurs only have 2 games to play against the rest of the top 6, both at White Hart Lane, and this could prove decisive. Arsenal Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger faces increasing pressure following some poor results in last few weeks. Recent Premier League losses against Watford and Chelsea may have damaged their title hopes irreparably, and this week’s Champions League battering against Bayern has further compounded Arsenal’s woes. Much has been said about a lack of on the pitch leadership at Arsenal, and with fresh speculation over Wenger’s future at the club, it looks like the side could falter in the closing stages of the season. Arsenal will face a tough run-in in the coming months. Upcoming visits to Anfield and White Hart Lane will provide tough obstacles, as will hosting Man Utd and Man City at home. With the side showing a startling lack of resilience, it’s hard to imagine them sustaining a significant title challenge. A top 4 finish may be the best they can hope for, but they’ll have to fight for it. Liverpool Prior to Liverpool’s 2-0 win against Tottenham on Saturday, they were yet to record a win in the Premier League in 2017. Despite a run of a prior run of 5 games without a win, including losses against Swansea and Hull, Liverpool are still very much in contention for a Champions League spot. Manager Jurgen Klopp was in an optimistic mood following victory against Spurs, and believes Liverpool have turned a corner following a dreadful start to 2017. He claimed Liverpool were ‘back in this race’, and he could be right. Liverpool are joint highest scorers in the league this season and, despite struggling to break defence-minded sides down in recent weeks, have plenty of firepower. They’ll be looking to striker and top scorer, Sadio Mane, to provide the vital spark to keep them in the race for the title and top 4 places. Liverpool only face 2 games against the other contenders, against Arsenal and Man City, but must also play an ever-tricky Merseyside derby in the coming weeks. Man Utd Currently sitting at 6th place in the table, 12 points behind leaders Chelsea, it looks like Man Utd’s title hopes are already over. With Mourinho’s side only 2 points behind Spurs and Arsenal, 3rd and 4th respectively, they are still very much in with a shout of a top 4 finish. United have relied heavily on goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic this season, and this could prove their downfall. The eccentric striker has contributed directly to over 50% of United’s goals this season and will need him to be on top form if they are to finish in the top 4. Man Utd will face back-to-back away trips to Arsenal and Tottenham in the final 3 games of the season, and this could prove fatal to their top 4 chances.
Jurgen Klopp on Barcelona radar
Barcelona have put Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp near the top of their wish list to replace Luis Enrique, reports the Mirror. Enrique is under pressure following Barcelona’s 4-0 humbling to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Klopp, as well as Merseyside rival and former Barca defender Ronald Koeman, are two potential options to replace the Spaniard should he leave at the end of the season. Luis Enrique's possible replacements' list also includes Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli who is considered as one of the best managers in the world at the moment. However, the Chilean has spoken to the media and said that he doesn't intend to join the Catalan side.
Chelsea youngster prepares to join Liverpool
Chelsea youngster Dominic Solanke is reportedly prepared to join Liverpool in the summer. The Sun say the 19-year-old has told friends he will move to Anfield when his deal expires at the end of the season. It is reported that he wanted £50,000 a week to stay at Chelsea and Liverpool will have to pay up to £8m in compensation as the fee will go to a tribunal. Note that Solanke has made 5 appearances during this season.