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Klopp: We cannot be champions this year
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted that his team are not capable of winning the English Premier League this season. “We have to accept that we cannot be champions this year," Klopp told his press conference. "But there is still everything else to go for. The second Holy Grail? That’s what we have to fight for. We have to go for it. “I’m sure a lot of people will have criticised me. That’s absolutely fine as long as there is a point in the week where you think: ‘Okay! Enough. Let’s go again!" Liverpool manager added. Liverpool have not won a single game in the last five EPL clashes, sliding down to the fifth position in the league table, being the second before the unfortunate series.
Real Madrid defender on Liverpool radar
Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez has become a new target for Liverpool, OK Diario informs. According to the source, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp plans to update his team significantly during the next transfer window. The 27-year-old defender is one of the main candidates for Liverpool squad enhance. Real Madrid is currently demanding around €20 million for Nacho, moreover, his salary is one of the lowest among Madrid players. The defender was near to leaving for Roma last summer, but Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane managed to convince him stay. In the current season Nacho Fernandez has featured in 20 competitive clashes, scoring once and assisting two goals.
Mkhitaryan thanks Klopp for coping with Man Utd move
Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has thanked Jurgen Klopp for the advice that helped him through a tough start to his Old Trafford career, reports BBC Sport. Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp counseled the 28-year-old Armenian international captain through a difficult time when they were at Borussia Dortmund in 2013. "I am thankful to Klopp. He worked on my personality and the psychological part," said Mkhitaryan. "At Dortmund, I was very stressed after a few games when we were playing really bad," added Mkhitaryan, who has scored five times this season. "Klopp showed me the way. He supported me and told me I had to keep my head up because good things were coming. He helped me to become a player." Note that Mkhitaryan spent two seasons working under the 49-year-old specialist in Germany.
Liverpool eye Leicester winger
Liverpool will add Leicester City's Demarai Gray to a list of wingers they are interested, according to The Times. The 20-year-old has been in and out of the Leicester side during their disappointing campaign, but he starred during their FA Cup replay with Derby County on Wednesday night. It has been suggested that Klopp is keen to add two wide players to his squad during the off-season and Gray features among his top targets. Bayer Leverkusen’s Julian Brandt, reportedly, is also on Klopp's radar. Note that Gray has made 29 appearances during this season.
Top 10 Player–Rivals in Football
Football mostly builds good relationships, but sometimes it also creates an even greater rivalry between the players: We have identified 10 of the hottest conflicts between the players. Diego Costa- Laurent Koscielny Rivals since 2015 Actually, many players in the APL cannot stand the Spaniard, but he has a special rivalry with Laurent. During games with Arsenal, Costa always incites him by blowing or slapping on the face. The Frenchman was mad about it and said, “Costa’s aim is not playing, but rather making defenders crazy”. Costa’s poor behavior cost Arsenal a few points. After that, Laurent got mad and decided to take revenge. He finally accepted Costa’s rules. Hence, Laurent began hitting the opponent with feet and ignored Costa’s anger. The latter lost control over himself, and that resulted in Chelsea losing points. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrwZa0xp6wI
Liverpool eye Porto fullback
Liverpool are interested in signing Porto fullback Ricardo Pereira, according to the Daily Star. The 23-year-old, also reportedly being chased by Inter Milan, has been on loan at Nice this season. Pereira is out of contract in 2019, and is valued at £22m. The 23-year-old defender has made 22 appearances during this season. Note, that Ricardo began playing youth football with local C.F. Benfica, signing in 2010 with Naval 1º de Maio. He moved to Vitória S.C. after only one year, completing his formation with the Guimarães-based club.
Inter Milan goalkeeper on Liverpool radar
Liverpool are interested in Inter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, according to Tuttomercatoweb.com. The Premier League club head coach Jurgen Klopp has struggled to find a reliable no.1 this season with Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet prone to making match changing errors. The 49-year-old specialist, reportedly, wants to sign the Slovenian international during summer transfer window. Handanović has made 29 appearances in 2016/17 season. Note, that the 32-year-old goalkeeper started his career at Slovan and was later transferred to Domžale where he spent two seasons.
Carragher believes Liverpool need new signings
Former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher believes, that the Reds need some more quality players to become a really competitive side in the title race. "Liverpool don't have the squad to match the other teams and are in a major fight for the top four," Carragher told Sky Sports. "For how great everything was going a few months ago, it shows how quickly everything can just unravel. "A major disappointment, whether it was down to the manager or the board, was not getting any reinforcements in in January. The players are there, I am not saying panic buy. "At this moment, there are lots of problems, defensively and in the attack, but I am talking about in terms of numbers, Liverpool needed something. "If you look at Liverpool's bench, they haven't got anything like what Manchester United have got, City have got - these are the teams they are trying to compete with," said Jamie.
Klopp talks about Mamadou Sakho’s future
Jurgen Klopp has been talking about Mamadou Sakho's future after his Deadline Day move to Crystal Palace. The 26-year-old fullback is on loan with Palace until the end of the season. However the Reds manager has not ruled out a Liverpool return. “This is not place for me to give advice to Mamadou,” said Klopp. “Who knows what will change in five months? He still has a contract at Liverpool. He should concentrate on Crystal Palace. It’s not something we think about at this moment. We can wait for new impressions and see what happens.”
Liverpool failed with at least two striker bids
Liverpool failed with at least two striker bids on deadline day. It was revealed, that the Reds had been rejected by Real Madrid attacker Mariano Diaz after making a loan enquiry. And the Premier League side also made an attempt for Inter Milan youngster Andrea Pinamonti during the day. The young player has been watched by Liverpool scouts this season and the forward was open to the move.