Jürgen Klopp has confirmed that Jordan Henderson is out for the remainder of the season after picking up a knee injury.
The Liverpool captain limped out of a 3-1 victory at Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday after damaging his left knee in a challenge with Yves Bissouma.
Liverpool eyeing points record
At a Friday news conference, Klopp revealed Henderson will play no further part in the champions’ bid to break Manchester City’s record Premier League points tally of 100. The former Sunderland man will not require surgery, however and his manager is optimistic he will be fit for the start of the 2020-21 season.
Klopp explained: “Best possible news. It’s a knee injury, but no surgery is required. He will not play this season, but I’m positive he will start the new season. He’s a quick healer.”
The manager also revealed Dejan Lovren is available for Saturday’s clash with Burnley at Anfield, where Liverpool can move on to 95 points with a victory. The Croatia international footballer who plays as a centre-back has been sidelined with a knock but could feature against the mid-table Clarets.
Liverpool’s four remaining games
Liverpool face Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle United in their final three games after coming up against Sean Dyche’s in-form side, who have won three and drawn one of their previous four.
Reports claim that the English topflight has been scheduled to return later this month, but it is unsure if the league would resume by then.
However, the current world’s best goalkeeper was filmed testing his distribution ability in his small garden.
The former Roma shot-stopper achieved his purpose without an issue and emulated Cristiano Ronaldo’s celebration afterward.
After posting the short clip on his official Instagram page, the Reds goalkeeper accompanied it with a caption saying: “Quarantine effect!! #AB1challenge.” In the picture, he was seen standing opposite his house with an open skylight on the roof.
It was earlier reported that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that number one goalie Alisson Becker will miss the club’s next two games against Bournemouth in the Premier League and Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 second leg tie.
This comes after the Brazilian goalkeeper suffered a muscle injury in training before his side’s FA Cup clash against Chelsea which the Reds suffered a defeat. Second choice goalie Adrian was used in the tie against the Blues and he will get the chance to be in goal again this weekend and next mid-week in the Champions League.
Liverpool’s unbeaten run in the Premier League was put into a sudden cessation after the Merseyside suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Hornets at the Vicarage Road on Saturday, February 29.
Jurgen Klopp’s men got a firm grip of the game initially but a couple of defensive errors saw Watford cruise to a comfortable victory to the delight of their home fans.
Senegalese forward Ismala Sarr produced a man-of-the-match performance by putting Liverpool on the edge of dagger twice in what appears to be one of the greatest performances from him. The 22-year-old showed an impressive load of promises by pulling the trigger twice to break Liverpool’s hope of matching Arsenal’s Invincible record.
The first half of the game ended in boring stalemate but Sarr proved too tough for Liverpool’s defence, getting the job done for Watford in the 54th minute, all thanks to Abdoulaye Doucoure’s wonderful assist.
Liverpool looked like a side to stimulate a comeback but a defensive error saw Troy Deeney shoot the ball to Sarr from the edge of throw-in line, leaving van Dijk on a fruitless run as the Senegalese lifted the ball over Alisson Becker.
As if that was not enough, Watford also took advantage of Liverpool’s porous defence with Troy Deeney firing the third goal for Liverpool in the 73rd minute. The 31-year-old England forward blasted a fine strike into the net after Sarr gave him a wonderful assist to become the first player to get involved in three goals against Liverpool this season. Liverpool still remain the leaders of the Premier League but the victory means Watford is one point adrift of the relegation zone.
3 – 🇸🇳 Ismaïla Sarr v Liverpool tonight:
1st time he’s been involved in 3 goals in a single game in the Top 5 European leagues (108 games)
1st player to be involved in 3+ goals against Liverpool in a PL game since Harry Kane in October 2017
Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur FC are set to slug it out in tonight’s Champions League final at the Wanda Metropolitano and both sides are set to win eye-popping prizes for their efforts.
Liverpool secured their place in the finals after a stunning performance against Barcelona. Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum both scored twice to give Liverpool a 4-3 aggregate win.
Tottenham played against Ajax in the semi final and managed to win their place in its first-ever Champions League final on away goals. The English Premier League side had long odds to begin with, starting from the 2018/19 season’s kickoff when they won 4-2 against Serie A giants Inter Milan. Hopes from the massive win was thrashed by a 4-2 home defeat to one of the competition favorites Barcelona. However, a 2-2 draw at PSV Eindhoven improved their chances.
As for Liverpool, their situation at the beginning was not as promising either considering they were going against giants such as Barcelona and Manchester City.
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According to skysports.com, both Tottenham and Liverpool were on the brink of exiting the Champions League at the group stages and neither Jurgen Klopp or Mauricio Pochettino have won the trophy with an English club. This match in faraway Spain, however, provides both EPL teams with a lifetime opportunity to win the greatest prize in European football.
Now both have the opportunity to win the greatest prize in European football, where a fund of £1.73 billion (€2.04bn) is available. This shows why football clubs are eager to qualify for the Champions League.
Teams knocked out in qualifying rounds can receive £4.3 million. There are no real losers here with Tottenham and Liverpool both guaranteed £12.9m by reaching the finals.
After watching Sergio Romero’s jaw-dropping performance against Chelsea last Monday, David De Gea is set to contest his place as Manchester United’s first-choice goalkeeper when The Red Devils face Liverpool on Sunday.
Arguably the world’s best goalkeeper at the moment, De Gea is most likely to join Manchester United’s starting XI in their bid to disrupt Liverpool’s quest for a Premier League trophy. The Reds have failed in the last 29 years.
Speaking with United Review in a pre-match interview, the Spaniard said he is optimistic and confident ahead of the senses-tingling match.
‘I’ve always performed better under pressure,’ De Gea said, adding that United vs Liverpool is “the biggest game in England.”
‘It’s very special for the fans, clubs and players, especially when it is played at Old Trafford…Playing at home, for us, makes Liverpool games even more of an occasion,’ he continued. ‘It will be comparable to La Liga matches between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
‘Our plan is to enjoy the game and try harder to grab all three points,’ the Madrid-born footballer said.
United’s El Clasico equivalent against Liverpool will be played at Anfield.
‘It’s a game to watch due to the rivalry and long history between United and Liverpool,’ he added.
The former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper – who almost left Old Trafford during Jose Mourinho’s last days in the Premier League – recalled some of his great encounters with the Merseysiders, particularly his wonderful saves against Joel Matip and Philippe Coutinho. At 28, De Gea hopes to keep his 100th EPL clean sheet against Liverpool on Sunday.
On how United can win the match, De Gea said: ‘It’s simple but not without huge efforts…We must keep Mohamed Salah uncomfortable and unproductive.’
He continued, ‘That may be difficult because Liverpool has many good players and you can’t focus on one individual…We are preparing for anything because of our opponents’ quality.’
LIVERPOOL MANAGER Jurgen Klopp has said his team was unable to perform at optimal level against Leicester City on Wednesday because the Anfield pitch was filled with snow.
Liverpool are currently topping the 2018/19 EPL chart with 61 points from 24 games, five points away from second-placed Manchester City (56).
Klopp’s men started their home game in high spirits after Sadio Mane’s explosive third-minute goal. It was an outcome of an awe-inspiring 30-pass move.
However, the joy was short-lived. Leicester City’s Harry Maguire equalized at half time after The Reds failed to convert a free-kick carelessly conceded by Andrew Robertson.
Klopp believes the “errors” and “disappointing result” were unavoidable due to the condition of their pitch which made quick passing impossible.
‘It was clear for everyone to see that the ball could hardly roll on the pitch,’ Klopp said at a press briefing. ‘My players were frustrated with the snow…It was more so because they had the ball around 80% of the time but couldn’t create or utilize chances—it makes life really uncomfortable.’
The German also expressed disappointment that his team was denied a spot-kick after Ricardo Pereira fouled Naby Keita in the second half.
‘It is agreeable that there could have been a penalty—maybe should have been a penalty…I don’t know why it was not given,’ said the Liverpool boss. He reserved negative comments about the match officials.
Liverpool employees were seen clearing snow in Leicester City’s half, the area where he expected non-stop attacking football.
Klopp continued, ‘The only problem is the snow…It stayed on the pitch and that actually undermined our performance…In the end, it’s somehow satisfying that we progressed with one point though it’s not the result we wanted. There are still many games to play and everything is fine.’
Liverpool could have moved 7 points clear if they had beaten Leicester City, a team that recently lost three league and cup games.
Sky Sports has crowned Manchester City as the best football club in Europe.
At the moment, Pep Guardiola’s men are Europe’s top scorers—a position they earned for their resilience, brilliant individual performances, and teamwork. The team found their goal blitz since January 2019 and the seeming New Year resolution has raked in 19 goals in their last 3 games.
City have scored a total of 99 goals since the start of this season.
In its Wednesday publication, Sky Sports noted that City are just one goal away from reaching 100 goals for the 2018/19 season and this dream can, certainly, be achieved against Huddersfield on Sunday—considering the opponents’ “managerless” status.
“Their 3-0 win over Wolves on Monday Night Football took them to 99 goals in all competitions with four months of the campaign still to play,” the sports news outlet explained.
“Pep Guardiola’s side still have plenty of work to do to catch Liverpool at the top of the Premier League.”
David Clayton highlighted City’s free-scoring abilities since the 2018/19 EPL season, describing it as “extraordinary” and unprecedented in England and Europe’s top leagues. ‘Nothing comes close to this season’s achievement…I’m optimistic…Nothing is impossible,’ he said.
The analysis from Sky Sports shows that City have an average of 2.9 goals per game. With 99 goals scored so far, Guardiola’s men are 18 more above all clubs in Europe—the closest team being Ligue 1 side, Paris Saint-German.
City netted 22 goals in four games, a feat they “easily” achieved with their 7 and 9-goal drubbings on Rotherham and Burton Albion respectively.
There are speculations in the football world that City will eventually topple Liverpool for EPL’s top position—if the free-scoring side maintains their current form.
Alexandre Lacazette extended Arsenal’s unbeaten run to 14 games and dealt a blow to Liverpool’s quest to win the Premier League for the first time in nearly three decades by salvaging a 1-1 draw at the Emirates on Saturday.
James Milner’s opener just after the hour mark looked set to send Jurgen Klopp’s men three points clear of champions Manchester City, who host Southampton on Sunday, at the top of the table.
However, that lead is now a solitary point as Lacazette struck eight minutes from time to give the hosts a well-deserved point from an enthralling encounter.
After a baptism of fire in defeats to City and Chelsea in his first two matches as Arsenal’s first new manager for 22 years, Unai Emery has impressively put his stamp on the Gunners.
However, in a run of 12 wins and a draw before Liverpool’s visit, Arsenal hadn’t faced any side that finished ahead of them in Arsene Wenger’s last season.
In contrast to their last visit to the Emirates when they conceded three times in five minutes, Liverpool needed to show their new-found defensive resolve as a confident Arsenal started the brighter.
Alisson Becker spread himself well to block from Lacazette before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s deflected effort from the edge of the area flew just wide.
CARDIFF, WALES – SEPTEMBER 02: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal (9) celebrates with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as he scores his team’s third goal during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Arsenal FC at Cardiff City Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Image shows Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette
Granit Xhaka fired too close to Alisson from a well-worked corner, but the Brazilian international was fortunate when he rushed from his goal and was beaten to a floated cross by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, whose header drifted inches wide.
However, Liverpool also had plenty of chances in a thrilling first half that somehow lacked only goals.
A dubious offside decision denied Sadio Mane the opening goal and Virgil van Dijk twice should have scored when he was first repelled by Bernd Leno and then flicked a header against the post with the German ‘keeper caught flapping.
Leno didn’t get so lucky with his next mistake as he palmed Mane’s dangerous cross back into the heart of the box and Milner drilled into the unguarded net.
Interestingly, Leno made amends with a fingertip stop to again deny Van Dijk and Liverpool a crucial second following a towering header from a corner.
And Emery’s decision to sacrifice Aubameyang rather than Lacazette with his substitutions was vindicated when the French international kept his composure to brilliantly curl into the far corner after being forced wide by Alisson.
Both sides poured forward in a frantic finale, but Klopp’s decision to withdraw Mohamed Salah for Joel Matip in stoppage time showed the German was happy to protect Liverpool’s unbeaten league start.
A return of five points from a possible nine from visits to Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal is already a drastic improvement on Liverpool’s record of a single point from away games against top six opposition last season.
Yet, even that upturn may not be enough to keep pace with a City side showing no let-up after romping to the title with 100 points.
Mohamed Salah has signed a new 5-year contract with Liverpool FC after a disappointing but memorable World Cup experience in Russia.
Image: Mohamed Salah
Liverpool management aims at building the team around Salah, who has so far demonstrated innate potentials to spur others to greatness. His quality performance in the 2017/18 Champions League and Premier League seasons proves he can deliver trophies, club manager Jurgen Klopp said.
Since his arrival from AS Roma in 2017, the Egyptian forward has netted 44 goals in 52 appearances for the Reds thus breaking a club record of the “second highest goals scored in a season.” Roger Hunt has 42 while Ian Rush maintains lead with his record 47 strikes.
Salah, 26, won the EPL Golden Boot after scoring 32 league goals in the 38-game season.
For his spectacular 2017/18 performances, Salah won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year. The Nagrig-born star was also crowned Liverpool’s Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year during the club’s annual awards event. Other awards include African Footballer of the Year and the BBC’s African Player of the Year.
Speaking about Salah’s outstanding performance, Klopp said the Egyptian football icon is a reflection of Liverpool’s current standing as a team.
His words: “Last season was special with many special moments but we want more…We want to be more successful and achieve more together.
“As the supporters sang so loudly, ‘we’re never gonna stop’.
“This has to be the attitude individually and collectively,” he added as the team’s pre-season training kicks off at Anfield.
Klopp said the remarkable quality about Salah is his humility and dedication to the club’s objectives.
“…He never sees himself as being more important than the team or anyone else within it,”Klopp told Liverpool.com, adding that the player has been grateful to his teammates and employers.
“This club helped him achieve individual success last season,”the German coach said. “He sees the individual awards come because he is part of something bigger that is special.”
After winning 3-1 against Liverpool FC in the 2018 Champions League finals, Real Madrid have taken their overall tally to 13 triumphs in Europe’s top club competition.
In his statement after becoming the first player to captain a team to three consecutive UEFA Champions League titles, history maker Sergio Ramos said “the achievement seemed unreachable.”
Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said, “Our achievement tonight is the most important thing. We have to congratulate the players because it’s not at all easy to do this.”
The Frenchman continued, “There are no words to describe it. The amazing thing about this squad is that they don’t have a ceiling. They are hungry for more and they’ve demonstrated that again today.”
Referring to the sack rumors that trailed his team’s below-par performance in the Spanish league, Zizou added: “I’ve just started my career as a manager and what I’m living with my players is absolutely spectacular. I have to enjoy the moment…Remember what we’ve done – we’ve been to Paris, to Juventus and Bayern – and we’ve ended up against Liverpool, who’ve had a fantastic season.”
Gareth Bale, who was crowned Man of the Match, said it was a dream come true to score a wonderful goal on the biggest stage in world football.
His words, “I’ve never actually scored a bicycle kick – I’ve had many attempts and it’s been something I’ve always wanted to do…I remember Marcelo clipping the ball and it was just at the right height – it was great to get the right connection and see it hit the back of the net.”
Two goals from Gareth Bale, including a sensational bicycle, lead Real Madrid to a 3-1 victory over Liverpool as they claimed their 13th UEFA Champions League title. #UCLFinalpic.twitter.com/8qfJ8LNuCK
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said his team was not good enough on the night, however adding that he is so proud of the players. The English player also showed appreciation to fans who swarmed Ukraine to support their football idols.
“I hope we can carry on and get into more finals and use it going forward,” Henderson said. “We have to be proud of getting here…The loss against Madrid will hurt for a while but we have to keep going.”
Henderson regretted Mo Salah’s injury and argued that Madrid only dominated the game after the Egyptian was sidelined, adding that some unnecessary defensive errors decreased their chances against Zidane’s team.
Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp congratulated Real Madrid, saying Mohamed Salah’s injury was a major setback against the champions.
“We were all unlucky that he fell on his shoulder and sustained a serious injury,”the German football tactician said. “We’ll never know what would have happened if he’d played on. The shock was obvious and we dropped too deep…I’m not fine – I’m absolutely the opposite of fine – but I try to be professional.”
Klopp continued, “I’m not important – I’ve lost games in my life before and I can deal with that. It’s a feeling you can’t just avoid; we lost the finals and a very important player.”
Zidane’s Champions League Final Mixtape Track-List
1. No Salah (ft Ramos) 2. Not My Keeper (ft Karius) 3. Bale Me Out 4. Kroos Control (ft Moderić) 5. You’ll Never Win Again Interlude 6. Letter To Karius (ft Bale) 7. Trophies (ft Whole Squad)#UCLfinal#Liverpool New music.
Liverpool fans around the world are still celebrating their victory over AS Roma while coach Jurgen Klopp plots his next move against current champions and finalists Real Madrid.
Image: Jurgen Klopp
In his chat with the club website, Klopp first described his team’s Champions League clash with the Romans as “epic” before holding discussions on their remaining two Premier League games and the Kiev finals.
Apparently excited and lost for words, Klopp recalled how difficult it was to face Roma after suffering a 4-2 defeat in their first leg semi-final tie.
However, he admitted the thrilling encounter at Stadio Olimpico wouldn’t be possible without determination and sheer luck.
Liverpool will now face Madrid in the 2018 UEFA Champions League finals to be held in Kiev, Ukraine on 26 May.
Words from the Stuttgart-born football tactician and the joyous scenes from Liverpool’s celebrations after the match will never summarize the sensational events from a match which ended 5-2 in favor of the English team – not completely.
Looking at Liverpool’s two important Premier League matches before the Kiev finals, here’s what Klopp is thinking right now.
‘It’s not easy to start but I must do so with a big compliment for Roma,’the former Borussia Dortmund coach said. ‘They did great! What a comeback! What a brave football!’
He continued, ‘I knew they would take the risk and they did. I’m happy we were able to punish them with the first goal in a perfect way. Sadly, we scored their first goal for them. It was an unlucky one and, of course, a bit slapstick. Totally dramatic.’
Klopp insists Roma were favorites ahead of the game and admitted it would have been crazy to play extra-time with the solid Italian team.
‘…Two times 15 minutes!’The German coach exclaimed. ‘I have no idea what would have happened. That would have been total madness… It was 7-6 on aggregate, which sounds crazy because it is crazy.
‘It is also very interesting because we started this seasons Champions League as a qualifier and are now in the finals,’Klopp added.
‘I’m excited for the players, club and supporters. It’s going to be a fantastic ride to Kiev just as it has been so far. That sounds crazy, too – but it’s the truth.’
However, the 2-time Bundesliga winner with Dortmund agrees Madrid are favorites for the Champions League trophy, citing quality, experience and togetherness as Los Blancos’ main weapons.
‘No team is more experienced that Madrid in the competition,’ he said.
‘About 80 percent of the team played CL finals about four times in the last five years, if I’m not mistaken, and they are still together. In this circumstance, experience shows they’re better placed for victory but we will make it even harder for them…We will spit fire more than anyone can ever imagine.’
In was all fun and excitement in Liverpool’s dressing room after their historic Champions League triumph against the only surviving Italian team AS Roma.
Liverpool FC players thought their celebration wouldn’t be complete if fans aren’t updated on the dressing room events which included joyful chants and meme-worthy displays.
Pictures don’t lie – definitely not with this.
The Reds happily provided a window into their jubilation at the Stadio Olimpico shortly after securing a spot in the 2018 Champions League final. The superb picture was quickly shared on social media after the final whistle.
Liverpool will meet Real Madrid in the European showpiece, having fought off Roma with a 7-6 aggregate victory.
Football history is replete with exploits from former Barcelona’s MSN (Messi, Suarez & Neymar), Real Madrid’s BBC (Bale, Benzema & Cristiano) and Paris Saint-Germain’s MCN (Mbappe, Cavani & Neymar) but the current forward line at Liverpool have been a game-changer.
The trident of the moment is called the MSF and they’re Sadio Mane, Roberto Fermino and Mohamed Salah.
Liverpool become the first side in #UCL history to have 3⃣ different players on at least 8⃣ goals within a single season:
Mohammed Salah (10) Sadio Mane (8) Roberto Firmino (8)