Liverpool

  • Salah needs to work and the goals will c...

    Mohamed Salah has been unlucky during his dry spell of form but goals will soon flow once more for the Liverpool forward, according to manager Jurgen Klopp. Salah has only scored once in the past two months, in a routine 3-0 win over Bournemouth at Anfield, but Klopp's men are t...

    Salah needs to work and the goals will come - Klopp

    Mohamed Salah has been unlucky during his dry spell of form but goals will soon flow once more for the Liverpool forward, according to manager Jurgen Klopp. Salah has only scored once in the past two months, in a routine 3-0 win over Bournemouth at Anfield, but Klopp's men are two points clear of Manchester City in the Premier League table regardless. Sadio Mane's fine form has kept Liverpool's momentum up, the Senegal star having hit 11 goals in his last 11 appearances for the Reds. Although Salah has not been at his best, his 17 Premier League goals this term is still only bettered by one player, Man City marksman Sergio Aguero. And Klopp feels Mane, who is now level on goals with the Egyptian, could be an example for Salah to follow when Liverpool return to action at home to Tottenham on March 31 after the international break. "He is in a really good moment, of course," Klopp told Liverpool's official website. "Sadio played pretty much always like this but now he is always in the right spot in the right moment. "In football it's sometimes like this. The only thing he did when he was not always in the right spot was work and work and work. "That's exactly what Mo has to do, exactly the same: just work, do the right things and it will come again. He's just rather unlucky, where Sadio is lucky in the moment – he is in brilliant shape, that's true. "But then, he is in the right shape and maybe a yard away from him is Mo, but somebody else scored; the cross from Robbo [Andy Robertson, at Fulham], I'm pretty sure Mo would have scored if Gini [Wijnaldum] doesn't get the ball. "These moments... I was a striker, I had that as well, you think, 'Oh' and then somebody else missed the chance. That's how it is, all good. But, of course, it's a brilliant moment for him [Mane]." Following Liverpool's clash with Tottenham and trip to Southampton a week later, the Reds host Porto at Anfield for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.

  • 'It's just crazy' - Rose bemused by Tott...

    Danny Rose has admitted that Tottenham's recent form has been concerning and he is now worried about their chances of qualifying for the Champions League next season. Tottenham at one point were dark horses in the Premier League title race but a poor run of results means they ar...

    'It's just crazy' - Rose bemused by Tottenham's dip in form

    Danny Rose has admitted that Tottenham's recent form has been concerning and he is now worried about their chances of qualifying for the Champions League next season. Tottenham at one point were dark horses in the Premier League title race but a poor run of results means they are now battling to hold on to a spot in the top four. The north London club have now lost three of their last four games, leaving them just one point ahead of close rivals Arsenal and just three points clear of Manchester United in fifth place. Spurs have to travel to the Etihad and Anfield, to face title contenders Manchester City and Liverpool, respectively, in their last eight fixtures this season, meaning that a top-four finish is far from a certainty at this stage. "It's just crazy," Rose told Sky Sports . "Three weeks ago we were 10 clear of Arsenal and it's just funny how a week in football can seem like it lasts forever, especially when you are on the back of two defeats and fighting for a draw against Arsenal. "The season is obviously not how it was looking three weeks ago, especially when you have got to travel to City and travel to Anfield. And, as well as that, there are no easy games in the league." Rose hopes that Tottenham's move into their new stadium will help steady the ship and push the team towards regaining their form late in the season. Spurs announced that the first game at the new ground will be on April 3 against Crystal Palace and Rose believes this move can help boost the team going forward. He added: "It's nice we have got some good news that we are going to be moving into our new stadium. I hope that can give us all a boost. "If you'd ask the manager he'll be relishing this. He'll get to see what type of players he is working with now, who's ready to fight. I think everybody's character now is going to be tested between now and the end of the season." The left-back is currently on international duty with England and discussed the similarities between his club boss Mauricio Pochettino and national team coach Gareth Southgate. "They are both very similar and I've enjoyed working under both of them,” he said. "They've both given me so much and whenever I've played for them I just try to give my best whenever I'm called upon."

  • 'He's a great player' - Sterling in the ...

    Raheem Sterling would be a worthy winner of any player-of-the-season awards, according to England captain Harry Kane. Sterling, 24, has enjoyed a superb campaign with reigning Premier League champions Manchester City, scoring 19 goals in all competitions and netting the decisive...

    'He's a great player' - Sterling in the running for player of the year, says Kane

    Raheem Sterling would be a worthy winner of any player-of-the-season awards, according to England captain Harry Kane. Sterling, 24, has enjoyed a superb campaign with reigning Premier League champions Manchester City, scoring 19 goals in all competitions and netting the decisive penalty as Pep Guardiola's team retained the EFL Cup with a shoot-out triumph over Chelsea at Wembley. Kane, 25, and Sterling are set to combine in England's forward line for the opening Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Montenegro over the coming week, before they take their places on either side of a Champions League quarter-final showdown between Tottenham and City. "Raheem has had an amazing season again," Kane told a news conference at England's St George's Park training base. "They've won one competition, they're still in all the others and Raheem has been a big part of their success so far. "He's a great lad, great player and I'm looking forward to playing with him in the games for the next week or so. "He'll definitely be in with a shout for player of the year." Despite established City and Liverpool contingents in Gareth Southgate's squad as a nip-and-tuck Premier League title race reaches boiling point, Kane insists focus on international matters is unwavering for last year's World Cup semi-finalists. "Obviously we've had a bit of banter and stuff. I think the great thing about this team and this England camp is we have a bit of fun and a laugh and a joke," he said. "But we know that when we're here it's all about England and we put that to one side. Even with the Liverpool and the City boys, when we're here it's 100 per cent England. "When we go back I'm sure there'll be a couple of text messages and group messages flying about. "We've got a great bond here and we're good friends, whether we play for one club or the other. We all get on very well. "When we're at our clubs it's 110 per cent to try and beat each other but we have that respect where we can talk after and be friends." Tottenham had threatened to play a part in a three-horse title race for large parts of the season but a run of one point from their past four top-flight games has dropped them back into a scrap for the Champions League qualification places. Nevertheless, with the long-awaited move to their new stadium finally arriving after the international break, Kane is relishing the fight ahead. He added: "It's going to be a tough battle. The top six are so strong now. We're three points clear [of Arsenal in fifth] in the top four. It's in our own hands. "If someone had said third place and the quarter-final of the Champions League, with everything that's surrounding the club, it's not a bad position to be in so far."

  • 'Salah trying too hard to be like Messi ...

    Mohamed Salah is “trying a little bit too hard”, says Emile Heskey, with the Liverpool forward reluctant to lose a standing alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The Egyptian positioned himself among the global elite in 2017-18 as he plundered 44 goals durin...

    'Salah trying too hard to be like Messi & Ronaldo' - Heskey calls for calm from misfiring Liverpool forward

    Mohamed Salah is “trying a little bit too hard”, says Emile Heskey, with the Liverpool forward reluctant to lose a standing alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The Egyptian positioned himself among the global elite in 2017-18 as he plundered 44 goals during a stunning debut season at Anfield. More of the same was expected in his second, with Jurgen Klopp looking to a fearsome attacking unit to lead challenges for major silverware. Liverpool are in contention for Premier League and Champions League prizes, with Salah netting 20 times along the way, but their Golden Boot winner has gone seven games without finding the target. That represents the worst run of his time on Merseyside, leading to suggestions that the 26-year-old has become selfish in his bid to snap out of a slump. Former Liverpool striker Heskey believes that is part of the problem, telling Sky Sports: “He's still got 17 goals [in the Premier League], so he's not having that bad a season but he's probably just trying a little bit too hard. "He's looking at the season before when he was scoring all these goals, confidence was high, things were ricocheting then going in. "He's not getting that luck now, but he still wants to get the goals and everyone is still looking at him as that go-to guy for the goals. "There's times when he should be passing the ball but he's wanting to score himself. That is the danger. "When you're going through that patch you need the balance. You need to know when to pass the ball, when to take the shot. "You've got to remember we were talking of him last season in the same vein as Messi and Ronaldo, so he's probably got that in his head as well, so he wants to be scoring the goals like they are." While Salah has become stuck in a rut, fellow frontman Sadio Mane has hit a rich vein of form which has delivered 11 goals in as many games. Heskey added on the Senegalese star: "It's a blessing for Liverpool isn't it, that they have someone of his stature - someone of his ability - to step in to the plate where Salah has failed to produce. "He's such a dynamic, quick player. "If you look at the season before, he went through little spells where he was scoring three goals, four goals, but now he seems to be making it more consistent."

  • ‘Salah trying a little bit too hard’, sa...

    Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey says Mohamed Salah is not getting goals because he is ‘trying a little bit too hard’. The 26-year-old extended his drought to seven games in their 2-1 win over Fulham on Sunday, having last scored for the Reds on February 9 - his longest bar...

    ‘Salah trying a little bit too hard’, says former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey

    Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey says Mohamed Salah is not getting goals because he is ‘trying a little bit too hard’. The 26-year-old extended his drought to seven games in their 2-1 win over Fulham on Sunday, having last scored for the Reds on February 9 - his longest barren spell since 2014. The Egypt international enjoyed a stellar performance last season scoring 44 goals but has continued to struggle to match the feat this term. Already, the forward has 20 goals in all competitions, including 17 in the Premier League with only Sergio Aguero scoring more than him in the division. Against the Cottagers, the former Roma man missed chances that he could have laid for a teammate and the 41-year-old has urged him ‘to know when to pass the ball and when to take the shot’. "He's still got 17 goals, so he's not having that bad a season but he's probably just trying a little bit too hard,” Heskey told Sky Sports. "He's looking at the season before when he was scoring all these goals, confidence was high, things were ricocheting then going in. "He's not getting that luck now, but he still wants to get the goals and everyone is still looking at him as that go-to guy for the goals. "There's times when he should be passing the ball but he's wanting to score himself. That is the danger. "When you're going through that patch you need the balance. You need to know when to pass the ball, when to take the shot.” Salah will hope to use the international break to work on himself in an effort to end his recent unimpressive form having been left out of Egypt’s squad that will face Niger and Nigeria.    

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