Liverpool

  • Klopp: We are not the Harlem Globetrotte...

    Jurgen Klopp emphasised the need for Liverpool to focus on results and ignore any pressure to provide a spectacle, insisting that his side "are not the Harlem Globetrotters". The Reds were involved in another entertaining encounter on Saturday as they overcame Leicester City 3-2...

    Klopp: We are not the Harlem Globetrotters

    Jurgen Klopp emphasised the need for Liverpool to focus on results and ignore any pressure to provide a spectacle, insisting that his side "are not the Harlem Globetrotters". The Reds were involved in another entertaining encounter on Saturday as they overcame Leicester City 3-2 in the Premier League. Philippe Coutinho set up Mohamed Salah for the opener and scored a fine free-kick, while Jordan Henderson was also on target, but the hosts could have snatched a point had Jamie Vardy not seen his late penalty saved by Simon Mignolet. The result ended a four-match winless streak for Klopp's side and the German spoke afterwards about the supposed pressure that had been building on the back of that run. "I know about pressure a lot – I actually had it all my life because of different reasons," he said. "Pressure when it is the right pressure, it always helps. When it is without sense then it doesn't help – and I'm very good at ignoring it. "But, you can imagine, we want to be successful. We know the quality we have makes us responsible for being successful. I know that. "But I said to the boys before the game that we are not the Harlem Globetrotters. We don't go out and try to play really good football, we are here for results and so we play for results. "I loved how we fought for it. It could have been clearer but, after a few games with no results, or not the right results, you have to fight back. "That's what we did and now we can build on this." Next up for Liverpool is Tuesday's trip to Spartak Moscow in the Champions League, having drawn their Group E opener 2-2 against Sevilla. 

  • 'He produces magical things' – Henderson...

    Jordan Henderson hailed the "brilliant" Philippe Coutinho after the Brazilian played a starring in role in Liverpool's thrilling 3-2 Premier League win at Leicester City. Coutinho set up Mohamed Salah for the opener and then scored a stunning free-kick, his first goal for the Re...

    'He produces magical things' – Henderson thrilled with Coutinho's impact

    Jordan Henderson hailed the "brilliant" Philippe Coutinho after the Brazilian played a starring in role in Liverpool's thrilling 3-2 Premier League win at Leicester City. Coutinho set up Mohamed Salah for the opener and then scored a stunning free-kick, his first goal for the Reds since they snubbed Barcelona's advances for the forward in the transfer window. Liverpool 20/1 to win Premier League And Liverpool captain Henderson – whose side held off a Foxes fightback as Jamie Vardy had a late penalty saved – believes the 25-year-old showed why it was so vital to retain his services. "He's a fantastic player, he produces magical things at crucial times in the game," Henderson told BT Sport . "You see that [in this game]. "He was brilliant in midweek and he's been brilliant since he has come back in. Hopefully he can keep going for the rest of this season." Henderson acknowledged there is still room for improvement for Liverpool, who ended a four-match winless run in all competitions. "We dug in right until the end, showed great character to see the game out," he said. "I think we can do better, but it is still an improvement. "I felt like we defended well for the majority of the game – obviously Simon [Mignolet] made a brilliant save from the penalty. "We played some brilliant stuff, especially in the first half, and we were two goals up, which we deserved. Overall, we'll be delighted with the result in the end as well as the performance." Simon Mignolet conceded and then saved Vardy's spot-kick, but he was more concerned with the team's fortunes than his personal achievements. "The main thing is that we win the game. Sometimes even when you save a penalty, it doesn't happen," he said. "The most important thing is that the lads fought well. "They deserved three points and that's the most important thing." He added, when asked of his excellent penalty record: "I count points. That's far more important. The team is always the important one."

  • Leicester City 2 Liverpool 3: Classy Cou...

    Philippe Coutinho inspired Liverpool to a thrilling 3-2 Premier League win over Leicester City as the visitors fought off a Foxes fightback that saw Jamie Vardy miss a chance to equalise from the penalty spot. Having already brilliantly created the opener for Mohamed Salah, Cout...

    Leicester City 2 Liverpool 3: Classy Coutinho helps to halt Reds slump

    Philippe Coutinho inspired Liverpool to a thrilling 3-2 Premier League win over Leicester City as the visitors fought off a Foxes fightback that saw Jamie Vardy miss a chance to equalise from the penalty spot. Having already brilliantly created the opener for Mohamed Salah, Coutinho netted for the Reds for the first time since they rejected advances from Barcelona for his services in the recent transfer window. There had been pressure on Jurgen Klopp and his side coming into this game after a four-game winless run in all competitions, but those concerns were largely forgotten by the midway point of the first half at the King Power Stadium as the travelling supporters sang Coutinho's name. Leicester's determined nature meant that it was still far too soon to consider the job done, however, and Shinji Okazaki – a scorer in his side's midweek EFL Cup win over the Merseysiders – pulled a goal back before the break. Craig Shakespeare had acknowledged that his men benefited from the half-time withdrawal of Coutinho in Tuesday's clash, but Liverpool showed they can threaten on multiple fronts as Jordan Henderson coolly converted at the end of a speedy counter-attack. That strike kick-started a manic five-minute spell in which Vardy both scored and saw a spot-kick saved by Simon Mignolet, who had conceded the foul with a clumsy charge from off his line.  Liverpool held on, though, and have Sadio Mane back in the fold ahead of a tough week in which they must travel to Spartak Moscow and Newcastle United – the Senegalese's talents would have suited this breathless encounter as both the Reds' flaws and qualities were on show, visibly distressing Klopp at times. Dejan Lovren's shoddy early defending allowed Vardy to stay onside and run through on the left, firing the first effort of note at Mignolet. But Liverpool's response was strong. Emre Can's blast struck the base of the left-hand post and Salah inexplicably fired a simple rebound wide as Kasper Schmeichel helplessly looked on. Salah quickly made amends, though, racing onto Coutinho's fine deep cross to steer a header inside the right-hand upright and beyond Schmeichel. Back came Leicester and Mignolet was fortunate to escape as he dallied under pressure from Vardy, presenting Okazaki with a shooting opportunity that the goalkeeper then did well to block. Coutinho's class soon told again, however. Wilfred Ndidi's foul handed the brilliant Brazilian a 25-yard free-kick which he duly swept into the net. Okazaki was ruled to have strayed offside as he netted at the other end and Roberto Firmino then dragged wide, with Liverpool threatening to accelerate out of sight. But their lead was halved on the stroke of half-time as Mignolet saved Andy King's header, but then hopelessly flapped at the subsequent corner, allowing the ball to drop for Okazaki to stab over the line. The game restarted at the same frantic pace and, although the chances initially fell with less frequency, an incredible spell followed. A lightning Liverpool counter on the right saw substitute Daniel Sturridge tee up Henderson for a calm low finish, but Klopp's fist-pumping had scarcely ceased when Leicester hit back. Demarai Gray's volley was parried by Mignolet for Vardy to nod into the net and the Liverpool goalkeeper quickly made another error, conceding a penalty with a rash challenge on the England forward. However, having lost out to Vardy on both the goal and the penalty award, Mignolet redeemed himself by blocking his powerful spot kick, which was hit straight down the middle. That save encouraged further attacking play from both sides, with Schmeichel denying the lively Sturridge and the hosts' late endeavours unrewarded at the other end.   Key Opta facts: - Since beating Liverpool at the King Power last season, Leicester City have lost each of their last seven Premier League games against the 'big six', conceding 20 goals (avg 2.9 per game). - Liverpool have conceded 10 goals in their last three Premier League away games; the most the Reds have ever conceded over a three-game period on the road in the competition. - Jamie Vardy has bagged six goals in his last four Premier League games against Liverpool – the most he has scored against any Premier League side. - Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in five goals in his first six Premier League appearances for Liverpool (4 goals, 1 assist); no player has had a hand in more in their first six in the competition for the club.

  • Coutinho becomes Premier League's top Br...

    If Liverpool fans had any concerns over Philippe Coutinho after a tumultuous summer, they were quickly reassured in Saturday's game against Leicester City. After seeing a potential move to Barcelona dismissed by Liverpool and then being kept out of the team through injury, the 2...

    Coutinho becomes Premier League's top Brazilian with assist record

    If Liverpool fans had any concerns over Philippe Coutinho after a tumultuous summer, they were quickly reassured in Saturday's game against Leicester City. After seeing a potential move to Barcelona dismissed by Liverpool and then being kept out of the team through injury, the 25-year-old was unable to make the difference for the Reds in his first three appearances. However, the Brazil international kept his place in Jurgen Klopp's starting XI for the league meeting with Leicester and it took just 15 minutes for him to get back on form for his side. 16 - Philippe Coutinho has scored more goals from outside the box than any other player in the @premierleague since his debut. Skill. — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 23, 2017 With a wonderful cross for Mohamed Salah to head in at the far post, Coutinho picked up his 30th assist in 145 games in the English top flight for Liverpool. No Brazilian has set up more goals in the Premier League. Coutinho followed that up with a sublime effort from outside the box. It is his 16th goal from distance in the Premier League - no player has scored more in the time since his debut in 2013.

  • Liverpool team news: Matip and Lovren fi...

    Liverpool are able to field their strongest pairing in the heart of defence as Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren have overcome knocks to start at Leicester City. The centre-backs sat out Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat against the same opposition, which saw the Reds crash out of the Caraba...

    Liverpool team news: Matip and Lovren fit to start at Leicester

    Liverpool are able to field their strongest pairing in the heart of defence as Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren have overcome knocks to start at Leicester City. The centre-backs sat out Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat against the same opposition, which saw the Reds crash out of the Carabao Cup. The former Schalke man nursed tightness in his hamstring from last weekend’s 1-1 home draw with Burnley, while the Croatian had a back issue. Emre Can, who was also a doubt at the King Power Stadium, starts in midfield with Jurgen Klopp making seven changes to the XI from midweek. Danny Ward, Ragnar Klavan, Andy Robertson, Jon Flanagan, Marko Grujic, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dominic Solanke drop out of the first 11. Simon Mignolet returns in goal with Joe Gomez shifting to right-back and Alberto Moreno returning on the opposite flank. Philippe Coutinho moves into the front three with Klopp opting for more physicality in midfield and holding Daniel Sturridge in reserve. Leicester City: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan (c), Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, King, Albrighton, Mahrez, Okazaki, Vardy. Substitutes: Hamer, Fuchs, Amartey, Iborra, Gray, Iheanacho, Slimani. Liverpool: Mignolet, Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Substitutes: Karius, Klavan, Alexander-Arnold, Milner, Chamberlain, Solanke, Sturridge

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