Liverpool

  • Klopp hits back at Conte: They have the ...

    Jurgen Klopp rejected Antonio Conte's claims Liverpool have gained an unfair scheduling advantage before their Premier League clash with Chelsea on Saturday. Chelsea head coach Conte lamented the fact Liverpool had a day more to prepare, while his side made an 8,000km round trip...

    Klopp hits back at Conte: They have the best Christmas schedule

    Jurgen Klopp rejected Antonio Conte's claims Liverpool have gained an unfair scheduling advantage before their Premier League clash with Chelsea on Saturday. Chelsea head coach Conte lamented the fact Liverpool had a day more to prepare, while his side made an 8,000km round trip to Azerbaijan, following their respective Champions League fixtures. Although Klopp stated he understood the difficulty of Conte's predicament, he said the difference in preparation time would not be impactful when the two face each other at Anfield. "I really get what Antonio is talking about, I heard about it, but maybe he forgot they had the best Christmas schedule last year," Klopp said. "Everyone played every two days and they had 12 days to play three games. It is the same situation this year and I don't know how the Premier League will explain it. "I really think recovery for a team is important and he is right, but it will not have an influence on this game. Maybe the next one, that is possible." Although Liverpool have not seen defeat since last month's 4-1 hammering at the hands of Tottenham, their defensive struggles once again came to the fore midweek, surrendering a three-goal lead in Tuesday's 3-3 Champions League draw with Sevilla. Saturday's clash with Chelsea could prove pivotal in Liverpool's hopes for a Champions League spot next season, but Klopp maintained his side do not have the upper hand. "Now they [Chelsea] are already back, they flew back to London and have two days to recover and that is a normal situation," he said. "Three days is never a problem, two days is a big problem but obviously nobody wants to hear that."

  • Conte: Courtois contract renewal out of ...

    Antonio Conte admits he has no power to keep Thibaut Courtois, who has made no progress over a contract renewal at Chelsea, but he thinks that the Blues goalkeeper is destined for greatness.  Courtois has just a year and a half left on his contract at Chelsea and recently said t...

    Conte: Courtois contract renewal out of my hands

    Antonio Conte admits he has no power to keep Thibaut Courtois, who has made no progress over a contract renewal at Chelsea, but he thinks that the Blues goalkeeper is destined for greatness.  Courtois has just a year and a half left on his contract at Chelsea and recently said that he will halt any renewal discussions until the summer. He is understood to have asked to double his wages from around £100,000-a-week to £200,000-a-week, matching the earnings of Manchester United's goalkeeper David De Gea.  Chelsea's director Marina Graniskovaia has the final say on whether the Blues will give Courtois what he wants during contract negotiations but the goalkeeper has leverage in the situation with Real Madrid interested in signing him. And Conte thinks this is how it should be, as he explained his role in the situation around Courtois' contract.  "I must be honest I think this question is for the club not for me," Conte said when asked about renewing Courtois's contract. "I like to give my opinion about technical decisions but it is also important for the club to face this issue, this contract with Courtois. "I can tell you he is one of the best, maybe he is the best goalkeeper in the world and he is a very important player for Chelsea but the renewal of contract is a task for the club. I repeat, for me every single player is important and I like to work with these players but as you know very well everyone can take a different decision. "I like to work with these players but I want that they are very happy to stay at Chelsea. I think that Thibaut didn't need my opinion [to decide to stay at Chelsea when I joined the club]. He knows very well what are my thoughts about him. I consider him one of the best. "For sure, he will be the best in the world, maybe he is now the best but for sure the future is for this goalkeeper. He knows my opinion and my thoughts about him." Chelsea got back from Baku after playing in the Champions League against Qarabag just before five in the morning. Some of Chelsea's first team players didn't get to sleep until 6 a.m. and Conte's side have had a day less to prepare for the Liverpool game than Jurgen Klopp's men.  However, Conte did manage to rest a number of key players including Alvaro Morata, who only saw limited action after coming off the bench for Eden Hazard in the 65th minute with the game already won. Conte is likely to recall Morata for the match on Saturday and he responded to questions asking him to compare the forward's impact with Liverpool's star signing Mohamed Salah.  "[Mohamed] Salah start was important because he is scoring a lot of goals and makes a lot of assist during the game," Conte said of the former Chelsea player who now lines up at Anfield. "His start was very positive but the most important thing for Alvaro [Morata] was the same. "To my team and for me it was very important for Alvaro to have an impressive start in this league. He is an important player for us. For me the striker is very important to have a point of reference to do what I want is very important. "In our system, the striker is a figure very important for us and for this reason he is always involved in our chances. Sometimes he scores, sometimes he makes an assist for his team-mate. "To play in this league for a striker is not simple because this league is very tough and also it is very different compared with the previous leagues that he played in, Italy and Spain. He showed great commitment and to be a clever person to adapt himself to this league." Chelsea are currently nine points off the Premier League leaders Manchester City and a defeat in Liverpool might seriously harm the Blues' hopes of retaining their league title.  Conte admits that it is a difficult task to compete with Pep Guardiola's side, who are not only winning but beating teams comfortably in the Premier League. The Chelsea boss thinks City's run compares to his own side's run of last season. "I remember in last season also the other coaches said 'yes, we need to win but if they [Chelsea] continue to win it will be impossible to catch up with them', but at the same time we have to look at ourselves. "[We need to] try to improve every game, improve the new players, try to build something important for the present but also for the future. We are trying to build something important for this club, we changed a lot of players and we are trying to fight for every competition "If I don't remember badly, we start this season and for all the people the contenders for the title were only two teams, the two Manchester clubs. Sometimes people forget this forecast but I think in this league there are six top teams and every team has to try and fight until the end for the title. "At the same time every season there are the favourites and a table of favourites but last season we changed this table and, for sure, Liverpool are a really good team and has the potential to fight for the title. And I am sure Liverpool want to stay and fight until the end for the title. "If Manchester City continues this way it will be very difficult to arrive at the end of the season and fight for the title. If they continue in this way it will be impossible to fight for the title."

  • Mohamed Salah is a great player, acknowl...

    Philippe Coutinho has labelled Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah as a great player. While Coutinho tried to force his way out of Anfield to join Spanish giants Barcelona, the Egypt international arrived in a club record deal. And he has settled seamlessly in Jurgen Klopp’s side,...

    Mohamed Salah is a great player, acknowledges Coutinho

    Philippe Coutinho has labelled Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah as a great player. While Coutinho tried to force his way out of Anfield to join Spanish giants Barcelona, the Egypt international arrived in a club record deal. And he has settled seamlessly in Jurgen Klopp’s side, scoring an impressive 14 goals in 19 appearances across all competitions - a feat that has drawn applause from his Brazilian teammate  who fancies a productive partnership with him. "He's a great player,” Coutinho told Sky Sports. "Everyone - us and the fans - have been really impressed with the way he's settled in here, the way he's adapted to the team. "He's a very quick player and he's always trying to move so that he can get into empty space and that makes it easier for whoever has the ball. "Everything is fully deserved, he's a great bloke, he always trains hard and he's there when we need him. "I hope to be able to make the best of my chance to play with him and to be able to help the team." Coutinho will hope Salah continues his amazing form that has seen him net nine top-flight goals when the 25-year-old face his former team Chelsea in Saturday’s English Premier League clash.

  • Salah not Liverpool's only threat, insis...

    Antonio Conte is wary of focusing too much on Chelsea old boy Mohamed Salah as the Italian believes Liverpool carry multiple threats. Chelsea travel to Anfield on Saturday and will face an in-form Salah, with the Egypt international having netted netted 14 times in all competiti...

    Salah not Liverpool's only threat, insists Conte

    Antonio Conte is wary of focusing too much on Chelsea old boy Mohamed Salah as the Italian believes Liverpool carry multiple threats. Chelsea travel to Anfield on Saturday and will face an in-form Salah, with the Egypt international having netted netted 14 times in all competitions since signing from Roma in the off-season. Salah 4/1 to score first goal Salah was previously on the books at Stamford Bridge before his 2016 move to the Italian capital, but Conte regards him as just one of several quality players for the Reds. "I know him very well; he played in Italy for many years," said Conte. "Salah is a good player, he is very dangerous. "He is a technical player, but at the same time is very fast, very strong, very good in one-v-ones and very good at finishing. "I will pay great attention to him, but also to [Sadio] Mane, [Philippe] Coutinho, [Roberto] Firmino, [Daniel] Sturridge. Liverpool have great potential as a team." On Salah's departure from west London, the Chelsea boss added: "It happened in the past and he was very young. Now he has developed a lot." Conte will go head-to-head with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp and he was full of praise for the former Borussia Dortmund coach, with whom he sees many similarities. "We like to live the game, with intensity, with passion, to stay on the touchline and try to help our players," he added. "It's very difficult for us not to show this passion in this type of situation. For me, it's very difficult to stay sitting and watch the game. "I consider [Klopp] one of the best coaches in the world."

  • Klopp trusts Moreno '100 per cent' despi...

    Jurgen Klopp still trusts Alberto Moreno "100 per cent" after the full-back faltered badly in the midweek Champions League draw at Sevilla. Moreno, returning to his home city, gave away the free-kick and penalty that led to his former club's first and second goals, as Liverpool ...

    Klopp trusts Moreno '100 per cent' despite Sevilla shocker

    Jurgen Klopp still trusts Alberto Moreno "100 per cent" after the full-back faltered badly in the midweek Champions League draw at Sevilla. Moreno, returning to his home city, gave away the free-kick and penalty that led to his former club's first and second goals, as Liverpool squandered a 3-0 half-time lead to take only a point away from the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Liverpool 21/10 for Blues clean sheet The Reds face Premier League champions Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday, in what is likely to be another stern test of Moreno's defensive credentials. Klopp could opt for James Milner at left-back - the England international replaced Moreno in the 63rd minute on Tuesday - but the manager maintains an unshaken belief in the Spaniard's abilities. "I had a talk, of course, to Alberto and I am really happy about his shape, I am really happy about his performances," said Klopp, who confirmed Emre Can is a doubt to face Chelsea due to a muscular issue, while Adam Lallana and Joel Matip remain on the road to recovery. "Yes, I know in this game it was obviously [not his best] and that's then really my responsibility. I could have done different things and obviously it was difficult in Seville with all the circumstances; everyone was talking to him like a family member. He left there but a lot of people are still there who he knows well. "[If you lose] one, two or three per cent of concentration and come a little bit too late and that's how it started. My response would have been to think about the line-up or change or change earlier or whatever. It's not the player to blame, I am 100 per cent responsible for that. "I told him I still trust him 100 per cent, so for me the game is over. How you concede the goals is not important anymore after the game, only for the analysis but not for anything else. "We know how we came into the situations and that's what we have to change."

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