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WATCH: 'I need to deal with Ronaldo'

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 19:30

Last Updated: 21/05/18 5:43pm

Virgil van Dijk says he knows Ronaldo's qualities and he needs to deal with him ahead in the Champions League final (Video courtesy of LFCTV, Sky channel 425) Virgil van Dijk says he knows Ronaldo's qualities and he needs to deal with him ahead in the Champions League final (Video courtesy of LFCTV, Sky channel 425)

Virgil van Dijk says he will "need to deal" with Cristiano Ronaldo during Liverpool's upcoming Champions League final against Real Madrid.

Speaking to LFCTV, the Reds defender looked towards the game in Kiev on Saturday, where he will be tasked with stopping Real Madrid's star man.

Van Dijk has already come up against Ronaldo this season for the Netherlands when they played Portugal in March, but says he will be ready for the upcoming encounter.

"He [Ronaldo] has been scoring goals for fun over the last few years and he has a lot of quality obviously," Van Dijk said.

"He is one of the best players in the world at the moment but I need to deal with him like the rest of the team needs to deal with their other players, who have a lot of quality too. We need to be ready but that's part of the game.

"They will be aware of our team as well. It's going to be a very good game, both teams have a lot of quality.

"I'm looking forward to it but the most important thing for us as a team, as Liverpool, we need to look at ourselves and play our game rather than doing different things."

Hit play on the video above to hear from Van Dijk.

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Klopp wants four new signings

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 18:00
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants to sign four players this summer.
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'I know we can cancel out Real's CL experience'

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 17:28
Liverpool can cancel out the advantage of Real Madrid's Champions League experience by replicating the performance levels that have taken them into Saturday's final in Kiev.
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'Our all-inclusive football has got us to the final'

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 17:20
Jürgen Klopp feels Liverpool’s run to the final of the Champions League has been made possible by their brand of ‘all-inclusive football’.
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Lovren pays tribute to Van Dijk's calming presence

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 16:47
Dejan Lovren has hailed the calming influence of Virgil van Dijk on the Liverpool backline since his arrival at the club in January.
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Sadio Mane: The collective is Liverpool FC's real power

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 16:43
Liverpool’s team spirit and unity has provided the foundation for their electrifying run to the Champions League final, Sadio Mane insists.
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Klopp: Google 'European nights' and the answer is Anfield

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 16:35
Jürgen Klopp hailed Liverpool's collective journey to the Champions League final as he targeted the 'best possible end' when his team take on Real Madrid in Kiev.
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Klopp: Experience isn't everything

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 16:30
By Rory O'Callaghan

Last Updated: 21/05/18 7:03pm

Jurgen Klopp says 'experience isn't everything' in the Champions League final Jurgen Klopp says 'experience isn't everything' in the Champions League final

Jurgen Klopp admits Real Madrid hold the edge over Liverpool in terms of experience but has backed his side to more than match the European champions for desire and work-rate in the Champions League final.

Liverpool face Real in the showpiece event in Kiev on Saturday, where the Spanish team will hope to secure a third consecutive European title.

Klopp admits Real are more accustomed to matches of this stature but insists his side will not be at a disadvantage when the two teams meet at the Olympic Stadium.

"They are more experienced, that is a fact," said Klopp. "If there was a market for experience that should sell it, because they would be even more rich than they are already.

Liverpool face Real Madrid in Kiev on Saturday night Liverpool face Real Madrid in Kiev on Saturday night Liverpool face Real Madrid in Kiev on Saturday night

"Experience is very important in life, but not the only important thing in life. Especially in football.

"It is an advantage to be more experienced but you can level it with desire, with readiness, with attitude, with work-rate. You can level it. That is what I love in football."

Klopp discusses Emre Can's fitness ahead of the Champions League final Klopp discusses Emre Can's fitness ahead of the Champions League final

Liverpool have won not won a major trophy since 2012 but have come close twice under Klopp, losing in both the Capital One Cup final and Europa League final in 2016.

Klopp says the defeats to Manchester City and Sevilla will have helped to prepare his players for Saturday's final.

Klopp has backed his side to match Madrid for 'desire' and 'work-rate' Klopp has backed his side to match Madrid for 'desire' and 'work-rate' Klopp has backed his side to match Madrid for 'desire' and 'work-rate'

"We have our own experience. We don't have that positive experience where we won our last two finals, or whatever, but we made our own experience," said Klopp.

"That is good as well. We haven't been as long together as Real Madrid because they not only won the last two, they played these finals with pretty much the same team, which is special.

"As a group they are very strong. That is all fact but it is still football and we have a chance."

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Klopp stunned by Can recovery

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 16:30
Germany midfielder Can is expected to join Juventus on a free transfer at the end of the season

Last Updated: 21/05/18 2:35pm

Jurgen Klopp discusses Emre Can's return to fitness Jurgen Klopp discusses Emre Can's return to fitness

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says "the door is open" for Emre Can to feature in Saturday's Champions League final against Real Madrid.

The Germany midfielder had been Klopp's main injury concern, but appeared with the rest of the squad on Monday as they stepped up their preparations with an open training session at Anfield five days ahead of the final.

The midfielder, who has not started since March because of a back injury, also travelled to Marbella for Liverpool's warm-weather camp last week.

Speaking ahead of the final in Kiev, Klopp said: "Ten days ago, I didn't think it was possible that he could do what he did today, that he could do what he did in Marbella.

Emre Can appeared before the TV cameras in the training session at Anfield Emre Can appeared before the TV cameras in the training session at Anfield

"It looked good. It is really positive but we have to wait until tomorrow. The door is open. It is really nice to have him back in the group. He is really desperate to be part of it. We will see."

James Milner also trained after missing the final Premier League game of the season against Brighton with a muscle problem.

The potential availability of both would increase Klopp's options for Saturday's showpiece in the Ukrainian capital.

If Can features, it could be his last game for the club as he is out of contract at the end of the season and is expected to join Juventus on a free transfer.

James Milner also trained to ease Liverpool's injury concerns ahead of the final. James Milner also trained to ease Liverpool's injury concerns ahead of the final. James Milner also trained to ease Liverpool's injury concerns ahead of the final.

When asked about Can's future, Klopp said: "No clue. Not important at the moment, to be honest. In this moment, he is 100 per cent here. That is the only thing I'm interested in. I really have no idea."

Adam Lallana is also hoping to end his season on a high after injury limited him to just three starts this term.

The disruption cost him a place in England's World Cup squad, with Lallana forced to settle for a place on the stand-by list.

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Emre Can fitness latest

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 16:21
Emre Can is making steady progress in his recovery from a back injury and may be available for Saturday's Champions League final.
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Photo gallery: Sights on Real as Reds train at Anfield

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 14:38
Liverpool stepped up their preparations for the Champions League final with a training session at Anfield in front of the world's media on Monday morning.
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Read Monday's LFC transfer rumours

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 14:13
Visit our dedicated Media Watch section for all of the latest LFC-related transfer speculation and newspaper stories.
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Besiktas coach drops Liverpool transfer hint

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 14:04
Besiktas coach Senol Gunes has dropped a tantalising transfer hint about the future of on-loan Brazilian striker Anderson Talisca.
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Nabil Fekir talks planned after Champions League final

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 13:55
Liverpool are set to open talks for Lyon star man Nabil Fekir, according to reports in France.
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Mignolet named in provisional Belgium World Cup squad

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 13:32
Simon Mignolet has been named in the provisional Belgium squad for this summer's World Cup.
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Mohamed Salah named PFA Fans' Player of the Year

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 13:00
Mohamed Salah has won the PFA Fans' Player of the Year award after claiming 89 per cent of the votes in an online poll of supporters across the country.
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Van Dijk: I know all the stories of LFC's past - now I want to write our own

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 11:59
Virgil van Dijk has only been a Liverpool player for five months, but he is well-versed in the club's storied European past having picked the brains of legends – and now he wants to place the names of his teammates alongside theirs.
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Liverpool 'compete with Napoli for Sampdoria star Lucas Torreira'

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 11:43
Liverpool want Sampdoria star Lucas Torreira this summer and will battle it out with Napoli for the Uruguay international.
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Liverpool 'set to open talks' with Lyon over Nabil Fekir

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 11:24
Liverpool are set to open talks with Lyon over attacker Nabil Fekir - but not until after the Champions League final is done and dusted.
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AC Milan's Suso reveals clause and talks Liverpool

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 11:07
Former Liverpool midfielder Suso would welcome a return to Anfield – but not in the immediate future.
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