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Video: Jurgen Klopp pre-match press conference – Swansea City vs. Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 17:36

Watch as Jurgen Klopp previews Liverpool’s trip to take on Premier League relegation candidates Swansea City on Monday night at the Liberty Stadium.

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The Reds will fly to Cardiff before travelling down the M4 to south Wales looking to extend their unbeaten run to 19 games.

That stretch already includes a 5-0 victory at home to Swansea on Boxing Day, but since then the hosts have seen a new manager installed in Carlos Carvalhal.

As a result, the Swans will be something of an unknown quantity on Monday, and speaking at Melwood on Friday afternoon Klopp vowed his side would respect their opposition.

“What you’ve seen since the [new] manager is in is a big improvement,” he told reporters.

“They’re doing well, that’s all we think about. I’m not even sure if we can look at our game against Swansea [as reference].

“We don’t think about the 5-0, we don’t think about [beating] Man City [on Sunday], we just think about what we have to do.

“Monday night, still a few days to go, hopefully we can make a choice of the lineup from a full squad and use the basis of this season so far.”

 Liverpool's new signing Virgil van Dijk, who joined from Southampton for £75m, a world record for a defender,, during the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 230th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp provided an update on the fitness of his squad, with Virgil van Dijk set to return at the Liberty and Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan and Mohamed Salah working their way back from illness.

He also confirmed Loris Karius would start once again, having taken over from Simon Mignolet as Klopp’s No. 1 goalkeeper.

And the German discussed the possibility of further January transfers, suggesting Liverpool had already made their “big” signing in Van Dijk.

Liverpool have won three of their last five meetings with Swansea, including a 2-1 victory in their last away trip, and their strong form will give them confidence ahead of next week.

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'I've seen good things from Loris - that's why he's in'

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 17:34
Loris Karius’ performances convinced Jürgen Klopp to install the German as Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper ahead of last Sunday’s victory over Manchester City.
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'I've seen good things from Loris - that's why he's in'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 17:34

Loris Karius’ performances convinced Jürgen Klopp to install the German as Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper ahead of last Sunday’s victory over Manchester City.

Klopp opted to start Karius against City and explained that the 24-year-old - who had predominantly featured in cup competitions previously this season - would be given an opportunity to prove himself as the Reds’ No.1.

Karius kept two clean sheets during his three starts in December and also played as Klopp’s team defeated Everton 2-1 in the third round of the FA Cup at the start of this month.

And, while confirming that Karius will again be included in his side for Monday’s trip to Swansea City, Klopp said on Friday that the former Mainz stopper had earned his opportunity. 

“How I said, it’s a very difficult job to be a goalkeeper or a centre-half at Liverpool because nobody forgives you one mistake, obviously. Since I’m in it feels like ‘wow, if our goalkeeper makes a mistake it’s a disaster and if any other goalkeeper makes a mistake then it’s ‘he’s still a fantastic goalkeeper and we should buy him’,” the manager told his pre-match press conference at Melwood.

“So I’m really fine with our goalkeeper situation. Yes, Loris Karius could have made a save around the first goal against Man City, even when I think it was a world-class finish in this moment. It was very surprising, very hard, stuff like that. 

“It always makes sense to say the truth but he’s a really good goalkeeper and we brought him in because we wanted him to play. We have a few difficulties but meanwhile he’s settled as well and [there are] a lot of really good things in his game, they are natural and I like them and now he can show them. 

“We changed a lot of positions through the year and only with the goalkeeper it looks like we have to stick to our opinion for 20 years if we’ve made a decision one time, so I changed not my opinion, but I changed the situation now, that’s all. 

“Of course Loris has to deliver, he knows that, but now he is the No.1 and that means he can play a game and he can concede a goal like he conceded against Manchester. 

“It’s not that we want that but it’s still possible, but all the good things I’d like to see again. I saw a lot of good things in the games he played in the last few weeks. That’s why he’s in.”

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Watch free: Jürgen Klopp on Swansea, injuries and transfers

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 17:23
Jürgen Klopp hosted his pre-Swansea City press conference on Friday – and you can watch it in full and for free on YouTube.
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Watch free: Jürgen Klopp on Swansea, injuries and transfers

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 17:23

Jürgen Klopp hosted his pre-Swansea City press conference on Friday – and you can watch it in full and for free on YouTube.

Having inflicted a first defeat of the season on Manchester City last time out, Liverpool are in Wales on Monday evening for a Premier League clash with the Swans.

Ahead of the game, Klopp discussed the match, the condition of his squad and other Reds-related topics during the press conference at Melwood.

Watch everything the manager said in the free video below.

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'Firmino is one of the first picks in training' - Klopp

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 17:20
Jürgen Klopp has insisted there is no shortage of appreciation for Roberto Firmino in the Liverpool dressing room.
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'Firmino is one of the first picks in training' - Klopp

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 17:20

Jürgen Klopp has insisted there is no shortage of appreciation for Roberto Firmino in the Liverpool dressing room.

The Reds' No.9 is enjoying his best season for the club since his arrival from Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim, having scored 17 times in 31 appearances in all competitions thus far.

That increased output in front of goal has not come at the expense of work-rate, either, with the Brazilian as keen as ever to close down and harry opposition defenders across 90 minutes.

Firmino's form this term has seen him earn praise from plenty of external observers but Klopp says the striker's quality has always been recognised at Melwood - most significantly by his teamates.

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He told reporters: "I don't think that it's possible that somebody could get more credit, compliments, praise, whatever you want to say as Roberto gets from us.

"But it's well deserved - everything. He's a fantastic football player. 

"You see him in training and think, 'what a work ethic, what an attitude', and he brings it on the pitch as well.

"He never rests. You have to pull him out, you have to tell him, 'come on, stop, sit here, calm'. 

"I hear in the stadium that people like him - good idea! - but I have no real idea if anybody thinks he's not important or whatever. I'm not too interested to be honest.

"I'm pretty sure if I give the players the opportunity to have a free choice in training [to] build teams by themselves, Bobby is one of the first they would pick.

"[It's] nice to have him around [and] better to have him than in the other team. That's maybe the best thing you can say about a football player."

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Boss: Andy Robertson has stepped up - I'm so happy for him

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 17:20
Andy Robertson's patience and perseverance have allowed the left-back to grab his opportunity in the Liverpool first team, according to Jürgen Klopp.
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Boss: Andy Robertson has stepped up - I'm so happy for him

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 17:20

Andy Robertson's patience and perseverance have allowed the left-back to grab his opportunity in the Liverpool first team, according to Jürgen Klopp.

The Scot made only three appearances in the first four months of the campaign after signing for the Reds from Hull City last summer.

But an injury to Alberto Moreno in early December opened the door for Robertson, who has started eight of the last nine games and performed impressively on each occasion.

Such was the No.26’s contribution to last Sunday’s victory over Manchester City that his name was chanted from all corners of the stadium in recognition of his exertions.

“It’s nice, really nice and very important,” Klopp said of Robertson’s recent progress.

“A lot of you [the media] were in doubt about Alberto Moreno before the season and thought we needed to bring in a new full-back, which we did with Andy Robertson. He was a nice prospect, it was clear he was a big talent and offensively skilled.

“There were a few gaps to close in his defending things so it was not the most easy time maybe for Andy, for sure. But he was quite cool in the situation – it’s not that he was a lot of times in my office and asking why I didn’t play him.

“Alberto Moreno played fantastically, apart from the Sevilla game he has played an outstanding season so far. Then he got injured and it’s very important, and for a club like Liverpool it’s unbelievably important, to have somebody.

“Andy needed maybe one game and then he was spot-on, that’s good and exactly what we need. Alberto is on the way back. That doesn’t mean anything. It only means our situation is better, that we have two players for that position. We have a lot of games and enough games for both of them.

“Andy stepped up and did a really fantastic job. It’s really nice as a manager to be part of it, to see a player [do that]. It’s quite difficult when you come to a new club and everybody expects the best of you from the first second you are in. Everybody needs time to adapt, even a football player.

“So I’m happy that he had the time, used the time and could play like he played in the last few games.”

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Klopp has regularly rotated his starting line-up during the past few weeks as Liverpool navigated a hectic December and New Year fixture schedule.

And as he met the media ahead of Monday night’s Premier League clash with Swansea City, the boss was asked whether his squad is now better equipped to cope with frequent changes.

He replied: “It’s not the first time that we were aware that the depth of the squad is different to last year.

“With Joe [Gomez], we have five centre-halves but this week we had two and that happens overnight – one is injured, the other one is ill and stuff like that.

“As long as you can react it’s never a problem because it’s a normal part of the season. But you don’t want to change only when players are injured.

“We had a very intense period. These two weeks now between Everton and City, and now City and this game, it feels like a pre-season. There are so many sessions to work on different things, which we really enjoy. It’s fantastic to do things like that.

“All the other times, you have a game and a game, and recovery, and a game. And it will come up again with the Champions League hopefully and the FA Cup hopefully. So we will have enough games for the whole squad and we will use them.

“For us, there is no alternative to rotation. It felt like it was not necessary all the time but it was necessary for what’s coming up now. But nothing is decided and we still have to use this hopefully still existing physical power because now it is getting very interesting.

“Everyone fights for everything, each game becomes a final. One fights for the league, one fights for European competition, for everything. And we will be involved in all that and that’s nice.”

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Klopp on potential further LFC January transfer activity

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 17:09
Jürgen Klopp discussed Liverpool’s potential plans for the remainder of the January transfer window during his pre-Swansea City press conference on Friday afternoon.
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Klopp on potential further LFC January transfer activity

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 17:09

Jürgen Klopp discussed Liverpool’s potential plans for the remainder of the January transfer window during his pre-Swansea City press conference on Friday afternoon.

The Reds have bolstered their defensive ranks with the addition of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton at the start of the month, while Philippe Coutinho has departed for Barcelona.

Klopp insists the club are ready to add further to their squad if the right option comes along, but is happy with the players he has at his disposal at the present time.

Asked during the media briefing whether he’s still actively looking to bring in players during this window, the manager replied: “The answer to something like that [is] if something jumped in my face then maybe we will think about it, but if not we don’t actively [look to] find a new player that we don’t know so far and think that’s a solution or whatever.

“First of all, we have to use the players we have and I think that makes absolute sense because we have really high-quality players, especially Adam Lallana.

“He is not the replacement for Phil Coutinho, he is a completely different player but he is a fantastic player who couldn’t play in the first part of the season. He is back and that’s good and so I could not really say we are active, no.”

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On any potential further departures, Klopp added: “We have a long and very decisive part of the season still to play.

“I’ve said a few times, in this transfer window it looks always like the season is already over and then everyone who didn’t play often enough wants to leave then and stuff like that. But we still have games to play and we need all of the players.

“We will see how it will be on January 31, but nothing else to say about it.”

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Klopp updates LFC's injury situation

Videos on Liverpoolfc.tv - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 16:57
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Ben Woodburn to stay at Liverpool in January

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 16:15
Ben Woodburn will not leave Liverpool on loan during the January transfer window.
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Ben Woodburn to stay at Liverpool in January

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 16:15

Ben Woodburn will not leave Liverpool on loan during the January transfer window.

The 18-year-old has been the subject of interest from other clubs with regards to a temporary move this month but Jürgen Klopp insists there is ‘no rush’ to send the forward elsewhere.

Plus, Woodburn’s influence as a first-team squad member means the Reds would miss his presence on a daily basis according to the manager.

“There’s no rush in it. It’s nice that clubs are asking for him already, but Ben had enough games so far; he played in different competitions, the UEFA Youth League, the U23s and had games with us,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.

“In all the sessions he is improving constantly. That we think we would miss him in our training group – with this quality squad – is maybe the biggest compliment you can give to him.

“He is completely relaxed, his family is relaxed and I am relaxed. The request is logical but there’s no rush at the moment. He is in the right place.

“We will help him, of course, and if there is any point in the next year when we think he needs to go somewhere then we will consider that for sure. But not for the moment.”

Woodburn is eligible for Liverpool U18s’ FA Youth Cup fourth-round tie with Arsenal on Saturday, which will be played at Anfield, and Steven Gerrard has requested the No.58 for the match.

“He asked me already – and I said ‘not sure!’” explained Klopp.

“Usually I would like to give him Ben but because of the injuries, we have a very important session today. We have to prepare for Swansea and Ben is in our training squad.

“If I can let him out of proper training today then he would be available for tomorrow. If he is doing normal training today then maybe it’s not possible.

“But I am on the side of both of the lads, Stevie and Ben, so if we can make him available we’ll do it. If not, then Stevie has to do the job without Ben.”

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LFC fitness latest: Salah, Van Dijk, Lovren and Klavan

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 16:04
Jürgen Klopp is hopeful Mohamed Salah and Ragnar Klavan will return to training today following illness, but Liverpool will need to check on the condition of Dejan Lovren.
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LFC fitness latest: Salah, Van Dijk, Lovren and Klavan

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 16:04

Jürgen Klopp is hopeful Mohamed Salah and Ragnar Klavan will return to training today following illness, but Liverpool will need to check on the condition of Dejan Lovren.

The trio missed Thursday’s double session at Melwood due to sickness, though Virgil van Dijk was involved once again after missing Sunday’s victory over Manchester City due to a hamstring complaint.

Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “Virgil was back yesterday and completely fine. We have a few problems with players feeling ill or unwell. 

“Raggy was out, but hopefully back today. Dejan was out. Mo Salah was out, but hopefully back today.

“Mo and Raggy are on the good side of it already, but with Dejan we are not 100 per cent sure [if he will be back today].”

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Klopp on when Henderson and Moreno are set to return

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 16:02
Jürgen Klopp expects Liverpool to be able to call upon the services of Jordan Henderson and Alberto Moreno for next week’s FA Cup tie with West Bromwich Albion.
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Klopp on when Henderson and Moreno are set to return

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 16:02

Jürgen Klopp expects Liverpool to be able to call upon the services of Jordan Henderson and Alberto Moreno for next week’s FA Cup tie with West Bromwich Albion.

The duo have returned to training at Melwood following injury, but are unlikely to come into contention for Monday’s Premier League encounter with Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “Hendo will today have a clearing session. He was part of training yesterday morning and today is clearing, then he should be OK from tomorrow onwards.

“It is close, but maybe close and not enough time for Swansea – but [after that] Hendo is back and that’s good news.

“Alberto is back in training a few days longer and we have to see. Because it is Alberto, he trains all the time and feels it still a little bit – in one or two movements you can see.

“We will not put any rush on him, but he will be back for sure after Swansea as well – or even maybe Swansea, I’m not sure.”

Meanwhile, Klopp confirmed Nathaniel Clyne continues to make good progress in his rehabilitation from the back problem that has kept him out of all of 2017-18 so far.

He added: “Clyney is doing well but still a little way to go until he is back in completely normal training. He is doing well, really good.”

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