Jürgen Klopp has credited his players for sensing blood in the aftermath of Roberto Firmino’s goal during Sunday’s remarkable 4-3 win over Manchester City.
Firmino’s delicate, ice-cool chip over Ederson put Liverpool 2-1 up shortly before the hour and sparked delirious celebrations inside Anfield.
In the dizzying, breathless nine minutes that followed, Klopp’s team struck the post and scored twice more as Pep Guardiola’s previously unbeaten Premier League leaders wilted amid a perfect storm of relentless Reds pressure and a deafening din from the home supporters.
Following Firmino’s 17th goal of the season, Klopp could be seen urging his side to continue attacking from the technical area.
However, when asked about that instruction post-match, the manager preferred to praise his team for recognising themselves that the time was right to press home their advantage.
“Of course it’s like this but whatever I shout out, if the boys don’t feel it then I better shut up and we’ll try to come through somehow. But they knew ‘now we are there’,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.
“The plan was there from the beginning and the boys did really, really well. At 1-0, you cannot control them all the time, that’s just not possible - the pitch is too big for that and they use the space.
“But we did good. In the decisive moments you need to be there and I’m even happy about the result because I think if you didn’t see the game and had no chance to watch it back then the result is exactly what you need to imagine what you missed, because we deserved to win but they deserved to score."
Elaborating on the nine-minute spell that ultimately earned all three points, Klopp continued: “In the second half, in this period when we scored, we played pressing from another planet.
“Really, I saw a few nice games in my life but this period was really one of the better ones. I’m really happy.”
Georginio Wijnaldum was lost for words to describe how Liverpool put an end to Manchester City's unbeaten record – but he knows that level of performance has to be the standard every week.
The Reds were outstanding as they claimed a 4-3 win against the Premier League leaders on Sunday, with their pressing, energy and finishing undoing a side that had previously navigated 22 matches without defeat.
At the heart of the victory was a nine-minute spell in the second half when goals from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah opened up an unassailable lead.
“I don’t know where it came from,” Wijnaldum admitted to Liverpoolfc.com. “Even after we scored the fourth we were pressing and trying to regain the ball and create chances.
“It was a difficult game. We did a lot of things right; we scored four goals and unfortunately we conceded three, but we are happy to give them their first defeat of the season.”
What is crystal clear in the Dutchman’s mind, though, is that the onus is on Jürgen Klopp’s team to repeat the display as frequently as possible in the remainder of the season.
“Every game is a new game. We have showed that we can beat Manchester City, a good team – one of the best in the league,” said the No.5, who described his own contribution as ‘definitely one of my best’ for Liverpool.
“But we have to put in that performance every week. That’s the biggest challenge we have. I don’t want to say ‘it says this about us’ because every game is a new game and we have to perform.”
The foundation of the result was undoubtedly in the work-rate of the Reds, and so often it was Wijnaldum – or fellow midfielders Emre Can and Oxlade-Chamberlain – regaining possession and keeping City at bay.
“It was just the gameplan. If a player comes in, he has to do the things the manager said about how we want to play. He had a gameplan and that’s what we did,” he added.
Last Updated: 15/01/18 11:14pmEmre Can denies a deal is in place for him to sign for Juventus and insists he is still in talks with Liverpool
Emre Can insists he has no deal in place with Juventus and is still speaking with Liverpool over a contract extension.
The German's Anfield deal is set to expire at the end of the season, with speculation mounting regarding where his future may lie.
Recent reports from Sky in Italy outlined an initial agreement between the midfielder and Italian giants Juve, though Can maintains talks with Liverpool are still ongoing.
The 24-year-old is able to sign a pre-agreement with a foreign club in the January window, but nothing is yet in place according to the player himself who is prepared to wait until the end of the current campaign.
"My agent is looking after everything but I am here until the summer. I haven't signed anything (with Juventus) or anyone," said Can.Can feels Liverpool earned respect across European football after beating Manchester City
"I am talking with everyone, of course I am talking with Liverpool. Why not? I still have a contract here. It is an amazing club. What can I say? My agent does the rest.
"I just concentrate on my performance and the football. I will give everything for this team," the German added.
Can put in one of his finest Liverpool performances of the season against Manchester City at Anfield, helping the Reds to a 4-3 win.
Jurgen Klopp's side brought City's 30-match unbeaten Premier League run to an end in thrilling style with the victory and Can believes the result has earned the Merseyside club the widespread respect across European football.
Can thinks it could give them a psychological advantage, particularly with a key Champions League last-16 tie to come against Porto in a month's time.The German believes teams will now see exactly what Liverpool are capable of
"Of course against Manchester City we played brilliant," said the German international.
"If the teams saw us playing like that, they will give us a lot of respect and we will take a lot of confidence.
"If teams watch our performance they will think 'oh wow!' They will see we are a strong side.
"Every single player performed and did an amazing job. Sadio (Mane), Roberto (Firmino), Mo (Salah), they scored the goals, but Robbo (Andrew Robertson), Joel (Matip), Joe (Gomez) did an amazing job. We don't have to pick one player.
"We have played a lot of games that are very good but this one? It was one of the best we have done, for sure.
"But this is just one game, it is just three points, and we have to keep going," Can added.
Liverpool midfielder Emre Can says he has not signed a pre-contract with Juventus and is still in discussions over staying at Anfield.
The German international is out of contract at the end of the current campaign and rumours have been rife that he will depart on a free transfer.
Italian side Juventus have been named as the front-runners for his signature, though other clubs including Bayern Munich have also been credited with an interest.
But Liverpool have remained hopeful all along of convincing their No. 23 that his future should remain at Anfield, and Can appears to still be open to the prospect of staying.
“My agent is looking after everything but I am here until the summer,” Can said.
“I haven’t signed anything (with Juventus) or anyone. I am talking with everyone.
“Of course I am talking with Liverpool. I still have a contract here. It is an amazing club.
“What can I say? My agent does the rest.
“I just concentrate on the season, on my performance and the football. I will give everything for this team.”
While his words aren’t quite the 100 per cent guarantee he’ll remain beyond 2017/18 that some fans might have hoped for, it’s at least still a possibility.
Earlier reports had suggested Can had already signed an agreement with Juve—but his performance against Manchester City on Sunday showed a remarkable commitment to the cause, having been ill in the run-up to the fixture.
Can was a star performer in midfield as the Reds won 4-3 to end City’s unbeaten run and hailed the display of the team.
“It was unbelievable!” he added.
“Look at how we pressed, I think it was the best game. We played against Manchester City, you don’t have to forget that!
“We were always on the front foot, everyone pressing and everyone doing a brilliant job.”
Can will remain a key part of Jurgen Klopp‘s plans until the end of the campaign, it seems, and from then on it could come down to exactly what the Reds can offer from a football perspective as much as financially.
For most fans though, his display as the deepest midfielder means he’s a must-have in the XI as the No. 6 as the Reds seek to secure another top-four finish and progress in both the FA Cup and Champions League.
Last Updated: 16/01/18 12:09amJamie Carragher looks at the second-half spell which won Liverpool the game against Manchester City Jamie Carragher looks at the second-half spell which won Liverpool the game against Manchester City
Gary Neville says Liverpool have shown the world how to beat Manchester City - but other teams will struggle to replicate their success.
Jurgen Klopp's side ended Pep Guardiola's unbeaten run in a thrilling 4-3 victory at Anfield on Super Sunday and the Monday Night Football experts explained how that was down to pressing high up the pitch and winning the ball back in the City half.
Liverpool recovered the ball in that area six times in the final 30 minutes and scored three times - through Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah - in a scintillating nine-minute spell.
However, Neville argued other teams lack the qualities possessed by Liverpool's forwards and midfield players.
He told Monday Night Football: "The reason it's difficult is that Liverpool have got the players who are wired to press, the manager who is wired to press and the ground that emotionally allows you to go and do it.
"Also, the intelligence of those six players was fantastic. The front three were connected as a unit. You talk about back-four units, but they were a unit in their pressing yesterday. All three of them were connected all the time and so were the midfield three.
"There's not many teams in the Premier League who've got the energy of those six or the quality to do what they did with the finishes.
"Do the other teams have the energy, the quality or the intelligence? I'm not sure."Highlights: Liverpool 4-3 Man City Highlights: Liverpool 4-3 Man City
City needed an injury-time winner to beat Bristol City, who used similar tactics in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final in midweek - and Neville said other teams must take notice.
He added: "Of course you've got to try and win the ball higher up the pitch against Manchester City, but I question whether the other teams have got the energy and the ability to finish like that to do what Liverpool did.
"But certainly what Bristol City have done and what Liverpool have done has to be a better way than what we've seen in the two previous months where teams have gone right back.
"City just put you in a headlock for 90 minutes, keep the ball at 75% possession and inevitably win because they are that good on the ball in the final third."Ederson’s costly mistake Ederson’s costly mistake
Fellow Monday Night Football expert Jamie Carragher agrees that Liverpool got their tactics right - but argued their approach was nothing new.
He said: "People will ask if this is the template and we've talked all season about how teams should play against City.
"It's not the template this season, it's the template last season. Go back to Celtic when they drew 3-3 at home to City and then a few days later at Spurs. Leicester did it and Everton did it at Goodison Park.
"This is nothing new, it's just that City are a lot better this season.
"The way to go after Man City is to go after them and press them. You can't do that for 90 minutes - and we saw at times that Liverpool couldn't get the ball of them - but in a spell you can win the ball and cause them problems.
"That has to be the way forward, it has to be."Swansea vs Liverpool
January 22, 2018, 7:00pm
Liverpool and Manchester City went hammer and tongs throughout the 90 minutes as Liverpool edged the 7 goal thriller in a game which was once again one of the best advertisements for the Premier League as a whole. Liverpool thus break City’s lossless streak this season. My key observations are below:Liverpool end the week on a sweet note
Liverpool’s week off the field had not gone particularly well, especially post Coutinho’s sale to Barcelona. The Reds were linked to scores of players including ‘one who shall not be named,’ but to no avail. The day started with Leipzig confirming that Keita would be staying in Germany for the whole season. In this backdrop, Klopp and the fans needed this win to re-affirm the belief that indeed ‘all is well.’Pressing causes Passing mishaps
Liverpool started fast and strong as they usually do and were aided by an early goal. But Liverpool’s intensity did not drop at all, with the front 3 doing an admirable job pressing, and cutting the passing channels for City. It was expected that this would drop in the second half, but it did not and their tireless effort were duly rewarded with a goal for each of the front three. Each goal required a different finish, but all were aided by one common theme; desire.Chamberlain steps up to the plate
Chamberlain’s importance had been growing in his Liverpool’s fledgeling career, and he once again showed why he should play in the midfield, and only in the midfield. His early goal was what one would want from a box-to-box midfielder; from winning the ball, driving with the ball and an arrowed finish into the bottom corner. He was really aggressive throughout the game and must be a sure shot starter going forward.Robertson shines once again
Robertson has shown the fruits of playing regularly, as his form has also been consistently good. He defended extremely well on most occasions, undaunted by the form of Sterling. He cut out potential crosses early and was always ready to attack and be a provider on the overlap whenever Liverpool counter-attacked. He provided the moment of the match apart from the goals, with his tireless pressing from one opponent to another, forcing a mistake from City; a microcosm to the whole game.Age and potential are no longer excuses
Another game, another aerial ball from wide areas, and yes you guessed it right; another mistake from Gomez. This time the youngster misjudged the flight of the ball allowing Sane to coast into the danger area. A sequence of mistakes means that this is now a glaring weakness which we can expect the opposition to exploit. His potential and age can no longer serve as an excuse.
The same applies to Karius. Fans have demanded that Karius play after a series of mistakes from Mignolet. Klopp seemed to suggest that this was Karius’ position to lose and unfortunately he did not cover himself in glory. A keeper getting beaten on an acute angle shot on his near post is never a good sign.
We have seen what a series of games have done to players like Chamberlain and Robertson, but have also seen that it has not done any good for a player like Gomez. Which alley will Karius head down?
Liverpool: Karius, Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Robertson, Can, Wijnaldum, Ox, Salah, Mane, Firmino.
Man City: Ederson, Delph, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Sterling, Sane, Aguero.Match Report
Liverpool were in a rampant mood on Sunday afternoon as they handed Manchester City their first Premier League defeat of the season in a thrilling 4-3 contest.
The Reds got off to the best possible start when Oxlade-Chamberlain’s long-range effort found it’s way into the far post, marking his third of the campaign – a record that means the Englishman has scored as many goals in his last 20 league games for Liverpool than in his last 71 for Arsenal. This was the latest evidence of the marked improvement Ox has made since joining the Merseyside outfit, with his pace, power and determination on and off the ball instrumental in the opening forty-five.
Despite being the much better side throughout the first-half, Liverpool were once again undone by poor defending as City equalised before the interval. Walker’s cross-field ball found Leroy Sane on the left-hand flank, and with Joe Gomez caught by the flight of the ball, the German forward was able to wriggle his way into the box and hammer home at Karius’ near-post. In truth, he should have done far, far better with the shot as Liverpool’s hard work was needlessly undone.
Yet, Klopp’s side came out in rampant mode for the second-half, turning on the style to inflict real damage on the runaway league leaders. Within a period of eight minutes, Liverpool inflicted more damage on Pep Guardiola’s side than anyone has managed all season, with the remains of the ‘Fab Four’ showing their class to deadly effect. The first of the three quick-fire goals came from Firmino, who cleverly out muscled John Stones before scooping the ball deliciously over the head of Ederson and into the net. Just two minutes later and it was 3-1 to The Reds. Some brilliant pressing from Salah saw Liverpool win the ball back high up the pitch, with the Egyptian slotting it through to Sadio Mane on the edge of the box. On his weaker foot, Mane delivered a brilliant shot to deceive Ederson at the near post and ensure Liverpool’s dominance was reflected via the scoreboard.
High pressing was a feature of Liverpool’s afternoon, providing the source of the goal for the fourth. Quickly hunted down by Klopp’s side, Ederson’s clearance fell straight to the feet of Mohamed Salah who made the ‘keeper pay for his mistake with another delightful finish. That takes Salah’s tally up to 24 goals for the season and with plenty of games left to play, the Egyptian shows no signs of slowing down.
4-1 and cruising, it seemed as though Liverpool were going to ride out a comfortable result in style. Wrong.
In typical Liverpool fashion, things took a nervy turn when Bernardo Silva pulled one back for the away side with six minutes left on the clock. Ilkay Gundogan’s injury time goal to make it 4-3 ensured a sense of unease within the Anfield crowd as the clock wound down. Luckily for The Reds, Aguero’s header right at the death found it’s way into the side netting to ensure Liverpool held on for a huge three points.
4-1 up in the final ten minutes before allowing the opposition to pull it back to 4-3, no one will ever say that this team isn’t one of the most entertaining in the Premier League. The ruthless attack was on hand to capitalise on Chelsea’s goalless draw with Leicester as the post-Coutinho Reds got off to a memorable start.
Having joined from Hull City in an £8 million deal in July, Robertson arrived on Merseyside to little fanfare; the summer’s marquee signing, Mohamed Salah, had already scored his first goal of pre-season.
Previously spending spells with Scottish sides Queen’s Park and Dundee United before his three-year stint with the Tigers, this was to be expected.
Robertson was a low-key signing who Liverpool had seemingly overlooked just 12 months previously, when he was considered a possible alternative to Leicester City‘s Ben Chilwell.
But the 23-year-old is now finding his feet, and after producing his best performance yet in Sunday’s 4-3 victory at home to Man City, Robertson is proving the virtue of Klopp’s approach.Liverpool 4-3 Man City
Liverpool’s victory over City was a real statement; the previously unbeaten champions-elect fell at the hands of Klopp’s blistering attacking charge, as the Reds close to the gap in the top four.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain‘s opener set the tone, a swift burst through the midfield and a low, powerful drive beyond the helpless Ederson, whose evening was poised to go further downhill.
Though Leroy Sane equalised with an excellent effort before the break, taking advantage of Loris Karius‘ shortcomings at his near post, the Reds remained on top.
The Reds had taken control, with their front-footed approach encapsulated in a period of sheer dominance both on and off the ball after the break, that trio of goals the fruits of their labour.
Key to this was the industry of Robertson who, with his side already 4-1 up, produced a motion perfectly fitting Klopp’s blueprint.
With Bernardo Silva receiving the ball on the right flank towards the halfway line, Robertson put the Portuguese midfielder under immediate pressure, forcing him to turn back.
The ball went from Silva to Kyle Walker, to John Stones, to Ederson and finally to Nicolas Otamendi, all the while followed by a relentless Robertson.
Though it eventually resulted in a foul on Otamendi and a free-kick to the visitors, Robertson’s pursuit spread panic throughout the City ranks and forced the ball back 50 yards.
City were on the ropes, and though they came close to claiming a draw through late goals from Silva and Ilkay Gundogan, Liverpool ultimately held on for a priceless victory.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Mane and Firmino drew most of the plaudits after the game for their goals, but just as integral was the impetus of Robertson, who made more tackles (seven) than any other player.
And that an £8 million former Hull left-back was able to keep the likes of Silva and a beleaguered Raheem Sterling quiet at Anfield is a testament to his adjustment under Klopp.Robertson’s Rise
Between joining in July and his appearance in the 5-1 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion at the beginning of December, Robertson played just 270 minutes of competitive football for Liverpool.
Robertson played more for Scotland than he did Liverpool between July and December, with five consecutive starts for Gordon Strachan’s side, scoring a stunning strike against Lithuania in September.
His absence from the matchday squad on a regular basis led to concerns Robertson was signed without Klopp’s blessing, but speaking in October he argued it was simply due to left-back being a “specialist position.”
There was also the matter of adjusting to the demands of Klopp’s system, as the manager explained in November, saying “it’s all about improvement and then to be ready for the moment you are used.”
But given his chance with previous first choice Alberto Moreno sidelined with an ankle injury in December, Robertson has stepped up dramatically.
Liverpool played eight times in December, with the No. 26 starting in seven of those and largely providing a stable presence at left-back.
His overlapping runs on the left flank gave the Reds a welcome outlet in the absence of Moreno, and though it was largely due to the individual quality of Philippe Coutinho, he laid on an assist in the 4-0 win over Bournemouth.
But most impressive throughout Robertson’s recent run has been his improvement off the ball, with his defensive work an indictment of Klopp’s commitment to a patient approach.
Those seven successful tackles at Anfield on Sunday evening showed Robertson in tune with the demand for intensity in Liverpool’s front-footed system, and the Kop clearly appreciated it.
“Just after we scored the fourth, I’d won a couple of tackles and to hear them sing your name is always nice, especially [from] the Kop, the noise they make,” he said after the game.
“It started getting going and it gives you goosebumps; I can’t thank them enough for the support they’ve shown me from day one.”
Robertson has benefited from a slow build at Liverpool, and serves as an example of why players cannot be panned too early.
This is a pertinent issue given Klopp’s new-found belief in Karius as his No. 1 goalkeeper, and this season’s rejuvenation of Robertson’s competition at left-back.Competition at Left-Back
In the buildup to Sunday’s victory, Klopp was buoyed by the return of Moreno to full training at Melwood.
The Spaniard had been sidelined since the 7-0 victory over Spartak Moscow in the Champions League in December, limping off just before half-time and missing the next 10 games.
But the 25-year-old can be expected to return to contention for the trip to Swansea City on January 22, providing Klopp with a selection quandary.
Though the prospect of Moreno even remaining at Anfield beyond the summer transfer window was considered futile before the start of the season, he quickly re-established himself as a key cog.
In the first four months of the season Moreno played over twice the amount of minutes (1,728) as he had in the entirety of the previous campaign (835).
And deservedly so, too, producing a series of stellar displays that earned a recall to the Spain squad for the November international break after a three-year hiatus.
Klopp will likely ease Moreno back into the fold, but there is no guarantee he will reclaim his spot ahead of Robertson.
That this is even a likelihood worth considering is remarkable given Liverpool’s long-term struggle for stability at left-back since the days of John Arne Riise.
Though Klopp’s waiting game hasn’t been as drawn out as Reds supporters’, this patience has now provided the club with two strong solutions to what had been their major weakness.
Sadio Mane and Dejan Lovren recently called in to a West Derby school to meet some local fans.
The Reds stars made the short journey from Melwood to Mab Lane Primary School and spent the afternoon interacting with the youngsters, answering their questions and handing over signed photographs.
Last season, LFC committed to the first-team players visiting schools in and around the local area after autographs and pictures were stopped outside Melwood for health and safety reasons.
This new scheme provides a safer environment for young fans to collect autographs and allows even more local children to meet their heroes face to face.
There was so much to love about Liverpool's epic 4-3 victory over Manchester City – and we have picked out five of our favourite things in the Anfield thriller…
Picture-book goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah were – ultimately – enough to hand Pep Guardiola’s men a first defeat in the Premier League on Sunday.
Played at a frantic pace, amid a tremendous atmosphere, the meeting between the division’s most free-scoring teams managed to reach, if not exceed, all of the pre-match expectations.
Here is what we enjoyed most about a contest that will live long in the memory…
Firmino taking a leaf out of Robbie Fowler’s book
If you experienced a sense of déjà vu when Firmino raced in behind to fetch Oxlade-Chamberlain’s through pass, shrugged off John Stones with a firm shoulder and delicately lifted the ball over Ederson, there is a sound reason why: because you have basically seen the goal before.
It was October 1995 and a crunch clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Then, the ball forward came from Michael Thomas for Fowler; the defender outmuscled was Gary Neville; the finish was no different, however. In fact, it was practically identical, the striker dinking one over the helpless Peter Schmeichel with his right foot during the 2-2 draw...
Andy Robertson’s relentless press in the second half
It all starts in his own half.
The left-back harries Bernardo Silva and forces City to knock the ball backwards. Kyle Walker collects the pass and sees Robertson racing in his direction. When it is switched again to Stones, the Scot keeps on going.
By the time the ball returns all the way back to goalkeeper Ederson, you might expect Liverpool’s No.26 to call it quits. Instead, it continues and though eventually he is penalised for a foul on Nicolas Otamendi, the attitude and the determination helped to prompt a deserved chorus of his name from the Kop – and encapsulated a standout individual performance...
Three goals in nine minutes
This game was on a knife-edge at the outset of the second half, with Leroy Sane’s intervention four minutes before the break having cancelled out a sublime opening goal from Oxlade-Chamberlain.
But that changed in the space of a nine-minute period that rivals anything Anfield has witnessed before.
Firmino started it with his impudent strike and it is easy to forget that Mane whipped an effort against the outside of the far post before he did find the net with a left-footed blast that serves as an exhibition of perfect shooting technique.
The sensational state change from 1-1 to 4-1 was completed by Salah’s 24th goal of the season. Perhaps the most striking aspect of his unerring hit back over Ederson from the stopper’s failed clearance was that it seemed so easy.
“You get chills,” said Dejan Lovren, captain for the day, in an attempt to describe the action that unfolded in front of him. “We believed from the first second we were the better team.”
The midfield battle
Emre Can, Georginio Wijnaldum and Oxlade-Chamberlain were men on a mission in midfield.
Lined up against a formidable combination, fine-tuned by Guardiola to the point of being unbeaten in the Premier League until Sunday, featuring Kevin de Bruyne, Fernandinho and Ilkay Gundogan, the Reds trio thrived on the task of taking the ball off their opponents at any opportunity.
They set the tone for Liverpool’s pressing game – as you can see in this compilation of the team’s blocks, interceptions and tackles…
The Anfield atmosphere
“The fans were absolutely unbelievable,” Oxlade-Chamberlain, whose passionate celebration in front of the Kop on nine minutes helped add to the noise, commented after the final whistle.
“It’s one of the best atmospheres I’ve played in. I often say that when I play here most weeks. But they were fantastic today and they helped us over the line.”
Just look at those scenes…
There was something remarkably familiar about the manner in which Roberto Firmino scored against Manchester City on Sunday – but just how similar was his goal to a famous effort netted by Robbie Fowler at Old Trafford two decades ago?
The Brazilian outmuscled John Stones to reach Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s pass forward before majestically scooping the ball over Ederson to put the Reds 2-1 up.
Back in 1995, Fowler found the target with an incredibly similar strike against Manchester United.
On that occasion, the Liverpool forward shouldered Gary Neville off the ball to meet Michael Thomas’s pass before deftly lifting over Peter Schmeichel.
To see the striking resemblance between the goals, watch our free clip below now.
Now halfway through the January transfer window, rumours continue apace with players linked with a move to and from Anfield.
But a 4-3 win over table-topping Manchester City might convince a few that vast expenditure isn’t needed right now.
Even so, a number of faces have already been suggested to be interesting the Anfield hierarchy—and plenty of Monday’s column inches contain clubs negating those links.
Here’s a complete round-up of the latest transfer news affecting Liverpool…Keita too pricey for January
Late last week it became apparent that Naby Keita would definitely not be joining the Reds this window.
A move is in place for summer, but bringing the deal forward proved impossible after the German club released a statement saying he’d be remaining for the season.
But German outlet Bild have since reported that the Reds were offered a €20 million take-it-or-leave-it deal to sign him earlier—and refused.
With Keita already costing Liverpool £55 million and on his way to Anfield in just a few months, the extra fee to bring him in now was deemed too high.Mahrez not for sale, say Foxes
Riyad Mahrez has been one of the biggest names linked with an Anfield move in January, but his manager insists there’s no chance.
“All these noises are just speculation,” Claude Puel said, as reported by Football.London.
“Of course we are in the transfer window and it is normal for the all the best players.
“It is not a question (to understand his desire to leave) in our minds.”
The Leicester City winger has been back to near his best form this season and has plundered seven league goals thus far.De Boer backs Reds move for Zaha
Not quite a rumour as much as a musing, but Frank de Boer has suggested Wilf Zaha would thrive at Liverpool.
The Crystal Palace wide man has been a threat this season with his pace and final-third impact, and his former manager de Boer believes Anfield would be the right place for him to shine.
“Liverpool would be a great club for him but I’m going to see what he does in the future, I’m very interested in him because I think he has a great potential.”
Zaha, 25, has four goals this season in 17 league matches.AC Milan negate chances of Suso departure
Liverpool had been linked with a move for former midfield playmaker Suso, but AC Milan have issued a hands-off warning.
The Serie A club released a statement to underline the importance of Suso, now 24, in response to recent rumours.
“Not even for €80 million would we sell you,” the club told the Spanish schemer in the summer, and their stance holds firm now.Akanji off the market
Finally, one of the Reds’ rumoured targets has been snapped up—by Klopp’s former club.
Borussia Dortmund confirmed earlier on Monday the permanent signing of Basel defender Manuel Akanji on a four-and-a-half year deal.
?? Borussia Dortmund hat sich mit dem @FCBasel1893 auf einen sofortigen Wechsel des Spielers Manuel #Akanji verständigt. Der 22 Jahre junge Abwehrspieler unterzeichnete einen Vertrag bis zum 30. Juni 2022 und erhält die Rückkennummer 16. Herzlich willkommen, Manuel! ?? pic.twitter.com/79VFrXKz9I
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) January 15, 2018
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