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Category: Jürgen Klopp

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Liverpool in talks with Sporting Lisbon over Martins deal as Salah bid stalls

• Winger on radar as Klopp wants to add more pace to his side
• Reds fear being priced out of move for Egypt international

Liverpool are in talks with Sporting Lisbon regarding a deal for the winger Gelson Martins as the club continue their quest to bring in a pacy attacker.

The Reds have been in negotiations with Roma about Mohamed Salah, but fear being priced out of a move for the Egypt international and Martins is seen as a potential option.

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Signing regal Virgil van Dijk would be the ultimate upgrade for Liverpool | Paul Doyle

To improve his rickety defence and demonstrate Liverpool’s determination to win the Premier League, there is no better signing Jürgen Klopp could make

Only three players in the Premier League have the ability, when at their awesome best, to make everyone else on the pitch look like immature creatures, toddlers trying and failing to compete with giants. Two of those players are on the wane – Yaya Touré and Zlatan Ibrahimovic – but the other should be approaching his prime. If Liverpool sign Virgil van Dijk, they will be making the ultimate upgrade to their team.

On one level it could be argued that to splurge £60m or thereabouts on any player is to blare a huge scouting or coaching failure, since a really savvy club might be able find or develop a less obvious solution. But in terms of forking out for a surefire success, there is no better signing than Van Dijk that Jürgen Klopp could make to improve his rickety defence, no single purchase that could demonstrate more clearly Liverpool’s determination to clamber back atop that long-vacated perch.

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Virgil van Dijk tells Liverpool he wants to join them from Southampton

• Holland defender’s fee may rise to as much as £60m
• Manchester City and Chelsea also interested in signing Dutchman

Liverpool are poised to win the race to sign Virgil van Dijk after being informed by the Southampton defender that Anfield is his preferred destination.

Jürgen Klopp made the Holland international a transfer priority having guided Liverpool into the Champions League play-offs but faced competition from the Premier League champions, Chelsea, and Manchester City for the 25-year-old. In what represents a major statement of intent from Liverpool and a breakthrough for Klopp, the centre-back has told his suitors and Southampton that he favours a move to Merseyside.

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Jürgen Klopp demands consistent Champions League spot for Liverpool

• Manager says, ‘We will be really strong and will really fight for it’
• Liverpool beat Middlesbrough 3-0 to secure fourth place

Jürgen Klopp said Liverpool must qualify for the Champions League more frequently after sealing a top-four finish and completing an “outstanding” season with victory against Middlesbrough.

Georginio Wijnaldum, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana scored against Steve Agnew’s relegated team as Liverpool secured the win required to finish above Arsenal in the race for Champions League qualification. A Champions League play-off in late August, when Liverpool will be seeded in the draw, will determine whether Klopp’s team reach the lucrative group stage.

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Liverpool deserve their place in next season’s Champions League, says Jürgen Klopp – video

Liverpool’s manager, Jürgen Klopp, praises his side following the 3-0 win over MIddlesbrough. The victory at Anfield means Liverpool finish fourth and ensures they will compete in the Champions League next season for the first time since 2014-15. Klopp says the team deserve their place

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Liverpool heed Jürgen Klopp’s urgings and sprint into Champions League | Paul Wilson

Anfield manager asks players for final surge to finishing line and they race home once Georginio Wijnaldum breaches Middlesbrough’s defence in 3-0 win

‘When you see a finish line you should sprint,” was Jürgen Klopp’s final exhortation to his players before this potentially season-defining final game.

Liverpool were willing to take him at his word – Roberto Firmino landed the first shot on target in a little under 30 seconds – though more than half an hour later they were still shooting and acceleration was beginning to be replaced by apprehension. News from the other games had already filtered through. Arsenal and Manchester City had taken early leads, but though the first half had been a procession towards Brad Guzan’s goal, with Nathaniel Clyne, Emre Can, Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana almost literally queuing up to take pot shots, the Middlesbrough back line was holding out quite comfortably.

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Liverpool aim to master final day nerves to confirm progress under Jürgen Klopp

Emotions will be high as the Champions League contenders bid to defeat relegated Middlesbrough but their manager says they must keep things simple

Graeme Souness played in the last Middlesbrough team to win a league game at Anfield, 41 years and two months ago. Steve Agnew’s relegated side have won once on their demoralising travels in the Premier League this season, at Sunderland, the only team inferior to themselves. Yet when Jürgen Klopp describes how Liverpool fans will approach Middlesbrough’s visit on Sunday it is with knuckles pressed between his teeth and a look of sheer panic across his face. “They will be like: ‘Oh my God, please, please.’”

Klopp claims not to have a normal life outside Melwood but he is attuned to the feelings and fears around him as Liverpool enter the season’s finale with Champions League qualification on the line. In theory, Liverpool could hardly have picked better opponents for the victory required to reach the European elite for the second time in eight years, or prepared better than with a commanding 4-0 win at West Ham United last time out. In practice, Liverpool have faltered against expectations so often this season that an away game against a top-six side might present a more straightforward assignment.

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Jürgen Klopp says Liverpool deserve top-four finish after ‘special’ season

• Manager highlights squad’s points haul and response to difficult situations
• Liverpool to spend heavily in summer with Virgil van Dijk among targets

Jürgen Klopp believes Liverpool deserve Champions League qualification “100%” and the club’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, will support his long-term plans regardless of Sunday’s result against Middlesbrough.

Liverpool host Steve Agnew’s relegated side knowing victory will guarantee a place in next season’s Champions League, albeit at the play-off stage should Manchester City win at Watford. A draw at Anfield coupled with an Arsenal win at home to Everton would consign Liverpool to the Europa League, while there is also the prospect of a fourth-place play-off between Liverpool and Arsenal depending on particular results.

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Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City: what missing Champions League would mean

We examine why the three clubs’ Premier League fate has gone to the wire and what the impact on each would be if they finish outside the top four

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We proved we can cope with pressure, says Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp

• Manager delighted with players after 4-0 victory at West Ham
• Victory against Middlesbrough would guarantee top-four spot

Jürgen Klopp insisted Liverpool have proved they can handle the pressure after a convincing win against West Ham United tightened their grip on a top-four finish. The manager hailed a “perfect afternoon” as his team defeated West Ham United 4-0 to climb to third position and within three points of securing a place in the Champions League next season.

Philippe Coutinho scored twice and also set up the opener for Daniel Sturridge, with Divock Origi grabbing the fourth goal on a day when West Ham imploded. Another win against Middlesbrough at Anfield on Sunday will guarantee Liverpool Champions League football.

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Jürgen Klopp claims Liverpool are closer to Chelsea than 14 points suggest

• Anfield manager blames injuries to Sadio Mané and other key players
• Klopp: ‘Chelsea deserved it but they had most luck with injuries’

Jürgen Klopp has claimed the difference in quality between Liverpool and Chelsea is not as big as the Premier League table would suggest, although he says his team lack the “cold as ice” mentality of Antonio Conte’s leaders.

Chelsea are 14 points above third-placed Liverpool and will regain the Premier League title should they extend that gap to 17 with victory at West Bromwich Albion on Friday. Klopp accepts Conte’s team will be worthy champions – albeit while reiterating his belief that Chelsea had greater fortune with injuries than their rivals – but disputes the table provides an accurate gauge of their superiority over Liverpool.

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Jürgen Klopp unfazed by Barcelona link with Philippe Coutinho

• Owners say we do not have to sell anybody if we do not want to, says manager
• Reports in Spain claimed informal talks had taken place over £76m transfer

Jürgen Klopp has said Liverpool have no intention of selling Philippe Coutinho and described himself as “completely relaxed” over the Brazilian being linked with Barcelona.

Liverpool’s influential playmaker is a reported target for the 2015-16 La Liga champions, with reports in Spain this week claiming informal talks had taken place over a £76m transfer. On Monday Coutinho appeared to distance himself from a move to the Camp Nou when he told an awards dinner that his ambition was to win trophies with Liverpool.

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Jürgen Klopp unfazed by Barcelona link with Philippe Coutinho

• Owners say we do not have to sell anybody if we do not want to, says manager
• Reports in Spain claimed informal talks had taken place over £76m transfer

Jürgen Klopp has said Liverpool have no intention of selling Philippe Coutinho and described himself as “completely relaxed” over the Brazilian being linked with Barcelona.

Liverpool’s influential playmaker is a reported target for the 2015-16 La Liga champions, with reports in Spain this week claiming informal talks had taken place over a £76m transfer. On Monday Coutinho appeared to distance himself from a move to the Camp Nou when he told an awards dinner that his ambition was to win trophies with Liverpool.

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‘The pitch was really dry’: Klopp blames Anfield surface after Liverpool stalemate – video

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp blames the Anfield pitch for his side’s goalless draw with Southampton on Sunday. Klopp argues that the pitch was too dry for his team to move the ball around quickly and penetrate Southampton’s defence. Liverpool have now failed to win in each of their last three league games at home

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Jürgen Klopp eager for Liverpool to defy doubters in top-four chase

The Liverpool manager is eager for his side to go on a final ruthless run and challenge the perception that they struggle against more cautious opponents

As far as Jürgen Klopp is concerned, Liverpool are suffering from an image problem. Their run-in to the end of the season does not appear too problematic but their record against lesser teams in the Premier League suggests it may be.

A perception has arisen that Liverpool struggle against teams that do not necessarily try to beat them but concentrate on keeping men behind the ball and Klopp feels it is inaccurate. “Of the last few games we have played against teams lower down the league we have won three and lost one and we still have the image that we lose all the time,” the Liverpool manager says.

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Jürgen Klopp optimistic Liverpool’s Emre Can will sign contract extension

• German midfielder has one year of current deal at Anfield left
• ‘He’s watched his bicycle kick on the iPad about 250 times’

Jürgen Klopp has said he is optimistic the impasse over Emre Can’s new contract will be broken and the midfielder will commit his long-term future to Liverpool.

The Germany international enters the final 12 months of his current deal this summer having so far resisted signing a contract extension at Anfield. Despite failing to get an agreement after several months of talks, and the financial risk of allowing a player to enter his final year of contract, Liverpool are prepared to keep Can this summer regardless of whether he signs.

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Jürgen Klopp tells Liverpool not to be complacent about Champions League

• Liverpool beat Watford 1-0 and Champions League stays in their hands
• Klopp: ‘We need to stay focused, to stay concentrated’

Jürgen Klopp has warned his players not to assume Champions League football is theirs after Emre Can’s startling scissor kick beat Watford and ensured a top-four finish is within Liverpool’s reach with three games to play.

Related: Emre Can strikes at Watford to strengthen Liverpool hold on top four

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Jürgen Klopp tells Liverpool not to be complacent about Champions League

• Liverpool beat Watford 1-0 and Champions League stays in their hands
• Klopp: ‘We need to stay focused, to stay concentrated’

Jürgen Klopp has warned his players not to assume Champions League football is theirs after Emre Can’s startling scissor kick beat Watford and ensured a top-four finish is within Liverpool’s reach with three games to play.

Related: Emre Can strikes at Watford to strengthen Liverpool hold on top four

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Liverpool roll up sleeves to beat Watford but still show familiar flaws | Paul Doyle

Jürgen Klopp’s side have paid for their failure to beat lesser teams and even in winning 1-0 at Vicarage Road defensive frailties were again on display

Most supporters fear their team is always on the brink of a mishap but not every team’s fans feel nervous about visiting a side they have destroyed 6-1 earlier in the season. But the trepidation among many Liverpool fans before their visit to Watford was understandable, even after a weekend in which their rivals for a top-four finish had fallen over themselves to drop points.

The sense of anguish was palpable right up to the final whistle, with even Jürgen Klopp admitting his heart missed a beat when Watford’s Sebastian Prödl smashed a shot against the crossbar in the last moments. “I said to the players after the game if they want to kill me, that’s a good way to try it!” he quipped.

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Liverpool roll up sleeves to beat Watford but still show familiar flaws | Paul Doyle

Jürgen Klopp’s side have paid for their failure to beat lesser teams and even in winning 1-0 at Vicarage Road defensive frailties were again on display

Most supporters fear their team is always on the brink of a mishap but not every team’s fans feel nervous about visiting a side they have destroyed 6-1 earlier in the season. But the trepidation among many Liverpool fans before their visit to Watford was understandable, even after a weekend in which their rivals for a top-four finish had fallen over themselves to drop points.

The sense of anguish was palpable right up to the final whistle, with even Jürgen Klopp admitting his heart missed a beat when Watford’s Sebastian Prödl smashed a shot against the crossbar in the last moments. “I said to the players after the game if they want to kill me, that’s a good way to try it!” he quipped.

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