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Jürgen Klopp backs Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain despite dismal display

• Liverpool manager says criticism of £35m signing is premature
• ‘The way people are talking it’s like we’re the worst team in the country’

Jürgen Klopp remains convinced of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s ability despite the dismal performance by Liverpool’s £35m signing in his first start at Leicester.

Oxlade-Chamberlain missed an early chance and seemed nervous and error-prone thereafter, but Klopp felt his performance was not as bad as some critics have suggested.

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Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp ‘really sick’ after Leicester punish poor defending

• Liverpool conceded both goals against Leicester after set-pieces
• ‘We have to defend these situations better,’ the manager said

Jürgen Klopp said he feels “really sick” with Liverpool’s defending after they conceded two poor goals, both on the back of set pieces, during a damaging defeat against Leicester City that ended their interest in the Carabao Cup and extended the club’s disappointing run of results.

Shinji Okazaki scored Leicester’s first after Liverpool could only half-clear a corner and Islam Slimani added the second following a throw-in, leaving Klopp lamenting familiar failings.

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Jürgen Klopp says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ‘relieved’ to join Liverpool

• Klopp says players often need move in order to make next step
• Midfielder to make first start for Liverpool in cup at Leicester

Jürgen Klopp has claimed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s move from Arsenal came as “a kind of relief” to the England international.

The 24-year-old will make his first Liverpool start in the Carabao Cup tie at Leicester City on Tuesday, having made three substitute appearances since signing for an initial £35m on transfer deadline day. Oxlade-Chamberlain spent six years at Arsenal where Arsène Wenger cited a lack of self-belief as one of the reasons the midfielder struggled to establish himself at the Emirates Stadium.

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‘Result feels strange,’ says Jürgen Klopp after Liverpool-Burnley draw – video

In the press conference after his Liverpool side were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley, manager Jürgen Klopp admitted that the result felt ‘strange’ to him. Liverpool had 35 shots compared to Burnley’s five and, understandably, the visiting manager Sean Dyche was full of praise for his team.

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Jürgen Klopp backs training-ground work to plug Liverpool defence

• Manager puts faith in defenders to improve after recent setbacks
• Klopp says team can justify decision not to sign reinforcements at the back

Jürgen Klopp has said he trusts Liverpool’s defenders to improve and justify his decision not to sign further reinforcements in the summer transfer window.

The Liverpool defence is again under scrutiny having conceded five goals at Manchester City last Saturday, albeit with 10 men for four of them, and undermined an otherwise dominant Champions League display against Sevilla on Wednesday. Klopp added Andy Robertson to his defensive ranks in the summer but did not expand his search for a new central defender beyond Virgil van Dijk after Southampton reported Liverpool for allegedly tapping-up the Dutchman,

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Philippe Coutinho is fit, healthy and here, says Jürgen Klopp – video

Philippe Coutinho is in the Liverpool squad for the first time this season, with his manager Jürgen Klopp reassuring fans that he’s fit and healthy before their Champions League match with Sevilla. Klopp also talks about Sevilla’s recent history and warns of their strength

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Liverpool return to Champions League with hope and intent for past success | Sachin Nakrani

Jürgen Klopp’s side are back in Europe’s elite competition for the first time in three years and can draw on the German’s time at Borussia Dortmund as a template for success

Jürgen Klopp had not long sat down inside the Etihad Stadium’s media room following Liverpool’s 5-0 defeat to Manchester City at the weekend when he was asked about his side’s upcoming Champions League group match against Sevilla. Perhaps rattled by his heaviest loss since arriving in England two years ago, the German stumbled.

“We play Tuesday,” he said, before being corrected. “We play Wednesday? Really? One day more. Good.”

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Liverpool to appeal against length of Sadio Mané’s ban after red card

• Mané sent off after high boot in challenge with Manchester City’s Ederson
• Forward set to miss two league games and Carabao Cup fixture

Liverpool are to appeal against the length of Sadio Mané’s three-match ban for his dismissal against Manchester City.

Mané was sent off for raising his foot in a challenge with the City goalkeeper Ederson in the first half of Liverpool’s 5-0 defeat on Saturday. Mané’s boot caught Ederson in the face on the edge of City’s penalty area, and the 25-year-old was shown a straight red card by the referee Jon Moss.

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Ederson’s good decision exposes Liverpool’s flaws on Jürgen Klopp’s day to forget | Barney Ronay

Sadio Mané’s red card was not bad luck but bad judgment and Liverpool’s resultant collapse allowed Manchester City to show their best side

If you can meet a 5-0 thrashing and a messy 1-1 draw and treat those two impostors exactly the same; well, there is a fair chance you will be a testy, process-obsessed Catalan super-manager, my son. Six months ago Pep Guardiola described Manchester City’s draw with Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium as “one of the best moments of my career”. Fast forward to Saturday lunchtime and City’s 5-0 shellacking of the same opponents on the same ground left Guardiola a little restless, a little cagey in his judgments.

City’s manager was pleased and talkative but still rueful over the opening half-hour when Liverpool perhaps shaded it and when, if you had had to bet on a player being sent off, it would surely have been Nicolás Otamendi, whose performance combined ponderousness with a blind scything violence whenever he got near the ball.

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Sadio Mané very unlucky to be sent off at Manchester City, says Jürgen Klopp

• Klopp says challenge was an accident but Liverpool will not appeal
• City goalkeeper Ederson avoids serious injury in collision with forward

Jürgen Klopp described the red card shown to Sadio Mané in Liverpool’s 5-0 humbling at Manchester City as “very unlucky” but indicated he will not appeal the decision.

Mané was sent off by the referee, Jonathan Moss, on 36 minutes after the Senegal forward’s right boot collided with Ederson’s face as he attempted to beat the goalkeeper to a through pass. Ederson suffered a facial injury that required lengthy treatment.

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Klopp: Liverpool must stay confident despite 5-0 loss to City – video

Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp give their reactions after Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sané both scored twice to steer Manchester City to a 5-0 victory over Liverpool, inflicting Jürgen Klopp’s heaviest loss in management in 11 years. Liverpool’s capitulation at the Etihad Stadium unfolded after Sadio Mané was sent off in the 37th minute for a high challenge on Ederson that led to the goalkeeper being carried off on a stretcher

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Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp happy to rest his two ‘new signings’

• Manager says Philippe Coutinho needs more time to be fully match fit
• Oxlade-Chamberlain requires time to adjust to Liverpool’s style of play

“Only the game, yes?” Jürgen Klopp teased, all mock earnestness before Liverpool’s visit to the Etihad. “The transfer window is now closed and Philippe Coutinho is still with us, so the only thing to talk about must be Manchester City.”

There was little chance of that. The Liverpool manager would have been entitled to do a lap of honour of the Melwood press room after keeping Coutinho out of Barcelona’s clutches and pinching Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from under Chelsea’s noses on the last day of the transfer window, yet perhaps his greatest source of pride is that Liverpool can go to Manchester without feeling the need to rush either of his “two new players” into action.

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‘Coutinho needs more time to be trained for match’ says Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp – video

The Liverpool manager, Jürgen Klopp, confirms Philippe Coutinho will not be included in the matchday squad to face Manchester City. Klopp said that Coutinho has been omitted in order to train and improve his match fitness. The Brazilian has not played for Liverpool this season after handing in a transfer request following interest from Barcelona

Philippe Coutinho left out of Liverpool squad for trip to Manchester City

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‘Coutinho needs more time to be trained for match’ says Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp – video

The Liverpool manager, Jürgen Klopp, confirms Philippe Coutinho will not be included in the matchday squad to face Manchester City. Klopp said that Coutinho has been omitted in order to train and improve his match fitness. The Brazilian has not played for Liverpool this season after handing in a transfer request following interest from Barcelona

Philippe Coutinho left out of Liverpool squad for trip to Manchester City

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Pep Guardiola v Jürgen Klopp – a showdown to break the season open | Barney Ronay

Liverpool’s trip to Manchester City pitches the team with the most goals from counterattacks against the side who top the list for possession and passes. It has the feel of a pivotal moment

Enough of the false starts, the window-wangling, the angsty autumn qualifiers. After an early season spent crunching around in the high gears, followed by a 13-day Premier League hiatus just as things were starting to get interesting, Saturday lunchtime at the Etihad Stadium really cannot come quickly enough. Time for some ignition.

The Premier League is no stranger to showdowns and face-offs, not to mention Judgment Days, Super Saturdays and all the rest. This is a sporting theatre where the needle only ever goes up to 11 and the product is never knowingly under-oversold. And yet there are still times when the storylines converge, the gears click together and the fixture list throws up a match that really does feel like a jumping-off point.

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Liverpool’s Nathaniel Clyne set to miss ‘significant period’ due to back injury

• England defender was left out of Jürgen Klopp’s Champions League squad
• Manager reveals Clyne is likely to be out for ‘some time’

Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne will be sidelined for several weeks as he continues to recover from a back injury.

The England defender has not featured since playing 45 minutes of the club’s first pre-season friendly at Tranmere in July and his omission from the Champions League squad suggested his absence would be a lengthy one.

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Wantaway Philippe Coutinho still an option for Liverpool, says Jürgen Klopp

• Klopp insists Coutinho can feature for Liverpool despite transfer request
• ‘We’re not like George Orwell where everybody knows everything’

Jürgen Klopp has said he has no qualms about putting the wantaway playmaker Philippe Coutinho back into his Liverpool starting lineup despite the Brazil international submitting an unsuccessful transfer request.

Coutinho, 25, the club’s highest-paid player after signing a five-year, £150,000-a-week contract in January, tried to force an exit by asking to leave after Barcelona had a third bid of £90m up front rejected.

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Emre Can’s stellar rise shows how Jürgen Klopp is transforming Liverpool | Andy Hunter

German’s performance in the 4-0 win over Arsenal at Anfield proves his manager overshadows Arsène Wenger tactically and with individual development

In the 130-second press conference that followed Arsenal’s latest capitulation at Anfield Arsène Wenger admitted his team were physically, technically and mentally inferior to Liverpool. It was a damning critique no doubt but, had he held court longer, the Arsenal manager could have given a fuller account of Liverpool’s dominance under Jürgen Klopp.

The Liverpool manager tactically outsmarted Wenger in taking his Premier League record against Arsenal to 10 points from a possible 12. Not that Klopp’s three-man midfield and three-pronged attack should have come as any surprise to the Arsenal manager after selecting Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka as his supposed midfield shield.

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Jürgen Klopp’s Loris Karius gamble left untested by Arsenal’s familiar failings | Andy Hunter

The Liverpool manager gave his No1 goalkeeper, Simon Mignolet, a break but his second choice got a rest too as Alexis Sánchez and co failed to threaten

Sir Alex Ferguson once galvanised Manchester United for victory with a team-talk that stretched no further than: “Lads, it’s Tottenham.” The same brutally dismissive thought may have crossed Jürgen Klopp’s mind before Liverpool destroyed their north London rivals. The Liverpool manager chose the perfect day and the perfect opponent to rest his first-choice goalkeeper. His second choice enjoyed a day of rest too, although Loris Karius was on the pitch against Arsenal.

Any misgivings or judgment on Klopp’s decision to give Simon Mignolet a day off was postponed by yet another anaemic Arsenal performance at Anfield, where they have conceded 17 goals on their last five visits. Familiar failings from familiar faces made a mockery of claims of change at the Emirates Stadium. So much for the Liverpool manager’s risk. Karius, Mignolet’s replacement for one Premier League game only, did not have a save to make against an abject opponent. The only threats to the Germany Under-21 international came when he had the ball at his feet.

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Arsène Wenger hits out at ‘disastrous’ showing in defeat against Liverpool

• Manager condemns players after crushing 4-0 loss at Anfield
• ‘From the first to the last minute we were not at the level requested’

Arsène Wenger labelled Arsenal’s performance against Liverpool “absolutely disastrous” and “unacceptable” after his side endured another abject defeat at Anfield.

Liverpool humiliated Wenger’s team 4-0 with goals from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah and the substitute Daniel Sturridge – and could have scored more in a one‑sided contest. Arsenal have now conceded 17 goals in their past five visits to Anfield and have lost two of their opening three league games for only the third time in 26 seasons.

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