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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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Islam Slimani strike seals Leicester win as Liverpool crash out of Carabao Cup

There is no respite for Jürgen Klopp at the moment. After admitting the previous week had been his most frustrating since he took over at Anfield, the Liverpool manager endured more of the same as Leicester City exposed the brittle confidence in a team who are no closer to working out how to defend.

Klopp sounded exasperated as he digested the fallout from a game that highlighted familiar failings, with both Leicester goals originating from set pieces. Shinji Okazaki, who came off the bench to such telling effect, scored the first following a half-cleared corner and Islam Slimani added a brilliant second after Liverpool were slow to react to a throw-in. “That we concede like this makes me really, really sick,” Klopp said.

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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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Leicester v Liverpool, Tottenham v Barnsley and more – Carabao Cup live!

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Here are the Leicester v Liverpool teams. Headlines: Oxlade-Chamberlain starts his first game for Liverpool as Jürgen Klopp makes eight changes; Danny Ings is back in the first-team squad for the first time since a substitute appearance in this competition last October.

Today’s starting XI: Hamer, Amartey, Dragović, Morgan (c), Chilwell, Albrighton, Iborra, Ndidi, Gray, Slimani, Ulloa. #LeiLiv pic.twitter.com/YoIcbCe2xW

The #LFC team to face @LCFC. pic.twitter.com/TtlIbRK3ed

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Team news is starting to trickle in. Standby!

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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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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Bournemouth get some return from £15m Ibe, Chelsea lack plan B without Diego Costa, Burnley are not long-ball side and Jamaal Lascelles has grown up fast

Manchester City and Manchester United have goal differences of +14 after five matches. That is more than Celtic in the Scottish Premier League, a division routinely mocked for being uncompetitive. If the Manchester clubs carry on winning by the margins they have enjoyed so far, then they will surpass the Premier League’s record goal difference (+71 racked up by Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea in 2009-10), the best ever mustered by Celtic (+80), the New Saints in Wales (+75) and the preposterous Ligue 1 record set by Paris Saint-Germain two years ago (+83). Of course that is a big ‘if’ because there is a small clutch of teams who could frustrate or even beat them. But United and, in particular, City are likely to ridicule many opponents this season. City beat United to the 2012 title on goal difference (+64 against +56); for José Mourinho there would surely be no sweeter way to prevail over Pep Guardiola this season. Paul Doyle

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight

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Philippe Coutinho on Barcelona ‘job offer’: ‘sometimes you get interested’

• Liverpool player admits to ‘complicated month’ but says he is happy at Anfield
• Brazilian hints that no deal to allow him leave next summer has been struck

Philippe Coutinho has claimed he has no agreement to join Barcelona next summer and is committed to the Liverpool cause this season despite being denied a move to the Spanish giants.

Coutinho made his first start of the campaign for Jürgen Klopp’s team on Saturday when he played 79 minutes of the 1-1 draw with Burnley. The Brazil international, given a rousing reception when he returned as a substitute against Sevilla in midweek, was the subject of three failed bids from Barcelona during the summer transfer window and submitted a transfer request in an attempt to force a move from Anfield.

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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 says ‘fortune was not wearing Liverpool shirt’ in Burnley draw

There was a roll-call of former title-winners and mosaics around the ground to mark the 125th anniversary of Liverpool’s first ever game, against Rotherham Town, but there was precious little in the present to celebrate for Jürgen Klopp. “Fortune was not wearing a Liverpool shirt today,” their manager said. Fortune did not fashion a stalemate with Burnley either.

Sean Dyche’s team have clearly learned the lessons of a painful campaign on the road last season, when they took until 29 April to record their first win and suffered 14 away defeats. The experience of a second consecutive season in the top flight is showing in players who have taken five points from visits to Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea. The lessons the home side are learning in their second full season under Klopp are more difficult to ascertain.

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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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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Can Roy Hodgson’s meat and potatoes approach nourish Palace, will Alexis Sánchez regain centre stage for Arsenal and might Watford go top?

Following the fiasco of Frank de Boer’s short reign at Selhurst Park, Roy Hodgson takes charge of a Crystal Palace team who have already suffered four scoreless defeats in as many Premier League matches. With trips to Manchester City, Manchester United and a home match against Chelsea to follow the game against Southampton, the importance of getting a morale-boosting result against comparatively easy opposition cannot be overstated and the manner in which Hodgson approaches this match will give Palace fans some idea what to expect in the months ahead. Quite how instant an impact he’ll have is open to question, considering that his former charge Simon Davies once said Hodgson had taken more than two years to “convert” Fulham’s players to methods that eventually got them to the 2010 Europa League final. Very recent history suggests he won’t get that kind of time at Palace. While we all know what atrocities they are capable of at their worst, at their best Hodgson’s teams work hard to maintain a solid shape that renders them difficult to break down, the stuff of relentless, presumably tedious but effective training ground drills. “Every day in training is geared towards team shape,” said Davies back then. “I’ve been working with the manager three seasons now and every day is team shape, and it shows.” While this meat-and-potatoes approach that has served Hodgson with varying degrees of success is unlikely to get Palace’s players or their supporters too excited, if it yields better results than De Boer’s methods it will do for now. BG

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Sadio Mané says he will not change his game despite Ederson regrets

• ‘Next time I will get the ball before him,’ insists Liverpool forward
• Mané says Philippe Coutinho return will help his game after suspension

Sadio Mané has expressed regret for colliding with Ederson’s face at Manchester City but insisted he would not change his playing style as a result of the red card it provoked.

Mané will miss Liverpool’s next three matches having been dismissed in Saturday’s 5-0 defeat and had an appeal against the length of his suspension rejected by the Football Association. He has apologised to the City goalkeeper for what he says was an accidental collision, one that forced Ederson off on a stretcher after eight minutes of treatment and required eight stitches to a gruesome facial injury.

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Sevilla’s Joaquín Correa levels it and spoils return for Klopp’s Liverpool

Pablo Fernandez, the Sevilla fitness coach, was hauled down the Anfield tunnel on the final whistle while falsely accusing Jürgen Klopp of getting his opposite number, Eduardo Berizzo, sent to the stands. The majority left Anfield in more civil fashion while accusing the Liverpool defence of undermining the club’s return to the Champions League. The majority spoke the truth.

Liverpool dominated for long periods on their return to Europe’s grandest stage, recovered impressively from conceding an early goal to a wily Sevilla side and embraced Philippe Coutinho back into the fold on his first appearance since his thwarted attempt to join Barcelona. But, and it is a recurring theme, individual and collective defensive lapses showed the Champions League what the Premier League has long suspected – that Klopp has constructed an exhilarating attacking force on weak foundations.

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Liverpool v Sevilla: Champions League – live!

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4 min: Salah has a dribble down the right, and the ball’s worked inside for Henderson, who shoots from 25 yards. The shot is weak and blocked. Sevilla go up the other end, Jesus Navas crossing from the right. Matip half clears. Then…

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3 min: Sevilla get their first touch of the ball, and stroke it around the back awhile. A successful attempt to put a stop to Liverpool’s early gallop.

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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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Champions League: fans from all 32 clubs share their previews and predictions

We asked fans from across Europe how their clubs will fare this season. Only one of them is expecting his team to win itPrediction: Group stage Continue reading…

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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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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Brighton provide perfect response, Everton are embarrassed, Liverpool have concerns beyond defence and Rafael Benítez sees progress from afar

Eddie Howe has worked wonders in overseeing Bournemouth’s exhilarating rise but his present task looks rather less attractive. They have yet to win a point and, while a defeat at the Emirates Stadium is not cause for concern on its own, the warning signs are stacking up. On Saturday they lacked initiative, invention, power and presence; it was a non-event of a display and it clearly bothered Howe, whose team have looked flat in all bar the late reverse against Manchester City. “I’m worried by the performance,” he said. “The four performances we’ve had, I’d accept one of them. I won’t accept three of them. That’s a pretty damning verdict, so I have to do better to solve the issues we have and make sure we put on better displays in the future.” Friday’s home meeting against Brighton already looks significant and Howe was clear in stating points need to start coming soon. If nothing else, the return of the rhythm and tempo that used to characterise their play would be a step in the right direction. Nick Ames

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