Manchester City strolled to a victory against Nottingham Forest earlier today despite Rodri being sent off but most of the Premier League action — including Liverpool taking on West Ham United — comes on Sunday.
The game of the weekend is the North London derby between Arsenal and Spurs which kicks off at the same that Liverpool plays, while few other sides are proving to be matching the Reds' business so far this season. Having taken 13 points from a possible 15 at the beginning of the campaign, Jürgen Klopp's men are in good form.
Elsewhere around Europe, Harry Kane's good start to life at Bayern Munich continued as he netted a hat-trick in a rout against Bochum and Atlético Madrid takes on Real Madrid tomorrow.
And as well as the big fixtures that continue to come thick and fast, there are plenty of other stories unfolding as well which Liverpool will want to keep an eye on.
Here, Liverpool.com takes a scan around the other big sides in the Premier League and around Europe to take a look at the news going on at the other clubs.David de Gea 'could retire' unless Cristiano Ronaldo intervenes
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As well as Ronaldo, Sadio Mané, Aymeric Laporte, Alex Telles, Otávio, Anderson Talisca and Marcelo Brozović all play for Al Nassr as well. De Gea would therefore be joining one of the best squads in Saudi Arabia if he were to move there.
Liverpool.com says: You would think that someone would have taken a chance on De Gea but perhaps his massive wages at Manchester United counted against him in that regard. Rather than retire at 32, a move somewhere seems likely.Barcelona has João Félix transfer belief
Barcelona believes that fellow La Liga side Atlético Madrid will want $85m (£70m/€80m) to turn 23-year-old Portugal forward João Félix's loan spell for the season into a permanent move next summer, according to Mundo Deportivo.
But it is not clear whether a permanent transfer will be possible. That will depend on Barcelona's financial situation by the end of the campaign, with its spending having needed to be tempered a little in recent years.
Félix has scored three times and assisted once in three matches for Barcelona to date across La Liga and the Champions League but manager Xavi said this week it was 'too early' to discuss hopes of making the deal a permanent one.
Liverpool.com says: If Félix was available for $85m (around half of what Atléti paid to sign him from Benfica in 2019) then Liverpool should be taking a look if Barcelona is unable to get involved. If Mohamed Salah leaves, more attacking firepower will be needed.
Liverpool knows one day all fairy tales end. You simply cannot live happily ever after forever.
That is not the nature of life. That is not the nature of football. Things ebb and flow, and one day even the best things come to an end. In a hopefully distant future, that means one day Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp will also part ways.
For now, in the near future at least, there is no chance of Klopp going anywhere. His contract is until 2026, and the German is a man of his word which means he is expected to fulfil that commitment.
Whether he will stay beyond that remains to be seen. By 2026, he will have spent more than a decade at the club, and he may be looking for a bit of respite or a new challenge. But it's also a possibility that he will extend his stay having settled in Liverpool.
Nonetheless, Liverpool always has to prepare for every eventuality and that means there must be a future shortlist of candidates who could potentially succeed Klopp.
One of the favorites who is doing very well at the moment is Xabi Alonso. But the Spaniard is not the only one.
Based on his recent comments, Ange Postecoglou must also now emerge as a possible future candidate for Klopp's throne at Liverpool.
The Tottenham manager has started life brilliantly in the Premier League, despite taking on a rocky side at the start of this summer which seemed in a lot of turmoil. Postecoglou has turned it all around and has rebranded Tottenham even after losing captain Harry Kane.
Currently, his side sits in second place above Liverpool on goal difference in the Premier League ahead of the North London derby.Ange Postecoglou could be an ideal future Liverpool manager. (Image: Clive Rose/Getty Images)
His exciting brand of football which saw him adored at Celtic is fun to watch, and it seems like it was very much inspired by Liverpool.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Postecoglou revealed he was a Liverpool fan growing up.
"I always wanted to be a manager. I loved the game. I loved all of it, not just playing. I would get three-month-old Shoot magazines, Roy of the Rovers. I would read everything. I was a massive Liverpool fan, I loved Bill Shankly, I loved the boot room stories," said Postecoglou.
After that admission, presenter Gary Lineker asked him whether he was still a fan of Liverpool.
“Well, I’ve taken the posters down mate, last week!” Postecoglou responded.
Being inspired by Bill Shankly and having already managed a club in Celtic that also sings You'll Never Walk Alone, if Postecoglou continues to impress, eventually in the future he may be able to put those posters back up.
On and off the pitch he is exactly the type of manager who would appeal to Liverpool fans. He speaks candidly with reporters, gives passionate team talks and is definitely capable of evoking emotion from his players. Add to that his exciting brand of football and his ability to spot talent from all over the world and man-manage them, and Liverpool may just have the perfect Klopp heir in Postecoglou.
Having won four its first five Premier League fixtures this season, Liverpool faces a West Ham United side this weekend that has also made a decent fist of the beginning of the 2023/24 campaign.
Only Manchester City has beaten West Ham so far this season and the Hammers have won impressively away at Brighton. Midweek, they too began their Europa League group with a win against Serbian SuperLiga outfit Bačka Topola.
"He didn't train with the team once yet and will take a little bit," Klopp said about Alexander-Arnold during his press conference ahead of Wolves just over a week ago, hinting that the full-back might be back for West Ham.
"It is not the worst hamstring injury you can have but it's a hamstring injury and they barely heal in two weeks — and this one didn't, either. As he is running already, we hope he can start ball work early next week and then we will see and go from there."
At the same time, Klopp said Thiago was running but nothing more. The Spaniard was hoping to be back for the start of pre-season but is yet to play a minute this season.Sign up for our EXCLUSIVE Liverpool.com newsletter!
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As for West Ham, David Moyes confirmed on Thursday that left-back Aaron Cresswell came off at half-time against Bačka Topola because he felt a muscle issue but he would have been unlikely to start ahead of Emerson this weekend anyway.
Far more significantly, West Ham is hoping that Jarrod Bowen can overcome a virus in time to play at Anfield. He missed their Europa League clash and had not trained all week thanks to illness at the point Moyes gave his press conference.
Edson Álvarez missed the Europa League game because he was suspended (suspensions carry over from the previous season even with a change of club) and Moyes has everyone else in contention to start on Merseyside.
Liverpool predicted team: Alisson; Gomez, Konaté, Van Dijk, Robertson; Szoboszlai, Mac Allister, Jones; Salah, Gakpo, Jota
West Ham predicted team: Areola; Coufal, Zouma, Aguerd, Emerson; Álvarez, Souček, Ward-Prowse, Bowen, Paquetá; Antonio
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This article (Virgil van Dijk excited about Darwin Núñez's potential after recent goal rush) was originally published on LFC Globe. Follow us on Twitter for all the latest Liverpool FC news.]]> https://lfcglobe.co.uk/virgil-van-dijk-excited-about-darwin-nunezs-potential-after-recent-goal-rush/feed/ 0 Summary of Jürgen Klopp's Post-Match Press Conference vs. LASK https://lfcglobe.co.uk/summary-of-jurgen-klopps-post-match-press-conference-vs-lask/ https://lfcglobe.co.uk/summary-of-jurgen-klopps-post-match-press-conference-vs-lask/#disqus_thread Fri, 22 Sep 2023 19:46:11 +0000 https://lfcglobe.co.uk/?p=104290 Jürgen Klopp met with the media for a short presser after Liverpool's 3-1 win over LASK to open Europa League play. The boss gave his assessment of the match, discussed the impact of young players and reaching his record 50th European win. Klopp Pleased With the Result Even though Liverpool were trailing at halftime, Klopp […]
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Premier League (6) | Anfield
September 24, 2023 | 2pm (BST)
Here are the 10 things you need to know ahead of Liverpool vs. West Ham.1. Injury latest
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The Hammers began their European campaign against Backa Topola at 8pm, with the Reds having kicked off at 5.45pm.
David Moyes’ team were at home, however, and didn’t have to fly back as the Liverpool squad did following their 3-1 win in Austria against LASK.3. Fast start for the visitors
After a disappointing 2022/23 Premier League campaign saw them fall to 14th, the Hammers have made an impressive start this season.
Jarrod Bowen has helped inspire their recent resurgence, but he is currently a doubt for this game as he nurses a knock.4. Seven in a row?
You’d have to go back to 2015 for the last time the Hammers were victorious in L4, when Brendan Rodgers’ side were stunned by a 3-0 thrashing.
The Reds have won seven of their last eight games against the Hammers overall, with the only defeat in that time coming in the 3-2 loss at the London Stadium in the quadruple-chasing 2021/22 season.5. Not televised in the UK
The game was moved to the Sunday 2pm slot to accommodate the teams’ midweek European commitments, but the game will not be available for UK viewers this weekend.
We have almost come to expect all Liverpool games to be broadcast on UK television, but that will not be the case on Sunday afternoon.
Be sure to keep an eye on This Is Anfield for Worldwide television information this weekend.6. Salah looking for perfect 10
The Egyptian King has historically enjoyed this fixture, with his record of nine goals against West Ham only bettered when it comes to the two Manchester clubs.
No Liverpool player has found the net in the league against the Hammers more times than Mohamed Salah, but he has failed to get on the scoresheet in his last four attempts and will be looking to rectify that this weekend.7. Moyes record
David Moyes has won just six of his 39 games in charge against Liverpool throughout his career, with only two of those victories coming in his last 20 attempts.
He remains the last Everton manager to get the better of the Reds at Goodison Park back in 2010 but has had very little success at his various clubs since.8. More tweaks expected
Jurgen Klopp made 11 changes to his side for the trip to LASK and with less than a 72-hour gap between fixtures there will definitely be more rotation to come.
A question remains at right-back due to Alexander-Arnold’s hamstring injury, with Joe Gomez looking the most likely candidate to fill into that slot.9. Coote on VAR
David Coote is the man who will be watching on from Stockley Park and fans may remember his failure to punish Jordan Pickford for a season-ending tackle on Virgil van Dijk in the Merseyside derby back in 2020.
Chris Kavanagh will take charge of proceedings at Anfield, assisted by Mat Wilkes and Mark Scholes from the sidelines with Craig Pawson acting as fourth official.
Nick Greenhalgh will be assisting Coote in the VAR room, let’s hope we’re not talking about any of these men by 4pm on Sunday!10. Follow along with us
The game is not being shown on television in the UK, so This Is Anfield is the place to be for all the live updates from Anfield!
Our matchday live blog will be available on our website for an impartial account of the action on what will hopefully be another successful afternoon.
Let’s keep this train running, Reds!
The manager criticised the fixture scheduling in England prior to the 3-1 win over Wolves, labelling the number of games his side play at 12.30pm on a Saturday after international breaks a “joke.”
The Reds failed to win all six of their games in the weekend’s early kick-off slot last season and will face Everton at Anfield at the same time next month.
Klopp didn’t hold back with his criticism of the schedule last week, but he has since explained that his comments have been misconstrued in certain quarters.
“It’s no problem Thursday-Sunday. It would be better if we played a little bit later but people misunderstand it when you talk about the 12.30pm,” Klopp told reporters as he previewed Sunday’s visit of West Ham.
“It is only two and a half hours before the 3pm games, that is true but it is completely different when you have a pre-match meal at 9am.
“It means the boys are really not there yet because they come from a completely different time zone. And everyone who has ever had jet lag knows how that feels.”
Klopp called upon television companies to do more to help the “product” of the Premier League and reiterated that being mindful of kick-off times can facilitate better performances from teams.
“All these things are really difficult and the only thing I am asking for is all the TV stations help there because you want to have the best product there and we want to have the best product as well,” he continued.
“It’s not that we want to put them in cotton wool and say ‘don’t touch them until they are awake in the afternoon’ or whatever. It is about helping them to get into the best possible shape to deliver the best possible performance.
“So now, yes, playing at 2pm is much better than 12.30pm. You might say it is only one and a half hours but you only say that if you really don’t understand the situation.”
The team for 2023/24 is locked in and we have the first look at the official squad photo for Jurgen Klopp‘s Liverpool 2.0.
There is something quite satisfying about a squad photo, a snapshot in time preserved for the present and for future generations.
Liverpool’s first squad picture was taken back in the 1890s, and over the decades there have been distinct changes in how they are posed, though in modern years, it is quite uniformed.
As is the case with the 2023/24 edition, which sees Klopp, his senior players and members of staff pose for the camera at the AXA Training Centre.
They make up three new faces when compared to the 2022/23 squad photo, with 10 player departures ensuring it is a new-look side.
And it is one that Klopp has been vocal about his love for in recent weeks, especially after seeing its spirit having needed to come from a goal behind to win on four occasions already.
“I have said that this team is one that I love already, and I think in our opening five league games people will have been able to share that kind of feeling,” Klopp penned in his pre-West Ham programme notes.
“At a club like Liverpool it is not possible to just love a team at the end of its journey, it has to start when it begins.
“Of course, you can see the imperfections and the things that need to improve.
“You can also have moments when it isn’t as easy to believe but hopefully with this team our supporters are able to see what it is about and also the possibilities of what it could become.”