Liverpool are back in action tomorrow with an away trip to Bournemouth; before then, we’ve got transfer rumours and press conference news for you.
The boss has addressed the media ahead of the Reds’ journey to Dean Court, as Liverpool look to continue their unbeaten and near-perfect start to the season.
Bournemouth have been rather poor of late, but Klopp wants no slackening up of the title charge and makes the point that every match counts for the same.
With loads of games coming in the next few weeks, rotation is for Christmas, not just for Everton…is that how the saying goes? Anyway, it’s not FIFA, says the boss—real players need real rest, and that’s what he’ll do throughout this busy period.
Here you can see Klopp’s presser in full.January moves? One journo thinks so…
Fancy a nice, shiny new Jadon Sancho as a new year’s gift?
It might happen, but there are conflicting reports about whether he wants to leave or not. Even so, beyond the winter market there’s a chance the Reds will make a big move for someone new in the summer.
The Mirror‘s Dave Maddock feels Liverpool will make a couple of big moves in 2020 at some point, especially with the impending Nike kit deal to be announced.
Sancho isn’t the only player he discusses, either, with Houssem Aouar also getting some airtime.Fringes of the first team
As we saw against the Ev in midweek, the entire squad is important this season and we’ll need them all. So it’s worth a look at what’s been said by, and about, some of those on the fringes of the action for most of this season…Reds trio up for awards
Always nice when Liverpool’s stars are recognised for their efforts!
As for Mane, he’s up for player of the month. Dele Alli, Jamie Vardy and Lys Mousset are some of those he’s up against—vote for our No. 10 here.
Finally, Klopp is up for manager of the month against Nuno, Brendan Rodgers and Chris Wilder. Vote for Jurgen here!Quickfire LFC news
The Echo keep a pretty close eye on all things Liverpool, but sometimes you just can’t see the woods for the trees.
This article looks at whether Ovie Ejaria‘s impressive loan spell at Reading could see him be the under-the-radar player to make a big impact in Jurgen Klopp‘s squad over the coming years, citing stats, style of play and plenty more.
All very nice, with one small detail overlooked: his loan deal includes a permanent transfer at the end of the season.Tweet of the day
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Them: “It’s five to…”
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Nearly 20 years ago, then-Leeds players Lee Bowyer and Jonathan Woodgate almost went to prison and another man almost died. The full story, and how Leeds as a club have never really recovered, is told by Daniel Taylor for the Athletic.
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Sadio Mane has been named Liverpool's Standard Chartered Player of the Month for November.
The No.10 continued his fine form throughout the month, scoring three times while starting five of the Reds’ six fixtures in the Premier League and Champions League.
And that was sufficient for Mane to receive the most votes in our poll on Liverpoolfc.com, ahead of second-placed Fabinho and Virgil van Dijk in third.
“For sure I am happy to win it and, like I always said, I’m here trying to be my best all the time and it’s an honour for me. It has been a great few weeks for me and my teammates so I think we just need to keep on going,” the forward told Liverpoolfc.com, upon being presented with the award at Melwood.
“I think the fans make everything so I want to thank everyone who voted for me. Big love for you guys!”
Mane’s November began with a match-winning contribution at Aston Villa - the Senegalese assisting Andy Robertson’s 87th-minute equaliser before glancing in a 94th-minute winner himself.
A late substitute appearance against Genk preceded another goal, this time in the 3-1 victory over Manchester City at Anfield, before he opened the scoring in a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace.
Mane then started and finished both matches as Jürgen Klopp’s side drew 1-1 with Napoli and beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 in the final four days of the month.
When asked to select his personal highlight from November, Mane replied: “I will go for Aston Villa. It was a really, really tough game and I think we scored four minutes before the end.
“We have big respect for Aston Villa but I was thinking we could go there and win, but the game was really tough. I think the team spirit was fantastic and we pushed as a team until the end and finally we got the win that I think we deserved, to be honest.”
2019-20 Standard Chartered Player of the Month winners
August: Mohamed Salah
September: Roberto Firmino
October: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
November: Sadio Mane
Last Updated: 06/12/19 3:36pmMohamed Salah is set to return to Liverpool's starting line-up this weekend
Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Bournemouth vs Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday.Team news
Bournemouth will be without Steve Cook (broken wrist) and Adam Smith (ankle) and Joshua King (hamstring) for the Liverpool clash.
Harry Wilson is ineligible against his parent club and Junior Stanislas and David Brooks are both recovery from long-term injuries.2:14 A look at some of the key stats surrounding this weekend's Premier League action, including the Manchester derby and Arsenal’s trip to West Ham A look at some of the key stats surrounding this weekend's Premier League action, including the Manchester derby and Arsenal’s trip to West Ham
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and goalkeeper Alisson Becker are set to return to the starting line-up.
Salah, with six goals in four appearances against the Cherries, has been an unused substitute in two of the last four matches and along with Firmino was rested for the midweek Merseyside derby win - a game in which Alisson served a one-match suspension
Defender Joel Matip (knee) and Fabinho (ankle) remain sidelined.How to follow
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Everything Jurgen Klopp touches turns to gold. I thought he would rest players for this game but, no, he rested Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Jordan Henderson in the Merseyside derby, and he was vindicated. Bournemouth, meanwhile, are in free fall and lacking confidence. They are trying to be more solid defensively, but that is hampering them going forward. It's a dangerous combination for Eddie Howe's side.
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The Reds maintained their eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League as Divock Origi (two), Xherdan Shaqiri, Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum all found the back of the net on Wednesday night.
See everything that happened in and around the ground – before, during and after the match – with our exclusive footage below...
Liverpool visit Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday, with kick-off scheduled for 3pm GMT.
The match will not be shown live on television in the UK, but two minutes of highlights will be available on LFCTV GO from 7pm GMT, with extended highlights to follow at midnight.
For Reds fans outside of the UK, global TV listings for the game can be found here.
Jürgen Klopp welcomed Harry Wilson's ineligibility this weekend as he assessed the Liverpool forward's progress on loan with Bournemouth.
Wales international Wilson has scored six goals in 14 Premier League appearances since joining the Cherries on a season-long deal in the summer.
But he must sit out Saturday’s meeting between the two clubs.
Asked about Wilson’s form during his pre-match press conference, Klopp said: “I am happy he cannot play against us, to be honest!
“Each free-kick is a proper threat. But we were never in doubt about Harry’s shooting abilities, his skills in that part of the game are incredible – world-class, for sure.
“But Harry is at Bournemouth to improve all the rest of his game as well, so being involved, being decisive, being between the lines, using his speed, all that stuff.
“He makes big steps there, that’s really important. They are not in the best run but even there, he scored two goals in the game before the last game, nice goals as well, not important enough at the end because they still lost but kept the game going.
“Good, absolutely good.”
That Divock Origi underlined his importance to Liverpool with another decisive Merseyside derby contribution delighted Jürgen Klopp.
The Belgian marked his first Premier League start since October with a brilliant first-half brace as Everton were defeated 5-2 at Anfield on Wednesday, leading the boss to speak in glowing terms about his No.27 ahead of the weekend trip to Bournemouth.
“Div is unbelievably important for us,” Klopp said.
“We knew it before but Div needs a good feeling, needs to be in a confident mood and then everybody knows what he is able to do. If you compare him with other players in our squad then they are all different, they all have different qualities and very often we used other three players up front, but Div was always so important for us.
“Then it’s really nice as well that he can show his importance in a game like this, which was obviously very important for all of us. Scoring these kinds of goals showed extra class, they were exceptional.
“Both goals, at the end it looks easy. The first goal, it was a sensational pass from Sadio of course, but making these two steps between the centre-halves and the goalie - that’s what a striker has to do actually, to see the opportunity and then use it. In the end it was not the most difficult finish but still a job to do.
“The other one was just a world-class goal, I don’t see that very often. It was a good ball by Dejan but not easy to control I would say, that then shows his technical abilities: shooting, he scored goals for us from all different angles, coming from the left wing, cutting inside, shooting into the far corner, so all different kind of goals.”
Origi’s selection was one of five changes Klopp made to his starting line-up for the derby, with fellow goalscorer Xherdan Shaqiri, Adam Lallana and James Milner also coming in alongside Adrian for the suspended Alisson Becker.
And the manager explained that what he had seen in training, as well as the necessity to bring in fresh legs amid a packed fixture schedule, led him to make that decision.
“That was a really good team that we sent on the pitch, to be honest, so I was not one second in doubt about the quality of the players,” Klopp stated.
“But of course you cannot be sure if you don’t play week in and week out with the same group of players how it will be timing-wise, rhythm-wise.
“Shape-wise I was pretty sure because that’s what the boys showed in training and these boys who came in, they have a lot of training even in our busy schedule because we have the starting line-up that plays most of the time, they don’t train really. We play the game, we recover, we have a minus-one session with set-pieces and stuff like that and then play again.
“But the other guys, they have two sessions in between these games and in these sessions I could see that they are all in a really good shape. That was the main reason for making the changes, apart from that we had to do it, because of the situation we are all in, because of the busy schedule.
“Of course you never know 100 per cent and I was really, really happy and pleased that the boys showed up. That was a very important sign, a massive sign for us. But it was for one game and now we have to show it again tomorrow.”
Klopp went on to indicate that he will again make alterations at Bournemouth in order to ensure his side are able to play with the requisite intensity.
He continued: “We have to see who we can use, especially when it’s three days between two games - Wednesday-Saturday is always a massive challenge and we have to be sensible and sensitive in the same moment with the decision-making about the line-up because Bournemouth will be really demanding, they will ask for everything.
“We have to again be really spot on, intense, all that stuff. They are not happy with their situation so we need a good intensity in that game again. That’s what we try to make sure with the line-up, but then still the boys have to do the job and hopefully they can do it.”
Jürgen Klopp responded to Lionel Messi’s praise for Sadio Mane’s form by stating his belief the Liverpool forward is capable of reaching even greater heights.
The 27-year-old finished in fourth place in the voting for the Ballon d’Or earlier this week after another stellar year for the Reds.
And prize-winner Messi afterwards described it as a ‘shame’ Mane had not finished higher in the final standings, with the Barcelona star having selected him as his Player of the Year in the FIFA Best awards earlier this season.
Asked during his pre-Bournemouth press conference whether he felt Mane’s standing was potentially underappreciated within the game, Klopp said: “Internally, of course not, but in the world of football I am not sure.
“Look, the first three in the Ballon d’Or was Messi, Van Dijk, Cristiano and then Sadio, that’s a nice row and having two players there shows a lot.
“Mo was fifth, Ali was seventh, so we obviously played a good season and that’s what they had to respect and obviously did.
“Sadio is in incredible shape. He was always, since the first day he was in, an incredibly important player. I can still remember his first goal, the Arsenal goal, running down the line, cutting inside and then with the next step, the left foot in the far corner. It was an incredible goal and I can still remember it with all the other goals he scored since then.
“He’s made big steps each year and he is in a very good way.
“Somebody showed me [Franco] Baresi was really positive about Virgil van Dijk – one of the biggest defenders I can remember, so that’s kind of like being crowned by the king.
“And for an offensive player, when Messi says something like this [it is the same].
“Sadio in the game against Barcelona at home, he was quite impressive, it looked like we had three of him on the pitch. He kept that shape, that’s really good and if stays healthy, he will have an incredible career in front of him.
“I think he can climb in that table, Ballon d’Or-wise, but then some other people make the decisions and not even Lionel Messi can decide that.
“He is in a very, very good way and I’m really happy for him.”