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Jürgen Klopp: Curtis' new contract is a reward for his development

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 18:58

Jürgen Klopp credits Curtis Jones' progression as a footballer this season as the reason for his new long-term Liverpool contract.

The Scouser has extended his stay with his boyhood club towards the end of an important campaign on a personal level.

Jones became the Reds' youngest ever captain for the FA Cup tie with Shrewsbury Town in February, having also made his Premier League debut and netted a stunning winner in a Merseyside derby.

As such, Klopp is excited to see what the future holds for the No.48 in a Liverpool shirt after penning this new deal with the Premier League champions.

Reacting to the news, the boss told Liverpoolfc.com: “Really pleased – and absolutely deserved.

“This is a little different to the announcement we made last year when Curtis signed his last contract. That was about both the player and club making a long-term commitment to each other.

“Today’s news is more about reward. When Curtis signed we made promises to him that if he continued to improve and grow as a player that we would make sure we recognised that and that is what we have now done. That is our way here.

“We want our young players to achieve their maximum and a big part of that is keeping the focus on their journey and not just a destination. You have to make sure their development is constant, otherwise you are failing them.

“I could not be more pleased or proud to see how he has blossomed. Super attitude – brilliant application – and a really important member of this squad now.

“His quality is not in doubt; technically and ability-wise at the highest level. But plenty of young players have the skills, it’s about more than that if you want to achieve potential and Curtis is showing it.

“For Curtis now it’s about continuing his improvement. If he does that, he can achieve anything he wants in the game. I think we are the perfect environment for him, so it’s a very cool situation.

“I love it that our supporters will be able to enjoy having more than one ‘Scouser in our team’.”

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Curtis Jones signs new contract with Liverpool FC

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 18:57
Curtis Jones has signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool FC.
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Thiago Alcantara transfer would break the mould for Liverpool, but it could be worth it

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 17:25

On one hand, the prospect of Thiago Alcantara joining Liverpool is baffling; but on the other, it seems a move that could set the Reds on course for another title.

As the dust settled on Liverpool’s first-ever Premier League title win, Jurgen Klopp rejected portrayals of next season as one of ‘defence’.

“We will not defend the title or whatever next year, we will attack the next one,” he said, and though a 5-0 reverse at the hands of Man City soon after posed as a contrasting image, the hope is the Reds will be focused again in 2020/21.

One of the biggest hurdles for Klopp, with no doubts over the mentality of his current squad, is strengthening in a transfer market clouded by a pandemic.

Liverpool have already pulled out of a deal to sign Timo Werner, with a fee of around £50 million deemed too costly for a player who would be tasked with unseating one of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

Werner will instead join Chelsea, with the threat of substantial spending from the likes of them, Man United and Man City reinforcing Klopp’s belief next season will be a four-horse race.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. (haun Botterill/NMC Pool/PA Wire/PA Images)

Instead, the manager’s inclination is to “get creative” in the market, and this includes the promotion of talented youngsters to plug gaps in the squad.

Neco Williams is best-placed to do so, with a deputy required at right-back, but Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott also stand out from a group that also counts Ki-Jana Hoever, Sepp van den Berg, Leighton Clarkson, Jake Cain and Paul Glatzel among their number.

A delay to the Africa Cup of Nations, postponed to the start of 2021, has eliminated the desperate need to sign a player like Werner, giving the club a year to recuperate financially and identify an alternative.

But while Klopp said “it’s just not likely that it will be the most busy summer in the world,” his belief remains that, if possible, “we want to strengthen this squad,” even though he knows “it is not a squad you have to change now.”

As runaway title-winners, there is little denying the quality at Klopp’s disposal, but if growing reports are to be believed, he has already earmarked the next signing.

 Bayern Munich's Thiago Alca?ntara during the final UEFA Champions League Group B match between FC Bayern München and Tottenham Hotspur FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Reports from Germany, Spain, Argentina and Italy, from a range of reputable sources, have claimed that Liverpool are pursuing a deal worth up to €35 million for Thiago.

Depending on who you believe, this deal could already be “very close” or not far beyond the embryonic stages, though the consensus is that there is interest, and the player himself is open to the move.

The suggestion he has already agreed personal terms with Liverpool adds weight to that, and sheds light on the manner in which many modern transfers are conducted—first through the player and his agent, and then with his club.

That there is yet to be an outright denial from any of the Merseyside press is certainly intriguing, too.

Not an FSG signing?

But despite the speed in which this story is developing, it still sticks out as a deal that jars with the established, successful ideals of the club and its owners.

Thiago is undoubtedly a world-class player, one of the best midfielders in the world, who has won nine titles during his time with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, along with the Champions League once and the Club World Cup twice.

He is one of the most accomplished talents in terms of ball retention, with his control, dribbling ability and eye for a pass allowing him to serve as the platform upon which Bayern’s dominance can be built.

 Bayern Munich's Thiago Alca?ntara during the final UEFA Champions League Group B match between FC Bayern München and Tottenham Hotspur FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Extremely comfortable on the ball and unfazed under pressure, Thiago is the model candidate for Klopp’s midfield, namely in the role Gini Wijnaldum fills.

With Wijnaldum’s contract set to expire in 2021, like Thiago’s at Bayern, talk of interest in the Spaniard has led to suggestions he could be a replacement for the No. 5, allowing Liverpool to cash in on a player reaching his peak rather than see him leave on a free.

Thiago could be seen as an upgrade on Wijnaldum—one who averages 0.6 more key passes, 2.4 more dribbles and 42.3 more passes per 90 minutes—and with Adam Lallana leaving at the end of the season, a top-bracket wage may not be an issue.

But with Klopp at the helm, and Michael Edwards leading recruitment, the Reds have rarely signed players above the age of 26.

Liverpool’s outfield signings since 2016

 The silhouetted shapes of Liverpool's new signings Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' (left) and Naby Keita before a preseason friendly match between Blackburn Rovers FC and Liverpool FC at Ewood Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In fact, the only outfielder brought in since Klopp took over in 2015 to fit this description was Ragnar Klavan, who was 30 when he arrived but served as fourth-choice centre-back and cost just £4.2 million.

The next-oldest were Virgil van Dijk and Xherdan Shaqiri, at only 26, while the most common age on arrival is 24, including Mane, Joel Matip, Fabinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Takumi Minamino.

Thiago would stick out like a sore thumb in this list, but not just due to his age—he would also stand out as a signing who has already attained world-class status.

Every other player brought into the squad has been, to some extent, a project to fit into Klopp’s evolving system, and thankfully, with the Premier League title as evidence, the majority have paid off.

A change of approach

But now with the title in tow, perhaps it is time for a change in emphasis: to stay on top, perhaps Liverpool have deemed it right to sign a player from the top.

Bayern have already been confirmed as Bundesliga champions, with Thiago playing 24 of their 34 games, and Klopp considers his old rivals as one of the very best sides in the world.

That Thiago missed a handful of those games due to injury may be another red flag, along with his age and wages, but it would be out of character for Klopp and his staff to not do their due diligence in this regard.

With his age, a ripe-old 29, seemingly the biggest alarm bell for many, it should be noted that Thiago only celebrated his birthday in April, and is younger than Wijnaldum, Lallana, Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Dejan Lovren.

He is less than a year older than Van Dijk, Shaqiri, Matip and Firmino, and a year-and-a-day older than Mane, and is already proven as an elite-level winner.

 FC Bayern München's Thiago Alcántara during a press conference at Anfield ahead of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and FC Bayern München. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

If a move goes ahead, it will be due to those in charge being convinced his performances will justify an outlay of around £31.5 million for a player with little to no resale value.

That justification would come in cementing himself as a first-choice starter, likely alongside Fabinho and Henderson, and propelling Liverpool to further silverware.

To many supporters, accustomed to the methods that fuelled the Reds’ gradual rise to champions of England, signing Thiago may be difficult to comprehend.

But maybe, just maybe, this could be a reality we can adjust to after a 30-year wait.

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Anfield Index.com - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 16:23
THE DETAILS

Venue – Anfield, Liverpool

Referee – Paul Tierney

Date & Time – Sunday, July 5th @ 16:30

Current Odds – Liverpool 1/3, Draw 9/2, Aston Villa 15/2

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Thursday night wasn’t pretty, was it? In a game where Liverpool pressed from the start and looked determined to lay down another marker, City just picked The Reds off with ease. Klopp was understandably tetchy after such a poor result. Everyone expects a response from the Premier League champions on Sunday against Villa.

FORM

Liverpool Form

Liverpool have a 1-1-1 record since returning to Premier League action in June. Four goals scored and four conceded. Manchester City ran rings around a hungover-looking Reds side with some players, like Andy Robertson and Joe Gomez, in particular, having a dreadful game.

On Sunday, Klopp and his team will want to put things right. They’ll want to remind the world why they’re champions and why they could win the title by the biggest margin in history.

Aston Villa Form

Dean Smith’s Aston Villa are struggling and look destined for the drop when you look at the fixtures they have remaining. A trip to Anfield to face a wounded Liverpool side is not ideal for the Villans.

Villa haven’t won a league game since they beat Watford 2-1 at Villa Park back in January, drawing two and losing six since then.

They only have two away wins this season and the last of those was 2-1 at Burnley on New Year’s Day.

Villa have only managed two goals in their last six league games so it’s hard to see where they can really post too much of a threat to Liverpool.

TEAM NEWS

Liverpool Team News

Joël Matip and Xherdan Shaqiri are both out with injury for this game. Matip’s season is actually over so here’s hoping he makes a strong recovery and gets a full pre-season under his belt before the 2020/21 campaign starts.

Dejan Lovren is also carrying a slight knock but should be available for selection on Sunday.

It’s difficult to predict how Klopp will respond to Thursday night’s 4-0 defeat at Manchester City in terms of the starting eleven.

I don’t think there will be too many changes but I can see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Divock Origi getting a chance. Gini Wijnaldum could make way for Oxlade-Chamberlain while Origi may replace Roberto Firmino in attack.

Joe Gomez was taken off at half-time having really struggled at the Etihad. Klopp will have to decide if he should put the young centre-half straight back in the saddle on Sunday. I think he will.

Aston Villa Team News

Bjorn Engels, Matt Targett, Tom Heaton and Wesley are all out injured for Aston Villa.

Ørjan Nyland will continue in goals for Villa during Tom Heaton’s absence. Kortney Hause and Tyrone Mings is the likeliest of central-defensive pairings Dean Smith will go for. Neil Taylor will most likely start at left-back in place of the injured Matt Targett.

Smith will likely pack the midfield with five players and leave a lone target-man up front. I think young Keinan Davis will lead the line with a very compact midfield behind him. Jack Grealish will be the one midfielder given the freedom to roam and get forward to support Davis.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Liverpool XI (4-3-3) – Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Origi, Mané

Aston Villa XI (4-5-1) – Nyland; Konsa, Hause, Mings, Taylor; Luiz, Hourihane, McGinn, Nakamba, Grealish; Davis

WHEN THEY LAST MET

In a thrilling game at Villa Park in early November, Liverpool had to dig very, very deep to come away with a late win. Trezeguet put Villa ahead in the first half but two late headers from Andy Robertson and Sadio Mané gave Liverpool all three points. That game is often credited with Reds fans and players finally believing they had a great chance of bringing home the title this season.

PREDICTION

LIVERPOOL 3 – 0 ASTON VILLA

I expect a response and so do you. Thursday night’s defeat hurt. Klopp and his Redmen won’t like the rising narrative that they ‘downed tools’ at City as the title was already won. This could be a comfortable home win for Liverpool.

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Journalist claims Liverpool have agreed personal terms with Thiago

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 15:22

Liverpool’s rumoured pursuit of Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara appears to be gathering speed, with one journalist claiming personal terms have been agreed.

Initial readings of reports linking Liverpool with Thiago were sceptical, given the Spain international’s age and doubts over the Reds’ spending in the upcoming transfer window.

But as the days have passed, the speculation has mounted, with sources from across Europe fuelling the fire as fans’ anticipation grows.

In Germany, where Thiago plies his trade, Sport Bild originally suggested Liverpool as a possible destination, while in his native Spain, Sport claimed a deal is “very close.”

Argentinian journalist Juan Pablo Varsky believes a €35 million switch could be agreed “next week,” while the reputable Fabrizio Romano countered this by confirming Liverpool “are interested” but “official talks have not started yet.”

For Bayern, the matter seems to be settled, with Thiago not looking to extend his deal beyond the end of next season, and therefore a summer sale is on the cards.

Now, beIN Sports’ Tancredi Palmeri has claimed that Liverpool have “agreed personal terms” with the 29-year-old, with a bid “to be tabled” in the coming days.

Palmeri suggests a minor disparity in Bayern’s valuation and the Reds’ likely offer, but with the Munich club looking for €35 million and Liverpool expected to bid €30 million with a further €5 million in bonuses, a compromise should be found.

 Bayern Munich's Thiago Alca?ntara during the final UEFA Champions League Group B match between FC Bayern München and Tottenham Hotspur FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In terms of reports in England, there is little in the way of a rebuttal so far, with The Athletic’s James Pearce simply describing it as “one to keep an eye on.”

Pearce did write elsewhere, though, that Thiago is “the type of player that Liverpool usually shy away from investing in,” due to his age, issues with injury and the high wages he would command.

But perhaps this is an exception for FSG off the back of a title-winning campaign; a statement in acquiring one of the best players in the world in his position.

It remains to be seen, but talk of Thiago to Liverpool is unlikely to go away soon.

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Jones agrees new long-term Liverpool deal

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 14:03

Last Updated: 04/07/20 7:15pm

Curtis Jones scores for Liverpool against Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup this season Curtis Jones scores for Liverpool against Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup this season Curtis Jones scores for Liverpool against Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup this season

Liverpool youngster Curtis Jones has signed a new long-term contract, the Premier League champions have announced.

The 19-year-old midfielder, regarded as one of the club's best academy prospects, has made eight first-team appearances this season, scoring two goals.

Both of his strikes came in the FA Cup, including a memorable winner against Everton in January.

Jones told the club's official website: "For me, as everyone knows, it's massive. It's my boyhood club and it's the whole of my family's club as well, so for me it's huge.

"I think the environment and stuff is all positive and keeps me as positive as I can. Of course, we're working with a great manager and around the best team in the world, so for me it was easy and [I'm] extremely proud."

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Aston Villa urged to capitalise on “good time” to play Liverpool – with no fans and the title won

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 13:45

Dean Smith insists Aston Villa can take inspiration from their drop rivals ahead of the daunting trip to champions Liverpool on Sunday.

Villa go to Anfield stuck in the relegation zone having failed to win since January and picking up just two points since returning from lockdown.

Runaway Premier League winners Liverpool have won every top-flight match at home this season and clinched their first title in 30 years last week.

Villa’s relegation rivals Brighton and West Ham have stunned Arsenal and Chelsea late on in crucial wins after the restart and Smith believes it shows his side what is possible.

“You saw Brighton win in the last minute against Arsenal and West Ham win in the last minute against Chelsea,” he said.

“It didn’t escape me that West Ham’s stats were pretty similar to ours against Chelsea but they managed to stick the ball in the net a couple of times.

“We can take great heart from that, knowing you can go and beat these big teams.

“I think it’s a good time [to play Liverpool] when they’ve won the league, certainly. Probably having no fans in the stadium will help as well, I think people are starting to get used to that, but they’re an exceptional team.

“To have won the league with as many points clear of a team as good Man City shows what an exceptional season they’ve had.”

 Aston Villa's manager Dean Smith during the FA Premier League match between Aston Villa FC and Liverpool FC at Villa Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Smith criticised the schedule after Villa’s 1-0 defeat to Wolves last weekend, their fourth game after the top-flight restarted last month.

But after a week without a game the boss hopes a break has refreshed his men.

He said: “It’s allowed us to recover, that was the biggest thing. There was a lot made out that I was making excuses about the schedule.

“But the fact we went into that period having played one game less than every else and 11 days later we had played one game more than everyone else.

“If Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp had come out with the same thing, everybody would have sat up and took notice.

“It was not an excuse, it was a reason for the spectacle against Wolves. That was the frustration, that the spectacle wasn’t great.”

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James Milner prepared to face Leeds next season – but “you never know” about return in future

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 13:13

James Milner‘s boyhood club, Leeds United, appear set for promotion to the Premier League next season, with Liverpool’s No. 7 prepared for a “weird” reunion.

Milner signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract with the Reds in December, which ties him to the club until 2022, by which point he will have celebrated his 36th birthday.

It came as something of a surprise that Liverpool sanctioned such an extension, but Milner is no normal athlete and though his influence is waning on the pitch, he can still be expected to contribute at an advanced age.

Agreeing to a new deal is no guarantee he will stay on Merseyside until then, of course, and as he edges towards retirement the temptation of a return to Leeds will grow.

But speaking to Sky Sports, with his former club top of the Championship and six points clear of third with six games to play, Milner suggested his plan was to stay with Liverpool next season, but said “you never know” about the future.

“You never know in football, what’s around the corner, but I just want to contribute and win as many trophies as I can for Liverpool and add to the great history here,” he insisted.

“I’m biased, but I think the Premier League will be a better place for Leeds in it, and it will be weird to play against them next season.

“It seems a long time ago since I pulled on that shirt, you look back at photos and see how big the shirts were back then.

“Plenty has changed since then, unfortunately I was part of the team that got relegated and they haven’t come back and recovered just yet.

“It would be great to see them back next season and their fans are incredible as well.”

 Liverpool's James Milner bites his winners' medal as he celebrates after winning the Super Cup during the UEFA Super Cup match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Besiktas Park. Liverpool won 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Milner has remained a valuable asset for Klopp as he reaches his mid-30s, though his minutes have decreased this season, playing just 1,584 across all competitions so far and a mere 802 over 19 appearances in the Premier League.

He has started 17 of his 34 outings, including two in the League Cup and one in the FA Cup, largely utilised as an experienced squad option.

Interestingly, The Athletic note that despite his incredible fitness record, “his availability has dropped from 98 percent in 2017/18, to 90 percent last season, to just 75 percent this season.”

That is not to suggest that Liverpool should part ways with Milner at the end of the season, of course, and it appears there is no plan to do so.

But it may highlight that if he does intend to rejoin Leeds, it may need to be sooner rather than later if he is hoping to play a substantial role at Elland Road.

This may be reading between the lines, but it could be that Milner is waiting for Leeds to prove they have “recovered”—possibly meaning consolidating their place in the Premier League—before he could consider leaving Liverpool.

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Liverpool v Aston Villa: TV channels and live coverage details

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 12:00

Premier League champions Liverpool host Aston Villa on Sunday, with kick-off at Anfield scheduled for 4.30pm BST.

The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK.

Two minutes of highlights will be available on LFCTV GO from 8.30pm, with extended action published at midnight. You can start a free one-month trial of LFCTV GO now and this can also be cancelled at any time.

Liverpool FC's new Match Centre will be hosted on Liverpoolfc.com and the official LFC App, providing comprehensive coverage of all the build-up, action and reaction, including exclusive video content, new interactive features and our free audio commentary service.

Global TV listings for the game can be found here.

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Liverpool v Aston Villa: TV channels and live coverage details

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 12:00
Premier League champions Liverpool host Aston Villa on Sunday, with kick-off at Anfield scheduled for 4.30pm BST.
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Bayern confirm plan to sell Thiago amid Liverpool transfer link

HEAD NEWS - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 08:35

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that Thiago wants to leave the club and they will look to sell him this summer.

The Spaniard had been heavily linked with the exit door at the Allianz Arena, with his contract due to expire in 2021.

Liverpool have been linked with the midfielder, of whom Jürgen Klopp is a big fan

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Bayern confirm plan to sell Thiago amid Liverpool transfer link

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Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that Thiago wants to leave the club and they will look to sell him this summer.
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Bayern confirm plan to sell Thiago amid Liverpool transfer link

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 08:35

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that Thiago wants to leave the club and they will look to sell him this summer.

The Spaniard had been heavily linked with the exit door at the Allianz Arena, with his contract due to expire in 2021.

Liverpool have been linked with the midfielder, of whom Jürgen Klopp is a big fan

Full story: Mirror

This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

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Oxlade-Chamberlain on Melwood culture: ‘There's no tolerance for levels to drop’

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 08:15

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has described the culture Jürgen Klopp has implemented at Melwood that ensures there’s no let up despite Liverpool’s success on the pitch.

The Reds were crowned Premier League champions last week, achieving the feat with a record-breaking seven matches remaining in the season. 

Oxlade-Chamberlain puts that achievement down to the constant desire to improve that runs deep throughout Klopp’s ranks.

Asked what it’s like to play under the German, Oxlade-Chamberlain told the BBC: “It's intense. There's no days off at all and there's no tolerance for levels to drop. 

“If they do from time to time as a team, we're reminded that that's not good enough and that's not where we need to be to progress further. 

“I think this sort of period now is a really good period for us. Obviously we've achieved what we've achieved now and that's massive for us as a team and, more importantly, for the football club after so long for the fans. 

“It's a test of, 'Right, now we need to go again and we need to go to the next stage and how far can we push this?' 

“We don't know but we need to do everything we can to try and stay where we are now and develop again because the league develops every single year and all teams strengthen. 

“It's hard to keep up those levels and that consistency every year. We now need to keep pushing and pushing ourselves. 

“Playing for this manager, that's exactly what he does every day. That's what we know and what we've come to expect. That's just normal now.”

As such, the focus remains of concluding 2019-20 in the best way possible by securing victories in the final six fixtures – starting with Aston Villa’s trip to Anfield on Sunday. 

Only at the end of the term will Oxlade-Chamberlain and his teammates allow themselves to reflect on the history they've made. 

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The No.15 continued: “I know it feels good because I know it's meant to feel amazing. But at the minute it hasn't really sunk in because the games are still coming thick and fast. We're still in the same mindset of finishing as strong as possible and win all the games. 

“Usually I guess when guys become champions, there's one, maybe two games to go – sometimes the last day of the season – and once it's done it's holiday and it's a whole time to reflect on the season. 

“For us, it's a bit of a strange one because we haven't really had a chance to really sit back and sort take in what we've done for this season. 

“But I mean it obviously feels amazing to know that we made it over the line and we've got that silverware for the club. We haven't really had time to stop and take it all in properly yet.”

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Oxlade-Chamberlain on Melwood culture: ‘There's no tolerance for levels to drop’

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 08:15
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has described the culture Jürgen Klopp has implemented at Melwood that ensures there’s no let up despite Liverpool’s success on the pitch.
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Liverpool v Aston Villa: Team news

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 08:00

Jürgen Klopp vowed to continue fielding the 'best XI' available until the end of the season when he spoke ahead of Liverpool's encounter with Aston Villa.

The Reds were crowned Premier League champions for the first time last week and have six fixtures remaining in the campaign. 

But Klopp insists the fact the title is already secure will have no bearing on his team selection as he strives to continue adding to his side's points tally.

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When asked about the importance the remainder of 2019-20 could be for some of the club's youngsters, the boss replied: "We want to win football games and for winning football games the best players have to be on the pitch. 

"And when the young players are part of these best players then they will be on the pitch. 

"They are so close, they are really good and they are our future, 100 per cent. But they will not play now because I want to see them in a Premier League game. We don’t give Premier League games as Christmas presents, we cannot do that. 

"We just want to do it because that's the case and the boys are really good. But how I said, it is not like giving appearances or Premier League games away like sweets. 

"We have to make sure the best XI on that day is on the pitch and the other guys who fit best in the formation will come on."

In the aftermath of Thursday's defeat at Manchester City, Klopp confirmed Joe Gomez's withdrawal at half-time was due to his booking as opposed to any fitness concerns. 

Joel Matip is set to be sidelined for the rest of the season with a foot injury, while Dejan Lovren missed the City clash with a slight knock.

Klopp reported in the build-up to Thursday's fixture that Xherdan Shaqiri had made a return to training.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has ruled defender Matt Targett out of the trip to Merseyside due to injury. 

“It’s not as bad as first feared and he could be back for Crystal Palace," Smith told reporters. 

Targett joins Bjorn Engels (Achilles), Wesley and goalkeeper Tom Heaton (both knee) on the sidelines, though full-back Frederic Guilbert could make his first appearance since the league's restart after overcoming a knee issue. 

Villa, who currently sit 18th in the Premier League standings, will have had a seven-day break by the time they play the champions. 

“It’s been beneficial," Smith said. "We had to recover from such an intense period.

“I was frustrated with the scheduling but what we’ve had is seven days to recover.

“We have a chance, we made Liverpool work really hard [at Villa Park] and we were three minutes away from getting the victory ourselves.”

Last time out

Manchester City 4-0 Liverpool (July 2): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Aston Villa 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers (June 26): Nyland, Konsa, Hause, Mings, Targett, Nakamba, Douglas Luiz, Hourihane, Grealish, Davis, Samatta.

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Liverpool v Aston Villa: Team news

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 08:00
Jürgen Klopp vowed to continue fielding the 'best XI' available until the end of the season when he spoke ahead of Liverpool's encounter with Aston Villa.
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Klopp: If PL don't give everyone a medal - I will

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 22:35
Liverpool squad members "will get a medal 100 per cent," says Klopp, "I will produce it myself, eh?" By PA Media

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Jurgen Klopp has led Liverpool to their first league title in 30 years Jurgen Klopp has led Liverpool to their first league title in 30 years Jurgen Klopp has led Liverpool to their first league title in 30 years

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is prepared to make Premier League winners' medals himself in order for the whole squad to share in the achievement.

The return of the top-flight title to Anfield is a historic moment, coming 30 years after their last one, and the Reds boss is determined no-one should miss out.

Rules state Liverpool will receive 40 medals from the Premier League with the only stipulation being that every player who has featured in five matches must receive one.

There are currently 21 players who are guaranteed to be on that list with youngsters Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones and Neco Williams (all two appearances) next in line.

Who receives the rest of the medals is at the club's discretion but with a significant backroom staff Klopp wants everyone to be able to share the prize, including the likes of fourth-choice goalkeeper Andy Lonergan who has been an unused substitute for UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup, EFL Cup matches and one Premier League game.

"If people don't understand how important the squad is to win the championship then I can't help them to be honest," said the German.

"If you have zero games you should win a medal, if you are part of the squad you should get a medal.

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"If you are the second goalie and you have less games you should have a medal, because you train five million times over a year and if you don't (all) train at the highest level then you have no chance to win the championship (as a squad).

"These boys will get a medal 100 per cent - I will produce it myself, eh? One hundred per cent they can have my medal.

"They deserve a medal and they will get a medal, if not from the Premier League then me."

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'A crucial moment in our season' - Klopp on significance of Villa Park drama

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 22:30
As Aston Villa prepare to visit Anfield this weekend, Jürgen Klopp has explained why the meeting between the sides at Villa Park back in November is one of the most pivotal moments of Liverpool's title-winning season.
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'A crucial moment in our season' - Klopp on significance of Villa Park drama

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 22:30

As Aston Villa prepare to visit Anfield this weekend, Jürgen Klopp has explained why the meeting between the sides at Villa Park back in November is one of the most pivotal moments of Liverpool's title-winning season.

The Reds found themselves trailing in the Midlands to Trezeguet’s first-half effort as the contest ticked towards its conclusion, with it looking set to be heading for a disappointing afternoon for the visitors.

However, Liverpool struck twice through Andy Robertson and Sadio Mane in the 87th and 94th minute to seal a dramatic late victory that maintained a six-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.

Speaking during his pre-match press conference, Klopp explained why he identifies that afternoon as being crucial in their march to the title.

He said: “I thought it was so important because the season before showed us you have to be pretty much perfect result-wise to have a chance to win the league because City usually wins all the games. That was the case the year before.

“So, that we equalised with the pressure we made in that situation, I was not too surprised. You need luck, a good cross, good positioning, but what I loved most in that game was how Robbo [ran back to restart the game] actually.

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“We didn’t know if we would win the game, but at least we should give it a proper try, pretty much.

“It’s not about Aston Villa [specifically] that we really go there and want to win in the last minute if we equalise so late. No, it was clear we had to do that in all games.

“That’s why I knew it was important because that was the moment when if you have to shout as a manager from outside, ‘Come on, go, two minutes to go, there’s still a chance!’ then you pretty much have no chance!

“If the players do it by themselves, then you know then there could be another moment in the game – and that’s why it was so important.”

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