Jürgen Klopp saluted the development of Jordan Henderson the person and footballer on the five-year anniversary of him becoming Liverpool captain.
The No.14 succeeded Steven Gerrard in the role back in 2015 and has since lifted the Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup with the armband on for the Reds.
A knee injury will prevent Henderson from appearing in the remaining four fixtures of this season, but Klopp insists it won't stop him from raising the Premier League trophy aloft at the end of the campaign.
Read on below as the boss discussed the skipper and more at a press conference ahead of Saturday's fixture with Burnley...
❤️ https://t.co/z4xXcwW66Z— JHenderson (Jordan Henderson) 10th Jul 12:53
On Henderson's five years as Liverpool captain...
He's the only captain I had here at Liverpool and I'm overly happy that this decision was made before I came in. It's cool. How it always is in life, people have to grow in new roles. He had to do that and it was the most difficult job you could have, honestly, because in whatever manner the person who is doing the job after Stevie, it would always be difficult. But Hendo grew in that role. Meanwhile, he's probably a role model for the next generation of Liverpool skippers. Absolutely great. Nice to be part of this development really. He became a man age-wise and he became a really proper captain, that's exactly how it should be. On top of that, he improved. He was always a good player but made big steps in his game as well and that's while you are massively under pressure from outside expectations and stuff like this. That's a pretty interesting achievement, I have to say, and it's not easy to do. He did. So after his career when he looks back, there are a lot of reasons why he should be really proud.
On the skipper lifting the Premier League trophy...
We know since yesterday that the injury is not as serious as we really thought. It was a big relief because, for what he played in the last years now, he deserves being in that spot in that moment. But life is like [how] life is. If he would have had surgery, would've been in hospital and stuff like this, then it would have been difficult. But now he's not, so no surgery needed, rehab starts immediately, he will be fine in a few weeks and will train again and play again. We will find a solution that we show the respect for what he did. But all the other boys around, they all want that, by the way. They all want him to be there and that was one of the first things I heard after we won the league, I think Virg told him, 'You can do the shuffle again.' I'm not sure if he's able to do the shuffle but that's probably the smallest problem of all.
On how useful individual accolades are for certain members of his squad...
Look, if Ali wins the Golden Glove, that means we have obviously how many games with a clean sheet, which would really help us as a team. If we provide the winner of the Golden Boot, that means we have a lot of goals. So that helps absolutely. My players don't need individual targets to be highest motivated, but they don't disturb. They are absolutely rather helpful than anything else. But in the end, it's all about winning a football game. If it would be different, I would tell them it's not OK. But in the end, it's always first and foremost about winning a football game and not about the other stuff. But it's nice when you can win both.
They are numbers described as 'really exceptional' by Jürgen Klopp, but Liverpool's front three themselves want more.
Mohamed Salah's brace in midweek brought up an astounding landmark for Klopp's renowned forward trio.
The Egyptian, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have scored a combined total of 250 goals in all competitions for the Reds across three seasons.
So, what next?
"I think our target is another 250 again and more trophies with Liverpool," Mane tells Liverpoolfc.com via video link.
"I think it's just unbelievable. It's not easy to play in England and score this [amount] of goals. It's just incredible because there are so many good teams and strong defenders, so it's not easy.
"We always try to work harder and harder to get better and better to do the best for the team.
"Playing alongside these two, even me and you, I think we can both play alongside these two great players.
"So you just need to be fit and then you play alongside them because they make everything easier for me and you!"
Modesty aside, Mane has himself hit incredible heights on a personal level, too.
His finish last weekend against Aston Villa meant he's now netted at least 20 goals in his past three seasons at Liverpool.
Such personal development and the team's success has the 2016 arrival feeling in a privileged position.
"Well, I couldn't be more happy, proud to be a Liverpool player," he says. "For sure it has been a great season, a great four years for me.
"I'm really happy to be alongside my teammates, staff, everything. I'm just happy and proud to be here.
"I think as a player I'm still learning, I never stop learning and you can see me and all of the boys have been developed a lot. We are really, really happy about it.
"At the same time, we never stop working harder because it has always been a dream for me to play and always getting better and better – especially to score more goals, more assists for my team and to win trophies.
"Honestly, I think it has been most special for me and my teammates. After 30 years of waiting [for] the fans, I still don't believe it. But we did it and I think it's just so special.
"We are really happy and we are really proud after 30 years to be the players who win the [Premier League] trophy with Liverpool Football Club. Hopefully more and more to come."
Though already Premier League champions, Mane and his teammates are still out to deliver even more history for the club.
With four matches remaining in the season, the Reds have their sights on setting the Premier League points record.
Their task of eclipsing Manchester City's tally of 100 in 2017-18 continues on Saturday afternoon when Burnley arrive at Anfield.
On that particular objective, Mane continues: "We can see if we win the four games, we're going to be the first ever team to collect this kind of [points total] in a single season.
"Records in football are always there to be broken. So if we have a chance to do it, never hesitate. It's our target for sure.
"Without making pressure [for] ourselves, we try to take it game by game because it's going to be a tough game.
"Difficult game but we're going to try to take it game by game and try to win all of them if possible."
But the Reds must do so without their influential captain Jordan Henderson, who is set to be sidelined for the remainder of the campaign with a knee injury.
"Sadly it's a complicated moment for the team and for him because we love to have Hendo in the squad," Mane finishes.
"He's a great person out of the pitch and on the pitch he's also a great leader. He's always been there for his team, giving 100 per cent every single game.
"For sure we would love to have him but, like I always say, it's part of football and now we're also going to be here for him morally to support and be positive with him.
"I think, for sure, he will come back stronger as soon as possible."
Liverpool are without Jordan Henderson for their penultimate home game of 2019-20 when Burnley visit Anfield on Saturday.
The captain sustained a knee injury during the midweek victory at Brighton & Hove Albion that will rule him out of the final four matches of the campaign; however, no surgery is required on the issue.
“Hendo is actually really the best possible of all the bad news,” Jürgen Klopp told his pre-match press conference on Friday. “It is a knee injury, but no surgery needed.
“He will not play anymore in the latter stage of this season but I am pretty positive he will start with us the new season.”
Elsewhere, the champions are set to welcome Dejan Lovren back into the matchday squad after the defender resumed full training following a muscle issue.
Joel Matip is Liverpool’s only other confirmed absentee, while in attack, Mohamed Salah needs one goal to become the first Liverpool player since Roger Hunt in 1965-66 – and only the fourth in club history – to reach 20 league goals in three successive seasons.
Meanwhile, Burnley have reported no fresh fitness concerns ahead of their trip to Anfield.
Jack Cork (ankle), Ben Mee (thigh), Matt Lowton (foot) and Ashley Barnes (hernia) are sidelined for the Clarets, but Chris Wood is in contention to start after substitute appearances in their last two outings.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady are also available for Burnley.
Sean Dyche said: "We are limited to the changes we can feel we can make to start because I don't feel the young lads are necessarily ready to start but they might come on.
"Woody has a better chance. Johann and Robbie we have to be a bit delicate with because they haven't had a lot of football whereas Woody, until the shutdown, was up and running.
"He has a better chance than the others but we have got to get the others slowly but surely involved and we will be looking to do that.”
Burnley journey to Anfield on the back of a 1-0 win at West Ham United in midweek and occupy 10th position in the Premier League table.
“We are in good form,” Dyche added. “It will take maximum performance, focus and game understanding and hopefully they will have a quieter day because when they turn up it is very difficult.
“Even with the power of the players and the manager they have got it is very difficult to win the Premier League.
“It is difficult to win titles or get promotions. I have absolute respect for the manner and style in which they have achieved it.”
Brighton 1-3 Liverpool (July 8): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Williams, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Firmino.
West Ham 0-1 Burnley (July 8): Pope, Bardsley, Long, Tarkowski, Taylor, Westwood, Brownhill, Pieters, McNeil, Vydra, Rodriguez.
Jürgen Klopp believes Liverpool’s ability to share goals across the side is a major asset and is required to enjoy success as a club.
Curtis Jones became the champions' 17th different Premier League scorer of the campaign last weekend, equalling a club record previously set in 1911-12 and 2015-16.
Speaking at his press conference to preview Saturday’s showdown with Burnley, Klopp heaped praised on Liverpool’s potent front three - who reached a collective landmark of 250 goals for the Reds in Wednesday’s 3-1 win versus Brighton and Hove Albion - but described the importance of other players chipping in within the final third.
Read on for the boss' thoughts on that, the challenge the Clarets will pose and his respect for Sean Dyche...
On goals being shared throughout the team...
That’s good and how it should be. Nobody, especially the way we play, says, ‘You are not allowed to score; you have to always stay there’. OK, the centre-halves are not often involved in offensive action, apart from set-pieces, for the final situation. It’s good, it’s exactly how it should be. If you want to be successful, the goals need to come from everywhere, pretty much. That helps us, of course. Curtis did it. Two days ago, I heard now that the three up-front were involved in 250 goals since we worked together, and that’s a great number as well. It’s good that we all score, but it’s very good that the three up-front score - especially often. That helps in all the games, but especially in the very tight games. That’s it.
We face a team with a brilliant attitude. What Sean Dyche is doing there is absolutely exceptional. I know they have some injuries, which is always difficult, especially in a period where you play every three days. On top of that, I’m not 100 per cent aware of it, but I think I heard of some contract issues when players are not available anymore. They have a pretty small squad together and [are] playing every three days so I have so much respect for the results they got. It’s really, really good. We will face a team with a brilliant attitude, with a really, really good set-up, good defending; there will be a lot of fights for second balls. That’s clear. Set-pieces will be a massive thing in this game and they will fight for everything, how Sean Dyche teams always do, since I’m in England, at least. I’ve known him for four-and-a-half years now. We need to be ready again.
I have [respect]. I came to the country and manage Liverpool; you go to a place like Burnley and they fight with all they have. It’s not nice. We are both pretty animated at the pitch and very emotional, I would say, on the sidelines. I can imagine that people maybe think we don’t have the best relationship, but we don’t really have a relationship because we meet only a couple of times a year. The more and more I learn about this league and how competitive this league is before you even know it, but you only really know it when you feel it. I couldn’t respect more what he’s doing, that’s the truth. How he sets it up, how competitive they are every year and now, again, they have 40-something points and will probably have more than 50. That’s incredibly difficult, with the injuries and the setbacks you get over a year, it’s incredibly difficult. He’s doing an incredible job, honestly. During the lockdown we had some Zoom calls and he seems to be a good guy. What can I say? That’s all.
Jürgen Klopp today confirmed Jordan Henderson is set to miss Liverpool’s final four fixtures of the season due to a knee injury, but is optimistic he will be ready for the start of next campaign.
The captain sustained the issue in the final stages of the champions’ 3-1 win at Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday night.
A scan has revealed the extent of the problem and that Henderson will miss the concluding matches of 2019-20; however, Klopp admitted the news is as good as the Reds could have hoped for.
Elsewhere, Dejan Lovren has resumed full training and could come into contention for Saturday’s fixture with Burnley at Anfield.
More to follow…
Ben Winterbottom has signed his first professional contract with Liverpool FC.
The goalkeeper joined the Academy last year after impressing on several occasions against the Reds for his former team Blackburn Rovers.
The 18-year-old – who turns 19 next week – started last season in the U18s but was turning out for the U23s by September.
Winterbottom's debut in Premier League 2 was a memorable one, making a spectacular penalty save against Derby County.
He was also part of the U19 team which secured top spot in their UEFA Youth League group and the U21 team that took on Football League opposition in the group stages of the Leasing.com Trophy.
In December, Winterbottom was on the bench for the first team as a youthful side took on Aston Villa in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup.
Liverpool FC has submitted a planning application to Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council for the installation of state-of-the-art fencing at its new training ground in Kirkby.
Now that the Reds’ new training facility is nearing completion, assessments to monitor the environmental conditions and performance of the new training pitches have taken place. The assessments are the final part of the development programme to ensure that the new facility offers the optimum conditions for first-team training.
The proposed plans submitted to Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council include a translucent mesh fence that will provide further protection from any adverse weather conditions to the pitches and with minimal visual impact to the site’s neighbours. The mesh fence is woven to provide 50 per cent visibility, and will sit within the site, behind the newly planted perimeter bund and associated landscaping which will largely screen it from view.
The system is similar to the ball-stop fencing used at Melwood and will enhance the existing protection further whilst improving the environmental conditions around the pitches to replicate match conditions.
This bespoke system is expected to provide optimal conditions for training even on the windiest of days, setting a new benchmark for environmental conditions at training grounds.
If approved, the proposed works will be due to complete at the end of the summer when the building works will be completed.
Fifteen-year-old Liverpool fan Luke, from Huyton, has attended LFC Foundation’s Premier League Kicks sessions at Anfield Sports Community Centre for over two years.
Over the course of lockdown, the LFC Foundation has hosted a variety of FIFA 20 experiences on both PlayStation and Xbox consoles for their participants who regularly attend their PL Kicks Sessions.
Luke participated in every experience provided by the Reds’ official charity, blowing the competition away in a series of impressive performances.
The young Red also competed on a national level through the Premier League Stay At Home Cup, representing the LFC Foundation against other club community foundations across the country.
In his age group, Luke defeated the opposition to become this year’s champion.
Speaking of his success and time spent in lockdown, Luke said: “Winning the semi-final of the PL Tournament was my favourite moment as this was my most difficult fixture.
“I also liked that we could see the Foundations’ league table after every round of matches, so that I could check my league position against my mates.
“It felt really good to win the Premier League competition. It's good to compete with the best.”
Luke has also been successful on the pitch during his time in the Kicks programme, making the jump to the U15s development team and representing LFC Foundation in multiple football fixtures and tournaments up and down the country.
Earlier this year, the youngster also took part in the Foundation's Kicks Football+ activities during the half-term holidays, a scheme giving Kicks participants the opportunity to take part in a variety of educational and key life-skills activities with local community partners.
Luke and his friends were chosen based on their behaviour, attendance, and merit over the course of their time on the Kicks programme, learning various new life skills from fire safety to nutritional cooking.
Tony Cosgrove, Premier League Kicks manager, said: "I'm really impressed and proud of Luke's achievements and his obvious gaming ability, but even more so about the way he conducted himself throughout all of the Foundation's recent FIFA opportunities.
“He demonstrated a high level of sportsmanship throughout without boasting about his achievements.
“He was a great advocate for our PL Kicks programme and the LFC Foundation. To claim the national prize in his age category was an incredible accomplishment and I would like to pass on my congratulations to him.”
With the intentions of identifying where the LFC Foundation can improve for the future, the charity provided participants with a feedback opportunity following the competition’s conclusion.
All participants who responded said that they wanted to participate in more FIFA events run by the LFC Foundation in the future and reported that they would recommend the FIFA league, tournament or festivals to their friends.
An average score of 4.56 out of five was recorded from the survey as nine participants (47 per cent of all those who took part) chose to rate their overall experience with the LFC Foundation. A full breakdown of the feedback report is available here.
"It was great to see that the participants had enjoyed the variety of FIFA opportunities we provided throughout lockdown,” said Tony.
“We now know that there is an appetite for Kicks participation beyond our football sessions and we look forward to providing more chances for a greater number of our participants, taking this data on board to improve what we do.”
Following the coronavirus outbreak, the LFC Foundation had to put their schools and community activities on hold in adherence with government guidelines and social distancing measures.
Instead through virtual sessions, the Foundation was able continue its engagement with participants left housebound and unable to take part in their weekly LFC Foundation activities.
To find out more about the activities on offer at the LFC Foundation, click here.
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Liverpool must wait to discover the extent of the injury Jordan Henderson sustained during Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion.
The captain, who had earlier put the Premier League champions 2-0 up with a fine long-range strike, was forced off late on at the Amex Stadium.
Jürgen Klopp said post-match: “I don’t know [how serious it is], I don’t know, honestly. I didn’t see the situation back on the pitch, but I know that it will not be nothing, probably. That’s how it is, but we have to wait. I cannot say more.”
When asked if Henderson is on crutches, the boss replied: “I have had press since the game is over, so I have no idea how he left the dressing room.”
Jürgen Klopp has offered an update on Adam Lallana's situation - and believes Liverpool will miss his influence when he departs the club at the end of the season.
The midfielder will bring a six-year spell with the Reds to a close when his contract expires upon the conclusion of the campaign.
Lallana recently signed a short-term extension to ensure he could complete the prolonged 2019-20 season with the club and remain an option for Klopp in the final fixtures of the term, though so far has not been named in the matchday squads since the Premier League restart.
“It’s clear that Adam will leave the club in the summer,” the manager told reporters. “For now, I miss already everything about him and in this moment he is still here.
“He is an outstanding player and he is one of the most influential players on the training quality I’ve ever had in my life.
“He is an incredible professional but now as we have the difficult situation and we respect that a lot. Everything with Adam is sorted. He is top fit, he is in training and everything is fine, but, yes, the future is his future and if we need his help on the pitch we can get it.
“He is there and trains 100 per cent but as long as we don’t need it he will just train. And, that’s the normal thing. I think there was a lot of discussions about players with ending contracts but his was not even a discussion: it was clear we would extend Adam’s contract and he wanted to do that as well.
“But, we will not put any risk on his future or whatever, that’s absolutely clear. He is one of the most important players since my time here so I wish him only the best for the future.
“From my point of view, he is already a legend here so he can now be a legend somewhere else from next season on.”
Klopp added: "He’s had very important games for us but what he did on the training ground that was absolutely exceptional. The young players, when they talk about their most important things in the future, what happened in their first two years, they will mention Adam Lallana, 100 per cent.
"Not only him but him as well. Because the way these guys train and the attitude they show in each session, that is an example for all the others."
Liverpool will need to make fitness checks on James Milner and Dejan Lovren ahead of the trip to Brighton and Hove Albion.
Milner was forced to sit out the victory over Aston Villa on Sunday due to a minor muscle issue the Reds didn't want to risk.
Lovren has been absent from the past two matches with a knock, while Joel Matip is set to miss the remainder of the season with his foot injury.
There was, however, a return for Xherdan Shaqiri on the weekend, with the No.23 part of a matchday squad for the first time since January.
Brighton, meanwhile, will definitely be without Jose Izquierdo, with Steven Alzate also a doubt.
Seagulls manager Graham Potter told the media on Monday: “The only player not available on Wednesday will be Jose Izquierdo. He’s still some way away, he’ll be more for further in the future.
“We’re monitoring him [Alzate] daily, we’ll have to make some decisions over him in the next few days. He looked like he was struggling slightly in training on Monday, so we’ll have to see.”
Norwich City 0-1 Brighton (July 4): Ryan, Lamptey, Webster, Dunk, Burn, Propper, Bissouma, Mooy, Trossard, Maupay, Connolly.
Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa (July 5): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Keita, Mane, Salah, Origi.
Jürgen Klopp wants Liverpool to be the destination for ‘Scouse souls’ as he reinforced the importance of providing a pathway for Academy players.
Curtis Jones was on the scoresheet in Liverpool’s Premier League outing with Aston Villa on Sunday just a day after signing a new long-term contract, while 17-year-old Harvey Elliott penned his first professional deal with the club at the start of the week.
Speaking at a press conference previewing Wednesday’s clash with Brighton and Hove Albion, Klopp explained the ‘door is really wide open’ for talented and hungry young footballers.
Read below for the boss’ thoughts...
On how the future looks for Liverpool…
Good. But it depends on how you see the future. What is the future? In my life, there was never a period where I knew less about my future. I pretty often didn’t know how it would be. But the future of all of us, I think it’s the first time that no one knows exactly how it will be. We cannot cut that off the general situation. The general situation is that we’re all waiting for a vaccine against this awful disease. That’s the future of all of us. As a football club, we are not worried about the future: we have a good team and we have a good age group. The future is already prepared with a few really, really good footballers around us and I’m really happy that the boys see it the same way. I’ve said a lot of times, for young players, the biggest plus they have is time. But in the moment when they lose patience, things can go not exactly like they should go.
Our boys want to play and be involved, see every day in training that they are really close, but are not losing patience for it not working out tomorrow and playing 90 minutes every three days. We try to help them as much as we can to become the best player they can be. We do that with all the players, but with the younger ones, the responsibility on our side is obviously even bigger. I really like that these boys are committed 100 per cent to that way, and it’s a wonderful sign for all of us. How I said, the next few [players] are already lined up, if you want. Our Academy is producing a lot of good players in the last few years and we are really happy that the boys want to be part of that process, even when it’s then the first time in their life they don’t play week in, week out. But they have a lot to learn and we give them the time to do so.
On always having a local player in a Premier League squad…
I don’t know if that will always be possible, to be honest. I think it’s a bit easier for the London clubs. I’m not sure if they have to come from Chelsea directly to be a local lad, or if it’s allowed that you’re from another part of London and it’s local. We try and we want to be the spot for everybody with a Scouse soul. It’s not a competition with Everton, but if you love football, you’re talented and ready to work hard, then we want you to be here. For that, we need to show the boys that there is a way through. We have to show perspective, that’s our responsibility. It’s really nice that the boys are now so close to it; Trent made it and the three others are really close to getting through. That’s an important sign for all the other kids around: this is a club where you can have pretty much everything. You can play together with world-class players; you can train with them and you can make sure that you improve as much as you can. Then, the club is ready to give you a chance. If that will always be the case, depends on the boys. We cannot create a football player if the football player is not ready for it. If you’re a talented boy and have the desire to improve, the door is really wide open.
On the possibility of more game-time in the Premier League next season for Jones, Elliott and Neco Williams…
That’s always the plan. One is about education and the other is then showing that education works, training works and that they’re ready. We don’t only have the boys here because they are nice, humble, good-looking or whatever. They are here because, in the moment, they mainly get the benefit from what we do but that’s a fair deal because, in the end, we get the benefit from what they’re doing. That’s how it is and that’s how you deal with your kids. What pleases me the most about it is that the boys are so humble and hard-working in that age group. The perfect scenario is that we have role-model professionals around, these slightly elder guys, who just show how you have to be if you want to make your way. If the boys follow this path, with the talent they have, it’s pretty likely that they will have a proper career. That’s good news.
You need luck injury-wise and stuff like this but, here, we will always try to use them as often as possible. The dream is to have all boys but it will not happen now in the next five years, but maybe in 10 years it would be great if we could have a team full of Scousers, why not? That’s not a bad thing to be a Scouser, it’s a good thing because they are hard-working and it’s clear that they will fight like crazy. A few things are really nice already in the characteristics of a Scouser. Good. But the door is open for all the other boys who want to play football, good football. Liverpool is a very open-minded club.
On Neco Williams becoming Trent Alexander-Arnold’s understudy…
There’s always a picture now. Neco made exactly the same steps like Harvey and Curtis, for example. Neco is a bit lucky now with the full-back situation: we have actually two plus Neco, three plus Millie [Milner] and Joe [Gomez] who we can. It’s a little bit easier to have minutes in a very intense time than it is, for example, Harvey. But that doesn’t mean Harvey does not make big steps. It’s unbelievable, he’s still 17. It’s unbelievable how good he is. Timing is always important in life and whatever you can create by yourself, whatever you can create by yourself, whatever we can produce together and by ourselves, the better it is. It saves money, of course. But on the other side, these boys need time. But we will use them as often as possible, that’s the plan with them. Whatever we can save out there, in the crazy world of the transfer market, is good of course. But the boys have to commit.
That’s why I’m so happy about the two contracts [Harvey and Curtis] as there is always an easier way, if you want. You can either make sure that you are now in the best place and it means playing week in, week out or that you prepare your career. And we are here for preparing careers until the moment is there until the boys can play week in, week out. How I said, as long as the boys are committed to that way, it will be really good for them. We have proven in the past and I proved it probably at Dortmund and now here at Liverpool since we were here, it’s not about how old you are, it’s not about who you are, it’s only about how good you are and then you will play.
On the club’s plan for Rhian Brewster, who is out on loan at Swansea City…
For the plans with Rhian, we talk to Rhian and not here. There's nothing to say really. Yes, it was unbelievably important and I was really happy that we had the opportunity to do so [go out on loan]. He plays his first proper senior year; he had an awful injury and needed a really long time. That’s why we said when he came back it doesn’t make sense to be a striker sometimes in the squad, sometimes not. It was clear that his situation is different to a lot of other situations from the boys in the club and I was really happy that he could go to his former coach, who he knew from the youth national teams. That helped a lot and they really wanted him and that’s very important for a young striker because you cannot score every week and you should still stay on the pitch. It happened now at Swansea and he has played a good season. Rhian has shown absolutely his talent, that’s clear. In the moment, nearly perfect how it is. But how it will be next year, we will talk about it with him and his representatives.
Jürgen Klopp believes Wednesday night's trip to Brighton and Hove Albion will further test Liverpool's ability to adapt and solve issues on the pitch in real-time.
The Reds travel to the Amex Stadium for another Premier League fixture with a side in the bottom half of the table following the victory over Aston Villa on the weekend.
Unsure exactly how Graham Potter will set out his Brighton side as they seek more points to guarantee safety, Klopp is aware, though, of how tough the test will be for the champions.
"He is doing a really good job there, my colleague," the boss said at his pre-match press conference. "But now since the lockdown they changed their approach a bit, they went a bit more for results.
"You could see that against Norwich, maybe it's not the perfect example, but I think Norwich had more possession in that game. We don't know exactly what we will face.
"A team in a good run and pretty much full of confidence about the results they had since the lockdown. We need to be ready for that.
"After that, Burnley – always difficult. After that, Arsenal fighting for Europe for sure and after that, Chelsea fighting for Champions League. Then lastly, Newcastle – probably fighting for nothing anymore but still the last home game.
"But all different and a lot of things we need always. One of these things we need is being patient but it's not something I ask for before the game because we will find out how patient we need to be.
"First and foremost, I want us to be lively, I want us to be active, I want us to be creative and I want us to be really solid, especially in protecting the counter-attacks.
"Whatever setup Brighton will choose and they used to change a lot for the specific opponent system-wise. So against us when we played here, it was kind of a 4-3-2-1, maybe they play that again.
"But we have only two days' time, so we cannot prepare for all the different systems. Most of the things the boys have to learn on the pitch and then use our principles, our patterns. Hopefully it will work out."
Potter took charge of the Seagulls in the summer and has them sitting 15th in the top-flight standings with five fixtures left to play.
Klopp paid tribute to the work the former Swansea City boss is performing on the south coast after inheriting a team that finished one place above the relegation zone last season.
He continued: "From the first matchday, I thought, 'Brighton, they changed a couple of things.' But again, maybe the results, especially in the later period after December, the results were not as good as they should be to stay comfortably in the league.
"After lockdown, you saw they changed their approach slightly but they had other opponents as well. I think they played Arsenal, United and stuff like this, so it's not that easy.
"It's the biggest challenge in life for a football manager to implement your ideas while you have to produce results. Because nobody waits nowadays for the result, everybody wants to see the result immediately.
"A lot of respect for what Graham is doing there."
Jürgen Klopp has underscored the ‘massive’ contribution made by Liverpool’s staff towards the club’s Premier League title success.
The manager used his pre-Brighton & Hove Albion press conference to highlight the vital work done by employees not on the pitch in aiding those on it.
Indeed, such collective efforts were crucial to the Reds during the suspension of football due to the COVID-19 pandemic as staff across multiple areas of the club pulled together to work through the lockdown and ensure players were ready to resume work at Melwood in May after more than two months away.
“I'm not sure they are ‘little’ [things],” Klopp said of the work of his backroom team. “They are not in public, but they are massive.
“There are no little things in this process, to be honest, there are only things we see in public and things we don’t see it public. We appreciate it all in the same manner.
“I am not sure, but I never understood it 100 per cent why people make a cut [on] who gets a medal and who does not get a medal, but the medal you get is here [head] and maybe here [heart].
“It is not too important if you really have [a physical medal] in the end because you don't look at it every day; it is much more important that you are involved and that we show the appreciation and respect we have for all the people who were involved in that process.
“It is not important, but for a player, for example, maybe it's more important than other people who are involved in it.
“We will find a way to show how much we appreciate what everyone has done. If there is a medal needed for it, then we will create our own one.
“We will never forget it anyway, so all good.”
There were smiles all around Liverpool FC Women on Monday as the squad returned to training.
Vicky Jepson's side haven't played a game since February 23 and following the curtailment of the 2019-20 Women's Super League season due to COVID-19, found themselves relegated to the Championship.
But, Jepson and her squad have sent out a defiant message that they will stick together and fight as hard as they can to make it their priority to get back into the top-flight as quickly as possible when the new season can start.
Our photographer was at the Solar Campus to capture the session...
Photos by John Powell
Harvey Elliott is determined to add many more milestones to his 'indescribable' journey with Liverpool after signing his first professional contract.
The lifelong Red put pen to paper on the deal at Melwood on Monday having become eligible to do so following his 17th birthday in April.
As the one-year anniversary of his switch to Merseyside approaches, Elliott is eager to kick on now after eight first-team outings so far in 2019-20.
Watch our interview with the No.67 via LFCTV GO below now, or read on below for a full transcript...
Harvey, congratulations on signing your first professional contract. How do you feel?
I think since the first day I've walked in, it's been an indescribable journey so far. I think now to top it off with my first professional contract is a dream come true for me and my family. I'm excited to see what the future holds and I'm just excited to give everything to the club and the fans.
You've been a Liverpool player for nearly a year now, just how has it been for you?
It's been crazy, to be honest, to be involved in so much with the first team and being in and around the players is crazy. Hopefully I can do more with the team and hopefully I can show what I can do.
How much do you think you've improved as a player and person in that time?
I think a lot, to be honest. Every day I'm learning new things off the players and just from people in and around the club. I think there's so much to learn in and around football and I'm just excited to learn.
You've made eight appearances for the Premier League, Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup winners. It's not bad for a 17-year-old, is it? You've had that taste and surely you want more now...
Definitely. Ever since the MK Dons game, which was my first little taster of competitive football, I've always wanted to play more games, I've always wanted to feature in games. For any youngster getting tasters here and there, I think they always want to strive to get more appearances, want to just show people what they can do, to express themselves really and, more importantly, just enjoy their football.
Do you think this place, Melwood, is the perfect environment for young players to flourish in?
Definitely. When you come here, there's not an expectation as in you need to stick to what you've been told. For youngsters, especially like me, people always tell me to just go and express myself, to enjoy football and always have a smile on my face but more importantly work hard for the club. For youngsters, to come here is such a friendly environment from the staff down to the players – everyone is helpful, everyone is willing to push you and everyone's wanting you to be the best.
How much have you taken from the senior players in the dressing room, on and off the pitch?
A lot, to be fair. Like I said, you learn so much every day from the likes of Jordan and even down to the youngsters. Even the youngsters may have experiences that I may not have and everyone has different experiences that you can learn from. To be in and around the club – which has players like Mo Salah, Sadio, Firmino, of high quality – I think for a kid it's good.
How often are you told by the coaching staff to be yourself on the pitch and not be fazed by being in a dressing room with the Premier League champions?
Every day I would say. Everybody is saying, 'Just go and express yourself, go and show the people what you can do'. That's sort of what I thrive upon. I just want to obviously show what I can do on the ball and also work hard for the team and just be there if needed.
How much support has the manager and all of his coaching staff given you?
I'd say an unlimited amount, to be honest. Even when I'm at the Academy training, all the coaching staff are all helpful. I think everyone just wants you to be the best and everyone's going to do possibly everything to make you the best.
What's it like knowing you've got a manager who has proven to be willing to give youngsters opportunities?
I think it's every boy's dream to play under someone like Jürgen. Even his coaching staff as well, they're all top people. For a boy to be in and around coaching like that, it's just crazy.
What sort of advice has the boss been giving you?
Just what I've been saying really, just go and express myself. Obviously every manager wants you to be hard-working for the team, they want you to just go and enjoy football, play with a smile on your face and just go and do what you can do.
You are a Liverpool fan, you've been on the Kop and now you're actually playing for Liverpool. Just how privileged do you feel to be here?
I'd say more than privileged, to be honest. I think when I stepped out on the Anfield pitch when I played Arsenal, I think it was an emotional thing for me. To obviously be watching the players and to be playing them with them, honestly it's a dream come true. To be in and around the fans as well, to hear them singing You'll Never Walk Alone when you're stepping out on the pitch, it did bring a tear to my eye. I just can't wait to give everything back to them and just to show them what I can do.
Do you want to talk about a bit how you were a Liverpool fan and who you admired growing up?
I'd have to say Steven Gerrard, to be honest. He was playing when I was sort of understanding football. To be a fan of the club when I was younger and to be playing now, it's just a crazy experience.
What's the target you've got in mind now after signing this contract?
I think to go on to win everything and anything again, to be honest. The players have shown that they can do that with the trophies that they've won this year. I want to be part of the team in the next couple of years that's going to go on to win a Champions League, going to go on to win a Premier League – I want to be a big part of that.
But you're also aware of the standards you've got to reach to get opportunities in this team...
Definitely. When we are given the chance I think we just need to take it. Like I said, we need to go out and show what we can do. We can obviously show that we are able to play in this team even though there's top players. Us youngsters, as well as senior players, are all fighting for their spot. I'm going to do whatever it takes to make sure I sustain my spot.
In your mind, do you consider this just the start and feel there's plenty more to come from you?
I think so. Definitely.
Harvey Elliott put pen to paper on his first professional contract with Liverpool FC on Monday - and our photographer was at Melwood to capture the milestone moment.
The forward has committed his future to the Premier League champions after he turned 17 in April.
Check out our collection of photos from the Reds’ training ground below…
Photos by Andrew Powell
Liverpool visit Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday night, with kick-off at the Amex Stadium scheduled for 8.15pm BST.
The game between the Premier League champions and Graham Potter's team will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK.
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.
Herbie Kane is set to miss the remainder of the season due to a hamstring injury.
Having earlier opened the scoring for Hull City, the 21-year-old midfielder was forced off during his loan club's 2-1 win over Middlesbrough last Thursday.
With just five league games left to play in the Championship in 2019-20, Hull City boss Grant McCann said: "Looking at the scan, it's not a nice one for him. We're gutted for Herbie because he's had no luck since coming here.
"He picked up the injury in training when no-one was near him before lockdown and now he's pulled a hamstring.
"We'd love to have him back with us next season. He's everything that we need and everything that I like in a player - with his energy and bravery.
"He can score goals and he's calm on the ball as well. We'd love to keep him here next year.”