Tag: Jurgen Klopp

Dejan Lovren: Reds defender blames bad form on ‘horrific’ break-ins

Dejan Lovren claimed that an attempted break-in at his Liverpool home had a “horrific” impact on his family and affected his performances.

The Croatian international was targeted by thieves twice last year — first while on holiday in Zagreb in June, and then while attending the Champions League game against Maribor at Anfield on 1 November. In the latter case, Lovren’s wife and children were inside.

Still, his low point on the pitch his season — the 4-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur — occurred 10 days before the attempted burglary he says the incident had a profound effect, although he believes the support of everyone at Liverpool helped his recovery.

“People look at football, they don’t look at what is going on around the life,” Lovren said. “Some people can understand that, some people not, but in these difficult situations I saw the support from some really good people like the manager, the club, my team-mates and, of course, the supporters, who are ready always to support you.”

“It is not easy because we are also humans and everyone has problems. I don’t know who hasn’t had some. I am giving my best to have a quiet life but sometimes it doesn’t depend on myself because people just want to come into my home and steal some things, even though I have nothing in my home. Unfortunately my wife was in and two kids. It was horrific.”

Liverpool will visit fierce rivals Manchester United on Saturday as Jurgen Klopp’s team look to claim an opportunity to retake second place in the Premier League table.

“Maybe they are not in the best shape but still they win ugly. What matters is the points. It will be a tough challenge definitely.”

“Last time, when they came here, they defended really deep so let’s see what happens now. I think they will do that again. They need the points. For them maybe a point is good but we never play for a point. We will play like we play every day, attacking football. Let’s enjoy.”

Manchester United 2 – 0 Liverpool

Roberto Firmino: Liverpool will make Porto suffer

Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino says that the Reds could make Porto “suffer” in their Champions League last-16 first-leg tie.

The Merseyside club will play against the Portuguese club at the Estadio do Dragao in Liverpool’s first match in the knockout stages of the competition since 2008-09, after topping their group by scoring 23 goals, a record for an English club and a total surpassed only by Paris St-Germain’s tally of 25.

They were also one of four teams to remain unbeaten in this season’s Champions League group stages, alongside Tottenham Hotspurs, FC Barcelona and Besiktas.

“I don’t know if Porto are going to be afraid but we are going to make their life difficult and make them suffer,” said Firmino, who has scored 20 goals in all competitions, including six in the Champions League.

Midfielder Emre Can is suspended for the tie, although defender Joe Gomez has travelled with the squad after missing the last two matches with a knee injury and £75m record-signing Virgil van Dijk is also set for his first appearance in the competition for the club.

Keeper Loris Karius will be also be starting ahead of Simon Mignolet

Liverpool manager Klopp insists his side can compete with the continent’s elite after having beaten “Europe’s strongest football team” Manchester City 4-3 in the Premier League in January.

“I know it already, we can compete with them, I don’t have to look at them,” Klopp said. “Now we have to show that we are not only part of the competition, we are quite ambitious. That is how it is and we have to take it seriously.”

Liverpool edges Manchester City in Anfield thriller

Liverpool edged Manchester City as the Blues finally lost a Premier League game for the first time this season following a thrilling encounter between both sides at Anfield.

The Reds — who were also playing their first game since Philippe Coutinho’s £142m move to Barcelona — claimed a victory as they ended City’s hopes of going through the league season without losing, and extended their own unbeaten run to 18 games.

Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain’s low drive gave Liverpool an early lead after just nine minutes, but City were level before half-time through Leroy Sane, who beat Loris Karius at his near post following Joe Gomez’s mistake.

However, the game turned decisively in two minutes either side of the hour mark, when poor defending by John Stones let in Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane — who had just hit the post — struck a stunning finish high past Ederson.

Not long after, Ederson’s poor clearance gifted Mohamed Salah a fourth, and despite their late wobble, Liverpool closed out the win to go third in the table.

At the sound of the final whistle, a jubilant Jurgen Klopp said that he believes Liverpool issued an “important statement” about their future without Philippe Coutinho.

“We made the right statement,” the Liverpool manager said. “It was not that I said to the players before the game: ‘It would be nice if you could win so nobody talks about Phil,’ but it was important for us to show it’s possible to win without him. It was a very important statement but that is all. We’ve got three points but we got them in a very important moment.”

“You have no alternative if you want to beat City. You could sit deep in your box and hope nothing happens but we are Liverpool and we should try to win this way. The way we pressed in the second half was outstanding, on a different planet. It is a historical day. It may be the only game City lose this season because they are so strong.”

While the Reds’ top-four challenge tends to fluctuate, City can still reflect on a 15-point lead over Manchester United, who host Stoke on Monday.