Jurgen Klopp has criticised Jose Mourinho's defensive approach, suggesting he would not be allowed to adopt such negative tactics at Liverpool. On Saturday (14 October), Manchester United held the Reds to a stalemate draw at Anfield for the second consecutive season, leaving the German frustrated. "I'm sure if we played like this, you could not do this at Liverpool," Klopp told reporters after the game. "Obviously for United it is OK." Liverpool enjoyed 63% of possession and had the best chance of the game late in the first half, when David De Gea produced an outstanding save to deny Joël Matip from close range. The Reds dominated possession in the second half and were the most enterprising of the two sides but failed to create any clear cut chances, while United seemed content with a point. "It's quite difficult when a top-class team like United has that defensive approach," Klopp said. "I think United came here for the point and they got it. We wanted three points … [Read more...] about ‘You could not do this at Liverpool’: Jurgen Klopp blasts Jose Mourinho’s tactics
There was a stark admission from Romelu Lukaku as another glorified fixture passed him by. “Sometimes it is difficult when you play against the top teams and you play not to win and don't really create chances,” he said. In the interests of clarity, the Belgian was referencing his Everton career. Cynics will feel the observation equally applicable to Manchester United’s ultra-vigilance after their lifeless 0-0 draw. Lukaku was unable to banish ‘flat-track bully’ jibes - his isolation typified as he made fewer passes than Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet - but the £75 million man believes goals will flow against esteemed opponents. “Every time I played for Everton we had a different mindset coming into the game,” he said. Lukaku had United's only shot on target against Liverpool Credit: PA “I had a good time. I learned my trade over there. I am really grateful to the club no matter what … [Read more...] about Romelu Lukaku stands by his Premier League record after battling ‘flat-track bully’ jibes again
Jurgen Klopp has no complaints with the way Jose Mourinho set up his Manchester United side in their goalless draw on Saturday, despite suggesting that he could not deploy his Liverpool team in the same way. For the second season running, Mourinho’s United came to Anfield with the safety catch on in an unambitious display designed to stifle Klopp’s dynamic attacking talents. For the second season running, it worked. Liverpool were limited to only two clear cut chances, spurned by Joel Matip and Emre Can on either side of half-time, while Romelu Lukaku fired United’s only opening straight at goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. show all … [Read more...] about Jurgen Klopp has no complaints with Jose Mourinho’s tactics at Anfield
Liverpool could face competition to sign Virgil van Dijk, amid reports Barcelona are set to enter the race for the Southampton' defender. According to the Mirror, scouts from the Catalan club monitored the 26-year-old during Holland clash against Sweden last week and Barcelona are now weighing up the opportunity of tabling an offer for the centre-back during the January transfer window. The Dutch international was keen on completing a switch to Anfield in the summer transfer window. Earlier in June, the deal was all but set to take shape, before the Saints reported the Merseyside club to the Premier League for an alleged illegal approach. Liverpool were forced to issue a public apology for any "misunderstanding", even though Van Dijk remained interested in joining Klopp's side and even handed in a transfer request. His request was instantly rejected by Southampton, who forced Van Dijk to train away from Mauricio Pellegrino's first-team for the remainder of the transfer … [Read more...] about Barcelona hopeful of beating Liverpool in race to sign Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk
Jose Mourinho was offered the Liverpool job following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers in 2015, but the current Manchester United boss turned it down, a report says.Citing sources, Yahoo Sport said Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) approached Mourinho before Jurgen Klopp was hired in 2015 to explore the possibility of the Portuguese succeeding Rodgers at Anfield.The report claims Mourinho, who at the time was in the final weeks of his second spell at Chelsea, turned down the opportunity in the belief that he would be given time to turn around the Blues' poor run of results.FSG unveiled Klopp as the new Liverpool manager in October 2015, while Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea two months later.The revelation comes as something of a surprise given the deep rivalry Mourinho has cultivated with Liverpool over the years.The former Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss had a long-running feud with Rafael Benitez when the Spaniard was in charge of Liverpool, while his Chelsea team played a … [Read more...] about Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho ‘turned down’ chance to succeed Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool
Gary Neville has criticised the way Jose Mourinho set up his Manchester United team in the goalless draw against Liverpool, saying the visitors' approach was too timid.Jurgen Klopp's men dominated proceedings at Anfield but were left frustrated by United's defensive doggedness, as the much-hyped fixture ended goalless for the second season in a row.Neville said United showed more ambition in the first half than they did in this fixture last season, but admitted that the second-half performance was not good enough for a team with title aspirations."In the first half I thought that United, to be fair, were definitely different to a year ago, there was more intent," the former right-back told Sky Sports."The second half drifted back towards a year ago, I have to say, where Liverpool were the only team pressing."United's intent and quality in the second half were nowhere near good enough. They started to resign themselves to a draw."[Anthony] Martial, [Marcus] Rashford, [Romelu] Lukaku and … [Read more...] about Gary Neville critical of Manchester United’s overly defensive tactics against Liverpool
Considering that the primary criticism of Mesut Ozil is that he does not do enough to seize control of games, it is a cruel twist of fate that it was his error that swung this match away from Arsenal. Clean through on goal, with almost enough time to stop and brush the hair out of his eyes, Ozil had the most welcoming of opportunities to extend the lead given to his side by an unlikely Per Mertesacker header. He fluffed it, Heurelho Gomes saved, and barely a minute later Watford had equalised through a Troy Deeney penalty. Not long after that, the ball fell invitingly to Tom Cleverley and Arsenal had magicked three points into none. Such is life for Ozil at the moment. He had dominated the build-up to this match amid mounting speculation that he could be leaving the club in January and growing doubts over his importance to this Arsenal side. This was not the statement he was hoping or expecting to make, and Arsenal remain in the hunt for the first away win of their season. Arsene … [Read more...] about Watford 2 Arsenal 1: Troy Deeney strikes fear into Gunners as Mesut Ozil fluffs his lines again
If you feel that the old English Clasico should be played with a bit more ambition by Manchester United at Anfield, then Jose Mourinho has a clear message for you, and the message is that the problem lies with you, not the nine men he has massed on the edge of his own team’s area. Mourinho has a fair bit of a history at this stadium, not all of it good for him but none more poignant than the 2014 game featuring the famous Steven Gerrard slip, a fork in the road of English football when the home team were arguably denied the league title for which they have waited so long. On that occasion he is reputed to have shouted in triumph in the tunnel that Brendan Rodgers’ team had mistakenly expected his Chelsea side to be the “clowns” of the piece. In short, they had expected Chelsea, then in the first season of Mourinho’s second spell there, to turn up and play the open football that Liverpool needed them to in order that the home team might win. Mourinho, as if … [Read more...] about Liverpool 0 Man Utd 0: David de Gea the hero for United as Jose Mourinho parks the bus again
FOOTIE’S Brendan Rodgers was stunned after his wife’s ex killed himself. Steven Hind, 35 — whose former missus Charlotte Searle is now with the divorced Celtic manager, 44 — was found dead with a suicide note in a hotel room. He had been married 17 months to Charlotte, 35, before their bitter 2013 split. Tragic Steven killed himself after failing to come to terms with his marriage break-up, friends said. He was found dead after failing to arrive at the offices of the financial firm where he worked. Shocked hotel staff had called cops after discovering his body “slumped behind a door” alongside a suicide note on Friday. Ex Charlotte went on to wed Celtic boss Rodgers at a Scottish beauty spot in June this year. Pals said Steven tried to put on a brave face, but found things especially hard after Charlotte moved from Liverpool to Glasgow with the couple’s young daughter. One close friend said: “Steve thought he had the … [Read more...] about Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers left stunned after wife’s ex killed himself
FOOTIE’S Brendan Rodgers was stunned after his wife’s ex killed himself. Steven Hind, 35 — whose former missus Charlotte Searle is now with the divorced Celtic manager, 44 — was found dead with a suicide note in a hotel room. He had been married 17 months to Charlotte, 35, before their bitter 2013 split. Tragic Steven killed himself after failing to come to terms with his marriage break-up, friends said. He was found dead after failing to arrive at the offices of the financial firm where he worked. Shocked hotel staff had called cops after discovering his body “slumped behind a door” alongside a suicide note on Friday. Ex Charlotte went on to wed Celtic boss Rodgers at a Scottish beauty spot in June this year. Pals said Steven tried to put on a brave face, but found things especially hard after Charlotte moved from Liverpool to Glasgow with the couple’s young daughter. One close friend said: “Steve thought he had the … [Read more...] about Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers stunned after wife’s ex killed himself
Liverpool Simon Mignolet 7 He knew from the early stages his concentration levels would be tested as much as his reflexes. When called upon for the only time on 43 minutes, he produced an important save to deny Lukaku. Mostly unemployed. Joe Gomez 7 Preferred to Trent Alexander-Arnold, possibly for his greater physical presence. Anthony Martial had the pace to trick him, but Gomez stood his ground well and acquitted himself excellently. Improving every week. Gomez stays shoulder-to-shoulder with Martial Credit: Getty Images Joel Matip 6 Has escaped the same levels of criticism as his defensive partner but looked more aggressive than usual. He was close to giving Liverpool the lead with his clever shot, but – like The Kop - was cursing De Gea’s brilliance. Dejan Lovren 6 Most often in a duel with Lukaku. It threatened to be the defining contest of the afternoon and the Croatian seemed up for the fight. That said, there was an embarrassing … [Read more...] about Liverpool vs Man Utd player ratings: Who starred at Anfield and who flopped?
When you think of the elite strikers, they score important goals in important games. They score the winner in a tight, tetchy battle, or rescue a draw with a decisive, clinical finish when the pressure is on. When the stage is set, and the spotlight shines brightest, they seize the moment, they deliver the five-star performance when it is needed most. Romelu Lukaku did not do that against Liverpool. In United’s biggest game of the season so far, he disappeared, slid into the shadows and became a member of the supporting cast. There were periods in fact, when he was a spectator, a man with a great seat to watch a game played by others. If there has been a need to query Lukaku’s credentials in the past, it was his record against the best teams. The question has always been, is he just a bully, a plunder of goals against the weak, but too timid and meek against the big boys to be called one of the best in the world? For the first time as a United player, Lukaku did not have an … [Read more...] about Is Romelu Lukaku a flat track bully who is too timid in the big games?
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has made three changes for Saturday's lunch-time kick-off against Liverpool, dropping Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata from his starting line-up. Matteo Darmian and Anthony Martial come in for the pair, while Ander Herrera replaces the injured Marouane Fellaini in the centre of midfield as expected. Darmian is expected to play at left-back with Ashley Young, who has impressed in defence recently, moves into attacking midfield. show all Here we look at some memorable encounters on that ground between England's two most decorated clubs. … [Read more...] about Jose Mourinho makes surprise changes for Anfield trip
Jurgen Klopp, 50, is the manager of Premier League football club Liverpool.The boss, originally from Stuttgart, West Germany, gave a press conference yesterday claiming that he would quit as manager if he doubted Liverpool could beat Manchester United.The clubs are set to go head to head this afternoon, and kick off is at 12:30pm. The match will play on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event.Manchester United is headed up by Jose Mourinho, 54, from Portugal. How much are the rival managers each worth? Jurgen Klopp has meltdown on Liverpool touchline Sun, May 7, 2017 According to website Celebrity Net Worth, Jurgen Klopp has a net worth of $20 million, or £15m, and a salary of £4.5m.Jose … [Read more...] about Jurgen Klopp Liverpool FC boss net worth v Manchester United manger Jose Mourinho
Manchester United's first meeting with one of the Premier League's top six clubs comes at Anfield on Saturday when they face Liverpool. Jose Mourinho’s side have made an excellent start to the season, taking 19 points from a possible 21 and conceding just twice, but they will take nothing for granted on Merseyside. Marouane Fellaini has come on leaps and bounds under Mourinho but he is unavailable for Saturday’s trip having suffered a knee injury while on international duty with Belgium. David de Gea has kept a clean sheet in six of United’s opening seven matches and will start in goal at Anfield. Antonio Valencia scored with a terrific strike against Liverpool’s neighbours Everton last month and will be deployed at right-back. Eric Bailly was left on the bench for the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace last time out but is expected to return. Without Fellaini or Paul Pogba to call upon, Mourinho is expected to turn to Ander Herrera to play alongside … [Read more...] about How could Manchester United line up against Liverpool?
What is it? Watford welcome Arsenal to Vicarage Road as the Premier League returns following a two-week international break. Arsenal are on an unbeaten run of six wins in seven matches following the 4-0 defeat at Liverpool, while eighth-placed Watford have lost just one Premier League game all season. When is it? It's today, so Saturday October 14. What time is kick-off? 5:30pm. What TV channel is it on? Jake Humphrey will present BT Sport's live coverage of the match Credit: REX You can watch live coverage of Arsenal's trip to Vicarage Road on BT Sport 1, with coverage beginning from 5pm. What's the team news? Shkodran Mustafi tore a thigh muscle whilst on international duty Credit: Getty Images Arsenal are facing the prospect of a defensive crisis this Saturday, with Laurent Koscielny not back in full training and Shkodran Mustafi likely to miss an extended period with a suspected thigh tear. The good news … [Read more...] about Watford vs Arsenal, Premier League – news, injuries and suspensions
What is it? Arguably the biggest game of the year. It's Liverpool vs Manchester United at Anfield. When is it? It is today, so Saturday, October 14. What time is kick-off? It's the early game, so a 12.30pm start. What TV channel is it on? Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League from 11.30am. What does the Premier League table look like? What is the team news? Liverpool Sadio Mane is out for six weeks with a hamstring injury sustained during the international break while Dejan Lovren continues to struggle with injury and remains a doubt. Ragnar Klavan is on standby to step in and partner Joel Matip at the back. Adam Lallana, Adam Bogan and Nathaniel Clyne are all still injured. Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold are in competition to start at right-back with Clyne sidelined. Man Utd Marouane Fellaini picked up a knee injury during the international break with Belgium and will be sidelined for three weeks. Paul Pogba is still out with … [Read more...] about Liverpool vs Manchester United team news, injuries and suspensions
Jurgen Klopp has brushed off Barcelona's attempt to unsettle Philippe Coutinho suggesting that Barcelona have other problems to deal with at the moment rather than thinking of their dealings during the January transfer window.The German coach was referring to the ongoing referendum where Catalonia is demanding independence from Spain.Barcelona failed with a move for the Brazilian midfielder during the summer transfer window despite making multiple bids and the player himself putting in a transfer request. Liverpool stood firm on their stance that Coutinho was not for sale and he has since been integrated back into the first-team.The Catalan club have not given up hope on taking the Reds midfielder to the Camp Nou and have again openly declared their intention of making a move when the transfer market opens again in January.Klopp, however, ignored their comments stating that he is not thinking about the January window at the moment and even if players change in the future it is out of … [Read more...] about Jurgen Klopp brushes off talks about Barcelona planning a move for Philippe Coutinho in January
Liverpool legend Phil Thompson is "very confident" Jurgen Klopp's side will seal three points when Manchester United visit Anfield on 14 October and has also backed the Reds to keep a clean sheet.The Merseyside club have the third worst defensive record in the Premier League after seven matches, after Crystal Palace and West Ham United. Liverpool have managed only one win in the last seven matches in all competitions.A 2-0 defeat to Leicester City in the Carabao Cup saw Liverpool crash out of the competition. However, the former Borussia Dortmund manager boasts an impressive record against the top six clubs in the league at Anfield.Liverpool's record against the big clubs under Klopp's reign is why the ex-England international centre-back has backed his former club to beat Jose Mourinho's side on Saturday."I'm very confident - it's what we [Liverpool] do. Liverpool turn up in the big games. It's going to be an absolute battle but if you look at a lot of our players, they raise their … [Read more...] about Liverpool legend Phil Thompson backs Jurgen Klopp’s side to beat Manchester United and keep clean sheet
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he would walk away from Anfield if he did not think it possible to win the Premier League during his reign. Klopp’s side head into Saturday’s meeting with Manchester United already playing catch-up in the title race and their 27-year wait to win the league threatening to extend. But the German coach is adamant gradual improvement can yield the ultimate reward as he sought to eradicate the grim mood after his side dropped so many points in their first seven games. “In the moment when I think we cannot be successful, and there is only consolation, I go,” said Klopp. “Why should I be here as some kind of caretaker until the world creates a manager who can be more successful? That makes no sense. I am really convinced. Other managers have different ways to do it, other clubs have different ways to do it. We have our way. I don’t think I am the perfect manager, I only think I am the perfect fit for this club. And I feel … [Read more...] about Jurgen Klopp: I’d quit Liverpool if I thought we couldn’t win the title