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Jurgen Klopp slams Liverpool stars for Newcastle draw with brutal Champions League warning

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Jurgen Klopp was visibly frustrated with his Liverpool players after they threw away victory at the death for a second successive Premier League match, drawing 1-1 with Newcastle at Anfield on Saturday afternoon. Joe Willock’s 95th minute equaliser off of the bench dealt a major body blow to the Reds’ hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League, leaving them sat sixth, and Klopp warned: “We learn or we don’t play Champions League.”

Mohamed Salah put Liverpool 1-0 up inside just three minutes with a terrific finish on the turn, but from then on the hosts could not take advantage of Newcastle’s openness at the back.

Liverpool wasted a succession of clear-cut opportunities despite all of their four main forwards – Salah, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino – being on the pitch from the start.

The quartet had 16 of Liverpool’s 22 shots at goal, compared to Newcastle’s seven as an entire team, but they could not help add to Salah’s early opener despite their countless openings. 

And they were made to pay as the Magpies overcame the disappointment of having a late Callum Wilson goal ruled out by VAR for an accidental handball with the on-loan Arsenal midfielder Willock proving the hero yet again for Steve Bruce.

Just minutes after Wilson’s goal was ruled out, Willock latched on to a Dwight Gayle flick-on to fire a deflected effort beyond Alisson as Newcastle secured a second draw of the season against Liverpool.

That meant the soon-to-be-dethroned English champions gave up three points late on for the second straight match, having also drawn 1-1 against Leeds on Monday.

And they also waste an excellent chance to move at least temporarily into fourth spot and put pressure on top-four rivals Chelsea and West Ham. 

Klopp admitted to BT Sport post-match: “If you deserve it, you deserve it. I didn’t see that we deserved to play Champions League next year. Another five games, we will see what we can do.

“Until then there’s a few days until we play Man United, will be a tough one as well. We learn or we don’t play Champions League. That’s it.”

He added: “Definitely [it feels like a defeat]. I don’t think you can create much more chances, better chances, than we did today and we don’t finish the game off. We score a wonderful goal and didn’t finish the game off.

“We didn’t play enough. It was not complicated, with a few passes we came always through [the Newcastle lines], we just had to do that again and again. They had from time to time a counter-attack, that can happen.

“We had to keep going and playing and keeping the ball, let them run. These kind of things. But we kept them alive. They of course deserved the goal.

“They scored two minutes before or whatever and that was unlucky for Wilson. It was handball with how we now use the rules. We don’t even take this present. It doesn’t happen a lot that we get lucky with VAR this season. 

“Today we were and we gave it away and that just makes no sense. It’s then really tough to take.”

Liverpool had more shots on target against Newcastle than they mustered in their 7-0 Selhurst Park win over Crystal Palace back in December.

There was a sense of inevitability to the visitors’ late leveller as Liverpool creaked under the pressure.

And Klopp added: “Why it happened? I don’t know. How it looked, I saw. We just have to keep the ball.

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“In a specific way, we don’t fight enough. We fight to get the ball back and stuff like this. But to keep ourselves in a position where you dominate the game, which was possible [we didn’t].

“We had 70 per cent of the ball and should have had 80 per cent. There were moments when Newcastle had a counter-attack and we needed the goalie and we had to defend it, that’s all fine if they get something in that.

“We create a lot of chances and didn’t score, we have to create more and then use them. We scored with the first and then not with the second or the third and it has this kind of impact, ‘Oh my god if only it dropped here’ instead of going [again to try and score].

“Who cares? A missed chance is just information, nothing else. We don’t do that [bounce back after missing chances] well in the moment, I have to say. That’s why I say in the end it’s deserved.

“You look at the stats and think, ‘How can that happen?’ But it happened, we saw it. They fought for it, they got it. We got nothing pretty much, we got a point but it feels like a defeat.”

Liverpool, who take on Manchester United at Old Trafford next up, are one point behind both Chelsea and West Ham, who take each other on at the London Stadium tonight (5.30pm kick-off).

The Merseyside club also face Southampton, relegation-battling duo West Brom and Burnley and then Crystal Palace in their run-in between now and May 23.

Jurgen Klopp and Gary Neville tempers boil over in heated row over European Super League

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Gary Neville have started a slanging match following the announcement of a European Super League. Liverpool are founding members of the breakaway league which was announced officially late on Sunday night. Manchester United legend Neville has given strong criticism against both his former side, as well as Liverpool and the other English clubs involved, in the last 24 hours.
Neville questioned Liverpool’s ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ motto following the decision to sign up for the league.

But Klopp hit back at the Sky Sports pundit after the 1-1 draw with Leeds at Elland Road, saying he should not be allowed to talk about the club’s anthem.

“I take the criticism for everything,” Klopp said.

“I take it if we don’t play well, I feel responsible for these kinds of things and the players feel the same.

“He talks about hotseat, I had a 25 year career at Manchester United, 11 years at Sky and I worked hard for that. I’ve not been handed it, I’ve not gone where the most money is, I didn’t have choices.

“Sir Alex Ferguson didn’t say every year, ‘Gary do you want to stay here?’ So I have no idea what he’s going on about.

“I employ 600 people in the city, I tried to look after them through a pandemic, is that not a hot enough seat for him?

“He’s done a great job at Liverpool, I’ve got no problem with Jurgen Klopp, I loved his team.

“But the fact of the matter is he’s spiky, he’s been let down by his owners, his owners have thrown him under a bus.

“To be fair, we’re on the same page, we’re actually on the same team, but the fact of the matter his he can’t say what he wants to say and I can, and I accept that.

“The Jurgen Klopp we know, you know and the Liverpool fans know, he hates every single little thing about this more than I do, more than you do, because it goes against every little thing he believes in.

“He’s been let down by his owners and so have those players at Liverpool.”

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Liverpool's Champions League failure shows Roberto Firmino isn't Jurgen Klopp's only issue

Lining up against usual-midfielder Federico Valverde at right-back, Mane barely sprung a threat on a night when his side needed him most.

The reigning joint-Golden Boot winner showed glimpses of his former self in the first half, setting up a golden chance after just two minutes that was put straight at Thibaut Courtois by Salah.

But as the game wore on and it became more and important for him to deliver, Mane grew more and more disappointing.

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp sets squad top four challenge and hints at transfer problems

And the Reds were going to need all three of them to be at the top of their game to break down Zinedine Zidane’s side.

From the off, it was clear that Real were happy to sit back and soak up the pressure to try and counter at any given moment.

But Liverpool nearly – and should have – got off to the perfect start when the ball dropped kindly to Salah on the edge of the box inside three minutes only for the Egyptian to send a tame effort into the gloves of Thibaut Courtois.

The intensity was there for Liverpool as their midfield three and attacking players all closed down quickly to try and win the ball back.

And it helped create a number of opportunities for Liverpool to break the deadlock with James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum also coming close in the opening 45 minutes.

They ultimately wasted their opportunities before running out of steam in the second half.

Klopp rung the changes after the hour mark with Diogo Jota, Thiago Alcantara, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all being brought on to try and inspire some change.

But Liverpool ran out of ideas with Real’s defence standing strong with Klopp’s side crashing out of the Champions League.

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp details dressing room anger after Aston Villa win

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has opened up after his side’s 2-1 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday. The Reds went into the game looking to boost their chances of securing Champions League football for next season. And they did just that, scoring in the closing stages to take all three points.
Liverpool fell behind against Aston Villa, with Ollie Watkins opening the scoring in the 43rd minute.

The England international, who recently scored on his Three Lions debut against San Marino, struck a low effort that snuck under the body of Alisson Becker.

Liverpool had a goal from Roberto Firmino chalked off for offside as they hunted a crucial equaliser.

But they levelled through Mohamed Salah, with the Egypt international then sparking a terrific turnaround.

And, in the closing stages of the game, they took all three points through Trent Alexander-Arnold to spark jubilant celebrations on the touchline.

It was a massive result for Liverpool, who are set to relinquish their Premier League title to Manchester City.

And, speaking after the game, Klopp admitted his players were far from happy in the dressing room at half time – while also hailing Alexander-Arnold for his winner.

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“We dominated the game but we made one mistake and concede a goal,” he said.

“Then we score the equaliser but it’s ruled out for offside. At half-time it wasn’t the best mood, you can imagine but the words were OK.

“I didn’t have to lift them too much, they knew if we continue to play like we did we would create chances again. We dealt with their game really good. It was massive, it felt massive to win. A real relief.

“We were there, we defended well, we were constantly in the creating mood without having 20 clear-cut chances. We needed that win today, these three points feel big.

“We can stop that chat about Trent, everyone agrees that he is an outstanding player. It’s Gareth Southgate’s decision what he does for the squad but we don’t have to talk about it every week. We don’t have to justify the players’ status every week.

“We have to put the other teams under pressure. Everyone knows that when we get on a run we are dangerous.”

Contrastingly, Villa boss Dean Smith was disappointed – saying his side deserves at least a point.

“We deserved a point, we were better in the second half after not being great. But we lost the second half 2-0, football does that to you sometimes,” he said.

“We had a lapse in concentration, we had some good opportunities and didn’t have that final pass in the final third.

“We’ve come to Liverpool, knew how they would play and how determined they were to put things right at Anfield but it’s disapopinting to concede so late.

“Ollie Watkins played well again, he’s got four goals against the champions but we leave with nothing.

“Douglas Luiz’s English isn’t the best. The doctor thought he said he had double vision but when he came off the translator came down and cleared it up and he was ok to carry on.”

Liverpool goalscorer Salah was relieved at the final whistle, saying: “Finally! It was a great game, tough game but we won the game and that was the most important thing.

“We have lost a couple of games here and mentally it was like ‘oh no, not again’ but we did a good job second-half.

“It’s hard not to win at Anfield for a couple of games, we also missed a couple of chances in the first half and we were thinking ‘not again’ but the second half we managed to play good.

“It’s really important to win. I think there are only seven games left? So it’s really important. We want to play Champions League next year but we just need to focus on each game and try and win them all and hopefully, we can be in that fourth place.”

James Milner added: “I think many things but it was important to win, it was an important performance- it wasn’t our best by any means. Decision seemed to go against us but that’s the way it is. We have to stick it out and find a way.

“Aston Villa are a good team, we know that from the first game. They have got good players, they are well organised and they are tough to beat – so it’s important that we got that win.

“It’s nice to be in and around the Champions League spots but the most important thing is we concentrate on ourselves and try and get back to that consistent level. We need to take it in and keep improving and keep moving forward as a team.”

Sitting in the Sky Sports studio, Graeme Souness praised Liverpool – though insisting they ‘huffed and puffed’ their way to victory.

“They did huff and puff at times,” he said.

“It was an effort for them. It wasn’t the silky free-flowing stuff we’re used to seeing from them. A staggering fact that Liverpool hadn’t won in Anfield in 2021.

“They’ve got away with it today, a great strike from Trent Alexander-Arnold – who didn’t have the best of games – great finish.

“Wicked right foot. What he’s doing in that position you’ll have to ask him.”

On the winning goal from Alexander-Arnold, he added: “He gets himself in midfield, here. He thinks ‘wait a minute, I’m out of position’. He has to look back, ‘should I go back? No I’m on here’.

“You think the chance is gone, this is why he ends up at left-back. Ends up with Trent here, ball out of his feet and that is a great strike.

“He’s got a ridiculously good right foot. Whips it with pace, around players and the goalkeeper can’t see much of the ball.”

Jurgen Klopp hits out at Liverpool stars over Real Madrid loss despite Mo Salah 'lifeline'

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted his side didn’t deserve anything more and simply “didn’t play good enough football” after Real Madrid left them with it all to do in their Champions League quarter-final tie. The Spanish heavyweights were 3-1 first-leg winners in Madrid on Tuesday night courtesy of a Vinicius Junior brace but Klopp felt his side made it “too easy” for their hosts.
Liverpool came into the clash with confidence after a 3-0 dismantling of Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday but were dire against their savvy opposition here and have given themselves a massive task in the return leg at Anfield, where they haven’t won across all competitions in 2021.

Naby Keita, who came in for Thiago Alcantara, was withdrawn after just 42 minutes with Liverpool as an entire team thoroughly second-best in the Spanish capital in the first half.

Vinicius and Marco Asensio were both on the scoresheet before Mohamed Salah reduced the arrears early into the second half with what was Liverpool’s only shot on target all night.

But 20-year-old Brazilian Vinicius scored his second of the evening with 25 minutes to play as the La Liga giants, who face Barcelona in the Clasico this weekend, earned a thoroughly-deserved advantage to take to England next week.

Liverpool must win 2-0 or score four times if Real Madrid net once at Anfield if they are to progress to the semi-finals, where they would take on either Chelsea or Porto.

And Klopp told BT Sport: “If you want to go to the semi-finals you have to earn the right to do so. We didn’t do that tonight, especially in the first half.

“The only good thing I can say about the game apart from the goal we scored is that it’s only the first half of the leg. We just didn’t play good enough football tonight to cause Real Madrid problems.

“I really thought that would’ve been possible but now we have to show it in the next game. We cannot show it anymore tonight. We made it too easy for them, that’s the main thing.

“The goals in the end, they were the quick-thinking of Real Madrid and we were a little bit late. These mistakes can happen. 

“I wasn’t happy with the way we played football when we were in possession. We had to play better football. We didn’t deserve a lot more tonight. The goal we scored in the second half was OK and gives us a lifeline.

“Intensity with the ball especially [we need more of in the second leg]. You can’t defend the speed of Real Madrid when you give them the ball in the wrong moments.

“If you lose the ball and you lose it in the right moments, you are in formation, you play counter-press, can win the ball back.

“We lost the ball in the wrong moments with so many easy passes. We passed the ball to their feet. Then you have these really quick and world-class players in one-on-one situations.

“That is not good. We have to be in possession much better and defensively as well. It’s not about the last line, it’s about what we do in front of that.”

He added of the decision to withdraw Keita before half-time: “I know it’s now a big story and I don’t like it. But Naby wasn’t in the game. He wasn’t the only one but we need him in the game playing football.

“It was tactical. I could have done a few more changes in that moment. Thank God I didn’t! It’s just that.”

Liverpool’s captain on the night Gini Wijnaldum reflected to BT Sport: “It was difficult. I think because we played against a good side and the way we did it in the first half was not good.

“When we recovered the ball we lost it too quick with simple passes. I think that was the reason why we couldn’t come into our game.

“What we did at the weekend quite well, we recovered the ball when we counter pressed and when we had the ball we played good football.

“We didn’t do that in the first half, we lost the ball too easily and I think two moments where we were not concentrating enough, they scored.
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“It was difficult in the first half. We were not concentrating enough, not sharp enough. I think it was a long ball and we didn’t stand well at the back and that’s why it happened, what happened for the second goal.

“We just said [at half time that] in the second half we have to play our football, don’t lose the ball too easily and concentrate more than in the first half.

“We had to stand better at the back, because they were a few times dangerous with the long balls, and also in the second half, I have to say.

“Just play our own game. I think that’s why we scored our goal, but unfortunately they scored again but it makes it more difficult than when it’s 2-1.

“It gives us confidence, of course. Of course we hoped for a better result now but we have to hang on the good things and that’s the away goal.

“Now we just have to make sure we score two to win and don’t concede an away goal.”

Liverpool take on Aston Villa at Anfield in the league on Saturday (3pm) before their return leg against Real Madrid next Wednesday (8pm). 

Jurgen Klopp in Fabinho hint as Liverpool boss elated by RB Leipzig Champions League win

Jurgen Klopp has teased his intention to start Fabinho in the No 6 role between now and the end of the season after the Brazilian’s presence proved vital in helping Liverpool into the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Wednesday night.
A repeat of the first leg, Mohamed Salah opening the scoring with Sadio Mane making it 2-0 within the next five minutes, saw Liverpool book their spot in the last eight.

They had entered the second leg against their Bundesliga opponents short on confidence as a result of a run in the Premier League that has seen them lose six straight Anfield games.

But they carved through Leipzig and might have scored six or seven against the Germans were they more clinical in both halves.

Julian Nagelsmann’s men only gave Alisson one real save to make all match although Alexander Sorloth hit the crossbar with a header after coming off the bench.

And Klopp saluted the performance of Fabinho in holding midfield as the Brazilian returned to his favoured role for the first time since October 17, having spent all of his appearances since then at centre-back.

Liverpool were far more solid defensively in Budapest’s Puskas Arena as a result of having Fabinho in front of their back-line here while Nat Phillips and Ozan Kabak also impressed.

That steeliness helped Liverpool to book their spot in next Friday’s last eight draw, with Paris Saint-Germain, Porto and Borussia Dortmund all also guaranteed to be in the pot.

Klopp told BT Sport of Fabinho: “I told him on the way downstairs, ‘You like the position six more then?’ He said, ‘Yeah.’ He couldn’t show it more clear!

“We all want Fab on the six. Tonight he played there and the two centre-halves played an incredible game, to be honest. The whole last line played a really good game.

“We had to press them. We defended deep really well, not only in Champions League but especially. Everybody had a really good game.

“The three in midfield worked really well together. Three up front. Diogo [Jota] as long as he could. It was a sensible decision to not let play him 90.

“The boys who came on, Naby especially was good, Milly [James Milner] was good.”

The German coach added of his side’s bright performance: “Yeah good. Created a lot of chances. That’s us – first half a lot of chances but didn’t score.

They have only won back-to-back league matches once since Christmas having fallen out of title contention and with their top-four hopes hanging by a thread.

And Klopp admits his side cannot afford to wallow and must use the confidence gained of their European progress to rediscover winning momentum domestically too.

“We have to [use this],” he said. “Last time we played in the Champions League it was a long trip. We arrive tomorrow 5 o’clock or so.

“We play only on Monday so that’s OK. We have to make ourselves ready.

“If we play like tonight it will be not easy for Wolves. We want to win football games. We feel it, the first time in a while, and it makes a massive difference.”

Liverpool's Leipzig Champions League win shows Jurgen Klopp has new undroppable warrior

“Really enjoyed the Bolton Baresi tonight,” was one Twitter verdict. “The dinosaurs could’ve used him to head the asteroid away,” was another. Liverpool fans, it seems, quite like Nat Phillips. And for good reason too. In a season where the Reds have been decimated by injuries defensively, the 23-year-old has emerged as an unlikely yet dependable hero for Jurgen Klopp, and he shone again inside Budapest’s Puskas Arena on Wednesday night.
Phillips has only made 10 senior appearances for Liverpool this season and his performance in the 2-0 win over RB Leipzig, which sealed a 4-0 aggregate win and the club’s place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, was typical of the battling centre-half.

It’s funny to think he was headed to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte five years ago, but rather than board a flight to the United States, the former Bolton Wanderers youngster signed with Liverpool instead.

Liverpool, and Klopp, are benefitting from that decision now with Phillips having been consistently reliable since his Premier League debut in the Anfield win over West Ham at the end of October.

While Liverpool have proven more vulnerable this season in the absence of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, the old-school-style academy graduate has only ever been solid for the Premier League champions.

“Oh my god! What a boy he is, what a player he is, what a night it is for him!” said Klopp in Hungary after the second-leg win over Leipzig. “That’s absolutely great. The concentration levels he shows me week-in, week-out since he’s playing for us is incredible.

“He’s doing the right things in the right moments. In the air he’s a monster and you could see it today, he’s football-wise he’s not bad. Really good. I couldn’t be happier for somebody than I am for Nate in this moment.

“It was a great game and not many get the honour to play a Champions League game. He has that now and he played a really good one and he won it. He has qualified for the last eight and that’s really special.

“A few years ago nobody would have thought that and I’m really happy he can experience that now.”

As “not bad” on the ground goes, Phillips is genuinely proving to be a real asset. In fact, right now, he’s actually now undroppable for Liverpool between now and the end of the season.

Though he’s technically limited on the ball, as Klopp alludes to, the Englishman is a real warrior at the back and throws himself at absolutely everything in the air. He’d rise to meet a double decker bus if you crossed one into the box.

Alongside the on-loan Ozan Kabak, Phillips was simple but effective and neither he or the Turk took risks but defended with grit and determination and made a combined four tackles, two interceptions, seven clearances and one block.

The Schalke defender’s superior abilities in possession mean he and Phillips form a combination of complementing styles, while having Fabinho in front of them in defensive midfield gives them an extra layer of security.
Against Leipzig, Thiago Alcantara was much improved while Gini Wijnaldum also fared well, with the presence of the Brazilian holding midfielder massive for the entire spine of the side.

Phillips was also solid against Sheffield United and Fulham, even though Liverpool lost the latter as their losing streak at Anfield stretched to a sixth game.

Against the Cottagers, the No 47 – who missed last Thursday’s defeat to Chelsea – was noticed wiping blood from his bandaged head, having also worn black dressing in Leipzig which Rio Ferdinand joked made it appear as if he was wearing a durag.

Add ‘Durag Nat’ to the ever-increasing list of affectionate nicknames for the Bolton-born centre-half, then.

Phillips is out of contract in the summer but while his minutes will decrease next season if he pens a new deal, he is a valuable and reliable fourth or fifth choice option to have and is proving he should at least be offered an extended contract.

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At the very worst, Phillips – whether he leaves this summer or in a few years – has proven he could start week-in, week-out at Championship level or maybe even for a defensive-minded top-flight team, one setting up in the way Burnley do.

In the mean-time, the defender is making himself invaluable to Klopp. Liverpool need him and Kabak to stay fit to allow Fabinho start their remaining league and European matches in midfield.

Maybe, just maybe, if they can keep that spine then it’s not impossible that their season might have a happy conclusion after all.

Manchester United legend Ferdinand said on BT Sport post-match: “With that defence… if Van Dijk and Gomez ain’t there they don’t win the Champions League, for me, at all.”

Phillips has relished the challenge of starting matches for Liverpool at the highest level this season. He’ll be given a blank cheque if he can continue to plug the gaps and put Klopp’s side in contention for European Cup No 7.

Football clubs urged to take action after fans use ‘abhorrent’ domestic abuse image in meme mocking Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

A survivor of domestic abuse has spoken of her ordeal after a photo of her was used in a “beaten at home throughout lockdown” social media post which appeared designed to poke fun at Liverpool’s recent woes.

Sick fans created and shared a photograph showing a victim of domestic abuse alongside Reds manager Klopp, accompanied by the “beaten at home” caption.

The tasteless joke came days after the English Premier League champions suffered their sixth successive home defeat of the Premier League campaign against Fulham on Sunday.

Katie Walker, whose photo was used in the social media post, said the episode had been “extremely traumatic” for her, while Merseyside Police condemned those who created and shared the images for “making fun” of “abhorrent abuse“.

It is just a picture to these people sharing it but to us it is our lives. It is extremely traumatic,” said Liverpudlian Walker.

To see that it is being made a joke of in the name of football has brought back all those feelings of shame and anxiety.”

Walker, who is the founder of the ‘Katie Cares’ charity which assists survivors of domestic abuse, also called on football clubs to publicly condemn the “sickening” but widely-shared post.

Amna Abdullatif, on behalf of charity Women’s Aid, said that similar social media posts served little purpose other than “empower[ing] abusers while simultaneously disempowering victims“.

Jokes or banter about domestic abuse and other forms of violence highlight a toxic culture where abuse of women is tolerated,” she added. “It also sadly conflates domestic violence with football fans.”
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Abdullatif went on to say that high-profile incidents of cruel joking can often dissuade women suffering domestic abuse to come forward and report their abuser, explaining that they “do so against a difficult backdrop.” “Using images of abused women creates more hurdles for those abused not to report abusers,”  she pointed out.

Assistant Chief Constable Ian Critchley, of the police force, confirmed that no criminal offence had been committed by those who created or shared the image.

Critchley did, however, say that he found it to be “hugely disrespectful and upsetting to anyone who has suffered domestic abuse“.

Echoing the description of the abuse as abhorrent, he warned people that the stunt was “demeaning and unhelpful”. “I urge people to think twice before sharing such an image,” he concluded.
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp responds to Germany job links with Joachim Low set to leave

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klppp has flat out denied any suggestions he would be interested in taking over as head coach of the Germany national team. Joachim Low is set to leave the role after the upcoming European championships.
Klopp is apparently one of the German Football Federation’s top targets for the role, which will become vacant this summer.

However, the Reds boss has no interest in leaving Liverpool any time soon, despite recent struggles.

Speaking at his Tuesday press conference, Klopp insisted he wouldn’t consider the role, and wanted to rule himself out.

Instead, he insisted that “someone else” will take the role, while crediting the number of quality German managers out there. 

“Maybe you should ask the question differently,” Klopp said when asked about the role. 

“If I am available for the coach of the German national team in the summer? Nope. After the summer, no.

“Joachim Lowe did an incredible job for so many years, the longest servant we had in this country.

“I understand he wants to have this highlight as a European championship.

“Someone else will do the job.

“I am sure with a lot of really good German managers at the moment that they’ll find a solution.”

Klopp is under contract at Liverpool until 2024, and insisted he wants to honour that deal.

He added that despite speculation linking him with an exit, he has no intention of walking out on the team he took to Champions League and Premier League glory.

He said: “Please excuse me that I won’t answer this question in detail because we have an important game tomorrow and frankly, I don’t care who will be the national coach.

“So I don’t want to answer the question. Jurgen Klopp, of course, he’s an exceptional coach.

“I think that Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp are content with their partnership.

“So I don’t know if it’s a good question, you should ask that to Jurgen.

“I think the DFB has huge personnel and they will think about this question; I’m not part of this stuff at DFB so it’s not up to me to answer the question.”