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Jurgen Klopp could have role to play in Arsenal’s transfer pursuit of Manuel Locatelli

In a recent interview with sportske.net, Grujic hinted at a move away, saying: “I will soon join Liverpool’s preparations, to do that basic part, so we’ll see the next step.

“We’ll see which club I’m going to play for, I don’t know at the moment.”

The midfielder has also been linked with a permanent switch to Porto, where he spent last season on loan.

According to the Liverpool Echo, the Reds want around £20m for Grujic.

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Jordan Henderson backs England youth to overawe Germany and upset Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp

An England-Germany match-up stirs a huge pot of emotions – including a justifiable worry of history repeating itself – but the carefree kids in Gareth Southgate‘s squad will carry in a ‘no fear’ approach. Whether such a breezy outlook will survive all the way until kick-off we will see – the rivalry and the stakes make Tuesday’s Wembley clash a mountain of a game – but four days out all the young guns are feeling is excitement.

There is an inherent danger for the second-youngest squad in the Euros knockout stages that Germany’s greater experience – they had five thirty-somethings on the pitch against Hungary on Wednesday night – could be a disadvantage in such a high pressure game.

But England are banking on their youthful brio being a trump card.

“We’ve got quite a young squad but I think that can be a positive thing,” insisted Jordan Henderson, one of England’s old stagers at 31.

“A lot of these lads just go out, enjoy the game and play with no fear and that’s what they need to do again on Tuesday – go and show everybody how good they are and use the emotion and passion in the right way to give them energy for the game because that can be the difference.

“As an experienced player I can help with that and make sure we’re in the right frame of mind going into the game.

“A lot of the lads have played in huge games already – Champions League finals, cup finals, big games for England. They’re used to big games even though they’re young and I’m sure they’re looking forward to this one.”

For Henderson, the clash of rival nations is personal as well. The Liverpool captain had his German club manager Jurgen Klopp on minutes after the group stages were completed.

“As soon as the final whistle went he just sent a smiley face emoji,” said Henderson.

It is a fixture with so much baggage attached.

While the age profile of Gareth Southgate’s players renders their manager’s penalty miss at Euro ’96 and the parallel heartbreak of Italia ’90 a sepia irrelevance, they are very much alive to the fact that spot-kicks could again play their part.

England are honing their shoot-out skills just in case.

“I don’t want to go into too much detail. I can’t tell you too much. But the process is like you would do in a game,” said Henderson, who missed England’s last penalty in their final warm-up game against Romania.

Raheem Sterling is meanwhile eyeing a career-defining triumph at the Euros after his goals fired England into the last 16.

The Manchester City striker has won three Premier Leagues, an FA Cup and four Carabao Cups in his trophy-laden club career but views a major international tournament as the ultimate.

“I think winning something with the national team, England, would definitely be the greatest achievement that I can possibly do. I mean, not me but the team can possibly achieve,” said Sterling.

“I feel like you win stuff with your clubs and you know it’s a great achievement but this is on a bigger scale.

“You’re representing a nation, a country, so to achieve something with England it would be the biggest thing to happen in my footballing career.

“We need now to go against Germany and we need a big performance. If we’re going to win this tournament, if you’re going to be in with a shout, you’ve got to put in these big performances against the big sides and that’s what we’ll be looking to do on Tuesday.”

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Liverpool sweat on Olivier Giroud transfer so Jurgen Klopp can land key target

A whole host of clubs are monitoring the situation of the 21-year-old and Gazzetta dello Sport have claimed that Liverpool could be in mind as his agents ‘held talks’ with the club last month.

Should Milan miss out on signing Giroud, it is understood that they will then turn their attention to the Serbian attacker and will rival the Reds for his signature.

Vlahovic agreed a five-year preliminary contract with Fiorentina when he was playing for Serbian outfit Partizan in 2017 and made his debut for the club in September 2018.

The 2020/21 season has been his breakthrough year: only Luis Muriel, Romelu Lukaku and Cristiano Ronaldo scored more goals in the Italian top-flight than the youngster this campaign.

He also managed to provide three assists for his teammates and boasted a goal conversion rate of 29 per cent in Serie A.

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Jurgen Klopp makes Chelsea and Leicester admission after Liverpool secure Champions League

“Perfect. It was windy like crazy. It’s not good for football,” Klopp said.

“We found a way into the game, scored a great goal. Do you take more risk, or control even more? The second goal was so helpful. I didn’t know about other matches.

“I’m so proud of what they’ve done the last 10 or 15 hgames and the reaction of the team in bad times. Eight wins out of 10, two draws, that’s impressive.

“Energy makes all the difference and we got a lot of energy from outside (the fans).

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp calls on his players to produce in ‘final’ with Crystal Palace

“You cannot not give no away chances against Burnley, because of the physicality and the way they play. Each set piece is an incredible challenge for us, for our centre-halfs. The boys did outstandingly well.

“It was a big chance when Bobby scored, it was good football, but we had before that two massive chances that we didn’t use. But we scored that one, Nat with the header and Oxlade with a nice little football skill – a nice little reminder for him, to show how good he is.

“We have to make sure that we recover extremely quickly. Obviously we have a thin squad, especially in some positions.

“We just have to wrap them, more or less in cotton wool. And make sure that on Sunday we are ready again. We get now the support of 10,000 people at Anfield. I can’t wait actually, but I am happy that it is not tomorrow so we have a few more days. But nothing is decided.

“Crystal Palace are strong – Christian Benteke scored again today, Zaha, Ayew, Batshuayi, Towsend – you have to be really on top, it’s Premier League, rightly so. Let’s give it a proper try.”

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Liverpool injury crisis set to roll into next season as Klopp makes transfer declaration

However, even if the Reds break into the top four, Klopp has declared that it does not mean he will go on a wild spending spree with the extra funds.

“What happens in one season always has an impact on the next season,” the German coach added. “Success-wise and money-wise, that is clear.

“So we try to be prepared for pretty much everything from a scouting and coaching point of view.

“Qualifying for the Champions League is always our main target because it’s so really important to the club.

“But if we don’t qualify then we won’t suddenly stop playing – and we will not buy eight players if we do qualify.

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp delivers verdict of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Man Utd reign

Jurgen Klopp thinks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was only handed the Manchester United reigns because he is a former player – and not because of his managerial CV. Solskjaer succeeded Jose Mourinho as interim boss in December 2018 before he was handed the job on a permanent basis.
The Norwegian boss has helped to turn the club around and they are now second in the Premier League and have one foot in the Europa League final.

United are surprisingly 13 points ahead of defending Premier League champions Liverpool heading into their showdown this afternoon (4.30pm).

And Klopp reckons his opposite number has only been given the opportunity because of his 11-year glittering playing career at Old Trafford.

“I think it is clear that if Ole wouldn’t have had that history as a player, a very successful history, at United then probably not many people at United would have thought about him,” Klopp said.

“But because he did a brilliant job at Molde and has a Manchester history I think that was the idea and no-one knew how it would work.

“But it worked out absolutely sensationally from the beginning, then with a little dip and now they look good.

“Of course, he deserves credit for that, together with his coaches because it’s always a team effort, but they do really well and I am happy for him.

“Even when he coaches a club I don’t think too often about I am really happy for a fellow manager who does really well and that’s what he’s done.”

Klopp is impressed with the job Solskjaer has done in trying to return the 13-time Premier League champions to their former heights.

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And his opinion was proved right when he tuned in to watch United’s 6-2 demolition of Roma in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final on Thursday.

“On Thursday night I watched the Roma game and watched the half-time talks because I had nothing else to do,” Klopp explained.

“And when the teams came out all the pundits and everybody was really flabbergasted that Ole didn’t change his team.

“Then they scored five goals. So yes – it is nice to see that the quality of a manager is more important than the experience you have.

“Because If you have to have 50 Champions League games as a manager before you can take a job like Manchester United then it would be really tricky to find one because there are not many coaches out there with that experience.”

If Liverpool can beat United at Old Trafford then it will end the hosts’ faint hope of winning the title as Manchester City will be crowned champions.

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Harry Wilson sends message to Jurgen Klopp after stunning hat-trick for Cardiff

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Harry Wilson insists he is “good enough” to play for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side after bagging a hat-trick for Cardiff.

The Welshman was forced to leave Anfield once again in the summer as he sought regular football.

Wilson spent last season playing in the top flight with Bournemouth having impressed in the Championship with Derby the year prior to that.

The 24-year-old was forced to drop into the second tier once more but is in no doubt he would make a difference if he was given a chance with the Reds.

“I feel I’m good enough to be in that squad,” said Wilson. “I’d like to think I could go in there and add something different.

Harry Wilson has again headed out on loan
Harry Wilson has again headed out on loan

“It’s always been my aim to get into the Liverpool team and play for the club I’ve been at since I was eight. But you know the quality Liverpool have got, the famous front three [Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane].

“I’ve always been confident in my ability and, playing with the players in that team, I feel it would help me with my game.”

Curtis Jones and Neco Williams have broken into the first team over the past 12 months and Wilson is hoping to do the same.

The midfielder is pushing for his opportunity at Anfield
The midfielder is pushing for his opportunity at Anfield

The midfielder is determined to play as high as he can though and will have no problem seeking a move if Klopp cannot present him with opportunities at Liverpool.

He added: “That’s out of my hands. That’s up to the manager there to make those decisions but I’m fully focused on finishing the season with Cardiff and playing at the Euros with Wales.

“I’m determined to have a good tournament there and, if it’s not with Liverpool [next season], I’m determined to get a move. I feel I deserve to play at the highest level I can.”

Jurgen Klopp sends Man Utd and Chelsea warning to Liverpool stars

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has sent a warning to his players that if they are to win next season’s Premier League title, it will not just be Manchester City whom they need to challenge.

The German pointed to a resurgent Manchester United and Chelsea as among the sides who would need to be considered as title challengers next campaign.

City are set to regain the league title – their third crown in four seasons – as they hold a 10-point lead over Manchester rivals United at the top with just five rounds of games remaining.

The Reds are a whopping 23 points off the title pace and are currently languishing in sixth position, although they still retain hopes of securing a top four spot and Champions League football.

Klopp warned ahead of next season: “We are responsible for the things that happen to us. We were involved in the last few years constantly in semi-finals and fighting or league titles.

“I don’t know if other teams felt bad because of us but I wish for them not, I’m not like that. I’m not a person like this.

“They [City] deserve the situation they are in. That is football, that is fair. They won an awful lot of games. United turned the game around [against Roma] – like they did 20 times this year.

“I had my bad moments in the season for other reasons, not because other teams are winning more games than us.

“That’s not my problem, my only problem is with the opponent of the specific weekend and not think, ‘oh my God, City again and United are back on track’.

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“Life is too short for these kind of worries or thoughts.

“We will challenge them again next year but this year we can only finish our season as good as possible and we have nothing to do with semi-finals and finals.

“It always becomes harder because City never stops. That is clear. They did not stop and they will not stop.”

Klopp went on to directly name both United and Chelsea as sides who would be in a position to challenge for the title, while also name-dropping other sides with the capability of challenging.

He added: “United is coming up definitely everyone can see that, Chelsea is obviously in a brilliant place, a top squad.

“Thomas [Tuchel] inherited a present and you can see that they are really good so it will not get easier.

“We’re not just talking about City there will be other teams for sure. We have to deal with all the other teams who are outstandingly strong but still go under the radar like Leicester : brilliant manager and a top squad dealing with different situations.

“Nobody should write off Tottenham or Arsenal. Obviously West Ham is now flying. How can it be easier? It is not only City.”

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Jurgen Klopp explains Liverpool motivation for Man Utd clash

For Jurgen Klopp, anger and hurt is not an option, only fight will do.

He and his team of champions have been forced to sit and watch this week, as two of their greatest rivals battle it out for three of the biggest honours in world football.

While the Manchesters of City and United pursue European glory either side of a potentially defining weekend in the title race, Liverpool have been reduced – many would say humbled – to the role of bit part players.

Their only input on Sunday could be to hand the Premier League to City, if they can muster some reserves of defiance to beat Manchester United. To some, that is a humiliation for the side which conquered the world a year ago.

For Klopp, it is merely the starting point on the path to getting back to where Liverpool belong. “We have nothing to do with the title, (or) semi-finals and finals, we know that, but I don’t feel bad because of it – that would be really weak,” he said.

“We have been in semis and finals and fighting for the league title, so I don’t know if other teams felt bad because of us. But I am not like this.

“We are responsible for what happens for us and we will challenge them again next year. But right now we can only finish our season as good as possible, fight to win this weekend, because without winning football games we will not end up in any kind of European competition.”

Klopp knows that even winning their last five Premier League games won’t guarantee Champions League football next season, but he insists his side must now throw caution to the wind and aim for precisely that.

In the longer term though, despite the tumult of a catastrophic season, he believes Liverpool will return to their previous levels when they challenged at the very summit of the world game…even if he realises with City so powerful, that guarantees nothing.

“We are not that naive. We know we have to improve and we know something’s happened – it’s not a year, because some things have happened, to become champions,” he said.

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“But we know that (even) if only the players come back we missed, we will be better immediately. We will have a much better rhythm. Negative things lead to other negative things, and for us it was really really harsh.

“But let’s imagine that doesn’t happen every year- then we have a better basis, and in that moment we are immediately stronger again because we didn’t forget how to play football.”

Only victory will do for Liverpool at Old Trafford, but Klopp knows City don’t need his side to beat United to become champions – “they are already champions”. He wants, though, his side to show fight, because that is what will be needed next season.

“It is always harder because Man City never stops, that is clear. They had two years in a row where we had them neck and neck, one year we were ahead of them but we never expected that to happen for the next 10 years in a row.

“We know our resources inside and that’s not a problem. You cannot become champions every year and City won’t be every year even when they have a pretty good perspective.”

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