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Dominic Solanke: Part To Play This Season? 

There may be a lot more to be seen of Dominic Solanke for Liverpool, than people may have first envisaged.

The 19 year old English striker who moved from Chelsea in July for a reported £3 million, has hit the ground running and looks to be a clinical finisher.

In pre season he has scored three times in eight games, as well as playing his hand in two goals, a fairly respectable return for someone so young.

His power and physique make him effective both charging though on goal and aerially .

His first goal for the Reds was a low driven effort, which sailed into the bottom left corner against Crystal Palace in the Premier League Asia Trophy- which Liverpool went on to win.

His second came in the form of a towering header against Wigan. Likewise, his third was engineered in the air, as he nodded past Athletico Bilbao’s keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, in Jürgen Klopp’s side 3-1 win at the Aviva Stadium, Ireland.

One man these promising performances  spells trouble for is Divock Origi.

The young Belgian striker has struggled for form lately and looks somewhat rusty in front of goal.

Last season, with Daniel Sturridge ruled out through injury, and setbacks in midfield prominent, Origi was given a run of games to show his ability.

He went on a streak of scoring in four consecutive  league matches, but struggled to maintain this.


He then couldn’t find his shooting boots, as he then went ten games without a goal and found it challenging to sustain good form.

He became very inconsistent.

With Daniel Sturridge being a very unpredictable player in regards to injuries, Solanke may be called upon to deliver the goods.

Sturridge looked set to be back to his best recently, after battling injuries which have blighted his Liverpool career.

But, after scoring against Bayern Munich in the Audi Cup semi final in pre season, he injured himself yet again.

It is hard to predict how frequently he will appear in a Red shirt this season due to the randomness of his reoccurring troubles.

If Sturridge is out injured for a lengthy time, as he has been for the last couple of seasons, Liverpool don’t really have any other out and out striker; other than Origi and Solanke.

The only other alternative being Danny Ings, who too has had awful injury issues since his arrival from Burnley two years ago and thus has barely featured.


Origi, like Solanke is still young, but the new man seems to have an old head on young shoulders- his maturity on the pitch, seemingly impressive.

The Reds do not tend to play with an actual striker under Klopp, with Roberto Firmino preferred as the false nine. Should Liverpool choose to play a striker, he looks to be more suitable than Origi.

Solanke recently won the World Cup with the England Under 20’s side, as well as collecting the Golden Ball award, which is presented to the best player in the tournament.

Players who have won this previously, include: Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Paul Pogba.


These two accolades exemplify he can be a lot more than just a bench player and also conveys how lucky Liverpool are and conversely, how foolish Chelsea were to dispose of him.

The young Englishman won Chelsea academy player of the year 2014/15 as well as England Youth Player of The Year 2015.


He has enjoyed great success with a team that has been the most successful of its kind in the last few years- with Chelseas youngsters winning numerous titles.

The Chelsea team he was the figurehead in, won back to back FA Youth Cups in 2013/14 and 2014/15 and were victorious in the UEFA Youth League (2014/15).


His goal scoring numbers at youth level speak for themselves.

In the 2013/14 season, he scored 20 goals in 25 games for Chelsea Under 18’s. The following season, he netted a stupendous 41 times.

He also had a spell at Vitesse Arnhem in Holland,  (2015/16 campaign) a club Chelsea ship players on loan to frequently.

Adapting well to a league many English players may struggle in, a key indicator of the talent bursting out of Solanke, with most youth players finding their way with teams in the lower divisions of English football.


Solanke ended the season with 7 goals in 25 appearances, just three behind the top scorer.

This daring year away, shows he is up to challenges and is willing to work hard to play- as he took a leap of faith to a unknown league, which is something Klopp probably saw in him.

Although he may not play much in the league, I believe that starts in competitions such as the FA and Carabao cup should be imperative. He has the ability to fire Liverpool to the latter stages.

What is admirable about the Reds is that in a transfer market of madness, where everyone is now worth £40 million plus, where you have to spend big if you want to compete- Klopp has opted for young, homegrown talent.

This is something that has become a rarity in the game, with an influx of foreign players gracing the Premier League each season.

Klopp has put his trust in a player who isn’t a big name, but doesn’t need to be, just because he doesn’t have a huge price tag slapped on him, it still makes it a fantastic acquisition.

As he still has age on his side, the striker will continue to develop and morph into an even stronger player.

But, the early signs are exciting for Liverpool and it looks to be a piece of shrewd business by Klopp.

Tom Cavilla.

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Neymar’s Record Move : The Right Decision?

Neymar has joined Paris Saint Germain in a word record £198 million move.


This astronomical fee has obliterated the current highest fee, which was Paul Pogba’s move to Manchester United of £89 million, by over £100 million.

The Brazilian has left the Nou Camp after four years , where he scored 110 goals and grabbed 69 assists.

It’s reported that he will be receiving a weekly wage of near to £600,000.

There are a few oddities about this transfer in my view:

1. Leaving Barcelona alone: 

The fact the Brazilian international is fleeing one of the greatest teams you can ever play for, to join PSG, by no means a poor side, but neither a side of the same class and heritage as the Catalan outfit is puzzling.  Gary Linekar recently tweeted about the record move and summed it up perfectly ” oh Neymar, any move from Barcelona is a step in the wrong direction”.

Neymar is leaving behind Messi and Suarez to team up with Edison Cavani and Lucas Moura- in anyone’s eyes; this is a major downgrade. At a time where he is at the peak of his powers, it begs the question of why you would risk it all and move to a league of a lower quality and into the unknown?

2. Trophies: 

Having won eight trophies in his four years at Barca, it’s evident that his time has been greatly successful. If it’s trophies he is leaving for, it remains a mystery as to why the French side would better his chances of this,given the fact in the past five seasons, Barca have won:  La Liga three times, three Copa del Reyes, two Spanish Supercups, one UEFA Supercup,  a FIFA Club World Cup and a Champions League for good measure.

Ligue 1 is not fiercely competitive, therefore PSG are usually favourites for the league, but can Neymar really win the Champions League at the Parc de Princes?


3. MSN : 

Neymar was a prominent figure of the deadly ‘MSN’ trident, of Messi, Suarez and Neymar.

A front three that terrorised defences in their four year history.


His move poses questions as to whether NCL ( Neymar, Cavani, Lucas) will be as successful; with the answer to that being pretty straight forward. Why would you sacrifice that connection you had created over four years for something that does not even compare?

Neymar is surrounding himself with weaker players, which is likely to make life more difficult for the Brazilian. Combined, the attacking trident netted 250 times in 299 games in all competitions, as well as collecting 116 assists amongst them. Neymar contributed 59 goals and 30 assists in his 97 games played.


4. Shining star: 

It’s alleged that one of the main reasons for the switch to Les Parisians is to enable the 25 year old to escape from Messi’s shadow.

The Argentine of course, is Barcelona’s all time greatest player and many put forward the case that he’s the best we’ve ever seen. I think it’s fair to say this took its toll on Neymar, a player who has adored being the player whose name is herrolded in the terraces.

At previous club Santos, he was the star figure, at an early age he was catching all the headlines, which saw him make the switch to Catalonia aged 21.


To begin with, these were his idols that he was playing with; Neymar described in a video he made talking about leaving the Nou Camp. But as time progressed, it is quite feasible that Neymar became tiresome of the great Lionel robbing him of all his glory; be it through individual awards, or even through the fans affection for the forward.

It’s reported that the mesmerising 6-1 victory over PSG, ironically, was the game where Neymar threw the towel in. He put in a man of the match display, scoring two and setting up the historic wining goal for Sergi Roberto, to send Barca through to the quarter finals of last seasons Champions league – but, it was Messi who grabbed the ‘hero’ status for the remarkable turnaround- despite doing less.


Neymar has also been the figurehead for the Brazil national team since he announced his name on the big stage. The 2014 World Cup in his country was seen as the chance for the youngster to bring home international glory- he could not carry the weight of a country’s expectations on his broad shoulders however; as Brazil were sent packing; courtesy of a 7-1 hammering by Germany in the semi finals.

So, It’s interesting that he wants to again be the centre of attention, having struggled to transform Brazil. Perhaps he wants to prove people wrong and show he is capable of leading the way.


5. Ballon D’or :

Neymar himself, has made his desire to win the Ballon D’or no secret to the world- it has proved quite a challenging task however. This is because he has been up against two of the best footballers of all time for the last 4 years, two players who show no signs of slowing down anytime soon and ending their inhuman goal scoring talents.

It seems highly unlikely that anyone else will get their hands on Europe’s top prize whilst Ronaldo and Messi are still playing.

The Brazilian has seen PSG as an escape route, presenting him with the chance to elevate his game to the next level. Playing alongside Messi and Suarez has been brilliant for his development, but he now wants to grab the limelight and become the ‘Greatest’.

It seems that the only way he thinks this is possible is to play in a team where he can again be the key man and carry the team; allowing him to bag all the goals and assists.

But, how many players have we seen win the Ballon D’or that have been playing in the French league? No matter what he achieves there, this move has seriously deprived his chances of this illustrious trophy; simply due to the quality of the league and what can be achieved there.


6. Money : 

The ludicrous sums of money that are involved in the transfer have become the norm in the game now- but these figures have taken money to a new level of obscenity.

It’s reported that Neymar will earn:
Year: £30,992,000

Month: £2,384,000

Week: £596,000

Day: £85,142

Hour: £3,547

Minute: £59
Many people are questioning Neymar’s morals – and claiming money is the only reason he is leaving. Will the never ending supplies of cash go to his head and affect his performance on the pitch?

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 Why the move makes sense: 


 

1. Brazilian connection: 

Neymar will join four of his other Brazilian team mates in : Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Lucas Moura, and Dani Alves; who he played alongside at Barcelona . This is likely to ease the settling in side of things which could see him kickstart his career in the French capital effectively. As he’s also played with them for the national side, they will have good chemistry and understanding of each other which will work to his strengths.



2. Messi :

Although I believe ‘ MSN’ was the perfect attacking threesome and he is foolish to dispose of this, at 25 years old he is just reaching the optimum point for growth in his glittering career. He has seen the writings on the wall, and recognises that Messi will always be the king of Catalonia for as long as he’s alive, even after he retires.

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Trying to out do him is an impossible task. I think Neymar realised this, and thus took a leap of faith to join a team where he can be “the man”. This transfer has presented him with this opportunity.

3. New Challenge: 

Having won everything there is to win at Barca, Neymar felt like he was ready for a new opening. He understands that PSG is not the same team, and his chances of winning as much are restricted- but this is what he has said he is craving, “a new challenge”- to stimulate him to be hungry for success.

The move will be life changing for him and will certainly test his abilities in the highest way possible. Can he rise up to this, though?

To Conclude: 

This transfer comes across as step backwards in terms of his footballing career.

If his reason for switching allegiances is to emulate Messi and Ronaldo, which it appears as he described his situation as “needing a new challenge”- in order to take him to the next level- it could prove strenuous.

He felt like he had achieved everything possible at Barca, so as a human; needed to present himself with new goals to remain hungry for success. PSG are capable of winning trophies, but not in the same manner as Barcelona.

He won’t be surrounded by the same quality of players, will have to adjust to the league, adapt his playing style, and attempt to be the driving force in the side.

Barcelona’s famous mantra  ” Mes que un club” – more than just a club, shines through. They only want players who are committed to the cause, who feel a bond with the ‘Boixos Nois’- the Barcelona fans who run the show in the stands, through non stop chanting,  who know and love the Barca way of playing- elegant but deadly, will not be fazed by this.

They appear to have put him behind them, as they prepare to fill the void of the tricky. winger. Barca have been linked with the likes of Juventus’ Paulo Dybala, Borussia Dortmund’s; Ousmane Dembele and  Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho as potential suitors for the role.

It is a “challenge” that Neymar has asked for, however I believe he may have got himself in for something much more than that.

 

Tom Cavilla.

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Liverpool End Van Dijk Pursuit

Liverpool have officially withdrawn themselves from the race for heavily saught after, Virgil Van Dijk.

This comes after weeks of reports linking the Reds to the Dutch centre back.

The club released the following statement:

“We apologise to the owner, board of directors and fans of Southampton for any misunderstanding regarding Virgil van Dijk.

We respect Southampton’s position and can confirm we have ended any interest in the player. ”

Jurgen Klopp’s interest in the player has become apparent in recent weeks, with it being rumoured that secret discussions had been made with Klopp and Van Dijk in association with a move to Merseyside.

It was also reported recently that Van Dijk himself had declared Liverpool his number one destination,  leaving the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City heavy hearted.

But, Southampton reacted negatively to stories liking their key man away from St Mary’s and reported Liverpool to the Premier League over the way the speculation has been reported.

They allege that they haven’t had any real idea over what the situation is- stating that they hadn’t received any contact from Jürgen Klopp or any club representative.

This is a major blow for the Reds in the transfer market, as the former Celtic defender would have been a terrific acquisition.

Tom Cavilla.

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Premier League 2016/17: Season Review – Places 11-20

 

11th- West Ham

The surprise success of West Brom and  Bournemouth , is not fitting for 11th placed, West Ham; who following their move to the Olympic stadium have had limited success. After Dimitri Payet fired the Hammers up the table to 8th place last season- things were looking on the up; especially added with the transition to their new stadium.

However, Slaven Bilic lost the services of key man, Payet, in the January transfer window, this misery was compounded by poor performances, particularly at home. The move from the Boleyn stadium has not gone to plan; they will be hoping for better next time around.

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12th- Leicester

Champions; Leicester, could not repeat history- and instead finished mid table. Things could have been much worse than this however, with the Foxes’ lingering over the drop zone near Christmas.

Cult hero of last season, Claudio Ranieri, was shown the door, much to the disbelief of the Leicester fans. Craig Shakespeare managed to turn things around, with a strong feeling of player power associated with the resurgence.

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Jamie Vardy managed to find his scoring boots and scored seven goals in his last 13 games to make sure of Premier League safety.

13th- Stoke

Stoke ended up in 13th place, in what was an underwhelming season for the Potters.

They started the season horrifically, with talk of relegation a serious likelihood. They managed to pick themselves up however, and progressed up the table.

Signings at the club had mixed success.  Summer signing, Ramadan Sobhi, failed to make his mark in the team, and likewise, January addition, Saido Berahino didn’t prove himself, following his £13 million move.  Fellow January signing, Lee Grant, proved to be a hit though, filling in for the injured Jack Butland in goal.

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With the talent in their squad with the likes of: Xherdan Shaqiri, Marko Arnautovic,  and Joe Allen, you would expect more from them. The same can also be said for the team who finished one place worse off than them, Crystal Palace.

14th- Crystal Palace:

Perched in 14th position, the Eagles survived, but made it extremely complex, pulling off wins away at Liverpool, Chelsea, and a home win against Arsenal to beat the drop.

Mamadou Sakho’s loan move was pivotal in the survival of the club, in his first five games, Palace kept five clean sheets. It will be a major benefit if they are able to sign the Frenchman on a permanent basis next season. But, with talent such as: Wiflried Zaha, Christian Benteke, Yohan Cabaye, and Andros Townsend, you would expect much better.

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15th- Swansea:

Swansea pulled off a miracle to land 15th place. Having already parted with two managers before January following Francesco Guidolin and Bob Bradley’s departures, when Paul Clement took to the hot seat there was not a lot of hope and belief they could survive, as he took over with them rooted to the bottom of the table.

The Englishman performed heroics, with an impressive win at Liverpool setting the tone early on in his tenure. This was followed by beating their Merseyside rivals- Everton, at home, combined with collecting  a point at Old Trafford and  thus enabling them to pick themselves up.

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This unlikely revival was powered by Spanish striker, Fernando Llorente, who bagged 13 goals for Swans, Gylfi Sigurdsson was also imperative to the team, the Icelandic midfielder providing both goals and assists in an abundance.

16th- Burnley

Burnley can be pleased with 16th place- at one stage it even looked like they may finish even higher. Nonetheless, it was still a campaign to make fans of the Lancashire side, proud.

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Having been sent straight back down to the Championship on their previous two ventures to the pinnacle of English football, this season they guaranteed that history wouldn’t repeat itself. Staying up was the only thing on their agenda. Their home form was the overriding factor for their success, boasting the ninth best home record and collecting only one fewer point than Manchester United at home.

 

17th- Watford

It was a drowsy and dismal season for Watford. On their return to the dizzy heights of the Premier League last season, they handled it in supreme fashion, finishing impressively in 12th place. But, this time they found themselves slumped one place above the drop zone.

The peculiar decision to part company with Quique Sanchez Flores after such unprecedented success appeared to have cost them this year. The Hornets announced Walter Mazzari, who won the Champions League whilst at Inter Milan, as their new manager.

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His inability to speak English is rumoured to have caused uncertainty and a lack of communication between himself and the players. The deadly goal scoring partnership of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo of last season, was torn in half as Ighalo sought pastures new; taking up a big money to China. Watford ended the season with a 5-0 drubbing; at the hands of Manchester City.

18th- Hull City

Hull City, who were making a re-appearance in the league following promotion, occupied the first of the three relegation positions. Having started the season with essentially half a team, with the amount of players who were injured, compounded by a lack of summer signings, the Tigers were tipped from the off to be sent packing, many envisaged them finishing bottom.

The doubters looked to be left choking on their words as they started superbly, that brilliant August month was not repeated however, and the remaining months were anything but superb, quite the opposite.

As manager Mike Phelan exited the club, Olympiakos coach, Marco Silva, was the man to enter the fray and attempt to keep the club afloat. His spell was actually fairly successful, the record which he possessed in Greece, of not losing a home game was extended to 41 games at Hull, but was ended when Sunderland pulled off a surprise victory at the KCOM stadium.

As they reached the home stretch, there was not enough fight left in the team. The final day of the season provided one last sucker punch as Spurs inflicted a ridiculous 7-1 romping.

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19th- Middlesbrough 

Another promoted team were sent back where they came from, as Middlesbrough endured a torrid season, in which they only mustered a measly 27 goals all season, Spurs managed half of this amount in just their last two matches.

Of course, every team needs goals in order to succeed, and this is where all their problems lay this season. Their summer signings were far superior to that of fellow strugglers, Hull City.  The additions of  the experienced Alvaro Negredo, Victor Valdes, and Antonio Barragan,  meant people held high hopes for Boro.

This was short lived however, there was not any particular moments in the season where they looked impressive or like they could win a match.  The sacking of Aitor Karanka didn’t resolve any of the problems, goals still struggled to follow after Steve Agnew took charge.

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20th- Sunderland

Last and most certainly least, Sunderland.

It was nothing short of a disaster.

Having pulled off the unthinkable the last few seasons and surfacing against the odds every year, it was finally time for the Black Cats to be taken under as their luck finally ran out.

They were poor for the most part of the season, with very little for fans to get excited about.

David Moyes was the chosen one to take over from the good work Sam Allardyce had done the previous season to keep them up. But, Moyes couldn’t fulfill this task and has since announced his resignation.

The glimmer of hope all season for Sunderland, was veteran striker, Jermain Defoe, who scored 14 goals and rescued them a number of times. Aside from him, there was little room for praise.

Sunderland looked so out of depth at times, like many; I am unsure if they will even survive the Championship. They have looked so poor this season, back to back relegation’s seems highly probable, and wouldn’t be the first time it has happened either.

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As another Premier League season draws to a close, we can take a minute to absorb all the glory and drama, reflect on the highs and lows, and appreciate the true beauty of the league we are so privileged to watch.

A season which saw last year’s champions finish 12th this time, and the occupants of 10th, win the league this time around.

Next season promises to contain thrills, spills and the unknown, who would dare predict who the victors will be, because with this league; you never know.

 

Tom Cavilla.

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Klopp Urges Fans To Create ‘Special Atmosphere’ Ahead of Southampton Clash

“Our plan for Sunday is to use Anfield”, said Klopp.

Liverpool go into their match against Southampton on Sunday having not beaten the Saints on three occasions this season.

The first affair between the sides was a hard fought stalemate at St Mary’s in the league, the second and third ties were the first and second leg of the EFL Cup semi-finals. Southampton won both matches 1-0.

Despite having no luck against them this campaign, Klopp spoke of his admiration for the south coast side: “I like watching them a lot. Only 41 points this season!? I couldn’t believe it. ”

But, the German manager was more fixated on trying to conjure up the best possible atmosphere to rally the players on, one step closer to securing a top four finish.

“For some teams it is a nervy situation (Coming to Anfield) where they are thinking hopefully, hopefully, hopefully!

“But we need to be brave. We need to enjoy the game; we need to defend very seriously, and if possible, to use the crowd.

“We have these important games, two of them are at home, and I hope we can be in our best shape for them.”

When questioned about the crowd not always being at their best at home games, Klopp responded:

“It’s not up to me to expect something; it’s only about how it could be.

“I understand people are getting nervous in different situations and are not happy for example with this or that pass.

“The atmosphere is always really good, but we all know we had a few fantastic ones, a few outstanding, and a few normal, but it’s Anfield, it’s always really more than good.

“What we are going for is for ‘Liverpool’ , not for the players, not for the board, not for the manager, not for the coaches ; it’s for Liverpool- for all of us, the whole family, so we should try to do it together.”

The Reds’ home form has been poor as of late, which has caused the nervousness and uncertainty of fans to cascade into the atmosphere, to some degree.

Last time out at home featured a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, largely at the hands of former player, Christian Benteke, who came back to haunt his old team-mates.

The game previous to this at Anfield was also deeply frustrating, as Josh King rescued a share of the spoils for Bournemouth, in the dying embers to make the end result 2-2.

” We have no issue with Anfield. It’s about how we are in that moment.” Klopp added.

“I think we all can improve, and we should try to do this and not think about what happened in the last few weeks or months, because it doesn’t help.

“The only thing that helps is if we are at our best on Sunday at 1:30pm, until the final whistle.”

Liverpool’s quest for the top four was monumentally reinvigorated last weekend as both Manchester clubs, and Arsenal dropped points.

Due to this, the pressure on Klopp’s side has somewhat reduced, following their 1-0 victory at Watford on Monday night.

However, Klopp stated that:

” It’s the best pressure you can have- fighting for something important.

“If you are fighting for the top spots you have to pretty much win every game, that’s how it is.

“I think we should win the next game. But, our job is to get results, not count on them.

“No club has the opportunity to rest. We all have to fight with all we have and that makes this league so exciting.

“You have this battle, the relegation battle, and there is a lot to go for in this league.

“We focus on our ways but it is difficult enough without thinking about the other games.

“We are in it – that’s positive – but to stay in it we have to win.”

By Tom Cavilla.

 

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Emre Can Contract Talks Stall But Klopp Still Adamant He Will Stay

News of German midfielder, Emre Can, putting pen to paper on a new deal at the club are still ongoing. But, Klopp is remaining positive about the situation.

Can, who has just under a year left on his contract is yet to sign a new deal, creating a lot of speculation over his future at the club.

“After his bicycle kick, everyone wants him to stay I’m sure”, said Klopp.

Klopp himself appears a big fan of the box-to-box midfielder and made his views clear on the German international.

“There’s no secret of how much I like Emre- and how much he likes the club too. It is two partners with big respect for each other.

“We are in talks with him, but there is no pressure for him.

“If we can keep good players that makes sense for good development and he is one of those good players.”

The former Bayern Munich midfielder came under harsh criticism earlier in the season, with some fans calling for him to be removed from the team.

However, in the last month, any doubts fans had were eradicated, as he has put together a string of impressive performances and has certainly played his part.

The high points for Can include: The match against Burnley at Anfield in March, where his long range strike sealed the three points, and of course, his mind-blowing, acrobatic, bicycle kick against Watford on Monday night; which Klopp joked he had “Watched on the Ipad about 250 times”.

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That goal saw the Reds head back to Merseyside in a buoyant mood and now puts them in a glorious position to reach their ambition of finishing in the illustrious top four.

The 23 year old has been at the club since July 2014, and has scored a total of five goals in the league this season, as well as grabbing two assists along the way.

By Tom Cavilla.

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Injury Worries For Reds Ahead Of Tottenham Clash

Jürgen Klopp has today said in his press conference that there are injury worries over Adam Lallana, Ragnar Klavan, and also Dejan Lovren for tomorrow’s match against Tottenham.

He said: “We are not 100% sure if Dejan Lovren can train today , but we still have hope that it’s possible”.  Lovren who has established himself as Liverpool’s first choice centre half alongside Joel Matip this season will be a big miss as he has had a remarkable turnaround from last season which has seen him improve massively.

Adam Lallana is also a doubt for tomorrow, Klopp said : “ Adam Lallana was out for two days with an Achilles injury. “  This is a big worry for the Reds as Lallana who is set to sign a new four year deal at the club has also been monumental this season with 7 goal and 7 assists to his name.

Finally, Ragnar Klavan is also a doubt. The German manager stated that : “Klavan had a bacterial infection, and spent six days in bed, yesterday he felt much better  and was involved in training today, but we will have to see what we can do with him.”

If this is the case, Liverpool will be short of options at the back again.  Last weekend’s defeat at Hull saw Lucas play a makeshift appearance at the back alongside Matip. It is likely that this will be the same defensive centre back pairing for the visit of Mauricio’s Pochettino’s men.

By Tom Cavilla, 18 years old.