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Alisson on the biggest game of his career

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Alisson on the biggest game of his career
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Alisson Becker has showed little patience in waiting for the final of the UEFA Champions League.

“I can’t wait,” he told Liverpoolfc.com in Marbella.

“Once we finished the Premier League, there were 20 days to prepare the final. I’m looking forward to playing this big game. It’s maybe the biggest game in my life.”

Speaking about winning the golden glove in the Premier League in his debut season, he said, “It was such an honour, such a big award in the world of football,” the 26-year-old replied, when asked how it felt to collect the award at Anfield on the final day of the season.”

“The award is not just mine, it’s an award for my teammates also, who work hard to keep clean sheets in the game. It’s a target for everyone.”

“It’s good for preparation, it’s good for us to keep our minds free from external things,” added the No.13.

“Coming here is special for us, we can have more time together and speak more – that’s important for a team that wants to achieve great things.

“It’s nice weather – perfect weather to work. It’s a bit hot compared to what we are used to for training [in Liverpool] but it’s the weather we’ll find in Madrid, so it’s good for us.”

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Klopp reveals who the “Reserve Tank” in Liverpool is

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Jurgen Klopp has defined his role in the team and it is less of a manager and more of a motivator.

“There are two reasons why I’m so energetic on the sidelines,” Klopp said in a video on the club’s Twitter page. “One is my character, obviously. I’m already much calmer than I used to be, to be honest.

“I’m [also] kind of the reserve tank for the boys, when I feel the energy level goes a bit down, then I’m still there and can kick their butt, or whatever they need in that moment.

“It’s better to be angry with me than to think, ‘It’s too intense today’. You always need something like a response, how I understand. I needed that as a player as well.

“The boys I think they are used to it by now, because if I give some credit or some compliments they look exactly the same way as when I shout something not so positive.

“That’s my problem, with the face, but meanwhile they are used to it.”

“I know I’m good in a couple of things, really good at a few things, and that’s enough,” he said. “My confidence is big enough that I can really let people grow next to me.

“That’s no problem. I need experts around me, it’s really important that you’re empathic, that you try to understand the people around you and that you give real support to the people around you. Then, everybody can act.

“That’s what leadership is; having strong people around you with better knowledge in different departments than yourself, don’t act like you know everything – be ready to admit, ‘I have no clue in the moment, give me a couple of minutes then I will have a clue’.

“That’s not really philosophy, it’s just my way of life.”

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Shaqiri talks about Marbella camp

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Shaqiri talks about Marbella camp
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Xherdan Shaqiri has hailed the team spirit at Liverpool.

The Reds have had a fantastic season this time once again under Jurgen Klopp. Ever since the arrival of the German, the Reds have made four finals but have failed to win any.

This time around, they have once again made the finals of the UEFA Champions League and are favourites to win the title.

Shaqiri has hailed the team spirit and bonding sessions at the Marbella camp which he believes could be crucial for their win on 1st June.

“The most important thing for a big group is to have togetherness and we have that,” he told Liverpool’s official website.

“We’ve had a few players who didn’t play but shown that our togetherness is very strong. That’s always important, especially with this game coming up.”

“It is always good to have a training camp together, for everyone to stay together all day, enjoy the sun and train hard. That’s important for our group.

“It gives you strength for the coming days and hopefully for the game. We feel good and we’re slowly building up to the game now.”

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Liverpool to make move for Villarreal star

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According to reports, Liverpool are interested in signing Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze. The Reds could consider moving for Chukwueze if they offload Xherdan Shaqiri. Shaqiri played a key role in Liverpool’s dramatic comeback against Barcelona, assisting Georginio Wijnaldum’s second goal which brought Liverpool level with Barcelona on aggregate.

Shaqiri joined Liverpool from Stoke City last summer on a transfer fee of £13.5 million. The Swiss winger has so far made 30 appearances for Liverpool this season so far, scoring 6 goals and providing 5 assists.

Liverpool may not spend much in the transfer market but they are eager to deepen their squad for the next season. Provided Shaqiri does leave the club, Liverpool will pursue Chukwueze.

The 20-year old Nigerian winger has made 47 appearances for Villarreal this season, scoring 10 goals and providing 4 assists. Chukwueze’s performances for Villarreal earned him a place in Nigeria’s provisional squad for this year’s African Cup of Nations in Egypt.

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Iwobi makes special request to Liverpool ahead of Champions League final

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Iwobi makes special request to Liverpool ahead of Champions League final
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 Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are preparing to face off in the finals of the European cup better known as the UEFA Champions League.

It has been an exciting year for the English countries in Europe with four teams making it to the two finals of the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.

The contenders for the Europa League winners are Arsenal and Chelsea whose final is also next week.

Their is some obvious rivalry in the domestic sense between these clubs and now it has been taken to the international boundaries. The tensions are rising and clubs not only want their own success but also do not want their domestic rivals to succeed anywhere else.

The case is so extreme that Arsenal star Alex Iwobi is not only concerned about his own win but also wants his domestic north London rival Tottenham to lose and hence has made a plea to Liverpool to beat the White side of north London.

Iwobi told ​Sky Sports: “We’re not trying to focus on ​Tottenham to be fair, I actually hope they lose. We’re not trying to look at them, they’ve done well to be fair, you have to give it to them, but we want to focus on ourselves and bring a trophy back.”

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Liverpool Open To Selling This £13.5m Signing

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Liverpool Open To Selling This £13.5m Signing

According to the latest reports, Liverpool would be open to selling Xherdan Shaqiri this summer for the right price.

The Swiss international has dropped in and out of the Reds starting lineup this season, his involvement reducing as the season progressed. Jurgen Klopp featured the 5’ 7” winger heavily early on in the campaign but found less and less use for him as Divock Origi started to hit his best form.

After Stoke City’s relegation from the Premier League, Liverpool seemed to have gotten Shaqiri for a steal – £13.5m on a five-year contract. However, at 27 years old, hardly any top professional would like to see his career die as a fringe option.

Shaqiri has a lot of skill under his boots and can easily be a guaranteed starter in other European sides. He is in his prime and could raise a decent fee with fours years still left in his Anfield contract.

Jurgen Klopp is set to welcome back Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back into the lineup next season which would further reduce Shaqiri’s involvement in the first team. The Reds have already missed out on the signing of Julian Brandt to Borussia Dortmund but the German boss is keeping track of other younger options.

Maybe selling Shaqiri would is a ploy to make space for returning Liverpool youngsters, Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent, both of whom have been greatly impressive on their loan spells this season.

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Liverpool urged to sign Leicester City star

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Former Liverpool star Steve Nicol feels that Liverpool should make a move for Leicester City midfielder James Maddison in the summer. Maddison joined Leicester City from Coventry City last summer on a transfer fee reported to be £22.50 million. This made him the third most expensive player in Leicester City’s history.

Maddison who donned the No.10 shirt, had a pretty impressive first season with The Foxes, scoring 7 goals and providing as many assists in 38 appearances across all competitions.

Nicol feels that Maddison could be a pretty good fit at Anfield. The 57- year old said, “Klopp’s recent three in the middle of the park for Liverpool, over the last couple of years particularly, has been about gaining possession back, about closing the opposition back, about working really hard and then getting the ball to the front three. I would love to see a little change in that with somebody like Maddison, who no question has already shown in the Premier League, from the middle of the park, he can open defences up, he can create chances.”

There were reports claiming that Liverpool would make a move for Maddison. Provided Liverpool do manage to sign the 22-year old, it will be a big bonus for them and at the same time, Jurgen Klopp could face a selection dilemma as Liverpool’s midfield already has some pretty good players.

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Joel Matip Opens Up On His Liverpool Journey

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Joel Matip Opens Up On His Liverpool Journey

Joel Matip is pleased to play a part in Liverpool’s brilliant campaign.

The Reds have had a turbulent campaign both in the Premier League and the Champions League. Matip started the campaign as a third choice centre back as Jurgen Klopp mostly preferred Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk in the heart of the Reds defence.

But untimed injuries to Gomez and Dejan Lovren paved the way for him but his stint was curtailed as he broke his collar bone in a Champions League win over Napoli.

He then came back strongly and since then has been a pivotal part of the Reds starting lineup. Matip said, “At the beginning of the season I was struggling with injuries and other lads did very well, so there was no reason to change.

“But in the second half I could play and could improve. I feel good.

“You are waiting for this. And then if you can use it, it’s not a bad feeling – it’s not the worst feeling.”

On being asked about their chances in the Champions League final he replied, “It was a great season and we can finish it. It’s the biggest game during this season and we will do everything for this.

“It will be a completely different game, but we know we can beat them and we are looking forward.”

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24-Year-Old Serie A Attacker Eager To Play For Liverpool

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24-Year-Old Serie A Attacker Eager To Play For Liverpool

Sassuolo forward, Domenico Berardi has told Daily Mail that he wants to play for Jurgen Klopp sometime in the future.

The 24-year-old has drawn links to the Reds as a potential replacement for the departing Daniel Sturridge. The latter is at the end of his contract and an extension has not been offered to him yet.

After a tiring history with injury and losing a lot of value as a player, the Englishman seems set on leaving Anfield after the Champions League final next month.

Berardi has registered 9 goals and 5 assists in 35 appearances in the Serie A this season. He often plays on the right wing for Sassuolo, cutting in with his favoured left but he is capable of playing as a striker as well.

“If an offer arrives, be it from Milan or another club, I will evaluate it with my club,” he said. “And if I hear that it is the right proposal, to be taken on the fly, this time I will say to Sassuolo: “I’ll take it.”

“Being able to choose, I would play in Liverpool. Changing remains difficult for me, but it no longer frightens me, I would do it. The next goal is to play in Europe, but at a club where I can be used a lot, if not always. That is my priority.”

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Alisson talks about the comeback night against Barcelona

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The miracle of Istanbul has a second chapter at Anfield now. Liverpool’s 4-0 hammering of Barcelona and Alisson Becker has inked it into his brain forever.

“That memory will be with me forever, it’s a story that I’ll be telling my children and my grandchildren,” Alisson told UEFA.

“I’m just hoping that we can see this story through, God willing, to get the title, which is our main objective.”

“Incredible, incredible,” he said about the Anfield atmosphere.

“I played here against Liverpool and I experienced the power that the fans gave to the team on the pitch. They put a lot of pressure on you, it’s not easy playing here against our team.

“Now that I’m playing here I’ve experienced the amazing things that we have achieved in this Champions League, qualifying for the final in the way that we did, returning from a difficult defeat that many thought was impossible.

“It was achievable through God’s blessing, the work that we put in and a lot of dedication, plus the support from the fans on the night which was incredible.”

Asked to pick his favourite moment, he said, “Without a doubt, the save against Napoli (in the final group game) was pretty much the last touch of the ball and that save could be counted as a goal, I say.

“But of course, my team-mates played their part as well and that’s what makes it so special, to be part of that group and to be able to help them. They are such incredible players.”

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