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Van Dijk makes UCL and PL promise

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Van Dijk makes UCL and PL promise

Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk has made the promise that the Reds will challenge until the end in both the Premier League and Champions League competitions in the bid to win both the trophies. The Dutch skipper has made his presence felt both in the Liverpool backline and up the pitch and has been a vital cog in helping the Reds to win the trophies this season.

Speaking to the media after Netherlands’ match against Germany, Van Dijk said, “With Liverpool, we are where we want to be. Everything is positive. We are in the race for the Premier League, and in the race for the Champions League. ‘It is going to be very tough but we will challenge until the end in both of those competitions.”

Liverpool will take on Tottenham Hotspur in their next match in the Premier League in the race to go to the top of the table. Jurgen Klopp’s men are trailing the league leaders Manchester City by two points and will surely look to bridge the gap when they take on Spurs in their own backyard.

SEE ALSO: Phil Neville Hails Mohamed Salah’s Ability To Grow And Develop Further

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Origi opens up on team role and game time at Anfield

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Origi opens up on team role and game time at Anfield
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Divock Origi has given a lengthy interview on his time on the pitch and how he used to play on the wings in his younger days.

“It is a squad game and, like I have always said, I try to shine my light whenever I get my opportunity,” the forward told the Official LFC Magazine.

“I focus on what I can do to help the team in whatever capacity that is. I just have to stay positive. I know that we have big goals so whatever role I am asked to play, I am happy to do that.

“Of course I am ambitious and I want to play as much as possible but the most important thing is our team and the team goals.”

“We have a lot of quality and we just have to focus on the things that we have to do every week to be at our best. In the end those are the things that we can control,” he explained.

“Of course, we will try to win every game. We know that if we can do that then we can make a chance at the end of the season. We have a very good group here at the club so we just have to try to stay positive and keep on going.

“Starting with every training session we have to be trying to perform to our best, in every match we have to be trying to perform to our best.

“Whatever happens – negative or positive – we just have to keep on going and then at the end of the season we’ll see how things have gone.”

He continued: “I loved that role. Even in the youth teams, I used to play up front and on the wing so I’m comfortable in both positions. People have maybe seen me more up front in the last couple of years but I totally love it on the wing as well.

“I enjoyed linking up with Sadio and Mo [against Watford] but of course they are top players which makes it easier for me and I think it was just about having fun. Being an offensive player, I like it when I have space in front of me. That’s always good and I think we turned in a really good performance that night.”

SEE MORE: Phil Neville Hails Mohamed Salah’s Ability To Grow And Develop Further

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Phil Neville Hails Mohamed Salah’s Ability To Grow And Develop Further

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Phil Neville Hails Mohamed Salah's Ability To Grow And Develop Further

Despite attracting a lot of criticisms from the media for the lack of goals this season, Phil Neville was in Mohamed Salah’s corner when analysing his game.

The Egyptian has dropped in the scoring charts this term in comparison to his 44 goals in 52 games last season. However, he is still second in the Premier League goal scorer’s list alongside his Liverpool teammate, Sadio Mane.

Neville said on the Premier League’s official Twitter account,  “Well Mo Salah has now had two unbelievable seasons and I said at the start of the season I thought he’d find it difficult to replicate what he did last year and that has proven to be the case.

“But I think what he has done this year is provided a lot of assists, he’s probably been the most, in terms of attention from defenders, been doubled up on, sometimes three defenders around him.

“Which is probably the reason why Mane has scored more goals this year as it has freed up other players in the team, but with Salah that ability to drift in from the right hand side, you know he’s going to do it if he can and you can’t do anything about it.

“He has played as a centre-forward this season a lot of the time, particularly away from home, so he is developing all the time as a player, his finishing is absolutely world class and Liverpool are lucky to have him.”

See Also: Liverpool managers who flopped- worst win percentage & least wins ratio stats!

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Alisson Insists Team Spirit Has Been The Main Reason Behind The Success At Liverpool

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Alisson Insists Team Spirit Has Been The Main Reason Behind The Success At Liverpool

Liverpool custodian Alisson feels team spirit has been the main reason behind their remarkable success this season.

The Brazilian international laid the foundation of the current revelation with his brilliant shot stopping skills in the Liverpool goal. Since his arrival at the Anfield, the 26 year old took very little time to acclimatize with the English conditions and has registered 17 clean sheets so far in the Premier League.

With Jurgen Klopp’s side still very much in the race for their first Premier League title in the last 29 years Alisson still does have a very important role to play.

They are currently leading the Premier League table but with Manchester City still to play their game in hands the equation might just change with the season coming to its business end.

Alisson said, “All the players are important, be they the local players from the UK or the players from overseas.

I admire the strength we have as a team and the quality that every single one of our players has, but the most important thing for me is the team spirit.”

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Hyypia believes title race will go to the wire

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Hyypia believes title race will go to the wire
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Sami Hyypia has said that the title race will go to the wire between Manchester City and Liverpool.

“It’s going to be an exciting end to the season,” Hyypia told Sky Sports News after playing for Liverpool Legends against Milan Glorie at Anfield. “I don’t think City are going to drop many points and we can’t [afford to] drop many points either, so I think it’s going to go til the last game. That would be great to fight right until the end and I’m hoping we are going to do it this year.”

Speaking on Virgil Van Dijk, he said: “Alisson came in the summer and we made some good signings in the midfield as well, but I think Virgil van Dijk is the most important player for the team. He makes the other players play better and he gives a lot of confidence to the others as well. He’s such a good player.”

The match also saw Gerrard make an appearance who said that scoring against Milan was final. The Liverpool legend won everything but the Premier League with the club which could possibly come true this season.

SEE MORE: Jamie Carragher Labels Virgil Van Dijk As The Best Defender In Europe

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Liverpool star doubtful for Spurs clash

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Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson could miss Sunday’s clash against Tottenham Hotspur after suffering an injury on international duty.

Henderson limped off during the early stages of Liverpool’s Champions League game against Bayern Munich. He subsequently missed Liverpool’s match against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

However, Henderson started in England’s opening Euro qualifier against Czech Republic at Wembley.

However, Henderson has a fitness situation now and will be assessed today before their match against Montenegro at Podgorica. Provided Henderson plays today, he will make his 50th appearance for England.

Henderson is a key player for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp will certainly prefer if Gareth Southgate doesn’t start him against Montenegro tonight.

Henderson isn’t Liverpool’s only injury concern at the moment as Trent Alexander-Arnold withdrew from the England squad and flew back to Liverpool to undergo rehabilitation. Liverpool will require Henderson’s experience at this stage of the season.

Provided Henderson is not able to feature against Spurs, then Liverpool will most likely go with a midfield trio of Fabinho, Wijnaldum and Milner.

Henderso is not the only player who is doubtful for England’s clash against Montenegro tonight. Jadon Sancho and Dele Alli will also undergo fitness tests today.

Also Read: Henderson not talking about 50th England cap

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Jordan Henderson Not Concerned About 50th England Appearance

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Jordan Henderson Not Concerned About 50th England Appearance

Jordan Henderson says he is not concerned much about his 50th caps and will only think about it after hanging up his boots.

The Liverpool captain is on its course to make his 50th appearance for England if he gets the nod against Montenegro on Monday in the European qualifiers. Henderson starred in the 5-0 hammering of Czech Republic and with Eric Dier out injured he is expected to make the cut.

Southgate is also contemplating to give Declan Rice his first start and the West Ham United midfielder could make his first start for the Three Lions. If Henderson does get his feet on the pitch he would be the 59th player to achieve this cap.

However, the midfielder is not bothered that he is on the verge of a historical milestone and is rather concentrating on improving his game. “I’m obviously very proud to play for my country that many times, but the type of person I am [means] I’m not really thinking about it too much.

“Maybe when I finish my career I can look back, but at the minute I just want to concentrate on doing my best for the team, playing as many times as I can for my country, and giving my everything.

“When I finish my career I can look back and then decide if it was good or not.”

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Liverpool Ready To Offload £59m Flop After Just One Season

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Liverpool Ready To Offload £59m Flop After Just One Season

Liverpool are reportedly prepared to lose Naby Keita at the end of the 2018/19 season only after signing him a year back.

It has a difficult transition for the 24-year-old from the Bundesliga with a rising RB Leipzig side to the Premier League with a title contending Liverpool team. He has been fairly unimpressive during his 27 appearances this term, despite arriving on the pretence of replacing Jordan Henderson in the starting lineup.

A report from TeamTalk (via the Mirror) claims that the Reds are happy to take a £10m loss on the player before it turns into a catastrophe over time. Keita eventually did move to Anfield last summer for £59m after the Bundesliga outfit qualified for the Europa League.

His contract is set to last till the summer of 2023 with Jurgen Klopp really scratching his head over the lofty investment.

Keita, a standout midfielder in the German top-flight has failed to replicate his form with the Merseyside outfit. He was expected to serve in a creative box-to-box role while either Fabinho or James Milner filed up the defensive midfield spot next to him.

While Fabinho has seen a lot of success in recent times, the Guinea international has struggled to uphold his previous standards. Fortunately, in the eyes of many Liverpool fans, Keita is not a lost case just yet.

It is not the first time a player has struggled to adjust to the pace of the Premier League in his debut season. For the benefit of all parties, it might be wise for the Reds to give the midfielder more time before shipping out altogether.

See Also: Andy Robertson Claims Liverpool Are Ready To Ramp Up Intensity In The Search Of A Trophy

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Liverpool Deserve Silverware: Van Dijk

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Liverpool Deserve Silverware: Van Dijk

Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk has said that the Reds deserve to win a silverware this season. Jurgen Klopp’s men have been in very good form this season and the Dutchman has been a vital cog in the defence for his side. Speaking to Liverpool Echo, the Liverpool defensive ace said, “I want to achieve everything that is possible in football and not have any regrets when I retire. My dream is obviously to win trophies with Liverpool because Liverpool deserve trophies.”

He added, “The club, the fans, the players we have, we deserve it. But obviously you still need to do it on the pitch. We are close, for now we are still in the race and we are going to fight until the end.”

However, the Liverpool defender also admitted that reigning champions and current league leaders Manchester City are the favourites to win the Premier League trophy once again. He said, “That’s the unlucky bit for us, that they have been fantastic throughout the whole season. We have been doing in the league fantastically as well. It’s something good for people that love football to see. I have a feeling it will go right to the end. We will give everything we have and they will too.”

Van Dijk concluded, “Would I sooner win the Premier League or Champions League? I can’t choose. But the Premier League would be something special. This year, because the race is so tight it says a lot about the quality of our team if we do it. If not, then we should keep our heads high and try again, but that’s something we’re not focusing on right now.”

SEE ALSO: Jamie Carragher Labels Virgil Van Dijk As The Best Defender In Europe

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Jamie Carragher Labels Virgil Van Dijk As The Best Defender In Europe

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Jamie Carragher Labels Virgil Van Dijk As The Best Defender In Europe

Virgil van Dijk has easily been the best defender across the top European leagues, according to Jamie Carragher.

Carragher played a part as Liverpool legends defeated AC Milan Glorie 3-2 in a charity match at Anfield with Steven Gerrard netting a last gasp winner. Van dijk’s contribution to Liverpool’s recent success has been immense.

The Dutch defender has single handedly solidified the Reds backline and despite injuries to players like Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez he has encountered all the situations on his own.

Not only defending goals the former Celtic defender has been equally fluent at the other part of the pitch as he has already scored four goals this season in all competitions.

There has been a growing feeling that he might win the player of the year award which went to his fellow teammate Mohamed Salah last season. Carragher said, “With the performances he has given this year I think he’s been the best player in the Premier League. I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t win PFA Player of the Year.

“When he first signed there were maybe raised eyebrows at the amount but if somebody offered you double now you probably wouldn’t take it, that’s how good he has been.

“He is at a great age and we know centre-backs go on a bit longer, so hopefully we’ll see him for the next decade.”

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