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Brazilian winger Philippe Coutinho is eager to join Barca, having handed in a transfer request

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Brazilian winger Philippe Coutinho is keen to join Barca, having handed in a transfer request and didn’t play the start of the campaign with a back injury.

The transfer window is closed, so the Philippe Coutinho saga is over. Fact.

The Merseysiders named Coutinho in their 25-man squad for the Champions League, but the former Serie A man could snub the opportunity to play, according to Sport.

The Merseyside team have been drawn in a group with Spartak Moscow, Maribor and Sevilla- having secured a top-four place on the final day of last season.

The attacking playmaker comfortably made his return in Brazil’s World Cup qualifying win against Ecuador, coming as a substitute to score. Liverpool is keen to draw a line under the messy affair, and Coutinho remains a crucial part of Klopp’s plans for the season.
Today reports that Philippe Coutinho could REFUSE to play for Liverpool in the Champions League this season.

The reasoning? Well, Philippe Coutinho is seemingly worried his involvement could prevent him from starring for Barcelona in the knockout stages of Champions League.

Yes, we all know. Where do you even start?

Comprehension is apparently not a strong suit, is it? Still trying to find hidden meaning in Liverpool’s ‘he is not for sale’ utterings.

Coutinho, incidentally, has been named in Liverpool’s Premier League AND Champions League squads. And in World Cup year, do you think he’s going to miss the chance to make his mark?

No, us neither.

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  1. Nsiah Patrick

    September 5, 2017 at 10:35 am

    I’ worried about this situation.I want Coutinho to stay.

  2. abang solomon

    September 5, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    what the hell do he think he is? who know him before he came to Liverpool I blame klopp treat him as diego costa then he will know.

  3. Sir-Steven Kapendaa Hepundjuaa

    September 5, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    I think we must let him do his own way, we got players who can hold his position and they have shown to the team that with or without Phil, we can supprise any opponent.

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Klopp, Pep sing each other’s praises ahead of English ‘El Clasico’

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Just before Sunday’s all crucial fixture, Jurgen Klopp has showered his rival Pep Guardiola in high praises. The German has called his Spanish compatriot Pep Guardiola the best manager in the world.

Not sure many Reds fans would agree with that one, though. The Gaffer’s comments came after Pep Guardiola jokingly admitted to overthinking allegations in the Champions League.

Klopp defends Pep Guardiola in the press

Guardiola commented that the solution to his overthinking might be to just ‘play with 12 players.’ This comes as City have blown away their huge lead in the league over Liverpool from the start of the year.

Jurgen Klopp when asked about Guardiola’s comments, he went onto explain what Pep actually meant. Read what the German said below.

“It was ironic! I saw there was a story in Ecuador this week which claimed I didn’t understand Luis Diaz. You[journalists] have a responsibility on this planet.

Klopp has previously said the pair have a ‘respectful relationship’

If you want to talk to us then please do us a favour and help us. Pep said ironically, ‘I overthink, and I like overthinking’.”

Not only this, the German then went onto claim Guardiola is the best manager in the world.

“Pep is the best coach in the world. I think we would all agree on that and it might be a coincidence that it didn’t work out in the Champions League so far. If anybody doubts him, I have no idea how that could happen.”

The Bromance goes both ways, as well. Pep has several times termed Klopp’s Liverpool as the toughest team he’s ever encountered.

Guardiola says Klopp makes world football a ‘better place’

When asked about he thinks of Klopp’s comments, Pep denied that he thinks he’s the best. He further said he’d love to have a drink with the German if City won the game, jokingly.

“Jurgen makes world football a better place to live. His message, he is a huge competitor.”

Over the likes of SAF’s Man United, Jose’s Madrid and Inter, and even Simeone’s Atleti. Needless to say, Klopp rightly deserves that praise. Out of all those managers, Klopp has the best record against Guardiola.

Many have termed this game as the biggest in recent English history and dubbed the English ‘El Clasico’.

The duo are evenly tied at 9 wins each and 4 draws out of their 22 encounters throughout the years. The game is setting up to be a potential title decider with Liverpool in red hot form currently.

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Match Report: Two tight finishes see Liverpool get over Arsenal

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It was a game of close margins as two close finishes from Jota and Firmino saw Liverpool through against Arsenal. Check out the match report, opinions and tweets from last night’s game here!

Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool: Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino fire Reds to within  one point of leaders Man City | Football News | Sky Sports

Diogo Jota always loves playing against Arsenal

A game of narrow margins and Jurgen Klopp’s Reds always know how to pull off results out of those. In the blink of an eye, two neat finishes of the highest order changed the complexion of the game in the span of eight minutes.

The first half of the game was even, as many had expected but without any goals. One could say Arsenal were even the better team till the first goal, but goals are the most vital.

At the 54th minute mark, a pinpoint threaded pass by Thiago Alcantara found its way to Jota.

The Portuguese was running at the Arsenal defense and kept doing so, before smashing the ball into a small pocket of space left by Ramsdale near post.

Diogo Jota has scored seven times against Arsenal since moving to Liverpool, with 5 of those at the Emirates. He truly loves himself a game against the Gunners, doesn’t he?

Just a little later, Firmino put in a cheeky outside boot to finish off the game. Robertson got the ball after a failed clearance by Saka, and the left-back ran with the ball till he put it on a platter for the Brazilian, who finished it with rather ease.

Arsenal are a good team, it’s certainly a fact that Arteta’s changed their whole outlook and aura. However, Liverpool never seemed to be moved or at unease during the whole game and they showed it in the 2nd half.

Almost as if this was a game between Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool of 16/17 versus the current one. A team in the ascendancy against a team settled, sure of itself and brimming with the demeanor of champions.

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MATCHDAY: Liverpool go to the Emirates in crucial title fixture

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Read up the matchday preview as Liverpool visit the Emirates in one of their most crucial games in the league. Liverpool’s trip to Emirates is set up to be increasingly important in the upcoming title race.

Matchday Preview: Liverpool travel away to the Emirates to face Arsenal

Liverpool will be going away to the Emirates to keep up their push for the Premier League this season. If they snatch a win here, they can in touching distance of the league leaders.

The Reds currently sit at second place in the league, a point less than leaders Man City. However, since Pep’s team played a goalless draw against Crystal Palace earlier this week, Reds have their best chance to close the distance.

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Liverpool beat Arsenal by a margin of two goals in their last game against each other in the EFL Cup

Arsenal, on the other hand, will be looking to cement their top four spot ahead of Man United. Arteta’s men are impressing on all fronts recently, as proven by their 5 consecutive win streak in the league.

Fans are gearing up for the game to be a cracker, with immense attacking talent on display on both sides.

Venue: The Emirates

Time: 8:15 pm local time

Referee: Michael Oliver

Team News

Reds supporters will be delighted to hear that Moh Salah is back in contention for the game, possibly. All this comes after the Egyptian suffered a foot injury in Liverpool’s weekend game against Brighton.

However, It still remains to be seen whether he can make the starting XI or not. If not, Klopp will have to choose between Jota or Firmino.

Regardless of Moh Salah making the lineup tonight or not, Liverpool still boast a frightening frontline. A trio consisting of Mane, Diaz and either of Jota or Firmino isn’t something to laugh at.

Possible Starting XIs

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Mane, Diaz

Arsenal: Ramsdale; Cedric, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Odegaard, Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Lacazette, Martinelli

Result Prediction: Liverpool to edge it out at the Emirates

Arsenal 2 – 3 Liverpool

While Arsenal have been on an impressive run as of late, Liverpool are on an even better streak. With the Reds clicking at the right time of the season, we expect them to exploit Arsenal’s defensive woes.

The Gunners have been left exposed at times at the back due to their high press up the pitch. Opponents haven’t fully cashed in on that weakness, but Jurgen Klopp and his men are a different caliber altogether.

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