Liverpool face Tottenham this weekend and the buildup to the game is dominated by transfer talk and Jurgen Klopp‘s press conference.
All eyes on North London
After what has seemed a long old week without Liverpool in action, we’re finally approaching the weekend.
Liverpool face Tottenham and Jurgen gave the lowdown on the injury situation heading into the match, with no chance of Keita, Milner or Fabinho being involved and the boss suggesting it will be something “unpredictable” in the team he picks.
That’s the way he wants the side to play, too, giving Spurs problems they can’t contend with—and there’s a random discussion about who was the better player, Jurgen or Jose Mourinho!
The full press conference is available here.
Praise and plans for talented teens
Don’t expect too many others to follow Rhian Brewster out of the club this month.
The striker has left for Swansea to get first-team minutes (and goals, hopefully) but Curtis Jones will be staying at Anfield.
Klopp says they’ll get games with the U23s, “high-quality training sessions” and the chance to support the first team when opportunities arise, as they have done this term already.
Nat Phillips will likely resume his loan at Stuttgart before the end of the month, though, and Ben Woodburn has gone back to Oxford after recovering from his injury.
- Don’t think it’s all about the kids at Anfield these days; the boss has massive praise for his senior “role models”
- Timo Werner turned us down, apparently. Here’s the reasoning why
- And Klopp has praised the impact of new coach Vitor Matos
Minamino’s massive impact
Want to know what kind of impact Takumi Minamino is likely to have on the Liverpool following in his homeland?
According to a report in BBC Sport, it’ll be a big one. So big, in fact, that the Reds will rival the biggest two clubs for fans in that part of the world, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
“Real Madrid and Barcelona have been the most popular European football clubs here in Japan, but I think Liverpool will be as popular as these Spanish giants if Minamino flourishes in Liverpool.
“A lot of football fans have already started to contact us asking how they can get Liverpool’s match tickets. I think you will find more Japanese fans at Anfield after January.”
A group of fans gathered in a pub in Tokyo to watch our new No. 18 debut in the FA Cup and were enthused by what they saw.
He’s a massive star for the national team and should prove a huge addition to our squad.
What odds on us having the best player from Africa and the best player from Asia in the team at the same time? If only Virgil had won the world’s best player, too…
Quickfire LFC news
- Minamino has [temporarily] nicked Bobby Firmino’s spot in the dressing room, placing him between Keita and Mane to help him integrate quickly (Echo)
- Another awards double for the Reds: Klopp won Manager of the Month for December, his fourth award of the season, while Trent picked up Player of the Month (Sky Sports)
- Trent has spread the love for Joe Gomez, calling him world-class and saying he’s the match of any forward in the league (FourFourTwo)
- Max Clark says rumours linking him to the Reds are exactly that, just rumours, and he doesn’t want to join us anyway. Weirdo! (Echo)
Around the Prem
- Spurs duo Eric Dier and Son Heung-min have both called Liverpool “incredible” ahead of the weekend game. Let’s hope they’re still in awe of us at full time (Evening Standard)
- Guardiola reckons Leroy Sane might depart in the summer after not signing new City deal (MEN)
- Olivier Giroud is close to a move to Inter Milan (Sky Italia)
Stupid interview of the day
Boca Juniors midfielder Alexis Mac Allister keeps making it very clear he’s happy in Argentina and doesn’t want to go to Brighton.
The problem is…that’s his team, after they signed him a year ago and have since only loaned him to Boca.
That should help you get in the team…
Tweet of the day
Time for another one of these displays…
?? 6 years ago, @JHenderson ran the show in a thrashing at Spurs.
?? It kickstarted his LFC career and now he's the only player left from that squad.https://t.co/trLz0yJ2wF pic.twitter.com/CBWcJwFB2v
— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) January 10, 2020
What we’re reading
Just one today: This absolute madness in the Scotsman, which we’ll simply give you the title of:
“Vladimir Romanov gives interview in submarine as former Hearts owner claims he wanted to buy Liverpool and sell Steven Gerrard to Chelsea for £120m.”
Worth watching tonight
Sheffield United vs. West Ham United in a random return of the Premier League Friday night live action. 8pm kick-off, Sky Sports.