Spurs clash buildup & Minamino’s impending impact – Friday’s Liverpool FC News

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

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, January 5, 2020: Liverpool's Curtis Jones celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 235th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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.


First-team agendas

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, October 1, 2019: Liverpool's new coach Vitor Matos during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and FC Salzburg. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)


Minamino’s massive impact

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, January 5, 2020: Liverpool's new signing Japan international Takumi Minamino during the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 235th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 22, 2019: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates with Trent Alexander-Arnold after the FA Premier League match between Chelsea's FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. Liverpool won 2-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • 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

ROCHDALE, ENGLAND - Sunday, February 18, 2018: Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min during the FA Cup 5th Round match between Rochdale AFC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Spotland Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • 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)
  • Everton misfit Cenk Tosun is joining Palace on loan for the season (Mail)
  • 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…


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.

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