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Ronnie Whelan: Liverpool are back on track

Liverpool legend Ronnie Whelan believes the Reds could be on the verge of something special thanks to Jürgen Klopp.

The former Anfield favourite thinks the German boss has made the Reds look like a side capable of challenging again and despite there being false dawns in the past, Whelan thinks this time it’s different.

Writing for The Herald, Whelan said: “For the first time in many, many years, I feel like Liverpool football club is back on track.

“There were islands of success during the last few decades but at no stage did I think: ‘Right, this is the start of something big’.

“At no stage could I see a future in which the club could even hope to keep pace with the money washing around Manchester, London, Paris, Barcelona or Madrid.

“But I’m feeling that now, and it’s all down to Jürgen Klopp.”

He added: “We’ve been schooled to expect the worst over many, many years and usually bad has followed good. Defeat by Burnley is the case in point this season.

“But this was different. After Liverpool, quite literally, blew Chelsea away in the first half, and when Costa scored, I was bracing myself for the inevitable collapse.

“But Chelsea, with their tails up and searching for an equaliser and maybe a winner, hardly troubled Simon Mignolet after they scored. Matip and Dejan Lovren took hold of Diego Costa and never gave him an inch.

“At one point, I found myself sitting back in my seat and thinking that Liverpool were coping nicely and the hard core of anxiety which usually accompanies the final moments of a game poised like this one, melted away.”

With Liverpool having been made 2nd favourites to win the league behind wealthy rivals Manchester City, does he think the Reds can pull it off?

“My tip for the title is still Manchester City – if anything, that prediction has hardened,” said Whelan. “But I now think that Liverpool will be a challenger and I must admit, I didn’t believe that four weeks ago.”

During his Liverpool career (1979 – 1994) Whelan won 6 League titles, 3 FA Cups, 3 League Cups, 5 Charity Shields, 1 Super Cup and 1 European Cup.

Ovie Ejaria tipped to make Liverpool debut against Derby

Ovie Ejaria is expected to be handed his Liverpool debut against Derby County this evening.

The 18-year-old midfielder was an unused substitute against Chelsea last Friday but looks set to feature against The Rams in the League Cup tonight.

Ejaria made the switch from Arsenal to Liverpool in 2014 having spent 9 years with The Gunners.

Described as ‘a talented and industrious central midfielder’, the London-born Ejaria was involved in Liverpool’s pre-season games against Fleetwood, Tranmere and Huddersfield and was a member of the squad that took part in the the club’s tour of America.

A groin injury kept him out at the beginning of the season but he’s since made his comeback for the Under 23s.

Although many consider him best at home in the centre, he is also comfortable playing out wide.

It is claimed that he turned down Manchester United to sign for Liverpool.

Gary Lineker meets Jürgen Klopp

Gary Lineker meets Jürgen Klopp at Melwood, Liverpool Football Club’s training complex in this brilliant and insightful interview.

“In the time I spent with him, Jurgen Klopp was enigmatic, larger than life and extremely quick-witted,” said Lineker.

“He is quite unique as a football manager in many ways, and that is what makes him so entertaining. He was great value in the in-depth interview I did with him for The Premier League Show.

“I met Jurgen in his office at Liverpool’s Melwood training ground and it was good to get to know him and get an insight into his thinking football-wise, and away from the game too.

“Most top-level managers are pretty guarded but Jurgen was not just hugely charismatic when I spoke to him, he was also pretty honest and frank.

“He spoke quite candidly to me about a lot of things and it was refreshing to meet a manager who is so open like that, especially someone who is ‘box office’ too.

“His man-management skills are very interesting and it was great to get an insight from him into his thinking there, because you can tell he is the kind of guy that gets the best out of people.

“He also explains his general ethos with his teams – not just the way he likes them to play, but the thinking behind that.

“One of the first things he said when he took the Liverpool job was that he had to turn people from doubters into believers – on the pitch and off it – and his personality is a big part of the reason that is happening.

“Results have been a bit up and down and performances inconsistent, but I think you can see a progression and gradual morphing as this becomes his team.

“That takes time for any manager, especially when you play in a different way to the previous incumbent, but I sensed when I was in the area that he has got the Liverpool fans behind him, and that comes across at games too.

“From talking to him, I know he understands the history and traditions of the club and respects the achievements of its previous managers.

“We saw at Borussia Dortmund, where he won two Bundesliga titles and took them to the Champions League final, that he is a terrific coach with a great record. If you put all that together, it is a great combination.

“There will always be questions when Liverpool lose and some supporters will always complain, but the general feeling is still that they are going in the right direction under Klopp.

“I can understand why. He is a very funny man, with a great sense of humour, and clearly very intelligent as well.”

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The LFC Hip Hop Quiz 2016

Reds’ trio Daniel Sturridge, Nathaniel Clyne and Joe Gomez battle it out to see who is Liverpool’s hip hop mastermind.

Watch to find out whether D Studger D can retain his 2014 crown and remain the Reds prince of RnB.

Loris Karius to make Liverpool debut against Derby

Loris Karius will be handed his Liverpool debut against Derby County this evening.

The £4.7million summer signing has recovered from a hand injury and will replace Simon Mignolet in goal for tonight’s League Cup tie at Derby with the manager insisting he doesn’t have a No.1.

Reds’ boss Jürgen Klopp said: “What we want is two really strong goalkeepers and that is what I think we have got.

“Loris had an advantage in pre-season and he could not use it because of the injury. Simon came in this moment back from the national team and did a brilliant job.

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“I really don’t want to make a big battle of these two goalkeepers, why should I? Goalkeepers need to feel secure but you can’t play your whole life as a keeper without conceding goals.

“You will always feel a bit guilty, more or less. But you need a manager who will say you can still stay and feel confident. I can’t say ‘today, him and then today him’. The pressure on the players is big enough.

“I don’t have to make any more, they have to do their best and then when I have a feeling for something I will change or not. It is not because we paid money for Loris and did not pay money last year for Simon that I make the decision.

“It is all about what I see in training, and what I see is two very good goalkeepers and another very good goalkeeper for the future who we gave to Huddersfield. The business is done. We don’t need to talk about this position. Now the boys have to perform.”

Asked if Mignolet would return to the team to face Hull at the weekend, Klopp said: “Where is my possibility to answer? When I say ‘yes’ what does it mean for Loris? If I say ‘no’ what does it mean for Simon?

“This question makes sense but the answer would not. There is no No 1 at this moment. There is no decision to make.

“It is just about performing and showing how good you are. For all the other players it is the same. I won’t say someone is our centre-half for the next 15 months.

“It is about performing and improving – showing how much you can help the team.”

Mamadou Sakho injury news

Jürgen Klopp today provided a brief update on Mamadou Sakho’s injury status.

The Liverpool manager has ruled the 26-year-old out of Tuesday’s League Cup game against Derby County despite being back in training for a couple of weeks following an Achilles problem.

Asked about the defender’s fitness, Klopp said: “He is still working on it. Of course he’s closer to everything. he’s still working but being match fit is a big difference, that’s all.

“We have to have a few sessions, then it’s not about how the player feels, it’s how I feel about how close the players are. It needs time.

“It’s a long, long time since he didn’t play. All the others didn’t have that long a break. It makes more sense that we really use the time and that’s what we’re working on.”

Sakho refused to leave the club on loan in the summer opting instead to remain at Anfield despite the manager suggesting he should go out to build his fitness up.

Roberto Firmino injury news

Roberto Firmino is fit and available for selection to face Derby County in the League Cup after missing Liverpool’s game against Chelsea on Friday.

The 24-year-old missed the trip to Stamford Bridge with a slight groin problem but is available to be included in the squad for tomorrow’s game should the manager choose to select him.

Commenting on his status at today’s pre-match press conference, Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp said: “It’s all about taking risks in football but not with players who are not 100 percent.

“We have to wait a little bit. Roberto is in training.

“We gave him yesterday [off] because medical department told me, he could have played but I decided no. They told me if we give him three days it will be perfect. Today is the fourth day.”

  • Derby County v Liverpool – INFO

Derby County v Liverpool – MATCH INFO

Liverpool’s next game is a League Cup tie against Derby County.

The game will be played away from home at Derby’s Pride Park Stadium (iPro Stadium) on Tuesday 20th September and will kick-off at 7.45pm GMT.

Graham Scott has been selected to referee the match.

LIVE TELEVISION COVERAGE

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TV HIGHLIGHTS

Match of the Day (No coverage). MOTD episodes are available via the BBC iPlayer but you will require a VPN to stream if you are outside the UK. We highly recommend Overplay if you need to access UK broadcasts from overseas. Their SmartDNS and VPN package is worth every penny.

Sky Sports and Channel 5 (highlights only) have the UK rights to this competition.

Goals, post-match interviews and analysis may be available on the members’ website.

LIVE STREAMS

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RADIO

BBC Radio 5 Live (confirmed commentary) | talkSPORT (updates only) | BBC Radio Merseyside (confirmed coverage but not online) | BBC Radio Derby (confirmed commentary but not online)

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APPS

Many Liverpool supporters use applications such as ‘Kodi’ to stream live football games. An Amazon TV stick or an Android box are popular gadgets these days for streaming sports, movies, music etc. Always check the reviews and questions before purchasing! Other apps such as Mobdro and Plex are also recommended by fans. For help and information visit the ‘Streaming, Kodi, Free TV etc’ forum on the members’ website or have a nosey on YouTube, Google etc for ‘How To’ guides.

TRANSPORT

Sat Nav: Pride Park, Derby DE24 8XL

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