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THE big news today is obviously all about Steven Gerrard retiring from football, rightly so as he is right up there with Liverpool’s greatest ever players.

But, as you may have missed it, I’m going to try and focus on the news not involving our former captain in today’s round up — so bear with me.

Clyne: Forwards Taking The Pressure Off Defenders

Our defence has been great recently, hasn’t it? Joel Matip looks like the signing of the summer. Dejan Lovren looks a different man. James Milner is proving everybody wrong at left-back. Nathaniel Clyne has also been his usual reliable self — although he gives a lot of the credit for their defensive solidity to the forwards.

He told Liverpoolfc.com: “We have been solid of late and not giving the opponents any chances to get a shot at goal and keeping it strong at the back.

“Also, credit to the forward players who are pressing really hard at the very top end of the pitch, which stops them creating any chances. Our total dominance of the football match is helping us defensively in the games.”

Up the attack is the best form of defence Reds.

Coutinho: Our System Gives Me Freedom To Play

I’m bang into how well Philippe Coutinho has played this season. I’m happy to admit that, in the past, I have criticised him for a lack of consistency but I’m more than happy for him to continue proving me wrong as he is now. And he insists that his form is down to the system and the freedom it gives him.

He told Sky Sports: “I like the position that I’m now playing. What I like most about it is that I don’t have to just stay in one place.

“I have the freedom to move around. The manager is comfortable with me doing it and that’s given me the confidence to go and play.”

Hands off Barca.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, November 6, 2016: Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia celebrates scoring the second goal against Watford during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp Issues Warning To Sunderland

Klopp was trying his hardest to change the focus of today’s press conference towards the Sunderland game and in doing so he had a warning for David Moyes’ side — who have won both of their last two games.

He said: “Sunderland, if they win football games in the Premier League: well done, deserved, whatever. But not here [at Anfield].”

Is fucking right. These are our points, Reds.

The Big News…

Alright, I couldn’t go the whole way through without mentioning something about it. Soz. Thanks for the memories, Stevie lad. All the best.

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