JÜRGEN Klopp spoke to the press at Melwood today ahead of the visit of Walter Mazzarri’s Watford, a game that the Reds really have to win, writes Peter Tscherewik.
Liverpool managed to see off the Hornets with ease back in May, winning 2-0. That game meant nothing, where as this one has serious significance – this cannot afford to be a banana skin for the Reds if they are to stay up there with the rest.
Who Is Michael Edwards?
Klopp was quizzed today on the appointment of Liverpool’s new sporting director, Michael Edwards. Having worked under a similar structure during his time at Borussia Dortmund, the manager has given it his full backing.
He said: “It was easy to make this decision. All over the world football clubs work like this. Short ways, quick decisions.”
“In the end I will always have the final say. Maybe that’s the most important thing for you!”
Prior to this morning, the majority of Reds’ (myself included!) knew nothing of Edwards – though he has infact worked with the club since 2011. FSG don’t see this promotion as a gamble, but instead as a logical step for him to assist the manager.
Klopp Backs Ingsy
Danny Ings‘s devastating injury has dominated the headlines this week, with manager Jürgen Klopp being the latest to offer out his full support to the forward.
Ings missed the majority of last season with a cruciate ligament injury, and many were excited to see him back in the first team fold this season. Sadly though, the 24-year-old suffered damage to his right-knee during Liverpool’s cup clash with Spurs last week – thus ruling him out for seven to nine months.
Philippe Coutinho, Emre Can and Jordan Henderson have all voiced their sympathy and support to Ings via Instagram, and Klopp has ensured one and all that the 24-year-old WILL have a future with Liverpool when he returns.
He said: “Not a nice story but it’s an important story. Everyone who knows Ingsy likes him.”
“Danny will be back and will be a Liverpool player, 100%. Everything will be good in the end.”
Here’s to a speedy recovery, Danny.
No Rest For The Wicked
With an international break right around the corner *sigh*, most managers’ resent it – Liverpool’s appears to be different, however.
He said: “When I came here, I think the players had a few days off and I changed it. Silly decision! It was only because I was not used to it,”
“They have a program to train, to get and stay fit. A real training session makes no sense with five or six players. We try to have a game behind-closed-doors, the result is not important.”
Divock Origi, Simon Mignolet and Trent Alexander-Arnold have all been called to their respective national sides today, with a number of others expected to follow suit in the coming days.
No injuries please, lads.
— The Anfield Wrap (@TheAnfieldWrap) November 4, 2016
Luis Loves The Reds
Who can forget Luis Suarez? Philippe Coutinho certainly hasn’t, that’s for sure.
The Brazilian maestro took the opportunity to meet up with his former teammate as Barcelona took on Manchester City in a Champions League encounter on Tuesday.
“It was very good – it is always nice to see Luis,” he said.
“He is very happy. He has a very big passion for this football club and follows us from a distance, so he is very happy our journey so far and supports us from there.”
Liverpool fans are happy, and so is El Pistolero – boss.