Mane A Miss But Not An Excuse

JÜRGEN Klopp was once again in front of the press at Melwood today to preview Liverpool’s League Cup semi-final clash with Southampton.

Saturday’s defeat to Swansea City left the Reds with just one win so far in 2017, but the German insisted the absence of Sadio Mane isn’t the only issue that has contributed to their downturn in form.

He said: “We miss Sadio, we missed Phil for a long time and we missed Joel Matip — that’s really difficult. Sometimes we did really well in most of the games.

“As much as I like Sadio, it’s not allowed that we think a few problems we had in the last games are because we miss Sadio. That’s not how football should be, that’s not how life should be.”

It does feel like there’s a lack of pace without him in the side, though.

Klopp: Gerrard Role Perfect For Him

KLOPP was also quizzed on the recent appointment of Steven Gerrard, who has taken up a youth coaching role at The Academy.

He added: “For me, it was important to know what Steven wants and he said he wants to be a manager in the future. That’s cool.

“From my side I said everything I can do to help him on his way to be the best manager he can be, I am ready for this and I’d like to do it.

“Now he is at The Academy it is good for us and for him it is perfect.”

Is right, lads. Good to see Stevie back.

Markovic On The Move Again

LAZAR Markovic has had his loan spell with Sporting Lisbon cut short and has joined Hull City until the end of the season.

The Serbian made the move to Portugal in the summer but struggled to make an impact making just four starts.

He has now joined Marco Silva’s side as they attempt to stave off relegation. They also face Manchester United at the KCOM Stadium in the second leg of the League Cup semi-final on Thursday evening.

Markovic hat-trick to sink the Mancs, anyone?

Bring Back Sakho?

LIVERPOOL’S shock Anfield defeat to Swansea prompted many Reds fans to call for the return of Mamadou Sakho to the first-team squad.

After a string of disciplinary problems, the £20m-rated French defender was frozen out byKlopp and put up for sale.

But is it time to kiss and make up for the good of Liverpool? It’s John Gibbons v Gareth Roberts in the big debate – who do you agree with?

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