Klavan: England’s A Different Ball Game

RAGNAR Klavan has been speaking to the club’s official website about his form and adapting to life in English football.

As well as insisting he is never satisfied by his form, he said: “Not only training, the games as well. There is a little bit more allowed in this league, from the referees, than I’m used to.

“This is something that takes a little bit of time, that as a central defender you are allowed a little bit more. That’s the style of English football. Slowly, I’m getting there.”

Interesting. Think he’s been great recently, by the way. Looks a real bargain for us.

Firmino Loving Life At Liverpool

ROBERTO “Bobby” Firmino has said he is loving life at Liverpool and wants to stay at the club for many more years.

The Brazilian has six goals and five assists in 19 league games for the Reds this season and believes the team’s current form is down to the morale within the camp.

He said: “I am giving my best to the team like all the other players and everyone is happy with the work they are doing. That’s reflected in the football we are producing and the fact that everyone is enjoying themselves.

“I love playing here and hopefully it is something I can continue to do for many years.”

What a guy. Is right, Bobby.

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - Monday, January 2, 2017: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino in action against Sunderland during the FA Premier League match at the Stadium of Light. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

David James: Karius Will Come Good

FORMER Liverpool stopper David James has backed Loris Karius to be a success at Liverpool despite recently being dropped for Simon Mignolet.

The German joined the Reds from Mainz in the summer but has failed to impress so far, but James still sees potential.

The BT Sport pundit told PA Sport: “I like Karius — I looked at him last season before Liverpool signed him. He’s got a tremendous amount of growth in him and rather than a bad goalie who could be good, I see him as a good goalie who could be great.

“Of course there is an element of pressure on him but Karius has to learn that that is just part of the environment — all eyes are on you because goalkeepers have always been such a great part of the Liverpool tradition.”

I don’t think Klopp sees Mignolet as the long-term solution, to be honest. Karius is still his man.

Joel Matip Offers Fitness Update

JOEL Matip has been talking about his recent injury problems and insists he is now on the road to recovery.

The Cameroonian defender has missed the Reds’ last five games in the league with an ankle injury but he is now setting his sights on a return to full training.

He told the club website: “Getting better and in a few days I hope I’ll be back in full training.

“That’s the plan but you never know how it will go. We are really positive and hope that this chapter is closed.”

Looking forward to seeing him back. Not even sure if he walks straight back in now, though.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 19, 2016: Liverpool's Joel Matip in action against Southampton during the FA Premier League match at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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