Fabinho reveals what Philippe Coutinho told him about Liverpool before summer move

Philippe Coutinho raved about Liverpool fans to Fabinho (Picture: Getty)Fabinho has revealed that Philippe Coutinho told him about Liverpool’s ‘exceptional’ supporters before he joined the club.

The 25-year-old midfielder completed a £39million switch from Monaco in the summer and has had a frustrating time since arriving on Merseyside, failing to make a Premier League start until the end of October.

However, Jurgen Klopp heaped praise on Fabinho following Liverpool’s Merseyside derby victory over Everton and talked up the Brazilian’s partnership with Georginio Wijnaldum.

Fabinho was blown away by Liverpool fans on his Champions League debut for the club against Paris Saint-Germain and lifted the lid on what Coutinho told him about the Reds’ home support.

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‘I knew about Anfield on European nights, but it wasn’t a very detailed knowledge, just the kind of things you pick up from the TV about stories and games you’ve watched,’ he told Liverpoolfc.com.

‘I remember once with the national team, Philippe Coutinho was talking about the exceptional Liverpool fans.

‘But now that I’m living it week in and week out, the atmosphere in the stadium, the reaction of the fans to every victory – you can see how fanatical the supporters are and how much they love their team. They really make a difference.

Philippe Coutinho and Fabinho are team-mates with the Brazilian national side (Picture: Getty)‘At the start of the season when I wasn’t playing as much and I was on the bench, especially in the first game, I was looking around the stadium all the time at the way the fans were reacting and I was really impressed by it all.

‘The first Champions League night against PSG was amazing. The fans put on a show at every home game and it gives us an extra push when we play at Anfield.’

Fabinho impressed in the Merseyside derby (Picture: Getty)Liverpool must beat Napoli 1-0 or by two clear goals to guarantee a place in the Champions League last 16 and Fabinho is confident of progressing.

The Brazil international said: ‘It’ll be a very difficult game. Napoli showed their quality over in Italy when they beat us, but it’s in our hands.

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‘We’ll be playing at Anfield, which will be an extra boost for us. As always, we’re going to try to impose ourselves, as we do against whoever we’re up against.

‘And driven on by our fans, we’re going to give our everything to win this game.’

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Jamie Carragher mocks Gary Neville over his combined Liverpool-Manchester United XI

The former right-back named two players who can’t get in Mourinho’s team! (Picture: Getty)Gary Neville was ridiculed by Jamie Carragher for picking both Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly in his combined Liverpool-Manchester United XI – even though they aren’t playing for the Red Devils.

The two teams face off at Anfield on Sunday, though have Champions League matches in midweek first, with Jose Mourinho’s side trailing league leaders Liverpool by 16 points after as many matches.

Both Neville and Carragher picked their combined XIs for Sunday’s game – with the rule that no injured players can be included – and the former United right-back struggled to get many of his old club’s players in the side.

Neville named four United players in his combined XI (Picture: Sky Sports)In the end he picked just four – Pogba, Bailly, David de Gea and Anthony Martial – though Carragher was not impressed with his decision making process.

On picking Bailly

JC: ‘Baily doesn’t even get in the United team so why’s he getting in a combined team?’GN: ‘I just fancied putting a United player in the back four, to be honest.’JC: ‘He doesn’t even play does he?’GN: ‘To be fair, do I think Matip and Lovren, individually, are brilliant? Not really. Do I think Bailly is brilliant? Not really. But I think actually if Bailly was put in that back four, he’d be the best of the three of them. I must admit it was tough. It was a flip of the coin.’

On picking Pogba

GN: ‘Pogba I just thought holding in midfield-JC: ‘Holding!?’GN: ‘Yeah, I put him holding.[Carragher bursts out laughing]JC: ‘Pogba holding? Holding what? Oh my god. He’s the most undisciplined player of all time.’GN: ‘He’s holding with Wijnaldum and Keita. I didn’t pick him with much conviction to be honest with you! I was clutching at straws.’

Neville stuck by his decision to include Pogba and, even though he is not in Mourinho’s good books at the moment, believes the Frenchman is a world-class midfielder.

He continued: ‘I still think Pogba is Manchester United’s best central midfield player. I actually still think, out of all the central midfield players of both clubs, he’s the most talented.’

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Lyon president explains why Nabil Fekir’s transfer to Liverpool broke down

The Frenchman was on the verge of moving to Anfield over the summer (Picture: Getty)Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says Nabil Fekir’s transfer to Liverpool did not collapse over fears about a long-standing knee problem.

The Frenchman looked set to move to Anfield in a £58million deal – with some reports even suggesting he had taken pictures in the shirt and filmed his welcome interview – but Liverpool pulled the plug at the eleventh hour.

Fekir ruptured his ACL three years ago and has had knee problems ever since, though Aulas insists that was not the reason the deal fell apart.

Fekir looked destined to join Liverpool over the summer (Picture: Getty)‘At the final moment, the three parties did not find an agreement, but not just Liverpool & Lyon, who had had an agreement,’ Aulas told RMC.

‘There was a change of heart from Liverpool’s point of view, as we were in a tight situation in that Nabil was about to go to the World Cup, we decided to finish [the talks].

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‘Nabil at the time was ok with all of that.’

On whether Fekir’s knee was the issue, Aulas continued: ‘I think it was one of the arguments that was used on the Liverpool side, but personally I do not think it was the real reason.’

Aulas is hoping to tie Fekir down to a new contract (Picture: Getty)There have been suggestions that Liverpool could reignite their interest in Fekir, while Chelsea have also been credited with interest, but Aulas does not think the playmaker will leave and is looking to agree a contract extension.

He added: ‘I do not think that he wants to [leave in January]. So, especially in the moment that we are in, with a chance to qualify for the Champions League and definitely being in the Europa League, I don’t imagine that Nabil could leave this summer.’

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Sadio Mane winning race to be fit for Liverpool’s clash with Napoli

Sadio Mane is expected to be fit to start against Napoli (Picture: Getty)Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed Sadio Mane is in line to face Napoli on Tuesday after recovering well from a foot injury.

The Senegal international missed wins against Burnley and Bournemouth after picking up an injury in a 1-0 win against Everton last weekend.

Liverpool need to win 1-0 or by two clear goals to progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League but face an in-form Napoli at Anfield.

However, the Reds’ chances have been given a significant boost with the news that Mane is likely to be able to start.

Mane is likely to start (Picture: Getty)‘Sadio can deal with the pain obviously – it looked like that in Bournemouth, so that’s cool. It’s good enough that we can consider him at least.

‘We have two sessions still to come – we’ll train tomorrow morning as well. That’s very important.

‘We have the meeting to do. In the squad there is nothing really serious after the game, that’s good.’

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Liverpool are understandably desperate to reach the knockout stages and they’ll be equally determined not to drop into the Europa League.

The Reds knocked Manchester City off top spot in the Premier League this weekend but a Europa League campaign could hinder their chances of a first league title in 28 years.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp ‘not surprised’ at alleged racial abuse towards Man City’s Raheem Sterling

Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp (Picture: Getty)Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he is ‘not surprised’ at the alleged racial abuse directed at Raheem Sterling during Manchester City’s defeat against Chelsea.

England international Sterling has told police he was racially abused at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

He informed members of the Metropolitan Police that he heard racist insults and other foul language as he went to retrieve a ball that had gone out of play during the 2-0 loss.

Cameras picked up several home supporters screaming at Sterling and the disturbing video has been shared by the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Ian Wright and Patrice Evra.

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Klopp says the incident did not surprise him and that the culprits must be punished. He also hailed Sterling as ‘brilliant’ for not reacting to the abuse.

The Liverpool manager said: ‘I watched the game and I saw him pick the ball up and then I saw the guys shouting.

‘I thought his reaction was just brilliant. Looking at his face, he gave the right response. They don’t warrant any reaction or respect.

‘I’m not surprised about it. It won’t stop just because we talk about it. But I like that they put the finger on it. You cannot say whatever you want.

(Picture: Instagram)‘There needs to be punishments. They need to get punished. What I like is that 95 per cent are not like this.

‘Yes, punish them, but don’t talk too much about them because they don’t deserve it.’

In the aftermath of the incident Sterling, who played for Liverpool before joining Manchester City in 2015, said newspapers were helping to ‘fuel racism’ by the way they portray young black footballers.

‘All I have to say is have a second thought about fair publicity and give all players an equal chance,’ the Premier League winner said.

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Joe Gomez speaks out on signing new Liverpool contract and his ‘devastating’ injury

Joe Gomez has signed a new contract at Anfield (Picture: Liverpool FC)Joe Gomez has signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool.

The England international has committed his future to the Reds by extending his three-and-a-half-year stay with the club.

He told Liverpoolfc.com: ‘Signing this new deal means the world to me.

‘I’ve been at the club a few years now and have had the pleasure to play for Liverpool and experience what that means, so I am delighted to get the chance to extend my contract here.

‘I love the club, I love playing and learning here, and I am happy for that to continue.’

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Having shown glimpses of his immense potential for Charlton Athletic, Gomez was signed by Liverpool in 2015 and has since played over 50 games for the Premier League club.

‘There have been a lot of highs and lows, it’s my fourth season now and every one has been different,’ Gomez added.

‘Obviously I would like to have had a few less setbacks along the way, but it has all been part of my journey – one that I have loved and embraced. I have learned so much.

‘There have been good times on the pitch as well. Hopefully that can continue.

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‘I am learning under a great manager and great coaching staff and have all the tools around me to keep progressing and learning. I am looking forward to it.’

The England defender has been ruled out for around six weeks due to the lower left leg fracture he sustained during the win at Burnley.

But he is confident he will soon be back in the fold at Anfield to help Liverpool’s Premier League title push.

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‘Obviously I am devastated with the timing of it,’ he said. ‘You never want to get injured.

‘I’ve been here a few years and I am still young, but it’s something I’m used to and I am capable of dealing with setbacks like this. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again.

‘You never want to be injured, as a player you always want to play. It will be tough for me sitting out for a while, but I will do everything I can to get back better and stronger.’

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Jamie Redknapp warns Jurgen Klopp about a major threat to Liverpool’s Premier League title hopes

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (Picture: Getty)Jamie Redknapp has warned Jurgen Klopp that dropping into the Europa League could derail Liverpool’s Premier League title hopes.

The Reds must beat Napoli at Anfield on Tuesday evening to progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Klopp’s side overtook Manchester City at the top of the Premier League this weekend after maintaining their unbeaten league run with a 4-0 thrashing at Bournemouth.

City were also unbeaten ahead of this weekend’s round of fixtures but lost 2-0 at Chelsea.

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Redknapp sees Liverpool as genuine title contenders but fears their domestic push could be derailed if they enter the demanding and gruelling Europa League.

‘Tuesday night is Liverpool’s biggest game of the season,’ the former England international told the Daily Mail.

‘Their result against Napoli will have a huge say on whether they can win the Premier League.

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‘Qualify for the Champions League knockout stage and they go into Sunday’s Anfield showdown with bitter rivals Manchester United with incredible momentum.

‘Failing to make it through would not only be a significant blow to their confidence but could also mean they are playing Europa League football.

‘Playing on Thursday then Sunday is gruelling and it means you are more likely to have to play catch-up in the Premier League. It would threaten to derail their title push.’

Redknapp added: ‘Despite making their best start to a top-flight season, Liverpool are still only a point clear at the top.

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‘Manchester City may have lost to Chelsea but that result makes them no less formidable.

‘I cannot see them making many more slip-ups, especially when Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne return to fitness.

‘Since their last league championship in 1990, Liverpool have never looked better equipped to win the title.’

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Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham all in the Premier League title race, says Dimitar Berbatov

Former Premier League champion Dimitar Berbatov (Picture: Getty)Two-time Premier League champion Dimitar Berbatov says Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are all capable of winning the title this season.

Liverpool, who thrashed Bournemouth 4-0 on Saturday, climbed to the top of the table after Manchester City were beaten by Chelsea.

Defending champions City have looked in unstoppable form this term but saw their unbeaten run ended by Maurizio Sarri’s team at Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool are now the only team yet to suffer a defeat in the Premier League this season and Berbatov insists they are a ‘big rival’ to Man City.

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But the former Manchester United striker also sees Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham as genuine title challengers.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday, he said: ‘Liverpool are a big rival for Man City. We don’t like that but you need to give credit.

‘They’re playing great football. They enjoy the way they play. It is good for the league. Now you have Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal all in the race.’

Asked specifically about Chelsea’s title credentials, Berbatov added: ‘Sarri said they were not in the race. But then they beat Man City. Was it a trick?

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Jurgen Klopp heaps praise on Joel Matip after Liverpool thrash Bournemouth

Matip played for Schalke before joining Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp has heaped praise on central defender Joel Matip after his performance in Liverpool’s 4-0 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday.

Mohamed Salah bagged a hat-trick while a Steve Cook own goal also contributed to the scoreline, but the German manager was keen to highlight the defensive strengths of his team.

But he didn’t choose to heap praise individually on Virgil Van Dijk or Alisson Becker, but Matip instead.

‘I could write a book about Virgil’s strengths and about Alisson’s strengths, but look what Joel Matip did today,’ Klopp said.

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Salah didn’t celebrate any of his three goals vs Bournemouth (Picture: Getty)‘How good he was, and he has absolutely no rhythm. He trains on the highest level and he’s not even in the squad sometimes.’

Matip has made just nine appearances this season, with five of those coming from the substitutes bench.

However, more impressive performances like the one he put in at the Vitality Stadium could see him become more of a regular in the Liverpool defence.

The Reds’ next game is against Napoli, with the Anfield club requiring a victory to ensure their qualification to the last 16 of the competition.

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Liverpool? Manchester City? Graeme Souness predicts who will win the Premier League

Souness believes City have the edge (Picture: AMA/Corbis via Getty)Graeme Souness believes Manchester City ’have the edge’ in the race for the Premier League title, although he expects Liverpool to ‘challenge right until the death’.

The former Reds ace was impressed by the manner in which Jurgen Klopp’s side blew Bournemouth away in a 4-0 win – a result that maintained their unbeaten run in the Premier League this season.

Their comprehensive victory against Eddie Howe’s men saw them rise to the top of the table, although Manchester City will return to the summit if they avoid defeat against Chelsea later on Saturday afternoon.

Neither side has been defeated yet in England’s top flight and Liverpool are posing a serious threat to Pep Guardiola’s defending champions.

Klopp and Guardiola are fighting for the title (Picture: Getty)But Souness still believes City have enough to see off their title challenge and expects them to be crowned title winners.

‘I think Liverpool have got strength in depth now,’ Souness told Sky Sports. ‘I think Liverpool will be fine. I think Liverpool will challenge right until the death.

‘I think it’s between – with all due respect to the others and they’ll go on runs and make an impression – Liverpool and City.

‘If you ask me right now, I think City have the edge.

‘For anyone who has aspirations to win this league you have to finish in front of City.’

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