Dani Ceballos wanted to quit Real Madrid for Liverpool in January

Dani Ceballos wanted to join Liverpool in January. (Getty Images)Real Madrid blocked Dani Ceballos from joining Liverpool in the January transfer window, according to reports in Spain.

Jurgen Klopp’s side opted to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in a £142 million deal last month and were reportedly in the market for a replacement.

Monaco refused to sell Thomas Lemar, while Liverpool also attempted to bring Naby Keita’s transfer forward.

But according to Spanish TV show El Chiringuito, Liverpool were also trying to sign Ceballos but their efforts were rejected by Madrid.

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Ceballos has started only two games in La Liga this season. (Getty Images)The report claims that the midfielder wanted to join Anfield and a transfer could go through this summer.

Ceballos joined in a £14.5 million deal from Real Madrid last summer but has failed to secure a regular role under Zinedine Zidane.

Reports have claimed that tensions between Ceballos and Zidane were raised even further on Wednesday evening after the 21-year-old was brought on for just 29 seconds in the 3-1 win over Leganes.

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The two reasons why Liverpool have pulled plug on world-record transfer move for Roma goalkeeper Alisson

Jurgen Klopp’s transfer plans at Liverpool have changed (Picture: Getty)Liverpool are unlikely to revive their interest in Alisson during the summer despite being heavily linked with a move for the Roma and Brazil goalkeeper over the past year.

Alisson, 25, is rated as one of the best shot-stoppers in Europe having impressed for club and country since leaving boyhood club Internacional two years ago.

Jurgen Klopp has expressed interest in signing another goalkeeper, with Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius prone to costly errors and failing to cement themselves as the club’s No 1.

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But Liverpool do not currently plan to launch a move for Alisson this summer, despite recent reports suggesting talks were underway.

The Liverpool ECHO say Alisson’s staggering price tag and Karius’ resurgence at Anfield means Klopp will likely turn to alternative targets if he does indeed look to sign a goalkeeper.

Alisson’s price has been touted at around £70million and Roma will not sell cheaply, having regretted striking a £37m deal with Liverpool for Mohamed Salah.

Alisson has impressed for Roma and Brazil (Picture: Getty)

Jurgen Klopp has re-think over Liverpool goalkeeper situation

Loris Karius of Liverpool (Getty)Jurgen Klopp is ready to stick by Loris Karius this summer despite speculation that Liverpool will seek a new goalkeeper.

Reports have suggested the Reds are keen on Roma stopper Allison.

However, the Italian side have indicated it would take a world record sum to prize the Brazilian international away.

In the meantime Karius has emerged as the first-choice at Anfield having battled Simon Mignolet for the position.

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Roma goalkeeper Allison (Getty)The Telegraph report that Klopp is ready to place his faith in Karius and allow the German to establish himself as the undisputed number one.

In any case, Mignolet is expected to leave in search of first-team football elsewhere. It will mean Liverpool need to bring in a new goalkeeper but if Klopp keeps faith in Karius he will only seek an option that can provide competition rather than supersede his current stopper.

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Jurgen Klopp trolls Andrew Robertson following Liverpool’s thrashing of Porto

Andrew Robertson put in an accomplished performance against Porto (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp poked fun at Andrew Robertson’s wayward crossing in recent matches following Liverpool‘s 5-0 victory over Porto in the Champions League.

The Merseyside giants strolled to a comprehensive victory at the Estadio do Dragao, with Sadio Mane grabbing a hat-trick and Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino also getting on the scoresheet.

Robertson, who has cemented his place in Liverpool’s starting XI in recent weeks, also impressed in the round of 16 clash and it appears Klopp has finally found a solution the side’s left-back problem.

However, Klopp trolled Robertson over the Scot’s recent crossing in the aftermath of the Reds’ win in Portugal.

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‘I saw a lot of fantastic performances tonight,’ the German told BT Sport.

‘To be honest I think Robbo played an outstanding game and got his crosses back, I thought they’d gone to Scotland or somewhere!’

Jurgen Klopp trolled Andrew Robertson following the win (Picture: Getty)

Sadio Mane was Liverpool’s hero at Porto (Picture: Getty)Mane stole the headlines for his hat-trick in Porto but the Senegalese hailed his Liverpool team-mates following the victory.

‘It was not an easy game even though we scored 5 goals but it was more important to play as a team and we played great football from the beginning to the end,’ the forward said.

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‘We created so many chances and we scored five, it was well deserved today.

‘I said all the time I want to play with these great players [Salah and Firmino], everyone always talks about the three but the team makes it easier so without the team we are nothing so they do a great job behind us and we score all the time.’

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Jurgen Klopp explains how Roberto Firmino has benefited from Philippe Coutinho exit

Jurgen Klopp and Roberto Firmino ahead of their tie with Porto (Getty)Roberto Firmino is now getting more recognition at Liverpool following the departure of Philippe Coutinho, believes Jurgen Klopp.

The Brazilian forward is enjoying a fine season having taken his tally to 20 goals in all competitions for the Reds.

It has coincided with the absence of Coutinho, who missed chunks of the first half of the season through injury and was then sold to Barcelona in January.

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Philippe Coutinho is now a Barcelona player (Getty)Liverpool manager Klopp does not believe Coutino’s exit has made Firmino better – but it has seen him come out of his compatriot’s shadow.

‘I don’t think he has stepped up but maybe it is more obvious because his situations are not overshadowed by Phil Coutinho’s situations. That’s how it is. That is all,’ said Klopp.

‘He’s a very important player and he doesn’t always have to be the standout player. As often as he can be, that’s good. I don’t think he’s underrated. Not anymore. I don’t know what other people think about Roberto Firmino. I can imagine a bit because you ask me about it. I have no idea. People with a football brain judge him right. That’s how it is.’

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Liverpool take on Porto tonight in the first-leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie.

The loss of Coutinho might be considered a hindrance to their hopes of success in the competition, but Klopp highlighted the fact the now-Barcelona player was not responsible for Liverpool reaching the knock-out stage.

‘We qualified for the Champions League without Phil, he was not involved in either of the Hoffenheim games [that qualified Liverpool for the group stage]. All the players we have here are fantastic players, it’s about really how we stick to the way we want to play. You have to cause them problems, problems and problems.’

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Jurgen Klopp names Manchester City as the ‘strongest’ team in the Champions League but insists Liverpool can win competition

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool face Porto in the last-16 of the Champions League (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp has named Manchester City as the ‘strongest’ team in the Champions League – but insists Liverpool are capable of defying the odds to win the competition.

Ahead of the first leg of Liverpool’s last-16 clash with Porto on Wednesday evening, Klopp said his team’s performance against City last month proved they can compete with the best.

Scoring three goals within nine minutes, the Reds blew Premier League leaders City away before Pep Guardiola’s side mounted a late and futile comeback as they were beaten 4-3.

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Since that defeat, City have won three of their four league fixtures and thrashed Basel 4-0 on Tuesday to put themselves on the verge of a Champions League quarter-final.

The likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich will hope to join City in the last eight and Klopp believes his side have more than enough strength to compete with Europe’s elite clubs.

‘I know it already we can compete with them, I don’t have to look at them,’ Klopp said ahead of Wednesday’s clash Estádio do Dragão in Porto.

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‘I think probably the strongest football team in Europe at this moment is Manchester City. So we played them twice already at the highest level.

‘PSG is a little different, but I don’t look at them, I know it already [we can compete with them]. If we meet them [Man City] then we could beat them. That is how it is.

‘The last 16 in Europe there are so many good teams around who want to be in the competition and we are in.’

Having won 15 of their 27 Premier League games this season, Liverpool are third – above Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal – with 11 fixtures remaining.

Premier League leaders Manchester City thrashed Basel on Tuesday (Picture: Getty)The Reds must focus their entire efforts on the Champions League for now, however, and Klopp admits his side have been ‘waiting for this’ for several months.

‘Now we have to show that we don’t only want to be part of the competition – we are quite ambitious,’ the German boss said. ‘That is how it is and we have to take it seriously.

‘It feels different and you should not ignore that. You should not ignore the song at the beginning of the game. When you hear it – you sit at home and you think, “I want to be part of that”.

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‘It is the biggest club competition. But my experience taught me it is football, so the better side you have the better the chances, and we have quite a good football team.

‘I can not score the goals or whatever but we will be in the right mood for that game tomorrow. It was a long break between the group stage and now, but from the moment we were through we have been waiting for this and that’s what we have to show.’

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Jurgen Klopp provides injury update on Liverpool trio ahead of Porto clash

Jurgen Klopp’s side take on Porto in the Champions League (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp has delivered an update on injured Liverpool trio Nathaniel Clyne, Joe Gomez and Ragnar Klavan ahead of the side’s Champions League clash with Porto.

The Merseyside giants take on Porto for their much-anticipated round of 16 tie at the Estadio do Dragao following a convincing 2-0 victory away at Southampton in the Premier League.

Gomez has missed Liverpool’s last two matches with a knee problem, while fellow defender Klavan has recently returned to first-team training after suffering with a thigh strain.

The duo have been included in Liverpool’s 25-man squad for Wednesday night’s clash with Porto and are joined by Clyne who has missed the entire season with a back injury.

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Asked about Clyne’s fitness, Klopp responded: ‘Clyney is back. Of course, it is absolutely too early to think about him, but he is back in normal training, so that’s cool.

‘He’s been training for two days but after that long of a break, it will take time until he is able to play.’

Liverpool’s 25-man squad for Porto clash

Karius, Mignolet, Ward, Grabara, Clyne, Van Dijk, Lovren, Gomez, Klavan, Moreno, Robertson, Matip, Alexander-Arnold, Wijnaldum, Milner, Henderson, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Can, Woodburn, Firmino, Salah, Mane, Ings, Solanke.

Joe Gomez will be checked on ahead of the tie (Picture: Getty)Klavan is fit to feature for Liverpool at Porto, while Klopp revealed that Gomez has a ‘chance’ of playing against the Portuguese outfit.

‘Our squad shape is OK in the moment, but we have a few things we are not too sure about. Joe needs to have a test tonight,’ he said.

‘We should be OK more or less – pretty much the only one who is completely out of the game on the plane is Emre Can because of his suspension. Raggy is good and he’s fit.

‘I don’t know yet if he’ll [Gomez] be available on Wednesday, but I think he has a chance.

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‘All he’s done so far has looked good, but it’s all been about waiting for the reaction. I saw him this morning, he looked good as well.

‘We have a session tonight and tomorrow morning, so it depends on how he looks in training and then I will start thinking about it.

‘I don’t want to make pressure or rush him; it would be cool if he is available but we will see.’

Porto vs Liverpool TV channel, kick-off time, date, odds and team news

Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah have been in sensational form for Liverpool (Picture: REUTERS)Liverpool return to Champions League action on Wednesday evening as they travel to Porto for the first leg of their round of 16 clash with the Primeira Liga leaders.

The Reds picked up a comfortable 2-0 win at Southampton on Sunday in the Premier League which took them back to third in the table, only two points behind Manchester United in second.

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Porto are in good form themselves, though, winning all three games in February so far and hammering Chaves 4-0 on Sunday.

The Portuguese outfit are two points clear at the top of their domestic league with a game in hand over nearest rivals Benfica and Sporting.

Porto are coming off a comprehensive win at the weekend (Picture: AFP PHOTO)When is Porto vs Liverpool?

The match is on Wednesday, February 14 with kick-off at 7.45pm.

What TV channel is Porto vs Liverpool on?

BT Sport 2 will be showing the game live with coverage starting at 7pm.

Jurgen Klopp has his sights set on a Champions League quarter-final (Picture: AP Photo/Rui Vieira)Team news

Porto look likely to be without leading marksman Vincent Aboubakar who has been struggling with injury and missed Sunday’s game.

Danilo Pereira, Ivan Marcano and Andre Andre are all injured as well, whilst Felipe will miss the game after his red card in the final group stage game against Monaco.

Emre Can will miss the game due to suspension as well, and Klopp will be without Joe Gomez, Ragnar Klavan and Nathaniel Clyne through injury.

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What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)

Liverpool – 13/10

Draw – 13/5

Porto – 11/5

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Jurgen Klopp to warn Virgil van Dijk over hostile atmosphere at Southampton

Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to Southampton this weekend (Getty)Jurgen Klopp plans to warn Virgil van Dijk to expect a hostile atmosphere at St.Mary’s at weekend when Liverpool take on Southampton on Sunday.

Van Dijk joined Liverpool in January for £75million from Southampton and it will be the defender’s first appearance back at St. Mary’s since his move.

‘I don’t think anyone at Southampton say we’ve stolen him or something,’ Klopp said. ‘It was a very public deal and the numbers are 100 percent right so maybe they are really happy and say ‘thank you for all the money we have now’.

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‘We are all human beings we are all influenced by circumstances. For him it will not be a normal game, how can it be? For him it was a special story [playing for Southampton], most of the time really positive.

‘They have really good centre halves, there are really good players there. For them it’s perfect business if you want to see if like that.’

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Van Dijk joined Liverpool for a club-record fee from Southampton in January (Getty)Klopp guided his side a 3-0 win in the Premier League over Southampton back in November, and while he branded the upcoming clash as a ‘special’ game, he insisted Liverpool will be going about their business as usual.

‘It’s how football fans are. They want to disturb everything what we will try to do,’ Klopp added. ‘I will for sure talk to Virgil about it before.

‘Probably they will whistle. Is it nice? I don’t think so. Will it have influence? I don’t think so. But we cannot make it too big.

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‘It’s quite special, that’s all. We will think much more about the football and not how can we avoid different situations from outside. We have to accept how it is. Loud – not nice maybe – but still we have to play football.’

After Liverpool’s fixture with Southampton on February 11, they travel to Portugal on February 14 to take on Porto in the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie.

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Southampton vs Liverpool TV channel, kick-off time, date, odds and team news

Mohamed Salah has been in sensational form this season (Picture: Getty Images)There will be plenty of reunions as Southampton host Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

The likes of Virgil van Dijk, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Sadio Mane will all be hoping to play for the Reds against their former club when they meet at St Mary’s.

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Southampton are unbeaten in four Premier League games and have moved two points away from the relegation zone as a result of their win at West Brom last weekend.

Liverpool are riding high, third in the table, but have suffered frustrating results in recent weeks, losing to Swansea and conceding in the last minute to draw with Tottenham.

Mauricio Pellegrino is constantly under pressure as Saints boss (Picture: Getty Images)When is Southampton vs Liverpool?

The match is on Sunday, February 11 with kick-off at 4.30pm.

What TV channel is Southampton vs Liverpool on?

Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League will be showing the game live with coverage following the Newcastle vs Man Utd contest.

Jurgen Klopp can’t afford a slip up at St Mary’s (Picture: REUTERS/Andrew Yates)Team news

Southampton are reasonably clear on the injury front, with only striker Charlie Austin out with a hamstring problem.

Jurgen Klopp’s men are definitely without Nathaniel Clyne, but are hoping to welcome back Joe Gomez, Ragnar Klavan and Adam Lallana, at least to the substitute’s bench.

James Ward-Prowse will still have dreams of an World Cup place with England this summer (Picture: Getty Images)What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)

Liverpool – 3/4

Draw – 14/5

Southampton – 7/2

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Head-to-head in last 5 meetings

18 Nov 2017 – Liverpool 3-0 Southampton – Premier League

07 May 2017 – Liverpool 0-0 Southampton – Premier League

25 Jan 2017 – Liverpool 0-1 Southampton – League Cup

11 Jan 2017 – Southampton 1-0 Liverpool – League Cup

19 Nov 2016 – Southampton 0-0 Liverpool – Premier League

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