Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool have to ‘improve everything’ to launch serious title bid against Manchester City

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists his team should improve everything this season (Getty Images)Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool need to ‘improve everything’ to challenge champions Manchester City for the Premier League title this season ahead of their opener against West Ham.

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The Reds have drastically strengthened this summer with the additions of Alisson, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita but Klopp claims they still need to work on their consistency as well as aggression and might even need more luck to launch a serious title bid.

The Kop boss also noted that City haven’t lost any players from last season’s dominant side and insists they shouldn’t underestimate other Premier League sides who intend to impress.

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‘We have to be more consistent,’ Klopp said. ‘We know that. More clinical. More aggressive in the right moments. We need to improve everything.

‘You ask me about the gap with City. We had three points from City and they had three points from us. It’s about losing them in other games.

‘It’s not the other big six. You see how Fulham, Wolves and Everton act – and I’m not forgetting anybody – they are all ambitious. It’s difficult for all the teams.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp refuses to underestimate the rest of the Premier League competition (Getty Images)‘We have to be in a championship mode. We jump into the water and we dive until we don’t have oxygen anymore. That’s the plan. A lot of people think because of the transfer window we will [challenge more] – but that’s not how it is.

‘City – the champions – have not lost a player and brought in Mahrez. They were impressive against Chelsea, both sides were.

‘We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago. We need to want more and fight more. That must be our attitude.’

Liverpool face West Ham on Sunday at Anfield and might be without Fabinho who felt ill and was sent home.

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Jurgen Klopp outlines his plan and position for Naby Keita at Liverpool

Keita is yet to make his competitive debut for Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp has revealed his plan for new signing Naby Keita and how he intends to utilise the midfielder during the upcoming season.

Keita signed for the Reds from Bundesliga club RB Leipzig for a fee of £52 million and has gone on to take the No. 8 shirt at the Anfield club.

Despite taking Steven Gerrard’s old shirt number, Klopp insists he won’t be used in exactly same way the club legend performed at Liverpool.

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‘We got him because he is the player he is and now we want to work with that,’ Klopp said. ‘That means first of all we let him go and adapt to our system.

‘I see him as an ‘8’, he can play ’10’ as well, maybe in the future he can play ‘6’ as well.

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‘At Leipzig, he played as a winger, that’s for sure not his best position but he can play it because he has the speed for it, he has the football intelligence for it.

‘We see him as a creative No. 8 playing the passes and making the runs with the ball.’

Liverpool start their new Premier League season at home to West Ham on August 12 before a trip to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace on August 20.

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Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco details his revenge plan on Alisson signing for Liverpool

Alisson has joined the Premier League side from Roma (Picture: Getty)Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco is desperate to seek revenge on Alisson Becker after he signed for Liverpool.

The Brazilian shotstopper swapped Roma for Merseyside this week in a world-record deal for a goalkeeper, signing a six-year deal.

And while he helped supply some happy memories at the Serie A club, they still want their revenge next season.

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‘We hope to meet him in the Champions League and beat him, like I told him today when he came to say goodbye,’ Di Francesco said.

Alisson played a pivotal part in the Roma side which unexpectedly reached the last four of the Champions League last season.

But despite these happy memories, it didn’t stop Di Francesco looking forwards to eliminating the Reds in next season’s edition of the competition.

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The Champions League fixtures are yet to be announced but both sides are in the competition and currently undergoing preseason before the start of the new club campaign.

Liverpool’s first game of the new Premier League season is against West Ham on August 12.

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Liverpool ready to end interest in £79m Brazil goalkeeper Alisson as Real Madrid prepare move

Liverpool are unwilling to spend £79m on Alisson (Picture: Getty)Liverpool are ready to end their interest in Alisson, giving Real Madrid a clear run at signing the Roma goalkeeper.

Brazil’s number one for the 2018 World Cup enjoyed a fine season in Serie A and has been tipped for a move this summer, with a number of clubs interested in securing his services.

The Reds have held interest in Alisson for a number of months and Jurgen Klopp is expected to sign a goalkeeper after Loris Karius’ horror show in last month’s Champions League final.

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But Liverpool are expected to look at alternative targets as they are unwilling to spent £79million – Alisson’s buy-out clause – to strike a deal.

Sky Sports claim Liverpool’s decision to look elsewhere has boosted Real Madrid’s chances of signing Alisson. The reigning European champions are known admirers of the 25-year-old.

Real Madrid have also been linked with a move for Thibaut Courtois, however, and are following his situation in west London closely.

Jurgen Klopp is expected to sign a goalkeeper this summer (Picture: Getty)If Belgium goalkeeper Courtois did leave Stamford Bridge, the Blues could look to sign Alisson as his replacement.

Alisson claimed 17 clean sheets for Roma in Serie A last term – the second-highest total behind only Napoli’s Pepe Reina.

This week, the Brazilian star revealed he hoped to have his future plans resolved before the start of the 2018 World Cup.

He told UOL Esporte: ‘I think everything will be resolved before the start of the World Cup, that’s what I want.

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‘The truth is that I left everything in the hands of my agent. If everything is not resolved, it will be discussed after the World Cup.

‘Right now, I’m focused only on the World Cup.

‘There are some possibilities and we are working on all of them, together with Roma, always respecting the club. We’ll see if anything happens this week.’

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Woman’s outrage at £90 Uber bill despite being warned 4.3x surge charge was in place

Jess Anson was shocked over the big bill (Picture: Liverpool Echo)A woman who booked an Uber during a surge of 4.3x the normal price has hit out at the £90 she was charged for the journey.

Jess Anson ordered the Uber at 1.30am in Liverpool city centre on the night that Liverpool FC played in the Champions League final on Saturday.

People’s reaction to Raheem Sterling’s tattoo ‘is racist’, says ex-gang memberBut despite being told the fare would be more than four times higher, she reacted with outrage.

She told the Liverpool Echo: ‘The journey usually takes about 27 minutes and I’ve never paid any more than about £30 but the receipt said £92.30.

‘I emailed the company straightaway to check everything was right and to complain about the surcharge from the night before.’

Jess’s Uber bill (Picture: Liverpool Echo)A surge happens when there is higher demand than normal.

In a breakdown of the costs, Jess’s journey would have cost her around £23, not including the tunnel toll.

But because of the surge, she was charged an extra £65.70 plus the £3.60 for the tunnel.

She continued: ‘I saw it said 4.3x but I didn’t fully understand what that meant and when you’ve had a couple of drinks you just want home so I accepted it.

‘I just thought it’d be another couple of pounds more but people must be getting caught out by this all the time.

My 27 minute taxi from Liverpool to Heswall cost me £92.20… ARE YOU FUCING MAD @Uber 🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬
— Jess Anson (@jessanno) May 27, 2018

‘Who is going to stand and work out how much that is?’

When Jess contacted the company with her complaint they sent her a reply explaining why the surge was in place at the time.

Uber told her: ‘Your trip was taken at a time when there was high demand for rides near your pickup location.

‘When vehicle supply gets tight, we raise fares to make sure partner-drivers are available to respond to your ride request quickly. We refer to this is as dynamic pricing or surge pricing.

‘Please be assured that we always notify you when surge pricing is in effect.

The trip Jess took (Picture: Metro)‘The estimate you receive in-app before you request a trip will be inclusive of any dynamic pricing that may be in effect.

‘Additionally, prior the trip beginning, you will need to confirm the surge multiplier.

Group of women ‘identify as males for the day’ to go into men’s only lido‘While we know it can be frustrating to pay more than you expected, rest assured that the amount charged is correct given the surge multiplier that was confirmed in the app.’

Jess added: ‘I just want people to be careful when they are using the app and be aware of what they’re agreeing to before accepting the surge.’

Uber said they always inform customers about surge prices (Picture: PA)A spokesperson for Uber told Metro.co.uk: ‘Our app uses dynamic pricing to make sure that people can always get a car when they need it.

‘When large numbers of people in a specific area want a ride at the same time and there aren’t enough available cars, fares automatically rise to encourage more drivers to go to the busy area.

‘Users always see a fare estimate in advance so they have the choice to book a car, share the trip with others or wait until fares go down.’

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Jurgen Klopp speaks out on Liverpool signing Fabinho from AS Monaco

Fabinho has played four times for Brazil in his career (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp stated he’s excited to bring Brazil international Fabinho to the Liverpool ahead of next season.

Fabinho joins the club on a long-term deal from AS Monaco, with reports suggesting it’s for a fee in the region of £43.6/€50 million.

‘We have signed a fantastic player, but someone who is an equally fantastic person I think,’ Klopp told LiverpoolFC.com.

The 24-year-old spent five seasons at the Ligue 1 club, racking up 230 appearances and 31 goals before his switch to the Reds.

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‘His reputation as a character in the dressing room and his attitude in training has come through from everyone we speak to.

‘He has ability and mentality to play at the highest level in a number of positions. He can play ‘6’, ‘8’ and ‘2’. This is cool.

‘He is tactically very strong and football smart. I think he improves our squad and there aren’t that many players you can say that about in this moment, because the quality we have already is so high.

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‘I like that he is young yet experienced also, with a high number of games at a club that compete to win. Also, international caps for Brazil tells you something about him.

‘This signing gives us new opportunities and for that I am excited. I’m sure our supporters will make him very welcome and at home at our wonderful club and in our amazing city.’

Fabinho will join fellow new Reds signing Naby Keita at Anfield for next season as the club look to push on from their Champions League final and fourth-place finish in 2017/18.

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Liverpool fans attacked by masked ‘hooligans’ in Kiev ahead of Champions League final

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This is the terrifying moment Liverpool fans were attacked by masked hooligans while they were eating dinner in Kiev ahead of the Champions League final.

Donald Trump says historic Kim Jong-un meeting could be back on after ‘productive talks’A gang of around 20 hooligans launched the attack inside the Rooster Grill restaurant just after 8.30pm on Thursday evening.

Shocking footage shows the Liverpool supporters trying to hide inside the restaurant to protect themselves, as the gang, wearing hoods and skull bandanas, hurl glasses, chairs and tables at them.

Some of them were left covered in blood, with cuts and wounds to their heads and necks.

A gang of around 20 hooligans launched the attack inside the Rooster Grill restaurant just after 8.30pm on Thursday evening. (Picture: Google maps)Jason Frost, 50, from Nuneaton, had just arrived in Kiev after travelling through Istanbul to watch the final, when he was caught up in the attack.

He told The Mirror: ‘We were having dinner, completely minding our own business. I didn’t come here for this. I came to watch the football.

‘We’ve been here for four hours and then we’re getting attacked. They came at us like a pack of dogs. It just kept coming. It was terrifying.’

Another Liverpool fan, who was seen being handcuffed by police in the footage, pleaded to be released.

The attack happened close to the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, where the final is taking place (Picture: Reuters)After he was eventually let go, he told the paper: ‘They just stormed the place – they were throwing glasses and tables. It was terrifying.

Two people have since been arrested in connection with the attack, Ukranian police said, adding that they face fines and will be subjected to an investigation on charges of ‘hooliganism’.

The attack has heightened fears that there will be further attacks later today as Liverpool prepare to take on Real Madrid this evening.

Vitali Klitschko, the Mayor of Kiev, said that security was ‘a main priority’ ahead of tonight’s game.

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Liverpool set to play Real Madrid tonight (Picture: AFP)He said: ‘Security for us is a main priority and we know what happened last year in Paris,’ he said.

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The fan violence comes just a month after Liverpool fan Sean Cox, 53, was attacked before the Champions’ League semi-final against Roma at Anfield on April 24.

The dad-of-three, from Ireland, remains critically ill following the assault.

Filippo Lombardi and Daniele Sciusco, from Italy, were charged with violent disorder, with Lombardi also being charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Cox.

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Liverpool suffer Cristiano Ronaldo blow ahead of Champions League final vs Real Madrid

Real lost 3-2 to Sevilla last time out(Picture: Getty)Cristiano Ronaldo has announced he’s ‘back’ after a brief injury scare, much to the disappointment of Liverpool fans.

The Real Madrid forward injured his ankle against Barcelona last weekend, with initial fears suggesting he may be out for the Champions League final against the Reds on May 26.

However, his latest social media post suggests he’s fit and ready to go, hinting he’ll be fit for the final in Kiev.

Before then, Los Blancos have the task of finishing off their La Liga campaign in style with two remaining fixtures, the first against Celta Vigo before travelling to Estadio de la Cerámica to face Villarreal.

Liverpool, however, host Brighton on Sunday to finalise their spot in the Premier League top four and will be hoping their own star player – Mohamed Salah – comes through unscathed.

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Police contact driver who filmed Jamie Carragher spitting after he gets ‘death threats’

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Police have spoken to the man who filmed Jamie Carragher spitting at his car with his teenage daughter inside.

Enquiries are continuing but it is understood both Carragher’s actions and the filming of the incident while driving could be punishable.

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On Monday, police said they were not investigating the incident and had received no complain from the driver – named as 42-year-old Andy Hughes.

It has just been announced that ex-Liverpool defender Carragher, 40, has been suspended from his job as a Sky Sports pundit for the rest of the season.

A Sky Sports spokesman said: ‘Following an internal review, Sky has suspended Jamie Carragher for the remainder of the football season.

Andy Hughes, pictured with wife Sarah, has received death threats over the video‘Jamie has taken full responsibility for what has happened and we will ensure he gets the help he needs to guarantee something like this never happens again.

‘Before the start of the next season we will sit down with Jamie to discuss whether he is ready to return to his role.’

Speaking to Sky News, the ex-Liverpool defender called it ‘a moment of madness’.

The incident occurred after Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat at Manchester United.

Carragher, who has yet to be contacted by police, said he was ‘goaded three/four times while being filmed’ but that there was ‘no excuse’.

After the video was obtained by the Mirror and widely shared, police contacted the man who filmed the incident.

Jamie Carragher has been suspended from Sky Sports until the end of the season (Picture: PA)Andy Hughes, 42, from North Wales told the Mirror he has received death threats and felt ‘under siege’ after being identified.

He says he wishes he had never filmed the incident – and wants Carragher to keep his job at Sky.

Earlier today, Carragher tweeted: ‘I’ve made a big mistake and accept full responsibility.

‘I am the only person to blame for this sorry situation, so please leave the family alone.’

On Monday, the former England international said he would accept any consequences.

Daniel Sturridge trolled by fans after coming off injured THREE minutes into Chelsea game

Sturridge has an infamous record of being persistently injured (Picture: Getty)Daniel Sturridge hobbled off injured yet again just three minutes after kick-off in West Brom‘s Premier League match against Chelsea on Monday night.

Sturridge, who joined the Baggies on loan from Liverpool in January, looked to have pulled his hamstring as he headed straight down the tunnel.

He was replaced by Jay Rodriguez, who had a glorious chance to put the Baggies ahead just after coming on. However, he couldn’t make the most of Victor Moses’ poor backpass and sent his shot miles wide.

But despite his miss, fans watching the game preferred to discuss Sturridge’s early exit, with Newcastle supporters particularly vocal,  claiming their failure to sign the striker themselves in January was a ‘lucky escape’.

Does anyone feel sorry for Sturridge anymore? I don’t.
— Hersini (@HersiniJunior) February 12, 2018

Sturridge seems a boss lad but his body is made of cheese
— Euphoric Mess (@EuphoricMess) February 12, 2018

Lol Daniel Sturridge injured……… some things never change, no matter who the team. 😂
— J Ellacott (@jon_ellacott) February 12, 2018

Sturridge gone off injured, in other news water is wet
— Robert Tyrrell (@SquizzBFC) February 12, 2018

Daniel Sturridge…. what a joke!
That’s another 6 weeks sat on his arse earning a bastard fortune then
— Thomas Liversage (@TomLiversage) February 12, 2018

A shame for Daniel Sturridge, injured before Alan Pardew got the chance to try him out at left back.
— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) February 12, 2018

Dodged a bullet with Sturridge glad he went to West Brom injured again by the looks of it 😂 #NUFC
— Rhys Jordan Tullin (@RhysTullin) February 12, 2018

However, there was the odd fan who had sympathy for him…

You’d have to feel sorry for Daniel sturridge a good player struck down by injuries couldn’t be good for him mentally ! As a football fan it’s not nice to see ☹️
— Jason Harkin (@JasonHarkin) February 12, 2018

Don’t think it’s necessary for any banter on Sturridge. And regarding his wages, he didn’t chose to have a career like that.
Feel sorry for him. Was a shrewd scorer when he was fit.
— Ranajit Gopinath (@RanajitG) February 12, 2018

The striker is known for suffering repeat injuries in the past, having not played more than 30 games for Liverpool in a single season since their 2013-14 campaign.

West Brom’s next game is against Huddersfield in the Premier League on February 24.

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