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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Joe Gomez speaks out on suffering a leg fracture vs Burnley

Gomez has played an important part this season for Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Joe Gomez has vowed to comeback even stronger after suffering a leg fracture in Liverpool’s recent 3-1 win over Burnley.

Gomez was stretchered off the pitch following a collision with Ben Mee and he now looks set to miss six weeks with the injury.

The England international took to social media on Friday to provide the fans with an update, and he looked in positive spirits doing so.

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‘Hi everyone, it’s Joe. I just wanted to say thank you to you all for your kind messages and well wishes,’ said Gomez.

‘Obviously I’m gutted to have picked up the injury, but thankfully it’s not too serious and one that I can definitely be back strong from soon.

‘I will do my best to come back as quickly as possible and hopefully I will be back with you guys soon, so thank you.’

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The 21-year-old is set to miss the entire festive period, which is traditionally the busiest time of the club football calendar in England.

This period for the Reds includes vital matches against Napoli on December 11, Manchester United on December 12 and Arsenal on December 29.

A reasonable return date for Gomez would be Liverpool’s clash against Crystal Palace on January 19.

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Mohamed Salah and Kevin de Bruyne lead PFA Player of the Year shortlist

The six players on the shortlist (Getty/Metro)The six-man shortlist for the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award has been revealed, with the two favourites – Mohamed Salah and Kevin de Bruyne among them.

The other players on the shortlist are Harry Kane, David De Gea, Leroy Sane and David Silva.

The contenders for the PFA Young Player of the Year have also been announced, with Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon the surprise inclusion.

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Ederson, Kane, Marcus Rashford, Sessegnon, Sane and Raheem Sterling are the six names on the shortlist.

Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon (Getty)The winners will be announced on Monday 23 April at the PFA Awards.

Salah and De Bruyne are the stand-out contenders, with debate raging over which one should collect the award.

De Bruyne celebrates Man City’s League Cup final win (Getty)De Bruyne has been the standout player in the incredible Manchester City side that have stormed the Premier League this season. He leads the assist charts with 15 and has scored 7 goals plus he played his part in winning the League Cup.

Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard said of De Bruyne: ‘If I have to give one name it would be De Bruyne, because he has been City’s best player and so influential for the team who are going to be champions.’

Former Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott said: ‘It is hard to choose but De Bruyne pips Salah because he has helped City win the league.’

Salah has had arguably the best ever Premier League debut season at a club (Getty)Salah meanwhile has enjoyed a sensational debut season at Liverpool. Following his move from Roma he’d bagged 29 Premier League goals – four more than Harry Kane. He’s also provided 9 assists to help Liverpool to a virtually guaranteed top-four finish. In adddition, he’s played a vital role in taking Liverpool to the Champions League semi-finals, including goals in both legs of the quarter-final against Man City.

‘My winner is Mo Salah,’ Alan Shearer told the BBC. ‘I said before the Champions League quarter-finals that I was torn between him and Kevin de Bruyne, and it was the way that Salah played and scored to help Liverpool win both legs which clinched it for me.’

Chris Sutton said: ‘Nobody expected Salah to make this kind of impact in his first season. I know he comes in off the wide areas but he is a wide player and the sheer volume of goals he has scored is staggering. When you look at the names he has overtaken in terms of his goal-to-game ratio in the Premier League it is remarkable.’

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Harry Kane has 25 Premier League goals for Tottenham this season in yet another impressive campaign (Getty)Of the other contenders, Tottenham’s Harry Kane has banged in 25 Premier League goals this season in yet another impressive campaign.

David De Gea has 16 clean sheets – two more than any other player (Getty)Manchester United’s De Gea has kept more clean sheets than any other Premier League goalkeeper.

The final two contenders come from champions-elect Manchester City, with Sane and Silva in the reckoning. Sane and Silva have 12 and 11 assists respectively in the Premier League.

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Jurgen Klopp claims former Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain still needs adapt to his Liverpool style

Jurgen Klopp was forced to shuffle his pack due to Sadio Mane’s injury (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp insists summer signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain still needs time to adapt after leaving him on the bench again for the visit of Manchester United to Anfield.

The England international arrived on deadline day from Arsenal in a £35million deal but has failed to make an impression since leaving the Gunners in search of a fresh challenge.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is yet to start a Premier League game for his new club but would have been hopeful of forcing his way into the team following Sadio Mane’s hamstring injury which is set to rule him out for six weeks.

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Klopp, however, opted to recall Emre Can and move Philippe Coutinho into a more advanced position, meaning Oxlade-Chamberlain was again left out of the starting line-up.

‘Yes,’ said Klopp when asked by Sky if it was a straightforward decision to again omit the former Southampton starlet.

Sadio Mane is expected to miss the next six weeks with a hamstring injury (Picture: Getty)

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is yet to start a Premier League game for Liverpool (Picture: Getty)‘Of course we have the option of moving Firmino or putting Oxlade in his position. But he just needs a little bit more time to adapt.

‘It was already interrupted by two weeks of international break. We will have that again in November but after that again I’m sure it will be fine.

‘These players are used to each other and I think it makes sense against Man Utd not to make a lot of experiments.’

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

Leicester defeated Liverpool on Tuesday (Picture: Getty Images)Leicester City will face Liverpool for the second time in five days when they meet this weekend.

The Reds lost 2-0 to the Foxes in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night and will be looking for some revenge in the Premier League.

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Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani’s goals knocked the Reds out of the League Cup, with Liverpool now having lost the last three at the King Power Stadium.

However, Craig Shakespeare’s side will be looking to improve on their Premier League form, having amassed just four points from five games this season.

Liverpool will be looking to bounce back in the league, after being held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield last weekend against Burnley.

Islam Slimani celebrates scoring his sides second goal on Tuesday (Picture: Getty Images)What time is Leicester vs Liverpool?

Kick-off on Saturday, September 23 at 5.30pm from the King Power.

Which TV channel can I watch Leicester vs Liverpool?

You can watch the action live on BT Sport, with coverage starting when the 3pm games end at 5pm.

What is the team news?

The Adrien Silva saga continues, with the Portuguese star returning to Lisbon whilst the Foxes appeal his transfer.

Jamie Vardy had a slight groin problem but should play and Christian Fuchs has recovered from an eye injury.

Adam Lallana has started running again, however, he will not be rushed back and Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip are both doubts.

Sadio Mane is suspended this weekend – but Danny Ings returned this week.

What is the latest odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)

Leicester – 16/5

Draw – 3/1

Liverpool – 9/10

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The Foxes last won three home league games in a row against the Reds back between September 1955 and October 1962.
Jamie Vardy has had a hand in 15 goals (12 goals, three assists) in 18 Premier League appearances under Craig Shakespeare.
Leicester City have won just two of their last 10 Premier League clashes with Liverpool (D2 L6).

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