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Liverpool’s history not burden anymore, says Kloppa

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Liverpool are no longer burdened by their painful 30-year title drought and have written a new chapter in the club’s history after they were confirmed Premier League champions, Manager Juergen Klopp said on Friday.

The Anfield club, which dominated English soccer in the 1970s and 1980s, last won the old First Division title in 1990, but have finished as runners-up five times since.

Seven different managers have tried and failed to recapture Liverpool’s long-lost domestic glory before Klopp arrived at Anfield in 2015 to — in his own words — turn the Merseyside club from “doubters into believers”.

“Without knowing it at the time, that was probably the most important thing I said to my players, that we have to create our own stories and history,” Klopp told Sky Sports.

“Meanwhile, the history is no burden anymore. The history is now our wonderful background, it is the basis for what we are doing.

“When I came in, we had to say, ‘Don’t compare us anymore with the fantastic people who played for this club and won everything in the past’. We needed to get the opportunity from our supporters to find our own way.”

Klopp, who also delivered Liverpool’s sixth Champions League crown last season, dismissed the idea of having a statue made in his honour, like former managers Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley, who have been cast in bronze outside Anfield.

“I don’t want a statue, that is not my motivation,” the German manager said.

“It’s clear the team are in a good moment, we are young enough to still go for something.

“It’s a moment like last year’s Champions League final, you carry on. It’s good to be in this club at the moment.”

Liverpool’s next match is a trip to Manchester City next week, and Klopp laughed at the idea of receiving a guard of honour from last year’s champions as well as any other opponent they play in their remaining games.

“We’ll see, I don’t think we can influence that. “We are champions, and on the pitch, we will behave as though we have never won it,” he added.

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Liverpool skipper Henderson ruled out for season   —- Klopp

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has been ruled out of the rest of the English Premier League champions’ 2019/2020 campaign, manager Juergen Klopp said on Friday.

Klopp said the development was as a result of the midfielder sustaining a knee injury in their midweek win at Brighton & Hove Albion.

He was forced to withdraw Henderson 10 minutes from full-time in the 3-1 win after a collision with Yves Bissouma, but the German said the 30-year-old does not require surgery.

“It is the best possible of the bad news. He does not need surgery,” Klopp told reporters in a virtual news conference.

“He will not play again this season. I’m pretty positive he will be with us for the new season, he is a quick healer.

“We all felt for him, awful moment. We knew immediately. Hendo is an animal. He fights for everything.

“He deals well with pain but in this moment, he knew something had happened. It was a complete mood-killer.

“The boys were happy with the result but then the boys realised Hendo was hurt. No surgery needed is the good news. He will lift the trophy, he deserves to lift the trophy.”

Liverpool, who are on 92 points with four games remaining, are on course to break Manchester City’s record haul of 100 points and face Burnley on Saturday.

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Salah double keeps Liverpool on track for record points-haul

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Mohamed Salah scored twice as champions Liverpool moved on to 92 points with a 3-1 win at Brighton and Hove Albion in the English Premier League (EPL) on Wednesday.

Juergen Klopp’s side were 2-0 up within eight minutes after Brighton paid heavily for sloppy work in their attempt to play the ball out from the back.

Naby Keita robbed Davy Propper and slipped the ball to Salah who confidently drove home to open the scoring in the sixth minute.

Two minutes later and Brighton were caught out again by Liverpool’s pressing, this time Salah setting up Jordan Henderson who finished with a perfect drive.

Graham Potter’s team pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time, with Leandro Trossard sweeping home a first-time shot after a pinpoint cross from Tariq Lamptey.

Brighton, who recovered well from their poor start, should have drawn level on the hour when the ball fell to an unattended Dan Burn at the back post.

But he failed to test Alisson with a poor connection.

Egyptian Salah wrapped up the win, Liverpool’s 30th in their 34th game of the season, with a superbly-angled near-post header from an in-swinging Andy Robertson corner.

Liverpool need nine points from their remaining four games to secure the highest points total in a Premier League season.

The current record was set by Manchester City, who amassed 100 points in 2017/2018.

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Liverpool maintain 100 percent home record after beating Aston Villa

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Liverpool made it 17 wins out of 17 at Anfield after goals by Sadio Mane and Curtis Jones handed the champions a 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday.

The defeat pushed Dean Smith’s side deeper into trouble in the English Premier League (EPL).

Following their 4-0 mauling at the hands of Manchester City on Thursday, Juergen Klopp’s side struggled to break down a determined Aston Villa.

Klopp fielded another strong side but with the ground empty and the title already in the bag, there was a lack of edge to Liverpool’s play.

The visitors’ were solid and organised and could even have gone ahead in the 52nd minute when Anwar El Ghazi forced a fine save out of Alisson.

But Mane broke the deadlock in the 71st minute, meeting a low ball from Naby Keita with a firm shot that rattled in off the underside of the crossbar.

Substitute Jones scored the second, a minute from the end, with the 19-year-old hooking home after Mohamed Salah headed an Andy Robertson cross into his path.

The goal was Jones’ first in the Premier League and came a day after he signed a new five-year contract with the club.

”That’s Curtis in a nutshell. He signed a new contract yesterday which is good for him and good for us. We’ll have a lot of fun with him,” said Klopp.

Liverpool are now unbeaten in their last 57 Premier League home games with 47 wins and 10 draws and they have won 24 home games in a row.

Klopp said the blustery conditions at Anfield had impacted the game.

”It was a very difficult game for different reasons. Aston Villa are obviously organised and made it tricky for us.

“The wind made it tricky for both, but it was really hard to play normal football,” said the German.

Aston Villa, who have now lost 20 games, remain deep in relegation trouble, in 18th place on 27 points.

They have yet to win since the resumption of the season, their winless streak going back nine games.

“I don’t want to be a valiant loser, because we are scrapping for points and we are running out of games, but I thought the game plan and the effort was excellent…

“But we never found that quality in the final third,” said Smith.

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Liverpool reiterate need for safe celebrations, ahead Villa clash

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Liverpool have again urged their supporters to avoid mass gathering in the city, and to celebrate their Premier League triumph safely at home in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, chief executive Peter Moore said on Friday. 

Liverpool’s 30 year wait for their 19th English top-flight crown ended last week when Manchester City lost at Chelsea and thousands of fans turned up at their Anfield Stadium to celebrate.

Local media reported that fans launched fireworks at the Royal Liver Building, with a fire breaking out on the balcony of the landmark owned by Farhad Moshiri, the majority shareholder of the side’s local rivals Everton.

Liverpool, Merseyside police and the City Council issued a statement condemning the “wholly unacceptable” behaviour,

while manager Juergen Klopp requested supporters stay at home and avoid spoiling the work done in containing the outbreak.

“We are delighted to have won this title, but as the manager has said.

“We will come together to celebrate properly only when it is safe and secure to do so,” Moore said ahead of Sunday’s clash against Aston Villa.

“The club’s message for everybody is enjoy watching the team on TV and enjoy celebrating at home,”the manager said.

Merseyside Police said fans will have plenty of time to celebrate after the pandemic is under control.

“We don’t want to have to go through that public health problem of mass gatherings across the city.

“The time to celebrate is after this pandemic has gone,” Merseyside Police Chief Constable Andy Cooke said.

The Liverpool supporters’ union appealed to fans to find different ways of celebrating their triumph.

“It’s still a bit surreal watching the game now with no fans, it feels unsettling in some ways but that’s where we are.

“Let’s use this unique circumstance to celebrate in a different way,” Joe Blott, Chair of Spirit of Shankly added.

Britain has one of the world’s highest death tolls from COVID-19, with more than 43,500 fatalities.

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Manchester City honour Liverpool, then hammer them 4-0

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Hosts Manchester City generously applauded new champions Liverpool at the Etihad stadium before their English Premier League (EPL) match on Thursday and promptly showed no mercy by thrashing them 4-0.

With the title secured a week ago, there was little at stake for Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool side who showed far from their usual levels of intensity.

But the loss, just their second of the league campaign, was an emphatic reminder that Manchester City would be desperate to regain their crown next season.

Klopp was quick to defend his team’s attitude, rejecting any suggestion they had taken the game lightly.

“I saw a brilliant attitude. I saw fight. We didn’t behave like somebody who became champions a week ago. We lacked fluidity. And in some 50-50 situations they were quicker than us,” he said.

“Manchester City are incredible. I saw their season, they didn’t play a bad game even when they lost,” he said.

After the guard of honour, which included Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, the visitors started brightly.

Ederson had to be alert to keep out a fourth minute effort from Mohamed Salah.

Salah then struck the post after a clever pass from Roberto Firmino, whose hair was coloured red.

But if Liverpool thought they were in for another night of festivities, they were in for a rude awakening.

Joe Gomez could not cope with Raheem Sterling’s twisting and turning in the box, pulling him to the ground before Kevin De Bruyne converted the penalty kick in the 25th minute.

Sterling doubled the lead 10 minutes later when, after a swift break, Phil Foden found him inside the box and the ex-Liverpool forward cut inside Gomez and slid the ball home.

The 20-year-old Foden made it 3-0, firing past Alisson after a swift exchange with Kevin De Bruyne.

Manchester City were showing an unusual willingness to play long balls and after Rodri launched a pass deep to De Bruyne, the Belgian found Sterling inside the penalty box.

He slipped the ball goalwards, with substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s outstretched touch only turning it into his own net.

It could have been even worse for Liverpool with Riyad Mahrez’s fine solo effort in the final moments, but VAR spotted a handball by Foden in the build-up.

The loss was the joint-heaviest defeat by a side already crowned Premier League champions.

Arsenal were beaten 4-0 at Liverpool in 1997/1998 in the game after they clinched the title.

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Salah targets long stay, more titles at Liverpool

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Liverpool Forward Mohamed Salah says he wants to remain with the Premier League Champions for a long time, as the team has developed a perfect understanding.

The Egypt international, who signed a new five-year deal in 2018, was the top scorer at the club this season with 17 Premier League goals, as they secured a 19th top-flight title with seven games to spare.

“I’m very happy; I can’t describe my feelings after we won the league after 30 years. I can see people’s joy and this is so important for all of us,” Salah told BeIN Sport.

“I enjoy the atmosphere here; I love this place and I hope to stay for a long time. The atmosphere here is different to any other place.

“We have adapted well as a team and our understanding is perfect. If this continues, we can achieve more.

“It’s difficult to maintain our current level but it’s not impossible,” he said.

Salah hailed the impact of Club Captain Jordan Henderson and said he would pick the midfielder as the best player in the league this season.

“Maybe I’ll choose Henderson because he’s the captain and he’s been here for about eight-nine years.

“He had a difficult time in the beginning and he was heavily criticised.

“He, as a captain, is loved by all of us and he tries to help all players and helps youth players to adapt,” he said.

Liverpool visit second-placed Manchester City in the league on Thursday.

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Zip wire across Liverpool’s World Heritage Site wins go-ahead

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A controversial plan for a 400-meter zip-line above Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Site was given the go-ahead Tuesday.

The zip wire will propel people from the top of 138-meter high St John’s Beacon, the highest structure in the city center, to the Central Library building in William Brown Street at the epicenter of a major cultural quarter.

The zip wire, which will employ 40 people, will have a launch pad at the top of St John’s Beacon, once a revolving restaurant but now home to local radio station, Radio City. Travellers, in safety harnesses, would land on the roof of Central Library.

Liverpool City Planning Committee approved the plan despite objections from local councillors as well as conservationists.

Zip World, the company behind the plan, assured city planning officials the wire attraction, costing over 6 million United States dollars, would respect war memorials and other memorials in the cultural area around William Brown Street.

City planner officers said noise from the zip wire would be minimal due to its height. However, local councillors Nick Small and Maria Toolan said they feared the zip wire would transform the nature of the gardens.

The council’s main opposition leader, Liberal Democrat Richard Kemp, said a more suitable location, such as the Liverpool waterfront, could have been found for the attraction.

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Klopp urges Liverpool fans to celebrate safely

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Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has urged supporters of the Premier League champions not to spoil the work done in containing the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak by gathering in large numbers to celebrate their title victory.

Liverpool’s 30-year wait for their 19th English top-flight crown ended on Thursday when Manchester City lost to Chelsea and thousands of fans turned up at Anfield to celebrate.

Liverpool, Merseyside police and the City Council issued a joint statement condemning the “wholly unacceptable” behaviour after crowds gathered for a second night on Friday, sparking fears of a surge in COVID-19 cases.

“Please celebrate, but in a safe way and in private settings, whereby we do not risk spreading this awful disease further in our community.

“If things were different, I would love nothing more than to celebrate together, to have a parade that would be even bigger than the one after we won the Champions League last year… but it just is not possible.

“We have all done so much to fight COVID-19 and this effort cannot go to waste,”Klopp wrote in a letter  to fans in the Liverpool Echo.

Klopp thanked fans for their support during a remarkable season in which Liverpool have established a 23-point lead over second-placed City with seven games left.

“I love your passion, your songs, your refusal to accept defeat, your commitment, your understanding of the game and your faith in what we are doing.

“I am a human being and your passion is also my passion, but right now the most important thing is that we do not have these kind of public gatherings.

“We owe it to the most vulnerable in our community, to the health workers who have given so much and whom we have applauded and to the police and local authorities who help us as a club not to do this,” the German added

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Man City will give Liverpool guard of honour, says Guardiola

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Manchester City will give newly crowned Premier League champions Liverpool a guard of honour when the teams meet at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday, manager Pep Guardiola has said.

Liverpool ended their 30-year wait for a top-flight title when last season’s champions City were beaten 2-1 by Chelsea last week, handing the Merseyside club an unassailable 23-point lead at the top of the table.

Liverpool’s first match since being confirmed as champions is at City’s stadium and Guardiola said his players would pay tribute to Juergen Klopp’s title-winning side.

“We are going to do the guard of honour of course,” Guardiola said. “We will greet Liverpool when they come to our house, in an incredible way. We are going to do it because they deserve it.”

The 49-year-old added that he was already looking forward to helping City come back stronger next season.“

In sport, you have to live in the future,” Guardiola said.

“Never can you have one-eye on what you have done. Never forget that we are an incredible club and organisation, and what you have to do is learn.

“I think we know the reason why we suffered this season and we are going to try to solve it for next season,” he said.

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