New Jurgen Klopp Deal Is A Huge Early Christmas Present For Liverpool

Liverpool Football Club announced today that charismatic manager Jurgen Klopp had signed a new deal to stay with the Anfield club until 2024 (Source

Liverpool and Klopp have enjoyed a wonderful year in 2019. The German guided the Merseysiders to the Champions League trophy in May and The Reds also currently command an eight point lead at the top of the Premier Leaguetable.

Winning their first top flight English title since 1990 has to be Klopp’s ultimate goal and by inking his new deal that dream could now be a step closer.

This festive season is coming full of fixtures for The Reds. They’ve got to play at least eight, possibly nine, fixtures between now and the sixth of January. That involves games in the league, League Cup, The World Club Cup and The FA Cup.

That kind of fixture pile-up could distract and dismantle a lot of teams. Liverpool can’t afford that to happen to them. Yes, some competitions could become less attractive like the two domestic cups but keeping that winning feeling is a habit Klopp won’t want to see his squad lose this month.

The German will want to see his side claim the mantra of being the best in the world and have them taste the feeling of winning silverware again in Qatar. He will also want them to keep a hefty gap between themselves and their nearest challengers in the league.

By signing his new deal, Jurgen is showing that he’s fully committed to the club. No one can now talk about potential sabbaticals looming in his near future.

Klopp has stated his love for Liverpool and his belief that things can only get better, that’s why he’s staying:

“When the call came in autumn 2015, I felt we were perfect for each other; if anything, now I feel I underestimated that. 

“It is only with a total belief that the collaboration remains totally complementary on both sides that I am able to make this commitment to 2024.

“If I didn’t, I would not be re-signing.”

Via BBC Sport

Jurgen Klopp will now hope that this news and his positive words can keep the desire burning within his players. They can now go again and be as passionate and as committed as their manager. In fairness they already give him everything!

I think it’s excellent timing by Liverpool and it will give the whole club a renewed focus to bring back the league title and get ready for the busy times ahead.

Is it coincidental that on the same day Steven Gerrard penned a renewal at Rangers that will see him tied up until 2024 also? (Source

Well only time will tell if he is indeed the successor to Klopp’s throne, thankfully we still have plenty more time to enjoy the German’s antics on the Anfield touchline!

Rangers Face Biggest Of Games

Rangers host Young Boys at Ibrox this evening in the Europa League, in what’s become their biggest game of the season so far.

They don’t come into the fixture on the back of good results.

The Gers threw away a two goal lead to draw with Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership last week, a result which saw Steven Gerrard’s men fall behind Celtic in the race for the league title.

They then followed that up with a loss to fierce rivals Celtic in the League Cup final at Hampden this past weekend. Rangers hammered The Hoops but couldn’t find that all important goal and then suffered as the opposition found the net with one of their few chances.

It’s now vitally important that Gers manager Gerrard halts that slide of poor results and gets a positive one tonight.

Not just will it be enough to see the Glasgow giants through to the next round of the Europa League, a huge boost for the Light Blues given their tough group but it will also see them ready to go full tilt in the league again after a nice much needed confidence boost.

The club should also be buoyed by the fact that their manager is on the verge of signing a new deal at Ibrox:

“The Club approached me probably a week, 10 days ago about a new deal and it’s a pretty simple decision as far as I’m concerned,”

“I’m happy here and I’m as hungry and determined to get the good days back here as I ever was so talks have been pretty straightforward and positive.”

Via The Mirror

That news was followed up with more positivity as The Herald reported that key veterans Allan McGregor, Steven Davis and Jermain Defoe were also about to pen new deals to stay in Govan.

While new contracts will offer the support a boost, a win over Swiss side Young Boys will be huge for the club as a whole.

The Light Blues will feel that they owe Young Boys one, after throwing away an advantage the last time they met in Bern, two mistakes from captain James Tavernier cost Rangers that night.

A jumping, loud Ibrox will provide a different atmosphere for their Swiss counterparts and it could be vital that Rangers take advantage.

To stay in Europe beyond Christmas would have felt like a pipe dream back in the summer of 2017, when Rangers failed to beat Progres in Luxembourg during initial qualifying in the Europa League that year.

That shows you just how far Rangers have come under Gerrard. A positive result tonight could once again provide them a platform to build the rest of their campaign around.

Another big blow and the wheels may just come off!

It Could Be Perfect Time For Manchester United To Sell Paul Pogba

I should start this blog by stating that I really enjoy watching Paul Pogba. When he’s on form, he’s a truly wonderful player.

The problem for Manchester United is that the stories of him wanting to leave Old Trafford only grow larger during each and every transfer window.

With January fast approaching, the media will once again go into a frenzy linking the midfielder with a move away. FourFourTwo have already reported this month that La Liga giants Real Madrid will make a move for the French World Cup winner next month.

A big problem with all this speculation is that neither Pogba nor his agent ever come out and deny it. They release cryptic soundbites that can easily be interpreted to suggest he wants to go.

Just look at this comment earlier in the year:

“Like I’ve always said, Real Madrid is a dream for anyone. It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world. There is also Zidane as a coach and it’s a dream for anybody who likes football. For now, I’m at Manchester. We don’t know what the future holds. I’m at Manchester and I’m happy.”

Via Bleacher Report

He doesn’t say that he wants to leave Old Trafford but saying playing for Real and Zidane is a dream shows that he probably isn’t the most committed player at Man United either.

In the summer it would have been folly for United to sell Pogba. The Frenchman was the club’s most influential star in the previous campaign and the board owed it to coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to give him the best possible squad for this Premier League season.

Now it’s true, United haven’t been extremely consistent this term and at times they’ve looked a bit weak. But in Midfield they’ve probably looked at their strongest and most consistent and for the most part Paul hasn’t been a part of that due to a longstanding ankle injury.

In recent weeks, United have seen an upturn in results. They’ve picked up big wins over Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. Those victories have seen Ole’s side climb up to fifth in the league table and they could now challenge Chelsea for the all important fourth Champions League spot as there’s only a five point gap between them.

Midfielders Scott McTominay and Fred have played a big part in United’s upturn in fortunes.

McTominay has, for me, been The Red Devils best player this season and he is leading by example with his performances.

Those big wins and performances should show Solskjaer and the United hierarchy that they can indeed live without Pogba within their ranks!

The thing about Paul Pogba is that everything needs to go through him. That can upset a team’s balance and let’s face it the twenty-six year old still has off days and United instantly suffer when he has those on the pitch.

It could make a lot of sense if Manchester United cash in on their biggest asset this winter. The player’s heart just doesn’t seem to be in it for United and they need stars at Old Trafford who want to be there 100%.

Sell him to Real Madrid for £120m and bring in players that will help the squad. Like another central midfielder and another attacker.

For me, Paul Pogba could now become more of a hindrance and United might have to finally show him that no player is bigger than the club.

Freddie Ljungberg Isn’t The Manager Arsenal Are Looking For


Sometimes bringing in a club hero as your caretaker boss can bring instant positive results, just look at Duncan Ferguson at Everton this past weekend as a prime example.

Then there’s other times that it just doesn’t work and the bounce doesn’t happen.

Unfortunately for Arsenal and Freddie Ljungberg they haven’t had a confident bounce since the Swede has taken over the Emirates hotseat from Unai Emery.

The Gunners have played twice with Freddie in charge and he has watched on as they drew with Norwich City and then lost at home to Brighton & Hove Albion. Those results and the team’s performances suggest that Ljungberg isn’t the man to lead Arsenal in the longterm and probably not even too much longer in the short term either.

A big issue, for me, is that Freddie has very little coaching experience and he was part of Emery’s backroom staff.

The current Gunners squad need a man that has experienced turning things around at a club, that’s brought with him success and a new voice to engage with the dressing room.

This Arsenal side are underachieving. They have a team that should be very capable of challenging for a top four spot but they need belief and that’s not coming from their current interim boss.

Massimiliano Allegri is the bookies favourite to takeover at the Emirates. That would be a smart and astute choice. The Italian has a winning pedigree and he could help shore up the Gunners backline (which needs to be worked on).

A big issue could be convincing the former Juventus boss. Allegri has stated that he won’t take on any new job until next summer:

“In June. I don’t know if you can call it a sabbatical or not,”

“As soon as the relationship with Juventus came to an end, the decision was to take a year out.”

Via Football.London

I wouldn’t be adverse in waiting for Allegri, if he committed now to accepting the role in the summer but I would still look at another option to takeover until the summer instead of Ljungberg, for example I would have Steve Bould in that role.

Brendan Rodgers has just signed a new deal at Leicester City, so that looks a no goer (Source The Independent). Then you’ve got Mauricio Pochettino, who was successful at North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. That would be a statement appointment but would they be a good fit?

Personally, I if I were the Arsenal hierarchy, I would sound out former Liverpool and Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez and see if they can convince the experienced gaffer to leave China and come back to the Premier League.

I think the Arsenal board shouldn’t have sacked Unai Emery until they had a plan in place to bring in his successor. They are now finding out the hard way that they can’t just promote within and get better results!

Everton’s Stars All Played Like They Were Duncan Ferguson

Everton have lacked inspiration this season. The Toffees have also needed a true leader.

Yesterday, their caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson provided both inspiration and leadership at Goodison as he guided his team to a superb 3-1 win (BBC Match Report) over Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.

The Toffees threw themselves into every challenge, their attack battered Chelsea’s defence and they were fully committed in everything they did. It was a performance that the home faithful loved and it would’ve reminded them of watching Big Dunc the player.

Ferguson was a warrior. He gave absolutely everything for the Everton jersey when he was on the pitch. You felt that the Scotsman would bleed blue if he were ever to be cut open, he loved Everton that much!

His players all seemed to morph into Duncan Ferguson yesterday afternoon.

Under Marco Silva, they often looked timid and didn’t seem to have the appetite for a fight.

Duncan the manager didn’t come in and change everything with new glossy ideas and philosophies. No the interim gaffer just wanted to bring back the passion and add some extra bite. He also just ripped away some of the excess tactical baggage that’s weighed the team down this term and went back to basics.

Everton made more challenges against top four side Chelsea than they have in any other Premier League outing this season. Their win stopped a run of three defeats in a row and took them out of the relegation drop zone.

More importantly it was a performance that once again got Goodison Park rocking and showed the players that they are good enough when they work hard as a team!

It seemed very apt that Everton’s current number nine, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, managed to produce a display that reminded the crowd of Ferguson.

He would jump for every ball, he clattered into any Chelsea defender who found themselves in possession and he grabbed two vital goals.

It also shouldn’t be lost on anyone that Richarlison scored the first goal under Dunc’s tenure with a header! No player has actually scored more headed league goals than Richarlison’s three this term. Ferguson will be proud, given his record in the air. 

Ferguson would patrol his dugout with plenty of passion and energy and that transferred onto his players on the pitch. In one game he’s brought the belief back to those that were in the stadium.

The Everton legend was understandably jubilant after he guided his troops to a great win:

“It was emotional, exciting, I was nervous. You have to make sure you get your team into a good shape, it was very difficult to get the message across because the atmosphere was unbelievable but I could not have dreamt it any better.”

Via Liverpool Echo

The Toffees have been linked with various top class coaches since ditching Marco Silva this week. But maybe they could wait a bit longer and see if Duncan Ferguson and his players can keep up this momentum.

The man himself has stated he’d never say no to the job:

 “It is one game at a time for me, that is the way I am looking at it, I asked to come in step in for Everton Football Club.”

“I would never turn that down, but I’m realistic too. It was for the game, I’m made up, I’m delighted for the fans, it’s three points and it’s massive for us.”

Via Liverpool Echo

Two England Stars That Chelsea Could Swoop For In January

Chelsea will be allowed to buy players again in January, following their successful appeal to overturn the length of their transfer ban (Source BBC Sport).

The Premier League side have been performing well under new coach Frank Lampard so far this season but a few shrewd moves in the January transfer window could really cement The Blues place in the top four.

In that regard I think two current England internationals could come in and make an immediate impact at Chelsea.

Speculation mounts regarding the future of French international striker Olivier Giroud. The veteran hitman has struggled for playing time this season and he’s also failed to score a top flight goal this term. According to the Daily Mail, Atletico Madrid are the latest club interested in the World Cup winner.

Chelsea could use another centre forward in their ranks capable of challenging Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi for a spot as the club’s lead striker.

In that regard, I’d suggest Lampard and his scouting team work on a deal to bring Callum Wilson to Stamford Bridge.

The AFC Bournemouth marksman offers a more rounded game than those currently at The Bridge. As well as having the ability to score and use his pace like Tammy and Michy, Wilson can also use his strength and ability to hold off opposing defenders and link up well with those attacking teammates that play in and around him like what Giroud offers the team.

In his four and a half seasons in the Premier League, Callum has made 102 appearances for The Cherries and scored 38 times. He has came back from two serious knee injuries and looked stronger and better each time!

I’m sure the twenty-seven year old would arrive at Chelsea knowing he’d have to fight for his place and understand that fellow English international Abraham would get the nod on certain occasions. I also think that Wilson presence in Chelsea’s final third would see Frank get more from the likes of Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Some games call for more power and a bit more experience and if Giroud were to leave, then Wilson could offer that for the Blues (if they were to sign him in January).

Cherries boss Eddie Howe was coy when asked about possibly selling his central striker back in early October:

“To hear transfer rumours circulating now the window is shut and far from opening, for me, it’s pointless talking about it.

Via The Bleacher Report

That certainly wasn’t a firm denial.

Another position Chelsea might want to look at is left-back.

Marcos Alonso hasn’t offered the same consistency in that role as he has in the past and that’s seen the Spaniard lose his place to Emerson Palmieri.

The Italian is a decent player and steady enough but I’m not sure he really offers the team enough.

Leicester City’s left sided full-back Ben Chilwell could be a better option, if they could persuade the Foxes to sell their talented asset.

Emerson hasn’t scored or assisted in any of his nine Premier League outings thus far this season, while Chilwell has scored once and created three assists for teammates. The England international also makes more headers, interceptions and clearances.

When you look at the teams currently placed above Chelsea in the league, you cannot help but notice the chances that the Liverpool, Manchester City and Leicester City full-backs create for their forwards. It’s just not the same at Chelsea.

We already know that Frank Lampard gets the best from his young talented English stars, surely it would make sense that they’d look at strengthening their squad with more from that market.

Obviously these two potential transfers would cost Chelsea a serious amount of money. The fact that The Blues fought tooth and nail to get their transfer ban reduced suggests that they are ready to back Frank Lampard in the next window.

If Roman Abramovich wants to see Chelsea succeed then he’ll need to sanction a few big transfers that will help guide his manager and young squad further up the table and see them challenging for silverware!

Could Chris Wilder Be Manager Of The Year?

Chris Wilder is slowly putting together his credentials to earn a manager of the year award after guiding Sheffield United to an impressive start to the Premier League season. 

Wilder has been sensational during his tenure at Bramall Lane, guiding the club from League One to sixth in the top flight at the time of writing.

United are not blessed with talent across the pitch but are constantly punching above their weight against seemingly stronger opponents to earn positive results. It’s a testament to the system employed by Wilder that his team have managed to gain so much success to put them on pace for not only survival but also a top-half finish in the Premier League. The Blades are backed in the Premier League betting odds at 13/8 to finish in the top 10, and it would be a major achievement for a team that last finished in the top half of the top division in 1992. It has been an incredible rise from the third tier in four years and Wilder deserves all the accolades that are coming his way for their continued excellence on the pitch. 

United have managed to claim their points thus far this campaign by a variety of different methods. They’ve been resilient against the leading outfits in the Premier League, coming from behind to earn draws against Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United – albeit the last one came after sacrificing a two-goal advantage. Their clash against Spurs was controversial with a disallowed VAR goal, denying Wilder and his team a victory on the road. However, they’ve also managed to attain important victories by blowing away Everton at Goodison Park and Burnley on home soil. 

It speaks volumes to the chemistry of the team that they are able to battle away on a week-to-week basis shifting their identity on their opponent. The system developed in the lower tiers of the English football pyramid has stood them in good stead, producing enough of a goal threat, while remaining a solid unit at the back. They’ve already kept five clean sheets this term, which has provided the foundation for their attackers in the final third to play with license, knowing that one goal will be enough to secure a vital win. 

Wilder’s development of his squad has perhaps been a more vital tool for the Blades this term. Their entire defence has taken the next step. John Egan has been a standout in the middle (Vis The Star) of the backline alongside Jack O’Connell and Chris Basham. George Baldock and Enda Stevens have been a model of consistency in the full-back positions, while Dean Henderson has continued his stellar form between the sticks after re-joining on a second loan spell from Man United.

Being able to bring the best out of players is a key element of a successful manager and there will certainly be other teams in the Premier League that wish their respective coaches could have the same effect on their players. 

John Lundstram is in a tie with Egan as the most valuable player of the campaign. He has scored three goals from the middle of the park and has provided an energetic presence throughout, becoming the lynchpin for Chris Wilder. As has John Fleck, who is now a regular in the Scotland set-up.

Wilder has even brought out the best in players that have been afterthoughts at other Premier League clubs – notably Lys Mousset, who has been a revelation off the bench for the Blades this term. Everything Chris Wilder has touched has turned to gold and if he continues, in the same manner, Sheffield United could well be on course for their highest finish in 28 years along with earning the plaudits for the feat!

Rangers Would Definitely Sell Alfredo Morelos In January (For the Right Price)

There’s definitely a lot of love for Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos at Ibrox.

The supporters love him, Steven Gerrard adores him and the Gers hierarchy seem to have fallen for him too.

It’s easy to see why, as he’s a free-scoring hitman that will give his absolute all for the jersey.

Morelos has already scored twenty-five goals this term. Thirteen of them have been struck in thirteen Europa League outings. This season he has also shown us that he can keep his emotions in check and not get too many cards, like he has in the past.

His fantastic exploits both in the Scottish Premiership and in Europe have brought him plenty of attention. As well as international recognition, Alfredo has also been linked with a move away..

Rangers seem very reluctant for that to happen within the next transfer window in January.

Firstly outgoing chairman Dave King stated:

“I would say to you that I can’t imagine a circumstance where we will sell Alfredo.”

“I’ve said to the manager, if you get offered £25m for him, £30m, I wouldn’t sell him. You make your decision.”

“I don’t want money in the bank. We’re here to win league titles.”

Via Daily Record

Gers manager Gerrard followed that up by saying this about whether he’d sell his goalscoring frontman:

“No. And you can add another £10m on as well.”

Via The Scottish Sun

I admire the two men as they try and keep their best asset but let’s be honest they would 100% sell Alfredo if they received a £40m or £50m bid for the player. Actually I would bet that Rangers would accept a £20m offer for Morelos.

The statements about the high fees and not selling him work either way for Rangers, in my opinion.

It will probably push the price up and keep vultures away that won’t offer a big fee for his services. They might know that no one will pursue the attacker in January, so the big talk will help get the supporters to stay onside. Plus maybe they can do a deal and keep Alfredo for the rest of the current campaign.

If it puts clubs off, then Rangers will keep their top scorer for the remainder of a vital season.

Now why do I feel Rangers would sell for around £20m?

Because that is still a huge fee for any Scottish team. The highest fee The Gers have received for a player was the £9m they brought in for Alan Hutton in 2008!

The oldco Rangers business went bust in 2012, a lot of that was down to the club being run in a cavalier manner and being mismanaged financially. So it makes little to no sense for them to turn down a record fee for any player.

Last month it was announced that Rangers needed another £10m to be ploughed into the football club before the end of the season (Source Scotsman). They could get that via loans and/or from a share issue. But surely it would make more sense for the club to pay for itself via transfer business. They could then keep hold of Jermain Defoe and use spare cash to bring in another striker to challenge for the number nine shirt.

Plus I doubt El Buffalo would be extremely unhappy and angry if The Light Blues refused to sell him to a top club or to a side in a strong league for a big fee.

I know that league titles and stopping Celtic is paramount in the minds of Gers fans but the board and the manager have to be more realistic and do what’s ultimately best for Rangers Football Club.

That could see Alfredo Morelos leave Ibrox in January, but only if The Gers receive an acceptable offer and that will still come with a big fee!

Man United Should Thwart Liverpool & Spurs By Re-Signing Memphis Depay

It’s believed that interest in Memphis Depay could be high amongst Premier League clubs.

The Mirror have reported that Tottenham Hotspur could be ready to table a bid for the Dutchman, while have gone further and stated that Liverpool have joined Spurs in the race for the Olympique Lyonnais forward.

But it’s widely believed that fellow Premier League side Manchester United inserted a buy-back clause when they sold Depay to Lyon in 2017, which means they can jump ahead of any potential queue and re-sign the Dutch international (Source Manchester Evening News).

Personally, I think Man United would be best served in bringing Memphis Depay back to Old Trafford this January.

Firstly, the move would prevent two league rivals from strengthening their own frontline.

Why would United want to see a former player help Liverpool to their first Premier League title? Why would the Red Devils want to see Jose Mourinho bolster his squad and helping their chances to a top four finish ahead of United?

It would make more sense to bring Depay back and see if he’s now ready to lead the line in a United jersey.

The Dutch striker has thrived in Ligue 1, where he has benefitted from being played through the middle. He has scored forty-one league strikes in his ninety-nine appearances for Les Gones.

Then we need to remember that Man Utd are lacking in the forward department.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sanctioned the sale of Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan and the Red Devils hierarchy never replaced the Belgian goalscorer.

That’s left them short up-top with only an out of form Marcus Rashford, an injury hampered Anthony Martial and a raw Mason Greenwood to choose from.

United have struggled to see games out and they haven’t been the best in front of goal.

Bringing Depay back would give Ole (or potentially a new manager) added experience and another face in the team that has a history of scoring goals. As well as banging in the goals for Lyon, Memphis Sepay has also been prolific for the Netherlands national team in recent years!

Plus it has been suggest that £42m is Lyon’s asking price and if Man Utd do have a buy-back clause then it would be the easiest deal for the United board to make this winter transfer window.

Memphis can also play on the wing and that versatility won’t go a miss at the Theatre of Dreams at the moment either.

I just can’t see why Manchester United would step aside and watch a former player (who they could bring back) scoring for another top Premier League side. It would represent another poor bit of transfer business if they allowed a goal threat to join Liverpool or Tottenham Hotspur this January.

Last season ahead of playing against Memphis Depay showed that he still had addiction for The Red Devils:

“It’s the first time I’ve come back to Manchester after I left,”

“That feels special and I’m happy to come back here and play against Man City.”

“For sure, the city is still red and we will try to get a good result against the Blues.”

Via Manchester Evening News

The United faithful wouldn’t mind seeing that passion back on the park!

Liverpool Playing Like Champions (And Still Haven’t Peaked)

Liverpool have opened up an eleven point lead over last season’s Premier League champions Manchester City.

Today, Jurgen Klopp’s men managed to see out a 2-1 win (BBC Match Report) over Brighton & Hove Albion at Anfield. That was The Reds’ thirteenth win in their opening fourteen league outings this season!

To be honest, Liverpool haven’t been playing flamboyant football for the most part this term. At times they’ve even looked sluggish. But all great champions learn to gain victories no matter how they are playing.

The problem for the rest of the Premier League could be that Liverpool really find their groove in the second half of the season and become pretty unstoppable.

The Reds haven’t scored as many as Man City and they’ve conceded more than Leicester City but what they have done this season is manage the game that is in front of them. That’s seen them pick up wins over both their nearest rivals this term.

Klopp has great belief in his team and trusts his players. He has the best centre-half in the world in Virgil van Dijk, who today scored a brace to put The Seagulls to the sword. Goalkeeper Alisson may have been sent off in today’s encounter but he too gives the team another rock steady presence at the back!

The full-backs offer the team tremendous width and they provide plenty of ammunition and assists to the forward line. As well as being terrific going forward, Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold also have supreme engines to always trackback and help their defensive colleagues.

The midfield is full of foot-soldiers, who remain disciplined and they offer the team a spine that helps the attackers to fully flourish.

No trio is currently as feared as Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. They offer directness, pace and a prolific scoring record that shows little signs of unabating. They’ve struck eighteen times so far in the English top flight this season.

Yet you still get the feeling that most of the team, including the forwards haven’t peaked yet. Personally I still expect more will come from them. They could produce a hiding for an opponent in the next month, Everton are next up and they won’t fancy facing their nearest rivals at the moment.

After today’s game, German boss Jurgen Klopp appreciated his side’s opponents but he was also very pleased that his team worked hard to see out the victory:

“It was difficult this game because Brighton are a good football side. They put players between the lines. They put so many players there so it’s difficult to defend. They had a lot of possession and we had to work really hard. I loved that the boys were prepared to do that after a busy week.”

Via Yahoo Sport

In football, winning is the best habit to fall into. Liverpool ended the last campaign as Champions League winners and that triumph seems to have ignited a real hunger within Klopp’s troops to go on and finally secure their first Premier League title.