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Liverpool round-up: Klopp on Champions League hopes; confident in chase for Fulham sensation; goalkeeper situation latest

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After a woeful January and not a lot of improvement in February, Jurgen Klopp has told the media that the Champions League remains the club’s primary target this season, as the Independent report him as saying:

“As a person I’m like this – what I don’t have, I don’t miss because it is pragmatic. I don’t miss Champions League because I know we were not good enough to qualify for it… Of course it is in our hands.  In this moment I think we should only think about how we can do it. Would it be a disappointment if we don’t reach it? Yes because we think we should qualify for it. Is it possible that we don’t qualify? Yes because of the league, because of the opponents and all that stuff. It would be because of us and we have to take that situation like it is. It is our big target of course. We want to do everything to get it.”

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The Reds continued their charge for Europe’s elite competition with a 2-1 victory over Burnley, courtesy of goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Emre Can. This proved a bittersweet victory for Jurgen Klopp’s men, after they fell to defeat in Lancashire in August – a loss they have been lamented for ever since.

In better news for the club, the Sun claim that the Reds are leading the race for Fulham’s 16-year-old sensation Ryan Sessegnon, with the full-back nearing a £10 million move to Anfield. The England youth international continued his rise to fame this weekend with two goals as Fulham emerged victorious against Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United.

 

Sessegnon has been the surprise package in the Championship this season and has astounded many with his composure and skill despite his lack of experience. Now, he could represent a long-term solution to the club’s left-back problem should he head to Merseyside in the summer.

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However, Jurgen Klopp also told the media that he does not think that a move for a goalkeeper in the summer is likely, as he told the Telegraph that he has faith in his current options, saying:

“We have these really, really good goalkeepers. We have with Mr (Alex) Manninger – a wonderful professional player in the squad which helps the squad a lot. We have young players in behind including Danny Ward on loan (at Huddersfield). Our situation is as good as possible. I am happy most of the days. One day when a goalkeeper is involved in a goal which happens quite a few times. It is the life of a goalkeeper that you are the last man standing. Then you are not too happy but I am happy with our goalkeepers, yes.”

 

Both Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius have had spells as the club’s number one this season, with Alex Manninger an experienced understudy, but some have questioned whether any of these options are of sufficient quality to push for the title in the next few years.

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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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