Liverpool round-up: Klopp reacts to Arsenal demolition; Juventus give up on Can; Mignolet seeks talks
Jurgen Klopp reacted to Liverpool’s superb win over Arsenal by challenging his side to continue improving. The German praised his team’s performance as he told the club website:
“We need to learn that we can do things like this every three or four days because otherwise will we have a problem during the season. We wanted to show it today, we wanted to prove to ourselves, we wanted to be spot on from the first second, we wanted to show our desire, we wanted to show our greed and we wanted to show our ambitions against a very strong side. You never know if you then can win the game, but we didn’t think about winning the game, more about the performance. The performance was perfect and the result is a result of the performance.”
It was a complete performance from the Reds, with Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge on the scoresheet in a brilliant display of counter attacking football.
In more good news, Juventus have appeared to give up on signing German midfielder Emre Can this summer. The news comes as the Serie A club’s chief executive Giuseppe Marotta is quoted by the Liverpool Echo as telling Premium Sport that they will try again in January, when he will enter into the final six months of his contract:
“Liverpool are holding on tight to Emre Can. His contract expires in June, we’ll be able to negotiate with him from January. We won’t hide the fact we like him. But currently he is a Liverpool player, so we can only admire him from afar.”
Can has been linked with a move to Italy all summer as contract negotiations continue. Now into the last year of his Liverpool contract, it is clear that the Reds want to keep him and he is in some fine form early this season, as his brace against Hoffenheim on Wednesday showed.
Another player who may be unhappy is goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. Sky Sports claim that after he was dropped this weekend, he will seek talks with manager Jurgen Klopp. It was an unexpected call from the manager, who instead opted to choose Loris Karius in goal with Danny Ward on the bench. Klopp explained his decision as Metro quote him as saying:
“Simon is rested, that is all. He won the race and was really strong for us but we need the other two boys [Karius and Danny Ward] also… He is in the stadium, we had no argument and I told him a rest makes sense. He didn’t want to have to rest. We spoke about it yesterday. It’s just that I want him to have a rest.”
Whether that is the real reason behind the decision to drop Mignolet is unclear, but it was a strange move from Klopp to change goalkeepers for a pivotal home fixture against one of their closest rivals in the race for a top four place in the Premier League.
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