Klopp tells Liverpool to focus on Euro ambitions

first_imgBut the German believes there is still plenty for the fourth placed Reds to play for and they should not get complacent just because City are so far ahead.“We have to qualify for the Champions League. We have to finish as high as possible,” Klopp said.“It looks like we could be second, third or fourth this year, that’s a fantastic situation. Not the dream but a fantastic situation.“That’s what we are working on and for this we have to improve in all departments.“This year, I don’t think that anyone apart from Manchester City and maybe Manchester United are thinking too much about how they can win the league.“In a very difficult league, performance-wise we are really consistent so far. If we stay consistent and avoid our mistakes, mistakes like in the 3-3 draw with Arsenal, we will win much more games than we lose or draw.Liverpool will be without captain Jordan Henderson for the clash with Swansea after he limped out of their 3-3 draw with Arsenal © AFP/File / Ian KINGTON“As it was and so it will be against Swansea, we have to perform first of all and then we have to see how the other team can react.”Even though Swansea are at the foot of the table, Klopp does not want his players to assume the result will be a foregone conclusion.“They are under pressure and that’s clear because they fight for the league, 100 per cent, and that will not change before Boxing Day,” Klopp added.“But we will be ready and we will perform, if possible, like against Arsenal but avoid the mistakes we made.“I don’t really remember the game from last year, to be honest. I remember that we lost it. But that’s not the plan!”– Step by step –Klopp confirmed Liverpool will be without captain Jordan Henderson after he limped out of their 3-3 draw with Arsenal last Friday.Liverpool’s Joel Matip (R) could be fit enough to feature in the clash with Swansea after he recently returning to training following a muscle injury © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLDefender Joel Matip could be fit enough to feature after he recently returning to training following a muscle injury while striker Daniel Sturridge has recovered from illness.Alberto Moreno (ankle) and Nathanial Clyne (back) remain on the sidelines.Swansea caretaker manager Leon Britton will take charge of his second game following the sacking of Paul Clement last week.Britton is a modern-day Swansea great with more than 500 appearances to his name, and guided the club to a 1-1 draw in his first match against Crystal Palace.A match against free-scoring Liverpool at Anfield, however, will present a somewhat more difficult prospect for the South Wales club.Swansea striker Jordan Ayew admits the draw against Palace, in which he scored, has helped them take at least some confidence into the trip to Merseyside.“We all have a job to do. I think we responded well,” Ayew said. “We will take it day by day and see what happens in the future.“We will do our best to get something out of the game against Liverpool. We will build step by step and things will get better. It is important for us to get a good result.”Swansea will give a fitness test to striker Wilfried Bony (hamstring) and midfielder Leroy Fer (back), who both missed the game against Palace.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has acknowledged ahead of Liverpool’s clash with bottom side Swansea that a Premier League title challenge is beyond them © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Dec 25 – Jurgen Klopp has urged Liverpool to stay motivated to reach their target of a place in next season’s Champions League by the end of the season.Klopp has acknowledged ahead of Liverpool’s clash with bottom side Swansea at Anfield on Tuesday that a Premier League title challenge is beyond them given they trail leaders Manchester City by 20 points.last_img read more

Jason Cundy tells Chelsea: ‘Give Eden Hazard £750k-a-week to make him stay’

first_img Jason Cundy has told Chelsea to offer Eden Hazard HUGE wages to make him stay in London Former Chelsea defender Jason Cundy has told the club to make Eden Hazard the highest paid player in world football in an effort to convince him to stay, saying the Belgian star is ‘irreplaceable’.Hazard recently admitted he is still struggling over where his future lies, having decided to remain at Stamford Bridge this summer despite strong interest from Real Madrid. “But, from my point of view, I want him to stay – of course I do.“It’s a really horrible situation for the club because he’s playing well and he’s clearly happy right now, but he has ambitions to go on a do something.”“I would make him the highest paid player in the world.“I would give him £650k, £700k, £750k-a-week. Why not? Tell me why not?“To replace him… you can’t replace him!“What’s he worth on the open market, say £150million? You’re not going to be able to replace him!” “Sometimes in my head, I wake up in the morning and think I want to go – sometimes I think I want to stay,” Hazard told the media whilst on international duty.The 27-year-old also revealed it is his ‘dream’ to pull on a Los Blancos shirt, and it is expected Real will make another bid for the Blues star either in January or next summer.But while some feel Hazard’s move to LaLiga is inevitable, Cundy believes the Stamford Bridge hero can be persuaded to sign a new deal with Chelsea.Asked about Hazard’s comments while away with Belgium, The Sports Bar host said: “I think it’s a very open and a very honest statement. He’s a lovely lad and he doesn’t cause problems.“As Chelsea fans we’ve got to accept he’s not a west London boy and he wants to play for Real Madrid.“If they come in with a big enough offer, I think we have to accept that there is a time and a place in a player’s career and he wants to go on and play for one of the biggest clubs, if not THE biggest club, in world football. 2center_img 2 Hazard has been on fire for Chelsea so far this season – with eight goals and three assists in ten appearances 💰 “Chelsea should make Hazard the highest paid player in the world…😮 …give him £750,000-a-week to make him stay!”🗣️ @JasonCundy05 says #CFC must break the bank to stop Eden Hazard joining Real Madrid!Is Hazard good enough to command such massive wages? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/LpZvUzU8BL— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) October 9, 2018last_img read more