Says European absence no big advantage
Klopp plays down the advantages of Liverpool’s absence from Europe this season. The side is currently level on points with Manchester City and Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table and, along with fourth-placed Chelsea, will not have to play any Champions League or Europa League football this season.
I’m not sure but 80 percent to 90 percent [of the time] in Europe, the team that is champion is playing in the Champions League. Why is that? Ah, because they have quality! Right, because they play good football, they can rotate and rest whenever. It’s not too cool when you’re not successful but when you are successful, you take it to the next game, you have a possibility to rotate and all that stuff because you have a big squad — we cannot rotate that much. It’s different things. Sometimes it is an advantage [not having Europe] but why so often does a team win the league with all these intense games in midweek? Maybe you’ll find an answer for this.
West Ham 3-1 Liverpool
West Ham win at home against Liverpool with goals from Winston Reid in the 2nd minute, Diafra Sakho in the 7th. Morgan Amalfitano seals the win two minutes to the end of the game. Liverpool manage to get one back through Raheem Sterling in the 26th minute. Alladyce:
To score two goals in that early period really stunned the Liverpool players. We really took them to task. We played outstandingly well and really didn’t let Liverpool play at all.
Liverpool 2-1 Ludogoret
Liverpool win through a last gasp penalty by Stephen Gerrald after Mario Balloteli’s opener in the 82nd minute is leveled by Dani Abalo. In the added minutes of the game Javi Manquillo is brought down by Milan Borjan and the chance gives Liverpool the winner. Rodgers:
We are still a work in progress but in this tournament you need to win your home games and we did that. Mario’s goal will give him confidence, he worked hard for the team tonight but at half-time I told him to get into the box more. That’s where we need him.
Aston Villa 1-0 Liverpool
Gabriel Agbonlahor gives Aston Villa a win at Anfield stadium in the 9th minute. Rodgers:
We were slow in our pressing and passing early on and gave away a bad goal, but then we upped it.It was a frustrating day but I think it was a combination of Aston Villa defending well and us failing to find that wee bit of quality. We had enough of the ball but could not find the penetration in the final third.
Spurs 0-3 Liverpool
Spurs 100% start to the season is ended by a rampant Liverpool team who win with goals from Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard and Alberto Moreno. Emanuel Adebayor and Nacer Chadli miss Spurs two best chances. The game turns on the second goal resulting from a controversial penalty awarded for a tug by Eric Dier on Joe Allen early in the second half.
Liverpool 3-0 Tottenham
Raheem Sterling puts Liverpool ahead in the 8th minute and this keeps them in control till half time. When the game resumes Stephen Gerrard makes it two from a penalty spot in the 49th minute but Tottenham don’t seem to respond. Albert Moreno seals the lead in the 60th. Debutant Mario Ballotelli gets three chances to add his name to the score sheet but the keeper saves his shots. Tottenham get a chance through Emmanuel Adebayor only for the striker to lift the ball onto the roof of the net. Pochettino:
We need to learn and improve – today was a very tough game for us. I think the first 45 minutes we competed very well and had some good chances. But the key moment came in the second half – it was a very soft penalty. When you are 2-0 down against Liverpool it is very difficult.
Lovren signs what the Reds describe as a long-term contract with them for £20 million. The Bosnia and Herzegovina international plays the role of defender and his squad number is 6. He earns £60,000 pounds a week.
It’s a dream come true. I’m happy and glad to be here. I’m proud and can’t wait to start. I know we have millions and millions of supporters – Liverpool is more than a club
The Serbian international signs for Liverpool for £20 million from Benfica and plays the position of attacking midfielder and his squad number is 50. The Reds describe the contract he signs as a long-term deal. Markovic is expected to earn net salary of £10 million pounds a year.
I believe in myself and in the luck that’s following me. I believe in the people in charge of my career. That is why I go with my dreams
Liverpool announces that Suarez, the player involved in the biting incident, is going to Barcelona and has signed a five-year contract with the team. Spanish football and Bleacher Report UK expert Guillem Balague reports the deal is worth £64 million. The Reds confirm this on their official website:
Liverpool FC confirms that Luis Suarez will be leaving the club after a transfer agreement was reached with FC Barcelona. We would like to thank Luis for his contribution and the role he played in helping bring Champions League football back to Anfield. Everyone at Liverpool Football Club wishes Luis and his family well for the future.
Suarez released a statement on Liverpool’s website
It is with a heavy heart that I leave Liverpool for a new life and new challenges in Spain. Both me and my family have fallen in love with this club and with the city. But most of all I have fallen in love with the incredible fans. You have always supported me and we, as a family, will never forget it, we will always be Liverpool supporters. I hope you can all understand why I have made this decision. This club did all they could to get me to stay, but playing and living in Spain, where my wife’s family live, is a lifelong dream and ambition. I believe now the timing is right.
Liverpool signs Can from Bayer Leverkusen after meeting the £9.8 million buy out clause in his contract. The defensive midfielder has made 29 appearances for his former club and scored 3 goals.He becomes the clubs’ third summer signing.
I want to thank the manager for trusting me and allowing me to play here. I am proud to be a part of the family and I am looking forward to playing here. It was an easy decision for me to sign with Liverpool as I had a very good chat with the manager, which clearly shows that he and the club wanted to sign me.
Lallana signs a 70,000 pounds a week five-year contract with Liverpool. The international will take the role of attacking midfielder with squad number is 20. He signs from Southampton a club he has been captain and made 250 appearances for. He is the second signing for Liverpool this summer and has cost the club £25 million pounds.
I’m so excited for the next chapter of my career, coming to a special club like Liverpool. I’m quite humbled and I just can’t wait to get started
Liverpool 2-2 Cardiff (Liverpool 3-2 on penalties)
Liverpool win their eighth League Cup as they overcome plucky underdogs Cardiff City after another penalty shootout. Skrtel and Kuyt score for the Reds with Mason and Turner replying for the Blues. The penalty shootout is notable as cousins Steven and Anthony Gerrard both miss spotkicks for their respective sides.
Chelsea 3-2 Liverpool
Jose Mourinho wins his first trophy in England with a thrilling 3-2 extra time victory over League Cup specialists, Liverpool. Strikes for the Reds from Riise and Nunez are to no avail as an own goal from Gerrard is followed up by goals from Drogba and Kezman to give the Blues their third League Cup triumph.
Liverpool 2-0 Man Utd
Goals from Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen give Liverpool victory against their fierce Lancashire rivals at the Millennium Stadium. 74,500 fans see the Merseysiders secure a record seventh League Cup win … their second in three years.
Liverpool 1-1 Birmingham (Liverpool 5-4 on penalties)
Liverpool secure their first trophy for 6 years after the first ever penalty shoot out to decide a League Cup Final. Fowler and Elleray score in normal time but Jamie Carragher’s penalty wins the League Cup for Liverpool for a record sixth time.
Liverpool 2-1 Bolton
Liverpool win their fifth League Cup Final with two goals from Man Of The Match Steve McManaman in front of the watching Stanley Matthews. Bolton fans among the 75,595 in attendance are proud of their team’s performance but the match will be remembered as the McManaman Final.
Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool
Two goals from Charlie Nicholas give the Gunners their first ever League Cup in front of 96,000 at Wembley. Ian Rush nets a consolation for the Merseysiders who fail to lift the trophy for a 5th time.
Liverpool 1-0 Everton (Replay after 0-0)
Liverpool win the League Cup for an incredible 4th year running. Again, a replay is required after a 0-0 draw at Wembley. Graeme Souness nets the winner in front of 52,089 at Maine Road, Manchester.
Liverpool 2-1 Man Utd
Liverpool win their third consecutive League Cup – again coming from behind as Kennedy equalises Norman Whiteside’s opener for United. The hero for the Merseysiders is once again Ronnie Whelan, who scores the winner in extra time in front of 99,304 spectators at Wembley.
Liverpool 3-1 Spurs (aet)
Spurs come agonisingly close to winning their third League Cup after an 11th minute opportunist strike from Steve Archibald. A Ronnie Whelan strike in the 87th minute forces extra time, during which Whelan gets his second and Ian Rush seals the victory for the Reds.