Keita crossroads; Klopp acclaim; Karius criticised


Date published: Tuesday 16th June 2020 10:48

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MAKE OR BREAK FOR KEITA

Pundit Danny Mills says Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita needs to hit the ground running next season or face being axed by boss Jurgen Klopp.

Keita, who signed for Liverpool in 2017, joined a year later but a string of small injuries have dictated his Anfield career to date.

The Guinea international has shown glimpses of his talent in short bursts, before heading to the treatment table.

Indeed, he has missed key games such as last season’s Champions League final and the UEFA Super Cup showdown.

Speaking to Football Insider, Mills insisted next season could be “make or break” for Keita under Klopp.

“Jurgen Klopp will have the luxury of looking round at his players,” Mills said.

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KLOPP ACCLAIM

Anfield legend Steven Gerrard has unsurprisingly named Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp as the best football manager in the world.

The former Reds captain and current Rangers boss believes that Klopp now stands above Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola in a class of one.

“Let’s cut to the chase, sitting here, doing this interview right now, I think Jurgen Klopp is the best manager in the world,” Gerrard told The Athletic.

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BESIKTAS CHIEF NOT HAPPY WITH KARIUS

Besiktas president Ahmet Nur Cebi has criticised Loris Karius after his acrimonious departure from the Turkish club.

Karius’ spell with Besiktas ended prematurely in May when he terminated his contract over unpaid wages.

Nur Cebi told TRT Spor, as cited by the Daily Star: “Loris Karius is a different case. Of course, we are losing revenue and some of our players have to make some sacrifices if they want to stay at the club.

“But for Karius, I can say I’m very disappointed.

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MEUNIER LINK

Thomas Meunier TEAMtalk

Tottenham are hoping to sign free-agent Thomas Meunier this summer and are hoping one of their current players can help swing the deal.

With the club unlikely to spend big money in the transfer market due to the financial hit from the coronavirus pandemic, Meunier is seen as a perfect signing.

The 28-year-old Belgium international will be out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season and he is one of a trio of seniors stars who will leave the French capital.

However, the Daily Express claim that Liverpool are also interested in the right-back.

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‘We should have won more’

Former Liverpool full-back Rob Jones admits the Reds team he played for should have won more.

The right-back told thisisanfield: “I think we were [close to winning the Premier League] a couple of times, we just never had that consistency at the end, which Man United had,” Jones says.

“That’s what wins you the league, that little bit of consistency to get you over the finish line.

“We had a good team with some great players. We had a good mixture.

“We had the young ones like me, Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and Jamie Redknapp, mixed with the older experienced players like John Barnes, Ian Rush and Bruce Grobbelaar. There was a good mixture of youth and experience.

“We should have won more.”





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