Liverpool news Jurgen Klopp slams Thiago criticism as Gary Lineker makes Liverpool claim PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - The Liverpool morning digest as Jurgen Klopp delivers a strong verdict on Thiago Alcantara, Gary Lineker jumps to the Reds' defence and the Roberto Firmino problem.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Here is your Liverpool morning digest on Monday, February 22. Klopp delivers strong Thiago verdict Jurgen Klopp thinks Thiago Alcantara has been unfortunate at Liverpool and rubbished claims that the side's form is down to the midfielder. Thiago has suffered a tricky start to life at Anfield with the Spaniard having injury troubles and then coming into a very disjointed midfield. His return in the New Year has coincided with a disastrous run of form for the Reds that has seen their defence of the Premier League title completely disappear. However, Klopp is adamant that Thiago isn't the reason for Liverpool's huge downfall in results and performances. Read More Related Articles Ralph Hasenhuttl agrees with Jurgen Klopp over on-loan Liverpool star Takumi Minamino Read More Related Articles Spanish football expert tells critics of Liverpool midfielder Thiago they will be 'exposed' "He came in late, which is just the nature of some transfers, then he got Covid, got injured, and still had to adapt to a new team - and a team which was not exactly flying with no problems at all," said the Reds boss. "We've had to rebuild the team pretty much every three days because of changing the last line and changing a lot of things, so that's just really unlucky for Thiago. "But he has played some exceptional games and had some exceptional moments on the pitch, and he is so respected in the squad. It's just a public perception. 'Oh, Thiago is in and we don't perform well anymore.' Read More Related Articles 'I'm sick of saying it' - Jamie Carragher agrees with Gini Wijnaldum over Liverpool issue Read More Related Articles Neville sends Carragher message after latest Liverpool injury setback "These kind of things are just b*******, let me say it like that! They are just not right." Read the full story here. Lineker jumps to Klopp and Liverpool's defence Gary Lineker has defended Liverpool manager Klopp following the side's fourth consecutive defeat at Anfield. Goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson handed Everton their first win across Stanley Park since 1999 and ensured the Reds' poor form continued. Klopp has faced some inevitable criticism from some supporters on the internet, but Lineker thinks some of this is unwarranted.
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Lineker replied: "If anyone doubts that, then they don’t have a clue." Read the full story here. Firmino problem with no easy solution Klopp will have plenty of things to consider over the next week as he dissects a rare Merseyside derby defeat, writes Ian Doyle. One of those various problems is the form of Roberto Firmino - who has scored just six goals in all competitions this season for the Reds. Away from home, Firmino has been in decent form, with his performances on the road tending to be stronger than those at Anfield.
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Much like what is happening right now with Thiago, the Brazil international's form isn't entirely his fault. The 29-year-old's best form for Liverpool has come when the team are in a position to maximise his undoubted qualities, but with the injuries that have forced midfielders to move back into defence and the centre-backs to the sidelines, the Liverpool we are seeing in front of our eyes right now is never going to be a team where Firmino can prosper. Last season, the Brazilian barely scored at Anfield - but he didn't have to because of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane's prolific form. As it stands, however, despite Salah still being in red-hot form, Klopp's side are not the free-scoring team they have been over the last few years and Firmino isn't the presence in the box that the champions need.
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