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Three things Klopp got right as Liverpool beat Southampton to take title race to the wire

Liverpool ensured the Premier League title race went to the final day of the season with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Southampton on Tuesday night.Jurgen Klopp’s side travelled to the south coast knowing they had to win to remain in with a chance of pipping Manchester City to the title and they left with the three points they needed. They had to do it the hard way, with Southampton taking an early lead through Nathan Redmond’s deflected effort on the counter-attack after VAR decided not to look at a possible foul by Lyanco in the build-up.Liverpool hit back from Takumi Minamino’s powerful effort at the near post and, after some sustained pressure, took the lead midway through the second half when Joel Matip’s looping header found its way in from a corner.
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Horrified Liverpool fans hate Jurgen Klopp's 'FA Cup third round' line-up vs Benfica
Liverpool fans have got the jitters after seeing Jurgen Klopp's line-up for tonight's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Benfica.The Reds are strong favourites to win the tie having secured a 3-1 victory in Lisbon last week, but after fielding a team that wouldn't look out of place in an FA Cup third-round fixture, Liverpool fans are genuinely concerned that it might end up being a long old night for them.First-team shoe-ins Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold have all been dropped, while the likes of Joe Gomez and Konstantinos Tsimikas have been handed unexpected run-outs in defence.Elsewhere, James Milner has replaced Thiago in midfield, Ibrahima Konate comes in for Van Dijk, and Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino lead the line (check out the full line-up below)."That's a lot of changes for only having a 2 goal advantage," one nervous fan tweeted."Feels like we're underestimating them," said a second, while another wrote: "I get the need to rotate and keep our strongest fit, but I really don't know about that midfield."Is Jurgen Klopp's line-up too weak? Let us know what you think in the comments section.A fourth fan wrote: Is this am FA Cup third-round game? … Guys see what happened to Real yesterday? … 2 goal lead is nothing they can comeback."Klopp will almost certainly be keen to keep his stars as fresh as possible, especially with Liverpool still fighting on all three available fronts, and an FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City coming in just a few days.And with just a point separating them and City at the top of the Premier League, the title run-in is shaping up to be one of the most nail-biting in history.Let's see if Klopp's risk pays off, shall we?
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Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk's classy gesture to deaf Dutch side praised by fans
Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk has been applauded after he stepped up to aid the Netherlands Deaf team in their bid to compete at the Deaflympics in Brazil.Van Dijk is the captain of the Dutch mens team and is set to taste his first major international tournament when he jets off to the World Cup in Qatar later this year.However, the powerful defender has made steps to ensure that other Dutch players will play at an upcoming major tournament.According to De Telegraaf, van Dijk 'did not hesitate' to make a 'substantial private donation' to assist the Dutch Deaf national team in their bid to head to Brazil next year.The team are bidding to raise a sum of around €90,000 (£75,000) to enable them to compete at the extravaganza.As well as his own private donation, van Dijk has reportedly given his match-worn shirt from Sunday's Carabao Cup final win over Chelsea to be auctioned in a bid to raise the remaining funds.“I have discussed this with my family and we are happy to help,” Van Dijk said when discussing the situation.“That’s why we support these guys, who have delivered a great performance by moving from 21st to seventh place in the world ranking. I admire the way these guys practice their sport.”How do you think the Netherlands will get on in the World Cup? Let us know in the comments section.Unsurprisingly, after his generous act hit the news, fans flocked to praise van Dijk for his donation.One user posted: "As a deaf person I find this really nice of him to do.
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James Milner names four Liverpool stars in all-time teammates XI but leaves out Mo Salah
Liverpool stars in his best ever team-mates XI and even had room to squeeze in Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer.The three-time Premier League winner, 36, has enjoyed a decorated career playing for some of the biggest clubs in England.And despite the world-class talent in Milner's XI, there are still some high-profile omissions - neither Mohamed Salah nor Sadio Mane appear in his star-studded side.But Liverpool selections did feature heavily in the Englishman's 11 with current team-mates Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil van Dijk all making the cut.Partnering the Dutch defender at centre-back is Jonathan Woodgate, a Leeds United team-mate of Milner's who he describes as a "superstar.""Woody was exceptional at Leeds and so unlucky with injuries, but before that we all thought he was a superstar," Milner told Four Four Two."Put it this way: I’m leaving both Rio Ferdinand and Vincent Kompany out of my side, which shows just how much I thought of him.” Popping up at left-back is Chelsea and England ace Ashley Cole who Milner described as the "fittest footballer around" - high praise indeed from a 36-year-old Premier League regular.Sitting on the fence in the age-old Steven Gerrard vs Frank Lampard debate, the Liverpool midfielder has named both in his best XI.Though he did note the current Aston Villa boss as "the best all-round footballer I’ve ever played with."HAVE YOUR SAY! Should James Milner have included Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane? Let us know in the comments section.Completing the midfield in his preferred 4-3-3 formation is Manchester City legend David Silva, with whom Milner won his maiden Premier League title in 2012.The silky Spaniard was praised for possessing the ability to "decide a game on
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Popworld issues hilarious response to Chelsea fan who tried to tweet at Virgil Van Dijk
Chelsea supporter tagged Popworld Liverpool while trying to insult Virgil van Dijk - and got a memorable response from the baffled nightclub admin.Popworld shared an image of the Dutchman with a corner flag but with the nightclub's logo photoshopped on.A Blues fan then took to Twitter following his side's Carabao Cup final defeat to Jurgen Klopp's men on penalties, a game in which Van Dijk was named man of the match.It's fair to say the loyal Chelsea supporter did not agree with that assessment, saying that the Netherlands skipper allowed his side several golden chances to score.But Popworld's response got more than 36,000 likes on the social media platform - causing the aggrieved Chelsea fan to delete his initial message.In a now deleted tweet, the Twitter user wrote while tagging Popworld: "You conceded about 100 chances to a bang average Chelsea attack, you only got motm because you're the media's golden boy."You're not a patch on 37 year old Thiago Silva now get back in your box."Popworld Liverpool replied: "We’re a nightclub mate."Was Virgil van Dijk the star performer at Wembley? Give us your thoughts in the comments sectionHaving officially being named as the Carabao Cup Final 2022 Man of the Match, Van Dijk became the latest player to pick up the Alan Hardaker Trophy.He follows Steve McManaman, Robbie Fowler, Jerzy Dudek and Stewart Downing in picking up the award as a Liverpool player, having helped keep Chelsea at bay for 120 minutes.The Alan Hardaker Trophy is named after a former EFL secretary who oversaw the launch of the cup in 1960 having conceived the idea.Van Dijk said after scoring his penalty in the 11-10 success from the spot: "Very special.
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Liverpool fans spot Virgil van Dijk's brilliant 'stare down' at Kepa Arrizabalaga
Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk's brilliant stare down at Kepa Arrizabalaga during Sunday's Carabao Cup final.The Reds triumphed 11-10 on penalties at Wembley following a pulsating goalless draw to win their first domestic cup since they won the same competition in 2012.Chelsea had substituted Kepa on specifically for the penalty shootout as he replaced Edouard Mendy from the bench during the closing moments of extra-time.However, the gamble failed to pay off as Kepa conceded all 11 penalties he faced including van Dijk's clinical spot-kick, which was followed by a brutal stare down at his rival.As the Dutch defender lined up to take Liverpool's third penalty in the shootout, Kepa shifted to the right-hand side of his goal in an attempt to put off his opponent.Kepa shifted back towards the centre of the goal as van Dijk began his run-up and was unable to stop his powerful penalty.Despite diving the right way, Kepa was helpless to stop the fierce strike as van Dijk called his bluff and found the top corner on the same side Kepa had previously stood.Following the penalty, van Dijk could be seen staring down the Chelsea keeper before he turned and jogged back to his team-mates in the centre circle.Was Virgil van Dijk's penalty the best in the shootout? Let us know in the comments section below.Fans and pundits alike loved the ice cold nature of his penalty and reaction, taking to social media afterwards to share their reactions.Writing on Twitter, Gary Lineker responded by saying: "This is definitely in my top 10 favourite penalties."One fan added: “I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched this.
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Two things Jurgen Klopp got right and two he got wrong as Liverpool win the Carabao Cup
Liverpool have won the Carabao Cup final on penalties after a thrilling affair at Wembley against Chelsea.Liverpool thought they had taken the lead through Joel Matip, but a VAR review chalked the goal off.VAR had determined that Virgil van Dijk, who was in an offside position, had interfered in the play by tussling with Reece James.Chelsea also had the ball in the net, twice, but also saw their attempts to break the deadlock thwarted by the offside flag too.Kepa Arrizabalaga missed the decisive penalty to hand Liverpool the title.And Daily Star Sport is looking at what Jurgen Klopp got right and what he got wrong.There aren't many chances in modern football to blood youngsters, but Kelleher has made the Carabao Cup his own this season.Klopp repaid the trust in the Irishman by starting him in the final.In many ways, Kelleher's performance didn't matter, with giving the youth opportunities, it presents a clear pathway to the first team for any hopefuls.Kelleher make some big stops for the Reds as they forced the game to penalties.What did you think of Liverpool's performance? Let us know in the comments sectionThiago was left in tears when it emerged that the Spaniard, who had been named in the starting side, would not be able to play due to injury.Klopp replaced Thiago with Naby Kieta, but there didn't appear to be any change of tactics from the German.Instead, Chelsea's midfield was cut open by Chelsea for two great opportunities in the first half.And a sustained period of pressure in the second half, Liverpool's midfield came under scrutiny as Chelsea players continually flooded forwards.Want to be on the ball with all of the latest football news?Well then sign up for the brilliant Daily Star football email
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Liverpool break Premier League penalty record that leaves rival fans triggered
Liverpool have now been awarded more penalties than any other side in Premier League history following their 6-0 win over Marcelo Bielsa's struggling Leeds United.Manchester United were the previous record-holders, having been given 169 spot-kicks since 1992.But Jurgen Klopp's side have managed to knock them off their perch after being awarded penalty number 170 and 171 at Anfield on Wednesday night.Both efforts were successfully converted by Mohamad Salah - who brought his Premier League goal tally to 17 for the season - while goals from Joel Matip, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk completed the rout for the rampant Reds, who are now just three points behind league leaders Manchester City.Rival fans flooded to social media in a rage as some accused Liverpool of cheating their way to the record."Liverpool have literally dived their way to this record. Unbelievable," wrote one fan."How is it that Liverpool have only been Prem champs once but have won the most pens?? Doesn't make sense," another posted."Why am I not surprised," a third said.However, some saw things a little differently.Do Liverpool get awarded an unfair amount of penalties? Let us know what you reckon in the comments section..."The more intense in attacks a team is, the more they are likely to get penalties awarded.
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Burnley star Wout Weghorst could have had darts future with win over Michael van Gerwen
darts match with Michael van Gerwen.The three-time world PDC champion once paid a visit to the Netherlands national team camp, where he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Memphis Depay and Matthijs de Ligt.Also in that national squad in May 2018 was Weghorst, who was with the senior team for the first time after impressing with Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.Whether or not he made an impression on his new international team-mates on the pitch, he certainly caught the eye in a darts session with the group visitor.A video clip shared by the Netherlands national team's Twitter account showed van Gerwen giving the football stars some darts tips, and several of the player having a go at throwing an arrow or two.One of those keen to step up to the oche was Weghorst, who was quick to show off that he was no novice with some tungsten in his hands.He even beat van Gerwen in a head-to-head leg, hitting two 140s on the way to a sensational victory.Which others sports stars have shown a prowess for darts in the past? Let us know in the comments section.And he didn't just produce any old checkout – Weghorst hit the bullseye to confirm the win and earned a round of applause from his team-mates.Van Gerwen was also clearly impressed, as he gave his conqueror a fist-bump.The footage shows Weghorst to be as accurate with his hands as he has been with his feet in a football career which has yielded a hatful of goals to date.He scored 59 goals in 118 Bundesliga games during his time in Germany – a record of exactly one goal every two games.Want to be on the ball with all of the latest football news?Well then sign up for the brilliant Daily Star football email newsletter!From the latest transfer news to the agenda-setting
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Simon Jordan's comparison of Klopp and Guardiola leaves fans saying it's "stupid"
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola a chequebook manager after comparing his situation to Jurgen Klopp’s at Liverpool.The two Premier League titans are tussling for the title this year, though City are the wide favourites with a nine-point gap over the Reds.If they do on to win the league, it will be the fourth title in five years at the Etihad - demonstrating clear domination over the competition.The only exception over the past half-decade was when Liverpool won the league in 2020 after accumulating 99 points in a remarkable year for the Anfield outfit.However, one criticism levelled at Guardiola has been the sheer amount of cash that has been spent by him since arriving at the club.The Catalan coach has splashed out on nearly £1billion on players since making the move to Manchester.At Liverpool, though, Klopp has spent just over £650m, including mammoth fees for Virgil van Dijk, Alisson and Naby Keita.But talkSPORT host Jordan has taken aim at Guardiola - insisting Klopp would be dominating the Premier League if he had the kind of cash at disposal at the Etihad.He said: “You take the time that they have been together and the fact of the matter is that every single Premier League point won by Pep Guardiola has cost Man City £667,000.“Every point won by Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp has cost £243,000.Want to be on the ball with all of the latest football news?Well then sign up for the brilliant Daily Star football email newsletter!From the latest transfer news to the agenda-setting stories, get it all in your email inbox - don't miss a thing.It only takes a matter of seconds.Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article and hit 'subscribe'.And that's it, job done.
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Virgil van Dijk left in awe of Liverpool wonderkid dubbed 'the Polish Messi'
Lionel Messi must know what they are doing with a ball at their feet.And Liverpool youngster Mateusz Musialowski, aka 'The Polish Messi' is proving with every passing game that he could be the next big player at Anfield.Jurgen Klopp has recently made a habit of blooding some of the Merseysiders’ top academy stars in and amongst the first team.Kaide Gordon, Tyler Morton, and Conor Bradley have all been handed opportunities with the first team, while the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Curtis Jones have all blossomed under the former Borussia Dortmund manager’s guidance.And if the evident admiration and shock in Virgil van Dijk’s reaction to the young Polishman is anything to go by, then Musialowski could soon be coming to a Liverpool match near you.“Can we talk about his crossing?” Van Dijk said to the F2 Freestylers, after the 18-year-old whipped in a string of devilish crosses.“His crossing is magnificent! The consistency is scary.”Liverpool beat Arsenal to the attacking midfielder’s signature in August 2020, after he impressed Klopp and the Reds’ scouts during a training camp.He has since been awarded his first professional contract at the club.HAVE YOUR SAY! Can Mateusz Musialowskibecome a Liverpool legend? Comment belowMusialowski first appeared on Liverpool’s radar after some truly exceptional displays with Polish side SMS Lodz, where he netted an eye-watering 133 goals in 88 matches."When I see the space, I just go for it,” Musialowski said during the video.“I have seen a lot of Lionel Messi goals like that, so I try to be like him and I want to repeat it."In similar fashion to the legendary Argentinean, reports from the Athletic claim the Polish star brought a beaming smile to Klopp’s face when he stuck the
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