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Hugs from Klopp make Liverpool goalkeeper feel 'good'

That's not just any hug. What you're seeing there is a Jurgen Klopp hug. Credit: Reuters

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has expressed his satisfaction at receiving a hug from Jurgen Klopp.

The German manager is rather touchy-feely with his players before matches, on the touchline and after the final whistle, when he is often captured hugging each Liverpool star, one-by-one.

And Mignolet believes this sends out the right message, as well as making him feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Speaking to the club's official website, he said:

He’s hugged with all of the players and it gives you a good feeling because it means you know he is behind you and supporting you.

That’s what you need as a player; the confidence of the manager and the whole staff, that they’re behind you and we’re working in the same direction.

– Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet


Heartbreak for St Helens' Martin Murray as fourth title bid ends in defeat

It was heartbreak again for St Helens' Martin Murray as his fourth world title attempt ended in defeat once more against Arthur Abraham in Germany.

The defending WBO super-middleweight champion won a split points decision 115-112, 112-115, 116-111 to retain his belt.

Murray had little success in the opening rounds in Hanover and was caught by a straight, powerful right hand in the third.

It was not until the sixth that Murray landed something meaningful, forcing his opponent back on to the ropes with a right hand, but Abraham responded with a counter to mark the Briton's face.

The champion twice caught Murray in the seventh but he landed the best punch of the fight in the next round, catching Abraham with a big right glove.

Murray was deducted a point, after a couple of warnings, in the 11th for using the shoulder, which all-but ended the 33-year-old's hopes.

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Liverpool legend Graeme Souness taken into hospital

Graeme Souness has been admitted to hospital in Bournemouth. Credit: PA

Former Liverpool manager Graeme Souness was taken into hospital on Friday, Press Association Sport understands.

The 62-year-old, who also played with distinction for the Reds, is receiving treatment in a hospital in Bournemouth, close to his home in Poole, Dorset.

No details of Souness' condition were immediately available, although reports suggest the Reds legends had to be carried into the hospital on a stretcher.

The former midfielder won 54 caps for Scotland during a playing career which also saw him win five league titles and three European Cups among his Liverpool honours and a Coppa Italia title with Sampdoria.

Souness' Sky Sports colleague Jeff Stelling opened the station's Soccer Saturday broadcast with a message of support to Souness.

"Souey, if you're watching, get well very quickly," said the presenter.

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