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Gerrard confirms Liverpool return to work with Klopp

Gerrard will train with Liverpool for two weeks. Credit: PA

Steven Gerrard has confirmed he will train with former club Liverpool next week and is relishing the opportunity to work with Jurgen Klopp.

LA Galaxy midfielder Gerrard has ruled out a return to a playing role with Liverpool and is only training at Melwood during the MLS close season.

The 35-year-old said on BT Sport's Champions League coverage: "I'm going to go in for a couple of weeks and work with Mr Klopp so I'm really looking forward to that, to see what he's about and try and learn a few things from him."


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

Video: Young Liverpool fan teaches Klopp Scouse

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Dubbed Jurgen Klopp's "toughest test" yet during his six-week spell as Liverpool manager, the German was introduced to Scouse by a young Reds supporter today.

Klopp celebrated Sunday's impressive demolition of Man City by learning how to say "Boss Tha!" in a Scouse accent, and we've got to admit he did a pretty good job.

The video will surely endear Klopp even more to Liverpool's faithful, who have already fallen in love with his passion following energetic victories at Chelsea and the Etihad.

Photo: Sturridge enjoys watching Liverpool at Man City

Sturridge is back on the bench for Liverpool at Man City. Credit: Reuters
Roberto Firmino celebrates Liverpool's opener. Credit: PA

Daniel Sturridge has returned from injury to win a place on Liverpool's bench at Man City, where Jurgen Klopp's side raced into a 3-0 lead inside 32 minutes.

Eliaquim Mangala directed Roberto Firmino's cross into his own net after just seven minutes, and Liverpool's Brazilian again turned provider for compatriot Philippe Coutinho just before the half hour mark.

Firmino finished off a stunning first-half performance minutes later when he capped off a wonderful counter-attacking move to send the travelling supporters wild.

Sergio Aguero pulled one back for City with a curling effort just before half-time to set up an exciting second period.


Man City v Liverpool starting line-ups

Sterling stats compared at Liverpool and Man City

It may be early days for Raheem Sterling at Man City, but it's interesting to see how the England youngster's stats compare with last season.

Sterling had developed more of a goal threat at Man City. Credit: Oulala

Ahead of his first match against his former club this evening, Sterling faces Liverpool boasting a bigger goal threat than he posed at Anfield last term.

Averaging one goal every 191 minutes for City compared with one every 435 minutes at Liverpool, the 20 year-old is flourishing in more of an attacking system under Manuel Pellegrini.

His shooting accuracy and passing figures are also better than they were last season although at Liverpool, Sterling was slightly more successful with tackles and take ons.

City host Liverpool in Saturday's late kick-off with the Reds, now managed by Jurgen Klopp following the departure of Brendan Rodgers, trailing the league leaders by nine points.

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.

Liverpool striker ruled out for a further month

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli has undergone successful surgery to resolve a groin problem and will be sidelined for a further four weeks, his loan club AC Milan announced on Wednesday.

Balotelli will be missing until late December. Credit: PA

A recurring groin injury has limited the Italy striker to just four appearances since returning to Milan this summer on a season-long loan from Liverpool.

The 25-year-old has not featured since a 1-0 defeat to Genoa in September 27.

A Milan statement read: "AC Milan announces that Mario Balotelli underwent surgery in Munich.

"The operation was technically successful and the recovery time is around four weeks, assuming there are no complications."

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