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Photo: Liverpool players all smiles under Jurgen Klopp

Sakho no longer feels like a caged lion. Credit: Reuters
Something tickled captain Milner. Credit: Reuters
Klopp seemed to enjoy himself as well. Credit: Reuters

It was smiles and tongues all round as Liverpool trained on Wednesday morning ahead of this week's Europa League action.

The Reds welcome Rubin Kazan to Anfield on Thursday evening for Klopp's first European fixture in charge since replacing Brendan Rodgers.

Klopp confirms return date for Liverpool striker

Sturridge could be fit to face Southampton. Credit: PA

Daniel Sturridge is aiming to play against Southampton on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp has confirmed.

It was unclear how long the England striker would be sidelined for after he was forced to pull out of last weekend's stalemate against Spurs.

It later transpired that Sturridge had suffered a minor knee injury during a training session on Friday, and had been rested for Saturday's early kick-off on the advice of Liverpool's medical team.

Speaking ahead of Liverpool's Europa League match with Rubin Kazan on Thursday, Klopp said: "Sturridge is getting better and better. The target for him is Sunday."

Sturridge, 26, scored 24 goals in 2013/14 but has been plagued by injuries since then, managing just 12 league games last season and two so far during the current campaign.


Video: Liverpool defender goes wild in Luxembourg

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If you were watching TV in Slovakia last night, you may have spotted a topless Martin Skrtel jumping up and down like a lunatic.

The Liverpool defender interrupted manager Jan Kozak's post-match interview after captaining his country to a 4-2 victory in Luxembourg which secured their place at Euro 2016.

As Group C runners-up behind Spain, it means the Slovakians have qualified for their first ever European Championship finals, and only their second major tournament having reached the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.

Redknapp: Liverpool offered Ancelotti the job first

Redknapp claims Ancelotti was offered the Liverpool job. Credit: PA

Carlo Ancelotti was offered the chance of managing Liverpool before Jurgen Klopp's appointment last week, according to Harry Redknapp.

Speaking on talkSPORT this morning, Redknapp suggested the former Chelsea manager was Liverpool's first choice to replace Brendan Rodgers.

Klopp impressed during his first press conference at Anfield on Friday and many pundit and fans always saw him as the number one candidate following Rodgers' departure.

But this view may not have been shared by Reds' owners, Fenway Sports Group. Ex-Spurs manager Redknapp claims:

I have heard from good sources that he [Ancelotti] was offered the Liverpool job. I don't think [he wanted it]. They spoke to him at some stage.

– Harry Redknapp on talkSPORT

Liverpool boss handed Brazilian boost ahead of Spurs

Jurgen Klopp held his first training session as Liverpool manager with a reduced squad but there was some early good news for the German.

Coutinho is fit to face Spurs this weekend. Credit: PA

International duty meant just nine first-team players, supplemented by three youth team goalkeepers, were present at Melwood as the former Borussia Dortmund boss began work proper on Monday afternoon after his appointment on Thursday.

However, Press Association Sport understands one of those players was Philippe Coutinho, who a week ago pulled out of Brazil's squad for World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Venezuela with a minor groin injury.

Early indications are the 23-year-old will be available for Klopp's first match in charge at Tottenham on Saturday lunchtime.

Other first-teamers present for the session which lasted just over an hour were James Milner, Daniel Sturridge, Mamadou Sakho, Alberto Moreno, Lucas Leiva, Kolo Toure, Dejan Lovren and Joao Carlos Teixeira.


Jurgen Klopp confirmed as Liverpool manager

Former Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has been confirmed as the new man in charge at Liverpool FC.

Jurgen Klopp (L) and Liverpool will hold a press conference at Anfield on Friday Credit: Liverpool FC

Liverpool made the announcement on its website on Thursday evening, saying the club was "delighted" to make the appointment.

The German signed his contract, which is believed to be a three-year deal, in a city centre hotel after flying into Liverpool John Lennon airport.

The club said on its website: "Liverpool Football Club are delighted to announce Jurgen Klopp has been appointed as the club's new manager.

"The German coach has signed a deal to take the helm at the Reds and will be presented at a press conference at Anfield on Friday morning."

Low backs 'great addition' Klopp for Liverpool success

Germany coach Joachim Low believes Liverpool are set to make a great addition by appointing Jurgen Klopp their manager.

Low has backed Klopp to be succeed at Liverpool. Credit: PA

Negotiations are continuing with the former Borussia Dortmund boss with a view to having him in place by the end of the week.

Low thinks the similarities between the two clubs will help Klopp.

World Cup winner Low said:

He had an extraordinarily successful time in Dortmund. He released loads of emotions in the Dortmund crowd.

If you look at it from afar there are some parallels between Dortmund and Liverpool with the fantastic supporters' culture. Klopp would be a great addition to any team.

– Germany head coach Joachim Low
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