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Klopp doesn't blame Southgate for Lallana injury

Adam Lallana was injured for England and will miss the Merseyside derby for Liverpool Credit: PA

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp does not blame England boss Gareth Southgate for Adam Lallana's injury but he is not happy about losing his key midfielder for the Merseyside derby.

Lallana sustained a thigh injury during the win over Lithuania but still managed to play all 90 minutes, having completed just over an hour of the friendly meeting with Germany four days previously.

Klopp has no issue with Southgate, who called the Liverpool manager this week to explain his decision to field Lallana in the World Cup qualifier at Wembley.

However, he felt the 28-year-old did not need to feature in Dortmund just three days after the intense Premier League encounter with top-four rivals Manchester City.

I think it is absolutely normal to have contact with the manager of the national team.

It is not about appreciating (the call) it is about the normal situation. We both share players.

Of course I was not happy - someone said I was relaxed about the situation but I could not be less relaxed about this, but it is not about blaming Gareth Southgate.

I was not happy that he played on Wednesday but it is not my decision and I respect 100 per cent the decisions of other managers because they have to respect my decisions, too.

He (Lallana) made the line-up (against Germany) and he loves football that much he obviously didn't say, 'I should maybe wait another day'.

I really think we could handle these situations better if we work together.

As long as we do not work together we will have these situations all the time.

– Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool silent over claims of potential transfer ban

Liverpool are facing a potential transfer ban on youth signings Credit: PA

Liverpool are not commenting on claims they could face a transfer ban on academy players if they are found guilty of 'tapping up' a Stoke youngster.

The case, which involves allegations of a forbidden inducement offered to a 12-year-old, has been ongoing for some time but details only emerged last week.

Reports on Thursday suggested matters are coming to a head and that the most severe sanction could be a transfer ban on youth players, but Liverpool have maintained their stance of not commenting until the process is complete.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Liverpool have also been accused of reneging on an agreement to pay the unnamed youngster's school fees - which Stoke were doing - until he turned 16, after they realised that breached newly-introduced rules on inducements and refused to honour the commitment.

If found guilty, possible punishments range from a fine to a transfer ban, although the Premier League also refused to comment on the case.


Merseyside derby a fitting send-off for Moran - Fowler

Robbie Fowler is confident the Merseyside derby will be a fitting setting to honour Ronnie Moran Credit: PA

Robbie Fowler believes next week's Merseyside derby will provide a fitting Anfield send-off for former Liverpool captain and assistant manager Ronnie Moran.

Moran, who served Liverpool in a variety of capacities for 49 years, died last Wednesday at the age of 83.

A minute's applause was held prior to Saturday's LFC Foundation 'legends' charity match between Liverpool and Real Madrid and further tributes are set to take place when Everton visit in the Premier League next Saturday.

Moran made 379 appearances for the Reds between 1952 and 1968 and then moved onto the coaching staff, retaining a position until his retirement in 1998.

He was one of the famous Anfield Boot Room coaches and played an influential role under managers Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan, Kenny Dalglish, Souness and Roy Evans.

He also had two spells as caretaker boss himself and Fowler feels the derby match is the perfect setting to honour Moran's memory.

I'm actually quite glad it's against Everton, the next game.

I think the Everton fans, when things like this happen, they are so respectful as well. I'm not saying anyone else isn't but, the fact is, I think he was involved in almost 100 Merseyside derbies throughout his career. I think the Everton fans will appreciate that as well.

It is terribly sad, but I couldn't think of a better game really for the next game and hopefully his family will all be there and the Everton fans will get right behind the family.

Certainly Liverpool fans will, because he deserves an absolutely unbelievable send-off.

He will get that at an Everton-Liverpool game.

– Robbie Fowler


Klopp urges Liverpool youngsters to impress him

Jurgen Klopp Credit: PA

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has urged the club's youngsters to seize their opportunity to impress him during their training camp in Tenerife.

Under-23 midfielder Ovie Ejaria caught the German's eye on a similar trip last year. He was then promoted to the first-team and later rewarded with a senior debut earlier this season.

I told the boys before the session (on Tuesday) that last year Ovie Ejaria came onto my plate, if you want.

I saw him here first. I knew him, I saw him playing a few times, but here having him around for four days and seeing him in small spaces in the sessions against the 'adults' if you want was very important for him and for me.

It's an opportunity. You can see in their eyes they know it; they are really ambitious when they think about the sessions and we will try to do everything we can to give them the opportunity to impress.

There's no doubt about the attitude, there's no doubt about quality - it's only a question of are they already ready or not?

If not, then they still have time. If yes, then let's make the next step.

– Jurgen Klopp speaking to
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