Liverpool target Christian Pulisic was asked for his opinion on Reds’ manager Jurgen Klopp and when he gave his answer, he was full of praise for the German.
The 20-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Anfield, either in January or in the summer, as his time at Borussia Dortmund looks to be coming to an end.
The American international is out of contract at the end of next season and with it looking unlikely that he’ll sign an extension, he will almost certainly be sold at some point in the next eight months.
Christian Pulisic full of praise for Jurgen Klopp
Dortmund have stated that they won’t sell Pulisic in January, but they might decide to cash in if they get a good enough offer.
He was there when I first moved to the club. I was obviously playing with the youth teams at Dortmund, but he was the one who gave me my first professional training session, just to give me a taste of it. He always accepted me and he was very kind to me, so I will always be thankful for that. I know hes a great guy, and its nice to see him doing so well for Liverpool.
Yes, of course. I personally didnt get to know him too well but Ive heard stories from some of my team-mates who did and they loved playing for him so absolutely.
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He was there when I first moved to the club. I was obviously playing with the youth teams at Dortmund, but he was the one who gave me my first professional training session, just to give me a taste of it.
He always accepted me and he was very kind to me, so I will always be thankful for that. I know he’s a great guy, and it’s nice to see him doing so well for Liverpool.
Yes, of course. I personally didn’t get to know him too well but I’ve heard stories from some of my team-mates who did and they loved playing for him so absolutely.
Jurgen Klopps side sit second in the league with an unbeaten record after 12 games and it looks like theyll need to keep that pace to challenge leaders Manchester City.
“Someone asked me at the weekend if I’d be interested in going back to Scotland to play and I need to play,” Adam, who played with Gerrard at Anfield during the 2011/12 season, told talkSPORT.
“I’ve not played this season, I’ve played three [league] games, so I need to play.
“I’ve spoken to the [Stoke] manager and we’ll see what happens when the window opens.
“If there are options there, we’ll sit down and look at them, if there’s not then I’ll stay at Stoke and try to get an opportunity to play.”
Thomas: That was just fantastic, of course. Not only for me and Joe but the whole team. Just fantastic.
I think they reacted pretty positively. Of course, sometimes there are smiles and laughs [at what I’m doing], but, you know, once I started telling them what I was doing… I told them it’s not about making Liverpool ‘Stoke number 2’; I told them there are approximately forty to fifty throws-ins in a match and sometimes even more. I also I told them that most teams lose the ball more than 50% of the time when put under pressure from a throw. When you hear these numbers, it’s a no-brainer to want to work on it.
Throw-ins can be put in different categories: one of which is where you want to score from a long one, like Joe [Gomez] did. I’m also coaching the Danish champions FC Midtjylland, and they scored ten goals from the long throw-in last year. I think they’ve scored five already this season. But I’m going to say you won’t see Liverpool use the tactic often because that’s not their style of play, but we can use it once in a while. So if you look at the long throw-in, it should not only be long but also pretty flat too, so it’s harder to defend against.
We put most of the players at Liverpool through my training, at first at Melwood and then at the training camp in France, but I’m coaching all the fullbacks. What makes him a good thrower, he had learned most of the things I wanted to teach him about technique very seriously; he’s taken the training seriously. You know, you can say that he has good technique now, but we are still trying to improve him even more, he’s a good player, he has some fast muscles when he’s running against strikers, he’s very fast but also very flexible. With Joe, it’s good technique but also a good physique. He can throw very hard but he can also throw far, it’s very difficult to defend against because he can throw very dangerously to the far post: that’s a big area you have to defend. Joe’s throw is very dangerous because of the constant threat.
I think the best managers and coaches in the modern world, they are managers who can say ‘Okay, we can improve in this area but I don’t know enough about it, so let’s get this guy in, and we can get all the knowledge out of him so we can improve the team.’ I think with Liverpool, the knowledge I have… People listen, and it’s not only Jürgen and the players but also the assistant coaches and those who analyse. So, I think as a football manager, you have to be brave to want to try something new.
“I’m still focused on Dortmund. We are doing great this season,” Pulisic told NBC Sports as reported by Sky Sports.
“Once the break comes [in January], that is always when I will have to discuss with Dortmund and see about my future.”
The post loosely translates to: We finished the year happy for the work done so far, these last games were important to recover from the biggest thrashing that was the cup, we remain strong, concentrated and aiming to be better and better. Congratulations boy, for everything. Thanks to everyone who sent me messages wishing a good recovery, I think it was nothing serious. I am very happy and proud to reach my 100th convocation, always very proud to defend the WORLD’S GREATEST selection
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Liverpool have been handed a massive boost ahead of next week’s Champions League clash with PSG after both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe left the field with injuries on Tuesday night.
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Neymar captained Brazil but lasted just eight minutes in their friendly clash against Cameroon at Stadium MK before suffering an apparent muscle injury.
The 26-year-old appeared to injure his groin when attempting to play a cross into the opposition penalty area, and immediately went down in pain before limping off to be replaced by Everton’s Richarlison.
Meanwhile, Mbappe was replaced after just 34 minutes in France’s friendly with Uruguay after suffering an apparent shoulder injury after landing awkwardly underneath goalkeeper Martin Campana.
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He said: “It would be worrying because he is a very important player, as all the players (at PSG) are. No player is more important than the team.
“He wanted to play. He really had an injury and felt something. I had it at Stoke. It was my last game for Stoke, I was injured for two months. I hope for him it is not that serious.”
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“He had a shoulder pain after his fall and he has to take exams on Wednesday morning,” Deschamps told a press conference.