& # 39; We are not yet the best in the world … & # 39 ;: Jurgen Klopp calls on Liverpool to move forward for Premier League trip to humble West Ham
- Runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool head to West Ham on Monday night
- The Reds only need five wins to guarantee the title, but Jurgen Klopp is careful
- Manager Klopp could watch Timo Werner and Jadon Sancho add to his team
Jurgen Klopp has rejected claims that Liverpool have become the best team in the world and have strengthened his demand for more collective improvement.
Liverpool needs only five victories to confirm their first national title since 1990 and West Ham tonight's unenviable task of becoming the first team to win points from the hosts at Anfield, since Claude Puel's Leicester held the Klopp team to a 1-1 draw last January.
The club has been in their healthiest situation for Klopp for 30 years and many important players are committed to long-term contracts. They also have the finances to improve their team in the summer, with RB Leipzig & Timo Werner and Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund of solid interest.
Werner, the German striker with 27 club goals this term, described Liver pool as the ultimate destination for all players – but Klopp does not believe that the club is now at the point where they can relax. If anything, he seeks further progress to ensure that they have a chance to dominate England.
& # 39; This thing with & # 39; the best team in the world & # 39; – I don't really get it, & # 39; Klopp said. & # 39; It's nice when people say it. It is of course better than if they say that you are the worst in the world. Usually, as people & # 39; best team in the world & # 39; mention, you think of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City, things like this.
& # 39; The team that we have is about attitude – go and go and go – mixed with really good football players. We are certainly more critical about our performance. (People) only see the results, which are exceptional – we do not see ourselves as the best in the world.
& # 39; On the one hand, it's easier for players to see you like that. If they see that you are successful, it is easier to talk to players. But on the other hand, it's harder the better your team is because they ask questions such as & # 39; where and when should I play? & # 39; We need players who want to be part of this. & # 39;
Judging from the comments that Werner has made in recent days, including praise for Klopp, he wants to be part of the future of Liverpool. He is in a club with which Liverpool has a strong relationship, considering that they did business for Naby Keita in the summer of 2017.
Klopp – who must decide who will replace the Jordan Henderson hamstrung tonight in midfield – would never speak specifically about a player in another club, but he did make the profile of the person who wants Liverpool clear. It is clear that it is not someone who believes they made it.
& # 39; We need players who want to fight for their place, who want to take the next step with us, who want to develop and improve, & # 39; Beat added. "Those who want to come with us must have this attitude."
However, new acquisitions are not a priority for Klopp. His primary focus leads his side to the victories that will confirm the historic title triumph.
The German will not consider that Liverpool 19 points is clear and has pointed out that circumstances have been to their advantage – he knows that Liverpool could have been in the position of Manchester City if things had happened differently .
& # 39; Injuries, wrong decisions, we could have had this (city) season & # 39 ;, Klopp said. & # 39; For example, a center half less and we would not be here (19 points free). Full-backs were injured early in the season, we would not be here. We are not worried about the future. But we still don't know. "
West Ham either. Their immediate future could be in the championship, with the club in the bottom three heading for tonight's game.
But David Moyes had his last week defensive tactics in Manchester City while his party was preparing for a new defensive investigation on the road. was rearranged and not easy to reach, "he said." They were great, but the real supporters understand how difficult the games are. & # 39;
Moyes saved the hammers from the fall two seasons ago, but he insists that survival alone should not be considered a success at a club of this size.
& # 39; I have never written down a success in a club – and I will never do that. Certainly not a club the size of West Ham, & he added. "But I have work to do , we have work to do, unfortunately – that will be at the end of the season by everyone be judged by everyone. "
& # 39; Perhaps the only sweeter goal scorer in the First Division was George Best & # 39 ;: Vice President Baroness Karren Brady of West Ham in support of honoring Jimmy Greaves
- The & # 39; Give Greavsie to Gong & # 39; petition is now nearly 30,000 signatures
- Vice President Baroness Brady van West Ham has thrown her support behind him
- Former English attacker Greaves ended his career with a short period at West Ham
West Ham Vice- Chairman Baroness Brady has thrown her support behind Sportsmail & # 39; s quest to see former English striker Jimmy Greaves honored for services to football.
The campaign & # 39; Give Greavsie a Gong & # 39; has triggered an overwhelming response and our petition is now nearly 30,000
& # 39; There is no doubt that Jimmy Greaves should be honored after reaching his 80th birthday on Thursday & # 39 ;, wrote Brady in the Sun .
& He was fantastic. With 357 goals in the top flight and 44 more for England, the only sweeter goal scorer in the First Class was perhaps George Best – but in nothing like quantity. & # 39;
Greaves ended his career with a short period in West Ham after having spent his most productive years in Chelsea and Tottenham.
Fupped West Ham fans will organize a protest tonight against the owners of the club in Anfield – although they are less in number then hoped.
The Hammers assignment has dropped to 1,800 of the usual 3,000. It is the first game this season for which the club has asked for their full allocation.
That has prevented supporters from suspecting an additional intention by the future powers.
Sports diary can also reveal that, following a complaint, co-owner David Sullivan wrote to independent fans & group Hammers United and told them if they could offer a deposit for the additional 1200 tickets (the small issue of £ 36,000 that would be returned if the tickets were sold), then West Ham – in the top 20 of & # 39; the world's richest clubs – would ask for it. How generous.
Fans in the far corner will release black balloons and organizers have asked those who bring them to ensure that they are biodegradable.
Insiders of the club insist that the reduced allocation is purely to demand, deny that it has everything to do with the protest and say that return has been made available. The West Ham players will wear T-shirts in the warm-up, a tribute to Bobby Moore, 27 years from the day he died.
DERBY SHOWS RACISM THE RED CARD
Derby & Pride Park was central to another racism discussion last week – but this time around the right reasons.
Last Saturday, former midfielder Craig Ramage of Rams caused indignation when he made negative comments about the & # 39; young black boys & # 39; on Radio Derby after the 1-1 draw with Huddersfield. The 49-year-old was fired by the BBC after his outburst, which campaign group Kick It Out as & # 39; completely unacceptable & # 39; Was considered. Ramage has since apologized.
Days later, an event combined with Show Racism The red card was staged at the club's stadium. Given that workshops were held on & # 39; critical thinking & # 39; and & # 39; unconscious bias & # 39 ;, it might be worth attending Ramage.
LONDON 2012 AGAIN IN SPOTLIGHT
While the BBC was preparing to give Alberto Salazar, former Sir coach Mo Farah, more Panorama treatment on Monday evening, there is new evidence of widespread athletic doping around the London 2012 time. Leading anti-doping experts have analyzed thousands of samples from the 2011 and 2013 World Championships.
Sources have told the sports agenda that up to 18 percent of athletes at those events were guilty of blood doping, the trick of choice for cheats in longer races on the track.
The findings, soon to be fully published, are consistent with what the IOC has discovered by re-testing London 2012 samples.
LANCASHIRE OPEN GATES TO TYSON FURY AND ANTHONY JOSHUA
Thrifty Lancashire – no strangers to open Old Trafford for profitable non-cricket events – already thrown in the ring a possible Battle of Britain between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.
Within hours of the demolition of the Manchester-born Gypsy King of Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas, Red Rose CEO Daniel Gidney tweeted the promoter of Joshua Eddie Hearn for a potential fall bout.
The county may have competition on the way, however, with United fan Fury who has spoken about his desire to fight in the other Old Trafford.
CLUBS SHOULD CLEAN ACTIONS ABOUT JAMES McCLEAN
The FA's action against the sectarian abuse of James McClean, now in Stoke, has left championships that are running fast.
Barnsley was fined £ 20,000 last week, while supporters from Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town also focused on the winger.
Derby is one of the clubs that has encouraged fans not to indulge in the same abuse, but with the focus on Irishman McClean, who refused to wear a poppy on his shirt. Sources have revealed that there is fear that the winger will be selected for abuse when fans find their clubs struggling against Stoke.
MANCHESTER UNITED STAFF LINKS IN THE DARK
These are dark times for Manchester United, notwithstanding Sunday's win, but perhaps some light is coming towards the training field. That's because officials have submitted a planning request for six new windows in the complex, which should clarify things for long-term staff.
United says the additions & # 39; provide natural light and views for users of the space & # 39; "located in one of the pitchside buildings in the Carrington complex.
Whether the staff wants to look out is another matter.
DANNY MILLS & # 39; SON CLAIMS NATIONAL TITLE
The apple does not fall far from the tree in the Danny Mills household.
The former Leeds, Manchester City and England completely back, 42, was known for its Endurance and ability to go up and down the field, and now the 20-year-old son George is showing similar skills.
Danny & # 39; s boy claimed Sunday his first senior national title at the British indoor championships in Glasgow and won the 1500m in 3min 50.70sec.
George Mills is a member of the Brighton Phoenix club founded by Steve Ovett, someone who in his time was known for a decent 1500m.
West Ham & # 39; leads the £ 20m race for Serhou Guirassy with Ligue 1 wrestlers ready to close deal for French striker & # 39;
- Ligue 1 wrestlers are ready to make a deal for Serhou Guirassy
- The 23-year-old striker scored twice last weekend Paris Saint-Germain
- Tottenham, Leicester City, Aston Villa and Celtic have also looked at him in action
West Ham leads the £ 20 million race for Amiens striker Serhou Guirassy.
The Hammers followed the 23-year-old and the Ligue 1 wrestlers are ready to close a deal, according to The Sun.
Tottenham also checked for Guirassy, who scored 8 goals in 22 games for the Ligue 1 wrestlers.
The 23-year-old striker scored twice last weekend against Paris Saint-Germain including a stop time-time gain, the struggling Amiens drew a remarkable 4-4 draw against the French champions.
Guirassy did indeed play a role in all four goals of Amiens and could have had a hat trick, but for the footwork of PSG keeper Keylor Navas.
It brought Guirassy & # 39; s count to eight goals for the season and followed a strike against Monaco the previous week.
French sources say that Tottenham's main scout Brian Carey was in the stands of the Stade de la Licorne on Saturday to explore a number of options and left suitably impressed by the Guirassy display.
Amiens bought the piracy Guirassy for £ 5 million from Cologne and, with more than two years left on his contract, he now values the former U20 international in France at around £ 18m. Money from his sale would offer a vital financial lifeline if they were demoted.
The Frenchman was an option for Brighton and Hove Albion in January, while Bournemouth also considered a late bid when Manchester United asked Josh King on the day of the deadline.
Leicester City, Aston Villa and Celtic also viewed him.
West Ham sustained a serious injury blow in the fight against the fall with Ryan Fredericks possibly missing the rest of the SEASON with shoulder injury
- Ryan Fredericks injured his shoulder after a harmless challenge from Rodri
- Scans show that he has suffered ligament damage and could miss the rest of the season
- David Moyes had tried to sign a straight-back as coverage in January
- Veteran full-back Pablo Zabaleta is in line to replace the injured Fredericks
West Ham & # 39; s fight against relegation suffered another blow after Ryan Fredericks was hit by a shoulder injury.
Full-back Fredericks could miss the rest of the season after scans showed that he had sustained ligament damage after a harmless-looking collision with Manchester City midfielder Rodri.
The injury is all the more irritating for manager David Moyes because he desperately tried to sign a right back as cover during the January transfer window, just to draw a blank.
Moyes said: & I cannot confirm exactly how long he has been out, but we know that he has damaged his ligaments in his shoulder and we are waiting for other advice to see what we have to do.
& # 39; Of course we do everything we can to get him back, but I could not confirm whether he needs surgery or just healing time. We are just waiting for the advice.
& # 39; Is he coming back before the end of the season? I hope so, but I can't get that confirmed yet. & # 39;
Veteran Pablo Zabaleta replaced Fredericks at Etihad Stadium and stands in line to start Monday night's discouraging visit to runaway leaders Liverpool
Moyes inside for criticism from some West Ham fans for his defensive tactics during the 2-0 defeat to City, where he trailed five, grabbed midfield and left Michail Antonio alone in an attack.
But the Scotsman insisted: & We certainly did not prepare to be defeated, we were going to win and hard to play against because we knew the quality of the players we played with.
& # 39; I have to say the players did well, they did a lot of good things. & # 39;
It doesn't get any easier for the hammers in the bottom three prior to the trip to Anfield.
Liverpool remains unbeaten in the Premier League, but, unlikely as it seems, Moyes is optimistic that they can surprise the elected champions.
& # 39; That's football for you, & # 39; he said. "That's why we love the game and participate in the game because you could be the team to win.
" We will try to do that and let's hope it can. "
That's a way to stop him! West Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna seems to grab Sergio Aguero through the testicles in the last ditch to prevent the star from Manchester City scoring
- Manchester City defeated West Ham 2-0 in the Premier League on Wednesday
- Rodri and Kevin de Bruyne's Goals saw City ride out comfortable winners
- City received a penalty after Angelo Ogbonna Aguero & # 39; s cross grip
- Sky Sports duo Jamie Redknapp and Micah Richards said it was the wrong call
With the town's shooter apparently on target after he found target of the former Juventus defender, Ogbonna put his arm around the Argentinian to bring him to the ground.
And repetitions show that the Italian grabbed a handful of Aguero's genitals as he dragged him to the ground. VAR, however, chose not to award City a penalty for the apparent error.
Sky Sports experts Micah Richards and Jamie Redknapp expressed their confusion about the decision not to penalize City for the challenge.
& # 39; When we looked at it, it seemed to be offside, but as you can see, it looks like it's actually on the side, & Richards said.
& # 39; They should have checked it, that's a problem, we talked about VAR and consistency. I think if that's outside the box, they give an error there. & # 39;
Former Liverpool and Spurs man Redknapp felt strongly about the incident, claiming that Ogbonna should have seen red for the challenge.
& # 39; For me, that is a mistake and it could be a red card, & # 39; said Redknapp. "That is sometimes where VAR is certainly the gray area that fans find difficult and there is so much pressure on referees and linesmen to make the right decisions.
& # 39; It's not always easy because they are under pressure, VAR also has 10 seconds to watch it and we want to keep the game running, so I can see why they are wrong, but that is a fine for me. & # 39;
Although Aguero did not get a spot kick, City rode 2-0 winners out in their first game since UEFA handed over the Premier League is in favor of a two-year ban on European competitions for breaking Financial Fair Play rules.
& # 39; That boy has been West Ham & # 39; s best defender tonight & # 39 ;: Ballboy from Manchester City comforted by staff when he accidentally controlled the ball before it came out after a headstrong shot Sergio Aguero
- A ball boy from Manchester City accidentally intervened too early on Wednesday
- He checked the ball before it left the game and returned it to the players
- The referee had to blow up and give a drop ball because of the foul
- City finally won the match at Etihad Stadium with 2-0 against West Ham
Sergio Aguero took a shot that flew in the direction of the corner flag during the 2-0 victory and the boy was overly enthusiastic as he ran to collect the ball.
He played it back to Hammer's goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski – but the ball had not yet left the field.
Referee Kevin Friend then had to give a drop ball and tell the players what had happened because they had not seen him intervene.
There was a clear expression of shock from the ball boy, who realized that he had made a mistake.
But an employee of the city ran to him and comforted him as he patted him on the shoulder.
Social media fans offered him a lot of sympathy, along with some jokes.
@EdFordy wrote: & # 39; Cityball boy got a better touch than most (from) our side & # 39 ;.
Sam-I-am tweet: & # 39; That ball boy just broke my little heart @ManCity. Please let him see mistakes happening and that's okay. & # 39;
& # 39; That ball boy is the best West Ham defender to date & # 39 ;, wrote @CharlburyBaggie.
While @TheCynicalSoul said: & FAILING AGAIN !! Must have been a definitive red card for that ball boy, at least yellow & # 39 ;.
The folk songs of protest are already in vogue. "UEFA cartel" See you in court "and – because their fans see enemies everywhere -" Uefa mafia were among the banners on Wednesday evening.
But at least for fleeting moments, the anger could melt away and some of the big players gathered within these shores could show how cunning Manchester City has spent the now disputed money.
One of the most spectacular responses sounded for someone signed for £ 7.2 million, in simpler days 12 years ago when the prospect of a two-season ban for Manchester City seemed misleading. Pablo Zabaleta, a replacement for West Ham, was an integral part of City's amazing journey.
PLAYER REVIEWS, EQUAL FACTS AND LEAGUE TABLE
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Mendy; D. Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne; Aguero, Jesus, B. Silva.
Subs : Bravo, Stones, Gundogan, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Cancelo, Foden
West Ham (5-4-1): Fabianski ; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku; Snodgrass, rice, noble, Soucek; Antonio.
Subs : Randolph, Balbuena, Zabaleta, Anderson, Lanzini, Bowen, Haller
Referee: Referee: K Friend (Leicestershire)
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There was also Kevin de Bruyne, anchor and architect of one of those regulatory victories. From him, a goal and assist of artistry, to clear all current problems. Pep Guardiola's side had entered the game after successive defeats – against Tottenham in the Premier League and Manchester United in the Carabao Cup – but any suggestion for further drama was quickly wiped out.
A Champions League clash with Real Madrid was the opportunity that City really needed, five days after the seismic UEFA announcement that brought their future into such a state of uncertainty. That is the occasion when the club can make a statement that goes beyond everything their executives have to say on City's media channels. Winning the Champions League – the only trophy that escaped them: that is the ultimate response.
A re-arranged game against a side with as little ambition as West Ham was somewhat prosaic. It cannot be said that every home seat was taken for the occasion and because road fans left a large part of their allocation unused, the stadium was not exactly the scene of an uprising.
There was fleeting evidence of the deep feeling around this place that the city is the victim of a conspiracy. "The singing of f *** UEFA" sounded at half an hour. The name of Guardiola and the reminder that the fans are here City until they die seem to take on a deeper meaning. But the first half sometimes felt like a training routine for the fragile defense of five men by David Moyes.
would have contributed to a revolution, Gabriel Jesus had a sharper lead g show. Twice in the first 20 minutes, David Silva's miraculous artistry seemed to have set him off, but he dived on both occasions, first with Ryan Fredericks and then with Aaron Creswell who could intervene and solve the danger. The vulnerability of Issa Diop on both occasions was not good for Moyes and his team.
The return of Lucasz Fabianski offers some certainty. He shifted his weight well to save Kevin de Bruyne's shot with his left foot early. But City led the way with easy inevitability when Rodro & # 39; s flaming header from a corner of De Bruyne, running from far outside the six-yard box, broke into the net before the upcoming Aymeric Laporte got a foot on it.
West Ham & # 39; s sorties with City & # 39; s six-yard box were desperately rare even when they fell behind. No one was moved far enough to meet Michail Antonio's fast low ball over the area in the final phase of the first half. The course of the night did not detract much from the deep skepticism of West Ham fans about the way their club is run.
Guardiola did not deny that UEFA's decision had been a source of shock. "The first moment was impact," he said in his first comments on the subject last night. & # 39; But after a few hours we have no control anymore [it]. We support the club 100 percent. Now we focus on what we have to do. We are just trying to play our games. The players are exceptional professionals. Hopefully [the fans] can help us from here until the end of the season. We have to play for the people here. & # 39;
Manchester City vs. West Ham, LIVE: Pep Guardiola's men finally meet relegation battlers 10 days after the collision was postponed due to Storm Ciara
City, still recovering from their European ban, has seen their hope of a title challenge disappear, and now their main concern in the competition is finishing in third place in Leicester, which is only one point behind . The Hammers, meanwhile, are desperately looking for points after slipping into the relegation zone
Sportsmail offers live Premier League coverage of Man City vs West Ham including score, line-ups and build-up. The kick-off is at 7.30 p.m.
West Ham fan banned for showing a & # 39; GSB OUT & # 39; shirt in protest against the club's owners lifted the suspension after missing two games
- A West Ham fan has seen his ban on the club destroyed after an appeal
- Cameron Robson, 23, was banned for protesting the owners
- The profession of the fan has since been accepted and he is free to view the games
- It is surrounded by increasing tensions between fans and the hierarchy of the club