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Mohamed Salah could get better before end of season — Jurgen Klopp

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes that Mohamed Salah still has more to offer the team this season.

Salah, 25, scored 36 goals for Liverpool in all competitions this season, including four goals against Watford on Saturday as he leads the Premier League top scorer rankings with 28.

However, Jurgen Klopp still demands further improvement despite also admit that Salah’s talents as a striker are proving as revelatory to Klopp as to the man himself.

“He [Salah] played more on the wing for Roma, where he had a very dominant striker in Edin Dzeko,” Klopp said. “Nobody could know [that he could play as a striker]. We learned it step by step. We didn’t know exactly that he’s capable of playing in the centre.”

“But we will not treat him like: ‘You don’t have to train, Mo – just come on Saturday for the game and we’ll see you there at Anfield or whatever.’ He doesn’t want that. He’s in the moment of his career but he knows there is a lot for him to come. He wants to learn and he wants to improve.”

During the Watford game, Salah could be seen chasing back towards his own half — one of his few attempts at adding something defensively to Liverpool’s cause, but Klopp believes that others such as Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are also putting in a lot of effort so Salah can concentrate on the offensive.

“He does it. But sometimes he needs a little … [reminder],” Klopp said of Salah’s defensive skills. “A lot of my players need that. Don’t misunderstand me, it’s only a thing, it’s not exactly the same strength. If you talk about Roberto, he loves running in that direction and chasing the players. If I said to him ‘Stop it’, he couldn’t.”

“That’s why I took him off, because he will never rest. He runs all the time but then Mo didn’t stop as well tonight — in the other direction. He took each sprint like the 100-metre final in the Olympic Games. That’s what I mean: the team adapts to the strengths. Nobody is talking and saying, ‘Mo, but you have to …’ At the moment, nobody is saying anything to Salah other than “carry on”.

Coutinho’s departure “shouldn’t affect” Reds — Oxlade-Chamberlain

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Philippe Coutinho’s £142m move to Barcelona will not damage Liverpool according to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The former Arsenal player who moved to Liverpool in the closing days of the transfer window last summer also described Coutinho’s departure as “strictly business”, and the responsibility of every Liverpool player to compensate for the second biggest transfer fee of all time.

“I haven’t really even thought about Phil leaving,” he said. “You pay it attention and you realise it happens but you can’t think: ‘What are we going to do now that Phil is not here?’. It can’t be that at all. It’s business as usual.”

“When Phil didn’t play in some games we still played great football and we still have amazing players who can score goals – the likes of Mo [Salah], Sadio [Mané], Roberto [Firmino] and everyone else. We have goals and creativity all over the team.”

“Obviously Phil added to that, there is no doubt about that. The fact is he has gone now and we have to think about what we have got that is going to get the job done. I have every faith in the boys that we just move on now. I don’t think it should affect us at all.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain added that Coutinho’s departure represents “an opportunity for me, just as it is for the rest of the boys who want to play there”.

“You want to play as much as possible but I am not the type of character to go bursting walls down. I knew coming into a new environment that the manager would want me to learn the way he wants me to play and how to play best with the team. I respected I was the new boy and I had a lot of learning to do.”

“The biggest thing I’ve had to learn is how this manager likes to stop situations at source and how he likes to attack is slightly different to how my manager before [Arsene Wenger] liked to attack. There’s not really one right and one wrong way but after six years at one club certain things become second nature to you and it takes time to break that instinct.”

Juventus to sign Emre Can on a free with five-year contract

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Juventus are set to complete a deal with Liverpool midfielder Emre Can on a free transfer in the summer.

The defending Serie A champions are alleged to have already offered a five-year contract worth £85,000 a week and a sizeable signing-on fee to the Germany international.

Can, 23, will be out of contract by the end of the 2017-18 season and has yet to agree any new deal with Liverpool.

The Germany international is wanted by a host of top European clubs but amongst them, Juventus believe that they have already progressed much further than everyone else and that a deal will be concluded soon.

Furthermore, the club has held positive talks with Can’s representatives with the player even as they seeking reassurances of how he fits within the folds of Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri’s plans.

Previously, Can had joined Liverpool for £9.75m in 2014 after the Premier League club met the buyout clause in his contract with Bayer Leverkusen. He has won 20 caps for Germany, having made his debut in September 2015.

However, when Juventus had expressed their interest in signing the player in January they had been told by Liverpool that there was no chance of that happening.

Nonetheless, it was clear that the Reds’ stance upon the matter has softened, with Jurgen Klopp’s team already signing a central midfielder as replacement for next season in Naby Keita, who will be arriving from RB Leipzig for a fee in the region of £55m.

FC Barcelona to pay Liverpool at least £130m for Philippe Coutinho

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FC Barcelona could complete a long-proposed coup for Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho, although it will take the second highest transfer fee in history to move Liverpool.

The Reds rejected three bids from Barcelona in the summer — but despite the third being worth up to €130m and including €40m in potential add-ons, manager Jurgen Klopp and club officials stated that the 25-year-old was not for sale.

However, it was understood that the stance has since softened and Coutinho’s representatives have continued to explore the possibility of Liverpool sanctioning their client’s departure to the Camp Nou.

There was further speculation as Nike, Barcelona’s kit supplier and a Coutinho sponsor, incorrectly announced a deal had been done on Saturday but Liverpool are not taking legal action over the story and Klopp dismissed it at Burnley, claiming he could not be less interested.

Still, it remains that the Liverpool manager, who has been repeatedly questioned about Coutinho’s mooted departure in recent weeks, has been reluctant to state the Brazilian will remain at Anfield until the end of the season — unlike in the summer and perhaps wary of upsetting an in-form player.

Despite a foiled move in the summer, Coutinho, who also had a transfer request rejected and missed the first few games of the season with a back injury, kept his best form and scored 12 goals in 20 appearances as well as playing a significant role in their progress to the Champions League knockout stage.

This meant that Barca would have to bid around €50m more than they paid to make Ousmane Dembélé the second most expensive player in the world for Liverpool to contemplate a deal that could disrupt the second half of a promising season.

Coutinho missed the New Year’s Day Premier Leaguewin at Burnley owing to a minor thigh strain and is also doubtful for Friday’s FA Cup third-round home tie against Everton.