Liverpool transfer news, rumours, gossip and speculation including the latest on Jurgen Klopp, Joel Matip, Ben Doak and more
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The Reds will be flying out to Austria today for their first Europa League encounter against LASK Linz on Thursday. There will be an open training session around midday before they jet into Europe.
There will be a press conference from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and one of his players for their group opener.
Klopp spoke for the first time about his future at Anfield amid links to the vacant managerial position with the German national team. Reports have suggested that Julian Nagelsmann is closing in as Hansi Flick’s replacement – after he was sacked earlier this month.
On Thursday, Ben Doak signed a new long-term deal with the Reds after establishing himself among the Liverpool options. Joel Matip, however, has a year remaining on his deal at Anfield and has been speaking about his future.
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Klopp on Europa League aims
Jurgen Klopp has admitted he would “love” to reach the final of this season’s Europa League.
The Reds get their European campain underway tomorrow evening against LASK Linz and will be hopeful of progressing deep into the competition.
Klopp could claim the one trophy he has failed to win as Liverpool boss should his side go all the way in the competition, though the German is not willing to get carried away just yet.
“We never had like public targets, we never needed that to go as far as we can,” he told Liverpoolfc.com of the club’s ambitions in the Europa League.
“First and foremost, I think we all have to make sure that everybody, for the team I’m responsible, [but] that we all respect the competition in the right manner [and] that we respect the opponents [in] the right manner.
“Wherever we will go that will be a massive game for the teams. Everybody [who] comes to Anfield, it will be a massive game for them. It’s also in the Champions League the same.
“But it will be here as well, and we have to be 100 per cent ready for that. That’s the most important stuff. And what do you say? Don’t praise the day before the night? So why should we talk about anything before we even play the first game?
“We want to go as far as somehow possible. I would love to go to the final, obviously, but I have no clue if you can reach that because there will be a lot of fantastic football teams in between us and that target. So we have to make sure we perform.”