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Carragher advises Liverpool against hiring Gerrard now despite Rangers success

Jamie Carragher wouldn’t want Steven Gerrard to currently come in and take charge of Liverpool with his lack of managerial experience.

The Reds legend was discussing players of his generation – namely Frank Lampard and Gerrard – becoming managers of big teams.

Lampard is under pressure at Chelsea following a string of poor results and now has the third worst win rate of any manager under the Roman Abramovich era.

But Carragher explained why he won’t criticise his former England team-mate as much as someone like Jose Mourinho.

“I think people in our position get questioned on Frank,” Carragher mused on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football. “In that we played with him, if this was a different manager we’d be a lot more critical. They’re right. And I’d be a lot more critical of managers on that list [former Chelsea managers].

Liverpool have been urged to not rush into hiring Steven Gerrard.

“Not because I played with Frank Lampard because I don’t expect Frank Lampard to win the league at Chelsea. I don’t expect him to win the Champions League.

“The other managers who come in with CVs, they’ve got years of experience, they’ve won the big trophies. Mourinho comes in, Hiddink, Ancelotti – all these great managers. So I would be more critical of them.”

Lampard’s only management post before Chelsea was 12 months at Derby. Carragher explained that Lampard’s appointment was more an emotional one and warned Liverpool not to rush into making the same decision with Gerrard. Even if Rangers currently top the Scottish Premiership.

Gerrard and Carragher played and won alongside each other.

“Frank Lampard has come into a job and I think of players in my generation. I think of myself. I watch Klopp on the line and I think I want to be Klopp, on the sideline, fist-pumping the Kop when Liverpool have won it. Looks amazing,” continued Carragher.

“Frank wants to be Jose Mourinho, John Terry wants to be Jose Mourinho. I’m sure Thierry Henry looks at Arsene Wenger and thinks I’d love to do that, I could do that. What I would say about players of our generation is, and it’s why I took this job and didn’t go into management, I want to be Jurgen Klopp managing Liverpool. But I don’t want to go to Mainz for seven years and work my way up.

Frank Lampard is under pressure at Chelsea.
Frank Lampard is under pressure at Chelsea.

“That’s what I’m talking about with Frank. I actually admire Frank for the job he did last year and what’s happening now, I love his interview after the game. But I look at managers now – Frank being one, going into a top job on the back of 12 months at Derby. The experience isn’t there. He hasn’t got the job on the fact of being a great manager he’s got the job on the fact of ‘Chelsea – Frank Lampard’.

“Gary [Neville] went to Valencia. Big job, how could you say now. How could Frank say no. But they don’t have that experience to fall back on. Theirry Henry goes to Monaco, hasn’t got that experience to fall back on. They haven’t learned the ups and downs of managing and coaching.

“Stevie Gerrard’s another one who’s gone to Rangers – doing really well. Looks like he’ll win the title this season. Would I want Steven Gerrard to be the Liverpool manager without more experience? Possibly not. Because I just think when you get those really big jobs and you haven’t got that experience you’ve got nothing to fall back on when times are tough as they will be for the next few weeks for Frank.

“Players of my generation, certainly me, I don’t want to go down to the lower leagues and learn about coaching.”

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Gerrard’s reassuring words to Henderson’s mother amid Liverpool concern

Jordan Henderson has opened up on a difficult period during his time at Liverpool when he admitted he was “in a very dark place” .

The Reds’ captain has been central to the club’s success in recent seasons under manager Jurgen Klopp, skippering his side to domestic, European and world glory.

But it wasn’t always certain that Henderson would be a hit on Merseyside, and he came very close to leaving for Fulham in 2012.

“It was an opportunity I didn’t want and I didn’t like,” Henderson told The Guardian . “I still felt I had an awful lot to give.

“But I was in a very dark place at that time.”

Gerrard reassured Henderson’s mother during a difficult period for his teammate

Henderson lifted the lid on his troublesome spell under former boss Brendan Rodgers, who was prepared to sell him on in exchange for Fulham’s American forward Clint Dempsey.

Slowly Henderson won over his manager, but his rise to become one of the Premier League’s top midfielders has been an even more gradual process.

There was plenty of scepticism over whether Henderson would make the grade at Anfield – not helped by dismissive comments by ex-Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson, or constant comparisons with Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.

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It’s been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.

Virgil van Dijk’s season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back – especially with Alisson’s injury worries too.

But there’s no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.

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And around the time of Henderson’s rough patch, his mother Liz revealed her concerns for her son to then Reds captain Gerrard, who was quick to put her mind at rest.

“She was worried for her boy,” Gerrard said. “He was a little lost. The move was initially too big for him.”

Despite Henderson’s struggles to deal with the pressures of his £20million move from Sunderland, Gerrard was convinced Liverpool had signed a player capable of filling his shoes when he eventually moved on.

“I know he’ll be fine,” Gerrard told her, before insisting his belief that Henderson would be a crucial part of the Liverpool team in the years to come.

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Henderson has become virtually indispensable since becoming Liverpool's captain
Henderson has become virtually indispensable since becoming Liverpool’s captain

Gerrard eventually passed on the armband to Henderson when he departed for LA Galaxy in 2015, and the pair have remained good friends since.

Asked whether he had the same confidence in his own abilities as Gerrard had in him, Henderson replied: “I don’t think you ever know what’s going to happen.

“When I first signed I was very young and I knew it was going to be tough.

“But I always wanted to test myself and I knew, by going to Liverpool, I would become better.

“But it took a little time.”

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Sol Campbell to star in new documentary on his life and desire to be a top boss

Sol Campbell is one of football’s most under appreciated big names.

But the former England defender will now be the subject of a groundbreaking new documentary on his life, career and burning desire to be a top manager.

talkSPORT are doing an in-depth show on the 46-year-old to reveal there is a lot more than meets the eye with the ex-Arsenal centre half who has had brief spells in charge at Macclesfield and Southend.

At his peak, Campbell was one of the best defenders in the world, part of the Arsenal Invincibles team and the job he did to keep Macclesfield up in 2019 was nothing short of miraculous.

But there still seems to be a lack of understanding and appreciation for one of English football’s biggest names. While his former England team mates Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard got Chelsea and Rangers, Campbell’s next job was Southend.

Sol Campbell is one of football’s most under appreciated big names

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This three-part documentary will spend quality time with Campbell to get the full picture, it will be a multi platform show for radio, You Tube and clips on social media and Campbell will be the first in a revolutionary new series.

talkSPORT have done some absolutely outstanding documentaries in recent times like After The Lights Go Out which looks at how footballers and other sports stars cope after their careers finish or Fight Of My Life which was a brilliant boxing series.

It is no wonder they can attract big names like Campbell with such interesting and diverse programming.

One thing which has remained the same on the station though is Max Rushden acting as a regular stand-in. He must have worked as cover on every single show in December but has been excellent and entertaining each time.

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Manchester United starlet Brandon Williams deserves huge credit for making a sizeable donation to help feed homeless families on Christmas Day.

Williams paid for the homeless charity Coffee 4 Craig to provide meals and also staff wages for a drop-in centre for people across Manchester.

Brandon Williams made a sizeable donation to help feed homeless families

Additional meals were also sent out to people in temporary accommodation and in “Covid hotels” for those who were also struggling to afford a Christmas meal.

What a remarkable gesture from the 20-year-old as another of his generation shows that footballers have used their platform in an inspirational manner to help during the pandemic.

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Amazon are sending out coronavirus test kits to all of their commentators and pundits before games.

A couple of experts were even pulled from games to be on the safe side even though the tests were not conclusive.

The broadcaster has been a huge success with Premier League games not least because of its stellar line-up but it has also resulted in what industry insiders say has been a huge upturn in subscriptions. Their interest in rights will only grow.

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Mikel Arteta has turned around fortunes at Arsenal with two wins in four days.

The biggest problem for the Gunners boss has been a difficult dressing room because there are big earners and personalities who are not even in the squad.

Mikel Arteta is under pressure at Arsenal

This column has been told at one team meeting one of the disaffected players even challenged Arteta in front of other players as to why some stars have been treated differently which underlines the tensions at the Emirates.

That might not disappear until some unhappy players leave in the summer.

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The arrival of Dr Andreas Schlumberger – Head Of Recovery And Performance – at Liverpool was three years in the making and his importance should not be underestimated.

Jurgen Klopp tried to bring him in three years ago but he opted to join Bayern Munich and the German FA. Schlumberger was at Borussia Dortmund with Klopp for four years.

Jurgen Klopp and Dr Andreas Schlumberger at Dortmund

Managerial comings and goings are always difficult for backroom staff. Head of fitness Steve Haines left Derby after 13 years after Philip Cocu’s departure while three went after Slaven Bilic left West Brom and it is all change at Sheffield Wednesday.

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The Football Forum (TFF), an association of players and agents that includes Mino Raiola and Jorge Medes, has spoken out against new salary caps being imposed in China.

A spokesperson for The Football Forum said: “At a point when the Chinese Super League was beginning to compete and become one of leading and most exciting leagues outside of Europe, the CFA is now imposing stringent salary caps that will immediately reverse all of the growth the league has seen.”

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Steven Gerrard offers realistic viewpoint on replacing Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool

Steven Gerrard admits his prestigious playing career and legendary status at Liverpool does not guarantee he is “next in line to be manager”.

Gerrard, 40, is consistently linked with the Anfield hot seat and is seen by many as the heir to current boss Jurgen Klopp.

The former midfielder, who made over 700 appearances for Liverpool, has enjoyed a promising start to his managerial career and led Rangers to a commanding lead in the Scottish Premiership this season.

But Gerrard is well aware there will be a lengthy queue of “top-class managers” lining up to replace Klopp when the German calls time on his successful Liverpool tenure.

Gerrard would not get ahead of himself as he was quizzed on replacing Klopp

The ex-England captain told The Athletic : “I get asked this question a lot and, for me, what will be will be. Would I love to be the coach of Liverpool one day? Is it a dream? Of course.

“It’s a club that means everything to me but we’ve one of, if not the best, managers in the world who has been absolutely incredible since he came through the door.

Gerrard worked as a youth coach at Liverpool before joining Rangers in 2018

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“And the success he’s delivered in the last couple of years means that Liverpool are in a fantastic place. Long may that continue.

“The club have been absolutely amazing with me throughout my playing career, I still watch all of the games, my relationships are still very strong, I’ve still got ex-team-mates playing in the team and that’s where it is. There’s nothing else to really discuss on it.

“The people who say that… who knows? It’s very difficult to predict the future. Just because I was a good player for Liverpool and had the career I had there, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re next in line to be manager.

“You know and I know, if one day that job ever becomes available, there will be a queue a mile long, full of top-class managers. It doesn’t mean you’re the best person for the job.”

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Tottenham’s Alli tipped to link up with Gerrard at Rangers in January loan

Dele Alli has been urged to move to Rangers on loan and “win Steven Gerrard the title” by former Liverpool and England midfielder Danny Murphy.

Alli, 24, finds himself firmly out of Jose Mourinho’s first-team plans at Tottenham and has been linked with a January exit.

The midfielder has made just three Premier League appearances this season and his last start in the top-flight came in the opening-day defeat to Everton, when he was hooked at half-time.

Paris Saint-Germain and Everton have emerged as potential destinations for the Englishman, but Murphy claims the ideal move for the player would be a six-month loan to Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers.

Alli has scored two goals in nine games this season

“I’m not sure Dele would be up for it, but I thought maybe Stevie G at Rangers could persuade him to go there and win him the title,” Murphy told talkSPORT .

“He’d play every week, score a lot of goals, get his confidence up and impress [England boss] Gareth Southgate.

“There is an argument to say ‘Would that be enough scoring at that level?’ Because it is a drop down.

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“But I don’t know. Maybe playing under Stevie is something that he would enjoy.”

Gerrard has led Rangers to a formidable lead over rivals Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership, while the Ibrox club have earned £6million from their progression to the Europa League last 32.

While the manager ruled out a busy January transfer window in terms of incomings, he admitted he could act if he spies “something of interest”.

Gerrard said: “Thursday night’s financial gain doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll go into the market for potential signings.

“We’re really happy with the squad at the moment. If something of interest becomes available, we’d obviously discuss it because myself and the board are on the same page.

“But the result on Thursday doesn’t push it in either direction.”

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Steven Gerrard details Gerard Houllier’s influence on his managerial career

Steven Gerrard insists he always tries to utilise the skills shown by his former managers, but concedes certain aspects of Gerard Houllier are impossible to recreate.

The former Liverpool man died on Monday at the age of 73.

It was under Houllier that Gerrard broke into the Reds first team before he went on to become a club legend.

The Frenchman also delivered three trophies in one season back in 2001.

But Gerrard has highlighted the depth of the relationship that existed between Houllier and his players as a major strength.

“I always try and take all the best bits from all the coaches and managers,” he told Sky Sports.

Steven Gerrard is leading Rangers impressively

“It’s impossible for me to add the charisma, the care and the love that Gerard carried.

“I think every player that has worked with him will certainly echo that. He was just a special human being.

“This is not a guy who would focus solely on football and what you gave to him in terms of the relationship player-to-manager.

“This was someone who, at my age, wanted to change me as a human being into an elite professional, who wanted me to be a better person, who wanted me to really understand the tactics and the game in a different way and become an even better player and build all the other stuff around the talent I had at that age. I’ll never forget that.”

The pair had a strong bond

Gerrard is tipped to one day return to Anfield as a manager.

He is doing his chances no harm currently with his Rangers outfit steaming towards the Scottish title.

Gerrard is in his third full season as boss and is yet to see his team lose in the league as Rangers open up a 13 point lead.

“Gerard was at the forefront of that in terms of shaping me into a better player, a better person, a better leader,” the 40-year-old added.

“So I’ve got an awful lot to thank the man for and I’m finding it really hard to come to terms with it right now.”

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Houllier gave his life to Liverpool – who wouldn’t be where they are without him

Phil Thompson said it best earlier this year, as he reflected on the enduring legacy of his friend and managerial partner Gerard Houllier.

“Gerard has respect, but I don’t think the fans truly appreciate what he achieved, what he did for the club,” the former assistant boss explained, on the eve of a first title in 30 years.

“He nearly gave his life for Liverpool, he gave so much of himself to rebuild the team and the club. He transformed everything; laid incredible foundations.”

Gerard Houllier did give his life to the club. His club. A self confessed football obsessive, he acknowledged that fact in the days following his return to duty, after surviving a life-threatening dissection of a heart aorta, which saw him given only hours to live.

Gerard Houllier passed away aged 73 on Monday

He won titles with PSG and Lyon, but Liverpool was always his spiritual home, after arriving at Anfield as joint manager alongside Roy Evans in 1998, before assuming full control until his eventual messy dismissal in 2004.

With news that the Frenchman has passed away, aged 73, following more heart surgery in Paris, thoughts immediately turned to that day back in 2001, when he collapsed during a game against Leeds at Anfield, and only the quick thinking of club medics – and the crucial intervention of a specialist – saved his life.

“He’ll be grateful for the years he had since he died the first time, because he died on the operating table, and they brought him back,” Danny Murphy, one of his Liverpool players that day, explained.

“We thought he’d had a minor heart attack but it was massive. What he went on to do was remarkable considering what he went through.”

The Frenchman first joined Liverpool as co-manager with Roy Evans
The Frenchman first joined Liverpool as co-manager with Roy Evans

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It’s been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.

Virgil van Dijk’s season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back – especially with Alisson’s injury worries too.

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What he did, was not only transform the careers of young players like Murphy, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher – as they have touchingly acknowledged – but the fortunes of Liverpool Football Club, by paving the way for what followed as Anfield’s first foreign manager.

Yet his legacy isn’t as fondly remembered as some, despite his important place in the Liverpool canon, because there wasn’t quite the affection – or blind loyalty – as with other important managers in the club’s history.

Houllier was a complex man, but he had genuine humanity. Like Jurgen Klopp, he genuinely cared for people, but unlike the present boss, wasn’t always able to translate that into his management style. There was Gerard the man, and Houllier the manager.

Houllier on the touchline with trusted No.2 Phil Thompson
Houllier on the touchline with trusted No.2 Phil Thompson

His relationships were often fraught, as he waged a campaign to change the culture surrounding the club, and eradicate what he saw as “a drinking environment”, and introduce “21st century discipline and attitudes”.

Yet even amidst feuds with players and press, he was capable of touching gestures – sending a card to one reporter on a mother’s death, when no other manager would have taken the time to learn of the sad occasion.

He acted with ruthless intent at the end of his first season as sole manager, selling the club captain Paul Ince, after saying privately he was a coward for coming off with an injury when 1-0 up at Old Trafford.

“My captain should only have come off on a stretcher,” he said brutally.

Liverpool won an illustrious treble under Houllier's leadership
Liverpool won an illustrious treble under Houllier’s leadership

He introduced a team ethic, and as Murphy said, “We won trophies because of our discipline, not our talent.” But that was his downfall too – an obsessively rigid emphasis on tactical discipline, which eventually led to fear within the team, and negative football.

It led to bust ups with many players, turning off talents like Robbie Fowler, but even though they warred, the Liverpool legend is adamant Houllier was a “genuinely nice man”, and his passing is such a “sad, sad loss.”

Houllier delivered a memorable cup treble in the 2000-01 season, but his greatest achievement was, along with Arsene Wenger (and Sir Alex Ferguson), helping transform English football into a modern, scientific environment, with truly professional standards.

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Houllier gave his life to Liverpool and will be remembered as one of the greats
Houllier gave his life to Liverpool and will be remembered as one of the greats

 

On that emotional return in 2002 he took back control of a Liverpool team he said were “10 games from greatness”, and later admitted he said it because, as a passionate student of Anfield history, “it was something Shankly would say”.

But he wasn’t quite a Shankly despite having many of his traits, and those words brought pressure and defeats in the Champions League to a good Leverkusen side, and in the Premier League to an Arsenal team who proved to be truly great, matching their perspiration with the inspiration which Houllier’s Liverpool ultimately lacked.

He should be remembered as a pioneer though, and a remarkable, lovely man with great humanity. As a man who gave his life to Liverpool.

“You never leave this club,” he once wistfully said, and he is still there.

Without him, Liverpool would not be the club they are today.

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Gerrard and Henderson react to Alexander-Arnold captaining Liverpool

Liverpool captains past and present reacted to Trent Alexander-Arnold’s Instagram post on him leading Liverpool out on Wednesday night.

With Jordan Henderson on the bench and Alexander-Arnold fully fit upon his return from injury, the Liverpool-born defender was handed the armband.

Having already secured safe passage to the last-16 of the Champions League, Jurgen Klopp’s side drew the encounter 1-1.

It was fairly forgettable evening for most Liverpool players and fans with the game embroiled in yet more VAR controversy. But not for Alexander-Arnold who captained his boyhood club for the first time.

Following the fixture, Alexander-Arnold took to Instagram with a snap of him as kid playing for one of Liverpool’s youth teams and wearing the captain’s armband. This was followed by a picture of him in action against Midtjylland. The caption read: “Dreams to reality.”

Trent Alexander-Arnold: Dreams to reality.

Underneath, Gerrard replied with the praise hands and OK signal emojis. Henderson also commented: “Congrats mate! Unbelievable.”

Prior to the game, and upon seeing the team sheet, club legend Phil Thompson tweeted: “Captain Trent sounds good mate, congratulations and good luck tonight.”

Alexander-Arnold receives glowing praise.

“An extremely proud moment for me and the people who have helped me do that,” Alexander-Arnold said at full-time.

“You’ve obviously got to give thanks to the manager and the staff who chose me to captain the team tonight.

In action: Alexander-Arnold against Midtjylland.

“It was a really proud night for me on a personal note. I think I’ll look back on tonight with fond memories as being captain for the first time.

“Obviously it’s always been a dream, it’s always special to play on Champions League nights.

“To lead the team out was incredibly proud, it was something that was different, new to me. It was special, it felt special out there.

“Yeah, I only told a few people, to be fair. I kept it quite close to my chest and didn’t want to make it bigger than what it was.

“I tried to focus on the game as much as possible but I think the people that needed to know knew. It was a proud moment for the family.”

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Jurgen Klopp hails Mohamed Salah as Liverpool star breaks yet another record

Jurgen Klopp hailed Mo Salah’s mind-blowing Liverpool statistics, as said with hushed awe: “It’s one record after another!”

The striker added yet another record to his growing list of entries into the Anfield hall of fame, with a goal against Midtjylland that makes him the club’s greatest goalscorer in their Champions League history.

The strike took him to 23 – one ahead of Steven Gerrard – and also places him second behind the Anfield great on the list of the Reds’ all time European goalscorers.

It is a remarkable number in just three and a half seasons, and Klopp said: “It is one record after another, and I am pretty sure he is proud of that…he should be!

Mohamed Salah’s goal makes him the highest-scoring player in Liverpool’s history in the Champions League

“He’s an exceptional player, just an absolutely exceptional player and since we have been together a lot of things really clicked. But he appreciates the help of the team too. Even his incredible number of goals wouldn’t be enough alone for us to be successful.

“But he is truly exceptional. Nobody doubted it, but if you need numbers to prove, he delivers that as well.”

Klopp risked Salah on a night when he was expected to rest all his top stars, with Liverpool already guaranteed to qualify as group winners, but the manager insisted the player was determined to appear. “He wants to play football.

“I was in contact with Mo, he had no issues and that is why we left him on the pitch, and there were no problems.”

Salah gave Liverpool the lead over Midtjylland after just 55 seconds

If Klopp was happy with a display where 18 year old Billy Koumetio was given a senior debut and 19 year old Leighton Clarkson his first taste of the highest level, he was less happy with VAR, which controversially ruled out a late Liverpool winner.

Sadio Mane was adjudged to have handled when assisting Taki Minamino, but replays appeared to show clearly the ball had actually struck the arm of a Midtjylland defender, and Klopp said:

“I used to be one of the people who said VAR is a good idea, but I am not really sure if I would say that again.”

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Jurgen Klopp gives verdict as Leighton Clarkson and Billy Koumetio make debuts

Jurgen Klopp appeared delighted after youngsters Leighton Clarkson and Billy Koumetio made their debuts in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with FC Midtjylland in the Champions League.

With the Reds having already confirmed top spot in their group, Klopp took the opportunity to rotate his squad and rest a number of key players.

Highly-rated 19-year-old central midfielder Clarkson played the full 90 minutes in Denmark, and looked far from overawed by the occasion.

Eighteen-year-old French defender Koumetio, meanwhile, replaced Fabinho at half-time to become Liverpool’s youngest ever player in the Champions League.

And speaking at full-time, Klopp seemed impressed by what he had seen by both debutants.

Billy Koumetio came on at half-time for his Liverpool debut

“They will [learn],” he said. “We let them have the experience. It’s a wonderful thing to have a first Champions League game but a career is about how many.

“They are really skilled boys and have a lot to learn. They helped us a lot. It was a big night for both. I’m thankful they are as good as they are.”

It was a night of record-breaking for Liverpool, with Mohamed Salah’s early strike seeing him overtake Steven Gerrard to become the club’s all-time top Champions League scorer with 22 goals.

And Klopp added: “It is one record after another, and I am pretty sure he is proud of that…he should be!

Leighton Clarkson impressed Jurgen Klopp

“He’s an exceptional player, just an absolutely exceptional player and since we have been together a lot of things really clicked. But he appreciates the help of the team too. Even his incredible number of goals wouldn’t be enough alone for us to be successful.

“But he is truly exceptional. Nobody doubted it, but if you need numbers to prove, he delivers that as well.”

Liverpool will now turn their attentions back to Premier League matters, with the Reds taking on struggling Fulham at the weekend before a potentially huge clash with regards to the race for the title when they face Tottenham next Wednesday.