Champions League

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Jurgen Klopp Gets Rid Of Nearly Man Label

Jurgen Klopp With Champions League Trophy

All week all we had heard about was that Jürgen Klopp could not win the big one. That after three cup final defeats at Liverpool on his CV that he was the “nearly man”. Great at winning semi-finals, but unable to win when the pressure was on.

On Saturday night in Madrid, Klopp got rid of that label for good after winning the biggest prize in club football. Klopp’s image will be paraded on the Kop among the icons of Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Rafa Benitez. He is one of the great ones now.

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Champions League Final: Klopp Hopeful Over Firmino Fitness

Roberto Firmino

Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino is close to returning to full training ahead of the Champions League final.

The striker, who has missed the Reds’ last three games with a groin injury, has been making a staggered return to training during Liverpool’s warm weather camp in Marbella.

With less than two weeks to go before the June 1 showdown with Tottenham, Klopp said on Wednesday: ‘Bobby looks really good (and) he is now part of training.

‘It was not too long out, but of course we are still careful and want to make sure nothing happens.

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Manchester City Furious At UEFA Over Champions League Ban Leaks

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Manchester City are furious about the UEFA investigation into their financial dealings after reports emerged that they are facing a ban from the Champions League.

The Premier League champions could face heavy sanctions for alleged breaches of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules, with the New York Times revealing on Monday that members of the investigatory chamber of UEFA’s financial control board will push for a one-season ban from European football elite competition, probably in 2020-21.

Investigators have spent months reviewing evidence first detailed in a series of leaks and reported by the German publication Der Spiegel.

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Will Man City Be Hit With Champions League Ban?

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Manchester City’s title celebrations have been tempered by news that UEFA investigators will push for a Champions League ban for alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations.

Insiders at UEFA believe any potential ban would not apply until the 2020-21 season because the process is ongoing but it could coincide with a FIFA transfer ban over the signing of under-18 players.

A ban from the Champions League would certainly increase the pressure on Pep Guardiola to deliver the prize his employers covet most in the next campaign.

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Pochettino Reduced To Tears As Spurs Reach Champions League Final

An emotional Mauricio Pochettino was reduced to tears on the pitch at the full-time whistle after Tottenham booked their place in the Champions League final.

Lucas Moura broke through in the 96th minute to score his and Spurs’ third on Wednesday night to complete an incredible comeback at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

After running onto the pitch, Pochettino collapsed to his knees in a heap before crying tears of joy after masterminding a stunning comeback from three-goals down with just 45 minutes of game-time to do so.

The Argentinian boss was unable to give his reaction immediately after the game before having to calm himself down the tunnel.

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Will Valverde Lose Job Over Anfield Collapse?

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is ‘on edge of abyss’ following their Champions League humiliation at Liverpool, report Marca.

The report cites how the Barca considered firing Valverde after last season’s disastrous quarter-final exit of the competition at the hands of Roma.

That time, the Catalan giants blew a 4-1 first leg advantage to be eliminated 4-4 but the nature of their elimination to Liverpool this season now appears to be even more severe.

Leading 3-0 from the first leg, Valverde’s side were facing an injury-hit Liverpool side without star forwards Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

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Liverpool Stun Barcelona To Reach Champions League Final

Jurgen Klopp hailed Liverpool’s ‘giants’ as they produced the greatest comeback in the club’s history to reach their ninth Champions League final.

Anfield has witnessed some extraordinary night in the past but this was on another level as they beat Barcelona 4-0; Divock Origi, who replaced the concussed Mohamed Salah, and substitute Gini Wijnaldum both scored twice to flatten the Catalans.

Few gave Liverpool a hope of overturning the 3-0 first leg deficit but they ran a staggering 122kms compared to Barcelona’s 105km and the second half was a one-way assault on Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s goal. Ernesto Valverde’s side could not withstand the tide that washed over them.

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Injury News Ahead Of Liverpool v Barcelona

Anfield will be rocking on Tuesday night as Liverpool try to overcome a three goal first leg deficit to Barcelona and reahc the Champions League final for the second consecutive season.

Liverpool come into the tie unbeaten in 13 consecutive Champions League matches at Anfield while Barcelona have lost just once in their last ten Champions League away games. Whose streak will end?

Liverpool Injury News
Mohamed Salah suffered a head injury and had to be stretchered off the pitch at St. James’ Park in Liverpool’s 3-2 win at Newcastle United last night. The good news is that he’s fine. The bad news is that he has a concussion and will miss the match:

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Brilliant Messi Scores 600th Barcelona Goal

Lionel Messi scored his 600th career goal in club competition during Barcelona’s 3-0 win against Liverpool in the Champions League.

Messi was sitting on 598 goals coming into the semifinal first leg against Jurgen Klopp’s side, but two second-half goals, including a world-class free kick for his second, saw him reach the 600 goal mark.

The Barcelona captain is enjoying another stunning season and his second goal in the Champions League semi-final, first leg against Liverpool took him on to 48 for the campaign and up to another scarcely believable landmark.

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Jurgen Klopp Relishing Barcelona Challenge

Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Manager

Jurgen Klopp described Liverpool’s progression into the semi-finals of the Champions League for the second successive season as a ‘big statement’ and said he was looking forward to thinking up a way to beat Barcelona.

Liverpool eventually made light work Porto, winning 4-1 at the Estadio do Dragao to advance 6-1 on aggregate, and while Klopp has Lionel Messi at the back of his mind his immediate concern is facing a rejuvenated Cardiff on Sunday.

Klopp’s team look well-equipped to continue their challenge on two fronts, with Roberto Firmino rested for the first half in Portugal before coming on to score, with Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Virgil Van Dijk getting the other goals.