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Liverpool receive boost as Tottenham boss reveals duo are out injured

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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the first goal with team-mates as a blue smoke bomb billows in the pitch during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final 2nd Leg match between Manchester City

"The Premier League is different to other leagues where I have played and everybody knows it is very tough, but I will do my best to beat my own personal records - I'm very motivated". He was asked how important it is for Klopp to get some silverware this year, Barnes said: "I'd rather not win a trophy and finish second, seven or eight points off the top".

Returning to club football after worldwide breaks can be hard for players.

While Arsenal are living proof that domestic cup runs don't count for much when league progress is non-existent, Liverpool haven't won a trophy for six years and even winning the annoyingly named Carabao Cup would mean a lot to our fanbase.

Currently, the Reds sit at the top of the table, ahead of Chelsea and Watford on goal difference.

Evans added: "Jurgen has tried to keep his team more or less the same".

At least a small portion of how those names from the 08/09 team resonate comes from the fact that we can view their careers in totality, and they have established status beyond that season. One of the early ones is scoring for Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League in a 4-2 home win.

"Competition for places in midfield is something that can only help the team", said Keita. And at this point we'd have to say so far, so good.

"Sometimes you have to say: 'You have to show me in training sessions that you're better than what's in the team at the moment'".

Of course, you accept it because that's modern football, you just need to try and focus on the game but these games can often be slow starting and low on quality, because the players aren't fully rested and concentrated.

The Spurs boss described the Reds, who top the Premier League having won all four games before the worldwide break, as one of Europe's best sides during his pre-match press conference.

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