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‘We take 13 players this time and two play only against Eden’: Jurgen Klopp jokes about plan to stop Hazard as Liverpool prepare to have title credentials tested against Chelsea

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp joked he needs 13 players on the pitch with two solely marking Eden Hazard to stop the Belgian from shining at Anfield on Sunday.

The Reds face a serious test in their bid for a first league title in 29 years with Chelsea needing a win to strengthen their case for a top four finish.

Liverpool face a tough test of their title credentials when they face Eden Hazard on Sunday

Hazard is a man in form, dazzling in a recent win over West Ham at Stamford Bridge, and having netted a stunner at Anfield earlier this season to knock Liverpool out of the Carabao Cup, Klopp is well aware of the difficulties in stopping him.

Jurgen Klopp joked he needs to play with 13 players to stop the crafty Belgian from dominating

When asked by reporters if he had devised a specific plan solely on Hazard, the former Borussia Dortmund coach laughed, before joking he was going to make it 13 against 11.

‘We take 13 players this time and two play only against Eden,’ Klopp said.

‘The best way to try and make sure he cannot play as he is able to is to avoid passes to him, that’s how it is. We must react better than other teams did – I would never say it is easy.

‘You need to try and read the game, read the passes but in the end in a one-on-one situation you cannot defend him. I like footballers like this so if he plays his best game we have to live with that.’

Hazard came off the bench back in September to score as Liverpool exited the Carabao Cup

Hazard is being monitored closely by Real Madrid ahead of the summer with his contract at Chelsea close to expiry.

His form this season has once again been impressive and Liverpool, having seen Hazard change the game off the bench back in September.

For Klopp, there is no question whatsoever that the crafty Belgian can, on any given day, be the best player in the world.

‘He is really pure, a really good player but Hazard we don’t have to talk about that,’  the Liverpool boss added when pressed on facing the player this weekend.

‘On his day he can be the world’s best immediately. He has had a brilliant career so far. He has a lot of things I like in football. He has joy, cheeky as well, strong, quick and yeah he is a good player.

‘All good players have to play against us as well so we have to try and deny everything in his skills.’

Klopp is adamant that Hazard can be the best in world on any given day and is a key danger

Hazard is the key man helping push Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea side into the Champions League spots come the end of the season and currently posts 19 goals and 12 assists in all competitions this season.

Liverpool could go into Sunday’s game in second if Manchester City, who face Crystal Palace earlier in the day, win their game to return, at least temporarily to the summit.

The Reds currently hold a two-point advantage over Pep Guardiola’s City side but have played a game more and Klopp is under no illusions that his side cannot afford to concede points so late in the campaign.

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NBA Star Kobe Bryant Dead

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American professional basketball player has left many people crying due to his death. The 41 year old NBA legend died in his private helicopter when it crashed with four people in Calabasas.

Kobe has been travelling with his private helicopter for years when he played for the Lakers. He was known for commuting from Newport Beach CA to the STAPLES Center in DTLA in his Sikorsky S_76 chopper.

He is survived by his wife Vanessa, and four daughter’s Gianna, Natalia, Bianca and their newborn Capri.

Bryant is considered as one of the best in basketball player of all time. He became a legend at Los Angeles Lakers, spending his entire 20 years career with the team and becoming a five time NBA champion

Meet The Guy Who Predicted That Kobe Bryant’s Will Die In An Helicopter Crash

I saw this tweet saying Kobe is going to die in a helicopter. People are just confuse about the tweet because they thought it was a joke. 

Perhaps the person said it because he knows Kobe loves flying in his helicopter or he said it coz it was a prophecy.

Who knows….

Rest In Peace Kobe Bryant

By: Betty Akua Agyemang

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The Richest Footballer in the World, Not Messi not Ronaldo.

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We are very much too familiar with the World’s best players that football history would ever come across. And we most times would think they most obviously would be the richest. The shocking truth is that they both are not. Even when Messi and Ronaldo’s wealth are combined together, they aren’t up to this young man.
Who is this young man? Faiq Bolkiah. The 20-year-old Leicester academy midfielder is the most valued player in the world, even though he has yet to make a senior appearance for Leicester city. Otherwise known as the foxes.
The young reserve player is the nephew of the sultan of Brunei with an estimated networth of €15 billion nothing compared to Messi and Ronaldo.

Source: Opera News

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REDS MARCH ON- Liverpool 5 Everton 2: Reds make it club-record 32 unbeaten in league as Marco Silva facing sack this week

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THERE was no need for Jurgen Klopp to sprint across the Anfield turf on this occasion.

In fact, he barely broke a sweat as his rampant Liverpool side continued their emphatic march to expectant Premier League glory.

And on this occasion, in their quest for a first title in 30 years, it proved a hugely significant result.

This time last year, Liverpool were nicking a late win against Everton after Jordan Pickford’s howler handed Divock Origi the easiest of winners.

It was a result that clawed them back to within two points of champions-to-be Manchester City – one which saw Klopp surge onto the pitch in typical Klopp-fashion.

Fast forward 12 months and Origi was the Merseyside hero once more with a sublime first-half double worthy of winning titles all on their own.

Xherdan Shaqiri and Sadio Mane also scored before half-time before Gini Wijnaldum bagged as the clock hit 90 to see off their struggling neighbours.

And this time, it was a victory that saw the Reds maintain an 11-point gap on Pep Guardiola’s City.

The hunters are now the hunted. The chasers are now the chased – setting standards that not even Guardiola can match right now.

Forty points from 14 games. Fifteen consecutive home league wins. A club-record 32 league games unbeaten.

If they were to be caught after bridging such an impressive gap, it would surpass any Premier League meltdown since its inception in 1992.

Of course, Klopp’s record-breaking 100th league win in 159 games was not as comfortable as he would have liked, as goals from Michael Keane and Richarlison before the break gave the Toffees hope.

It’s now 13 games in all competitions without a clean sheet for Liverpool, something that will concern Klopp as they head into their global fixture pile-up.

It’s a pile-up that saw Klopp make a surprising five changes to his starting line-up, with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Jordan Henderson dropped to the bench.

But he need not have worried, heading into the 234th Merseyside derby with the biggest points gap between the two sides in 125 years of the fixture.

Everton even began the night in the bottom three.

And it showed – an under-pressure and axe-fearing Marco Silva could do nothing but admire as his struggling Everton side bowed once more to their superior Merseyside rivals.

Liverpool’s attacking threat – spearheaded by a man in Mane who looks to have wrestled the Anfield crown from Salah and Firmino in recent months – was unstoppable from the opening seconds.

And six minutes in, Mane and Origi combined to leave Everton’s defenders helpless and stunned.

With what looked like no angle to pass, Mane created one of his own with an inch-perfect ball that wiped out two defenders, allowing Origi to round Pickford and find an empty net.

And ten minutes later, the contest looked to be over with a quick-fire second, Everton without a win against Liverpool after going behind home or away since the Second World War.

Trent Alexander-Arnold produced a magnificent diagonal ball to unleash Mane, who then cut inside before giving a no-look reverse pass for Shaqiri to finish after beating the offside trap.

For all their dominance up front, there remains an openness to Liverpool currently, one which Everton took advantage of to get back into the game.

A neat corner routine saw Alex Iwobi find Keane at the near post, who manoeuvred several bobbles to fire his effort into the roof of Adrian’s net.

This sparked Everton’s best spell of the game, one which could have seen them awarded a 25th minute penalty had VAR deemed Virgil Van Dijk’s shove on Richarlison a foul.

Alexander-Arnold was then lucky to avoid red after leaving studs on the ankle of Lucas Digne.

But in a flash, Liverpool responded in the only way they know how.

With 31 minutes on the clock, Dejan Lovren went long from the back as Origi evaded Everton’s centre backs before the deftest of touches teed up a delightful lob over the oncoming Pickford.

And 14 minutes later Mane deservedly got on the scoresheet after a supersonic counter attack by Alexander-Arnold gave him the space and time to curl his effort from the edge of the box into the bottom corner.

That’s now 13 goals for the Senegalese sensation – the same amount as Salah and Firmino combined.

 

For their consistency in attack there remained some worrying consistency at the back – Richarlison finding space in the box on the brink of half-time to head past Adrian.

Thankfully for Klopp, the second half was a more controlled affair after a six-goal thriller of a first half.

Mane had chances to make it even more comfortable but could not find the net.

Eventually, Liverpool saw out and passed yet another test of their title credentials when Wijnaldum found the back of the net following good work from sub Firmino down the left.

But unlike last season, Klopp did not need to end this Merseyside derby with a pitch invasion.

He will save that for May, with what should be a Premier League medal around his neck.

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