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Liverpool boss Klopp: Salah and I spoke about penalty duty Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits he’s held talks with Mohamed Salah about penalty duty.



Liverpool boss Klopp: Salah and I spoke about penalty duty
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits he’s held talks with Mohamed Salah about penalty duty.

Salah converted a spotkick in victory over West Ham in midweek, having missed twice this season.

Klopp said: “We had a conversation and he (Mo) wanted to stay the penalty-taker. We had a normal conversation about it and I said, ‘Okay, you are.’

“You don’t feel great in that moment and that’s what he said. ‘I don’t feel right in that moment’, because the pressure obviously increases with the penalties you miss.

“Then Fab or Trent, who are two and three, give the ball to them. (But) He smashed them and turned it around. This today was a super penalty, that’s really clear.

“I think with all the goals Mo scored, we can’t just judge it for two missed and go away from it. That’s what I meant when I said we’ll talk about it. It’s a conversation between two grown-up men.

“He enjoys these situations. The problem is before we missed the pen, we didn’t have one for 28 games or so. We train that, obviously, but it’s a special situation. You cannot. 28 weeks is like four years. It feels like forever and you can’t remember any kind of penalty.

“You miss and it doesn’t feel great. This little break after the Arsenal pen, the talk, the conversation, ‘Shake it off and go from there’. That’s exactly the right thing to do.


Nizaar Kinsella Confirms£53M Rated South American Star Has Joined Chelsea’s Four Man‘List’Of Midfield Targets

Chelsea have added Sporting Lisbon midfielder Manuel Ugarte to their “list” of midfield targets, according to the Evening Standard reporter Nizaar Kinsella.

The usually reliable journalist claims the Uruguayan international is now being considered as an option along with Southampton’s Romeo Lavia, Borussia Monchengladbach’s Manu Kone and West Ham’s Declan Rice:

Chelsea have drawn up a midfield shortlist but worth not forgetting that Andrey Santos has always been considered a signing for the first team and the Blues want him in soon: #CFC

— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) May 4, 2023

Ugarte is someone who likes to get stuck in, to say the least. He has picked up 15 yellow cards so far this campaign, having also been sent off on one occasion for two bookable offences in the Europa League.

The 22-year-old is, however, pretty decent in possession, and he very rarely gives the ball away under pressure, much like Mateo Kovacic.

Other Premier League teams, including Liverpool, Arsenal and Newcastle have also been linked with Ugarte in recent days. He also has a €60m (£53m) release clause, which may well tempt teams to make a move so we shall see how this transfer story unfolds in the coming weeks.


Brighton veteran Lallana: De Zerbi closer to Pep than Klopp

Brighton midfielder Adam Lallana says manager Roberto de Zerbi is closer to Pep Guardiola to Jurgen Klopp.

Lallana was asked to compare De Zerbi with his former Liverpool manager Klopp.

But he said: “I’d probably say he’s more Pep in terms of his football base.

“Proper patterns, a lot of tactical work, which you often hear the Italian managers do lots of tactical work but he keeps telling me he’s not like the typical Italian manager.

“He’s full of charisma, very tactile, very warm and gives you the freedom to express yourself. I’ve created a good relationship with him and hopefully he’s here for the foreseeable future.”