Liverpool press conference live updates as Jurgen Klopp discusses Man City clash, Coutinho exit and transfer plans

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Liverpool have placed a staggering price tag of £30million on wantaway striker Daniel Sturridge.

The 28-year-old frontman has informed the Reds that he wants to leave during the current window in order to secure the regular action required to force his way into England’s World Cup squad.

Jurgen Klopp remains keen for Sturridge to stay for the rest of the season but will grant him his wish if Liverpool receive an offer which they believe matches his value.

As it stands Sturridge isn’t available for loan with the Reds only considering a permanent move, reports the Liverpool Echo .

Expect Jurgen Klopp to discuss Sturridge’s future among other things when he faces the media on Friday.

Klopp will also be talking Manchester City, Philippe Coutinho’s exit and team news.

More on Coutinho

It is over now.

We made that decision. That is it.

On Coutinho exit

There was no other option.

We tried everything to convince him to stay here and carry on together.

It was his dream and it is the truth when I say he would only leave for one club.

We were fighting until the last second and tried everything.

I knew it would come up again in the transfer window and I knew it would be very difficult.

Does it make sense? Do I think we can still use him? It was 100 percent clear, no chance.

He wasn’t ready to do it anymore. He did fantastic in the first-half of the season after what happened in the summer.

Klopp is in the house!

The Liverpool boss has arrived.

Updates to follow.

We will hear from the Liverpool boss around 1pm.

It will be his first press conference since the sale of Philippe Coutinho.

Anfield protest on Sunday

A protest addressing Liverpool owner John W Henry will hit the streets of Merseyside ahead of Sunday’s match against Manchester City at Anfield, report the Liverpool Echo .

Henry and Liverpool are being criticised for a controversial partnership agreement with Tibet Water Resources Ltd (TWRL), with nearly 84,000 people signing a petition calling for the club to end the union because the company benefits from what they call “the Chinese government’s brutal occupation of Tibet.”

A mobile billboard will be driven around the streets of Liverpool as fans make their way to match at Anfield, which is a 54,000 sell-out.

Critics have suggested that deals such as the one with the club “lend legitimacy” to the occupation of Tibet.

But TWRL said its plant in Tibet has led to development and employment growth in the area and said the United Nations has praised it for improving local lives.

The mobile billboard touring Liverpool before Sunday’s 4pm Anfield clash will read: “’Under Chinese rule, Tibetans are beaten and tortured for their beliefs.

Liverpool owner John W. Henry with his wife Linda Pizzuti in the stands
Liverpool owner John W. Henry with his wife Linda Pizzuti in the stands

Why Van Dijk signed for Liverpool

Virgil van Dijk has spoken out about his £75million move to Liverpool, and has revealed why he was happy to snub both Manchester City and Chelsea.

The Reds parted with £75million to land the Holland international from Southampton before the window had even opened.

Jurgen Klopp’s side had attempted to sign the centre-back in the summer, and finally managed to get the deal over the line in January.

Both Manchester City and Chelsea were also keen on landing the talented defender, who later admitted it was his “dream” to sign for Liverpool.

Speaking to Sky Sports about why he picked the Reds over the other two Premier League giants, Van Dijk said: “I think the size of the club, the fans, the players, the manager, the whole package here is amazing.

“You can see yourself that the atmosphere at every home game is amazing. I’m just very happy to play for the club.”

After a difficult start, Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain feels right at home.

A number of eye-catching performances has endeared him to Reds fans and proved that he belongs at the club, report the Liverpool Echo .

The England international arrived from Arsenal for £35million in the summer and has played an increasingly important role in Liverpool’s 17-game unbeaten run.

“It’s going really well at the moment,” he said.

“I’m really enjoying myself. We’re in a good run of form and have had some good results so that always helps. There’s a really good atmosphere in and around the boys so it’s a really good place to be.

“I’m feeling like I’ve really settled in and I feel comfortable around the boys. They’re all very welcoming and I feel part of the group.

“When you’re feeling comfortable in your environment, that starts to come out on the pitch and it’s easier to do what you do best. That’s where I am at the moment, but I know there’s a lot more room for improvement and I need to keep pushing it out of myself.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates with Jurgen Klopp at Anfield on Saturday
Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates with Jurgen Klopp



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