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  • Can we start with Jordan Henderson?

  • Is there an update on his fitness, is there a fear he could be out for a while

  • and could you look to make changes this Monday

  • after the physical demands of Madrid?

  • Hendo is... It could have been worse.

  • As we all know, it was a hamstring thing, and we've heard of different hamstring injures now

  • in the Premier League, Harry Kane for example.

  • It's not that bad, but he will be out, I think, for three weeks or so,

  • which is not cool, but how we see it we were still lucky.

  • Yeah, that's it.

  • Changes? I could, because apart from Hendo the other boys are fit,

  • but Tuesday-Monday there's absolutely no need to do it,

  • that's enough time, longer than we usually have.

  • So we'll see who starts and stuff like this, and maybe we'll make more changes,

  • but not because of the Atletico game.

  • Arsene Wenger has said this week that he wants to change marginal offside decisions

  • to favour the attacking team.

  • There's been a lot of controversy around VAR this season,

  • would you be in favour of that?

  • I heard about it, what Arsene said, the 'daylight rule', right?

  • He named it a daylight thing.

  • I'm not sure about that, didn't think enough about it,

  • when we spoke with the coahces about it what we thought could make it easier as well

  • is that we just say whatever it is - your toe or your foot is offside,

  • apart from that, it's not offside.

  • No higher, no armpits, no shoulders or any of that stuff,

  • that would help as well I think.

  • I hope they involve a few sportspeople, so I'm happy that Arsene Wenger is around there

  • and giving some advice, because it always feels like it's good in theory

  • and then when you have to prove it in practice, it doesn't work exactly like that.

  • In the moment, for me, the offside rule is fine,

  • of course it takes too long because it's so close,

  • because we decide, and is it right 100 per cent with the lines?

  • That makes it a bit complicated, but if in the end it's offside, then it's offside.

  • We had these situations, the armpit and stuff like this, but it's offside.

  • I have no problem with that, it's just that we have to make sure we help the people more,

  • and the thicker line which UEFA or whoever brought up could help.

  • But there will be close decisions in the future as well, there always were,

  • it just didn't take that long to find out because the linesman put the flag up - done.

  • So afterwards, after the game you heard it was not offside,

  • so it wasn't nice for the linesman,

  • or for anybody, but there was always discussions around offside.

  • I'm happy that we discuss it and there are different ideas,

  • but I hope in the end it will be the right solution, that would help massively.

  • There's a story today about a young Manchester United fan who wrote to you

  • asking Liverpool to lose, and you replied.

  • What prompted that?

  • Were you feeling sympathetic cos you're so far ahead of United?

  • It had nothing to do with that. We had time, that helps in that moment,

  • I cannot answer all the letters I get every day, I get a lot,

  • and it was just nice, it was cheeky.

  • I read the letter and I replied, how the world is now...

  • It's a private letter - I get it, I respond and the next day it's in the newspaper.

  • I don't like that too much but it's all fine.

  • I have no problem with supporters of other clubs,

  • I think and hope - know - it's a free world, so we can choose our club,

  • I don't think everybody has to be a Liverpool fan.

  • I like working for Liverpool and I like the rivalry we have,

  • but I love it even more if we can keep that on the pitch.

  • Apart from that, they can be happy and we should be happy,

  • and I hope Daragh is now happy.

  • He looks like it, in the picture I saw later, so...good.

  • Just to follow on from that, Jürgen,

  • one thing you've always said is that football is for everyone,

  • it shouldn't be that rivalry, and I know you said this was a little bit cheeky,

  • but you must get so many letters, was it just the cheekiness that stood out for you?

  • It all came together - cheeky, 10 years old, which I think is a nice age

  • when you should start being cheeky,

  • and it was smart as well. I thought it's a good idea, try it, why not?

  • Like I said, we try to respond to as many as possible,

  • but it's just not possible. In the moment we're obviously in a positive period,

  • and that means the letters are pretty much all friendly,

  • but still, cannot reply to all of them, even if we try as often as possible.

  • I think the people know that, they write most of the time,

  • "I know you will not respond, I know you can't respond" and all that stuff.

  • I read nearly all of them. I don't open them,

  • somebody reads them before and gives them to me,

  • so probably there are a few which are not that nice, which I don't see.

  • But, no, that's all cool, people know I can't respond to all of them.

  • rgen, incredible season so far, winning match after match,

  • and I know it was a different competition, but when you lose a game,

  • as you did against Atletico Madrid,

  • and when we speak to you about league games and the last one you've won,

  • you always say that's forgotten and it's about the game in front of you,

  • but can you sense amongst the players even more added determination

  • after a defeat, not to put things right, because it's a different competition,

  • but to reach the level...

  • It's to put things right, just not in that competition.

  • It's a little bit strange. Yes, we lost the game and there's absolutely no positive in it -

  • we lost the game.

  • But it's important, IF there's any help in that result

  • it's that you felt that defeat and it felt like a defeat.

  • It felt after the game like a defeat, it felt the next morning like a defeat,

  • it was nothing. Nobody thought, "But in the league we are like this."

  • It's all what we said after the game, like it's not done yet -

  • it's the truth, we know that.

  • But it's not that we say Anfield alone will sort it at the end.

  • We have to put a proper performance in.

  • Atletico showed obviously a lot of passion, desire and stuff like this, fought for the result.

  • They will fight here for the result, 100 per cent.

  • But the thing is, to put it right is to get the other feeling back.

  • The other feeling, I don't think we ever lost how a win feels,

  • but we won a few games, so now we lost it and the difference is massive -

  • much more than three points.

  • It's really from sunshine to hardest rain, and that's how it should be.

  • If you really want to be successful and if you could be successful -

  • which we could have been in that game -

  • then it has to feel really bad, and that's how it felt.

  • So, yes, we want to put things right, even when it's a different competition.

  • West Ham are struggling, Liverpool in incredible form,

  • so on paper it's an easy three points, but football isn't like that

  • and the teams at the bottom at this stage of the campaign quite often put together runs,

  • and the Hammers have given you some tough matches in your period in charge.

  • Michail Antonio in particular has always showed up well against you,

  • they do have talent there.

  • They have. They didn't have [Felipe] Anderson and [Sebastien] Haller on the pitch,

  • I know both and like them a lot. Lanzini on the bench, stuff like that,

  • so you see the quality they have.

  • I saw the game, we came home on Wednesday afternoon,

  • so I could watch the game, and with all Man City's brilliance, which we know about,

  • the first goal was a set-piece,

  • and the second goal was a super situation from Kevin De Bruyne obviously,

  • but, at the end, it was a little bit scrappy with Bernardo Silva,

  • and then he takes the ball over and it's kind of a one-two in the box.

  • Super goal, but not outplayed like you would expect when City is on the pitch.

  • So they fought really hard, they defended the box with all they had.

  • They didn't have a lot of possession obviously,

  • so I wouldn't expect that they go for much more possession against us,

  • but they will defend again with all they have.

  • I didn't hear exactly what David said after the game,

  • but I think they took some positives out of that game and they will try it again.

  • We have to be ready for that.

  • It's Monday night, we need a really good atmosphere again

  • and not kind of this perception that you go there and think,

  • "OK, 1-0 after seven minutes, 2-0 after 25 and then it's easy-going."

  • It will not be like this.

  • West Ham need to fight for results and they will fight for results.

  • They have tough games coming up for them as well,

  • so they don't have time to waste results, points or whatever.

  • I expect a really, really tough match, 100 per cent.

  • rgen, typically when you've had injuries this season

  • the players who have filled in have done really well.

  • Obviously with Henderson being sidelined for three weeks or so,

  • you must be confident with the midfield options you've got there,

  • because there's a lot of players who've been unfortunate

  • to be on the bench for a long period this season

  • because of how Henderson has been playing.

  • Yeah, that's how it is, so hopefully nothing else happened, to be honest.

  • Yes, Hendo is exceptionally important,

  • not only football-wise but for other reasons as well,

  • which hopefully everybody knows.

  • Oh, yes, we still have options there and that's good,

  • and there's a chance of course, it's a chance for all of them,

  • but it would have been anyway,

  • Hendo wouldn't have played every game from now on until the end of the season.

  • But, no, it's a position where we can react, so we will react.

  • Just wondering whether Shaqiri...

  • He's first.

  • Just wondering, what's the latest with Shaqiri?

  • Where he's up to with his rehab?

  • Not close to team training yet. We cannot - we never did -

  • but this time for sure, not put any time pressure on it,

  • because it's obviously a difficult one,

  • never a big one but always big enough to keep him out for another two or three weeks,

  • so we just have to wait.

  • He's not close to team training.

  • With Sadio, obviously on Tuesday you had to take him out of the game early,

  • being in a big game, what was his reaction like to that,

  • did you have to have any conversation with him

  • to explain what you told us in the press conference?

  • Oh, I spoke to him this morning, asked him if he was surprised,

  • and he said yes, and I said OK, because he was not nervous at all, stuff like this,

  • could have dealt with it - that's good, that's how a player sees it,

  • but my honest opinion, people don't like it, I don't think he had a chance.

  • We need Sadio physical; Sadio doesn't foul, so...

  • We need him physical, which means you have contact with your opponent,

  • and I would say both situations were made up,

  • so that's how it, it's part of the game. I don't like it so much but it's part of the game.

  • And you cannot avoid situations like that,

  • the situation they created a minute before half-time,

  • eight players around the ref pushing him in that direction,

  • I didn't believe that we could finish the game with 11 if we kept him on the pitch.

  • And he was exceptional again, really good,

  • caused them a lot of problems, so I would have loved to have him on the pitch,

  • I just had to make a decision without knowing what would happen;

  • I did that, but he's fine, he's completely fine.

  • He's rested, which is good as well.

  • Is there any update on Gini Wijnaldum's future,

  • is there an idea on when he might get a new contract, anything like that?

  • If there would be any updates...

  • Actually nothing to say about it, it's like it always is,

  • we talk about it when something is decided, not before.

Can we start with Jordan Henderson?

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