Here are your Liverpool evening headlines for Wednesday 23 September
Klopp in running to win UEFA award
Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has been nominated for the UEFA Men’s Best Coach award following his efforts in putting to an end Liverpool’s 30-year wait for a top flight title.
The German took home the FIFA Coach of the Year prize this time last year and is up against compatriots Julian Nagelsmann and Hansi Flick for 2020’s honour, bestowed upon the winner by UEFA..
The victor is set to be announced at the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League Group Stage draw in Nyon on October 1st.
Klopp faces stiff competition, with Flick leading Bayern Munich to a first Champions League title in seven years, inside his first year in charge at the Bavarian club. Meanwhile, the innovative, young Nagelsmann led an equally youthful RB Leipzig side to the Champions League semi-finals, for the first time in the club’s history.
Coach sings new signing’s praises
Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders has described Diogo Jota as a player who can compete with the club’s current front three for a starting place.
Referring to the Portuguese international as a “pressing monster”, Lijnders also praised Jota’s technique, work-rate and suitability to his new side.
"Diogo's technical level is the same as our front three," he said. "He has so much future is in his feet, and he will have a great pathway inside our club,” Lijnders said.
The Dutchman has carefully tracked Jota’s progression throughout his career, stating he first came across the pocket-rocket 23-year-old as a child with youth club Gondomar.
Lijnders eulogised over his form as a teenager with Paços Ferreira – a time when he himself was coaching at fellow Liga NOS club FC Porto. Still with close links to Portugal, Lijnders said the decision to sign Jota for the Premier League champions has been well-received.
"In Portugal they are saying what a great signing Liverpool have made, because they know exactly how he is and what kind of potential he still has.”
Fabinho to continue at centre-back in Carabao clash
Liverpool could be forced into fielding defensive midfielder Fabinho in an unfamiliar centre-back role in tomorrow’s Carabao Cup tie against Lincoln City.
Assistant Manager Pep Lijnders revealed the game comes “too soon” for defensive pair Joel Matip and Joe Gomez, both players who would have been in line to start ahead of Fabinho and Virgil van Dijk who featured against Chelsea.
Jürgen Klopp may not have the option of resting his key defensive players due to the injuries to his reinforcements, unless he feels teenage defender Sepp van den Berg could potentially stand in against League One opposition.
Fabinho and Van Dijk kept a clean sheet at Stamford Bridge as the Reds saw out a 2-0 win without incident at the back, unlike their nail-biting season opener with Leeds United which ended 4-3.
Liverpool face Lincoln City at Sincil Bank on Thursday evening, looking to progress to the Fourth Round of the competition.