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Liverpool news and transfers LIVE - Klopp's fan prediction, FIFA Club World Cup final build-up, Andy Carroll's admission

Welcome to the Liverpool ECHO's Friday live Reds blog for all your latest Liverpool news, rumours and transfer gossip.

The ECHO will provide breaking stories, reaction and comment to all the big talking points from Anfield - as well as keeping tabs on transfer market gossip from around the world.

Jurgen Klopp airs frustration at Premier League fixture schedule as build-up to the FIFA Club World Cup final continues.

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Andy Carroll wanted to fail his Liverpool medical

Andy Carroll has admitted he hoped he would fail his Liverpool medical when he signed for the club back in 2011.

The Newcastle striker told the Daily Mail: “Do you know what, I was injured at the time, and all I’m thinking is, ‘Please, just fail the medical’.

“The minute I got on that helicopter I wanted to come back. I knew it had to happen. Whatever age, I needed to walk back on that pitch and play for Newcastle again.

“I remember leaving here (Newcastle’s training ground) in Kevin Nolan’s car because loads of people were outside. We went to his house and watched it on TV. I was like, ‘I’m not going’. I’d just bought a house, and a cat the day before!

“But then I was told, ‘You’re going’, and that was that.”

Andy Carroll reacts to a missed chance during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Fulham at Anfield on May 1, 2012
Andy Carroll reacts to a missed chance during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Fulham at Anfield on May 1, 2012 (Image: Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

(Ian) Doyle & Doha Calling

If Queen haven’t got you in the Club World Cup final mood then how about this?

Feast your ears as our man Ian Doyle is joined by Chris Bascombe and Mark Ogden for a very special Blood Red podcast live from Qatar.


Happy Club World Cup Final Day

Another final? Oh go on then!

Good morning you lovely people and welcome to our live blog ahead of the Club World Cup final.

Liverpool are out in Doha, joined by our very own Ian Doyle, as they prepare to take on Flamengo at 5.30pm.

The Reds are hoping to be crowned champions of the World for the first time and what a way to end the year that would be.

Here’s an iconic tune to get you in the mood. Hopefully we’ll all be singing this a bit later.

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