Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp is set to be treated as part of new contract talks with Joel Matip

Liverpool beat Villarreal 2-0 in the first leg of their Champions League semifinals on Wednesday but manager Jurgen Klopp has since grabbed the headlines for a variety of reasons

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Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp supervised Liverpools 2-0 Win against Villarreal in their UEFA Champions League Wednesday’s semi-final first leg as the Reds got one foot into next month’s final but were criticized for dropping defender Joel Matip for the game.

Matip had started seven of Liverpool The 10 Champions League games ahead of Wednesday’s clash plus the last seven First League Plays for the Reds but was dropped for Ibrahima Konate this week and left Rio Ferdinand saying he should be “raging” at him over Klopp’s treatment.

Mirror Sport have your latest Liverpool headlines following Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Villarreal on Wednesday, including the latest talk of Klopp’s new contract.

Matip should “smoke”

Rio Ferdinand claims Joel Matip should be in his arms after Jurgen Klopp dropped him for the first leg of the Champions League semi-final between Liverpool and Villarreal on Wednesday, with the Reds securing a 2-0 win.

The Cameroonian started Liverpool’s first five group stage games and remains Virgil van Dijk’s first choice partner in the Premier League. Ferdinand believes the superb centre-back had every reason to feel offended at being left out of the blockbuster Villarreal game.

He told BT Sport: “If I’m Joel Matip, I’m angry. He’s been exceptional all season and we’re talking about him being the best defender in form in the league, he’d be there to scream for Van Dijk.”

Read the story in full HERE .

Liverpool are currently negotiating a contract extension for Jurgen Klopp. (Photo by Jan Kruger – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

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Klopp ‘agrees’ to new two-year deal at Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has reportedly agreed a new deal that would keep him at the First League Title contender until 2026.

Klopp had hinted as recently as March his plans to leave Anfield in 2024 hadn’t changed. “Nothing has changed and if I choose to [leave] In 2024 it will have nothing to do with the quality of the squad,” he told the media at the time the athletethe German and his “closest associates” have agreed to extend their stays at Anfield.

According to Athletic’s report, Mike Gordon, the president of Liverpool’s Fenway Sports Group, was present at Anfield and was reportedly there to help seal the manager’s new deal. Klopp’s advisor Marc Kosicke was also there for a 2-0 win.

Read the story in full HERE.

Klopp fears Villarreal return

Villarreal’s attacking threat is boosted next week with the return of talisman Gerard Moreno and he is seen as a regular fixture in Unai Emery’s game plan for the second leg against Liverpool, in which they are 2-0 down.

Even Klopp himself made reference to the striker’s return on Wednesday night. “For the next game Gerard Moreno will be back and maybe another player so it’s not over yet.” While Liverpool need to be aware of the threat Moreno can pose, Villarreal’s adjustments to play to the striker’s strengths could easily work in the Reds’ favour.

In the second leg, however, they will play higher on the pitch, which will suit Liverpool perfectly. Klopp’s scintillating attackers have more room to run and the team’s playmakers like Trent Alexander-Arnold and Thiago have more chances to capitalize on.

Read the story in full HERE .

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