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Liverpool evening headlines as Declan Rice sends Thiago message

Here are the Liverpool evening headlines on Monday, February 15.

Klopp thanks Reds fans

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has thanked supporters for all of their support with his side currently in poor form.

Since losing to Leicester City on Saturday afternoon, rumours have emerged on Twitter suggesting that the Reds boss is set to quit the champions, but clubs sources insist they are wide off the mark.

Liverpool fans showed their gratitude and support to Klopp by putting a banner outside Anfield, which read: ‘Jurgen Klopp YNWA’.

It’s been a really tough few weeks for the club legend, with his mother – Elisabeth – passing away at the age of 81 recently.

The German coach has now thanked fans for all of their support but has also insisted it is not necessary, as nobody needs to worry about him.

“Thanks for all the support, people tell me about it,” Klopp explained in his pre-RB Leipzig press conference.

“I am very grateful for it, but they can think about other things as nobody needs to worry about me.”

Read every word from Klopp here.

Klopp admits ‘insane’ problem for new signings

Klopp has admitted that Liverpool’s new signings are having to deal with an “insane” situation to try and integrate with the squad under Covid-19 restrictions.

The Reds signed Diogo Jota, Thiago Alcantara and Kostas Tsimikas during the summer and then further strengthened earlier this month with the arrival of central defensive duo Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies.

The trio brought in last summer have had to deal with injury problems, as well as the regular lockdowns and social distancing that everyone in the country has had to contend with.

Klopp has been in conversation with Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League clash

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“I just walked here on foot, from my coaching office,” the Liverpool manager said on UEFA.tv. “It’s freezing cold in our building because the doors are open everywhere.

“It’s a big change, I would say. I have a jacket on currently, but inside I like to have it a bit warmer. But that’s only one part.

“What I find extremely difficult… I don’t know how many new signings you have, but we had three (in the summer).

“It is very difficult to find your place in the team. You can’t spend much time together in the dressing room, nor in the restaurant. You can’t meet privately. It’s insane.”

Read the full story here.

Rice in awe of Thiago

Declan Rice has admitted he took some valuable lessons from Thiago Alcantara’s performance for Liverpool in their 3-1 win against West Ham United last month.

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The Spaniard’s start on Merseyside has been a difficult one and he has been criticised from some quarters in recent weeks.

However, Rice – who has been instrumental in the Hammers’ success this season – has admitted he was in awe of Thiago when the sides met at the London Stadium at the end of January.

“When I played against Thiago the other day for Liverpool, obviously he is a holding midfielder, it was a big lesson,” the England international told BBC Radio Five Live.

“He ran the game. The ball was like on a string. It was like he dictated the tempo of the game and he has been there and done it.”

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