Liverpool News Round-Up: Klopp Walking a Tightrope and Quansah Preference

The latest headlines heading into Jurgen Klopp's penultimate game for the Reds.
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This is it Reds, 180 minutes of Jurgen Klopp football left. After a long, 9-year journey filled with tremendous highs and gutting lows, the end is finally in sight.

With spirits relatively high following a much-needed 4-2 win over Spurs last weekend, the Reds enter the clash against Aston Villa with a hail mary's chance of still winning the title, provided that both Arsenal and Manchester City lose all their remaining games and Liverpool win theirs.

Fantasies aside however, Aston Villa away is always a daunting challenge for any club, with the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal tasting defeat at Villa Park this year.

So despite the bittersweet vibes of finality throughout the club, Klopp will certainly be doing his part to ensure that the boys are prepared for the challenge.

Here are the latest headlines heading into Jurgen's final away match for Liverpool.

Klopp trying to Avoid Touchline Ban

This would be so typical wouldn't it?

Heading into Jurgen Klopp's final two games of his Liverpool career, the German is at risk for missing out on the finale, with already two yellow cards to his name on the season, a third accumulated would ensure a touchline ban.

Following his pre-Aston Villa press conference, the possibility is definitely in Klopp's mind as the gaffer stated that he will try "absolutely everything" to not get involved in any kind of "discussions."

Quansah "earned" start against Tottenham

Jarell Quansah
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It's certainly been quite the season for young Jarrell Quansah, who has come out, quite literally out of nowhere, to help shore up a Liverpool back-line who has been unfortunately plagued by injuries throughout this season yet again.

The young Englishman has been quite solid throughout the season, and this was evident by Klopp's decision to select the 21-year-old over the more experienced Ibrahima Konate in a high intensity fixture.

The gaffer stated, "it’s just like that we play once a week and we just look at who looks in the best moment, and Jarell is one of them." Klopp added "Jarell is training really well and we have a lot of training sessions, he is training really well. That doesn’t mean Ibou [Konate] or Joey [Gomez] wouldn’t train well, but Jarell trained really well and that’s how it is and that’s why I make these kind of decisions."

The future certainly looks bright for Quansah, as his skill set at such a young age certainly catches the eye of any decent footballing manager. It will be exciting to see him go from strength to strength as his Liverpool career progresses.

The Return of "Intensity" for the Reds

To quote the title of assistant manager Pep Lijnders' book "Intensity is our Identity", this has certainly been the case for the huge majority of Jurgen Klopp's career as Liverpool manager.

However, the trademark fire and "heavy metal" of this season's Liverpool team has sadly gone missing throughout most of April.

Against Spurs last weekend though, is a timely reminder of what a Jurgen Klopp team can do on a regular basis when they are fit and firing.

The first 70 or so minutes were simply, the Reds at their best as the combination of high-pressing, attacking drive, and backing of the Anfield crowd saw them rip apart a decent, albeit struggling Tottenham side.

The gaffer praised the effort last weekend, stating that he "enjoyed" the performance. No arguments from any Liverpool fan here, as it was a vintage performance.

Hoping for the same against Aston Villa on Monday!