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DANIEL STURRIDGE has re­vealed some of the se­crets of Jur­gen Klopp’s train­ing meth­ods which have seen Liver­pool storm to the top of the Premier League. Klopp had a mixed time dur­ing his first sea­son in charge, al­beit with a squad as­sem­bled by Brendan Rodgers, as the Reds fin­ished eighth in the league, 21 points off cham­pi­ons Le­ices­ter City. How­ever, in less than four months into his first full sea­son in charge, Klopp has led Liver­pool to the Premier League sum­mit with his impressive foot­ball, as the An­field side have scored 30 goals in only 11 games – more than any other team in the league. And Sturridge in­sists the lack of Euro­pean foot­ball has helped, with Liver­pool’s dou­ble ses­sions with a strong em­pha­sis on tac­tics ap­pear­ing to be pay­ing off. “It’s very tac­ti­cal based,” Sturridge told the Liver­pool Echo. “I couldn’t tell you the last time we played five-aside. Maybe the day after a game, the play­ers who didn’t play will go four vs four, but we never re­ally have small sided games,” he added. “We might do a shoot­ing ses­sion but there’s a lot else go­ing on with the pass­ing that’s in­volved. You have to be on point. You need to be fo­cused. You don’t want to be the one who messes it up.” (pix) the time that you get at club level,” the Liver­pool mid­fielder added.

“You can’t pre­pare for a cam­paign as you would for a league over the course of the sea­son. It’s not pos­si­ble, so it’s a dif­fer­ent challenge.

“I’m sure Gareth will want to take on that challenge and we are ready to fight for him in the matches.

is set to dash Chelsea’s hopes of a Jan­uary swoop by sign­ing a new con­tract with Ju­ven­tus.

The Blues failed to sign Bonucci in the sum­mer and de­spite re­new­ing their in­ter­est he is set to snub them again.

Talks have been un­der­way for weeks to ex­tend the Italy de­fender’s con­tract and he is now ex­pected to com­mit his fu­ture un­til 2021.

An­to­nio Conte is a huge fan of Bonucci, who is rated at more than £50m (RM265m) by Ju­ven­tus, but is now cast­ing his net wider for re­in­force­ments.

Kurt Zouma came through an­other run-out for the Un­der-23s this week as he bat­tles back from a knee lig­a­ment in­jury.

He is set to re­turn to Conte’s squad for the first time in nine months against Mid­dles­brough a week on Sun­day.

But that will not stop Chelsea try­ing to make a move for an­other cen­tre­half who can play in their new-look back three in Jan­uary.

The Blues could re­turn with an­other bid for AC Mi­lan’s Alessio Ro­mag­noli after miss­ing out on him too in the sum­mer.

But they are also set to go head to head with Tot­ten­ham for mid­fielder Mi­lan Badelj, who is keen to leave Fiorentina in the win­ter win­dow.

Re­ports in Italy sug­gest the 27year-old Croa­t­ian has even threat­ened to buy out his own con­tract in or­der to force through a move. – Daily Star Lal­lana

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