Chelsea striker returns for QPR clash

first_img Diego Costa 1 Diego Costa will return for Chelsea against QPR on Saturday and Jose Mourinho says he is powerless to prevent the striker going on international duty with Spain as his row with the forward’s national team intensifies.Mourinho is furious after Costa returned from international duty unfit, with the Spaniard missing Chelsea’s last four games as a result.And Mourinho has made a veiled dig at Spain, claiming he will put Costa on ‘a programme’ to protect his fitness, suggesting the national team do not.“Diego is available. It is good for us,” he said. “It is difficult only with one striker available. When you have two the situation improves.“The only thing I can say is what everyone knows, which is the time he was having problems in Chelsea and the way we managed to keep him playing, and after the national team we lost him for four matches.“He is again available but he needs to be again under special care. We are going to do that. That is all we can do, nothing else.“Will I stop him playing for Spain? That’s not my call and decision. I am supportive of players playing for their countries when players are in position to do it and when players in the national team follow the same kind of programme to recover from the problems they have.“I am nobody to stand in the way of national teams. I cannot stop him to go.”last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp dismisses suggestion Liverpool star is ‘arrogant’

first_imgJurgen Klopp denied Alisson Becker is arrogant – and insisted he is ‘happy’ with his first blunder in a Liverpool shirt.The Brazil international, a £67million signing for the Reds in the summer, gifted Leicester a goal on Saturday in his side’s 2-1 win. Fabinho, signed from Monaco for £44million in the summer, was again missing from the squad as he waits for his debut.But Klopp insisted nothing was wrong with the midfielder, he merely needed time following his move to England.“The team is good, he needs time to adapt. He could have been in the squad, but it’s quite difficult when they are all fit,” the German said.“It’s good to have the situation, but sometimes one needs more time or the others are already used to it. That’s the only reason. He will come back. He already makes big steps in the last few weeks.“Hopefully he will have games for Brazil, then it’s games, games, games in the whole of September – I don’t know how many but a lot.” Alisson loses the ball against Leicester’s Kelechi Iheanacho 3 3 3center_img Alisson had a moment to forget against Leicester Fabinho arrived from Monaco in the summer is still waiting for his Premier League debut Alisson was robbed of the ball as he tried to beat Kelechi Iheanacho to concede his first goal of the season.Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino scored in the first half to clinch victory, the first time early leaders Liverpool have won the opening four games of a Premier League campaign, despite Alisson’s mistake.Klopp said: “He (Alisson) is 0.0 per cent arrogant, but he’s confident and he can do it. It’s like when our centre-halves play passes.“They have to play passes and defend and all that stuff. I don’t look for anyone responsible, the final one was Alisson but we should have cleared the situation before.“It wasn’t a situation where you pass the ball back. We make decisions in a second and in a second you realise, ‘That was the wrong one’.“I think that was this situation. To be 100 per cent honest I am really happy it happened, because we don’t have to wait for it now.” Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel supported Alisson and felt his gaffe should be put into context.“Of course, he’s been fantastic in the first three games and of course for Roma as well,” he said.“The style Liverpool play, without knowing it exactly, I think they encourage the keeper to take chances to keep possession like Ederson does for Manchester City.“They encourage them and when you do that you have to accept mistakes are sometimes made – just as with outfield players.”last_img read more