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Jurgen Klopp opens up on mental health in chat with Liverpool ace Andy Robertson as part of Heads Up

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Jurgen Klopp has opened up on mental health alongside Liverpool star Andy Robertson, with a host of top players also involved as part of a new series of films from the Heads Up campaign.

The Liverpool boss was in conversation with left-back Robertson and they touched on topics such as struggles throughout lockdown and mental health problems when turning professional. 

Premier League stars such as Jesse Lingard, Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden also took part in the six-part #SoundOfSupport series involving candid conversations as part of the campaign spearheaded by Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, which aims to use the power and influence of football to change the conversation on mental health.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp spoke about the issue of mental health as part of Heads Up

The Heads Up campaign has been spearheaded by Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge

The Heads Up campaign has been spearheaded by Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge

The Heads Up campaign has been spearheaded by Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge

It comes ahead of the ‘Heads Up FA Cup Final’ between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley this Saturday, which is dedicated to the issue of mental health, which is expected to be an ongoing issue arising from the coronavirus pandemic.  

‘There were moments in the lockdown when we thought it is a proper setback from all of our dreams,’ Klopp admitted in the film, in reference to Liverpool’s title aspirations. 

‘So it was a setback but it was a setback for all of us together, and we could calm each other down.

‘[It] helps if you don’t feel all the burden on your own shoulders. If you have a group of friends or a group of colleagues and you can create an atmosphere like this, that helps… I think there is no problem big enough or small enough that you cannot talk about it.’ 

Robertson, 26, who Klopp signed in 2017 from Hull City, has progressed into one of Europe’s leading left backs – but divulged that he found it difficult to open up as soon as he turned pro. 

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Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson spoke about the issues he had when he turned pro

‘When I started making it professional, I think that’s when I struggled the most… I think only since probably since the last year or two, since we’ve had kids and that then I’ve started to open up more,’ said Robertson. 

‘I used to be one that blocked everything up, I thought my problems are my problems… I think mentally it has been a lot easier because I have opened up a lot better and [that’s] something I wish I had done earlier.’ 

Manchester United midfielder Lingard also took part in the conversation on mental health, speaking with TV and radio presenter Maya Jama about problems in his personal life last season.  

‘Last season, I was going through some things off the field with my family so it was difficult for me to perform on the field,’ said the 27-year-old. 

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Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard admitted he found last season difficult

‘I’m very family orientated and my mum was going through some things last year with depression… so in the meantime, I had to look after my little brother and sister who’s 12 and 15. I was still performing at the same time. 

‘You just get to that point where you’re like, I’ve got to actually say something. I spoke to my family and stuff like that. It felt so much better.’ 

Jama also told of her experiences growing up and how talking to people has helped in recent years, saying: ‘I was three years old when my dad went to prison and then he was in and out through the rest of my life. 

‘And then when I was sixteen, my boyfriend was murdered. I moved to London and then had to live with a family member but they were on drugs. [It] was just like a spiral of events that should have just completely knocked me off track. For a while I used to be embarrassed about talking about it… 

TV presenter Maya Jama spoke about her childhood and speaking to people as she got older

TV presenter Maya Jama spoke about her childhood and speaking to people as she got older

TV presenter Maya Jama spoke about her childhood and speaking to people as she got older

‘But then as I got older, I realised – me sharing this there’s going to be so many people who’ve gone through similar things… Once you see somebody having that conversation it’s like “Ah ok, it’s not that bad, I can do that too.”‘

Manchester City duo Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden also had an open and honest conversation, with the German talking about feeling isolated in a new and foreign country.  

‘For me growing up, the most important thing was always family. They were kind of like the psychologists for myself… [Now] I am in a different country, I don’t know many people apart from the people from the club,’ admitted the 29-year-old.

‘I have one friend over here who I saw during lockdown. The fact that I have spent a lot of time on my own and without family and friends during lockdown just showed me how important it is to have your loved ones close to you.’

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Man City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan was in conversation with Phil Foden about moving abroad 

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Foden himself revealed how becoming a parent has changed his outlook away from football

Foden, meanwhile, talks about how becoming a parent has changed his outlook away from football: ‘Becoming a father, say you have a bad game or something and you come back and see your little one smiling, it makes you think there’s more to life and definitely brings the best out of me.

‘To always see him smiling and things, it just makes me more happy.’ 

Launched in 2019, the Heads Up campaign aims to harness the power and influence of football to change the conversation on mental health, with a particular focus on men. 

Heads Up is working with charity partners Mind, CALM, Heads Together and Sporting Chance to make sure everyone can find the support they need, and help others do the same. Visit http://www.headstogether.org.uk/heads-up to find out more.

For 24/7 support, you can text ‘HeadsUp’ to 85258 to connect with a trained crisis volunteer who will chat to you by text message. This service is run by ‘Shout’, powered by Crisis Text Line, and is a legacy of the Heads Together campaign.

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German FA admit ‘mistakes’ over Mesut Ozil’s photo with controversial Turkish president Erdogan

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The German FA have admitted to making ‘mistakes’ in their handling of the fallout from Mesut Ozil’s decision to meet with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the eve of the 2018 World Cup.

Ozil and international team-mate Ilkay Gundogan, both of Turkish descent, sparked outrage in their homeland when they were pictured with the controversial head of state in Turkey.

Germany then crashed out in the first-round in Russia, with Ozil becoming a scapegoat for the defending champions’ under performance.

The German FA have admitted they made mistakes in the fallout that followed Mesut Ozil's photo with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2018

The German FA have admitted they made mistakes in the fallout that followed Mesut Ozil's photo with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2018

The German FA have admitted they made mistakes in the fallout that followed Mesut Ozil’s photo with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2018

Ozil became a scapegoat as Germany were dumped out of the World Cup in the first-round

Ozil became a scapegoat as Germany were dumped out of the World Cup in the first-round

Ozil became a scapegoat as Germany were dumped out of the World Cup in the first-round

The Arsenal outcast retired from the national side in the aftermath, and hit out at the ‘racism and disrespect’ that came his way.

German FA general secretary Friedrich Curtis has now admitted that they made errors in their handling of the matter, and that they neglected to meet with Ozil to discuss the situation with him. 

He said at a meeting with young scholars at the Deutschland-Stiftung Integration: ‘The DFB made mistakes in dealing with the events surrounding the Ozil case.

‘A photo became a burning glass for many topics.

‘The moment there were racist allegations, we missed the time to meet with the player.’

Ozil retired from international duty and claimed he was the victim of racist abuse

Ozil retired from international duty and claimed he was the victim of racist abuse

Ozil retired from international duty and claimed he was the victim of racist abuse

Ozil, pictured in Arsenal training last week, wrote an explosive statement when he quit

Ozil, pictured in Arsenal training last week, wrote an explosive statement when he quit

Ozil, pictured in Arsenal training last week, wrote an explosive statement when he quit

Ozil came under heavy criticism for his picture with Erdogan, who has been described as a modern-day dictator by his harshest critics and his three-day London visit in 2018 was met with protests from a number of human-rights groups.  

He said in a lengthy statement when he announced his retirement: ‘It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect.

‘I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement but now I don’t. This decision has been extremely difficult to make because I have always given everything for my team-mates, the coaching staff and the good people of Germany.

‘But when high-ranking DFB officials treat me as they did, disrespect my Turkish roots and selfishly turn me into political propaganda, then enough is enough. That is not why I play football, and I will not sit back and do nothing about it. Racism should never, ever be accepted.’

Erdogan was Ozil's best man at his wedding over the Bosphorus in Istanbul last June

Erdogan was Ozil's best man at his wedding over the Bosphorus in Istanbul last June

Erdogan was Ozil’s best man at his wedding over the Bosphorus in Istanbul last June

Ozil (left) pictured with Erdogan during an iftar dinner in Istanbul in May 2019

Ozil (left) pictured with Erdogan during an iftar dinner in Istanbul in May 2019

Ozil (left) pictured with Erdogan during an iftar dinner in Istanbul in May 2019

Ozil has previously defended his decision to meet with the president and have a picture taken as he presented him with a signed Arsenal shirt. A year later Erdogan was best man at Ozil’s wedding to wife Amine Gulse.

‘[Erdogan] is the current president of Turkey and I would show respect to that person, whoever it was,’ Ozil told The Athletic. ‘Although I was born and raised in Germany, Turkey is part of my heritage.

‘If the German president or [Chancellor] Angela Merkel are in London and ask to see me, to speak to me, of course I would do that as well. It’s just about showing respect to the highest position of a country.

‘After the photo, I felt disrespected and unprotected. I was receiving racist abuse — even from politicians and public figures — yet nobody from the national team came out at that time and said, “Hey, stop. This is our player, you can’t insult him like that”. Everyone just kept quiet and let it happen.’ 

Ozil during happier times with the German national side, when they won the 2014 World Cup

Ozil during happier times with the German national side, when they won the 2014 World Cup

Ozil during happier times with the German national side, when they won the 2014 World Cup

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Gennaro Gattuso admits Napoli might have to take PSG’s money for Kalidou Koulibaly

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Paris Saint-Germain have been encouraged in their pursuit of £72million Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly after the Italian club’s boss Gennaro Gattuso conceded they may need the money to balance the books.

Koulibaly, 29, is one of Europe’s most sought-after defenders and has been linked with Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid, as well as PSG this summer.

But as the clock winds down to the transfer deadline on October 5, most suitors for the Senegalese’s signature have fallen away, with City set to secure the services of Benfica’s Ruben Dias for £65m.

Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly is one of the most sought-after centre backs in Europe

Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly is one of the most sought-after centre backs in Europe

Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly is one of the most sought-after centre backs in Europe

PSG, however, have stayed in the hunt, keen to install a new leader in their back line following Thiago Silva’s departure to Chelsea. Unsurprisingly, they are now the odds-on bookies’ favourites to secure Koulibaly’s signature.

And following a 6-0 win over Genoa this weekend, Napoli head coach Gennaro Gattuso admitted he still fears his talismanic defender will leave the Stadio San Paolo.

Koulibaly has been linked with Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid and PSG during the summer

Koulibaly has been linked with Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid and PSG during the summer

Napoli's head coach Gennaro Gattuso is concerned Koulibaly will leave before the transfer window closes

Napoli's head coach Gennaro Gattuso is concerned Koulibaly will leave before the transfer window closes

Napoli’s head coach Gennaro Gattuso has not ruled out the sale of Koulibaly in this window

‘I hope he remains with us, selfishly speaking, because he gives us so much both in technical terms and as a character,’ Gattuso told Sky Sports Italia after his side disposed of Genoa.

‘The world has changed because of the pandemic and I realise all clubs need to balance the books. I hope the call won’t arrive, but I’ll be nervous about it until transfer deadline day.’

Gattuso is desperate to keep his side’s vice-captain. Earlier this month, he described Koulibaly as ‘one of the strongest champions in the world in his role’.

Napoli demolished Genoa 6-0 this weekend with Koulibaly helping to keep a clean sheet

Napoli demolished Genoa 6-0 this weekend with Koulibaly helping to keep a clean sheet

Napoli demolished Genoa 6-0 this weekend with Koulibaly helping to keep a clean sheet

Last week, PSG approached Chelsea attempting to agree a loan deal for out-of-favour Antonio Rudiger, but the Blues are not keen, preferring a permanent deal for the centre back, which means the French side are still in the market for a quality defender.

Koulibaly, who is the captain of Senegal, has been at Napoli for six years, after joining from Metz in 2014 for just £6.5m.

He has been instrumental in helping Napoli keep clean sheets in their opening two games this season.

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Frank Lampard confident language barrier won’t be an issue for Thiago Silva after debut mistake

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Frank Lampard is confident that the language barrier will not prove to be a serious problem for new Chelsea defender Thiago Silva.

The 36-year-old joined the Blues on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain last month and made his Premier League debut on Saturday, captaining the side against West Brom.

However, it did not go quite according to plan, the Brazilian at fault for Callum Robinson’s second goal as the Baggies rushed to a 3-0 lead in the first half.

Thiago Silva had a Premier League debut to forget  against West Brom on Saturday

Thiago Silva had a Premier League debut to forget  against West Brom on Saturday

Thiago Silva had a Premier League debut to forget  against West Brom on Saturday

Frank Lampard believes any language issues will not prove to be a major stumbling bloke

Frank Lampard believes any language issues will not prove to be a major stumbling bloke

Frank Lampard believes any language issues will not prove to be a major stumbling bloke

Silva was ultimately replaced in the 73rd minute with Lampard’s team going on to rescue a point and fans were left questioning whether his poor English might prevent him from being able to lead the team.  

‘I am not sure how relative it was today but he doesn’t speak the language very well,’ Lampard said in a Zoom press conference. 

‘It is something that we will work through because it is what it is.

Silva shows his frustration after making a mistake to allow West Brom to score their second

Silva shows his frustration after making a mistake to allow West Brom to score their second

Silva shows his frustration after making a mistake to allow West Brom to score their second 

‘He hasn’t had any time. Thiago turns up here pretty fresh and he is in and around us. He will learn it quickly; I am sure some players do speak the languages that he speaks in the squad.

‘He speaks French, being the main one, but we have lads here who speak Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish and Italian so that one is again, if the language is a slight barrier, we need time to work. That’s what we have in front of us.

‘We have seen that leadership already and people are going to want to talk about the second goal and that’s fair play and that’s the nature of being the top player that he has been all his career, but at the same time, we saw how he is, his leadership and his qualities and we are going to see more of that.’

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