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Reds trio among best signings & Milner on Anfield nights – Tuesday’s Liverpool FC News Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - 3 hours 10 min ago

We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Tuesday, as a quiet transfer window rumbles on.


Today’s Main Headlines Reds Trio Among Best Signings

Liverpool feature prominently in the latest batch of CEIS Football Observatory figures, looking at the best value-for-money signings last summer and calculating their current price.

Xherdan Shaqiri comes in third with an estimated value increase of £35.4 million since moving to Anfield, behind only Atletico Madrid’s Rodri Hernandez (£39.6m) and Arsenal‘s Lucas Torreira (£38.9m).

Alisson and Fabinho are seventh and eighth, with a £29.1 million and £27.7 million rise respectively.

Meanwhile, former Reds midfielder Emre Can is seen as the best free transfer—an ‘evolution’ of £39.6 million—after moving to Juventus.

Milner On Liverpool Fans

 Liverpool's James Milner celebrates scoring the second goal from a penalty kick during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool are famed for producing a special atmosphere ahead of big games at Anfield, most notably on Champions League nights.

Speaking on The Big Interview podcast with journalist Graham Hunter, James Milner admits it is heartening to see the fans so revved-up before kickoff:

“You stop on the way to ground and there’s people signing, on each other’s shoulders, flares going off.

“You can’t see out the windows then the smoke’s there, the smoke’s coming onto the bus a bit and there’s people banging on the bus.

“That atmosphere before you even get there it’s like the 88th minute and you’re winning – and you haven’t even started yet!”

Here’s hoping there are still several of those occasions to look forward to this season, both in Europe and in the Premier League.

Souness Praises “Pragmatic” Reds

Scotland and Liverpool's Graeme Souness.

Graeme Souness knows a thing or two about winning trophies, having won five league titles and three European Cups during his time at Anfield.

In an interview with LiverpoolFC.com, the Reds legend spoke about the current team’s chances of glory this season, and their new-found pragmatism:

“We’re in a great position.

“It’s not theirs to lose, there’s a long way to go and City are a really good team. Just keep your nerve and treat each game as the next one is the most important one, don’t look too far ahead.

“If you can, keep that four-point advantage and it’s first to blink really, in the long-term.

“As well as being a great watch, Liverpool are a pretty pragmatic team as well; they are a pretty strong outfit when they’re not dominant, they’re still capable of winning games.

“That makes them a dangerous team. It makes you league champions when you can win games without being at your best.”

Kuyt on Gerrard the Manager

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Dirk Kuyt has told De Telegraaf that Steven Gerrard will do things “his own way” in management, hopefully culminating in him being in charge of Liverpool one day:

“When Steven just became a coach with the Liverpool youths, I talked to him about the road he was going to follow.

“He made a conscious choice to leave Liverpool right away. He wants to develop himself as a coach outside the spotlights of the Premier League.

“Glasgow Rangers is a big club. His dream will be to eventually become a coach at Liverpool. In order to get there, he also travels his own way.”

It was a brave move for Gerrard to move to Rangers from Liverpool’s academy last summer, but it is a decision that looks to be paying off handsomely.

The Reds legend has become a hero at Ibrox already, guiding the Scottish giants to second in the Premiership, level on points with leaders Celtic.

Praise for “Fox in the Box” Glatzel

 Liverpool's hat-trick hero captain Paul Glatzel celebrates with the match ball after his three goals helped seal a 4-0 victory over Accrington Stanley, it was his third hat-trick of the season, during the FA Youth Cup 4th Round match between Liverpool FC and Accrington Stanley FC at Langtree Park. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Paul Glatzel was Liverpool’s FA Youth Cup hero on Monday night, scoring a hat-trick in their 4-0 win over Accrington Stanley.

It sent the Reds through to the fifth round where they will host Wigan Athletic, and manager Barry Lewtas lauded the striker’s goalscoring knack and steadily improving all-round game.

“He’s a good finisher, he scores goals, plays between the goal frame, so normally if you put the ball in there he’s there to score,” Lewtas told the Evening Standard.

“We’re working hard with him on his link-up play and bringing others in and combining, he can play in the pockets.

“At the moment, he’s still developing. As I’ve said before, the kid’s missed an awful lot of footy, so this is his first season back.

“He’s still evolving himself and finding his way, but he’s someone between the posts who’s a bit of a fox in the box if you like!

“He’s around there whenever the ball drops, his headers, left foot—goalscorer.”

New Referee Announced

The Premier League have confirmed that Australian referee Jarred Gillett will take charge of English games next season.

The 32-year-old will be heading to England to study at Liverpool John Moore’s University in April, specialising in research for children suffering from Cerebral Palsy.

Gillett will be made a Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) Select Group 2 referee ahead of the 2019/20 campaign, primarily covering Championship matches.

He has won the A-League Referee of the Year award five times.

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Liverpool confirm they are “entertaining offers” for new kit deal worth £75m+

ThisIsAnfield.com - 4 hours 26 min ago

Liverpool CEO Peter Moore has confirmed the club are “entertaining offers” for a new kit deal, with their current agreement with New Balance to expire in 2020.


The Reds have worked with New Balance and their affiliate company Warrior since the start of the 2012/13 season, having exclusively worn the former since the 2015/16 campaign.

The current deal with the American manufacturers is worth £45 million, but having an exponential rise in the years since both on and off the field there is a desire to secure a new and improved deal.

Reports late last year claimed that talks were already underway between Liverpool and New Balance to agree on a suitable extension to the deal which would reflect the club’s growth, and match the income obtained through kit deals by their domestic rivals.

Man United‘s deal with Adidas is worth £75 million each season, the current league record, whereas the likes of Chelsea (£60m) and Arsenal (soon to be £60m) also receive more from their deals than Liverpool.

It, therefore, came as no surprise that it was suggested that New Balance’s offer would need to rise by at least £30 million a year for the Reds to consider putting pen to paper on fresh terms.

 Liverpool's chief executive officer Peter Moore before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

More recently, however, Moore has revealed to Arabian Business that the club are “entertaining offers” from kit suppliers as they prepare for the end of the deal in 2020.

“It’s an important part of our overall commercial makeup, not only for the revenue it brings, but live-and-die soccer fans [care] about their kit manufacturer and designs as part of how they show themselves as fans,” he explained.

“We think we are uniquely placed right now to build upon what we already have with New Balance…we think it’s a great opportunity to build on our global distribution.”

It suggests that Liverpool are putting pressure on New Balance to come to the table with a better offer as it will remain a mutually beneficial relationship with the club’s profile only continuing to grow stronger.

But should it fail to pan out, the Reds would not be short of suitors as they continue their impressive form atop of the Premier League table.

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LFC Foundation expands Primary Stars programme

LiverpoolFC.TV - 4 hours 32 min ago

LFC Foundation, the club's official charity, is expanding its Premier League Primary Stars programme in Merseyside schools.

After the successful launch of the project in 2017, LFC Foundation’s delivery in local primary schools will now extend beyond the national curriculum for physical education.

Coaching staff will deliver PL Primary Stars classroom sessions, which aim to use the power of the Liverpool FC crest to motivate, reward and inspire pupils to enjoy learning and achieve their potential.

Participating schools will also have access to mini-football leagues and tournaments, workshops with local partners - including Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service - and collapsed curriculum days at Anfield stadium. 

LFC Foundation project lead, Colin McCall, said: “Our sessions focus on topics such as building and improving resilience, self-esteem, values, teamwork, diversity and inclusion. 

“We have a responsibility to our local youngsters to deliver high-quality and impactful workshops and we want the children to believe that they can achieve their dreams and aspirations in life."

For more information on LFC Foundation and Premier League Primary Stars, click here.

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LFC Foundation expands Primary Stars programme

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LFC Foundation, the club's official charity, is expanding its Premier League Primary Stars programme in Merseyside schools.
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Liverpool among 14 clubs interested in Emerson

HEAD NEWS - 5 hours 13 min ago

Atletico Mineiro defender Emerson is on Arsenal and Liverpool's radar.

The 20-year-old is enjoying a fine debut season with the Brazilian club since arriving earlier this year.

Emerson is contracted until 2022 but is already attracting interest from Europe with as many as 14 clubs said to be interested.

Barcelona have identified the youngster as a possible summer addition as they eye a new full-back, reports Mundo Deportivo.

But they face competition with Arsenal and Liverpool both interested in the full-back as well as fellow Premier League side Watford.

Juventus and Inter Milan are also keen as are Borussia Dortmund, Porto, Valencia and others.

Arsenal could look to bring in a new right-back this summer with Hector Bellerin ruled out for up to nine months.

The Spaniard ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the weekend win over Chelsea and won't play again this term.

Liverpool meanwhile have defensive problems of their own but Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez are not long-term absentees.

Source: Daily Mirror

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Liverpool among 14 clubs interested in Emerson

LiverpoolFC.TV - 5 hours 13 min ago

Atletico Mineiro defender Emerson is on Arsenal and Liverpool's radar.

The 20-year-old is enjoying a fine debut season with the Brazilian club since arriving earlier this year.

Emerson is contracted until 2022 but is already attracting interest from Europe with as many as 14 clubs said to be interested.

Barcelona have identified the youngster as a possible summer addition as they eye a new full-back, reports Mundo Deportivo.

But they face competition with Arsenal and Liverpool both interested in the full-back as well as fellow Premier League side Watford.

Juventus and Inter Milan are also keen as are Borussia Dortmund, Porto, Valencia and others.

Arsenal could look to bring in a new right-back this summer with Hector Bellerin ruled out for up to nine months.

The Spaniard ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the weekend win over Chelsea and won't play again this term.

Liverpool meanwhile have defensive problems of their own but Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez are not long-term absentees.

Source: Daily Mirror

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Liverpool among 14 clubs interested in Emerson

LiverpoolFC TV - 5 hours 13 min ago
Atletico Mineiro defender Emerson is on Arsenal and Liverpool's radar.
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Here’s when every Liverpool FC first-team player’s contract expires

ThisIsAnfield.com - 6 hours 39 min ago

Liverpool have concluded excellent business in tying down their key names to new long-term deals. Here’s when every first-team player’s contract expires.


Goalkeepers

Adam Bogdan (on loan at Hibernian) – 2019

Simon Mignolet – 2020

Kamil Grabara (on loan at AGF Aarhus) – 2022

Loris Karius (on loan at Besiktas) – 2022; can join Besiktas for £7.25m

Alisson – 2024

Caoimhin Kelleher – N/A; signed new “long-term” deal in August 2018

Defenders

 Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum, Virgil van Dijk and Adam Lallana line-up before the UEFA Champions League Group C match between FK Crvena zvezda (Red Star Belgrade) and Liverpool FC at Stadion Rajko Miti?. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Alberto Moreno – 2019

Rafa Camacho – 2020

Joel Matip – 2020

Nathaniel Clyne (on loan at Bournemouth) – 2020

Dejan Lovren – 2021; Liverpool hold option for another year

Virgil van Dijk – 2023

Joe Gomez – 2024

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 2024

Andy Robertson – 2024

Midfielders

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson applauds the supporters after 2-1 defeat from Manchester City during the FA Premier League match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the Etihad Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

James Milner – 2020

Adam Lallana – 2020; Liverpool hold option for another year

Curtis Jones – 2020

Gini Wijnaldum – 2021

Ben Woodburn – 2021

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 2022

Jordan Henderson – 2023

Fabinho – 2023

Naby Keita – 2023

Marko Grujic (on loan at Hertha Berlin) – 2023

Forwards

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino scores the fifth goal with team-mates during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Daniel Sturridge – 2019

Lazar Markovic – 2019

Divock Origi – 2020

Danny Ings (on loan at Southampton) – 2020; joins Southampton for £20m in July

Mohamed Salah – 2023

Sadio Mane – 2023

Roberto Firmino – 2023

Xherdan Shaqiri – 2023

Rhian Brewster – 2023

Harry Wilson (on loan at Derby) – 2023

* Contract information via various sources, including local and native media.

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LFCTV to commemorate Bob Paisley's 100th birthday

LiverpoolFC.TV - 6 hours 48 min ago

LFCTV will mark the 100th anniversary of Bob Paisley's birth with a series of dedicated programmes about the legendary Liverpool manager.

From highlights of Paisley's finest wins to documentaries about his life and career, the official club channel will celebrate one of football's all-time greats on Wednesday January 23.

Click here to view the full schedule for the day.

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LFCTV to commemorate Bob Paisley's 100th birthday

LiverpoolFC TV - 6 hours 48 min ago
LFCTV will mark the 100th anniversary of Bob Paisley's birth with a series of dedicated programmes about the legendary Liverpool manager.
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'Courtney is the ultimate team player, she deserved her goals'

LiverpoolFC.TV - 8 hours 10 min ago

Liverpool FC Women manager Vicky Jepson has heaped praise on in-form forward Courtney Sweetman-Kirk after her brace against Yeovil helped the Reds to a 2-1 victory last weekend.

The No.9’s majestic overhead kick settled the game in the 92nd minute but Jepson was quick to point out there’s more to her game than goals.

“It’s not just Courtney’s finishing in front of goal, if you watch her off the ball in and out of possession she works so hard for the team,” said Jepson.

“She is an ultimate team player so she deserves the goals that she got.”

Highlights: Yeovil 1-2 LFC Women

Sweetman-Kirk has been in fine form, netting three goals against Reading Women in December and scoring from the spot earlier in the tie against Yeovil.

But the Reds’ leading scorer, currently on eight in her debut season, was focused on the team after the match despite her solo heroics.

“It’s always nice to score goals, and important goals to win the game, but the most important thing is the three points,” she said.

The victory over Yeovil signalled the end of a winless streak in the league for the Reds - and Sweetman-Kirk was keen to point out the importance of the squad’s togetherness.

“We’ve been on a bad run and I think the most important thing [against Yeovil] was just to go back home with a win,” she said. “Sometimes you play really well for the 90 minutes and sometimes you have got to grind it out.

“We’ve got a great squad, we’ve got a good atmosphere. As a squad we’ve been through a lot but the one constant has been our attitude and how we are so together and - I say this a lot - it’s one of the most together squads I’ve ever been in.

“We have confidence and know we can grind deep and push each other.”

Liverpool FC Women are back in action on Monday January 28, when they take on West Ham United Women at Prenton Park.

Kick-off is at 7pm and tickets are available online now.

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'Courtney is the ultimate team player, she deserved her goals'

LiverpoolFC TV - 8 hours 10 min ago
Liverpool FC Women manager Vicky Jepson has heaped praise on in-form forward Courtney Sweetman-Kirk after her brace against Yeovil helped the Reds to a 2-1 victory last weekend.
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Highlights: Reds hit four to march on in Youth Cup

LiverpoolFC.TV - 9 hours 40 min ago

Paul Glatzel scored a hat-trick as Liverpool moved into the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup with a 4-0 victory over Accrington Stanley.

The U18s striker was in clinical form to reach 20 goals for the season, following Rhys Williams' headed opener in St Helens, and help the Reds set up a meeting with Wigan Athletic.

Extended highlights of the tie are available to watch via LFCTV GO now - click play above to see the best of the action.

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Highlights: Reds hit four to march on in Youth Cup

LiverpoolFC TV - 9 hours 40 min ago
Paul Glatzel scored a hat-trick as Liverpool moved into the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup with a 4-0 victory over Accrington Stanley.
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'Pragmatic Reds are in a great position'

LiverpoolFC.TV - 10 hours 16 min ago

Liverpool's pragmatism is a crucial attribute in their quest for Premier League success this season, according to Graeme Souness.

So often victors through controlled, incisive performances since August, the top-of-the-table Reds had to find a different way to defeat Crystal Palace at Anfield last Saturday.

Eventually, they did; a 4-3 win maintained a four-point advantage for Jürgen Klopp’s side over nearest rivals Manchester City with 15 games to go.

Souness won the championship five times as a Liverpool player and the 65-year-old feels the current crop’s ability to get over the line in matches will see them stay on course.

“We’re in a great position,” he told Liverpoolfc.com, speaking before the clash with the Eagles, where the club marked the 100th birthday of his former boss, Bob Paisley.

“It’s not theirs to lose, there’s a long way to go and City are a really good team. Just keep your nerve and treat each game as the next one is the most important one, don’t look too far ahead.

“If you can, keep that four-point advantage and it’s first to blink really, in the long-term.

“As well as being a great watch, Liverpool are a pretty pragmatic team as well; they are a pretty strong outfit when they’re not dominant, they’re still capable of winning games. That makes them a dangerous team. It makes you league champions when you can win games without being at your best.”

Liverpool are, of course, aiming to end a long wait to claim the title and, warned Souness, are likely to bump up against obstacles in the coming months.

But the Scot sees the necessary characters within the squad to cope with such difficulties.

“It’s a group that’s not done it before. In many ways, getting over the line the first time is the hardest one. People say it’s hard to retain a trophy, and it is, but I think it’s harder to win it first time,” he added.

“There’ll be a period in the season when it might not go the way you want it to go and that’s when the big players step in and drag you through those moments. Liverpool have big players.

“I’ve got a sneaky feeling Liverpool will win it this year because of the slightly pragmatic way they can play at times. I don’t think they’ve been like that in the past; it was all about winning a game 3-0 instead of just 1-0.

“You wouldn’t want to swap their place for anyone else, you’d far prefer to be four points ahead.”

Watch: Inside Anfield - Liverpool 4-3 Palace

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'Pragmatic Reds are in a great position'

LiverpoolFC TV - 10 hours 16 min ago
Liverpool's pragmatism is a crucial attribute in their quest for Premier League success this season, according to Graeme Souness.
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The stats behind Mohamed Salah's 50 Premier League goals

LiverpoolFC.TV - 10 hours 22 min ago

Another week, another landmark for Mohamed Salah.

Liverpool’s No.11 scored twice in Saturday’s 4-3 win over Crystal Palace at Anfield to take his Premier League goal tally to 50.

That his half-century was achieved in just 72 appearances means only three players - Andy Cole, Alan Shearer and Ruud van Nistelrooy - have reached the figure quicker than Salah.

"An exceptional achievement from a world-class player," was Jürgen Klopp's verdict.

And here, with the help of Opta, we’ve crunched the numbers behind the Egyptian’s latest goalscoring feat…

Watch Salah's best bits v Palace

5,374 Minutes it took Salah to reach 50 PL goals (only Shearer (5,337) has done so in fewer)

48 – Goals scored for Liverpool (in 59 games), with the other two scored for Chelsea

47 – Goals scored from inside the area

41 – Goals scored with his left foot

28 – Goals scored at Anfield (in 30 games for Liverpool)

7 – Goals scored with his right foot

6 – The number of players (Dirk Kuyt, Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres, Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard and Robbie Fowler) to have netted more PL goals at Anfield

4 – Penalties scored

2 – Headers scored

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The stats behind Mohamed Salah's 50 Premier League goals

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Another week, another landmark for Mohamed Salah.
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