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U23s to face Villarreal, Hertha BSC and Swansea City in PL International Cup

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 16/07/2018 - 13:59
Liverpool U23s have been drawn to play Villarreal, Hertha BSC and Swansea City in the group stages of the 2018-19 Premier League International Cup.
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U23s to face Villarreal, Hertha BSC and Swansea City in PL International Cup

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 16/07/2018 - 13:59

Liverpool U23s have been drawn to play Villarreal, Hertha BSC and Swansea City in the group stages of the 2018-19 Premier League International Cup.

No dates or venues have yet been confirmed for these fixtures.

The Premier League International Cup consists of 12 Premier League 2 teams and 12 U23 sides from elite academies across Europe, split into six groups of four.

The six group winners and two best runners-up qualify for the quarter-finals, while all group game matches and knockout ties will be one-off matches.

Last season, Neil Critchley's side got to the last eight, where they lost 2-1 to eventual winners FC Porto B.

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Klopp sets World Cup quartet's LFC return date

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 16/07/2018 - 13:15
Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren and Simon Mignolet are scheduled to report for Liverpool duty on August 5.
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Klopp sets World Cup quartet's LFC return date

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 16/07/2018 - 13:15

Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren and Simon Mignolet are scheduled to report for Liverpool duty on August 5.

The quartet were the Reds’ last participants at the World Cup, with Lovren playing in Croatia's defeat in Sunday’s final after Henderson and Alexander-Arnold’s England had lost to Mignolet’s Belgium in the third-place play-off on Saturday.

All four will now take a near-three-week break and are set to return to their club seven days before Liverpool host West Ham United in their opening game of the 2018-19 Premier League campaign.

Klopp said: “They are back as well at August 5, I think, then we have proper week to prepare the season.”

The boss has already confirmed that new signing Xherdan Shaqiri will be involved in the Reds' tour of the USA, with Roberto Firmino to report at the subsequent pre-season training camp in France.

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Marko Grujic, meanwhile, will travel with Liverpool to America.

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Adam Lewis named in England's U19 Euros squad

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 16/07/2018 - 13:11
Adam Lewis has been called up by England for the U19 European Championship.
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Liverpool 'increase offer' for Domagoj Vida

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 16/07/2018 - 11:53
Liverpool have reportedly made an increased offer of £20million for Croatia defender Domagoj Vida.
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Liverpool 'increase offer' for Domagoj Vida

HEAD NEWS - Mon, 16/07/2018 - 11:53

Liverpool have reportedly made an increased offer of £20million for Croatia defender Domagoj Vida.

The Besiktas man enjoyed a successful World Cup in Russia as he helped his side to Sunday's final in Moscow.

He has been linked with a subsequent move away from Turkey with Atletico Madrid and Sevilla joining Liverpool in the race for his signature.

According to reports in Turkey, the Anfield club have doubled down on their efforts to land Vida who has also attracted the attention of Everton and Leicester.

Besiktas are believed to want more then £30m for the player.

A spokesman for the club said: "“We have received offers for Vida and we are considering them but that does not mean he will definitely leave.

“Every player has a price, we will make a final decision in accordance with our budget and interests.”

Source: Daily Mirror

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Dejan Lovren: We can be proud of what we achieved

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 16/07/2018 - 11:46
Dejan Lovren acknowledged Croatia’s disappointment at losing out in the World Cup final to France on Sunday, but insisted his country should be proud of their achievements.
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July 16: Read the latest LFC transfer rumours

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 16/07/2018 - 11:00
Visit our dedicated Media Watch section for all of the latest LFC-related transfer speculation and newspaper stories.
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Heartbreak for Lovren in World Cup final

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 15/07/2018 - 19:55
Dejan Lovren's Croatia saw their World Cup dream dashed at the final hurdle as they suffered a 4-2 defeat to France in Sunday's showpiece fixture.
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Heartbreak for Lovren in World Cup final

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 15/07/2018 - 19:55

Dejan Lovren's Croatia saw their World Cup dream dashed at the final hurdle as they suffered a 4-2 defeat to France in Sunday's showpiece fixture.

The Liverpool defender played another 90 minutes as his country dominated large swathes of proceedings in Moscow but were edged out by a clinical French outfit.

Didier Deschamps' men went ahead early through Mario Mandzukic's own goal before Ivan Perisic thrashed in a deserved equaliser after pinball in the box.

But France were in front again before the break as Antoine Griezmann converted a penalty after Perisic was deemed to have handled in the area following a VAR review.

Les Bleus pulled away in the second period with Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe both netting, but Mandzukic offered Croatia hope when he punished a Hugo Lloris mistake to bring his nation within two goals.

However, the French expertly slowed things down from that point on, securing their second World Cup victory as a result.

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Lyon president opens door for Fekir move

HEAD NEWS - Sun, 15/07/2018 - 16:22

Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas is open to Liverpool renewing their efforts to sign Nabil Fekir.

Jürgen Klopp is still keen on signing an attacking midfielder having already signed Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri this summer.

And Lyon chairman Aulas believes there's a chance Fekir will still end up at Anfield before the transfer window closes next month.

"It seems to me that Liverpool could come back in," he said in an interview with le10sport. "That's what I've read in the press, but I've not been told anything.

"His transfer failed in June, but he hasn't been affected by it. He is focused on the World Cup, and he still has his heart in Lyon.

"Nabil is much closer to Lyon today than he was when we talked to Liverpool.

"Maybe he will go to Liverpool, or another club, but if he stays at Lyon, it will be a great year for him and for us."

Fekir has in recent weeks been linked with interest from a number of clubs including Real Madrid and Manchester United, but it's believed he has set his heart on a move to Liverpool.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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Lyon president opens door for Fekir move

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 15/07/2018 - 16:22
Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas is open to Liverpool renewing their efforts to sign Nabil Fekir.
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Lyon president opens door for Fekir move

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 15/07/2018 - 16:22

Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas is open to Liverpool renewing their efforts to sign Nabil Fekir.

Jürgen Klopp is still keen on signing an attacking midfielder having already signed Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri this summer.

And Lyon chairman Aulas believes there's a chance Fekir will still end up at Anfield before the transfer window closes next month.

"It seems to me that Liverpool could come back in," he said in an interview with le10sport. "That's what I've read in the press, but I've not been told anything.

"His transfer failed in June, but he hasn't been affected by it. He is focused on the World Cup, and he still has his heart in Lyon.

"Nabil is much closer to Lyon today than he was when we talked to Liverpool.

"Maybe he will go to Liverpool, or another club, but if he stays at Lyon, it will be a great year for him and for us."

Fekir has in recent weeks been linked with interest from a number of clubs including Real Madrid and Manchester United, but it's believed he has set his heart on a move to Liverpool.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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Academy duo relishing pre-season opportunities

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 15/07/2018 - 13:56
Nathaniel Phillips and Pedro Chirivella picked up welcome minutes in the Liverpool first team on Saturday as they featured in a 0-0 friendly draw with Bury.
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Academy duo relishing pre-season opportunities

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 15/07/2018 - 13:56

Nathaniel Phillips and Pedro Chirivella picked up welcome minutes in the Liverpool first team on Saturday as they featured in a 0-0 friendly draw with Bury.

And the Academy pair are keen to make the most of every opportunity that comes their way during a period that offers numerous chances to impress manager Jürgen Klopp.

Phillips made his third appearance of pre-season on Saturday, coming on at half-time to help the Reds secure a clean sheet alongside Ragnar Klavan.

Reflecting on his recent first-team involvement, the defender told Liverpoolfc.com: "At the moment I’m just trying to relish every opportunity I get given because I know in football opportunities are few and far between.

"So any chance I get in front of the manager is like a blessing really. I’ve just got to make the most of it."

Highlights: Liverpool play out draw at Bury

The next target for the Bolton-born centre-back is to secure a place in the squad for the upcoming tour of the United States.

Asked about the prospect, he added: "I’d say so, yes, but I’ve got to take each step at a time. 

"It’s not that far around the corner and there will be players returning from the World Cup so if I can hold my place [in the squad] that will be one thing accomplished."

Chirivella, meanwhile, is aiming to make an impact at Anfield after enjoying a successful loan stint at Dutch outfit Willem II last season.

He said: "It was a good period. I played a lot of minutes that I needed. I think I’ve come back in better shape physically and hopefully I can get more minutes."

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What's on: This week's LFC community events

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 15/07/2018 - 13:00
Check out a schedule of local community events planned by the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours teams in the coming week.
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Lovren and Croatia get Matip's World Cup final support

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 15/07/2018 - 10:30
Dejan Lovren could lift the World Cup on Sunday - a sight that would delight his Liverpool teammate Joel Matip.
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Who impressed and who struggled in Bury 0-0 Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 14/07/2018 - 23:33

Liverpool’s third pre-season match ended in a 0-0 stalemate at League Two side Bury and there were more disappointing performances than positives.


Having won back-to-back fixtures and scored 10 goals in the process in their opening two games, the hope would have been for the Reds to showcase their attacking prowess once more—especially against a side who had conceded 10 in two themselves.

But it didn’t transpire that way as Jurgen Klopp‘s team put in a sluggish and sloppy display, and indeed Bury went closest to scoring.

The 0-0 draw will be a frustration to some—including the fans who watched, in fairness—but there were still a handful of good displays to point to.

And, of course, it’s a pre-season match: fitness-building is the more important issue at hand.

Staking a claim

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Once again there were a couple of younger players who showed Klopp what they have to offer, with Curtis Jones the pick of the bunch.

An inventive and positive first-half display from the teenager saw him roam the left channel, between attacking midfield and wider when in possession.

Most of the Reds’ good work came when he was involved and looked to either go one-on-one with his man, or else quickly combine with his fellow attackers.

Tactically and technically, Jones has impressed this pre-season, lowly though the opposition has been.

Elsewhere it was reasonably slim pickings, but Naby Keita showed a handful of good moments in the second half.

 Liverpool's Naby Keita during a preseason friendly match between Chester FC and Liverpool FC at the Deva Stadium. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

His ability to win the ball, switch gears and quickly run at the opposition defence caused problems more than once and he looked most likely to provide a route to goal after the break.

Joe Gomez was also a decent performer, this time taking to the field at right-back.

Several times he opened space down the flank with an overlap and driving run, while defensively he was untested.

Shockers from the seniors

 Liverpool's Divock Origi during a preseason friendly match between Chester FC and Liverpool FC at the Deva Stadium. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Unfortunately that was about it for the genuinely good displays, and there were far more who seemed either tired, lacking a first touch or simply didn’t have the toolkit to break down the fourth-tier side.

Divock Origi, once again, was a passenger in the game. He was stationed wide left for much of the first 45, but came central as the half went on and the Reds dominated the ball.

His one big chance saw him go one-on-one with the keeper, but a shot was easily saved when a square pass might have yielded a tap-in for a team-mate.

Fellow striker Dominic Solanke was also relatively anonymous after the break, seeing one shot blocked on the line and offering little threat or link-up play otherwise.

 Liverpool's Alberto Moreno during a preseason friendly match between Tranmere Rovers FC and Liverpool FC at Prenton Park. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Several of the Reds’ senior squad have been labelled ‘inconsistent’ in the past, perhaps few more so than Alberto Moreno.

The left-back has had a pretty good last 12 months, rarely letting the team down when he was first-choice at the start of last season and playing a squad role thereafter.

Against Bury, however, his touch was well off, his passing was woeful and he almost cost a goal when he sold Loris Karius short with a backpass.

Outside of the seniors, Ben Woodburn had the least-encouraging half of football: misplaced passes all over and one great chance to score spurned.

Mixed bag

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It’s pre-season, though, so all performances have to weighed in that regard, both the positives and negatives.

Tiredness, rustiness, lacking match sharpness: whatever the reason, the displays simply won’t be as polished as in-season and that has to be accepted.

As such, it was no surprise to see a few of the more talented players in the team put in games which were encouraging one moment, frustrating the next.

Virgil van Dijk‘s first game back followed this pattern as he read the game well and looked in good shape, but was ponderous in possession more than once and missed a couple of challenges when stepping out of the back line.

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Kamil Grabara during a preseason friendly match between Bury FC and Liverpool FC at Gigg Lane. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Daniel Sturridge looked a cut above with his touch and vision early on, but spurned a couple of opportunities to quickly pass and create shooting chances.

A note, too, for goalkeeper Kamil Grabara: he played the final half-hour of the match and made a couple of commanding aerial claims, showing good confidence and reading of the match.

That was about all he had to do, but it will do his confidence good regardless.

Overall it was certainly 90 minutes of more negatives than positives for the Reds on the pitch, but no injuries, a couple of returning faces and another step toward full fitness made it a worthwhile endeavour nonetheless.

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Van Dijk starts in Liverpool draw

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sat, 14/07/2018 - 20:23

Last Updated: 14/07/18 6:46pm

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Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip made their first appearances of pre-season as Liverpool drew 0-0 with Bury on Saturday.

The Reds went closest to breaking the deadlock but Sheyi Ojo and Dominic Solanke saw efforts blocked on the line.

Loris Karius, who made an error in Tuesday's win at Tranmere, played an hour in goal with Danny Ward training at Melwood as he is likely to start at Blackburn on Thursday.

Liverpool first half team: Karius, Clyne, Van Dijk, Matip, Moreno, Milner, Fabinho, Jones, Ojo, Origi, Sturridge

Second half team: Karius (Grabara), Gomez, Phillips, Klavan, Robertson, Chirivella, Woodburn, Keita, Camacho, Lallana, Solanke

Harry Wilson, after an impressive start to pre-season, was not involved as he looks set to leave on loan.

New signing Xherdan Shaqiri, who joined from Stoke for on Friday, will be part of the squad for next week's International Champions Cup in the United States.

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Liverpool made 10 changes at half-time and Ben Woodburn was denied a winner in the second half by a brilliant save.

"We could have scored five or six times with a little bit more in the last," said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. "But these were the good moments and the rest was really a lot of intensity in the body, with all the tired bones and stuff like this.

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"I saw a little bit more in the first half than in the second half, but both [Liverpool] teams struggled and that's OK.

"If you want, it's my fault because we did a lot in the last two days. I wanted us to score, I don't like the a few situations; first half with Divock [Origi] when maybe he can pass the ball for an easy goal.

"It's the part of the season when players try to impress me, but I've told them already: 'You impress me not by scoring any goal; if you see someone in a better position then that impresses me much more.' Making the right decisions when you are really tired, when it is really warm and the ball is not really rolling is very difficult. I knew that before, and that's what we saw today."

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