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Sturridge wins Standard Chartered Player of the Month award

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 18:56
Daniel Sturridge is Liverpool’s Standard Chartered Player of the Month for September.
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Sadio Mane injury update

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 18:26
Liverpool Football Club can confirm Sadio Mane today underwent a procedure on a hand injury sustained while on international duty with Senegal.
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No recall for Wilson, Reds’ Van Dijk alternative & Mignolet’s hint – Wednesday’s Liverpool FC News Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 17:34

We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Wednesday, with Liverpool’s trip to Huddersfield Town slowly approaching.


Main Headlines No Recall Clause For Wilson

 Wales' Harry Wilson scores the first goal from a free-kick during the UEFA Nations League Group Stage League B Group 4 match between Republic of Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Harry Wilson scored his second superb free-kick in the space of a few weeks on Tuesday, scoring the only goal in Wales’ 1-0 win away to the Republic of Ireland.

There have been some calls for the 21-year-old to return from his loan spell at Derby County early, in order to add squad depth at Liverpool.

ESPN FC‘s Glenn Price has confirmed that there is no recall clause in his contract, however, so for now we will have to watch him try and spearhead the Rams’ Championship promotion push.

Speaking to Derby’s official website after Wales’ win, Wilson spoke of his happiness at his match-winning turn:

“It’s always nice to score a free kick but the pleasing thing is it turned out to be the winning goal and we go home with the three points.

“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy but we wanted to come here, pass the ball and try and cause them problems and I thought we did that in the second half.

“I enjoyed both of them (the two free-kicks). I think to score for your country in any game is great so I just hope to keep on scoring.”

Laporte Was Liverpool’s Van Dijk Alternative

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk before the FA Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Man City were keen to sign Van Dijk back in January, but they ended up scoffing at his £70million price tag and signed Aymeric Laporte instead.

That’s according to the Times‘ Paul Joyce, who goes on to add that “despite playing fewer minutes, Van Dijk has won more duels, made more tackles, clearances, blocks and interceptions” than Laporte this season.

Interestingly, the former Athletic Club defender was seen as Liverpool’s second-choice centre-back to bring in, should Van Dijk have had his eyes set on the Etihad.

Anfield was always his preferred destination, thankfully, and while Laporte is an impressive defender in his own right, there is no doubting who has got the better player.

Mignolet Pleased To Earn Playing Time

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Simon Mignolet is Liverpool’s undisputed second-choice goalkeeper these days, with Alisson comfortably usurping him between the sticks.

The 30-year-old played all 90 minutes of Belgium’s 1-1 draw with the Netherlands and he admits it was nice to be back in action:

“I now know why I train so hard every day.

“It was fun to play football again. I also did my job, it was not an easy match. The Netherlands also played well past matches. I think the 1-1 was a deserved result.

“I have done what is expected of me and have taken my chance. I am glad that after a long time I was not in the goal and that I have done well to the end.”

Is it just me, or is Mignolet really hinting that he might not be happy about something here?

“Wild Auction” For Polish Striker

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According to Tutto Mercato, Genoa want a “wild auction” for their highly-rated striker Krzysztof Piatek.

Those are the claims of the Pole’s agent, Furio Valcareggi, with his client reportedly being tracked by Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham, as well as Serie A powerhouses Juventus and Napoli.

Piatek has made an outrageous start to the season, scoring 13 goals in just eight appearances in all competitions, including four in one game in the Europa League.

Don’t read too much into this, though; Liverpool are unlikely to be tabling a bid for the 23-year-old any time soon.

Koeman Back In Klopp’s “Good Books”?

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp and Everton's manager Ronald Koeman before the FA Premier League match, the 227th Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jurgen Klopp has made it fairly clear that international football does his head in, with injuries to key players in the last week not helping.

Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman had a cheeky word to say to the Liverpool boss after his side’s draw with Belgium, having not played Virgil van Dijk or Gini Wijnaldum.

“Maybe Mr. Klopp is now very happy, and that’s okay,” Koeman told Sky Sports.

“I hope I am back in the good books.”

You certainly are!

Ignore Rumours Of Reds In For Malcom

Bordeaux' Malcom during the French Ligue 1 football match Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) vs Bordeaux at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, on September 30, 2017. PSG won 6-2. Photo by Henri Szwarc/ABACAPRESS.COM

One of the stories of the summer saw Barcelona steal Malcom right under the noses of Roma, with the Brazilian joining from Bordeaux.

Calcio Mercato claim that the wide forward’s lack of game time at Nou Camp – he has only appeared twice so far this season – has seen Barca willing to offload him to Inter Milan.

With the Serie A side subsequently failing to show an interest, Malcom has been linked with a Premier League move to either Liverpool or Spurs.

These rumours are completely inevitable but he won’t be on the Reds’ radar, especially after the way he behaved in the summer.

Meanwhile, an added tenuous link from Tuttosport sees Liverpool tipped to make a move for Cagliari captain Nicola Barella in January – again, don’t expect it to happen.

The 21-year-old has been reported to be of interest in the past, but there is nothing remotely concrete about a potential deal.

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Red Star Belgrade v Liverpool: Ticket details

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 16:54
Liverpool FC has released the following information regarding away ticket sales for the Champions League match against Red Star Belgrade at the Rajko Mitic Stadium on Tuesday November 6.
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Red Star Belgrade v Liverpool: Ticket details

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 16:54

Liverpool FC has released the following information regarding away ticket sales for the Champions League match against Red Star Belgrade at the Rajko Mitic Stadium on Tuesday November 6.

The club has received an allocation of 2000 tickets for supporters to purchase.

LFC has also received a further allocation of 200 top category seats that, in line with UEFA guidelines, will be used as part of the players' allocation, the club’s UEFA Youth League team’s players and staff, travelling club staff and VIPs.

The club would also like to remind supporters that important safety information for supporters travelling to Belgrade will be provided in the lead up to the game. The information provided is in conjunction with Serbian authorities and LFC club Officials, and we strongly advise that you follow all the information and instructions given.  

Supporters without a ticket are urged not to travel.

TICKET PRICES

Adults - £19.50

SALE DATES 

Hospitality Members

Kenny Dalglish, Stand Executive Box holders, Premium Level and Centenary Club members should contact the Hospitality Department on 0151 264 2222, option 2.

Disabled supporters

Wheelchair-disabled supporters should register their interest no later than 12pm BST on Thursday October 18.

ALL OTHER SUPPORTERS

The below sales will take place ONLINE only and you may have to queue at times.

Tickets will be available to season ticket holders, Official Members and Fan Card holders based on attendance at SSC Napoli (03.10.18), AS Roma (02.05.18), Manchester City (10.04.18), FC Porto (14.02.18), Sevilla (21.11.17), Maribor (17.10.17), Spartak Moscow (26.09.17).

Attendance at six or more games: From 8.15am BST on Friday October 19 until 10.45am on Monday October 22.

Supporters are guaranteed a ticket during this sale and can purchase one ticket per person, up to a maximum of 10 (ten) tickets per transaction.

The following sales will then take place on a first come, first served basis and supporters can purchase one ticket per person up to a maximum of four tickets per transaction. 

Attendance at five or more games: From 11am BST until 1.45pm on Monday October 22. 

LFC expects tickets to sell out during this sale but if tickets remain, the following sale will take place:

Attendance at four or more games: From 2pm BST on Monday October 22. 

Please keep checking here for further sale updates.

DETAILS TO BE PROVIDED AT TIME OF BOOKING

The following information is required for every supporter travelling. If someone else is travelling using your season ticket, Member Card or Fan Card, their details must be provided when making the booking.

We will not be able to make any changes once you have made your purchase.  

• Forename

• Surname

• Address

• Date of birth

• Country of birth

• Mobile Number

• Email Address

• Outbound Travel Date 

• Method of travel into Belgrade

       o Plane

       o Car

       o Coach

       o Train

• Estimated time of arrival into Belgrade 

• Accommodation details 

• Return Travel Date

DELIVERY/COLLECTION OF TICKETS

Please select one of the following options before proceeding to checkout:

1. COLLECT

Tickets will be held for collection at ANFIELD ONLY.

Collection dates will be updated here

Tickets should be collected before 12pm GMT on Friday November 2. 

2. UK POST

UK-based supporters: Tickets will be sent by special delivery to the registered address of the person making the booking, at a charge of £5.65. Royal Mail will send a tracking number to the email address registered on our ticketing system.

3. OVERSEAS POST

Non-UK-based supporters: We will not be facilitating collections in Belgrade. Tickets will be sent via DHL to the registered address of the person making the booking, at a charge of £12.46.  

There will be no duplicate tickets for this fixture.

For a step by step guide to purchasing tickets online, please click here.

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Roma fan awaits verdict

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 16:08
By Press Association

Last Updated: 17/10/18 2:31pm

The incident occurred on Walton Breck Road just outside Anfield The incident occurred on Walton Breck Road just outside Anfield The incident occurred on Walton Breck Road just outside Anfield

The jury in the trial of a Roma supporter accused of a joint attack on a Liverpool fan outside Anfield has been sent out to consider its verdict.

Filippo Lombardi, 21, from Rome denies inflicting grievous bodily harm on Irish father-of-three Sean Cox.

The 53-year-old suffered "catastrophic injuries" when he was assaulted before the Champions League semi-final on April 24.

On Wednesday, as he summed up the case, Recorder of Preston Judge Mark Brown said: "Football has been described as the beautiful game but the terrible events that took place outside Anfield stadium when Sean Cox was assaulted and suffered catastrophic injuries surely have blighted its reputation."

The jury at Preston Crown Court was told another man, referred to as N40, was responsible for the punch that knocked Mr Cox to the ground, causing his injuries.

The prosecution alleges Lombardi swung his belt towards Mr Cox as he fell and was jointly responsible for the attack.

The trial, which began last Thursday, has heard Lombardi arrived at the ground after walking from Liverpool Lime Street train station with a group of 20 to 30 Roma supporters.

Footage taken on Walton Breck Road, which was full of Liverpool supporters ahead of the game, appears to show Lombardi swinging his belt in the direction of Mr Cox, who was standing with his brother Martin.

Neville Biddle, prosecuting, said: "The Coxs had done absolutely nothing other than walk peacefully down the road.

"I suggest to you it's clear from those photos that Mr Lombardi, for whatever reason, was intent on causing trouble.

"He now realises that what he has done has caused catastrophic injuries to Mr Cox and he is quite simply not able to bring himself to admit that that is what he had done.

"What he has done is tell you a whole series of untruths to try to cover his situation, maybe because he is ashamed of what he did and can't bring himself to accept responsibility for it."

Lombardi, who had an Italian interpreter in court but gave most of his evidence in English, claimed he had taken his belt off because he became lost and feared he was walking into a dangerous situation among Liverpool fans outside the ground.

He said a man standing behind Martin Cox said something to him about a fight and he swung the belt at him to get him away but did not notice Sean Cox until he saw him lying on the ground.

In her closing speech, Alison Gurden, defending, said: "You don't have to be certain that what Mr Lombardi has said is accurate, you just have to effectively have doubt in your mind as to whether prosecution have proved this case."

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PL questions: More misery for Jose?

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 15:21
Chelsea v Manchester United, Everton v Crystal Palace, Arsenal v Leicester all live on Sky Sports

Last Updated: 17/10/18 2:20pm

Will Chelsea pile more pressure on Jose Mourinho? Will Chelsea pile more pressure on Jose Mourinho? Will Chelsea pile more pressure on Jose Mourinho?

Will Chelsea inflict more misery on Jose Mourinho? Will Harry Kane build on his England heroics? We look at this weekend's Premier League questions.

Manchester United travel to Stamford Bridge to take on an unbeaten Chelsea in the weekend's first fixture, live on Sky Sports, before six 3pm fixtures - including the London derby between West Ham and Tottenham. Liverpool's trip to Huddersfield completes Saturday's games.

Super Sunday sees Everton host Crystal Palace, live on Sky Sports, with the hosts chasing a third straight league win, before in-form Arsenal take on Leicester in the Monday Night Football. Ahead of the games, we look at some of the weekend's talking points...

Will Chelsea pile misery on former boss Mourinho? (Chelsea v Manchester United, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 11:30am on Saturday)

To say it is not going to plan for Jose Mourinho at Manchester United is an understatement. And, as is often the case in Manchester, when it rains, it pours, with his latest FA charge this week, for allegedly directing offensive language down the TV camera, meaning he could be banned from the touchline for the trip to Stamford Bridge.

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United have won just one of their last five games in all competitions, and have lost on their last three visits to Stamford Bridge under the Portuguese. Another humbling will only cause Mourinho yet more angst.

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Will Harry Kane build on his England heroics? (Tottenham v West Ham, Saturday 3pm)

Whenever Harry Kane fails to find the net, talk of a burnout rears its head. Three league goals since the end of August is not up to Kane's usual high standards, with two full 90 minutes for England in their recent UEFA Nations League fixtures also scoreless.

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However, while Kane did not finish off the moves that helped England register a 3-2 win in Spain on Monday night, he set two up, the first of which was a sublime through-pass into the path of Marcus Rashford. His hold-up play was exemplary, he did everything but score, and will take heart from his effectiveness ahead of Tottenham's trip to West Ham, who have improved markedly of late.

Which defence can hold out? (Cardiff v Fulham, Saturday 3pm)

It has been six years since a side has conceded more goals in their first eight games of a Premier League season than Fulham have done. Their 5-1 defeat to Arsenal before the international break took their tally to 21 conceded, while, ahead of their trip to Cardiff, they have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 22 Premier League away games.

Slavisa Jokanovic's Fulham have not had the start they would have hoped for after spending around £100m in the summer Slavisa Jokanovic's Fulham have not had the start they would have hoped for after spending around £100m in the summer Slavisa Jokanovic's Fulham have not had the start they would have hoped for after spending around £100m in the summer

Manager Slavisa Jokanovic acknowledged after the loss to Arsenal that defensively Fulham have not been good enough, and that will surely have been the main point of focus in training during the last two weeks.

The stats show that Cardiff have not fared much better defensively, but 12 of the 17 goals they have let in were against Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City. Having already played four of last season's top six, Cardiff now start a more favourable run of fixtures, and whoever can keep it tight at the back might prevail in this crucial contest between two newly-promoted teams.

Will Pep Guardiola break another record? (Manchester City v Burnley, Saturday 3pm)

Pep Guardiola might have the record for a team most Premier League goals and points points in a season, but there's more to come for Manchester City if they beat Burnley.

Anything but a Burnley win at the Etihad will see the hosts set the longest record for consecutive unbeaten games at 3pm on a Saturday, and would extend their run to 34 games without loss in that time slot.

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However, the Clarets have a record of their own to trouble Guardiola, having won 50 per cent of their games against reigning Premier League champions, a statistic only Manchester United and Bournemouth can match.

Back-to-back wins have alleviated some of the early-season stress around manager Sean Dyche, but Burnley are without a win in 14 away league trips to Manchester City, while the hosts have won 24 and lost just one of their last 30 home league games.

Have we reached must-win for Rafa? (Newcastle v Brighton, Saturday 3pm)

Aside from the off-the-pitch issues which have surrounded Newcastle United for years, things have rarely been this desolate on a Saturday at St James' Park.

Newcastle have never had a worse start to a top-flight season, having collected two points from their first eight games, and over the international break were the first murmurs Rafa Benitez may be worried about losing his job in the north east.

Newcastle scored two in a game for the first time this season against Manchester United - but still lost Newcastle scored two in a game for the first time this season against Manchester United - but still lost Newcastle scored two in a game for the first time this season against Manchester United - but still lost

Brighton have not won in their last 17 away games, picking up just five points in that time, and manager Chris Hughton, who was Newcastle boss from 2009 to 2010, has not won at St James' Park from the away dressing room.

So something has to give on Saturday - but will it be Newcastle's dreadful start which finally lets up? If they don't, they will equal an unwanted record of five straight home losses to begin a top-flight season - something only Manchester United (1930), Portsmouth (2009) and Bolton (2011) have done before.

And what else links those three teams? They all went on to be relegated.

Will West Ham reach home comforts at last? (West Ham v Tottenham, Saturday 3pm)

It's a question we ask ourselves every time West Ham win at the London Stadium - is this the turning point? The Hammers haven't made their Stratford home a welcome one more than two years after moving in, and they've won back-to-back league games there only once - over Burnley and Hull in December 2016.

It has got quieter with every false dawn since, and was muted again after the Hammers followed up a superb 3-1 win over Manchester United in London with a poor 1-0 defeat at Brighton before the international break.

The London Stadium has not proven a happy hunting ground for West Ham The London Stadium has not proven a happy hunting ground for West Ham The London Stadium has not proven a happy hunting ground for West Ham

However, they have a chance to bounce back and continue their upturn in form, with seven points from their last four games.

Manuel Pellegrini can draw on a hoodoo West Ham have had over their London neighbours, picking up more wins against Tottenham than they have against any other team in the Premier League, beating them 14 times since its formation in 1992.

That said, in more recent times the pendulum has swung back the way of Spurs, and last season they were 3-2 winners at the London Stadium.

And their away form makes for impressive reading, with eight wins and a draw from their last 11 games on the road.

Will Wolves keep up odds-defying form? (Wolves v Watford, Saturday 3pm)

No one was too surprised by Wolves' bright start to the Premier League - after all, they romped to the Championship title last season after bringing in some players who looked a class above the second tier.

But getting results against both Manchester United and Manchester City en route to picking up 15 points from their first eight games would probably have been beyond Nuno Espirito Santos' expectations.

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They are already the most successful promoted team at this stage since Hull stunned the top flight in 2008 (17 points), and only two more promoted teams - Blackburn in 1992 (17) and Nottingham Forest in 1994 (20) - can beat their tally at this stage in Premier League history.

Watford have a record in their sights, albeit for different reasons. They are only the second team in Premier League history to win their opening four games and then go four without a victory, after Sheffield Wednesday in 1996.

Will bottom-three sides continue to haunt Liverpool? (Huddersfield v Liverpool, Saturday 5.30pm)

Here is a crazy stat amid all of Liverpool's positivity over the last year - Jurgen Klopp has not won an away game against a team starting the day in the bottom three since Liverpool thrashed Aston Villa 6-0 in February 2016, drawing two and losing four since that day.

They did win 3-0 at the John Smith's Stadium last season, though, and haven't conceded a single goal in any of their last seven games against the Terriers.

Swansea, then 20th, were the last team in the bottom three to beat Liverpool, in January Swansea, then 20th, were the last team in the bottom three to beat Liverpool, in January Swansea, then 20th, were the last team in the bottom three to beat Liverpool, in January

Huddersfield's momentum from their early-season form in 2017/18 has not materialised this year, and only Everton, in 1998, can beat their run of four home games without scoring at the start of a Premier League season.

They have racked up only 20 shots on target in their opening eight games of the season this time around, which is fewer than anyone else in the division.

Will Crystal Palace get sucked in? (Everton v Crystal Palace, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 3.30pm on Sunday)

After a bright start to the season, Crystal Palace have really struggled in their last few games, winning only one of seven following on from an opening-day victory at Fulham.

They are still some way away from their nightmare start from 2017/18, where they lost all of their first seven games, but seven points on the board leaves them closer to the bottom three than the top half after eight games.

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Things are better for Everton, though, who are chasing a third win in a row at Goodison Park on Sunday, something they have not done since January 2017, when managed by Ronald Koeman.

They are also unbeaten in seven games against Crystal Palace since a 3-2 home defeat in 2014, and the ground has not been a happy hunting ground for Palace boss Roy Hodgson either - he has only a draw to show from eight visits.

Will Arsenal make it double figures? (Arsenal v Leicester, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 7pm on Monday)

How good would Unai Emery's Arsenal start look if he can add a 10th win in a row against Leicester City on Monday night? After starting his time at the Emirates with back-to-back defeats, that wouldn't be too bad at all for the new boss, and would represent their longest winning streak in more than 11 years.

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History is on his side, too. Arsenal have won their last 11 home games with Leicester, and have not been beaten on home soil by the Foxes since a 2-0 defeat at Highbury in 1973.

Leicester have won two of their last three away games, picking up just one point less than they did in their previous 11, but they are winless in their last seven games in London since beating West Ham in March 2017.

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Roberto Firmino’s praise for Mohamed Salah bodes well for hopes of Liverpool’s attack finding form

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 14:05

Roberto Firmino helped Brazil to a 1-0 win over Argentina on Tuesday—then had words of praise for club team-mate Mohamed Salah after the match.


Salah and Firmino, along with Sadio Mane, formed a devastating attacking trident last season which helped fire Liverpool into the Premier League top four and the final of the UEFA Champions League.

Aside from their goalscoring exploits, it was the interplay and selflessness of the three which made the Reds such a feared opponent.

In particular, the dovetailing between Firmino and Salah down the inside-right channel caused defenders all sorts of problems.

This season, the triumvirate has yet to really hit the same heights, after a difficult opening run of games including several top-four rivals and the two harder opponents in Liverpool’s European group.

Salah perhaps had most expectation on him after plundering 44 goals last term, and has so far returned three in 11 in 2018/19.

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the FA Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Some have gone over the top in criticising his performances, though it’s fair to at least note he is somewhat below par in terms of his finishing.

Firmino, however, is in no doubt that Salah is still doing the business for the team.

Speaking to Al Arabiya after the international match in Saudi Arabia, the No. 9 hinted at the ongoing closeness between the two—a vital part of last year’s on-the-pitch chemistry.

 Brazil's substitute Roberto Firmino during the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the Saint Petersburg Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Mohamed Salah is a great player. He is a fantastic partner, we discuss a lot of matters ever single day and I am very happy to play next to him.

“Salah is appreciated by the whole team and his excellent work is still going on for us. He is a sensitive lad as well.

“I believe Salah deserves all what has happened for him in his life and what he has so far achieved.”

The Brazilian’s words can be taken as a huge positive for the Reds on two counts: one sporting, one social.

Firstly, it’s evident that Salah is undergoing some sort of issue right now—whether a hangover from last year’s injury in the final, the issues with his national team or simply depleted confidence.

And it’s great, therefore, to hear the team are rallying around and supporting each other, another indication of the close bond we’ve seen evidence of several times over.

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mates during the FA Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Secondly, Firmino’s words mean we can be hopeful that the front line will return to top gear sooner rather than later.

Hard work has always been at the forefront of Jurgen Klopp‘s team, from all areas of hte pitch, and even last year he had to dish out a reminder to the forwards to play as a unit to achieve success.

To hear Firmino stating that everyone remains on the same page is a big positive—now a goal or two in the coming matches for each could signal a turning point, adding a regular attacking threat to what has quickly become a masterful defence.

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Naby Keita set to undergo hamstring scan

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 12:59
Liverpool will discover the extent of Naby Keita's latest injury setback with the midfielder set to undergo a scan on a suspected hamstring issue.
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Naby Keita set to undergo hamstring scan

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 12:59

Liverpool will discover the extent of Naby Keita's latest injury setback with the midfielder set to undergo a scan on a suspected hamstring issue.

The 23-year-old was withdrawn during the first half of Guinea's 1-1 draw with Rwanda in Kigali on Tuesday after going down holding the back of his thigh.

Keita flew straight back to Merseyside after helping his countrymen earn a point from their latest Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, and will be assessed by Reds medical staff this afternoon.

The summer signing from RB Leipzig was spotted training alone after joining up with Guinea last week, but Standard Sport understands he was free of injury upon being released for international duty.

Keita recovered quickly from the back spasm that forced him off during the early stages of Liverpool's 1-0 defeat to Napoli earlier this month, claiming a place on the bench as Jurgen Klopp's side drew 0-0 with Manchester City.

However, having pulled up while representing his country, the Guinean could now be facing an extended spell on the sidelines.

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Naby Keita set to undergo hamstring scan

HEAD NEWS - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 12:59

Liverpool will discover the extent of Naby Keita's latest injury setback with the midfielder set to undergo a scan on a suspected hamstring issue.

The 23-year-old was withdrawn during the first half of Guinea's 1-1 draw with Rwanda in Kigali on Tuesday after going down holding the back of his thigh.

Keita flew straight back to Merseyside after helping his countrymen earn a point from their latest Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, and will be assessed by Reds medical staff this afternoon.

The summer signing from RB Leipzig was spotted training alone after joining up with Guinea last week, but Standard Sport understands he was free of injury upon being released for international duty.

Keita recovered quickly from the back spasm that forced him off during the early stages of Liverpool's 1-0 defeat to Napoli earlier this month, claiming a place on the bench as Jurgen Klopp's side drew 0-0 with Manchester City.

However, having pulled up while representing his country, the Guinean could now be facing an extended spell on the sidelines.

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Being Red: Job success for apprentice accountant

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 12:25
Patrick Edison-Graham, a recent participant on one of the LFC Foundation’s employability programmes, is celebrating job success having secured a Junior Accountant role at one of the UK’s largest accountancy firms.
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Being Red: Job success for apprentice accountant

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 12:25

Patrick Edison-Graham, a recent participant on one of the LFC Foundation’s employability programmes, is celebrating job success having secured a Junior Accountant role at one of the UK’s largest accountancy firms.

Patrick was chosen for the role with Mazars after completing their rigorous application and interview processes, which he confidently passed thanks to careers coaching and mock interview practice with his mentor at the LFC Foundation, Gemma Smith.

Patrick applied for an accountancy apprenticeship through Leadership though Sport and Business (LTSB), a national charity that gives access to careers in accounting and finance to bright and ambitious young people who face disadvantages, facilitated by Liverpool FC and other Premier League Community initiatives and education delivery partners.

Even before completing his A Levels, 19-year-old Patrick had set his sights on becoming an accountant. However, he was determined to find a pathway that didn’t involve going to university and accruing subsequent student debt.

Patrick said: “I applied for the same role at Mazars last year, but was unsuccessful, so I knew that I needed to improve my CV and make myself more appealing to employers.

“Achieving my Level 2 Association of Accounting Technicians qualification and gaining work experience and personal development through the LFC Foundation definitely helped; it meant that I had plenty more skills and work experiences to include in my application, and I felt much more confident during the interviews.”

Patrick’s six-month LTSB pre-apprenticeship involved attending college three days a week and working with the LFC Foundation one day each week to receive sports leadership and personal development coaching, while improving his CV and practicing interview techniques. Patrick also took part in a week-long volunteering programme, supporting LFC coaches at a selection of projects in Merseyside schools and community centres.

The LFC Foundation has been working with LTSB for just over 12 months, with 16 young people joining the programme in the last year and even more expected to apply this coming year.

The LFC Foundation offers a variety of employability courses throughout the year, specifically to support 18-25-year-olds into employment in their chosen sector. For more information about these courses, visit the LFC Foundation website: https://foundation.liverpoolfc.com.

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Wilson scores, Keita injured – Roundup of Liverpool’s internationals

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 12:04

Liverpool will finally get their playing squad back to Melwood over the next day or so, as the international break comes to a close.


It has been a potentially costly one for Jurgen Klopp and his Reds, with a handful of players either picking up injuries or confirming that they’ve had ongoing issues.

Huddersfield Town await at the weekend and Klopp will run the rule over his squad’s fitness levels—and a fair few should return in good spirits after positive run-outs with their national sides.

The one downside is an injury to Naby Keita—though the midfielder was optimistic it wouldn’t be a big issue.

Here’s a full round-up of all seven Reds in action on Tuesday—now let’s get them back and ready for the weekend!

Headline acts: One positive, one negative

 Wales' Harry Wilson celebrates scoring the first goal during the UEFA Nations League Group Stage League B Group 4 match between Republic of Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Harry Wilson made headlines not too long ago with a ridiculously good free-kick, scored at Old Trafford no less.

On loan at Derby County, he has scored once in seven Championship games thus far—but another blinding free-kick for Wales means it’s three goals in seven appearances across all competitions for the wide man.

His strike, netted just before the hour-mark in Dublin, gave Wales a 1-0 Nations League victory over Ireland. Ben Woodburn was an unused sub for Wales.

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Elsewhere, as mentioned, Naby Keita picked up an injury and, with James Milner more than likely set to miss the weekend fixture, Klopp’s midfield options could be significantly depleted.

Keita was helped off the field late on in the first half, which saw Guinea draw their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Rwanda, 1-1.

He faces a scan upon his return to Merseyside, joining a growing list of potential absentees for the Reds’ first game back.

Five more Reds were in action

Georginio Wijnaldum of Holland during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying match between The Netherlands and Luxembourg at the Kuip on June 9, 2017 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Starting from the back, two goalkeepers saw action on Tuesday evening.

First up there was a rare outing for Simon Mignolet, playing just his second match of the season for club or country.

Roberto Martinez opted to start Mignolet ahead of Thibaut Courtois for Belgium’s friendly against Netherlands, but he was unable to keep a clean sheet in the 1-1 draw.

Gini Wijnaldum was an unused sub in the match.

The other No. 1 to feature was the Reds’ first choice, Alisson, as he played the full 90 minutes of Brazil’s 1-0 win over Argentina in Saudi Arabia.

 Brazil's goalkeeper Alisson Becker during the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Group E match between Serbia and Brazil at the Spartak Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

An Argentine attack comprised of Paulo Dybala, Mauro Icardi and Angel Correa couldn’t find a way past Alisson, as Brazil dominated much of the game.

Roberto Firmino also featured for the full 90, with Tite this time opting to field both the Reds’ No. 9 and Man City‘s Gabriel Jesus from the start.

Early in the second half, Fabinho made an appearance off the bench and featured at right-back once more.

Finally, Dominic Solanke was in action for the England U21s side, as they beat their Scotland counterparts 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier.

Solanke played the full 90 minutes, but did not get on the scoresheet.

Early returns

England's Joe Gomez during the UEFA Nations League, League A Group Four match at Wembley Stadium, London (Adam Davy/PA Wire/PA Images)

Several Reds were in action on the international scene on Monday, too, meaning they’ll already be back or close to a return to Merseyside by now.

Joe Gomez started for England in their surprise 3-2 Nations League win over Spain, playing the full 90 minutes in central defence.

It was a notable reward for Gomez and the strides he’s made this season with his form and consistency.

Meanwhile, Trent Alexander-Arnold came on as a late sub, playing around the last five minutes to help England see out the win.

 Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri with a ball in hands in the Knockout Stage Round of 16 football match between Sweden and Switzerland at Saint Petersburg Stadium (Krestovsky Stadium) at FIFA World Cup Russia 2018; Sweden won 1-0. Alexander Demianchuk/TASS

Xherdan Shaqiri played the full 90 minutes for Switzerland as they beat Iceland 2-1 in a Nations League match.

The attacking midfielder claimed an assist for the second goal to continue his productive recent form.

There was also game time for Dejan Lovren, who played the first half of Croatia’s 2-1 friendly win over Jordan.

Youngsters in action

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Kamil Grabara during a training session at the Est·dio do Drag„o ahead of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st leg match between FC Porto and Liverpool FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Several of the Reds’ youth prospects kept their international careers on track too.

Kamil Grabara played the full match as Poland’s U21s beat Georgia 3-0 in a Euro Championships qualifier.

Isaac Christie-Davies came on as a late sub for Wales U21 in a 3-1 win over Switzerland.

And Liam Millar represented Canada’s senior side in a 5-0 win over Dominica in a CONCACAF Nations League qualifier.

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Internationals: Wilson wins it for Wales, Brazil trio beat Argentina

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 00:37
Harry Wilson’s stunning second-half free-kick earned Wales a 1-0 win over the Republic of Ireland in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday.
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Keita injury scare for Liveprool

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 16/10/2018 - 20:30
Keita adds to Liverpool's growing injury concerns

Last Updated: 16/10/18 7:27pm

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Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita has reportedly suffered a hamstring injury while playing for Guinea in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Rwanda on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old was substituted at half-time and was carried off the pitch on a team-mate's back because no stretcher was available.

Keita is the third Liverpool player to be injured on Africa Cup of Nations qualifying duty alongside attackers Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

Salah was substituted during Egypt's clash with Swaziland after straining his thigh muscle, while Mane is believed to have broken his thumb after being pictured with a bandage on his left hand following Senegal's 3-0 victory Sudan on Monday.

Liverpool are also monitoring the fitness of Virgil van Dijk and James Milner ahead of Saturday evening's trip to Huddersfield.

Milner went off with a hamstring injury in Liverpool's 0-0 draw with Manchester City before the international break while Van Dijk has been managing a rib problem.

Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman says Van Dijk is fit to return for Liverpool, but claimed the defender has been playing with two broken ribs.

Both Salah and Van Dijk were called back to Anfield and have not been ruled out for Saturday's fixture.

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Euro papers: Liverpool consider Insigne

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 16/10/2018 - 14:00
By Callum Rice-Coates, Football Whispers

Last Updated: 16/10/18 12:05pm

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Clubs across Europe are busy preparing for the January window.

That means the rumour mill never stops, so we asked our friends at Football Whispers to round up all the latest news and gossip from the continent.

Italy

Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne is a Liverpool transfer target ahead of the January transfer window. The Italy international has scored six goals this season - one of which was a last-minute winner against Jurgen Klopp's side in the Champions League - and the Reds are said to be planning an approach. (Rai Sport)

Kevin Mirallas is reluctant to return to Everton following the completion of his loan spell with Fiorentina. The Belgian winger, who joined the Serie A club in the summer, has so far made four appearances. "My aim is to remain here and convince Fiorentina to sign me on a permanent deal," he said. (La Nazione)

Cristiano Biraghi's crucial last-minute goal for Italy against Poland in the Nations League has attracted the attention of a number of Serie A clubs. Inter are believed to be preparing a move for the Fiorentina left-back, who spent seven years in the Nerazzuri's youth system. (Corriere dello Sport).

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has admitted Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek is a target. The Polish forward has emerged on the radars of several clubs after a superb start to the season, scoring nine goals in seven Serie A games. "It's true that I've spoken about Piatek with Preziosi (Genoa president) and even with the player's agent," De Laurentiis is quoted as saying. "We will meet again. (Corriere dello Sport)

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Manchester City are prepared to pay £62m to land Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong. Barcelona are considered strong favourites to secure the 21-year-old's signature and are said to have had a bid rejected. De Jong is also a Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham transfer target. (Mundo Deportivo)

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Malcom's future at Barcelona could depend on whether he features in the club's next three matches. The Brazilian has played just 25 minutes in La Liga since his summer arrival from Bordeaux and is determined to make an impact over the next two weeks. Barcelona play Sevilla and Real Madrid in La Liga, with a Champions League game against Inter in between. (Mundo Deportivo)

Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey has not ruled out a January exit after seeing his playing time decrease this season. The Ghana international was a key player for Diego Simeone last season, making 40 starts across all competitions. Arsenal are believed to be interested in acquiring his services should he opt to move on. (Marca)

Thomas Vermaelen's chances of a new contract at Barcelona are growing increasingly slim after he suffered another injury. The former Arsenal defender will be out for six weeks with a strained hamstring. (AS)

Germany

Manuel Neuer has insisted that he is still Germany's No 1 after doubts were expressed over his recent performances. Lothar Matthaus questioned whether the Bayern Munich goalkeeper should still start for Germany following his recent injury troubles, but Neuer said: "I can say that I'm fit. I have no problems, even as far as my foot is concerned, everything is fine. I'm on a good level. (Sport Bild)

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Alexandre Lacazette has admitted that he misses "Ligue 1's atmosphere". The Frenchman joined Arsenal from Lyon in the summer of 2017 and has made an impressive start to the season. But he has hinted that he might look to return to his homeland in the future. "There's a better atmosphere in French stadiums," he said. (Le Progres)

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Rapper Yungen constructs his Ultimate Red

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 16/10/2018 - 13:20
UK hip-hop artist Yungen popped into the LFCTV studios recently - and we asked him to create his Ultimate Red by selecting the best bits of his favourite Liverpool players.
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Rapper Yungen constructs his Ultimate Red

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 16/10/2018 - 13:20

UK hip-hop artist Yungen popped into the LFCTV studios recently - and we asked him to create his Ultimate Red by selecting the best bits of his favourite Liverpool players.

A big Liverpool fan - who says hearing his hit Bestie aired at Anfield while attending a Champions League match last season is one of the ‘top five moments’ of his career - was more than happy to oblige.

Yungen had to pick a left foot, right foot, header, engine, brain and heart to make up his dream LFC player.

Watch the video below, which features his song Pricey as the soundtrack, to see who the 26-year-old selected.

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Win tickets, travel and more to Red Star v Liverpool

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 16/10/2018 - 12:57
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