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Divock Origi tipped to start at Burnley after Merseyside derby heroics

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 09:23

Divock Origi is reportedly in line for a start as Jurgen Klopp rings the changes at Burnley, having sealed Liverpool’s victory in the Merseyside derby.


Origi replaced Roberto Firmino with six minutes left of the 90 at Anfield, and produced an energetic display that saw him hit the post after winning a corner.

His defining impact came deep into stoppage time, however, when he took advantage of Jordan Pickford’s error to head home and secure a 1-0 win.

It was an unlikely intervention from the Belgian, in his first Premier League outing since the final day of the 2016/17 campaign, but now he is due to be rewarded.

According to the Mail‘s Dominic King, Origi is set to take the injured Sadio Mane‘s place in the starting lineup at Turf Moor.

Mane is suffering from a “really awful cut on his foot,” as Klopp told reporters on Tuesday, and with Liverpool in the midst of a busy period it would be wise to allow him to recover.

With Burnley sitting 19th in the table heading into Wednesday’s clash, this is arguably the best opportunity for rotation ahead of two big games against Napoli and Man United next week.

King adds that Alberto Moreno is “likely to come in,” with Andy Robertson also struggling for fitness, while it could be that Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren, Naby Keita and Daniel Sturridge are all considered.

It remains to be seen whether Origi is brought in as a like-for-like replacement for Mane on the left wing, as his best role is as the central striker.

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Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Klopp lavished praise on the 23-year-old, describing his derby goal as “a wonderful example for making yourself ready for the moment.”

“It was such an important thing and so nice,” he said.

“That’s football as well, sometimes things change in a second in the wrong direction, and sometimes in the right direction.

“He played for about 10 minutes and had three really good situations—the turn and run on the right-hand side with a good cross for Daniel [Sturridge], then the shot that hit the crossbar and the goal.

“He deserved it, so it’s a really nice story.”

Starting against Burnley would mark a significant change of fortunes for Origi, who spent last season on loan with VfL Wolfsburg and turned down a £20 million move to Wolves in the summer.

His contract with Liverpool expires in 2020, and it seemed as if his time at Anfield was drawing to a close.

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Stats: Reds can set new club record at Burnley

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 09:00

Liverpool can set a new club record for most points obtained after the opening 15 matches of a league season should they prevail against Burnley at Turf Moor tonight.

Victory for the Reds will take them to 39 points, which is one more than they had at the same stage of the 1904-05, 1978-79 and 1990-91 campaigns.

Read on for more pertinent pre-match stats and facts ahead of the clash with the Clarets, courtesy of Ged Rea...

In the eight Premier League clashes between the teams, Liverpool have won six with a draw and a loss, scoring 16 times and conceding five.

The Reds have lost only two of their last 11 league visits to Turf Moor. Prior to a 2-0 loss in 2016, they went down 2-1 on Boxing Day 1973 when a Peter Cormack goal wasn't enough to cancel out strikes from Ray Hankin and Paul Fletcher.

Overall, Liverpool have lost three of the last 22 league clashes home and away against Burnley, scoring in eight of the last nine top-flight matches played.

The Reds have not lost any of their 22 away matches in all competitions in which Roberto Firmino has netted (19 wins, three draws).

They have kept 11 clean sheets in the last 17 league games and conceded one goal in each of the other six.

If selected, Jordan Henderson will play the 300th league game of his career.

Burnley's season began on July 26, only 11 days after the World Cup final. This evening will see them play their 22nd game of the campaign.

The Clarets have taken four points from a possible 18 at Turf Moor this season. The nine points they have amassed from 14 games during this campaign so far is 16 fewer than they had won at the same stage of last term.

They have conceded 17 goals in their last six league games, scoring three times in that spell.

In their last 34 league games, Burnley have kept six clean sheets.

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Stats: Reds can set new club record at Burnley

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 09:00
Liverpool can set a new club record for most points obtained after the opening 15 matches of a league season should they prevail against Burnley at Turf Moor tonight.
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Fabinho: I am happy at Liverpool

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Fabinho insists he wants to stay and fight for his place at Liverpool.

The Brazilian midfielder made a slow start to his career at Anfield, following his £43.7m move from Monaco last summer.

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Fabinho did not appear in Liverpool's first eight Premier League games of the season, with Jurgen Klopp admitting he needed "time to adapt".

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But the 25-year-old says he is happy with his role, amid links with a January move back to Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain.

"I was told there was something in the press, but I never said I would like to leave Liverpool," Fabinho told UOL.

"I knew I would need to have patience to wait for my moment. I am happy at Liverpool. There is no reason for me to leave."

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Fabinho has faced a battle to break into Liverpool's starting line-up, with James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and Georginio Wijnaldum also vying for places in central midfield.

But he has begun to win that battle in recent weeks, appearing in each of Liverpool's last six league games, while starting four, including Sunday's 1-0 win over Everton in the Merseyside derby.

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"[Klopp] did not give me a lot of explanations but I concentrated on my work in training and stayed focused on my work, without letting my head drop," Fabinho said.

"I tried to work because I knew opportunities would come. Now I just want to increase my number of games.

"In the last few matches I have played more and I believe that [I am] playing a good role. Since football is very intense here, I have to be very well prepared when the opportunity arises."

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Pick up your LFC Women's programme v Everton

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 08:00

Liverpool FC Women host Everton Ladies in the Continental Tyres Cup at Prenton Park on Wednesday night - make sure you pick up an official programme if you're heading to the game.

Kick-off is at 7pm GMT and the official matchday programme will keep you informed and entertained with all the latest Reds news.

Inside, there are exclusive interviews with striker Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, who has now experienced the Merseyside derby in both red and blue, and midfielder Rhiannon Roberts, and we also introduce a key member of the Reds' backroom staff, physio Hina Chauhan.

Manager Vicky Jepson offers her thoughts going into the game while we also hear from captain Sophie Bradley-Auckland.

We also have the lowdown on our local rivals as well as all the latest match action, facts and statistics.

With all this and much more, make sure you pick up your copy of the official matchday programme, which will be on sale inside the ground, priced at £2.

Season ticket holders for Liverpool FC and Tranmere Rovers FC, as well as LFC Members, will gain free entrance to the fixture.

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Pick up your LFC Women's programme v Everton

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Liverpool FC Women host Everton Ladies in the Continental Tyres Cup at Prenton Park on Wednesday night - make sure you pick up an official programme if you're heading to the game.
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In-form Liverpool gunning for another best-ever record at floundering Burnley

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 07:00

Liverpool take on 19th-placed Burnley in the Premier League this evening (7.45pm GMT). Here are all the key stats and facts ahead of kickoff at Turf Moor.


Another Best-Ever Record

Should they win this game the Reds will set a new club record for most points gained from the opening 15 games of a league season.

They will have 39 one more than they had at this stage of the 1904/05, 1978/79 and 1990/91 campaigns.

Burnley’s Rotten Form

 Burnley's manager Sean Dyche during the UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round 2nd Leg match between Burnley FC and ?stanbul Ba?ak?ehir at Turf Moor. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Burnley‘s season began on July 26, only 11 days after the World Cup final, and this evening will see them play their 22nd game of the campaign.

They have won one of their six home league games this season—they defeated Bournemouth 4-0 in September.

Since then at Turf Moor they have drawn with Huddersfield (1-1) and lost to Chelsea (0-4) and Newcastle (1-2).

They have taken four points from a possible 18 at Turf Moor this season.

The nine points they have amassed from 14 games during this campaign so far is 16 fewer than they had won at the same stage of last season.

A run of seven league games without a victory has seen Burnley fall from 12th to 19th and in that time they have earned two points from draws with Huddersfield and Leicester.

 Burnley's goalkeeper Joe Hart during the FA Premier League match between Leicester City FC and Burnley FC at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Home and away the Clarets have won only seven of their last 35 league games despite a run last March to April when they won five in succession.

In this calendar year have only recorded top-flight victories during the months of March, April and September.

They have conceded 17 goals in their last six league games, scoring three times in that spell.

‘Tis the Season

Liverpool's Ragnar Klavan (left) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with team-mates including Liverpool's Dejan Lovren (second left) during the Premier League match at Turf Moor, Burnley.

Liverpool have lost only two of their last 11 league visits to Turf Moor.

Prior to 2016 they went down 2-1 on Boxing Day 1973 when a Peter Cormack goal wasn’t enough to cancel out strikes from Ray Hankin and Paul Fletcher.

The Reds’ biggest victory at Turf Moor came when they won 5-1 in both December 1964 and December 1969.

They suffered their heaviest loss on Christmas Day, 1926 when they were beaten 4-0.

Liverpool’s biggest-ever league win over today’s opponents came on Boxing Day, 1928 when they won 8-0 at Anfield.

Liverpool’s Record on the Road

 Liverpool's James Milner celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reds have lost only once away from home in their last 11 league games—that came at Chelsea last May.

They are unbeaten in their last 15 league games since that defeat.

Liverpool have conceded four away goals in the Premier League this season—only Man City (one) have let in fewer on the road.

No Clean Sheet?

 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold congratulates goalkeeper Alisson Becker on a save during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield, the 232nd Merseyside Derby. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Liverpool have kept 11 clean sheets in the last 17 league games and conceded one goal in each of the other six.

But the Clarets have found the net in each of their last four meetings with Liverpool home and away.

However, should Burnley find the net in this game it will be the first time since 1948 that they have scored in a fifth consecutive league clash with the Reds.

Henderson’s 300th

Jordan Henderson will play the 300th league game of his career, if selected.

This Season’s Scorers

 Burnley's Sam Vokes during the FA Premier League match between Leicester City FC and Burnley FC at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Burnley: Vokes (4), Barnes (3), Wood (3), Gudmundsson (2), Cork (2), Tarkowski (2), Vydra (2), Hendrick (1), Lennon (1), Long (1)

Liverpool: Salah (9), Mane (7), Firmino (5), Milner (4), Sturridge (4), Shaqiri (2), Alexander-Arnold (1), Matip (1), Origi (1), Wijnaldum (1), own goals (1)

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Klopp on Fabinho's derby display and different roles

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 23:12

Jürgen Klopp reflected on a 'really good' Merseyside derby performance by Fabinho and backed the Brazil international to shine in different systems when necessary.

The summer signing was a strong figure in the middle of the park as Liverpool ultimately snatched a 1-0 victory over Everton at Anfield on Sunday.

On his 10th appearance for the Reds, Fabinho was deployed alongside Georginio Wijnaldum in midfield and helped to achieve the disruption to the visitors’ play the manager had wished for.

“I don’t judge it on big steps or small steps, it was just a good performance from him. It was exactly what I expected,” said Klopp.

“So far, Gini and Fabinho have worked really well together on the defending side.

“The most important thing about that game was how we defended up front – that was the biggest difference to other games. The high pressure was really brilliant.

“Nobody so far could really deny [Everton’s] build-up like we did, and they’ve played away at Chelsea. That was really brilliant.

“You have to be in the right spaces and that looked really good. On the other side, playing football was good. It can be better, like it always can be, but he was calm on the ball and it was a really good performance.”

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Fabinho has predominantly been used in a 4-2-3-1 formation so far this season but Klopp has no doubt he can adapt to other set-ups, such as the more typical 4-3-3 of recent years.

“Of course, because he has got used to it,” added the manager.

“The difference is not that big. We adapt to our defensive players as a unit and our attacking players as a unit with slight adjustments depending on the skills.

“That’s how it is. If you have quick centre-halves, you can defend higher. Then the ball in behind isn’t a problem. That’s what we have to do in these situations.

“So far, for Fabinho, it feels very familiar together with another No.6 in the centre. But of course he has to [play in other systems] and he will.”

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Klopp on Fabinho's derby display and different roles

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 23:12
Jürgen Klopp reflected on a 'really good' Merseyside derby performance by Fabinho and backed the Brazil international to shine in different systems when necessary.
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Dramatic derby victory must be consolidated at Turf Moor – Burnley vs. Liverpool Preview

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 20:00

Liverpool return to Premier League action on Wednesday night, with a potentially awkward trip to struggling Burnley.


Burnley vs. Liverpool

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 — 7.45pm (GMT)
Turf Moor
Premier League
Referee: Stuart Attwell

The Reds enjoyed one of their most memorable Merseyside derby victories in history at the weekend, thanks to Divock Origi‘s bizarre 96th-minute winner.

Not only was it vital for local bragging rights, but it kept Jurgen Klopp‘s side two points behind a relentless Man City outfit.

Wednesday’s opponents are struggling with a poor league season after last year’s excellent campaign and sit in the relegation zone.

However, trips to Turf Moor are rarely comfortable affairs and the Reds will have to be switched on against a physical team looking to get three vital points of their own.

For the Reds, confidence should be high after Sunday’s drama and if the title is to come Liverpool’s way in 2018/19, points cannot be dropped against relegation-threatened sides.

Klopp is expected to rotate, as a busy schedule kicks into gear, so this will be a big test of his team’s much-discussed squad depth.

Another win is paramount whatever the starting XI.

This fixture last season: Burnley 1-2 Liverpool

Team News

Sadio Mane (foot) and Andy Robertson (dead leg) could both miss out through injury, with the duo set to be assessed once more before the game.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rhian Brewster are still a way off returning from long-term problems and there is no word on Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana‘s respective fitness, with both not making the squad against Everton.

Changes are expected at Turf Moor, with the matches coming thick and fast for Liverpool in the coming weeks.

Lovren (if fit) and Joel Matip will be hoping to force their way into the team at centre-back, while Alberto Moreno could come in if Robertson is unavailable.

Jordan Henderson has served his suspension and is likely to return, as could James Milner, although the impressive performance of Fabinho at the weekend means the Brazilian deserves to keep his place.

 Liverpool's Naby Keita during the FA Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Naby Keita will be hoping for a rare start as he looks to spark his Reds career into life and he may even be used further up the pitch in place of Mane.

Daniel Sturridge and derby hero Origi are both options if Klopp feels the need to shake things up in attack, with Roberto Firmino struggling for form.

Burnley are still without Nick Pope, Stephen Ward and Jon Walters, but Sean Dyche has no other definite absentees ahead of the game. Robbie Brady is a doubt, however.

Last 5 away to Burnley (All Competitions)

Liverpool's Ragnar Klavan (left) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with team-mates including Liverpool's Dejan Lovren (second left) during the Premier League match at Turf Moor, Burnley.

Won 2-1 – January 2018 (Gudmundsson; Mane, Klavan)
Lost 2-0 – August 2016 (Vokes, Gray)
Won 1-0 – December 2014 (Sterling)
Won 4-0 – April 2010 (Gerrard x2, Maxi, Babel)
Lost 1-0 – January 2005 (Traore OG)

Turf Moor

A general view of Turf Moor, home of Burnley

Capacity: 22,546

Away fans’ pubs: Burnley Cricket Club, behind the away end of the stadium. Cracking atmosphere.

Did You Know?

 Liverpool's Divock Origi (2nd from R) celebrates with team-mates Virgil van Dijk (L) and Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' (R) after his winning goal deep into injury time during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield, the 232nd Merseyside Derby. Liverpool won 1-0. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Liverpool have supposedly been far less potent in front of goal compared to last season, if you listen to the general narrative.

They have only scored one fewer (27) than at this point in the Premier League in 2017/18 (28), however, which goes to show what an overreaction it is.

The Reds only truly kicked into gear in the final third as the campaign progressed – we will hopefully see similar this time around.

Form

 Liverpool's substitute Divock Origi scores the winning goal deep into injury time after a terrible error by Everton's goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield, the 232nd Merseyside Derby. Liverpool won 1-0. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Burnley – Last five results (all competitions)

Lost 2-0 vs. Crystal Palace
Lost 2-1 vs. Newcastle
Drew 0-0 vs. Leicester
Lost 4-2 vs. West Ham
Lost 4-0 vs. Chelsea

Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)

Won 1-0 vs. Everton
Lost 2-1 vs. PSG
Won 3-0 vs. Watford
Won 2-0 vs. Fulham
Lost 2-0 vs. Red Star Belgrade

Klopp’s View

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Speaking in Tuesday’s press conference, Klopp played down Firmino’s current slump by his high standards, saying he will only come back stronger:

“It’s completely normal that he doesn’t play his best football in each second of the game, but he’s an important player.

“That’s just how it is with a player’s career, you have these moments where you fly and you cannot really explain it, and other moments where you have to work a bit harder.

“That’s exactly the case for him, it’s nothing to worry about. It’s just a normal football season. We all have to go through these little holes and everything will be fine again.

“Especially with him, because his attitude is absolutely phenomenal and that makes it easier for him. He will never stop.”

TV & Live Blog Info

 Liverpool players celebrate after a dramatic late injury time winning goal from Divock Origi during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield, the 232nd Merseyside Derby. Liverpool won 1-0. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

It is a rare full schedule of midweek Premier League action, but Burnley vs. Liverpool is not part of BT Sport’s live coverage.

This is Anfield’s matchday live blog will be running as always, though, with Chris Williams tasked with guiding you through proceedings at Turf Moor.

He will be live from 7pm (GMT), with kickoff at 7.45pm.

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Joe Hart’s thankless task and why Burnley fans expect “one-way traffic” for Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 18:00

Liverpool head to Burnley on Wednesday night, with Clarets fans struggling for optimism after a poor start to the season that has left them 19th.


Jurgen Klopp‘s side are still on a high after the weekend win over Everton—one of the Reds’ most dramatic derby victories in history.

Focus is required as they head to Turf Moor, however, with the thought of all their hard work going to waste an unthinkable one.

Liverpool come up against a Burnley outfit in the relegation fight, but can Sean Dyche’s men pull off a surprise?

Ahead of the match, we spoke to No Nay Never Podcast’s Natalie Bromley (@NoNayNever) to get her thoughts on Burnley‘s struggles, Liverpool’s title hopes and the midweek clash.

Burnley are 19th in the Premier League – we’re guessing it’s been a season to forget so far?

 Burnley's Sam Vokes during the FA Premier League match between Leicester City FC and Burnley FC at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Hardly! I guess your view of this largely depends on expectations.

We got to play in the Europa League for the first time in 52 years, which was fantastic and a great reward for last season’s efforts.

We’re in the bottom three at the moment but it’s December and we’re still playing in the greatest league in the world.

That’s not a season to forget!

What has changed in comparison to last season?

 Burnley's manager Sean Dyche during the UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round 2nd Leg match between Burnley FC and ?stanbul Ba?ak?ehir at Turf Moor. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This is a tough one, as it’s hard to put your finger on it.

We’re definitely not as solid defensively as we were last season, so it could be the slight change in personnel at the back.

Others have suggested that Sean Dyche is slightly limited in his tactics and we’ve been ‘found out’.

The most disappointing thing to note is our lack of creativity up front. We didn’t create many goals last season, but it’s pretty non-existent this time around.

That has to change.

Which three players have stood out most, and why?

 Burnley's goalkeeper Joe Hart during the FA Premier League match between Leicester City FC and Burnley FC at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Honestly, I couldn’t name three.

Joe Hart has been fantastic and our goal difference could have been -100 by now if it wasn’t for him.

Other than that, not many!

Johann Berg Gudmundsson continues to impress and was an absolute steal at his price.

 

What have you made of Liverpool’s start to 2018/19? Genuine title challengers now?

 Liverpool's Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' celebrate an injury time winning goal from Divock Origi (hidden) during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield, the 232nd Merseyside Derby. Liverpool won 1-0. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

As much as I’d love to say yes, it’s going to be hard to take it off Man City again.

That said, you’re probably the closest team to be able to do it. You’re scoring goals and winning games that you would have drawn last year.

The task will be keeping it up all season and keeping that focus in the business end.

Anyone you fear for the Reds, in particular?

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk wearing a rainbow coloured captain's armband during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield, the 232nd Merseyside Derby. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Do I really need to name just one?! The whole team. In every position.

All joking aside, you’re strong in every position and it’s going to be a very hard game for us.

I’m particularly looking forward to watching Ashley Barnes vs. Virgil van Dijk.

Looking ahead to the game, where do you see the key battles taking place?

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane (L) celebrates scoring the fourth goal with team-mate Xherdan Shaqiri during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Cardiff City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Let’s be realistic here, it’s going to be one-way traffic throughout the 90 minutes.

We will defend and defend and defend—the key battle will be Hart vs. every single one of your attacking players.

Hit us with a prediction…

Burnley 0-45 Liverpool!

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Burnley v Liverpool: Team news

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 18:00

Jordan Henderson is available again but Liverpool have fitness doubts over Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson for the Premier League clash with Burnley on Wednesday night.

The Reds captain, who served a one-game suspension as Jürgen Klopp’s side won the 232nd Merseyside derby last weekend, comes back into contention ahead of the game at Turf Moor.

An appearance for Henderson would be the 300th of his league career.

Mane and Robertson will be closely monitored before the manager chooses his XI, however, after suffering a cut to the foot and dead leg respectively against Everton.

“Sadio really had an awful cut on his foot. It needed to be stitched,” Klopp explained at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

“He is OK but walking around here now in flip-flops and you don’t play in flip-flops! That means in this moment he is not ready, but we will see later. With Robbo it is not that serious as with Sadio, but we need to have a look.”

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Burnley sit 19th in the Premier League table ahead of Liverpool’s visit, having not won any of their last seven matches, but Klopp considers that a false position.

“The squad is strong and I know they will be fine in the end of the season, I am sure,” he said.

“They look calm in the moment and so far they didn’t get the results they maybe would have deserved with their performances. Now we have to make sure their run starts at the earliest at the weekend and not earlier.”

Burnley midfielder Steven Defour is ‘touch and go’ for the match due to a knee issue.

Sean Dyche has no other fresh injury concerns, though, with Nick Pope and Stephen Ward long-term absentees for the Clarets.

“He’s struggled with his knee just a little bit so we’ve made sure we’ve taken care of it the last couple of days. We’ll see how it is tomorrow,” Dyche said of Defour.

“It’s not serious, we’re just making sure he’s right, that’s all. He’s OK generally with his knee, he’s six games back in, so we’re making sure.”

The Burnley boss confirmed his squad is ‘pretty much OK otherwise’.

Last time out

Crystal Palace v Burnley (December 1): Hart, Lowton, Long, Mee, Taylor, Lennon, Defour, Cork, Gudmundsson, Hendrick, Wood.

Liverpool v Everton (December 2): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Shaqiri, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

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Burnley v Liverpool: Team news

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 18:00
Jordan Henderson is available again but Liverpool have fitness doubts over Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson for the Premier League clash with Burnley on Wednesday night.
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Keita set for rare start as Klopp ponders changes – Predicting Liverpool’s starting lineup vs. Burnley

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 17:00

Jurgen Klopp can be expected to rotate as he aims to avoid fatigue in Liverpool’s midweek trip to Burnley in the Premier League on Wednesday.


The Reds take to Turf Moor on the back of an uplifting 1-0 win over Everton on Sunday, but coming just three days after the Merseyside derby this clash could prove tricky.

Regardless, with the 19th-placed Clarets having played on Saturday and with Klopp calling upon a stronger squad this season, there is plenty of cause for optimism.

Klopp may be forced to make some alterations to his starting lineup in Lancashire due to fitness issues, however.

But, on a positive slant, this will provide opportunities for those—like the weekend’s goalscorer, Divock Origi—who have been waiting patiently in the wings.

So how could Liverpool shape up for their visit to the relegation candidates?

Team News

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Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Klopp confirmed that both Andy Robertson and Sadio Mane were facing late fitness tests.

He explained that while Robertson was “not that serious,” Mane had suffered “a really awful cut on his foot,” which suggests that the winger, at least, would miss out against Burnley.

Another player who could be omitted is Roberto Firmino, with Klopp acknowledging a drop in form from his No. 9, though the manager insisted it was “nothing to worry about.”

Both Origi and Daniel Sturridge are available as alternatives, as is Dominic Solanke, though the manager explained that long-term absentee Rhian Brewster is “not close enough” in his recovery.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will also miss out, while it is likely Adam Lallana will do so too.

The prospect of rotation comes at an interesting time, with Burnley languishing just above the bottom of the table, and the likes of Joel Matip, Alberto Moreno and Naby Keita could come in.

Jordan Henderson will also be considered, having sat out of the derby through suspension.

Possible Lineups at Turf Moor

 Liverpool's Naby Keita during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With a trip to Bournemouth to come on Saturday, followed by high-profile clashes with Napoli and Man United to come next week, it seems the right decision to omit Mane on Wednesday.

Having required stitches for the foot injury sustained in the derby, it would be wise to allow the No. 10 to recover fully for the Champions League decider.

Similarly, a relatively ‘easy’ clash with a troubled Burnley side could be the right time to rest Robertson and Firmino, who are among Klopp’s most-used players so far this season.

Moreno provides a like-for-like replacement for Robertson at left-back, and could slot in alongside the rest of Klopp’s regular defence.

Leaving out both Mane and Firmino could require a shift back to a 4-3-3 formation, with Naby Keita the obvious candidate to provide thrust in the three-man midfield.

Klopp could also opt to bring in a rested James Milner, with he, Keita and Gini Wijnaldum proving a successful trio in the early weeks of the season.

And it may be tempting to start Origi after his derby-day heroics, the more sensible, tested option would be Daniel Sturridge:

Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Moreno; Wijnaldum, Milner, Keita; Salah, Shaqiri, Sturridge

If Klopp were to retain the 4-2-3-1, however, he may be required to experiment with his attacking options in support of Salah up front.

Instead of deploying Milner and Keita in a more traditional midfield unit, they could instead be pushed further upfield alongside Xherdan Shaqiri.

If so, the returning Henderson could take his place alongside Fabinho in the “double six” midfield Klopp suggested when discussing the possibility of starting both during pre-season.

And with further changes available at the back, either Matip or Dejan Lovren could slot in at centre-back, with Gomez potentially moving across to right-back.

This would, in theory, provide a solution to Burnley‘s physical approach, though it can certainly be argued that the centre-back pairing of Gomez and Van Dijk should not be disrupted:

Alisson; Gomez, Matip, Van Dijk, Moreno; Fabinho, Henderson; Milner, Keita, Shaqiri; Salah

This fixture proves to be one of the least straightforward Klopp has faced so far this season in terms of team selection, as though changes are necessary it is debatable how many.

But given Burnley‘s difficult start to the season, and the quality throughout the Liverpool squad, there should be more than enough for Liverpool to target a comfortable win at Turf Moor.

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Robbo in running for Premier League Player of the Month

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 16:59

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson has been nominated for the Premier League Player of the Month award for November.

The Scotland captain played all three of the Reds’ matches, a 1-1 draw at Arsenal and victories over Fulham and Watford either side of the international break.

As well as contributing to two clean sheets, Robertson helped to create two goals from left-back.

The No.26 is up against six other Premier League players for the prize: Felipe Anderson, Lucas Digne, Leroy Sane, David Silva, Moussa Sissoko and Raheem Sterling.

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Robbo in running for Premier League Player of the Month

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 16:59
Liverpool defender Andy Robertson has been nominated for the Premier League Player of the Month award for November.
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Klopp: No problem accepting FA charge

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 16:00
"The last time I did it was about 14 years ago. In 14 years I'm probably not that quick anymore, it will be fine." By Sky Sports News

Last Updated: 04/12/18 6:44pm

0:38 Jurgen Klopp says he has no problem receiving an FA fine Jurgen Klopp says he has no problem receiving an FA fine

Jurgen Klopp says he has "no problem" taking an £8,000 fine after accepting an FA charge of misconduct for his Merseyside derby celebrations.

Klopp ran to the centre circle at Anfield when Divock Origi scored in the final moments to clinch a dramatic victory for Liverpool over Everton on Sunday.

Asked what he made of the charge, Klopp said on Tuesday: "[It's] absolutely okay. I couldn't avoid it obviously.

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"I have no problem with that, I think it is completely normal. The last time I did it was about 14 years ago. In 14 years I'm probably not that quick anymore, it will be fine.

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"I have no problem to pay a fine. We all make mistakes, usually I learn from them - at least for a long period. It will not happen that quick anymore.

"It is not a massive mistake but if there was no rule against it then we as managers would constantly celebrate on the pitch, and the whole bench would run there. That is the strange thing.

0:36 Watch Jurgen Klopp run on to the Anfield pitch in jubilation after Divock Origi's winner Watch Jurgen Klopp run on to the Anfield pitch in jubilation after Divock Origi's winner

"I don't think anyone thought it was massively wrong or whatever. Not even the ref - they were surprised themselves that somebody was running that direction."

Klopp apologised to Everton manager Marco Silva for his celebrations after the match and said he was not sure how the FA would respond to his actions.

"I didn't want to be disrespectful but I couldn't stop myself," Klopp told Sky Sports. "It just happened.

"The plan was not to run [onto the pitch to celebrate]. When I chose to stop I was close to Alisson. He was surprised. It was the last situation of the game. Both teams delivered an unbelievable fight."

Silva said he did not hear an apology from Klopp.

1:15 Premier League coaches give their verdict on Klopp's Merseyside derby celebrations Premier League coaches give their verdict on Klopp's Merseyside derby celebrations

"To be honest I didn't see [Klopp's run]," he said. "I don't know what he did and the way he did it.

"It was a lucky day for him this afternoon but that is football. I don't think he expected anything like that either.

"I cannot say it was disrespectful because I didn't see, when I see that moment maybe I can speak more about that situation."

Several Premier League managers have come out in support of Klopp's celebrations, with the last-gasp victory keeping them just two points behind leaders Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola said Klopp's reaction was "understandable", admitting he and his adversaries have "a lot of emotions in those moments".

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Wolves v Liverpool: Away ticket details

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 15:14

Liverpool FC has released the following away ticket details for the Premier League fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday December 21.

The game at Molineux will kick off at 8pm GMT.

We have received a total allocation of 3,000 stand tickets for this all-ticket fixture.

Supporters not in possession of a ticket are urged not to travel.

Ticket prices                                   

Adults - £30
Over 65s/17-21 years - £17
12-16 years - £14
11 years and under - £12                       

Please be aware that supporters in possession of concessionary tickets will be asked for ID at the turnstiles. If supporters are not able to provide the relevant ID, they will be refused entry.

Hospitality members

Sir Kenny Dalglish box holders, premium level and centenary club members should contact the hospitality department on 0151 264 2222, option two.

Disabled supporters

Within the allocation, we have received 12 pairs of wheelchair and personal assistant tickets. Ambulant and personal assistant tickets are also available - please click here.

Ticket sales

The below sales will take place online only.

Tickets will be available to season ticket holders, official members and fan card holders based on attendance at Premier League away fixtures during 2017-18 on the following days.

Attendance at 12 games: from 8.15am on Friday December 7 until 10.45am on Monday December 10.

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

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

Attendance at 11 or more games: from 11am until 1.45pm on Monday December 10

Attendance at 10 or more games: from 2pm on Monday December 10 until 10.45am on Tuesday December 11

Attendance at nine or more games: from 11am on Tuesday December 11

Should there be any tickets remaining following the initial sales, the club will make a further announcement. Supporters are advised to check here for sale updates.

For ticket fulfilment (delivery and collection of tickets), click here

For coach travel, click here

For a visiting supporter guide, click here

For away support information, click here

For general information, click here

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