LFC NEWS

Video: The best of Salah's brilliance against Bournemouth

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 02/10/2019 - 10:11
Mohamed Salah was at the heart of much of Liverpool's best attacking work against Bournemouth as he reached the 20-goal mark for the season.
Categories: LFC NEWS

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

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 02/10/2019 - 10:00

Check out a schedule of local community events planned by the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours teams in the coming week.

For more information on these activities, and the work of the two organisations, follow @LFCFoundation and @Red_Neighbours on Twitter or click here.

Monday February 11

Premier League Kicks sessions

Walton Hall Park - 7pm-8pm (age 11-17)
Speke Community Centre - 6pm-8pm (age 11+)

Respect 4 All Ability Counts session (Disability)

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 5-12), 7pm-8pm (age 13+)

Tuesday February 12

Premier League Kicks session

Toxteth Firefit Hub - 5.30pm-6.30pm (age 8-13), 6.30pm-7.30pm (age 14-19)

Respect 4 All (Disability)

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 5-16), 7pm-8pm (age 17+) 

Red Neighbours Walking Football  

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 3pm-4pm

Open Goals

Seaforth in Bowersdale Park (meet at Bowersdale Resource Centre) - 5pm-6pm

Wednesday February 13    

Premier League Kicks sessions

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 5pm-6pm (age 7-11), 6pm-7pm (age 12-17), 5pm-6pm (age 8-13 girls only)

Respect 4 All (Disability)

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 5+)

Open Goals

Crosby in Coronation Park (meet at Alchemy Crosby Youth & Community Centre) - 4.30pm-5.30pm

Thursday February 14

Premier League Kicks sessions

Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Wavertree - 5pm-6pm (age 8-13), 6pm-7pm (age 14-17)

Gateacre School - 6pm-7pm (age 8-11), 7pm-8pm (age 12-16)

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 8pm-10pm (age 13+)

Respect 4 All (Disability)

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 7pm-8pm (age 5+)

Military Veterans

Netherton Goals - 5pm-7.30pm

Friday February 15

Premier League Kicks sessions

Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Wavertree - 6pm-8pm (age 14-19)
Croxteth Sports Centre - 6pm-8pm (age 11-17)
Kirkby Leisure Centre - 5pm-6pm (age 8-13), 6pm-8pm (age 14-17)
Netherton Activity Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 8-11), 7pm-8pm (age 12-19)

Respect 4 All (Disability)

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 5-16), 7pm-8pm (age 17+)

Red Neighbours Walking Football  

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 11am-12pm

Red Neighbours Walking Netball 

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 11.30am-12.30pm

Saturday February 16

Respect 4 All (Disability)

Woodchurch High School - 10.30am-11.30am (SLD Child), 11.30am-12.30pm (Ability Counts), 12.30pm-1.30pm (SLD Adults)

Open Goals 

Wavertree Sports Park - 11am-12pm, 12pm-1pm 
Stanley Park - 11am-12pm, 12pm-1pm 
Norris Green Park - 1.30pm-3pm
Jubilee Sports Bank - 1.30pm-2.30pm

Sunday February 17   

Open Goals    

Walton Hall Park - 1pm-2pm, 2pm-3pm
Belle Vale Park - 1pm-2pm, 2pm-3pm 
Doric Park - 11am-12pm

Military Veterans 

LFC Academy - 3pm-4.30pm

Let's block ads! (Why?)

Categories: LFC NEWS

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

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 02/10/2019 - 10:00
Check out a schedule of local community events planned by the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours teams in the coming week.
Categories: LFC NEWS

The media on LFC 3-0 Bournemouth: 'Anfield was bouncing from start to finish'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 02/10/2019 - 09:36

Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah were on the mark as Liverpool returned to winning ways with a 3-0 victory over Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday.

The success saw the Reds go three points clear at the top of the Premier League ahead of Manchester City’s meeting with Chelsea on Sunday.

Here is what the media made of the match…

James Pearce, Liverpool Echo

The battle cry came from their King and Kopites delivered. All the nerves and anxiety of recent weeks were swept aside as Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League table in style. 'Unity is Strength' read the banner on the Kop and this was the revitalised Reds operating as one powerful united force. They were unstoppable. “When it gets towards the finishing line that’s when you need them most of all,” declared Sir Kenny Dalglish on the eve of Bournemouth's visit. “The fans can get them over the line with their support.” The message to embrace and enjoy this title race rather than fret about potentially falling short got through loud and clear. Anfield was bouncing from start to finish as that thunderous encouragement helped inspire a dominant display and a resounding victory as they re-established their three-point lead over Manchester City. Jürgen Klopp paid tribute to supporters' group Spion Kop 1906 in his programme notes and rightly so. They had taken a stand against the negativity which had seeped in following the insipid draws against Leicester and West Ham. They had mobilised a fanbase to show up early and make a difference. The volume levels throughout were more akin to a big European night. Here was the power of Anfield. The improvement in all departments was vast. On the day that Klopp urged fans to 'fasten their seatbelts' for the run-in, Liverpool took the handbrake off. The front three of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Mane were back to their dazzling best as they tormented Eddie Howe's side. The return of the outstanding Gini Wijnaldum, who overcame a sickness bug which ruled him out of training on Friday, added class and control in midfield, while alongside him Naby Keita's Liverpool career took a massive step forward and Fabinho impressed once again.

Neil Jones, Goal.com

After two draws – yes, that constitutes a mini-crisis these days – Klopp’s side are back on track, and back on top of the Premier League. Just as importantly, they looked back to their old selves in dispatching Bournemouth at Anfield. This was their 20th win from 26 league games, and it was achieved in a style which suggests the disappointment of Leicester and West Ham is already forgotten. Those seeking to crown Manchester City as champions will have to wait. Klopp had insisted in the build-up to this game that talk of pressure and nerves was irrelevant as far as his players were concerned. “Our only tool,” he said, “is football.” They used it well here, scoring picture-book goals courtesy of Wijnaldum and Salah, after Mane had headed them into a 24th-minute lead. That strike meant the Senegal star has now scored in four successive Premier League games for the first time in his career. With a dozen league goals, he is now level with Eden Hazard and closing on Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. That’s some going. Salah has been Liverpool’s headline-grabber over the past 18 months, but Mane’s consistency, and his importance to this title challenge, must not be underestimated. Hungry, selfless and deadly, the 26-year-old represents everything that is good about Klopp’s side. His ovation as he left the field here, replaced late on by Divock Origi, was both rapturous and deserved. Wijnaldum, restored to the side after a minor knee injury, had brought drive and composure to proceedings, and both were in evidence on 34 minutes as he broke the lines to latch onto Andy Robertson’s astute pass, bring the ball down with one touch and then, with his second, lift a gorgeous effort over Artur Boruc and into the net. Think Robert Pires against Peter Schmeichel, and you’re pretty much there.

David Lynch, Evening Standard

Klopp received a triple fitness boost in the build-up to today’s game, with Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Wijnaldum all recovering from injury in time to make the squad. But it was telling that only one of that trio featured in today’s starting line-up - and didn’t he prove why. This season, Wijnaldum has established himself as the man who makes Liverpool tick in the middle of the park courtesy of a potent mix of positional nous, vision, and patience in possession. And, while the Dutchman doesn’t get forward to score goals quite as often as during his early days at Anfield, his wonderful first-half finish showed he hasn’t lost his touch. The Reds desperately need his latest injury lay-off to be the last of 2018-19 if they are to win the title. It looked like it might never come during a rare two-game goal drought, but Salah is now finally on 20 goals for the season. The Egyptian is the first Liverpool player since a certain Luis Suarez to achieve that feat in consecutive campaigns - is there a better testament to his brilliance than that? Last year’s 44-goal haul won’t be repeated this time around, but he won’t care a jot if there’s a trophy at the end of it. And it is performances like this - featuring unselfish play as well as deadly finishing - that will increase the likelihood of a happy climax to the campaign. Keita was in fine form here, and his confidence only seemed to grow as the hosts added goals. The outside-of-the-boot pass to Roberto Firmino in the build-up to the third goal was a thing of beauty, and there were plenty of moments of similar brilliance from the Reds’ No.8 throughout.

Andy Dunn, Daily Mirror

Somehow, there is a perception in some quarters that Salah’s form has been slightly underwhelming this season. That is, of course, a falsehood based on his almost surreal contribution to the 2017-18 campaign. Salah has been as key to Liverpool’s progress this season as he was last season. That is now 17 Premier League goals in 25 appearances, a class-leading return. But in a mood like this, irresistible, the havoc he creates also opens the door for others. Salah himself cracked one against the crossbar when long odds-on to strike his 50th Premier League goal for Liverpool. It was down to Wijnaldum to demonstrate the finishing art when he collected Andy Robertson’s pass and lifted a lob over the statuesque Boruc. It is hard to overestimate the importance of Wijnaldum to Klopp’s process. His intelligence and energy provide the perfect link between this vastly improved defence and this peerless attack. He has developed into an integral part of the Liverpool system.

This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

Let's block ads! (Why?)

Categories: LFC NEWS

The media on LFC 3-0 Bournemouth: 'Anfield was bouncing from start to finish'

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 02/10/2019 - 09:36
Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah were on the mark as Liverpool returned to winning ways with a 3-0 victory over Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday.
Categories: LFC NEWS

Milner: Our front three were impossible to defend

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 02/10/2019 - 08:00

Liverpool's front three were 'impossible to defend' against Bournemouth on Saturday, according to James Milner.

Sadio Mane opened the scoring in the Premier League clash with a clinical header, the fourth successive match in which the Senegal international has netted.

With the incentive of reclaiming top spot in the division, the Reds clicked through the gears at Anfield and Georginio Wijnaldum’s delightful dink doubled their lead.

The Dutchman had competition for the game’s best goal, however. A flowing counter-attack three minutes into the second half peaked when Roberto Firmino’s unselfish backheel allowed Mohamed Salah to sweep home his 20th strike of the season.

Milner was thrilled by the combination work of Firmino, Mane and Salah and felt Liverpool created enough clear chances to have scored more.

But, nevertheless, the No.7 reflected on a strong display founded on the players’ determination to enjoy their football and the supporters’ commitment to doing their bit from the stands.

Read his post-match interview with Liverpoolfc.com in full below…

It was a wonderful response and performance and you’re back to the top. How good was that?

It was a better performance. There was more energy and more counter-pressing, which was good. We created some chances. In the second half, maybe we came off the gas slightly, but we were still creating chances going forward and could have had more. But maybe the defensive side wasn’t as good and that allowed them to have a few chances. But all in all, I think it says a lot about the squad. The preparation was disrupted again with a few illnesses and things like that, so it shows the character within the squad and the quality that’s there as well.

Watch: Highlights of the 3-0 win at Anfield

There was so much purpose about the performance wasn’t there?

We started the game really well and the crowd set the tempo as well. They were brilliant from the start, even in the warm-up. There was just a different feel around the whole place and that’s what we want. We are all in it together, that unity. That’s everyone at Melwood and everyone in the squad, at the club and the fans as well. They did their job and we managed to do ours – 3-0 and hopefully we can keep that going.

They were goals of all types, too…

The front three were brilliant all day. Some of their link-up play was impossible to defend: the movement, the understanding, the one-touch play. Probably the only disappointing thing is we didn’t score more. But we’re pleased to get a clean sheet and to get the three points was the main thing, obviously.

It seemed like one of those thoroughly enjoyable performances from a player’s point of view?

That’s what you want. If you are enjoying your football, then you play your best football. With the quality we have in our squad, it’s just about the players relaxing and playing to their strengths. Give it to Mo. Give it to Sadio. Let them do the stepovers, let them do the turns and the skills. That’s what they are good at. That’s what we have to do, the lads behind them – give them a solid base and give them plenty of the ball and let them go and express themselves.

You’ve talked about enjoying your football and playing with a smile on your face. That looked evident...

It was great and the crowd had a big part in that, the tempo they set and the atmosphere around the ground. That obviously gave the boys a lift. I thought we started pretty slow and they got behind us straight away and got us going really. We got into the game and got the goals. Once we scored the goal, we reacted better than we have done in recent games. We kept on the front foot – and that’s important – instead of taking our foot off the gas or trying to defend what you have got. Go again and keep playing the way we do as that’s what got us to where we are. How we want to play is front foot, that’s the way we know how to play and what we are good at.

Will the 10 days [before the next game] come in handy now?

I think [it will] for everyone. We are having one of those runs in the season where we have got little niggles, little injuries, illnesses and disruption to the team a couple of days before, it has been the last few games really. People say it’s disappointing the draws we have had – yes, it is, we would like to win – but all in all, hopefully at the end of the season we can look back and say they are good draws with the circumstances. Being hard to beat, no matter what the circumstances, that comes down to the team spirit within the squad, grafting through little knocks and illnesses and giving your all for the cause. The boys have been brilliant. Hopefully we can rest up and get everyone back fit. It was good to see Trent back, Hendo was on the bench if needed. That’s good and hopefully a few more can come back in the next 10 days, refresh and go again.

[embedded content]

Let's block ads! (Why?)

Categories: LFC NEWS

Milner: Our front three were impossible to defend

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 02/10/2019 - 08:00
Liverpool's front three were 'impossible to defend' against Bournemouth on Saturday, according to James Milner.
Categories: LFC NEWS

Video: Watch Gini's genius lob from every angle

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 02/10/2019 - 05:00

See Georginio Wijnaldum's exquisite lob against Bournemouth from every available angle on LFCTV GO now.

The Liverpool midfielder scored the second goal of an assured 3-0 win at Anfield on Saturday with a perfect piece of technique.

Wijnaldum surged onto a forward pass from Andy Robertson, controlled the ball, paused and then lifted a precise finish over Artur Boruc.

It's a strike worth savouring - and LFCTV GO subscribers can watch it from a range of viewpoints in the video below.

Not yet signed up? Try LFCTV GO free for a month now - click here for more details.

Let's block ads! (Why?)

Categories: LFC NEWS

Video: Watch Gini's genius lob from every angle

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 02/10/2019 - 05:00
See Georginio Wijnaldum's exquisite lob against Bournemouth from every available angle on LFCTV GO now.
Categories: LFC NEWS

Firmino’s superb assist

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sun, 02/10/2019 - 00:00

[unable to retrieve full-text content]

Roberto Firmino provided a sensational assist for Mohamed Salah to wrap up Liverpool's 3-0 win against Bournemouth.
Categories: LFC NEWS

WATCH: Firmino's amazing assist

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sun, 02/10/2019 - 00:00

Last Updated: 10/02/19 7:20am

0:39 Watch Roberto Firmino’s superb assist Watch Roberto Firmino’s superb assist

Roberto Firmino produced an amazing assist for Mohamed Salah to score in Liverpool's easy 3-0 win over Bournemouth.

Salah grabbed his 17th goal of the season as Liverpool roared back to the top of the table.

Salah's finish was sublime, although he owed plenty to the vision of Firmino's intelligent backheel while running into the area.

Hit the video to watch his outrageous assist.

Play Super 6

Predict 6 correct scores for your chance to win £250K.

Let's block ads! (Why?)

Categories: LFC NEWS

LFC 3-0 Bournemouth: Watch highlights and reaction

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 02/09/2019 - 23:59
Watch the goals, extended highlights, reaction and much more from Liverpool's 3-0 win over Bournemouth on LFCTV GO now.
Categories: LFC NEWS

RIP Ian Ross

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 02/09/2019 - 21:21

Liverpool Football Club is deeply saddened by the passing of former player Ian Ross, aged 72.

The defender joined the Reds when he left his hometown of Glasgow to sign for the club in 1963, turning professional two years later.

He went on to make 69 senior appearances, scoring four goals, across his seven-year senior career at Anfield, the most famous of which came during a European Fairs Cup clash with Bayern Munich in Germany in March 1971.

Ross scored Liverpool’s only goal of the 1-1 draw that evening and also turned in an outstanding display against Franz Beckenbauer.

He departed the Reds for Aston Villa in 1972.

The thoughts of everybody at the club are with Ian’s family and friends at this sad time.

RIP Ian Ross 1947-2019

Let's block ads! (Why?)

Categories: LFC NEWS

RIP Ian Ross

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 02/09/2019 - 21:21
Liverpool Football Club is deeply saddened by the passing of former player Ian Ross, aged 72.
Categories: LFC NEWS

Robbo hails Keita's best Liverpool performance so far

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 02/09/2019 - 18:57

Andy Robertson felt Naby Keita's influential performance in Liverpool's 3-0 win over Bournemouth was the best of his debut season so far.

The Reds returned to winning ways at Anfield on Saturday, with goals from Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah moving the hosts three points clear at the Premier League summit.

Jürgen Klopp praised the rounded nature of his side’s display in his post-match assessment and Robertson concurred that Liverpool had responded appropriately to successive 1-1 draws against Leicester City and West Ham United.

The left-back highlighted the efforts of the midfield three in particular and took satisfaction from seeing Keita flourish in front of a buoyant home crowd.

Asked about the contributions of the central trio, Robertson told Liverpoolfc.com: “They were different class. On my side, I thought that Naby was excellent.

“He has taken a wee bit of time to settle in but today was probably his best performance in a Liverpool shirt. I’m sure he can take a lot of confidence from that, which he will.

“Gini has been magnificent this season and he pops up with a goal and, to be fair to him, it’s a great finish. Fabinho just goes about his business and won the ball back for us so many times.

“So, the midfield won their battles and that set us off and everyone followed suit. I don’t think we lost many battles all over the field.”

On Keita, who celebrates his 24th birthday on Sunday, Robertson continued: “He’s young and he’s had to take time. But if you look at all of us, Fabinho had to take time, me, Chambo.

“There’s a kind of pattern emerging that you need to settle in and you need to learn the way to play and things like that.

“I think everyone forgets how young Naby is – 24 tomorrow, he’s only a young boy. He’s a fantastic player and the more he shows it the more people will start talking about him.

“I thought today he was a different class. I’m sure his confidence will be sky high after today.”

Liverpool, who had dropped below Manchester City on goal difference this week, were determined to pack a punch at Anfield and wasted little time in doing so.

Mane’s clinical header broke the deadlock and it was from Robertson’s assist that Wijnaldum coolly took advantage of space to lift a delicate lob over Artur Boruc.

And an outstanding, unselfish flick by Firmino three minutes into the second half set up Salah to seal the Reds’ 20th victory in 26 Premier League fixtures this term.

“We had the beauty, as such, of playing first this weekend and it was all about bouncing back from the last two performances,” said Robertson.

“From the first whistle I thought we were excellent. We were playing against a really good team today, a team that can cause problems on the counter-attack and they did that a couple of times in the first half.

“But, overall, I thought we deserved the win and we deserved the clean sheet, and it probably could have been more.

“In this league it is so hard to win games and you have to work for every inch that you get. And you have to work for every goal that you score, and thankfully we did that today.

“Bournemouth, two games ago, beat Chelsea 4-0. So, they are having a good season, they have a good team and a good manager. We knew what test we were up against.

“But today was all about us and setting the tempo, getting the fans onside early doors, and we managed that by tackles, goals and an all-round good performance.”

[embedded content]

Robertson also paid tribute to the impact of Liverpool’s supporters on Saturday, revealing the sense of anticipation within the dressing room to turn the energy from the stands into points on the board.

“It was brilliant,” he said of the atmosphere. “The fans got behind us, they were in nice and early and they got behind us from the first whistle. It always makes a difference.

“But we know we have to put on a performance to match that. We need to put in a performance to get the fans onside; to win our tackles, to score goals, to create chances. That’s the only way you are going to get fans off their seats and that’s in any league at any time.

“You could sense in the changing room today that we couldn’t wait to get out and warm up and we couldn’t wait for the game to start – and we took that into the game. That’s why we started so well.

“It’s all about taking that attitude into the next 12 games and let’s see where we finish.”

Let's block ads! (Why?)

Categories: LFC NEWS

Robbo hails Keita's best Liverpool performance so far

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 02/09/2019 - 18:57
Andy Robertson felt Naby Keita's influential performance in Liverpool's 3-0 win over Bournemouth was the best of his debut season so far.
Categories: LFC NEWS

Anfield rewarded & key men recapture form – 5 talking points from Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 02/09/2019 - 18:50

Liverpool got back to winning ways and returned to the top of the Premier League table with a convincing performance and a 3-0 win over Bournemouth at Anfield.


Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth

Premier League, Anfield
February 9, 2019

Goals: Mane 23′, Wijnaldum 33′, Salah 47′

Anfield Atmosphere

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jurgen Klopp had made the call pre-game for the fans to turn up and “shout their souls” out—and the supporters certainly responded.

For a 3pm kickoff, there was more noise around the start of the match, more early support and more flags on show than could normally be expected.

The Kop was in good voice and plenty of the players on the pitch were serenaded early on, Andy Robertson and Mo Salah in particular.

There were also renditions of Old Scouser Tommy and, a throwback to the last big title challenge, Poetry in Motion clearly audible—and this was all in the first half.

Supporters’ efforts were rewarded with a dominant performance—now the Kop’s own challenge is to maintain standards, just as the players must do.

Gini’s Return

 Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Gini Wijnaldum has been one of the most vital and consistent players for the Reds all season, but of late a few injury niggles had deprived Klopp of his talents.

Returning to the lineup at Anfield on Saturday, the Dutchman showcased his importance and his ability once more.

Effectively playing as the right-sided of two No. 8s in a midfield three, Gini was a constant runner from deep into the channels, constantly looking to link with the front three and getting himself into the penalty area more often than the central players have of late.

Before half-time, one such run ended with him lofting a brilliant finish for his second goal of the season and 2-0 on the day.

It’s indicative of what he’s capable of—but the numbers also highlight just how much the Reds have needed the midfield to step up in goalscoring terms.

Wijnaldum is the most capable goalscorer in that middle third; a few more between now and the end of the season would be much appreciated and would underline what has been his best campaign on Merseyside.

Forwards on Form

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Arguably just as pleasing as the full-time scoreline were the interchanges, exchanges and superb movement shown between the front three.

After a couple of below-par games from Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, all three were very much impressive and excellent at Anfield on Saturday.

A goal for Mane continued his recent run of finding the net, while Firmino teed up Salah for another excellent goal.

The pace of the game was better thanks to their movement and ability to play off each other, tearing Bournemouth‘s defence apart with increasing regularity.

It was selfless as well as mesmerising for most of the 90 minutes, though, which bodes well for a return to top form heading into the crucial final third of the season.

Salah is now one short of 50 in the league for the Reds; Mane has outscored his tally from last season in the Premier League and only needs one more to equal his first campaign at Anfield.

And each of the front three arguably should have scored another goal apiece: Mane’s header wide, Salah off the bar and Firmino’s one-on-one!

More Choices for Klopp to Consider

 Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mates during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

We’ve mentioned Wijnaldum—he replaced Adam Lallana in the lineup—but there were other returning players from injury.

Trent Alexander-Arnold came on for the final 15 minutes after missing three league games and Jordan Henderson was back on the bench also after another injury issue.

Then there was Naby Keita: not injured recently, but with this game making his fourth league start in succession for just the second time this season.

Indeed, it was his fourth start in a row in all competitions for the first time in 2018/19. He wasn’t entirely dominant, but the performance was better again, more aggressive, another step in the right direction.

Xherdan Shaqiri went the opposite way, a minor strain keeping him out on this occasion, but there’s no doubt that the Reds are slowly getting their squad back to fitness and availability after a testing period.

That will spur competition for places once again and should benefit the side immensely, especially given the return to form for the likes of Firmino and Wijnaldum, too.

Top and in Our Hands

 Liverpool's manager J¸rgen Klopp reacts during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Twelve matches to go, top by three points.

It’s tight and it’s difficult and not much margin for error, but that’s all exactly as it should be: there’s a Premier League title at stake.

There was a different kind of pressure on Liverpool this time; not just because of two draws of late, but because Man City had, with a midweek win, usurped the Reds atop the table.

The response, though, was perfect. A good performance, a good tempo, three goals and three points.

Silverware remains in Liverpool’s own hands and this group of players remains capable of beating any team in front of them.

Now it’s on to what will likely be the season-defining run of games, with Bayern Munich in the Champions League and Man United in the Premier League the next two up.

Onward, Reds, with belief and with determination.

Let's block ads! (Why?)

Categories: LFC NEWS

“That was the reaction we wanted” – Jurgen Klopp hails Liverpool’s character in return to form

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 02/09/2019 - 18:49

Jurgen Klopp hailed the character of his Liverpool players after they rebutted doubts about their title credentials with a comfortable 3-0 win over Bournemouth.


Goals from Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah sent Liverpool back to the top of the table for 24 hours at least as they responded to back-to-back draws against Leicester and West Ham which had led many to question whether they could hold off Manchester City in the title race.

Klopp said he had not needed to listen to any of the outside criticism which came Liverpool’s way over the last few days to know a reaction was needed, but a reaction was what he got.

“We are very self-critical,” he said. “It was clear we were not happy with the two performances. There are reasons but we cannot speak too much about that in public because it always sounds like excuses.

“But in analysing it we have to speak about the right things. You can win or draw for different reasons but you don’t want to just come through a game somehow. We want to play convincing football, we want to perform and that was the reaction we wanted to show.”

City had moved above Liverpool in midweek with a 2-0 victory over Everton, and were reinstalled as title favourites despite having played a game more with many still believing the pressure will get to Liverpool.

That pressure could soon be back on as City have the chance to reclaim top spot when they host Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, though Liverpool will be sunning themselves on a Spanish training camp by then.

“We have to learn and to adapt to a lot of situations,” Klopp said. “It is not a big problem if you are three, five, seven points in the lead. That’s not a big thing but we have to learn.”

Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum scores his side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. ( Peter Byrne/PA Wire/PA Images)

Wijnaldum came back into the side in the only change from the 1-1 draw at West Ham on Monday, but it was a close-run thing as the Dutchman had been ill with “pretty much everything you don’t want to have two nights before a game”, his manager said.

“After a couple of hours sleep he said, ‘I feel good, I can play,” Klopp said. “The doctor said, ‘You are still infectious, stay away’. I was only concerned after he scored a goal and everybody gave him a hug.

“But playing a game like this shows us. The character and the mentality of these boys is the only reason we are where we are.”

Bournemouth began the game well, setting up in a 4-5-1 formation and successfully frustrating Liverpool in the early going.

But that all changed after they only half-cleared a corner in the 24th minute and Mane headed in from James Milner’s cross – a goal which frustrated Eddie Howe as Mane appeared to be offside.

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“The first goal was a huge moment in the match,” Howe said. “We set up to try to frustrate them, to restrict the space and it worked quite well in the opening period. We started well, hung in there, but the first goal was the key moment.

“It was the second phase of a set-piece, half a yard offside, a huge turning point in the match.”

It is the sort of goal likely to be ruled out by VAR next season – something Howe is looking forward to.

“VAR will help us in those situations and I think that will benefit everybody,” he said. “Goals like that where it’s tight but clearly offside, I think we’ll get the right decision.”

Let's block ads! (Why?)

Categories: LFC NEWS

Pages

Subscribe to LFC.SUpporters aggregator - LFC NEWS