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Liverpool v Bournemouth: Team news

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 17:00

Jürgen Klopp will assess the fitness of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum before deciding on Liverpool's line-up against Bournemouth.

The trio were absent for Monday’s 1-1 draw at West Ham United with injury but returned to training at Melwood this week ahead of the Cherries’ visit to Anfield.

And their availability for selection will be monitored in the final hours before the Premier League clash, Klopp explained at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

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“Trent trained yesterday for the first time and didn’t mention any issues or any problems. After four weeks for a first session, we need to see what we do there,” said the manager.

“Jordan trained yesterday as well for the first time; it was not that long a break but it was a muscle issue. We need to have another look today.

“Gini trained yesterday completely normal, but I don’t know in the moment. We have to see.”

Dejan Lovren is definitely ruled out, however, with the Champions League tie against Bayern Munich a realistic target for the defender’s comeback.

Joe Gomez is a longer-term absentee following surgery earlier this week.

Bournemouth will be without top scorer Callum Wilson (knee) and attacker David Brooks (ankle) for the trip to Anfield, manager Eddie Howe confirmed.

The Cherries must check on the fitness of midfielder Jefferson Lerma (ankle), too, while on-loan right-back Nathaniel Clyne is ineligible to face his parent club.

Dominic Solanke, who joined Bournemouth in a permanent move from the Reds last month, is in line to take on his former team after making his debut last week.

Howe, whose side suffered a 4-0 defeat by Liverpool earlier this season, said: “We have had some great games with Liverpool. The recent games have been tough, though.

“We need to be more competitive, it’s a good game and an exciting challenge.”

Last time out

West Ham United v Liverpool (February 4): Alisson, Milner, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Keita, Lallana, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Cardiff City v Bournemouth (February 2): Boruc, Clyne, S. Cook, Ake, Smith, Stanislas, Gosling, Surman, Fraser, Solanke, King.

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Liverpool v Bournemouth: Team news

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 17:00
Jürgen Klopp will assess the fitness of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum before deciding on Liverpool's line-up against Bournemouth.
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Trent, Hendo & Gini back – Predicting Liverpool’s lineup vs. Bournemouth

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 16:05

Jurgen Klopp has been boosted by the return of three players ahead of Saturday’s clash with Bournemouth, leaving the Liverpool manager with decisions to make.


The Reds trained at Melwood on Thursday with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum back in the fold, after the trio missed Monday night’s 1-1 draw with West Ham.

This is a major lift after doubts over their involvement in the 26th game of the Premier League campaign, particularly as injuries were a clear contributing factor to four points dropped in the past two outings.

Bournemouth have never won at Anfield, but despite losing to Cardiff last time out they proved their ability to damage the top sides with a 4-0 thrashing of Chelsea before that.

This weekend, therefore, is set up as another test for Liverpool in their pursuit of the title, and having dropped behind Man City on goal difference, three points are a must at Anfield.

So how should the Reds line up after their increase in numbers?

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Speaking at Melwood on Friday, Klopp confirmed the return of Alexander-Arnold, Henderson and Wijnaldum, and explained the likelihood of the trio featuring against Bournemouth.

On Trent, he said he would “need to see” how he reacts after three-and-a-half weeks out.

But he was more optimistic over the involvement of Henderson, who had “not that long a break but it was a muscle issue,” and Wijnaldum, who “trained completely normal.”

The manager revealed that Dejan Lovren was still sidelined, and cast doubt even over his availability for the Champions League first leg against Bayern Munich in February 19.

 Liverpool's substitute Joe Gomez warms-up during a preseason friendly match between Blackburn Rovers FC and Liverpool FC at Ewood Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Joe Gomez is also out, but Klopp put a timeframe of “four to six weeks” on his return after surgery, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rhian Brewster remain longer-term absentees.

Van Dijk, Fabinho and James Milner appear to have all fully recovered from illness, and should therefore be available to start.

The Potential Lineups vs. Bournemouth

 Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates his side first equalising goal during the FA Premier League match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the Etihad Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The improving health of his squad is very encouraging for Klopp after back-to-back draws, and ahead of a nine-day break between games he can continue to manage his group sensibly.

With only Gomez and Lovren sidelined now of those to start the campaign fit, the manager can look to inspire a return to form and keep up the pace with City.

Bournemouth themselves are struggling for numbers, with Nathaniel Clyne ineligible, Jefferson Lerma a doubt and Simon Francis, Lewis Cook, David Brooks and Callum Wilson all sidelined, presenting an opportunity for Liverpool.

Whether Klopp should restore all three of Alexander-Arnold, Henderson and Wijnaldum to his starting lineup is questionable, but it is likely at least two start.

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp (L) and Trent Alexander-Arnold after the FA Premier League match between Watford FC and Liverpool FC at Vicarage Road. Liverpool won 3-0. Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Milner’s struggles at right-back against Crystal Palace and West Ham—albeit the latter due to illness—suggests Alexander-Arnold is the biggest priority to return, and he could join Van Dijk, Joel Matip and Andy Robertson in the back four.

In midfield, having missed just one game Henderson seems the more likely to start than Wijnaldum, taking his place alongside Fabinho to allow the Dutchman more time to work his way back to fitness.

The Cherries’ predilection for expansive, attacking football, and the possibility of Eddie Howe fielding a back three, should prompt Klopp to return to the 4-2-3-1 setup.

Therefore, Xherdan Shaqiri could start again next to Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, in support of Mohamed Salah.

Alisson; Trent, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson; Shaqiri, Firmino, Mane; Salah

However, the extent of Alexander-Arnold’s ankle injury could see Klopp play it safe and retain Milner at right-back, with the prospect of his No. 66 suffering any recurrence a worry.

If the vice-captain starts, it may be wise to start both Henderson and Wijnaldum in midfield as part of a trio with Fabinho, in the hope of added stability on and off the ball with a 4-3-3.

This would see Salah and Mane flank Firmino up front, with Shaqiri available as a game-changing substitute and the struggling Naby Keita kept in reserve too.

But with Klopp switching formations back to a 4-2-3-1 during the draw with West Ham, this seems the less likely option, particularly if Liverpool are to go all out for victory.

Alisson; Milner, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Mane, Firmino

The Reds are expected to head to La Manga for another short warm-weather training camp after this clash, providing more time for recovery and preparation for the all-important meeting with Bayern at Anfield.

But the focus for now should be on Bournemouth, and with Klopp urging the home supporters “shout your soul onto the pitch” in his pre-match address, the hope will be that the dominant Liverpool of this season returns.

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Nev: It's becoming real for Liverpool

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 14:52
Neville on Liverpool pressure, City's experience and why the Premier League title race has come alive

Last Updated: 09/02/19 7:37am

Gary Neville on Liverpool pressure, City's experience and why the Premier League title race has come alive Gary Neville on Liverpool pressure, City's experience and why the Premier League title race has come alive Gary Neville on Liverpool pressure, City's experience and why the Premier League title race has come alive

In the latest Super 6 Class of '92 Diary, Gary Neville explains why he's getting more and more excited by the title race, and why it's becoming real for Liverpool.

The Title race is now alive

This week has truly brought the title race alive. I've felt we've been talking about it for months, but this week is when it really became a race with everything on the line. I thought it was nonsense ahead of the Manchester City vs Liverpool game when people said if Liverpool won then the title race was over. That result and now this week proves that.

3:01 Manchester City's form continued with a 2-0 win over Everton in midweek Manchester City's form continued with a 2-0 win over Everton in midweek

This has been a big swing week and if Manchester City can complete the week by beating Chelsea then they will feel so strong. This is the week it became real for Liverpool. Up to Christmas they were still treated as underdogs. In January the pressure of leading started to come on and they got through that well. But now all that focus is becoming intense and very real.

I'm really enjoying how this is all panning out now and it is so exciting and intriguing to watch and find out what happens next

Who will win the title now?

I said a few months ago that if Liverpool are to win the title then they need to have a lead going into the final few games of the season. If they are three or four points ahead with three to five games left then they have a really good chance. However, if they are behind City or even level then I think it will be City's title, as they have the experience of holding their nerve.

The key now is not just winning but how you are performing. If you drop points but actually played well still then you shouldn't worry and we've seen that with City. Typically when they lose they've still played well, it is just that the opposition 'keeper has had a worldie or and a striker has hit a stunner in.

2:59 Liverpool dropped more points as they drew 1-1 with West Ham on MNF Liverpool dropped more points as they drew 1-1 with West Ham on MNF

When Liverpool have dropped points recently it is due to them not being quite as good as they were. Recently they've started to allow their opponents chances on goal, and then letting in avoidable goals - that was not the case for the majority of the campaign. That is a key difference currently between the two sides.

Liverpool feeling the pressure?

The fans are right to be annoyed at calls that Liverpool are already bottling it and are feeling the pressure. However, that is the question they will keep facing.

When you haven't won a title and you drop points you face questions about pressure. When you've won a title or two and drop points then you face questions about complacency. That's how it works. However, it is a fair question. Liverpool were still underdogs up to Christmas and they got through January, but now it has become real for them and you can see it has had an impact.

Jurgen Klopp speaks to referee Kevin Friend and assistant referees Matthew Wilkes and Simon Beck following the 1-1 draw with West Ham Jurgen Klopp speaks to referee Kevin Friend and assistant referees Matthew Wilkes and Simon Beck following the 1-1 draw with West Ham Jurgen Klopp speaks to referee Kevin Friend and assistant referees Matthew Wilkes and Simon Beck following the 1-1 draw with West Ham

Post-match on Monday, the players bit at questions about pressure, it clearly rattled them and it showed. Those questions do annoy you, but never show they annoy you - that's a complete no-no in a title race. Just bat them off and move on. Don't give anyone any excuse to think the pressure is getting to you.

FA Trophy important for Salford promotion push

We drew with Maidstone in the FA Trophy in mid-week and when you change a team and don't win you know the questions that will come your way. We treat the FA Trophy like Premier League teams treat the FA Cup, we really respect it and want to do well in it, but also use it to give important game time to our squad players - we've always been upfront about this.

We have a squad of 21 and all of them have an important part to play in our promotion push. It is likely that they will feature heavily in the run in, so if they come in cold and rusty they will not perform. So playing them in FA Trophy games is vital for them to keep sharp and be ready for the big league games coming up.

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Jürgen Klopp on title race, Anfield atmosphere, Solanke and more

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 14:32

Jürgen Klopp discussed the situation at the top of the Premier League, the need for everybody at Liverpool to 'fight' in the clash with Bournemouth, a target for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and more during his pre-match press conference…

On the title race…

It’s obviously getting exciting now. There was never a doubt it would happen, that was always clear. I don’t think anybody thought we would be top of the league with 12 points between us and another team with three games to go. It was always clear it would be tight until the end. The good news is we are still in there. But the only chance to improve our position – even when it’s a good position – is by winning football games. We have another chance tomorrow, even though it’s a very tough game against a really good side. That’s the plan, actually.

On the benefits of a big atmosphere at Anfield…

I think I never left in doubt how much I appreciate the support and how much I believe in the help of the support. It’s always a massive plus. I was asked a little bit about it after the last home game; really there was nothing to moan about, it was kind of a nervy game. We had that before, that’s how it is. We were 1-0 up and then they scored for 1-1, it was a difficult game and all that stuff. That’s completely normal. We know about the job, we know we have to perform on the highest level, fight for every yard, we have to really dig in and all that stuff, that’s clear. Then our crowd is there. I’m not sure if I experienced yet that the supporters are there early. It’s completely different to Germany, a lot of them are there for one-and-a-half hours. But I’m long enough here to get used to it, that’s no problem. But of course it would be nice.

When I said it’s getting exciting, that’s how it is. It was always clear there would be games where you really have to keep your nerves, everybody on the stand and on the pitch – we had that in the past and will have that in the future, that’s part of the game. The good thing is we pretty much know what we have to do, we on the pitch and the people in the stands. I’m really looking forward to it. I know it’s a three o’clock kick-off, it’s not dark that early anymore, so I’m not sure if we’ll need the floodlights. But we can create an outstanding atmosphere and everybody who saw matches in the past knows how big the influence is. I don’t know if I have to ask for it or whatever but I can only say, whoever wants us to succeed in this game and in general and wants to help, I don’t have the English saying for it – it’s like shouting your soul onto the pitch, that’s how we say it in German.

It’s a big one, like all the others. We have 15-plus games left, that’s the decisive third of the season. We created a basis for this finish, a very good basis and we had a few problems injury-wise and illness-wise. That led to a not perfect performance. That’s all clear. But everybody is fighting for something in the league: the best position in the last couple of years, Europa League, the Champions League or the championship. We respect that always. We have to show it on the pitch that we are really ready to fight and the people on the stand have to show that they are ready to fight as well, if they want to show it.

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On the external talk about Liverpool’s last two results and their standing in the title race…

The funny thing about that is I didn’t read it, I didn’t watch it and I still know it! That’s cool because that’s like with all the questions I get asked, the messages I get, even from friends, you feel it – something changed in their view. That is the truth, but it was always clear it [could] happen, so it’s not important when it would happen. It can happen, not that it will happen. That is completely normal. If you want to be top of the table and a champion at the end of a season, you have to show in situations like that – and there have been worse situations in my life, in your life, in everybody’s lives probably than that – real passion, real desire, you have to fight. That’s what you have to do, you cannot come through with passing a little bit around and stuff like that, you have to go through.

I got a message this week – and that’s another sign that some people think I need help, but I don’t need help! Thank you very much! I am fine – that said in the last 10 games City dropped 12 points and we dropped seven. I didn’t know that because I don’t think like that. Is it interesting for me? No, it’s not really interesting, but obviously the view from outside is completely different. Then it was something about the games outside the top-six teams – City lost three, we drew twice, but it feels different. That’s the world outside and we live in that world as well, so I know that the people are confronted with these things, the players are confronted with things like that and it’s completely normal.

The only thing, always, the only tool we really have to sort our situation is football, is passion, is a proper fight, is being aggressive in the most legal way. Really be hard, put your foot in this and that situation – and that’s what we will do. It’s what we did last year in a pretty similar situation, just not with the same target. Chelsea were chasing us like crazy and we wanted to go to the Champions League. It was a similar situation, we had a very small squad in that moment and had to play Champions League semi-finals, final and all that stuff, and winning pretty much each Premier League game, which is a difficult job to do. We are used to that and now we have to show that we can do it still, that’s all.

On how Liverpool will use the gap between Bournemouth and Bayern Munich…

We will go away for a couple of days just so that we can really focus on training, so that we don’t have to drive between sessions, home and here again, things like that. Just a little change of scenery and do it again. It always worked out pretty well for me as a manager when I had the opportunity to do it; being 100 per cent focused, a couple of meetings. We would have done it if we were 10 points up, it’s exactly the same. It’s not that we do it because [of our form]; no, we do it because we have time and can do it because we play the Champions League game a week later. That’s all.

On when he expects Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back after he was named in the Champions League squad…

If we go to the semi-final I think he is available. Maybe quarter-final, I am not 100 per cent sure, but he still needs time. Everything looks fine, but now I wait for the green light of the medical department, ‘come on, throw him in parts of the session’ and stuff like this. We are not at that point in the moment. When we are at that point we will not really push it, but it’ll of course help him a lot. Then we have to see how he reacts and all that stuff. We only put him in the Champions League squad because we think there is a chance for him to play. Obviously we have to go at least one more round, but that’s the plan anyway.

On his reaction to Liverpool’s record annual financial results, released on Friday morning…

I’m not a massive numbers guy, but Mike Gordon is in [Melwood] and he didn’t jump on me and say, ‘the numbers are outstanding, come on, let’s spend all the money’. We didn’t only earn a lot, we spent a little bit in the last couple of years. Everything is fine and it was always clear we had to change things for the better. That’s what we did with different things. We’ve built a really strong squad – unfortunately we have a lot not available at the moment, but we have a strong squad. It’s a squad built for the future, not only for this season, so I am fine and I hope we don’t need too much money in the next years, to be honest, because if you have the right players in, work with them and make the best of it.

On Bournemouth and the returning Dominic Solanke…

It’s always a bit strange and scary if you play against a former player. Dom was here four weeks ago and we saw him every day. He’s a wonderful guy and a big, big, big talent but we couldn’t give him enough match time, so for his development it’s unbelievably important that he gets these minutes. He had his first start last week. That’s good. The other thing is we are always warned, we know what other teams are doing. If a team does not have a good away record, for example, we don’t think it will be an easy game. Everybody works on changing bad runs. Bournemouth are a really, really interesting side in general, and together with Eddie Howe – I say it pretty much in each press conference but it’s the truth, he’s doing an outstanding job. If they have bad moments in a season or periods, they always come back. They do it outstandingly well. On one hand, they’re always a threat for counter-attacks, they play football. On the other hand, they use the time without playing European football for set-pieces, they are always creative in that. Preparation for Bournemouth is always difficult. But we still try to do it and in this moment I think we are ready for it. It will be an interesting game.

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Jürgen Klopp on title race, Anfield atmosphere, Solanke and more

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 14:32
Jürgen Klopp discussed the situation at the top of the Premier League, the need for everybody at Liverpool to 'fight' in the clash with Bournemouth, a target for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and more during his pre-match press conference…
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Klopp: Fight with every fibre for title

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 14:02
By Danny Gallagher

Last Updated: 09/02/19 7:34am

2:42 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has called on their fans to help them win the Premier League Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has called on their fans to help them win the Premier League

Jurgen Klopp has urged his Liverpool players to fight with every fibre of their bodies for the Premier League title, while also issuing a rallying call to supporters.

The Reds host Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday, knowing victory will take them back to the top of the table with a three-point cushion before Manchester City host Chelsea, live on Sky Sports on Sunday.

After dropping points with consecutive draws against Leicester and West Ham, Liverpool's title credentials have come under scrutiny despite Klopp's side being defeated only once all season.

Of the reaction to City making up ground on his men, Klopp replied: "I didn't read or watch it but I still know it. We know if you want to be top of the table and champion at the end of the season you have to show real passion, real desire, you have to fight that's what you have to do.

"I got a message this week - and that's another sign that maybe people think I need help but thank you very much I'm fine - it said in the last 12 games City dropped 10 points and we dropped seven. I didn't know that because I don't think like that but obviously the view from outside is completely different.

Klopp has urged fans to be loud against Bournemouth and arrive earlier if possible Klopp has urged fans to be loud against Bournemouth and arrive earlier if possible Klopp has urged fans to be loud against Bournemouth and arrive earlier if possible

"The only tool we really have to sort our situation is football and is passion and a proper fight - being aggressive in the most legal way."

Klopp confirmed that Trent Alexander-Arnold returned to first-team training this week, while captain Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum are also back in contention.

The German boss has made a plea to Liverpool fans to replicate the determination of the players and turn Anfield into a cauldron of atmosphere, even if it means getting into the stadium much earlier than usual.

"We have to show on the pitch we are ready to fight, and the people on the stand have to show they are ready to fight as well," Klopp said.

"I've never left in doubt how much I appreciate the support and believe in the help.

Klopp believes Liverpool can retake their lead at the top by displaying passion and fight Klopp believes Liverpool can retake their lead at the top by displaying passion and fight Klopp believes Liverpool can retake their lead at the top by displaying passion and fight

"We have to fight but then our crowd is always there. I'm not sure if I experienced yet that the supporters are there early - it's completely different to Germany, a lot of them are one and a half hours there before.

"I'm long enough here to be used to it, but of course it would be nice. The good thing is all of us know what to do - the players on the pitch and the people in the stand.

"I don't know if I have to ask for it but whoever wants us to succeed in this game and wants to help... I don't have the English impression for it but it's like shouting your soul onto the pitch, that's how we say it in German.

"We've created a very good basis for this finish. I know we will be ready with each fibre of our bodies to fight for everything. Then after the season we can look back and say we gave our everything, that is how it is."

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LFC fitness latest: Hendo, Trent, Gini, Gomez and Lovren

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 13:35

Jürgen Klopp offered an update on the fitness of a number of senior Liverpool players ahead of Saturday’s meeting with AFC Bournemouth at Anfield.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum took part in Thursday afternoon’s training session following respective injuries - and the Reds will check on their conditions before determining whether they can be involved against the Cherries.

Dejan Lovren remains sidelined with a muscle issue, but could return for the home clash with Bayern Munich in the Champions League on February 19.

Elsewhere, Klopp reported positive news on the surgery Joe Gomez underwent on Monday to assist his recovery from a lower-leg fracture.

The manager told his pre-match press conference: “Joe’s surgery worked pretty well. Timeframe is always pretty difficult, but [it's] four to six weeks in terms of return to play.

“Trent trained yesterday for the first time and didn’t mention any issues or any problems. After four weeks for a first session, we need to see what we do there.

“Jordan trained yesterday as well for the first time; it was not that long a break but it was a muscle issue. We need to have another look today.

“Gini trained yesterday completely normal, but I don’t know in the moment. We have to see.

“Dejan is not available. No [timeframe], we work on the Bayern game, but we don’t know exactly.”

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LFC fitness latest: Hendo, Trent, Gini, Gomez and Lovren

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 13:35
Jürgen Klopp offered an update on the fitness of a number of senior Liverpool players ahead of Saturday’s meeting with AFC Bournemouth at Anfield.
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Club record of £190m invested in squad driven from record annual revenues

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 09:59

Liverpool Football Club today announced its annual financial results, with additional investment on the pitch being the key theme throughout the past financial year, demonstrating further success off the pitch is driving progress on it.

  • Biggest reinvestment in squad in club’s history
  • Continued investment in football operational infrastructure
  • Further growth in commercial revenue with eight new partnerships
  • 125th season celebratory kit generated record sales
  • Moved up two places to seventh in the Deloitte Football Money League
  • Social media platforms grow to 60million followers

The financial statements show that £137m came into the club from player transfers – all of that, plus further investment, has been reinvested back into the squad taking the total outgoings on new players in excess of £190m.

During the reporting period for the year to May 31, 2018, Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dominic Solanke all came in, with Philippe Coutinho, Mamadou Sakho, Lucas Leiva and Kevin Stewart leaving the club. And since the reporting period last year, investments have continued with Naby Keita, Fabinho, Alisson Becker and Xherdan Shaqiri – all purchased to further strengthen the playing squad, something that the club’s ownership group, Fenway Sports Group, has consistently committed to over its tenure.

Turnover increased during the period by £90m to £455m which represents sustained growth across the club and enabled the further investment into the squad. All three revenue streams saw rises with media revenue increasing by £66m to £220m, commercial revenue increasing by £17m to £154m and match revenue increasing by £7m to £81m.

The majority of those increases are a result of qualification for the Champions League and the additional games progressing through to the final. The club did not participate in any European competition in the previous season, 2016-17. Profit before tax for the period was reported at £125m compared to £40m in the previous year.

Andy Hughes, LFC’s chief operating officer, said: “What we have seen is a stable and sustained improvement in the club’s financial position over recent years. This growth and increase in revenue has enabled us to significantly reinvest both in the playing squad and the football operational infrastructure.

“Financial results do fluctuate depending on player trading costs and timing of payments but what’s clear in these latest results is the further strengthening of our underlying financial footing and profits being reinvested in the squad and infrastructure.

“Since the reporting period, which is now nearly 12 months old, we have continued reinvesting in the playing squad from those areas of growth. In addition, the capital investment in our new training complex in Kirkby is well under way which will provide first-class amenities for our players and staff, and will vastly improve sports facilities for the community of Kirkby.”

Liverpool has moved up two places to seventh position in the Deloitte Football Money League with all three main revenue streams increasing on the previous financial year. During the reporting period, the club signed eight new partnerships, including the new shirt sleeve sponsor with Western Union and global partnerships with Falken Tyres and Joie. In addition to the eight new partners, the club renewed with four partners which further demonstrates the strength of those relationships, consistency of delivering value to partners and the global appeal of the football club. It was also during this period that the club celebrated its 125th anniversary and the commemorative jerseys were the most popular selling shirts in the club’s history.

LFC also had significant digital growth and became one of the fastest-growing football clubs on social media, including the Instagram platform gaining three million followers at a 71 per cent annual growth rate. Facebook and Twitter continued to grow and saw 27million fan interactions on Twitter during the reporting period. Overall, the club’s social media platforms had a 14 per cent growth rate taking the total to more than 60million followers across digital channels. In May 2018, LFC had the highest viewing figures on YouTube ever for a Premier League club and third of any sports club globally.

Matchday revenue increased by £7m with continued success of Anfield’s Main Stand and a result of the increased hospitality sales from the additional Champions League games last season. 

Media revenue increased by £66m in the second year of a three-season Premier League broadcast deal.

Hughes added: “We’re making solid progress right across the club. Costs in football continue to rise year on year and it’s important we constantly review and manage our operating costs to ensure we’re in the right shape for future success.

“With the continued support of our ownership group, performance on the pitch and maintaining our priority of reinvesting back into the squad, we remain focused towards fulfilling all our football ambitions.”

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Club record of £190m invested in squad driven from record annual revenues

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 09:59
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Lallana: We'll keep fighting for each other - and enjoy it

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 08:29

The togetherness forged within the Liverpool squad gives Adam Lallana the conviction they will continue to fight for each other and their ambitions through the remainder of the season.

The Reds are aiming to return to the top of the Premier League table against Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday. They dropped to second after Manchester City moved level on points, but went ahead on goal difference having played an additional game in midweek.

Liverpool have admitted disappointment at the consecutive 1-1 draws against Leicester City and West Ham United in their last two outings; however, Lallana is confident the side’s collective spirit will soon see them back in the winning habit.

He told Liverpoolfc.com: “We do things off the pitch together, we fight on the pitch for each other and that’s really what is special.

“We’ve lost together, we’ve lost a Champions League final together, and moments like that make you stronger. It’s a marathon, not a sprint and there are always going to be little hiccups, positive moments, bad moments, injuries, illnesses and suspensions. It’s about coming through it together.

“Media is a big part of the world – and of course, they have got to have things to talk about – so part of me is not surprised that it [Liverpool’s form] is a talking point from the outside, but there are times during the season – and in lots of walks of life – when we’ve got to block the noise out and come together.

“That togetherness is what keeps you fighting, keeps you focused on what needs to be done and what the important points are. That’s what we’ll be doing going into the weekend’s game.”

Following Monday night’s 1-1 draw at West Ham, several senior members of Liverpool’s first team spoke of a need for the team’s incredible journey thus far as well as the challenge ahead to be ‘enjoyed’.

It’s a sentiment Lallana believes is already prevalent within the dressing room.

He said: “Obviously, we wanted to pick up the three points, just like we would in any other game, but it’s a point on the road and there are still plenty of games left with a lot to play for. We’re looking forward to trying to bounce back to winning ways against Bournemouth.

“We are enjoying it. Yes, not many of us have been in a position where you’ve been first for so long, but we have had a chat and it is about enjoying it, playing with a smile on your face.

“West Ham away is a tough game, they’ve beaten Arsenal and United at home this year, so you’ve got to come to terms with [the fact that] you’re going to come up against teams that are going to want three points and have their own situations to fight for the points.

“It’s the same this weekend against Bournemouth; I’m sure they’re not mathematically safe yet and I know Eddie [Howe] and his team are going to want the three points and are going to make it difficult. We’ll look to go out and do what we’ve done all season, enjoy it and try to win the football match.”

Lallana continued: “They are two tough teams we’ve just drawn against; it’s as simple as that, really. Of course, we were expected to win both games – but we expect to win any game, whoever we’re playing against, whether we’re playing against a team who has won the Champions League or a team that are fighting against relegation.

“It will be no different this weekend. We have to make sure our mentality is right and go out there to try to win the game.”

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Lallana: We'll keep fighting for each other - and enjoy it

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 08:29
The togetherness forged within the Liverpool squad gives Adam Lallana the conviction they will continue to fight for each other and their ambitions through the remainder of the season.
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Lallana: We’ll keep fighting for each other – and enjoy it

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 08:29

The togetherness forged within the Liverpool squad gives Adam Lallana the conviction they will continue to fight for each other and their ambitions through the remainder of the season.

The Reds are aiming to return to the top of the Premier League table against Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday. They dropped to second after Manchester City moved level on points, but went ahead on goal difference having played an additional game in midweek.

Liverpool have admitted disappointment at the consecutive 1-1 draws against Leicester City and West Ham United in their last two outings; however, Lallana is confident the side's collective spirit will soon see them back in the winning habit.

He told Liverpoolfc.com: “We do things off the pitch together, we fight on the pitch for each other and that’s really what is special.

“We’ve lost together, we’ve lost a Champions League final together, and moments like that make you stronger. It’s a marathon, not a sprint and there are always going to be little hiccups, positive moments, bad moments, injuries, illnesses and suspensions. It’s about coming through it together.

“Media is a big part of the world – and of course, they have got to have things to talk about – so part of me is not surprised that it [Liverpool’s form] is a talking point from the outside, but there are times during the season – and in lots of walks of life – when we’ve got to block the noise out and come together.

“That togetherness is what keeps you fighting, keeps you focused on what needs to be done and what the important points are. That’s what we’ll be doing going into the weekend’s game.”

Following Monday night’s 1-1 draw at West Ham, several senior members of Liverpool’s first team spoke of a need for the team’s incredible journey thus far as well as the challenge ahead to be ‘enjoyed’.

It’s a sentiment Lallana believes it’s already prevalent within the dressing room.

He said: “Obviously, we wanted to pick up the three points, just like we would in any other game, but it’s a point on the road and there are still plenty of games left with a lot to play for. We’re looking forward to trying to bounce back to winning ways against Bournemouth.

“We are enjoying it. Yes, not many of us have been in a position where you’ve been first for so long, but we have had a chat and it is about enjoying it, playing with a smile on your face.

“West Ham away is a tough game, they’ve beaten Arsenal and United at home this year, so you’ve got to come to terms with [the fact that] you’re going to come up against teams that are going to want three points and have their own situations to fight for the points.

“It’s the same this weekend against Bournemouth; I’m sure they’re not mathematically safe yet and I know Eddie [Howe] and his team are going to want the three points and are going to make it difficult. We’ll look to go out and do what we’ve done all season, enjoy it and try to win the football match.”

Lallana continued: “They are two tough teams we’ve just drawn against; it’s as simple as that, really. Of course, we were expected to win both games – but we expect to win any game, whoever we’re playing against, whether we’re playing against a team who has won the Champions League or a team that are fighting against relegation.

“It will be no different this weekend. We have to make sure our mentality is right and go out there to try and win the game.”

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Lallana: We’ll keep fighting for each other – and enjoy it

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 08:29
The togetherness forged within the Liverpool squad gives Adam Lallana the conviction they will continue to fight for each other and their ambitions through the remainder of the season.
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Watch live: Klopp's pre-Bournemouth press conference

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 08:00

Watch Jürgen Klopp's pre-match press conference live and free here from 1.30pm GMT on Friday.

The boss will preview Liverpool's home game against AFC Bournemouth with the media at Melwood this afternoon.

Return to this page shortly before the start time to watch Klopp's briefing in full via YouTube below.

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Watch live: Klopp's pre-Bournemouth press conference

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Watch Jürgen Klopp's pre-match press conference live and free here from 1.30pm GMT on Friday.
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Spurs look to stay in touch as City host Chelsea – Premier League Weekend Preview

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 07:00

It is getting tense at both ends of the Premier League table, with big some big games this weekend.


Liverpool have suffered a poor couple of results, with their lead at the top evaporating and Man City now ahead on goal difference, albeit having played one game more.

The Reds host Bournemouth this weekend as they look to bounce back from consecutive 1-1 draws and get their title bid back on track.

Away from all things Liverpool, there are nine more Premier League matches over the next couple of days.

Here’s our usual look at the action on offer.

Fulham vs. Man United – Saturday, 12:30pm – Sky Sports Main Event

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer (Pic by Vegard Grott/Propaganda)

Man United keep on winning under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, so much so that they now are right in contention to finish in fourth place.

It has been an excellent start to life as United manager for the Norwegian, regrettably, and it should be another victory on Saturday lunchtime.

Fulham look increasingly as though they will be back in the Championship next season and their defence could be torn apart by an in-form Marcus Rashford.

Prediction: Fulham 0-2 Man United

Crystal Palace vs. West Ham – Saturday, 3pm

 West Ham United's Declan Rice (L) and Liverpool's Naby Keita (R) during the FA Premier League match between West Ham United FC and Liverpool FC at the London Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This is a London derby that has the potential to be an entertaining clash.

Crystal Palace‘s win over Fulham eased any relegation fears and they should now be eyeing up a mid-table finish.

Only six points separate themselves and West Ham, so a victory over the Hammers at Selhurst Park would be significant.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side were impressive against Liverpool on Monday night and they will believe they can head home jubilant.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-2 West Ham

Huddersfield vs. Arsenal – Saturday, 3pm

 Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Huddersfield are doomed, if not mathematically (yet).

The Terriers have always looked like the Premier League‘s weakest side this season and it is a case of damage limitation now.

Arsenal were limp in their 3-1 loss at Man City, but this is an entirely different game and their attack will feel they can have a field day.

Unai Emery still has plenty of convincing to do, but this will be a nice February stroll for his team.

Prediction: Huddersfield 0-2 Arsenal

Southampton vs. Cardiff – Saturday, 3pm

Southampton's Danny Ings during the Premier League match at St Mary's, Southampton (Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/PA Images)

The big relegation clash of the weekend sees Southampton (16th) entertain Cardiff (18th), in a vital meeting at St Mary’s.

Two points separate the pair, with Ralph Hasenhuttl well aware of how much breathing space a win would give his players.

Cardiff have so much fighting spirit, though, as their 2-0 win over Bournemouth last Saturday showed.

Saints may just edge it, using home advantage to their benefit, but Neil Warnock’s men won’t go away lightly.

Prediction: Southampton 2-1 Cardiff

Watford vs. Everton – Saturday, 3pm

 Everton's captain Gylfi Sigurdsson during the FA Premier League match between Manchester United FC and Everton FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Everton predictably lay down and allowed Man City to cruise past them on Wednesday and there is now genuine pressure on Marco Silva.

The Portuguese returns to former club Watford this weekend, with the Hornets still well-placed to finish seventh this season.

Wolves are four points ahead of them and currently occupy that position, however, so getting the better of Everton is important.

They will, and it might just see the Hornets put the final nail in Silva’s coffin, ironically.

Prediction: Watford 2-1 Everton

Brighton vs. Burnley – Saturday, 5:30pm – BT Sport 1

Brighton & Hove Albion's Pascal Gross (Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/PA Images)

There’s always one game which looks rather unappealing across the weekend: this time around it is Brighton vs. Burnley.

Brighton have too many points and enough quality not to get dragged into the relegation fight, although the Clarets are far from safe.

Every time they threaten to pull away, a poor result sees them launched back into the mix.

Burnley need the points more and it may be the type of fixture where simple desire sees them battle their way over the finish line.

It would be churlish to say Brighton are already on the beach—they are not that far clear of the bottom three—but their intensity may start showings signs of dropping.

Prediction: Brighton 1-2 Burnley

Tottenham vs. Leicester – Sunday, 1:30pm – Sky Sports Main Event

 Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen celebrates scoring the fourth goal during the FA Premier League match between Everton FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Tottenham have somehow got right back into the title race, even though many don’t seem to be speaking about them as genuine contenders.

They are now just five points behind Liverpool and City, with their ability to grind out ugly wins proving priceless against both Watford and Newcastle.

Spurs will be tested when Leicester head to Wembley on Sunday, should the Foxes produce a display similar to the one at Anfield last week.

If the influential Son Heung-min pulls off another big performance, victory should be secured again.

Prediction: Tottenham 1-0 Leicester

Man City vs. Chelsea – Sunday, 4pm – Sky Sports Main Event

 Manchester City's Sergio Aguero in action against David Luiz of Chelsea during the FA Premier League match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by Gavin Trafford/Propaganda)

Sunday’s action finishes with a cracker at the Etihad, as Chelsea try and help Liverpool out and show a lot more fight than Arsenal managed.

City have the bit between their teeth now, exerting enormous pressure on the Reds, and it is hard to see them failing to win.

In Eden Hazard, the Blues have a player capable of tearing any defence to shreds on his day—Willian and Gonzalo Higuain also possess genuine pedigree—so it may not be plain sailing.

It will be victory for the champions though, sadly.

Prediction: Man City 3-1 Chelsea

Wolves vs. Newcastle – Monday, 8pm – Sky Sports Main Event

 Wolverhampton Wanderers' captain Conor Coady during the FA Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC at Molineux Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Wolves host Newcastle to complete the fixture list, though it’s not necessarily a game the neutrals will tune in to watch on Monday night.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have been a revelation in 2018/19, sitting seventh and deservedly so, and another home victory is probable.

Rafa Benitez’s Magpies were beaten in cruel fashion at Spurs last Saturday; expect a defensive-minded approach with the hope of nicking a goal on the break.

Wolves will be too strong.

Prediction: Wolves 2-0 Newcastle

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Liverpool dip 'not down to pressure'

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 23:30
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Last Updated: 07/02/19 11:36pm

1:45 Danny Higginbotham says Liverpool’s recent blip is down to injuries in their defence and rejected suggestions the pressure of the title race is getting to them. Danny Higginbotham says Liverpool’s recent blip is down to injuries in their defence and rejected suggestions the pressure of the title race is getting to them.

Claims pressure has caused Liverpool's dip in form are wrong, says Danny Higginbotham, who says injuries have hit the club hard.

Liverpool have dropped seven points in their last five games, more than they let slip in their first 20 - and they have drawn back-to-back matches with Leicester and West Ham in their last two fixtures.

But suggestions the title talk is getting to Jurgen Klopp and his side are wrong, Higginbotham told The Debate, and said instead the loss of Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren and Trent Alexander-Arnold have proved more problematic.

He said: "I'm not buying into the results being down to pressure and everything getting to Liverpool, I don't agree with that. I think that what's happened is we're used to seeing Liverpool winning games because of their forwards in the last few years.

Michail Antonio scored West Ham's equaliser against Liverpool on Monday night Michail Antonio scored West Ham's equaliser against Liverpool on Monday night Michail Antonio scored West Ham's equaliser against Liverpool on Monday night

"That's not the case at the moment, it's the defence doing it, the amount of clean sheets they've been having but they've lost two of their back four. That's been a real issue for them.

"There's a number of players having a dip, and I think you look at Manchester City, the substitutions they made last night - De Bruyne and Jesus came on, and they linked up for the second goal.

"The only players Man City can't afford to lose are Ederson and Fernandinho. Liverpool have a lot more than that, and I think it's there for Manchester City - and I think they'll have enough."

Fellow panellist Andy Townsend agreed Liverpool's results had been a concern but said he felt they still had enough to grind their way to the Premier League title, as they still retain a game in hand over first-placed Manchester City, who lead them only on goal difference.

Gomez has not played since he was injured against Burnley in December Gomez has not played since he was injured against Burnley in December Gomez has not played since he was injured against Burnley in December

He said: "The momentum is with Manchester City for sure, but I'm going to stand by Liverpool, get over the line and win it. It won't be easy, it could well go right to the very last game.

"The first 10 or 15 minutes against Bournemouth on Saturday is going to be enormous. If they get in front, and settle everyone down, all of a sudden things can change.

"The last two results haven't been disastrous, they haven't been great, they haven't played well, we all know that, there's people coming in in positions and filling in here and there, but they've been far from desperate.

"The wheels haven't fallen off and you're thinking there's no way back, they can still do it and I think they will."

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Liverpool trio return to training

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 22:04

Last Updated: 08/02/19 6:24am

Trent Alexander-Arnold is back in training ahead of Liverpool's clash with Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday Trent Alexander-Arnold is back in training ahead of Liverpool's clash with Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday Trent Alexander-Arnold is back in training ahead of Liverpool's clash with Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday

Liverpool have been handed a boost ahead of the weekend by the return to training of Trent Alexander-Arnold and midfielders Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum.

The Reds only need a point against Saturday afternoon's visitors Bournemouth to reclaim top spot in the Premier League, but Jurgen Klopp's men will be keen to return to winning ways after draws against West Ham and Leicester in their last two matches.

Henderson and Wijnaldum missed Monday night's 1-1 draw at the London Stadium, as did Alexander-Arnold who was absent for the third game in succession due to a knee complaint.

There was no sign, however, of centre-back Dejan Lovren during training at Melwood on Thursday, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is not ready to rejoin the first-team group after 10 months out following knee surgery.

Joe Gomez also remain sidelined, with the England defender recovering from an operation after suffering a setback in his return from a fractured leg.

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