Jürgen Klopp believes the ‘common experiences’ Liverpool have shared over the course of his three-year tenure have been a fundamental factor in their progression.
The manager feels the collective highs and lows the team have felt have contributed significantly to the Reds’ development into a side challenging for honours both domestically and in Europe.
“For getting more confident, you need results on the way there and we had them,” Klopp told JOE. “That has made us stronger today.
“We have brought in new players, but they alone cannot change everything. We all need to remember this.
“I know what people think about Virgil van Dijk - he is a fantastic boy and a world-class player, but he did not sort our defensive problems on his own. Football does not work like that.
“Just like how Alisson cannot keep 500 clean sheets in a row by himself. The game does not make that possible.
“We have developed, kept the majority of the team together and made a few, strong adjustments.
“Our process has been step-by-step. You cannot give everyone a book, where you write all your requirements down and players read it and immediately understand it.
“You have to feel it you, have to do it plenty of time over and over on the training ground and you have to get used to it.
“In the moment, we have a really good football team.”
Liverpool’s duties are currently on pause due to the international break, but you can still get your Reds fix by enjoying all of our goals so far this season in one 60-second clip.
Jürgen Klopp’s side have struck 19 times in 11 games in all competitions – and we’ve put them all back-to-back for you to relive in the video below.
And though the season may still be in its infancy, there’s already a handful of crackers to savour from the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino.
Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson went head-to-head on Friday night as Croatia and England played out a goalless draw in the UEFA Nations League clash in Rijeka.
In a re-run of the World Cup semi-final, there was nothing to separate the teams, with the game played behind closed doors.
Henderson picked up a first-half booking, which rules him out of the Three Lions’ meeting with Spain on Monday. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez remained on the bench for England.
Elsewhere, Xherdan Shaqiri’s Switzerland went down to a late 2-1 defeat to Belgium in Brussels, with Simon Mignolet a substitute for the hosts.
Fabinho completed 90 minutes for Brazil in their 2-0 international friendly victory in Saudi Arabia, with Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino unused subs.
In Africa Cup of Nations qualifying, Mohamed Salah scored direct from a corner as Egypt beat Swaziland 4-1 in Cairo, though left the field shortly before the end of the contest with what appeared to be a knock, while Naby Keita won a first-half penalty to help Guinea to a 2-0 victory over Rwanda.
Kamil Grabara kept goal for Poland U21s in their 1-1 draw away to Denmark in UEFA Euro U21 Championships qualifying.
Mohamed Salah scored directly from a corner for Egypt on Friday night, then limped off with a muscle injury in the final stages of their match against Swaziland.
Egypt ran out comfortable winners, 4-1, with Salah’s 45th-minute goal the undoubted highlight.
But Liverpool’s talisman later looked to have picked up a muscle injury, possibly his groin, and was eventually subbed in stoppage time.
What was frustrating was how long he remained on the pitch despite Egypt being comfortably ahead.
After the match, Egypt’s assistant coach said the injury was a muscle strain and the player will undergo medical tests.
Liverpool will surely want those tests to take place back at Melwood, rather than remaining with the international setup.
Mohamed Salah scores from a corner-kick like a Pharaoh
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Egypt play in Swaziland on Tuesday in another Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
In April, Salah picked up a groin injury against Man City in the Champions League, undergoing a scan before missing the Merseyside derby – a game where Jurgen Klopp rotated his squad anyway – and then returned for the away leg against City the following week.
Groin injuries can, in some instances, mean up to four weeks on the sidelines.
Elsewhere, there was better news as Naby Keita appeared for Guinea. The midfielder had trained alone earlier in the week, leading to speculation he may be suffering with an injury.
Last Updated: 12/10/18 9:28pmMohamed Salah scored directly from a corner in Egypt's 4-1 win over Swaziland
Mohamed Salah scored directly from a corner before being forced off with a muscle injury in the closing stages of Egypt's 4-1 win over Swaziland on Friday night.
Salah has struggled for goals at Liverpool this season having won the Golden Boot with 32 Premier League goals in the 2017/18 campaign, and has failed to find the target in his last four games for Jurgen Klopp's side.
Liverpool fans may take heart from the fact he at least found the net in the Africa Cup of Nations Group J qualifying match at the Al-Salam Stadium in Cairo, albeit in a match against a side ranked 136th in the world by FIFA.
Taking an inswinging corner from the right-hand side, Salah produced an audacious effort which caught out the Swaziland goalkeeper and nestled in the goal.
But there were concerning signs for Liverpool with Salah in heavy strapping at the end of the match, the forward briefly returning to action after treatment before being substituted a minute into stoppage time.2:59 Highlights from Liverpool's goalless draw against Manchester City in the Premier League. Highlights from Liverpool's goalless draw against Manchester City in the Premier League.
Egypt are next in action on Tuesday in the return match at the Mavuso Sports Centre in Manzini and Pharaohs' assistant manager Hany Ramzy was hopeful Salah's injury was not too serious.
"[The] initial diagnosis of the medical staff of [the] Egypt national team is that Salah suffered a muscular injury," Ramzy told BeIN Sports.
"He will be examined to determine the details, but in my opinion it is not serious."
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Adam Lallana is back in full training after his 11th injury since joining Liverpool, but it will be difficult to return to a regular role, as explained by our injury expert here.
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The 30-year-old midfielder has been cleared to play against Huddersfield after missing Liverpool’s first seven league games with a groin injury, but the pressing question remains – can he actually stay on the pitch and become a reliable option for some much-needed midfield depth?
Suffice to say, it’s going to be an uphill battle due to his extensive injury history:
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What really alarms me is the series of repeat soft tissue injuries that he’s suffered from the 2016 season onwards – missing a combined total of eight months and nearly 50 games with recurring hamstring and groin injuries.
To understand why hamstring and groin injuries are so problematic for footballers, let’s take a closer look at each:
I. The Hamstrings
The hamstrings are constantly stressed in a football match, for two specific reasons:
The hamstrings decelerate (“brake”) the front (swing) leg on every forward stride to create a stable base of support for the next stride:
This happens on every single stride.
Additionally, whenever Lallana wants to decelerate and slow down, the hamstrings forcefully activate to slow down the legs and decrease the pace. The faster he’s running the more stress there is on the hamstrings to accomplish that task.
To complete these deceleration tasks, the hamstrings contract while lengthening, otherwise known as an “eccentric contraction.” This is in contrast to a “concentric contraction” which is when a muscle contracts while shortening. I created the following visual, using the example of a biceps curl, to illustrate the difference:
An eccentric contraction is significantly more stressful on the muscle. In fact, the soreness you feel after a workout is more often than not due to the eccentric portion of the weight-lifting.
Further, the hamstring decelerates (“brake”) the lower leg during the follow-through phase of the kicking motion which adds even more stress:
The second reason why football puts significant stress on the hamstrings is:
B. Combined Hip Flexion and Knee Extension
Combined forceful hip flexion and knee extension during any movement puts additional stress on the hamstring:
Lallana will be constantly asked to do both of these things. Additionally, he has some major risk factors for hamstring re-injury:
1 – The most reliable risk factor, by far, for future hamstring injury is a previous hamstring injury. Research shows that players with a previous hamstring injury are two to six times more likely to have another strain.
Further, most of these re-injuries happen within the first two months after returning, with increased risk thereafter.
Some studies have shown that the risk for re-injuring a hamstring is three times higher than a non-injured player for up to a year after the initial strain.
Lallana has an extensive history of hamstring problems and he’s definitely still inside that one year window of increased injury risk (his last official hamstring strain was March 2018).
2 – A second risk factor for Lallana is age (he’s 30). According to multiple studies, the older you get, the more likely you are to injure a hamstring. Specifically, athletes 23 and older are up to 3.9 times more likely to injure a hamstring and athletes 25 and older are up to 4.4 times more likely.
Generally, the overall risk for hamstring injury increases by nearly 30% every year after the start of a professional football career.
3 – Running quantity has been linked to increased hamstring injuries. In Jurgen Klopp’s system, that emphasises closing down space quickly via a constant press, there’s certainly a lot of running required.
Additionally, this can lead to fatigue which (can you guess what’s coming?) has also been linked to an increased risk for hamstring injury – potentially due to decreased hamstring torque and/or strength deficits as fatigue sets in.
For all these reasons, we still have to be weary of Lallana re-injuring a hamstring. However, the more immediate concern is the injury that has kept him out thus far this season…
II. The Groin Strain
“Groin” is a nebulous term, but for footballers it often refers to the strain of the adductors (a group of five muscles) or illiopsoas (a group of two) muscles. Both of which are near the groin region:
Like the hamstrings, these muscles are also constantly put under stress in a football match. They have to activate during running, any kicking motion, acceleration/deceleration, twisting, and any lateral movement. For these reasons, groin strains are among the most common injuries in adult male footballers, accounting for nearly 11 to 16% of all football injuries.
Additionally, the higher the competition level (and therefore match intensity) the more stress on the muscles. It’s no coincidence a higher rate of groin strains occur at the highest levels of football competition and can lead to a vicious cycle of constantly recurring groin strains.
Furthermore, like the hamstrings, Lallana also has several risk factor for re-injuring the groin:
2 – Age is also again a risk factor. With groin injuries, age-related changes result in the tissue being less elastic and less able to absorb force which results in a higher injury risk.
In addition to specific hamstring and groin risk re-injury risk factors, there’s one last thing we have to consider in determining Lallana’s viability going forward:
III. The Kinetic Chain
The human body is a series of interdependent parts, with each part relying on the others to distribute stress – like links in a chain.
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When one part of that chain is injured, the rest have to compensate and take on additional work. It’s like being in a group project when no one else pulls their weight.
An extensive injury history, like Lallana’s, can change movemnts mechanics and lead to compensations throughout that chain. In turn, certain muscles can take on too much stress & become overloaded. To that point, the research shows that both hamstring and groin injury risk is increased when other muscles in the lower leg are injured. It’s yet another risk factor for the former Southampton player.
IV. All in All
I know this piece may seem like a Debbie Downer. However, I want to make clear that these risks are inherent for any ageing footballer who has an extensive soft tissue injury history and will be playing in a high work rate, press system. But they are not certainties.
If Lallana is re-introduced gradually – which I fully expect to be the case, Klopp ain’t no fool – and works extremely diligently on his fitness and ongoing prevention, there’s the potential for him to become a valuable contributor in the depleted midfield.
Does that mean he’ll be playing a 90-minute role? Highly doubtful. But there’s a chance he can return to being a good rotation player for the team.
Irrespective of everything else, I’ve seen first-hand how repetitive, nagging injuries can negatively affect a player’s mental state so on that basis alone, I hope he’s through the worst of them.
Liverpool’s New Year match against Manchester City is among seven games being rescheduled for TV coverage in December and January.
The Reds’ trip to face last season’s title winners will now take place on Thursday, January 3 at 8pm.
That means there will be no game for Liverpool on New Year’s Day, or indeed on New Year’s Eve – as there was when the two sides faced each other at Anfield two years ago.
Liverpool’s final game of 2018 will be at home to Arsenal on December 29, 5.30pm kick off.
The Boxing Day fixture against Newcastle at Anfield will not be shown on TV, and will remain as a 3pm kick off.
The Merseyside derby is among the other changes, moved to Sunday December 2 with a 4.15pm kick off.
The Reds’ home game against Manchester United will be a 4pm kick off a fortnight later on December 16.
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Sky Sports has announced its latest live Premier League fixtures for December and January, with 'Derby Day', Liverpool versus Manchester United and Manchester City against Liverpool all part of a packed schedule.
Derby Day serves up a hat-trick of crunch clashes on Sunday, December 2 as Chelsea play Fulham at Stamford Bridge at midday, before Arsenal host Tottenham Hotspur in a 2.05pm kick-off at the Emirates and Liverpool face Everton at 4.15pm.
Another highlight from the latest selection of games sees Manchester United face arch rivals Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, December 16.Live PL games on Sky in December
There is a Boxing Day treat with three games to take in, starting with Wolves' match at Fulham (12.30pm), followed by Brighton's home clash with Arsenal (5.15pm), before Watford face Chelsea at Vicarage Road (7.30pm).
Another triple-header on Sunday, December 30 begins with Chelsea's trip to Crystal Palace at noon and takes in Manchester City's trip to Southampton at 2.15pm, before the day's action ends with United hosting Bournemouth at 4.30pm.
Meanwhile, 2019 kicks off with a New Year's Day double featuring Everton against Leicester at Goodison Park at 12.30pm, before Cardiff host Spurs at 5.30pm.Live PL games on Sky in January
January also sees Premier League champions City play Liverpool at the Etihad - the two teams played out a goalless draw at Anfield last Sunday - with that titanic encounter taking place on Thursday, January 3 at 8pm.
As well as that eye-catching fixture, West Ham's meeting with Arsenal at the London Stadium on Saturday, January 12 and Manchester United's visit to Tottenham on Sunday, January 13 are also in store.Confirmed Premier League fixtures live on Sky Sports
Fri 30: Cardiff v Wolves (8pm)
Sun 2: Chelsea v Fulham (12pm)
Sun 2: Arsenal v Tottenham (2.05pm)
Sun 2: Liverpool v Everton (4.15pm)
Sat 8: Bournemouth v Liverpool (12.30pm)
Sun 9: Newcastle v Wolves (4pm)
Mon 10: Everton v Watford (8pm)
Sat 15: Man City v Everton (12.30pm)
Sun 16: Southampton v Arsenal (1.30pm)
Sun 16: Liverpool v Man Utd (4pm)
Fri 21: Wolves v Liverpool (8pm)
Sat 22: Arsenal v Burnley (12.30pm)
Sun 23: Everton v Tottenham (4pm)
Wed 26: Fulham v Wolves (12.30pm)
Wed 26: Brighton v Arsenal (5.15pm)
Wed 26: Watford v Chelsea (7.30pm)
Thur 27: Southampton v West Ham (7.45pm)
Sun 30: Crystal Palace v Chelsea (12pm)
Sun 30: Southampton v Man City (2.15pm)
Sun 30: Man Utd v Bournemouth (4.30pm)Liverpool and Manchester United meet at Anfield on December 16
Tue 1: Everton v Leicester (12.30pm)
Tue 1: Cardiff v Tottenham (5.30pm)
Wed 2: Newcastle v Man Utd (8pm)
Thur 3: Man City v Liverpool (8pm)
Sat 12: West Ham v Arsenal (12.30pm)
Sun 13: Everton v Bournemouth (2.15pm)
Sun 13: Tottenham v Man Utd (4.30pm)
Mon 14: Man City v Wolves (8pm) *
Sat 19: Wolves v Leicester (12.30pm)
Sun 20: Huddersfield v Man City (1.30pm)
Sun 20: Fulham v Tottenham (4pm)
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Liverpool can confirm seven Premier League fixtures have been rescheduled during December and January.
The following matches have been rescheduled after the announcement of the television broadcast selections on Friday afternoon (all kick-offs GMT).
The Reds’ Anfield clash with Leicester City on Wednesday January 30 will also be broadcast live on BT Sport.
Click here to view Liverpool's updated fixture list in full.
Last week, the LFC Foundation took a group of young, aspiring accountants to London to visit the financial district and learn about careers within leading financial institutions.
The group, from the Foundation’s Leadership through Sport and Business programme, visited two of the city’s most iconic buildings - the Gherkin and the Lloyds of London building - where they met representatives from global insurance companies Swiss Re and Alwen Hough Johnson.
The budding accountants, aged 16-20, were invited to the capital as part of their pre-apprenticeship training, as they prepare to enter the world of work. LFC Foundation mentors organised the visit to give the students insight into the professional work environment, and the routes into employment in the financial and business sectors.
Leadership though Sport and Business (LTSB), is a national charity that works in partnership with the LFC Foundation and other education delivery partners to help bright and ambitious young people to access careers in accounting and finance. The scheme provides opportunities for these individuals to take on apprenticeships in accountancy at top firms in the North West.
Stephen Piscopo from the LFC Foundation said: “This visit has been brilliant for the students. They have not only enjoyed themselves and gained plenty of insight into financial industries, but have visualised themselves working within companies like these, which helps to raise the bar in terms of their career aspirations and goals.”
Pre-apprentice, Callum Soul, said: “I really enjoyed the day, it was a great experience for us. I learned a lot from the tour and the people who came to speak to us; they gave great career advice and answered all of our questions.”
During the six-month LTSB pre-apprenticeship scheme, each student attends college three days a week to attain accountancy qualifications and works with the LFC Foundation one day a week. Their LFC Foundation mentor supports them complete a sports leadership qualification and improves their employment potential with personal development and sessions to improve CV writing and interview techniques.
To find out more about the work the LFC Foundation and the Leadership through Sport and Business apprenticeship scheme visit the LFC Foundation website: https://foundation.liverpoolfc.com/