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Van Dijks & Robertsons: Liverpool’s two-tier transfer strategy

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 17/01/2018 - 19:00

Richard Jolly looks at Liverpool’s transfer strategy and how a two-tier system is seemingly in place under Jurgen Klopp.


A Liverpool defender was always going to figure prominently in Sunday’s plotline. Manchester City were visiting; the same City who had coveted Virgil van Dijk; the same Van Dijk who had become the world’s most expensive defender and who was due to make his league bow.

Instead, injury denied him a top-flight bow. Instead, the stand-out figure at the back in Liverpool’s 4-3 win was Andrew Robertson, the scourge of the returning Raheem Sterling.

Robertson cost £67 million less than Van Dijk. The men who should comprise the left half of Liverpool’s back four represent opposite sides of a policy.

The Dutchman joins Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Gini Wijnaldum, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and next summer’s arrival Naby Keita in the expensive section. Robertson ranks alongside Dominic Solanke, Marko Grujic, Joel Matip, Loris Karius and Ragnar Klavan on the cheaper side of the equation.

And a two-tier transfer strategy has been cemented under Jurgen Klopp. Wijnaldum cost £25 million and all the other big buys at least £34 million. None of the small signings came for more than the £8 million Robertson.

What Liverpool have done in the Klopp era is to eradicate the in-between acquisitions, footballers who arrived for substantial prices but who were not at the top of their trade or on top of their shortlists. In short, they have not got a Mario Balotelli or a Lazar Markovic.

The Italian and the Serb arrived for a combined £36 million, or almost half of the fee Liverpool received for Luis Suarez.

 Liverpool's Lazar Markovic during a preseason training session at the Harvard Stadium in Boston on day one of their USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

When Markovic is finally offloaded, they will have lost the vast majority of that £36 million. They were Moneyball gone wrong (Emre Can, who arrived that summer for a slightly cheaper fee, could be deemed Moneyball gone right, but for the probability he will leave on a free transfer).

Balotelli and Markovic were also uneasy compromises. There was little pretence either was Brendan Rodgers’ preferred recruit for their respective roles. Their handling reflected as much. Their performances reflected poorly on those who identified them.

No-Comprise A-List

In contrast, Klopp’s A-list arrivals have been players he definitely wanted. He has shown a willingness to listen, and Liverpool’s scouting team were persuasive and correct in their analysis that Salah would be ideal, but once he pursues a target, his focus rarely shifts.

 Liverpool Manager Jürgen Klopp hugs Mohamed Salah as he leaves the pitch following his substitution during the FA Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James' Park. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

He has shown a refusal to compromise. He would rather persist with his existing players than end up with a fourth-, fifth- or sixth-choice signing. He waited for Van Dijk. He is waiting for Keita. The sense is that he would have waited for Oxlade-Chamberlain, too. There is a long-termism.

The German has been accused of hypocrisy for objecting to the English obsession with the transfer market and then spending heavily, but those charges are based on an inadequate understanding of his thinking.

He would rather sign no one than the wrong player, Balotelli-style. Some of his choices can be quixotic but so far, none of his bigger buys have failed. Salah, in particular, has been a spectacular success.

Some would say they ought to succeed. When Keita comes, five of the six most expensive signings in Liverpool’s history will be Klopp’s, something that only partially reflects the recent inflation in the market.

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Van Dijk cost 50 percent more than any other centre-back in footballing history, Oxlade-Chamberlain £35 million when he would have been available on a free transfer 10 months later. Yet there is a logic to top clubs paying over the odds as long as those signings succeed, as Pep Guardiola argued when asked about Van Dijk’s fee.

Get the right player and, providing he is young enough, a position can be locked down for years, instead of recruiting a series of cheaper and inferior versions, spending time and money on them and with the possibility that each newcomer may fail to settle. Liverpool’s volte-face is a sign that the thinking behind the buys of Balotelli and Markovic was flawed.

Bargains

In contrast, there was a financial logic to the recruitment of the assorted finds in the bargain basement. Only Matip of them is an automatic choice, though that number should soon be doubled by Robertson.

But had Alberto Moreno not got injured, had the Scot not taken his chance with the assuredness that means he ought to be the regular regardless of the Spaniard’s fitness, then Liverpool would scarcely have lost out financially. They could have sold the former Hull man next summer for a similar or higher amount.

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates with Andy Robertson after his side's 4-3 victory during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klavan is another case in point. He has done well at times, less well at others. Instead of bringing him in from Augsburg, Liverpool could have found a centre-back of a similar standard in the Premier League.

However, dad they done so he would probably have cost substantially more; perhaps £15 million, instead of £4 million. And were he, like the Estonian, 32, they may have been looking at a loss of at least £10 million when he departed. Instead, when Klavan goes, it should be with Liverpool’s best wishes and no regrets.

Because the B-list arrivals are relatively risk-free. Even in the worst-case scenario, Liverpool were never going to lose much money in the transfer market. Some offer the potential to prove hugely profitable.

It is a policy that allows Liverpool to take futuristic or optimistic punts, sometimes on developmental players, without them being much of gambles.

Learning

Arguably that began before Klopp – because Matip and Robertson were joined by the £3.5 million capture Joe Gomez, three-quarters of the back four against City came for a combined £11.5 million – and if such a strategy has seemed to backfire at times – Rickie Lambert and Adam Bogdan’s Anfield careers scarcely fall into the category marked ‘glorious successes’ – the problems are only partly caused by poor identification of targets. The issue with Lambert was that Liverpool found themselves relying on a £4 million forward.

 Heading for an exit? Liverpool's Rickie Lambert looks dejected as Middlesbrough score an equalising goal during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

If Liverpool appear to have learned from their past, there may be a sense they have refined a theory from history. Real Madrid used to deal in Zidanes y Pavones, Galacticos and nobodies. It didn’t work. Liverpool’s looks a cleverer variant: as they already have a sizeable squad, they are not depending on cut-price players to occupy pivotal roles, week in, week out.

If Liverpool’s transfer-market policy consists of Van Dijks ‘n’ Robertsons, without the kind of half-way house, compromise signings that seem to frustrate Antonio Conte at Chelsea, it is partly because the Robertsons, the men who cost under £10 million, help free up funds for the Van Dijks.

Liverpool are looking in wildly different markets in a two-pronged approach that cuts out the false economies of the middlemen.

Categories: LFC NEWS

Young Reds fan left speechless by Virgil van Dijk gesture

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 17/01/2018 - 18:58
A young Liverpool supporter arrived home from school earlier this week to a special surprise gift sent to him by Virgil van Dijk.
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Young Reds fan left speechless by Virgil van Dijk gesture

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 17/01/2018 - 18:58

A young Liverpool supporter arrived home from school earlier this week to a special surprise gift sent to him by Virgil van Dijk.

10-year-old Rocco Daly opened a package sent from Melwood to find a home jersey personally signed by the Reds’ new No.4.

The season-ticket holder from Cheshire - who attends games with his dad – received plenty of attention on social media at the end of December when he was photographed excitedly greeting Van Dijk as he arrived at Anfield for the Leicester City game ahead of the completion of his move to the club.

On what was a whirlwind day for the Netherlands defender as he sealed the formalities of his transfer from Southampton, he did not have an opportunity to stop for his young fan as he made his way down the stadium’s tunnel ahead of kick off due to his tight schedule.

However, Van Dijk asked club staff to help him track down the youngster so he could personally thank him for his support and the welcome he gave him at Anfield.

And once Rocco was identified and contact established with his family, the autographed shirt was personally dispatched from the club’s training base by the centre-back.

Rocco’s father, Jason, said: “He was absolutely gobsmacked when he got home from school and opened the package – he couldn’t believe it. I still don’t think he can.

“He was bouncing around the house all night, showing his brother and phoning his nan, his uncle and other family and friends to tell them.

“He couldn’t get to sleep that night because he was so excited, and he was still buzzing when we took him to school the next morning.

“I really think it’s an amazing gesture by Virgil. He didn’t have to do it, he didn’t have to go out of his way, but the fact he has means everything to Rocco and to me because it’s made my little lad so happy. We really can’t thank him enough.”

Rocco added: “It was the best day ever and I can’t say thank you enough to Virgil. I am going to frame it and keep it forever.”

Categories: LFC NEWS

Marko Grujic completes loan move to Cardiff City

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 17/01/2018 - 18:56

Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic has moved to Championship side Cardiff City on loan for the rest of the season.


The 21-year-old Serbian has struggled to make an impact in the first-team since his arrival at the club a year and a half ago and time on loan will give him valuable playing time.

Cardiff currently sit third in the Championship table and face Man City in the FA Cup fourth round later this month.

Grujic will be hoping to achieve big things with the Welsh club – who are just two points behind second place Derby County at present.

Liverpool are understood to have allowed Grujic to join Neil Warnock’s side after being given assurances that the player will receive regular playing time.

While it’s a good move for the player, it’s a shame to see us helping out a manager like Warnock – hopefully the club are receiving a fee for the loan.

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— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) January 17, 2018

Liverpool currently have 12 more players out on loan, having recently recalled Ryan Kent from loan after he received little playing time at Freiburg. He has since joined Bristol City, also promotion contenders in the Championship.

Grujic featured six times for Liverpool this season, starting just once at Leicester in the League Cup.

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10 questions for Liverpool in the final fortnight of the January transfer window

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 17/01/2018 - 18:30

There January transfer window closes two weeks today; we take a look at what may or may not materialise over this next fortnight.


It has already been a relatively busy month for the Reds, both on and off the pitch.

Philippe Coutinho has left for Barcelona, but Virgil van Dijk has arrived from Southampton, both moving for record fees.

Jurgen Klopp‘s side’s excellent form has continued, with Sunday’s epic 4-3 win over Man City a result of real significance.

It is now 18 matches unbeaten for the Reds and next up is a trip to bottom-place Swansea City on Monday night.

With the transfer window closing on January 31, there are still incomings and outgoings that need to be sorted.

Here are 10 remaining questions that stand out this month.

Will Lemar interest come to fruition?

France's Goal and Joy Thomas lemar during the France vs Netherlands 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifying Match at State de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, France on August 31, 2017. France won 4-0. Photo by Christian Liewig/ABACAPRESS.COM

With Naby Keita staying put at Leipzig until the summer and Coutinho gone, reinforcements are needed in attacking midfield.

Granted, Liverpool were magnificent in the middle of the park against Man City, but a lack of top quality depth there is now evident.

Klopp is being very cagey about any potential signings, but it would be a surprise if further efforts weren’t made to sign Monaco’s Thomas Lemar this month.

The 22-year-old is seen as one of Liverpool’s main transfer targets, and constant rumours have suggested a £90 million move may come to fruition in January.

A summer arrival feels more likely, but the club are impossible to predict these days.

Will there be a surprise addition?

 Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez during the FA Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Earlier in the month, there were suggestions that a “mystery man” may make the switch to Anfield in January – a signing out of nothing.

Those reports seem to have cooled a bit, but does Klopp have a stellar purchase up his sleeve?

The likes of Christian Pulisic, Riyad Mahrez, Julian Draxler and Mauro Icardi are all names who have been mentioned – any of them would be great additions.

Don’t bet against a shock signing occurring before the month is out.

Is Sturridge’s time at Anfield up?

 Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge warms-up before the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and NK Maribor at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Daniel Sturridge‘s Liverpool career looked to be a great one in the first 18 months, but injuries have destroyed his progress.

The 28-year-old is now very much a squad player and he is reported to be keen on leaving Anfield before the window shuts, with £30 million believed to grant him that request.

There has been interest from other clubs, including Southampton, Newcastle and West Ham, and if Sturridge is to have any chance of making England’s World Cup squad this summer, a move is required.

Should he leave, it will be a low-key end to a five-year spell that has seen many moments of brilliance.

Is January too soon for a new goalkeeper?

Loris Karius again failed his audition as Liverpool’s No.1 at the weekend, allowing Leroy Sane’s shot past his near post.

It is plain to see that top-class goalkeeper must arrive to take the Reds to the next level, but will that happen in January?

The chances appear slim, with Karius now looking set to have an extended run in the team, but it should still be encouraged.

Roma’s Allison and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak have both been linked with the club, and either would be a tremendous addition.

Don’t bank on it happening this month.

Are Woodburn, Wilson and Ward going to go out on loan?

 Liverpool's Under-23 duo Harry Wilson and Ben Woodburn join up with the Wales senior squad for the forthcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group D match against Republic of Ireland. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With Liverpool’s first-team flying at the moment, chances for youngsters to come in and impress are few and far between.

Because of this, three of the club’s best young players, Ben Woodburn, Harry Wilson and Danny Ward, could do with a spell on loan until the end of the season.

Huge things are expected of Woodburn in the future, but he has only made one League Cup appearance in 2017/18, and is too good for the U23s. He needs regular football in the Championship, ideally.

Wilson is another who cannot keep playing in the younger age groups, and he needs to ply his trade elsewhere for a few months, in order to grow as a player.

Ward is very much third-choice behind Simon Mignolet and Karius, despite their respective shortcomings, and he won’t play for Liverpool any time soon.

Whether or not any of the trio leave this month remains to be seen, but it would be a missed opportunity if they stayed put.

Is Ings set for pastures new?

 Liverpool's Danny Ings during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Liverpool and Leicester City at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Much like Sturridge, it is difficult to see Danny Ings being part of Klopp’s future plans at Liverpool.

He has suffered horrendous bad luck after picking up back-to-back cruciate ligament injuries, and there is every chance he will never be the same player again.

Ings needs to join a team who can offer him a first-choice starting role up front, or least second-choice, and January is a good opportunity for him to move on.

Of course, if he is allowed to leave, along with Sturridge, striking reinforcements are essential for the Reds.

What next for Flanagan?

 Liverpool's Jon Flanagan looks dejected as his side lose 2-0 during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Having been something of a cult hero after some excellent performances in 2013/14, Jon Flanagan‘s reputation has suffered in both his personal and professional life since.

The 25-year-old has absolutely no future at Liverpool, and internal disciplinary proceedings may see his contract terminated.

If not, would a club come in for him on loan given his recent indiscretions?

Can Grujic shine at Cardiff?

 Liverpool's Marko Grujic applauds the supporters after a preseason friendly match between Athletic Club Bilbao and Liverpool at the Aviva Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There are a few contenders for ‘Liverpool’s Forgotten Man Award’, and Marko Grujic has to be in the reckoning.

The Serb hasn’t managed to nail down a regular midfield berth over the last 18 months and has now joined Cardiff on loan for the rest of the season.

It’s a move that’s much needed for the 21-year-old and it will be interesting to see what impact he has at Championship level. A failure to impress there will surely see a departure again in the summer, either on loan again or even permanently.

Will Bogdan ever play football again?

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Adam Bogdan looks dejected as Watford score from his mistake during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

You could be forgiven for forgetting Adam Bogdan even exists, but incredibly, the goalkeeper is still a Liverpool player.

The Hungarian has not played for the Reds since the final day of the 2015/16 season, when he started in a 1-1 draw at West Brom.

He has since enjoyed a brief loan spell at Wigan, but at the moment, but all he is doing currently is twiddling his thumbs at Anfield.

You would have thought the player himself would want first-team football somewhere, and if Liverpool receive any kind of offer, they should accept.

At the moment, he is just an unnecessary addition to the club’s wage bill.

Will anyone take forgotten man Markovic?

 Liverpool's Lazar Markovic during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Just like Bogdan, it is almost embarrassing to call Lazar Markovic a Liverpool player these days.

The Serb arrived as such an exciting, highly-rated youngster in 2014, but he has never reached the required standards, and must be sold.

It is worrying that a 23-year-old wouldn’t be keen for another challenge elsewhere, and says all you need to know about his desire at the top level.

If someone is willing to take a punt on him this month, it would bring an end to a Reds career that has mustered just three goals in 34 appearances.

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Grujic joins Cardiff on loan

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 17/01/2018 - 18:29
Marko Grujic has joined Cardiff City on loan until the end of the season, subject to international clearance.
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Grujic joins Cardiff on loan

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 17/01/2018 - 18:29

Marko Grujic has joined Cardiff City on loan until the end of the season, subject to international clearance.

The Serbian midfielder will continue his development in south Wales as part of a squad that currently sits third in the Championship and faces an FA Cup fourth-round tie with Manchester City later this month.

Grujic made six appearances for Liverpool's first team and featured four times for Neil Critchley's U23s in 2017-18.

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Steven Gerrard’s guide to his FA Youth Cup squad

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 17/01/2018 - 16:11
Ahead of Liverpool’s FA Youth Cup fourth-round tie with Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday, we caught up with manager Steven Gerrard to get the inside track on his squad.
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Steven Gerrard’s guide to his FA Youth Cup squad

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 17/01/2018 - 16:11

Ahead of Liverpool’s FA Youth Cup fourth-round tie with Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday, we caught up with manager Steven Gerrard to get the inside track on his squad.

The U18s have suffered just one defeat this season and sit proudly at the top of the U18s Premier League.

And on Saturday at 3pm GMT, the young Reds will get their first taste of playing at Anfield when the Gunners come to town.

So, ahead of the visit of Arsenal, Liverpoolfc.com popped along to the Academy to sit down with Gerrard and get a unique insight into the players he'll have at his disposal...

Viteslav Jaros: “Veet is a very young 'keeper from the Czech Republic, who came over to England in the summer. It has been big environment for him and it has taken him two or three months to settle in, so it was important we didn’t throw in him straight away and we have been really patient. He’s shown signs that he’s ready now and in the last couple of months he’s been No.1 for the U18s, so credit to him. He’s settled in quicker than we thought and is doing reasonably well.”

Dan Atherton: “Dan is lively, great for the group and a big character. He’s the noise of the group, both good and bad! He is always positive, he always trains well, and is  professional in his approach considering he is sometimes the No.1 or No.2 'keeper. He’s great to have around."

Ben Williams: “Ben hasn’t played much but has remained professional. He’s working hard and he keeps pushing Dan and Veet, so we are pleased with Ben’s approach. We’ve got three good goalkeepers and we’re quite lucky."

Adam Lewis: “Adam is the captain and has been very consistent. He recently signed a professional contract - and deservedly so. His quality from the left side has been outstanding. He’s learning the other side of the game as well, his one-v-ones and his positional play, which is improving all the time. He is in a good place mentally and he has been outstanding."

Rhys Williams: "Big Rhys has just started full-time as a first year and is coming to terms with the demands of playing every single day. He will be a fantastic leader one day, he is learning that side of the game and he is the vice-captain of this squad. Of late, his form has dipped a bit but what I’ve been very happy with is how he wants to get it back right and he wants to get back to where he was two or three weeks ago. That’s a good sign when you know a player cares and wants to improve. Rhys is going to be a good ‘un.”

Tom Clayton: “Tom is a great kid. He trains well every day, is very professional, quiet and very likeable. He is a solid defender and you know what you are getting out of Tom, week-in, week-out, so having him back fit and available [after missing the first few months of the season through injury] certainly helps this group.”

Anthony Glennon: "Glenno has been a starter week-in, week-out from the very off, but of late he has found his place taken by Morgan Boyes. We have been looking at what type of reaction he has given us, and to be fair he has got his head down; he is working hard and he is pushing Boyesey now to get back in the team. Glenno has found it tough the last couple of weeks being out of the team, because he has been so used to starting. Anthony is a great kid, so we’ll have to wait and see whether he can push and get back in the team. We have got defenders back from injury fit and available now, so competition for places is strong.”

Morgan Boyes: “Boyesey has broken in, so credit to him. He has trained really well and looked really, really strong. He gives us a bit of pace at the back, he is a big lad and has a physical presence. He has been out for a year with injury, so it will take time until he is up to full speed, but credit to him for the way he has dislodged Glenno in the XI.”

Neco Williams: “Neco has been out for six months with a back injury, which he found really hard mentally to get his head around. You can see it in his face, he just likes playing football. We need him back fit and 100 per cent as soon as we can. We have to be patient and it might take two or three months to get back to himself, but he is pushing for a place because his quality is there.”

Elijah Dixon-Bonner: “Elijah has been the most improved for me out of the whole squad in terms of where he was in pre-season to where he is now. He is a different player; he is fitter, he is stronger, he is more aggressive, he is showing more quality. So in terms of seeing improvement in one individual, Elijah’s the man!”

Edvard Tagseth: “Eddie is 'Mr Consistency'. Physically he gives you huge numbers in every single game. He is as fit as a fiddle, very professional, eats the right stuff and lives the right way. He is the model pro, if you like, without being a pro! He is someone who you never have to speak to because he doesn’t do anything wrong. What I would say is Eddie’s last couple of performances have come down slightly, but they were still good performances because he has been playing so well. We just need Eddie to turn the volume up a little and get back to where he was two or three weeks ago, but I’m very pleased with him.”

Abdi Sharif: “Abdi is similar to Eddie in terms of physically he can hit big numbers. He is a very strong runner, leggy. He has found himself out of the team and off the bench in recent weeks, so we are trying to push Abdi and make him more aggressive and improve him in possession. Abdi is certainly an important member of the squad moving forward.”

Luis Longstaff: “Like Abdi, Luis has found it hard being out of the XI. Luis loves the game, you always see him with a ball learning his skills. He has found it hard recently mentally because he is not in the XI and he is desperate to be in it. Luis is one we are working with and trying to improve certain parts of his game, but again he is pushing to get back in the squad. He has to try and dislodge a good player in this team and it’s difficult.”

Curtis Jones: “Curt is a wonderful talent with all the ability in the world. On the ball and in possession he is fantastic. We are working a lot with him on the other side of his game – the duels, the competing, the running and the 'dirty' side of the game that No.10s don’t usually like doing. But in terms of the numbers he is delivering at U18 level, he has been very strong. His performances have been strong and when we get the other side of his game as strong as his possession game we are going to have a really scary footballer!”

Rafael Camacho: "Rafa has hit big numbers for us as well. Rafa is similar to Curt in many ways. At times he can go a bit individual and play with a bit of ego. He has bags of talent and he is another one we are working very hard on to do the other side of the game.”

Liam Millar: “Liam is our top scorer. He has got unbelievable pace and unbelievable power. He is in a really good place at the moment. I had to take him out of the squad at the start of the season to give him that shock, that kick up the backside, these youngsters need every now and again. Since that his reaction has been incredible. He is in such a better place than where he was when I took him out of the squad. He has been more consistent and mentally he is in a better place. What we are working on with Liam is how sometimes you will come up against defenders who are as quick and as strong as you, so what other way are you going to beat them? We are trying to add different parts to his game to make him a better player.”

Glen McAuley: “Glen has missed the last couple of games with an injury but we are hoping he might make training on Thursday or Friday before the game. He has been missed and we certainly missed him last week at Tottenham. Glen has been a squad player, a starter... he’s been everything really. He’s a fantastic impact player and he also works his socks off when he plays. We need him fit and available because he’s a goalscorer, and the more goalscorers you have got in your team and squad it’s very healthy.”

Yasser Larouci: “Yasser is a very similar situation to Veet [Viteslav Jaros] in terms of coming over from a different country. He has taken his time to settle in and find his feet, but his training performances have improved and that’s why he has come into the side and been a starter of late. He has done himself no harm. He missed a big chance for us at Tottenham last week and he is still coming to terms with the positional side of being a right-wing back. He is learning the game, he is coachable, his English is improving and he is in a decent place. He is further forward than what we thought he would be at this stage.”

Paul Glatzel: “It has been frustrating for Paul and frustrating for us because he's struggled with injuries and has missed too much football over the last couple of years. He is still growing, he is still finding his body and we need to keep supporting him. He has picked up another niggle recently, which has been frustrating because he would have been in the squad for Arsenal. He is a wonderful talent, he has got lovely bits of skill and turns and he can certainly finish. Paul is one we are going to have to be patient with I think and I think he might come strong and more robust further down the line.”

Liam Coyle: “Liam is unfortunately sidelined with a back problem at the moment. He started the season well, he got a couple of goals for us and always leads by example. It will be hurting Coyley missing the matches and the training because he is a genuine kid who loves football. I know it is going to be hard for him watching the team at Anfield at the weekend, but he will be there and supporting the lads because that’s the type of kid he is. We can’t wait to have him back because we know how much it’s hurting him being out.”

Jordan Hunter: "Jordan is another player who started the season but is out with an injury. Jordan is a versatile player who can play in midfield but he did a steady job for us at right-back. The injury came at a bad time for him but the sooner we can get Jordan and Coyley back into the squad the better it is for me."

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Liverpool release statement condemning Jon Flanagan after assault charge

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 17/01/2018 - 16:09

Liverpool FC have released a statement after defender Jon Flanagan was sentenced to 40 hours of unpaid work and a community order for assaulting his girlfriend.


The 25-year-old was sentenced on Wednesday, having pleaded guilty to common assault by beating of Rachael Wall at an earlier hearing.

A statement from Liverpool condemned the player’s actions and said internal disciplinary action will follow.

“We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the player’s actions during the events that took place resulting in this criminal conviction.

“It leaves his own reputation damaged and, through association, he has severely let down the club he had previously represented with distinction.

“We have expressed to him our disappointment and anger that he has failed to live up to the values of Liverpool Football Club, in this specific instance.

“The club has allowed the legal formalities to reach a conclusion before deciding on or implementing any internal disciplinary action. That internal process will now begin.

“The club has no further comment to make at this time.”

The Liverpool Echo report that CCTV captured Flanagan grabbing his girlfriend around the throat before shoving her into a wall on two occasions.

On the second occasion, she could be seen falling to the floor, at which point Flanagan kicks her to the body.

Flanagan told the court that he and his girlfriend were still in a relationship and they are “working hard to get it back on track” after the incident.

The player, who has made just one appearance this season – at Leicester in the League Cup – currently has a contract at Anfield until June 2019.

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Liverpool believe Bayern have won the race for Germany star

HEAD NEWS - Wed, 17/01/2018 - 15:39

Liverpool believe that Bayern Munich have won the race to sign transfer target Leon Goretzka.

The Germany international, who is set to leave Schalke on a free transfer when his contract expires this summer, has attracted interest from a host of top European clubs.

The ECHO understands that Liverpool have been in contact with the 22-year-old midfielder’s representatives about the prospect of luring him to Anfield.

However, the Reds have been given little encouragement and barring a late change of heart they expect Goretzka to join Bayern Munich.Goretzka, who has also been linked with Manchester United, is expected to confirm his choice of club over the coming days.

Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admits they are keen to sign him but dismissed suggestions that the deal is already done.

“You only have an agreement when the contract is signed and the player passed the medical tests. We are not that far yet,” he said.“Now the player has to decide, I heard the decision will be made within the next days so before the end of January.

"And of course it would be very nice, if he decides to join Bayern Munich.”

Source: Liverpool Echo

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

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Liverpool believe Bayern have won the race for Germany star

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 17/01/2018 - 15:39
Liverpool believe that Bayern Munich have won the race to sign transfer target Leon Goretzka.
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Liverpool believe Bayern have won the race for Germany star

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 17/01/2018 - 15:39

Liverpool believe that Bayern Munich have won the race to sign transfer target Leon Goretzka.

The Germany international, who is set to leave Schalke on a free transfer when his contract expires this summer, has attracted interest from a host of top European clubs.

The ECHO understands that Liverpool have been in contact with the 22-year-old midfielder’s representatives about the prospect of luring him to Anfield.

However, the Reds have been given little encouragement and barring a late change of heart they expect Goretzka to join Bayern Munich.Goretzka, who has also been linked with Manchester United, is expected to confirm his choice of club over the coming days.

Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admits they are keen to sign him but dismissed suggestions that the deal is already done.

“You only have an agreement when the contract is signed and the player passed the medical tests. We are not that far yet,” he said.“Now the player has to decide, I heard the decision will be made within the next days so before the end of January.

"And of course it would be very nice, if he decides to join Bayern Munich.”

Source: Liverpool Echo

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Xabi, Suarez, Salah and more: Top 10 long-range LFC goals

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 17/01/2018 - 14:10
All four of Liverpool's goals in Sunday's thrilling 4-3 win over Premier League leaders Manchester City were truly superb but Mohamed Salah's sublime lob over goalkeeper Ederson Moraes really stuck in the memory.
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Xabi, Suarez, Salah and more: Top 10 long-range LFC goals

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 17/01/2018 - 14:10

All four of Liverpool's goals in Sunday's thrilling 4-3 win over Premier League leaders Manchester City were truly superb but Mohamed Salah's sublime lob over goalkeeper Ederson Moraes really stuck in the memory.

The Egyptian's 36-yard effort (36.64 yards to be exact) capped a flurry of three goals in nine crazy second-half minutes at Anfield and eventually proved decisive as the Reds handed Pep Guardiola's side their first domestic defeat of the season.

But where would Salah's stunner rank among Liverpool's best long-range strikes?

And we're not talking your run-of-the-mill 20-yard screamers, we're talking jaw-dropping 30-plus-yard efforts and inside-your-own-half blockbusters.

This was a tough list to rate, but here's what we came up with. 

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Can set for further Liverpool talks

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Wed, 17/01/2018 - 14:03
By Danny Gallagher

Last Updated: 17/01/18 1:58pm

On the latest episode of Transfer Talk, Sky Germany reporter Marc Behrenbeck says Emre Can will hold talks with Liverpool this month over a new contract. On the latest episode of Transfer Talk, Sky Germany reporter Marc Behrenbeck says Emre Can will hold talks with Liverpool this month over a new contract.

Emre Can is set to hold further talks with Liverpool this month regarding his future, Sky sources understand.

Can's current deal is set to expire in six months, allowing him to leave Merseyside on a free deal.

Speculation has mounted over a potential move away, with the player able to sign a pre-contract agreement this month with a club outside of the Premier League.

The Germany international reached an impasse with the Reds during the previous set of negotiations, with the stumbling block believed to be Liverpool's reluctance to break their club precedent and insert a buy-out clause into any new deal.

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Juventus have been heavily linked with the 24-year-old and have made their interest in a possible deal known.

As recently reported by Sky Sports, Can revealed he does not have any existing agreement in place with the Italian side ahead of a summer switch.

The player's representatives will again sit down with Liverpool to discuss the option of continuing Can's stay with Jurgen Klopp's side.

Can's development since his £9.75m move to Anfield from Bayer Leverkusen in 2014 saw him grow in stature on the international scene and become a regular in the Germany set-up.

Since his move to Anfield in summer 2014, Can has become a Germany regularSince his move to Anfield in summer 2014, Can has become a Germany regular Since his move to Anfield in summer 2014, Can has become a Germany regular

Speaking recently of his future, Can outlined his dedication to Liverpool while maintaining he was still in talks with several parties.

"My agent is looking after everything but I am here until the summer. I haven't signed anything (with Juventus) or anyone," said Can.

"I am talking with everyone, of course I am talking with Liverpool. Why not? I still have a contract here. It is an amazing club. What can I say? My agent does the rest.

"I just concentrate on my performance and the football. I will give everything for this team," the German added.

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Roberto Firmino on his goal celebrations and being “the ‘engine’ of the team”

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 17/01/2018 - 13:55

Roberto Firmino has given a rare interview to the official LFC website, discussing his work rate, goals, celebrations and adaptation to life as a No.9.


Firmino made the £29 million switch to Anfield in July 2015, and after a slow start under Brendan Rodgers, he started to find his feet once Jurgen Klopp took charge.

The 26-year-old has now matured into one of the most effective, underrated players in Europe, with 17 goals to his name this season, and so much more to his game.

He was again outstanding in the 4-3 win over Man City on Sunday, leading the line and dinking a delightful Robbie Fowler-esque finish past Ederson to make it 2-1.

Firmino says his work-rate and tactical intelligence are areas he prides himself on, and admits he is loving his relatively new role as a striker.

“I wasn’t a striker before but as I’ve been adapting into this position I’ve liked it more and more,” Firmino told Liverpoolfc.com, in a fascinating interview.

“I feel really comfortable and really adapted to it. I’d like to continue playing there for the rest of my career.”

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino scores the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

While some supporters have yearned for a prolific No.9 in Liverpool’s attack, Firmino brings much more than just goals to the team.

“I work hard and I want to help my teammates,” he says. “It’s not always the goal itself, though the goal is the fruit of the work we’ve done which is why of course when I score, it’s always good.”

Firmino’s ability and tactical understanding to nick the ball off the toes of opposing defenders and midfielders is a key ingredient in Klopp’s tactical plan and one which the Brazilian recognises the importance of.

“I like to work hard. I like to drop back and help defend because that then turns into attack, turns into goals, so I don’t mind being called the ‘engine’ of the team.”

 Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia celebrates scoring the fourth goal with team-mates Roberto Firmino, Andy Robertson, captain Jordan Henderson during the FA Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the American Express Community Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The likeable forward has been providing some entertaining celebrations this season and explained them, saying: “Well, when I was a kid, I used to do a goal celebration that was a back-flip.

“I did it a lot when I was younger. It’s something I wanted to do [again], but maybe it’s best not to try! I did it up to four years ago, but not anymore!”

In what is an extremely rare interview, Firmino comes across exactly as he does as a player: intellectual, thoughtful and enthusiastic.

He is a phenomenal footballer – one who is finally starting to receive more widespread recognition – and he is indispensable to Jurgen Klopp‘s side.

There have been reports that Liverpool want to tie Firmino down to a very long-term contract – the sooner that gets done, the better.

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