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Van Dijk starts in Liverpool draw

Sat, 14/07/2018 - 20:23

Last Updated: 14/07/18 6:46pm

Virgil van Dijk started for Liverpool Virgil van Dijk started for Liverpool Virgil van Dijk started for Liverpool

Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip made their first appearances of pre-season as Liverpool drew 0-0 with Bury on Saturday.

The Reds went closest to breaking the deadlock but Sheyi Ojo and Dominic Solanke saw efforts blocked on the line.

Loris Karius, who made an error in Tuesday's win at Tranmere, played an hour in goal with Danny Ward training at Melwood as he is likely to start at Blackburn on Thursday.

Liverpool first half team: Karius, Clyne, Van Dijk, Matip, Moreno, Milner, Fabinho, Jones, Ojo, Origi, Sturridge

Second half team: Karius (Grabara), Gomez, Phillips, Klavan, Robertson, Chirivella, Woodburn, Keita, Camacho, Lallana, Solanke

Harry Wilson, after an impressive start to pre-season, was not involved as he looks set to leave on loan.

New signing Xherdan Shaqiri, who joined from Stoke for on Friday, will be part of the squad for next week's International Champions Cup in the United States.

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Liverpool made 10 changes at half-time and Ben Woodburn was denied a winner in the second half by a brilliant save.

"We could have scored five or six times with a little bit more in the last," said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. "But these were the good moments and the rest was really a lot of intensity in the body, with all the tired bones and stuff like this.

Naby Keita got another run out for his new side Naby Keita got another run out for his new side Naby Keita got another run out for his new side

"I saw a little bit more in the first half than in the second half, but both [Liverpool] teams struggled and that's OK.

"If you want, it's my fault because we did a lot in the last two days. I wanted us to score, I don't like the a few situations; first half with Divock [Origi] when maybe he can pass the ball for an easy goal.

"It's the part of the season when players try to impress me, but I've told them already: 'You impress me not by scoring any goal; if you see someone in a better position then that impresses me much more.' Making the right decisions when you are really tired, when it is really warm and the ball is not really rolling is very difficult. I knew that before, and that's what we saw today."

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Klopp offers Sturridge hope

Sat, 14/07/2018 - 20:16
By PA Sport

Last Updated: 14/07/18 6:46pm

Daniel Sturridge has been linked with a move away from Liverpool Daniel Sturridge has been linked with a move away from Liverpool Daniel Sturridge has been linked with a move away from Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists the door remains open for striker Daniel Sturridge despite doubts remaining over his future.

The England international fell down the pecking order last season after injuries impacted on his availability and he has been linked with a move to Sevilla and Besiktas.

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The 28-year-old still has plenty to prove to Klopp, considering his fitness record, but he has looked one of the sharpest performers in pre-season - although he failed to break the deadlock in a goalless draw at Sky Bet League Two side Bury on Saturday.

"It's funny, this is my third pre-season and every year we talk about the same things," said the Reds boss.

"It's no problem. I always said there is a future, it's about what we do in the moment.

Sturridge has fallen down the pecking order at Liverpool Sturridge has fallen down the pecking order at Liverpool Sturridge has fallen down the pecking order at Liverpool

"At the moment it's all good and we don't have to make decisions. I don't think about my players like this - like, maybe he's in or out.

"With the young ones we make these decisions but not with the other guys. They show up, and it should be easy for me in the end.

"The window is still open, right? Is it closing tomorrow? Good."

Liverpool were held to a goalless draw by Bury in their third pre-season game Liverpool were held to a goalless draw by Bury in their third pre-season game Liverpool were held to a goalless draw by Bury in their third pre-season game

The game saw Loris Karius, who made another error in Tuesday's win at Tranmere, given an hour in goal with Danny Ward training at Melwood as he is likely to start at Blackburn on Thursday.

Harry Wilson, after an impressive start to pre-season, was not involved with the likelihood he will go out on loan to a Sky Bet Championship club in the near future with Stoke, Derby and Swansea all interested.

New signing Xherdan Shaqiri, who joined from Stoke for £13million on Friday, will be part of the squad for next week's International Champions Cup in the United States.

There were first pre-season appearances for Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip with the Dutchman looking particularly composed in a 45-minute first-half run-out.

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How will Klopp fit Shaqiri in?

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 23:10
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Last Updated: 13/07/18 9:12pm

How will Xherdan Shaqiri fit in at Liverpool? How will Xherdan Shaqiri fit in at Liverpool? How will Xherdan Shaqiri fit in at Liverpool?

When it became clear that Mohamed Salah would not be able to continue, Jurgen Klopp had a big decision to make.

Trying to replace a player with 44 goals in the season to his name is an unenviable task at the best of times, let alone 29 minutes into a Champions League final. Klopp plumped for Adam Lallana, who had played just 16 minutes of football in the two months prior, had played more than half an hour only once since January and has not played regularly in the front three since the 2015/16 season.

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The only realistic alternative was Dominic Solanke, a 20-year-old with only one senior goal to his name. Liverpool's fearsome front three had taken them to Kiev but the drop off in quality to those in reserve was stark, certainly following the departures of Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge, on loan, in January.

It is little surprise then that Klopp and Liverpool have moved to address the issue with Xherdan Shaqiri becoming the club's third summer signing.

1:34 Xherdan Shaqiri has joined Liverpool - here are some of his best moments from last season Xherdan Shaqiri has joined Liverpool - here are some of his best moments from last season

There was a decidedly mixed reaction from Liverpool fans when the Swiss international was first linked with a move to Anfield, around the time a deal for Lyon captain Nabil Fekir fell through.

However, Shaqiri's release clause of £13.5m makes it a relatively risk-free deal. Even if things were not to work out for the former Stoke playmaker on Merseyside, Liverpool would be confident of at least recouping their money for a player who does not turn 27 until October, especially given the current state of the transfer market.

Of course, the hope for both the player and the club is that it won't come to that and there is plenty to suggest he can be success at a club he first wanted to join in 2014.

Shaqiri came close to joining Liverpool in 2014 Shaqiri came close to joining Liverpool in 2014 Shaqiri came close to joining Liverpool in 2014

"I had offers from Liverpool and Atletico Madrid," Shaqiri told spox.com in December 2016. "I opted for Liverpool. [Then-manager] Brendan Rodgers contacted me a few times during the World Cup. But Bayern blocked my move."

Four years on and having finally arrived, Shaqiri will have a point to prove.

While few would argue against his quality, stylistically Shaqiri will have to make some adjustments. His work rate was called into question at times last season and whether it is in the front three or in midfield, if such questions are asked again this season then he won't be in the team for long.

The numbers show that Shaqiri actually covered more distance per game (9.6km) than any of Liverpool's front three but it is how he went about that that will likely need to change.

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Shaqiri made significantly fewer sprints per game than any of Salah, Firmino or Mane and with a limited pre-season due to his World Cup commitments, it will be interesting to see if he has the time, or indeed the capability, to adapt to a more physically demanding style of play.

While the expectation from the outside is that Shaqiri will act as back-up to Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, as someone who can be rotated in when one of that forward line are in need of a rest, the player himself will no doubt believe that he is capable of making a spot in the starting XI his own.

What he cannot expect is to be seen as the star man, as he was at Stoke, and how he deals with sitting on the bench and having to make an impact off it could go a long way to determining how successful he is at Anfield.

Shaqiri's versatility makes him an attractive option for Klopp Shaqiri's versatility makes him an attractive option for Klopp Shaqiri's versatility makes him an attractive option for Klopp

One thing may help him to minimise his time on the sidelines is his versatility. Although he predominantly featured on the right for Stoke, Shaqiri is more than capable of operating on the left and played as a No 10 for much of last season.

Given the way Klopp has used Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the past couple of years, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that Shaqiri could even feature as a 'No 8' in games where Liverpool are expected to dominate possession.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, in particular, caused opposition sides problems with his direct running from the middle of the pitch and Shaqiri certainly has the pace and creativity to do similar. The Swiss created 43 chances from open play last season, in addition to scoring eight goals and making seven assists in a struggling Stoke side.

That there are question marks over Shaqiri and his suitability for Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool is indisputable but given his age, ability and the fee, the risks are outweighed by the potential rewards.

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Shaqiri excited to sign for Liverpool

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 23:00
"I want to win titles," says Switzerland forward after moving to Anfield on long-term deal By Allan Valente

Last Updated: 13/07/18 10:29pm

Xherdan Shaqiri has joined Liverpool for £13.5m Xherdan Shaqiri has joined Liverpool for £13.5m Xherdan Shaqiri has joined Liverpool for £13.5m

Liverpool have completed the signing of Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke on a long-term contract.

It is understood Stoke accepted a bid of just over £13.5m after Liverpool met the release clause valuation in the Swiss midfielder's contract.

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Shaqiri becomes Liverpool's third summer signing after Fabinho and Naby Keita joined the club and he is keen for the Premier League season to get underway.

"I'm very happy to be here. It's a huge club with big history, big players and a fantastic coach. So I'm really glad and happy to be here," Shaqiri told Liverpoolfc.com.

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"As a player you always want to be on the biggest stage in football. A few years ago I wanted to come too but it didn't happen. I'm really happy that now I'm finally here.

"I want to improve myself too, I want to be with the best and I want to win titles. That's what I'm here for."

Shaqiri made 36 Premier League appearances for Stoke last season, scoring eight goals Shaqiri made 36 Premier League appearances for Stoke last season, scoring eight goals Shaqiri made 36 Premier League appearances for Stoke last season, scoring eight goals

The 26-year-old, who was part of the Switzerland squad which reached the round of 16 at the World Cup in Russia, joined Stoke in 2015 from Inter Milan before going on to make 84 league appearances for the club.

He started his career at Basel before moving to Bayern Munich where he won two Bundesliga titles, two DFB-Pokal cups and the Champions League, with the Bavarians beating Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund in the final in 2013.

Klopp believes Liverpool are the "perfect" club for his new signing and described the move as a "no-brainer".

The Switzerland international played in the World Cup this summer The Switzerland international played in the World Cup this summer The Switzerland international played in the World Cup this summer

He said: "I think the English phrase to explain the decision to sign Xherdan is a 'no-brainer'. When someone like him becomes available in this way you have to react if you are smart - and we have.

"He has speed and ability, has the right amount of arrogance on the football pitch, real bravery to want the ball and influence things. To play for us these are mandatory requirements.

"We are the perfect move for him in this moment as well I think, because he needs to push himself and challenge himself and our environment encourages that.

"From our perspective, he is someone who makes a big difference to the squad and team, because he can fit in so many positions in our system. He gives us greater flexibility in how we can use our current players also. This is cool.

"I know him well from his time in Switzerland and especially Germany - I have been a long-time admirer. But the added bonus now is that he knows the Premier League and what it takes to perform in this uniquely intense environment."

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Salah, Mane to join Liverpool US tour

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 12:58
By PA Sport

Last Updated: 13/07/18 11:51am

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah will join up with Liverpool having returned from World Cup duty Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah will join up with Liverpool having returned from World Cup duty Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah will join up with Liverpool having returned from World Cup duty

Liverpool have confirmed that Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will be joining them on their pre-season tour of the United States.

The forward pair are yet to report back for training following their involvement in the World Cup with Egypt and Senegal respectively.

With both players exiting the competition after the group stages, they will now return to club duty for the tour, which begins a week on Saturday.

Manager Jurgen Klopp said of the pair: "They had their holiday and then they'll come with us to the USA. They only had three weeks' holiday so it means they didn't lose too much.

"We have to see how they are and then we'll see if they can play in the games. They will be there."

Liverpool's front three scored 91 goals between them last season Liverpool's front three scored 91 goals between them last season Liverpool's front three scored 91 goals between them last season

Klopp also confirmed that striker Roberto Firmino, who reached the quarter-finals with Brazil, will report back for Liverpool's second training camp in France later in the month.

All three players scored for their countries during the World cup and managed a combined 91 goals last season in a campaign which saw Liverpool lose out to Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League.

Liverpool players involved in the World Cup semi-finals will return the week prior to the Reds' Premier League opener against West Ham on August 12, live on Sky Sports.

Klopp added on the club's website: "We have the English guys, Simon (Mignolet) and Dejan (Lovren) - (they) will come another week later.

"We'll already be back from France and will have exactly one week to prepare (for) the game (against West Ham). That's no problem."

The week-long US tour will feature games against Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Manchester United.

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Karius at fault as Liverpool win

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 00:50

Last Updated: 10/07/18 11:04pm

Liverpool No 1 Loris Karius was at fault for one of Tranmere's goals at Prenton Park Liverpool No 1 Loris Karius was at fault for one of Tranmere's goals at Prenton Park Liverpool No 1 Loris Karius was at fault for one of Tranmere's goals at Prenton Park

Liverpool overcame Tranmere Rovers 3-2 at Prenton Park in a friendly on Tuesday, but their win was overshadowed by another error from goalkeeper Loris Karius.

The visitors opted to field two completely different teams in each period, as they also did in their win at Chester on Saturday, with their first-half line-up giving Jurgen Klopp's side a 3-0 lead at the break.

Liverpool made the breakthrough after fine approach play down the right from Sheyi Ojo, with the exciting winger then setting up Portugal midfielder Rafael Camacho for a simple finish.

Liverpool doubled their lead after 27 minutes when Naby Keita, playing alongside fellow new signing Fabinho in central midfield for the first time, found Ojo in space.

The England U21 international then got past his marker, before firing a left-footed shot into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.

Two soon became three when Ryan Kent's brilliant flick released captain Adam Lallana in the area and the midfielder's early strike caught the Tranmere 'keeper off guard.

However, after Liverpool made a raft of changes at the interval, the home side got themselves back into the contest, albeit after another Karius mistake.

The German, whose high-profile errors cost Liverpool in last season's Champions League final against Real Madrid, failed to hold on to Ollie Norburn's long-range free kick, with Jonny Smith scoring from the rebound.

Despite adding a second nine minutes from the end through Amadou Soukouna, Liverpool held on to make it two pre-season wins from two ahead of their trip to Bury on Saturday.

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Klopp defends Karius after spill

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 00:40

Last Updated: 10/07/18 11:14pm

0:32 Jurgen Klopp accepts Loris Karius is going to be regularly scrutinised after he made a mistake in Liverpool's pre-season win over Tranmere. Jurgen Klopp accepts Loris Karius is going to be regularly scrutinised after he made a mistake in Liverpool's pre-season win over Tranmere.

Jurgen Klopp accepts goalkeeper Loris Karius is going to be regularly scrutinised after he made a mistake in Liverpool's 3-2 pre-season win over Tranmere on Tuesday.

The German's handling was back in the spotlight after he spilled a free-kick which was hit at him and Tranmere scored from the loose ball.

Karius was at fault for two of Real Madrid's three goals in May's Champions League final defeat - after which it was revealed he was suffering from concussion - and Klopp knows the focus will continue to be on the 25-year-old.

"Yeah, it will probably happen for a while until he has a few fantastic games, that is how the situation is," Klopp said. "We cannot change that. Our job is to perform and you do what you do and that is part of the deal.

Klopp saw his Liverpool side beat Tranmere Klopp saw his Liverpool side beat Tranmere Klopp saw his Liverpool side beat Tranmere

"Yes he could have made that save even though the shot was not easy to deal with.

"I've seen this situation 500 times at least in my life - 'Bam', against the chest, (ball) going down.

"Now Loris concedes that goal but we cannot start the story always after each mistake. Mistakes will happen.

"I don't like it, you don't like it, he doesn't like it, but they do happen. So let's carry on and make the best of all these situations to learn from it.

"No one likes that goal but if we talk about the second goal I think it was Millie's (James Milner's) fault together with (Pedro) Chirivella.

Karius was at fault for two of Real Madrid's three goals in the Champions League final Karius was at fault for two of Real Madrid's three goals in the Champions League final Karius was at fault for two of Real Madrid's three goals in the Champions League final

"Two brilliant footballers make this mistake, which one was the bigger? I would say the second one but we don't talk about that."

Karius' error handed the initiative back to the hosts, who pulled back a second when makeshift centre-back Chirivella's pass put Milner in trouble and Amadou Soukouna ran through to score.

Liverpool had led 3-0 at half-time through goals from Rafael Camacho, Sheyi Ojo and Adam Lallana, who made his first appearance of pre-season.

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Transfer Talk: How Ronaldo fits at Juve

Tue, 10/07/2018 - 20:20

Last Updated: 10/07/18 6:57pm

The latest episode form the second series of our Transfer Talk podcast is here!

Host Tom White was joined in the studio by Sky Sports News reporters Dharmesh Sheth and Michael Bridge to chat about the latest moves in the transfer market.

Sky Italy reporter Valentina Fass phoned in to discuss where Cristiano Ronaldo will fit in at Juventus and the players that could leave following his arrival in Turin.

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Sky Sports football feature writer Adam Bate popped into the studio to give an insight into what Uruguay international Lucas Torreira will bring to Arsenal.

The panel also provide updates on two other midfielders that could join Torreira at the Emirates.

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New West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has already spent big this summer, but could he be about to smash the club's transfer record for a second time? Dharmesh has all the latest on the moves being made by the Hammers.

Sky Germany reporter Max Bielefeld joined the show to discuss the possible deals in the Bundesliga, with the futures of Robert Lewandowski, Max Meyer and Christian Pulisic high on the agenda.

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There is also news from Manchester United, Everton, Southampton, Newcastle, Wolves, Brighton and Rangers.

Finally, the panel answer your transfer questions!

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Wilson signs long-term Reds deal

Tue, 10/07/2018 - 19:10
By Rory O'Callaghan

Last Updated: 10/07/18 5:17pm

Harry Wilson has signed a new long-term deal with Liverpool Harry Wilson has signed a new long-term deal with Liverpool Harry Wilson has signed a new long-term deal with Liverpool

Harry Wilson has committed his future to Liverpool by signing a new long-term contract with the Reds.

The 21-year-old forward, who joined the club's academy at U9 level, has been rewarded after a successful loan spell at Sky Bet Championship side Hull last season.

"I'm delighted to sign the new deal," Wilson told Liverpool's official website.

"When it got offered to me, I was desperate to get everything sorted so I could sign it fairly early on in pre-season because I want to focus on playing football.

"So, now this is sorted, I feel I can do that and push on and try and impress."

Wilson scored seven times in 13 matches while on loan at the KCOM Stadium and around a dozen clubs, including Celtic, have reportedly made enquiries about the Wales international ahead of the new campaign.

However, Wilson is hoping to avoid going out on loan as he looks to secure first-team football under Jurgen Klopp.

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"I think my short-term focus is to keep trying to impress the manager day in, day out in training and, the minutes I get in pre-season, try and impress," said Wilson, who scored twice in the 7-0 pre-season win over Chester on Saturday.

"[I want to] keep trying to score goals, [get] assists, help the team out and then I'm not looking too far beyond that.

"I feel if I do well enough here, everything else will take care of itself."

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Wilson desperate to succeed at Liverpool

Tue, 10/07/2018 - 01:09

Last Updated: 09/07/18 11:28pm

Harry Wilson made his Liverpool debut in an FA Cup tie in January 2017 Harry Wilson made his Liverpool debut in an FA Cup tie in January 2017 Harry Wilson made his Liverpool debut in an FA Cup tie in January 2017

Liverpool forward Harry Wilson's dream of playing first-team football for the club means he will resist going out on loan for now.

The 21-year-old has consistently been the U23's best player over the last two seasons and he enhanced his reputation further with an impressive five months at Sky Bet Championship Hull, scoring seven times in 13 matches.

Around a dozen clubs, including Celtic, have reportedly made enquiries about the Wales international but Wilson wants to prove his worth to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp in pre-season.

"The dream of mine is to play regularly for Liverpool's first team," he said.

Wilson's Hull loan heroics saw him named PFA Championship Player of the Month for April Wilson's Hull loan heroics saw him named PFA Championship Player of the Month for April Wilson's Hull loan heroics saw him named PFA Championship Player of the Month for April

"At the moment I am getting the chance to train at Melwood and get minutes in the friendlies and my aim is to impress the manager and stay here.

"If that's not possible then we will weigh up the options and go from there.

"Everyone wants to start games. If that's not the case and you're on the bench then you need to be ready to come on and make an impact."

Harry Wilson is Wales' youngest-ever international Harry Wilson is Wales' youngest-ever international Harry Wilson is Wales' youngest-ever international

Wilson, who scored twice in Saturday's 7-0 friendly win at Chester, believes his spell at Hull provided the perfect grounding to make the step up to the first team.

"It was what I needed - a lot of minutes in a competitive league in the Championship," he added.

"What I achieved while I was at Hull has given me a lot of confidence coming back to Liverpool. I always had the belief in myself but I wanted to show people that I could handle that step up to senior football.

"Maybe there were a few doubts from my first loan (at Crewe in 2016) about whether I could handle it. I was glad that I was able to go to Hull and prove those people wrong."

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Sunday's Liverpool transfer rumours

Sun, 08/07/2018 - 11:30

Last Updated: 08/07/18 10:53am

Liverpool's pursuit of a long-term target may be at an end as we round-up the latest transfer rumours on Sunday, July 8.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas believes Nabil Fekir will line up for the Ligue 1 club next season, reports Goal.

The 24-year-old France international looked the verge of joining Liverpool before this summer's World Cup but the transfer fell through.

"I think that Nabil will be at OL next season," Aulas told RMC Sport.

"I have almost a father-son relationship with my players, I gave him the chance to go to Liverpool because it was his dream club.

"I did that too with (Corentin) Tolisso and (Samuel) Umtiti, he is our captain and it is the coach's wish to keep him."

Liverpool have entered the race to sign Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish, according to the Sunday Mirror.

The Merseyside club have held talks with the 22-year-old, although the Mirror claim Tottenham remain favourites for his signature.

Rangers will have first refusal on any young players Liverpool want to send out on loan, reports the Sun on Sunday.

It is understood a deal have been struck between both clubs' manager, Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.

The partnership has already seen Ovie Ejaria move to Ibrox on loan and Jon Flanagan join on a free transfer.

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Liverpool hit seven past Chester

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 19:40

Last Updated: 07/07/18 5:51pm

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New signings Fabinho and Naby Keita made their Liverpool debuts in a 7-0 pre-season victory at Chester FC.

Harry Wilson (37, 44), James Milner (48), Daniel Sturridge (54, 88), Ryan Kent (56) and Danny Ings (79) were all on the scoresheet for Jurgen Klopp's side, while Loris Karius made his first appearance in goal since his errors against Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

Liverpool manager Klopp named a different team in each half at the Swansway Chester Stadium on Saturday afternoon with Fabinho, a £43.7m summer signing from Monaco, named in the starting XI.

Wilson struck twice for the Premier League side before the break. The first was a lob over goalkeeper Grant Shenton after he had denied Alberto Moreno and the second was a close-range finish from Curtis Jones' pass.

Fabinho was named in Liverpool's starting XI Fabinho was named in Liverpool's starting XI Fabinho was named in Liverpool's starting XI

Keita, who arrived at Liverpool on July 1 after signing from RB Leipzig last summer, was part of the second-half team that put a further five goals past the National League North side.

Sheyi Ojo was brought down by Shenton three minutes after half-time, allowing Milner to stroke home from the penalty spot before Sturridge netted on his return from his loan spell at West Brom.

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Kent made it 5-0 two minutes later when he struck into the top corner after a good run from the left, while Milner set up Ings to score the sixth from near the penalty spot.

Sturridge scored a fine goal from the edge of the area to complete the scoring as Klopp's side started their pre-season in fine style. Their next fixture is at Tranmere on Tuesday evening.

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Saturday's Liverpool transfer rumours

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 10:46

Last Updated: 07/07/18 9:46am

Liverpool should sign Leicester defender Harry Maguire, says Phil Thompson Liverpool should sign Leicester defender Harry Maguire, says Phil Thompson Liverpool should sign Leicester defender Harry Maguire, says Phil Thompson

Liverpool are urged to buy a new central defender as we round-up the latest transfer rumours on Saturday, July 7.

Former Liverpool captain Phil Thompson has told Klopp to go out and buy Leicester City's England centre-back Harry Maguire this summer.

"I was saying long before the tournament started that he has all the attributes needed to be a Liverpool player," Thompson told the Liverpool Echo.

"Big clubs will be after him and I'd like to think that Liverpool would be at the forefront."

Meanwhile, Liverpool have been tipped to sign Paulo Dybala from Juventus with the Argentina international facing an uncertain future in Turin, according to reports in the Daily Express.

The Serie A champions are currently trying to lure Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo to Turin, which may force the playmaker to leave Juve.

Could Juve star Paulo Dybala be heading to Anfield next season? Could Juve star Paulo Dybala be heading to Anfield next season? Could Juve star Paulo Dybala be heading to Anfield next season?

The 24-year-old contributed 26 goals and seven assists in 46 games in all competitions for the 'Old Lady of Italian football' last season.

Elsewhere, Jurgen Klopp has dropped a huge hint he will be signing more players at Liverpool after landing Naby Keita and Fabinho.

"I am happy," the Reds boss told LFCTV. "The work is going on and why should we stop until the window is done?"

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Klopp happy with Liverpool transfers

Fri, 06/07/2018 - 21:30
By Matthew Treadwell

Last Updated: 06/07/18 7:41pm

0:38 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is happy with their transfer business but hopes his internationals return unscathed from the World Cup Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is happy with their transfer business but hopes his internationals return unscathed from the World Cup

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has declared himself happy with his transfer business, despite a relatively quiet summer so far.

The deal to bring midfielder Naby Keita to Anfield was agreed during the summer 2017 transfer window, but his £52.75m move from RB Leipzig has only now gone through.

Monaco defender Fabinho has also joined for £43.7m, with 20-year-old Isaac Christie-Davies having already secured a move to Merseyside after coming to the end of his contract with Chelsea.

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That is as far as Klopp's squad-strengthening has progressed but he insists he is happy with his signings, while indicating there may be more to come before the Premier League transfer window closes on August 9.

"I am happy," he told LFCTV. "The work is going on and why should we stop until the window is done?

"It is all good but we will see what happens. If all the players come back healthy from the World Cup, then we already have a really good team and that is all I need to know.

"What happens on the other side [of the World Cup], we will see."

Keita, Fabinho to make Liverpool debuts

Naby Keita and Fabinho are set to make their Liverpool debuts against Chester on Saturday, while Loris Karius is also expected to play.

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Watch Liverpool's opening game of the new Premier League season against West Ham on Sunday August 12. Coverage begins on Sky Sports Premier League at 1:30pm.

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Transfer Talk: Why's Ronaldo wanting out?

Fri, 06/07/2018 - 15:22

Last Updated: 06/07/18 5:28pm

The latest episode form the second series of our Transfer Talk podcast is here!

Host Pete Graves was joined in the studio by Laura Woods and Sky Sports News reporter Keith Downie to chat about the latest moves in the transfer market.

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague phoned in to give the latest on Cristiano Ronaldo's proposed move to Juventus and whether any last-minute hitches could prevent the deal from happening.

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If Ronaldo does leave the Santiago Bernabeu, what could that mean for Gareth Bale? Guillem provides an update on the future of the Wales international.

The panel discuss Riyad Mahrez and Jack Wilshere, with both closing in on moves to Manchester City and West Ham respectively, as well as Barcelona's bid to sign Chelsea winger Willian ahead of Manchester United.

Transfer Talk: Why's Ronaldo wanting out?

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague explains why Cristiano Ronaldo wants out of Real Madrid and is set for a move to Juventus.

Keith gives an inside take on the transfer business at Newcastle and discusses whether the Magpies could break their transfer record for the first time in 13 years this summer.

Click here to listen to the Transfer Talk podcast.

There is also news from Everton, Brighton, Nottingham Forest, Derby, Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Rangers and Hibernian.

Finally, the panel answer your transfer questions!

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PL fixtures live on Sky

Fri, 06/07/2018 - 14:00
Watch 126 live games on Sky Sports Premier League next season

Last Updated: 06/07/18 7:01pm

Sky Sports has announced the first batch of live Premier League fixtures for the 2018/19 season, including Arsenal v Manchester City on the opening weekend.

Unai Emery's first competitive game in charge of Arsenal since replacing Arsene Wenger will be at home to defending champions Manchester City, live on Super Sunday on Sunday, August 12 (4pm).

The new season will kick off at Old Trafford on Friday, August 10 when Manchester United host Leicester City live on Friday Night Football (7.45pm) with Newcastle v Tottenham (Saturday, August 11, 12.30pm) and Liverpool v West Ham (Sunday, August 12, 1.30pm) also live on the opening weekend.

Opening weekend live on Sky Sports
  • Fri Aug 10: Man Utd v Leicester (7.45pm)
  • Sat Aug 11: Newcastle v Tottenham (12.30pm)
  • Sun Aug 12: Liverpool v West Ham (1.30pm)
  • Sun Aug 12: Arsenal v Man City (4pm)
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Sky Sports has announced 24 live Premier League fixtures for August, September and early October with all 20 clubs to be shown in that period.

Further highlights include Tottenham's first game at their new stadium when they host Liverpool on Saturday, September 15 (12.30pm) as well as their trip to Old Trafford for a Monday Night Football showdown with Manchester United (Monday, August 27, 8pm).

World Cup rivals Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford will be back in Premier League action for Manchester United in a Friday Night Football season-opener World Cup rivals Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford will be back in Premier League action for Manchester United in a Friday Night Football season-opener World Cup rivals Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford will be back in Premier League action for Manchester United in a Friday Night Football season-opener Premier League fixtures live on Sky Sports

August

Fri 10: Man Utd v Leicester (7.45pm)

Sat 11: Newcastle v Tottenham (12.30pm)

Sun 12: Liverpool v West Ham (1.30pm)

Sun 12: Arsenal v Man City (4pm)

Sat 18: Cardiff v Newcastle (12.30pm)

Sun 19: Man City v Huddersfield (1.30pm)

Sun 19: Brighton v Man Utd (4pm)

Mon 20: Crystal Palace v Liverpool (8pm)

Sat 25: Wolves v Man City (12.30pm)

Sun 26: Watford v Crystal Palace (1.30pm)

Sun 26: Newcastle v Chelsea (4pm)

Mon 27: Man Utd v Tottenham (8pm)

Unai Emery's first Arsenal game - against champions Man City - is live on Sky Unai Emery's first Arsenal game - against champions Man City - is live on Sky Unai Emery's first Arsenal game - against champions Man City - is live on Sky

September

Sat 1: Leicester v Liverpool (12.30pm)

Sun 2: Cardiff v Arsenal (1.30pm)

Sun 2: Watford v Tottenham (4pm)

Sat 15: Tottenham v Liverpool (12.30pm)

Sun 16: Wolves v Burnley (1.30pm)

Sun 16: Everton v West Ham (4pm)

Mon 17: Southampton v Brighton (8pm)

Sat 22: Fulham v Watford (12.30pm)

Sun 23: West Ham v Chelsea (1.30pm)

Sun 23: Arsenal v Everton (4pm)

Sun 30: Cardiff v Burnley (4pm)

October (many more to be confirmed)

Mon 1: Bournemouth v Crystal Palace (8pm)

Take your seat for the start of the Premier League season live on Sky Sports. The Sky Sports Premier League channel will broadcast 126 live games next season. Find out more.

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Who is Isaac Christie-Davies?

Tue, 03/07/2018 - 13:16
By Nick Wright

Last Updated: 03/07/18 11:47am

Isaac Christie-Davies spent nine years in Chelsea's academy Isaac Christie-Davies spent nine years in Chelsea's academy Isaac Christie-Davies spent nine years in Chelsea's academy

We profile Isaac Christie-Davies, the 20-year-old midfielder who has joined Liverpool after reaching the end of his contract with Chelsea.

Christie-Davies spent time on trial at Liverpool in March and confirmed his move to Anfield on Monday.

He will be expected to join up with their U23 squad initially, but could Christie-Davies challenge for a first-team place under Jurgen Klopp? Here's all you need to know about him.

Chelsea beginnings

Christie-Davies played for his hometown club Brighton as a boy but made the move to Chelsea at U11 level, where he became known as a box-to-box midfielder with a knack for scoring goals.

He made his debut for Chelsea's U18s when he was still an U15 player in 2012/13, and went on to become a regular starter, scoring 12 league goals in the 2014/15 campaign. He was part of the U18 squads which won the FA Youth Cup in 2015 and in 2016. He was also a part of the U19 side which retained the UEFA Youth League in 2016.

Isaac Christie-Davies came through the youth ranks at Chelsea Isaac Christie-Davies came through the youth ranks at Chelsea Isaac Christie-Davies came through the youth ranks at Chelsea

Christie-Davies stepped up to Chelsea's U23s after that, playing regularly in the Premier League 2 and gaining senior experience in the Checkatrade Trophy, helping Chelsea reach the semi-finals last year. He was handed a one-year contract in 2017 but reached the end of that deal this summer

He heads to Liverpool having never made a first-team appearance for Chelsea.

Solanke example to follow?

Christie-Davies will meet at least one friendly face at Liverpool in his former team-mate Dominic Solanke. The pair played together in the same age group at Chelsea from the ages of 11 to 19, when Solanke made his own move to Anfield in similar circumstances.

Dominic Solanke featured for Liverpool's first-team last year Dominic Solanke featured for Liverpool's first-team last year Dominic Solanke featured for Liverpool's first-team last year

Christie-Davies will hope to take inspiration from his old team-mate's impact last season. Solanke made 27 appearances for Jurgen Klopp's side in total and scored his first goal for the club in their 4-0 win over Brighton in May. There was even a senior international debut for England in their 0-0 draw with Brazil back in November.

International allegiance

Christie-Davies represented England at U16 and U17 level, but having not been called up to higher age groups, he made the decision to switch his allegiance to Wales.

In May, he was called up to Rob Page's U21 squad for the first time for a friendly double-header against Georgia. Christie-Davies started the first game, which ended in a 1-1 draw, and came on as a half-time substitute in the second, which finished 2-2.

Christie-Davies will now hope to be involved in the second half of their Euro 2019 U21 qualifying campaign. After six games in Group 8, Page's side sit fourth, needing to make up a six-point gap on second-placed Portugal with four games to play.

Common Goal

Christie-Davies is the latest of a growing number of footballers to join Juan Mata's Common Goal initiative, in which players give one per cent of their salary to charity, and he even used the platform to announce his move to Anfield.

In a video in which he is wearing a Liverpool shirt, he said: "I'm really excited about my move to Liverpool. It's a real honour to move to such a big club. I hope to be the very best footballer I can be and play the very best football I can for the club and for the fans."

Christie-Davies joins the likes of Giorgio Chiellini, Mats Hummels, Kasper Schmeichel and Shinji Kagawa in signing up for Common Goal.

He added: "As footballers we have a big responsibility because we are in a very privileged position. We can use this position to make a positive change by helping others that are less fortunate than us. Football can be a positive tool in addressing inequality and discrimination."

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WATCH: Klopp's welcome for Keita

Mon, 02/07/2018 - 21:30

Last Updated: 02/07/18 7:31pm

0:49 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp gives a warm welcome to summer signing Naby Keita on the first day of pre-season Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp gives a warm welcome to summer signing Naby Keita on the first day of pre-season

Jurgen Klopp gave an especially warm welcome to new signing Naby Keita on Liverpool's first day of pre-season training.

In a video captured by LFC TV, Klopp is seen to give Keita a big hug as the two bump into each other on the stairs at the club's Melwood training ground.

Klopp can be heard speaking in Keita's first language, French, asking him "ça va?", or "how are you?"

The club's new No 8, who finally became a Liverpool player on Sunday after his protracted move from RB Leipzig, was joined in pre-season by fellow summer signing Fabinho following his capture from Monaco.

Klopp certainly looked delighted as he hopes to improve on last season's fourth-place finish and a run to the Champions League final. Premier League Highlights

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Pre-season fixtures and results

Mon, 02/07/2018 - 14:40

Last Updated: 02/07/18 12:45pm

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Keep track of all the Premier League sides' pre-season fixtures and results with our club-by-club guide.

All times in BST

Arsenal

July 14: Boreham Wood FC (Arsenal XI - away) - 3pm

July 26: Atletico Madrid (Singapore) - 12.35pm

July 28: PSG (Singapore) - 12.35pm

August 1: Chelsea (Dublin) - 8.05pm

August 4: Sevilla (Stockholm) - 7pm

Bournemouth

July 14: Sevilla (Murcia) - 7pm

July 20: Levante (Murcia) - 7pm

July 27: Bristol City (away) - 7pm

July 28: Nottingham Forest (away) - 3pm

August 3: Real Betis (home) - 7pm

August 4: Marseille (home) - 3pm

Brighton

July 14: St Gallen - 1pm

July 21: AFC Wimbledon (away) - 3pm

July 24: Charlton (away) - 7.45pm

July 18: Birmingham City (away) - 3pm

August 3: Sporting Lisbon (home) - 7.45pm

Burnley

July 13: Cork City (Ireland) - 7pm

July 20: Macclesfield Town (away) - 7.45pm

July 20: Curzon Ashton (away) - 7.45pm

July 23: Preston North End (away) - 7.45pm

July 26: Aberdeen - Europa League (away) - TBC

July 29: Montpellier (home) - 1.30pm

August 2: Aberdeen - Europa League (home) - TBC

August 5 - Espanyol (home) - 1.30pm

Cardiff

July 14: Taffs Well FC (away) - 7pm

July 16: Tavistock AFC (away) - 7pm

July 18: Bodmin Town (away) - 7pm

July 20: Torquay United (away) - 7pm

July 25: Rotherham (away) - 7.45pm

July 28: Burton Albion (away) - 2pm

July 31: Greenock Morton (away) - 7.45pm

August 4: Real Betis (home) - 5.15pm

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July 23: Perth Glory (away) - 12.30pm

July 28: Inter (Nice) - 7.05pm

August 1: Arsenal (Dublin) - 8.05pm

August 5: Manchester City - Community Shield (Wembley) - 3pm

August 7: Lyon (home) - TBC

Crystal Palace

July 12: Helsingor (Denmark) - TBC

July 16: Halmstads (Sweden) - TBC

July 21: Oxford United (away) - 3pm

July 24: Stevenage (Palace XI - away)

July 28: Reading (away) - 3pm

August 4: Toulouse (home) - 4pm

August 7: Kingstonian (Palace XI - away) - 7.45pm

Everton

July 18: Bury (away) - 7.45pm

July 21: Lille (Algarve) - 8pm

July 22: Porto (Algarve) - 8pm

July 26: Blackburn (away) - 7.45pm

August 4: Valencia (home) - 3pm

Fulham

July 7: Crawley Town (Motspur Park) - Behind closed doors - 2pm

July 14: Reading (Recreation Ground, Aldershot) - 1.30pm

July 21: Lyon (Stade Pierre Rajon) - 9pm

August 1: Sampdoria (Recreation Ground) - 7.45pm

August 4: Celta Vigo (home) - 3pm

Huddersfield

July 10: Bury (away) 7.45pm

July 14: Accrington Stanley (away) - 3pm

July 21: Interwetten Cup (Essen) - 3pm

July 25: Lyon (home) - 7.45pm

July 31: Bologna (Schwaz) - 7pm

August 3: RB Leipzig (Schwaz) - 6pm

Leicester

July 21: Notts County (away) - 3pm

August 1: Valencia (home) - 7.45pm

Liverpool

July 7: Chester (away) - 3pm

July 11: Tranmere Rovers (away) - 7.30pm

July 14: Bury (away) - 3pm

July 19: Blackburn Rovers (away) - 7.45pm

July 22: Borussia Dortmund (Charlotte, USA) - 9.05pm

July 26: Man City (New Jersey, USA) - 1.05am

July 28: Man Utd (Ann Arbor, USA) - 10.05pm

August 4: Napoli (Dublin) - 6pm

August 7: Torino (home) - 7.30pm

Manchester City

July 21: Borussia Dortmund (Chicago, USA) - 2.05am

July 26: Liverpool (New Jersey, USA) - 1.05am

July 29: Bayern Munich (Miami, USA) - 12.05am

August 5: Chelsea - Community Shield (Wembley) - 3pm

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July 19: Club America (Phoenix, USA)

July 22: San Jose Earthquakes (Santa Clara, USA)

July 26: AC Milan (Pasadena, USA) - 4.05am

July 28: Liverpool (Ann Arbor, USA) - 10.05pm

August 1: Real Madrid (Miami, USA) - 1.05am

August 5: Bayern Munich (away) - 7.15pm

Newcastle

July 17: St. Patrick's Athletic (Ireland) - 7.45pm

July 24: Hull City (away) - 7.45pm

July 28: Porto (Estadio do Dragao, Portugal) - 7.30pm

August 1: Braga (away) - 7.30pm

August 4: Augsburg (home) - 3pm

Southampton

July 5: Schalke (Kunshan, China) - 12.30pm

July 11: Jiangsu Suning (Xuzhou, China) - 12.30pm

July 21: Derby County (away) - 3pm

August 1: Celta Vigo (home) - 7.45pm

August 4: Borussia Monchengladbach (home) - 3pm

Tottenham

July 26: Roma (San Diego, USA) - 3.05am

July 29: Barcelona (Pasadena, USA) - 4.05am

August 1: AC Milan (Minneapolis, USA) - 1.35am

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July 17: FC Koln (away) - 3pm

July 21: Fortuna Dusseldorf (away) - 3pm

July 27: Stevenage (away) - 7pm

July 28: Brentford (away) - 3pm

August 4: Sampdoria (home) - 3pm

West Ham

July 8: Winterthur (away) - 3pm

July 14: Wycombe (away) - 3pm

July 21: Preston (away) - 3pm

July 25: Aston Villa (Walsall) - 7.45pm

July 28: Ipswich (away) - 3pm

Wolves

July 10: FC Basel (Biel, Switzerland) - 6pm

July 14: Young Boys (Bern, Switzerland) - 3pm

July 19: Ajax (away) - 2pm

July 25: Stoke (away) - 7.45pm

July 28: Derby (away) - 3pm

August 4: Villarreal (away) - 3pm

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Salah signs long-term Liverpool deal

Mon, 02/07/2018 - 09:59

Last Updated: 02/07/18 4:57pm

2:54 Here’s a look at the superb season enjoyed by Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah Here’s a look at the superb season enjoyed by Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah has signed a new long-term contract at Liverpool.

The 26-year-old Egyptian has committed his future to the club after a remarkable debut season on Merseyside.

Sky sources report that the new deal will keep Salah at Liverpool until at least 2023 and does not contain a release clause.

Having signed from Roma last summer, Salah scored 44 goals in 52 appearances - the second most prolific season in Liverpool's history.

His Golden Boot winning tally of 32 Premier League goals was a record for a 38-game season and he was named the PFA Player of the Year and the Football Writer's Player of the Year.

With Salah to the fore, Liverpool reached the Champions League final, where they lost 3-1 to Real Madrid, and finished fourth in the Premier League.

Mohamed Salah finished with the Golden Boot after scoring 32 goals in the Premier League season Mohamed Salah finished with the Golden Boot after scoring 32 goals in the Premier League season Mohamed Salah finished with the Golden Boot after scoring 32 goals in the Premier League season

The club have now ended any speculation about Salah's long-term future - and manager Jurgen KIopp has welcomed the announcement.

Klopp said on the club's official website: "I think this news can be seen for what it is - rewarding a person who performed and contributed greatly for the team and the club last season.

"It demonstrates two things very clearly also - his belief in Liverpool and our belief in him.

"We want world-class talent to see they have a home at Anfield, where they can fulfil all their professional dreams and ambitions. We are working hard together to achieve this.

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"When someone like Mo Salah commits and says this place is my home now, it speaks very loudly I think.

"Equally, our commitment to him says we see his value and want him to grow even more and get even better within our environment.

"The key thing to remember is the best thing about Mo is that he never sees himself as being more important than the team or anyone else within it.

"He recognises his team-mates and this club helped him achieve individual success last season. He sees the individual awards come because he is part of something bigger that is special.

"Mo reflects where we are as a team, I think. Last season was special with many special moments - but we want more.

"We want to be more successful and achieve more together. As the supporters sang so loudly, 'we're never gonna stop'.

Jurgen Klopp thinks Salah's new deal 'speaks very loudly' about Liverpool's ambitions Jurgen Klopp thinks Salah's new deal 'speaks very loudly' about Liverpool's ambitions Jurgen Klopp thinks Salah's new deal 'speaks very loudly' about Liverpool's ambitions

"This has to be the attitude individually and collectively."

In a video posted on Liverpool's social media channels, Salah said: "I'm very happy to say I have signed a new contract with the club.

"My first year at the club was an incredible experience for me and my family. I have to thank everyone at Liverpool and also you, our supporters.

"I know we can achieve a lot of things together (and) I'm looking forward to seeing you."

Salah ended on a negative as he had to be substituted in the first half of the Champions League final after suffering a shoulder injury.

The problem forced him to miss Egypt's World Cup opener against Uruguay and, although he scored against Russia and Saudi Arabia, the African nation exited at the group stage without claiming a point.

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