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Fabinho: I'm learning Klopp's ways

Tue, 09/10/2018 - 10:03

Fabinho feels his adaptation to Jürgen Klopp's methods is continuing to progress well but the midfielder knows there is plenty still to learn.

The summer signing from AS Monaco has made three appearances for the club so far, most recently as a substitute during last week’s Champions League tie against Napoli.

He is currently with the Brazil national squad – along with Liverpool teammates Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino – for friendlies with Saudi Arabia and Argentina in the coming week.

And, from there, the No.3 has reflected further on his development since joining up with the Reds and explained how recent game time helped in particular.

“My process to adapt to English football has been very good. Since pre-season I believe I have understood the way Jürgen Klopp plays and the way the team plays,” said Fabinho.

“My relationship with my teammates has also been very good, like Roberto Firmino, who has been helping me, and also Alisson.

“I’m playing a little bit more and that’s important to me because it’s important to adapt on the pitch by playing matches.

“It’s a new experience for me because Klopp has a different style of work from the way I’m used to – but this is something I will learn.

“I have learned a few things from him but it is just the start. He is a coach who demands a lot from his players, not only in matches but also on a daily basis in training.”

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Van Dijk's verdict on penalty and City stalemate

Sun, 07/10/2018 - 22:03

Virgil van Dijk admitted it was the correct call to award Manchester City a penalty in Sunday's Premier League clash at Anfield.

The Liverpool No.4 was judged to have fouled Leroy Sane inside the area five minutes from the end of a meeting with the reigning champions that was short of genuine chances at either end.

After the game, Van Dijk accepted the referee was right to point to the spot and expressed his relief that the incident did not cost his team – as Riyad Mahrez sent the kick over the crossbar.

“It was a penalty and I said it to the referee afterwards as well,” he told Sky Sports.

“It shouldn’t have happened but obviously I’m happy that we didn’t concede. I was very happy that it didn’t go in.”

Reflecting on the match as a whole, Van Dijk continued: “Their defence did well. We did well up until the penalty moment.

“It was a great game to play obviously and it’s unlucky that we didn’t score and unlucky [for City] that we didn’t concede as well.

“It was a tough game against the champions and I’m happy that we kept the clean sheet, especially after the penalty.

“We wanted to bounce back from our defeat against Napoli and I think we did. They’re a good team and we knew it was going to be hard but I’m happy with not losing.”

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Jürgen Klopp: I am fine with a draw against City

Sun, 07/10/2018 - 21:47

Jürgen Klopp declared himself satisfied with Liverpool’s performance after they played out a goalless draw with Manchester City in an intense Premier League clash at Anfield.

The points were shared between the sides, which extends both teams’ unbeaten starts to the season, after a hard-fought encounter.

The visitors did have an opportunity to win it in the final stages, but Riyad Mahrez missed a penalty after Virgil van Dijk had been penalised for a challenge on Leroy Sane.

Read on for a summary of Klopp’s post-match press conference, during which he also provided an update on James Milner's injury.

On what he thought of the game and the result…

I am fine. It is a very intense, unbelievable challenge to face Manchester City always - I’ve said that before - and as the last game of an intense period, it makes the challenge even bigger, so I am really happy with what the boys did today. The start in the game was fantastic and I liked it, but if you want to win against City you have to use a few of these half-chances or whatever it is in these moments. You cannot defend them 100 per cent over 95 minutes, so they will always have their moments but I thought how we defended was brilliant apart from the penalty and one or two situations where we needed Alisson with a really good save.

We’ve played City now that often and they’re just outstanding. In no game we’ve played so far the game was that kind of level like it was today, even when we won 3-0 at home or 4-3 at home. When we won 2-1 at City, they pushed us in our 18-yard box and we didn’t know how to come out. Then we had our moments of course, but over the full match time it was never like that. It is for both teams really intense what we are doing and both showed respect for the other team. Don’t lose the ball in the wrong moment otherwise you will have a big problem. Both teams did well. We were a bit lucky with the penalty of course, that was clear.

On defending against City’s attack…

You cannot ignore City in the preparation - it is quite difficult! For higher rhythm you need space and both teams didn’t give any space away. Against City, it’s not news - if you don’t defend the half-spaces then they are constantly between your midfield and last line and you have to constantly jump in the last line, which you don’t want to do really. One situation where you allow them a one-two and then are alone in front of the goalie, or are alone in the box and shoot the ball across the line and somebody scores an easy goal at the back post. It’s so difficult to defend and I am really happy with how we did it.

We had a little setback on Wednesday for sure. I watched the game back on the flight back, it was really important to see it again so we could adjust a few things - and it was so much better today. If we would have defended like we did against Napoli today then it’s a 7-0. No doubt about it. But we were really back on track, even after we had to change Millie, which you never want to do, especially in the first half, so I am fine. It was an unbelievably intense period and our fixtures were just crazy. It makes no sense to moan about it when you’re in it, but now it’s over and so I can moan about it! It was just unbelievable; playing these teams is really difficult. I am happy with the results we got.

On the penalty award…

Yes, I saw it now. It feels much easier to say it was a penalty when they didn’t score with it, but I saw it and I don’t think there’s a lot to discuss about. How it very often is with penalties, it is very, very close and with a bit of a longer toe then he [Van Dijk] touches the ball. I think he touched the ball a little bit but obviously not enough, he touched Sane a bit more so it’s a penalty. But not the most important penalty in the history of football because it was not in. We were lucky in that situation but we deserved it, a bit of luck, because with the performance the boys showed today, it’s just good. To respond is really important, but to respond is really difficult when the next opponent is Manchester City because there is no time for any wrong thoughts or whatever. It was easy to adjust because we made not too many mistakes at Napoli, but a massive one formation-wise. We didn’t adapt to what Napoli did, and today we were back again so I am fine.

On the fact Liverpool, City and Chelsea are level on points at the top of the table…

And Arsenal is two points behind too, right? They’ve won six games in a row so it looks like they are in a good shape. We played City today, we can have three points, or one point or no points and we have one so that’s fine. If somebody would have told me after eight matchdays we would have had 20 points, I would say with pretty much any fixture list I’d have said ‘yes’, but with that fixture list I’d have said ‘I’ll buy it, let’s start on the ninth matchday’. 

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Dejan Lovren: It's a good point

Sun, 07/10/2018 - 21:43

Liverpool can consider the point gained from a goalless draw with Manchester City a good one, according to Dejan Lovren.

The Reds’ latest showdown with the Premier League champions failed to match the frantic nature of the four meetings between the clubs last season.

Ultimately, though, they were thankful for a penalty miss by Riyad Mahrez four minutes from full-time that meant Jürgen Klopp’s side took something from a hard-fought encounter featuring limited chances.

“Man City knew they would have a tough game,” Lovren, who came in to make his first league appearance of the season, told Liverpoolfc.com.

“They knew we had won the last three games against them. What we were missing was a goal but there weren’t many chances. They had a penalty at the end, so when you look back it’s a good point.

“Usually it’s a game with many goals. Previously, it was always an interesting game. From both sides, it was good defensively – we were really compact from the beginning – but what we were missing was the goal, of course.

“In the last four games we have been struggling a little bit in front of goal. But nothing will change; we will work hard and I’m really confident in our team. The most important thing is not to concede.

“Maybe it’s a good time now to go to the internationals and to come back with fresher movements and fresher minds.”

The stalemate at Anfield, coupled with Chelsea’s 3-0 win at Southampton earlier in the day, leaves the three clubs tied together on 20 points at the top of the table.

After the forthcoming pause for international fixtures, Liverpool will resume their Premier League campaign at Huddersfield Town.

“We need to keep this race up until the end,” added Lovren. “It will be a tough season, for sure. Hopefully everyone will come back from the internationals without any injuries.”

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LIVE: Liverpool v Manchester City - follow the build-up

Sun, 07/10/2018 - 12:12

'We don't need to look back'

Liverpool may have beaten City three times in a row last season - but Virgil van Dijk is only interested in the present and the future, not the past.

"We made it very difficult for them at times in those games, obviously they had their moments in the games as well," the Reds' centre-back told Sky Sports.

"But we do not need to look back at those three games, we know how difficult they are to play against and it's going to be a tough game."

On the key to competing for the Premier League title, Van Dijk continued: "We've had a good start to the season. The season has just started so there is so long to go.

"The key to winning or even competing to be champions is consistency, to win difficult games, perform week in, week out and grind results out. City did that very well last season, that's why they became champions."

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Important info for fans attending Liverpool v City

Sun, 07/10/2018 - 11:30

Supporters attending Liverpool's Premier League fixture against Manchester City on Sunday are advised that a major event taking place in the city may impact journeys to and from Anfield.

The Giant Spectacular will return this weekend and a number of significant road closures are planned. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to join the event, placing a significant increase in demand on public transport services during the four days.

Merseyrail will be running a special event timetable across the weekend, including a limited stop service, and as a result Sandhills station will not be in use for fans travelling to Anfield.

The Soccerbus, which usually runs from Sandhills to Anfield, will also be out of service on Sunday.

Fans are asked to be aware of the following travel information, to plan ahead, check timetables and allow plenty of time to complete journeys as services will be very busy.

For the latest information about services, supporters should check with the relevant transport operator in the run up to and on the day of travel. Information is also available online and via social media.

There will be extra staff from a variety of transport providers deployed at key locations during the event to provide information and support people with their journeys.

Fans travelling by car should avoid Liverpool city centre wherever possible – a full list of road closures can be found here.

Key information

Merseyrail

There will be changes to services on Friday October 5, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7.

A special events timetable will run and passengers are encouraged to visit the Merseyrail website or pick up a leaflet from any staffed station.

The following applies to all three days.

  • Trains will not stop at all stations, to allow for additional and more frequent services
  • James Street and Lime Street lower level (underground) will be closed to aid crowd control and movement
  • Wirral line services will start and end at Liverpool Central station and will not be stopping at Moorfields
  • Northern line passengers travelling to the city centre should use Moorfields as trains will not be stopping at Liverpool Central

Northern train services

There is a strike on Northern rail services on Saturday October 6. Passengers are advised to check with Northern for the most up-to-date information on all four days.

Mainline and City Line services

Trains will be running but check with operators for the most up-to-date information.

Lime Street station

The station will be incredibly busy during the event, there will be crowd control measures in place, and queues will be likely. This will ensure that Network Rail and train operators can keep passengers moving safely.

Sandhills station/Soccerbus

Due to the limited stop service on the Merseyrail network, Sandhills station will not be open for the Soccerbus.

Passengers travelling to Anfield during the Giants event are advised to take the train to Moorfields or Liverpool Central stations and change on to one of the commercial bus services that run to Anfield. Further information can be found at merseyrail.org/giants or details of bus services can be found on the Merseytravel and bus operator websites.

By bus

Buses will be running but there will be diversions to routes due to road closures and services may be subject to delays – especially in and around Liverpool city centre.

Queen Square and Liverpool ONE bus stations will be closed for some periods during the event, with alternative drop-off and pick-up points notified in advance.

Fans can catch the 917 express bus service which runs direct from Liverpool city centre (St John's Lane) to Anfield. However, it will be subject to diversions and potential delays on Sunday. There is a discounted ticket price of £4 return on the 917 express bus service, with fans receiving a discount on soft drinks at LFC kiosks within the stadium on presentation of their return ticket.

Mersey Ferries

On Saturday October 6 and Sunday 7, River Cruise Explorer services will be suspended to allow for two shuttle services to run about every 20 minutes - one between Woodside and the Pier Head (9.30am to 6.40pm) and one between Seacombe and the Pier Head (9.20am to 6.50pm). Commuter ticket prices will apply.

Mersey Tunnels

The Wallasey (Kingsway) Tunnel will be open as usual. There are planned closures at the Birkenhead (Queensway) Tunnel which will see the closure of the Liverpool Dock branch exit during some periods. See the Merseytravel website for more details.

Key advice

  • Plan ahead
  • Check timetables – before and on your day of travel, be prepared for some changes to services leading up to the event. Use journey planners
  • Leave plenty of time for journeys as services may take longer than usual
  • Be patient as services will be extremely busy, expect queues
  • Consider buying your tickets in advance to avoid queues on the day

Useful links

If you're travelling within the Liverpool City Region, you can use the Merseytravel journey planner to see your travel options, including rail and bus.

Merseytravel
@merseytravel
Merseytravel.gov.uk

Mersey Ferries
@merseyferries

Merseyferries.co.uk

Mersey Tunnels
@merseytravel
Merseytunnels.co.uk

Merseyrail
@merseyrail
Merseyrail.org

Arriva
@arrivanorthwest
Arrivabus.co.uk

Stagecoach
@stagecoachMCSL
Stagecoachbus.co.uk

Northern rail
@northernassist
Northernrailway.co.uk

Fans can also follow Giant Spectacular on social media for transport updates.

@giantspectacle – Twitter
Giant Spectacle – Facebook
Giantspectacular – Instagram

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Support matchday foodbank collections on Sunday

Sun, 07/10/2018 - 10:45

Liverpool Football Club is continuing its support of Fans Supporting Foodbanks this season - and you can donate ahead of Sunday's encounter with Manchester City.

As part of its dedication to tackle food poverty, the Red Neighbours programme backs the Fans Supporting Foodbanks initiative and hosts foodbank collections at all home games.

Collected items are made into three-day emergency food parcels for local people in crisis within the L4, L5 and L6 postcodes, and last season, the Red Neighbours' matchday collections equated to 1,768 meals for families in north Liverpool.

Supporters attending the game can drop off any non-perishable food donations at the foodbank collection points, which are located on Anfield Road, next to the club's Family Park, and inside the new Anfield superstore.

Some priority items include:

  • UHT milk
  • Long-life juice or cordial
  • Jar pasta/curry sauce
  • Tinned meat
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Instant mash
  • Rice pudding/custard
  • Jam
  • Toiletries
  • Cup-a-Soup/noodles
  • Washing tablets

All food collected will be donated to the North Liverpool Foodbank.

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'We'll give everything to show a positive response'

Sun, 07/10/2018 - 08:00

Jordan Henderson believes today's showdown with Manchester City provides Liverpool with the ideal opportunity to produce a positive response to the midweek defeat against Napoli.

The Reds suffered a 1-0 reverse in the Champions League tie in Italy on Wednesday night, with Jürgen Klopp acknowledging afterwards the hosts were deserved winners but vowing his side would learn from their errors.

Such sentiments are firmly shared by Henderson, who has outlined the collective determination within the squad to conjure up a much-improved performance against Pep Guardiola’s reigning champions.

The captain wrote in his column in the official matchday programme: “I can’t remember the last time the team put in a performance whereby I felt we needed to apologise to our supporters, but Wednesday night in Naples certainly felt like one of those immediately after the final whistle.

“When we walked off the pitch at full-time the away end were still singing, but the truth is it’s our fans and not us that deserved applause and appreciation at the end. At the time of doing this column I can’t offer an explanation beyond: we weren’t good enough. We hold our hands up as a team, we got what we deserved on the night. But, as has always been the case with our team, we win together and lose together and we all take equal responsibility for it. No excuse and no hiding.

“I think the attitude of fronting up collectively, always accepting it’s the entire team and never individuals, is why every time we have had setbacks previously we’ve responded in the best way possible.

“What’s also important – and again, we are good at this – is to not make something bigger than it needs to be. To keep perspective. We can identify why something has happened, learn from it and then quickly move on. We will learn from what happened in Naples and the manager and backroom staff will make sure we do. Bad performances and results will happen, but the best teams manage to make sure these are kept in isolation. That is now our aim, starting again today.

“This afternoon gives us the best opportunity to respond immediately and positively. We’re playing the best team in England and arguably one of the best teams in Europe and the world right now. What Manchester City achieved last season was incredible and they’ve started this new campaign in the same manner. But last season we proved on a couple of occasions we are more than capable of going blow-to-blow with them and producing performances that deservedly win games against them.

“We respect Manchester City for what they’ve achieved and the quality they have, but it’s respect and not fear. I’m sure – in fact, I know – they have respect for us also. The thing with games like this one today is that you can never promise the supporters what the outcome will be in terms of the result, but I can promise that everyone in our dressing room knows this is a significant contest and an important one.

“I mentioned earlier one of our qualities is perspective, not making things bigger than they need to be, and that applies to fixtures like this. We don’t make it bigger – we just know it is big, it matters and we prepare for it accordingly.”

Pick up your copy of the official LFC matchday programme at the stadium this afternoon, or subscribe online by clicking here.

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Jürgen Klopp: We're only interested in the points and nothing more

Sun, 07/10/2018 - 07:00

Liverpool are focused solely on adding three more points to their tally and not the long-term ramifications of the outcome of today's clash with Manchester City, Jürgen Klopp insists.

The Reds are aiming to bounce back after their midweek disappointment in Naples by recording a win over their top-of-the-table rivals when they meet at Anfield this afternoon.

The sides have identical records after seven games of the Premier League season, with City just ahead of Liverpool due to a better goal difference.

And while many see the fixture as a pivotal one in determining how the complexion of the table will look come May, Klopp has detailed why the Reds will be blocking out that external noise.

He wrote in his column in the official matchday programme: “Today is very much about opportunity for all of us at Liverpool and I think we should all be in the most positive mindset coming into it. To be clear: we play the best team in England and without question one of the best club sides anywhere in the world. World-class players, world-class manager, winning mentality.

“City are an outstanding football club and team. But guess what – so are we. We proved last season that the gap between Man City and us in the final Premier League table was not evident when we faced each other directly in games. The matches we played against each other were of the highest quality imaginable.

“Their consistency – evident again at the start of this season – is something to really admire and to win a league as competitive as this one, amassing 100 points, is something our visitors should be very proud of.

“I welcome Pep Guardiola, his players, staff, officials and supporters of Manchester City to Anfield. I think – in fact, I know – that they will have the same level of positive anticipation for this match today that we have.

“I mention previously the games from last season and what characterised all four of them is that both of us have respect for each other but do not fear each other. I really like this. Our focus, as always, is on ourselves and our quality. When preparing for a game like this we, as a team, know we have all the tools we require to be successful. That is enough for me and my staff to have a healthy level of confidence.

“It is important that we focus entirely on today being a 90-plus minutes contest that is there to be won and nothing more. I am not a silly person and I know the game will be given billing beyond simply three league points. We cannot affect the noise around this from others but what we can do – players, staff and supporters – is make sure it does not find its way into our environment.

“The motivation of winning this game is enough for us. We want to beat Manchester City today – that is all. I don’t need magical powers to know they want to beat us. So let’s go, attack it – game on. The wider context and impact can only distract and use energy which is precious for us, so I am not interested in it just now.

“This group of games, sandwiched between the first two international breaks, have been of unbelievably high intensity and it is fitting the final chapter of this mini-series is a match like this one. The intensity will not reduce, only increase as the season progresses, so I am very grateful and blessed to have a group of players who embrace the challenge and give their all to deliver for our club and supporters.”

Pick up your copy of the official LFC matchday programme at the stadium this afternoon, or subscribe online by clicking here.

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Stats: Salah out to emulate Ian Rush feat v Man City

Sat, 06/10/2018 - 22:57

Mohamed Salah could equal a feat last achieved by Ian Rush back in 1994 in Liverpool's Premier League clash with Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday.

The Egyptian has scored in the last three competitive meetings with Pep Guardiola’s side, following up his stunning long-range effort in the league encounter by striking in each leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.

The last Reds player to find the back of the net four times in a row against City was Rush, between 1992 and 1994.

Read on for more pertinent pre-match stats and facts, courtesy of Ged Rea…

Liverpool have lost only seven of the last 36 league meetings home and away between the sides, and nine of the last 51. Their only defeat in the previous seven Premier League games was last year's clash at the Etihad.

The Reds have scored in each of the last 24 league encounters at Anfield. The last time they failed to find the net was in a goalless draw in August 1986.

Liverpool are looking for a sixth successive Anfield league victory over City for the time since 1972-1981, when they won 10 in a row.

Jürgen Klopp has beaten a Pep Guardiola team in his career more times than any other manager - seven.

Last season's win in the league fixture at Anfield saw Liverpool end City's 22-match unbeaten top-flight run from the start of the campaign.

Since Boxing Day, Salah has failed to score in just one league game at Anfield - the goalless draw with Stoke City in April - finding the net in 11 of the last 12.

The last 16 league encounters between the teams home and away have produced 57 goals, with 46 coming in the last 12.

Liverpool have lost only three of their last 36 league games while City have suffered defeat in just two of their last 53 top-flight matches.

The Reds have only conceded two first-half goals in their past 13 Premier League matches - both at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea.

Liverpool have not conceded a goal in the last 751 minutes of league football at Anfield - their best since a sequence of 934 minutes in 2007.

City have not kept a clean sheet in their last 24 visits to Anfield - and only one in the last 38.

Guardiola's men were behind for a total of just 153 minutes during the whole of their title-winning campaign last season, with more than an hour of that tally coming in this fixture.

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Melwood gallery: Sights set on City showdown

Fri, 05/10/2018 - 21:22

Liverpool were in training at Melwood on Friday evening as they prepared for Sunday's huge Premier League clash with Manchester City.

With 48 hours to go until the top two face off at Anfield, the Reds conducted their latest session in West Derby.

Check out the best photos from the workout in our photo gallery below.

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Photos by John and Andrew Powell

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Lewtas on Napoli lessons, Duncan progress and City test

Fri, 05/10/2018 - 20:10

Barry Lewtas believes Liverpool U18s can maintain high standards and keep their unbeaten run going when they host Manchester City at the Kirkby Academy on Saturday.

Since a 3-1 loss against Manchester United on home turf, the young Reds have won five consecutive games at U18 level, netting 19 goals in the process.

They have thereby climbed to second spot in the U18 Premier League and are three points behind leaders Everton.

Ahead of the meeting with City, which you can watch live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO with kick-off set for 11am BST, read Lewtas’ thoughts on the UEFA Youth League draw in Naples, the good run of form and more...

On the performance of the U19s in their 1-1 draw against Napoli in the UEFA Youth League…

It was difficult. I don’t want to sound like sour grapes because of what happened at the end but it was a tight pitch and the astro made for a difficult surface. The boys adapted well and I thought we played some nice football in spells and they executed the plan. Obviously the ending, you have to laugh about it because you might start crying. Me and Critch [Neil Critchley] were so disappointed for the lads because of the effort they put into that, and for it to be taken away in that manner was so disappointing. Napoli celebrated at the end like they had won and it looked like we had lost. We said to the boys after the game that might be an important point come the end of the group, so we’ll see and we’ll get a second chance.

On the stoppage-time Napoli equaliser, scored when there were multiple balls on the pitch at the same time…

I have never seen anything like it. It kind of happened in slow motion so it was really disappointing. There was also a real strong breeze blowing down the pitch so we were under pressure in the last 10 to 15 minutes. What we did say to the boys is going into these games away from home in Europe we will encounter difficult pitches and different decisions. It was difficult for the referee. We have made a good start in the UEFA Youth League. We did ever so well against PSG and we knew it was going to be tough heading to Napoli. To get four points from the first two games hopefully sets us off well and we can kick on.

On a return to league action against Manchester City U18s in Kirkby on Saturday…

It’s one of the big games on the schedule and we are looking forward to it. When you are looking at the fixtures this is one I certainly look for. It will be an excellent game and we will be up against strong opposition. They will be well organised, they have their own identity, they play a nice brand of football and they have good players, so it’s a real challenge for us. It is one we are certainly ready for, we have our own way of playing, we have good players so it should make for a really good game of football.

On winning five games in a row at U18 level since the home loss to Manchester United…

We have had some tough games and been in some real tough battles but we have done well and scored a lot of goals. The last league game against Blackburn, which we won 4-3 with a stoppage-time winner, was a really tough game. The boys showed real character in terms of sticking to the way we wanted to play, which paid off. I know it was the cup last weekend but again Stoke proved tough opposition and we came through it. It has been a really good run but it would be easy to say it has been easier than what it has been. It has been tough and the boys have worked ever so hard. It has been really pleasing to see the way the boys have stuck together in tough moments of games. That clean sheet still eludes us and I’ve said to the boys we might not be able to continue to always outscore teams the way we have been doing. I am confident we will be able to put a good performance in on Saturday.

On Bobby Duncan coming up against the team he left to join the Reds…

This will be the first time and I know he is excited and wants to do well, but I’m sure above that he will want the team to do well. It will be a good day for him, he’s a mature boy who is playing at a good level. It won’t faze him and I’m sure he will put the performance in that the team requires on Saturday.

On seven goals each for Duncan and Paul Glatzel so far this season…

It’s pleasing. We spoke to all the centre-forwards about combinations, that means scoring goals, key passes, assists, so the relationships are building up nicely. If one of them isn’t scoring then the other one is. We have strikers like Fidel O’Rourke, who came up and scored the winner at Blackburn, Jack Bearne returned from injury to score last week, so that is what we want. From an attacking point of view we are making good progress and hopefully that can continue.

On the mature displays at the heart of the defence from Tom Clayton…

Tom defends well, he is a good defender who does the basics well and takes pride in that. His defending in one-v-one situations and his heading is very good, all the ugly bits he is prepared to do. He also has quality, which allows us to play as well in terms of us building from the back and how we want to play in possession. Tom gives us an extra dimension and he will be an important player for us against Manchester City.

On the progress of 16-year-old Jake Cain in midfield…

Jake has done ever so well for us. He had a good 12 months last year, first of all with me in the U16 team and he made his U18s debut under Steven Gerrard. He has brought that form into his first year at U18 level now and he has had five assists already in the league. Jake has been a real creative force behind the centre-forwards and he also works hard on the other side of his game as well. He has become extremely trustworthy off the ball during the last 12 months and he knows he has to keep working hard and develop further.

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Liverpool FC equality and diversity fans forum update

Fri, 05/10/2018 - 17:59

Liverpool Football Club has provided supporters with a review of its ongoing work on equality and diversity at a fans forum which took place ahead of the recent home fixture against Southampton.

Framed around two presentations by Simon Thornton, the club’s diversity and inclusion manager, the equality and diversity forum discussed a range of topics including stadium accessibility, community initiatives, LGBT issues and anti-racism campaigns.

Campaigns and initiatives

The forum began with a presentation by Simon Thornton which focussed on work undertaken by Liverpool over the last 12 months which included:

  • More than 100 children attending a Show Racism the Red Card event at Anfield in March.
  • A range of activities taking place around Liverpool Pride, including the Kop being illuminated in the colours of the LGBTQ+ rainbow flag, around 100 members of staff participating in the Liverpool Pride parade and a Pride football tournament.
  • Support for the rainbow laces campaign at the home fixture against Chelsea in November 2017 with manager Jürgen Klopp wearing rainbow laces, club captain Jordan Henderson wearing a rainbow armband, 2,000 badges being distributed to supporters and accompanying content on official club media.  “It was a really good demonstration of our stance on this issue,” said Simon Thornton. “Our position is that everyone is welcome at Anfield.”
  • The home fixture against West Ham United in February was dedicated to the Kick It Out anti-racism campaign with the organisation’s work being promoted on posters, t-shirts and pitch-side advertising boards.
  • Participation in Disabled Go which surveys accessibility. Simon Thornton explained: “This work is commissioned by the Premier League with reviews including all stands, the club museum, the ticket office, the Boot Room Café and various other areas of the stadium. It looks at what kind of taps there are in the bathrooms, how doors open, basically everything that would concern a disabled supporter on match day. Ultimately, we are in a good place and we have made significant progress in this area but there is still work to be done.”
  • In November 2017 Box 1A of the Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand began being used as a sensory room for the first time. The room allows supporters with a sensory need such as autism to experience football matches in a comfortable environment. “This has proven very popular,” Simon Thornton said. “A really inclusive environment has been created for those who need it.”
  • The introduction of a dedicated stewarding team specifically for disabled supporters.
  • The provision of equality, diversity and inclusion training for 3,500 casual staff.

Summing up, Simon Thornton said: “In terms of moving forward, we have refreshed our vision with a view to becoming the most inclusive football club and business. That is our aim.”

Forum member Yunus Lunat responded: “If you look at the images of what the club is doing in the local community it provides  little evidence of diversity, we either we still need to reach out more, or ensure the images used are representative of our work.” 

“I take that point and the LFC Foundation is currently looking at their approach to inclusion as well as looking for someone to lead on that,” Simon Thornton said.

Yunus Lunat added: “The challenge I would lay down would be to pick up on Islamophobia as well. Liverpool have done so much positive work in terms of making people feel welcome at Anfield and I would like to highlight the mother of one supporter who wears full Islamic clothing having the confidence to express a desire to attend a match speaks volumes for the club.

“We see supporters wearing head scarves and, again, they feel totally comfortable doing that. This isn’t something that you see everywhere else so there is so much to be positive about but if Liverpool could get involved in the fight against Islamophobia it would make such a difference.”

Forum member Riaz Ravat said: “I would agree with Yunus. Liverpool are such a powerful force globally and in Mo Salah we have a player who is so much more than just a footballer. If there is some bespoke work that could be done to combat Islamophobia and also antisemitism, maybe something as simple as a social media campaign, it could have a significant impact. The club can definitely be proud of so much of what it has done in this area but we can still go to the next level.”

Forum member Katie Price said: “As things stand, the sensory room is used at every other home game; long term can it be made available for every home game?”

Simon Thornton replied: “This is something that we will look into. The room is not always available at present for various reasons but we will look at the options that are available to us.”

Premier League Accessibility Fan Survey  

Simon Thornton presented the next agenda item, an account of the Premier League Accessibility Fan Survey, giving forum members a review of how Liverpool Football Club had fared in the survey which had been made available to all supporters who bought disability tickets in 2017-18. The key findings were:

  • Liverpool FC’s match day experience score is higher than the average Premier League club, specifically overall experience, being welcoming and match experience.
  • 93 per cent of participants believe LFC is taking steps to improve disabled supporters match day experience.
  • 77 per cent believe their experience has improved over the last three years. Only two per cent claimed it had got worse.
  • 95 per cent thought that the attitude and performance of club staff was good or better. The Premier League average was 89 per cent.
  • LFC scored 86 per cent or more on a range of accessibility factors including availability of tickets for personal assistants (99 per cent), access to a wheelchair accessible space (98 per cent), dedicated stewards to help fans (98 per cent) and access to a sensory room (90 per cent).
  • LFC’s lowest score was for car parking or drop off point (76 per cent).
  • Six out of ten fans believe it is easy to find out about the club’s facilities for disabled fans online or via email but only 30 per cent said they found it easy through social media.
  • Six out of ten have car parking as their biggest concern regarding attending home games.

Referring to the issue of social media, forum member Katie Price asked if it would be possible for the equality and diversity forum to operate a club account on Twitter. Forum chair Tony Barrett said a review of social media is currently taking place and a range of ideas and options are being considered.

Forum members Steve Evans from Liverpool Disabled Supporters Association (LDSA) said: “I filled the survey in and I found it quite easy but I think some people with certain disabilities might have found it more difficult even though it was mostly a tick box exercise.

“The outcome of the survey is no surprise, though with the club scoring 90 per cent or more in the majority of areas. I’m also not surprised that car parking rated lower as this is an ongoing issue. Car parking has got a bit better but needs to keep improving.”

Katie Price said: “I’m surprised to see that two per cent said their match day experience has got worse because I have seen the club make huge strides recently. I would go as far to say I am proud of the club and the work that it has done.”

Steve Evans agreed, saying: “One of the big things that stands out at this club is the staff. They are fantastic.” Katie Price added: “They make you feel so welcome. They are like a match day family to me.”

Wash rooms

The final agenda item was an update from Simon Thornton regarding a request from forum member Yunus Lunat for the club to look into the possibility of introducing wash facilities at the multi-faith prayer room. 

Simon Thornton said: “This was an idea that was put forward previously and while there has not been any significant progress I am more than happy to update the forum on exactly where we are at.

“As you will be aware, the club is currently prioritising other major capital projects, most notably the new training ground in Kirkby but I have consulted with the Muslim chaplain of the local universities, Zane Abdo, in order to look at our facilities with him.

“He has given us some insight in terms of what we can and can’t do and one of the conclusions is that having a wash room actually inside the facility would not be ideal. So we know what we would like to do but the question is how to do we do it and these deliberations are continuing.”

Yunus Lunat said: “I appreciate the response but there is one thing that I would say to the club and that is that you should be able to sing your own praises on issues such as this. Another club opened a prayer room and they shouted it from the rooftops. Liverpool were one of the first Premier League clubs to open a multi-faith prayer room and this is something that should be celebrated.”

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Klopp's press conference: Five key points

Fri, 05/10/2018 - 17:07

Jürgen Klopp discussed a range of subjects as he looked forward to Liverpool's Premier League showdown with Manchester City at a pre-match press conference on Friday.

As well as an update on Naby Keita’s fitness and an analysis of Mohamed Salah’s form, the manager assessed the challenge of beating Sunday’s visitors and much more.

Here are five key points from his chat with the media…

Fitness latest from the boss…

Liverpool will check on Keita’s condition ahead of the game at Anfield but Klopp has no other fresh injury concerns to consider as it stands.

Adam Lallana, who was not with the squad that travelled to Naples for the Champions League tie in midweek, is in full training.

“Nothing real in the moment, apart from the things we know,” said the manager when asked for an injury update. “[Lallana] is in full training, we have to see. They are all in full training.”

Milner meets his old team…

With James Milner set to face his former club on Sunday, the boss was asked to summarise the No.7’s development during the three years they have worked together at Liverpool, which included one season at left-back.

“When people say he is a ‘work horse’, for me it is always a compliment. He is naturally fit, an athlete. I was open and he matched the expectation I had after a few weeks – or even better,” said Klopp of his initial impressions of a player he had watched before taking the reins at the Reds.

He continued: “Probably after his career is finished in a few years he will think back to the season where he played left-back as a season where he learned a lot about football because he saw the pitch from a different angle constantly.

“He knows much more about supporting from another position. That he can play the position was clear otherwise I wouldn’t have asked him.

“I was open [in 2015] and he used all opportunities.”

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The secret to beating City…

… doesn’t exist.

Liverpool have been victorious in each of the past three meetings with City but Klopp admits there is no guaranteed formula for success against Pep Guardiola’s champions.

The German does know the components required to try it, however.

He said: “We won the last three games against City – twice in the Champions League and once in the league. After none of these games do you go into the dressing room and think, ‘Now we’ve got it, now we know how to beat Manchester City.’

“There is no real way; there isn’t one thing you have to do so you can beat them. That’s not there.

“You have to be ready. You need a fantastic football team – which I have, thank God – with an outstanding character, ready for being really brave, ready for making mistakes in a very difficult game against an outstanding opponent. That’s it and then it can work, that’s all we need to know.”

Bouncing back…

The showdown with City comes four days after the Reds’ 1-0 Champions League loss against Napoli, a game in which Klopp accepted his team fell below their usual standards.

He sees a silver lining in that cloud, though, and feels the frustrations of Wednesday night can be turned into a positive this weekend.                

“How you can imagine, my faith in the team is so big and we have to – we want to – show a reaction,” reflected the manager.

“I didn’t want to lose at Napoli but if you ask me what the best preparation is, mood-wise, it’s losing a game. We felt it now and we don’t want to have that feeling again so we will fight with all we have for a different result.”

It’s entertainment…

If the four meetings between the sides last season are anything to go by, one guarantee for their first encounter of 2018-19 is entertainment.

And, in a typically philosophical manner, Klopp explained why he is an advocate of ensuring his team play the most enjoyable football they can.

“I’ve said it a few times and I can say it again: I really think the most important thing, the most important job of football, is entertaining the people, because it is only football and nothing else,” he said.

“We don’t save lives; we don’t plant or create anything; we are not good at surgery. We are only good at football and if we do not entertain people then why would we play it?

“It’s not always possible, unfortunately. And it’s always hard work – even if you entertain the people, it’s especially hard work. That’s really an important thing and that’s why we have to try to create constantly or as often as possible.”

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Liverpool v Red Star Belgrade: Ticket details

Thu, 04/10/2018 - 16:37

Liverpool FC has released the following ticket details for the Champions League fixture against Red Star Belgrade at Anfield.

The game is set for an 8pm kick-off on Wednesday October 24.

The entire stadium will be ticketed and prices are varied depending on seat location.

Adults - £9*-59
Over 65s - £9*-44
Young adults - £9*-29.50
Juniors - £9 (within the advertised family sections)

*Local general sale price

For a full breakdown of the pricing structure for this game, please click here.

Official LFC hospitality

Please call 0151 264 2222 for details, or buy online.

Official ticket and hotel breaks

For availability and prices, click here or call 01733 224834. Thomas Cook Sport terms and conditions apply.

Match breaks are sold on a match-by-match basis; therefore, tickets purchased via the match breaks will not qualify for ticket priority in future rounds of the competition.

Supporters enrolled into the Auto Cup Scheme

Season ticket holders and Members registered in the Auto Cup Scheme must not purchase a ticket for this fixture as we are in the process of taking payments. Click here for specific details, including stadium access, prices and what to do if your payment fails.

Disabled supporters

Click here for details.

All other supporters

The below sales will take place online only.

Priority rights holders: from 9.15am on Monday October 8 – for eligibility details, please click here.

Sales will then take place in the following order.

Season ticket holders who attended Paris Saint-Germain (September 18, 2018): from 1pm on Monday October 8.

Members who attended Paris Saint-Germain (September 18, 2018): from 8.15am on Tuesday October 9.

Tickets will be subject to availability on a first come, first served basis, and a queuing system will be in place.

Only if tickets remain

Fan card holders who attended Paris Saint-Germain (September 18, 2018): from 8.15am on Wednesday October 10.

Sales will then take place only if tickets remain based on attendance at AS Roma (April 24, 2018), Manchester City (April 4, 2018), FC Porto (March 6, 2018), Spartak Moscow (December 6, 2017), Maribor (November 1, 2017) and Sevilla (September 13, 2017) in the following priority order.

Season ticket holders who attended four games: from 1pm on Wednesday October 10.

Members who attended four games: from 8.15am on Thursday October 11.

Should any tickets remain, further sale updates will be provided here.

The local general sale will take place from 8.15am on Thursday October 18.

The club reserves the right to change any sale to a controlled sale if given advice from the police or other relevant authorities.

For stadium access information, click here.

For general information, click here.

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Trent, Gomez and Hendo in England squad

Thu, 04/10/2018 - 16:30

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson have been named in the latest England squad.

Gareth Southgate called up the Liverpool trio on Thursday for a UEFA Nations League double-header against Croatia and Spain later this month.

The Three Lions face Croatia in Rijeka on Friday October 12 and then take on Spain in Seville three days later.

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Your chance to play for LFC as ePremier League launches

Thu, 04/10/2018 - 14:58

Liverpool FC has today announced its participation in the Premier League's very first ePremier League (ePL) tournament, which will give UK-based fans the chance to represent the Reds for the first time ever in competitive gaming.

Each of the 20 Premier League clubs will be represented and gaming Liverpool fans will soon be invited to register their interest to play FIFA 19 for the team they love.

The ePL final will be played in London on March 28 and 29, 2019 and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports and Premier League social media channels.

The ePL competitive gaming tournament kicks off in January 2019 and players will compete for three months across three rounds: online qualification, live club play-offs and the eventual live ePL final.

All 20 Premier League clubs will have a live play-off round allowing two competitors – one per platform (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One) – a final shot to advance to the final. Registrations for the tournament will open in December.

ePremier League tournament key dates

  • Registration opens – December 3, 2018
  • Online qualification – January 2019
  • Club play-offs – February to March 2019
  • ePremier League final – March 28 and 29, 2019

Further tournament details, including registration information, will be released in the coming months by the Premier League.

The ePL will be operated by esports tournament organisers Gfinity PLC. For more information, visit e.premierleague.com.

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Chelsea v Liverpool: Team news

Fri, 28/09/2018 - 20:00

Virgil van Dijk could miss Liverpool’s game against Chelsea on Saturday.

The aggravation of an existing rib problem forced the centre-back off during the second half of last weekend’s 3-0 win over Southampton.

Van Dijk was subsequently ruled out of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup defeat to Maurizio Sarri’s team, and Jürgen Klopp remains unsure whether he will feature at Stamford Bridge. 

Trent Alexander-Arnold (illness) and Georginio Wijnaldum (knock) were also absent in midweek, but are fit for the trip to west London.

“Trent trained yesterday completely normal. It was not a knock, Trent was a bit ill, but yesterday that looked pretty good,” Klopp said on Friday.

“Virgil, we have to wait. He didn’t train with the team so far but I can’t say anything more about that. Gini trained as well, so all good.”

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Dejan Lovren played for the first time this season on Wednesday following a pelvic injury, while Joel Matip again completed 90 minutes after also doing so in his maiden start of the campaign against Southampton.

And that means Klopp has alternatives should Van Dijk not be ready to return.

The boss continued: “Virgil is a world-class player, there is no doubt about that, and if you miss a world-class player it is not cool. 

“But Dejan Lovren made his first appearance after I would say around 10 weeks. Most of that time he was that injured that he couldn’t even think about training because when you have something in that part of your body you cannot do fitness, nothing. And after that long period, he played an outstanding game. Joel Matip, two games in a row, played fantastic.

“So, if Virgil is fit and can play then he will play, but if not then obviously we have options and that’s really good.”

Elsewhere in Liverpool’s squad, Adam Lallana and Divock Origi are back in training after their respective groin and ankle issues.

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Sarri, meanwhile, revealed on Friday that it is “possible” Antonio Rudiger will be fit following the groin injury he sustained in last Sunday’s goalless draw with West Ham United. 

Pedro (shoulder) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (shin) are also closing in on consideration for selection for the Blues, for whom Andreas Christensen was substituted at Anfield in midweek due to illness.

“Pedro yesterday had the last part of the training with the team, like Rudiger and Loftus-Cheek. So we need to see the last training [session] and then we will decide,” said the Chelsea manager.

“They are almost ready, so the situation is better than three or four days ago.”

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LFC Foundation supports intergenerational project

Fri, 28/09/2018 - 18:30

LFC Foundation, the club's official charity, is supporting a new project aimed at bringing together older and younger people across the city.

Working alongside Liverpool John Moores University, and with contributions from Our Lady Immaculate Primary School, Riverside Housing, Museum of Liverpool and Tate Museum, the Legacy Café initiative connects local senior citizens with new friends as young as four-years-old.

The six-week programme incorporates a wide range of activities including arts and crafts, healthy cooking, physical exercise, football sing-a-longs and trips to museums around Liverpool.

David McParland, LFC Foundation project lead, said: "Community structures and family patterns are changing, and statistics indicate that older and younger people are becoming increasingly disconnected.

"Intergenerational programmes have proven to be extremely effective in reducing stereotyping and ageism between generations, improving the health and wellbeing of older people and reducing loneliness and social exclusion, particularly amongst the elderly.

"Both groups have skills and resources which can considerably benefit the other, so projects like this are really important in bringing them together and starting that relationship building.

"We can already see some wonderful friendships forming between the kids and the older people, which is fantastic, and we hope to see them strengthen those bonds as the programme goes on."

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Watch: Salah and Firmino's 'no-look' header challenge

Fri, 28/09/2018 - 16:57

Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino demonstrated some outrageous skills during a game of head tennis during training on Thursday - and our cameras managed to capture the moment.

The pair nodded the ball to each other before stepping it up a notch by trying to return it 'no-look' style.

And you can see how Salah and Firmino fared in our Instagram clip embedded below.

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