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Match preview: U18s ready for Anfield bow

Fri, 19/01/2018 - 12:19

Liverpool U18s will hope to showcase their talents at Anfield when they host Arsenal in the FA Youth Cup fourth round on Saturday.

This will be the first experience of playing at the first-team stadium for Steven Gerrard's side, and an exciting tie is in prospect.

Read on for more details about the fixture...

Where is the game being played? The match is at Anfield, with kick-off set for 3pm GMT.

How can I watch? Admission to the Kop is priced at just £3 for adults and £1 for juniors, young adults and over 65s. Season ticket holders and members can gain admission free of charge but need to secure their ticket in advance online. Click here to buy your tickets.

We will have delayed coverage of the full match on LFCTV on Saturday at 7pm. Highlights will also be available on LFCTV GO. Click here to find out more.

The road to the fourth round: Liverpool beat Hartlepool United 5-1 away in the third round, with Liam Millar netting a hat-trick. Arsenal, meanwhile, recorded a 2-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

View from the manager, Steven Gerrard:

"These players will never get a better stage than on Saturday to play at Anfield. Hopefully we will get a decent turnout to watch the lads, the surface is incredible and it's what dreams are made of. When you grow up you want to play in big stadiums and there's none better than Anfield. It's such an iconic stadium. The lads should be licking their lips with this opportunity."

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Arsenal and Liverpool joint favourites in race for Norwich star

Fri, 19/01/2018 - 12:08

Norwich City ace James Maddison is attracting interest from a host of Premier League sides after impressing for the Canaries.

Liverpool and Tottenham are considering moves for the 21-year-old midfielder, who has chipped in with eight goals and eight assists in 30 appearances.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly plotting a January swoop before immediately loaning Maddison back to Norwich for the rest of the season in a bid to beat their Anfield rivals.

And the bookies reckon Maddison could be on the move before the transfer window slams shut.

Liverpool and Tottenham plus Premier League rivals Arsenal and Everton are priced at 4/1 to sign the England U21 international before February 3.

Maddison is under contract at Carrow Road until 2021 after signing an extension last summer. 

Norwich are in the midst of a cost-cutting process and sold Alex Pritchard to Huddersfield for £11million earlier this month.

But Canaries head coach Daniel Farke does not expect the club to sell Maddison in this transfer window.

“There can be no assurances in this business,” he said.

“Two weeks ago I didn’t have the feeling we would sell Alex but things develop, offers increase and there is a point when the club must make a decision.

“You know in this business there can be something stupid at any moment. But right now, from the sporting side they know it is important to keep a key player like James Maddison.

“The only message from this decision should be that before, the financial pressure was not big in this window.

“Now we have sold an important player for a lot of money so there is no pressure to sell another one.

“It takes further pressure away and we are able to keep players like James Maddison.

“I am pretty sure if we get another offer for one of our big players after selling Alex the board would feel we can’t lose a second key player in this moment in the season. It means we are more likely to keep the key players together.”

Maddison attracted interest from Liverpool and Arsenal before Norwich signed him from Coventry in January 2016.

Source: Daily Express

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Karius: I have to show my worth - for now and the long-term

Fri, 19/01/2018 - 11:50

Loris Karius is determined to prove himself worthy of the chance Jürgen Klopp has given him to be Liverpool's regular goalkeeper.

After continuing his role between the posts in the cup competitions for the Anfield victory over Everton, the German was selected again when Manchester City visited in the Premier League last weekend.

On the day, the manager confirmed that the position is the 24-year-old’s to retain, stating: “Usually I could say it’s a decision for today but if Loris now is able to perform, he will stay in the goal.”

Karius was naturally encouraged by those words, of course, but is conscious of the need to repay Klopp’s faith in him with a series of consistent displays.

“Now you are back in goal you have to prove yourself and show how good you are to stay No.1 in the long-term, not just for the moment, to prove maybe I’m the long-term No.1 that can be in goal here for Liverpool for years to come,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.

“But that’s far ahead. So, for right now I just want to help the team in the remaining four months of the season to reach our goals and do well.”

The No.1, who has played 11 times this term, continued: “That’s what I’ve been working towards since I was left out.

“I’ve been using the Champions League to get game time and prove myself. That was very good for me. There were not that many games but it’s the highest level you can play on.

“I had a few league games now and then but, of course, now it’s going to be different playing every week. It’s nice, it’s great to hear and I can’t wait to be in goal again next week.”

The Reds journey to Wales for their next Premier League outing, a meeting with Swansea City – currently bottom of the division – on Monday evening.

They do so with confidence high thanks to the exhilarating 4-3 triumph over the leaders, City, on Sunday, but Karius insisted Liverpool must move on from that result.

“Straight after the game everyone was very happy and pleased,” he said. “The next day, we spoke about the game and of course we were all in a good mood.

“We had a day off and now we’re back in training. It’s not [about] looking back too much, it’s [about] preparing for the next one. There are so many important games to come. We only got three points out of it – that was our aim and we’re very pleased. But now it’s onto the next one.”

Karius will now prepare to be part of the XI selected at the Liberty Stadium.

The opportunity in his hands will not have an influence on the stopper’s approach, however. “There is always pressure. You can turn it any way you want,” he added.

“You can say if you are the challenger that you need to be doing very well every time you come in, or you can’t have a bad game as a No.1. That’s just our job and the pressure comes with it. I don’t really see it as pressure.”

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Video: Behind the scenes at LFC's pre-Swansea training

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 21:04

Take a sneak peek at Liverpool's preparations for the clash with Swansea City in our latest training footage from Melwood.

The Reds put their 18-match unbeaten run on the line in Wales on Monday night as they seek to follow up the home win over Manchester City with another positive Premier League result.

See how they are getting ready in the montage from Thursday’s session above – featuring rondos, skills, slide tackles and more.

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An evening with Van Dijk and Wijnaldum at Anfield - tickets on sale

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 18:17

Liverpool FC is set to host an evening with Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum at Anfield in April – and tickets are available now.

The Dutch duo will discuss their time with the Reds so far, plus hopes for the future, during the special event inside the Main Stand on Thursday April 19.

Tickets are £150 per person and include all of the below.

  • Drinks reception
  • Delicious three-course meal prepared by LFC chefs
  • Q&A with Van Dijk and Wijnaldum
  • Opportunity to win signed LFC memorabilia
  • Photo opportunities with club silverware

Click here to get your tickets now.

Official Members and season ticket holders receive a 10 per cent discount; visit the Members Area to get your discount code.

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VAR to be used for Reds' FA Cup tie with West Brom

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 17:59

Anfield will see the use of a video assistant referee for the first time in its history when Liverpool take on West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup fourth round later this month.

The Football Association have announced VAR will be in place for the tie, which will be played on Saturday January 27.

It’ll be the first time the Reds have played a competitive fixture with the technology in operation.

Three previous FA Cup ties have used VAR so far this season, most recently on Tuesday evening when Kelechi Iheanacho became the first player in English football history to have a goal awarded following consultation with a video assistant referee in Leicester City’s third-round replay against Fleetwood Town.

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Melwood photos: Reds set sights on Swans

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 17:08

Attention at Melwood has turned to Monday's clash with Swansea City - and you can check in on Liverpool's preparations with our latest photo gallery from the training ground.

Spirits are high within the Reds' camp following last Sunday's incredible 4-3 win over Premier League leaders Manchester City, a result that extended their unbeaten sequence in all competitions to 18 matches.

Next up is a trip to the Liberty Stadium - and our photgraphers were at Melwood on Thursday to snap Jürgen Klopp's squad's latest session.

Take a look at our photo gallery below...

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Photos by John and Andrew Powell

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Jordan Henderson in training ahead of Swansea clash

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 17:00

Jordan Henderson was in full team training on Thursday ahead of Liverpool's Premier League clash with Swansea City.

The Reds captain has been out of action since sustaining a hamstring injury against Arsenal on December 22, but was part of the squad for their latest session at Melwood.

Jürgen Klopp’s side travel to Wales for the Premier League meeting with the Swans on Monday night, with the aim of extending an 18-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

Henderson has made 23 appearances so far this season.

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Southampton v Liverpool: Away ticket details

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 16:02

Liverpool FC have released the following away ticket details for the Premier League match at Southampton on Sunday February 11.

The game at St Mary’s is set for a 4.30pm GMT kick-off.

The club has received a total allocation of 3,338 stand tickets for this all-ticket fixture.

Supporters not in possession of a ticket are urged not to travel.

Ticket prices                                   

Adults and over 65s – £20
Young adults (18-21) – £20
12-18s – £18
Juniors (2-11) – £12

Please be aware that supporters in possession of concessionary tickets will be asked for ID at the turnstiles.

Southampton do not permit children aged under two entry into the stadium.

Hospitality members

Kenny Dalglish Box holders, premium level and centenary club members should contact the hospitality department on 0151 264 2222, option two.

Disabled supporters

The club has received within the allocation 23 pairs of wheelchair and personal assistant tickets, priced at £20 per pair. Ambulant tickets are also available and concessions apply. Please click here.

Ticket sales

The below sales will take place online only.

Tickets will be available to season ticket holders, official Members and fan card holders based on attendance at Premier League away fixtures during 2016-17, on the following days.

Attendance at four games: from 8.15am on Thursday January 25 until 8am on Friday January 26.

Supporters who purchase during this sale are guaranteed a ticket.

Supporters can purchase one ticket per qualifying supporter for up to a maximum of 10 tickets per transaction.

Sales will then take place in the following order on a first come, first served basis, subject to availability. We cannot guarantee that tickets will be available to all who apply.

Attendance at three or more games: from 8.15am until 1.45pm on Friday January 26.

Attendance at two or more games: from 2pm on Friday January 26 until 10.45am on Monday January 29.

Attendance at one or more game: from 11am on Monday January 29.

Supporters can purchase one ticket per qualifying supporter for up to a maximum of four tickets per transaction.

Should there be any tickets remaining following the initial sales, the club will make a further announcement. Supporters are advised to check here for any sale updates.

For a step-by-step guide to purchasing tickets online, click here.

For ticket fulfilment (delivery and collection of tickets), click here.

For travel information, click here.

For important safety notice information, click here.

For general information, click here.

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Gerrard on Anfield bows, Arsenal test and making memories

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 11:41

Steven Gerrard is hoping his U18s seize their opportunity at Anfield and create memories they can cherish forever when Arsenal come to town in the FA Youth Cup fourth round on Saturday.

No members of Gerrard’s squad havepreviously had the opportunity to play in front of the Kop, and the manager anticipates a special experience for them come 3pm on Saturday.

Indeed, this is the first time since April 2013 the youth team have had a chance to run out at Anfield, though on that occasion the Reds lost to Chelsea in the first leg of their FA Youth Cup semi-final.

Ahead of Saturday, Gerrard has warned his players against the dangers of playing the occasion and not the fixture, and explained that he will urge his youngsters to go out and show their undoubted potential on the biggest stage of their fledgling careers.

Read our exclusive chat with the Liverpool U18s boss ahead of Saturday's Anfield encounter below...

Steven, the stage is set for your U18s; 3pm Saturday, FA Youth Cup fourth round versus Arsenal – it doesn’t get much better than that?

These players will never get a better stage than on Saturday, playing at Anfield in front of the new stand. Hopefully we will get a decent turnout to watch the lads, the surface is incredible. It’s what dreams are made of. When you grow up you want to play in big stadiums and there’s none better than Anfield. It’s such an iconic stadium. The lads should be licking their lips at this opportunity.

What was the reaction when you and Tom Culshaw told the squad they would be playing at Anfield?

First and foremost we had to ask for permission. To be fair to the club and the people who make these decisions they were very sharp; they were quick and they gave us this opportunity. As staff we couldn’t wait to tell the lads, but it has its pros and its cons. The pro is what a fantastic experience this is; some of these players might never get the opportunity to grace the famous turf and play in such an iconic stadium again. The downside is the Arsenal players are going to be up for it as well. We will be reminding the players that, yes, this is a fantastic opportunity for you but play the game and don’t play the surroundings. Don’t be thinking about the stadium or the dressing room - focus on your job and the process to beat Arsenal.

It's quite unusual this Saturday because there will be 11 Anfield debuts plus the possibility of more from the bench. That’s something special, isn’t it?

I think you are right because none of them have had this opportunity before and that’s another reason why we wanted them to have this Anfield experience. To grow as a player and grow as an individual you’ve got to experience different stages to play a football match in. Yes, to play at Tranmere or the Academy is important, but to take that up a notch at Anfield should help these players to develop.

On a personal level, how much are you looking forward to managing a Liverpool team at Anfield?

It’s magical and it’s great, but as I’ve said before this is not about me wanting to manage at Anfield. This is more for the players. This is more to make them grow, help them learn and give them an opportunity to sample what it’s like to play in a magic stadium. With all due respect I know Anfield like the back of my hand, more as a player of course, and it will be nice to be in the dugout as a manager... but I wish I was 17 again walking out as a player in this game rather than being a manager!

In the third round your team showed a great attitude to beat Hartlepool United 5-1. We saw with Manchester City losing to Plymouth Argyle in the competition that shock results can happen, so how pleased were you with the lads?

That’s what the FA Cup is all about at first-team level and it’s no different at this level. If you turn up with the wrong attitude and the wrong mentality, show complacency and disrespect an opponent, that’s when the banana skins happen. I think there have been three or four big sides who have gone out of this competition already and we want to try and put a decent run in. Arsenal is a tough game, it’s a 50-50 game but hopefully we will be the better team on the day and will progress. We’ve told the players that this is the biggest game of the season and we are not going to try and play it down or try and calm them down. We need it to be as big as possible to give them that experience of playing in these fixtures again.

What about the challenge of Arsenal then? At first-team level we’ve seen some enthralling encounters with them at Anfield over the years, many of them you played in…

It’s special. It’s a big fixture and it’s a big fixture on paper. There have been some tremendous games at first-team level and that filters down through all the age groups. We’ve been watching a bit of Arsenal’s games and if they keep playing the same way they have been playing then it will be a 4-2-3-1 system with a No.10 who plays off a big No.9. They have good wingers who are strong with either foot, so that’s what we will be working on this week and how we can stop that. We will also have to make the players aware that they could also do something different, so we need to do as much preparation as we can before kick-off. It’s mine and my staff’s job to make sure that every single player - both individually and collectively - is prepared for this big game.

I know you are looking for a response from the first defeat of the season last week at Tottenham. How have the lads responded in training?

The signs have been good. We have got individuals who have shown a reaction so far, but I don’t want Monday to Friday players. I’ve told the players that if you run around and you commit in an out of possession from a Monday to Friday and then don’t turn up on the Saturday, you might as well not do it all week because you get no rewards. The main stage of the job is to do it on a weekend. So, yes, I’ve been really pleased with the attitude and the reaction since the defeat. We’ve told them good teams and good players don’t get beat twice on the run so we demand a reaction, but the signs have been good.

It’s just the one defeat for this U18s group this season – to be fair, that’s pretty good going isn’t it?

It is good but the disappointing thing for me wasn’t the defeat at Tottenham because you know you are not going to go all season winning every game. I know that’s unrealistic and that would be unfair from me, but it’s the manner of how you get a defeat that leaves a bad taste. I felt like some of my players quit on me [at Tottenham]. The big leaders in the team went missing for the first time, so it was bit of a shock for me and the staff because we have had such a good season so far. But, good teams have a day off and we had a day off. We expect them to bounce back and hopefully put in the right performance against Arsenal.

There is no better way to bounce back than playing in front of the Kop…

Yes, it will be good. We’ve said to the players, 'look, you are going to get an experience, so do you want one that lives with you forever in terms of being a positive and a win so you can tell all your friends and your family?' No matter what happens in your career, if you can tell your friends and your family and people you’ve known all of your life that you have won at Anfield, what a fantastic thing to be able to say. It also has the reverse effect. If your Anfield opportunity against Arsenal doesn’t go well and you don’t turn up or don’t play well, it might live with you as well. It’s a big game for them and we don’t want to put any unnecessary pressure on them, but at the same time you can’t play a fixture like this down.

If you would like to go to Anfield on Saturday and support Gerrard's side, the Kop will be open and tickets will be priced at just £3 for adults and £1 for juniors, young adults and over 65s.

Season ticket holders and Members can gain admission free of charge but need to secure their ticket in advance online. Click here to buy your tickets.

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'Oxlade-Chamberlain is not someone you want to come up against'

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 11:15

A big character, a brave person, and not a player you want to come up against – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has not needed long to make an impression at Liverpool.

In a new series on Liverpoolfc.com, Joe Gomez talks us through the individuals that have helped to make Jürgen Klopp’s side one of the most prolific in the Premier League and Europe.

Part two turns the spotlight on Oxlade-Chamberlain, and specifically how the No.21 has used his infectious personality to positively influence a squad with major ambitions this season…

The 24-year-old made the bold move from Arsenal to Anfield on transfer deadline day last summer to join Klopp’s project ahead of what should be the peak years of his career.

He had to be patient at the beginning but with each appearance Reds fans have been afforded more frequent glimpses of the athleticism and nous that the former Southampton prodigy can provide to the team.

Six starts in the past nine games have given Oxlade-Chamberlain the platform to shine – and he repaid Klopp’s faith with his best performance to date in the 4-3 triumph over Manchester City last Sunday.

“He has integrated very well – a lot of the lads know him well from England and so on. He is a big character and a positive one within the team,” says Gomez.

His ninth-minute opener against the Premier League leaders set the tone for a determined Liverpool display at Anfield.

Deployed in a more traditional midfield role behind the front three, Oxlade-Chamberlain used his power and pace to surge into a patch of space at the edge of the City area and send a low, diagonal finish beyond the reach of Ederson.

His vision and touch later released Roberto Firmino to restore the Reds’ lead, while the manner in which he pressed and perturbed the opposition was straight from the Klopp playbook.

Watch: Oxlade-Chamberlain's best bits against City

“He is a very, very good player – and in a number of positions as well. He is not just a midfielder or an attacker, he is very versatile,” Gomez continues.

“He has shown that already by playing in the three in midfield or in the front three. In both positions he is not someone you want to come up against; he is so powerful, his speed and strength are always a threat.

“The fact that he can have that speed and strength and also be a midfielder who gets the ball down and dictates play shows what kind of player he is.”

Not that this has come as a surprise to anyone in the dressing room.

“It was only a matter of time, and it was still very quick how he has adapted. He is playing so well,” adds his compatriot.

“It shows how well he has settled in and he has adapted to the style of play. He is already an important member of the team. It’s credit to him.”

Gomez and Oxlade-Chamberlain made the step up from lower-league football to the Premier League at similar ages, the former completing his move to Merseyside within weeks of his 18th birthday and the latter seven days short of the same age at the time he joined Arsenal.

But where the defender was a top-flight novice upon arriving at Liverpool, his senior colleague signed up with six years’ worth of experience at the level.

And, according to Gomez, that means the decision Oxlade-Chamberlain made at a crossroads in his career is all the more worthy of respect.

“I’ve come from humble beginnings and I’d jump at any chance I could get to come to a club like Liverpool. He was already at the top and has been there for a number of years,” he states.

“It says a lot about him as a person to make the decision he did. Liverpool fans are the type to understand and be appreciative of that.

“To choose to come and leave a club like that, with the other options he probably had, shows what kind of club this is and that he really wants to be here. Credit to him for doing that – he has come and proven why he has been at that level for so long.”

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Special LFC legends shirts on offer to raise 23 Foundation funds

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 09:00

Roger Hunt, Ray Clemence and Steve Heighway are among the most iconic players to have ever represented Liverpool FC - and Jamie Carragher's 23 Foundation is offering supporters the chance to purchase special shirts signed by the trio.

These beautifully embroidered jerseys feature each player's individual signature, as well as containing a list of the major honours they won at the club.

These unique shirts are £95 plus shipping with all profits going to the 23 Foundation, and will be sent by special delivery.

To order your shirt, please visit the official 23 Foundation website, or email Mike Lepic at mike@jamiecarragher.org with your full postal address and preferred payment method; PayPal, bank transfer or cheque payable to the 23 Foundation.

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Liverpool 'in talks' over transfer for James Rodriguez

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 00:10

Liverpool are interesting in signing Real Madrid's James Rodriguez in a permanent deal this summer according to reports in Spain.

Don Balon claim that the Reds are among a number of clubs tracking the Colombian star and have entered into talks with his agent as they search for a replacement for Philippe Coutinho who departed Anfield this month for Barcelona.

However, with Rodriguez currently midway through his first season at Bayern Munich having agreed a two-year loan switch to the Bundesliga club last summer, Liverpool could be thwarted in their hopes of landing the player if the Bavarians refuse to send him back early to the Spanish capital.

The playmaker has turned out 20 times so far this term for Bayern and has scored goals but ironically could find the competition for places in midfielder increased in 2018-19 if they land Schalke's Leon Goretzka whose contract expires this summer and is also a Reds transfer target.

Real are keen to retrieve most of the £70million they paid Monaco for Rodriguez's services for after his exploits in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Given that Liverpool are supposedly looking for a summer signing they still have around six months to try and negotiate a deal with both the South American's parent club and his temporary employers.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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Young Reds fan left speechless by Virgil van Dijk gesture

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 18:58

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Grujic joins Cardiff on loan

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 18:29

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

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

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

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Steven Gerrard’s guide to his FA Youth Cup squad

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 16:11

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Liverpool believe Bayern have won the race for Germany star

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 15:39

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Liverpool Echo

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

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 14:10

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

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

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

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

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

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Arsenal target backed to make shock Anfield switch

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 12:11

Bordeaux boss Jocelyn Gourvennec has hinted Liverpool could hijack Arsenal’s move for Malcom.

Arsenal are likely to be busy in the last two weeks of the January transfer window with Alexis Sanchez set to leave for Manchester United.

They are expected to bring in Henrikh Mkhitaryan as part of the deal with United while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has reportedly handed in a transfer request at Borussia Dortmund.

And one other player linked with a move to the Emirates has been 20-year-old Malcom from Bordeaux.

Arsenal have already held talks with Malcom’s representatives but it seems they aren’t the only team from the Premier League interested in his signature.

“I can’t deny that he’s being followed by a lot of people,” Gourvennec said.

“With Malcom, I go from day-to-day. He’s committed. He’s a bit like he was in the summer - I wouldn’t say he has been disturbed by it, that’s a bit strong, he’s not disturbed, but he is asking questions.

“He’s asking himself what’s the best thing for him, for his future. That’s logical.

"If he’s asking questions and he still manages to make assists or score goals, it’ll be fine.

“If Liverpool want you to work for them tomorrow, you’d go.

“I’m a coach, I’d like to be able to count on Malcom, Malcom has to help us.

“There is one person who decides in this, that’s the majority shareholder.

"He talked about this at the weekend, but football remains football.”

Source: Daily Express

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Liverpool eye Roma stopper

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 12:05

With attention turning from a replacement for Philippe Coutinho to a new goalkeeper, Liverpool's potential plans may have already been scuppered by French giants Paris St-Germain.

The Reds are likely to sign a new goalkeeper in the summer.

Alisson and Jan Oblak have been two possible candidates linked with a move recently, and it's the Roma goalkeeper who is supposedly attracting the attention of PSG.

According to reports in Italy, the Ligue 1 leaders want to take the Brazilian stopper to Paris, having moved on from their interest in AC Milan wonderkid Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Calciomercato say PSG have now shifted their attentions to Alisson, in what could be a blow for Jurgen Klopp.

Earlier this month, Alisson admitted he would be open to moving on from the Italian capital in the summer.

“It's always nice to know that great teams are looking for you,” he said. “But I want to do well in Rome, so we'll talk about it in June. But for now, I'm in Rome.”

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