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Jürgen Klopp's Christmas message to Liverpool fans

Mon, 25/12/2017 - 09:00

Jürgen Klopp has shared a special message for Liverpool supporters around the world on Christmas Day...

I would like to wish all of our supporters, however they choose to mark this time of year, a very happy and peaceful Christmas.

I know our fans, be they from Liverpool the city itself, across the UK or from anywhere around the world, have a diverse set of beliefs and customs – and some who choose to follow none. This is the case within our team, for example – a wonderful and diverse coming together of cultures and backgrounds.

But regardless of faith or religion, at this time of year in the UK and many parts of the globe people come together with friends and family to enjoy spending time with each other. I absolutely love this.

This is my third Christmas as manager of Liverpool Football Club and I feel more energised and excited than I ever have done about the times we have ahead of us.

Of course, we would like more wins, more points and to be on track to win everything we compete for. I know this is important for our supporters. But I think in football, as in life, you can make a choice to be joyful and enjoy great moments and great times together. We have had these moments and we have had them in the last few years. These moments have been more special for those of us blessed to work for the club because we have shared them with our supporters.

It is important never to make specific promises that you can’t guarantee 100 per cent you can deliver on – but that doesn’t mean we should ever try to hide our ambitions in the shade or stop ourselves lifting our heads high and love being part of LFC. I say again – when I look at where we are as a team and a club and the progress we make, and the strides forward we take, I am filled with positivity and hope for 2018 and the years beyond.

There are crazy things happening in the world at the moment and football is not immune to it. For our supporters, wherever in the world, who are experiencing tough times, I hope that Christmas brings some respite from the day-to-day struggles of life.

Very close to us, Anfield and Melwood, we have two causes that demonstrate perfectly why those of us who are blessed with health and opportunity should always be thankful for it and not ignore our friends and neighbours.

At Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, there’ll be brave kids and parents today who are fighting some of the most important battles you could ever imagine – and doing it with courage and spirit. They’re courageously battling with the help and support of the world-class staff, be it doctors, nurses, porters, cleaners, security or admin staff. Their dedication and compassion makes Alder Hey the amazing place Liverpool is so unbelievably proud of.

Locally – at Anfield and across the city – the various foodbank projects have supported families and individuals who are in need of a helping hand, not because of any fault of their own, but the circumstances they find themselves in, completely beyond their control. For this to be the case in a country that has wealth and resources like this one, is simply beyond belief. The extent the volunteers from organisations like Fans Supporting Foodbanks go to, to help and support others in their local community, is very humbling.

There’ll be hundreds and hundreds of other volunteers across Merseyside giving up their Christmas Day to help and support others – and also others working their regular jobs for the care and safety of others. To these special people we say a very loud Merry Christmas.

On behalf of the team, we look forward to seeing a good number of you at Anfield on Boxing Day and I know many more will be watching, listening and following the match through other means. We always appreciate your support and recognise that in doing so you invest a great deal in us. We will never take this for granted.

Have a great day, however you choose to spend it.

You’ll Never Walk Alone

Jürgen

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Robertson reaching for 'sky-high standards' with Reds

Sun, 24/12/2017 - 18:00

Andy Robertson is confident he has adapted to the 'sky-high standards' demanded at Liverpool – with his recent run in the team especially helpful to his settling-in process.

The Scotland international had to be patient in the fledgling months after joining the Reds from Hull City in the summer, making only three appearances before December.

But Alberto Moreno’s misfortune in suffering an ankle injury against Spartak Moscow provided the kind of opportunity Robertson was waiting for – leading to four successive appearances at left-back.

The No.26 believes the work he continued with behind the scenes, allied to help from around the squad, ensured he could use the chance to stake his claim once it arrived.

“Unfortunately, Alberto got injured. I have managed to take advantage of it and hopefully there is more to come,” Robertson explained to Liverpoolfc.com.

“It’s hard; with the quality in this squad you always need to be ready, because if you get one chance and don’t manage to take it then it could potentially be your last chance.

“All the boys who haven’t been playing are all working hard and we all have to be ready. When you get the chance you have to try to prove to the manager that you’re either ready to make the step or you can come in from the cold, as such, and perform to the levels that the boys have been performing to.”

He continued: “When I was at Hull we didn’t have the biggest of squads; especially if we got a couple of injuries that was us down to the bare bones. People were playing through pain barriers and it probably wasn’t good for our bodies but we had to do it.

“Here, we’ve got the luxury of having such a good squad – and such availability just now – that if somebody is playing with a knock it’s up to the manager whether he takes the risk or not. We can afford to maybe leave somebody behind because we’ve got the quality and strength in depth.

“That’s what happens when you come to big clubs like this – you’ve got 25 squad players that can all play in the starting XI. The manager has got that and hopefully it can continue, and the squad can get stronger.”

Robertson’s run in the team has included frustrating stalemates at home to Everton and West Bromwich Albion, games in which Liverpool have been tasked with breaking down deep-lying, highly-organised defences.

The 23-year-old understands the mentality of the opposition in such scenarios, pointing to his time with Hull City as an example, and admitted his own style of play has had to change ‘massively’.

“When I was at Hull, especially in the Premier League we predominantly defended in most games because when we came up against the big teams we had to do what teams are now doing against us,” he said.

“We had to make it hard for teams to break us down, because we knew if it was going on individual quality we would be beaten hands down.

“To be on the other side of that now is a complete change for me; you’re seeing a lot more of the ball, you’re in control of possession and you always have to be on your toes defensively, probably more so than ever, because you need to be ready for if they break once in the game on the counter-attack.

“It has probably been hard to get used to but I feel I got used to it quite quickly. There was a period of time when I wasn’t getting as many games but it was probably down to the team doing really well. We all struggled to get into the team. It was just [about] working hard and trying to adapt at training and learning from all of the boys.”

And it is not just on the pitch where the learning curve has served the Scot a challenge.

“I’ve always been quite lucky in my career that I’ve been fit and I look after myself. The squads I’ve been at, I’ve been one of the fittest,” revealed Robertson.

“But when you come here it’s a completely different standard. In training, it’s like a game – the intensity. Even the small things, when you do boxes, it is high intensity with the press, the passing and the movement.

“That’s what you get at the top clubs. It’s something you want to be a part of. It does take time to adapt; the lads’ standards are sky-high and if you drop below that they tell you, so you do adapt quite quickly.”

Help has been close at hand when Robertson has required it.

Among many others, the defender sends specific thanks to James Milner, who fulfilled the left-back role throughout the 2016-17 season after being converted from midfield by Jürgen Klopp and his coaching staff.

“He has been really good with me. He is a model pro and everyone can take a leaf out of his book. He has helped me,” said Robertson.

“He has played at big clubs his whole career; this is really the first big club I’ve played at. From that point of view, he has got a vast amount of experience. He has just talked to me: don’t let my standards drop, be patient and keep working hard.

“I’m here for a long time, I’m only three or four months into a long contract. I’ve got a lot of time to develop and become the finished article hopefully, which I’m nowhere near just now.

“He helped keep my standards high and my head up when things were tough. There have been other boys as well; Henderson, the skipper, has been brilliant with me, talking and helping.

“You need these kinds of people at times where you’re not playing. Where I’ve been playing previously, I’ve been used to playing every week. But I knew myself I would have to be patient here, I was under no illusions. Luckily, I’m quite a patient person; as long as I’m working hard and I can see progress then I’m happy. When the games come I’ve got to try to take my chance.”

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Gladbach fans to make annual friendship visit to Anfield

Sun, 24/12/2017 - 16:37

A group of Borussia Moenchengladbach supporters will be arriving at Anfield on Boxing Day to continue a unique relationship with Liverpool Football Club which has thrived since their maiden visit in 1992.

The German side's official supporters' club will cheer on the Reds over the festive period during the Bundesliga winter break, and take in the Anfield clash with Swansea City.

Such is their incredible dedication, the 75 supporters are due to depart Germany by coach at 6pm on Christmas Day and are scheduled to arrive on Merseyside at 12pm on Boxing Day.

The mutual friendship between the two teams started during the 1970s when the Reds met Moenchengladbach in three European clashes, beginning with the 1973 UEFA Cup final.

In an unforgettable gesture following the Hillsborough disaster, Borussia supporters donated approximately £7,000 to the families of the 96 fans who lost their lives as a result of the tragedy in 1989.

This Boxing Day, there will also be an all-day fan party as supporters from both clubs mark the festive celebrations, led by organiser Graham Agg.

Any Liverpool supporters interested in joining the party should contact Graham via his email address: grahamlfc@aol.com.

He said: "It is a friendship absolutely unique in world football and something which both club's officials and their supporters should be proud of.

"This year is very special as it is the 25th consecutive time they have travelled to Anfield to support the Reds.

"Let us greet them as they greet us in Germany, with open arms and friendship and show them once again the famous Liverpool hospitality.

"We will share a few pints together in The Albert, where they have always congregated before and after the match for the last 25 years!"

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Liverpool v Swansea: Team news

Sun, 24/12/2017 - 15:00

Liverpool will be without their captain when Swansea City visit Anfield on Boxing Day.

Jordan Henderson had to be taken off just 10 minutes into the Premier League clash with Arsenal on Friday night – and was immediately ruled out of the team’s next match by manager Jürgen Klopp.

“Hendo will not feature for sure, he is out,” said the German, who was left frustrated by the timing of the injury as the Reds prepare for three games in six days, beginning with the Welsh outfit.

After the final whistle in north London confirmed a 3-3 draw, Klopp reported no other fitness concerns aside from those already absent.

“A few knocks as it always is, but they should be OK again,” explained the boss of the players involved at Emirates Stadium.

Joel Matip returned to training with the squad in the build-up to the meeting with the Gunners and could be available for selection for the first time since the late November win at Stoke City.

Klopp was also asked whether he might consider a change in goal against the Swans, and replied: “We will see. I didn’t make decisions about line-ups now in this moment.”

Leon Britton was placed in temporary charge of Swansea after the club parted company with Paul Clement earlier this week – and oversaw a 1-1 home draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The 35-year-old expects to be in the dugout again at Anfield but has a number of injury headaches to contend with.

Roque Mesa and Kyle Naughton sustained knee and groin issues respectively during the previous game, while Leroy Fer (back) is a doubt and Wilfried Bony and Ki Sung-Yueng are unavailable.

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Iconic images: Merseyside unites at Wembley

Sun, 24/12/2017 - 12:59

Throughout LFC's 125th anniversary year, Liverpoolfc.com will retrace the club's history through the striking images that plot a fascinating journey.

Fourteenth in the series is a photograph taken ahead of a Merseyside derby where, unusually, football was of secondary importance.

In May 1989, for the third time in five years, Liverpool and Everton met in a cup final at Wembley.

The League Cup final of 1984 and the FA Cup final two years later featured a unified chant of ‘Merseyside, Merseyside’ as fans of both clubs revelled in their teams’ status as the elite of English football.

This time, though, it was sung in a mournful display of civic solidarity. 

Five weeks earlier, the worst disaster in the history of British sport had taken place around 140 miles north of Wembley.

The catastrophic events at Hillsborough that would ultimately cost 96 Liverpool supporters their lives were not yet fully understood, but on this summery May afternoon in London, Merseyside grieved together.

After emotionally-charged renditions of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ and ‘Abide With Me’ from Gerry Marsden, the teams walked out in front of an 83,000-strong crowd mixed with Reds and Blues.

This iconic image depicts that moment. Led by their managers, Kenny Dalglish and Colin Harvey, Liverpool and Everton emerge onto the Wembley pitch.

Dalglish’s black armband is visible, a reminder that this was no ordinary FA Cup final.

After his side had claimed a 3-2 extra-time victory, Liverpool’s manager said the win ‘meant more than any other trophy I’ve been involved in’.

No further words are necessary.

Click 'previous' to view the other photographs to feature in the series so far...

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Luis Suarez celebrates 400-goal landmark

Sun, 24/12/2017 - 12:51

Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez celebrated scoring the 400th goal of his professional career on Saturday.

The Uruguayan helped Barcelona to a 3-0 victory at the home of rivals Real Madrid with the opening goal of the La Liga encounter.

His 54th-minute strike at the Santiago Bernabeu brought up the landmark of 400 goals at domestic and international level for Suarez, who notched 82 for the Reds during his three-and-a-half-year stay at Anfield.

As well as representing his country, the forward played for Nacional, Groningen and Ajax before delighting Kopites with his prolific performances and will to win. He switched to Barcelona in the summer of 2014.

Congratulations, Luis!

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50 Men Who Made LFC: WH McConnell

Sun, 24/12/2017 - 12:04

An inspirational and forward-thinking leader, WH McConnell was the brains behind Liverpool's success in the inaugural post-war season of 1946-47.

A caterer who ran a string of dockside cafes, ‘Billy Mac’ was a lifelong Liverpool fan who had been following their fortunes since the turn of the century.

He joined the club’s board of directors in 1929 and was widely admired, commanding the utmost respect at every club throughout the country.

In preparation for the 1946-47 campaign, he proposed that Liverpool should escape the bleak austerity of food-rationed Britain and embark on a groundbreaking tour of North America.

His belief that the nutritional benefits of such a trip would stand them in good stead for a tilt at the title was proven right as, thanks also in part to the shrewd early-season acquisition of Albert Stubbins, the Reds defied the odds to be crowned champions.

Under McConnell’s guidance, Liverpool had reportedly ‘never been in safer hands’, but he suddenly fell ill and passed away in the summer of 1947, resulting in an immeasurable loss for the club. 

Click through our 50 Men Who Made LFC countdown below

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Reds monitoring £20m-rated Sheffield United whizz-kid

Sun, 24/12/2017 - 02:04

Chris Wilder fears losing £20million-rated Sheffield United whizz-kid David Brooks next month.

The Blades boss is bracing himself for a bombardment of bids from the Premier League for the richly-gifted Wales midfielder when the January transfer window opens up.

Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton, who have all monitored the 20-year-old consistently over the first half of the season, will lead the scramble for his signature. Wilder is adamant he doesn’t want to sell, but admits the final decision will be made in the boardroom.

And, even though Brooks has only recently signed a new four-year contract, he will be off if the Blades are made an offer they can’t refuse.

Wilder admitted: “There’s a lot of off-the-record conversations, whether it be agents, or even clubs themselves asking what we are doing.

“But nothing changes from my point of view. David is not for sale because he is part and parcel of what we are doing going forward.”

Source: Daily Mirror

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Q&A: Jürgen's analysis of mistakes at Arsenal

Sun, 24/12/2017 - 01:30

Jürgen Klopp argued Liverpool's failure to preserve their lead at Arsenal was not a result of the team's collective defending but simply individual mistakes.

With 52 minutes played at Emirates Stadium on Friday, the Reds were on course for a fifth consecutive away victory in the Premier League courtesy of goals from Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah.

But in the five minutes after Salah doubled the advantage, Klopp’s men shipped three in their own net and thereby cost themselves an emphatic win – albeit, Roberto Firmino did go on to equalise and claim a point.

As he spoke to the media following the final whistle, the Liverpool manager was asked a series of questions on how such a scenario can occur. Read his answers below.

Q: Are individual mistakes down to lack of quality?

Klopp: It’s how you learn from it. Sevilla away, was it individual mistakes? At home [against] Sevilla, yes, we missed the ball. Tottenham, yes, we missed the ball – that’s how it happens. Unfortunately, with mistakes like this, you have to learn from it. To avoid them completely is not possible but you have to learn from it, that’s what we have to do. A lot of players in this side and squad are still young and young enough to learn, that’s what we will do 100 per cent. But stopping it like that [clicks fingers] could be difficult.

Q: Your side are great to watch but do you take implied criticism from that?

Klopp: No, no. It’s absolutely positive. We didn’t give any chance away because we were so offensively orientated – if you would do that it would be bad. We conceded goals where we were all behind the ball. You cannot train that [a player] is there when another makes a mistake, it’s quite difficult.

I don’t take it as a compliment, it’s a fact: we are a very good football team, that’s how it is. But to be much better we have to avoid mistakes like [these], we have to use our chances more often. It would have been strange but the deserved result would have been 6-3 for us. Scoring six goals at Arsenal, what should they say now? That you can run through all the time? We all will continue. Arsenal is still a fantastic football team, we are not so bad.

I don’t need compliments, the boys don’t need compliments, what we need is consistency. We have consistency performance-wise, not always genius, but really on a positive side. Unfortunately, it still leads to too many draws, that’s another truth.

Q: Do you have to defend better?

Klopp: If you find players who make no individual mistakes, we have to change everything. But it’s not about that, we have to defend better as a team. These goals tonight…

Ask any team how often they outplayed us. That’s defending. Pass this, pass that, into the box and then score – that doesn’t happen. Set-pieces happen but we are even better there, we score more than we concede now.

We are on the way. We have to keep the team together and improve the team or if we can’t keep it together then we have to involve other players – that’s a job for the future.

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Klopp: We have to improve in race for the Champions League

Sun, 24/12/2017 - 01:30

Jürgen Klopp sees plenty to be positive about in his Liverpool team but admitted there are improvements required after two points were frittered away at Arsenal.

The Reds deservedly established a two-goal lead at Emirates Stadium on Friday night through a Philippe Coutinho header and Mohamed Salah’s 15th Premier League strike of the season.

But, in a frantic five minutes at the other end, the visitors’ defence was breached three times in succession and a dominant position was transformed into a scoreline deficit.

Klopp’s men composed themselves sufficiently to restore parity through Roberto Firmino, yet Liverpool nevertheless departed north London disappointed with the overall outcome.

 

ARSENAL 3-3 LFC: Match report | Photo gallery | Klopp's verdict

Speaking to the media after the final whistle, the manager accepted his side’s tally of eight league draws is too many and acknowledged errors must be eradicated quickly.

“There are so many positive things I could say about this team. It is only a little bit difficult to do so [now],” he commented.

“I saw the game. How can we play football like this, pass like this, attitude, run like this, and then we get this [result]? It feels not fair, but it is fair because we made the mistakes.

“We are a team, so if one makes a mistake and the other one cannot help, we are responsible. I am responsible, how I said always, and I feel it. But the performance was good and we need to perform – if we perform we will stay [fourth], or we can climb. If we don’t perform we don’t deserve it, so we are under pressure, our own pressure.

“The boys have real potential; mix it up with attitude [and] it is quality. It was quality [against Arsenal]; not for a result but enough for a good performance.”

LFCTV GO: Klopp's pre-Swansea press conference in full

Klopp continued: “It was draw number eight and we should have won, like all the other draws. In the development, that’s a very important thing.

“In a very difficult league, performance-wise we are really consistent so far. If we stay consistent and avoid our mistakes, mistakes like [on Friday], we will win much more games than we lose or draw.

“As it was and so it will be against Swansea, we have to perform first of all and then we have to see how the other team can react.”

The Premier League campaign has reached its halfway point with Liverpool occupying the final Champions League qualification position after 19 games, as they did after 38 last term.

While leaders Manchester City have opened up a healthy lead at the summit of the table, there is congestion in the chasing pack – with Manchester United and Chelsea above the Reds, and the Gunners, Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur immediately below.

“This year, I don’t think that anyone apart from Manchester City and maybe Manchester United are thinking too much about how they can win the league,” said Klopp.

“We have to qualify for the Champions League. We have to finish as high as possible.

“It looks like we could be second, third or fourth this year, that’s a fantastic situation. Not the dream but a fantastic situation. That’s what we are working on and for this we have to improve in all departments.”

Swansea City make the journey to Anfield on Boxing Day mired in a relegation battle and having parted company with manager Paul Clement earlier this week.

But the same opponents shrugged off a similar predicament in the corresponding fixture of last season to snatch a surprise 3-2 win at the home of the Reds.

“They are under pressure and that’s clear because they fight for the league, 100 per cent, and that will not change before Boxing Day,” added Klopp.

“But we will be ready and we will perform, if possible, like [against Arsenal] and avoid the mistakes we made. I don’t really remember the game from last year, to be honest. I remember that we lost it. But that’s not the plan for Boxing Day.”

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Jordan Henderson ruled out of Swansea clash

Sun, 24/12/2017 - 01:30

Jordan Henderson has been ruled out of Liverpool's Boxing Day clash with Swansea City.

The Reds captain limped off just 10 minutes into the game against Arsenal on Friday night, replaced by James Milner in a match that ended in a 3-3 draw at Emirates Stadium.

And Jürgen Klopp confirmed that Henderson’s injury will sideline him for the visit of the Swans to Anfield at a minimum.

“The problem is that Hendo will not feature for sure, he is out,” the manager said.

“That makes it even worse, the feeling of [the result at Arsenal], because so far we were really OK with this kind of injury and now it happened in the middle of the [busy] period, or whatever.

“[It’s] not too cool but I heard nobody else [is injured], a few knocks as it always is, but they should be OK again. That’s the situation.”

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Virgil van Dijk linked with LFC and City as rumours resurface

Sat, 23/12/2017 - 17:38

Southampton left Virgil van Dijk out of their matchday squad on Saturday, further intensifying rumours the defender is set to leave the club in January.

Transfer links to Liverpool and Manchester City have resurfaced in the past weeks with van Dijk reportedly eager to finally seal a move away from Southampton.

Van Dijk failed to force a switch in the summer, despite refusing to play for the club and issuing a public statement detailing his desire to leave.

The centre-back is a target of the Premier League leaders and the belief is City are leading the race for his signature.

Van Dijk was welcomed back into the Southampton first-team by Mauricio Pellegrino earlier in the season, but the Netherlands international was dropped completely from the latest Saints’ squad.

Southampton take on Huddersfield, but Van Dijk was a noticeable absentee from the 18-man squad and his absence sparked further transfer speculation on social media.

The club have yet to confirm whether Van Dijk is injured or has been left out for other reasons.

It is the second game in a row Van Dijk has not made the starting eleven as the 26-year-old watched from the bench for Southampton’s game against Chelsea last week.

Pellegrino denied before the game the club had opened talks with City over a deal for Van Dijk.

‘I was with (Southampton vice-chairman) Les Reed talking about that but nobody knows about that,’ Pellegrino said.

‘I know Virgil is an important player and around him will be a lot of speculation like other important players in the squad.

‘I cannot control this and I don’t want to talk about it.’

Source: Metro

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Watch: Festive spirit and social impact at Walking Football

Sat, 23/12/2017 - 16:46

Four regulars at Red Neighbours' Walking Football scheme have explained the significance of the initiative to them and their fellow participants.

Jim and Tommy, 89 and 72 respectively, discuss the benefits of the weekly sessions organised as part of Liverpool FC’s community programme – including the chance to continue putting on their boots for a game.

And ahead of a special Christmas tournament, Liz and Edith tell us why they attend the Walking Football gatherings to show their support for the players involved.

The friendly festive competition was backed in person by three Reds greats too, in the form of Robbie Fowler, Alan Kennedy and Gary McAllister.

See more in the video report above.

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'It is two points lost and we're disappointed'

Sat, 23/12/2017 - 12:24

Ragnar Klavan considers taking a point from Emirates Stadium to be a largely positive result, but admitted the manner in which Liverpool drew 3-3 with Arsenal left him disappointed.

All three of the Gunners’ goals on Friday came during a chaotic five-minute period immediately after Mohamed Salah had put the Reds 2-0 up early in the second half.

Liverpool responded well to the blow of going behind, though, and deservedly equalised through Roberto Firmino with 19 minutes remaining.

Despite Jürgen Klopp’s side enjoying the better of the closing stages, the game finished level, leaving Klavan to rue their failure to see the match out.

Highlights: How Arsenal 3-3 LFC unfolded

“If you just look at the first half, the way we started, the way we played, the way we defended and attacked then I’d have to say we lost those two points,” the centre-back told Liverpoolfc.com.

“But if you look at the whole game, what happened during the second half then it’s a draw. Both teams scored three goals and we just let Arsenal come back into the game. 

“We scored [to make it] 2-0 and they scored with the next attack, that gives them a lot of energy, the crowd is coming behind them and supporting them.”

LFCTV GO: Klavan on six-goal thriller

Klavan also expressed his regret that Liverpool’s excellent first-half display yielded only one goal, despite the fact they created several chances after Philippe Coutinho’s deft headed opener.

“In everything we were really good, defensively and offensively everyone was spot-on. Scoring, creating chances, it was great play and it’s a pity we let them come back into the game in the second half,” he said.

“Of course it’s Arsenal, it’s a top club and they have a lot of quality, but still we are a little bit disappointed.

“If you would’ve said before the game then Arsenal away and you get one point it’s OK, but the way it was, in the first half especially, I feel a little bit disappointed.”

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Robertson: We should have won - we have to be more solid

Sat, 23/12/2017 - 12:17

Andy Robertson expressed his frustration after a 'whirlwind' five-minute spell cost Liverpool victory over Arsenal.

The points were shared in a six-goal thriller at Emirates Stadium on Friday night, but only after both teams had let leads slip.

Goals from Philippe Coutinho, on the occasion of his 150th Premier League appearance, and Mohamed Salah meant the Reds were in control at 2-0 up by the 52nd minute.

But, by the hour mark, the match had been turned on its head with Arsenal scoring three times in quick succession through Alexis Sanchez, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil. 

Roberto Firmino’s 14th goal of the season ensured the visitors did not leave north London empty-handed, but Robertson rued their inability to convert a commanding lead into a win over a side who sit a point and a place beneath them in the table.

“I think it’s one of disappointment [after] going 2-0 up and being pretty comfortable,” the left-back told Liverpoolfc.com when asked to sum up his feelings post-match.

“Then just a lapse in concentration let them back in the game and then we’ve had a whirlwind five minutes where we’ve completely collapsed, and we can’t do that. It’s happened a few times and we need to be more solid and unfortunately we weren’t. 

“But then we’ve settled down again, got our breath back and we’ve bounced back. We played the better football, created a couple of chances and luckily we’ve got on level terms. We could’ve potentially won it in the end but I think we’re the most disappointed team.”

Reflecting on the frantic period during which Sanchez, Xhaka and Ozil scored, Robertson said Liverpool needed to be more alert following Salah’s strike.

See the best of the six-goal thriller on LFCTV GO

“We were expecting them to come out in the second half and have a quick start, so it was being sure that for the first five or 10 minutes we were at 100 per cent but I felt that we started the second half a lot better than them,” the Scotland international continued.

“They made a change and it didn’t really make any difference and then Mo puts us further ahead, but we’ve conceded too quickly after that. We’ve got to be at 100 per cent, we’ve got to use that goal to our advantage so that it gives us a lift to be 100 per cent concentrated in our defensive duties if we were maybe slipping. 

“That’s a disappointment and we have to look at that. The draw in the end we’d have taken at 3-2 down, but we’re definitely disappointed.

“We’ve been scoring goals for fun, really, away from home and not many teams come here and score three goals and don’t go away with three points. 

“Unfortunately that’s happened to us and we have to look at it and see where the mistakes happened and see where we can fix it because it can’t happen again. Once we’re 2-0 up, especially against these quality teams, we’ve got to see out the games.”

Watch: Robertson reflects on Arsenal draw

Despite the overriding sense of disappointment, Robertson believes the Reds showed character to respond to Arsenal’s three-goal salvo with Firmino’s equaliser.

“When you go 3-2 down, their fans are right behind them and they’ve got an extra lift and you think this is just going to see out as an Arsenal win, but after that we got the ball down again and we started creating chances and then we got our goal and it was well deserved,” he noted.

“I don’t think anyone can say Arsenal deserved to win the game, we should’ve won the game, but credit to the lads, credit to Bobby for getting the goal, a bit scrappy as it is but we’ll take it and then at 3-3 we probably had a couple of chances after that to maybe even nick it.”

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