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Watch Bobby's Brazil face Dejan's Croatia at Anfield

Fri, 20/04/2018 - 17:00

Don't miss the chance to see two World Cup teams in action at Anfield this summer as Roberto Firmino's Brazil face Dejan Lovren's Croatia.

The sides will warm up for the competition with a friendly on Sunday June 3, kick-off 3pm BST, and tickets are on sale now – starting from £30 for adults, with juniors £10.

Tite’s Brazil are among the favourites to lift the trophy in Russia; they navigated the South American preliminaries with just one defeat in 18 games and boast a wealth of star names including Reds forward Firmino, Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus.

Lovren could line up in defence for Croatia, who booked their place at the World Cup via a play-off victory over Greece after finishing second in their qualifying group.

So, why not go along and enjoy some top-class international football?

Click here for full ticket details.

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Watch Reds v AS Roma at Anfield live screening

Fri, 20/04/2018 - 15:30

Fans will once again have the opportunity to come together and watch a live screening of Liverpool's Champions League semi-final second leg against AS Roma.

The screening will take place at Anfield on Wednesday May 2, where supporters can soak up the atmosphere and watch the match on a giant screen in front of the Kop.

Turnstiles will open at 6.15pm, with tickets available from £5 (16 years and under) to £10 (adults).

More than 400 young local fans, residents and community groups will be invited to attend the special screening through the club’s Red Neighbours programme.

There will be plenty of pre-match entertainment on offer at Anfield, including face painting, live music, an appearance from club mascot Mighty Red, and more.

Food and drink can be purchased on the concourse and taken to seats to enjoy the game.

Tickets for the live screening will be available directly from from 3pm on Friday April 20 until 5pm on Tuesday May 1. After this time we will not be able to accommodate any further sales.

Turnstiles will open at 6.15pm, with entry closing at 8pm.

For further information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

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AS Roma v Liverpool: Anfield screening ticket details

Fri, 20/04/2018 - 15:29

Liverpool have released ticket details for the live Anfield screening of the Champions League semi-final second leg against AS Roma on Wednesday May 2.

Turnstiles will open at 6.15pm with tickets priced at £5 for supporters aged 16 and under and £10 for adults.

Tickets can be purchased from 1.30pm on Friday April 20 until 5pm on Tuesday May 1, either online or from the ticket office.

Disabled and ambulant tickets must be purchased from the ticket office or by calling 0151 264 2500, option 2.

Supporters can purchase up to a maximum of 10 tickets per transaction. The ratio for adult/junior tickets is 2:1.

Bar-coded paper tickets will be provided for all supporters attending and must be used to gain access into the stadium. Season ticket and Member cards will not be activated.

Please note...

Once ticket sales end at 5pm on Tuesday May 1 we will not be able to accommodate any further sales.

Any tickets held for collection must be collected by 8pm on Wednesday May 2.

Only supporters in possession of a ticket should travel to Anfield.

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Liverpool 'close to agreeing deal for Dani Ceballos'

Fri, 20/04/2018 - 15:17

Fresh reports have linked Liverpool with emerging Real Madrid talent Dani Cellabos.

After a breakthrough season on loan at Real Betis, the 21-year-old has struggling for game time at the Bernabeu this term.

Spain U21 international Ceballos has been told that he can leave the Real this summer after failing to nail down a regular spot.

He has started just two games and netted twice for Zinedine Zidane's men, but Italian source Calciomercato report that decisive action from Jurgen Klopp has prized him away from AC Milan.

The attacking midfielder cost €18million when he prized away from Betis last term - but Los Blancos want around €40 million for him now.

That prices out long-time suitors Juventus, but not Liverpool, who need to add quality to their squad for a assault on the Premier League.

And their swift action may well have tied up the deal.

Source: Mirror

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Jürgen: Salah's main target is a successful end to season for LFC

Fri, 20/04/2018 - 13:23

Mohamed Salah is focused on trying to help Liverpool enjoy a successful conclusion to 2017-18, rather than chasing the Golden Boot, according to Jürgen Klopp.

With 30 strikes, the Egyptian forward is currently four goals in front of Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane in the race to be crowned as the Premier League’s leading marksman for the campaign.

However, with the Reds on course to sew up a top-four finish in the division, and a Champions League semi-final with AS Roma to look forward to, Klopp insists Salah is only concerned about contributing to a fruitful conclusion to the season for the team.

The manager told his pre-West Bromwich Albion press conference: “There are always personal targets, but the main target for Mo is to finish in the Champions League spots and, in an ideal world, to go to the final – and if you are then there, to win the final.

“We don’t have to think too much about that; it’s not that we start now bringing him into situations where he can score. We have to play normal football and in the end, if Mo is at his best, he will be a goal threat at least. If he is in the right positions, he will score or not. That’s how it always was.

“Because of the question, you see it has changed already, from outside the view is it is decisive for this or that, but in the end we came here in the position [we are in] because of the football we played, [just] as Mo came here because of the football he played.

“We don’t have to change anything, we only have to carry on. For him and for us, it’s exactly the same.”

Liverpool travel to the Hawthorns on Saturday to take on the Baggies before their attention will turn to the first-leg of the last-four tie with Roma at Anfield on Tuesday evening.

However, Klopp’s decision on whether to select Salah at the Hawthorns doesn’t hinge on the clash with the Italian side as he prepares the Reds to tackle a West Brom team who prevailed 1-0 against Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend.

“[Mo has] no physical problems in the moment and hopefully it stays like this, that’s what we need,” the boss continued. “We need the boys for all the games. I know that the next question will be around line-up and selection for West Brom because Roma is coming afterwards, but we never did it like that.

“We have to line-up with a really, really strong line-up. We respect always the intensity of the season so far and all that stuff, but in the end we respect West Brom, we respect the competition of the Premier League, we know that we need points to be in the top four.

“It will be difficult enough because everybody saw West Brom got four points since they changed the manager. I know a lot of people are like, ‘oh, United lost against West Brom’ and, yes, maybe West Brom were lucky in one or two situations, but they deserved it. Not only because Man United were not at their best, no it was because West Brom did really well.

“Now they have a home game and they want to show they believe in their little last chance [of survival]. We are the first opponent in that new situation, so we need to be at our best in that game. It will be difficult and we lost to them in the FA Cup, I don’t have to remind anybody on that.

“That’s what we respect first and then after the game, we think about Roma, because there is no other wat for us. We don’t have 25 players in the moment and can line-up two different sides and stuff like that for one competition and the other competition.

“We need all the players and Mo is fit in the moment.”

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Klopp reacts to 'role model' Wenger's announcement

Fri, 20/04/2018 - 13:20

Jürgen Klopp has articulated his enduring admiration and respect for Arsene Wenger after the Arsenal manager announced he will leave his post at the end of the season.

Wenger revealed on Friday that 2017-18 was to be his final campaign in charge of the Gunners after 22 years with the London club.

Shortly after that news broke, Klopp faced the media to preview Liverpool’s trip to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday and the Reds’ boss spoke in glowing terms about a man he labelled an ‘influencer’ and a ‘role model’.

“First of all, I heard it when I came in this morning. I was surprised but it’s his decision, first of all we have to respect that and I have no problem with respecting that,” Klopp said.

“Today we could probably say he was, and is still, an influencer in football. He has a fantastic career, outstanding personality, [he’s] just a really big player in that business. We usually change overnight and he was there for so long, 22 years - that’s long! 

“[He’s been] Very, very successful, that’s how it is. Maybe in the last few months not everybody was happy anymore about this or that result, but that’s normal and part of the business. But he always developed teams, brought fantastic players in, was a dominating guy in the mid-90s, early-2000s when he was really winning pretty much everything and played wonderful football. 

“I admired his work always, it was always brilliant. Since I’ve been in England it’s a little bit different because now we have to challenge them, of course, but from Germany he was always a big, big role model in that job. 

“It will be different without him. I’m not sure if he steps back at Arsenal or he will go to another club - he looks quite fit, obviously, and he enjoyed the job I think, even in the last few years, so maybe he will go somewhere else. 

“But from my side I wish him all the best, and hopefully I can meet him at one point again and tell him that in a personal talk.”

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LFC injury latest: Clyne, Gomez, Lovren and more

Fri, 20/04/2018 - 13:07

Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren are in contention for Saturday's Premier League meeting with West Bromwich Albion.

The former returned to full training this week after suffering an ankle injury on international duty with England, while the latter joined his teammates in Thursday’s session at Melwood having been forced off in the closing minutes of last weekend’s win over AFC Bournemouth due to a knock.

Nathaniel Clyne is expected to miss out, however.

“Clyney struggled a little, he had a little muscle issue – unfortunately after a completely normal session. He is probably not available for tomorrow,” said Jürgen Klopp at his pre-match press conference.

“All the rest are available. Joe is back in full training, Dejan had only a little bit longer recovery but he trained yesterday as well. Nobody else I think, that’s it.”

The manager was also asked for the latest on longer-term absentees, namely Emre Can and Adam Lallana.

He replied: “There is no real news about Adam and Emre; they are in a good way [but] we will see what that means at the end. Everything is possible that they will be part of the squad again this season, or not.

“The only thing that is 100 per cent sure is Joel Matip will not be in the squad anymore, he will start pre-season with us, that’s clear.”

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Watch Jürgen Klopp's West Brom preview in full

Fri, 20/04/2018 - 12:55
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Match preview: U18s face United in Kirkby finale

Fri, 20/04/2018 - 11:37

Liverpool U18s play their final home game of 2017-18 when they take on Manchester United at the Kirkby Academy on Friday night.

With two games remaining in the U18s Premier League, Steven Gerrard's side hope to clinch the runners-up spot.

United won the northern division last weekend after a win over Manchester City, and will now meet southern champions Chelsea in the national U18 final.

Read on for more details about tonight's fixture...

Where is the game being played? The match is at the Kirkby Academy with kick-off set for 7pm BST. 

How can I watch? We are showing the full 90 minutes live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO, with our coverage starting at 6.30pm. Click here to sign up now.

Previous meeting: Back in December the two teams played out a 2-2 draw at The Cliff with United netting a 94th-minute equaliser. Adam Lewis was sent off for the Reds and Liam Millar and Glen McAuley were both on the mark.

In February, Gerrard's U19s squad beat United in the last 16 of the UEFA Youth League at Prenton Park, thanks to a goal from Ben Woodburn and a stunning strike from Rafael Camacho.

View from the manager, Steven Gerrard

"It's a special fixture. It's a great challenge for the lads but I do like driving in here on a Friday afternoon and seeing the cameras getting set up and the lights go on for a night game. As a kid, that's got to float your boat in front of LFCTV. The chance to go and challenge yourself against United, that's surely got to get your juices flowing."

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Your child's chance to play at Anfield in our on-pitch soccer school

Fri, 20/04/2018 - 11:27

How would you like your child to not only learn to play the Liverpool Way, but to do so on the pitch at Anfield?

Well, that’s what is on offer in our special Anfield soccer school course, available to order now.

The two-hour session will run from 6.30pm until 8.30pm on Wednesday May 16 and is available to both boys and girls between the ages of five and 15 years.

It’ll take place on the pitch at Anfield, meaning the youngsters will follow in the footsteps of the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and more in gracing the hallowed turf.

They will walk out to You’ll Never Walk Alone for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and even have a chance to score a goal in front of the Kop.

The session will consist of participation in carefully designed practices covering different aspects of the game.

All players will receive an official junior membership for 2018-19*, an LFC gift, a medal and a certificate signed by Ian Rush.

Click here for more information and to enrol your child on the course.

For more information on LFC Soccer Schools, click here.

Terms and conditions

SPECTATORS: Each participant on the soccer school may bring with them a maximum of two spectators. Your e-mail confirmation will act as your ticket into the ground where spectators can watch the event from the lower Main Stand area.

PARKING: Car parking is also available free of charge in the Stanley Park car park. You will be expected to produce your e-ticket at the gate to access this facility.

DROP OFF: Participants should be dropped off at the media entrance of the Main Stand 30 minutes before the event start time (6pm).

PICK UP: After the final presentation, parents/guardians will be expected to sign their child out with his/her coach before leaving the event. Details of this will be given at the end of the presentation.

PHOTOGRAPHS: We will have an official LFC photographer throughout this event and photographs will be made available to purchase online. You will be notified via email once images are available for purchase.

Please ensure all attendees bring plenty of fluids, footwear suitable for grass and suitable clothing for outdoor activity. Metal studs will not be permitted for any activity.

Cost of the course is £149.

*voucher code to activate once memberships are available for season 2018/19

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6.30pm BST: Watch live as LFC U18s face Manchester United

Fri, 20/04/2018 - 11:10

Liverpool U18s host Manchester United at the Kirkby Academy tonight - and you can watch the match live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO.

Kick-off is at 7pm BST but you can enjoy our live coverage from 6.30pm as Steve Hothersall is joined by former Reds stars Neil Mellor and Chris Kirkland.

This is the final home game of the season for Steven Gerrard's side, who will hope to get back to winning ways against the U18s Premier League North champions.

Click here to watch the game live>>

To subscribe to either LFCTV or LFCTV GO, click here.

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Henderson: There'll be no let-up in Premier League focus

Fri, 20/04/2018 - 09:30

The first leg of Liverpool's Champions League semi-final with AS Roma may be edging ever nearer, but Jordan Henderson is adamant there'll be no thought of it when they take to the field against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

The Reds will contend the first meeting of the last-four tie against the Italian side at Anfield on Tuesday night as they bid to reach a first European Cup final since 2007.

However, with a place in the Premier League top four – and with it, a ticket back into next season’s Champions League – still to be secured, Henderson insists Jürgen Klopp’s team will be fully focused on trying to pick up three points at The Hawthorns.

“It’s really important to not only finish in the top four, but to finish as high up in the league as we can,” the captain told “It’s still a big focus of ours to concentrate on, to aim to finish as high up as we can.

“It’s very important [to stay focused]. Just keep doing what we’ve been doing, keep working hard on the training field and keep putting that into games. Putting in good performances and getting good results is the most important thing.

“No matter whether it’s Premier League or Champions League, we always want to win. It’s a big couple of weeks for us.”

West Brom are bottom of the Premier League table, but they’ll come into the weekend game on the back of a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford – a result that confirmed Manchester City’s status as league champions.

The Baggies have also frustrated the Reds in two previous Anfield meetings this season, grinding out a 0-0 draw in the league encounter before recording a 3-2 win in an FA Cup fourth-round tie.

Henderson, therefore, knows anything other than maximum effort will be punished in the encounter in the Midlands.

He said: “It’ll be tough, they’re fighting to stay in the league. They’ll give everything and the crowd will be behind them.

“They’ve just had a positive result against United, which maybe no-one really expected, so they’ll be raring to go and a little bit more confident.

“It’s up to us to go and do what we’ve been doing for a long period of time now – putting on performances. If we can do that then I am confident we can get a good result.”

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'Improving Karius should be proud of his performances'

Fri, 20/04/2018 - 09:00

Being promoted to the position of Liverpool's No.1 has led to steady improvement in Loris Karius' game.

The German was installed as the Reds’ first-choice goalkeeper prior to the 4-3 Premier League victory over Manchester City at Anfield in January and has kept nine clean sheets in 16 appearances since.

And former Liverpool stopper Chris Kirkland believes Karius should feel ‘extremely proud’ of how he has responded to the opportunity afforded to him by Jürgen Klopp.

“This has been spoken about over the last couple of years, the goalkeeper situation, and I’ve always said that chopping and changing didn’t help,” the ex-England international told

“It doesn’t help a goalkeeper. You need to be in, you need to get your eye in, you can’t come in and out - especially with the pace of the game and the quality of players now, it’s very difficult to come in and out of games and pick up the pace straight away.

Read our exclusive, in-depth interview with Karius>>>

“I think we’ve seen in the games Karius has played on the spin [that] he’s been solid. That’s helped by having a run of games and hopefully that’ll continue. I’m sure he’ll play now, barring injuries, for the rest of the season and he’s got to be extremely proud of the way he’s played.

“He’s made some great saves at important times. His distribution - I think he’s learned when it’s got to go and when he can play it. 

“I think when he first came into the team he was taking a little bit too long to decide, now his decision-making is spot-on. Some of the saves he’s made have been brilliant.”

Karius' 2017-18 Premier League stats

Kirkland is in no doubt as to the main reason behind Karius’ impressive form, either.

“Confidence,” he asserted.

“When you play a run of games, especially when you play for Liverpool you need that run of games, it’s confidence. Once you get confidence and you’re playing well, it adds an extra foot onto you, you feel great. 

“But it’s all down to him, because it has been indifferent for him since he came here, it has been extremely difficult [because] he has been in and out of the team, so to produce the performances he is now is testament to how strong a character he is.”

Join Jürgen Klopp, the first team, Ladies and Academy players at the 2018 LFC Players’ Awards at Anfield on Thursday May 10. Click here for more details.

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On set: Behind the scenes of LFC's 2018-19 home kit shoot

Fri, 20/04/2018 - 08:24

Members of Liverpool's first-team squad took part in a photoshoot ahead of the launch of the 2018-19 New Balance home kit – and our cameras were granted exclusive behind-the-scenes access.

The players gathered at Anfield to don the new strip and line up in front of the photographers to prepare for yesterday’s big reveal.

New Balance have retained the popular deeper tone of red, which was first introduced into the design of the 2017-18 home kit to mark the 125th anniversary of the club.

The strip also features linear stripes on the front of the shirt - a touch inspired by the landmark architecture of the redeveloped Main Stand - and a tipped, two-button polo collar.

You can see how the fun-filled photoshoot went in our video below as the likes of Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane took to the catwalk for the afternoon.

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Pre-order in store or online now to guarantee delivery for the launch date of Friday May 11 by clicking here.

All fans who pre-order will receive a £10 voucher redeemable in LFC retail stores and at between May 11 and June 30, as well as a certificate of authenticity.

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Trent: I've tried to be an influence this season

Fri, 20/04/2018 - 08:09

Trent Alexander-Arnold is striving on a daily basis to achieve the personal target he set himself back at the beginning of the season.

After a breakthrough campaign in 2016-17, the teenager wanted to ‘influence the team a bit more’ this term – and few would argue that objective has been accomplished.

Alexander-Arnold was widely considered Liverpool’s standout performer across the two legs of the Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City and has amassed 27 appearances at right-back.

As ever, though, the thoughtful No.66 is looking for ways to develop further.

“Every day, every opportunity you get, you need to be learning and trying to pick up little things,” he told at a launch event for the Reds’ 2018-19 New Balance home kit.

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“That’s what I do when I go into training – I try to find little things that will improve me and work hard every day. That’s part of being a young player, trying to find yourself and what works best for you – it might not work for some players.

“Trying to find different little things that help and improve you as a player is important when you’re trying to find your feet in the team.

“I think over the last year or so I’ve become a bit more of a squad member, a bit more of an influence in the team, and that was one of the targets I had for myself at the start of the season – to influence the team a bit more, to have that bit more authority in the changing room and have a bit more of an impact on the pitch.

“Looking back now throughout the season, it has helped me grow as a person and as a player.”

After a week without a match, Liverpool face bottom-of-the-table West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Saturday lunchtime.

The Baggies shook off the spectre of relegation to claim a surprise 1-0 victory at Manchester United last weekend and, with work still to do for the Reds to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League, Alexander-Arnold insisted he and the team will not be distracted by the European clash to follow against AS Roma on Tuesday night.

“No matter what team you come up against in the Premier League, it’s the hardest league in the world,” he commented.

“They showed last week they can cause an upset when not many people might have backed them. We know they have threats and they also have vulnerabilities, so we’re going to look to expose them on Saturday.

“We’re looking forward to the game and we’re focused on one game at a time – so we have to focus on Saturday, take whatever comes and hopefully get the three points.”

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'There's no such thing as a bad season for Sadio'

Fri, 20/04/2018 - 07:23

Danny Ings hailed Sadio Mane as one of the sharpest forwards in the business as he laughed off the notion that the No.19 has had anything but a brilliant season for Liverpool.

After a difficult period in December, the 26-year-old is currently back to his incisive and creative best - evidenced by his 17th goal of the campaign in last weekend’s 3-0 win over Bournemouth.

That strike, prodded home at the second attempt to open the scoring at Anfield, established Mane as the most prolific Senegalese player in Premier League history with 44 in total.

Ings applauded that achievement but also provided insight on why his teammate’s influence on this Liverpool side goes beyond the headline statistics.

“For anyone’s ‘bad’ season, that’s extremely good! There’s no such thing as a bad season for him, he has been absolutely brilliant,” he told

“He is so sharp; when he faces anybody up in a one-v-one situation you fancy him every single time.

“His runs in behind, his intelligent movement coming short, inside and helping Robbo get down the outside – they’re the sort of things that go unnoticed sometimes.

“From the outside looking in, it’s [about] goals and assists. He gets all of that, all of our front three do. But it’s the movement and work-rate that really catches my eye.”

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Ings on LFC positivity, pushing for a place and Robbo's wind-ups

Fri, 20/04/2018 - 07:11

Danny Ings declared himself 'in the best physical shape' to continue pushing for a place in a Liverpool side that he believes has reached the high point of his time with the club so far.

Last weekend’s 3-0 victory over Bournemouth capped off an outstanding fortnight for the Reds in which they defeated Manchester City to reach the Champions League semi-finals and remained on course for another Premier League top-four finish.

The front three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah were each on target at Anfield on Saturday to increase their cumulative total for the season to 82 goals.

A knock-on effect of their devastating form is the limitation of Ings’ opportunities in the team – but the determined striker, who made his first start in two-and-a-half years at Everton this month, is a glass-half-full character.

“I learn all the time from all of the players,” he told

“After being out for a long period of time, it’s hard for players to maintain the levels of quality and try to keep up with the team. A few months ago I felt like I was quite a way off the first team due to my injuries and coming back and it taking time – which is totally normal with knees.

“But I watch and learn, especially from our front three; they are just exceptional with their movement, timing and quality on the ball. Even if I’m not playing with them, I can watch them and learn.

“That’s what I tried to do for the period that I was off. Now that I’m back and I’m in the best physical shape I can possibly be in, I give it everything every single day. Everybody knows that. That’s what I’ll keep doing – I’ll keep pushing.”

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It was a quirk of the calendar – so typical of football – that Ings’ maiden appearance in the Liverpool XI under Jürgen Klopp came at the same location of his previous start in October 2015: Goodison Park.

The Englishman admitted to a ‘strange’ feeling to come full circle in that way but feels the 89 minutes he clocked up that afternoon will serve him well if selected again at West Bromwich Albion tomorrow.

“That game was definitely a huge up for me after everything I’ve been through. It was a tough period for me. To come back in that game was a great moment,” said Ings.

“Behind the scenes I’ve played a lot of football this year for the U23s, I’ve been training every single day and I’ve not needed rest days. I’ve been training every day with the squad. I’m in very good shape.

“The Everton game was good for me to get those minutes in my legs. All respect to the U23s games, it is not the same as first-team football.

“It was quite an intense game to come into and it was quite difficult but I felt like I had to do a job for the team; we were under the cosh quite a lot. It was a good moment for me to go back there and play, after that was my last start. It meant a lot but it is definitely something I want to build on.”

Liverpool journey to The Hawthorns off the back of what has become a rare week without a fixture – and Ings is sure Klopp’s men will benefit from a mini-break.

But given that the bottom-of-the-table Baggies were victorious at Old Trafford last time out, the Reds must be at their maximum level again to secure three points.

“We have been training so hard to try to get the best results at the weekend as in the week. In all of the big games, from the Premier League to the Champions League, each game is the same. Having a week’s rest is definitely going to benefit us this weekend,” explained the No.28.

“You really can’t take your eye off the ball. They got a result against United, a strong team, so it just shows we’ve got to be focused in every minute of every game.

“It’s irrelevant whether it’s the semi-final of the Champions League or the Premier League. They are fighting for survival and it’s definitely not going to be an easy game.”

As Liverpool’s season has developed and improved, the genuine friendship and camaraderie within the squad has become increasingly apparent.

Last summer’s signings, for example, have brought not just their individual quality to the team but their personality too, strengthening the unity of a largely young group.

Andy Robertson wind-ups notwithstanding – “he tries… he thinks he’s taller than me” – it is an environment Ings relishes and one he argues is contributing to results on the pitch.

“That is vital for any football team because it really does make the difference,” he said.

“Players at Liverpool are going to be quality players but the other stuff is just as important – the day-to-day banter and the laughs.

“But when you are training it’s all serious and everybody grafts for each other. That’s showing on the pitch at the moment, you can see the relationships we have with each other and everybody wants to work as hard as they can. It’s very evident at the moment.

“There have been quite a lot of positive moments but this one definitely tops it. The last few weeks have been incredible. And we don’t want it to end now – we want to keep building and to keep pushing the boundaries.”

Join Jürgen Klopp, the first team, Ladies and Academy players at the 2018 LFC Players’ Awards at Anfield on Thursday May 10. Click here for more details.

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Dalglish delighted by 'fantastic' Robertson form

Fri, 20/04/2018 - 00:03

Andy Robertson can add Kenny Dalglish to his ever-growing list of fans.

The Liverpool left-back is enjoying an excellent second half of the season after patiently waiting for an opportunity following his move to the club from Hull City last summer.

Robertson has started 22 of the Reds’ past 27 matches as Jürgen Klopp’s side marched into the semi-finals of the Champions League and established a strong position in the Premier League top four.

The Scotland international regularly hears his name sung at Anfield and now one of his predecessors, Dalglish no less, has hailed the 24-year-old’s efforts.  

“Andy has been fantastic ever since he came in. I’m sure he was Man of the Match on his debut. Everyone in Scotland should be very, very proud of him,” said the Liverpool icon.

“You only need to come to a game to sense the respect the punters have for him. They really enjoy watching Andy and he has his own chant already, which I know means a lot to him.

“Andy’s a quality player. He has pace, his final ball is excellent and he plays with his heart on his sleeve. It gives me a lot of satisfaction to see him flying the flag for Scotland.”

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Gerrard on Man Utd test and first season in charge

Thu, 19/04/2018 - 19:42

Steven Gerrard has described Liverpool U18s' Friday evening meeting with Manchester United as the sort of fixture for which his players should require little extra motivation from their manager.

United have already been crowned winners of the U18 Premier League's northern section, and are set to take on southern outfit Chelsea to determine the overall champions.

Before then, however, they face a trip to the Academy, where the young Reds will be out to use their final home league game of 2017-18 to dent their rivals' confidence. 

Ahead of the match, Gerrard told "There are certain games throughout the season, at first-team level all the way down the club, that you shouldn't have to really motivate the players for and you shouldn't really have to give a team-talk for.

"Manchester United falls right into that. They are big rivals and every single player who wears our red shirt should understand the importance of the game and the rivalry.

"At the same time, once the game starts, you've got to go out and do the job that's asked of you.

"Whoever is picked to play and whatever squad of players I've got available, we will try and prepare them the best we can to come out with the right result."

Having lost their last three games in the division, the U18s will be aiming to end their season at home on a high by beating Kieran McKenna's men.

Gerrard's team also have an added incentive for victory: the possibility of leapfrogging neighbours Everton to secure a second-placed finish.

Kick-off at the Kirkby Academy is at 7pm BST and you can watch the game live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO.

For more thoughts from Gerrard on the task ahead and his first full season in charge of the U18s, read on...

On last Saturday's late defeat at Sunderland…

It was good in terms of possession and control of the game; from our 18-yard box to their 18-yard box we were superb. We dominated Sunderland and were better in most departments, but football matches are won and lost in both penalty areas. We weren't good enough at defending ours and we certainly lacked a bit of quality around their box. So I've got no complaints in terms of the result but [there were] a lot of positives to take from the performance.

On fielding teams featuring U15/U16 players in recent games…

It's the easy option just to say, 'We are very young at the moment and that's the reason why we are getting beat'. We have to coach and we have to manage with what's available. Yes, it's very young and it lacks experience, but at the same time we still shouldn't be getting beat by Sunderland and we shouldn't be getting beat by Newcastle. I will take full responsibility for the scorelines. In an ideal situation we would have a lot more quality and a lot more experience around us but it is what it is.

On what he has learned about his squad in recent weeks…

I think you learn from every game, whatever the scoreline is, especially when you are new to the job like myself. It's my first year of coaching and you try and learn in every training session and in every game. It has certainly been a bigger challenge since January - when you look at it, a lot of goals and creativity was taken away from the squad. Obviously, Neil Critchley is using those players in the U23s, and rightly so because they have been superb in the first part of the season, but it does make the challenge that bit more difficult.

On the satisfaction of seeing the likes of Conor Masterson, Curtis Jones and Rafael Camacho named on the first-team bench…

It gives you a lot of satisfaction but I can't sit here and take all the credit for Curtis and Rafa. I think the Academy as a whole should take all the credit for that. They have shaped those players really well over the years. I had six or seven months working with those players and really enjoyed working with them and they deserved their promotion to wherever they have been of late. Of course, I had my fingers crossed that one of them might have got a cameo and it wasn't to be but they have got to keep pushing. When you get in and around the first team it's almost a new start for you as a player - that's the way I looked at it. When Gerard Houllier invited myself and Stephen Wright to be around the first team, I remember going home and telling my dad and he said, 'It's game on, let's go!' I'd hope that's what those players think.

On coping without injured midfielders Liam Coyle and Edvard Tagseth…

They are two big pieces of the jigsaw in the engine room, if you like. Coyley is 100 per cent every week, Eddie is the same. There's no doubt about it - certainly in the last six to eight weeks - if they had been available for us I'm sure we would have got better results than what we have had. We've also missed Niall Brookwell. He is only 16 but he gives you that bit of bite in the engine room and we've certainly lacked that in recent games.

On the challenge of facing Manchester United at the Academy on Friday night…

It's a special fixture. It's a great challenge for the lads but I do like driving in here on a Friday afternoon and seeing the cameras getting set up and the lights go on for a night game. As a kid, that's got to float your boat, [playing] in front of the LFCTV cameras. The chance to go and challenge yourself against United, that's surely got to get your juices flowing.

On the 2-2 draw with United back in December that saw the hosts score a stoppage-time equaliser…

We should have won it. It was down to game management and just a little bit of a lack of experience in getting over the line. We certainly deserved the three points that day. It was a cold day on a difficult pitch. We challenged the players at half-time because they weren't good enough in the first 20 to 25 minutes when we went down to 10 men. We challenged them to take the game to United and they did that and they were better than United. They were celebrating the draw at the end, which was a huge positive for us.

On how quickly the season has gone…

It has flown by. I remember our first pre-season game against Burton Albion at St George's Park. It seems to have gone by so quick. I've really enjoyed this experience and I'm certainly in a much better position now than when I first got going. I've learned a lot and I've got some really good people around me at the Academy who I've been bouncing off and learning a lot from. It has definitely been an enjoyable year but it has flown by.

Join Jürgen Klopp, the first team, Ladies and Academy players at the 2018 LFC Players’ Awards at Anfield on Thursday May 10. Click here for more details.

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Friday - 10.30am BST: Watch Klopp's West Brom preview

Thu, 19/04/2018 - 19:30

Jürgen Klopp will hold his pre-West Bromwich Albion press conference from 10.30am BST on Friday - watch it live and free via our YouTube channel.

Liverpool journey to The Hawthorns on Saturday with the objective of consolidating their strong position in the Premier League top four.

See what the manager has to say about the game - and the latest condition of his squad - as we broadcast his media briefing from Melwood.

Simply return to this page before the start time and access the stream below.

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