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10.55am GMT: Watch LFC U18s v Man City live on LFCTV GO

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Liverpool U18s host Manchester City in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday morning - watch the match live on LFCTV GO from 10.55am GMT.

Kick-off is scheduled for 11am and you can see all the action with our single-camera coverage.

Barry Lewtas' charges are in second place in the U18s Premier League North table, six points behind leaders City but the Reds have two games in hand.

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10.55am GMT: Watch LFC U18s v Man City live on LFCTV GO

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Liverpool U18s host Manchester City in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday morning - watch the match live on LFCTV GO from 10.55am GMT.
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Match report: Liverpool U23s 3-0 Huddersfield Town

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 21:00

Liverpool U23s moved a step closer to qualification for the Premier League Cup knockout stages with a 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town on Friday night.

Goals from Liam Millar and Sepp van den Berg in the first half, and a third in stoppage time by substitute Joe Hardy, highlighted a dominant performance by Neil Critchley’s side, who could have scored more.

The visitors had their chances, too, but the Reds were good value for the victory and know a point from their final Group F tie – against Sunderland on Monday – will be enough to reach the last 16.

Amid the blustery conditions in Kirkby, the home team wasted little time in establishing control of the game and would be ahead by the quarter-hour mark.

Jack Bearne might have given them a lead with five minutes played but was thwarted by the outstretched gloves of Giosue Bellagambi as he tried to take the ball around the Huddersfield goalkeeper.

Liverpool were soon gifted an opener, though.

Town overplayed at the back and Mustapha Olagunju misjudged a pass to his goalkeeper, allowing Millar to steal in and nudge a finish inside the near post from yards out for 1-0.

The breakthrough came partly, in fairness, as a result of the Reds’ ceaseless pressing high up the pitch and after continuing to dictate proceedings they struck again in the 32nd minute.

Jake Cain’s free-kick into the box from the right was fumbled by Bellagambi and fell to Van den Berg, who resembled a clinical striker when he picked out the bottom right corner with a calm finish through the pack of bodies.

Millar and Bearne each sent efforts wide in the space of a minute as Liverpool pushed for a third before the interval, though Huddersfield could also have halved their deficit.

Demeaco Duhaney, up from right-back, plotted a way through the Reds defence with a rapid series of passes but prodded his shot wide of the left post once a real sight of goal opened up.

There was still time in the first half for Bellagambi to twice deny Bearne, who first clipped one across goal from a narrow angle on the left and then saw a blast from the other side beaten out.

The flow of the opening 45 minutes resumed immediately upon the restart and Millar was unlucky to see a technically-excellent volley zoom inches over the crossbar.

The Canada international next presented Elijah Dixon-Bonner with a golden opportunity to make it three, the midfielder unable to touch his teammate’s driven delivery into the centre.

Cain was denied by a Bellagambi dive as he angled a low shot to the bottom corner inside the area, with no-one in red on hand to capitalise on the rebound.

For all Liverpool’s dominance, however, Huddersfield rued their failure to convert two clear-cut chances midway through the second half.

Scott High side-footed wide of the left post when found from a pull-back with time and space in the Reds area, before Kieran Phillips troubled Caoimhin Kelleher with the kind of high press that had been so profitable for the hosts.

Phillips snatched the ball from Kelleher inside the box and had an open goal ahead of him but, under physical pressure from the goalkeeper, clipped off target. Town claims for a penalty were ignored.

At the other end, Luis Longstaff coolly collected Tony Gallacher’s dinked cross from the left byline and whipped a looping hit off the crossbar.

The third finally arrived three minutes into stoppage time as Hardy, off the bench, tapped in on the follow-up when a crisp passing move saw Millar work Bellagambi.

Critchley’s charges, therefore, require only a point on Monday afternoon to secure a place in the Premier League Cup last 16.

Liverpool U23s: Kelleher, Hoever, Gallacher, Van den Berg, Boyes, Clarkson, Bearne, Cain, Longstaff (Hardy, 78), Dixon-Bonner (Lewis, 67), Millar.

Unused substitutes: Winterbottom, Hill, Savage.

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Match report: Liverpool U23s 3-0 Huddersfield Town

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 21:00
Liverpool U23s moved a step closer to qualification for the Premier League Cup knockout stages with a 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town on Friday night.
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Joe Gomez’s West Ham trigger that launched impeccable Liverpool form

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 19:00

Joe Gomez‘s last Premier League defeat at Anfield came against West Ham in 2015, fast-forward over four years and he is now an integral member of Liverpool’s world-conquering side.

August 2015. Liverpool 0 West Ham United 3. A first home defeat against the Hammers since 1963. A worst home league defeat against anyone since 1965.

Philippe Coutinho sent off. Mark Noble sent off. Alberto Moreno brought on at half-time for Emre Can to try and rescue the game. It feels like a lifetime ago when you look at where Liverpool are now.

Starting at left-back that day was an 18-year-old called Joe Gomez. Signed from Charlton Athletic that summer, most Kopites new little about him other than he’d played 27 times for the Championship club, mainly as a right-sided centre-half.

That 3-0 defeat was Gomez’ fourth appearance for Liverpool. Four-and-a-half years later, it remains Liverpool’s only Premier League defeat at Anfield in a game Gomez has started. And if you think that’s a good run, consider this.

 West Ham United's Manuel Lanzini celebrates scoring the first goal against Liverpool during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool haven’t lost a game of football in England, home or away, when Gomez has been in the starting XI since October 2017 against Tottenham at Wembley. Since then, in 59 starts, he’s only been on the losing team in Wales (vs. Swansea), Italy (vs. Napoli), France (vs. PSG) and Spain (vs. Barcelona and Atletico Madrid).

That tells you four things. 1. Jürgen Klopp should confiscate his passport. 2. 40 percent of those defeats have come in games refereed by Poland’s Szymon Marciniak, an official so bad he had me wishing Howard Webb was in charge at the Wanda Metropolitano. 3. If he only loses games at Wembley and away in Europe he’s the perfect England player.

And 4. Gomez has proved his manager right when he decided he had no interest in signing Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax last summer for £68 million. While De Ligt has endured a difficult first season in Italy – even Fabio Borini scored against Juve in a 2-1 win for Hellas Verona the other week – Gomez has flourished at Liverpool.

He didn’t start the season at centre-back – and nor should he have given Joel Matip‘s immense form, the best of his Liverpool career. But since getting back into the team to partner Virgil van Dijk in the heart of the defence for the 2-0 win against Watford in December, Liverpool’s Premier League defensive record speaks for itself.

Clean sheet. Clean sheet. Clean sheet. Clean sheet. Clean sheet. Clean sheet. Goal for Wolves. Clean sheet. Clean sheet. Clean sheet. Stick that in your laundrette #AccidentalPartridge.

 The gold FIFA Club World Cup winners' badge on the shirt of Liverpool's Joe Gomez during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Anfield. (Pic by Richard Roberts/Propaganda)

During that time Gomez has also become a FIFA Club World Cup champion, keeping another clean sheet against Flamengo, and nursed Nat Phillips through the 1-0 FA Cup third round win against Everton, keeping another clean sheet.

Yes, VAR has ruled a few goals out, there have been a few near misses and Alisson Becker has been playing like Alisson Becker, but, for me, Gomez has been impeccable for the last two months. He’s in the best-prolonged run of form of his Liverpool career, was the better of the two centre-halves in Madrid on Tuesday night and is now keeping Matip and Dejan Lovren out of the team on nothing but merit.

That he’s only 22, and still learning the game, is the best bit of all because I think Gomez has got the scope to get even better. I’ll give you an example or three.

Arguably Liverpool’s best chance in the Wanda Metropolitano came in the second half when Gomez stepped forward and picked out the head of Mo Salah with a Jordan Henderson style diagonal cross.

Unfortunately, the only thing that ended up in the back of Atleti’s net was Jan Oblak rather than the ball, but when you’re playing against 10 sticks of rock in a dour, organised system designed by a cheerleader in a suit, a piece of creativity like that from a less expected source can make all the difference.

I’m loathed to point out that Gomez is the only regular outfield starter yet to score this season. It’s not his job and leaving him back for corners because he’s got the pace to deal with counter-attacks makes sense, but it is an aspect of his game that Matip and Lovren are ahead of him on.

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez before the FA Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC at Molineux Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“He sees himself in the future as a centre-half, I’m not quite sure he’s tall enough,” was Michael Owen’s assertion of the 6ft 2ins Gomez back in September 2017 after Gomez had been sent off against Sevilla while playing at right-back.

Not for the first time, Owen has been proved wrong, but when Gomez first came to Liverpool in 2015 I recall someone, who’d seen him play regularly for Charlton, saying he needed to improve significantly in the air if he is to make it at Anfield as a centre-half.

I’ve not been able to find that article or clip – it seems The S*n aren’t the only ones who delete online stories – but it was an area of his game that Charlton’s Academy director Paul Hart specifically worked with Gomez on when he was a teenager.

So maybe there’s still room for improvement there, but that’s not so much nit-picking as looking for one flea on a lion. Plus when you’re playing alongside Van Dijk there isn’t as much need to head the ball anyway. Being mobile, quick and able to read the game is far more important.

Joe Gomez is able to do all of that and more so when you consider that he is just two years older than Matthijs de Ligt, but cost over £60m less, and can get better, he is arguably the shrewdest signing the Reds made during the entire Brendan Rodgers era.

Chris McLoughlin writes for This Is Anfield each week; he’s also senior writer for the Official LFC Matchday Programme and LFC Magazine. You can order both here.

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Man City clash among four Liverpool fixtures changed in April

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 17:54

Liverpool’s visit to the Etihad Stadium which will see the champions-elect meet the current league holders has been moved for TV, with a further three games rescheduled.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds could head into the month of April as the official Premier League title winners, with just five more wins separating them from a 30-year long wait.

Should Liverpool secure maximum points in their next five games, then the Reds will likely be welcomed to the Etihad stadium with a guard of honour – regardless of if the same winning-record is matched by Pep Guardiola’s side.

Kickoff in Manchester, the Reds’ first game after the international break, has been moved to Sunday, April 5, and will now start at 4.30pm, with the clash to be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK.

Every Liverpool fixture in April is now scheduled for TV, with the meetings against Aston Villa, Brighton and Burnley all being rescheduled.

Villa will now make their way to Anfield on Sunday, April 12 for a similar 4.30pm kickoff, but the two games against City and Villa are subject to change depending on Liverpool’s involvement in the Champions League.

Should Liverpool overturn a 1-0 deficit in the last-16 against Atletico Madrid, then the quarter-final ties will take place on 7/8 and 14/15 April – where the league matchups would then likely shift to a Saturday kickoff.

The trip to Brighton, meanwhile, is set for an 8pm kickoff on Monday, April 20 – which is also subject to change depending on if the Reds are involved in the FA Cup semi-finals set to take place on either April 18 or 19.

Finally, the home meeting with Brighton will be played on Saturday, April 25 with a 12.30pm kickoff.

Liverpool’s April Fixtures

Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at Villa Park, Birmingham. PA Photo. Nick Potts/PA Wire.

* Fixture pending Champions League or FA Cup progression.

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Inside Training: Reds get set for Hammers at rain-swept Melwood

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 17:47

Liverpool were being put through their paces at Melwood on Friday as they prepare to resume Premier League duties once more – and LFCTV GO subscribers can go behind the scenes of the session in the latest ‘Inside Training’.

The Reds will welcome West Ham United to Anfield on Monday evening as they return to domestic action following the midweek Champions League encounter with Atletico Madrid in Spain.

With heavy rain across Merseyside, the players undertook their workout in the Friday morning downpour – and our cameras were on hand to capture it unfold.

Watch the best of the session in our video above now.

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Inside Training: Reds get set for Hammers at rain-swept Melwood

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 17:47
Liverpool were being put through their paces at Melwood on Friday as they prepare to resume Premier League duties once more – and LFCTV GO subscribers can go behind the scenes of the session in the latest ‘Inside Training’.
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Man City vs Liverpool, north London derby live on Sky

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 17:30
Watch 128 live games on Sky Sports Premier League this season; free match highlights on skysports.com, the Sky Sports app and Sky Sports YouTube channel

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Sky Sports has announced its latest batch of live Premier League fixtures, with Liverpool's title chase and the north London derby both chosen on the April schedule.

The first weekend of the month kicks off with Manchester City hosting Jurgen Klopp's dominant league leaders on April 5 at 4.30pm - and, as things stand, could be the day Liverpool win Premier League title.

The latest selection of Sky Sports fixtures also includes the north London derby on April 26, when Mikel Arteta takes his Arsenal side to Tottenham for the first time at 4.30pm.

Liverpool are also in action live against Aston Villa and Brighton - who themselves are both battling to avoid relegation - while City's game at the Amex will also be televised on April 25.

In the race for Champions League qualification, all the teams in contention for European football will feature live on Sky Sports during the month, including Sheffield United hosting Tottenham, Wolves and Chelsea, Arsenal going head-to-head with Wolves at Molineux, and Spurs hosting in-form Everton.

Manchester United will also have their trip to Aston Villa on April 19 broadcast live on Sky.

Latest confirmed Premier League games live on Sky

Sat April 4: Sheff Utd vs Tottenham (5.30pm)*

Sun April 5: West Ham vs Chelsea (2pm)*

Sun April 5: Man City vs Liverpool (4.30pm)*

Mon April 6: Everton vs Leicester (8pm)

Sat April 11: Tottenham vs Everton (5.30pm)*

Sun April 12: Chelsea vs Watford (2pm)*

Sun April 12: Liverpool vs Aston Villa (4.30pm)*

Mon April 13: Wolves vs Arsenal (8pm)

Sat April 18: Crystal Palace vs Chelsea (12.30pm)*

Sat April 18: Arsenal vs Leicester (5.30pm)*

Sun April 19: Sheff Utd vs Wolves (2pm)*

Sun April 19: Aston Villa vs Man Utd (4.30pm)*

Mon April 20: Brighton vs Liverpool (8pm)*

Sat April 25: Brighton vs Man City (5.30pm)*

Sun April 26: Sheff Utd vs Chelsea (2pm)*

Sun April 26: Tottenham vs Arsenal (4.30pm)*

Mon April 27: Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace (8pm)

TBC: Newcastle vs West Ham

*subject to progression in the Champions League

Premier League club-by-club fixture pages

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Four Premier League fixture changes for Reds in April

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 17:29

Liverpool's four Premier League fixtures in April have been rescheduled for broadcast purposes.

The Reds’ trip to Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City will now be played on Sunday April 5 (4.30pm kick-off), while the Anfield encounter against Aston Villa has been set for Sunday April 12 (4.30pm kick-off). 

Both of these fixtures are subject to further change depending on participation in the Champions League.

Jürgen Klopp’s side’s visit to Brighton and Hove Albion is due to now be contested on Monday April 20, with kick-off 8pm. This is subject to further change depending on FA Cup participation.

Finally, Liverpool’s home tie with Burnley will now be played on Saturday April 25, starting at 12.30pm.

All kick-off times are BST.

Click here to view an updated 2019-20 fixture list.

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Four Premier League fixture changes for Reds in April

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 17:29
Liverpool's four Premier League fixtures in April have been rescheduled for broadcast purposes.
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Karius’ return, a Bayern keeper link & Reds’ strong stance on racism – Friday’s Liverpool FC News

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 16:57

Liverpool don’t play this weekend but there’s still lots to get through, starting with goalkeeper news and Jurgen Klopp‘s press conference.

New keeper for summer target?

Reports out of Germany suggested that Christian Fruchtl was the subject of interest over winter, with the Reds making him a “promise” to install him as No. 2.

Quite why that would be the case when Adrian has proved perfectly serviceable isn’t mentioned, but in any case, the young stopper only wants to go somewhere where first-team action is on offer.

The 20-year-old is expected to leave on loan in the summer in search of that action, so it doesn’t appear highly likely that a move to Liverpool is in the offing, but it’s at least worth bearing in mind.

Kamil Grabara will have had 18 months out on loan by the summer, plus one rather nasty head injury, and Caoimhin Kelleher has made a handful of senior appearances this term as the Reds’ No. 3.

Wherever those two, or any other youngsters, end up next season it is sure that Alisson Becker will remain the No. 1, so any new arrivals are merely to provide cover and competition in that particular position.

And speaking of which…

Karius set for Anfield return

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Loris Karius shakes hands with supporters after the preseason friendly match between Liverpool FC and Torino FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Adrian has another year to run on his contract, though there had been rumours of Real Betis having an interest in signing him.

A new No. 2 would be required in that case…and Loris Karius could yet end up being that man, if quirks of fate dictate.

It seems that in the end, after a turbulent two-year loan in Turkey, Besiktas do not want to sign him permanently for £7.25 million, as reported by James Pearce for the Athletic.

As a result, don’t be surprised to see the German back on Merseyside for pre-season, though it’s still likely that an alternative exit will be sought.

Two years on from his last appearance from the Reds, the memories of his erratic form simply don’t mesh well with his parent club’s relentless, irrepressible ability to win games.

Positives and negatives

Jordan Henderson of Liverpool during the UEFA Champions League match between Napoli and Liverpool at Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy on 17 September 2019. (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto)

Bad news regarding our skipper and his injury, but some off-pitch things to be optimistic about.

Reds’ strong stance on racism

 The captain's armband of Liverpool's James Milner with "No to racism" and "respect" during the UEFA Champions League Play-Off 1st Leg match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Liverpool at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In the wake of Porto striker Moussa Marega’s horrendous weekend, where he suffered racist abuse and tried to leave the pitch, only to find his own team-mates trying to prevent him doing so, Vice contacted every Premier League club to see what their reaction would be.

Their report finds Liverpool (and Arsenal) “top of the league” with their response:

Liverpool were first to respond, with what turned out to be the strongest answer: “If one player walked off, everyone would walk off.” Nice and simple, like their journey to the title.

One club, one team, one very simple and correct message.

Quickfire LFC news

 Liverpool's Adam Lallana during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • West Ham beware, as Klopp says the defeat in Spain really did feel like one and the Reds are ready to respond (TIA)
  • David Moyes suggested he may not throw new signing Jarrod Bowen in against Liverpool on Monday (football.london)
  • And the boss says Sadio Mane was surprised at being subbed against Atleti, but that he’d have had “no chance” of avoiding a red card if left on (Echo)
Around the Prem

 Chelsea's Willian Borges da Silva (centre) and Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne (left) and Xherdan Shaqiri (right) during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • €90m is the price Barcelona and Man City will be quoted for Milan Skriniar this summer – that’s one euro for every defensive mistake the two teams have made this season combined (Calciomercato)
  • Long live the Hodge! Roy will be given another new contract by Crystal Palace to keep him managing a 30 per cent win rate beyond his 184th birthday (Sky Sports)
  • Chelsea attacker Willian says he doesn’t want to leave London, which is all-but batting his eyelids at Jose Mourinho and Mikel Arteta (Mail)
  • And Juve and Inter will both move for blues left-back Emerson Palmieri, which means Chelsea will need to sign a 50th defender on that side in the last eight seasons. Actually, has anyone seen Baba Rahman recently? (Goal)
Stupid comment of the day

Given how often players get pulled up for bringing the game into disrepute on social media and wherever else, it would be a surprise if referee Mike Dean didn’t face a similar sort of punishment.

The Premier League official has admitted to sitting in the crowd supporting Tranmere and joining in with everyone else singing “the referee’s a w****r.”

Doesn’t he know you’re not allowed to have fun at the football?

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What we’re reading

Too many games? FourFourTwo take a look at six ways we can reduce the fixture congestion, including scrapping a domestic cup.

And Jason Burt examines just how badly the rest of the Premier League seem to want to avoid finishing fourth after a season of excruciating inconsistency, for the Telegraph.

Worth watching tonight

Bayern Munich spanking bottom-of-the-table Paderborn by six. Philippe Coutinho might even get a game! 7:30pm, BT Sport 3.

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60 photos of Liverpool's Friday training session at Melwood

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 14:30

Check out 60 photos of Liverpool's Friday training session at Melwood.

The Premier League leaders' preparations for Monday's clash with West Ham United continued at their West Derby base.

Our photographers were there too, and provided the gallery below.

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60 photos of Liverpool's Friday training session at Melwood

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 14:30
Check out 60 photos of Liverpool's Friday training session at Melwood.
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Watford v Liverpool: Away ticket sale update

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 14:26

Liverpool FC has issued a ticket update for the Premier League fixture against Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday February 29.

A limited number of tickets remain and will be available online to season ticket holders and Members based on Premier League away fixtures recorded during the 2018-19 season.

17 or more games: from 8.15am on Monday February 24.

Only in the event tickets remain

16 or more games: from 11am on Monday February 24.

Supporters can purchase one ticket per person up to a maximum of four tickets per transaction.

Tickets are subject to availability and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. We cannot guarantee that tickets will be available to all who apply.

For further information before travelling, click here.

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Watford v Liverpool: Away ticket sale update

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 14:26
Liverpool FC has issued a ticket update for the Premier League fixture against Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday February 29.
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'A chance to put things right' - Jürgen Klopp's West Ham preview

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 14:17

Jürgen Klopp believes the midweek loss at Atletico Madrid has given the entire Liverpool squad a burning desire to return to winning ways.

The Reds suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat at Estadio Metropolitano on Tuesday night in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with the La Liga outfit. 

The visit of West Ham United to Anfield on Monday night in the Premier League is next up on the schedule, with Klopp viewing the fixture as an opportunity for his side to get quickly back on track. 

"It's to put things right, just not in the [same] competition," the boss said at his pre-match press conference. "It's a little bit strange, yes we lost the game and there's absolutely no positive in it, we lost the game. But it's important if there's any help in that result it's that you felt that defeat and it felt like a defeat.

"It felt after the game like a defeat, it felt the next morning like a defeat, it was nothing. Nobody thought, 'But in the league we are like this'. It's all what we said after the game, like it's not done yet – it's the truth, we know that. 

"But it's not that we say that Anfield alone will sort it at the end. We have to put a proper performance in. Atletico showed obviously a lot of passion, desire and stuff like this, fought for the result. They will fight here for the result, 100 per cent. 

"But to put it right is to get the other feeling back. The other feeling, I don't think we ever lost how a win feels, but we won a few games, so now we lost it and the difference is massive – much more than three points. 

"It's really from sunshine to hardest rain – and that's how it should be. If you really want to be successful and if you could be successful – what we could have been in that game – then it has to feel really bad and that's how it felt. 

"So yes, we want to put things right, even when it's a different competition."

West Ham currently lie in the relegation zone and met Liverpool last month at the London Stadium as the Premier League leaders recorded a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. 

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But the performance of David Moyes' team at Manchester City on Wednesday evening reinforced Klopp's view about the threat they pose to the Reds. 

"With all the brilliance which we know about Man City, the first goal was a set-piece," Klopp continued. "And the second goal was a super situation from Kevin De Bruyne obviously.

"But, at the end, it was a little bit scrappy with Bernardo Silva and he takes the ball over and it's kind of a one-two in the box. Super goal, but not outplayed like you would expect when City is on the pitch. 

"They fought really hard, they defended the box with all they had. They didn't have a lot of possession obviously, so I wouldn't expect that they go for much more possession against us. But they will defend again with all they have. 

"I didn't hear exactly what David said after the game, but I think they took some positives out of that game and they will try it again. We have to be ready for that. 

"It's Monday night, we need a really good atmosphere again and not kind of this perception that you go there and think, 'OK, 1-0 after seven minutes, 2-0 after 25 and then it's easy-going'. It will not be like this. 

"West Ham needs to fight for results and they will fight for results. They have tough games coming up for them as well, so they don't have time to waste results, points or whatever. I expect a really, really tough match, 100 per cent."

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'A chance to put things right' - Jürgen Klopp's West Ham preview

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 14:17
Jürgen Klopp believes the midweek loss at Atletico Madrid has given the entire Liverpool squad a burning desire to return to winning ways.
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