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Reds win three prizes at 2019 Northwest Football Awards

LiverpoolFC.TV - 3 hours 14 min ago

Liverpool FC enjoyed a successful evening at Monday's Northwest Football Awards, held at The Point, Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester.

The annual event pays tribute to and recognises those who achieved footballing excellence both on and off the field throughout the 2018-19 season.

Reds defender Virgil van Dijk was crowned Premier League Player of the Year and Trent Alexander-Arnold took home Rising Star of the Year, while Jürgen Klopp was also named Manager of the Year.

The club’s official charity, LFC Foundation, and LFC’s partnership campaign with BetVictor – Training SOS – were also nominated for outstanding work.

Liverpool collected 97 points in the Premier League last term, the third-highest total in the history of the English top division, as they finished second.

Klopp’s side remained unbeaten at home in the league for the second campaign in a row and matched the club record of 30 league wins in a season.

The Reds also achieved one of the most remarkable comebacks in their 127-year history to beat Barcelona 4-0 at Anfield and reach the Champions League final in Madrid, where they then defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 to clinch the title.

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On winning Player of the Year, Van Dijk said: “Last season was amazing. To achieve 97 points in the Premier League and then go on to win the European Cup was just incredible.

“The support we received from the fans, backing us every step of the way, was fantastic.”

Alexander-Arnold said: “It’s a real honour to win the Rising Star of the Year award for the second year running.

“It was a fantastic season for the club, ending in an unforgettable night in Madrid. I’d like to thank all the fans for voting for me once again.”

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Reds win three prizes at 2019 Northwest Football Awards

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Liverpool FC enjoyed a successful evening at Monday's Northwest Football Awards, held at The Point, Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester.
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Dejan Lovren: It feels great to be back in this team

LiverpoolFC.TV - 3 hours 52 min ago

Dejan Lovren feels 'great to be back' as the central defender enjoys a run in Jürgen Klopp's starting XI.

Lovren has begun four of the past five Premier League matches for Liverpool and impressed during Sunday’s 3-1 win over Manchester City.

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With Joel Matip the most regular starter alongside Virgil van Dijk until sustaining a knee injury in September, and the Reds in outstanding form, Lovren has had to be patient.

The Croatia international took a ‘team first’ attitude to that situation – but is pleased an opportunity to get back on the pitch has now come his way.

“Of course it has been nice to be back playing regularly as part of this team, especially as the beginning of the season wasn’t the best for me personally,” said Lovren in Sunday’s matchday programme.

“But I have always said that the team is the most important thing and we have been getting results in our games unbelievably well, so it was quite understandable for the manager not to change a team which is winning.

“But it is great to be back and to feel the atmosphere again on the pitch.”

With Joe Gomez also pushing for chances, Klopp has four top-class options at his disposal for the two central defensive positions.

The resumption of club football after the current international break marks the start of perhaps the busiest period of the season.

Fourteen fixtures in the Premier League, Champions League, Carabao Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and FA Cup await the Reds up to January 6.

And Lovren explained why a squad mentality will be important to Liverpool’s ambitions for success.

“It is unfortunate for Joel [Matip] to be missing at the moment but injuries are part of football,” he added.

“I have had many conversations with the manager and I’ve been working hard behind the scenes. I’m sure there will be many changes between now and the end of the season.

“I think there are another 50 games in front of us when we look at all the competitions that we have, so there are many games to play and, for sure, we will require all the squad to be ready to come in and compete when needed.”

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Dejan Lovren: It feels great to be back in this team

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Dejan Lovren feels 'great to be back' as the central defender enjoys a run in Jürgen Klopp's starting XI.
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LFC and Challenger Sports extend partnership to deliver residential soccer schools in UK

LiverpoolFC.TV - 4 hours 19 min ago

Liverpool FC and Challenger Sports have agreed a new long-term partnership which will see the delivery of residential soccer school courses continue in the UK.

The agreement follows two successful years of LFC and Challenger Sports delivering the LFC International Academy residential courses. Taking place each summer, the programme continues to grow in popularity and has attracted participants from around the world.

This year saw the biggest course to date with players from 50 countries visiting the UK to attend. In addition to the hugely popular Football Focus coaching experience and the English Language courses, which teach young learners how to lead others through English language activities, it also saw the introduction of a Junior Development Academy, which allows children between the ages of 10 and 12 to attend the residential camp and learn to play The Liverpool Way.

Next year is set to be even bigger again thanks to the introduction of further girls’ courses, a goalkeeper-specific offering and an advanced option for teams who wish to attend.

Dan White, head of Liverpool FC’s International Academy program, said: “Our residential soccer school has been hugely successful since it launched in the UK two years ago, and has created many fantastic opportunities for young players from around the world to improve their skills and be developed via our unique coaching system.

“We are absolutely delighted to be continuing our relationship with our partner Challenger Sports to provide opportunities for young players to visit the UK to be coached The Liverpool Way.”

Mum Melanie, whose daughter participated in the course, said: “I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone involved with the football camp. Jasmine had an incredible time - she didn’t stop talking about it all the way home. 

“It has given her a huge confidence boost in respect to her social skills, football and overall fitness. She really enjoyed making new friends and said the quality of teaching and support from the coaching staff was superb.

“She loved that the training and classroom sessions emphasised the LFC values, which she completely engaged with. I think she is definitely an LFC fan now, to the delight of her step-dad.”

To book your place for summer 2020, visit www.lfccamps.com.

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LFC and Challenger Sports extend partnership to deliver residential soccer schools in UK

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Liverpool FC and Challenger Sports have agreed a new long-term partnership which will see the delivery of residential soccer school courses continue in the UK.
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'Liverpool will benefit from 'special' Club World Cup'

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Florent Sinama-Pongolle hopes this current Liverpool team can achieve something he wasn't able to when Jürgen Klopp's side take part in the FIFA Club World Cup next month.
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'Liverpool will benefit from 'special' Club World Cup'

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Florent Sinama-Pongolle hopes this current Liverpool team can achieve something he wasn't able to when Jürgen Klopp's side take part in the FIFA Club World Cup next month.

Sinama-Pongolle was part of Rafael Benitez's Champions League-winning squad that travelled to Japan in 2005 to compete in the tournament that pits together the winners of FIFA's six confederations.

But a heartbreaking defeat in the Yokohama final meant the Reds missed out on the much-desired FIFA Champions Badge.

Benitez's men side beat Costa Rican outfit Deportivo Saprissa in a last-four tie before encountering Sao Paulo in the tournament showpiece that ended 1-0.

"You just try to understand that you want to win something more," Sinama-Pongolle tells Liverpoolfc.com. "Sometimes it's not the best moment because you are right in the middle of the season.

"But as a player, as a team, it's still bringing one more new experience for finishing the season at your best. It means a lot to a player. Obviously it means a lot more when you win it!

"But we knew Sao Paulo had a huge team with a big charismatic goalkeeper [Rogerio Ceni] and Cicinho, who would sign for Real Madrid. We really wanted to get it."

Five teams are confirmed so far for the Qatari tournament this year, with the champions of Europe entering at the semi-final stage.

Sinama-Pongolle believes facing sides from different continents around the world is an experience to be welcomed in terms of team development.

"It was very special," the 35-year-old recalls. "I think we scored three goals in the final and they were disallowed - it was like, 'Wow, what's going on?'

"But it was a great experience to play against different type of football, different cultures - South American and Asian teams. For me, everything was positive."

The French forward, who joined Liverpool in 2003 and made 66 appearances, is confident Klopp's men are better equipped to lift the trophy for the first time in the club's history.

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He continued: "This current Liverpool squad, they're more complete - good team, good squad, quality players.

"You can see their experience, even though many of them are quite young. They're still playing with such a [level] head. They're acting like players who have so many years of experience.

"Van Dijk, for example, is always like this, Mane's effort and the way he is dealing with every ball - you never feel he is at the limit physically."

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'Liverpool will benefit from 'special' Club World Cup'

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Florent Sinama-Pongolle hopes this current Liverpool team can achieve something he wasn't able to when Jürgen Klopp's side take part in the FIFA Club World Cup next month.
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Mohamed Salah to miss Egypt games

HEAD NEWS - 6 hours 17 min ago

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah will miss Egypt's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Kenya and Comoros with an ankle injury.

The 27-year-old was substituted in the 87th minute of Sunday's 3-1 Premier League win over Manchester City after picking up the knock in a challenge with Fernandinho.

Salah met up with Egypt in Cairo on Tuesday for tests on the injury.

"The injury needs a period of treatment to recover," said an Egypt statement.

Salah missed Liverpool's draw against Manchester United in October after a tackle by Leicester's Hamza Choudhury injured the same joint.

Club manager Jurgen Klopp, who had been angered by Choudhury's tackle in Liverpool's 2-1 win, said before Salah's latest setback that his joint top-scorer was still feeling the effects of that initial knock.

"I think it is more really annoying - for him, not me - the fact that it always has a bit of fluid in, and he has to deal with it, we get it out and it comes back, and stuff like that," said Klopp on 2 November.

Liverpool's next match is away to Crystal Palace on 23 November.

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Mohamed Salah to miss Egypt games

LiverpoolFC.TV - 6 hours 17 min ago

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah will miss Egypt's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Kenya and Comoros with an ankle injury.

The 27-year-old was substituted in the 87th minute of Sunday's 3-1 Premier League win over Manchester City after picking up the knock in a challenge with Fernandinho.

Salah met up with Egypt in Cairo on Tuesday for tests on the injury.

"The injury needs a period of treatment to recover," said an Egypt statement.

Salah missed Liverpool's draw against Manchester United in October after a tackle by Leicester's Hamza Choudhury injured the same joint.

Club manager Jurgen Klopp, who had been angered by Choudhury's tackle in Liverpool's 2-1 win, said before Salah's latest setback that his joint top-scorer was still feeling the effects of that initial knock.

"I think it is more really annoying - for him, not me - the fact that it always has a bit of fluid in, and he has to deal with it, we get it out and it comes back, and stuff like that," said Klopp on 2 November.

Liverpool's next match is away to Crystal Palace on 23 November.

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Mohamed Salah to miss Egypt games

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Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah will miss Egypt's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Kenya and Comoros with an ankle injury.
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Klopp: We couldn't have asked for a better situation, but it's only the start

LiverpoolFC.TV - 6 hours 19 min ago

Jürgen Klopp took extra satisfaction from Liverpool’s victory over Manchester City because they achieved it by ‘doing it our way’.

The Reds opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League table after goals from Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane secured a win against the reigning champions at Anfield on Sunday.

And asked by Liverpoolfc.com whether he was pleased with the courage shown by his players, Klopp replied: “That was the plan and that was the idea and it’s pretty much the only way we can do it.

“You saw in the last 15 minutes when City gets control of the game then it’s like it is. Difficult but OK, we were obviously tired then and a couple of players felt a little bit of cold. Hendo, Bobby half-time, it was really difficult. It was clear at one point we had to make changes there then it’s difficult to adapt.

“Then they get the momentum in the situation when we want to change, scored the goal and had a few more moments.

“But come on, you cannot win against City with no dangerous moments or whatever. Their quality is too high, it’s too big, so I’m completely fine with what we did because we did it our way and I liked that a lot.”

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In beating City, Liverpool extended their advantage over Pep Guardiola’s side to nine points heading into the international break.

Nevertheless, with around two-thirds of the Premier League season to go, Klopp isn’t interested in thinking any further ahead than the Reds’ next outing – at Crystal Palace on November 23.

“It’s just the start, that’s how it is, everybody knows that,” stated the boss.

“If you would have told me that you can have 34 points [at this stage of the season], wow! It’s pretty much impossible but we did it but now the boys go for the last international break of the year. They have to come back healthy. You saw it how intense it was [against City].

“Hopefully they all come back healthy and then we go to Crystal Palace. I think the last games are somewhere on the planet on Tuesday in the week that we play on Saturday against Crystal Palace.

“So they will fly back on the Wednesday, Thursday have a recovery session and Friday, Saturday ‘Hello, Crystal Palace!’ That’s the situation so nothing happens so far but it’s still the best situation we could have asked for so let’s hope we can carry on.”

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Klopp: We couldn't have asked for a better situation, but it's only the start

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Jürgen Klopp took extra satisfaction from Liverpool’s victory over Manchester City because they achieved it by ‘doing it our way’.
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Watch: #attackMND - Stephen Darby's battle

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 19:30

Anfield hosted the launch of the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation in October - the charity of former Reds defender, Stephen Darby.

Darby, who made six appearances for the club after progressing through the ranks of the Academy, was forced to retire from football at the age of 29 in September 2018 having been diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

With close friend Chris Rimmer, he decided to set-up the foundation to increase awareness about MND and help others following his retirement.

And in July, Liverpool played one of Stephen's other former clubs - Bradford City - in a pre-season friendly to raise money for the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation.

The organisation was formally launched at Anfield last month, at which Darby spoke candidly about his diagnosis and his aims for the foundation.

Eleven years to the day he made his Liverpool debut - as a substitute in a League Cup tie at Tottenham Hotspur - watch an emotional interview with Stephen in our free video above.

Visit www.darbyrimmermnd.co.uk for more information about the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation.

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Watch: #attackMND - Stephen Darby's battle

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Anfield hosted the launch of the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation in October - the charity of former Reds defender, Stephen Darby.
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Mohamed Salah the latest Liverpool player to pull out of international duty

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 18:56

Mohamed Salah has withdrawn from the Egypt squad to take on Kenya and Comoros this month after a scan on his ongoing ankle injury.


Liverpool’s No. 11 joined up with his national team at the start of the week despite fears over a recurring problem in his left ankle.

Salah took another blow during the 3-1 win over Man City on Sunday, but played on and insisted on joining up with his Egypt team-mates ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

But after scans at the Pharaohs camp, he has been deemed unfit to feature in the games scheduled for Thursday and Monday, as confirmed by the Egyptian FA on Tuesday.

It remains to be seen whether Salah will be fit for the trip to Crystal Palace on November 23, though his absence from either qualifier this month should at least improve his chances.

This comes after the forward missed the October break to further rehab his injury, which he suffered at the hands of Leicester’s Hamza Choudhury at the beginning of last month.

Salah follows Andy Robertson, Harvey Elliott and Caoimhin Kelleher in pulling out of international duty, while Xherdan Shaqiri missed out for Switzerland due to injury and Dejan Lovren is suspended for Croatia.

There have been concerns over Salah’s form so far this season, but he has already scored nine and assisted five in 17 games, and produced an outstanding performance against City.

The hope will be that he is able to use this 10-day break to recover and return to the fold against Palace.


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Injured Salah out of Egypt squad

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 18:45
Salah pictured in Cairo wearing protective boot; Liverpool next in action at Crystal Palace on November 23 By James Dale

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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has been ruled out of Egypt's upcoming matches against Kenya and Comoros with an ankle injury.

Egypt confirmed Salah's absence with pictures of the forward wearing a protective boot on his left ankle.

 Egypt FA)  Egypt FA) Mohamed Salah wearing a protective boot as he is sidelined from Egypt training (pic: Egypt FA)

Salah scored in Liverpool's 3-1 win over Manchester City on Sunday before being taken off in the 87th minute.

He has been suffering with ongoing soreness in his ankle since the win over Leicester on October 5, and had to be substituted towards the end of the 2-1 win over Tottenham two weeks ago.

Salah had indicated his desire to play for his country, the Egyptian Football Association said, but was ruled out following a meeting between the national team doctor, head coach and captain.

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He met up with the Egypt squad in Cairo on Tuesday morning and underwent tests, the EFA said in a statement.

Liverpool's next match is away to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on November 23.

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Gomez-Sterling row & Robertson injury concern – Tuesday’s Liverpool FC News

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 17:00

Liverpool’s first team have departed on international duty, but if anything they’ve been in the news even more on Tuesday – on both sides of the border.


There’s a lot to be said for composure

Winning the game wasn’t enough. Going nine points clear of Man City, and eight clear at the top, wasn’t enough.

Those mean old folks at Liverpool had to keep rubbing City’s noses in it, didn’t they? On the net, no doubt in the streets, and definitely on international duty with England – where Raheem Sterling has almost been binned from the squad for all-but-attacking Joe Gomez.

The City man has apologised, but won’t be in England’s squad for Thursday’s match, for his part in the row with Gomez who suffered a cut to the face.

There’s no doubt Liverpool got under the City players’ collective skin at the weekend and, on a wider note, is that a specific improvement under Jurgen Klopp?

Early worries against Palace

 Liverpool's Andy Robertson during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group E match between KRC Genk and Liverpool FC. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

It’s getting difficult to know exactly who is the player we’d least like to be without for any particular fixture, these days.

Yes, we want Virgil in…and Mane…and Fabinho and Alisson and Bobby…oh, and we can’t be without those full-backs, either.

Well, we might be against Palace. Andy Robertson is out of Scotland’s utterly pointless qualifiers-they-can’t-qualify-with, which initially sounded like a significantly impressive case of cannotbearseditis.

But as it turns out there’s an ankle injury for the Scottish skipper.

James Milner might be turned to, then, when we face Roy Hodgson and his merry men in two weeks’ time.

Harvey Elliott is also out and there are concerns over Mo Salah‘s own ankle, too.

As they head off around the world…

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Two or three injuries to worry about already, then, but there are plenty more Reds in action over the coming couple of weeks.

European qualifiers, friendlies in far-flung places and a whole load of youth prospects are in action – and we’ve got everything you need to track the progress of every Liverpool player.

Quickfire LFC news

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Around the Prem

 Arsenal's manager Unai Emery during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Arsenal boss Unai Emery is not having a good evening, with the news that he has six games to save his job (FourFourTwo)
  • Man City will react to dropping to fourth place by going on another £100 million spending spree in January (Mail Online)
  • Blue Sh- sorry, Everton, striker Moise Keane was left out of their weekend game for disciplinary reasons, not for playing terribly (Echo)
  • And a photo has emerged detailing how much Chelsea players will be fined if they break squad rules, including being late for training (£20,000), missing community duties (£5,000), being late for meetings (£500 per minute) and more (football.london)
Stupid story of the day

Remember the rumour from yesterday suggesting the Reds were interested in Ryan Fraser? Well, the Express have run a “how Liverpool would line up if they sign Fraser” piece.

Now, we know what you’re thinking: exactly the same as we did at the weekend, because there’s not a chance in hell he makes our XI. But no, they’ve gone for something rather different – Klopp dropping a midfielder to accommodate him as a No. 10.

Right. Can definitely see that happening, then.

Tweet of the day

"Pep Guardiola is coming!" ?

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— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 12, 2019

What we’re reading

Leicester are lighting up the Premier League and the Independent‘s Vithushan Ehantharajah has taken a look at Jamie Vardy’s changed approach.

Worth watching tonight

Czech Republic take on England in a Women’s international friendly at 7:15pm.

Would-be Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi, on loan at Mainz, is playing for Nigeria U23s at 6pm.

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Matteo Ritaccio signs first professional contract with Liverpool FC

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 16:59

Matteo Ritaccio has signed his first professional contract with Liverpool FC.

The midfielder, who turned 18 last month, is a member of Barry Lewtas’ U18s squad.

New York-born, Ritaccio arrived at the Academy in the summer of 2018 from BW Gottschee in his home city.

He had first been spotted by the Reds as a 13-year-old at a training camp for the US national team, though he also holds an Italian passport.

A tough-tackling and exciting player, Ritaccio started the season in fine form for the U18s but his momentum was brought to a halt by a leg injury.

Now well into his rehabilitation at the Academy in Kirkby, he is expected to return to action early in the new year.

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