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U18s head to army barracks as part of 2019-20 preparations

LiverpoolFC.TV - 7 hours 15 min ago

As the senior Liverpool squad prepare to head to New York for the final leg of their United States pre-season tour, Barry Lewtas' U18s are embarking on quite a different trip.

With their preparations for the 2019-20 season in full swing, the young Reds will break away from their summer routine to spend the next two days at Weeton Barracks in Lancashire.

The team are set to take part in activities designed to strengthen its unity before staying at the army camp overnight.

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"We'll get to see people pushed to their limits, I imagine," Lewtas told Liverpoolfc.com. "I don't think they know what time they're getting up in the morning yet, I don't think they've seen those hours!

"It just breaks up pre-season a little bit. We'll put the lads through their paces I think and let someone else shout at them! It's something a little bit different.

"The exercises that are planned there will be around teamwork, working together and solving problems.

"It's just about bringing the group a little bit closer and doing something different. Obviously we'll do a few little fitness exercises as well.

"It's a good opportunity for the players and staff to spend a bit of time together and do something different." 

Having returned to the Kirkby Academy from their summer breaks on July 3, the U18s have won all three of their friendlies so far this summer.

They head to Brussels on Sunday, along with the U23s, to take on Anderlecht as the start of the new campaign draws ever nearer.

"The lads work hard over pre-season and sometimes just getting off-site and doing something different is a good chance for us to mix as a group," Lewtas continued.

"We're off to Anderlecht next weekend, so we just thought this would be a nice little thing to do. Then we'll be back training and then we'll be even closer to the start of the season." 

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U18s head to army barracks as part of 2019-20 preparations

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As the senior Liverpool squad prepare to head to New York for the final leg of their United States pre-season tour, Barry Lewtas' U18s are embarking on quite a different trip.
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James Milner: Pre-season grind will benefit us when August arrives

LiverpoolFC.TV - 8 hours 15 min ago

James Milner believes the hard yards he and his Liverpool teammates are currently going through will only serve as benefit when the competitive action gets underway in August.

The Reds suffered their second loss of pre-season when they were beaten 2-1 by Sevilla in searing temperatures at the iconic Fenway Park in Boston on Sunday.

The vice-captain wants to use the successive defeats on the tour of the USA to further fuel the squad with the necessary motivation ahead of the new campaign, which kicks off next month. 

Watch: LFC 1-2 Sevilla: 90 Seconds

“It can be a good thing and I think we have to use it as a good thing," Milner told Liverpoolfc.com.

"Obviously coming on the back of the success last year and 97 points in the league, sometimes it’s easy to get complacent. 

“I’m not saying we are that, there’s a lot of changes in the team, a lot of young lads coming in and we are finding how we play with each other. 

“But back-to-back defeats, if we needed that kick there it is. It will make us strive on and go even harder if we can. 

“We know how high our standards are, so it’s early days and I wouldn’t be too worried about it. But we want to kick on and make sure we use this to drive us on. 

“It’s been a tough schedule, tough conditions but it’s all money in the bank. Dealing with conditions like this and games so close and the travelling, it will be a piece of cake when we get one game a week at the start of the season.”

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James Milner: Pre-season grind will benefit us when August arrives

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James Milner believes the hard yards he and his Liverpool teammates are currently going through will only serve as benefit when the competitive action gets underway in August.
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Absent stars, transfer calls & balancing Liverpool’s pre-season expectations & performances

ThisIsAnfield.com - 8 hours 35 min ago

A couple of defeats, another potential injury and a late-returning attack: where’s the line between pre-season results and concern for the new campaign?


It was bound to happen, really. As much as supporters like to tell themselves and each other that “pre-season doesn’t matter,” the simple fact is that nobody likes losing.

Especially not a team who only did so once in the entire league season last year, and ended as champions of Europe.

So, after back-to-back losses on the tour in America, a few confused voices are to be expected: nobody wants to outright say there’s trouble ahead, for fear of earbashing via the aforementioned ‘pre-season’ rhetoric, but at the same time it’s easier being at ease. It’s easier when we win.

Put half a dozen past a lower-league side and the kids are immense. Lose to a continental side and the problems are evident and plentiful.

The easy “simmering down” tactic is to suggest the truth is somewhere in between, but in reality it appears Liverpool have made their decisions are sticking with it, knowing a bit of a chance is being taken.

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during an open training session at Fenway Park ahead of a friendly against Seville on day five of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Not quite a gamble, even a calculated one, but a conclusion has been reached that the boss and his coaches clearly feel is fine: early problems can be absorbed, later on the squad will be good enough to thrive.

We’re not going to be at full tilt at the start of the season, that’s undeniable. Even if Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah quickly build fitness, they won’t be at maximum capacity in the early weeks in terms of cohesion and that unthinking, free-flowing rhythm.

Sadio Mane will be another week or two behind, and in the meantime we’ll have to partly make-do in attack, partly rely on those who are fitter and sharper behind them to play a more proactive, protective role.

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk (L) pours cold water down the back of Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' after a training session ahead of the friendly match against Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day three of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

For even that to happen, though, the boss knows there’s a bit more of a journey to travel in the coming couple of weeks.

“It always happens a little bit, one thing is good and the other thing is not so good.

“The high press is really good; thank God they played football, we tried, we were there, it was all good, we jumped in the right moment. The midfield press is not so good in the moment because the distances are too big between our lines, it doesn’t work really like that. [There are] different reasons for that.

“The midfield press is actually the easiest kind of press, to be honest, if you have enough organisation and enough players. That didn’t look too good, that was the moment when we gave Sevilla too much of the game after the start.”

This aspect, the understanding of the team, is a more important factor right now.

Liverpool’s defensive work last season was incredible at times: tough to break down as a unit, good individually.

A staggered return for the back four shouldn’t prove too problematic after another three friendlies, and Alisson didn’t exactly have a long bedding-in period last term, either.

 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson walk out for an open training session at Fenway Park ahead of a friendly against Seville on day five of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The goalkeeper, three of the back four and Fabinho are pretty certain starters once competitive action begins—Virgil van Dijk‘s partner, probably Joel Matip at least to start, being the slight unknown right now.

That’s the base to work from and it should be enough to avoid defeat much of the time.

Then the midfield press, the support from the second line and the actual attack make up the difference between constant wins and dropped points.

Maybe one signing, says Jurgen Klopp.

There’s still no indication as to the position or area of the team where that one might come in, but it’s the forward line which is easily in most need of boosting. If the boss is happy to go with what he’s got, so should we all be, but it’s still an assumption he’s making that Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri, Rhian Brewster or whoever else will have enough sporadic impacts straight away to offset the below-peak performance levels of the regular trio.

As hard as it is to just go with it, it must be kept in mind that results don’t matter.

 Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum during a friendly between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at Fenway Park on day six of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Dortmund game is easily quantifiable in this case: a draw, but with the Germans scoring an extra goal in the period when they had refreshed the team and the Reds gave extra minutes to fatigued players.

Not a big deal at all.

Sevilla was very different, given their incredible level of unprofessionalism and general bastard-ness in the tackle, but don’t equate the scorelines with not being good enough.

Do equate the spaces, the loss of possessions, the defensive mix-ups with that, though. Improvements there will come over the next two or three fixtures, for those regularly involved.

Training sessions will tail off in condition intensity and fitness-based approaches, too, as the competitive games get nearer, allowing for more technical and tactical work—thus, an increase in cohesion.

 Liverpool's Harry Wilson drinks water during an open training session at Fenway Park ahead of a friendly against Seville on day five of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Similarly, those filling in up front will be able to exert more speed, more explosive actions, showing off their best traits on a more consistent basis.

Then, we may see if one or two can contribute in a meaningful way once the season is up and running.

Good starts to the campaign don’t depend on these late-July scorelines. But it will in part depend on Klopp having made the right call over adding to the attack.

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Download the new LFCTV GO app now

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“This club is SO big” – Watch Klopp and Lijnders’ hilarious Champions League lookback

ThisIsAnfield.com - 9 hours 42 min ago

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Lijnders have taken a brilliant trip down memory lane, looking back on Liverpool’s Champions League triumph last season.


The Reds secured European Cup number six back in June, seeing off Tottenham to end a magical 2018/19 campaign at Anfield.

Klopp was the undoubted catalyst behind the success, sealing his greatest achievement in management and doing it without former assistant Zeljko Buvac.

Stepping in to replace ‘The Brain’ of Klopp’s operation was Lijnders, who has taken to the role magnificently, showcasing his tactical acumen.

With the dust settled after Champions League glory and the new season almost upon us, Klopp and Lijnders sat down to look back at last season’s thrilling run.

It makes for fascinating viewing, with the pair in great spirits as they dissect the action and add a comic element to proceedings.

Klopp starts off by describing the day after the Champions League final as “one of the best of my life”, which included a bit of macaroni in tomato sauce with his family.

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The importance of the second phase of set-pieces is discussed as they watch Roberto Firmino‘s winner against PSG in the group stage, as well as Alisson‘s vital late save against Napoli.

Sadio Mane‘s stunning effort away to Bayern Munich is rightly described as “unreal” by Klopp, who tips it to win Goal of the Year.

The pair admit they are huge fans of the various songs for players, from Virgil van Dijk to Gini Wijnaldum, saying the level of support from fans has improved over time.

Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s assist against Barcelona is one Klopp says he “will never forget” and re-watching the post-match rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone leaves both the German and Lijnders speechless.

Jamie Webster’s singing style is perfectly compared to Liverpool’s all-action approach to games, while Madrid hero Divock Origi is lauded for his impact.

Then it’s time to focus on the aftermath of the final win over Spurs, with “the most Bobby Firmino thing ever” highlighted, following the Brazilian’s forward roll after the final whistle.

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson celebrates victory with manager Jurgen Klopp after winning the UEFA Champions League Final at the Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid.

The calmness on show in Madrid is explained as the key behind the victory, with past experience of losing working in Liverpool’s favour.

As the duo look at the many Reds fans celebrating around the world, Klopp nails it by saying: “this club is SO big. You cannot understand how big it is”.

Finally, the incredible bus parade gets a mention, with the boss playing down his apparent drunkenness and admitting it took days for the experience to properly sink in.

The must-watch video is further proof of the safe hands that Liverpool find themselves in, with Klopp undeniably one of world football’s leading managers.

Lijnders is also clearly a special talent, though, and without his continued input the Reds would be worse off.

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Lacazette, Liverpool - Griezmann's PL picks

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Last Updated: 22/07/19 10:19am

0:25 Antoine Griezmann reveals who he admires most in the Premier League Antoine Griezmann reveals who he admires most in the Premier League

Antoine Griezmann has revealed Liverpool are his favourite Premier League club, but Alexandre Lacazette is his top-choice playing partner.

Griezmann completed his move to Barcelona this month, two years since he came close to joining Manchester United.

He admits he was "close" to a Premier League move once, but was "very comfortable" in Spain when he opted to remain at Atletico Madrid.

"I was having a lot of fun in La Liga," he told Sky Sports News. "We have one thing the Premier League does not - the sun."

His five-year deal at the Camp Nou will take the 28-year-old well into his 30s, making a move to English football unlikely.

Despite United's interest, though, Griezmann revealed the Premier League club he admires most is Liverpool - "because of the fans".

"They deserve to win the Premier League, hopefully one day they will win it again," said Griezmann.

He believes he has the "best player in the world" as a team-mate in Messi, but there is another Premier League player he would still like to link up with.

"I would love to play with [Alexandre] Lacazette," he said. "He's a friend of mine, we played together in the national team. He's an amazing player, has a lot of talent."

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Leighton Clarkson signs first professional contract with Liverpool FC

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Leighton Clarkson has signed his first professional contract with Liverpool FC.

The 17-year-old was an integral part of last season’s U18s FA Youth Cup-winning team.

Born in Lancashire, Clarkson has been at the club's Academy since the age of nine after a switch from Blackburn Rovers.

A creative player, he often acts as the anchor in midfield, where he can display an impressive range of passing, as well as showing his talent from dead-ball situations.

Clarkson made his U18s debut as an U16 player in 2017-18 and was a regular for both the U18s and U19s in the UEFA Youth League last term.

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Photos: Liverpool debut new third kit at Fenway Park

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Liverpool wore their 2019-20 New Balance third kit for the first time on Sunday evening.

The Reds debuted the stylish phantom black strip at the iconic Fenway Park in a friendly with Sevilla as part of the club's pre-season tour of the United States. 

Check out the champions of Europe sporting the jersey in the gallery below...

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Photos: Liverpool debut new third kit at Fenway Park

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Liverpool wore their 2019-20 New Balance third kit for the first time on Sunday evening.
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Gallery: 2,000 Reds attend fan event in Boston

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The European champions are in Boston and over 2,000 Liverpool supporters attended a fan event on Saturday night.

The House of Blues hosted the night that featured appearances from Ian Rush, Patrik Berger, Vladimir Smicer, Jason McAteer, The Anfield Wrap and BOSS Night's Jamie Webster.

Check out the gallery below as American Reds warmed up for Sunday's friendly with Sevilla at Fenway Park...

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Gallery: 2,000 Reds attend fan event in Boston

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The European champions are in Boston and over 2,000 Liverpool supporters attended a fan event on Saturday night.
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“Disgraceful” challenges & Reds struggling for rhythm – Media on Liverpool 1-2 Sevilla

ThisIsAnfield.com - 11 hours 3 min ago

A 2-1 loss to Sevilla saw Liverpool fall to a second successive pre-season defeat, but it was the Spaniards’ unruly challenges which dominated the headlines.


The Reds were in Boston for the second game of their US tour, and the fourth so far this pre-season, on Sunday.

The game offered Jurgen Klopp’s men an opportunity to swiftly return to winning ways after succumbing to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Borussia Dortmund two days prior.

Divock Origi scored on the cusp of half-time to put Liverpool back on equal footing after Nolito had edged the Spanish side ahead, only for Alejandro Pozo to net late on and clinch victory for Sevilla.

However, while the match provided another platform for the players to boost their fitness ahead of the new season, the encounter was marred by Sevilla’s unwarranted physicality.

Here’s how the media viewed the Reds’ performance and the events which surrounded it on a sweltering day in Boston.

Journalists were disturbed by the shocking ‘tackles’ on display from Sevilla…

 Liverpool's Yasser Larouci is taken off on a stretcher during a friendly between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at Fenway Park on day six of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There were a whole host of reckless and distasteful ‘tackles’ throughout the game where more than one warranted a red card, but Joris Gnagnon’s ‘challenge’ on Yasser Larouci rightly saw him given his marching orders.

Writing for ESPN, Melissa Reddy thought there would only be one lasting memory from the fixture, and it was not the goals or skill on show:

It will be the tackles that live long in the memory from the encounter rather than the goals.

Liverpool.com’s Kristian Walsh felt similarly having found the “challenge” on Larouci as one of “cowardice” which will mar any memory from the game:

There are no words for the cowardice of his challenge on Yasser Larouci. Larouci, 18, without a senior minute to his name.

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It is something few will forget. After a fantastic weekend, it is a shame it will be remembered in the short-term for the night everything boiled over.

 Sevilla FC's Joris Gnagnon (#24) is shown a red card and sent off during a friendly between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at Fenway Park on day six of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Likewise, the Mirror’s Chris McKenna was quick to reiterate that this was a pre-season friendly, not a “European Cup” final like Sevilla seemed to think it was:

Somebody should have told Sevilla that the outcome of this match didn’t matter.

Because, judging by the way they launched into tackles, it looked like they were playing for the European Cup.

For Dominic King, writing for the Daily Mail, it was surprising that only one player received a red card after Sevilla’s players displayed a “disgraceful” level of behaviour throughout:

The behaviour of some Sevilla players was disgraceful and it was a surprise that they only had one man sent-off.

The media lauded the performance and confidence on show from Origi…

 Liverpool's Divock Origi during a pre-season friendly match between Bradford City AFC and Liverpool FC at Valley Parade. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reds’ sole goal scorer on the day in Origi received widespread praise for his performance, where McKenna was quick to point out he is a player not short on confidence:

He looks like a player with a lot more confidence and is now going to be a vital weapon from the bench for the Reds.

The Telegraph’s Chris Bascombe is predicting the Belgian to have a hand in creating more lasting memories for the club in the season to come:

Divock Origi has looked the sharpest of all Liverpool’s strikers. In fact, he has looked as strong as anyone in any position.

[…]

The 24-year-old’s all-round game is rapidly improving, adding to his already established knack for goals.

He looks in the right shape to create plenty more memories for the club.

For This Is Anfield’s Karl Matchett, Origi’s form comes as a boost for the start of the season as Liverpool’s prolific attacking trio will likely need time to find their sharpness.

And Simon Mignolet and Dejan Lovren’s performances at Fenway Park also received praise:

It’s great to see Origi showing goalscoring form over the summer, as we’ll need him to do the same once competitive action starts, with the regular three no doubt lacking sharpness.

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Mignolet played the second half in goal, made a good double save early on and dealt well with aerial balls too.

Lovren showed a more restrained, mature performance than he has done in other pre-season games. The one mark against his name was the late winning goal, where he was caught woefully out of position against the counter-attack.

Overall, there were mixed views on the Reds’ performance due to a host of ‘mitigating’ factors…

Matchett was of the view that Liverpool had a “mixed” performance against a side which offered a completely different test to those before them:

Less possession, more tracking and running, dealing with a side very good in the air in the first half: this was a completely new test for the summer and the Reds had a mixed time of matters, in fairness.

For Doyle, the Reds need to show signs of improvement, and quickly, as the “clock is ticking” ahead of the league opener:

For a variety of reasons, not least the conditions and the absentees, the Reds aren’t really firing at present.

The step-up in class of opponent on the US tour has exposed, understandably, the difference the missing players make to the squad.

[…]

But it’s clear improvement is now required. With less than three weeks to go until the start of the Premier League season, the clock is ticking.

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during a friendly against Sevilla FC at Fenway Park on day six of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It was another “disappointing” performance for Bascombe, despite taking the heat and training twice on the eve of a match into consideration:

Performances have been disappointing, regardless of mitigating factors.

And finally, Walsh was of similar mind that the Reds were not at their best, but the result was secondary after the blow to Larouci:

In truth, they struggled to regain a rhythm after the injury interruption. After the blow to Larouci, the result really does not matter, even to 10-man Sevilla.

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'It's amazing travelling alongside the first team in the USA'

LiverpoolFC.TV - 11 hours 15 min ago

Liverpool FC Women star Jess Clarke has shared an insight into the confidence the team will take going forward from travelling on the USA tour alongside the first team.

The attacker is in line to play her first minutes of the pre-season after recovering from an injury as Vicky Jepson’s side face the Metropolitan Conference All Stars at the famous Harvard University on Monday evening.

After their opening 2-2 draw with Cleveland Ambassadors at Notre Dame on Thursday, the Reds will conclude their playing side of the tour in Boston.

Ahead of the 6pm kick-off local time in Boston, the No.7 is chomping at the bit to take her first steps on the pitch in pre-season.

"Being out with an injury, it’s always difficult watching on from the sidelines, so I’m just happy to be back with the team and hopefully I can get a few minutes under my belt," Clarke told Liverpoolfc.com.

"I can't wait for this game, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience being out here in America with Liverpool FC Women and I just can’t wait to get on the pitch and get some minutes.

"It's a change from back home and it’s really hot, but we are getting used to it and it adds to it with it being pre-season and it’s a case of working that little bit harder in these conditions.

 “If you can play as many games as you can in pre-season, it’s only going to put you in a good position. So if I can just continue to build, get the minutes under our belt and have some good performances.

“It’s amazing travelling alongside the players, even for us just having an insight into what it’s like as a male footballer and they can see what we can do as well and it’s been a great experience so far.”

During the tour the players have had the honour of travelling on one of the official Liverpool FC coaches, and for summer recruit Becky Jane, it’s an experience she is thoroughly enjoying.

“It’s crazy,” Jane told Liverpoolfc.com.

“When I first heard we were going to be coming out on tour with the men it was really good but it shows how far the women’s game has gone and it shows how much the men want to support us, so it’s really good.

“Getting the opportunity to travel on the coach was a bit of a shock but that was really nice and it’s those little touches that make us feel really welcome."

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'It's amazing travelling alongside the first team in the USA'

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Liverpool FC Women star Jess Clarke has shared an insight into the confidence the team will take going forward from travelling on the USA tour alongside the first team.
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Jepson: It will be an honour to play at Harvard University

LiverpoolFC.TV - 12 hours 15 min ago

Vicky Jepson has admitted it will be an honour for Liverpool FC Women to play at Harvard University's stadium on Monday evening when the Reds face the Metropolitan Conference All Stars.

Kick-off is scheduled for 6pm local time as the team face their final game of a hugely-successful tour of the United States.

After a training session in soaring heat at the wonderful setting of Daly Field in Boston on Monday, Jepson spoke with Liverpoolfc.com about how much the team are enjoying their experience stateside.

Read on for Jepson’s thoughts on the final tour game, playing at Harvard University and travelling to the games on one of the official team coaches…

On the opportunity to play at Harvard University…

Harvard University is a fantastic set-up in itself. It has been spoken about in movies and all sorts. The facilities are fantastic so we are looking forward to playing there. We will get another strong and competitive game, I’m sure, to tick off as our second game of pre-season.

On the players looking sharp in training despite the intense heat…

It was incredibly hot out there but I have to give credit to the players because they worked hard and got through it. All of the staff put in a shift in the heat making sure all the equipment was out there, the shade was provided for them, the water when they needed it, the wet towels around their neck, but my word it was hot.

On making a few changes to the session to help the players cope with the conditions…

You have to, especially when you are playing on turf because the heat was at another level. So you slow the session down a little bit, you have more water breaks and longer water breaks, and you make sure they are in the shade when they do that. It’s important we take care of them.

On the squad enjoying the session and looking sharp…

They do. It’s good to play on turf in a way because you know the surface is smooth and the ball is not going to bobble. It zips around quicker and it’s good for us to train on this because we are playing on it at Harvard University, so it’s just making sure that it’s what we are going to be playing on. The girls did really well today considering the heat, there were a lot of sweaty, bright-red faces, but they worked really hard and they seemed to enjoy themselves.

On the challenge of facing the Metropolitan Conference All Stars…

I can imagine they will have some talented individuals and they will be in physically good condition, so that will add a challenge to us. Just like in the first game when we played against Cleveland Ambassadors, they put a few players from around America in to strengthen the squad. So it will be a good test and that is what we want because we don’t want it to be easy.

On the return to action of Jess Clarke, who will get some minutes on Monday after injury…

I know it was hot out there but Jess was on fire in training with some of the goals she has been scoring. It’s great to see her back and we welcome her back into the team.

On the squad travelling in the USA on one of the team busses…

It’s good. We got off the plane when we arrived here in Boston and to get on Big Red 2 was fantastic! It has been fantastic and the reception that we have got from people here in Boston has been incredible. The fans have been taking pictures of the bus as we have driven past, they have been waiting for the girls to get off and then cheering them by singing, ‘We are Liverpool!’. It’s been really good to draw positive attention to what a fantastic team we have.

On getting the opportunity to cheer on Jürgen Klopp’s charges in their games during the tour…

It’s about two teams coming out here but being one club, the LFC family. It’s a great opportunity for us to feel really a part of what LFC is as a brand. To go and support them and be behind them, to go to their open training, to go on the pitch at half-time in Notre Dame was incredible for them and the reception they got from our fans out here in the USA was incredible. I’d love to see that amount of fans at our games this season at Prenton Park. It’s a different level out here I think than it is back home, but hopefully that will start to grow on the back of the success of the World Cup.

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