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Anfield Index.com - Sun, 19/08/2018 - 02:01
The Details

Venue – Selhurst Park, London

Referee – Michael Oliver

Date & Time – Monday, August 20th @ 20:00

Current Odds – Crystal Palace 6/1, Draw 15/4, Liverpool 2/5

Form Crystal Palace Form

A quick look at the form stats below shows that Crystal Palace are the form team in the Premier League when taking the run-in at the end of last season into consideration. Roy Hodson’s team got off to a great start in their mini-London derby with Fulham at Craven Cottage last Saturday. Wilfried Zaha was on the scoresheet and today we had the news that the skilful attacker has signed a new contract extension with The Eagles. Life is pretty good for Crystal Palace fans at the moment and they will be dreaming of a top-half finish this season to improve on last season’s already-impressive 11th position.

Liverpool Form

Liverpool once again made their Premier League opponents sit up and take notice with a fantastic opening-weekend victory over West Ham at Anfield last Sunday. There has been a bit of a media frenzy about The Reds in the days since then and Jurgen Klopp must get his team to focus on maintaining their form and not letting the attention get to their heads. If Liverpool perform like the current squad is capable of for the rest of the season then we’re in for a hell of a journey. The season and the team’s exploits at home and in Europe will bring pressure, however. Dealing with that must be top of the agenda for Klopp and his team. It’s vital not to let Manchester City get ahead early on like they did last season. Three points at Selhurst Park would be a fantastic statement from Liverpool.

Team News Crystal Palace Team News

Significant Incomings: Max Meyer, Cheikhou Kouyate, Jordan Ayew (loan)

Significant Outgoings: Yohan Cabaye

Scott Dann and Conor Wickham are both out due to injury while new signing, Max Meyer, is also a doubt but will face a late fitness test in his race to be fit. Early-season team predictions are tough so I’ve played it safe and said that Hodgson will stick with the eleven that served him so well at Fulham last Saturday.

The benefits of having Jeffrey Schlupp on the left of midfield is that he will be no stranger to defensive duties and he will be able to help Patrick van Aanholt out at the back who is up against Mohamed Salah.

Liverpool Team News

Injuries have ruled out Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to miss out on the bulk of the season so it will be next summer before we see The Ox in a red jersey again.

I’ve gone for the same eleven again for The Reds as there were no glaring problems with the team that won convincingly against West Ham. Maybe Jordan Henderson might get the nod ahead of Gini Wijnaldum at the base of the midfield, or the club captain might even replace James Milner further up the park but the rest of the team should be the same. Fabinho should be prepared for a place on the bench again. I’d expect his first start to be Saturday week when Brighton visit Anfield.

Predicted XIs

Crystal Palace XI (4-4-2) – Hennessey; Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt; Townsend, Milivojevic(c), McArthur, Schlupp; Benteke, Zaha

Liverpool XI (4-3-3) – Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Milner(c), Keita; Salah, Firmino, Mané

When they last met

Up until last August, Crystal Palace had a bit of a hex over The Reds when it came to their games at Anfield – winning three visits in a row. Liverpool, however, did beat The Eagles 1-0 at home last season and have actually won on their last four visits to Selhurst Park (2-1 three times and a 4-2 victory). Expect goals on Monday!

Prediction

Crystal Palace 1 – 3 Liverpool

Palace have been in great form and are by no means an easy three points for anyone, these days. Yet, I think this Liverpool team is on a mission and have hit the ground running. There were no early-season cobwebs on display at Anfield against West Ham and I think The Reds will have far too much firepower for Hodgson and co on Monday night. Back Liverpool -1 🙂

** Please note – “xGA” in the Form Stats tables symbolises “expected goals against” **

**All xG stats courtesy of Understat.com

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Liverpool’s excellent business continues with reported plans for Andy Robertson

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 19/08/2018 - 00:02

Liverpool are reportedly planning talks with Andy Robertson over an improved contract, which would double the left-back’s current wage.


Robertson has established himself as a key figure on Merseyside since his £8 million move from Hull City last summer, taking a considerable step up.

Despite impressing at the KC Stadium, his move remained a calculated gamble for Liverpool, and after a slow start this has certainly paid off.

The 24-year-old is now one of the standout full-backs in the Premier League, and played a pivotal role in last season’s dramatic run to the Champions League final.

He was Jurgen Klopp‘s top assist-maker in pre-season, with four, and laid on Mohamed Salah‘s opener in the 4-0 victory over West Ham last weekend.

Now, his fine form is set to be rewarded, according to the Mirror, who claim he is in line for a new deal that would “see him pocket more than £60,000 a week.”

The Scot still has three years remaining on his existing terms, but the club are seemingly eager to tie him down for the long term to avoid a possible departure.

Liverpool are said to be “confident terms will be tied up quickly,” which would be another major boost after a summer that heralded some excellent business.

 Liverpool's Andy Robertson celebrates scoring the fourth goal, his first for the club, with team-mates Dejan Lovren and Trent Alexander-Arnold during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 4-0 and finished the season 4th. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The signings of Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri have significant bolstered Klopp’s squad, while both Mohamed Salah and Rhian Brewster have signed new contracts.

Roberto Firmino put pen to paper on an extended deal in April, and Sadio Mane is expected to do similar in the coming weeks.

After addressing the deficiencies in Klopp’s starting lineup ahead of 2018/19, the Reds would be sensible in securing the futures of those already key to their success.

Though £60,000 a week seems relatively low for a regular first-team player at Liverpool, with Salah, Firmino and Virgil van Dijk earning more than double that, it does reflect Robertson’s low profile.

If the Mirror are to be believed, this would be another brilliant move by the club.

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Flexible Fabinho a prime example of Liverpool’s evolving transfer strategy

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 18/08/2018 - 21:00

Though he primarily fills a specialist role in the Liverpool squad, Fabinho‘s tactical flexibility will have been key to his £39 million move.


The Reds’ covert move for Fabinho, two days after their defeat in the Champions League final, was a major boost to supporters for one key factor.

Not since Javier Mascherano’s departure to Barcelona in 2010 had Liverpool been able to call upon a reliable, top-level defensive midfielder.

The years following El Jefecito’s exit saw Christian Poulsen, Jay Spearing, Lucas Leiva, an ageing Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson recycle duties in the role, to varying degrees of success.

For a club whose modern-era successes were built upon a solid backbone in the middle of the park—before Mascherano, it was Didi Hamann—this was a clear deficiency needing attention.

 Liverpool's Fabinho during a preseason friendly match between Chester FC and Liverpool FC at the Deva Stadium. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Fabinho‘s outstanding form for Monaco makes him, at just 24, one of world football’s standout talents in the deep-lying role, and arguably ensures the fee paid to sign him is already a bargain.

Throughout the majority of pre-season, Fabinho took up duties in his favoured position for Liverpool, but in the final friendly of the summer he made a shift that amplified his worth.

Taking over at centre-back after the break in the Reds’ 3-1 victory over Torino at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp‘s plans for the Brazilian unfolded further.

And with Ragnar Klavan leaving after the end of the English transfer window, the manager made a point to mention Fabinho among his options at the heart of defence for the campaign ahead.

“We have [Matip], Dejan [though he is] still injured, Nat Phillips and, if we need, Fabinho can play in the position as well,” he explained of his options beyond Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.

Klopp’s decision to sanction Klavan’s £2 million move to Cagliari was arguably as informed by his belief in the developing Phillips as it was Fabinho‘s versatility.

 Liverpool's Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' during a preseason friendly match between Tranmere Rovers FC and Liverpool FC at Prenton Park. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Hours later, Liverpool’s new No. 3 was restored to the Brazil squad for the September international break—but this time, he was characterised as a full-back.

A natural defensive midfielder, well-versed in the role of right-back and considered a viable option at centre-back—plus a variety of other roles in midfield—the signing of Fabinho follows a telling trend in the Reds’ recruitment.

Like Naby Keita—who played both as a No. 8 and a left winger on his debut against West Ham last weekend—and Xherdan Shaqiri—who Klopp envisages playing out wide, in the No. 10 and the No. 8—Fabinho arrives to not only play a key role, but to provide Liverpool with genuine depth.

He is likely to operate predominantly as a No. 6, but if required he could cover for Trent Alexander-Arnold and Nathaniel Clyne at right-back.

He could replace Matip, Lovren or Van Dijk at centre-back; and he could feasibly even fulfil the knitting duties of Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner elsewhere in midfield.

 Liverpool's Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' and manager J¸rgen Klopp during the preseason friendly match between Liverpool FC and Torino FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Fabinho‘s arrival helps facilitate Gomez’s move into his natural role at the back, as well as liberating Henderson from the engine room, providing Klopp with another industrious option further forward.

“[Henderson] can still play as the eight or we could play some games with a double six, Fabinho could play the eight or whatever, that’s all possible,” the manager told the Liverpool Echo.

“If things were fixed with just one lineup and all the others were only needed when the rest are ill that would be the wrong way and we’d have no chance.”

The Sao Paulo native, like both Keita and Shaqiri, aids the manager in building a malleable, interchangeable squad.

 Liverpool's Stewart Downing celebrates scoring his first goal for the club, his side's fifth against Oldham Athletic with team-mate Andy Carroll during the FA Cup 3rd Round match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Gone are the days of signing a big No. 9 and specialist wingers to provide the crosses, with Henderson the only survivor from Kenny Dalglish’s back-to-basics reign, and himself in a role indistinguishable from his early beginnings at Anfield.

In fact, Klopp deliberately overlooked suggestions Liverpool needed another out-and-out No. 9 this summer, instead putting faith in Rhian Brewster, who is studying Roberto Firmino as his blueprint.

Bar Lovren, Van Dijk and perhaps Andy Robertson—with Klopp describing the Scot last August as a “specialist” left-back—every outfielder in the current squad can play at least one other position or role.

For example, Alexander-Arnold has found a home at right-back, but has turned out in midfield; Wijnaldum has played as a No. 6, No. 8, No. 10, out wide and even at centre-back.

This is far from a revolutionary approach, but it is essential to Liverpool’s DNA under Klopp.

 Liverpool's James Milner during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It is the reason behind James Milner‘s longevity and, at the other end of the scale, the prominent role both Curtis Jones (17) and Rafa Camacho (18) played throughout pre-season.

“We have enough players, now we have to see who fits which opponent best, then make the lineup,” the manager explained when assessing his centre-back options, with this applicable squad-wide.

While the Reds nominally line up in a 4-3-3, this can be interpreted as a number of different systems when looking down from the stands—3-4-1-2, 4-2-3-1, 4-4-2—while any of Firmino, Mo Salah or Sadio Mane could be seen as the centre-forward at any given time.

Klopp himself described Mane as a “very offensive midfield player,” such is the ambiguity of a player’s role within his tactically flexible unit.

 Liverpool's Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' during the pre-match warm-up before the preseason friendly match between Liverpool FC and Torino FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The same can be said of Klopp’s interchanging midfield, with Fabinho able to rotate roles with the likes of Keita and Wijnaldum, despite starting the game between the centre-backs.

He may take time to adjust, largely due to his ability—and the demand—to play a variety of roles.

But when he settles Fabinho can be expected to thrive, and give Liverpool another dimension.

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LFC Women v Manchester United - important information

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 18/08/2018 - 19:15
Supporters planning to attend Liverpool FC Women's match against Manchester United Women on Sunday should be aware of roadworks in Liverpool city centre.
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LFC Women v Manchester United - important information

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 18/08/2018 - 19:15

Supporters planning to attend Liverpool FC Women's match against Manchester United Women on Sunday should be aware of roadworks in Liverpool city centre.

The Continental Tyres Cup tie is set for a 2pm BST kick-off at Prenton Park.

Road closures will be in place due to the Red Bull Drift Shifters event taking place in the city during the day.

Northbound and southbound sides of The Strand - and adjoining roads - will be closed until 6am on Monday August 20 and clearly signed traffic diversion routes will be put in place.

Pedestrian access will be maintained to businesses and residents via the clearly signed pedestrian diversion routes.

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Klopp’s message to squad & Milner’s aims – Saturday’s Liverpool FC News & Rumour Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 18/08/2018 - 18:00

We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Saturday, as Jurgen Klopp oversees the final preparations for the trip to Crystal Palace.


Main HeadlinesKlopp Delivers Encouragement to Squad Ranks

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp watches the pre-match warm-up before the preseason friendly match between Liverpool FC and Torino FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With under two weeks left until the transfer window closes across the majority of Europe, Liverpool still have a host of peripheral players on their books.

The likes of Simon Mignolet, Marko Grujic, Sheyi Ojo, Lazar Markovic, Divock Origi and Dominic Solanke are unlikely to play regularly this season, and should be moved on before September 1.

But Klopp has stressed that if they remain on Merseyside for the first half of the season, he will expect them to push for a place in the squad:

“Whatever happens on August 31—I think that is the last [day]—there will be a specific point where it is clear that is the squad for the next four months until January.

“Who cannot be happy in these four months being part of the squad at Liverpool? I cannot help.

“What I can do is say everyone who trains to his highest level has a big chance to be an important part of the team and to stay in the team.

“There are more difficult things in life than not being in a match squad for a day. There are much more difficult problems in the world.

“You always have a chance to change the situation when you are part of the squad.”

This also serves as encouragement for those still considered an integral part of the squad but are currently on the fringes, such as Loris Karius and Alberto Moreno, as well as Klopp’s young hopefuls.

Milner Feeling Vital in 17th Season

 Liverpool's James Milner during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

James Milner produced an excellent performance in the Reds’ 4-0 thrashing of West Ham, and this comes—with Ragnar Klavan leaving the club on Friday—as the oldest player in the squad.

At 32, however, the midfielder is still feeling as vital as ever, and speaking to Premier League Productions insisted he is eager to play every game if possible—and help to bring silverware back to Anfield:

“I think I missed one game last year through injury and that was the last [league] game of the season. The body is definitely holding up.

“I feel very good and very fit—I want to play every single game. Obviously that’s not going to happen, I’m sure, and you need to rotate to be successful with the amount of games we have.

“And with the quality that’s in the squad, I’m sure that’s going to happen.

“But as long as I’m performing every time I step onto the field and making it as difficult as possible for the manager to leave me out of the side, I can’t do any more than that.

“The biggest thing for me is that I want to be successful at Liverpool: to win trophies and for me to be a part of that and contribute to that.”

Milner could keep his place in the side for Monday’s clash with Palace, though Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana will all be pushing for a start.

Klavan on Alisson, Lucas & Salah’s Influence on Move

 Liverpool's Ragnar Klavan during a preseason friendly match between Blackburn Rovers FC and Liverpool FC at Ewood Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klavan’s £2 million move to Cagliari came as something of surprise, but with the manager putting his faith in Liverpool’s youngsters it should be seen as a sensible decision.

After spells in Estonia, Norway, the Netherlands, Germany and England, the 32-year-old is embarking on a new challenge in Italy.

And speaking to Sky Sport Italia on Friday, he explained how Alisson, Lucas Leiva and Mohamed Salah all played a part in convincing him Serie A was the right step:

“[Darjo] Srna advised me to come here, as I talked to him via Dejan Lovren.

“Other Liverpool team-mates like Alisson, Salah and Lucas Leiva all spoke highly of Serie A.

“I’m certain we’ll do great things here and I am really fired up. The city is wonderful and so are the fans, I can’t wait to get started.”

It’s disappointing to see him leave, but Klavan clearly deserves regular first-team football.

Adekanye’s Route to the First Team

 Liverpool's Bobby Adekanye celebrates scoring the first goal during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Liverpool U23s were held to a 1-1 draw by 10-man Tottenham on their first home game of the season on Friday, with Adam Lewis missing an early penalty to compound the young Reds’ frustration.

There were elements of positivity to take from the Anfield stalemate, however, most notably Bobby Adekanye’s brilliant display on the right flank, with the Dutchman scoring for the hosts.

For U23s manager Neil Critchley, this was vindication for his selection, and the 39-year-old told the Liverpool Echo how Adekanye can continue to impress higher up:

“I thought he was the best attacker on the pitch by a long, long way. He deserved to go home with the match ball, actually. I thought he was outstanding.

“Just his finishing, that little bit of end product [was missing]. But if you took him out of our team tonight, he’d have been a huge, huge miss for us.

“He was absolutely terrific, and if anybody deserved a bit of luck when he was through in the 88th minute, then it was him because I thought he was our best player on the night.

“For all his ability in beating people one-on-one and getting into good positions, he has to now add numbers and assists and goals to his game.

“If he can do that then people will really start to take notice of him.”

Still only 19, Adekanye could harbour hopes of breaking through under Klopp—and as the U23s’ only genuine wide threat he can aim to keep the spotlight on him in 2018/19.

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Meet the Liverpool FC Women squad for 2018-19

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 18/08/2018 - 17:23
Liverpool FC Women start their new season on Sunday when they host Manchester United Women in the Continental Tyres Cup.
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Meet the Liverpool FC Women squad for 2018-19

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 18/08/2018 - 17:23

Liverpool FC Women start their new season on Sunday when they host Manchester United Women in the Continental Tyres Cup.

With Neil Redfearn now at the helm and after a busy summer of transfer business, it is a new-look squad for the campaign ahead.

Here, courtesy of the official Liverpool FC magazine, the Women's boss gives us the lowdown on his players...

Goalkeepers

No.1 - Anke Preuss

Age: 25
Nationality: German
Former club: Sunderland

"Anke is a top-class goalkeeper who has proven her qualities in the FA WSL 1 with Sunderland Ladies over the past two seasons. She is an excellent shot-stopper as well as being very good with her distribution, so she will suit our style of play perfectly as we look to play out from the back."

No.23 - Becky Flaherty

Age: 20
Nationality: Scottish
Former club: Hibernian

"A young player who has come through the development process. She's got good ability, and I think it will be good that she gets to work with Chris Kirkland, which will be important in her development. We've brought in a good 'keeper in Anke Preuss so she's got good competition there and I think Becky's at a point now where we can really try and bring her on."

No.18 - Fran Kitching

Age: 20
Nationality: English
Former club: Sheffield United

"We want strong competition for that No.1 spot and Fran brings that. She's an outstanding young 'keeper with her whole career in front of her. It's important that there's competition all over the pitch for places because we want to be competitive and we want to be at the right end of the table. Fortunately for us, I think we've got the best goalkeeping coach in women's football in Chris Kirkland. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge and he's a great people person who the girls love training with and he'll help Anke, Becky and Fran."

Defenders

No.44 - Satara Murray

Age: 25
Nationality: American
Former club: Washington Spirit

"Athletically she is unbelievable and she has good technique. Her game understanding is good. I want to try to open her mind up to different roles and positions because her assets suggest she can do other things, so I'm really looking forward to working with Sats."

No.2 - Jasmine Matthews

Age: 25
Nationality: English
Former club: Bristol City

"Jasmine is a real leader who I believe will play a key part for us next season. Jasmine's versatility was another bonus for us as she is equally as comfortable playing in midfield as she is in defence."

No.12 - Leandra Little

Age: 33
Nationality: English
Former club: Doncaster Rovers

"This is a really important signing for the club. Having worked with Leandra last season, she is a real leader as well as being a top-quality defender with huge experience. Leandra will also be a massive influence in the dressing room this season and will play a key role in helping us to create a positive environment on and off the pitch as we begin a new era for the club. We will dual up Leandra's role as a player. She ran the dressing room at Doncaster Belles to an unbelievable effect and it played a big part in us winning the championship last season and being successful, so I know that she'll do that properly. She was organising people day one and I know she's the right type for us."

No.6 - Sophie Bradley-Auckland

Age: 28
Nationality: English
Former club: Doncaster Rovers

"Another great acquisition for the club. She was immense for Doncaster Belles last season and also has the experience of having played WSL1 football before, as well as representing England at senior level. Sophie is a very composed defender who is extremely confident on the ball and I'm sure she that will become a real fans' favourite with the Liverpool FC Women supporters."

No.4 - Rhiannon Roberts

Age: 27
Nationality: Welsh
Former club: Doncaster Rovers

"Rhiannon played an invaluable role for Doncaster Rovers last season as well as also proving her qualities with Wales in their Women's World Cup qualifying campaign. She is an excellent defender who also has a real presence in the backline and I have no doubt that she will be a key player for Liverpool FC Women next season."

No.3 - Leighanne Robe

Age: 24
Nationality: English
Former club: Millwall Lionesses

"Leighanne is a quality defender who is also a real leader. She is a tough-tackling defender who is capable of playing at full-back so gives us more options in defence. A few other clubs in FA WSL1 were looking at signing Leighanne so we are delighted that she has put confidence in our plans for the future."

Midfielders

No.8 - Laura Coombs

Age: 27
Nationality: English
Former club: Chelsea

"For me, she is a perfect pro. She trains like she plays and her attitude in training is infectious on other people and these are the type of people and footballers that you want around your club. She's not a minute's bother but sometimes when somebody's got such a great attitude, you can look past the fact that they're technically really gifted, as Laura is, so we're lucky to have her."

No.5 - Niamh Fahey

Age: 30
Nationality: Irish
Former club: Bordeaux

"This is a really important signing for the club as Niamh is a top-class footballer. She has won a number of trophies during her spells with Arsenal Women and Chelsea Women so her experience will be vital for us this season. I am really looking forward to working alongside Niamh."

No.19 - Amy Rodgers

Age: 18
Nationality: English
Former club: N/A

"Amy's done very well since I came in. She's had a meteoric rise really with the England age group teams and so on, Again, the bits I've seen in training suggest she's an exceptional talent with great ability and another one with a fantastic attitude who I think is revelling in the new environment."

No.10 - Christie Murray

Age: 28
Nationality: Scottish
Former club: Doncaster Rovers

"Another really important signing for the club. She is a real goal threat as well as being technically excellent, so will add some creativity to the team. A dead-ball specialist. She also has the experience of playing in WSL1 before with Arsenal Women and Bristol City Women so I am confident that Christie will hit the ground running and become a real asset."

Forwards

No.7 - Jess Clarke

Age: 29
Nationality: English
Former club: Notts County

"She's a fantastic player who has been on the scene now for a long time. I think if we can get Jess in the right place, and I'm sure we can, then we've got a real top player and she's somebody that I'm going to lean on heavily next season."

No.17 - Niamh Charles

Age: 19
Nationality: English
Former club: N/A

"What a talent. Wow! For such a young player she has such a mature outlook too. I'm really looking forward to working with Niamh. We're fortunate that we've got so many talented young players at the club and obviously my background is all about developing young players and giving them an opportunity so I'll do my all to get the best out of them."

No.36 - Ashley Hodson

Age: 23
Nationality: English
Former club: N/A

"She's injured at the minute but I've had two or three good chats with Ash and she's desperate to get back and get fit. Her rehab's going really well and she's a long way ahead of schedule so hopefully she'll be back sooner rather than later and we can develop her. She's so determined and I just know that when she comes back we can get her in a good place."

No.11 - Yana Daniels

Age: 26
Nationality: Belgian
Former club: Bristol City

"Yana will give us more options in the final third and I am really confident that she will become a real fans' favourite. She is a hard-working winger whose versatility to also play up front gives us far more attacking options as we look to add more goals to the team."

No.9 - Courtney Sweetman-Kirk

Age: 27
Nationality: English
Former club: Everton

"Courtney is a proven goalscorer who will offer us a real goal threat for the new season. Courtney finished as Everton Ladies' top scorer last season as well as finishing FA WSL 2 top scorer the year before, which highlights what a quality striker she is."

No.20 - Rinsola Babajide

Age: 20
Nationality: English
Former club: Watford

"A fantastic talent with blistering pace. She's unbelievably quick and again I'd like to open her mind to different things. We know she can play wide right and wide left, where she can come in off her right foot, but I'd like to look at her a little bit more centrally and see if she can affect things a little bit more. Again she is someone with great ability to get at opponents. She goes past players like they're not there but it's just about adding armoury to her game, such as her end product, and thinking more about her goal output. We'll get these weapons in her armoury and I think she'll be a real asset for us next season."

No.24 - Kirsty Linnett

Age: 24
Nationality: English
Former club: Reading

"Ideally I wanted four strikers for two spots because you've got to be able to change things from the bench at times. I think if you've got good competition there you can have a plan B and plan C when you are going after teams, and that's usually at the top end of the pitch so I think it's really important that we brought Kirsty in. She's another one that's got good experience at this level. She was fantastic at Birmingham City and did well at Reading, she knows where the back of the net is and she's a good girl too. She fits in with our philosophy of bringing in good people that want to get better."

Coaching staff

Chris Kirkland - goalkeeper coach

"Chris is an unbelievable appointment for the club. He's got history at Liverpool Football Club and had a fantastic career. He was an international goalkeeper and he's a real infectious character round the building. I'm really fortunate to have him and he will be important in helping the girls progress."

Vicky Jepson - first-team coach

"Vicky used to be manager of the development squad. I did my background at the club and spoke to a lot of people who work at the FA and there's no doubt that Vicky is an outstanding coach. I also think it’s important that we get the balance right between men and women on the staff."

Alan Jordan - strength and conditioning coach

"I've kept Alan on from the existing staff. He's very thorough and very meticulous about his conditioning programmes and he's a really good kid too."

Jordan Whelan - analyst

"It's the same situation with Jordan as with Alan. He's really helpful, really knowledgeable and a great analyst. What you need to do with young guys like Alan and Jordan is give them that little bit of scope and I think they'll revel in it. I'm really happy with my backroom staff."

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Wolfsburg striker still dreaming of Liverpool move

HEAD NEWS - Sat, 18/08/2018 - 16:12

Wolfsburg striker Wout Weghorst believes a "dream" move to Liverpool will become a reality if he keeps up his hard work.

The 26-year-old has had an excellent 2018, making his first appearances for Netherlands national team and making a summer move to the Bundesliga after an excellent season at AZ, scoring 18 times in 31 Eredivisie appearances.

And the forward hopes his rise continues from here and that his determination and work rate take him to an even higher level.

"I've dreamt of [playing for Liverpool] since childhood," he told De Telegraaf. "If I continue to train with full commitment, I think that opportunity will come.

"Of course, something like that depends on several factors. You have to stay fit and a coach and club must see it in you, but apart from that you can create many things in life for yourself."

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Wolfsburg striker still dreaming of Liverpool move

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 18/08/2018 - 16:12
Wolfsburg striker Wout Weghorst believes a "dream" move to Liverpool will become a reality if he keeps up his hard work.
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Wolfsburg striker still dreaming of Liverpool move

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 18/08/2018 - 16:12

Wolfsburg striker Wout Weghorst believes a "dream" move to Liverpool will become a reality if he keeps up his hard work.

The 26-year-old has had an excellent 2018, making his first appearances for Netherlands national team and making a summer move to the Bundesliga after an excellent season at AZ, scoring 18 times in 31 Eredivisie appearances.

And the forward hopes his rise continues from here and that his determination and work rate take him to an even higher level.

"I've dreamt of [playing for Liverpool] since childhood," he told De Telegraaf. "If I continue to train with full commitment, I think that opportunity will come.

"Of course, something like that depends on several factors. You have to stay fit and a coach and club must see it in you, but apart from that you can create many things in life for yourself."

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Klopp: Why I was relieved about West Ham win

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 18/08/2018 - 15:55
Jürgen Klopp's chief emotion after the season-opening win against West Ham United was relief that the preceding six weeks of hard work had paid off.
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Klopp: Why I was relieved about West Ham win

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 18/08/2018 - 15:55

Jürgen Klopp's chief emotion after the season-opening win against West Ham United was relief that the preceding six weeks of hard work had paid off.

Liverpool rose to the occasion at Anfield last Sunday with a comprehensive 4-0 victory secured through Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane (two) and Daniel Sturridge.

That the performance looked like a seamless continuation from the form of the previous campaign was a result of the intensity of their pre-season preparations – and the aspect that most pleased the manager.

“The feeling I had was not pride, I was relieved,” Klopp told Sky Sports after being presented with the League Managers Association’s Performance of the Week award.

“Because in pre-season you think a lot about all the things you want to do and the sessions you want to have, and there’s always a point – one or two weeks before the season starts – when you think: ‘Did I miss something?’

“Even after being in the job for 17 or 18 years, you think: ‘Did we do that and did we do that?’ Then it’s: ‘Yes, we did. If not, we can do it again.’

“It’s a lot of sessions and at one point you need to deliver – that’s the first game. We all know we don’t prepare [only] the first game but of course the first game as well. That means we need to be ready in that game as well and we were ready.

“I’m really happy that the players showed we didn’t meet 10 minutes before the game. They showed we had a pre-season together and I loved that.”

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Match report: U18s beaten by United in eventful clash

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 18/08/2018 - 15:15
Liverpool U18s' first home game of the season ended in a 3-1 defeat by Manchester United at the Academy on Saturday.
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'Danny deserves this opportunity'

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 18/08/2018 - 12:25
There were bittersweet emotions for Joe Gomez when the news of Danny Ings' switch to Southampton was confirmed last week.
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Ian Rush and nine more players who returned to the Reds

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 18/08/2018 - 12:00
Thirty years ago today, Ian Rush re-signed for Liverpool after spending the 1987-88 season with Juventus in Italy's Serie A.
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Milner: I have to make it difficult to leave me out

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 18/08/2018 - 10:29
James Milner knows he won't play every single game this season but the Liverpool vice-captain intends to do everything in his power to clock up as many as possible.
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Klopp: KDB injury changes nothing

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 23:50
Man City talisman De Bruyne has been ruled out for three months with a knee injury

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0:54 Jurgen Klopp feels Manchester City will cope with Kevin De Bruyne's injury Jurgen Klopp feels Manchester City will cope with Kevin De Bruyne's injury

Jurgen Klopp insists anyone thinking Kevin De Bruyne's injury levels the playing field in the Premier League is an "a**hole".

Manchester City's star man last season is out for three months with a knee injury, with Liverpool the bookies' tip to provide the biggest challenge to Pep Guardiola's side.

Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports, Klopp feels City have more than enough options to make up for the Belgian's absence, and even revealed he was desperate to sign De Bruyne while at Dortmund but was thwarted by then-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

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When asked if the injury evens the playing field, Klopp told Sky Sports: "I think somebody who thinks like that, about a situation like that, is an a**hole, to be honest. I am not like that. First of all, I wish him the absolute very best.

"I love this player, I wanted him desperately when I was at Dortmund and he was at Chelsea, but Jose didn't give him to me!

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"What a season he had, what a World Cup he played. I really feel for him. They have options of course, like they always have options, they brought in Riyad Mahrez, but they can all play in different positions.

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"Bernardo Silva can play a bit deeper, Foden can play in positions, Gundogan can play in positions.

"Nobody needs to worry about Man City and their quality, there is still a lot there. We don't look at the other teams, we really only try to make the best of our situation, and that will hopefully work."

De Bruyne, City's Player of the Year last season, had only returned to the club last week after being allowed extended time away from the squad following his involvement at the World Cup with Belgium.

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Match report: U23s held by Spurs at Anfield

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 23:07

Liverpool U23s were held to a 1-1 draw by Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Friday night.

Spurs defender Timothy Eyoma was sent off in the second minute after Glen McAuley’s goal-bound shot struck his arm, but Adam Lewis blasted the resulting penalty over the Anfield Road End crossbar.

The young Reds didn’t have to wait much longer for their early dominance to yield an opener, though, as Bobby Adekanye cut inside from the right wing and drilled home.

Neil Critchley’s side continued attacking forcefully in search of a second, only for Tottenham to level against the run of play midway through the half courtesy of Marcus Edwards.

It was a similar story after the break, too, with the hosts in command while 10-man Spurs awaited opportunities to counter.

Tottenham goalkeeper Alfie Whiteman twice denied the impressive Adekanye as Liverpool poured forward towards the Kop, while Caoimhin Kelleher also played his part at the other end by preventing Edwards from snatching a second for the visitors.

And Whiteman was on hand yet again to smother Matty Virtue’s injury-time attempt, with the young Reds having to settle for a second successive draw at the start of their Premier League 2 season.

Curtis Jones had already forced Whiteman into a save prior to the penalty award and Eyoma’s subsequent dismissal amid a frantic opening to the game.

The Spurs ‘keeper then spilled Lewis’ searching cross and the lively McAuley reacted quickest to fire goalwards, only for Eyoma to stop the striker’s effort with his arm.

Left-back Lewis stepped up but powered his spot-kick over.

Whiteman was again called into action soon after as Adekanye surged clear after latching on to Isaac Christie-Davies’ raking pass, with the Tottenham stopper winning the first round of an individual duel that would ensue throughout the contest.

However, Adekanye did beat Whiteman in the 14th minute to give Liverpool the lead their early supremacy merited.

The referee overruled his assistant’s flag as Jones’ pass had inadvertently found its way to McAuley via a deflection, and the No.9 played it wide to Adekanye. The 19-year-old took the ball onto his left foot and saw his low effort nestle in the near corner.

Only a superb last-ditch block from Jaden Brown prevented Adekanye from quickly doubling his tally, but Tottenham’s first attack of note brought about an equaliser, as Edwards drifted away from Lewis and finished past Kelleher.

Virtue’s tenacity in midfield enabled him to feed the omnipresent Adekanye as Liverpool sought to restore their lead, but the forward dragged his attempt wide.

Whiteman again foiled Adekanye early in the second period before Kelleher did brilliantly to repel Edwards during a rare foray forward from the visitors.

Liverpool continued to probe for a winner, but an inspired Whiteman kept them at bay to claim a hard-earned point for his team. 

Liverpool U23s: Kelleher, Whelan, Phillips, Johnston, Lewis, Chirivella, Christie-Davies (Coyle), Virtue, Adekanye, Jones, McAuley (Millar, 65).

Unused subs: Atherton, Masterson, Gallacher.

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Match report: U23s held by Spurs at Anfield

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Liverpool U23s were held to a 1-1 draw by Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Friday night.
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