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Loan watch: Cup win for Randall as seven Reds feature

LiverpoolFC.TV - 1 hour 42 min ago

Seven of Liverpool's on-loan players were in action at the weekend – read our round-up of how they fared in England, Scotland and across Europe.

On Friday night, Ryan Kent was an unused substitute for Bristol City in their 0-0 stalemate with Derby County.

Taiwo Awoniyi was unable to prevent Royal Excel Mouscron from losing 2-0 on the road at Sporting Charleroi.

Marko Grujic made his debut for Cardiff City in a goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship on Saturday. The midfielder clocked up 78 minutes before being substituted.

Matty Virtue was involved for just over an hour for Notts County, who lost 2-1 in their home meeting with Exeter City.

U23s defender Corey Whelan remained on the bench for Yeovil Town’s 2-1 defeat against Chesterfield.

In the Bundesliga, Divock Origi played the whole game as Wolfsburg were beaten 3-1 at home by Eintracht Frankfurt.

Connor Randall enjoyed a memorable afternoon on Sunday as Hearts defeated Hibernian in a Scottish Cup fourth-round Edinburgh derby at Tynecastle. The home side extended their run of not conceding a goal beyond 10 hours in claiming a late 1-0 win.

In the Netherlands, Pedro Chirivella created the equalising goal for Willem II in the 1-1 Eredivisie draw with Groningen.

Allan Rodrigues de Souza helped Apollon Limassol to a 1-0 success at Aris Limassol which maintained their unbeaten record in the Cypriot top flight.

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Loan watch: Cup win for Randall as seven Reds feature

LiverpoolFC TV - 1 hour 42 min ago
Seven of Liverpool's on-loan players were in action at the weekend – read our round-up of how they fared in England, Scotland and across Europe.
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Rampant Reds set for three more points at the Liberty? – Swansea City vs. Liverpool Preview

ThisIsAnfield.com - 3 hours 9 min ago

After an eight-day break, Liverpool head to the Premier League‘s bottom-placed side Swansea City on Monday night, looking for a sixth win in a row.


Swansea City vs. Liverpool

January 22, 2018 — 8pm (GMT)
Liberty Stadium
Premier League
Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Last Sunday’s 4-3 victory over Man City was a momentous occasion for the Reds, as they ended the league leaders’ unbeaten record in stunning fashion.

The win lifted Jurgen Klopp‘s side to third in the table, and with every game that passes the more they look like the second-best team in the country.

Their current level of focus cannot afford to let up on Monday evening, however, as Klopp and his players head to struggling Swansea.

On paper, Liverpool should have far too much for their relegation-threatened opponents, but we have seen them come unstuck in these matches in the past.

There is such confidence flowing through this Reds squad, though, whether it be the energetic Andrew Robertson, reborn Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or unplayable front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

They have started finding ways to win ugly, which is crucial, and the addition of Virgil van Dijk should shore things up greatly at the back.

All of Liverpool’s rivals will have played by the time the match kicks off, so they will know exactly how the top-four battle is shaping up.

Three points are essential against a Swans side who have only actually lost once in five matches since Carlos Carvalhal took charge last month.

Dropped points would hurt.

Last Meeting: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea City

Team News

 Liverpool's new signing Virgil van Dijk, who joined from Southampton for £75m, a world record for a defender, during the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 230th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Van Dijk will start his first league game for Liverpool, and Salah and Ragnar Klavan should also recover from illness in time to be available. Dejan Lovren may struggle to be fit, though.

Jordan Henderson and Alberto Moreno are almost back in contention, and Klopp was also positive about Nathaniel Clyne‘s progress from a long-term back problem.

Joe Gomez was excellent again in his last outing, despite playing a negative role in Leroy Sane’s goal, and he should keep his place at right-back ahead of Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Joel Matip is expected to partner Van Dijk at the back, while the increasingly popular Robertson will again start at left-back.

Emre Can, Gini Wijnaldum and Oxlade-Chamberlain were all exceptional in the victory over City, so splitting them up makes little sense. James Milner and Adam Lallana are options, though.

The front three picks itself, with Klopp having no need to rest anyone at the moment.

Carvalhal has a near fully fit squad to choose from, and the hosts will be well prepared for the occasion after nine days without a match.

Last 5 at Swansea City (All Competitions)

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the first equalising goal against Swansea City during the FA Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Swansea City 1-2 Liverpool – October 1, 2016 (Fer; Firmino, Milner pen)
Swansea City 3-1 Liverpool – May 1, 2016 (A. Ayew x2, Cork; Benteke)
Swansea City 0-1 Liverpool – March 16, 2015 (Henderson)
Swansea City 2-2 Liverpool – September 16, 2013 (Shelvey, Michu; Sturridge, Moses)
Swansea City 0-0 Liverpool – November 25, 2012

Liberty Stadium

 A general view of Swansea City's Liberty Stadium as snow falls before the Football League Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg match against Chelsea. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Capacity: 20,520

Away fans’ pubs: “A lot of away fans tend to head for the Harvester and outside bars for drinks near the stadium. The Landore Social Club is cheap and welcome to away fans,” Swans supporter Kevin Elphick told us.

One piece of advice for visiting fans: “Wind Street is full of pubs and bars and is worth a visit in the city centre before heading to the stadium.”

Form

 Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Swansea City – Last five results (all competitions)

Drew 1-1 vs. Newcastle
Drew 0-0 vs. Wolves
Lost 2-0 vs. Tottenham
Won 2-1 vs. Watford
Lost 5-0 vs. Liverpool

Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)

Won 4-3 vs. Man City
Won 2-1 vs. Everton
Won 2-1 vs. Burnley
Won 2-1 vs. Leicester
Won 5-0 vs. Swansea

Did You Know?

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the fourth goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

If Salah scores against Swansea, it will be his 25th goal of the campaign.

It would mean the 25-year-old overtakes Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge‘s season-best tallies of 24 for Liverpool, in 2008/09 and 2013/14 respectively.

Klopp’s View

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Speaking at Melwood on Friday, Klopp spoke about Swansea, praising their recent improvement under Carvalhal and stressing the importance of not taking them lightly:

“They are bottom of the table, that’s how it is, but they are on a good way,” he said.

“It will be different, we have to look at other games since they changed manager.

“As a Liverpool player you can’t perform one week and then not the next. We need to do it consistently.

“There are no easy games in the Premier League and Swansea’s not easy.”

TV & Live Blog Info

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates his side's third goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The match finishes off the Premier League‘s weekend action, with coverage on Sky Sports Main Event getting started at 7pm (GMT). Kickoff is at 8pm.

Out matchday live blog gets underway at 7.15pm, with Ben Twelves bringing you plenty of interesting content before the game, and minute-by-minute updates during it.

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Iconic images: Five hundred and twenty-nine goals

LiverpoolFC TV - 3 hours 38 min ago
Throughout LFC's 125th anniversary year, Liverpoolfc.com will retrace the club's history through the striking images that plot a fascinating journey.
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Iconic images: Five hundred and twenty-nine goals

LiverpoolFC.TV - 3 hours 38 min ago

Throughout LFC's 125th anniversary year, Liverpoolfc.com will retrace the club's history through the striking images that plot a fascinating journey.

Sixteenth in the series shows two of the club’s greatest strikers basking in the glory of a trophy win that came at opposite ends of their respective careers. 

Between them, Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler scored 529 goals for Liverpool.

Five hundred and twenty-nine goals.

None of that astonishing total were scored in the game this celebratory photograph was taken after, though.

Thanks in the main to a virtuoso, two-goal display from Steve McManaman, the Reds had just defeated Bolton Wanderers 2-1 at Wembley to win the 1995 League Cup. 

The victory represented a 33-year-old Rush's 14th and final major honour as a Liverpool player, and a teenage Fowler's first.

That the duo's goal-laden careers overlapped was something Fowler was always grateful for. It was a textbook case of the apprentice being schooled by the master.

"He's done it all before and knows the ins and outs of the game," Fowler said at the time.

"I know I've been lucky. I'm learning from the best and if you don't learn from the likes of Ian, then who can you learn from?"

Partnering Rush up front, Fowler - who turned 20 exactly a week after this final - scored 31 goals across all competitions in 1994-95.

He would go on to net 36 times the following season - Rush's final term at Anfield - and then another 31 in 1996-97, after he'd inherited the No.9 shirt from his partner, tutor and mentor.

This iconic image depicts Liverpool's goalscoring past, present and future.

Click 'previous' to view the other photographs to feature in the series so far...

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Van Dijk returns in Klopp’s only change – Predicting Liverpool’s lineup vs. Swansea City

ThisIsAnfield.com - 4 hours 10 min ago

Virgil van Dijk is set for his Premier League debut for Liverpool at Swansea City, where Jurgen Klopp could stick closely to the team that beat Man City.


The Reds produced the result of the season in ending City’s dreams of an unbeaten league campaign—but the real work starts now.

Klopp’s side head to the Liberty Stadium needing to maximise the impact of that statement win and ensure none of the fine work is wasted by backing it up with a vital victory against the Swans.

Klopp will have full trust in his squad to avoid a classic case of after-the-Lord-Mayor’s-show in south Wales, and extend their superb 18-game unbeaten run.

And positively, a very strong group is available after some injury boosts, which gives Klopp a tough selection given the form displayed throughout the squad in recent months.

Team News

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Liverpool’s XI vs. The Swans

 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Swansea City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A welcome extended break to recharge after that monstrous effort against Pep Guardiola’s side means Liverpool should be able to go with the strongest possible lineup again.

Indeed, Klopp is extremely likely to keep changes to a minimum and the German’s selection seems relatively straightforward.

The excellent form of those in midfield and attack should see both units stay the same, while the solitary defensive switch decides itself after Van Dijk’s return to fitness.

The Dutchman will enter for his Reds league debut alongside Joel Matip, which would complete quite possibly Klopp’s strongest lineup—even taking absentees into consideration.

However, Klopp could make a small number of further changes to utilise the squad, keeping freshness in the team and all players ‘game ready’.

A few Reds would benefit from game time, including Trent Alexander-Arnold who hasn’t started since the New Year’s Day win at Burnley, and he could come in at right-back.

Monday’s clash also presents the ideal game for Adam Lallana to continue building match fitness and finding form, and he could replace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain purely for rotational purposes.

The likes of James Milner and Dominic Solanke will hope for a runout too, but Klopp should resist further switches to avoid disrupting the rhythm of his team’s excellent form.

It’s vital the great work produced against City is not undone by a sloppy result against the bottom club, and the Reds must stay focussed to ensure another key three points arrives.

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What's on: This week's LFC community events

LiverpoolFC TV - 4 hours 12 min ago
Check out a schedule of local community events planned by the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours teams in the coming week.
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What's on: This week's LFC community events

LiverpoolFC.TV - 4 hours 12 min ago

Check out a schedule of local community events planned by the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours teams in the coming week.

For more information on these activities and the work of the two organisations, follow @LFCFoundation and @Red_Neighbours on Twitter or visit foundation.liverpoolfc.com.

Monday January 22

Premier League Kicks session
Walton, 7pm-8pm (age 11-19)

Ability Counts sessions (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-7pm (age 8-12) and 7pm-8pm (age 13+)
Speke Community Centre, 6pm-8pm (age 11+)

Tuesday January 23

Premier League Kicks session
Toxteth Firefit Hub, 5.30pm-7.30pm (age 11-19)

Respect 4 All (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-7pm (age 8-16) and 7pm-8pm (age 17+)

Wednesday January 24

Premier League Kicks sessions
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 5pm-6pm (age 7-12) and 5pm-6pm (age 8-13, girls only)

Respect 4 All (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-7pm (age 8+)                           

Thursday January 25

Premier League Kicks sessions
Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Wavertree, 5pm-6pm (age 8-13) and 6pm-7pm (age 14-17)
Gateacre, 6pm-7pm (age 11-17)

Respect 4 All (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 7pm-8pm (age 8+)

Military Veterans
Netherton Goals, 5pm-7.30pm

Friday January 26

Premier League Kicks sessions
Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Wavertree, 6pm-8pm (age 14-19)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 7pm-9pm (age 14-19)
Croxteth Sports Centre, 6pm-8pm (age 11-17)
Wirral Hive, 6pm-7pm (age 13-17)

Respect 4 All (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-7pm (age 8-16) and 7pm-8pm (age 17+)

Red Neighbours Walking Football – over 50s
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 11am-12pm

Saturday January 27

Respect 4 All (Disability)
Woodchurch, 10.30am-11.30am (SLD Child), 11.30am-12.30pm (Ability Counts), 12.30pm-1.30pm (SLD Adults)

Sunday January 28

Military Veterans
Academy, 2pm-5pm

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Tommy Lawrence funeral details

LiverpoolFC TV - 4 hours 18 min ago
The funeral of former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence will be held at 1pm on Tuesday January 30.
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Tommy Lawrence funeral details

LiverpoolFC.TV - 4 hours 18 min ago

The funeral of former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence will be held at 1pm on Tuesday January 30.

The Scot, who made 390 appearances for the club and won three major trophies, passed away at the age of 77 earlier this month.

His funeral will take place at St Elphin’s Parish Church, Church Street, Warrington, WA1 2TL.

Supporters wishing to pay their respects to Lawrence are asked to arrive by 12.30pm.

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Match report: U23s put four past Charlton in Premier League Cup

LiverpoolFC TV - 5 hours 12 min ago
Liverpool U23s boosted their hopes of qualification to the knockout stages of the Premier League Cup with a 4-1 win over Charlton Athletic on Sunday.
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Match report: U23s put four past Charlton in Premier League Cup

LiverpoolFC.TV - 5 hours 12 min ago

Liverpool U23s boosted their hopes of qualification to the knockout stages of the Premier League Cup with a 4-1 win over Charlton Athletic on Sunday.

The young Reds controlled the Group G tie at Chester FC for long periods and took the points courtesy of Bobby Adekanye’s first-half brace and goals after the break from Toni Gomes and Harry Wilson.

Victory increased Neil Critchley’s side’s points tally to seven in the section, with trips to Bristol City and Stoke City ahead of them next month.

After the opening 10 minutes passed by with little action of note, Liverpool seized control of the game en route to going in front.

Gomes sent a header onto the outside of the left post from Adekanye’s cross before Yan Dhanda’s drive was repelled by Charlton goalkeeper Ashley Maynard-Brewer.

The ever-influential Wilson almost put one on a plate for Adekanye after completing a rapid one-two with Dhanda and sweeping the ball towards the back post, but the No.11 could not convert.

But the former Barcelona forward did break the deadlock in the 19th minute.

A similar move began with Ovie Ejaria sending a pass out to the right for Dhanda, who served a fine assist across the area for Adekanye to make amends from close range.

Herbie Kane blasted a brilliant effort from 25 yards that was destined for the top corner until Maynard-Brewer clawed it clear, while Brandon Hanlan reminded the Reds that their lead was slender when he ran through and swerved a curler just off target.

But the cushion Liverpool deserved was reflected in the scoreline on 39 minutes.

Kane picked out Adekanye with an excellent diagonal delivery from outside the box and the winger met the cross with a coolly-taken header back past the ‘keeper into the bottom corner.

Maynard-Brewer was at full stretch to palm out another angled Dhanda effort in the closing stages of the first half – and there was still time for the visitors to halve their deficit in stoppage-time.

Charlton stole possession at the edge of the Liverpool area and Louis-Michel Yamfam sped into shooting territory and dragged a finish beyond Caoimhin Kelleher.

Any hopes the young Addicks had of mounting a comeback were put to bed when the Reds grabbed a quickfire double early in the second half, however.

Wilson’s hard pressing in the opposition half forced an error that allowed Kane to lure out the ‘keeper and roll the ball square to Gomes for a straightforward strike into an open net.

And on 53 minutes it was four. Wilson raced onto a long pass over the Charlton defence and when Maynard-Brewer rushed out, the Welshman delicately lofted a finish home.

A deluge of rain did not deter either side from pressing for goals. Gomes worked Maynard-Brewer at one end, while Terrique Anderson pulled a low hit wide on the counter and then had a strong shot punched away by Kelleher at the other.

But the day’s scoring was done and Liverpool’s Premier League Cup ambitions received a timely boost with two games left to play in the group.

Liverpool U23s: Kelleher, Masterson, Juanma, Johnston, Alves (Longstaff, 33), Kane, Dhanda, Ejaria, Gomes, Wilson, Adekanye.

Unused substitutes: Sharif, Grabara, Glennon.

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Bobby Adekanye double fuels Liverpool U23s’ Premier League Cup victory over Charlton

ThisIsAnfield.com - 5 hours 14 min ago

Dutch winger Bobby Adekanye produced a bright display as the Liverpool U23s sealed a 4-1 win over Charlton Athletic in the Premier League Cup.


Liverpool U23s 4-1 Charlton U23s

Premier League Cup, Deva Stadium
January 21, 2018

Goals: Adekanye 19′, 39′, Gomes 51′, Wilson 53′; Yanfam 45+2′

After the U18s’ 3-2 defeat to Arsenal in the FA Youth Cup on Saturday afternoon, Neil Critchley’s U23s took to Chester in the pouring rain seeking to secure a cup victory.

Marred by a host of loan departures this month, Critchley named a experimental side that saw Adekanye and Yan Dhanda start as wing-backs in a 3-4-3 formation.

It proved to be an energising move for the duo, with Adekanye putting the young Reds ahead on 19 minutes, firing home from Dhanda’s cross.

Critchley was dealt another blow just after the half-hour mark when Portuguese midfielder Paulo Alves was forced off through injury, but his withdrawal provided young hopeful Luis Longstaff his U23 debut.

Liverpool kept up the momentum despite Alves’ early exit, and Adekanye soon doubled his tally and the hosts’ lead with a header from Herbie Kane’s delivery.

A physical Charlton side ensured they remained in the hunt just before the break, however, with former Stevenage winger Louis-Michel Yamfam reducing the deficit with seconds to spare.

 Liverpool's Harry Wilson during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The U23s continued their drive after half-time, though, with Toni Gomes—having returned from an ill-fated loan spell with Forest Green Rovers last month—restoring the two-goal lead six minutes from kickoff.

And shortly after Harry Wilson had added another, found one-on-one with Ashley Maynard-Brewer following Juanma’s exquisite long pass to dink it over the goalkeeper and in.

Liverpool produced a surprisingly strong display in miserable conditions, with the threat of the game being called off looming.

Critchley’s side nearly grabbed another in a penalty-box scramble as the clash entered its closing stages, but Maynard-Brewer was alive to the danger and gathered the loose ball.

And though the young Reds had to weather a late storm from the Addicks, they ended up comfortable victors on the cup stage.

TIA Man of the Match: Bobby Adekanye

Liverpool U23s: Kelleher; Masterson, Johnston, Juanma; Adekanye, Alves (Longstaff 34′), Kane, Ejaria, Dhanda; Wilson, Gomes

Subs not used: Grabara, Glennon, Sharif

Next Match: Derby County (H) – Premier League 2 – January 28

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Lemar eyeing Barcelona move, Roma want Sturridge? – Liverpool Transfer Rumour Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - 7 hours 10 min ago

We round up the latest Liverpool transfer news and rumours, as the January window slowly nears its completion and Jurgen Klopp discusses his plans.


The Reds take on Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Monday night, with Klopp’s side looking to keep up their current momentum.

Victories for Man City, Man United, Chelsea and Arsenal on Saturday makes three points even more essential.

Away from the pitch, speculation remains over both incomings and outgoings at Anfield, with supporters eager to see new faces arrive.

Here’s the latest from the rumour mill.

Klopp On Reluctance to Replace Coutinho This Month

 Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia is embraced by manager Jürgen Klopp as he is substituted immediately after scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool received £142 million from Barcelona for the services of Philippe Coutinho, and fans are willing Klopp to use that money wisely in January.

The manager is never one to panic buy, however, and his recent comments would suggest he is happy to wait until the summer for new recruits.

“Obviously we don’t hesitate to spend the money, we did a few times, but it is not about the moment, it is about making the right decision,” he said.

“If anything obviously right would be there in the window then nobody would not do it and we say, OK, let’s go for it.

“But it is not about doing something to cool the situation down or show the people we don’t sleep. It is only about right or wrong and at this moment in this situation it is right.”

Whether this is a decision that backfires between now and May remains to be seen…

‘No Liverpool Player Would Follow Alexis Move’

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates after the 2-1 victory over Everton during the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 230th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Alexis Sanchez looks set to swap clubs this month, joining Man United from Arsenal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading in the other direction.

This is a decision Klopp clearly finds hard to justify, and believes it is a situation he would never find himself in at Liverpool.

“No Liverpool player of this squad would leave to any other Premier League club during the season,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“It’s how I see the commitment of the players.

“No player is here, and then says ‘OK, come on, in the middle of the season I go there or there’. I really can not see that situation.”

Togetherness is something Klopp sees as crucial in his management, and his comments are interesting, even though he says it is no criticism of Sanchez.

Team spirit is very much the order of the day, and his comments suggest he has created a very happy group of players, perhaps excluding the departed Coutinho.

Grujic Has a Liverpool Future, Says Klopp

 Liverpool's Marko Grujic during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Marko Grujic has joined Championship outfit Cardiff City on loan until the end of the season, with the Serbian making his debut against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday evening.

Chances have been few and far between for the 21-year-old at Liverpool since his 2016 arrival from Red Star Belgrade, with just 14 appearances to his name.

Despite this, Klopp has backed the midfielder to enjoy a bright future at Anfield.

“We miss him already in the training group because he developed really in a fantastic way,” Klopp told LiverpoolFC.com.

“But because of the quality we have in the squad, it happened really often that he was not even in the squad. That’s not nice and he needs these 20 games in the Championship. I’m really happy for him.

“We had a long conversation about it and he’s looking forward to it. He wants to be a Liverpool player and I want him to be a Liverpool player.”

Lemar Eyeing Barcelona Move?

France's Goal and Joy Thomas lemar during the France vs Netherlands 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifying Match at State de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, France on August 31, 2017. France won 4-0. Photo by Christian Liewig/ABACAPRESS.COM

Thomas Lemar is seen as Liverpool’s primary transfer target this summer, and there have even been rumours linking him with a January switch to Merseyside.

The £90 million-rated Monaco man is reportedly eyeing up a move to Barcelona, however, according to the relatively unreliable Mirror.

Chief football writer Steve Bates claims Lemar “has dashed the hopes of Liverpool and Arsenal by declaring Barcelona his No. 1 destination,” which if true is a big blow.

The 22-year-old would be an excellent replacement for Coutinho, but is the France international set to link up with him at Camp Nou instead?

Sturridge To Replace Dzeko at Roma?

 Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Daniel Sturridge is thought to be keen on a January exit from Liverpool, with the striker wary of missing out on England’s World Cup squad.

A host of clubs have expressed an interest in signing the 28-year-old, and the latest to join the party appear to be Roma, according to Corriere dello Sport.

With star man Edin Dzeko hotly tipped to join Chelsea this month, the Giallorossi will need a top-class replacement brought in.

Sturridge certainly fits the bill, despite constant fitness issues and fears that his best days are behind him, and he could thrive in the slightly slower Serie A.

His time at Anfield looks to be up, bringing an end to five years and plenty of ups and downs at the club, but he deserves to be remembered fondly by supporters.

Sunderland Bullish About Signing Woodburn

 Liverpool's substitute Ben Woodburn before a preseason friendly match between Athletic Club Bilbao and Liverpool at the Aviva Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ben Woodburn is a footballer of enormous promise, having risen through the academy ranks at Liverpool to become of one of Britain’s most exciting young players.

Sunderland have been linked with signing him on loan until May, but Klopp recently spoke of the Welshman’s importance to the Reds.

The Black Cats don’t seem to be taking no for an answer, however, according to the Star—not the most reliable source.

The report states that Sunderland boss Chris Coleman, who managed the highly rated 18-year-old for Wales, “will try again to capture Woodburn if Liverpool bring in forward signings before the end of January.”

Klopp’s comments about the possibility of no new faces arriving in January makes this very unlikely to happen, and Woodburn may get some chances to shine for the Reds in the next four months.

Kroos Latest Real Player Dubiously Linked With Reds

 Real Madrid's Toni Kroos in action against Sevilla during the UEFA Super Cup at the Cardiff City Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

When discussing the best midfielders in world football right now, Toni Kroos is a player who will always merit a mention.

The three-time Champions League winner is strutting his stuff for Real Madrid, but reports claim he could be tempted to leave the reigning European champions for Liverpool.

According to Don Balon, Kroos “wants to work for Jurgen Klopp” and “believes that he can still improve with Klopp as coach.”

These reports are to be taken with more than a pinch of a salt, particularly given the same publication also claimed the Reds could sign Gareth Bale on Saturday.

The Germany international moving to Anfield would be an unbelievable coup, but history suggests such a high-profile transfer will not materialise.

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Boss explains why Reds needed January break

LiverpoolFC TV - 7 hours 55 min ago
Jürgen Klopp has explained why the Liverpool squad were afforded a break between the Anfield victories over Everton and Manchester City this month.
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Boss explains why Reds needed January break

LiverpoolFC.TV - 7 hours 55 min ago

Jürgen Klopp has explained why the Liverpool squad were afforded a break between the Anfield victories over Everton and Manchester City this month.

The FA Cup Merseyside derby was the Reds’ 10th competitive fixture in 34 days as a gruelling festive schedule provided a stern test of the team’s fitness throughout December and into the New Year.

Klopp’s men emerged from the run with their unbeaten record intact – and followed up their short spell away with a thrilling 4-3 win against Premier League leaders City last weekend.

With so many games in their legs, the manager knew the time was right for the players to relax and rejuvenate before the intensity continues in the second half of the season.

“For us, it was always clear: the first moment we had the opportunity to give the boys a few days somewhere else, we would do it immediately. You have to do it after the unbelievably intense period,” said the German.

“In the last two years we couldn’t do it, we were always in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup. This year, there is nothing good to say about going out of the Carabao Cup other than you don’t have to play two games in a moment when everybody is pretty much on the edge.

“Using that time was clear, but will it make a difference? If you do the four days right and everything else wrong, then it will make no difference. I think it was right.

“Now we had [a kind of] pre-season. We had two weeks with six or seven training sessions, which is very important. We can remind ourselves and give information for different games. With City it was really important that we could train before the game, and now we can prepare for Swansea, which is important.

“I was pleased to give the boys these few days.”

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Jurgen Klopp calls for consistency as Liverpool aim to extend unbeaten run at Swansea

ThisIsAnfield.com - 8 hours 33 min ago

Jurgen Klopp may be in his best spell as Liverpool manager but the German still craves consistency from his team for Monday’s clash with Swansea City.


The Reds are unbeaten in 18 matches in all competitions and victory at Swansea on Monday would see him record a sixth successive win for the first time since he arrived at Anfield.

If they manage to avoid defeat it would also be the club’s longest unbeaten run for more than 21 years, when they went 20 games undefeated.

But the statistics matter little to the German.

“If nobody told me how often we didn’t lose, I’d have no idea about it. That’s all the past and I’m not really interested,” he said.

“You can look back on a season after the season, not during. It’s not important. We feel in a good moment.

“I see the boys training every day and it looks good, that’s the truth, that’s why we can play like we played so far. But we have to do it again.

“As a Liverpool player you cannot perform one week and then two weeks not—we need to deliver consistently, every day and each game.

“It’s only the next game and I can’t imagine any easy games in the Premier League and Swansea is for sure not an easy game.”

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Despite ending Manchester City’s 30-match unbeaten league run last weekend Liverpool have struggled against the lesser sides who set up in a more defensive fashion.

Swansea may be adrift at the foot of the table but Klopp is taking nothing for granted even after the 5-0 Boxing Day victory.

“Life is a summary of challenges and that’s a big challenge,” added the Reds boss.

“We played against top of the table Manchester City and played a fantastic game.

“We played Swansea a few weeks ago with a caretaker manager and I said after the game it was much more difficult than the result could make you think so we know about the specific challenge in this game.

“They are bottom of the table but they are in a good way. What you have seen since the new manager has come in is a big improvement again: much better results and they won their FA Cup replay during the week.

“I’m not even sure if we’ll have a look at our game against Swansea because it will be different.

“We need to have a look at the games since they changed their manager. That’s a challenge to be honest but if you know about a challenge you can be prepared for it.

“That’s my job to do: that we go there and don’t think about the 5-0 or Man City, only think about what we have to do to keep them away from our goal and be as often as possible in front of their goal.”

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'Pressing from another planet' - LFC quotes of the week

LiverpoolFC TV - 9 hours 10 min ago
From a thrilling 4-3 victory over Manchester City for the first team to the U18s' FA Youth Cup heartbreak, it has been another action-packed week at Liverpool FC - here is a summary of a busy seven days in quotes...
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'Pressing from another planet' - LFC quotes of the week

LiverpoolFC.TV - 9 hours 10 min ago

From a thrilling 4-3 victory over Manchester City for the first team to the U18s' FA Youth Cup heartbreak, it has been another action-packed week at Liverpool FC - here is a summary of a busy seven days in quotes...

“When I was a kid, I used to do a goal celebration that was a back-flip. I did it a lot when I was younger. It’s something I wanted to do again, but maybe it’s best not to try! I did it up to four years ago, but not anymore!”

Roberto Firmino explains the evolution of his unusual celebrations

“He was absolutely gobsmacked when he got home from school and opened the package – he couldn’t believe it. I still don’t think he can. He was bouncing around the house all night, showing his brother and phoning his nan, his uncle and other family and friends to tell them.”

Jason Daly reveals how his 10-year-old son, Rocco, reacted after receiving a signed jersey from Virgil van Dijk through the post

“Just after we scored the fourth, I’d won a couple of tackles and to hear them sing your name is always nice, especially the Kop, the noise they make. It started getting going and it gives you goosebumps.”

Andy Robertson on having his name chanted at Anfield during the win over Manchester City

“You get chills.”

Dejan Lovren describes watching the nine-minute, three-goal blitz against City

“In this period, we played pressing from another planet. Really, I saw a few nice games in my life but this period was really one of the better ones. I’m really happy.”

Jürgen Klopp used extra-terrestrial terms in his summary of that second half

“He is a great kid and a fantastic footballer. He is a mentally strong kid as well and I’m sure he will bounce back. Everybody is rallying around him and making sure he stays in the best place he can be in.”

Steven Gerrard on Rhian Brewster, who is facing a spell out with a high ankle sprain

“It says a lot about him as a person to make the decision he did. To choose to come and leave a club like that, with the other options he probably had, shows what kind of club this is and that he really wants to be here. Credit to him for doing that.”

Joe Gomez hails Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s decision to join Liverpool from Arsenal last summer

“He was my idol, I had his shirt and posters on the wall – it’s really special. I’ve learned more in this half-season than in the rest of my life.”

Edvard Tagseth is living the dream working with Gerrard for Liverpool U18s

“That we think we would miss him in our training group – with this quality squad – is maybe the biggest compliment you can give to him.”

The manager explains why Ben Woodburn’s importance to the first team means he won’t leave on loan this month

“That moment just showed how hard he is working and how well he fits into our side. It was great to see.”

Loris Karius on Robertson’s second-half pressing against City

“If something jumped in my face then maybe we will think about it, but if not we don’t actively look to find a new player that we don’t know so far and think that’s a solution. I could not really say we are active.”

Klopp reveals his policy for the remainder of the transfer window

“If you make a mistake, Liverpool punish you. They are so fast with Mane, Firmino, Salah and Oxlade-Chamberlain. They have the quality to run and make fast counter-attacks.”

Pep Guardiola on City’s 4-3 defeat at Anfield

“We had a long conversation about it and he’s looking forward to it. He wants to be a Liverpool player and I want him to be a Liverpool player. He gets the opportunity to play at Cardiff. It’s a very good decision.”

The boss discusses this week’s loan move for Marko Grujic

“We are on the wrong side of the result but I can’t be too critical of the team because they emptied everything they have got in terms of effort, commitment and desire – they gave the club everything.”

Gerrard was left frustrated but proud after the U18s lost their FA Youth Cup tie against Arsenal after extra-time

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Sunday's LFC transfer rumours

LiverpoolFC TV - 10 hours 21 min ago
Follow all of the latest January transfer speculation and newspaper stories with our dedicated Media Watch section.
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