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Inside Training: Sunshine session for Liverpool in Marbella

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 19:05
Take a close-up look at Liverpool's opening training session in Marbella with our exclusive footage – available now on LFCTV GO.
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Marbella gallery: Inside the first session of Liverpool's training camp

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 17:59
Liverpool conducted their first training session of a six-day stay in Marbella on Tuesday morning - and our photographer was there to provide a behind-the-scenes gallery.
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Sadio Mane on Marbella camp, final preparations and Golden Boot

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 16:59
Sadio Mane feels Liverpool have arrived in Marbella for a six-day training camp ahead of the Champions League final collectively ‘feeling good and positive’ as preparations continue for the clash with Tottenham Hotspur on June 1.
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LFC Foundation teams compete in PL Primary Stars national football tournament

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 16:37

Youngsters from two local schools represented LFC Foundation at the Premier League Primary Stars Football Tournament finals on Tuesday.

Pupils from Our Lady’s Bishop Eton and Mosspits Lane primary schools headed to Wolverhampton Wanderers Molineux Stadium to compete in the U11 mixed and U11 girls national finals alongside teams representing the other 19 Premier League clubs.

Both schools played some great football in the group stages, with Our Lady’s Bishop Eton's girls team making it to the final where they were crowned runners-up after a tense penalty shoot-out.

David McParland, LFC Foundation project lead, said: "This has been a fantastic experience for our pupils and they should be really proud of themselves.

"They have worked incredibly hard to reach the finals and have been rewarded with this once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the life of a Premier League footballer for the day.

"Playing in the new Reds' kit at a professional club’s stadium under the watchful eye of Premier League match officials has been unbelievable for the youngsters and it’s something they’ll remember forever."

The Premier League Primary Stars Football Tournament is now in its fourteenth year and has seen over 14,500 children from more than 1,600 schools participate to date.

As part of the annual competition, each Premier League club hosts regional qualifiers with the winners progressing to represent their local team in the national finals.

Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.

The programme is available to every primary school in England and Wales, and LFC Foundation coaches deliver fun, educational sessions in 26 schools across the Merseyside area.

For more information on LFC Foundation’s Premier League Primary Stars programme, click here.

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LFC Foundation teams compete in PL Primary Stars national football tournament

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 16:37
Youngsters from two local schools represented LFC Foundation at the Premier League Primary Stars Football Tournament finals on Tuesday.
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Liverpool considering move for Werder Bremen striker Max Kruse

HEAD NEWS - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 15:08

Liverpool are weighing up a move for Werder Bremen striker Max Kruse but will face competition from Bayern Munich, according to reports in Germany.

The 31-year-old has enjoyed a stellar campaign in the Bundesliga, scoring 11 goals and registering nine assists for Werder who finished 8th in the table and he will be available on a free transfer this summer once his contract has expired.

That news has alerted Jurgen Klopp who is keen to reinforce his attacking options ahead of next season.

As well as establishing himself as one of the Bundesliga’s most efficient finishers with 71 goals over the last seven seasons, Kruse’s creativity and pressing qualities would suit Liverpool’s style of play.

Kruse, who has been capped 14 times by Germany since his debut in 2013, also has admirers in the shape of Bayern Munich who are seeking an alternative to Robert Lewandowski in attack following the departure of Sandro Wagner to Tianjin Teda in January.

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Liverpool considering move for Werder Bremen striker Max Kruse

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 15:08

Liverpool are weighing up a move for Werder Bremen striker Max Kruse but will face competition from Bayern Munich, according to reports in Germany.

The 31-year-old has enjoyed a stellar campaign in the Bundesliga, scoring 11 goals and registering nine assists for Werder who finished 8th in the table and he will be available on a free transfer this summer once his contract has expired.

That news has alerted Jurgen Klopp who is keen to reinforce his attacking options ahead of next season.

As well as establishing himself as one of the Bundesliga’s most efficient finishers with 71 goals over the last seven seasons, Kruse’s creativity and pressing qualities would suit Liverpool’s style of play.

Kruse, who has been capped 14 times by Germany since his debut in 2013, also has admirers in the shape of Bayern Munich who are seeking an alternative to Robert Lewandowski in attack following the departure of Sandro Wagner to Tianjin Teda in January.

Source: Metro

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Liverpool considering move for Werder Bremen striker Max Kruse

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 15:08
Liverpool are weighing up a move for Werder Bremen striker Max Kruse but will face competition from Bayern Munich, according to reports in Germany.
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Roberto Firmino fitness latest

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:59

Roberto Firmino today trained alongside his teammates following a muscle strain that ruled him out of Liverpool’s last three matches.

The Brazilian took part in the Reds’ first session of their Marbella training camp on Tuesday morning as he works his way back to full fitness.

Firmino has been working with the club’s medical staff on his rehabilitation from the issue and his reintroduction into full team training will be carefully managed under their supervision, with specialised programmes planned over the coming days.

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Roberto Firmino fitness latest

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:59
Roberto Firmino today trained alongside his teammates following a muscle strain that ruled him out of Liverpool’s last three matches.
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Jordan Henderson: I nearly missed the goal that sent us to Madrid

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:00

Jordan Henderson was busy taking precautions to thwart a Barcelona counter-attack when Divock Origi scored the goal that put Liverpool in the Champions League final once again.

Trent Alexander-Arnold's quick thinking from a corner caught the visitors off guard as Origi converted to put the Reds 4-0 ahead in the second leg of the semi-final.

So what was the captain's view of the moment Anfield's greatest ever European comeback was completed?

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"I think I was sort of talking to someone and organising something, just protection for the corner," Henderson told UEFA.

"I'd turned around, I'd seen the ball flying into the back of the net. I didn't really know what had happened.

"It was an amazing goal to score in a game of that magnitude. It was fantastic for a young player to have the awareness to be able to do that and put in the ball and obviously for Divock to react to that.

"It was a great finish in the end. So yes, it was an amazing goal in the end and that summed up the night really.

"It was an amazing night. It was a special night that people will be talking about for a long time."

The 4-3 aggregate victory over the La Liga champions booked Liverpool's spot in the final of Europe's premier club competition for the second successive year.

A meeting with Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid on June 1 now awaits Jürgen Klopp's men, who are looking to secure the club its sixth European Cup.

"It means everything," Henderson added. "For the club, for the fans, for everybody involved, but most importantly for the players.

"Not many people would have thought [it was possible] at the start of the season - especially at the end of last season, it was a difficult end.

"We all know how good Spurs are - great players and on the day, they can beat anybody really. So it'll be a really tough final. So we need to be ready."

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Jordan Henderson: I nearly missed the goal that sent us to Madrid

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:00
Jordan Henderson was busy taking precautions to thwart a Barcelona counter-attack when Divock Origi scored the goal that put Liverpool in the Champions League final once again.
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Jurgen Klopp explains why Trent Alexander-Arnold & Kylian Mbappe are role models for youth

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 11:58

Jurgen Klopp has given his advice for young players breaking through, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kylian Mbappe his examples of the perfect mentality.


Klopp has been consistent in his stance that ability is more important than age, with an open door for youth to break into his first team.

Alexander-Arnold has clearly found the most success with this at Liverpool, with the 20-year-old set to play in his second Champions League final in June and pass the 100-game mark next season.

The manager has also looked to bring the best young players into the club, with the Reds among the sides actively pursuing Mbappe before he made his £166 million move from Monaco to PSG in 2017.

Those operating in the club’s academy may do so on a more modest level than the France striker, but Klopp is blessed with a host of talents at his disposal at Kirkby.

Speaking to Unisport, the 51-year-old explained what is required for youngsters to make it at a club like Liverpool.

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“I saw in the last couple of years a lot of talented boys,” he said.

“It’s unbelievable how early it starts, 14, 15, 16, you see them already.

“The boys I see, they all have talent. I don’t see all of them [at the academy], I only see the icing of the cake.

“You ask me what a player needs to have when he’s young: talent, and an obvious football character. You can see that easily. How he is involved in the game and all that stuff.

“When you are ‘strange’ at 16, it’s pretty likely you are much more strange when you are 25.

“So here, not nice and humble, just a normal football player with extraordinary skills.

“For example I saw Kylian Mbappe when he was 16, everybody knew: ‘Yeah, wow, that will be absolutely amazing’.

“He’s a nice kid and a world-class player, so he’s a good example for that generation.”

 Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp speaks with Ben Woodburn during the FA Premier League match against Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium. (Pic by Laura Malkin/Propaganda)

Klopp went on the detail how every young player needs to have a defining attribute, which could even be a “long throw-in,” but added that there is “not one special thing” he looks for.

And the manager stressed the importance of “patience” in dealing with setbacks in their rise, and how expectations are created from the outside that can be undermined by “nature” slowing their development.

This can arguably be seen with Ben Woodburn, who broke through to considerable scrutiny at Liverpool but has struggled to impose himself over the past two seasons.

“We try to be different in that way, we try to give our boys the time,” he continued.

“But sometimes the boys don’t want to have that much time and want to already be a bit earlier somewhere else, and you cannot change that.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is the perfect example, perfect. From day one he did everything like he should have done.

“By being himself, not by listening to us, ‘what do I have to do’, no it was clear for him: ‘I have to learn, so I will learn, do my very best and there will come the day when I play’.

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp (L) and Trent Alexander-Arnold after the FA Premier League match between Watford FC and Liverpool FC at Vicarage Road. Liverpool won 3-0. Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“Today, when he’s not playing, he’s not looking at me thinking ‘why not?’.

“He knows I thought about it, so he doesn’t have to think about it: he doesn’t play because he plays the next game or whatever.

“That’s pretty smart from him, to be honest.”

Klopp concluded that “to have a long career you have to be a serious person,” which highlights the fine margins between being a talented young player and one able to establish himself at Liverpool.

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Ox catches Mo Salah napping & Van Dijk does the McGregor strut as Liverpool arrive in Marbella

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 09:09

A 26-man Liverpool squad arrived in Marbella on Monday afternoon, as they continue their preparations for the Champions League final against Tottenham.


The Reds take on Spurs in Madrid on June 1, almost three weeks after the final game of their Premier League campaign, which gives plenty of time to renew their focus.

Klopp allowed his players a much-needed week off following the 2-0 win over Wolves at Anfield, before reconvening for the first of their media obligations at Melwood.

Liverpool then confirmed the 26 to depart for Spain for the rest of the week, with Naby Keita among those included despite still recovering from an adductor injury which likely rules him out for the final.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also made the flight after returning from a minor setback to come off the bench in the domestic closer, and documented the trip on Instagram.

Behind his seat, the midfielder caught Mohamed Salah sleeping on the floor of the plane, much to the amusement of Rhian Brewster, Gini Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk—but not so much Dejan Lovren:

You alright there, Mo Salah? ?

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— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) 20 May 2019

Salah had clearly recovered by the time the flight arrived on the Costa del Sol, as the club released a video package of Klopp and his players heading into the hotel.

The entirety of the first-team squad are in Marbella, along with a host of youngsters including Caoimhin Kelleher, Ben Woodburn and Curtis Jones.

Van Dijk took inspiration from Conor McGregor as he walked past the cameras alongside Joe Gomez, with this trip to Spain as much about the morale of the squad as it is warm-weather training:

Oxlade-Chamberlain wrote that he is “looking forward to a good week’s training and continuing the preparations for the big one” as he was pictured arriving with Wijnaldum:

James Milner is “ready for some hard work” as he gears up for another major final in a long and decorated career, while Salah simply shared a photo of his arrival:

Wijnaldum opted for a photo from Liverpool’s Champions League roll call earlier in the day, writing that he is “looking forward to a week of hard training” before doing “everything we can to cap off this season with the trophy it deserves”:

The Reds are in a great position to bring home No. 6, after a phenomenal campaign that saw them record their best-ever points tally in the league and only finish one behind champions Man City.

This week could prove crucial as Klopp plots to overturn Spurs and win his first piece of silverware as Liverpool manager.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold in line to make Champions League final history

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 08:59

Trent Alexander-Arnold will make history should he start the Champions League final.

If selected in Liverpool’s XI in Madrid, the right-back would become the first ever player aged under 21 to start consecutive finals in Europe’s premier club competition.

The previous youngest to do so was Christian Panucci with AC Milan in 1994 and 1995. The former Italy international was 22 while playing in the latter showpiece versus AFC Ajax.

Alexander-Arnold, meanwhile, does not turn 21 until October.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold in line to make Champions League final history

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 08:59
Trent Alexander-Arnold will make history should he start the Champions League final.
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Julian Brandt transfer message sent to Liverpool and Tottenham

HEAD NEWS - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 08:41

Liverpool and Tottenham have both been linked with a summer move for Bayer Leverkusen star Julian Brandt.

The 23-year-old winger has enjoyed a superb second half of the season, bagging 10 goals and 17 assists - prompting the Champions League finalists to prepare for a transfer battle.

But Brandt's stunning form could have cost the Premier League sides as he fired Leverkusen into the Champions League with a 5-1 win over Hertha Berlin on the final day of the Bundesliga campaign.

Leverkusen head coach Peter Bosz has now sent a clear message to both interested parties - that he believes Champions League football will be enough to convince both Brandt and Bayern Munich target Kai Havertz to stay with the club.

"Yes, it's a better chance [of Leverkusen keeping both players]," Bosz told Bayer 04 TV.

"I don't know. Kai will stay, for sure. And Julian, I hope he will stay. Every player wants to play at the highest level and we have the chance next season to play at the highest level.

"We're looking forward to it. Not only in the Champions League but also the Bundesliga.

"Our goal will be to be better than this season and therefore we have to work harder than this season and be more clear about how we want to play. It's a big achievement."

Sporting director Rudi Voller recently confirmed the club have had several approaches for Brandt's services as he expects a decision soon.

“We know exactly which clubs have knocked [for Brandt],” the former Germany coach told Sky.

“Brandt has some requests, and in the next five, six or seven days there will be a decision.”

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Julian Brandt transfer message sent to Liverpool and Tottenham

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 08:41

Liverpool and Tottenham have both been linked with a summer move for Bayer Leverkusen star Julian Brandt.

The 23-year-old winger has enjoyed a superb second half of the season, bagging 10 goals and 17 assists - prompting the Champions League finalists to prepare for a transfer battle.

But Brandt's stunning form could have cost the Premier League sides as he fired Leverkusen into the Champions League with a 5-1 win over Hertha Berlin on the final day of the Bundesliga campaign.

Leverkusen head coach Peter Bosz has now sent a clear message to both interested parties - that he believes Champions League football will be enough to convince both Brandt and Bayern Munich target Kai Havertz to stay with the club.

"Yes, it's a better chance [of Leverkusen keeping both players]," Bosz told Bayer 04 TV.

"I don't know. Kai will stay, for sure. And Julian, I hope he will stay. Every player wants to play at the highest level and we have the chance next season to play at the highest level.

"We're looking forward to it. Not only in the Champions League but also the Bundesliga.

"Our goal will be to be better than this season and therefore we have to work harder than this season and be more clear about how we want to play. It's a big achievement."

Sporting director Rudi Voller recently confirmed the club have had several approaches for Brandt's services as he expects a decision soon.

“We know exactly which clubs have knocked [for Brandt],” the former Germany coach told Sky.

“Brandt has some requests, and in the next five, six or seven days there will be a decision.”

Source: Daily Mirror

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Julian Brandt transfer message sent to Liverpool and Tottenham

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 08:41
Liverpool and Tottenham have both been linked with a summer move for Bayer Leverkusen star Julian Brandt.
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Liverpool ‘in talks’ with Werder Bremen striker Max Kruse – over deal which makes complete sense

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 07:01

Liverpool are claimed to be among the clubs aiming to sign Werder Bremen striker Max Kruse on a free transfer this summer, which would suit Jurgen Klopp.


The Reds are reportedly in the market for two positions ahead of the 2019/20 campaign, with replacements for the departing Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge a priority.

Neither hold down a key role under Klopp, but regardless have proved important squad players throughout the manager’s tenure at the club.

A potential deal for Lloyd Kelly broke down as the 20-year-old joined Bournemouth for £13 million, leaving Klopp to weigh up his options for an alternative for Moreno.

But few candidates have been mooted to fill Sturridge’s shoes, as the striker prepares to leave Anfield permanently after six-and-a-half years.

According to German outlet Sport1, however, Liverpool are interested in Kruse, who has confirmed his intention of leaving Werder on the expiry of his contract in order to “search for a new challenge.”

It is reported that, along with Bayern Munich—who are considering the 31-year-old as a possible backup for Robert Lewandowski—the Reds are “talking to” Kruse regarding a deal.

The Werder captain has direct criteria to fill in choosing his new club, with “[ambitions], coaches [and] city” all said to be central to his decision.

Sport1 stress that “for Kruse the whole package has to be right,” however they also add that he is seeking a contract “in the higher single-digit million range.”

 Manchester United's Chris Smalling in action against VfL Wolfsburg's Max Kruse during the UEFA Champions League Group B match at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Losing Sturridge, who remains one of the club’s highest earners, would free up a significant portion of the club’s wage bill, though Kruse’s demands remain to be seen.

A contract worth upwards of £100,000 a week, as suggested, could be considered out of the question for Liverpool, particularly if the Germany international is to serve as backup to Roberto Firmino.

But if a more sensible salary can be agreed, Kruse would provide Klopp with an ideal addition to his forwards ranks.

At 31, he may not fit the bill in terms of typical Liverpool signings, but as Sport1 explain he is “not a typical centre-forward,” rather one who is able to drop deep, create and press as well as lead the line.

Kruse scored 12 goals and laid on 14 assists in 36 games in 2018/19, and he would make an excellent impact player given his experience.

Klopp is certainly aware of Kruse’s talents, explaining in an interview in DAZN in April that Werder were among the six clubs enjoys watching the most—along with Borussia Dortmund, Mainz, Man City, Tottenham and Barcelona.

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