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Jepson: It will be an honour to play at Harvard University

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Vicky Jepson has admitted it will be an honour for Liverpool FC Women to play at Harvard University's stadium on Monday evening when the Reds face the Metropolitan Conference All Stars.
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Divock Origi: It was special to score at Fenway Park

LiverpoolFC.TV - 12 hours 43 min ago

Scoring at Fenway Park felt extra special for Divock Origi.

The Liverpool striker netted at the home of the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night as Jürgen Klopp’s side were edged out 2-1 by Sevilla in a tetchy affair.

While pre-season matches are predominantly about gaining fitness, the opportunity to grab a goal at one of world sport’s iconic venues meant something more to Origi.

“You feel a bit at home,” the Belgium international told Liverpoolfc.com in his post-match assessment of the second game of the Reds’ USA tour.

“Playing at Fenway Park, it’s special to see all the fans and connecting with them in America as well, so I was happy I could score in front of the Boston fans.”

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Origi’s close-range equaliser came after Nolito had swept in a forceful finish to put Sevilla in front.

The La Liga side went on to secure victory through Alejandro Pozo at the very end of a second half that was tarnished by a red-card challenge on Yasser Larouci by Joris Gnagnon.

Despite the second successive defeat in the States, Origi saw positives for Liverpool to carry with them as they look forward to facing Sporting CP in New York on Wednesday.

“It was another step in the pre-season,” said the No.27. “We played against a good team in Sevilla and we tried our best.

“I think we did a lot of good things and there were things we can still work on but again that’s why the pre-season is there. We will just try to use this game and go forward.

“Physically, we are getting more minutes in the legs, and in the end we just try to implement everything. I think we still have to work on some things, which is normal, but looking positively to the next step in the pre-season.”

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Divock Origi: It was special to score at Fenway Park

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Scoring at Fenway Park felt extra special for Divock Origi.
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Gnagnon apologises for Liverpool tackle

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Liverpool suffer 2-1 defeat in pre-season friendly

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0:46 Yasser Larouci was 'lucky' not to have suffered a more serious injury after a nasty challenge in Liverpool's 2-1 pre-season defeat to Sevilla, says Jurgen Klopp Yasser Larouci was 'lucky' not to have suffered a more serious injury after a nasty challenge in Liverpool's 2-1 pre-season defeat to Sevilla, says Jurgen Klopp

Sevilla's Joris Gnagnon has apologised for an "heinous" tackle on Liverpool youngster Yasser Larouci during a pre-season friendly in Boston.

The 18-year-old was carried off the pitch on a stretcher in the 80th minute of the 2-1 defeat with Jurgen Klopp stating the youngster was "lucky" not to have suffered a more serious injury in Boston.

"It's much too early in the season to create headlines by saying what I think but it looks like he was lucky," Klopp told reporters at his post-match press conference.

"Of course, how it always is with these things we have to wait a little bit."

Gnagnon was immediately shown a red card for the kick to Larouci's leg while the scores were level at 1-1.

Liverpool's Yasser Larouci was taken off on a stretcher after a horror tackle during the 2-1 pre-season friendly defeat to Sevilla Liverpool's Yasser Larouci was taken off on a stretcher after a horror tackle during the 2-1 pre-season friendly defeat to Sevilla Liverpool's Yasser Larouci was taken off on a stretcher after a horror tackle during the 2-1 pre-season friendly defeat to Sevilla

Asked for specifics on Larouci's injury, Klopp added: "He hit him full throttle and, in that moment, [if it was] a little bit different position where he hit him then it's done. He rolls... he is a sports boy so that was OK, nothing happened there.

"I don't know 100 per cent. It looks like he was lucky but I only spoke quickly to the doc and that's what he said, but we have to see."

After the match, Gnagnon apologised for the "heinous" tackle. Posting on Twitter, he wrote: "I would like to publicly apologise towards Liverpool, the family of the player and its supporters.

"It was a heinous act on my part. Whatever the reason, it's not what should be seen on a football pitch. All my prayers are with the player and his family."

How Liverpool slipped to defeat

Sevilla had earned a deserved first-half lead in front of a partisan Liverpool crowd when Nolito fired past debutant Andy Lonergan in the 38th minute.

Divock Origi hit back a minute before the break when he tapped home Nathaniel Phillips' header from a corner.

But Sevilla clinched the win in the final minute as Alejandro Pozo scored into an empty net.

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Sadio Mane's Liverpool return date confirmed

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Sadio Mane will return to Liverpool after the Community Shield fixture against Manchester City.

The forward has started an end-of-season break following Senegal’s run to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations, in which they were beaten 1-0 by Algeria.

Mane is set to rejoin the Reds on Monday August 5 ahead of the Premier League opener against Norwich City at Anfield, Jürgen Klopp has confirmed.

“He is in good shape,” the manager told Liverpoolfc.com.

“Obviously they had a celebration in Senegal and I’m happy about that because it showed that they respect the competition and saw the second place as a success, which is nice.

“He is now on holiday, not the longest one – he will be back on August 5, after the Manchester City game. That means he had two weeks. There is four or five days to prepare for Norwich, 10 days for Chelsea [in the UEFA Super Cup].”

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Sadio Mane's Liverpool return date confirmed

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Sadio Mane will return to Liverpool after the Community Shield fixture against Manchester City.
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Liverpool 1-2 Sevilla: Jürgen Klopp's reaction

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Jürgen Klopp feels Liverpool will benefit from lessons learned in their early pre-season preparations following the 2-1 defeat to Sevilla at Fenway Park on Sunday night.

The Reds suffered a second loss in as many games during their tour of the United States so far after Alejandro Pozo struck in the 90th minute in Boston.

Earlier, Divock Origi had cancelled out an opener from Nolito in the first half and Sevilla were reduced to 10 men when Joris Gnagnon saw red for a rash challenge on Yasser Larouci with a quarter of an hour left to play.

Afterwards, Klopp addressed the media at Fenway Park in his post-match press conference and explained that although disappointed by the reversal, he believes it will ultimately prove a useful reference point in planning for the new campaign.

Read on for a summary of what he had to say…

On whether he likes pre-season matches to be as ‘competitive’ as this one…

I would love pretty early in the season that you write stories about the game without my headlines because whatever I say about it will be the headline of the game. We can talk about football, which was not too good. We could have done much better, probably, maybe, because of the circumstances and different situations. But in general, not this game, I don’t like overly hard games because I think a challenge is there to win the ball, that’s the only reason and there are rules. I don’t want to say anything about this specific game now.

On the game…

I know how much we need these games, I know how difficult our situation is in the moment with missing an offensive line, plus two midfielders who are very important. Bringing the young boys, it’s not fair to judge them in these circumstances, a lot of them trained for the first time with us, which means it’s very intense for them mentally and physically. Then you play Sevilla in a game like this with a proper competitive opponent.

The start in the game was brilliant. Our situation in the moment is like this: it always happens a little bit, one thing is good and the other thing is not so good. The high press is really good; thank God they played football, we tried, we were there, it was all good, we jumped in the right moment. The midfield press is not so good in the moment because the distances are too big between our lines, it doesn’t work really like that. [There are] different reasons for that.

I don’t try to excuse that. But players train five or six days and play in these circumstances, you have to push. We talk about two or three yards, which gives us all the fine-tuned distances to do what we usually do. Now we have not, we are too far away from each other and we still jump – the last line is too deep, the midfield is still jumping, the first line is too wide. The midfield press is actually the easiest kind of press, to be honest, if you have enough organisation and enough players. That didn’t look too good, that was the moment when we gave Sevilla too much of the game after the start.

There was a situation when Ox was in a very good situation, first touch brilliant, outplayed the first player and Trent only has to overlap, which he is usually doing. Obviously he didn’t feel it in that moment – he was exhausted or whatever – and didn’t do that, Ox was waiting for it, we lost the ball, that was the first chance for Sevilla. They were in the game and for the first time we were not so good. And that continued.

It was completely OK at 1-1. The goal they scored, we changed two minutes before – we brought Ben in the half-space and Ox on the wing. It was the position of the No.8 in the half-space, Ben, in that moment, he was not there. Is he not used to it? Probably. Do I ask for too much? I’m not sure. But it happened and they scored this wonderful goal. That’s how it happened. We scored a goal and the second half was the second half with the red card and all that stuff.

We tried, with a lot of positions a very young team, and then we got a counter-attack which was actually pretty much defended in that moment. He is running 100 per cent, we are running 80 per cent – and that’s the lesson you get today. For this, it’s good. I still hate that we lost; I want us to make this mistake and they don’t score, because I can work with this mistake, that’s cool. We are here, we want a good atmosphere and we had a wonderful atmosphere. The people are here, they don’t watch too many live games. I don’t like us to look like we looked then in these moments. I want us to show our best face, but it’s my problem, to be honest. My problem and nobody else’s problem, so let’s just carry on. I had this situation 500 times and obviously I don’t get used to it. I am a bit weird in this way. All good and if nothing happened seriously to the boys [Wilson and Larouci] then we will work with this game and we will play the next game against a strong opponent. I can’t blame anybody for the opponents because I planned the pre-season, so let’s play in New York against Sporting, then against Napoli in Edinburgh – at least it will not be as warm as it was today, that’s for sure. I don’t think the whole of June in Scotland was as warm as today! Then we go on a training camp, which is unbelievably important, three players back – Mo, Bobby and Ali – from tournaments. They should be fine, we’ll see how fit they are, they had a training programme. Hopefully Naby and Shaq [will be back] as well. Then we have a couple of days to prepare for the first game, a couple more for the second game and that’s how it is – that’s the situation.

On the pitch and playing at Fenway Park…

The pitch was good. How we call it, it is our owners’ city – not the city, but at least the club. It’s a wonderful city, Boston. I don’t want people in South Bend to think I was very critical there about the pitch. I did not say anything bad about the stadium, that’s not right – maybe it is my English. I spoke about the pitch there, but the stadium was wonderful. Not as wonderful as Anfield, but it is difficult to compare. Tonight here was brilliant, the pitch was outstanding in the circumstances because it is a baseball pitch underneath and they put the grass on it. They had more opportunities to water the pitch and that is different to a football stadium, I think, and that’s why it was brilliant. The atmosphere was really, really cool in an historical place. Fenway Park is a cool place and we enjoyed it – apart from the result.

On playing long balls from goal-kicks…

It’s normal. We tried to play football, but we are not silly that we always play football when the other team creates a situation where they start pressing. We all still adapt a little bit to the new rules, that the centre-halves can stay in the box and stuff like that. It was OK. We had a new goalie in the goal and in two situations at least he could not know what we want there from him. When they closed Virg down, then it was clear that [for] Nat Phillips, who is a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful player, that is not his absolute strength, so then we had to go long and fight for second balls. That’s not a problem, that’s football – the best football is always when you mix things like this up. You only have to know before what you do when you shoot a long ball and everybody thinks we will play short or the other way around. In the beginning of the game I was completely happy; when the boys felt intensity and the opponents came a bit up, it was equal but they scored and that’s it.

On dealing with the late returns of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane…

We will see. How it always is in life, would I wish for a different situation, would I wish to have my whole squad together for the first day? Yes. That last happened around about 12 years ago, so I am really used to players coming back later and we have to do the specific things. It is a five-week pre-season until the league starts, but a four-week until we have the first competitive game against Man City. You still have to do the physical work, but we are really in a hurry pretty much to do that. We cannot look on the games we play. Again, I come back to that, I know that, I plan the training, I know what we did, I know we’re tired, but I still want to win. But the boys when they come back, it should be a really short break, so they should be quickly fit – at least physically fit - and then we have to work together. I think it is pretty rare that you play the best football you ever played on the first matchday; there is usually development during the season, but we want to have results from the first matchday and that’s what we are working on. We didn’t a change a lot in the squad. In the moment, Adam Lallana was not there tonight, Nathaniel Clyne was not there, we missed six to eight players in this moment tonight. You fill it up with the kids and that’s nice, it’s cool, but it is hard for them as well. No, I am not concerned, but I know about the situation.

On the growing level of support for Liverpool in the United States…

No criticism, but I think don’t stop increasing! We have a lot of space [for more supporters]. On our website we have a lot of news and all that stuff, so if I was a kid at the moment, to be 100 per cent honest, five, six, seven, eight years old, which team would I support? There are not a lot of alternatives – other clubs probably don’t want to hear that, but that’s how we see it at least. So, it’s all good – we love that. I think the game is ready to conquer the US. I think in 2026 you have the World Cup again, so until then I think the MLS will again make a big, big step and women’s football rules the world pretty much, which is impressive. Imagine the number of people you have with the desire for sports in general. As I said, it will take a while until American clubs will be as big as Liverpool is, but in between now and then, you’re very welcome to be an LFC supporter.

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Liverpool 1-2 Sevilla: Jürgen Klopp's reaction

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Jürgen Klopp feels Liverpool will benefit from lessons learned in their early pre-season preparations following the 2-1 defeat to Sevilla at Fenway Park on Sunday night.
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Liverpool 1-2 Sevilla: Watch highlights and reaction

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Liverpool 1-2 Sevilla: Watch highlights and reaction

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Jurgen Klopp eager not to “create headlines” with Yasser Larouci “lucky” after horror tackle

ThisIsAnfield.com - 19 hours 34 min ago

Jurgen Klopp was eager not to “create headlines” with his view on a “full throttle” challenge from Sevilla’s Joris Gnagnon which saw Yasser Larouci stretchered off.


The 18-year-old was scythed down midway through the second half of a 2-1 loss in Boston, and after attempting to stand crumpled back to the turf in agony.

Carried off the pitch as Gnagnon was accosted by the entire Liverpool squad, before being shown a straight red card, incredibly protesting the decision before reluctantly walking.

It remains to be seen how severe Larouci’s injury is, though Klopp told reporters in his post-match press conference that the Algerian, who has been making a case for a first-team role this season, was “lucky.”

Klopp shared words with Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui in the aftermath, and Virgil van Dijk led a furious tirade against Gnagnon himself at full-time, with the manager reflecting after the game.

“[I would] create headlines with the things I think about the situation,” he told reporters.

“Yasser looks like he was lucky, but of course, how it always is, we have to wait a little bit.

 Liverpool's Dejan Lovren clashes with Sevilla players after a bad tackle injured Yasser Larouci during a friendly between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at Fenway Park on day six of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“He couldn’t keep on playing, in the dressing room he was OK, same with Harry [Wilson], who got a knock on his jaw.

“Not too cool, [Harry] should be OK as well. That’s the situation.

“I would love that pretty early in the season that you write a story about these games without my headlines. Whatever I say would be the headline.

“The football could be much better. You know in general I don’t like overly hard games.

“The challenge is there to win the ball, there are rules. I don’t want to say anything about this specific game.

“No headlines, ‘Jurgen Klopp…’, I’ll never be able to holiday in Spain again!”

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

Questioned further on the challenge in particular, Klopp described it as “full throttle,” but elaborated on his conversation with a club doctor on Larouci’s injury.

“I don’t know 100 percent, but it looks like it was lucky,” he continued.

“I spoke shortly with the doctor, that’s what he said, but we will see.”

Adding in his own post-match briefing, Lopetegui said: “I worry about the player but I asked Jurgen, he said the player is OK, no bad injury, so I’m happy for that.”

Gnagnon took to Twitter to issue an apology in his native French, labelling his challenge as “odious”:

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— Joris Gnagnon (@Gnagnon_39) July 22, 2019

“I would like to publicly apologise to Liverpool, the player’s family and [the club’s] supporters,” he wrote.

“This an odious act on my part, whatever the reason, [and should not be seen] on a football field. All my prayers are directed towards the player and this family.”

Larouci left Fenway Park with his leg in a protective boot, with the left-back due a scan on Monday.

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Not your usual ‘friendly’ – 5 talking points from Liverpool 1-2 Sevilla

ThisIsAnfield.com - 19 hours 42 min ago

Liverpool lost 2-1 to Sevilla on the second game of their US pre-season tour, but it was concern for teenager Yasser Larouci post-match that dominated after a horrific challenge.


Liverpool 1-2 Sevilla

Fenway Park, Pre-season friendly (4)
21 July, 2019

Goals: Origi 44′; Nolito 37′, Pozo 89′.

Origi the poacher

Something we haven’t seen anywhere near enough of: Divock Origi scoring close-range goals, ‘proper striker’s goals’ as your average British pundit might term them.

A few — Everton, Newcastle — were all the more important and memorable because of the lateness of them when he netted last term, but he largely got them only because he got as high upfield as possible, under the crossbar almost.

Liverpool’s style of play doesn’t always lend itself to a No. 9 playing in that central, predatory zone, so at set-pieces in particular it’s vital that he (or any other forward) does exactly that.

A one-touch finish, an instinctive know-how on how to bury a chance, unthinking and without second chances needed; they can often be the difference between one point and three.

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

Fiesty fixture a different type of test

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

Note for future pre-season planners at Liverpool: if the main objectives are to ‘build fitness’ and ‘avoid injuries’, perhaps a good idea is to avoid any team Ever Banega plays for.

The first half at Fenway Park was an entirely different—and ridiculous—challenge for Liverpool compared to the three previous pre-season friendlies, as they had to cope with not just heat and humidity but also a far more aggressive opponent.

Aggressive is probably a nice way of putting it; some tackles were borderline reckless and Banega absolutely should have been red-carded, regardless of it being a friendly, for a double-arm smash on Harry Wilson‘s face.

Hopefully no lasting damage there, nor for Oxlade-Chamberlain’s ankle or any of the many Reds’ backs which were barged and clattered in mid-air challenges.

The worst was saved until last: Joris Gnagnon and a truly horrendous ‘tackle’, a vicious and appalling kick on Yasser Larouci which was deservedly shown a straight red card.

Stretchered off, there’s now a worry over the fitness of the young left-back who had been performing largely superbly this pre-season. Klopp said post-match that it seems he has been “lucky” that it’s not serious as it might have been.

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

Seizing opportunities

It’s not just about the youngsters proving their worth in pre-season; plenty of experienced seniors want to earn their starting spot again this term after being marginalised in 18/19.

Of course it can’t happen for everyone, but even so the better displays have to be noted—and against Sevilla, plaudits should go to Simon Mignolet and Dejan Lovren.

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

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

As mentioned, Origi was good in the first half with a well-taken goal, but also with his movement and hold-up play which was excellent at times.

A few good turns and clever pieces of skill had the fans applauding, too, and he’s clearly heading into the 19/20 campaign as an icon in the stands.

Fenway hoodoo!

The script was supposed to be slightly different: Liverpool at Fenway Park, the famous team and the famous stadium, all the off-pitch links between the Kop and Green Monster, the owners, the many years without the coveted title.

Fans and players celebrating a win at Fenway would be quite something, as far as pre-season goes.

Except, in three attempts now, Liverpool haven’t managed to taste success—or even avoid defeat—at the home of the Boston Red Sox.

Two defeats to Roma and now one to Sevilla; it doesn’t amount to much, or anything, in the scheme of the season, of course, but it’s still a frustration at the time and probably not what the corporate suits had in mind when establishing the link-up.

Maybe next time we visit the States we should take Tranmere with us and play that annual game there.

New York next and last chance for the youth?

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

Usually, by the time the Reds end their pre-season tour overseas and come back for a final friendly or two, it’s all about the first-team squad.

The younger lads who bulk out the squad to enable a full 11 changes in earlier games generally revert to either training support or game time with the U23s—which means the game against Sporting might be their last opportunity to show Jurgen Klopp they should remain around for longer.

The trip to New York should result in lower temperatures for the fixture, perhaps lending itself to a quicker tempo in the match—though that will depend also on the training sessions which come beforehand.

The hope will be to end the tour on a positive note, with a win and some good form to head off to France and the Evian training camp with.

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Yasser Larouci injury update

LiverpoolFC.TV - 19 hours 44 min ago

Jürgen Klopp hopes the injury suffered by Yasser Larouci against Sevilla will not be as serious as first feared when the left-back was stretchered off.

Larouci was forced off the field in the 80th minute of the friendly at Fenway Park after a challenge for which Joris Gnagnon was shown a straight red card.

The 18-year-old will now require further assessment.

“[It’s] much too early in the season to create headlines with saying the things I think about the situation,” said Klopp at his post-match press conference.

“Let me say how the situation is with Yasser; it looks like he was lucky but, of course, how it always is with these things we have to wait a little bit. He couldn’t keep on playing, so that’s the first not-so-good sign but in the dressing room it was OK, similar how it looks to Harry [Wilson].

“Harry got a knock on his jaw and a finger in his eye, so not too cool. He should be OK as well but couldn’t carry on as well. That’s the situation.”

Asked for specifics on the Larouci injury, Klopp added: “He hit him full throttle and, in that moment, [if it was] a little bit different position where he hit him then it’s done. He rolls… he is a sports boy so that was OK, nothing happened there.

“I don’t know 100 per cent. It looks like he was lucky but I only spoke quickly to the Doc and that’s what he said, but we have to see.”

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Yasser Larouci injury update

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Jürgen Klopp hopes the injury suffered by Yasser Larouci against Sevilla will not be as serious as first feared when the left-back was stretchered off.
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Report: Reds go down to Sevilla defeat at Fenway Park

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Liverpool’s pre-season preparations continued with a 2-1 defeat to Sevilla at Fenway Park on Sunday night.

Divock Origi pounced to sweep in from close range and level the scoreline before half-time after Nolito had clipped the Spanish side into the lead.

Sevilla were reduced to 10 men with 15 minutes remaining when Joris Gnagnon was shown a straight red card for a wild challenge on Yasser Larouci.

However, they snatched victory in the final minute when Alejandro Pozo rounded Simon Mignolet and slotted into the empty net.

The teamsheet confirmed Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk, Georginio Wijnaldum, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson were to be handed their first starts of the summer and Andy Lonergan was given a debut in goal as Fenway sweltered in temperatures well in excess of 30 degrees.

Nevertheless, Jürgen Klopp’s side – sporting their brand new New Balance third kit – made a lively start.

First, Alexander-Arnold and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain combined down the right to deliver a ball towards the back post, where Ben Woodburn was inches away from turning in.

Then, Origi held off the challenge of Sergio Reguilon to power his way in on goal, only to be thwarted by a save at his feet by Sergio Rico.

Sevilla responded by creating a flurry of chances in quick succession as Diego Carlos planted a header wide from a corner and Luuk de Jong scuffed a volley off target when well positioned.

On 13 minutes, De Jong found himself with only Lonergan to beat; however, the goalkeeper marked his first appearance for the club with a fine sprawling save.

Lucas Ocampos was next to try his luck as he arrowed a low strike wide of the far post after Liverpool conceded possession outside their own area.

Sevilla’s pressure finally told in the 38th minute when a low ball into the area ran into the path of Nolito, who took a touch before dispatching beyond Lonergan with a sweeping finish.

However, Liverpool drew level two minutes before the break, Nat Phillips nodding down an Alexander-Arnold corner, which deflected into the path of Origi. The striker swivelled to dispatch into the back of the net from close range.

Klopp made 11 changes at the interval, with Sevilla also swapping nine of their starting line-up.

It was two of the Reds’ new introductions who combined to deny Ocampos as James Milner and Joe Gomez halted the winger’s dangerous run and shot four minutes into the second period.

Liverpool had again started the brighter of the teams in the half; however, Mignolet was required to produce a fine double save to firstly keep out Munir El Haddadi’s snap-shot and Franco Vazquez’s follow-up from the edge of the area.

On 68 minutes, Rhian Brewster and Curtis Jones linked well as the latter brought a stop out of Tomas Vaclik at his near post.

Jones was heavily involved again when he teed up James Milner on the edge of the area, though his eventual strike crashed against a Sevilla defender.

The La Liga club went down to 10 men with a quarter of an hour remaining when Gnagnon was dismissed for kicking out at Larouci, which left the young full-back unable to continue.

But Sevilla were able to claim victory when El Haddadi squared for Pozo, who side-stepped Mignolet and rolled the ball into the goal.

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Report: Reds go down to Sevilla defeat at Fenway Park

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Liverpool’s pre-season preparations continued with a 2-1 defeat to Sevilla at Fenway Park on Sunday night.
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Liverpool 1-2 Sevilla: Reds lose in friendly marred by shocking tackle on Larouci

ThisIsAnfield.com - 20 hours 14 min ago

Liverpool lost 2-1 to Sevilla on Sunday night in Boston, in a pre-season friendly which was anything but, as the Spanish side took a ridiculous approach.


Liverpool 1-2 Sevilla

Pre-Season Friendly (4), Fenway Park
July 21, 2019

Goals

Nolito 37′
Origi 44′ (assist – Phillips)
Pozo 90′

Taking to the field in black, the Reds lined up with their strongest side of pre-season so far, though Jurgen Klopp made the surprise decision to start Andy Lonergan between the sticks.

The 35-year-old will have been grateful to start in the shade, as the Boston heat set in, and he was drawn into a decent low save early on, met with applause from a busy Fenway Park.

Sevilla had the better of the chances in the opening half-hour, with Ever Banega crafting openings from his role in the middle of the park and Liverpool forced to attack on the break.

And the Reds were behind with less than 10 minutes to go before the break, as the ball fell to Nolito in space in the penalty area, and his right-footed finish gave Lonergan no chance.

Liverpool had restored parity on the cusp of half-time in a heated game, with Divock Origi hammering home a close-range finish after Nat Phillips headed down Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s corner.

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

  • Lonergan handed surprise start among strong Liverpool side in Boston
  • Nolito opens scoring as Sevilla dominate the first half
  • But Origi restores parity before the break with powerful finish
  • Larouci stretchered off after sickening challenge from Gnagnon
  • Late Pozo strike hands Liverpool their second defeat in the US

Klopp made a full 11 changes at the break, as the likes of Ki-Jana Hoever, Yasser Larouci, Adam Lewis and Curtis Jones were brought on for another opportunity.

Larouci and Jones stood out in the early stages, with the midfielder’s ease on the ball allowing Liverpool more time and space as they looked to unpick the Sevilla defence.

Industrious play from Rhian Brewster provided Jones with a great opportunity in the box, but the 18-year-old was denied by a brilliant stop from Tomas Vaclik.

Tensions rose further as strong challenges continued, and it piqued as Joris Gnagnon slashed at Larouci’s ankles, leaving the teenager to be stretchered off as he picked up a straight red card.

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

A straight red card, for taking down a teenager, in a friendly.

It was a moment which encapsulated the game, with the result secondary as ever in pre-season, but more so in Boston on Sunday as a largely tepid 90 minutes of football was marred by Sevilla’s undue physicality.

The Liga hopefuls capped the evening with a late winner from Alejandro Pozo.

TIA Man of the Match: Andy Lonergan

Liverpool: Lonergan (Mignolet 46′); Alexander-Arnold (Hoever 46′), Phillips (Gomez 46′), Van Dijk (Lovren 46′), Robertson (Larouci 46′, Duncan 80′); Wijnaldum (Fabinho 46′), Henderson (Milner 46′), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Lewis 46′); Wilson (Jones 46′), Woodburn (Kent 46′), Origi (Brewster 46′)

Subs not used: Atherton, Matip

Next Match: Sporting CP (N) – Pre-Season Friendly (5) – Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 1.05am (BST)

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Liverpool 1-2 Sevilla recap

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Reds visit Boston Children's Hospital

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 07/21/2019 - 22:13

Liverpool FC paid a visit to Boston Children's Hospital on Saturday to meet patients and their families.

Club ambassador and Reds legend Ian Rush was joined by Linda Pizzuti Henry and mascot Mighty Red as the second leg of the pre-season tour began.

The group visited four wards at the hospital and delivered LFC goody bags to the children, posed for photographs and signed autographs to help spread some cheer.

“It’s a privilege to be able to visit this amazing hospital and meet some of the patients and their families,” said Rush. “It’s nice to put a smile on the children’s faces and hopefully have made a little difference to their day.”

"It's important because we're a family club." @LFCFoundation and @RedSoxFund headed to @BostonChildrens to visit… https://t.co/9kufDKMTfK

— LFC (Liverpool FC) 21st Jul 18:42

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Reds visit Boston Children's Hospital

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 07/21/2019 - 22:13
Liverpool FC paid a visit to Boston Children's Hospital on Saturday to meet patients and their families.
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