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Arsenal v Liverpool: TV channels and live coverage details

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 09:30
Liverpool visit Arsenal on Wednesday night, with kick-off at Emirates Stadium scheduled for 8.15pm BST.
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'An interesting one' - Jürgen Klopp looks ahead to Arsenal trip

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 08:30
Liverpool's trip to Arsenal in midweek will be a 'different' and 'interesting' challenge, according to Jürgen Klopp.
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Liverpool had their 100% winning record at home in the league taken away from them, after poor finishing and inspired keeper saw them frustratingly draw 1-1 at home to Burnley.

Andy Robertson’s arching header gave the Reds a merited lead before the visitors — who were only in the contest thanks to heroics from keeper, Nick Pope — stole an equaliser through an angled Jay Rodrigues volley. The hosts had two clear penalty shouts denied in a frustrating afternoon.

With the chance to potentially beat Manchester City’s record 100 point total, the hosts started in a quick, bloody-minded fashion. Curtis Jones, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah all spurned opportunities, though, with a mixture of poor decisions — with Jones guilty — bad finishing — of which Mane was a culprit — and Pope’s infallibility denying the Reds an opener.

Continuing to probe and push, Liverpool — who ended the game with 71% and 23 shots — were rewarded for their intent in the 34th minute when Robertson — who looked back to his best after a couple of ropey performances following the confirmation of the league victory — beautifully redirected Fabinho’s dinked pass into the far left corner of the goal at the Anfield Road end.

Further chances came to extend the lead towards the end of the half but Pope — who is tied with Alisson with 14 Premier League clean sheets this season — brilliantly denied Mane, on his left foot, and Salah, on his right foot, with two saves that thwarted shots that were destined for the top left and right corners respectively.

The teams went into the half level, but, given Liverpool’s dominance, there was a sense of the floodgates would eventually open when the hosts would inevitably start to take advantage of their dominance.

It wasn’t to be, however, with Golden Boot chasing Salah spurning more good chances and the Clarets, with what would be classed as a half chance, drawing level with 20 minutes remaining.

A speculative punted free-kick into the Liverpool area saw James Tarkowski win a header — although VAR had to be checked to ascertain whether A: there had been a foul and B: if the visitors were offside — which fell to Rodrigues outside the box. Swivelling, the forward hit a sweetly struck half volley past Alisson and into the bottom left corner.

The Reds tried in vain for a winner — which, on the balance of play, they would have easily deserved — but all their efforts fall by the wayside.

Jurgen Klopp, clearly unhappy with his sides sharpness, made three substitutions in order to provide the attacking thrust so evidently missing. Naby Keita replaced Jones — who, despite some poor choices in front of goal, can be happy with his first-ever Premier League start; Trent Alexander Arnold came on for Neco Williams, who had a solid outing in his more natural right-back role, after playing on the left against Brighton; meanwhile, Georginio Wijnaldum, who has had better outings came ashore for Alex Oxlade Chamberlain.

The Champions had what looked a clear penalty on Robertson cleared away when Charlie Taylor recklessly fouled the Scot in the box, but Liverpool — who have only won five penalties all season — had their claims denied, without VAR even being consulted.

Roberto Firmino, whose Anfield goal drought in the league is now 18 games, came close to giving the Reds back their lead, but the Brazilian hit Salah’s through ball against the base of the post at the Kop end.

Burnley, who flooded the area around Alisson in goal and who arguably could have been reprimanded for fouling the keeper on several occasions, had a great chance when substitute Johann Berg Gudmundsson hit the bar after a scramble in the box after a set-piece.

The last chance, though, was for Liverpool and it nutshelled their performance as a whole. Enterprising play down the right saw Alexander Arnold expertly deliver a flat, low cross that found Salah in the box. Instead of taking a touch, however, the Egyptian hit the ball harmlessly into the hands of Pope on his weaker foot and wasted an opportunity that he would usually gobble up to end a frustrating afternoon at Anfield.

Liverpool team: Alisson; Williams, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Jones, Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Replacements: Alexander Arnold for Williams, Keita for Jones, Oxlade Chamberlain for Wijnaldum.

Subs not used: Adrian, Elliott, Lovren, Shaqiri, Minamino, Origi.

Referee: David Coote

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Burnley deals timely slap across the face but Liverpool’s conveyor belt of talent keeps rolling

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 16:00

No matter who you are; no matter what you have achieved, football will always have a propensity to bite you now and then.

After 60 minutes of outstanding movement, where a string of goalscoring chances were created by Liverpool at home to Burnley, we paid the price for only managing to take one of the multitude of opportunities we conjured up. Nick Pope enjoying the performance of his season.

Get Some Rest Pam, You Look Tired

 Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold looks dejected after missing a chance during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Burnley FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

This was like one of those Jason Bourne-style flashbacks to an era when we used to partake in a half dozen or so league games like this every season.

It maybe shows just how far Liverpool have come, that frustration doesn’t feel part and parcel of our weekly expectations anymore, so when it does arise it feels like a familiar, yet distant concept.

It maybe shows just how far Burnley have come, that they didn’t wilt within the initial 60-minute onslaught, before contesting what was a very different final 30, in which they came the closest to finding a winner when rattling Alisson’s crossbar.

In a congested battle for European qualification, Sean Dyche’s team are still in with a shout. Both Arsenal and Chelsea also have much to play for in the next two, so maybe this one against Burnley can represent a timely slap across the face if Jurgen Klopp and his players are to break through the 100-point barrier.

In the absence of Jordan Henderson, this one offered the first of what will be four experimental midfield combinations.

While a fully fit Henderson does sit out the occasional game here and there, it always makes a defined difference when it is known he won’t be there well in advance.

This is what made the first hour so reassuring, as Henderson’s presence wasn’t missed. Curtis Jones was fluid in his movement, both of the ball and himself and collectively the midfield played its part in carving Burnley open again and again.

What was missed was that element of drive and stubbornness that on another day would have ensured we got over the line for the three points.

Nobody Told Me There’d be Days Like These

 Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is held back by Burnley's James Tarkowski but no penalty was awarded during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Burnley FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

You can also throw into the mix, that it was simply ‘one of those days’.

Liverpool aren’t immune to luck taking against them and while they might well be the champions, there is no god-given right to win every game.

An indicator of how Liverpool have dominated the Premier League this season is that rivals can only celebrate the small hiccups.

Take it as a compliment.

It is also wonderful to see that neither Klopp nor his players take the loss of points gracefully. If Liverpool don’t win, it is brooded upon.

Reasons are sought as to why a win wasn’t obtained, while the potential elimination of repetitive mistakes are discussed and the improvements of any perceived shortcomings are thoroughly investigated.

This is a sign of a Liverpool that is still evolving and Jones and Neco Williams starting the game was an example of this.

The most emphatic title winners of all time, yet Klopp is unwilling to stand still. In this respect, Jones and Williams represent a future that they are ready for today.

Live Wood?

 Liverpool’s Neco Williams during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Burnley FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

Nathaniel Clyne, not yet 30 and capable of being a fine first-choice right-back for many Premier League teams, a man capable of being a back-up right-back for the bigger teams, is swept away because of the promise and long-term benefits of the 19-year-old Williams.

Adam Lallana is informed that, for his own benefit, he’d be better off looking for regular football elsewhere, because in Jones, here is a player that could star in a Liverpool shirt for more than a decade to come and is ready to serve in the here and now.

Evolving football teams tend to work on a conveyor belt process when it comes to the composition of their squads. For each new player that emerges from the womb, or is brought in from elsewhere, it means that somebody else has dropped off the other end and rolled out of the exit door.

We used to work in the term ‘dead wood’ when it came to the assessment of the players that we would move on, or at least hoped to move on.

Klopp has long since ended that era.

Now, we look at the players we move on as being good players, players that are useful to other clubs, players that bring in some impressive transfer fees. The money we’ve made off Bournemouth for instance, in recent seasons, has been quite stunning.

 Liverpool’s Curtis Jones (R) and Burnley's captain Ben Mee during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Burnley FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

One of the side-effects of success is that your bit-part contributors increase in value, as they have been witnesses of glory.

Everton’s last great vintage was partly powered by players who had been backing dancers at Anfield: Kevin Sheedy, Dave Watson and Alan Harper all served Howard Kendall well, having struggled to find their way at Anfield.

They were brilliant by process of the connection to Europe’s best team. Thus, other teams signed them in the hope that some magic was as transferable, as the carbon lifeform of player was.

Dejan Lovren, Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi are likely being sized up by other clubs as we speak.

A draw at home to Burnley or not reaching 100 points changes none of this. When it comes to this Liverpool, Rome wasn’t built in a day and it will take more than a draw at home to a decent team to see it crumble.

No Need for Schisms

 Liverpool’s Andy Robertson (C) celebrates scoring the first goal with team-mates Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' (L) and Mohamed Salah (R) during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Burnley FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

There seems to have been a vague schism between some Liverpool supporters between using these last few belated games of 2019/20 to either chase records in the here and now or to use them as building blocks to be launching ourselves into next season and beyond.

Here’s an idea though, they can be used to serve both purposes.

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Meet Jacob: A Kicks player with a bright future

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 15:00

Jacob Lawton is a talented 16-year-old footballer from Belle Vale, Liverpool, who has been attending LFC Foundation’s Premier League Kicks football sessions in Anfield for the past three years.

Premier League Kicks - delivered by LFC Foundation - is a flagship community programme, which works closely with young people and authorities in their local area to deliver free sports sessions and workshops. 

Jacob joins in on the action every Wednesday evening at Anfield Sports and Community Centre, training with the PL Kicks Representative team - a squad he made the leap to this season after impressing LFC Foundation coaches.  

For what started out as a socialising opportunity, Jacob’s participation has now become a steady constant, as he began to realise just how many opportunities can come from being involved in the LFC Foundation's PL Kicks Programme.

"It made me focus on football in a different way," says Jacob.

"I initially started attending the project for a bit of fun with friends but listening to the coaches and their inspiring career journeys, like going to work in North America, have been really inspirational.

“It’s made me think about my own career path and the possibilities of becoming a coach myself or even a physiotherapist."

As well as providing a platform to socialise, the PL Kicks programme offers opportunities and support for young people to achieve their full potential, while creating stronger, safer and more inclusive communities.

Neil Walsh, LFC Foundation coach, said: "We've guided Jacob through the Kicks Representative Team, but in that time, he himself has become a real role model and one that his fellow teammates look up to. 

“Throughout the years, Jacob has improved his skills as a footballer, while maturing as a teenager and focusing on planning out his career aspirations, one that he envisages will be in sports.

“Looking at him playing, he's enjoying himself, with a big smile on his face. That’s the key for me. That's what Kicks is all about."

Jacob has competed on a national level with LFC Foundation, representing Liverpool FC in numerous PL Kicks Regional League fixtures across the North West.

Last year, the Representative Team were edged out on penalties in the semi-finals of the PL Kicks Cup, a tournament which hosted hundreds of teams across the top English football leagues. 

Following his success in the PL Kicks programme, Jacob will now go on to make his mark in the Robbie Fowler Education and Football Academy (FEFA) this September– a football program with an outstanding academic curriculum designed to prepare youngsters for their next career step.

PL Kicks Manager, Tony Cosgrove, has also witnessed the progression that Jacob has made, both on and off the field.

He says: “He was a bit apprehensive at first. He didn’t know many of the participants at our sessions, and a lot of the boys were a little bit older and physically stronger than him. But he never showed any fear and quickly gained confidence through playing.

“He won't mind me saying this, but he's a bit of a ‘Jack the lad’ character. He's very likeable and we knew straight from the start he had something special about him."

Beyond the football, Tony also noted one of the challenges that youngsters looking to join up can face.

He said: "One of the biggest successes in this story was actually getting Jacob to the session in Anfield. He made the decision to leave his local area, at an age group where postcodes can often be a barrier. I think the future is really bright for Jacob."

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, LFC Foundation made the decision to postpone its Kicks programme, as well as all other community and school sessions delivered, to adhere to government guidelines and social distancing rules. 

For more information relating to the LFC Foundation’s PL Kicks sessions, click here.

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Meet Jacob: A Kicks player with a bright future

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 15:00
Jacob Lawton is a talented 16-year-old footballer from Belle Vale, Liverpool, who has been attending LFC Foundation’s Premier League Kicks football sessions in Anfield for the past three years.
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Curtis Jones has “all the ability in the world” to have a “big career at Liverpool”

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 14:00

Andy Robertson and Fabinho are the latest senior players to shower praise on Liverpool’s youngsters, namely Curtis Jones who was “all the ability in the world.”

It has been a memorable season for a host of Liverpool’s academy players having earned the opportunity to step up into the first team across a number of competitions.

And since the restart, Curtis Jones has made his first Premier League start and scored his maiden goal in the top-flight, while Neco Williams has made his first full league debut.

Appearances which have paved the way for the latter to receive a Premier League winners’ medal, while the former requires just one more appearance from the final three games to follow suit.

The duo have proven their worth at every turn while gaining invaluable experience, and while the Reds dropped points against Burnley on Sunday, they were once again the bright sparks to emerge from the afternoon.

Williams had deputised in place of Robertson at Brighton before switching to his natural flank against Burnley and his ability to compete for either full-back role has been welcomed by Liverpool’s No. 26.

But he did not stop at lauding the 19-year-old as he joined a long list of senior players to give Jones a ringing endorsement.

“They have been great all season and have been pushing the lads in their positions,” Robertson told BBC Sport after Saturday’s game.

 Liverpool’s Curtis Jones (R) and Burnley's captain Ben Mee during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Burnley FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

“I thought Neco was brilliant and I try to help him whenever I can as a full-back.

“Curtis [Jones] has all the confidence and all the ability in the world and he showed that in times today. Hopefully, he has a big career at Liverpool.”

Robertson’s words come following Jordan Henderson‘s glowing review of Liverpool’s No. 48, who “really can achieve anything he wants” should he keep his “attitude of making sure improvement and learning is his number one focus.”

Jones was recently rewarded with a new five-year contract and is the ideal environment to continue his growth, with opportunities to play available amid injuries and departures and unparalleled access to work alongside a world, European and English title-winning team each and every day.

A squad which includes Fabinho, and the Brazilian was quick to corroborate Robertson’s words – with confidence key on both sides.

“Of course [I see huge potential]. Curtis is a very talented player and we have a lot of confidence in him,” Fabinho told the club’s official website.

“He played a very good game today and he almost scored twice. We know he works hard every day with us and he’s ready.

“He has a lot of personality, and we have confidence in him.”

With Jurgen Klopp having opened the door for youngsters to step up and make their mark, Jones has already made the first step and the next few years are sure to to be an entertaining and intriguing journey.

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Kalidou Koulibaly hints at summer plans amid Liverpool interest

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 12:05

Kalidou Koulibaly has provided an update on his future plans, insisting he is focussed on his defensive duties with Napoli and even hinting that he could retire at the club.

The news will come as a blow to his host of Premier League suitors, with Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City all linked with the Senegal centre-back.

Koulibaly is one of Europe's highest-rated defenders and his future has been the subject of great speculation since he won the Serie A Best Defender award last season.

Full story: Mirror

This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

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Kalidou Koulibaly hints at summer plans amid Liverpool interest

HEAD NEWS - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 12:05

Kalidou Koulibaly has provided an update on his future plans, insisting he is focussed on his defensive duties with Napoli and even hinting that he could retire at the club.

The news will come as a blow to his host of Premier League suitors, with Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City all linked with the Senegal centre-back.

Koulibaly is one of Europe's highest-rated defenders and his future has been the subject of great speculation since he won the Serie A Best Defender award last season.

Full story: Mirror

This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

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Kalidou Koulibaly hints at summer plans amid Liverpool interest

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 12:05
Kalidou Koulibaly has provided an update on his future plans, insisting he is focussed on his defensive duties with Napoli and even hinting that he could retire at the club.
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The good, the bad & Firmino’s scoring drought – Debating Liverpool 1-1 Burnley

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 12:00

Liverpool were left to rue their wastefulness in front of goal as they were pegged back by Burnley at Anfield, leaving plenty to discuss post-match.

The Reds had started the clash the like a house on fire, with wave after wave of attack threatening to break the dam wall only for Burnley‘s Nick Pope and some wayward finishing to say otherwise.

Andy Robertson‘s bullet header mid-way through the first half deserved to be one which provided the platform for a victory but after Jurgen Klopp‘s side missed a flurry of chances, the visitors seized theirs.

Jay Rodriguez found the net with 20 minutes on the clock remaining to leave Liverpool desperately searching for the winner to notch their 18th league win at Anfield this season, but it never came.

Here, This Is Anfield duo Joanna Durkan (@JoannaDurkan_) and Matt Ladson (@mattladson) are joined by John O’Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) to discuss the highs and lows from Liverpool’s draw and if Roberto Firmino should be adding more goals to his game.

The good…

 Liverpool’s Curtis Jones during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Aston Villa FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

JOHN: Firstly, Jones, in his first Premier League start, impressed. His decision making wasn’t always impeccable, but what young players is? His confidence on the ball and proclivity to shoot often augurs well for the future. With further experience, he’s sure to be a star.

Fabinho, alongside with Naby Keita, has been the only Liverpool player to impress in every outing since the season resumed, even the car crash that was City away.

He’s something typecast as a Javier Mascherano style ball-winner – which is in no way a bad thing – but he’s so much more. His assist for Robertson, which is reminiscent to the ones he supplied for Mane against Manchester United last season and Salah against Crystal Palace a few weeks ago, highlights what a brilliant passing game the former Monaco linchpin also possesses.

That dinked, perfectly weighted, chipped pass is steadily becoming his trademark.

And speaking of Robertson, after a few dodgy showings after the season’s resumption, he was back to his barnstorming best today.

His header, which evokes memories of Sami Hyypia in his pomp, was brilliantly taken. His energy and incision up the left, traits so badly missed when he doesn’t play, was a threat all game. On another day, he would have had assists to add to his goal.

 Liverpool’s Andy Robertson (R) celebrates scoring the first goal with team-mate Virgil van Dijk during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Burnley FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

MATT: I was fortunate to be at Anfield as part of my work for FourFourTwo magazine and it was good to be back exactly four months after my last visit for the Atletico game. It was, though, very odd and certainly not the same experience.

Strangely, I think the experience of watching from home with the artificial crowd noise creates more of a ‘spectacle’ than being inside such a quiet stadium. But one thing that was apparent was just how vocal Virgil van Dijk is, constantly shouting at the players especially early on.

Good from a player perspective was Jones, who didn’t look out of place and really looked to get involved, I thought it was a superb decision to play him and he fully took the opportunity – even if he did miss three good chances to score.

The other good, unfortunately, was Nick Pope. He’s easily England’s best goalkeeper. Just not a fan of his time-wasting tactics.

 Liverpool’s Andy Robertson (C) celebrates scoring the first goal with team-mates Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' (L) and Mohamed Salah (R) during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Burnley FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

JOANNA: Hard to disagree with anything the guys have said there in relation to Jones, he just oozes confidence and it was clear he wanted to be on the ball at every opportunity.

While the scoreboard clearly failed to reflect it, I thought our interplay early on was some of our best since the restart but we just lacked that final touch and, at times, a stroke of luck with the bounce of the ball.

And I don’t there is anything such as showering too much praise on Fabinho. The vision, game intelligence and ability to make the tackle and pick the pass was on show once more and it’s a welcome sight to see him hit the levels he did prior to his injury, he’s a key cog in the machine.

The bad…

 Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is held back by Burnley's James Tarkowski but no penalty was awarded during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Burnley FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

JOHN: The refereeing. With all the spot-kicks awarded to Man United recently, there has been a lot of Reds fans ruing their luck with referees.

With only five league penalties this season, their qualms are understandable and five penalties should’ve been six when Robertson was upended in the box by Gudmundsson and nothing was given, nor was VAR consulted.

And Burnley almost stole a win when Gudmundsson later hit the bar, but was clearly fouled beforehand.

On an individual level, this game was another where Wijnaldum was ineffective and his recent showings – bar the Palace game – will hardly win him leverage in his contract negotiations.

Against deep defending teams, you need your midfield to step up in the creativity stakes and Wijnaldum didn’t.

 Liverpool’s Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' (R) challenges Burnley's Jay Rodriguez during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Burnley FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

MATT: I thought we got frustrated after their equaliser and took too many wild shots, but we should have had it wrapped up way earlier than that anyway.

Jones had three chances, Salah had numerous including one superb chance, Firmino off the post… it was ‘one of them days’.

Salah is the only one of the front three who hasn’t been rested/rotated out in recent games, presumably to give him the chance to get the golden boot, but I actually think not starting him and letting him come on as sub in the final 20 minutes would increase that chance and do him a favour.

And I agree that the ref was bad, whoever he was.

 Liverpool’s Curtis Jones looks dejected after missing a chance during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Burnley FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

JOANNA: It goes without saying, the finishing – most notably from Salah.

As Matt noted, we seemed to throw patience out of the window when chasing the win late on and resorted to speculative shots which allowed Burnley to time waste.

It really just was not our day in front of goal, although we could have done without the ‘offside’ decision which led to their goal as we were in fact onside – not to mention a host of other questionable calls throughout.

And I won’t lie, I’m slightly frustrated that it all means we can’t attempt to end the season with 19 home wins.

Bobby’s Anfield drought continues, should he be scoring more goals?

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino looks dejected during the FA Premier League match between Watford FC and Liverpool FC at Vicarage Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

JOHN: Firmino is only ostensibly a forward, with his function more resembling that of an attacking midfielder, so to judge him through the prism of a forward is harsh.

Nevertheless, his finishing has been poor of late and he’s not immune to criticism – in a similar vein to Wijnaldum – and he, more than most, would benefit from competition.

Hopefully, Takumi Minamino can step up and ease the burden on him.

MATT: Yes, he should probably be scoring more goals, but honestly, it’s just a freak statistic from this season. In his best goalscoring season we finished fourth, this season we won the league. One of those is far more important than the other.

Bobby is the system and we’ve seen that underlined when Minamino and Origi have attempted – and especially in Origi’s case, failed – to do the job as No.9 in recent weeks.

That said, I feel he could benefit from having better backup so I really hope Minamino can kick on next season… and a winner against Chelsea for Bobby would be nice!

 Liverpool’s substitute Takumi Minamino prepares to replace Roberto Firmino during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

JOANNA: Both John and Matt have hit the nail on the head there, Bobby makes the team tick in a way which those who simply look at the goal and assist column cannot comprehend.

We’ve excelled at sharing the load this season with 17 different goalscorers in the top-flight, and, as ever, he has been central to our ever-evolving dynamism and his absence is felt whenever he is not on the pitch.

But that isn’t to say he isn’t capable of more or of finishing the chances which do come his way, but competition for his place and in turn a more effective rotation player, which we hope Minamino can step up to be, will no doubt benefit both him and the team.

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Sophie Bradley-Auckland: Why my Liverpool career is on hold

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 11:00

Sophie Bradley-Auckland has confirmed that she will not be returning to duty with Liverpool FC Women for now, while sharing an insight into her life away from the pitch as a key worker during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Reds captain works in her family-run care home in Nottingham, with the last few months proving particularly challenging.

In an exclusive chat with Liverpoolfc.com, Bradley-Auckland discussed what being a frontline worker has entailed and explained why she has had to put her football career on hold.

"Unfortunately with the current situation it’s made me have to make a decision, one that’s been awful and I’ve actually lost sleep about it. The fact is that I can’t return to Liverpool until a risk isn’t posed on the care home," she explained.

Read on for the full interview...

Sophie, could you just tell us what the past few months have been like for you?

The past few months have been really difficult. I think it’s been challenging for everyone, not only myself and my current situation at the care home, but it’s been challenging for everyone across the whole of the world. We are hoping there’s a bit of light at the end of the tunnel. At the minute it’s quite hard to see that, especially in the job that I’m doing. But yeah, it’s just been tough, something we never thought we’d probably experience, but [we’re] just taking each day as it comes and I guess my personality is just to hit things front on and that’s all I’ve been doing.

Just remind us of your life away from the football pitch…

As well as being a Liverpool footballer, I’m also the manager of Edenhurst care home in Nottingham. It’s a family-run business that’s been in the family for many, many years. It was originally run by my nan and grandad and then my mum and dad took over. I took over three years ago and began the role of working alongside my dad. It might be longer than that actually as it was when I had my third operation on my knee and thought I was never going to go back to football, so I stepped in to take over my dad’s role as such and then last year I became the manager jointly with my dad. I think it’s always been a part of my life. I was brought up in looking after people around the care home, likewise with my brother and sister. My little girl Macie is doing exactly the same so it’s very family run and we just care for the elderly.

Tell us how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Edenhurst…

With the outbreak of coronavirus, I think it was new to everybody. Me, my husband and my dad spoke early on to close the care home down early, which we are so grateful that we did. I think it’s really benefitted us and long may that continue, touch wood. We’ve got 24 people to look after but now we’ve got 24 very vulnerable people because of the virus, which is spreading very quickly and the people we look after, it would be very dangerous if any of them were to catch it, so I guess it’s made our job role even more important than before. So, like I say, we closed down early but we have to understand we have many residents who live with us who have got dementia, so now they are not able to see their family and friends. We’ve really supported them and it’s all good for technology these days so we can still do video calls. We’ve had window visits, a lot of them have had birthdays over this period, we’ve had Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, two very special times of the year to celebrate, especially for the residents we look after, the elderly people. So, it’s just been a strange time but the best thing about it is they are all so happy. We’ve kept them up to date with everything that is happening every single day. Not a lot has changed in the care home with activities to keep everybody occupied. The only thing that’s not been [the same] is actually seeing their family and friends and giving them a cuddle right up close, and I think that’s something they’ve probably all missed but hopefully that’s not too far around the corner.

Is that the biggest challenge you’ve faced, that lack of interaction that the residents haven’t been able to have?

A lot of it, I think we have probably noticed more than they have. A lot of the residents that we care for do have dementia so some of them might not remember when their family last visited anyway, but for us to see that they are not being able to visit, to speak to their family and friends - we keep saying at the minute we are not able to make it safe for you to come in. And all of our visitors have all been so supportive of everything that we’ve done. Our most important thing is the health and safety of the residents that we look after. Hopefully the doors will open soon but we’ve had lots of parties. We celebrated VE Day. We’ve had quite a few garden parties with the weather being so nice. So it’s been really nice and, like I say, we are all family that live in there anyway. There’s a big feel for that around and everyone who is in there, they’ve got their friends in there and they are used to all gathering in the communal areas and having a laugh and a joke. None of that changes. It’s so important for myself and all the staff to turn up every day with a smile on our faces and to make sure that when we leave we’ve made at least one of them happy - but it’s usually all of them!

In terms of your daily routine, could you give us an idea of what you are having to do in terms of keeping the home safe?

I guess my day always starts in the gym in my garage before I even go to work. For me the fitness side is so important as well and that’s my mental getaway where I can just focus on whatever session that I’ve got planned. The first thing I do is me and Macie go into the gym, Macie usually watches my phone and has her milk and I go on the treadmill or the bike, do my weights, just to give me that little boost before I go because I find it harder to train after work especially when it’s been quite long days as well. So that’s how my day starts and that could be any time in the morning, depending on what time I need to go in. The PPE has changed massively. So, we’ve all been used to wearing gloves and aprons but now we’ve got the masks, we’ve got the goggles, and turning up to work we have a protocol in place so that we get changed when we get to work and we’ve changed one of the rooms to a treatment room. We’ve got a staff room where people can get changed so we can stop everything coming in as much as possible. Touch wood, I’m very superstitious so, so far so good. We’ve now got testing in place so we’ve been testing residents and staff. That will now change to staff being tested weekly and residents monthly. And that’s a massive ask you know. It’s not nice having to go round and doing all the testing but it’s very reassuring for us, for the residents and also for their families as well and it’s something that we have to stay on top of. But it’s very time consuming. It takes a long time to go through all of the testing because of the paperwork. Then I guess that’s my main role at the care home, a lot of it is the paperwork side of it and my dad is very hands on. He loves doing all of the care and I chip in with that, especially over this period. Everyone has had to be good at everything really, to all chip in and help each other out. A lot has changed but the main thing is to still keep the residents happy and I think as long as we can do that every single day and stay happy and healthy then we can walk out of the door with a smile on our faces that we’ve done our job.

This is a tough question as nobody really knows the answer, but how do you plan for the future or see the next six to 12 months looking like?

It’s a hard one at the minute and we kind of take it day by day. I know the whole country has been going into the next phase of lockdown and different phases of opening different businesses, people going back to work and schools. For us it’s different. We’ve got a lot of people that live with us who are very vulnerable, so at the minute we are still in lockdown so friends and family can’t come to visit inside the care home. However, we are planning for the next step. We’ve been having the care home sanitised monthly by a company that Liverpool FC use actually. They organised to sanitise my home and straight away I was like, ‘Perfect, this will be great’, another precaution and bring them into the care home. Anything that we can do to protect everyone that’s living there and staff that are working there we’ll jump at, but we are working to look at the next phase because we understand that it’s very important to see your family and friends face up and eventually have contact as well. But if we’ve ever had anyone that’s towards end-of-life we have put things on so that family can come and see them because I think that’s really important, and that’s something different for us in a care home compared to a hospital. In a hospital I know you can’t go but in a care home we’ve made changes where possible to make people be able to come.

And so far, the home has remained COVID-free? 

Yes. We’ve done all the testing, staff and residents, and they’ve all come back negative. So, that’s all we can ask for but it’s awful because every time I send it off ... my heart when I’m opening the emails to see and check that it’s negative, it’s just awful. It’s just a strange situation to be in. I always say running a care home is very stressful in its normal days but it’s even more stressful at the minute. If my husband Dougie goes to work before me I’m texting him 'Is everybody OK?' and there’s lots of added pressure I suppose just because we want everyone to be safe.

How does that process work in terms of trying to keep on top of numbers and testing, is it daily you are having to send the emails?

Well, we didn’t get the testing until later on and I know that’s been all over the news. We haven’t had the testing too long ago and in the last month we’ve tested twice. But we will now get that monthly. We just go round, it’s me and my dad. We go round and we swab every single resident and you have to do it in a way that there’s no cross contamination, you are changing your PPE every time in between every time, there’s lot and lots of different protocols that we are having to follow to make sure that it’s safe and the result is accurate as well. But it’s me and my dad that work together and it’s quite nice actually, I’ve always been a daddy’s girl I suppose, and even now working in the care home every day I'm with him. I’ve got Macie as well so me and Dougie have been having to swap when we go to work. Tonight at 8pm I go and pick the night staff up to bring the night staff to work. I drop the evening staff home. We really want to stop as much as possible our staff having to get public transport just because there’s an added risk in doing so, and we have been doing that since the lockdown began in March. So, between me, my dad and Dougie we just take it in turns who’s turn it is tonight to do that.

The amazing work you are doing is obviously having an effect on the other side of your life, football. Just tell us how it has impacted that?

I guess it’s made me have to make a decision. So, I was only able to come and play for Liverpool because I was able to continue with my role within the care home. Unfortunately with the current situation it’s made me have to make a decision, one that’s been awful and I’ve actually lost sleep about it. The fact is that I can’t return to Liverpool until a risk isn’t posed on the care home. My happiness - and that’s what I call playing football, which is my happiness, is something that I love to do - isn’t worth somebody’s life and that is what it is as well. It is actually risking somebody’s life. I have a duty of care. Like I’ve said, I’ve got 24 residents, actually 24 other members of my family I would call them, and I would never want to pose any further risk on them than what’s already there.

In your discussions with Vicky Jepson, is that one of the things that you’ve talked about - the fact that you won’t be returning to Liverpool for the foreseeable future?

Yes. So I rang Vicky and it actually came at such terrible timing because we had just found out that the FA had actually relegated us. I had this holding on my shoulders and I needed to tell Vicky now and we need that conversation. I’m still a Red. I will be back at Liverpool but unfortunately at this moment in time it’s not possible for me to come, so I think it’s very much up in the air. Vicky straight away was like, ‘When will you be back?' And I was like, ‘I don’t know.' I don’t think anybody knows because this virus is so unique, it’s something that’s not happened before and none of us are aware of what’s going to happen next. So, unfortunately all I’m holding onto is that I’ll be back. Like I said before, my training continues before I go to work and I’ll always be fit and ready to come back whenever that risk is not there on the care home.

How tough a decision was that for you to make?

Awful, it was really hard. I suppose three years ago when I lost all of my football contracts due to a knee injury and I ended up having three years out with my injury, I’ve got back playing and [been] having the time of my life. Liverpool has been so supportive with me having Macie and also the care home. Then now it’s been taken out of my hands again. It’s been really tough but I know I’ve got the backing of my family, I know Vicky and Adam [Greaves-Smith] are so supportive and Emma and all the rest of the staff. They trust in me to keep fit and to be ready to go again, but I don’t feel like I’m ready to retire just yet. Considering all the injuries I’ve had, I was loving being back playing and I was playing pretty well. So I’m ready whenever I can to get back, but it was awful, I’m not going to lie and say it was an easy decision. It was one that was quite emotional as well but unfortunately it’s been taken out of my hands and when it comes down to it, the care home is my priority as well as my family as well.

Have you spoken to any of your teammates at Liverpool?

Yes, I spoke to all of the girls. We had a Zoom call and I spoke to them all to announce that until the risk isn’t there then I won’t be returning. I don’t think some of them could believe it. I think it’s very hard sometimes and before I was the same as my focus was football, football, football! And now I’ve got a job as well, my focus has to change slightly. So I think it was probably a little bit of a shock. I think some would have probably gathered that I wouldn’t be coming back yet and for others it was probably a shock. It’s tough because I feel like I’m letting everybody down but I’ll be back. That’s all I keep telling myself and hopefully this doesn’t go on too long and I’ll be back and I can get the team where they belong - in the Women’s Super League.

Do you have a message for Reds supporters?

Firstly I’d like to apologise for the fact I’m not going to be back. The care home at the minute does take priority, but I would like to say to you all just stick behind the girls and good things are coming. Every setback leads to a comeback and I think we have a great squad and great management in place to make sure the girls are back in the league where I say we belong next year. But stick by the girls and hopefully I’ll see you all soon.

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Sophie Bradley-Auckland: Why my Liverpool career is on hold

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 11:00
Sophie Bradley-Auckland has confirmed that she will not be returning to duty with Liverpool FC Women for now, while sharing an insight into her life away from the pitch as a key worker during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Fabinho on Burnley draw, Curtis Jones and next three games

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 10:00

Fabinho insists Liverpool will give their all in the final three fixtures of the campaign as they still have their sights set on the Premier League's points record.

The Reds were held at Anfield for the first time in the top flight this season on Saturday when Burnley left with a 1-1 draw. 

The Brazilian – who played a lovely assist for Andy Robertson's opener in the first half – was satisfied with most aspects of that performance, but left frustrated by missed chances and a number of fine saves from opposing goalkeeper Nick Pope. 

The champions need three victories to eclipse Manchester City’s record tally of 100 set in 2018 and their next opportunity to continue that pursuit arrives on Wednesday evening when they travel to Arsenal.

Read on for Fabinho’s Burnley verdict in our post-match interview...

Fab, so many good things about that performance, was the only thing missing the three points?

Yes, I think in general we played a very good game. We created very good chances to score, their ‘keeper Pope made very good saves as well. The intensity was good so unfortunately the result is not a win but we keep going.

Burnley are so well organised – how difficult is it to try and find a way through them to create chances?

It’s hard to play against a team like Burnley because they have very good things like [being] very strong on set-pieces and we know we had to have very good concentration. It’s like this but you have to find the spaces to try always but today was not our best day maybe.

You played a big part in the goal for Andy Robertson, just talk us through it from your perspective…

When I received the ball I had a good position to try this pass for Robbo and the other players. I’m happy to give the assist for Robbo but his movement was very good as well.

Alongside you in midfield for the first time in the Premier League was young Curtis Jones. Do you see huge potential in him?

Of course. Curtis is a very talented player. We have a lot of confidence in him. He played a very good game today and he almost scored twice. He works every day very hard with us and he has a lot of personality. We have a lot of confidence in him.

How big a desire is it now to finish the season with three straight wins and get yourself over 100 points and finish things in style?

Always when we go out onto the pitch, we go to win. We don’t look at the opponent, we just go to try to do our best with intensity and technical play. So we go into these three final games to win.

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Fabinho on Burnley draw, Curtis Jones and next three games

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 10:00
Fabinho insists Liverpool will give their all in the final three fixtures of the campaign as they still have their sights set on the Premier League's points record.
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Liverpool 1-1 Burnley: Watch extended highlights and reaction

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 07/11/2020 - 23:59

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Liverpool 1-1 Burnley: Watch extended highlights and reaction

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 07/11/2020 - 23:59
Watch extended highlights and exclusive reaction after Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Burnley at Anfield on LFCTV GO now.
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Watch free: A TrueView look at Andy Robertson's stunning header

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 07/11/2020 - 19:00

Enjoy Andy Robertson's sublime headed goal against Burnley from a unique perspective in our free TrueView clip.

The left-back put Liverpool ahead at Anfield on Saturday by guiding Fabinho's delightful pass beyond Nick Pope.

A Jay Rodriguez equaliser denied the champions a 25th consecutive home win in the Premier League, but Robertson's goal was a moment to savour.

TrueView enables you to watch the header from the No.26's point of view - take a look above.

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