Match report: U23s suffer Arsenal defeat

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 21/09/2018 - 23:15
It was a frustrating night for Liverpool U23s as they lost 4-0 to Arsenal in Premier League 2 at Boreham Wood FC on Friday.
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Lazar Markovic fails to fire for Liverpool U23s on night marred by serious injury

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 21/09/2018 - 23:04

Liverpool U23s slumped to a 4-0 defeat to Arsenal on Friday evening, with some poor defending proving very costly.

Arsenal U23s 4-0 Liverpool U23s

Premier League 2, Meadow Park
September 21, 2018

Goals: Saka 21′, Nketiah 25′, 90′, Willock 79′

Neil Critchley‘s side took on the reigning Premier League 2 champions at Boreham Wood’s Meadow Park, following last weekend’s 3-0 victory over Swansea City.

Critchley named a strong starting lineup, making five changes in total.

Kamil Grabara, Isaac Christie-Davies, Lazar Markovic, Bobby Adekanye and Liam Millar came in for Kai McKenzie-Lyle, Nathaniel Clyne, Curtis Jones, Dominic Solanke and Divock Origi.

There was also a place on the substitutes’ bench for exciting youngster Edvard Tagseth—a player hailed by Steven Gerrard during his stint as U18s boss last season.

 Liverpool's Isaac Christie-Davies during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at Meadow Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Critchley makes five changes after Swansea victory, Markovic starts
  • Saka & Nketiah fire Arsenal into 2-0 half-time lead
  • Markovic poor as missed chances prove key
  • Willock & Nketiah complete victory late on
  • Adekanye stretchered off with serious knee injury
  • Just one win in six league games for young Reds

It was Liverpool who enjoyed more of the ball early on, with Arsenal, managed by former Gunners favourite Freddie Ljungberg, happy to sit deep.

Tolaji Bola brought down Adekanye just outside the penalty area, with the Arsenal man fortunate not to see a red card. He wasn’t even booked, bizarrely, and Adam Lewis curled the resulting free-kick just wide.

Millar blew a wonderful opportunity to play in Adekanye after a flowing counter-attack and Deyan Iliev saved from Rafa Camacho.

Despite Liverpool’s early dominance it was Arsenal who took the lead, with Bukayo Saka finishing well past Grabara from close range.

The hosts’ lead was swiftly doubled, with some terrible Reds defending, especially from Nathaniel Phillips, allowing Eddie Nketiah to fire home.

It was dawdling of the highest order, with the centre-back losing the ball directly in front of goal.

Matty Virtue saw a goal-bound shot blocked, as the Reds desperately searched for a quick response, with Markovic also heading inches wide.

Tyreece John-Jules came extremely close to putting Arsenal out of sight shortly before the break and was then superbly denied by Grabara.

 Liverpool's Lazar Markovic during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at Meadow Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Tony Gallacher replaced Millar at the interval, with lots of work to do for Liverpool.

Grabara was again busy at the other end, making another important stop, and Adekanye almost reduced the arrears, squeezing an effort narrowly wide.

The speedy winger was then denied on the line as the Reds upped their game, with Iliev making a smart save to keep out Markovic’s header.

Grabara, comfortably Liverpool’s best player on the night, twice made saves to keep his side in the contest, but time was fast running out.

Markovic, whose attitude appeared questionable throughout, missed a gilt-edged opportunity with the goal gaping, and was substituted for Glen McAuley soon after.

Joe Willock finished in slick fashion and Nketiah got his second of the game in stoppage time, putting the icing on the cake for Arsenal.

It was a bitterly disappointing night for Critchley and his players, compounded as Adekanye was stretchered off late on with a knee injury.

The defeat means the Merseysiders have won just one of their opening six Premier League 2 games this season, drawing three and losing the other two.

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Kamil Grabara during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at Meadow Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

TIA Man of the Match: Kamil Grabara

Liverpool: Grabara; Camacho, Phillips, Johnston, Lewis; Chirivella, Virtue, Christie-Davies (Coyle 74′); Adekanye, Millar (Gallacher 46′), Markovic (McAuley 78′)

Subs not used: McKenzie-Lyle, Tagseth

Next Match: Chelsea (A) – Premier League 2 – September 29, 12pm

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Liverpool v Southampton Preview - Key BattlesLiverpool v Southampton Preview - Reds Aiming for...

Anfield Index.com - Fri, 21/09/2018 - 22:16

After a successful start to their UEFA Champions League campaign on Tuesday night, Liverpool are back in Premier League action at Anfield, as they welcome Southampton on Saturday afternoon. Jurgen Klopp’s men are on a high, having won their first five Premier League games, but know they can’t afford to slip up on this potential banana-skin, with massive games against Chelsea and Manchester City following this one.

Klopp has a clean bill of health and is expected to field his strongest side to take the field against a Saints side, who will be bereft of Danny Ings, who cannot play as part of his loan agreement.

Roberto Firmino is expected to go straight back into the starting XI in place of Daniel Sturridge, while Naby Keita could also make a comeback into the Reds’ starting XI.

Here are some potentially key individual duels that could decide the fate of the game.


A lot was said in midweek about Salah’s performance and his perceived annoyance after Firmino’s late winner, but any questions about his unhappiness were put to rest soon after. Salah didn’t have a great game though, as the ball just didn’t stick for him, and he gave it away cheaply for PSG to score their second goal.

There is an opportunity to shut all the critics down on Saturday, though. But facing him will be one of the most consistent left-backs in the league over the last few seasons.

Salah’s performance levels are still not at a concerning level, it is just a few things like cleaner touches and better decision-making. His movement is still top-class, and he is still getting into the right positions – those of the kind which terrorised opposition defences last season.

He is just lacking a little bit of sharpness, and that should come with more game-time. It is a similar spell to the beginning of last season, when not just Salah, but the whole Liverpool team were creating loads of chances but not putting them away.

All it will take is one game where it all explodes, like it did against Maribor last season, for Salah to get back to the goalscoring form that we know. It is difficult to keep getting into threatening positions but not score at all, and the tap for Salah is just waiting to be burst open.


Mane has had a fantastic goal-scoring start to the season and has benefited hugely from this changed role, where he is playing a lot more in central positions. He is also enjoying the added attention given to Salah and Firmino, which opens up a little more space for him to do his thing.

Against PSG, he started and ended the game like a house on fire, but for large periods in the middle, he was only a bystander who couldn’t really impact proceedings. Andy Robertson has been on fire, and that has helped Mane move infield without the fear of seeing the left flank unmanned.

Mane has also been hugely helped by Robertson’s ability to find him in space, in most situations. The Scot’s aerial balls have been pinged into Mane’s feet, which have allowed the Senegalese that extra bit of time on the ball to suss up the situation and then make his decisions.

Against Spurs last weekend, Mane’s decision-making was poor, but like Salah, that is nothing that points to any long-term concerns.


In the absence of Ings, who has done a lot of the Saints’ goalscoring this season, the onus to trouble the Liverpool rearguard is likely to fall on Long. That isn’t exactly a happy place for Mark Hughes to be in, given the scarcity of Long’s goals in the last few seasons.

Van Dijk was immense in midweek against PSG, matching Edinson Cavani in the air, and also matching the speed of Kylian Mbappe on the floor.

With Joe Gomez, he has formed a strong partnership at the heart of the Liverpool defence, and that is expected to continue in this game as well.

Long needs support from the likes of Mohamed Elyounoussi and Nathan Redmond, whenever Southampton get forward. The Irishman chases down every ball and there’s no such thing as a lost cause for him, but he will need support when Southampton do foray forward.

It is expected to be a lonely afternoon up top for Long, but if he can get into positions to deliver the sucker punch, Liverpool have the personnel to deal with it, not least the big Dutchman.

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Liverpool v Southampton: Team news

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 21/09/2018 - 20:00
Roberto Firmino is ready to return to Liverpool’s starting line-up against Southampton on Saturday, but Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana will not face their former club.
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Brazil call up Alisson, Firmino and Fabinho

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 21/09/2018 - 19:01
Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino and Fabinho have been called up by Brazil for next month's matches against Saudi Arabia and Argentina.
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'I've been texting Ingsy after each goal - we're all buzzing for him'

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 21/09/2018 - 19:00
Joe Gomez has been keeping a keen eye on Southampton’s results in the past few weeks, hoping to send a WhatsApp message at the conclusion of them.
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Selfless Salah commended by Klopp

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 21/09/2018 - 17:00
Mohamed Salah’s contribution to Liverpool’s run of six consecutive wins at the start of the season has been highlighted by Jürgen Klopp.
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Jürgen Klopp: No James Milner surprise

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 21/09/2018 - 16:39
Jürgen Klopp insists James Milner’s outstanding early-season has come as no surprise to him – and feels nor should it to anyone else.
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LFC fitness update: Lovren, Lallana, Ox, Solanke and Origi

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 21/09/2018 - 15:47
Jürgen Klopp has confirmed Dejan Lovren is ‘close’ being back in contention for Liverpool after resuming full training at Melwood this week.
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Roberto Firmino fit to start v Southampton

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 21/09/2018 - 15:45
Roberto Firmino is fit to start Liverpool’s game against Southampton on Saturday.
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On demand: Klopp's pre-Southampton press conference

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 21/09/2018 - 15:22
Jürgen Klopp's pre-Southampton press conference took place at Melwood on Friday - catch up with everything the boss had to say on demand now.
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Reds line up move for Cagliari midfielder

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 21/09/2018 - 14:55
Liverpool are reportedly lining up a £31million move for Nicolo Barella after Juventus withdrew their interest in the Cagliari midfielder.
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Reds line up move for Cagliari midfielder

HEAD NEWS - Fri, 21/09/2018 - 14:55

Liverpool are reportedly lining up a £31million move for Nicolo Barella after Juventus withdrew their interest in the Cagliari midfielder.

Barella had been on the radar of the Serie A champions following a series of impressive displays domestically, but according to reports in Italy, they are ready to walk away over what they deem to be an excessive valuation.

Calciomercato write that Liverpool have now jumped to the front of the queue for the £31m-rated central midfielder, although a number of other Serie A clubs, including Inter Milan, AC Milan and Roma are also tracking his progress.

Click here to read more of this story on MailOnline.

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New season kicks off for LFC Foundation sessions

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 21/09/2018 - 14:40
Much like the football season, LFC Foundation’s Kicks sessions are well underway, with 18 free weekly sessions planned at nine different locations across the city.
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Go behind the scenes on a matchday stadium tour

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 21/09/2018 - 13:45
For any fans coming to the Southampton game this Saturday, you can go behind the scenes on a matchday stadium tour ahead of kick off.
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Joe Gomez: We can't let-up - we need to be relentless

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 21/09/2018 - 10:00
Liverpool have produced a stellar start to 2018-19, but that doesn’t mean they are satisfied according to Joe Gomez, who has stressed the need to remain ‘relentless’.
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'It was massive for me' - Oxlade-Chamberlain reveals rehab milestone

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 18:16
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has reached a morale-boosting milestone in his rehabilitation by being able to pass a ball again.
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Oxlade-Chamberlain to star on LFC Later

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 17:33
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a special guest on this week's edition of LFC Later, which premieres at 9pm BST on Thursday.
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Check your tickets! Two unclaimed LFC Foundation Lottery cash prizes

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 17:29
There’s over £7,000 waiting to be claimed by two winning LFC Foundation Lottery tickets.
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