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Barcelona 'target Liverpool midfielder' as new manager faces key decision

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 5 hours 59 min ago
Thiago Alcantara is leaving Liverpool this summer and could end up making return to Barcelona - but there's a catch
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Barcelona 'target Liverpool midfielder' as new manager faces key decision

icLiverpool.co.uk - 5 hours 59 min ago
Thiago Alcantara is leaving Liverpool this summer and could end up making return to Barcelona - but there's a catch
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Fans will be surprised at how VAR has impacted Liverpool since it arrived

ThisIsAnfield.com - 6 hours 6 min ago

While every football fan believes VAR and refereeing decisions go against them, data suggests Liverpool have been surprisingly impacted since its introduction.

VAR was brought into the Premier League five seasons ago, which provides a useful point to assess how each club has been affected.

ESPN‘s Dale Johnson has reviewed each decision overturned by VAR since 2019/20, with Liverpool benefiting more than all but one club.

Brighton are top of the leaderboard when it comes to overturns for and against, with +8, while Liverpool are second with +5.

That means that the Reds have seen five more VAR decisions go their way than there have been those that negatively impacted them.

 Liverpool's Harvey Elliott looks on as referee Paul Tierney goes to the VAR screen, before his goal is disallowed, during the FA Premier League match between Burnley FC and Liverpool FC at Turf Moor. Liverpool won 2-0. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Harvey Elliott looks on as referee Paul Tierney goes to the VAR screen, before his goal is disallowed, during the FA Premier League match between Burnley FC and Liverpool FC at Turf Moor. Liverpool won 2-0. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Aston Villa (+4), Man City (+4), Man United (+3), Newcastle (+3), Everton (+2) and Crystal Palace (+2) are the other clubs deemed to have been positively affected.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Wolves (-18) are out in the distance when it comes to the net score of overturns for and against them.

However, in the season just gone, no club was seen to have been worse-affected by VAR than Liverpool, with the Premier League‘s KMI Panel – comprised of former players and coaches – determining mistakes made.

Liverpool are claimed to have seen four VAR mistakes go against them and none in their favour, those mistakes being:

The flaw in this system, of course, is that it is still highly subjective – with one notable omission being Jeremy Doku’s high boot on Mac Allister in the 1-1 draw with Man City on March 10.

Johnson’s data also looks into “situations that the KMI Panel deemed to be a refereeing error, but not sufficient to be classed as ‘clear and obvious’ for a VAR intervention.”

Those are labelled referee mistakes, which surprisingly Liverpool are deemed to have benefitted more from than any other club in 2023/24.

Liverpool saw one official referee mistake go against them – Diogo Jota‘s second yellow card vs. Tottenham (September 30) – and six in their favour.

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The KMI Panel determined that penalties for Jota vs. Newcastle (January 1) and Dominik Szoboszlai vs. Bournemouth (August 19) should not have been awarded, while Ibrahima Konate should have been shown a second yellow vs. Everton (October 21).

Of course, this is unlikely to change how VAR is viewed among Liverpool fans – and it is questionable whether it really should do.

Every situation remains subjective, whether the opinion of officials on a matchday or ex-pros on the KMI Panel, and therefore it can never be cut and dried.

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Liverpool are now looking to replace more of Jurgen Klopp’s staff via LinkedIn

ThisIsAnfield.com - 6 hours 45 min ago

After it emerged that Liverpool are advertising for a set-piece coach to add to Arne Slot‘s staff, two more positions have been posted via LinkedIn.

With Jurgen Klopp‘s resignation followed by an exodus of the manager’s first-team staff, it is a summer of upheaval at the AXA Training Centre.

That will include the appointment of a specialist set-piece coach, with the club advertising for a new role to support the arriving Slot, with Klopp’s assistant, Peter Krawietz, previously filling that duty.

READ: Why Liverpool want to hire a set-piece coach – to join Arsenal and Man City

Liverpool have continued their recruitment drive with two more job adverts, as they aim to appoint a new strength and conditioning coach along with a first-team physio.

The arrival of another strength and conditioning coach comes as part of a revamp of the fitness department, with Dr Andreas Schlumberger and Andreas Kornmayer among those to depart.

Schlumberger held the position of head of recovery and performance and Kornmayer served as head of fitness and conditioning.

The club’s job description explains that a successful candidate would operate “under the management of the head of physical performance.”

Slot is expected to bring at least three coaches with him from Feyenoord, with one of those being Ruben Peeters, who held the role of head of performance with the Dutch club and could replicate that at Liverpool.

 Liverpool's Curtis Jones goes off with an injury escorted by first-team physiotherapist Chris Morgan during the FA Premier League match between Brentford FC and Liverpool FC at the Brentford Community Stadium. Liverpool won 4-1. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Curtis Jones goes off with an injury escorted by first-team physiotherapist Chris Morgan during the FA Premier League match between Brentford FC and Liverpool FC at the Brentford Community Stadium. Liverpool won 4-1. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Meanwhile, the search for a new physio could suggest that there are more changes to the department than currently reported.

Liverpool count Lee Nobes as head of physiotherapy while Chris Morgan and Steve Lilley are first-team physios and Joe Lewis a general physio.

Whether any of those figures will leave the club this summer remains to be seen, but it is clear that Liverpool are looking to overhaul their structure off the pitch.

Part of that could be dictated by the arrival of Slot, who has been commended for his approach to maintaining the fitness of his players at Feyenoord.

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Liverpool transfer news LIVE - Mo Salah complication, Johan Bakayoko linked, Dani Olmo battle

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 7 hours 28 min ago
Latest Liverpool transfer news including updates on Johan Bakayoko, Dani Olmo, Antonio Silva, Alisson Becker, Mohamed Salah, Arne Slot and more
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Liverpool transfer news LIVE - Mo Salah complication, Johan Bakayoko linked, Dani Olmo battle

icLiverpool.co.uk - 7 hours 28 min ago
Latest Liverpool transfer news including updates on Johan Bakayoko, Dani Olmo, Antonio Silva, Alisson Becker, Mohamed Salah, Arne Slot and more
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Liverpool in £50m transfer message and other rumours as club president speaks out

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 9 hours 31 min ago
Latest Liverpool transfer news and rumours as the Reds look towards the summer transfer window under new manager Arne Slot
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Liverpool in £50m transfer message and other rumours as club president speaks out

icLiverpool.co.uk - 9 hours 31 min ago
Latest Liverpool transfer news and rumours as the Reds look towards the summer transfer window under new manager Arne Slot
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Jurgen Klopp's right-hand man's admission is a testament to Liverpool's spirit

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 10 hours 31 min ago
Liverpool are at the beginning of a new era after Jurgen Klopp departed the club last weekend following victory to Wolverhampton Wanderers
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Jurgen Klopp's right-hand man's admission is a testament to Liverpool's spirit

icLiverpool.co.uk - 10 hours 31 min ago
Liverpool are at the beginning of a new era after Jurgen Klopp departed the club last weekend following victory to Wolverhampton Wanderers
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Ibrahima Konate facing huge Liverpool challenge as 22 appearance record speaks volumes

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 11 hours 31 min ago
The ECHO's end-of-season ratings pieces continue with an assessment of Ibrahima Konate, who turns 25 on Saturday
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FSG made rapid Liverpool decision to prevent madness that is descending on Premier League rivals

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 11 hours 31 min ago
This week's Blood Red column assesses Liverpool's decision to appoint Arne Slot ahead of a potentially frantic search for managers this summer
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Ibrahima Konate facing huge Liverpool challenge as 22 appearance record speaks volumes

icLiverpool.co.uk - 11 hours 31 min ago
The ECHO's end-of-season ratings pieces continue with an assessment of Ibrahima Konate, who turns 25 on Saturday
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FSG made rapid Liverpool decision to prevent madness that is descending on Premier League rivals

icLiverpool.co.uk - 11 hours 31 min ago
This week's Blood Red column assesses Liverpool's decision to appoint Arne Slot ahead of a potentially frantic search for managers this summer
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Premier League rules could force sale of player who can solve Liverpool problem for Arne Slot

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 12 hours 31 min ago
Liverpool are almost certain to bring in a new centre-back this summer and problems at Nottingham Forest could work in their favour
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Premier League rules could force sale of player who can solve Liverpool problem for Arne Slot

icLiverpool.co.uk - 12 hours 31 min ago
Liverpool are almost certain to bring in a new centre-back this summer and problems at Nottingham Forest could work in their favour
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Arne Slot facing immediate Liverpool transfer problem Jurgen Klopp never experienced

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 13 hours 31 min ago
New sporting director Richard Hughes will have an early problem that Michael Edwards never had to worry about when it came to transfer targets
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Arne Slot facing immediate Liverpool transfer problem Jurgen Klopp never experienced

icLiverpool.co.uk - 13 hours 31 min ago
New sporting director Richard Hughes will have an early problem that Michael Edwards never had to worry about when it came to transfer targets
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Liverpool and Arsenal 'to battle for $27m transfer' as coach applies for role with Arne Slot

Liverpool.com - 16 hours 31 min ago

Liverpool is technically in the in-between period between Jürgen Klopp departing and Arne Slot arriving at Anfield but the former is already on holiday and the latter will be making plans. This summer, the incoming Dutchman wants to hit the ground running.

With transfers, contracts and backroom appointments to think about, there is plenty for Slot to be getting on with. While his official start date is June 1, the chances are, he has already had plenty of meetings about what happens next.

READ MORE: Liverpool could sign another Sadio Mané this summer but he isn't Arsenal target Alexander Isak
READ MORE: Arne Slot has major Liverpool weapon ready to be unlocked and Jürgen Klopp frustration proves it

Among those discussions will no doubt have been transfer planning, even though that will be driven by sporting director Richard Hughes. Here's your round-up of the latest Liverpool news.

Liverpool and Arsenal battle for Justin Bijlow transfer

Ahead of the summer transfer window opening, Liverpool and Arsenal are preparing to do battle for Feyenoord goalkeeper Justin Bijlow. The Reds would only need a signing in that department if Caoimhín Kelleher pushes for an exit while the Gunners are expected to need to sign a replacement for Aaron Ramsdale.

In England, The Telegraph reports that Arsenal has the 26-year-old on its radar, while in the Netherlands, De Telegraaf says he could follow Arse Slot to Anfield. Manchester United took a loot at Bijlow last summer before ending up with André Onana. The Old Trafford side was quoted $27m (£21m/€25m) for his services.

Portuguese coach applies for Arne Slot role

After Liverpool put an advert on LinkedIn requesting applications for a new role as set-piece coach, Portuguese coach Rúben Pinheiro has revealed that he has put his hat in the ring. Arne Slot has replaced Jurgen Klopp but Liverpool is also losing Pep Lijnders, Peter Krawietz, Vitor Matos, John Achterberg, Jack Robinson, Andreas, Schlumberger and Andreas Kornmayer.

"The impact of set pieces, in my opinion, is not new," Pinheiro told Record. "Now it is becoming very relevant, also given the evolution of the game, the fact that more and more teams are being worked on in detail.

"What seems clearly different to me is that, over these years, the way in which the moment is approached, the attention given to the moment in training, the innovation that increasingly exists. The process of creating set pieces can be divided into four phases. The first is the process of analyzing what we are going to find. Therefore, a rigorous analysis process on how the opposing team behaves, for example, defends itself in the zone.

"And the same thing offensively. The English call it design. In this design, in a way, I always put the identification of a signal, so that all players can know which dead ball will be decided by the kicker. Therefore, the hitter does not only have to be a good performer, but also a good interpreter and observer."

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Chelsea ace 'moves closer to exit' after Liverpool links while Arne Slot can sign another Sadio Mané

Liverpool.com - Fri, 05/24/2024 - 22:00

Liverpool might have played its final match under Jürgen Klopp and the players might have headed off on holiday, but there is still plenty happening behind the scenes at Anfield. Plans for the summer have long been being pulled together.

Even though Liverpool is heading for a new era without Klopp, it is still a lot more stable than many of the sides around the top flight. Chelsea is set to change manager again, while Manchester United, The Guardian reports, will fire Erik ten Hag regardless of the result in tomorrow's FA Cup final.

READ MORE: Liverpool could sign another Sadio Mané this summer but he isn't Arsenal target Alexander Isak
READ MORE: Arne Slot has major Liverpool weapon ready to be unlocked and Jürgen Klopp frustration proves it

The Reds will only be focusing on themselves, though. Here are the two Liverpool.com stories from today that you shouldn't miss.

Chelsea ace 'moves closer to exit' after Liverpool links

It could be another summer of chaos for Chelsea. After parting ways with Mauricio Pochettino, it remains to be seen which way the Blues will turn next — and they have some big transfer decisions looming once again.

Intriguingly, the Evening Standard reports that while Pochettino was a big advocate of Conor Gallagher, the Argentine's departure could mean the midfielder moves on this summer. Because he is homegrown, he would count as pure profit on the accounts which makes him a more appealing player to move on.

Chelsea writer Simon Phillips has previously reported (in his Substack) that Liverpool has been interested in Gallagher, while the ECHO also reported that he was an option under consideration last summer. Emmet Gates has the full story if you click here.

Liverpool could sign another Sadio Mané this summer

Reds legend Robbie Fowler has suggested that Liverpool should sign Alexander Isak this summer, but there might be another Newcastle United forward who fits in better.

Anthony Gordon, according to the Daily Star, is another player that is on the radar of Liverpool this summer and Matt Addison believes that he would be the best fit out of the two. Gordon could even become the new version of Sadio Mané.

Liverpool needs to become a bit more ruthless in the final third next season to reach the next level under Arne Slot. You can click here to read the full story.

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