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Watch Jürgen Klopp's pre-Dortmund press conference live

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 07:00
Jürgen Klopp will hold a press conference at Notre Dame Stadium on Thursday - and you can watch it live with us from 7pm BST.
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'United States tour is a big step forward for us'

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 00:29
Liverpool FC Women's pre-season tour of the United States represents 'a big step forward' for the players and the game, according to Courtney Sweetman-Kirk.
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Jürgen Klopp's update on transfer window

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 23:54

Jürgen Klopp has spoken about the current transfer window and explained why Liverpool are unlikely to do significant business before the deadline.

The Reds manager insists he is ‘really happy’ with the make-up of a squad that clinched Champions League glory in Madrid last month.

Asked for an update on transfers and the prospect of outgoings in the coming weeks, Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com in Indiana: “We are pretty relaxed in that, we will see what’s coming up.

“How I said, it will not be the biggest transfer window of LFC; we invested a lot in the team in the last two years, I would say. We cannot spend every year in the same manner.

“People talk about it like, ‘Now another £300m or £200m’. There are maybe only two clubs in the world – it looks in the moment like Barcelona and [Real] Madrid can do the same – City and PSG that can do it every year.

“But we are fine. I’m happy with the team, we are really happy. We have to see if we find maybe one position, if we find something for it, but there’s no real pressure because it’s not about signing a player. We have solutions for all the situations.

“Do we have exactly the solution that everybody from outside would be 100 per cent happy? I don’t think so because people want to have world-class here, world-class here and the guy on the bench has to be world-class as well. That’s not so easy. But we are of course working on it.

“On the outgoing side, we are relaxed. The young boys are here and enjoyed working with us a lot. Not to forget Naby and Shaq are injured still and are not here with us. Players will come back.

“I’m really looking forward to the season, it will be really exciting again.”

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Jürgen Klopp's update on transfer window

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 23:54
Jürgen Klopp has spoken about the current transfer window and explained why Liverpool are unlikely to do significant business before the deadline.
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More training photos: Reds go running at Notre Dame

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 23:24

The Liverpool squad went running at Notre Dame University in their second session of the day on Wednesday.

After a morning workout involving their trademark rondo exercises, the players returned to the pitch in the afternoon amid sweltering conditions.

And laps were on the agenda as the Reds continue to build up their fitness ahead of the 2019-20 season.

Take a look in the gallery below...

Photos by John and Andrew Powell

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More training photos: Reds go running at Notre Dame

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 23:24
The Liverpool squad went running at Notre Dame University in their second session of the day on Wednesday.
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Away days, stowaways & Andy Robbo’s coming of age – Liverpool fans’ stories of the season

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 22:12

Memories of last season and how it was experienced by those closest to home are revealed in a new book by Daniel Fieldsend, Local: a club and its city—Liverpool’s social history.


Former players, dedicated fans and civic leaders explain the relationship between the club they support and the city of their birth, exploring the events and moments in time that moulded their unique identity. This is the story of Liverpool, a club and its city.

LIVERPOOL’S civic identity remained a complex subject. It appeared all the more confusing for any outsiders on the coach to Huddersfield on the 20th October.

Accompanying the Reds that day was a group of lads from Glasgow Celtic. The Green Brigade had welcomed Liverpudlians down a few months earlier to look at their safe standing section, and they travelled to Yorkshire to reaffirm the link. The friendship had been longstanding.

Back in 1994 Celtic raised money for the Hillsborough families. Since then there had been a constant flow of Celtic supporters visiting Anfield and Kopites travelling to Parkhead.

 A Liverpool fan holds up a scarf with Liverpool and Glasgow Celtic on during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Andy MacKenzie is part of that contingent, who is taken by the shared politics, the Clyde and lust for Europe, as well as the antipathy to the establishment that defines both city and club. “There is a feeling of enjoying life and not taking it too seriously. There is no pretence to either city because of the underlying working-class attitude,” he says.

The Liverpool – Celtic link had been enhanced by Shankly’s friendship with Jock Stein, and by Kenny Dalglish too who was a legend at both clubs, but Nicky Allt thinks it’s more geographical: “Both have got strong working-class ethics. They’re hard-edged cities on the river the people don’t suffer fools.”

On the way to Huddersfield, despite the friendship, one Red put £2 in a Paddock pub jukebox and requested both ‘Penny Arcade’ and ‘Simply the Best’ – Rangers songs – to wind up the Glaswegians.

Joe McDonald of Dovecot (a member of the magnificent seven) plays it all down by saying: “Some of the lads go and see Celtic but I keep away from all of that,” Liverpool is his team and nobody else. Chris Hudson concurs: “I’d pick Celtic over Rangers but Liverpool is the one, I don’t support anybody else.” The clubs – Liverpool and Celtic – are mates, but they aren’t married.

Next, at home, Liverpool beat Red Star Belgrade 4-0 on the 24th October. Their fans had been banned from attending matches because of racist chanting, which made it the biggest official attendance of just Liverpool supporters at Anfield in years.

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and FK Crvena zvezda (Red Star Belgrade) at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Unofficially, however, there were hundreds of Serbians in the Anfield Road end with Liverpool tickets, secretly supporting their team.

There had been something refreshing about Anfield being an echo chamber.

Cardiff City came to town next and brought the whole repertoire with them – including classics ‘Always the victim’, ‘Sign on’, ‘Demba Ba’ and the favourite: ‘Your support is fucking shit’. Evidently they’d forgotten the backing their mining community had been given in the 1980s by Scousers who’d raised funds for them to eat. Nevertheless, Liverpool won 4-0.

In many senses it was a typical season.

The Reds drew with Arsenal away early in November, then lost to Red Star Belgrade after spending what felt like 25-minutes walking down their tunnel before the game. They got back to winning ways against Fulham on the 11th November and then beat Watford on the 24th.

But Paris Saint-Germain was to be another loss, against the most expensive assembled side in football history.

 Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani (L) and Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool FC at Parc des Princes. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Back in 1978, PSG fans created the ‘Kop of Boulogne’ in tribute to the mythical Anfield legend. They were in awe of Kopites in 1981, too, when Liverpool used their home ground and city as a canvass to win another European Cup on. When the sides first met in 1997, Virage Auteuil presented a banner that read: ‘Welcome to the Legendary Fans’.

Parisians must have thought the tribute was returned in late November 2018 when, in Liverpool’s section, there were more fans in PSG caps than there was in the rest of the ground. It wasn’t a unique gesture though: hats were a part of Liverpool fan culture, collected to pinpoint where in Europe they’d been.

On the Eurostar over, an older lady in a ‘Five Times’ t-shirt had walked up and down giving out mince pies to recognisable fans.

The Firmino chant made another appearance outside Boss (it was first heard in Belgrade), but was sang with too many words and with too few pauses that it became indiscernible. Paul McCartney – who was playing to 35,000 people across town – would not have approved.

The conflict on the pitch was between the theatrics of Neymar who rolled around a lot and posed to the crowd, and Andy Robertson who, with his Caledonian values, seemed like a Shankly signing.

Was he born to play for Liverpool?

 Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior (L) argues with Liverpool's Andy Robertson after a penalty is awarded during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool FC at Parc des Princes. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Afterwards PSG celebrated their victory as if they had won the cup. But the real story of the fixture came much later when a coach full of Liverpool fans discovered they had been harbouring two asylum seekers underneath the engine for 12 hours.

The ‘Football Travel Limited’ group of supporters first heard a rumbling when they crossed the border into England. Then, out popped two men. At a time of Brexit-inspired national xenophobia, the stowaways were given drinks, food, hugs, money and clothes by the Scouse contingent.

“It’s about the way Scousers are so welcoming,” the coach owner told the Echo.

The fans and the two men got a group photograph together. It provided an unmistakably ‘Liverpool’ image: “You can easily identify a Scouser,” says Kevin Sampson.

“That now-famous photograph of the lads coming back from Paris, they are clearly not from Leicester or Glasgow: they’re Scouse. It’s visible and easily identifiable to us, the je ne sais quoi which marks them out. It was there in the late-70s and I can still recognise it now from 100 paces away.”

Fashion had evolved again but still had a local flavour.

* This is an excerpt from Local: a club and its city—Liverpool’s social history, by Daniel Fieldsend, available on Amazon here.

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Klopp: Salah, Alisson, Firmino back soon

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 22:05
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker will return for pre-season ahead of the club's summer training camp in France.

The trio have been given an extended break away from the squad due to their international commitments this summer.

Firmino and Alisson helped Brazil win the Copa America title earlier this month, while Salah featured for Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations.

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Liverpool are currently on a pre-season tour of the United States but will return to Europe for a summer training camp in France later this month. They face Manchester City in the Community Shield on August 4.

"Mo and the Brazilians will come for Evian," Klopp told the club's website.

"It means then we have nearly a week until City [in the Community Shield], a strong 12 days until Norwich and then 15 or 16 days until Chelsea [in the Super Cup].

Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino helped Brazil win the Copa America Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino helped Brazil win the Copa America Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino helped Brazil win the Copa America

"We have to see. The good thing is, when you have a short break you don't lose a lot. They needed three weeks and so we told them [to take it], but they train now again already.

"I would have preferred it if they had come back after a week, but that would make absolutely no sense! So, [they have] these three weeks and then we will have them here for pre-season."

Sadio Mane will contest the Africa Cup of Nations final with Senegal against Algeria on Friday.

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Klopp says Liverpool will wait to assess the winger before deciding if he will be available for the City match.

"With Sadio, we have to see about him after the final - how he is feeling and stuff like that," Klopp said.

"It will be really difficult. Sixteen days before we play City, his season is finished. We will have to make a decision, but we haven't made it yet."

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Rreturn dates for Alisson, Firmino & Salah confirmed – with trio available for start of season

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 22:02

Liverpool’s squad have been on a staggered return to pre-season this summer—now the date of arrival for the next three key players has been confirmed.


Alisson and Roberto Firmino have been on Copa America duty with Brazil, winning the title on home soil.

On the same weekend they clinched the trophy, Egypt and star forward Mohamed Salah were eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations, also on home soil.

With all three players receiving the standard three-week break after international exertions, they have naturally missed the early weeks of pre-season that the rest of the squad have returned for at varying times.

A full three weeks would take them up until July 28 off on holiday—and with the Reds set to visit Evian for their usual training camp on the 29th, Jurgen Klopp confirmed that the trio would be back for the training trip in France.

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp (C) with first-team development coach Pepijn Lijnders (L) and assistant manager Peter Krawietz (R) before a pre-season friendly match between Tranmere Rovers FC and Liverpool FC at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“Mo and the Brazilians will come for Evian.

“It means then we have nearly a week until City [in the Community Shield], a strong 12 days until Norwich and then 15 or 16 days until Chelsea [in the Super Cup].

“We have to see. The good thing is, when you have a short break you don’t lose a lot.

“They needed three weeks and so we told them [to take it], but they train now again already.

“I would have preferred it if they had come back after a week, but that would make absolutely no sense! So, [they have] these three weeks and then we will have them here for pre-season.”

Once the trio are back, there remains a single player whose return is not yet known: AFCON finalist Sadio Mane.

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane with the trophy after the UEFA Champions League Final match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Estadio Metropolitano. Liverpool won 2-0 to win their sixth European Cup. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

He and his Senegal side face Algeria on Friday, after which time the club will be in touch to see about his fitness.

“With Sadio, we have to see about him after the final – how he is feeling and stuff like that,” Klopp added.

“It will be really difficult. 16 days before we play City, his season is finished. We will have to make a decision, but we haven’t made it yet.”

It seems probable that the No. 10 will not be involved for the first game of the season against Norwich at least, given it takes place precisely three weeks after the AFCON final.

If Mane is allocated the full three-week break, it seems improbable that, even if he takes part in a condensed mini pre-season, he will be in the team until at least the second or third Premier League game of the new campaign.

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Jurgen Klopp elaborates on plan for “outstanding” Adam Lallana as Liverpool’s No. 6

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 22:00

Adam Lallana has been operating in a deep-lying midfield role in pre-season and Jurgen Klopp feels there are specific games he could help Liverpool in from that position—but says the priority is on keeping fit.


The No. 20 has suffered an injury-hit past few campaigns, but played a key role under the boss in his early days in charge of Liverpool.

From a wide playmaker to a central presser, Lallana has had a varied Anfield career to say the least—and now he could seemingly contribute in a quarterback role if circumstances allow.

First and foremost, though, is keeping him fit and available for selection. Klopp told the club website that there’s no reason to suspect the injuries will continue and picked out a former player as an example of overcoming absences to return to an elite level.

 Liverpool's Adam Lallana during a pre-season friendly match between Tranmere Rovers FC and Liverpool FC at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“You see the sessions here, what a footballer he is, it’s incredible,” said the boss.

“Still it feels like people say, ‘He was injured, he was injured’ – yes, but in the moment he is not. I had, for example, Ilkay Gundogan, who was twice, if not three times, really seriously injured and now for one or two years he is playing completely without any injury.

“So just no pressure, no rush, build up, really build a fitness level, work with the experience you made in the situations. And then everything will be fine.”

After building up fitness, for Lallana it will be about finding a role in the team.

The front three is without question beyond him, not having the pace or final third end product required, but his playmaking abilities have Klopp eyeing up a new role at the base of midfield.

Penetrative passing and the ability to perhaps carry the ball across the ground quickly have come into Klopp’s thinking here—though the boss diplomatically acknowledges that the term ‘defensive midfielder’ won’t be applied.

 Liverpool's manager J¸rgen Klopp prepares to bring on substitute Adam Lallana during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Watford FC at Anfield. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

“Football-wise, there is absolutely no doubt about Adam.

“In the moment he plays a slightly different position, he enjoys it. He’s not now fixed in the No.6 position; we have players who played that position before and played it really well. But Adam is a midfielder through and through and he is an outstanding player.

“Outstanding players, you always try to find the best position on the pitch and in some games it’s possible the best position for Adam Lallana is the No.6. It must be a very dominant game, by the way, but he can play that.

“That’s why we do it, using pre-season for little experiments. That’s it.”

Klopp’s mention of “a very dominant game” clearly indicate that he’s not expecting Lallana to suddenly find great positional awareness or an ability to protect the defence.

Rather, this will be an option for the boss to insert more creativity in the centre of the park or move another high-energy player higher upfield—Wijnaldum, Henderson and Fabinho can all play as No. 6 or No. 8.

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Inside Training: Rapid rondos on day two at Notre Dame

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 21:25

Liverpool were right back to work with rapid passing routines at training in Indiana on Wednesday morning - take a look in our latest footage from the pre-season tour.

With conditions already humid by 8.30am local time, the Reds continued their preparations for the new campaign at Notre Dame University.

Overseen by Jürgen Klopp, Pepijn Lijnders, Peter Krawietz and the coaching staff, the players conducted a series of fast-paced exercises.

LFCTV GO subscribers can watch the best of the session in the video above. Not yet signed up? Click here to join now and follow the team on tour.

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Inside Training: Rapid rondos on day two at Notre Dame

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 21:25
Liverpool were right back to work with rapid passing routines at training in Indiana on Wednesday morning - take a look in our latest footage from the pre-season tour.
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Jürgen Klopp on Adam Lallana in the No.6 role

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 21:06

Jürgen Klopp sees the No.6 role as one of the potential positions for Adam Lallana in the forthcoming season.

The Liverpool midfielder has been used in the deeper-lying spot in each of the two pre-season friendlies so far this summer.

Lallana is preparing for his sixth campaign with the club and if the No.20 retains his current fitness level, Klopp expects his ‘outstanding’ ability to earn game time.

“You see the sessions here, what a footballer he is, it’s incredible,” the manager told Liverpoolfc.com during an extended interview in Indiana on the pre-season tour of the United States.

“Still it feels like people say, ‘He was injured, he was injured’ – yes, but in the moment he is not. I had, for example, Ilkay Gundogan, who was twice, if not three times, really seriously injured and now for one or two years he is playing completely without any injury. So just no pressure, no rush, build up, really build a fitness level, work with the experience you made in the situations. And then everything will be fine.

“Football-wise, there is absolutely no doubt about Adam.

“In the moment he plays a slightly different position, he enjoys it. He’s not now fixed in the No.6 position; we have players who played that position before and played it really well. But Adam is a midfielder through and through and he is an outstanding player. Outstanding players, you always try to find the best position on the pitch and in some games it’s possible the best position for Adam Lallana is the No.6. It must be a very dominant game, by the way, but he can play that.

“That’s why we do it, using pre-season for little experiments. That’s it.”

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Jürgen Klopp on Adam Lallana in the No.6 role

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 21:06
Jürgen Klopp sees the No.6 role as one of the potential positions for Adam Lallana in the forthcoming season.
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Klopp confirms Salah, Firmino and Alisson return date

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 20:36

Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker will begin pre-season training ahead of Liverpool’s summer camp in Evian later this month.

The trio have been afforded an extended break due to their international commitments with Egypt and Brazil respectively.

However, Jürgen Klopp has confirmed they will be back for the training camp in south-east France.

The manager told Liverpoolfc.com in Indiana on Wednesday: “Mo and the Brazilians will come for Evian.

“It means then we have nearly a week until City [in the Community Shield], a strong 12 days until Norwich and then 15 or 16 days until Chelsea [in the Super Cup].

“We have to see. The good thing is, when you have a short break you don’t lose a lot.

“They needed three weeks and so we told them [to take it], but they train now again already.

“I would have preferred it if they had come back after a week, but that would make absolutely no sense! So, [they have] these three weeks and then we will have them here for pre-season."

One player whose return date is yet to be confirmed is Sadio Mane, who will contest the Africa Cup of Nations final with Senegal against Algeria on Friday night.

“With Sadio, we have to see about him after the final – how he is feeling and stuff like that,” Klopp continued.

“It will be really difficult. 16 days before we play City, his season is finished. We will have to make a decision, but we haven’t made it yet.”

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Klopp confirms Salah, Firmino and Alisson return date

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 20:36
Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker will begin pre-season training ahead of Liverpool’s summer camp in Evian later this month.
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Andy Robertson provides hand injury update

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 18:58

Andy Robertson feels ready to get back out onto the pitch whenever called upon by Jürgen Klopp after undergoing a minor procedure for a hand infection.

The Scotland international returned to Melwood last Saturday but had his pre-season programme delayed slightly due to the surgery.

Robertson was part of the squad that travelled out to the United States for the Reds’ pre-season tour, however, and reported positive news on his recovery following Wednesday morning’s training session.

The left-back is ready to feature in the three matches scheduled in America – including against Borussia Dortmund at Notre Dame Stadium on Friday night if selected by the manager.

“It’s up to the gaffer but I think I’m ready for Friday,” Robertson told Liverpoolfc.com. “We’ll soon find out! But in terms of my hand, I can just wrap it up and go for it, so I’m good to go.

“Whatever the manager does is up to him. But obviously we’ll get game time out here, we look forward to getting back out onto the pitch and playing again for the club. We’ve got a couple of big games coming up.”

Reflecting on the unusual nature of the injury to his right hand, he added: “And [it was] probably one of the most frustrating. It’s the first time I’ve ever been put to sleep, so it was a bit stressful but I was just glad to get it sorted and if you’re going to pick up something so strange like that, it’s good to get it out the way when I wasn’t back here.

“It probably ruined the last week of my holiday but it was all good, I just had to get it sorted and thankfully I’ve done it.”

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