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Summer of Champions: We are Liverpool - you are our champions!

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 11:00

Firstly, we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in our Summer of Champions activities.

At the beginning of August, we announced that we would be resuming our session delivery, by providing a host of free, fun ‘face-to-face’ sessions and holiday camps till the end of summer as part of our Summer of Champions celebrations.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, our sessions were completely paused, which meant that we had to deliver virtually so we could stay in touch with and support children and their families.

Summer of Champions to us was about not only celebrating the success of the first team but celebrating and supporting each and every child and young person who has been living through some big changes and difficult times lately - you are our champions!

Across our Summer of Champions, we’ve seen:

  • 2,212 participants across all our summer programmes
  • 623 hours of activities
  • 247 hours of virtual sessions which includes over 80 Year 6 pupils ready and rearing for secondary school thanks to STEP UP
  • 13 virtual sessions of our hugely popular Mini Kicks for 4-6 year olds
  • 751 children enjoying our holiday camps from our Girls Kicks camps at Woodchurch Sports Complex to our James Milner-funded camps around the city
  • 144 Open Goals sessions with over 800 participants enjoying free family fun in their local parks
  • 2,724 healthy meals supplied by chefs at Anfield to make sure all our participants are ready and fueled for their activities

Through the four weeks of delivery, we received some amazing feedback from parents and participants who took part in our sessions across the city.

"Thank you so much for the football summer camp, my son absolutely loved it. It was really well organised and very safe with regards to covid restrictions. The gift he received was great - he’s so happy and it was all for free!"

Our Open Goals sessions have received some rewarding feedback too: "It has done wonders both exercise and confidence wise. It’s great to have this service within a mile of our home and for free. It’s been a long summer, stuck at home trying to home work and keep the children occupied, often using tech to keep them quiet/entertained. But these sessions have been something they really look forward to and are motivated to get out whatever the weather."

It’s been such a huge success, welcoming our children, young people and families back to our sessions - it’s been amazing seeing everyone all back playing sport and having fun while staying safe!

Thank You. We are Liverpool. You are our champions!

Keep an eye out for our autumn timetable for more of your favourite LFC Foundation sessions.

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Summer of Champions: We are Liverpool - you are our champions!

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 11:00
Firstly, we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in our Summer of Champions activities.
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Out now: Get your new LFC third kit for 2020-21

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 10:46
Liverpool's 2020-21 Nike third kit is now on general sale online.
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Midnight BST: New LFC third kit for 2020-21 goes on sale

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 10:46
Liverpool's 2020-21 Nike third kit will be released on general sale from midnight.
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Midnight BST: New LFC third kit for 2020-21 goes on sale

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 10:46

Liverpool's 2020-21 Nike third kit will be released on general sale from midnight.

The black, anthracite and crimson strip – which features a chequered design inspired by the flags and banners that are part of the club’s European heritage – was unveiled last week and made available for limited pre-order.

It will now go on general sale online and in stores from 00.00am BST on Tuesday September 15.

Click here to browse the 2020-21 kit collection.

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Marko Grujic’s agent claims Liverpool “want to keep” midfielder until at least January

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 10:02

Marko Grujic‘s agent, Fali Ramadani, has claimed Liverpool “want to keep” his client at the club until at least January, ruling out a summer move back to Hertha Berlin.

Grujic has spent the last two seasons on loan at Hertha, and ended the campaign strongly after initially losing his place in the side due to a carousel of managers in Berlin.

But despite interest in keeping him at the Olympiastadion, Hertha have been unable to clinch a deal, and amid speculation of a move elsewhere, Grujic has stayed with Liverpool.

With less than a month to go until the end of the transfer window, the Serbian is still training with the first team at Melwood and was in the matchday squad for the Community Shield loss to Arsenal.

Eintracht Frankfurt, Borussia Monchengladbach, Atalanta, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa have all been credited with an interest along with Hertha, but now any side could be made to wait until at least January to clinch a move.

That is according to Grujic’s agent, with Ramadani telling German publication kicker on Sunday that Liverpool “want to keep” their No. 16.

“Liverpool want to keep Marko,” he explained. “That could change in January at the earliest.”

 Liverpool's Marko Grujic during a preseason friendly match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. (Pic by Propaganda)

This may be a sensible decision, as with Grujic contracted to the club until 2023, there is no real rush to sell the midfielder aside from raising funds.

Grujic could be particularly useful over the next three-and-a-half months, with the Reds set for a League Cup clash with either Bradford or Lincoln on September 23, while the next two rounds will also be played this year.

The League Cup semi-finals and FA Cup third round both land in the same week in January, and with 15 more Premier League games and all six Champions League group ties to play before the end of 2020, it is set to be a busy period.

Jurgen Klopp could, therefore, require more numbers in his ranks until, as Ramadani explains, “January at the earliest,” with Grujic an accomplished option at this level.

It is also possible that Liverpool simply haven’t been able to reach anywhere near their asking price for the 24-year-old so far, with a £20 million valuation reported.

Ramadani’s comments could be a means to drum up further interest or force the hand of one of the clubs already chasing Grujic, though it seems more realistic at this stage that the decision has been made to keep his client for a congested run.

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Liverpool to sign Brazilian teenage goalkeeper Pitaluga from Fluminense

HEAD NEWS - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 09:46

Liverpool will complete the signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga from Fluminense this week, Goal has learned.

The Reds have agreed a deal that could cost them up to £2 million ($2.6m) for the 17-year-old, who will join the club’s Academy set-up initially.

Pitaluga, who was part of the Brazilian under-17 squad which won their age group World Cup on home soil in 2019, is due to arrive on Merseyside to complete a medical and finalise his move. The teenager holds a German passport, which has enabled him to make the transfer prior to his 18th birthday.

Full story: Goal.com

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Liverpool to sign Brazilian teenage goalkeeper Pitaluga from Fluminense

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 09:46

Liverpool will complete the signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga from Fluminense this week, Goal has learned.

The Reds have agreed a deal that could cost them up to £2 million ($2.6m) for the 17-year-old, who will join the club’s Academy set-up initially.

Pitaluga, who was part of the Brazilian under-17 squad which won their age group World Cup on home soil in 2019, is due to arrive on Merseyside to complete a medical and finalise his move. The teenager holds a German passport, which has enabled him to make the transfer prior to his 18th birthday.

Full story: Goal.com

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

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Liverpool to sign Brazilian teenage goalkeeper Pitaluga from Fluminense

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 09:46
Liverpool will complete the signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga from Fluminense this week, Goal has learned.
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'Long may it continue' - Robertson relishing another Alexander-Arnold assist duel

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 09:37

Andy Robertson took an early lead in his annual assist competition with Liverpool teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold on Saturday.

It was the Scotland captain’s near-post corner that was headed in by Virgil van Dijk during the thrilling Premier League season-opener, eventually won 4-3 against Leeds United.

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Robertson registered 12 assists as the Reds clinched the title last term but, as he had been in the previous campaign, was pipped by one by Alexander-Arnold.

The ultimate goal of the competition, though, is to benefit the team – whichever full-back comes out on top at the end of 2020-21.

“It’s a long, long season so we’ll see how it plays out this time!” Robertson was quoted in Saturday’s official matchday programme.

“I had a lot of games to make up last season and I nearly got there. We both do this competition to get the best out of each other.

“These last two seasons we’ve shown that we can take the numbers to a whole new level for full-backs, especially with Trent breaking the record for a full-back that had stood for many years in 2018-19, and then breaking his own record the year after, which was incredible.

“If I’m anywhere close to him this season then I think we’ll have both had a successful season because I can’t see him not assisting with goals and long may that continue.

“We like to create chances and hopefully that continues this season because us making chances and creating goals is a big part of how we play and we get a lot of joy from it. So long that may continue, but time will tell.

“It’s obviously going to be tough to continue those numbers but that’s our aim and hopefully we can do that.”

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'Long may it continue' - Robertson relishing another Alexander-Arnold assist duel

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 09:37
Andy Robertson took an early lead in his annual assist competition with Liverpool teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold on Saturday.
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Frank Lampard claims Liverpool spent like Chelsea to win the Premier League

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 09:25

Frank Lampard has branded Jurgen Klopp’s criticism of Chelsea’s spending amusing.

Chelsea have spent more than £200 million on new recruits in a summer of Stamford Bridge rebuilding, but Klopp insisted Liverpool were different from “clubs owned by countries and oligarchs.”

Blues manager Lampard believes Klopp was as much defending Liverpool’s lack of summer signings as overlooking the Reds’ previous recruitment drives that have propelled the Anfield club back to the top.

“I was less annoyed with it, I found it more, slightly amusing, I would say,” said Lampard.

“Because I think when you talk about the owners of clubs, I don’t think it matters what line of business they come from, we’re talking about some very wealthy owners of clubs in the Premier League.

“I think with Liverpool’s story—and I referenced it a lot last year, Liverpool’s story—it’s a fantastic story of a club over four-and-a-half, five years that Jurgen Klopp’s been there that have managed to get recruitment right to a really high level.

“And the reality is probably, other than maybe Leicester, which is an incredible story, most clubs that win the Premier League in the modern day have recruited well and recruited at a high level money-wise.

“And you can go through the Liverpool players: Van Dijk, Alisson, Fabinho, Keita, Mane, Salah, incredible players, that came at a very high price.

 Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk (R) embraces goalkeeper Alisson Becker before the opening FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leeds United 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. Liverpool won 4-3. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“So Liverpool have done it, and they’ve done it over a period of time. What we’ve done is come off the back of a ban, probably tried to address the situation ourselves to help improve us.

“So I think it’s par for the course, and I think we all know that there’s no point in doing the maths too much because I think we know that Liverpool have spent at a high level, we know they have an incredible coach, we know they have incredible players.

“And the really smart thing Liverpool have done I think is believe in their coach, believe in their system for a number of years.

“So it’s a great story, but it’s story that has seen money spent on players. And this summer we’ve spent money on players, and now the hard work has to be done.”

Lampard has admitted he expects Chelsea’s other rivals to follow Klopp’s lead in criticising the west Londoners’ free-spending summer, but also conceded that is all part of the Premier League battleground.

 Chelsea's manager Frank Lampard during a training session ahead of the UEFA Super Cup match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Besiktas Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Asked if Chelsea have to accept their transfer business will draw attention from their rivals, Lampard continued: “Yeah and those are the rules because I would maybe reference it elsewhere.

“I probably mentioned the transfer ban quite a lot last year, and maybe I felt that was some of the reason we were 30 points behind the top two teams. And when Jose Mourinho might mention it, he maybe wouldn’t have done when he was at Manchester United. These are the rules.

“Sometimes if you have the opportunity to invest at a club, managers at a top club, you try to do it as well as you can.

“I feel we’ve done it this summer with a view on bringing in young players of high talent, I believe very high talent, of course with the exception of Thiago Silva and his age. But to try to improve the club, and that’s part of our plan.

“And my job is to work with that, and my job is not to get too caught up in the comments of others. Because a lot of managers who work at clubs at this level will be spending money.

“And we’ll be judged on how well we spend the money, how well we coach the players we bring in, and we’ll be judged by the results we get.”

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Liverpool stand up to first unique pressure test as Mo Salah sends out statement of intent

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 09/13/2020 - 18:00

Seven weeks between signing off from the longest season in history to the beginning of the latest starting one ever. A condensed ‘summer’ where much hand-wringing over a lack of transfer activity went on.

Fears and anxieties have been as prevalent as joy being taken in Liverpool being the team everyone will be setting out to topple.

If you didn’t know before, this is what it feels like to be the reigning champions.

Challenges and stresses

 Liverpool’s captain Jordan Henderson during the opening FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leeds United 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)

It took 30 years to win the league; it has been 30 years since we last set sail on a new campaign as defending champions. The challenges and the stresses of carrying what is both a blessing and a burden are utterly unique.

Liverpool are now the benchmark. They are the team to chase, the team to emulate, the team to succeed, if anybody is good enough.

Within this, the pressures are intensified – some of which are self-inflicted.

Timo Werner was fawned over only to end up in a Chelsea shirt and from that moment a chip grew on the collective shoulder of a sizeable section of the Liverpool supporter base, or at least the ones that live within the unremitting echo chamber of Twitter.

Whether he eventually comes or not, and he would be a fine addition to Jurgen Klopp’s squad, the less said about the resultant fixation with Thiago, the better. Nothing good can come from torturing yourself with hypotheticals and the most important players are the ones that are employed by Liverpool today.

In this respect, until matters change, Marco Grujic and Harry Wilson are currently more important than Thiago is.

Don’t worry, be happy

 Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (C) celebrates after scoring the first goal from a penalty-kick during the opening FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leeds United 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)

I’m not going to tell you not to worry about the lack of significant reinforcements going into the new season, just that the transfer window doesn’t close on a poker-faced Liverpool for another four weeks and even if it closes without new arrivals, the players who made Liverpool champions last season are more than good enough to repeat the trick this time around.

If Liverpool don’t win number 20 next May (further pandemic delays might take this to July or August again), it won’t be down to the composition of the squad. It will instead be down to the heavy weight that comes with being the reigning champions.

Unless you enjoy the sort of domestic hegemony that Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern Munich possess, retaining league titles is a fraught business. Despite their gold cheque book, Manchester City have only successfully retained a Premier League title once and that was by the skin of their teeth.

The second successive title is one that is won in the mind as much as it is won on the pitch. Your rivals are out to get you, but so are your own doubts and insecurities.

The first hurdle was cleared; I’d happily take another 37 4-3’s… Ahem. Leeds United were always going to be a tough assignment on the opening day.

Heavy metal football vs. Bielsaball

 Leeds United's manager Marcelo Bielsa during the opening FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leeds United 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. Liverpool won 4-3. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Marcelo Bielsa is one of football’s greatest innovators, a thinker that Klopp and Pep Guardiola will view as a kindred spirit. The Argentinean elder will have been visualising this game ever since he rolled into Elland Road.

Belief installed in his players, throw in the stereotypical opening day enthusiasm that runs through all newly-promoted teams and Leeds were both an alluring and problematic opponent.

Unwilling to obediently lay down and let us scratch their tummy, three times they punched back when falling behind. They will attack this season with their own brand of ferocity, but defending might prove difficult.

Apart from the games in which we face them, I hope they prosper and grow in the season ahead.

Liverpool vs. Leeds has always been a fixture with a certain ring to it, one that was massive throughout the Bill Shankly and Don Revie eras, one that was re-energised during the 1990s and the early exchanges of the 21st century.

I’d have loved to have been at this one.

Mohamed Salah, sporting a very sharp new haircut, was in devastating form. Clinical in his dispatching of penalties at each end of the pitch and game, his second goal was thundered home ruthlessly.

 Liverpool’s hat-trick hero Mohamed Salah walks off with the match ball after the opening FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leeds United 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. Liverpool won 4-3. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Do we appreciate him as much as we should?

It was a question that was floated widely on Saturday. The answer to that is both yes and no. Salah is a phenomenon, nothing more, nothing less, the creator of football hypnotism, but because he plays within a team of collective talents he must share the adulation.

Against Leeds, while Salah excelled, others laboured. The forceful nature in which Bielsa’s team fought back was combined with drowsiness in the Liverpool defence. Virgil van Dijk powered in a header for 2-1, yet gifted Patrick Bamford the very next goal.

It lent the game an air of ‘next goal wins’. At 3-3, a freekick whistled past Alisson’s right-hand post before we were gifted our second penalty. Lessons learned and a call for focus before we head to Stamford Bridge next weekend, hopefully.

A statement of intent

 Chelsea's manager Frank Lampard argues with Liverpool bench during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea 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)

And Liverpool can come away from west London with three points next Sunday which would act as a bold statement of intent, as despite their summer of strengthening, Frank Lampard is still Chelsea’s manager.

Klopp can outmanoeuvre him if the errors of Saturday aren’t repeated.

The defence of our Premier League title is up and running.

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Home comforts return 4 on the bounce – Mo Salah steals the show on Liverpool’s opening day

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 09/13/2020 - 17:00

It was the Mo Salah show at Anfield on Saturday night, with Liverpool’s No. 11 netting an all-important hat-trick to send the Reds on their way in 2020/21.

Salah was the only member of the front three not to find the net in pre-season, but he wasted little time when it mattered the most as his prolific career in red continued.

The 28-year-old found the net twice from the spot at both ends of the field, with a rifled strike into the top corner sandwiched in between, goals, in addition to Virgil van Dijk‘s header, which toppled Leeds in a wild 4-3 win.

It was a display which saw the Egyptian at the top of his game, one which continued to see records toppled in his wake and incredible milestones reached.

And here are four of the best from his night at Anfield on the opening day.

A Good Omen

 Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring the fourth goal, his hat-trick, from a penalty-kick to make the score 4-3 during the opening FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leeds United 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)

Liverpool’s front three are not labelled prolific for no reason and Salah is an integral member, when he is firing so are Jurgen Klopp‘s men.

And his name on the scoresheet in the Premier League bodes well for Liverpool for more reason than one, as it not only adds to his personal tally but it also all but guarantees victory.

Incredibly, Liverpool have won the last 35 topflight games in which Salah has scored, according to Opta, a run which dates back to his goal against Brighton in the final game of the 2017/18 season.

It is a new record in the Premier League, with Salah’s streak overtaking Wayne Rooney’s record of 34 consecutive wins when scoring which was set from September 2008 to February 2011.

And here’s to continuing that streak at Chelsea next time out!

First Since Aldridge

 Liverpool’s manager Jürgen Klopp congratulates hat-trick hero Mohamed Salah after the opening FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leeds United 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. Liverpool won 4-3. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

By netting from the penalty spot at the death, Salah did not only win the game for Liverpool but also became the first Red to score a hat-trick on the first day of a league season since 1988/89.

The last man to achieve the feat was John Aldridge against Charlton, a campaign he finished with 31 goals across all competitions.

The hat-trick was the third of Salah’s Liverpool career, where his first came against Watford in March 2018 and the second at Bournemouth in December 2018.

Almost two years between taking the match ball home, but you wouldn’t bet against him notching another before the season is out.

Moreover, it was the club’s 40th hat-trick in the Premier League, a tally bettered by no other side in the competition.

Man for the Opener

Cometh the season opener, cometh Mo Salah.

Having found the net against Watford (2017/18), West Ham (2018/19) and Norwich (2019/20) on each opening day for the last three seasons, Salah had the opportunity to write a new record.

And by safely dispatching a penalty early in the piece against Leeds, he did just that; becoming the first-ever Liverpool player to score on the opening day of the league for four consecutive seasons.

On top of that, he is just the second to do so in the Premier League having followed in the footsteps of only Teddy Sheringham at Tottenham between 1992 and 1996.

4 – Mohamed Salah is the first ever @LFC player to score on the opening day of four consecutive league seasons; he's only the second to do so in the @premierleague for any club, after Teddy Sheringham (1992-93 to 1995-96). Fab. pic.twitter.com/vhX99BEQVv

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 12, 2020

Talk about starting as you mean to go on.

Home Comforts

 Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (R) celebrates after scoring the third goal to make the score 3-2 during the opening FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leeds United 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)

The Egyptian King has been a revelation since joining Liverpool in the summer of 2017, netting a whopping 97 goals in 154 appearances.

And more than half of those have arrived at Anfield in the Premier League.

His three-goal return against Leeds saw him take his tally to 50 goals in the space of just 63 home league appearances – a return which includes two strikes during his time with Chelsea.

It is a stunning return and one which sees him placed behind only Alan Shearer in reaching half a century of home goals in the Premier League in the shortest time frame, with the former Newcastle man netting 50 in 47 appearances – as per Opta.

He pipped former Liverpool man Robbie Fowler in the all-time list (50 in 64), in addition to Les Ferdinand and Sergio Aguero, who both hit the milestone in 65 appearances.

Do we appreciate Salah enough?

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Match report: London Bees 0-3 Liverpool FC Women

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 09/13/2020 - 16:07
Liverpool FC Women picked up their first win of the FA Women’s Championship season by beating London Bees 3-0 on Sunday.
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Match report: Liverpool U23s 1-0 Everton

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 09/13/2020 - 15:11
Liverpool U23s began the new season with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Everton at the Academy.
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Jake Cain starts with a bang in Liverpool U23s opening day Merseyside derby win

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 09/13/2020 - 14:53

A goal inside the first minute to Jake Cain was enough to secure the first win of the new season for Liverpool’s Under-23s against Everton.

Liverpool U23s 1-0 Everton U23s

Premier League 2, Kirkby
September 13, 2020

Goal: Cain 1′

With the pandemic having forced a premature end to the 2019/20 season, the mini Merseyside derby for the Under-23s signalled their first competitive fixture in 174 days and their first under the tutelage of Barry Lewtas.

Lewtas aptly described the occasion as “a baptism of fire,” with any contest against the local rivals a fiercely fought one, and his hopes to “start the season with a bang” needn’t long to come to fruition.

The starting XI included seven young Reds with a senior Liverpool appearance to their name, with Ben Woodburn captaining the side amid reports expecting him to join Eredivisie side Sparta Rotterdam on a season-long loan.

 Liverpool's Ben Woodburn during the Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Liverpool FC Under-23's and Everton FC Under-23's at the Liverpool Academy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Caoimhin Kelleher, Liam Millar, Leighton Clarkson, Jack Bearne, Luis Longstaff and Jake Cain all added experience into the side, with the latter kickstarting his season in style with less than a minute on the clock.

The 19-year-old was the benefactor of the young Reds’ exuberant start, calmly dispatching his effort into the bottom corner of the net after Liverpool flooded the box in the first minute.

Longstaff and Bearne both caught the eye with their pressure acts from the front, helping to instigate moves into the Everton box alongside the likes of Clarkson, Cain and Woodburn.

And mid-way through the first 45, they looked to have been rewarded for their efforts after Millar flicked a pass back into the path of Longstaff who found the net – only for an offside flag to be belatedly raised.

But there was also a job to do in defence, to which Kelleher stood up to impressively having brilliantly denied both Ellis Simms and Nathan Broadhead in quick succession from close range, leaving Everton bemused by how they didn’t score.

Half time: Liverpool U23s 1-0 Everton U23s

 Liverpool's Luis Longstaff celebrates scoring the second goal, only for it to be disallowed, during the Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Liverpool FC Under-23's and Everton FC Under-23's at the Liverpool Academy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Blues did, however, start the second on the front foot forcing Liverpool to play out the early stages in their own half.

A chance to take the wind out of their sales before the hour mark was agonisingly missed by Rhys Williams, with the young centre-back’s heavy touch from inside the six-yard box ensuring he could not replicate Virgil van Dijk‘s conversion against Leeds.

As the clock ticked closer to the 90-minute mark, the young Reds started to see mistakes creep into their play, gifting the Blues the ball and forcing Kelleher into making a host of brilliant match-saving blocks.

With Curtis Jones watching on at the Academy, Liverpool held on amid mounting pressure to emerge as victors in the mini Merseyside derby and register the first points of their Premier League 2 campaign.

TIA Man of the Match: Caoimhin Kelleher

Liverpool U23s: Kelleher; Bradley, Williams, Savage, Clayton; Clarkson, Bearne (Beck 80′), Woodburn (Dixon-Bonner 74′); Cain, Millar, Longstaff (O’Rourke 89′)

Subs not used: Jaros, Sharif

Next Match: Derby (A) – Premier League 2 – Friday, September 18, 7pm (BST)

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Liverpool 4-3 Leeds: Five talking points

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 09/13/2020 - 11:30
Mohamed Salah’s hat-trick inspired Liverpool to a dramatic 4-3 opening-day win over Leeds United on Saturday.
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Reds sing Salah’s praises after “eventful” season opener presents valuable lessons

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 09/13/2020 - 10:30

It was a “tough” opening day for Liverpool as they edged a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, with Mohamed Salah the match-winner as the champions started their defence.

It’s not an opening day clash which will be forgotten any time soon as the Reds reacquainted themselves with a flair for the dramatics as the newly-promoted Leeds rolled into town.

There was hardly time to breathe in the opening 45 minutes as five goals found the back of the net in what was a display pitting one error-ridden defensive performance against another.

A handball in the box paved the way for Salah’s opener before Jack Harrison pegged one back after a lapse at the back, before Virgil van Dijk restored the lead and then subsequently gave it away with a poorly judged clearance into the path of Patrick Bamford.

A second for Salah, a rocket into the top corner, would re-establish Liverpool’s lead at the break and while there were chances to add a buffer, Leeds were next on the scoresheet to equalise for the third time.

 Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring the fourth goal, his hat-trick, from a penalty-kick to make the score 4-3 during the opening FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leeds United 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)

And while Marcelo Bielsa’s men had been quick to put out a statement of intent they did start to flag late in the piece and after a host of missed chances, another penalty would be cooly dispatched by the No. 11 to seal his hat-trick and the first three points of the season.

It was a night to remember for Salah, far and away Liverpool’s top performer and while he was “happy” about the win, when speaking to Sky Sports, the focus was on the required improvement as a defensive unit after Liverpool conceded three goals for the fifth time in 2020:

“It’s a good start for us. A tough team, they press high as well, so the intensity was really high. We had a good game. 

“We shouldn’t have conceded three but this is the game, we have to react for that and we did a good job. 

“They had a great game. There’s no fans but they play, they react really well and they scored three goals against us – that’s huge. 

“I’m happy about the result and we have to keep on improving and try not to concede as many goals.”

 Liverpool’s goalkeeper Alisson Becker during the pre-match warm-up before the opening FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leeds United 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)

And for the man between the sticks, the Reds’ response was worthy of praise as Leeds refused to back down and the champions stood up to the first test of the campaign.

Alisson, when speaking to LFCTV, also made sure he praised the efforts of the hat-trick man:

“Definitely [three hard-earned points]. The team did really well, a good response for the first match of the season. It’s not easy against a tough opponent but we did really well.

We knew what we were waiting for, their attitude in the match – I think they are a really good team with good quality but with a brave heart also, so they made our night difficult.

I’m happy to have Mo Salah on the team, that he scored a hat-trick in the first match of the season so I’m really happy for the three points also.”

And there was a sense of relief and jubilation for Reds after the game as they took to Instagram to celebrate a hard-earned three points.

For the skipper, it not only marked a “great start to the new season” but it was also his first competitive appearance since injuring his knee against Brighton on July 8:

It was a case of “job done” for Naby Keita, Gini Wijnaldum and Fabinho, with “a big win” ensuring Liverpool got their title defence of to the best of starts, even if it was a little dramatic:

There was no hiding from the crazy and “eventful” affair against a “tough” opponent, one which has ensured Liverpool have plenty to learn from for Trent Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk and Joe Gomez:

And for Andy Robertson and James Milner, it was a case of “thank god” for Salah after his match-winning heroics, while the latter also praised his former club who also have plenty to look forward to this season:

Ultimately, it was a stern test for Liverpool and one which should hold them in good stead for the season to come with plenty of lessons to be learned from the wild clash – especially at the back.

And they’ll be presented the chance to right their wrongs and add another three points to their tally when they meet a much-changed Chelsea side next Sunday afternoon.

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Alisson Becker on Leeds thriller, resilience and Mo Salah's hunger

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 09/13/2020 - 10:25

Alisson Becker expressed his delight to have Mohamed Salah as a teammate and three points on the board after a thrilling victory over Leeds United.

Liverpool opened their 2020-21 Premier League campaign with a 4-3 win over Marcelo Bielsa's newly-promoted side at Anfield on Saturday evening. 

Mohamed Salah netted a late penalty to confirm his hat-trick and secure the result for the champions, with Alisson believing such potency is a sign of things to come from the Egyptian this term.

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The goalkeeper told Liverpoolfc.com: "He's hungry, he's started the season hungry and I'm happy because of this. He's a really important player for us.

"This gives him confidence and also pushes the other players to work even harder. 

"We have a lot of quality with our front three. Sometimes just one scores but we know that everybody can improve from this game in the defensive phase and in attack. It's a good start for us.

"We know what we were waiting for and what their [Leeds'] attitude would be on the match. 

"I think they are a really good team with good quality but with a brave heart also. They made our night difficult tonight but I think their night was even more difficult because of the way we played. 

"I'm happy to have Mo Salah on the team and that he scored a hat-trick in the first official match of the season. I'm really happy for the three points also."

Well in, Reds ❤️ https://t.co/wiIMFpQcn8

— LFC (Liverpool FC) 12th Sep 18:43

Jürgen Klopp's side were repeatedly pegged back by Leeds until Salah's settler in the 88th minute. 

Alisson detailed the Reds’ acquired ability to constantly keep on pushing in pursuit of victory. 

"It's something that is inside of us,” the Brazilian added. “Obviously we work every day really, really hard to arrive at the ground and do our best.

"Sometimes you work in some way and the opponents adapt between the game and we have to adapt also. 

"It was just the first match of the season and I believe we have many things to improve but those things will come with the games."

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