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Inside Training: Liverpool continue Man Utd preparations at Melwood

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 21:30

Check out Liverpool's ongoing preparations for the weekend's showdown with Manchester United in the latest edition of Inside Training.

Jürgen Klopp's squad were put through their paces at Melwood on Friday afternoon as they look to maintain their record-breaking form in the Premier League.

Watch what the LFCTV GO cameras captured during the workout in the video above.

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Inside Training: Liverpool continue Man Utd preparations at Melwood

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 21:30
Check out Liverpool's ongoing preparations for the weekend's showdown with Manchester United in the latest edition of Inside Training.
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Match report: U23s suffer defeat to Wigan in Premier League Cup

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 20:53
Liverpool U23s suffered a 3-0 defeat away at Wigan Athletic in the Premier League Cup on Friday night.
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Match report: U23s suffer defeat to Wigan in Premier League Cup

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 20:53

Liverpool U23s suffered a 3-0 defeat away at Wigan Athletic in the Premier League Cup on Friday night.

An Emeka Obi header broke the deadlock early on at the Lancashire FA County Ground and was followed by Divin Baningime's clinical finish in the 32nd minute. 

The young Reds were unable to convert numerous chances in front of goal and their first defeat of the group phase was confirmed when Olly Crankshaw added the third during the second half. 

The hosts made an encouraging start to the affair and Luke Robinson fired early notices to Neil Critchley's side about his threatening delivery from dead-ball situations. 

Liverpool goalkeeper Ben Winterbottom had to be alert to tip over Robinson's free-kick from the right in the seventh minute. 

However, he was beaten two minutes later when Obi was left unmarked in the penalty area. Robinson sent in a corner kick from the right as it was met by the towering defender to put Wigan in front. 

Liverpool, though, responded well and had two opportunities to level. Joe Hardy's effort from a tight angle was saved by the feet of Bobby Jones before Jack Bearne fired wide when put through on goal by Jake Cain.

And the visitors were made to rue those missed chances when Baningime fired in to double Wigan's lead. Sepp van den Berg got a foot in to stop Charlie Jolley receiving a cross in the box, but the ball ricocheted towards Baningime in front of goal. 

Liverpool could've halved the deficit right before the break, though Bearne headed wide from close range when Liam Millar fired across the face of goal. 

Millar went close himself in the opening stages of the second half, with his drilled shot from the corner of the box going agonisingly wide. 

But there was a positive for the Reds during the evening as Adam Lewis made a return to action after injury when he replaced Tony Gallacher for the final quarter of the match. 

Wigan made it 3-0 with 13 minutes remaining when Crankshaw picked up the ball on the right flank and drove towards the Liverpool goal. The No.7 then proceeded to find the roof by rifling beyond Winterbottom and completing the scoring. 

Liverpool U23s: Winterbottom, Hoever, Van den Berg, Boyes, Gallacher (Lewis, 71), Clarkson, Cain, Dixon-Bonner, Bearne, Hardy, Millar. 

Unused substitutes: Atherton, Savage, Longstaff, Varesanovic.

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55 photos from Liverpool's Friday training session at Melwood

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 19:31

Liverpool continued their preparations for Sunday's Premier League showdown with Manchester United by training at Melwood on Friday afternoon.

The unbeaten leaders host their fierce rivals at Anfield this weekend as they aim to maintain a 14-point advantage at the summit.

Our photographers checked in on their build-up to the massive fixture - and you can take a look at their snaps from Friday's session below...

Photos by John and Andrew Powell

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55 photos from Liverpool's Friday training session at Melwood

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 19:31
Liverpool continued their preparations for Sunday's Premier League showdown with Manchester United by training at Melwood on Friday afternoon.
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Man United fans left grasping at straws with desperate point-scoring from the stands

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 19:00

A plethora of chants, songs and ‘football banter’ are to emanate from the stands on Sunday, but the only point-scoring worthy of attention is on the field.


Of all the chants that will come from the Anfield away end on Sunday, the one I’m looking forward to hearing the most goes like this.

“Twenty times, twenty times Man United. Twenty times, twenty times I say. Twenty times, twenty times Man United, playing football the Busby Way.”

It’s their classic ‘we’ve won more leagues than you’ chant, their biggest playground rivalry taunt. And they’ve been singing it since 2013. Which is precisely why I love hearing it at Anfield every year because it’s an annual reminder that they haven’t won the Premier League title since.

They’ll be singing it throughout the 2020/21 campaign too because while Man United are lost in transition, which has been going on for seven years and counting, Liverpool are having a league campaign that may yet prove to be better than anything any of their teams ever managed. By some distance.

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson celebrates after the FA Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Liverpool won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The straw grasping is already in full swing in Manchester. Unable to accept how far behind Liverpool they are, their supporters have convinced themselves that VAR is the only reason that Jürgen Klopp’s side are on course to be champions.

Their desperate –and quite frankly hilarious– attempts to somehow think they can discredit anything the Reds achieve through social media posts is a whole new level of the Mancunian obsession of needing to have a moral high ground over Liverpool. It’s an entrenched insecurity that has been passed down over generations.

It’s for the same reasons that they’ll sing about Heysel (‘Without killing anyone…’) when our Champions of Europe tune rings around Anfield. It satisfies their need to do Liverpool down, to try to mask their own failures by attempting to make ours seem less valuable or unfairly achieved.

We don’t need to go over the whole historic social, economic rivalry between the North-West’s biggest two cities, but the rivalry for business, wealth and all the rest of it has manifested itself over the years in the songs that Manchester United supporters sing.

 Liverpool supporters hold up European Cups to mark their six European Cup titles before the FA Premier League match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In your Liverpool slums. Sign on. Town full of smackheads. Feed the Scousers. Always the victims. And they pass off the ‘bin-dippers,’ ‘victimpool’ and ‘self-pity city’ slurs as football banter. In reality, it’s out-and-out systematic degradation through pure fear.

A fear that Liverpool will have a more prosperous city. A fear that Liverpool will have a more prosperous football team. A fear that Liverpool will be regarded as better than Manchester.

The Manchester Ship Canal allowed Manchester to compete with Liverpool as a city. They’ve been trying to push our heads under the murky water ever since.

Ironically, this has given Liverpudlians the moral high ground they so crave. How many Kop songs can you name that reference the severely deprived areas of Manchester and the huge problems they have with the homeless, spice and knife crime in the city centre (Piccadilly Gardens, for example)? None. Because we’re better than that, more socially conscious.

Liverpool supporters will, quite rightly, give Manchester United players, managers and supporters stick, but we don’t need to flag up their city’s social issues to score poverty-shaming points. We’ve got enough points in the Premier League to be getting on with anyway.

 Liverpool fans are protected from the Manchester United fans by stewards and police during the Premiership match at Old Trafford. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Yes, Munich and Hillsborough songs can’t be ignored either (the Munich song clearly came first, yet since when did two wrongs make a right?) – but we’re now in a social media era where anyone singing anything inappropriate or making derogatory gestures referencing either disaster or Heysel, can find themselves going viral on Twitter and put their jobs at risk.

Perhaps, finally, that threat of exposure from the smartphone generation will see the unpalatable, embarrassing side of the Scouse-Manc rivalry fade away with more focus on the actual football. Although given some of the racism issues at other clubs this season, maybe it won’t.

So, whether they’re clued up enough to realise how it now comes across is debatable, but when the Manchester United supporters sing ‘Twenty Times’ at Anfield on Sunday remind yourself that LiVARpool are 27 points clear of them at the top of the Premier League. A league they haven’t won for seven years and have no prospects of winning again in the foreseeable future.

And who knows, by May 2021, perhaps they won’t want to sing about teams that have won 20 league titles at all.

* Chris McLoughlin writes for This Is Anfield each week; he’s also a senior writer for the Official LFC Matchday Programme and LFC Magazine. You can order both here.

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Mo Salah’s creative input highlighted as he looks to break Man United duck

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 17:53

Mohamed Salah hasn’t yet scored in the Premier League against Manchester United, but there’s plenty more to his game than just finding the net.


The Egyptian King has made a habit out of plundering goals since signing for Liverpool, though he has so far not celebrated against one of our main rivals.

This weekend is a chance to put that odd statistic to rest, but it’s far from the most important aspect of the game and will barely be one which registers for the player himself.

While certainly keen to score in every match, it’s an end to a means—helping the team and winning the title—which drives Salah, not the act of scoring itself.

Explaining the aberration of him not having scored against United, Salah told Sky Sports that they set up slightly differently to combat his impact.

“I think Manchester United play against me in a different way to some other players,” he said.

 Manchester United's Luke Shaw (L) and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the FA Premier League match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“They defend against me in a different way. It’s a challenge, but I’m happy about that. As long as the team are winning, I’m always happy.”

The No. 11 won’t simply be accepting that he’s up against an extra defender or faced with a low block, either.

Part of his approach is to find the best potential route to goal even before the game kicks off.

“For every game, I try to study the opponent before we play. I try to find in my head the way I’m going to score against them. I think it’s working well because I have scored many goals for the team. I think there’s a lot I am improving and there is a lot of room to improve more.”

Quite aside from finding the back of the net, though, Salah brings a lot to the team.

Even when not on top form he worries defences with his pace, his willingness to shoot, his ability to beat defenders and a deft touch when looking for team-mates—which has been used to great effect.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (left) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with Sadio Mane during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.

In fact, Sky’s analytics have Salah the highest in the Liverpool squad since his debut in each of chances created, open play chances created, big chances created, assists and expected assists.

That’s an indication not just of his attacking quality and consistency, but also of his vision and willingness to be a team player—something not always acknowledged if he takes on a few shots himself where team-mates are better placed.

“Sometimes people judge you only on your goals, but honestly, [the creativity] is something the gaffer thinks about and talks to me about a lot,” Salah continued.

“I think my team-mates are happy about it too. As long as I feel like am creating chances and giving assists for them, that’s great. Maybe people don’t focus much on that, but I like to give assists as well as score.

“In the last game against Tottenham, I gave Bobby [Roberto Firmino] an assist and I was really happy for him to score. Without assists – and I don’t just mean my assists – you can’t win games.”

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates after scoring the winning goal with team-mate Mohamed Salah (L) during the FA Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Liverpool won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Mo has five league assists to his name this term, plus another two in the Champions League.

And his interplay with Firmino and Sadio Mane—exchanging passes, positions and counter-attacking positions with them—is a huge part of what makes Liverpool such a dangerous team to face.

Another big performance from Mo at the weekend and Anfield is likely to be celebrating once more, whether it’s him who finds the back of the net or not.

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Klopp makes waves, preparing for United & Brewster’s chance – Friday’s Liverpool FC News

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 17:26

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has made headlines with an impassioned speech about too many games, but the Reds are also focused on preparing for a big game.


Press conference, preparations and protecting the players

Jurgen Klopp‘s pressers are generally standard affairs: injury news, what do you think about the opposition, is such-and-such a player really good, how do you keep the great form going.

Once in a while, though, the boss makes headlines because isn’t afraid to speak the truth or speak his mind—and that was the case today.

He has roundly criticised the game’s governing bodies over an ever-increasing fixture schedule, with the Reds set to lose three key players next year for the 2021 AFCON.

Back to preparing for the big game against United, it was a case of good news on the injury front with Fabinho and Matip set to make the matchday squad and others firmly on the comeback trail.

As ever, you can see the entirety of Klopp’s presser right here.

Brewster’s chance to prove his worth

 Swansea City's Rhian Brewster during the Football League Championship match between Cardiff City FC and Swansea City FC at the Cardiff City Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Rhian Brewster started his first-ever loan spell last week, with a first-ever league start to go with it.

He’s intent on making the most of his opportunity in the Championship and has clear aims about what he wants to achieve with Swansea.

“Getting promoted,” he told BBC Sport, “and being a key part in the team – scoring a few goals, getting assists and working hard.”

That’s just for the next few months though; long-term, his aim is very much at Anfield.

“I am at Liverpool – Liverpool’s my club. For the future I want to be a Liverpool player. Bobby (Firmino), Mo (Salah), Sadio (Mane) – I want to be up there playing week in, week out.

“I think this loan move will help if it goes well. Hopefully it does – it will help put a baseline there for me which will help me prove myself.

“I just want to prove that I am ready to play professional games.”

Go on, Rhian lad!

Reds and Red Devils

 Liverpool's Sadio Mané celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Sheffield United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It’s the big game on Sunday, so we’ve got you covered from all angles. Here’s the news…and a bit of fun, too, ahead of the Anfield clash.

Eye on the future

 According to the regulations of the DFL Deutsche Fu?ball Liga and the DFB Deutscher Fu?ball-Bund it is prohibited to use or have used photos taken in the stadium and/or the match in the form of sequence pictures and/or video-like photo sequences.) Photo: Matthias Balk/dpa

As ever, it’s worth knowing about the best of the next wave of talent coming through.

Check out our weekend loan guide, with several players—including Marko Grujic and Harry Wilson—having a big match to look forward to.

You can also get to know yet another impressive staff member: U23 coach and head of analysis, Tim Jenkins.

Before coaching with the Reds he was one of the original members of the ProZone team, which pushed data analytics in football into the consciousness of clubs and, later, the wider public.

Quickfire LFC news

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson during the FA Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Miss any of the latest rumours regarding Liverpool? We’ve got you covered (TIA)
  • Salah says only the title is important, not records or being unbeaten (PLP)
  • And this uplifting piece on Klopp’s personality, coaching acumen and his initial appointment (Sports Illustrated)
Around the Prem

 Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek, making his debut, in action against Sporting Clube de Portugal during the final UEFA Champions League Group G match at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Rashford is injured won’t make it back for the match, says Ole with a straight face (Sky Sports)
  • PSG left-back Layvin Kurzawa wants to move to Arsenal over Inter, presumably in favour of lighter midweek workloads (ESPN)
  • Ruben Loftus-Cheek has made a return to training after a long-term absence, but won’t be with the seniors until March (Evening Standard)
  • And Norwich boss Daniel Farke wants seven wins from the last 16 to avoid relegation. So far they have…three from 22 (FourFourTwo)
Stupid opinion piece of the day

ESPN’s Mark Ogden has penned a prediction of Liverpool’s results for the rest of the season, surmising that they’ll neither beat Man City‘s points haul nor equal Arsenal‘s invincibles tag.

With no apparent reasoning or explanation other than things like Arsenal‘s “passionate home crowd,” Ogden feels the Reds will drop 14 points from their final 16 league games—despite dropping two of the last 90.

There’s also this gem: “Some teams just have an edge on others, and in recent seasons, Crystal Palace have become something of a bogey side for Liverpool. They are the most recent team to win a league game at Anfield.”

So, that last defeat came almost three years ago for starters, so not much relevance there to these teams, plus since then the teams have met five times: 1-0, 2-1, 2-0, 4-3, 2-1.

All to Liverpool. Classic bogey team form, hey…

Tweet of the day

Come on, don't be like that. We're barely out of the season of goodwill to all… https://t.co/LhfJrZl3qb pic.twitter.com/JTe9RJxAur

— Chris Williams (@Chris78Williams) January 17, 2020

What we’re reading

Will Magee looks at why there is such solidarity between goalkeepers, published in the Guardian.

And Tom Roddy, for the Times, has the story on how Barcelona and Man United turned down Arsenal’s newest prodigy, Gabriel Martinelli.

Worth watching tonight

Bundesliga is back and Schalke vs. Gladbach is fifth vs. second, kicking off at 7:30pm. Championship action starts 15 minutes later, Fulham vs. Boro.

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An unchanged team or a return for Fabinho? – Predicting Liverpool’s lineup vs. Man United

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 16:00

Liverpool are returning to full strength ahead of Sunday’s visit of Man United, with Jurgen Klopp potentially naming an unchanged team from the win over Tottenham.


The Reds are well-rested after an eight-day break, basking in the glory of being 14 points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Last Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Spurs was one of Liverpool’s most precious wins of the campaign so far, meaning they have still dropped just two points all season.

No team in the history of Europe’s top five leagues has achieved that feat after 22 matches, summing up the brilliance of this Reds outfit.

Next up for Liverpool is possibly the biggest fixture in any season: United at home.

While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are still largely unconvincing, they will be revved-up to spring a shock at Anfield.

Much of Liverpool’s side picks itself, but will Klopp again name a few surprises?

Team News

After encountering a number of injury problems, Liverpool’s squad is looking at its healthiest in months.

Contrary to the opinion that the Reds have been ‘fortunate’ with injuries this season, they have had to make do without key men for chunks of the campaign.

Joel Matip and Fabinho are both set to return to Sunday’s matchday squad, having both been out of action since the autumn.

Matip hasn’t played since the last time Liverpool faced United in October, while Fabinho has been absent since injuring his ankle against Napoli in November.

There are still prominent figures missing, however, with Dejan Lovren not back in training until Monday, and James Milner and Naby Keita also ruled out.

Liverpool’s Starting XI vs. Man United

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates after scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With no midweek action to worry about, there is no issue surrounding fatigue, meaning Klopp can pick his best possible team.

On paper, 10 of the players pick themselves.

Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson should make up a formidable back-line – one that hasn’t conceded in the league since the 5-2 win over Everton on December 4.

It is probably too soon for Fabinho to come straight into the starting lineup, with the Brazilian more likely to make an appearance from the substitutes’ bench.

Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum are both in superb form, so their place in the team is barely even up for debate.

It means it should be a straight shootout between Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana for the final midfield spot.

The former was substituted for the latter at Spurs and Klopp could make that switch from the start, considering Lallana’s impressive cameo.

Oxlade-Chamberlain remains the favourite to take to the field, though.

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are all fit and ready to fire – Salah and Firmino are looking for their first-ever goal against United in a Liverpool shirt.

Alisson; Trent, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Mane, Firmino

The only real alternative for Klopp is to take a gamble on Fabinho, considering how influential he was before his injury.

Then again, Liverpool have won every single game in his absence, suggesting they can get by without the Brazilian.

Should he earn a surprise start, it would mean no place for either Oxlade-Chamberlain or Lallana, adding more bulk to an already combative midfield.

Alisson; Trent, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Mane, Firmino

Liverpool look primed to beat United for just the second time in nine meetings, in all competitions.

Victory would be another huge step towards title glory, also further outlining the chasm in class between the two rivals.

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Red Neighbours celebrates third birthday

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 16:00

Liverpool FC's community programme, Red Neighbours, is marking its third birthday today and celebrating its successful support of more than 53,000 local people within the Anfield community.

Since its launch in January 2017, the Red Neighbours team has been working in Anfield and the surrounding postcodes of L4, L5 and L6, helping to address four specific areas of need: food poverty and education; supporting the elderly community; creating memorable experiences for young people; and promoting an active community.

All of the activities and events that Red Neighbours delivers have been designed in response to feedback provided by local people following a consultation with key community stakeholders prior to its launch.

The past three years have seen Red Neighbours team up with Fans Supporting Foodbanks to help collect, to date, more than 13,000kg of food on matchdays for the North Liverpool Foodbank in aid of local people in crisis.

Free breakfast clubs have also been delivered for local families to attend during school half-term and summer holidays, with more than 1,800 local people attending since the programme launched.

Social isolation among the local elderly community is another area where the Red Neighbours team have set out to make a difference. The Monday Club, which is a monthly social event at Anfield for residents aged 50+, is as popular as ever and typically welcomes more than 60 local residents every month.

The team also run regular care home and hospital visits, often alongside LFC staff volunteers who are on hand to help. Every year in December, the team provides a week of three-course Christmas lunches, which to date have been attended by more than 1,400 local pensioners.

November also saw the launch of Walking Football in Kirkby at All Saints Catholic High School, with first-team star Xherdan Shaqiri in attendance. A second location was added due to increasing demand at its sessions in Anfield, which run twice a week – meaning the sessions now run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays for young-at-heart footballers.

Support for local children within the Anfield region also remains at the heart of those at LFC – with more than 3,500 children and young people from 25 local schools welcomed to Premier League games at Anfield as part of Red Neighbours’ school tickets initiative, and 115 terminally ill people and their families have been invited to visit Melwood during the past three years.

The future of our youth has also been a focus for the Red Neighbours team, who have delivered 12 careers speed networking events at Anfield to educate more than 600 youngsters on different career paths within the sports industry and life beyond school.

Forbes Duff, senior manager, Red Neighbours, said: “We are absolutely delighted to mark our third successful year working with local people in the Anfield community, which we are so proud and honoured to do.

“As a club, we strive to be a good neighbour and support our local community. We have a social responsibility to do so, particularly in Anfield, which has some of the most deprived postcodes in the UK.

“We have made it our mission to make a difference to those in our local community with our range of activities and events and we believe we have made a measurable impact.

“Year on year we are seeing our participation rates increase. Last season (2018-19) we saw a 33 per cent increase in participation from the previous season and we are set to see another increase at the end of this season.

“Celebrating our third birthday gives us a chance to reflect on all the hard work that our team delivers week in, week out in the local community and the difference it is making.

“We are very much looking forward to continuing our efforts in this calendar year and beyond.”

To find out more about our projects and regular events, visit the community section on Liverpoolfc.com.

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Red Neighbours celebrates third birthday

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 16:00
Liverpool FC's community programme, Red Neighbours, is marking its third birthday today and celebrating its successful support of more than 53,000 local people within the Anfield community.
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'This game asks us for perfection' - Boss previews United showdown

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 15:30
Jürgen Klopp has stressed the need for his Liverpool players to be at their absolute best if they are to secure three points against Manchester United on the weekend.
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Klopp questions 'strange' Man Utd tactics

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 15:00
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1:43 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp explains why it has been so hard to play against Manchester United in recent meetings Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp explains why it has been so hard to play against Manchester United in recent meetings

Jurgen Klopp has called Manchester United's tactics "strange" and says Liverpool must "protect" themselves against counter-attacking football.

Klopp once again questioned United's strategy ahead of facing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side on Sunday, having accused the club of "just defending" whenever they play Liverpool following their 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in October.

Those comments prompted Solskjaer to hit back by describing his team's philosophy as "aggressive", and Klopp has warned his side must be braced for a similar situation at Anfield this weekend.

"It's strange when you play against a high, high quality team as United still are, and they play the way they play," said Klopp. "It makes life really difficult.

"We had it with Tottenham. That's not normal, how can you expect that? On the other side the counter attacks are of the highest level in the world.

It's strange when you play against a high, high quality team as United still are, and they play the way they play.

Jurgen Klopp

"I don't say they only counter attack but it's a main thing they do. People may want to see that as criticism, it's not, but it's just a description of the situation that makes life for us more difficult."

The United attack of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood have outscored Liverpool's front three of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino this season.

Battle of the front three's Manchester United Goals Liverpool Goals Marcus Rashford 20 Sadio Mane 15 Anthony Martial 12 Mohamed Salah 14 Mason Greenwood 10 Roberto Firmino 9 Total 42 Total 38

Klopp warned his side must be "perfect" in order to stop United's counter-attacking "train" reaching full speed.

"We want to be dominant, but we have to protect ourselves against this situation," he said.

"Attacking football only works if you use the full width of the pitch in the attacking half and that makes it dangerous when you lose the ball.

"This game is asking us for perfection. You lose the ball in the wrong moment and the train starts going."

Fabinho, Matip set for Utd return Fabinho has not played since November Fabinho has not played since November Fabinho has not played since November

Liverpool are "likely" to have Fabinho and Joel Matip back in the squad to face United, Klopp confirmed.

Midfielder Fabinho has been out since an ankle injury forced him off in the 1-1 draw with Napoli on November 27, while centre-back Matip has not played since Liverpool last met United on October 20 when he suffered a recurrence of the knee injury he first picked up in the win at Sheffield United.

Naby Keita, Dejan Lovren and James Milner are ruled out of the game against United.

"They are getting closer and closer," said Klopp. "Dejan, I think, will train 100 per cent from Monday on.

"With the other two [Keita and Milner], I don't know exactly. I cannot rush it so when somebody tells me they are ready, I take them back in training."

Analysis: Can United get in behind Liverpool?

Sky Sports' Jamie Carragher:

"The real top teams, and certainly City and Liverpool, when they're on the front foot they like to push high, they like to leave space in behind and are very brave in everything they do, both with and without the ball.

"At times this season Liverpool have actually been caught out with a high line, and opposition have gone through on goal, and probably haven't made as much as they should have.

"That's something Ole will be looking at - can they get in-behind this Liverpool team? Liverpool will look to play high, squeeze the midfield and give United less space to play in midfield, so they'll have to be really clever in central midfield to get it to the front players.

"As I said after the Man City win, on their day United's front three can be equally as devastating as Liverpool's; they have the quality, but obviously just lack the consistency."

4:43 Ahead of the Super Sunday clash between Man United and Liverpool, we take a look back at some of the greatest goals between these two Premier League rivals. Ahead of the Super Sunday clash between Man United and Liverpool, we take a look back at some of the greatest goals between these two Premier League rivals. Analysis: Is this a free hit for United?

Sky Sports News' James Cooper:

"In terms of a win, it would do massive things for United. Simply, they'd be the only team to have beaten Liverpool this season having taken two points off them at Old Trafford earlier in the season. They are the only team not to have lost to Liverpool in the Premier League so far this season so in terms of morale, the mood and the way this club is going, a win would transform it.

"A draw, again, would be a very positive result for United and we are not quite in the territory of free hits here, but a lot of United fans, having seen the way Liverpool, who are reigning European and World Champions and have one hand on the Premier League title, have gone about things, are expecting their team to go to Anfield and do their best but perhaps not be good enough.

"Either way, a win or a draw would be massively positive for Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the debate about how long he has got at the helm and where it's going under him. A defeat and things don't really change at all.

"A free hit is a very difficult thing to say to Manchester United fans, who don't want to lose at Liverpool, but I think that's what we're looking at in terms of the game at Anfield on Sunday."

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Live on Sky: Liverpool vs Man Utd

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 14:54
Watch Liverpool vs Man Utd on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 4pm; kick-off: 4.30pm. Match highlights available shortly after full-time on the Sky Sports website and app

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Team news, key stats and prediction ahead of Liverpool vs Man Utd in the Premier League on Sunday (kick-off 4.30pm).

Team news

Fabinho and Joel Matip are "likely" to be in Liverpool's squad to face Manchester United on Sunday after recovering from injuries, says Jurgen Klopp.

Midfielder Fabinho has been out since an ankle injury forced him off in the 1-1 draw with Napoli on November 27, while centre-back Matip has not played since Liverpool last met United on October 20 when he suffered a recurrence of the knee injury he first picked up in the win at Sheffield United.

However, the league leaders are set to be without James Milner, Dejan Lovren and Naby Keita again.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will give Marcus Rashford the maximum possible opportunity to recover from the back injury he aggravated against Wolves in midweek, but the striker is unlikely to feature.

Rashford will undergo further assessments on Friday ahead of United making a late call over his fitness.

"I'm not going to hold my breath," Solskjaer said. "I probably think he wouldn't be ready. We're going to give him the absolute amount of time to find out."

Meanwhile, Luke Shaw is a doubt after missing the Wolves game with a hamstring injury and Eric Bailly is unlikely to be risked, while Paul Pogba, Marcos Rojo and Scott McTominay are all still out.

2:06 A look at some of the key stats surrounding this weekend's Premier League action as Liverpool welcome Manchester United and Crystal Palace face champions Manchester City A look at some of the key stats surrounding this weekend's Premier League action as Liverpool welcome Manchester United and Crystal Palace face champions Manchester City How to follow

Liverpool vs Manchester United is live on Super Sunday from 4pm; kick-off 4.30pm. Sky Sports customers can watch in-game clips in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.

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  • Since completing a league double over Man Utd in 2013-14, Liverpool have won just one of their 11 Premier League games against the Red Devils (D5 L5).
  • Manchester United are winless in their last four away matches against Liverpool in all competitions (D2 L2) since a 1-0 win in January 2016 in the Premier League.
  • Liverpool have lost 28 Premier League matches against Manchester United, eight more than against any other club.
  • Liverpool will face Manchester United at Anfield for a league game starting the day top of the table for the first time since September 1990, winning 4-0 under Kenny Dalglish.
  • Among the 31 teams Jürgen Klopp has faced 10 or more times during his managerial career, his worst win ratio is against Manchester United (20% - P10 W2 D6 L2).
  • Manchester United have lost their last two away Premier League games on Merseyside against Liverpool and Everton; they haven't lost three in a row in the top-flight since April 1979.
3:00 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Tottenham in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Tottenham in the Premier League Charlie Nicholas' prediction

Manchester United are going there scared. For the first time in many years, you could see Liverpool giving them a proper hiding. What does that mean for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer? What does that mean for the young players? Marcus Rashford is carrying them.

Man United will not want to be embarrassed, but if Liverpool score quickly and get their two full-backs bombing, it could spell trouble.

I am not saying this is easy to do, but Liverpool have something within them right now that is saying they are not giving up the belief that they can go unbeaten. Liverpool have kept six successive clean sheets and that is telling us they have tightened up there.

United proved me wrong at the Etihad and they may do so again - but I can only see a very comfortable Liverpool win. This is Anfield, the crowd will want blood and for Liverpool to give them more; it is one of these days where Liverpool will flex their muscles, say they will be champions, and that is what I think will materialise.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 3-0 (">9/1 with Sky Bet)

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Wolves v Liverpool: Further ticket sale update

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 14:38

Liverpool FC has issued a ticket update for the Premier League fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Thursday January 23, kick-off 8pm GMT.

A limited number of tickets remain and will be available online to season ticket holders and Members based on Premier League away games recorded during the 2018-19 season.

Six games: from 11am on Monday January 20.

Only in the event tickets remain – five games: from 1pm on Monday January 20.

Supporters can purchase one ticket per person up to a maximum of four tickets per transaction.

Tickets are subject to availability and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. We cannot guarantee that tickets will be available to all who apply.

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Wolves v Liverpool: Further ticket sale update

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 14:38
Liverpool FC has issued a ticket update for the Premier League fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Thursday January 23, kick-off 8pm GMT.
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Jürgen Klopp on clean sheets: 'We can still improve'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 14:37

A run of six consecutive Premier League clean sheets is not the product of change in Liverpool’s approach, with Jürgen Klopp believing his side can make further improvement defensively.

The Reds have registered nine shutouts in their last 11 games across all competitions, with their latest coming in last weekend’s 1-0 victory at Tottenham Hotspur.

By contrast, Klopp’s team recorded only three clean sheets in their first 24 competitive matches of the season, leading to the boss being asked whether the recent upturn was down to a specific factor.

“No, we were never concerned about not having clean sheets. It’s not that before the game the main thing we shout in the dressing room is ‘clean sheet, clean sheet, clean sheet!’ It’s not like that,” Klopp said.

“You want to have it because it makes it more likely that you win the game, but before that the goals we conceded were never the same goals. We conceded, all of a sudden, goals off set-pieces, which was very uncommon before. Here, a little lack of concentration, there a challenge came a millisecond too late or whatever so they could score.

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“There was not a clear pattern that we saw ‘OK, that we have to improve’. It was all about concentration, getting more and more used to each other, luck in the right moment and [having a] very good goalkeeper. There are no clean sheets without an outstanding goalkeeper and we have that. It was not about Adrian when he played because he played so far only good games for us, really good games. 

“It’s just used to getting each other, getting more and more convinced about things and, how I said, luck in the right moment: in life and football, without luck you don’t have a chance. I think especially Wolves a couple of times had really good shooting opportunities, Tottenham kind of as well. It was not about defending then, in the end it was about how they finished it off and how Ali saved. 

“We have to be honest in these situations, it’s not that we defended completely perfect in the last six games, there's a lot of space we have for improvement but we knew that.”

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Jürgen Klopp on clean sheets: 'We can still improve'

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 14:37
A run of six consecutive Premier League clean sheets is not the product of change in Liverpool’s approach, with Jürgen Klopp believing his side can make further improvement defensively.
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'Long may it continue!' - Klopp discusses Alexander-Arnold's development

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 14:34

Jürgen Klopp admits he sees very little preventing Trent Alexander-Arnold from developing into an even better footballer over the course of his career.

Wednesday marked three years to the day of the No.66’s Premier League debut when he started a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Should he feature in Liverpool’s clash with their old rivals at Anfield on Sunday, it will be his 77th run out in the top-flight.

In between, Alexander-Arnold has established himself as a first-team regular with the Reds, become a England international and lifted the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup in addition to a host of individual accolades.

Speaking during his pre-match press conference at Melwood on Friday, Klopp explained why he believes the 21-year-old has the perfect environment and mentality to maintain his upward trajectory.

“The games he played will make him better, the experience he had will make him better, his teammates will make him better,” stated the boss.

“Being around these boys made him better and will make him better. His game understanding will improve – it’s already really good but it will get better, that's a natural thing. Apart from injuries, I can't see anything that can stop him because his attitude and his private background is just so good. Passionate yes, very, but calm as well.

“It’s a very, very good basis his family created for him – he has a very close relationship to them, which is good. They keep him grounded; I am not sure he needs it, but if he would start flying then I know exactly who would get him back. I don't have to do that.

"When you are a talented footballer and you have an outstanding attitude, if you love the game as much as he loves the game, and you have the background he has, then it’s pretty likely you will have a proper career.

“A lot of good things came together and now we have this kind of player – long, long, long may it continue.”

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