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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.
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Bobby Duncan: Paul Glatzel will bounce back from injury blow

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 17:30

Bobby Duncan is certain Paul Glatzel will bounce back from the injury that precluded his friend and teammate from Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the United States.

Glatzel’s maiden appearance for the Reds’ first team was cut short when he sustained a knee issue during last week’s 6-0 friendly win at Tranmere Rovers.

Jürgen Klopp subsequently confirmed that the 18-year-old forward’s injury is ‘serious’ - but Duncan expects Glatzel, with whom he formed a prolific partnership at Academy level last term, to pick up where he left off once he returns to fitness.

“Obviously as soon as he got injured I gave him a little text to see if he was alright,” Duncan told Liverpoolfc.com after training in South Bend, Indiana on Wednesday.

“After the game I didn’t want to get around him that much because I knew he wanted his own time, so the next day I text him. He’ll get through it, he’s a big lad and I know he’ll get through it.

“I think a couple of years ago he had a double leg break and he came back and hit the ground running, so I haven’t got a shadow of a doubt that he’ll come back and hit the ground running again.” 

Duncan is one of several Academy players among Klopp’s 28-man squad in America and the 18-year-old knows Glatzel, who captained the Reds’ U18s last season, will be delighted for them.

“He’ll be buzzing for us because Paul’s a nice lad,” the Scouser continued.

“He’s happy if I go with the first team and I’m happy if he goes with the first team and obviously [it’s the same] with the other Academy lads who have been here. So yeah, he’ll be buzzing for us.”

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Duncan - who scored his first senior goal for Liverpool against Tranmere last Thursday - went on to detail the educational benefits of working with the club’s first-team players and staff on a daily basis.

“It’s good. The intensity is a lot higher than what I’ve been playing with in the U23s and U18s so it’s a big test for me to see if I can cope with it,” the England U18 international explained.

“You become more aware in the game when you’re playing and you become more mature as well, as you’re playing with them. You can read the game better.

“[I want to] make a good impression in front of the gaffer and hopefully I can stay here now and make my mark.”

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Bobby Duncan: Paul Glatzel will bounce back from injury blow

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 17:30
Bobby Duncan is certain Paul Glatzel will bounce back from the injury that precluded his friend and teammate from Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the United States.
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34 photos from Liverpool's second training session at Notre Dame

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 16:33

It was back to work for Liverpool in Indiana on Wednesday morning - take a look at our gallery of photos from the second training session of the Reds' pre-season tour of the United States.

Jürgen Klopp oversaw his squad's latest workout Stateside as they build towards Friday's friendly against Borussia Dortmund at Notre Dame Stadium.

Our photographers were there to capture training - and we've compiled a 34-strong collection of their snaps below.

Photos by John and Andrew Powell

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34 photos from Liverpool's second training session at Notre Dame

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 16:33
It was back to work for Liverpool in Indiana on Wednesday morning - take a look at our gallery of photos from the second training session of the Reds' pre-season tour of the United States.
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Young Reds can play as favourite LFC heroes on Roblox

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 14:59

Young Reds can now create avatars to look like their favourite first-team players on Roblox, thanks to a new collaboration between Liverpool FC and the user-generated online gaming platform.

To celebrate Liverpool’s pre-season tour to the USA, the club has teamed up with Roblox, which allows kids and teens to create and play their games in immersive online experiences. Now gamers can show their support for the Reds by customising their characters with the iconic LFC home kit for free.

Featuring the new 2019-20 home jersey, complete with Liverbird crest and players’ names and shirt numbers, the exclusive limited-edition Liverpool FC avatar bundles are only available in the Roblox Catalog from now until Friday July 26. Players who select an LFC jersey for their avatar before Friday July 26 will get to keep it once this date has passed.

Fans can select from 11 LFC players available on the platform, including Alisson Becker, Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk. 

Drew Crisp, senior vice president of Digital, Media and Marketing, at Liverpool FC, said: “As we get ready to kick-start the new season, we’re excited to be teaming up with Roblox to inspire our younger fans, bring them closer to the world of football and connect with Liverpool FC through the power of games and play. This is a great opportunity for young fans to show their support during our pre-season tour in the USA and play in any of the Roblox games as one of their favourite LFC players.”

Craig Donato, chief business officer at Roblox, said: “We couldn’t be happier to bring Liverpool FC’s incredible legacy and winning spirit to Roblox, as we both share a strong respect for our community of players and fans. The Roblox community will jump at the chance to show their support for one of the world’s most storied football clubs and step into the shoes of their favourite Liverpool FC player.”

In addition to the avatar outfits, an exclusive virtual scarf with 'You’ll Never Walk Alone' on it will also be granted to Liverpool FC’s junior members via a code that can be redeemed at https://www.roblox.com/promocodes.

Roblox is available to download and play on PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Amazon devices, and Xbox One. 

Play as your favourite LFC player on Roblox before July 26 here: https://www.roblox.com/

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Young Reds can play as favourite LFC heroes on Roblox

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 14:59
Young Reds can now create avatars to look like their favourite first-team players on Roblox, thanks to a new collaboration between Liverpool FC and the user-generated online gaming platform.
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How Jurgen Klopp is changing Liverpool’s academy approach – on and off the pitch

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 11:52

Author Simon Hughes’ new book ‘Allez Allez Allez’ charts the inside story of Jurgen Klopp‘s reign at Liverpool. Here, he explains the importance of changes taking place at the academy – on and off the pitch.


The views from the raised front and rear platforms at Liverpool’s academy in Kirkby have changed since Jurgen Klopp spent part of his first day in charge watching an Under-18s match on the pitch below while sipping black coffee from a machine that he soon insisted on replacing.

Three and a half years later, you can not only see Anfield’s new main stand shimmering in the distance, reminding young players where they could be if they realize their talent, there is also the new training ground, visible in the opposite direction rising from playing fields next door on Simonswood Lane.

The academy was completed in 1999, and though pictures of Michael Owen, Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard were placed on the walls, each of those players’ development had been helped most by the coaching delivered at the previous youth-team base just behind the Anfield Road end of the ground.

The centre at Vernon Sangster is now a car park. And despite the tens of millions of pounds pumped into Kirkby, by 2015 the highest number of Premier League appearances by any player to have come right through the system was Jon Flanagan’s 40-game stretch across five years between 2011 and 2016.

 Liverpool take on Everton during the Under-18 FA Premier League match at the Kirkby Academy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp identified that geography was hindering the experiences and progression of young players. Calling on a youngster to train with the first team at short notice was not really an option because he’d have to wait for at least half an hour while the player made the journey across town.

He could then either start the training session without him or allow him to join in later, but that defeated the point to some extent because he was missing out processing time relating to instructions. That player’s absence might then have an impact on any of the plans at the academy throughout the rest of the day too.

When Klopp went to Mike Gordon and asked whether Fenway could move Liverpool’s training base onto one site, the ownership group realized it did not have a spare £50 million to grant Liverpool’s manager his request. But he was doing well, Liverpool had lost cup finals but at least they were in them – they were nearly back in the Champions League as well.

The quick agreement of an updated contract in the summer of 2016 proved he was committed to the club until at least 2022 and Fenway reorganized their finances to ensure Klopp got what he wanted.

 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold [L] celebrates scoring the fourth goal against Everton during the FA Premier League Academy match at Finch Farm. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

When Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrated his 17th birthday, he woke up the next morning to find Klopp had been appointed as Liverpool’s manager. Inside twelve months, he had made his full Liverpool debut in a League Cup victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

‘I like what I see in this player,’ Klopp said with some understatement at the time. By the start of the next season, Alexander-Arnold had established himself as Klopp’s first-choice right-back.

Liverpool’s charge to the Champions League final that season started with a qualifying game in Hoffenheim and the 18-year-old had already taken over set-piece responsibilities despite being the youngest player in the team. It was his free-kick which put Liverpool on their way in Germany, setting a tone of improbability in the campaign which followed.

 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold scores the first goal during the UEFA Champions League Play-Off 1st Leg match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Liverpool at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Alex Inglethorpe became Liverpool’s academy manager in 2014 after being promoted from his role as Under-21 coach and he watched the Hoffenheim game from Kirkby with a selection of coaches who had been there throughout the teenager’s development.

Inglethorpe called Klopp ‘the best youth-team manager in the world’ because he appreciates how to handle young players, offering a mix of trust and guidance: ‘Jurgen understands they’ll come with mistakes but he might get a fantastic player at the end of it.

With a local lad, especially, he recognizes that he potentially gets slightly more in terms of time: the player might not run as fast as a Salah or Firmino but he might run further because the starting point for his Liverpool career is earlier and because of an in-built commitment to the shirt, it finishes it much later.’

In academy football circles there had for a long time been a view that Barcelona’s was the best in world football, a club where identity is defined at youth levels in terms of style rather than by the first team.

Inglethorpe considered that model impossible to follow in England because Barcelona were able to cherry-pick not only the best young Catalonian players but also across Spain, where the contractual laws meant the smallest clubs were only ever a year away from losing their best talent to the biggest clubs like Barcelona.

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp along side first-team development coach Pepijn Lijnders, goalkeeping coach John Achterberg, Alex Inglethorpe and Steve McManaman watch the Under-23 side take on Leicester City during the FA Premier League 2 Under-23 match at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

He described this as an ‘incredible advantage’, also believing the system at first-team level was so sacred in Barcelona that no manager would dare change it any way so, no matter what, the academy teams could play with the same style.

The way at Liverpool had historically been less about tactical systems and more about mentality: the instillation of a winning belief coupled with humility and a care for the club and the city. This, really, was Bill Shankly’s way.

Shankly passed that ethos across his staff, into his team and around the supporters inside Anfield – spreading it across the city. His ideal lived on through Steve Heighway, who led Liverpool’s youth operation for almost twenty years, delivering talent such as Gerrard, Carragher and Owen for the first team as well as Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman before them.

When Gerrard left Liverpool for Los Angeles Galaxy in 2015 there was a feeling that something was lost because the captain had been the last carrying the baton all the way from Shankly’s time. This period lasted for less than eighteen months, though, as Inglethorpe created the space for Heighway’s return as a mentor for the Under-13s and 14s, while Gerrard eventually became the Under-18s coach.

 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold (L) and manager Jürgen Klopp after the 2-0 victory over Fulham during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Fulham FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Inglethorpe appreciates which sort of player Klopp now wants and this correlates with the club’s deepest traditions, which continue to be transmitted through the fanbase. ‘I think supporters like to have role models who don’t give up and are tough when the going gets tough: players who arrive in the big moments,’ Inglethorpe said.

‘Jurgen feeds into this naturally because he wants young players who have personality on the pitch. Does he have the drive but is he also humble? Is he able to adapt and understand quickly what he wants? He wants them to compete and work very hard – is he robust? They’ve also got to be able to influence the game in and out of possession. Ultimately, they’ve got to be better than what he’s already got. Can he play?’

* This is an extract from ‘Trent’, in Allez Allez Allez by Simon Hughes. Available to order now, here.

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Perfect attitude from Joel Matip to begin biggest battle for place in Liverpool team

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 10:30

Joel Matip won the battle to be the first-choice partner of Virgil van Dijk last season, but says the fight starts all over again from here.


The start of last term saw Joe Gomez given a chance in the centre and the young defender was nothing short of excellent in the absence of Matip and Dejan Lovren.

He kept his place into winter—but a leg fracture ended his run in the side and gave Matip a chance to stake his own claim.

The Cameroonian went on to produce nothing less than his best-ever form for the Reds, deservedly remaining alongside Van Dijk throughout the title charge and the run to the Champions League final.

There, of course, it was Matip who teed up the match-ending strike for Divock Origi, as Liverpool became Champions of Europe once more.

Many fans feel his consistency and dependability of last season should see Matip start the new campaign in the team once more, but the No. 32 says there are no such guarantees and everyone needs to prove their worth once more.

 Liverpool's Joel Matip (L) and Virgil van Dijk (R) 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)

It’s precisely the attitude that all players should have in the face of competition for places, and the type of outlook Jurgen Klopp will want from his entire squad as they look to challenge for trophies once more.

That mentality is key, Matip told LiverpoolFC.com, to ensuring every player pushes the others.

“It was nice to play and have the success, but a new season begins.

“You start new and last season doesn’t matter. You only have to take the things, learn the things from last year, but we all start from new.

“We have a lot of good players. I try to play as much as possible, but we will see.

“Because of this we have a high-quality squad like this. Everyone needs to step in if someone is missing, injured or not in the best shape. We are looking good and I am looking forward to the season.”

There remains a little uncertainty over the future of Lovren, who Matip ousted with his good form and the Croatian’s injuries, but other than that the competition will come from players younger than the 27-year-old.

Gomez (22) will hope to re-earn his place, while Nat Phillips (22) and George Johnston (20) are trying to impress in pre-season. Then there’s the recent addition of Sepp van den Berg (17), highly rated and suggested to make up part of the first-team squad for this season.

Part of the role of senior players will be to help guide and improve those youngsters, says Matip, but fans have seen evidence over the last few seasons that it’s very much a team effort, with everyone contributing.

“You always try to lead from the front,” Matip continued.

“But there are a lot of good young players trying their best [here] – we all help each other. That’s how it works in the team.”

The battle for the second centre-back spot is one of the most intriguing parts of the team to watch develop this summer and all will be desperate to stay fit and be handed their chance to impress.

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New Simon Mignolet reports indicate Liverpool’s approach to managing tricky situation

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 09:40

Only a couple of days ago, Jurgen Klopp suggested backup goalkeeper Simon Mignolet could stay at Liverpool this term—but the Belgian’s agent says otherwise.


Expect this to be an ongoing situation this summer, just as it was a year ago in the goalkeeping department.

Then, it was expected that Mignolet might depart, Loris Karius and Danny Ward would be given a chance and a whole host of names were linked with signing—until, in quick succession, Alisson joined, Ward was sold and Karius went on loan.

A year and a half of playing backup—and ‘playing’ is very loosely used here—meant Mignolet was expected to depart this summer instead, having filled an important squad and dressing room role in 2018/19.

That same selflessness and morale-boosting quality means he’s a key figure for Klopp, however, with the boss saying he expected his former No. 1 to remain.

Speaking to Belgian outlet DH, however, Mignolet’s agent makes it clear that other plans are afoot and it’s simply a matter of waiting.

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“The goalkeeper game of musical chairs hasn’t started yet. It’s important for Simon to play somewhere, and our goal is still to make him leave.

“He’s still got a lot to offer, and if we have an offer, we’re counting on Liverpool making an effort.”

It won’t be a surprise that Mignolet’s representatives are continuing to utilise the media to sound his availability—just as it isn’t that Klopp is doing the same, but in reverse.

Liverpool have grown used to sealing good deals over the past few seasons on both the incoming and outgoing side of the football team, and part of that is upping the perceived value of players.

If Klopp is heard to want to keep a player, naturally, a team might be inclined to bid a little more to encourage the Reds to part ways with him.

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet celebrates his side's 2-1 victory over Burnley during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Leicester City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

But there’s also the goodwill of the club toward the player to consider: Ragnar Klavan was allowed to leave a year ago, for example, when it became apparent he’d rarely feature.

Mignolet has played only a handful of fixtures in 18 months and won’t get anywhere near first choice with Alisson at the club and so impressive and consistent.

It still seems likely he’ll leave before the summer transfer window closes—but don’t expect it to happen in the coming days.

The Reds have real issues with availability in the goalkeeping department right now, with injuries to youngsters and Alisson not back after his Copa America adventures—culminating in Andy Lonergan joining the US tour.

Until matters are settled there, Mignolet is actively needed, so he and his agent will have to bide their time, helping out the Reds once more—but on the pitch this time, at least.

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Joel Matip: There's no complacency, I must fight for my place again

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 07:00

Joel Matip may have ended the 2018-19 campaign as a mainstay in Liverpool’s defensive line, but he insists he is taking nothing for granted heading into the new season given the competition for places he is up against.

The defender was Virgil van Dijk’s regular partner in the centre of the back four in the latter stages of the term as the Reds clinched Champions League success.

Nevertheless, Matip knows he will have to earn his place in Jürgen Klopp’s starting line-up all over again, with the likes of Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez also vying for the position.

He told Liverpoolfc.com: “It was nice to play and have the success, but a new season begins.

“You start new and last season doesn’t matter. You only have to take the things, learn the things from last year, but we all start from new.

“We have a lot of good players. I try to play as much as possible, but we will see.

“Because of this we have a high-quality squad like this. Everyone needs to step in if someone is missing, injured or not in the best shape. We are looking good and I am looking forward to the season.”

Matip was part of Liverpool’s 29-man squad that arrived in South Bend, Indiana to begin their United States tour on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old feels the nine-day stay in North America will help preparations for 2019-20 step up another notch.

“You have to get used to it, it’s intense, but it is good for the pre-season,” Matip continued. “We need these sessions to get better and strong. It’s about fitness, getting the rhythm back, playing football and getting used to the intensity.

“You always try to lead from the front, but there are a lot of good young players trying their best [here] – we all help each other. That’s how it works in the team.”

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Joel Matip: There's no complacency, I must fight for my place again

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 07:00
Joel Matip may have ended the 2018-19 campaign as a mainstay in Liverpool’s defensive line, but he insists he is taking nothing for granted heading into the new season given the competition for places he is up against.
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Inside Training: Watch Liverpool's first session in America

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 01:28
Liverpool held their first training session shortly after arriving in South Bend, Indiana on Tuesday - and a compilation of the workout is available now on LFCTV GO.
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Inside Training: Watch Liverpool's first session in America

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 01:28

Liverpool held their first training session shortly after arriving in South Bend, Indiana on Tuesday - and a compilation of the workout is available now on LFCTV GO.

The players were put through their paces within hours of touching down in America to kick off their nine-day pre-season tour.

Our cameras filmed training and subscribers can see the highlights in the video above, including trademark fast-paced rondos.

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Why Notre Dame feels surreal for Nathaniel Phillips

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 23:50

Notre Dame all felt a little familiar to Nathaniel Phillips on Tuesday evening.

Poignant, too.

Because three years ago, the Liverpool defender had picked out the university in Indiana for a potential football scholarship, while studying maths and economics, having been released by Bolton Wanderers.

Phillips’ plans to move to America in the summer of 2016 had gone as far as booking flights – only for a timely call from the Reds’ Academy to change his mind and lead to a contract with the club.

Today the centre-back arrived at Notre Dame as part of Jürgen Klopp’s first-team squad, who kicked off their nine-day stay in the USA with an afternoon training session at the university.

The difference three years makes wasn’t lost on Phillips.

“This was actually one of the universities I applied for so it’s funny driving along and seeing all the facilities,” the 22-year-old explained to Liverpoolfc.com.

“I do recognise the pitch from looking at the pictures when I was emailing all the different coaches. It’s a nice little reminder of where I was and where I’ve got to now.

“It’s nice to look at how far I’ve come from the day I made the decision to come and study and play. To compare it to going out to Madrid with Liverpool’s first team and celebrating a Champions League win, it’s quite surreal.”

After impressing Klopp during the previous pre-season campaign, Phillips was denied the chance to kick on with the Reds due to injury last term.

He is therefore even more determined this time around to capitalise on another opportunity to show off his credentials at senior level.

Asked if 2019-20 represents a ‘big season’ for him personally, Phillips said: “I’d say so. I want to push on as far as I possibly can.

“You’ve just got to take it step by step so for the time being I’m just looking at the games we’ve got coming up now, doing the best I possibly can in those and seeing where that takes me.

“The month of July pretty much doesn’t exist because you’re just focusing 100 per cent on training, playing and getting yourself in the best shape possible.

“Especially for me, being injured all last year, it’s a good chance to get a good pre-season in me and put all that behind me.”

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Why Notre Dame feels surreal for Nathaniel Phillips

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Notre Dame all felt a little familiar to Nathaniel Phillips on Tuesday evening.
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Gallery: Reds hold first US tour training session in South Bend

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 23:30

Liverpool touched down in the United States on Tuesday – and were in training in South Bend soon after their arrival.

The Reds began their nine-day stay in North America with a mid-afternoon workout in warm temperatures in Indiana.

On the agenda was the start of preparations for Saturday’s encounter with Borussia Dortmund – a game you can watch live on LFCTV and LFTCV GO.

Browse our gallery from the session below now.

Photos by John and Andrew Powell

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Gallery: Reds hold first US tour training session in South Bend

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Liverpool touched down in the United States on Tuesday – and were in training in South Bend soon after their arrival.
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Ki-Jana Hoever conscious of special chance on USA tour

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 21:29
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The best photos as Liverpool arrive in South Bend for first leg of US tour

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 21:13

Liverpool have landed in the United States for the first leg of their pre-season tour, and Jurgen Klopp and his squad were greeted by fans in South Bend.


The Reds take on Borussia Dortmund in South Bend, before heading to Boston for a clash with Sevilla at the home to FSG, then rounding off the tour by meeting Sporting CP in New York.

After comfortable victories in their opening domestic friendlies, these ties are likely to be a much tougher test for Klopp’s side.

Off the pitch, this tour allows Liverpool to connect with their American support, and Jordan Henderson was among those to pose for selfies with fans at their hotel.

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp steps off the team bus arrives at the team hotel in South Bend at the start of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool players arrive at the team hotel in South Bend at the start of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp named a 28-man squad for the trip, also joined by ex-Middlesbrough goalkeeper Andy Lonergan, who will provide an extra body in training this pre-season.

 Liverpool's Ben Woodburn (L) and Bobby Duncan arrive at the team hotel in South Bend at the start of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A host of youngsters have been given the opportunity to impress, with Bobby Duncan benefiting in particular, as injury to his strike partner Paul Glatzel increases his chances.

 Liverpool's Rhian Brewster (L) and goalkeeper Jakub Ojrzynski arrive at the team hotel in South Bend at the start of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Rhian Brewster has shone so far up front this summer, scoring three times across two 45-minute appearances.

The 19-year-old is due to play a big role for the Reds in 2019/20, but will need to prove himself against top-level opposition, with his only outings so far coming against sides from League One and League Two.

 Liverpool's Sepp van den Berg arrives at the team hotel in South Bend at the start of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Summer signing Sepp van den Berg is yet to feature, but the 17-year-old is likely to receive international clearance ahead of a possible debut in the US.

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet arrives at the team hotel in South Bend at the start of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

One player who could well play every minute is Simon Mignolet, with injuries and absences to other goalkeepers ensuring a focal role for the Belgian this summer.

Mignolet is still pushing for a move away from Liverpool, but he is likely to need to wait until the end of pre-season, when Alisson returns to the fold.

 Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain arrives at the team hotel in South Bend at the start of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Curtis Jones arrives at the team hotel in South Bend at the start of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Curtis Jones will be looking to impress in the US, having fallen behind in the Reds’ midfield pecking order last term.

The pair have both caught the eye against Tranmere and Bradford, and continued strong form against Dortmund, Sevilla and Sporting would boost their chances significantly.

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk and Ki-Jana Hoever arrive at the team hotel in South Bend at the start of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Virgil van Dijk is among a host of senior players who could make first pre-season outing across the pond, with Dortmund to come on Friday night in Indiana.

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