Five Liverpool players were tonight named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year for 2019-20.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Virgil van Dijk each claimed a place in the XI, which was voted for by their fellow professionals across the country.
Their selection comes after they helped the Reds end a 30-year wait to clinch the top-flight title with a club-record total of 99 points last season.
It is the second successive year that Alexander-Arnold, Mane, Robertson and Van Dijk have earned spots in the Team of the Year, with Henderson a new representative from the club after captaining Liverpool to the championship.
2019-20 PFA Premier League Team of the Year in full: Nick Pope, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Caglar Soyuncu, Andy Robertson, David Silva, Jordan Henderson, Kevin De Bruyne, Jamie Vardy, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Sadio Mane.
Liverpool are building up to their Premier League opener against Leeds United - and you can take a look in our latest Inside Training compilation.
Having beaten Blackpool 7-2 in their final warm-up game at the weekend, those players not on international duty - including the returning Jordan Henderson - were hard at work at Melwood on Tuesday morning.
The workout included an intense running session as the 2020-21 kick-off looms ever closer.
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Liverpool FC's official matchday programme returns this weekend with a new look and 84 packed pages for the 2020-21 season-opener against Leeds United.
It is, of course, the first issue with the Reds as reigning Premier League champions and inside you'll find exclusive columns from manager Jürgen Klopp and captain Jordan Henderson.
In addition, there are interviews with Andy Robertson and Neco Williams, all the latest from Anfield and Melwood ahead of the match, and in-depth analysis of the opposition.
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As the start of the 2020-21 season edges ever nearer, Liverpool’s players were continuing preparations at Melwood on Tuesday morning to ready themselves for the visit of Leeds United.
The champions welcome the newly-promoted side to Merseyside this Saturday evening for the campaign opener.
Overseen by Jürgen Klopp and his backroom team, work was ongoing this morning – and our photographer was on hand to snap the session in full.
Photos by Andrew Powell
Last Updated: 08/09/20 6:32pmRhian Brewster has made four senior appearances for Liverpool to date
Liverpool are considering allowing Rhian Brewster to leave on a permanent deal in this transfer window, with the possible protection of a buy-back clause.
Newcastle made an enquiry to see what Liverpool's plans were for the 20-year-old, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Swansea.
However, any subsequent offer from Newcastle would have been rejected, as Liverpool believe Brewster's opportunities at St James' Park would have been limited.
Up to six Premier League clubs have expressed an interest in the forward, with Aston Villa, Brighton and Sheffield United three of those clubs.0:30 Rhian Brewster's second goal against Red Bull Salzburg was clinically dispatched from 20 yards out. See full highlights from the game on LFCTV, Sky channel 425. Rhian Brewster's second goal against Red Bull Salzburg was clinically dispatched from 20 yards out. See full highlights from the game on LFCTV, Sky channel 425.
However, Liverpool maintain no final decision on Brewster's Anfield future has yet been made.
Last month, Brewster made a substitute appearance in Liverpool's Community Shield defeat to Arsenal and missed the crucial penalty in the shoot-out.Liverpool vs Leeds
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Analysis by Sky Sports' EFL pundits Keith Andrews and Don Goodman:
Sky Sports assess Brewster's attributes and explain why the Liverpool striker, 20, is set to be a star of the future in English football.
"He just looks very comfortable and with the composure that he shows in front of goal, he is lethal," says Andrews. "His general build-up play maybe needs to be worked on but there's going to be aspects of every part of his game that slightly need to be worked on. The biggest thing he's got going for him is the fact that he's an instinctive finisher. He doesn't thrash at things, he's very composed and he has a knack for heading as well. He can't overpower 6ft 2in centre halves, he has to out-cute them. He has to get in between areas and he does that very well."13:17 Sky Sports assess Rhian Brewster and explain why the striker on loan at Swansea from Liverpool is set to be a star of the future in English football Sky Sports assess Rhian Brewster and explain why the striker on loan at Swansea from Liverpool is set to be a star of the future in English football
And Goodman has been equally impressed, saying: "He's got this explosive burst of pace and he seems to have really good football intelligence, so his movement is very clever and, when I watch clips of him finishing, there's such a variety.
"I had a real good chat to [Swansea boss] Steve Cooper about him and the work ethic, he said, is right up there as one of his best attributes and that comes down to mentality. He's likeable, he's got a big heart and he's a bit of a joker, apparently. All the things that make you popular in the dressing room. He also said that he's confident in his own ability but without being too far because when that goes too far, it turns into arrogance."Transfer Talk: Why Liverpool should sign Thiago
Thiago Alcantara would give the Liverpool midfield a creative spark, Melissa Reddy told the latest Transfer Talk podcast as she makes the case for his signing.
The Bayern Munich midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield after shining for the Bundesliga club in another successful season and is expected to move this summer.
But does Jurgen Klopp need another body in midfield? Reddy, senior football correspondent for The Independent, believes Thiago offers something different to the current options but admits a space would need to open up for him.
She told the Transfer Talk podcast: "Part of the job when you are at the top is to stay there and one of the ways to do that is to make sure you're evolving, reinventing yourself in certain respects while staying true to the fundamentals that got you to the pinnacle in the first place - and Thiago would do that. He is the anthesis of everything they have at the moment, which I think is the entire point."What else do Liverpool need? 2:25 Speaking on the Transfer Talk podcast, Melissa Ruddy explains Liverpool's long-term transfer plan under Jurgen Klopp Speaking on the Transfer Talk podcast, Melissa Ruddy explains Liverpool's long-term transfer plan under Jurgen Klopp
There are a few potential transfers bubbling under the surface this summer, but Reddy believes Liverpool's transfer plans are also focused on the long term.
She said: "I know one of the key directives for Liverpool and their recruitment staff, they don't want a squad who has aged together. Development and shared experiences is important, but they don't want to find themselves in the same situation that Barcelona are in, for example, where you're leaving yourself with your whole spine to replace with nothing coming through and no advancement.
"So getting that balance right of having those players who have been so pivotal to their silverware haul while also thinking of the future, that's very big for them.Transfer Centre LIVE!
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A domestic-only window for trades between the Premier League and EFL then runs from October 5 and closes on Friday, October 16 at 5pm.
Follow all the news and analysis on Sky Sports News and across Sky Sports' digital platforms, including with our dedicated Transfer Centre blog.Sky Sports Fantasy Football is back!
Another year, another £50,000 jackpot on the line. Sky Sports Fantasy Football makes its return for the 2020/21 season.
Go behind the scenes of Liverpool's 7-2 friendly win over Blackpool in the first edition of Inside Anfield for 2020-21.
The Reds completed their schedule of warm-up games by coming from two goals down to defeat the League One club on Saturday.
Take a closer look at how the clash unfolded - including all nine strikes on the afternoon - in the YouTube video below...
Liverpool FC Women forward Rinsola Babajide has earned her first call-up to the senior England set-up.
The 22-year-old is part of a 30-player squad named by Lionesses manager Phil Neville for a week-long training camp starting next Tuesday at St. George’s Park.
Babajide, LFC Women’s Player of the Season for 2019-20, has previously been part of the U21 England squad.
The camp represents the start of the long-term build-up by England to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023 in Australia and New Zealand.
Head coach Neville said: “This is a critical moment in our development of England Women. Every camp from now on is aimed at building a team capable of competing for the highest honours in world football, including the prestigious home EURO in 2022 and, ultimately, the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.
“It is important that we offer as many opportunities as possible for some of the country’s best young talent to stake their claim for a place in the senior England squad for this exciting three-year period.”
Elsewhere, Reds captain Niamh Fahey will be away with the Republic of Ireland next week as they take on Germany in a UEFA Women’s European Championship qualifier, while vice-captain Rachel Furness should be with Northern Ireland as they tackle the Faroe Islands in the same competition.
Midfielder Rhiannon Roberts is also set to be in EURO qualification action as Wales take on Norway, and young midfielder Mia Ross is also likely to join up with England U17s.
Just weeks after the conclusion of the most chaotic and unprecedented season in history, the Premier League and Football League are gearing up for the start of the 2020/21 campaign.
Unfortunately, fans will once again be unable to attend matches this weekend as coronavirus creates a state of flux, but there is hope spectators can gradually return as the season unfolds – but only if it is safe to do so.
Here, the PA news agency looks at the latest surrounding the situation with supporters entering stadia on a matchday.When is the earliest fans can return?
Premier League and EFL officials have been at pains in various briefings in recent months to state that nothing is set in stone because of the ever-shifting parameters of the pandemic.
As things stand, there is hope of a limited number of people being allowed to attend grounds for Premier League matches by the start of October.
However, much depends on the success of the Government’s ongoing pilot programme – test events which are expected to pave the way for spectators to return to elite sport.Have there, or will there be, any pilot events in football?
Meanwhile, Cambridge’s Abbey Stadium will welcome back supporters on two occasions this week, including their opening game of their League Two campaign against Carlisle this Saturday.
Assuming everything goes OK, what is the next step?
The Government must first give the green light, after which clubs around the country will work with various bodies, including the leagues, the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) and their local authorities to discuss details.
It is thought top-flight clubs are putting forward their own plans and several are yet to put season tickets on sale because of the current uncertainty, while it is highly unlikely the Premier League or the Football League will adopt a ‘catch-all’ solution for the return of fans.Why would there be no blanket solution?
A variety of factors, including capacity and the proximity of a stadium to a city centre.
For example, Brighton’s ground is in the village of Falmer in Sussex and has several on-site car parks, while there are enough entrance and exit points to allow people to properly observe the necessary social distancing measures both inside and outside the stadium.
However, other Premier League and EFL venues do not have this luxury and are in heavily built-up areas where social distancing could prove troublesome.
How would they be affected?
Ultimately it is up to the discretion of the clubs, the leagues, the SGSA – the UK Government’s advisor on safety at sports grounds – and local authorities.
It seems that for now all options are being explored but whereas Brighton is thought of as a safe option – and proved the ideal location for a trial event last month – there are others whose circumstances differ.
Therefore stadiums at the heart of a city centre might have to reduce numbers more in the primary interests of safety.Will local lockdowns impact fans coming back into stadiums?
Extra restrictions, such as people not being able to meet anyone from outside their own households, have come into force in recent weeks whenever coronavirus cases in a town or city have spiked above a certain level.
Any local lockdown may not necessarily kibosh supporters returning to grounds but the matter is instead likely to be treated on a case-by-case basis.
As above, the final decision is with the Government, in conjunction with all the relevant local and national authorities.
Liverpool under-18s head into 2020/21 with a new manager in Marc Bridge-Wilkinson, and with many new faces, with summer signings and youngsters making the next step.
Despite not having played since March, and with a new coach leading them, the U18s have enjoyed a productive pre-season, with high-scoring victories over Crewe, Huddersfield, Leicester and United.
Plenty of fresh talent has caught the eye already, and for those following Bridge-Wilkinson’s side in 2020/21, there are many worth noting down.
Here’s how the Liverpool U18s squad is taking shape ahead of the new season.Goalkeepers
Bridge-Wilkinson has a strong crop of ‘keepers to call upon in the new campaign, with Jakub Ojrzynski established as his No. 1.
Harvey Davies, a first-year scholar hailing from Liverpool, has rotated with the Czech throughout pre-season, but could face competition from Fabian Mrozek, a new signing from Polish club FC Wroclaw, in challenging for the gloves.
Mrozek has already trained with the first team, during his trial at the start of last season.Defenders
With the majority of Barry Lewtas’ core defence from last season stepping up to the under-23s, Bridge-Wilkinson has built a new back line for his first campaign in the U18 Premier League.
Jarell Quansah and Sean Wilson are now staple figures, having only featured sporadically last season, while Lee Jonas and Luke Chambers have both stepped up as first-year scholars and are likely to play regularly.
Full-back trio Conor Bradley, Owen Beck and James Norris could well divide their time between the U18s and U23s.Midfielders
The U18s are set to have a new captain for 2020/21, and along with Quansah, one of the prime candidates is Tom Hill, who scored six and assisted three in 15 outings for Lewtas’ side last season, along with a first-team debut and seven games for the U23s.
He could be joined by Tyler Morton as one of the leaders of Bridge-Wilkinson’s new side, in a midfield group that includes a number of players worth keeping an eye on.
Beyond Hill and Morton, James Balagizi is one of the most highly regarded youngsters at the club, and new signings Mateusz Musialowski and Melkamu Frauendorf are exciting prospects too.
Musialowski, a versatile 16-year-old at his best as a No. 10, is claimed to have scored 130 goals in 80 games for his former club, SMS Lodz.Forwards
Like Hill, Bradley, Morton, Beck and Norris, Layton Stewart is likely to split his time between the U18s and U23s this season, but the predatory striker begins the campaign with Bridge-Wilkinson’s side.
He will be ably supported by two first-year scholars in Harvey Blair and Oakley Cannonier, along with Max Woltman, with the trio all finding the back of the net in pre-season.
Cannonier is one of the most notable players to make the step up to the U18s this season—the 16-year-old was the ball-boy who fed it quickly to Trent Alexander-Arnold for his iconic quick corner against Barcelona in the Champions League.
Andy Robertson claimed Scotland were “on a hiding to nothing” as they sealed a 2-1 win over a makeshift Czech Republic, earning the winning penalty in a mixed display.
Robertson’s difficulty at international level continues as manager Steve Clarke struggles to wedge him and Kieran Tierney, his two best players and both left-backs, into the side.
Tierney was left out on Monday night as Robertson started on the left of a five-man midfield, with a 3-5-2 system preferred against a Czech side including nine debutants, due to the initial squad being forced into quarantine.
Despite their lack of experience, Scotland failed to dominate the Czechs, who went ahead in the 11th minute through Jakub Pesek.
Thankfully for Clarke, Lyndon Dykes levelled before the half-hour, but with the Scots unable to settle in possession, an end-to-end contest played with David Marshall tested on a number of occasions.
With a renewed impetus after the break, Scotland were able to grab their eventual winner, and it came via a trademark burst down the left from Robertson.
The 26-year-old’s ability to gain space with his first touch on the run saw him drive past Tomas Malinsky and into the box, and a tangle of legs with the winger than saw him take a tumble, with the referee calling for the penalty.
It was a controversial decision, but one that Ryan Christie duly converted to give Scotland the victory and put them top of Group B2 in the UEFA Nations League.
“We were on a hiding to nothing,” Robertson told Sky Sports after the game, referencing the wholesale changes to the opposition.
“People would have found negatives in whatever we had done tonight but I am not really bothered. That’s five unbeaten so let’s take some positives.”
Of course, it is a far cry from the positivity normally displayed at Liverpool, but it was a typical show of character from Robertson as he persevered and crafted the winner.
The pair both played the full 90 minutes in a game decided by Nicolo Barella’s strike at the end of the first half, but neither were able to make an impact as hoped.
Wijnaldum started the game on the right wing, which proved an oversight by stand-in manager Dwight Lodeweges, while Van Dijk struggled without his usual centre-back partners Stefan de Vrij and Matthijs de Ligt.
The Netherlands dropped behind Italy at the top of Group A1 as a result, but the overriding positive for Liverpool is that none of Van Dijk, Wijnaldum or Robertson suffered injuries while on duty.
There were mixed fortunes for the Liverpool players involved in UEFA Nations League action on Monday night.
Andy Robertson captained Scotland to a 2-1 comeback victory at Czech Republic, featuring for the full 90 minutes in Olomouc and earning the penalty from which his country netted the winner.
Scotland now top League B Group 2 with four points from their opening two games.
There was a home defeat for Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum with the Netherlands, however, as they were beaten 1-0 by Italy.
Both Reds completed the whole match in Amsterdam, with the Dutch now in second place behind their opponents in League A Group 1.