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Milan interested in Lovren

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 10:30
By Sky in Italy

Last Updated: 12/06/19 12:19pm

Dejan Lovren found appearances limited last season Dejan Lovren found appearances limited last season Dejan Lovren found appearances limited last season

AC Milan are interested in signing Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren, according to Sky in Italy.

Lovren made just 18 appearances in all competitions last season due to injury and the form of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

Milan are about to embark on a rebuilding programme after Gennaro Gattuso left his role as head coach, and it is believed Lovren - who turns 30 next month - is a top target.

The Serie A club have not made a formal offer at this point but will make their move once, as expected, Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo takes charge.

Liverpool are not expected to conduct major business in the summer transfer window given the consistency the team showed on their way to winning the Champions League and narrowly missing out on the Premier League title.

Lovren did not feature in Liverpool's Champions League final win Lovren did not feature in Liverpool's Champions League final win Lovren did not feature in Liverpool's Champions League final win

Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno will leave the club when their contracts expire at the end of the month, but Adam Lallana has pledged his future to the club and Divock Origi is hoping to hold "positive" talks over a new deal.

Liverpool are also close to agreeing a new 12-month contract extension with midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Moreno's departure means the club will seek cover and competition at left back for Andy Robertson.

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Tickets on general sale for Liverpool v Napoli at Murrayfield

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 10:00

Tickets for Liverpool's pre-season friendly against Napoli at BT Murrayfield are now on general sale.

The European champions will take on the Serie A club in Edinburgh on Sunday July 28 (5pm BST kick-off) as part of their preparations for the 2019-20 campaign.

Jürgen Klopp's side also met Carlo Ancelotti's team in pre-season last year, running out 5-0 winners in Dublin.

Click here to purchase tickets for the match now.

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Tickets on general sale for Liverpool v Napoli at Murrayfield

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 10:00
Tickets for Liverpool's pre-season friendly against Napoli at BT Murrayfield are now on general sale.
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Liverpool make Nicolas Pepe transfer decision

HEAD NEWS - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 09:14

Liverpool continue to be linked with a transfer for Lille star Nicolas Pepe this summer but Anfield chiefs have a theory on the rumours.

The Reds believe their name is being used to promote interest in the 23-year-old who is expected to make a big switch.

But the Evening Standard claim Liverpool have no interest in Pepe.

That’s because Jürgen Klopp is only looking to make small adjustments to his squad this summer after a successful season.

Liverpool won the Champions League, beating Tottenham in the final, and finished just one point behind Premier League champions Manchester City.

Pepe impressed for Lille this season, netting 23 goals and providing 12 assists in all competitions.

But the reports say Liverpool have no interest in the player.

Source: Daily Express

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Liverpool make Nicolas Pepe transfer decision

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 09:14

Liverpool continue to be linked with a transfer for Lille star Nicolas Pepe this summer but Anfield chiefs have a theory on the rumours.

The Reds believe their name is being used to promote interest in the 23-year-old who is expected to make a big switch.

But the Evening Standard claim Liverpool have no interest in Pepe.

That’s because Jürgen Klopp is only looking to make small adjustments to his squad this summer after a successful season.

Liverpool won the Champions League, beating Tottenham in the final, and finished just one point behind Premier League champions Manchester City.

Pepe impressed for Lille this season, netting 23 goals and providing 12 assists in all competitions.

But the reports say Liverpool have no interest in the player.

Source: Daily Express

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Liverpool make Nicolas Pepe transfer decision

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 09:14
Liverpool continue to be linked with a transfer for Lille star Nicolas Pepe this summer but Anfield chiefs have a theory on the rumours.
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Liverpool close to agreeing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain contract extension

HEAD NEWS - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 09:03

Liverpool are close to agreeing a new 12-month contract extension with midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The extension to his current deal, reportedly worth around £120,000 a week, will keep the 25-year-old England international at Anfield until 2023.

Oxlade-Chamberlain returned to first-team action in April after spending a year sidelined with a serious knee problem.

He sustained the knee ligament injury playing against Roma in the first leg of last season's Champions League semi-final on April 24, 2018.

The former Arsenal and Southampton midfielder suffered a setback on his first return to action, coming off before half-time playing for Liverpool's U23 side in March.

Jürgen Klopp introduced him twice before the end of the season, bringing him on as a substitute against Huddersfield and Wolves.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was an unused substitute in Liverpool's Champions League final victory over Tottenham in Madrid.

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Liverpool close to agreeing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain contract extension

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 09:03

Liverpool are close to agreeing a new 12-month contract extension with midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The extension to his current deal, reportedly worth around £120,000 a week, will keep the 25-year-old England international at Anfield until 2023.

Oxlade-Chamberlain returned to first-team action in April after spending a year sidelined with a serious knee problem.

He sustained the knee ligament injury playing against Roma in the first leg of last season's Champions League semi-final on April 24, 2018.

The former Arsenal and Southampton midfielder suffered a setback on his first return to action, coming off before half-time playing for Liverpool's U23 side in March.

Jürgen Klopp introduced him twice before the end of the season, bringing him on as a substitute against Huddersfield and Wolves.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was an unused substitute in Liverpool's Champions League final victory over Tottenham in Madrid.

Source: Sky Sports

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Liverpool close to agreeing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain contract extension

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 09:03
Liverpool are close to agreeing a new 12-month contract extension with midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
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Georginio Wijnaldum opens Cruyff Court in homeland

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 09:00

Georginio Wijnaldum opened a Cruyff Court named after him in his childhood neighbourhood on Tuesday.

The Liverpool and Netherlands midfielder was in Schiemond, Rotterdam, for the opening of Cruyff Court Georginio Wijnaldum that will allow young people to play football in a safe environment.

Wijnaldum hopes children can gain valuable life skills by using the facility and expressed his pride on Instagram.

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Georginio Wijnaldum opens Cruyff Court in homeland

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 09:00
Georginio Wijnaldum opened a Cruyff Court named after him in his childhood neighbourhood on Tuesday.
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Liverpool's 2019-20 Premier League fixtures to be revealed

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 08:30
Liverpool's 2019-20 Premier League fixture list will be revealed at 9am BST on Thursday June 13.
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Brilliant uncut footage: Jürgen Klopp's full-time reaction in Madrid

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 08:00

Follow Jürgen Klopp's first six minutes as a Champions League-winning manager with our uncut footage from the final in Madrid.

When the final whistle confirmed Liverpool's 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on June 1 - and with it the club's sixth European Cup - Klopp took to the pitch to celebrate with his own players and show respect to the opposition.

The new video below follows the Reds boss on that special journey from the moment his team's historic success was secured at Estadio Metropolitano, via hugs, handshakes and sheer happiness...

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How Divock Origi earned his big moments

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 08:00

Divock Origi's commendable attitude to his role in the Liverpool squad made his end-of-season exploits just reward for the striker.

That’s the verdict of former Reds forward Neil Mellor, who has highlighted Origi as a shining example of the selflessness among Jürgen Klopp’s group of players.

After coming into the side and scoring twice in the stunning semi-final comeback against FC Barcelona, the Belgium international then netted as a substitute in the win over Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid that secured Liverpool’s sixth European Cup.

Origi ended the 2018-19 campaign with seven goals – a total only bettered by the established front three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

“It says a lot that Liverpool substitutes contributed 17 goals this season, including one in the final,” writes Mellor, a member of the 2005 team that won the Champions League, in the latest edition of the official Liverpool FC magazine.

“It shows there is a squad mentality, that even though players are disappointed to be named on the bench they’ll still come on and perform.

“The attitude those players have shown displays their professionalism and that is important because if substitutes reflect their disappointment and don’t perform, it can have a hugely negative effect on a dressing room.

“Divock Origi is a good example. He must have been thinking he was way down the pecking order and wouldn’t get game time, but he kept working hard in training to impress the manager and coaching staff.”

Origi had already attained cult status among Liverpool fans for nodding in the 96th-minute winner in last December’s Merseyside derby at Anfield.

But the prolific streak he enjoyed in the closing weeks of the season, and the vital contributions he made, were the true pay-off for the No.27’s determination, according to Mellor.

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“Klopp brought him on against Everton at Anfield with six minutes to go and he scored the winner in the 96th minute. Look what has happened since,” he added.

“He came on to score the winner at Newcastle, netted twice in the 4-0 semi-final comeback against Barcelona and has now scored for Liverpool in a Champions League final victory.

“That is a huge moment for any player so it is credit to him for not giving up on being a Liverpool player. He will have seen, while out on loan, that it’s not great when you leave Liverpool so has proved he is desperate to stay here.

“That has been reflected in the big moments he’s had.”

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Brilliant uncut footage: Jürgen Klopp's full-time reaction in Madrid

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 08:00
Follow Jürgen Klopp's first six minutes as a Champions League-winning manager with our uncut footage from the final in Madrid.
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How Divock Origi earned his big moments

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 08:00
Divock Origi's commendable attitude to his role in the Liverpool squad made his end-of-season exploits just reward for the striker.
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Robertson suffers hamstring injury

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 19:09
Robertson could miss start of 2019/20 Premier League season

Last Updated: 12/06/19 6:27am

Andy Robertson will miss Scotland's game against Belgium Andy Robertson will miss Scotland's game against Belgium Andy Robertson will miss Scotland's game against Belgium

Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson will miss Scotland's Euro 2020 qualifier against Belgium after suffering a suspected hamstring injury.

Kilmarnock's Greg Taylor has taken Robertson's place in manager Steve Clarke's starting XI to make his Scotland debut in Brussels.

Scotland captain Robertson, who was put up for media duty ahead of Tuesday's qualifier, was expected to start the game against Belgium.

Speaking ahead of the game, Clarke told Sky Sports: "It's disappointing to lose someone of Andy's experience - certainly for a game like this.

"He tried everything he could [to be ready for today], he did the training session last night, but he woke up and still felt it so no good. And it is a great chance for Greg Taylor."

With Robertson absent, Scotland lost the tie 3-0.

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Mr. Reliable ages like a fine wine – James Milner, 2018/19 Season Review

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 18:00

James Milner continued to defy both age and doubters in 2018/19, as he finished the season with his most significant piece of silverware yet.


The 2017/18 campaign was meant to be the one where we barely saw Milner feature, as the ageing midfielder was put out to pasture by Jurgen Klopp.

As it transpired, however, the evergreen Yorkshireman made 47 appearances, starting the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.

Another season got underway in August, and with incoming pair Fabinho and Naby Keita significant midfield additions, apparently this was going to spell the end for Milner.

The 33-year-old refused to go away, though, and without his understated input Liverpool’s last nine months could have panned out very differently.

James Milner, 2018/19

Started: 31 (All competitions)
On as a substitute: 14
Unused sub: 3
Goals: 7
Assists: 6

Our Overall Season Rating: 9
Average TIA Player Rating: 6.54 (Rank: 16th)
Last year’s average TIA Player Rating: 6.57

Penalties & Selflessness

 Liverpool's James Milner celebrates scoring the second goal from a penalty kick during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The season began with Milner as a mainstay in Liverpool’s starting lineup, contrary to what many perhaps lazily predicted.

He started all of their opening six Premier League fixtures, of which the Reds won every game, topping the table.

Exceptional in the 2-1 win away to Tottenham in September, it was clear very quickly that Milner would remain a handy option for Klopp.

Never one to steal the limelight, the former Man City favourite was instead a key cog in the machine.

Not always a regular, by any means—he started 31 matches in all competitions by the time the season ended—there was never any complaining if he didn’t feature and his team ethic was faultless.

Selflessness is a word that will always rightly follow Milner around and that was evident throughout 2018/19, as he sometimes found himself the victim of his own versatility.

The midfielder has made no secret of his dislike at being used at full-back, but he knuckled down and often thrived at either left or right-back, when required.

 Liverpool's captain James Milner celebrates scoring the first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool FC at Parc des Princes. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

If there’s one thing that does separate Milner from his team-mates and most footballers, giving him rare moments in the sun, it’s his nervelessness from the penalty spot.

He finished the campaign with a 100 percent record in that department—he has still only missed one for Liverpool—and a number of his spot-kicks came at pivotal times.

A clinical effort put the Reds 1-0 up on the stroke of half-time at Crystal Palace, in what was a hard-earned 2-0 win in the opening away game of the season.

Then came a penalty at home to Paris Saint-Germain, and one in a losing cause in the reverse fixture at Parc des Princes, before his two biggest spot-kick contributions.

What should have been a comfortable win at all-but-relegated Fulham in March became a torrid afternoon, but Milner’s late penalty felt as important as Steven Gerrard’s on the same spot five years earlier.

 Liverpool's captain James Milner celebrates scoring the second goal from a penalty kick during the FA Premier League match between Cardiff City FC and Liverpool FC at the Cardiff City Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

He also sealed victory at Cardiff in another tricky outing, keeping Liverpool’s title hopes alive up against his relentless former club.

Those moments were the epitome of Milner the player—mentally strong, efficient and priceless—but there was also so much more to appreciate.

Priceless Experience

 Liverpool's captain James Milner celebrates scoring the second goal from a penalty kick during the FA Premier League match between Cardiff City FC and Liverpool FC at the Cardiff City Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

One of the main criticisms aimed at Liverpool in recent years has been a lack of utilising the dark arts and managing games.

It is something that went up a substantial gear in 2018/19, and there is nobody better in that area at Anfield than Milner.

His level of experience and know-how became so vital as the huge games came along, which no doubt played a part in Klopp being keen to field him on the biggest occasions.

In terms of the more eye-catching input, it was only really Milner’s penalties that earned acclaim, as well as important goals away to Arsenal and Burnley.

It was the under-the-radar brilliance that benefited Liverpool more than anything, though, and so many of his substitute appearances helped guide Klopp’s men through stormy waters.

During periods when Liverpool were winning late on, that ability to win free-kicks, waste time and make the right decisions were every bit as enjoyable as a Mohamed Salah thunderbolt, deft Roberto Firmino touch or silky Keita stepover.

 Liverpool’s James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Virgil van Dijk, Adam Lallana, Andy Robertson, Divock Origi, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold during an open-top bus parade through the city after winning the UEFA Champions League Final. Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur. 2-0 in Madrid. To claim their sixth European Cup. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

A special word must go to Milner’s cameo in Madrid in the Champions League final, as the Reds faced their biggest evening since Istanbul.

In fact, in an admirable career spanning close to 20 years, which has included two Premier League titles and 61 England caps, it was also the defining night of Milner’s career.

Introduced in place of Gini Wijnaldum after 62 minutes, he helped his younger colleagues over the finish line against Spurs, firing just wide with the score at 1-0.

A trophy-clinching goal would have all been a bit too high-profile for Milner’s liking, of course.

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Instead, he slowed things down at every opportunity, brilliantly taking a lifetime to take one corner, simply by placing it outside the quadrant more than once.

The final whistle sealed a magnificent season for Liverpool, and for Milner it was a fully merited success after another season of subtle excellence.

Future Role

 Liverpool's James Milner during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

For risk of sounding foolish, next season genuinely should see Milner’s playing time become more limited, as he approaches his 34th birthday.

While his quality remains enduring, it is wholly understandable that he isn’t quite as nimble as he once was, and Liverpool will have better midfield choices.

Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita, Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all represent younger, better options, and who’s to say a new signing won’t appear too?

In terms of improvements, it is hard to alter Milner’s game too much at this point in his career.

His shortcomings have been plain to see throughout his time on Merseyside, not least away in the Champions League group stage, when a lack of guile and legs proved calamitous alongside Henderson and Wijnaldum.

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp prepares to bring on substitute James Milner during the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at the St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The 2019/20 campaign should be a case of Milner offering effective cameo roles, filling in when required and using his winning mentality on and off the pitch to Liverpool’s advantage.

What an asset he has been—he deserves a few Ribenas to celebrate.

Best moment: The winning penalty at Fulham.

Worst moment: A torrid afternoon at right-back away to Man United.

Role next season: Squad player, in what could be his swan-song season.

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Liverpool close to agreeing new Ox deal

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 17:56
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Last Updated: 11/06/19 10:26pm

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Liverpool are close to agreeing a new 12-month contract extension with midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The extension to his current deal, reportedly worth around £120,000 a week, will keep the 25-year-old England international at Anfield until 2023.

Oxlade-Chamberlain returned to first-team action in April after spending a year sidelined with a serious knee problem.

He sustained the knee ligament injury playing against Roma in the first leg of last season's Champions League semi-final on April 24, 2018.

The former Arsenal and Southampton midfielder suffered a setback on his first return to action, coming off before half-time playing for Liverpool's U23 side in March.

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Jurgen Klopp introduced him twice before the end of the season, bringing him on as a substitute against Huddersfield and Wolves.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was an unused substitute in Liverpool's Champions League final victory over Tottenham in Madrid.

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