Liverpool FC has welcomed UK-headquartered global financial technology company TigerWit Limited as its new official online foreign exchange trading partner.
The global partnership will focus on driving forward technological development throughout the UK, Europe and Asia, where the Reds have vast numbers of fans, providing TigerWit with a high-profile opportunity to increase its brand recognition and visibility and drive downloads of its innovative new trading app, developed with blockchain-based settlement technology.
It will also benefit from club hospitality and matchday sponsorship as it uses the partnership to raise brand awareness in its target markets.
First-team players Naby Keita, Alisson Becker and Georginio Wijnaldum will feature in a TV commercial which is due to launch today.
Billy Hogan, managing director and chief commercial officer at LFC, said: “We are very happy to add TigerWit as our newest club partner and our official online foreign exchange trading partner.
“Our worldwide following will generate global exposure for TigerWit, whilst their core markets of the UK, Europe and Asia each have tremendous numbers of Liverpool FC supporters.
“Through this new partnership with TigerWit, we look forward to marketing activations, which help offer our fans activities and experiences to bring them even closer to the club.”
TigerWit CEO, Tim Hughes, said: “Today is a proud day for TigerWit, we are launching our innovative blockchain-based trading app and partnering with Liverpool FC.
“TigerWit believes in a market that does not discriminate or play favourites. We have developed a pioneering blockchain-based settlement system that instils trust by delivering greater security and process efficiency. Trading should be, and can be, more transparent and fair for all traders, regardless of experience or the size of their account.”
Paris St Germain boss Thomas Tuchel is relishing the challenge of Liverpool on Tuesday after his side saw off St Etienne in a 4-0 win to maintain their perfect start to the Ligue 1 season.
Brazil superstar Neymar and World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe watched from the stands as PSG provided perfect preparation for the Champions League opener at Anfield, but the result somewhat flattered the hosts after a shaky first 45 minutes.
Les Verts created several gilt-edge opportunities to open the scoring, with Lois Diony spurning the best chance from six yards before Julian Draxler broke the deadlock after 22 minutes.
St Etienne continued to threaten until Edinson Cavani converted a 51st-minute penalty for his third goal in three games before Angel Di Maria and Moussa Diaby’s first goal for the club wrapped up maximum points.
And Tuchel was impressed as he watched his side secure their fifth triumph in five league matches without his star duo.
The German head coach told the club’s official website: “I’m very happy with this victory, our sixth in a row since the start of the season.
“It’s important to several options when we play. Today we were without Neymar and Kylian and I’m happy to have used players that were here during the international break.
“It was a difficult first half and Saint-Etienne played very well. We lost too many easy balls and that gave our opponents solutions.
“In the second half, we attacked down the wings more and we found more space for Di Maria and Julian Draxler.
“It was a good rehearsal, good for the confidence ahead of Tuesday’s match in Anfield against Liverpool. It will be a big test for us, but we are confident.”
Last Updated: 17/09/18 7:39amMo Salah and Roberto Firmino celebrate against Tottenham
Which team tops the shop with an 'A' and who has come bottom of the class with an 'E' for their performance in the latest round of Premier League fixtures?
Liverpool and Chelsea maintained their perfect start to the season, with West Ham also picking up their first win of the season. Watford, though, were subject to their first defeat after a 2-1 loss to Manchester United.
Here's how we graded each side this weekend...West Ham - A
A perfect remedy to a difficult start to the season was finally delivered by West Ham, who had a performance and a result at Goodison Park. Putting three in midfield allowed them to take the initiative, and their front three of Marko Arnautovic, Filipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko were magnificent. The defensive concerns remain to a degree, but this is a real step in the right direction.2:53 Everton 1-3 West Ham Everton 1-3 West Ham Bournemouth - A
Bournemouth were clinical in their display against Leicester. Out of their five shots on target, four of them hit the back of the net. An excellent individual display from Ryan Fraser lifted Bournemouth to a very impressive win while Asmir Begovic made some vital saves to keep Bournemouth ahead when they were 1-0 up.
The only sour note was conceding two goals in the final two minutes of the match. Nevertheless, Eddie Howe will be delighted with the way his side performed. (James Kilpatrick)2:58 Bournemouth 4-2 Leicester Bournemouth 4-2 Leicester Liverpool - A-
An impressive victory from Liverpool as they maintained their perfect start to the season. Liverpool looked much sharper and more threatening than Tottenham, and the only negatives from the display were the late goal conceded in injury-time and the fact the result was not completely beyond doubt by then, as the visitors spurned several presentable chances. However, that should not take away from a win that was more convincing than the scoreline suggests. (James Walker-Roberts)'Liverpool reminiscent of Barca'
Graeme Souness thinks Liverpool's front three are reminiscent of Barcelona at their best.Manchester United - B+
It was a much-needed win for Man Utd with the shadow of defeats to Brighton and Tottenham still lingering, and to dip into the book of football cliches, it was certainly a game of two halves. Jose Mourinho summed it up best in his post-match press conference: "I feel a bit frustrated because we had everything in the first half to kill the game... In the beginning of the second half, we let the game go down in intensity, we stopped being aggressive with and without the ball."3:00 Watford 1-2 Man Utd Watford 1-2 Man Utd
It's the dip in the second half that stops them from edging into the 'A' category and credit must go to Marouane Fellaini, who came in for praise from his manager after having a hand in both goals: "He gives us quality and simplicity. He is playing simple and well. I am really happy for Marouane."
Paul Pogba - whose future continues to be subject of speculation - also played some inspired passes to help his team-mates up front and seriously tested goalkeeper Ben Foster on three occasions in the first half. (Charlotte Marsh)Does Lukaku deserve more credit?
Romelu Lukaku has overtaken Didier Drogba for Premier League goals. Does he get the credit his record deserves?Arsenal - B+
The Gunners are still not at their best but they are getting the job done. Victory at Newcastle means Unai Emery's side have won consecutive Premier League away games for the first time since May 2017 and it's a result that will build confidence at the Emirates Stadium.
"The result gives us confidence but there are things on the pitch, individually and collectively, that we can improve," Unai Emery said.2:58 Newcastle 1-2 Arsenal Newcastle 1-2 Arsenal
The improvement Emery is talking about must come at the back. Arsenal have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their first five games to a top-flight season for the first time since the 1988-89 campaign and it's an area Emery must address heading into next Sunday's clash with Everton, which is live on Sky Sports. (Oliver Yew)
It sounds odd after a 4-1 win, but Chelsea weren't entirely convincing in beating a hard-working but limited Cardiff side. When Chelsea were at their one-touch best, they were unstoppable, but it's still a work in progress. Until Cardiff threw away any hope of a comeback in the final 10 minutes they were very much still in the game, and the Blues need to be more consistent across 90 minutes. (Ron Walker)0:53 Eden Hazard spoke to Sky Sports after his hat-trick against Cardiff Eden Hazard spoke to Sky Sports after his hat-trick against Cardiff Wolves - B+
Wolves picked up a second straight Premier League victory and their first home win of the season against Burnley, but the 1-0 scoreline did not reflect their superiority. They had 30 shots in the game - the most they have ever produced in a Premier League match - and had 59 per cent of the possession as they bossed the Super Sunday clash.
Joe Hart made three excellent first-half saves, James Tarkowski twice cleared off the line and Raul Jimenez missed a sitter before finally scoring the winner after an hour. The impressive Matt Doherty and substitute Leo Bonatini wasted further chances and the margin of victory really should have been much wider. Nuno Espirito Santo will be aware that his players will need to be more clinical in future. (Stephen Mills)2:51 Wolves 1-0 Burnley Wolves 1-0 Burnley Manchester City - B
Nearly perfect marks for the Premier League champions, who were at their silky best in their simple victory over Fulham. They rarely had to get out of second gear the moment Leroy Sane opened the scoring in the first 90 seconds. The only downside was City's finishing. Raheem Sterling and the otherwise-excellent Bernardo Silva were both guilty on that front. (Lewis Jones)2:51 We look back at David Silva's best bits after he reached 50 Premier League goals We look back at David Silva's best bits after he reached 50 Premier League goals Crystal Palace - B
It was job done as far as Roy Hodgson and Crystal Palace were concerned but they certainly didn't make things easy for themselves. Huddersfield put them under severe pressure but the visitors just about held firm with young right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka again delivering a promising performance.
Despite finding themselves hanging in for much of the second half, Crystal Palace did look extremely dangerous on the counter-attack, with Wilfried Zaha, Andros Townsend and Jordan Ayew, all taking the opportunity to spring forward at pace.2:58 Huddersfield 0-1 Crystal Palace Huddersfield 0-1 Crystal Palace
Following three successive defeats it was a big three points for Hodgson and his men and the goalscoring return of Zaha made it all the more sweeter. (Oliver Young-Myles)
Cardiff's defeat at Chelsea was as much of a free swing as they will get all season, and they won't be overly demoralised by the way they performed. They're the first team to take the lead at any point against them this season, and had chances to level at 2-1 before giving away a silly penalty in the last 10 minutes. These aren't the games that will define their season. (Ron Walker)2:45 Chelsea 4-1 Cardiff Chelsea 4-1 Cardiff Huddersfield - C+
It was difficult to find too many things wrong with Huddersfield's performance. They passed the ball around well, delivered good crosses into the box from wide areas, restricted Crystal Palace to a handful of chances and largely dominated proceedings throughout.
Yet they ended up losing again, therefore extending their run of games without a victory to five and the reason behind that was their profligacy in front of goal. David Wagner labelled it Huddersfield's best performance of the season yet he will be acutely aware that if they can't turn their chances into goals, they are in for a long campaign ahead. (Oliver Young-Myles)
Javi Gracia's side suffered their first defeat of the Premier League season, and it mostly comes down to being second best to Man Utd in the first half, with both of the visitors' goals coming within three minutes.
But they matched their opponents in the second half with Andre Gray scoring in the 65th minute, and nearly forced a result in the final few minutes as David de Gea denied Abdoulaye Doucoure and Christian Kabasele. It may be their first loss of the season, but it should not worry Watford too much. (Charlotte Marsh)5:01 Premier League Saturday Round-up Premier League Saturday Round-up
Although Claude Puel's side conceded four goals and went down to 10 men, Leicester still had some bright moments in the game and had some chances which could have altered the entire course of the match.
Leicester's backline had a disappointing afternoon, but the frontline of Jamie Vardy and James Maddison did cause Bournemouth problems. Leicester's two late goals were fully justified in a game where the result perhaps did not reflect the full story of the match. (James Kilpatrick)2:53 Rafael Benitez says Newcastle deserved more from the 2-1 defeat to Arsenal Rafael Benitez says Newcastle deserved more from the 2-1 defeat to Arsenal
It was yet another case of so near but so far for Newcastle this season. It's another slender defeat for Rafael Benitez's side against one of the top sides but it's a defeat that sees them slip to an unwanted record. One point from five games represents Newcastle's joint-worst start to a Premier League campaign (also 1999-00) but there are positives - the first-half display against the Gunners for instance - for Benitez and his side to take into next week's clash at Crystal Palace. (Oliver Yew)
Wow, their season has swung. A solid start is looking a lot more shaky after a really poor performance against West Ham. They could have scored enough goals to get something out of the game with the chances they had, but their defending deserved nothing - Kurt Zouma and Mason Holgate were especially shaky. A tough trip to Arsenal next week doesn't look like helping matters either. (Ron Walker)
This was a bit of a reality check for the Londoners. They tried to take on City at their own game of playing out from the back and pressing high. It was a brave but ultimately naive tactic that presented City with too much space to work in. Easier tasks than this await but they'll need to be more tactically aware to pick up points in the Premier League. (Lewis Jones)2:58 Man City 3-0 Fulham Man City 3-0 Fulham Tottenham - D-
"The result does not flatter Liverpool, it flatters Tottenham," said Graeme Souness after seeing Spurs beaten by Liverpool at Wembley. It was a second straight defeat for Spurs and, just like at Watford last time out, another below-par performance. Spurs looked sluggish, lacked spark going forward and were fortunate not to lose by more goals. Mauricio Pochettino must pick his side up quickly if they are going to stay in touch with the front-runners. (James Walker-Roberts)2:59 Tottenham 1-2 Liverpool Tottenham 1-2 Liverpool Burnley - E
The 1-0 defeat at Wolves means Burnley have picked up only one point from their first five matches - their worst start to a top-flight season since 1927/28 - and Sean Dyche's side were flattered by the scoreline. They only created one meaningful chance in the match when Matej Vydra flashed a volley across goal that Jack Cork could not convert and the starting strikers Ashley Barnes and Sam Vokes were both hooked by Dyche after having little influence.Southampton v Brighton
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Things aren't much better at the other end of the pitch. They have now conceded 10 goals in their opening five league games this season (it took them 13 matches to concede their 10th goal of 2017/18) and they allowed their opponents an astonishing 30 attempts during the 90 minutes. The optimism of a European campaign has faded and this could be a real season of struggle on this showing. (Stephen Mills)
Jürgen Klopp will hold his first Champions League press conference of the season at Anfield on Monday - watch it live and free from 2pm BST.
The Liverpool boss is to address the media ahead of his side's Group C opener against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.
You can watch Klopp's briefing in full via our official YouTube channel. Simply return to this page at 2pm BST to tune in.
A congratulatory call, a friendship test and a phenom feature in our latest weekly round-up of LFC quotes...
“When I saw Robbo was made captain of Scotland, I was very happy for him. I FaceTimed him and congratulated him! It’s something special - not only for yourself, but also for your family - and the hard work you’ve put in since day one. It’s very special.”
Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk reveals how he sent his best wishes to Andy Robertson after his Liverpool teammate was appointed Scotland's new skipper.
“It can’t be Alicia Keys!”
The words of an incredulous Trent Alexander-Arnold during the latest edition of 'Bezzies', which he starred in alongside Jordan Henderson.
“Some of the football we’ve been playing over the past year or so, if not longer, is right up there with the best teams I’ve ever been involved in really - if not the best.”
Captain Henderson, meanwhile, feels the Reds can take the 'final step' by winning silverware this season.
“Playing in the Premier League can be difficult, but I am very motivated to play here, not just for myself and my teammates, but for the club. Everybody around me has been very supportive towards me so I am certainly giving everything I can to get settled into the team quickly.”
Naby Keita outlines his ambitions to get into the groove of being a Liverpool player as quickly as possible.
“Let me say, it was the best game of the season for us for sure.”
Saturday's 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley left Jürgen Klopp satisfied.
“It was just a scare, my eye is ok and so am I. Thank you for all the support and see you soon #YNWA”
Roberto Firmino, who scored against Spurs before being forced off with an eye injury, allays any fears of serious damage on Instagram.
“Solid day at Wembley with the phenom @trentarnold98. Sky's the limit my man!”
NBA superstar Stephen Curry receives his very own Liverpool shirt from Alexander-Arnold following the win over Tottenham.
“We know that Anfield is one of the toughest trips in Europe... it will be a big test for us.”
Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel looks ahead to Tuesday's Champions League Group C opener at Anfield.
Liverpool are looking ever so subtlety like the real deal, writes Steven Scragg as he explains the difference between the Reds and Saturday’s opponents at Wembley.
A late scare aside, that was as routine a win as you’re likely to see any of the Premier League title-chasing protagonists obtain away to a perceived ‘big six’ rival.
Routinely dispossessing Tottenham Hotspur of the ball in midfield, on a less profligate day we’d have scored three, four, maybe even five.
In dangerous positions, Naby Keita, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah all had better-positioned team-mates available to them when they had various pops at goal, during a second half which suggested Spurs will again be out of the reckoning when the trophies are handed out this season.
Wembley is a burden to Spurs. The new White Hart Lane was meant to be fully armed and operational for this one, but even then, I’m not so sure that it will cure them of their ills when it is finally ready. A bit like Arsenal when they chased the Emirates Stadium and its suggested path to national and global domination.
Spurs are an 85% sort of club, in a similar way to how we’ve been an 85% sort of club. Lots of great elements, fine players, brilliant outbursts of football, a compelling era in which they challenge, but ultimately fall 15% short of what is required to cross the winning line.
These are all boxes that Liverpool have ticked during our periodical rises to title-challenging prominence since 1990, be that under Roy Evans, Gerard Houllier, Rafa Benitez or Brendan Rodgers.
We have shared an uncomfortable common ground with Spurs of late, as they have almost followed our blueprint to the very letter. Spurs have been in danger of usurping us of our position as contemporary English football’s great pretender.
More and more Liverpool no longer look like a great pretender. Whisper it if you’re uncomfortable with it, but Liverpool are looking ever so subtlety like the real deal.
Blind belief in your capabilities, an unshakeable confidence in yourself and the concept of striking fear into your opponents. These are the ingredients which make up that final 15% shortfall in attaining true footballing greatness or not.
I get the feeling that Jurgen Klopp has instilled these required levels of confidence and belief in his Liverpool side. I get the feeling that Liverpool are striking fear in their opponents and rivals. I get the feeling that Klopp is on the verge of that alchemy moment. Klopp is closing in on the recipe for that all-important final 15%.
Rodgers came close to locating this final 15% in 2013/14, but the shortfall was in the other 85%. Whereas Evans, Houllier and Benitez unarguably had the greater depths of player talent in their bids to win the title than Rodgers had, Rodgers had the PT Barnum effect that Evans, Houllier and Benitez arguably lacked. That ability to make players feel immortal, that ability to make players feel unstoppable, that ability to make players feel 10-feet tall.
This Liverpool feels different. This Liverpool feels like it has a balance between the 85% and the final 15%. This Liverpool feels like it might just be able to build that bridge which can take it to the winning line.
Still to Click
All of that said, there are still elements which are waiting to click. Salah isn’t out of form by any means, but he has yet to threaten the heights of last season so far.
This is understandable, and it shouldn’t be used to admonish him. A Champions League final which was cynically curtailed, a World Cup which was over before it had really begun for him and no-mark eBay shopkeepers trying to chase him down the road and besmirch his character. A massive amount of strength and character would be needed to brush these occurrences off lightly.
While Salah takes a deep breath and waits for the shoulders to ease again, his team-mates are stepping up to share the weight of the load. The Salah of last season has yet to arrive, but he will soon come to the party though.
After a year of waiting for him, Keita is still acclimatising to his new surroundings. He has done the basics right, yet we’re still waiting for the fireworks. Just as with Salah, this will come.
This Liverpool is giving me pangs of 1987/88 in some ways. Long dormant sensations. For Keita’s slow-burning start to life at Anfield, consult the reference books for information on Peter Beardsley.
Milner’s performances have been joyous, while Wijnaldum has risen to the challenge of competition.
On the eve of the new season, I suggested that Wijnaldum would be Liverpool’s ‘Flop of the Year’. Thus far there are no such signs. It wasn’t an opinion cast from doubts over his abilities, more from the weight of competition for places.
Keita, Milner, Henderson, Fabinho, the eventual return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wijnaldum. Five – in time six – into three doesn’t go and Wijnaldum’s form would have to be very high to keep his place in the team. Wijnaldum is the footballing reincarnation of Nigel Spackman – this is a compliment kids – and that is ever so 1987/88 of him.
Fabinho remains an enigma, while Henderson has his work cut out to break back into the side.
Salah, Keita, Henderson and Fabinho. Each one will/can click into gear, to complement the fine start to the season others have made.
Concentrating on the League?
PSG is going to be interesting and the line-up that Klopp fields will act as a ‘tell’ as to where his priority for the autumn, or even the season itself lies.
That constitutes a settled team in the league. If Klopp shuffles the deck for PSG and goes back to the settled league line-up against Southampton, can we then say that he has rested players against PSG in preparation of the visit of Southampton?