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Report: Youth Cup heartbreak for Gerrard's U18s at Anfield

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 20/01/2018 - 21:17

There was heartbreak for Liverpool U18s as they suffered a 3-2 defeat against Arsenal after extra-time in their FA Youth Cup fourth-round tie at Anfield.

Steven Gerrard’s side trailed in the 16th minute of the clash, Robbie Burton benefiting from a significant deflection to find the net at the Kop end.

But Curtis Jones levelled moments before the interval with a composed finish from Rafael Camacho’s set-up and the 16-year-old bagged his and the Reds’ second moments after the restart – via a fortunate flick off a defender.

Their lead held until the final five minutes, when substitute Bukayo Saka found the roof of the net to force extra-time and the only strike in the additional 30 minutes came from Arsenal’s Tyreece John-Jules to eliminate the hosts.

There was a slow start to the affair on a cold afternoon at Anfield, with Trae Coyle denied by an excellent Neco Williams block while John-Jules let the home side off as he scuffed a decent chance wide from inside the area.

The Gunners did take the lead with 16 minutes on the clock, however, courtesy of a large slice of luck.

Gerrard’s charges cleared Xavier Amaechi’s free-kick delivery from the right hand side to the edge of the box, but the ball was recycled to Burton and his drive took a wicked deflection and sailed past the unfortunate Viteslav Jaros into the net.

Arsenal dropped deeper in an attempt to settle the tempo of the game and preserve their lead, leaving Liverpool frustrated in their efforts to pick a way through to goal.

Adam Lewis’ crossing from full-back offered encouragement without creating a clear-cut chance – but the young Reds did equalise with three minutes remaining in the first half.

Much of the credit for the leveller goes to Camacho for his rapid dribble along the left flank and the vision he showed to knock an outstanding assist into the area for Jones to nonchalantly side-foot back across Joao Virginia.

And the Reds carried their momentum into the second half to edge ahead on 49 minutes.

Jones persevered as he tried to create room at close range and, once a slight gap opened up, the forward fired a cross-shot that nicked off a defender and nestled in.

Gerrard’s team thought they had a third shortly after as Liam Millar clinically headed a Lewis cross into the top corner. A raised flag from the linesman quickly cut short their celebrations, however.

There were half-chances for John-Jules, Matthew Smith and Amaechi as Arsenal sought a response in a relatively balanced half of football – and they finally got one with just five minutes left to play.

Substitute Saka’s pace and trickery from the left flank fashioned an opportunity to shoot that he grasped by firing high into the roof of the net, meaning extra-time as evening fell.

Buoyed by the equaliser, the Gunners began the additional half-hour on the front foot and threatened when Amaechi – a constant nuisance to Liverpool – broke in behind and forced a hasty clearance from Tom Clayton.

They did take the lead in the 97th minute, though.

From a similar move, Saka was freed at the right hand side of the Reds box and his cross was converted under pressure by John-Jules.

Liverpool refused to give it up and a last-gasp, fingertip save from Virginia denied a bobbling header from Yasser Larouci deep into extra-time, but it wasn’t to be for Gerrard and his team and Arsenal move on to the fifth round.

Liverpool U18s: Jaros, N. Williams (Larouci, 95), Lewis, R. Williams (Sharif, 104), Boyes, Clayton, Tagseth, Dixon-Bonner, Millar (McAuley, 106), Jones, Camacho.

Unused substitutes: Glennon, Atherton.

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LFC U18s 2-3 Arsenal: How the Youth Cup tie happened

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 20/01/2018 - 21:05
Visit our match blog for a recap from Anfield as Liverpool U18s hosted Arsenal in the FA Youth Cup fourth round.
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LFC U18s 2-3 Arsenal: How the Youth Cup tie happened

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Liverpool U18s suffer defeat to Arsenal on Steven Gerrard’s return to Anfield

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 20/01/2018 - 20:44

Liverpool U18s lost 3-2 at home to Arsenal in the FA Youth Cup fourth round on Saturday afternoon, on Steven Gerrard’s debut in the Anfield dugout.


Liverpool U18s 2-3 Arsenal U18s

Fa Youth Cup Fourth Round, Anfield
January 20, 2018

Goals: Jones 42′, 49′; Burton 16′, Saka 85′, John-Jules 97′

The young Reds took to the first-team stadium at special request from Gerrard, who has overseen an excellent start to life as manager of the U18s.

Though deprived of Ben Woodburn due to senior involvement and Rhian Brewster due to injury, the 37-year-old was able to name a strong starting lineup on Saturday, with a place in the fifth round in sight.

Adam Lewis, Edvard Tagseth, Curtis Jones, Rafa Camacho and top goalscorer Liam Millar were among those to walk out the tunnel at Anfield, taking on an impressive Arsenal outfit.

The U18s were dealt a blow early on, however, with Gunners midfielder Robbie Burton firing beyond Vitezslav Jaros via a big deflection following the bright Xavier Amaechi’s free-kick.

Liverpool continued to push for an equaliser after, though, with Lewis in the thick of it throughout, avoiding a potentially serious injury following a nasty fall.

But it was the man ahead of Gerrard’s captain that played an influential role in the leveller, with Camacho teeing up Jones to fire home his 14th goal of the campaign to make it 1-1 at half-time.

 Liverpool's Curtis Jones during the UEFA Youth League Group E match between Sevilla FC and Liverpool FC at the Ciudad Deportiva Jose Ramon Cisneros. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It took just four minutes after play resumed for Jones to net his second of the afternoon, with the midfielder benefiting from a deflection to beat Joao Virginia and double his tally.

The young Reds kept up the pressure afterwards, and Millar saw a goal ruled out for offside following Lewis’ cross.

Arsenal also saw an effort disallowed shortly after, with Trae Coyle left disappointed as the ball was adjudged to have gone out in the buildup to his strike.

Anfield witnessed an end-to-end encounter throughout the second half, with both Virginia and Jaros tested on a number of occasions, before the Gunners equalised through Bukayo Saka.

 Liverpool's Under-18 manager Steven Gerrard during the UEFA Youth League Group E match between Liverpool and NK Maribor at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Gerrard urged his side to push for a late winner, but they were left to play out extra time as they bid for progress.

And Arsenal struck early again as Tyreece John-Jules beat Jaros to edge the visitors ahead again, prompting Gerrard to make a handful of changes.

The young Reds forced the Gunners back as they sought an equaliser of their own, with substitute Yasser Larouci twice testing Virginia, but the full-time whistle blew to consign Gerrard’s side to an FA Youth Cup exit.

For many supporters, the afternoon was further marred by an inability to make it into the stadium before kickoff, with queues stretching outside long after 3pm.

The demand clearly exceeded Liverpool’s expectations, and the hope will be any problems are ironed out by the next time Gerrard’s side turn out at Anfield.

TIA Man of the Match: Curtis Jones

Liverpool U18s: Jaros; Clayton, R. Williams (Sharif 104′), Boyes; N. Williams (Larouci 95′), Tagseth, Dixon-Bonner, Lewis; Jones, Camacho, Millar (McAuley 106′)

Subs not used: Atherton, Glennon

Next Match: Stoke City (H) – U18 Premier League – February 2

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Reds sign young left-back, unlikely Bale move tipped – Liverpool FC Transfer Rumour Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 20/01/2018 - 19:00

We round up the latest Liverpool transfer news and rumours, with the Reds reportedly adding a new young left-back to their ranks in the winter window.


Speaking at Melwood on Friday afternoon, Jurgen Klopp claimed the club had already made their “‘big’ transfer,” doubting any further high-profile arrivals this January.

With Virgil van Dijk set to make his Premier League debut for Liverpool on Monday night at Swansea City, the focus is likely set to turn to further departures, and possible summer arrivals.

So what else can we expect from the Reds over the last 11 days of the window?

Here’s the latest from the rumour mill, including a potential new face from South America.

Reds Sign Young Colombian Left-Back Arroyo

 Liverpool's manager Neil Critchley during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Liverpool and Leicester City at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With Van Dijk highlighted as Liverpool’s big January signing, the arrival of 18-year-old left-back Anderson Arroyo from Fortaleza C.E.I.F. comes at the other end of the spectrum.

According to Majorcan publication Diario de Mallorca, the Reds have reached a deal with the Categoria Primera B side to sign the young defender.

Arroyo had previously spent time on trial at Kirkby in 2016, and Liverpool have reportedly firmed up their long-term interest, pipping Mallorca to his signature.

However, with Arroyo unable to secure a UK work permit at this stage, it has been suggested he could be loaned to the Spanish second-tier side until he is eligible.

When he does arrive on Merseyside, the powerful, right-footed full-back is likely to join Neil Critchley’s U23s side.

Klopp Dismisses Butland Move Speculation

 England's goalkeeper Jack Butland looks dejected as his side lose 3-2 to France during an international friendly match at the Stade de France. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp’s decision to replace Simon Mignolet with Loris Karius as his new first-choice goalkeeper has led to calls for a long-term change between the sticks.

But suggestions of a £40 million move for Stoke City stopper Jack Butland seem wide of the mark, with Klopp addressing speculation as he stressed his faith in Karius on Friday.

“My favourite solution, always, is that we do it with our boys,” he explained.

“They step up, they deliver, they improve. The problem they have is that everyone is watching them [through a magnifying glass] and saying ‘still not good enough!’

“I will only mention one name. Everyone talks about him with us and that is Butland. I only saw the [3-0 loss to Man United].

“Fantastic goalkeeper but was he perfect? No. He wasn’t in that game. But everyone says ‘still better than our boys!’”

Oblak ‘Trying to Renew’ Atletico Contract

 Atlético de Madrid's goalkeeper Jan Oblak during the Audi Cup 2017 match between Club S.S.C. Napoli and Atlético de Madrid at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Meanwhile, another ‘keeper named as a possible target for the Reds next summer is Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak.

The Slovenian has an £89 million release clause in his current contract with the Liga side, and while this would be a phenomenal outlay, it can be argued it would be worthwhile.

But according to Sky Sports‘ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, Oblak is not looking to leave the Wanda Metropolitano any time soon.

Instead, the 25-year-old is looking to extend his contract with Atletico, likely increasing his release clause further.

“He is trying to renew his contract with Atletico. PSG have shown interest but I have heard nothing from Liverpool,” Balague claimed.

If both Butland and Oblak have been ruled out, it could be that AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson is the most likely candidate to vie with Karius in the future.

Sturridge ‘Agrees’ Inter Loan Deal

 Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge warms-up before the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool and Sevilla at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Reports on Friday claimed that Danny Ings is set to stay at Anfield for the rest of the season as cover for Roberto Firmino and Dominic Solanke.

This comes due to the likely departure of Daniel Sturridge, with Klopp open to allowing the striker to leave as he bids for a place in the England squad for the World Cup.

Both Sevilla and Inter Milan are interested in a loan deal for the 28-year-old, and according to reports in Italy, Sturridge is open to joining the latter.

Calcio Mercato claim the striker has agreed terms with Inter, though the Serie A side are still negotiating with Liverpool.

The Reds are looking for a future fee of £30 million included in any deal, which Inter deem too high due to “Sturridge’s age, injury problems and the fact that his contract runs out in the summer of 2019.”

Salah in ‘Secret Talks’ With Real

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Leicester City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

If Mohamed Salah finds the back of the net at the Liberty Stadium on Monday night, he will eclipse both Sturridge and Steven Gerrard’s best-ever goal tallies for a single campaign.

Given it has taken the Egyptian just five-and-a-half months to equal their 24 strikes for a season, his impact since joining from Roma is clear.

Unsurprisingly, this has led to speculation over a move away from Anfield, and already he is being touted with a switch to Real Madrid.

According to Spanish outlet El Chiringuito‘s Edu Aguirre, Salah’s agent has held “secret talks” with the Liga giants ahead of a possible switch.

Interest in Salah should be expected, but this is highly unlikely at this stage.

Liverpool Touted With Unlikely Bale Pursuit

 Real Madrid's Gareth Bale looks dejected after missing a chance against Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 1st Leg match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Finally, another shaky Spanish source has claimed Liverpool are pursuing Real’s Gareth Bale as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho.

Don Balon suggest the Reds are preparing a €100 million bid for the 28-year-old, who has struggled with fitness issues throughout his four-and-a-half-year spell in Madrid so far.

He is, however, rumoured to prefer a move to Man United, and Jose Mourinho’s side are undoubtedly a more feasible destination for the Welshman.

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&#039;Inter confident on Sturridge&#039;

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sat, 20/01/2018 - 17:41

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Inter Milan remain confident they will be able to sign Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, according to Sky in Italy.

Sturridge has been widely linked with a January move to Serie A, while Spanish side Sevilla are also believed to be interested in the 28-year-old.

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Inter are understood to want a loan deal to take Sturridge to Italy, with an option to buy, but they are not willing to pay the €40m Liverpool want to make the move permanent.

The England forward has not played since early December because of a thigh injury and his chequered record is part of the reason why Inter are looking to pay a smaller transfer fee.

Sturridge also has only 18 months left on the last contract he signed with the Premier League club in October 2014.

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He joined Liverpool in January 2013 but has only once played more than 20 league games in a season, when he scored 21 goals in a brilliant 2013-14 campaign.

Inter are looking for another attacking option, with only Mauro Icardi (18) and Ivan Perisic (7) having scored more than three goals for them in Serie A this season.

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Stats reveal most injury-prone players in Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool squad

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 20/01/2018 - 16:30

Liverpool have suffered plenty of injury problems in recent years, and statistics show which Reds players can and cannot be relied upon to stay fit.


For once, it is hard to complain about Liverpool’s current bill of health.

Ahead of Monday night’s Premier League trip to Swansea City, Nathaniel Clyne is the only squad member out for the foreseeable future, with Jordan Henderson and Alberto Moreno on the cusp of a return.

Injuries have, at times, plagued the Reds since Jurgen Klopp arrived at Anfield in October 2015, with the manager’s demanding training methods seen as problematic by some.

It has now been revealed which players have been sidelined the most in the last three years, thanks to Anfield Index‘s Simon Brundish, a sports scientist who appears on the excellent Under Pressure podcast.

Joe Gomez tops the pile, with the youngster’s cruciate ligament injury and Achilles problem seeing him miss 85 games, and therefore, a whopping 59 percent of Liverpool’s fixtures.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Henderson is second on the list, with the skipper continually blighted by a heel issue as well as other long-term knocks.

The 27-year-old has been unavailable for 55 matches (38%), which is a real concern moving forward, especially with him captaining the Reds.

Liverpool Squad Injury Record, Past Three Years

Injury data courtesy of Anfield Index’s Simon Brundish (@SimonBrundish).

Adam Lallana has also been absent a worrying amount—31 percent of games—and Clyne’s current issues have seen him out 23 percent of the time.

Many would expect Daniel Sturridge to be right at the top of the list, but he has ‘only’ been ruled out of 37 matches in the last 36 months.

It has been more a case of Klopp choosing not to pick the striker, rather than being without him.

Also notable is the amount of action Dejan Lovren has missed, with the Croatian struggling with myriad issues since joining from Southampton in 2015.

On the flip side, it is plain to see who the physical machines are in Liverpool’s ranks—those who rarely ever find themselves on the treatment table.

 Liverpoolís Roberto Firmino in action during warm up for the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield. (Pic by Lindsey Parnaby/Propaganda)

Roberto Firmino, fast becoming Klopp’s most important player, has ensured the Reds have only had to make do without him four times (3%) over these last three years.

Gini Wijnaldum is even more impressive, having missed only two percent in that period, while Ragnar Klavan (4%) and James Milner (5%) also stand out despite their advancing years.

Andrew Robertson and Alberto Moreno have missed just five and six percent respectively, which is vital considering the energy levels required to shine at full-back under Klopp.

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“Van Dijk could do wonders for you” – View from Swansea City ahead of Premier League clash

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 20/01/2018 - 16:00

Liverpool are being tipped to sneak a victory at Swansea City on Monday evening, as the Reds take on the Premier League‘s bottom-placed club.


Jurgen Klopp‘s side are flying at the moment, with the 4-3 win over Man City taking their impressive unbeaten run to 18 matches.

Liverpool must be careful not to underestimate Swansea in their next league encounter, however, undoing all their recent hard work at the same time.

Carlos Carvalhal’s side are favourites for relegation to the Championship, but they still have the ability to cause the visitors problems at the Liberty Stadium.

Ahead of the game, we spoke to Swans fan Kevin Elphick (@Kevin_Elphick) to get his thoughts on both sides’ seasons and Monday’s clash.

Swansea are propping up the table as things stand—what have you made of their season?

 Swansea City's Martin Olsson during the FA Premier League match between Everton and Swansea City at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Well, where do you start really?

It’s not been a surprise after our summer transfer window. We sold our two best players, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente, for a combined total of about £57 million, and failed to re-invest that into the squad.

After watching us come close to relegation last season, it was obvious to anyone that even with those two players last year, the squad was barely good enough to stay up.

They’ve left huge holes that haven’t been filled and we have a Championship squad that deserves to be bottom of the pile.

The new American owners have given the fans both false hope and false promises, and there is growing frustration that we are being driven back into the wrong direction.

Are you happy with the appointment of Carlos Carvalhal, and did Paul Clement deserve the sack?

Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal (David Davies/EMPICS Sport)

Paul Clement definitely deserved the sack, and I felt it was about two months too late.

It was clear after losing 1-0 at home to Brighton in November that we needed a change if we wanted any chance of surviving, but we lost another five games before finally letting him go.

The football under him this season was some of the worst we have seen in the Premier League, and we desperately needed somebody to come in and give us some new energy, particularly going forward.

Carlos Carvalhal was an odd appointment but I’m not sure we could have done any better given the circumstances.

Some may also doubt the short-term contract, but I think it is a good thing as we have had to pay out for five managerial sackings in a row now, so it gives us an opportunity to consider the position at the end of the season.

Carvalhal has only lost one of his five games so far, two of those being in the FA Cup, and the only defeat was at home to Tottenham, who were helped by a clear offside goal.

He has brought us a new dynamic, and while we haven’t improved vastly overnight, there are plenty of signs there to suggest we might at least go down fighting.

Who have been Swansea’s three best players so far this season, and why?

 Swansea City's goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski in action against Liverpool during the FA Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

That’s a difficult question as we have lacked consistent performers all season.

Goalkeeper Lucasz Fabianski is immediately the first name I can think of, who will probably clean up at the end-of-season awards.

Another two players? That’s difficult. I can’t really think of anyone else that deserves a mention for performing consistently well since August.

Our captain Federico Fernandez started the season well but has declined in recent months, while Mike van der Hoorn is another player who has constantly been in and out of the squad, but has surprised us with his solid performances.

I’m clutching at straws.

What have you made of Liverpool’s campaign so far?

Liverpool's Sadio Mane (obscured) celebrates with team-mates including Liverpool's Emre Can (top) after scoring his side's third goal during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.

It has been a bit hit-and-miss really, but I think that’s what it has been like under Jurgen Klopp.

Some weeks you look like top-two or top-three contenders, while other weeks you look ordinary, and struggle against the bottom-half sides.

Defence has always been a big problem, and Virgil van Dijk could do wonders for you, but I am amazed that you have still not solved the goalkeeper issue.

You must be ecstatic with the win to end Man City‘s unbeaten start, and it is strange that you are not able to do that to more teams, in order to get above Man United and further ahead of Chelsea.

If you could put one Reds player in the Swansea team, who would it be, and why?

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the fourth goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It would obviously have to be Mohamed Salah.

The player really is incredible, and we desperately need a player like him to be able to create something out of nothing.

We don’t have any attacking midfielders, but Salah is definitely good enough to rely on himself to score goals, even in our team!

Looking ahead to Monday’s game, where do you see the key battles taking place?

 Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scores the fifth goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Swansea City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

I expect we will start off with five at the back and try to contain you for the first 45 to 60 minutes, like we did against Spurs, and hope to keep it at 0-0 before we open up a bit later on.

Getting the ball anything close to Spurs’ penalty area was a hard task when playing so deep and defensive, but I hope we can test your defence, which can still look vulnerable.

Can we frustrate you and keep you out for long enough? I’m not sure, especially after watching you against City, but maybe we will catch you on an off day.

Finally, hit us with your prediction and how you think the game will pan out…

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

I think Liverpool will edge it 2-1.

You will dominate for most of the game, as is to be expected, and you will have too much quality for us to get something.

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LFC U18s v Arsenal: Live FA Youth Cup updates

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 20/01/2018 - 14:49
Follow live updates from Anfield as Liverpool U18s host Arsenal in the FA Youth Cup fourth round.
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LFC U18s v Arsenal: Live FA Youth Cup updates

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 20/01/2018 - 14:49

Klopp: 'Enjoy it!'

Jürgen Klopp had a special message for Gerrard and his players ahead of the big occasion, insisting that the U18s should grab the oppportunity in their hands.

"I like the idea that the boys get the experience. Not only for Steven, he's had the experience there. But for the U18s it's fantastic to play at Anfield," he said.

"If you're a Liverpool supporter, go there and enjoy the atmosphere – and create an atmosphere. It would be fantastic if thousands of people could sing You'll Never Walk Alone. There's enough space at Anfield. Bring the noise there."

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Video: Jurgen Klopp explains why Roberto Firmino is Liverpool’s ‘Player’s Player’

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 20/01/2018 - 13:41

Liverpool’s sale of Philippe Coutinho may not prove to be as damaging as their critics suggested if Roberto Firmino maintains his current form.

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Much was made of the loss of Coutinho to Barcelona but the numbers being generated by his compatriot may mean the Reds move on quicker from that £142 million sale than anyone anticipated.

Firmino has long been a favourite of manager Jurgen Klopp because of his hard running and ability to press at the head of the attack and despite initial criticism he was not a centre-forward, the 26-year-old is also delivering where it matters.

His goal in an outstanding performance against Manchester City last weekend took his tally for the season to 17, 10 of which have come in the Premier League.

In 88 league appearances since his £29 million move from Hoffenheim in the summer of 2015, Firmino has scored 31 times and provided 19 assists.

He is only 11 goals short of becoming the Premier League’s highest-scoring Brazilian—a record currently held by Coutinho who managed 41 in 152 (with 35 assists) albeit from a deeper position.

In the space of a few weeks a wider audience has become more aware of Firmino’s qualities but the praise now being heaped on the forward does not surprise Klopp.

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino during the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“I don’t think that it’s possible that somebody could get more credit, compliments, praise, whatever you want to say as Roberto gets from us,” said the Reds boss ahead of Monday’s trip to bottom side Swansea.

“But it’s well deserved—everything. He’s a fantastic football player.

“You see him in training and think ‘what a work ethic, what an attitude’, and he brings it on the pitch as well.

“He never rests. You have to pull him out, you have to tell him ‘come on, stop, sit here, calm’.

“I hear in the stadium that people like him—good idea—but I have no real idea if anybody thinks he’s not important or whatever. I’m not too interested, to be honest.

“I’m pretty sure if I give the players the opportunity to have a free choice in training [to] build teams by themselves Bobby is one of the first they would pick.

“[It’s] nice to have him around—better to have him than in the other team. That’s maybe the best thing you can say about a football player.”

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Another player who has raised his game over the last month is defender Andy Robertson.

The £8 million summer signing from Hull made only three appearances in the first four months of the season but injury to Alberto Moreno gave him an opportunity and his display in the 4-3 win over City was his best since arriving.

“A lot of you were in doubt about Alberto Moreno before the season and thought we needed to bring in a new full-back, which we did with Andy Robertson,” added Klopp.

“He was a nice prospect, it was clear he was a big talent and offensively skilled.

“Andy stepped up and did a really fantastic job. It’s really nice as a manager to be part of it, to see a player do that.”

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'To have Lallana back now is a brilliant boost'

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 20/01/2018 - 13:15
Adam Lallana's availability for the second half of the season will feel like a new signing for Liverpool.
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'To have Lallana back now is a brilliant boost'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 20/01/2018 - 13:15

Adam Lallana's availability for the second half of the season will feel like a new signing for Liverpool.

The No.20 was sidelined until late November after sustaining a thigh injury in the summer and made his first start of the campaign at Burnley on New Year’s Day.

Having the England international at Jürgen Klopp’s disposal is a timely and ‘brilliant’ boost for the Reds as they embark on the upcoming run-in, according to Chris Kirkland.

“Adam is superb, he sets the tempo when we’re pressing and he has fantastic ability,” said the former Liverpool goalkeeper.

“It is like a new signing for us because he’s been out that long, so it is like we’ve gone out and signed him now in January and he’s a new player coming in. To have that is brilliant.”

Jordan Henderson is nearing a return, too, having joined his teammates in training at Melwood this week following a spell out due to a hamstring issue.

The captain is likely to come into contention for next weekend’s FA Cup tie with West Bromwich Albion, and Kirkland is pleased that his old side’s options are increasing.

“He’ll be desperate. He is behind the team and in the dressing room all the time, encouraging the lads. It shows the way he is,” added the 36-year-old.

“He has been out for quite a while and it’s a fantastic player to come into your squad and be available for selection.”

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Saturday's LFC transfer rumours

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 20/01/2018 - 12:22
Follow all of the latest January transfer speculation and newspaper stories with our dedicated Media Watch section.
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Saturday's LFC transfer rumours

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Leicester confident of keeping Riyad Mahrez

HEAD NEWS - Sat, 20/01/2018 - 12:15

Leicester City boss Claude Puel is insisting that Riyad Mahrez will be staying at the club, despite reports that he could be set to leave the club in this transfer window.

Both Liverpool and Arsenal have been regularly linked with a move for the Algerian international, who submitted a transfer request in the summer without a move ever materialising.

There have been numerous reports over the last few weeks that linked the Reds with a move for an attacking midfielder after the big-money departure of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.

However, Puel has made clear that the Brazilian's replacement won't be Mahrez - and he believes that the 26-year-old now wants to stay at Leicester.

“He's enjoying playing for Leicester with his team-mates,” Puel said.

“This is the most important thing - we have this good feeling that the player wants to stay with us.

“It is important for us to keep a good feeling with our player. My boss - the owner - will decide.”

Earlier in the week, Puel slapped a £100m price tag on Mahrez, who was made captain for the Foxes' FA Cup third round replay against Fleetwood Town on Tuesday.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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Leicester confident of keeping Riyad Mahrez

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 20/01/2018 - 12:15
Leicester City boss Claude Puel is insisting that Riyad Mahrez will be staying at the club, despite reports that he could be set to leave the club in this transfer window.
Categories: LFC NEWS

Leicester confident of keeping Riyad Mahrez

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 20/01/2018 - 12:15

Leicester City boss Claude Puel is insisting that Riyad Mahrez will be staying at the club, despite reports that he could be set to leave the club in this transfer window.

Both Liverpool and Arsenal have been regularly linked with a move for the Algerian international, who submitted a transfer request in the summer without a move ever materialising.

There have been numerous reports over the last few weeks that linked the Reds with a move for an attacking midfielder after the big-money departure of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.

However, Puel has made clear that the Brazilian's replacement won't be Mahrez - and he believes that the 26-year-old now wants to stay at Leicester.

“He's enjoying playing for Leicester with his team-mates,” Puel said.

“This is the most important thing - we have this good feeling that the player wants to stay with us.

“It is important for us to keep a good feeling with our player. My boss - the owner - will decide.”

Earlier in the week, Puel slapped a £100m price tag on Mahrez, who was made captain for the Foxes' FA Cup third round replay against Fleetwood Town on Tuesday.

Source: Liverpool Echo

This story has been reproduced from today's media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

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Reds lead rivals in chase for Charlton starlet

HEAD NEWS - Sat, 20/01/2018 - 12:06

Liverpool are reportedly leading Everton and Arsenal in the race for Charlton starlet Ezri Konsa.

The England Under-20 World Cup winner is expected to leave the Valley in the transfer window with a host of top-flight clubs interested.

But it is the Reds who front the queue, according to Kent Live, in a move which would see the centre-half join up with fellow Addicks academy graduate Joe Gomez.

Charlton boss Karl Robinson said of Konsa: “He’s the best young centre-back in the country, there is nobody better then him, fact.”

Source: Daily Mirror

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Reds lead rivals in chase for Charlton starlet

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 20/01/2018 - 12:06
Liverpool are reportedly leading Everton and Arsenal in the race for Charlton starlet Ezri Konsa.
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