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Liverpool and United in transfer fight for Ramsey

HEAD NEWS - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 13:59

Liverpool and Manchester United are weighing up a cut-price January move for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

Talks between the Gunners and the 27-year-old Welshman broke down last month after the club withdrew a contract offer which had been on the table for several months.

Ramsey, whose deal expires at the end of the season, is free to negotiate with overseas teams from January 1.

AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus are among several sides monitoring the situation, but Ramsey is thought to prefer staying in England, with his family settled in London and his wife shortly due to give birth to twins.

Liverpool and United have a long-standing interest in Ramsey — the latter tried to sign him when he left Cardiff for Emirates Stadium in 2008 — and Standard Sport understands senior figures at Arsenal believe there is a strong possibility at least one of the clubs will try to take advantage of the contract impasse.

Liverpool are the most likely candidates, given Jurgen Klopp is a keen admirer of Ramsey and wants to strengthen his midfield after missing out on Nabil Fekir from Lyon.

The Fekir deal collapsed in the summer and it would cost in excess of £50million to revive, but Ramsey is likely to be available for less than half that figure, given he currently has just six months left to run on his contract.

Source: Evening Standard

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Liverpool and United in transfer fight for Ramsey

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 13:59
Liverpool and Manchester United are weighing up a cut-price January move for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.
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Harry Wilson reveals message from Jürgen Klopp

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 12:02
Shortly after scoring a memorable goal at Old Trafford, Harry Wilson's phone beeped with a message from Jürgen Klopp.
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McAteer: Why we made mental health documentary

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 10:02
Jason McAteer has opened up on the emotional process of making a hard-hitting LFCTV documentary to mark World Mental Health Day.
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Jason McAteer: Through the Storm - Watch now

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 10:01
To mark World Mental Health Day, LFCTV premieres Jason McAteer: Through the Storm, an exclusive documentary which examines the impact of mental health problems in football and wider society.
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McAteer: Mental health is indiscriminate

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 09:18
By Dev Trehan

Last Updated: 10/10/18 11:37am

1:15 Jason McAteer hopes the release of his Through the Storm documentary - made in conjunction with Liverpool FC - encourages people to open up about mental health issues. Jason McAteer hopes the release of his Through the Storm documentary - made in conjunction with Liverpool FC - encourages people to open up about mental health issues.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jason McAteer has called on people affected by mental health issues to be brave and reach out to people.

McAteer recently opened up on the mental health struggles he encountered during his playing days, and has made a documentary with Liverpool called Jason McAteer: Through the Storm, examining mental health problems in football and wider society.

The hour-long documentary was released to coincide with World Mental Health Day on October 10, and McAteer insists it is an issue that affects everyone to some degree.

He told Sky Sports News: "Mental health is indiscriminate to whatever size house you live in, whatever car you drive, how much money you have in the bank, how many holidays you have.

"It is indiscriminate.

"It affects everybody in every walk of life. The ultimate message we are trying to put out there is be brave, talk to people and get help if you are in a difficult situation."

McAteer, who is now a club ambassador, was approached by Liverpool at the beginning of the year to take part in the documentary.

 Blood, Sweat and McAteer  Blood, Sweat and McAteer McAteer discussed his battle with depression in his 2016 autobiography: Blood, Sweat and McAteer

The former Ireland international was eager to get involved in the project and insists he is proud of the club for trying to draw attention to the issue.

"I'm extremely proud that the club have taken this on board," he said.

"It's a very sensitive and delicate subject and the club have taken a big step in trying to bring awareness.

"And the power that this club has - it is one of the biggest clubs in the world - they can reach out to millions and millions of people and that's what they are going to with this documentary

"I'm sure if we can help one person then we have done a job. I'm just really proud of the club for doing this. Fair play to them."

You can now watch Through the Storm for free on LFCTVGO

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Hendo's tribute to recovering Oxlade-Chamberlain

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 09/10/2018 - 16:56
Jordan Henderson has paid special tribute to the positive approach Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is taking to his long-term injury rehabilitation.
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Liverpool 0-0 Man City: Who was the Man of the Match?Key Stats as Reds' Unbeaten Streak Clings...

Anfield Index.com - Tue, 09/10/2018 - 14:43

Riyad Mahrez’s late penalty miss has left Liverpool fans pondering whether their side’s goalless draw with Manchester City represents a point gained or two points dropped.

On the one hand, the Reds could be thankful that they were not punished for what was an uninspiring performance, bereft of the anticipated vigour, but on the other, it seems that a potentially crucial opportunity has been missed, with City expected to hoover up the points elsewhere.

Liverpool flew out of the blocks at Anfield but their lively start would not set the tone for the remainder of the contest as City soon settled into their rhythm and effectively nullified the press which cowed them into submission in this fixture last season.

There was markedly more desire about Liverpool’s play than there had been in the dismal defeat in Napoli, but still composure, creativity and fluidity were lacking. The hosts had just shy of 50% of the ball, but their opponents clearly carved out the better chances.

In general, a game billed as a must-see blockbuster wound up a damp squib.

Thus, the wait for Liverpool’s widely-feared frontline to come alive goes on.

Mohamed Salah played pretty well but once again he failed to provide the magic touch which characterised his record-breaking debut season. He had two efforts from distance, one of which bounced past the past while the other was gratefully received by Ederson. The hunger is evident, but the clinical edge is absent for the moment.

Still, he was the best performer of the trio. Roberto Firmino had a frustrating afternoon before he was substituted, unable to pick up possession in dangerous areas and, often, to hold onto the ball further back. Sadio Mane, meanwhile, struggled to find any real space from which he could do damage. Neither he nor Firmino registered a single shot.

Elsewhere, the work-rate of the midfielders, looking to redeem themselves following their midweek anonymity, could not be faulted, but still the lack of a creative presence hurt Liverpool. The Reds, without that intermediary, were repeatedly forced to resort to long balls in their efforts to unlock City.

Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Naby Keita, who replaced James Milner early on, are not really to blame, but Jurgen Klopp may have to drop one of them if he wants his side to put some meaningful chances together.

With little threat of a goal at the right end, then, Liverpool were reliant on their backline to rebuff City’s usually irrepressible advances.

Fortunately, they were able to pass the toughest test in English football in spite of significant changes.

After shining at Stamford Bridge, Alisson delivered another strong performance and came up with some important saves to deny Mahrez. With the help of John Achterberg, he was able to guess right for the Algerian’s penalty, though there was no need for a save of course.

Virgil van Dijk was typically authoritative for the most part and passed the ball brilliantly (he finished with a startling accuracy of 93.3%) but he was still rightfully frustrated with himself after conceding the penalty through a clumsy challenge on Leroy Sane. It was a rare moment of rashness from the usual impeccable centre-half.

Usual partner Joe Gomez was shifted to the right-side of the four, a position where he has looked uncomfortable in the past, and while it was a strange decision from the manager with Nathaniel Clyne available to replace a tired Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gomez carried out the role with enthusiasm as he bombed forward repeatedly and delivered six crosses along with three key passes.

Equally, there were no qualms to be had about Andrew Robertson’s performance on the left.

But man of the match goes to Dejan Lovren, whose initial selection was a shock to many.

There seemed little reason to interrupt the development of a Gomez-Van Dijk partnership which is swiftly becoming perhaps the best in the Premier League, especially given Lovren’s recent lack of match practice.

It was the first time Lovren had even made the squad for a Premier League game this season, with his only appearance coming in the 2-1 League Cup defeat to Chelsea last month.

But he has, in truth, had a fantastic 2018, helping Liverpool to the Champions League final before reaching the same stage with Croatia at the World Cup. An injury he sustained at the tournament has cost him a starting role at Liverpool, but on Sunday he was able to pick up where he left off.

It was a fiery performance befitting of the high-stakes occasion. Lovren was strong and powerful, executing a team-best five tackles (all of which earned an approving roar from the crowd) and winning two of his rare aerial duels.

He also cleared the ball on four occasions and could boast a passing accuracy (87% to be precise) not far shy of Van Dijk. He proved himself once again to be a worthy partner of the elite Dutchman.

We shouldn’t overstate the impact of the performance – in all likelihood, Gomez will slot back into the role when Liverpool head to Huddersfield after the international break – but we’ve been reminded that we really shouldn’t forget about Dejan.

Lethargy has crept in of late as the Reds navigated a gruelling run, and while they are unlikely to encounter such a daunting onslaught again this season, key fixtures, both domestic and continental, will continue to come thick and fast.

That means rotation will be essential, and Lovren looks set to benefit from that, having no doubt impressed Klopp.

Lovren’s Liverpool career has thus far been marked by its horror-shows, but at last fans can be confident that the 29-year-old will produce a solid showing when called upon. He has, without doubt, turned a corner.

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Autism Hour at LFC's Anfield store

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 09/10/2018 - 13:58

On Wednesday, Liverpool FC will take extra steps to make its Anfield store 'autism-friendly' for 60 minutes, in support of the National Autistic Society's Autism Hour.

Between 4pm and 5pm, the store will lower its music and the stadium will cease all tannoy announcements, to create a shopping environment that is more comfortable for those with autism.

Autism Hour is supported by more than 8,000 UK retailers and service providers, who allocate 60 minutes to provide autistic people and their families with a break from overwhelming noise and bright lights, which are common barriers to autistic people accessing shops and facilities.

LFC is committed to making Anfield stadium accessible to all. Last year, the club launched a sensory room in the Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand, which has a variety of specialist equipment for those with autism or other sensory needs, helping them to experience football matches in a comfortable environment suitable for their needs.

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Autism Hour at LFC's Anfield store

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 09/10/2018 - 13:58
On Wednesday, Liverpool FC will take extra steps to make its Anfield store 'autism-friendly' for 60 minutes, in support of the National Autistic Society's Autism Hour.
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Internationals: 19 senior Reds on duty

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 09/10/2018 - 13:56

Nineteen members of Liverpool's first-team squad have been called up for international duty this month.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson are with England as Gareth Southgate’s side prepare for UEFA Nations League ties away from home against Croatia on Friday October 12 and Spain three days later.

They could come up against Reds teammate Dejan Lovren in the first game, with the defender part of the Croatia group that will also take on Jordan in a friendly on Monday October 15.

Dominic Solanke will represent England U21s in European Championship qualifiers with Andorra and Scotland on Thursday October 11 and Tuesday 16 respectively.

And Curtis Jones has been selected by England U18s; they host Sweden on October 11 and Czech Republic four days later.

Scotland captain Andy Robertson will join up with his country for a trip to Israel in the Nations League (October 11) and a home friendly against Portugal on Sunday October 14.

Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum have two big matches with the Netherlands, who host Germany in the Nations League on Saturday October 13 and then travel to Belgium – for whom Simon Mignolet has been called up – for a friendly on October 16.

The latter will meet a familiar face before then, too, as Xherdan Shaqiri’s Switzerland face the Belgians on October 12. The Swiss’ second tie of a Nations League double-header sees them take on Iceland three days later.

In Africa Cup of Nations qualifying, Naby Keita has a double-header against Rwanda with Guinea, Mohamed Salah will represent Egypt against Swaziland home and away, and Sadio Mane’s Senegal face Sudan twice.

Three Reds have been called up by Brazil: Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino. Tite’s team will play friendlies with Saudi Arabia on October 12 and Argentina on October 16.

Goalkeeper Kamil Grabara is with Poland U21s for matches against Denmark and Georgia, while Rafael Camacho joins up with Portugal U20s as they meet Switzerland and then Italy.

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Internationals: 19 senior Reds on duty

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 09/10/2018 - 13:56
Nineteen members of Liverpool's first-team squad have been called up for international duty this month.
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Fabinho on adaptation to Liverpool, helpful team-mates & ‘demanding’ Jurgen Klopp

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 09/10/2018 - 13:43

New signing Fabinho has yet to win a place in the team, but says he’s already learning at Liverpool and there’s much more to come.


The Brazilian arrived from Monaco in the summer as something of a shock signing.

A defensive midfielder first and foremost, he has so far watched on while Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum have rotated duty in the deepest role, gaining minutes with just three appearances thus far.

With James Milner now out for a month with injury, however, a midfield spot could well open up for Fabinho.

And the new No. 3 says he’s adapting well to the manager’s wishes, learning the Liverpool way—with plenty of help from his compatriots, as he told Liverpoolfc.com.

 Liverpool's Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The task now, for Fabinho, is to earn a starting role in the team—and he says his manager is very demanding.

“My process to adapt to English football has been very good. Since pre-season I believe I have understood the way Jurgen Klopp plays and the way the team plays.

“My relationship with my teammates has also been very good, like Roberto Firmino, who has been helping me, and also Alisson.

“I’m playing a little bit more and that’s important to me because it’s important to adapt on the pitch by playing matches.

“It’s a new experience for me because Klopp has a different style of work from the way I’m used to – but this is something I will learn.

“I have learned a few things from him but it is just the start. He is a coach who demands a lot from his players, not only in matches but also on a daily basis in training.”

With a tough run of matches now out of the way, however, there’s every chance that Fabinho‘s opportunity comes sooner rather than later.

 Liverpool's Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' and manager J¸rgen Klopp during the preseason friendly match between Liverpool FC and Torino FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

He’s expected to play at least once for Brazil over the international break, and that added game time will see him ready for action once he returns.

The likes of Huddersfield and Fulham await the Reds over the next month or so, as well as Red Star twice, and Fabinho will surely play a much more prominent role as he settles fully into the Liverpool team.

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Virgil van Dijk on the games which will define Liverpool’s title bid

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 09/10/2018 - 12:38

Virgil van Dijk believes Manchester City have developed a new respect for Liverpool but insists it will be games against teams outside the top six which will be pivotal to the Reds’ Premier League title challenge.


City boss Pep Guardiola reined in their attacking intent during Sunday’s goalless draw at Anfield with a first-half performance in particular which was the most restrained of any since his arrival in England.

The Catalan, who experienced three chastening defeats to Liverpool last season in the Premier League and Champions League quarter-finals, was wary of being exposed by Jurgen Klopp’s side and, as a result, the match was not much of a spectacle.

While Van Dijk said it showed how much of a threat the Reds posed to the defending champions, he felt greater consistency over the course of the season would be the key to a title challenge.

“Obviously they were a bit cautious of the way we played and I think we have earned that respect,” said the Holland captain.

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. The game ended goal-less. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“We made it difficult for them and they made it difficult for us at times but that’s how it is.

“But I think it is not about these games, it is all about the other games, the difficult games which we have against mid-table and lower teams.

“We want to get as close as possible and do as well as we can but we know it is going to be hard.

“We’ve had a great start to the season and we want to keep it going.”

The usually unflappable Van Dijk was at fault for the one real incident when he lunged in on City substitute Leroy Sane and conceded a penalty, which Riyad Mahrez proceeded to blaze over the crossbar.

It did mean, however, Liverpool extended their run of not conceding a home league goal to 841 minutes stretching back to February 24 and Michail Antonio’s consolation for West Ham.

 Liverpool's Dejan Lovren (R) and Manchester City's Sergio Aguero during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“I think to keep a clean sheet after a penalty in the last five minutes makes me a very happy man,” added the Dutchman.

“It was not smart from me personally and hopefully it will never happen again.

“Eighty-five minutes, you obviously get a bit fatigued, and that moment goes by in a split second and I decided to dive in, which is not what I would normally do.

“It was a decision I made and hopefully it will be the last time I make that decision at that time.

“We aim to improve every game and we want to win every game.

“After the international break there are three important games against Huddersfield, Red Star and Cardiff so we want to be ready for that.”

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Man held in Rome after Anfield assault

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 09/10/2018 - 11:48
Sean Cox, a father of three, was left in a coma after he was assaulted before the Champions League semi-final at Anfield By Sky News

Last Updated: 09/10/18 10:33am

Liverpool players held up a banner for Sean Cox after defeating Roma in the second leg Liverpool players held up a banner for Sean Cox after defeating Roma in the second leg Liverpool players held up a banner for Sean Cox after defeating Roma in the second leg

Italian police have arrested a man in Rome over the assault of a Liverpool supporter who was left in a critical condition.

Sean Cox, 53, was attacked outside Anfield stadium ahead of a Champions League match between Liverpool and Roma on April 24.

Merseyside Police have worked alongside Italian officers to arrest a 30-year-old man on a European Arrest Warrant on suspicion of assault.

The suspect, who has not been named, appeared in court in Rome on Saturday and has been remanded in custody ahead of an extradition hearing.

Two other men have already been charged in relation to the incident.

Filippo Lombardi, 21, was charged with violent disorder and grievous bodily harm and remanded in custody to appear at Preston Crown Court on Wednesday, October 10 ahead of a trial due to begin on Thursday.

Daniele Sciusco, 29, admitted violent disorder and was jailed for two-and-a-half years on August 24, 2018.

Mr Cox, a father of three, suffered a "catastrophic" head injury before the Champions League semi-final in April.

He was out of a coma but still in a serious condition in August 2018.

Sciusco, from Rome, was part of a group of "ultras" who had flown from Italy for the match.

Video footage showed the group of 25 fans, all dressed in dark clothing, going onto Walton Breck Road in Liverpool just before kick-off.

Mr Cox, from Dunboyne, Co Meath, was seen lying in the road after being attacked as fighting continued around him.

Liverpool won the Champions League semi-final match against Roma 5-2.

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Fabinho: I'm learning Klopp's ways

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 09/10/2018 - 10:03

Fabinho feels his adaptation to Jürgen Klopp's methods is continuing to progress well but the midfielder knows there is plenty still to learn.

The summer signing from AS Monaco has made three appearances for the club so far, most recently as a substitute during last week’s Champions League tie against Napoli.

He is currently with the Brazil national squad – along with Liverpool teammates Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino – for friendlies with Saudi Arabia and Argentina in the coming week.

And, from there, the No.3 has reflected further on his development since joining up with the Reds and explained how recent game time helped in particular.

“My process to adapt to English football has been very good. Since pre-season I believe I have understood the way Jürgen Klopp plays and the way the team plays,” said Fabinho.

“My relationship with my teammates has also been very good, like Roberto Firmino, who has been helping me, and also Alisson.

“I’m playing a little bit more and that’s important to me because it’s important to adapt on the pitch by playing matches.

“It’s a new experience for me because Klopp has a different style of work from the way I’m used to – but this is something I will learn.

“I have learned a few things from him but it is just the start. He is a coach who demands a lot from his players, not only in matches but also on a daily basis in training.”

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Fabinho: I'm learning Klopp's ways

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 09/10/2018 - 10:03
Fabinho feels his adaptation to Jürgen Klopp's methods is continuing to progress well but the midfielder knows there is plenty still to learn.
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Fabinho: I'm adapting to England

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 09/10/2018 - 09:30
By Joe Shread

Last Updated: 09/10/18 7:40am

0:48 Fabinho says he is adapting to life in England and is improving under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp since his move to Liverpool Fabinho says he is adapting to life in England and is improving under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp since his move to Liverpool

Fabinho says he is adapting well to English football and is learning to improve under Jurgen Klopp following his move to Liverpool.

The Brazilian joined the Reds from Monaco for £43.7m in May, but has featured in just three of the club's 11 matches this season.

Furthermore, he is yet to play a single minute in the Premier League - but Fabinho insists he is getting to grips with life in England.

He said: "My process to adapt to English football has been very good. Since pre-season I believe I've understood the way Jurgen Klopp plays and the way the team plays.

Fabinho says Jurgen Klopp demands a lot from his players Fabinho says Jurgen Klopp demands a lot from his players Fabinho says Jurgen Klopp demands a lot from his players

"My relationship with my team-mates has also been very good, especially with the Brazilians. Roberto Firmino has been helping me, as well as Alisson.

"I've been playing a little bit more and that's important, because it's important to adapt on the pitch by playing matches.

"It's a new experience for me, because Klopp has a different way of working from the way I'm used to. But this is something I will learn.

"I've already learned a few things from him, but this is just the start. He's a coach who demands a lot from his players, not only in matches, but on a daily basis in training."

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Wijnaldum: We have to embrace the intensity

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 09/10/2018 - 09:27
Georginio Wijnaldum came away from an intense run of seven matches in 23 days with the view that Liverpool have to embrace the difficulty of the challenges they face.
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