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Liverpool stance on Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma

HEAD NEWS - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 14:44

Liverpool haven't made an official enquiry for Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Yves Bissouma.

Reports on Friday claimed the Reds have approached the Seagulls over a possible move for the Mali international.

Liverpool have been monitoring a number of potential targets as they consider the long-term make-up of their midfield.

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Liverpool stance on Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 14:44
Liverpool haven't made an official enquiry for Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Yves Bissouma.
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Jürgen Klopp Q&A | Chelsea, transfer window, Elliott and more

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 14:30
Jürgen Klopp was quizzed on a wide range of topics during Friday's pre-match press conference.
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Klopp: Liverpool don't need to replace Wijnaldum

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 14:20

Jurgen Klopp says there is "no real need" for Liverpool to sign a central midfielder in the closing stages of the summer window and does not expect any more incomings at Anfield before the transfer deadline.

Defender Ibrahima Konate arrived from RB Leipzig after Liverpool agreed to pay his £36m release clause in May and the centre-back will bolster the Reds' defensive options this term, following a 2020/21 campaign in which they were hampered by long-term injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

But central midfielder Georgino Wijnaldum, who was influential in helping Liverpool to their first Premier League crown last year and their sixth European Cup triumph in 2019, left for Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer, and the club have not gone in search of a replacement for the Netherlands international.

Ahead of his side's Premier League clash with Chelsea, live on Sky Sports, Klopp said: "There's no need to buy a midfielder just because there's one on the market.

"If people think about it, there's no real need [for a midfielder]. If there was one player who could improve all the things, then we would go for it."

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Twenty-year-old Curtis Jones' emergence in the first team, captain Jordan Henderson's return to fitness, Naby Keita starting the first two games of the season, as well as the presence of Fabinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the squad has convinced Klopp he does not require further depth in the central midfield area.

He added: "[Georginio] Wijnaldum played an incredible amount of games for us. But if there's an area of the team where we have the dynamics, there is no gap [in midfield].

"We have players with great skills. Last week doesn't mean Harvey [Elliott] is the saviour of our midfield problem, as we don't have one.

"I cannot help the supporters who want us to sign a player just to get somebody in.

"If there's an area we have on the pitch where we have all the different skill sets, dynamic, creativity, defensive-orientated, offensive-orientated, all these kind of things - there is no gap."

When questioned about any further movement in the transfer window for Liverpool, Klopp added: "Do I expect a busy four days [remaining in the transfer window] for us? Not really.

"Again, it's a bit disappointing that I obviously have to mention it but we brought in Ibrahima Konate and it was not a bargain or whatever.

"But all these attacking, offensive players that other clubs are signing, that's obviously something they thought they needed and they had the resources to do it.

"That's the situation, but we will not use it as any kind of excuse in any kind of game. We will just go for it."

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Klopp said a return to the Premier League for Cristiano Ronaldo is a short-term investment and has defended Liverpool's ethos regarding their squad's development when compared to their top-flight rivals.

Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes approached Manchester United to propose a deal that has seen Ronaldo return to the club he left 12 years ago, just hours after Manchester City pulled out of talks to sign the 36-year-old.

Saturday's opponents Chelsea re-signed Romelu Lukaku for £97.5m earlier this month, while the other top-six Premier League sides have also spent heavily in the window.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says it's clear that Cristiano Ronaldo will be a short-term signing, and he's been enjoying watching the story unfold

Klopp insists the Reds will not use their rivals' summer transfer activity as an "excuse" in games this season.

He said: "Cristiano [Ronaldo], I watched that [transfer story break] like a football supporter. I have no more knowledge about it. Probably you [the media] have much more knowledge if it will happen or not than I have.

"Again, it's not about me to judge that. If other clubs can do things like this it's not a business for the future [like] in three or four years we will have the benefit of that.

"It's not business for the future, it's for now, immediately.

"That's how some clubs are working, but there must be different ways. You still need to develop as a team, as a club, and that's what we do.

"First and foremost I think with [Lionel] Messi and Ronaldo especially, there might be a commercial aspect of course but don't think that PSG brought in Messi because of the commercial [benefits].

"Maybe yes, I don't know. They brought him in because Messi still has a lot to give for the football team, that's it.

"And if Cristiano comes to the Premier League, I think that's the first intention as well in that case. Nobody came to me so far...I never had to make a commercial signing - whatever that means.

"Nobody asked me for that and if somebody would come [offering a player], I would start thinking but so far it [has] never happened."

Klopp predicts difficult Chelsea test

Liverpool and Chelsea both picked up maximum points from their opening two top-flight games of the campaign ahead of Saturday's encounter between two of the Premier League's title challengers, however, the Reds have won four out of the last five clashes between the pair in the top flight.

Klopp's team will be aiming to redeem themselves after a brilliant Mason Mount strike from just outside the box secured a 1-0 win for Thomas Tuchel's side in the last meeting between the two teams at Anfield.

Despite their FA Cup final setback against Leicester City last term, the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup winners have been imperious since Klopp's compatriot arrived at Stamford Bridge and Tuchel has lost just five games as the Blues' head coach.

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Klopp said: "I expect a very difficult game for both teams, I don't think there's an easy way through any line. Thomas Tuchel's teams are very well organised, will be I'm sure [on Saturday] and it will be a pretty big fight.

"It is one of these games I would watch 100 per cent. Chelsea obviously are in a really good moment, they won the Champions League with their last club game last season and played a really good last half of last season since Thomas came in.

"They've brought Lukaku in which doesn't make them worse obviously. It is a tough opponent but we are not in a worse moment ourselves as well and hopefully, we can show that."

James Milner will miss the game with Chelsea this weekend but Andy Robertson could be set for a return and Klopp revealed he will challenge Kostas Tsimikas for the left-back spot after the Greek international started Liverpool's last two matches.

Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel face off when Liverpool host Chelsea in the Premier League Image: Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel face off when Liverpool host Chelsea in the Premier League Klopp on the rise of 'sensational' Tuchel

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Jurgen Klopp remembers the first time he saw a Thomas Tuchel team. It was 2009 and the final of the U19 competition in Germany. Tuchel's Mainz were up against Borussia Dortmund. Klopp watched with Christian Heidel, his old sporting director.

"It was my former club against my actual club," Klopp tells Sky Sports. "Andres Schurrle was in the Mainz team. Mario Gotze was the most famous name in the Dortmund side. I would have watched this game anyway because it was just a great season for both teams.

"The rest is maybe a nice story."

Mainz won the match and Tuchel won an admirer. Klopp turned to Heidel afterwards and declared that while Dortmund had the better players, Mainz had the better team. That summer, Heidel acted quickly to appoint Tuchel as the club's new first-team coach.

"He won the final and then a few weeks later he was the manager of the first team and did an exceptional job," recalls Klopp. Tuchel took Mainz to a top-half finish in his first season and briefly topped the Bundesliga in his second. Klopp had a unique insight throughout.

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Klopp: There's no Robbo and Kostas 'battle', but competition is good

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 14:15
There is no ‘battle’ between Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas for Liverpool’s left-back berth, Jürgen Klopp insisted, though the manager does welcome the competition for the role.
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5 key points from Klopp’s pre-Chelsea press conference as Gini ‘gap’ dismissed

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 13:37

Jurgen Klopp discussed a variety of topics in one of his best press conferences in a long time as the Liverpool manager previewed Saturday’s visit of Chelsea.

After back-to-back wins over Norwich and Burnley, the Reds are in for a bigger challenge as the European champions arrive at Anfield this weekend.

Chelsea have started the campaign in fine form, with victories over Crystal Palace and Arsenal in the Premier League as well as clinching the UEFA Super Cup at the expense of Villarreal, but Klopp is still confident.

Speaking at Kirkby on Friday afternoon, the German was at his engaging best as he spoke on a number of subjects beyond the usual bland questioning.

Here are five key points from Klopp’s pre-Chelsea press conference.

A busy end to the transfer window? Not likely!

Klopp was, predictably, asked whether there was any scope for further signings in the transfer window, to which he said “not really, to be 100 percent honest.”

However, he still offered a glimmer of hope as he admitted: “But you never know.”

There is no chance of Liverpool pulling off a deal similar to Man City‘s proposed signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, however, with Klopp focused on the future.

“It’s how some clubs are obviously working and that’s absolutely fine,” he said.

“But there must be different ways, there must be a team a year later and three years later, and all this kind of stuff.”

No “battle” between Robbo and Tsimikas

 Liverpool's Andy Robertson during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Burnley FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Asked about the left-back situation following the return of Andy Robertson to starting contention, Klopp suggested the Scot would reclaim his place against Chelsea.

That it comes following a strong run of form for stand-in Kostas Tsimikas makes it a bittersweet scenario.

But the manager has insisted there is no “battle” between the pair, with his intention always being that Liverpool would have “two really good left-backs” in place.

“There is no gap” in midfield

As the transfer deadline looms, there remain question marks over Liverpool‘s business and particularly in midfield – where they have technically still not replaced Gini Wijnaldum.

But Klopp insists “there is no gap” in his ranks in the middle of the park, pointing to the likes of Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as options.

“If Gini is still here, Harvey would probably not have played this game,” he said of the 2-0 win over Burnley, though he added that Elliott is not suddenly the Reds’ “saviour.”

Big praise for Tuchel

 Chelsea's manager Thomas Tuchel (R) with Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp at the final whistle during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. Chelsea won 1-0 condeming Liverpool to their fifth home defeat on the run.(Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There have been many parallels drawn between Klopp and his opposite number on Saturday, Thomas Tuchel, not least because they both followed the same path through Mainz and Dortmund.

The Liverpool manager was full of praise for his compatriot, saying “what Thomas did at Chelsea is absolutely exceptional.”

He did add, though, that: “That it would go that quick, I don’t think even he would have expected that exactly.”

Red-listed players will not travel

Finally, Klopp confirmed that Mohamed Salah, Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino will not be permitted to join their national teams, so long as there is no exemption in quarantine rules when they return.

“I think I can confirm that,” he said, “because there’s no chance really for it.”

It was interesting to hear Klopp point out one of the key reasons beyond players missing games during their 10-day isolation upon their return to the UK, that being the loss of fitness and muscle it would inflict.

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Seven Reds called up to England youth sides

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 13:00
Seven of Liverpool's Academy players have earned call-ups to England youth sides.
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Liverpool goalkeeper’s surprise breakthrough marked by England call-up

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 12:04

Liverpool goalkeeper Harvey Davies has earned his first-ever England call-up as part of the under-20s squad to play Romania at St George’s Park next month.

It has been a remarkable year for Davies, which has seen a rise from backup at under-18s level to being part of the first-team squad in the Champions League.

The 17-year-old was named on the bench for the last-16 second leg against RB Leipzig followed by both legs of the quarter-final against Real Madrid, which saw him catch the eye of Jurgen Klopp.

A directive was given to those within the academy that saw Davies then take up a regular starting role with the U18s, most notably in the run to the FA Youth Cup final, while he was included in the senior squad for pre-season.

Davies signed his first professional contract with the club in July, and has now received another honour with a call-up to the England U20s squad.

It is the first time the Scouser has been included in an England squad, and he is the youngest of the three goalkeepers selected by new coach Andy Edwards.

 Liverpool's Leighton Clarkson during a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Club Atlético Osasuna at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Leighton Clarkson is also part of the U20s squad for the first time, following the 19-year-old’s loan switch to Blackburn, setting him up to compete with the likes of Lewis Bate, Faustino Anjorin and James McAtee.

Meanwhile, young left-back James Norris has kept his place in the under-19s squad ahead of friendlies at home to Italy (September 2) and away to Germany (September 6).

He is included alongside the promising likes of Carney Chukwuemeka, Aaron Ramsey, Shola Shoretire, Daniel Jebbison, Alfie Devine and Dane Scarlett.

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Reliable journalist rubbishes claim of Liverpool approach for Yves Bissouma

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 11:53

Liverpool have not made an enquiry over a possible deal for Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma despite their interest, according to a reliable journalist.

Bissouma is widely reported to be on the Reds’ radar as they consider reinforcing their midfield ranks, but no bid has materialised for the 24-year-old as of yet.

Excitement rose on Thursday night with a claim from the Express – a bottom-tier source ever since Paul Joyce’s move to the Times – that Liverpool had “made an official enquiry” into the Malian’s availability.

Regardless of the reliability of the source, a lack of signings at Anfield since the £36 million arrival of Ibrahima Konate led to many fans hoping for a late move.

But The Athletic’s Andy Naylor, their Brighton correspondent who previously worked over three decades for regional newspaper The Argus, has dismissed that claim.

“For those asking [about] Liverpool making an opening move for Bissouma, I’m reliably informed [this] isn’t true,” Naylor wrote on Twitter.

It comes as no surprise, of course, but it is a welcome rebuttal to a dubious source, and as it stands it would seem that Jurgen Klopp and the club’s recruitment staff are content with their business.

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Burnley FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There could be further outgoings before the deadline on August 31, but it is unlikely that any more signings are made unless the right deal presents itself.

Bissouma would undoubtedly be an excellent addition to Klopp’s squad, starting the season in fine form in his fourth year in England, and he could well be considered in the future.

But with Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones both available along with senior options Fabinho, Thiago Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, it can be argued that strengthening the attack is a more pressing issue than midfield.

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Photos: LFC Women in training ahead of season opener

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 11:00
Liverpool FC Women continued their build-up to this weekend's season opener with a training session at The Campus.
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Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott get England U21 call

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 10:00
Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones have been called up to the England U21 squad for their forthcoming international fixtures.
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Live on Sunday: Watch LFC Women's Championship opener

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 10:00
Watch Liverpool FC Women's first game of the FA Women's Championship season live across official club channels on Sunday afternoon.
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Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott get England U21 call

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 10:00

Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones have been called up to the England U21 squad for their forthcoming international fixtures.

The Liverpool pair have been included in the Young Lions squad for the friendly match with Romania on Friday September 3 as well as the 2023 UEFA Under-21 European Championship qualifier with Kosovo on Tuesday September 7.

It’s the first time Elliott has been called up to U21 level for England.

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Live on Sunday: Watch LFC Women's Championship opener

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 10:00

Watch Liverpool FC Women's first game of the FA Women's Championship season live across official club channels on Sunday afternoon.

Matt Beard's team get their campaign under way with a home game against London City Lionesses.

Kick-off at Prenton Park is at 2pm BST, with our live coverage beginning half an hour earlier on LFCTV and LFCTV GO, as well as via free streams on YouTube and the LFC Women Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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Andy Robertson and James Milner fitness latest

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 09:00

Andy Robertson is in contention to feature for Liverpool against Chelsea on Saturday, Jürgen Klopp has confirmed.

The left-back declared himself 'ready to play' after signing a new contract with the Reds earlier this week, having recovered from an ankle injury sustained in pre-season. 

However, James Milner is set to remain sidelined with the issue that ruled him out of the victory over Burnley last weekend.

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Asked for a fitness update on his squad, Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: "Robbo trained the whole week, of course he [is] in contention, no doubt about that.

"Millie will not be ready – I think that's it pretty much. 

"All the rest trained and looked good and sharp – we should better be because obviously Chelsea is a tough one as well. That's already kind of like the Champions League, just in the Premier League!"

Like Liverpool, Chelsea will arrive at Anfield for the 5.30pm BST kick-off having won their opening two fixtures of the Premier League season. 

Klopp anticipates a high-quality encounter with Thomas Tuchel's side prior to the first international break of the campaign. 

On what type of game he expects, the boss said: "A good one, an intense one – there's no doubt about that.

"Chelsea is obviously in a really good shape, they are full of confidence, won a Champions League last year and won the majority of the games they played since Tuchel is there. 

"So, a really good manager having a top squad is always a good mix, a good recipe for a successful season – that's Chelsea. 

"But we play at home, we are in a good moment as well and we want to use that."

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Andy Robertson and James Milner fitness latest

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 09:00
Andy Robertson is in contention to feature for Liverpool against Chelsea on Saturday, Jürgen Klopp has confirmed.
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1pm BST: Watch Jürgen Klopp's pre-Chelsea press conference

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 08:30
Watch Jürgen Klopp's pre-Chelsea press conference with us live from 1pm BST today.
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Liverpool make late approach to sign Yves Bissouma

HEAD NEWS - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 08:04

Liverpool have made a late enquiry to Brighton about the possibility of signing Yves Bissouma, according to reports.

The 24-year-old has attracted plenty of interest this summer with Arsenal and Manchester United both considering a move.

However, the Daily Express claims that Jurgen Klopp is keen to strengthen his midfield options to compensate for Georginio Wijnaldum’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool have now made an approach for Bissouma.

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Liverpool make late approach to sign Yves Bissouma

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 08:04
Liverpool have made a late enquiry to Brighton about the possibility of signing Yves Bissouma, according to reports.
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'Liverpool the acid test of Chelsea title credentials'

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 07:00

Paul Merson says Liverpool present the acid test of Chelsea's title credentials but both teams can make a statement in Saturday's showdown at Anfield.

European champions Chelsea put their perfect start to the Premier League season on the line against Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, who have also won their first two games of the campaign.

Fresh from tormenting Arsenal's defence on his second Chelsea debut, record-signing Romelu Lukaku goes head-to-head with Liverpool's talisman Virgil van Dijk in a mouth-watering contest between arguably the Premier League's most dominant defender and attacker.

It's a key battle Merson believes could prove to be crucial in deciding who comes out on top at Anfield, and who will emerge as the main challengers to Manchester City's Premier League crown.

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Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher discuss how Liverpool will approach dealing with Lukaku and how it will differ from Arsenal's plan

"This is such a fascinating game, one which provides both teams with the chance to make a statement. It's massive," Merson told Sky Sports.

"Romelu Lukaku has undoubtedly improved Chelsea, but the acid test for their title credentials will be the Liverpool game.

"What I saw from Arsenal on Sunday at the Emirates was everything you shouldn't do against Lukaku from a defensive sense, that won't happen again at Anfield. People say Jurgen Klopp doesn't change his way, but he will have to change something.

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"He will have to put something in front of the defence because if Chelsea are allowed to keep rolling the ball into Lukaku on the edge of the box he will hurt them eventually."

Can Van Dijk deal with Chelsea's new attacking dimension?

Lukaku has returned to the Premier League from his tenure at Inter Milan leaner and having matured immeasurably after his spells at Manchester United, Everton and West Brom, and his first stint at Chelsea.

Lukaku's all-round game will strike fear into Premier League defences this season but Merson believes that if anyone can combat the Belgian, it's Van Dijk.

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Jamie Carragher analyses what Virgil Van Dijk has brought back to Liverpool's back-line and how they'll become real title challengers again

"You've got Virgil van Dijk who is a Rolls Royce of a player," Merson added. "Will Lukaku go and pick Van Dijk to play on? I don't think so.

"That is what Chelsea will have to do - try and take Van Dijk out of the game - but Van Dijk is so cute and will just come around Lukaku if he is being pinned.

"Van Dijk's pace allows Liverpool to take that risk of playing higher safe in the knowledge he will deal with that ball over the top.

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"But Lukaku is willing to run, he's both quick and powerful, and just adds a completely new dimension to Chelsea's attack, which previously didn't have powerful runners off the ball and in behind.

"Not many people are willing to run without the ball but Lukaku is, and if Liverpool play that high line all it will take is for Lukaku to latch onto one ball in behind and it'll be see you later."

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