Liverpool FC held an exclusive event at Anfield this week to mark the unveiling of the unique Dream Scene artwork commemorating the club’s 125th anniversary.
Attended by LFC legends John Barnes, Ian Callaghan and Roger Hunt, as well as representatives of the Shankly, Paisley and Raisbeck families, the event saw international sports artist Jamie Cooper reveal the special image that brings together 20 important figures from throughout the Reds’ history.
Special guests - invited through the club’s Red Neighbours programme - included 95-year-old Pure LFC kit launch star, Charlie Gallagher; members of local charity, the League of Welldoers; and a number of competition winners.
Young Red Joseph Thurston, who won a competition to appear in the Dream Scene alongside key figures from LFC’s past and present, was also on hand to help reveal the image with artist Jamie.
The painting will remain on display in the club’s Anfield store from now until the end of the season, and Jamie will be there from 11am to 1pm to discuss the painting with fans ahead of the game against Southampton on Saturday November 18.
A range of Dream Scene canvases and lithograph prints are available to purchase online and in club stores now - the Dream Scene lithograph is available in all club stores and the online store, while the canvases will be available in the Anfield and Liverpool ONE stores and online.
Click the image below to expand. Head to our online store for more details or to purchase a Dream Scene print.
Liverpool return to Anfield looking to use the momentum built up before the international break to resume seamlessly with a third straight Premier League win.
Southampton’s arrival – which will see an Anfield reunion for Mauricio Pellegrino – kicks off a hectic period for the Reds, who face 13 games in just 45 days.
Klopp’s side will therefore be desperate for victory to maintain impetus through the gruelling schedule, and begin hitting consistent form in a crucial period.
Klopp has been boosted in his pursuit of that by the returns of several key players, and with the strongest squad of the season and various systems at his disposal, the boss has some exciting lineups available for Saturday’s clash.Team News
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As if the restart of the Premier League isn’t exciting enough, Klopp could mark the occasion by fielding one of the strongest lineups of his tenure against the Saints.
Lallana will almost certainly not feature in that, with the boss suggesting the returning midfielder will be used from the bench at some stage with no need to rush him back.
But the wealth and quality of talent available – especially in midfield and attack – gives Klopp several incredibly strong, offensive selections.
A tough job awaits the German in fitting his many match winners into a cohesive lineup, but one way would be return to the usually deployed 4-3-3 system
Leaving Oxlade-Chamberlain out would be harsh, but such a lineup would give plenty of flexibility – given it could easily become 4-2-2-2 as used at West Ham – and most importantly, adequate defensive security and serious firepower.
Switching to the all-out-attack 4-2-2-2 system from the off at London Stadium certainly paid dividends.
And for a winnable game at Anfield, Klopp could be tempted to stick with it in attempt to blitz a Southampton side who proved a nut too tough to crack in four games last season.
It would leave Klopp again facing tough calls with who of his attackers misses out, but selection could be influenced by fitness issues and with one eye on the two huge games that follow.
Mane’s recurring hamstring issue could see him preserved and Oxlade-Chamberlain retained, placing Coutinho into the Senegalese’s left-side slot supporting front two Salah and Firmino.
And the same could arrive in defence, where Alexander-Arnold’s more front-footed approach could be utilised in a game that could become attack versus defence – thus saving Gomez for sterner defensive tests in the next two.
It would perhaps be a very bold selection, but the quality and power of attacking play that would arrive combined with the need for a routine three points make it a gamble worth taking.
Keeping the rest of the Lovren-less defence the same, Liverpool would look like this for a rare 3pm start at Anfield:
The first game after an international break is always tough, but the Reds can use the positive form and new-found confidence to earn another crucial three points at Anfield.
However, he will also hope it is the Holland international’s last uncomfortable experience at the ground as the Dutch centre-back remains his primary transfer target.
Liverpool were forced into an embarrassing public climbdown in the summer after being threatened with being reported to the Premier League for ‘tapping up’ the player, but there has been considerable bridge-building done between the two clubs since.
They will have received some encouragement when Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino said on Thursday he could not guarantee Van Dijk would still be at the club after the January transfer window.
But when Klopp was asked about the centre-back he said: “You really expect an answer? What happened in the summer? There is nothing to say on that, absolutely.
“Hopefully it should be difficult for every player to come to Liverpool – you mean on Saturday right? Hopefully it is a difficult time.”
Southampton have previously sold Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Sadio Mane, Nathaniel Clyne and Rickie Lambert to Liverpool in recent years and with the recent goodwill charm offensive at boardroom level there remains a chance Van Dijk will become the sixth.
“There is a special relationship between Southampton and Liverpool,” added Klopp, who declared himself fully fit after a midweek trip to hospital after reporting feeling unwell.
“We’ve given them a lot of money for a few players. It was always a fair deal – it looks like they suffered in different moments – but Liverpool always paid really well for the players.”
One of those players, Lallana, is edging close to a comeback but it may not be against his former club after being sidelined for three months with a thigh injury.
The England international has yet to make a competitive appearance this season and Klopp is in no hurry to rush back a key player in his midfield, even if the player himself is chomping at the bit to be involved.
“There is no rush even when everyone who knows Adam can imagine how ready he is to be part of the squad again,” said the Reds boss.
“He is a fantastic player but we want to have him for the season. The next few weeks we have games every three days and we will need him for that.
“This is the moment the player wants to be back immediately and I have to be the bad guy and say ‘Not today, maybe tomorrow’.
“Obviously that is not too nice but I do it for him and for the club.
“We will use him for sure but bringing him for 90 minutes is not a good idea and will not happen.”
Last season Lallana topped Liverpool’s running statistics and is the key man in initiating Klopp’s high-tempo pressing game, so his return can only be a significant boost for the side.
“What he is doing is so different to the other players: he is the ‘jumper’,” said Klopp.
“He loves to do that and of course it is very important for us and will be again and I am already looking forward to when we can use it again.
“But he is also a fantastic football player and he showed that in the first (training) session.
“Unfortunately I was not involved (as he was at hospital) but when I came in they were all really excited about it: ‘Ok, Adam was pretty good’ so I know about it and it is good for the player.”
Representatives from Liverpool FC's Red Neighbours initiative took part in a community planting event at Stanley Park earlier this week.
Pupils from Pinehurst Primary School planted six cherry blossom trees in the Grade II listed park as part of a project supported by LFC, Stanley Park CIC, Everton FC, Living Landscapes and Carillion.
Red Neighbours manager Forbes Duff said: "It’s great to come together to support Stanley Park CIC alongside our neighbours Everton.
"Supporting activities like this forms part of the club’s continued commitment to the local community.
"We would like to thank all involved and particularly the pupils from Pinehurst Primary School who came to help."
Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has paid tribute to Joe Gomez's versatility and declared: 'We want to have him for the next 15 years'.
The 20-year-old received his first senior caps for England over the course of the last week, coming from the bench in a 0-0 friendly draw with Germany and then starting at centre-back in another stalemate with Brazil.
Gomez's Three Lions call-up came as a result of his showings at right-back for the Reds this season, but he proved himself a capable performer in the middle during the latter fixture.
When asked if he considered the defender ready to take on that role in his own team, Klopp replied: "Yes, no doubt about it."
The German went on to insist Gomez still has areas of his game to work on, though he is hoping the No.12 makes Anfield his home for the remainder of his career.
"Joe knows about his still existing little issues, he is still a young lad and he has to improve in a lot of parts but of course he is ready for it," he added.
"He is a fantastic player and he played a lot in the season so we take care of him.
"He was injured in a time in his life when people are still growing and that's a medical [issue] kind of.
"We want to have him for the next 15 years, we want to have him here for a long time and use him.
"He's ready for [centre-back] but he can play as full-back and that’s very good for us."
Jürgen Klopp insists he is ‘feeling really good’ after attending a hospital appointment on Wednesday as a precautionary measure - and thanked and praised local NHS staff for their care.
The boss missed Wednesday’s training session at Melwood as a result, but returned to take the following day’s workout ahead of this weekend’s head-to-head with Southampton at Anfield.
And speaking at his pre-match press conference today, Klopp was in jovial mood as he discussed his hospital visit - and was eager to highlight the attention he recieved from NHS staff.
He said: “I feel really good. Actually, I am 50 now and maybe I should get used to it, I am not sure! I was twice already in a British hospital and whatever people say about it, the NHS is not as bad as you think!
“I really have to thank a lot of people; not because it was that serious, but really because they were that nice and that’s it.
“There is nothing to say about it - I am not ill. I think it is kind of good news! It’s all fine.
“The only problem is you should not try to experience a hospital as a person in [the] public [eye]… to go somewhere, to hospital or something, and the whole world is talking about it. It was not a marketing thing for Liverpool, but it would have been smart!
“I came in the hospital and then when I passed the first few people, I saw the security and then heard, ‘Klopp is in hospital! Did you see him?’ so they turned their walkie-talkies down! That worked really well!”
Jürgen Klopp has admitted he won't relish playing the role of 'the bad guy' when taking a cautious approach with the return of the fit-again Adam Lallana.
But the Liverpool boss insists he is aiming to protect the midfielder and boost his team's prospects in the long term by delaying a potential comeback.
Lallana has been sidelined since suffering a thigh injury during the Reds' penultimate pre-season fixture - a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid in Munich.
However, the 29-year-old returned to full team training this week and could be in contention to face Southampton on Saturday, though his manager is in no rush whatsoever.
Klopp told reporters: "It is completely different to Sadio, for example. He was much longer out.
"It was in the pre-season in Munich against Atletico Madrid, it's long ago. He's a fantastic player but we want to have him for the season.
"This is the moment where the player wants to be back immediately and I am the bad guy who says, 'not today, maybe tomorrow'.
"That's not too nice but it's completely normal; I only do it for him and for the club, that’s how it is. What can I say? We will see.
"It depends how the other players are with shape, how fit they are. We will use him for sure but bringing him now for 90 minutes is not a good idea and will not happen."
Klopp was also quizzed on Lallana's importance as a trigger for the high press that is a key aspect of his team's tactical approach.
But, while the boss acknowledged that fact, he pointed out that the No.20 has much more in his locker than just work-rate.
"[He is] very, very important. Last year it was difficult when Adam didn’t play because what he does is so different to pretty much all the other players," he added.
"He is the 'jumper' [in the press] and loves to do that. Of course, he is very important for us and we are already looking forward to when he can use him again.
"But it is not only that, he is a fantastic football player, that was [clear] from the first session [when he returned].
"Unfortunately, I was not involved, but when I came in, they were all really excited about it. They said, 'Adam was pretty good!'"
Gomez has drawn widespread praise for his displays in his natural role for England in their 0-0 friendly draws with Germany and Brazil earlier this month.
This has led to calls for the 20-year-old to take over at centre-back for the Reds, after showing his strength and maturity up against Neymar on Tuesday night.
But speaking at Melwood on Friday, Klopp insisted there is “no doubt” Gomez could perform at centre-back for Liverpool.
“Joe knows about his still-existing little issues. He has to improve, but of course he’s ready for it,” he told reporters.
“He’s a fantastic player, [he’s] played a lot this season. We take care of him, he was injured in a time of his life when people are still growing, that’s a medical thing.
“We want to have him for the next 15 years. He’s not a one-team player, but we want to have him here for a long time.
“He’s ready for it, but he can also play as a full-back. That’s very good for us.”
One of the motives behind using Gomez at centre-back would be to replace one of Klopp’s under-fire options at the heart of the defence.
“We have to improve defensively, that’s how it is, but not how you discussed it about single players here or there,” he added.
“No, as a team we have to protect ourselves better
“We did that in [the last] three games. We didn’t give them any counter-attacks, or not a lot. It was very important for a dominant side.
“That’s what we have to do again. Southampton are fourth in the table for possession; not too many points so far, but probably still feel good.
Jürgen Klopp previewed Liverpool's Premier League fixture with Southampton at a Melwood press conference on Friday afternoon - and you can watch it in full via our YouTube clip now.
The Reds boss addressed the media at the club's training facility ahead of the visit of the Saints on Saturday.
He offered an update on the squad's current injury situation, spoke about the impending return to action of Adam Lallana and the form of Joe Gomez.
You can watch the press conference in full by pressing play on the embedded YouTube clip below.
Liverpool will check on the condition of Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana before deciding whether they’ll be involved against their former club Southampton on Saturday – but Jordan Henderson will return.
Mane came back early from international duty with Senegal after slightly feeling a recent hamstring injury again, while Lallana has this week begun full training with his teammates after missing all of 2017-18 to date with a thigh issue.
Both will be assessed before the squad is finalised for the Premier League encounter, though the Reds will be boosted by the return of Henderson after recovering from a thigh complaint of his own.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Jürgen Klopp said: “Sadio we have to wait, we will see today.
“Adam is in training now since three days or four days [ago]. It was a really long [time], it is fantastic that he is back. He lost nothing, no skills or anything. He trained really well but in the next few weeks we have games every three days and we will need him for that.
“There is no rush in it even when everyone who knows Adam can imagine how ready he is to be part of the squad again, so we will see what we do in this case.
“Hendo, yes, should be OK I think. He used the week he had in the national break, he used it well to recover from different things to be honest. Now he is on a good way and, yes, will be involved.”
Elsewhere, Liverpool confirmed earlier this week Nathaniel Clyne had undergone minor back surgery on an injury that has sidelined him since July.
Klopp continued: “Clyney, things like this happen. All the specialists agreed we should try it the conservative way without the surgery, and now everybody agreed we now had to use it.
“We are all sure Clyney will be fine, but when he will be back it will have been a long time for him. That’s not to change anymore and he is already in the last period of the recovery from the issue.
“Now we made the surgery, it is clear that he will be back round about and that’s good. Of course for him, it’s difficult.”
Last Updated: 17/11/17 12:28pmLiverpool will receive consultation and advice from Stonewall in order to encourage LGBT people to get involved in football
Liverpool have become the first Premier League club to sign up to Stonewall's Diversity Champion programme.
As a Diversity Champion, Liverpool will receive consultation and advice from the charity in order to encourage lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to get involved in football.
The Reds have also pledged to further promote equality, diversity and inclusion across all areas of the club.The Premier League and Scottish Professional Football League have backed Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign
Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore said: "Liverpool FC has long been committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and to ensuring that it is embedded in all areas across the club and we are delighted to be spearheading Stonewall's Diversity Champion programme.
"We believe that sport should be inclusive and that nobody should miss out simply because of who they are.
"From our club charity's inclusive sports programmes to achieving the Premier League's Advanced Equality Standard this year, we are proud to keep striving to make sport for everyone."Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore gave the initiative his backing
Stonewall's chief executive Ruth Hunt added: 'It's so important for organisations to actively work towards making sport everyone's game.
"Many LGBT people want to take part in sport, either as players or fans, but at the moment not everyone feels welcome. We also know that most sports fans want a better, more inclusive game.
"To make this happen, we need individuals and organisations to step up to show their support for LGBT people and that's what Liverpool FC have done today.
"We're excited they've joined us as a Diversity Champion and we look forward to working with them to help further LGBT equality in football."
Our cameras were at Melwood on Thursday afternoon as Liverpool continued preparations for the weekend encounter with Southampton continued - and LFCTV GO subscribers can watch exclusive footage from the session on demand now.
After missing Wednesday's workout, Jürgen Klopp was back to lead the drills at the West Derby complex - and the Reds also welcomed the last returning players from international into the fold.
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