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Sadio Mane interview | 'Me, Mo and Bobby now want another 250 goals'

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 18:00
They are numbers described as 'really exceptional' by Jürgen Klopp, but Liverpool's front three themselves want more.
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Sadio Mane interview | 'Me, Mo and Bobby now want another 250 goals'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 18:00

They are numbers described as 'really exceptional' by Jürgen Klopp, but Liverpool's front three themselves want more.

Mohamed Salah's brace in midweek brought up an astounding landmark for Klopp's renowned forward trio.

The Egyptian, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have scored a combined total of 250 goals in all competitions for the Reds across three seasons. 

So, what next? 

"I think our target is another 250 again and more trophies with Liverpool," Mane tells Liverpoolfc.com via video link. 

"I think it's just unbelievable. It's not easy to play in England and score this [amount] of goals. It's just incredible because there are so many good teams and strong defenders, so it's not easy. 

"We always try to work harder and harder to get better and better to do the best for the team. 

"Playing alongside these two, even me and you, I think we can both play alongside these two great players. 

"So you just need to be fit and then you play alongside them because they make everything easier for me and you!"

Modesty aside, Mane has himself hit incredible heights on a personal level, too. 

His finish last weekend against Aston Villa meant he's now netted at least 20 goals in his past three seasons at Liverpool.

Such personal development and the team's success has the 2016 arrival feeling in a privileged position. 

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"Well, I couldn't be more happy, proud to be a Liverpool player," he says. "For sure it has been a great season, a great four years for me. 

"I'm really happy to be alongside my teammates, staff, everything. I'm just happy and proud to be here.

"I think as a player I'm still learning, I never stop learning and you can see me and all of the boys have been developed a lot. We are really, really happy about it. 

"At the same time, we never stop working harder because it has always been a dream for me to play and always getting better and better – especially to score more goals, more assists for my team and to win trophies. 

"Honestly, I think it has been most special for me and my teammates. After 30 years of waiting [for] the fans, I still don't believe it. But we did it and I think it's just so special. 

"We are really happy and we are really proud after 30 years to be the players who win the [Premier League] trophy with Liverpool Football Club. Hopefully more and more to come."

Though already Premier League champions, Mane and his teammates are still out to deliver even more history for the club. 

With four matches remaining in the season, the Reds have their sights on setting the Premier League points record. 

Their task of eclipsing Manchester City's tally of 100 in 2017-18 continues on Saturday afternoon when Burnley arrive at Anfield. 

On that particular objective, Mane continues: "We can see if we win the four games, we're going to be the first ever team to collect this kind of [points total] in a single season.

"Records in football are always there to be broken. So if we have a chance to do it, never hesitate. It's our target for sure. 

"Without making pressure [for] ourselves, we try to take it game by game because it's going to be a tough game. 

"Difficult game but we're going to try to take it game by game and try to win all of them if possible."

But the Reds must do so without their influential captain Jordan Henderson, who is set to be sidelined for the remainder of the campaign with a knee injury

"Sadly it's a complicated moment for the team and for him because we love to have Hendo in the squad," Mane finishes. 

"He's a great person out of the pitch and on the pitch he's also a great leader. He's always been there for his team, giving 100 per cent every single game. 

"For sure we would love to have him but, like I always say, it's part of football and now we're also going to be here for him morally to support and be positive with him. 

"I think, for sure, he will come back stronger as soon as possible."

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Liverpool v Burnley: Team news

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 17:00
Liverpool are without Jordan Henderson for their penultimate home game of 2019-20 when Burnley visit Anfield on Saturday.
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Liverpool v Burnley: Team news

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 17:00

Liverpool are without Jordan Henderson for their penultimate home game of 2019-20 when Burnley visit Anfield on Saturday.

The captain sustained a knee injury during the midweek victory at Brighton & Hove Albion that will rule him out of the final four matches of the campaign; however, no surgery is required on the issue.

“Hendo is actually really the best possible of all the bad news,” Jürgen Klopp told his pre-match press conference on Friday. “It is a knee injury, but no surgery needed.

“He will not play anymore in the latter stage of this season but I am pretty positive he will start with us the new season.”

Elsewhere, the champions are set to welcome Dejan Lovren back into the matchday squad after the defender resumed full training following a muscle issue.

Joel Matip is Liverpool’s only other confirmed absentee, while in attack, Mohamed Salah needs one goal to become the first Liverpool player since Roger Hunt in 1965-66 – and only the fourth in club history – to reach 20 league goals in three successive seasons.

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Meanwhile, Burnley have reported no fresh fitness concerns ahead of their trip to Anfield.

Jack Cork (ankle), Ben Mee (thigh), Matt Lowton (foot) and Ashley Barnes (hernia) are sidelined for the Clarets, but Chris Wood is in contention to start after substitute appearances in their last two outings.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady are also available for Burnley.

Sean Dyche said: "We are limited to the changes we can feel we can make to start because I don't feel the young lads are necessarily ready to start but they might come on.

"Woody has a better chance. Johann and Robbie we have to be a bit delicate with because they haven't had a lot of football whereas Woody, until the shutdown, was up and running.

"He has a better chance than the others but we have got to get the others slowly but surely involved and we will be looking to do that.”

Burnley journey to Anfield on the back of a 1-0 win at West Ham United in midweek and occupy 10th position in the Premier League table.

“We are in good form,” Dyche added. “It will take maximum performance, focus and game understanding and hopefully they will have a quieter day because when they turn up it is very difficult.

“Even with the power of the players and the manager they have got it is very difficult to win the Premier League.

“It is difficult to win titles or get promotions. I have absolute respect for the manner and style in which they have achieved it.”

Last match

Brighton 1-3 Liverpool (July 8): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Williams, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Firmino.

West Ham 0-1 Burnley (July 8): Pope, Bardsley, Long, Tarkowski, Taylor, Westwood, Brownhill, Pieters, McNeil, Vydra, Rodriguez.

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'To be successful, you need goals from everywhere'

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 15:51
Jürgen Klopp believes Liverpool’s ability to share goals across the side is a major asset and is required to enjoy success as a club.
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'To be successful, you need goals from everywhere'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 15:51

Jürgen Klopp believes Liverpool’s ability to share goals across the side is a major asset and is required to enjoy success as a club.

Curtis Jones became the champions' 17th different Premier League scorer of the campaign last weekend, equalling a club record previously set in 1911-12 and 2015-16.

Speaking at his press conference to preview Saturday’s showdown with Burnley, Klopp heaped praised on Liverpool’s potent front three - who reached a collective landmark of 250 goals for the Reds in Wednesday’s 3-1 win versus Brighton and Hove Albion - but described the importance of other players chipping in within the final third.

Read on for the boss' thoughts on that, the challenge the Clarets will pose and his respect for Sean Dyche...

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On goals being shared throughout the team...

That’s good and how it should be. Nobody, especially the way we play, says, ‘You are not allowed to score; you have to always stay there’. OK, the centre-halves are not often involved in offensive action, apart from set-pieces, for the final situation. It’s good, it’s exactly how it should be. If you want to be successful, the goals need to come from everywhere, pretty much. That helps us, of course. Curtis did it. Two days ago, I heard now that the three up-front were involved in 250 goals since we worked together, and that’s a great number as well. It’s good that we all score, but it’s very good that the three up-front score - especially often. That helps in all the games, but especially in the very tight games. That’s it.


On Burnley…

We face a team with a brilliant attitude. What Sean Dyche is doing there is absolutely exceptional. I know they have some injuries, which is always difficult, especially in a period where you play every three days. On top of that, I’m not 100 per cent aware of it, but I think I heard of some contract issues when players are not available anymore. They have a pretty small squad together and [are] playing every three days so I have so much respect for the results they got. It’s really, really good. We will face a team with a brilliant attitude, with a really, really good set-up, good defending; there will be a lot of fights for second balls. That’s clear. Set-pieces will be a massive thing in this game and they will fight for everything, how Sean Dyche teams always do, since I’m in England, at least. I’ve known him for four-and-a-half years now. We need to be ready again.

On Dyche…

I have [respect]. I came to the country and manage Liverpool; you go to a place like Burnley and they fight with all they have. It’s not nice. We are both pretty animated at the pitch and very emotional, I would say, on the sidelines. I can imagine that people maybe think we don’t have the best relationship, but we don’t really have a relationship because we meet only a couple of times a year. The more and more I learn about this league and how competitive this league is before you even know it, but you only really know it when you feel it. I couldn’t respect more what he’s doing, that’s the truth. How he sets it up, how competitive they are every year and now, again, they have 40-something points and will probably have more than 50. That’s incredibly difficult, with the injuries and the setbacks you get over a year, it’s incredibly difficult. He’s doing an incredible job, honestly. During the lockdown we had some Zoom calls and he seems to be a good guy. What can I say? That’s all. 

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Charlie's Premier League predictions

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 15:41
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Charlie Nicholas is back with his Premier League predictions for a full round of action this coming weekend.

Norwich vs West Ham, Saturday - 12:30pm

I am sure West Ham will have been disappointed with the result against Burnley. A VAR decision went against them again, but Jay Rodriguez took his goal brilliantly.

Michail Antonio missed chances, but West Ham are creating chances. That is the difference. They are starting to do that, whereby if they put one or two away then they will win even more games. The players are now content with what David Moyes is asking them, and Sebastian Haller all of a sudden knows he is fighting for his place and needs to get his finger out.

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Manuel Lanzini is back, while Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice are playing well, as does Mark Noble when he comes in. They do still play with too much of a risk at the back but these things all mean Moyes is not sitting back anymore. They must go and put personality into the game.

Brighton had Norwich last week, and if you score first against them they will be ready to accept the consequences. It could happen again in this match. Norwich will give another burst but West Ham will be ready for it.

West Ham, Watford and Brighton will have all pin-pointed this game as one where they must pick up three points, and both Watford and Brighton have done just that. It will be the case for West Ham too and I think they will get through it fairly well.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 0-2 (9/1 with Sky Bet)

Watford vs Newcastle, Saturday - 12:30pm

Newcastle could have conceded eight or nine against Manchester City. Steve Bruce realised you cannot go toe-to-toe with them, as they will rip you apart. You can try to squeeze them and leave yourselves a bit open, but it was the second half of the FA Cup tie where he had the luxury to do that. Newcastle went into the break 2-0 down on Wednesday.

They knew their night was over at that point, and under normal circumstances, Bruce would have parked the bus and made sure they would not have been embarrassed. By the time Newcastle had given up hope, their shape and discipline had gone, and City picked them off. Mistakes caused their own faults.

That was Man City though, and Norwich were the better team against Watford and should have got something from it. Nigel Pearson's team are not looking at performances - they just want to get over the line. I watched Newcastle at Bournemouth. Jonjo Shelvey was getting on ball and making things happen. Watford do not keep the ball like Man City and Newcastle will be able to express themselves.

Ismaila Sarr and Troy Deeney looked a bit better against Norwich, so for that reason, I think it could swing slightly back in Watford's favour. They cannot afford to wait on the results of other teams, and this is an awkward one.

Newcastle can be a burden. They do not need to sit in and force the play. Allan Saint-Maximin should be fit - I enjoy watching him and he really is such a handful. He loves getting on the ball and going at defenders. They will cause problems.

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I was chuffed to bits for Danny Welbeck, who scored a great goal to win it against Norwich. It is so typical of him that he scores the harder chances, and sometimes the easier ones come his way and he rushes them, lacking composure. It was a spectacular goal, and he has been through a lot. Welbeck will not get back into the England set-up but it was lovely to see him back scoring goals.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (11/2 with Sky Bet)

Liverpool vs Burnley, Saturday - 3pm

Burnley squeezed into the threat of Europe again with a great result at West Ham. They were fortunate enough to get a draw with Sheffield United but dug their heels in and picked up a point in the end when they were in front.

James Tarkowski's tackle was a red and it was not VAR's fault, it was the referee who got it wrong on that occasion. Despite the fact Ben Mee has been missing, Burnley have still done well without him. You can get at them though.

In terms of Liverpool, Sadio Mane got a rest and Roberto Firmino looks back to his bright self. Mohamed Salah was back in the goals. It will keep them on their toes, and even the normal starting line-up will be itching to start - Jordan Henderson could be out, so Nabi Keita may get a run, and Georginio Wijnaldum is always a threat.

No matter which full-backs Jurgen Klopp puts in, Liverpool will be dangerous. He could put Neco Williams in, but I always think he is tempted to put an extra few in, but because of the record everyone says he is going for, he may not.

I do not think it is that important to them, and this result will put them on track to beat it, but I think Klopp is caught in between. Does he go with the youngsters or does he go for the points total? The reality is that Curtis Jones scored last week and Takumi Minamino could still get game-time too, but I see Liverpool being fairly comfortable here.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)

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Sheffield United vs Chelsea, Saturday - 5:30pm, live on Sky Sports

I said that Sheffield United had missed Jack O'Connell. Their balance was not right despite playing the same system. Jack Robinson came in and was not comfortable in that position. O'Connell has a sweet left foot and loves to bomb forward. Just to get the whole balance of the team back would have been great for them, and it was another brilliant defensive display.

Sheff Utd vs Chelsea

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Chelsea could have got five against Crystal Palace but they could have conceded five too. There were mistakes all over the park, and Frank Lampard will be concerned by his defence.

Andreas Christensen makes mistakes, and so does Kurt Zouma. Is Lampard comfortable with Marcos Alonso? Reece James is good going forward but he has lots to learn defensively. I cannot separate them. There are mistakes and goals in Chelsea, but this will be a cracking game.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-2 (18/1 with Sky Bet)

Brighton vs Manchester City, Saturday - 8pm, live on Sky Sports

You can see how vital that Norwich win was for Brighton. This is a free hit for them.

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Leandro Trossard has done well since coming back in, and they are a nice footballing team. They have come back better than I thought they would and have really gone after it. Brighton like to play out from the back, and they won't change that up against Manchester City. I love Graham Potter for doing that, but City will thrive off the back of this.

Pep Guardiola's side will be warming up for the FA Cup and the Champions League. I said Gabriel Jesus was due a goal and he got one, Raheem Sterling played well once he came on and then Kevin De Bruyne is strolling for fun at the minute too. This is going to be another one of those games for Manchester City.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-4 (16/1 with Sky Bet)

Wolves vs Everton, Sunday - 12pm, live on Sky Sports

This is another good game. Wolves have been disappointing after I believed they were in the mix for the top four. It was the first time I have seen them look cautious and they almost look unsure of the pressure. The games were winnable that came their way, and they did not play badly against Sheffield United but attacking-wise they were disappointing.

I don't know what goes on at Everton Football Club. They promise so much for three weeks and then it dwindles. What are Carlo Ancelotti's options? They do not have much.

Everton vs A Villa

July 16, 2020, 5:30pm

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You felt there was a small chance of Everton finishing in one of the European places. They have since lacked desire, been inconsistent, and there are still problems within the team.

It is an awkward game but it is one Wolves should win. I do not think they will make the top four now, but they have to be ready for any slip-ups. They could still close the gap and this is their last chance.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-1 (17/2 with Sky Bet)

Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace, Sunday - 2:15pm, live on Sky Sports

It is last-chance territory for Aston Villa too. Crystal Palace are so unpredictable and Gary Cahill will be out, so they could be weak at the back. Wilfried Zaha will cause problems - he scored a great goal against Chelsea, and Villa will get agitated by him.

I was expecting a result for Villa against Man Utd. They played OK in the first 20 minutes, but Villa are a side who do not make many chances of substance. Jack Grealish needs players to understand their position so he can play more of a killer pass, but if you do not release it early enough then chances will not come. Sometimes he can be easy to play against.

Other Villa players are trying their best but it is just not happening for them. John McGinn is not there with his control and speed, but it is a must-win scenario for Villa. I am tempted to say they are due a break, but you are unlucky when you are in these positions and they have had that with some of the VAR decisions. I still do not see them getting out of it here. I think they may be gone.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (5/1 with Sky Bet)

Tottenham vs Arsenal, Sunday - 4:30pm, live on Sky Sports

This is a game where they will both look at each other and realise they have become average sides. From an Arsenal perspective, they are improving. It is slow and not overly attractive, despite playing decent going forwards.

Tottenham are going backwards. You look at Heung-Min Son, and I may regret this, but they look to be playing as individuals. There is no team pattern, but the defence changes and they keep a clean sheet. Harry Kane should have had a penalty but Bournemouth should have had a goal.

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This is a team under Jose Mourinho which does not have any identity. It is hard work and they are grafting but it isn't working. Tanguy Ndombele is coming in for bits and pieces, Giovani Lo Celso is nice and neat, and Erik Lamela has lovely ability. Harry Kane is always a goal threat against Arsenal so I would not be surprised if he scored once again.

The back three of Arsenal looked more solid and in control, so for these improvements, alongside Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos, Arsenal have looked better. These two are not my favourites and they are weak defensively as a holding pair, but they have improved on the ball.

Tottenham could raise their game, but Arsenal will be dangerous on the counter-attack. Serge Aurier makes mistakes, and Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will both play as Eddie Nketiah is suspended, but I do think Arsenal could see them off.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-2 (9/1 with Sky Bet)

Bournemouth vs Leicester, Sunday - 7pm, live on Sky Sports

Bournemouth were a bit unlucky against Tottenham and probably should have won it. It was unlucky about the goal, but you can see there is a bit of fight. David Brooks and Callum Wilson are now back.

Jamie Vardy is going for the Golden Boot winner and he is always a threat. James Maddison may not be fit, but I still see enough problems with Leicester. They are not keeping the ball or moving it as well, but they do like an open game, and it does tend to favour Leicester when they get going like that. I think Bournemouth's fight and desire may get them over the line in this one.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-1 (16/1 with Sky Bet)

Manchester United vs Southampton, Monday - 8pm, live on Sky Sports

Man Utd were dominant after the initial 20 minutes at Villa Park, and it then became a walk in the park. Anthony Martial looked off it in parts, but he does look desperate to score goals, as does Marcus Rashford. It was a lovely strike by Mason Greenwood on his right foot.

Southampton are awkward, free-flowing, nice and tidy, but it is their defence that is looking much improved. Man Utd, the sheer size of the club and the momentum they have, have been building much quicker than I thought they would.

Man Utd vs So'ton

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Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba are starring, but the penalty changes the game and they can be dominant after that, but the penalty was very debatable. A giant like Man Utd have to get the top four and they look like they will get it. They don't care about the top two at moment, they just need to keep winning games and make that top four their own. I expect United to win and nail the top four spot.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 3-1 (10/1 with Sky Bet)

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'Crazy' - Jürgen Klopp on Mohamed Salah's goal numbers

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 13:55
Jürgen Klopp saluted Mohamed Salah’s ‘crazy’ numbers with Liverpool’s No.11 on the brink of yet another goalscoring milestone.
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Jürgen Klopp: Jordan Henderson will lift the Premier League trophy

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 13:36
Jordan Henderson will lift the Premier League trophy for Liverpool as planned, Jürgen Klopp has confirmed.
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Watch again free: Jürgen Klopp's pre-Burnley press conference

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 13:00
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Jordan Henderson and Dejan Lovren injury latest

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 12:55
Jürgen Klopp today confirmed Jordan Henderson is set to miss Liverpool’s final four fixtures of the season due to a knee injury, but is optimistic he will be ready for the start of next campaign.
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Jordan Henderson and Dejan Lovren injury latest

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 12:55

Jürgen Klopp today confirmed Jordan Henderson is set to miss Liverpool’s final four fixtures of the season due to a knee injury, but is optimistic he will be ready for the start of next campaign.

The captain sustained the issue in the final stages of the champions’ 3-1 win at Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday night.

A scan has revealed the extent of the problem and that Henderson will miss the concluding matches of 2019-20; however, Klopp admitted the news is as good as the Reds could have hoped for.

Elsewhere, Dejan Lovren has resumed full training and could come into contention for Saturday’s fixture with Burnley at Anfield.

More to follow…

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Henderson to miss final games of PL season

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 12:50
Klopp describes results of scan as "the best possible of all bad news" with midfielder not requiring surgery; Liverpool boss confirms Henderson will lift Premier League trophy

Last Updated: 10/07/20 2:27pm

1:02 Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson will miss the final four games of the Premier League season with a knee injury. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson will miss the final four games of the Premier League season with a knee injury.

Jordan Henderson will miss the remainder of the Premier League season with a knee injury sustained against Brighton, but Jurgen Klopp is "pretty positive" the Liverpool captain will be fit for the start of next season.

The England international was forced off after a second-half collision with fellow midfielder Yves Bissouma during the 3-1 Premier League victory at the Amex Stadium on Wednesday.

Henderson underwent a scan on the injury and will miss the club's final four league fixtures as champions, but Klopp described the assessment as "the best possible of all bad news", with no surgery required.

"Hendo is the best possible of all bad news," Klopp said. "A knee injury but no surgery needed and he won't play any more in the later stages of this season. I am pretty positive that he will start new season with us.

"We were all concerned when we saw him in the moment going down and when he left the pitch.

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"Yesterday when we got the news it was a big relief for all of us. It is not cool obviously but is the best [news] we could get. He's a quick healer and will be back soon."

Klopp confirmed Henderson would lift the Premier League trophy when they are presented with it after their final home league fixture of the season against Chelsea on July 22.

"It was an awful moment when Hendo went down," Klopp added.

"In Germany we would say he's an animal - he fights with everything.

"Everyone felt for him. He deserves to lift the trophy and he will lift the trophy."

Meanwhile, Klopp expressed his surprise at the three penalty decisions made during Thursday's top-flight fixtures, including one given against Aston Villa in their defeat to Manchester United, with the Premier League later revealing they were all incorrect.

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Asked if he was concerned about VAR not overruling referees, he said: "I can 100 per cent understand that Dean Smith is really struggling to accept what happened last night. I don't know how it can happen.

"In the end it should be the right decision. What I don't understand is that overruling is so complicated because it must be a 'clear and obvious' mistake. I thought they were all obvious [decisions to overrule]."

Liverpool continue their pursuit of overhauling Manchester City's record points tally of 100 in a Premier League season against Burnley, who are targeting Europa League qualification, at Anfield on Saturday.

Last season's meeting between the two clubs at Turf Moor saw Sadio Mane display his frustration with team-mate Mohamed Salah for not passing when he was better placed to score during the 3-0 victory.

Asked for his assessment of the relationship between Mane and Salah, Klopp replied: "I am not sure there is competition but it is all healthy. They want to score goals, that is completely normal."

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Ben Winterbottom signs first professional contract with Liverpool FC

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 10:59
Ben Winterbottom has signed his first professional contract with Liverpool FC.
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Ben Winterbottom signs first professional contract with Liverpool FC

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 10:59

Ben Winterbottom has signed his first professional contract with Liverpool FC.

The goalkeeper joined the Academy last year after impressing on several occasions against the Reds for his former team Blackburn Rovers.

The 18-year-old – who turns 19 next week – started last season in the U18s but was turning out for the U23s by September.

Winterbottom's debut in Premier League 2 was a memorable one, making a spectacular penalty save against Derby County.

He was also part of the U19 team which secured top spot in their UEFA Youth League group and the U21 team that took on Football League opposition in the group stages of the Leasing.com Trophy.

In December, Winterbottom was on the bench for the first team as a youthful side took on Aston Villa in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup.

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LFC submits fencing installation plans for new training ground

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 10:00
Liverpool FC has submitted a planning application to Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council for the installation of state-of-the-art fencing at its new training ground in Kirkby.
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LFC submits fencing installation plans for new training ground

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 10:00

Liverpool FC has submitted a planning application to Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council for the installation of state-of-the-art fencing at its new training ground in Kirkby.

Now that the Reds’ new training facility is nearing completion, assessments to monitor the environmental conditions and performance of the new training pitches have taken place. The assessments are the final part of the development programme to ensure that the new facility offers the optimum conditions for first-team training. 

The proposed plans submitted to Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council include a translucent mesh fence that will provide further protection from any adverse weather conditions to the pitches and with minimal visual impact to the site’s neighbours. The mesh fence is woven to provide 50 per cent visibility, and will sit within the site, behind the newly planted perimeter bund and associated landscaping which will largely screen it from view.

The system is similar to the ball-stop fencing used at Melwood and will enhance the existing protection further whilst improving the environmental conditions around the pitches to replicate match conditions.

This bespoke system is expected to provide optimal conditions for training even on the windiest of days, setting a new benchmark for environmental conditions at training grounds.

If approved, the proposed works will be due to complete at the end of the summer when the building works will be completed.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold: 'We've made history - and now we want the points record'

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 08:30
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Liverpool are targeting the Premier League points record.
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Reds face Community Shield revamp & Thiago wants PL move – Liverpool FC Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 16:41

Liverpool are revelling in having won yet another three points and today’s headlines focus on the players’ performances, the potential for summer deals and a potential change in the curtain-raiser. 

Changes ahead for Community Shield

Liverpool will be in the Community Shield once more to start the 2020/21 season…if it goes ahead at all.

There is still an element of uncertainty over dates for the start of next term, but if the Wembley fixture is played, Liverpool will be there as league champions.

Their opponent, however, may be changed. Usually, we’d play the FA Cup winners—fine if it’s Chelsea or Arsenal. But if either Manchester club wins the trophy and they reach their respective European finals, the dates could clash.

In that case, the Times reports that the Reds may instead face the Championship winners.

West Brom are currently top, two points ahead of Leeds, but the latter have a game in hand. Brentford are third, though likely too far off the pace now to take top spot.

The report also suggests that the FA may use the occasion to test-run getting fans back inside stadiums for games for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown.

Thiago keen on Premier League switch

 Bayern Munich's Thiago Alca?ntara during the final UEFA Champions League Group B match between FC Bayern München and Tottenham Hotspur FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It seems that the Thiago talk has died down over the last day or two!

The Reds are still linked with the Bayern Munich midfielder, but those accounts suggesting contact had been made or that a deal was imminent have all gone extremely quiet.

James Pearce of the Athletic confirms that the Reds have had “no contact” with the Bundesliga club over a move and that it’s currently “unlikely” a deal will go ahead.

But Thiago does want a switch.

It’s further reported he is keen on moving to the Premier League and with just one year left on his contract, £30 million is the guide price to snare him.

Evidence of our success

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino and manager Jürgen Klopp shake hands during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

On and off the pitch, Liverpool are the undisputed team to mimic right now.

Quickfire LFC news

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Viteslav Jaros warms-up before an Under-18 FA Premier League match between Stoke City and Liverpool at the Clayton Wood Training Ground. (Pic by Laura Malkin/Propaganda)

  • Young goalkeeper Vitezslav Jaros has signed a long-term contract extension with the Reds (TIA)
  • Alisson says Mo Salah is always “hungry” for goals and helps the team defensively too (LFC)
  • Former striker Stan Collymore reckons the perfect duo for the Reds to sign are Wolves pair Jimenez and Adama (Goal)
  • And Joe Gomez warns rivals that the Reds are far from the finished article and want to improve further (LFC)
Around the Prem

 Manchester City's John Stones during the FA Premier League match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the Etihad Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • John Stones reckons City are still the best team in England despite being more than Norwich City’s points tally behind Liverpool. You’ve lost nine times, lad – and that’s not even with you in the team most of the time (Mirror)
  • Norwich want £50m for centre-back Ben Godfrey and maybe someone needs to show them their ‘goals against’ tally (Sky Sports)
  • Ajax, Spurs and Everton all want Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg off Southampton, and one seems rather more likely to win trophies than the others (Telegraph)
  • And Carlo Ancelotti says he has been given “assurances” that the club will improve the squad in summer. Mate, have you seen your midfield? They could give you a garden gnome and that would “improve” on putting Gylfi Sigurdsson in there (Guardian)
Stupid rumour of the day

Sheffield United are interested in signing Norwich City’s attacking midfielder Todd Cantwell this summer when the Canaries are relegated.

Sounds ok so far, doesn’t it?

So let’s see what price tag the Star are giving Cantwell with this ‘exclusive‘ inside story.

£10 MILLION.

Ten million?! Think the Blades might just have a bit of competition if that’s the going rate for a Cantwell – or have they put most of his value on Godfrey for some reason?!

Tweet of the day

Neco Williams is a positional rival for Trent now, technically. So it’s superb to hear the No. 66 speak so well about how high the Welshman could go.

"With the right attitude, which he's got, he's got the potential to be a world-class player"

Trent Alexander-Arnold discusses Neco Williams' #PL debut for #LFC

Listen to our Football Daily podcast now on @BBCSounds ? https://t.co/sJltNDzMrk#bbcfootball pic.twitter.com/dsn7LXJfB1

— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) July 9, 2020

What we’re reading

The story on BBC Sport of the anti-racism demonstration in MLS as the games returned and the players took a stand—for eight minutes and 46 seconds.

And this incredible story by Jack Lang on the Athletic, about Bernio Verhagen: the non-playing professional who conned multiple teams into signing him up and is now in prison in Denmark.

Worth watching tonight

Bournemouth vs Spurs at 6pm. Athletic vs Sevilla in LaLiga at 9.

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