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Joel Matip injury update

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 16:58
Joel Matip is set to undergo surgery after suffering a fractured collarbone during Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Napoli on Tuesday night.
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'Thank you, Mo' - Watch Salah make a young fan's day

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 16:20

Mohamed Salah captivated all Liverpool supporters at Anfield on Tuesday night with yet wonderful goal as the Reds beat Napoli 1-0 to progress in the Champions League.

For one young fan in particular, however, the evening was made extra special by a heart-warming gesture from the Egyptian king.

After spotting a sign asking for his shirt as he returned the applause of the Kop after full-time, Salah obliged.

Watch the free video clip of the touching moment above.

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'Thank you, Mo' - Watch Salah make a young fan's day

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 16:20
Mohamed Salah captivated all Liverpool supporters at Anfield on Tuesday night with yet wonderful goal as the Reds beat Napoli 1-0 to progress in the Champions League.
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Key Stats as Salah seals European progression for LiverpoolLiverpool soar above Napoli to continue...

Anfield Index.com - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 15:27

You’ve got me on key stats for this one folk, I apologise. I’m not smart, handsome or nuanced as Tom but I’ll do my best to leave you interested.

I checked with Gags over whether I could do statistics on the percentage of Alisson’s hair follicles that are perfectly placed (99.87%) or how many times I felt my arse cheeks clench during the game (28), but he told me he’d prefer stuff that relates to the football a little more, so there you go.

Salah sensational, should Liverpool have had more?

Let’s start with the xG and go from there. Caley is my preferred system, and he’s got it scored as Liverpool 3.4 – 0.9 Napoli. I didn’t expect it to be that high, but looking back at some of those chances (ahem Sadio Mane) the Reds missed in the second-half, it makes sense.

Mane indeed was at fault for much of the poor finishing, missing three big chances. Some suggest that he prefers to score the harder ones, so perhaps it didn’t suit him that all of his shots came in the form of big chances!

Salah was very often the man providing, one a night where his goal-scoring talents were matched by his creativity. With five key passes, Salah created two big chances and will feel aggrieved that he didn’t get an assist to pair with his 57th goal for Liverpool. 57, that’s quite jaw-dropping when you consider he’s less than a season and a half into his Liverpool career. Those still considering him a one season wonder will be disappointed to hear that he’s either scored or created a big chance every 82 minutes this season. Cheers to Simon Brundish for that one!

The Reds were in the attacking ascendency for much of the game as they first needed to score themselves before having the luxury of pinging the ball around on the counter as Napoli chased the game.

14 shots inside the box to Napoli’s six, it was 5-2 to the Reds on big chances created. Liverpool outran Napoli, created more than them and had more of the ball. Klopp’s side deserved to win this game, thankfully it was done in a manner that secured qualification.

Alisson pays back that price-tag some more

Of course, one of Napoli’s two big chances came in the depths of stoppage time, Milik escaping Dejan Lovren in the area to fire upon goal, Liverpool’s big Brazilian ‘keeper throwing himself out of his goal to block the shot and keep his clean sheet intact.

Five clean sheets in Alisson’s last seven. He’s been excellent throughout his time at Liverpool so far, but that last few games have seen him turn things up a level just when he’s needed to. Vital contributions against Everton, Bournemouth and Napoli leading to a resounding reception from the Kop come full-time, with the Brazilian hoping to add to a surprising record of just two group stage clean sheets come to the knockouts.

In terms of the defence as a whole, Liverpool have now kept as many clean sheets (12) in all competitions as they did in the whole of the 2013-14 season. It’s December. Testament to just how good the defence is now, or just how good Luis Suarez was a few years ago?

A banter stat to finish off…

James Milner’s assist to Salah made it 10 in Europe since the start of last season. That’s two more than Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luka Modric combined.

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Sophie's story: Mum, care worker, captain, role model

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 15:05

If commitment is the top attribute you're looking for in a captain then Sophie Bradley-Auckland demonstrates hers on a daily basis – six times over, in fact.

That’s the number of hours that the defender, captain of Liverpool FC Women and newly-announced brand ambassador of Joie Baby, travels to attend training.

It would be impressive in isolation, but there are two other important facts to consider.

As well as being the mother of a young child – 17-month-old Macie – Bradley-Auckland is the general manager of Edenhurst Rest Home in Nottingham.

Despite the remarkable workload for the 29-year-old, she has established herself as a point of reference for LFC Women during this transitional campaign for Vicky Jepson’s side, being ever-present since her arrival from Doncaster Belles back in July and scoring two goals along the way.

Her average working day begins at 6.30am, when she’ll spend some precious time with Macie before taking her to the childminder’s then travelling on to Edenhurst, which is owned by her parents.

There, Sophie checks in on the residents – who she describes as more like family members – before setting off on the long drive from the East Midlands to Merseyside.

Later, she arrives home from training just in time to put Macie to bed.

“I guess it’s not the usual start to a day for a professional footballer,” Bradley-Auckland, who represented England at the 2011 Women’s World Cup and Team GB at the 2012 London Olympics, tells Liverpoolfc.com.

“But, for me, it’s so important. Macie is my world – my everything – and football definitely comes second to her, but the work at Edenhurst is so important to me because I lost my previous playing contracts through injury, which meant at the time I had nothing to fall back onto.

“Going to work, having that responsibility and being able to provide for the family was important. I’d never give it up. Some people refer to it as a plan B, but for me it’s my plan – it’s what I want to do during my career and when I finish playing football.”

The injury she refers to was a devastating one; Sophie tore her ACL and damaged the cartilage in her knee back in 2014 while playing for Notts County Ladies.

Three knee operations and three years on the sidelines would follow before her football career finally resumed in Doncaster, where she helped the Belles win Women’s Super League 2 last season.

“Being injured is of course a lonely time,” said the centre-back. “I found myself constantly in the gym, unable to train with my team.

“I needed something aside from football; mentally, I was struggling, it was a difficult time. My family were a massive support for me during that time and it’s also when I went into the care home to start work full-time.

“I’d always worked there, ever since I’d left school, but that’s when I really stepped in. I said to my dad that if I did get back playing, I would still continue working at the rest home. The place had helped me so much that I wouldn’t want to just leave it to one side.

“I then started my NVQ Level 5 in management so that I could take over from my dad. Everyone says I’m crazy and they don’t know how I do it, but I’ve always been driven, always known what I want to achieve and never settled for anything less.

“When people said I wouldn’t play football again, I thought: ‘No, I definitely will.’”

Many female professionals delay starting a family until their playing career is over, but Bradley-Auckland believes her story can serve as a positive example for those in a similar position, proving that one does not necessarily preclude the other.

“I knew I could get back to playing football but didn’t know if a top club would take me on being a mum and having to go to work before training each day,” added the Liverpool No.6.

“But coming to Liverpool was like a breath of fresh air; they’ve really understood and helped with my situation.

“I think it just shows to all the girls who are maybe hanging off having children until they finish football that they don’t need to. Things have changed so much and clubs do make it possible for you.”

Macie accompanies her mum on away trips with the team and was a mascot when Liverpool took on Manchester City Women at Prenton Park in November.

Far from being a burden, Sophie’s responsibilities – for the young and old – provide the energy that powers her through the day.

“It’s just second nature,” she concluded. “I don’t see it as a job, for me it’s just something I love doing.

“I love being at Edenhurst, it sets me up for the rest of the day and then going to training. Coming in and making them smile, making their day makes my day, as much as they might not realise.”

It is these caring, family values that make Sophie the perfect brand ambassador for Joie.

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Sophie's story: Mum, care worker, captain, role model

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 15:05
If commitment is the top attribute you're looking for in a captain then Sophie Bradley-Auckland demonstrates hers on a daily basis – six times over, in fact.
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LFC Women captain Bradley-Auckland named Joie ambassador

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 14:58

Liverpool FC Women captain Sophie Bradley-Auckland has been announced as the official brand ambassador of Joie Baby.

As a professional footballer, mother to a young daughter and manager at her family’s care home, the Reds defender juggles a hectic schedule – just like many other busy parents – making her the perfect fit to represent the family brand.                                                            

Joie, LFC’s official family partner, supports families of all shapes and sizes, promoting values in line with the club’s own family-orientated philosophy.

“As a mum, I’m constantly on the go and Joie’s products have been an enormous help,” said Bradley-Auckland.

“I know I can always trust them for quality and design and be confident my little one is safe when we’re travelling. The range is already a huge hit in our house, so I’m delighted to start work as Joie’s official LFC ambassador.”

David Welsh, managing director of Joie UK, said: “We’re incredibly excited to have Sophie on board.

“As a busy mum who is also a professional footballer and manager of the family care home, she truly embodies Joie’s family values. She is an inspirational woman with a hectic schedule and we’re confident she’ll be a huge asset to the brand.”

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LFC Women captain Bradley-Auckland named Joie ambassador

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 14:58
Liverpool FC Women captain Sophie Bradley-Auckland has been announced as the official brand ambassador of Joie Baby.
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Liverpool’s Christmas presence and how Champions League progress aids the title hunt

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 14:00

While in recent seasons it has been one or the other for Liverpool, progress to the Champions League last 16 could aid their Premier League title hunt this time out.


It could have been 4-0, but it doesn’t matter that it wasn’t.

Losing 1-0 and seeing Alisson defy goalkeeping gravity in the final few seconds will sting in Naples a lot longer than a 4-0er would have.

Job Done

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah scores the first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

I like Carlo Ancelotti. He is an eminently likeable fella, but he has been associated with an absolute shower of football clubs since he left AC Milan almost a decade ago.

Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and now Napoli. He deserves so much better.

He deserves somewhere like Anfield, except there is nowhere quite like Anfield other than Anfield, and we have Jurgen Klopp, so we don’t need a Carlo Ancelotti, no matter how likeable he is. He needs to go back to the San Siro.

We are through to the last 16 of the Champions League. No Thursday nights for us in the new year.

This is an important development on two levels. Firstly, we remain in the competition.

Secondly, playing our European games on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, rather than Thursdays, means we won’t be automatically playing after Man City in the Premier League on the weekends directly after a European midweek.

You are at a disadvantage domestically if you are always the team playing catch-up on games played.

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates after beating SSC Napoli 1-0 and progressing to the knock-out phase during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It’s hard enough to be given the Premier League advantages as it is, without throwing the inconvenience of Thursday nights into the mix.

You think I’m talking bollocks?

Ask yourself this. Where is our chance this weekend to go four points clear at the top before City take to the field against Everton? Where is our chance to apply the pressure of a significant points gap opening up?

This in a week where it would make more sense for Liverpool to play Tuesday-Saturday, while Pep Guardiola’s side plays Wednesday-Sunday. Just sayin’, like.

It Almost Doesn’t Matter If We Go out in the Last 16

 Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Of course, it does matter, but in the bigger title-chasing picture of the season, going through to the last 16 keeps our momentum rolling forward.

As mentioned, it keeps us playing on Tuesday and Wednesday nights and it burrows that little bit further under the skin of our detractors.

We also won’t kick a ball in anger in the competition now for two whole months, which gives us the time and space to see if our unbeaten start to the Premier League season acts as the foundation to a real challenge for the title or not.

By February, we will either be watching with interest as the final stretch of a title chase looms upon the horizon, or we will be embracing the return of European competition like a long-lost sibling, to give us some continental highs to offset the disappointment of fading domestically through the winter months.

The Champions League in this respect will act as an insurance policy.

Mounted to the wall, in a little red box, encased by a thin sliver of glass, a small hammer attached to a chain will be in evidence, as will the instructions to ‘Break in Case of Emergency’.

In the Zone

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Mohamed Salah’s goal was a thing of beauty. It offered skill and power in equal measure.

It doesn’t seem to be to everyone’s taste, but I’m liking the way in which Salah is celebrating his goals at the minute.

It is almost as if he is having an out-of-body experience. Bedlam is ensuing all around him, but he is calm, he is serene, he is tranquil.

In footballing terms, he is of another world. Maybe when he scores, his spirit is stood right next to us in the stands, as we go delirious.

Even when he stayed on his feet in the second half, instead of going to ground for a probable penalty, there was artistry in how he was perhaps ‘too honest’. This man is special.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (left) and goalkeeper Alisson (Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport)

That save.

Alisson is that ‘keeper who will claw wins from the jaws of draws, and draws from the jaws of defeat, he will make the difference between going through and not going through on many more European nights.

He is the type of ‘keeper who insists his team win trophies by his sheer force of nature.

His saves are so good he should run off to the corner flag with a trademark celebration, in the same manner as our forwards do when they score a goal.

Between Salah and Alisson, we have robbed Roma blind. Throw in the fact that we once took the European Cup from under their noses and it almost makes you feel vaguely sorry for them, until you remember the Roman moped riders and their sharpened screwdrivers.

There were many other star performers at Anfield on Tuesday night, too.

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker celebrates after beating SSC Napoli 1-0 and progressing to the knock-out phase during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

What more can you say about Andy Robertson? Napoli seemed to spend the first 20 minutes of the game targeting him, as if he had been ‘identified’ as a weak link. Imagine that?

The fear of some Reds prior to kickoff, due to us fielding a midfield of Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Gini Wijnaldum, only for them to boss the middle, was palpable. This was School of Science stuff.

Sadio Mane missed the chances that could have made it more comfortable. Don’t be too cross with him, he will score a hatful on another day. Maybe even on Sunday.

Virgil van Dijk was a colossus, Bobby Firmino was Bobby Firmino, Joel Matip did the basics right and Trent Alexander-Arnold was busy and secure, before injury forced him from the field of play.

I don’t want to be seeing Dejan Lovren covering right-back too often, though.

So many of our players ooze a presence that makes them feel like they are 10-feet tall. In turn, they make those players of a lesser stature seems eight-feet tall. We could possibly call it passive presence.

What about Christmas presence? ‘Tis the season, after all?

Sunday

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson celebrates after beating SSC Napoli 1-0 and progressing to the knock-out phase during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

And now we have the visit of Jose Mourinho and Man United. Normally, we would be watching this fixture creep closer and closer from at least a four- or five-week distance.

We’re too busy with other things now to be obsessing with the ‘British Clasico’ until it is upon us.

It is very nearly upon us now though.

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LFC Foundation hosts Winter Wonderland Walk

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 14:00

The Liverpool FC Foundation hosted a free Winter Wonderland Walk for hundreds of local families last week.

Over 350 people headed to Stanley Park, close to Anfield, for a day of winter-themed fun led by LFC Foundation Coaches. 

The inclusive event - which was suitable for all ages, abilities and additional needs - included Open Goals multi-sports activities, sensory games, face painting, real-life reindeer petting and visits from Frozen characters. 

Winter Wonderland followed the LFC Foundation’s successful Halloween Sensory Walk, which took place in October. 

For more information on LFC Foundation’s programmes and events, click here.

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LFC Foundation hosts Winter Wonderland Walk

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 14:00
The Liverpool FC Foundation hosted a free Winter Wonderland Walk for hundreds of local families last week.
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Local pupils fundraise for cancer charity

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 13:00

Pupils from an Anfield primary school have raised more than £200 for a local cancer charity, with help from Liverpool FC's Red Neighbours programme.

Reds legend Sir Kenny Dalglish visited New Park Primary School back in April, alongside Red Neighbours, to officially launch a new children’s book based on his life story.

Signed copies of ‘King Kenny’ were then donated to the school, and pupils decided to distribute them within the local community - taking donations for Larks, a breast cancer support group run by The Marina Dalglish Appeal, in return.

Created by LFC’s main sponsor, Standard Chartered, the book tells the incredible story of one of football’s all-time greats, capturing valuable lessons from his inspiring journey both on and off the pitch.

Written in rhyme, ‘King Kenny’ was penned by children’s author Gavin McCormack and aims to give young fans around the world a new perspective on the club icon.

The story is available online as a free interactive e-book at www.sc.com/lfc125/kingkenny.

Fans can also download a PDF copy of the book in six languages – English, traditional and simplified Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, Bahasa Indonesia, Vietnamese and Korean.

An audio version of the book is also available online.

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Local pupils fundraise for cancer charity

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 13:00
Pupils from an Anfield primary school have raised more than £200 for a local cancer charity, with help from Liverpool FC's Red Neighbours programme.
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The good, the bad and Alisson’s impact – Debating Liverpool 1-0 Napoli

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 12:30

Liverpool were magnificent as they beat Napoli 1-0 and qualified for the Champions League knockout stages on Tuesday evening.


The Reds faced their biggest game of the season at Anfield and passed with flying colours, on a night when an almost perfect performance was required.

Mohamed Salah‘s clinical effort proved to be the difference between the two sides, but Jurgen Klopp‘s men comprehensively outplayed their opponents.

Alisson‘s wonderful last-gasp save preserved Liverpool’s place in the Champions League, but a draw would have been a robbery.

This is Anfield trio Henry Jackson, (@HenryJackson87) Matt Ladson (@mattladson) and Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) gave their thoughts on the positives and negatives of Liverpool’s performance and Alisson‘s ever-growing influence.

The good…

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

HENRY: Firstly, it was a brilliant team performance from the first whistle to the last, under immense pressure.

It was arguably the most complete performance of the season and to reach the knockout stages in such a tough group is a great effort.

There were superb individual performances all over the pitch, with very few failing to impress.

Alisson‘s save was ridiculous and he was such a calming presence throughout, while Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk were immaculate at the back.

Andy Robertson got better as every minute passed and the same applied to Jordan Henderson, who had a poor first 15 minutes but was magnificent in the second-half.

Gini Wijnaldum was my Man of the Match, though. He was everywhere all night, combining quality with work-rate and leadership.

Mohamed Salah has found his groove again, too, and he was unplayable at times, scoring the all-important goal. We should not we taking for granted how freakish his goalscoring record is.

Jurgen Klopp got his tactics and team spot on, even though there were many who went embarrassingly over-the-top about the midfield selection.

These lads aren’t Christian Poulsen, Jay Spearing and Charlie Adam – they’re experienced international level footballers who were part of a team that reached the Champions League final last season!

 Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

JOEL: I think overall this has to go down as Liverpool’s best win of the season so far.

Given the circumstances, knowing the immense pressure to get the right result and therefore having to play on a knife-edge for the entire evening, they were hugely impressive and went about their task with a great level of maturity which shows how far they’ve come in recent seasons.

There were so many excellent individual performances to pull out, including the midfield trio which completely vindicated Klopp’s selection.

Wijnaldum had his best game of the season so far and Henderson was exceptional in the second-half.

A big shout also has to go to Salah for his superb goal which turned out to be the winner, and of course Alisson for a phenomenal stoppage time save to see Liverpool into the last 16.

Moments like that are exactly what you pay the big money for.

MATT: It’s incredible that this was almost the same team that played so badly away from home against Napoli!

Klopp joked in his post-match press conference that they could have had a six hour meeting after that, but it was decided that it was a ‘one-off’ and they basically ‘ignored’ it. Either way, it has worked!

Andy Robertson started really well, Wijnaldum got forward more which was crucial, Salah took his goal superbly – outdoing one of Europe’s best centre-backs in the process – and Alisson… enough said already.

The atmosphere was good to begin with, and at the end. Plenty of flags on the Kop is always good.

The bad…

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool FC at Parc des Princes. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

HENRY: It wasn’t an evening for negatives, but the clear standout issue was a lack of ruthlessness in the final third.

Sadio Mane was easily the most culpable, and without trying to sound hyperbolic, I’m convinced he missed approximately 346 one-on-ones during the game!

Salah missed a good chance of his own, Roberto Firmino could have done better with a header and Wijnaldum also had some good opportunities that went begging.

Mane and Firmino were the only two players comfortably short of their best – both did some good, though – and if they click again soon Liverpool are going to be unstoppable.

The potential injuries to Matip, Trent Alexander-Arnold and James Milner are also worrying, with fitness issues starting to mount up ahead of Sunday’s visit of the country’s most talented Bus parkers.

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk (L) is shown a yellow card by referee Damir Skomina during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

JOEL: Van Dijk’s yellow card means he is now suspended for the first leg of the last 16 tie, which is obviously a major blow given his importance not only to the back-four but also his commanding presence which he instils throughout the side.

Joe Gomez will hopefully be fit again by then, but Van Dijk will be a big miss and the manner of his booking was unfortunate given how he won the ball cleanly before unintentionally following through (I’m not sure how he pulls out of that).

Matip’s shoulder injury is also a concern – he was excellent again – and that would leave Klopp very thin on options at centre-back should he be out for a while.

Alexander-Arnold also went off late on, although touch wood it won’t be enough to keep him out the side for Sunday.

MATT: The bad was the referee! An absolutely pathetic performance from him.

Mane’s finishing was – as it often can be – absolutely woeful. It was one of them were he could have played til midnight and never scored.

The new Van Dijk song is great, but we might want to reconsider the ‘we watch him score’ part because he’s not very useful in the attacking box at all! That debut goal was nice but nothing since and his ‘finish’ with a great chance here…

Hopefully injuries aren’t too bad and we can at least have James Milner at right-back vs. United on Sunday.

…and Alisson’s impact…

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker celebrates with Georginio Wijnaldum after beating SSC Napoli 1-0 and progressing to the knock-out phase during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

HENRY: In a squad full of Liverpool players who are easy to adore, Alisson might just be at the top of my list at the moment.

He has been fantastic since joining the Reds and this last week or so has outlined why he is among the top three goalkeepers in the world.

The Brazilian made huge saves against Everton and Burnley, but his last-minute stop to deny Arkadiusz Milik was the biggest of the lot.

That was 2018’s Eidur Gudjohnsen moment, or Jerzy Dudek’s save to deny Andriy Shevchenko in Istanbul.

Put simply, Liverpool would have gone out of the Champions League if Simon Mignolet or Loris Karius were in goal, difficult though it may be to literally prove that.

Some people will say the ball just hit him but he makes himself enormous, much in the way Peter Schmeichel frustratingly did time and time again for Man United in their heyday.

He is now getting into opponents players’ heads because he is so good and his influence should not be downplayed one bit.

There is a strong argument to say he has made a bigger difference than anyone during Klopp’s tenure, considering how major the goalkeeping issue was before he came in.

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker before the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

JOEL: I’ve seen enough now to confidently say he’s the best Liverpool goalkeeper of my lifetime.

I’ve seen plenty of suggestions online that Alisson‘s save from Milik in stoppage time was straight at him, but I think that massively discredits him, with his positioning, reaction and sheer presence enabling him to make an outstanding stop from point-blank range in the most high pressure of scenarios.

His impact on this team has been nothing short of sensational, in terms of his shot-stopping, quick and accurate distribution, and sheer composure and confidence which can only feed into the players in front of him.

He had been worth every penny and more – and as Klopp rightly says, he still would’ve been worth the fee even if Liverpool paid double!

MATT: I definitely agree on the Schmeichel reference. Massively who Alisson reminds me of.

Alisson should quite comfortably become our best goalkeeper in the Premier League era, I just hope he starts wearing No.1 from next season – squad number OCD here!

In all seriousness though, like Henry and Joel say above, you can’t underestimate the difference he’s made, not just in terms of actual saves but – like with Van Dijk – in the mentality of those around/in front of him.

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Liverpool 1-0 Napoli: Player Ratings – What the media and statistics say

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 12:11

Mohamed Salah changed the game, Alisson saved it and a conservative midfield defied expectations as Liverpool beat Napoli 1-0 in the Champions League.


The Reds have reached the last 16 of Europe’s top-tier tournament for the second consecutive season, after returning to the competition under Jurgen Klopp last year.

They certainly made it difficult for themselves, needing victory over Napoli to ensure progress, but in a rampant Anfield atmosphere Liverpool were able to secure the result they required.

It came courtesy of a solitary, brilliant goal from Salah in the first half and a big save from Alisson at the death, after a slew of missed opportunities in between.

Napoli rarely troubled Alisson until his stoppage-time stop, though, and this was courtesy of a strong all-round display from Klopp’s side, including from the midfield trio of Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner.

But what did journalists, fans and statisticians make of Liverpool’s battling victory?

Below we compare our ratings with those from the Liverpool Echo, the Mirror, Sky Sports, ESPN, Anfield Index, FotMob and the This is Anfield readers:

Speaking after the game, Milner highlighted the influence of Salah (8.4), describing him as “a top-class, world-class player,” while hailing Alisson‘s (8.6) save as “unbelievable,” and it is no surprise they are the highest-rated duo.

Virgil van Dijk (8.0) is not far behind, though, after yet another phenomenal display that saw him just outshine the imperious Kalidou Koulibaly at the other end of the pitch.

Wijnaldum (7.6) and Andy Robertson (7.7) also averaged impressive ratings, as did Joel Matip (7.4, who has stepped up to the task following Joe Gomez‘s leg injury.

“Bypassed too much in the first half, but brilliant in the second, linking midfield and attack. Influential towards the end,” the Liverpool Echo‘s Kristian Walsh said of Wijnaldum.

Milner (7.2), Henderson (7.1) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (7.1) were also strong, but Roberto Firmino (6.8) and particularly Sadio Mane (6.2) struggled compared to their team-mates.

“[Mane] found himself on the end of numerous golden opportunities, but was unable to take any of them due to some rash finishing and a lack of composure in key moments,” concluded This is Anfield’s Joel Rabinowitz.

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Statistically, Alexander-Arnold, Milner and Salah were the standouts, with much of the game going through the right-hand side and the vice-captain producing an all-action display fitting of the occasion.

Wijnaldum fared considerably worse, however, despite a clearly positive showing, with it difficult to quantify his influence in changing the landscape of the game with his movement.

Another whose FotMob rating contrasted starkly with those elsewhere was Alisson, who was given at least an eight-out-of-10 by all six publications, but only a 7.2 from the analysts.

This suggests his assessment is largely based on that one, defining moment—and rightly so—while statistics can’t take this into account overall.

There is little denying how important Alisson was on Tuesday night, and he can make another big statement when he comes up against David De Gea in this weekend’s must-win Premier League clash at home to Man United.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold an injury doubt for United clash

HEAD NEWS - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 12:06

Trent Alexander-Arnold will undergo a scan on his foot today amid fears that he will miss Liverpool's crunch Premier League clash with Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.

The 20-year-old right-back hobbled off in the closing stages of Tuesday night's thrilling Champions League victory over Napoli at Anfield.

The England international remains in pain and a scan will determine whether there is any bone damage.

With Joel Matip having damaged his shoulder against Napoli, Jürgen Klopp can ill-afford to lose another defender before the visit of Jose Mourinho's side.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold an injury doubt for United clash

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 12:06

Trent Alexander-Arnold will undergo a scan on his foot today amid fears that he will miss Liverpool's crunch Premier League clash with Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.

The 20-year-old right-back hobbled off in the closing stages of Tuesday night's thrilling Champions League victory over Napoli at Anfield.

The England international remains in pain and a scan will determine whether there is any bone damage.

With Joel Matip having damaged his shoulder against Napoli, Jürgen Klopp can ill-afford to lose another defender before the visit of Jose Mourinho's side.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

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Trent Alexander-Arnold an injury doubt for United clash

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 12:06
Trent Alexander-Arnold will undergo a scan on his foot today amid fears that he will miss Liverpool's crunch Premier League clash with Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.
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Van Dijk targets Champions League glory after 'classic' Anfield win

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 11:44

Virgil van Dijk aspires to go one better in the Champions League this season after Liverpool booked their place in the last 16 on Tuesday.

Mohamed Salah’s superb first-half goal proved sufficient for the Reds to claim the 1-0 victory over Napoli at Anfield they required to qualify from Group C.

Last term, Jürgen Klopp’s side made it all the way to the final, of course, where they lost out to Real Madrid.

And Van Dijk - who will miss the first leg of Liverpool’s first knockout tie due to suspension - has set his sights on clearing that last hurdle in the 2018-19 edition of the competition.

“It’s something that we all want, it’s something that we are going to give everything for,” the Netherlands captain said.

“We want to play on the highest level and the Champions League, other than the Premier League for us, is the highest level.

“We want to reach the maximum and hopefully do better than we did last year in the Champions League. You need to have dreams, you need to go for it, otherwise why would you be a footballer?

“It’s a great time to be a Liverpool fan or player. It’s tough but enjoy it and embrace it. These are the days you want to experience as a footballer - and we are.”

Highlights: LFC 1-0 Napoli

Liverpool produced an assertive performance to ensure they reached the last 16 at Napoli’s expense, and Van Dijk feels they were full value for their win.

“It was very deserved in the end,” the No.4 continued.

“I think it was a bit of a classic performance. In the Champions League, in the home games we played, we showed our class. We created a lot of big chances, a lot of pressure, a lot of great moments.

“I understood the nerves in the crowd because if they had scored one goal we would have needed to score another two.

“We could have made it a lot easier, we could have scored another two or three with the chances we had. But it was important for us to win our battles and keep it tight and we did that. We got the job done.”

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