In full | Andy Robertson's interview on new LFC contract

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 08/24/2021 - 14:57
Read Andy Robertson’s reaction to signing a new long-term contract with Liverpool in full now.
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Photos: Andy Robertson pens new deal at AXA Training Centre

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 08/24/2021 - 14:05
Andy Robertson has committed his long-term future to Liverpool – and our photographer was present to capture the moment.
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Robertson signs Liverpool contract extension

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 08/24/2021 - 14:00

Andrew Robertson has signed a new contract with Liverpool which runs until the summer of 2026.

The 27-year-old has missed a total of just four games since joining the Reds from Hull City for £8m in 2017 and started all 38 Premier League games last season.

Only forward Sadio Mane provided more Premier League assists (8) than Robertson's seven last term, with the full-back also registering 11 assists in 2018/19 and 12 in 2019/20.

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However, Robertson has missed the start of the new campaign with ankle ligament damage sustained during the pre-season friendly against Athletic Bilbao.

On the announcement, Robertson told Liverpoolfc.com: "Obviously when the negotiations started and it looked as if my future was going to be here longer term than what it was, then I think it's no secret that I'm happy at this club.

"I want to stay at this club for as long as possible and to extend my stay, it's always a happy time for me, for my family.

"We're settled here, we love everything about this football club and I'm glad that the journey is continuing."

In total, Robertson has made 177 appearances for the club to date and has won the Premier League, Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup.

The Scotland captain only signed a long-term contract in 2019, with this latest improved deal following extensions for fellow regulars Alisson, Fabinho, Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

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Andy Robertson: I’ll be fit and ready for Chelsea

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 08/24/2021 - 14:00
Andy Robertson feels fit and ready to return to action against Chelsea on Saturday.
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Andy Robertson signs new long-term contract with Liverpool FC

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 08/24/2021 - 13:57
Andy Robertson has signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool FC.
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Italian paper claims Liverpool have scouts watching Sampdoria’s Denmark hero

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 08/24/2021 - 13:10

Liverpool reportedly have scouts watching Sampdoria winger Mikkel Damsgaard, the 21-year-old who caught the eye with two goals for Denmark at this summer’s Euros.

Damsgaard was one of the heroes of Denmark’s push to the semi-finals of Euro 2020, stepping into the breach following Christian Eriksen’s shocking cardiac arrest on the pitch.

The young winger struck against both Russia and England, along with providing an assist in the 4-0 thrashing of Wales, building on a breakthrough campaign with Sampdoria.

Primarily a left-sided attacker, Damsgaard can play in a variety of other roles including on the right, as a No. 10 and even in central midfield, while he was regularly deployed up front for previous club Nordsjaelland.

Damsgaard only joined Sampdoria in 2020, in a deal worth €6.7 million, but appears to be already in line for a move away, with a number of clubs claimed to be interested.

One of those, according to local publication Il Secolo XIX, is Liverpool, who they allege had scouts watching Damsgaard in the 1-0 defeat to AC Milan on Monday.

It is said that Liverpool have been long-time admirers of the young forward, but are awaiting moves from rivals such as Tottenham before approaching Sampdoria over a possible deal.

 Mikkel Damsgaard of Denmark warms up prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Quarter-final match between Czech Republic and Denmark at Baku Olimpiya Stadionu on July 03, 2021 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Francois Nel - UEFA)

Whether or not the Reds’ interest is genuine remains to be seen, though this is not the first time Damsgaard has been linked with Jurgen Klopp‘s side.

Given his age, potential, current ability and tactical flexibility, it would be no surprise if the Dane was being considered as a possible target, particularly as Liverpool will be weighing up reinforcements attack.

Xherdan Shaqiri has already left to join Lyon in a £9.5 million deal, while Divock Origi is up for sale with West Ham, Crystal Palace and Wolves all touted as suitors.

It could be that if Origi moves on, the club pushes forward with a late move before the transfer deadline on August 31, with the likes of Jarrod Bowen, Ismaila Sarr and Pedro Neto among the targets.

Damsgaard could be an expensive addition, but he may turn out to be an ideal player to provide competition for Sadio Mane on the left flank.

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Liverpool 18-year-old keeps senior international place after shock call-up

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 08/24/2021 - 12:08

Liverpool right-back Conor Bradley has kept his place in the Northern Ireland squad after his surprise debut in May, despite having yet to play for the first team.

Bradley is one of the most highly regarded talents in the Reds’ academy, and was part of Jurgen Klopp‘s senior squad for pre-season training in Austria.

The 18-year-old featured in the friendlies against Stuttgart and Osasuna, before rejoining the under-23s for the start of the new campaign, which saw him assist twice in Monday’s 3-1 victory over Everton.

While Neco Williams is established as backup to Trent Alexander-Arnold, Bradley is expected to be involved in first-team training on a regular basis throughout 2021/22.

He is also part of the Northern Ireland squad for next month’s clashes with Lithuania, Estonia and Switzerland, two of which are World Cup qualifiers.

This follows his shock call-up to Ian Baraclough’s side at the end of last season, which brought his international debut as a late substitute in the 3-0 win against Malta in May.

Tellingly, Bradley is the least experienced player in a squad that has seen the likes of Steven Davis, Jonny Evans, Jamal Lewis and Corry Evans recalled.

 Liverpool's Conor Bradley during the FA Youth Cup Final match between Aston Villa FC Under-18's and Liverpool FC Under-18's at Villa Park. Aston Villa won 2-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Stuart Dallas and Craig Cathcart are among the other Premier League regulars involved, along with familiar faces such as Shane Ferguson, Paddy McNair and Conor Washington.

Though Northern Ireland are a low-ranked side, the calibre of Bradley’s team-mates is a testament to the esteem he is held in by Baraclough despite having yet to make his competitive debut for Liverpool.

Whether he features in the World Cup qualifiers against Lithuania and Switzerland remains to be seen, but his inclusion suggests he could at least be involved in the friendly against Estonia.

If he does, he can hope to give a good account of himself when handed another big chance.

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The 29-year record that proved Xherdan Shaqiri’s value to Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 08/24/2021 - 11:30

Xherdan Shaqiri has left Liverpool for Lyon after three years with the club, and though his role was relatively small a key stat has outlined how important he could be.

Having joined the Reds from Stoke in a £13.5 million deal in 2018, Shaqiri departed for Ligue 1 in transfer that recouped £9.5 million for the 29-year-old.

Arriving to bolster the attacking ranks, the Swiss performed to a high standard throughout his time at Anfield but was rarely considered a first-choice starter despite his versatility.

In 63 games for the club, Shaqiri scored eight goals and laid on nine assists, but his record is more impressive than it seems given the minutes he was afforded on the pitch.

Only 25 of his appearances came from the start, with the No. 23 only completing the full 90 minutes on nine occasions and coming off the bench 38 times.

Three years as a Liverpool player saw him total just 2,525 minutes of game time, with eight players clocking more than that last season alone – but whenever called upon, Shaqiri made his influence felt.

A statistic courtesy of Opta’s Michael Reid highlights that in the Premier League era, no player has averaged fewer minutes per assist in all competitions for the club than Shaqiri:

Best mins/assist ratios for #LFC in all comps since 1992-93 (50+ apps):

?Xherdan Shaqiri – 278?
Jermaine Pennant – 286
Vladimir Smicer – 323
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 340
Craig Bellamy – 346
Philippe Coutinho – 346
Roberto Firmino – 356
Steve McManaman – 364
Mo Salah – 375 https://t.co/vgzd1dUMRF

— Michael Reid (@michael_reid11) August 22, 2021

It is a record that extends to 29 years, with Shaqiri above the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah in his reliable creativity.

His tally of assists includes a particularly memorable one with his cross for Gini Wijnaldum‘s header against Barcelona, while his last was a sumptuous crossfield pass for Salah in last season’s 3-1 win at West Ham.

At Lyon, Shaqiri is likely to be given the regular role he desires, with the Ligue 1 club reportedly making him their highest earner after he signed a three-year contract.

And while he will no longer be wearing Liverpool colours, he will still be supported from afar having played a vital role in the Reds’ success under Jurgen Klopp.

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Out now: LFC Retail's Back to School collection

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 08/24/2021 - 11:00
LFC Retail's Back to School range is now available in stores and online.
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Jürgen Klopp on 'favourite' Burnley moment and Harvey Elliott display

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 08/24/2021 - 09:30

Jürgen Klopp highlighted the roar that greeted kick-off on Saturday as his favourite moment from Liverpool's 2-0 victory over Burnley.

For the first time in more than 500 days, Anfield was operating at full capacity as the Reds made it two wins from two at the start of 2021-22 thanks to goals from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane.

And asked for his feelings about being able to send his team out at a sold-out Anfield once again, Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com post-match: “Great, great. I was very excited; I am pretty sure my feelings were not different to Harvey Elliott’s, to be honest, even though I am four decades older! Much older, same feelings.

“My favourite moment [on Saturday] of all the moments, because I didn’t hear it for such a long time, was the roar around the first whistle. I would be afraid if this would not have been for us. It is really, really, really nice.

“I didn’t know that I missed it because I forgot it, which is probably normal after 529 days, but hearing that was absolutely outstanding and gave me the last little push, which I didn’t need but I took it anyway.”

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The fixture marked a first Premier League start for Harvey Elliott, who in turn produced an assured display from a role within Liverpool’s midfield three.

The 18-year-old is back with the Reds after a highly productive loan spell at Blackburn Rovers last term; however, Klopp admits there was no pre-match pep-talk delivered.

“Not really a lot,” said the boss when asked how much he’d spoken to Elliott about naming him in the starting XI. “Harvey since he is back again from loan again, since pre-season started, just shows up like a proper Liverpool player. That’s how it is.

“Yes, he is 18 years old; yes, there is still a lot to come. That’s all true, but there is already a lot there and I am really happy about that.

“We have more like these kind of private talks, the football talk is more in the sessions – what do we have to do? Everybody in this position should do that, where do you have to be in that moment. On top of that, there are no extra talks and all the rest is private.

“I am just happy to see him enjoying his time in the moment.”

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Jürgen Klopp on 'favourite' Burnley moment and Harvey Elliott display

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 08/24/2021 - 09:30
Jürgen Klopp highlighted the roar that greeted kick-off on Saturday as his favourite moment from Liverpool's 2-0 victory over Burnley.
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Trent's vision coach explains all

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 08/24/2021 - 09:00

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Champions League group-stage draw details

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 08/24/2021 - 08:03

Liverpool will discover their three opponents in the 2021-22 Champions League group stage on Thursday.

The draw for the opening phase of the tournament proper is to take place in Istanbul from 5pm BST, setting up the eight groups of four teams.

Based on their UEFA coefficient, the Reds will be in Pot 2 for the draw and know they will face one of Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Lille, Sporting CP or Villarreal from Pot 1.

Potential opponents from Pot 3 and Pot 4 will be confirmed following the conclusion of the play-off round on Wednesday night.

At this stage, Liverpool cannot face a fellow Premier League club.

The first matchday of the group stage is set for September 14/15, with further fixtures on September 28/29, October 19/20, November 2/3, November 23/24 and December 7/8.

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Champions League group-stage draw details

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 08/24/2021 - 08:03
Liverpool will discover their three opponents in the 2021-22 Champions League group stage on Thursday.
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Salah to miss Egypt's World Cup qualifier

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 08/24/2021 - 06:45

Liverpool have told the Egyptian FA Mohamed Salah will not join up with the rest of the squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifier against Angola due to quarantine restrictions.

Egypt, whose team are set to face Angola in Cairo on September 2 before playing Gabon away three days later, is a country currently on the UK Government's red travel list.

However, Sky Sports News understand Liverpool have told the Egyptian FA the forward would be free to travel to play in the second qualifier, away in Gabon.

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The Government states those returning to England from a country on their "red" list must quarantine for 10 full days in a managed quarantine hotel and take a coronavirus test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of quarantining.

Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Turkey and Uruguay are among the others nations on the Government's "red" list.

A statement on the Egyptian FA's official website said: "The Egyptian Football Association had received a letter from Liverpool FC apologising for the inability of its player, Mohamed Salah, to join the national team in its next camp, which includes Angola in Cairo and Gabon in Franceville during the first and second rounds of the African continent's qualifiers for the World Cup.

"The English club's letter referred to the precautionary measures applied in England to confront the outbreak of the coronavirus in the world, which puts returnees from some countries in compulsory health isolation for a period of 10 days upon their return to England.

"In the letter, the English club also expressed its hope that the Egyptian federation would understand that it was forced to do so, in the face of the player being subjected to a quarantine for this period and being affected by this physically.

"It is reported that Liverpool FC took the same position with a number of its foreign players."

Liverpool also have a trio who play for Brazil, another country on the red list, in Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino.

A number of other top European clubs are expected to prevent players from joining up with national teams due to coronavirus safety concerns.

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European Club Association (ECA) members are set to prevent their players from going to 'red-list' countries during September's international break unless quarantine exemptions can be made, with the Premier League currently in talks with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Argentina, Brazil and Egypt are among the nations currently on the UK Government's "red" list regarding travel to England, meaning a 10-day period of hotel isolation would be required before players can return to their clubs.

Unless quarantine issues can be resolved, a host of other Premier League players may be unavailable for international matches next month, so too PSG stars Lionel Messi and Neymar.

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Rugby? Wrestling? No, teams succeed in different ways – this is pantomime from Solskjaer and Klopp

the Athletic - Tue, 08/24/2021 - 05:15
The Premier League is back, fans are back and so, too, is our great English pantomime, complete with managers deflecting and insinuating, prodding and testing everywhere as they search for marginal gains. That explains the narrative of last weekend because, so far, the football has been good and free-flowing and quick. There has been no thuggery that I’ve seen, no horrific tackles, no “rugby”.

That was the comparison Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made after Manchester United’s 1-1 draw at Southampton on Sunday and, honestly, it made me laugh. It was nonsense. Pure theatre. That’s not meant as an attack and it’s not meant to be dismissive, but it is an acknowledgement that Ole has picked up the mantle from Sir Alex Ferguson, the grandmaster of protecting his team, circling the wagons and reducing the biggest of clubs to the essence of its dressing room.

How many times did we question what the hell Fergie was ranting about after a match? How often did we roll our eyes when Arsene Wenger insisted he had not seen a moment of controversy? The same applies to Rafa Benitez and plenty of others. If these comments are taken at face value, then football apparently transforms rational and smart human beings into paranoid conspiracy theorists, but that’s precisely the point. They shouldn’t be taken at face value. 

After Liverpool beat Burnley at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp drew attention to the confrontation between Chris Wood and

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Harvey Elliott interview: Scoring from the halfway line, using a sprint coach and failing to track Bukayo Saka

the Athletic - Tue, 08/24/2021 - 05:14
Harvey Elliott is living his boyhood dream at Liverpool.

After returning from a productive loan spell at Blackburn Rovers, he has forced his way into Jurgen Klopp’s plans. The teenage winger has adjusted brilliantly to learning a new role in midfield and produced a dazzling full Premier League debut in Saturday’s victory over Burnley.

In the first episode of a new series, The Athletic and BT Sport joined forces to reunite Elliott with one of the youth coaches who helped him on his journey to Anfield. Dan Thomas, who is now Fulham’s assistant head of player development, worked with Elliott at the London club from the age of 12 to 16.

Elliott’s debt of gratitude was clear as they talked scoring from the halfway line, employing a sprint coach, handling the physicality of senior football, learning from Mohamed Salah and adapting to that positional change.Here’s the best of their conversation with The Athletic’s James Pearce…

Dan Thomas: I can clearly remember the first session you had with us after coming on trial from QPR when you were 12. We had to make a decision as there was a bit of compensation involved. I was actually using a drill that I’d stolen off Pep Lijnders from a conference he had presented for the Welsh FA. It was a tight little possession game with Harvey in the middle. It was a case of, “OK, let’s see what this kid has got”. I was struck by how good he was playing off one touch, flicking things around the corner. He wasn’t big, strong or powerful but very clever with good awareness. He wasn’t a massive talent punching you in the face at that point but you could see he had a lot of technical ability.

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Why this season’s Champions League draw should see more glamour ties than usual

the Athletic - Tue, 08/24/2021 - 05:12
The frantic pace of the football calendar means one can often overlook particular checkpoints until they have arrived.

Chelsea will have to spend part of December in Japan to compete in the Club World Cup. Liverpool will be among the football clubs losing some of their stars to the Africa Cup of Nations in January. There will be no Confederations Cup for international teams this summer — it has been abolished in favour of an expanded Club World Cup and the Arab Cup.

Watford’s manager is Xisco Munoz. Marc Albrighton is still somehow only 31 years old.

These are all things that slip out of the back of our footballing minds, only to swing back into view during quiet moments when we finally get to have a cup of tea and go over the facts at a more sedate pace.

Here’s another thing that has only clicked into vision recently: this week’s Champions League group draw will likely serve up at least one “Group of Death” thanks to a unique combination of results creating the strangest selection of pots since the 2017-18 season when five English clubs made it to the group stage.

Six more places in the competition’s group stages will be decided this week but, of the 26 sides that we know will feature in Thursday’s group draw, there will be some difficult challenges ahead.

Here’s The Athletic’s guide to how it all works…

Underdog wins in Spain, Italy and France

Atletico Madrid broke up the duopoly of Barcelona and Real Madrid.

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Sheyi Ojo and Kaide Gordon score as Liverpool U23s thump Everton

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 08/23/2021 - 22:11

Liverpool had two goalscorers eight years apart as the under-23s thumped Everton on the way to a 3-1 victory, as Sheyi Ojo and Kaide Gordon both found the back of the net.

Everton U23s 1-3 Liverpool U23s

Premier League 2, Haig Avenue
August 23, 2021

Goals: Ferreira 62′; Ojo 40′, Gordon 54′, Woltman 78′

It is four-and-a-half years since Ojo’s last competitive outing for the Reds’ first team, with the winger taking in loan spells with Fulham, Stade de Reims, Rangers and Cardiff since then.

Omitted from the senior squad for pre-season, he has been training with the U23s since his return to Kirkby, and on Monday night was named in Barry Lewtas’ starting lineup.

At 24, Ojo is considered an over-age player in Premier League 2, and he was certainly the most experienced as he took to the field alongside the likes of 16-year-old Gordon and 18-year-olds Max Woltman, Tyler Morton and Conor Bradley.

It was a particularly strong side as the young Reds looked to seal victory in the Merseyside derby, with Rhys Williams, Owen Beck and Jake Cain also among the starters.

Liverpool dominated from the start as a result, with Everton clinging on with two goal-line clearances to deny Beck and Woltman, before Ojo broke the deadlock after a brilliant piece of play from captain Tom Clayton.

HT: Everton U23s 0-1 Liverpool U23s

 Liverpool's Max Woltman (C) celebrates after scoring the third goal during the Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Everton FC Under-23's and Liverpool FC Under-23's, the Mini-Merseyside Derby, at Haig Avenue. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Though the momentum shifted slightly after the break, Lewtas’ side were still able to make their quality count as Gordon netted his second goal at U23s level.

There was perhaps an element of fortune as his long-range effort dipped under goalkeeper Zan-Luk Leban, but the 16-year-old showed his ability as he made it difficult from distance.

Everton briefly reduced the deficit through Rafael Garcia, denying Liam Hughes a second clean sheet in two games, but Woltman scored his first U23s goal to ensure all three points in a strong Merseyside derby showing.

With just a week remaining of the transfer window, it is unlikely this squad will remain together for the long-term, but the performances of those expected to remain – including Bradley, who assisted both Gordon and Woltman – are a sign of things to come.

For Ojo, he will perhaps be hoping this was his last appearance for the U23s, as either a loan or a permanent exit beckons before August 31.

Liverpool U23s: Hughes; Bradley, R.Williams, Koumetio, Beck; Clayton, Morton, Cain; Gordon (Bearne 90+1′), Ojo, Woltman (O’Rourke 86′)

Subs not used: Kelly, Norris, Ritaccio

Next match: Brighton (H) – Premier League 2 – Saturday, August 28, 1pm (BST)

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