Liverpool Under-23s were held to 0-0 draw by Blackburn on Saturday, failing to take their chances with no recognised striker playing.
Premier League 2, Kirkby
October 26, 2019
Christie-Davies, returning from injury himself, was flanked by Curtis Jones and Luis Longstaff.
The Reds were unable to create many chances on a rain-soaked pitch at the Kirkby Academy and lacked any sort of cutting edge in the final third.
Jones was replaced on the hour, no doubt with Wednesday’s League Cup tie against Arsenal in mind. The Under-23s’ captain is expected to start that match on the left of the attack as he did vs. MK Dons in the third round.
Liam Coyle also made his return from injury, replacing Christie-Davies for the final 15 minutes – the midfielder should now be heavily involved for the under-23s this season.
Speaking after the match, Critchley assessed: “A draw is probably a fair result. Defensively we were much better than last week against Wolves.
“Today we just lacked that little bit of guile and intelligence in the final third.”
It was Liverpool Under-23s’ fourth draw of the season from their opening nine games and again showed how the Premier League 2 is not a competition that is rated by the club, with the majority of their key players at this age out on loan.
Liverpool are 9th in PL2, while Man City are bottom in 12th – again showing how little it matters to the best club’s with top academy players.
Liverpool Under-23s: Kelleher, Gallacher, Clayton, Boyes, Larouci, Chirivella, Dixon-Bonner, Christie-Davies (Coyle, 75), Longstaff, Kane, Jones (Hill, 59).
Subs not used: Atherton, Varesanovic.
Next Match: Accrington Stanley (A) – EFL Trophy – Tuesday, October 29, 7.45pm (GMT)
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored two stunning goals on Wednesday night as the champions of Europe beat their Belgian opposition 4-1.
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Liverpool U23s played out a goalless draw with Blackburn Rovers in Premier League 2 on Saturday afternoon.
The young Reds had a number of chances at the Kirkby Academy but in the end had to settle for a point.
There were positives to take for Neil Critchley's side with goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher pulling off some impressive saves, while Isaac Christie-Davies and Liam Coyle returned to action.
Reflecting on the match, Critchley told Liverpoolfc.com: "A draw is probably a fair result. Defensively we were much better than last week against Wolves.
"Today we just lacked that little bit of guile and intelligence in the final third."
Opportunities were few and far between in the first half, with the best opening falling to the visitors early on.
An untimely slip from Tom Clayton in the third minute allowed Jack Vale to go through on goal. However, Kelleher was on hand to deny the Blackburn forward.
Early in the second half, Vale did beat the Irishman but the goal ended up being ruled out for offside.
It was then Liverpool's turn to threaten to open the scoring. Elijah Dixon-Bonner glanced a header just wide before then hitting a shot straight into the arms of the goalkeeper.
Kelleher again denied Rovers with a save at his near post to keep out Ben Patson's deflected effort in the 70th minute.
Then deep into stoppage time, the visitors had a chance to snatch the three points. Sam Durrant crossed for Sam Barnes, but the defender's header was claimed by Kelleher before the referee went on to blow the final whistle.
Liverpool U23s: Kelleher, Gallacher, Clayton, Boyes, Larouci, Chirivella, Dixon-Bonner, Christie-Davies (Coyle, 75), Longstaff, Kane, Jones (Hill, 59).
Unused substitutes: Atherton, Varesanovic.
The Reds host Spurs in the league on Sunday afternoon, in their first meeting since the Champions League final in June.
That night in Madrid saw Liverpool comfortable victors, with a 2-0 win courtesy of goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi clinching a sixth European Cup, and Jurgen Klopp‘s first trophy at the club.
Anfield will be the background for a much different clash, however, as Klopp’s side look to keep up their stunning early season form and maintain the gap at the top of the table, while Tottenham aim to revive their fortunes.
Since the Premier League‘s inception ahead of the 1992/93 season, 13 players have made appearances for both clubs, including some big names.
These include long-serving midfielders, surprise loanees and some underrated talents, with seven switching directly between the two sides—and one back again.
There have, of course, been other high-profile players to feature for both Liverpool and Tottenham over the years, but we are just looking for those who have made appearances for the two since 1992.
Kevin Stewart doesn’t count, having left Spurs as an academy player; Ray Clemence’s time came long before Sky’s influence dominated English football; and Paul Stewart’s Spurs tenure ended before the Premier League began.You have six minutes and we’ve started you off – can you get the rest?
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Last Updated: 26/10/19 1:16pm
One person has been questioned regarding the racially-offensive banner regarding Divock Origi displayed during Liverpool's Champions League game at Genk, Belgian police have confirmed to Sky Sports News.
The individual was questioned by officers from both the Belgian and Merseyside police forces and the case has now been passed on to prosecutors in Belgium.
An investigation began after supporters in the away end at Genk's Luminus Arena unfurled a banner that Liverpool later condemned as "completely unacceptable."
It later emerged that the same banner - also condemned by Liverpool fan group Spirit of Shankly - was on display among hundreds of others in the Liverpool end at last season's Champions League final in Madrid.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored twice as Liverpool won 4-1 at Genk
Whether the banner is deemed merely "offensive" or in fact "racist" will prove crucial towards any sanctions UEFA decides to impose, with penalties for the latter being considerably stronger.
Liverpool were infuriated by the image and immediately set about having it removed on the night.
"Liverpool Football Club condemns the offensive banner displayed in our section of the ground, prior to kick-off," they said.
"To be clear, the image used perpetuated a racist stereotype. This is completely unacceptable.
"We acted swiftly to have the banner removed and we are now working with the local authorities and stadium team in Genk to identify those responsible. Any subsequent action will be taken in keeping with our sanctions process."
The Liverpool under-18s were taught a lesson in taking their chances as their early control slipped and Man City sealed a 4-0 win on Saturday.
Premier League Cup, Kirkby
October 26, 2019
Goals: Palmer 45′, McAtee 51′, Robertson 57′, Trialist 90+4′
Barry Lewtas made two changes to his side from the 3-0 win over Newcastle last time out, including a first U18s start for Tyler Morton and a change in formation to a 3-5-2, with Owen Beck joining Billy Koumetio and birthday boy Remi Savage at the back.
The young Reds dominated as heavy rain fell at Kirkby, but were unable to find the opening they needed in the first half, with Morton going closest with an overhead kick.
Wing-backs Jack Walls and James Norris provided able support down the flanks, and Layton Stewart fired an effort wide of the post on the break as Liverpool struggled to find their clinical edge.
At the other end, Jakub Ojrzynski was called into action on a number of occasions and made some vital saves, including a stunning reflex stop to keep the ball out at point-blank range.
But the big Pole could do nothing to keep out Cole Palmer at the far post, with the 17-year-old putting City 1-0 up on the cusp of half-time in a bitter blow to the hosts.
The balance shifted after the break as City took control, and six minutes into the second half they had doubled their lead, with Savage missing a challenge on the halfway line to allow a three-on-one break which James McAtee slotted home.
An injury to Leighton Clarkson forced the No. 6 off the field temporarily just before the hour mark, and City took advantage of the numbers game as Alex Robertson fired home for 3-0.
To their credit, Liverpool kept plugging away and pushed to reduce the deficit, with the overlapping Norris and Walls providing a dangerous outlet along with clipped balls over the defence from Clarkson and Jake Cain.
Clarkson had a fine opportunity to grab one for the young Reds on 78 minutes as he was found at the back post with the goal gaping, but somehow the captain contrived to fire high and wide from five yards out.
That proved to be their best chance of the game, and after a late goal from a City trialist, Lewtas’ side were left to rue their profligacy at full-time.
TIA Man of the Match: Tyler Morton
Liverpool U18s: Ojrzynski; Walls, Savage, Koumetio, Norris; Clarkson (Corness 86′); Morton, Cain, Beck; Balagizi, Stewart
Subs not used: Winterbottom, Quansah, Wilson, Stephenson
Next Match: Genk (H) – UEFA Youth League – Tuesday, November 5, 2pm (GMT)
Liverpool U18s endured a difficult afternoon as they were beaten 4-0 by Manchester City in the Premier League Cup on Saturday.
The young Reds suffered defeat at a rain-soaked Kirkby Academy in their second match in the group phase of the competition.
Cole Palmer broke the deadlock in the 45th minute before City took control of the affair with second-half goals from James McAtee, Alex Robertson and a trialist.
In testing conditions, the match sprung into life in the 21st minute. Liverpool goalkeeper Jakub Ojrzynski did brilliantly to deny Samuel Edozie after the City No.11 broke into the penalty area.
Liverpool went up the other end as James Norris tested the alertness of Ciaran Slicker before Tyler Morton saw his acrobatic bicycle kick claimed by the City stopper.
City looked certain to go in front five minutes prior to the eventual opener. Palmer was on the end of a cutback, but Ojrzynski quickly got across to push away his goalbound shot.
But in a similar situation on the stroke of half-time, Edozie pounced on a loose ball and crossed for Palmer, who this time made no mistake with the finish.
City flew out of the blocks in the opening stages of the second period, adding to their lead with 51 minutes on the clock.
The visitors broke away from a free-kick and mix-up at the back saw Cole run through on goal. The opening goalscorer unselfishly opted to pass to a teammate, leaving McAtee free to tap in and make it 2-0.
Six minutes later, Robertson picked up the ball just outside the box and rifled an effort into the bottom corner.
Leighton Clarkson went close to pulling one back for Liverpool in the final stages, but Barry Lewtas' side were unable to reduce the arrears as the City trialist added a fourth deep into stoppage time.
Liverpool U18s: Ojrzynski, Walls, Koumetio, Savage, Norris, Clarkson (Corness, 86), Cain, Beck, Stewart, Morton, Balagizi.
Unused substitutes: Winterbottom, Quansah, Wilson, Stephenson.
Last Updated: 26/10/19 1:28pm5:05 Jurgen Klopp tells Sky Sports' Phil Thompson Liverpool are facing a tough couple of months in the title race Jurgen Klopp tells Sky Sports' Phil Thompson Liverpool are facing a tough couple of months in the title race
Liverpool go into their Premier League clash with Tottenham on Sunday with a commanding lead at the top of the Premier League - but boss Jurgen Klopp says his side are about to enter "the hardest period ever" in their pursuit of the title.
The Champions League holders have made a flying start to the 2019/20 campaign, only dropping points in the Premier League for the first time last time out, in their 1-1 draw at Manchester United.
Next up comes the tough test of Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham - who are desperate to pull off a big result and shake off the stuttering start they've made to their own season.
But with a hectic November and December coming up - including a crunch contest with Manchester City, live on Sky Sports - Klopp has called for focus from his players in this decisive moment.Liverpool vs Tottenham
October 27, 2019, 4:00pm
"We are in a better position than we would have expected at the start of the season," Klopp said, when asked by Sky Sports' Phil Thompson whether he is dreaming of landing Liverpool a first Premier League title.
"Are we already through? No. We have created a proper basis to work with. The hardest period ever will come up again. November, December, crazy.
"We have to be lucky in some moments. We have to fight for it, and that's what we do. No guarantees."Adam Lallana maintained Liverpool's unbeaten start to the season with a late equaliser at Man Utd last weekend
However, Klopp feels his side have evolved and improved again from last season, where they ran City so close to the crown. The German says Liverpool's Champions League triumph - while now in the past - has shifted the mindset of his players.
"It was incredible," Klopp said of the win in Madrid over Spurs. "But it's a nice memory, wonderful, great, everything perfect, but it's gone, it's history.
"It's a nice part of life, but nothing else changed. It was probably the best summer of my life.
"The boys started the season in a different mindset, more convinced about themselves. I feel there is still a lot of space in that department, where they can be more convinced."Tottenham enjoyed a much-needed midweek win over Red Star Belgrade
If Liverpool can get back to winning ways in the Premier League on Sunday that confidence will be boosted again.
They meet a Tottenham team that has won just one of their last four in the Premier League - but Klopp has warned Spurs' 5-0 midweek win over Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League shows they should not be underestimated.
"I don't understand 100 per cent what happened, but what I saw during the week is how Spurs can be," said Klopp.
"That's the team we prepare for, not the team who struggled three or four weeks ago.
"We need to be intense, because a little bit against Tottenham will not be enough. They want to strike back!"Klopp's a Ref Watch fan
During his chat with Thommo, Klopp revealed he is a fan of Sky Sports News' Ref Watch with Dermot Gallagher, which you can watch every Monday morning at 11.30am on Sky Sports News and Sky Sports Main Event, and read about on the Sky Sports apps.
October 28, 2019, 11:30am
VAR has been a hot topic on the programme this season - and Klopp says while he approves of the interventions correcting wrong decisions there is still room for uncertainty, such as the challenge on Divock Origi in the build-up to Manchester United's opener against Liverpool last weekend.
"I like the clarity," said Klopp. "After our game, and you can say what you want about the challenge, and most people feel it was a foul on Origi. On Sky, the Ref Watch said [so]... I don't watch it, but I read it. In the moment it is so interesting, because we still discuss it."
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Dirk Kuyt scored a brace as Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at Anfield back in 2010, but can you recall the rest of the starting XI from that January evening?
Reds boss Rafael Benitez described the Premier League clash as 'must not lose' with the two clubs competing in the race for the Champions League places - and Kuyt provided the ideal start for the hosts with a goal after just six minutes.
The Dutchman struck again - with a twice-taken penalty - in the final minute to ensure Liverpool claimed victory and moved within one point of fourth-placed Spurs.
Can you fill in the rest of the team from that day?
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Check out a schedule of local community events planned by the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours teams in the coming week.
Monday October 28
Springfield Park and Garden – 4pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)
Tuesday October 29
Bowersdale Park (Seaforth) (meet at Bowersdale Resource Centre) – 5pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)
Red Neighbours Walking Football
Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 3pm-4pm (50+)
Wednesday October 30
Crosby in Coronation Park (meet at Alchemy Crosby Youth & Community Centre) – 4.30pm-5.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Thursday October 31
Jubilee Sports Bank, Kensington – 4pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)
Netherton Goals – 5:45pm-7pm
Friday November 1
Red Neighbours Walking Football
Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 11am-12pm
Red Neighbours Walking Netball
Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 11.30am-12.30pm
Rice Lane Recreation Ground – 4pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)
Saturday November 2
Stanley Park (meet at Isla Gladstone) – 11am-1pm (age 5+ and parents)
Newsham Park – 11am-12.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Norris Green Park (meet by playground) – 1.30pm-3.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Crown Park, Edge Hill – 1pm-2.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Garston Park – 3pm-5pm (age 5+ and parents)
Sunday November 3
Birkenhead Park – 11am-1pm (age 5+ and parents)
Walton Hall Park – 12:30am-2.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Belle Vale Park – 1pm-3pm (age 5+ and parents)
Doric Park – 11am-12.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Victoria Park – 1.30pm-3.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
The Academy, Kirkby – 2.45pm-4.30pm
Sunday's official matchday programme will include a tribute to legendary broadcaster and lifelong Liverpool fan, Peter Sissons.
The club was saddened by Sissons' passing earlier this month.
The Liverpudlian worked for ITN, Channel 4 and the BBC during a media career that spanned more than 45 years.
Sissons also sat on the Hillsborough Independent Panel, which spent 18 months scrutinising documents relating to the deaths of 96 children, women and men as a result of the events at the FA Cup semi-final in April 1989.
His work on the panel contributed to quashing the original verdicts that those deaths were accidental and new hearings were ordered. In April 2016, a jury returned a determination of unlawful killing in the deaths of the 96 supporters.
James Jones, the former Bishop of Liverpool and chair of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, said: "Peter made a unique and outstanding contribution to the Hillsborough Independent Panel.
"His advice made a huge difference to our work. I know he felt both honoured and proud to serve the city."
Sissons was born in Liverpool in 1942 and attended the same school as John Lennon, George Harrison and Paul McCartney before going on to study at Oxford University.
"He was a talented news presenter with a great sense of humour," McCartney said of his lifelong friend. "I will miss him but always have fond memories of the time we spent together.
"My sympathies go out to his family and I send my love to them all."
The thoughts of everybody at Liverpool FC are with Peter's family and friends.