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Sunday in Austria: 47 photos of Reds' latest training session

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 08/23/2020 - 16:20

Check out 47 photos of Liverpool's Sunday training session with our latest pre-season gallery from Austria.

It was back to work for the Reds following Saturday evening's 3-0 friendly win over VfB Stuttgart, with Tuesday's meeting with Salzburg - a game you can watch live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO - now on the horizon. 

Our photographer was present as Jürgen Klopp and his coaches put the squad through their paces - take a look at what was captured below.

Photos by John Powell

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Sunday in Austria: 47 photos of Reds' latest training session

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 08/23/2020 - 16:20
Check out 47 photos of Liverpool's Sunday training session with our latest pre-season gallery from Austria.
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Liverpool’s incredible data investment which identifies potential transfer targets

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 08/23/2020 - 14:10

Liverpool’s eye for detail across every facet of the game has ensured their rise to the top has been anything but a fluke, and their utilisation of a French start-up is one of many examples.

The Reds have become champions of Europe, England and the world thanks to their relentless pursuit of success, with their performances on the pitch matched by their output off it.

The level of attention to detail across all areas of the football club has ensured Liverpool are no flash in the pan, rather one built to sustain their triumphs with eyes constantly on both the present and future.

And at a time when finances are constantly under review and a players’ physical demands are higher than ever, the work to identify suitable targets continues to grow in importance.

So much so that Liverpool invested in a French start-up called SkillCorner, who extrapolate tracking data from any football game across 23 leagues around the world to provide valuable insight into a player and potential transfer target.

The Reds spent a year helping to develop the performance tool which can track the position and movement of every player in any single moment of a game, where they were the first football club to sign up.

 Liverpool's (L-R) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, goalkeeper Adrián San Miguel del Castillo, Dejan Lovren and Georginio Wijnaldum during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group E match between FC Salzburg and Liverpool FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

From being able to analyse the physical output of a player to their ability to act under pressure, pick out the right option or break the lines – all valuable when assessing potential targets.

As per the Training Ground Guru, more than a million data points across one 90-minute game can be obtained through their tool, with Liverpool able to access raw tracking data for every game across 23 competitions – which could soon be 40.

The detailed data provides the ideal information to compare and contrast potential targets, in obscure leagues, and then set them up against Jurgen Klopp‘s requirement for players within his system.

While Liverpool are keeping their cards close to their chest as to all of what they are doing with the tracking data, SkillCorner co-founder Hugo Bordigoni provided a brief glimpse at what is available to them.

“If there was a pass at 3 minutes 42 in a particular match, then they can look at the tracking data at this exact frame and say: ‘There was this pressing on the player, on the receiver, these were the options he had,'” he explained.

 Liverpool's Naby Keita (L) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mate Mohamed Salah during the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“It is not really interesting to know that a player completed 90 passes during a match, but with our data you can assess every pass – whether there was a better option than the one the player took.”

Liverpool’s director of research, Ian Graham has been key in establishing the relationship, with him and his team having been instrumental in shaping the Reds’ current squad using various statistical models and formulas.

Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita were both recommended having stood out above the rest in the data, and that the Reds are investing more time and funds into tools that SkillCorner provide is a boost – especially when finding players of the right physical and tactical profile has never been as important.

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Layton Stewart scores hat-trick as LFC U18s put five past Crewe

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 08/23/2020 - 13:34

Layton Stewart netted a hat-trick as Liverpool U18s beat Crewe Alexandra 5-0 in a friendly at the Academy on Sunday.

The Scouse striker - who last month signed a new contract with the club - was joined on the scoresheet by Tom Hill and Mateusz Musialowski as the young Reds' pre-season preparations continued with a resounding win.

Hill opened the scoring shortly before the half-hour mark by converting Luke Chambers' cross in emphatic fashion, before Stewart's fine finish made it 2-0 after good work from Harvey Blair.

Marc Bridge-Wilkinson's team extended their lead on the stroke of half-time when Stewart pounced on the rebound after Conor Bradley's header had been saved.

Stewart completed his treble in the 62nd minute when he cut inside from the left and found the net with the aid of a deflection, and new arrival Musialowski's impressive cameo off the bench was crowned with a neat finish late on.

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Layton Stewart scores hat-trick as LFC U18s put five past Crewe

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 08/23/2020 - 13:34
Layton Stewart netted a hat-trick as Liverpool U18s beat Crewe Alexandra 5-0 in a friendly at the Academy on Sunday.
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Adam Lewis seals French football bow with opening day victory

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 08/23/2020 - 12:23

Merely four days after sealing his move to Ligue 2 side Amiens, Adam Lewis was handed his debut for the opening day of the season which ended in a 1-0 win.

The 20-year-old, who signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool in July, made the bold move to switch England for France on a season-long loan deal.

The left-back had interested suitors within the English Football League but opted to join Amiens earlier in the week, a side who are pushing for an immediate return to Ligue 1 following their relegation last season.

After injury disrupted his progress in 2019/20, his move to seek consistent first team football received an immediate boost as he was selected in the starting XI for Amiens’ first game of the season against AS Nancy.

Lewis, who was handed the No. 3 jersey, played a total of 76 minutes before being withdrawn from proceedings in a game which saw him make a total of 47 touches, with a pass success rate of 72 percent.

He did pick up a yellow card for a poorly timed tackle, 10 minutes before Amiens scored the opener and subsequent winning goal, with Serhou Guirassy, who has attracted interest from Premier League clubs, nodding home without opposition.

Amiens would finish the game with 10 men after Driss Khalid, who had only been on the field for five minutes, was given his marching orders in the 90th minute.

Lewis is only one of two young Reds currently out on loan as the club continue to work on other moves, with fellow defender Morgan Boyes having sealed a switch to Fleetwood Town.

The 19-year-old featured in Fleetwood’s pre-season friendly clash against Blackburn on Saturday, where he was on the receiving end of a 4-1 defeat.

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Ben Woodburn makes Liverpool U23s return against Europa League opposition

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 08/23/2020 - 10:43

New and familiar faces were present for Liverpool’s under-23s as they made their return to action in a friendly encounter of their own on Saturday, which ended in a 2-2 draw.

The academy season was brought to a premature end last season due to the coronavirus, but a resemblance of ‘normal’ returned over the weekend at Kirkby against Cymru Premier’s The New Saints.

The young Reds’ opposition were gearing up for their Europa League clash against Slovakia outfit MSK Zilina next week and were handed a stern test.

Under new management with Barry Lewtas, the Reds welcomed Paul Glatzel and Abdi Sharif back from long-term injuries while Ben Woodburn also featured having missed out on the first team’s training camp in Austria.

Liverpool had found themselves 2-0 down at the interval with their senior opposition making the most of their chances, only for two feel-good stories to emerge as both Glatzel and Sharif found the net to clinch a draw.

 Liverpool's Paul Glatzel during a pre-season friendly match between Tranmere Rovers FC and Liverpool FC at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In the final 25 minutes of the clash, the pair got the better of former Liverpool goalkeeper Paul Harrison, with Jack Bearne and Jake Cain both creating the openings.

The highly-rated Vitezslav Jaros proved decisive for the Reds at the other end of the field, meanwhile, having denied The New Saints in quick succession to keep Liverpool within striking distance.

The comeback will no doubt have pleased Lewtas ahead of the new campaign, injecting further confidence into a lineup which was littered with players who made their senior Liverpool debut last season: Bearne, Cain, James Norris, Luis Longstaff and Leighton Clarkson.

For Glatzel and Sharif, it came as an important milestone on their respective returns from an ACL injury, while Woodburn’s presence indicates another loan stint is imminent – with clubs from the Eredivisie and League One interested in securing his services.

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Curtis Jones: I can't wait for the new season

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 08/23/2020 - 10:21

Curtis Jones enjoyed his 45-minute run-out against VfB Stuttgart and feels excited for the season ahead.

Liverpool’s new No.17 started Saturday evening’s 3-0 friendly victory in Austria and engineered a fine assist to tee up Roberto Firmino for the Reds’ opening goal. 

“We’ve been training hard this week. I’m happy to get 45 minutes in the tank and I thought that the boys performed well, so happy days,” Jones told Liverpoolfc.com.

“I can’t wait [for the new season], you know! I’ve got off to a good start, I’ve trained well, I’ve stayed fit, got an assist [and] performed well, so I just can’t wait for the next game and I’ll see what the season holds for me on a personal level.”

Highlights: Liverpool 3-0 Stuttgart

The teenage Scouser played alongside Naby Keita as one of Liverpool’s two more advanced central midfielders against Stuttgart and stated that he is determined to shine wherever Jürgen Klopp opts to field him.

Jones continued: “I’ve always said that whenever I’m called upon I’ll always give 100 per cent, whether it’s right-back, centre-back, striker - I’ll always give 100 per cent. 

“Today I was in a position that I like, that I know, and was alongside good players so they helped me out a lot. But all in all it was a good performance and a good win.”

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Curtis Jones: I can't wait for the new season

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 08/23/2020 - 10:21
Curtis Jones enjoyed his 45-minute run-out against VfB Stuttgart and feels excited for the season ahead.
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Milner’s ‘warm’ welcome & memorable debuts as Liverpool kickoff summer schedule in style

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 08/23/2020 - 09:57

It was all smiles for Liverpool as they kicked off their summer with a 3-0 friendly win over Stuttgart, where Kostas Tsimikas got more than he bargained for as he was welcomed into the fold.

Jurgen Klopp‘s Reds were met by a downpour in their opening pre-season fixture in Austria, one they emerged on the right side of in a routine win.

As has become custom in the summer, Liverpool fielded two different XIs in either half, injecting valuable minutes into the legs of the squad ahead of a congested season.

A strong first-half lineup saw the Reds take a two-goal lead into the break, thanks to strikes from Roberto Firmino and Naby Keita – the latter of whom was the standout from the opening term.

In the second, Rhian Brewster added the finishing touches as Adrian ensured Liverpool walked away with a clean sheet, while Kostas Tsimikas and Billy Koumetio made their ‘debuts’.

While a heavy pitch saw Stuttgart succumb to injury, the Reds were able to escape without harm as they now swiftly turn their attention to Salzburg on Tuesday.

And Curtis Jones, who supplied the assist for Firmino after a strong run in the box, was delighted to get 45 minutes under his belt as he looks to continue his upward trajectory:

“We’ve been training hard this week and I’m happy to get 45 in the tank and I thought the boys performed well so happy days.

“A goal, an assist – a win, it all counts for me as an attacker. But I’m happy with the assist and I’m happy for Bobby to get his first goal of the season.

“I’ve always said that whenever I am called upon I will always give 100 percent, whether it’s at right-back, centre-back or striker but today was a position that I like and was alongside good players.

“I can’t wait for the next game and what the season holds for me.”

The outing on Saturday was full of firsts for the Reds. It was the first meeting with Stuttgart this millennium, the first game in a Nike kit and the first game for Koumetio and Tsimikas.

It was not the first time James Milner has used colourful language, however, with the Reds’ new No. 21 on the receiving end of a warm welcome of: “Oh Kostas, f***ing hell!” after he failed to reward Milner’s overlap.

And the moment was not lost on the club’s vice-captain post-match as he conceded he “got caught warmly welcoming Kostas to the team.”

There was, of course, no ill-feeling with Tsimikas commenting “thanks bro” in response before penning his own message of pride for having made his “debut for this great club”:

The feeling of seeing your first minutes with the Liver Bird on your chest was also not lost on Koumetio, who was quick to insist that he would be “working harder for more”:

It was smiles all around for Jones, Sepp van den Berg and Gini Wijnaldum as they celebrated both getting back on the park and the win:

Despite being away from competitive action for just 27 days, Fabinho felt the absence of the “red jersey” and Andy Robertson was pleased with the debut outing for the new kit:

Marko Grujic and Nat Phillips, both of whom spent last season on loan and played the second 45, were happy to be back in a Liverpool shirt:

Meanwhile, Brewster was overjoyed to have hit the scoreboard in his first game back as fellow youngster Harvey Elliott shared his delight at being back on the pitch:

A sentiment shared by Virgil van Dijk, who donned the captain’s armband in the first half in the absence of Jordan Henderson and James Milner:

With game action under their belts away from the training pitch, Liverpool have taken an important step forward in their preparations for the 2020/21 season.

And while training will continue in Austria over the next few days, they will finish their pre-season camp with a meeting against Salzburg – who are ahead of the Reds in terms of preparation time having already played four friendly fixtures.

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Liverpool 3-0 Stuttgart: Watch in full

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 08/23/2020 - 09:42

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The Premier League champions returned to match action in Austria on Saturday evening, with their first pre-season friendly ending in a comfortable win.

Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita and Rhian Brewster got the goals - and you can watch all 90 minutes via the LFCTV GO video above.

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Liverpool 3-0 Stuttgart: Watch in full

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 08/23/2020 - 09:42
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“I want to start” – Kostas Tsimikas sets his goal after first outing for Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 08/23/2020 - 07:00

Kostas Tsimikas was overjoyed to see his first minutes in a Liverpool shirt in the 3-0 win over Stuttgart, before setting a goal for starting appearances in his maiden season.

The 24-year-old was a member of the second-half XI as the Reds kicked off their pre-season preparations on a winning note on Saturday, replacing Andy Robertson at the break.

Tsimikas’ arrival at Anfield was one which was met warmly by those of a red persuasion as another specialist left-back was added to the fold, ensuring the Scot has competition.

The new No. 21 made a good first impression in his 45-minute outing, offering an outlet in attack and providing a timely block at the back, with Jurgen Klopp commending his confidence post-match.

The boss acknowledged he “will take time” to adjust to the demands at Liverpool, and the player himself is eager for Saturday to be just the start as he wants to be “ready for everything.”

“I feel very good, I’m very happy I did my debut,” Tsimikas told LFCTV post-match.

“Now I want to work more and to play more often in the league games. I want to be ready for everything.

“The friendly games are difficult. First of all we have to be fit, that’s why I tried to run a lot first of all, to show a good image and play hard. And the result is the most important [thing], even in the friendly games and the competitive games.

“It was a good performance, we did what we do all these days in training.

“What the coach wants, we did on the pitch. We won. We’ll keep this and we want to be ready for the [Community Shield] final on the 29.”

Tsimikas has been with Liverpool in Austria for a week and spoke glowingly of the warm reception he has received in addition to a different type of welcome in the form of intense training sessions.

“The sessions have been really hard. But I have to try a lot to work hard and be ready,” he added.

“Every player made me a warm welcome. They helped me a lot to do my best on the pitch, to give everything. And all together we hope for the best.

“I want to start [the season], I’m looking forward to the new season. I hope we will do and achieve our goals.”

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Videos: Watch highlights and reaction from Liverpool 3-0 Stuttgart

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 08/22/2020 - 20:04

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Videos: Watch highlights and reaction from Liverpool 3-0 Stuttgart

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 08/22/2020 - 20:04
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'I'm very happy' - Kostas Tsimikas reflects on first Liverpool game

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 08/22/2020 - 19:55

Kostas Tsimikas was delighted to get a first Liverpool appearance under his belt as the opening game of pre-season ended in a 3-0 win over VfB Stuttgart.

The Greece left-back enjoyed a 45-minute outing in the second half of Saturday’s friendly, in which Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita and Rhian Brewster netted for the Reds.

It provided an initial taste of match action with his new club for Tsimikas, who has been training with the squad since their camp in Austria began last Saturday.

“I feel very good, I’m very happy I did my debut,” he told Liverpoolfc.com post-match. “Now I want to work more and to play more often in the league games. I want to be ready for everything.”

Tsimikas continued: “The friendly games are difficult. First of all we have to be fit, that’s why I tried to run a lot first of all; to show a good image and play hard. And the result is the most important [thing], even in the friendly games and the competitive games.”

In challenging conditions as rain soaked the players and the pitch against Stuttgart, Jürgen Klopp’s men showed the fruits of a week’s worth of intense sessions at their base on the outskirts of Salzburg.

Neatly-taken efforts from Firmino and Keita put them in command at the break and, after the manager changed his entire XI for the second half, Brewster provided a third goal.

“It was a good performance, we did what we do all these days in training,” reflected Tsimikas. “What the coach wants, we did on the pitch. We won.

“We’ll keep this and we want to be ready for the [Community Shield] final on the 29th.”

Tsimikas has found the workouts suitably demanding and the camaraderie suitably welcoming throughout his first few days as a Liverpool player.

And the 24-year-old is eagerly anticipating the competitive fixtures that are coming in the near future, with the Community Shield against Arsenal next Saturday and the Premier League kick-off on September 12.

“The sessions have been really hard. But I have to try a lot to work hard and be ready,” he said.

“Every player made me a warm welcome. They helped me a lot to do my best on the pitch, to give everything. And all together we hope for the best.

“I want to start [the season], I’m looking forward to the new season. I hope we will do and achieve our goals.”

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'I'm very happy' - Kostas Tsimikas reflects on first Liverpool game

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 08/22/2020 - 19:55
Kostas Tsimikas was delighted to get a first Liverpool appearance under his belt as the opening game of pre-season ended in a 3-0 win over VfB Stuttgart.
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Jurgen Klopp “very happy” with Liverpool’s opening pre-season win

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 08/22/2020 - 19:46

Jurgen Klopp was left “very happy” with his team’s performance in their first pre-season outing, with a 3-0 win against Stuttgart providing the required level of intensity away from training.

The Reds were greeted by a downpour as they prepared for their clash against the German outfit, leaving a heavy, water-laden pitch at the Saalfelden Arena.

Having travelled to Austria one week ago, the boss was eager to see his players ramp up the intensity from training into game situations, with the Premier League season kicking off in just three weeks’ time.

And he was “very happy” with what he witnessed, with his two different XIs keeping Stuttgart off the scoresheet while Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita and Rhian Brewster all etched their name on it.

While conditions did not always allow for slick movement, there were an abundance of positive signs to emerge from Kostas Tsimikas making his ‘debut’ to Takumi Minamino‘s sharp touch and, in general, a valuable run out.

“I’m very happy, very happy,” Klopp told LFCTV after the game. “It was a super intense session today because the weather, wow!

“It rained like crazy, the pitch was really difficult – you could see the water was still on the pitch. That always makes football games tricky.

“Good organised opponent obviously but we scored nice goals but for me, the most important thing was that we felt 45 minutes football was different to a 90-minute session.

“There you have breaks, but here there are none so you just have to go and do it and that was the most important thing to do today, and the boys did it.

“They felt the intensity of the game, very good. So now tomorrow we do less, Monday have two sessions, Tuesday is Salzburg – interesting. So it’s all good.

“I think Ki-Jana [Hoever] rolled his ankle a little bit but apart from that they all should be fine which is obviously very important.”

 Liverpool's Takumi Minamino during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

On the makeup of the goals and his newest signing, Klopp was full of praise, adding: “How we made the goals was absolutely exceptional.

“Obviously Taki was in pretty good shape, Kostas showed some nice glimpses of his talent – so we know we have good boys here.

“Curtis first-half, obviously around the goals, Harvey hard-working until the end, Rhian – they all look really promising.

“They had to work today and that’s what they did, so I’m fine with the performance.

“[Kostas is] a pretty quick player obviously and pretty confident, a really good player. Did well.

“The next challenge is now to get used to all our defending and that will take time, no doubt. But when he has the ball it looks not so bad.”

The Reds will now continue to train over the next few days in Austria before meeting Salzburg at the Red Bull Arena on Tuesday afternoon, a clash Klopp is expecting to be “pretty intense.”

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