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LFC Foundation helps fund books for Bootle Children’s Literary Festival

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 01/28/2020 - 10:00

The LFC Foundation helped to fund the cost of printing books for local youngsters at this year’s Bootle Children’s Literary Festival.

The club’s official charity was able to support children’s organisation YKids with a grant from its Community Fund to cover the costs of producing over 350 books. 

Ykids has the aim of equipping young people for a life of opportunity through raising emotional and educational literacy. 

The Community Fund, a scheme set up in aid of helping grassroots charities across Merseyside, was established using £100,000 raised from last year's LFC Foundation’s official Legends charity match against AC Milan at Anfield.

Hosted by Ykids, the seven-day festival saw schools and members of the local community unite to celebrate the launch of the charity’s community project Kingsley and CO – a children’s literary scheme and bookshop with a Victorian Explorer Steampunk theme. 

With recent statistics showing that Bootle is in the bottom six per cent for literacy in the UK, it is hoped that the festival and new store will spark a change and inspire the local youth to discover a passion for reading once again.   

In the bid to turn this around, a competition was run to encourage children to write short stories to have published into a book.

Twenty short stories were chosen by star authors – Alan Gibbons and Daniel Riding – and assembled into the publication ‘Monster Under My Bed’.

Chosen winners were invited to launch the book and even sign copies themselves, while sitting alongside the famous writers Gibbons and Riding. 

The new bookshop and initiative are designed to promote the joy for reading, writing and expression – to create a space where kids can be inspired and welcomed to enjoy literacy. 

Claire Morgans, CEO of YKids charity, said: “We couldn’t have done the book and competition without the generous donation from the LFC Foundation.

“What it did was allow us to raise awareness for the literary festival and to make it known to the children that we were doing something for them.

“When we did the launch of the book at the shop and we had the winners come down and sign copies of their own book, they sat with a published children’s author on the same table. 

“Bringing them into that level and saying, ‘Yes, that’s you as well’ was really special.” 

LFC Foundation’s Community Fund will be made available again this year, with another £100k being allocated from funds raised at the LFC Foundation’s official Legends Charity game on March 28 at Anfield.

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LFC Foundation helps fund books for Bootle Children’s Literary Festival

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 01/28/2020 - 10:00
The LFC Foundation helped to fund the cost of printing books for local youngsters at this year’s Bootle Children’s Literary Festival.
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Liverpool v Shrewsbury Town: FA Cup replay ticket details

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 01/28/2020 - 09:30

Liverpool FC has released the following ticket details for the FA Cup fourth-round replay against Shrewsbury Town at Anfield.

A date and kick-off time for the tie will be confirmed in due course.

The entire stadium will be ticketed and prices for all areas of the stadium are as follows:

Adults: £15

Over 65s: £11.50

Young adults: £5

Juniors: £1 (within the advertised family sections)

All tickets in the local general sale are priced at £9.

Shrewsbury Town have elected to take the full allocation allowed under FA Cup rules.

Official LFC hospitality 

Please call 0151 264 2222 for details, or buy online.

SUPPORTERS ENROLLED INTO THE AUTO CUP SCHEME

Season ticket holders and Members registered in the Auto Cup Scheme MUST NOT purchase a ticket for this fixture.

Auto Cup payments will be taken from Tuesday January 28 until Wednesday January 29. If your payment fails, there will only be an extremely limited period in which to purchase your seat independently and supporters are strongly advised to check their emails for notifications. Information will also be published here along with details of what to do if your payment fails.

IMPORTANT CHANGE TO STADIUM ACCESS ON MATCHDAY: Season ticket holders not sitting in their usual Premier League seat for this fixture will have their season ticket card activated for entry to the stadium. Paper tickets will not be issued.

DISABLED SUPPORTERS

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ALL OTHER SUPPORTERS

The below sales will take place online only:

Priority Rights Holders from 1pm on Wednesday January 29 – for eligibility details, please click here.

Sales will then take place based on the following FA Cup home fixtures during the 2017-2018 and 2019-20 seasons being recorded:

  • Everton (2017-18)
  • West Bromwich Albion (2017-18)
  • Everton (2019-20)

Season ticket holders who recorded two games from 8.15am on Thursday January 30 until 12.30pm on Thursday January 30.

IMPORTANT CHANGE TO STADIUM ACCESS ON MATCHDAY: Season ticket holders not sitting in their usual Premier League seat for this fixture will have their season ticket card activated for entry to the stadium. Paper tickets will not be issued.

Tickets in the following sale will be subject to availability on a first come, first served basis, and a queuing system will be in place:

Members who recorded two games from 1pm on Thursday January 30.

Should any tickets remain, the club will provide further sale updates here.

The local general sale will take place from 8.15am on Friday January 31.

THE CLUB RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE ANY SALE TO A CONTROLLED SALE IF GIVEN ADVICE FROM THE POLICE OR OTHER RELEVANT AUTHORITIES.

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Liverpool v Shrewsbury Town: FA Cup replay ticket details

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 01/28/2020 - 09:30
Liverpool FC has released the following ticket details for the FA Cup fourth-round replay against Shrewsbury Town at Anfield.
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Gini Wijnaldum interview | Narrow wins, West Ham clash and 'phenomenal' Hendo

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 01/28/2020 - 08:00

Liverpool's ability to grind out victories in the Premier League comes from the self-confidence they have built up in recent seasons, explained Georginio Wijnaldum.

The Reds chalked up a 22nd win from 23 matches in the division last Thursday despite Wolverhampton Wanderers cancelling out their early lead and then mounting an extended period of pressure during the second half at Molineux.

After weathering the Wolves storm, Roberto Firmino produced an exquisite finish with six minutes remaining to seal a 2-1 result for the leaders, who opened up a 16-point gap to Manchester City in second.

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Such resilient performances have been common not just this season but last term, too, and Wijnaldum feels Liverpool’s belief they will find a way to win grows on each occasion they do so.

“Yes, but it’s also confidence,” the midfielder told Liverpoolfc.com, when asked if clinching narrow results is evidence of the team’s mentality.

“Because we did it so many times, we have the confidence that even if we concede a goal or during the game we don’t score a goal and we’re coming to the last minutes of the game, we still have the confidence we can score a goal.

“It’s both – but confidence is also a big part. We stay cool, we believe in the quality we have and we are always confident we can score a goal.”

Jürgen Klopp’s side take their unbeaten record – now at 23 matches this season and 40 in total going back to 2018-19 – to West Ham United on Wednesday night.

They were held at London Stadium in the corresponding fixture almost 12 months ago as Michail Antonio struck back to equalise a breakthrough by Sadio Mane.

And the memory of that game, coupled with the Hammers’ need for points as they aim to move away from the relegation zone, means Liverpool have to be especially focused according to Wijnaldum.

“What I can say from the previous seasons that we played them [is] that it was not always easy there,” said the Dutchman.

“We had some good results there. Last season was not that good, we went ahead but drew there and we could have lost the game because they were good on that day.

“Normally every game in the Premier League is a difficult game but they are really tough when they play at home – we know that and we have to deal with that.

“When teams are fighting to get points to survive it’s always difficult to go there because you know they’re going to fight, they’re going to give more than 100 per cent to collect points because they want to survive. So it’s always difficult to go to places like that.

“It’s already difficult to go into games away, but especially when they play [to avoid] relegation. It’s going to be really tough.

“But it also depends how we start the game and how we perform. Are we sharp? Are we concentrated? If we have all those kind of things it makes it easier, but it’s still going to be a tough game.”

Jordan Henderson scored the first goal and created the second in the win over Wolves as the Liverpool captain enjoys a sustained spell of outstanding form.

Wijnaldum has seen Henderson’s leadership qualities at first hand for the past three-and-a-half years and believes there is no better standard-bearer for the squad.

“He’s a phenomenal player, not only as a football player but also as a captain,” he said of the skipper.

“Since I came to Liverpool I got to know him. He is the best captain we can have for this team. The way he speaks with the players and helps the players is the way you want your captain to be.

“He is a really good player. Even when he sits on the bench or is not involved in the game, he tries to help the team out. It’s good that he gets the praise now that he deserves because he played a really good season until now, played really good games and scored important goals.

“In the dressing room he is a really big player for us because of the way he approaches the team, talks with the team and helps the team go forward. We really need him.”

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Gini Wijnaldum interview | Narrow wins, West Ham clash and 'phenomenal' Hendo

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 01/28/2020 - 08:00
Liverpool's ability to grind out victories in the Premier League comes from the self-confidence they have built up in recent seasons, explained Georginio Wijnaldum.
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Uninspiring Moyes, West Ham’s off-field turmoil & why Henderson “will have a field day”

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 01/28/2020 - 07:00

Liverpool are the overriding favourites to win at West Ham on Wednesday night, but will an out-of-sorts Hammers side spring a shock?


Jurgen Klopp‘s men could only draw 2-2 at Shrewsbury Town on Sunday evening, squandering a two-goal lead and ensuring an FA Cup fourth round replay must now take place.

Liverpool are back in Premier League action in midweek, allowing Klopp to bring back his big guns, following a weekend rest.

The Reds sit 16 points clear of Man City with a game in hand and a win on Wednesday would be another huge step towards title glory.

West Ham sit just above the relegation zone, with issues both on and off the pitch, but David Moyes would love nothing more than to spoil Liverpool’s party.

A win for the visitors would mean they have beaten all 19 top-flight opponents this season, having not yet faced the Hammers in 2019/20.

Ahead of the game, we spoke to Kris Gonzo (@GONZObignose) from Hammers Chat to get his thoughts on the season so far and Wednesday’s vital match for both sides.

West Ham are 17th in the Premier League – how disappointed are you with the season so far?

 West Ham United's Sébastien Haller during the FA Premier League match between Everton FC and West Ham United FC at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Immensely so.

Having spent £45 million on a striker in Sebastien Haller, everyone was hopeful that we may be able to break into the top 10.

We are a very poor team, though, and the dysfunctional midfield has been an issue for the past three seasons.

Tell us about the off-field issues at the club…

 A general view of the London Stadium, home of West Ham United, pictured before the FA Premier League match against Everton. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

West Ham fans protested before our recent Premier League game against Everton and another is planned in the near future.

Why is it happening? I’ll attempt to explain as briefly as I can.

We were very fond of Upton Park and most did not want to leave. The board were fully aware of the fans’ feelings so promised to try and convince us the move was a good idea.

We were told that it would allow us to compete with the top six, attract world-class players and give us the financial ammunition to challenge for Champions League qualification.

Our chairman David Gold went on camera and pledged that the seats in the Olympic Stadium would be no further from the pitch at Upton Park, meaning an unrivalled matchday experience would be had.

Karren Brady trotted out the line, “world-class football in a world-class stadium,” while hurriedly changing our club crest.

The word ‘London’ was added underneath the badge to make us more attractive to the wider world and ‘West Ham Olympic Rovers’ were born.

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Three years down the line we find ourselves in an athletics stadium with the fans miles from the pitch.

The one world-class player we had at Upton Park, Dimitri Payet, was replaced with Robert Snodgrass and we find ourselves looking at relegation.

Our training facilities are the worst in the league, which manifests itself in an atrocious injury record.

We are currently operating with one senior scout and all of this during a season when we have saved at least £15 million from the annual wage bill.

We have hired a manager who was released 18 months ago because he wasn’t good enough and to top it all off, he hasn’t even been allowed to bring right-hand man Stuart Pearce with him.

West Ham have been sold a dream but delivered a nightmare.

Our main asset has been sold off and we now find ourselves in a rented stadium where the landlord is losing £20 million or more every year.

We are in deep trouble.

Are you pleased with the appointment of Moyes? And was Pellegrini’s sacking fair?

 West Ham United's manager David Moyes shakes hands with Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Manuel Pellegrini’s sacking was not just fair but probably six weeks too late. It had been evident for some time that he had been devoid of ideas and unable to motivate the players.

David Moyes was released from his first stint at West Ham because his football was terrible.

He finished 13th but the position was inflated by two wins against teams who were already on their summer holidays at the end of the season.

We would often have games where we enjoyed less than a quarter of the possession and register no shots on target, which simply isn’t good enough.

For the board to go back a reappoint him shows just how little foresight and football knowledge they possess.

Which players have stood out most this season?

Angelo Ogbonna has been fine and Michail Antonio is always a real threat, but he is always injured.

Unfortunately, I can’t ever see a situation where he plays more than 10 games in a row for us.

Have any been particularly poor?

 West Ham United's Manuel Lanzini during the FA Premier League match between Everton FC and West Ham United FC at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

All of them really, but Manuel Lanzini is a major disappointment because he has the most talent.

He has played at half throttle since his return from major injury and it is easy to see that he is scared of contact.

Pablo Zabaleta is now 35 years of age and just not up to the pace of Premier League football anymore.

Haller is a talented striker and our record signing, but he is left isolated in attack and as a result has become disinterested and sulky.

How highly do you rate this Liverpool side among the best of Premier League era?

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC at Molineux Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The best by some distance really.

When I was growing up, Liverpool were sweeping all before them under Bob Paisley, but this seems like the dawn of a new era.

Sure, there have been some very good sides, and for a time the partnership of Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres looked to be the most potent attack around, but this team are on another level.

While players such as Xabi Alonso were world class, I never really thought that the standard was replicated throughout that team under Rafa Benitez.

What do you think is the key to their success?

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates after the FA Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC at Molineux Stadium. Liverpool wom 2-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Leaving the Boot Room legacy behind and creating a new standard.

Jurgen Klopp clearly has a respect and affinity for past Liverpool glories, but he is also very much his own man.

He is unburdened by the shadow of Bill Shankly, and in many respects even the Moores family, and any reverence to the past.

He’s stamped his personality, tactics and ethos on the club and for the first time in years, your club is looking forwards rather than backwards.

Who do you fear most for the Reds on Wednesday?

 Liverpool's Andy Robertson (L) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mate Trent Alexander-Arnold during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and FC Salzburg at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino will cause most damage I would imagine, but someone like Jordan Henderson will have a field day against our midfield.

We won’t really be able to contest any area of the pitch, so any of your players will thrive.

Andy Robertson may be licking his lips at the prospect of facing a Zabaleta who is well past his sell-by date.

Where will the key battles take place?

 Liverpool's Adam Lallana (L) and West Ham United's Declan Rice during the FA Premier League match between West Ham United FC and Liverpool FC at the London Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

I can’t really see there being any battles as such.

It is really a case of which area we will surrender last and I would imagine Ogbonna, Declan Rice and a half-fit Antonio will try and keep you as honest as possible.

We are a painfully slow team though with no cutting edge up front, so I would expect a very easy night for Klopp’s marauders.

We are going down and Liverpool will add the domestic crown to your European title.

Finally, hit us with your prediction…

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates after the FA Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC at Molineux Stadium. Liverpool wom 2-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

West Ham 0-4 Liverpool.

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1pm GMT: Watch Jürgen Klopp's pre-West Ham press conference live

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 01/28/2020 - 06:00

Jürgen Klopp's pre-West Ham United press conference will take place at 1pm GMT today – and you can watch it live with us.

Liverpool play their game in hand in the Premier League at London Stadium on Wednesday night.

Ahead of the trip to the capital, the manager will speak to the media at Melwood about the clash and other Reds-related topics.

See everything Klopp has to say by returning to this page before the start time to access a free YouTube stream of the press conference.

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1pm GMT: Watch Jürgen Klopp's pre-West Ham press conference live

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 01/28/2020 - 06:00
Jürgen Klopp's pre-West Ham United press conference will take place at 1pm GMT today – and you can watch it live with us.
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58 training photos: Reds turn focus to West Ham clash at Melwood

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 20:01

Liverpool picked up their preparations for the Premier League clash with West Ham United today - and our photographers were at Melwood to provide a gallery.

The Reds were in training this afternoon ahead of their game in hand in the league, which sees them face the Hammers at London Stadium on Wednesday night.

Take a look at their session in our gallery from Melwood below.

Photos by John and Andrew Powell

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58 training photos: Reds turn focus to West Ham clash at Melwood

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 20:01
Liverpool picked up their preparations for the Premier League clash with West Ham United today - and our photographers were at Melwood to provide a gallery.
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Liverpool or Shrewsbury to play Chelsea in FA Cup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 19:23

Liverpool will face Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round – should they beat Shrewsbury in the fourth round replay.


Jurgen Klopp has insisted that the replay against the League One side will be managed by under-23s manager Neil Critchley and not involve any first-team players.

The fifth round takes place mid-week, one of the agreements the FA made in order to facilitate the Premier League‘s inaugural winter break, and won’t involve any replays.

Fifth round ties will be the week starting Monday, 2 March 2020, with Chelsea at home for their tie.

Liverpool’s replay against Shrewsbury will be on either February 4 or 5.

Klopp has never made it past the fourth round as Liverpool manager.

The last time Liverpool were in an FA Cup final they lost 2-1 to Chelsea in 2012.

Liverpool Women were also drawn away to Chelsea in the fifth round, after they hammered Blackburn Rovers Women 8-1 on Sunday.

Full Draw

Sheffield Wednesday v Manchester City
Reading or Cardiff v Sheffield United
Chelsea v Shrewsbury or Liverpool
West Brom v Newcastle or Oxford
Leicester v Coventry or Birmingham
Northampton or Derby v Manchester United
Southampton or Tottenham v Norwich


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Liverpool or Shrewsbury to face Chelsea in FA Cup fifth round

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 19:23

The winner of the FA Cup fourth-round replay between Liverpool and Shrewsbury Town will face Chelsea in the next stage.

Monday evening’s fifth-round draw set up an away clash with Frank Lampard's Blues for the team that progresses at the second attempt.

The Reds drew 2-2 with League One outfit Shrewsbury at New Meadow on Sunday, with the sides to meet again at Anfield.

Fifth-round ties are scheduled to take place in the week commencing Monday March 2.

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Liverpool or Shrewsbury to face Chelsea in FA Cup fifth round

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 19:23
The winner of the FA Cup fourth-round replay between Liverpool and Shrewsbury Town will face Chelsea in the next stage.
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Reds to meet Chelsea in Women's FA Cup fifth round

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 18:50

Liverpool FC Women will face Chelsea in the fifth round of the Women's FA Cup.

Vicky Jepson’s Reds eased into the next stage of the competition with an 8-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers Ladies on Sunday afternoon.

Their reward is a trip to Chelsea, who booked their place with a 4-0 win against Charlton Athletic.

Fifth-round ties are scheduled to be played on Sunday February 16. Fixture and ticket details will be confirmed on Liverpoolfc.com in due course.

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Reds to meet Chelsea in Women's FA Cup fifth round

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 18:50
Liverpool FC Women will face Chelsea in the fifth round of the Women's FA Cup.
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FA respond after Klopp’s replay refusal, but Liverpool owners back boss

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 18:30

The Football Association says Liverpool and other Premier League clubs were warned that FA Cup fourth-round replays would fall during the mid-season break, and says it “went to great lengths” to ensure a break could happen at all.


Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has said that neither he nor his first-team stars will be present for their replay at home to Shrewsbury, which is set to take place on February 4 and would therefore mean the club only having 10 football-free days during the rest period.

He said his club wanted to “respect” the mid-season break, and the intention is that under-23s boss Neil Critchley will take charge of a youthful Reds side for the replay.

Klopp said on Sunday: “The Premier League asked us to respect the winter break. That’s what we do. If the FA doesn’t respect that, then we cannot change it. We will not be there.”

The FA defended its position in a statement issued on Monday afternoon, citing the fact that it had made concessions over the fifth round in order to fit a break in.

Fifth-round ties will now be played in midweek in March, and there will be no replays from that stage onwards.

“The FA went to great lengths to create an annual mid-season player break, working closely with the Premier League and its clubs,” an FA statement read.

“It is a new and significant addition to the English football calendar and is designed to benefit clubs and their players.

 Liverpool and Plymouth Argyle players shake hands before the FA Cup 3rd Round match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“To accommodate the annual mid-season player break, the FA rescheduled the fifth round to midweek and removed fifth-round replays from the calendar. This allowed the Premier League room in its calendar to have a split round of fixtures over two weekends.

“Prior to the start of the 2019-20 season, all clubs accepted that FA Cup fourth-round replays, where required, would have to take place during the first week of the mid-season player break.

“This will only affect a small number of clubs due to the split of Premier League fixtures in the mid-season player break.”

The other clubs so far affected by this are Newcastle, Southampton and Tottenham, who all face fourth-round replays.

The FA is understood to have no plans to scrap fourth-round replays despite calls, especially from the likes of Klopp and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, to do so.

It feels it has to represent the interests of clubs all the way down the pyramid. FA Cup runs can have a transformative financial effect on clubs, with Lincoln attributing some of their investment in training facilities to revenue earned from success in the competition.

Accrington chief executive Andy Holt criticised Liverpool on Twitter, saying: “This is a battle @FA must win or their flagship competition is totally undermined. @LFC need censuring and fining heavily. It’s not their football.”

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp chats with co-owner and NESV Chairman Tom Werner, owner John W. Henry and Director Michael Gordon during a training session ahead of the International Champions Cup 2016 game against AC Milan on day nine of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Levi's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It is understood Klopp’s stance has the backing of the club’s owners, while former Reds defender Jamie Carragher – now a pundit – also spoke out in the German’s defence.

“Senior players having a winter break is right, you can’t implement one and then have a replay in the break. That’s the same for all PL clubs,” Carragher wrote on Twitter.

“But Klopp should take the team, his young players will be delighted and the picture of him in Ibiza with a (beer) will be on every front page!”

The club have already been forced to make a similar decision in regard to the Carabao Cup earlier this season, when a side led by Critchley played against Aston Villa while the first team competed in the Club World Cup in Qatar last month.

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FA statement, and Minamino knows where he must improve – Monday’s Liverpool FC News

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 18:00

Liverpool are having to deal with significant fall-out after an FA Cup draw led Jurgen Klopp to declare he wouldn’t manage and his first-team wouldn’t play in the replay.


FA fume that managers don’t like their stupid decisions

You know the score by now: FA Cup fourth-round replays are due to take place for most teams in the first week of the so-called winter break, a winter break which now contains a fixture for the Reds.

Klopp immediately said post-game that neither he nor his team would be around for the game, leaving it to the kids and U23 boss Neil Critchley, but the FA are unimpressed.

They say all teams were made aware that replays would be played at this time, apparently believing that insulates them from the stupidity of the decision to, er, plan matches during a break:

FA Statement:

“The FA went to great lengths to create an annual mid-season player break, working closely with the Premier League and its clubs.

“It is a new and significant addition to the English football calendar and is designed to benefit clubs and their players.

“To accommodate the annual mid-season player break, the FA rescheduled the fifth round to midweek and removed fifth-round replays from the calendar. This allowed the Premier League room in its calendar to have a split round of fixtures over two weekends.

“Prior to the start of the 2019-20 season, all clubs accepted that FA Cup fourth-round replays, where required, would have to take place during the first week of the mid-season player break.

“This will only affect a small number of clubs due to the split of Premier League fixtures in the mid-season player break.”

Of course, it’s only Klopp getting pelters for his comments, even though Steve Bruce and others have similarly pointed out the lunacy of the situation. Then again, only Klopp said he wasn’t turning up…

Minamino wants self-improvement

 Liverpool's new signing Japan international Takumi Minamino during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 235th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Our new boy was unable to shine at the weekend, flitting in and out of the game and eventually subbed off on his second start for the club.

There’s lots more to come from Takumi Minamino, but he knows he faces a fight to earn first-team minutes, given the quality and consistency shown (most of the time!).

Speaking after the draw with Shrewsbury, he told Kyodo News outlet that he is aware of the areas he needs to improve to nail down a regular spot in the side.

“I need to raise my tactical awareness and show my versatility.

“I started in a role that I’m used to, where I was able to receive the ball in good positions, but in the 2nd half I became less involved. I have to be more aggressive.”

It looks as though Sadio Mane won’t play against West Ham, so the Japanese international may get another chance to impress, be it from the start or off the bench.

More reaction to Klopp

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp before the FA Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC at Molineux Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Unsurprisingly, everybody wants their say on the boss’ decision to not take charge of the fourth-round replay.

Wilson back among the goals

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Back to the football action, there’s positive news on the loan front after a host of youngsters featured over the weekend.

Harry Wilson took the headlines after finding the back of the net for the first time since November, but there was also a senior debut for young goalkeeper Dan Atherton and more game time for the likes of Rhian Brewster and Herbie Kane.

Our complete loan round-up gives you all the lowdown on those who are hoping to make the grade at Anfield in future.

Quickfire LFC news

 Liverpool's Rinsola Babajide during a friendly match between Liverpool FC Women and Metropolitan Conference All Stars at Jordan Field at the Harvard Stadium on day seven of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Adrian expressed his disappointment at the Reds letting a two-goal lead slip (TIA)
  • Rinsola Babjide scored four as LFC Women beat Blackburn 8-1 in the Women’s FA Cup (LFC)
  • And FIFA 20 fans can revel in the fact that a whole bunch of Reds are getting a massive upgrade (Echo)
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 Real Madrid's James Rodriguez in action against Sevilla during the UEFA Super Cup at the Cardiff City Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Pep Guardiola was disappointed that the Emptihad Stadium wasn’t full for City’s FA Cup game (BBC Sport)
  • PSV winger Steven Bergwijn, linked with the Reds last year, might be heading to Spurs instead; look forward to him being berated by Jose Mourinho in a few weeks’ time (Mirror)
  • Arsenal and Everton want James Rodriguez on loan from Real Madrid, because apparently he’s now an option for mid-table fodder (AS)
  • And remember when Liverpool were definitely interested in Sander Berge, then Napoli were definitely getting him instead? Sheffield United have just had a bid turned down (Mail)
Laughable rumour outcome of the day

Man United‘s pretend move for Bruno Fernandes seemed to hit the wall over the weekend; now the Times reckon they’re putting another offer in – still well below what Sporting CP said they won’t budge from – and it’s set to be rejected as they are expecting a much bigger bid from another team.

Got to love the way that club is run at the moment.

Tweet of the day

Far and away the best in Europe.

Liverpool have won 97% of all points available ? pic.twitter.com/cuOknzBiVL

— Declan Rogers (@ReclanDogers) January 27, 2020

What we’re reading

A great interview with Thomas Hitzlsperger, former Aston Villa midfieler and now Stuttgart chief executive, on the Athletic.

Worth watching tonight

Bournemouth against Arsenal in the FA Cup, 8pm kick-off on BT Sport 1. Let’s see if Arteta ends up fuming over a winter break replay, too…

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Quick Guide to the Premier League Winter Break

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 17:06

The mid-season player break for Premier League players will take place next month, with one round of top-flight fixtures staggered over two weekends.


The break is in the spotlight with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp saying he will “respect” it by letting under-23s boss Neil Critchley take charge of a youthful side for the FA Cup fourth-round replay against Shrewsbury.

That tie will take place – unless moved for television – on February 4, which is the first week of the two-week break period.

Here, the PA news agency explains how the break will work, who gets the most rest, and which players will be most in need of it.

When does the break happen?

One round of Premier League games will be played over two weekends – with teams given a rest on one of them.

Matches will be played on February 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 and 17, with all the games due to be televised. The decision to introduce a break followed an agreement between the Premier League, the Football Association and the EFL in June 2018.

Do all teams get an equal break?

No. Southampton look set to have the shortest break in terms of football-free days – nine between their scheduled fourth-round replay against Tottenham on February 5 and their next league match on February 15.

Chelsea and Manchester United have got the longest breaks at 15 days each.

What about Liverpool?

 Liverpool's Curtis Jones scores the first goal during the FA Cup 4th Round match between Shrewsbury Town FC and Liverpool FC at the New Meadow. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool get a 10-day break between the Shrewsbury game on February 4 and their next league fixture on February 15, but if Klopp sticks to his guns and rests his first-team players then the break becomes 13 days.

Will anyone else feel aggrieved?

Wolves are one of five teams who have a 12-day football-free period, but have already played 40 matches in all competitions this season after starting their Europa League campaign at the second qualifying round stage in July.

Which players have played the most?

Wolves and Liverpool players feature heavily in the top 10. Wolves skipper Conor Coady tops the list with 3,420 minutes, the equivalent of playing every minute of an entire 38-match Premier League campaign already.

Team-mates Joao Moutinho, Rui Patricio and Leander Dendoncker occupy positions two to four in the list with Raul Jimenez sixth, while Liverpool are represented by Virgil Van Dijk (3,030 minutes), Andy Robertson (2,913) and Mohamed Salah (2,747).

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