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Inside Training: Finishing practice and more at Thursday's session

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 11/05/2020 - 21:14

Go behind the scenes of Liverpool's preparations for the clash with Manchester City with our latest edition of Inside Training.

The champions travel to Etihad Stadium this weekend off the back of a 5-0 Champions League win at Atalanta BC last time out.

The LFCTV GO cameras were at Melwood to film Thursday afternoon's session as the Reds build up for the trip to City.

It was a workout that included finishing practice, small games and more - and subscribers can watch the best of it in the video above.

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Inside Training: Finishing practice and more at Thursday's session

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 11/05/2020 - 21:14
Go behind the scenes of Liverpool's preparations for the clash with Manchester City with our latest edition of Inside Training.
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Anfield to host COVID-19 testing as LFC backs new city scheme

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 11/05/2020 - 19:55

Liverpool Football Club is backing the ground-breaking COVID-19 mass testing scheme, which will launch in the city on Friday - with Anfield to be utilised as a screening venue from next week.

Jürgen Klopp and his players, as well as Vicky Jepson and the LFC Women squad, have declared their support for the programme and encouraged everyone who lives and works in Liverpool to get tested.

In addition, Anfield stadium will act as one of seven testing sites in the coming days, which are opening their doors from 9am GMT until 7pm daily.

Other centres, all of which open on Friday, will be located at:

  • Lifestyles Alsop Fitness Centre
  • Lifestyles Walton
  • Lifestyles Ellergreen
  • Lifestyles Park Road
  • Liverpool Tennis Centre
  • Lifestyle Garston

Testing centres should only be attended by people who are not displaying symptoms.

Anyone displaying COVID-19 symptoms can still attend any of the existing centres or a mobile testing unit, which can be booked via www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

For the first day, all the centres will accommodate walk-ins. Testing slots can also be booked via www.gov.uk/testliverpool or using the NHS COVID-19 app. People are advised there may be queues at these locations.

Hundreds of thousands of tests will be made available over the trial period which will include:

  • Lateral flow test (LFT): a simple self-swab test which will give results in under an hour.
  • Existing swab tests: mouth and nose swabs that will supply results within 48 to 72 hours.

Everyone in the city is being asked to get tested, but there is specific emphasis in asking health and care workers, other emergency services and key workers, school staff and pupils, university staff and students to come forward.

More centres will be opened in the coming days and it is expected that the pilot will last initially for around 10 days, with a view to it being extended. Liverpool City Council will be supported by the military in the planning, coordination and delivery of whole-city testing.

Testing will be carried out in new and existing test sites, using home kits, in hospitals and care home settings, and schools, universities and workplaces.

Positive results from tests will be collected by NHS Test and Trace and published as part of the daily case numbers, including how many positive cases are detected with this new method of testing. Results will be received from NHS Test and Trace via text and email. Anyone coming for a test should bring a mobile phone with them.

Anyone who tests positive, using either a lateral flow test or an existing swab test, must self-isolate along with their household immediately and their contacts will be traced. Those who test negative will need to continue to follow all national guidance. In addition, anybody testing positive via the lateral flow testing may be asked to take a second confirmatory PCR test.

These more advanced tests will help identify infectious individuals who are not displaying symptoms and help find more positive cases so they can self-isolate and prevent the virus from spreading, in a first step towards rolling out mass testing more widely across the UK.

To read the FAQs about the mass testing, click here.

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Anfield to host COVID-19 testing as LFC backs new city scheme

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 11/05/2020 - 19:55
Liverpool Football Club is backing the ground-breaking COVID-19 mass testing scheme, which will launch in the city on Friday - with Anfield to be utilised as a screening venue from next week.
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LFC Foundation update: New virtual timetable

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 11/05/2020 - 19:38

In response to the second national lockdown, all of LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours' face-to-face community programmes have now been paused.

LFC Foundation has launched a new weekly timetable of virtual sessions for its Mini Kicks, Kicks, Kicks Girls, Kicks Inclusion and Open Goals programmes.

Places are limited so please pre-book in advance by visiting liverpoolfc.com/foundation. All sessions are free and open to all, unless stated.

Monday

  • 4.15pm-5pm: Mini Kicks, ages 4-6
  • 5pm-5.30pm: Kicks Inclusion (PAN football), under 14s
  • 5.15pm-6pm: Kicks, ages 7-8
  • 5.30pm-6pm: Kicks Inclusion, (PAN football), ages 14+

Tuesday

  • 4.15pm-5pm: Kicks Girls, ages 7-10
  • 5.30pm-6pm: Open Goals, ages 5+

Wednesday

  • 4.15pm-5pm: Mini Kicks, ages 4-6
  • 5.15pm-6pm: Kicks, ages 9-10

Thursday

  • 5pm-5.30pm: Kicks Inclusion (Disability & SLD), under 16s
  • 5.30pm-6pm: Kicks Inclusion (Physical Impairment & SLD), ages 16+
  • 5.30pm-6pm: Open Goals, ages 5+
  • 5pm-5.45pm: Kicks Girls, ages 11+

Friday

  • 4.15pm-5pm: Mini Kicks, ages 4-6
  • 5.30pm-5.45pm: Kicks Inclusion (Wheelchair Football), ages 6+

The Red Neighbours team are also running virtual yoga sessions on Mondays and Thursdays for adults. For more information, please email redneighbours@liverpoolfc.com.

The safety of our participants, their families and staff team is paramount and we will continue to support our communities during this difficult time.

The LFC safeguarding website – liverpoolfc.com/fans/safeguarding – also provides information on a number of additional support services available.

Please contact lfcfoundation@liverpoolfc.com if you require any additional information.

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LFC Foundation update: New virtual timetable

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 11/05/2020 - 19:38
In response to the second national lockdown, all of LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours' face-to-face community programmes have now been paused.
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Melwood gallery: 50 photos as Reds continue Man City preparations

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 11/05/2020 - 19:08

Work continued at Melwood on Thursday as Liverpool's focus turned to the weekend trip to face Manchester City at Etihad Stadium.

After recording a comprehensive 5-0 win over Atalanta BC in the Champions League on Tuesday, the Reds were back at work under the watchful eyes of Jürgen Klopp and his backroom team.

With Melwood cloaked in early November darkness for the late-afternoon session, drills were carried out under the floodlights.

See our gallery of photos from the session below...

Photos by Andrew Powell

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Melwood gallery: 50 photos as Reds continue Man City preparations

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 11/05/2020 - 19:08
Work continued at Melwood on Thursday as Liverpool's focus turned to the weekend trip to face Manchester City at Etihad Stadium.
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LFC Foundation, LDSA and Owen McVeigh Foundation host Spooktacular event

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 11/05/2020 - 17:45

The Liverpool Disabled Supporters Association hosted a virtual Halloween Spooktacular event with support from LFC Foundation and the Owen McVeigh Foundation on Friday October 30.

Participants from LFC Foundation’s Inclusion sessions, alongside members of the LDSA and Owen McVeigh Foundation, were invited to join a Halloween-themed community Zoom call.

Prior to the event, the children were visited by teams from LFC Foundation and the LDSA and received special goody bags full of tricks and treats to get them ready for the night’s activities. These included their very own Cadbury’s ‘Champion’ chocolate bar, popcorn and Halloween cupcakes provided by Laura’s Little Bakery.

The night was a huge success, with face painting, fun and games on Zoom, and a great sense of community, even though people couldn’t physically be together.

There were also special recorded messages to the children from Academy players, LFC Women stars, and former Reds goalkeeper Chris Kirkland.

The Halloween Spooktacular event is the first of many activities planned between the LDSA, Owen McVeigh Foundation and LFC Foundation.

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LFC Foundation, LDSA and Owen McVeigh Foundation host Spooktacular event

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 11/05/2020 - 17:45
The Liverpool Disabled Supporters Association hosted a virtual Halloween Spooktacular event with support from LFC Foundation and the Owen McVeigh Foundation on Friday October 30.
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PPV plan binned & Reds watching Schalke duo – Liverpool FC Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 11/05/2020 - 17:37

Liverpool are preparing for a vital weekend game against Man City as the transfer rumours continue to focus on defensive recruitment in January.

Leicester game won’t be PPV

Premier League clubs have voted to bin the pathetic, greedy, insensitive, outrageous and frankly stupid £14.95 pay-per-view model for games.

A massive backlash from fans saw clubs and broadcasters come in for criticism, even though it’s possible the latter didn’t have much say or sway in the pricing structure.

For the Reds, that means our game against Leicester after the international break should become free-to-air, once the announcement is official.

The ‘broadcasting partners’ will continue to show the games not selected for subscription TV packages, with fans not having to pay additionally for those one-off games.

Schalke defensive duo linked

Virgil van Dijk - Unity is strength (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Whether or not you feel the likes of Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams have stepped up enough to keep being first-team options, the likelihood is that Liverpool will buy a new centre-back sooner or later.

In January or next summer, a new third or fourth option is probably going to be a requirement for Jurgen Klopp and the German media are adamant that our recruitment eyes are fixed on Gelsenkirchen.

Schalke centre-back Ozan Kabak has been long linked with the Reds and latest reports say €20 million will snare him in January.

However, as we noted yesterday, Malick Thiaw is also seen as an option, the stand-in defender during Kabak’s suspension.

Might be worth tuning into the Bundesliga a few times between now and January!

Injuries and internationals

 Liverpool's Diogo Jota sees his shot saved during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Atalanta BC and Liverpool FC at the Stadio di Bergamo. (Pic by Simone Arveda/Propaganda)

One more game then a two-week break for three, yes three, irritating international games.

Quickfire LFC news

 Liverpool’s Andy Robertson (L) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (R) before the opening FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leeds United FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • The first episode of ‘Wingmen’ has gone live – Trent and Robbo’s TV show! (TIA)
  • Ali says Jota can be best-described as humble and hard-working, and backed him to keep improving as he learns (Mirror)
  • And Steven Gerrard says he hopes Mo Salah goes on to shatter his European goalscoring records with the Reds (Herald)
Around the Prem

 Manchester United's Paul Pogba during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg match between Manchester United FC and Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • In our CL round-up, Skrtel gets one over United and the Reds take a big leap forward (TIA)
  • There’s nothing like hyperbole, so ex-Man City defender Richard Dunne goes with the eighth game of the PL campaign being the one which “decides the season” (Goal)
  • Juventus are talking about how much they admire Paul Pogba again, which might be the most predictable move ever at this stage (Mirror)
  • And Arteta says William Saliba could go on loan in January, which is nice considering he was out on loan already, they brought him back, tried to send him again and failed last month, leaving him with a pointless three-month wait (Mail)
Stupid recruitment process of the day

Man United missed out on a Bundesliga winger this summer apparently. No, not that one. Nope, not that one either. This one is Moussa Diaby, the Bayer Leveruksen flier who they apparently also wanted. What a wreck of a club. Keep it going!

Tweet of the day

.@DiogoJota18 has been nominated for the @ChampionsLeague Player of the Week award ???

You can vote for him now ?

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 5, 2020

Worth watching tonight

Is the Europa League “worth watching”? Milan vs Lille at 8 is decent, or Sociedad vs AZ at 5:55.

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Premier League to scrap pay-per-view scheme as fan backlash forces U-turn

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 11/05/2020 - 16:24

The Premier League is set to scrap its controversial pay-per-view scheme, with every behind-closed-doors game now set to be included in usual TV subscription packages.

Prior to the decision to introduce a pay-per-view plan for all games not selected by Sky Sports and BT Sport, every Premier League fixture during lockdown was shared between broadcasters.

With fans unable to attend games, it was a common-sense solution to ensure those wishing to watch their side would still be given the opportunity to, and the setup was hugely popular.

However, towards the start of October it was announced that those not usually broadcast would be made available on a pay-per-view basis, with the price point at £14.95 a game.

Unsurprisingly this did not go down well, and fans instead boycotted games in their thousands, with many instead donating the fee proposed to local foodbanks.

For example, Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over Sheffield United last month saw almost £130,000 raised for Fans Supporting Foodbanks, with 8,407 doners shattering the initial £10,000 goal.

The Premier League are now set to relent on their plans to maintain the pay-per-view model, after suggestions they could simply lower the price, with it widely reported that it will be scrapped.

Matchday, Liverpool lineup pre-match at Anfield. TV camera. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Martyn Ziegler of the Times reports that while a formal announcement is not expected until next week, with broadcasters required to agree to terms, no games are expected to be used for pay-per-view from after the international break.

This will last until at least the end of the year, with it “unlikely” the scheme will be revived in the new year, even for a reduced fee.

“Club chiefs had been taken aback by the storm of criticism by fans,” Ziegler reports, though it was hardly a shock to see the pay-per-view model receive a vociferous response given the huge financial blow the public has taken in the pandemic.

Though a final decision is yet to be made, this is hugely encouraging and, while their own subscription fees can be seen as exorbitant, all games will now be available on Sky Sports, BT Sport and Amazon Prime.

This means that Liverpool’s home clash with Leicester after the international break – which is currently scheduled as a 3pm kickoff on Saturday, November 21 – will certainly be on TV.

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Man City vs Liverpool on Sky: Jesus to start; will Jota get nod?

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Thu, 11/05/2020 - 16:02

Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Manchester City vs Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday; kick-off 4.30pm.

Team news

Sergio Aguero has been ruled out of Manchester City's big Premier League clash with champions Liverpool in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

City's all-time leading goalscorer has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury but though he had been given an outside chance of featuring, Pep Guardiola confirmed at his press conference: "No, he is not ready, not yet."

As Aguero focuses on returning after the international break, Gabriel Jesus could start after scoring on his comeback from a thigh injury in midweek.

Left-back Benjamin Mendy and midfielder Fernandinho remain on the sidelines.

 2:19 Former Liverpool winger John Barnes says the return of fit-again Gabriel Jesus for Manchester City makes him more nervous for Sunday’s clash and believes Roberto Firmino has been ‘unfairly criticised’ for his lack of goals

Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara is not ready for the trip to the Etihad.

The Spaniard, left out of his country's forthcoming international matches, has missed the last five games with a knee problem.

In-form forward Diogo Jota is fit after a knock in the midweek Champions League win over Atalanta and his hat-trick in that match means he is pushing Roberto Firmino for a starting place, while centre-back Joel Matip could come in for the first time since mid-September.

Jurgen Klopp 0:41 Jurgen Klopp says Manchester City are one of the hardest teams to face in world football How to follow Sunday 8th November 4:00pm Kick off 4:30pm Sky Sports Premier League HD Sky Sports Premier League HD

Manchester City vs Liverpool will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Premier League from 4pm on Super Sunday; kick-off at 4.30pm. Sky Sports customers can watch in-game clips in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.

Jones Knows' prediction Liverpool Man City Greatest Goals 5:01 Ahead of their meeting on Sunday, we take a look at some of the greatest goals between Liverpool and Manchester City in the Premier League

A monster of a football match.

I just hope we get a cleanly run affair in order to gauge a true understanding of what levels these two teams are operating at. For the last two campaigns, these two have been streets ahead of the rest. Is that still the case? Are these two still the standard-bearers for the Premier League?

I would say Liverpool certainly are. Barring the anomaly at Aston Villa, they have put in some excellent performances with their full-backs, central midfield and deadly front three still the best in the business.

However, I am yet to be convinced that City are the same beast though. I would say they are massively vulnerable this season for a top-two finish.

This has been the worst start after six league games in Guardiola's 12-season senior managerial career. His City side have won fewer games, scored fewer goals and conceded more goals than in any of his previous seasons in charge of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and City.

At this stage of last season, City had already scored 24 goals, they have just nine this time around. The intensity without the ball has also looks toned down, something that you cannot accuse Liverpool of.

I think this is a bigger game for City than it is for Liverpool in that regard. They have more questions to answer. More points to prove.

A defeat would leave them nine points adrift of Jurgen Klopp's team. Even at this stage, that is a huge gap to chase down. All those factors make Liverpool a very tempting proposition at 12/5 for an away win. It is not often you can get prices of such juice about a team than ran away with the title just a few months ago and remain consistently operating to the same performance level.

JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 1-3 (20/1 with Sky Bet)

 1:32 Steven McInerney from Esteemed Kompany and Neil Atkinson from the Anfield Wrap discuss the outcome of Manchester City's game with Liverpool in the Premier league Opta stats
  • Manchester City have won their last three home league games against Liverpool by an aggregate score of 11-1. They've not won four consecutively against the Reds at home since March 1937.
  • Liverpool haven't kept a clean sheet in any of their last 10 away league games against Man City, conceding 26 goals in total in that run (W1 D2 L7).
  • Manchester City have won nine of their last 10 Premier League games against reigning champions, with the only exception in that run being a 2-4 loss at Leicester in December 2016. However, they've won none of their last 11 when facing Liverpool as the previous season's title winner (D2 L9) since a 3-1 win in October 1977.
  • Manchester City are looking to win consecutive league games for the first time this season. The Citizens have scored exactly once in each of their last four matches - they last went five consecutive Premier League matches without netting more than once back in March 2009.
  • Liverpool have conceded 15 goals in their seven Premier League games this season, as many as they shipped in their first 26 league games last term. Indeed, it's the most the Reds have conceded seven games into a league campaign since 1964-65 (also 15).
  • Since the start of last season, Liverpool have won a league-high 28 points from losing positions in the Premier League, coming from behind to win each of their last two games. The Reds have never won three consecutive Premier League games when conceding first, with Arsenal in March 2012 (4) the last to do so in the competition.
  • In their six Premier League games this season, Man City have scored just nine goals (1.5 per game) and have an expected goals (xG) figure of 7.9 (1.3 per game). It's their lowest xG per game rate in the competition since we have this data available (2013-14), while it's their lowest goals-per-game rate in the league since 2007-08 (1.2).
  • Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has lost more games against Liverpool's Jürgen Klopp than he has any other manager in his career (8).
  • Mohamed Salah has scored 80 Premier League goals in 115 games for Liverpool since joining the Reds in 2017, at least nine more than any other player in the division in that time.
  • Two of Diogo Jota's three goals for Liverpool in the Premier League this season have been as a substitute - no other player has scored more than once from the bench in the competition so far this term.
Pitch to Post Preview Podcast: Jamie Carragher on Man City v Liverpool; Steve Bruce on Callum Wilson; Chelsea's title chances assessed

Jamie Carragher and Steve Bruce are among the guests on this week's Pitch to Post Preview Podcast.

Sky Sports pundit Carragher joins Peter Smith and Adam Bate to look ahead to the big Super Sunday clash between Man City and Liverpool, while Steve Bruce is on the line to discuss Newcastle's Friday Night Football trip to Southampton and the form of star striker Callum Wilson.

Also on the show we analyse how Chelsea have turned around their defensive problems, how Leicester have coped with injury problems, and Adam makes a bold Pitch.

Listen to the Sky Sports Pitch to Post Podcast on: Spotify | Apple | Castbox

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Trent & Robbo take ‘mini trophy parade’ in first episode of their new TV show

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 11/05/2020 - 15:34

The first episode of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson‘s new show Wingmen has gone live, with the Liverpool full-back pair taking in a mini trophy parade.

Within the tight-knit squad Jurgen Klopp has built at Anfield, there are few relationships closer than that of Trent and Robbo, who bounce off each other perfectly on and off the pitch.

So much so that they have been given their own TV show on Instagram, with episode one of Wingmen premiering on Thursday afternoon.

The pair drive around the Anfield area in Trent’s 4×4, although not before stopping off at the petrol station to fill up, with the right-back insisting on a game of rock, paper, scissors to determine who pays.

“People want to see competition,” was his excuse, and Robbo ended up being forced to head to the till.

Their tour took in some familiar sights, along with Trent’s childhood home in West Derby – which he still owns but admitted he didn’t have the keys for to show Robbo around – with the right-back reliving the trophy parade of 2005.

“When I was six, seven, when they won the Champions League in 2005, this was the route that they took,” he recalled.

“So it came literally down here. All our mates and everyone came to ours, there were people all on these walls, all in front of here, we were obviously on the walls, people in the windows, everything.

“That whole park was just full, there was a little party day in there. I’ll never forget it.”

It is a shame that the Liverpool supporters have so far been unable to experience the first Premier League trophy parade, but the hope is that it comes in the future – perhaps even to celebrate back-to-back titles.

The full-backs then took a trip to the Jordan Henderson mural on Sybil Road, which just happens to be opposite Trent’s own mural, which they took a selfie in front of.

On their way around, Robbo was told to ask who had the most embarrassing dance moves at Liverpool’s title party, and there was clearly no need to even argue, as they both agreed it was Klopp himself.

Trent joked that there is still an “open investigation” over who leaked the footage of the manager, with Robbo labelling it “the ultimate dad dance.”

Put a camera in front of a lot of footballers and the results can be bland and formulaic, but the first episode of Wingmen set up the series as a highly watchable one from Trent and Robbo.

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Lively start to Man City vs Liverpool LIVE!

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Thu, 11/05/2020 - 14:53

FTFull Time AETAfter Extra Time LIVEThis is a live match. ETExtra Time HTHalf Time

Manchester City vs Liverpool. Premier League.

4:30pm, Sunday 8th November 2020.

Etihad Stadium.

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Three Reds named in latest England squad

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 11/05/2020 - 14:00

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson have been named in the England squad for three matches later this month.

The Three Lions face Republic of Ireland in a friendly at Wembley on Thursday November 12, before two UEFA Nations League ties.

They travel to Belgium on Sunday November 15 and then host Iceland three days later.

And Alexander-Arnold, Gomez and Henderson are set to link up with their country for those matches following Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Manchester City this weekend.

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Three Reds named in latest England squad

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 11/05/2020 - 14:00
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson have been named in the England squad for three matches later this month.
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Pick your LFC Goal of the Month for October now

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 11/05/2020 - 11:00
It's time for you to pick Liverpool's Goal of the Month for October in our poll now.
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Pick your LFC Goal of the Month for October now

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 11/05/2020 - 11:00

It's time for you to pick Liverpool's Goal of the Month for October in our poll now.

We've selected the best 10 strikes from the first team, LFC Women and Academy from last month. 

Watch the shortlist in the video before casting a vote below. 

App users should tap here to vote.

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Dunne: City vs Liverpool almost a title-decider

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Thu, 11/05/2020 - 10:45

Former Manchester City captain Richard Dunne says Sunday's match against Liverpool is "massive" and expects it to have a significant impact on the Premier League title race.

Defending champions and current league leaders Liverpool travel to the Etihad, live on Sky Sports Premier League, already holding a five-point advantage over City.

Pep Guardiola's side are currently 10th in the table after an inconsistent start to the campaign but Dunne believes his former club will have the belief they can push on and regain the title if they win this weekend.

"It's huge. This game almost decides the season. The two teams haven't lost a lot of games over the last few years so they know that the importance of the three points in this one is massive," Dunne told Sky Sports News.

Sunday 8th November 4:00pm Kick off 4:30pm Sky Sports Premier League HD Sky Sports Premier League HD

"City go into it after beating Liverpool 4-0 last year but they'll know that wasn't the real Liverpool side, they'd already wrapped up the league by then.

"It's going to be very competitive. I think for City, and for Liverpool as well, they'll understand how big it is. They'll understand that everything up to now has sort of been a warm-up for this game.

"It's not just the result of one game this weekend, this could turn the championship and this could give you the belief to go on a run and try a build a lead, or for City to catch up with Liverpool.

"The players are going to be really up for it and looking forward to it. It's got the makings of a great game."

When asked if he expected his former club to win on Sunday, Dunne added: "City need to win. They're a few points behind Liverpool and I fancy them at the weekend.

Manchester City celebrate after Kyle Walker puts them ahead at Sheffield United Image: Man City trail Liverpool by five points in the Premier League after an inconsistent start to the season, but have a game in hand

"I think they're in good form, Liverpool have a couple of problems defensively and I fancy City to take advantage of that."

Doubts remain over whether City striker Sergio Aguero will recover from a thigh injury in time for the match, although Gabriel Jesus is set to be available after coming off the bench to score against Olympiakos in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Makeshift centre-forward Ferran Torres opened the scoring in the 3-0 win over the Greek side, and Dunne believes the Spaniard could keep his place in the team against Liverpool.

Pep Guardiola's side had 16 attempts in the win over Olympiakos 1:32 Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he was delighted with his side's performance in Tuesday's win over Olympiakos

"I've been very impressed with Torres playing centre-forward," he added.

"They signed him to play on the wing but through circumstances he's ended up in a central position. The way he's been playing has been really positive for the team.

"He's been stretching defences in behind and giving them different options. I wouldn't be surprised if it was Torres who started.

"To have Aguero back would be brilliant and Jesus came back with that goal. Even if you have them two in reserve to come on at some stage in the game, it's a real threat for Liverpool.

"I just think the fitness and the rhythm of Torres, points to him starting this weekend."

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