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Dejan Lovren: It's a good point

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 21:43

Liverpool can consider the point gained from a goalless draw with Manchester City a good one, according to Dejan Lovren.

The Reds’ latest showdown with the Premier League champions failed to match the frantic nature of the four meetings between the clubs last season.

Ultimately, though, they were thankful for a penalty miss by Riyad Mahrez four minutes from full-time that meant Jürgen Klopp’s side took something from a hard-fought encounter featuring limited chances.

“Man City knew they would have a tough game,” Lovren, who came in to make his first league appearance of the season, told Liverpoolfc.com.

“They knew we had won the last three games against them. What we were missing was a goal but there weren’t many chances. They had a penalty at the end, so when you look back it’s a good point.

“Usually it’s a game with many goals. Previously, it was always an interesting game. From both sides, it was good defensively – we were really compact from the beginning – but what we were missing was the goal, of course.

“In the last four games we have been struggling a little bit in front of goal. But nothing will change; we will work hard and I’m really confident in our team. The most important thing is not to concede.

“Maybe it’s a good time now to go to the internationals and to come back with fresher movements and fresher minds.”

The stalemate at Anfield, coupled with Chelsea’s 3-0 win at Southampton earlier in the day, leaves the three clubs tied together on 20 points at the top of the table.

After the forthcoming pause for international fixtures, Liverpool will resume their Premier League campaign at Huddersfield Town.

“We need to keep this race up until the end,” added Lovren. “It will be a tough season, for sure. Hopefully everyone will come back from the internationals without any injuries.”

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Pep Guardiola shows biggest respect to Liverpool with explanation of game plan

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 21:32

Pep Guardiola explained how Man City looked to slow down the game at Anfield, as he believes Liverpool could be “the best team in the world” on the break.


Sunday’s clash was set up as the biggest game of the season so far, with two title rivals duelling for three points before the international break.

The Reds came out of the blocks quickly, but were eventually subdued as a fraught 0-0 draw played out, with Riyad Mahrez’s late penalty miss compounding a lack of chances.

This, as Guardiola explained after the game, was part of City’s game plan, with the visitors looking to stymie Liverpool’s swift counter-attacking play after losing twice at Anfield last season.

“If you play so quick, they are much better than us,” he told reporters.

“We want to create, but they wait for when you make a mistake in this kind of situation.

“We like to make the process, the buildup, to create the spaces. It’s not easy.

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“But if it’s an open game at Anfield, an open game against Liverpool, you don’t even have one chance, not even one percent. They play for that.

“We controlled it with Riyad, the guy who could give the extra pass; Bernardo in the middle, to give you an extra pass.

“It’s important to get that base, because if it’s up and down quickly they are much, much better—they are maybe the best team in the world running these transitions, offensive-defensively.

“There is not a team better in the world than them, because it’s built for that, it’s created for that.

“It’s what Jurgen feels, and what the players take, for that sense. In that situation they are much better than us.”

 Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum (R) and Manchester City's David Silva during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This shows the greatest respect to Liverpool, with Guardiola effectively altering his approach not so as to threaten the hosts, but to suffocate them.

In doing so, the Spaniard ensured a difficult game for both sides, but one that City were able to at least secure a result in, with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane starved of service.

The Reds were certainly fortunate to come away with a point, with Mahrez sending his penalty way over Alisson‘s bar.

Guardiola’s game plan should provide Klopp with food for thought, as though few sides possess the quality or strength in depth that City do, they can clearly frustrate them with numbers.

It also highlights a lack of creativity in Liverpool’s midfield, with none of Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson or Naby Keita able to support the front three.

The game ended with possession shared almost equally at 49.4-50.6, and as Guardiola attested, with the home side unable to get “up and down quickly,” they failed to make their mark.

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Video: Jurgen Klopp’s post-match press conference – Liverpool 0-0 Man City

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 21:30

Jurgen Klopp was left to settle for a share of the points as his uninspired Liverpool side held Man City to a 0-0 draw in fortunate circumstances.

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The Reds impressed early on but soon faded as their title rivals gained control of a game defined by a series of big decisions from referee Martin Atkinson.

He twice waved away penalty appeals from City, as well as overlooking some strong challenges from Pep Guardiola’s side, before eventually awarding the visitors a spot-kick late on.

Riyad Mahrez stepped up, but blazed over, leaving Klopp relieved to assess a response to the midweek defeat to Napoli as he addressed reporters at Anfield.

“We were lucky in that situation but we deserved it, a bit of luck, because with the performance the boys showed today, it’s just good,” he said.

“To respond is really important, but to respond is really difficult when the next opponent is Manchester City because there is no time for any wrong thoughts or whatever.

“It was easy to adjust because we made not too many mistakes at Napoli, but a massive one formation-wise.

“We didn’t adapt to what Napoli did, and today we were back again so I am fine.”

 Liverpool's James Milner goes down injured during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The manager also provided an update on the fitness of James Milner, who was forced off midway through the first half with a hamstring problem.

He said “it’s too early” to determine the extent of his injury, but that the midfielder had insisted it wasn’t a “‘big one’.”

And with Liverpool heading into the international break level with City and Chelsea on 20 points, Klopp took a positive stance.

“If somebody would have told me after eight matchdays we would have had 20 points, I would say with pretty much any fixture list I’d have said ‘yes’,” he added.

“But with that fixture list I’d have said ‘I’ll buy it, let’s start on the ninth matchday’.”

The Reds’ next game comes against Klopp’s closest friend, David Wagner, as they travel to Huddersfield Town on October 20 looking to return to winning ways.

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James Milner injury update

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 21:21
Jürgen Klopp is unsure of the extent of the hamstring injury James Milner sustained against Manchester City.
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Liverpool 0-0 Manchester City: Talking points

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 21:01
Liverpool and Manchester City remained locked together in the Premier League after playing out a 0-0 draw at Anfield on Sunday.
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Liverpool let off by missed Mahrez pen

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 20:36
By Jack Wilkinson

Football journalist - @jacktwilkinson

Report and highlights as champions' 18-game winless streak at Anfield continues

Last Updated: 07/10/18 8:19pm

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Riyad Mahrez blazed over a late penalty as Manchester City missed the chance to end Liverpool's unbeaten start to the season in a 0-0 draw at Anfield on Super Sunday.

The Algeria international had the chance to snatch all three points for the champions after Virgil van Dijk tripped Leroy Sane in the area on 85 minutes, but he smashed the ball over from 12 yards as the much-anticipated top-of-the-table clash ended level.

Liverpool looked to have City's number in a blistering opening 10-minute spell but Pep Guardiola's men settled, limiting the Reds to few chances as both sides' flawless starts to the season remained intact.

The point lifts City top and Liverpool up to third in the Premier League on goal difference, with City's position heading into the international consolation after failing to end their 18-game winless run at Anfield.

Player ratings

Liverpool: Alisson (7), Gomez (7), Van Dijk (6), Lovren (7), Robertson (7), Milner (5), Wijnaldum (7), Henderson (7), Salah (6), Mane (6), Firmino (6).

Subs: Keita (6), Sturridge (5).

Man City: Ederson (7), Walker (6), Stones (7), Laporte (7), Mendy (6), Fernandinho (8), B Silva (6), D Silva (7), Mahrez (5), Sterling (6), Aguero (6).

Subs: Jesus (5), Sane (5).

Man of the Match: Fernandinho

Keen to add to their three victories over the champions last season, Liverpool flew out of the blocks. Mohamed Salah had the first opening inside four minutes as he latched onto a Joe Gomez header and skipped inside a defender, but he fired wide at Ederson's near post.

Sadio Mane looked to have set up Salah for the opener with an inch-perfect cross three minutes later, after bursting past Bernardo Silva to get into the area, but the outstretched leg of Benjamin Mendy bailed City out, hacking the ball to safety.

The trademark of Liverpool's powerful start was their ability to win the ball back high up the field - the first time City manage to replicate that, they created their first chance as Fernandinho slipped Raheem Sterling in down the right channel, and his shot was blocked behind for a corner.

City's first prolonged spell of pressure yielded a strong appeal for a penalty on 20 minutes. Gomez's sliced clearance fell for Aguero in the area where he was clumsily bundled to ground by Dejan Lovren but referee Martin Atkinson was unmoved.

James Milner is replaced by Naby Keita after picking up and injury James Milner is replaced by Naby Keita after picking up and injury James Milner is replaced by Naby Keita after picking up and injury

Liverpool suffered a blow just before the half-hour mark with the loss of James Milner to injury and that, coupled with the hosts' inability to maintain their break-neck start, allowed City to get a foothold in the game.

City's perseverance playing out from the back almost cost them dear nine minutes after the interval as Liverpool regained possession in opposition territory. Milner's replacement, Naby Keita, and Mane both tried to get shots away in quick succession but some last-gasp City defending scrambled the ball clear.

Jurgen Klopp made two changes following Liverpool’s midweek Champions League defeat as Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson replaced Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita. There were four changes to the City line-up as John Stones, Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez were recalled.

City saw another appeal for a penalty turned down on the hour when Fernandinho was penalised for a push on Van Dijk instead of the Dutchman's handball.

The sense of injustice galvanised City, who created their best chance of the game a minute later. After David Silva threaded Mahrez through on goal, the Algerian outfoxed Andrew Robertson to fashion space and get a shot away but flashed a left-footed effort a yard wide.

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Liverpool rallied but their clinical final touch continued to evade them as Salah blazed an effort into the Kop, after latching onto Robertson's long through ball on 69 minutes, and substitute Daniel Sturridge failed to get enough power on a header 10 minutes later.

City's third penalty appeal proved successful after Van Dijk's lunge on Sane, but Mahrez's woeful attempt let Liverpool off the hook as City surrendered two points. How crucial those points are, come the end of the season, remains to be seen.

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  • Liverpool extended their home unbeaten run against Manchester City to 18 games in all competitions (W12 D6), with their last such defeat coming in May 2003 (1-2).
  • Pep Guardiola has won just one of his last eight managerial meetings with Jurgen Klopp in all competitions (D3 L4), and is winless in the most recent four (D1 L3).
  • Liverpool's return of 20 points is their joint-most after eight games of a Premier League campaign, having also done so in 1996-97 and 2008-09.
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 14 home games against 'top six' opposition in the Premier League, winning six and drawing eight of these fixtures.
  • With Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City all yet to suffer a league defeat this term, this is just the second time in Premier League history that as many as three teams have gone unbeaten in their opening eight games of a single season (also 2011-12, with Manchester City, Manchester United and Newcastle United).
Man of the Match - Fernandinho

City suffered heavy defeats on their last two trips to Anfield. They say things come in threes, and perhaps they would have done had Fernandinho not been on the pitch. The Brazilian epitomised everything Guardiola would have wanted from his side - grit, determination and the capacity to disrupt Liverpool.

The managers 5:33 Jurgen Klopp has called Liverpool to be given a break after they ended a gruelling three-week scheduled with a 0-0 draw against Man City. Jurgen Klopp has called Liverpool to be given a break after they ended a gruelling three-week scheduled with a 0-0 draw against Man City.

Jurgen Klopp: "It was a very intense game, two very well organised sides sticking to the plan. The start of the brilliant, spot on from the first second, we caused them a lot of problems. We had fantastic situations but couldn't finish unfortunately but stayed in the game over 90 minutes."

2:56 Pep Guardiola praised Riyad Mahrez's courage despite the Algerian late missed penalty at Anfield. Pep Guardiola praised Riyad Mahrez's courage despite the Algerian late missed penalty at Anfield.

Pep Guardiola: "We played so well. If you want to analyse the result, it is okay, it could be better. But at the end, the managers need to analyse what we have done and what we need to do. That is the most important thing."

What would VAR have changed?

Lovren's rash challenge from behind on Aguero was certainly worth another look, with the Liverpool centre-back failing to make contact with the ball as Aguero was sent tumbling. VAR could have been consulted to establish whether Mane kicked out at Fernandinho. The pair clashed in the 33rd minute, with the City midfielder adjudged to have fouled his Liverpool counterpart. When on the ground, Mane appeared to lash out, thrusting his legs into the air and towards the face of Fernandinho. Referee Atkinson looked on the incident favourable for Liverpool, with both players spoken to about their conduct.

What's next?

Both clubs resume their Premier League campaigns after the international break. Liverpool travel to Huddersfield for a tea-time kick-off on Saturday, October 20, while Manchester City host Burnley earlier that day at 3pm.

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Match report: Reds and City play out goalless draw at Anfield

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 20:27
Liverpool and Manchester City played out an absorbing goalless draw at Anfield on Sunday.
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Match report: U23s edged out by West Brom in PL Cup

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 20:00
It was a frustrating day for Liverpool U23s as they lost 1-0 to West Bromwich Albion in the group stage of the Premier League Cup at The Hawthorns on Sunday.
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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up v City

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 17:26
Dejan Lovren starts as Liverpool make two changes for this afternoon’s Premier League clash with Manchester City at Anfield.
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LIVE: Liverpool v Manchester City - follow the build-up

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 12:12

'We don't need to look back'

Liverpool may have beaten City three times in a row last season - but Virgil van Dijk is only interested in the present and the future, not the past.

"We made it very difficult for them at times in those games, obviously they had their moments in the games as well," the Reds' centre-back told Sky Sports.

"But we do not need to look back at those three games, we know how difficult they are to play against and it's going to be a tough game."

On the key to competing for the Premier League title, Van Dijk continued: "We've had a good start to the season. The season has just started so there is so long to go.

"The key to winning or even competing to be champions is consistency, to win difficult games, perform week in, week out and grind results out. City did that very well last season, that's why they became champions."

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LIVE: Liverpool v Manchester City - follow the build-up

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 12:12
Follow all of the build-up, action and reaction as Liverpool and Manchester City face off in the Premier League at Anfield.
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Important info for fans attending Liverpool v City

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 11:30

Supporters attending Liverpool's Premier League fixture against Manchester City on Sunday are advised that a major event taking place in the city may impact journeys to and from Anfield.

The Giant Spectacular will return this weekend and a number of significant road closures are planned. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to join the event, placing a significant increase in demand on public transport services during the four days.

Merseyrail will be running a special event timetable across the weekend, including a limited stop service, and as a result Sandhills station will not be in use for fans travelling to Anfield.

The Soccerbus, which usually runs from Sandhills to Anfield, will also be out of service on Sunday.

Fans are asked to be aware of the following travel information, to plan ahead, check timetables and allow plenty of time to complete journeys as services will be very busy.

For the latest information about services, supporters should check with the relevant transport operator in the run up to and on the day of travel. Information is also available online and via social media.

There will be extra staff from a variety of transport providers deployed at key locations during the event to provide information and support people with their journeys.

Fans travelling by car should avoid Liverpool city centre wherever possible – a full list of road closures can be found here.

Key information

Merseyrail

There will be changes to services on Friday October 5, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7.

A special events timetable will run and passengers are encouraged to visit the Merseyrail website or pick up a leaflet from any staffed station.

The following applies to all three days.

  • Trains will not stop at all stations, to allow for additional and more frequent services
  • James Street and Lime Street lower level (underground) will be closed to aid crowd control and movement
  • Wirral line services will start and end at Liverpool Central station and will not be stopping at Moorfields
  • Northern line passengers travelling to the city centre should use Moorfields as trains will not be stopping at Liverpool Central

Northern train services

There is a strike on Northern rail services on Saturday October 6. Passengers are advised to check with Northern for the most up-to-date information on all four days.

Mainline and City Line services

Trains will be running but check with operators for the most up-to-date information.

Lime Street station

The station will be incredibly busy during the event, there will be crowd control measures in place, and queues will be likely. This will ensure that Network Rail and train operators can keep passengers moving safely.

Sandhills station/Soccerbus

Due to the limited stop service on the Merseyrail network, Sandhills station will not be open for the Soccerbus.

Passengers travelling to Anfield during the Giants event are advised to take the train to Moorfields or Liverpool Central stations and change on to one of the commercial bus services that run to Anfield. Further information can be found at merseyrail.org/giants or details of bus services can be found on the Merseytravel and bus operator websites.

By bus

Buses will be running but there will be diversions to routes due to road closures and services may be subject to delays – especially in and around Liverpool city centre.

Queen Square and Liverpool ONE bus stations will be closed for some periods during the event, with alternative drop-off and pick-up points notified in advance.

Fans can catch the 917 express bus service which runs direct from Liverpool city centre (St John's Lane) to Anfield. However, it will be subject to diversions and potential delays on Sunday. There is a discounted ticket price of £4 return on the 917 express bus service, with fans receiving a discount on soft drinks at LFC kiosks within the stadium on presentation of their return ticket.

Mersey Ferries

On Saturday October 6 and Sunday 7, River Cruise Explorer services will be suspended to allow for two shuttle services to run about every 20 minutes - one between Woodside and the Pier Head (9.30am to 6.40pm) and one between Seacombe and the Pier Head (9.20am to 6.50pm). Commuter ticket prices will apply.

Mersey Tunnels

The Wallasey (Kingsway) Tunnel will be open as usual. There are planned closures at the Birkenhead (Queensway) Tunnel which will see the closure of the Liverpool Dock branch exit during some periods. See the Merseytravel website for more details.

Key advice

  • Plan ahead
  • Check timetables – before and on your day of travel, be prepared for some changes to services leading up to the event. Use journey planners
  • Leave plenty of time for journeys as services may take longer than usual
  • Be patient as services will be extremely busy, expect queues
  • Consider buying your tickets in advance to avoid queues on the day

Useful links

If you're travelling within the Liverpool City Region, you can use the Merseytravel journey planner to see your travel options, including rail and bus.

Merseytravel
@merseytravel
Merseytravel.gov.uk

Mersey Ferries
@merseyferries

Merseyferries.co.uk

Mersey Tunnels
@merseytravel
Merseytunnels.co.uk

Merseyrail
@merseyrail
Merseyrail.org

Arriva
@arrivanorthwest
Arrivabus.co.uk

Stagecoach
@stagecoachMCSL
Stagecoachbus.co.uk

Northern rail
@northernassist
Northernrailway.co.uk

Fans can also follow Giant Spectacular on social media for transport updates.

@giantspectacle – Twitter
Giant Spectacle – Facebook
Giantspectacular – Instagram

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Support matchday foodbank collections on Sunday

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 10:45

Liverpool Football Club is continuing its support of Fans Supporting Foodbanks this season - and you can donate ahead of Sunday's encounter with Manchester City.

As part of its dedication to tackle food poverty, the Red Neighbours programme backs the Fans Supporting Foodbanks initiative and hosts foodbank collections at all home games.

Collected items are made into three-day emergency food parcels for local people in crisis within the L4, L5 and L6 postcodes, and last season, the Red Neighbours' matchday collections equated to 1,768 meals for families in north Liverpool.

Supporters attending the game can drop off any non-perishable food donations at the foodbank collection points, which are located on Anfield Road, next to the club's Family Park, and inside the new Anfield superstore.

Some priority items include:

  • UHT milk
  • Long-life juice or cordial
  • Jar pasta/curry sauce
  • Tinned meat
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Instant mash
  • Rice pudding/custard
  • Jam
  • Toiletries
  • Cup-a-Soup/noodles
  • Washing tablets

All food collected will be donated to the North Liverpool Foodbank.

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Mohamed Salah on perfect hunting ground as Jurgen Klopp & Pep Guardiola renew rivalry

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 10:00

Liverpool take on Man City in a crucial Premier League clash at Anfield on Sunday afternoon (4.30pm BST). Here are the key stats and facts ahead of kickoff.


Klopp vs. Pep

Jurgen Klopp has beaten a Pep Guardiola team in his career more times than any other manager (seven).

Liverpool could be the first team to defeat a Guardiola team three times in the Premier League.

Chelsea have also beaten City twice under the Spaniard.

Perfect Hunting Ground for Salah?

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Southampton FC at Anfield. (Pic by Jon Super/Propaganda)

Since Boxing Day, Mo Salah has failed to score in just one league game at Anfield—the goalless draw with Stoke in April—finding the net in 11 of the last 12.

Salah has scored in the last three clashes with City. The last man to find the net in four in a row was Ian Rush (1992-94).

Salah is one goal short of scoring 50 in all competitions in his English club career.

Dominating at Anfield

 Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reds are looking for a sixth successive Anfield league victory over City for the time since 1972-1981 when they won 10 in a row.

Liverpool have scored in each of the last 24 league clashes with City at Anfield—the last time they failed to find the net was in a goalless draw in August 1986.

Liverpool have not conceded a goal in the last 751 minutes of league football at Anfield—their best since a sequence of 934 minutes in 2007.

Today’s Benchmark, 23 Years On

Liverpool's Robbie Fowler celebrates the equalising goal, FC Sion, 1996 (Dave Rawcliffe / EMPICS)

The Reds’ biggest win against City at Anfield came in October 1995 when they won 6-0 with Ian Rush (two), Robbie Fowler (two), Jamie Redknapp and Neil Ruddock scoring.

The last Liverpool player to score a hat-trick against City was Michael Owen in September 2002 at Maine Road.

The last to record a hat-trick at Anfield against today’s opponents was Kenny Dalglish in December 1982. He scored three in a 5-2 win.

Liverpool’s City Connections

 Manchester City's Daniel Sturridge on his debut during the FA Cup 4th Round match against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Daniel Sturridge scored six times in 32 games for City at the start of his career, with five of those goals coming in 21 league appearances.

Roberto Firmino scored his first Liverpool goal at the Etihad in November 2015 in his side’s 4-1 win.

The Brazilian has had a hand in six Premier League goals against today’s opponents with three goals and three assists.

James Milner played in 147 league games for City netting 13 times. In all competitions he scored 18 goals in 203 appearances during his time with the club.

His City debut came against Liverpool in August 2010 in a 3-0 win for the Blues.

Alberto Moreno‘s first Liverpool appearance came at City in August 2014.

Aguero’s Anfield Rut

Sergio Aguero has scored six times against Liverpool during his career—with all of them coming at the Etihad.

He has scored 207 goals in 302 appearances for the Citizens in league and cup.

Aguero has scored in each of his last three games for his club.

Birthday Boy

 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Swansea City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Trent Alexander-Arnold will turn 20 years of age on the day of this game.

This Season’s Scorers

 Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring the first goal with team-mate Sadio Mane during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool: Mane (4), Sturridge (4), Firmino (3), Salah (3), Milner (2), Matip (1), Wijnaldum (1), own goals (1)

Man City: Aguero (8), Sterling (4), Bernardo Silva (3), Mahrez (3), Silva (3), Gabriel Jesus (2), Foden (1), Gundogan (1), Laporte (1), Sane (1), Walker (1), own goals (1)

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Trent on his birthday wish, tackling City and living out his dream

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 09:30
Trent Alexander-Arnold knows exactly what he wants for his birthday.
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Van Dijk: No special plan for City

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 08:40
By Jack Wilkinson

Football journalist - @jacktwilkinson

Liverpool v Man City live from 4.15pm on Sky Sports Premier League this Super Sunday

Last Updated: 07/10/18 10:52am

0:47 Virgil van Dijk is unfazed by Manchester City's attacking threat, insisting Liverpool will treat the champions like any other team in Sunday's showdown at Anfield Virgil van Dijk is unfazed by Manchester City's attacking threat, insisting Liverpool will treat the champions like any other team in Sunday's showdown at Anfield

Virgil van Dijk is unfazed by Manchester City's attacking threat, insisting Liverpool will treat the champions like any other team in Sunday's showdown at Anfield.

Liverpool and City head into the Renault Super Sunday match with identical records - six wins and a draw from seven games - but Pep Guardiola's side sit top of the table by virtue of their superior goal difference.

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Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus arguably pose the greatest threat to Liverpool's unbeaten start to the campaign, but Van Dijk maintains the champions will not be given special treatment when the sides lock horns on Merseyside.

"I don't study them, that's not the way I get to know my opposition," the Netherlands international said. "Obviously you play against them, you know how they move.

Liverpool v City: Key reading

"City have so much quality, all the strikers in the Premier League are from such a high quality anyway.

"But we don't try to defend one player, we try and defend with the whole team, their whole formation and that's the way we try and win the ball back and not concede.

"There will be moments like one on ones, that's always going to be the case, but you've got to show your quality there as well with the help of your partner or full-back next to you."

Liverpool have won their last three games in all competitions against City, including a thrilling 4-3 victory at Anfield in January which ended their 22-game unbeaten league run.

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Asked what gave Liverpool the edge in those victories, Van Dijk added: "It's difficult to say.

"We made it very difficult for them at times in those games, obviously they had their moments in the games as well.

"But we do not need to look back at those three games, we know how difficult they are to play against and it's going to be a tough game."

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Liverpool have not conceded in a Premier League game at Anfield in eight games, stretching back to February's 4-1 victory over West Ham.

It's a record Van Dijk attributes to Liverpool's strong start to the season and is one he wants to extend.

"All credit to everyone, Anfield is a very difficult place to come for every team," he said.

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"As defenders, and everyone in the team, we try and keep a clean sheet because we know if we do we have a big chance to win the game.

"We always get opportunities, we will always be dangerous in front of goal and create chances so we know if we keep a clean sheet we have a big chance to win."

Liverpool were one of only two sides to beat City in their title-winning campaign, but finished the season 25 points adrift of the champions.

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Van Dijk believes consistency is key if Liverpool are to mount a substantial challenge to City's crown.

"We've had a good start to the season," he said. "The season has just started so there is so long to go.

"The key to winning or even competing to be champions is consistency, to win difficult games, perform week in, week out and grind results out. City did that very well last season, that's why they became champions."

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'We'll give everything to show a positive response'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 08:00

Jordan Henderson believes today's showdown with Manchester City provides Liverpool with the ideal opportunity to produce a positive response to the midweek defeat against Napoli.

The Reds suffered a 1-0 reverse in the Champions League tie in Italy on Wednesday night, with Jürgen Klopp acknowledging afterwards the hosts were deserved winners but vowing his side would learn from their errors.

Such sentiments are firmly shared by Henderson, who has outlined the collective determination within the squad to conjure up a much-improved performance against Pep Guardiola’s reigning champions.

The captain wrote in his column in the official matchday programme: “I can’t remember the last time the team put in a performance whereby I felt we needed to apologise to our supporters, but Wednesday night in Naples certainly felt like one of those immediately after the final whistle.

“When we walked off the pitch at full-time the away end were still singing, but the truth is it’s our fans and not us that deserved applause and appreciation at the end. At the time of doing this column I can’t offer an explanation beyond: we weren’t good enough. We hold our hands up as a team, we got what we deserved on the night. But, as has always been the case with our team, we win together and lose together and we all take equal responsibility for it. No excuse and no hiding.

“I think the attitude of fronting up collectively, always accepting it’s the entire team and never individuals, is why every time we have had setbacks previously we’ve responded in the best way possible.

“What’s also important – and again, we are good at this – is to not make something bigger than it needs to be. To keep perspective. We can identify why something has happened, learn from it and then quickly move on. We will learn from what happened in Naples and the manager and backroom staff will make sure we do. Bad performances and results will happen, but the best teams manage to make sure these are kept in isolation. That is now our aim, starting again today.

“This afternoon gives us the best opportunity to respond immediately and positively. We’re playing the best team in England and arguably one of the best teams in Europe and the world right now. What Manchester City achieved last season was incredible and they’ve started this new campaign in the same manner. But last season we proved on a couple of occasions we are more than capable of going blow-to-blow with them and producing performances that deservedly win games against them.

“We respect Manchester City for what they’ve achieved and the quality they have, but it’s respect and not fear. I’m sure – in fact, I know – they have respect for us also. The thing with games like this one today is that you can never promise the supporters what the outcome will be in terms of the result, but I can promise that everyone in our dressing room knows this is a significant contest and an important one.

“I mentioned earlier one of our qualities is perspective, not making things bigger than they need to be, and that applies to fixtures like this. We don’t make it bigger – we just know it is big, it matters and we prepare for it accordingly.”

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'We'll give everything to show a positive response'

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 08:00
Jordan Henderson believes today's showdown with Manchester City provides Liverpool with the ideal opportunity to produce a positive response to the midweek defeat against Napoli.
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Jürgen Klopp: We're only interested in the points and nothing more

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 07:00

Liverpool are focused solely on adding three more points to their tally and not the long-term ramifications of the outcome of today's clash with Manchester City, Jürgen Klopp insists.

The Reds are aiming to bounce back after their midweek disappointment in Naples by recording a win over their top-of-the-table rivals when they meet at Anfield this afternoon.

The sides have identical records after seven games of the Premier League season, with City just ahead of Liverpool due to a better goal difference.

And while many see the fixture as a pivotal one in determining how the complexion of the table will look come May, Klopp has detailed why the Reds will be blocking out that external noise.

He wrote in his column in the official matchday programme: “Today is very much about opportunity for all of us at Liverpool and I think we should all be in the most positive mindset coming into it. To be clear: we play the best team in England and without question one of the best club sides anywhere in the world. World-class players, world-class manager, winning mentality.

“City are an outstanding football club and team. But guess what – so are we. We proved last season that the gap between Man City and us in the final Premier League table was not evident when we faced each other directly in games. The matches we played against each other were of the highest quality imaginable.

“Their consistency – evident again at the start of this season – is something to really admire and to win a league as competitive as this one, amassing 100 points, is something our visitors should be very proud of.

“I welcome Pep Guardiola, his players, staff, officials and supporters of Manchester City to Anfield. I think – in fact, I know – that they will have the same level of positive anticipation for this match today that we have.

“I mention previously the games from last season and what characterised all four of them is that both of us have respect for each other but do not fear each other. I really like this. Our focus, as always, is on ourselves and our quality. When preparing for a game like this we, as a team, know we have all the tools we require to be successful. That is enough for me and my staff to have a healthy level of confidence.

“It is important that we focus entirely on today being a 90-plus minutes contest that is there to be won and nothing more. I am not a silly person and I know the game will be given billing beyond simply three league points. We cannot affect the noise around this from others but what we can do – players, staff and supporters – is make sure it does not find its way into our environment.

“The motivation of winning this game is enough for us. We want to beat Manchester City today – that is all. I don’t need magical powers to know they want to beat us. So let’s go, attack it – game on. The wider context and impact can only distract and use energy which is precious for us, so I am not interested in it just now.

“This group of games, sandwiched between the first two international breaks, have been of unbelievably high intensity and it is fitting the final chapter of this mini-series is a match like this one. The intensity will not reduce, only increase as the season progresses, so I am very grateful and blessed to have a group of players who embrace the challenge and give their all to deliver for our club and supporters.”

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Jürgen Klopp: We're only interested in the points and nothing more

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 07:00
Liverpool are focused solely on adding three more points to their tally and not the long-term ramifications of the outcome of today's clash with Manchester City, Jürgen Klopp insists.
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