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Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle United: Who was Man of the Match?Observations as Liverpool brush past...

Anfield Index.com - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 10:15

Another win at Anfield for the handsome Reds. Even when going a goal down I doubt any Liverpool fan was particularly concerned, 3 points was always likely to be the result. That’s 5 wins from 5 Premier League games now with a trip to Naples up next in the Champions’ League.

The defence didn’t have a whole lot of defending to do. The Jetro Willems goal could have been avoided in the build-up as an offside trap seemed to go awry. However, there was very little anyone could to about the strike. Trent forced him onto his weaker foot before Willems thundered his shot past Adrian without him even seeing it. As for going forward, the fullbacks produced arguably their best performances of the season. After a difficult first 20 minutes, Robertson started to look like his usual self for the first time in 2019-20. Having Origi in front of him instead of Mane could have been a factor for his slow start to the match, but after the introduction of Firmino and therefore the switch of Sadio Mane to the left, he began to perform at the level we all expect. Similarly, on the other side, Alexander-Arnold looked sensational as he delivered countless tantalising crosses and was an absolute menace to the Newcastle defence for the entirety of the game.

Onto the midfield and that man Fabinho was at it again. Is there anything he can’t do? His legs appear to extend the whole length of the pitch as he incessantly hooks the ball away from the feet of the opposition when it appears impossible for him to reach it. It was also great to see Oxlade-Chamberlain from the start and, while you could tell he hasn’t played a lot of football over the last 18 months or so, the signs were certainly there. A couple of driving runs and great energy proved that there’s a chance he can get back to the level he was at before the injury.

Finally, the front 3. Mane continued his ruthless streak in front of goal with a sublime finish to level the score before getting both his and Liverpool’s second after a great bit of play from Firmino and a mistake from Dubravka. Salah also managed to help himself to a goal after a wonderful 1-2 with Firmino before he slid a composed finish into the far-bottom corner. Firmino however, although he was the only member of the attack not to get a goal, is the winner of this game’s Man of the Match. Klopp chose to rest him for this one after his national team duties in the last couple of weeks but was forced to bring him on after Origi picked up an injury in the first half-an-hour. Although it is unfortunate that Bobby couldn’t get the rest he was going to be afforded, it was simply a delight to see him play. He won’t get credited for the assist for Mane’s second, but the goal was all down to him. He robs the ball off of Christian Atsu in their half before playing the through pass which leads to the Dubravka mistake and eventual goal. He was constantly playing delicate little flicks around the corner to Salah and Mane, and finally his magic turned into an assist. Salah rolls the ball into Bobby on the edge of the box and continues his run before Firmino backheels it into Salah’s path who dribbles into the box and finishes expertly. It was a joy to watch and epitomises the season that Roberto Firmino is having so far. Football fans around the world are now beginning to see what a special player he is, and it is thoroughly deserved.

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Loan watch: Grujic and Millar in the goals with 11 Reds in action

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 09:57
Marko Grujic and Liam Millar both scored on a mixed weekend for Liverpool’s loanees.
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Jürgen Klopp: I was close to singing the Firmino song!

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 07:30
Roberto Firmino’s ‘phenomenal’ display against Newcastle United tempted Jürgen Klopp to join in with Anfield’s frequent serenading of Liverpool’s No.9.
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Mane: Salah feud is forgotten

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 07:03
Sadio Mane was angry with Mohamed Salah for not passing to him during Liverpool's 3-0 win against Burnley

Last Updated: 16/09/19 10:07am

Liverpool's Sadio Mane showed his anger during the 3-0 win over Burnley Liverpool's Sadio Mane showed his anger during the 3-0 win over Burnley Liverpool's Sadio Mane showed his anger during the 3-0 win over Burnley

Sadio Mane insists his feud with Mohamed Salah is forgotten after his furious outburst aimed at the Egyptian two weeks ago.

Liverpool forward Mane reacted angrily to Salah choosing to shoot rather than pass to him during the 3-0 victory over Burnley on August 31.

Instead of passing to an unmarked Mane, Salah chose to take on the shot himself and was crowded out by Burnley defenders and his shot was blocked.

After being substituted, the Senegalese international threw his training shirt on the floor and gesticulated towards his team-mate, but declared on Canal+ that the pair have buried the hatchet.

He said: "With Salah? It's forgotten.

2:51 Highlights from Liverpool's 3-0 win over Burnley in the Premier League Highlights from Liverpool's 3-0 win over Burnley in the Premier League

"Sometimes you have to say things face to face. These are things that happen in football, sometimes it happens that I am not given the pass.

"But we have reconciled and become the good friends we were before."

Mane, who scored twice in the 3-1 Reds' victory over Newcastle on Saturday, now has six goals in six appearances this season, while Salah has four in seven.

Should Salah have passed? Mane was frustrated with Mohamed Salah during Liverpool's 3-0 win over Burnley Mane was frustrated with Mohamed Salah during Liverpool's 3-0 win over Burnley Mane was frustrated with Mohamed Salah during Liverpool's 3-0 win over Burnley

Following the 3-0 win against Burnley just over two weeks ago, Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Jon Walters said they liked to see some competition between players, but admitted Salah should have passed.

Carragher told Saturday Night Football: "There were even times last season that I was frustrated with Salah in commentary because if he hasn't scored in the first hour, it's like he's looking at the clock thinking 'I've only got half an hour, I have to score'. Really, he should have passed.

"What we should mention is that out of the front three, it is Salah who gets the most assists. Against Burnley, it was his 100th goal involvement in terms of goals and assists since he's come to Liverpool in something like 110 games, which is unbelievable.

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"He's virtually creating or assisting a goal every single game he plays, but there are times when he should make that extra pass or show that bit of composure every now and again.

"But Michael Owen was like that, Gary Neville tells me Ruud van Nistelrooy was like that, they would come in and win 3-0 but if they hadn't scored, they wouldn't be happy. Salah will feel like that and it is a good thing because you want him to keep driving and keep scoring goals but now and again, there's nothing wrong with passing to your mates."

Jon Walters added: "It's a good thing that strikers are like that with each other in a way. Liverpool have got a good group so it will be forgotten about straight away, no doubt.

"Mo Salah wanted the goal but it's important to have that competition in your team. You want two or three strikers really pushing each other the whole way during the season, you don't want one who is happy not to get a goal, you want them to want it."

Klopp: They are 'refreshed' after international break Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was pleased to give Salah and Mane a rest Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was pleased to give Salah and Mane a rest Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was pleased to give Salah and Mane a rest

After finishing their season with Liverpool on June 1 in the Champions League, both represented their respective countries in the Africa Cup of Nations, with Mane only returning to training five days before the new season after Senegal reached the final.

With neither Egypt nor Senegal in action over the most recent international break, manager Jurgen Klopp decided not to train to allow the pair a well-deserved rest.

He said: "It was perfect for the boys who did not have to go.

"We could have trained as there were five players here, but then Sadio and Mo would not have got the time off that they needed. They are refreshed, that is how it is, and hopefully we can use that."

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Watch Liverpool's pre-Napoli press conference live

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 07:00

Jürgen Klopp and a Liverpool player will hold a press conference at Napoli's Stadio San Paolo on Monday evening - watch it live with us from 6.30pm BST.

The Reds' defence of their Champions League title gets under way in Italy on Tuesday.

And, 24 hours before the Group E opener against Carlo Ancelotti's side, Klopp and a member of his squad will preview the game with the media.

Return to this page shortly before the start time to watch the press conference in full via our live YouTube stream.

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Watch Liverpool's pre-Napoli press conference live

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 07:00
Jürgen Klopp and a Liverpool player will hold a press conference at Napoli's Stadio San Paolo on Monday evening - watch it live with us from 6.30pm BST.
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Live: Watch Liverpool train ahead of Napoli trip

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 06:00
Watch part of Liverpool's Monday morning training session at Melwood live with us.
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Match report: Liverpool FC Women slip to narrow loss at Tottenham

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 09/15/2019 - 16:02

Liverpool FC Women were defeated 1-0 by Tottenham Hotspur Women at The Hive on Sunday.

Rachel Furness’ penalty on the stroke of half-time condemned Vicky Jepson’s team to their second successive loss at the start of the Women’s Super League season, with the Reds having to play the final 25 minutes of the game with 10 players after Niamh Fahey was sent off.

Spurs enjoyed the better of the first period and went in ahead at the interval thanks to Furness, who was brought down in the box by Becky Jane before picking herself up to send Anke Preuss the wrong way from the spot.

Liverpool began the second half promisingly but Fahey’s dismissal - brought about when she pulled back Rosella Ayane as the Tottenham forward surged towards goal - increased the difficulty of their task.

Jepson’s side will now seek their first win of 2019-20 when they welcome Sheffield United to Prenton Park in the Continental Cup next Sunday.

Amy Rodgers and Ayane traded attempts on goal during the evenly-matched opening stages.

Rodgers, after driving forward purposefully from central midfield, then had Spurs goalkeeper Becky Spencer scrambling when she unleashed a powerful strike from distance that whistled narrowly past the post.

But it was the hosts who provided the greater attacking impetus in a sustained period of pressure thereafter.

A brave dive at the feet of Furness by Preuss prevented the Tottenham midfielder from shooting at goal from close range, before Ayane curled over the crossbar.

Having navigated their way through a testing spell, Liverpool regained a foothold and Jess Clarke, found by Melissa Lawley’s pass out wide, cut in from the left wing and tested Spencer from 20 yards.

Spurs still carried a threat, though, and Preuss acrobatically turned Furness’ long-range blast wide.

However, Furness did beat Preuss from 12 yards in first-half stoppage time, after Jane was adjudged to have fouled the Northern Ireland international in the area.

Liverpool pieced together a fine team move 12 minutes after the restart but Courtney Sweetman-Kirk could only scuff Jane’s cut-back from the right wide while trying to apply the finishing touch.

Jepson then turned to her bench in search of inspiration, with Rinsola Babajide brought on in place of Niamh Charles, but the Reds’ chances of finding a route back into the game were dealt a severe blow when Fahey was red carded midway through the half.

Jemma Purfield and Ashley Hodson were also introduced as Liverpool sought an equaliser against the odds although, unsurprisingly given their numerical advantage, it was Tottenham who looked the likelier to find the net late on. 

Preuss kept the visitors in it by denying Gemma Davison with an excellent stop with nine minutes remaining, but Jepson’s team were unable to rescue an unlikely point.

Liverpool FC Women: Preuss, Jane, Bradley-Auckland, Fahey, Robe, Bailey, Rodgers (Purfield, 67), Charles (Babajide, 59), Lawley, Clarke (Hodson, 79), Sweetman-Kirk.

Unused substitutes: Kitching, Linnett.

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Match report: Liverpool FC Women slip to narrow loss at Tottenham

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 09/15/2019 - 16:02
Liverpool FC Women were defeated 1-0 by Tottenham Hotspur Women at The Hive on Sunday.
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Napoli win ahead of Liverpool clash

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 09/15/2019 - 13:48

Napoli beat Sampdoria 2-0 ahead of their Champions League meeting with Liverpool on Tuesday.

Carlo Ancelotti's side host the European champions in their opening Group E fixture next week and, like the Reds, go into that game on the back of a domestic victory.

Dries Mertens scored in either half to defeat Sampdoria at Stadio San Paolo on Saturday evening.

Speaking post-match, Ancelotti said: "It was a good display and we deserved the win.

"It was important to impose our game and keep a clean sheet as well. In the first half, we made a few mistakes bringing the ball out which allowed them to break.

"We then became more compact and controlled the game. We certainly took some risks, but that's also down to our attacking style. I think the fans enjoy it more that way.

"I opted to play Fabian [Ruiz] centrally to help us have more possession. Having [Piotr] Zielinski in the holding role is useful because of his long passing and I think he likes to attack the space.

"We can breathe a sigh of relief because we've finally kept a clean sheet, but we still need to improve defensively."

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Napoli win ahead of Liverpool clash

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 09/15/2019 - 13:48
Napoli beat Sampdoria 2-0 ahead of their Champions League meeting with Liverpool on Tuesday.
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Gini Wijnaldum: We'll embrace our busy schedule

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 09/15/2019 - 13:00

Liverpool will embrace the demands of their busy fixture schedule over the coming weeks, Georginio Wijnaldum has explained.

The Reds began a run of seven matches in the space of 21 days by coming from behind to beat Newcastle United 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday.

That victory made it five wins from five Premier League outings so far this season, with the immediate focus of Wijnaldum and his teammates having now switched to the start of the defence of their Champions League trophy.

Tuesday’s Group E opener versus Napoli at Stadio San Paolo precedes clashes with Chelsea, MK Dons, Sheffield United, Salzburg and Leicester City prior to the next international break - but Liverpool’s No.5 is relishing the challenges such a non-stop period will bring.

“You already know before the season that you’re going to play in a lot of competitions and that you need a squad that is fit and big because you need everyone,” Wijnaldum told Liverpoolfc.com.

“Not every player can play all of the games so we knew it before, but I think we have to embrace it because it means that you play for a lot of prizes. We’re just trying to enjoy it and play football.”

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A Sadio Mane brace before half-time and Mohamed Salah’s 71st-minute strike ensured Jürgen Klopp’s side continued their 100 per cent winning start to the Premier League campaign after Jetro Willems had put Newcastle ahead on Saturday.

“We were expecting that it was going to be a really tough game against Newcastle, that’s also what the manager said before,” Wijnaldum continued.

“Nowadays in the Premier League every opponent is difficult so we knew that it was going to be tough. Unfortunately we were 1-0 behind but I think we did it good, we fixed it quick with the goal of Sadio and then make the 2-1. 

“Even in the second half you saw how difficult it was because they created a few chances to score the 2-2, but I think overall we managed to defend them quite well and we scored the 3-1 and we won the game.”

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Gini Wijnaldum: We'll embrace our busy schedule

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 09/15/2019 - 13:00
Liverpool will embrace the demands of their busy fixture schedule over the coming weeks, Georginio Wijnaldum has explained.
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The value of Firmino: forget the stats

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sun, 09/15/2019 - 12:10
"It's not on the stats, you just need to watch and enjoy it. Sometimes I think he goes under the radar and he's not appreciated enough."

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2:10 Brazilian journalist Natalie Gedra underlines Roberto Firmino's importance to Liverpool on the Sunday Supplement Brazilian journalist Natalie Gedra underlines Roberto Firmino's importance to Liverpool on the Sunday Supplement

Roberto Firmino's stats will never paint a true story of his ability as Brazilian journalist Natalie Gedra underlines his importance to Liverpool.

Firmino started on the bench for Liverpool in their 3-1 win over Newcastle but was thrust into the action when Divock Origi suffered an ankle injury and the Brazilian set up Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah for Liverpool's final two goals.

Despite just playing 53 minutes, Firmino grabbed the official man-of-the-match award.

Even Newcastle boss Steve Bruce conceded Firmino was the difference: "His movement and the way he plays, Liverpool are as good as there is with him in that position."

0:40 Jurgen Klopp praises his players for coming from behind to beat Newcastle 3-1 and extend their lead at the top of the Premier League Jurgen Klopp praises his players for coming from behind to beat Newcastle 3-1 and extend their lead at the top of the Premier League

While Mane and Salah scored 22 goals apiece last season in Liverpool's extraordinary run to a runners-up finish in the Premier League, Firmino netted 12 and only recorded six assists.

Firmino is once again lagging behind his strike partners with just two goals compared to their four this season but ESPN Sports Correspondent Gedra, who is Brazilian, thinks analysing his statistics aren't a true reflection of his integral role for Jurgen Klopp's side.

She said on Sunday Supplement: "There's a discussion in Brazil about if he is the best player to have ever played in the Premier League and the counter argument is that he's never led in assists, he's never won the Premier League but that's the thing about Firmino - it's hard to measure how much he does for the team.

"It's not on the stats, you just need to watch and enjoy it. Sometimes I think he goes under the radar and he's not appreciated enough because his stats are not outstanding but he does so much more than that. His assist against Newcastle was just brilliant for Salah's goal.

"The impression that I have about Firmino is that his vision of the game just keeps improving and when you think he's reached the top because for the past few seasons, he's just been brilliant and now he keeps getting better and better. He reads perfectly his team's needs - it's impressive. We keep talking about how unselfish he is, but his cleverness on the pitch is so crucial for this Liverpool side."

Jason Burt - of the Daily Telegraph - agreed without Firmino, Liverpool wouldn't operate at the same level.

"Firmino and Mane are a great combination and Firmino is the oil in the engine for Liverpool," he said.

"He makes Mane and Salah better because they are direct and very clever players, but he is the one that has that subtlety. He sets the press too - he is the one that presses first, closes down the opposition and it's that work rate as well. They're getting better and better.

Firmino has scored twice and registered four assists in six games this season Firmino has scored twice and registered four assists in six games this season Firmino has scored twice and registered four assists in six games this season

"What I really like about this Liverpool team and what they did in the summer has allowed the team to develop more than anything else. They've thought 'we'll put our foot on the ball in the transfer market, we don't need to bring in loads of new players, maybe we'll bring in a few next summer, but this season is the one to capitalise on what we did last year and push on with that'.

"They've effectively got new players coming in in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez and these players haven't peaked yet. This could be the season they peak as a team. You look at them at the moment with five wins from five and those three up front, you would go a long way to beat it."

'Firmino is priceless'

Firmino has established himself as a firm fan-favourite but his importance to this Liverpool team is also recognised by his team-mates.

"I'm running out of words to describe him," Trent Alexander-Arnold said after the win against Newcastle.

"He's an unbelievable player. I've said it before - he's priceless to us. For us he's the best player we could have. He's the one that makes everything tick, he's the glue that holds everything together.

"The quality he showed here - his work on and off the ball, especially that second assist - was world class. He is a world-class player."

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The media on LFC 3-1 Newcastle: 'Mane steps up to the plate once more'

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 09/15/2019 - 10:30
Sadio Mane netted a double and Mohamed Salah was also on the mark as Liverpool swept aside Newcastle United 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday.
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What's on: This week's LFC community events

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 09/15/2019 - 10:00
Check out a schedule of local community events planned by the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours teams in the coming week.
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Bobby's best bits: Firmino's highlights v Newcastle

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 09/15/2019 - 09:33
Roberto Firmino came off the bench to turn in a mesmerising display to help Liverpool beat Newcastle United 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday - and we've complied all of his individual moments into one clip.
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Niamh Charles: WSL is already showing its competitiveness

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 09/15/2019 - 08:30
Liverpool FC Women’s Niamh Charles believes the first weekend of Women’s Super League action showed just what a competitive season lies ahead.
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Andy Robertson: We have to keep firing for hectic fixture run

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 09/15/2019 - 08:00
Andy Robertson wants Liverpool to use Saturday's 3-1 victory over Newcastle United as a catalyst for the hectic period ahead of them.
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