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The view from Wolves: 'The battle on the flanks could be key'

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 18:00
Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Molineux on Thursday to take on a Wolverhampton Wanderers side who are pushing for a place in the top four.
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Anfield Index.com - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 17:24

Liverpool’s march towards a highly anticipated first Premier League title seemed to take a significant step on Sunday evening when they defeated old rivals Manchester United 2-0 at Anfield. 

The win saw the Reds extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to 16 points but it didn’t come as so usually seen at Anfield these days. Jurgen Klopp’s men created the best chances of the game against a depleted United side but the scoreline remained on a knife edge at 1-0 until Mohamed Salah’s stoppage time settler. 

On another day, Salah would have converted an earlier chance and Roberto Firmino’s disallowed goal might not have been ruled out by VAR. Klopp’s side could have been three or four to the good by half time, but United ultimately stayed in the game. 

Whilst such big chances must be remembered, it’s also worth outlining that United’s performance was one of the best from any opposition at Anfield this season. That isn’t to say that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a tactical genius by any stretch of the imagination. But with high intensity, a willingness to match up against the Reds and, of course, several slices of luck, the away side might well have snatched a point if they converted their chances in front of goal. 

Liverpool were far from their best against United when it came to taking chances. The full-time xG registered at 2.11 – 1.22 in favour of the home side, but that’s without two goals marginally ruled out by VAR from Firmino and Wijnaldum. One thing that United did well for the majority of the match was limiting Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson’s creative influence in attack. 


United’s use of a back five offered a different challenge for Liverpool (Image: Wyscout)

Opting to use a back five has been a frequent theme for teams against Liverpool this season. Manchester United’s use of two wing-backs on Sunday was perhaps one of the most successful attempts at using it against the Reds. With such attacking threat all over the pitch, Liverpool are one of the most potent attacking forces in world football which means that the decision to play with five defenders would often appear to be a wise choice. Jose Mourinho had opted for a similar method a week earlier, using Serge Aurier in front of right-back Japhet Tanganga for additional protection. 

Interestingly, though, United’s use of five defenders on the weekend wasn’t an attempt to sit in for 90 minutes. Instead, it saw Brandon Williams and Aaron Wan-Bissaka attempting to stop Liverpool’s Alexander-Arnold and Robertson at source.


Brandon Williams’ high press stopped Alexander-Arnold advancing (Image: Wyscout)

Starting in only his eighth league match this season, Brandon Williams was tasked with stopping Alexander-Arnold high up the pitch. Through pressing deep in Liverpool’s half, the United wing-back halted Alexander-Arnold’s advancement with the ball.

Alexander-Arnold has registered 65.97 passes p90 this season but only had 42 versus Manchester United. In addition, his nine league assists this season have seen him build on creativity from last season – only Kevin De Bruyne has more (13). 

Such figures are unrivalled by full-backs across Europe’s top five leagues and opposing team should be trying to stop his output above anyone else on the pitch. What is most impressive is the 21-year-old’s 15.57 progressive passes p90 which is the best in the league. High pressing from Williams, then, illustrates that United were trying to thwart the attacking influence of Alexander-Arnold who averages a league high of 7.05 crosses p90.


Liverpool’s passing network versus Manchester United (Image: Wyscout). 

One noticeable takeaway from Sunday’s game was Liverpool’s passing network. The dark lines indicate a higher volume of passes which shows that United allowed much more play down Liverpool’s left through Robertson than on Alexander-Arnold’s right. 

The defensive solidity of a back five enabled Williams to push higher up the pitch to pressure Alexander-Arnold in possession. Notice, below, Luke Shaw’s average positioning over the 90 minutes as the deepest of any United player as the left-sided centre-back. 


Luke Shaw’s average positioning illustrates an awareness of Liverpool’s long-ball threat (Image: Wyscout)

Whilst that highlights his focus on marking Salah, it further illustrates United’s focus on stopping Liverpool’s threat down the right – Alexander-Arnold has registered 12.4 long passes p90 this season which is higher than any other player in the league, including goalkeepers. 

Alexander-Arnold’s decrease in overall activity indicates how highly United rate Liverpool’s full-back and such focus on stopping him is a compliment to the right-back. But one key thing to emphasise is that the young full-back offers an attacking threat from many areas of the pitch.

To showcase his influence to this Liverpool side, he is just four assists away from beating his own record for most Premier League assists by a defender in a single season (12). Such a number of assists can’t simply be stopped by trying man-mark the right-back. 

Therefore, you must give some credit to United who successfully curbed the threat of the most creative full-back in the world right now. Williams, playing left-wing back, stood up to the task well with high intensity on Alexander-Arnold who wasn’t allowed the time or space to find key passes. 

But Alexander-Arnold provided the vital assist for van Dijk’s opening goal of the game. United’s method of marking may be questioned, but the way in which Alexander-Arnold placed that corner onto van Dijk’s head shows that the opposition can succeed in stopping Alexander-Arnold in many aspects of play, but set-pieces isn’t one of them. 

United should be praised for the way they dealt with Alexander-Arnold’s creative threat throughout the game. But, if this game showed anything, it is that the young English right-back can have a decisive impact on a match even when the opposition try to completely shut him down.

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Reds linked with big-money midfielder & buildup to Wolves – Wednesday’s Liverpool FC News

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 16:45

Liverpool are building up to the Thursday night game against Wolves, with Jurgen Klopp holding his press conference today. Oh and new transfer rumours, too.


Reds join chase for Lille man Soumare

A host of Premier League teams have been rumoured to be in for Boubakary Soumare this winter—but a move away from Lille appears remote now before the end of the month.

Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United have all been keen, but now Liverpool have also been mentioned in conjunction with a potential summer move.

French outlet Le10 Sport say the Reds are ready to challenge their domestic rivals for the energetic midfielder’s signature.

Soumare has been rated at between £30m and £60m, depending on the publication you choose to believe, and it’s well-known that Lille must sell one big-money player per summer in line with their investor plans.

Team-mate of Soumare, Victor Osimhen, is another who has been linked with the Reds – he’s a forward.

Klopp ready for Reds’ next test

 Liverpool's xxxx during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The boss has been preparing the boys for our next league fixture, the away trip to Wolves.

It’s a tough place to go and a tough team to face, but the Reds have shown extraordinary consistency this term and this should be but the next challenge to face the same way.

The best news of the presser was that Fabinho is looking in great shape and is getting closer to starting a game – though we’ll see whether that comes midweek or in the FA Cup against Shrewsbury at the weekend.

There’s praise, too, for Alisson as Klopp explains his personal traits which make him such a perfect No. 1, as well as his thoughts on the goalkeeper’s outrageous knee-slide celebration against Man United!

As usual, we have the entire press conference available for you to see.

Nothing but positive

 Liverpool's Joe Gomez celebrates after the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. Liverpool won 3-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Everything surrounding the Reds appears to be good news this week!

Talented youngsters, but not for us

 Liverpool's Rafael Camacho before the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Rafa Camacho is still in touch with Jurgen Klopp, say Portuguese outlet A Bola, having left the Reds in the summer for Sporting CP.

Seemingly, the pair have a great relationship and “speak regularly” by phone.

Don’t read too much into it in terms of a transfer back to Anfield, but it’s another indication of the manager’s approach, going well beyond being just a coach in the dressing room and taking a full interest in his players’ lives.

Meanwhile, one which won’t be happening is the Reds signing Brazilian talent Reinier, who has now joined Real Madrid.

It might have been different though, with the Reds cited as one of several clubs who tried to agree a move with his agent before the Spanish side closed the deal.

There’s no suggestion a move was ever close, and it’s no surprise to see the Reds keeping tab on talented youngsters.

Quickfire LFC news

 Liverpool's Mario Balotelli in action against Real Madrid CF during the UEFA Champions League Group B match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • The Reds are linked with 16-year-old striker Jude Bellingham, currently of Birmingham City (football.london)
  • Mario Balotelli had a £1m “good conduct” clause in his Liverpool contract, awarded if he didn’t get three red cards in a season. Maybe he thought it was for if he didn’t get three goals in a season? (The Athletic)
  • 17-year-old winger Pedro Brazao is a January target for the Reds; he’s a winger with Nice in France (RMC Sport)
  • And Dortmund have made a list of replacements for Jadon Sancho ahead of an expected summer departure, with Liverpool and Chelsea still at the front of that supposed queue (Mail)
Around the Prem

 Real Madrid's Gareth Bale looks dejected after missing a chance against Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 1st Leg match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Wolves are faced with being without Jota (dead leg), Ruben Vinagre (hamstring) and Wily Boly (fracture) for the game against the Reds, though Jota could return (FourFourTwo)
  • Spurs want Gareth Bale on loan but his agent says the idea is “ridiculous,” though didn’t specify whether he was talking about going on loan or going back to Spurs (BBC Sport)
  • Man United have made their 748th breakthrough in talks with Sporting over a move for Bruno Fernandes. Is he the new Nicolas Gaitan yet? (Mirror)
  • And Newcastle will try to entice Danny Rose from Spurs on loan (Telegraph)
Misplaced comment of the day

“He is the best left-sided central defender in the world.”—Pep Guardiola on the returning Aymeric Laporte.

Liverpool’s No. 4 waves hello from his lofty perch, 13 points above Laporte and Co.

Tweet of the day

Ex-Newcastle full-back Olivier Bernard, complete with really weird Twitter handle, pays special homage to Divock’s favourite goalkeeper after yet another howler.

??? it’s 2-2 at #Everton tonight . Great result and a big thnak you to @JPickford1 pic.twitter.com/u63I57saYK

— olivier bernard (@seedorf77) January 21, 2020

What we’re reading

Have you seen Rayan Cherki play yet? If not, you’re in for a treat when Lyon next cross your screens. The 16-year-old is a huge talent, though this piece from Goal’s Robin Bairner cautions him from following the path of a player he has been likened to: Hatem Ben Arfa.

And for the Athletic, Adam Hurrey presents an A-Z of the transfer window, including “W” for “warchest” and “wantaway striker,” because that’s what January is all about.

Worth watching tonight

Nobody wants to be bored to tears by United vs. Burnley, let’s face it. The best game of the night isn’t on TV, Spurs vs. Norwich. So grab a stream or fly overseas for the evening for a 7:30pm kick-off. Juve vs. Roma is your Coppa Italia offering at 7:45pm on BT Sport 3.

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Jurgen Klopp eager for Liverpool to sharpen focus to “finish” off opponents

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 16:36

Jurgen Klopp has identified Liverpool’s “concentration levels” as a key area from improvement as the Reds look to continue their upward trajectory.


From ending last season one agonising point behind Man City to amassing a
record 64 points from a possible 66, it is fair to say Liverpool are not leaving anything to chance in 2019/20.

The disappointment of the second-place finish was relieved by a European Cup triumph and importantly provided the Reds with the belief and recognition that they were a force to be reckoned with.

Lessons were learned and invaluable experiences of a title race were under the belt, but for Klopp it was not the one point differential which was the catalyst for the current campaign rather the plotting of the natural steps of progression.

“The one point deficit made absolutely no impact, why should it?” Klopp told the media.

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the second goal during the final FA Premier League match of the season between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“It was just the situation last year, what we learned from last year is that we are a good football team.

“We thought we should use that in the new season as well. You don’t have a lot of difference, you meet all the opponents and you meet Man City twice a year.

“The results [against City] were a draw at home and a loss there, it is clear we wanted to improve that but all the rest is nothing to do with the opponents.

“It’s all about using your football skills, attitude, character, team play, individual skills – all that stuff in all the Premier League games.

“That’s what we have to do, but being one point down if we were that angry and thought that next year we will catch them, nobody had an idea before the season started if we can be even close because they can make their next steps as well.

“We thought about our next steps and tried to do them, nothing to do with the situation last year.”

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson celebrates after the FA Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Liverpool won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

And they have certainly taken the right next steps as Liverpool have amazed the masses and have left various opponents in their wake to date, having dropped points on just one occasion in the league so far this season.

To the naked eye, Liverpool are as close to perfect as you could wish to see.

However, within the camp from the manager and all the players, there is still plenty of improvement to be had.

And the boss pointed to the Reds’ “concentration level” as a prime example, with a dip in output inviting pressure, as seen against Man United, when the fixture should have already been tied up.

Liverpool’s superiority within a 90 minute spell has rarely been reflected on the scoreboard to date, setting up a few tense and nervy finishes – and Klopp is eager to see an improvement in the level of focus and intent deployed at various moments throughout a game.

“Concentration level. The last five minutes of the first half and the last 20 minutes [of the game] when United came back the game should have been decided already,” Klopp explained in regards to an area for improvement.

 Liverpool's Sadio Mané looks dejected after missing a chance during the FA Premier League match between Aston Villa FC and Liverpool FC at Villa Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“I get it 100 percent, we are all human beings and that is normal. We do a lot of things right in the right way, dominate the game but don’t finish the situation off.

“The quality in the Premier League is just too high.

“There is a lot of space for improvement. How can we help ourselves? How lively can we stay even without creating constantly?

“We need to find a common way in these situations to still dominate the game in a slightly different manner.”

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Wolves v Liverpool: TV channels and live coverage details

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 15:50

Liverpool visit Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Thursday, with kick-off at Molineux scheduled for 8pm GMT.

The match will be shown live on BT Sport in the UK.

Extended highlights will be available on on LFCTV GO from midnight.

You can listen to the game live with our free audio commentary service and follow the build-up, action and reaction as it happens with Liverpoolfc.com’s live matchday blog.

For Reds fans outside of the UK, global TV listings for the match can be found here.

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Wolves v Liverpool: TV channels and live coverage details

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 15:50
Liverpool visit Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Thursday, with kick-off at Molineux scheduled for 8pm GMT.
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'Alisson Becker and Mohamed Salah planned United goal'

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 14:45
Alisson Becker’s assist for Mohamed Salah’s Kop-end clincher against Manchester United had been in the pipeline for 18 months, Jürgen Klopp has revealed.
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Klopp press conference: Shaqiri's future, Ox form and Wolves difficulty

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 14:28

Jürgen Klopp explained why Liverpool do not intend to further trim the first-team squad this month as he looked ahead to Thursday's clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

During his pre-match press conference at Melwood, the boss was asked about the future of Xherdan Shaqiri, the challenge of taking on a Wolves side the Reds edged 1-0 in December, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Read what Klopp had to say on the subjects below…

On Shaqiri’s future and how important he can be for the rest of the season…

The majority of December and January we had a bench full of kids – wonderful kids, but kids. So, how could we think about giving a player to anybody? I don’t understand that. It’s not about Shaq or whatever, it’s about pretty much everybody. That we just have to keep them for sorting our situation and not the situation for different clubs. If somebody would come around the corner and ask properly – which didn’t happen – maybe, if they are desperate, we think. But there’s absolutely no intention from our side to do anything.

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On Wolves being a difficult team to face…

Wolves are not only this year, but last year, really difficult to play. They play a similar system to other teams. It depends a little bit how they set up – three or five at the back. But they do it differently, Coady has a different role, they make the pitch really big and ask you for a lot of footwork. You have to run a lot. That’s normal and good, it’s their way to play. For us, there are solutions for that but not without working a lot. You cannot play on a 50 or 60 per cent basis against Wolves, then you have absolutely no chance. That’s the challenge for that game.

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On whether Oxlade-Chamberlain has been ‘frustrated’ after recent games…

Oxlade is in a good shape. He’s not [frustrated with himself], he just looks like this. I asked him, it’s all fine. It’s normal a player wants to play 90 minutes. We have to learn from our own past. Oxlade is an unbelievably important player for us and there are moments in a game when players get a bit tired, then they show up again and stuff like this. I try to read the players during the game and try to understand in which moment or situation they are, energy level-wise and stuff like this. I make a decision and sometimes I hit the point and sometimes not.

Maybe with Ox last time I was a bit too early but he got a knock on top of that, he was limping a little bit. If a midfielder is limping you start looking in more detail and then if in one or two defensive situations the midfielder is not there where he should be, you think, ‘OK, it has an impact’ and then we have to make a decision. That’s what we did. After the game, it didn’t feel that bad anymore with the knock he got. That’s good, absolutely good and all OK. Most of the time we had really good options to make substitutions and in this case as well. Adam [Lallana] came on and helped us in the last few games a lot. We have good options and as long as we have good options we will make changes.

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Klopp press conference: Shaqiri's future, Ox form and Wolves difficulty

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 14:28
Jürgen Klopp explained why Liverpool do not intend to further trim the first-team squad this month as he looked ahead to Thursday's clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
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'Best news you can get' - Klopp on Fabinho's return

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 14:26

Jürgen Klopp has welcomed the return of Fabinho and revealed the Brazilian is getting 'closer and closer' to full fitness.

The No.3 made his first appearance since November on Sunday after an ankle injury when he appeared as a second-half substitute in the victory over Manchester United.

Klopp, however, is unsure when the 26-year-old can be considered fit enough to start a fixture, but added the Reds will remain patient.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, the boss said: "It's sensationally good that we have him back. How close is he to starting? I don't know exactly.

"It was a long time out. Not too long, thank God, but it was long enough, so he needs to find rhythm again and then we will see how we introduce him step by step. 

“But [it’s the] best news you can get that we have these boys back – Joel back, Dejan is on a way back – and we played through the toughest period of the season with two centre-halves. 

"Our fifth centre-half Fabinho, who can play the position as well, was injured as well, so it was really tough. 

“We came through, thank God, and now we have to make sure that the boys are in the best possible shape before we use them again. 

“But of course we do that with training sessions – Fab was in more than a week, which is good. In a different squad situation, maybe he would have trained last week around the Man United game than being involved in the game. 

“But he had a few minutes and that was good for him as well. [He's] getting closer and closer.”

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'Best news you can get' - Klopp on Fabinho's return

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 14:26
Jürgen Klopp has welcomed the return of Fabinho and revealed the Brazilian is getting 'closer and closer' to full fitness.
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LFC fitness latest: Lovren, Milner, Keita and Shaqiri

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 13:31

Jürgen Klopp offered the latest on Liverpool’s injury concerns ahead of Thursday’s trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Reds have welcomed back Dejan Lovren to full training this week, with the centre-back recovering from an issue that had kept him out since the Champions League tie in Salzburg on December 10.

However, James Milner, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri remain sidelined with respective knocks, meaning they will miss the clash at Molineux tomorrow.

“Dejan trained now since the start of the week, Monday,” Klopp told his pre-match press conference on Wednesday. “So, [it’s his] first steps out on the pitch, it’s good.

“Millie is not in team training, Naby is not in team training and Shaq is not in team training.

“They are all back soon.”

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LFC fitness latest: Lovren, Milner, Keita and Shaqiri

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 13:31
Jürgen Klopp offered the latest on Liverpool’s injury concerns ahead of Thursday’s trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
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Klopp: Alisson exceeding expectations

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 13:00

Last Updated: 22/01/20 3:42pm

1:05 Jurgen Klopp says goalkeeper Alisson is exceeding expectations at Liverpool in terms of his personality and character. Jurgen Klopp says goalkeeper Alisson is exceeding expectations at Liverpool in terms of his personality and character.

Jurgen Klopp says goalkeeper Alisson is exceeding expectations at Liverpool in terms of his personality and character.

Alisson has not conceded a Premier League goal since the 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on November 23 and his clean sheet-keeping ability will be tested when the runaway league leaders play at Wolves on Thursday night.

Klopp knew the Brazilian would set high standards at Anfield when he made him the world's most expensive goalkeeper in the summer but that he has been surprised by the personality Alisson has shown.

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"As a goalkeeper, we knew what we were getting and yes he has made steps," he said. "As a person, he has exceeded expectations because he is just an outstanding guy.

"We have a lot of really good guys but he's a special person and that's great, yes. His character and his calmness helps us a lot and he makes the difficult things look easy.

"But he has to stay like this. For a goalkeeper, you make one little mistake and the ball is in the goal. He doesn't take it for granted so I don't take it for granted either. It's great to have him here."

Liverpool's game with Wolves earlier this season resulted in a 1-0 win for the Reds but was dominated by several VAR-related debates.

There was plenty of VAR controversy during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Wolves in December There was plenty of VAR controversy during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Wolves in December There was plenty of VAR controversy during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Wolves in December

"I understand it was difficult for Wolves to take but both of those decisions were completely right so there was no need to talk about VAR after that game," he said.

"Wolves are really difficult to play against. They play a three at the back or a five at the back and they make the pitch really big.

"They ask you for a lot of footwork, you have to run a lot and that's good. There are solutions to that but not without working a lot.

"You can't play on a 50 or 60 per cent basis against Wolves, you would have absolutely no chance. That's our challenge for that game."

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Inside Training: Extended highlights of Reds' session at Melwood

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 13:00

Inside Training takes you behind the scenes of Liverpool's preparations for Thursday's game against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Jürgen Klopp oversaw the Premier League leaders' Tuesday evening session at Melwood ahead of their trip to Molineux - and our cameras were granted exclusive access to film the workout in full.

Watch the latest edition of Inside Training above.

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Inside Training: Extended highlights of Reds' session at Melwood

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 13:00
Inside Training takes you behind the scenes of Liverpool's preparations for Thursday's game against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
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Academy players inspire at LFC Foundation football sessions

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 12:00

Liverpool FC Academy players have been supporting LFC Foundation coaches with weekly football sessions across Merseyside this season.

Each Thursday, the youngsters assist with the development of players enrolled in the Premier League Kicks programmes, participating in activities and offering inspiration with the help of trained LFC Foundation community coaches.

Since 2007, Premier League Kicks has been working in local communities to inspire young people into sport.

The programme is aimed at eight to 18-year-olds in areas of high need, providing free sports activities for both boys and girls and for those with additional learning, behavioural, physical and sensory needs through the Kicks Inclusion programme.

This week, Harvey Elliott, Morgan Boyes and many more will be getting involved with sessions at Anfield Sports and Community Centre, Gateacre School and Liverpool Aquatics Centre.

With their participation each week, the Reds players work towards their coaching badges through offering support with activities and managing games.

Phil Roscoe, Academy player care manager, said: “As an academy we have a long-standing relationship with LFC Foundation and this is just one example of the work that we have undertaken across the city for many years.

“Not only does this help our players complete voluntary hours for the varying coaching awards they are undertaking at the club but also gives them a clear understanding of the responsibility they have as a Liverpool player working in the city.”

Matt Parish, director of LFC Foundation, said: “I’d like to thank all of the Academy players who commit their time each week – offering their knowledge and expertise to help develop the young footballers in the local community.”

For more information on LFC Foundation and its range of programmes, click here.

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Academy players inspire at LFC Foundation football sessions

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 12:00
Liverpool FC Academy players have been supporting LFC Foundation coaches with weekly football sessions across Merseyside this season.
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Wolves vs Liverpool preview

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 11:55
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Team news, key stats and prediction ahead of Wolves vs Liverpool in the Premier League on Thursday (kick-off 8pm).

Team news

Wolves full-back Ruben Vinagre will miss the Premier League clash against leaders Liverpool due to a hamstring injury.

Willy Boly (fractured leg) is out while Diogo Jota may return after a serious dead leg.

Wolves completed the signing of striker Leonardo Campana on Tuesday but he is not available for the match as he is currently involved in Ecuador's Olympic 2020 qualifying campaign.

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho came off the bench against Manchester United and could start for the first time since November after recovering from an ankle problem.

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Dejan Lovren (hamstring) is back in training but remains a major doubt for Jurgen Klopp's side, while midfielders James Milner (hamstring) and Naby Keita (groin) remain out.

Xherdan Shaqiri is also set to miss out with a calf injury but Joel Matip could again feature on the bench after not playing since October due to a knee issue.

How to follow

Follow the action with our dedicated live blog. Highlights of the game will be published shortly after full-time on the Sky Sports website and app plus the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel.

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  • Wolves have lost each of their last six Premier League meetings with Liverpool, scoring just one goal in that run, since a 1-0 win at Anfield in December 2010.
  • Liverpool haven't lost away against Wolves in league competition since August 1981. They've won three and drawn three of their six visits to Molineux since, keeping a clean sheet in each of the last four.
  • This will be Wolves' first ever Premier League game on a Thursday. Meanwhile, Liverpool have won just 25% of their Premier League games on this day (2/8), their lowest win rate on a specific day in the competition's history.
  • Wolves are unbeaten in their last seven home evening kick-offs in the Premier League (7pm or later), winning five and drawing two since a 0-2 loss against Crystal Palace last January.
  • Liverpool have won each of their last eight evening kick-offs in the Premier League (7pm or later), scoring 31 goals in these games and conceding just six in return.
  • Should they remain unbeaten in this game, Liverpool will be only the fifth team in the history of the English Football League to go 40+ league games undefeated, after Nottingham Forest (42, 1977-78), Arsenal (49, 2003-04), Chelsea (40, 2004-05) and Huddersfield Town (43, 2011).
10:12 In 'Being the Boss', Jurgen Klopp talks managerial inspirations, why he's not on social media, why he doesn't wear a suit and which player would be a good manager In 'Being the Boss', Jurgen Klopp talks managerial inspirations, why he's not on social media, why he doesn't wear a suit and which player would be a good manager
  • Wolves have won 18 points from losing positions in the Premier League this season, seven more than any other team. They are one of only nine teams to have come from 2+ goals behind to win in more than one Premier League game in a season, and the first since Man Utd in 2017-18.
  • Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in 88 goals in 93 Premier League appearances for the Reds (65 goals, 23 assists) - the Egyptian scored and assisted in Liverpool's 2-0 win over Wolves at Molineux last season.
  • Wolves duo Adama Traoré and Raúl Jiménez have combined for seven Premier League goals this season, more than any other partnership. Traoré has registered six assists this season, twice the amount he managed in his previous three Premier League seasons with Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Wolves (3).
  • Liverpool have won their last seven Premier League games without conceding a goal - the last time a team won eight in a row without conceding was in February 2009, when Manchester United won nine consecutively.
Charlie Nicholas' prediction

This is a cracking game and Liverpool will be on such a high. I genuinely thought Liverpool looked tired and leggy, especially at the end, against Manchester United. Have they enough to come in and cover this one up? Jurgen Klopp took Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino off in the latter stages, but it was a case of hanging in there and going a bit more defensively. I have never really seen that from Klopp but some of those players were dead on their feet.

As cool as Virgil van Dijk and the back four have been, there was a vulnerability there. It was a massive game and they got the result. That being said, I see Liverpool's first defeat of the season coming on Thursday, but it will not change the destiny of the Premier League title.

Wolves relish the games against the top-six sides. Wolves looked assured at Anfield but got nothing from it. Klopp may make some changes and it could disrupt them a little bit.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-1 (16/1 with Sky Bet)

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Klopp: Suits, social media and sleeping

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 10:00
What does Klopp enjoy most about management? How has he changed? And how does he switch off?

Last Updated: 22/01/20 2:44pm

10:12

In 'Being the Boss', Jurgen Klopp talks managerial inspirations, why he's not on social media, why he doesn't wear a suit and which player would be a good manager.

The German is closing in on history having inspired Liverpool to a healthy lead at the top of the Premier League, nearing their first title in 30 years.

But what does he enjoy most about management? How has he changed? And how does he switch off?

Here, sitting down with Sky Sports News' Vinny O'Connor, Klopp takes an informal look at his career in management...

What's the best part about being a football manager?

Wow! The money?! Haha! It's working in football, obviously, so I love it, from the first day I did it. I even loved it when I was only a coach at the very beginning when nobody knew me, it was a really good time.

To be honest, I never read a book about football, I never had the opportunity to look at what other coaches were doing, so I had to learn it by myself.

Jurgen Klopp on the early days

Still being with these world-class players every day, seeing them in training, trying to help them to become slighty better if possible, in all different departments, so that's a big, big joy.

How different are you from the manager that started at Mainz?

Klopp during his time at Mainz, where he managed from 2001 to 2008 Klopp during his time at Mainz, where he managed from 2001 to 2008 Klopp during his time at Mainz, where he managed from 2001 to 2008

Thank God today I am much better, but that is because of a lot of experience I was allowed to collect. I had to make some tough experiences, and they were good experiences as well. I know much more about football as well, because I was a player on Sunday, and a manager or coach on Monday, so there was not a lot of time to learn the things I had to for the next day. But I loved it when I started doing it.

I'm an admirer of Arrigo Sacchi. I got a bit more involved in his work when my former manager Wolfgang Frank brought up all of his videos. I think I saw 20, 30 or 500 training sessions of AC Milan in that time

Jurgen Klopp on his managerial influences

To be honest, I never read a book about football, I never had the opportunity to look at what other coaches were doing, so I had to learn it by myself. That was a really good time, especially in the first few years when nobody was really watching us, and we could do whatever we wanted, we could see if it worked out at the weekend or not! It was really cool.

Was there anyone you looked to for managerial inspiration?

I can take from a lot of people a lot of things, but the only real opportunity is when you work together with them. So I'm an admirer - without knowing him, I only one had a phone conversation - of Arrigo Sacchi. I knew him of course, but I got a bit more involved in his work when my former manager Wolfgang Frank brought up all of his videos. I think I saw 20, 30 or 500 training sessions of AC Milan in that time, because my former coach recorded them and showed them to us!

What is the most important quality in football management?

Klopp said he never read a book on football during his early development Klopp said he never read a book on football during his early development Klopp said he never read a book on football during his early development

Attention to detail is probably the most important thing I'd say. The tension, or whatever it is on the touchline, is not important. I think you can be the best coach in the world and sit 90 minutes on your butt. But that's just not me, other really good coaches can do that, but it's not so important. But I try to help during a game. If it's only a little bit, I'm fine with that.

The most important thing? Football understanding for sure. Seeing the game in the bigger picture; not only about scoring and not conceding, shooting, there's much more around this game that is important. And you pretty much need to sort everything around it and let the boys concentrate on the things they have to do. Yes, they have to find solutions by themselves on the pitch but these solutions need to be as well-prepared as possible in sessions.

How much do you look at what other teams are doing across the world? Do you watch videos?

Not really consciously, I don't sit there and study Barcelona, Real Madrid, AC Milan in the good old times. Bayern Munich, Manchester City. I admire a lot of coaches and what they do, but I never watch them often enough to take something for us, or say: 'Let's do it like this.' We always try to do it our own way because it's all about your own players and what they're able to do.

Did you know that Mike Gordon [president of FSG, Liverpool's owners] described you as a polymathematical guy?

I cannot be that, because I don't know what it is?!

It's an individual whose knowledge expands a significant number of subjects!

Hahaha! Thank you Mike. Did he say that before I signed a new contract or after?

Before! He also said: "Jurgen is up there with one of the best CEOs in the world... if he wasn't managing a football club he could be managing a Fortune 500 company..."

Mike Gordon (centre) had high praise for Klopp Mike Gordon (centre) had high praise for Klopp Mike Gordon (centre) had high praise for Klopp

Thank God I don't have to do that! Because, as I see it, the only real thing I understand is football, and life as well, but you cannot use that in a Fortune 500 company I think. I don't know, I never did it, I don't have to. It's very nice, but I said it many times I have the nicest owner in the world, he is very supportive! So that is a good consolation, it is very nice, but it not very true!

Are you a tracksuit manager?

That is obvious!

For me I have no space, no resources to think about what I wear before a game. I'm just not like this. I pretty much fall into a game with other things to do.

Klopp on being a 'tracksuit manager'

Why don't you wear a suit?

I don't like it. I like wearing a suit in the right moment, and this shouldn't be understood as disrespectful as I know especially in England a lot of people wear suits because it is a special day, all that stuff. But for me I have no space, no resources to think about what I wear before a game. I'm just not like this. I pretty much fall into a game with other things to do.

So if somebody tells me: 'Now you have to fix the tie and stuff like that,' that just doesn't work for me. I tried it, not with a suit, but a more casual look when I came to Dortmund. In the first few weeks I wore jeans I think, and a black shirt or something like that, and then I just forgot it, and then I wore only a tracksuit. And that's because the club delivers the tracksuit and it's already in the dressing room, so that helps massively. That's the main reason.

"When I came to Dortmund, in the first few weeks I wore jeans I think, and a black shirt or something like that, and then I just forgot it" "When I came to Dortmund, in the first few weeks I wore jeans I think, and a black shirt or something like that, and then I just forgot it" "When I came to Dortmund, in the first few weeks I wore jeans I think, and a black shirt or something like that, and then I just forgot it"

How do you switch off from football?

By sleeping.

That's it?

Pretty much, or if we are on holiday.

Why don't you do social media?

I don't understand it, or why you would do it. Maybe one day I will do it, but I don't see that. I don't understand why you would want to tell other people, people you don't know, what is good or not so good in the moment. But that's a problem probably of my generation. I'm too old for that already.

Who is most likely to become a manager from your players and why?

Klopp believes Gini Wijnaldum, James Milner and Jordan Henderson could be future captains Klopp believes Gini Wijnaldum, James Milner and Jordan Henderson could be future captains Klopp believes Gini Wijnaldum, James Milner and Jordan Henderson could be future captains

I'm not sure if they want to, but the English guys could pretty much. The mid-age English guys, like Milly, Hendo, Adam (Lallana), Gini for sure could do it if he wants to. The younger ones, Robbo, possibly Trent, but there is a long way to go! Really long. Maybe Dejan wants to do it, and the good thing with him is he could do it in 12 different countries! Really, we have a few good ones. It's all about whether they want to do it. If they want to, they all could do it.

Three words to describe yourself...

I don't think about myself a lot, yeah? So three words, I can't do it.

Happy?

Not always! There you go. Not. Always. Happy. Three words!

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