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Liverpool U18s maintain perfect pre-season record as 17-year-old matches Rhian Brewster

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 07/20/2019 - 15:20

Jake Cain brought his tally to four goals in three games as the Liverpool under-18s sealed a dramatic 4-3 win over Celtic in a behind-closed-doors friendly.


The young Reds headed to Glasgow this week to continue their pre-season preparations as Barry Lewtas oversees a much-changed squad from his maiden campaign.

Rhys Williams, Tom Clayton, Elijah Dixon-Bonner, Jack Bearne, Abdi Sharif, Fidel O’Rourke and Luis Longstaff are all with the under-23s this summer, and Bobby Duncan, Yasser Larouci, Vitezslav Jaros and Paul Glatzel with the first team.

This has left Lewtas to call upon a host of new faces from the under-16s ranks, with Layton Stewart, James Norris, Tyler Morton, Dominic Corness and Oakley Cannonier among those.

But the standout for Liverpool’s U18s so far has been Jake Cain, the 17-year-old midfielder whose goals and creative prowess proved crucial last season.

On Saturday in Scotland, Cain scored his fourth goal of pre-season so far, following on from a pair of free-kicks in the 4-0 win over Burton Albion and another strike in the 5-0 thrashing of Bury.

Further goals from Norris, Stewart and Leighton Clarkson—Cain’s midfield partner—helped the young Reds to a 4-1 lead at half-time, but they were forced to hold on for a 4-3 victory in the second half.

It was a win Lewtas described as “a real good workout” and this is exactly what the manager will be hoping for as he builds for a strong 2019/20.

 Liverpool's captain Paul Glatzel celebrates with the trophy after the FA Youth Cup Final match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the Academy Stadium. Liverpool won 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 extra-time draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool finished second in the U18 Premier League under Lewtas’ guidance last season, losing out on the title to Derby due to goal difference, while they lifted the FA Youth Cup with a win over Man City in the final.

Losing the likes of Jaros, Williams, Larouci, Longstaff, Glatzel and Duncan will be a big blow, but this is the challenge the ex-Wigan and Bolton coach is tasked with.

Replacing them—with Stewart and, if they return, Bearne and O’Rourke, the next big hopes up front after Glatzel and Duncan’s 59-goal season last time out—will be key.

But retaining the midfield core of Cain and Clarkson can aid him significantly, and with the young duo primed to take even more responsibility this season, they can hope to catch Jurgen Klopp‘s eye in the future.

With Cain equalling Rhian Brewster‘s goal tally so far this summer, those numbers will certainly boost his chances of doing so.

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The promise of Ox, the ‘other’ impressive teen attacker & what to look for next in pre-season

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 07/20/2019 - 14:03

Almost at the halfway point of pre-season, we can start to assess who is making a claim for future involvement and where the next steps of progression will be.


The cliches ring true for summer games and training sessions: the results don’t matter, the fitness and performances do—at least to some extent.

For youngsters and those returning to action at senior level, it’s about staking a claim, impressing the boss and serving reminders of what they can bring to the team, sometimes even to themselves.

Getting legs in the minutes, through hard sessions and hot conditions, will stand the Reds in good stead for a season where upwards of 60 games can be expected and another major push for honours will be hoped for.

Already there are points and players worth noting in both regards, and more questions to be answered over the coming two weeks or three weeks.

Oxlade-Chamberlain starting to show signs

 Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (R) and Borussia Dortmund's Mario Götze during a friendly match between Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day four of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

If there’s one player fans, and probably Klopp, would love to see reach his full potential in 19/20, it’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

His powerful runs, goalscoring potential and capacity to break the lines on and off the ball are a massive aspect of midfield play which the Reds all too often didn’t have last year.

Only Gini Wijnaldum can really do similar, but not regularly enough—at least until Naby Keita finds top gear, and even he does the job in a rather different way.

An Ox in full flight is a wonderous sight: good instincts to win possession and immediately surge, into space and away from a challenge, opening up play and encouraging others to make their move.

The signs are good, but intermittent at this stage—as was likely to be the case. This is, remember, the first time the (now) No. 15 has put together three successive starts in a long, long while.

Keep it going and we’ve got a genuine upgrade to last year’s midfield in place.

The quietly impressive teen of pre-season

 Liverpool's Curtis Jones during a pre-season friendly match between Bradford City AFC and Liverpool FC at Valley Parade. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Rhian Brewster has been stealing the headlines for a foul-goal salvo so far in the summer games, while there are four-way battles for wing and full-back spots between Kent, Wilson, Larouci and Lewis.

But in among those more oft-voiced impressions on younger players has been a succession of three displays of impressive tenacity, confident skill and control, versatility and even end product.

Curtis Jones, as a No. 8 in the domestic friendlies and in the attacking line against Dortmund, has gone about his work in exemplary fashion.

He hasn’t made the big headlines just yet, maybe because he’s not a long-awaited return or plays in a position a senior has departed from, but he has been showing more consistency to his game than he did in parts of 17/18.

Again, it’s a case of keeping on doing his best work: presumably working hard in training, catching the eye of the boss and now, in America against bigger teams and senior pros, showing his undoubted ability on the pitch.

A break from summer tradition

Briefly mentioned after the first game or two, but more evident now: the players coming back, coming through and coming into the club are all comfortable and expected to play a particular way in a particular system.

The 4-3-3 has dominated pre-season, with no real alterations as yet.

During the friendly run of games it’s often noted how managers will try out something else: a low block for later in matches, a back three for the odd game, a front two to ensure certain players get enough minutes.

Not so, thus far, with Adam Lewis slotting into midfield against BVB and Jones and Ben Woodburn pushing into attack, to ensure the shape remained the same rather than any change of overall system.

Maybe we’ll see one or two instances of different formations once the regular starters are back for the final couple of friendlies, just to ensure familiarity for when it’s required as an in-game change.

For now, though, it’s Liverpool’s regular shape and style and little else besides.

Seniors expected to lead the way

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet during a friendly match between Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day four of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

By this point, the first wave of senior players who have been in pre-season training since the start would normally be expected to be playing a leading role.

Partly that’s in application, hard work and progress in training—which we can’t see or judge—and partly that’s in understanding, cohesion and technical ability in matches…which we can.

It has been a mixed bag thus far, however.

Nathaniel Clyne has been hit-and-miss at best, particularly poor against Dortmund, while Dejan Lovren has shown his usual moments of erratic performance.

On the other hand, Simon Mignolet has been decent in goal, making fine saves against Dortmund—and in the absence of other first-team ‘keepers he’s taking the lion’s share of minutes.

There’s still debate over his future, so would it be worth continuing to dole out experience to youngster Dan Atherton, even if he’s not first-choice at his Academy level? At least there can be a measure of progress for him, something to learn from.

The next two games Stateside might reveal a lot more detail about Klopp’s plans for certain fringe senior names.

Boston and New York

 A general view of Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, as a football (soccer) pitch is installed for Liverpool's second match of their North American tour against, AS Roma. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Fenway Park, our cross-Atlantic second home.

There, Liverpool fans could tick a few more boxes: a potential debut for Sepp van den Berg, a definite debut for the third kit and a first start of the summer for Virgil, Hendo et al.

Regardless of scorelines, Liverpool are better than both their upcoming opponents, Sevilla and Sporting, though doubtless there will be some interested glances at how Bruno Fernandes fares if he’s still at the latter when we meet.

Pre-season has been productive and interesting, if not explosive and exciting, to this point.

As we get closer to August 4 and 9, however, we’ll hope to see more cohesion, more finesse, more certainty about the Reds’ play ahead of another momentous campaign.

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U18s beat Celtic in thrilling Glasgow friendly

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 07/20/2019 - 14:00

Liverpool U18s beat Celtic 4-3 in a thrilling behind-closed-doors friendly in Glasgow on Saturday.

Jake Cain opened the scoring for the Reds with a brilliant free-kick before other goals from Layton Stewart, Leighton Clarkson and James Norris put the visitors 4-1 up at half-time.

Celtic scored twice after the break but Barry Lewtas' side held on to earn their third victory of the pre-season.

Speaking after the match, Lewtas told Liverpoolfc.com: "We played some really good stuff, passed the ball really well and created a lot of chances.

"It was a real good workout for us against a good team.

"In the second half they came out a little bit more and put us under a little bit of pressure, but it was still a good performance."

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U18s beat Celtic in thrilling Glasgow friendly

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 07/20/2019 - 14:00
Liverpool U18s beat Celtic 4-3 in a thrilling behind-closed-doors friendly in Glasgow on Saturday.
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Photos: Reds host fan event in South Bend

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 07/20/2019 - 13:00

Liverpool supporters in South Bend warmed up to seeing the European champions in action by attending a fan event on Thursday night.

Ahead of the friendly with Borussia Dortmund in Indiana on Friday, American Reds got in the mood for the visit of Jürgen Klopp's side by taking part in a Legends Q&A.

Ian Rush, Patrik Berger and Jason McAteer answered questions from the crowd in attendance before Jamie Webster went on stage to deliver a musical set.

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Photos: Reds host fan event in South Bend

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 07/20/2019 - 13:00
Liverpool supporters in South Bend warmed up to seeing the European champions in action by attending a fan event on Thursday night.
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“We will not even think about stopping” – Jurgen Klopp signals intent to win more trophies

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 07/20/2019 - 12:59

After several near-misses, Jurgen Klopp finally landed his first piece of silverware at Liverpool on 1 June—now says there will be no let-up in the pursuit of success.


Defeat in a League Cup final, Europa League final and the 17/18 Champions League final left plenty of what-if questions and no shortage of heartache.

Even last year it was another case of could-have-been, as the Reds fell just one point short of the Premier League title—but there the runners-up hard-luck story ended.

A few days later Liverpool were champions once more, with Klopp’s team beating Spurs 2-0 in Madrid to land a sixth European Cup.

The boss told the Telegraph‘s Chris Bascombe that he had thought he was fine just a few days after the Kyiv final—but the aftermath of Madrid proved otherwise.

“Last year my agent called me on holiday and said, ‘How are you?’ and I said, ‘Fine. I am over it. I could not feel better if the cup was next to me’.

“Now I know that was a lie. It is a big difference when the cup stands next to me!”

 Liverpool’s manager Jürgen Klopp lifts the trophy during an open-top bus parade through the city after winning the UEFA Champions League Final. Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur. 2-0 in Madrid. To claim their sixth European Cup. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

That win, and the epic celebrations which followed, cannot be the end of the story though.

The boss has been adamant all along that last season was only to be the first chance, not the last one, and he has reiterated that stance now: there’s lots more to win and the team is built to do so.

Of course, so are plenty of other teams, but Liverpool have their way of working and Klopp will ensure it remains the same in 2019/20.

“Nobody should be worried about us and that we don’t stay greedy. There are many reasons for staying greedy.

“We tried so many things to win different things and it worked out. The Champions League is the biggest cup that I see in world football, apart from the World Cup, but that’s a different competition.

“It’s like this – you get now a bit of a feeling how it is and you want to have it all the time.

“The attitude doesn’t change. You know how we came there, we had to dig in. We are not the best team in Europe, but we won the competition so yes we are the best team.

“There are teams in the competition that are mainly built for winning the Champions League and they didn’t do it – teams like PSG, Barcelona. Bayern Munich talk about nothing else.

“They won the double in Germany but nobody was happy with the season because they lost to us in the last 16. We were not like this. We wanted to put it right. That’s the truth.”

Klopp is no stranger to success, despite that long wait for a trophy of late.

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp is thrown into the air by his team after the UEFA Champions League Final match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Estadio Metropolitano. Liverpool won 2-0 to win their sixth European Cup. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

But he feels that the wait, the near-misses, can make it all worthwhile in the end—and it’s a theme which has been oft-repeated during his managerial reigns in Germany and England.

“My career is like that. At Mainz we didn’t get promoted twice, then we were promoted the third time. That was like a party three times better.

“It was better for Dortmund not to be champions a year earlier than we were. It was the right time.

“And now I think this was our right time because we were ready as a team. The season before we were a big surprise to everyone and ourselves. This time was not like this.”

Of course, with the Reds having finished runners-up in the Premier League last term, fans and players alike will be hoping that the trend continues with Klopp almost winning, then finally achieving, the biggest aim.

If that’s the case, even June’s bus parade might be bettered in 10 months’ time if Liverpool finally end their long wait for a 19th league title.

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp speaks to journalists in the mixed zone after a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp naturally isn’t ruling it out—and referenced his impromptu singing with his coaching staff in Kyiv a year ago as to how things can change. Fans can rest assured that one of the very best in the business will ensure the team go full tilt for success in 19/20.

“I couldn’t have imagined it when we sang the song the year before on the funeral party, ‘We bring it back to Liverpool’ and it would work out.

“We got there so let’s try to get there again next season. We will not even think about stopping.”

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Mistakes “part of the process” but areas of “encouragement” too – Media on Liverpool 2-3 Dortmund

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 07/20/2019 - 11:51

Liverpool fell to their first pre-season defeat at the hands of Borussia Dortmund, but the media remained level-headed over the result.


The Reds’ pre-season tour of the United States kicked off against a familiar foe in Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium, but it proved to be the first taste of defeat in pre-season so far—as it did last year.

Jurgen Klopp’s men had quickly found themselves behind on the scoreboard after Paco Alcacer netted from close range, before Harry Wilson scored his first of the summer to see the two sides head into the break on level terms.

Two goals in quick succession went the way of Dortmund as Liverpool’s sloppy defending was punished, ensuring Rhian Brewster’s penalty late in the piece was only a consolation.

Liverpool will quickly move on, however, as Klopp’s side will face off against Sevilla in Boston on Sunday.

Here’s how the media reacted to both the performance and the result following the first game on US soil.

Journalists were on hand to praise a number of individual performances…

 Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain takes over the number 15 shirt from Daniel Sturridge during a pre-season friendly match between Bradford City AFC and Liverpool FC at Valley Parade. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his third successive start for the Reds this pre-season and is well and truly on the comeback trail after being named in just four matchday squads last season.

The Liverpool Echo’s Ian Doyle thought the England international showed encouraging signs and displayed the qualities the Reds were lacking in 2018/19:

“That ability to break out of the engine room tussle and beyond the forwards is, if hyper-critical, the one aspect that was largely missing from Liverpool’s midfield last season.

“Not everything he tried here came off – his passing wasn’t quite on point at times – but there was sufficient encouragement against opposition a significant step above what had come before this summer.”

Similarly, writing for Liverpool.com, Kristian Walsh was impressed by the midfielder’s continued growth throughout pre-season thus far:

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain the chief instigator. He is the perfect representation of what pre-season can be about; rusty in game one, growing in game two, and motoring away from quality opposition by game three.”

For ESPN’s Melissa Reddy, Oxlade-Chamberlain was the “standout” in South Bend after being the catalyst for a large part of Liverpool’s attacking impetus:

“[He] provided the sharpness and dynamism Jurgen Klopp will have been delighted to see.

“Was the standout star for the European champions at Notre Dame Stadium.”

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet during a friendly match between Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day four of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The middle of the park also saw Fabinho impress and This Is Anfield’s Karl Matchett lauded the Brazilian’s dual capabilities and his passing range which set up Wilson’s goal:

“Had a dodgy start—his lapse led to a free run which resulted in Dortmund’s third-minute opener—but thereafter he was one of the finest on the park, reminding us all of his twin set of abilities.

“Dortmund were cut apart by his passing from deep on numerous occasions.”

Wales international Wilson was subsequently praised by Goal’s Neil Jones, who he feels is a level above fellow youngster Ryan Kent:

“Wilson’s ability to influence games with goals and assists is certainly a valuable one, one which sets him apart from Liverpool’s other young wide prospect, Ryan Kent.”

Writing for the Daily Mail, Dominic King threw some rare praise at Simon Mignolet after the ‘keeper pulled out a number of impressive saves to keep Liverpool “in the game”:

“Liverpool may have conceded three goals but no blame could be attached to the Belgian. If anything, he was the reason they stayed in the game until the end.

“He is good enough to be the main man at many clubs across the continent. There is a reason why Klopp says Liverpool have ‘two number ones’.”

The media were less than impressed with Liverpool’s ‘sloppy’ defending…

 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold (L) and Borussia Dortmund's Thorgan Hazard during a friendly match between Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day four of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Despite it being only pre-season, it was a rare sight for the Reds to conceded three goals and Doyle felt Liverpool were often “their own worst enemy”:

“[Liverpool] were their own worst enemy at times, with some sloppy defending that started with the opening goal after only three minutes.”

King echoed those thoughts, but was quick to emphasise that the defensive line in action was not Klopp’s “first choice”:

“Liverpool’s defending was lackadaisical more often than Klopp would have wished to see.

[…]

“It was not, it must be stressed, his first choice back four.”

For Jones, he thought the play leading up to Dortmund’s goals will give Klopp plenty to think about:

“Reading too much into friendly matches is rarely advisable, of course, but Klopp will have been alarmed at the sloppiness which cost Liverpool all three of Dortmund’s goals.”

 Liverpool's Yasser Larouci during a friendly match between Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day four of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Meanwhile, for young left-back Yasser Larouci the game provided another opportunity to impress and while he did so the majority of the match, Doyle felt he let himself down in his final moments on the field:

“Yasser Larouci was within a minute of further bolstering his swiftly burgeoning reputation.

“[He lost] possession when attempting to dribble out of his area, a mistake which ultimately led to Dortmund’s decisive third goal.”

Matchett agreed to a certain extent, but felt it was another valuable learning curve for the Liverpool youngster:

“The converted winger has held up well with each challenge.

“There were a couple of instances where he was caught out, but this was more as a result of the Reds being high upfield and his ongoing status of learning the position, rather than Larouci being beaten one-on-one.”

But journalists remained level-headed after the Reds’ first defeat in pre-season…

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp waves to the supporters after a friendly match between Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day four of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

For Jones, the 90-minute affair in sweltering conditions will have offered plenty to ponder and praise for Klopp and his team:

“He will have seen the positives in some areas, the flaws in others.”

Likewise, King was of the view that the defeat will provide the opportunity to “address” a number of issues, while Brewster again proved to be a positive point after confidently scoring from the spot:

“Klopp saw issues that Liverpool will need to address to go alongside some moments – such as Rhian Brewster‘s fourth goal in three matches – to leave him positive.”

 Liverpool's Rhian Brewster scores the second goal from a penalty kick during a friendly match between Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day four of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Matchett thought the result could prove to be a positive omen after a similar defeat last season which saw the Reds go on to win their sixth European Cup:

“This was to be the Reds’ first defeat of pre-season, but optimistic fans can take a positive omen: we lost 3-1 to Dortmund a year ago in the summer and still went on to win the Champions League.”

And for Walsh, pre-season is “where mistakes happen” and Liverpool will continue to find their stride in the remaining two friendlies across the Atlantic:

“This is pre-season, this is the part of the process where mistakes happen, where Liverpool can concede three in a 2-3 defeat.

[…]

“A first defeat of the summer at the hands of Dortmund, just like last year. Boston, and Fenway Park, should see the next step, and a little bit more of the Liverpool of last year.

“Familiarity does not breed contempt in these circumstances; it simply grows confidence.”

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VAR 'ready to go' in Premier League

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sat, 07/20/2019 - 11:24

Last Updated: 20/07/19 11:53am

0:29 The interim chief executive of the Premier League Richard Masters explains how VAR will work this season The interim chief executive of the Premier League Richard Masters explains how VAR will work this season

The Premier League is confident the use of video assistant referees (VAR) next season will bring clarity on key decisions and not affect the entertainment value of top-flight football in England.

After seeing the technology used extensively over the summer - including during the Nations League finals, the Women's World Cup and the African Cup of Nations - VAR will make its Premier League debut this season.

VAR was introduced in last season's Champions League knockout stages VAR was introduced in last season's Champions League knockout stages VAR was introduced in last season's Champions League knockout stages

Interim Premier League chief executive Richard Masters is hopeful that the lengthy delays which have often been a feature of VAR will be kept to a minimum when it is rolled out this term.

He told Sky Sports News: "We're ready to go [with VAR] for next season and I think fans want to see those clear and obvious errors cleared up, but they also want to see the game moved on quickly.

There are no plans for widespread pitchside referee reviews next season There are no plans for widespread pitchside referee reviews next season There are no plans for widespread pitchside referee reviews next season

"And so in the Premier League, you're probably going to see the referees not use the referee review area - which is that camera to the side of the pitch - as often as you might see in other competitions.

"You have to operate within the guidelines that the IFAB (International Football Association Board) gives you to operate VAR.

VAR was used in some matches during last season's FA Cup VAR was used in some matches during last season's FA Cup VAR was used in some matches during last season's FA Cup

"But, hopefully - a) it will work and it will clear up those decisions and b) it won't interrupt the fast-flowing pace of the Premier League. Those are basically our two objectives."

A thrilling Premier League season last term was marred by a number of incidents of discrimination at grounds across the country.

0:42 The No Room for Racism campaign was launched by the Premier League to help combat discriminatory behaviour across football The No Room for Racism campaign was launched by the Premier League to help combat discriminatory behaviour across football

Part of the Premier League's response was the launch of the No Room for Racism campaign, and Masters says further measures to tackle discrimination will be implemented before the season kicks off with Norwich's visit to Liverpool, live on Sky Sports on August 9.

"Any single incident is an incident too many and when these things happen you have to take a step back and wonder if you are doing enough," Masters said.

"We're going to be doing more and we're going to be announcing more over the course of the summer to try and ensure these things don't happen again.

"Of course you can never make sure that they won't, but I think it's about a raft of issues - it's about making our stadiums safer, making it easier for people to report [discrimination] and ensuring we have proper diversity throughout the whole game."

4:11 Highlights from the Premier League Asia Trophy match between Manchester City and West Ham. Highlights from the Premier League Asia Trophy match between Manchester City and West Ham.

Masters was speaking in China where he has been attending this week's Premier League Asia Trophy matches in Nanjing and Shanghai.

He feels the event, which has featured Manchester City, West Ham, Newcastle and Wolves, has been a success and is likely to return to the country in the near future.

He said: "Although we've only been to China twice in the nine [Asia Trophies] we've done, I think we may be coming here more regularly."

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What's on: This week's LFC community events

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 07/20/2019 - 11:00

Check out a schedule of local community events planned by the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours teams in the coming week.

For more information on these activities, and the work of the two organisations, follow @LFCFoundation and @Red_Neighbours on Twitter or click here.

Monday July 22     

Premier League Girls Football session

Woodchurch High School Sports Complex - 6pm-7pm (age 13+)

Premier League Kicks sessions 

Walton Hall Park - 7pm-8pm (age 11-17)

Respect 4 - Ability Counts / PAN Disability Football session

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 5-12), 7pm-8pm (age 13+)

Open Goals

Springfield Park and Garden - 4pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)

Tuesday July 23

Junior Netball session

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 5pm-6pm (age 7-12)

Premier League Kicks session

Toxteth Firefit Hub - 5.30pm-6.30pm (age 8-13), 6.30pm-7.30pm (age 14-19)

Respect 4 All - Severe Learning Disability Football sessions

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 5-16), 7pm-8pm (age 17+)

Red Neighbours Walking Football

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 3pm-4pm

Open Goals

Seaforth in Bowersdale Park (meet at Bowersdale Resource Centre) - 5pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)

Wednesday July 24     

Mini Kicks session

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 4pm-6pm (age 4-6)

Premier League Kicks sessions

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 5pm-6pm (age 7-11), 6pm-7pm (age 12-17)

Wildcat Girls Football session

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 5pm-6pm (age 5-7)

Open Goals

Crosby in Coronation Park (meet at Alchemy Crosby Youth & Community Centre) - 4.30pm-5.30pm (age 5+ and parents)

Thursday July 25           

Premier League Kicks sessions

Wavertree Sports Park - 5pm-6pm (age 8-13), 6pm-7pm (age 14-17)
Gateacre School - 6pm-7pm (age 8-11), 7pm-8pm (age 12-16)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 8pm-10pm (age 13+)

Respect 4 All - Inclusion Football session (Beginner / Open Disability)

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 5-8)

Respect 4 All - Physical Impairment Inclusion Football session

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 7pm-8pm (age 8+)

Military Veterans

Goals Liverpool North, Bootle - 5pm-7.30pm

Open Goals

Jubilee Sports Bank, Kensington - 4pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)

Friday July 26

Premier League Kicks sessions

Wavertree Sports Park - 6pm-8pm (age 14-19)
Croxteth Health & Wellbeing Centre - 6pm-8pm (age 11-17)
Kirkby Leisure Centre - 5pm-6pm (age 8-13), 6pm-7pm (age 14-17)
Netherton Activity Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 8-11), 7pm-8pm (age 12-19)

Respect 4 All - Wheelchair / Powerchair Football sessions 

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 5-8), 7pm-8pm (age 17+)

Red Neighbours Walking Football

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 11am-12pm

Red Neighbours Walking Netball

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 11.30am-12.30pm

Open Goals

Rice Lane Recreation Ground - 4pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)

Saturday July 27    

Respect 4 All - Inclusion Football sessions (Disability)

Woodchurch High Sports Complex - 10.30am-11.30am (SLD Child 5+), 11.30am-12.30pm (PAN age 12+), 12.30pm-1.30pm (SLD adults 16+)

Open Goals

Stanley Park (meet at Isla Gladstone) - 11am-12.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Newsham Park - 11am-12.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Norris Green Park (meet by playground) - 1.30pm-3pm (age 5+ and parents)
Crown Park, Edge Hill - 1pm-2.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Garston Park  - 3pm-5pm (age 5+ and parents)

Sunday July 28    

Open Goals    

Walton Hall Park - 1pm-2pm (age 5+ and parents)
Belle Vale Park - 1pm-2pm (age 5+ and parents)
Doric Park - 11am-12pm (age 5+ and parents)

Military Veterans

LFC Academy - 3pm-4.30pm

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What's on: This week's LFC community events

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 07/20/2019 - 11:00
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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Live at 10pm BST: Watch Liverpool train at Fenway Park

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 07/20/2019 - 10:30

Liverpool are scheduled to hold an open training session at Fenway Park from 10pm BST today – and you can watch the workout live with us.

The next stop on the USA tour sees the European champions face Sevilla at the famous venue on Sunday.

Return to this page at 10pm BST to observe the ongoing preparations for that encounter via YouTube.

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Live at 10pm BST: Watch Liverpool train at Fenway Park

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 07/20/2019 - 10:30
Liverpool are scheduled to hold an open training session at Fenway Park from 10pm BST today – and you can watch the workout live with us.
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9pm BST: Watch Jürgen Klopp's pre-Sevilla press conference in Boston

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 07/20/2019 - 10:00

Jürgen Klopp will hold a press conference at 9pm BST to preview Liverpool's second match of their USA tour – and you can watch it live with us.

The Reds now move on to Boston as they prepare to take on Sevilla at Fenway Park on Sunday.

Return to this page close to the start time and observe the media briefing as it happens with our YouTube stream.

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9pm BST: Watch Jürgen Klopp's pre-Sevilla press conference in Boston

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 07/20/2019 - 10:00
Jürgen Klopp will hold a press conference at 9pm BST to preview Liverpool's second match of their USA tour – and you can watch it live with us.
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Liverpool target Havertz uncertain if Bayern move is 'next and right step'

HEAD NEWS - Sat, 07/20/2019 - 09:59

Reported Liverpool and Bayern Munich target Kai Havertz has admitted he is uncertain if playing for the Bundesliga champions is the “next and right step” for him, while conceding he is likely to move on from Bayer Leverkusen in the future.

The 20-year-old Havertz is considered one of Europe’s brightest young talents, having exploded onto the scene last season with Leverkusen.

The midfielder scored 17 times in the Bundesliga, which was good for fourth place in the Golden Boot race, while adding another three goals in the Europa League.

Bayern and Liverpool have been among the clubs linked with Havertz, though both player and club have ruled out a sale this summer.

And speaking to Bild, Havertz admitted uncertainty over whether Bayern are the right club for him when he does decide to depart, though he added it is not his primary focus at the moment.

“I really don’t know yet whether Bayern is the next and right step for me,” Havertz told Bild.

“I also don’t know whether foreign countries would not be more suitable for me. I really don’t think too much about it at the moment.

“I have that self-confidence, yes [I could play for Bayern]. But the same applies to other clubs as well.”

However, while he is not considering a move at the moment, Havertz conceded that a transfer is in his future at some point, even if his focus remains on his current club.

“I am honest, at some point the next step must come for me,” Havertz said. "But I’m not going to worry about when exactly that will happen.

“What counts now is Bayer Leverkusen. We still have a lot to do. Leverkusen very quickly signalled that they wanted to keep me.

“That’s why it wasn’t an issue for me. Now I’m starting my 10th year here, maybe we can make it a golden one for the club.

“What will happen afterwards has not yet been decided. There is no club where I have already signed.”

Source: Goal.com

This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

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Liverpool target Havertz uncertain if Bayern move is 'next and right step'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 07/20/2019 - 09:59

Reported Liverpool and Bayern Munich target Kai Havertz has admitted he is uncertain if playing for the Bundesliga champions is the “next and right step” for him, while conceding he is likely to move on from Bayer Leverkusen in the future.

The 20-year-old Havertz is considered one of Europe’s brightest young talents, having exploded onto the scene last season with Leverkusen.

The midfielder scored 17 times in the Bundesliga, which was good for fourth place in the Golden Boot race, while adding another three goals in the Europa League.

Bayern and Liverpool have been among the clubs linked with Havertz, though both player and club have ruled out a sale this summer.

And speaking to Bild, Havertz admitted uncertainty over whether Bayern are the right club for him when he does decide to depart, though he added it is not his primary focus at the moment.

“I really don’t know yet whether Bayern is the next and right step for me,” Havertz told Bild.

“I also don’t know whether foreign countries would not be more suitable for me. I really don’t think too much about it at the moment.

“I have that self-confidence, yes [I could play for Bayern]. But the same applies to other clubs as well.”

However, while he is not considering a move at the moment, Havertz conceded that a transfer is in his future at some point, even if his focus remains on his current club.

“I am honest, at some point the next step must come for me,” Havertz said. "But I’m not going to worry about when exactly that will happen.

“What counts now is Bayer Leverkusen. We still have a lot to do. Leverkusen very quickly signalled that they wanted to keep me.

“That’s why it wasn’t an issue for me. Now I’m starting my 10th year here, maybe we can make it a golden one for the club.

“What will happen afterwards has not yet been decided. There is no club where I have already signed.”

Source: Goal.com

This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

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Liverpool target Havertz uncertain if Bayern move is 'next and right step'

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 07/20/2019 - 09:59
Reported Liverpool and Bayern Munich target Kai Havertz has admitted he is uncertain if playing for the Bundesliga champions is the “next and right step” for him, while conceding he is likely to move on from Bayer Leverkusen in the future.
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Gallery: Close-up photos of Liverpool's new third kit

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 07/20/2019 - 09:05

Take a closer look at Liverpool's New Balance third kit for 2019-20 with our collection of in-detail photos.

Designed in phantom black and Tidepool - a colour inspired by the iconic Liver birds that sit atop the Royal Liver Building in the centre of the city - and like the new home and away strips, the third kit features nods to the legendary Bob Paisley in the year that would have marked his 100th birthday.

It’s available to buy online and in store now - and our up-close shots below showcase the new third strip in all its glory…

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Gallery: Close-up photos of Liverpool's new third kit

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 07/20/2019 - 09:05
Take a closer look at Liverpool's New Balance third kit for 2019-20 with our collection of in-detail photos.
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