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Liverpool vs Burnley preview

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 16:34

Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Liverpool vs Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Team news preview image 1:44 Ahead of matchweek 35 in the Premier League, we take a look at some of the stats surrounding the upcoming fixtures

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson's season has been ended by a knee injury and he will not play against Burnley on Saturday.

The England midfielder was forced off late in Wednesday's win over Brighton and scans have revealed damage to the left knee which will sideline him for a few weeks.

Defender Dejan Lovren returns after missing the last three matches with a knock.

Burnley have no fresh injury concerns for Saturday's trip to Anfield.

Ashley Barnes (hernia), Ben Mee (thigh) and Matt Lowton (foot) remain absent for Sean Dyche's men.

Jack Cork is another out and the Burnley boss says it looks like the midfielder's ankle issue will require surgery.

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Charlie's prediction

Burnley squeezed into the threat of Europe again with a great result at West Ham. They were fortunate enough to get a draw with Sheffield United but dug their heels in and picked up a point in the end when they were in front.

James Tarkowski's tackle was a red and it was not VAR's fault, it was the referee who got it wrong on that occasion. Despite the fact Ben Mee has been missing, Burnley have still done well without him. You can get at them though.

In terms of Liverpool, Sadio Mane got a rest and Roberto Firmino looks back to his bright self. Mohamed Salah was back in the goals. It will keep them on their toes, and even the normal starting line-up will be itching to start - Jordan Henderson could be out, so Nabi Keita may get a run, and Georginio Wijnaldum is always a threat.

No matter which full-backs Jurgen Klopp puts in, Liverpool will be dangerous. He could put Neco Williams in, but I always think he is tempted to put an extra few in, but because of the record everyone says he is going for, he may not.

I do not think it is that important to them, and this result will put them on track to beat it, but I think Klopp is caught in between. Does he go with the youngsters or does he go for the points total? The reality is that Curtis Jones scored last week and Takumi Minamino could still get game-time too, but I see Liverpool being fairly comfortable here.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)

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  • Liverpool have won 82% of their Premier League games against Burnley (9/11), their best winning ratio against a side they've faced at least 10 times in the competition.
  • Burnley have taken just one point from their last 18 available away against Liverpool in the top-flight (W0 D1 L5), with their last league win at Anfield coming in September 1974 (1-0).
  • Liverpool's current unbeaten home run in the Premier League stands at 57 games, while the Reds have won each of their last 24 at Anfield in the competition. The Reds have netted 149 goals in those 57 games, while conceding just 32 in return.
  • Victory here will see Liverpool equal the record for most home wins in a single Premier League campaign (18), while it will also put them a step closer to becoming just the second team in top-flight history to win 100% of their home games in a single season, after Sunderland in 1891-92 (13/13).
  • Burnley have won 14 Premier League games this season, equalling their best season for wins in the competition in 2017-18. They last won more in a top-flight season in 1974-75, winning 17 on their way to finishing 10th.
  • Liverpool have won 30 of their 34 Premier League games this season, equalling their best ever tally from a single top-flight campaign (also in 1978-79 and 2018-19).
  • Both Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané have scored four goals in their last three Premier League games for Liverpool against Burnley, with each player netting a brace in this exact fixture last season as the Reds won 4-2.
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Brighton rocks as Naby Keita produces some of his best yet in a Liverpool shirt

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 16:00

Liverpool became the fastest side to record 30 league wins in the history of English football on Wednesday night, and did so against a Brighton side who deserve credit.

Swings and roundabouts, it is then. The worrying concern of an injury to Jordan Henderson, offset by a promising performance by Naby Keita.

More promise that, in Neco Williams, we have a player that can cover for both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson.

Three points gained and more records broken. This time, a record that was set only two years ago, by our prime contemporary rival; this time, a record that was expected to last for a considerable amount of time.

As I said the other day, breaking records is a nice side-effect to success, without being all that important when it comes to the bigger picture of collecting trophies of substance.

Even Jurgen Klopp has made similar noises in how chasing the points record isn’t all that important to him. I’m sure he’d like it if it were to happen, but if it doesn’t, so what?

We set out to be Premier League champions and here we are, Premier League champions. I even like the concept which Klopp floated that we won’t be setting our stall out next season to defend our title, but to win a new one instead.

All. The. Right. Noises.

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the AMEX Stadium. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

I like this newly acquired record from Wednesday evening, though, as it will rankle with Pep Guardiola and his players. It is the type of occurrence that will make that itch we plant under their skin more incessant.

It isn’t the record that is so important, more the dig in the ribs it provides.

Once it became evident that Alisson was in all-black, this game was over as a genuine contest. He should always wear all-black.

A 3-1 victory in which a bold Brighton side couldn’t have been more generous in the buildup to what were two excellent early goals.

After the initial generosity, it took fine work from Keita, plus a truly unique show of restraint from Roberto Firmino, to lay on the opening goal for Mohamed Salah.

Very swiftly, the hosts were punished again, for having the temerity of trying to play the ball out of defence. Henderson’s strike was beautiful.

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah kneels to pray as he celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the AMEX Stadium. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

In a season of magical moments, Firmino’s restraint and Henderson’s finish at Brighton will sit comfortably alongside a myriad of other moments that will flash across the mind, on the cold winter nights of January, to warm the soul.

I’m glad it seems that Brighton will be staying up.

At nine points clear of the relegation zone, with only four to play, it should now be a matter of when they secure Premier League football for next season, rather than if.

Without intending to be condescending, Brighton showed a huge amount of composure in not allowing those two early blows to alter the way they approached the game.

It would have been far easier for them to curl up into a ball, in the hope that Liverpool wouldn’t pick on them any more than they already had. Many other teams have found themselves in such a position and opted to defend what they had at 2-0 down.

Being expansive is a gamble for a team like Brighton. Sometimes it can pay off, but at other times there is a costly price to be paid.

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson (L) and Brighton & Hove Albion's Pascal Gross during the FA Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the AMEX Stadium. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

Norwich took an idealist’s approach to their campaign, after sweeping all before them in the Championship last season, only to bomb resoundingly in the top division.

Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth are in great risk of following the Canaries out of the Premier League, having preached an aesthetically pleasing ethos for much of their five-year residency in the top flight.

Meanwhile, West Ham labour along with David Moyes, in with a very real chance of survival, despite themselves. At Vicarage Road, Nigel Pearson’s pragmatism currently has Watford heads above water.

In such circumstances, Brighton’s take on matters is nothing but admirable. They have claimed the mid-range Premier League mantle that once took Swansea City to League Cup success and one of their managers to the Liverpool job.

I wish them well and hope that they kick on for a higher placing in 2020/21.

After the opening exchanges and gifts were presented, by the time Brighton pulled their goal back it felt like it had been coming for some time.

Brighton began the second half in a similar frame of mind. It gave Liverpool food for thought, they adapted and wrestled back the initiative, from opponents that posed a puzzle for Klopp and his players to solve.

Henderson’s injury aside, it was a very satisfying night down in Sussex.

Calm as you like. He's @VirgilvDijk ? pic.twitter.com/XOmqKadVeN

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Williams will benefit from a start, despite being opted out at half-time. Virgil van Dijk offered his marvellous brand of calm authority. At one point, he diffused a long looping ball by heading it to himself.

Van Dijk essentially deals in the defensive version of Cruyff turns. It is an emotional experience to watch him in action.

 Liverpool's Naby Keita during the FA Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the AMEX Stadium. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

Keita’s performance was arguably his best yet in a Liverpool shirt. Now, if only he can string together a run of injury-free seasons, then big, big things would be ahead for him.

It is all about turning that promise into a lasting presence.

Firmino was majestically whimsical and Salah is hungry for a splurge of goals to end the season—as he likes a Golden Boot, does our Mo. Sadio Mane just wanted to play.

Mane will get that on Saturday, at home to Burnley. Another game closer to the end of the most remarkable of seasons; another game closer to being handed the Premier League trophy.

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Liverpool v Burnley: TV channels and live coverage details

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 15:00
Premier League champions Liverpool host Burnley on Saturday, with kick-off at Anfield scheduled for 3pm BST.
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Joel Matip vows Liverpool are ready to “walk through fire” for Jurgen Klopp

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 14:44

Joel Matip has described Jurgen Klopp “second to none worldwide,” with the Liverpool centre-back explaining how players would “walk through fire” for their coach.

Among Klopp’s first signings as Reds manager, Matip is one of 15 players to go on to hit 100 appearances during his time in charge, as part of the core of his group.

While he may not be first-choice starter at the back, largely owing to his inconsistent fitness, the No. 32 remains a key player within the squad, and this season serves as an outlier as the only campaign in which he has played fewer than 30 times.

The 28-year-old signed a new five-year contract with Liverpool back in October, keeping him with the club until at least 2024, which is a sign of both his and his manager’s commitment.

And speaking to the Westfalenpost, Matip described Klopp as “second to none worldwide,” in a testimony to his belief in his coach.

“He has a great team and a great approach that every single player tries to internalize,” he said.

“His intense style of football, giving the opponent no space to breathe, is special.

“I don’t know how he does it, it remains his secret. But the fact is that his teams are ready to walk through fire for him.

“He manages to create a very special atmosphere in the team and make it clear that you can only be successful if you subscribe to the big picture.

“He planted this mentality in the minds of the players, fans and the whole club and thus created a great unity.

“He is an exceptional coach who is second to none worldwide.”

 Liverpool's Joel Matip celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It is no surprise to hear this, but this praise is always welcome, with there being few, if any, players who have not embraced Klopp’s approach.

His infectious personality is the same whether on camera or not, and this is how he and his staff have been able to lead Liverpool back to the top of the Premier League.

That Matip holds him in such high regard is encouraging, as though later in the interview he admits he would be open to a return to Schalke in the future, it is clear he understands the importance of the squad to Klopp.

His praise for the manager crystallises how he has been able to transform the Reds’ fortunes over the past five years.

And with the players ready to “walk through fire” for him, it would be no surprise for this success to continue in 2020/21.

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Quiz: Salah, Mane and Firmino's 250 goals for Liverpool

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 14:40
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have scored a combined total of 250 goals for Liverpool under Jürgen Klopp - test your knowledge of the front three's exploits in our quiz.
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Meet Luke: A Kicks winner on and off the pitch

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 14:00
Fifteen-year-old Liverpool fan Luke, from Huyton, has attended LFC Foundation’s Premier League Kicks sessions at Anfield Sports Community Centre for over two years.
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Meet Luke: A Kicks winner on and off the pitch

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 14:00

Fifteen-year-old Liverpool fan Luke, from Huyton, has attended LFC Foundation’s Premier League Kicks sessions at Anfield Sports Community Centre for over two years.

Over the course of lockdown, the LFC Foundation has hosted a variety of FIFA 20 experiences on both PlayStation and Xbox consoles for their participants who regularly attend their PL Kicks Sessions.

Luke participated in every experience provided by the Reds’ official charity, blowing the competition away in a series of impressive performances.

The young Red also competed on a national level through the Premier League Stay At Home Cup, representing the LFC Foundation against other club community foundations across the country.

In his age group, Luke defeated the opposition to become this year’s champion. 

Speaking of his success and time spent in lockdown, Luke said: “Winning the semi-final of the PL Tournament was my favourite moment as this was my most difficult fixture. 

“I also liked that we could see the Foundations’ league table after every round of matches, so that I could check my league position against my mates.

“It felt really good to win the Premier League competition. It's good to compete with the best.”

Luke has also been successful on the pitch during his time in the Kicks programme, making the jump to the U15s development team and representing LFC Foundation in multiple football fixtures and tournaments up and down the country.

Earlier this year, the youngster also took part in the Foundation's Kicks Football+ activities during the half-term holidays, a scheme giving Kicks participants the opportunity to take part in a variety of educational and key life-skills activities with local community partners.

Luke and his friends were chosen based on their behaviour, attendance, and merit over the course of their time on the Kicks programme, learning various new life skills from fire safety to nutritional cooking.

Tony Cosgrove, Premier League Kicks manager, said: "I'm really impressed and proud of Luke's achievements and his obvious gaming ability, but even more so about the way he conducted himself throughout all of the Foundation's recent FIFA opportunities. 

“He demonstrated a high level of sportsmanship throughout without boasting about his achievements.

“He was a great advocate for our PL Kicks programme and the LFC Foundation. To claim the national prize in his age category was an incredible accomplishment and I would like to pass on my congratulations to him.”

With the intentions of identifying where the LFC Foundation can improve for the future, the charity provided participants with a feedback opportunity following the competition’s conclusion. 

All participants who responded said that they wanted to participate in more FIFA events run by the LFC Foundation in the future and reported that they would recommend the FIFA league, tournament or festivals to their friends.

An average score of 4.56 out of five was recorded from the survey as nine participants (47 per cent of all those who took part) chose to rate their overall experience with the LFC Foundation. A full breakdown of the feedback report is available here.

"It was great to see that the participants had enjoyed the variety of FIFA opportunities we provided throughout lockdown,” said Tony.

“We now know that there is an appetite for Kicks participation beyond our football sessions and we look forward to providing more chances for a greater number of our participants, taking this data on board to improve what we do.”

Following the coronavirus outbreak, the LFC Foundation had to put their schools and community activities on hold in adherence with government guidelines and social distancing measures.

Instead through virtual sessions, the Foundation was able continue its engagement with participants left housebound and unable to take part in their weekly LFC Foundation activities.  

To find out more about the activities on offer at the LFC Foundation, click here.

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Vitezslav Jaros signs new contract with Liverpool FC

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 12:59
Vitezslav Jaros has signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool FC.
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‘We are far from the finished article’ - Joe Gomez

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 12:00
Joe Gomez has challenged Liverpool to strive for long-term consistency in order to continue winning trophies while stating: “We are far from the finished article.”
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Cheque virtually presented to Owen McVeigh Foundation

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 10:00
A special cheque for £56,000 has been presented by Liverpool FC to the Owen McVeigh Foundation.
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Alisson Becker on 'fighter' Mohamed Salah, Brighton win and records

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 09:56
Alisson Becker paid tribute to Mohamed Salah after Liverpool’s No.11 hit yet another statistical landmark on Wednesday night.
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Liverpool became the quickest team in Premier League history to win 30 games in a season with a 3-1 win over Brighton at the Amex Stadium.

A brace from Golden Boot chasing Mohamed Salah as well as a Jordan Henderson screamer was enough to seal the win for the Reds — who handed Neco Williams a debut at left back — despite a far from vintage performance against a brave Brighton outfit.

Liverpool roared into an early lead, with a goal straight from the Jurgen Klopp tactical textbook.

Pressing the Brighton back four, Naby Keita — sniffing out a poor first touch — pilfered the ball and fed Salah a pass and the Egyptian sumptuously curled a left footed shot past Mat Ryan from just inside the box.

The second goal was long coming in what was a barnstorming opening eight minutes from the Reds. And, once again, the goal arrived from the visitors pressing, with Salah assisting  Henderson’s brilliantly hit strike from outside the box. The captain won the ball back in midfield and this allowed Keita to find Salah with a pass. The number 11 ran at the Brighton rearguard and found Henderson whose first time hit left Ryan with no chance.

To their credit, the hosts kept playing their usual, progressive game and dominated the final 25 minutes of the half.

Impressive young full back Tariq Lamptey was the Seagulls main outball, and the former Chelsea player began to give debutant Williams — playing out of position at left back — a tough time. It was through this route that Brighton pulled a goal back on the stroke of half time.

Lamptey’s searching cross found Leonardo Trossard and the Belgian expertly fired a first time half volley past Alisson for a  richly deserved goal for Brighton. The visiting Reds, whose intensity dropped visibly after the 20th minute, would have been glad to have gone into the interval with their lead intact.

The second half saw Brighton continue their attacking approach, but it was the Reds who had the best opportunity ten minutes in. Keita, the standout player til that point, played an incisive pass in behind for Salah. The Egyptian coasted past Dan Burn in the box but, in the motion of cutting onto his left foot, his shot was blocked.

The Seagulls continued to probe and spurned a big chance when Burn volleyed across the face of goal, but no one in blue and white gambled and Georginio Wijnaldum proceeded to clear his lines. With the tide of momentum against his team, Klopp elected for a double change — the third in total after Andy Robertson replaced Williams at half time — with Fabinho and Sadio Mané replacing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keita respectively. The change almost bore instant fruit when Fabinho’s raking pass sent Salah behind, but the leading scorer had his attempted cross to Mané deflected behind.

After absorbing pressure, Liverpool struck for their third with fifteen minutes left. A deflected Henderson shot drifted agonisingly wide of goal, but, from the resulting corner, the Reds killed the game. Robertson’s inswinger was met by Salah’s header at the near post and the ball powered into the bottom cornet.

The visitors almost had their fourth when birthday boy Virgil van Dijk headed a free-kick across goal to his compatriot, but Wijnaldum nodded over.

Itching for his hat-trick, Salah kept pushing but was denied by a Ryan save and when he headed a Robertson cross over.

Liverpool team: Alisson; Alexander Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Williams; Henderson, Keita, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Oxlade Chamberlain.

Replacements: Fabinho for Keita, Mane for Oxlade Chamberlain, Milner for Henderson, Minamino for Firmino, Robertson for Williams.

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Brighton 1-3 Liverpool: Watch extended highlights and reaction

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 23:59

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Watch extended highlights and exclusive reaction after Liverpool's 3-1 win at Brighton and Hove Albion on LFCTV GO now.
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Brighton 1-3 Liverpool: Watch extended highlights and reaction

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 23:59
Watch extended highlights and exclusive reaction after Liverpool's 3-1 win at Brighton and Hove Albion on LFCTV GO now.
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Brighton 1-3 Liverpool: Jürgen Klopp's reaction

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 23:50
Jürgen Klopp felt Liverpool were deserved 3-1 victors over Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday night, but acknowledged the home side caused concern for his team.
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Klopp: We must wait on Henderson injury

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 23:43
Liverpool 3-1 winners against Brighton but captain Henderson suffers injury

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3:31 Jurgen Klopp says he knew the threat Brighton posed but was pleased with Liverpool's response and their early goals Jurgen Klopp says he knew the threat Brighton posed but was pleased with Liverpool's response and their early goals

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool must wait to discover the extent of Jordan Henderson's injury after the Reds captain hurt his knee against Brighton.

Henderson had put Liverpool 2-0 ahead in the eighth minute at the Amex Stadium, but collided with Yves Bissouma late in the second half and had to be replaced by James Milner.

It was reported that Henderson had gone for a scan to assess the damage and Liverpool manager Klopp said he did not know how serious the injury is.

3:01 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Brighton in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Brighton in the Premier League

He told Sky Sports: "I don't know what it is exactly but it looks like the knee. We will see. We will have to make scans but we know that it's not nothing, so that's already enough."

When asked in his post-match press conference if Henderson had left the stadium on crutches, Klopp added: "I don't know, I've had press since the game was over pretty much, so I have no idea how he left the dressing room."

'Williams substitution about yellow card' Neco Williams was shown a yellow card for a foul on Tariq Lamptey in the first half Neco Williams was shown a yellow card for a foul on Tariq Lamptey in the first half Neco Williams was shown a yellow card for a foul on Tariq Lamptey in the first half

Neco Williams, 19, was handed his first Premier League start in the 3-1 win over the Seagulls, but was substituted at half-time for Andy Robertson after picking up a yellow card.

Klopp revealed the swap was only about protecting Williams from a sending off and not about his overall performance.

He told Sky Sports: "It was just about the yellow card. On that side [of the pitch], we didn't protect him well enough and in his first professional game, l couldn't tell him, 'don't make a challenge anymore'.

"That was the only reason. I liked a lot his confidence and l liked a lot how he played."

1:48 Mohamed Salah says Brighton gave Liverpool a good game but admitted their early goals gave them more confidence Mohamed Salah says Brighton gave Liverpool a good game but admitted their early goals gave them more confidence

Klopp was generally happy with his team's showing on the south coast but said they could have scored a few more goals.

"For their [Brighton's] build-ups, we had a super solution and l liked how we did it. We don't have an influence on what the other team is doing, we have to react," he said.

"We did pretty well in most of the situations but when you lose the ball in the wrong moment then they have the advantage. They deserved their goal but then we scored the third, we could have scored more, we had really big chances but all good."

Potter pleased despite defeat 2:59 Graham Potter was disappointed that Brighton 'gifted' Liverpool a couple of goals but was pleased with the bravery and personality they showed Graham Potter was disappointed that Brighton 'gifted' Liverpool a couple of goals but was pleased with the bravery and personality they showed

The visit of the newly-crowned Premier League champions was always going to be a tricky task for Brighton, but manager Graham Potter was pleased with how his team handled Liverpool.

He told Sky Sports: "I think we played well. Over the course of the game, we gave a really good account of ourselves, especially going 2-0 down in the manner that we did. Liverpool smelt blood, if you like, because we gifted them a couple of goals so we showed great personality to drag ourselves back into the game.

1:16 Tariq Lamptey says Brighton have to keep improving and praised their battling spirit Tariq Lamptey says Brighton have to keep improving and praised their battling spirit

"We created some chances before we scored a really good goal so we put a lot into that game and there's a lot of positives for us.

"Of course, there are things we need to learn from as well, which is normal, but I'm pleased with a lot that we did. But again, we have to improve as well and that includes myself.

"We wanted to be brave and try to play our game against the best, it's a way to learn and improve your own game and we'll learn from that tonight. Overall, the way we responded to that situation was really good. The boys gave everything and I'm really happy with them."

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Naby presses, Virgil The Rolls and the Ox conundrum – 5 talking points from Brighton 1-3 Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 23:07

Two early goals and it looked like it would be a stroll on the south coast, but Brighton are a decent side and made Liverpool work for their 30th Premier League win of the season.

Brighton 1-3 Liverpool

Premier League (34), Amex Stadium
July 8, 2020

Goals: Trossard 45′; Salah 6′, 76′, Henderson 8′

Unwanted record avoided as Mo leads the way

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson (C) celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the AMEX Stadium. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

With Liverpool breaking records left, right and centre, we were surprisingly on the cusp of a record we didn’t want. After four defeats and a draw from the last five away games – and not a single goal to show in those five games – it was a welcome sight to see the boys navigate a tricky fixture and bring the three points home.

It was by no means plain sailing, with Brighton playing some eye-catching stuff, just like they did in the return fixture at Anfield, but once again that man Mohamed Salah played a huge part in yet another victory.

Two more goals, yet another assist, and he caused Brighton problems throughout. In 116 Premier League games he now has 75 goals and 28 assists – and will be a little disappointed it isn’t more as he tormented Brighton till the final whistle, desperate for his hat-trick and a goal that would’ve taken him closer to that golden boot again.

Neco makes his mark in unfamiliar territory

 Liverpool's Neco Williams during the FA Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the AMEX Stadium. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

If making your full debut for the Premier League Champions isn’t difficult enough, being played as a right-footed left-back only adds to the pressure.

It was a mixed bag from the young Welshman, but with the good far outweighing the naïve.

On 19 minutes a brilliant last-gasp challenge prevented an almost certain goal, keeping the 2-0 lead intact. He showed his attacking prowess with a superb step-over and cross a minute later at the other end.

He was caught out a couple of times in his own half, both times bailed out by the captain, but that’s all just part of the learning. All in all, a very promising debut and the lad has a bright future. Klopp sensibly took him off at half time as he was on a yellow card.

It was interesting that Klopp used him at left-back as Williams proving capable there would provide a very effective in-house solution to an area of that squad that needs depth adding to.

The Ox conumdrum

 Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during the FA Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the AMEX Stadium. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

There was a shot of Ox leaving the pitch at half time, shaking his head, looking despondent. For most of his career, managers have shuffled him from position to position, with him never really making any one position his own. The last couple of games seem to encapsulate that, subbed on the hour in both.

Anonymous against Villa in midfield, he really didn’t look like he knew exactly where – or how – to play across the front three, starting in place of Sadio Mane on the left.

He often seems caught in two minds between his midfield instincts and attempting to fulfil a forward role he’s not quite accustomed to.

Ox is often praised for his versatility and ability to play in several positions. Unfortunately, I think his game, and his ability to nail down a first-choice spot, suffers because of it.

Like Williams, Ox being capable as a backup to Mane would provide another effective option in the squad, but on this showing it perhaps isn’t the best option.

Keita presses and impresses

 Liverpool's Naby Keita during the FA Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the AMEX Stadium. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

This was another glimpse of the Naby Keita we paid a premium for – our record club signing when he was signed. He’d shown signs of his better form in the game against Villa and continued it into this game.

Within 13 minutes he’d stolen the ball, got himself another assist, and drove right through the heart of the Brighton defence setting up Mo Salah for a decent chance.

That’s now two assists in two games and a classy, dynamic performance against the Seagulls. He was pickpocketing Brighton at will, a skill that seems instinctive to him.

A fully fit, fully firing Keita is another of those ‘we already have them in the squad’ players Klopp has hinted about lately.

Maybe he’s been hearing about them Thiago rumours…

The Rolls Royce Van Dijk

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during the FA Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the AMEX Stadium. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

It’s become rather easy to take this Rolls Royce of a player for granted such is the ongoing quality of his performance. While the defence has shown signs of rustiness since the return, Van Dijk has been a colossus.

After a blip against City, where none of the back five covered themselves in glory, he’s right back to his best.

He was absolutely superb here with one or two moments having you shaking your head at just how he does it.

With the Brighton forward putting pressure on him chasing a ball over the top, he calmly nods it forward, clips it over his head, and calmly walks away with the ball. The striker was simply bamboozled.

The best centre half – if not the best player – on the planet.

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Jordan Henderson set for scan on knee – could miss title lift clash vs. Chelsea

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 23:06

Jordan Henderson will be sent for a scan on his knee following a collision which forced his withdrawal in the win against Brighton on Wednesday night.   

With a little over 10 minutes remaining of the game and with Liverpool comfortably positioned at 3-1, Henderson was caught in an awkward challenge.

The collision with the Brighton player saw the captain’s knee bear the brunt of their shoulder with direct impact and he was withdrawn from proceedings, with James Milner taking his place.

With just four games remaining in the season, Henderson’s availability is now under doubt as Jurgen Klopp conceded after the game that while the severity at this stage is unknown, it “will not be nothing.”

“I don’t know how serious it is,” Klopp told reporters. “I don’t know, honestly. I didn’t see it back on the pitch, but I know that it will not be nothing.

“That’s how it is, but we have to wait. I cannot say more. I have had press since the game is over, so I have no idea how he left the dressing room.”

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson (L) and Brighton & Hove Albion's Pascal Gross during the FA Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the AMEX Stadium. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

The 30-year-old skipper was one of the Reds’ brightest sparks on the south coast, netting his fourth goal of the season in what was his 350th career outing in the top-flight but will now return to Merseyside with the squad before undergoing further tests.

But with just two weeks until Liverpool are to be officially awarded the Premier League trophy at Anfield, Henderson could well miss out on the game itself against Chelsea itself and instead be forced to join the celebrations from his place in the stands – no John Terry mentions please!

While it will be a blow to both him and Liverpool with the obvious hope that it is nothing long-term, the glass half full view is it will open up a spot for the likes of Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to show their worth in the coming games.

Hopefully the injury isn’t serious enough to affect the Hendo trophy shuffle!

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