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Matchday foodbank to be relocated for Everton cup tie

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 01/03/2020 - 10:00

Fans are advised the matchday foodbank will be relocated at Liverpool's FA Cup third-round tie with Everton this Sunday.

The Fans Supporting Foodbanks van will be parked opposite the Shankly Gates in Anfield Road car park, and accessible to both home and visiting supporters.

Supporters can drop off donations three hours before kick-off at three locations around the ground – the foodbank van located on Anfield Road, the official LFC retail store and Homebaked bakery on Oakfield Road.

Fans can also donate by texting FOODBANKFC to 70460 – donations will cost £5, plus your standard network message rate. Alternatively, you can donate any whole amount up to £20 by texting FOODBANKFC, plus the value. For example, FOODBANKFC10 to 70460 means you’ll be donating £10.

If you live outside the UK, you can donate via PayPal or visit the St Andrew’s Community Network website.

Much-needed items include UHT milk, long-life juice or cordial, coffee, pasta and curry sauce, tinned meat and vegetables, instant mash, rice pudding and custard, jam, toiletries, cup-a-soup, noodles and washing tablets.

All collected items are donated to North Liverpool Foodbank and made into three-day emergency food parcels for local people in crisis in North Liverpool, which incorporates the club’s surrounding postcodes of L4, L5 and L6.

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Matchday foodbank to be relocated for Everton cup tie

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 01/03/2020 - 10:00
Fans are advised the matchday foodbank will be relocated at Liverpool's FA Cup third-round tie with Everton this Sunday.
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The media on LFC 2-0 Sheff Utd: 'Humility and desire as world champions'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 01/03/2020 - 09:30

Liverpool started 2020 in fine style with a 2-0 win over Sheffield United at Anfield on Thursday night.

Mohamed Salah netted the Reds' first goal of the New Year and Sadio Mane made sure of the victory in front of the Kop during the second half, consolidating their advantage at the summit.

Here is what the media made of the victory...

Ian Doyle, Liverpool Echo

There will surely be only plaudits after this emphatic dismantling of Sheffield United that maintained the 13-point lead at the top of the Premier League. Liverpool are now one win away from making the best start to a league campaign by any team ever in English football history. Such was their dominance here, they completed a whopping 969 passes – the most they have achieved since such statistics were being gathered. It's worth going through Liverpool's second goal, a move of pure beauty that encapsulates everything about this remarkable, exhilarating team. Alisson Becker throws the ball to Andy Robertson, the left-back instantly moving possession down the flank towards Mane. The Senegalese then sprints full pelt for 30 yards before passing inside to Salah on the edge of the area. Salah takes one touch before, while falling, playing a reverse pass into the area towards Mane, who hasn't stopped running. Henderson saves the initial effort, but the forward prods home the rebound. Twelve seconds from front to back, job done. Stupendous.

David Lynch, Evening Standard

When it became apparent that Naby Keita wasn't going to be able to take his place in the starting line-up due to injury, Klopp might have been expected to go like-for-like by bringing in Adam Lallana. Instead, the Liverpool boss opted for a slightly 'stiffer' midfield, asking the ever-reliable James Milner to replace his No.8 in the middle. The reasons for that are obvious: who better to come in for an unexpected start than a man who treats every warm-up, every training session, every game like it is his last? Those commitment levels are exactly why the Yorkshireman did not let his manager down here, putting in a typically fine performance against a handy Sheffield United engine room. In playing this game, Milner also clocked up his 204th appearance for the Reds - more than he has made or is likely to make for any other club in a trophy-laden career. He can now justifiably be considered Liverpool through and through; what a compliment to both player and team that is.

Neil Jones, Goal.com

Not even injuries can halt this Liverpool team, it seems. The Reds' list of absentees continues to grow, but so does the belief that this, finally, will be the year their long wait for a league title comes to an end. Klopp's side began 2020 as they had spent most of 2019; winning. Sheffield United were the latest victims, beaten 2-0 at Anfield as the Premier League leaders restored their 13-point advantage at the top of the table. Mane's goal all-but killed the game as a contest, Liverpool fairly cruising to their fifth straight league clean sheet. Since Joe Gomez joined the imperious van Dijk at the heart of Klopp's defence, they have barely looked like conceding. Both Gomez and Van Dijk, friends off the field as well as partners on it, were exceptional here. So too, were Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum. If there is a silver lining to the cloud of the injuries, it is that most of Klopp's go-to men, in defence, midfield or attack, are still standing.

Melissa Reddy, The Independent

Manchester City were the last team to inflict a top-flight loss on Jurgen Klopp's juggernaut a staggering 12 months and 37 games ago. The Merseysiders are now 13 points clear with a game in hand, as they relentlessly hunt down the major honour to have narrowly eluded them in 2019. A club-record haul of 97 wasn't enough to seal the title last season and that painful near miss has sparked a state of no surrender from this side. Liverpool can afford to drop points, but refuse to. The champions of Europe and of the world are another game closer to claiming the status they have coveted above all for three decades: champions of England. Wilder's team are terrific with so many varied threats, but they were well nullified here. "They won every first ball, every second ball, ran forward and ran back," the visiting manager conceded in his post-match TV interview. "They had the humility and desire to do that as world champions. I love everything about them!"

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The media on LFC 2-0 Sheff Utd: 'Humility and desire as world champions'

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 01/03/2020 - 09:30
Liverpool started 2020 in fine style with a 2-0 win over Sheffield United at Anfield on Thursday night.
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Andy Robertson: The front three even enjoy clean sheets!

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 01/03/2020 - 08:00

Liverpool's fifth Premier League clean sheet in a row was satisfying for every member of the squad, not just the defence, according to Andy Robertson.

The Reds shut out Sheffield United on Thursday night as they registered a 2-0 win to kick off the New Year and restore a 13-point lead at the summit.

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Robertson and co are unbeaten in the Premier League for a year, as well as being reigning European and world champions, but had been aware of the need to tighten up defensively after the opening months of the season.

Which makes the recent spate of clean sheets so welcome for the left-back, but also the rest of the team – up to and including Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

Read Robertson’s reaction to the victory over the Blades below...

On the game and Liverpool’s display...

It was a really controlled performance. We know how we struggled at Bramall Lane and it was only really from a mistake that we didn’t draw it. They have picked up points in every away game apart from Man City and us, they are a fantastic team, they have lit up the Premier League and are a very good squad. So we knew how hard it was going to be, but the early goal was crucial for us, that killed their momentum and spirit a bit, and gave us the confidence to keep the ball, pass it about a bit and create more chances. It could have been a lot more comfortable but 2-0, a clean sheet and two fantastic goals – three points and back to 13 clear.

On a fifth consecutive Premier League clean sheet...

It’s so important. And you might not think it, but it’s so important to Bobby, Sadio and Mo [as well], they really like us keeping clean sheets. As a whole squad and club, if you keep clean sheets, you’ll never get beat. Maybe 38 0-0 draws aren’t good over the whole season! But it’s a great basis and that’s five on the bounce. Even though we were winning games a lot, we said about our defence – and we just kept on going and knew the clean sheets would come. So, delighted to get five on the bounce but it’s about keeping that going now.

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On the role of the youngsters featuring in the first-team squad...

In the last two or three games we’ve had Neco, Harvey and Curtis, we had big Nat Phillips. The young lads are on the bench. In terms of our injury list, we lost Naby in the warm-up, you’ve got Fabinho, Dejan, Joel, Chambo, Clyney. If those players are available, it’s a hell of a squad. The quicker we get them back, the better because it’ll be best for our squad – but the young lads have been amazing in training and full of enthusiasm. That’s what you need, they push us all on. Harvey getting his Premier League debut, that’s fantastic for him; he has been amazing since he came in and really lit up the cup games. It’s a massive achievement for him and all his family.

On James Milner stepping in for the injured Naby Keita minutes before kick-off...

That sums Millie up, he was spot on. He always does his warm-ups as if he is playing and that’s proven there because from the get-go he was on the ball. That’s so important because Naby’s [injury] was unexpected, it was a late call, and Millie steps in as if he knew he was starting yesterday. That sums up the character of the whole squad, Millie shows it.

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Andy Robertson: The front three even enjoy clean sheets!

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 01/03/2020 - 08:00
Liverpool's fifth Premier League clean sheet in a row was satisfying for every member of the squad, not just the defence, according to Andy Robertson.
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Klopp: I have respect for FA Cup

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Fri, 01/03/2020 - 07:38

Last Updated: 03/01/20 3:25pm

1:09 Jurgen Klopp insists he will 'respect' the FA Cup, but says the threat of a replay is 'absolutely incredible' Jurgen Klopp insists he will 'respect' the FA Cup, but says the threat of a replay is 'absolutely incredible'

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he does respect the FA Cup but his priority has to be the well-being of his players.

Klopp has only 12 fit senior outfield players plus new signing Takumi Minamino, who is set for his debut, for Sunday's Merseyside derby third-round tie at home to Everton.

1:09 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says new signing Takumi Minamino will provide the team with multiple options, but insists he will need time to adapt Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says new signing Takumi Minamino will provide the team with multiple options, but insists he will need time to adapt

It leaves him with few options to rest players but such has been the workload on them he does not know which will be available to him at the weekend.

"People told me already a couple of times that I wouldn't respect the cup competitions. It's just not true. Everybody is allowed to have an opinion but my first job is to respect the players," he said.

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"That is absolutely my number one job - I see them every day.

"I've got to decide if it's allowed to play them again. It looks like the federations around want to make it more tricky.

"How can you look at a situation like Newcastle [against Leicester earlier this week] - losing four players in one game - and not think 'this is crazy'."

0:42 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wished old friend Carlo Ancelotti luck when he took the reins at Merseyside rivals Everton Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wished old friend Carlo Ancelotti luck when he took the reins at Merseyside rivals Everton Ancelotti is 'one of the smartest people I've met'

Sunday's game at Anfield gives Klopp a chance to renew acquaintances with Everton counterpart Carlo Ancelotti with whom he enjoys a very cordial relationship.

Everton brought in Ancelotti after sacking Marco Silva, and the Italian is one of just three managers (along with Pep Guardiola and Dean Smith) to have beaten Liverpool this season, having guided Napoli to an impressive 2-0 win over the Reds in the Champions League group stage.

1:58 Carlo Ancelotti will put his Everton transfer plans on hold until after Sunday's FA Cup third-round match against Liverpool Carlo Ancelotti will put his Everton transfer plans on hold until after Sunday's FA Cup third-round match against Liverpool

Klopp expects Ancelotti to thrive at Goodison Park and says the 60-year-old is an inspirational figure who will already have undoubtedly given the Everton players a huge lift.

"Carlo Ancelotti is one of the smartest people I have ever met and he wouldn't have taken job if he didn't have a good squad or is convinced that the Everton squad is good," Klopp said.

"It is a really, really good squad [at Everton]. They have made a lot of investments in the transfer market in the last few years.

"It didn't work out for some reasons, but the combination of a good manager and a good squad can help in football.

"Carlo is somebody who can lift the group in the moment when he enters the room. You heard his press conference this morning - I'm sure you left his press conference in a better mood than when you came!"

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Watch live: Jürgen Klopp's pre-Merseyside derby press conference

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 01/03/2020 - 06:00
Watch Jürgen Klopp's pre-Merseyside derby press conference live with us from 1.30pm GMT on Friday.
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Watch live: Jürgen Klopp's pre-Merseyside derby press conference

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 01/03/2020 - 06:00

Watch Jürgen Klopp's pre-Merseyside derby press conference live with us from 1.30pm GMT on Friday.

The boss will address the media at Melwood ahead of Sunday's FA Cup third-round tie with Everton at Anfield.

Tune in to Klopp's press conference via our live YouTube stream by returning to this page shortly before the start time.

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Free video: Sadio Mane seals victory against Sheffield United

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 01/02/2020 - 23:59

Watch Sadio Mane's match-clinching strike against Sheffield United in our free video from Thursday night's 2-0 win at Anfield.

The No.10 beat the goalkeeper at the second attempt at the Kop end after breaking away and completing a clever one-two with fellow goalscorer Mohamed Salah, as the Reds got 2020 under way with yet another Premier League victory.

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Liverpool 2-0 Sheffield United: Watch extended highlights now

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Free video: Sadio Mane seals victory against Sheffield United

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 01/02/2020 - 23:59
Watch Sadio Mane's match-clinching strike against Sheffield United in our free video from Thursday night's 2-0 win at Anfield.
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Liverpool 2-0 Sheffield United: Watch extended highlights now

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 01/02/2020 - 23:59
Watch extended highlights and exclusive reaction from Liverpool's 2-0 win against Sheffield United on LFCTV GO now.
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Liverpool 2-0 Sheffield United: Jürgen Klopp's reaction

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 01/02/2020 - 23:24
Jürgen Klopp declared Liverpool’s performance on Thursday night ‘as good as anything’ to limit a threatening Sheffield United side and claim a 2-0 victory.
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James Milner explains late call to start Sheffield United victory

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 01/02/2020 - 23:09
James Milner believes Liverpool's players all have the mentality to deal with the kind of late call-up he was given for Thursday's win against Sheffield United.
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Complete control and pivotal Henderson – 5 talking points Liverpool 2-0 Sheffield United

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 01/02/2020 - 23:00

It was one of the most convincing 2-0 victories you’re likely to see, and Liverpool saw off one of the Premier League‘s standout sides.


Liverpool 2-0 Sheffield United

Premier League, Anfield
January 2, 2020

Goals: Salah 4′, Mane 64′

Complete control

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (2nd from L) celebrates scoring the first goal with team-mates during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Sheffield United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool finished this game having enjoyed 75 percent possession. There was a period in the first half where it seemed almost impossible for Sheffield United to get the ball, and there were a couple of chances for the Reds to double their tally during this time having taken an early lead.

In the game against Leicester, widely considered one of the best performances of Liverpool’s season so far, the three starting midfielders all clocked a pass success rate of over 90 per cent.

Here, five players completed more than 100 passes, while six (Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson and Milner) finished the game with a pass success higher than 90 percent.

Liverpool's back four plus Henderson each made more than 100 passes in that game #LIVSHU

— James Nalton (@JDNalton) January 2, 2020

Liverpool also made more passes in this game than any team has in the Premier League era.

It was complete dominance against one of the better-organised teams in the Premier League, and one which has taken points off Man United, Spurs, Arsenal, and Chelsea.

Henderson pivotal

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson (R) and Sheffield United's Oliver Norwood during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Sheffield United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Deserving of his own midfield related TIA Talking Point ™ is Jordan Henderson.

He was once a player who once looked like he was filling in as a No. 6, doing a job he wasn’t really suited to while Liverpool waited forever to sign a Javier Mascherano replacement, eventually doing so in the shape of Fabinho.

He’s now a player who looks comfortable in the position, picking passes to team-mates in all directions.

His improvement might be down to his use throughout 2019 in a more advanced position, where passing needs to be more urgent and a midfielder needs to have a better picture of everything around them.

He has retained this alertness and willingness to play the more difficult passes in the deeper role and has improved defensively, too.

One of the most important aspects of this position is to recycle the ball and keep things ticking over, but quickly.

The previous version of Henderson the No.6 appeared to be keeping it safe, but also emerging from games with pass success between 70 and 85 percent, which wasn’t good enough.

Now, he’s regularly registering more than 90 percent success, and here he finished the game having made four key passes, with only Robertson managing more.

Diamond

 Liverpool's Sadio Mané celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Sheffield United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Firmino often gets labelled a false 9 when in truth he’s just a complete forward, but this 4-4-2 diamond system is probably the closest he gets to meeting the false 9 definition.

This works against a back three as he is able to try to pull the central defender of the three out of the line, leaving the other two isolated one on one with Salah and Mane.

Firmino roamed between the middle centre-back John Egan and the deepest midfielder Oliver Norwood, and was always available to receive the ball as a result.

When Robertson crossed to Salah for the opening goal, the Egyptian was in the centre-forward position, able to get in front of the left-sided centre-back, Jack O’Connell.

The Brazilian should have done better with a couple of opportunities he had to play in more advanced team-mates, and it could be argued that he was the worst of a very good bunch, but positionally he was important.

It would be no surprise to see Minamino in this position at some point later in the season.

Clean sheet sequence

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk (L) tackles Sheffield United's David McGoldrick during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Sheffield United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

At the beginning of the season, Liverpool struggled to keep clean sheets despite their dominance and winningness.

They have now registered five clean sheets in five Premier League games, after just two in their first fifteen games.

Monterrey were the last side to score against Liverpool in all competitions, while Everton were the last to do so in the league.

It’s some turnaround, and is testament to how this side defend a unit. It also bodes well for the partnership of Van Dijk and Gomez in front of Alisson, who himself was called upon on a number of occasions to make important saves and diffuse potentially dangerous situations.

There was also a bit of luck as Oliver McBurnie spurned a great chance, but this balances out some of the unfortunate moments earlier in the season.

Minamino in the frame, but Keita injury limits rotation options

 Liverpool's new signing Japan international Takumi Minamino before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Sheffield United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This was the strongest team Klopp could have picked given the players available to him, but it will be interesting to see how much he rotates in the next game.

For periods of this game Liverpool were cruising, resting on the ball and conserving energy, but the number of games they have played recently will begin to take its toll.

James Milner replaced Naby Keita at the last minute after the Guinean picked up a groin injury in the warm-up, and there will be a concern if he and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are out at the same time for a prolonged period of time.

This means that the team which faces Everton in the FA Cup could contain some of the players who sat on the bench here tonight, and Minamino could also feature.

Centre-back Nathaniel Phillips was an unused substitute after returning from a loan spell with Stuttgart, and is yet to make his first-team debut for the club.

Adam Lallana looks nailed on to start on Sunday, with Divock Origi, Harvey Elliott, and Curtis Jones all in with a shout as those in action tonight might need the rest.

Klopp has said he will need all of his squad at some point, and we might now have reached that point.

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Watch Jurgen Klopp’s post-match press conference – Liverpool 2-0 Sheffield United

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 01/02/2020 - 22:58

Liverpool re-established their 13-point lead at the top of the Premier League—having gone a year unbeaten after the 2-0 victory over Sheffield United—but it came at a cost.

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The Reds lost midfielder Naby Keita to a groin injury in the warmup which leaves Jurgen Klopp with just 12 senior outfield players, plus new signing Takumi Minamino, and a number of youth teamers—three of whom were on the bench against the Blades—for Sunday’s Merseyside derby FA Cup tie at home to Everton.

Liverpool have played 33 matches so far this season, 11 of which have come in the last 30 days, and it is beginning to take its toll on the league leaders—who equalled the best start to a season by any top-flight team with their 19th victory in 20 games.

Keita joined defenders Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne, and midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xherdan Shaqiri, Fabinho on the sidelines after injuring himself in the pre-match warmup.

“I don’t know exactly what he has, it was his groin, but I can say he won’t be involved against Everton,” said Klopp.

“That makes it 12 senior players we have, plus the kids. That’s not cool.

“I have no clue how it happened, I think it was the last shot during the warmup, he came in limping.

“Everybody who has played football has had this kind of injury, it’s not nice. It’s painful. I don’t know how long it will take, but he won’t be ready for Sunday.”

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (centre) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with team-mates during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.

An early goal from Mohamed Salah was backed up by one from Sadio Mane midway through the second half in a match which was at times looked laboured despite Liverpool racking up the most passes—874—they have ever made in a Premier League match.

“There is space for improvement. How you deal with it in the headlines I couldn’t care less. We don’t see it as a threat for other teams. For us, it’s important that we just care about us,” Klopp added.

“We can do things better and we have to. But I saw some things tonight that we did better than the last game, for example.

“There was no party after the game. It’s really an intense period of the year, so it’s not like somebody wants to go out tonight and have a few drinks, they’re all happy when they’re in bed—so am I, by the way.

“The players know they want to do better. But for tonight, our performance was as good as anything. It was just really good. That makes me quite happy.”

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

United never got close to their best and their manager Chris Wilder admits they got off lightly with a 2-0 defeat.

“From our point of view I was disappointed because I don’t think we laid a glove on them. I think the scoreline flattered us,” he said.

“I thought Dean Henderson was the difference between it being three, four or five.

“When you come here you have to try to get a foothold in the game and we couldn’t have got off to a worse start. It gave them a big lift and then I thought it was comfortable for Liverpool.

“If there is ever an example for young players—and our players—as to why they are world champions, why they are European champions and look like being Premier League winners as well it is the basic stuff they had to do tonight which they did miles better than us.

“We had to do that a lot better tonight than we did to stand a chance.”

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