Loan watch: Wilson assists Cardiff as eight Reds feature

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 02/01/2021 - 09:30

Harry Wilson made a rapid impact off the bench as he set up Cardiff City's equaliser against Millwall on Saturday.

The on-loan Liverpool attacker was sent on in the 62nd minute of the Championship clash with Cardiff trailing 1-0 at home.

Nine minutes later, Wilson’s incisive pass into the area teed up Kieffer Moore to gain a point for Mick McCarthy’s team.

Sheyi Ojo, who had scored in Cardiff’s previous fixture, began the match and clocked up an hour.

Elsewhere in the division, Harvey Elliott was involved for 61 minutes of Blackburn Rovers’ eventual 1-0 home win over Luton Town.

In League One, Adam Lewis made a second-half substitute appearance for Plymouth Argyle as they drew 2-2 with Accrington Stanley.

Taiwo Awoniyi and Loris Karius both featured for Union Berlin in their 1-1 Bundesliga draw with Borussia Monchengladbach.

The former started the game and played 79 minutes, while the latter was introduced from the bench for the final quarter.

In Spain, Anderson Arroyo completed the match as his Salamanca UDS side played out a 2-2 draw with CD Guijuelo.

On Friday night, Marko Grujic played the full tie as FC Porto progressed in the Portuguese cup with a 2-0 win away at Gil Vicente.

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Loan watch: Wilson assists Cardiff as eight Reds feature

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 02/01/2021 - 09:30
Harry Wilson made a rapid impact off the bench as he set up Cardiff City's equaliser against Millwall on Saturday.
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West Ham 1-3 Liverpool: Six talking points

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 02/01/2021 - 09:00

Liverpool made it back-to-back wins in the capital as a second-half flurry of goals defeated West Ham United 3-1 on Sunday.

Mohamed Salah opened up a lead for the Reds at London Stadium with two excellent finishes, and Georginio Wijnaldum put the game to bed for sure late on.

Craig Dawson netted a consolation for the Hammers but Jürgen Klopp’s side had already done enough to secure three points and rise a place in the Premier League table.

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Here are six talking points from the contest…

Salah soars to new levels

Salah’s staggering goalscoring exploits for Liverpool were underlined by a seriously impressive new achievement on Sunday.

The Egypt international became only the fifth player in the club’s history — and the first since Ian Rush in the 1980s — to net 20 times or more for four consecutive seasons.

He joins Gordon Hodgson, Billy Liddell, Roger Hunt and Rush in that particular elite group.

That he completed the accomplishment against West Ham came as little surprise; the No.11 has now struck nine times against them since he signed for the Reds, more than against any other opponent.

His second of the afternoon, of which we’ll talk more in a moment, was Salah’s 21st of the campaign, keeping him firmly on track to better his tallies of the previous two years (23 in 2019-20, 27 in 2018-19).

He is now four goals away from leapfrogging Ian St John in Liverpool’s list of all-time top scorers, and needs 16 more to enter the top 10.

THAT counter-attack

Seven touches by Reds players transformed a West Ham corner into a Liverpool goal in the 68th minute.

Andy Robertson’s headed clearance came to Trent Alexander-Arnold on the right corner of his own penalty area and, having got the ball under his control, he pinged it into the gaping space high on the left flank.

Xherdan Shaqiri had ample time to weigh up his options as he ran towards the pass, and chose one of the most ambitious – a first-time, looped assist up and over the Hammers defence into Salah’s surge into the box. He nailed it.

Salah had plenty still to do, yet deftly turned chance into goal with an exquisite first touch on his right foot that steadied the ball perfectly in front of him to be nudged across Lukasz Fabianski into the net.

A debate to enjoy on another day, but it immediately goes high into the list of Liverpool’s best ever counter-attacks.

Back-to-back wins

Klopp’s men came into their double trip to the capital on a streak of five Premier League games without a win, and away fixtures against two of the division’s top six offered no guarantee of a change in fortune.

But the Reds’ mentality and quality shone through in north and then east London to significantly change, and improve, the complexion of their top-flight campaign again.

Now back up to third in the table, they trail Manchester United by a single point and leaders Manchester City, who possess a game in hand, by four.

Successive home matches this week – against Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday and City on Sunday – now offer an opportunity for the champions to build on the foundations they laid in London.

Impact substitutions

“Please be cheeky, be cheeky and try something, be active and these kind of things.”

The manager’s final words to Curtis Jones on the touchline before he sent the Academy graduate onto the pitch shortly before the hour mark with the score still goalless.

Thirty-four seconds later, following a driving run through the middle of the park and then a pass into Salah inside the box, Jones had assisted the breakthrough goal.

It was the start of an influential cameo by the midfielder, who went on to finish the encounter with passing accuracy totals of 97.1 per cent overall and 94.1 per cent in the opposition half.

Klopp’s two subsequent introductions from the bench, Roberto Firmino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, later combined with a crisp exchange in West Ham territory to create Wijnaldum’s third for the Reds.

The captain keeps climbing

Jordan Henderson once again led by example from centre-back on the day he moved further up the club’s Premier League appearances list.

The No.14’s 286th top-flight match since he joined the Reds back in 2011 saw him overtake goalkeeper Pepe Reina into fourth spot.

Now only Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and Sami Hyypia rank above the skipper, who is on course to leapfrog the latter next season.

From the heart of the backline, Henderson clocked up 98 touches and 92 passes, won 100 per cent of his duels, and registered 10 possession gains against the Hammers.

Phillips steps up again

A technical fault in the closing moments of Klopp’s post-match press conference meant his tribute to the performance of Nathaniel Phillips could not be heard.

In fairness, the 23-year-old’s actions had done sufficient talking as he stepped in for his fourth Premier League start of the season in central defence in the absence of both Fabinho and Joel Matip.

Confident, strong and alert, Phillips was key to keeping David Moyes’ side at arm’s length for the majority of the clash, with Dawson’s late consolation the only blot on the defence’s copybook.

And when we did manage to dig out Klopp’s lost answer, it was worth the wait.

“Outstanding game, everybody saw it – super professional, super calm, incredibly strong in the air, good challenges, good football,” said the boss.

“Yes, I know [he] played now a few games. I think [Michail] Antonio tried to be on his side more for the counter-attack and these kind of things, but he defended it incredibly well – together with Hendo, I have to say, but the full-backs as well.

“We were really compact in the last line and that was absolutely helpful. He played a top game.”

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West Ham 1-3 Liverpool: Six talking points

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Liverpool made it back-to-back wins in the capital as a second-half flurry of goals defeated West Ham United 3-1 on Sunday.
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'We have to do it again' - Wijnaldum's challenge after West Ham win

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 02/01/2021 - 08:45
Georginio Wijnaldum refused to get carried away by two wins on the bounce as he challenged Liverpool to consistently replicate Sunday's display at West Ham United.
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West Ham 1-3 Liverpool: Watch goals, highlights and more

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 01/31/2021 - 23:59

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Mohamed Salah scored two outstanding goals and Georginio Wijnaldum was also on target as the Reds registered back-to-back victories in the Premier League.

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West Ham 1-3 Liverpool: Watch goals, highlights and more

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Liverpool fans see sense in Ben Davies move – and Preston fans “over the moon for him”

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 01/31/2021 - 21:08

After the shock news that Liverpool are set to sign Preston North End centre-back Ben Davies in a £2 million deal, sense and elation was the response from fans of both clubs.

Davies is expected to become the Reds’ first senior signing of 2021, joining Jurgen Klopp‘s side at a time when options at the heart of defence are scarce.

With Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Fabinho all injured, Jordan Henderson and Nat Phillips filled in for Sunday’s 3-1 win at West Ham, with reports of interest in Davies emerging at half-time.

The 25-year-old is in the final six months of his contract at Preston, and was due to join Celtic, but Liverpool look to have swooped in to secure a late move.

Given Davies will arrive from the Championship there has been some trepidation from supporters regarding his potential transfer, particularly when compared to the other centre-backs the club have been linked with.

But as a last-minute signing in a unique transfer window, many have seen sense in the decision to opt for Davies.

Liverpool fans looked for the positives…

The fume over Ben Davies to LFC is going to be huge, but it makes sense on so many levels. No PL (or CL) club were going to give us a good deal on a CB whether short term or long term.

Davies' contract is up at PNE in 6 months so is available for a low fee short term solution.

— Matt Ladson (@mattladson) January 31, 2021

He could be nurtured into an effective fourth-choice centre-back in the long term, or sold back to a Championship or lower PL club for a bigger fee than we're paying for him.

— Matt Ladson (@mattladson) January 31, 2021

What an opportunity this is for Ben Davies. I bet he didn't expect to be joining the Premier League champions this time last week! In an odd way, it's an exciting deal. Low risk, high reward. He sounds capable, now let's make it official.

— Matt (@FalseFMatt) January 31, 2021

Ben Davies an able bodied CB that Klopp can put into the squad & hopefully count on for injury cover. Make no mistake about it though. Nat Phillips is proving his ability to deliver & deserves to play.

— Canadian Kop (@thecanadiankop) January 31, 2021

Bit of snobbery round this Ben Davies signing.

I thought we may have learned from Andy Robertson, Joe Gomez, etc that it’s not how much or where they come from.

I am sure there’s better out there, but I’m sure he will have the attributes that the manager is looking for.

— Paul Senior (@PaulSenior1) January 31, 2021

There would be a large section of fans out there who’d drop £50m on Ben White. He was a championship centre half last season too.

I’m sure we’ve been told option a maybe even b and c isn’t available here, but it’s left field enough to have been one on the radar anyway imo

— Paul Senior (@PaulSenior1) January 31, 2021

James Justin moved from League One Luton Town.

Ezri Konsa from Brentford.

And let’s not forget Big Joe Gomez from Charlton.

Recruitment is about the player, not the source (though sometimes that’s important)

— Alex Mansfield (@el_mansfield) January 31, 2021

My hope is Ben Davies can do the X’s and O’s of being a centre half adequately. If that’s the case and it allows Fabinho/Henderson to play midfield then £2M — which they could easily quadruple if they sold him down the line — will be a snip.

— John O'Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) January 31, 2021

If it doesn’t work, then they’ll still make money on him. It’s more of a gamble than it would’ve been cause he’ll likely see a fair bit of action but this is the hand fortune dealt Liverpool

— John O'Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) January 31, 2021

While Preston supporters were “over the moon” for their No. 6…

Usually when you lose a player of Ben Davies calibre you are gutted but on this occasion you just can’t help but be buzzing for the lad, talk about dreams coming true. #pnefc

— North End News Feed (@PneNewsFeed) January 31, 2021

When you lose a player of Ben Davies’ quality you should be gutted, but I’m just absolutely over the moon for him.

— oli (@gorn__) January 31, 2021

Tell you what, I hope Ben gets his dream move but I’m already tired of seeing some absolute horrific takes on him from people who’ve never seen him kick a ball.

— oli (@gorn__) January 31, 2021

My thoughts entirely pal. Home grown player who’s come on tons this last couple years. And now he’s hopefully about to join 1 of the biggest clubs in the world! That doesn’t happen to PNE players! Love it! ?

— Big E (@u2PNEFC) January 31, 2021

Excellent. Always said footballer first and defender second. Great left peg, short and long passing range, travels well. Matured and got better through years. Another spike last 12 months.

— Sam Wilkins (@wickedwilk) January 31, 2021

I’m not sure I’ve ever wanted a player to leave more. What an opportunity that could be, and everyone would finally see his quality. #pnefc

— Tom Sandells (@TomSandells) January 31, 2021

Said to my mates that Ben Davies is good enough to play in that Liverpool back line at the start of January. pic.twitter.com/OSjvbzIXA3

— oliver (@olihargreavess) January 31, 2021

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Free video: Salah finishes stunning counter-attack at West Ham

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Free video: Salah finishes stunning counter-attack at West Ham

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 01/31/2021 - 20:30

Watch Liverpool's sensational counter-attack goal against West Ham United in our free match clip from Sunday's 3-1 win.

Mohamed Salah’s second strike at London Stadium saw the Reds turn a Hammers corner into a goal in a matter of seconds.

Trent Alexander-Arnold collected Andy Robertson’s headed clearance and fired a crossfield pass to Xherdan Shaqiri, whose first-time sweep into the penalty area was plum for Salah.

The Egyptian’s first touch perfectly controlled the ball, his second nudged it beyond Lukasz Fabianski to increase Liverpool’s lead.

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Klopp hails “super smart” Mohamed Salah with striker back in the goals

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 01/31/2021 - 20:16

Jurgen Klopp saluted Mohamed Salah for the “super smart” strike which ended his barren run and put Liverpool on their way to a 3-1 victory at West Ham.

Salah had gone six Premier League matches without a goal, equalling his longest goal drought for the Reds.

But there was to be no seventh successive blank as Salah returned to form with two exquisite second-half finishes in a valuable win at the London Stadium.

Salah made the breakthrough in the 57th minute after substitute Curtis Jones found him lurking on the right of the area.

The Egyptian striker wrapped his left foot around the ball, sending it looping over Hammers goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski and curling into the back of the net.

Eleven minutes later Liverpool, and Salah, struck again with a lightning counter from a West Ham corner.

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s 60-yard pass found Xherdan Shaqiri, who sprayed the ball back into the path of Salah to control and tuck away.

Reds boss Klopp said: “He scored against Tottenham but it was disallowed, but it was a good sign for him that a couple of things are clicking.

“Tonight he played a super game, his passing was good and the controlling of the game was good.

“The first goal is a super smart goal. I think Fabianski couldn’t see the ball, it was crowded and he just lifted it.

“The second goal, what a counter-attack! Two passes until Mo got the ball, first touch world class and a nice finish. Top game and top goals.”

 Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates after scoring the third goalduring the FA Premier League match between West Ham United FC and Liverpool FC at the London Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It was West Ham who possessed the in-form striker going into the match and Michail Antonio must have been relishing the prospect of running at Liverpool’s latest makeshift defensive pairing of Jordan Henderson and Nat Phillips.

But Antonio spurned a glorious chance to make it three goals in four games, curling the ball inches wide moments before Salah struck.

Georginio Wijnaldum added a third for the champions before Craig Dawson’s late consolation.

A win would have taken West Ham above Liverpool into fourth, but they found out they have a long way to go before they can seriously think about breaking into the top four.

Boss David Moyes said: “I thought we competed as well as we could, but we didn’t play as well as we could. We tried to compete but they were just too strong for us today.

“Liverpool are not one of the teams we are challenging. Their consistency will be much greater. They played better than us so we’ve got no complaints.

“We came into the game confident, feeling we had a chance to get something but Liverpool made it difficult and we didn’t do the things we’ve been doing well.”

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Ben Davies fee agreed as Liverpool find centre-back solution

HEAD NEWS - Sun, 01/31/2021 - 20:13

Liverpool have agreed a £2million fee with Preston North End for defender Ben Davies.

The Reds have been surveying the transfer market throughout January but have stepped up their efforts in recent days following injuries to both Fabinho and Joel Matip.

Discussions have been ongoing across the weekend and a fee has now been agreed between the clubs in a deal that will see Sepp van den Berg head to Deepdale on loan for the remainder of the Championship season.

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Liverpool agree £2m fee for Ben Davies

HEAD NEWS - Sun, 01/31/2021 - 20:11

Liverpool have agreed a £2 million fee with Preston North End for Ben Davies to help remedy their centre-back crisis, with his medical pencilled in for Monday morning.

The 25-year-old, who Celtic had been hoping to sign ahead of the transfer deadline, was among a number of candidates assessed by the Premier League champions for a last-ditch deal as Joel Matip joined Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez on the injury list.

The defender’s availability, affordability, age, ability in possession, recovery pace and added function as a left-back has marked him as a suitable quick fix to Liverpool’s problems in the heart of the rearguard.

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Liverpool agree Ben Davies deal before transfer deadline

HEAD NEWS - Sun, 01/31/2021 - 20:08

Liverpool have agreed a £2 million fee to sign Preston defender Ben Davies ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline.

The Reds had opened talks with the Championship outfit, and Davies will now undergo a medical on Monday morning.

The Premier League champions have also been offered the chance to sign Marseille’s Duje Caleta-Car, though that move is understood to be a non-starter given the Ligue 1 club’s demands.

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Ben Davies to Liverpool: Lowdown on Reds’ incoming centre-back

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 01/31/2021 - 19:40

Liverpool have agreed a fee for Preston North End defender Ben Davies, with the 25-year-old set to add much-needed depth in the heart of defence.

Davies had been close to a move to Celtic before Liverpool made their approach over the weekend ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline.

With Premier League clubs, or Champions League clubs on the continent, demanding massive fees for any longer-term solutions, Liverpool have looked closer to home for a perhaps more short-term solution after losing all four senior centre-backs due to injury.

Davies is set to sign in a deal worth just £2 million, owing to his contract expiring in the summer at the Lancashire club.

The 6′ 1″ defender has made 250 senior appearances in the Football League, 145 with Preston, establishing himself as a first-choice under Alex Neil in recent seasons.

Davies qualifies as a homegrown player, meaning Liverpool aren’t required to un-register any foreign players when the window closes, and he is certainly an affordable player with the traits the Reds were seeking this month.

In order to get the full lowdown on the new signing, we spoke to Dave Seddon (@Sedds_lep), Preston North End reporter for Lancashire Evening Post.

Firstly Dave, most Liverpool fans won’t have heard of or seen Davies play, can you tell us his style of play as a centre-back?

He’s left-footed, good on the ball, can bring it out from the back and clip if forward. He reads the game well to give himself that extra second or two to react.

He’s been linked with a summer move to Celtic: do you think he has the attributes required to play at a Premier League level?

I think he has got the quality to play in the Premier League, although it would be a big step-up.

If Liverpool are interested, they will have done their homework on him. Whether you would throw him in straight away for a run of games, I’m not sure.

I’ve been a bit surprised there wasn’t more interest from the Premier League. Sheffield United had an interest in the summer, other than that Celtic and Bournemouth have been the main two looking at him.

Preston North End's Ben Davies during the Sky Bet Championship match at Deepdale, Preston. (Richard Sellers/PA Archive/PA Images)

He’s a left-footed, usually left-sided centre-back, what would you say are his main strengths?

Comfortable on the ball, quite calm. Low number of yellow cards because he rarely gets caught out and has to bring someone down. Being left-footed means he brings balance to a defence.

And weaknesses? What might he most have to work on to improve?

Maybe add more to his game when in the opposition box, he’s only scored twice for Preston.

It seems like a no-brainer for Liverpool. They get a centre-back with a potential to grow and could then be fine as a backup centre-back, and if not they could sell him for a higher fee than they paid for the player. Is that how you see it?

Nail on the head. It would be a big jump having only played as high as the Championship but he’s worth the risk.

If Brexit means it is harder to get younger foreign players in and take a risk with them, the English market could start to blossom again.

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Anything else we should know about Davies, perhaps his character, attitude or any nice stories about a player who has been at PNE since age 11?

Great lad, polite. Not the out-going sort.

Made his debut at 17, eight years ago. Started as a left-back before moving inside as a centre-half.

Went on loan to five clubs, did his first-team apprenticeship so to speak at York, Tranmere, Southport, Newport and Fleetwood. It was the Fleetwood loan where he really started to blossom.

When he came back from Fleetwood, PNE had changed manager and brought in Alex Neil. It was Neil who recognised his potential and made him a regular at Deepdale.

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