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Jürgen Klopp explains Nat Phillips' return to Liverpool

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 12/28/2019 - 16:59
Jürgen Klopp has explained Liverpool’s rationale behind the decision to end Nathaniel Phillips’ loan spell with Stuttgart.
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Reds look to end stunning 2019 in style – Liverpool vs. Wolves Preview

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 12/28/2019 - 16:00

Liverpool host Wolves in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, looking to finish a memorable 2019 with a bang.


Liverpool vs. Wolves

Sunday, December 29, 2019 – 4.30pm (GMT)
Anfield
Premier League
Referee: Anthony Taylor

What a year it has been for the Reds, not only clinching Champions League glory, but also sitting 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

The Boxing Day trip to Leicester was seen as arguably Liverpool’s toughest assignment of the season so far, but they produced a masterclass at the King Power Stadium.

Jurgen Klopp‘s men eased their way to a 4-0 victory, playing sublime football and looking every bit a team on the cusp of becoming champions.

There is still plenty of work to do, however, starting on Sunday, when a dangerous Wolves side make the trip to Anfield—having just beaten Man City 3-2 on Friday.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s team have become one of the league’s strongest outfits away from the ‘big six’, always proving capable of springing a shock.

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp (R) shakes hands with Wolverhampton Wanderers' head coach Nuno Espírito Santo after the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC at Molineux Stadium. Wolverhampton Wanderers won 2-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Their excursions against Man City on Friday may have taken their toll, though, which has the ability to work in Liverpool’s favour.

While tiredness is something that could also affect the Reds, they won’t be feeling it as much as others, simply because of the winning mindset they find themselves in.

When everything is clicking, nobody wants to be rested.

This has the potential to be one of Liverpool’s trickier home games of the campaign, but they should still pick up another three points.

It would be a fitting way to sign off for 2019 – one of the most impressive years in the club’s history.

Team News

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between Leicester City FC and Liverpool FC at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool are set to be without Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and Fabinho until February, leaving Klopp light in defensive areas.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will also be missing until well after the turn of the year, having injured his ankle in the Club World Cup final win over Flamengo, with the boss revealing that the injured quartet are not set to return to training until mid-January.

Jordan Henderson was in pain late on against Leicester, eventually being replaced, but he has been passed fit for Sunday’s game.

Rotation is likely to be on show from Klopp, as has been the case throughout December.

 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates scoring the fourth goal during the FA Premier League match between Leicester City FC and Liverpool FC at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In truth, there can’t be many changes to the back-line due to a lack of options, so Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson should all start.

Henderson could continue in the No.6 role in Fabinho‘s absence, but James Milner stands a good chance of coming in, potentially for Gini Wijnaldum or Naby Keita.

In attack, it would be a surprise if Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all started, so expect to see Divock Origi or Xherdan Shaqiri included, or both.

Willy Boly and Morgan Gibbs-White are out for Wolves, while Nuno could make numerous changes, considering kick-off arrives less than 48 hours after the win over City.

Last 5 at Home to Wolves (All Competitions)

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

Won 2-0 – May 2019 (Mane x2)
Lost 2-1 – January 2017 (Origi; Stearman, Weimann)
Won 2-1 – September 2011 (Johnson OG, Suarez; Fletcher)
Lost 1-0 – December 2010 (Ward)
Won 2-0 – December 2009 (Gerrard, Benayoun)

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 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold during the FA Premier League match between Leicester City FC and Liverpool FC at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Alexander-Arnold was astonishing against Leicester, notching two assists and firing home Liverpool’s fourth goal of the night.

The 21-year-old has already registered eight assists in the league this season, leaving him just four short of the 12 he got last season.

That was a Premier League record by a defender, highlighting how good he has been this season.

This is a generational talent we are watching.

Form

 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold scores the fourth goal during the FA Premier League match between Leicester City FC and Liverpool FC at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)

Won 4-0 vs. Leicester
Won 1-0 vs. Flamengo
Won 2-1 vs. Monterrey
Lost 5-0 vs. Aston Villa
Won 2-0 vs. Watford

Wolves – Last five results (all competitions)

Won 3-2 vs. Man City
Won 2-1 vs. Norwich
Lost 2-1 vs. Tottenham
Won 4-0 vs. Besiktas
Drew 2-2 vs. Brighton

Klopp’s View

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Speaking to the press on Thursday, Klopp spoke about Roberto Firmino‘s return to scoring form and said he was never bothered about a lack of goals, on account of the Brazilian bringing so much more to the team:

“I told him that I’m not interested in that number. Because he’s the connector for our team, he’s so important for us.

“He’s not the only one who can play the position, but he can play the position in a very special way.

“He doesn’t have to come [and celebrate with me] everyday, every goal, but this time we had this little thing where he thought I was calm enough to leave him on the pitch in these games—I never thought about it.

“He thought he had to say ‘thank you’, that’s all.”

TV & Liveblog Info

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates after the FA Premier League match between Leicester City FC and Liverpool FC at the King Power Stadium. Liverpool won 4-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool vs. Wolves is live on Sky Sports Main Event from 4pm (GMT), with kickoff at 4.30pm.

Chris Williams is in charge of the final This Is Anfield matchday live blog of the year, guiding you through the action from 3.45pm.

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Jurgen Klopp reveals expected return date for Fabinho, Matip, Lovren and Ox

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 12/28/2019 - 15:55

Jurgen Klopp has indicated that Liverpool’s injured quartet will only return to first team action in February.


The Reds are currently without Joel Matip (knee), Fabinho (ankle), Dejan Lovren (hamstring) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (ankle) as they each continue their recovery from their respective injuries.

Their absence each comes as a major blow to Jurgen Klopp‘s side during a relentless festive fixture list, with rotation through defence and midfield limited as a result.

And while Jordan Henderson has been given the all-clear after sustaining a kick to the shin in the win at Leicester, his sidelined teammates are not expected to return to training until “mid-January.”

Ahead of the meeting with Wolves, whereby the Reds are without any other serious concerns, the boss provided an update on the quartet.

“All positive but that again means, unfortunately, nothing in the first place because they should all be back in training [at the] latest by mid-January [but] how many games do we have until then, four or five?” Klopp revealed.

 Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is treated during the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 Final match between CR Flamengo and Liverpool FC at the Khalifa Stadium. (Pic by Peter Powell/Propaganda)

“I’m not sure. So that’s a little bit of a problem but we have to see.

“Ox is walking around here without crutches, without a boot, but we have to wait until the medical department gives us the green light.

“Joel is doing well, Fab is doing well, Dejan is doing well, so I would say in February we will have them all back. Until then, we have to see.”

While their recovery appears to be on track, if the outlined return date is accurate they are each likely to miss a further eight games across all competitions.

 SSC Napoli's Hirving Lozano falls onto the left ankle of Liverpool's Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reds have already re-acquired Nat Phillips after recalling the young centre-back from his loan spell at Stuttgart in order to have cover at the heart of the defence, with Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk the only two fit senior centre-backs remaining.

Klopp has stressed that “fresh legs are important” as the games continue to pile up, with Liverpool unable to afford further injuries to key players as the “situation is not perfect in the moment” as it is.

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LFC fitness latest: Updates on Henderson, Fabinho, Lovren, Matip and Ox

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 12/28/2019 - 15:29

Jürgen Klopp reported no fresh injury concerns ahead of Liverpool’s game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday, with Jordan Henderson fit to play.

Henderson was withdrawn late on during the 4-0 Boxing Day victory at Leicester City after sustaining a kick to the shin, but Klopp has confirmed that the captain is ready to face Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.

And, ahead of overseeing training on Saturday, the boss said he expects to have all 18 players he selected for the first-versus-second clash at King Power Stadium available to meet Wolves at Anfield.

“Quite OK. The boys we had available should be available again,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com, when asked how his squad is looking fitness-wise.

“The only problem is that we are training later this afternoon so I still have to wait for all the information, that’s how it is in this period. But it looks like they should be all fine.”

On whether Henderson is OK, the manager stated: “Yeah - it’s only pain!”

Fabinho, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all remain sidelined.

Offering an update on that injured quartet, Klopp said: “All positive but that again means unfortunately nothing in the first place because they should all be back in training [at the] latest by mid-January [but] how many games do we have until then, four or five? I’m not sure. So that’s a little bit of a problem but we have to see.

“Ox is walking around here without crutches, without a boot, but we have to wait until the medical department gives us the green light. Joel is doing well, Fab is doing well, Dejan is doing well, so I would say in February we will have them all back. Until then, we have to see.”

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Wolves arrive on Merseyside just 72 hours after the Reds’ win over Leicester as the hectic festive fixture schedule continues.

And Klopp explained that what he sees during Saturday’s training session will inform his decision as to who plays versus the Molineux club.

“Fresh legs are important but it’s not only about that - it’s about the quality we can involve in the game, the different quality the other players have, so there are a couple of things,” he said.

“When a team has rhythm and you play like we played against Leicester then you have three days, other teams have two days, can we play the same line-up again? 

“You just have to make decisions about the feeling you get at the start of training today, pretty much, because of the situation. If somebody is calling the Doc, then I have the problem pretty much so we just have to wait really. 

“In this period of the season, you have to come through somehow and so far it worked well but we need to be lucky for the rest of the season as well because the situation is not perfect in the moment.” 

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LFC fitness latest: Updates on Henderson, Fabinho, Lovren, Matip and Ox

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 12/28/2019 - 15:29
Jürgen Klopp reported no fresh injury concerns ahead of Liverpool’s game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday, with Jordan Henderson fit to play.
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Inside Leicester | Alternative highlights of Reds' Boxing Day win

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 12/28/2019 - 14:50

Watch the story of Liverpool's stunning 4-0 victory at Leicester City from a pitchside perspective with our alternative highlights package.

The Premier League leaders produced a breath-taking performance to beat the second-placed Foxes on Boxing Day.

And our cameras were at King Power Stadium to capture the action from a different angle, while also shooting brilliant footage of the buoyant away end.

Watch our alternative highlights of Leicester 0-4 Liverpool below...

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Inside Leicester | Alternative highlights of Reds' Boxing Day win

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 12/28/2019 - 14:50
Watch the story of Liverpool's stunning 4-0 victory at Leicester City from a pitchside perspective with our alternative highlights package.
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Jurgen Klopp wary of Wolves’ “exceptional” Adama Traore ahead of Anfield visit

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 12/28/2019 - 13:00

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp claims he always knew Wolves winger Adama Traore would become a star once he found the right manager to nurse his burgeoning career.


After starting out at Barcelona, a failed £7million move to Aston Villa followed in 2015 as he made just 12 appearances in his one and only season with the club before a switch to Middlesbrough a year later.

Two relatively successful seasons followed on Teesside during which time he caught the eye of Nuno Espirito Santo, with Wolves shelling out £18million for the 23-year-old from Spain in 2018.

Under Nuno, Traore’s talent has finally flourished, in particular this season as his all action, energetic displays have caught the eye and proven the undoing of many opposing teams, not least Manchester City, against whom he has scored home and away.

Ahead of Wolves’ Premier League visit to Anfield on Sunday, Klopp, who concedes Traore has long been on his radar, said: “He finally found his manager who found a position for him.

“At Middlesbrough he was exceptional, but somebody had to give him the right information.

 Liverpool's Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' and Wolverhampton Wanderers' Adama Traoré during the FA Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC at Molineux Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“(He is) a big, big talent. You would never have thought he is that young, but he is still very young, and now he has found it (the right manager). It was always clear it would happen one day, and now it has. Good for Wolves!

“He is really dangerous. In a big space (Leicester striker) Jamie Vardy is difficult to defend, but I would say Traore is even more difficult to defend because his speed is exceptional.”

Hailing the work of Nuno as “incredible”, Klopp must now plot a way past a team he considers as “very dangerous” as Liverpool aim to keep their 35-match unbeaten league run going against a Wolves team who gave the Reds’ title hopes a major boost by coming from two goals down to beat City 3-2 on Friday night.

It is a testament to what Klopp has built over his time with the Reds that the hunger and desire of his players shows no sign of waning.

As to how he keeps such a level so high, Klopp said: “I am blessed – I have a very smart team. That’s how it is. It’s not as if I have to tell them constantly, ‘Stay focused!’ They are.

“We have so many good characters in the team, they know each other. There’s nobody who is flying, not a little bit.

“Two years ago it was like this, and we didn’t have the same points. A few things came together, the quality and the experience we have made together. A lot of things are more settled, and all this stuff, so that’s all good.”

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The visit of Wolves is the first of three home matches in the space of eight days as Liverpool also welcome Sheffield United in the league, and then Merseyside rivals Everton in the FA Cup.

With the games coming thick and fast, and changes in personnel inevitable to cope with the fixture congestion, Klopp has called on the fans to play their part in keeping his players going.

“Now we play three games in a row,” said Klopp. “I can tell already we need massive help from the crowd because the period is so intense and we need to use each source for these games.

“Hopefully, our people are rested enough to be at our absolute best because that’s exactly what we need.”

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Liverpool FC Women complete signing of Rachel Furness

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 12/28/2019 - 11:59
Liverpool FC Women have completed the signing of midfielder Rachel Furness from Reading.
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Liverpool FC Women complete signing of Rachel Furness

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 12/28/2019 - 11:59

Liverpool FC Women have completed the signing of midfielder Rachel Furness from Reading.

Furness, 31, joins the Reds after almost three years with the Royals, the last few months of which were spent on loan at Tottenham Hotspur, and she will wear the No.27 shirt for LFC.

Her football career began in her home town of Sunderland where she initially spent two seasons before spells with Newcastle and Icelandic team Grindavik.

She later rejoined Sunderland for a further six seasons in 2010.

Furness said: “I’m really excited to have signed for Liverpool, it’s such a massive club and I can’t wait to get going.

“There’s such a talented squad here. The league position at the moment isn’t what they’d like but I can see the talent in the squad and I’m hoping to add to that and help the Reds move up the table.

“I can’t wait to get started, I just want to hit the ground running and bounce into that first game on January 5.”

Manager Vicky Jepson said: “This is a player who we’ve been keen on for quite a while and I’m delighted to welcome her to the club.

“The second half of this season is going to be a very important one for us and her experience and leadership qualities in the middle of the park will be valuable assets.”

As well as her considerable experience in the Women’s Super League, Furness is a long-standing international with Northern Ireland, for whom she qualifies through her mother.

She has more than 60 international caps, scoring 17 goals.

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LFC's Goal of the Decade: Vote for the 2018 contender now

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 12/28/2019 - 11:57
Have your say now on which Liverpool strike from 2018 should be in contention to become Goal of the Decade.
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LFC's Goal of the Decade: Vote for the 2018 contender now

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 12/28/2019 - 11:57

Have your say now on which Liverpool strike from 2018 should be in contention to become Goal of the Decade.

Throughout December we are giving you the chance to choose one effort from each year of the 2010s to progress to a final poll.

Watch our shortlist of 10 from 2018 and cast your vote below...

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Klopp: 'Exceptional' Traore thriving under Nuno

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sat, 12/28/2019 - 11:33
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Adama Traore would always flourish at a top club, according to Jurgen Klopp Adama Traore would always flourish at a top club, according to Jurgen Klopp Adama Traore would always flourish at a top club, according to Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he always knew Wolves winger Adama Traore would become a star.

Traore is a product of the legendary Barcelona academy, La Masia, but endured tough spells at Aston Villa and Middlesbrough before catching the eye of Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo.

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Wolves spent £18m on the 23-year-old in 2018 and Traore's talent has finally flourished, scoring five goals in all competitions this season, including three against Manchester City.

Ahead of Wolves' Premier League visit to Anfield on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League, Klopp, who conceded Traore has long been on his radar, said: "He finally found his manager who found a position for him.

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"At Middlesbrough he was exceptional, but somebody had to give him the right information.

"A big, big talent. You would never have thought he is that young, but he is still very young, and now he has found it (the right manager). It was always clear it would happen one day, and now it has. Good for Wolves!

"He is really dangerous. In a big space Jamie Vardy is difficult to defend, but I would say Traore is even more difficult to defend because his speed is exceptional."

Traore sparked Wolves' comeback against Manchester City with his fourth Premier League goal of the season Traore sparked Wolves' comeback against Manchester City with his fourth Premier League goal of the season Traore sparked Wolves' comeback against Manchester City with his fourth Premier League goal of the season

Klopp's Liverpool will aim to keep their 35-match unbeaten league run going against Wolves, who gave the Reds' title hopes a major boost by coming from two goals down to beat City 3-2 on Friday night.

Klopp said: "I am blessed - I have a very smart team. That's how it is. It's not as if I have to tell them constantly 'Stay focused!' They are.

"We have so many good characters in the team, they know each other. There's nobody who is flying, not a little bit.

Liverpool went 13 points clear at the top of the league with a 4-0 at Leicester on Boxing Day Liverpool went 13 points clear at the top of the league with a 4-0 at Leicester on Boxing Day Liverpool went 13 points clear at the top of the league with a 4-0 at Leicester on Boxing Day

"Two years ago it was like this, and we didn't have the same points. A few things came together, the quality and the experience we have made together.

"A lot of things are more settled, and all this stuff, so that's all good."

The visit of Wolves is the first of three home matches in the space of eight days as Liverpool also welcome Sheffield United in the league, and then Merseyside rivals Everton in the FA Cup.

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With the games coming thick and fast, and changes in personnel inevitable to cope with the fixture congestion, Klopp has called on the fans to play their part in keeping his players going.

He said: "Now we play three games in a row. I can tell already we need massive help from the crowd because the period is so intense and we need to use each source for these games.

"Hopefully, our people are rested enough to be at our absolute best because that's exactly what we need."

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Chances for Shaqiri & Origi, a change in formation? – Predicting Liverpool’s lineup vs. Wolves

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 12/28/2019 - 11:30

Liverpool’s relentless fixture schedule continues as Wolves make the trip to Anfield on Sunday, where a number of changes could be on the cards.


Despite having missed a round of Premier League action to be crowned world champions, Jurgen Klopp‘s Reds find themselves with a commanding 13 point lead atop of the table with a game in hand.

Liverpool’s emphatic 4-0 win at Leicester ensured the Foxes were unable to make up any ground, while Man City‘s defeat at the hands of Wolves meant they remain 14 points adrift.

And the last game of the calendar year provides yet another opportunity for the Reds to flex their muscles and, at the very least, maintain their double-digit advantage.

With a taxing two-week period under their belt and more games on the horizon, the manager could once again look to rotate his side to inject fresh legs as the games continue to come Liverpool’s way.

Here’s how the Reds could lineup at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

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After a series of injuries in recent times, the Reds were able to escape the King Power without further damage.

While Jordan Henderson was forced from the field after a nasty kick to his shin, the skipper is set to be fit and available for Wolves’ visit.

However, after playing 382 out of a possible 390 minutes from the Reds’ last four matches, Henderson could be rotated out of the side to ensure he keeps ticking over and is primed for Sheffield United’s visit on January 2.

With Fabinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remaining on the sidelines, alongside Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip, Klopp could look to James Milner or Adam Lallana in the middle of the park having conceded “fresh legs” are likely to be on the agenda.

Gini Wijnaldum and Naby Keita remain as other options, while a change in systems could also present Liverpool with a chance to introduce Xherdan Shaqiri.

Liverpool’s Starting XI vs. Wolves

 Liverpool's James Milner (C) celebrates scoring the second goal, from a penalty kick, with team-mate Georginio Wijnaldum (L), captain Jordan Henderson (R) and Roberto Firmino (top) during the FA Premier League match between Leicester City FC and Liverpool FC at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With limited options to make changes at the back, Klopp could look to keep his defensive quintet together from the start once more.

Trent Alexander-Arnold will head into the clash off the back of his most complete performance of his burgeoning career against Leicester, and with confidence and momentum aplenty it would seem counter-productive to switch him out this time around.

Andy Robertson and Virgil van Dijk will find themselves with the task of keeping Adama Traore quiet, with Joe Gomez and Alisson completing the defensive line.

In midfield, Henderson would drop out and Wijnaldum would occupy the No. 6 role, with Naby Keita given the nod as he looks to continue his rich vein of form and help disrupt the visitors who could look to make a number of changes themselves after playing twice in less than 48 hours.

James Milner is likely to be the preferred option to sit alongside the pair, while Shaqiri would be introduced into the forward line in the only other change from Liverpool’s last outing.

The Swiss international would lead the line alongside Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, with Mohamed Salah handed a timely respite, a forward line which is more than capable of causing the Wolves defence all sort of trouble:

Alisson; Trent, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Milner, Keita; Shaqiri, Mane, Firmino

Alternatively, the boss could look to make a handful of changes, with a switch-up in every department and a change in systems to a 4-2-3-1.

It would see Robertson be the sole change in defence with a move to the bench, with Milner taking up his position at left-back, ensuring the former is the first of the full-backs to be rotated ahead of a flurry of games after the turn of the new year.

Wijnaldum and Lallana would then act as the double-pivot, handing Keita a timely break after making three successive starts for the Reds.

The switch-up in formation would allow fresh legs in attack, with Shaqiri being deployed alongside Firmino and Mane in place of Salah, with Divock Origi the man to lead the line:

Alisson; Trent, Gomez, Van Dijk, Milner; Wijnaldum, Lallana; Shaqiri, Firmino, Mane; Origi

While Wolves are no doubt a threat, it would not come as a surprise to see the boss look to utilise his squad as he looks to keep the team ticking over in every department.

The flexibility and fluidity the Reds have will no doubt keep Wolves guessing and on their toes as Klopp’s men have proven despite sweeping changes to the starting XI they are all capable of getting the job done and finishing 2019 on a high.

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Liverpool FC Women announce signing of Rachel Furness

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 12/28/2019 - 11:20

Liverpool FC Women have announced the signing of Rachel Furness, with the midfielder joining the club from Reading.


Vicky Jepson has landed her first signing in the winter transfer window, with the experienced Furness added to the ranks from Reading for an undisclosed fee.

The 31-year-old will now link up with the Reds after three years with the Royals, where she spent the first half of the 2019/20 season with Tottenham Hotspur Women – in what is their maiden Women’s Super League campaign.

Furness, who will don the No. 27 shirt for Liverpool Women, made 11 appearances for Spurs and will now bolster the Reds’ midfield ranks and look to help secure the club’s WSL safety for next season.

Jepson’s side currently sit second from bottom in the table having picked up just three points from their opening 10 games, with last-placed Bristol City, also on three points, possessing a game in hand.

With 60 international caps to her name for Northen Ireland, with a return of 17 goals, in addition to vast experience in the topflight, Furness will be an invaluable addition for Jepson and Co.

And the Liverpool Women’s boss was delighted to be able to boost her young lineup with the experienced addition of the 31-year-old.

“This is a player who we’ve been keen on for quite a while and I’m delighted to welcome her to the club,” Jepson said.

“The second half of this season is going to be a very important one for us and her experience and leadership qualities in the middle of the park will be valuable assets.”

Furness initially began her career with Sunderland, before plying her trade with Newcastle and in Iceland with Grindavik.

And now the midfielder is looking forward to linking up with her new teammates and hitting the ground running to ensure the Reds have the best possible chance to remain in the topflight.

“I’m really excited to have signed for Liverpool, it’s such a massive club and I can’t wait to get going,” Furness said upon putting pen paper to paper on her new deal.

“There’s such a talented squad here, the league position at the moment isn’t what they’d like but I can see the talent in the squad and I’m hoping to add to that and help the Reds move up the table.

“I can’t wait to get started, I just want to hit the ground running and bounce into that first game on the 5th of January.”

Liverpool FC Women will be back in WSL action on January 5, where they will make the trip to face off against Brighton who sit just three points ahead of the Reds.

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Pre-Wolves stats: Virgil van Dijk set for Liverpool century

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 12/28/2019 - 09:30

Virgil van Dijk will reach a significant milestone in his Liverpool career if he features against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.

An outing for Van Dijk at Anfield would be his 100th appearance for the Reds in all competitions following his arrival in January 2018.

In addition to winning the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup, the centre-half has claimed a host of individual accolades in that period – including being named as the PFA Players' Player of the Year and UEFA Men's Player of the Year.

For more need-to-know pre-match facts and figures, courtesy of club statistician Ged Rea, read on...

Liverpool have taken 79 points out of a last possible 81 in the Premier League (26 wins and one draw).

Liverpool’s next goal will be their 200th in the league at Anfield under Jürgen Klopp. Sunday is the manager's 82nd home Premier League fixture.

The Reds are 90 minutes away from going the whole of 2019 undefeated at Anfield in the Premier League and cup competitions. They have played 25 home games this year, winning 22 of them.

Of the 72 goals Klopp's side have scored at home this year, Sadio Mane has netted the most with 18.

Mane’s next game will be his 150th for the Reds in league and cup, while Jordan Henderson could play his 350th match for the club.

Liverpool are unbeaten in the last 100 Premier League games (91 wins and nine draws) at Anfield when leading at half-time.

Divock Origi has found the net in two of his three Liverpool appearances against Wolves.

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In the last 28 league clashes, the Reds have prevented Wolves from scoring on 17 occasions.

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Pre-Wolves stats: Virgil van Dijk set for Liverpool century

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 12/28/2019 - 09:30
Virgil van Dijk will reach a significant milestone in his Liverpool career if he features against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.
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Gladbach fans to make annual Anfield visit

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 12/28/2019 - 06:00
A group of Borussia Monchengladbach supporters will arrive at Anfield this weekend to continue a special relationship with Liverpool FC which has thrived since their maiden visit in 1992.
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Liverpool to wear gold FIFA Champions Badge as one-off special vs. Wolves

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 12/28/2019 - 00:08

Liverpool have confirmed they will wear the golden Badge of FIFA World Champions in the Premier League against Wolves at Anfield on Sunday.


In normal circumstances, the Reds will only be allowed to display their badge, won after their World Club Cup triumph in Qatar this month, in UEFA Champions League games.

But an appeal was made to the Premier League to see the Reds wear the emblem for their first game back at Anfield—and the club have been successful in this regard.

It means fans can get an early look at the Reds wearing evidence of their latest triumph, a victory which was effectively two-and-a-half years in the making—from a top-four finish in 17/18, to winning the Champions League in 18/19 and winning the Club World Cup itself against Flamengo on 21 December.

Thereafter, it will be in European fixtures that the Badge is displayed.

With Champions League games not resuming until late February, it would otherwise be some time before the Reds would be able to proudly show off their latest addition to the famous kit.

Liverpool can wear the badge for a full year, per FIFA’s statement:

“As per the usage guidelines, the winning team can wear the FIFA World Champions Badge from the day it becomes champions up to and including the final of the next edition of the tournament,” UEFA told the club.

“The badge may only be used on the current official [first] team playing shirts.

“That means that the FIFA World Champions Badge may not be used on previous [or] historical versions of the team shirts, training jerseys, tracksuits, training tops or any other products.”

The Reds must successfully retain the Champions League trophy this season if they want a shot at winning back-to-back Club World Cups—but the big prize on offer right now is the domestic league title, where the Reds have opened up a 13-point lead before the turn of the year.

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