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Paul Scholes. Jamie Carragher. Gary Neville. Matt Le Tissier. Tony Adams. Trent Alexander-Arnold?
The one-club player is something of a rarity, but Liverpool's golden kid has big ambitions on Merseyside, and on early form you wouldn't bet against him achieving them.
So does Trent Alexander-Arnold want to emulate Jamie Carragher, synonymous with Liverpool and Liverpool only?
"Yeah, definitely," he tells Sky Sports. "To play for Liverpool is the dream, the aim, and I can't see it changing to be fair. As long as possible I want to have that relationship with Liverpool, to be a Liverpool player.
"To say I have done that for the whole of my career is something I have dreamed of being able to say."Alexander-Arnold broke into the Liverpool side in the 2016/17 season
The 20-year-old's 2018 has provided moments of pride, but not necessarily celebration.
A Champions League final appearance and a World Cup finals appearance, not to mention a first England goal and several accolades including a shortlisting for the Golden Boy award alongside Kylian Mbappe.
But 'appearance' is the key word.
"The words: Champions League final, it's not Champions League winner, which brings that extra motivation," Alexander-Arnold says.
"It's something you've got to be proud of. It always still hurts when you think how close we got to winning something big, and you only got the silver medal."The words: Champions League final, it's not Champions League winner, which brings that extra motivation."
"It's something that is tough to take, but again you learn your lesson from it and you try to take things from the game. You try to use it to get better and that's what we've tried to do this season, look back on what we did wrong and how we can be successful.
"It was tough to take, and you just want to get back into those games, into another final and to try and win it this time."
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool have entertained since his arrival in 2015, but the German is in slight danger of being remembered for top-four finishes and final disappointments.1:24 Alexander-Arnold has shared details of the different approaches of Jurgen Klopp and Gareth Southgate Alexander-Arnold has shared details of the different approaches of Jurgen Klopp and Gareth Southgate
Trailing this Manchester City side by just two points after 12 games is no mean feat, but how can Liverpool turn entertainment into silverware? Alexander-Arnold insists they're not here just to have fun, and short-term focus is the key.
"We're still in three of the competitions, so we'll aim for all three of them, but we're not just in them to have fun, put on a show, we're there to win," he says. "We're not a team that likes to lose or even likes to draw. Every game we want to win.We're not just here to have fun, put on a show, we're there to win.
"You know it would mean a lot to the fans if we did win the league. We want to do it, everyone wants to do it in their career, but it's important to stay short-focused, focus on the next game, because that's what is going to stop you, one bad result.
"At the end of the season if you miss out by one point you will look back to where you went wrong, and that could be a game in October that you should have won and only got a draw.Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool aren't just here to have fun, says the defender
"The best chance we have of being successful is to not slip up and keep working hard to get three points on the board."
Squad depth, Alexander-Arnold says, will also be pivotal. Liverpool added four players in key areas in the summer, as well as Virgil van Dijk in January, and have utilised the full squad.
"The club brought in quality players. There's a lot more squad depth, and there are world class players all across the pitch. Looking at the season so far, there have been a lot of rotations," he adds.
"It's not just going to be 11 players that are successful, it's the whole team, it's 20, 25 of us that need to play our part and need to keep the momentum up."Play Super 6
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Sadio Mane has described joining Liverpool back in 2016 as 'the best decision of my career' - and outlined why that meant recommitting to the club was an easy choice for him to make.
The Reds announced the forward has agreed terms on a new long-term deal on Thursday night, meaning he’ll spend the forthcoming seasons at Anfield.
Since joining from Southampton, Mane has scored 40 goals in just 89 appearances for Jürgen Klopp’s side and established himself as a key component in one of world football’s most fearsome attacking triumvirates alongside Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.
As the news broke about his fresh terms with Liverpool, Mane sat down with Liverpoolfc.com to discuss the development in an exclusive interview.
You can watch it in full, or scroll down to read a full transcript.
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Congratulations on agreeing a new long-term deal with the club. How are you feeling right now?
I am very happy, very happy to extend my time at Liverpool. It is a great day for me and now I am looking forward to everything - to helping the team, to helping the club achieve our dreams and, especially, to win trophies.
Can we assume that it was an easy decision for you to extend your time here?
Yes, for me it was very easy. It was a little bit long but it was easy in my mind and I knew I would sign. After discussions we finally agreed and I am very happy and now looking forward.
Fans have been really keen to see you agree a fresh deal with Liverpool, which is a sign of just how much they value you. What does that mean to you?
It means very big things for me because of the love they give to me. Honestly, I appreciate it. I have been here for three years and every single day I only try to do everything for them because all of them, they are behind us. They always push us and give everything for us. Of course, I could see a little bit on the social media [about when I would sign], but in my mind it was an easy decision for me to sign and stay with them, to give everything for them to help achieve our dreams.
They do show you a lot of support - they even have a couple of songs for you…
Yeah and that is great for me. It is something special for me and I cannot describe how happy I am when I hear it and all the support they give me every single day.
So much of your time here has been positive, right from scoring a stunning goal on your debut. Has this always felt like the place you should be?
I’ve always said, when I knew I had a chance to come here I didn’t have to think twice. The right club in the right moment and with the right coach as well. I came here and was very happy. For me, I have made the best decision in my career.
When you’re around here at Melwood, we rarely see you without a smile on your face. How important are the staff here who work at the club?
I think I can say all of the people who work here are part of a family. I am here for a few years and they are very, very, very nice to me and everyone. They are good people and I am just happy to be here.
How are you different now to the player who signed for Liverpool back in 2016?
I was 24 I think and now I am 26, soon turning 27 - getting old, but that’s life! But that’s why we always keep learning every single day in training. In life in general as well, it is important to grow up every single day. I think I have been learning a lot from my teammates and the staff.
What does the faith the club put in you to offer you this new long-term deal mean?
It means they believe in me and that is a big thing for me. I know it, for sure, and that’s why I will also be here and try to do everything for the club to win trophies.
You mentioned before about comments on social media about your future and things like that; now your contract is agreed and you are a Liverpool player for the long-term, is it important for you that you won’t have to answer questions about it anymore?
I think now everybody is relaxed. Of course, it is normal from outside, all the fans, to worry about because they wanted me to stay - and, of course, I also want to stay here. Now it is done, so everyone is relaxed and happy.
You spoke earlier about your desire to bring a trophy to Liverpool - are you confident you can fulfil that?
Of course I am confident. We have everything here; the team, the staff, the club is doing a great job to bring in new players and they have great qualities. We have a strong squad and we have everything to win. But it’s not about talking - we have to do the job. We’ve started well this season and we are working hard every single day at the training ground to get better and better. Without making ourselves pressure because it is too early to speak about trophies and stuff, but everybody knows we have to [win trophies] - and now we are going to try to give everything to win something.
Tell us about your relationship with the boss…
I have a good relationship! Everybody knows the coach is someone who loves his players, is a good person and everyone loves him at the club and [among] the players. I can’t describe our relationship because it is just a great relationship and that’s it.
He recently said you’re a world-class player but you just needed to believe that. Do you feel you have that self-belief now?
This is a big compliment from him and I appreciate it! As a player, like I always say, I am here for the team. I am here to improve every single day and to try to be a great player for the club and my teammates.
In terms of making that improvement, with the competition in the squad and so many players fighting for just 11 places in the team, does that help you get better?
This is normal because we are Liverpool. We have a lot of competition and it gives us a strong squad. It is important for the team to have this kind of positive competition because we are definitely the same colour [jersey] and it is very good for the fans as well.
You mentioned you’re nearly 27, you’ve mentioned you want to improve, so just how much more is there to come from you?
I think today I am not a young player, I have experience now and I want to use this to help the team. But still, in football every single day you have to learn and to be as professional as you can, always doing your best for the team to get the rewards in the future for the club.
You have followed Roberto and Mo in agreeing a new deal this year - how excited are you by the prospect of working with them for years to come?
Those players are great players and, like I have always said, I am very happy to play alongside them. Not only them, to play alongside all of those boys. They are great players and I am very happy now we are here for the long-term. Hopefully we are all going to stay together and do something to win something.
91 goals between you last season, 19 so far this season. Can you get even better as a trio?
Of course, of course! Always in life, and especially in football as well, we always have to do everything to improve. This year we have even improved more, even if we don’t score as many as last season at the moment, but this is normal in the beginning of a season I can say for sure. Hopefully we’re going to do more than last season!
It is a long-term contract, so by the end of it what do you hope to have achieved at Liverpool?
It is too early to speak about that, but for me what is more important now is the present. To think about the present first - what is going to happen in the future you never know. I am here, a Liverpool player, have a long-term deal and I am here to do everything.
What would you say to the Liverpool fans watching this interview?
I am more excited than you, for sure! I am looking forward, together, to achieving big, big times at the club.
Sadio Mane sat down with Liverpoolfc.com for an exclusive interview shortly after confirmation he has agreed terms on a new long-term contract with the club.
The No.10 is set to further prolong a spell with the Reds that began in the summer of 2016 and to date includes 89 appearances and 40 goals.
Mane expressed his delight about the news and revealed why it was an easy decision to make, during an extended chat that can be watched in full on LFCTV GO now.
He also reflected on the importance of the relationships he has built at Melwood and Anfield so far and looked towards the future, discussing the areas where he can still improve.
Watch the whole interview via LFCTV GO above.
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Jürgen Klopp feels Liverpool have secured the future of a forward every club in Europe would want after Sadio Mane agreed a new long-term deal on Thursday night.
The No.10 has reaffirmed his commitment to the Reds, which will keep him at Anfield for the forthcoming seasons.
The development has delighted Klopp, with the manager explaining to Liverpoolfc.com why it is a marker of where the club are in relation to Europe's elite.
“This is a big boost for everyone and another demonstration of how the players we have at this club are committed, not just to our present but our future also,” the boss said.
“I can't think of a single club anywhere in Europe that wouldn't want a player like Sadio available to them, so the fact he wants to remain with us says something about where we are currently.
“He is a such an important member of our team and squad. He radiates joy and I think this is reflected in his performances and impact on the pitch.
“The only criticism I could ever have of Sadio is that maybe at times he is the only one not to see just how good he is - but as an attacking player he is the complete package.
“He made a big impact when he first arrived, but if anything he's got better and better each season. His trajectory has only been upwards in terms of his level and his contribution.
“I know his teammates will be as delighted as we are and also the supporters.
“Maybe the other thing which is lost on some who don't know Sadio is just how ambitious and hungry he is to achieve things and be successful. He is more driven than I think many will be aware of.
“He wants to do it with us and by committing the best years of his career to LFC I know we have someone who will give their absolute everything... as a manager you can ask for no more.”
To celebrate the announcement that Sadio Mane has agreed terms on a new Liverpool contract, watch all 40 of his goals for the club so far in our free video.
The Reds No.10 committed his future on Thursday evening, two-and-a-half years after making the move to Anfield from Southampton.
Mane has since scored a sublime catalogue of strikes in his 89 appearances - and you can see them all again by clicking play above.
After several months of negotiation, Mane has signed a new deal which will keep him at Anfield until 2023.
The forward has a verbal agreement with the club over new terms and Liverpool confirmed the deal is agreed, with just the formalities to be completed, report the Telegraph.
“I am very happy, very happy to extend my time at Liverpool.
“It is a great day for me and now I am looking forward to everything – to helping the team, to helping the club achieve our dreams and, especially, to win trophies.
“I’ve always said, when I knew I had a chance to come here I didn’t have to think twice. The right club in the right moment and with the right coach as well. I came here and was very happy.
“For me, I have made the best decision in my career.”
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Mane scored 20 goals in all competitions last season, including the Reds’ strike in the Champions League final, and has seven so far this term.
The Senegal captain attacker becomes the third member of Liverpool’s front line to commit his future to the team, after Mohamed Salah and Firmino both signed fresh terms earlier this year.
Last Updated: 23/11/18 8:16amSadio Mane has agreed a new contract with Liverpool
Sadio Mane has agreed a new long-term contract with Liverpool.
The 26-year-old's new deal will see him remain at Anfield until 2023, Sky Sports News understands.
Manager Jurgen Klopp says he "can't think of a single club anywhere in Europe that wouldn't want a player like Sadio available to them".
The Senegal international has scored 40 goals in 89 games for Liverpool since moving from Southampton for £34m in the summer of 2016.
Mane says the move was "the best decision" of his career.
"I am very happy, very happy to extend my time at Liverpool," Mane said.
"It is a great day for me and now I am looking forward to everything - to helping the team, to helping the club achieve our dreams and, especially, to win trophies.
"I've always said, when I knew I had a chance to come here I didn't have to think twice. The right club in the right moment and with the right coach as well. I came here and was very happy."I can't think of a single club anywhere in Europe that wouldn't want a player like Sadio available to them.
Klopp, who last week said Mane had finally realised he was a "world class player", believes the new contract sends out a statement about their progress.
"This is a big boost for everyone and another demonstration of how the players we have at this club are committed, not just to our present but our future also," he said.
"I can't think of a single club anywhere in Europe that wouldn't want a player like Sadio available to them, so the fact he wants to remain with us says something about where we are currently.
"He is a such an important member of our team and squad. He radiates joy and I think this is reflected in his performances and impact on the pitch.
"The only criticism I could ever have of Sadio is that maybe at times he is the only one not to see just how good he is - but as an attacking player he is the complete package.
"He made a big impact when he first arrived, but if anything he's got better and better each season. His trajectory has only been upwards in terms of his level and his contribution.Liverpool vs Everton
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Klopp said Mane's Liverpool team-mates would be as delighted as the club's fans.
"Maybe the other thing which is lost on some who don't know Sadio is just how ambitious and hungry he is to achieve things and be successful," he added. "He is more driven than I think many will be aware of.
"He wants to do it with us and by committing the best years of his career to Liverpool I know we have someone who will give their absolute everything... as a manager you can ask for no more."
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Liverpool's international contingent joined their teammates in training on Thursday - and our photographers were at Melwood, too.
The Reds are preparing for the resumption of the Premier League season on Saturday, when they visit Watford.
Check in on their latest session ahead of that trip to Vicarage Road with our photo gallery below.
Photos by John and Andrew Powell
The final international break of the year is over, and it’s time for Jurgen Klopp‘s men to continue their title pursuit.
Liverpool sit two points behind leaders Man City, but the relentless form of the champions means dropped points could prove very costly.
Watford have made a good start to their campaign, sitting seventh heading into the weekend, but will they be a match for the Reds on Saturday?
With the game fast approaching, we spoke to From the Rookery End podcast’s Mike Parkin (@RookeryMike) to get his thoughts on both sides and Saturday’s clash.Watford are seventh in the Premier League – what do you make of their start?
Seventh place represents a pretty good start for the Hornets, but at the risk of sounding greedy, it could have been so much better!
There have been a number of games in which Javi Gracia’s side have been in the supremacy but have failed to take excellent chances and have spurned the opportunity to take three points.
Away fixtures at Fulham and Newcastle stand out as particularly frustrating examples and I think most Watford supporters would say that the class of 2018/19 should probably be at least five points better off.
This is an exciting side with plenty of promise and most of the Hornets faithful will be hard pressed to be anything other than pleased with the way things have gone so far.Is European qualification realistic, or are you expecting to slide down the table a little?
The past three campaigns have all begun with great promise and some outstanding results, only for any semblance of form to dissipate around Christmas.
Performances have morphed from outstanding to abject, so with the turn of the year approaching many at WD18 are holding their breath.
The signs are good, Gracia seems to be a more rounded head coach than previous incumbents and he certainly has the respect of his talented squad; something that his predecessors couldn’t necessarily claim.
A Europa League spot certainly isn’t out of the question—this team is certainly capable—but we’re not getting carried away.
We’ve been here too many times before only to be left disappointed.Which three players have stood out most for the Hornets, and why?
Ben Foster has proved to be a terrific signing.
A familiar face at Vicarage Road after a previous two-year loan spell, Foster has made a string of super saves as the season has progressed and has played a huge part in Watford’s great start.
He seems to be a big character off the pitch, too, and I believe his arrival has played a big part in knitting this squad together. Cue a disastrous clanger on Saturday!
I’ve long maintained that Etienne Capoue is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League.
A lack of consistency has meant he hasn’t yet enjoyed the stellar career his talents should deliver, but under Gracia he’s been playing like a man possessed.
He has regularly outperformed his much-vaunted midfield partner Abdoulaye Doucoure and Watford have inevitably suffered when Capoue hasn’t featured.
Roberto Pereyra has been at the club for a while now and while the ex-Juventus man showed occasional glimpses of what made him into a Champions League player, it wasn’t until Gracia arrived that we started seeing it on a regular basis.
If he stays fit, stays focussed and stays in this sort of form, he will be an integral part of what could be a memorable season for Watford.What have you made of Liverpool’s start to 2018/19?
Liverpool now seem to have that special ingredient that all serious title challengers need: consistency.
The balance of the team looks great and I can’t imagine there is a team in the Premier League that would look forward to playing them.
The problem for the Reds is that with City so dominant, there is so little margin for error.
It should be close, though, and I for one am looking forward to seeing if Liverpool can continue to put City under serious pressure at the top.Anyone you fear for the Reds on Saturday, in particular?
Not really, I think we’ve got it covered.
Of course that’s not strictly true.
Liverpool pose an extraordinary attacking threat and this will unquestionably be Watford’s stiffest test of the season so far.
A talented Watford side will be relishing this game, but this is going to be tough for the Hornets.Where do you see the key battles taking place?
Watford’s defensive unit is clearly going to have a challenging afternoon, but I think a lot depends on whether the home side’s attacking players can get a foothold in the game.
It remains to be seen whether Gracia will revert to a front two of Troy Deeney and Andre Gray—a partnership that bore fruit earlier in the season—and if he does, whether these two can get any change out of Virgil van Dijk.
The midfield battle will be crucial—Capoue and Doucoure are in fine form, but will have to be at the peak of their powers if they are to earn Peryera and Gerard Deulofeu the right to flex their creative, attacking muscle.
If Watford can stay in touch, they will certainly create chances and if they can buck the recent trend of failing to convert, it could be a closer encounter than many are predicting.Finally, hit us with a prediction…
The sensible money is on a Liverpool win, but I’m going to back Watford to play their part in an entertaining 2-2 draw.
Mohamed Salah today received the Standard Chartered Player of the Month award for October after being voted the team's star man by Liverpool fans.
After the month began with defeat in Naples and a stalemate against Manchester City, the No.11 was an integral figure in three successive wins for the Reds.
Salah coolly scored the only goal of the Premier League clash with Huddersfield Town before bagging two in the Champions League win over Red Star Belgrade, which brought up his half-century for the club in a record-breaking 65 appearances.
The Egyptian then netted one and created two to help Liverpool defeat Cardiff City at Anfield as they maintained an unbeaten start to their league campaign.
And Salah’s efforts were enough to take the majority of votes in a poll of supporters on Liverpoolfc.com, ahead of Xherdan Shaqiri in second and Georginio Wijnaldum third.
“It was not a bad month [for me], but I’m already looking forward to the next game,” he said after receiving the award at Melwood on Thursday.
“I’m happy with the results so far - with the team’s results firstly and my goals second; to score a goal to help the team is always something I like to try to do.
“We’ve started the season very well. All the players have put in great performances, so we have to carry on like this.”
Three of Salah’s four goals came at Anfield during the month, including the aforementioned 50th for the club overall.
It was a feat the Egyptian achieved quicker than any other player in Liverpool’s history, meaning he surpassed the mark previously set by Albert Stubbins (77 matches).
“I’ve said before in interviews, it’s always a good feeling to play and score at Anfield,” Salah said. “The record I have at home is great and I really enjoy playing at Anfield a lot.
“I’m looking forward to reaching 100 goals for Liverpool! Let’s see what happens, but there are many targets to try to aim for before then - first to try to win something for the club, to achieve something and continue winning games.
“Those things are more important than 100 goals.”
Standard Chartered Player of the Month winners 2018-19
August: Virgil van Dijk
September: Daniel Sturridge
October: Mohamed Salah