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Guardiola’s Reds obsession & January rumours over 1 in, 1 out – Thursday’s Liverpool FC News Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 15:30

We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Thursday, as the return of wall-to-wall domestic action edges nearer.


Today’s Main Headlines Liverpool Dominating Guardiola’s Thoughts

 Pep Guardiola manager of Manchester City reacts as the half time whistle is blown during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by Peter Powell/Propaganda)

There is no denying that Pep Guardiola is a great manager, turning Man City into one of the most dominant outfits in Premier League history.

It is also clear that Liverpool have got into his head, as highlighted by his lecture for the University of Liverpool on Wednesday night.

“I love reading but I don’t read. I start to read and then I think Liverpool, Klopp and I can’t focus,” said Guardiola.

“People say I read books. I don’t read books. I have a nice library and sooner or later I will read them but I don’t have the time.”

City have been ruffled by Liverpool since the beginning of the year, with the Reds ending their unbeaten league run before knocking them out of the Champions League.

It is the ultimate compliment to Jurgen Klopp‘s side that the Spaniard considers them such a threat.

Mignolet January Exit “Difficult”

 Liverpool's unused goalkeeper Simon Mignolet before the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 230th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Simon Mignolet‘s agent Nico Vaesen says it is doubtful his client will leave Liverpool in January, with an exit unlikely to benefit all parties.

“We have to be realistic,” Vaesen told ESPN.

“There are not many good possible transfers in January, especially not for a goalkeeper.

“Circumstances have to be right for everybody. If something is to happen in January, it will be very difficult to do something. If Simon goes or could go in January, Liverpool have to look for a replacement as well.

“So I understand from a club’s point of view that it’s not easy to do. In that respect, we know each other’s problems. We’ll see how and when we can solve them.”

It would be a surprise if Mignolet was allowed to leave, considering Loris Karius is on loan at Besiktas and youngsters Kamil Grabara and Caoimhin Kelleher are not yet ready for first-team football.

Reds Linked With Llorente

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No, not that Llorente!

According to Cadena Ser, Liverpool are eyeing up the signing of Real Sociedad centre-back Diego Llorente in January.

The 25-year-old is also attracting interest from Tottenham and Newcastle, with Spurs keen to plan for long-term life without Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen and Rafa Benitez looking to bolster his defensive options.

Llorente has a £28 million release clause in his contract and has impressed for Sociedad this season, as well as featuring in Spain’s 1-0 win over Bosnia at the weekend.

Does Klopp really need to splash out on another centre-back, though, considering the form of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez?

FA Youth Cup Opponents Revealed

 Liverpool's substitute Bobb Duncan during the UEFA Youth League Group C match between Liverpool FC and Paris Saint-Germain at Langtree Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool are at home to Portsmouth in the third round of the FA Youth Cup, following the south coast side’s 4-0 victory at Cray Wanderers on Wednesday.

The tie must be played by December 15, but no date or venue has been set as of Thursday.

The Reds’ last FA Youth Cup triumph came in 2007—their third success in the competition, following wins in 1996 and 2006.

Further Local Drop-In Sessions Announced

Liverpool, Anfield, club crest, badge, general. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The club is continuing to engagement with local residents, with further “drop-in sessions” for early next year announced on Thursday.

Over 250 residents have already come to Anfield to voice their views, mainly regarding stadium plans, whether it be building work or the hosting of major concerts and other sporting events.

Here are the dates and times for the next drop-in sessions:

1pm-8pm – Tuesday, January 8 – Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand, Anfield Stadium

10am-11am – Wednesday, January 9 – Bob Paisley Court, Hartnup Street*

1pm-8pm – Tuesday, March 12 – Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand, Anfield Stadium

10am-11am – Wednesday, March 13 – Bob Paisley Court, Hartnup Street*

1pm-8pm – Wednesday, July 24 – Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand, Anfield Stadium

10am-11am – Wednesday, July 24 – Bob Paisley Court, Hartnup Street*

*Please note that the drop-in sessions at Bob Paisley Court are for those residents only.

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LFC confirms further Anfield resident drop-in sessions

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 11:00

Liverpool FC is committed to continuing its engagement with local residents and has confirmed the dates for further drop-in sessions this season at Anfield Stadium.

The club has already held two drop-in sessions so far this season, which saw more than 250 residents come and share their views.

The feedback provided has been extremely valuable and we would like to thank residents for taking the time to talk to us.

The dates and times for the next drop-in sessions, in 2019, are as follows.

1pm-8pm – Tuesday January 8 – Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand, Anfield Stadium

10am-11am – Wednesday January 9 – Bob Paisley Court, Hartnup Street*

1pm-8pm – Tuesday March 12 – Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand, Anfield Stadium

10am-11am – Wednesday March 13 – Bob Paisley Court, Hartnup Street*

1pm-8pm – Wednesday July 24 – Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand, Anfield Stadium

10am-11am – Wednesday July 24 – Bob Paisley Court, Hartnup Street*

*Please note that the drop-in sessions at Bob Paisley Court are for those residents only.

LFC staff will be on hand to answer any questions or queries residents might have and take any feedback regarding current matchday and event operations.

In the meantime, should you have any questions, queries or issues, please contact the residents liaison hotline by emailing residents@liverpoolfc.com or calling 0151 264 2660.

The residents liaison hotline will be in place from four hours before and one hour after a match or event and should be used to report urgent issues. Should residents have any concerns outside of this time or want to provide any feedback, please email us via residents@liverpoolfc.com.

We look forward to seeing you at Anfield at one of our drop-in sessions.

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LFC confirms further Anfield resident drop-in sessions

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 11:00
Liverpool FC is committed to continuing its engagement with local residents and has confirmed the dates for further drop-in sessions this season at Anfield Stadium.
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Liverpool to host Portsmouth in FA Youth Cup

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 10:45

Liverpool will host Portsmouth in the third round of the FA Youth Cup.

Portsmouth saw off the challenge of Cray Wanderers in their second-round tie with a 4-0 win on Wednesday night.

The date and venue of the game will be confirmed in due course, but must be played by Saturday December 15.

The Reds have lifted the Youth Cup on three occasions - in 1996, 2006 and, most recently, 2007.

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Liverpool to host Portsmouth in FA Youth Cup

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 10:45
Liverpool will host Portsmouth in the third round of the FA Youth Cup.
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Young Reds to host Portsmouth in FA Youth Cup

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 10:45

Liverpool will host Portsmouth in the third round of the FA Youth Cup.

Portsmouth saw off the challenge of Cray Wanderers in their second round tie with a 4-0 win on Wednesday night.

The date and venue of the game will be confirmed in due course, but must be played by Saturday December 15.

The Reds have lifted the Youth Cup on three occasions - in 1996, 2006 and, most recently, 2007.

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Young Reds to host Portsmouth in FA Youth Cup

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Liverpool will host Portsmouth in the third round of the FA Youth Cup.
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Watford v Liverpool Preview - Any win will doObservations as Liverpool mark best ever tally from...

Anfield Index.com - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 10:39
The Details

Venue – Vicarage Road, Watford

Referee – Jonathan Moss

Date & Time – Saturday, November 24th @ 15:00

Current Odds – Watford 11/2, Draw 16/5, Liverpool 1/2

Form Watford Form

Javi Gracia and his Watford team have enjoyed a good start to this season with 6 wins from their first 12 league games. They are currently 7th in the table, ahead of Manchester United on goal difference.

Watford have also been enjoying an attacking style of football this season with impressive xG rates in many games. Roberto Pereyra has had a very good start and the former Juventus player is playing the best football of his career, to date.

Liverpool Form

Liverpool’s form has been something of an enigma, lately. On one hand, Jurgen Klopp’s men have made the best-ever start to a Premier League campaign of any Liverpool team. On the other, at Red Star Belgrade (FK Crvena zvezda) we witnessed possibly their worst-ever performance since the German manager took over at Anfield more than three years ago.

The Reds got back to winning ways against Fulham just before the international break but will need to be at a better level to win at Watford this weekend. They are currently two points behind Manchester City at the top of the league.

Team News Watford Team News

Daryl Janmaat, Sebastian Prodl and Tom Cleverley are all unavailable due to injury while Will Hughes’ calf strain has also made him a major doubt for Saturday’s game.

Gracia has been lining his side up in a 4-2-2-2 shape, for the most part, this season and it should be the same setup again on Saturday.

Gerard Delofeu will most likely drop back to take up Hughes’ role in midfield.

I expect Andre Gray and Troy Deeney to return to the starting lineup as well.

Liverpool Team News

Thankfully, Liverpool have no reported extra injury concerns after this latest international break.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain continues his recovery and is hoping to get some game-time before the end of the season.

Jordan Henderson still has a tight hamstring and faces a late fitness test to see if he will be up for selection. He won’t make the starting eleven, anyway.

I think The Reds will have a full-strength attack with a midfield trio of Gini Wijnaldum at the base while a rested James Milner and in-form Xherdan Shaqiri could take the other two places.

Wijnaldum and Shaqiri, in particular, enjoyed impressive turnouts for their national teams over the last few days so Klopp will be looking for them to carry that form into this weekend.

Predicted XIs

Watford XI (4-2-2-2) – Foster; Femenia, Mariappa(c), Cathcart, Holebas; Doucoure, Chalobah; Delofeu, Pereyra; Gray, Deeney

Liverpool XI (4-3-3) – Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Milner(c), Shaqiri; Salah, Firmino, Mané

When they last met

Liverpool have won 4 of the last 5 meetings between the two sides. Watford’s last victory over Liverpool was the 3-0 drubbing in December 2015, two months into Klopp’s Anfield career.

Liverpool won 5-0 at Anfield last season – Mohamed Salah scored 4 and Bobby Firmino got the other. At Vicarage Road, it was a 3-3 on the first weekend of the 2017/18 season.

Prediction

Watford 1 – 2 Liverpool

Liverpool to win – just about. Salah to get at least one of the goals. I do expect Watford to score as they’ve been playing well this season but Liverpool should have enough to get the three points.

** Please note – “xGA” in the Form Stats tables symbolises “expected goals against” **

**All xG stats courtesy of Understat.com

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Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool’s key improvements and the 2 bad days this season

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 10:15

Liverpool might not be playing at full capacity, but they remain impressive, controlled and victorious more often than not this season.


Jurgen Klopp has re-moulded the team this term, with a slight tactical shift in both formation and approach leaving the Reds near the top of the Premier League table.

They still have their Champions League futures in their own hands, too, and now face a crucial run of fixtures in both competitions.

Klopp is happy with how the campaign has gone up until now, but feels there is still much more to come—and that the team should be praised for making several improvements over the past year.

Speaking at an LFC Foundation event, he highlighted where the team has stepped up significantly.

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Fulham FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“We can improve—we have to and we will. But between our best football and now, we have to win football games. That’s how it is and that’s what we’ve done already.

“There’s absolutely no reason for criticising the boys, they do a really good job.

“So many things are better than last year: defending is better, set-pieces are better; we are much more mature in games, game management is better. So many things are better.

“It’s all good, I like the season. There has been a lot of improvement so far and there is still space for further improvement. But a very intense period is coming up now.”

While the results have generally been good, Klopp knows there’s a distance between the football being played now and how the Reds ended last year.

But the entire season wasn’t played in the swashbuckling, destroy-all-comers style which saw the Reds progress to the final in Europe.

And the boss feels there has been more continuity and consistency about games this term, with just a couple of bad days at the office.

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp walks to the tunnel at half-time with his side losing 2-0 during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between FK Crvena zvezda (Red Star Belgrade) and Liverpool FC at Stadion Rajko Miti?. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“Last year at the same time, we didn’t have 20 good games—we lost at Tottenham in October. In the Champions League, we were flying, that’s true.

“Belgrade, by the way, there is no excuse for that – it was just a really bad game. And Napoli was not a really good game as well.

“So there were two days we were really not good, that’s true. All the other games were really good. We played against PSG; they have lost one game in the whole season in all competitions and that was against us.”

With a defining run of fixtures on the horizon, including those return matches against PSG and Napoli, the Reds will hope results continue to be positive.

And Klopp is right about the improvements defensively and in other key areas—all of which should aid the team in their pursuit of silverware across the season as a whole.

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Greetings from LFC on Guru Nanak Sahib's birthday

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 10:00

Liverpool Football Club would like to send greetings to all our Sikh supporters celebrating Guru Nanak Sahib's birthday.

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Greetings from LFC on Guru Nanak Sahib's birthday

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 10:00
Liverpool Football Club would like to send greetings to all our Sikh supporters celebrating Guru Nanak Sahib's birthday.
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Premier League build-up LIVE!

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 09:30

HUGHTON REJECTS IRELAND LINK

Brighton manager Chris Hughton insisted he is not interested in the vacant Republic of Ireland job as he addressed the media ahead of his side’s game with Leicester on Saturday.

Martin O’Neill left the role on Wednesday but Hughton, who played 53 times for Ireland, says he is fully focused on his role at Brighton.

When asked if he was interested in the Republic of Ireland job, Hughton said: “No. What I am very interested in is the job that I am doing here.

“I have got a group of players that have worked very hard to get into this division and that is where all my thoughts and concentrations are.”

Under O’Neill, Ireland managed just one win in 11 games since last November and were relegated from Nations League group B without winning a single match.

Speaking about Ireland’s current poor form, Hughton added: “I think it is probably the normal challenges that come with international football.

“You are always going to get periods of time when the squad is particularly strong but over the last few years there have been changing dynamics of the squad.

“At international level it is always about qualifying for major championships and that will be the job for the next manager.”

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On now: LFC Retail's Red Weekend sale

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 09:30

Big savings are available both in official club stores and online at store.liverpoolfc.com until Sunday November 25.

You'll save 15 per cent on any transaction worth £60, and 20 per cent when you spend £80 or more.

So whether you're still searching for that perfect Christmas gift for the Red in your life, or you just fancy treating yourself, now is the time to buy!

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On now: LFC Retail's Red Weekend sale

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 09:30
Forget Black Friday - Liverpool FC Retail's Red Weekend sale is on now!
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LFC Foundation sets student challenge

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 09:26

LFC Foundation teamed up with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) this week to set a unique challenge for local students.

The LFC Student Challenge saw 80 participants from LJMU embark on an alternative journey of discovery around the city, aiming to visit 10 iconic Liverpool buildings in just 90 minutes.

Competitors were tasked with taking group selfies at each of the landmarks and documenting their progress on Twitter using the hashtag #LFCStudentChallenge, with the winning team managing to rack up an impressive 10 out of 10.

An afternoon at Anfield stadium followed, where LFC Foundation staff and volunteers led discussions on its community programmes, volunteering opportunities and how students can get involved in the various activities.

Dawn Georgeson, LFC Foundation project lead, said: "It was great to see so many students join us and really engage with the task.

"We wanted to help them get to know their new city and learn more about how they can become involved with the LFC Foundation. There were some brilliant attempts at the selfie challenge and the groups really seemed to enjoy the talks given at Anfield.”

Charlotte Hughes, a first year Sport and Business student at LJMU, said: "Today has been really enjoyable and I’ve had such a laugh. Learning about the fantastic work that LFC Foundation carries out has been inspiring and I’m really keen to get involved now.”

LFC Foundation provides a wide range of programmes, activities and volunteering opportunities throughout Merseyside – click here for more information.

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LFC Foundation sets student challenge

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LFC Foundation teamed up with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) this week to set a unique challenge for local students.
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Henderson fit to face Watford

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 09:21
By Rory O'Callaghan

Last Updated: 22/11/18 9:55am

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is expected to be available to face Watford on Saturday.

Henderson missed England's dramatic Nations League win over Croatia on Sunday as a precaution after struggling with a hamstring injury in the build-up to the game.

However, Sky sources understand the midfielder has trained as normal at Melwood this week ahead of Liverpool's trip to Vicarage Road.

Henderson struggled with a tight hamstring at the World Cup earlier this year and the injury resurfaced again last month, with the Liverpool midfielder forced off against Huddersfield.

He subsequently missed four games for Liverpool before returning to action as a second-half substitute in the 2-0 win over Fulham prior to the international break.

Liverpool head to Watford on Saturday unbeaten in the Premier League, having taken 30 points from their opening 12 games.

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Reds target Pulisic on why players love playing under Klopp

HEAD NEWS - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 09:17

Liverpool target Christian Pulisic believes Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is the type of manager all players dream of playing for.

The American international moved to Borussia Dortmund when the German was still in charge back in 2015, but didn’t break into the first team at Westfalenstadion until after Klopp’s departure.

However, the Liverpool boss did give the winger he first taste of training with the Dortmund first team during his time at the club, and was obviously suitably impressed by the now-20-year-old as he tried to bring him to Anfield in August 2016 only to see an £11million bid rejected.

The Reds have remained linked with Pulisic ever-since, with reports in recent weeks suggesting he could be allowed to move on in the summer as he enters the final year of his Dortmund contract.

And the winger has lifted the lid on his relationship with Klopp, revealing he is the kind of manager all players love to play for.

"He was there when I first moved to the club,” he told Goal. “I personally didn’t get to know him too well but I’ve heard stories from some of my team-mates who did and they loved playing for him.

"I was obviously playing with the youth teams at Dortmund, but he was the one who gave me my first professional training session, just to give me a taste of it.

"He always accepted me and he was very kind to me, so I will always be thankful for that. I know he’s a great guy, and it’s nice to see him doing so well for Liverpool."

Source: Liverpool Echo

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Reds target Pulisic on why players love playing under Klopp

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 09:17

Liverpool target Christian Pulisic believes Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is the type of manager all players dream of playing for.

The American international moved to Borussia Dortmund when the German was still in charge back in 2015, but didn’t break into the first team at Westfalenstadion until after Klopp’s departure.

However, the Liverpool boss did give the winger he first taste of training with the Dortmund first team during his time at the club, and was obviously suitably impressed by the now-20-year-old as he tried to bring him to Anfield in August 2016 only to see an £11million bid rejected.

The Reds have remained linked with Pulisic ever-since, with reports in recent weeks suggesting he could be allowed to move on in the summer as he enters the final year of his Dortmund contract.

And the winger has lifted the lid on his relationship with Klopp, revealing he is the kind of manager all players love to play for.

"He was there when I first moved to the club,” he told Goal. “I personally didn’t get to know him too well but I’ve heard stories from some of my team-mates who did and they loved playing for him.

"I was obviously playing with the youth teams at Dortmund, but he was the one who gave me my first professional training session, just to give me a taste of it.

"He always accepted me and he was very kind to me, so I will always be thankful for that. I know he’s a great guy, and it’s nice to see him doing so well for Liverpool."

Source: Liverpool Echo

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Reds target Pulisic on why players love playing under Klopp

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Liverpool target Christian Pulisic believes Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is the type of manager all players dream of playing for.
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