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Exciting rumour linking Liverpool with Joao Felix makes sense for Reds’ needs next season

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 11:05

Liverpool are one of several clubs being heavily linked with Portuguese forward Joao Felix, who is expected to leave Benfica in the summer.


The Reds are certain to strengthen in attack over the close season, with the usual first-choice trio of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino rarely being rested this term.

Xherdan Shaqiri started the season well, but for the most part, there has been no alternative to playing the aforementioned three in a strongest lineup.

Long-running rumours for the likes of Timo Werner have meant fans expected to see him, or someone similar, joining over the summer—and it could well be that Felix makes sense in every regard as a first-choice target.

RMCSport journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi tweeted a report that Felix will definitely depart the Estadio da Luz at the end of 2018/19, and though his buyout clause is €120 million, the fee won’t go that high.

The Reds are just one of four clubs at the front of the queue for the forward’s services, though, meaning a big battle is likely to ensue for his eventual signature.

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In addition, Man City, Man United and Juventus are all making their intent known to Benfica, who have sold off such starlets as Goncalo Guedes, Renato Sanches and Joao Cancelo over the past few campaigns.

As a side note, fellow striker Luka Jovic—also linked with the Reds from time to time this year—will also leave Benfica in the summer, having agreed his permanent switch to Eintracht Frankfurt, who may then sell him on again.

With regards to Joao Felix, it’s not just his goalscoring exploits which have earned him headlines this season.

The 19-year-old has 13 goals in 22 league appearances this term, as well as three in six in the Europa League.

But it’s his technique and movement which really mark him out as a star, and one who might thrive in this Liverpool team under Jurgen Klopp.

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg match between FC Porto and Liverpool FC. (Pic by Laura Malkin/Propaganda)

With Benfica more often than not playing 4-4-2 in league games, Felix operates as a second striker, alongside the more burly, less refined, Haris Seferovic.

Earlier in the campaign, though, and in Europe at times, they switch to a 4-3-3, with Felix showing his capacity to operate from the sides of the attack.

A fantastic first touch, a wonderful ability to turn past his man a rangy, driving stride reminiscent of Kaka in how he carries the ball all make Felix a tremendously exciting prospect.

It wouldn’t be difficult to envisage him playing a role covering all three forward positions for the Reds next term, were he to join, and he looks an extremely rounded player already.

Consistency and continual learning will of course be key on him fulfilling his potential, but if he helps Benfica finally end their Curse of Bela Guttman in European finals next month, the comparisons to some of the game’s greats won’t be far in following.

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Liverpool set for Anfield pre-season friendly

HEAD NEWS - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 10:11

Liverpool will play a pre-season friendly at Anfield on the eve of the 2019-20 season.

The ECHO understands that the Reds are in talks with a number of potential opponents for the midweek game in early August.

Jürgen Klopp's side rounded off their preparations for the current campaign in similar fashion last summer when they hosted Torino.

Liverpool also remain in discussions to play a lucrative friendly at Tottenham's new stadium in late July.

Wembley and Dublin's Aviva Stadium have been used previously but this time around they aren't available. With Liverpool also unable to use Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, Tottenham’s new home emerged as an option with Napoli likely to provide the opposition.

If a deal is done then Klopp believes it would help his players familiarise themselves with the new stadium ahead of the Premier League season.

Liverpool's pre-season schedule will retain the same format which has proved successful during Klopp's reign.

They will have a number of local away friendlies in the North West in early July before flying to America for an eight-day tour.

The Reds will take on Borussia Dortmund in Indiana (July 19), Sevilla in Boston (July 21) and Sporting Lisbon in New York (July 24).

On their return from the States, Klopp will take his players to a week-long training camp in Europe.

Then they will have the game in London and one at Anfield as well as potentially being involved in the Community Shield if they are crowned Premier League champions.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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Liverpool set for Anfield pre-season friendly

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 10:11

Liverpool will play a pre-season friendly at Anfield on the eve of the 2019-20 season.

The ECHO understands that the Reds are in talks with a number of potential opponents for the midweek game in early August.

Jürgen Klopp's side rounded off their preparations for the current campaign in similar fashion last summer when they hosted Torino.

Liverpool also remain in discussions to play a lucrative friendly at Tottenham's new stadium in late July.

Wembley and Dublin's Aviva Stadium have been used previously but this time around they aren't available. With Liverpool also unable to use Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, Tottenham’s new home emerged as an option with Napoli likely to provide the opposition.

If a deal is done then Klopp believes it would help his players familiarise themselves with the new stadium ahead of the Premier League season.

Liverpool's pre-season schedule will retain the same format which has proved successful during Klopp's reign.

They will have a number of local away friendlies in the North West in early July before flying to America for an eight-day tour.

The Reds will take on Borussia Dortmund in Indiana (July 19), Sevilla in Boston (July 21) and Sporting Lisbon in New York (July 24).

On their return from the States, Klopp will take his players to a week-long training camp in Europe.

Then they will have the game in London and one at Anfield as well as potentially being involved in the Community Shield if they are crowned Premier League champions.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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Liverpool set for Anfield pre-season friendly

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 10:11
Liverpool will play a pre-season friendly at Anfield on the eve of the 2019-20 season.
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Milner expects Utd to respond vs City

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 10:08
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1:19 James Milner won't be watching Wednesday's Manchester derby but is expecting a response from United James Milner won't be watching Wednesday's Manchester derby but is expecting a response from United

James Milner expects a response from Manchester United in Wednesday's derby with Manchester City following their 4-0 drubbing at Everton.

United will put Liverpool in control of their own destiny in the Premier League title race if they take points off Pep Guardiola's side - the Reds are two points clear of City at the top but have played one game more.

Milner will not be tuning into events at Old Trafford but he believes City could face a backlash against their rivals, who have lost six of their last eight games.

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"I won't watch the game," Milner told Sky Sports. "Obviously you need to know what's happened as the result has a big impact on us.

"Manchester United aren't having the best of times at the moment but after the result the other day [against Everton] - I'm sure they'll want to respond to that.

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"It'll be an interesting game for sure but it's not one that I'll probably watch.

"I think I've got a charity meeting tonight so I'll be well away from the box. I'm sure I'll get messages and things like that.

"If the phone is deathly quiet I'll know City are doing well.

"We just want to concentrate on our business. That's what we can control. We can't control United or City.

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"From a football fan's point of view, knowing what a big club Manchester United is, you'd expect them to respond after a 4-0, but I can't control that.

"I'm sure it'll be a great game to watch. Manchester derbies are always special, I've been lucky enough to play in a few."

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Milner won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and League Cup during his five seasons at City but denies the prospect of pipping his former side to the title is providing any added incentive.

"I had good times at Manchester City, I enjoyed all of my time there and was lucky enough to win trophies," he said.

"I wouldn't say it was an added motivation [to beat them to the title], there's probably added motivation because they're such a good side and it's so tough to beat them.

"To be up there challenging them, with the points total we have, shows what a strong team we are and how much we've improved.

"It's good that we're pushing them but we want to get over that line."

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Reds given big boost in Luka Jovic pursuit

HEAD NEWS - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 08:36

Bayern Munich are not interested in signing Liverpool target Luka Jovic from Benfica - though Real Madrid could be set to enter the frame.

The 21-year-old has shone for Eintracht Frankfurt, on loan from the Portuguese club, and the Bundesliga side have agreed a deal for the Serb to stay permanently.

But Jovic's form - which has seen him score 25 times in 42 appearances this terms - means Frankfurt could look to sell him on at a profit in the summer transfer window. 

Barcelona and Real have been linked with Jovic, while Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool are also believed to be keen, but it's the European champions who look to be in pole position to nab the striker.

Amid the speculation over Jovic's future, Frankfurt director Freddy Bobic told ZDF: "There's a real possibility that Jovic signs for Real Madrid.

"I hope and want him to stay here at Eintracht, but I'm also realistic and know that if a big club like Real Madrid want him then we haven't got a chance of keeping him."

Of Jovic's 25 goals, 17 of those have come in the Bundesliga.

The Serb made his two-year loan deal from Benfica to Germany permanent last week, but it is looking increasingly likely that the Serb will not be around by the time the new Bundesliga season kicks off.

Bobic told Sky Sports in March: "He's developing, he's doing great, he's scoring a lot of goals. So, where's the pain threshold, what do I know, we'll see, but not in February, not in March.

"Such players are in the focus of big clubs. That's what I see in the scouting lists that are presented to me now for every home game, because everyone is represented. [Scouts] did not come two years ago, they flew to Frankfurt and continued to the next stadium."

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Reds given big boost in Luka Jovic pursuit

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 08:36

Bayern Munich are not interested in signing Liverpool target Luka Jovic from Benfica - though Real Madrid could be set to enter the frame.

The 21-year-old has shone for Eintracht Frankfurt, on loan from the Portuguese club, and the Bundesliga side have agreed a deal for the Serb to stay permanently.

But Jovic's form - which has seen him score 25 times in 42 appearances this terms - means Frankfurt could look to sell him on at a profit in the summer transfer window. 

Barcelona and Real have been linked with Jovic, while Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool are also believed to be keen, but it's the European champions who look to be in pole position to nab the striker.

Amid the speculation over Jovic's future, Frankfurt director Freddy Bobic told ZDF: "There's a real possibility that Jovic signs for Real Madrid.

"I hope and want him to stay here at Eintracht, but I'm also realistic and know that if a big club like Real Madrid want him then we haven't got a chance of keeping him."

Of Jovic's 25 goals, 17 of those have come in the Bundesliga.

The Serb made his two-year loan deal from Benfica to Germany permanent last week, but it is looking increasingly likely that the Serb will not be around by the time the new Bundesliga season kicks off.

Bobic told Sky Sports in March: "He's developing, he's doing great, he's scoring a lot of goals. So, where's the pain threshold, what do I know, we'll see, but not in February, not in March.

"Such players are in the focus of big clubs. That's what I see in the scouting lists that are presented to me now for every home game, because everyone is represented. [Scouts] did not come two years ago, they flew to Frankfurt and continued to the next stadium."

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Reds given big boost in Luka Jovic pursuit

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 08:36
Bayern Munich are not interested in signing Liverpool target Luka Jovic from Benfica - though Real Madrid could be set to enter the frame.
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How Alisson Becker is inspiring a new goalkeeping generation

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 08:30

The impact of Alisson Becker's arrival at Liverpool has been profound.

A calming, yet commanding, figure, the goalkeeper is a crucial part of the club's charge towards a potential Premier League and Champions League double.

The Brazilian, who will take the No.1 squad number from next season, currently boasts a league-high 19 clean sheets.

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But his importance to the Reds is not solely restricted to on-the-pitch matters. Indeed, Alisson is providing inspiration for a new generation of goalkeepers.

Mark Morris, Liverpool's U23s goalkeeping coach, can attest to the 26-year-old's clear influence within the Academy ranks.

Asked if he had noticed an increase in the sightings of Alisson shirts at Kirkby, Morris told Liverpoolfc.com: "Yes, definitely.

"I work with the goalkeepers from U9s to U23s. We have trial days and the kids come in with the Alisson tops on. It's certainly nice to see.

"He's one of the best in the world, so you can't help but look up to the guy."

Morris, alongside first-team goalkeeping coach John Achterberg, worked closely with Alisson during the first six weeks of his Liverpool career.

Footage of his goalkeeping abilities are routinely analysed by Morris and his young shot-stoppers on a daily basis.

The Brazil international, he believes, is the perfect goalkeeper for Liverpool's footballing identity, which carries from Melwood to Kirkby.

"What we try to encourage the boys to do is to watch him," says Morris. "And the way we play at Liverpool, the boys have to be calm on the ball. He fits the bill in terms of modern goalkeepers.

"How we play, we use him as an example to the boys - playing out from the back, seeing if the longer passes are on and trying to be calm with the team. He gives a level of calmness out from the back, which is vital for the way we play.

"He's the quickest I've seen. You strike a ball and as you strike the ball, you look up and you see the 'keeper going. I was striking the ball, looking up and he was already there. He's remarkably quick.

"In terms of goalkeeping, he doesn't take chances. If it needs to go, in terms of his handling, he doesn't try to catch something that he's struggling with - it goes. His decision-making is very, very good. He has a footballing brain and he's very, very quick."

The admiration of Alisson from his coaches and teammates has been evident and widespread over the course of 2018-19.

For example, his injury-time intervention against Napoli in December that preserved Liverpool's Champions League status led to a passionate embrace with Virgil van Dijk. "Thank God we have him," Jürgen Klopp said afterwards.

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His transition into the Liverpool dressing room, the club and the city, meanwhile, has been seamless. "I feel at home here," he recently reflected.

"I think that's just his personality," Morris continues. "He's just genuinely a nice guy. There's no edges to him.

"The way we work at the Academy, we try to use our own players as examples. Not only is he a good goalkeeper, he's a humble person as well. At the Academy, it's certainly about producing decent people as well as good footballers."

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How Alisson Becker is inspiring a new goalkeeping generation

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 08:30
The impact of Alisson Becker's arrival at Liverpool has been profound.
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Meet the Academy: Rhys Williams

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 08:00

The fact Rhys Williams was left with no voice after helping Liverpool U18s reach the FA Youth Cup final means he is progressing exactly as the Academy hoped.

It was at the beginning of the season when his manager, Barry Lewtas, tasked the centre-half with becoming a vocal figure within the squad.

Now firmly established as a leader, despite not possessing the captain's armband on a full-time basis, Williams was at his influential best at Anfield last month.

He was a commanding and audible figure as the young Reds beat Watford 2-1 to reach the conclusion of England's most prestigious youth tournament.

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"It's a big stadium to fill your voice in," the 18-year-old tells Liverpoolfc.com. "I was screaming, shouting all game just trying to keep the boys alert to what was happening, keeping everyone's heads on it because it was a close game all the way through.

"That's one time I lost my voice. It's happened a few times, but that's the main one.

"You've got to manage players differently. Some players respond differently to how you speak to them. Some might take it as criticism, some might lift their game.

"You've got to know your teammates well enough to be doing that."

Williams does not have to look far for an example to follow as he continues his development in being a dominant central defender.

Academy staff at Kirkby have put together 12-minute videos of Virgil van Dijk's performances for him to pore over.

Williams, though, does claim to have one advantage over Liverpool's all-conquering No.4 as a defender.

"I'm just taller than him!" he says. "But his stature is just ridiculous.

"He's so calm and confident in what he does. You don't see him panicking in big situations. He's just a great role model for everyone.

"I watch all the Liverpool games and he's the main player I focus on. If they do analysis after the game and it's on him, then I'll record it or watch it there and then just to see if I can take bits of his game into mine."

Williams has been on Liverpool's books since U10 level after being spotted at a youth tournament.

And the early stages of his career were actually focused on scoring goals, rather than keeping them out.

He has still, however, retained part of that attacking instinct, having found the back of the net seven times so far this campaign.

"I started out playing central midfield and then slowly got dropped back," he reveals.

"Up until U14s I never used to like playing as a defender - I hated it, I wanted to score goals!

"I was always trying to break forward and then was getting told to stay in my position.

"Up until then I was always a midfielder at heart but playing in defence. Now I see the importance in playing in defence. It's a big position to play. I enjoy it more than I used to - especially now that I'm scoring, I don't really mind it.

"I'd rather win 1-0 than beat someone 4-3. It looks better on the defence. It might not look as glamorous for the strikers, but it means the back four and 'keeper have done our job and kept the clean sheet."

This season has been one of giant strides for Williams.

In addition to making the odd appearance for the U23s, he signed his first professional contract with the Reds in February before receiving a call-up to England U18s a few weeks later.

The next milestone on his radar is on Thursday when Liverpool travel to Manchester City for the FA Youth Cup final.   

"That's all we've been talking about since we beat Watford, how we're going to beat Man City," he concludes.

"It's going to be tough, they're a good team, we know their threats. But we know their weaknesses as well.

"That's going to be the highlight of everyone's career so far, lifting the Youth Cup."

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Meet the Academy: Rhys Williams

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 08:00
The fact Rhys Williams was left with no voice after helping Liverpool U18s reach the FA Youth Cup final means he is progressing exactly as the Academy hoped.
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Jurgen Klopp’s big decision with Trent Alexander-Arnold – and how Joe Gomez can solve it

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 07:00

Despite his consistency in the final third, Trent Alexander-Arnold has shown signs of fatigue of late that should prompt Joe Gomez‘s return for Liverpool.


In his past five games, the Reds’ No. 66 has laid on four goals, bringing his tally for the campaign up to 10 and placing him just behind Andy Robertson (11) and Mo Salah (12) in the creative stakes.

Alexander-Arnold is among the nominees for the PFA Young Player of the Year award, and is undoubtedly one of Jurgen Klopp‘s key players.

In fact, only six outfielders have clocked more minutes for Liverpool this season than Alexander-Arnold (2,940), who is behind Gini Wijnaldum (3,294), Roberto Firmino (3,336), Robertson (3,738), Sadio Mane (3,769), Salah (3,909) and Virgil van Dijk (3,925).

Due to Gomez’s fractured leg, which kept him out for four months, Alexander-Arnold has played more than double the amount of minutes as his fellow defender (1,480).

 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold looks dejected after the goal-less draw during the FA Premier League match between Everton FC and Liverpool FC, the 233rd Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

But Klopp’s faith in the 20-year-old can be considered both a blessing and a curse, as in recent games he has seemingly struggled with the pace.

This was evident as he was frequently caught out by Cardiff’s Nathaniel Mendez-Laing—formerly of Peterborough, Portsmouth, Shrewsbury, Cambridge and Rochdale—in Liverpool’s 2-0 win in south Wales.

In eight of Alexander-Arnold’s last 10 appearances, the opposition have focused the highest proportion of their attacks down his flank: Burnley (51%), Bayern (54%), Fulham (61%), Tottenham (48%), Southampton (47%), Porto (42%), Chelsea (52%) and Cardiff (53%).

This could be due to managers highlighting the youngster as a potential weak link in Klopp’s defence, or perhaps simply aiming to avoid Van Dijk.

But with Liverpool in the midst of the most important stretch of the season and facing a varied group of fixtures, it does pose the question of whether Alexander-Arnold would benefit from a brief rest.

 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold takes a throw-in during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With a possible six games left to play, Alexander-Arnold has already played almost 300 more minutes than last season’s total (2,654).

This could therefore hypothetically rise by 540 more if the Reds reach the Champions League final.

At 20, this is a vast amount of football to be playing, particularly in such a high-intensity system which places such emphasis on the full-backs both in defence and attack.

Only one player aged 20 or under has played more minutes than Alexander-Arnold in the Premier League (2,199), that being Declan Rice (2,836), and only nine have in Europe’s top five leagues.

Considering he has also missed five games due to foot and knee injuries suffered in December and January, as well as travelling and playing once for England at the World Cup, this has been a very demanding season.

Alexander-Arnold even returned early from his summer break to join Liverpool’s pre-season, and the effects of a busy campaign were possibly evident as he was forced to pull out of Three Lions duty in March with a back complaint.

 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and FC Porto. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

He had already played through the pain in the 3-1 win at Bayern Munich, but Klopp explained that there was “no other alternative” to him and Xherdan Shaqiri missing the international break.

It is clearly an issue the manager is aware of, and this is perhaps why—after a strange decision to keep him on despite picking up a knock in the warmup at Brighton in January—he eased Alexander-Arnold back on his return in February.

Regardless, with James Milner a hit-and-miss alternative, Klopp has reverted to a heavy reliance on the Scouser, and this has resulted in him playing the equivalent of four full games or more in both March and, so far, April.

In context of the season as a whole, Alexander-Arnold has played at least 70 percent of his available minutes in five out of nine months so far, and never below 50 percent despite his injuries:

Klopp acknowledged this in November after substituting him at half-time in the 2-0 loss at Red Star—still only the third time he has been brought off before the last five minutes of a game in 2018/19.

The manager explained that he “has played constantly” after “really not a lot” of time off over the summer, and added that “it won’t be the first time or the last time in his life that everything isn’t 100 percent.”

It can be argued that, though his creativity has been useful, this is another one of those times.

Thankfully, Klopp is now able to call upon the player who replaced Alexander-Arnold at half-time in Belgrade once again, with Gomez firmly back in the fold.

 Liverpool's Joe Gomez dries the ball with his shirt as he prepares to take a throw-in during the FA Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After such a lengthy layoff, Gomez has been treated carefully on his return, with a long period of reintegration at Melwood, an hour for the U23s at Leicester and two substitute appearances in a week amounting to 28 minutes.

Before his first senior outing since December, in the away clash with Porto, Klopp described Gomez as “absolutely” ready.

And crucially, he continued to explain that the 21-year-old was to be considered “an option” at right-back, despite his excellent performances at centre-back earlier in the season.

The strong form and consistent fitness of Joel Matip alongside Van Dijk has made Gomez’s route back into the lineup in his natural role more difficult, but has certainly made Liverpool’s run-in more comfortable.

There is a clear school of thought to suggest that easing a young player back in at centre-back in such a crucial stage, after four months out, is too big a risk.

 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold is replaced by substitute Joe Gomez during the UEFA Champions League Play-Off 2nd Leg match between Liverpool and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Instead, a return to alternating duties with Alexander-Arnold at right-back is the best and most sensible course of action for Gomez, before he can switch back in the summer.

Last season saw the pair trade places between bench and starting, both playing a similar number of minutes (Alexander-Arnold, 2,654; Gomez, 2,463) and therefore remaining fresh and allowing Klopp to tailor his side to specific challenges.

This should restart with Gomez against Huddersfield on Friday night, particularly given the No. 12’s size advantage, and there is a possibility he could be retained for the trip to Barcelona the following Wednesday.

Or, Klopp could opt to rotate them fixture by fixture, with the aerially superior Gomez preferred against three of the league’s top five sides in terms of long passes per game: Huddersfield (70), Newcastle (71) and Wolves (69).

Either way the benefits of Gomez’s return are clear, and could even be seen as timely for Liverpool, with Alexander-Arnold ready for a rest.

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Liverpool announce pre-season USA trip

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 19:21

Last Updated: 23/04/19 8:14pm

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Liverpool have announced they will play three games in the USA in July as part of their 2019/20 pre-season preparations.

The first game will see Liverpool play Borussia Dortmund at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana on Friday, July 19.

The iconic Fenway Park will host the second of Liverpool's pre-season games in the US The iconic Fenway Park will host the second of Liverpool's pre-season games in the US The iconic Fenway Park will host the second of Liverpool's pre-season games in the US

The second leg of the trip will be at Fenway Park, home of the John Henry owned Boston Red Sox on July 21 when Liverpool will play Sevilla.

The final stop on the tour will be Yankee Stadium in New York on July 24th when Sporting Lisbon will be the opponents.

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Liverpool managing director Billy Hogan said:

"Pre-season tour is an important time of the year for our first team to prepare for the upcoming season, while also providing the opportunity to bring the first team to our fans around the world.

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"We're heading to three incredible locations this year. Each of the stadiums has their own deep-rooted heritage similar to our own and we'll face three great opposition teams in Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Sporting CP.

"This trip to the USA will be very special and we're really looking forward to having as many of our supporters with us along the way."

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