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Liverpool's stance on Timo Werner transfer revealed

HEAD NEWS - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 09:50

Liverpool have no plans to sign RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner in the January transfer window.

The Reds will continue to watch the German's development, as will a number of top European clubs including Chelsea.

But the Merseyside club are also unlikely to pursue a move in the summer as things stand, as speculation over his future mounts in Germany.

Reports in Bild this week claimed Liverpool is Werner's preferred destination should he decide to move to the Premier League.

The report said it remains a question of when he decides to move on, however, having extended his contract until 2023 last summer.

Bild also reported that his new contract has a £51m release clause which will decrease year-on-year as it progresses.

Source: Sky Sports

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Liverpool's stance on Timo Werner transfer revealed

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 09:50

Liverpool have no plans to sign RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner in the January transfer window.

The Reds will continue to watch the German's development, as will a number of top European clubs including Chelsea.

But the Merseyside club are also unlikely to pursue a move in the summer as things stand, as speculation over his future mounts in Germany.

Reports in Bild this week claimed Liverpool is Werner's preferred destination should he decide to move to the Premier League.

The report said it remains a question of when he decides to move on, however, having extended his contract until 2023 last summer.

Bild also reported that his new contract has a £51m release clause which will decrease year-on-year as it progresses.

Source: Sky Sports

This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

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Liverpool's stance on Timo Werner transfer revealed

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 09:50
Liverpool have no plans to sign RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner in the January transfer window.
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'We’re hungry but we’re nowhere near finished' - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 08:00

Liverpool's stunning form in the Premier League this season has been fuelled by the disappointment of finishing second last term and a burning desire to lift more silverware, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes.

After a 97-point total saw them fall just short to Manchester City in 2018-19, the Reds have gone on to claim 64 points from a possible 66 in the top flight this campaign. 

And having won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup all within the space of under seven months, Oxlade-Chamberlain states winning is becoming a habit Jürgen Klopp's side certainly don't want to kick. 

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The midfielder told Liverpoolfc.com: “The way you can explain something like that is if you look at Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, the bar they have set for years and years and years, they might go one season or calendar year scoring 70 goals [and] if they hit 45 the next year they are probably not satisfied and the people around are probably not satisfied any more. 

“Once you have proven to yourself and externally what you can achieve and the levels you can hit, that’s when the difference is. 

"When you consistently hit them year after year, or as close to, is when you will be satisfied with yourself and others will be satisfied. 

“That’s why the likes of those two players I just mentioned go down as the greatest – because they have been able to keep that up for year on year on year, for 10 or 15 years. That’s nothing to think lightly of, it’s unbelievably hard."

He continued: “When I look at last season, how it finished and we didn’t win the league with 97 points, you’ve also got to respect what Man City managed to do that year, the year after they won it with 100 points. 

“To then go and get 98 points the next season takes a lot of mental strength and it takes that sort of desire to go again the next year and not be satisfied with what you’ve done. To keep churning out game after game the next year takes a lot of doing and you’ve got to respect that. 

“We’re on a good track at the minute. Ninety-seven points and you’ve got that disappointment, that made us hungry for this year again. We’re going well at the minute. But it’s the same mentality of nothing is done yet, the job is not done. 

“Winning trophies and winning matches is the same thing – once that’s what you’ve got your mindset on doing, you do it one week and you’ve got to keep doing it every week. That’s the sort of space we’re in.

“As Adam [Lallana] said, it does become an addiction. It takes a lot of mental strength as well. We’ve got a good group of lads here and a great manager to keep pushing for that, so I don’t think that will be an issue. It does become something you’re hungry for. 

“We’re definitely hungry but we’re nowhere near finished and we’re not at the target we need to get to. We’ve got to stay hungry and keep pushing, then hopefully we get the results that we’re after.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain has made 24 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions this season and found the back of the net on five occasions. 

The 26-year-old's aims for the rest of the campaign are simple after missing so much action when he suffered a serious knee injury in April 2018. 

“Just to be available to help this team where I can," he explained. "Obviously being out for pretty much the whole of last season, my main aim this year was to make sure I stayed available and when I was called on I put in the work and contributed to this team wherever I could. 

"That’s really all I’m focused on for this year, being a part of this team and helping this team achieve what we want to achieve. 

“Anything along the way – goals or anything like that – is a bonus. For me, just to be fit, have a good season and a consistent one of playing when needed – that was my main target this year. 

"And obviously I want to be able to bring the things I brought to the team before I got injured, so try to be an attacking midfielder that can assist the boys up front when I play. 

"And also make sure I’m at the levels defensively that this team requires and the manager requires of the midfield boys to be able to play and be reliable to play. 

"Other than that, I’m just happy as long as this team keeps pushing forward and I can be a part of that. That’s exactly what I want."

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'We’re hungry but we’re nowhere near finished' - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 08:00
Liverpool's stunning form in the Premier League this season has been fuelled by the disappointment of finishing second last term and a burning desire to lift more silverware, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes.
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Watch live: Jürgen Klopp's pre-Wolves press conference

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 06:00

Jürgen Klopp's Wolverhampton Wanderers preview will take place from 1.30pm GMT on Wednesday - watch the boss' press conference live with us.

Liverpool's manager will address the media at Melwood ahead of his side's trip to Molineux.

Return to this page shortly before the start time to tune in live.

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Watch live: Jürgen Klopp's pre-Wolves press conference

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 06:00
Jürgen Klopp's Wolverhampton Wanderers preview will take place from 1.30pm GMT on Wednesday - watch the boss' press conference live with us.
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40 photos of Liverpool's Tuesday training session at Melwood

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 20:30

Check out 40 photos of Liverpool's Tuesday evening training session at Melwood.

Dejan Lovren was involved as the Reds' preparations for Thursday's trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers continued under the lights at their West Derby base.

Our photographers were there too, and provided the gallery below.

Photos by John and Andrew Powell

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40 photos of Liverpool's Tuesday training session at Melwood

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 20:30
Check out 40 photos of Liverpool's Tuesday evening training session at Melwood.
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'Unbelievable how close it is' - Ngog on Salah's and his own Man Utd goal

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 19:30

It was only during the second viewing of Mohamed Salah's clincher over Manchester United when the memories came flooding back for David Ngog.

A rapid counter-attack, a cool finish in front of the Kop to down United and your own goalkeeper hurtling to kick-start the celebrations is nothing new to Ngog. 

But on Sunday after Salah netted, the former Red was just happy Jürgen Klopp's side had wrapped up an important three points in the Premier League. 

The replays, however, triggered a flashback to October 2009 when Ngog put the finishing touches on a 2-0 win over Liverpool's arch-rivals in extremely similar fashion before being embraced by Pepe Reina. 

Watch free: Split screen of Salah and Ngog's Man Utd clinchers

"It's unbelievable how close it is," Ngog remarks in a conversation with Liverpoolfc.com. "It's different play of course – he has a longer run and he read it well against the defender. 

"But that was in the last minute, against Man United, it's brings back memories. 

"I was at home but I was with my family as well. I saw the two goals and I was happy because it's Liverpool and it's really important this season. It was exciting. To be honest, at that time I was just watching, not thinking about the goal before. 

"But when I saw the replay and saw it was similar – and the celebration, of course, with Alisson running. It was really, really funny to watch."

Over a decade on, those scenes after his United goal are fresh and clear in Ngog’s mind. 

"I think it was one of my great memories when I was in Liverpool," the 30-year-old adds. "Especially the celebration with Pepe, who was a great teammate, a great player, goalkeeper and a great guy.

"It was a surprise for me to see Pepe when I turned back to celebrate! Afterwards, it was just joy and you want to share with the fans and everybody. It was a great memory. 

"The celebration is one of the best and it's just improvisation. You don't really prepare for it, it just happens in the moment."

In between his current commitments for Hungarian side Budapest Honved, Ngog is fond of watching Klopp’s team in action. 

He, like most of the footballing world, has been taken aback by the quality and consistency of the reigning European and world champions. 

"They're in the best position possible," Ngog states. "I think Jürgen Klopp did a great job in getting everyone involved. 

"They play with a lot of energy and it's just great to watch. I really hope – and I think – they will succeed this season."

Ngog's affiliation with the Reds began in the summer of 2008 when he transferred from Paris Saint-Germain at the age of 19 as he proceeded to score 19 goals in 94 appearances for the club.

His spell on Merseyside ended in 2011 when he moved to Bolton Wanderers before going on to represent Swansea City, Stade de Reims, Greek side Panionios and Ross County afterwards.   

"I was in at a young age and had plenty to prove," Ngog responds when asked summarise his Liverpool career. "I was surrounded by great players with great experience and I think I learned a lot from it. 

"For me, it's all good memories. Of course you always want to do more but for me at that age it was a good achievement for me in my life and my career."

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'Unbelievable how close it is' - Ngog on Salah's and his own Man Utd goal

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 19:30
It was only during the second viewing of Mohamed Salah's clincher over Manchester United when the memories came flooding back for David Ngog.
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Liverpool FC: The gap between rivals grows as era of dominance begins

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 18:00

Alex Malone takes an unapologetic look at the current state of play between ourselves and our most bitter rivals.


The explosion of joy when Mo Salah slotted the second goal on Sunday not only took the roof off Anfield, it resonated around the world.

I was in Lucky Baldwin’s Pub, home of the Pasadena, California LFC fan club, and the jubilant reaction, screams of joy, strangers-hugging-strangers and high-fiving hysteria, mirrored the scenes in the stadium 6,000 miles away.

This win felt different – because it was different.

It wasn’t just that it sent us 16 points clear with a game in hand. It wasn’t just that it calmed the nerves in what had become a nail-biting finale. It was because it resulted in us going 16 points clear, our largest margin to date, by beating them.

Make no mistake, they were absolutely desperate to win this game. If they couldn’t win, then at least not lose. They wanted to be the only team that remained ‘unbeaten’ against this amazing Liverpool team in what will finally be the title-winning year.

They wanted to be the first team to beat us since last season, destroy our chances of an ‘invincible’ season, and prove that – at least in head-to-head games – they remain our equal.

Instead, by almost any measure, it became one of the most one-sided Liverpool vs. United mismatches in living memory.

The reactions I saw from their ex-players, and their fans on social media, were, to say the least surprising. But they also told the story of where they are now regarding their level of expectation. They were, in general, ‘happy’ with a 2-0 defeat because they ‘had a go’, ‘tried hard’ and ‘never gave up’. Once believers, their conversion to doubters is complete.

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah takes off his shirt as he celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Let’s be honest, we absolutely battered them. Yes, Martial should have scored and Pereira was a boot’s length away from doing so, but these were fleeting moments and their only two genuine chances in the entire 90 minutes.

In contrast, we scored two, had another one VARed out and another ruled out because Wijnaldum’s shoulder is bigger than Maguire’s bum.

Mo Salah missed a sitter, while Mane and Firmino also missed very presentable chances. De Gea saved superbly from Mane and Henderson, with both hitting the post. If you go with ‘genuinely score-able chances’ as the measure, the final score would have been something like 7-2, such was the Reds’ dominance.

For too many seasons just before the Klopp days, the limit of our ambition seemed to be a Champions League place. As a result, we rarely achieved even that, because once the height of your ambition is to finish fourth, that’s as high as you are ever likely to get. The vicious circle then begins, as failure to qualify for the Champions League means the harder it is to attract players to get you back there.

This is exactly where Man United are now.

‘Not losing heavily’ to a rampant Liverpool side was deemed some sort of moral victory.

Achieving top four this season (which is unlikely) will be celebrated as a ‘successful’ campaign.

I was there in the ’70s and ’80s when we won just about everything put in front of us. I watched on in envy when United did the same in the ’90s and ’00s.

But rarely has there been a chasm between the two clubs of the size we are witnessing today. After 22 games, United are 30 points behind us – and they’ve played a game more. Last season we finished a whopping 31 points clear of them. So, over the last 60 league games, we have amassed a mind-boggling 61 points more than them.

Of those 60 games, Liverpool have lost just one. United have lost 17.

The Managers

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp (L) shakes hands with Manchester United's manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer during the FA Premier League match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In the dugout, we have the greatest manager in the modern game; a manager who, against all odds, took mid-table Borussia Dortmund and toppled the mighty Bayern Munich; a manager who has taken a mediocre Liverpool squad, and with a net spend that is dwarfed by United’s taken it to unprecedented heights of excellence.

Alex Ferguson, celebrated by many as the ‘best ever’ (he wasn’t, Bob Paisley was) never put together a team capable of 64 points in 22 games – nor did Guardiola, Mourinho, Ancelotti, Cruyff, Trapattoni or any of the other generally accepted managerial greats.

And that is just this season – if you go back to last season, Jurgen Klopp’s world champions have achieved an extraordinary 94 points from the available 96. Thirty-one wins and one draw from 32 consecutive games has quite simply never been achieved before – ever!

Meanwhile, in their dugout, they have the hapless and hopeless Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. A man whose prior managerial experience was at Molde in Norway and relegating Cardiff.

As a Liverpool fan, I smile with satisfaction every time I see the likes of Roy Keane, Gary Neville and Rio Ferdinand beg the United board to ‘give him time.’ I can only hope their board is listening. He has neither the experience, the pedigree nor the tactical nous required to fix them, yet they all want to keep him. It might be the first time I’ve ever agreed with Gary Neville.

 Former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher (R) and former Manchester United player Gary Neville (L) working for Sky Sports before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Since being given the job permanently, Solskjaer has the worst win percentage record of any United manager since Herbert Bamlett’s 31% in 1931.

Good old Herbert was a referee before becoming a manager. In an FA Cup quarter-final in 1909, he abandoned the game between Burnley and Man United with 18 minutes left. Burnley were winning 1-0 at the time. United won the replay 3-2 and went on to lift the FA Cup for the first time.

The United hierarchy were so enamoured with good old Herbert that he eventually became their manager. Herbert’s United were relegated in 1931, 20 years into a 41-year title drought.

Did you know United once went 41 years without winning the title? Doesn’t really ever get mentioned does it?

Ole’s current 35% win rate is similar to the 30% he achieved at Cardiff and the longer his United tenure, the more he spirals towards that magical 30% number.

If you take into account all competitions, where opposition tends to be inferior in the early rounds of domestic cups and the Europa League, his win percentage improves to 50%. United’s three prior managers to him – Moyes, Van Gaal and Mourinho – each of whom were sacked, had winning records of 53%, 52% and 58% respectively. In other words, I can state with a high level of confidence that they’re actually getting worse under Solskjaer.

Now, before promising to never mention Gary Neville again, it would be remiss of me not to include his quote from earlier this season:

“I guarantee you as clear as day, Manchester United will win again. They’ll win again, no problem; they’ll probably win the league again before Liverpool, in my opinion.”

A soothsayer he is not. Incidentally, he picked Paul Pogba as his ‘player to watch’ this season too. The reasons for his failed tenure at Valencia are becoming clear. He did at least manage to equal Solskjaer with a 35.71% win rate of his own in Spain.

Jurgen Klopp meanwhile has an overall win record of 61.5%. When you take into account he took over a team in mid-table, and has tended to field the kids in domestic cup competitions it’s exceptional and one that supersedes even the legendary Shanks (52%), Bob Paisley (58%) and Sir Kenny’s first stint (60.9%).

Record Breakers

Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool), JUNE 1, 2019 - Football / Soccer : UEFA Champions League final match Tottenham Hotspur FC 0-2 Liverpool FC at Estadio Metropolitano in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by D.Nakashima/AFLO)

Going back to the record-breaking run of the last two seasons, it gets even more stunning. P60 W51 D8 L1 for an 85% win rate.

This season alone 21 wins from 22 games is 95%. No other manager in Europe’s top five leagues comes even close to these numbers.

It gets better still. In the last 61 games, we have achieved 164 points of 183 available. That’s 19 points dropped in 61 games. To put our current situation into perspective, we can afford to drop 18 points in the next 16 games and still be crowned Champions, even if Man City win every game.

There is talk about this Liverpool team being the greatest ever seen in the Premier League era. I would go further than that. It is the greatest ever seen in any era. No club in the top division has ever come even close to these figures. Not even the great Liverpool teams from back then.

There are only really three other teams in the Premier League era with a claim to be ‘the greatest’. Here’s why they’re not:

United’s treble winners, 1998/99 – after 22 games of that season, they had 41 points. No, it’s not a typo. That’s 23 points behind this current Liverpool team after the same number of games. They won the league that season with 79 points after 13 draws and three defeats. Sorry, but that doesn’t qualify as ‘great’ by anyone’s measure.

Arsenal’s Invincibles, 2003/4 – unbeaten yes, but they drew 12 games. 90 points was commendable, but this Liverpool team just achieved 97 and will undoubtedly achieve far more than 90 this season too. The Invincibles also achieved nothing in Europe getting knocked out in the quarter-final by Chelsea.

Man City’s current team – City’s team, who were the first to achieve 100 points, then went on to pip us by a point last season, are the closest challengers to the ‘greatest ever’ title, but even they fall short.

Again, they achieved nothing in Europe during this time and in the last season and a half Liverpool have won the Champions League while suffering just one defeat in 60 games. In those same 61 games (they’ve played one more as it stands this season) they have tasted Premier League defeat no less than nine times.

Recruitment

It’s fair to say that Liverpool’s recruitment under Klopp has been close to perfect.

Other than Naby Keita, who is yet to fulfil his potential or justify his price tag due to constant injury, every other recruit has either been a huge success, or, in the cases of e.g. Karius, Solanke, Klavan who haven’t quite worked out, they’ve been moved on. Every player in the Liverpool squad now is a quintessential ‘Klopp’ type player.

United’s in comparison has been dismal. The list of failures as long as your arm, far exceeds their successes, and many of those failures remain as first choice. The gulf in recruitment is such that not a single Manchester United player would get into Liverpool’s first XI. Not one.

That includes their three so-called (by the media, not me) ‘successful’ recruits under Solskjaer. Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Daniel James are all virtual ever-presents this season. Two of them are defenders sourced from Palace and Leicester, yet without them both clubs have superior defensive records than United this season.

They’ve also conceded 93% more goals than Liverpool. How does this rate as success? James has three goals in 22 appearances, but after two goals in his first three league games, he has one in his last 19. After an adrenaline-driven start to his United career he’s now finding out there’s far more to being a top Premier League player than simply being able to run fast.

Maguire, Wan-Bissaka and James cost United £145 million. Klopp has put together this almost-perfect squad with a quite extraordinary net spend of £74.5 million. That’s £5.5 million quid less than the cost of one Harry Maguire.

The Perch

 Liverpool's manager Rafael Benitez organises his team, while Manchester United's manager Alex Ferguson tries to influence the fourth official, a tactic he uses when losing, during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Unless the biggest capitulation in the history of football occurs, the fabled holy-grail of No. 19 will be coming to Anfield in a matter of months.

While revelling in United’s misfortune over recent seasons has been fun, it’s also been somewhat hollow given their 20-18 titles advantage has remained intact. It also served to disguise the secret relief that the two-title gap was not increased.

Thankfully, not only have they failed to add to their title haul, but their fall from grace has been nothing short of spectacular. Who could possibly have predicted the sequence of events to follow once Ferguson and Howard Webb hung up their watch and whistle?

It’s obvious now, that the only credible challengers to our current dominance is no longer the red side of Salford, but the light blue side of Manchester.

As if their current plight isn’t depressing enough for their fans, we also extended the gap in European Cups to 6-3, the catalyst from which this hugely impressive Liverpool team has since excelled. The addictive drug of choice for any footballer is the winning one. It is habit-forming and one to which all involved with Liverpool FC are now addicted.

Living The Dream

 Liverpool’s manager Jürgen Klopp lifts the trophy during an open-top bus parade through the city after winning the UEFA Champions League Final. Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur. 2-0 in Madrid. To claim their sixth European Cup. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

The stage is set and the foundations are in place for a new era of glory. The club, in terms of manager, squad, finances, backroom staff, structure and management team is in possibly the greatest overall shape in its 128-year existence.

One of the simplest, yet most iconic banners unfurled at Anfield in recent years read ‘Make Us Dream’. For a long time we were dreamers; Jurgen made us believers; now we are achievers. We are European and World Champions and within touching distance of that elusive title.

It will be the first league title in the modern era. With this squad, this backroom staff, this management structure and this manager in place, it may not be the last.

And I think, now, you’re gonna believe us.

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Shaqiri latest, Mbappe loves Trent & Klopp on management style – Tuesday’s Liverpool FC News

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 16:50

Liverpool are still fending off interest in Xherdan Shaqiri, but we’re also preparing for a very tough-looking midweek game away to Wolves.


Shaq price set – but not for January

It’s clear that Xherdan Shaqiri is good enough to play a major role for a big team, but he remains on the fringes at Liverpool.

We’ll still need him for the run-in though, so it’s good to see Jurgen Klopp and the club resisting the lure to offload him early – with two bids turned down from Roma and Sevilla.

Both only want him on loan, and we’ve absolutely no reason to do that, so it’s encouraging to see the price tag set at a reasonably modest £25 million or so – and only then in summer.

It would mean a double-our-money deal on Shaq in the space of a couple of years, while he has also had big moments against the likes of Man United and Barcelona.

Would it be the right move at the end of the season?

Jurgen reveals all

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In the video above (click here if you can’t see it) Jurgen Klopp gives a typically insightful interview with Sky Sports, covering everything from what’s best about managing the Reds to what’s the most important aspect of his approach.

The boss also gives his views on the tracksuits vs. suits debate on the touchline, as well as explaining why he doesn’t have social media profiles:

“Maybe one day I will do it but I don’t understand it, I don’t know why you would do it!”

Another interesting aspect of the chat sees him refer to the managers who have influenced his own approach, with Arrigo Sacchi notably coming up. Check out here James Nalton’s in-depth piece on how the two boss’ styles span generations.

Present players and title talk

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino during the FA Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sami Hyypia was a brilliant defender for the Reds but his managerial career hasn’t hit the same heights yet. Perhaps this is one inkling why…

Our tremendous two at the back

 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold is replaced by substitute Joe Gomez during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 234th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

That right side of defence is properly locked down these days, with youth, pace, no shortage of on-the-ball excellence and brilliant consistency.

Trent at right-back, Gomez at centre-back – it’s a nightmare for opposing forwards to get past. They’re both in the news today, with Trent being spoken about by Kylian Mbappe.

The French striker says our No. 66 is an amazing talent and loved that he performed Mbappe’s signature celebration after scoring, and had enormous respect for the consistency Liverpool are showing.

Gomez, meanwhile, spoke of his admiration for centre-back partner Virgil van Dijk, explaining he brings much more to the team than just defensive ability:

I don’t think it’s easy to measure what he does for us as a team. He’s such a dominant character, a dominant player.

He’s a special player and we’re lucky to have him at the club – he’s my big brother!

He’s a top player and a top person to be alongside.

clear that friendship and respect has continued this term. Quickfire LFC news

 Germany's Timo Werner during the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Group F match between Germany and Mexico at the Luzhniki Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • LFC Women got themselves a victory – but also suffered a terrible injury to first-choice goalkeeper Fran Kitching (TIA)
  • Reserve goalkeeper Dan Atherton has joined Marine on loan for the rest of the season (LFC)
  • Ex-Reds winger Suso has reportedly handed in a transfer request at AC Milan (Calciomercato)
  • And while some European outlets suggest the Reds have some sort of pre-contract agreed with Timo Werner for summer, British reports suggest Liverpool have no intent to make a move at all (Sky Sports)
Around the Prem

 Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger before the FA Premier League match against Everton at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Spurs are still holding out for £17m for Eriksen, despite knowing they’ll get nothing for him in summer, which should help Jose’s rebuild (Mail)
  • Arsene Wenger says Arsenal have had no soul since leaving Highbury for the Emirates, which is convenient now that his vociferous support of the move is years in the past – much like their last regular trophy haul (Evening Standard)
  • Everton‘s Mason Holgate is in line for an England call-up, presumably in place of his team-mate Michael Keane, who has had something of a Titus Bramble season (Mirror)
  • And Wilf Zaha is happy to stay at Palace as no club will match his £80m fee. Well that’s good of him, what with no other club buying him, and all (Mail)
Stupid comments of the day

Largely everything in this from Ole Gunna Solskjaer, the latest United’s “accepting mediocrity” offensive.

Tweet of the day

The only man we need on National Hug Day!

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— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 21, 2020

What we’re reading

An article on BBC Sport looks at how betting on the football is rife even among players in Scotland.

And Paul Wilson writes for the Guardian how the League Cup should be binned and the FA Cup revamped.

Worth watching tonight

Chelsea vs. Arsenal should be particularly enticing tonight, at 8.15pm on BT Sport 1.

For a more continental flavour, Napoli play Lazio in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals, on BT Sport/ESPN at 7.45pm.

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Daniel Atherton joins Marine on loan

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 15:59

Daniel Atherton has joined Marine on loan until the end of the season.

The Liverpool Academy goalkeeper will spend the rest of the 2019-20 campaign with the promotion-chasing Northern Premier League North West Division club.

Atherton, 20, is a member of the Reds’ U23s squad and made two appearances for the first team during pre-season in 2019.

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Daniel Atherton joins Marine on loan

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 15:59
Daniel Atherton has joined Marine on loan until the end of the season.
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Liverpool FC Women gain a match-winner – but lose goalkeeper to horror injury

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 15:49

Vicky Jepson praised her new match-winner after Liverpool’s first Women’s Super League win, a game which Fran Kitching missed after a horror injury.


Jepson called upon December signing Rachel Furness for only the second time on Sunday, with the Reds making the trip to Bristol City.

With City three points above Liverpool at the bottom of the WSL table, it was a crucial game for both sides, and one headlined by an brilliant performance from the ex-Tottenham midfielder.

Furness played an excellent through ball for Rinsola Babajide to hit the post in the first half, before opening the scoring with a poacher’s effort at the far post and, later, hitting the crossbar after the break.

Her goal brought the first three points of the WSL campaign for Liverpool, and speaking to LFCTV after the game, Jepson hailed her No. 27.

“I’m delighted with Furney. It’s her presence on the pitch, not just what she can bring when she’s on the ball,” she said.

“We said get Furney in the box, deliver the balls in and she’ll get on the end of it.

“[It was] fantastic for her to get a goal, well-deserved, and then she nearly had another one when she hit the crossbar in the second half.

“So she deserves to be celebrating that goal with the rest of the girls, I know they’ll be absolutely delighted on that coach back.’

Liverpool Women's Manager Vicky Jepson with her players shows her dejection after the final whistle during the FA Women's Super League match at Anfield, Liverpool. ( Nick Potts/PA Wire/PA Images)

The game was notable for the absence for Kitching, however, after a run of four starts for the 21-year-old that had seen her wrest the gloves from Anke Preuss as first choice.

Kitching took to Instagram to share a graphic photo of an injury she sustained in training last Tuesday, which left her with multiple stitches in her forehead and two black eyes.

“So this happened in training on Tuesday hence why I’m not with the girls for today’s game,” she wrote.

“This has got to be the worst injury I’ve ever had as a goalkeeper.

“But after a lot of swelling and pain (and looking like a cabbage patch doll) I can finally say I’m feeling a lot better and ready to get back out there with my girlies!

“I’m supporting them every minute from home.”

It is a sickening injury for the young stopper, and Kitching may face a challenge to reclaim her starting spot when she returns.

Preuss, starting in her stead, saved a penalty from Charlie Wellings to secure the result in Stoke Gifford—which saw Liverpool leapfrog City into 11th.

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Liverpool not signing striker Werner

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 15:47

Last Updated: 21/01/20 5:15pm

Liverpool will continue to monitor Timo Werner but have no immediate plans to buy the striker Liverpool will continue to monitor Timo Werner but have no immediate plans to buy the striker Liverpool will continue to monitor Timo Werner but have no immediate plans to buy the striker

Liverpool have no plans to sign RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner in the January transfer window.

The Reds will continue to watch the German's development, as will a number of top European clubs including Chelsea.

But the Merseyside club are also unlikely to pursue a move in the summer as things stand, as speculation over his future mounts in Germany.

Chelsea are among a number of European clubs watching Werner Chelsea are among a number of European clubs watching Werner Chelsea are among a number of European clubs watching Werner

Reports in Bild this week claimed Liverpool is Werner's preferred destination should he decide to move to the Premier League.

The report said it remains a question of when he decides to move on, however, having extended his contract until 2023 last summer.

Bild also reported that his new contract has a £51m release clause which will decrease year-on-year as it progresses.

Xherdan Shaqiri will be staying at Anfield at least until the summer Xherdan Shaqiri will be staying at Anfield at least until the summer Xherdan Shaqiri will be staying at Anfield at least until the summer

Meanwhile, for Liverpool to be persuaded to sell Xherdan Shaqiri in the summer they would need to receive an offer of at least £25.5m.

Sky Sports News reported on Monday that the Reds are not willing to let the winger go this month amid interest from Roma.

La Liga side Sevilla have also shown a keenness to bring the Switzerland international in on loan this month, but they too have received a firm no.

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Three Liverpool tips for Fantasy Premier League's double gamweek

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 12:05

Fantasy Premier League managers face big decisions ahead of the first double gameweek of the season.

Liverpool meet Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United away in gameweek 24 - and here are three Reds players worthy of serious consideration ahead of the trips Molineux and the London Stadium…

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Mohamed Salah

Salah must surely be prominent in the thoughts of FPL bosses looking to cash in their triple captaincy chip with the double gameweek in mind.

Liverpool’s No.11 is in prolific points-scoring form, with a seven-point haul against Manchester United last time out taking his tally for the season to 133.

Some 58 of those points have been amassed in Salah’s last seven Premier League appearances and he averages seven points per game in 2019-20. 

The Egyptian has previous against both Wolves and West Ham, too. He scored and assisted in Liverpool’s 2-0 win at Molineux last season, and has four goals in four appearances versus the Hammers. 

As such, triple-captaining the £12.4m midfielder for gameweek 24 could prove to be something of an FPL masterstroke. 

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Another game, another assist for Liverpool’s – and indeed the FPL’s – top-scoring defender. 

Alexander-Arnold set up a Premier League goal for the ninth time this season when Virgil van Dijk planted his perfectly-delivered corner home in last Sunday’s 2-0 win over United.

That, coupled with the Reds’ seventh successive top-flight clean sheet, saw Alexander-Arnold register 10 more points to take his season total to 128.

The right-back’s tally is 15 more than Van Dijk, the FPL’s second-highest scoring defender, and he averages a remarkable 10 points per game over his last six Premier League appearances.

Such a record brings with it a significant price tag, of course, with Alexander-Arnold currently costing £7.6m.

But more than half (67) of the 21-year-old’s FPL points this term have been earned in away matches, making him an attractive option prior to a gameweek in which his side play on the road twice.

Alisson Becker

Liverpool’s No.1 has been a reliable source of points since his return from injury, by virtue of playing a major role in his team’s formidable recent defensive record.

But, seemingly not content with a seventh shutout on the spin, Alisson hit rarefied FPL heights when United visited Anfield last weekend.

By assisting Salah’s stoppage-time clincher at the Kop end, he became the first goalkeeper to set up a Premier League goal since Pepe Reina did so for Fernando Torres back in March 2010.

That moment of brilliance bolstered the £6.1m-Brazilian’s points total to 13 for the match and 64 from 14 Premier League appearances this season.

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Three Liverpool tips for Fantasy Premier League's double gamweek

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 12:05
Fantasy Premier League managers face big decisions ahead of the first double gameweek of the season.
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Kylian Mbappe describes Liverpool as 'a machine'

HEAD NEWS - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 11:00

Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe has described Liverpool as "a machine" as they aim to clinch their first league title since 1990, and has told BBC Sport he is "100 per cent" happy in the French capital as he continues to be linked with Real Madrid.

Liverpool have also been linked with Mbappe - regarded by many as the best young player in the world - despite manager Jürgen Klopp saying the striker is out of his club's price range.

And while the 21-year-old World Cup winner, who joined PSG in 2017 in a transfer worth £165.7m, reaffirmed his commitment to his current club at the launch of his charity, 'Inspired by Kylian Mbappe (IBKM)', he says he watches Liverpool's title charge with admiration.

"What Liverpool do in this moment is amazing," Mbappe said. "They're like a machine, they've found a rhythm and are like 'we play again, we play again'.

"They've lost zero games. When you watch you think everything's easy but that's not easy. The guys are focused, they play games every three days and they win, they win, they win.

"Now the problem is that everybody watches Liverpool, and everybody watches what we can do against them, so now they have to show they are strong again but it's a very good team with a very good manager."

Source: BBC

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