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LFC fitness update: Alisson, Trent, Thiago, Origi and Elliott

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 01/12/2022 - 13:28
Jürgen Klopp has confirmed Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alisson Becker have made a return to full training.
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Klopp: Salah contract talks 'in a good place'

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Wed, 01/12/2022 - 12:28

Jurgen Klopp says he knows Mohamed Salah wants to stay at Liverpool, insisting contract negotiations with the Egyptian are in a good place.

Salah said in an interview published by GQ this week that he is "not asking for crazy stuff" in contract talks, as he reiterated that it is up to Liverpool to decide his future.

The forward, whose contract at Anfield runs out in the summer of 2023, has stated he wants to stay at Liverpool but the two parties are yet to come to an agreement over a new deal.

"Nowadays it's dangerous with these interviews when you don't speak to the player himself," Klopp said ahead of Thursday's Carabao Cup visit of Arsenal, live on Sky Sports.

"I know Mo wants to stay, we want Mo to stay. These things take time, but I think all of it is in a good place. I'm very positive about it. The fans are not as nervous as you (the media) are.

"They know the club pretty long, they know the people dealing with the different things here pretty long, so I think it is enough reason to be positive.

"But as long as it is not done, we can't say anything about it. Good conversations, that's what I can say.

"There are so many things you have to do in these negotiations. There is a third party, the agent in there as well, but there is nothing to worry about, it is a normal process.

"No one has to worry. It is just the situation. He has a contract here this season and the next season. Really, all fine. It's not done - that's why we didn't get this news - but we have talks.

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"That is just the situation, but all fine. He's a world-class player, great boy, done great stuff for Liverpool and we want to keep him."

Klopp said he also sees no reason why the forward, currently away at the Africa Cup of Nations, cannot remain at the top level well into his mid-30s like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

"His character, his determination, it's the way he trains. His attitude, his work-rate is incredible, first in, last out, doing the right stuff.

"You can do some not-so-good things when you are in training and in the gym for a long time but he knows his body, he knows what to do and he is listening to the experts here.

"He tries to improve all the time. He works so hard for the situation he is in now and he will not waste it by doing less."

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Mohamed Salah has insisted he wants to stay at Liverpool, but has put the onus on the club to get the deal done What factors are at play in Salah negotiations?

Sky Sports News reporter Vinny O'Connor, who covers the club closely, explains the situation…

First and foremost this is not just about money. Salah is still ambitious, with his hunger to win undiminished.

At some point, this is a Liverpool squad that will need refreshing. Roberto Firmino is now 30 years of age, Sadio Mane is 29, Jordan Henderson is 31, Thiago Alcantara is 30, Virgil van Dijk is 30, and Fabinho is 28.

Salah will want to see that there's a continued commitment from the club to add quality to what they have got, with the intention of maintaining Liverpool's ability to challenge for titles.

Salah is now an all-time Liverpool great as a Premier League and Champions League winner.

So, in terms of the wage he can command, his market value is as high as it has ever been.

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Our moment of the round in the Premier League is Mohamed Salah's strike versus Chelsea. The Egyptian forward scored his 150th goal in English football to help Liverpool to a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge

He's been labelled as the best player in the world on current form, yet currently, he's reportedly the fifth highest-paid footballer globally.

He was the top earner at Liverpool until Van Dijk signed his new contract. Now the figures being talked about around a new deal are in the region of £300,000 a week.

Salah's current contract expires in 2023. It makes sense, at the age of 29, with this being potentially the biggest contract of his career, that he would want a deal that reflects his status in the game.

Salah wants to stay

At the same time, he wants to stay at Liverpool. He told Sky Sports in October he would like to spend the rest of his career at the club.

"If you ask me, I would love to stay until the last day of my football career, but I can't say much about that - it's not in my hands. It depends on what the club want, not on me," he said.

He has a strong relationship with Jurgen Klopp and he's settled in the Liverpool dressing room.

Even when linked with Barcelona, while flattered, he said he's happy at Liverpool and at the moment prefers to stay in the Premier League as it is the strongest league in the world.

But there was a broad hint in that Sky Sports interview he needs to feel the love from the Liverpool hierarchy and he followed that up in an interview with Egypt's MBC Masr.

Salah reiterated while he wants to extend his Anfield contract, Liverpool's owners have an issue to solve.

"Your financial value shows how much the club appreciates you and that they are ready to do anything for you to stay," he said.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp previously said he was relaxed about Mohamed Salah's contract negotiations, insisting 'what we all want is clear'

When Jurgen Klopp was asked about this he responded: "Extending a contract with a player like Mo is not something where you meet for a cup of tea and find an agreement. That's completely normal.

"Mo is fine, I am fine. What we all want is clear and things like this need time."

There is goodwill on both sides to reach an agreement on a new contract.

Ideally, Liverpool would like to get this done before it gets to the stage where Salah goes into the final year of his current deal without securing his future beyond that.

Finding the right figure

From the club's perspective, they need to find the magic figure that confirms Salah's status among the elite of world football, while being mindful of their wage structure and not upsetting that.

They are also operating in a transfer market where the financial clout of Real Madrid and Barcelona has been drastically reduced, which in turn, reduces the chances of pushing up a potential transfer fee as high as possible if it looks as though an agreement is not going to be reached.

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Spanish football journalist Alvaro Montero says Ousmane Dembele is likely to leave Barcelona as a free agent this summer and has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs.

At the same time, with Salah's contract running down, there is potential in the future for clubs to better the wage offer coming from Liverpool if it gets to the stage where he's likely to be available on a free transfer.

Michael Edwards has got so much right in his time as the club's sporting director, especially when it comes to tough negotiations.

Before he leaves in the summer, securing Salah's long-term future at the club could be his biggest success of his time at Anfield.

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Coutinho’s downward spiral: how it went wrong for Barcelona’s record signing

the Athletic - Wed, 01/12/2022 - 05:12
“All Barcelona fans, all around the world, are very excited about getting to know Coutinho,” said Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, as the Catalan club’s new record signing was presented at the Nou Camp in early January 2018.

“We have been trying to sign him since last summer, it has not been easy, other clubs were interested,” Bartomeu continued as Coutinho smiled shyly next to him on the podium. “The important thing is he wanted to come here, and has made a big effort to come here. One of the best players in the world is joining our club, and we are very happy.”

That welcome has not aged well.

Flush with the money from selling Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record €222 million the previous summer, Barcelona could have targeted any player they wanted.

They fixed their gaze on Coutinho, and would not let go until Liverpool had haggled the fee up to €120 million, plus another €40 million in add-ons. For all that money, Barcelona have so far got 106 games, 25 goals, and 14 assists. Coutinho helped them win five trophies, and scored in a Copa del Rey final, and in a 5-1 La Liga Clasico victory over Real Madrid.

But the move has actually been a disaster, for the club and the player.

Coutinho is generally seen as the biggest transfer mistake in Barcelona’s entire 122-year history — a symbol of the worst presidency the club have ever had, and personally associated in different ways with two of the team’s most painful nights of all time.

At different times he was billed as a replacement for Neymar, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi. But in no moment did he ever really step up and become a decisive or important player for the team.

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When Klopp wanted to make Alex Teixeira his first major signing at Liverpool…

the Athletic - Wed, 01/12/2022 - 04:50
It was the first transfer window of Jurgen Klopp’s Anfield reign and the Liverpool manager was firefighting.

The urgent need for defensive reinforcements in the wake of an injury crisis led to the surprise arrival of Steven Caulker on loan from Championship club Queens Park Rangers.

Marko Grujic had been bought for £5.1 million from Red Star Belgrade but under the terms of the deal the young Serbian midfielder would stay put until the summer.

Having had time to assess the squad he inherited from Brendan Rodgers, Klopp also wanted an injection of firepower.

Strikers Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Danny Ings all had fitness problems, while Christian Benteke was out of favour having struggled to adapt to the new manager’s style of play.

Following discussions between Klopp and the club’s recruitment staff, it was agreed Liverpool would pursue Shakhtar Donetsk’s Alex Teixeira. He had been scouted extensively and the German was a big admirer.

The hope was that the prolific Brazilian attacker, who had scored 26 goals in 25 games in all competitions that season, would become the first major signing of the Klopp era. News of Liverpool’s interest created a buzz among supporters who were craving a show of ambition in the transfer market.

Just over a week before deadline day, chief executive Ian Ayre flew to Shakhtar’s warm-weather training camp in Florida to conduct negotiations. An offer of £24.6 million was tabled.

Teixeira was a childhood friend of Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho. They had previously played together in the youth ranks at Vasco da Gama. He was desperate for them to be reunited at Anfield.

He had also attracted interest from

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Liverpool ‘Covid cheat’ claims: Why rival fans are so wide of the mark

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 18:00

It has been claimed by a large number of rival fans that Liverpool fabricated their COVID-19 outbreak to delay the League Cup semi-final. But that misses the point.

The week just gone was wracked with uncertainty, as the rate of positive tests emerging at the gates of Liverpool’s AXA Training Centre in Kirkby grew rapidly.

With players and staff tested daily before they are granted access to the training ground, a sharp increase in those denied entry saw the club take drastic action.

Under advice from the public health authority, the AXA Training Centre was closed and, soon after, a request was filed to the EFL to postpone the first leg of the League Cup semi-final against Arsenal.

Describing the outbreak within Jurgen Klopp‘s first-team setup as “severe,” the EFL reluctantly agreed to a rearranged fixture: a week’s delay, with the first leg to be held at Anfield, rather than the Emirates.

 Liverpool's young side walk out before the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Shrewsbury Town FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

But with Liverpool fielding a strong side for the FA Cup third-round clash with Shrewsbury days later, and Klopp revealing after the game that there had been “a lot of false positives” within the camp, suspicions have arisen among rival supporters.

“We had, how we thought, last week a proper outbreak. It showed up that we had a lot of false positives, actually,” he told reporters after the 4-1 victory at Anfield.

“But still, the rules are like they are. So all these players who were false positive couldn’t play today – or we decided not to play them. We had to make that decision.

“The only real positive case from the team was Trent Alexander-Arnold, and all the rest were false positives.”

Joe Gomez, Neco Williams, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Diogo Jota all missed the tie, but, presumably, will be back ahead of the visit of Arsenal on Thursday night.

Bar any fitness issues, they will join Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Andy Robertson, Ibrahima Konate, Roberto Firmino, Kostas Tsimikas, Curtis Jones, Takumi Minamino and Caoimhin Kelleher in contention for the semi-final.

 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between Watford FC and Liverpool FC at Vicarage Road. Liverpool won 5-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Alisson could be back, following his extended isolation after a positive test, while there is a chance Alexander-Arnold himself will also be involved.

The suggestion has been, then, that Liverpool exaggerated the severity of their Covid outbreak; the inability to name a senior side on Thursday before a host of key players lined up on Sunday was considered suspect.

That is almost understandable.

False positives are not uncommon, but it has been reported that as many as 40 cases arose last week, so what are the odds that, of those, only one player actually had the virus?

The word ‘cheat’ has been thrown around, while one Arsenal supporter even argued that Klopp “should stand trial” for his involvement.

A suspension of disbelief and fantasies of a football manager being locked up for tampering with lateral flow tests aside, can we at least define the word ‘cheat’?

Google, in its infinite wisdom, describes cheating as to “act dishonestly or unfairly in order to gain an advantage.”

 Liverpool supporters walk to the stadium before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

For Arsenal supporters – and those of seemingly every other Premier League club, at least on social media – that advantage is the return of key players for the upcoming semi-final.

Quite who those key players are is anyone’s guess.

Not Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane or Naby Keita; they’ll be at the Africa Cup of Nations until the day of the second leg at the very earliest.

Not Thiago, Harvey Elliott, Divock Origi or Nat Phillips; even if they return from injury, it is unlikely they will be heavily involved given how long they have been sidelined.

So would that be Leighton Clarkson, fresh from his seven appearances on loan at Blackburn in the first half of the season? Or Kaide Gordon, the 17-year-old back from Covid and tasked with filling in for the best player in the world?

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates with team-mates after scoring the second penalty of the shoot-out during the Football League Cup Quarter-Final match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 5-4 on penalties after a 3-3 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The very same squad that would have been involved for that intended first leg at the Emirates on January 6 will be involved for the rearranged ties on January 13 and 20.

With the visit of Brentford in the Premier League to come between those, rather than a meeting with League One side Shrewsbury as originally scheduled, it is possible that Klopp opts for even heavier rotation – regardless of the fact it is a semi-final.

There is little to no advantage in the EFL agreeing to reschedule the semi-finals, and in fact, Liverpool have forfeited a major advantage of their own.

Originally, the second leg was due to be held at Anfield, giving the Reds home advantage.

Now, the fixtures are reversed, and Arsenal can chase a result – or look to extend a first-leg lead – in front of their fans at the Emirates, many of whom will be vlogging their own reactions rather than watching the game itself.

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp, wearing a face mask, before the FA Premier League match between Everton FC and Liverpool FC, the 239th Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. Liverpool won 4-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool had nothing to gain from postponing that fixture, particularly as it further congests the second half of the season, with a space yet to be found for the Boxing Day clash with Leeds.

Set to the backdrop of news that around 100 people, including the prime minister, attended a ‘BYOB’ party in a Downing Street garden during the first lockdown in May 2020 – a time when many were unable to be with loved ones in their final moments – it is downright crass to suggest Klopp was complicit in the falsifying of test results.

After all, Klopp himself was unable to attend the funeral of his own mother, Elisabeth, last February due to restrictions on travel back to his native Germany.

The terminology used by the club certainly hasn’t helped the situation: every reported case, even those with conclusive proof such as Klopp’s own layoff last week, is described as ‘suspected’.

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From an outside perspective, it is easy to see why those ‘suspected’ cases, which are later revealed to have been ‘false positives’, lead to allegations of ‘cheating’.

But there was no advantage whatsoever in postponing that Anfield leg. Liverpool gained nothing from doing so.

Apart from, perhaps, now being able to kick off their semi-final against an Arsenal side who, despite starting the likes of Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Ben White and Nuno Tavares, contrived to lose to Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

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Salah on new contract & no Reds’ investigation – Liverpool FC Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 17:51

Liverpool are preparing for their League Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal, amid the usual batch of team news, transfer stories and even contract claims.

Salah wants to stay and says it’s “in their hands” to Reds

We’ve heard this before, but we’re no closer to a positive outcome: Mo Salah says he wants to stay and it’s all on the club to come up with the agreement.

Importantly, the Egyptian King has added another layer to his soft pressure: “They know what I want. I’m not asking for crazy stuff. The thing is when you ask for something and they show you they can give you something, [they should]. Because they appreciate what you did for the club.”

Perhaps the early £400k-a-week claims are wide of the mark, or perhaps the £300k ones are as on-target as Salah’s own finishes are.

Either way the fans seem pretty much set on hoping the club does whatever it takes to get this particular renewal done.

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 Liverpool's Takumi Minamino applauds the supporters after the FA Premier League match between Everton FC and Liverpool FC, the 239th Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. Liverpool won 4-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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Real Madrid's Luka Modric during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match at the Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid.

  • Jesse Lingard is wanted by Spurs and they’ve already spoken to him over a summer move, cleverly giving themselves another four months to find an actual footballer instead of a what is now basically a three-year sub
  • Man City will continue their youth drive by signing Luka Modric, who is appalled at the new deal offered by Real Madrid. We imagine it to be rather like the time Ashley Cole “almost crashed his car” when Arsenal offered him £5k less than he wanted
  • Abdou Diallo is the latest and quite frankly least-capable defender suddenly on the watchlist for West Ham, with a totally useless loan deal from PSG mooted. Do we like the word mooted? Feels a bit Teletexty/Ceefaxy
Tweet of the day and match of the night

Why did this cryarsing weirdo tag, of all people, Zendaya in his tweet?!

On behalf of all clubs in the UK, Liverpool claiming 13 false positives is a blatant lie and should be punishable by deducting 42 PL points, removal from the UCL & any cup competition for at least 3 years.@premierleague @ChampionsLeague @Zendaya

— Dubois (@CFCDUBois) January 10, 2022

Tonight’s late fixture sees Brentford face Southampton away! Probably be a thriller to be fair.

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Liverpool vs Arsenal LIVE!

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 16:39

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Liverpool vs Arsenal. Carabao Cup Semi-Final.

7:45pm, Thursday 13th January 2022.

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Liverpool vs Arsenal preview: Alexander-Arnold & Alisson back

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 16:26

Team news, stats and how to watch ahead of Liverpool vs Arsenal in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-finals on Thursday; kick-off 7.45pm.

Team news

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold and goalkeeper Alisson Becker have returned to training after Covid absences and will rejoin the squad for the Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg at home to Arsenal.

Midfielder Thiago Alcantara (hip) and striker Divock Origi (knee) remain absent, as do Africa Cup of Nations trio Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita.

Left-back Andy Robertson has overcome a knock sustained at the weekend so manager Jurgen Klopp has a strong squad from which to choose.

Arsenal could be without a number of key players for the trip to Anfield.

Granit Xhaka (Covid) will be assessed ahead of the game, as will Emile Smith Rowe (groin) and Takehiro Tomiyasu (calf).

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey are all with their respective countries at the Africa Cup of Nations.

How to follow

Liverpool vs Arsenal is live on Sky Sports Football from 7pm on Thursday; kick-off 7.45pm. Sky Sports customers can watch in-game clips in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.

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  • This is the 13th different League Cup tie between Arsenal and Liverpool, with each side winning/progressing six times each in the previous 12. It's the most played fixture in the history of the competition.
  • This is the third consecutive season Arsenal and Liverpool have met in the League Cup, with both sides progressing once each via penalties (Liverpool in 2019-20, Arsenal in 2020-21). It's the first time two top-flight clubs have met in three consecutive campaigns in the competition since Coventry vs Nottingham Forest between 1988-89 and 1990-91.
  • The last five League Cup meetings between Arsenal and Liverpool have produced a total of 28 goals, despite the fourth round tie last season finishing 0-0.
  • Liverpool have lost just one of their eight home games against Arsenal in the League Cup (W4 D3), going down 6-3 in January 2007 with Julio Baptista scoring four times for the Gunners.
  • Under Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool have scored more goals against Arsenal in all competitions (43) than they have vs any other opponent.
  • Arsenal have progressed from three of their past four League Cup semi-final ties. However, no side have been eliminated at this stage of the competition more often than the Gunners (7, level with Man Utd, Spurs and West Ham).
  • Liverpool have only been eliminated from five of their 17 League Cup semi-final ties. However, two of those have been in their last three appearances at this stage, falling to Chelsea in 2014-15 and Southampton in 2016-17.
  • Arsenal are the highest scorers in this season's EFL Cup with 16 goals, while no player has scored more in this season's competition than Gunners striker Eddie Nketiah (5). Indeed, Nketiah has scored 10 goals in nine appearances in the competition overall, scoring once on average every 66 minutes.
  • Liverpool's Takumi Minamino has scored six goals in his five appearances in the League Cup, netting once every 75 minutes on average in the competition. However, the only game in which the Japanese forward failed to find the net was against Arsenal last season.
  • Diogo Jota has scored five goals in his last seven appearances against Arsenal in all competitions, with four of those strikes coming in his four games against them for Liverpool.

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Liverpool plan to promote another young goalkeeper to work with Claudio Taffarel

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 15:45

Liverpool plan to promote another academy goalkeeper to their first-team ranks, with a six-strong group to include three youngsters working under Claudio Taffarel.

Taffarel, the legendary Brazil stopper, joined the Reds as a third goalkeeping coach in November, operating alongside head of goalkeeping John Achterberg and assistant Jack Robinson.

It was a surprise move, but one that expands Liverpool’s expertise in a key area, with Jurgen Klopp outlining his desire for a “proper goalkeeping school.”

The appointment has increased the first-team training group from three or four ‘keepers to six, with youngsters Marcelo Pitaluga, 19, and Harvey Davies, 18, becoming full-time fixtures.

Liverpool’s goalkeeping hierarchy

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Aston Villa FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Alisson, 29
  • Caoimhin Kelleher, 23
  • Adrian, 35
  • Loris Karius, 28
  • Marcelo Pitaluga, 19
  • Harvey Davies, 18
  • Pitaluga and Davies joined Alisson, Caoimhin Kelleher and Adrian as the core unit, along with the out-of-favour Loris Karius, who saw his efforts to find a new club last summer fall flat.

    Karius is out of contract at the end of the current campaign, and his representatives are exploring options for a January move, with suggestions he could return to Germany.

    When the 28-year-old does depart, Liverpool will move another young goalkeeper up to the senior squad, to primarily work under Taffarel.

    In an interesting interview with The Athletic‘s James Pearce, Achterberg detailed the plan as Karius seeks a move away, with the arrival of Taffarel allowing more contact time with “the goalies who aren’t involved in the match squad.”

     Liverpool's goalkeepers Harvey Davies (L) and Marcelo Pitaluga during a training session at the AXA Training Centre ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group B Matchday 6 game between AC Milan and Liverpool FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    As Achterberg explained, Taffarel links up with Achterberg and Robinson on a daily basis at Kirkby, but does not regularly travel to first-team games.

    Instead, he remains at the training ground working with those goalkeepers left behind, with Liverpool typically including three stoppers as part of their matchday group.

    So while the 55-year-old arrived on recommendation of Alisson, and works closely with him in the Brazil setup, his focus is more often on the likes of Pitaluga and Davies.

    Achterberg’s assertion that “if Loris goes, then we will look to bring one up from the academy again,” opens up the prospect of the likes of Vitezslav Jaros, Fabian Mrozek (pictured below) or Luke Hewitson joining the senior squad.

    “We are always looking for who might be the next one to come up,” he continued.

     Liverpool's goalkeeper Fabian Mrozek during the pre-match warm-up before the English Football League Trophy match between Port Vale FC and Liverpool FC Under-21's at Vale Park. Port Vale won 5-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    “We try to make a career for all of them, like we did for Danny Ward, Shamal George, Kamil Grabara and Ryan Fulton.

    “In the end, only one goalie plays for Liverpool and currently we have the best in the world in Ali. We also have one of the best young talents around in Caoimhin, so I don’t think we can complain.

    “Hopefully, Marcelo and Harvey can make the same steps. Our aim is to keep creating our own goalies. To do that, we need to keep improving both our scouting and our ways of working to find them and then develop them.

    “It’s good to have Taffa on board to help with that. There’s always enough work to go around.”

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    Everton join Liverpool and Brighton in campaign for Hillsborough Law

    ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 15:00

    Everton are the third Premier League club to join the campaign for a Hillsborough Law, as pressure on the UK government for a reform of the justice system grows.

    Last week saw the launch of the Hillsborough Law Now movement, with Liverpool and Manchester mayors Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham holding a live event in support of the campaign.

    They were joined by speakers including former Hillsborough Family Support Group chair Margaret Aspinall, who lost her son James to the tragedy in 1989.

    Liverpool have given substantial backing to a Hillsborough Law, which is based on the following:

    • A charter for families bereaved through public tragedy legally binding on all public bodies
    • A statutory duty of candour on public servants during all forms of public inquiry and criminal investigation
    • Proper participation of bereaved families at inquests, through publicly funded legal representation and an end to near limitless legal spending by public bodies
    • A public advocate to act for families of the deceased after major events

    Though the campaign is inspired by the 97 who lost their lives to the disaster in Sheffield over 30 years ago and its wider impact on survivors and families of those lost, it is designed to protect those affected by any other public tragedies.

     Mascots Beth Garner-Watt, 11, and Mikey Clarke, 8, stand for a minute's applause to remember the 96 victims of the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster before the Premiership match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    On Monday, Brighton became the first Premier League club to join Liverpool in their backing of a Hillsborough Law, and now, Everton have given their support.

    A statement on Tuesday afternoon reads:

    Everton Football Club continues to stand shoulder to shoulder with the families of the 97, Liverpool Football Club and the people of our great city as the Club proudly adds its support to the Hillsborough Law Now movement.

    “The campaign, formed by the Hillsborough families and survivors of the tragedy, calls for a change to the legal system to prevent others going through what the close relatives of the 97 have – and continue to – experience in their quest for justice.

    “Supported by Mayor Steve Rotherham of the Liverpool City Region and Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, the new law proposes to compel all public officials to be truthful at inquiries into public tragedies or disaster situations, while also offering bereaved families better access to financial resources for legal representation at inquests.

    Everton will always stand in solidarity with the families who lost their loved ones at, or as a result of, the tragic events of football’s darkest day on 15 April 1989 and supports the continued call for justice.

    “The dignity with which those families have carried themselves represents everything anyone needs to know about them and the people of the city of Liverpool.

    “For that reason, Everton Football Club calls for a #HillsboroughLawNow”

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    Dirk Kuyt column: ‘I’ll never forget my League Cup win'

    LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 15:00

    Dirk Kuyt looks ahead to Liverpool’s Carabao Cup semi-final with Arsenal and answers your questions in his latest column on Liverpoolfc.com.

    I had six great years at Liverpool and we challenged for many honours in that time. But the League Cup was the only trophy I ever lifted. 

    We obviously played in the Champions League final in 2007 and finished second in the Premier League a few years later. I was absolutely craving for silverware by the time of my final season at Anfield. 

    I finally got my hands on some in February 2012. I would've liked to win more but at least I can say I helped add to the club’s honours list. 

    Beating Cardiff City at Wembley is an occasion I'll never forget. I brought my family and friends to watch that game – they still talk about that day even now, nearly a decade on. These occasions are the ones you remember when you retire.

    When I arrived at Liverpool in 2006, my first opinion was that the FA Cup was the most important trophy in England, and you saw most managers would give the regulars a rest in the League Cup. 

    But when you reach the stage where the Wembley final is in sight, it's something you're desperate for. This is how I imagine Jürgen Klopp's side will be feeling as they prepare to face Arsenal in the semi-finals. 

    These top professionals, they don't only want to win games, they even want to win the games in training sessions. Imagine putting a cup final at Wembley in front of them. Serial winners want to win. Simple as that. 

    The League Cup is a rare competition in a sense because you can lift the trophy partway through a season, rather than at the end. Winning it can give you a big boost of confidence at an important time in the calendar. 

    You've been battling for months and months to pick up vital sets of three points, but then comes the chance to add to your medal collection. It's a great opportunity for this Liverpool team, in my opinion.

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    Of course, they must overcome Mikel Arteta's Arsenal, who I've been impressed with this season. 

    I know Mikel quite well because he's a close friend of Pepe Reina, who is a close friend of mine. When he was a player at Everton, he lived down the road by me near Strawberry Fields and I saw him off the pitch a fair bit. He's a gentleman. But obviously we had many battles on the pitch during some memorable Merseyside derbies. 

    From what I've seen of his first few years as a coach, he learned a lot from Pep Guardiola when he was an assistant to him, and I think it says everything that Arsenal gave him the job as a young, inexperienced manager.

    Arteta, like Klopp, will know that when you play cup finals or semi-finals, it's always just about the result. Just win. No questions asked.

    In two-legged affairs, the first fixture is sometimes a bit more tactical, like with our semi-final against Manchester City in 2012. But anything can happen across the 180 minutes. It’s difficult.  

    All that matters is that you have the better score after the two games. It's going to be a very interesting watch. 

    Mailbag

    @SimonWilliams81: Do you feel slightly guilty for potentially stopping Luis Suarez scoring one of the all-time great Premier League goals when you sneaked it in against Manchester United in 2011?

    Even if I could turn back time, I would still probably score, because I know now that I'd score a hat-trick at the end of the day. At that moment, I wasn't sure if someone was behind me, I wasn't sure if the ball would go over the line. I would never forgive myself if I just put my hands up in the air, leave the ball for Suarez to have the goal and somebody just cleared it before the ball went over the line. I was never a player who stole goals and I had a very good relationship with Luis. For me, it was one of Luis' greatest goals but it just had my name on it. I would love to give the goal to him but at the end of the day I wouldn't have scored a hat-trick against Man United, so it's a difficult one. Suarez has got enough goals, enough silverware, so I don't think he blames me!

    @brett_m555: Best player you played with at Liverpool that wasn’t Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres or Suarez?

    It was Xabi Alonso. He was a great player. He wasn't the quickest – just like me! – but his passing and his mind was so good. I still remember his shots from the halfway line when he spotted the goalkeeper off his line a bit too much. He was such a great player to play with and it was a huge blow when he decided to go to Real Madrid. But everyone saw he had a great career after Liverpool, he won silverware with Madrid and Bayern Munich. I think he'll become a very good coach in the future, too. 

    Jamie Carragher got a lot of credit from Liverpool fans but outside I felt he deserved more recognition, especially with the national team. He deserved a better place and more starts. Also Pepe Reina was a very important figure in the team – not only on the pitch as a goalkeeper, but also off it. We had Gerrard, we had Carra, but we also had many Spanish players and he was probably the leader of this Spanish contingent, especially when Rafa Benitez was there. 

    @sjlfc2005: Why from kick-off do you think Liverpool, for example, send a long diagonal ball from one of the centre-backs out to the wing?

    Back in my day, Liverpool always started with a high tempo, especially at home. You know when you play at Anfield the crowd is going to be behind the team straight away. It's very tough for the opponent when you play a long ball to the backline and you're pressing immediately, with the crowd right behind the team. It makes it tricky for the opponent from the first second. I always loved to chase those long balls. It's good for a team to be on and ready from the very first whistle.

    Thanks for reading. 

    Until next time, 

    Dirk

    Dirk Kuyt was speaking to Liverpoolfc.com's Glenn Price

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    Dirk Kuyt column: ‘I’ll never forget my League Cup win'

    LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 15:00
    Dirk Kuyt looks ahead to Liverpool’s Carabao Cup semi-final with Arsenal and answers your questions in his latest column on Liverpoolfc.com.
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    Liverpool Women’s striker makes it 10 goals in 11 with 7-minute hat-trick

    ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 14:10

    Liverpool may have landed the signing of the season in Irish striker Leanne Kiernan, with the 22-year-old bringing her tally to 10 goals in 11 games at the weekend.

    The Reds have backed new manager Matt Beard with an overhaul of their women’s ranks this season, with 10 players brought in so far including latest signing Katie Stengel.

    It has prepared Liverpool for a promotion push, and Sunday saw them extend their lead at the top of the Women’s Championship with a 6-0 thrashing of Blackburn.

    Key to that was the performance of Kiernan, who has been on fire since swapping West Ham for Liverpool in June, signing on a free transfer.

    Niamh Fahey, the captain at centre-back, opened the weekend’s scoring with a header in the first half, and were it not for the prowess of Blackburn goalkeeper Alexandra Brooks, it would have been more heading into the break.

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    — FA Women's Championship (@FAWomensChamp) January 9, 2022

    The second half saw Kiernan come to life, with the 22-year-old scoring a hat-trick in seven minutes, the first of those goals being a remarkable curled effort from the edge of the box.

    After Kiernan sealed her treble with a smooth finish in the 58th minute, midfielder Rachel Furness – so often the inspiration in a difficult season last time out – stepped up for a brace.

    Her first came with her first touch off the bench, and a double was clinched in stoppage time, as Liverpool romped to an emphatic victory at Bamber Bridge.

     Liverpool's Leanne Kiernan celebrates after scoring the second goal during the FA Women’s Championship game between Liverpool FC Women and Lewes FC Women at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    Liverpool have taken 26 points from their first 11 league games, which has pushed them five points ahead of second-placed Durham, though London City could move within four points if they win their game in hand.

    Under the management of returning boss Beard, the Reds looked primed for promotion, and the goals of Kiernan have been invaluable so far.

    With her hat-trick in Lancashire, the Irishwoman brought her season’s tally to 10 goals in 11 games in the league, and 11 in 12 across all competitions.

    For any signing, let alone a free transfer, it is a hugely impressive output – and long may it continue.

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    Salah on Liverpool contract talks: 'I'm not asking for crazy stuff'

    Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 10:28

    Mohamed Salah says he is "not asking for crazy stuff" in contract talks, as he reiterated that it is up to Liverpool to decide his future.

    Salah, whose deal at Anfield runs out in the summer of 2023, has publicly stated on multiple occasions that he wants to stay at Liverpool.

    But the two parties are yet to come to an agreement over new terms for the Premier League's top scorer, who is currently representing Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations.

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    "I want to stay, but it's not in my hands. It's in their hands," Salah told GQ. "They know what I want. I'm not asking for crazy stuff."

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told Sky Sports last month that the club are having "really good conversations" with Salah over a new deal.

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    But Salah gives the impression that there is still a hurdle to overcome in negotiations as he seeks reward for playing a leading role in Liverpool's Champions League and Premier League-winning campaigns.

    He added: "The thing is, when you ask for something, and they show you they can give you something [they should] because they appreciate what you did for the club.

    "I've been here for my fifth year now. I know the club very well. I love the fans. The fans love me. But with the administration, they have [been] told the situation. It's in their hands."

    What factors are at play in Salah negotiations?

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    First and foremost this is not just about money. Salah is still ambitious, with his hunger to win undiminished.

    At some point, this is a Liverpool squad that will need refreshing. Roberto Firmino is now 30 years of age, Sadio Mane is 29, Jordan Henderson is 31, Thiago Alcantara is 30, Virgil van Dijk is 30, and Fabinho is 28.

    Salah will want to see that there's a continued commitment from the club to add quality to what they have got, with the intention of maintaining Liverpool's ability to challenge for titles.

    Salah is now an all-time Liverpool great as a Premier League and Champions League winner.

    So, in terms of the wage he can command, his market value is as high as it has ever been.

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    He's been labelled as the best player in the world on current form, yet currently, he's reportedly the fifth highest-paid footballer globally.

    He was the top earner at Liverpool until Van Dijk signed his new contract. Now the figures being talked about around a new deal are in the region of £300,000 a week.

    Salah's current contract expires in 2023. It makes sense, at the age of 29, with this being potentially the biggest contract of his career, that he would want a deal that reflects his status in the game.

    Salah wants to stay

    At the same time, he wants to stay at Liverpool. He told Sky Sports in October he would like to spend the rest of his career at the club.

    "If you ask me, I would love to stay until the last day of my football career, but I can't say much about that - it's not in my hands. It depends on what the club want, not on me," he said.

    He has a strong relationship with Jurgen Klopp and he's settled in the Liverpool dressing room.

    Even when linked with Barcelona, while flattered, he said he's happy at Liverpool and at the moment prefers to stay in the Premier League as it is the strongest league in the world.

    But there was a broad hint in that Sky Sports interview he needs to feel the love from the Liverpool hierarchy and he followed that up in an interview with Egypt's MBC Masr.

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    Salah reiterated while he wants to extend his Anfield contract, Liverpool's owners have an issue to solve.

    "Your financial value shows how much the club appreciates you and that they are ready to do anything for you to stay," he said.

    When Jurgen Klopp was asked about this he responded: "Extending a contract with a player like Mo is not something where you meet for a cup of tea and find an agreement. That's completely normal.

    "Mo is fine, I am fine. What we all want is clear and things like this need time."

    There is goodwill on both sides to reach an agreement on a new contract.

    Ideally, Liverpool would like to get this done before it gets to the stage where Salah goes into the final year of his current deal without securing his future beyond that.

    Finding the right figure

    From the club's perspective, they need to find the magic figure that confirms Salah's status among the elite of world football, while being mindful of their wage structure and not upsetting that.

    They are also operating in a transfer market where the financial clout of Real Madrid and Barcelona has been drastically reduced, which in turn, reduces the chances of pushing up a potential transfer fee as high as possible if it looks as though an agreement is not going to be reached.

    At the same time, with Salah's contract running down, there is potential in the future for clubs to better the wage offer coming from Liverpool if it gets to the stage where he's likely to be available on a free transfer.

    Michael Edwards has got so much right in his time as the club's sporting director, especially when it comes to tough negotiations.

    Before he leaves in the summer, securing Salah's long-term future at the club could be his biggest success of his time at Anfield.

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    Inside Anfield: Behind the scenes of FA Cup win over Shrewsbury

    LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 22:00

    Take an alternative look at Liverpool's Emirates FA Cup third-round win in a new edition of Inside Anfield.

    The Reds came from a goal down against Shrewsbury Town on Sunday afternoon to safely book their place in the next stage with a 4-1 victory.

    Kaide Gordon began the comeback at the Kop end and Fabinho struck twice – either side of a typically clever Roberto Firmino backheel finish.

    See how the cup tie unfolded via our behind-the-scenes cameras in the video below.

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    Inside Anfield: Behind the scenes of FA Cup win over Shrewsbury

    LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 22:00
    Take an alternative look at Liverpool's Emirates FA Cup third-round win in a new edition of Inside Anfield.
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    Match report: U23s kick off 2022 with PL2 victory at Derby

    LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 20:59

    Liverpool U23s battled to a 1-0 victory at Derby County in their opening game of 2022 on Monday night.

    An own goal by Eiran Cashin late in the second half at Loughborough University Stadium proved to be the decisive moment of a game the young Reds were on top of for long periods.

    It was a satisfying beginning to the year for Barry Lewtas’ team as they clinched three points in Premier League 2 for the first time since November 28.

    Liverpool almost opened the scoring within moments of kick-off.

    An early example of the high press that the visitors would consistently use to good effect against their opponents saw the ball bounce out to James Norris around 20 yards from goal and his drive, which looked on course for the net, was hacked away by Max Bardell.

    Barry Lewtas’ team went even closer in the 11th minute as Owen Beck’s deep free-kick from the left flank was sent across the area by Billy Koumetio and Melkamu Frauendorf connected with a header – but, this time, the effort was cleared from right on the Derby line.

    The Rams continued with their strategy of short passing out from the back despite the Reds’ pressure and the visitors might have made more of an error they forced before the half-hour.

    James Balagizi pounced on a misplaced pass and tried to poke it through to the run of Leighton Clarkson into the box, but he could not get the ball under his control.

    Clear chances fizzled out as half-time approached and it then arrived with the score still goalless, though Liverpool remained very much on top.

    There was a scrappier nature to the contest when it resumed, with little action in either penalty area until a series of Reds opportunities at the midway point.

    First, Clarkson’s promising set-piece strike was deflected wide of the right post and then Isaac Mabaya’s fierce hit from outside the box was diverted over the crossbar by an opponent’s touch.

    And the best of the three openings followed. Stefan Bajcetic guided an accurate right-to-left diagonal to the feet of Frauendorf in space in the channel, but his low shot on the angle was too close to the goalkeeper’s gloves.

    In the end, it was a Derby own goal that handed Liverpool a 72nd-minute breakthrough they will feel they merited.

    Norris’ slick pass out to the wing for Beck preceded a wicked cross from the left-back that Cashin cut out – but only with a swipe that sent the ball past his ’keeper.

    Bajcetic was inches away from putting a 20-yard curler into the top corner as Liverpool pushed for a second goal that was not required as the final whistle soon confirmed victory.

    Liverpool U23s: Pitaluga, Mabaya, Beck, Clayton, Koumetio, Bajcetic, Balagizi, Clarkson (Chambers, 84), Bearne, Norris, Frauendorf (Clark, 87).

    Unused substitutes: Kelly, Wilson, Cannonier.

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