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Klopp's fitness update on Trent, Matip and Milner

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 22:56

Jürgen Klopp admits the knock sustained by Trent Alexander-Arnold towards the end of Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Napoli will require further assessment.

The full-back needed to be replaced by Dejan Lovren in the 90th minute of the contest after appearing to pick up an injury to his foot.

Joel Matip was also involved in a collision in the final seconds of the game, while James Milner was forced from the pitch with cramp; however, Klopp is confident neither player has a serious issue.

Asked about the knocks sustained by his players, the manager told his post-match press conference: “I’m not sure. Nobody told me anything about [Joel’s] shoulder, so hopefully that’s a good sign.

“Trent got a knock on his foot, we are not sure about what exactly it is. It is painful.

“Millie had cramps – I hope it was only cramp. That was it, I don’t know anything else.”

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Klopp's fitness update on Trent, Matip and Milner

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 22:56
Jürgen Klopp admits the knock sustained by Trent Alexander-Arnold towards the end of Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Napoli will require further assessment.
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Liverpool 1-0 Napoli: Player Ratings

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 22:51

Liverpool secured their passage into the knockout stages of the Champions League with an incredibly tense 1-0 victory against Napoli on Tuesday night.


Liverpool 1-0 Napoli

Champions League Group Stage (6), Anfield
December 11, 2018

Goals: Salah 34′

Alisson – 9.5 (out of 10) – Man of the Match

It feels as though the Brazilian is producing defining moments in every single match at the moment, and here Alisson produced one of the moments of the season to deny Arkadiusz Milik in stoppage time from point-blank range.

It was a save which exemplified exactly why Liverpool were fully justified in shelling out £65 million to secure one of the finest ‘keepers in world football and ensured Liverpool’s passage into the last 16.

One sloppy pass in the first half aside, this was yet another phenomenal display from Liverpool’s goalkeeper.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7

Napoli focused the majority of their attacks down Liverpool’s right-hand side, and Alexander-Arnold had a tough job on his hands dealing with the dual threat of Lorenzo Insigne and the overlapping Mario Rui.

He largely coped well, despite getting caught out on a couple of occasions, and offered a constant outlet further up the pitch, supplying several excellent deliveries into the box.

His withdrawal late on is a concern ahead of the weekend’s clash against Man United, but hopefully it was a case of cramp rather than any serious injury which will keep him out for any length of time.

 Liverpool's Joel Matip (L) and SSC Napoli's Fabián Ruiz during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Joel Matip – 8

Off the back of a superb performance in Saturday’s 4-0 thrashing of Bournemouth, Matip was preferred to Dejan Lovren in the heart of defence and justified Jurgen Klopp’s decision with another accomplished display.

Matip was alert defensively, making numerous important headers and interceptions, positioning himself well to sweep up any loose balls.

As ever, he showed ambition on the ball with crisp, forward passes to get Liverpool on the front foot. Another strong showing.

Virgil van Dijk – 9

Picked up an early booking in somewhat unfortunate fashion, clearly winning the ball in a challenge on Dries Mertens before following through heavily on the Belgian forward, which earned the Dutchman a suspension for Liverpool’s first leg of the last 16.

Otherwise, the Van Dijk was his usual imperious self, making countless vital interventions at the back to sweep up and cut out dangerous crosses, while winning the vast majority of his aerial battles and generally marshalling his team-mates through a finely balanced game to retain the clean sheet.

Andy Robertson – 8.5

The Scot has been one of Liverpool’s most consistent performers all season and delivered yet another impressive showing against Napoli, both offensively and defensively.

Robertson won his battles when needed, but most impressive was his relentless marauding runs up and down the left wing, never afraid to take players on and get himself into the final third.

Created an excellent chance for Sadio Mane late on which should have ended up in the back of the net, although he was a touch fortunate to see Jose Callejon fire over the bar after he failed to clear a dangerous cross at the back post.

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson celebrates after beating SSC Napoli 1-0 and progressing to the knock-out phase during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jordan Henderson – 8.5

Despite widespread discontent over Klopp’s midfield selection pre-game, this was arguably the captain’s finest performance of the season thus far.

Snapping into tackles, breaking up Napoli’s attacks and offering real drive and purpose on the ball, Henderson led by example and set the tone for an intense display of pressing by Liverpool all evening.

This is exactly the kind of performance he needs to deliver more regularly.

James Milner – 8

As with Henderson, Milner was everywhere, shutting down potential counter-attacks and quickly shifting the ball forward into Liverpool’s attacking players.

Put in a tremendous shift defensively, and curled a shot narrowly wide of the far post in the second half before being replaced by Fabinho.

His experience and composure in these tense situations proved invaluable.

 Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Gini Wijnaldum – 9

The top performer in an excellent midfield unit on the night, this was Wijnaldum at his very best.

The Dutchman was industrious and courageous throughout, helping win the ball back and retain possession to keep Liverpool in control of the contest.

Of all Liverpool’s outfield players, Wijnaldum was the one who made sure he got his foot on the ball late on and kept hold of it despite pressure from multiple Napoli players, coolly dribbling himself out of tight situations to help run the clock down.

Knitted everything together between midfield and attack.

Mohamed Salah – 9

Along with Alisson, Salah was responsible for one of two key moments which sent Liverpool through to the knockout stages.

Liverpool ought to have made more of their many chances, but it was a moment of sheer genius from Salah which ultimately decided the contest.

Dropping a shoulder to burst pass the excellent Kalidou Koulibaly, Salah slotted the ball through Ospina’s legs from a tight angle for what turned out to be the crucial winner.

Could have done better with several other opportunities, but Salah’s constant threat and tenacity played a pivotal role in Liverpool’s success on the night.

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sadio Mane – 6.5

Almost, but not quite a sensational performance from the Senegalese who found himself on the end of numerous golden opportunities, but was unable to take any of them due to some rash finishing and a lack of composure in key moments.

That said, Mane’s aggressive pressing and willingness to run at the heart of Napoli’s back line was evident throughout, and he was heavily involved in much of what Liverpool did so well despite not quite having the finishing touch to cap it all off.

Roberto Firmino – 7.5

Another bright showing from Firmino who has shown clear signs of picking up a run of form over the past few matches after a stuttering season to date.

The Brazilian appeared more comfortable stationed higher up the pitch, and was far more influential than he has been until recently.

Set up a couple of good chances for Salah, and was his usual hardworking self, tracking back to steal possession and set Liverpool on the attack again.

Starting XI Average Rating: 8.23 Substitutes

 Liverpool's substitutes Dejan Lovren and Xherdan Shaqiri before the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Naby Keita (on for Firmino, 79′) – 7

Gave Liverpool a much-needed energy boost late on after Milner’s efforts saw him run out of steam to maintain the impetus high up the pitch.

Fabinho (on for Milner, 85′) – N/A

Won several important headers in the final few minutes to help Liverpool withstand a late period of pressure.

Dejan Lovren (on for Alexander-Arnold, 89′) – N/A

One nervy sliced clearance late on as Liverpool held firm to see out the victory despite Napoli’s late chance in stoppage time.

Subs not used: Mignolet, Shaqiri, Sturridge, Origi

Manager

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates after beating SSC Napoli 1-0 and progressing to the knock-out phase during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jurgen Klopp – 8

Klopp came under much scrutiny on social media prior to kickoff, selecting the workmanlike midfield trio which underperformed so disappointingly in the away defeat to PSG.

However, there’s a reason why Klopp is considered a world-class manager and his selection ultimately paid dividends, allowing Liverpool to control the game in a professional manner, striking the right balance between defensive security and posing a constant attacking threat.

It also means Klopp has Fabinho, Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri all fresh for Sunday’s visit of Man United, and ultimately he was vindicated in picking the right XI to pass an extremely tough challenge to keep Liverpool’s Champions League hopes well and truly alive.

Player ratings definitions: 10 = Faultless | 9 = Excellent | 8 = Very Good | 7 = Good | 6 = Average | 5 = Below Par | 4 = Bad | 3 = Very Bad | 2 Awful | 1 = Surely Not Make Your Ratings

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Liverpool 1-0 Napoli: Five talking points

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 22:29

Liverpool clinched qualification from Champions League Group C with a 1-0 victory over Napoli at Anfield on Tuesday night in an action-packed encounter.

Mohamed Salah’s goal after 33 minutes was ultimately the decider in terms of marks on the scoresheet, but Alisson Becker’s stunning save in added time was equally as crucial to ensuring the Reds progressed into the last 16 of the tournament.

Read on for five talking points from Anfield…

‘Alisson, Alisson, Alisson…’

Liverpool’s hopes of progression looked set to end in despair when the ball broke for Napoli substitute Arkadiusz Milik in the second minute of stoppage-time.

Anfield held its collective breath as he prepared to sweep in an equaliser from six yards out and leave the Reds needing to score twice.

But Alisson had other ideas and charged down the shot with a block that was as breath-taking as it was important.

The home fans responded, first with roars of approval before bursting into a chant of ‘Alisson, Alisson, Alisson…’ – and they serenaded their hero again as he made his way from the pitch after the final whistle, with a place in next week’s draw assured.

We’re sure it won’t be too long before it’s a song heard reverberating around Anfield again soon.

There’s Mo place like home…

Salah just loves scoring at Anfield.

His 33rd minute strike to break the deadlock was a thing of beauty as he rode an attempted challenge from Mario Rui on the corner of the box, bamboozled Kalidou Koulibaly with fleet of foot and then found the bottom corner from the tightest of angles by firing underneath David Ospina.

Indeed, it was Salah’s 25th goal in his last 24 appearances on home soil – and his 35th in the last 37.

Some record.

Equalling Rushie…

There was extra significance behind Salah’s goal, too.

It took him onto 14 in the European Cup for Liverpool – level with our all-time record scorer, Ian Rush.

Only Steven Gerrard with 30 has more for the Reds in the competition.

To put his outstanding Champions League record into further context, Salah has been directly involved in 12 goals in his nine Champions League games at Anfield for Liverpool (nine strikes, three assists).

Commanding captain…

Jordan Henderson was restored to the starting line-up as one of three changes made from the team deployed at Bournemouth – and the captain was imperious in the heart of the battle in midfield.

With the hosts pushing for more goals in the second half, it was the skipper who was instrumental in ensuring they could ramp up the tempo and put Napoli under pressure.

Overall, Henderson completed 87.5 per cent of his passes – more than any other player who started the game for either side – as he picked out a teammate 48 times.

A ban for the big man…

Virgil van Dijk has figured in every minute of Liverpool’s Champions League campaign so far this season – but it’s a run that will come to an end in the next round.

Perhaps the only negative from a good night’s work, the No.4’s 14th minute booking following a challenge on Dries Mertens means he will serve a one-match suspension for the first leg of the Reds’ last-16 tie in February.

Who that'll be against, we'll discover on Monday morning...

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Liverpool 1-0 Napoli: Five talking points

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 22:29
Liverpool clinched qualification from Champions League Group C with a 1-0 victory over Napoli at Anfield on Tuesday night in an action-packed encounter.
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Liverpool edge Napoli to progress

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 22:00
Liverpool qualify from Champions League Group C in second place behind Paris Saint-Germain By James Walker-Roberts

Last Updated: 12/12/18 7:54am

Mohamed Salah scored Liverpool's only goal of the game at Anfield Mohamed Salah scored Liverpool's only goal of the game at Anfield Mohamed Salah scored Liverpool's only goal of the game at Anfield

Liverpool advanced to the last 16 of the Champions League with a tense 1-0 win over Napoli at Anfield.

Mohamed Salah scored the only goal of the game in the 34th minute, finishing past David Ospina from a tight angle.

Needing to win to qualify, Liverpool spurned a host of chances to add to their lead, with Sadio Mane missing two glorious opportunities from close range.

Player ratings

Liverpool: Alisson (8), Alexander-Arnold (7), Matip (8), Van Dijk (8), Robertson (8), Wijnaldum (8), Henderson (7), Milner (7), Mane (5), Salah (7), Fimino (6)

Subs: Keita (5), Fabinho (5), Lovren (5)

Napoli: Ospina (6), Maksimovic (5), Albiol (5), Koulibaly (6), Rui (5), Callejon (5), Allan (5), Hamsik (5), Fabian (5), Mertens (5), Insigne (5)

Subs: Ghoulam (5), Zielinski (5), Milik (5)

Man of the match: Andy Robertson

That allowed Napoli to stay alive and only a crucial point-blank injury-time save from Alisson prevented Arkadiusz Milik from scoring and knocking Liverpool out of the Champions League.

When is the draw for the last 16?

The result sees Jurgen Klopp's side finish second in Group C behind Paris Saint-Germain, who won 4-1 against Red Star Belgrade.

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Both Liverpool and PSG will now look forward to the last-16 draw on December 17, having come through one of the more difficult groups in this season's competition.

In truth, Liverpool's night should have been more comfortable than it was in the final 20 minutes, given the number of chances they created.

Salah celebrates Liverpool's opening goal Salah celebrates Liverpool's opening goal Salah celebrates Liverpool's opening goal

They were the better side throughout, with Salah and James Milner spurning early openings either side of Marek Hamsik shooting over from the edge of the box.

The opening goal arrived in the 34th minute when Salah shimmied past Kalidou Koulibaly and then finished past Ospina, who was caught creeping out of his goal in expectation of a cross rather than a shot.

Salah shot wide at the start of the second half after breaking into the box before Roberto Firmino headed at Ospina.

Andy Robertson and Jose Callejon battle for the ball Andy Robertson and Jose Callejon battle for the ball Andy Robertson and Jose Callejon battle for the ball

It looked only a matter of time before Liverpool scored again as Milner curled wide and then Salah took the ball around Ospina, only to be denied by a flying save from the goalkeeper.

As the clock ticked down, and with Napoli only needing to score once to advance, the atmosphere grew more tense.

Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane started for Liverpool along with Joel Matip, with Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri dropping to the bench from the win over Bournemouth on Saturday.

Dries Mertens started ahead of Arkadiusz Milik for Napoli.

Mane was denied from close range by Ospina before Jose Callejon spurned Napoli's best opening when he shot over at the back post.

Mane then missed a superb chance, firing wide from an excellent position in front of goal.

That kept Napoli in the game and only a superb save from Alisson in injury-time prevented Milik from snatching a draw for the visitors that would have seen them advance at Liverpool's expense.

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  • Liverpool have progressed to the knockout stages in successive Champions League campaigns for the first time since 2008-09 (5 in a row).
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in 19 successive European matches at Anfield (W14 D5 L0), last losing at home in European competition back in October 2014 against Real Madrid (0-3).
  • Napoli haven't won any of their last seven UEFA Champions League away matches (W0 D2 L5), with their last victory on the road in the competition coming against Benfica, back in December 2016 (2-1).
  • Liverpool have kept clean sheets in six of their last eight Champions League games at Anfield, including each of the last two.
  • Mohamed Salah has had a hand in 48 goals in 38 games in all competitions for Liverpool at Anfield (35 goals, 13 assists).
  • Since the start of last season, Liverpool's James Milner has provided more assists in the Champions League than any other player (9).
Man of the match - Andy Robertson

Alisson's save at the end was crucial, but Robertson produced a brilliant all-round display. He was full of running, bursting down the left side and putting in several good crosses, and also played a key role in keeping Napoli's forwards quiet for most of the night.

What's next?

Liverpool host Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday before a trip to Wolves on Friday, December 21. Both games are live on Sky Sports.

The draw for the last 16 will be on December 17 in Nyon, Switzerland.

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Match report: Reds edge Napoli to reach CL last 16

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 21:58

Mohamed Salah's goal sent Liverpool into the Champions League last 16 as the 1-0 result required to leapfrog Napoli in Group C was achieved.

The forward’s first-half strike ultimately clinched three points from a fraught encounter with the Serie A outfit that remained in the balance until the last kick.

It was a result sufficient to lift Jürgen Klopp’s team above Napoli in the section by virtue of goals scored, with the head-to-head record and goal difference unable to separate them.

The Reds therefore take second place behind Paris Saint-Germain and will be in next Monday’s draw for the first round of the competition’s knockout stages.

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Team news

Klopp made three changes to the XI he named against Bournemouth last weekend, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane brought back in.

Andy Robertson made his 50th appearance for the club.

First half

If the delicate permutations involved in the tie threatened a cagey encounter, the zip and bite of the early exchanges promised neither side was going to be patient.

A cleaner touch by Salah might have given the Reds a lead within seven minutes but the No.11 could not quite control Robertson’s outstanding, first-time thread into the box.

Immediately at the other end, Marek Hamsik swiped a shot narrowly over the bar, before James Milner sent a header just off target from Alexander-Arnold’s delivery.

Virgil van Dijk’s sliding challenge on Dries Mertens, for which the Dutchman was booked and will miss Liverpool’s next European match, prompted a pause to the game’s thrilling pace.

But not for long – and Anfield erupted, albeit briefly, when Mane clinically prodded in Alexander-Arnold’s flat cross to the back post from an offside position.

The celebrations kicked in for real with 34 minutes on the clock, as Milner’s forward pass into Salah’s feet transformed from routine move into Liverpool breakthrough.

The Egyptian’s 13th goal of the season was textbook; he rolled Mario Rui’s attempt to foul him, shuffled around Kalidou Koulibaly and, from a narrowing angle on the right, knocked the ball through the goalkeeper’s legs into the far corner.

Advantage Liverpool at the break.

Second half

The tempo of the opening 45 minutes resumed when the teams emerged from that interval and Salah was inches away from putting the Reds two ahead.

Henderson stole possession from Hamsik high up the pitch, allowing Roberto Firmino to slide in Salah to his right. The forward showed strength to hold off Rui as he surged into the area but poked his finish the wrong side of the near post.

Firmino headed an Alexander-Arnold cross straight at David Ospina and the Napoli stopper collected a Henderson volley from distance as Liverpool increasingly dictated proceedings up to the hour mark.

Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti made three substitutions in quick succession in an attempt to regain impetus and it worked, with the visitors maintaining a period of pressure as the minutes ticked away.

Gaps were opening up for Klopp’s men on the counter-attack, though, and with a quarter of an hour left Ospina had to force Salah wide when one-on-one and then recover to stop the follow-up cross from reaching Firmino.

He produced an even better save moments later, this time with his legs, when Robertson broke free on the left side and squared for Mane to strike from close range.

Lorenzo Insigne clipped a tricky cross from the left flank to the far post and Robertson could not hook it away from Jose Callejon, who lifted his shot from yards out over the goalframe.

Liverpool continued to create opportunities and the unmarked Mane drove an effort wide from eight yards having been teed up by Salah three minutes from time.

Still the tension went on, Napoli refusing to lie down, and Alisson Becker somehow reacted to keep out a stoppage-time snapshot from Arkadiusz Milik in stunning fashion.

And the single goal finally, thankfully, proved enough and the Reds’ 2018-19 Champions League journey will extend into next year and the knockout rounds.

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Match report: Reds edge Napoli to reach CL last 16

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 21:58
Mohamed Salah's goal sent Liverpool into the Champions League last 16 as the 1-0 result required to leapfrog Napoli in Group C was achieved.
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Listen live free: Audio commentary of LFC v Napoli

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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Napoli

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 18:42

Liverpool make three changes for this evening’s must-win Champions League tie with Napoli at Anfield.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane return to the starting XI for the clash with the Serie A side, which the Reds need to secure victory in if they’re to progress into the last 16 of the competition.

Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri are the players who make way from Saturday’s win at Bournemouth, with the trio named on the bench.

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Milner, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Subs: Mignolet, Fabinho, Lovren, Keita, Sturridge, Shaqiri, Origi.

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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Napoli

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 18:42
Liverpool make three changes for this evening’s must-win Champions League tie with Napoli at Anfield.
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Match report: U19s seal Youth League progress with Napoli rout

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 15:14

Liverpool U19s secured their place in the last 16 of the UEFA Youth League and progressed as Group C winners with a thoroughly impressive 5-0 rout of Napoli characterised by moments of individual brilliance.

Rafael Camacho, Liam Millar, Paul Glatzel, Curtis Jones and Bobby Duncan all found the net and it could have been more if not for the offside flag and an outstanding display from visiting goalkeeper Alessandro D’Andrea.

Barry Lewtas’ side went into the match guaranteed of at least second place in Group C and a play-off, but knew a win would secure direct progress to the next phase courtesy of their superior head-to-head record over qualification rivals Paris Saint-Germain, who kicked off two hours later away to Red Star Belgrade.

This was the reverse of October’s clash in Italy, when Bobby Adekanye’s strike was cancelled out by Gianluca Gaetano’s controversial late leveller.

Liverpool made an assertive start in St Helens and came close twice in the first 10 minutes, Jake Cain’s powerful low drive from distance forcing D’Andrea to palm around the post before Jones jinked in off the left wing and swerved a shot narrowly wide of the far corner.

D’Andrea had more work to do in the 13th minute, with Glatzel – fresh from his hat-trick against Southampton for the U18s at the weekend – collecting a Cain pass inside the box and firing towards the bottom left corner, but the Napoli ‘keeper again saved impressively.

Millar was next to threaten with the clearest opportunity thus far, side-footing over an open goal at the back post from a typically inviting Adam Lewis delivery.

D’Andrea looked less assured in the 33rd minute when he tore out onto the left wing and brought down Camacho, picking up a yellow card, and it would be Camacho who gave the young Reds a richly merited opener a minute later.

Glatzel and Millar combined nicely down the right, Jones manoeuvred into space and struck a shot which was deflected towards the back post, where Liverpool’s top scorer in the UEFA Youth League was waiting to notch his fourth of the campaign.

Lewtas’ charges were threatening to run away with it. Jones, seeming more confident than ever after his time spent at Melwood with the first team, forced yet another D’Andrea save following a one-two with Camacho.

The second goal did arrive just before the break, Millar making up for his earlier miss by knocking in the rebound when D’Andrea parried Camacho’s right-wing cross. The 19-year-old Canadian had seen another effort ruled out for offside moments earlier.

It took only 120 seconds of the second half for Liverpool to register again, Glatzel with the pick of the goals so far – a resounding finish in off the bar after a slick one-two with Millar.

The Napoli defence were pulled apart again almost immediately, Jones gathering on the right side of the penalty area, beating his man and drilling under D’Andrea with his left boot.

Substitute Luis Longstaff nearly added a fifth late on, moving in off the right wing and curling just wide after a series of step-overs.

Glatzel had been replaced by his partner in crime from the U18s, Duncan, and unsurprisingly the in-form 17-year-old made his presence felt, swivelling on the edge of the box and pinging an unerringly accurate low shot into the bottom left corner with four minutes remaining.

So, having successfully negotiated the group stage for the second year running, Liverpool will discover their last-16 opponent when the draw is made on February 22, with the tie to be played on March 12/13.

Liverpool U19s: Jaros, N. Williams, Lewis (Boyes), R. Williams, Hoever, Coyle (Clarkson), Millar, Cain (Dixon-Bonner), Glatzel (Duncan), Jones, Camacho (Longstaff).

Unused substitutes: Kelly, Clayton.

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Match report: U19s seal Youth League progress with Napoli rout

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 15:14
Liverpool U19s secured their place in the last 16 of the UEFA Youth League and progressed as Group C winners with a thoroughly impressive 5-0 rout of Napoli characterised by moments of individual brilliance.
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Liverpool U19s progress in UEFA Youth League after Rafa Camacho inspires rampant win over Napoli

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 14:57

Liverpool’s U19s produced a dominant display in the UEFA Youth League to put five past Napoli and progress to the next phase.


Liverpool U19s 5-0 Napoli U19s

UEFA Youth League Group Stage (6), Langtree Park, St Helens
December 11, 2018

Goals: Camacho 34′, Millar 42′, Glatzel 47′, Jones 50′, Duncan 85′.

The Reds needed a positive result to confirm their progression from the group phase and set about showcasing their authority over their Italian counterparts.

Liverpool were utterly dominant in the early stages, barely allowing Napoli out of their own half and creating a succession of chances—but the final touch was consistently missing.

The biggest early chance fell the way of Liam Millar; a low cross from the left saw him side-foot over the bar from just five yards out, but he was far from the only culprit.

Glatzel saw a low effort saved, Curtis Jones made several penetrating runs which didn’t end with a final pass and Rafa Camacho twice wasted promising openings.

For all that the finishing might have frustrated, though, this was an excellent first-half performance from the young Reds, who were quick to win the ball back and full of clever off-the-ball running.

 Jake Cain, Paul Glatzel, captain Adam Lewis, Liam Coyle, Neco Williams, Curtis Jones.(Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Captain Adam Lewis thought he might have earned a penalty after he was caught late when challenging for a 50-50, but the ref instead signalled a Napoli free-kick for a high boot.

Camacho’s pace was causing problems for Napoli and his acceleration saw him burst away down the left and beat the goalkeeper who had come racing out—a foul and yellow card was the result.

More important was the subsequent phase of play: Napoli cleared the initial free-kick delivery, but Jones’ shot was deflected into the path of Camacho, who slid to steer home the opening goal just after the half-hour mark.

Jones missed a one-on-one as the chances kept coming and Millar tapped home from close range before the break, but he was flagged marginally offside.

 Liverpool's Liam Millar (R) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mate Neco Williams during the UEFA Youth League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Langtree Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It didn’t matter, though, as he scored again less than a minute later, side-footing home from six yards after a Camacho cross was palmed his way.

A two-goal lead at the break barely told the story, though, and Liverpool put a more realistic scoreline in place straight after the restart.

Glatzel latched onto a pass down the right channel and immediately lashed in a brilliant strike, in off the crossbar, for his 17th of the season.

Napoli were completely collapsing and Jones made it 4-0 two minutes later, turning back inside and drilling one low inside the near post.

 Liverpool's Rafael Camacho (R) celebrates scoring the first goal with team-mate Curtis Jones during the UEFA Youth League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Langtree Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After that point, both sides made a full five changes apiece and the flow of the game was affected as a result.

Chances still came and went, but the final word went to sub Bobby Duncan, who spun and rifled in a low shot from the edge of the box.

TIA Man of the Match: Rafa Camacho

Liverpool U19s: Jaros; N. Williams, Hoever, R. Williams, Lewis (Boyes 54′); Coyle (Clarkson 54′), Cain (Dixon-Bonner 80′); Jones, Millar, Camacho (Longstaff 54′); Glatzel (Duncan 69′).

Subs not used: Kelly, Clayton.

U18s Next match: Portsmouth (H) – FA Youth Cup – Tuesday, December 18, 7pm

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Liverpool targeting shock transfer for Brighton midfielder Pascal Gross

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 14:46

Liverpool have been linked with a surprise January transfer move for Brighton midfielder Pascal Gross.


The Reds have long been on the lookout for attacking additions, with Xherdan Shaqiri the only real final-third transfer made last summer.

A move for Nabil Fekir fell through—and now the Mirror suggest that Gross is seen as an alternative by Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds could make a £15 million move to bolster the manager’s squad options, with Gross in and out of the Brighton team this season after injury.

Gross, 27 years of age, won the Player of the Year award at his club last season, scoring seven goals and assisting eight in the Premier League.

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Primarily an attacking player, Gross can play both as a central midfielder or a support forward as needed, and his set-piece delivery is a real threat.

Klopp is a known admirer of the German playmaker, at least in terms of an opposition player.

“Really good. A smart signing, really good,” he said on Gross last season, as the Reds faced Brighton.

 Liverpool's manager J¸rgen Klopp during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“I’ve known him since he was a kid at Karlsruher, to be honest.

“A fantastic player, made another big step physical-wise and, I think you know it here, a nice right foot—really good set-pieces and really good shooter. Smart player, good view. I like him.”

Gross would perhaps be seen as an additional option to play just off the main striker in the Reds’ revamped approach this season, as Roberto Firmino has done.

While not an elite-level addition, the hope would be he could play a similar role to that which Shaqiri has managed, stepping up from a lower club to offer a good support role to the regular starters.

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Wolves v Liverpool: FA Cup ticket details

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 14:21

Liverpool FC has released the following information regarding away tickets sales for the FA Cup third-round tie against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday January 7.

The game at Molineux is scheduled to kick-off at 7.45pm GMT.

LFC has received a total allocation of 4774 stand tickets for this ALL ticket fixture.

Supporters not in possession of a ticket are urged not to travel.

Ticket prices


Steve Bull Lower Tier

Adult - £30

Over 65/17-20 years - £17

12-16 years - £14

11 and under (Junior) - £12

Stan Cullis Quadrant

Adult - £27

Over 65/17-20 years - £15

12-16 years - £10

11 and under (Junior) - £5

Please be aware that supporters in possession of concessionary tickets will be asked for ID at the turnstiles. If supporters are not able to provide the relevant ID, they will be refused entry.  

Hospitality Members

Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand, Executive Box holders, Premium Level and Centenary Club members should contact the Hospitality Department on 0151 264 2222, option 2.

Disabled supporters

Liverpool FC has received within the allocation 20 pairs of wheelchair and carer tickets. Ambulant tickets are also available, and concessions apply. Please click here.

Ticket sales

The below sales will take place ONLINE only. 

Tickets will be available to Season Ticket Holders, Official Members and Fan Card Holders based on attendance at the following FA Cup away fixtures:

Plymouth (18.01.17) and Exeter (08.01.16)

Attendance at 1 or more games: from 8.15am Friday 14 December until 12.30pm Monday 17 December.

Supporters are guaranteed a ticket during this sale and can purchase one ticket per person, up to a maximum of ten tickets per transaction.

The following sale will then take place on a first come first served basis, subject to availability, and supporters can purchase one ticket per person up to a maximum of four tickets per transaction. 

Season Ticket Holders, Official Members and Fan Card Holders based on attendance at West Ham United (09.02.16): from 1pm GMT on Monday December 17 until 8.15am Tuesday December 18.

Should there be any tickets remaining following the initial sales, Liverpool FC will make a further announcement. Supporters are advised to check here for any sale updates.

For TICKET FULFILMENT (Delivery & Collection of Tickets) click here
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Wolves v Liverpool: FA Cup ticket details

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 14:21
Liverpool FC has released the following information regarding away tickets sales for the FA Cup third-round tie against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday January 7.
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Pundits assess Klopp and Mourinho

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 12:52
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How have Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho fared at Liverpool and Man Utd? How have Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho fared at Liverpool and Man Utd? How have Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho fared at Liverpool and Man Utd?

How have Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho fared at Liverpool and Manchester United? The Soccer Saturday pundits assess their work ahead of Sunday's Sky Live clash.

The two rivals go head to head live on Sky Sports this weekend, with United travelling to Anfield in the Premier League as Liverpool look to keep themselves top of the table.

But how have managers Klopp and Mourinho done since arriving at their clubs? We asked the Soccer Saturday pundits for their verdict...

Charlie Nicholas

For a man who has not won anything since he got there, Klopp is so popular, it's frightening. I know the running on the pitch was wrong but I love seeing emotions in football and he is as passionate as they come.

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You have got to get something in the bank eventually or your job will come under threat as a manager, but everybody seems to love this guy. I love watching his team play as a neutral - they are energetic, they are attacking and he has turned them into genuine title contenders again.

I think people like him and others are leaving Jose behind. Jose was a serial winner but now he will be patting himself on the back if he just manages to finish in the top four and it looks like United are going backwards under him.

It always feels that he is just one game away from being in a real crisis again. They have won a couple of trophies, which Klopp has not managed to do, but if you look at which club looks like it is on the rise and which club has the better feel about it at the moment that it is hands down Klopp and Liverpool.

For a man who's not won anything since he got there, Klopp is so popular, it's frightening. I know the running on the pitch was wrong but I love seeing emotions in football and he's as passionate as they come.

Charlie Nicholas on Jurgen Klopp

Phil Thompson

With Klopp, the obvious minus is the lack of silverware and he has been beaten in too many finals. He also maybe failed to improve his defence and goalkeeper quickly enough, although with the 'keeper, it was a case of what goalkeeper was available before he signed Alisson. He also waited it out to sign Virgil van Dijk, which has already proved to be the right move, so that would be a mitigating circumstance for that.

The major plus is that Liverpool are being talked about all around Europe now after last season when they were probably the best attacking team on the continent, so putting that side together was a great achievement for Klopp. Plucking Salah out for what seemed a big fee now seems like a bargain and he has made quite a few brilliant signings.

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Those games against Roma and Man City when getting to the Champions League final was part of an incredible run and Klopp's passion for both his team and the football club creates a wonderful atmosphere around the place.

Jose on the other side may not play that style of football that fans want but he has delivered some trophies and there will be a few Liverpool fans - maybe only a few - but some who would say they would take a more defensive style of play like Jose's in order to win a few trophies, so it's a fine line.

But if you are looking at who is more likely to be winning things this season and going forward then that's certainly Klopp's Liverpool and it's hard to make a case for Jose moving United forward from when he started to now.

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Paul Merson

One's been in the game and won everything in the last 10 years, and the other's just come over and not won anything yet. People are quick to write Mourinho off. It's like Klopp's the man and Mourinho's nothing but he won everything wherever he went for 10 years. Klopp has done great, but he has not won anything.

One has the people feeding out of his hand, but Jose likes people not to like him, I think. Klopp wants the world on his side and Jose says the world's against us.

People are quick to write Mourinho off. It's like Klopp's the man and Mourinho's nothing but he won everything wherever he went for 10 years. Klopp has done great, but he hasn't won anything.

Paul Merson on Jose Mourinho's achievements

Klopp seems to have the players on his side but Jose seems to have half lost them. Klopp has bought brilliantly, Jose has bought terribly - I don't know if that's the club or the manager, but that's how it is.

I don't want to say Jose does not seem interested, but if he's not winning anything, it does not rock his boat. That's just me saying that. He's a winner - coming third and fourth won't do it for him. Other managers just starting out like Klopp - over here at least - have still had it as a challenge to get in the top four or come second and third. I don't see that with Mourinho.

Man Utd have won three trophies under Jose Mourinho, including the Europa League in 2016/17 Man Utd have won three trophies under Jose Mourinho, including the Europa League in 2016/17 Man Utd have won three trophies under Jose Mourinho, including the Europa League in 2016/17 Matt Le Tissier

Klopp has certainly improved Liverpool since he's been there. He's adapted his team a bit this season, although they are not as free flowing as they were last season, but it was the second half of the season when they clicked into gear so there's still time for that. He's definitely improved that team since he's been there and turned them into genuine title contenders.

He's obviously not won anything. He's got them to a few finals but not managed to win [any]. However, he did brilliantly to get them to the Champions League final last year, although the goalkeeper in that game that cost them.

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As a football fan, you have got to like watching Liverpool play and the credit for that has got to go to Klopp. He's got them playing really well.

One of the criticisms for Jose is that if he stays around a club for too long, he starts to lose control as he falls out with so many people. He has not worked out a way of getting them to play a more entertaining style of football and that's frustrating the fans somewhat.

He's obviously won those trophies but they have fallen way behind Manchester City and now Liverpool as contenders so it's not really been a progression for them.

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LIVE: All the build-up to Liverpool v Napoli at Anfield

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 11:37

Klopp: We'll just go for the best result

So, how do Liverpool approach this task? For the manager, it's case of blocking out any talk of permutations...

"We should ignore all the rest around and try to get the best result we can get," he told Liverpoolfc.com. "We always go for a clean sheet, we never want to concede goals - so that's not a big difference.

"We have to defend them with all we have, we have to defend them much better than we did in Naples. And we have to play better; that's easy because that was our worst game of the season. So we will be better, I'm pretty sure - not only because of us but because of the atmosphere as well.

"We need Anfield, we need a special atmosphere. I really think the boys deserve that. Everybody here knows how big the influence can be and that could be an advantage. If it's enough, we'll know after the game."

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