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Liverpool set for Anfield pre-season friendly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

James Milner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Reds given big boost in Luka Jovic pursuit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Reds given big boost in Luka Jovic pursuit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Reds given big boost in Luka Jovic pursuit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How Alisson Becker is inspiring a new goalkeeping generation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This season has been one of giant strides for Williams.

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

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

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

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

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

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Meet the Academy: Rhys Williams

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Liverpool announce pre-season USA trip

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

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

The University of Notre Dame will host the first game The University of Notre Dame will host the first game The University of Notre Dame will host the first game

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

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

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

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

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

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Liverpool managing director Billy Hogan said:

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

Liverpool played Manchester United in front of 100,000 fans in Michigan last year Liverpool played Manchester United in front of 100,000 fans in Michigan last year Liverpool played Manchester United in front of 100,000 fans in Michigan last year

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

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

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Liverpool FC summer tour to America confirmed – Reds return to Fenway & New York

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 19:05

Liverpool FC will return to America this summer and play a pre-season friendly at Boston’s Fenway Park Stadium for the first time since 2014.


The Reds have broken with ‘tradition’ to head west again, rather than heading east to Asia as they typically do every other summer.

Jurgen Klopp‘s side will play matches in Boston, New York City and Indiana as part of their 2019/20 season preparations.

The game in Boston will take place at the historic Fenway Park baseball stadium, home of course to FSG’s other sports team, the Boston Red Sox. That will be against Sevilla on July 21.

Before that Liverpool will take on Borussia Dortmund at the 77,622-seater Notre Dame Stadium in Indiana, on July 19.

The final game of the trip Stateside will be in New York City and at another baseball stadium, the Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, against Sporting CP on July 24.

We understand that the squad will be based in Boston for the duration of their stay, training at Harvard University’s Ohiri Field, where they trained in 2012 and 2014.

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  • Vs. Borussia Dortmund – Notre Dame Stadium – July 19
  • Vs. Sevilla – Fenway Park – July 21
  • Vs. Sporting CP – Yankee Stadium – July 24

Prior to heading across the Atlantic, Klopp’s squad will play a couple of domestic friendlies in the north-west, while after they return to Europe they are expected to go on a second training camp and play a headline-friendly in London, possibly at Tottenham‘s new stadium in early August.

The new Premier League season begins on 10 August.

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Liverpool to head to United States for three pre-season fixtures

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 18:59

Liverpool Football Club will head to the USA as part of their 2019-20 pre-season preparations this July to play in three of the most iconic sporting venues in the States.

Jürgen Klopp’s men will visit Fenway Park in Boston, Yankee Stadium in New York City and Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana at the University of Notre Dame.

Kicking off the Reds’ trip, the University of Notre Dame in Indiana will host a competitive football match for the first time in the 90-year history of its 77,000-seat venue, when the Reds face Borussia Dortmund on Friday July 19 (8pm kick-off local time).

The team will next make their way to Boston for a welcome return to the home of the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park, to meet Spain’s oldest football club, Sevilla FC, on Sunday July 21 (6pm kick-off local time). 

Then, on Wednesday July 24, the famous Yankee Stadium baseball field will be transformed into a football pitch when Liverpool take on Sporting CP (8pm kick-off local time).

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Billy Hogan, LFC’s managing director and chief commercial officer, said: “Pre-season tour is an important time of the year for our first team to prepare for the upcoming season, while also providing the opportunity to bring the first team to our fans around the world.

“We’re heading to three incredible locations this year. Each of the stadiums has their own deep-rooted heritage similar to our own and we’ll face three great opposition teams in Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Sporting CP. This trip to the USA will be very special and we’re really looking forward to having as many of our supporters with us along the way.”

While in the USA, the club will also take an active role in key local community projects in each of the three locations visited.

Ticketing information for supporters

  • July 19: LFC v Borussia Dortmund, Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Indiana. General sale: 10am EST April 26.
  • July 21: LFC v Sevilla, Fenway Park, Boston. General sale: 10am EST April 26.
  • July 24: LFC v Sporting, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York. General sale: 10am EST May 9.

There will be pre-sales for all games for Members, season ticket holders, official Liverpool Supporters Clubs and International Academies.

For more information on tickets, visit: www.liverpoolfc.com/tickets.

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Alexander-Arnold: We'll need everyone to play a part in the run-in

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 17:27

Trent Alexander-Arnold accepts he is by no means guaranteed to start each of Liverpool’s remaining fixtures in 2018-19 as they strive for domestic and European success.

The Reds have three games left to contest in the Premier League as they continue to battle it out with Manchester City to be crowned champions.

In the Champions League, meanwhile, Jürgen Klopp’s men are facing a mouth-watering semi-final clash with FC Barcelona over two legs at the start of next month, with the winners set to face either Tottenham Hotspur or Ajax Amsterdam in Madrid on June 1.

Entering the run-in, Liverpool’s ranks have been bolstered by the return of Joe Gomez to full fitness recently, with the defender appearing in the last two matches as a substitute, replacing Alexander-Arnold.

And the No.66 feels the Reds will benefit from the additional options at the manager’s disposal.

“Hopefully we’ve got six games left,” Alexander-Arnold told journalists. “It doesn’t sound too much but when you’re putting everything into it you need players to come in and out.

“It’s good to be able to bring different players in.

“Now the weather plays a bit more of a part and you have to put a bit more effort in. It’s exciting.

“Every game you want to play and it’s good when the manager has that faith and trust in you to play.

“We have to recover as soon as possible because we know we’ve got a tough run of fixtures to go. We’re excited.”

Liverpool’s position at the summit of the Premier League table could be displaced by Manchester City on Wednesday, with Pep Guardiola’s side set to tackle Manchester United at Old Trafford in their game in hand.

Alexander-Arnold continued: “It’s rare that you get these seasons. We’ve worked really hard with the foundations, kept quite a lot of clean sheets.

“It’s important for us to keep up the momentum. It’s not about how many points we’ve got now, it’s about how many we can end up with and put the pressure back on City.

“Hopefully United will do us a favour.”

Meanwhile, Alexander-Arnold revealed his pride at being named on the six-man shortlist for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

The 20-year-old faces competition from David Brooks (Bournemouth), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Declan Rice (West Ham United) and Manchester City pair Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling for the prize.

“I found out after the away leg in Porto,” he revealed. “It’s exciting. I’m really proud to be mentioned.

“There’s six really good players. It’s nice to have respect from other players.

“Michael Edwards told me. He spoke to my mum beforehand and I think my family knew before me but everyone wanted to focus on the game in Porto and get that out of the way before delivering the good news.”

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Liverpool eye summer move for Lyon star

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 16:40

Liverpool are eyeing a summer move for Lyon's star midfielder Houssem Aouar.

The 20-year-old has emerged as the jewel in the crown of the Ligue 1 side and has impressed in the Champions League this season.

Aouar caught the eye against Manchester City during the group stages of Europe’s elite club competition, leading Pep Guardiola to describe him as ‘incredible’.

‘He’s always very calm with the ball at his feet, with an excellent technical quality,’ the City boss added following the 2-2 draw in Lyon back in November.

Liverpool attempted to sign Lyon captain Nabil Fekir last summer, only for the move to fall through at the last minute after the medical highlighted an issue with the player’s knee.

Jurgen Klopp, according to le10sport, has switched his attentions to Aouar but is likely to meet stubborn resistance from Lyon, who are battling to keep hold of City target Tanguy Ndombele.

Juventus and Manchester United are also monitoring Ndombele, while Chelsea have asked the 22-year-old to delay a move for another 12 months should they incur a transfer ban.

Lyon will sanction a move for Fekir should he refuse to sign a new contract but are unwilling to allow their three star players leave in the same summer, leaving Liverpool with a difficult task to secure the services of Aouar.

Source: Metro

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Reds ‘push hard’ for Lyon star & Camacho latest – Tuesday’s Liverpool FC News Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 16:30

We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Tuesday, as focus switches to Friday’s visit of Huddersfield.


Today’s Main Headlines Klopp Keen on Aouar

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Jurgen Klopp is “pushing hard” to secure a deal for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, according to Le 10 Sport.

Liverpool are believed to be attempting to negotiate a move, but the Ligue 1 side are reluctant to sell such a prized asset, with Nabil Fekir and Tanguy Ndombele both set to exit.

A big-money bid could alter that, however, as Klopp looks to add more creativity in the middle of the park.

Aouar has made 44 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring seven goals, and also has eight caps to his name for France U21s.

Liverpool tried to sign him back in 2016, but the player turned down a move in favour of agreeing his first professional contract at Lyon.

Sporting Priced out of Camacho Move

 Liverpool's Rafael Camacho prays before during the UEFA Youth League Group C match between S.S.C. Napoli and Liverpool FC at Stadio Comunale di Frattamaggiore. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

According to A Bola, Sporting CP will be priced out of a move for Rafa Camacho, who is expected to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

The young Portuguese has failed to agree a new deal at Anfield, with some recent social media posts leading to confusion surrounding his relationship with Klopp.

This latest report states that Sporting are only winning to pay £4.3 million for Camacho’s services, with Liverpool demanding at least £8 million.

Michael Edwards has gained a reputation for working on his terms, so unless the Portuguese giants change their stance, they won’t be signing the 18-year-old.

Fulham Demand Big Money for Sessegnon

Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon - Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

With Fulham heading back to the Championship, Ryan Sessegnon looks likely to leave this summer.

The teenager may have struggled during his first season in the Premier League, but there is still no disputing his ability.

The Express claim that the Cottagers want £40 million for Sessegnon, with Liverpool touted with an interest in the past.

In terms of his profile—young, versatile and full of potential—the 18-year-old fits the bill and it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see the Reds make a bid.

Tottenham and Juventus are also rumoured to be interested.

Van Dijk Voted Premier League’s Finest

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk celebrates after the 4-1 (6-1 on aggregate) victory during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg match between FC Porto and Liverpool FC at Est·dio do Drag„o. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Virgil van Dijk has been voted the Premier League‘s star man this season by FourFourTwo.

The Dutchman came out on top in a list of 50 players, and is also the strong favourite to win the PFA Player of the Year award on Sunday night.

Sadio Mane (fifth) was the next-highest Liverpool player, while Mohamed Salah (seventh), Andy Robertson (10th) and Alisson (25th) were also chosen.

Van Dijk’s stiffest competition was provided by Man City duo Bernardo Silva (second) and Raheem Sterling (third), as well as Eden Hazard (fourth).

Reds Make Apology Over Cancelled Event

 Liverpool's manager J¸rgen Klopp celebrates after the 2-0 victory during the FA Premier League match between Cardiff City FC and Liverpool FC at the Cardiff City Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool have issued an apology after they cancelled a sold-out event at Anfield this Thursday night, report the Liverpool Echo.

Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Trent Alexander-Arnold were due to take part in a Q&A discussing their careers, but Klopp has decided against it.

The Reds boss wants sole focus to be on winning the Premier League and Champions League double, with as few distractions as possible.

Klopp felt the event would clash with training plans ahead of the Huddersfield game, with it now rescheduled for early next season.

The statement read:

“Given our strong position in the Premier League and Champions League, the team is continuing its important preparations for the final key games of the season.

“Therefore the decision has been taken to postpone this event to a later date which will likely be at the start of the new season.

“Please accept our sincerest apologies for the change, whilst we know this is disappointing, your tickets will still be valid for the revised date once confirmed.”

Liverpool to Pay Compensation for Duncan

 Liverpool's Bobby Duncan during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at The Academy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Bobby Duncan will come up against former club City in the FA Youth Cup final on Thursday, as the Reds look to win the competition for the first time since 2007.

The young striker joined the Reds last summer after his deal with City expired, and Goal have revealed that they will have to pay £200,000 in compensation as part of the move, as expected when he joined.

Liverpool fought off plenty of competition for Duncan, who has enjoyed a superb season alongside strike partner Paul Glatzel, scoring 31 goals.

No player has found the net more times across the Reds’ U18, U19, U23 and senior sides in 2018/19.

De Bruyne Injury Update

 Liverpool's manager J¸rgen Klopp embraces Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne after the FA Premier League match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the Etihad Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Kevin De Bruyne injured his hamstring in City’s 1-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday and the Times have revealed that he could miss their four remaining Premier League matches this season.

The Belgian had been in superb form prior to limping off at the weekend, finding top gear again after an injury-plagued campaign.

While news of any footballer getting injured should not be celebrated, it is an unquestionable boost for Liverpool, ahead of City’s trip to Old Trafford to face Man United on Wednesday.

De Bruyne could return for the FA Cup final meeting with Watford on May 18.

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