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Sepp van den Berg got his name on the scoresheet as the Netherlands under-19s got their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign off to the perfect start on Tuesday.
Until Liverpool’s next outing, away to Man United on October 20, the focus will be on internationals, and Van den Berg was the first to take to the field from Klopp’s squad.
The 17-year-old, who has experienced a tough start to life with his new club following a £1.3 million move from PEC Zwolle in the summer, started at the back for the Netherlands U19s.
Van den Berg partnered Ramon Hendriks at centre-back, as they took on Moldova in the opening game of Group 12 in the qualifying round for next summer’s European Championship.
The clash in Latvia was a one-sided affair, with the Netherlands firing 23 shots on goal to Moldova’s four, and it was reflected in the final scoreline as they ran out 5-0 victors.
Wouter Burger got the first goal in the 26th minute, before Van den Berg netted a simple effort just after the half-hour mark to double the lead.
Joshua Zirkzee added a third from Redan’s assist after the break, before creator turned goalscorer as Redan struck twice in three minutes to polish off a convincing win.
Van den Berg played 82 minutes, before being replaced by Mees Kreekels as the Netherlands saw the game out; Liverpool’s No. 72 could make another start against Latvia (Oct 11), though he may be saved for Israel (Oct 14).
It has been a slow transition for Van den Berg since arriving from his hometown club, though he made his first-team debut in the League Cup at MK Dons.
So far, he has made eight appearances for the academy sides, but has appeared to struggle with the pace and physicality of the game on a number of occasions, most notably in the air and in possession.
But he is a very young prospect, and this adaptation period should be expected, with high hopes remaining for Van den Berg at Liverpool.
The October break continues on Tuesday evening as Dal Varesanovic and the Bosnia & Herzegovina under-19s take on Slovakia, while on Wednesday, Curtis Jones and Rhys Williams could be in action for the England under-19s.
Two of Liverpool's front three will be on opposing sides on Thursday when Roberto Firmino and Brazil take on Sadio Mane’s Senegal – and you can watch the game live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO.
The pair will face off in the international friendly in Singapore later this week, with Liverpool duties on hold until a trip to Manchester United on October 20.
It’s sure to be an intriguing encounter in the Far East – and it’s one you can watch live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO from 12.55pm BST on Thursday.
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Liverpool have scored some wonderful goals during Jurgen Klopp‘s time as manager, but what about the forgotten gems? We take a look at 10 standouts.
The Reds boss is celebrating four years in the Anfield dugout, during which time he has emphatically delivered his promise to turn “doubters into believers.”
Klopp has been rightly lauded for inspiring some magnificent football from his side, with a variety of top-class goals catching the eye.
There have also been strikes that have been consigned to history, however, whether it be in losing causes or because they are subtle in their brilliance.
Here are 10 of the most underrated goals of the Klopp era.Divock Origi vs. West Brom – December 13, 2015
Trailing 2-1 against the Baggies in December 2015, Origi’s late deflected attempt found the corner of the Kop net, securing a point for his side.
Klopp and his players were ridiculed for ‘celebrating’ in front of their fans after the final whistle, but it was all part of the manager’s masterplan.
It was a message of thanks to the fans, telling them how influential they can be to this team—the Anfield atmosphere has been improved ever since.Daniel Sturridge vs. Sevilla – May 18, 2016
The former Reds striker produced a stunning outside-of-the-boot finish to give Liverpool the lead against Sevilla, only for Klopp’s men to lose 3-1 in Basel.
Had Liverpool won that night, this would be considered one of the Reds’ great final goals.Divock Origi vs. Bournemouth – December 4, 2016
A game that was made famous for Loris Karius having a nightmare at Dean Court, there was also a stunning goal to enjoy before it all went wrong.
Faced with an almost impossible angle, Origi somehow fired a shot into the net to put the Reds 2-0 up, in a wonderful show of technique.Jordan Henderson vs. Chelsea – September 16, 2016
Jordan Henderson doesn’t score many goals at all, but when he does, there is often an element of drama to them.
The Liverpool skipper scored arguably his best goal for the Reds at Chelsea in 2016, curling a perfect shot into the top corner from 30 yards.
Perhaps it’s because it’s Henderson, but very few mention this long-range beauty now, thought it earned the Reds a massive three points at Stamford Bridge.
Had it been Steven Gerrard or Philippe Coutinho, it would rightly belong in their highlight reel.Roberto Firmino vs. Swansea – January 21, 2017
Another defeat, another classic that we’ve allowed to erase from our memories.
Liverpool lost 3-2 to Swansea in shock fashion in January 2017, finding themselves 2-0 down in the second half.
Roberto Firmino launched a one-man comeback, however, pulling one goal back before scoring a supreme equaliser, chesting the ball down, spinning and firing home on the half-volley.
It was a majestic goal that summed up the Brazilian’s unique talent.Gini Wijnaldum vs. Middlesbrough – May 21, 2017
It’s easy to forget what a perilous position Liverpool found themselves in on the final day of the 2016/17 season.
Then Gini Wijnaldum stepped up with a thunderous finish in front of the Kop, easing the nerves and allowing Liverpool to cruise to a 3-0 victory.
Without that goal, things could have panned out very differently.Emre Can vs. Hoffenheim – August 23, 2017
In terms of beautifully worked team goals, few have topped this one during the Klopp era.
A sublime pass from Wijnaldum found Sadio Mane, whose back-heel allowed Firmino to dink a perfect cross into the path of Can.
Magic.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain vs. Man City – January 14, 2018
Pep Guardiola’s side rocked up to Anfield still unbeaten in the league, only for Liverpool to beat them 4-3 in a thriller.
Oxlade-Chamberlain got the ball rolling, rampaging through the midfield before firing an unstoppable low shot past Ederson.
It was the moment that he came alive in a Liverpool shirt.Mohamed Salah vs. Tottenham – February 4, 2018
It’s a travesty that this wasn’t a winning goal.
Having already scored earlier in the afternoon, a magical run and finish stunned Spurs in stoppage time, putting Liverpool 2-1 up.
Unfortunately, an even later Harry Kane penalty robbed the Reds of both a victory and a legendary Premier League winner.Roberto Firmino vs. Man City – January 3, 2019
This could be the most underrated goal of the lot.
Once again, it has been forgotten about because Liverpool lost 2-1 to City last season, but it is one of the great Reds team goals.
Watch it back—you’ll realise just how good it is!
Mohamed Salah’s sublime strike in the 3-1 victory over Newcastle United has won LFC’s September Goal of the Month award.
The Egyptian finished clinically against the Toon Army after an exquisite flick from Roberto Firmino to play the ball into the path of his run.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s belting free-kick against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge claimed second place in our online poll, while Sadio Mane’s first effort versus Newcastle took third.
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Jurgen Klopp used 38 different players in his first season as Liverpool manager, with 16 of those making fewer than 10 appearances. Can you name them all?
Klopp took over as Reds boss just 11 games into the 2015/16 campaign, with Brendan Rodgers dismissed after a 1-1 draw with Everton in October, having won just four times.
The German oversaw an upturn in fortunes almost immediately, and though Liverpool certainly weren’t at the heights they are four years on, his efforts paid dividends.
They reached the finals in both the Europa League and the League Cup, and though this did impact on their Premier League form, an eighth-placed finish was a necessary sacrifice as the new manager built for the long term.
It took time for Klopp to reshape his squad, and in his maiden season on Merseyside he largely utilised the group inherited from Rodgers, fielding 38 players.
This is by far the most Klopp has ever used throughout his time at Liverpool, with the 29 deployed in 2017/18 the closest he has come since.
From the five one-time appearances to the core 13 who played over 30 times, how many can you remember?
(HINT: One familiar face was a part of the 2015/16 squad, but failed to appear under Klopp.)You have eight minutes and we’ve given you two – how many can you get?
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Adama Traore topped the chart this week after scoring both of Wolves' goals in a 2-0 win at Manchester City, having started the game in a less-familiar wing-back role and finished the game up front.
Ricardo Pereira slipped into runner-up spot following Leicester's 2-1 defeat against Liverpool, with opposing full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold (No 3) maintaining his ascent up the rankings after creating a match-topping five chances.
Riyad Mahrez (No 4) was Manchester City's sole representative in the top 10 after the defeat to Wolves, while Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (No 7) tumbled down the rankings after a narrow 1-0 win over Bournemouth.
Tammy Abraham drew level with Sergio Aguero atop the goalscoring chart on eight goals after breaking the deadlock in a 4-1 victory in Southampton, having been named in Gareth Southgate's England squad on Thursday.
Three Aston Villa players piled into the top 10 after a 5-1 win over Norwich, with Wesley (No 5) netting twice and Jack Grealish (No 10) among the goals, while John McGinn (No 9) attempted a team-topping number of passes and tackles.
In was good news for England fans ahead of the international break, with squad members Abraham, Alexander-Arnold, Harry Kane and Callum Wilson topping their club's rankings - as did compatriots Todd Cantwell, Danny Ings, Jack O'Connell, Aaron Cresswell and James Tarkowski.
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Four years ago today, a new era began at Liverpool Football Club as Jürgen Klopp was appointed as manager.
The German put pen to paper on his deal with the Reds on October 8, 2015 at a city centre hotel, beginning a fresh chapter in his career after successful managerial spells with Mainz and Borussia Dortmund in his homeland.
Klopp would take the helm for the first time nine days later – a goalless draw at Tottenham Hotspur – to start his Anfield tenure.
In total, the 52-year-old has presided over 221 matches as Liverpool boss, during which time his side registered a club-record 97 points in a single season and, of course, lifted the UEFA Champions League and Super Cup trophies.
To mark the anniversary, official LFC statistician Ged Rea has collated a range of facts and figures from Klopp’s four years as Liverpool manager…
517 - most consecutive minutes in all competitions without conceding a goal under Jürgen Klopp (February-March 2019).
458 - goals scored in all competitions under Jürgen - averaging 2.07 goals per game, the highest ratio by any Reds manager in the last 123 years.
320 - points won by Jürgen Klopp in the Premier League, from the 152 matches at an average of 2.11 per game.
221 - number of games played so far in the Klopp era in all competitions.
197 - Roberto Firmino has made most appearances for the club since Jürgen took charge.
197 - the number of games taken to manage his Liverpool team to 400 goals - faster than any other Reds boss.
146 - the number of games it took Jürgen to record 300 league points - the fewest games required by any Reds boss to reach the landmark.
92 - the number of wins recorded by Klopp in his first 150 league games in charge, more than any other Liverpool manager in history.
88 - clean sheets kept by Liverpool in all competitions since Klopp was appointed - the first coming against Tottenham in October 2015.
77 - the tally of goals scored by Liverpool's highest scorer under Klopp - Mohamed Salah.
68 - cup ties have been played by Liverpool (30 Champions League, 14 League Cup, 13 Europa League, 10 FA Cup, 1 European Super Cup) under the German.
67 - players used by the club during Klopp's 221-match tenure.
58.82 - the percentage of wins overseen by Jürgen Klopp in his four years at the helm (130 in 221 games) - a percentage bettered by only one previous manager, John McKenna (69.44).
53 - different teams Klopp has faced as Reds boss - he has beaten 50 of those.
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49 - goals scored by Liverpool substitutes, with the most coming from Divock Origi (9).
44 - the average number of minutes between Liverpool goals (458 goals in 20,010 minutes).
43 - the number of occasions the Reds have scored four goals or more in a game.
39 - the number of times the most used centre-back pairing has been deployed with Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk on the losing team only five times.
38 - the number of different Liverpool players to have scored under Klopp - Emre Can the first, Ki-Jana Hoever the latest to net for the first time.
37 - players have been given their Reds debut, with Connor Randall being the first and Sepp van den Berg the last.
22 - the winning score that the Reds have recorded most often is 2-1 (22 times).
21 - the average age of the youngest starting XI fielded by Klopp, and indeed, ever by Liverpool - against Plymouth in the FA Cup in January 2017 (21 years 296 days).
20 - the number of times Reds have come from behind to win a game in league and cup.
17 - successive league victories recorded under Jürgen Klopp (currently) - a best ever for the club.
15 - the quickest goal in seconds scored by a Liverpool player from the start of a game (Naby Keita against Huddersfield Town in April 2019).
14 - the number of different players to captain the team - Milner, Toure, Lucas, Henderson, Benteke, Allen, Enrique, Flanagan, Skrtel, Can, Coutinho, Mignolet, Lovren and Van Dijk.
14 - the number of teams Liverpool are unbeaten against in the Premier League under Jürgen Klopp.
8 - the current run of successive away league victories - the most ever by any Liverpool manager.
8 - the most consecutive victories recorded in a single calendar month by any Reds boss - December 2018.
5 - in 2019 he became the fifth German coach to win the European Cup/Champions League after Dettmar Cramer, Jupp Heynckes, Ottmar Hitzfeld and Udo Lattek.
1 - the first manager ever to take an English team to three European finals in his first three seasons of European competition.
Peter Krawietz is always looking to the future, even at a time of reflection.
The international break that has followed Liverpool’s eighth consecutive win at the start of the Premier League season coincides with the anniversary of his arrival at the club alongside Jürgen Klopp.
October 8, 2015 was the day when the Reds announced Klopp and his backroom team would be transferring their successful operation at Mainz and Borussia Dortmund to Anfield.
Four years on and Krawietz humbly describes the development of the project – which has included two Champions League final appearances, the triumph in Madrid in June, and a club-record 97-point Premier League campaign – as ‘not too bad’.
And it’s telling during a conversation with Liverpoolfc.com, arranged to discuss his and Klopp’s milestone on Merseyside, that the focus is wholly on what is still to come. What can still be achieved.
From the specifics of rule changes for 2019-20 to the wider scope of leaving a legacy at Liverpool, the coaching team pulling the strings at Melwood are preoccupied by looking forward, not back.
Read our chat with Krawietz in full below…
It’s four years since you agreed to come to Liverpool. Four years on, how satisfied are you with the progress of the project?
Of course, massively. Today we can say – and we see – it was the right decision at that time to come here. On one side it was an opportunity; on the other side, it was a massive challenge to leave your home country, come to England and learn about a new, massively big club in a new country. It was a big step. We knew it wouldn’t be easy, we didn’t expect it would be easy. But we started working immediately and started our way. I would say it’s not too bad so far, a few things worked out pretty well. Today we are where we are and it was a good journey so far.
Have you enjoyed the departure from what you knew after such a long time in Germany, seven years at Mainz and seven years at Borussia Dortmund?
Of course. We are ready to work. Even if it’s hard or exhausting, that’s what we want – we want to live this football life and give everything we have. That’s why we enjoy this part. It’s right, it was the right decision obviously for both sides. We enjoy it.
You have worked for so long with Jürgen now. How has your relationship evolved over the years?
In the best case, people learn and develop. I remember our first days when we started working together and until today, of course a lot of things have changed. We changed and developed as well. It’s always constructive, I would say, always based on trust and teamwork. This is the base for working together every day. We enjoy it as well. You should always try to get better, that’s the interesting thing. Even if your daily schedule is similar, doing nearly always the same things, the game makes it interesting. The game is developing; we try to be inventive. Our philosophy, our style of play won’t change too much but the details are always interesting. It never gets boring! With the energy and the fuel, you need to go on, try to proceed and try to stay successful.
Is there very much a Liverpool identity now? The style is so effective that people are following what you do…
Yes, of course. It’s always like this – teams who are successful will always be something like a role model. It’s an honour. And a challenge as well, because the standards are set and in order to improve you have to go on, you have to keep the level high and always look at the little details. For example, this season there are new rules about goal-kicks. With this, we have to think anew about the details and that keeps it interesting. We’ll try to get better and keep the high level and standards.
From a coach’s point of view, is it helpful to bring fresh ideas in? Pep Lijnders became an important part of the team, Jack Robinson came in, and now Vitor Matos has joined…
It’s not too different because of course you need the same philosophy. That is the most important thing. Everybody is working towards the same targets. There are a lot of things to do over the season around the team and the building, everything that is necessary to keep all this together. We try to improve and bring the people in to do all this stuff and proceed. It’s always good to find guys who help us to stay active, to stay lively and to go forward.
Does Liverpool feel like a second home to you now?
Yes, of course. We always felt something like an identity with the club we were working for. In Mainz, it was our hometown where we grew up – so obviously it was easy because it was natural. We found this in Dortmund pretty quickly. And it is, and was, the same here in Liverpool. The more you learn about this city, of course adapting a little bit, and learn how people think and what they expect… of course, it helps if you have a little bit of success! Then people can see from the outside things are going forward. This is what we always wanted. We thought the things we want to invent take a bit of time – a long-term idea – and we’d come somewhere where we’d try to make an impact for the whole club, something that stays for longer even if you are not here anymore. Something which stays – not only trophies and a good time – and that it can go on. It worked in Mainz, it worked in Dortmund and I hope we are in a good way to do it as well in Liverpool.
Seventeen Liverpool first-team players have been called up for duty in the second international break of the season.
Sitting eight points clear at the top of the Premier League after Saturday's 2-1 victory over Leicester City, the Reds return to action on October 20 with a trip to Manchester United.
Read on for details of where and when Liverpool’s international contingent are scheduled to be in action…
Sadio Mane will meet teammates Roberto Firmino and Fabinho when Senegal take on Brazil in a friendly hosted in Singapore on October 10.
The Brazilians then stay in Singapore for another exhibition with Nigeria three days later.
Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez are part of the England squad for two Euro 2020 qualifiers.
Gareth Southgate's side travel to Prague to face the Czech Republic on October 11 and then play Bulgaria in Sofia on October 14.
Also in Euro 2020 qualifying action are Virgil van Dijk, Georginio Wijnaldum, Divock Origi, Dejan Lovren and Andy Robertson.
In Group I, Robertson will lead his Scotland team to Russia on October 10 before returning home to play San Marino at Hampden Park on October 13. Origi's Belgium have meetings with San Marino and Kazakhstan.
Following the same schedule, the Netherlands play Northern Ireland in Rotterdam and then travel to Belarus. Lovren's Croatia host Hungary and then head to Cardiff to take on Wales.
At youth level, Rhian Brewster is with England U21s for two fixtures. The Young Lions play a friendly with Slovenia ahead of a European Championship qualifier against Austria in Milton Keynes on October 15. In a different group, the Republic of Ireland U21s - featuring goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher - play Italy and Iceland.
Sepp van den Berg is with the Netherlands U19 squad as they kick off their European U19 Championship qualifying campaign with tests against Moldova, Latvia and Israel. Ki-Jana-Hoever, meanwhile, has been selected for the U18s for a friendly with Belgium.
Curtis Jones travels to Spain as England U19s compete in the International Marbella Cup, while Harvey Elliott also heads to Spain with England U17s for three matches.
Last Updated: 08/10/19 10:35am0:35 Liverpool cannot afford to think the Premier League is Anfield-bound after Manchester City came form behind to pip the Reds to the title last season, says Georginio Wijnaldum. Liverpool cannot afford to think the Premier League is Anfield-bound after Manchester City came form behind to pip the Reds to the title last season, says Georginio Wijnaldum.
Georginio Wijnaldum says Liverpool are ignoring all the talk that this could finally be the season where the Premier League title comes to Anfield.
Liverpool maintained their perfect start to the league season with a last-gasp 2-1 win against Leicester and head into the international break eight points clear of champions Manchester City, who were surprisingly beaten at home by Wolves on Sunday.
The Reds have won 32 of their last 37 matches, and the Super Sunday panel suggested at the weekend that the title is now Liverpool's to lose.1:41 Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk says the players should not focus on their eight-point lead over Manchester City in the Premier League Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk says the players should not focus on their eight-point lead over Manchester City in the Premier League
But after seeing Liverpool lose a seven point lead over City last season, Wijnaldum knows anything can still happen with 30 league games of the current campaign still to play.
"We don't want to think we are already champions. That would be a really wrong thing to do," Wijnaldum told Sky Sports News ahead of Netherlands' clash with Northern Ireland in Rotterdam on Thursday.
"I'm sure the manager will keep us with our feet on the ground and say that we just have to think about ourselves, and try to play good and try to give 100 per cent every week.Netherlands vs N Ireland
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"We just have to do what we did before and look at ourselves and not look too much to other teams because we don't have influence on other teams - we can't control the performance of other teams.
"We just have to make sure we are ready for the games that are to come and to make sure we are ready and try to have good results because we know that it can change quickly.
"Then at the end of the season we will see where we stand."
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Four years since Jurgen Klopp became manager of Liverpool FC, how well can you recall his time at the helm?
On October 8, 2015, Liverpool laid down a marker and sent a signal to the footballing world that they meant business as Jurgen Klopp was officially handed the reigns at Anfield.
The German has overseen wholesale changes both on and off the field, restored belief and set the Reds back on course to become a powerhouse both domestically and in Europe.
And in the process has provided the Liverpool faithful with an abundance of victories against all odds and memories to cherish for a lifetime.
From languishing in tenth place at the time of his arrival to being crowned European champions, there has hardly been a dull moment since Klopp signed on the dotted line.Test your knowledge with 14 questions all about Klopp’s time at Anfield to date.
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