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Liverpool v Manchester City Preview - Reds and City face-off in potential thrillerNapoli 1-0...

Anfield Index.com - Fri, 05/10/2018 - 20:49
The Details

Venue – Anfield, Liverpool

Referee – Martin Atkinson

Date & Time – Sunday, October 7th @ 16:30

Current Odds – Liverpool 13/8, Draw 13/5, Manchester City 17/10

Form Liverpool Form

Liverpool’s form has taken a definite hit over the last week or so. Yet, the most important fixture, in my view, was when Jurgen Klopp’s men attained the most positive result of the last week – with Daniel Sturridge bagging a late equaliser at Stamford Bridge to maintain The Reds’ unbeaten league record.

On Wednesday night, Liverpool put in a poor, sluggish performance in Italy. They did restrict Napoli’s xG to a very low rate in the first half, however, the home team then took far more control after the break and, as you can see from the xG stats below, went on to grab a well-deserved win.

Now, Klopp and his team face the task of bouncing back from this disappointment against one of the best ever Premier League teams, on Sunday.

Manchester City Form

Despite a surprise home loss to Lyon in their opening Champions League game, Manchester City have continued on the same fantastic form they displayed for the bulk of last season. Four straight wins since that Lyon defeat also shows their ability to bounce back impressively after taking a knock, too. However, Sunday’s trip to Anfield is without doubt City’s biggest test of the season, so far.

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Jurgen Klopp has some big decisions to make over the next few days. Liverpool’s front trio is not currently firing on all cylinders, failing to register a single shot on target in Napoli, on Wednesday night. There have been calls for Klopp to mix things up with the introduction of Daniel Sturridge and Xherdan Shaqiri into the starting eleven. This is a possibility but for Sunday, I expect Klopp to stick with the same front three, to start.

In midfield, Naby Keita is rumoured to be okay after initially looking in some pain when he left the pitch in Naples, during the week. However, I would be surprised if he is risked from the start, at Anfield, this weekend. This means Liverpool’s midfield will most likely consist of Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum, and James Milner. This midfield possesses plenty of energy and guile but seriously lacks in creativity. This could be the area of the pitch where Liverpool possibly lose the game.

At the back, Alisson is in fine form between the sticks while the back-four should be the same again. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson both put in uncharacteristically poor performances in the Champions League, on Wednesday, and will need to sort their heads out right from the start to prevent City’s attack running riot.

Adam Lallana is still a doubt so he may not make the squad. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is, of course, out for the rest of the season. Dejan Lovren is available for selection and will be itching to get his starting spot back from young Joe Gomez.

Manchester City Team News

Pep Guardiola’s current injury-list consists of Benjamin Mendy, Claudio Bravo, Fabian Delph, and, of course, the brilliant Kevin De Bruyne. Ilkay Gundogan is also carrying a slight knock but should be available for selection, come Sunday.

I expect Gundogan to get the nod in midfield, alongside Fernandinho and David Silva. Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sané will most likely flank Sergio Aguero, on either side.

At the back, Ederson will be in goal and the back four should consist of Kyle Walker, Vincent Kompany, John Stones, and, possibly, Aymeric Laporte at left-back.

Predicted XIs

Liverpool XI (4-3-3) – Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson(c), Milner, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mané

Manchester City XI (4-3-3) – Ederson; Walker, Kompany(c), Stones, Laporte; Gundogan, Fernandinho, D. Silva; Sterling, Aguero, Sané

When they last met

Last season, Liverpool and Manchester City met four teams. Klopp’s men won three and City won one of those fixtures. At Anfield, Liverpool beat City 4-3 in an epic league encounter and The Reds again beat City 3-0, at Anfield, in the Champions League quarter-final, almost three months later.

Prediction

Liverpool 3 – 2 Manchester City

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané both got on the scoresheet in the two Anfield victories, last season. The goals have been harder to come by in recent games, however. Liverpool need to hit the ground running against City and the first goal could be absolutely vital, on Sunday. I think we’ll see a much-improved performance from what we saw on Wednesday, at Napoli. The Reds simply have to be better and the Premier League must be our number one target, for this season. Anfield should be bouncing for this game. I expect plenty of goals and Liverpool to have too much for City, just about.

** Please note – “xGA” in the Form Stats tables symbolises “expected goals against” **

**All xG stats courtesy of Understat.com and FiveThirtyEight.com

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Lewtas on Napoli lessons, Duncan progress and City test

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 05/10/2018 - 20:10

Barry Lewtas believes Liverpool U18s can maintain high standards and keep their unbeaten run going when they host Manchester City at the Kirkby Academy on Saturday.

Since a 3-1 loss against Manchester United on home turf, the young Reds have won five consecutive games at U18 level, netting 19 goals in the process.

They have thereby climbed to second spot in the U18 Premier League and are three points behind leaders Everton.

Ahead of the meeting with City, which you can watch live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO with kick-off set for 11am BST, read Lewtas’ thoughts on the UEFA Youth League draw in Naples, the good run of form and more...

On the performance of the U19s in their 1-1 draw against Napoli in the UEFA Youth League…

It was difficult. I don’t want to sound like sour grapes because of what happened at the end but it was a tight pitch and the astro made for a difficult surface. The boys adapted well and I thought we played some nice football in spells and they executed the plan. Obviously the ending, you have to laugh about it because you might start crying. Me and Critch [Neil Critchley] were so disappointed for the lads because of the effort they put into that, and for it to be taken away in that manner was so disappointing. Napoli celebrated at the end like they had won and it looked like we had lost. We said to the boys after the game that might be an important point come the end of the group, so we’ll see and we’ll get a second chance.

On the stoppage-time Napoli equaliser, scored when there were multiple balls on the pitch at the same time…

I have never seen anything like it. It kind of happened in slow motion so it was really disappointing. There was also a real strong breeze blowing down the pitch so we were under pressure in the last 10 to 15 minutes. What we did say to the boys is going into these games away from home in Europe we will encounter difficult pitches and different decisions. It was difficult for the referee. We have made a good start in the UEFA Youth League. We did ever so well against PSG and we knew it was going to be tough heading to Napoli. To get four points from the first two games hopefully sets us off well and we can kick on.

On a return to league action against Manchester City U18s in Kirkby on Saturday…

It’s one of the big games on the schedule and we are looking forward to it. When you are looking at the fixtures this is one I certainly look for. It will be an excellent game and we will be up against strong opposition. They will be well organised, they have their own identity, they play a nice brand of football and they have good players, so it’s a real challenge for us. It is one we are certainly ready for, we have our own way of playing, we have good players so it should make for a really good game of football.

On winning five games in a row at U18 level since the home loss to Manchester United…

We have had some tough games and been in some real tough battles but we have done well and scored a lot of goals. The last league game against Blackburn, which we won 4-3 with a stoppage-time winner, was a really tough game. The boys showed real character in terms of sticking to the way we wanted to play, which paid off. I know it was the cup last weekend but again Stoke proved tough opposition and we came through it. It has been a really good run but it would be easy to say it has been easier than what it has been. It has been tough and the boys have worked ever so hard. It has been really pleasing to see the way the boys have stuck together in tough moments of games. That clean sheet still eludes us and I’ve said to the boys we might not be able to continue to always outscore teams the way we have been doing. I am confident we will be able to put a good performance in on Saturday.

On Bobby Duncan coming up against the team he left to join the Reds…

This will be the first time and I know he is excited and wants to do well, but I’m sure above that he will want the team to do well. It will be a good day for him, he’s a mature boy who is playing at a good level. It won’t faze him and I’m sure he will put the performance in that the team requires on Saturday.

On seven goals each for Duncan and Paul Glatzel so far this season…

It’s pleasing. We spoke to all the centre-forwards about combinations, that means scoring goals, key passes, assists, so the relationships are building up nicely. If one of them isn’t scoring then the other one is. We have strikers like Fidel O’Rourke, who came up and scored the winner at Blackburn, Jack Bearne returned from injury to score last week, so that is what we want. From an attacking point of view we are making good progress and hopefully that can continue.

On the mature displays at the heart of the defence from Tom Clayton…

Tom defends well, he is a good defender who does the basics well and takes pride in that. His defending in one-v-one situations and his heading is very good, all the ugly bits he is prepared to do. He also has quality, which allows us to play as well in terms of us building from the back and how we want to play in possession. Tom gives us an extra dimension and he will be an important player for us against Manchester City.

On the progress of 16-year-old Jake Cain in midfield…

Jake has done ever so well for us. He had a good 12 months last year, first of all with me in the U16 team and he made his U18s debut under Steven Gerrard. He has brought that form into his first year at U18 level now and he has had five assists already in the league. Jake has been a real creative force behind the centre-forwards and he also works hard on the other side of his game as well. He has become extremely trustworthy off the ball during the last 12 months and he knows he has to keep working hard and develop further.

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Lewtas on Napoli lessons, Duncan progress and City test

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 05/10/2018 - 20:10
Barry Lewtas believes Liverpool U18s can maintain high standards and keep their unbeaten run going when they host Manchester City at the Kirkby Academy on Saturday.
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Liverpool vs. Man City: Why the Reds will miss Oxlade-Chamberlain on Sunday

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 05/10/2018 - 20:00

Man City are an impressive team, but they were no match for Liverpool head-to-head last season, thanks largely to a player who won’t be on the pitch on Sunday.


The stats say that Manchester City‘s 2017/18 Premier League winning side are the greatest English champions of the modern era. Most points (100). Most points ahead of second (19). Most wins (32). Most away wins (16). Most away points (50). Most goals (106). Best goal difference (+79). Most consecutive victories (18). Most empty sky blue plastic seats (thousands).

The stats also say they couldn’t beat Liverpool when the Reds had 11 men. 4-3 (Anfield). 3-0 (Anfield). 2-1 (The Etihad).

And we were the better team in the 5-0 defeat in Manchester until Sadio Mane‘s red card which, incidentally, resulted in Jurgen Klopp substituting Mo Salah at half-time – a fact that was conveniently forgotten last weekend at Chelsea when experts queued up to say Klopp would never have subbed the Egyptian King last season when Liverpool were losing.

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the first goal with team-mates Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Now you don’t need to understand the inner workings of the Large Hadron Collider to know having all our players on the pitch was helpful in beating Amazon Prime’s, sorry, Pep Guardiola’s side three times in a row – ending both their unbeaten league record and Champions League campaign – but I’ve got a nagging worry about Sunday’s Anfield clash due to the loss of a player who definitely won’t be on the pitch.

Emre Can… only joking… Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain‘s unavailability is an ongoing blow to Liverpool anyway, but as far as I’m concerned he’ll be particularly missed in this fixture. Consider this:

LFC 4 MCFC 3 – Wijnaldum, Can, Oxlade-Chamberlain started in midfield.
LFC 3 MCFC 0 – Henderson, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain started in midfield.
MCFC 1 LFC 2 – Wijnaldum, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain started in midfield.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was the only midfielder to start in those three consecutive wins against City last season. It’s no coincidence.

Of course, he also made a goalscoring impact in both clashes at Anfield with two absolute rip-snorting Kop-end strikes in the opening 20 minutes.

 Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on his run towards scoring the opening goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

He made Fernandinho look like a tractor pulling a load of cabbages when he ran past him before firing home a low shot from outside the penalty area to get the 4-3 Premier League game off to a flyer in January and his Champions League goal – after cleverly dropping into space between David Silva and Leroy Sane – was even better, a rocket of a shot from 25 yards that Ederson knew had beaten him when it was hit, but still made a courtesy dive for the cameras anyway.

Liverpool’s front three racked up so many goals last season that the spotlight was tilted away from the midfield’s lack of goalscoring prowess but following three games in which none of Salah, Mane or Bobby Firmino netted in it now feels more of a concern.

Emre Can – who also played very well against City last season – was our leading midfield goalscorer with six in 2017/18, followed by Oxlade-Chamberlain who weighed in with five.

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson, Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson run out for the pre-match warm-up before the UEFA Champions League Group C match between S.S.C. Napoli and Liverpool FC at Stadio San Paolo. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

However, Gini Wijnaldum (2), James Milner (1) and Jordan Henderson (1) only got four between them and, assuming the so-far goalless Naby Keita isn’t risked to start due to his injury in Naples, that’s likely to be Klopp’s midfield three on Sunday which suggests it will need the front three to be firing on all cylinders again if Liverpool are to get goals.

Aside from his pair of early howitzers, Oxlade-Chamberlain’s energy and pressing will also be missed. He led the midfield press superbly in those three games and for all the different qualities Gini, Milly and Hendo have, none do that job quite as well.

They’ll need to be collectively good against City – that goes without saying – so let’s hope they’re better than they were against Napoli which was more depressing than gegenpressing by the end.

Can Liverpool still beat Man City – who haven’t won at Anfield since Brookside ended, Concorde stopped flying and Chelsea FC were founded in 2003 – without the Ox grafting and getting goals? Yes. But I think it’ll be a lot, lot harder to do so without him in what may prove to be Liverpool’s biggest home game of the season.

* Chris McLoughlin writes for the Official LFC Matchday Programme and LFC Magazine. You can get the LFC v Man City programme at Anfield, from club stores or by ordering online.

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WATCH: Liverpool v City best moments

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Fri, 05/10/2018 - 19:13
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3:00 Ahead of their Super Sunday clash, we reflect on some memorable moments between Liverpool and Manchester City Ahead of their Super Sunday clash, we reflect on some memorable moments between Liverpool and Manchester City

Liverpool take on Manchester City in a top-of-the-table clash at Anfield on Sunday and we look back at some of the most memorable moments between the sides over the years.

The two teams have been involved in some riveting clashes in the Premier League era, including two goal-laden clashes at both Anfield and the Etihad last season.

In fact, most times the sides go head to head, there tend to be goals, goals and more goals.

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So whether it be Nicolas Anelka's last-gasp strike to hand City a rare victory on Merseyside, Andy Carroll's first goal for Liverpool or the dramatic five-goal title showdown at Anfield in April 2014, above are some of the best Premier League games between the clubs.

Watch the above video to see the most memorable Liverpool v Man City moments

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Klopp wants Napoli defeat to focus Reds against Man City

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 05/10/2018 - 19:10

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Wednesday’s disappointing defeat by Napoli could boost his side’s chances of beating Manchester City on Sunday.


The biggest match of the Premier League season so far sees the top two teams, who are separated only by goal difference, face each other at Anfield.

Liverpool have drawn most of the plaudits for their start to the campaign but go into the match on a three-match winless run, with defeat and then a draw against Chelsea in cup and league before Wednesday’s 1-0 Champions League loss in Naples.

It was not just the result but the manner of it that left Reds fans disappointed, but Klopp sees plenty of cause for optimism ahead of Sunday.

He said: “After the game it felt much more clear they deserved to win than after the analysis. Yes they had more chances, we didn’t have a shot on target. In the last 15 minutes they had two big chances and scored a goal, they had moments more than we did.

“But the crowd was in a lot of moments really unhappy with the Napoli performance. We defended in a lot of moments really good. With the ball, again the timing was not good because we felt under pressure when there was no pressure.

 Liverpool's xxxx during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between S.S.C. Napoli and Liverpool FC at Stadio San Paolo. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“A lot of times it was really close that it could be good but there was no real perfect decision. Now we will have three days together until we play City and (we could) make the boys aware of what was all wrong.

“But that would mean I forget completely how we played three days before against Chelsea, so we have to stay cool. That’s how it is. It’s not that you miss it overnight.

“That night (against Napoli) the first 15 minutes was an open game with better opportunities for us. We have to start anew. Different game, different opponent, different challenge – unfortunately even bigger challenge.

“My faith in the team is so big. We want to show a reaction. I didn’t want to lose at Napoli but, if you ask me which is the best preparation mood wise, it’s losing a game. We felt it now and we don’t want to have that feeling again so we will fight with all we have for a different result.”

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If Liverpool need to restore any confidence, they need only look back at their last three games against City, all of which they won.

Nearly half of all City’s defeats last season came against Klopp’s team, including in both legs of their Champions League quarter-final, while a 4-3 loss at Anfield ended their hopes of going a whole Premier League season unbeaten.

Klopp has been described as Pep Guardiola’s nemesis but the German insisted there is no magic formula to beating City.

He said: “Obviously we won the last three games against City. After none of these games you go into the dressing room and think, ‘Now we’ve got it, now we know how to beat Manchester City’, because there is no real way, no one thing that you have to do.

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino (2nd left) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mate sduring the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“You have to be ready, you need a fantastic football team – which thank God I have – with outstanding character, ready to be really brave, ready to make mistakes. Then it can work.

“That’s all we need to know. When somebody’s telling me, ‘Good luck for Sunday’, I think always, ‘Unfortunately, we need it’. But that’s no problem; if you work hard, you earn it.”

Klopp was waiting to learn whether midfielder Naby Keita would be available after suffering a back spasm on Wednesday while forward Adam Lallana is back in full training following a groin problem.

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Robertson, Van Dijk, Solanke & Alexander-Arnold – Friday’s Liverpool FC News Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 05/10/2018 - 18:15

We round up the extra Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Friday, ahead of another weekend of Premier League action.


Main Headlines Robertson Expecting Man City Response

 Liverpool's Andy Robertson during the preseason friendly match between Liverpool FC and Torino FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool face Man City in a huge Premier League clash at Anfield on Sunday, with Jurgen Klopp‘s side beating the champions three times across two competitions last season.

Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, Andy Robertson says that the Reds must not rest on their laurels, with Pep Guardiola sure to learn from his mistakes:

“It’s a new season. I’m sure Guardiola will be looking at the three games where we managed to get one over on them and seeing what he can change. We have to be prepared for that.

“Last season we did very well against them. The two quarter-finals were very good, especially at home when we went 3-0 up.

“Everyone expected it to be a tight game. In the second half we showed a side we hadn’t really shown before, we sat a bit deeper and limited them to very few chances. That’s what got us through in the end.

“We did get one over on them last season but they ended up with the Premier League and that’s what everyone strives for. They are the champions and they’ll have a game plan. But hopefully our game plan is better on the day.”

It promises to be a fascinating encounter this weekend and the result could shape the title race in the coming weeks and months.

Van Dijk Hailed As Premier League’s Star Man

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk before the FA Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Virgil van Dijk has been outstanding ever since moving to Anfield at the beginning of the year, showing exactly why he is regarded as one of world football’s premier centre-backs.

His performances have not gone unnoticed and former Man United player Gary Neville begrudgingly admits no player has stood out more this season.

“Van Dijk – worryingly – has impressed me more than anybody,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“He’s just a fantastic central defender.”

The 27-year-old will be given a stern test on Sunday afternoon, with an in-form Sergio Aguero looking to score his first-ever goal at Anfield.

Klopp On What Wrong Against Napoli

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp before the UEFA Champions League Group C match between S.S.C. Napoli and Liverpool FC at Stadio San Paolo. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool were bitterly disappointing away to Napoli on Wednesday night, losing 1-0 and lacking a spark throughout at Stadio San Paolo.

Speaking at Melwood on Friday afternoon, Klopp dissected where he believes the battle was lost, with certain aspects of his side’s play not clicking.

“The timing was not good in our defence.

“We didn’t adapt to what they did in the right way. We felt under pressure where there was no pressure. We have to stay cool.

“We have to show a reaction. I didn’t want to lose to Napoli but if you ask me what’s the best preparation mood-wise it’s this, as we don’t want to have that feeling again.”

The Reds’ manager is clearly eyeing up a big response from his players on Sunday afternoon, as they look to avoid going four matches without a win.

Solanke Earns England U21 Call-Up

 Liverpool's Dominic Solanke during a preseason friendly match between Blackburn Rovers FC and Liverpool FC at Ewood Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Dominic Solanke still hasn’t played a single minute of action for Liverpool’s first-team this season, falling down the pecking order at Anfield.

The 21-year-old’s lack of playing time has not deprived him of an international call-up, however, with the striker named in Aidy Boothroyd’s latest England U21s’ squad.

The Three Lions youngsters take on Andorra (October 11) and Scotland (October 16) later this month, with Solanke hoping to prove his worth.

He is the only Reds representative in the squad, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson picked for the senior side on Thursday.

Trent The Chess Champion?

 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)

Alexander-Arnold is a lover of chess, with the youngster known for playing it avidly with Ben Woodburn during moments of downtime.

On Monday in Manchester, the right-back will try his luck against Magnus Carlsen, world champion for the last eight years.

“Chess, like football, is all about strategy and skill,” said Alexander-Arnold.

“Judging when and how to attack, whilst keeping a watchful eye on your defence. The pieces, like players have different positions, places and qualities and you need to know how to get the best use of them in order to get the result.

“When Kaspersky Lab came to me I jumped at the chance. Football has always been my passion but, alongside that I have always played chess.

“It’s a release for me. I’ve played since I was very young and more recently I play Ben Woodburn regularly, even though he is in Sheffield at the moment we still have time for matches.

“Magnus will be a tough test, but I think with Kaspersky Lab’s help, I might surprise people.”

Alexander-Arnold is being mentored by nine-year-old Shreyas Royal and 12-year-old Kyan Bui, from Kaspersky Lab, which is frankly ridiculous!

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Liverpool FC equality and diversity fans forum update

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 05/10/2018 - 17:59

Liverpool Football Club has provided supporters with a review of its ongoing work on equality and diversity at a fans forum which took place ahead of the recent home fixture against Southampton.

Framed around two presentations by Simon Thornton, the club’s diversity and inclusion manager, the equality and diversity forum discussed a range of topics including stadium accessibility, community initiatives, LGBT issues and anti-racism campaigns.

Campaigns and initiatives

The forum began with a presentation by Simon Thornton which focussed on work undertaken by Liverpool over the last 12 months which included:

  • More than 100 children attending a Show Racism the Red Card event at Anfield in March.
  • A range of activities taking place around Liverpool Pride, including the Kop being illuminated in the colours of the LGBTQ+ rainbow flag, around 100 members of staff participating in the Liverpool Pride parade and a Pride football tournament.
  • Support for the rainbow laces campaign at the home fixture against Chelsea in November 2017 with manager Jürgen Klopp wearing rainbow laces, club captain Jordan Henderson wearing a rainbow armband, 2,000 badges being distributed to supporters and accompanying content on official club media.  “It was a really good demonstration of our stance on this issue,” said Simon Thornton. “Our position is that everyone is welcome at Anfield.”
  • The home fixture against West Ham United in February was dedicated to the Kick It Out anti-racism campaign with the organisation’s work being promoted on posters, t-shirts and pitch-side advertising boards.
  • Participation in Disabled Go which surveys accessibility. Simon Thornton explained: “This work is commissioned by the Premier League with reviews including all stands, the club museum, the ticket office, the Boot Room Café and various other areas of the stadium. It looks at what kind of taps there are in the bathrooms, how doors open, basically everything that would concern a disabled supporter on match day. Ultimately, we are in a good place and we have made significant progress in this area but there is still work to be done.”
  • In November 2017 Box 1A of the Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand began being used as a sensory room for the first time. The room allows supporters with a sensory need such as autism to experience football matches in a comfortable environment. “This has proven very popular,” Simon Thornton said. “A really inclusive environment has been created for those who need it.”
  • The introduction of a dedicated stewarding team specifically for disabled supporters.
  • The provision of equality, diversity and inclusion training for 3,500 casual staff.

Summing up, Simon Thornton said: “In terms of moving forward, we have refreshed our vision with a view to becoming the most inclusive football club and business. That is our aim.”

Forum member Yunus Lunat responded: “If you look at the images of what the club is doing in the local community it provides  little evidence of diversity, we either we still need to reach out more, or ensure the images used are representative of our work.” 

“I take that point and the LFC Foundation is currently looking at their approach to inclusion as well as looking for someone to lead on that,” Simon Thornton said.

Yunus Lunat added: “The challenge I would lay down would be to pick up on Islamophobia as well. Liverpool have done so much positive work in terms of making people feel welcome at Anfield and I would like to highlight the mother of one supporter who wears full Islamic clothing having the confidence to express a desire to attend a match speaks volumes for the club.

“We see supporters wearing head scarves and, again, they feel totally comfortable doing that. This isn’t something that you see everywhere else so there is so much to be positive about but if Liverpool could get involved in the fight against Islamophobia it would make such a difference.”

Forum member Riaz Ravat said: “I would agree with Yunus. Liverpool are such a powerful force globally and in Mo Salah we have a player who is so much more than just a footballer. If there is some bespoke work that could be done to combat Islamophobia and also antisemitism, maybe something as simple as a social media campaign, it could have a significant impact. The club can definitely be proud of so much of what it has done in this area but we can still go to the next level.”

Forum member Katie Price said: “As things stand, the sensory room is used at every other home game; long term can it be made available for every home game?”

Simon Thornton replied: “This is something that we will look into. The room is not always available at present for various reasons but we will look at the options that are available to us.”

Premier League Accessibility Fan Survey  

Simon Thornton presented the next agenda item, an account of the Premier League Accessibility Fan Survey, giving forum members a review of how Liverpool Football Club had fared in the survey which had been made available to all supporters who bought disability tickets in 2017-18. The key findings were:

  • Liverpool FC’s match day experience score is higher than the average Premier League club, specifically overall experience, being welcoming and match experience.
  • 93 per cent of participants believe LFC is taking steps to improve disabled supporters match day experience.
  • 77 per cent believe their experience has improved over the last three years. Only two per cent claimed it had got worse.
  • 95 per cent thought that the attitude and performance of club staff was good or better. The Premier League average was 89 per cent.
  • LFC scored 86 per cent or more on a range of accessibility factors including availability of tickets for personal assistants (99 per cent), access to a wheelchair accessible space (98 per cent), dedicated stewards to help fans (98 per cent) and access to a sensory room (90 per cent).
  • LFC’s lowest score was for car parking or drop off point (76 per cent).
  • Six out of ten fans believe it is easy to find out about the club’s facilities for disabled fans online or via email but only 30 per cent said they found it easy through social media.
  • Six out of ten have car parking as their biggest concern regarding attending home games.

Referring to the issue of social media, forum member Katie Price asked if it would be possible for the equality and diversity forum to operate a club account on Twitter. Forum chair Tony Barrett said a review of social media is currently taking place and a range of ideas and options are being considered.

Forum members Steve Evans from Liverpool Disabled Supporters Association (LDSA) said: “I filled the survey in and I found it quite easy but I think some people with certain disabilities might have found it more difficult even though it was mostly a tick box exercise.

“The outcome of the survey is no surprise, though with the club scoring 90 per cent or more in the majority of areas. I’m also not surprised that car parking rated lower as this is an ongoing issue. Car parking has got a bit better but needs to keep improving.”

Katie Price said: “I’m surprised to see that two per cent said their match day experience has got worse because I have seen the club make huge strides recently. I would go as far to say I am proud of the club and the work that it has done.”

Steve Evans agreed, saying: “One of the big things that stands out at this club is the staff. They are fantastic.” Katie Price added: “They make you feel so welcome. They are like a match day family to me.”

Wash rooms

The final agenda item was an update from Simon Thornton regarding a request from forum member Yunus Lunat for the club to look into the possibility of introducing wash facilities at the multi-faith prayer room. 

Simon Thornton said: “This was an idea that was put forward previously and while there has not been any significant progress I am more than happy to update the forum on exactly where we are at.

“As you will be aware, the club is currently prioritising other major capital projects, most notably the new training ground in Kirkby but I have consulted with the Muslim chaplain of the local universities, Zane Abdo, in order to look at our facilities with him.

“He has given us some insight in terms of what we can and can’t do and one of the conclusions is that having a wash room actually inside the facility would not be ideal. So we know what we would like to do but the question is how to do we do it and these deliberations are continuing.”

Yunus Lunat said: “I appreciate the response but there is one thing that I would say to the club and that is that you should be able to sing your own praises on issues such as this. Another club opened a prayer room and they shouted it from the rooftops. Liverpool were one of the first Premier League clubs to open a multi-faith prayer room and this is something that should be celebrated.”

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Liverpool FC equality and diversity fans forum update

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 05/10/2018 - 17:59
Liverpool Football Club has provided supporters with a review of its ongoing work on equality and diversity at a fans forum which took place ahead of the recent home fixture against Southampton.
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Sky Live: Liverpool v Man City

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Fri, 05/10/2018 - 17:58
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Liverpool and Man City go head to head live on Sky Sports this weekend as last season's champions face their nearest challengers.

The Reds got the better of Pep Guardiola's champions in three out of their four meetings last season and the two are already early title favourites, with Man City currently first on goal difference.

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But Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes it is too early for title talk and has tipped this weekend's opponents for another good season.

"I don't think it makes sense at this moment to think about the title. There are a lot of games to play," Klopp said. "But, it is a home game against Man City and that is a tough one. Last year they were really special and I expect them to be like this again.

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"Teams that play like them can lose focus, but it never happened to City last year so they have all my respect. We have to be on our best to keep them away from our and create some chances in front of their goal."

Man City manager Pep Guardiola wants his side to keep improving when they play Liverpool, but insists no meeting between the sides is the same.

"Every game is completely different," he said. "In the Champions League, the first game we made a good performance except at the end of the first half. At home we made a very good game as well. It doesn't matter that we lost.

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"They are a top side in the way they play. Liverpool beat a lot of sides not just City [last season]. Liverpool is one of the two greatest teams in England. We try to be close to them. They are a top side and we try to be closer every time."

Team news

Liverpool are waiting on the fitness of midfielder Naby Keita after he was carried off with a back spasm during the Champions League loss to Napoli on Wednesday. Klopp was unsure whether he would be able to train ahead of the match.

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If Keita does not make it, Jordan Henderson is likely to start while Adam Lallana is back in full training after a groin problem.

Kevin De Bruyne has a chance of featuring as Man City after returning to training following a knee injury.

Benjamin Mendy is also back in contention after recovering from a foot problem but Ilkay Gundogan (hamstring) is doubtful and Fabian Delph is still on the sidelines. Claudio Bravo is a long-term absentee with a ruptured Achilles.

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Liverpool are unbeaten in 17 home matches against Man City in all competitions (W12 D5) since losing 2-1 at Anfield in the Premier League in May 2003.

Man City have lost three matches against Liverpool in 2018, losing in the Premier League in January and two Champions League matches in April. They've only lost four matches in one calendar year against an opponent twice before, doing so against Grimsby Town in 1936 and Spurs in 1993.

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Both Liverpool and Man City are unbeaten in their opening seven Premier League games this season - this is the latest meeting between two unbeaten sides in the competition since 2011-12 when Man City and Newcastle met in their 12th game of the season.

Liverpool have kept a clean sheet in each of their last eight Premier League home games - only in February 2007 (nine games) have they had a longer such run in the competition.

Manchester City have lost only one of their last 25 Premier League away matches (W20 D4), though it was in this exact fixture last season (3-4).

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Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 24 home league games, the longest current run in the Premier League (W16 D8).

City striker Sergio Aguero has played nine matches in all competitions at Anfield in his career (seven with Man City, two with Atletico Madrid), failing to score in any of those games, attempting just 11 shots and three on target.

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I'm slightly favouring Manchester City. For me, it looks like hard work for Liverpool at the moment.

Last week they had a great game against Chelsea but I think it took its toll on Jurgen Klopp's team. Their pressing from the front looks like hard work whereas last year it looked natural. I think they are going to fall asleep a couple of times during the game for City to punish them.

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The pressure will be on City though. If Liverpool can pick up a win they'll be serious contenders for the title. However, a win for City and I think they'll run away with it again. The big difference is that certain Liverpool players have to play all the time and that will take its toll.

If Raheem Sterling, who has been great for City, doesn't play in a certain game he wouldn't really be missed but Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Virgil van Dijk, the full-backs and James Milner they have to play all the time otherwise the team gets severely weakened. Someone like Daniel Sturridge has come in and done well but can he do that for 10 games on the trot?

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That's the reason why I think City will have the edge. It's at Anfield and the Liverpool fans are as good as anybody else's fans, but I just think the last couple of games will have taken something out of Liverpool.

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Klopp expects another City thriller

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Fri, 05/10/2018 - 17:31
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0:56 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says beating Manchester City never gets easier, despite winning the last three meetings between the two Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says beating Manchester City never gets easier, despite winning the last three meetings between the two

Jurgen Klopp says he expects Manchester City to fight just as hard against Liverpool in this season's meeting, as the Premier League's top two sides prepare to battle it out on Sunday.

Liverpool have won the last three matches against Pep Guardiola's team, including January's 4-3 thriller at Anfield which brought an end to City's 22-game unbeaten run.

The champions had been trailing 4-1 after three goals in 10 minutes from Liverpool's front three of Roberto Firminho, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, but City refused to give up and almost caused the ultimate shock by scoring twice late on.

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City lost just once more as they eased clear of their nearest challengers, but this weekend's game sees the visitors ahead in the table on goal difference and with both sides unbeaten in the league so far.

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"In the 4-3 [game], they were really good and they won before that 60 or 70 games in a row, or that is how it felt.

"They never gave up, even when they were 4-1 down and that made them really special last year.

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"I expect them to be like this again. They are really going for results.

"Last year, we won the last three games against City, twice in the Champions League and once in the league.

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"After these games, you don't go into the dressing room and think 'now we have got it, now we know how to beat City', because there is no real way or one thing that you have to do.

"You have to be ready and have a fantastic football team. Thankfully, I have that, with outstanding character, ready to be brave and ready to make mistakes in a very difficult game against an outstanding opponent.

"It can work. That is all we need to know.

"When somebody says to me, 'good luck for Sunday', I think unfortunately we need it."

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Klopp's press conference: Five key points

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 05/10/2018 - 17:07

Jürgen Klopp discussed a range of subjects as he looked forward to Liverpool's Premier League showdown with Manchester City at a pre-match press conference on Friday.

As well as an update on Naby Keita’s fitness and an analysis of Mohamed Salah’s form, the manager assessed the challenge of beating Sunday’s visitors and much more.

Here are five key points from his chat with the media…

Fitness latest from the boss…

Liverpool will check on Keita’s condition ahead of the game at Anfield but Klopp has no other fresh injury concerns to consider as it stands.

Adam Lallana, who was not with the squad that travelled to Naples for the Champions League tie in midweek, is in full training.

“Nothing real in the moment, apart from the things we know,” said the manager when asked for an injury update. “[Lallana] is in full training, we have to see. They are all in full training.”

Milner meets his old team…

With James Milner set to face his former club on Sunday, the boss was asked to summarise the No.7’s development during the three years they have worked together at Liverpool, which included one season at left-back.

“When people say he is a ‘work horse’, for me it is always a compliment. He is naturally fit, an athlete. I was open and he matched the expectation I had after a few weeks – or even better,” said Klopp of his initial impressions of a player he had watched before taking the reins at the Reds.

He continued: “Probably after his career is finished in a few years he will think back to the season where he played left-back as a season where he learned a lot about football because he saw the pitch from a different angle constantly.

“He knows much more about supporting from another position. That he can play the position was clear otherwise I wouldn’t have asked him.

“I was open [in 2015] and he used all opportunities.”

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The secret to beating City…

… doesn’t exist.

Liverpool have been victorious in each of the past three meetings with City but Klopp admits there is no guaranteed formula for success against Pep Guardiola’s champions.

The German does know the components required to try it, however.

He said: “We won the last three games against City – twice in the Champions League and once in the league. After none of these games do you go into the dressing room and think, ‘Now we’ve got it, now we know how to beat Manchester City.’

“There is no real way; there isn’t one thing you have to do so you can beat them. That’s not there.

“You have to be ready. You need a fantastic football team – which I have, thank God – with an outstanding character, ready for being really brave, ready for making mistakes in a very difficult game against an outstanding opponent. That’s it and then it can work, that’s all we need to know.”

Bouncing back…

The showdown with City comes four days after the Reds’ 1-0 Champions League loss against Napoli, a game in which Klopp accepted his team fell below their usual standards.

He sees a silver lining in that cloud, though, and feels the frustrations of Wednesday night can be turned into a positive this weekend.                

“How you can imagine, my faith in the team is so big and we have to – we want to – show a reaction,” reflected the manager.

“I didn’t want to lose at Napoli but if you ask me what the best preparation is, mood-wise, it’s losing a game. We felt it now and we don’t want to have that feeling again so we will fight with all we have for a different result.”

It’s entertainment…

If the four meetings between the sides last season are anything to go by, one guarantee for their first encounter of 2018-19 is entertainment.

And, in a typically philosophical manner, Klopp explained why he is an advocate of ensuring his team play the most enjoyable football they can.

“I’ve said it a few times and I can say it again: I really think the most important thing, the most important job of football, is entertaining the people, because it is only football and nothing else,” he said.

“We don’t save lives; we don’t plant or create anything; we are not good at surgery. We are only good at football and if we do not entertain people then why would we play it?

“It’s not always possible, unfortunately. And it’s always hard work – even if you entertain the people, it’s especially hard work. That’s really an important thing and that’s why we have to try to create constantly or as often as possible.”

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Klopp's press conference: Five key points

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 05/10/2018 - 17:07
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Klopp: There's nothing to worry about with Salah form

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 05/10/2018 - 16:31
Jürgen Klopp insists he is ‘completely relaxed’ about Mohamed Salah’s strike rate so far in 2018-19 as the forward aims to add to the three goals he’s already bagged this term.
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Klopp: Too early for title talk

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Fri, 05/10/2018 - 16:18
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Last Updated: 05/10/18 4:18pm

1:32 Jurgen Klopp says it does not make sense to talk about the title race at this stage of the season Jurgen Klopp says it does not make sense to talk about the title race at this stage of the season

Jurgen Klopp has dismissed talk of Liverpool being able to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title ahead of their meeting at Anfield on Sunday.

The two sides are both unbeaten in the league and are currently separated by just goal difference at the top of the table.

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Champions City have not won away at Liverpool for 15 years, including losing 4-3 to Klopp's team in January, and a repeat of that result would hand the Reds an early advantage over their rivals.

But, speaking on Friday, Klopp was keen to point out that it is still early in the season and he anticipates another impressive run from Pep Guardiola's side.

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"I don't think it makes sense at this moment to think about the title. There are a lot of games to play," Klopp said.

"But, it is a home game against Manchester City and that is a tough one. Last year they were really special and I expect them to be like this again.

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"Teams that play like them can lose focus, but it never happened to City last year so they have all my respect.

"We have to be on our best to keep them away from our and create some chances in front of their goal."

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Liverpool suffered late heartbreak in the Champions League on Wednesday after Lorenzo Insigne's 90th-minute winner handed Napoli a 1-0 win, but Klopp says the disappointment will only spur his players on.

"We have to start anew," he said. "This is a different opponent and a different challenge - an even bigger one.

"My faith in the team is so great. We want to show a reaction.

"I didn't want to lose at Napoli but if you ask me what is the best preparation mood-wise, it is losing a game.

"We don't want to have that feeling again."

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Watch again free: Klopp's pre-Man City press conference

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 05/10/2018 - 15:58
Jürgen Klopp held his pre-Manchester City press conference at Melwood on Friday afternoon – and you can watch it again in full for free now.
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Naby Keita fitness update

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 05/10/2018 - 15:40
Naby Keita could be available for Sunday's clash with Manchester City – with Liverpool set to assess the midfielder's fitness today.
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Reds stars gift match tickets to local kids

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 05/10/2018 - 15:15
Four LFC players met with local pupils at Anfield last week to hand over free tickets to Sunday's Premier League fixture against Manchester City.
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LFC Women to host Yeovil at Prenton Park

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 05/10/2018 - 15:00
Liverpool FC Women can today confirm that their Women's Super League home game against Yeovil Town Ladies on Sunday October 14 will take place at Prenton Park.
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