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LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 09/15/2020 - 13:10
Liverpool FC is launching a selection of official books celebrating the team’s title-winning 2019-20 season which are available to order now.
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Sheffield United hoping to bring in Rhian Brewster before the start of next week

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 09/15/2020 - 13:02

Chris Wilder is hoping to sign a striker before Sheffield United’s next Premier League game against Aston Villa.

The Blades boss admitted his side lacked that telling quality in the final third on Monday night after they began their campaign with a 2-0 home defeat to Wolves.

Wilder has made no secret of his desire to add to his strike force before the transfer window closes, with Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster his number one target.

The Blades have held talks with the Premier League champions regarding the England Under-21 international but Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has yet to make a decision on the future of Brewster, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Swansea in the Sky Bet Championship.

“We are definitely looking to improve and get one at the top of the pitch to give us that quality,” said Wilder, whose side travel to Villa Park on September 21.

“We are trying. It is an important area of the pitch. Obviously we have the skipper [Billy Sharp] and David McGoldrick who were involved [on Monday].

“Didzy was injured on international duty and only trained for half an hour on Sunday to get on the bench. Oli Burke has not played any minutes of football at all, so he will start his season on Thursday night at Burnley in the cup.

“Oli McBurnie was out on his feet as well and Lys [Mousset] is injured. He has a foot ligament injury.

“We are definitely looking to improve. I am delighted with what we have brought in but if we can get one more at the top end of the pitch to really give us that quality then we will be in much better shape than when we first started in the Premier League against Bournemouth.”

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How Vitor Matos has helped Liverpool’s next trio of young hopefuls make the step up

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 09/15/2020 - 11:35

Liverpool under-23s manager Barry Lewtas has praised Vitor Matos for his role as bridge between first team and academy, helping three more players make the step up.

Matos joined the Reds last October, filling a crucial role at the club, last occupied by Pepijn Lijnders prior to his promotion as one of Jurgen Klopp‘s assistants.

The Portuguese was influential in the rise of Neco Williams, who is now considered a regular at senior level, and has maintained a strong link between Klopp and Liverpool’s finest young talents.

That has been seen with the involvement of Billy Koumetio since the start of pre-season, with the Frenchman largely turning out for the under-18s last term, but now viewed as a viable option to cover for the likes of Virgil van Dijk.

And in assessing the work Matos has done in aiding the progress of his young players, Lewtas noted Koumetio along with Layton Stewart and Tom Hill as being made “ready” for U23s level, despite all three still being eligible for the U18s.

“The relationship with Melwood is fantastic and obviously Vitor is the direct link,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

He added: “Obviously things are a little bit different at the moment because of the virus, so we can’t be going from site to site all the time.

“The communication is still there, just obviously in different ways.

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp (L) with new coach Vitor Matos during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and FC Salzburg. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“Now, it’s just more phone conversations and so on and so forth, so it has been great.

“Player-wise, I’d hope, certainly over last year, that some of the boys that moved up with Critch were quite ready to play 23s. So Tom Hill, Layton Stewart, Billy Koumetio, we do work quite close together.

“And the principles that we have at the club and as an academy, we try to get them into the lads, so from that point of view, it’s quite similar.”

Koumetio is the obvious standout from that group, having graduated into regular first-team training at Melwood, but it is notable how often Stewart and Hill are mentioned as part of the next generation.

Back in June, Jamie Carragher explained that the club have “high hopes for” Stewart, Hill and left-back James Norris, while in an interview with Goal in May, Lewtas highlighted the trio along with James Balagizi as ones to watch.

 Liverpool's Under-23 coach Barry Lewtas during the Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Liverpool FC Under-23's and Everton FC Under-23's at the Liverpool Academy. Liverpool won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The progress of coaches through the youth ranks, with Lewtas taking over from Neil Critchley and Marc Bridge-Wilkinson stepping up from the under-16s to take his place as U18s manager, will aid these prospects as they work their way up.

But the involvement of Matos over the past 11 months has improved this significantly, as now there is a closer relationship between the academy and Klopp’s first team again.

It would be no surprise, therefore, if the likes of Hill, Norris, Stewart and Balagizi are involved at Melwood frequently throughout 2020/21, as they are talents those inside the club have earmarked for success.

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Merson Says: Liverpool could easily finish fourth

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 09/15/2020 - 11:29
Paul Merson

Football Expert & Columnist @PaulMerse

"Kane's one of the best in the business at scoring, but he’s scoring 30 goals a season and not getting chances to win trophies. What’s the point in being there?"

Last Updated: 14/09/20 7:03pm

Harry Kane had just two touches in the Everton box on Super Sunday Harry Kane had just two touches in the Everton box on Super Sunday Harry Kane had just two touches in the Everton box on Super Sunday

In his latest column, Paul Merson asks why the Manchester clubs haven't tried to sign Harry Kane yet, and insists Liverpool could easily finish fourth.

Kane's Tottenham started the season with a 1-0 home defeat by Everton, with the England striker touching the ball in the opposition box just twice.

Meanwhile, Liverpool conceded three but scored four to beat newly-promoted Leeds, but the fact the champions have conceded 16 goals in their last nine games concerns Merse, while the former Arsenal forward also believes the Gunners are still some way from top-four material despite a positive opening-day win at Fulham.

'What is Kane going to win at Tottenham?' 2:55 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Everton's win over Tottenham in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Everton's win over Tottenham in the Premier League

I'm probably Harry Kane's biggest fan after his Mum and Dad! I look at him and I think: "What are you going to win at Tottenham?" He's one of the best in the business at scoring goals, but he's scoring 30 goals a season and not getting chances to win trophies, what's the point in being there?

I just cannot believe nobody has come in for him. What am I missing?! Manchester United are crying out for a goal scoring centre-forward, and if I'm being honest I think Man City are too. If Sergio Aguero gets injured, they miss too many chances. Aguero is two shots, one goal.

I just don't understand why there isn't more talk about a team signing Kane.

In terms of Spurs, you hear Jose Mourinho saying Spurs aren't fit enough; if they lose four or five of their first six games, the season is over. That's it. It's massive. I said on air with Sky last year - and I got crucified for it - this is the way Mourinho plays. You're not turning up at Spurs this season seeing 5-4s. It's all well and good talking about the fitness, but it's also the way he plays. He'll sit deep, and he'll counter-attack teams.

5:08 Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho wasn't pleased with his side's pressing following their defeat at home to Everton Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho wasn't pleased with his side's pressing following their defeat at home to Everton

It's OK when there's nobody in the ground, but with 60,000 people at Spurs, and they're seeing that, they're not going to be happy. They've seen some entertaining football there over the last few years. Over the last few years they've been as good as anybody, before the Champions League final.

I can understand if he plays that way against Man City, but it's Everton, at home! If you're a Spurs fan watching that, you're thinking: 'Where are we going?' I know there's a long way to go, but you might be the most loyal Spurs fans in the world, you cannot sit there and honestly think, hand on heart, that you're going to finish in the top four this season.

It's a shame for them, considering where they've been in the last few years.

'Liverpool could easily drop to fourth' 2:59 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Leeds in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Leeds in the Premier League

You look at the goals Liverpool let in against Leeds: wow. I just think they turned up and thought they'd wipe the floor with Leeds.

I think they need to buy someone. It wouldn't surprise me if the finished fourth this season, and I thought that before this game. It's the same team, and they have a massive amount of players who have to play every week. Virgil van Dijk can't get injured. The full-backs can't get injured. They haven't got anyone to replace the front three if they're injured.

I keep saying it. There's a famous fast food chain that used to sell more chips and burgers than anyone; they still did adverts. You spend to stay at the top.

4:35 Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool's 4-3 win over Leeds was football at its best Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool's 4-3 win over Leeds was football at its best

If Man City get injuries, they'll just play: 'We'll score more goals than you' anyway. What we'll see later in the season is teams like Man City come into the fold massively, because their squad is too big. That's why I worry about Liverpool, there's five or six players who must play week in, week out, otherwise the team is weakened immensely.

This is the hardest league in the world. You have to be fit, it's the first thing. Passing comes well below fitness! You could be the best passer in the world, but if you're not fit, you're not playing a game. After that, it's about pace and passing the ball.

'Why did Chelsea sell Willian?' 2:44 An analysis of Willian's Arsenal debut against Fulham by Stephen Warnock on The Football Show An analysis of Willian's Arsenal debut against Fulham by Stephen Warnock on The Football Show

I can't believe Chelsea let Willian go. I know they've gone out and get special players, but there's nothing to say they're going to hit the ground running. In Willian, you've got someone there who is ready-made. I like who they've signed, but they cost a lot of money, and their wages are probably the same as Willian.

Frank Lampard has now. He hasn't got four years. That's management, I'm not being horrible. Even if Frank wins the league this year, it doesn't mean he's going to be there in four years' time! We know that, and how it changes.

Who is to say this isn't going to take time for Chelsea? And I don't think they've got time at the moment.

In terms of Arsenal's win at Fulham, these are the dangerous games; you don't want to play promoted teams when they come up. You want to play them in January when it's hit home how hard it is, and they have a couple injuries.

2:58 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Arsenal's win over Fulham in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Arsenal's win over Fulham in the Premier League

I thought it was a great result for Arsenal. Gabriel makes his debut, is solid, and scores a goal. It was a good performance. I like Arteta, you can see what he's trying to do, playing a certain way, as a team and with a high tempo.

I like what they're doing, but top four? I just think the gulf is too big. There's three or four leagues within the Premier League. I think the top four is the top four in their own league, then you've got your Arsenal, Tottenham and maybe even Everton now with Leicester. Then you've probably got another little league in mid-table before you get to the lower ends. It's quite interesting, and that's why it's the best league in the world.

Whoever is the fittest, and whoever hits the ground running, has an unbelievable chance.

'West Ham's fixtures? I've never seen anything like it!' West Ham's next six PL fixtures Arsenal (A) Wolves (H) Leicester (A) Tottenham (A) Man City (H) Liverpool (A)

West Ham had to beat Newcastle. It was their cup final! Look at their fixtures! I'm not being horrible, but what results are they going to get? I honestly think if Man City had the same fixtures, they wouldn't win the league!

I know people say there's a long way to go, but that's such a cruel start for them. I don't think I've ever seen anything like that.

People will say: 'It all equals out' and 'What follows hard fixtures is easy fixtures,' but you want it the other way around. You want confidence going into hard games. I do feel for them, I really do.

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Sheff Utd, Palace in Brewster talks

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 09/15/2020 - 10:35
Liverpool to insist on buy-back clause should the 20-year-old be allowed to leave Anfield on a permanent deal

Last Updated: 15/09/20 11:21am

Sheffield United and Crystal Palace have both held talks with Liverpool over a deal for Rhian Brewster.

However, the Premier League champions have yet to decide whether the 20-year-old will be allowed to leave Anfield in this window.

If that will be the case, Liverpool are likely to insist on a buy-back clause for the England Under-21 striker who came through their academy.

Brewster scored 10 goals in 20 Championship games last season whilst on loan at Swansea and is keen on discussing the idea of a move, in order to get more first-team football.

Up to six Premier League clubs have expressed an interest in the forward - including Aston Villa, Brighton and Newcastle, though Steve Bruce's interest may have waned after signing Callum Wilson from Bournemouth.

Last month, Brewster made a substitute appearance in Liverpool's Community Shield defeat to Arsenal and missed the crucial penalty in the shoot-out.

13:17 Sky Sports assesses Rhian Brewster and explains why the striker is set to be a star of the future in English football Sky Sports assesses Rhian Brewster and explains why the striker is set to be a star of the future in English football Brewster: A future star

Analysis by Sky Sports' EFL pundits Keith Andrews and Don Goodman:

Sky Sports assess Brewster's attributes and explain why the Liverpool striker, 20, is set to be a star of the future in English football.

"He just looks very comfortable and with the composure that he shows in front of goal, he is lethal," says Andrews. "His general build-up play maybe needs to be worked on but there's going to be aspects of every part of his game that slightly need to be worked on.

"The biggest thing he's got going for him is the fact that he's an instinctive finisher. He doesn't thrash at things, he's very composed and he has a knack for heading as well.

"He can't overpower 6ft 2in centre halves, he has to out-cute them. He has to get in between areas and he does that very well."

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'We worked hard all week in training - it was nice to see it pay off'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 09/15/2020 - 10:30

Rachel Furness described Sunday's 3-0 win away at London Bees as the perfect response from Liverpool FC Women.

A late goal denied the Reds a victory to kick off their FA Women's Championship campaign against Durham on the opening day.

But Vicky Jepson's side bounced back in clinical fashion and produced a fine attacking display at The Hive in their second outing.

Melissa Lawley put Liverpool into the lead before a brilliant solo effort from Rinsola Babajide made it 2-0.

And Furness added further gloss to the scoreline with a third goal at the end of the game, her second in as many matches so far this term.

Watch: 3-0 win at London Bees in 90 seconds

"First and foremost, it was a great reaction from last weekend against Durham," she reflected post-match.

"It's nice to get three points on the board, get our first win and a clean sheet.

"As a team we created a lot of chances and it was just a case of having that full belief in the team that once we got one goal we would get a couple.

"All the girls put in a great shift out there, we had worked hard all week in training and it was nice to see it pay off."

On netting the third goal, Furness added: "To be honest, I did have a few headers in the game that I was disappointed with.

"It's just nice to get on the scoresheet, it's nice to contribute to the team and it was nice to just get the three points.

"Now it's the international break and we will work hard in the next few weeks and get ready for our next game against Charlton Athletic."

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'We worked hard all week in training - it was nice to see it pay off'

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 09/15/2020 - 10:30
Rachel Furness described Sunday's 3-0 win away at London Bees as the perfect response from Liverpool FC Women.
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Inside Anfield: Watch unseen footage of Liverpool 4-3 Leeds

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 09/15/2020 - 09:39

Watch the unseen story of Liverpool's thrilling 4-3 win over Leeds United with the first Premier League edition of Inside Anfield of the new season.

The champions started their title defence by shading a pulsating encounter with Marcelo Bielsa's side, thanks largely to Mohamed Salah's hat-trick.

Enjoy behind-the-scenes footage from an opening-day classic in Inside Anfield below.

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Inside Anfield: Watch unseen footage of Liverpool 4-3 Leeds

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 09/15/2020 - 09:39
Watch the unseen story of Liverpool's thrilling 4-3 win over Leeds United with the first Premier League edition of Inside Anfield of the new season.
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Minamino on target as Liverpool ‘reserves’ held to draw in secret Anfield friendly

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 09/15/2020 - 09:37

Takumi Minamino scored as Jurgen Klopp allowed a host of his first-team players a runout to pick up fitness, in a 1-1 draw with Huddersfield B at Anfield on Sunday.

The Reds kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 4-3 win over Leeds on Saturday evening, and the majority of those involved were given the next day off to recover.

But while Curtis Jones was visiting Kirkby to watch his former under-23s team-mates beat Everton in the Merseyside derby, Klopp’s fringe players were called upon at Anfield.

Taking on Huddersfield B in a behind-closed-doors friendly, Minamino started along with Adrian, James Milner, Xherdan Shaqiri, Divock Origi and Joel Matip.

The Japan international was the only scorer in the first half, before a host of changes at the break saw Loris Karius return to action, along with Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster.

Huddersfield netted an equaliser through an own goal, with the game ending at 1-1 in a useful runout for those yet to play for the senior side this term.

At this point, further details of this ‘secret’ friendly are scarce, with journalists yet to uncover specifics two days on.

 Liverpools Xherdan Shaqiri during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 234th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It is encouraging to see Shaqiri back from injury, having missed much of pre-season, while their inclusion suggests no decision has been made yet on either Wilson or Brewster.

Karius was called upon, with Caoimhin Kelleher starting in the U23s’ derby.

Although not yet confirmed, presumably Marko Grujic, Harvey Elliott, Nat Phillips and Ki-Jana Hoever were also involved in the match.

After the game, Huddersfield B manager Danny Schofield attested to Liverpool’s “intense press,” with the Reds unlikely to have held up despite the scoreline, with fitness and sharpness the priority in these friendlies.

Klopp is unlikely to make many changes for the next Premier League game at Chelsea on Sunday, which made this meeting with the Terriers a vital one.

Those included in the draw can be expected to start in the League Cup third-round clash with either Bradford or Lincoln, with Liverpool due to discover their opponent on Tuesday night.

That tie should be played on September 23, three days after the trip to Stamford Bridge.

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'We showed plenty of personality and character to get over the line'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 09/15/2020 - 09:00

Liverpool U23s boss Barry Lewtas was delighted by the character his side showed to claim a 1-0 win over Everton in their opening game of the Premier League 2 season on Sunday.

A Jake Cain goal inside the opening 90 seconds of the encounter was ultimately enough to see the young Reds take the points at the Kirkby Academy.

Luis Longstaff had an effort harshly ruled out for offside, while goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher enjoyed an afternoon to remember with several important saves at the other end.

Post-match, Lewtas reflected on the mini-derby win, the performance of Kelleher, and his pride at seeing how his young team coped with the pressure…

On a great way to start the season…

It was a long 90 minutes! I thought we were brilliant in the first half. We played some really good football and I thought we controlled the game. We had chances and maybe should have scored more but it wasn’t to be and, in fairness, we knew they would be a threat and they had their chances as well. But in terms of the way we played I was really pleased. Second half, we knew it would be a bit different. They came at us a little bit more but I thought we managed the spells really well and obviously near the end, the last 10 minutes, I thought we showed plenty of personality and character to get over the line. When we had to tackle we tackled, when we had to make the big runs we did it and I thought everyone took responsibility. For such a young group of players I was really pleased with them.

On Cain’s quick-fire opening goal…

The idea is with second balls and balls around the box if Jake and Leighton [Clarkson] can get around there, especially central, we’ve got a good chance of scoring and Jake took it well. It was just a shame the other goal was disallowed. That didn’t mean game over but it kept them in the game.

Watch: LFC U23s 1-0 Everton - highlights

On the exceptional display of Kelleher…

He was fantastic. We’ve not played for a while so I’ve not seen him for a while but I just thought he was a presence in goal, the way he dealt with crosses and from corners he came and collected. He was excellent and made the big saves when it counted as well, so it was pleasing. But we’ve seen this for years that when boys move down to us from Melwood they come down and play for the Academy, which is great.

On how well his young team coped with Everton’s powerful forward line…

Josh Bowler was a real threat down the right side and we probably didn’t quite solve that problem. But you have to dig in. We were playing Everton and we weren’t going to have it our own way all the way through the game but those last 10 minutes we had to dig deep. We did better than just hang on in there and I thought we were better organised than that. But that was certainly the toughest part of the game, but we passed that test.

On the work ethic of No.9 Longstaff, who led the press from the front…

Luis was great for us. In fairness to him, during the pre-season Luis has played off the side and he’s made a great volume of runs and I think when he plays as a No.9 he actually gives us a different dimension. He can play and his efforts didn’t go unnoticed, he was excellent.

On Friday night’s trip to face Derby County in Premier League 2…

It’s just great to have the football back and a busy start to the new season. Everton was a tough game because of the rivalry but Derby will be no different. We will look forward to that, we’ll recover, prepare and we’ll go again.

Friday night’s Premier League 2 encounter with Derby County is a behind-closed-doors fixture at Loughborough University, with kick-off set for 7pm BST.

The game will be shown live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO.

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'We showed plenty of personality and character to get over the line'

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 09/15/2020 - 09:00
Liverpool U23s boss Barry Lewtas was delighted by the character his side showed to claim a 1-0 win over Everton in their opening game of the Premier League 2 season on Sunday.
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Out now: Get your new LFC third kit for 2020-21

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 09/15/2020 - 08:39

Liverpool's 2020-21 Nike third kit is now on general sale online and in stores.

The black, anthracite and crimson strip – which features a chequered design inspired by the flags and banners that are part of the club’s European heritage – was unveiled last week and made available for limited pre-order.

And it has now gone on general sale for supporters online and in official club stores.

Click here to browse the 2020-21 kit collection.

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Mo Salah tipped to become “best player in the world” with Ronaldo comparison

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 22:03

Gary Neville has tipped Mohamed Salah to establish himself as the best player in the world, comparing his “killer” game to Cristiano Ronaldo while at Man United.

Salah produced a scintillating display as Liverpool fought for a 4-3 win over Leeds on the opening weekend of the Premier League, with the Egyptian proving the difference.

Though he scored a hat-trick, it was Salah’s all-round game that made him stand out, with his speed, strength and creativity on the right flank giving the Reds a world-class outlet that clinched the three points.

It was, arguably, the best the 28-year-old has been in months, and has led to renewed praise of the No. 11 as one of the finest talents in world football.

With Ronaldo turning 36 this season and Lionel Messi not far behind at 33, there will be a battle on to be considered the very best in the near future, and Neville believes Salah will be up there.

“He looks different,” he said in the Sky Sports studio.

“He’s had a haircut, he looks mean, he looks thin, he looks hungry, he’s strong, his game looked more mature.

“We’re only 90 minutes into a season, and it’s a team that, to be fair, let you play, and it might be a little bit early, but I just thought that I was looking at a player on Saturday that I think you could be thinking [is the best].

“Mbappe? He’s fantastic. Neymar? He’s up and down a little bit. Where is the best player in the world going to be in this next couple of years?

“He’s not far away from it anyway, but to me on Saturday, he looked like an absolutely different level in that game.”

 Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (C) celebrates after scoring the first goal from a penalty-kick during the opening FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leeds United FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There was a move in the game that Salah and Sadio Mane ultimately spurn a two-on-one chance as they exchanged passes only for the Senegalese to balloon his effort over the bar.

It was a welcome sight, in a way, following their overegged spat in the 3-0 win at Burnley last August, but Neville feels it was not indicative of their respective styles and mindsets.

Instead, Neville compared Salah and Mane to Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney, with there being a “mentality difference” that sees Salah stand out as the ruthless “killer.”

“There was a point in the game, it was in the second half, where I was watching Salah and just thought ‘that is some player, that’,” he continued.

“I know we know he’s some player, but when you think about someone who is getting to a level whereby four years ago he first came to Liverpool and got those 40-odd goals, I thought ‘that’s a freak, he won’t be able to live with that’.

“Then he consistently produces over a period of two or three years.

“Then we have the debate last season between Mane and Salah, and you think of the mentality difference between Mane and Salah.

“Mane is likeable, I think players probably love him, he gives his all every single day, he’ll do the selfless thing for the team.

 Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah during the opening FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leeds United FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“Then you look at Salah over the other side, he doesn’t pass sometimes to his team-mate, you think he’s a little bit more selfish, a little bit less likeable because of that, probably by the fans, probably by his own team-mates.

“But then I look at him, as something of an outsider, thinking he is an absolute killer on the pitch.

“It reminds me of the twin-tracking of Ronaldo and Rooney sort of mid-2000s, when they were both like that, and that’s where Mane and Salah are.

“I think Salah will end up going above, not because Mane isn’t a great player, he is a great player as Rooney was a great player.

“But the reason that these players are different is they’ve got something up here [in their brains] which means they go home at night and being the best player in the world rocks their world.

“Whereas actually, a Rooney or a Mane, they feel like the team’s got to win, I’ve got to give my all, I’ll fight for my players. Salah doesn’t do that.”

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Neville: 'Hungry' Salah reaching another level

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 18:39
Mohamed Salah is capable of rivalling the best players in the world in the coming years, says Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville

Last Updated: 15/09/20 8:42am

3:59 Gary Neville believes Mo Salah's performance against Leeds shows that he's playing a different level to most players in the world Gary Neville believes Mo Salah's performance against Leeds shows that he's playing a different level to most players in the world

Mohamed Salah has reached another level at Liverpool and could challenge the best players in the world in the next few seasons, according to Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville.

Salah smashed a hat-trick against Leeds on Saturday as Liverpool kicked off their Premier League title defence with a 4-3 win at Anfield.

The goals took Salah's overall tally to 97 in 154 appearances since his arrival at Liverpool from Roma in the summer of 2016 and Neville feels the 28-year-old is going from strength to strength at Anfield.

"There was a point in the game where I was watching Salah and I just thought, that is some player," he said on Monday Night Football.

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"Four years ago, when he first came to Liverpool and he got those 40-odd goals, I thought, 'That's a freak. He won't be able to live with that'.

"But then he consistently produces over a period of two or three years."

Salah is frequently compared to Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane, who has scored at a similarly-impressive rate during their time together at Anfield, but Neville believes the Egyptian's ruthless mentality will help him overtake his team-mate in the years ahead.

"You think about the mentality difference between Mane and Salah," Neville added. "Mane is likeable. I think the players probably love him, he gives his all every single day, he'll do the selfless thing for the team.

He looks mean, he looks hungry, he looks strong. His game is more mature

Gary Neville on Mohamed Salah

"Then you look at Salah over the other side. He doesn't pass sometimes to his team-mates. He's a little bit more selfish and a little bit less likeable because of that, probably to the fans and to his own team-mates.

"But then, I look at him as an outsider and I'm thinking that he is an absolute killer on the pitch.

"It reminds me of the twin tracking of [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Wayne] Rooney in the mid-2000s. That's where Mane and Salah are now.

"I think Salah will end up going above Mane, not because Mane's not a great player, he is a great player as Rooney was, but the reason players [like Salah or Ronaldo] are different is that they have something up here which means that they go home at night and being the best player in the world rocks their world, whereas a Rooney or a Mane, they feel that the team's got to win, I've got to give my all, I'll fight for my team-mates. Salah doesn't do that."

Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his second goal against Leeds with Roberto Firmino Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his second goal against Leeds with Roberto Firmino Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his second goal against Leeds with Roberto Firmino

Neville believes Salah is a completely different player from the one who struggled to make an impact at Chelsea during his first stint in the Premier League as a youngster.

"He was frantic, he was weaker, he was making poor decisions, he was immature as you would expect from a young player who is developing," he said.

"But watching him on Saturday, it was almost like he was toying with the game, almost like he had the game in his hands.

"He looks different. He looks mean, he looks hungry, he looks strong. His game is more mature."

With Lionel Messi and his former Manchester United team-mate Ronaldo entering the twilight of their careers, Neville. sees no reason why Salah can't go on and establish himself as one of the world's best.

"[Kylian] Mbappe, he's fantastic. Neymar, he's a bit up and down a bit… Where is the best player in the world going to be in the next couple of years?

"Salah is not far away from it anyway, but to me on Saturday he looked like an absolutely different level."

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Liverpool 'have an interest' in Borussia Monchengladbach star

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 17:11

Liverpool have reportedly registered an interest in Borussia Monchengladbach's defensive midfielder Denis Zakaria.

Switzerland international Zakaria has a contact with the German side that runs until 2022 and, according to Bild, he is on Jurgen Klopp's radar.

It is believed the 23-year-old's asking price will be in the region of £37million and next summer Monchengladbach will be open to selling him ahead of the final year of his contract.

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Liverpool 'have an interest' in Borussia Monchengladbach star

HEAD NEWS - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 17:11

Liverpool have reportedly registered an interest in Borussia Monchengladbach's defensive midfielder Denis Zakaria.

Switzerland international Zakaria has a contact with the German side that runs until 2022 and, according to Bild, he is on Jurgen Klopp's radar.

It is believed the 23-year-old's asking price will be in the region of £37million and next summer Monchengladbach will be open to selling him ahead of the final year of his contract.

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Liverpool have reportedly registered an interest in Borussia Monchengladbach's defensive midfielder Denis Zakaria.
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Why Frank Lampard doesn’t want to “do the maths” on Liverpool & Chelsea’s spending

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 17:00

Frank Lampard said there is “no point in doing the maths” as he compared Liverpool’s spending to his Chelsea side, and the numbers show why he wouldn’t want to.

In a delayed response to Jurgen Klopp‘s explanation that the Reds cannot compete with the likes of Chelsea in a warped transfer market as they are not “owned by countries or oligarchs,” Lampard insisted he was “slightly amused.”

“You can go through the Liverpool players: Van Dijk, Alisson, Fabinho, Keita, Mane, Salah, incredible players, that came at a very high price,” he argued.

“So Liverpool have done it, and they’ve done it over a period of time.

“What we’ve done is come off the back of a ban, probably tried to address the situation ourselves to help improve us.

“So I think it’s par for the course, and I think we all know that there’s no point in doing the maths too much because I think we know that Liverpool have spent at a high level.”

Lampard’s claim was, essentially, that spending over £200 million on Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr this summer, with more to come, was due to their previous, enforced inactivity.

 Chelsea's manager Frank Lampard argues with Liverpool bench during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

All credit to the Blues for giving Lampard the tools needed to catch up after finishing 33 points behind the champions last season, but to state that the two clubs’ spending was similar is laughable.

“We’re a different kind of club, it was always the same,” Klopp told BBC Radio 5 Live last week.

“We got to the Champions League final two years ago, we won the Champions League final last year and we won the Premier League last season by being the club we are, by being led the way we are led.

“So there’s nothing to say about it, we cannot just change it overnight and say ‘so, now we want to behave like Chelsea, now we want to behave like them’.”

Liverpool’s approach under Fenway Sports Group has almost exclusively been sell, or achieve, to buy; rarely do the owners pump their own money into the club for signings.

In the last 5 years, the 20 Premier League clubs have benefited from £1.9 bln net financing with most of the money coming from their owners £1,569m (81%) and another £366m (19%) sourced from banks. However, there is a big difference between business models at individual clubs. pic.twitter.com/lcBHAH5s6I

— Swiss Ramble (@SwissRamble) September 14, 2020

This was highlighted by financial analyst Swiss Ramble in another intriguing Twitter thread on Monday morning, assessing club finances in the Premier League between 2014/15 and 2018/19.

Straight off the bat, the standout figure is that Chelsea (£433m) are behind only Tottenham (£521m) in terms of money in and out from owners and banks, with this £376 million more than Liverpool (£57m).

The largest loans provided by football club owners in the last 5 years were #CFC £440m, #EFC £299m, #FFC £186m, #BHAFC £160m, #WWFC £131m and #LFC £79m. These are net of any repayments made during the period. #NUFC repaid a net £18m to Mike Ashley. pic.twitter.com/k1g6SK8sGN

— Swiss Ramble (@SwissRamble) September 14, 2020

No club received more from their owners during that period than Chelsea (£440m), which is significantly more than the second-highest, Everton (£299m), with Liverpool (£75m) sitting eighth.

Focusing on Chelsea and Liverpool in particular, Swiss Ramble explains that the Blues “have been reliant on funding from Roman Abramovich for many years,” and that while funding had dropped between 2014 and 2018, it was back up to £247 million in 2018/19.

#CFC have been reliant on funding from Roman Abramovich for many years, so it is no surprise they have the highest owner financing in the PL with £440m loans (reported in the holding company, Fordstam Ltd). Annual funding had been falling, but was back up to £247m in 2019. pic.twitter.com/XoVeFov00c

— Swiss Ramble (@SwissRamble) September 14, 2020

FSG provided a £109 million loan to fund the expansion of Anfield’s Main Stand, but it is explained that £30 million of that has already been repaid, with interest payments taking that down further.

FSG provided £109m loan to fund Anfield Main Stand expansion, but club has since repaid £30m. Loan originally charged interest (estimated as £5m in total), though has been interest-free since 2019. Also made £11m debt repayments and £7m interest payments on bank loans. pic.twitter.com/LfBbza5foc

— Swiss Ramble (@SwissRamble) September 14, 2020

Liverpool have grown significantly during that period, particularly in a commercial sense, and their performances on the pitch have aided this.

This has come with a decidedly low net spend, with the signings of Alisson (£65m) and Virgil van Dijk (£75m), for example, paid for with the £142 million sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in 2018.

Chelsea, to their credit, have also recouped sizeable fees for Eden Hazard (£130m) and Alvaro Morata (£58m) in recent years, but it is rare that their spending is funded wholly by sales.

It seems as though Lampard is taking a reductive and literal view, more akin to a conversation in a pub, pointing out that Liverpool have spent money to bring in the likes of Van Dijk, Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keita, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah to finally clinch the title.

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker (C) celebrates with team-mates Roberto Firmino (L) and Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' (R) and the Premier League trophy as the Reds are crowned Champions after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

But the reality is that, unlike Chelsea, their spending is covered by earnings, rather than loans from their oligarch owner Abramovich.

The Chelsea manager may not want to “do the maths,” but fortunately there are others who are more than willing to do so, and Swiss Ramble’s run-through has given an example of the financial gulf between the champions and their challengers.

To put it simply, one club was unwilling to finance a deal for Werner due to concerns over their spending, while another didn’t think twice to add him to a stacked attack.

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