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Reds U23s to face FC Porto in PL International Cup

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 29/01/2018 - 15:28
Liverpool U23s have been drawn against FC Porto in the quarter-finals of the Premier League International Cup.
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Reds U23s to face FC Porto in PL International Cup

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 29/01/2018 - 15:28

Liverpool U23s have been drawn against FC Porto in the quarter-finals of the Premier League International Cup.

The Reds will take on the current holders of the title in a one-off fixture in the last-eight phase.

Dates and venues will be confirmed in due course.

Neil Critchley’s side made the quarter-finals of the competition by collecting six points from their three Group A outings, with victories over Newcastle United and PSV Eindhoven and a defeat by Sparta Prague.

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Reds welcome 11 new Official Supporters Clubs

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 29/01/2018 - 15:00
LFC has welcomed a number of new Official Liverpool FC Supporters Clubs (OLSCs) this week as 11 international fan groups were granted their official status.
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Reds welcome 11 new Official Supporters Clubs

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 29/01/2018 - 15:00

LFC has welcomed a number of new Official Liverpool FC Supporters Clubs (OLSCs) this week as 11 international fan groups were granted their official status.

This season’s intake of OLSCs span the USA (The Palm Beaches, Carlsbad (CA), Charlottesville, Colombus and Philadelphia), India (Kolhapur and Nagaland), Europe (Berlin and Serbia) and Asia (Philippines and Hong Kong Region & Macau) - bringing 2,000 new members to join over 143, 000 fellow Reds in being officially recognised for their incredible support of Liverpool FC around the world.

LFC fan groups have been active for many years, with unofficial LFC Supporters Clubs beginning to form back in the late 1960s. In 1993, the club decided to formalise these groups with the creation of the International Supporters Clubs (ISC) network - known today as the OLSC network - and there are now 270 branches present in 88 countries worldwide. 

Peter Moore, chief executive officer of Liverpool FC, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to welcome these new Official Liverpool FC Supporters Clubs to the LFC family. 

“As a Reds fan who lived abroad for many years, I know first-hand what it’s like to support the club from afar, so it’s really great to see so many of these groups come together to share their love of our club and recreate the special Anfield atmosphere wherever they are in the world.”

For more information on OLSCs and how to find your nearest branch, visit liverpoolfc.com/fans/lfc-official-supporters-clubs.

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Loan watch: Kent registers assist in Bristol City win

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 29/01/2018 - 14:14
Six of Liverpool's loanees featured for their clubs last weekend, with mixed fortunes in terms of results.
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Loan watch: Kent registers assist in Bristol City win

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 29/01/2018 - 14:14

Six of Liverpool's loanees featured for their clubs last weekend, with mixed fortunes in terms of results.

Ryan Kent started and set up Bristol City's opening goal in their 2-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers at Ashton Gate. Kent's corner was diverted home by Famara Diedhiou as the Robins moved up to joint third in the Championship.

Marko Grujic played the full 90 minutes as Cardiff City were defeated 2-0 by Manchester City in the FA Cup, while Connor Randall came on as a late substitute in Hearts' 1-1 draw with Motherwell.

Allan Rodrigues de Souza also came off the bench as Apollon thrashed APOEL 4-0 away in their top-of-the-table clash in Cyprus, and Taiwo Awoniyi played in Royal Excel Mouscron's 2-0 win at Mechelen.

Elsewhere, Pedro Chirivella completed the full 90 minutes in Willem II's 2-0 loss to AZ Alkmaar.

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What's on: This week's LFC community events

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 29/01/2018 - 14:13
Check out a schedule of local community events planned by the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours teams in the coming week.
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What's on: This week's LFC community events

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 29/01/2018 - 14:13

Check out a schedule of local community events planned by the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours teams in the coming week.

For more information on these activities and the work of the two organisations, follow @LFCFoundation and @Red_Neighbours on Twitter or visit foundation.liverpoolfc.com.

Monday January 29

Premier League Kicks session
Walton Hall Park, 7pm-8pm (age 11-17)
Speke Community Centre, 6pm-8pm (age 11+)

Respect 4 All (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-7pm (age 8-16) and 7pm-8pm (age 13+)

Tuesday January 30

Premier League Kicks session
Toxteth Firefit Hub, 5.30pm-7.30pm (age 8-13) and 7pm-8pm (age 14-19)

Respect 4 All (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-7pm (age 8-16) and 7pm-8pm (age 17+)

Wednesday January 31

Premier League Kicks sessions
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 5pm-6pm (age 7-13), 6pm-7pm (age 13-17) and 5pm-6pm (age 8-13, girls only)

Respect 4 All (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-7pm (age 8+)                           

Thursday February 1

Premier League Kicks sessions
Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Wavertree, 5pm-6pm (age 8-13) and 6pm-7pm (age 14-17)
Gateacre, 6pm-8pm (age 11-17)

Respect 4 All (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 7pm-8pm (age 8+)

Military Veterans
Netherton Goals, 5pm-7.30pm

Friday February 2

Premier League Kicks sessions
Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Wavertree, 6pm-8pm (age 14-19)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-9pm (age 14-19)
Croxteth Sports Centre, 6pm-8pm (age 11-17)
Wirral Hive, 6pm-8pm (age 13-19)

Respect 4 All (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-7pm (age 8-16) and 7pm-8pm (age 17+)

Red Neighbours Walking Football
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 11am-12pm

Red Neighbours Walking Netball
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 11.30am-12.30pm

Saturday February 3

Respect 4 All (Disability)
Woodchurch High School, 10.30am-11.30am (SLD Child), 11.30am-12.30pm (Ability Counts), 12.30pm-1.30pm (SLD Adults)

Sunday February 4

Military Veterans
Academy, 2pm-5pm

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Danny Ward's exclusive insight on David Wagner's Huddersfield

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 29/01/2018 - 12:55
Nobody in the Liverpool squad better understands the challenge awaiting them at Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night than Danny Ward.
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Danny Ward's exclusive insight on David Wagner's Huddersfield

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 29/01/2018 - 12:55

Nobody in the Liverpool squad better understands the challenge awaiting them at Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night than Danny Ward.

The Reds goalkeeper spent 2016-17 on loan with the Terriers as they secured promotion to the Premier League in unforgettable fashion, and was a hero in the all-important play-off final at Wembley last May.

Having already saved two penalties in the semi-final shootout, Ward kept out one more against Reading at the national stadium to help send David Wagner’s team up to the top flight.

Now, as Liverpool prepare to take on the 14th-placed club at John Smith’s Stadium tomorrow evening, the 24-year-old has provided an intriguing analysis of what to expect from the clash…

You know the team and the ground well – what can Liverpool expect?

It can be an intimidating atmosphere. The Huddersfield fans really do get behind the team no matter what the score is, both home and away. At home, with a big team like us coming to the John Smith’s, it’ll be massive for them and a big occasion. They have shown they can turn over big teams, earlier this season they beat Manchester United and it was fully deserved.

They have learned from earlier games when they tried to play the same way they did in the Championship. They have adapted, they know they can’t really press teams with much more quality than them. They have had to sit in more and be patient and disciplined. It will be interesting to see how they line up. But we’ll obviously focus on ourselves – we believe we’ve got the quality and mentality to go there and do a job.

How much have they changed in terms of quality from last season?

They have upgraded in certain areas, and spent a lot of money. I remember being there last year and their record signing was £1.6million; at the start of the summer they were buying players for 10 times that. That was strange to see. But they have still got the nucleus of the boys who were there last year and they have got a real spirit in the changing room.

That filters down from the owner, who is a big Huddersfield fan, has lived in Huddersfield all his life and loves the club. That filters all the way through to the players and the supporters. They’ve got a real bond there between everyone at the club, not just the players but the staff around the place. The supporters are fully behind the team no matter what.

What is David Wagner like as a manager?

He is very similar to the manager here in some ways but completely different in others. The way they set up and like to play is very similar. Being at Huddersfield and Liverpool is two completely different sizes of club. Huddersfield know what they are; David Wagner used to drum into us that we were a small dog who wanted to take on all the big dogs, and that was in the Championship last year. Now, every team they play is a big dog.

They scrap for their lives and he has instilled that mentality in all of the boys there. They believe in his way of playing and they have shown they can adapt. Tactically, he is very astute. And as a man, he was brilliant for me; he gave me good feedback, he told me what I was doing right and wrong, what he wanted you to keep doing. He was the same with every player and treated them the same, whether he inherited them or brought them in. His man-management skills are top-class.

You must still feel a connection with Huddersfield and want them to stay up?

That goes out of the window on Tuesday! But the group of players we had when we got promoted was such a special thing. We were touted by many people to go down and finish bottom of the league. Even at the midway point when we were up at the top of the league, we were still getting ‘they’re going to fall away’.

There was a siege mentality that brought everyone together at the club. I found it quite special. To finish the way we did and get the club promoted to the Premier League was very special and will always stay with me. It’s a club that I’ll always have close to my heart, but first and foremost I play for Liverpool so we need Liverpool to win on Tuesday.

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On demand: Watch highlights of U23s' win over Derby

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 29/01/2018 - 12:50
A late goal from Ovie Ejaria sealed a narrow win for Liverpool U23s over Derby County on Sunday afternoon - watch highlights of the game now on LFCTV GO.
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On demand: Watch highlights of U23s' win over Derby

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 29/01/2018 - 12:50

A late goal from Ovie Ejaria sealed a narrow win for Liverpool U23s over Derby County on Sunday afternoon - watch highlights of the game now on LFCTV GO.

The young Reds extended their lead at the top of Premier League 2 to four points as Ejaria netted a wonderful individual strike at the end of a fixture featuring plenty of chances for both sides.

Watch the best action from the game at Prenton Park with our 11-minute highlights package below.

Not a subscriber to LFCTV GO? Click here to find out more.

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Live and free: Watch Klopp's Huddersfield preview (1pm GMT)

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 29/01/2018 - 12:45
Tune in to Jürgen Klopp's pre-Huddersfield Town press conference live and for free from 1pm GMT today.
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Live and free: Watch Klopp's Huddersfield preview (1pm GMT)

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 29/01/2018 - 12:45

Tune in to Jürgen Klopp's pre-Huddersfield Town press conference live and for free from 1pm GMT today.

After the 3-2 defeat to West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup at the weekend, Liverpool are back in Premier League action on Tuesday night as they face David Wagner’s side at John Smith’s Stadium.

See everything Klopp has to say ahead of the contest with our free stream from Melwood.

Return to this page before the 1pm start time to access the feed below.

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50 Men Who Made LFC: Alex Raisbeck

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 29/01/2018 - 12:31
The club's first ever star player and the man who helped put Liverpool on the footballing map, Alex Raisbeck captained the Reds to their earliest trophy triumphs.
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50 Men Who Made LFC: Alex Raisbeck

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 29/01/2018 - 12:31

The club's first ever star player and the man who helped put Liverpool on the footballing map, Alex Raisbeck captained the Reds to their earliest trophy triumphs.

His Anfield career spanned 11 seasons, during which time the Scotland international evolved into one of the best centre-backs of his era.

In 1900-01, he was the driving force behind Liverpool’s first league success and was even better as they repeated the feat in 1905-06.

Following the shock of relegation two years earlier, Raisbeck had stayed loyal to the club and helped steer them back to the top flight at the first time of asking.

He then led by example once more as Liverpool became the first club to win the Second and First Division titles in successive years.

His love for the club was evident for all to see. After spells in management elsewhere, he later returned to take up a scouting position but will forever remembered as the first of an illustrious line of great Scots.

Click through our 50 Men Who Made LFC countdown below

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Huddersfield Town v Liverpool Preview - Can Liverpool stop the rot?

Anfield Index.com - Mon, 29/01/2018 - 12:07
The Details

Venue – John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield

Referee – Kevin Friend

Date & Time – Tuesday, January 30th @ 20:00 GMT

Current Odds – Huddersfield 17/2, Draw 17/4, Liverpool 3/10

Form Huddersfield Form

Huddersfield have been struggling of late. While 14th position may be an admirable and acceptable place to find themselves in at this stage of the season, the reality is that Wagner’s team are just two points above the drop zone. They have lost three of their last five in all competitions; the other two games were a 2-1 win at Bolton and Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Birmingham, both games in the FA Cup.

Liverpool Form

Liverpool were flying high until last Monday night in Wales. Swansea and Carlos Carvalhal were able to stop the runaway Red train. Fast forward to Saturday night, this time it was West Brom who upset Klopp’s men, knocking Liverpool out of this season’s FA Cup.

Before that, it was fairytale stuff from Liverpool; beating Everton with a late van Dijk header in the Cup, then overcoming City in an enthralling 4-3 encounter. Such a difference a couple of weeks can make. But these things happen. Liverpool have got to continue looking forward. The best way to shake off the last couple of results is by picking up three points again on Tuesday and making sure they are back on form before meeting Porto in the Champions League in mid-February.

Team News Huddersfield Team News

Wagner’s injury-list contains the names of Williams, Cranie, Kachunga and Stankovic. None of those players will be available for selection on Tuesday night. Huddersfield will most likely line out in their usual 4-2-3-1 shape with Depoitre as the lone man up front.

Huddersfield have no suspensions for this game.

Huddersfield’s Top 3 Rated Players this season (WhoScored.com)

  1. C. Schindler  ——–  7.2
  2. A. Mooy  ————  6.86
  3. J. Hogg  ————  6.71
Liverpool Team News

Liverpool are still without Nathaniel Clyne while Lallana, Sturridge and Klavan are all carrying slight knocks and may not be fit in time for Tuesday. Karius will likely return in goals for the Reds with Matip and van Dijk continuing their fledgeling partnership at the heart of Liverpool’s defence. Henderson returned against West Brom with a second-half substitute appearance and should start at the base of midfield for this game. Klopp may opt for the early-season midfield trio of Henderson, Emre Can, and Wijnaldum. Andy Robertson will most likely return at left-back to replace Moreno who struggled at times against the Baggies on Saturday.

Liverpool have no suspensions for this game.

Liverpool’s Top 3 Rated Players this season (WhoScored.com)

  1. V. van Dijk  ——–  8.13
  2. M. Salah  ———–  7.66
  3. R. Firmino  ——–  7.39
Predicted XIs

Huddersfield XI (4-4-2) – Lossl; Smith, Zanka, Schindler, Malone; Hogg(c), Mooy; Ince, Pritchard, Parra; Depoitre

Liverpool XI (4-3-3) – Karius; Gomez, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson(c), Can, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mané

When they last met

Liverpool won 2-0 the last time the two sides met in Huddersfield. It was an FA Cup game back in 1999. Titi Camara and Dominic Matteo were the scorers that day. The sides met at Anfield earlier this season and the Reds won 3-0 on that occasion. Salah had missed a first-half penalty but goals from Sturridge, Firmino and Wijnaldum sealed it for Liverpool after the break.

Prediction

Huddersfield 1 – 1 Liverpool

On the one hand, Liverpool are far superior to Huddersfield. However, football is such a confidence game and the Reds are going through their first bad really patch since September. They will certainly be out to turn things around as quickly as possible but Tuesday night is not going to be an easy game. A draw may well be on the cards.

** Please note – “xA” in the Form Stats tables symbolises “expected goals against”, NOT “expected assists”

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Observations as Liverpool Crash Out of FA Cup

Anfield Index.com - Mon, 29/01/2018 - 12:07

Liverpool slumped to their second successive defeat on Saturday night, crashing out of the FA Cup fourth round for the third season in a row. Ending all chances of capturing a trophy this year, The Reds produced a very abject performance as West Brom secured their second win since August – one of which came against Exeter City.

Bobby Firmino gave the home team a good start after Jonny Evans was caught dwelling in possession. Mohamed Salah raced through on goal but couldn’t do enough to beat Foster, before his Brazilian teammate produced a delightful lob to capitalise on the defensive blunder. Yet, just seconds later and the scores were level again.

This time it was The Baggies who capitalised on a mistake at the back, with Jay Rodriguez storming past the midfield before unleashing a powerful shot into the top-right corner and beyond the reach of Simon Mignolet. Adding a second goal just minutes later before an own goal from Joel Matip, Liverpool deserved defeat at Anfield.

Here are the observations from the match.

(Midfield) absence does not make the heart grow fonder

The old saying ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’ clearly wasn’t meant for footballing terms as Liverpool’s vacant midfield left time and space for West Brom to expose the back-four. Emre Can was one of the standout performers a few weeks ago against City, but produced a dismal display as captain here, offering no defensive cover for his teammates while appearing far too ponderous in possession.

Gaping holes were there to be exploited and West Brom duly obliged, with Krychowiak ghosting past Emre easily before slotting the ball down the left flank. Wijnaldum was equally at fault, failing to track Rodriguez’s run to the back post for his second of the night while Moreno simply watched helplessly on.

As for Ox, he was parked out wide far too often in the first-half in a peripheral role, unable to add the dynamism and industry we’ve seen of late. Lacking in drive and forward thinking, the midfield was unable to link with the attack while gifting The Baggies room to roam time and time again.

Distinct lack of game-changing substitutes

Bringing on Danny Ings, Jordan Henderson and James Milner in the second-half confirmed the stark lack of game-changing options available to Jurgen Klopp right now. Ings is still short of game time following a long injury lay-off while fellow striker Dominic Solanke is yet to score a first goal for the club.

Daniel Sturridge was left out of the 18 man squad for the contest despite his ruthless eye for a goal and could well have come in handy as Liverpool searched for a late equaliser, but the truth is the club need to splash the cash this month and bring in further re-enforcements in order to secure a top-four finish. Thomas Lemar may not have changed the outcome of the last two games single-handedly, but you can be damn sure he’d have offered more of a spark than what was on offer here.

Another season with no trophy

Klopp’s starting eleven screamed of a side who were looking to take the FA Cup seriously this season in a bid to end their 6 years without silverware; the League Cup in Feb 2012 being the last time. With the remains of the ‘Fab Four’ leading the line and £75million signing Virgil Van Dijk in defence, Liverpool had more than enough quality to see off Alan Pardew’s men but simply failed to show up to the races.

There remains plenty to fight for, with a crucial clash against Porto on the horizon in the Champions League and the hunt for top-four very much in the balance, but Liverpool’s trophy troubles won’t end this year.

VAR dominates the headlines

They’ll be a lot of contrasting views as to whether VAR is the way forward for football. On the negative side, it took Craig Pawson 5-10 minutes to determine whether Mohamed Salah was indeed brought down inside the area by a tug from Gareth Barry, stopping the flow and tempo of the game in the process while causing the on-looking fans huge confusion as to what was going on. Yet, it did play a hand in two huge decisions from the referee – the first of which came after Craig Dawson nodded in from close range.

Climbing on top of Roberto Firmino to make contact with the ball, VAR determined that the West Brom defender had fouled his move, ruling the goal out in the process. Then came the Salah incident; Pawson initially waved away calls for a penalty before turning to the video assistant which gave The Reds a way back into the contest. While Firmino was unable to convert from the spot, it did highlight the importance that VAR could have on future games. On another day, the referee’s initial decisions could’ve proved very costly.

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Out of sorts and out of the cup – Tactical Observations from Liverpool’s FA Cup defeat

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 28/01/2018 - 20:13

As defeats go, this was one of the most disappointing of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool tenure.


It’s almost exactly a year since his side last lost two games in a row when they crashed out of the League Cup against Southampton having just been beaten by Swansea at Anfield in the league, and then exited the FA Cup against Wolves in similar fashion.

Fast forward a year and they’re at it again. Aside from arguments over full backs and the ongoing battle to be Liverpool’s worst goalkeeper, the manager picked his strongest eleven.

Opponents West Brom sill managed to limp, literally, into the next round as Klopp threw on Jordan Henderson, James Milner, and Danny Ings in the game’s final throes. A triple substitution which sums up the current situation at the club.

“The FA Cup is massively important for everyone in our dressing-room — we want to win trophies for this club,” said Henderson in his pre-match notes, which he’s been writing in typical determined fashion even though he hasn’t been part of the team lately.

But despite a late cameo where he received faint praise for simply not being as bad as the others, the captaincy couple, himself and sidekick Milner, were unable to rally the troops.

For the fans it feels like a familiar case of one step forward and two back, but for Liverpool’s back four yesterday it was a lunge back to the worst of times for the defence, and desperate times for the goalkeeping unit.

The club finished part of their summer transfer business six months late with the signing of Virgil van Dijk, but offset this with the sale of their best, and most unpredictable attacking weapon, apparently without having a replacement lined up despite knowing Coutinho’s intentions for over six months.

Unpredictability was something the side lacked as they flung the ball at West Brom in a style you might expect to see from, erm, West Brom.

Ragged back four

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk looks dejected after missing a chance during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Full backs Alberto Moreno and Trent Alexander-Arnold attempted 20 crosses in the game, with only three finding a red shirt.

Granted, the second goal came from one such hit and hope, but the ball landed at the feet of Mohamed Salah after bouncing off Roberto Firmino’s knees and was hardly a carefully engineered team move.

Trent completed just 70 percent of his passes and struggled throughout. Even when he was in acres of space as the game drew to a close it felt as if the opposition had left him free as they knew that his confidence was shot.

Moreno provided an injection of pace down the left but was unable to deliver anything of note on the back of it.

Inside them Van Dijk and Matip performed miserably as a defensive partnership, and the back line looked as disorganised as it’s ever been.

The first goal came following some disappointing play in midfield from Georginio Wijnaldum who failed to control Matip’s clearing header, and Alexander-Arnold, who couldn’t win the second ball.

With Van Dijk occupied by Hal Robson-Kanu, Chris Brunt found Jay Rodriguez who turned in the first of his gifts.

The goal hinted at another problem which would then further manifest itself for the second.

Centre parked

 Liverpool's captain Emre Can looks dejected after missing a chance during the FA Premier League match between Swansea City FC and Liverpool FC at the Liberty Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It came after Emre Can was bypassed with worrying ease by Grzegorz Krychowiak, meaning Matip had to cover across and leave a big gap between himself and his centre back partner. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also failed to track the runner into the box.

Van Dijk should still have been able to deal with the ball as it came in, but Rodriguez sneaked ahead of him with little resistance.

On both occasions the defence were hung out to dry by their flimsy midfield, but then failed to perform their own duties and stop even the simplest of attacking moves.

It was the combination of poor defending and poor midfield protection which has become all-too common at Liverpool, and with Javier Mascherano now leaving Barcelona over seven years since he left Anfield, the club’s continued failure to replace him borders on negligence.

The manager’s comments in the aftermath of the game suggest that Can is seeing out his contract before moving in the summer.

“Sometimes a player just wants to sit out his contract,” said Klopp. “That’s not cool for the club, but there are moments in which you have to accept it.”

The amnesic and divisive nature of football opinions will have the German midfielder down in the good riddance column following this display, but those around him, and those who entered the fray later in the game weren’t much better.

The average positions from the game show the two midfielders sitting on top of each other, and though these diagrams are based on touches of the ball, it still shows a lack of cohesion and hints at something Klopp alluded to after the game.

All systems… oh

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp and Danny Ings after the 2-3 defeat during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“We changed the system three or four times today,” said Klopp after the game, but none of these systems looked comfortable and on the night none looked defined.

The team struggle when they are allowed to hog possession, and these are games where structure, patience, ideas, quick passing, creativity, and Coutinho are needed to break down the opposition.

The possession was close to 70 percent but it felt wasteful, and the only big chances the side created came from a Chris Brunt error, and the penalty courtesy of the video referee.

After this FA Cup defeat another game can be added to the damning stat below. This ineffectiveness will only increase following Coutinho’s departure, as while the style may remain the same, it will be less effective against teams who counter the counter-pressing.

Klopp's #LFC when >65% possession
29 W11 D12 L6
1.55 PPG
This year P6 W2 D4#NoGegenNoParty

— Dan Kennett (@DanKennett) January 22, 2018

They switched clumsily between 4-3-3 and 4-2-4 with Oxlade-Chamberlain neither coming or going as he flitted anonymously between the right wing and central attacking midfield positions. They later matched West Brom’s 4-4-2, before going full English in a 4-3-3 following the introduction of the three hard working but ultimately useless substitutes.

The visitors did have a plan, however, and they defended as stoutly as possible before finding Rodriguez or later, Matt Phillips, for one of the pair to take their pick of which Liverpool defender they want to terrorise next.

Out of sorts and out of the cup

 Liverpool's manager J¸rgen Klopp during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Worse was to come when Matip turned in Craig Dawson’s cross, and given the way they had played Liverpool looked out of the game by half time.

“That’s unbelievable,” said Klopp of the goal. “Because that’s really easy to defend. You only have to push up and Dawson is 100 percent offside.

“When you saw his celebration it looked like ‘what can i do, they leave me that alone i have to use the chance.’

“We had big aims in this competition, we wanted to show that at least that we really want to stay in this competition.”

But as they exit unceremoniously Liverpool’s hopes of lifting their first piece of silverware in six years, and their first FA Cup since 2006, go out of the window.

If they don’t have any players coming through it in the next few days, further struggles may ensue.

Although given the way this team play, they probably have more chance of winning the Champions League than they do the FA Cup.

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'European football flows through our arteries' - LFC quotes of the week

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 28/01/2018 - 19:00
Honest reflections on a disappointing week for the first team, a new signing for the Ladies, and the retirement of a former Reds star feature in our round-up of the best quotes from the last seven days...
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