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Match report: Reds advance in FA Cup by beating Shrewsbury Town at Anfield

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 01/09/2022 - 16:10
Liverpool advanced in the Emirates FA Cup with a 4-1 victory over Shrewsbury Town at Anfield on Sunday.
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Liverpool 4-1 Shrewsbury: Player Ratings

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 01/09/2022 - 16:00

Liverpool came from behind to avoid a giant-killing and knock Shrewsbury out of the FA Cup to take our place in the fourth round, 4-1 the score at Anfield.

Liverpool 4-1 Shrewsbury

Anfield, FA Cup third round
9 January, 2022

Goals: Gordon 33′, Fabinho pen 43′ 92′, Firmino 79′; Udoh 26′

Caoimhin Kelleher – 7 (out of 10)

Good footwork and starting position to help clear long balls in behind the defence and start attacks from the back. No chance on the goal from close range.

Ended the half with a punch clear a bit like his one for Kovacic’s volley, but this time saved the header which came back his way.

One lucky escape very late on as the ball got stuck under his studs but did well to recover and clear.

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher during the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Shrewsbury Town FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Conor Bradley – 7

Beaten by two successive runs and crosses, the second of which set up the opener.

Better going the other way, winning a load of corners and keeping the pressure on, before winning two big tackles against dribbles before the break.

Good running again late on to hit the byline and create the chance for the third goal.

Ibrahima Konate – 5

Fine on the ball under no pressure but was absolutely in the middle of nowhere for the goal, didn’t know where his man was and wasn’t in position to cut out the cross.

Aerially did a few handy bits of work and one rampaging run looked Matip-esque until the wayward pass at the end, but equally gave away a chance or two with his passes not being accurate enough.

Involved in the third goal.

Virgil van Dijk – 5

Not his finest outing. Some sloppy first-half passes and a header sent over, while he also maybe could have either bellowed at Konate or stepped across for the first goal of the game.

A short backpass almost proved costly and he just wasn’t as commanding as usual in a low-key game.

Andy Robertson – 7

A needed return to action after his suspension and the Reds’ cancelled games.

Some really good overlapping runs and quick crosses, though defensively was beaten a few times too. Took a late hit across the heel so hopefully no lasting injury there.

Fabinho – 9 – Man of the Match

 Shrewsbury Town's goalkeeper Marko Maroši is beaten as Liverpool's Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' scores the second goal, from a penalty kick, during the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Shrewsbury Town FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Buried a lovely penalty before the break. Prior to that he had won his usual number of balls in midfield, taken a finger-poke in the eye and reminded a few of the youngsters around them that they had to do the physical as well as the technical work.

One of the few to keep his level after the break as tiredness, sloppiness and or complacency set in elsewhere.

Thundered in a late fourth for the Reds and a second for himself!

Tyler Morton – 7

A fairly sloppy start from Tyler on the ball too, but he cut that out soon enough and had a decent overall game.

Not hugely involved with the defensive work, tracking some of the time but mostly just bypassed by the direct passes. In possession, neat and productive, progressive at times.

Elijah Dixon-Bonner – 7

A full debut for the 21-year-old who spent last summer on trial at Portsmouth!

Neat and tidy on the ball without being overly adventurous. A few clever passes into the penalty area when the Reds played their triangles.

One run into the box really should have resulted in a goal right after half-time – his close-range shot was brilliantly saved.

Kaide Gordon – 7

 Liverpool's Kaide Gordon celebrates after scoring the first equalising goal during the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Shrewsbury Town FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The 17-year-old is now the second-youngster scorer in LFC history, and the Reds’ youngest ever in the FA Cup.

The regular outlet for the team in the first half, happy to go on the outside of his man or check infield to get a shot away – a low one was saved, another blocked.

Then his first big proper chance came just after the opener and he didn’t miss a step: a great first touch, changed the angle and opened his body, then a composed side-footed finish for his first-ever goal. Magic moment!

Quiet second half for the most part.

Max Woltman – 6

A nice opportunity for the Wirral-born 18-year-old with an unexpected debut. Plenty of business, running and harassing, the odd foul and moment of link play.

Nothing really came toward him in the box so we can’t judge too much of his striker prowess at senior level and was replaced at the break.

Curtis Jones – 7

Needs to get himself a good run of games after a very stuttering campaign so far. Some flashes of excellence and a bit more involvement second half after going central midfield, Dixon-Bonner pushing left.

Easy to see when he’s ‘better’ than other players but also easy to see where he must improve in consistency, minute-to-minute.

Substitutes

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates after scoring the third goal during the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Shrewsbury Town FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Takumi Minamino (on for Woltman, 46′) – 5 – On at the break for some trademark scurrying about.

Roberto Firmino (on for Dixon-Bonner, 63′) – 7 – Came on with a big beaming smile and then didn’t see him again until he backheeled in a goal to seal the win.

Melkamu Frauendorf (on for Gordon, 80′) – n/a – On for a senior Liverpool debut, well in lad.

Kostas Tsimikas (on for Robertson, 90′) – n/a – Played a minute.

James Norris (on for Morton, 90′) – n/a – Injury time debut!

Subs not used: Adrian, Matip, Mabaya, Balagizi

Jurgen Klopp – 8

Welcome back Jurgs! No need for Krawietz in the end as our boss made a welcome return to touchline duty – hopefully he’s feeling much better and ready for an energetic second half of the campaign.

Mixed up his line-up between guaranteed starters and absolute babies, handing out some debuts and expecting the same system and performance from all.

The tempo was pretty low and it’s fair to say there might have been a few more harsh words at the break had we not been (literally) handed a penalty, but there was rarely any reason to think the Reds wouldn’t win, even when behind.

Sensible subs and sent a No94 on to irritate the squad number purists.

Probably not much to read into this game in terms of future fixtures, but getting back to winning ways is always welcomed.

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Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Shrewsbury Town

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 01/09/2022 - 12:45
Elijah Dixon-Bonner and Max Woltman make their first senior starts for Liverpool in this afternoon’s Emirates FA Cup third-round tie with Shrewsbury Town.
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Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Shrewsbury Town

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 01/09/2022 - 12:45

Elijah Dixon-Bonner and Max Woltman make their first senior starts for Liverpool in this afternoon’s Emirates FA Cup third-round tie with Shrewsbury Town.

The Academy pair join Conor Bradley, Kaide Gordon and Tyler Morton in a much-changed Reds line-up at Anfield.

Virgil van Dijk captains the team, while Andy Robertson returns after suspension.

Trent Alexander-Arnold misses out after testing positive for COVID-19 shortly after last weekend’s draw at Chelsea. He is expected to available to resume training in the coming days.

Liverpool: Kelleher, Bradley, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Morton, Dixon-Bonner, Gordon, Jones, Woltman.

Subs: Adrian, Firmino, Minamino, Tsimikas, Matip, Mabaya, Norris, Balagizi, Frauendorf.

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Jürgen Klopp to return for Shrewsbury tie

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 01/09/2022 - 11:58
Jürgen Klopp will take charge of Liverpool’s Emirates FA Cup third-round tie with Shrewsbury Town today.
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Jürgen Klopp to return for Shrewsbury tie

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 01/09/2022 - 11:58

Jürgen Klopp will take charge of Liverpool’s Emirates FA Cup third-round tie with Shrewsbury Town today.

The manager will return to the touchline at Anfield after missing last weekend’s draw at Chelsea due to isolation following a positive COVID-19 test.

Klopp has now resumed duties and will lead the Reds into today’s meeting with the League One club.

Pepijn Lijnders will be absent from the bench as he continues his own stint in isolation after registering a positive test last week.

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Match Centre: Follow Liverpool v Shrewsbury live

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 01/09/2022 - 10:00
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Match Centre: Follow Liverpool v Shrewsbury live

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From Liverpool to Morecambe: McLaughlin on Totti class, Sterling mentality, ‘waxwork’ Gerrard and turning down Wrexham

the Athletic - Sun, 01/09/2022 - 05:10
In an act of self-deprecation, Ryan McLaughlin once compared himself to David Beckham. He was able to because of the stubble on his face, as well as some angular features. It was funny because McLaughlin — then in his early 20s — also knew he had a receding hairline. In truth, this meant he did not really look like David Beckham.

At Oldham Athletic, Lee Croft was one of his team-mates and Croft — once of Manchester City — loved the craic as much as McLaughlin. When McLaughlin joined Rochdale in 2019, Croft fired off a text message to Rochdale’s senior striker Ian Henderson telling him that the club’s new signing only answered to people who call him “Becks”.

McLaughlin walked into an unfamiliar dressing room and from the first day, “everyone was calling me ‘Becks’.” That was aside from the old-school manager, Keith Hill, who referred to him by his first name. Hill was under pressure at the time and when he was quickly sacked, Brian Barry-Murphy was appointed as his replacement. He had been the first-team coach. “By then, he’d been calling me ‘Becks’ for a month or so, so he had to stick with it. There was no way back.”

In a League One match, in October 2020, McLaughlin would face his older brother Conor, who was at Sunderland. “After the game, Conor told me that the Sunderland players were talking in the dressing room about ‘Becks’. They didn’t know who the Rochdale players were shouting at. Conor told them it was me and they were like, ‘What? He looks nothing like him!’”

It has, at least, given him an ironic identity on Call of Duty — which he sometimes plays with

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From Drogba to Radebe, Kanu to Fortune – your Premier League club’s African icon

the Athletic - Sun, 01/09/2022 - 05:03
With the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations set to kick off on Sunday, The Athletic takes a look back at the African players who have made themselves cult heroes at each Premier League club…

Arsenal — Kanu (Nigeria)

Arsenal have been blessed with a number of excellent African players over the years. Arsene Wenger was a champion of African talent, and brought the likes of Lauren, Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Adebayor and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the club. Patrick Vieira would come into consideration, had he chosen to represent Senegal, the country of his birth, rather than France. However, the crown of Arsenal’s African icon can only be bestowed on one man: King Kanu.

There was a time it was feared Kanu would have to stop playing before he even joined Arsenal. Tests shortly after joining Inter Milan in 1996 revealed he had an overloaded left ventricle caused by a deformed aortic valve.

Signing him for Arsenal, then, was a gamble — one reflected in a low transfer fee of just £4.15 million. Curiously enough, the player Wenger compared Kanu to at his unveiling was Alan Smith — a goalscorer but also a target man, someone capable of making other players shine.

In truth, comparing Kanu to anyone was perhaps a fool’s errand: he was astonishingly unique. Tall, lanky, but with great upper body strength, and gifted with extraordinary footwork, he was a challenge Premier League central defenders had never quite faced before. Although he was not often a first-choice player, his contributions were always memorable.

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24 players who could feature for Liverpool vs. Shrewsbury

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 01/08/2022 - 16:45

Liverpool’s exact numbers for Sunday’s game have remained on the down-low but they have had to search “nearly everywhere” for players, but just who could they be?

We know that the Reds experienced a major outbreak at the training ground that affected players and staff alike, but the names of those who newly tested positive remain unknown.

But it has forced Liverpool to look deep within their ranks for the visit of Shrewsbury, with assistant manager Peter Krawietz, standing in for Jurgen Klopp, having admitted to having searched “nearly everywhere” for a squad.

It has opened the door for the club’s youth to step up as Liverpool looked for “solutions,” making it a rather difficult job to predict how the Reds could lineup.

Instead, we’re going to take a look at just who could feasibly feature, but bear in mind the Covid cases have not been confirmed and more could arise before kickoff.

First team

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker (L) and Joel Matip embrace before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Starting off with some good news, Joel Matip returned to training on Friday – which was the first possible moment following on from his positive Covid result on December 31.

Previously, Liverpool have been firm in their stance of not rushing players back from Covid and therefore they “have to see if he is available or not,” but they could have little choice.

The same goes for Alisson and Roberto Firmino. Neither were confirmed to have returned to training but were able to leave isolation from Thursday so long as they recorded negative tests.

The trio could, therefore, feature in the squad alongside the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Curtis Jones having already returned from Covid in mid-December.

Meanwhile, Tyler Morton conducted an interview with the club’s official website on Friday to all but confirm his availability, making for at least seven senior faces.

It will then be a case of who managed to dodge Covid with 11 other first-team members unaccounted for, injured players aside.

Under-23s

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp (L) prepares to bring on substitutes Max Woltman (C) and Conor Bradley (R) during the UEFA Champions League Group B Matchday 6 game between AC Milan and Liverpool FC at the Stadio San Siro. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In the academy ranks, starting with the higher age group, there are a handful of options should they have avoided recording a positive test.

Krawietz did confirm that “the under-23s had Covid cases as well” and a “few are back now” to select.

But Leighton Clarkson, on return from his loan spell at Blackburn, is to be part of the occasion with Krawietz saying “he will probably join the squad.”

There will also be the possibility of the likes of Billy Koumetio, James Norris, Elijah Dixon-Bonner, Max Woltman, Conor Bradley and Owen Beck having a role having all already made their senior debut.

You can then add Jarell Quansah and 17-year-old Kaide Gordon to the mix, who has not featured for Klopp’s side since his debut at Norwich in September, while James Balagizi‘s time may have finally arrived after his injury return.

Under-18s

 Liverpool's Oakley Cannonier during the English Football League Trophy match between Port Vale FC and Liverpool FC Under-21's at Vale Park. Port Vale won 5-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Turning then to Marc Bridge-Wilkinson’s squad, who saw their FA Youth Cup game on Friday postponed, there are a handful of options that Klopp and co. can turn to.

Goalkeeper Harvey Davies, centre-back Stefan Bajcetic, left-back Luke Chambers, prolific forward Oakley Cannonier and Mateusz Musialowski are all leading figures at the level.

Melkamu Frauendorf and Harvey Blair, the latter of whom started at Preston for his debut in the League Cup, could also be in contention for an opportunity.

Liverpool could yet have to look deeper into their talent pool with the Covid cases not yet public knowledge, but there is plenty of talent at various levels to tap into for the tie.

And Shrewsbury boss Steve Cotterill has already said he will “100 percent” respect whatever side Liverpool lineup as Klopp is “entitled to play whichever team he sees fit.”

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2 small hints & youth message – 4 things from Peter Krawietz’s press conference

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 01/08/2022 - 14:54

Liverpool’s assistant manager Peter Krawietz took on media duties on Saturday and was rather tight-lipped over the squad for Shrewsbury, which has required the club to look “nearly everywhere” for players.

Here are four key points from Krawietz as he previewed Sunday’s game:

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Can’t tell us exact numbers…

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp (R) chats with Andy Robertson (L) and James Milner (C) during a training session at the AXA Training Centre ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group B Matchday 3 game between Club Atlético de Madrid and Liverpool FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It’s been days of uncertainty regarding which players have entered isolation following the Chelsea game amid a severe outbreak of Covid.

It’s left fans and the opposition in the dark as to who could possibly feature against Shrewsbury and just when it looked like new information could be delivered, Krawietz kept tight-lipped.

“I can’t tell you exact numbers,” he said. “We had a couple of injuries, illness, COVID cases and this is the situation we have to deal with.

“We still have to wait for a few results as well, the players are not here [yet] for today, so they have to do their test before they can join the building and this is why I cannot speak about the exact numbers.

“We are searching for options for this game and for the squad, nearly everywhere. But we found enough players to build a team and to have a squad.”

But he did nod to 2 players…

 Liverpool's Leighton Clarkson during a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Club Atlético Osasuna at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

That being Leighton Clarkson, fresh from his loan return at Blackburn, and Joel Matip, who was able to leave isolation on Friday.

The former is expected to be part of the matchday squad, with the assistant manager saying: “We have one loan player back and he will probably join the squad.”

But for Matip it will be a case of assessing if he can come straight back into the team after testing positive for Covid.

Joel Matip was back in training yesterday [Friday], but have to see if he is available tomorrow or not.”

What about January transfers?

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Krawietz batted away the January transfer question with relative ease, reciting an answer that often Jurgen Klopp comes to the table with when the topic of signings is posed to him.

“It’s a long term club decision, but we take the situation [AFCON/Covid] like it is,” Krawietz said of the winter window.

“We knew about this situation for a few months, especially the African players to play this tournament and are hopefully successful, and the Covid situation is like it is.

“If it is necessary to react in the transfer market, it is of course a club decision. We have to discuss that.”

A message for the youngsters set to feature

 Liverpool's Dominic Corness (C) celebrates with team-mate Kaide Gordon (L) after scoring the first goal during the UEFA Youth League Group B Matchday 4 game between Liverpool FC Under 19's and FC Porto Under 19's at the Liverpool Academy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It’s a squad set to boast players from the under-18s and under-23s and for many, it could very well be their first taste of senior action with the club.

There will be at least a sprinkle of senior experience and they’ll have an important job alongside the coaches to boost their confidence.

“I hope they can’t wait until the game starts and it is the opposite of being nervous. We try to make them as confident as they should be and it is not about trying to avoid mistakes.

“We can’t expect a perfect set-up tomorrow but we can expect the perfect reaction.

“We try to have a proper team performance with experienced leaders and young players. They will feel the support of our supporters.”

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Liverpool 'hoping' Klopp back on touchline vs Shrewsbury

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sat, 01/08/2022 - 14:37

Liverpool are hoping Jurgen Klopp is back in the dugout for Sunday's home FA Cup tie against Shrewsbury Town.

Klopp's assistant coach Peter Krawietz was speaking at Saturday's news conference in place of his boss, who has been isolating after testing positive for coronavirus ahead of last Sunday's 2-2 draw at Chelsea.

Liverpool's squad has been decimated by Covid this week, forcing Thursday's Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal to be postponed and their training ground to be shut down.

As things stand, Sunday's match at Anfield against the League One side will go ahead, but Liverpool will have to wait for Klopp to test negative before getting confirmation he will be on the touchline.

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With Liverpool's EFL Cup game against Arsenal being postponed, reporter Vinny O'Connor looks at the potential knock-on effect for the team and their fixture congestion

"We hope so of course," Krawietz said when asked if Klopp would be back.

"He is well so far, he feels fine, but of course the regulations are how they are, and he has to do tests as well. We hope he will be fine to be in tomorrow, yes."

Liverpool recall unnamed loan player

Krawietz also revealed an unnamed player had been recalled from his loan spell ahead of Sunday's game and said defender Joel Matip is back in training after recovering from Covid.

"Yes, we have one loan player back and he will probably join the squad tomorrow," said the Liverpool assistant boss.

"Of course we are searching for options for this game and for this squad nearly everywhere. We found enough players to build a team.

"I can't talk about names. Please understand my situation, I can't talk about that. Joel Matip joined training yesterday again, but we have to see whether he is available or not."

Could Liverpool make signings this month?

Krawietz says the club may "react" with signings in this January transfer window due to the impact of coronavirus and the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) on their squad.

As well as Thursday's postponement, Liverpool have also lost Mohamed Salah, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane with AFCON getting underway on Sunday - live on Sky Sports

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Asked about their January transfer plans, Krawietz said: "This is a long-term decision, we take the situation like it is. We always try to do our best.

"We knew about the AFCON situation for a few months, and hopefully they are successful in this tournament.

"The Covid situation is like it is, if it's necessary to react in the transfer market it's a club decision, but we have to discuss that."

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Liverpool have “found enough players to build a team” after bizarre week

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 01/08/2022 - 14:24

Liverpool assistant manager Peter Krawietz has conceded that Liverpool have needed to look far and wide throughout the club to build a squad for Shrewsbury’s FA Cup visit.

The Reds have endured a week defined by COVID-19 after a “severe outbreak” that led to the training ground being closed for 48 hours.

Positive cases amid the first-team and in the under-23s made it so a squad could not be put together in time for Arsenal, but the FA Cup tie has seen Liverpool dig deep into their talent pool.

Turning to the youth ranks has been widely discussed throughout the week and Krawietz has admitted that the Reds have needed to search for options “nearly everywhere.”

And one of the options is to include Leighton Clarkson after his loan spell at Blackburn was cut short, while Joel Matip was confirmed to have returned to training on Friday – but is touch and go for the game.

“We have one loan player back and he will probably join the squad,” Krawietz said of Liverpool’s options.

Blackburn Rovers Leighton Clarkson

“We are searching for options for this game and for the squad, nearly everywhere. But we found enough players to build a team and to have a squad.

“This will be an exciting game…Still we have the idea of being dominant on the pitch and still we have the idea to win the ball back as quickly as possible and to play proper football.”

With Krawietz having refused to confirm the number of positive cases within the team, his words say a lot as to how we can expect a squad put together thanks to various age groups.

The situation has been a “bizarre” one for the club, who were eager to fulfil their fixtures before the Covid cases simply became too much to handle at one time.

“You can believe me, this was bizarre. We came in a situation which was too difficult for all of us, we were in a situation we had to stop, we had to shut the training ground down,” Krawietz added on the last week.

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“We always try to play our games, to win our games but the situation became too difficult to deal with and, of course, at the same time we try to be as quick back on normal circumstances.

“This was a busy week somehow, even if we were sitting at home. But our mobile phones were glowing a lot! This is a situation we faced and this is a situation we are searching for solutions.”

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Liverpool academy keeper Liam Hughes heads out on loan

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 01/08/2022 - 14:23

Liverpool academy goalkeeper Liam Hughes has joined Northern Premier League Premier Division side Stalybridge Celtic on loan for the rest of the season.

The 20-year-old stopper was named on the Reds’ bench for the first-team match against Sheffield United early last year, when injuries really hit hard.

The Northern Irish under-21 international is what Liverpool regard as, effectively, a ‘training goalkeeper‘: individuals of great mentality and solid ability, but who are not realistically seen as future first-team options.

Stalybridge play at level seven on the English football pyramid and are currently 15th in the league.

Celtic manager Simon Haworth said: “We’ve had troubles with goalkeepers all season with players coming and going but I’m really hoping now that Liam can come in until the end of the season.

“I am hugely respectful of the fact he’s at a club like Liverpool, it’s a great relationship for us to build.”

Liverpool currently have 11 more players out on loan, but could let a handful more youngsters depart this month.

One loanee who has returned to the club is midfielder Leighton Clarkson, and he is expected to be involved in Sunday’s FA Cup tie against Shrewsbury Town.

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Liverpool v Shrewsbury Town team news

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 01/08/2022 - 14:12
Liverpool will field a side mixed with youth and experience for Sunday’s Emirates FA Cup third-round tie with Shrewsbury Town at Anfield.
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Liverpool v Shrewsbury Town team news

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 01/08/2022 - 14:12

Liverpool will field a side mixed with youth and experience for Sunday’s Emirates FA Cup third-round tie with Shrewsbury Town at Anfield.

The Reds returned to the AXA Training Centre on Friday after the facility was closed for a 48-hour period following a significant number of suspected positive COVID-19 test results among the playing squad and staff.

With Jürgen Klopp and Pepijn Lijnders isolating, training was led by Peter Krawietz – and the assistant manager offered an update on the situation when addressing the media on Saturday lunchtime.

“I can’t tell you exact numbers, but obviously the situation is like that for the game tomorrow,” he said in relation to the club’s number of suspected positive COVID-19 tests. “We have a squad, we have a team, we can play and we will try to win this game.

“There’s a difficult situation out there. We had a couple of injuries, illness, COVID cases and this is the situation we have to deal with. We still have to wait for a few results as well; the players are not here [yet] for today, so they have to do their test before they can join the building and this is why I cannot speak about the exact numbers.”

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Krawietz confirmed Liverpool have recalled one player from a loan to join the squad for the visit of the League One side, but suspected positive COVID-19 tests among the U23s set-up will impact selection considerations.

He said: “The situation with the loan players, yes, we have one loan player back and he will probably join the squad tomorrow.

“Of course, we are searching for options for this game and for the squad for tomorrow nearly everywhere, but we found enough players to build a team and have a squad for tomorrow.

“In the U23s we had a few COVID cases as well. A few players are back now again and can join the squad and we will choose a team which is able to follow our football way.

“Can we expect a perfect set-up for tomorrow? No, of course we can’t but we can always show the right and perfect reaction to what is happening on the pitch. This is what we try to do, a proper team performance with experienced leaders in the team and young players who will get this fantastic experience to play at Anfield and feel the support of our supporters.”

One player who could return is Joel Matip.

The centre-back took part in training on Friday afternoon having missed last weekend’s draw at Chelsea due to a positive COVID test result.

“Joel Matip joined training yesterday again, but we have to see if he is available for tomorrow or not,” confirmed Krawietz.

There could also be a return on the sidelines, too, with Klopp in line to resume managerial duties following his spell in isolation.

“We hope so, of course,” said Krawietz when asked if the manager could be back on the touchline on Sunday.

“He is well so far, he feels fine, but of course the regulations are how they are and for this he has to do tests as well. We hope he will be fine to be in tomorrow, yes.”

Shrewsbury, who defeated Carlisle United in round two, will assess the fitness of forward Daniel Udoh prior the trip to Merseyside. 

Manager Steve Cotterill reported: "We'll leave Dan as long as we possibly can. 

"What he'll need to do is get a couple of days of training in him for us to think about including him. Other than that, we're good to go now."

On the contest, Cotterill continued: "[I'm] looking forward to it. We've wanted to get a big draw ever since the draw was made for the first round and that's what you sell to the players."

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Chelsea 2-2 Liverpool (January 2): Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Tsimikas, Fabinho, Milner, Henderson, Mane, Jota, Salah.

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Liverpool transfer rumours: Danjuma to Anfield?

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sat, 01/08/2022 - 10:50

Wrapping up the Liverpool transfer news, rumours and gossip in the 2022 January window.

Who have Liverpool been linked with?

Liverpool and Manchester United look set to miss out on Kingsley Coman, with the winger set to sign a lucrative new contract at Bayern Munich (Daily Mail, January 8)

Liverpool are close to clinching an estimated £60m deal for Porto star Luis Diaz (The Sun, January 6); Liverpool have reportedly identified Porto winger Luis Diaz as a potential target to solve their Africa Cup of Nations crisis in January (Daily Mail, December 23).

Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland has reportedly been told by his club that he must decide his future by the end of January as speculation continues (Daily Mail, January 5); Liverpool could pip their rivals to the £64m signing of Erling Haaland with Mohamed Salah reportedly demanding the club bring him to Anfield (Daily Star, December 23).

Liverpool and AC Milan have scouted £4m-rated Olympiakos midfielder Aguibou Camara (The Sun, January 4).

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is reportedly keen on signing Real Madrid outcast Eden Hazard in January - but the Anfield board are not convinced (The Sun, January 3).

Liverpool are continuing to look into the possibility of signing Leeds forward Raphinha but believe the deal might be too complicated for January completion (Daily Express, January 3); Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing West Ham winger Jarrod Bowen, Raphinha and Napoli's Fabian Ruiz (The Sun, December 27); Liverpool are monitoring West Ham forward Bowen and Leeds winger Raphinha as future transfer targets, according to reports (Daily Mail, December 10); Bayern Munich are stepping up their interest in Leeds star Raphinha to rival Liverpool (The Sun, December 28).

Manchester United and Liverpool are interested in Leeds youngster Charlie Cresswell (Daily Mirror, January 3).

Liverpool are considering a move for Villarreal star Arnaut Danjuma in the January transfer window (Daily Mail, January 8); Liverpool are continuing to look into the possibility of signing Danjuma but believe the deal might be too complicated for January completion (Daily Express, January 3); Liverpool may have to wait until next summer to land Danjuma (The Sun, December 27).

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is 'almost certain' to leave Lazio by the summer, amid his rift with Maurizio Sarri, having been previously linked with the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Real Madrid (The Sun, December 21).

Inter Milan have reportedly made it clear to their Champions League last-16 opponents Liverpool that Lautaro Martinez is not for sale, while warning the Reds that several other European giants are also interested in the Argentine international forward (Daily Express, December 15).

Liverpool have been handed a major blow in their race to sign Karim Adeyemi in the transfer window after the Red Bull Salzburg striker's latest comments (Daily Mirror, December 13).

Liverpool lead the race to sign Jude Bellingham next summer and hope to exploit their Premier League rivals' obsession with Borussia Dortmund team-mate Erling Haaland (Daily Mirror, December 8).

The latest players linked with a Liverpool exit

Divock Origi's representatives have been approached by three Italian clubs regarding a pre-contract agreement this month. Origi's preference, however, is to stay in England, meaning either a Premier League club would have to pay money this month - or take him as a free agent in the summer when his contract runs out. The Belgium international may wait until the summer to fully assess his options. (Sky Sports, January 6)

Liverpool could allow defenders Neco Williams and Nat Phillips to leave the club in this January's transfer window (Sky Sports, January 5); Phillips is ready for a move away from Liverpool in January - if the Anfield club receive an acceptable offer, which is believed to be in the region of £15m. Liverpool have already rejected a £7m bid from an unnamed Premier League side (Sky Sports, December 5); Liverpool could allow Williams to leave the club in this January's transfer window, with the 20-year-old very conscious of his place in the Wales team (Sky Sports, December 5).

Real Madrid are monitoring Liverpool defender Joe Gomez ahead of a potential move next summer (Daily Mail, December 22); Aston Villa have submitted a proposal to Liverpool to sign centre-back Gomez, according to reports (Daily Express, December 20); Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard has made a defender his priority and could raid his former club Liverpool for Gomez (Daily Mirror, November 28).

West Ham are ready to make a move for Liverpool's deputy striker Divock Origi in January (Sunday Express, December 19); Origi is said to be at the centre of a transfer tussle between Serie A sides AC Milan and Atalanta (The Sun, December 14).

Mohamed Salah has reiterated his desire to stay at Liverpool and urged the club to solve the contract impasse that has alerted Barcelona (Daily Mail, December 6).

Confirmed Liverpool signings

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Confirmed Liverpool departures

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Who will be on the move in January?

The January transfer window opens on Saturday January 1, 2022 and closes at 11pm on Monday January 31.

Keep up-to-date with all the latest transfer news and rumours in our dedicated Transfer Centre blog on Sky Sports' digital platforms. You can also catch up with the ins, outs and analysis on Sky Sports News.

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