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Klopp: A team full of Scousers... why not?

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 07:37
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1:49 Jurgen Klopp thinks Liverpool's first team could one day consist purely of Scousers from the academy Jurgen Klopp thinks Liverpool's first team could one day consist purely of Scousers from the academy

Jurgen Klopp is hopeful Liverpool will be able to field "a team full of Scousers" within the next decade after seeing Trent Alexander-Arnold and Curtis Jones graduate from the academy.

Jones, 19, committed his long-term future to his boyhood club by a signing a new deal on Saturday, before scoring his first Premier League goal the following day in a 2-0 win over Aston Villa.

Klopp believes there is enough local talent to eventually fill a full senior team and says he will continue to give opportunities to younger players from all backgrounds.

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"Here we will always try to use them as often as possible because the dream is to have all boys [in a team]," said Klopp at his pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday's trip to Brighton, live on Sky Sports.

"It will not happen in the next five years but maybe 10 years, it would be great to have a team full of Scousers, why not?

"It is not a bad thing to be a Scouser, it is a good thing. They are hardworking, it is clear that they will fight like crazy... the characteristics of a Scouser.

Liverpool-born Curtis Jones signed a new long-term deal with the club earlier this month Liverpool-born Curtis Jones signed a new long-term deal with the club earlier this month Liverpool-born Curtis Jones signed a new long-term deal with the club earlier this month

"But the door is always open for all the other boys who want to play good football. Liverpool is a very open-minded club."

Liverpool have also moved to secure the future of London-born Harvey Elliott, signing the 17-year-old to his first professional deal on Monday.

Elliott, who joined Liverpool from Fulham last summer, has made eight senior appearances for Liverpool this season, including two in the Premier League.

Klopp believes he already has the next generation of talent lined up and has been impressed with the maturity of his younger players.

"We have a good team, which already has a good age group, but the future is already prepared with a few really, really good footballers," he added.

0:41 Klopp says he has the next generation of talent already lined up at Anfield Klopp says he has the next generation of talent already lined up at Anfield

"I am really happy that the boys see it the same way. For young players, the biggest plus they have is time but when they lose patience, things can go not exactly like they should go.

"Our boys want to play, want to be involved and see everything in training. They are really close but not losing patience that they are not playing 90 minutes every three days, or something like that.

"We try to help them as much possible to become the best player they can be. That's what we do with all the players but with the younger players, the responsibility is obviously bigger on our side.

"That is why I really like how these boys have committed 100 per cent to that way. It is a wonderful sign for all of us that the next few are already lined up."

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Liverpool need 12 points from their remaining five games to set a new Premier League record of 101 points in a season.

The Reds continue their campaign away at Brighton on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports, and Klopp has been impressed with Graham Potter, who looks to set to guide the Seagulls to safety in his first full season in charge.

"It is the biggest challenge as a football manager, to implement your ideas while you have to produce results," said Klopp.

"Nobody waits nowadays for the results, everyone wants to see them immediately. I have a lot of respect for what Graham is doing there."

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Liverpool banked yet another 3 points at Anfield after a very lacklustre 2-0 victory over Aston Villa. Until Mané put the Reds in front in the 70th minute, we failed to create any chance of note whatsoever, with Villa looking the more likely to break the deadlock with numerous dangerous counterattacks. A win is a win, though, which keeps our remarkable run of victories at home continuing along nicely.

In goal, Alisson unsurprisingly started and played very well. A couple of smart saves were required from him before we took the lead but he was also called upon in stoppage time when Jack Grealish went through on goal. A superb save from the Brazilian denied the Englishman down low at the far post. A goal there for Villa would have left them a few minutes to push for an equaliser but our number one made sure his sheet remained clean.

In defence, the usual back four of Trent, Gomez, Van Dijk and Robertson were named in the lineup. As we were pushing hard for the lead from minute one to no avail, our fullbacks pushed on which left us open to the counterattack on more than one occasion. Both Van Dijk and Gomez dealt well with being outnumbered by the Villa attackers and limited them to difficult shots at best despite their numerical advantage in our third. As for the attacking side, both Trent and Robertson struggled to get into the game. It was a clear gameplan from The Villains to prevent our fullbacks from influencing the game and they succeeding in doing so.

In midfield, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keita came in for Henderson and Wijnaldum, while Fabinho kept his place. Oxlade-Chamberlain didn’t have the best of games, failing to complete a number of passes and finding it difficult to make anything happen. Naby Keita was probably the pick of the bunch from midfield in terms of his performance and he capped it with a lovely assist for Mané to open the scoring. It was the first time in the match where Liverpool truly attempted to play through the centre of Aston Villa with a couple of risky passes and it paid off. Trent fired a ball into the feet of Keita in the box, who gathered it in and found our Senegalese wide-man with a perfectly directed and weighted pass. Mane took the shot on first-time and rifled it into the net off of the underside of the crossbar. Keita was replaced late on by young scouser, Curtis Jones, who managed to score his first ever Premier League goal for the club after a wonderful team move. Robertson floated a cross onto the head of Mo Salah who, with a lovely cushioned header, found Jones on the penalty spot for him to volley home with help from a slight deflection off of Tyrone Mings.

In attack, Mané and Salah started the game alongside Divock Origi who came in for Roberto Firmino. Sadly, poor Divock had an absolutely atrocious afternoon. He looked well out of his depth and this should probably be his last season at the club. Mané got his 50th goal at Anfield for the Reds and also notched his 20th of the season, meaning he’s reached that landmark for the 3rd season in a row. Mo Salah’s assist for Jones puts him onto 100 goal involvements in the Premier League, making him the fastest to do so in history in terms of minutes played. Only Alan Shearer has done it in fewer appearances.

As for Man of the Match, there weren’t too many standout performers. Having said that, I’m going to go with Naby Keita. He was crucial to getting the go-ahead goal with his excellent assist and had a decent game overall.

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How Curtis Jones has stepped up as a timely problem-solver for Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 19:00

Curtis Jones‘ perfect weekend has further cemented the belief that he can take up an important role at Liverpool, which could solve a number of problems this summer.

By his own admission, Jones will have exceeded his expectations for the season.

Speaking at the start of pre-season, the teenager simply laid out his objective for the campaign as to “get some minutes” in the Premier League.

Just under a year on, and he has become the club’s youngest-ever captain, scored the winner in a Merseyside derby, the decisive penalty to knock Arsenal out of the League Cup and has now netted his first league goal.

His strike in the 2-0 win over Aston Villa at Anfield was symbolic; the Reds’ first home game since being crowned champions, Jones gave another promising glimpse into the future.

He was only on the field for eight minutes, including injury time, but he made sure to maximise every second he was afforded, as Klopp acknowledged.

“He came on, the first situation he had was a shot, then he was involved in a foul,” the boss recalled in his post-match press conference.

“I think he had pretty much everything apart from a card in a really short period of time, and then he scored a goal. The goal he deserves.”

 Liverpool’s Curtis Jones celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Aston Villa 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)

Jones’ half-volley beyond Pepe Reina—a player he will have grown up watching, having debuted for the Reds when the midfielder was just four years old—came less than 24 hours after the club announced his new five-year contract.

And the grip Jordan Henderson locked him in as he celebrated showed the esteem he is held in at Liverpool, with James Milner, Andy Robertson and Gini Wijnaldum among those to congratulate him on social media.

Klopp told Jones to take the game “by the scruff of the neck,” and that he was trusted to, and then able to, is testament to the progress he has made this season.

Taking over from Naby Keita in the middle of the park, the 19-year-old supported the front three of Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino, with his express instruction to get on the ball and make things happen.

Up against a similar Villa side to that which pummelled his academy colleagues in the League Cup at the end of 2019, Jones looked at home in midfield.

His natural physique, standing at over six foot, allows him to match up to more senior opponents, but it is his unwavering confidence that gives him the platform to dazzle, and the drive to make it 2-0 late on.

 Liverpool’s goalscorer Curtis Jones speaks with LFC TV after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Aston Villa 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)

The stutter that accompanies his post-match interviews belies the conviction of a player who knows he has the quality to make it at a club like Liverpool.

Jones knows it, Klopp knows it and the Kop are growing to embrace it—but importantly, that does not manifest itself into the perceived arrogance that allegedly prompted Everton to turn him down as a six-year-old.

“Plenty of young players have the skills,” Klopp explained on the announcement of a deal that will keep Jones at Anfield until at least 2025.

“It’s about more than that if you want to achieve potential, and Curtis is showing it.”

The manager praised his “super attitude,” and this was echoed as academy director Alex Inglethorpe spoke to the Times‘ Paul Joyce, saying “there is a new level of maturity that I have seen in Curtis this season.”

It is no longer about simply picking up the ball and trying out the flicks, tricks and dribbles that made him such an attractive player at an early age, with Jones now accepting that there must be a lot more to his game to make it under Klopp.

 Liverpool's captain Curtis Jones celebrates scoring the fourth goal during the UEFA Youth League Group E match between Liverpool FC Under-19's and SSC Napoli Under-19's at the Liverpool Academy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Inglethorpe highlighted the Liverpool under-19s’ 7-0 thrashing of Napoli in the UEFA Youth League back in November as a marquee moment for Jones, who scored a hat-trick that day but was also “ruthless” in setting the tone for his team-mates.

Giving him the captain’s armband at youth level has helped that, instilling a sense of responsibility that also aided Harry Wilson‘s step up to the senior stage, but so too has the advice of professionals like Milner and Henderson.

One of the most influential figures in the dressing room at Anfield will leave next month, and while Jones will no doubt miss a role model like Adam Lallana, he will also be licking his lips at the opportunity his departure presents.

Fitness issues notwithstanding, it is notable that Lallana has not been involved in a matchday squad since signing a new short-term deal with Liverpool ahead of the Premier League restart.

Lallana’s extension was designed to reward the 32-year-old for his service and the important role he played in the Reds’ resurgence under Klopp, but it came on the proviso that he would not be blocking the next generation.

 Liverpool's Adam Lallana during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jones filled the No. 8 role against Villa, and that is arguably where he is most comfortable, but like Lallana—and particularly a young Lallana—he is capable of operating in a number of positions.

Midfield may be where he sees the most action as he makes his breakthrough, but much of his recent years in the academy have been spent on the left wing.

With Divock Origi again flattering to deceive in his latest outing, it could be that Jones’ flexibility allows him to usurp the Belgian in the pecking order in attack.

He has, after all, only scored two fewer goals than Origi so far this season, with three in nine appearances, despite playing 863 fewer minutes.

Klopp has repeatedly stressed that the young players in his squad will not be given games for the sake of it, but only if they are ready and if the situation dictates it—and Jones’ cameo against Villa proved he is ready.

 Liverpool's Curtis Jones (L) shakes hands with manager Jürgen Klopp as he celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 235th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ahead of a transfer window that could see Klopp tweak his squad with a handful of additions, but also one that he has already admitted would benefit from “creating our transfers internally,” the way in which his No. 48 has stepped up is timely.

The last time Liverpool won the European Cup, in 2005, their foundation was built on the quality and influence of two local lads in Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.

Now, with No. 6 and No. 19 in tow as Klopp forges a dynasty, perhaps Jones is prepared to join Trent Alexander-Arnold to ensure there are, once again, two Scousers in our team.

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Gallery: Liverpool FC Women return to training

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 17:50

There were smiles all around Liverpool FC Women on Monday as the squad returned to training.

Vicky Jepson's side haven't played a game since February 23 and following the curtailment of the 2019-20 Women's Super League season due to COVID-19, found themselves relegated to the Championship.

But, Jepson and her squad have sent out a defiant message that they will stick together and fight as hard as they can to make it their priority to get back into the top-flight as quickly as possible when the new season can start.

Our photographer was at the Solar Campus to capture the session...

Photos by John Powell

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Gallery: Liverpool FC Women return to training

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 17:50
There were smiles all around Liverpool FC Women on Monday as the squad returned to training.
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“There is nothing to dislike” – Sadio Mane showered with praise after latest game-changing goal

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 17:00

Sadio Mane was showered with praise and described as “a fabulous player” with “nothing to dislike” after yet another game-changing goal over the weekend.

Liverpool lacked attacking penetration for much of the proceedings against relegation-threatened Aston Villa until Liverpool’s No. 10 once again rose to the fore.

Mane has netted 16 Premier League goals across 15 games in 2019/20, all of which have ended in a Liverpool win.

Importantly, five were to open the scoring, two were the only goals of the game and a further two have been to seal a victory for Jurgen Klopp‘s Reds – a man for the big moment.

Since signing for Liverpool in 2016, Mane has made 165 appearances with a return of 79 goals and 34 assists across all competitions, where his goal-scoring contributions and all-round game have proven key to catapulting the Reds to the top of club football.

In yet another consistent campaign, Mane’s name has regularly been thrown in the ring to succeed teammate Virgil van Dijk in clinching the Player of the Year award.

And Graeme Souness is the latest to echo the views of many when running the rule over what Mane offers to Liverpool each and every matchday.

“He’d be the last one I’d want to lose. He’s 28 years old, fantastic attitude, he’s a warrior and it would be far easier to say what he hasn’t got, and I can’t tell you what he hasn’t got,” Souness told Sky Sports.

 Liverpool's Sadio Mané (L) celebrates scoring a goal with team-mate captain Jordan Henderson but it was disallowed during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Watford FC at Anfield. (Pic by Richard Roberts/Propaganda)

“He’s spot on with his attitude, aggressive, will not be bullied. I think if you were really aggressive to the others, not so much Firmino [but] Salah you could maybe discourage if the rules were slightly more flexible, but nothing discourages this guy.

“You could see he could deal with the English game [at Southampton] but then again it’s making the jump from Southampton, with all due respect, to a club that’s on the world stage where every game you play it could be the other team’s cup final.

“You don’t get easy games if you’re a Liverpool player. Everyone wants to go to war with you, everyone wants to take you on and everyone wants to beat you, you’re a scalp.

“You don’t know how players will react until you get them in and he’s grown, he’s relished every challenge that comes his way and generally wins every challenge that comes his way.

“He’s a fabulous player, there is nothing to dislike about him. He’s smiley, open and you want to work with people like that.

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“I don’t think you’d have to say very much to him in terms of ‘train harder today’ or on match day ‘make sure you’re at it’ – I think it’s inbred in him. I think he’d be an absolute dream to work with.”

Mane’s incredible levels of consistency have now seen him score 20 goals, across all competitions, for three successive seasons following his effort against Villa on Sunday.

The joint Golden Boot winner from last season is currently fifth in this season’s race for the gong, five behind leader Jamie Vardy (21) and just one behind fellow Red Mohamed Salah (17).

As Souness alluded to, Mane is an embodiment of a Klopp team and at 28 years of age is at the peak of his powers, ones which have been key in propelling the club to their world, European and Premier League titles.

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Reds sign young goalkeeper & Elliott seals new deal – Liverpool FC Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 16:13

Liverpool’s lead is 23 points again at the top of the league! Today we have the match reaction, the rumours and the latest on Thiago Alcantara.

Third Polish goalkeeper joins Reds ranks

Liverpool have completed the signing of 16-year-old goalkeeper Fabian Mrozek.

The Polish stopper was on trial with the Reds last year but had to wait until turning 16 to join, and will become the third stopper on the club’s books from the country along with Kamil Grabara and Jakub Ojrzynski.

He joins from the FC Wroclaw Academy and spent time training with the first team last year.

Mrozek will go into the U18s squad for 2020/21 and compete with the likes of Oscar Kelly and Ojrzynski for game time, with Vitezslav Jaros and Ben Winterbottom the U23s stoppers.

Elliott joins Jones in committing future to Reds

 Liverpool's Harvey Elliott (L) and Curtis Jones during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Two enormous talents, two brand new contracts.

Curtis Jones signed a new deal with the Reds over the weekend and then scored at Anfield against Aston Villa straight away afterwards – an ideal way to celebrate, really.

So now we can expect Harvey Elliott to do the same against Brighton in midweek, correct?!

The right-sided forward has signed his first professional deal with the Reds, now that he has turned 17, and joins several other seniors and youngsters in committing their futures to Anfield for years to come.

We have a fantastic squad, but these two have a great chance of being the next wave of talent to keep the trophy haul going—and both Elliott himself and Jurgen Klopp are extremely excited about what lies ahead.

Thiago watch

Finances and circumstances dictate that the Reds won’t be linked with an in-his-prime, big-name player like Thiago too often this summer, so while we are, we’re keeping a close eye on fans’ investigations, journalists’ suggestions and more! If you can’t see the tweets below, click here.

#LFC insiders suggest it’ll be a quiet summer, Thiago is far from a typical FSG signing, and midfield isn’t the area most in need of reinforcement. But will Klopp be able to resist a player he has so long admired for such a cut-price fee?https://t.co/pPzuLquk7K

— David Lynch (@LynchStandard) July 6, 2020

?Thiago’s press officer has recently followed our CEO on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/vxzL4vYMg3

— The Anfield Talk* (@TheAnfieldTalk) July 5, 2020

Thiago's departure is almost certain as he wants to leave Bayern.

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— Anfield Hour (@AnfieldHour) July 5, 2020

If Liverpool don't sign Thiago we are finished. I can't see us winning the league next season by more than 15 points without him. Finished.

— Ian Mc (@McGlynnimino) July 6, 2020

Senior moments

 Liverpool’s Curtis Jones celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Aston Villa 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)

It wasn’t the most glorious of performances, but Liverpool found a way to win against Aston Villa and several players were notable for their impact even when below their best.

Quickfire LFC news

 Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace 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)

  • Hull hope to sign Herbie Kane on a permanent deal for next term (TIA)
  • Adama Traore isn’t ready to start for Liverpool if he moves from Wolves, says Steve Nicol (ESPN)
  • Upcoming opponent Graham Potter feels the Reds could dominate the domestic scene for years to come (ESPN)
Around the Prem

Dortmund’s Erling Haaland saluted the empty stands after scoring on Saturday (Martin Meissner/PA)

  • Chelsea will sell six players to fund a £90m move for Kai Havertz and we’re sure the buyers will be queueing up for Danny Drinkwater, who was thrown out of Burnley and recently sent home from Aston Villa training for head-butting a team-mate (Express)
  • Man United made a mistake in not signing Erling Haaland says Paul Scholes, who would clearly be a great person to have around the day after an emergency (Mail)
  • City will look to sign Leo Messi in a year if Pep Guardiola leaves, and we’re sure the GOAT will be drooling over the thought of not being allowed to play in Europe (TS)
  • And both Arsenal and Napoli want Allan Saint-Maximin from Newcastle. Sounds like a bit of a sideways move if he chooses the Gunners (Le10Sport)
Stupid rumour of the day

An Expressexclusive” (yes!) says Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain want to fight it out for Hector Bellerin this summer.

That’s the Bellerin with three years left on his deal, who is just back from 12 months out injured and who is currently struggling to keep his place ahead of Cedric Soares. In an Arsenal defence.

That’ll be a no, then.

Tweet of the day

Tonight’s result means Man City’s maximum possible points tally for this season is 81.

Liverpool reached 82 before lockdown #asterisk

— Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) July 5, 2020

What we’re reading

Sean Ingle looks into why there are so few Asian players at top clubs, for the Guardian.

And Sam Tighe ranks the best players since football returned behind closed doors, for Bleacher Report.

Worth watching tonight

Spurs vs Everton in the Premier League. 8pm on Sky Sports Premier League. Or on Sky Sports Main Event if you’re a soulless denizen of the underworld who wants to listen to fake crowd chantings at weird moments.

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Harvey Elliott interview | 'My first pro contract with LFC is a dream come true'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 15:58

Harvey Elliott is determined to add many more milestones to his 'indescribable' journey with Liverpool after signing his first professional contract.

The lifelong Red put pen to paper on the deal at Melwood on Monday having become eligible to do so following his 17th birthday in April.

As the one-year anniversary of his switch to Merseyside approaches, Elliott is eager to kick on now after eight first-team outings so far in 2019-20.  

Watch our interview with the No.67 via LFCTV GO below now, or read on below for a full transcript...

Harvey, congratulations on signing your first professional contract. How do you feel?

I think since the first day I've walked in, it's been an indescribable journey so far. I think now to top it off with my first professional contract is a dream come true for me and my family. I'm excited to see what the future holds and I'm just excited to give everything to the club and the fans.

You've been a Liverpool player for nearly a year now, just how has it been for you? 

It's been crazy, to be honest, to be involved in so much with the first team and being in and around the players is crazy. Hopefully I can do more with the team and hopefully I can show what I can do. 

How much do you think you've improved as a player and person in that time? 

I think a lot, to be honest. Every day I'm learning new things off the players and just from people in and around the club. I think there's so much to learn in and around football and I'm just excited to learn.

You've made eight appearances for the Premier League, Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup winners. It's not bad for a 17-year-old, is it? You've had that taste and surely you want more now...

Definitely. Ever since the MK Dons game, which was my first little taster of competitive football, I've always wanted to play more games, I've always wanted to feature in games. For any youngster getting tasters here and there, I think they always want to strive to get more appearances, want to just show people what they can do, to express themselves really and, more importantly, just enjoy their football. 

Do you think this place, Melwood, is the perfect environment for young players to flourish in?

Definitely. When you come here, there's not an expectation as in you need to stick to what you've been told. For youngsters, especially like me, people always tell me to just go and express myself, to enjoy football and always have a smile on my face but more importantly work hard for the club. For youngsters, to come here is such a friendly environment from the staff down to the players – everyone is helpful, everyone is willing to push you and everyone's wanting you to be the best. 

How much have you taken from the senior players in the dressing room, on and off the pitch?

A lot, to be fair. Like I said, you learn so much every day from the likes of Jordan and even down to the youngsters. Even the youngsters may have experiences that I may not have and everyone has different experiences that you can learn from. To be in and around the club – which has players like Mo Salah, Sadio, Firmino, of high quality – I think for a kid it's good. 

How often are you told by the coaching staff to be yourself on the pitch and not be fazed by being in a dressing room with the Premier League champions?

Every day I would say. Everybody is saying, 'Just go and express yourself, go and show the people what you can do'. That's sort of what I thrive upon. I just want to obviously show what I can do on the ball and also work hard for the team and just be there if needed. 

How much support has the manager and all of his coaching staff given you? 

I'd say an unlimited amount, to be honest. Even when I'm at the Academy training, all the coaching staff are all helpful. I think everyone just wants you to be the best and everyone's going to do possibly everything to make you the best. 

What's it like knowing you've got a manager who has proven to be willing to give youngsters opportunities?

I think it's every boy's dream to play under someone like Jürgen. Even his coaching staff as well, they're all top people. For a boy to be in and around coaching like that, it's just crazy. 

What sort of advice has the boss been giving you?

Just what I've been saying really, just go and express myself. Obviously every manager wants you to be hard-working for the team, they want you to just go and enjoy football, play with a smile on your face and just go and do what you can do. 

You are a Liverpool fan, you've been on the Kop and now you're actually playing for Liverpool. Just how privileged do you feel to be here?

I'd say more than privileged, to be honest. I think when I stepped out on the Anfield pitch when I played Arsenal, I think it was an emotional thing for me. To obviously be watching the players and to be playing them with them, honestly it's a dream come true. To be in and around the fans as well, to hear them singing You'll Never Walk Alone when you're stepping out on the pitch, it did bring a tear to my eye. I just can't wait to give everything back to them and just to show them what I can do. 

Do you want to talk about a bit how you were a Liverpool fan and who you admired growing up?

I'd have to say Steven Gerrard, to be honest. He was playing when I was sort of understanding football. To be a fan of the club when I was younger and to be playing now, it's just a crazy experience.  

What's the target you've got in mind now after signing this contract?

I think to go on to win everything and anything again, to be honest. The players have shown that they can do that with the trophies that they've won this year. I want to be part of the team in the next couple of years that's going to go on to win a Champions League, going to go on to win a Premier League – I want to be a big part of that. 

But you're also aware of the standards you've got to reach to get opportunities in this team... 

Definitely. When we are given the chance I think we just need to take it. Like I said, we need to go out and show what we can do. We can obviously show that we are able to play in this team even though there's top players. Us youngsters, as well as senior players, are all fighting for their spot. I'm going to do whatever it takes to make sure I sustain my spot. 

In your mind, do you consider this just the start and feel there's plenty more to come from you? 

I think so. Definitely.

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Harvey Elliott interview | 'My first pro contract with LFC is a dream come true'

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 15:58
Harvey Elliott is determined to add many more milestones to his 'indescribable' journey with Liverpool after signing his first professional contract.
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Elliott signs pro contract with Liverpool

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 15:37
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Elliott's deal is "brilliant news"

Last Updated: 06/07/20 4:20pm

Harvey Elliott joined Liverpool from Fulham in the summer of 2019 Harvey Elliott joined Liverpool from Fulham in the summer of 2019 Harvey Elliott joined Liverpool from Fulham in the summer of 2019

Harvey Elliott has signed his first professional contract with Liverpool.

Elliott, who joined Liverpool from Fulham last summer, has been eligible to sign a professional deal since turning 17 in April.

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The club did not confirm the length of the contract signed by Elliott, who can play on the wing or as a forward.

The England youth international has made eight senior appearances for Liverpool this season, including two outings during Jurgen Klopp's side's Premier League-winning campaign.

Elliott helped a young Liverpool team record notable victories in the domestic cup competitions this season Elliott helped a young Liverpool team record notable victories in the domestic cup competitions this season Elliott helped a young Liverpool team record notable victories in the domestic cup competitions this season

"I think since the first day I've walked in, it's been an indescribable journey so far," Elliott told the club's website.

"I think now to top it off with my first professional contract is a dream come true for me and my family. I'm excited to see what the future holds and I'm just excited to give everything to the club and the fans."

The majority of Elliott's appearances during his debut campaign with the club have come in domestic cup competitions. He started three games each in the FA Cup and EFL Cup, featuring in a young side that recorded notable victories over vastly more experienced Arsenal and Everton teams.

Elliott previously became the youngest player to feature in the Premier League when he made his debut for Fulham last season, aged just 16 years and 30 days.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Harvey Elliott's contract extension is 'brilliant news' for the club Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Harvey Elliott's contract extension is 'brilliant news' for the club Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Harvey Elliott's contract extension is 'brilliant news' for the club

"Brilliant news - really happy," Klopp told the club website.

"Harvey is such an exciting prospect. We all know his qualities - we have seen them this season in the first team and U23s.

"I love his attitude - love his enthusiasm - love his bravery - love the fact he has the right amount of football confidence and cheekiness.

"What is critical - so important - is that he is given time and space to develop. He will get that from us. He needs to be allowed to make mistakes while he learns and not feel more pressure than is right and fair.

"What is great is that he has the perfect culture here and we will protect him. The senior players and the coaches really care about him and are as excited as I am about his future. So, we will all be part of his story as it unfolds."

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Photos: Harvey Elliott pens first LFC pro deal at Melwood

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 15:02

Harvey Elliott put pen to paper on his first professional contract with Liverpool FC on Monday - and our photographer was at Melwood to capture the milestone moment.

The forward has committed his future to the Premier League champions after he turned 17 in April.

Check out our collection of photos from the Reds’ training ground below…

Photos by Andrew Powell

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Photos: Harvey Elliott pens first LFC pro deal at Melwood

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 15:02
Harvey Elliott put pen to paper on his first professional contract with Liverpool FC on Monday - and our photographer was at Melwood to capture the milestone moment.
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Jürgen Klopp: ‘It’s brilliant news - LFC’s culture is perfect for Harvey’

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 15:00
Jürgen Klopp believes Harvey Elliott can blossom within a culture that is ‘perfect’ for his development after the forward committed his future to Liverpool FC.
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Watch: Harvey Elliott's reaction to signing first professional deal

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 14:59
Moments after signing his first professional contract with Liverpool Football Club, Harvey Elliott spoke of his elation in an exclusive interview that LFCTV GO subscribers can watch on demand now.
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Harvey Elliott signs first professional contract with LFC

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 14:57
Harvey Elliott has today signed his first professional contract with Liverpool Football Club.
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Fan Update launches for season ticket holders

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 14:00
Liverpool FC has announced that it will now be rolling out its Fan Update scheme to season ticket holders in preparation for the start of the 2020-2021 season.
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Hull eager to sign Liverpool midfielder on permanent deal after season-ending injury

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 13:41

Herbie Kane is set to return to Liverpool after suffering a season-ending hamstring injury, but the loanee could rejoin Hull for the long term if their manager gets his wish.

The 21-year-old was forced off after just 28 minutes in Hull’s 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough on Thursday night, having opened the scoring with his second free-kick in a week.

He then missed Sunday’s 4-2 defeat at West Brom, which leaves the Tigers a point off the relegation zone, and speaking after the game, Grant McCann confirmed he would miss the remainder of the campaign.

“It’s not a nice one for him,” the manager said. “We’re gutted for Herbie because he’s had no luck since coming here.”

Kane is in his second spell working for McCann, having shone on loan at Doncaster last season, but now faces an uncertain future with Hull still fighting the drop.

He has proved he is capable of performing in the Championship—if, as is expected, not at Liverpool—and that should be his priority in the next transfer window.

If Hull stay up, however, McCann has openly admitted he would be eager to keep Kane at the KC, and preferably on a permanent basis, as he revealed after the weekend’s loss.

“We’d love to have him back with us next season,” he said.

“He’s everything that we need and everything that I like in a player—with his energy and bravery. He can score goals and he’s calm on the ball as well.

“We’d love to keep him here next year—and possibly longer if we could.”

 Liverpool's Herbie Kane during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Leicester City FC and Liverpool FC at Holmes Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Beyond their possible relegation to League One, Hull are facing financial difficulties in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with McCann conceding in June that it had “hit us massively.”

It is difficult to give any player assurances, then, but if they are able to stay up and can broker a deal, it could be a beneficial situation for all parties.

Though Kane made his first-team debut for Liverpool in the League Cup earlier this season, going on to make two appearances, he is unlikely to break into Jurgen Klopp‘s squad on a permanent basis.

With Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner and now Curtis Jones—and possibly even Thiago Alcantara if rumours are to be believed—Klopp’s midfield ranks are well-stocked.

Pedro Chirivella opted to leave on the expiry of his contract this month, and Ovie Ejaria will seal a long-term move to Reading when his loan deal ends, which could set the example for Kane.

Joining Hull, and staying with a manager who is eager to nurture his development, could be the right step forward for Kane at 21.

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Salah behind only Shearer & Reds one from 18 – 5 key stats from Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 13:00

Liverpool returned to winning ways and move one step closer to securing an all-time record as they notched a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa.

As champions do, the Reds got the job done despite being far from their best. A result which moves Jurgen Klopp‘s side to 89 points with five games remaining.

Sadio Mane and Curtis Jones both etched their name on the scoresheet to rescue what was an otherwise dull occasion as Liverpool once again struggled to find their rhythm.

Nevertheless, it was the first win as Premier League champions and keeps a number records within Liverpool’s grasp moving into the final run of fixtures.

There is little downtime between the final whistle at Anfield and the first whistle at Brighton, but here are five key stats which emerged from the Reds’ latest victory.

Salah’s Century Behind Only Shearer

 Liverpool’s Sadio Mané (C) celebrates scoring the first goal with team-mates Mohamed Salah (L) and Roberto Firmino (R) during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Aston Villa 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)

The Egyptian king has been nothing short of a revelation since landing on Merseyside in 2017, finding the goal with ease both directly and indirectly.

In 147 total appearances for the club, Salah has notched an incredible 92 goals and 39 assists, the latest of which has seen him enter the century club in the Premier League.

When Liverpool’s No. 11 met Andy Robertson‘s cross and laid off a header into the path of Jones, who duly dispatched the ball into the back of the net, Salah reached 100 goal involvements in the English top-flight.

Two goals and an assist came wearing a Chelsea shirt on 13 occasions, but the rest were for Klopp’s Reds – with 71 goals and 26 assists in 103 appearances.

Together it accounts for 100 goal involvements in 116 appearances, a tally secured in a time only surpassed by the great Alan Shearer – who hit 100 in 100:

100 – Thanks to @curtisjr_10's finish, @MoSalah has reached 100 @premierleague goal involvements in his 116th appearance in the competition (73 goals, 27 assists), with only Alan Shearer (100 apps) managing to do so at a quicker rate than the Egyptian. Kings. #LIVAVL pic.twitter.com/nuTYx6YSZi

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 5, 2020

It’s an astonishing return and yet another nod to his quality and instincts in and around the goal.

Reds on Cusp of New Record

 Liverpool’s Curtis Jones (L) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mates during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Aston Villa 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)

Talking about Salah and his involvement in goals, Liverpool moved one step closer to securing another all-time record after the No. 11 teed up Jones.

When the 19-year-old saw his effort nestle into the back of the net it not only secured the winning result and saw him notch his first top-flight goal, but it also meant he became the 17th different goalscorer for Liverpool in the Premier League this season.

No other Liverpool campaign in the first division has exceeded 17 different scorers, with both the 1911/12 and 2015/16 season sharing the club record, as per Liverpool’s club statistician Ged Rea:

Curtis Jones is the 17th different scorer for @LFC in the league this season – that equals the club record previously set in 1911-12 and 2015-16.

— Ged Rea (@ged0407) July 5, 2020

It makes for positive reading as Liverpool are not just reliant on the formidable front three in finding a route to goal, making them a dual threat from anywhere on the pitch.

It is that very dynamism which has seen them become champions and now only one more player who has yet to score this season in the league needs to strike before the 38-game campaign ends to set a new record.

And Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren, Neco Williams, Harvey Elliott and Takumi Minamino are the ones who can break it.

That Mane Man Again

 Liverpool’s Sadio Mane during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Aston Villa 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)

It was another day to remember for Mane as he opened the scoring to set Liverpool on the road to yet another victory.

He will now forever hold the title as being the first Red to score with the Reds as champions with his 16th league goal in 30 appearances in 2019/20, which also coincided with his 50th at Anfield in all competitions.

The speedster has taken his game to yet another level this season and is rightly in contention for being crowned Player of the Year, with his levels of consistency bordering on frightening as his strike off the underside of the post was his 20th in all competitions – a total he has reached in each of his last three campaigns.

But these feats coming to be against Villa should not have come as a surprise as he has prior with the Midlands side, as he has now had a direct hand in eight goals in his last five league appearances against them – six goals and two assists.

Mane, the man of the moment.

Fortress Anfield x 57

 Liverpool’s Sadio Mané scores the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Aston Villa 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)

Another game on home soil, another win and another rise in the number of matches Liverpool have gone unbeaten at Anfield.

Villa’s visit coincided with the first home league game since officially being crowned champions and despite the visitors’ best efforts, there was only ever going to be one result – even though the Reds made hard work of it.

But the 2-0 win means Klopp’s men are now unbeaten in 57 home league games, winning the last 24 in a row.

An impressive feat any way you look at it but even more so when you consider Everton currently have the second-longest unbeaten home run, which stretches just nine matches.

The aim now will be to end the campaign with 19 home wins, a feat never accomplished in a Premier League season, with only Man United, Man City and Chelsea notching 18.

And now only Burnley and Chelsea stand in Liverpool’s way.

Talk About Dominance

 Aston Villa players give Liverpool players a guard of honour before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Aston Villa 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)

Liverpool’s win coupled with Man City‘s defeat to Southampton later in the day ensured a 23-point lead atop of the table was restored.

The narratives and words which emerged post-City’ win last Thursday now appear somewhat overzealous as you don’t accumulate such a commanding advantage by being anything other than utterly dominant.

And it is been that way almost since the start of the season, from a five-point Liverpool advantage after five games to 17 at the 20-game mark and now 23 with five games left, as The Tactical Times perfectly pointed out:

The Liverpool – Man City gap.

Game 5: 5 points
10: 6 points
15: 11 points
20: 17 points
25: 22 points
33: 23 points

Death by consistency. Man City haven't won 4 consecutive games this season (Liverpool 18). Their longest unbeaten run is 5 (Liverpool 27).

— The Tactical Times (@Tactical_Times) July 6, 2020

Man City, when does the new season start again?

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Brighton v Liverpool: TV channels and live coverage details

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 13:00
Liverpool visit Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday night, with kick-off at the Amex Stadium scheduled for 8.15pm BST.
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