Jürgen: We'll just go for the best result

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 07:30
Jürgen Klopp believes Liverpool's best approach against Napoli this evening will be to ignore the permutations involved in the tie.
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Fabinho: Coutinho told me about the Liverpool fans

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 07:00

Fabinho thought he knew, but he didn't really.

Anfield’s reputation precedes it, you see. 

Liverpool’s home has an aura on European nights that even those who have never experienced it first-hand are enchanted by.

Television and a briefing from a compatriot and former Red meant Fabinho was suitably intrigued before he joined Liverpool from AS Monaco in the summer.

But intrigue evolved into wonderment 12 weeks ago, when he was involved as a late substitute in an electric, dramatic 3-2 Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain in L4.

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“I knew about Anfield on European nights, but it wasn’t a very detailed knowledge, just the kind of things you pick up from the TV about stories and games you’ve watched,” the Brazil international told Liverpoolfc.com.

“I remember once with the national team, Philippe Coutinho was talking about the exceptional Liverpool fans. But now that I’m living it week in and week out, the atmosphere in the stadium, the reaction of the fans to every victory - you can see how fanatical the supporters are and how much they love their team. They really make a difference. 

“At the start of the season when I wasn’t playing as much and I was on the bench, especially in the first game, I was looking around the stadium all the time at the way the fans were reacting and I was really impressed by it all. 

“The first Champions League night against PSG was amazing. The fans put on a show at every home game and it gives us an extra push when we play at Anfield.”

Should all go to plan, Fabinho will be part of another memorable Anfield evening on Tuesday night.

The equation for Liverpool is this: beat Napoli either 1-0 or by two clear goals to be guaranteed a place in the last 16 of Europe’s elite club competition.

And, while making his respect for Carlo Ancelotti’s side clear, Fabinho believes his team will advance - thanks in no small part to those supporters who will be roaring them on.

“It’ll be a very difficult game. Napoli showed their quality over in Italy when they beat us, but it’s in our hands,” said the midfielder.

“We’ll be playing at Anfield, which will be an extra boost for us. As always, we’re going to try to impose ourselves, as we do against whoever we’re up against.

“And driven on by our fans, we’re going to give our everything to win this game.”

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Fabinho: Coutinho told me about the Liverpool fans

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Why Alisson is the difference

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 06:00
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Alisson's impact on Liverpool's defensive improvement should not be underestimated. Here, we take a look at why...

No team in the history of the Premier League has conceded fewer goals than Liverpool have at this stage of the season. Jurgen Klopp's team have conceded only six times in 16 games - a dramatic improvement on the 20 they had let in after 16 games last time around.

No team has ever had a better defensive start to a Premier League season No team has ever had a better defensive start to a Premier League season No team has ever had a better defensive start to a Premier League season

Given that the defensive solidity began with the signing of Virgil van Dijk in January, much of the change has been attributed to their £75m centre-back. The ongoing development of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez in defence has been a factor too, of course.

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But the acquisition of Alisson must not be overlooked when assessing Liverpool's remarkable defensive record so far this season. They have been better organised but it has needed the Brazilian goalkeeper to turn the Reds into the league's best defence.

Simon Mignolet has been the starting goalkeeper for 73 of Klopp's 122 Premier League games, while it was, of course, Loris Karius between the posts for the Champions League final. Gary Neville explained on Monday Night Football why Alisson is such an upgrade.

4:55 Gary Neville praised Alisson's impact since joining Liverpool in the summer Gary Neville praised Alisson's impact since joining Liverpool in the summer

"I have probably been the harshest critic of Liverpool goalkeepers over the past two to three years. Not because I don't like them as goalkeepers. I think they are very good goalkeepers. I actually think they are good Premier League goalkeepers and will have great careers.

"But then, when you have seen the riches of Peter Schmeichel and Edwin Van der Sar, and see goals going into Liverpool's net that commentators say they couldn't do anything about that, you think, yeah, they could. The best goalkeepers in the world, they save them.

"Great goalkeepers win you point after point after point and you don't even notice it ... This goalkeeper is winning them point after point after point."

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Alisson's brief time at Liverpool has not been blemish free. His ill-judged attempt to dribble his way past Kelechi Iheanacho against Leicester cost his team a goal. But fortunately for him, it did not cost any points. There are many more examples of him winning them.

His brilliant save from Chelsea's Eden Hazard allowed Liverpool to salvage a point at Stamford Bridge. His side were already a goal down midway through the second half when he denied Hazard in a one-on-one situation. Daniel Sturridge went on to equalise late on.

More recently, in the Merseyside derby against Everton, Alisson moved his feet brilliantly to stop Andre Gomes' header from point-blank range with the score at nil-nil.

Liverpool's defensive improvement this season under Jurgen Klopp Liverpool's defensive improvement this season under Jurgen Klopp Liverpool's defensive improvement this season under Jurgen Klopp

The evidence is more than anecdotal. Alisson's save percentage of 86 per cent is the best of any goalkeeper in the Premier League this season and further drilling into the data reveals that, as good as Liverpool's defence has been, those saves have not been unusually easy.

Data analysts StatsBomb have calculated the expected goals value of the shots on target that each Premier League goalkeeper has faced so far this season. This makes it possible to establish how many goals that a goalkeeper has saved his team versus expectation.

Based on the shots that Alisson has faced this season, he would have been expected to concede an average of 11.14 goals. Instead, he has conceded only six. This is the biggest favourable difference of any goalkeeper in the Premier League this season.

Goals saved above average (via StatsBomb IQ) - PL 2018-19 Rank Player Goals conceded Post-shot xG faced GSAA 1 Alisson (Liverpool) 6 11.14 +5.14 2 Lloris (Tottenham) 8 12.61 +4.61 3 Ryan (Brighton) 17 21.25 +4.25 4 De Gea (Man Utd) 21 25.25 +4.25

The significance of this can hardly be overplayed. Not only have Liverpool drawn three matches in the competition so far this season, but they have won a further five by only a single goal. If Alisson had performed like an average goalkeeper, Liverpool would not be top.

This comparison with 'the average goalkeeper' is particularly pertinent when it comes to Liverpool because, as Neville suggests, this was a problem for the club prior to Alisson's arrival. As the StatsBomb analysis of last season's data reveals.

It is no surprise that Manchester United's David de Gea boasted the greatest number of goals saved above average in the Premier League in 2017-18 - restricting his team's opponents to 13 fewer goals than they might have expected to score from those shots.

Goals saved above average (via StatsBomb IQ) - PL 2017-18 Rank Player Goals conceded Post-shot XG faced GSAA 1 De Gea (Man Utd) 25 38.00 +13.00 23 Karius (Liverpool) 12 11.47 -0.53 33 Mignolet (Liverpool) 22 17.99 -4.01 Fantasy Six-a-Side

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But the contrast with Liverpool was stark. Karius' keeping cost the Reds 0.53 more goals than they might have expected to concede from the shots that he faced. Mignolet, in just 19 appearances for Liverpool last season, gave up 4.01 more goals than expected.

Even in a season in which he has not been at his very best, De Gea's record remains superb - the fourth best in the Premier League this season. But the difference when Liverpool host Manchester United on Sunday is that the home side have a great goalkeeper of their own.

It is Alisson's presence that could make the difference for Liverpool.

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The highs and lows of Liverpool’s previous must-win Champions League group games

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 22:00

Liverpool need a huge performance to make the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday night—and they’ve been in this position before.

The Reds’ away-day struggles means they need Fortress Anfield to really prove a stronghold for them against Napoli, needing either a 1-0 win or a two-goal margin of victory to progress.

Jurgen Klopp‘s side have already dispatched of Paris Saint-Germain and Red Star Belgrade on home soil in Europe, while domestically the Reds are flying.

Confidence couldn’t be higher going into the crunch match after moving top of the Premier League at the weekend, so optimism among supporters must be similarly strong.

But a European campaign always comes down to a single evening somewhere along the line, and for this Liverpool team, it’s December 11.

Here’s how the Reds have fared on every occasion they’ve needed a last-night result since the inception of the Champions League—with memorable occasions for good and bad reasons aplenty.

01/02: First Group Stage

Liverpools Vladimir Smicer celebrates his goal with John Arne Riise as Phil Thompson (right) looks on during the Champions League group B match at Anfield, Liverpool, 2001 (PA Images)

Back in the early 2000s, UEFA saw fit to include not just one, but two group stage phases.

It meant fans were treated to fixtures including Sparta Prague vs. Spartak Moscow and the likes all the way up to November, but it was all exciting for Liverpool who were back in the European Cup for the first time since being runners-up in 1985.

Grouped with Boavista, Borussia Dortmund and Dynamo Kyiv, Gerard Houllier’s men went into the last round of games just one point clear of both the former two clubs and facing the Germans.

A defeat, coupled with a Boavista win in Ukraine, would have sent the Reds into the UEFA Cup—but Vladi Smicer and Stephen Wright secured a 2-0 win, and progression in top spot.

Liverpool 2-0 Borussia Dortmund: Progress!
Liverpool XI: Dudek, Wright, Henchoz, Carragher, Riise, Smicer, Hamann, Murphy, Gerrard, Heskey, Owen.

01/02: Houllier Returns

 Liverpool's manager Gerard Houllier is embraced by AS Roma manager Fabio Capello as he returns to the touchline after recovering from a heart attack, during the UEFA Champions League Group B match against AS Roma at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Later that season, after Houllier had fallen ill and needed heart surgery, the boss returned to the touchline on an emotional evening at Anfield.

Group B was in the balance: Roma were top on seven points, Barcelona with six, Liverpool four and Galatasaray five—anyone could go through, but a win for the Reds would guarantee progression.

Houllier’s appearance spurred on the Reds and a first-half penalty from Jari Litmanen settled any early nerves.

Emile Heskey wrapped up the 2-0 win and sent the Reds into the knock-outs, second in the group.

Liverpool 2-0 AS Roma: Progress!
Liverpool XI: Dudek, Xavier, Henchoz, Hyypia, Carragher, Murphy, Smicer, Gerrard, Riise, Litmanen, Heskey.

02/03: Gerrard’s Downturn

FC Basel's and Liverpool's, 2002

Houllier had a brilliant midfielder by the name of Steven Gerrard completely running his team by 02/03, but he was suffering a real downturn in fortunes at this point.

Indeed, with the Reds needing a win in Basel to qualify for the knock-outs, he was subbed off at half-time for Salif Diao, of all people, as Liverpool trailed 3-0.

Danny Murphy and Smicer led the fightback and Michael Owen scored a late equaliser after missing a penalty, but a 3-3 draw wasn’t enough and the Reds finished third.

Basel 3-3 Liverpool: Exit.
Liverpool XI: Dudek, Carragher, Hyypia, Traore, Riise, Murphy, Hamann, Gerrard, Smicer, Owen, Heskey.

04/05: Olympiacos and Gerrard’s Redemption

Fast forward two years and Gerrard inspired perhaps the most dramatic, and important, comeback in Liverpool history.

You all know the story: Rafa Benitez’s debut campaign, Liverpool needing to beat Olympiacos by two clear goals to progress.

Rivaldo put the Greeks ahead but super subs Florent Sinama-Pongolle and Neil Mellor turned the tables—before Gerrard’s spectacular, unforgettable and so very late intervention.

Liverpool came second, went through…and won the lot!

Liverpool 3-1 Olympiacos: Progress!
Liverpool XI: Kirkland, Finnan, Carragher, Hyypia, Traore, Nunez, Gerrard, Alonso, Riise, Kewell, Baros.

07/08: Three-match Comeback

 Liverpool's Fernando Torres on his way to scoring the second goal against Olympique de Marseille during the final UEFA Champions League Group A match at the Stade Velodrome. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Having taken one point from their opening three group games, the Reds couldn’t afford to miss a step in the second batch of three.

An 8-0 win over Besiktas and a 4-1 win against Porto meant Benitez’s side simply needed to win in Marseille to go through.

Gerrard, Fernando Torres, Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel ensured that was the case and second place assured.

Marseille 0-4 Liverpool: Progress!
Liverpool XI: Reina, Arbeloa, Carragher, Hyypia, Riise, Mascherano, Gerrard, Kuyt, Benayoun, Kewell, Torres.

09/10: Rafa’s Demise

 Liverpool's manager Rafael Benitez looks displeased as he substitutes a disappointing Alberto Aquilani during the 2-1 UEFA Champions League Group E defeat by Fiorentina at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Benitez’s era with the Reds had been glorious, but it came to a painful end for all involved.

His final season saw Liverpool crash out of the Champions League at the first hurdle, a real indication of the team’s failings considering he’d always performed well in Europe.

There was a lot to do on the final night: they needed to beat Fiorentina and hope Lyon lost at home to Debrecen.

Neither happened as Anfield was silenced by La Viola late on, with third place and the Europa League beckoning.

American owner George Gillet watched on from the stands as the Kop protested his and Tom Hicks’ reign. Dark times.

Liverpool 1-2 Fiorentina: Exit.
Liverpool XI: Cavalieri, Darby, Skrtel, Agger, Insua, Aquilani, Mascherano, Benayoun, Gerrard, Dossena, Kuyt.

14/15: Rodgers Fails in Europe

 Lucas Leiva, captain Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Joe Allen. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp’s Reds will hope to fare better than the last couple of times the club has needed a final-night result.

Last time this scenario came about was in 2014/15, with Brendan Rodgers in charge and Liverpool needing to beat Basel to progress, having really underperformed in a poor group.

Real Madrid were the clear winners with a 100 per cent record, but Ludogorets at home was Rodgers’ only win.

Basel took the lead at Anfield and, despite a late equaliser, there was little inspiration on show as the Swiss side frustrated Liverpool once more and the Reds ended up with Martin Skrtel up front.

This was a match which started with Gerrard and Rickie Lambert in attack, with the latter subbed along with Jose Enrique at half-time.

Lazar Markovic was sent off less than two minutes after coming on at the break. Dire.

Liverpool 1-1 Basel: Exit.
Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Lovren, Jose Enrique, Lucas, Sterling, Henderson, Allen, Gerrard, Lambert.

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Jamie Carragher & Gary Neville completely spot-on in discussion on racism & Raheem Sterling

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 21:23

Jamie Carragher has had his say on the weekend events surrounding Raheem Sterling and says the portrayal of the former Liverpool winger is “garbage.”

Sterling was subject to alleged racial abuse by a Chelsea fan while playing for Man City on Sunday in the latest incident to blight the Premier League.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football programme, Carragher and Gary Neville spoke about the written media’s role in fuelling such incidents, the truth behind Sterling’s personality and what more needs to be done.

Carragher, in particular, offered a withering assessment of how the perception of Sterling had been formed—writing it off as arrant nonsense.

“The perception [of Sterling] of people who buy newspapers or read media stuff online is ‘here is a young flash black kid from London’.

“A lot of it comes from maybe him moving on from Liverpool. The perception that he is more interested in cars, jewellery, nightclubs than his actual football.

“Anyone reading that, anyone writing that, I can assure you that is absolute nonsense garbage.”

Carragher went on to explain that Sterling, while playing at Anfield, was nothing other than a dedicated young professional, a far cry from the headlines written about him over the past few years.

 Manchester City's Raheem Sterling argues with the assistant referee during the FA Premier League match against Liverpool at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“I can’t even remember speaking to him at Liverpool he was so quiet, he got on with his training, he wasn’t loud in the dressing room, he wasn’t late for training, he was just a humble kid who came in and trained well.

“Yes, no doubt about it (that media comments are fuelled by aspects of racism). That is the debate. Is the stuff in the media racist? I think there are undertones of racism there.”

On what more needs to be done to bring an end to such abuse within football, Carragher made the valid point that in-stadium fans themselves have to shoulder some responsibility, rather than wait for the inevitable online onslaught.

“The one worry I have, and I hope I’m wrong, if that was a 3 o’clock game on a Saturday and wasn’t live, wasn’t picked up as much, the big problem you have in terms of actual change is: is this actually getting accepted by people around the guy saying it?

“Until that happens I don’t think it can change. You can’t stop one guy shouting a comment.

“But if he’s getting outed in the stadium…until people feel comfortable themselves in a stadium [to stop people] shouting racist abuse, or other abuse, that’s when you might finally stamp it out.”

Neville also revealed that Sterling had come to him, when coaching the England national team, over non-playing issues he faced from the media.

“It takes a lot for a player to see a coach, he walked in and started to download on me.

“‘Why is this happening? Why is this bring accepted?’ He accepted he’d be criticised as a player but felt it was so vicious he didn’t know what to do about it.”

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Must-win clash demands another famous Anfield night in Europe – Liverpool vs. Napoli Preview

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 20:00

Liverpool’s Champions League hopes hang in the balance on Tuesday evening, with victory over Napoli required to reach the knockout stages.

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The Reds are top of the Premier League and everything seems good in the world.

Saturday’s emphatic 4-0 victory at Bournemouth was an excellent performance, with signs that Jurgen Klopp‘s side are beginning to fully click in all departments.

If things are looking up in the league, Liverpool are in a more perilous position in the Champions League, as Napoli come to town.

Anfield will be rocking for the visit of Carlo Ancelotti’s men, on a night that could be full of twists and turns in Group C.

Assuming Paris Saint-Germain prevail away to Red Star Belgrade, which is to be expected, the Reds will need to either win 1-0 or by a two-goal margin to reach the last 16.

It is far from an impossible assignment and one that Liverpool will feel they are capable of achieving, especially with the famous Anfield roar behind them.

Clear heads and patience will both be called for, with Ancelotti’s vast experience sure to make a talented Napoli outfit tough to overcome.

It would be a blow to crash out of Europe’s top competition at the first hurdle, especially after last season’s heroics.

Let’s hope Liverpool produce another Champions League display for the ages, as they look to avoid the search for European Cup number six going up in smoke.

Team News

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool FC at Parc des Princes. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp has no new injury problems after Saturday’s win at Bournemouth, although Nathaniel Clyne, Joe Gomez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rhian Brewster are all out.

Trent Alexander-Arnold should return to the side at right-back, having made way for the ever-versatile James Milner at Dean Court.

Joel Matip may continue alongside Virgil van Dijk, though there’s a small possibility Dejan Lovren returns if he is passed fit. After Matip’s recent displays, however, he should remain in the side.

Jordan Henderson is in contention to start, but the captain may have to make do with a place on the substitutes’ bench, due to the form of Fabinho, Naby Keita and Gini Wijnaldum.

 Liverpool's Naby Keita during the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sadio Mane came on in the second half against Bournemouth so he is expected to play, potentially starting alongside all three of Xherdan Shaqiri, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

That is dependent on which formation Klopp opts for, with the Reds manager jumping between 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3 systems this season.

Napoli are in a good bill of health ahead of the game, but Vlad Chiriches (ACL) and Simone Verdi (thigh) are both missing.

Ancelotti rested key man Dries Mertens in Saturday’s 4-0 win over Frosinone, while Lorenzo Insigne and Marek Hamsik didn’t play the full 90 minutes.

Indeed, Napoli made a host of changes for the victory, showcasing their strength in depth—just as Liverpool did midweek against Burnley.

History of the Fixture

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

This is only the fourth competitive meeting between Liverpool and Napoli—the Reds won 5-0 in a pre-season game in the summer—which is surprising, considering the rich European heritage of both clubs.

The two teams met twice in the Europa League group stage back in 2010/11, during Roy Hodgson’s doomed spell in charge at Anfield.

A much-weakened Reds side managed a spirited 0-0 draw at Stadio San Paolo, before a Steven Gerrard masterclass was delivered back on Merseyside.

The legendary former skipper bagged a brilliant second-half hat-trick to secure a 3-1 victory, having only been introduced at half-time.

The third encounter took place in October, as Liverpool performed poorly on their travels and succumbed to a 1-0 defeat.

Insigne’s last-gasp strike sealed a deserved win for the hosts; it is a goal that could end up being priceless come Wednesday morning.

Did You Know?

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp (C) celebrates with Andy Robertson (L) and Georginio Wijnaldum (R) after the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield. Liverpool won 3-2. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 18 European matches at Anfield, winning 13 and drawing the other five.

Klopp has never lost a home game in Europe with the Reds, with the last defeat coming under Brendan Rodgers in 2014/15, when Real Madrid cruised to a 3-0 Champions League victory.

It highlights what a fortress Klopp has made Anfield since arriving in October 2015.


 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mate Virgil van Dijk during the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)

Won 4-0 vs. Bournemouth
Won 3-1 vs. Burnley
Won 1-0 vs. Everton
Lost 2-1 vs. PSG
Won 3-0 vs. Watford

Napoli – Last five results (all competitions)

Won 4-0 vs. Frosinone
Won 2-1 vs. Atalanta
Won 3-1 vs. Red Star
Drew 0-0 vs. Chievo
Won 2-1 vs. Genoa

Klopp’s View

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Speaking at Melwood on Monday, Klopp spoke forcefully about the racist abuse former Liverpool man Raheem Sterling suffered at Chelsea on Saturday:

“I thought his reaction was just brilliant. You saw his face. He gave the right response, not to react for these people.

“They don’t deserve any reaction, they don’t deserve any respect.

“I am obviously not surprised that things like this still happen but I like the fact that we put the finger on it and say ‘You cannot say what you want, it is not possible’.

“As long as people are silly enough to do this, they need to be punished for it, that is how it is.

“I am sure 95 per cent of people or more are not like this so we should try to find the right amount of attention for these people.

“Yes, punish them but do not talk too much about them because they do not deserve that we talk about them.”

TV & Live Blog Info

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Liverpool vs. Napoli is live on BT Sport 2 from 7pm (GMT) with kickoff at 8pm.

Henry Jackson is in charge of This is Anfield’s matchday live blog from 7.15pm—keep him company throughout the evening.

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Liverpool v Napoli: Team news

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 20:00

Liverpool came through Saturday's win over AFC Bournemouth without incurring any fresh injury concerns, and Sadio Mane is fit to start versus Napoli.

Jürgen Klopp has also confirmed that Adam Lallana is available for Tuesday’s crucial Champions League tie despite the knock to the head he sustained at the Vitality Stadium, with Dejan Lovren to be assessed.

Mane came off the bench for the final 25 minutes on the south coast after missing last week’s victory at Burnley due to a foot problem, and Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com on Monday: “Sadio can deal with the pain obviously - it looked like that in Bournemouth, so that’s cool. It’s good enough that we can consider him at least.

“We have two sessions still to come - we’ll train tomorrow morning as well. That’s very important. We have the meeting to do. In the squad there is nothing really serious after the game, that’s good.”

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On Lovren, who trained with his teammates on Monday afternoon, the manager added: “We will see how Dejan is doing. Yesterday he was out on the pitch and looked quite well. Squad-wise, [there is] no bad news at least.

“[Lallana] looked fine. Nobody told me differently. He was running yesterday.”

Dominic Solanke and Nathaniel Clyne have recently been sidelined with injuries, while Joe Gomez (leg) is definitely out along with long-term absentees Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) and Rhian Brewster (ankle).

Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti, meanwhile, has an almost fully-fit squad to choose from for a match that Liverpool must win 1-0 or by two clear goals to be guaranteed of a place in the last 16.

Only Simone Verdi (muscle) and Vlad Chiriches (knee) are not in contention to play for the visitors at Anfield.

The Serie A side know a draw is enough to qualify but, asked for his approach to the tie, Ancelotti said: “I don’t know what Liverpool are planning to do. But we all know how they play, particularly at home, their intensity in these kinds of games.

“We’ll try to maintain a high level of intensity for as long as possible. We haven’t come here to sit back. The two important phases in a game of football are attack and defence - we need to get both of them right.”

Last time out

Bournemouth v Liverpool (December 8): Alisson, Milner, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Shaqiri, Keita, Firmino, Salah.

Napoli v Frosinone (December 8): Meret, Hysaj, Koulibaly, Luperto, Ghoulam, Ounas, Allan, Hamsik, Zielinski, Insigne, Milik.

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Liverpool v Napoli: Team news

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 20:00
Liverpool came through Saturday's win over AFC Bournemouth without incurring any fresh injury concerns, and Sadio Mane is fit to start versus Napoli.
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Melwood photos: Liverpool prepare for Napoli showdown

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 18:27

Liverpool conducted their penultimate session before the Champions League decider against Napoli at Melwood on Monday afternoon.

The Reds host the Italian side tomorrow night with the challenge of beating the Group C leaders to be in with a chance of progressing to the knockout rounds.

Jürgen Klopp's team trained in front of the media on the eve of the crucial tie - and our photographer was there to provide the gallery below.

Photos by John Powell

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Melwood photos: Liverpool prepare for Napoli showdown

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 18:27
Liverpool conducted their penultimate session before the Champions League decider against Napoli at Melwood on Monday afternoon.
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Time-lapse footage: How Klopp street art was created

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 16:53

See how the street art depicting Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp was created with our time-lapse footage from the city's Baltic district.

The piece, painted by graffiti artist Akse across the weekend on Jordan Street off Jamaica Street, was designed especially for fans to enjoy.

See how it came to life in the video above.

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We have five to give away - click here to enter the competition now.

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Time-lapse footage: How Klopp street art was created

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 16:53
See how the street art depicting Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp was created with our time-lapse footage from the city's Baltic district.
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Highlights: LFC U23s 4-1 Arsenal

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Highlights: LFC U23s 4-1 Arsenal

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 16:30
Highlights of Liverpool U23s' 4-1 win over Arsenal in Premier League 2 on Saturday are now available to watch on LFCTV GO.
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'We need you!' - Klopp's pre-Napoli rallying call

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 16:00

Jürgen Klopp has delivered a message to the supporters attending Liverpool's Champions League clash with Napoli on Tuesday night: 'We need you!'

The Reds head into their Group C finale against the Serie A side, who lead the section, knowing they must win to have a chance of reaching the last 16.

Everything is set for a dramatic occasion at Anfield and, ahead of the decisive tie, Klopp pledged his players will do everything possible to succeed – and explained how the fans can do their bit to help.

“I call Anfield: we need you,” the boss told Liverpoolfc.com.

“How we all know, the club is in a good moment and I really think we should, not celebrate it, but have it in our mind and use it for this game. It’s just a wonderful opportunity again for a really special thing.

“But we know it will be unbelievably difficult, that’s for sure. Can you ask for a special night before you have it?

“We know our responsibility; we have to put in everything we have. We know if we do that, people are easy to inspire and it could work out. But not only because we talk about it – we have to show it.”

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'We need you!' - Klopp's pre-Napoli rallying call

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 16:00
Jürgen Klopp has delivered a message to the supporters attending Liverpool's Champions League clash with Napoli on Tuesday night: 'We need you!'
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Margaret Aspinall on 2019 Hillsborough memorial plans

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 15:29

Margaret Aspinall, the chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, has explained the plans to mark the 30th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster in April 2019.

Margaret, you’ve talked about marking the 30th anniversary of Hillsborough at Anfield in April. Can you update us on the changes?

As everybody knows, the past two years we’ve been alternating between the two cathedrals, but on the 30th anniversary we’ve got to have a private service in a room at Anfield - not on the Kop - and it will be families only. And people will be wondering: ‘Why is that?’ Because obviously we would have liked all supporters and fans to be there and to be open for everybody. But unfortunately, we can’t do that at this moment in time, because of the proceedings that are going on in Preston. We have to be extra careful and extra vigilant to make sure we don’t make it too big. So that’s why we decided to just have families only.

What are the plans to mark the anniversary across the city?

I’ve had a meeting with the city council and the Mayor, Joe Anderson. The city will be holding a minute’s silence and it will come to a standstill at 3.06pm. The tunnels will be closed, buses will be stopped, the ferries will be [sounding] their horns and that’s just for one minute at 3.06pm. They are in discussions, at the moment, about holding a service at either the Metropolitan or the Anglican cathedral. They’re not too sure yet. But [there will be] no media coverage whatsoever. There will be nobody doing any speeches, except for obviously the clergy. But they are still in discussions over that. So, the city will be marking it in some way. But [they will be] extra vigilant, extra careful. And can I also add as well, I would be very, very grateful - the families would be very, very grateful - if nothing goes on social media about this, because nobody wants the trial to be held or stopped. So please, be extra vigilant to what’s said and what’s done.

What’s the message to the supporters?

We can’t thank the supporters [enough]. Not just the supporters, but the city as a whole, for all the support we have had over all the years. And I do understand it’s a very important time [for them]. On April 15, it’s obviously very important, in the 30th year, [to remember] the deaths of the 96 and so many people who were injured. But under circumstances that are no fault of our own, we have to be very, very careful. But I’d like to thank all the supporters for what they have done over the years, in supporting the families, and especially the survivors, who are still suffering to this day. So I’d just like to thank them all on behalf of all of us and [to say] please, please do not say anything that can prejudice any trial that is going ahead.

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Margaret Aspinall on 2019 Hillsborough memorial plans

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 15:29
Margaret Aspinall, the chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, has explained the plans to mark the 30th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster in April 2019.
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Six Reds in running for UEFA.com Team of the Year

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 15:04

Six Liverpool players have been shortlisted for the UEFA.com team of 2018 – and fans can vote for them to be included in it now.

The Reds’ prolific front triumvirate of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio make up three of the 16 forward players that have been nominated for inclusion.

Elsewhere, James Milner, Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker have been named in the list of nominees for their respective positions.

To cast your vote for Liverpool’s players, click here.

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