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6.30pm BST: Watch Chelsea v LFC U23s live on LFCTV

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 08:30

Liverpool U23s face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in Premier League 2 on Monday night - watch the game live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO from 6.30pm BST.

Kick-off is scheduled for 7pm, but our coverage begins half an hour earlier when Mark Benstead will be joined by former Reds Neil Mellor and Dominic Matteo.

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6.30pm BST: Watch Chelsea v LFC U23s live on LFCTV

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 08:30
Liverpool U23s face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in Premier League 2 on Monday night - watch the game live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO from 6.30pm BST.
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Jürgen Klopp on Liverpool's front three: 'I'm so thankful we have them'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 08:00

Jürgen Klopp saluted the world-class talents of his front three that he believed made all the difference during Saturday's 2-1 victory at Southampton.

Sadio Mane unlocked a tense affair at St Mary's with a superb curling effort in first-half stoppage time before Roberto Firmino doubled the Reds' lead midway through the second period.

After a midweek trip to Istanbul for the UEFA Super Cup encounter with Chelsea that involved extra-time and penalties, the Liverpool manager was thankful to have a trio of match-winners in his starting XI on the south coast.

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"A lot of times in my life I had sensational players always [but] not world-class players," Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com. "Now, thank God I have them and they make the difference. We don't have to talk about that. 

"Sadio Mane, Bobby Firmino, Mo Salah – these guys in the last situation are really outstanding. 

"They were a constant threat, however tired they are. That's brilliant and, of course, made the difference. We don't have to talk about that." 

Mane's curler came right at the end of a strong showing in the opening 45 minutes from Ralph Hasenhuttl's side, who responded well to their opening-day defeat at Burnley.

But a small tactical tweak at the break then helped Liverpool take more control of the encounter as they made it two wins from two in the Premier League.

"I think Southampton tried to kill our game with their formation and they played different against Burnley obviously," Klopp explained.

"They had a real proper fight at the back, so that gave us space on the wings. We used that but not often enough, otherwise they would have had to run much more. We could adjust that a little bit at half-time.

"I'm really happy. It's so important. The start of the season is so important. Having an away game at Southampton is always difficult, but in the week we had, it was special."

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Jürgen Klopp on Liverpool's front three: 'I'm so thankful we have them'

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 08:00
Jürgen Klopp saluted the world-class talents of his front three that he believed made all the difference during Saturday's 2-1 victory at Southampton.
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Liverpool’s jury still out despite Southampton victory – as first heavyweight clash awaits

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 17:00

Liverpool edged past Southampton for a 2-1 victory on Saturday, with the result laying a crucial groundwork ahead of their first big heavyweight tie of 2019/20.


With Alisson injured, fitness doubts over Adrian and generally nursing the aching limbs of a long night in Istanbul—sustained less than 72 hours earlier—it was with a sharp intake of breath that Liverpool headed to Southampton.

Mission accomplished though.

Being sluggish in the first half and then punishing opponents for not fully taking advantage of us seems to be our new thing.

Half-Time Oranges

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Last Wednesday, Chelsea strolled out for the second half proudly in possession of a one-goal lead, only to see it cruelly snatched from them within a short few seconds of the restart.

At St Mary’s, on Saturday, Southampton came within seconds of taking in their half-time oranges with a hard-earned goalless scoreline, only to see Sadio Mane ruthlessly plunder a goal of style and substance just as the referee began to wonder where his whistle was.

On both occasions, we then located the type of higher gears that very few other teams own.

It was akin to Liverpool giving the opposition a head-start, covering their eyes and and counting to 20, generously giving them the chance to run and hide, to make the contest a fairer one.

Footballing hide and seek, if you will?

Coming, ready or not.

Peculiar

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane during the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This was a peculiar game. We scored our opener against the run of play, we mostly bossed the second half, but could quite easily have thrown two points away.

Adrian offered Danny Ings the chance to provoke a sharp intake of breath from us at the end.

This was our first ‘we might look back on this one’ game of the new campaign.

All that said, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah both had opportunities to have doubled the amount of goals we eventually settled on.

The final score could easily have been 4-0 or 2-2.

Liverpool always keep you thinking; Liverpool always keep you on your toes, whether that is as a supporter watching them, or as opposing players and coaches trying to deal with them.

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp (R) celebrates at the final whistle with Virgil van Dijk after the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St. Mary's Stadium. Liverpool won 2-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Southampton are a peculiarity. We wouldn’t be the team we are today without having plundered them directly for half a dozen players or so.

Mane and Virgil van Dijk might be the only ones that still walk into Klopp’s team, but even the likes of Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana were defined stepping stones from the days when we used to field Paul Konchesky, Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Christian Poulsen.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also previously of their parish.

Aura

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp and Southampton's manager Ralph Hasenhüttl before the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Although they no longer possess players we covet, Southampton are ambitious enough to want to create a haven of football, somewhere free of the more bludgeoning aspects of the English game.

It isn’t a place you’d see Sam Allardyce, David Moyes or Tony Pulis surface. It was the first English port of call for Mauricio Pochettino, yet conversely, they did employ Mark Hughes for a while.

Ralph Hasenhuttl was an admirable appointment as Hughes’ successor.

Given the vagaries of the Premier League, after seeing his team lose their opening two games of the 2019/20 season he is probably two further defeats from losing his job.

The odds would certainly be against him being the man that brings Southampton to Anfield in February.

Football clubs tend to project an aura and Southampton have long since stopped feeling like Southampton.

At least from the perspective of somebody who not only remembers their previous life at The Dell but went to their old ground many times over.

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This isn’t just me speaking, as it is something the author Mat Guy agreed with, as a Southampton supporter, when I was talking to him a week or so ago.

The name of the club might move to the new stadium, but the spirit of the club doesn’t travel with it. See Man City, Arsenal and Leicester etc., for further examples.

It’s why I cringed for the best part of a decade over the concept of Liverpool transferring themselves into Stanley Park.

Back in 2019, however, this was a win that was made more valuable by City’s issues with VAR, Tottenham and that likeable man Pochettino.

Beware Presumptuousness

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson celebrates at the final whistle after the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St. Mary's Stadium. Liverpool won 2-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

We now have a week to rest up before the visit of Arsenal, next Saturday.

A game that will offer us our first heavyweight clash of the season.

A game where we can’t afford to be generous in our goalkeeping, spacious in our defending and presumptuous in our approach to opponents that we have had the upper hand over during recent seasons.

These early victories are simply laying the groundwork for the focus that will need to come, if we are to challenge for the Premier League title, if we are to go one better this time around.

Two wins out of two, yet the jury is still out on that one.

One thing that is certain though. That away kit is awful.

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shows return to the familiar can be key to his Liverpool revival

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 15:00

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain started in his favoured midfield role for the first time in 16 months on Saturday, and his performance suggested he can return to his best.


When Oxlade-Chamberlain left Arsenal for Liverpool in 2017, he did so with a view to establishing himself as a central midfielder.

“I’ve always wanted to be Steven Gerrard, so I’ve still got a hope of that,” he famously said after the FA Cup final, two months before swapping the Emirates for Anfield.

His versatility saw him fielded out wide on his returning to the starting lineup in the Reds’ UEFA Super Cup victory over Chelsea in midweek, but Jurgen Klopp was the first to admit it was a mistake.

“We want to give him the opportunity to perform, to shine if you want, and in those circumstances, on the position, it obviously was not as possible as we would have wished,” the manager said, having withdrawn the 26-year-old at half-time.

“But that’s then my mistake, not his mistake, because I made the decision.”

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The physical toll of 120 minutes in intense heat in Istanbul, and a trip to St Mary’s coming just three days later, saw Klopp retain Oxlade-Chamberlain in his XI however.

Unlike that night on the left, though, his chance came in the role that saw him make such a big impression prior to the ACL injury that ruled him out for a year.

And unlike that night, he was able to showcase glimpses of the vibrancy, fluidity and cutting edge that make him such a unique option for the Reds in the middle of the park.

Such was the way Liverpool set up on Saturday, with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all starting in attack for the first time this season, in possession Oxlade-Chamberlain effectively served as a No. 10 in a 4-2-3-1.

Off the ball, he grew into the game in terms of pressing and tracking back, with the dynamic of Klopp’s system requiring he serve as right-back at times when Trent Alexander-Arnold found himself further forward.

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino (C) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mates Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (L) and Mohamed Salah (R) during the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In many ways, this is the all-encompassing Gerrard role that the England international envisaged, and his output at St Mary’s highlighted why he is so eager to remain there.

The potential for Oxlade-Chamberlain to dovetail with a deep-dropping Firmino and supply passes for the onrushing Mane and Salah is a dangerous one.

In fact, the best moment from his largely anonymous 45-minute showing in the Super Cup was a brilliant outside-of-the-boot pass to set up a chance for Salah—coming, predictably, from a central position.

He replicated that with a perfectly weighted ball from inside his own half, over the defence, for Salah to blast at goal with his left in the victory over Southampton.

It was the best of the chances Liverpool enjoyed prior to Mane’s opener, though after the Reds went in 1-0 up at the break Oxlade-Chamberlain and the rest of his team-mates were able to go up the gears in the second half.

 Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (R) and Southampton's Moussa Djenepo (L) during the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This found him able to drive at the Saints’ defence and either open fire or thread passes more effectively, and speaking after the game the midfielder said he felt he “settled into [the rhythm] a bit better” in the second 45.

He was Liverpool’s most clinical passer (89.5% accuracy), only James Milner had more touches of the ball out of any of the starting midfield and attack (70 to 55) and only Firmino broke through the lines with more dribbles (three to two).

It wasn’t the pinnacle, by any means, with Oxlade-Chamberlain himself describing it as “an alright game” for him, but there is cause to believe the spark is reigniting.

In his post-match press conference, Klopp described his performance as “brilliant,” and gave an indication that his spell on the flanks—both in pre-season and on his first start back—was part of a long-term rehabilitation.

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“It was different, it was outstandingly good,” he told reporters.

“[The] 45 minutes on Wednesday, we can now say they helped for sure as well. To get the minutes, to feel the intensity and know you are ready for the intensity.

“Today we had to make changes and we did make changes, and especially for us in the centre of the park it’s really important that we are there, ready for all these long runs, for all these decisive things.

“We changed there [with Fabinho and Jordan Henderson], so it was just good to have these opportunities and Ox was obviously not bad today.”

 Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain takes over the number 15 shirt from Daniel Sturridge during a pre-season friendly match between Bradford City AFC and Liverpool FC at Valley Parade. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Brought off with two minutes left of normal time, Oxlade-Chamberlain is yet to complete a full competitive game for the Reds since that huge setback against AS Roma.

This underlines the long road ahead as he looks to recapture the form that made him undroppable in his first campaign on Merseyside, and why Klopp is working sensitively to steel him for the rigours of that central duty.

But he offers something to Liverpool arguably only Naby Keita could otherwise, and the Guinean’s own struggles have left a void to fill.

For Klopp, a determination to nurture Oxlade-Chamberlain’s return to key-cog status will stem not only in his quality on the field, but his character off it.

 Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during a training session ahead of the UEFA Super Cup match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Besiktas Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

That was clear as the ex-Southampton youth—who was born in Portsmouth, the manager needed reminding—made his way over to the travelling Kop at full-time to give his shirt to a young supporter.

It was fitting that this landmark afternoon came at the ground that he first made his name, and now Oxlade-Chamberlain can aim to make further steps as he looks to make that midfield role his own once again.

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The good, the bad and Adrian’s error – Debating Southampton 1-2 Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 13:00

Liverpool fought hard for a 2-1 win over Southampton on Saturday, in a game which raised both positives and negatives for Jurgen Klopp to consider.


Goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were enough to secure back-to-back victories in the Premier League for the Reds, but that does not tell an accurate story of the game.

For much of the opening 45 minutes, Klopp’s side struggled for fluency on the ball and, in particular, at the back with a disorganised group struggled to shield stand-in stopper Adrian.

Adrian himself was far from perfect, with the Spaniard caught by Southampton‘s energetic forward line on a number of occasions when dallying on the ball, and Danny Ings‘ second-half charge saw Liverpool’s No. 13 concede embarrassingly.

With a week until their next outing at home to Arsenal there is plenty of time for the Reds to work on the training pitch.

So what can Klopp and his backroom staff from this game, for better or worse?

This Is Anfield’s Jack Lusby (@jacklusby_) was joined by The Redmen TV’s Ste Hoare (@stehoare) and Danish site Redmen Family’s Patrick Pilov (@PatrickPilov) to discuss the highs and lows from St Mary’s.

The good…

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino (C) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mates Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (L) and Mohamed Salah (R) during the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

STE: Although it was a tight game, one where Liverpool looked sloppy at times, there were actually quite a few positives.

I thought Ox looked more like his old self playing in midfield, which was great to see.

The biggest positive, though, was once again the front three.

Having three genuine world-class attackers means that Liverpool can score goals even when they aren’t playing particularly well.

All three had moments of just pure brilliance that helped win that game.

PATRICK: As Ste said, the front three.

No, Salah did not have his best game, but in the second half we created loads of chances.

Mane especially looks like he has a point to prove from the beginning of the season, while Firmino has looked like he has got a taste for winning trophies and is more ready than he has ever been before.

We are now two games into the Premier League and all three of them are on the scoresheet already.

Situations and circumstances might be difficult but world class can never be denied, which was clearly the case yesterday.

People saying we are playing bad might have a case to their argument, but imagine how Salah, Mane and Firmino will turn defenders’ lives into nightmares when we start playing well and are firing on all cylinders.

 Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (L) and Southampton's Jan Bednarek (R) during the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

JACK: It was a very difficult game, and watching from the stands at St Mary’s it was clear the rigours of Wednesday night were having an impact.

One of those to struggle in Istanbul was my standout positive, however, with Ox much more effective deployed in his favoured midfield role.

It wasn’t his best performance by a stretch, but there were clear signs that he could get back to the form that made him a key fixture in 2017/18.

Obviously Mane’s strike was excellent too; I was sat basically in line with the No. 10 as he cut inside and curled it beyond Angus Gunn, and it looked like a certain goal as soon as he picked it up.

The second half was much better, too, and the sight of four, five or even six Reds flooding forward on the counter-attack is a joy.

The bad…

 Liverpool's James Milner with  during the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

STE: I still think Liverpool are conceding far too many good chances that better teams will exploit.

Yoshida’s header and Ings’ shocking miss are two examples that really should have been goals.

I can’t quite put my finger on what’s allowing opponents to create some excellent chances against us but it is a concern.

I know he took a blow to the head that may have had an impact in his performance, but for the second game in a row, Milner looked like a 33-year-old man playing as a central midfielder in a Premier League game.

He just looked half a yard short in terms of his tackling and his use of the ball wasn’t really up to standard either.

PATRICK: The midfield looks completely out of sorts.

I am not sure if it is a tactical change by Klopp or it is rhythm, but the volume in midfield is missing.

We are clearly standing with a very high defensive line, which we are often very good at, but with wanting to play out from the back, two of our three midfielders often seek the line of our defence whilst our full-backs pace forward.

This creates acres of space for the opponent to operate in within the midfield when they regain the ball, and it looks set to catch us on our heels.

The last pass or second-to-last pass becomes much easier for our opponents with our midfielders being either on the wings or in our defensive line.

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp (R) celebrates at the final whistle with Virgil van Dijk after the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St. Mary's Stadium. Liverpool won 2-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

JACK: The obvious defensive issues were still there, and while Van Dijk improved as the game went on, there was a clear lack of organisation at the back.

I though Matip had one of his poorer games, and particularly struggled up against the pace and physicality of Che Adams—since he and Gomez seem to be rotated at this stage of the season, this was a game better suited to the latter.

Milner was out of sorts too, as Ste noted, and it certainly appears time is catching up with him.

Another negative for me, in a way, is the lack of variety in Klopp’s changes.

That’s three games now that Shaqiri hasn’t made it onto the pitch, and while the qualities Origi can offer are much different, surely there’s a case to argue our No. 23 should be involved more.

And should we be concerned after Adrian’s shaky display?

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Adrián San Miguel del Castillo reacts during the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

STE: Honestly, no. I’m absolutely fine with Adrian.

The error was so bad that you can’t really put too much stock into it.

All good goalies have howlers—see Ederson against Spurs or Tom Heaton against Bournemouth as examples.

I think, like Alisson did after Leicester away last season, Adrian will learn from that and not do it again. I’d be more worried if the fundamentals of his game looked poor; his positioning, handling etc.

However, I thought his goalkeeping was actually very good. The instinctive save from Yoshida’s header was excellent, he made some other good saves and his positioning looked solid too.

As backup goalkeepers go, he seems like a decent one.

Someone just needs to put a rocket up his backside about his kicking though! Attackers will constantly be pressuring him now after seeing the Southampton goal.

PATRICK: Alisson has made a couple of mistakes, as have Mignolet, Karius and now Adrian.

The difference is that Mignolet and Karius made mistakes as goalkeepers and Adrian’s mistakes came with his footwork.

Is there a huge gap from Alisson to Adrian? Most definitely! Is it something we should be worried about? Not too much.

Adrian is our second ‘keeper for a reason, and while he does not seem to be able to kick the ball past the halfway line when it is on the ground, it is something that can be worked on.

It is not his goalkeeping skills which are the problem: he does not have to change his style of play fundamentally, he just needs to play the ball more safely and with no risks.

 Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri and goalkeeper Alisson Becker fist pump after the opening penalty kick of the shoot out during the FA Community Shield match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at Wembley Stadium. Manchester City won 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

We are going to miss Alisson’s ability with his feet, but it is important to remember that Adrian is not taking over from our Brazilian he is a stand-in.

They do not have the same style of play and that is something that Adrian, Klopp, the rest of the team and all of the fans will have to adapt to, as long as Alisson is out.

JACK: Ste’s latter point is the one that immediately struck me after Ings’ goal.

The atmosphere in St Mary’s was amplified in the minutes after Adrian‘s costly error (I specify, as there were a few others) and it’s clear this will be a flaw both opposition players and fans will target.

His use of the ball throughout was tough to watch, and reminded me of those Premier League games Karius played in his troubled first season.

However, I agree with both Ste and Patrick that Adrian is still a capable stand-in, and it’s unfair to compare him to Alisson.

But the sooner we get the Brazilian back, the better…

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Klopp tops Dalglish, Shankly & Paisley – 5 key stats as Liverpool clinch 2-1 win at Southampton

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 12:00

Liverpool produced a gritty display to beat Southampton 2-1 on Saturday, with a number of eye-catching statistics emerging from the game.


Trips to St Mary’s have rarely been comfortable for the Reds in recent years and this one was no different.

A below-par opening 45 minutes looked to be finishing goalless, only for Sadio Mane to rifle his side in front seconds before the interval.

Roberto Firmino doubled Liverpool’s lead with a well-taken effort, and fortunately Danny Ings‘ late strike—scored after a dreadful mistake by Adrian—proved to be nothing more than a consolation.

Here are five key statistics from the match, as Liverpool sit top of the Premier League table.

Reds Equal Record Winning Run

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino (C) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mates Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (L) and Mohamed Salah (R) during the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reds have become winning machines under Jurgen Klopp, finding that rare ability to grind out victories even when they’re not playing well.

Saturday’s triumph on the south coast was Liverpool’s 11th in a row in the Premier League, equalling their best-ever run of consecutive wins in the competition.

That is also held by Brendan Rodgers’ class of 2013/14, who rattled off 11 victories on the bounce prior to the heartbreaking defeat to Chelsea in April 2014.

Three points at home to Arsenal next Saturday would equal the club’s best winning run overall, set by Sir Kenny Dalglish’s Reds in 1990.

This Liverpool team have now won 32 out of 40 league games since the beginning of last season—it’s quite extraordinary.

300 Up for Klopp

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp takes waves to the supporters as he celebrates after the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St. Mary's Stadium. Liverpool won 2-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp is doing a stunning job as manager.

One new statistic sums up why he deserves to be the focal point of so much praise this weekend.

Saturday’s win means the German has now recorded 300 points in the league as Liverpool boss in 146 games—no manager in Reds history achieved that feat in faster time.

Dalglish (150) is Klopp’s closest challenger, followed by Rafa Benitez (159), Bob Paisley (161), Bill Shankly (166) and Gerard Houllier (169).

Remember when people were mocking him for having a worse record than Rodgers?

Magic Mane

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Mane has enjoyed an exceptional week, scoring twice in the UEFA Super Cup win over Chelsea, before bagging a stunner against former club Saints.

Is there a better left-sided player in Europe on current form?

Saturday’s strike means Mane has become the latest player to score in his first Premier League start of the season four times.

Mark Viduka is the last to have done that, between 2002/03 and 2005/06, showing what an impressive effort it is by the Senegalese.

It’s now 16 goals in his last 18 Premier League starts for Mane.

Selfless Front Three

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino (C) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mates Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (L) and Mohamed Salah (R) during the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool’s world-class front three of Mane, Firmino and Mohamed Salah may be lauded for their goals, but their assist tallies are also outstanding.

That was proven yet again on Saturday afternoon, as Mane set up Firmino for the Reds’ second goal, having won the ball back in a dangerous area.

Liverpool’s regular front three have now all each assisted and scored one goal this season.

Three combos among them too:
Firmino to Salah, Norwich
Firmino to Mané, Chelsea
Mané to Firmino, Southampton

— Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) August 17, 2019

It means Liverpool’s brilliant trio have now all registered at least a goal and an assist apiece this season.

They will continue to share the workload as the season progresses, showing why they are club football’s most devastating attacking unit.

Defensive Struggles Remain

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Adrián San Miguel del Castillo reacts during the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool have may won both league games and the Super Cup so far this season, but they haven’t been at their best defensively.

Once again on Saturday, they seemed too easy to get through, with analyst and writer Andrew Beasley highlighting that Southampton had three clear-cut chances in the game.

Last season, only Barcelona and Chelsea managed more than two in a match, further exposing Liverpool’s current malaise at the back.

They have also only kept one clean sheet in their last five league outings—they need to go up a gear in that area, with a week on the training ground surely helping in that respect.

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The media on Southampton 1-2 LFC: 'Mane the game-changer'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 11:00

Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino netted superb strikes as Liverpool claimed a hard-fought 2-1 win at Southampton on Saturday.

Ex-Red Danny Ings pulled a late goal back for the Saints but the Reds held on to claim three points.

Here is what the media made of the victory…

Neil Jones, Goal.com

It’s always the ones you love that hurt you the most. Southampton know all about Mane but, at St Mary’s on Saturday, they got a painful reminder of their former star’s quality. Liverpool, his new love, left the south coast with three points and their perfect start to the Premier League season intact after a 2-1 victory that was more rugged than stylish, but nothing if not important. No Super Cup hangover for Jürgen Klopp’s side, who just about shrugged off their midweek workload. They’ll play better this season, for sure, but they won’t get many better wins, given the context. Mane, though, was the game-changer – just as he had been against Chelsea in the week. His brilliant strike, a minute into first-half stoppage time, broke open a game that looked like it might pass Liverpool by. After the break, as the visitors found more of their rhythm, it was the Senegal man who stood above everyone else. If there's a better wide attacker in the game right now, he's well hidden.

Connor Dunn, Liverpool Echo

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a player Liverpool fans have been excited to see back in action since his unfortunate injury saw him miss almost the entirety of last season. The travelling Kop got a first taste of what their side had been missing without the midfielder in Liverpool’s Super Cup triumph over Chelsea in Istanbul when he played a wonderful ball with the outside of his boot to Mohamed Salah early on in the match. The England international was making his first Premier League start since the Reds’ 3-0 win against Bournemouth in April 2018 and he was back in his preferred midfield position. It made a huge difference playing the England international in an area of the pitch that he knows so well, as he thrived down on the south coast linking the play between defence and attack superbly well with a skill set Reds fans have been crying out for.

Tom Morgan, Telegraph

Mane - the old hero of St Mary's - stuck the knife in. Yet again it was a demonstration of devastating left-sided Liverpool attacking play, a John Barnes-style pearler. The biggest source of optimism for Klopp will undoubtedly be the second-half performance of Oxlade-Chamberlain who started consecutive games for the first time in more than a year. He was withdrawn at the half-way stage against Chelsea in midweek, but he sparkled in the second half, with neat flicks and long-range passes. "Outstanding" was the manager's evaluation.

Tony Evans, Independent

Mane’s brilliance took the sting out of Southampton for most of the second period. Andy Robertson and James Milner exchanged passes on congested left flank and the ball was fed in to Mane. The striker opened his body and curled a shot into the far corner. Southampton looked stunned. Now Klopp’s team were on top and Liverpool could easily have extended their lead when Salah shot straight at Angus Gunn from an acute angle. Then Mane imposed himself again, winning possession from a Southampton throw-in and finding Firmino in the area. The Brazilian wriggled across the box until he found a little space and then arrowed a low shot into the net. Liverpool held on in a rousing finish. Hasenhüttl will be sick, Klopp relieved. Liverpool underwent a severe test.

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The media on Southampton 1-2 LFC: 'Mane the game-changer'

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 11:00
Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino netted superb strikes as Liverpool claimed a hard-fought 2-1 win at Southampton on Saturday.
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Liverpool's Striking Stars Shine to Sink SaintsSouthampton v Liverpool Preview - Tough trip for Reds...

Anfield Index.com - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 10:05

Liverpool equalled a club record 11 consecutive Premier League wins with a 2-1 victory away to Southampton.

Goals from Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino saw the Reds lead 2-0 before Danny Ings punished a massive Adrian blunder late in the second half. 

Showing some residual impact from their 120 minute long energy-sapping Super Cup victory over Chelsea midweek, Jurgen Klopp’s men started slowly but eventually hit their straps and clinched a deserved win over their motivated opponents. 

From the get-go, The Saints were keen to not show the European Champions too much respect.

This aggressiveness informed their tactics as they gave Liverpool a taste of their strategical medicine by employing an orchestrated high press. 

James Ward Prowse personified Southampton’s ambitions early on as his long busting run closed down Adrian and blocked down the Spaniards attempted clearance. 

Jurgen Klopp’s charges were hemmed in their own half by the Saints’ press and struggled to release themselves from the almost ceaseless pressure from the hosts. 

Both Maya Yoshida and Che Adams should have capitalized on Ralf Hassenhutl’s men’s ascendancy, but they headed good chances straight at and over Adrian’s crossbar. 

The Saint Mary’s side would soon live to regret their penalty box toothlessness, however, as Mané expertly gave Liverpool a scantily deserved lead.

Against his former club, the Senegalese star collected the ball from Milner just inside the box and curled a beautiful effort into Angus Gunn’s top corner. 

Buoyed by the lead, The Reds started the second period in fine fashion in a manner that contrasted greatly with their first showing. 

James Milner’s deflected volley drifted narrowly wide with Gunn looking like he was beaten. 

Moments later, Mohamed Salah ought to have scored as his low left-footed strike from inside the box was saved by the increasingly busy Gunn in Saints goal.

Southampton looked powerless to prevent the visitors from taking a hold of the game and Firmino should have taken it away from them after a wonderfully orchestrated passing move.

Georginio Wijnaldum’s pass released Mané down the left flank and the number ten’s accurate cross was steered wide of the right-hand post by the Brazilian when he should have scored. 

It didn’t take long, however, for the European Champions to rubber-stamp their second-half dominance. 

Firmino, making amends for his earlier miss, collected the ball from Mané — who had pilfered a Saints player near their own box — before driving into the box and expertly firing low past Gunn into the bottom left corner. 

With the result now a formality, Liverpool opened up their box of tricks. Andrew Robertson, who was impressive throughout, drew an excellent near-post save from Gunn after being teed up by Mané’s audacious flick. 

The Reds looked comfortable throughout the second period but handed the initiative back to the hosts when Adrian was punished for dawdling on the ball.

With options and time aplenty on the ball after a van Dijk back pass, the former West Ham keeper hesitated before passing the ball straight off Danny Ings — the second player to score against his former club — and into his own net. 

Ings should have drew Southampton level moments later, but the England international inexplicably fired wide at the back post following Yann Valery’s cross as the Reds descended from ascendancy to anxiety. 

The hosts huffed and puffed in the final few minutes, but Liverpool held on for what was, overall, a deserved three points. 

Team: Adrian; Alexander Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Milner, Oxlade Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Mané. 

Subs used: Henderson for Oxlade Chamberlain, Origi for Salah, Henderson for Milner. 

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Jürgen Klopp sets Liverpool record after Southampton win

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 10:00

Liverpool's 2-1 victory over Southampton on Saturday saw Jürgen Klopp amass 300 league points in fewer games than any manager in the club's history.

The trip to St Mary's was the German's 146th league match in charge of the Reds since taking over in October 2015.

The three points claimed after goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino helped Klopp surpass the mark previously set by Sir Kenny Dalglish, who reached the threshold in 150 fixtures.

Club statistician Ged Rea has broken down the numbers based on three points for a win.

Number of games to reach 300 league points

Jürgen Klopp – 146 (17/8/19)

Kenny Dalglish (first spell) – 150 (14/3/89)

Rafael Benitez – 159 (5/10/08)

Bob Paisley – 161 (8/4/78)

Bill Shankly – 166 (30/11/63)

Gerard Houllier – 169 (8/3/03)

Tom Watson – 197 (6/9/02)

Matt McQueen – 205 (2/1/28)

George Kay – 212 (25/8/48)

George Patterson – 220 (27/12/32)

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Jürgen Klopp sets Liverpool record after Southampton win

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Liverpool's 2-1 victory over Southampton on Saturday saw Jürgen Klopp amass 300 league points in fewer games than any manager in the club's history.
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What's on: This week's LFC community events

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 10:00

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

For more information on these activities, and the work of the two organisations, follow @LFCFoundation and @Red_Neighbours on Twitter or click here.

Monday August 19     

Inclusion Camp

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 10am-5pm

Women and Girl’s Football Camp

Woodchurch High School Sports Complex - 9.30am-3pm

Premier League Girls Football session

Woodchurch High School Sports Complex - 6pm-7pm (age 13+)

Kicks Football Summer Roadshow sessions

The Youthy, Huyton - 5pm-6pm (age 8-10), 6pm-7pm (age 11-15)
Walton Hall Park - 7pm-8pm (age 11-17)

Open Goals

Springfield Park and Garden - 4pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)

Tuesday August 20

Kicks Football Summer Roadshow sessions

Adlam Activity Centre, Fazakerley - 5pm-6pm (age 8-10), 6pm-7pm (age 11-15)

Red Neighbours Walking Football

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 3pm-4pm

Open Goals

Seaforth in Bowersdale Park (meet at Bowersdale Resource Centre) - 5pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)

Premier League Girls Football session

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 5pm-6pm (age 13+)

Women and Girl’s Football Camp

Woodchurch High School Sports Complex - 9.30am-3pm

Wednesday August 21     

Kicks Football Summer Roadshow sessions

Westvale Community Centre, Kirkby - 5pm-6pm (age 8-10), 6pm-7pm (age 11-15)

Open Goals

Crosby in Coronation Park (meet at Alchemy Crosby Youth & Community Centre) - 4.30pm-5.30pm (age 5+ and parents)

Thursday August 22           

Kicks Football Summer Roadshow sessions

Belle Vale Park - 6pm-7pm (age 8-10), 7pm-8pm (age 11-15)
Jubilee Sports Park, Kensington - 5pm-6pm (age 8-10), 6pm-7pm (age 11-15)

Open Goals

Jubilee Sports Bank, Kensington - 4pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)
Belle Vale Park - 5pm-7pm

Friday August 23

Kicks Football Summer Roadshow sessions

Croxteth Health & Wellbeing Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 8-10), 7pm-8pm (age 11-15)
Wavertree Sports Park – 6pm-8pm (age 14-19)

Red Neighbours Walking Football

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 11am-12pm

Red Neighbours Walking Netball

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 11.30am-12.30pm

Open Goals

Rice Lane Recreation Ground - 4pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)

Inclusion Sports Day

LFC Academy, Kirkby - 10am-3pm

Family Fun Day

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 11am-3pm 

Saturday August 24    

Open Goals

Stanley Park (meet at Isla Gladstone) - 12pm-3pm (age 5+ and parents)
Newsham Park - 11am-12.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Norris Green Park (meet by playground) - 1.30pm-3.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Crown Park, Edge Hill - 1pm-2.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Garston Park  - 3pm-5pm (age 5+ and parents)

Sunday August 18   

Open Goals    

Walton Hall Park – 11am-12.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Belle Vale Park – 11am-12.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Doric Park - 11am-12.30pm (age 5+ and parents)

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

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 10:00
Check out a schedule of local community events planned by the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours teams in the coming week.
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Sadio Mane explains Southampton strike

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 08:00

Sadio Mane planned his emphatic opening strike against Southampton on Saturday before even receiving the ball from James Milner.

The Liverpool forward struck for the third time in the past two matches in first-half stoppage-time at St Mary’s, where the Reds went on to win 2-1.

Collecting Milner’s pass just inside the Saints area, Mane held off the attentions of the opposition defence and powerfully whipped a finish into the top corner.

“I thought it was really open between two defenders,” the No.10 told Liverpoolfc.com.

“So when I saw Millie I knew he was going to give me the ball, then I saw the man, no-one was close to me, they stood off and I tried to go a bit outside and put the ball inside.”

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Despite returning to training less than a fortnight ago, Mane has made a hugely impressive start to the 2019-20 campaign.

The Senegal international notched a double in the UEFA Super Cup final against Chelsea, then added an assist for Roberto Firmino to his own effort at Southampton.

“I’ve been working so hard and will keep on working hard,” he said, when asked to rate his current level of form.

“That’s it, I’m just trying to do everything to help my team. And, at the end of the day, the important thing is the three points.”

Liverpool shrugged off a tight turnaround between their exertions over 120 minutes and a penalty shootout in Istanbul on Wednesday and the need to perform again on Saturday.

Mane insisted their success in maintaining a 100 per cent start in the Premier League was as much in the mind as in the physical effort.

“We know it’s part of our job,” he added.

“After playing 120 minutes in midweek it wasn’t too easy but we have to do it and we tried to recover well, come back stronger and try to give everything to try to win the games.

“I think the tiredness is here [points to his head]. It was a really important three points, really important.”

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Sadio Mane explains Southampton strike

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 08:00
Sadio Mane planned his emphatic opening strike against Southampton on Saturday before even receiving the ball from James Milner.
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Southampton 1-2 LFC: Watch highlights, reaction and more

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