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Alisson set for a century & Klopp aims to break Reds’ away-day streak

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 17:30

Liverpool face Brighton on Saturday having won 19 of the 31 meetings between the sides. Here are the best of the stats and facts ahead of kick-off.

An opponent we love

The Reds have won all four games played at the Amex, three in the League and one in the League Cup.

In the 31 total meetings between the sides, Liverpool have failed to score only three times.

The six Premier league clashes have seen Liverpool win them all – scoring 16 and conceding three.

Milestones and memories

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the AMEX Stadium. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

Alisson could play his 100th game for Liverpool in all competitions.

Jordan Henderson’s last Liverpool goal came in the win on this ground last July.

Liverpool’s next goal will be their 250th away from home on an opponent’s ground in all competitions under Jurgen Klopp. This will be his 136th such game.

Form and fortune

 Liverpool’s manager Jürgen Klopp gives an interview to LFC.TV after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City 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. Liverpool won 3-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Avoid defeat today and Liverpool will go back to the top of the table.

They are one of six teams to have led the division overnight this season.

Liverpool have not won away from home in the league in their last three games – the defeat at Aston Villa followed by draws at Everton and Manchester City.

Not since early in 2017 (January – March) have the Reds gone winless in four on the road in the top flight, which was ultimately a sequence of five.

In all games played at 12:30pm under Klopp the Reds have lost four of 21 while they have won six and lost two of the 13 played away from home.

Seagulls

The Seagulls have yet to win at home this season in four league games. They lost 3-1 to Chelsea and 3-2 to Manchester United but have since drawn with West Brom (1-1) and Burnley (1-0).

They have not won in eight home league games since coming from behind to defeat Arsenal 2-1 in June with Lewis Dunk and Neal Maupay scoring in the last 15 minutes.

Brighton have kept two clean sheets at the AMEX in the league this calendar year.

The victory at Aston Villa last weekend was their second of the season in the top flight and they have won five of the last 27 in the Premier League.

Adam Lallana scored 22 goals in 178 games in all competitions for Liverpool before his summer move to Brighton. 18 of those goals came in 128 league appearances.

Scorers this season

 Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino (L) celebrates with team-mate Sadio Mané after scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City 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. Liverpool won 3-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool: Salah 10, Jota 8, Mane 5, Minamino 3, Jones 2, Grujic 1, Firmino 2, Origi 1, Robertson 1, Shaqiri 1, Van Dijk 1, own goals 2.

Brighton: Maupay 4, MacAllister 3, Jahanbakhsh 2, March 2, Bernardo 1, Bissouma 1, Connolly 1, Gyokeres 1, Lamptey 1, Trossard 1, Welbeck 1, own goals 1.

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Brighton v Liverpool: Team news

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 17:00

Late decisions will inform the make-up of Liverpool’s squad for Saturday’s lunchtime meeting with Brighton & Hove Albion.

The match at the Amex Stadium will kick off around two-and-a-half days after the Reds’ Champions League clash with Atalanta BC finished and, given that tight turnaround, Jürgen Klopp is affording himself as much time as possible before selecting his travelling party.

Captain Jordan Henderson may return after a two-game absence due to a muscle issue.

“Hendo trained yesterday, parts of team training and then had his individual session, so we have to see what we do with that,” Klopp said on Friday.

“For all the other players who played now [against Atalanta], they are still in recovery, so that’s how it is when you have only these few days in between. We have to make late decisions, so if you were to ask me now what will be the line-up and I was in a mood to tell you, I couldn’t!

“I [will] make this decision as late as possible because I have to wait until the medical department tells me who looks like [they’re] ready.

“Then it looks like from now on we have another 25-and-a-half hours to make sure that we bring the fittest and freshest players on the pitch.”

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Meanwhile, Adam Lallana is a doubt to face his former club after he was forced off at half-time in Brighton’s recent win at Aston Villa. Tariq Lamptey is suspended as a result of his sending-off in that fixture. 

However, Seagulls boss Graham Potter’s options have been boosted by forward Leandro Trossard’s return to full training. 

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Potter said: “Leo Trossard will be available in the squad. He’s trained a couple of times with us, so that’s good. 

“Adam Lallana, we still need to give him a bit more time after the weekend. Solly [March] had a slight feeling in his ankle but nothing too bad, so he should be OK.”

Last match

Liverpool 0-2 Atalanta (November 25): Alisson, N. Williams, R. Williams, Matip, Tsimikas, Milner, Wijnaldum, Jones, Mane, Salah, Origi.

Aston Villa 1-2 Brighton (November 21): Ryan, Webster, Dunk, White, Lamptey, Bissouma, March, Gross, Lallana, Welbeck, Maupay.

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Brighton v Liverpool: Team news

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 17:00
Late decisions will inform the make-up of Liverpool’s squad for Saturday’s lunchtime meeting with Brighton & Hove Albion.
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What are PL clubs' plans for fan return

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 16:28

Liverpool will restrict their ticket allocation for the Premier League visit of Wolves on December 6 to supporters from within the city's region.

The Premier League champions are one of 10 Premier League sides in tier two areas, where up to 2,000 people are allowed at outdoor sports venues after lockdown in England ends on December 2.

The other 10 clubs are all in tier three, where no fans are allowed.

The Kop will be closed for next month's home game against Wolves, with all fans to be housed in Anfield's Main Stand.

The club say a minimum of 75 per cent of the 2,000 tickets available for the fixture will be used for general admission, with the remaining tickets going allocated to hospitality supporters, players and to meet contractual obligations.

The plans need final approval by the Council's Ground Safety Advisory Group next week, with Premier League clubs also due to vote on a favourable return of fans on December 3.

Where fans will return to Premier League grounds

The five Premier League matches that will be allowed to host 2,000 fans on the weekend of December 5 and 6 are:

Liverpool v Wolves

Tottenham v Arsenal

Chelsea v Leeds

West Ham v Man United

Brighton v Southampton

Supporters must abide by a new supporter code of conduct and complete a health declaration questionnaire before purchasing a ticket, if successful in the ballot.

Fans are also encouraged to take a coronavirus test ahead of the game against Wolves, with a nearby mass testing centre to remain open on match days.

Tottenham to host 2,000 fans for north London derby

Meanwhile, Tottenham have also confirmed plans for 2,000 fans to attend the north London derby against Arsenal next month.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Image: The north London derby is set to be the first match at Tottenham's stadium to host fans since March

The match on December 6, live on Sky Sports, will be the first to be played in front of spectators at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium since the FA Cup fifth-round tie against Norwich on March 4.

The club said they will run a ballot of season ticket holders and executive members in order to allocate the tickets.

Spurs fans will have to confirm they are not travelling to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium from a restricted area.

4:04 Sky Sports News chief reporter Bryan Swanson explains how the tier system will work with regards to the return of fans to football stadiums

The club will also introduce timed entry to avoid congestion at the turnstiles as part of their coronavirus protocols for fans to observe at matches.

Arsenal will become the first Premier League team to welcome fans back into their stadium when they host Rapid Vienna in the Europa League next Thursday.

The first Premier League fixture to welcome fans could be West Ham's home fixture against Manchester United at the London Stadium on 5 December, before Chelsea take on Leeds later that day.

 0:29 Manchester will be in tier three under the new restrictions but there may be fans present for United's trip to West Ham next week and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has welcomed the news. West Ham manager David Moyes 0:37 West Ham manager David Moyes says the limited return of fans to football stadiums is 'great news', and is looking forward to more being able to attend soon. Travel between tiers explained Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 1:25 Sky Sports' Paul Gilmour reports the latest updates regarding the Government's tier system in relation to fans travelling to sporting events.

Fans of tier two clubs living in tier three areas should not attend matches. Football matches are not deemed to be 'essential reasons' for travel from tier three.

Those living in tier two can travel to a game in a tier one area, although there are currently no Premier League clubs in a tier one zone.

What have other clubs revealed?

Brighton - 2000 tickets will be made available to Brighton season-ticket holders and 1901 Club members for their Premier League fixture against Southampton on December 7.

Priority windows for the ballot will be published at approximately 5pm on Friday.

Everton - Ticket ballot will only be open to season ticket and hospitality members.

Eligible fans will be contacted shortly with details of the process for the next game at Goodison Park against Chelsea on December 12.

Fulham - Club will be distributing tickets via a ballot to last season's ticket holders only.

Their first eligible game will be against Liverpool at home on December 13.

West Ham - 2000 spectators will be able to attend as the Hammers face Manchester United on December 5 at 5:30pm, live on Sky Sports.

Season Ticket Holders and Club London Members can enter a ballot. Fans will be told by email whether they have been successful by Thursday December 3.

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Match Centre: Follow live build-up to Brighton v Liverpool

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 15:30

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Head to our Match Centre now for live build-up, interactive features, updates, commentary and more as Liverpool face Brighton & Hove Albion.
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Match Centre: Follow live build-up to Brighton v Liverpool

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 15:30
Head to our Match Centre now for live build-up, interactive features, updates, commentary and more as Liverpool face Brighton & Hove Albion.
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Borussia Dortmund issue Erling Haaland transfer update

HEAD NEWS - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 15:17

Borussia Dortmund director Michael Zorc has thrown cold water on the suggestion that Erling Braut Haaland could leave the club next year.

Haaland has established himself as one of the best strikers in Europe over the last year, despite his young age, after enjoying a meteoric rise in the game.

The Norwegian started last season at Red Bull Salzburg where his sensational goal record - including a goal against Liverpool in the Champions League - soon got him noticed by some of Europe's biggest clubs.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

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Borussia Dortmund issue Erling Haaland transfer update

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 15:17

Borussia Dortmund director Michael Zorc has thrown cold water on the suggestion that Erling Braut Haaland could leave the club next year.

Haaland has established himself as one of the best strikers in Europe over the last year, despite his young age, after enjoying a meteoric rise in the game.

The Norwegian started last season at Red Bull Salzburg where his sensational goal record - including a goal against Liverpool in the Champions League - soon got him noticed by some of Europe's biggest clubs.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

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Borussia Dortmund issue Erling Haaland transfer update

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 15:17
Borussia Dortmund director Michael Zorc has thrown cold water on the suggestion that Erling Braut Haaland could leave the club next year.
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LFC Retail's top 10 Christmas gift ideas for babies

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 15:00

Bring the magic home with our collection of Christmas gift suggestions for your littlest Liverpool supporters.

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LFC Retail's top 10 Christmas gift ideas for babies

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 15:00
Bring the magic home with our collection of Christmas gift suggestions for your littlest Liverpool supporters.
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Liverpool confirm ticket sales process for lucky few against Wolves

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 14:05

Liverpool have confirmed the method of allocating tickets for the upcoming game against Wolves, which should be the first back at Anfield with supporters in place.

Tier 2 locations around the country are allowed 2,000 fans back in the ground as of next week, which now includes Liverpool.

It’s far from the number we’d like to have, but the hope is that a safe and successful showing of such a low number will gradually see an increase in the number of supporters allowed, with Jurgen Klopp claiming it as a “small step in the right direction”.

The home Premier League game against Wolves, set for 6 December, will be the first which fans return for if all goes to plan – and the club have released details of how the fortunate few will be chosen.

  • Applications from Liverpool City Region only
  • 2000 paperless tickets available using mobile phone technology
  • Fans encouraged to take COVID-19 test ahead of game

The club say a minimum of 75 per cent of tickets will be for general admission, which is the same ratio used when Anfield is at full capacity. The rest is for “hospitality supporters, players and to meet contractual obligations” for the club.

Only the Main Stand will be in use for those with a ticket.

Those eligible to apply for the ballot must live within the City region, in accordance with guidelines from local public health teams, while the club have confirmed that “supporters must also be a season ticket holder or current official Member with 19 credits from the 2018/19 Premier League season who have completed Fan Update.”

In addition, a weighted average has been applied to the price of admission and, as such, tickets are priced at £44.92.

Entry for the online ballot will be made available by the club in the coming days.

Of course, it’s still a situation which is pending changes at any moment and plans must be approved by the Safety Advisory Group and at a Premier League vote before supporters actually set foot inside stadiums.

Nonetheless, it’s another step toward getting back to Anfield – and, much further down the line, the long-awaited title parade!

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LFC Women planning to welcome fans back to Prenton Park

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 13:59

Liverpool FC Women are working towards welcoming supporters back to Prenton Park for the FA Women's Championship match against Crystal Palace Women on Sunday December 6.

  • Club working for return of fans to Prenton Park for Crystal Palace game 
  • Priority is public health and safety throughout new process 
  • Expected to be around 900 tickets available 
  • New advance ticketing system to keep supporters safe

In line with Tier 2 restrictions, Prenton Park is expected to be permitted to operate with a significantly reduced capacity in the interest of public health and safety.

The club has been working closely with its partners to create a robust plan which is in line with government guidance and prioritises the safety of the local community, supporters, staff, players and emergency services.

Further details from the FA and community partners are expected soon, before full details about the return of supporters can be confirmed.

All tickets for LFC Women must now be bought in advance, with no opportunity to buy on the gate, in order to comply with new regulations.

Before buying a ticket, supporters will need to answer a health questionnaire and refer to a supporter code of conduct for Prenton Park, which will be published alongside details of ticket sales.

This will ensure those attending can comply with new guidelines that will be in place to make Prenton Park as safe as possible for everybody present.

Tickets will be specifically assigned to individual seats, ensuring that all supporters can enjoy the match while suitable social distancing is in place.

A further update on the return of fans for this game will be issued as soon as the club receives further information from the relevant authorities.

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LFC Women planning to welcome fans back to Prenton Park

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 13:59
Liverpool FC Women are working towards welcoming supporters back to Prenton Park for the FA Women's Championship match against Crystal Palace Women on Sunday December 6.
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LFC plans to welcome fans back to Anfield

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 13:59

Liverpool Football Club is planning to welcome supporters back to Anfield for the Premier League match against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday December 6.

  • Club planning for supporters to return at Wolves game
  • Priority is public health and safety throughout new process
  • 2,000 tickets available
  • Applications from Liverpool City Region only
  • Paperless tickets using mobile phone technology
  • Fans encouraged to take COVID-19 test ahead of game

The Liverpool City Region has been placed in Tier 2 restrictions, so Anfield could be permitted to operate with a maximum of 2,000 supporters, in the interest of public health and safety.

The club has been working closely with its city partners, Liverpool City Council, Merseyside Police and Spirit of Shankly to create a robust plan which is in line with government guidance and prioritises the safety of the local community, supporters, staff, players and emergency services.

Those plans will need to be ratified by the council’s Ground Safety Advisory Group next week.

All city partners are encouraging those supporters who do attend this game to take a test either the day before or day of the game. Anfield’s Kop Bar will continue to be one of the city’s mass testing centres and will be open on matchdays.

A minimum of 75 per cent of the 2,000 tickets available for the Wolves fixture will be used for general admission, which is aligned to the ratio used when the stadium is at full capacity. The remaining tickets will be allocated to hospitality supporters, players and to meet contractual obligations. Only Anfield’s Main Stand will be in use for the Wolves fixture.

LFC will launch a ballot process to allocate the tickets available for this fixture. Guidance and support from the city’s public health team has outlined that the ballot will only be open to supporters who live within the Liverpool City Region. Supporters must also be a season ticket holder or current official Member with 19 credits from the 2018-19 Premier League season who have completed Fan Update.

Ticket prices for games with a significantly reduced capacity will not be set at the usual price points. They are based on a weighted average of general admission and seasonal ticket prices across the stadium. An adult general admission ticket will cost £44.92 and concessional ticket prices will also be based on the same weighted average calculation.

Fans can enter the ballot via an online system in the coming days, which will require them to provide their details and those they wish to attend with. Supporters will be allocated an individually-spaced seat to minimise the risk to public health and fellow supporters.

Before entering the ballot, fans must refer to a new supporter code of conduct and, if successful, complete a health declaration questionnaire at the point of ticket purchase to ensure they comply with the new guidelines that will be in place to make Anfield as safe as possible for everybody present.

The club will also be rolling out NFC technology to manage access and understand who is in the stadium. The use of NFC technology will allow fans to gain access to the stadium using an electronic ticket on their smartphone to minimise physical contact.

The ticket ballot application process and supporter code of conduct will be launched in the coming days on a new dedicated website hub which will provide full guidance.

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LFC plans to welcome fans back to Anfield

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 13:59
Liverpool Football Club is planning to welcome supporters back to Anfield for the Premier League match against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday December 6.
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Watch Jurgen Klopp’s pre-match press conference – Brighton vs. Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 12:32

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says the Reds will face a tough test against Brighton on Saturday and hailed goalkeeper Alisson Becker as he hits a milestone appearance.

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The Reds can go top of the table if they beat the Seagulls in the early kick-off, though the manager knows we’ll have to be at our best for that to happen – despite the hosts’ lowly standing in the league table.

That is, in effect, a false representation of how they have played this season says Klopp, with a lack of clinical edge hampering their chances of sitting in mid-table right now.

“Brighton are pretty special. We have analysts and they are really honest and they tell me in the first second if a team is tough to play. If we see Brighton’s results they don’t look like it, but they are in a really good moment, playing good football,” Klopp said in his pre-match press conference.

“They always have possession, a football-playing side, they adapt a little bit the system and do it really well.

“They didn’t score often enough to get the results but we cannot go there and expect they won’t finish their situations. We have to be ready for defensive work, they make the pitch big and it’s hard work, that’s what we have to be ready for.”

 Liverpool’s goalkeeper Alisson Becker during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City 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. Liverpool won 3-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

While the focus will hopefully be at the end of the pitch the Reds are looking to score goals in, at the other end our Brazilian No. 1 will be making his 100th Liverpool appearance.

With a league title and a European Cup to his name with the Reds he has certainly had a massive impact on the side and Klopp is delighted he is able to call upon his stopper again after a few injury issues across 2020.

“After 100 games I don’t have to speak about the importance of Ali. It could already have been more! [It has been] 99 good ones so far, I can’t remember a game he was not spot-on.

“It’s important when you have a world-class goalkeeper you want to have him in your goal. The more often he can do this the better, so I’m very happy.”

This will be the fifth time Alisson has faced Brighton, with only Man City (six) a more regular opponent for him while wearing the Liverbird.

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'Adam Lallana is our friend for life... but not this week!'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 12:09

Jürgen Klopp explained why the clash with Brighton & Hove Albion will not feel quite like a reunion with Adam Lallana as he previewed Saturday's Premier League game.

Lallana moved to the Seagulls in the summer after six seasons with the Reds in which he played 178 games, scored 22 goals and helped the club lift the Champions League and Premier League.

Asked about meeting up with the midfielder again this weekend, Klopp detailed the close connection Lallana has maintained with his former teammates since departing.

But the Liverpool boss also insisted that ‘friendship for life’ has been placed on hold this week and will be for the duration of the encounter at the Amex Stadium.

Asked about his respect for the Englishman during his pre-match press conference, Klopp said: “Thank God I said that all already when he left and we still miss him.

“But it’s not easy to miss Adam Lallana because pretty much everybody here in the club still has contact with him! Not this week so much. Because he’s just a friend for life for all of us.

“We are obviously not 100 per cent sure, we don’t know it, if he can play because he didn’t tell anybody. Last week he had to leave the pitch with a groin issue, if I’m right.

“I would expect him to be on the pitch tomorrow, to be honest. And then for 90 minutes, I know Adam well enough – we will put all the friendship a little bit aside and then after the game we will be friends again. That’s the nice thing with friends.”

Read more from Klopp’s media briefing, on the challenge of facing Brighton and the Premier League standings, below…

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On Brighton’s form this season and their win at Aston Villa last time out…

Brighton might be a good example, how good they are, but even in the other games when the results were not that good, it’s pretty special with Brighton. We have analysis meetings obviously a lot and I have analysts who are really honest in that, so if they think the opponent is a tough one to play, they tell me in the first second of the meeting. We see all the results they had in the last six, seven, eight games and we say: ‘OK, the results don’t look like but they are in a really good moment.’ They play just good football. You could see that since they worked together now, they have always possession, a lot of possession in the game, a football-playing side with a clear idea, adapt sometimes a little bit system-wise but most of the time play the same system and stick to that and do that really well. Yes, they didn’t score so far maybe often enough to get the results out of it but we cannot go there and expect they will not finish their situations off, of course not. We have to make sure we are ready for a lot of necessary defensive work because they make the pitch big. The Brighton pitch is anyway big and they try to use all of it and then it’s just hard work. That’s what we have to be ready for – we were always so far, and we have to be again.

On Graham Potter’s praise for the Liverpool attack and his satisfaction with Diogo Jota’s start at the club…

Thank you, Graham! Diogo obviously settled in nicely, that’s true. Very important for us – very, very important for us – because we cannot play our usual front three all of the time or for the full season. It was difficult to improve us there but Diogo looks like he can do that and that is massively helpful. So, I’m really happy about that.

On the situation at the top of the Premier League table at the moment…

First and foremost, that speaks for a lot of quality of the Premier League, a lot of quality in the squad of these teams, good managers and just good work on the training ground. They all played so far a really, really good season, and other teams as well. I’m not surprised Tottenham are where they are, I’m not surprised Chelsea are where they are, Southampton look really, really, really good. And Leicester we played only a few days ago, we know how good they are. It’s a sign that it’s that close together this year, for sure, because it’s a very, very difficult but interesting season for everybody. There are a lot of chances out there for different teams, it’s nothing to do with what you achieved last year or the year before. You just have to be in the here and now and be ready for that, because it’s really tough for all of us but, how I said, I’m not surprised [about the teams near the top currently].

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