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Inside Anfield: Behind the scenes of Liverpool 2-1 Leicester

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 19:25
Go behind the scenes of Liverpool's dramatic 2-1 win over Leicester City with Inside Anfield.
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Final chance to support LFC Women duo in Northwest Awards

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 16:49

This is the final week for fans of Liverpool FC Women to show their support for two players who have been nominated in the Northwest Football Awards 2019.

Club captain Sophie Bradley-Auckland has been shortlisted for Women's Player of the Season while midfielder Amy Rodgers has been nominated for the Women's Rising Star Award.

Both awards are subject to an online public vote, with Friday the final day when fans can give their backing to candidates.

Liverpool Women's vice-captain Niamh Fahey, currently away on international duty with Republic of Ireland, believes both nominations are well deserved.

Of her centre-back partner Bradley-Auckland, Fahey said: “Massive congratulations to Sophie on her nomination and she’s really deserved it.

“She had a great season and it she’s started in the same way this time. Soph’s just a natural leader, motivator and talker so it’s great to have her in our team.

“She’s super fit and has come back to full-time football in the FA WSL after having a baby and all those injury heartaches she had too which just shows how mentally resilient she is too, so all credit to her.”

Rodgers, 19, is also away for the international break with the England U21s and Fahey believes she has a bright future ahead of her.

She said: “Amy’s a young player but she’s got an experienced head upon her shoulders and she’s mature beyond her years.

“She’s a really exciting player and the possibilities are endless for her to grow and become a big player in the future.”

Other Liverpool nominations include Jürgen Klopp for manager of the season, Virgil van Dijk for Premier League player of the season and Trent Alexander-Arnold for the Rising Star award. 

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Final chance to support LFC Women duo in Northwest Awards

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 16:49
This is the final week for fans of Liverpool FC Women to show their support for two players who have been nominated in the Northwest Football Awards 2019.
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Van Dijk demands focus on Reds, not rivals & Matip’s form finally rewarded – Monday’s Liverpool FC News Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 16:36

We round up the latest Liverpool news on Monday, as the October international break gets underway.


Today’s Main Headlines Hillsborough Retrial Gets Underway

Former chief superintendent David Duckenfield arrives at the Hillsborough Inquests in Warrington in 2015 (Peter Byrne/PA)

The retrial of David Duckenfield restarted at Preston Crown Court on Monday.

The 75-year-old was the match commander on the day of the Hillsborough disaster, which culminated in 96 Liverpool supporters losing their lives.

Duckenfield is charged with gross negligence manslaughter with regards to the deaths of 95 of the 96 victims.

The original trial took place back in April, but a jury failed to reach a verdict after eight days of deliberation.

Matip Scoops PFA Award

 Liverpool's Joel Matip during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool have got through their last two games without Joel Matip, but his absence was still felt against Salzburg and Leicester.

His superb form has not gone unnoticed, with the Cameroonian named the PFA Premier League Player of the Month for September.

Matip fought off competition from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Callum Wilson, Ricardo Pereira, Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez to win the prize.

What a turnaround it has been for the 28-year-old, who was out of the Liverpool team and being tipped to leave Anfield this time last year.

Matip should be back for the trip to Man United on October 20, acting as a huge boost.

Critchley’s Praise for Young Pair

 Liverpool's Elijah Dixon-Bonner during the UEFA Youth League Group E match between SSC Napoli and Liverpool FC at Stadio Comunale di Frattamaggiore. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool under-23s beat Wigan 3-2 on Sunday afternoon, with Elijah Dixon-Bonner the Reds’ hero, scoring twice in the Premier League Cup clash.

Speaking to LiverpoolFC.com, manager Neil Critchley hailed the 18-year-old’s work ethic in training, which ensured he has improved in front of goal:

“He had a couple of opportunities at Arsenal last weekend from similar positions where he scored his second goal today.

“If you ever wanted to show the benefits of practice then Elijah spent five or 10 minutes at the end of training on Saturday practising those type of finishes from those positions.”

Critchley also lauded the continued development of Harvey Elliott, saying “he has a lovely touch, he has receiving skills under pressure, he has awareness and his decision-making is so good for someone so young”.

The U23s next game is at home to Wolves on October 20 (2pm BST) in Premier League 2, prior to the senior side’s trip to Old Trafford.

Van Dijk demands focus remains on Reds, not rivals

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during the FA Premier League match between Chelsea's FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool went eight points clear of Man City with victory over Leicester at the weekend, while City themselves lost at home to Wolves.

Virgil van Dijk expressed to Sky Sports his surprise at a rare home defeat for Pep Guardiola’s team, but remained firm in his belief that only Liverpool’s results mattered.

“There’s always room for improvement in our game. We should just focus on all the games ahead of us. Don’t look at any gap or points difference between us and the others.

“A lot of busy periods coming up in December and January, anything can happen.”

Van Dijk is entirely right to promote a Liverpool-first agenda, as there’s no point trying to control the gap between first and second in any way other than by keep winning matches.

Police Begin Choudhury Inquiries

 Leicester City's Hamza Choudhury is shown a yellow card after a late tackle on Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Hamza Choudhury wasn’t popular with Jurgen Klopp on Saturday, having scythed down Mohamed Salah in the 2-1 win over Leicester.

After the game, it was revealed that Choudhury had been the subject of racist abuse on social media, once again showing that the issue still exists in the modern game, sadly.

Sky Sports have confirmed that Leicestershire Police have opened initial inquiries into the abuse, as they look to find the culprits.

Leicester released the following statement outlining their disgust at those guilty of sending the abuse:

“We are appalled by these comments, which the club has reported to the police and to the social media platform on which they were made.

“Discriminatory behaviour has no place in football or in society and we will seek the strongest possible course of action to be taken against those responsible.”

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reveals his ongoing battle toward full fitness

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 16:22

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has done remarkably well to return to first-team football after a terrible knee injury, but by his own admission still has some way to go to reach 100 per cent.


A truly fantastic run of form in 2018 was interrupted by an awful setback, with the midfielder suffering multiple ligament damage as well as a tendon injury in his knee when making a perfect challenge against AS Roma.

Oxlade-Chamberlain subsequently missed the Champions League final that season, the World Cup and almost all of 2018/19, returning in April against Huddersfield.

Two cameo appearances off the bench last year, and a spot in the squad for the European final in Madrid, have been followed up by involvement in eight games so far this term.

He’s fit and ready to contribute again—but Oxlade-Chamberlain acknowledges that he’s still some way off being entirely pain-free and feeling back to his old self, where his knee is concerned.

 Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Murrayfield Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“It sort of changes with everyone, but the surgeon says that ballpark figure [of two years] because even when you are back fit, it takes time for the knee to get used to what you are doing again,” he explained.

“Things have changed, my knee has been reconstructed but when they say two years they mean that’s when you stop noticing that you have had a bad knee.

“I still have some days when I wake up and it’s feeling a bit stiff or swollen but after training, it’s alright. I expect to feel it for the next couple of years, but it will evolve until I don’t feel it any more.”

Still searching for peak sharpness he might be, and that trademark explosivity he showed on a regular basis prior to his injury, but we’ve already seen instances of Oxlade-Chamberlain showing his qualities this season.

A low, fired shot just wide in one game, a sudden burst between the lines in another—it’s a matter of being able to put that together across 90 minutes, and multiple games, while also keeping on top of the tactical work demanded of the Reds midfield.

 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)

Even so, what he is achieving right now is a million miles away from the early days after his injury and surgery.

“Because of where I was and where I am now, it is kind of mind-blowing to think I got back to this level when I couldn’t walk, when everything was a massive chore.

“Just trying to bend my knee again past 90 degrees and doing that for months…I was struggling.

“I couldn’t bend my knee. I couldn’t ride a bike, I couldn’t get enough bend in my knee to sit on the toilet. When you can do things like that you feel so far away from playing football.

“Now, when I look back at that, it does seems like it happened to someone else, but it’s amazing what the body can do if you stick with it and work hard enough.”

It’s testament to his work rate and endeavour that he has managed to return to this point even within a year or so, in truth, and it’s no surprise that Oxlade-Chamberlain relates more to 17/18 than last season.

 Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates scoring the second goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

By his own admission, he only recalls parts of 18/19 rather than the campaign as a whole, due to being on the fringes and having his own battles to overcome.

“Big chunks of it have gone missing but it was an amazing season watching the boys do what they did and I started coming back in around it at the pressure-time, which was exciting.

“That gave me hope all the way through that I could be available if I was needed to help make a difference right at the end to get us over the line.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain has already proven in a red shirt that he had the drive and determination to make it as a key player; now he has shown the same while sidelined to return to action.

The next step is to regain a full and regular first-team role, which every trait about him suggests he is entirely capable, and likely, to do.

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Ben Woodburn out for 'up to 12 weeks'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 16:07

Oxford United's on-loan Liverpool forward Ben Woodburn could be out until January after breaking a bone in his foot in Saturdays's draw at Accrington.

The 19-year-old joined for the season and has scored once in 11 League One games as the U's have climbed to ninth.

But the Wales international fractured a metatarsal in the first half of the 2-2 draw and boss Karl Robinson said he will be out for "12 weeks or so".

"It's such bad luck for Ben," Robinson told the club website.

"He's been showing everyone what a good player he is. He is a great lad and will listen to the advice and he is determined to keep doing what he can and come back fitter and stronger than ever."

Woodburn had been named in Wales' Under-21 squad for their game in Moldova on Friday, having been left out of Ryan Giggs' senior squad.

Source: BBC

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Ben Woodburn out for 'up to 12 weeks'

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 16:07
Oxford United's on-loan Liverpool forward Ben Woodburn could be out until January after breaking a bone in his foot in Saturdays's draw at Accrington.
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Ben Woodburn out for 'up to 12 weeks'

HEAD NEWS - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 16:07

Oxford United's on-loan Liverpool forward Ben Woodburn could be out until January after breaking a bone in his foot in Saturdays's draw at Accrington.

The 19-year-old joined for the season and has scored once in 11 League One games as the U's have climbed to ninth.

But the Wales international fractured a metatarsal in the first half of the 2-2 draw and boss Karl Robinson said he will be out for "12 weeks or so".

"It's such bad luck for Ben," Robinson told the club website.

"He's been showing everyone what a good player he is. He is a great lad and will listen to the advice and he is determined to keep doing what he can and come back fitter and stronger than ever."

Woodburn had been named in Wales' Under-21 squad for their game in Moldova on Friday, having been left out of Ryan Giggs' senior squad.

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Van Dijk: We're not looking at City

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 15:59
Watch the Red Rivalry as Manchester United host Liverpool next up in the Premier League on Sunday October 20 from 3pm on Sky Sports Premier League; Kick-off 4.30pm.

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1:41 Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk says the players should not focus on their eight-point lead over Manchester City in the Premier League Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk says the players should not focus on their eight-point lead over Manchester City in the Premier League

Virgil van Dijk says Liverpool are focused solely on their own performances and are not paying any attention to their eight-point lead over champions Manchester City.

A late James Milner penalty gave Liverpool a 2-1 win against Leicester, and with City suffering a shock 2-0 defeat at home to Wolves, the Reds are now eight points clear of Pep Guardiola's side.

Liverpool can equal City's Premier League record of 18 consecutive wins if they beat Manchester United in their first match after the international break, which is live and exclusive on Sky Sports.

3:47 Jamie Redknapp, Gary Neville and Graeme Souness said the Premier League title is Liverpool’s to lose and they are clear favourites after moving eight points clear at the top with just eight games gone Jamie Redknapp, Gary Neville and Graeme Souness said the Premier League title is Liverpool’s to lose and they are clear favourites after moving eight points clear at the top with just eight games gone

Gary Neville said on Sunday the title now looks like it is Liverpool's to lose, but with 30 league games still to play this season, Van Dijk insists anything can still happen in the race for the title.

"So far we have been getting the points," Van Dijk told Sky Sports News ahead of Netherlands' clash with Northern Ireland in Rotterdam on Thursday.

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"There is always room for improvement in our game. And I think we should just focus on all the games ahead of us and don't look at any gaps or points or difference between us and the others, including City.

"There are a lot of busy periods coming up as well with December and January and anything can happen still."

1:50 Adama Traore was the match-winner for Wolves with both goals as Nuno Espirito Santo’s men left the Etihad Stadium with a 2-0 win over Manchester City Adama Traore was the match-winner for Wolves with both goals as Nuno Espirito Santo’s men left the Etihad Stadium with a 2-0 win over Manchester City

Adama Traore's double gave Wolves a famous win at the Etihad on Sunday, and Van Dijk admitted he was as surprised by the scoreline as everyone else.

"I didn't expect that, of course," he said. "I think everyone expected a difficult game for City, but when City are at home it never really happens that they don't score at least one goal.

"It was a great performance from Wolves and you have to give credit to them. But they (City) will try and bounce back from it. Until then I've just got to focus on international football.

Watch the Red Rivalry as Manchester United host Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday October 20 from 3pm on Sky Sports Premier League; Kick-off 4.30pm.

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Merson Says: Invincible Liverpool? No chance

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 15:30
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Merson also looks at Tottenham's demise at Brighton, saying it is worrying times for Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs

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In his weekly column, Paul Merson insists Liverpool will not end the Premier League season unbeaten In his weekly column, Paul Merson insists Liverpool will not end the Premier League season unbeaten In his weekly column, Paul Merson insists Liverpool will not end the Premier League season unbeaten

Paul Merson says Liverpool have no chance of going through the Premier League season unbeaten despite their excellent start to the season - and ponders whether or not Mauricio Pochettino has taken Tottenham as far as he can...

Invincible Liverpool?

Liverpool won't go unbeaten, not a chance. What Arsenal did all those years ago, that's some going. What Liverpool are doing, winning all these games on the trot, though, is ridiculous.

They weren't great the other day. When Leicester got to 1-1, they looked like the team that might nick it, even though Liverpool didn't deserve to lose. For 70-odd minutes they were the better team, but they just kept on going and you have to get some breaks every now and again.

2:57 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Leicester in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Leicester in the Premier League

No-one is going to look back on October 5 and remember the penalty, but that spot-kick could've been a massive, massive goal.

When you win league titles, everybody forgets about what happens in October and November. Everybody just thinks about what happened in April or May, but the penalty could be massive in the context of the title race.

3:01 Paul Merson watched Liverpool against Leicester and says the home side deserved to win after they were given a 92nd-minute penalty Paul Merson watched Liverpool against Leicester and says the home side deserved to win after they were given a 92nd-minute penalty Record breakers?

Liverpool are now one win away from equalling the all-time record for consecutive Premier League wins. They've got Manchester United at Old Trafford and Tottenham at Anfield in the next two games as they bid to better Manchester City's 2017 record.

When the fixtures came out these were their hardest two games. Now, they are their easiest two games on paper. However, you know Manchester United. This will be their cup final and surely, they can't be that bad again, can they?

United will certainly be under pressure but so will Liverpool. When you are up at the top you must make sure you keep on winning.

Liverpool celebrates Milner's late winner Liverpool celebrates Milner's late winner Liverpool celebrates Milner's late winner

At the start of the season you are probably looking at this game and thinking a point at United is a good result. You don't know how bad United are going to be and you have a bit of a plan along the way as to what points you expect to get. Liverpool are ahead now. They've got points where they probably thought they weren't going to get them so a draw would be okay for Liverpool in this game.

If Jurgen Klopp's side took four points from the next two games I think Manchester City would be in major trouble.

3:47 Jamie Redknapp, Gary Neville and Graeme Souness said the Premier League title is Liverpool’s to lose and they are clear favourites after moving eight points clear at the top with just eight games gone Jamie Redknapp, Gary Neville and Graeme Souness said the Premier League title is Liverpool’s to lose and they are clear favourites after moving eight points clear at the top with just eight games gone No let-up from Klopp's men

What Liverpool are doing now, it's more than impressive. They could've easily rested on their laurels as Champions League winners. They did absolutely nothing wrong in the league, but another team went on to win 14 games and they ended up being just pipped at the post.

They could've easily felt sorry for themselves, but they didn't. They've come back and been outstanding.

Jurgen Klopp celebrates Liverpool's dramatic late winner against Leicester Jurgen Klopp celebrates Liverpool's dramatic late winner against Leicester Jurgen Klopp celebrates Liverpool's dramatic late winner against Leicester

There is a gulf in class in this league and once in a blue moon bottom will beat top, but to do what they've done, week in, week out and winning football matches is incredible.

They are not drawing football matches. They are winning every week and it's not like they are using 30-odd players. I still think if Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane or Virgil van Dijk got injured they could struggle, but they've got points in the bank now.

I've said before that this side is not getting beat by any side in the bottom half and Manchester City have been beaten by two teams in the bottom half already. They've got the points on the board and can afford a slip here or there. Manchester City could beat Liverpool twice now and it wouldn't make a difference. It's all in their hands now.

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It's not over just yet!

There's still a long way to go though.

You've only got to have a bad day at the office and it can all unravel. I did the game on Saturday and Liverpool shaded it. They were the better team and were comfortable, but when it goes to 1-1 Vardy breaks down the left and if there's a better final pass Leicester get in and could lead 2-1. It's a different game then.

We're looking at a different weekend then and I don't think the pressure would've been on Manchester City as much as it was. Their game then becomes a bit different too.

2:58 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester City's shock defeat to Wolves in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester City's shock defeat to Wolves in the Premier League

There are 30 games to go. It's still a long way to go for Liverpool and it only takes a couple of decisions here or there to change everything. There are 90 points available and that's still a lot of points to play for.

However, I say it all the time, you can be the best manager in the world but if you haven't got the players it doesn't make any difference. Pep Guardiola, who is playing Fernandinho at centre-back alongside Nicolas Otamendi, hasn't got the players.

Fernandinho is going to get found out eventually. For them not to go and buy someone when they own a country is an absolute joke. They should have three or four players in each position.

Pep Guardiola gives instructions to Fernandinho during the Premier League match vs Wolves Pep Guardiola gives instructions to Fernandinho during the Premier League match vs Wolves Pep Guardiola gives instructions to Fernandinho during the Premier League match vs Wolves

I don't want to say it's Liverpool's title to throw away because there's a long way to go. No-one has ever won the league in eight football matches, but if they keep on doing what they are doing, it's going to be hard for anybody else to catch them.

The players had the title snatched from them last year. It was taken away from them after Man City won 14 straight football matches and Vincent Kompany stuck one in the top corner from 30 yards. Liverpool know things can happen. This Manchester City team can get on a roll and reel off 10 on the trot so there's a long, long way to go.

Worrying times for Tottenham Mauricio Pochettino's side have lost their last two games by an aggregate score of 10-2 Mauricio Pochettino's side have lost their last two games by an aggregate score of 10-2 Mauricio Pochettino's side have lost their last two games by an aggregate score of 10-2

It's worrying times for Tottenham.

I was all for them the other day because when they lost 7-2, I didn't really see an awful lot wrong with that. I thought they got a lot of bad criticism for no reason because that game could've gone either way.

Spurs had good chances in the first half and they could've been three or four up at half-time. At 4-2 they were still in the game, but a mad five minutes really cost them. I backed them then because I thought it wasn't as bad as everybody was making out.

However, what happened on Saturday was an absolute joke. It was a worrying, worrying joke.

2:34 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Brighton's win over Tottenham in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Brighton's win over Tottenham in the Premier League

In football terms, to get brushed aside and blown away by Brighton was a disaster. It was as worrying as it gets on the football field.

People said to me after the Bayern game that Pochettino looked a bit calm. He was calm because he watched the game and it wasn't as bad as what it looked. Take the last few minutes away and it's 4-2. You'd sit back and think what a great game it was and that it could've gone either way. But the game against Brighton was a joke.

They should be extremely embarrassed. I think the last time Brighton scored three goals in a game I was at school!

Has Poch taken Spurs as far as he can?

It's worrying times for Pochettino.

As a manager you get to certain stages in your career and you can only take a team as far as you can take them. You can't take them any further. I'm not sure what's going on at Tottenham.

There are ways of losing football matches and that wasn't a good way to lose. If I was the manager, I'd sitting there on Sunday morning thinking, 'Are these players with me?'. You look at Stoke the other day when they went to Swansea.

Harry Kane looks dejected during Spurs' 3-0 defeat to Brighton Harry Kane looks dejected during Spurs' 3-0 defeat to Brighton Harry Kane looks dejected during Spurs' 3-0 defeat to Brighton

They were bottom of the league and couldn't win a game for toffee, but they busted a gut and got a result for their manager. I look at that and I think that those players are with the manager. They are not mugging that manager off and will run through a brick wall for him.

But when I look at that Tottenham team getting brushed aside, and I mean brushed aside, by Brighton, you'd have to ask serious questions.

No queue round the block if Ole goes

I feel sorry for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at United. He's in at the wrong time, you can't sell goals. Romelu Lukaku was their goalscorer, he might not chase the full-back but he puts the ball in the net. That's what it's all about. Who takes his job?

This is a lifetime job. You manage England, you manage Manchester United, they're the two. I wouldn't see a queue round the block because they're a million miles off. If you come in, you think 'where am I taking this team?'. This is a six, seven-hundred-million-pound job.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has led Manchester United to their worst league start in 30 years Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has led Manchester United to their worst league start in 30 years Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has led Manchester United to their worst league start in 30 years

A manager like Allegri would come in next summer, if you want to give them a chance you'd have to say £700m. I'd want seven players, and in this day and age you aren't buying any top-drawer players for anything under £70m.

You look at the twist with where Liverpool are to where Manchester United are compared to where Liverpool were six or seven years ago, and you say how did it get like this? How?

Liverpool have rebuilt, built a special team and United have gone the other way. I just don't know what's happened, I really don't. It's mindblowing, it's scary.

2:16 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights as Manchester United slip to another defeat at Newcastle FREE TO WATCH: Highlights as Manchester United slip to another defeat at Newcastle

You're watching them play Newcastle and thinking, an old Man Utd team, you'd expect Newcastle to be hanging on, the goalkeeper to have one of those special games but that wasn't the case at all. They had a little spell and that's it.

They're massive problems. The gap's massive. I'm judging Man Utd on winning PL titles, not getting top four, or top six. This is Manchester united. It's the biggest club in the world in my opinion. They're a million miles off. A million miles.

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Ben Woodburn loan progress halted after sustaining foot injury

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 15:07

Oxford’s on-loan Liverpool forward Ben Woodburn has been ruled out for three months with a fractured metatarsal.


The 19-year-old limped off early in United’s 2-2 draw at Accrington on Saturday.

“It’s such bad luck for Ben because he has been showing everyone what a good player he is, and now he’ll be out for 12 weeks or so,” manager Karl Robinson told oufc.co.uk.

“He came in today with a cast on his ankle and foot and we had a chat; he is a great lad and will listen to the advice and he is determined to keep doing what he can and come back fitter and stronger than ever.

“It is now up to other players to show what they can do in his absence.”


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How to watch Liverpool FC’s internationals on TV in October

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 14:38

Liverpool face a two-week wait for their next game due to the international break—but you can still watch plenty of the Reds’ stars in action.


It’s Manchester United at Old Trafford next up for Jurgen Klopp‘s squad, so the boss will be keeping his fingers crossed that all his players return fit for duty in a couple of weeks’ time.

During the intervening period, 28 Liverpool players will be off representing their respective national teams.

There are Euro 2020 qualifiers, prestige friendlies and long-haul flights to account for, and many of the games will be viewable for supporters to watch the progress of the international Reds.

Here’s how to watch each game on TV in October.

Fixtures and TV Info

England's Trent Alexander-Arnold during the FIFA World Cup Group G match at Kaliningrad Stadium - Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/PA Images

Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold (England)
– Czech Republic (A), Euro 2020 qualifier – Friday, Oct 11 – 7.45pm – ITV1
– Bulgaria (A), Euro 2020 qualifier – Monday, Oct 14 – 7.45pm – ITV1

Fabinho, Roberto Firmino (Brazil)
– Senegal (N), Friendly – Thursday, Oct 10 – 1pm – LFCTV
– Nigeria (N), Friendly – Sunday, Oct 13 – 1pm – Not on UK TV

Gini Wijnaldum, Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands)
– Northern Ireland (H), Euro 2020 qualifier – Thursday, Oct 10 – 7.45pm – Sky Sports Main Event
– Belarus (A), Euro 2020 qualifier – Sunday, Oct 13 – 5pm – Sky Sports Premier League

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Andy Robertson (Scotland)
– Russia (A), Euro 2020 qualifier – Thursday, Oct 10 – 7.45pm – Sky Sports Football
– San Marino (H), Euro 2020 qualifier – Sunday, Oct 13 – 5pm – Sky Sports Football/Main Event

Divock Origi (Belgium)
– San Marino (H), Euro 2020 qualifier – Thursday, Oct 10 – 7.45pm – Sky Sports Red Button
– Kazakhstan (A), Euro 2020 qualifier – Sunday, Oct 13 – 2pm – Sky Sports Football/Main Event

 Croatia's Dejan Lovren lines-up before an international friendly between Brazil and Croatia at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Dejan Lovren (Croatia)
– Hungary (H), Euro 2020 qualifier – Thursday, Oct 10 – 7.45pm – Sky Sports Red Button
– Wales (A), Euro 2020 qualifier – Sunday, Oct 13 – 7.45pm – S4C, Sky Sports Football/Main Event

Sadio Mane (Senegal)
– Brazil (N), Friendly – Thursday, Oct 10 – 1pm – LFCTV

Harry Wilson (Wales)
– Slovakia (A), Euro 2020 qualifier – Thursday, Oct 10 – 7:45pm – S4C, Sky Sports Premier League
– Croatia (H), Euro 2020 qualifier – Sunday, Oct 13 – 7:45pm – S4C, Sky Sports Football/Main Event

Liam Millar (Canada)
– USA (H), CONCACAF Nations League – Wednesday, Oct 16 – 12.30am – Not on UK TV

Allan Rodrigues (Brazil U23)
– Venezuela (H), Friendly – Friday, Oct 11 – 12.30am – Not on UK TV
– Japan (H), Friendly – Monday, Oct 14 – 9pm – Not on UK TV

 Wales' Ben Woodburn during the international friendly match between Wales and Panama at the Cardiff City Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ben Woodburn (Wales U21)
– Moldova (A), U21 Championship qualifier – Friday, Oct 11 – 3pm – Not on UK TV

Rhian Brewster (England U21)
– Slovenia (A), Friendly – Friday, Oct 11 – 5pm – Not on UK TV
– Austria (H), U21 Championship qualifier – Tuesday, Oct 15 – 7.45pm – BT Sport 1

Caoimhin Kelleher (Ireland U21)
– Italy (H), U21 Championship qualifier – Thursday, Oct 10 – 8.05pm – Not on UK TV
– Iceland (A), U21 Championship qualifier – Tuesday, Oct 15 – 4pm – Not on UK TV

Kamil Grabara (Poland U21)
– Russia (A), U21 Championship qualifier – Friday, Oct 11 – 3pm – Not on UK TV
– Serbia (H), U21 Championship qualifier – Tuesday, Oct 15 – 5pm – Not on UK TV

 Liverpool's Curtis Jones during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Curtis Jones, Rhys Williams (England U19)
– France (H), Friendly – Wednesday, Oct 9 – 4pm – Not on UK TV
– Belgium (A), Friendly – Saturday, Oct 12 – 3pm – Not on UK TV

Morgan Boyes, Neco Williams (Wales U19)
– Austria (H), Friendly – Friday, Oct 11 – 3pm – Not on UK TV
– Austria (H), Friendly – Monday, Oct 14 – 12pm – Not on UK TV

Sepp van den Berg (Netherlands U19)
– Moldova (N), U19 Championship qualifier – Tuesday, Oct 8 – 12pm – Not on UK TV
– Latvia (A), U19 Championship qualifier – Friday, Oct 11 – 4pm – Not on UK TV
– Israel (N), U19 Championship qualifier – Monday, Oct 14 – 12pm – Not on UK TV

Ki-Jana Hoever (Netherlands U18)
– Belgium (H), Friendly – Friday, Oct 11 – n/a – Not on UK TV

Harvey Elliott, James Norris, James Balagizi (England U17)
– Germany (N), Friendly – Thursday, Oct 10 – 4pm – Not on UK TV
– Germany (N), Friendly – Saturday, Oct 12 – 4pm – Not on UK TV
– Spain (A), Friendly – Monday, Oct 14 – 11am – Not on UK TV

Keelan Williams (Wales U17)
– Slovenia (N), U17 Championship qualifier – Wednesday, Oct 9 – 3pm – Not on UK TV
– Netherlands (A), U17 Championship qualifier – Saturday, Oct 12 – 3pm – Not on UK TV
– Kosovo (N), U17 Championship qualifier – Tuesday, Oct 15 – 6pm – Not on UK TV

* All times BST, TV info based on UK schedule, subject to change.

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LFC Foundation and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine return to Malawi

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 12:48

The LFC Foundation headed back to Malawi last month to deliver the final stage of the Health Goals Malawi project alongside the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM).

The joint project, which was launched in 2017, delivers sports-based public engagement activities in Malawi, which allow young people to access health services and education focused on HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Using the power of the LFC badge and the wider appeal of football, the programme engages with local youngsters – in particular, males aged 14-22, who are least likely to access health education and services such as self-testing and treatment plans.

In Malawi, the number of people living with HIV is one of the highest in the world and young people account for 50 per cent of new infections, with incidences highest among 15 to 17-year-olds.

Knowledge around prevention and transmission of disease is essential among young people, who often have low levels of awareness and are therefore more likely to contract HIV or be living with it unknowingly.

Matt Parish, director of the LFC Foundation, said: “We were delighted to head back to Malawi once again to deliver this fantastic project.

“The programme has built an amazing platform for health education in Chikwawa and has ensured sustainability through the training and development of local coaches.

“Working with LSTM and the local coaches out in Malawi has allowed us to engage with such a hard to reach group and we’ve been able to make a real difference to the health and life chances of hundreds of young people in the area.”

Across the week, LFC Foundation coaches and LSTM staff delivered seven community outreach sessions throughout the Chikwawa region, with over 600 young people taking part.

25 local community coaches, who were trained by FA Malawi and LFC Foundation back in June, worked alongside LFC Foundation staff to lead carousels of activities including football training and HIV education.

LFC Foundation staff provided feedback, hints and tips to build on the community coaches’ skills and continue their aim of becoming genuine role models in the local community.

The week-long programme of activities culminated in the MLW Kafukufuku Festival in Chikwawa, where LFC Foundation coaches led football education sessions alongside HIV education messages.

All participants were taught how to use a HIV self-test kit and shown a demonstration video featuring Sadio Mane, with those who were old enough given a self-test kit to take home.

In total, over 1,000 HIV self-test kits were distributed to participants and amongst the 5,000-strong crowd, who gathered to watch a Health Goals Malawi squad take on Blantyre-based team, Wizards FC, in the final of the MLW Kafukufuku tournament.

Local coach, Frank Chilongo, said: “The Health Goals Malawi project has not only increased knowledge of HIV amongst young people, but it has also broken down the fear of getting tested for HIV.

“Now, if you finish a session without telling the participants any health messages – they are going to ask you, ‘Coach, are you not going to tell us a health message?’ It’s because they are enjoying it, so it’s great for us.”

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LFC Foundation and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine return to Malawi

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 12:48
The LFC Foundation headed back to Malawi last month to deliver the final stage of the Health Goals Malawi project alongside the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM).
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Watch 50 Premier League goals, smiles & celebrations as Sadio Mane hits milestone

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 12:24

Sadio Mane reached the milestone of 50 Premier League goals for Liverpool at the weekend—and you can watch each one back here in a brilliant video montage.

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A fine run and finish from the inside-left channel was pretty much vintage Mane, and his strike helped the Reds beat Leicester and go eight points clear at the top of the table.

It also meant he became just the tenth player to reach that 50-marker in the Premier League era for the Reds, with a goals-to-games ratio of one every other appearance, a quite superb show of consistency considering he’s not a centre-forward.

Mane already has five for the season in league play and, of course, jointly won the Golden Boot last season alongside team-mate Mo Salah and Arsenal‘s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

He’s still improving and becoming more consistent in front of goal, too—a scary prospect for the rest of the league.

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane (R) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mate Roberto Firmino (L) during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Mane’s 50 goals for Liverpool contains plenty of memorable strikes: from his maiden solo effort against Arsenal, to a real thunderbolt effort against Burnley and a fearsome hit against Man City.

There’s massive variance in his goals, too.

Headed efforts come with impressive regularity, he has plenty of close-range strikes thanks to his penchant for following up chances and getting himself in the six-yard box, and he’s often on hand when the Reds need him most.

A last-minute winner at Goodison Park, another against Crystal Palace and a chest-and-volley effort against Man United will also live long in the memory—as will a cheeky backheeled goal against Watford.

Liverpool’s No. 10 is one of the finest players on the planet right now; 50 goals down in the league, but plenty more still to come.

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Pressure on Liverpool now?

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 11:59
Adam Bate

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Watch the Red Rivalry as Manchester United host Liverpool next up in the Premier League on Sunday October 20 from 3pm on Sky Sports Premier League; Kick-off 4.30pm.

Last Updated: 07/10/19 4:22pm

Liverpool are 30 games away from ending a 30-year wait. What can go wrong between now and May for Jurgen Klopp's side? Adam Bate poses the question after their 17th straight victory...

Jurgen Klopp had praised just about everyone. There was a word for the "exceptional" Sadio Mane and, upon request, another short monologue on the qualities of the other scorer against Leicester, James Milner. The Liverpool manager mentioned the positivity of the Anfield crowd and the insatiable appetite of his players. Then came the briefest of pauses and the flash of a smile.

"But 30 games still to come."

He's right, of course. And yet, what if? What if Liverpool can negotiate those next 30 games in anything like the manner that they have the last 30 games? His side have won 25 of those. In fact, Liverpool have won 32 of their last 37 games, including each of the last 17. They have been beaten just once in 47 attempts. Dropped only 11 points in their last 37.

The lead is already eight points as it is, meaning that the destination of the Premier League title is now technically out of Manchester City's hands. The reigning champions could beat Liverpool twice and still not catch them. If Klopp gets those two games right then the title will surely be coming back to Anfield. Thirty games away from ending a 30-year wait.

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That is the mathematics of it all but there are other reasons for optimism too. Liverpool are consistent. There have not been the same highs this season but they have cut out the lows. They have become a relentless winning machine, doing enough time and time again. It is a habit and it is a good one. There is confidence. No panic when things do go against them.

There is comfort too in the knowledge that Liverpool came through the test of last season's title race even if they did not come out with the trophy. Seven times in the final eight games they won to move back top. They did it under pressure. Now the challenge will be to do it again and maintain the pressure on a Manchester City showing rare signs of weakness.

What can go wrong?

Manchester City's defeat to Wolves on Sunday will have been greeted with almost as much excitement as Milner's late winner against Leicester the previous afternoon. The result will have been the chief source of satisfaction, of course, but so too will have been the latest evidence that the irresistible force can in fact be resisted. If it bleeds, we can kill it.

The accepted wisdom is that it is City with the greater squad depth but that theory is being tested. The departure of Vincent Kompany followed by injuries to Aymeric Laporte and John Stones has left Pep Guardiola short in the centre of defence. Fernandinho has had to switch position. Nicolas Otamendi has been called upon and looks less than reliable.

It is all good news for Liverpool but much like the old cricket adage about adding two wickets to the score and considering how the situation would appear then, it would be wise to wonder where Klopp's team would be without some of their key performers. They have shown they can cope without Alisson. Could they do it without Virgil van Dijk?

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Nobody is under any illusions about the importance of Van Dijk but Liverpool supporters will have been encouraged by the efforts of Dejan Lovren alongside him against Leicester. Now seemingly the fourth-choice centre-back option, the Croatian produced some booming headers and did well to cut out one James Maddison pass to Jamie Vardy.

Klopp said afterwards that he had never seen any team defend better against the Leicester striker and Lovren's performance will inspire belief that the depth at the back is there. An injury to Andrew Robertson could prove more costly but the hope is that in Milner, another senior man, they have the individuals in the squad to manage Liverpool through it.

Can the same be said further forwards? It was Divock Origi and Adam Lallana in support of Mane at the death against Leicester and the back-up options showed that being without Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah need not prevent Liverpool from turning a game in their favour. But it would be a concern to be without their best players for a longer period.

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Their indefatigability has been a big factor in Liverpool's success. Klopp has been able to start with at least two of the front three in 49 of the last 51 Premier League games. The other two, away to Huddersfield and Burnley last season, were both won - but the latter came only after Firmino and Salah came off the bench to help. They will need to stay fit.

But those are hypothetical concerns for now. Stay fit. Stay focused. This is there for Liverpool. That's why Klopp declared himself "not fussed" about this winning run. What matters to him is that his players maintain the right attitude. He knows that they cannot win every time. But he knows that if they do that then they might just win enough of the time.

Theirs to lose? Who knows what that phrase even means. Theirs to win. Most definitely. It is the mentality that Klopp has fostered among this Liverpool squad and there are no indications that will change. There will be tests to come, twists and turns. But there will be no complacency. Thirty games still to come. It is Manchester United at Old Trafford next.

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Loan watch: Grujic impresses for Hertha and Ojo's Rangers go top

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 11:30

Marko Grujic shone for Hertha BSC on Friday night in their 3-1 come-from-behind victory over Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Grujic played the entirety of the Bundesliga affair as his side went a goal down before striking three without reply.

The midfielder drew plaudits for his performance that saw him make 61 passes, win 10 duels and complete all five of his dribbles.

It was also a successful weekend for Sheyi Ojo, who played 73 minutes of Rangers' 5-0 win over Hamilton Academical.

That result sent Steven Gerrard's team to the summit of the Scottish Premiership as they now sit two points clear of Celtic.

Staying in Scotland, striker Liam Millar started for Kilmarnock in their 1-0 win over Hearts on Saturday.

Meanwhile, goalkeepers Kamil Grabara, Loris Karius and Shamal George all kept clean sheets in victories for their respective teams.

Grabara helped Huddersfield Town beat Hull City 3-0 in the Championship, while Karius' Besiktas picked up a 2-0 win over Alanyaspor on Sunday. George's Marine beat Mossley 6-0.

But there were defeats for both Harry Wilson and Ovie Ejaria. Wilson played 79 minutes of Bournemouth's 1-0 defeat against Arsenal as Ejaria and Reading suffered the same result at Bristol City.

Ben Woodburn picked up an ankle injury in the opening stages of Oxford United's 2-2 draw with Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

“It’s quite swollen on the left ankle," manager Karl Robinson said afterwards. "You just hope it’s not bad where it’s three or four weeks, which is my worry right now.”

Nathaniel Phillips' Stuttgart suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Wehen Wiesbaden, but Allan Rodrigues de Souza played all of Fluminense's 1-0 win over Botafogo overnight.

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Loan watch: Grujic impresses for Hertha and Ojo's Rangers go top

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 11:30
Marko Grujic shone for Hertha BSC on Friday night in their 3-1 come-from-behind victory over Fortuna Dusseldorf.
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Joel Matip named PFA Player of the Month for September

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 10:59

Joel Matip has been named as the PFA Premier League Player of the Month for September.

The Liverpool defender pipped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth), Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez to the prize following an online vote.

Matip played in all three of the Reds’ top-flight fixtures during September to help maintain the 100 per cent start to the season as Newcastle United, Chelsea and Sheffield United were defeated by Jürgen Klopp’s side.

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