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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.
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Liverpool boost after Mohamed Salah scan results confirmed

HEAD NEWS - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 10:24

Mohamed Salah has escaped serious injury after limping out of Liverpool's dramatic win over Leicester City on Saturday.

Salah was forced off during the closing moments after being caught on the left ankle by a challenge from Leicester substitute Hamza Choudhury.

The Egyptian has subsequently undergone scans on the damage with the Reds having waited for the injury to settle.

And it has emerged the forward did not sustain any major issue as a result of the tackle, which only earned Choudhury a yellow card.

Salah suffered a twisted ankle in the challenge, and while there is no timescale set on his return, Liverpool are hopeful there is no long-term damage.

With the international break having now started, the Reds are not in action again until the trip to Manchester United on October 20.

Salah has not yet been ruled in or out of that fixture, with it being too early in healing process for the medical staff to make a decision.

The player will continue his rehabilitation having already been excluded from national team duty for Egypt this month.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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Liverpool boost after Mohamed Salah scan results confirmed

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 10:24

Mohamed Salah has escaped serious injury after limping out of Liverpool's dramatic win over Leicester City on Saturday.

Salah was forced off during the closing moments after being caught on the left ankle by a challenge from Leicester substitute Hamza Choudhury.

The Egyptian has subsequently undergone scans on the damage with the Reds having waited for the injury to settle.

And it has emerged the forward did not sustain any major issue as a result of the tackle, which only earned Choudhury a yellow card.

Salah suffered a twisted ankle in the challenge, and while there is no timescale set on his return, Liverpool are hopeful there is no long-term damage.

With the international break having now started, the Reds are not in action again until the trip to Manchester United on October 20.

Salah has not yet been ruled in or out of that fixture, with it being too early in healing process for the medical staff to make a decision.

The player will continue his rehabilitation having already been excluded from national team duty for Egypt this month.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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Liverpool boost after Mohamed Salah scan results confirmed

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 10:24
Mohamed Salah has escaped serious injury after limping out of Liverpool's dramatic win over Leicester City on Saturday.
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'Practice paid off for Dixon-Bonner, I’m really pleased with him'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 10:20

Neil Critchley reserved special praise for Elijah Dixon-Bonner after the 18-year-old midfielder netted twice for Liverpool U23s during the 3-2 win over Wigan Athletic in the Premier League Cup on Sunday.

With Curtis Jones given a rest on the bench ahead of international duty with England U19s, the former Arsenal youngster was handed the captain’s armband.

After the game Critchley revealed Dixon-Bonner had been doing extra work in training on his finishing in the build-up to Sunday.

Dixon-Bonner slotted two superb goals and 16-year-old Tom Hill was also on the mark in his debut at U23 level.

Critchley was also able to call upon the likes of Harvey Elliott and Caoimhin Kelleher, who were both on the first-team bench 24 hours earlier.

Read on for Critchley’s thoughts on a lively encounter at the Kirkby Academy…

On a hard-fought victory…

We made hard work of it in the end. I thought some of our football in the first half was outstanding. We scored three good goals and created a number of other opportunities as well. We started off well in the second half and we knew the next goal in the game would be vital. We had a couple of opportunities to make it 4-1 and didn’t, and when they got their second goal the momentum was with them. They threw a lot of men forward and we didn’t always cope with the physical side of the game well enough and we didn’t finish the game off at the other end of the field, which we could have done. I wouldn’t say we were left hanging on but you know with the bodies they had in the box the ball only needs to drop to someone once. That doesn’t take away some of the real positives we had in our performance, but I think we could have battled better as a team and saw the game out better when we needed to.

On captain for the day Dixon-Bonner netting twice…

Two really good goals. 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. His second goal was a really good finish and he got in well for the first goal. I was really delighted with his contribution and if he can add more goals to his game on a regular basis then people will start to take more notice of him I think. He is showing the willingness to keep getting in the box. He’s played a lot of games for us this season and he has maybe looked slightly jaded in some of the games towards the second half, which is understandable. It’s also a good thing for him to go through that and keep him on the pitch because he needs to find a way of still contributing while he’s tired and he needs to make sure he understands how to play the game when he’s not always 100 per cent. I was really pleased with him today.

On Wigan proving a real handful in the second half…

It’s a cup competition and at 3-2 they had nothing to lose. They overloaded the backline and played forward quickly and we found it difficult to deal with. We didn’t handle those situations well enough or manage the game well enough. It is something we have spoken about after the game because we didn’t do the ugly side of the game enough. These boys now at this age need to know those parts of the game are really valued by managers. If you are going to have a career in football you have to do that side of the game. That’s valued just as much as your technical quality and intelligence on the ball, and we don’t do those well enough all of the time.

On the display of 16-year-old Elliott…

Harvey showed his real ability in the first half I thought. He had some lovely moments, 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. What I love about him is just his appetite and his enthusiasm to play football. He was desperate to play in this game even though he was on the first team bench the day before. He loves playing the game and you can see that with the way he plays, he is infectious. We have been really impressed with him as a person as well as a footballer since he has been here and so have the first-team staff - and that’s why they included him against Leicester.

On the international break and Melwood training opportunities for the young players…

That tends to be the way. Some of our boys will now go off [on international duty] and some of them didn’t play today with the games they have got coming up, so it was a bit of a changed team today. It was a great opportunity for some of the other boys to play. Those boys away on international duty will hopefully have a good time and come back injury-free and our boys will get the chance to train at Melwood with some of the other players. That is a great experience for us to look forward to as well.

On a great weekend for the club with a hat-trick of wins for the first team, U23s and the U18s…

It’s nice to win games. The first team is the most important result and that was a fantastic win. With the U18s and U23s, it’s always nice to win games but it’s more important that the boys are developing and playing well, and the performances are there. I think Barry [Lewtas] and myself would say that for large periods of both games we have had that over the weekend.

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'Practice paid off for Dixon-Bonner, I’m really pleased with him'

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 10:20
Neil Critchley reserved special praise for Elijah Dixon-Bonner after the 18-year-old midfielder netted twice for Liverpool U23s during the 3-2 win over Wigan Athletic in the Premier League Cup on Sunday.
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Free video: Watch Sadio Mane's 50 PL goals for Liverpool

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 10:00

Sadio Mane scored his 50th Premier League goal for Liverpool during Saturday's 2-1 win over Leicester City - watch the No.10's half-century in its entirety in our free compilation clip.

A clinical Kop-end finish saw the Senegalese star reach the landmark on the occasion of his 100th top-flight appearance for the Reds.

Enjoy Mane's complete catalogue of Premier League strikes for the club in the video below...

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Free video: Watch Sadio Mane's 50 PL goals for Liverpool

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 10:00
Sadio Mane scored his 50th Premier League goal for Liverpool during Saturday's 2-1 win over Leicester City - watch the No.10's half-century in its entirety in our free compilation clip.
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Hillsborough retrial to begin

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 08:00

The retrial of David Duckenfield, the match commander on the day of the Hillsborough disaster, will begin at Preston Crown Court today.

Duckenfield is charged with gross negligence manslaughter in relation to the deaths of 95 of the 96 supporters who lost their lives as a result of the tragedy on April 15, 1989.

Due to the law in 1989, the former chief superintendent has not been charged with the manslaughter of Tony Bland, because he died more than a year and a day after the disaster occurred.

Duckenfield’s original trial concluded in April this year, when a jury failed to reach a verdict after eight days of deliberations.

In June, Sir Peter Openshaw granted the Crown Prosecution Service’s application for a retrial, which is now set to start in Preston.

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Hillsborough retrial to begin

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 08:00
The retrial of David Duckenfield, the match commander on the day of the Hillsborough disaster, will begin at Preston Crown Court today.
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Jürgen Klopp hails the unique and 'exceptional' James Milner

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 07:00

Jürgen Klopp feels he has a unique footballer at his disposal in the form of James Milner.

Liverpool’s Premier League winning streak extended to eight games this season and 17 overall thanks to a nerveless 94th-minute penalty by their vice-captain on Saturday.

Having earlier provided a classy assist for Sadio Mane’s opener, Milner converted from the spot deep into stoppage time to secure a dramatic 2-1 victory over Leicester City at Anfield.

It was put to Klopp post-match that there is no other player like his No.7, and the boss told Liverpoolfc.com: “No, that’s why he has [played] like 7,680 Premier League games!

“That’s true [that he’s unique]. Exceptional, exceptional. It just sets the benchmark, that you’re 33 and doing things like this. Obviously age is no issue.”

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Milner’s late intervention ensured the Reds head into the October international break with their perfect 2019-20 top-flight record intact, and Klopp asserted that his side deserved to edge out an opponent he expects to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

The manager continued: “This one [win] alone feels already big enough, to be honest, because of how difficult this league is [and] how difficult the life of an LFC player is.

“I think Leicester at the end of the season will be in the top four and then they will realise how different it is when you play Wednesday, Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday. The quality they have is already good and we all know Brendan, what a sensational manager he is and what he’s doing with them. 

“So it was difficult, but for 60 minutes we were the clear better side. We played really good football, we forced ourselves for a proper performance, to be honest, but with a little problem: we only scored once. 

“That was really nice but each goal you can score as long as the tank is full obviously helps massively and we scored once. They came up, not with chance after chance but just with more possession. We couldn’t do the things anymore which we could before because of the dropping energy level, obviously. 

“We made the changes but then they score their one goal. I can’t remember a lot of chances [for Leicester], to be honest, they had one in the first half but it was offside when Adrian made a sensational save but this ball goes in and we have to accept that.

“But then I think there was again only one team who wanted to win the game, really. I’m not sure when Robbo’s big chance was when Kasper Schmeichel made a really good save, but I know the counter-attack, when Mo did really, really well - Soyuncu played a super game against him but here he kept the ball, came inside and the other guy knocked him down in a manner I really struggle with accepting, to be honest. 

“But it would have been a brilliant chance and then we have the chance around the penalty where we were in the box and really fighting for these situations, we had the sensational corner - short pass, Trent to Robbo, Robbo’s cross and Virg completely free, he usually uses a situation like that. 

“So, if you score in the 95th minute with a penalty everybody would say that’s lucky but over the full game we had more chances, we were the better team, so I’m really happy about that.”

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Jürgen Klopp hails the unique and 'exceptional' James Milner

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 07:00
Jürgen Klopp feels he has a unique footballer at his disposal in the form of James Milner.
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From Anfield to the Etihad: Contrasting emotions and differing styles in title race

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 10/06/2019 - 23:48

A potentially defining weekend in the title race, even if we are only eight games in. James Nalton was at Anfield on Saturday and the Etihad on Sunday to witness very differing emotions.


Some Liverpool fans will have missed James Milner’s game-winning penalty against Leicester. Fans around the ground had begun to filter out around five minutes after James Maddison’s 80th minute equaliser, and many were stood in the exits as Anfield waited for VAR to confirm the penalty.

Beating the crowds, beating the rush, missing the traffic, but missing the winning goal. A goal which has Liverpool eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table with eight games played…

The majority who stayed in the stadium witnessed one of those potentially (after all, only eight games have been played) season-defining moments

After the game, Brendan Rodgers described Anfield as “one of the most difficult stadiums in Europe, in terms of momentum,” and the performance was deemed significant enough for Jurgen Klopp to release a few fist pumps in front of the Kop for the first time since those memorable games towards the end of last season.

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The noise in Anfield towards the end of the game was deafening as Leicester pushed for a second equaliser in the dying seconds, so much so that the final whistle couldn’t be heard.

Then, as Andy Robertson bumped into Ayoze Perez during his celebrations, tempers flared on the pitch which further increased the atmosphere on it. Liverpool may win the league this season, they may not, but that there is a chance for it to happen is already creating an air of excitement around the old stadium.

Meanwhile, at the Etihad on Sunday, fans also headed for the exits during the last ten minutes after Adama Traore scored the goal to put Wolves 1-0 up, again on the 80th minute.

Some fans in Tunnel Club, City’s premium seating which offers “backstage access to world-class football,” had had enough.

But they didn’t miss a dramatic turnaround or resilient comeback, they just missed another Traore goal which made the final score 2-0 to Wolves.

Like Klopp, Pep Guardiola has tried to call upon the home fans for support in times of need, but it doesn’t quite have the same effect.

 Liverpool's Manager J¸rgen Klopp and Manchester City's Manager Manager Pep Guardiola after the FA Premier League match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by Gavin Trafford/Propaganda)

The German recently commented with a hint of envy on Guardiola’s refined style on the touchline.

“Pep is lively, he looks better when he’s shouting,” Klopp told FourFourTwo.

“Pep always looks perfect – body, clothes, everything is perfect. When I shout, I look like a serial killer.”

But you get the impression that Guardiola might also be envious of Klopp’s rabble-rousing, which he does so well in front of the Main Stand, and directly to the rest of the Liverpool fans in almost every press conference.

“The stadium atmosphere was brilliant, 1-1 and then everything was positive in the stadium, that’s just so helpful,” Klopp said after this weekend’s win.

“It was all over a really good performance of the whole Liverpool family.”

After Maddison had equalised at Anfield, the Kop responded with support. At the Etihad there were groans in most sections of the ground as Wolves took the lead.

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This type of behaviour doesn’t just happen at Man City, and has previously happened at Liverpool, and it doesn’t apply to all City fans. There are a handful of the Etihad support, especially either side of the away fans, who are more reminiscent of the City support of old.

More jovial, enjoying the ride, and grateful for what this team has brought them so far, which was beyond their wildest dreams at the turn of the century when they were in the second tier of English football.

These groups managed to infect the rest of the stadium for the Champions League quarter-final against Spurs last season, but overall the Etihad doesn’t feel like the cauldron Anfield can when it’s at its best.

Few stadiums do, to be fair. Liverpool’s travels have taken them to atmospheric grounds such as Napoli’s San Paolo and Red Star Belgrade’s Rajko Mitic Stadium, and some of this has rubbed off on the Liverpool support.

This support is now enjoying being top of the Premier League. There is already talk of throwing away leads, slip ups, and bottling it, but these moments are there to be enjoyed, and rather than worrying about possible failure, most Liverpool fans are enjoying the moment.

If they aren’t Klopp will try to make sure they do.

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates the winning second goal, an injury time penalty, during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Guardiola is facing one of his toughest tests at City to date, although talk of his squad being thin is difficult to take seriously when he has Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus, Phil Foden, and regular left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko on the bench.

After the defeat to Wolves, he said he is concentrating on making sure his side are able to win this type of game in the future, rather than looking at the eight points they need to recover if they are to catch Liverpool.

In this sense, he is a very pragmatic manager and will deal with problems in front of him which he and his players have the power to change, rather than worry about things which are out of their control.

“It’s a lot of points, they’ve not dropped points,” he said after the game.

“We face many teams defending in deep systems. More or less we have found a way to do it, but today we had a problem. We need to think about that, rather than a team who is eight points in front.”

One interesting thing to note is that, in Pep Confidential, one of Marti Perarnau’s insightful books about the Man City manager which covers his first season at Bayern, Guardiola is quoted as saying: “league titles are won in the last eight games, but they are lost in the first eight.”

Will he think this particular title is lost? Probably not, as his side lost four games last season, and given the strength of their squad they could realistically believe they won’t lose more than two for the remainder of the campaign.

Liverpool only lost once last season and still finished second, but one thing they have already done is proven that they can challenge City again, something many thought they wouldn’t be able to.

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Liverpool FC: Brendan Rodgers’ return and the Reds hold their nerve

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 10/06/2019 - 18:00

After another win kept Liverpool’s 100 per cent record up, Steven Scragg considers the key characters from the game and the return of Brendan Rodgers.


‘Random fixture list quirks,’ eh?

Who’d have possibly thought that we’d be thrown together with Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City side, within such close proximity to the fourth anniversary of his departure from Anfield?

Surprising

 Leicester City's Ayoze Pérez clashes with Liverpool's James Milner and Adam Lallana at the final whistle during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

More surprising was that neither Sky or BT Sport opted to take this one on as a live televised game.

An unusual 3pm kick-off on a Saturday afternoon it was, then. Drama, sub-plots and intrigue raged in this one.

Three more points were collected and weekends were ruined all over the country; not only by Liverpool winning but by the belated manner and the means by which James Milner decided the final outcome.

Used to the concept that Jurgen Klopp and his team live rent-free in the heads of rival teams and their supporters, the Liverpool manager was up against his landlord on Saturday.

The biggest question mark, for me, about the arrangement of Klopp living under Rodgers’ roof is whether or not that big mad portrait Rodgers had of himself is still on the wall of Klopp’s rented abode.

Rodgers is a complex conundrum.

2013/14 was an incredible effort by him, that almost took us to the Premier League title with a squad that wasn’t really built for the mission. An intoxicating core of fine players, but an utter lack of strength in depth. Wondrous football was played, and belief returned to the club.

 Leicester City's manager Brendan Rodgers during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

What surrounded that remarkable campaign was general underachievement, however. By the time he was sacked, the squad that Rodgers handed on to Klopp was arguably a worse one than the squad that he had, in turn, inherited from Kenny Dalglish.

Part inspirational coach, part PT Barnum. Rodgers was startlingly good at self-promotion. To an eager audience, he was hypnotic while on the crest of a wave yet jarring when the club was stuttering.

It was always going to be interesting to see which version of Rodgers would roll back into Anfield, for the first time since he was ushered to the exit door four years ago. He emerged before kick-off with an almost sheepish set of applause for all four sides of the ground, which was reciprocated.

In such circumstances as Rodgers’ return to Anfield, the Liverpool support would have bided their time for a 3-0 lead before singing his name.

The issue with this was that Rodgers is actually a very good coach. He isn’t the ‘chancer’ some make him out to be. Liverpool weren’t going to be winning this one by a cavernous scoreline, thus the singing of Rodgers’ name was never going to be happening.

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Liverpool's James Milner (left) celebrates scoring a penalty vs. Leicester (Peter Byrne/PA Wire)

We can breathe a sigh of relief that we have navigated our way past this reunion and remain a touch uneasy that we are still to travel to the King Power Stadium later in the season.

We can also be hopeful that Leicester will be in a similarly combative mood when they play other top six teams this season. They might even be a top-six side themselves this season.

Something which seemed to fall under the radar of a late winning goal, and the grumblings of ex-England internationals on Match of the Day, was just how abrasive Leicester’s general approach to the game was. They accumulated four yellow cards and could arguably have ended the game with nine players.

 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)

Much was made of the Hamza Choudhury foul by Klopp. It was a coming together with Mohamed Salah that was widely excused in some quarters.

It was a reckless challenge, it was heavy in its nature, it came from the side and was aimed at a player who was moving at speed, while Choudhury was also massively short of the ball. It was the latest in a series of targeted tackles on Salah that provoked the referee to reach for his pocket.

Choudhury might have only made contact with Salah with his thigh, but as part of the bigger picture of Leicester’s premeditated attempts to subjugate Salah and how far the Leicester player was from the ball, then a red would have been wholly applicable.

We wait to see how serious Salah’s injury may yet be.

Oh Mane Mane

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

If a similar approach to the one deployed on Salah was in operation for Sadio Mane however, then Leicester spent the majority of the game chasing his shadow.

Always a danger going forward and like a heat-seeking missile when tracking back, Mane was at times a more effective right-back than Trent Alexander-Arnold on Saturday.

A wonderful finish for 1-0 when getting on the end of that incredible ball from Milner; winner of the penalty that won us the game—Mane is the best player in the country right now.

In the wake of our Champions League eccentricities against Salzburg, I’d asked for minimal changes to be made to the line-up for the visit of Leicester, bar the return of Joel Matip if fit, and run out for Naby Keita.

Alterations were made to the positions I suggested, but the in-comers came from left-field. While Milner made degrees of sense, after his calming influence against Salzburg last Wednesday, nobody really saw Dejan Lovren as an option.

 Liverpool's Dejan Lovren during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The pre-match sharp intake of breath about Lovren gave way to a collective pat on the back for his performance.

People forget that Lovren is a good defender technically. What he tends to be guilty of at times is lapses in concentration. In this one, when handed a rare Premier League outing, he was fully focused and played extremely well.

In the case of Milner, he was at his empirical best.

The underlying vibe about Milner is that, collectively, Liverpool fans predominantly think we can do better than him. Personally, I’d rather he be a Liverpool player than not be a Liverpool player. He was coolness personified in stoppage time. I wouldn’t want anybody else taking charge of that match-winning moment.

Eight is the magic number

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates in front of the Spion Kop after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Eight wins out of eight, we head into the latest international break with a trip to Old Trafford looming on the other side.

We shouldn’t fear this and as long as we own the occasion then we will win it.

Up the table-topping Reds.

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Match report: LFC U23s beat Wigan in Premier League Cup

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 10/06/2019 - 17:06

Liverpool U23s began their Premier League Cup campaign with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Wigan Athletic.

A superb double from Elijah Dixon-Bonner - captain for the day with Curtis Jones rested ahead of a busy schedule with England U19s - put the young Reds in command inside the opening 15 minutes of Sunday’s Group F match at the Academy. 

Joe Gelhardt quickly halved the Latics’ deficit, but 16-year-old Tom Hill marked an impressive U23s debut with a goal to ensure Liverpool went in at the break 3-1 up.

Neil Critchley’s team came under pressure in the early stages of the second period, and Gelhardt rammed in his second of the game in the 58th minute.

Wigan spent much of the remainder in the ascendancy, with Caoimhin Kelleher needing to produce a stunning save to deny Joe Piggott an equaliser, but Liverpool’s resilience enabled them to hold on to all three points.

Just eight minutes had elapsed when Dixon-Bonner opened the scoring in stylish fashion.

Harvey Elliott played in Tony Gallacher and the left-back found the skipper with his pull back. Dixon-Bonner did the rest, opening out his body and stroking his shot the far top corner.

Another fine finish by Dixon-Bonner, the 18-year-old this time striding forward and steering a low curler beyond Daniel Gyollai from 20 yards, saw the hosts strengthen their grip on the match, but Wigan pulled one back midway through the half when Gelhardt blasted in off the post. 

Liverpool, though, restored their two-goal cushion 11 minutes before half-time.

Elliott’s elusive creativity in the final third was causing Wigan no end of problems and the 16-year-old, fresh from being on the bench for the first team on Saturday, slipped in Neco Williams down the right.

The right-back whipped in a low delivery and debutant Hill got across his marker to slide home at the near post. 

It was Wigan who began the second period on top, however, and the dangerous Gelhardt reduced their arrears just before the hour mark.

The 17-year-old striker, who came on as a substitute for the Latics’ senior side on Saturday, shrugged off Gallacher and drove a powerful low strike past Kelleher.

The buoyant visitors continued pushing forward in search of a leveller and only a brilliant reaction save by Kelleher, who spread himself to block Piggott’s effort from close range, kept Liverpool in front.

Substitute Piggott then turned provider for Charlie Jolley, but the unmarked forward miscued his shot high and wide after collecting his teammate’s knock-down.

Gelhardt spurned a late chance to equalise, the teenager dragging a shot wide, before Dixon-Bonner hit the side-netting as he strove for a hat-trick goal that would have secured a more comfortable victory for the young Reds.

However, that mattered little as Liverpool saw out the closing minutes to claim a valuable win.

Liverpool U23s: Kelleher, Williams, Hoever, Clayton, Gallacher, Kane, Dixon-Bonner, Longstaff (Boyes, 88), Hill, Elliott, Larouci.

Unused substitutes: Atherton, Coyle, Jones.

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Match report: LFC U23s beat Wigan in Premier League Cup

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 10/06/2019 - 17:06
Liverpool U23s began their Premier League Cup campaign with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Wigan Athletic.
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Elijah Dixon-Bonner brace inspires Liverpool U23s to Premier League Cup win

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 10/06/2019 - 17:01

Liverpool U23s took three points in the Premier League Cup group stage with an eventful 3-2 win over their Wigan counterparts.


Liverpool U23s 3-2 Wigan U23s

Kirkby Academy, Premier League Cup
6 October, 2019

Goals: Dixon-Bonner 8′ 15′, Hill 33′; Gelhardt 25′ 58′

Liverpool U23s boss Neil Critchley made changes to the team, some enforced, meaning Yasser Larouci started up front and Luis Longstaff started deeper in central midfield, giving the Reds an unusual look to the lineup.

Captain for the day Elijah Dixon-Bonner was tasked with supporting the attack from deep and it didn’t take long for that approach to pay dividends.

Five minutes in, a ball from the right almost found him at the far post, then a few minutes later a cut-back from the left did reach Dixon-Bonner—who promptly smacked the ball, first time, into the far top corner.

A very open start to the game saw both teams countering each other, but it was clearly Liverpool with the greater talent and technique in the final third.

On 15 minutes Dixon-Bonner gave another example of that, as he burst into space, took his time and placed a 25-yard shot past the dive of the Wigan ‘keeper, into the bottom corner for 2-0 to the Reds.

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

Luis Longstaff put a near-post effort just wide, before a Tom Clayton foul gave Wigan a free-kick right on the edge of the box—but the wall did its job.

Scouse striker Joe Gelhardt, captain for Wigan, then reduced the gap between the sides as he weaved his way between three challenges and buried a low strike past Caoimhin Kelleher, in off the post.

The goals kept coming and, just after the half-hour mark, the two-goal lead was restored; Elliott freed Neco Williams down the right, he crossed low into the six-yard box and Tom Hill slid in to score from close range.

Dixon-Bonner and Gelhardt traded chances at either end before the break, but the Reds went in at half-time 3-1 up.

 Liverpool's Harvey Elliott during the English Football League Trophy Northern Group B match between Oldham Athletic AFC and Liverpool FC at Boundary Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The second half started in rather more quiet fashion and it was Wigan who struck next.

Gelhardt, ever-dangerous, rode a tackle on the right side of the box with ease and drilled in a low shot, which Kelleher will have been disappointed to have been beaten by at his near post.

The Irish stopper fully redeemed himself soon after, though, with a brilliant stop from close range as Wigan sought out an equaliser.

Hill twice went close to scoring a fourth for the Reds, while Elliott remained a creative threat in open play and Dixon-Bonner spurned a good chance for his hat-trick.

At the other end, Ki-Jana Hoever made a good recovery challenge to prevent a clear opportunity, before Kelleher made a one-handed stop after the resulting corner.

The young Reds held on, though, and the first group stage game yielded an important three points. Liverpool also face Huddersfield and Sunderland U23s in Group F.

Man of the Match: Elijah Dixon-Bonner

Liverpool U23s: Kelleher; N Williams, Hoever, Clayton, Gallacher; Kane, Longstaff (Boyes 87′), Dixon-Bonner; Elliott, Larouci, Hill.

Unused subs: Atherton, Coyle, Jones.

Next U23s match: Wolves – Home – Premier League 2 – 20 October, 2pm

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Shaqiri: I was written off too quickly

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sun, 10/06/2019 - 16:51
"Because of my two goals to defeat everlasting rival Manchester United, they still often call me a legend"

Last Updated: 06/10/19 5:34pm

Xherdan Shaqiri says few players can claim to have won the Champions League in the season after being relegated Xherdan Shaqiri says few players can claim to have won the Champions League in the season after being relegated Xherdan Shaqiri says few players can claim to have won the Champions League in the season after being relegated

Xherdan Shaqiri says winning the Champions League with Liverpool proves he has “prevailed” after being written off by some when he suffered relegation with Stoke.

After completing a £13.5m move to Anfield in the summer of 2018, Shaqiri was lambasted for a lack of professionalism at Stoke by a number of personalities in the game including former team-mate and ex-Reds midfielder Charlie Adam.

But the former Inter Milan winger finished last season as Liverpool's third highest goalscorer and won the Champions League for the second time in his career after helping Bayern Munich to the crown in 2013.

"I have prevailed," the Switzerland international told Schweizer Illustrierte.

"Not a second did I regret the move to Liverpool. Many have written me off in Stoke, but who can claim to have switched directly from a relegated to a Champions League winner?

Shaqiri scored against Manchester United last season in what proved to be Jose Mourinho's last game in charge of the club Shaqiri scored against Manchester United last season in what proved to be Jose Mourinho's last game in charge of the club Shaqiri scored against Manchester United last season in what proved to be Jose Mourinho's last game in charge of the club

"I know what I can and that I'm a good match for English football. And I earned the contract in Liverpool with my services in Stoke. It is simply a step forward in my career where everyone would like to play.

"I was in the starting XI in the return leg of the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona, ​​which will go down in club history. And because of my two goals to defeat everlasting rival Manchester United, they still often call me a legend."

"Apart from the fact that I would like to play more, I'm happy in Liverpool. I have a certain status in the team because I am one of the more experienced players. I think I'm one of the leaders. "

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

The Champions League was one of eight major titles Shaqiri won at Bayern and the 28-year-old conceded he probably ended his three-year stint in Bavaria a little too early.

"Over the years I have become calmer and more patient," he added.

"I would probably last longer in Munich today and waited for my chance. I know that I have to give myself more time for my career steps now."

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“Lucky boy” Sadio Mane points to “incredible” assist & deserved Liverpool win

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 10/06/2019 - 14:55

Sadio Mane scored one and won the vital penalty for Liverpool in the late 2-1 win over Leicester and says the rewards show why the Reds never give up.


His eighth of the season was also his 50th Premier League goal in a Liverpool shirt, once more underlining Mane’s enormous importance to the side.

Having spurned a chance or two to add to his tally, and to extend Liverpool’s lead while a goal up, Mane’s industry and opportunism saw him intercept a loose ball in the dying moments of injury time—and win a penalty after being fouled.

Leicester players—and no shortage of outsiders—were incensed at the decision to award the Reds a late spot-kick, but Mane sees it as an irrelevance: Liverpool were better, and warranted the three points.

“I think it would have been so important for us to keep managing the game, but sometimes it’s not easy because Leicester is a very, very good team and caused us many problems,” he told the club website.

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“They equalised the game and that’s why in football you never give up, that’s what we try to do as a team.

“At the end of the game, we got a penalty. To be honest, we just have to say we deserved to win this game.

“The most important thing is the three points, it doesn’t matter how tired we are.”

While Mane gave James Milner the chance to win the match from 12 yards, it was the elder statesman himself who set the No. 10 away to open the scoring in the first half.

 Liverpool's James Milner celebrates after scoring the winning second goal, an injury time penalty, during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Mane paid tribute to the vision and execution of his vice-captain, while jokingly expressing shock at the quality of the pass.

“The assist was just incredible. I didn’t expect that he saw me because usually he never gives me that kind of ball!

“It was just a great assist from Milner and I just try to finish each ball. Lucky boy, I just finished this one and I’m happy to score a goal, especially as we got the three points.”

Liverpool will head into the international break at least five points clear of Man City, with Mane heading off with Senegal to face Brazil in Singapore.

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