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Manchester United v Liverpool: Ticket update

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 09:57

Liverpool have issued a ticket update for the Premier League fixture against Manchester United at Old Trafford, to be played on Sunday February 24, kick-off 2.05pm.

An extremely limited number of tickets remain and will be available online to season ticket holders, official Members and fan card holders based on attendance at Premier League away fixtures during season 2017-18.

The below sales will take place online only.

Attendance at five games: From 11am until 1.45pm on Wednesday February 20.

Only in the event tickets remain:

Attendance at four games: From 2pm on Wednesday February 20.

Supporters can purchase one ticket per person up to a maximum of four tickets per transaction.

Tickets are subject to availability and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. We cannot guarantee that tickets will be available to all who apply.

For further information before travelling, please click here.

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Manchester United v Liverpool: Ticket update

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 09:57
Liverpool have issued a ticket update for the Premier League fixture against Manchester United at Old Trafford, to be played on Sunday February 24, kick-off 2.05pm.
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Liverpool v Bayern Munich: Sold out

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 09:52

Tonight's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich is now sold out.

Supporters not in possession of a ticket are urged not to travel to Anfield for the 8pm GMT kick-off.

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Tickets are sold out, so please do not travel if you have not purchased a ticket.

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Liverpool v Bayern Munich: Sold out

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 09:52
Tonight's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich is now sold out.
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Reds continue support of #morethanastadium campaign

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 09:30

Liverpool FC is backing a new campaign that encourages fans to respect the local area when visiting Anfield.

Led by supporters’ groups Spirit of Shankly, Spion Kop 1906, Kop Outs and Fans Supporting Foodbanks, the ‘#morethanastadium’ initiative aims to encourage fans and visitors to respect the neighbourhood and its residents when attending matches or visiting the stadium. 

Ian Byrne, Fans Supporting Foodbanks co-founder, said: “The idea behind this initiative is a simple one reflected in the hashtag #morethanastadium.

“It is a grassroots, supporter-led campaign backed by fan organisations and it simply asks all supporters to always remember that the Anfield/Everton area is home to many residents and businesses, who are equally as important to the fabric of our community as any player.

“As supporter groups we believe that the respect and support shown to our team in the stadium should also be afforded to our local community as a given. As a local resident I am delighted that the supporter groups have shown solidarity with our local communities and, as always, unity is strength.”

The club has committed to working in the local area to help improve street cleanliness and reduce anti-social behaviour and is working with Liverpool City Council to assist with parking enforcement and other prominent issues. 

Andy Hughes, chief operating officer at LFC, said: “Thousands of residents live in and around Anfield’s immediate vicinity, alongside many local businesses, and it’s important to remember that it’s not just our home - it’s theirs too. 

“As part of our ongoing commitment to the local community and our neighbours, we have been working hard in recent months on various issues that local residents have identified to us, particularly with regards to our matchday operations and the impact on the local area.  

“Ongoing engagement with our neighbours is extremely important to us, and we hope that our fans and visitors will join us in showing the same level of support and appreciation to the local area as they do to the team on the pitch.” 

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Reds continue support of #morethanastadium campaign

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 09:30
Liverpool FC is backing a new campaign that encourages fans to respect the local area when visiting Anfield.
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Jurgen Klopp confirms Liverpool had interest in Jadon Sancho – and why they couldn’t sign him

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 09:00

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says the Reds were interested in Jadon Sancho before the teenager joined Borussia Dortmund but had no chance of signing him.


Eighteen-year-old winger Sancho moved to Dortmund, Klopp’s old club, from Manchester City in the summer of 2017.

This season his impressive form for the Bundesliga outfit, who currently top the division, has led to him making three appearances for England.

A considerable number of young English players have been signed by German clubs over the last few years – something Klopp was asked about ahead of Liverpool hosting Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday.

Klopp said: “With the English players, it is a smart idea because we would never have a chance to get Sancho.

“We are not blind—we saw him, we liked him and then we think ‘can we get him?’ No. Because English clubs don’t sell them to other English clubs.

“I don’t know exactly what the reason is for that but they don’t do it. Now they can go to Germany, which is a wonderful league.”


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Virgil van Dijk on Bayern tie: 'We must be ready for anything'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 09:00

Virgil van Dijk believes Liverpool must be 'ready for anything' in order to overcome Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Anfield will host the first leg of a last-16 tie that pits two five-time winners of the competition against each other on Tuesday.

And Van Dijk, who is out of the match due to suspension, feels a closely-fought contest is in store.

“Obviously they have a great squad, great players. It’s a fantastic club and it’s a great opponent to play against, so it’s going to be a beautiful two games, I think,” the Netherlands captain told UEFA.

“I think, overall, the whole team has quality all over the pitch. Obviously, the players up front maybe have that bit extra, which you need at the bigger clubs. They’ve been doing it for years, so [I have] a lot of respect for them. But, we obviously want to go through to the next round.

“We need to be ready for anything. We want to win those games, we want to go through and we need to be more than 100 per cent to go through because they are a fantastic team.”

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Next month’s second leg at the Allianz Arena will ultimately decide which side advances to the quarter-finals - and Van Dijk is relishing the prospect of playing at one of Europe’s most iconic stadiums for the first time.

The centre-back continued: “I’m looking forward to it. You know, it’s a stadium I haven’t played in yet, so, for me, it’s going to be a new stadium to play in. I enjoy those things and I’m looking forward to it. 

“We have a fantastic stadium as well, and they need to be prepared for that as well. We’ll see. We need to enjoy it, but we want to go through.”

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Virgil van Dijk on Bayern tie: 'We must be ready for anything'

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 09:00
Virgil van Dijk believes Liverpool must be 'ready for anything' in order to overcome Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
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Q&A: Hendo on Fabinho progress, stopping Bayern and more

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 08:30

Liverpool's Champions League track record gives them confidence they can overcome Bayern Munich in the last 16, according to Jordan Henderson.

After finishing as runners-up last season, the Reds kick off another adventure in the knockout stages when they host the Bundesliga title-holders at Anfield tonight.

Henderson spoke to Liverpoolfc.com ahead of the game about Liverpool’s approach to the encounter, balancing respect for the visitors with their own self-assurance, and the progress of the versatile Fabinho…

You had a good week’s training in Marbella last week – is this the start of a sprint now until May?

We’ve still got a few months to go but, yes, it’s the last third of the season and that’s why Marbella was important, to not only prepare for this game but prepare for the next few months. It was a good training week, good preparation for this game. We’re all looking forward to it.

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Inside Training at Liverpool's Marbella camp last week

All your focus is on this game but there’s Manchester United to come as well at the weekend. Do these weeks still have a different feeling?

This is a big game and that’s all our focus is on really. It’s a massive game here at Anfield against a top team. That’s all we can focus on because if you don’t put your full attention on it, you’ll get punished. The full focus is on this game and then after, we can turn our attentions to United. Until then we’ll just focus on giving everything to get a result to go to Germany.

How much of Bayern do you get to watch during a season?

Now and again you can see them on TV, whether that’s in the Bundesliga or the Champions League. We’ve got a good idea on how good they are and the way they like to play. It’s up to us to try to stop that and play the way we can. If we do that, I think we can cause them problems.

What’s the balance between confidence and respect?

There has always got to be respect for the opponent, no matter who it is, which there is. But when you’re on the pitch it’s 11v11 and we’re confident in the players we’ve got, the team we’ve got, that we can hurt anyone really. I think we have shown that over the last year or so, if not longer. Now we need to keep believing and keep improving. If we do that, hopefully something good will come very soon.

Fabinho might be used at centre-back – how impressed have you been with his progress and the way he has dealt with changing positions?

Fab has done really well over the last few months, he has settled in and his performances have been really consistent in the different positions he has played. That has been important for us. If he plays there tonight, hopefully he can keep playing well. I’ve got all the confidence in the world he can do that because he is a top player. But, at the same time, it’s about defending as a team, it’s not relying on two centre-halves or the back four, it’s the full team. We need to help each other out in defending all the time.

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Q&A: Hendo on Fabinho progress, stopping Bayern and more

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 08:30
Liverpool's Champions League track record gives them confidence they can overcome Bayern Munich in the last 16, according to Jordan Henderson.
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Jurgen Klopp takes the right stance when questioned on history with Bayern Munich

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 08:12

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has stressed he does not view the Champions League last-16 tie against Bayern Munich as “a personal thing.”


The German was engaged in many a battle with Bayern during his tenure as Borussia Dortmund boss from 2008 to 2015, in which his side finished twice as Bundesliga champions and twice as runners-up behind the Bavarians.

Klopp’s Dortmund were also beaten by Bayern in the 2012/13 Champions League final.

Ahead of Bayern’s last-16 first-leg visit to Anfield on Tuesday, the 51-year-old was asked if his history against the club made the tie any more special.

And he said: “I don’t feel like this. Obviously a couple of people called me in the last few days to say in Germany it’s going mad because of this game, but that’s how it is.

“Making kind of these personal battles out of it I don’t understand.

“Yes, I was manager of Dortmund and had a bit of success there, but it was always difficult to play against Bayern. To beat them was the biggest challenge you could face in German football, always. And sometimes we did it and sometimes we didn’t, but that’s pretty much all.

“So I don’t see it like a personal thing for me.

“It is two big clubs facing each other and I am really happy to be part of this game. It’s a big one. It is a game you want to see.”

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp before a preseason friendly match celebrating 125 years of football for Liverpool and Hertha BSC Berlin at the Olympic Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp, whose Liverpool side were beaten by Real Madrid in last season’s Champions League final, added: “That’s maybe the biggest achievement so far for my team—that we are back not only in the competition but as well that people think we could win it. That’s good, but still, a lot of work to do.”

Last week, Bayern president Uli Hoeness was quoted by Suddeutsche Zeitung as saying of Klopp: “I had already arranged a co-operation with him many years ago, until we then signed Jurgen Klinsmann [in 2008].”

When asked about that on Monday, Klopp said: “The 2008 story was in the public years ago. And it is pretty much all the truth, apart from [the claim] that I was angry in the session afterwards, when they called me and said they had decided on the other Jurgen.

“I was not angry. I never expected that they would go for me. I was a second division manager [at Mainz] in Germany, and who would expect that Bayern calls you? It was more of a shock in the first moment. Then a couple of days later they called and said they went for the other Jurgen.

“All the rest is true. It was Uli Hoeness on the phone. So that’s not disrespectful.

“I would have never told it. It was not a story where you go around telling people ‘they asked me if I would go there.’

“But when Uli Hoeness spoke about it then it was clear, I can easily confirm that’s how it was.”

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp and Sadio Mané of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood ahead of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and FC Bayern München. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Bayern, who were eliminated by Real Madrid in the Champions League semis last term, have won the Bundesliga in each of the last six seasons. They are currently second, with Dortmund topping the table.

Klopp emphasised Bayern, managed by Niko Kovac since last summer, are “still a force,” before adding: “We don’t underestimate ourselves, we don’t think we are not good enough.

“We are proper competitive and that’s really cool. And in our stadium, with our people, we are a proper force, and we have to show that tomorrow night and make life as uncomfortable as possible for them.”

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The view from Bayern Munich: 'We'll see goals'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 08:00

Two of the most successful sides in the history of the European Cup go head-to-head on Tuesday night as Liverpool host Bayern Munich under the Anfield floodlights.

Each club has won UEFA's flagship competition on five occasions, but only one will make it through to the quarter-finals of this season's Champions League.

Both sides head into the last-16, first-leg clash embroiled in a title charge in their domestic leagues. Bayern Munich are three points behind Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool trail table-topping Manchester City on goal difference, with a game in hand.

Jürgen Klopp's Reds have had a 10-day gap ahead of this match with the manager taking his squad away to Marbella for a training camp.

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Meanwhile, Niko Kovac's Bayern were in league action on Friday night, when a Leon Goreztka own goal after just 13 seconds - the fastest in Bundesliga history - saw them have to come from behind to beat Augsburg 3-2 on the road.

The Die Roten boss, who succeeded Jupp Heynckes in the summer, named what is predicted to be roughly the same starting XI against Liverpool - providing two-goal hero Kingsley Coman recovers from an ankle knock - and could have won by a greater margin at the WWK Arena.

So, what can we expect from the German side at Anfield on Tuesday? We caught up with Karlheinz Wild, Kicker's Bayern Munich chief reporter, to find out...

How has Kovac changed Bayern Munich?

Following on from famous and experienced managers like Heynckes, Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti, Kovac had to find his own way. 

In the first weeks and months he was very liberal with his approach towards the players. But following the crisis in the autumn, he changed that style.

For example, he is now consistent concerning the line-up. The rotation is over and star players like Thomas Müller or Jerome Boateng are often left sitting on the bench.

Until now the team have not succeeded in stopping counter-attacks and the defence can still be very open. Kovac and his team are still looking for the perfect balance in their play. 

What have results been like?

In the Bundesliga, Bayern dropped six important points against teams in the bottom half of the table - drawing 3-3 with Fortuna Düsseldorf, 1-1 against Freiburg and 1-1 with Augsburg.

Bayern are now second in the Bundesliga. The blip of November 2018 is over, but the team is not stable.

Arjen Robben said Liverpool were "perhaps the worst possible draw" for Die Roten. Would you agree?

I agree absolutely!

Thomas Müller will be suspended for the match; how will that impact Bayern's approach?

Müller is a good goal-getter, playing behind or beside the striker Robert Lewandowski. He works a lot for the team and has a good feeling for open spaces.

However, his performances in the last year have not been consistently good, he's lost his great form. James Rodriguez is a good replacement, with a great left foot and an accurate, hard shot.

Who has been the star of the side this season?

Lewandowski. He has eight goals in the Champions League this season - more than any other player in the competition - and is a leader in the team.

And who has emerged as the driving force of Kovac's Bayern?

Leon Goretzka, who joined from Schalke 04 in the summer, brings a lot of energy to the midfield, from box to box. He is able to score goals, has a strong shot and is good in the air. 

Thiago is a perfect technical player, but he has to show his big technical quality in the big games. 

Right winger Serge Gnabry is quick and scores goals, Coman on the left side is very fast and has a wonderful dribbling ability.

What have you made of Liverpool's season so far?

I watched the last games against Manchester City, West Ham United, Leicester City and Bournemouth. The team seemed to be a little tired after the busy Christmas schedule, but now the players are fit again.

The big question is: what does it mean that Virgil van Dijk will not play in the first game? 

Overall, their direct and fast passes in the last third of the pitch are great and very dangerous. And it is amazing when Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are combining well.

What do you think of the job Jürgen Klopp has done?

It is no surprise, because he is a great manager who loves and lives football.

Klopp is doing a very good job at Liverpool, as we saw last season when they reached the Champions League final against Real Madrid. 

He has imposed his style of playing - aggressive, pressing, counter-attacks, a lot of running and passion - on the team. 

Which one Liverpool player would you like to see in a Bayern shirt?

Mohamed Salah.

How do you expect Bayern to line up?

What is your prediction for the match?

I think we will see some goals. Liverpool will win 3-2.

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The view from Bayern Munich: 'We'll see goals'

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 08:00
Two of the most successful sides in the history of the European Cup go head-to-head on Tuesday night as Liverpool host Bayern Munich under the Anfield floodlights.
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'No prioritising: we're ready to embrace all the challenges ahead'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 07:00

Jordan Henderson insists Liverpool are ready to embrace the pressure of needing to 'deliver each and every matchday' as they prepare to resume their Champions League campaign tonight.

The Reds welcome Bayern Munich to Anfield for the first leg of the last-16 encounter as they aim to seize an early advantage ahead of their journey to the Allianz Arena for the return in three weeks’ time.

Following the conclusion of this evening’s game, Liverpool’s attentions will return to domestic matters as they aim to return to the top of the Premier League table when they take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

And even though there is plenty at stake in the coming week – and indeed, the months to come – Henderson is adamant Jürgen Klopp’s side are ready to embrace it.

He wrote in his column for the official matchday programme: "If a fixture sums up why we want to be playing in the Champions League season after season, it’s one like tonight’s. Bayern Munich, coming to Anfield in the knockout stages, can’t help but get the juices flowing for the team and Liverpool supporters alike. I’m sure it’s the same for our visitors.

"It’s not about finding a game like this ‘exciting’ because as pros we view it differently to excitement. It’s about opportunity – it’s about loving pitching yourself against the very best. Bayern are a team of winners – winning is in their DNA as a club. They’re a club who are used to being successful domestically and more often than not are always involved in the Champions League’s very latter stages, so when this competition starts each season they’ll fancy themselves as potential winners of it.

"They’re a squad packed with experience and top-class quality, a club for whom we have the utmost respect. We know how tough a challenge they will pose us over the course of these two legs. But I think that we made a statement in the last campaign about what the European Cup means to us and how we don’t bend the knee to anyone else in it.

"We go into every round with only one outcome in our minds and that’s us getting through. People talk about us being ‘the surprise package’ last season, because when we started with the qualifiers most people wouldn’t have predicted we’d go all the way to the final.

"But in our dressing room we don’t put any cap on our own expectations. This season there has been external discussion about whether we should prioritise certain comps over others. Whether there is more pressure to deliver in certain comps over others. Again, one place that discussion has not happened is at Melwood. There’s no need to prioritise so we don’t.

"We need to have the attitude in each and every game that the priority is to win. It’s that simple: just go out there and give everything you have to win. If you start thinking ‘we’d sooner win this, or that’ then you’ll end up failing. If you give yourself an excuse you’ll end up with nothing. We look for and take no excuses. Ever.

"Personally speaking, I like the pressure of thinking we have to deliver each and every time we take to the pitch on a matchday. There are no free swings when you play for Liverpool and nor should there be. No-one here wants to be the underdog or the outsider – all of our team want expectation always because it means you’re performing at the highest level.

"The Champions League is a comp that brings the sharpest focus, because in club football terms it is the biggest stage. We’ve got loads of big games coming up domestically but they have zero impact on our thoughts or preparations for this one. We also know how much tonight means to our supporters, how European occasions at Anfield are part of the fabric of this club. We know as players that when we take to the field tonight, the atmosphere will be incredible and it never fails to give us all that bit extra. The home games and the atmospheres generated by Liverpool supporters were absolutely fundamental in us reaching the final last season and I’ve no doubt if we’re to achieve something in this tournament this season, then they will be yet again.

"We all saw the part the fans played in the win over Bournemouth. It was something we spoke about in our post-match interviews, within the dressing room afterwards and over the course of the days that followed. Your support helped make a difference and we know it’ll be the same again tonight. We, as a squad, genuinely see it as a collective effort. We know the power of Anfield."

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'No prioritising: we're ready to embrace all the challenges ahead'

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 07:00
Jordan Henderson insists Liverpool are ready to embrace the pressure of needing to 'deliver each and every matchday' as they prepare to resume their Champions League campaign tonight.
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De Gea vs Alisson: Who is better?

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 06:00
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Manchester United versus Liverpool invites comparisons of all kinds but the relative merits of the two goalkeepers might make for one of the most intriguing debates on Sunday.

David de Gea's reputation as the outstanding goalkeeper in the Premier League in recent years is hard earned and well deserved, but the performances of Alisson Becker for Liverpool have been pivotal in taking his club to the top of the table this season. For the first time in a long time, is there a case to be made for Liverpool having the superior goalkeeper?

That's a big claim given De Gea's record. While it is almost six years now since he won his one and only Premier League title with Manchester United, the team's decline in fortunes has not been reflected in his own performances in that period. The Spain international has been named in the PFA team of the year in each of the past four seasons.

De Gea continues to produce the saves that others cannot, most notably in his man-of-the-match display against Tottenham at Wembley last month. De Gea made no fewer than 11 saves during the second half of United's 1-0 victory - a series of improbable stops with his feet to deny Spurs providing a reminder of his ability to delivered points for his team.

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David de Gea has incorporated futsal techniques to save the ball with his feet.

However, his form was not quite so impressive at the start of the campaign. De Gea went into the season having been blamed by many in his home country for Spain's disappointing showing at the World Cup last summer. His levels dipped a little on his return to Manchester and he managed to keep only two clean sheets in the first 17 games under Jose Mourinho.

That is reflected in the underlying statistics of De Gea's season. The post-shot expected goals data calculates the likelihood of the shots that a goalkeeper faces resulting in a goal based on where the attempt was taken from, the type of attempt and the direction in which it was hit. These numbers do not tell the tale of excellence that one might expect.

De Gea was brilliant that afternoon at Wembley. Tottenham's post-shot expected goals figure for that game was 1.5 - meaning that, on average, those shots would yield that many goals per game. But take that extraordinary performance out of the total and De Gea has actually conceded more goals this season than expected from the shots faced.

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Overall, United have let in 35 goals this season. The statistics suggest that opposition shots should have resulted in 36.06 goals - so De Gea has saved one goal more than might have been expected. It is a positive contribution but nowhere near as remarkable as his record from last season when the same stats really highlighted his significance to the United team.

De Gea conceded only 28 goals in 37 Premier League games last season, ensuring Mourinho's United had one of the best defensive records in the competition. They let in only one more goal than runaway champions Manchester City but that was largely down to De Gea's excellence. The stats suggest he would have expected to concede nearly 40 goals.

Those dozen goals might have been the difference between United's second-place finish and a place outside of the top four. When De Gea stopped saving them, Mourinho had problems. Interestingly, his form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been much improved - conceding six times when the data suggest those shots should have yielded nine goals.

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That recent form is more in line with what Alisson has been producing for Liverpool for much of the season. Despite keeping fewer clean sheets of late, Jurgen Klopp's team still boast the best defensive record in the Premier League. Indeed, their three-point advantage over Manchester City can largely be explained by the efforts of their new goalkeeper.

While Ederson has conceded 20 times from shots that suggest 20.71 goals would have been expected - a similar impact to De Gea - the difference that Alisson has made is more obvious in the numbers. The shots that Liverpool have faced come out at 19.84, suggesting that through his positioning and shot-stopping, Alisson has denied nearly five extra goals.

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The Brazilian has been far from flawless. His error against Leicester back in August gifted a goal to Kelechi Iheanacho and was one of four such mistakes leading to shots this season, according to Opta. De Gea has made only one error. But Alisson has been encouraged by Klopp because he wants his goalkeeper to be proactive. It is a very different approach.

Alisson has made 15 accurate keeper sweepings this season, coming off his line to help his defence. De Gea has done that only once, partly because his default reaction is to retreat and back his prodigious shot-stopping ability. Effectively, Alisson is stopping these chances from even becoming chances and allowing Liverpool to play with a higher defensive line.

"Alisson is unbelievably important," Klopp explained recently. "They all have their specific importance, for sure, but Ali is not only the goalkeeper. He is an outfield player as well and that helps of course." This is not just because of Alisson's appetite for coming off his line but also because of his general distribution when the ball is at his feet.

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Sequences – unique pass sequences of 10+ that a player was involved in.

Ending in a shot – the number those open play sequences ending in a shot

Ending in a goal – the number of those open play sequences ending in a goal

xG of sequences – the summed xG of the shots taken from those sequences

Opta's sequence data now helps to explain why that is so significant for Liverpool. When a goal is scored there are more players involved than just the scorer and the provider of the assist. Sequence data tracks the involvement of every player in the build-up. Alisson has been involved in more sequences leading to goals than any other goalkeeper this season.

Conclusion

De Gea and Alisson have very different styles but both are vital figures for their respective clubs. The Liverpool goalkeeper is more of a risk taker and is therefore more prone to making mistakes that could cost his team. However, Alisson's ability to sweep up and distribute the ball from the back has given his side a new dimension this season.

What is perhaps more surprising is that Alisson's shot-stopping numbers have also been top class - better even than De Gea over the course of the season. That can be explained by the dip in form that the United man suffered in the autumn. De Gea seems to be back to his best now - and that makes for a fascinating comparison when they face off this Sunday.

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Jürgen Klopp: This tie represents the best of the Champions League

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 06:00

Jürgen Klopp believes Liverpool's clash with Bayern Munich represents the best of what Champions League football is all about.

The teams go head-to-head in the first leg of the last-16 tie at Anfield this evening, with the return in Germany scheduled for March 13.

Klopp feels it’s a contest to whet the appetite – and one without a clear favourite heading into it as he detailed why the Reds will need to be at their maximum if they're to progress.

He wrote in his column for the official matchday programme: "There is no need for me to talk about expectation for atmosphere and passion inside this ground tonight. Not because we ever take it for granted or just expect it – the opposite actually.

"It’s because I know both clubs well enough that when a fixture like this comes around they have it ingrained in them to perform to a certain level. I’m talking about the supporters here, rather than just the two sets of players.

"Both clubs embrace the joy and energy of a fixture like this one. Both are built for ties like this. Both see great opportunity if they work hard and smart enough for the positive outcome.

"I cannot hide from the fact that Bayern Munich are a team I know more about than most of the opposition we face in international competition. They were of course a regular opponent both in domestic competitions and the Champions League when I worked in Germany, and with it still being my home country I pay more attention to what happens in the Bundesliga than others, outside of the Premier League itself.

"Because of this knowledge, aside from the usual analysis we do, I know how unbelievably powerful they are, as a team and as a club. Bayern know what it takes to win – it’s what they do. This season people were far too quick, in my opinion, to draw conclusions on them early and some of those who fell into that trap now risk looking a little silly.

"They’ve had some transition to manage, but it is clear they are now in the right mood and we must be ready for a side full of confidence and attacking intent. When the Champions League starts each season Bayern Munich are a team people with knowledge predict will have a big say in the outcome of who wins it – this season it is no different. We face a side who will have ambitions to go all the way. But guess what – we are also a side that refuses to limit its ambitions.

"We are in a really good way this campaign and I know that has been reflected in Germany when judging this tie. Whatever judgements have been made prior to kick-off tonight could not matter less to the outcome itself. It is not to compare us with Bayern Munich – nothing of use can be achieved by that? We are Liverpool and we are our own benchmark.

"It is entirely possible to respect that this is a blockbuster fixture without needing analysis of who has the better chance of progressing. We prepare for this game like every other one. We look at and respect our opponents’ strengths and learn about them before playing. But when we pass on that information it is about how we can use it to maximise our own qualities, of which there are many. We make it about what we can do – we make it about us always.

"We were away most of last week in training camp and what I saw there was a squad of players only interested in ourselves and what we can do together. I saw players who are loving being involved in something that matters and has the potential to be significant. The team we focus on more than any other is always us and what we can do and achieve with hard work and focus."

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Jürgen Klopp: This tie represents the best of the Champions League

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 06:00
Jürgen Klopp believes Liverpool's clash with Bayern Munich represents the best of what Champions League football is all about.
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Trent, Lovren, Garcia and more: Kop 10 wins over German teams

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 04:00

Ahead of Tuesday's Champions League last-16 first leg against Bayern Munich, we've picked out 10 famous Liverpool victories over German opposition.

Take a look through our list of memorable successes below...

1. v Borussia Monchengladbach (1977)

Liverpool won the European Cup for the first time with a 3-1 win over Monchengladbach in Rome. Coming a few days after losing to Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley, Bob Paisley's side bounced back in style. Terry McDermott fired the Reds into the lead only to see it cancelled out by an unstoppable strike from Allan Simonsen. Tommy Smith restored the advantage with a magnificent header from a corner, before Phil Neal cooly slotted home a penalty to ensure the European Cup would be coming to Merseyside.

2. v Monchengladbach (1973)

Before the glory of 1977, Liverpool's first European success also came against Monchengladbach in the 1973 UEFA Cup final. In the first leg, Bill Shankly's Reds swept into a 3-0 first-leg lead at Anfield courtesy of a double from Kevin Keegan and an effort from Larry Lloyd. Keegan was denied a hat-trick when he missed a penalty, and Ray Clemence kept out a spot-kick from Jupp Heynckes at the other end. In the second leg in Germany, two first-half strikes from Heynckes saw the Reds wobble, but their defence held firm to seal a maiden continental triumph for the club.

3. v Hamburg (1977)

Kevin Keegan's 1977 Anfield return was a miserable one as his Hamburg side were trounced 6-0 when Liverpool won the Super Cup in 1977. After a 1-1 draw in the first leg thanks to David Fairclough's goal, Terry McDermott was the hero in the return game as the Scouser struck a hat-trick. Further efforts from Phil Thompson, Fairclough and Kenny Dalglish gave the European Cup winners more silverware.

4. v Borussia Dortmund (2016)

Dejan Lovren headed home a memorable winner in front of the Kop as Liverpool reached the Europa League semi-final after an incredible victory over Borussia Dortmund. On the eve of the Hillsborough anniversary, both sets of supporters joined together to pay a touching tribute to the 96 before the game. After a 1-1 first-leg scoreline, Dortmund made an unbelievable start to go 2-0 up after just nine minutes and, though Divock Origi pulled a goal back at the start of the second half, Marco Reus soon restored the visitors' cushion. Yet Liverpool were not done. Philippe Coutinho's superb finish was followed by a Mamadou Sakho equaliser with 12 minutes left to play. And just as the home side's hopes looked to have been extinguished, James Milner crossed from the right and Lovren powered home a header to send the crowd wild with delight.

5. v Cologne (1965)

The Reds edged out Cologne in the 1965 European Cup via the toss of a coin. It was an epic contest for Bill Shankly's men as, following three draws and a postponement, nothing could separate the teams. Goals from Ian St John and Roger Hunt put Liverpool in the driving seat in the neutral venue of Feyenoord FC, Rotterdam - but Cologne came back to make it 2-2. After 300 minutes of football, the outcome was to be decided by the toss of a coin, and even then it wasn't as straightforward as people thought it would be. Referee Robert Schaut from Belgium was the man at the centre of attention as Ron Yeats and Cologne skipper Wolfgang Overath approached the centre circle. Reflecting on the incident, Yeats said: "I got in first to the referee and said 'I'll have tails'. Lucky for me the referee said, 'OK. Liverpool tails, Cologne heads.' Up it went and it stuck in a divot. I said to the referee, 'Ref, you're going to have to retoss the coin'. And he went 'You're right, Mr Yeats.' I thought the German captain was going to hit him. He was going berserk because it was falling over on the heads. He picked it up, up it went again, and came down tails!” 

6. v Monchengladbach (1978)

Liverpool reached their second consecutive European Cup final with a win over Monchengladbach in the 1978 semis. After losing 2-1 in Germany, it looked like revenge for the previous season's final could be on the cards. But on a famous night at Anfield, Bob Paisley's charges won 3-0 with Ray Kennedy, Kenny Dalglish and Jimmy Case on the mark. A Wembley date was their reward - and King Kenny would duly net the winner to retain the trophy against Club Brugge.

7. v Bayern (1981)

Bayern were defeated when the Reds qualified for their third European Cup final in 1981. After a goalless first leg of the semi-final at Anfield, many observers rated Bayern as favourites to reach Paris, but Bob Paisley's side had other ideas. Ray Kennedy's 83rd-minute effort gave Liverpool the lead and the crucial away goal, which meant Karl-Heinz Rummenigge's late strike was a mere consolation.

8. v Bayern (2001)

Another trophy for Gerard Houllier and his class of 2001 arrived as the Reds won the European Super Cup with a 3-2 win over Bayern in Monaco. Liverpool raced into a 3-0 lead inside the opening 46 minutes. John Arne Riise fired the first before Michael Owen and Emile Heskey put the Reds in a commanding position. Hasan Salihamidzic pulled one back and when Carsten Jancker made it 3-2 with nine minutes to go, it made for a nervy ending, but Houllier's men held on for the victory.

9. v Bayer Leverkusen (2005)

Luis Garcia kept Liverpool's dream of reaching Istanbul alive as they gained revenge for their 2002 defeat at the hands of Leverkusen. The German side's away goal at Anfield had given them a glimmer as the Reds arrived at the Bay Arena with a 3-1 first-leg lead. The previous evening, Liverpool supporters had got a pleasant surprise when manager Rafael Benitez made an impromptu visit to a local bar to watch a Champions League game that wasn't showing in the team hotel. Twenty-four hours later, Benitez's team were brilliant. Two first-half strikes from Garcia put the tie beyond Leverkusen and when Milan Baros made it 3-0, it was game over. The home side registered a late consolation but it was Liverpool who marched on to the quarter-finals.

10. v Hoffenheim (2017)

En route to reaching the 2017-18 final in Kiev, Liverpool first had to overcome the challenge of Hoffenheim in the play-offs. In the first leg in Germany, Simon Mignolet saved an early penalty before Trent Alexander-Arnold grabbed his first senior goal for the club with a sensational free-kick. James Milner made it 2-0 before the home side pulled a goal back. In the second leg at Anfield, the Reds completed a 6-3 aggregate scoreline with an impressive 4-2 win. Emre Can scored twice with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino also on the mark.

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