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Liverpool receive boost in pursuit of Monaco forward Thomas Lemar

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 15/11/2017 - 15:00

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Arsenal have dropped out of the race to sign highly rated Liverpool target Thomas Lemar, according to reports on Wednesday.


The Monaco forward was heavily linked with a move to both Anfield and the Emirates on Deadline Day, with a reported £64.8 million bid from the Reds rejected.

A move failed to materialise for either club, and he remained with the Ligue 1 champions for the time being.

With Liverpool’s interest in Lemar, who turned 22 on Sunday, rumoured to be ignited again in January or next summer, they have received a boost in their attempts to lure him from Monaco.

The Mirror‘s John Cross, who is known for being a fairly reliable Arsenal-based journalist, claims that the Gunners have ended their interest in Lemar.

Cross claims that “Arsenal now fear the French champions’ demands, as well as growing interest in the forward from Champions League clubs, is making a deal impossible.

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“Liverpool and Barcelona are also eyeing the 22-year-old, whose representatives know they can demand a bigger contract as the chase hots up.”

Thomas Lemar / Marco Verratti - 30.08.2015 - Monaco / PSG - 4eme journee de Ligue 1 Photo : Serge Haouzi / Icon Sport

The fact that Barcelona are the other club involved adds intrigue, given their much-publicised interest in Philippe Coutinho.

Funds at the Catalan club are low, and it is, therefore, difficult to see them being able to justify the purchase of both the Liverpool superstar and Lemar any time soon.

What this news does show is how Liverpool are steadily usurping Arsenal, with the Reds now seen as a more inviting club to join, and the Gunners not as confident about landing key targets.

Gone are the days of the north Londoners being guaranteed Champions League football every season, and Arsene Wenger’s increasingly stale reign isn’t helping matters.

You only have to look at Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain‘s decision to leave in favour of Liverpool to see who carries more clout currently.

Lemar would be an outstanding signing if the Reds ever did get a deal over the line, and he would help fill the void left by the potentially departing duo of Coutinho and Emre Can.

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13 games, 45 days – The fixture madness facing Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool this winter

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 15/11/2017 - 14:30

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Jurgen Klopp is facing a gruelling fixture pile-up this winter, and Liverpool’s performances over the next 13 games could define their 2017/18 campaign.


The Reds welcome Southampton to Anfield on Saturday for their first outing since the November international break, looking to extend their winning run to four games.

Taking on Mauricio Pellegrino’s Saints will be a stern test for Klopp’s side, who are yet to lose in November as they look to push back up the Premier League table.

But success at the weekend is arguably more crucial than in any league game this campaign so far, as it kicks off a demanding run for the Reds.

Between Liverpool’s clashes with Southampton on November 18 and the trip to take on Burnley on New Year’s Day, Klopp will oversee 13 games in 45 days.

Eleven of those will come in the Premier League, with their first 11 league games of the season coming over the space of 84 days.

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That saw Liverpool average a league outing every 7.6 days before Saturday, while between then and January 1, they will average one every 4.1 days.

Liverpool’s Next 11 League Games
  • Southampton (H) – November 18
  • Sevilla (A) – November 21*
  • Chelsea (H) – November 25
  • Stoke (A) – November 29
  • Brighton (A) – December 2
  • Spartak Moscow (H) – December 6*
  • Everton (H) – December 10
  • West Brom (H) – December 13
  • Bournemouth (A) – December 17
  • Arsenal (A) – December 22
  • Swansea (H) – December 26
  • Leicester (H) – December 30
  • Burnley (A) – January 1

* Additional Champions League fixtures.

Saturday’s face-off with Southampton is swiftly followed by a flight to take on Sevilla in the Champions League.

And with Spartak Moscow’s trip to Anfield coming between the Reds’ away clash with Brighton & Hove Albion and the Merseyside derby, too, Liverpool’s schedule is packed.

This means their longest gap between games in December is the four days between visits to Bournemouth (December 17) and Arsenal (December 22).

Their seven league games that month is the joint-most they have ever played since the Premier League‘s inception in 1992, having only done so in three other campaigns.

These came in 1996/97, 2001/02 and 2013/14, and only in 2001/02 did they also have the Champions League to contend with.

That season saw the Reds take three wins, two draws and two losses from seven games, ending the month fourth in the table.

 Dave Howarth/PA Wire)

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But unlike in 2001/02, over half of this league season will have been played by the end of New Year’s Day, stressing the importance of a strong run for Klopp’s side over the next 11 games.

They head into Saturday sitting fifth, three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and four behind both Tottenham in third and Man United in second.

Given they play both Chelsea (November 25) and sixth-placed Arsenal (December 22) over the next 11 league games proves the need for consistency over the coming 44 days.

By the time they take on Man City at Anfield on January 14, the hope is Liverpool are firmly back in the race—at least for a top-four finish.

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WATCH: Carragher's own goal howler

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Wed, 15/11/2017 - 13:52

Last Updated: 15/11/17 11:58am

Jamie Carragher fails to clear his lines as the Class of ’92 & Friends took on Salford Jamie Carragher fails to clear his lines as the Class of ’92 & Friends took on Salford

Jamie Carragher was never in for an easy time after agreeing to take part in Class of ’92 & Friends v Salford City, but he gave the fans exactly what they wanted with this howler.

The Liverpool legend was drafted in for the opening of Salford City's new Peninsula Stadium and, after his side of former Premier League stars established a 2-0 lead, he let the National League North side back into the game with some catastrophic defending.

Referee Mark Halsey wore a GoPro throughout the game, which ended 4-4, and captured Carragher's howler up close on camera.

Hit the video above to watch, while you can see Carragher return to his punditry duties on Monday Night Football from 7pm as Brighton host Stoke, live on Sky Sports Premier League

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Press Box: Saints, Solanke and the World Cup qualifiers

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47:32 mins

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26th Aug 2015

47:53 mins

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19th Aug 2015

47:56 mins

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12th Aug 2015

47:45 mins

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47:54 mins

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47:57 mins

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11th Mar 2015

48:01 mins

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48:01 mins

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47:43 mins

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11th Feb 2015

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29th Jan 2015

48:10 mins

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The guests discuss Chelsea, Bolton and their favourite goal celebrations

22nd Jan 2015

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Match preview: Ladies look to secure quarter-final spot

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 15/11/2017 - 12:38
Liverpool Ladies can clinch a place in the quarter-finals of the Continental Tyres Cup with a victory over Aston Villa at the Select Security Stadium in Widnes on Wednesday night.
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Match preview: Ladies look to secure quarter-final spot

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 15/11/2017 - 12:38

Liverpool Ladies can clinch a place in the quarter-finals of the Continental Tyres Cup with a victory over Aston Villa at the Select Security Stadium in Widnes on Wednesday night.

After a 6-0 win over Sheffield FC Ladies in their opening game and a penalty shootout success at Durham in their last outing, Scott Rogers' team, have made an excellent start to their group.

Liverpool head into this evening's game full of confidence after Saturday's vital 1-0 win over Birmingham City Ladies in the Women's Super League.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of tonight's fixture...

Where is the game being played? The match is at the Select Security Stadium in Widnes, with kick-off set for 7pm GMT.

How can I watch the game? We are showing the game live and free on LFCTV GO with our single camera coverage starting from 6.55pm. Click here to sign up for LFCTV GO.

View from the player, Gemma Bonner

"First and foremost, we wanted to bounce back against Birmingham at the weekend after last week – going Durham and not getting three points – so we wanted to improve on that performance. Hopefully we can push on now in future games and show a different side to our game, and dig in for future results.

"Progress in the cup is the aim and we are focusing on that. With the game coming so quickly, it is a chance for us to build on the momentum from the Birmingham win. We know sides will try and blocks but we have to come up with ways to break them down."

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'Lallana return is a massive boost ahead of crucial period'

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 15/11/2017 - 12:34
The return of the fit-again Adam Lallana 'will feel like a new signing' for Liverpool of a hectic run of fixtures, according to Jason McAteer.
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'Lallana return is a massive boost ahead of crucial period'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 15/11/2017 - 12:34

The return of the fit-again Adam Lallana 'will feel like a new signing' for Liverpool of a hectic run of fixtures, according to Jason McAteer.

Lallana has yet to feature for the Reds in 2017-18 having sustained a thigh injury during the penultimate game of their pre-season schedule. 

But, as recently revealed by Jürgen Klopp, the 29-year-old is on track to make his comeback when domestic football resumes following the international break.

And McAteer believes the midfielder's availability provides a timely boost going into the busy Christmas period.

"It will feel like a new signing. Adam played a crucial part last year," he told Liverpoolfc.com.

"[He] is one who can offensively play in a number of positions, so it will be great to have him back, he will be raring to go and he will be fresh. 

"He has plenty of ability, he’s added goals to his repertoire as well so he will be a welcome return. 

"He’s a lovely player to watch on the eye and he offers a lot. Like I said before it’s a crucial period. 

"It’s a crucial time to pick up points and not drop silly points. With the demands of football now you are playing three games a week and it becomes very stressful. 

"To have someone like Lallana back who you can get a run of games out of is a massive boost for the club."

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Klopp will also hope to have Sadio Mane available again after the winger returned for the Reds during the 4-1 win over West Ham United that preceded the break.

Although he was something of a surprise inclusion in the starting XI against the Hammers, the Senegalese underlined his value to the Reds by providing two assists.

McAteer said of the No.19: "You miss him when he is not there.

"The manager said he would come back after the international break, but he obviously spoke to the physios and the player and he was raring to go. 

"He got his performance against West Ham spot on. He just adds something different. 

"I think the players look around the dressing room and when he is fit and playing he gives a massive boost to the team. 

"I know everyone talks about Coutinho being the star man but he is right up there as being vitally important for Liverpool and it’s important he come back from the break fit at this crucial time."

With Philippe Coutinho having recovered from an adductor problem ahead of Southampton's visit to Anfield this weekend, Klopp is facing something of a selection headache.

But McAteer insists the manager will welcome the chance to rotate his squad to ensure fresh legs over a period that will see the Reds contest 13 games in 45 days.

He explained: "This is why you put a squad of numbers together. You have cup games thrown in there, we have Champions League this year and we have a run of games over this period. 

"I think he has a squad more than able to cope with the demands that come their way. 

"There is a lot of football to be played up until new year, but like I said we are getting players back and there are a lot of players playing in Europe this year. 

"There are probably one or two players who are able to get on the bench and not start week in week out but there are also a lot who see themselves as a big part of the first team and play a lot of football. 

"You look at James Milner who didn’t play at the start of the season but he has played the last five games and he will play a big part coming in. 

"It’s all about balancing and playing people at the right time. The physical team, the medical team, the scientists at the club will all be watching the players closely and recovering properly and rehydrating."

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Now: Watch Ladies v Villa live and FREE

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 15/11/2017 - 12:25
Liverpool Ladies host Aston Villa Ladies in the Continental Tyres Cup at the Select Security Stadium in Widnes on Wednesday night - and you can watch the game live free on LFCTV GO from 6.55pm GMT.
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6.55pm GMT: Watch Ladies v Villa live and FREE

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 15/11/2017 - 12:25
Liverpool Ladies host Aston Villa Ladies in the Continental Tyres Cup at the Select Security Stadium in Widnes on Wednesday night - and you can watch the game live free on LFCTV GO from 6.55pm GMT.
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6.55pm GMT: Watch Ladies v Villa live and FREE

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 15/11/2017 - 12:25

Liverpool Ladies host Aston Villa Ladies in the Continental Tyres Cup at the Select Security Stadium in Widnes on Wednesday night - and you can watch the game live free on LFCTV GO from 6.55pm GMT.

Scott Rogers' side can clinch qualification to the quarter-finals of  the competition with a victory over the WSL 2 outfit.

Kick-off is at 7pm and we are delighted to be able to bring you the whole match with our single-camera coverage.

Watch the game live and free on LFCTV GO via the stream below from 6.55pm.

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'Prepare, play, recover, repeat' - How LFC will deal with their busy winter

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 15/11/2017 - 12:10
As a professional who has spent the majority of his career in the Premier League, Simon Mignolet can speak with authority about the challenges posed by English football’s packed winter schedule.
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'Prepare, play, recover, repeat' - How LFC will deal with their busy winter

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 15/11/2017 - 12:10

As a professional who has spent the majority of his career in the Premier League, Simon Mignolet can speak with authority about the challenges posed by English football’s packed winter schedule.

Liverpool’s home game against Southampton on Saturday and their trip to Burnley on New Year's Day bookend a 44-day period that includes 13 Premier League and Champions League fixtures.

Playing so many matches in such a short space of time is bound to test any squad, but what’s the key to dealing with such a relentless programme?

Allow Liverpool goalkeeper Mignolet to explain.

“You take every game as it comes, really. Don’t look too far ahead, make sure you’re prepared for the next one, try to recover after it, and get yourself up for the next one as well. That’s the way to go,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.

“I’ve been here in England for seven years now and I’m pretty used to how it goes in that winter period. 

“You have to make sure you stay healthy and fit, get the right rest and recovery off the pitch and then put the work in on it, and everything will take care of itself.”

In the corresponding period 12 months ago, Liverpool won six of their 10 matches while only losing once - the kind of form Mignolet is determined to replicate this season.

“I think that’s what we need at this moment in time as well,” the Belgium international said.

“We have a long run to push ourselves up with the rest of the teams at the top of the Premier League so that’s what the aim is and if we can get on that run, then anything is possible.”

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Gomez takes his chance

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Wed, 15/11/2017 - 11:50
By Nick Wright at Wembley Stadium

Last Updated: 15/11/17 11:11am

Joe Gomez was England's man of the match against BrazilJoe Gomez was England's man of the match against Brazil Joe Gomez was England's man of the match against Brazil

Liverpool's Joe Gomez defied his years with an outstanding full debut for England against Brazil, writes Nick Wright at Wembley.

For the yellow-clad Brazil supporters clustered in the away end at Wembley and the thousands more dotted around every corner of the stadium, it was not quite the party they came for. The drums were loud and the shrieks almost deafening whenever the ball found its way to Neymar, but out on the pitch England were determined to dampen their mood.

Time and again Brazil came forward and time and again they were repelled. A second consecutive 0-0 draw might not usually be viewed positively for England, but it only took a cursory glance at the team-sheet to see the gulf between the sides. Brazil had the luxury of leaving Thiago Silva and Roberto Firmino on the bench; England named Lewis Cook and Jack Cork on theirs.

England hold Brazil to draw

England's young side were put to the test but earned a credible 0-0 draw with Brazil.

Injuries had reduced Gareth Southgate's options but they also opened the door for Joe Gomez to become England's next young star after Ruben Loftus-Cheek shone so brightly against Germany on Friday. Gomez was thrown on for his debut when Phil Jones pulled up with a calf problem in that game, and the Liverpool youngster kept his place ahead of Gary Cahill against Brazil.

An evening up against Neymar is about as tough as a full debut can get for a 20-year-old with only 14 Premier League appearances under his belt, but watching Gomez you wouldn't have known it. On the right of John Stones and Harry Maguire in a youthful back three, he barely put a foot wrong.

The pre-match pyrotechnics were still cooling down when he set the tone for his performance, rising for a high ball with Gabriel Jesus and sending the Manchester City striker sprawling to the turf as he won it. Any fears that he may be overawed by the occasion immediately disappeared.

Gareth Southgate was full of praise for Joe Gomez after the gameGareth Southgate was full of praise for Joe Gomez after the game Gareth Southgate was full of praise for Joe Gomez after the game

With support from Kyle Walker outside of him and a steady stream of instructions from Stones to his left, Gomez looked assured from the outset. A few minutes before half-time, he even had the confidence to execute a Cruyff turn up against Neymar, sending the £200m man the wrong way as he nonchalantly stroked the ball onto a team-mate.

Southgate had called on his defenders to be brave and Gomez did not let him down. There was a misplaced pass in his own half which almost landed England in trouble shortly after the break, but it was a rare lapse. He finished the game with an 87 per cent passing accuracy and his defensive contribution was even more impressive.

His best moments came in the closing stages. The game was becoming stretched and Brazil were threatening to overrun the hosts, but Gomez was alert when it mattered. An outstanding covering tackle on his Liverpool team-mate Firmino drew a roar of appreciation from the home fans in the 82nd minute, and shortly after that there was a crucial block to stop a Neymar through ball.

"Joe has been given the man-of-the-match award and rightly so," said Southgate in his post-match press conference. "We know his athleticism is a real asset, but there was also his decision-making and his calmness in the face of the high-quality movement and the high-quality through passes that he had to read."

Neymar and Kyle Walker in action during the 0-0 draw at WembleyNeymar and Kyle Walker in action during the 0-0 draw at Wembley Neymar and Kyle Walker in action during the 0-0 draw at Wembley

Reading those passes was an area in which he excelled. The former Charlton youngster has played exclusively at right-back this season for Liverpool, but his positioning was impeccable in Southgate's back three. The statistics showed Gomez made eight interceptions in total - more than the rest of his team combined and twice as many as any Brazil player.

Gomez described it as a "great experience" after the game and Southgate agreed. "We can look at areas to improve but we have found so many positives in terms of players who have performed at this level for the first time," he said. "It's not going to get much tougher for them that it was tonight. They will gain huge confidence."

England do not return to action until March but Gomez will have opportunities to build on that confidence at Liverpool, where Nathaniel Clyne has just been ruled out for a further three months. Gomez is already a favourite with Jurgen Klopp having started eight of their 11 Premier League games so far, and it now seems Southgate is similarly enamoured.

It is not difficult to understand why. With fearsome physicality and maturity beyond his years, Gomez is suddenly an England centre-back with a bright future. And on Tuesday night, as the drums died down and the shrieks fell silent, his performance was instrumental in ensuring it was the England supporters who went home happier.

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Revealed: The Reds players due to return to Melwood today

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 15/11/2017 - 11:30
Eight Liverpool players are set to report back to Melwood today ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Southampton.
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Revealed: The Reds players due to return to Melwood today

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 15/11/2017 - 11:30

Eight Liverpool players are set to report back to Melwood today ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Southampton.

Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino will return from Brazil duty, while Simon Mignolet heads back from the Belgium squad.

Meanwhile, Dominic Solanke, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold will arrive at the club’s training ground after representing England at senior and U21 level respectively, as Ben Woodburn and Danny Ward following their inclusion in the Wales squad.

On Tuesday, Sadio Mane returned from action with Senegal, while Dejan Lovren checked in following his role in helping Croatia secure World Cup qualification.

Andy Robertson was back in training on Monday following Scotland duty.

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Could Jurgen Klopp’s new-look system revive Daniel Sturridge’s Liverpool career?

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 15/11/2017 - 10:00

Jurgen Klopp’s decision to make a tweak to his system could see Daniel Sturridge rise from the ashes and revive his glittering Liverpool career.


The 2013/14 season was a memorable one for Liverpool fans. They finished as runners-up to Man City and it’s the closest they’ve come to a league title for over a quarter of a century.

Luis Suarez, with his 31 strikes, was rightly lauded for his contribution to the campaign.

But it was Sturridge who got the season underway in fine fashion with three winning goals in the opening three matches.

The Birmingham-born forward was a match-winner and game-changer; he finished the season with 21 goals in 29 appearances.

He looked set to join the likes of Ian Rush, Kenny Dalglish, Robbie Fowler, Fernando Torres and Suarez as one of the all-time goalscoring greats for the club.

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But injuries robbed him of this opportunity.

 Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge looks dejected after missing a chance against Southampton during the Football League Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In the following three seasons he scored just the 15 Premier League goals, yet he has still maintained his goal-every-other-game record.

For further context, however, he’s featured in 46 matches, with just 24 of them being starts.

His cause wasn’t helped by the manager: Klopp initially built his system around a fluid, hardworking attacking three made up of Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho.

Sadio Mane replaced Lallana in Klopp’s second season but the makeup of the attacking trio was still the same.

Sturridge was given an opportunity: he started games when Mane was away with Senegal. Liverpool were in a rut.

The scapegoat was Sturridge, despite him not being at fault for Liverpool’s poor attempt at piecing together a potent attack without Mane. He even fell behind Divock Origi in the pecking order.

It appeared as though the relationship had ran its course. The Reds needed a different style of striker and Sturridge needed to be played in a system to get the best out of him.

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Problems for Keita?

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Wed, 15/11/2017 - 09:00
Nick Wright

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Last Updated: 15/11/17 9:13am

Liverpool-bound Naby Keita has been sent off three times this seasonLiverpool-bound Naby Keita has been sent off three times this season Liverpool-bound Naby Keita has been sent off three times this season

​​​​​​​The Anfield-bound Naby Keita was outstanding for RB Leipzig last season but his form and discipline have come under scrutiny after three red cards in his last 10 appearances for club and country. So what's going on? And should Liverpool be worried?

It has been an eventful few months for Naby Keita. A summer of intense transfer speculation was interrupted by the dangerous tackle on RB Leipzig team-mate Diego Demme which caused a training session to be abandoned in July, and there has been more drama both on and off the pitch since his club-record move to Liverpool was finally confirmed at the end of August.

Red cards against Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayern Munich came either side of another sending off during an international appearance for Guinea, and last week German authorities hit him with a six-figure fine for allegedly using a forged driving licence. From quietly inspiring RB Leipzig's unexpected success last season, Keita is now attracting headlines for the wrong reasons.

Naby Keita's latest red card came in a German Cup game against Bayern MunichNaby Keita's latest red card came in a German Cup game against Bayern Munich Naby Keita's latest red card came in a German Cup game against Bayern Munich

There have been highlights amid the controversy - most notably his stunning long-range goal against Hamburg in September - but according to Ronald Tenbusch, a football journalist who covers RB Leipzig for the newspaper Die Welt, the general consensus in Germany is that Keita's performances have dipped from the heights of last season.

"So far this season everyone here feels that Naby has performed on a slightly lower level," Tenbusch tells Sky Sports. "Most likely it is because expectations have become bigger after his outstanding breakthrough season. But people have also had the feeling, especially in the early weeks of the season, that his upcoming move to Liverpool has influenced his performances."

Keita’s red cards

RB Leipzig v Borussia Monchengladbach, September 16: A straight red card for a dangerous high boot on Gladbach's Chrisoph Kramer in the 83rd minute.

Guinea v Tunisia, October 7: Another straight red card, this time for raising an arm to the face of Tunisia player Ben Amor in injury time.

RB Leipzig v Bayern Munich, October 25: Two bookings, the first for a lunge on Thiago Alcantara before half-time, the second for pulling back Robert Lewandowski after the break.

Keita could be forgiven for feeling a little distracted. It has, after all, been an extraordinary rise for a player who only turned professional with French minnows FC Istres four years ago. What is a little more troubling, however, is that the midfielder's recent disciplinary problems could easily have been even worse.

Keita has already received five yellow cards in addition to his reds - only three fewer than in the whole of last season - with head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl forced to substitute him early during RB Leipzig's recent meetings with Besiktas and Borussia Dortmund. Hasenhuttl insisted Keita had "learned his lesson" last month, but the problems have persisted.

It points to a lack of focus, but are there other factors at play? Keita was a relative unknown when he arrived in the Bundesliga from Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg last summer, but these days he is a marked man. "He's now a player who others try to provoke," said Hasenhuttl last month. "He's on the receiving end a lot," added team-mate Yussuf Poulsen.

Naby Keita is being fouled far more than last season in the BundesligaNaby Keita is being fouled far more than last season in the Bundesliga Naby Keita is being fouled far more than last season in the Bundesliga

The statistics prove it. Keita's reputation follows him everywhere and so too do opposition defenders. In fact, Keita has been one of the Bundesliga's most fouled players this season. The 22-year-old is being fouled 3.1 times per 90 minutes compared to 1.9 times per 90 minutes in 2016/17. He is being dispossessed more frequently too.

It has proved frustrating for Keita, who, Tenbusch says, is also having to throw himself into more challenges. "He is involved in more duels than last season. So on one hand, opponents are more aggressive towards him. But on the other, his game has changed. Why? Because RB is pressing a little bit less this season, so Naby has to compete in more duels to win possession in midfield."

The rise of Naby Keita

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It's borne out in the numbers. Keita has gone from competing in 18.1 duels per 90 minutes last season to 25.7 per 90 minutes in the new campaign. And with his tackles also on the up, Keita now finds himself in more situations where a simple misjudgement can prompt a referee to reach for his cards.

But should Liverpool really be worried? "I don't think he has problems with discipline," says Tenbusch. "The only thing I have recognised is that he has changed his style a bit, he is wearing more extravagant clothes, but he is certainly not a diva."

RB Leipzig's Naby Keita rises for a header against Borussia DortmundRB Leipzig's Naby Keita rises for a header against Borussia Dortmund RB Leipzig's Naby Keita rises for a header against Borussia Dortmund

Those who know Keita best are similarly unconcerned. "Naby is easy-going," said Ralf Rangnick, the RB Leipzig sporting director who oversaw his transfer to Red Bull Salzburg two years before taking him to Germany. "It's hard not to get on well with him. Naby trains well, plays well, and is always on time. He's popular in the team."

Frederic Arpinon, the former FC Istres sporting director who gave Keita his chance in France, described him as a "great character" in conversation with Sky Sports in July, while Hasenhuttl has conveyed the same kind of message. "This is nothing that worries me," he said recently.

It is only natural for Keita's temperament to be questioned in light of his recent misdemeanours, but rather than being a cause for concern, his attitude - all humility and determination - is clearly a strength. Keita's disciplinary issues are those of a young player adapting to new circumstances. The under-the-radar star has become the centre of attention. It's not an easy transition.

Naby Keita is mobbed by team-mates after his recent goal against HamburgNaby Keita is mobbed by team-mates after his recent goal against Hamburg Naby Keita is mobbed by team-mates after his recent goal against Hamburg

"Of course he needs to learn how to handle aggressive opponents but I don't think he has a problem controlling his emotions," says Tenbusch. "He is not like Franck Ribery, who reacts with physical assaults when someone provokes him. From my point of view, Naby just needs to find the right balance in his style of play."

There have been signs that he is beginning do just that. Keita has not been shown a card in any of his last three appearances, and against Hannover last weekend his eye-catching display from the bench helped RB Leipzig overturn a one-goal deficit to win 2-1. For all the unwanted attention on the pitch, he is in fact creating more scoring chances and completing more dribbles than last season.

It's good news for RB Leipzig as they chase Bundesliga and Champions League success, and it's encouraging for his next club too. "He is looking more and more like the dominant central midfielder we used to know," says Tenbusch. Keita is still young and still learning, but Liverpool can look forward to getting to know him too.

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Joe Gomez stars as Liverpool quartet share the spoils in England 0-0 Brazil

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 15/11/2017 - 01:15

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Four Liverpool players were in action at Wembley on Tuesday evening as England held Brazil to a goalless draw, with Joe Gomez taking man of the match.


Gomez made his first senior England start on the right of Gareth Southgates’s back three and was tasked with handling the world’s most expensive player, Neymar.

Reds’ teammate Philippe Coutinho was also among his opponents as he made his comeback from injury.

He had a glimpse of goal early in the second-half when Neymar poked the ball through a tight England back line but he was always stretching and could only hit it onto the legs of Joe Hart.

England, with Gomez particularly impressive, produced a strong defensive display to keep out the South Americans.

There were a few moments of hesitation from the 20-year-old which allowed Jesus to get in behind and one well-timed run off the shoulder gave the Brazilian an opportunity to bring the ball down in the box. Gomez recovered well and though his challenge left Jesus in some discomfort, it was a fair one.

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On a whole, it was a composed performance from the Liverpool youngster and he was certainly not out of his depth at senior level – with his Man of the Match award testament to that.

Dominic Solanke, who received his first senior England call-up, and Roberto Firmino came on for the final 15 minutes for each side.

England's Dominic Solanke during the Bobby Moore Fund International match at Wembley Stadium, London.

It was 20-year-old Solanke who made an immediate impact – winning the ball in midfield and beating two players before being pulled down just outside the box.

He then linked up well with Tammy Abraham on the counter-attack and was almost through on goal were it not for a last-ditch interception.

Firmino didn’t make as much of an impression but he made several dangerous runs and were it not for a superb interception from Gomez, he may have been through on goal with four minutes of normal time left to play.

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The best chance of the game fell to Solanke in the 89th minute when Ashley Young’s cross fell to his feet at the back post.

It took him by surprise and he couldn’t get the ball out of his feet with his first touch – a hesitation which allowed goalkeeper Alisson Becker to desperately claw the ball away.

Overall, England’s young duo were particularly impressive and have certainly staked a claim for a place in Southgate’s next squad.

Speaking to ITV post-match, Gomez said: “For someone like me it is a great experience. We are happy with the clean-sheet and for me to play and put in a good shift, I am happy.

“I am just trying to improve each day and hopefully more opportunities can come.”

The best news of the night though will be that Coutinho and the other Reds’ appear to have come through the match unscathed.

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Internationals: A debut for Solanke and Gomez stars against Brazil

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 15/11/2017 - 01:00
Dominic Solanke came off the bench to make his England debut and Joe Gomez made an assured first start as Gareth Southgate's side played out a goalless draw with Brazil at Wembley on Tuesday night.
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