How Villa landed Coutinho: Gerrard’s impact, Barca nightmare – move could be made permanent for £33m

the Athletic - Sat, 01/08/2022 - 05:15
Philippe Coutinho was filled with excitement as soon as former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard called to confirm his interest in bringing him back to the Premier League with Aston Villa.

Barcelona were touting around the Brazilian, desperately hoping to get his £15 million-a-year salary off their books so they could stay under La Liga’s salary cap and register his eight-years-younger £55 million replacement Ferran Torres following his move from Manchester City.

Other Premier League clubs were willing to discuss terms but Villa have pushed hard and aggressively to get a deal over the line.

As the finer details were being ironed out, Coutinho reached out to former team-mates and fellow Brazilians already in the Premier League to discuss the history of Villa and the city of Birmingham.

Then, early on Friday morning, once negotiations were completed, the 29-year-old began his journey back to England — the country where he dazzled in a Liverpool shirt from January 2013 until his move to Barcelona five years later — to start a new chapter in his career.

Coutinho is with Villa until the end of this season when his longer-term future will be discussed.

They have an option to buy him in the summer for £33 million, but it is not an obligation. Villa have also taken on a sizeable chunk of his wages — believed to be around £240,000-a-week — and were convinced to take on that huge outlay after hearing Coutinho’s desire to make a difference again after what has been a third straight largely lost season for him with Barcelona.

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Lloyd Jones: Signed by Liverpool at 15, troubles with injury and the law – aiming big with Cambridge

the Athletic - Sat, 01/08/2022 - 04:52
Lloyd Jones was fearing the worst when he was pulled into the headteacher’s office at his high school in Plymouth in May 2011.

“My dad was in there so I thought I was in trouble,” the Cambridge United defender tells The Athletic. “I thought, ‘Oh no, here we go’. Then he just said, ‘Liverpool want to sign you’.”

From there, it all happened fast for Jones, who was 15 at the time.

He travelled to Merseyside and spent three days completing his move to the club. He explains how his boyhood side Plymouth Argyle were going through a rough time financially and had sold the teenager, who had been training with Peter Reid’s first-team, for £150,000.

It has failed to slow down since for the now-26-year-old who was plucked from his Year 10 classroom over a decade ago.

While trying to climb the ladder at Liverpool, Jones was loaned out on four occasions to Cheltenham Town, Accrington Stanley, Blackpool and Swindon Town and there have been issues with the law too off the pitch.

Today he should have been lining up for Cambridge for their visit to Newcastle United in the FA Cup but a groin injury — that required minor surgery — means he misses out, not for the first time in his career.

It was at Blackpool where he suffered a double injury in the closing stages of a 2-0 win at home to Chesterfield in September 2015. This derailed the progress he had been making at Bloomfield Road — in a struggling Blackpool team, he had stood out.

“I went up for a header in the last minute and it was a complete car crash,” he recalls. “I did my knee and ankle at the same time, which is quite rare. I landed funny in literally the last 10 seconds of the game and had to have two operations on my knee and one on my ankle.

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Klopp’s stand-in revealed as 2 targets emerge – Liverpool FC Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 01/07/2022 - 16:45

Despite the uncertainty, Liverpool are pushing ahead with preparations for their FA Cup clash with Shrewsbury, which has dominated the news at Anfield on Friday.

Liverpool are back in action

Though a high volume of COVID-19 cases prompted the Reds to postpone their League Cup semi-final clash with Arsenal on Thursday night, it was back to work at Kirkby the following day.

Liverpool reopened their doors at the AXA Training Centre at 11am, with Jurgen Klopp‘s assistant, Peter Krawietz, the man to lead the session.

Krawietz will take press conference duties on Saturday afternoon, and if Klopp cannot attend on Sunday, he will also serve as manager against Shrewsbury.

We’ve taken a look at the 50-year-old who Klopp calls ‘The Eye’ here.

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Who is Peter Krawietz? The Liverpool coach standing in for Jurgen Klopp

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 01/07/2022 - 16:00

If Jurgen Klopp is unable to attend due to COVID-19, Liverpool assistant manager Peter Krawietz will be in charge against Shrewsbury. So who is the man nicknamed ‘The Eye’?

It won’t be until the morning of the Reds’ FA Cup third-round tie they will discover, through a lateral flow test, if Klopp can take his place in the dugout.

With Pepijn Lijnders still in isolation after testing positive for Covid, the next in line were Klopp to miss out is Krawietz – an unlikely candidate to manage a cup game for Liverpool.

These are exceptional circumstances, however, and there will be every faith in Krawietz and the players available to him that they can book a place in the fourth round.

But who is Krawietz, and what is his usual role with the Reds?

Who is Peter Krawietz?

 Liverpool’s manager Jürgen Klopp (L) and assistant manager Peter Krawietz celebrate on the podium during the trophy presentation as the Reds are crowned Champions after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A native of Mainz, Krawietz began his career in football in a role as video analyst for his local club, joining the German outfit in 1996.

That came after earning a degree in sports at the University of Mainz, which led him to gain a placement with the then-2. Bundesliga side, eventually securing a permanent role.

He was promoted to the role of chief scout in 2001, before heading to Dortmund seven years later to support Klopp as assistant manager, and then on to Liverpool in 2015.

The 50-year-old’s job title at Liverpool is assistant manager, but while Lijnders regularly takes training sessions and is a vocal figure on the touchline, Krawietz works more behind the scenes, focused on analysis, scouting and set-pieces.

How long has he worked with Klopp?

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp (L) and assistant manager Peter Krawietz before the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Effectively, his entire adult life.

When Krawietz joined Mainz, Klopp was still a player, and it was Krawietz’s job to analyse his performances at right-back, singling out areas to improve.

It was Klopp who promoted his then-colleague to chief scout upon assuming the manager’s role in 2001, and he then brought him with him to Dortmund and Liverpool.

So, all in all, over 25 years together, in one capacity or another.

Why is he nicknamed ‘The Eye’?

 Liverpool's manager J¸rgen Klopp consults first team coach Peter Krawietz (L) an first-team development coach Pepijn Lijnders (C) during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Cardiff City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It is part of Klopp’s ethos as a manager that those working closest with him are equally as important as he is, and that is where Krawietz’s nickname comes from.

At first, Klopp was ‘The Heart’, Krawietz ‘The Eye’ and Zeljko Buvac ‘The Brain’, but now Lijnders has assumed the mantle of the departed Bosnian-Serb.

Krawietz is ‘The Eye’ due to his expertise in visual analysis; he gives Klopp the vision, Lijnders the knowledge.

Has he ever managed before?

 Liverpool's first team coach Peter Krawietz during a training session at the Stadio Olimpico ahead of the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg match between AS Roma and Liverpool FC. Liverpool lead 5-2 from the 1st Leg. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

No. Despite his long association with Mainz, Dortmund and Liverpool, Krawietz has never managed a game of professional football, nor has he ever played professionally.

Buvac stood in for Klopp while he was sidelined after appendix removal in 2016, while Lijnders and Neil Critchley have also step up in the past.

Krawietz is, however, believed to hold a UEFA Pro Licence for coaching, and as a teenager he coached at under-8s level.

What has he said?

 Liverpool's first team coach Peter Krawietz sits in the bench before a preseason friendly match between Tranmere Rovers FC and Liverpool FC at Prenton Park. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Speaking to the club’s official website in 2020, Krawietz detailed the duties he fills on a daily basis:

“I’m analysing, thinking about football.

“Pep is preparing training sessions and I’m the part who is thinking about our game constantly.

“So preparing the next game is the main part. We have a look at the next opponent we face – what we can expect, what we will have to do, where are our solutions.

“Preparing this, preparing the team and leading up to a video meeting, where we want to be precise and want to show our players exactly what will be our solutions for the next game. This is the main part.

“This keeps you busy, I can tell you!”

Krawietz will take Liverpool’s pre-match press conference at 1pm on Saturday, ahead of the Shrewsbury clash.

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FA Cup third round overall preview: Foxes begin defence

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Fri, 01/07/2022 - 15:15

Team news, match stats and how to follow ahead of a bumper weekend of FA Cup third round action as Premier League clubs enter the competition.

Selected Saturday third-round tiesKick Off 12.30pm: Burnley vs Huddersfield

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Team news: Burnley boss Sean Dyche will be absent for Saturday's FA Cup third-round clash with Huddersfield at Turf Moor as he isolates after testing positive for coronavirus.

In addition, Clarets assistant manager Ian Woan, overseeing things while Dyche is away, on Thursday said he believed there were four new positive cases within the playing staff.

A pair who had already been missing after positive tests are goalkeeper Nick Pope and midfielder Josh Brownhill - while Pope had not returned to training on Thursday, Brownhill was described by Woan as a "possibility" for Saturday's tie.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson is a doubt due to an injury sustained in Sunday's 3-1 Premier League loss at Leeds, and Maxwel Cornet (Africa Cup of Nations duty with Ivory Coast), Ashley Barnes (injury) and Connor Roberts (non-coronavirus-related infection) are all definitely unavailable.

Huddersfield have Aaron Rowe ruled out due to a positive Covid-19 test.

But boss Carlos Corberan is set to be back in the dugout after missing the 0-0 Championship draw at Blackburn on January 2 for the same reason.

There could be returns to action for skipper Jonathan Hogg and Naby Sarr, who have been recovering from knee and back issues respectively.

It remains to be seen if there is any involvement for Danny Ward after he went off only 15 minutes into the 1-0 win at Nottingham Forest on December 30 after complaining of breathing problems and feeling unwell, then missed the Blackburn game.

Key stat: This will be the first FA Cup meeting between Burnley and Huddersfield Town since January 1972, a 1-0 victory for the Terriers.

Kick-Off 12.45pm: Millwall vs Crystal Palace

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between Bristol City and Millwall.

Team news: Millwall will have to check on the fitness of Jed Wallace ahead of Saturday's FA Cup showdown with local rivals Crystal Palace.

The five-goal hitman, who is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with a move during the January transfer window, has not featured since December 11 due to a thigh injury but returned to training this week and could be involved for the third-round tie.

Lions boss Gary Rowett confirmed on Thursday back-up goalkeeper George Long will start while Maikel Kieftenbeld, Ben Thompson, George Saville and Connor Mahoney may be part of the squad following recent absences.

Daniel Ballard (knee), Ryan Leonard (ankle), Danny McNamara and Mason Bennett (both illness) look set to miss out while Murray Wallace could also be sidelined, with his partner due to give birth on Saturday.

Crystal Palace will be boosted for the trip across south London by the return of Conor Gallagher, who had sat out the last two matches due to an unspecified issue.

The Chelsea loanee returned to training this week and could start at the Den, with manager Patrick Vieira insisting on Friday he will put out his "best team" against the Sky Bet Championship side.

Palace will be without a number of key personnel though, with Cheikhou Kouyate, Jordan Ayew and Wilfried Zaha away at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Vice-captain James McArthur is also still unavailable due to a hamstring injury sustained in November.

Key stat: Millwall and Crystal Palace last met in the FA Cup in the 1984-85 campaign, with the Lions winning a third-round replay 2-1 at Selhurst Park.

Kick Off 3pm: Leicester vs Watford

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Team news: Jamie Vardy and Jonny Evans have been ruled out until March and April respectively to add to Leicester's injury woes ahead of the FA Cup game with Watford.

The pair have hamstring injuries and Evans has undergone surgery to fix his problem.

The hosts will also be without the injured Patson Daka, Ryan Bertrand, Ricardo Pereira, James Justin, Wesley Fofana and Caglar Soyuncu.

Boubakary Soumare, Filip Benkovic and Luke Thomas are out while Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall is struggling with a calf problem and Timothy Castagne is a doubt. Kelechi Iheanacho, Daniel Amartey and Nampalys Mendy are at the Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal respectively.

Watford have a doubt over Nigerian forward Emmanuel Dennis, who was taken off at half-time against Tottenham as a precaution after taking a kick to his ankle and is unlikely to be risked at the King Power Stadium.

Midfielder Imran Louza, forward Ismaila Sarr and defenders Adam Masina and William Troost-Ekong are all away with their national teams at the Africa Cup of Nations.

New signings Hassane Kamara and Brazilian defender Samir are being assessed on Friday before a decision is made on whether they will be in line to make a debut.

Goalkeeper Ben Foster (groin) is closing in on a return, while Christian Kabasele (calf) and Kiko Femenia (hamstring) are also stepping up their recovery. Midfielder Kwadwo Baah (ankle), Peter Etebo (quad) and Nicolas Nkoulou (hamstring) are long-term absentees.

Key stat: Leicester last faced Watford in the FA Cup in February 1982 in a fifth-round clash, winning 2-0 at Filbert Street.

Kick Off 3pm: Newcastle vs Cambridge

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Team news: Newcastle will head into Saturday's FA Cup third-round tie against League One Cambridge with Covid-19 still having an impact on their squad.

The Magpies' Premier League fixtures against Everton and Southampton were postponed because of an outbreak within the camp and while he did not identify the players involved - defender Ciaran Clark and midfielders Joe Willock and Matt Ritchie were missing from the squad for the 1-1 draw with Manchester United on December 27 - head coach Eddie Howe has admitted there will be absences once again this weekend.

New signing Kieran Trippier could be included for the first time, but striker Callum Wilson is due to undergo a further scan to determine the extent of his calf injury, while midfielder Isaac Hayden is expected to be sidelined for 10 weeks after undergoing knee surgery.

Full-back Jamal Lewis (hamstring) and central defender Federico Fernandez (thigh) are working their way back to full fitness and Paul Dummett (calf) is also closing in on a return.

Cambridge will be without winger Sam Smith through suspension.

The 23-year-old was sent off for a second bookable offence during Monday's 0-0 league draw with Portsmouth and will serve a one-match ban as a result, with Jack Lankester and Harvey Knibbs among those who could replace him.

Head coach Mark Bonner has indicated he will otherwise have a similar squad available as he had for the Pompey game, which was the club's first since December 18 because of coronavirus.

Few members of Bonner's squad have played at St James' Park previously with the notable exception of 39-year-old former Norwich midfielder Wes Hoolahan.

Key stat: This is the first ever FA Cup meeting between Newcastle and Cambridge, and first in any competition since April 1993 - a 3-0 win for the Magpies in the second tier.

Kick Off 3pm: Port Vale vs Brentford

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Team news: To follow

Key stat: Having progressed against Southampton in 1993-94 and then Everton in 1995-96, Port Vale have been eliminated from their last seven FA Cup ties against Premier League opposition.

Kick Off 3pm: West Brom vs Brighton

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Team news: West Brom manager Valerien Ismael will be forced to make at least five changes to his squad for the FA Cup third-round tie at home to Premier League side Brighton.

Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone and midfielder Alex Mowatt are suspended after they were sent off against Cardiff last Sunday. Semi Ajayi has gone on international duty with Nigeria, and loan duo Matthew Clarke and Jayson Molumby are unable to play against their parent club.

Ismael said "one or two" of the younger, fringe members of his squad could expect to be included.

Daryl Dike, signed at the start of the month from Orlando City, is being prepared to make his Albion debut against QPR on January 15 and is not expected to feature against the Seagulls, but Matt Phillips could feature after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Brighton defender Adam Webster is likely to miss the visit to The Hawthorns.

The centre-back, who played the full 90 minutes in last Sunday's 3-2 Premier League win at Everton, is suffering from fatigue.

Seagulls captain Lewis Dunk remains sidelined by a knee injury and Mali midfielder Yves Bissouma is unavailable due to his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Danny Welbeck could make his first start since returning from a three-month injury absence but fellow forwards Jurgen Locadia and Aaron Connolly were this week allowed to leave the club.

Key stat: West Brom remained unbeaten in their two Premier League games against Brighton last season, drawing 1-1 away and winning 1-0 at the Hawthorns.

Kick Off 5.30pm: Chelsea vs Chesterfield

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Team news: Andreas Christensen could return after back trouble to ease Chelsea's defensive issues in Saturday's FA Cup third-round clash with non-league Chesterfield.

Thiago Silva and N'Golo Kante will continue Covid isolation, while Trevoh Chalobah (thigh), Ben Chilwell (knee) and Reece James (hamstring) remain out of action.

Cesar Azpilicueta avoided any injury in the midweek win over Tottenham, while Kai Havertz will be available despite a painful broken finger.

Youngsters Harvey Vale and Lewis Hall should be involved again, though boss Thomas Tuchel will still aim to field a strong starting line-up.

Chesterfield boss James Rowe has a number of selection issues to deal with ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge.

Tyrone Williams is cup-tied after being involved in an earlier round of the competition for Solihull, which is likely to open up a place in the team for Fraser Kerr.

Irish defender Gavin Gunning could miss out after being taken off as a precaution with fatigue in the New Year's Day win over King's Lynn, having returned to the team following a broken nose. Jamie Grimes is poised to deputise if Gunning misses out.

Jack Clarke has learned that the ruptured hamstring he suffered in the league match against Halifax on December 28 will keep him out for nine months, while Laurence Maguire is also out.

Key stat: Chelsea haven't faced Chesterfield in the FA Cup since the 1949-50 season, winning 3-0 in a fifth-round replay after a 1-1 draw.

Kick Off 5.30pm: Hull vs Everton

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Team news: Hull manager Grant McCann welcomes back three players for the FA Cup third-round tie with Everton but will have to do without several more because of injury at the MKM Stadium on Saturday.

Tom Huddlestone, Matt Ingram and Will Jarvis are back in the squad as the Tigers look to knock out their Premier League opponents.

McCann revealed forward Josh Magennis would miss the Everton game because of a hamstring injury but could return against Stoke in the Championship eight days later.

But the Tigers are without Mallik Wilks (foot) who faces two months on the sidelines and Callum Elder (groin) who is out for three weeks.

Everton could have new signings Vitalii Mykolenko and Nathan Patterson on duty at Hull after both joined the Goodison Park club this week. Ukraine left-back Mykolenko joined from Dynamo Kiev and right-back Patterson signed from Scottish champions Rangers.

Manager Rafael Benitez is looking to forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin to fire the Toffees to success but he will have to wait for him to resume his partnership with Richarlison.

The Brazilian remains on the injury list along with Yerry Mina, Andros Townsend and Tom Davies.

Key stat: Hull City last faced Everton in the FA Cup back in 1963-64, in the third round. The Toffees won 2-1 in a replay.

Kick Off 5.30pm: Swansea vs Southampton

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Team news: Swansea boss Russell Martin hopes to have a number of players back from Covid-related absences for Saturday's FA Cup third-round tie with Southampton.

The Swans have not played since December 11 after seeing Sky Bet Championship games against QPR, Millwall, Luton and Fulham postponed.

Martin will still have some absentees due to health and safety protocols around returning to training and playing.

City this week lost the services of loanee Ethan Laird after he was recalled by parent club Manchester United and then joined Bournemouth on a temporary basis.

Southampton have seven players unavailable for the trip to Wales.

Forward Che Adams and defender Kyle Walker-Peters have been ruled out by positive coronavirus cases, along with youngster Thierry Small.

Defender Mohammed Salisu is banned and Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is also missing Tino Livramento (knee) and Will Smallbone (calf).

Mali winger Moussa Djenepo is on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Key stat: Southampton have won seven of their last 10 meetings with Swansea (D1 L2), most recently a 1-0 away win in May 2018 in the Premier League.

Saturday's other FA Cup tiesSelected Sunday third-round tiesKick-Off 2pm: Charlton Athletic vs Norwich

Team news: Charlton will not be able to play on-loan defender Akin Famewo in Sunday's FA Cup third-round tie against Premier League Norwich.

The 23-year-old centre-back is not available to face his parent club under the terms of his season-long loan deal.

Top-scorer Jayden Stockley has been sent to visit a specialist over a hip problem which has kept him out since before Christmas.

Jonathan Leko scored a last-minute header to secure a 1-0 EFL Trophy win over Milton Keynes and send the Addicks into the quarter-finals, so could retain his place in attack.

Norwich, bottom of the Premier League, have not played since December 28 following a Covid-19 outbreak which saw the trip to Leicester on New Year's Day postponed.

Several players are expected to be back in contention, with captain Grant Hanley (shoulder), forward Milot Rashica (groin) and goalkeeper Tim Krul (coronavirus) among those set to return to training with the squad.

Midfielder Todd Cantwell, subject of transfer speculation during the January window, could be handed a start, but Lukas Rupp (hamstring), Mathias Normann (pelvis) and defender Andrew Omobamidele (back) remain sidelined.

Defender Bali Mumba has joined Peterborough on loan until the end of the season while 19-year-old forward Tyrese Omotoye will spend the rest of the campaign at Carlisle.

Key stat: Charlton Athletic and Norwich City have only met in the FA Cup once before, a third-round tie in 2008-09 that the Addicks won 1-0 in a replay after a 1-1 draw at the Valley.

Kick-Off 2pm: Liverpool vs Shrewsbury Town

Team news: A Covid-19 outbreak which caused the shut-down of first-team training for 48 hours will impact the side Liverpool put out at home to Shrewsbury in the third round of the FA Cup.

It was likely a number of fringe players would have featured regardless but with only the academy sides able to train over the last couple of days, the reliance on youngsters is likely to be greater.

That means the likes of Conor Bradley, Tyler Morton, Owen Beck, Kaide Gordon, Max Woltman and Harvey Blair will come into consideration, providing they are not affected by Covid.

First-teamers Thiago Alcantara (hip) and Divock Origi (knee) have been out for a couple of weeks and are unlikely to be risked but Takumi Minamino could come back after injury.

Shrewsbury's Daniel Udoh will be given until the last moment to prove his fitness.

The nine-goal striker limped out of last Sunday's 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday with a hamstring injury.

Fellow forward Tom Bloxham returns from a three-match suspension.

On-loan players Sam Cosgrove and Khanya Leshabela are available while newest temporary addition Saikou Janneh, from Bristol City, could make his debut.

Key stat: Liverpool have faced Shrewsbury in the FA Cup in two previous campaigns, eliminating the Shrews in the fourth round in both 1995-96 and 2019-20, the latter after a replay.

Kick-off 2pm: Tottenham vs Morecambe

Team news: Tottenham will be without Son Heung-min for the visit of League One Morecambe.

The South Korean picked up a muscle injury against Chelsea in midweek and is out for the remainder of Spurs' January fixtures.

Harry Kane will be rested as Antonio Conte looks set to give his fringe players a run.

A couple of unnamed players could still miss out with Covid-19 while Cristian Romero, Ryan Sessegnon and Steven Bergwijn are also set to be absent.

Morecambe could hand debuts to Jacob Bedeau and Trevor Carson.

Central defender Bedeau has arrived on loan from Burnley for the rest of the season while experienced goalkeeper Carson has signed from Dundee United for the same period.

Jake McPake will not be involved, though, as he has returned to parent club Rangers after playing seven times in the first half of the season.

Boss Stephen Robinson is returning to the club where he came through the ranks and represented the first team twice in the 1990s.

Key stat: This is the first ever competitive meeting between Tottenham and Morecambe - Spurs have progressed past each of their last 20 FA Cup ties against sides from the third tier or lower since losing 2-1 at Port Vale in January 1988.

Kick-off 2pm: West Ham vs Leeds

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Team news: West Ham are still without injured defenders Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna for the visit of Leeds.

Full-back Aaron Creswell could miss out again due to a back problem.

Boss David Moyes also confirmed there are "one or two" Covid cases in the Hammers camp.

Alphonse Areola could replace Lukasz Fabianski in goal as he has in the previous cup competitions.

Leeds have suffered a fresh injury setback ahead of the trip south with Joe Gelhardt joining the already-long list of those in the treatment room.

Marcelo Bielsa is hoping that Patrick Bamford, back from a hamstring problem, is ready to start after Tyler Roberts hobbled off in last weekend's win over Burnley before Gelhardt hurt his ankle in training on Thursday.

Bielsa estimated that both players face three weeks out.

They join Leeds' lengthy injury list, with Liam Cooper, Kalvin Phillips, Rodrigo, Pascal Struijk, Charlie Cresswell and Jamie Shackleton already ruled out.

Key stat: Leeds have lost their last three meetings with West Ham in all competitions, more than they had in their previous 28 against them beforehand (W18 D8 L2).

Kick-Off 2pm: Wolves vs Sheffield United

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Team news: Wolves boss Bruno Lage is expected to make some changes for their FA Cup tie against Sheffield United.

John Ruddy is likely to deputise for Jose Sa in goal while the likes of Ki-Jana Hoever and Fabio Silva could also be handed rare starting places. Rayan Ait-Nouri is fit again after a groin problem and the French defender could get his first outing for a month on Sunday.

Lage, a former assistant manager at Sheffield Wednesday, may not make too many changes, however, with his team having played only once since December 19.

Hwang Hee-chan (hamstring), Willy Boly (calf), Jonny Castro Otto (knee), Yerson Mosquera (hamstring) and Pedro Neto (knee) remain out.

Sheffield United will be without 11 players due to injury and coronavirus issues.

The Blades have not had a game since December 20 and boss Paul Heckingbottom did not name the players affected, although Robin Olsen is known to be an absentee.

Morgan Gibbs-White, on loan from Wolves, would have been eligible to play against his parent club but the midfielder is nursing a knee injury.

Rhian Brewster resumed training this week after an absence with a hamstring issue and the striker should be involved in the third-round tie.

Key stat: Wolves are looking to win three consecutive games against Sheffield United in all competitions for the first time since February 1966, the third game of which was in the FA Cup.

Kick-Off 5.10pm: Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal

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Team news: To follow

Key stat: This is the fifth FA Cup meeting between Nottingham Forest and Arsenal, with both sides progressing twice each - Forest in 1987-88 and 2017-18, and Arsenal in 1978-79 and 1992-93.

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Mo Salah on final shortlist for 2021 Best FIFA Men's Player

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 01/07/2022 - 15:01

Mohamed Salah has been named one of the final three contenders for the 2021 Best FIFA Men’s Player award.

The Liverpool and Egypt forward was today confirmed on a shortlist that also includes Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich/Poland) and Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona/Paris Saint-Germain/Argentina).

The accolade recognises the performances and achievements of men’s players worldwide from October 2020 to August 2021, with a list of 11 nominees now reduced to a final trio.

Equally weighted votes by current men’s national team coaches and captains, journalists and fans on FIFA.com will decide the winner of The Best FIFA Men’s Player, to be announced during a live broadcast on Monday January 17.

Salah, who is currently preparing to represent Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations, scored 26 goals for the Reds during the applicable period and has, of course, continued his scintillating form into 2021-22 with 23 strikes and nine assists in 26 games at club level.

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Mo Salah on final shortlist for 2021 Best FIFA Men's Player

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 01/07/2022 - 15:01
Mohamed Salah has been named one of the final three contenders for the 2021 Best FIFA Men’s Player award.
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Tyler Morton involved vs. Shrewsbury as Liverpool squad becomes clearer

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 01/07/2022 - 14:44

Liverpool are yet to confirm which of their first-team players and staff have tested positive for COVID-19, but Tyler Morton is among the group available vs. Shrewsbury.

The Reds find themselves in an uncertain position as they prepare for their FA Cup third-round tie at Anfield, with the outbreak of Covid at their training ground in Kirkby even worse than reported.

Jurgen Klopp himself has “no idea” whether or not he will be able to take charge against Shrewsbury, with assistant Peter Krawietz due to face journalists in his place on Saturday.

The manager is in a similar position as Alisson, Joel Matip and Roberto Firmino, who are all confirmed to have tested positive for Covid but, if they are now negative and are showing no symptoms, could now leave isolation.

Otherwise, with the League Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal postponed and with no updates from Kirkby, it has been anyone’s guess who could feature at the weekend.

But with Morton conducting an interview with the club’s official website on Friday, it is effectively confirmed that the 19-year-old will take part.

“We try to remain focused through everything, to be honest, and especially through tough times for everyone at the club and for every club in the Premier League,” he told LiverpoolFC.com.

“The main thing is that you’ve got to stay ready because anything can happen and as you can see, the FA Cup’s definitely going on and everyone is buzzing about it because we’re playing a game – especially me!”

 Liverpool's Curtis Jones (R) celebrates with team-mate Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' after scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Brentford FC and Liverpool FC at the Brentford Community Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Morton is likely to start in midfield, with Fabinho and Curtis Jones other available options having already spent part of December in isolation.

There is a chance Jordan Henderson is fit, too, having already provided his column for the matchday programme, while Virgil van Dijk is in the same position as Fabinho and Jones.

Liverpool could draft in a host of youngsters after calling off their FA Youth Cup clash with Burnley in preparation, and among those could be Kaide Gordon and Harvey Davies.

The Covid situation could, in fact, see Klopp – or his stand-in – name a stronger side than he perhaps would have done if all players were at his disposal.

Shrewsbury are currently 14th in League One, having won three and drawn one in their last four games, which is their longest unbeaten run of the campaign so far.

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Salah, Kerr on FIFA Player of the Year shortlists

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Fri, 01/07/2022 - 14:35

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been shortlisted for The Best FIFA Men's Player of the Year award, while Chelsea's Sam Kerr is up for the Women's award.

The Egypt star is currently with his national team preparing for the Africa Cup of Nations but has been nominated after a blistering start to the season at club level.

Salah is the Premier League's top goalscorer so far this season, with 16 to his name, and is arguably in the best form of his life.

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Some of Mohamed Salah's best goals from his time in the Premier League

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and Paris St Germain's Lionel Messi are the other two names on the shortlist, which was announced by FIFA on Friday afternoon.

The award is voted for by a jury made up of current men's national team coaches and captains, one specialist journalist from each territory represented by a national team and fans registered on FIFA.com.

Lionel Messi Image: Lionel Messi is also shortlisted, alongside Robert Lewandowski

Lewandowski enjoyed another spectacular year at club level for Bayern, scoring a Bundesliga record 41 goals in the 2020-21 season to eclipse the previous best total set by Gerd Muller in the 1971-72 campaign.

Messi finally ended his wait for major international silverware in 2021 as he helped Argentina to win the Copa America. It was an emotional year for Messi, who left Barcelona for PSG last summer after more than 20 years at the Spanish club.

Kerr shortlisted for Women's award Sam Kerr signed a new deal with Chelsea this week until summer 2024 Image: Sam Kerr has been shortlisted for the Women's award

Chelsea forward Sam Kerr made the women's player of the year shortlist.

The Australian helped the Blues retain the Women's Super League title in 2021 and reach the Champions League final. She also scored twice in the 3-0 win over Arsenal in the Women's FA Cup final last month.

Barcelona and Spain team-mates Jennifer Hermoso and Alexia Putellas were the other names on the women's shortlist.

The award winners will be announced in a virtual ceremony on January 17.

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Tyler Morton: We're buzzing to play again!

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 01/07/2022 - 14:25
Liverpool’s players are ‘buzzing’ to return to action by getting their Emirates FA Cup campaign under way, Tyler Morton has explained.
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Tyler Morton: We're buzzing to play again!

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 01/07/2022 - 14:25

Liverpool’s players are ‘buzzing’ to return to action by getting their Emirates FA Cup campaign under way, Tyler Morton has explained.

After a week that included the postponement of the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal and the temporary closure of the AXA Training Centre due to a significant number of suspected positive COVID-19 test results, the Reds are now preparing for their third-round meeting with Shrewsbury Town.

And the teenager has detailed the feeling of excitement among the squad at the prospect of playing again, with youngsters at the Academy hopeful of being called upon.

“That’s what he’s best for, the manager: I’ve said it time and time again, he’s probably the best manager in the world for giving out opportunities and he’s given out a lot to the lads that play U23s,” the midfielder told Liverpoolfc.com.

“Me included, he’s given me a lot of opportunities and we couldn’t speak more highly of him as a team. We’re all buzzing and especially the FA Cup coming up, it’s known for having youngsters playing in it. 

“Who knows what will happen but maybe he will give a few chances out, but everyone is buzzing. Even the senior players, everyone just wants to play footy. That’s what we’re here to do and we’re here to win.”

Read on for the rest of our in-depth pre-match interview with Morton…

Tyler, it’s been a crazy time. Has it been a case for you and the players of just trying to remain focused and prepare as best you can?

Yeah, 100 per cent. We try to remain focused through everything, to be honest, and especially through tough times for everyone at the club and for every club in the Premier League. The main thing is that you’ve got to stay ready because anything can happen and as you can see, the FA Cup’s definitely going on and everyone is buzzing about it because we’re playing a game – especially me!

How have you found your season so far? I guess it’s gone as well as you could have imagined?

One hundred per cent, yeah. Not what I expected at the start of the season, to be honest, but I’m absolutely buzzing with all the chances that I’ve got and I’ve still got a long season ahead. Still got another half of the season to go so I’m just making sure I remain focused as well and we’ll see what happens.

What’s been the biggest thing to adapt to?

Just first-team football in general because before this season I wasn’t training week in and week out with them. I was here and there, and now I’ve started playing a few games and now I’m training [with the senior squad] pretty regularly, this is the time I’ve started to adapt and I’ve started to adapt my game to first-team football.

How have you found it physically?

It’s a lot harder, especially physically. The physical side of it is what the Premier League is known for and how fast it is. You’ve got to just be clever with your touches and you’ve just got to be really switched on. Every single player in the Premier League is a clever footballer and that’s something else you’ve got to adapt to as well. I think I’ve adapted quite well. Hopefully I’ll keep pushing up.

Which opponent has given you the biggest test so far? 

To be honest, it’s never just me. When you play you’ve got all the players around you, so to be decent he’s got to beat me and someone else next to me because at Liverpool especially it’s never one-v-one, you’ve always got your mate helping you or someone helping you. Especially when you’re young, people know that, especially the experienced ones, they know that they need to help the youngster out. So, probably Maddison; a very good player, James Maddison, just because of his movement and his cleverness.

You’ve played in so many big games this season, has there been a moment when it’s properly hit home where you are? Hearing the Champions League music, for example…

Definitely. Champions League was the main one because when the camera comes around you mess around with your mates and stuff, but when it was happening it was surreal, to be honest! It was mad, but that’s why I’m playing. That’s where I want to be, so to play in the Champions League for Liverpool is a really massive achievement for me and my family, being big Reds.

Are you acting as a sponge, trying to absorb everything that’s going on?

Yeah, 100 per cent, because of the players I’m playing with and the staff I’m working with. It’s an elite level, it’s probably the best level because in my opinion Liverpool are one of the best teams in the world. I’ve just got to sink everything in to help me along my journey, wherever that is, wherever that ends. I’ve just got to sink everything in because I am playing with the best players in the world. How they conduct themselves around the training ground and how they conduct themselves when they are about to play a game; stuff like that is something I can take in and follow in my career.

Is that almost the biggest eye-opener? How the senior players act and conduct themselves around the training ground, not just on the pitch?

Yeah, it’s crazy when you’re there. You don’t understand until you train with them how hard they work and how passionate they are about it and stuff like that. Every training game is a proper game, no messing about, everyone wants to win and there’s a few moody faces when you don’t win! That’s what football is all about. It’s boss.

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Liverpool fans back call for ‘Hillsborough Law Now’ – “Everyone should support this”

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 01/07/2022 - 13:51

Liverpool fans have backed calls for the introduction of a Hillsborough Law, led by Labour MPs and officials, that would rebalance the scales of justice in the UK.

Friday afternoon saw Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, and Steve Rotherham, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, lead a live event in support of the ‘Hillsborough Law Now’ campaign.

This comes in the aftermath of the recent ITV documentary Anne, which brought the wider impact of the Hillsborough tragedy back to the fore.

Levelling up cannot only be about big spending announcements and shiny infrastructure projects.

It should also about righting long-term, structural injustices. There are few bigger than this. Levelling the scales of justice *is* levelling up.

We need a #HillsboroughLawNow. pic.twitter.com/1zgKACLXC9

— Steve Rotheram (@MetroMayorSteve) January 7, 2022

The fight for justice goes on – tomorrow.

For a more just country for everyone.

For a Hillsborough Law – now.

Join us from 1pm and support the campaign.#Anne #HillsboroughLawNow pic.twitter.com/hKkLYLwizP

— Andy Burnham (@AndyBurnhamGM) January 6, 2022

We need a #HillsboroughLawNow. https://t.co/HHwyJsKHcJ

— lan Byrne MP (@IanByrneMP) January 7, 2022

All too often justice seems to be a luxury of the rich and powerful. The victims of tragedies like Hillsborough and Grenfell deserve the truth to be heard and those lying to be held accountable. Join me from 1pm today in calling for a #HillsboroughLawNow pic.twitter.com/kVVFasWQhe

— Mayor Jamie Driscoll (@MayorJD) January 7, 2022

The Hillsborough Law would see the following written into UK law:

  • A requirement that the evidence and findings of major inquests must be taken fully into account at any subsequent criminal trials
  • Clarification in law that major inquiries commissioned by government or other official bodies constitute “courses of public justice”
  • A requirement that any criminal trials following a major inquest take place in a court with relevant expertise and status rather than a crown court

Speakers at the event on Friday included Hillsborough campaigner Margaret Aspinall, whose son James lost his life in the disaster in 1989, and Bishop James Jones.

Margaret Aspinall : "We did nothing wrong at Hillsborough, our dead were accused of killing themselves. What a disgrace. I'm proud of being a Scouser, I'm proud of our city and I'm proud of our supporters on that day. They were the heroes" #HillsboroughLawNow pic.twitter.com/stbzriCwAw

— Paul Doward (@PaulDowardRadio) January 7, 2022

It was Bishop Jones who published a report, ‘The Patronising Disposition of Unaccountable Power’, in 2017, reviewing the experiences of Hillsborough families at the hands of the justice system, which has fuelled calls for reform.

And while the event took place, many football fans took to social media in support of the Hillsborough Law Now movement:

I've not watched #Anne yet – building myself up to it – but I know from Twitter how well it has been received and I hope it proves to be a catalyst for #HillsboroughLawNow to successfully lead to the justice reforms needed in this country. https://t.co/PC28hoAvZK

— Chris Mac (@chrismackop) January 7, 2022

Today sees the call for a ‘Hillsborough Law’ to rebalance the UK’s justice system and ensure fairer treatment for bereaved families. Anyone who has watched #Anne this week knows how important and long overdue that is. #HillsboroughLawNow

To learn more: https://t.co/qP6yLoUWor

— Sachin Nakrani (@SachinNakrani) January 7, 2022

Watching the #HillsboroughLawNow event. Brilliant contributions already from @AndyBurnhamGM & @MetroMayorSteve – reminding us that the fight for justice isn’t over.

Never fail to be inspired by the hero that is Margaret Aspinall too – forever saying it as it is.

— Cllr Eva Murray (@EvaCMurray) January 7, 2022

Stop public servants lying through their teeth (sometimes, in the case of @syptweet for decades) #HillsboroughLawNow ? pic.twitter.com/uI5hzCJt5d

— 97 Unlawfully Killed (@RichieG_LFC) January 7, 2022

Imagine losing a parent at #Hillsborough you & your sibling taken into care having a detrimental effect on the relationship with rest of your family & your life ahead of you is completely altered.
All because bizzies lied & labour and the Tories are corrupt#HillsboroughLawNow

— Neill Dunne (@dunny61a) January 7, 2022

Imagine needing a law that makes the Bizzies tell the truth.#HillsboroughLawNow

— Huyton Fattie (@HuytonFattie) January 6, 2022

Watching #HillsboroughLawNow live on Facebook. Incredibly powerful speakers to listen to. I really hope and pray that this law is passed.

— Same Old Soapbox ? (@angrysoapbox) January 7, 2022

Everyone should support this. Nobody should have to go through such a battle for the truth again. History will repeat itself again without it #HillsboroughLawNow #JFT97 https://t.co/6AjTWC2dfk

— Lewis Jones (@LewisJones_90) January 7, 2022

This is more than football. It’s more than Liverpool vs the rest of the country. We need a Hillsborough Law and we need it NOW. #HillsboroughLawNow #JFT97 ???

— aims ?? (@af1804x) January 7, 2022

#HillsboroughLawNow It is much needed to protect future families from suffering similar injustices to those linked to what happened in the past. We will never forget the mess that was left behind and how it was handled by the authorities at the time. #YNWA https://t.co/C8vywHRvGc

— Jp (@french_argument) January 7, 2022

Togetherness is the spirit of this live #HillsboroughLawNow live stream. Bereaved families of tragedies. Broken survivors. And political colours of red and blue.

This makes a huge statement. Truth and accountability is the spirit of this law. Hillsborough Law Now is a must.

— Kenny ?? (@redkenneth77) January 7, 2022

No one else should ever have to fight for the truth to be told #HillsboroughLawNow

— darren gotham (@DarrenGotham) January 7, 2022

#HillsboroughLawNow Time for the authorities to be held to account so nobody else has to fight to right wrongs! pic.twitter.com/APyGdhZPLV

— RingoFire19 (@KarlMullee) January 7, 2022

Justice for the 97. Hillsborough Law Now.

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First-team facilities reopen at AXA Training Centre

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 01/07/2022 - 10:57
Liverpool FC can confirm the first-team facilities at AXA Training Centre have now reopened.
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First-team facilities reopen at AXA Training Centre

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 01/07/2022 - 10:57

Liverpool FC can confirm the first-team facilities at AXA Training Centre have now reopened.

The senior training environment in Kirkby was temporarily closed for a 48-hour period following a significant number of suspected positive COVID-19 test results among the playing squad and staff.

The Reds’ Carabao Cup semi-final away leg against Arsenal, scheduled for Thursday, was subsequently postponed and has been rearranged for January 20.

After consultation with the relevant Public Health authority, operations have now resumed within the first-team set-up at the training ground.

Assistant manager Peter Krawietz is currently taking charge of the team and leading preparations for Liverpool’s next fixture, which sees Shrewsbury Town visit Anfield in the Emirates FA Cup third round on Sunday.

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Ornstein’s transfer mailbag: City’s Haaland move, Arsenal and Vlahovic, Cantwell can go

the Athletic - Fri, 01/07/2022 - 07:50
It’s that time of year when you ask questions about transfers and I do my best to answer them. Thank you for the hundreds of replies. I’ve picked out the themes I can give the best, most thorough answers on and I hope you enjoy. We’ll of course keep you updated across The Athletic on these and other transfer stories throughout January.

Hi David. Regarding Manchester City, is there a list of names that they’re looking at in the striker position? Rehan S

City do not intend to recruit anybody in January, Rehan, but come the summer we should certainly expect business to be conducted. They are likely to sign a left-back and central midfielder but the most significant outlay will most probably be directed towards a striker.

My understanding is that City’s first-choice target is Erling Haaland and while the competition for his signature is sure to be fierce, the reigning Premier League champions will push hard to secure the prolific Borussia Dortmund forward.

City are planning to hold meetings with Haaland’s representatives over the weeks and months ahead, yet whether or not the 21-year-old Norwegian opts for a move to the Etihad Stadium is a different matter.

There is a feeling that Real Madrid pose the biggest threat to City, but if the Spaniards manage to acquire Kylian Mbappe, it could dissuade Haaland from following suit. Multiple sources dismiss Barcelona’s ability to mount a serious challenge and although Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are potential destinations, City may be confident of providing a more enticing proposition.

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Origi wanted by three Italian clubs | Striker prefers PL move

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Thu, 01/06/2022 - 18:00

Liverpool striker Divock Origi's representatives have been approached by three Italian clubs regarding a pre-contract agreement this month.

Origi's preference, however, is to stay in England, meaning either a Premier League club would have to pay money this month - or take him as a free agent in the summer when his contract runs out.

The Belgium international may wait until the summer to fully assess his options.

Origi's contract could automatically be extended by a year depending on the number of Premier League starts he makes this season - as yet he has featured only off the bench as a substitute.

PA - Jurgen Klopp with Divock Origi Image: Jrgen Klopp has described Origi as 'one of the best finishers I have ever seen'

It is believed he would cost less than £10m if Liverpool were to sell him this month.

Origi has come close to leaving Liverpool before, and even spent a season on loan in Germany at Wolfsburg, but has yet to find a suitable club away from Anfield.

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The Transfer Show's Dharmesh Sheth and Kaveh Solhekol round up the latest transfer news from all 20 Premier League clubs.

Last month after the 26-year-old came off the bench to score a stoppage-time winner at Wolves, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp heaped praise on Origi and suggested he would be happy for the striker to find a new club.

"(Origi) is an incredible striker and for different reasons he did not play that often, but I hope one day he finds a manager that plays him more than I do," Klopp said, after Origi made his 100th Liverpool appearance.

"He's one of the best finishers I've ever seen in my life. In this great team, with our (front) three, he doesn't play all the time but he is a very positive boy, loves the club, wants to contribute and he did in an incredible way."

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win against Wolves in the Premier League 'One to keep an eye on this month'

Sky Sports News' Dharmesh Sheth:

"At the moment, Divock Origi is injured and he has got a performance option in his contract.

"So, basically, he runs out of contract in the summer. If he makes a certain number of starts for Liverpool in the Premier League, then that would trigger a one-year option in his contract. How many games has he started in the Premier League this season? Zero.

"Now, there are three Italian clubs who have approached Origi's representatives. Remember, they don't have to go through Liverpool because a foreign club can sign him on a pre-contract agreement in January. However, Origi's preference is to stay in the Premier League.

"Two things would have to happen if he was to stay in England. One, a Premier League club would have to come up with money in this transfer window to buy him or they would have to wait until the summer when he becomes a free agent.

"I wonder, with that in mind, if Origi does get good offers from foreign clubs in this January transfer window whether he might just, rather like Antonio Rudiger, and take a step back and say: 'I'm going to assess all of my options because they might be Premier League options come the summer.'

"Origi is definitely one to keep an eye on this month."

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Loris Karius transfer collapses as compensation scuppers Liverpool exit

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 01/06/2022 - 16:00

Loris Karius had been expected to depart Liverpool in January having spent the first half of the season training with the first team, but compensation resistance could derail his departure.

The 28-year-old’s career has stalled once more having spent the first half of 2021/22 in either the rehab room with a shoulder injury or as part of the Reds’ growing goalkeeping group in training.

Karius has not played a competitive match since February 2021, while with Union Berlin on loan, having failed to secure a move away from Anfield over the summer.

The goalkeeper had attracted the interest of Swiss side Basel but his wage demands made the move prohibitive, with Bundesliga side SpVgg Greuther Furth the latest to have been linked.

Currently sat rock bottom of the German top-flight having picked up just five points from 17 games, SpVgg manager is already credited with calling Karius a “very, very good goalkeeper.”

With Marius Funk sidelined with a long term injury, there is a need to bolster the position beyond Sascha Burchert but German publication Kicker, quoted by Fussball Transfers, claim that that they have had to abandon any pursuit.

 Liverpool's Joel Matip (L) and goalkeeper Loris Karius during a training session at the AXA Training Centre ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group B Matchday 6 game between AC Milan and Liverpool FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

That is because Liverpool are refusing to ‘pay any compensation’ to Karius, who is contracted to the club until the summer.

It will pertain to Liverpool resisting paying out the final six months of his deal ahead of a free transfer, making it so a move is not “financially feasible” for SpVgg in the January window.

Despite talks with Liverpool, an agreement has not been reached to leave Karius staring down another six months on the sidelines before severing ties with the Reds after six years.

Karius has been working in a goalkeeping group with Alisson, Caoimhin Kelleher, Adrian, Marcelo Pitaluga and Harvey Davies, but Liverpool will welcome a fresh start for the German whether that be in the summer or from another club showing interest in the winter window.

The lack of a transfer fee could yet aid his chances but his wage demands have scuppered moves in recent windows and the same issue could arise beyond SpVgg before he is out of contract.

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Shrewsbury expect FA Cup tie to go ahead with Liverpool youngsters

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 01/06/2022 - 14:38

Shrewsbury Town expect the FA Cup tie with Liverpool will be played as planned as competition rules leave the door wide open for the squad to be made up of academy players.

Liverpool’s outbreak of COVID-19 forced the postponement of the semi-final first leg against Arsenal and the closing of the training ground, leading to questions over the FA Cup tie on Sunday.

With cases having continued to be recorded throughout the start of the week, the Reds’ ability to field a team against the League One side is questionable, to say the least.

But as it stands, the game is scheduled to go ahead at Anfield, and Shrewsbury chief executive Brian Caldwell is expecting academy players to feature amid injuries, AFCON absences and Covid cases in Jurgen Klopp‘s first team.

“We have dialogue with the FA in the lead up to every FA Cup match,” Caldwell told BBC Shropshire.

“What we’re being told is the game is on, as things stand, just now. The rules are slightly different in the FA Cup than they are in the Carabao Cup and the Premier League.

 Liverpool's Jake Cain (L) and Shrewsbury Town's Sean Goss during the FA Cup 4th Round Replay match between Liverpool FC and Shrewsbury Town at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“Whereby, there is a squad list in the Premier League and the Carabao Cup. They have to pick players from that, whereas in the FA Cup you can pick any registered player.

“That opens up more opportunities for Liverpool. If they want to play some of their under-23s if they’re short of players or whatever, they can do that.

“As far as we’re concerned, as it stands, the game is on as planned.

“It does make it slightly more awkward because you don’t know what team they’re going to play but at the end of the day, we probably wouldn’t have known what team would’ve played if everyone was available anyway.”

With the new cases running rife throughout the squad and staff remaining unnamed, it does leave plenty up in the air when speculating who could lineup for the Reds.

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino (R) celebrates with team-mate Virgil van Dijk after scoring the third goal, his second of the game, during the FA Premier League match between Watford FC and Liverpool FC at Vicarage Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

All Premier League clubs have been instructed that FA Cup ties must be fulfilled and any registered player will be required to make up the numbers, unless outbreaks are club wide.

But there are six senior players who should be able to feature having either only recently returned from Covid or are on the cusp of their isolation coming to an end prior to Sunday.

They are Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Curtis Jones, Alisson, Roberto Firmino and Joel Matip, with the latter trio all dependent on returning two successive negative tests by Saturday.

The senior contingent would then need to be boosted by the likes of Kaide Gordon, Harvey Davies, James Balagizi, Harvey Blair and James Norris from the academy, negative tests permitting.

It, of course, wouldn’t be the first time youth has been turned to against Shrewsbury as Liverpool’s youngest-ever XI was fielded in the 1-0 win back in 2020.

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Forest, Arsenal searching for opener LIVE!

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Thu, 01/06/2022 - 13:44

FTFull Time AETAfter Extra Time LIVEThis is a live match. ETExtra Time HTHalf Time

Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal. The FA Cup Third Round.

5:10pm, Sunday 9th January 2022.

The City Ground.

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Ex-Liverpool coach to manage Man City after major Covid outbreak

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 01/06/2022 - 12:30

Pep Guardiola is one of 21 first-team players and staff to test positive for COVID-19 at Man City this week, with an ex-Liverpool coach set to manage their next game.

City are due to visit Swindon in the third round of the FA Cup on Friday night, but like Liverpool, their squad and coaching staff could be severely depleted.

The Premier League leaders confirmed on Thursday that Guardiola, along with assistant Juanma Lillo, had tested positive for Covid two days previous.

They now have 14 first-team staff and seven players currently isolating, while Riyad Mahrez is on duty with Algeria at the Africa Cup of Nations.

But while an outbreak led to Liverpool postponing their League Cup semi-final clash this week, City are pushing on with their fixture list and have drafted in a replacement for Guardiola.

Rodolfo Borrell, assistant coach for the Manchester club, will fill in for the trip to the County Ground.

The Spaniard, who has been with City since 2014 and in his current role for the past five-and-a-half years, joined their staff after half a decade working in the Liverpool academy.

 Manchester City's coach Rodolfo Borrell during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion FC and Manchester City FC at The Hawthorns. Manchester City won 5-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It was under Rafa Benitez that he was appointed under-18s manager in 2009, before stepping up to the under-21s two years later and then, in 2012, taking up the position of academy technical director.

Borrell is widely credited with helping transform Liverpool’s youth ranks, with Raheem Sterling the headline name to step up to the first team during his tenure.

Now, though, he is part of the opposition, and on Friday night will manage his first senior game since a brief spell in charge of Greek side Iraklis in 2008.

City’s Covid outbreak is unlikely to have a major impact of their results, with Guardiola, his staff and players all due to be back for the visit of Chelsea next Saturday.

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