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Confirmed: Liverpool's 21-man squad for Porto tie

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 14:59
A 21-man Liverpool squad will travel for Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg versus FC Porto.
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Liverpool 'ready to trigger Julian Brandt release clause'

HEAD NEWS - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 14:45

Liverpool are ready to trigger Julian Brandt's contract release clause, according to Sport Bild.

The Bayern Leverkusen forward has attracted some serious attention from across Europe in recent months, but the Reds are ready to act fastest when the transfer window opens.

Brandt can be released from his contract for just £21.5million - a tiny fee considering the calibre of the player and his potential.

Liverpool will face stiff competition from the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus for Brandt, but should they win the Premier League title this season - and continue to progress in the Champions League - then they will be an attractive proposition for any young player.

The Reds have been linked with a move for Timo Werner in recent months, but would likely only sign either the RB Leipzig forward or Brandt.

Werner's contract in Germany expires in the summer of 2020, but Leipzig would be willing to sell him this year to ensure they get a transfer fee for the player.

Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff recently spoke about about the prospect of losing the forward this summer.

He told Sky Sports: "It's well known that we want to extend with him, but he's signalled to us that he does not want to sign a new contract.

"We need to see what's right for us and for Timo."

Werner is believed to be available for around £35million - £13.5million more than the cost to release Brandt from his contract.

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Liverpool 'ready to trigger Julian Brandt release clause'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 14:45

Liverpool are ready to trigger Julian Brandt's contract release clause, according to Sport Bild.

The Bayern Leverkusen forward has attracted some serious attention from across Europe in recent months, but the Reds are ready to act fastest when the transfer window opens.

Brandt can be released from his contract for just £21.5million - a tiny fee considering the calibre of the player and his potential.

Liverpool will face stiff competition from the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus for Brandt, but should they win the Premier League title this season - and continue to progress in the Champions League - then they will be an attractive proposition for any young player.

The Reds have been linked with a move for Timo Werner in recent months, but would likely only sign either the RB Leipzig forward or Brandt.

Werner's contract in Germany expires in the summer of 2020, but Leipzig would be willing to sell him this year to ensure they get a transfer fee for the player.

Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff recently spoke about about the prospect of losing the forward this summer.

He told Sky Sports: "It's well known that we want to extend with him, but he's signalled to us that he does not want to sign a new contract.

"We need to see what's right for us and for Timo."

Werner is believed to be available for around £35million - £13.5million more than the cost to release Brandt from his contract.

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Liverpool 'ready to trigger Julian Brandt release clause'

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 14:45
Liverpool are ready to trigger Julian Brandt's contract release clause, according to Sport Bild.
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Training photos: Reds prepare for Porto at Melwood

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 13:37

Liverpool trained at Melwood prior to flying out to Portugal on Tuesday afternoon - and our photographers were there to check in on their Champions League quarter-final preparations.

The Reds are travelling to face FC Porto at Estadio do Dragao on Wednesday, with Jürgen Klopp's side holding a 2-0 advantage from last week's first leg at Anfield.

Take a look at how Liverpool's final Melwood workout before that tie went with our gallery of 33 images below.

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Training photos: Reds prepare for Porto at Melwood

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 13:37
Liverpool trained at Melwood prior to flying out to Portugal on Tuesday afternoon - and our photographers were there to check in on their Champions League quarter-final preparations.
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Anfield Index.com - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 12:49
The Details

 Champions League

Venue – Estadio do Dragao, Porto

Referee – Danny Makkelie (NED)

Date & Time – Wednesday, April 17th 2019 @ 20:00

Current Odds – FC Porto 14/5, Draw 5/2, Liverpool 11/10

Form

FC Porto Form

Porto are locked in an incredible race for the Portuguese Primeira Liga title with Benfica at the moment. Benfica are top on goal difference with both sides level on 72 points apiece with five games remaining.

Sergio Conceicao’s side has only lost three league games all season and last week’s defeat at Anfield was only their second Champions League loss in the 2018/19 campaign.

They won 3-0 away to Portimonense on Saturday with goals from Yacine Brahimi, Moussa Marega and Hector Herrera.

Liverpool Form

Jurgen Klopp’s Redmen have now won seven games in a row in all competitions. Sunday’s victory over Chelsea will have set Klopp’s men up nicely for this week’s trip to Portugal.

The confidence will be sky high in the dressing room so it will be Klopp’s job to ensure complacency doesn’t sneak into the team’s performance. The Reds are looking to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the second year running.

The good news for Liverpool’s defence is they have now managed two clean sheets in a row after conceding in their previous five games.

Liverpool seem to be returning to levels similar to what they showed in December and it couldn’t have happened at a better time.

Team News

FC Porto Team News

Jesus Corona is Porto’s only injury concern ahead of Wednesday night’s game.

They will welcome back former Real Madrid defender Pepe after he missed the game at Anfield through suspension.

Conceicao will most likely stick with the 4-4-2 formation he has used for most of the season as Porto look to overturn the two-goal deficit from the first leg.

Liverpool Team News

Jordan Henderson picked up an ankle injury against Chelsea but Klopp played down fears of any serious problems when he spoke about it after the game.

Adam Lallana is also expected to be back fit and available for selection in Portugal.

Andy Robertson returns after missing the game at Anfield due to suspension.

I expect Klopp to bring Dejan Lovren back in and rest Joel Matip for Sunday’s trip to Cardiff City in the Premier League.

Fabinho is another player who may well be rested with Jordan Henderson asked to play the more reserved ‘6’ role with James Milner and Gini Wijnaldum ahead of him.

Predicted XIs

FC Porto XI (4-4-2) – Casillas; Militao, Pepe, Felipe, Telles; Otavio, Danilo, Herrera(c), Corona; Soares, Marega

Liverpool XI (4-3-3) – Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson(c), Milner, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mané

When they last met

Liverpool won 2-0 at Anfield in the first leg last Tuesday night with goals from a deflected Naby Keita shot and a nicely worked second goal which culminated in a Bobby Firmino finish from close range.

The Reds won 5-0 at Porto in their last-16 fixture in 2017/18, thanks to a Sadio Mané hat-trick along with goals from Mohamed Salah and Firmino.

Prediction

FC Porto 1 – 2 Liverpool

If Liverpool can get an away goal in the first half, it would really kill the tie off. I think Porto will get on the scoresheet as Moussa Marega and co did give The Reds a few scares at Anfield. However, I think Liverpool will win on the night and progress relatively comfortably to the semi-finals.

** Please note – “xGA” on the Form Stats Tables symbolises “expected goals against”

All xG stats courtesy of Understat.com and/or FiveThirtyEight.com

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How Klopp used wind to Liverpool’s advantage vs. Chelsea – and what he could change at Porto

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 12:01

Jurgen Klopp stuck with his new-look midfield against Chelsea and it paid off, but there could be changes in tactics and personnel against Porto.


Liverpool 4-3-3 (4-1-2-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho; Henderson, Keita; Salah, Mane, Firmino

There was a lot of discussion around the Liverpool midfield (when isn’t there?) prior to this game, but Klopp retained the trio which has served him so well in recent weeks, and they didn’t let him down.

The use of the same three players in the last two games means changes are almost certain to happen at Porto on Wednesday night, and it will be interesting to see if the shape remains the same.

A 4-2-3-1 could allow changes up front to help ease the burden on Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in this intense run-in. Fresh faces will also come into the midfield.

One noticeable thing about both Liverpool and Chelsea, who play a similar 4-3-3 shape, was the eagerness of the deepest midfielder to step up and press.

Maurizio Sarri is also a manager who likes to press, though he is not quite as well known for it as Klopp, and both Jorginho and Fabinho weren’t scared to leave their position to push high up the pitch.

It’s safe to say Fabinho coped better with the recovery aspect of this if the attacking team managed to work their way around this press, although despite his outstanding performance generally even he was bypassed on occasions.

Winds of Change

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp dared mention the wind in his post-match press conference, but this won’t be picked up on as much as it has in the past because Liverpool won, even though it did affect the game.

The Liverpool boss referred to the elements while discussing the changes he made at half-time, after a first half which saw just one shot on target from each team, and suggested that the game would finish 0-0.

“We showed a few pictures and we spoke at half-time,” said Klopp, revealing that the mid-game analysis is visual and more than just a team talk.

“I do it again, I speak about the wind. First half we played against the wind, second half we had it on our back and it’s a big plus.

“You saw it second half with Chelsea struggled with the buildup, long buildup, when they want to do balls high, and coming down it’s just difficult.

“So it was in our favour second half and we used it, obviously.”

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

But having the wind at their backs wasn’t the only difference in the second half.

In the first half there was an element of predictability about Liverpool’s play, but in the latter period they were much more fluid.

“We needed to be a bit more flexible on the right flank, as in the first half we were a bit left-dominant,” added Klopp.

“We had too many balls there, it was flexible and it was good. On the right side we had our moments as well, but were not as flexible as we wanted.

“That was one of the things we spoke about at half-time and it was wonderful we scored a goal from that situation.”

Combinations

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson celebrates his side's first goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp went on to speak at length about his tactical changes at half-time and the impressive work of those players operating through the middle of the team.

“It was about the right side, about positioning. We have three players on the right side; Trent Hendo, Mo, and they have to be flexible,” he explained.

“If the opponent reacts to different movements—like Mo can stretch the formation and keep them back—then there’s space for the other two, or use the half-space, it’s about that. Not too complicated.”

Liverpool’s average positions reflect Klopp’s words, and shows that they worked in groups up and down the pitch rather than separate defensive, midfield and attacking units.

Trent, Henderson and Salah; Fabinho and Firmino; and Robertson, Keita and Salah.

The formation from this positional data based on actions showed the familiar diamond, where Firmino is deeper than the two wide players.

It is another example of the team’s work as a whole, where defenders are responsible for attacking, and attackers responsible for defending.

The manager then moved onto the spine of the team which included the central duo of Firmino and Fabinho, and the centre-back pairing of Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip.

“If we speak about the left and right flank, what Bobby, Fabinho, and the two centre-halves did against this centre of Chelsea—the two centre-halves of theirs, with Jorginho and Hazard—that was some of the best I ever saw in my life because it’s so difficult.

“We expect that they bring Hazard into the nine position, but still it’s difficult to work on in training as there are not many players like Eden Hazard.

“But we denied a lot of situations. How dangerous it would have been if Eden could have controlled the ball in the centre and on the right and left wing Hudson-Odoi and Willian are on their bikes—that would have been really dangerous.”

Notes

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sarri: “Liverpool are very able to approach the first 10 minutes [of each half] in a strong way, and it’s not easy to play against them in that moment.”

This is reflected in SofaScore’s Attack Momentum chart (Liverpool in green), and is something we often see when Liverpool are at their best:

As well as scoring a wonder-goal and having a total of five shots, Salah also made more key passes than any other player on the pitch (four).

Eden Hazard reinforced his position as one of the best dribblers in the world, winning a total on nine take-ons. Salah was next in line with an impressive five.

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Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) April 16, 2019

Klopp: “You need to be patient, but direct.”

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Highlights: Leicester City 0-6 LFC U23s

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 12:00

Highlights of Liverpool U23s' brilliant 6-0 win over Leicester City on Sunday are now available to watch on LFCTV GO.

Neil Critchley fielded a strong line-up with Joe Gomez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rhian Brewster all taking to the field at the King Power Stadium.

In their penultimate Premier League 2 fixture of the season, Rafael Camacho claimed a hat-trick, with Brewster, Curtis Jones and a penalty from Ben Woodburn also on the mark.

Click play above to watch highlights of the game via LFCTV GO.

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Trent on Chelsea win, an 'extra gear' and Porto test

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 12:00

Trent Alexander-Arnold believes Liverpool's second-half showing against Chelsea was another sign of the side's ever-growing maturity.

After a goalless opening 45 minutes at Anfield on Sunday, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah scored within the space of 142 seconds to hand the Reds a vital 2-0 win.

Jürgen Klopp's men returned to the top of the Premier League with the victory, which Alexander-Arnold attributed to the quality and mentality within the squad.

"It was just finding that extra gear and obviously putting the hard work in and knowing that we'll create chances," the full-back told Liverpoolfc.com.

"I think the two goals, especially the second one, were world class. The first one was well worked - Hendo's stood a good ball up and Sadio has finished it.

"We showed that we're a really good side and that we're patient. That was the difference maybe. A few weeks ago we would have got frustrated, been a bit too forward and left ourselves vulnerable.

"But we took our time, we closed them out and never gave them too many chances. The second half we came out all guns blazing and finished them off."

Highlights: LFC 2-0 Chelsea

Liverpool have no time to dwell on the Chelsea result as the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final with FC Porto arrives on Wednesday.

Alexander-Arnold, however, welcomes the demanding schedule, especially at a time when the Reds find themselves in such good form.

"It's always about momentum in football," he added. "When you're in amongst the wins and grinding out the results, you can't wait to get to the next game.

"Obviously we have fond memories of Porto last season, so we're looking to go there and hopefully replicate what we've done.

"We know it's going to be tough, it's going to be a difficult test for us. Hopefully we'll go there and keep up the momentum."

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Highlights: Leicester City 0-6 LFC U23s

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 12:00
Highlights of Liverpool U23s' brilliant 6-0 win over Leicester City on Sunday are now available to watch on LFCTV GO.
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Trent on Chelsea win, an 'extra gear' and Porto test

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 12:00
Trent Alexander-Arnold believes Liverpool's second-half showing against Chelsea was another sign of the side's ever-growing maturity.
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Inside Anfield: Behind the scenes of LFC 2-0 Chelsea

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 11:48
Go behind the scenes of yet another unforgettable win in a season to savour with the latest edition of Inside Anfield.
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Liverpool condemn homophobic chants during Chelsea game

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 11:43

Liverpool have issued a strong statement condemning homophobic chanting and a throwing of a flare into the away end during Sunday’s 2-0 win over Chelsea.


The Reds’ victory was a major statement for Jurgen Klopp‘s side in the title race, and the atmosphere at Anfield played a big role in pushing them forward.

This came after an impeccably served minute’s silence on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, amid concerns of disruption from the travelling Blues.

Unfortunately, Liverpool’s win was marred by two ugly incidents involving supporters, which the club have responded to on Tuesday morning.

Most prominently, this came with one fan sending a flare into the bottom tier of the Anfield Road end after Sadio Mane‘s opener, landing among the Chelsea supporters and leaving nine-year-old Donte Patterson-Stanley requiring first aid.

The club have vowed to ban the offender, and they are “actively working with Merseyside Police to investigate the matter.”

And, in a disappointing development given the racist abuse aimed at Mohamed Salah in the buildup, Liverpool also been required to reiterate their stance on homophobia, following a “Chelsea rentboys” chant.

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

“Liverpool Football Club would like to thank the players, staff, officials and supporters of Chelsea for their compassionate marking of the Hillsborough Anniversary during our fixture at the weekend,” the statement began.

“As ever, the overwhelming majority of those present at Anfield ensured the occasion was a fitting tribute.

“Regrettably however, a smoke device was thrown into the away section during the second half and we are actively working with Merseyside Police to investigate the matter.

“Any person found to have committed this offence will be banned from our ground.

“The club is also concerned about a chant from some of our fans, specifically referencing Chelsea, as inappropriate and offensive.

“We would urge all Liverpool supporters to respect each other and stop such chants as they do not reflect the inclusivity that the club stands for.

“As a proud member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme, we are committed to LGBT equality across all areas of the club.”

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Liverpool vow to ban flare-throwing fan

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 11:12
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Last Updated: 16/04/19 4:05pm

Liverpool have commented on a couple of incidents that marred Sunday's win over Chelsea Liverpool have commented on a couple of incidents that marred Sunday's win over Chelsea Liverpool have commented on a couple of incidents that marred Sunday's win over Chelsea

Liverpool have promised to ban any supporter found to have thrown a flare into the away end during Sunday’s game with Chelsea and have also responded to an anti-LGBT chant heard at the game.

Jurgen Klopp's side won the game 2-0 to return to the top of the Premier League as they continue to challenge Manchester City for their first league title since 1990.

But police are investigating an incident that left a young Chelsea fan requiring first aid treatment after the flare - alleged to have come from the upper section of the Anfield Road End, housing home supporters - landed in the Chelsea end of the ground.

"Liverpool Football Club would like to thank the players, staff, officials and supporters of Chelsea for their compassionate marking of the Hillsborough Anniversary during our fixture at the weekend," said a club spokesperson.

"As ever, the overwhelming majority of those present at Anfield ensured the occasion was a fitting tribute.

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"Regrettably however, a smoke device was thrown into the away section during the second half and we are actively working with Merseyside Police to investigate the matter.

"Any person found to have committed this offence will be banned from our ground."

Liverpool have also responded to the use of a chant heard at the game they say does not "reflect the inclusivity that the club stands for".

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"The club is also concerned about a chant from some of our fans, specifically referencing Chelsea, as inappropriate and offensive," the spokesperson added.

"We would urge all Liverpool supporters to respect each other and stop such chants as they do not reflect the inclusivity that the club stands for.

"As a proud member of Stonewall's Diversity Champions programme, we are committed to LGBT equality across all areas of the club and have contacted them and our own affiliated LBGT group Kop Outs for further support."

Chelsea subsequently released a statement expressing their concern at the two incidents.

"Chelsea Football Club is extremely concerned a flare was thrown into the section of the stadium housing our supporters during our match at Anfield on Sunday," it read.

"We therefore welcome Liverpool Football Club's statement on the matter and their commitment to work alongside Merseyside Police in investigating it.

"We also welcome Liverpool FC's acknowledgement of homophobic chants from home supporters at the game and their commitment to rid such sentiment from their stadium."

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The media on LFC 2-0 Chelsea: 'A strike of stunning beauty'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 11:00

Liverpool reclaimed top spot in the Premier League after a 2-0 win over Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday.

Sadio Mane headed the opener and Mohamed Salah then fired a Goal of the Season contender in front of the Kop.

Here is what the media made of the match...

James Pearce, Liverpool Echo

There has been so much to admire about this Liverpool team over the course of a season like no other. Time and time again when serious questions have been asked they have come up with the answers. There have been so many remarkable triumphs, so many performances to cherish, but this one truly belongs in a class of its own. It's been a long time since Anfield was rocked to its foundations quite like this. The sense of euphoria and pride was almost palpable. Pressure? What pressure? Knocked off the summit by Manchester City's win at Selhurst Park earlier in the day, Liverpool responded with the perfect show of force to brush Chelsea aside and regain top spot. Unity really is strength at Anfield and the double-chasing Reds are powering towards the finish line in some shape. On an emotion-fuelled day when Anfield fell silent in memory of the 96 and tributes were paid to the legendary Tommy Smith, Liverpool kept their heads and kept the dream alive. What a way for Klopp to mark his 200th game in charge. Here was what he has built in all its glory. A slick, cohesive unit packed with breathtaking talent but with a steely work ethic running through it. A first home win over Chelsea for seven years was secured courtesy of a devastating burst early in the second half. Salah took centre stage with an individual strike of stunning beauty against his former club. The roar was deafening and the celebrations were wild as Kopites paid homage to their Egyptian King.

David Lynch, Evening Standard

There was a moment in the aftermath of Salah’s 53rd-minute goal against Chelsea that it felt like Anfield’s foundations were shaking. The visceral roar that followed the Egyptian’s incredible goal was not just the celebration of a remarkable long-distance strike at the Kop end that effectively sealed three crucial points. The Egyptian has scored some memorable goals since joining Liverpool, but usually opts for a deft curl or gentle sidefoot in sending the ball into the back of the net. In going for pure power this time, however, Salah scored arguably his best strike since moving to Anfield in the summer of 2017. Come the end of the season, it could well end up being his most important. There remains a long way to go, and the Reds still require rivals Manchester City to drop points if they are to clinch the crown.

Neil Jones, Goal.com

The noise was as pure as the hit. Guttural, you could call it. An explosion of joy, of delight, of did-that-really-just-happen-I-think-it-happened. It happened. And there, amid the chaos and the noise and the colour and the madness, stood a single Egyptian, his smile wider than the gap between his current club and his former one. He’s done some remarkable things in a Liverpool shirt, Salah, and he can add this to his collection. He could play until he’s 50, but he will never strike a football more sweetly. The goal of the season? It’s certainly one we’ll be seeing for many years to come. Ferocious long-range shooting is not Salah’s stock-in-trade, but he chose a good time to show off his new-found skill here. The King was back on his throne today. From an unhelpful angle, and with Jorginho closing him down, Salah let fly with a 25-yard strike of unerring brilliance. Think Robbie Fowler against Aston Villa, or one of Steven Gerrard's many, many piledrivers. It was that good. Kepa Arrizabalaga barely smelt it. It flew past the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, straight into his top right-hand corner. As the tension grows, Klopp’s side are keeping their heads. They're comfortable where they are, comfortable with who they are. They look like they believe.

Andy Dunn, Daily Mirror

It was a bolt through the blue, a high-velocity reminder of his brilliance. A stunning sword-thrust that emphatically announced this Premier League duel is going down to the very last attack and counter-attack. Mane had already nodded his side into the ascendancy but then came Mohamed Salah’s strike. The same Salah who, apparently, has not quite been himself throughout this campaign. His purest of rising hits from 20 yards was not, strictly speaking, the game-winner. But it was a moment symbolic of the special season unfurling at this club like a giant Kop banner. It was his 19th Premier League goal of the season and while Virgil van Dijk leads the Liverpool challenge for end-of-season individual accolades, Salah has also been outstanding … just not as bizarrely outstanding as last season. There were also fine displays from Henderson and Fabinho.

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The media on LFC 2-0 Chelsea: 'A strike of stunning beauty'

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 11:00
Liverpool reclaimed top spot in the Premier League after a 2-0 win over Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday.
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Jordan Henderson on Reds' belief and looking ahead

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 10:00

Jordan Henderson stressed Liverpool need to keep putting in the hard yards and believing anything is possible as attention now turns towards the Champions League.

The Reds returned to the top of the Premier League with a patient 2-0 victory over Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday.

But thoughts on the remaining four matches of the top-flight season must be put aside quickly, with Jürgen Klopp's team in action on Wednesday for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final with FC Porto.

Henderson told Liverpoolfc.com: "It was a big game, we knew that. Chelsea are a good side, a tough game - as we've known from the last few years. It's a really good performance.

"We've got to keep believing in the games that we're in. We keep doing the good things that we've been doing, keep working hard and then win as many games as we can. That's our focus."

The captain added: "[It was a] brilliant day overall - two great goals, a clean sheet, a top performance really. We're delighted.

"But we can't think about it too much because we've got a game in a few days, so we've got to recover well and focus on that. [It's] another big game for us - a tough one. We've been there before and played well and got the result.

"But it might be different because they're a good team, [and there will be] a great atmosphere. But for us again it's about going there, performing and getting the result we need to get to the next round."

Every touch: Henderson's standout display against Chelsea

For the third match in a row, Henderson operated in a more advanced midfield role and had a crucial impact on a goal scored by the Reds.

His performance versus Chelsea was fully in line with the manager's demands of a midfielder as he quickly pounced on a loose ball before crossing for Sadio Mane to head in and make it 1-0.

"I think someone got tackled so I was thinking about counter-pressing in the box to win it back quickly," Henderson explained.

"I managed to get there first and then when I was at the byline, I just managed to dink it at the back stick where Sadio was waiting thankfully.

"That was an important goal. But the second goal was an amazing strike by Mo [Salah], so I'm delighted for him as well."

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Watch Klopp's pre-Porto press conference live

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 10:00

Watch live as Jürgen Klopp and a member of his squad hold a press conference to preview the second leg of Liverpool's Champions League quarter-final with FC Porto.

The Reds boss will be joined by a first-team player to speak to the media from 7pm BST at the Estadio do Dragao on Tuesday.

You can watch everything the pair have to say from Portugal by returning to this page close to the start time and tuning in via YouTube.

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