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'Adam Lallana is our friend for life... but not this week!'

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 12:09
Jürgen Klopp explained why the clash with Brighton & Hove Albion will not feel quite like a reunion with Adam Lallana as he previewed Saturday's Premier League game.
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Premier League summit in sight for Klopp’s Reds – Brighton vs. Liverpool Preview

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 12:05

Liverpool will go top of the Premier League with a positive result at Brighton on Saturday afternoon, as the Reds look to maintain their 100 percent record at the Amex.

Brighton vs. Liverpool

Saturday, November 28, 2020 – 12.30pm (GMT)
Amex Stadium
Premier League (10)
Referee: Stuart Attwell

Jurgen Klopp‘s side suffered a rare defeat in midweek, losing 2-0 to Atlanta in limp fashion at Anfield, halting their Champions League progress.

The result was no disaster, with qualification to the knockout stages still highly likely, but it still highlighted the lack of depth currently available with so many injury problems hampering the champions.

The biggest game of the week arrives this weekend, as Liverpool head to the Amex looking to reach the league’s summit.

A win or a draw will be enough to achieve that, although Tottenham can return to the top when they visit Chelsea on Sunday.

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Brighton are 16th in the league currently, although their performances arguably justify a higher ranking, with some good football on display under Graham Potter.

The Seagulls outplayed Man United at home, for example, only to lose at the death, while sloppy late points were also dropped against West Brom.

Liverpool go into the game as overriding favourites, but it has the potential to be tricky if the Reds aren’t switched on.

Klopp’s men are often excellent when a response is required, however, so you wouldn’t bet against a resounding victory on Saturday.

Team News

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Liverpool FC and FC Midtjylland at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jordan Henderson was back involved in parts of team training on Thursday and Klopp has confirmed that the skipper could be available this weekend.

It is a welcome boost for Liverpool, who still have numerous fitness issues.

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez could both miss the remainder of the season, with the pair recovering from serious knee injuries.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is still missing with a calf problem, meaning either James Milner or Neco Williams will deputise at right-back.

Thiago and Naby Keita are also still unavailable in Liverpool’s midfield, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a long-term absentee and Xherdan Shaqiri is another player on the treatment table.

Liverpool's Diogo Jota celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.

Klopp rested several key men against Atalanta, with a far stronger starting lineup expected at the Amex.

Andy Robertson should come back in for Kostas Tsimikas at left-back, while Rhys Williams will likely make way for Fabinho at centre-back.

Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino could both start, especially if Klopp opts for a 4-2-3-1 formation, allowing Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to feature as well.

Tariq Lamptey is a huge loss for Brighton, with the impressive right-back suspended after getting sent-off at Aston Villa last weekend.

Meanwhile, former Liverpool man Adam Lallana faced a late fitness test, but Leandro Trossard is back from injury.

Last 5 Away to Brighton (All Competitions)

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the AMEX Stadium. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

Won 3-1 – July 2020 (Trossard; Salah x2, Henderson)
Won 1-0 – January 2019 (Salah pen)
Won 5-1 – December 2017 (Murray pen; Can, Firmino x2, Coutinho, Dunk OG)
Won 2-1 – September 2011 (Barnes pen; Bellamy, Kuyt)
Won 3-2 – January 1991 (Small, Byrne; McMahon x2, Rush)

Amex Stadium

 A general view of the American Express Community Stadium ahead of the FA Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the AMEX Stadium. 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)

Capacity: 30,666

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Despite Liverpool sitting in a perfectly healthy position in the table, they have only won one of their four away league games this season.

That came against 10-man Chelsea back in September, but the Reds have otherwise failed to fully click on the road.

The only defeat was the freakish 7-2 defeat at Aston Villa, with respective 2-2 and 1-1 draws at Everton and Man City also taking place.

The fixtures have been tough, in fairness, but another win is needed away from home, in order to boost the on-the-road points haul.

Form

 Atalanta's Josip Ilic?ic? celebrates after scoring the first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Liverpool FC and Atalanta BC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Brighton – Last five results (all competitions)

Won 2-1 vs. Aston Villa
Drew 0-0 vs. Burnley
Lost 2-1 vs. Tottenham
Drew 1-1 vs. West Brom
Drew 1-1 vs. Crystal Palace

Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)

Lost 2-0 vs. Atalanta
Won 3-0 vs. Leicester
Drew 1-1 vs. Man City
Won 5-0 vs. Atalanta
Won 2-1 vs. West Ham

Klopp’s View

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Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday, Klopp warned his team to expect a tougher test than Brighton’s recent scores suggested:

“We have analysts and they are really honest and they tell me in the first second if a team is tough to play. If we see Brighton’s results they don’t look like it, but they are in a really good moment, playing good football.

“They always have possession, a football-playing side, they adapt a little bit the system and do it really well. They didn’t score often enough to get the results but we cannot go there and expect they won’t finish their situations. We have to be ready for defensive work, they make the pitch big and it’s hard work, that’s what we have to be ready for.

TV & Liveblog Info

General view of a spidercam - Anfield, television camera (Peter Byrne/PA Wire.)

Brighton vs. Liverpool will be shown live in the UK on BT Sport 1, with coverage starting at 11.30am (GMT) and kickoff at 12.30pm.

Chris Williams is in charge of This Is Anfield’s matchday live blog, keeping you entertained from 11.45am (GMT).

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'99 good ones so far' - Klopp hails Alisson ahead of 100th LFC game

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 11:41

Jürgen Klopp saluted the consistency and elite qualities of Alisson Becker as the goalkeeper prepares to make his 100th appearance for Liverpool.

Alisson is in line to reach the landmark against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, with his previous 99 matches consisting of 74 wins and only 12 defeats. 

“After 100 games for Liverpool, I don’t have to speak about the importance of Ali - it could’ve been already more [appearances],” Klopp said.

“I would say 99 good ones so far. I can’t remember a game when he was not spot on, so that’s good.

“And of course it’s important. When you have a world-class goalkeeper, you want to have him in your goal. The more often you can do that, the better it is for us and so I am very happy.”

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'99 good ones so far' - Klopp hails Alisson ahead of 100th LFC game

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 11:41
Jürgen Klopp saluted the consistency and elite qualities of Alisson Becker as the goalkeeper prepares to make his 100th appearance for Liverpool.
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Klopp on Henderson fitness latest and Brighton team selection

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 11:15

Jordan Henderson is closing in on a return to action, but Liverpool need to assess the condition of all players before determining who will travel to Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

The captain took part in some of Thursday’s session at the AXA Training Centre as he continues his rehabilitation from a muscle issue.

However, speaking during his pre-match press conference, Jürgen Klopp acknowledged the tight turnaround between Wednesday’s Champions League fixture with Atalanta BC and tomorrow’s lunchtime kick-off at the Amex Stadium means he will leave it as late as possible to decide upon the travelling squad.

The manager said: “Hendo trained yesterday, parts of team training and then had his individual session, so we have to see what we do with that.

“For all the other players who played now [against Atalanta], they are still in recovery, so that’s how it is when you have only these few days in between.

“We have to make late decisions, so if you were to ask me now what will be the line-up and I was in a mood to tell you, I couldn’t!

“I [will] make this decision as late as possible because I have to wait until the medical department tells me who looks like [they’re] ready.

“Then it looks like from now on we have another 25-and-a-half hours to make sure that we bring the fittest and freshest players on the pitch.”

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Klopp on Henderson fitness latest and Brighton team selection

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 11:15
Jordan Henderson is closing in on a return to action, but Liverpool need to assess the condition of all players before determining who will travel to Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.
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Liverpool's Midtjylland CL fixture back in Denmark

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 11:00

Liverpool's final Champions League group stage match against Midtjylland on December 9 will take place in Denmark as planned after the easing of COVID-19 restrictions by the UK government.

Borussia Dortmund had said they would host the fixture because of the UK government's requirement for those returning from Denmark to quarantine for 14 days.

But Midtjylland released a statement on Friday confirming that the UK government had agreed to provide elite athletes with an exemption, meaning the game will go ahead at the MCH Arena.

"The English authorities last night eased the travel restrictions aimed at Denmark... so we can confirm that the match will be played at the MCH Arena as planned," Midtjylland said.

Liverpool will play at the MCH Arena in Herning Image: Liverpool will play at the MCH Arena in Herning

"We remain aware of the situation and are in constant dialogue with the relevant parties."

Liverpool, who defeated Midtjylland 2-0 at Anfield last month, can qualify for the last 16 with a win over Ajax next week, having lost to Atalanta 2-0 on Wednesday night.

Klopp: No excuses for deserved defeat

Klopp said he had no regrets over the selection gamble which backfired in the defeat to Atalanta, despite the Reds' hopes of progressing early to the last 16 being dealt a blow in a "deserved defeat".

Liverpool made five changes from Sunday's victory over Leicester, including altering three of the back four, and paid for it with a lack of cohesion and rhythm which allowed last season's quarter-finalists to become the first team to win at Anfield in 90 minutes since Chelsea in September 2018.

Klopp said: "We made five changes, it was very important we did that, and in the end it didn't work out and that is part of the deal. I would do it again.

"[We had] no real rhythm, first half was not a good game at all, they were not good as well. We spoke about it but second half it didn't look like it [would change] and that is why we changed early.

"A second before we could change (Klopp was in the process of making a quadruple substitution) they scored the first goal, in a space which we knew they tried to use and we couldn't defend in that moment.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp refused to get carried away by the setback Image: Klopp refused to get carried away by the setback of losing to Atalanta

"We had better football moments but not good enough. If you don't have a shot on target that is never a good sign."

Liverpool lost a competitive home match by a margin of more than one goal for the first time in 137 matches at Anfield under Klopp, with this their heaviest such defeat since August 2015 in the Premier League against West Ham under Brendan Rodgers, a 3-0 defeat.

Victory over Ajax next week would still guarantee safe passage and with December's schedule, Klopp will want to avoid the nightmare scenario of having something to play for with the final game against Midtjylland.

"If I would think like this then it would be great. It is tricky, sounds easy to beat Ajax but with all the challenges we face in this country on top of the normal challenges we face already," he added.

Klopp Image: Klopp says his focus is on Brighton rather than Ajax

"My concern isn't that I think about Ajax; we go in a few hours to play Brighton. When this game is over we start to think about Ajax."

Even the return of Mohamed Salah could not lift the side out of their torpor as second-half goals from Josip Ilicic and Robin Gosens ensured there would be little room for Klopp to rest players in their final two matches.

Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini, whose side were beaten 5-0 in the reverse fixture three weeks ago, hailed the win as the club's most prestigious.

"Obviously this is something which will be written in the pages of history," he said.

"They haven't lost a Premier League game in 64 matches. This is perhaps our biggest-ever victory in our history, certainly our most prestigious.

"We were more solid in defence this time around because the defence was better protected with more players in midfield. This is the solution we opted for as we thought it was appropriate for this game."

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Watch: Sadio Mane and NIVEA MEN's Anfield surprise for Reds fan

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 10:00

Watch Sadio Mane and NIVEA Men deliver a special surprise for big Liverpool fan Lee Swan.

As part of the Dear Liverpool FC series, Lee – a dedicated volunteer at The Florence Institute, a community centre in Liverpool – was treated with a trip to the home of the Premier League champions and generous donation from NIVEA MEN.

Take a look at the heartwarming video below.

App users should tap here to watch.

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Anne Lundon, CEO of The Florence Institute, said: "We are so grateful to NIVEA MEN and Liverpool FC for donating the van to the Florrie to support all the work we are doing, helping us to deliver around 1,000 hot meals and 350 special food hampers in the lead-up to Christmas.  

"Lee is a fantastic volunteer and means so much to The Florrie and the whole of the community. We're overjoyed and so thankful to Liverpool FC and NIVEA MEN for making Lee's dream come true."

On his experience, Mane commented: "I'm proud to be part of Dear Liverpool FC and to be part of making a difference during these challenging times. And it is an honour to help recognise the work that Lee, Timo and the Florrie have been doing.

"Giving Lee the tour was a highlight of lockdown. He is a real character and it was a pleasure to help him realise his dream of scoring at Anfield."

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Watch: Sadio Mane and NIVEA MEN's Anfield surprise for Reds fan

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 10:00
Watch Sadio Mane and NIVEA Men deliver a special surprise for big Liverpool fan Lee Swan.
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Anderlecht teenager wants Liverpool transfer

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 09:54

Anderlecht starlet Marco Kana has admitted Liverpool would be his dream transfer move.

The 18-year-old centre-back, who was born in DR Congo but represents Belgium at U21 level, has been labeled the 'new Vincent Kompany ' by some.

Kompany is his Anderlecht coach where Kana has played five times this season at senior level. The likening to Kompany also comes from the fact he can play in midfield as well as in defence.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

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Anderlecht teenager wants Liverpool transfer

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 09:54
Anderlecht starlet Marco Kana has admitted Liverpool would be his dream transfer move.
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Anderlecht teenager wants Liverpool transfer

HEAD NEWS - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 09:54

Anderlecht starlet Marco Kana has admitted Liverpool would be his dream transfer move.

The 18-year-old centre-back, who was born in DR Congo but represents Belgium at U21 level, has been labeled the 'new Vincent Kompany ' by some.

Kompany is his Anderlecht coach where Kana has played five times this season at senior level. The likening to Kompany also comes from the fact he can play in midfield as well as in defence.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

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Brighton v Liverpool: TV channels and live coverage details

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 09:30
Liverpool visit Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday, with kick-off at the Amex Stadium scheduled for 12.30pm GMT.
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Brighton v Liverpool: TV channels and live coverage details

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 09:30

Liverpool visit Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday, with kick-off at the Amex Stadium scheduled for 12.30pm GMT.

The match will be broadcast live on BT Sport in the UK.

Two minutes of highlights will be available to watch on LFCTV GO from 5.15pm GMT and extended match action can be viewed from midnight.

Claim half-price on a subscription to LFCTV GO for six months with our special Black Friday offer. Click here and use the code BF2020 at checkout (offer available until 11.59pm GMT on Monday November 30).

Our live Match Centre begins on Friday on Liverpoolfc.com and the official LFC app, bringing you the best build-up to the game, live updates, audio commentary, interactive features and much more.

For global broadcast listings, click here.

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LFC Foundation teams up with BullyBusters during Anti-Bullying Week

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 09:15
LFC Foundation, the club's official charity, delivered a range of educational workshops and activities in local schools last week to raise awareness for Anti-Bullying Week.
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LFC Foundation teams up with BullyBusters during Anti-Bullying Week

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 09:15

LFC Foundation, the club's official charity, delivered a range of educational workshops and activities in local schools last week to raise awareness for Anti-Bullying Week.

Delivered through the Premier League Primary Stars programme, LFC Foundation staff spent time educating local young people on the impact of bullying alongside how to integrate the four core values of the PLPS programme – to be ambitious, inspiring, connected and fair – into their behaviour to ensure that we live in a kinder and more inclusive community.

The core value that children were told to focus on was #BeFair and were then invited to explain what the term means to them.

LFC Foundation’s Premier League Primary Stars programme uses the appeal of the Premier League and Liverpool FC to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.

As part of their support, PLPS staff delivered a ‘Do the right thing’ workshop to Year Three and Four in Pinehurst Primary School. The educational session focused on creating your own school rules to ensure that everyone is treated equally and given the opportunity to play together during lunchtimes.

LFC Foundation also teamed up with BullyBusters – an anti-bullying initiative that provides training and awareness sessions for adults and young people – to offer guidance on how to report and spot bullying going forward.

Matt Parish, LFC Foundation director, said: “We are proud to play our part – alongside BullyBusters – in tackling the issue of bullying in order to create a friendly and more inclusive environment for our local young people.

“We are fortunate to be able to use the power of the LFC badge to instil positive change within school environments and create positive attitudes in young people going forward.”

If you have concerns about the safety or welfare of a child or vulnerable adult, please email safeguarding@liverpoolfc.com.

If you or someone you know needs specialist support, please contact Samaritans on 116 123.

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Get 40 per cent off LFC stadium tours

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 09:00
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Get 40 per cent off LFC stadium tours

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 09:00

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