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LFC Women look to gear up with new partners

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 14:59

Liverpool FC Women has announced a brand-new principal partner, Joie, and welcomes Standard Chartered’s move to the front-of-shirt position.

Already front and centre on the men’s team jersey, the multi-year partnership with Standard Chartered will see the bank extending its long-running relationship with the club.

Also already a sponsor of the men’s team, Joie supports families of all shapes and sizes, promoting values in line with the club’s own family-orientated philosophy.

As a principal partner of LFC Women, baby gear brand Joie will take an on-shirt position on the tail of the jersey, formerly occupied by Standard Chartered, and will be known as official family partner of Liverpool FC Women. 

The announcement comes as the side conduct their first pre-season tour with the men’s team, which will see them play two friendlies in the United States, as well as training, meeting supporters and taking part in community activities. The women’s tour is also being hosted by Joie. 

The first stop saw Joie take manager Vicky Jepson and four members of the squad to visit the Michiana Echo U12s players.

Jade Bailey, Melissa Lawley, Jess Clarke, Ashley Hodson and Jepson all went along to help to deliver a special coaching session with the girls.

They also presented this season’s LFC Women home shirts to the team and invited them to Thursday's game against Cleveland Ambassadors at Notre Dame University, courtesy of Joie.

Peter Moore, chief executive of Liverpool Football Club and chairman of LFC Women said: “It’s fantastic to see that Standard Chartered is strengthening its involvement with the LFC Women’s team.

“And for a family-focused brand like Joie, it’s also a very positive message to see them investing in both the women’s and men’s teams, and hugely positive to see brands continuing to back diverse and inclusive organisations. We’re very pleased we can count on their support.”

Jepson said: “It’s really galvanising as a team to have the support of brands like Joie and Standard Chartered for the next few years. We’re really looking forward to working with them beyond our pre-season tour.”

David Welsh, senior managing director at Joie, said: “At Joie we are all about families, and we’re delighted to expand our support of the Liverpool FC family to the LFC Women’s team. We look forward to continuing our partnership together, supporting families in need and inspiring the next generation of LFC fans.”

Emma Sheller, global head of brand and marketing at Standard Chartered, said: “Nearly 50 per cent of our employees are women and diversity and inclusion underpins the bank’s values.

“The popularity of women’s football is on the rise - as we’ve just witnessed with the recent Women’s World Cup - and Standard Chartered is excited to be expanding our existing relationship with Liverpool FC Women and work with these elite athletes on some really meaningful partnerships over the next few seasons.”

LFC Women captain Sophie Bradley-Auckland will also continue in her role as official brand ambassador of Joie. 

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LFC Women look to gear up with new partners

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 14:59
Liverpool FC Women has announced a brand-new principal partner, Joie, and welcomes Standard Chartered’s move to the front-of-shirt position.
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LFC Women look to gear up with new partners

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 14:59

Liverpool FC Women has announced a brand-new principal partner, Joie, and welcomes Standard Chartered’s move to the front-of-shirt position.

Already front and centre on the men’s team jersey, the multi-year partnership with Standard Chartered will see the bank extending its long-running relationship with the club.

Also already a sponsor of the men’s team, Joie supports families of all shapes and sizes, promoting values in line with the club’s own family-orientated philosophy.

As a principal partner of LFC Women, baby gear brand Joie will take an on-shirt position on the tail of the jersey, formerly occupied by Standard Chartered, and will be known as Official Family Partner of Liverpool FC Women. 

The announcement comes as the side complete their first pre-season tour with the men’s team, which will see them play three friendlies in the United States, as well as training, meeting supporters and taking part in community activities. The women’s tour is also being hosted by Joie. 

The first stop saw Joie take manager Vicky Jepson and four members of the squad to visit the Michiana Echo U12s players.

Captain Sophie Bradley-Auckland, Melissa Lawley, Jess Clarke, Ashley Hodson and Jepson all went along to help to deliver a special coaching session with the girls.

They also presented this season’s LFC Women home shirts to the team and invited them to Thursday's game against Cleveland Ambassadors at Notre Dame University, courtesy of Joie.

Peter Moore, chief executive of Liverpool Football Club and chairman of LFC Women said: “It’s fantastic to see that Standard Chartered is strengthening its involvement with the LFC Women’s team.

“And for a family-focused brand like Joie, it’s also a very positive message to see them investing in both the women’s and men’s teams, and hugely positive to see brands continuing to back diverse and inclusive organisations. We’re very pleased we can count on their support.”

Jepson said: “It’s really galvanising as a team to have the support of brands like Joie and Standard Chartered for the next few years. We’re really looking forward to working with them beyond our pre-season tour.”

David Welsh, senior managing director at Joie, said: “At Joie we are all about families, and we’re delighted to expand our support of the Liverpool FC family to the LFC Women’s team. We look forward to continuing our partnership together, supporting families in need and inspiring the next generation of LFC fans.”

Emma Sheller, global head of brand and marketing at Standard Chartered, said: “Nearly 50 per cent of our employees are women and diversity and inclusion underpins the bank’s values.

“The popularity of women’s football is on the rise - as we’ve just witnessed with the recent Women’s World Cup - and Standard Chartered is excited to be expanding our existing relationship with Liverpool FC Women and work with these elite athletes on some really meaningful partnerships over the next few seasons.”

LFC Women skipper Bradley-Auckland will also continue in her role as official brand ambassador of Joie. 

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LFC Women look to gear up with new partners

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 14:59
Liverpool FC Women has announced a brand-new principal partner, Joie, and welcomes Standard Chartered’s move to the front-of-shirt position.
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Inside Training: Running drills for Reds in Notre Dame

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 13:11

Despite temperatures exceeding 30 degrees in Indiana on Wednesday, the day's second session consisted of gruelling running drills for the Liverpool squad as the United States tour continued.

The Reds players were put through their paces - quite literally - at Notre Dame University, with preparations for Friday’s fixture with Borussia Dortmund continuing to crank up.

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Inside Training: Running drills for Reds in Notre Dame

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Despite temperatures exceeding 30 degrees in Indiana on Wednesday, the day's second session consisted of gruelling running drills for the Liverpool squad as the United States tour continued.
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Liverpool FC pre-season: The importance of methodology & individualised programmes

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 12:38

As the Reds step up training intensity Stateside, sports fitness expert Dr. Rajpal Brar reveals the importance of methodical pre-season training for Liverpool players’ fitness, health, and performance.


Liverpool’s pre-season training has begun—albeit with some notable absences with players still on international duty—with players and staff presenting to Melwood two weeks ago for their first sessions.

These sessions are critical for a number of reasons: to re-establish fitness levels, establish chemistry between players and staff and amongst one another, extra time for technique and skill work particularly for younger players, the start of positional and bench-or-starter battles, more information for the coaching staff to decide on player roles and implement new strategies, principles, philosophy, and so on.

In this piece, I’ll detail some of the intricacies of pre-season planning, including the importance of methodical progressions, individual player programming and how it fits into the total picture of the season.

The importance of a methodical approach

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp before a pre-season friendly match between Bradford City AFC and Liverpool FC at Valley Parade. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

When it comes to fitness and health—two foundations of performance—the planning of pre-season training intensity and quantity is key.

As I touched on in my last piece, extended rest after the season is critical for footballer health but it also comes with a natural hit to fitness with the mind and body acclimating to lower levels of activity.

This is part of the season why you see players with limited pre-season training having slower starts to the season, like Mo Salah last year after his summer was taken up playing for Egypt in the World Cup.

Mohamed Salah of Egypt during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between Egypt and Zimbabwe at Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt on 21 June 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix ( Samuel Shivambu/Sports Inc/PA Images)

For those reasons, pre-season training quantity and intensity needs to be ramped up carefully and methodically with respect to those lower levels of fitness.

A player being undertrained and then doing “too much, too soon” is one of the most common causes of injury, particularly for soft tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament) injuries, as excess stress on a tissue will overload the capacity of the tissue leading to a higher risk for injury.

Additionally, certain mind-body systems such as the proprioceptive system—which is responsible for the body’s unconscious awareness of itself in space—also need to be re-trained.

To both those points, there’s a significant uptick in injuries when players come back from extended breaks—and research shows that when training ramps up too quickly past the point players are currently equipped to handle, the risk for soft tissue injuries goes up by nearly seven times in the current week and nearly 10 times in the subsequent week of training.

For more info on that, look up “acute to chronic workload ratio.”

In other words, higher fitness levels have to be earned back and therefore the pre-season training schedule needs to reflect that, with a slow-step progression rather than jumping headfirst into the deep end.

Based on what I know about Liverpool’s medical, training and sports science staff, along with their coaching staff’s consideration of player health—led by Jurgen Klopp’s uniquely detailed understanding for a manager—I have no doubt the Reds’ training progressions have been methodically detailed and planned to crescendo at the opening of their Premier League campaign.

Individualised programming

Although pre-season training applies to the entire team with specific health and fitness goals and benchmarks in mind, each player has their own respective needs and unique qualities.

These need to be built into, and tailored for, in the programming, whether that’s due to recent injury history, extended playing time (from the previous season or summer tournaments), positional demands, skill development goals and so on.

To help illustrate that, let’s take a look at two players on different sides of the coin.

 Liverpool's Adam Lallana during a pre-season friendly match between Bradford City AFC and Liverpool FC at Valley Parade. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With Adam Lallana, who had multiple recurring soft tissue injuries during the season but was able to find some steady consistency in health towards the latter third of 18/19, the training staff may opt to maintain a higher level of training intensity and quantity.

This would be to keep building on the base he acquired from his relatively healthy period. His programming may tilt towards more advanced strength and cardiovascular training.

On the other hand, for Sadio Mane who is still currently playing for Senegal as they head into the final of the Africa Cup of Nations, the training staff will have to find a very delicate balance of allowing him time to rest while still maintaining a baseline level of fitness, as his ramp-up time into the Premier League season will be less than his counterparts.

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg match between Liverpool FC and FC Barcelona. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Further, Mane’s very high pace puts him at higher risk for specific injuries, such as hamstring strains. When combined with fatigue, another major risk factor for muscular injuries, his injury risk is compounded.

To that point, his programming may focus on targeted preventative training such as the Nordic hamstring protocol, which has consistently been shown through research to efficiently build up hamstring strength and prevent strains.

The bigger picture

Taking a step back and looking at the entire purview of the off-season and Premier League season, the former is what I call the “build” phase and the latter is the “maintenance” phase.

During the off-season, players have the time, energy, and frankly calories to build up their physical and mental reserves. Once the season begins, the main emphasis shifts to maintaining those gains and reserves, as there simply isn’t enough time or energy between all the traveling, training, and games.

In fact, during the season, the main concern becomes overtraining rather than the undertraining I touched on earlier, when players transition from rest to pre-season.

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (L) and Georginio Wijnaldum during a training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Estadio Metropolitano. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Additionally, the staff will implement cyclical training throughout the year to increase or decrease activity amounts depending on the number of games or breaks coming up.

They will also continue to individualise the programming for each player, especially as the season unfolds and players pick up certain injuries or show signs of fatigue and wear.

All in all, training in professional football is a year-round process and science.

Much of that foundation is laid during the pre-season training period and then continues to evolve based on unique circumstances of the season, player and other tournaments. I hope this piece sheds some light on the rationale and process for you.

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Klopp: We cannot spend like City, PSG

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 12:26
Andy Robertson hands Klopp fitness boost

Last Updated: 18/07/19 12:51pm

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are unable to spend money like Man City and PSG Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are unable to spend money like Man City and PSG Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are unable to spend money like Man City and PSG

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are not in a position to compete financially with the champions Manchester City and European rivals Paris Saint-Germain.

Pep Guardiola has shelled out more than £500m on players in his two years at City, while Liverpool have spent roughly £300m in the same period.

The only addition to Liverpool's squad this summer has been Dutch youngster Sepp van den Berg, and Klopp has reiterated he does not expect to do any major business in this window.

"We are pretty relaxed in that, we will see what's coming up," Klopp told Liverpool's website.

"How I said, it will not be the biggest transfer window of LFC; we invested a lot in the team in the last two years, I would say. We cannot spend every year in the same manner.

0:53 Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen does not believe Manchester City and Liverpool will be as dominant in the Premier League this season. Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen does not believe Manchester City and Liverpool will be as dominant in the Premier League this season.

"People talk about it like, 'now another £300m or £200m'. There are maybe only two clubs in the world - it looks in the moment like Barcelona and (Real) Madrid can do the same - (Manchester) City and PSG that can do it every year.

"But we are fine. I'm happy with the team, we are really happy.

"We have to see if we find maybe one position, if we find something for it, but there's no real pressure because it's not about signing a player. We have solutions for all the situations.

"I'm really looking forward to the season, it will be really exciting again."

Andy Robertson says he is ready to return to action Andy Robertson says he is ready to return to action Andy Robertson says he is ready to return to action

Klopp has been handed a boost by Andy Robertson declaring himself fit to play on Liverpool's three-game tour to the United States.

The Liverpool left-back underwent a minor surgical procedure on his right hand after picking up an infection but says he is raring to go for Friday night's clash with Borussia Dortmund.

"It's up to the gaffer but I think I'm ready for Friday," Robertson said.

"We'll soon find out! But in terms of my hand, I can just wrap it up and go for it, so I'm good to go."

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Sturridge fined and banned until July 31

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 12:03
Regulatory Commission ruled that Sturridge had provided his brother with "inside information" over bet regarding his transfer

Last Updated: 18/07/19 2:42pm

3:04 Sky Sports News' chief reporter Bryan Swanson explains all the detail behind Daniel Sturridge's ban and fine for breaching FA betting regulations. Sky Sports News' chief reporter Bryan Swanson explains all the detail behind Daniel Sturridge's ban and fine for breaching FA betting regulations.

Daniel Sturridge has been fined £75,000 and banned from playing football until July 31 after being found guilty of breaching the FA's gambling regulations.

Sturridge has been given a six-week ban, four of which have been suspended until August 31, 2020, meaning he is free to play football again from July 31 in the event he commits no further breaches of FA's guidelines.

The Regulatory Commission investigation found that the former England international had instructed his brother, Leon, to bet on a possible move by him to La Liga side Sevilla.

The Commission also found that, in issuing that instruction, Sturridge had provided his brother with inside information for that purpose.

The FA respectfully disagrees with the Regulatory Commission's findings and will be appealing against the charges which were dismissed and the sanction which was imposed.

Summary of FA's written reasons:
  • proceedings lasted more than 15 months
  • Independent panel received more than 3,500 pieces of evidence, including many WhatsApp conversations involving Daniel Sturridge and family members
  • In summary, The FA believed this was a "family affair" - with each individual playing a role
  • Charges strongly disputed by Sturridge
  • £13,755 wagered by those connected directly or indirectly to Sturridge, returning £10,762
  • Some bets refused by betting operators
  • Had they been accepted, however, and had they been successful, these bets would have returned a further £317,000
  • Some of the panel's findings have been redacted, usually to protect sensitive personal information not in the public interest
  • Panel: "Mr Sturridge faced a number of significant challenges, both personally and professionally, during January 2018 and was under considerable strain as a result."
  • FA not happy and appealing the nine charges that were dismissed and overall length of ban
  • FA felt a sanction of any shorter duration than six months would wholly fail to reflect the gravity of the case

In response to the verdict Sturridge issued a statement that said: "I am grateful to the panel for the time and consideration given to my case. I would also like to thank my family, friends and legal representatives for the support they have given me throughout the past very tough 15 months.

"I am pleased that nine of the 11 charges were dismissed and that the panel found me to be an honest and credible witness, and that my actions on one particularly difficult day were out of character.

"The case was heard over seven days by a distinguished panel, which resulted in a lengthy and carefully considered decision, and followed an extensive investigation by The FA.

"It is therefore extremely disappointing to hear that the FA will be appealing this decision. I will continue to defend the case and the appeal.

"I am training hard and fully focused on the upcoming football season."

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Jurgen Klopp lays bare what Rhian Brewster needs to become “big gun” of Liverpool attack

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 11:42

Rhian Brewster has been an early pre-season success, but there’s a long way to go before he’s a regular for Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp has high hopes, though, and has relayed exactly when we might find out Brewster’s true level.


A couple of smart, close-range finishes against Tranmere and another against Bradford mean that the teenage striker currently has the minor honour of being pre-season’s top scorer for the Reds.

It’s a step-up to come now, however, in terms of opposition level: Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Sporting CP are more like the class of team Liverpool face on a week-to-week basis than their previous friendly opponents.

Here we may begin to see which of the younger players are ready to step up on a more regular basis, but given Daniel Sturridge‘s departure it’s up front—along with left-back—that the most immediate opportunity to break through appears to be.

Klopp has dismissed any notion of putting massive expectations on what Brewster can achieve this season, instead pointing to the moments which will show exactly where he is with his progress.

 Liverpool's Rhian Brewster celebrates scoring the third goal during a pre-season friendly match between Tranmere Rovers FC and Liverpool FC at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“You know how it is in football, it’s pre-season, he’s still very young,” Klopp told LiverpoolFC.com.

“The thing is, the Premier League is the Premier League and we need to make sure he is ready for that. We think he is ready, to be honest, but we have to see when and how often and stuff like this.

“He was injured for a long time. He is a fantastic footballer, we fought really hard for getting him and then keeping him and all that stuff. Now he is here and I think he sees the chance, the chance is there and that’s very good.

“He is an exceptionally good boy and player and I am really excited about the future, but there is not pressure at all on him.

“The big guns are not in and we are all focused and the boys and stuff like that, but don’t put pressure on him.

“I think he can deal with it because he is a really confident boy, but to be a real Premier League striker you have to miss a chance in front of 50,000, hear the noise, feeling the importance and then if you go again, you have a good chance to be a really big gun.”

It’s interesting to note Klopp’s take on events: it won’t be the goals that show Brewster is ready, but his reactions to the misses.

 Liverpool's Rhian Brewster during a pre-season friendly match between Tranmere Rovers FC and Liverpool FC at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Therein lies perhaps the gap between technically ready and mentally ready for senior action: can the youngsters handle the exasperation of the crowd, the knowledge that their mistakes really matter in these matches, that millions of peoples’ happiness around the world hinge on their pass, their save, their finish?

It sounds over the top to state it in such fashion, but on such moments do swings of emotion, memories and silverware—the reason for existence for the club—hang; the between the heartache of Kyiv and the glory of Madrid.

Brewster absolutely has the technical ability to make the grade—it’s just down to timing, and Klopp’s decisions, as to when he’s truly ready to compete as a first-team regular.

If his mentality and maturity shown during contract negotiations and battling back from a long-term injury are anything to go by, it won’t be long at all before he’s on the scoresheet at Anfield.

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Jürgen Klopp on James Milner: 'I'm blessed to manage him'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 10:50

James Milner’s enduring excellence means Liverpool’s vice-captain remains an invaluable resource for Jürgen Klopp.

The upcoming campaign represents the fifth of Milner’s Anfield career and the No.7, now 33 years old, has looked as fit as ever in the early weeks of pre-season.

The Reds’ friendly wins over Tranmere Rovers and Bradford City that preceded their tour of the United States both featured impressive 45-minute run-outs from Milner, who netted twice at Valley Parade last Sunday.

And Klopp has explained why the Champions League-winning midfielder’s influence is of vital importance to his squad, both on and off the pitch.

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“There have not been many,” the boss told Liverpoolfc.com in Indiana, when asked if he has ever worked with a player of Milner’s ilk before.

“I was blessed to have a few players like this; Sebastian Kehl, for example, at Dortmund was a more experienced player in a very young team and was a leader in that team, like Millie is. And I think Millie improved his football a lot in the last two or three years as well. 

“His attitude is outstanding. Millie is a sports guy, in each sport he is doing he is brilliant. Without Millie it wouldn’t have been possible. His kind of a little bit dirty dressing-room talks, I cannot do, these things you say in the dressing room that I am not allowed to say in public. That’s the last little kick and that’s nice. 

“We have so many leaders in the team: Hendo of course, Millie of course, Gini, Virg, all these guys, they are in a different way all leaders. They know what to do and they will know it for a new season. 

“Millie looks again in the pre-season like [he’s in] in his early 20s; but he isn’t, he knows that, and we try to respect that. But he is not only in the game not really stoppable, in training it’s the same. All good.”

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Jürgen Klopp on James Milner: 'I'm blessed to manage him'

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James Milner’s enduring excellence means Liverpool’s vice-captain remains an invaluable resource for Jürgen Klopp.
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Robbo vs. Trent, round 2: Assist competition returns and a new Reds mentality

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 10:30

One of the more lighthearted highlights of last season was the ongoing battle for assists supremacy between Liverpool’s brilliant full-backs—and that competition will be back for 2019/20.


Andy Robertson surging down the left; Trent Alexander-Arnold flying down the right.

The twin threat of the Reds in attacking the flanks was a factor many teams failed to deal with last season, culminating in a succession of chances being delivered by clever passes, overlapping runs, cutbacks and wicked crosses.

Despite the Reds not exactly having big target men up front, so good were the accuracy on some of the duo’s deliveries that close-range headers or finishes were often seen throughout the season from the likes of Mo Salah or Bobby Firmino.

It emerged during the course of 18/19 that the full-backs had a friendly, but competitive, bet on as to who could secure the most assists—and while Robertson took a healthy lead for much of the campaign, Trent finished the year in “unbelievable” form to pip his team-mate, 12-11 in Premier League assists.

 Liverpool's Andy Robertson waves to the Kop as they sing his name after the 2-0 victory over Fulham during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Fulham FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Robbo says they’ve already spoken about repeating it this year, and while personal pride might make him want to win this time out, it’s all about helping the team perform to the max.

“We’ve had a brief discussion over it. We’ll set it up again,” Robertson said to the club website.

“Probably too much was made of it but for me and Trent it brought the best out of us, the numbers we both produced. Near the back end of the season he was unbelievable with the numbers he produced.

“I feel it brought the best out of both of us. If we can do that and get similar numbers this season, of course it helps the team. That’s what both of us want to do.

“But first and foremost we want to just put in the same performances we put in last season and try to kick on even further.”

Along with Virgil van Dijk, Gini Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson, the two full-backs have only just returned to pre-season training after an extended break.

 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold takes a free-kick during the FA Premier League match between Cardiff City FC and Liverpool FC at the Cardiff City Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Once fit and firing and the action kicks off, Robertson says it’ll be different this year after winning: no longer are the Reds driven by not wanting to repeat the heartache of Kyiv, but instead by wanting to repeat the feeling of being on top of the world—or, more specifically, on top of a bus.

“That’s what we’ve got to use as motivation now – the winning feeling we had.

“Last season was completely different, we used the disappointment and heartbreak of losing as motivation to not be in that position again. That’s probably why we had so many last-minute winners, big comebacks and things like that.

“This season we need to use that feeling of being on that bus and lifting that trophy to drive us forward. We want more of that feeling. That’ll be in all our minds for the season ahead.”

If the Reds are in the running for major honours ten months from now, it’s a safe bet that the duo will have played a huge part in creating the goals to fire Liverpool toward more success.

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Klopp: There's expectations but no pressure for Rhian Brewster

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 10:00

Jürgen Klopp predicts a bright future for Rhian Brewster, but has explained why expectations should be tempered as the striker takes his fledgling steps in senior football.

The 19-year-old has struck three times in two pre-season games so far this summer, following up a brace at Tranmere Rovers with a poacher’s effort agains Bradford City on Sunday.

Klopp is encouraged by Brewster’s progress so far, particularly as he has overcome a long-term injury absence; however, the manager wants him to be allowed to develop with no pressure on his shoulders.

“You know how it is in football, it’s pre-season, he’s still very young,” the boss told Liverpoolfc.com in the United States. “He has expectations, I have expectations. He has expectations and that’s good, it’s absolutely good.

“The thing is, the Premier League is the Premier League and we need to make sure he is ready for that. We think he is ready, to be honest, but we have to see when and how often and stuff like this.

“He was injured for a long time. He is a fantastic footballer, we fought really hard for getting him and then keeping him and all that stuff. Now he is here and I think he sees the chance, the chance is there and that’s very good.

“He is an exceptionally good boy and player and I am really excited about the future, but there is not pressure at all on him.

“The big guns are not in and we are all focused and the boys and stuff like that, but don’t put pressure on him. I think he can deal with it because he is a really confident boy, but to be a real Premier League striker you have to miss a chance in front of 50,000, hear the noise, feeling the importance and then if you go again, you have a good chance to be a really big gun.”

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Klopp: There's expectations but no pressure for Rhian Brewster

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Jürgen Klopp predicts a bright future for Rhian Brewster, but has explained why expectations should be tempered as the striker takes his fledgling steps in senior football.
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Andy Robertson: The assist competition with Trent will be back

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 07:59
There will be a second edition of the assist competition between Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson in 2019-20.
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Andy Robertson: The assist competition with Trent will be back

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 07:59

There will be a second edition of the assist competition between Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson in 2019-20.

A friendly battle to create the most goals for their teammates last term saw the Liverpool full-backs make Premier League history as Alexander-Arnold claimed 12 and Robertson just one fewer.

Their attacking contributions in the Champions League, meanwhile, were a key factor in the Reds lifting the trophy for the sixth time in Madrid on June 1.

The duo only returned to pre-season training on Saturday but the inevitable conversation has already occurred – and the competition is going to be on again.

“We’ve had a brief discussion over it. We’ll set it up again,” Robertson told Liverpoolfc.com in Indiana, where the Reds are stationed for the first leg of their USA pre-season tour.

“Probably too much was made of it but for me and Trent it brought the best out of us, the numbers we both produced. Near the back end of the season he was unbelievable with the numbers he produced.

“I feel it brought the best out of both of us. If we can do that and get similar numbers this season, of course it helps the team. That’s what both of us want to do.

“But first and foremost we want to just put in the same performances we put in last season and try to kick on even further.”

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Temperatures are soaring past 30 degrees in the afternoon where Liverpool are currently based in America, adding to the intensity of their pre-season programme.

Robertson acknowledged the added challenge of working in such conditions but also pointed to the long-term benefits of doing so.

“It’s not the easiest,” said the Scotland international, who declared himself ready to play after a recent procedure to deal with an infection in his hand.

“Some of the lads are ahead of me and Hendo and Virg. We came back a bit later. The lads are looking really sharp and we need to try to get up to that level now.

“It has been tough, especially in this heat and the conditions we’re training in but if we can train in this heat, we can train in anything. That will stand us in good stead for the season ahead.

“In the next three or four weeks that’s what it’s all about – getting the best prepared possible for a big 10 months.”

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Though focus is firmly on the Premier League opener at home to Norwich City on August 9, that fixtures is sandwiched by two one-off showpieces in the form of the Community Shield and UEFA Super Cup.

And Robertson reiterated the mood shared by the squad – that European Cup glory has only increased the hunger for silverware.

“We have got massive games from the off: Manchester City at Wembley in the Community Shield,” he said.

“Of course it’s the game just before the season starts but you’re still playing in a massive stadium against one of your biggest rivals. Then we’ve got Chelsea in the Super Cup.

“The biggest one is Norwich for getting the Premier League off to a good start in front of our home fans for the first time since we won the Champions League. That’s what we’ve got to use as motivation now – the winning feeling we had.

“Last season was completely different, we used the disappointment and heartbreak of losing as motivation to not be in that position again. That’s probably why we had so many last-minute winners, big comebacks and things like that.

“This season we need to use that feeling of being on that bus and lifting that trophy to drive us forward. We want more of that feeling. That’ll be in all our minds for the season ahead.”

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