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Last Updated: 22/07/19 10:19am

0:25 Antoine Griezmann reveals who he admires most in the Premier League Antoine Griezmann reveals who he admires most in the Premier League

Antoine Griezmann has revealed Liverpool are his favourite Premier League club, but Alexandre Lacazette is his top-choice playing partner.

Griezmann completed his move to Barcelona this month, two years since he came close to joining Manchester United.

He admits he was "close" to a Premier League move once, but was "very comfortable" in Spain when he opted to remain at Atletico Madrid.

"I was having a lot of fun in La Liga," he told Sky Sports News. "We have one thing the Premier League does not - the sun."

His five-year deal at the Camp Nou will take the 28-year-old well into his 30s, making a move to English football unlikely.

Despite United's interest, though, Griezmann revealed the Premier League club he admires most is Liverpool - "because of the fans".

"They deserve to win the Premier League, hopefully one day they will win it again," said Griezmann.

He believes he has the "best player in the world" as a team-mate in Messi, but there is another Premier League player he would still like to link up with.

"I would love to play with [Alexandre] Lacazette," he said. "He's a friend of mine, we played together in the national team. He's an amazing player, has a lot of talent."

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Gnagnon apologises for Liverpool tackle

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Liverpool suffer 2-1 defeat in pre-season friendly

Last Updated: 22/07/19 12:20pm

0:46 Yasser Larouci was 'lucky' not to have suffered a more serious injury after a nasty challenge in Liverpool's 2-1 pre-season defeat to Sevilla, says Jurgen Klopp Yasser Larouci was 'lucky' not to have suffered a more serious injury after a nasty challenge in Liverpool's 2-1 pre-season defeat to Sevilla, says Jurgen Klopp

Sevilla's Joris Gnagnon has apologised for an "heinous" tackle on Liverpool youngster Yasser Larouci during a pre-season friendly in Boston.

The 18-year-old was carried off the pitch on a stretcher in the 80th minute of the 2-1 defeat with Jurgen Klopp stating the youngster was "lucky" not to have suffered a more serious injury in Boston.

"It's much too early in the season to create headlines by saying what I think but it looks like he was lucky," Klopp told reporters at his post-match press conference.

"Of course, how it always is with these things we have to wait a little bit."

Gnagnon was immediately shown a red card for the kick to Larouci's leg while the scores were level at 1-1.

Liverpool's Yasser Larouci was taken off on a stretcher after a horror tackle during the 2-1 pre-season friendly defeat to Sevilla Liverpool's Yasser Larouci was taken off on a stretcher after a horror tackle during the 2-1 pre-season friendly defeat to Sevilla Liverpool's Yasser Larouci was taken off on a stretcher after a horror tackle during the 2-1 pre-season friendly defeat to Sevilla

Asked for specifics on Larouci's injury, Klopp added: "He hit him full throttle and, in that moment, [if it was] a little bit different position where he hit him then it's done. He rolls... he is a sports boy so that was OK, nothing happened there.

"I don't know 100 per cent. It looks like he was lucky but I only spoke quickly to the doc and that's what he said, but we have to see."

After the match, Gnagnon apologised for the "heinous" tackle. Posting on Twitter, he wrote: "I would like to publicly apologise towards Liverpool, the family of the player and its supporters.

"It was a heinous act on my part. Whatever the reason, it's not what should be seen on a football pitch. All my prayers are with the player and his family."

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Sevilla had earned a deserved first-half lead in front of a partisan Liverpool crowd when Nolito fired past debutant Andy Lonergan in the 38th minute.

Divock Origi hit back a minute before the break when he tapped home Nathaniel Phillips' header from a corner.

But Sevilla clinched the win in the final minute as Alejandro Pozo scored into an empty net.

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Liverpool 1-2 Sevilla recap

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 22:16

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VAR 'ready to go' in Premier League

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 11:24

Last Updated: 20/07/19 11:53am

0:29 The interim chief executive of the Premier League Richard Masters explains how VAR will work this season The interim chief executive of the Premier League Richard Masters explains how VAR will work this season

The Premier League is confident the use of video assistant referees (VAR) next season will bring clarity on key decisions and not affect the entertainment value of top-flight football in England.

After seeing the technology used extensively over the summer - including during the Nations League finals, the Women's World Cup and the African Cup of Nations - VAR will make its Premier League debut this season.

VAR was introduced in last season's Champions League knockout stages VAR was introduced in last season's Champions League knockout stages VAR was introduced in last season's Champions League knockout stages

Interim Premier League chief executive Richard Masters is hopeful that the lengthy delays which have often been a feature of VAR will be kept to a minimum when it is rolled out this term.

He told Sky Sports News: "We're ready to go [with VAR] for next season and I think fans want to see those clear and obvious errors cleared up, but they also want to see the game moved on quickly.

There are no plans for widespread pitchside referee reviews next season There are no plans for widespread pitchside referee reviews next season There are no plans for widespread pitchside referee reviews next season

"And so in the Premier League, you're probably going to see the referees not use the referee review area - which is that camera to the side of the pitch - as often as you might see in other competitions.

"You have to operate within the guidelines that the IFAB (International Football Association Board) gives you to operate VAR.

VAR was used in some matches during last season's FA Cup VAR was used in some matches during last season's FA Cup VAR was used in some matches during last season's FA Cup

"But, hopefully - a) it will work and it will clear up those decisions and b) it won't interrupt the fast-flowing pace of the Premier League. Those are basically our two objectives."

A thrilling Premier League season last term was marred by a number of incidents of discrimination at grounds across the country.

0:42 The No Room for Racism campaign was launched by the Premier League to help combat discriminatory behaviour across football The No Room for Racism campaign was launched by the Premier League to help combat discriminatory behaviour across football

Part of the Premier League's response was the launch of the No Room for Racism campaign, and Masters says further measures to tackle discrimination will be implemented before the season kicks off with Norwich's visit to Liverpool, live on Sky Sports on August 9.

"Any single incident is an incident too many and when these things happen you have to take a step back and wonder if you are doing enough," Masters said.

"We're going to be doing more and we're going to be announcing more over the course of the summer to try and ensure these things don't happen again.

"Of course you can never make sure that they won't, but I think it's about a raft of issues - it's about making our stadiums safer, making it easier for people to report [discrimination] and ensuring we have proper diversity throughout the whole game."

4:11 Highlights from the Premier League Asia Trophy match between Manchester City and West Ham. Highlights from the Premier League Asia Trophy match between Manchester City and West Ham.

Masters was speaking in China where he has been attending this week's Premier League Asia Trophy matches in Nanjing and Shanghai.

He feels the event, which has featured Manchester City, West Ham, Newcastle and Wolves, has been a success and is likely to return to the country in the near future.

He said: "Although we've only been to China twice in the nine [Asia Trophies] we've done, I think we may be coming here more regularly."

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Liverpool slip to Dortmund defeat

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 07:00
By Richard Morgan

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Harry Wilson opened the scoring for Liverpool; Rhian Brewster scored his fourth goal of pre-season

Last Updated: 20/07/19 12:07pm

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain continued his preparations for the new season by playing 60 minutes in Indiana Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain continued his preparations for the new season by playing 60 minutes in Indiana Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain continued his preparations for the new season by playing 60 minutes in Indiana

Liverpool's pre-season preparations were dealt a setback after being beaten 3-2 by Borussia Dortmund in their first match of a tour of the US.

In stifling conditions at the Notre Dame Stadium in Indiana, the European champions faced the Bundesliga runners-up in what Jurgen Klopp had called "the first proper test" of his side's pre-season.

Missing first-team stars Roberto Firmino, Alisson, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane due to the Copa America and African Cup of Nations, Liverpool were hurt by sloppy defending and Dortmund wasted no time in finding the net courtesy of a close-range strike from Paco Alcacer after just three minutes.

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Starting XI: Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Gomez, Larouci, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabinho, Milner, Wilson, Origi, Kent.

Subs used: Van Dijk, Wijnaldum, Lovren, Henderson, Brewster, Robertson, Lewis, Jones, Woodburn, Alexander-Arnold.

Harry Wilson found the net in the 35th minute to draw level but Dortmund scored two quick goals after the break.

Delaney made it 2-1 eight minutes into the second half with an easy tap-in and Jacob Bruun Larsen extended the lead after finding the bottom corner in the 58th minute.

Thomas Delaney celebrates scoring with his Borussia Dortmund team-mates Thomas Delaney celebrates scoring with his Borussia Dortmund team-mates Thomas Delaney celebrates scoring with his Borussia Dortmund team-mates

Rhian Brewster converted a penalty in the 75th minute after Ben Woodburn was brought down in the box but Liverpool could not find the equaliser in the closing stages in front of the 40,361-strong crowd.

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Klopp had featured many of the younger players in his starting line-up but handed Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum their first summer match action after making 10 changes on the hour mark.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk battles for the ball with Jacob Bruun Larsen Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk battles for the ball with Jacob Bruun Larsen Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk battles for the ball with Jacob Bruun Larsen Liverpool's pre-season so far
  • July 11: Tranmere Rovers 0-6 Liverpool
  • July 14: Bradford City 1-3 Liverpool
  • July 19: Liverpool 2-3 Borussia Dortmund
More minutes for The Ox Oxlade-Chamberlain got a useful run out against BVB Oxlade-Chamberlain got a useful run out against BVB Oxlade-Chamberlain got a useful run out against BVB

Klopp has already spoken about how a fit Oxlade-Chamberlain will be like having a new player at the club this season after the midfielder's recent long injury layoff.

The England international was on the field for just 19 minutes last season as he recovered from a serious ACL the previous campaign.

However, Oxlade-Chamberlain is now back to full fitness, although he still needs game time to get back up to speed, which is why run outs like these - he played for an hour against the Germans - are so important.

And in the stifling heat of the Notre Dame University Stadium, that is exactly what the 25-year-old got, showing glimpses of the type of form he produced in his debut season at the club.

Liverpool's Welsh Wizard Wilson drew Liverpool level in the first half Wilson drew Liverpool level in the first half Wilson drew Liverpool level in the first half

Liverpool's pre-season tour of the US, which begun in Indiana, represents a wonderful chance for Wilson to stake a first-team claim ahead of the new season, and the youngster did himself no harm with this eye-catching display against Dortmund.

The Welshman, 22, was handed a start in the club's forward line, repaying Klopp's faith with a well-taken first-half equaliser after some nice link-up play with Ryan Kent.

Both those players spent last season out on loan - Wilson at Derby, Kent with Rangers - but on this 60-minute showing, it looks like the former is just ahead in the Reds pecking order.

Has Brewster saved Reds millions? Brewster netted from the spot Brewster netted from the spot Brewster netted from the spot

Back in April, Klopp insisted Brewster would have a key role to play in Liverpool's attack this campaign and after scoring his fourth goal in just three pre-season games against Dortmund, you can see why the German was happy not to bring in a replacement for the recently departed Daniel Sturridge.

It may have only been a penalty, confidently thrashed home to give Liverpool hope of a draw after coming on as a 60th-minute substitute, but the young forward oozed confidence against the Bundesliga side.

And if the 19-year-old carries on scoring like this, the striker will definitely be involved when the Reds' competitive season gets underway against champions Man City in the Community Shield at Wembley on August 8.

Klopp: More positives than negatives 0:39 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has described the positive signs despite a 3-2 defeat in a friendly to Borussia Dortmund. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has described the positive signs despite a 3-2 defeat in a friendly to Borussia Dortmund.

Despite the defeat in Note Dame, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was able to find plenty of positives from the game against Dortmund, especially after giving Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk, Georginio Wijnaldum, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold their first taste of pre-season.

"It was very, very important," he said. "It was tough for both teams with the circumstances - wow, it was really warm. So immediately when we had to come out again for 15 minutes with the same line-up from the first half and Dortmund could change and bring fresh legs, that was the decider, I would say.

 Back row - Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mignolet, Fabinho, Matip, Gomez, Origi. Front row - Kent, Larouci,  Milner, Clyne, Wilson  Back row - Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mignolet, Fabinho, Matip, Gomez, Origi. Front row - Kent, Larouci,  Milner, Clyne, Wilson Liverpool's starting XI (from left to right): Back row - Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mignolet, Fabinho, Matip, Gomez, Origi. Front row - Kent, Larouci, Milner, Clyne, Wilson

"There were a lot of good moments of football, it's sure that you see they are a step further in the pre-season than we are. But we had to fight, we had to defend these situations, a lot of times good. I saw a lot of good things. But the goals [conceded], of course… the first a throw-in, the second a second ball after a corner, not too cool, the third goal I don't know exactly how it happened.

"There were a lot of good things, some things which I didn't like, that's normal in pre-season. I decide what we do in training and I know how much we did yesterday in already pretty warm weather conditions. I still don't like what I see in the game very often in the pre-season but I know the reason for it. I'm not over the moon when I think about our performance but I know there's a lot to come and it's all OK."

Liverpool had excellent support in Indiana Liverpool had excellent support in Indiana Liverpool had excellent support in Indiana 'Sancho one of biggest talents in world football'

Liverpool came up against England international Jadon Sancho in Indiana and here's what Klopp had to say about the 19-year-old.

"He's an exceptional talent but he's not the only one in England at the moment. That age group has already a few - Rhian Brewster is the same age. [And there is] Raheem Sterling, for example.

England international Jadon Sancho featured for Borussia Dortmund England international Jadon Sancho featured for Borussia Dortmund England international Jadon Sancho featured for Borussia Dortmund

"I don't want to forget any wingers, but there are a lot of talents; young and very, very promising players in England.

"There is no doubt about the potential of Jadon Sancho. His speed and body control at the highest speed is his main strength. Being good in big spaces and in small spaces makes you a pretty interesting player - and that's what Jadon is.

"Yasser [Larouci], our 18-year-old left-back, played against one of the biggest talents in world football and did pretty well the whole night. The pitch helped a little but, but still he did really well."

0:31 There was a rather unusual end to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's press conference during their US tour... There was a rather unusual end to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's press conference during their US tour... What's next?

Liverpool will continue their pre-season tour at Boston's Fenway Park against Sevilla on Sunday.

Liverpool's remaining pre-season fixtures:

July 21: Sevilla - Fenway Park, Boston

July 24: Sporting Lisbon - Yankee Stadium, New York

July 28: Napoli - Murrayfield

July 31: Lyon - Stade de Geneve, Switzerland

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Five breakout stars in 2019/20

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 06:00
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Last Updated: 19/07/19 11:44am

Ahead of the new Premier League season, which kicks off live on Sky Sports on August 9 when Liverpool face Norwich on Friday Night Football, we pick out five rising stars who could be set for breakout campaigns...

Mason Greenwood, Manchester United

Still only 17, Greenwood had quite the introduction to senior football when he came on as a substitute during Manchester United's memorable win over Paris Saint-Germain in the spring but could he be set for a bigger role this season?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears keen to promote young talent and Greenwood is the pick of the bunch. The winner of the Jimmy Murphy young player of the year award at Old Trafford last season, the forward can beat a man and shoot powerfully with both feet.

He has got a chance to start [against Chelsea], definitely.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

He has already shown promise during pre-season, offering glimpses of his dribbling ability in the win over Perth Glory before scoring his first senior goal for United against Leeds. After that goal-scoring display against Leeds, Solskjaer said, "He's a talented boy and has every opportunity to make it as a Manchester United player," and hinted Greenwood could start United's Premier League opener against Chelsea.

Greenwood is being used on the right wing, a problem position for United, and if he can continue to make an impression in the coming weeks and months with his ability to cut in from that flank, this could be a breakthrough campaign for the teenager.

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Rhian Brewster, Liverpool

When Daniel Sturridge left Anfield this summer, many expected Jurgen Klopp to bring a new striker into Liverpool's squad.

1:00 See Rhian Brewster's double against Tranmere in our match highlights See Rhian Brewster's double against Tranmere in our match highlights

But Klopp knew he did not have to open the club cheque book in order to fill Sturridge's shoes, with a replacement already waiting in the Anfield wings in the form of exciting youngster Rhian Brewster.

The 19-year-old suffered serious ankle and knee damage in January 2018, a few months after winning the Golden Boot during England U17s victorious World Cup campaign, but he has fought back to full fitness, signing a five-year contract last year and earning a spot on the bench in Liverpool's Champions League final win over Spurs.

He has begun pre-season with three goals in Liverpool's friendlies against Tranmere and Bradford, with Klopp purring about his teenage frontman and promising him an important role this campaign.

0:57 Rhian Brewster scored again against Bradford Rhian Brewster scored again against Bradford

"Brewster is a top striker, he is a top talent and I have told him already that he has an important role this year, but how important depends on him," he said. "He has to play different positions as well - the centre, wing is possible I think, we will see how we line up, but there will be opportunities for him. I am sure."

By Richard Morgan

Domingos Quina, Watford

The 19-year-old Portuguese midfielder has already had a busy career, hopping from the Benfica academy to Chelsea, then onto West Ham having rejected Arsenal, before settling at Watford and making 13 appearances last term.

His two goals from range against Reading and Cardiff last season caught the eye, but he has more than an audacious effort in his locker.

Domingos Quina joined Watford from West Ham last year Domingos Quina joined Watford from West Ham last year Domingos Quina joined Watford from West Ham last year

Unusual for a young talent with such a sharp turn of pace, and though he has played on the wing sporadically in his youth career, Quina is predominantly a central midfielder, and not one to simply keep things ticking over. He's happy to risk possession to break the line between defence and attack, and his defensive work comes as an added bonus.

Athletic and technically brilliant, Quina is of course raw. Under Javi Gracia, the youngster was given a run of games around Christmas, but was used sparingly in the new year until a shoulder injury kept him out of final handful of games.

This will be a telling season for Quina; Watford have central options in Etienne Capoue, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Will Hughes, but if Gracia can round off the edges of Quina's game, they'll have the perfect central midfielder.

By Gerard Brand

Michael Obafemi, Southampton

Ralph Hasenhuttl has said he wants to create a "new spirit, a new mentality" at Southampton this coming season and young forward Michael Obafemi could well play a key, driving role in that vision as the manager looks to refresh his squad.

Obafemi, who turned 19 in July, became Southampton's youngest-ever Premier League goal scorer last December with his cool finish against Huddersfield but, after seven appearances, a string of hamstring problems ended the pacey player's 2018/19 season in February.

Michael Obafemi is highly rated by Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl Michael Obafemi is highly rated by Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl Michael Obafemi is highly rated by Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl

Now fit again, Obafemi travelled to Southampton's training camp in Austria after the club said they didn't want him to play for Republic of Ireland's U19 side at the European Championships.

That suggested he is in Hasenhuttl's plans for the season ahead - despite the arrival of Che Adams from Birmingham and the confirmation of Danny Ings' permanent move from Liverpool. If he gets a strong pre-season under his belt, Obafemi could hit the ground running.

By Peter Smith

Reiss Nelson, Arsenal

Arsenal were desperately short of pace and penetration in wide areas last season, but with Crystal Palace playing hardball over Wilfried Zaha, could Reiss Nelson provide an internal solution for Unai Emery?

Reiss Nelson impressed on loan at Hoffenheim last season Reiss Nelson impressed on loan at Hoffenheim last season Reiss Nelson impressed on loan at Hoffenheim last season

The 19-year-old grew up in the same south London neighbourhood as Jadon Sancho and followed his childhood friend to the Bundesliga last season, scoring seven goals on loan at Hoffenheim and, like Sancho, enhancing his reputation significantly. He showed a willingness to run at defenders and created plenty of chances as well as scoring goals himself.

1:07 Highlights as Arsenal beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in the International Champions Cup. Pictures: Premier Sports Highlights as Arsenal beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in the International Champions Cup. Pictures: Premier Sports

Nelson's talent is not in question - he impressed again with a goalscoring display for England's U21s against Croatia at this summer's Euros - but according to former Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann, he still needs to improve the defensive and tactical sides of his game. If he can do that, there's no reason why he can't establish himself at Arsenal this season.

By Nick Wright

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Klopp: My focus is on us, not rivals

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 21:56

Last Updated: 19/07/19 8:34am

0:34 Jurgen Klopp says he wants to remain at Liverpool for 'at least three' more years Jurgen Klopp says he wants to remain at Liverpool for 'at least three' more years

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists he is "completely focused" on his own team and not the pre-season preparations of rivals Manchester City.

The Reds missed out on the Premier League title by just a single point last season with City instead crowned champions on the final day.

The two teams are expected to challenge each other again and while Klopp believes City are favourites to win a third successive title, he insists his only ambitions are based on improving his own team.

Speaking on the club's pre-season tour of the United States, Klopp said: "I am completely focused on Liverpool. Completely.

"It would be great if we could be around Man City again because that's the only possibility to have to pass them. It is already clear they are the big favourite again. No problem with that.

Manchester City pipped Liverpool to the Premier League title last season Manchester City pipped Liverpool to the Premier League title last season Manchester City pipped Liverpool to the Premier League title last season

"They have a very good situation, which they showed last year especially after having 100 points in the season before - the greed they showed, the determination they showed, it was just impressive.

"I don't think they would have had 98 points if we wouldn't have been around - and we would not have had 97 points if Man City wouldn't have been around.

"We chased each other through the season, put each other under pressure and that led to that."

0:57 Highlights of the pre-season friendly between Bradford and Liverpool. Watch all of Liverpool’s pre-season games live in the UK and Ireland on LFCTV (Sky channel – 425). Go to www.sky.com/lfctv for more details about how to join Highlights of the pre-season friendly between Bradford and Liverpool. Watch all of Liverpool’s pre-season games live in the UK and Ireland on LFCTV (Sky channel – 425). Go to www.sky.com/lfctv for more details about how to join

Liverpool finished 25 points clear of third-placed Chelsea last season but Klopp expects the rest of the Premier League to cut the gap.

"All the teams will start again: there is no duel with City and Liverpool and all the rest are watching us," the German added. "That's not how the Premier League is, all of these games are so difficult to play.

"You see what Manchester United are doing in the transfer market, or probably will do; Arsenal want to strengthen; Chelsea have their situation but bring all the young boys, all the players on loan, back.

Liverpool are currently on a pre-season tour of the United States Liverpool are currently on a pre-season tour of the United States Liverpool are currently on a pre-season tour of the United States

"If a team is not really influenced by a transfer ban, then it is Man City because they have the players and they will be strong as well.

"Everton, probably nobody wants to hear that here, but they - year in, year out - really strengthen the squad. [They've made] good signings again [and] they had a good team already last year.

"There are a lot of jobs to do and that's what we have to be concerned about - not how we can beat City. That's not the only thing we have to do because there are a lot of other things."

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Klopp: We cannot spend like City, PSG

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

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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Klopp: Salah, Alisson, Firmino back soon

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 22:05
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Last Updated: 18/07/19 6:10am

Mohamed Salah is yet to return for pre-season training with Liverpool Mohamed Salah is yet to return for pre-season training with Liverpool Mohamed Salah is yet to return for pre-season training with Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker will return for pre-season ahead of the club's summer training camp in France.

The trio have been given an extended break away from the squad due to their international commitments this summer.

Firmino and Alisson helped Brazil win the Copa America title earlier this month, while Salah featured for Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Salah featured for Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations Salah featured for Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations Salah featured for Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations

Liverpool are currently on a pre-season tour of the United States but will return to Europe for a summer training camp in France later this month. They face Manchester City in the Community Shield on August 4.

"Mo and the Brazilians will come for Evian," Klopp told the club's website.

"It means then we have nearly a week until City [in the Community Shield], a strong 12 days until Norwich and then 15 or 16 days until Chelsea [in the Super Cup].

Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino helped Brazil win the Copa America Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino helped Brazil win the Copa America Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino helped Brazil win the Copa America

"We have to see. The good thing is, when you have a short break you don't lose a lot. They needed three weeks and so we told them [to take it], but they train now again already.

"I would have preferred it if they had come back after a week, but that would make absolutely no sense! So, [they have] these three weeks and then we will have them here for pre-season."

Sadio Mane will contest the Africa Cup of Nations final with Senegal against Algeria on Friday.

Jurgen Klopp says the trio will be back for pre-season later this month Jurgen Klopp says the trio will be back for pre-season later this month Jurgen Klopp says the trio will be back for pre-season later this month

Klopp says Liverpool will wait to assess the winger before deciding if he will be available for the City match.

"With Sadio, we have to see about him after the final - how he is feeling and stuff like that," Klopp said.

"It will be really difficult. Sixteen days before we play City, his season is finished. We will have to make a decision, but we haven't made it yet."

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Transfer Talk: Why Man Utd need to sell

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 19:49

Last Updated: 17/07/19 6:32am

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Host Jo Wilson is joined by Dharmesh Sheth and Kaveh Solhekol to chat about all the latest moves in the market.

ESPN senior football writer Mark Ogden also joins the show to discuss possible outgoings at Manchester United and why they may need to sell Romelu Lukaku to fund further moves.

The futures of Paul Pogba and David de Gea are also on the agenda, while the panel discuss the likely destination for Harry Maguire after he told Leicester he wants to leave this summer.

Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas delivers his verdict on the fans' statement to owner Stan Kroenke as well as the overall transfer strategy at the club.

Could the world's most expensive footballer be set for a sensational return to Barcelona? Chief News Reporter Bryan Swanson reveals what Paris Saint-Germain will demand if they decide to sanction the sale of Neymar, while the panel discuss West Ham's club-record move for Eintracht Frankfurt striker Sebastien Haller.

Plus the panel take a look at some of the other big transfer news making the headlines across Europe as Juventus finally look set to land their number one target Matthijs de Ligt after agreeing a fee with Ajax.

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Liverpool transfer rumours

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 11:11
Who have Liverpool been linked with this summer? The latest rumours...

Last Updated: 16/07/19 11:14am

The latest on the players Liverpool have been linked with this summer - and who might leave.

The latest players Liverpool have been linked with...

Philippe Coutinho - The former Liverpool man is keen to re-join the club on loan from Barcelona this summer, with an option to buy for £88m (Calciomercato, July 15).

Nicolas Pepe - Liverpool have jumped to the front of the queue to the Lille midfielder. The 24-year-old, also a target for FC Bayern and Inter, has impressed manager Jurgen Klopp (Le10Sport).

Nabil Fekir - Contray to reports in France, Liverpool have no plans to resurrect a deal for the Lyon playmaker (Independent, June 14). Fekir nearly joined Liverpool last summer, but the deal broke down. The player has been told by Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas that he will now be allowed to leave.

Fedor Chalov - Liverpool have joined Premier League rivals in the race to snare the Russian striker away from CSKA Moscow (The Sun, July 15).

Bruno Fernandes - Liverpool are no longer interested in the £50m Sporting Lisbon playmaker (The Sun, June 15)

Donny van de Beek - The Ajax midfielder would reportedly cost the Reds £49m. (Le Parisien, June 4).

Max Kruse - Liverpool have opened talks with the Werder Bremen striker, who is out of contract this summer. (Sunday Express, June 2); but Liverpool won't sign Kruse because Jurgen Klopp is impressed with Divock Origi's form and doesn't want to block the progress of Rhian Brewster at Anfield (Daily Express, June 11)

Neil Etheridge - With back-up goalkeeper Simon Mignolet potentially leaving this summer, could Liverpool snap up Cardiff's No 1? WalesOnline say the Reds have made an initial enquiry over Etheridge's availability this summer, but have not yet launched a formal approach.

Adrien Rabiot - The out-of-contract PSG midfielder has held talks with Italian champions Juventus (June 14).

David Tavares - Liverpool coaches were wowed by young Benfica B midfielder David Tavares when the Reds came face-to-face with him in a Marbella friendly before the Champions League final (Daily Mirror, June 11)

Memphis Depay - Although Sky Sports News understands Liverpool will not be making a bid.

Matthijs de Ligt - Sky Sports News understands the 19-year-old will join Barcelona this summer, irrespective of interest from English clubs.

Ryan Fraser - Liverpool are monitoring the situation with a year left on his current Bournemouth deal. (The Sun, May 20).

Timo Werner - Regularly linked with Liverpool and set to be sold this summer if he does not sign a new contract, according to new RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann. (Bild, May 30).

Samuel Chukwueze - Liverpool want more reinforcements in forward positions and are considering the 19-year-old. (Daily Mail, May 21).

Joao Pedro - Set to join Watford in January 2020, but Liverpool have made enquiries. (Daily Mail, May 26).

Moussa Dembele - Liverpool have abandoned their pursuit of Moussa Dembele because of Divock Origi's end-of-season form (The Star, June 9).

Hakim Ziyech - Ajax will seek just over £30m for their Morocco winger this summer. The 26-year-old has been linked with Liverpool (Mirror, June 15).

Alex McCarthy - Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is weighing up a move for the Southampton goalkeeper this summer. (The Star, June 16).

The latest on those who could leave Anfield this summer...

Mohamed Salah - Salah has rejected a £150m Liverpool exit this summer after hearing of interest from Real Madrid and Juventus - but will review the situation next summer. (Mirror, June 16); Manchester United, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are set for a £180m battle over the Liverpool striker this summer. (Daily Mail, June 4). Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is willing to sell the Egypt striker if Nicolas Pepe comes to Anfield. (Le10 Sport, June 15);

CONFIRMED: Daniel Sturridge - The striker will leave Liverpool when his contract expires.

CONFIRMED: Alberto Moreno - Along with Sturridge, Moreno will also be released this summer.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Liverpool are close to agreeing a new 12-month contract extension with the midfielder.

Dejan Lovren - AC Milan are interested in signing the Liverpool centre back, according to Sky in Italy. However, the Reds would only consider letting the defender leave if they receive an offer of at least £25m for the Croat. (The Times, June 13). Lovren's agent has now flown to meet with the Serie A side (Star, June 15).

Sadio Mane - But the player insists he is happy at Liverpool despite being linked to Real Madrid.

1:39 With a host of clubs chasing the signature of Harry Wilson, we take a look at some of his stand-out moments for Derby this season. With a host of clubs chasing the signature of Harry Wilson, we take a look at some of his stand-out moments for Derby this season.

Harry Wilson - Newcastle, Southampton and Brighton are keen on the winger, Sky Sports News understands, after he spent last season on loan at Derby; Liverpool are ready to spark a German scramble for talented winger Harry Wilson - by letting the Welshman leave for £21m (Mirror, June 9)

Marko Grujic - Another loan could be on the cards with Torino and Werder Bremen said to be interested. (Liverpool Echo, May 29 and 30)

Divock Origi - The striker has been offered a new deal by Liverpool and the Reds are confident he will commit long term . (Express, June 4)

Xherdan Shaqiri - The Swiss has dismissed speculation linking him with a summer move away from Liverpool by declaring his desire to remain with the European champions.

Rafael Camacho - The 19-year-old forward has a year left on his contract and the Express and Star say Wolves are hoping to secure a deal, which could be worth around £10m.

Ovie Ejaria - Reading have become favourites to get the nod from Liverpool to have Ejaria on loan again next season. (The Sun, June 16).

Ryan Kent - Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa attended Liverpool's pre-season clash with Bradford in order to scout Kent (Daily Express, July 16). Rangers will have to wait until Liverpool's US tour is over to try and re-sign Kent, with the winger called up to the Reds' pre-season squad (Scottish Sun, July 16).

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Klopp: Mignolet staying with Liverpool

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 10:08
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Last Updated: 15/07/19 10:12am

Jurgen Klopp insists Simon Mignolet is staying at Liverpool Jurgen Klopp insists Simon Mignolet is staying at Liverpool Jurgen Klopp insists Simon Mignolet is staying at Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp says second-choice goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is staying at Liverpool this season despite the Belgian having concerns about his playing time.

The 31-year-old lost his place to Alisson Becker last summer with the Brazilian already proving good value for his £67m fee after playing a key role in their Champions League victory and finishing the campaign as Golden Glove winner with 21 clean sheets.

That restricted Mignolet, with 204 appearances for the Reds, to just 180 minutes last season and despite having two years left on his contract the Belgium international wants to play first-team football.

His attitude and professionalism last season were praised by Klopp and his backroom staff and the manager said he will be staying this summer.

Alisson Becker won the Copa America with Brazil Alisson Becker won the Copa America with Brazil Alisson Becker won the Copa America with Brazil

"Yes, [it's] how I've heard," said the German. "I've had a lot of conversations in the last couple of years, months - not weeks. Before we left [for the summer break] we had a talk. I would say yes [he stays].

"At a club like Liverpool you need two number ones in the club and we have that with Ali and Simon. It's a good situation for the club and a situation you should have and that's why everything is fine from my point of view."

Liverpool goalkeepers Simon Mignolet, Alisson Becker and Caoimhin Kelleher celebrate with the Champions League trophy Liverpool goalkeepers Simon Mignolet, Alisson Becker and Caoimhin Kelleher celebrate with the Champions League trophy Liverpool goalkeepers Simon Mignolet, Alisson Becker and Caoimhin Kelleher celebrate with the Champions League trophy

While Klopp feels he has plenty of strength in his top two goalkeepers he has issues below that top tier with 20-year-old Caoimhin Kelleher facing up to six weeks out after wrist surgery, Vitezslav Jaros, 17, out for several weeks with an elbow ligament injury and Polish youth international Kamil Grabara yet to report back for pre-season training.

With Alisson also still to return after his Copa America triumph with Brazil, former Preston goalkeeper Andy Lonergan, released by Middlesbrough at the end of the season after a loan spell at Rochdale, has been brought in for the club's tour of the United States which begins on Tuesday.

0:52 Liverpool boss gave a coy response when asked if they have sufficient cover for starting left-back Andy Robertson. Liverpool boss gave a coy response when asked if they have sufficient cover for starting left-back Andy Robertson.

The 35-year-old is not signing a contract but it is understood Klopp and goalkeeping coach John Achterberg feel they need someone of a decent standard to play in training.

Lonergan may also be retained for the training camp in Evian when the squad returns from America a week on Thursday.

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Klopp coy on left-back move

Sun, 07/14/2019 - 18:41
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0:52 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp gave a coy response when asked if Liverpool have sufficient cover for starting left-back Andy Robertson Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp gave a coy response when asked if Liverpool have sufficient cover for starting left-back Andy Robertson

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has not ruled out dipping into the transfer market for a left-back to cover Andy Robertson.

The departure of Alberto Moreno at the end of the season has left the manager with the Scotland captain as first choice, with midfielder James Milner capable of filling in.

Concern has been raised as Robertson has just undergone surgery on a hand infected after an insect bite.

0:57 Highlights of the pre-season friendly between Bradford and Liverpool. Watch all of Liverpool’s pre-season games live in the UK and Ireland on LFCTV (Sky channel – 425). Go to www.sky.com/lfctv for more details about how to join. Highlights of the pre-season friendly between Bradford and Liverpool. Watch all of Liverpool’s pre-season games live in the UK and Ireland on LFCTV (Sky channel – 425). Go to www.sky.com/lfctv for more details about how to join.

Youngsters Adam Lewis and Yasser Larouci have each played 45-minute halves in the club's two pre-season friendlies so far but Klopp may yet decide a new external recruit is what is required.

"We will see. It's not a yes, not a no," said Klopp after a 3-1 victory over Bradford on Sunday.

Robertson return delayed by infection

Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson has undergone a minor surgical procedure on his hand after picking up an infection.

"I have said already we have to think about everything and at the end maybe we do nothing.

"I can imagine we have a look at all the things around us. Of course, we lost a left-back (in Moreno) but today we saw two pretty young ones, and James (Milner) played it. We will see."

Lallana's new role

Klopp has also deployed Adam Lallana as the deep-lying midfielder in both friendlies so far, and while he has not decided whether that could be a long-term role for him, he is more concerned with ensuring the player remains fit after 18 months of niggles.

"Adam is the kind of player he can play that and he enjoys this 'Jorginho' role - I hope Maurizio Sarri doesn't see the games or he will make an offer," added the manager.

Adam Lallana played 45 minutes against Bradford Adam Lallana played 45 minutes against Bradford Adam Lallana played 45 minutes against Bradford

"It is about getting Adam rhythm, bringing him in early and doing things he is naturally good at - small spaces, passing the ball, and then from time-to-time offering the runs in behind as well and together with Milly (Milner) that is possible. For us, it is another option.

"He needs a bit of luck, as we all do in life. We have to come through without injuries, that would be cool, and then we have a couple of new players, I would say, this season."

Brewster scores again

The match at Valley Parade - watched by a crowd of 24,343, the highest since the stadium reopened in 1986 - raised money for the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation, a charity set up by former Liverpool and Bradford player Stephen Darby and his friend Chris Rimmer after both were diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

At half-time, Milner also presented a cheque for £30,000 from his own foundation to Darby, with the midfielder's charity donating a further £10,000 for motor neurone disease research.

Milner's doubles inspires Liverpool

Liverpool continued their fast start to pre-season as James Milner's first-half double helped them secure a 3-1 victory at Bradford.

On the field, Rhian Brewster continued his encouraging pre-season with a well-taken predator's goal from a narrow angle after seizing on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's blocked shot.

Earlier, Milner's strike had deflected in off Bradford's James Vaughan before the Liverpool midfielder converted a penalty, with Eoin Doyle scoring with a late spot-kick for the hosts.

Liverpool's pre-season fixtures

Liverpool's remaining pre-season fixtures...

  • July 19: Borussia Dortmund - Notre Dame Stadium, Indiana
  • July 21: Sevilla - Fenway Park, Boston
  • July 24: Sporting Lisbon - Yankee Stadium, New York
  • July 28: Napoli - Murrayfield, Edinburgh
  • July 31: Lyon - Stade de Geneve, Geneva
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Milner's double inspires Liverpool

Sun, 07/14/2019 - 16:45
Rhian Brewster scored his third goal of pre-season

Last Updated: 15/07/19 10:08am

0:57 Highlights of the pre-season friendly between Bradford and Liverpool. Watch all of Liverpool’s pre-season games live in the UK and Ireland on LFCTV (Sky channel – 425). Go to www.sky.com/lfctv for more details about how to join. Highlights of the pre-season friendly between Bradford and Liverpool. Watch all of Liverpool’s pre-season games live in the UK and Ireland on LFCTV (Sky channel – 425). Go to www.sky.com/lfctv for more details about how to join.

Liverpool continued their fast start to pre-season as James Milner's first-half double helped them secure a 3-1 victory at Bradford.

Milner, making his second appearance of pre-season, opened the scoring with a deflected effort before adding his second two minutes later from the penalty spot after Ryan Kent was brought down by Sean Scannell.

Rhian Brewster added a third just before the break - his third goal of pre-season following his double against Tranmere on Thursday.

A host of changes for the second half halted the flow of the game but Bradford did manage to grab a late consolation through Eoin Doyle's late penalty after Adam Lewis brought down Clayton Donaldson.

Fundraiser

The friendly between Liverpool and Bradford will generate funds for the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation, a charity founded by former Liverpool defender Stephen Darby following his own MND [motor neurone disease] diagnosis last September.

How Liverpool beat Bradford

Milner provided the experience as Jurgen Klopp named a youthful looking line-up and he also provided the goals, opening the scoring after James Vaughan deflected the former England midfielder's strike past Richard O'Donnell.

Liverpool's first-half team

Mignolet, Clyne, Phillips, Lovren, Larouci, Milner, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilson, Kent, Brewster.

Milner then added his second in quick succession, making no mistake from 12 yards after Scannell felled Kent in the penalty area.

Kent was involved again for Liverpool's third, cutting the ball back for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The midfielder's shot deflected into the path of Brewster, who bundled the ball home from a tight angle to continue his strong start to pre-season.

Milner and James Vaughan (left) lead the teams out Milner and James Vaughan (left) lead the teams out Milner and James Vaughan (left) lead the teams out

Both sides named new teams for the second half and the numerous changes affected the pace of the game.

Chances were few and far between but Sam Hornby had to be alert to keep out Liam Millar's strong effort.

Liverpool's second-half team

Mignolet, Lewis, Gomez, Matip, Hoever, Jones, Fabinho, Woodburn, Duncan, Origi, Millar.

Bradford did eventually get something to celebrate when Lewis lunged in and caught Donaldson in the penalty area and Doyle stepped up to beat Simon Mignolet.

It's now two from two for Liverpool in pre-season as Jurgen Klopp's side prepare to fly out to the United States.

Klopp: We looked rusty

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "For the first 30 minutes I would say we were very confident, we did the right things in the right moments. Then we lost rhythm and didn't get it back, to be honest.

"It looked a bit more rusty, but that's how it is in pre-season very often, taking the wrong decisions and all that stuff. But it was still a wonderful third for Rhian's goal, really nice. The goals were really, really good.

Jurgen Klopp looks on at The Northern Commercials Stadium Jurgen Klopp looks on at The Northern Commercials Stadium Jurgen Klopp looks on at The Northern Commercials Stadium

"Second half, we never really could get the rhythm so it was a bit boring to be honest. If you are not creative on a specific day, you have to use the simple solutions and then you need to be still direct, try to come behind the last line.

"But it's normal, we have to feel things like this, you have to do things like this and then the manager has to criticise you and then you make the next step and everything is good again."

What's next?

Liverpool's remaining pre-season fixtures...

  • July 19: Borussia Dortmund - Notre Dame Stadium, Indiana
  • July 21: Sevilla - Fenway Park, Boston
  • July 24: Sporting Lisbon - Yankee Stadium, New York
  • July 28: Napoli - Murrayfield, Edinburgh
  • July 31: Lyon - Stade de Geneve, Geneva
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Robertson return delayed by infection

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 11:40
Scotland defender will travel to US after undergoing minor surgery

Last Updated: 13/07/19 12:09pm

Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson has undergone a minor surgical procedure on his hand after picking up an infection.

The Scotland international defender reported back for pre-season training on Saturday morning but will be temporarily delayed in participating in the usual tests and drills, with the club's medical team continuing to monitor his rehabilitation from the surgery.

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Robertson will travel to the United States for the Reds' pre-season tour next week.

In June, Robertson suffered a suspected hamstring injury while on international duty.

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It forced him to miss Scotland's Euro 2020 qualifier with Belgium, with the team losing 3-0 in his absence.

Elsewhere in the Liverpool squad, new recruit Sepp van den Berg will also have to wait to have an impact on the club's pre-season.

Paperwork for the 17-year-old, who arrived last month from PEC Zwolle for an initial £1.3m fee, is still being processed by FIFA and until the club receives official confirmation, he is only allowed to train.

Van den Berg missed the Reds' 6-0 thrashing of Tranmere on Thursday and is unlikely to feature in Sunday's second pre-season friendly at Bradford, but will travel to America with the rest of the squad on Tuesday for matches against Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Sporting Lisbon.

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Van den Berg must wait for Liverpool debut

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 13:30
Liverpool face Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Sporting Lisbon in US By PA Sport

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Sepp van den Berg is set for a Liverpool chance on the club's pre-season tour of America Sepp van den Berg is set for a Liverpool chance on the club's pre-season tour of America Sepp van den Berg is set for a Liverpool chance on the club's pre-season tour of America

Sepp van den Berg is set to make his first appearance in a Liverpool shirt on the club's tour of the United States after being made to wait for international clearance.

Paperwork for the 17-year-old, who arrived last month from PEC Zwolle for an initial £1.3m fee, is still being processed by FIFA and until the club receives official confirmation, he is only allowed to train.

Van den Berg missed the Reds' 6-0 thrashing of Tranmere on Thursday and is unlikely to feature in Sunday's second pre-season friendly at Bradford, but will travel to America with the rest of the squad on Tuesday for matches against Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Sporting Lisbon.

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Liverpool already have four established centre-backs in Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren - who is interesting AC Milan - so Van den Berg has been brought in with one eye on the future.

But manager Jurgen Klopp has not ruled out the Netherlands U19 defender being involved with the first team this season.

"It depends. I open the door but the boys have to go through still," Klopp said. "He is a wonderful player as well, but because of FIFA rules he is not available at the moment.

0:33 Jurgen Klopp says he does not expect much transfer activity at the club, as Rhian Brewster and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain return from injury Jurgen Klopp says he does not expect much transfer activity at the club, as Rhian Brewster and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain return from injury

"He thought his future should be here and I thought the same, so now he is here and now let's work together.

"He is 17 years old and when you see him you forget that constantly, but he is 17 and so there is a lot to learn. The good thing is he has the most time to do so, so everything will be fine."

Klopp is also expected to add more youth to the ranks with the acquisition of Fulham youngster Harvey Elliott.

The 16-year-old, who holds the record for the Premier League's youngest player, rejected a new deal at Craven Cottage and was in the stands to watch his potential new team-mates at Tranmere.

1:08 The Good Morning Transfers panel discuss Fulham youngster Harvey Elliott The Good Morning Transfers panel discuss Fulham youngster Harvey Elliott

He cannot, however, sign a professional contract until he turns 17 next April and a compensation fee is to be decided by a tribunal.

Nations League participants Van Dijk, Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold return to pre-season training on Saturday, with Scotland captain Andy Robertson set to join them over the weekend, although none will feature at Bradford.

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Klopp: It won't be our biggest window

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 22:19
Liverpool boss says Rhian Brewster and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are like "new signings" By Gerard Brand

Last Updated: 12/07/19 1:28pm

0:33 Jurgen Klopp says he doesn't expect Liverpool to have the biggest transfer window Jurgen Klopp says he doesn't expect Liverpool to have the biggest transfer window

Jurgen Klopp predicts Liverpool will not have a busy transfer window, saying the likes of Rhian Brewster and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are like "new signings".

European champions Liverpool got their pre-season under way in style, beating Tranmere 6-0 at Prenton Park as Brewster scored twice.

Liverpool have so far signed youngster Sepp Van Den Berg, and Klopp has quickly moved to reduce any expectation of a flurry of signings.

1:00 Highlights of Liverpool's pre-season friendly against Tranmere. Watch all of Liverpool’s pre-season games live in the UK and Ireland on LFCTV (Sky channel – 425). Go to www.sky.com/lfctv for more details about how to join. Highlights of Liverpool's pre-season friendly against Tranmere. Watch all of Liverpool’s pre-season games live in the UK and Ireland on LFCTV (Sky channel – 425). Go to www.sky.com/lfctv for more details about how to join.

Asked whether Liverpool would be active in the summer window, Klopp said: "We brought them already. Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rhian Brewster, they didn't play last year. All the young boys today, they're all new players for us.

"The transfer market is open I don't know exactly until when, when does it finish? [Interviewer: August 8]. August 8! This wonderful country, the whole of Europe had the idea to close the transfer window early and the only country who did it was England finally. So we close it three weeks before the others.

"We will see what we do, but I don't think it will be the biggest transfer window of all time."

Liverpool's Curtis Jones celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal against Tranmere Liverpool's Curtis Jones celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal against Tranmere Liverpool's Curtis Jones celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal against Tranmere

Brewster himself has been told by manager Klopp he has an important role to play this season.

The 19-year-old has been lined up to fill the boots vacated by Daniel Sturridge as the team's third-choice centre-forward after Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi, who has just signed a new contract.

However, Klopp wants the player to start developing his all-round game.

"I love the boy, he is a fantastic player but one of the goals I would have scored," said Klopp. "We knew Rhian was a good player before. Why should I play it down? I just don't want to talk after a game about the guy who scored two goals.

"I saw a really good game and Rhian is a fantastic player. 100 per cent [it is a big season] but it depends on him as well. Divock Origi stays which is good news, Bobby Firmino is still there.

Rhian Brewster celebrates with team-mates after scoring Rhian Brewster celebrates with team-mates after scoring Rhian Brewster celebrates with team-mates after scoring

"Rhian Brewster is a top striker, he is a top talent and I have told him already that he has an important role this year but how important depends on him.

"We will see. He has to play different positions as well - the centre, wing is possible I think, we will see how we line up, but there will be opportunities for him. I am sure."

Analysis: Brewster stands out, but others impress

Sky Sports News reporter Vinny O'Connor had a keen eye on Liverpool's youngsters at Prenton Park, and says Brewster's all-round performance impressed, not just because of the goals...

Rhian Brewster: "The two goals showed his awareness, but there are parts to his game which you probably won't have heard so much.

Brewster impressed for Liverpool at Tranmere, but not just for his goals Brewster impressed for Liverpool at Tranmere, but not just for his goals Brewster impressed for Liverpool at Tranmere, but not just for his goals

"He's always coming deep, holding up, and he's also quick to react. He senses it will create a mistake, following it up by putting pressure on defenders. He really stood out in that respect. He didn't shy away from the physical battle either, against two physical centre-halves.

"He also set up Clyne for the opener with a lovely ball. Overall he was spot on, and it's looking already like he'll get more chances this season."

Best of the rest: "Yasser Larouci was brilliant in the first half; if he wants to put pressure on those ahead of him, his final ball must be better, but he was always compopsed on the ball, willing to join in and had a few opportunities bursting into the box. He had a bit about him, with a decent enough touch, and though he wasn't tested too much defensively, he was strong in the tackle.

"Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent showed flashes in the first half, and Ben Woodburn's ball for Curtis Jones' goal was brilliant.

Ki-Jana Hoever controls the ball Ki-Jana Hoever controls the ball Ki-Jana Hoever controls the ball

"And finally there's Ki-Jana Hoever. He caused a big problem in the second half, helping set up Bobby Duncan for his goal. I hear a lot coming out of academy about him, and he can play various positions, including right-back, centre-back and No 6 at times."

What's next?

Liverpool's remaining pre-season fixtures...

  • July 14: Bradford - Valley Parade
  • July 19: Borussia Dortmund - Notre Dame Stadium, Indiana
  • July 21: Sevilla - Fenway Park, Boston
  • July 24: Sporting Lisbon - Yankee Stadium, New York
  • July 28: Napoli - Murrayfield
  • July 31: Lyon - Stade de Geneve, Switzerland
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Euro Papers: Coutinho's Liverpool return?

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 10:58
By Adam Newson, Football Whispers

Last Updated: 11/07/19 11:48am

A look at the big transfer stories doing the rounds in Europe, courtesy of our friends at Football Whispers…

Spain

Liverpool continue to monitor Philippe Coutinho's situation at Barcelona. The Brazilian would favour a return to the Premier League if he is to leave the Camp Nou this summer. (Mundo Deportivo)

Barcelona are resigned to paying Antoine Griezmann's £107m buyout clause. The La Liga champions had hoped to structure a deal with Atletico Madrid which would have seen payments staggered, but Atleti turned down the approach. (Marca)

Tottenham are leading Atletico Madrid in the race to sign Dani Olmo from Dinamo Zagreb. The 21-year-old helped Spain win the European U21 Championships this summer and has also been linked with Barcelona and Bayer Leverkusen. (AS)

Atletico will move for PSG full-back Thomas Meunier if they are unable to sign Nelson Semedo from Barcelona. Semedo remains Atleti's first choice but Griezmann's expected move to the Camp Nou has caused tension between the two clubs. (AS)

Italy

Manchester United have not made a formal offer for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic but have informed Lazio they would be willing to pay around £75m for the midfielder, who could be signed as a replacement for Paul Pogba. (Sky Italia)

Inter have submitted an offer for Manchester United Romelu Lukaku. The Serie A side want to take the Belgian on two-year loan during which they would pay close to £40m before the deal was made permanent in 2021 for a further £25m. (Sky Italia)

West Ham are interested in signing Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain on loan with an obligation to buy if certain conditions were met by the Argentine, who disappointed at Chelsea during the second half of last season. (Sky Italia)

Inter are set to complete a deal for Nicolo Barella worth around £45m. The Cagliari midfielder turned down approaches from Napoli, Milan and Roma and his transfer could be announced on Thursday. (Sky Italia)

Representatives from Roma will travel to London this week to discuss a potential move for Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld. The Serie A side would be willing to include Patrik Schick, who Spurs have previously shown interest in. (Il Tempo)

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis says a deal for James Rodriguez has been held up by Real Madrid's demands. "The stumbling block is represented by Real Madrid, who have in our view exaggerated expectations. But James wants to join Napoli." (Corriere dello Sport)

Valencia forward Rodrigo has rejected a move to Napoli as he wants to remain in Spain. The 28-year-old has previously been linked with both Barcelona and Real Madrid, although neither club are likely to pursue the Spain international this summer. (Corriere dello Sport)

Highly-rated Fiorentina goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski will turn down offers from Premier League sides Bournemouth and Southampton if he is offered an improved contract by La Viola. (Fiorentina News)

Germany

West Ham have turned to Higuain after Eintracht Frankfurt forward Sebastian Haller turned down a £36m move to the London Stadium. The 25-year-old will only leave the Bundesliga side for a club in the Champions League. (Bild)

Wolves are the latest Premier League side to show interest in Hoffenheim's Brazilian striker Joelinton, who has been compared to Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino. (Kicker)

RB Leipzig have yet to receive an offer for Timo Werner. Bayern Munich are interested in the forward but are prepared to wait until the summer of 2020 to sign him when his contract expires. (Kicker)

France

PSG star Neymar does not intend to force through a switch to Barcelona this summer but is confident a deal will be struck which will take the Brazilian, who hasn't yet returned for pre-season training, back to the Nou Camp. (RMC)

Celtic have approached Rennes over a potential deal for midfielder James Lea Siliki. The Ligue 1 side have already rejected a £7m offer from Porto. (RMC)

Holland

Matthijs de Ligt is set to complete his move to Juventus within the next 48 hours after Juventus agreed a fee with Ajax of around £70m for the 19-year-old centre-back. (De Telegraaf)

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