Adrian and Nathaniel Phillips start for Liverpool in this evening’s Premier League clash with Sheffield United.
With Alisson Becker absent on compassionate grounds, Adrian begins in goal at Bramall Lane.
Phillips, meanwhile, is the only other change the Reds make from last weekend’s Merseyside derby as he replaces the injured Jordan Henderson.
James Milner is back on the bench after returning to fitness as well as Academy goalkeepers Jakub Ojrzynski and Liam Hughes.
Diogo Jota doesn’t make the matchday squad due to illness.
Liverpool: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Jones, Thiago, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Subs: Ojrzynski, Hughes, Milner, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri, Origi, R. Williams, N. Williams.
Liverpool FC Women claimed an impressive first win of 2021 by beating London Bees 3-0 in their FA Women's Championship meeting on Sunday.
Becky Jane punctuated the Reds’ attacking beginning to the clash at Prenton Park with a back-post finish that was the difference between the sides in the first half.
The visitors went close on several occasions in the second period, hitting the woodwork too, but late efforts from Ceri Holland and substitute Amy Rodgers gave the hosts victory.
Liverpool started with intent, moving the ball forward at every opportunity and Jane – deployed in an advanced position on the right flank – was at the heart of their early progress.
The game was only three minutes old when she tucked a pass in behind for Kirsty Linnett to run through. The forward had options as she bore down on goal and chose to square into the box, where the Bees cut the ball out.
Next time around, in the ninth minute, the Reds made sure.
On this occasion they fashioned the chance via the left wing, Linnett slipping a pass into the run of Ashley Hodson, who drove to the touchline and delivered into the middle for Jane to force in a low strike.
The visitors went close to hitting back immediately, though Sophie Quirk’s low effort from 20 yards out was dragged wide of the left post.
Liverpool nevertheless remained in the ascendancy and a clever spin by Linnett at the edge of the area allowed her to feed a pass into the run of Rhiannon Roberts. But the latter’s shot was too close to the goalkeeper.
Bees stopper Sarah Quantrill was later forced into more arduous work, reacting to tip over Missy Bo Kearns’ rising drive from Jane’s lay-up.
Meikayla Moore glanced a header wide from the resulting corner and the sides headed into the half-time break with the score still 1-0.
It was a different story when play restarted for the second half as the Bees created a series of chances to restore parity.
First, a ball ran for Lauren Pickett inside the box and Rachael Laws had to leap from her line to vitally block her finish at close range.
Two minutes later a corner kick from the left found Amelia Hazard at the back post and her header down towards goal was stopped by Laws.
LFC Women interim manager Amber Whiteley made a triple change a little after the hour mark, introducing Rachel Furness, Melissa Lawley and Rodgers to aid the search for a second goal.
It was the away side who again threatened next, though.
A neat passing move saw the ball eventually spread out to Quirk high on the left flank and her cross-shot looped down onto the crossbar before bouncing away.
Furness sent a stooping header off target from a corner as the Reds responded – and they then secured the points with two goals in the space of six minutes.
On 74, Liverpool built out from the back and Furness’ flick-on in the middle of the park unlocked space for Holland to exchange passes with Lawley, step forward and cushion a strike beyond Quantrill.
Rodgers swiftly added her name to the scoresheet, too, accurately sweeping home from the edge of the box to confirm an encouraging result for Whiteley’s charges.
LFC Women: Laws, Roberts, Moore, Fahey, Hinds, Jane (Lawley, 62), Bailey (Brough, 87), Holland, Kearns (Rodgers, 62), Hodson, Linnett (Furness, 62).
Unused substitutes: Heeps, Robe, Thestrup, Parry.
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The young Reds were in clinical mood at the Academy on Saturday and clinched three points with two goals in either half.
Pinpoint finishes from Layton Stewart and Ben Woodburn sandwiched a Jake Cain double either side of the interval.
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Liverpool U23s completed an excellent Academy double on Saturday by beating Arsenal 4-0 in Premier League 2.
Having seen their U18s teammates defeat Everton with a last-minute goal earlier in the day, the elder group surged to an impressive result of their own in the afternoon.
Layton Stewart’s typically composed 14th-minute finish began the scoring against the Gunners and Jake Cain’s accurate strike on the cusp of half-time doubled the young Reds’ lead.
Cain was at it again when play restarted for the second half, clipping his second goal into the bottom corner from Ben Woodburn’s assist two minutes in.
Woodburn soon added his name to the scoresheet – with a calm, clinical effort in keeping with the theme – to wrap up a fine performance by the home team.
Liverpool’s intention to press the Arsenal backline at every opportunity was evident from the outset, with Barry Lewtas and his staff urging the players to pen their opposition in.
And, after Elijah Dixon-Bonner had dragged a low shot wide from a clearance, the tactic worked to perfection to create an opening goal.
Woodburn closed down Gunners full-back Ryan Alebiosu on the touchline and forced him into a hurried pass into his own area that went straight to the lurking Stewart, who opened up his body and stroked a cool finish around the goalkeeper.
The strike added even more authority to a confident start by Lewtas’ charges, their movement and short passing consistently creating space.
One such play saw Stewart place the ball in the Arsenal net a second time in the 23rd minute, only for the offside flag to halt his celebrations.
Tyler Morton’s lofted pass into the area unlocked the defence to find Dixon-Bonner’s run and his touch past the ‘keeper was tucked in by Stewart – though to no avail.
The visitors’ threat increased as the half wore on, however, and they struck the woodwork on 34 minutes.
Catalin Cirjan found a pocket of space in the area to collect a cross from the left wing and his drive at goal deflected off the last-ditch challenge of Cain and thudded off the right post.
Instead, the hosts netted again before the interval.
Cain scooped up a headed clearance around 30 yards from goal, jinked into the box with the ball and then guided a rising effort into the top right corner for 2-0.
Within two minutes of the second half beginning, Cain notched his second and Liverpool’s third.
Woodburn was its architect, gliding into space in the left channel and nudging a pass into his teammate, whose scuffed low shot had enough to evade the grasp of Tom Smith and reach the far corner.
Once again, Arsenal grew into the game as time elapsed and the Reds required a crucial saving tackle from Conor Bradley to deny them a goal on the hour.
Reiss Nelson had got in behind to meet a clip over the top and sprint towards goal but, just as he was about to strike, Bradley got a foot in to hook the ball away.
And Liverpool repeated their trick of following up a missed Arsenal chance by netting at the other end.
Cain turned provider on this occasion after more intense pressing in opposition territory paid dividends, picking out Woodburn in the left channel for an assured finish back across goal.
Lewtas introduced the returning Paul Glatzel from the bench for the final stages to add another positive to an outstanding day for the U23s and the Academy as a whole.
Liverpool U23s: Hughes, Bradley, Beck, Boyes, Koumetio, Clayton, Dixon-Bonner (Sharif, 88), Morton, Stewart (Glatzel, 78), Cain (Hardy, 88), Woodburn.
Unused substitutes: Savage, Davies.
Sadio Mane is in line to make his 150th Premier League appearance for Liverpool on Sunday night.
The forward will reach the milestone if he features against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
Mane’s first 149 top-flight games for the Reds saw him score 70 goals and register 23 assists.
For more pre-match facts and figures from LFC statistician Ged Rea, read on…
Liverpool and Sheffield United have met nine times in the Premier League, with the Reds winning five and drawing two of those fixtures
Victory in this clash would see Liverpool record five consecutive league wins over the Blades for the first time
Each of the Reds’ last eight goals versus Sheffield United have been scored by different players, with only Robbie Fowler (three goals) having scored more than once against the Yorkshire club in the Premier League era
Mohamed Salah has netted in three away games in a row, scoring four times during that sequence
Andy Robertson has started each of Liverpool’s last 29 Premier League matches and is the only Reds player to start every top-flight game this season
Georginio Wijnaldum has featured in the last 47 Premier League games, while Roberto Firmino has not missed a top-flight fixture since May 2019 (an uninterrupted run of 63 matches)
Liverpool will aim to capitalise on Raphael Varane's stalling contract talks at Real Madrid by signing him this summer, according to reports from Spain.
Varane has entered the final 17 months of his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu and has increasingly been linked with a move away from Spain in recent seasons.
The Frenchman is considered one of the finest centre-backs in Europe and made his 350th appearance for Los Blancos in their 1-0 victory against Atalanta in midweek.
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Goals in the first and last minutes earned Liverpool U18s a dramatic 2-1 victory over their Everton counterparts on Saturday.
Melkamu Frauendorf’s rapid breakthrough at the Academy gave the Reds a lead that they held for much of the remainder of an U18 Premier League North contest that was evenly matched.
A frantic passage of action then ensued in the closing stages, with the Blues levelling the score in stoppage time via Tom Cannon’s penalty.
Liverpool were not done, however, and beat the final whistle to grab a stunning winner – Mateusz Musialowski the hero with a fine finish to snatch all three points.
The result strengthened the Reds’ position as they jostle with Manchester United and Manchester City at the summit of the division; they face the former next weekend.
The home team landed the first blow of the mini-derby with only 28 seconds on the clock.
Frauendorf’s driving run down the left-hand side was followed by a strike that Everton goalkeeper Zan-Luk Leban repelled – but the Reds midfielder forced the rebound in off his head for an incredibly quick 1-0.
In front of the watching Sir Kenny Dalglish in Kirkby, the hosts pressed on to embellish their advantage, with Dominic Corness’ free-kick deflected just over the crossbar.
They were saved by the woodwork midway through the half, however.
When Blues striker Cannon raced onto a ball in behind, he was felled by the outrushing Liverpool stopper Fabian Mrozek, who – with two recovering defenders at hand – was shown a yellow card.
Charlie Whitaker’s effort from the resulting set-piece curled against Mrozek’s bar and, to the Reds’ relief, away to safety.
Jarell Quansah then thwarted Cannon as he broke into the penalty area with an outstanding challenge having covered the danger intelligently.
Liverpool turned the tide, though, and Marc Bridge-Wilkinson’s side twice went close to extending their lead before the half-time break.
Kaide Gordon whipped a free-kick narrowly wide from the edge of the box and James Norris’ superb cross was then headed off target by Musialowski when left unmarked.
Clear-cut chances were harder to come by during a calmer second half that did not hint at the remarkable scenes set to unfold in stoppage time.
Everton gained an opportunity to equalise in the last minutes when Roman Quintyne was released through the middle and brought down in the box by Lee Jonas.
Cannon stepped up to the spot and dispatched his kick past Mrozek.
But the Reds refused to yield to that setback and swiftly produced a response at the other end to secure a memorable win.
Norris fed substitute Tommy Pilling along the left flank and his delivery into the middle found Musialowski, who created space with his footwork and fired home to settle the derby in brilliant fashion.
Liverpool U18s: Mrozek, Wilson (Ennis, 74), Quansah, Jonas, Norris, Corness (Pilling, 84), Gordon, Mabaya, Woltman, Frauendorf, Musialowski.
Unused substitutes: Hewitson, Hayes-Green.
Liverpool FC Women interim manager Amber Whiteley welcomes the selection headache she faces for this weekend's clash with London Bees.
The Reds are raring to go at Prenton Park on Sunday, after their previously scheduled game against Coventry United Ladies a fortnight ago was postponed due to weather conditions.
LFC Women have therefore only played two competitive fixtures so far in 2021 - but that enforced break has enabled the likes of Rachel Furness, Jade Bailey, Becky Jane and Ashley Hodson to get back to full fitness after injury.
Melissa Lawley is also available again after serving a one-match ban, while recent recruit Ceri Holland is pushing for a start having come off the bench to score against Charlton Athletic on her debut earlier this month.
"It's fantastic to get them back, and credit to the sports science and medical team and the players who have put the work in to get themselves back to full fitness," Whiteley told Liverpoolfc.com ahead of the FA Women's Championship meeting with the Bees.
"I've got a real headache now in terms of selection. It has been so competitive in training and I'm going to have to have some tough conversations this week, and I'll also be letting players down who have worked incredibly hard and done absolutely everything that we've asked them to do.
"But that is exactly how it should be when you are competing for a shirt in the starting XI."
Read the rest of our pre-match interview with Whiteley on the great spirit in the camp and why she remains confident the future can be really bright for the Reds...
On a return to action this weekend against London Bees...
Everyone is really looking forward to Sunday. It feels like a lifetime ago since the Charlton game and we can't wait to get back at it. We've worked hard over the last couple of weekends we've been in. We've been training and we are ready to go for Sunday.
On what she has learned about the squad since taking on the interim manager role…
I've just learned that we've got a really good group of people. They are hard workers, resilient and I tell you what, they have had some challenges thrown their way. But every time they've had a setback they have got back up, they've worked harder and got back at it. I think you definitely learn more about the group when there are challenges. It's all about how you respond to those challenges and setbacks, and every single time the girls have just tried harder and put the work in to get better and improve - and that's all you can ask.
On the hard work that has been going on during training to ease the frustrations of a few games being called off due to the weather…
I think if you want to be the best and looking ahead to next season, too, and laying those foundations it is absolutely about putting the work in. That's why we have used this time wisely. It's not just about preparing for London Bees at the weekend, it's about getting us ready for the future.
On the importance of trying to get back to winning ways on Sunday…
Definitely, it's very important. We want to win every game we play. We are expecting a tough challenge against London Bees. They are a hard-working and resilient side but we've put the work in since the Charlton game and we should be in a good place for Sunday. You do need a bit of luck but at the same time we need to create our own luck. That's exactly why when we've had a free weekend, and I think we've had four or five of them since January, but we've been in training hard every single weekend, putting the work in and making sure that the preparation is as good as it can be and not leaving anything to chance. But we do need that little break, that would be nice.
On the challenge the Reds face against the Bees…
London Bees are a real hard-working side and very resilient. They never, ever give up and we do expect them to sit behind the ball and put a block on and we are prepared for that challenge. We've got to match their efforts and go beyond.
On how Holland has settled into the group…
Ceri is doing great. It feels like she's been here a lot longer than three or four weeks. She has settled in really, really well. She made a great impact against Charlton, scoring that great goal. I'm sure if you asked Ceri could she have chosen between scoring and the three points she absolutely would have chosen the victory. But I've got no doubt that there is more to come from Ceri. It was also great to see her get her first senior call-up for Wales last week and again, I'm sure there's going to be many more call-ups to come.
On how important the senior players are in helping LFC Women finish this season as strongly as possible, with seven games left to play in the FA Women's Championship…
That is something I expect from the entire squad and the playing staff as well. When you play for Liverpool Football Club it is not a choice putting in the work, the time, making sure you do absolutely everything you can to put your best foot forward. I expect that on the training ground, away from the training ground, on matchday, because that is part of what it means to play for this club. That's what this badge expects and deserves. We've got a brilliant group of players here and it's a pleasure to work with them every day. They are talented, hard-working, bright and they want to learn every day and want to get better. Most importantly, we've got a great group of human beings. It's a pleasure to work with them every single day and I've no doubt that the new manager will feel exactly the same way.
To mark this week's 20th anniversary of Liverpool's League Cup final triumph against Birmingham City – the first trophy of what would become an historic 2000-01 treble under Gerard Houllier – Reds fan Joel Richards relives the elation and relief experienced in Cardiff.
Do you remember the first time?
Having longed for it to happen for what felt like an eternity, the desperation to experience what many others had long before grew each year, exacerbated by the second-hand tales of what it was like. Although intrigued, a sense of torture grabbed you with every story you heard; with every near-miss or opportunity blown, that first time seemed to drift further away from your grasp. Patience was never a virtue as far as you were concerned.
All of a sudden, though, your moment comes. For me, it was on Sunday February 25, 2001.
In the fabulous surroundings of what was then known as the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, I was there to witness my first cup final as Liverpool took on second-tier Birmingham with the League Cup at stake. For a club that collected trophies almost with ease in previous decades, the 1990s was a comparatively fallow period, yielding three major pieces of silverware, of which the 1995 triumph over Bolton Wanderers in the same competition was the most recent.
Kopites of my generation were left to feast on tales of yesteryear from our parents and grandparents, glory that had felt second nature for them back in the day. Add in Manchester United’s success and the emerging Arsenal side under Arsene Wenger, and the outlook appeared pretty bleak.
But under the guidance of Houllier, a revival was in motion at Anfield as the Frenchman steadily reinvigorated a team that had fallen out of contention towards the end of the 20th century. A host of local talent was blended with experienced foreign recruits to produce a squad that was capable of challenging on all fronts ahead of a 2000-01 season that promised so much.
The journey to south Wales was all the more exciting for Reds of all ages because the final was to be held in new surroundings, as construction continued on the new Wembley stadium. Would Cardiff become the new Anfield South?
I was only nine years old at the time but I was already hooked on all things Liverpool. Having started to attend matches in the years prior, anticipation reached fever pitch when my dad surprised me with tickets for both of us in the weeks leading up to the final. Sleep was at a premium, as all I could think of was the thought of finally seeing my team win a trophy.
Come Sunday morning, a convoy of cars carrying family members, my dad and I began the journey to Cardiff and, later, as we slowly crept towards the magnificent venue, a giant sea of red greeted my wide-eyed younger self and confirmed to me for the first time just how big this club of ours is.
As kick-off inched ever closer, however, excitement soon turned to nerves and as we took our seats in the North Stand high above the goal I didn’t know where to look as the vast array of banners and flags fought for my attention. So, this was what being at a cup final looked and felt like…
Once battle commenced with Birmingham, a mixed opening saw the underdogs enjoy plenty of possession but they failed to create any clear-cut opportunities. After half an hour, though, a long punt forward by Sander Westerveld was headed on by the towering Emile Heskey into the path of Robbie Fowler, whose spectacular instant finish from 25 yards looped over goalkeeper Ian Bennett to give the overwhelming favourites the lead.
Just before half-time, Vladimir Smicer wasted a golden opportunity to double Liverpool’s advantage after another Heskey header gifted the Czech midfielder a chance he could only steer agonisingly wide. At this point in my naïve mind, it was only a matter of time before our name was carved on the trophy.
The second half brought more of the same as Houllier’s charges created further chances that were squandered. A Smicer cross midway through found an unmarked Heskey, who blazed over the bar – before the No.7 himself was denied by a smart save from Bennett following a clever flick by Fowler.
Yet Trevor Francis’ side were not out of the fight. The First Division outfit still posed a threat from set-pieces, especially after Blues defender Darren Purse headed wide when unmarked at a corner. Anxiety soon crept in all around as I, and every other Red inside that stadium, begged for the final whistle to pierce the air.
But before that happened, Birmingham were thrown the unlikeliest of lifelines as a reckless Stephane Henchoz slid in to foul Martin O’Connor and leave referee David Elleray no choice but to point to the penalty spot. All of a sudden, time stood still as a lengthy delay compounded the misfortune that suddenly befell us all. Eventually, Purse stepped forward to calmly dispatch his spot-kick past Westerveld, force extra-time and hand me a crucial lesson: Liverpool seldom tend to do things the easy way.
After a few tears were shed during the interval (come on, I was nine) a pep talk from my dad briefly lifted morale before an additional 30 minutes of torture and near-misses ensued.
Buoyed by their 90th-minute rescue act, Birmingham had chances to take a shock lead, firstly through Bryan Hughes, whose audacious chip from 30 yards drew an equally fantastic stop from Westerveld. Then Lady Luck perhaps shone on Liverpool for the first time that afternoon as Henchoz miraculously avoided conceding another penalty when he hauled down Blues forward Andrew Johnson. Much to the anger of Francis and his charges, referee Elleray waved away their appeals.
Still, there were further opportunities for the Reds as Fowler and Sami Hyypia both saw headers expertly tipped away by Bennett before Dietmar Hamann crashed an effort off the woodwork from 30 yards. Alas, no winner came – and the dreaded lottery of penalties awaited.
Nerves were slightly eased as Gary McAllister and Nick Barmby each converted their respective penalties, either side of a Martin Grainger attempt that was pushed away by Westerveld. Purse successfully scored from the spot again before Christian Ziege and Marcelo each followed suit to make it 3-2.
Hamann’s penalty was matched with a fine save by Bennett, allowing Stan Lazaridis to level the score for Birmingham. Fowler briefly allayed any fears – although not with his stuttering run-up – with a calmly dispatched penalty, and after Hughes made it 4-4 Jamie Carragher successfully found the top corner to make it 5-4 in sudden death.
Our wait was about to end.
Westerveld proved to be the hero, producing another splendid save from Johnson’s kick to clinch glory and send the fans behind him into unbridled joy. In among it all, as I was almost thrown into the air by my dad, I finally had my own “I was there” moment that I could talk of for years to come.
Little did we know that the League Cup would be just the beginning of an extraordinary climax to that 2000-01 campaign.
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This LGBT History Month will see Liverpool FC introduce its first ever LGBT staff network.
The new LGBT staff network, which forms part of the club’s Red Together inclusion strategy, was created to maintain a safe, inclusive and fair environment at the club where everyone can be their true authentic selves.
We caught up with Mark Armario, a senior manager at LFC and member of the LGBT staff network, to find out more about why its work is so important, its ambitions and upcoming activities, as well as the club’s wider equality, diversity and inclusion work as part of its Red Together strategy.
Mark, can you explain how the LGBT staff network first came about?
The creation of the group is part of the club’s Red Together strategy, which promotes and encourages diversity across the football club to make it as inclusive and welcoming as possible for everyone. One of Red Together’s commitments was to create several new colleague networks to allow people to connect across the club, create an internal community and enhance engagement with the wider community and supporter groups.
The network will be actively involved in a number of internal and external events celebrating the LGBT community, including LCR Pride in Liverpool, Rainbow Laces, Pride Month and LGBT History Month to build on the great work that the club has been doing.
I’m personally delighted and feel empowered to be a part of it and I’m looking forward to what we can achieve as a network of like-minded individuals.
What activities does the LGBT staff network have coming up?
Although we are a new group, we have already set up a programme of events for our staff. Firstly, we will be joined by Flight Lieutenant Caroline Paige, who made history as the first transgender officer to serve openly in the UK armed forces. This event with Caroline will complement other educational resources we have curated for our colleagues across the club to increase LFC’s staff understanding and awareness of the challenges that continue to be faced by the LGBT community.
We will also begin planning our support of Pride Month 2021 as well as our involvement in this year’s LCR Pride in Liverpool, which is always a highlight in the club’s calendar and one which we are proud to be a part of. There will be more details on this in the months to come. LFC will also have a presence at London Pride for the first time ever in the club’s history to demonstrate support for all our London-based colleagues, which is a really exciting addition to our calendar.
Other events that we will also be supporting and celebrating include IDAHOBIT in May, and Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign and Trans Day of Remembrance later in the year.
Aside from a busy calendar of events, what is the next for the LGBT staff network and the club’s commitment to the LGBT community as part of its Red Together strategy?
In consultation with LFC’s LGBT supporters’ group, Kop Outs, we will be forming an LGBTQ+ independent advisory group to help us to continue to develop this area of work and inform what we do as an LGBT inclusive football club.
It’s fantastic that we already have members of the LGBTQ+ community who have agreed to be part of the group and provide their support, including Steve MacFarlane from the Michael Causer Foundation, Liverpool’s LGBT charity set up in Michael’s memory; Linda Riley of Diva Mag, Europe’s largest magazine for lesbian and bisexual women; and Flight Lieutenant Caroline Paige, who made history as the first transgender officer to serve openly in the UK armed forces. This is another exciting and important project for the club and more members will be announced soon.
For supporters who may not be aware of Red Together, it provides a recognisable platform for all the club’s work on and commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion across everything it does.
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Andy Robertson insists Liverpool will have to replicate the battling qualities that gained them two wins over Sheffield United last season when they aim to repeat the feat this weekend.
The Reds took three points from a hard-fought clash at Bramall Lane in 2019-20 that ended 1-0 after Georginio Wijnaldum’s second-half strike was fumbled by the hosts’ goalkeeper.
They subsequently defeated the Blades 2-0 at home and, having already won their Anfield clash this term too, will aim to clinch another Premier League double over Chris Wilder’s team on Sunday evening.
To do so, says Robertson, the correct application and attitude must provide the foundation for Liverpool to then show the quality they are determined to reproduce in the top flight.
“For me, there’s no easy game against Sheffield United,” the left-back told Liverpoolfc.com. “Last season when we played them, they were two of the hardest games we played all season – especially away from home.
“I think Gini scored late on and it was more by their ‘keeper’s mistake than anything that won us that game.
“Similar to us in a shorter period of time, you don’t turn into a bad team overnight; they have still got the same players that are full of quality, they have got a fantastic manager who is clearly well regarded in the game, and they are desperate for points as well. So, for me, it’s definitely not ‘a perfect game’ if people are saying it like that.
“It’s one of the toughest games of the season and irrelevant of our form or their form at the minute, it’s going to be a battle. We know what we expect from Sheffield United but it’s about trying to match that and about trying to then overcome that, which we did so well last season in the two games.
“We need to go into it with that same attitude on Sunday and then hopefully our qualities can shine and we’ll have enough to get the three points. But we need to be up for the fight first, because they certainly will be.”
Jürgen Klopp’s men could be boosted by the return of Diogo Jota in Yorkshire.
The No.20 was back in team sessions at the AXA Training Centre this week for the first time since sustaining a knee injury at FC Midtjylland in early December.
With Jota’s showings in Kirkby described as ‘really promising’ by the manager, his level of involvement against the Blades is under consideration.
Robertson, and the rest of the Reds squad, are delighted to have the summer signing – who netted nine goals in 17 games before being sidelined – in the fold again.
“In a really tough week for a few reasons, of course, seeing Diogo back on the pitch brought a smile to everyone’s face,” said the Scot.
“He was flying up until his injury, he really made an impact coming into the team, a new signing hitting the ground running with goals, assists and the way he was going about his business.
“So, great to have him back. He has obviously been out for a long period of time, he’s looking really good in training, looking sharp. So, I’m sure he’s looking to make up for lost time.
“It’s good to have that option, great to have him back and it’ll be good to have him back involved in the squad. He has certainly brought an extra quality to training, long may that continue and hopefully he can score some of the goals he scored at the start of the season because, like I said, he was making a huge impact on this club.”
On the other hand, however, the champions now face a period without their captain, following the corrective procedure Jordan Henderson required on the adductor injury he picked up in the Merseyside derby.
Robertson echoed the boss’ view that the skipper can continue to provide a positive influence in the dressing room during his rehabilitation, but equally stressed the need to step up in his absence.
“Look, a huge blow for us, losing your captain for quite a few weeks is never good,” he said.
“But, for once, Hendo needs to put himself first, for certainly the next couple of weeks. He has had surgery and he needs to make sure he recovers as well as he can, so he needs to try to forget about all of us just now and just focus on his recovery.
“But there will be a time when he’s back on the training ground and back around the lads, he knows how influential he is in the changing room, he knows anything he says is listened to in the training ground. And I’m sure he can still help us drive forward. But just now he just needs to look after himself and not worry about us.
“We’ve got still a couple of leaders left to keep driving it forward and we’ll try to do our best without him round the place for the next couple of weeks.”
During a season of unprecedented injury misfortune Robertson has so far remained ever-present, starting all 25 of the Reds’ Premier League fixtures.
Asked about the statistic, he went on to detail the importance of maintaining a mentality that does not allow the circumstances to negatively affect morale.
“It’s probably part luck and everything that goes along with it,” the No.26 said of his own availability.
“With all the injuries round about me, it has obviously been tough in terms of, mentally, you need to try to get out of your head that ‘Am I going to be next?’ or ‘Who is going to be next?’
“That’s the attitude we need to try to get away from because it looks like every game or every couple of games we’re losing somebody; it’s not been a nice season on that front.
“Obviously we have lost a lot of key players in key positions, and it has really been tough to adapt. But we get paid to play and paid to do what we do, and we need to get back to doing it to the highest level possible.
“I’m determined to do that and so are the rest of the lads that are fit and still able to play.”
Fabinho and James Milner are set to follow Diogo Jota by resuming team training ahead of Liverpool's visit to Sheffield United.
Jota, who has not played since December due to a knee injury, was back among his teammates at the AXA Training Centre earlier this week and Jürgen Klopp confirmed on Friday that Fabinho and Milner were also likely to take part in Saturday’s full session.
“Diogo trained now twice with the team, looks very good - very good,” the manager said, during his pre-match press conference.
“But [he] was out long term so we have to see what we can do with that. But in training he looks really promising.
“Fab was not yet with the team. That can happen tomorrow [Saturday], if I’m 100 per cent right, he has his first session with the team. And same for James Milner.”
On Jota, Klopp went on to state: “The way he came back to training is very positive, so we just have to make a decision about what makes sense for him, when does it [his return] make sense for him and all these kind of things.”
No decision has yet been made regarding the availability of Alisson Becker following the tragic death of his father.
“We didn’t think about that so far really. I don’t know [if he will play],” Klopp said.
Jordan Henderson will be out until after the March international break after the captain underwent successful surgery on an adductor injury, while Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk are long-term absentees.
For Sheffield United, Chris Basham and Jayden Bogle have joined Sander Berge, John Egan, Lys Mousset, Jack O’Connell, Jack Robinson and Jack Rodwell on the sidelines.
Blades boss Chris Wilder said: “There have been three players available all season to us who have not had issues.
“That’s a huge amount for a team that has the challenges of a second season in the Premier League and I am sure you understand that affects us severely and harshly.”
Fulham 1-0 Sheffield United (February 20): Ramsdale, Ampadu, Jagielka, Bryan, Baldock, Stevens, Basham, Fleck, Lundstram, Sharp, McBurnie.
Liverpool 0-2 Everton (February 20): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Kabak, Henderson, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Thiago, Jones, Salah, Mane, Firmino.
Jürgen Klopp vowed he and his players will continue to do everything possible to get Liverpool back on track.
After a challenging month in a testing Premier League season, the Reds head to Sheffield United on Sunday evening aiming to clinch three points in their objective to climb the table.
Klopp acknowledged the hurdles his side have faced so far this term, but detailed the work still going on behind the scenes to put things right.
Read on as the boss spoke to reporters during the second part of his press conference ahead of the team's trip to Bramall Lane...
On how he keeps his motivation going...
No lack of motivation. So, difficult situations always fired me up, rather than, I don't know, the other way around. It's clear to say winning game after game after game is nicer, absolutely. But this is a different time, this is a different season for us obviously for plenty of reasons, and we have to fight through this and we will do that. There's no doubt about that. Maybe the important message, even in this moment, [is]: we are still Liverpool and that's what we feel. You cannot only be Liverpool on a day when you win 20 games in a row or don't lose home games for ages. No, we are still Liverpool – and that's exactly what I know and what I live, what I love. That's what gives me the energy. I'm not here for only the big celebrations and stuff like this, I'm here for doing the work. If it's necessary, the dirty work, the hard work, no problems. It's all fine. I said plenty of times, I feel massively responsible – and I am massively responsible – for the situation we are in. A big part of it, some parts of it not – but we have no influence on that and that means I have to make good decisions, better decisions if necessary and all these kind of things. On the pitch, we have to be more clinical, that's clear as well, and we work on that.
On his approach during testing times and maintaining a positive atmosphere...
I don't know, so maybe you should ask the players or whatever. Atmosphere, maybe it's a misunderstanding, I don't know, [that] a good atmosphere means you come in every morning and you enter the door and the first thing is a massive joke and everybody is laughing like crazy – that's not like it is. An atmosphere is like a trustful atmosphere, like people trust each other, that we like each other, that we respect each other, that we do these kind of things. That we create a situation where we always find a way for ourselves to become, all of us, positive again about the next game, optimistic again about the next game. Yes, that's a massive challenge. That's exactly what we do and what we do together. How I said, we will try everything this season.
But there are so many things we can learn about people, other people, I don't read what you write but maybe about journalists. We can really learn a lot of things about what we did right even when the world thought it's wrong, and when we did wrong even when people didn't realise it. While we are doing that, we go through this period. But our football life, our career doesn't end after this season. What we go through now, we have to sort problems now, immediately. But in the long term, we can get the benefit of what we are going through in the moment, that's clear. But that's not for the moment. It's not that difficult to create an atmosphere, I don't go and put the finger on my players and blame them for the situation, I don't do that. So, we are all responsible for it, I'm mainly responsible for it but I can get up in the morning and find some good things about the day and about the things what we do and about the training sessions. I can do that and everybody can do that. That's it. Again, it's not cool but there are much worse things out there than the situation we are in as a football club.
On how big an achievement it would be to finish in the top four considering all the challenges faced this season...
Big. Absolutely, nothing else to say. You see it yourself, you see the competitors. Look, it's not about the possible performance. So, the game we played against Leicester we lost, we know, but the performance we showed that day, that was a game usually one team wins. It's only about what we can bring on the pitch still. We played against West Ham and I think they were in front of us as well on that day. But it's all about results. I don't say that's not right. No, the table doesn't lie – never. That's completely fine. It's just we know performance-wise we are not so far away but result-wise we are – and that's what we have to change. For all the different reasons that it was a difficult season so far for us, we always tried to sort it. Honestly, we try with all we have to sort it. Then while you sort one problem, another problem occurs, that's how it is. Then you try to sort that and then another. So, that's in a season when it's not going perfect obviously and that's, for sure, for us the case. Then it means now other clubs with big potential, City we don't have to talk about, but United, Leicester, Chelsea, West Ham in and around us, Tottenham have similar problems maybe like we have, Arsenal maybe as well. So, there's a distance to go for us. We don't have to think about that really, we have to think about Sheffield United. If we can do that then maybe we are a step closer or not, then Chelsea's coming and that's a proper game as well. So all these kind of things, that's what's going on. If we would do it in the end, yeah, that would be big.
Mention Tom Clayton's name to staff at Liverpool's Academy and they will tell you he is Kirkby's 'Mr Versatile'.
Clayton is usually deployed at centre-back but, with injury issues affecting the U23s this season, has featured regularly as a holding midfielder for Barry Lewtas' side.
Last Friday, he played a key role after replacing the injured Leighton Clarkson in the young Reds' 3-2 victory at Chelsea.
And ahead of their next fixture - a home clash with Arsenal on Saturday - we caught up with Clayton in the latest edition of LFCTV's Academy Show...
On the win at Chelsea…
I think we've had a tough run recently so it was nice to actually get three points on the board. I think at times our performances haven't really got us what we deserved, and I think we have deserved more wins, but that's just the way football goes at times. I think the lads battled well. In the last 10 minutes of the game we were having to do a low block but Boysie [Morgan Boyes] and Billy [Koumetio] cleared everything for us and Conor Bradley also made a great challenge in the six-yard box for us. It was a team effort, we got the three goals, the three points, so job done.
On hoping to build on beating Chelsea this weekend…
There's been one or two times this season when we've been a bit disappointing with certain aspects of our performances, but I think in the main we have done well. In the games against Tottenham and Everton I feel we deserved the three points in both games but only took one point in the mini-derby. Hopefully we can carry on now against Arsenal.
On his superb strike from distance to beat the Gunners earlier this season…
I still talk about that goal to the lads now! The ball fell to me nicely and it was nice to see it go in, and hopefully we can get another three points on Saturday.
On his versatility…
I've had a few chats with Barry about this and he mentioned he thought I can play in a number of positions for him, including in midfield. I've played at centre-back, left-back, central midfield and even right-back. I'm enjoying it. I am enjoying playing in different positions and having different exposure.
On playing holding midfield…
I would say I am definitely a different type of No.6 to people like Leighton Clarkson, for example. I've got that defensive mindset from playing centre-back but I've had a few chats with Barry and Gary O'Neil, who obviously played in midfield all through his career. Each game is different but I've got a good understanding of the game and what's required of me. I do enjoy sitting in front of the back four and you also get that bit of freedom. I'm enjoying it. It's different to playing centre-back because you have got more freedom obviously to break the line of the opposition when they are going forward. I definitely feel I can do the job and I'd like to thank Barry for having the trust in me to do it.
On why being versatile could be valuable as he seeks to catch the eye of the first-team coaches…
That's the aim. There's always a lot of people watching our games and you are just trying to make an impression on them, whether that's centre-back, left-back, right-back or in midfield. I'm just trying to show I have a good understanding of the game and can play well in a number of positions. That's just what I try to do wherever Barry asks me to play at the weekend.
On seeing the likes of Curtis Jones, Neco Williams, Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams enjoying first-team opportunities…
It's fantastic to see the way our manager and his staff give the young players an opportunity. They do trust the young players so it's just about trying to earn that trust and then when you do get that chance, taking it. Without the injuries they might not have got as much game time, but I think centre-half is not usually an opportunity you get and I think Nat and Rhys have both done really well. They have both come through a lot of challenges and playing against different opponents and I think they have shown they can handle it and they are good enough to play at that level. We are all made up for them here at the Academy and we hope it continues.
On eyes being on the Academy players on a daily basis…
Obviously, being at the AXA Training Centre the first-team staff have the opportunity to watch our training and the games. We know the manager and his coaching staff are interested in us and keeping an eye on us. It's just about keep doing what you are doing and whenever the opportunity comes, whenever that may be, you've just got to take it. The facilities are world-class and it's got everything that you need, whether that's nutrition, gym, physio - it's got everything you need so it's perfect. I love it so it's just great to be here.
On his leadership qualities and helping his younger teammates...
I think it's massively important and I try to lead as best as I can on and off the pitch. The U23s are a young team this year and we have a lot of first and second-year lads. Trying to lead by example is something Barry has wanted from me more. I can speak on the pitch but I think I can still do it more. But, we have got a lot of young and inexperienced lads so I just try to be a leader, if you like, and try to use my voice.
On having the mental strength to come through his injury issues and getting regular game time this season...
I think it definitely makes you a stronger person coping with injuries. It's tough being injured, the days are longer, you don't get that buzz on a matchday and nothing can recreate that buzz you do get. When you are watching the lads play when you are injured it is tough, and it does make you mentally stronger. You might not realise it at the time but I think it does make you that bit more resilient. That character-building comes through and hopefully it's showing on the pitch now. I just want to try to get as many minutes as I can, impress and see where it takes me.
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Jürgen Klopp is hopeful Jordan Henderson will return to action before the end of the season and feels he will still have an influential role to play during his rehabilitation.
It was revealed on Liverpoolfc.com on Friday morning the captain had undergone successful corrective surgery on the adductor injury he sustained against Everton last Saturday.
No timescale is being placed upon the 30-year-old’s return; however, is he initially ruled out until after the March international break.
Henderson took to social media shortly after the news broke, writing: “Obviously gutted to have picked up an injury but will do everything I can to support the team while working on my rehab.”
Asked if the No.14 could continue to have an impact on the squad while undergoing recovery work, Klopp told his pre-match press conference: “They all have to be influential, that’s clear. We have so many injured players who are not available in the moment and most of them are leaders in this group.
“They are here doing their rehab - Hendo is not here yet, but Virgil, Millie, Joe and Joel all have to be influential here and that’s what they will be. In the moment Hendo is back [in Kirkby] he has to play this role while doing his rehab.
“The best-case scenario, I don’t know. It’s not a quick one, but we all hope there’s a possibility for him to play a few games this season. We will see.”