Sadio Mane felt Liverpool were worthy winners as his second-half brace earned a 2-0 victory over Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.
The Senegal international struck twice in four minutes after the break at Stamford Bridge – and had also been fouled in the incident that saw Andreas Christensen sent off on 44 minutes – to give the Reds maximum points in the Premier League.
Post-match, Mane reflected on the details of the win with Sky Sports and offered a glowing assessment of the 45-minute debut for new signing Thiago Alcantara…
On his own positive influence on the game…
Obviously it was a top game, to be honest. It was a top game. Especially in the first half, we found it very difficult to create chances and I think when they got the red card, it made it easier. The second half, we created many chances and finally we scored two goals. I think today we deserved to win.
On the incident that led to Christensen’s red card and the pass from Jordan Henderson…
Yeah, it was a great ball from him. A great player. I know him, I know at that moment the only choice he has to do is to put the ball in and he is very good at it. So, I try to make the runs and he put the ball in front of me. When he made a foul I knew it was a red card, I even told him: ‘My friend, it’s a red card.’ After, the referee gave him a red card; so, lucky for us.
On the anger at giving the ball away that motivated his closing down for the second goal…
Yeah, sure, these kinds of things are always what we try on the training pitch. When he got the ball, I knew it will be difficult for him to have an option, the only choice was to shoot it. So I was in front of him and he tried to pass it. Unluckily for him, he made a mistake. Lucky for me and I scored a second goal for my team.
On the debut of Thiago…
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Not only me, all the world knows what he is capable of doing. He is one of the best players in the world, so we are lucky to have Thiago in our team. And I think today he showed that he is a great player.
Sadio Mane scored both goals as Liverpool made it two wins out of two this season by beating 10-man Chelsea 2-0 in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge.
In the closing moments of a first half the Reds had the better of, Andreas Christensen denied Mane a clear goalscoring opportunity and was dismissed.
And Jürgen Klopp’s men quickly made their numerical advantage show on the scoreboard when the sides returned, with Mane heading in a first and pouncing on Kepa Arrizabalaga’s error for a second moments later.
Alisson Becker had to stop a Jorginho penalty 15 minutes from time to prevent any hope of a Chelsea comeback – and Liverpool eased home to maintain their winning start to 2020-21.
Klopp made one, enforced change to his XI from last weekend, with Fabinho brought in at centre-half in the absence of the injured Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.
Thiago Alcantara was among the substitutes after completing his move to Liverpool on Friday, while fellow new signing Kostas Tsimikas took a place on the bench too.
Liverpool started on the front foot in the opening 10 minutes, pressing high and enjoying greater possession, and those early stages set a tone for much of the first half at Stamford Bridge.
Their first real opportunity came from a fortuitous spin of the ball, though.
Jordan Henderson’s block challenge on Reece James in midfield sent it careering out towards Mohamed Salah on the right edge of the box and the Reds No.11 took the chance to carry it around the oncoming Kepa.
But his attempted square for Roberto Firmino to tap in from yards out was foiled by the recovering Christensen.
Fabinho adeptly snuffed out a threatening Timo Werner surge at the edge of the area before the Chelsea forward nudged a low, bobbling shot wide of the right post from 20 yards.
A crisp Liverpool attack that saw Trent Alexander-Arnold’s sweeping cross pick out Salah inside the box and the latter drive a pass across goal did not end with a teammate capitalising.
From a similar Henderson delivery into the left channel, Andy Robertson was in space to line up a first-time strike – but the left-back hit the ball into the ground and off target.
The half would ultimately conclude without an indent on the scoresheet but not before the complexion of the contest was altered significantly by a red card.
Collecting Alisson’s roll out, Henderson spotted – and brilliantly engineered – a straight pass over the top to marry with Mane’s run off the left, and Christensen wrestled the No.10 to the ground as he was primed to run on goal.
Having initially shown Christensen a yellow card, referee Paul Tierney reviewed the incident via VAR and judged the foul worthy of a sending-off.
Thiago replaced Henderson at the outset of the second half, making his Liverpool debut just two days after sealing his permanent switch from Bayern Munich.
And the visitors produced the desired breakthrough within five minutes of the restart.
Lovely approach work by Firmino and Salah at the right corner of the Chelsea area released the former near the byline and his excellent cross was beautifully angled inside the left post by the head of Mane.
It was soon 2-0.
Mane’s determined closing down of Kepa reaped rewards when he managed to block the Blues goalkeeper’s attempted play out, allowing the Liverpool man to swipe home a finish on the turn.
Georginio Wijnaldum was denied a third by the feet of Kepa when he tried to rifle a low hit into the net from the right, while Mason Mount was inches over with a curler from range at the other end.
The Reds’ comfort was ruffled when Thiago was penalised for clipping Werner inside the box as the Chelsea man dribbled in off the flank, but Alisson went the correct way and palmed Jorginho’s spot-kick away.
Alisson had to repel a dangerous Tammy Abraham effort, too, but Klopp’s charges saw out the remainder to make it a maximum six points in the Premier League.
Jürgen Klopp has provided further detail on the absence of Joe Gomez and Joel Matip at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The centre-backs were ruled out of the Premier League clash with Chelsea due to minor injury issues, with Fabinho therefore partnering Virgil van Dijk in defence.
Asked what led to Gomez and Matip being sidelined, Klopp told Sky Sports: “Not a lot, but enough.
“So, Joe is not a real concern – it’s probably only today. Same with Billy [Koumetio].
“With Joel, we have to see – it could take a few days longer. [It’s] muscle. After injuries that’s how it is. He looked perfect in the pre-season since he trained. But now he got a little problem and we have to react, so that’s how it is. That’s why we start how we start.”
Thiago Alcantara is named among the substitutes for Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge today.
The midfielder, who completed a transfer from Bayern Munich on Friday, makes the Reds’ matchday squad for the first time after signing a long-term deal, while Kostas Tsimikas is also on the bench.
However, Jürgen Klopp’s side are without Joe Gomez (minor knock) and Joel Matip (minor muscle issue), so Fabinho lines up alongside Virgil van Dijk in the centre of defence.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Keita, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Subs: Adrian, Thiago, Milner, Jones, Minamino, Tsimikas, Origi.
Roberto Firmino and Trent Alexander-Arnold could equal a goalscoring feat last achieved for Liverpool by Ian Rush at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The duo both scored home and away against Chelsea in the Premier League last season - with the Reds’ most prolific marksman of all, Rush, the last player to net in three consecutive league appearances versus the London club between December 1989 and October 1990.
For more pre-match facts and figures - courtesy of club statistician Ged Rea and Opta - read on…
Liverpool have lost just one of their last 11 Premier League meetings with Chelsea home and away (five wins, five draws).
Indeed, the Reds have won all of the three most recent top-flight clashes. Only once since 1974 have they won four in a row, in 2012.
Mohamed Salah is one goal short of a century in English football. The No.11’s haul of 97 for Liverpool is supplemented by the two he got for Chelsea.
Salah scored a hat-trick in last weekend’s win over Leeds United. No Reds player has ever registered trebles in each of the first two league games of a season.
Jürgen Klopp has won three of his five Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge, with one draw and one defeat.
Victory on Sunday would see Klopp break the 400-point barrier with the club. Liverpool are currently on 398 points under the boss.
James Milner could play his 150th Premier League game for the Reds.
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Jürgen Klopp cited professionalism and determination as two prime factors behind Mohamed Salah’s continuing excellence.
A match-winning hat-trick in last weekend’s season-opening 4-3 victory over Leeds United at Anfield took Salah to 97 goals in just 154 appearances for Liverpool.
Forty-four of those strikes came in a phenomenal debut campaign at Anfield in 2017-18, but the No.11 has maintained a remarkable performance level throughout a period during which he has been crucial in the Reds winning four major trophies.
Ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Salah’s former club Chelsea, Klopp was asked how the Egyptian has managed to sustain such impressive consistency over an extended timeframe.
“First and foremost, he deserves credit for that,” Klopp replied.
“A lot of things what we do help him to be the player he can be, that’s true, as a team, and he knows that. But apart from that you have to have a specific personality just to invest so much - and, by the way, he’s really not the only one in the squad who is doing it, but he is doing it as well.
“You asked the right question: he scored around 40 goals in his first season and quite a few players would say that’s nice and now let’s think about other things [and] about how we can make life even more beautiful but not life on the football pitch, the other part of life, and he is exactly the opposite.
“He stayed greedy, he stayed very determined. His work-rate around the games is exceptional, he is super professional, that’s the truth. And if you would write a book about how to stay successful, the training things he is doing and we are doing between the games, that’s one key.
“All players do what you tell them but it’s about how important you see it yourself that it is, because that then gives you a completely different mindset for all the stuff. You want to be on top of your own potential and that’s what he was.
“The numbers are just incredible, that’s true, and I was really happy for him for this game [against Leeds]. I said it after the game directly that yes, it was two penalties and if you didn’t see the game you would say ‘Ahh, two penalties and a goal, nice’, but if you saw it this game was a three-goal performance, 100 per cent, if not more. So, yes [a] good start [to the season]. Long may it continue.”
Diogo Jota feels Liverpool will provide him with the perfect platform to take his game onto the next level after he completed his transfer from Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
The forward signed a long-term deal with the Reds to become the club’s third incoming transfer of the window, joining Kostas Tsimikas and Thiago Alcantara.
At 23, Jota knows he still has plenty of room to develop and enhance his talents – and he is confident Anfield will prove the ideal place to do so.
Moments after signing his contract, Jota sat down with Liverpoolfc.com for an exclusive interview to discuss the move.
Watch the interview in full on LFCTV GO now, or scroll down to read a full transcript...
Diogo, firstly, welcome to Liverpool Football Club. Can you describe how you’re feeling today?
Thank you. It’s just a really exciting moment for me and my family. All of my path since I was a kid and now, to join a club like Liverpool – the world champions – is just unbelievable. I just want to get started.
What have the last few days been like as the move drew closer?
I just wanted the deal to get done. Obviously people started to talk about that and I received a lot of messages. We were trying to get this done because obviously we want to sign the contract – that’s the big moment – and to start training with my teammates as well.
What made the challenge of Liverpool so attractive to you and your family?
It is one of the best teams in the world – the best at the moment because they are world champions. When you look at the Premier League, you always see Liverpool as one of the biggest teams in the country, so it’s impossible to say no. So we just want to come [here], to give our best and hopefully I can become a good option for Liverpool in the future.
Why is this the right move for you now at this stage of your career?
Well, I have played two years in the Premier League now with Wolverhampton [Wanderers] so now I just feel like it is a good moment to come here, to play Champions League again. It is massive for me but I think I am ready for this new chapter.
Do you feel ready to compete and to fight for a place?
Yeah, sure. Obviously I will need to know my teammates, but they will know me as a player that is a team player, so I will always try to help them the best I can. They can count on me in the future and I think we can do great things here.
You’re still only 23. When you were thinking about coming here, did you believe this was the right place to take your game to the next level?
I think so, but the most important thing is trying to know the manager and his style of play. I think this is the right one. Jürgen, I think, is a fantastic coach. I looked at him when I was a kid and he was already playing in Champions League finals, so I’ve known him for a long time – not personally, but now I will. I think it is the right manager for me and at this stage of my career and I think it is a good – and the right – step.
Are you coming here, then, believing there is still a lot more to come from you, a lot of room for improvement?
Yes, of course. We as players always want to grow and develop into a better status – and that’s what I want. I want to grow here and I believe this is the right club.
There’ve been four really tight games between Liverpool and Wolves over the past two seasons. What did you learn about Liverpool in them?
Just [that] they are a special team; the way they press, the intensity that they put into the game is just another level and that’s what I want to be part of – that anger to play the game and to score goals. I think that’s a great way to play the game and that’s the way I want to play as well.
Is it a bit of a relief knowing the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker are on your side now…
Yeah, we are talking about world-class players – the best in their positions – so it is good to be a part of their team now and we can face other opponents. In the end, all of the team is important and I want to be one more player to help.
Watching Liverpool last season as an opposition player, what did you think of the manner in which we won the league?
I think there was no doubt – no doubt about Liverpool being the best team in the league last season by some distance. I think, as I said before, the intensity they put into the game… they were just unbelievable. They were all over the place. It felt like they were playing with more players than the other teams. Hopefully we can do the same again this year with me being a part of it.
What was it like to come here, to come to Anfield, as an opponent?
Well, again, I think by some distance it is the best stadium and the best environment. I think it is really noisy and the song You’ll Never Walk Alone is always on the opponent’s mind. Now I am part of it. Obviously this situation with COVID it won’t be for now, but I hope soon I can be here listening to the fans with a full Anfield.
Has it sunk in… that Anfield is now your home?
Well, it is now! Like I said, I just wish we could have the stadium full for my debut as that would be very special, but OK, it will still be special. And we can have them [the fans] later in the season to help us onto good things.
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are already here. How much are you looking forward to working alongside them, but also maybe learning from them too?
They are world-class players. Every match, they try to win. They score a lot of goals and they work together. I want to be one more piece to join that three. That’s what I will do. They are obviously more experienced than me, so the first stage is to connect with them, to learn with them. Hopefully I can be a good help for them and the club to win games.
Do you think your versatility will help in terms of getting into the team?
I think every manager looks at that and we as players know that being versatile, playing in different positions, is always useful. I am ready to play in each position that the manager wants. That’s what I will try to do – give my best every single day.
You mentioned earlier about the way Liverpool press teams. You’re a player who likes to press… will that help you adjust more quickly here?
Yes, I think that’s why I feel it is the right moment to come here with this manager because I think his style of play can adapt to mine as well. Hopefully I can be part of his plans in the future.
You scored your first goal for Portugal a couple of weeks ago and now you’re joining the Premier League champions. Not a bad start to the season…
Wow… no! Everything is happening quickly, everything is going terrific and I am just enjoying it at the moment and I am ready to give my best.
And there’s a baby on the way, too…
Yes, yes. 2020 started, I wouldn’t say bad but with different circumstances – the COVID situation and all of this stuff. But now it is becoming the best year of my life.
Your little boy can be raised as a Scouser…
Yeah! I think it will happen! Being born here, he will be a Scouser!
You’re taking the squad number 20. Was there any particular significance behind that?
No, not really. Obviously coming here when the season is already under way is not always what we want, but I think it’s a good number and hopefully I can do good things with it.
You spoke earlier about working with the coach; just how much are you looking forward to working with Jürgen Klopp?
A lot, a lot. I am anxious to get started, I am anxious to learn new things, because the sooner I start, the sooner I can give results to the team and that is the most important [thing].
Have you had a chance to speak to him since the deal was done?
Yes, once or twice. I believe he is the right coach for me and I just want to see things happen now.
You played with a guy at Wolves who came through the ranks here, in Conor Coady. Have you had the opportunity to speak with him about the move?
No, not really, but I think I will today or tomorrow. I know for a fact this is his childhood club, so I know he will want to tell me some things and I will talk about that with him just after this announcement is done.
For the supporters watching this, what can Liverpool fans expect from you?
Like I said, I think I am a team player. I play up front and my job is to find a way to score goals and to provide assists and that’s what they can expect from me – that I will always do my best. I will always try to help the team in the best way possible.
Is that your message to the supporters today?
Yes, that’s it. They can count on me because now I am one of them and I will give my best.
Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi has joined Bundesliga side Union Berlin on loan for 2020-21.
The 23-year-old is set to spend the duration of the season in Germany after a switch was agreed between the clubs on Saturday.
It represents a second successive campaign in the Bundesliga for the Nigerian, who made 12 appearances in the division for FSV Mainz 05 last term and scored one goal.
Awoniyi, a FIFA U17 World Cup winner in 2013, had previously signed a new long-term contract with the Reds in the summer of 2018, having moved to Merseyside three years earlier.
Diogo Jota sealed his switch to Liverpool FC on a long-term contract at Anfield on Saturday – and our photographer was there to capture the new signing's first day.
The Portugal international has completed a permanent transfer to the Premier League champions from Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he scored 44 goals in the past three seasons.
Jota wrapped up the move at his new home stadium, where he also tried out his new club’s colours and sat down with Liverpoolfc.com for an exclusive interview.
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After three seasons and 44 goals for Wolverhampton Wanderers, the 23-year-old has sealed a switch to the Premier League champions.
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The versatile Diogo Jota will provide further Premier League-proven quality to Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool squad after signing a long-term deal to join from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Jota penned his contract with the champions at Anfield on Saturday and has selected the No.20 jersey with his new club, becoming the Reds’ third signing for 2020-21.
Read our profile of the Portuguese’s career path to Liverpool below…
Born in Porto on December 4, 1996, Jota took his first steps in the professional game with nearby Pacos de Ferreira, for whom he made a senior debut aged 17.
That first appearance came in the October of the 2014-15 season, in the Portuguese cup, and the forward fittingly marked the occasion with a goal and an assist.
Diogo’s development yielded opportunities in league football by the second half of the campaign and he went on to make eight top-flight starts, scoring twice, in the remainder of the term.
He carried that form into the subsequent season – indeed, significantly improved on it – as he missed only three Primeira Liga fixtures and weighed in with a dozen strikes to help his side claim a seventh-place finish.
Jota’s talent had sparked transfer interest and it was Atletico Madrid who secured his signature in the summer of 2016, though he would never actually play a game for the Spanish side.
Instead, there was an almost-immediate return to his homeland; specifically, a loan to FC Porto, where he linked up with Nuno Espirito Santo for the first time.
Diogo chipped in with eight Primeira Liga goals in his 27 appearances for Os Dragoes, who finished second to Benfica in the title race despite losing only twice throughout the campaign.
He also gained maiden experience in the Champions League that season, featuring eight times and netting once – in a home victory over Leicester City – until their elimination in the last 16.
Nuno soon departed the Porto dugout and, within days, was appointed to the helm of an ambitious Wolves project. Jota followed the coach to Molineux after another loan from Atletico was arranged.
It was to prove a perfect fit.
The attacker was integral to Wolves’ ascendancy out of the Championship under Nuno, plundering a team-high 17 goals in the division to aid their accumulation of 99 points and clinching of top spot in hugely impressive fashion.
Operating predominantly off the left-hand side, but capable of playing in a variety of different positions and tactical set-ups, Jota – whose loan became a permanent transfer in 2018 – remained a mainstay of the XI when the club continued to bolster their squad for the demands of the top flight.
And he and his side achieved an impeccable step up to the Premier League.
Diogo bagged 16 goals over the past two campaigns as Wolves tallied 57 and then 59 points, finishing seventh at the end of each season.
The Portuguese also topped up his European experience during a mammoth involvement for Nuno’s charges, who began 2019-20 with a Europa League qualifier in the July and ended it 13 months later in a quarter-final defeat by eventual tournament winners Sevilla.
Jota was on target nine times in his 14 outings in the competition, a total that included two hat-tricks – Besiktas and Espanyol succumbed to his finishing at Molineux.
Last season also saw Diogo make his senior international debut, as a substitute in Portugal’s 6-0 defeat of Lithuania last November, and earlier this month he opened his goalscoring account for his country with a strike in the 4-1 win against Croatia.
Now the 23-year-old will take another new step in his career, joining Klopp’s squad in their attempt to follow up the four trophies collected since June 2019.
Liverpool defender Ki-Jana Hoever has today completed a permanent transfer to Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Netherlands youth international spent two years with the Reds after joining the club from Ajax in September 2018 and made his senior debut 11 days before his 17th birthday.
Hoever was introduced as a sixth-minute substitute during the FA Cup third-round clash between Liverpool and his new team at Molineux in January 2019.
He went on to appear four times in total for the Reds, scoring one goal – a header against Milton Keynes Dons during last season’s Carabao Cup tie – and collecting medals in the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.
Now 18, Hoever is set to embark on a new chapter in his career after a switch was agreed with Wolves on Saturday.
Everyone at Liverpool FC thanks Ki-Jana for his contributions to the club and wishes him the best of luck for the future.
Layton Stewart’s hat-trick inspired Liverpool U18s to a comprehensive 5-0 win over Stoke City at the Academy on Saturday.
The Scouse striker’s treble was supplemented by two Dominic Corness goals direct from corners as the young Reds began their U18 Premier League North season in style.
Stewart delicately clipped Marc Bridge-Wilkinson’s side into a 25th-minute lead, and then won and converted a penalty towards the end of the first half.
Corness’ first wind-assisted set-piece made it three around the hour mark, before Stewart produced a moment of class to bend a long-range shot into the top corner and crown an impressive display.
And Corness then added a carbon copy of his first goal to complete the scoring late on.
Stewart could have scored prior to his clinical opener when James Balagizi burst free down Liverpool’s left and delivered a cut-back, but the forward’s first touch was too heavy and the chance was gone.
Harvey Blair was forced off early on due to an apparent muscle injury, leading to Melkamu Frauendorf’s introduction from the bench. The Germany youth international, who arrived from Hoffenheim last month, settled quickly and the young Reds moved ahead midway through the half.
Luca Stephenson found Tyler Morton and the captain sought out Stewart with an angled pass. The No.9 duly adroitly turned Henry Nash and lifted an ice-cool finish over advancing goalkeeper Paul Cooper.
Having hit the front, Bridge-Wilkinson’s team slipped through the gears and a tempting low ball in from the left by Morton narrowly evaded both Stewart and Frauendorf.
But, seven minutes before the break, the advantage was doubled via Stewart’s penalty.
This time, the 18-year-old received Luke Chambers’ pass and surged beyond Nash into the area, where he was hauled down by the Stoke centre-back. Stewart picked himself up to send Cooper the wrong way from the spot.
Only an excellent save by Cooper - the ‘keeper tipping his fine header over the crossbar - denied Stewart a first-half hat-trick, with Frauendorf then spurning a presentable opportunity in the final goalmouth action of the first period.
Jakub Ojrzynski was called upon early in the second half, the Liverpool ‘keeper comfortably holding on to Kevin Fernandes’ pot-shot, but Stoke’s hopes of salvaging anything from the game were undermined further when Corness’ left-footed, inswinging set-piece looped over Cooper and into the net.
The hosts continued to attack in search of more goals, too, and Stewart had saved his best until last. The Scouser collected Balagizi’s pass, drove at the Stoke backline from the inside-left channel and curled an unstoppable strike into the far top corner.
Corness’ second goal from a corner followed, with substitute Max Woltman rattling the underside of the bar in the final minute as Liverpool got their campaign up and running in convincing fashion.
Liverpool U18s: Ojrzynski, Wilson, Quansah, Jonas, Chambers, Stephenson, Corness, Morton, Balagizi (Woltman, 77), Blair (Frauendorf, 14), Stewart.
Unused substitutes: Davies, Mabaya.
Liverpool are set to visit Chelsea on Sunday with no fresh injury concerns to contend with.
Jürgen Klopp was asked for a squad fitness update during Friday's pre-match press conference and told the media: “Intense week. A few little things here and there but in the moment should be OK.
“Nobody is coming back or whatever, and the rest we have to see. So, still two days to go – two training sessions – but for the moment, we seem OK.”
It remains to be seen whether Thiago Alcantara, who signed for the Premier League champions on Friday, will debut at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, meanwhile, reported that Ben Chilwell, Christian Pulisic, Thiago Silva and Hakim Ziyech will miss Sunday’s game, but Timo Werner is available.
Last time out
Brighton 1-3 Chelsea (September 14): Kepa, James, Christensen, Zouma, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Mount, Havertz, Werner.
Liverpool 4-3 Leeds United (September 12): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Liverpool U18s play their first game of the season on Saturday when they host Stoke City at the Academy - watch the game live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO from 10.50am BST.
Kick-off in Kirkby is scheduled for 11am as Marc Bridge-Wilkinson takes charge of the young Reds in the U18 Premier League for the first time.
Supporters are reminded that this is a behind-closed-doors fixture. All matches will take place behind closed doors until October at the earliest.
Liverpool are closing in on a £45 million deal to sign winger Diogo Jota from Wolves.
The Portuguese is set to sign a five-year contract with the Premier League champions, becoming their third signing of the summer following the acquisitions of Kostas Tsimikas and Thiago Alcantara.
The Reds will pay at least £41m for the 23-year-old, with a further £4m in add-ons relating to league and European success also written into the deal.
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Liverpool are set to complete the £45million signing of Diogo Jota from Wolves, Goal can confirm.
The Portuguese international forward has agreed a five-year deal at Anfield, and will become the second signing of a remarkable week for the Premier League champions.
On Friday, Liverpool confirmed the £27m (€30m/$35m) arrival of midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich, the Spaniard putting pen-to-paper on a four-year contract as he takes over the No.6 jersey from the departed Dejan Lovren.
Full story: Goal.com
Liverpool are closing in on a £35m deal for Wolves forward Diogo Jota that could be completed as early as Saturday.
The move comes just hours after the Premier League champions secured the signing of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich in a deal that could be worth up to £25m.
Full story: Sky Sports
Diogo Jota will join Liverpool on a five-year deal from Wolves for an initial £41million, further highlighting the club’s ambition to retain the Premier League title.
The package could rise to £45m depending on appearances as well as the Merseysiders’ success domestically and on the continent.
Wolves’ flexibility with payment terms was a crucial factor in getting such a big outlay over the line in the current financial climate.
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