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Inside Anfield | The unseen story of Reds' 4-0 win over Southampton

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 16:45

Enjoy fresh footage of Liverpool's 4-0 win over Southampton with the latest edition of Inside Anfield.

A Diogo Jota double was added to by goals from Thiago Alcantara and Virgil van Dijk as the Reds recorded another comprehensive home victory on Saturday afternoon.

Watch the behind-the-scenes story of the game in the video below now.

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Important travel guidance for AC Milan fixture

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 12:10

Liverpool FC is strongly advising all supporters who have purchased a ticket for the Champions League away fixture against AC Milan to ensure they keep up to date with the latest official travel guidance.

Given the challenging COVID-19 pandemic status across Europe, the current advice could be subject to change before this fixture, which could impact travel restrictions or further reductions of stadium capacities.

All fans intending to travel to Milan for the fixture on Tuesday December 7 should check the latest travel requirements on the government website ahead of leaving for Italy and returning to the UK to ensure you meet the current health and vaccination requirements.

There may also be additional costs incurred for COVID tests, pre-travel and when you return home.

At the time of publication, LFC cannot confirm if further restrictions from the Italian government will be imposed at any point in the lead-up to the game.

The club would, however, like to make it clear that if for any reason the restrictions change, preventing supporters from attending the game, LFC will refund the cost of the ticket only and not any travel costs.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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LFC Retail launches Cyber Monday Mega Sale

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 09:30

Save up to 30 per cent on ALL official merchandise for a limited time only in LFC Retail's Cyber Monday Mega Sale.

There's 20 per cent off everything in-store and online, while season ticket holders and official Members get a 30 per cent discount.

You can also receive free worldwide delivery for orders over £80.

But act fast – the Cyber Monday Mega Sale ends at midnight GMT on Tuesday November 30. Visit store.liverpoolfc.com now to save.

Terms and conditions apply.

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Important update on today’s match at Anfield

Sat, 11/27/2021 - 11:58

Due to the adverse weather conditions, there are a few operational changes in place for today’s game.

We are advising all fans attending the match to please note the following important information:

  • Arrive in plenty of time: Kick-off is still scheduled as planned for 3pm GMT but we ask fans to get to the ground early due to disruption with travel and routes around the stadium. Turnstiles will open at 1pm.  

  • Check your travel to and from the stadium as this may also be disrupted. Please check your route in advance. 

  • No external toilets will be open: due to the adverse weather, all external toilets around the ground will be closed. Toilets will be open inside the stadium.

  • Liverpool City Council’s COVID testing site has been relocated to the Kop Bar. It is open from 9am until kick-off. 

  • Anfield’s flags will not be flown around the stadium ahead of kick-off

  • Stadium routes may have to be changed to move safely around the ground. Please listen and follow guidance from our stewards on access points. 

  • Matchday programmes will only be sold inside the stadium. All external kiosks will be closed. 

  • No retail pods will be open around the ground. The LFC retail store will be open as usual. 

  • Cadbury Secret Santa postal service has been cancelled for this game.  

We would also like to remind fans of the COVID-19 safety procedures in place: 

  • Face coverings are recommended

  • Wash and or sanitise hands regularly

  • Keep distance from other fans where possible 

  • Bring your COVID-19 certification 

  • Don’t attend the match if you have any symptoms of COVID-19

For regular updates please head to @LFCHelp on Twitter.

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Liverpool v Southampton: Team news

Fri, 11/26/2021 - 17:00

Liverpool have no new injury concerns ahead of Saturday's duel with Southampton but will monitor fitness levels across the squad.

The Reds have a quick turnaround for the Premier League contest at Anfield following their 2-0 Champions League victory against FC Porto on Wednesday evening. 

Jürgen Klopp admitted during his pre-match press conference that previous workload may come into his thinking when deciding upon a line-up to face Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Saints. 

The boss said on Friday: "Again, Wednesday-Saturday is always a time where we have to really think about how can we change.

"Saturday-Wednesday is completely different, it’s a day more, that’s what you need. But Wednesday-Saturday, after all the games we played, we have to really think about.”

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James Milner, Andy Robertson and Divock Origi all made welcome returns in the midweek win over Porto.  

But Joe Gomez (calf), Curtis Jones (eye), Roberto Firmino and Naby Keita (both hamstring) are set to remain sidelined. 

Klopp added: "Nothing [new] happened, or at least my phone didn't ring this morning about any kind of issues. 

"The players who were in the squad against Porto should be available again.”

On the competition at left-back between Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas, Klopp said: “You saw Robbo coming on, when he came on last game, he didn't play that game because if he plays the game after his little injury, there was no chance to play the next one. So we shared a bit the intensity between the two of them. 

"I'm really happy about the development of Kostas, really happy, but Robbo is Robbo and is an outstanding player."

For the visitors, meanwhile, Stuart Armstrong is a confirmed absentee due to a calf injury.

It is otherwise positive squad news for Saints boss Hasenhuttl, with Nathan Redmond available again after missing their defeat at Norwich City last weekend following the birth of his son.

Moussa Djenepo is also in contention having recovered from a slight knock and Jack Stephens could be considered – the defender is back in training for the first time since sustaining knee tendon damage in September.

“Jack is back in training, which is the first week in a long time,” said Hasenhuttl ahead of the trip to Merseyside. “This is good for him, good for us and if he is ready for the weekend I’m not sure, but it’s good that he’s back.

“In the moment it’s quite tough to get into the [matchday squad] as we have a lot of alternatives. After one week training, coming immediately back it takes a little bit [of time].

“I try to give them longer on the pitch to come back as we were still taking care with him this week. There’s no rush and no hurry.”

Last match

Liverpool 2-0 FC Porto (November 24): Alisson, Williams, Konate, Matip, Tsimikas, Morton, Thiago, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah, Minamino.

Norwich City 2-1 Southampton (November 20): McCarthy, Livramento, Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Salisu, Diallo, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Elyounoussi, A. Armstrong, Adams.

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Stats: Liverpool can achieve rare scoring feat v Southampton

Fri, 11/26/2021 - 15:33

Liverpool can achieve a rare scoring feat when they take on Southampton at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

The Reds have scored at least twice in each of the last 16 matches in all competitions – the first English team to do so since Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1939. 

Should they do so again in the 3pm GMT kick-off, Jürgen Klopp's men would become the first top-flight team to reach the landmark of 17 in a row since Sunderland in 1927.

Read on for more facts and figures ahead of the encounter with the Saints...

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Liverpool are two goals short of recording 700 since Klopp took charge.

Virgil van Dijk has not lost in any of his 53 Premier League games at Anfield as a Liverpool player.

Mohamed Salah has seven league goals in his eight Liverpool appearances against Southampton, averaging a goal every 99 minutes. Only Robbie Fowler (8) has scored more for the club against the Saints in the Premier League era.

Salah has scored 11 league goals during this season’s league campaign – the fourth time he has netted more than 10 before Christmas, with 15 from 19 appearances in 2017-18 being his highest tally before the holiday period.

Salah and Van Dijk have each played every minute of the league season so far.

Fowler is the only Reds player to score league hat-tricks against Southampton, doing so in October 1993 and January 1999. 

Against Arsenal, Takumi Minamino scored his first Anfield goal for the Reds and in doing so became the 14th substitute in club history to score within a minute of coming on.

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last seven home league encounters versus Southampton, winning five and drawing two.

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Photos: Harvey Elliott's injury rehab progresses

Fri, 11/26/2021 - 15:00

Harvey Elliott’s rehabilitation programme continued at the AXA Training Centre on Friday.

Liverpool’s No.67 went through his paces in Kirkby as he progresses in his recovery from a serious ankle injury.

Take a look at a selection of photos of Elliott’s latest session below - and view our gallery in full here.

Photos by Andrew Powell 

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Tsimikas interview | Robbo relationship, 'crazy' Saints and momentum

Fri, 11/26/2021 - 09:30

Kostas Tsimikas has no doubt his strong relationship and healthy competition with Andy Robertson is driving both left-backs to produce their best.

After a debut 2020-21 season at Liverpool that was afflicted by injuries and COVID-19, Tsimikas has gained more regular opportunities in the team this term – with Wednesday’s 2-0 Champions League win over FC Porto his eighth start.

Robertson has begun the other 11 of the Reds’ fixtures in all competitions as the manager has taken the opportunity to share the duties more than was possible in the last campaign.

Tsimikas is enjoying the need to give his all in the quest for game time and feels the friendly contest to be in the XI is pushing both players in a beneficial way.

“Yeah, it’s very healthy competition,” he told Liverpoolfc.com ahead of Saturday’s Premier League meeting with Southampton at Anfield. “Me and Andy work a lot in training.

“We give absolutely everything to play in the team. In my opinion, it’s very, very healthy; we help each other, we are very close to each other, if someone wants something he asks the other.

“Always we try to find the best for the team and we work for that. And I’m happy because I have this player next to me and this competition is very healthy.”

Liverpool head into their third consecutive home match on Saturday afternoon buoyed by a fifth successive win in Champions League Group B in midweek.

Despite their status as group winners already being secure, the Reds dug in to emerge from a testing first half against Porto with a victory clinched by goals from Thiago Alcantara and Mohamed Salah.

Tsimikas, who featured for just over an hour before being replaced by Robertson, explained why the team’s mentality meant there could be no drop in performance level, even in the rare case of the result not being paramount.

“We always try to play our football, we always try to win every game no matter if we [need to] qualify or not,” said the Greece international.

“We always play for a result. It was a very good game, we won, we achieved what we wanted from the start and we are very happy for that. We want this momentum – to work on it, to keep going, to keep working hard and to win the games.”

Next up for Jürgen Klopp’s men is a 3pm GMT kick-off against a Southampton side sitting 13th in the Premier League table after a 2-1 defeat at Norwich City last weekend.

In the immediate aftermath of Wednesday’s European tie, the boss warned of Liverpool needing to recover quickly for the challenge of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Saints being a ‘proper pressing machine’.

Tsimikas concurred with those sentiments as he outlined the players’ desire to follow up the impressive 4-0 rout of Arsenal last time out in the Premier League.

“It was very important for all the boys, for the team, to start building again this winning spirit. It was very, very important,” the No.21 said of the victory versus the Gunners.

“We won 4-0, everybody was confident, we saw on the pitch what we are working for all the week. We showed it and we won the game. We will try to do this also this Saturday.

“Every game in the Premier League is very tough. Southampton are a very good team, they defend all together, they run like crazy – a very physical team.

“But we have to stick to our plan to play good football and to win this game, as always, and to achieve our goals.”

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Reds back Rainbow Laces campaign

Fri, 11/26/2021 - 09:00

Liverpool FC’s men’s and women’s teams will come together this month and next to show their support to Stonewall’s annual Rainbow Laces campaign.

This year’s Rainbow Laces campaign is called ‘Lace up and Speak Up”, which focuses on opening up the conversation and talking about why the club and its fans support LGBT+ inclusion in sport on and off the pitch. 

With the Red Together programme, LFC is committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment to all, and continues to instil equality, diversity and inclusion throughout all of its work, both on and off the pitch. 

Ahead of this year’s Rainbow Laces campaign, Jürgen Klopp met with LFC Women’s centre-back Meikayla Moore to talk about the importance of LGBT+ awareness and inclusion in sport, allyship, being your authentic self, and their thoughts on how the club, its fans and wider society can collectively work together to ensure that football is a safe space for all. 

Jürgen and Meikayla’s Rainbow Laces video can be viewed below, or read on for a full transcript of their conversation.

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The Reds’ home games – Southampton on November 27, and Charlton Athletic Women on December 19 – will be dedicated to Stonewall’s ‘Lace Up and Speak Up’ campaign, with captains Jordan Henderson and Niamh Fahey donning the rainbow armband as a sign of allyship and unity. 

The initiative will also see Rainbow Laces ball plinths, handshake boards and substitute boards, as well as other matchday activation at both Anfield and Prenton Park. 

In addition to matchday activity, the club has this week launched its own Pride scarf, with a share of the proceeds from sales going to the Michael Causer Foundation, a local LGBT+ charity set up to provide education and support to young LGBT+ people aged 16-25.

Steve Macfarlane, chair of the Michael Causer Foundation, said: “We are delighted to have the support of Liverpool Football Club and their stand (with us) against all forms of hate crime. The club’s donation will be particularly valuable in funding our safe haven retreat space for young LGBTQ+ people to have a break when they need it most.” 

Internally, Liverpool FC’s inclusion staff network will be continuing with its work to advance LGBT+ inclusion across the club, rolling out training opportunities for staff and working with club partners on specific activity. 

The club’s official charity, LFC Foundation, will also be hosting a series of Rainbow Laces-themed workshops across its programmes, as well as dedicated tournaments and fixtures. 

Speaking about the club’s support for the Rainbow Laces campaign, Rishi Jain, senior manager for equality, diversity and inclusion, said: “Supporting Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign this year is a vital part of our continued work under our own Red Together programme. This encompasses everything that we’re doing across ED+I internally and externally.

“The theme for Stonewall’s campaign this year is ‘Lace Up and Speak Up’ – it’s a really important message that’s not just about wearing the laces; it’s about speaking up and saying why you’re wearing them. It supports our own messages around allyship, making sure that everything we do is about including people and encouraging them to be their authentic selves, whether that’s on or off the pitch.”

Jürgen: So, nice to meet you!

Meikayla: Nice to meet you, too. It’s a pleasure.

Jürgen: So, the question is: why are we here?

Meikayla: We’re here because of a very important cause, I think, to the club and a lot of members at the club – for the Rainbow Laces campaign.

Jürgen : Exactly. So the question was a little bit more philosophical: why do we have to be here and still talk about it? I don’t know how to say it in English, an openly gay footballer?

Meikayla: Yeah, openly gay footballer. I think in women’s football I’ve been very fortunate that it’s not as unusual and it’s very accepted and the community is very strong. But I think for the entirety of football, there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done, especially on the men’s side, just to make it a platform that it’s accepted and that it’s OK to be who you are and be true to yourself.

Jürgen: That’s what life is about, eh? I’m 100 per cent sure it’s not a problem in a dressing room, which is obviously the starting point for it. I don’t know how much of a problem it would be in a football stadium. There must be a reason why so many gay football players will not say what they think, how they want to live.

Meikayla: In the changing rooms I don’t think it’s a problem. But I think potentially outside, there’s a lot of external factors and opinions that are maybe a little bit outdated and it’s just about making sure that everyone is treated equally and not looked down upon for their sexuality or how they present. If someone does step out and say, 'This is who I am.' Then it’s accepting them for them and making it a place that’s safe.

Jürgen: I think one of the issues is that, if you do it the whole world makes a big fuss of it, and it’s a part of life where you don’t want to make a big fuss of it. It’s private but you have to go and open up and that makes it so strange as well. It’s like you sit there and cameras from all over the world and here’s one and, 'How do you feel about it?'

Meikayla: I agree, I agree. For me, I was very fortunate to be surrounded by a very supportive network and my family and friends – and they accepted me for who I am. But I think on the men’s side there is a lot of stigma around being who you are. And the outing, we need to create that platform where if someone does come out and identifies who they are, that there isn’t like a big fuss made about it because it should just be – it should just be, you know….

Jürgen: Is it like, as a gay person, you have pretty much two outings in your life? You have one where you have to realise it – but then you had to tell your parents. Is it like that?

Meikayla: Yeah, I think so. I think for me, on a more personal note, I was very young and I think my mum already knew – like most mums, they know everything! Yeah, it was more for me, I think, to my friends and then my wider family. And in a football setting, maybe even then a third time if you want to publicly announce it, or like say it to the world almost. I think for me that came more naturally. I just sort of made a post around the timing of the year when we do sort of celebrate and highlight these issues.

I feel, not that it’s a job for me to put myself out there, but I always think in the way I carry myself if I can affect another young person or someone around my age and they can see me out there being honestly who I am and being true to me then that helps them come to terms with what they’re dealing with, then that’s amazing.

Jürgen: Is there a number or an email address that if I want to talk about it, for footballers or maybe just in general to call?

Meikayla: I think that Rainbow Laces do have a contact that you can obviously reach out to and talk to...

STONEWALL INFO LINE – 0800 050 2020
SWITCHBOARD LGBT+ HELPLINE – 0300 330 0630 / switchboard.lgbt 

Meikayla: I guess Stonewall’s main message this season is Lace Up [and] Speak Up and for me personally obviously I will be wearing the laces to show my support, obviously being an out and proud footballer. So it’s a visibility kind of thing, it’s to encourage others to speak out, like we say, highlight to reach out if you need help or if you need guidance or any sort of forms of information, I guess, to help you as an individual. What about you, Jürgen – how do you feel about it?

Jürgen: Great, honestly. They will stay in there. I really love every year when it happens. I'm a perfect example for it – how much awareness, how the awareness level changes from the moment you put them in. So you should try, really. It feels great and you can put awareness on something which is obviously really important. It’s difficult, I’m 54, I’ve been through a lot of periods in my life but a lot of problems I’ve never had, so it means you talk about it like an interested viewer, 'Oh yeah, how would that be, how would that feel?' and I never have the problem. But I have so many gay friends but I never thought about how it was when they had to say, 'By the way, mum, dad, to everyone else, I’m not exactly how you expected it maybe' and that’s a challenge we should not face in the way we face it in our life. So that’s it and that’s how it still is obviously. And whatever I can do, I can say today here, live on camera, I will do. I’m completely in. It's a great campaign, I have to say, and it looks good!

Meikayla: It does look good! Rainbow colours look amazing. They bring a smile to everybody’s face. As an ally, it’s so important for us to have people like you who are in our corners and standing behind us and supporting us. The biggest thing you can do is listen and support and educate yourself if you don’t know, because I think that’s maybe an area that a lot more people can maybe place more attention on. It’s just educating because, at the end of the day, we’re all people, we’re all humans, we’re all doing the same thing, we’re all kicking a ball around. So, I totally agree with everything you're saying and your support means everything. 

Jürgen: Great, I’m in – I’ve said it on television!

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Inside Anfield: A different view of Liverpool 2-0 Porto

Fri, 11/26/2021 - 08:45

Take a different look at Liverpool’s latest Champions League victory in a new edition of Inside Anfield.

The Reds made it five wins out of five in Group B by beating FC Porto 2-0 on Wednesday night, with Thiago Alcantara’s magnificent 25-yarder followed up by Mohamed Salah’s 17th goal of the campaign.

Our cameras were positioned around the stadium to capture moments you have not seen anywhere else. Take a look at the behind-the-scenes story of the game in the video below.

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'An honour' - Alisson Becker describes captaining Liverpool

Thu, 11/25/2021 - 12:00

“A pleasure, an honour,” was Alisson Becker’s description of the opportunity to captain Liverpool.

The goalkeeper wore the armband for Wednesday night’s Champions League victory over FC Porto at Anfield, where goals from Thiago Alcantara and Mohamed Salah made it five consecutive wins in Group B.

Alisson was elated about the experience of skippering the team and underlined the depth of leadership qualities within Jürgen Klopp’s squad.

“The players did a vote for this – for extra captains. It’s a pleasure, an honour for me, being captain of this team. Many big players did that before,” the Brazil international told Liverpoolfc.com post-match.

“We have an amazing captain, but we have a lot of leaders on the team who are not wearing the band on the arm. But many leaders that play important roles; myself, Sadio, Mo, all the players.

“It’s really important to have all these players on the team who can make a leadership and push the players forward when it’s needed.”

After an opening half during which Porto threatened on multiple occasions, the Reds got themselves in front with a goal of sublime quality on 52 minutes.

Thiago moved onto a cleared free-kick 25 yards from goal and struck a pinpoint drive that sailed over the turf and nestled into the bottom right corner.

Alisson was perfectly placed to see the precision of the finish, and also another influential performance by Liverpool’s No.6 overall.

“It was beautiful,” he said. “Thiago, what a player! He shows it tonight as well, not only in the goal but the way he plays – he’s a really confident player who contributes a lot in our team in the building up and on the offensive phase.

“He’s an aggressive player in the good sense of the word. Always helping defensively as well. A smart player, always good positioning. So it’s really good to have him on my side.”

Klopp’s side’s tally of 15 points in the group phase is a club record and they will become the first English team to win all six fixtures at this stage of the Champions League if they beat AC Milan next month.

The manager was able to shuffle his options for Porto’s visit, making four changes to his starting XI and then five switches in the game, and Alisson could reflect on a satisfying night.

“Really good. It’s a different Champions League for us. In a really difficult group, that you can do this – five wins – is a really important thing. Like keeping the clean sheet,” he said.

“The performance we showed tonight as well was something really good. Mixing players, giving minutes for the players who are not playing all the time, this is really important for us for this season, for the things we want to achieve. It’s good to count on everyone.”

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Tyler Morton: I loved every minute of it!

Thu, 11/25/2021 - 10:00

Tyler Morton loved every moment of a Champions League debut that involved helping Liverpool beat FC Porto 2-0.

The Academy midfielder followed up his Premier League bow – which came as a late substitute against Arsenal last weekend – by starting Wednesday night’s Group B clash at Anfield.

Morton played at the base of a midfield three that also included Thiago Alcantara and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and put in an assured 90-minute display.

And when asked to pick his favourite bit of the evening by Liverpoolfc.com, the teenager replied with a smile: “Genuinely, every minute! I loved every minute of it! 

“Especially walking out and looking up and seeing everyone. And clapping the fans at the end, that’s what I’m here for and that’s where I’m striving to be. To get applause at the end off all the fans, that’s what I want and that’s why I want to play for this club.”

Read on for the rest of our post-match interview with Morton…

On the win and whether the scoreline could have been even more convincing…

Definitely. I thought we played really well in the end but we had to get into our groove and I think it took us maybe until the second half when we started playing, but when we started playing you could see the real Liverpool.

On when he found out he would be starting…

I didn’t find out very soon! I found out yesterday [Tuesday] fully that I was playing, but I’m ready whenever. Whether I’m on the bench or I’m playing, I’m ready whenever.

On his mindset going into the game and playing the No.6 role…

I just thought I’m not unbelievably experienced at No.6 but I am experienced at other levels, just not the first team. It always takes time to adapt to playing styles, I thought I adapted today well to the game and I thought as it went on I got better. In the end I was happy with my performance.

On whether Thiago and Oxlade-Chamberlain helped him through the game…

Yeah, them two were quality with me, to be honest. I can’t speak more highly of them. It’s not easy having a 19-year-old lad coming in and playing with them, especially behind them, and trusting him. I felt I got a lot of trust off both of them today and I was really happy with that. The way they speak to me is improving me every day and yeah, I’m really happy.

On his hopes of getting more game time…

I’ll just take it as it is. If I’m playing, if I’m not playing, I’ll always keep a smile on my face. That’s how I am, it’s how I have to act, it’s me as a person. But the more opportunities the better, and hopefully more come soon.

On the hectic fixture schedule meaning all members of the squad will be needed…

Definitely. Me and Neco got the nod [tonight] and you’ve got to perform – you’re at Anfield in front of the fans and the players that you’ve supported all your life. That’s where I want to be and I want to perform my best every game for the fans and for the players next to me.

I’m just really happy with the opportunity that I’ve been given. I couldn’t speak more highly of the manager and the players for giving me these opportunities [and] trusting in me. I’m just happy to be here.

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Watch highlights: Liverpool 2-0 Porto

Thu, 11/25/2021 - 00:00

Watch extended highlights of Liverpool's 2-0 Champions League victory over FC Porto on LFCTV GO now.

The Reds made it five wins from five in Group B thanks to brilliant goals from Thiago Alcantara and Mohamed Salah in the second half at Anfield.

LFCTV GO subscribers can now enjoy the best bits of the game by tapping here, while exclusive reaction, a full match replay and much more are also available at video.liverpoolfc.com.

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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Porto

Wed, 11/24/2021 - 18:40

Tyler Morton makes his Champions League debut in Liverpool’s Anfield encounter with FC Porto this evening.

The 19-year-old is handed a berth in midfield as the Reds make four changes from Saturday’s 4-0 win over Arsenal.

Ibrahima Konate and Neco Williams come into defence, while Takumi Minamino is named in attack.

Alisson Becker will wear the captain’s armband, with James Milner, Andy Robertson and Divock Origi back among the substitutes.

Liverpool: Alisson, Williams, Matip, Konate, Tsimikas, Morton, Thiago, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah, Minamino.

Subs: Adrian, Kelleher, Fabinho, Van Dijk, Milner, Henderson, Jota, Robertson, Origi, Phillips, Alexander-Arnold.

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Match Centre: Liverpool v Porto - follow live build-up

Wed, 11/24/2021 - 13:00

Visit our Match Centre for live and interactive coverage of Liverpool's Champions League clash with FC Porto at Anfield.

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Three in a row: Salah wins Standard Chartered Men's Player of the Month

Wed, 11/24/2021 - 12:00

Mohamed Salah has won Liverpool's Standard Chartered Men's Player of the Month award for the third time in a row.

The Egyptian secured October's prize after a fan poll on Liverpoolfc.com, with Alisson Becker and Naby Keita in second and third respectively. 

After collecting the accolade at the AXA Training Centre, the No.11 said: "Well, I am happy for the last result.

"As long as the team are winning and getting three points, I'm always happy to help the team."

Video: Mohamed Salah picks up Standard Chartered Men's POTM

Salah, who featured in five of the Reds' six fixtures in the month, opened October with sensational individual goals against Manchester City and Watford. 

He then bagged a double as Jürgen Klopp's team recorded a 3-2 victory away at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. 

In the 5-0 win over Manchester United, the forward scored three times to become the first-ever opposition player to net a Premier League hat-trick at Old Trafford.

Read on for our chat with October's Standard Chartered Men's Player of the Month...

Of all the goals in October – obviously Manchester City and Watford were maybe the standouts technically – which were your favourites?

Well, I always say City because the game is really big and the result was nearly there, so I would always choose City because of the pressure as well. I think the City one was better than Watford.

Talk us through that City goal – how you managed to pick your way through all of those bodies and what was going through your head…

Once I get the ball I just try to create a chance or dribble and go past the players. Once I go inside the box, I just try to finish the situation. I knew they always try to close my left foot, so that's why I went to my right foot this time and I think I finished the situation well. At Watford, I did the opposite; I knew they were going to go to the right and I went to the left.

In terms of the City goal, is it up there with the best you've ever scored? Is it the best?

I think what makes it the best was the atmosphere. The game was huge, the fans were so incredible and the noise you hear after the goal makes it more special. I have scored some good goals for the club and I put it up there.

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The Watford one was not too long after, so the City one was fresh in your mind. Were you thinking about that when you were in the box? 'Let's do this again…'?

I thought about it, even before the game. Also, once I had been in a situation with the right foot, I thought the centre-back would go to the ground because he'd expect me to do it like in the last game, so I took it to the left foot and I finished it well. I think it was in my mind before the game.

We haven't even mentioned the hat-trick at Old Trafford. How proud were you of that?

Of course, it was a special night to score a hat-trick at Old Trafford, to win 5-0, it was a great result for us and we are so proud of where we are now in the Premier League. We could be in a better situation, but I am sure we are going to do more and try to get into a better position. In the meantime, I think we are accepting the result at the moment and we just need to carry on.

You were the first player in Premier League history to get an away hat-trick at Old Trafford. How proud are you to break those kind of records?

Of course, I am always proud when I break any record – especially to be the first player to score a hat-trick, it's something special, especially away against United. It's something that makes me proud, but it's something I really work hard for. I really work hard to help the team – which is the most important thing – and I think we did well.

I know you mentioned it at the start but that result against Arsenal at the weekend, the confidence you can take from that is huge…

I think after we struggled against West Ham away it was really important to strike back. I think we played a good game, we had a good result – a very good result. We need to take it from here and think about the game on Wednesday and the one at the weekend.

Standard Chartered Men's Player of the Month 2021-22

October: Mohamed Salah
September: Mohamed Salah
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Save now: Up to 80% off in LFC Retail's Black Friday Mega Sale

Wed, 11/24/2021 - 09:30

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Training photos: Reds gear up for UCL meeting with Porto

Tue, 11/23/2021 - 18:41

Liverpool trained on Tuesday ahead of their Champions League clash with FC Porto.

The Reds host the Portuguese side at Anfield in Wednesday's matchday five contest in Group B.

Check out a selection of photos of their latest session below and view our full gallery here

Photos by John and Andrew Powell

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Team news: Liverpool v Porto

Tue, 11/23/2021 - 17:00

Jürgen Klopp will make a late decision on the involvement of Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson in Liverpool’s Champions League clash with FC Porto.

Henderson appeared from the bench during Saturday’s 4-0 win over Arsenal, a match Robertson missed altogether due to an injury picked up during the international break.

The Reds have, of course, already secured top spot in Group B and Klopp will take no risks for Wednesday’s matchday five game against Porto at Anfield.

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“We always respect the competition but we have to think about ourselves, our schedule and the situation of our players first,” the boss said on Tuesday.

“Hendo, we will see. Yesterday, I would say maybe he was not at 100 per cent. So he can play, he can do pretty much everything but it’s about really being at 100 per cent fit.

“So I thought when he came on against Arsenal it was just to see the game out and controlling a little bit – that was exactly actually what he had to do from the rehab point of view, so he used these few minutes. But now we have to see. I don’t know 100 per cent.

“Robbo, similar. Both are OK, but are both now ready to play, ready to start with the schedule, with games coming up? We have to make these decisions.

“We didn’t make these decisions yet, to be honest, because, how we all know, in this time of the season the medical department has a big hand in line-ups. So we will see.”

Roberto Firmino (hamstring), Joe Gomez (calf), Naby Keita (hamstring), James Milner (hamstring) and Divock Origi (illness) did not feature in the weekend victory versus the Gunners, but Milner and Origi trained with their teammates on Tuesday. Harvey Elliott (ankle) remains sidelined.

Sadio Mane is in line to play his 50th European game for the club on Wednesday.

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Porto coach Sergio Conceicao, meanwhile, told the media that defender Ivan Marcano will not be available, but he is hopeful of being able to call on Pepe.

“Marcano will not travel with us,” Conceicao stated.

“Pepe will travel, but it will be until the last minute to try to recover a player who has weight not only on the field but in the dressing room. There is still some hope.”

Last match

Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal (November 20): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas, Fabinho, Thiago, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jota, Mane, Salah.

Porto 5-1 Feirense (November 20): Marchesin, Mbemba, Manafa, Cardoso, Sanusi, Uribe, Otavio, Vitinha, Taremi, Evanilson, Conceicao.

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Klopp on team selection for Porto, Minamino form and Morton’s progress

Tue, 11/23/2021 - 15:17

Jürgen Klopp touched on a number of topics during his pre-match press conference ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League encounter with FC Porto.

Matchday five sees the Reds host the Portuguese side at Anfield, with top spot in Group B already secure thanks to four victories in the opening four contests. 

Klopp previewed this latest fixture on Tuesday afternoon by answering questions from journalists via video link – read a summary of what he had to say… 

On his team selection and the fitness of Andy Robertson and Jordan Henderson... 

We always respect the competition but we have to think about ourselves, our schedule and the situation of our players first. Hendo, we will see. Yesterday, I would say he was maybe not at 100 per cent. So he can play, he can do pretty much everything but it's really being at 100 per cent fit. So I thought when he came on against Arsenal it was just to see the game out and controlling a little bit – that was exactly actually what he had to do from the rehab point of view, so he used these few minutes. But now we have to see. I don’t know 100 per cent. 

Robbo, similar. Both are OK, but are both now ready to play, ready to start with the schedule, with games coming up? We have to make these decisions. We didn't make these decisions yet because, how we all know, in this time of the season the medical department has a big hand in line-ups. So we will see. But whatever line-up we will show tomorrow night, it is only about winning the game and winning this game, and winning the next and winning the next, all these kind of things. That’s what we are here for. So, we will see.

We know that our opponent will be motivated on the highest level for two main reasons. One is we won there in a way which they didn’t like for sure. And on the other hand, if they win the game tomorrow night they have a final against Atletico on the last matchday of the group, so that's what they want, that's clear. It will be a difficult game for us. I really hope that everybody at Anfield is absolutely at their best because we only show up tomorrow because we want to try to win the game. That's Champions League, you can never take these things for granted and I hope nobody is doing that. We need to be ready as a whole, altogether we need to be ready to put a proper fight out there. In the moment I am pretty positive that we can do that.

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On how difficult a game it is to prepare for and whether it's the best form any of the team have ever been in... 

Let's start with [question] No.2: No, I don't think so. From a goalscoring point of view, maybe. It's good. The boys have quality, the boys have desire, the boys are ruthless, all these kind of things. But again, we don't take these things for granted because it's so tricky to create a chance in football on this level. It's just we have to keep doing that. But we need to find a rhythm obviously between scoring and not conceding and stuff like this. That's always a challenge, of course, and we try to do that as well, that's an ongoing process. First part of the question: Was it difficult to prepare? No. When you sign a contract for LFC as a manager and as a player, pretty much you have to win all games. Each game you play, everybody expects that. It means there is a lot of pressure on your shoulders and that’s a little difference that we don't have to win the game tomorrow, but we want to win the game tomorrow – we can show how that looks, to be honest. I really hope that it gives us the freedom to play but keeps the desire to defend and all these kind of things. We will see tomorrow. We all know in our Champions League history since I am here we usually fight until the last second of the last game of the group stage to get somehow through the group. It's the only difference and it’s not in my mind really – but I know it's a difference. It's just we try to win the football game tomorrow night and hopefully we can do.

On Takumi Minamino...

He played for Japan in the last few games because he is in a great shape, that's how it is. That helps always when you want to start football games for club and country. He's in exceptional shape, we knew that and that’s why it’s important for us. I knew before the game that Taki is pretty much our first option for changing on five positions for the Arsenal game. That says a lot because he can play all these different positions. When he came on, it was just a wonderful moment, 40-odd seconds on the pitch and scoring the goal. From that moment on, you can see his confidence now, with how the confidence grew in the last few months and how good a player he is. I'm really pleased for him, really. He will get his minutes, definitely.

On whether last season's game at FC Midtjylland plays on his mind in regards to team selection…

It is really easy to sit there where you sit or where all the people who judge us in this moment sit and say, 'Leave him out, leave him out.' We leave them all out and we play with a team which is not a Champions League team – we don’t have enough players for that, by the way – and then nobody can get injured. The first question was how much we respect the integrity of the competition. So, it is so easy to sit in your chair and ask these kind of questions, to be honest. We have to line up a team who has a chance to win the football game. The Diogo situation was very unlucky and I hated it that I made the decision. But would I have done the decision the same again? That's the only question I have to answer. Yes, because you need stability. We cannot play football games like with this line-up and then next game [a] line-up who no chance to win a game and then bring them back again. Players need rhythm, all these kind of things. So really, that you only bring it up, I don’t think it’s fair that you bring up this old story that a player got injured. They all can get injured. Do I make the decision who I don't care if he gets injured with the line-up tomorrow night? No, I can’t and I will not. These things happen in football and hopefully nothing happens tomorrow.

On Tyler Morton's progress this season...

I don’t know what will happen tomorrow night but the progress from Tyler Morton is pretty impressive. So Tyler had a full pre-season with us. In the pre-season, he was one of the kids we had in the pre-season with us. You could see his technical skills and all these kind of things. But how well-educated and well-behaved young people are, he was not overly confident, let me say it like that. He tried to adapt a little bit to what the first team is doing and you could see that. In the games he was good, not spectacular, but good. Then we had the game against Norwich, where he came on in the second half and played a super game, to be honest, and that made all the difference. You could see the next day how the confidence level exploded overnight. Pep and Vitor knew him before very well, that's why he was with us pre-season. But I saw then after that game for the first time the real Tyler Morton 2021. Then he plays the Preston game, obviously a really good performance, really mature, all these kind of things. You can see that in training again. That’s how development with young players works. It’s a really good example. You can speak a lot about these boys and you can let them train with us, but bringing them then in a game in the right moment has the biggest impact from all the things you can do to help them. Tyler is a really good example for that. He's in a good place, I would say, in the moment and I'm pretty sure he would give the same answer. Now, let’s work from here.

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