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Liverpool v Salzburg: Champions League ticket details

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 15:56

Liverpool FC has released the following ticket details for the Champions League tie against FC Salzburg at Anfield on Wednesday October 2 (8pm BST kick-off).

The entire stadium will be ticketed and prices are varied depending on seat location.

Adults: £9*-£59

Over 65s: £9*-£44

Young adults: £9*-£29.50

Juniors: £9 (within the advertised family sections)

*Local general sale price

For a full breakdown of the pricing structure for this game, please click here.

Official LFC Hospitality 

Please call 0151 264 2222 for details, or buy online.

Official ticket and hotel breaks

For availability and prices, click here or call 01733 224834. Thomas Cook Sport terms and conditions apply.

Match Breaks are sold on a match-by-match basis; therefore, tickets purchased via the Match Breaks will not qualify for ticket priority in future rounds of the Champions League.

Supporters enrolled into the Auto Cup Scheme

Season ticket holders and Members registered in the Auto Cup Scheme must not purchase a ticket for this fixture.

Auto Cup payments are currently being processed and the processing of payments will end on Thursday September 19.

Click here for specific details including stadium access, prices and what to do if your payment fails.

Disabled supporters

Click here for details.

All other supporters

The below sales will take place online only.

Priority rights holders: From 8.15am BST on Monday September 23. For eligibility details, please click here.

Tickets will then be available to those supporters who have recorded the following Champions League home fixtures during the 2018-19 season:

FC Barcelona
FC Porto
Bayern Munich
Napoli
Red Star Belgrade
Paris Saint-Germain

Season ticket holders who recorded six games: From 1pm on Monday September 23.

Members who recorded six games: From 8.15am until 12.30pm on Tuesday September 24. 

ONLY IF TICKETS REMAIN:

Season ticket holders who recorded five games: From 1pm until 2.30pm on Tuesday September 24.

Members who recorded five games: From 3pm on Tuesday September 24. 

Tickets will be subject to availability on a first come, first served basis, and a queuing system will be in place.

Should any tickets remain, the club will provide further sale updates here.

The local general sale will take place from 8.15am on Thursday September 26.

The club reserves the right to change any sale to a controlled sale if given advice from the police or other relevant authorities.

For stadium access information, click here.

For general information, click here.

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Adrian: I can't be happy with saves against Napoli

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 08:00

Liverpool's eventual 2-0 defeat against Napoli rendered Adrian's earlier outstanding saves in their Champions League clash irrelevant to the goalkeeper.

The Reds kicked off their defence of the trophy with a late loss to the Serie A side in Italy, with goals in the 82nd and 92nd minutes clinching the three points.

Watch: Napoli v Liverpool in 90 seconds

On his first appearance in the competition, Adrian had previously made several impressive saves in his aim for a clean sheet at Stadio San Paolo.

A sprawling stop to deny Dries Mertens a certain close-range goal in the opening minutes of the second half drew particular praise for the summer signing.

But Adrian could not glean any satisfaction from his personal performance because of the ultimately disappointing outcome for the team.

“It’s my job as a goalkeeper, to try to save all the balls as much as I can and to try to help the team,” the Spaniard told Liverpoolfc.com.

“I gave my best, I tried hard. But at the end of the day we lost 2-0, so I can’t be happy.

“We knew it was going to be a hard game for us, like last season was. At the end of the game it was small details; the penalty switched the game for them totally and then we lost a bit of shape and conceded the second one.”

Asked to explain his stunning save from Mertens – who later beat Adrian from a disputed penalty to break the deadlock – the No.13 said: “I was trying to cover as much of the goal.

“It was clear he was going to strike with the first touch. I jumped, watching the ball and tried to touch it with any part of my body, in the end I touched it with my right hand.”

The result leaves the European Cup holders with work to do in Group E after Salzburg claimed a 6-2 victory over Genk and joined Napoli on three points.

More immediately, however, the Reds will resume their so far perfect Premier League campaign with a trip to Chelsea to come at the weekend.

“We are on a good run,” added Adrian. “We have won 14 games in a row [in the Premier League].

“We have to switch our minds now, we have a difficult game against Chelsea away on Sunday. [We have to] learn from the mistakes today and then turn the page.”

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Napoli 2-0 Liverpool: Jürgen Klopp's reaction

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 23:10

Jürgen Klopp felt Liverpool’s performance merited more than a defeat after they went down 2-0 to Napoli in their Champions League group-stage opener in Italy on Tuesday night.

The Reds suffered a first reversal of 2019-20 as their defence of the European Cup began with a loss at Stadio San Paolo courtesy of late goals from Dries Mertens’ penalty and Fernando Llorente’s stoppage-time strike.

Watch: Napoli v Liverpool in 90 seconds

Afterwards, Klopp explained why there were elements of his team’s display that were positive in what was a hard-fought encounter against Carlo Ancelotti’s men.

Read on for a summary of what the manager told his post-match press conference.

On his thoughts on the result and his side’s performance…

It was much more of a game than last year when we played here and lost 1-0. We had a lot of good moments; I think we controlled the game in a lot of moments, we had a lot of interceptions, we won the ball and had counter-attacks. Both teams showed a lot of respect for each other, very compact, defended well and that’s how you play a game against a strong side, to be honest. It was really hard work for both teams. The second half was a bit [more with] wilder moments - counter-attack, counter-attack and then lose the ball when you are in the box and then have to run back. Then we started to control the game again and then we conceded the 1-0 and that was the game-changer tonight.

We have to accept the result and we do that. We are really critical with ourselves but it was not a really, really bad performance; it was a game which you can win at Napoli, but we didn’t because we didn’t score and that doesn’t work then really. You want to then have at least a point and we didn’t get that because of the penalty. I am pretty sure there are different views on that situation, but when the player jumps before there is contact it cannot be a penalty. We cannot change that anymore, so now we carry on. That’s it.

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On the decision not to consult VAR for the penalty…

Look, I said last week after the Newcastle game if it would have been decisive then I could have discussed it. Now it was decisive, and I could say a lot of things about it but I would look like a bad loser and I am not. Maybe I am not the best loser in the world, but I am not bad. It is a decision made by human beings. I think when you see the pictures it is clear. What can I say about it? It was very decisive in that moment for sure, but we cannot change it anymore.

On how far Napoli can go in the Champions League this season... 

They can win the competition, that’s how it is. If you have a good plan, if you have good players, which is what they obviously have, then they can win the competition. We experienced that you don’t have to be the best team in the world to win the Champions League. You have to be in the right moment, you need to be lucky in some situations and when there’s only two guys in the room that think it’s a penalty you still have to accept that’s a penalty, but that’s all. They can win the competition, of course.

On whether Napoli were fresher and finished stronger because they started their season later than Liverpool...  

Tonight the questions are really a challenge, to be honest. I think the guy from Sky Italia asked me or told me Napoli was much better than us. I didn’t see that game, so I don’t know exactly where he was when the game happened. But now you say we were tired. Who had the cramps? Who was on the ground? Liverpool players or Napoli players? After the 2-0 they looked fresher than us, after the 1-0 they looked fresher than us - that’s normal. You have a boost. But there was no fresher team on the pitch. There was no physical problem apart from the normal physical problems in a game like this, which is very intense [because] both teams fight hard and all that stuff. It’s not a physical problem tonight. We have to finish the situations off. How everybody is in life, you need positive moments and you can run forever. We didn’t have really positive moments tonight. They obviously got the second air, so they could go again. That’s normal, but that was not the reason.  

On whether this result will be decisive in terms of the group... 

I hope it is not decisive. Give us at least a few more games to change the table. In the moment it looks like Napoli’s through, but we still will be playing. We will not stop.

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Jordan Henderson: We'll take responsibility and react

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 22:36

Jordan Henderson accepted there were areas for Liverpool to improve on as they were beaten 2-0 at Napoli but expects the right reaction from his side.

The Reds’ Champions League defence began with a loss against the Serie A team after late goals from Dries Mertens, via the penalty spot, and Fernando Llorente.

Jürgen Klopp’s men had opportunities of their own at Stadio San Paolo and Henderson rued the ‘final bit’ lacking for Liverpool to take something from the tie.

The captain said the players will identify the improvements required and look to bounce back quickly, with Chelsea next up in the Premier League.

“I felt we played some good stuff, it was just the final bit I felt we were missing today,” he told BT Sport after the final whistle.

“At home Napoli are a good side and they are going to create some good chances. You’ve got to be prepared to defend as a team, which I felt we did.

“We won some great balls in midfield and counter-attacked really well, but it was just that last little bit – and obviously the mistakes for the goals – that we need to improve on.

“Overall, we can be better of course. We’ll take responsibility, we’ll move forward and try to react in the right way.”

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Match report: Reds open Champions League campaign with Napoli defeat

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 22:00

Liverpool began the defence of their Champions League trophy with a 2-0 defeat at Napoli on Tuesday evening.

Dries Mertens' 82nd-minute penalty and Fernando Llorente's injury-time finish settled the Group E opener at Stadio San Paolo.

The Reds came closest to scoring a minute prior to half-time through Roberto Firmino's header as goalkeeper Adrian produced a string of excellent saves throughout the match.

Jürgen Klopp's side will now look to respond in the competition when they welcome Salzburg to Anfield on October 2.

Team news

Andy Robertson overcame a minor knock to start the game as Klopp made three changes, with Firmino, Jordan Henderson and James Milner all starting.

First half

Backed by a noisy crowd, Napoli came close to breaking the deadlock after seven minutes, but they were denied by a brilliant double save from Adrian.

The Spaniard was quickly down low to his right to palm away back-to-back powerful efforts from Fabian Ruiz. Hirving Lozano nodded in the rebound from the second, but was correctly flagged for offside. Virgil van Dijk was then alert to clear Ruiz's threatening pull-back across goal.

Liverpool, though, looked particularly threatening on the counter-attack with their pace in the final third.

A clipped ball from Fabinho gave Sadio Mane a sighting of goal as his drilled shot was diverted for a corner by Napoli stopper Alex Meret. James Milner then fired over to kick-start an encouraging spell of pressure for the visitors.

The Reds very nearly punished the hosts with a rapid counter. After a Napoli corner was cleared, Mane cleverly slipped in the advancing Milner, who spotted Salah waiting free at the far post. However, the No.7's pass across goal was cut out just in the nick of time by Kostas Manolas.

From the resulting corner, Firmino glanced a header agonisingly wide to close out an absorbing first half.

Second half

Once again, a half started with a terrific save from Adrian. Mertens found space at the back post and volleyed Mario Rui's cross towards goal from a tight angle.

But Adrian managed to shuffle across and somehow tip the ball over the crossbar with an outstretched right hand that ensured his side remained on level terms.

The fast-paced tempo to the encounter continued well after the break. In the 65th minute, it was the turn of the opposing goalkeeper to produce a fine stop.

Salah pounced on Manolas' botched clearance and his effort from the left-hand side of the box looked to be heading into the far corner of the net until Meret's intervention.

The Napoli No.1 was called into action again less than 10 minutes later when a good one-two between Firmino and Mane allowed the latter to get a shot away at goal.

But like last season's trip to Naples, there was to be some drama late on. Robertson was adjudged to have tripped Jose Callejon inside the 18-yard box, with referee Felix Brych subsequently pointing to the spot.

Adrian managed to get something on Mertens' spot-kick but could not keep it out.

Liverpool were unable to find a late equaliser and conceded a second when substitute Llorente pounced on a loose ball before slotting home.

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MK Dons v Liverpool: Ticket update

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 16:48

Liverpool FC has issued a ticket update for the Carabao Cup third-round tie with Milton Keynes Dons to be played at Stadium MK on Wednesday September 25, kick-off 7.45pm BST.

The club has received a further allocation of 320 tickets for this fixture.

Tickets will be available to season ticket holders and Members from 3pm on Thursday September 19.

Supporters who have not yet bought a ticket can purchase one ticket per person up to a maximum of four tickets per transaction.

Tickets will be subject to availability on a first come, first served basis, and a queuing system will be in place. We cannot guarantee that tickets will be available to all who apply.

Ticket prices

Season ticket holders

Adult: £22
Over 65/18-24 years (young adult): £17
U18s (junior): £7

Members

Adult: £28
Over 65/18-24 years (young adult): £23
U18s (junior): £12

Following conversations with various supporter representatives and in recognition of the different price they will have to pay, Liverpool FC will be sending food and drinks vouchers to all Members who purchase an MK Dons ticket; these vouchers can be redeemed the next time you visit Anfield.

For further information before travelling, click here.

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Match report: Stewart strikes to earn Youth League draw with Napoli

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 15:11

Layton Stewart’s 86th-minute equaliser earned Liverpool U19s a deserved 1-1 draw with Napoli in Tuesday’s UEFA Youth League opener.

The young Reds, who fell behind to Andrea Mancino’s goal just before the half-hour point, dominated the second half of the Group E fixture at a sweltering Stadio Pasquale Ianniello and had hit the woodwork twice prior to Stewart’s late intervention.

Neco Williams struck the crossbar with a header not long before Mancino’s opener, and Leighton Clarkson blasted against the post as Barry Lewtas’ team streamed forward in search of a leveller after the break.

And it was substitute Stewart who finally provided the elusive goal on the occasion of his European debut for Liverpool, the 17-year-old sliding in a fine improvised finish at the back post after good work from Harvey Elliott.

A bright start by the visitors brought about the game’s first attempt on goal with six minutes on the clock, when Curtis Jones fired over after collecting Clarkson’s pass just inside the penalty area.

Ki-Jana Hoever was, however, required to divert a goal-bound shot by Gianluca Gaetano wide soon after.

Napoli’s captain found space in the box and was picked out by Agapios Vrikkis, only for Hoever to read the danger and clear his attempt with Ben Winterbottom beaten.

An unlikely source then very nearly put the young Reds ahead, Williams hitting the bar with a header from Yasser Larouci’s clipped cross, but Napoli would go on to take the lead in the 29th minute.

Vincenzo Potenza ran free down the left wing before pulling back to Mancino, who swept a first-time finish into the bottom corner.

The hosts were buoyed by that goal and were close to doubling their advantage in the closing stages of the half, with Gaetano’s curler going narrowly past the post. 

Liverpool were unfortunate to get no reward for a positive opening 15 minutes of the second half that yielded three goalscoring opportunities.

First, Elliott cleared the crossbar from close range after Jones had unselfishly squared to the 16-year-old, before Clarkson rattled the outside of the post with a powerful drive from a tight angle after playing a neat one-two with Jake Cain.

And Jones was next to go close, the young Reds’ captain shooting over following sharp interplay with Cain on the edge of the area.

A knock sustained in a tackle then forced Larouci off, leading to James Norris’ introduction. That change did nothing to alter the pattern of the match, though, as Lewtas’ side continued pressing forward.

Clarkson and Jones again linked up superbly to get the skipper to the byline, but his cut-back was scrambled clear as Cain waited to pounce, and another Williams header at the back post was blocked. 

Stewart, on in place of Elijah Dixon-Bonner, shot just wide from Elliott’s knockdown as the clock ticked over the 80-minute mark, though the substitute’s moment would arrive soon after.

Elliott sent a clever low ball across the area following another sustained spell of pressure, with Stewart showing excellent anticipation to prod past Hubert Dawid Idasiak and claim a fully-merited point for his side.

Liverpool U19s: Winterbottom, Williams, Hoever, Clayton (Longstaff, 81), Boyes, Larouci (Norris, 62), Clarkson, Dixon-Bonner (Stewart, 70), Cain, Jones, Elliott.

Unused substitutes: Ojrzynski, Savage, Koumetio.

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LIVE: Napoli v Liverpool - follow the Champions League build-up

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 14:01

Trent out for more

Liverpool won't rest on their laurels after last season's success, Trent Alexander-Arnold has vowed.

The right-back is out to ensure that the triumph over Tottenham Hotspur in June was just the start of a long and prosperous spell for the club.

He told the Champions Journal magazine: “After beating Spurs, there were celebrations but with the sense that: ‘This is literally just the beginning. There’s so much more that this team can do.’

“Nearly every player in every position is world-class and not many, if any, have even hit the heights they can at their full potential, which is incredible.

“The manager talks about it all the time. We’re still a young side, we’re still learning. We need to evolve, adapt and become better. It’s exciting.”

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Napoli v Liverpool: Team news

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 20:00

Liverpool must check on the fitness of Andy Robertson for the Champions League clash with Napoli on Tuesday night, while Divock Origi has been ruled out.

Robertsonwho was part of the Reds’ 20-man travelling squad – sustained a knock during the 3-1 win over Newcastle United at the weekend.

The left-back will therefore be assessed before a decision is made on his availability for the Group E tie at Stadio San Paolo.

“Robbo didn’t train today and we have to see,” Jürgen Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com on Monday.

“It is not a major thing, it was more precautionary today, but it is not 100 per cent sure [he will be available]. We will have to test it tomorrow and then we will see.”

Photos: Liverpool's pre-Napoli training session at Melwood

Origi did not make the journey to Italy, however.

The Belgium international picked up an ankle injury against Newcastle and is likely to be out for a short period of time, the manager confirmed.

“The update on Div is that it is not too serious,” said Klopp.

“We expect him [to be out for] between one and two weeks, but it depends a little bit on when he can deal with the pain. It is nothing really; it’s a feeling, but it should be fine.”

Alisson Becker and Nathaniel Clyne remain sidelined.

Roberto Firmino could make the 200th appearance of his Liverpool career.

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Carlo Ancelotti, meanwhile, reported no new injury concerns during his pre-match press conference on Monday, but forward Arkadiusz Milik is yet to feature this season due to a groin issue.

The Napoli boss believes both sides have improved since they met in last year’s group stage, with the Italian telling the media: “We’re playing the best team in Europe and they haven’t dropped any points in the Premier League yet.

“We mustn’t alter the way we play, regardless of the team I pick. Of course you have to keep the opposition in mind and the defensive side is very important but if you want to win matches you have to impose your game by playing to the strengths of your players.

“Liverpool have improved because winning the Champions League gives you belief. Napoli have improved too, though, and we’ve bolstered our squad with the addition of some quality players. I think it will be a great game – hard fought and intense.”

Last time out

Napoli 2-0 Sampdoria (September 14): Meret, Di Lorenzo, Maksimovic, Koulibaly, Rui, Ruiz, Elmas, Zielinski, Callejon, Lozano, Mertens.

Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle United (September 14): Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Origi, Mane.

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Jordan Henderson on Liverpool's CL defence, Napoli test and Rhian Brewster

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 19:50

Jordan Henderson is hoping for a much different outcome tomorrow night when Liverpool return to Stadio San Paolo to face Napoli in the Champions League.

The Reds were beaten 1-0 by Carlo Ancelotti's side in the south of Italy last October courtesy of Lorenzo Insigne's late goal.

But Jürgen Klopp's side sufficiently corrected themselves to win the competition outright and now begin the defence of their title.

Henderson joined his manager at a press conference in Naples on Monday evening to preview the Group E opener. Read on for a full transcript of the captain's pre-match comments...

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On whether Liverpool are favourites for the Champions League this season...

I think it’s too early to be saying stuff like that. For us, we've started the season really well and we just want to continue that on. We still feel we can improve and still get better, so that's what we try to do tomorrow night, try to give everything and start the campaign off really well. 

On how much the Reds have progressed since last season's trip to Napoli... 

Well, when we came here last year we didn’t perform very well at all, I'm sure the manager will tell you that. I can remember the analysis after that game and I think we improved a lot since that game and we used that game to improve a lot. Hopefully tomorrow night will be a different story, the performance level is much better. If that's the case then we have a better chance and a better opportunity to win of course. But it will still be a tough challenge because Napoli are a really good side. 

On Rhian Brewster... 

Rhian has been really good. Pre-season he was really strong, in training he's been really good. It gives us another option of course, we’ve got a lot of strength in this squad. He's been doing really well and he just needs to continue in that way. 

On building on winning the competition last season... 

It is important. I don't see that being a problem for this team, to be honest. We're always hungry for more, we always want to improve and we always feel we can do better of course. Last season is last season. Of course we can take experience from the campaign and the year before as well. We can take that into this campaign but ultimately we feel as though we're still improving. We can still do a lot of things better. Let's go for everything. Everything is possible again, so we want to challenge in every game we play. 

On being the team to beat in Europe this season... 

Maybe, but I feel as though being at Liverpool, everybody wants to beat you anyway. It's the same for us – we want to beat everybody we play, they want to beat us. For us, it's the same as it always has been – to give everything in every single game we play. We know that it'll be a tough game tomorrow, they’re a great side but we’ve got to concentrate on what we can do. If we can perform to the level I know we can then we have a good opportunity to win the game.

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Gallery: Reds take a stroll at the Stadio San Paolo

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 19:34

Shortly after arriving in Italy for their Champions League group-stage opener with Napoli, the Liverpool squad took a look around the Stadio San Paolo to stretch their legs following the flight.

The Reds touched down around 6.30pm local time following the journey from John Lennon Airport, before making their way to Tuesday night's venue.

Of course, it was just 11 months ago that many of the squad were last here when Napoli secured a 1-0 victory over Jürgen Klopp's side.

Take a look at the players' walk around the Stadio San Paolo in our gallery below.

Photos by Andrew Powell

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Trent Alexander-Arnold: We haven't reached our full potential yet

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 15:00

The sense that Liverpool's players have still to reach their full potential is something that excites Trent Alexander-Arnold.

June’s Champions League triumph represented the highest point yet for Jürgen Klopp’s team, who have contested the European Cup final in each of the past two seasons.

But the victory over Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid can be just the beginning of a successful period for the club if the squad continues their year-on-year improvement, believes the right-back.

In an interview with Champions Journal magazine, Alexander-Arnold said: “After beating Spurs, there were celebrations but with the sense that: ‘This is literally just the beginning. There’s so much more that this team can do.’

“Nearly every player in every position is world-class and not many, if any, have even hit the heights they can at their full potential, which is incredible.

“The manager talks about it all the time. We’re still a young side, we’re still learning. We need to evolve, adapt and become better. It’s exciting.”

Liverpool begin their defence of the Champions League at Napoli on Tuesday evening after being drawn alongside the Serie A side, Salzburg and Genk in Group E.

If Klopp’s men are to embark on another long adventure in the competition this term, Anfield – and the influence its atmosphere can have on matches – will again be crucial.

Alexander-Arnold underlined the empowering effect of the stadium and the recent shift in mentality that has made the Reds such a force at home and in Europe.

“I remember playing Manchester City at home,” said the No.66. “We couldn’t speak – you can’t communicate on the pitch. You’re trying to tell someone to block a space or tell them they’ve got a man on them and they can’t hear you shout.

“I think the atmospheres we get in the Champions League games are probably the best in the competition. It’s a fortress at Anfield now, getting back to how it was in the old days.

“It’s where the club belongs: being in finals, two [Champions League] finals in a row, coming close in the league, challenging for trophies.

“With the world-class players we’ve got, we shouldn’t ever shy away from the fact that we’re good enough as individuals and as a team to be challenging for trophies, if not multiple trophies, every season.”

This article is based on an interview with Trent from the first issue of Champions Journal. Read it in full at champions-journal.com. Use code LFC10 to get 10 per cent off your first order of the magazine until October 16.

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Photo gallery: Liverpool set off for Champions League opener

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 14:42

Liverpool took off from John Lennon Airport on Monday afternoon for their Champions League Group E opener against Napoli.

A three-hour flight will carry the 20-man Reds squad and staff from Merseyside to Italy, where their European Cup defence begins at Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday night.

Our photographer was there on the tarmac to see them on their way - take a look in the gallery below...

Photos by Andrew Powell

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Liverpool name 20-man travelling squad for Napoli tie

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 14:29

Liverpool have named a 20-man travelling squad for Tuesday's Champions League meeting with Napoli at Stadio San Paolo.

The European champions depart John Lennon Airport on Monday afternoon bound for Italy, where they will get the defence of their trophy under way against Carlo Ancelotti's team.

Travelling squad: Fabinho, Van Dijk, Wijnaldum, Lovren, Milner, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Gomez, Adrian, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Lonergan, Shaqiri, Brewster, Robertson, Matip, Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold.

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Draw confirms Liverpool's 2019 FIFA Club World Cup schedule

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 13:16

A draw to map out the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup schedule took place in Zurich on Monday.

As UEFA Champions League holders, Liverpool have qualified directly for the competition’s semi-finals and will play their last-four tie on Wednesday December 18.

As it stands, there are still up to four potential opponents for the Reds’ opening match in Qatar.

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See the fixture schedule below.

December 11

First round
Al Sadd SC or AFC Champions League runners-up v Hienghène Sport (Match 1)

December 14

Second round
CF Monterrey v Match 1 winners (Match 2)
AFC Champions League winners v ES Tunis (Match 3)

December 17

Fifth-place play-off

Semi-final
Copa Libertadores winners v Match 3 winners

December 18

Semi-final
Match 2 winners v Liverpool

December 21

Third-place play-off

Final

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30 photos of Liverpool's pre-Napoli training session at Melwood

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 12:40

Check out 30 photos of Liverpool's Monday morning training session with our gallery from Melwood.

Jürgen Klopp and his coaches put the Reds through their paces on Merseyside before their flight to Italy for Tuesday's Champions League group-stage opener against Napoli.

See how the European champions' latest preparations for the clash at Stadio San Paolo unfolded in the photos below...

Photos by Andrew Powell

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Jake Cain signs first professional contract with Liverpool FC

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 11:59

Jake Cain has signed his first professional contract with Liverpool FC.

The midfielder, who turned 18 earlier in September, is a member of Barry Lewtas' U18s group and the club's UEFA Youth League squad.

Born in Wigan, he has been at the Liverpool FC Academy since the age of nine and made his U18s debut as an U16 player under Steven Gerrard in 2017-18.

A creative influence with an eye for goal, Cain already has several assists to his name this season as well as finding the net three times himself. 

In 2018-19, he played an important role as the Reds lifted the FA Youth Cup after a penalty shootout against Manchester City.

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Watch Liverpool's pre-Napoli press conference live

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 07:00

Jürgen Klopp and a Liverpool player will hold a press conference at Napoli's Stadio San Paolo on Monday evening - watch it live with us from 6.30pm BST.

The Reds' defence of their Champions League title gets under way in Italy on Tuesday.

And, 24 hours before the Group E opener against Carlo Ancelotti's side, Klopp and a member of his squad will preview the game with the media.

Return to this page shortly before the start time to watch the press conference in full via our live YouTube stream.

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Match report: Liverpool FC Women slip to narrow loss at Tottenham

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 16:02

Liverpool FC Women were defeated 1-0 by Tottenham Hotspur Women at The Hive on Sunday.

Rachel Furness’ penalty on the stroke of half-time condemned Vicky Jepson’s team to their second successive loss at the start of the Women’s Super League season, with the Reds having to play the final 25 minutes of the game with 10 players after Niamh Fahey was sent off.

Spurs enjoyed the better of the first period and went in ahead at the interval thanks to Furness, who was brought down in the box by Becky Jane before picking herself up to send Anke Preuss the wrong way from the spot.

Liverpool began the second half promisingly but Fahey’s dismissal - brought about when she pulled back Rosella Ayane as the Tottenham forward surged towards goal - increased the difficulty of their task.

Jepson’s side will now seek their first win of 2019-20 when they welcome Sheffield United to Prenton Park in the Continental Cup next Sunday.

Amy Rodgers and Ayane traded attempts on goal during the evenly-matched opening stages.

Rodgers, after driving forward purposefully from central midfield, then had Spurs goalkeeper Becky Spencer scrambling when she unleashed a powerful strike from distance that whistled narrowly past the post.

But it was the hosts who provided the greater attacking impetus in a sustained period of pressure thereafter.

A brave dive at the feet of Furness by Preuss prevented the Tottenham midfielder from shooting at goal from close range, before Ayane curled over the crossbar.

Having navigated their way through a testing spell, Liverpool regained a foothold and Jess Clarke, found by Melissa Lawley’s pass out wide, cut in from the left wing and tested Spencer from 20 yards.

Spurs still carried a threat, though, and Preuss acrobatically turned Furness’ long-range blast wide.

However, Furness did beat Preuss from 12 yards in first-half stoppage time, after Jane was adjudged to have fouled the Northern Ireland international in the area.

Liverpool pieced together a fine team move 12 minutes after the restart but Courtney Sweetman-Kirk could only scuff Jane’s cut-back from the right wide while trying to apply the finishing touch.

Jepson then turned to her bench in search of inspiration, with Rinsola Babajide brought on in place of Niamh Charles, but the Reds’ chances of finding a route back into the game were dealt a severe blow when Fahey was red carded midway through the half.

Jemma Purfield and Ashley Hodson were also introduced as Liverpool sought an equaliser against the odds although, unsurprisingly given their numerical advantage, it was Tottenham who looked the likelier to find the net late on. 

Preuss kept the visitors in it by denying Gemma Davison with an excellent stop with nine minutes remaining, but Jepson’s team were unable to rescue an unlikely point.

Liverpool FC Women: Preuss, Jane, Bradley-Auckland, Fahey, Robe, Bailey, Rodgers (Purfield, 67), Charles (Babajide, 59), Lawley, Clarke (Hodson, 79), Sweetman-Kirk.

Unused substitutes: Kitching, Linnett.

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Napoli win ahead of Liverpool clash

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 13:48

Napoli beat Sampdoria 2-0 ahead of their Champions League meeting with Liverpool on Tuesday.

Carlo Ancelotti's side host the European champions in their opening Group E fixture next week and, like the Reds, go into that game on the back of a domestic victory.

Dries Mertens scored in either half to defeat Sampdoria at Stadio San Paolo on Saturday evening.

Speaking post-match, Ancelotti said: "It was a good display and we deserved the win.

"It was important to impose our game and keep a clean sheet as well. In the first half, we made a few mistakes bringing the ball out which allowed them to break.

"We then became more compact and controlled the game. We certainly took some risks, but that's also down to our attacking style. I think the fans enjoy it more that way.

"I opted to play Fabian [Ruiz] centrally to help us have more possession. Having [Piotr] Zielinski in the holding role is useful because of his long passing and I think he likes to attack the space.

"We can breathe a sigh of relief because we've finally kept a clean sheet, but we still need to improve defensively."

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