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Klopp: Trent sums up ‘We’re never gonna stop’ spirit

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 10:10

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s new long-term Liverpool contract comes as deserved reward for his relentless desire to improve, explained Jürgen Klopp.

The Reds defender reaffirmed his commitment to the club, just 18 months on from his previous renewal, by putting pen to paper at Anfield on Saturday morning.

The development is the latest milestone in a fledgling career that has already included 67 Liverpool appearances, a Champions League final, participation in a World Cup, full England honours and a goal for his country.

Alexander-Arnold signed this extended deal as a more mature person and player, according to Klopp – and one who rightly commands the respect and admiration of his coaches, teammates and fans.

Interview: Trent on signing new LFC deal

“I’ve spoken a few times since I’ve been here about Trent signing new contracts, but I have to say this one is a little different,” the manager told Liverpoolfc.com.

“The previous ones he signed them maybe as a ‘boy’ – and I don’t mean that in any way to be disrespectful to his importance at that particular point of his life, more about his age, but they were different to this.

“This one is very much about ‘the man’ and the player he has become, the status he now has both with us and in the game, and it is thoroughly deserved. Since he last signed for us he is now established in our team, rather than a surprise inclusion – or one where people say: ‘Oh, that’s nice.’ He has played and scored for the England senior team and been to a World Cup.

“But with Trent, the most exciting thing about him is that the questions you ask about him always have a very positive follow-on. By which I mean, ‘Is he a fantastic player?’ Yes! ‘But can he get even better?’ Absolutely – and he will!

“He is such an amazing person, but I think sometimes maybe a little under the radar for his quality and technical abilities. He is so respected and admired in our dressing room, you would not believe. I know coming from the city brings extra pressure and burden, but he embraces this and thrives off it.

“Liverpool supporters love him as ‘one of their own’, although I have noticed he doesn’t have a song from the fans yet, so maybe that is something they can work on. Wow, does he deserve one.

“Trent is one of the most relentless professionals I have met when it comes to focusing on getting better each and every day. This is not to compare with any legend past or present, because he will make his own story.

“As a player for LFC he is the embodiment of the sentiment ‘We’re never gonna stop.’”

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Photos: Trent pens new LFC deal at Anfield

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 10:03

Trent Alexander-Arnold committed his long-term future to Liverpool Football Club by putting pen to paper on a new contract on Saturday morning – and we were on hand to capture the moment during a special shoot at Anfield.

The 20-year-old signed a long-term deal with the Reds to ensure he will extend his stay with his boyhood club for years to come.

It was a moment of joy for Alexander-Arnold – and our photographer was on hand to capture his emotions shortly after he inked the new terms.

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Alexander-Arnold: The fans' support means more than anything

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 09:58

Trent Alexander-Arnold has achieved things he describes as ‘dreams come true’ over the past 18 months – but there is one particular something that’s meant more than anything else to him in the last year and half.

The full-back became the latest player to commit his future to Liverpool by signing a fresh long-term contract with the club on Saturday morning, approximately 18 months on from penning his last deal.

Since breaking into the first-team set-up under Jürgen Klopp, Alexander-Arnold has made 67 senior appearances for his boyhood club, scoring four goals. He’s also become a fully-fledged England international and represented his country at the World Cup finals last summer.

However, asked to pick out his most cherished memory over the last couple of years, the 20-year-old’s choice isn’t something he’s achieved on the pitch.

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“I would just say the main thing is the support from the fans that I’ve had that I probably didn’t expect to have,” he told Liverpoolfc.com after signing his new deal. 

“I’ve always wanted it but never expected it. Just to have the support of the fans every single time I go out to play, to know that they’re behind you is something special. 

“I don’t think they understand how much they do for the team and how much we all really need them. They’re turning up every single game – whether home, away, abroad, whether it’s freezing cold, they are still there and singing their hearts out for us, showing how much they love the club and how much they love us as players. It’s our chance to repay them with performances and the things we can do on the pitch. 

“So, it’s probably the support from the fans that’s been the best thing for me.”

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Henderson: Fabinho and Milner show squad's versatility

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 07:30

The versatility of the likes of Fabinho and James Milner is crucial to keeping Liverpool's ambitions on track, according to Jordan Henderson.

Fabinho has switched to centre-back for each of the Reds’ past two games, while Milner filled in at right-back when defensive injuries mounted in December.

Fitness issues – and how to deal with them – remain a factor for Jürgen Klopp to consider ahead of today’s Premier League meeting with Crystal Palace at Anfield.

Henderson has faith, however, that the squad contains the players with not just the ability, but the attitude, to adjust and thrive as necessary.

“Aside from the big task of trying to get the right result in this game, we also have the challenge of a few injuries at the moment and we, as the players, know this means we all have to step up, be flexible and adapt,” writes the captain in his matchday programme notes.

“In recent games we take great inspiration from people like Fabinho. Yes, he’s an experienced international with a track record of performing well in multiple positions – but to play centre-half at Brighton and play like he did impressed everyone.

“There was no fuss or drama from Fab – he just delivered.

“James Milner, as the gaffer has joked, has played just about every position on the pitch except as ‘keeper. Already this season he’s filled in at full-back and the way he gets on with his job and puts the team first is a perfect example as well.

“At the time of this column going to print we have Gini and Trent also likely to be out but with no specific time-frame, so hopefully back soon.

“But it does mean our numbers are stretched and the importance of every member of the squad is highlighted even more.

“The manager has stressed this since day one and we’ve seen it in recent weeks.”

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Klopp: Fans are our energy source - add power to us again

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 07:00

Jürgen Klopp wants Liverpool to plug into their 'energy source' at Anfield – the home crowd – when they take on Crystal Palace this afternoon.

The Eagles were the last team to beat the Reds at the stadium in the Premier League, some 21 months and 31 matches ago.

But Klopp is prepared for a tough examination against Roy Hodgson’s side and not just because of the warning served by their 3-2 victory at Manchester City last month.

“Trust me when I say this is as difficult a game as we could possibly face,” the manager writes in his matchday programme notes.

“People will probably have talked exhaustively about their recent win in Manchester as a warning and yes it is. But to only focus on that ignores the fact they have been exceptionally hard to defeat since Roy has arrived – last season and this.

“They have players of the highest quality who embrace a stage like this. We must be ready, we must be at our best, we must be hungry and greedy, or we will not get the outcome we desire – it’s that simple.

“[There have been] challenges we have faced with injuries, but the response from the players since these setbacks has only added to my admiration for them as a group.

“They demonstrated in Brighton, as a collective, that they will adapt and do everything that puts the team ahead of the individual. This is the only way to be successful.

“This is a group who ‘gets it’ in abundance. We fight and battle for each other and the supporters at all times – for our club. We do all we can to make sure the outcome for everyone associated with Liverpool is the first, second, third and only priority.

“The attitude and the focus remains at the highest level at Melwood and this will be our biggest asset as we progress through the season. It will help us in every circumstance, most of all when the inevitable knocks and setbacks come. When knocked down, we pick each other up – that’s our way.

“This is also evident with the fans and the relationship they have with the team. In our last home game against Arsenal we fell behind and the reaction was as perfect from the home sections of Anfield as any manager, coach or player could hope for. We will need this again, I’m sure.

“The supporters are our energy source and today I’m sure they will again give us additional power – they never let us down.”

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Stats: Reds close in on club record and Premier League landmark

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 06:00

Liverpool will set a new club record if they beat Crystal Palace in Saturday's Premier League encounter at Anfield.

Victory would give Jürgen Klopp's league leaders a haul of 60 points from 23 games - topping the Reds' previous best tally of 59, set at the same stage of the 1893-94 and 1987-88 campaigns.

And should Liverpool net twice, they will also hit the milestone of 1,000 goals scored at Anfield in the Premier League era.

For more need-to-know pre-match facts and figures, courtesy of club statistician Ged Rea, read on...

In 19 Premier League clashes with the Eagles, there have been 65 goals scored at an average of 3.42 per game.

There has only been one goalless draw at Anfield in 18 top-flight meetings with Palace - that came in December 1994.

The Reds have won the last three meetings with Palace home and away, but have never won four on the bounce.

The last visiting team to win at Anfield in the league was Palace, back in April 2017.

Since that defeat, Liverpool have gone 31 top-flight games unbeaten at home, winning 22 and drawing nine - their joint-third longest run in history.

Sadio Mane has scored in each of the last three league encounters with the Eagles. No Liverpool player had previously ever achieved that feat.

Andy Robertson made his Reds debut in this fixture last season. 

Liverpool's biggest ever top-flight win came against Palace in September 1989, when Kenny Dalglish's side won 9-0. They set a league record when eight different men found the net that evening.

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Five memorable Anfield wins over Crystal Palace

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 04:00

Ahead of Liverpool's meeting with Crystal Palace on Saturday, we take a look back at five of the club's most memorable wins over the Eagles at Anfield...

Aldo bids an emotional farewell to the Kop (1989)

Liverpool showed their early-season intent to claim the title back from Arsenal with a 9-0 mauling of Palace. Steve Nicol opened the scoring before Steve McMahon, Ian Rush, Gary Gillespie and Peter Beardsley increased the tally. On 67 minutes, the hosts were awarded a penalty in front of the Kop - with fans instantly singing the name of John Aldridge to come off the bench and take it. Kenny Dalglish duly obliged and Aldo, in his last ever game for his beloved Reds, coolly put away the spot-kick. John Barnes then curled home a delightful free-kick before Glenn Hysen and Nicol completed the rout.

Igor inspires semi-final joy (2001)

Treble-chasing Liverpool reached their first final of the season by overturning a 2-1 first-leg defeat to thrash Palace 5-0 in the second leg of the 2001 League Cup semi-final. The Reds were 3-0 up after 18 minutes thanks to goals from Vladimir Smicer, Danny Murphy and a memorable strike by Igor Biscan. Murphy again and Robbie Fowler made certain of the emphatic victory in the second half.

Macca at the double in five-star display (1992)

Steve McManaman scored twice as Liverpool hammered Palace 5-0. Mike Marsh netted a superb strike from distance and Ronny Rosenthal and Don Hutchison were also on the mark.

Baros treble wins five-goal thriller (2004)

Milan Baros netted a hat-trick, including a last-minute winner, in a 3-2 victory over the Eagles in 2004. The Czech striker opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Palace levelled on the stroke of half-time. However, within a minute, Baros had scored again to make it 2-1 before the break. The visitors equalised again on 52 minutes and the game looked to be heading for a frustrating draw before Baros was brought down in the box with time almost up. The No.5 picked himself up and kept his cool to slot home the winner in front of a jubilant Kop.

Lawler at the double (1972)

Chris Lawler scored twice as Bill Shankly's Reds registered a 4-1 victory over Palace. Incredibly, Lawler's opener was Liverpool's first league goal in more than eight hours of action. Ian Callaghan and Kevin Keegan also got on the scoresheet.

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View from Palace: 'Robertson v Wan-Bissaka will be key'

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 20:00

Premier League leaders Liverpool host Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday as Jürgen Klopp's side seek to extend their four-point lead at the top of the table.

The Reds head into the match off the back of a 1-0 win at Brighton and Hove Albion, while the Eagles lost 2-1 at home to Watford last weekend.

Liverpool triumphed 2-0 in a hard-fought game at Selhurst Park earlier in the season, but what can we expect from the south London club this time around?

We caught up with Back of the Nest Preview Podcast host and RedNBlueArmy editor Terence Ford (@RedNBlueArmy1) to find out.

What's your progress report since we met in the second game of the season?

Mohamed Salah in action against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park

The first half of the season was one of frustration for most Palace fans. After finishing last season so strongly, claiming 11th place despite losing the opening seven games, we all hoped that this season would see us sitting more comfortably in mid-table. 

Instead, we are once again in the relegation mix due to stop-start form and the lack of a focal point up top, thanks to injuries to Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham.

Will Roy Hodgson approach this match differently to how he set up at Selhurst in August? 

After the recent 3-2 success at Manchester City, I expect a carbon copy of the 4-5-1 that we fielded at the Etihad in December.

Full-backs Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Patrick van Aanholt won their battles with Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling early on and this forced City into attacking us in central areas that we packed, making it difficult for even Pep Guardiola's men to penetrate.

It took a penalty and a last-minute counter for Liverpool to break us down at Selhurst at the start of the season, so we should come with some confidence that we can repeat the process.

Which player has surprised you most so far this term?

Wan-Bissaka has been a revelation. He came into the team towards the end of last season in the midst of an injury crisis and it did not take him long to dislodge Joel Ward at right-back. All that was left to see was if the academy graduate's form and development would continue into this season. 
 
With each passing game he gets better, and his potential appears limitless at this point. One-on-one he is almost unbeatable. In behind, he has pace to keep up with the quickest in the league and going forward he has the skills of a winger. Even in a position that is stocked with talent at national level, an England call-up shouldn't be far away.

Tell us about Andros Townsend's conversion into a forward?

Crystal Palace forward Andros Townsend

With the injury crisis of a year ago, both Wilfried Zaha and Townsend were pushed up top in a 4-4-2 and performed as false nines. There were two main reasons this was a success, but those two reasons no longer wear red and blue.

Yohan Cabaye's range of passing and Ruben Lotfus-Cheek's ability to break through a challenge and open up the space in between the lines created plenty of space for Wilf and Andros to exploit. We lack this creativity from deeper positions this season and it has been a bit of a struggle at the top end at times.

While Townsend did a job for us, with Benteke and Wickham returning he will find himself back on the right side of a three, where he belongs.

What have you made of Liverpool's season so far?

When Alisson was added in the summer to complement the addition of Virgil van Dijk in January, I knew you'd be a lot closer to Manchester City this season. I'd be lying, however, if I said that I thought you'd be leading the way at this stage of the season.

What has impressed me in the main is that Liverpool appear to have amassed this unrivalled amount of points without actually hitting top gear. Picking up results when not at your best is what wins titles and I expect you to be right in the mix come May.

Which key battle could turn the game?

Andy Robertson versus Wan-Bissaka. 

Both love to get forward and with Palace playing a deep line, the key to us getting a result will be if AWB can exploit the space that Robertson leaves in behind.

Likewise, if Robertson can pin AWB back in his own half, it will be difficult for Palace to gain any purchase in the final third. 

Which one Liverpool player would you like to see lining up as a Palace player?

Being a goalkeeper myself, I would like to see Alisson in a Palace shirt.

Since my first Palace game in 1994, I have never seen an Eagles goalkeeper that can pass a ball well, so experiencing that would be nice.

Plus, after losing Mile Jedinak and Joe Ledley in recent years, we are lacking a really decent beard (don't show this to James Tomkins).

How do you expect Palace to line up?

Julian Speroni will play in between the sticks as both of our other 'keepers were injured in the loss against Watford last weekend. The 39-year-old Argentinian made his debut for Palace way back in August 2004, against Everton.

The probable starting XI is as below, but if we go for the same team that beat City then Jeff Schlupp will come in for Jordan Ayew, Zaha would move up top and James McArthur into a narrow left-sided position.

What is your prediction for the game?

We let you win one at Anfield the last time we met so I am hoping for a return to the norm of Palace winning on Merseyside.

On a serious note, we will obviously come to stifle Liverpool and hope for some joy on the break. I always have some hope when we play Liverpool as we are strong where you are most vulnerable - when play is turned over. 

If Zaha and Townsend can keep you honest, maybe we can escape with a draw, but it would be foolish to not, deep down, truly expect a defeat. Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace.

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Liverpool v Crystal Palace: Team news

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 17:00

Georginio Wijnaldum and Trent Alexander-Arnold will be given every chance to prove their fitness for Liverpool’s meeting with Crystal Palace.

Jürgen Klopp hopes the duo can shake off knocks sustained during last weekend’s 1-0 victory at Brighton and Hove Albion in time to face Roy Hodgson’s side at Anfield on Saturday, although their availability remains uncertain.

“Gini and Trent, we will decide day by day. It’s of course not cool,” the manager said on Friday.

“For both, it will be really, really close. I don’t want to close any doors before anybody tells me I have to.”

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Klopp is more sure about the readiness of Adam Lallana, with the midfielder having returned to training following a minor injury that forced him to miss the Reds’ last two outings, but Dejan Lovren (hamstring) remains sidelined.

“It’s slightly different for Dejan; he is much better than he was but that’s a muscle thing and needs time,” the boss continued. “I’m pretty sure he can be involved again against Leicester.

“Adam trained yesterday and the day before yesterday, so he should be in contention. We have to see. I'll wait for the session today, how he reacted to the two - not too tough - sessions, but we did a little bit. We have to see [about] that.”

Joel Matip is fit after training with the team for the last 10 days, but Joe Gomez - whose condition Klopp described as ‘improving’ - is still recovering from a lower leg fracture.

Hodgson, meanwhile, is set to hand a first start of the season to veteran goalkeeper Julian Speroni as both Vicente Guaita (calf) and Wayne Hennessey (thigh) are out.

“He’s a good goalkeeper so we’re much more fortunate than many clubs to have a goalkeeper of his quality and experience as third choice,” the Palace manager said.

“We’ve got a man who’s played over 400 times for Palace and he’s in very good shape.”

Pape Souare (shoulder) is Palace’s only other absentee. 

Last time out

Brighton and Hove Albion v Liverpool (January 12): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Shaqiri, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Crystal Palace v Watford (January 12): Guaita, Van Aanholt, Tomkins, Sakho, Wan-Bissaka, Milivojevic, Kouyate, McArthur, Townsend, Zaha, Ayew.

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LFC Women sign England U23 international Jemma Purfield

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 16:58

Liverpool FC Women have completed the signing of England U23 international Jemma Purfield, subject to international clearance.

The 21-year-old joins the club after graduating from Arizona State University and has previous experience in the FA Women’s Super League with Doncaster Rovers Belles.

The versatile wide player will take the No.23 shirt for the Reds.

“I’m excited to have Jemma as part of our squad here at Liverpool FC Women. She will add to the depth of our player roster,” said LFC Women manager Vicky Jepson.

“She’s got international experience already and has youth very much on her side. She’s been training with us recently and has fitted in brilliantly with the rest of our squad.

“I’m excited to work with her and see what she can bring to the Liverpool FC Women family. Her international call-ups mean she has played against some of the best teams in the world and now she will have the opportunity to face players of that quality in the WSL.

“It will be good for her development as a player and our development as a team.”

Purfield, who can play as an attacking full-back or on the wing, officially sealed the switch at Anfield on Friday.

“I’m delighted and excited to be part of such a prestigious club and can’t wait to get started,” she said.

“It’s a massive club, it’s known worldwide and has always had a fantastic reputation, so I think it’s a big opportunity for me to develop.

“There are some great, experienced players in the squad and there are some youth players coming through the ranks, so it’s a great place for me to learn and take my career to the next level.

“I think WSL has moved on so much in the last four years and I’m going to be challenged on a daily basis.”

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LFC Foundation Lottery returns for 2019

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 16:06

Liverpool fans can be in with the chance of winning a huge cash prize and signed merchandise by playing the LFC Foundation Lottery this weekend.

Every lottery ticket purchased helps the Foundation achieve its mission of creating life-changing opportunities for children and young people, with all net proceeds equally split between the club’s official charity and a single jackpot winner. 

Supporters can purchase tickets for Saturday’s draw ahead of the game against Crystal Palace at Anfield here.

Tickets for the lottery are also available to buy at the stadium, where sellers will be located around the ground and in the hospitality concourses.

An LFC Foundation draw takes place at every Reds home match, with the winning numbers announced on the LFC Foundation Lottery website, Twitter @LFCFLottery and Facebook @LFCFLottery

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Klopp: I'm not interested in home record stats, only Palace's threat

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 14:49

Crystal Palace hold the distinction of being the last visiting team to win a Premier League game at Anfield, but Jürgen Klopp insists he isn’t interested in any of the statistics behind Liverpool’s remarkable unbeaten home run.

The Eagles triumphed 2-1 on Merseyside back in April 2017 thanks to a brace from former Reds striker Christian Benteke.

They return to Anfield on Saturday some 637 days later, during which time Liverpool have gone 31 top-flight matches without defeat on home soil.

Klopp acknowledges his current side have taken huge strides forward in their development since then; however, he is adamant such records don’t form part of his pre-match planning as he warned of the threat Roy Hodgson’s team will once again pose.

Asked to detail what he felt were the factors behind the Reds’ Anfield record, the manager told reporters at his pre-match press conference: “Our common experience, the quality the boys produce on the pitch together with the group, that’s the most different thing to two or three years ago. I am not sure, but was it a Crystal Palace game when I felt lonely (in 2015)? Because nobody thought we could change the game or whatever.

“The boys have produced a few nice performances at home since then, so it’s a completely different atmosphere. That’s really, really cool and it helps massively.

“There is an atmosphere and you have to use it. That’s what the boys did. It’s always who starts it first – is it first atmosphere and then the performance, or is it the performance and then the atmosphere? Meanwhile, we have reached a nice level and we have to use it again.

“Crystal Palace are really strong. I have said it a couple of times, but I don’t know a lot of teams in Europe who have a front line with the quality of players like Townsend, Zaha, Benteke, Ayew or whoever else plays. It is really, really high quality.

“We can talk about the defence, with one of the most exciting right full-backs in England on the one side [Wan-Bissaka], a very experienced Dutch guy on the left side [Van Aanholt] and Sakho and Tomkins [in the middle]. Midfield, Milivojevic, Kouyate, McArthur, Meyer, whoever – it is a proper team.

“That’s what we have to know and respect. It is not important how we played them last year or two years ago.

“We won there [earlier in the season] and it was a difficult game. We know that and that’s what we prepare for. It is not important how we were last week, a year ago, half a year ago, a month ago – it is only important how we will be tomorrow. That’s all I am interested in and it will be really tough.

“With a slightly damaged squad injury-wise, we had really good training [sessions] and hopefully we can bring that on the pitch. We should be prepared, we did all the important things, we gave the boys the right information and now we have to be ready for a proper fight again.

“That’s what we are, I think. There are no real concerns or doubts anymore from one side, like the fans, about how we will be. It is rather a positive expectation. That’s OK, but in the end we have to deliver. I am really excited about that because it will be a tough one again.

“Having a lot of results in the past at home is good, but the only result I am interested in is the one tomorrow.”

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Liverpool head into Saturday’s clash with Palace aiming to maintain their four-point lead at the summit of the Premier League table having tallied 57 from their 22 outings this season.

To underline the progress made by the Reds since being defeated by Palace at Anfield in 2017, that loss left them with 66 points from 34 matches.

Nevertheless, Klopp continued: “I am interested in progress, but I don’t judge the progress constantly because I don’t think about it. I don’t think about the games two or three weeks ago. The last game I will still have a bit in my mind.

“Progress is something everybody should expect. The club gave us a fantastic opportunity, bringing in outstanding players, keeping outstanding players, so my job is to make sure we can really deliver and perform on the pitch.

“Making always the next step is interesting. Is it always possible? I am not sure, but you still try it. Where we will be in two or three years I have no idea.

“We have players signing long-term contracts, which is good because the age group is good. This season will not finish our development and that’s good. It doesn’t look like we will lose any key players, they all look like they are being really here with all they have, enjoying it here with the other boys, in the stadium and the training ground.

“And that’s another good thing – we will build a training ground. Not that we don’t like Melwood, we love Melwood, but it’s another step into the future. That’s all good.

“The progress we made so far I am really not interested. I only go for the progress we still have to make and there’s a lot to do and, as I see it, a lot to come. Hopefully everyone can see that.”

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Klopp: New contracts evidence of our long-term vision

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 14:21

A spate of recent contract renewals shows Liverpool are planning for the future as well as the present, Jürgen Klopp has explained.

Andy Robertson became the latest member of Klopp’s squad to commit his future to the Reds by signing a new long-term deal on Thursday.

The left-back therefore joined Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane and Joe Gomez in a group that have penned fresh terms with the club since last April, and Klopp believes such developments are evidence of the long-term strategy in place at Anfield. 

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“I’m very happy about it. That’s really cool and the very special story of Robbo I still love - the improvement and development of him is just outstanding, nobody could imagine that exactly,” the boss said.

“We all were hoping that it could be like this but can you really expect it? I don’t think so. So, that’s brilliant and it’s nice to have this boy around because he’s not only a fantastic player, he’s an even better person. 

“I’ve improved my Scottish with him a little bit and it helps for all conversations with Kenny Dalglish, but it’s still different to be honest, what kind of language Kenny’s speaking! 

“It’s good and in general it’s a very good sign. It’s always a good sign for a club when you have the opportunity to extend contracts early, stuff like that. This team, if we can keep these boys together, there’s a very good age group, we are really in the middle of the development so that’s just good news for Liverpool. 

“These 17, 18 or 19 players plus the really young boys, that’s the squad of the future. It should be like this, that’s investment and the club gave us the opportunity to do it so [it’s] really nice.”

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Klopp provides latest on Brewster and Oxlade-Chamberlain

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 14:12

Jürgen Klopp does not expect Rhian Brewster to be available again until pre-season but remains hopeful Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could feature in the current campaign.

Brewster has been sidelined for 12 months and is undergoing rehabilitation at Melwood, where the striker is part of the senior set-up.

The 18-year-old continues to take positive steps in his recovery from a serious ankle injury, though Klopp believes he will come back into contention in 2019-20.

Asked for an update on Brewster’s situation, the manager said on Friday: “[He is] not as far as he wants to be, for sure. But I saw him in the last hour, he was outside training.

“His running now looks much better since he had another little surgery. He is in a good way but that will take time, unfortunately. It’s no problem, he has the time.

“I would say we don’t have to think about him before pre-season.

“But he is in a really good way and the boy is in a good mood on top. We see him here every day, he is a nice fella and that’s all good.

“He is really integrated into the team but so far he couldn’t show that on the pitch. But our opinion about him will not change. We have to wait a little bit longer for him but that’s how life is sometimes.”

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Oxlade-Chamberlain’s own recuperation from multiple ligament damage to the knee is on course, with Klopp buoyed by what he has seen from the Liverpool midfielder so far and hoping he will return to the pitch this term.

“He is closer than Rhian. He is on a very good way,” added the boss.

“But last time [I spoke about it] I think I put a bit of pressure on the medical department but when I see him running, moving with the ball and all the stuff – which he is all doing already – it looks really good, promising, close to a return.

“But, in the end, it’s so long out, [since] April against Roma – what a situation.

“It will be fine; it looks completely without any problems in the moment, no swellings anymore. He can really work already on his fitness issues, which he’s had for a long time. I think we will see him this season.”

Watch: Ox takes next step in recovery in December

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LFC injury update: Trent, Gini, Lovren and Lallana

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 13:45

Liverpool will continue to monitor the fitness of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Georginio Wijnaldum, with Jürgen Klopp insisting he will not 'close the door' on them ahead of Saturday’s visit of Crystal Palace.

The pair picked up knocks during last weekend’s 1-0 victory at Brighton & Hove Albion, although both managed to complete the 90 minutes at the Amex Stadium.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference at Melwood on Friday, Klopp said: “Gini and Trent, we will decide day by day. It’s of course not cool.

“The exceptional part of that story is that they both played 90 minutes [at Brighton]. The whole world saw what happened to Trent – what a boy, unbelievable. We played the game and afterwards we got the information that he had [an injury].

“Nothing happened during the game, it was all stable and good. It was just what happened before the game; adrenaline is obviously an interesting thing, it gives you the opportunity to do a bit more than you would expect. We will see.

“For both, it will be really, really close for tomorrow. I don’t want to close any doors before anybody tells me I have to.”

Elsewhere, Klopp confirmed Adam Lallana has resumed full training while Dejan Lovren is making progress in his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Joel Matip is fully fit following collarbone surgery, but Joe Gomez still has steps to make in his rehabilitation from a lower leg fracture.

“It’s slightly different for Dejan; he is much better than he was but that’s a muscle thing and needs time,” Klopp continued. “I’m pretty sure he can be involved again against Leicester.

“Adam trained yesterday and the day before yesterday, so he should be in contention. We have to see. I'll wait for the session today, how he reacted to the two – not too tough – sessions, but we did a little bit. We have to see [about] that.

“Joe, no – improving, improving, improving. We all hope it will be quick from now on but don’t know exactly.

“Joel trained completely normally for around about 10 days, which is good. The others are long-term.”

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Watch: Five things we love about Andy Robertson

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 12:37

Andy Robertson has made himself a Liverpool fan favourite during the past 18 months by virtue of his attitude, work-rate, talent and humility.

From giving everything on the pitch with boundless quantities of energy to participating in crucial community work – and his sheer passion for the club cause – the left-back is a popular figure among all Reds.

And to mark the announcement that the No.26 has committed his future to LFC by signing a new long-term contract, the video below celebrates five things we love about Robbo…

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Manchester United v Liverpool: Away ticket details

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:16

Liverpool FC has released away ticket details for the Premier League meeting with Manchester United on Sunday February 24.

The game at Old Trafford will kick off at 2.05pm GMT.

The club has received a total allocation of 3,129 stand tickets for this all-ticket fixture.

Supporters not in possession of a ticket are urged not to travel.

Ticket prices                              

Adults - £30
18-20 years - £22.50
Over 65/16-17 years - £15
Juniors (15 and under) - £10

Please be aware that supporters in possession of concessionary tickets will be asked for ID at the turnstiles. If supporters are not able to provide the relevant ID, they will be refused entry.

Safety and security at Old Trafford

Manchester United have advised that bags larger than 20cm x 15cm x 5cm (8’’ x 6’’ x 2’’) will not be permitted into the stadium.

All bags will be searched and items larger than the size criteria must be left at one of the ‘Bag Drop’ facilities, which are located near the ticket office (N1 car park) and in E2 car park.

Hospitality members

Sir Kenny Dalglish Box holders, Premium Level and Centenary Club members should contact the hospitality department on 0151 264 2222, option two.

Disabled supporters

Within the allocation, we have received 16 pairs of wheelchair and personal assistant tickets. Ambulant and personal assistant tickets are also available, concessions apply - please click here.

Ticket sales

The below sales will take place online only.

Tickets will be available to season ticket holders, Members and fan card holders based on attendance at Premier League away fixtures during 2017-18 on the following days.

Attendance at nine games: from 8.15am on Tuesday January 22 until 10.45am on Wednesday January 23.

Supporters are guaranteed a ticket during this sale and can purchase one ticket per person, up to a maximum of 10 tickets per transaction.

The following sales will then take place on a first come, first served basis, subject to availability, and supporters can purchase one ticket per person up to a maximum of four tickets per transaction.

Attendance at eight or more games: from 11am until 1.45pm on Wednesday January 23.

Attendance at seven or more games: from 2pm on Wednesday January 23 until 10.45am on Thursday January 24.

Attendance at six or more games: from 11am on Thursday January 24.

Should there be any tickets remaining following the initial sales, the club will make a further announcement. Supporters are advised to check here for sale updates.

For ticket fulfilment (delivery and collection of tickets), click here.

For coach travel, click here.

For a visiting supporter guide, click here.

For away support information, click here.

For general information, click here.

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LFC Foundation adds new Open Goals venue

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 10:00

LFC Foundation, the club's official charity, is expanding its Open Goals programme to include sessions in Garston Park.

From Saturday January 19, Garston will become the 10th Open Goals location across the Liverpool City Region to offer free games and activities to local families.

Sessions are delivered by qualified LFC Foundation coaches, alongside Liverpool John Moores University volunteers, and are designed to bring families and communities together in local parks to socialise and get active.

The fun-filled, multi-sports games - including quick cricket, frisbee golf, hot potato and cat ‘n’ mouse - are suitable for everyone aged five and over and are inclusive to all abilities and additional needs.

No pre-registration is required, and indoor facilities are available at all locations should weather conditions mean the sessions can’t take place outside.

For more information on the Open Goals programme, including locations and session times, click here.

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Fabinho and Origi present local kids with free match tickets

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 09:30

Liverpool stars Fabinho and Divock Origi this week presented pupils from schools in the local area with free match tickets for the Reds' game against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Children from Gwladys Street Primary School, St Francis de Sales Infants, St Margarets Anfield CE Primary School, The Beacon CE Primary School and The Trinity Catholic Primary School were invited into the first-team training ground at Melwood to meet the two players and receive the tickets.

“I think this is a brilliant initiative, Anfield is a special place to watch football, so it’s great that we are able to give this opportunity to the kids,” said Origi.

“I’m sure they’ll contribute to the amazing Anfield atmosphere and hopefully we can get the win on Saturday to make their visit a memorable one.”

The free tickets for schools scheme, which gave more than 1,000 pupils the opportunity to attend matches at Anfield last season, provides local schools with 55 tickets for every Premier League home fixture.

Twenty-one primary schools and four high schools in the L4, L5 and L6 postcodes will benefit from the initiative throughout the 2018-19 campaign as part of Red Neighbours’ focus on creating memorable experiences for young people.

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Out now: New additions to 2018-19 LFC training range

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 09:19

The new white colourway additions to the 2018-19 New Balance training range are available to buy now at LFC Retail.

The Liverpool squad wore the extra items in the collection for the first time earlier this week as they conducted a double session at Melwood.

And the range has now officially been launched for sale – check it out and get your own at store.liverpoolfc.com.

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