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Carabao Cup fourth-round draw revealed

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 22:09

Thursday night’s Carabao Cup fourth-round draw paired Lincoln City/Liverpool with Leicester City/Arsenal.

The Reds are set to face League One side Lincoln in the third-round stage on September 24.

The winners of that tie will progress to a home meeting with either Leicester or Arsenal, following the competition’s latest draw.

Fourth-round ties are scheduled to be played in the week commencing September 28.

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'We know winning the title back-to-back is harder than winning it once'

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 15:00

Trent Alexander-Arnold insists Liverpool are fully aware they need to be even better than last season if they're to retain the Premier League title.

The Reds opened up the defence of their top-flight crown with three points on board after beating Leeds United and now head to Chelsea for a much-anticipated clash on Sunday afternoon. 

With opponents even more determined to take points off the reigning champions, the No.66 stressed how the squad require even more hunger to secure victories and further silverware in the campaign ahead.

Inside Training: Reds compete in foot tennis tournament

He told Premier League Productions: "Nothing's ever perfect, you're never going to play 38 perfect games or going to win every game over the course of the season. 

"It's tough, it's difficult but for us it's not about topping the points that we got or score more goals, it's about if we can all develop as a team and keep winning, that mentality – that's the main thing that helped us get this far.

"We know what it takes to win now, we know that there's obviously a big target on our backs now being champions and stuff like that and teams are going to be extra motivated when they play us. 

"We need to match that mentality and take it to the next step and understand winning it back-to-back is harder than winning it once."

The Liverpool right-back was speaking after collecting his Premier League Young Player of the Season award at Melwood. 

He claimed the prize after a stellar 2019-20 campaign saw him enjoy success both on a collective and individual basis. 

On his rise from the club's Academy to Premier League and Champions League winner, the 21-year-old said: "At that young age it's about development, you can't get attached on other players and what they're doing and achieving at different ages because people hit their prime at 30 years old, people hit their prime at 20 years old – it's different timings, no career's the same. 

"So you can't compare yourself to other players, it's about knowing what's best for you, find out what works for you as quick as possible and getting into routines. 

"I think it's those routines and habits make good players and make good decisions for you.

"It's 24/7, it's on and off the pitch, it's about having the right people around you. There's a lot of factors that go into it. But at the end of the day, it's about how much you want to put into it because that's what you get out."

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Reds help future-proof community causes

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 14:00

Liverpool Football Club has launched a new levy initiative and is helping two local Anfield organisations to train their staff and plan for the future.

The Reds will donate nearly £50,000 of their Apprenticeship Levy to fund training programmes for staff and volunteers at Homebaked bakery and Anfield Sports and Community Centre. 

The initial donation, which is 14 per cent of the club’s available levy transfer funds, will fund six employees to enrol in training programmes across a number of different areas from advanced bakery to digital marketing and sports coaching. 

The Apprenticeship Levy is paid by employers who have a salary bill of over £3m per year. The money is held by the government and businesses can apply for funding to pay for apprenticeships. Up to 25 per cent of a business’ unused levy can be transferred to other businesses. 

Lynne Stockton-Howard, SVP HR at Liverpool Football Club, said: “The ability to transfer some of our Apprenticeship Levy is enabling us to help some local organisations we already work closely with to train their workers through apprenticeship schemes and continue the great work they are doing. 

“Many organisations only use around 14 per cent of the funding pot they pay into and so transferring some of it is a great way to help local organisations in our area that may not usually have the funds available to offer this sort of training. 

“We’re now looking to support more small businesses or charities who could take advantage of this scheme and would welcome enquiries from organisations in the Merseyside area who believe we may be able to help” 

The skills brokerage service delivered by Growth Platform on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has helped the club to successfully navigate the levy transfer process by identifying the needs of the recipients, understanding where gaps in their skills are and then sourcing the best training to meet their needs.  

Homebaked on Oakfield Road, opposite Anfield’s Kop, is a co-operative cafe and bakery established in 2010. One of the founding members of Homebaked, Angela McKay, said: “As a community business we’re not financially able to pay for recognised qualifications for staff. The levy means so much to Homebaked bakery as it enables us to actually offer training opportunities for our team. 

“Most of our staff are from the local area and have joined Homebaked by volunteering. This training opportunity is a gateway for our staff to feel confident and broaden their education and job opportunities for the future.”

Adam Clarke Jones, from Anfield Sports and Community Centre, said they will focus on upskilling in operations to support the centre’s future. He commented: “As a community organisation based in Anfield with a small work force in a large facility, the levy will enable us to strengthen the operations within the centre. 

“The levy will allow us to put staff on courses and training, which we would not necessarily be able to fully fund as a business. This opportunity will help gain further knowledge and skills in the overall operations of the centre to ensure the sustainability and support within the centre.” 

Liverpool Football Club are committed to continuing to support the local community with this levy initiative. If you would like to know more about how the club can help, then please contact LevyInitiative@liverpoolfc.com.

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'Gary O'Neil has so much experience - he's helping us a lot'

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 12:00

Elijah Dixon-Bonner has welcomed the arrival of Gary O'Neil at Liverpool and believes he can learn plenty from the U23s' new assistant coach.

Former Portsmouth and Middlesbrough midfielder O'Neil arrived at the Academy to work alongside new new U23s manager Barry Lewtas during close-season and has made a positive impression on the Kirkby training pitches.

The young Reds began their Premier League 2 season by beating Everton 1-0 last Sunday and Dixon-Bonner stated that confidence is high in the camp ahead of Friday evening's behind-closed-doors clash with Derby County - a game you can watch live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO from 6.50pm BST.

Read on for our pre-match interview with midfielder Dixon-Bonner…

On working under Lewtas and O’Neil…

They are great guys and really help the lads. I’ve known Barry since I was young, so it’s nice to be working with him. Barry is such a nice guy as well, so the team gels well with him. Gary as well, he has just settled in straight away. He gets on well with the lads and he’s a good player as well still, so it’s been nice. Gary has a lot of experience, so he has helped me a lot and helped the players and tells us what to do in different scenarios.

On the opening-day win against Everton…

We played really well. Everton are always a tough opponent but we coped well. We got the goal early and we just grafted throughout the game, we matched their intensity and it was good to come away with the win.

LFCTV GO: Watch highlights of the mini-derby win

On taking the captain’s armband when he came on as a substitute for Ben Woodburn…

It’s nice. Obviously there’s younger boys coming up, so you’ve got to make sure you are helping them out. I know what it was like being their age, so it’s nice to be able to help them and we have a good team bond. There’s a good few leaders in this team and a lot of personalities and leaders who are willing to help each other and help the team.

On getting back to competitive action…

It has been good. It was hard being away for so long but once we came back we got straight down to work, got the fitness back – which was the hard part – and it’s just been good to be back amongst the lads. Being away from the game for so long made me realise how much I love to play football.

On Friday night’s encounter with Derby…

Derby are a tough team and we are going to have to be at our best, but I believe if we play well and match their intensity we can pose a lot of problems for them.

On his hopes and aspirations for 2020-21…

Just to keep doing what I’m doing and to have fun really. That’s what I like to do, I like to have fun playing football just like I’m a little kid! I want to get more goals and more assists.

On playing in the EFL Trophy again, with Liverpool to face senior teams Wigan Athletic, Tranmere Rovers and Port Vale…

It’s a tough competition to be in playing against more experienced players. We did have good spells in it last season and we have got a good team, so I feel we can definitely challenge. The most important thing is we keep our identity as a team and match the intensity. We are a good team and we’ve come up against experienced players before and we know how to cope.

On the return of Paul Glatzel and Abdi Sharif to the squad following their long-term injuries…

It’s great to see them back. It’s obviously been really tough for both of them. They did their rehab and I was in and around them watching them every day. They had ups and downs but they are back, fit and ready to play and training well. I’m sure when their opportunity comes around they will take it. It’s just nice to see them with smiles on their faces, which is the main thing.

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'Work hard and don’t waste a minute of your development'

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 11:00

As Marc Bridge-Wilkinson prepares to take charge of his first game as the new Liverpool U18s boss on Saturday, he has set out a clear message for his young players if they are to emulate the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Curtis Jones and Neco Williams.

The trio have all graduated to Jürgen Klopp’s first-team squad and the coach admits he uses them in team meetings as an example of the hard work his charges must adhere to.

Bridge-Wilkinson has a talented squad to work with this season, with a host of first-year scholars being joined by the arrivals of Germany U16 captain Melkamu Frauendorf from Hoffenheim and Poland attacker Mateusz Musialowski, while Scouser Layton Stewart will be hoping to continue a promising debut season by leading the line for the U18s.

The young Reds host Stoke City in their 2020-21 season opener at the Kirkby Academy on Saturday morning – a game you can watch live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO from 10.50am BST, with kick-off set for 11am.

Ahead of the behind-closed-doors game, we caught up with Bridge-Wilkinson to talk about his new role and his hopes for the development of the U18s…

On a very satisfying pre-season campaign…

From our point of view, it has been really positive. We’ve got everything out of it that we hoped to in terms of games, in terms of the levels of the games and fitness obviously. The boys have adapted to the situation quite well, considering they haven’t played football for four or five months. We’ve tried a few different things in terms of formations but we are not set on that as we do tweak and change depending who the players we have in the team. We’ve worked a lot on the principles and the core values of the football club and the Academy, of course – and they don’t change and they will be in for the season. It’s been really good, the boys have taken to it really well and in general things have gone in a really positive fashion. We are really pleased and we are looking forward to the season now.

On the goals flying in during pre-season and impressive performances…

We have worked really hard on the style of play we want from the boys during the five or six weeks we have had during the pre-season and the boys have taken to it. I don’t think it’s anything that is really too new to them and I think it’s just making sure we go over the basics and make sure everyone understands what they are doing. The boys have been brilliant. We have scored lots of goals, we have defended well generally in most games, so we are really pleased.

On the new additions making a favourable impression during the close season…

All the new additions have settled well, including the first-years that were with us at U16 level last year. It’s been quite satisfying and quite a smooth transition really. Obviously with the COVID-19 pandemic, it was a bit difficult at the start but since then everything has ran really smoothly. The new boys that have come in have adapted really well to what we’ve asked them to do and they all look really exciting, so we are really pleased.

On starting his new role as U18s manager…

First and foremost, just to get back out on the grass is brilliant and to do it with this group – a group I know really well – it’s really special and I’m really grateful that I’ve been given the opportunity. So we’ll leave no stone unturned and we’ll do our best and see where we go.

On a young squad to choose from with great competition for places…

It is a young squad but age is a number. It’s no problem. We are just lucky with the players we have got. We have got good players not just in this group, but the group above and groups below. We are very lucky at the Academy that we have got good players all throughout. So we don’t worry about the age, we just want to make sure that these players get better.

Highlights: U18s 4-1 Man Utd

On the aims for the team and individual players this season…

The first thing that comes to it is individually we are trying to improve every player. We’d like to get boys in and around the U23s. Who that will be and when that will happen, I don’t know – but that’s got to be the first aim to help each individual improve and get better. As a group and as a team, I guess it’s about performance and it’s about understanding the job that we have and understanding the way that we want to play football, and hopefully going out there and playing really entertaining and really positive football.

On the progress of Curtis Jones and Neco Williams following Trent Alexander-Arnold into the first-team squad and being an inspiration for the up-and-coming Academy graduates…

I think we have to mention that and it’s something the boys can see, I think, at every age group, not just the U18s. To see the lads who they are following in their footsteps get an opportunity with the first team, it’s fantastic. In some ways it really helps us and it does part of our job for us because they can see there is a clear pathway. They can see Neco or Curtis or Trent, what they’ve done and the effort and the sacrifices that they have made to get there. Ultimately, when they see that and when we can see that, it gives the boys that extra bit of energy and that extra focus that maybe it could happen, there’s a possibility it could happen. So we will use those players for the technical aspect and all the footage of them in action. In terms of the example they have set as well, it's fantastic.

On a close working relationship with U23s boss Barry Lewtas…

It’s really good. I’ve been really fortunate that when I first came here Barry was with the age group above and we’ve kind of moved up as we’ve gone along, so the relationship has always been really good and that won’t change. We speak quite regularly, we are in the office most days now and when things get back to normal we’ll be speaking daily about everything. So we have a really close relationship and hopefully that will continue.

On the support from Academy director Alex Inglethorpe…

Exceptional. First and foremost, Alex brought me to the football club, which I will be forever grateful for. He has shown a lot of faith in me bringing me here and also since then giving me different roles in the football club, this being the latest one. Alex has been brilliant. He is a fantastic coach and he is a fantastic person to work for and, above all else, he’s a great man. On the football pitch he’s brilliant in terms of the detail and the way that he coaches, not just the players but the staff as well [in] the way he helps us. When we talk about off the pitch, the way that he handles himself as an individual, the way that he treats us as staff and players, the dignity that he gives us all, it’s exceptional. It really is.

On his message to the U18s players this season…

Work hard, don’t waste a minute of your development, keep learning, keep listening to the experience that is around the building and ultimately go and play football with a smile on your face. In the whole world at the minute, not just in football, we’ve spent the last four or five months sat on our hands waiting for an opportunity to get out and do whatever it is that we all love doing – and these boys are no different. Let’s play with a smile on our face and not waste a minute of that. That would be the message from me.

On Saturday’s opening game of 2020-21 against Stoke City…

Stoke will be organised. They will be tough to play against, they will be physically ready for the challenge. So from our point of view, we’ve got to be ready for all those things. We’ve got to make sure we are willing to match them, if not better them in all those areas and hopefully we’ll have the quality to cause them problems.

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Liverpool agree £27m fee to sign Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 10:10

Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign the midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich for €30m (£27.3m).

Liverpool had been reluctant to pay that much for a 29-year-old with one year on his contract but have accepted the need to meet Bayern’s demands to land Jürgen Klopp’s key target.

The Spain international is happy with the personal terms on offer at Liverpool and keen to move to the Premier League champions despite interest from Manchester United which never advanced to a bid.

Full story: Guardian

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Liverpool close in on £27m deal for Thiago Alcantara

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 10:06

Liverpool are closing in on a deal to sign Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich for £27m.

Thiago, 29, joined the German giants from Barcelona in 2013 and played in last season's Champions League final victory over Paris St-Germain.

Talks are ongoing between Liverpool and Bayern over the player, who has one year left on his contract.

Full story: BBC

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Liverpool prepare £27m Thiago offer as they step up pursuit

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 10:01

Liverpool are preparing to make a £27 million offer to Bayern Munich for midfielder Thiago Alcantara, Goal can confirm.

The Reds are stepping up their efforts to land the Champions League winner as Jürgen Klopp looks to add further quality to his midfield.

Full story: Goal

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Virgil van Dijk: We want to achieve consistency year after year

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 08:30

Liverpool are determined to maintain the consistency that was necessary to achieve their success of recent seasons, stated Virgil van Dijk.

The Premier League champions got their quest to defend the title up and running last weekend with a hard-fought 4-3 win over Leeds United at Anfield.

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Jürgen Klopp’s side’s relentlessness in the top flight during the past two campaigns yielded points tallies of 97 and then 99, with 62 victories registered.

Van Dijk and his teammates understand they will have to sustain those levels to continue collecting silverware, and will aim to do so by keeping a narrow focus.

“Consistency is the most difficult thing in football, I think – to keep doing it week in, week out. Year after year. And that’s something that we try to achieve,” Van Dijk told Premier League Productions.

“Obviously if you look at the last two seasons in the league, we have been very consistent. We have been putting in performances week in, week out and managing to find a win or get a good result – and obviously some games were better than the others – and hit a certain level of consistency that made us, especially last year, the champions of England. And that’s the difficult part.

“The season has just started with one game in and the season is going to be so long, so we’re not looking what’s going to happen at the end of the year, we are just focused about what’s happening at this case now.”

Inside Training: A foot tennis tournament at Melwood

On how he assesses the specific challenge of trying to win back-to-back Premier League titles, the Dutchman said: “I can only speak for what we think about our situation and at the moment how we approach games – and that’s the same as we’ve been doing for the last three years.

“We are trying to look at games that are ahead of us and not think about what’s going to happen the next two or three months. We just focus on what is in front of us, try to win that and give everything we’ve got.

“Obviously it’s going to be tough because the consistency is the most difficult thing in football, not just personally as a footballer but as a team as well. So yeah, it’s a big challenge for all of us but we should definitely be looking forward to it.”

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Lincoln City v Liverpool fixture details confirmed

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 22:07

Liverpool's Carabao Cup third-round tie with Lincoln City will be played on Thursday September 24.

The away fixture will kick off at 7.45pm BST and be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

League One side Lincoln beat Bradford City 5-0 in their second-round encounter on Tuesday night.

Click here to view an updated 2020-21 fixture list.

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Inside Training: Reds compete in foot tennis tournament

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 21:12

Liverpool's Wednesday morning training session included a foot tennis tournament played out with typical competitiveness.

Having started the season with a 4-3 win over Leeds United, the Reds are now preparing for a trip to Stamford Bridge this weekend.

The first of today's two workouts tested the squad's abilities in a different way, as small groups faced off on either side of a tennis net.

LFCTV GO subscribers can take a look above in our latest Inside Training compilation from Melwood.

App users should tap here to watch the video.

Use code 2021GOFREE to begin a one-month free trial of LFCTV GO - this can be cancelled at any time.

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Training photos: Champions set sights on Chelsea at Melwood

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 13:45

Preparations for the upcoming trip to Chelsea continued at Melwood on Wednesday - and our photographer was on hand to capture Liverpool's latest training session.

The champions began their Premier League title defence with a thrilling 4-3 win over Leeds United last weekend and have now turned their attention to Sunday's visit to Stamford Bridge.

Check out 63 photos of the Reds' Wednesday workout below.

Photos by Andrew Powell

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Neco Williams named on Golden Boy 2020 shortlist

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 09:15

Neco Williams has been included on the 40-player shortlist for the 2020 Golden Boy award.

The full-back enjoyed a breakthrough season in the Liverpool first team during 2019-20, making 11 appearances in all competitions and earning a Premier League winner's medal.

The 19-year-old also had a dream start to his international career with Wales earlier this month when he scored a late winner against Bulgaria in just his second appearance. 

The prestigious accolade honours Europe's best footballer under the age of 21 and the list of contenders will be cut by 20 players in October. 

The award was established by Italian newspaper Tuttosport in 2003 and its winner is determined by votes from 40 journalists across the continent.

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Liverpool to face Lincoln City in Carabao Cup third round

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 20:57

Liverpool will face Lincoln City away from home in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

Lincoln set up a clash with the Reds after a 5-0 victory over Bradford City in a second-round meeting at the Utilita Energy Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Jürgen Klopp's team will travel to the League One club for the tie next week, with fixture details to be announced on Liverpoolfc.com in due course.

Liverpool and Lincoln last met in February 1961, when both sides were playing in the Second Division.

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Order now: Four new official books celebrate Liverpool's title triumph

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 13:10

Liverpool FC is launching a selection of official books celebrating the team’s title-winning 2019-20 season which are available to order now.

Notes on a Season: Jordan Henderson
Notes on a Season: Jürgen Klopp

Before every game at Anfield, Jürgen Klopp and Jordan Henderson write their columns. They set their own agendas, pick their own topics and it is always a must-read for fans pre-match. Each of these fantastic hardback books is a compilation of the columns the Liverpool manager and captain wrote for the official Liverpool FC matchday programme during the team’s run to the Premier League title in 2019-20.

£9.99 each and on sale now

Liverpool FC – Champions

This official commemorative book tells the sensational story of a side which just kept winning, and winning, and winning. UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup. And finally, gloriously, at long last, the Premier League.

This beautifully illustrated story of an historic season is packed with breathtaking images, exclusive interviews and revealing insight from Klopp and his Kop stars. Written by the editorial team behind the LFC matchday programme and monthly magazine, this is the ultimate souvenir for any Liverpool fan, telling the remarkable story as it unfolded day by day.

£20, on sale September 17

19: Official History Of Our Champions

Our fourth official new read is simply called 19, written by Carl Clemente with the help of the highly-respected LFChistory.net. It recounts in detail the full story of each top-flight title success, a journey which started 120 years ago, back in September 1900. This thoroughly researched 540-page offering is packed with insights, facts and statistics, as well as including the thoughts and opinions of the players, managers, protagonists and fans who were involved in delivering the championship to the Anfield trophy cabinet time and time again. Revel in the club’s rich history with this special publication.

£19, on sale October 1

To order these titles, in collaboration with Reach Sport, our official publishers, please visit: https://reachsportshop.com/books-liverpool/

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'We worked hard all week in training - it was nice to see it pay off'

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 10:30

Rachel Furness described Sunday's 3-0 win away at London Bees as the perfect response from Liverpool FC Women.

A late goal denied the Reds a victory to kick off their FA Women's Championship campaign against Durham on the opening day.

But Vicky Jepson's side bounced back in clinical fashion and produced a fine attacking display at The Hive in their second outing.

Melissa Lawley put Liverpool into the lead before a brilliant solo effort from Rinsola Babajide made it 2-0.

And Furness added further gloss to the scoreline with a third goal at the end of the game, her second in as many matches so far this term.

Watch: 3-0 win at London Bees in 90 seconds

"First and foremost, it was a great reaction from last weekend against Durham," she reflected post-match.

"It's nice to get three points on the board, get our first win and a clean sheet.

"As a team we created a lot of chances and it was just a case of having that full belief in the team that once we got one goal we would get a couple.

"All the girls put in a great shift out there, we had worked hard all week in training and it was nice to see it pay off."

On netting the third goal, Furness added: "To be honest, I did have a few headers in the game that I was disappointed with.

"It's just nice to get on the scoresheet, it's nice to contribute to the team and it was nice to just get the three points.

"Now it's the international break and we will work hard in the next few weeks and get ready for our next game against Charlton Athletic."

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Inside Anfield: Watch unseen footage of Liverpool 4-3 Leeds

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 09:39

Watch the unseen story of Liverpool's thrilling 4-3 win over Leeds United with the first Premier League edition of Inside Anfield of the new season.

The champions started their title defence by shading a pulsating encounter with Marcelo Bielsa's side, thanks largely to Mohamed Salah's hat-trick.

Enjoy behind-the-scenes footage from an opening-day classic in Inside Anfield below.

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'We showed plenty of personality and character to get over the line'

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 09:00

Liverpool U23s boss Barry Lewtas was delighted by the character his side showed to claim a 1-0 win over Everton in their opening game of the Premier League 2 season on Sunday.

A Jake Cain goal inside the opening 90 seconds of the encounter was ultimately enough to see the young Reds take the points at the Kirkby Academy.

Luis Longstaff had an effort harshly ruled out for offside, while goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher enjoyed an afternoon to remember with several important saves at the other end.

Post-match, Lewtas reflected on the mini-derby win, the performance of Kelleher, and his pride at seeing how his young team coped with the pressure…

On a great way to start the season…

It was a long 90 minutes! I thought we were brilliant in the first half. We played some really good football and I thought we controlled the game. We had chances and maybe should have scored more but it wasn’t to be and, in fairness, we knew they would be a threat and they had their chances as well. But in terms of the way we played I was really pleased. Second half, we knew it would be a bit different. They came at us a little bit more but I thought we managed the spells really well and obviously near the end, the last 10 minutes, I thought we showed plenty of personality and character to get over the line. When we had to tackle we tackled, when we had to make the big runs we did it and I thought everyone took responsibility. For such a young group of players I was really pleased with them.

On Cain’s quick-fire opening goal…

The idea is with second balls and balls around the box if Jake and Leighton [Clarkson] can get around there, especially central, we’ve got a good chance of scoring and Jake took it well. It was just a shame the other goal was disallowed. That didn’t mean game over but it kept them in the game.

Watch: LFC U23s 1-0 Everton - highlights

On the exceptional display of Kelleher…

He was fantastic. We’ve not played for a while so I’ve not seen him for a while but I just thought he was a presence in goal, the way he dealt with crosses and from corners he came and collected. He was excellent and made the big saves when it counted as well, so it was pleasing. But we’ve seen this for years that when boys move down to us from Melwood they come down and play for the Academy, which is great.

On how well his young team coped with Everton’s powerful forward line…

Josh Bowler was a real threat down the right side and we probably didn’t quite solve that problem. But you have to dig in. We were playing Everton and we weren’t going to have it our own way all the way through the game but those last 10 minutes we had to dig deep. We did better than just hang on in there and I thought we were better organised than that. But that was certainly the toughest part of the game, but we passed that test.

On the work ethic of No.9 Longstaff, who led the press from the front…

Luis was great for us. In fairness to him, during the pre-season Luis has played off the side and he’s made a great volume of runs and I think when he plays as a No.9 he actually gives us a different dimension. He can play and his efforts didn’t go unnoticed, he was excellent.

On Friday night’s trip to face Derby County in Premier League 2…

It’s just great to have the football back and a busy start to the new season. Everton was a tough game because of the rivalry but Derby will be no different. We will look forward to that, we’ll recover, prepare and we’ll go again.

Friday night’s Premier League 2 encounter with Derby County is a behind-closed-doors fixture at Loughborough University, with kick-off set for 7pm BST.

The game will be shown live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO.

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Out now: Get your new LFC third kit for 2020-21

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 08:39

Liverpool's 2020-21 Nike third kit is now on general sale online and in stores.

The black, anthracite and crimson strip – which features a chequered design inspired by the flags and banners that are part of the club’s European heritage – was unveiled last week and made available for limited pre-order.

And it has now gone on general sale for supporters online and in official club stores.

Click here to browse the 2020-21 kit collection.

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Liverpool 'have an interest' in Borussia Monchengladbach star

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 17:11

Liverpool have reportedly registered an interest in Borussia Monchengladbach's defensive midfielder Denis Zakaria.

Switzerland international Zakaria has a contact with the German side that runs until 2022 and, according to Bild, he is on Jurgen Klopp's radar.

It is believed the 23-year-old's asking price will be in the region of £37million and next summer Monchengladbach will be open to selling him ahead of the final year of his contract.

Full story: MailOnline

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