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Jürgen Klopp: We'll do our best - and the rest is destiny

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 09:00

Jürgen Klopp has reiterated his message that Liverpool can only give their best and see where it leads as their quest for silverware enters another important week.

The Reds’ 5-0 victory over Huddersfield Town on Friday night was cancelled out by Manchester City’s win at Burnley on Sunday, meaning the reigning champions lead the Premier League by one point with two matches remaining.

For now, though, Klopp’s men are focused on their Champions League semi-final against FC Barcelona, which starts with a trip to Camp Nou this Wednesday.

So much will be decided in the next fortnight, but the Liverpool manager takes a philosophical view of the situation his side are in and is concentrated on nothing other than inspiring the highest performance levels from his players.

“It’s a really good moment where we are because I go to bed and have football on my mind, I wake up with a line-up in my mind or a player running from left to right, shooting or whatever. That’s the truth,” Klopp told Premier League Productions.

“That’s not always nice; in the moment it’s nice because it’s all positive thoughts in my mind. In football, when you won the last game you can imagine to win the next. If you lost the last game it’s so difficult to imagine to win the next. That’s our life constantly.

“We won a couple of games and we are in a really good moment. I enjoy that. A few weeks ago people asked me if I can enjoy the period and I said, ‘Not really, it’s work.’ And it is work. But I like how my team are dealing with the situation; I’m really proud of the boys, how they deal with it.

“I think from the outside it looks so difficult and the boys deliver and deliver and deliver – that’s the cool thing. The rest is destiny. We don’t know. We have to do our best and we will see what we get for it.”

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LFC Women beaten at Birmingham

Sun, 04/28/2019 - 18:35

Liverpool FC Women were beaten 2-0 by Birmingham City Women in their Women's Super League meeting on Sunday afternoon.

Ellen White netted both goals in a nine-minute first-half period for the hosts at St. Andrew’s and the double proved enough to take all three points.

Liverpool had already cleared off the line twice before White converted on the rebound after Charlie Wellings had struck the post in the 20th minute.

Nine minutes later, the same player doubled Birmingham’s lead, heading beyond Fran Kitching from Chloe Arthur’s ball into the area.

Vicky Jepson’s side came close to halving their deficit soon after the interval, but Courtney Sweetman-Kirk guided her volleyed effort just wide following a fine run down the right by Rinsola Babajide.

Sweetman-Kirk and Christie Murray again went close for the Reds, while Kitching denied White a hat-trick with a fingertip save from her attempted chip late on.

LFC Women remain eighth in the Women’s Super League ahead of their final fixture of the season, against Everton Ladies next month.

Liverpool FC Women: Kitching, Robe, Bradley-Auckland, Fahey, Purfield, Rodgers, Murray, Coombs, Babajide (Little, 84), Daniels (Charles, 46), Sweetman-Kirk (Hodson, 82).

Unused substitutes: Preuss, Kearns.

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Match report: Liverpool U23s beaten by Blackburn at Anfield

Sun, 04/28/2019 - 17:53

Liverpool U23s' Premier League 2 season concluded with a 2-1 defeat against Blackburn Rovers at Anfield on Sunday evening.

First-half goals by Joe Rankin-Costello and Dan Butterworth established a healthy lead for the away team in L4 and George Johnston’s late Kop-end conversion was mere consolation for the young Reds.

“We changed the shape at half-time and it took us 10 minutes or so to get used to. When we did, we started to get more of a foothold in the game and we were playing more in their half of the pitch,” a frustrated Neil Critchley told Liverpoolfc.com post-match.

“But they defend in numbers and they’re hard to break down. We didn’t show enough guile or quality to do that. We didn’t do enough in attack and we certainly didn’t do enough in defence as a team.”

Neither side was able to carve out a real goalscoring opportunity in the first 20 minutes at Anfield, though Blackburn were the more confident and enterprising in their approach play.

And the visitors’ greater verve told midway through the half.

Stefan Mols carefully got back onside as Rovers recycled a second ball out to the right flank and the No.11’s pitched cross was met with a firm Rankin-Costello header that Caoimhin Kelleher could not keep out.

Blackburn continued to enjoy the better of the game and John Buckley was unlucky to see a drive from the edge of the area drift wide after a lengthy dribble through the centre.

Liverpool rallied in the latter stages of the half and fashioned two promising chances to level, with Rhian Brewster’s turn-and-shot from Adam Lewis’ low cross blocked by Hayden Carter.

Excellent high pressing by Isaac Christie-Davies then stole possession from Jacob Davenport but the Reds midfielder could not turn a pass into the unmarked Brewster and Rafael Camacho’s follow-up shot was easily saved.

Blackburn compounded their frustration with a second goal four minutes before the break.

Butterworth took full advantage of a counter-attack opportunity, carrying the ball from the halfway line to the left channel and clinically slotting a finish inside the far post.

Critchley changed the Liverpool formation at the outset of the second half, switching to three at the back, though Mols was dangerously close to flashing a header past Kelleher at the far post from a right-wing cross.

The hosts improved as the second half progressed and another outstanding Lewis delivery reached Connor Randall but his effort at an awkward angle was off target.

Camacho’s dipping strike from 25 yards drew an important save from Rovers goalkeeper Charlie Albinson as time ticked away – but the Reds did halve the deficit late on.

A whipped corner from the left-hand side drifted through a ruck of players and found Johnston in the middle, who showed strength to seize the ball and hook it home, though the goal came too late for Liverpool to claim anything from the encounter.

The result means Critchley’s charges will finish the Premier League 2 season in fourth place.

Liverpool U23s: Kelleher, Whelan, Lewis, Masterson, Johnston, Randall, Camacho, Woodburn, Brewster (Gallacher, 71), Christie-Davies, Jones (McAuley, 87).

Unused substitutes: Atherton, Juanma.

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What's on: This week's LFC community events

Sun, 04/28/2019 - 12:00

Check out a schedule of local community events planned by the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours teams in the coming week.

For more information on these activities, and the work of the two organisations, follow @LFCFoundation and @Red_Neighbours on Twitter or click here.

Monday April 29    

Premier League Kicks sessions

Walton Hall Park - 7pm-8pm (age 11-17)
Speke Community Centre - 6pm-8pm (age 11+)

Respect 4 All Ability Counts session (Disability)

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 5-12), 7pm-8pm (age 13+)

Tuesday April 30  

Premier League Kicks session

Toxteth Firefit Hub - 5.30pm-6.30pm (age 8-13), 6.30pm-7.30pm (age 14-19)

Respect 4 All (Disability)

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 5-16), 7pm-8pm (age 17+)

Red Neighbours Walking Football

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 3pm-4pm

Open Goals

Seaforth in Bowersdale Park (Meet at Bowersdale Resource Centre) - 5pm-6pm

Wednesday May 1    

Premier League Kicks sessions

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 5pm-6pm (age 7-11), 6pm-7pm (age 12-17), 5pm-6pm (age 8-13 girls only)

Respect 4 All (Disability)

Anfield Sports and Community Centre- 6pm-7pm (age 5+)

Open Goals

Crosby in Coronation Park (Meet at Alchemy Crosby Youth & Community Centre) - 4.30pm-5.30pm

Thursday May 2          

Premier League Kicks sessions

Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Wavertree - 5pm-6pm (age 8-13), 6pm-7pm (age 14-17)
Gateacre School - 6pm-7pm (age 8-11), 7pm-8pm (age 12-16)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 8pm-10pm (age 13+)

Respect 4 All (Disability)

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 7pm-8pm (age 5+)

Military Veterans

Netherton Goals - 5pm-7.30pm

Friday May 3

Premier League Kicks sessions

Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Wavertree - 6pm-8pm (age 14-19)
Croxteth Sports Centre - 6pm-8pm (age 11-17)
Kirkby Leisure Centre - 5pm-6pm (age 8-13), 6pm-8pm (age 14-17)
Netherton Activity Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 8-11), 7pm-8pm (age 12-19)

Respect 4 All (Disability)

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 5-16), 7pm-8pm (age 17+)

Red Neighbours Walking Football

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 11am-12pm

Red Neighbours Walking Netball

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 11.30am-12.30pm

Saturday May 4    

Respect 4 All (Disability)

Woodchurch High School - 10.30am-11.30am (SLD Child), 11.30am-12.30pm (Ability Counts), 12.30pm-1.30pm (SLD Adults)

Open Goals

Wavertree Sports Park - 11am-12pm, 12pm-1pm
Stanley Park - 11am-12pm, 12pm-1pm
Norris Green Park - 1.30pm-3pm
Jubilee Sports Bank - 1.30pm-2.30pm 

Sunday May 5  

Open Goals    

Walton Hall Park - 1pm-2pm, 2pm-3pm
Belle Vale Park - 1pm-2pm, 2pm-3pm
Doric Park - 11am-12pm

Military Veterans

LFC Academy - 3pm-4.30pm

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Watch: Klopp joins BetVictor 'Training S.O.S' mission at Melwood

Sun, 04/28/2019 - 11:00

Jürgen Klopp joins the rescue mission in episode two of the second series of BetVictor’s ‘Training S.O.S’.

After Jason McAteer and John Barnes offered their help to Greystones United in episode one, it’s time for the struggling Irish Sunday league side to visit Melwood, where they meet Klopp and his players before completing a shooting drill as the boss watches on.

Klopp is assisted by his goalkeeping coach John Achterberg and Liverpool legend John Aldridge, while Andy Robertson provides some words of wisdom ahead of a huge game in Greystones’ bid to avoid relegation.

Virgil van Dijk, meanwhile, plays the part of impromptu kit man for one lucky member of the Greystones squad.

Watch the second episode of series two of BetVictor’s ‘Training S.O.S’ below…

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United join Liverpool in race for Nicolas Pepe

Sun, 04/28/2019 - 10:16

Manchester United have joined fierce rivals Liverpool in the race to sign £60million-rated Lille forward Nicolas Pepe.

Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is preparing for a huge squad overhaul this summer and has highlighted attack as an area to strengthen.

According to the Express, United have sent scouts to watch Pepe in France and have been impressed with his performances for the Ligue 1 side.

The 23-year-old, who is understood to be seeking pastures new this summer, has notched 20 goals this season.

Liverpool have reportedly already made contact with Lille over wide man Pepe in an attempt to pip their Premier League rivals to his signature.

The hit-man was a target for Barcelona at the start of the season and a number of English clubs are now said to have shown an interest.

As well as impressing Jurgen Klopp, his impressive campaign has caught the eye of Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham - and now United.

Since his move to Lille in 2017, Pepe has scored 34 goals in 73 games, and his form this season has taken Les Dogues to the verge of Champions League qualification after a 17th placed finish last term.

However L’Equipe recently claimed Pepe won’t make a decision on his future until after May 5, the date of Lille’s crunch clash with Lyon.

The winner of that encounter is likely to finish second in Ligue 1 behind Paris Saint-Germain.

The French league season doesn’t finish until May 25, with three more games to play after that Lyon tie, but it is reported that Pepe will announce his future early next month.

Source: Daily Mirror

This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

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Barcelona win La Liga ahead of Liverpool visit

Sun, 04/28/2019 - 10:03

FC Barcelona secured the 2018-19 La Liga title ahead of Liverpool's visit to Camp Nou for Wednesday's Champions League semi-final first leg.

Lionel Messi came off the bench at the start of the second half and subsequently scored the only goal of Saturday’s home clash with Levante.

The 62nd-minute strike was Messi’s 34th league goal of the season and his 46th in all competitions this term.

The result established an unassailable advantage for Barcelona over Atletico Madrid in Spain’s top division with three matches remaining in the campaign.

Liverpool take on Ernesto Valverde’s team in the opening game of their Champions League last-four tie on Wednesday, with the return at Anfield six days later.

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Why Ox will have a framed 'Robertson 26' shirt on his wall

Sun, 04/28/2019 - 08:00

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain lost the moment Sadio Mane’s header hit the back of the net.

Liverpool’s second goal in Friday’s 5-0 rout of Huddersfield Town followed a familiar pattern: full-back whips in an inch-perfect cross, forward expertly applies the finishing touch.

On this occasion, Andy Robertson was Mane’s provider and, in being so, the Scotland captain became only the third defender in the Premier League era to assist at least 10 goals in a season.

There’s more to it than that, though - as Oxlade-Chamberlain well knows.

Before 2018-19 began, the midfielder offered his teammate an incentive: lay on 10 top-flight goals and he would place a signed, framed ‘Robertson 26’ shirt alongside the jersey of a certain Lionel Messi on his wall at home.

So, having now reached - and indeed surpassed, after he later set up Mohamed Salah for the Reds’ fifth goal of the evening - that milestone, will the left-back be cashing that particular chip in?

Robbo on Ox bet, Huddersfield, Barca and more

“Of course, yeah! When I walked up to him at half-time I said: ‘Where’s it gonna go?!’” a smiling Robertson told Liverpoolfc.com.

“I want it above his bed so he’s always reminded of me every time he goes to sleep! At the start of the season it was a bit of banter, he said: ‘If you get 10 Premier League assists, sign a shirt and I’ll put it up on my wall.’

“I don’t think he expected me to get and he started panicking - but I’m glad to get it and there’ll be a ‘Robertson 26’ shirt up there next season!

“[It’s a] great achievement. I’m not really for self-achievement, but I’m happy with that and I think when I was on nine, stuck on that and I saw where the record was, of course you want to chase it. 

“I am who I am and the clean sheet is more important to me today, but I think Mo’s delighted because I’d not assisted him since the first game of the season! So he’s been on at me and luckily I found him, so all round it’s a good night.”

Of course, Oxlade-Chamberlain made his long-awaited return to first-team action against Huddersfield, the No.21 appearing as a second-half substitute a year and two days on from sustaining a serious knee injury versus AS Roma.

The England international was typically bright during his 17-minute cameo, and could even have marked the occasion with a Kop-end goal, only for Jonas Lossl to save his shot from close range.

Robertson continued: “I’m close to Chambo and it’s been a tough year for him, there’s no hiding that. But you can’t tell, he’s come in with a smile on his face every day. 

“Mo and Sadio scored two, I got two assists, but tonight is all about him in my opinion - coming on to that atmosphere, it gave everyone a lift and he could’ve scored. He’ll be so frustrated with himself, by the way! 

“That’s what Chambo brings and there’s not much of the season left but I’m sure he’ll play a big part, and next season he’ll play a massive part. But it’s great to see him fit and healthy and I’m sure it’ll stay that way now.”

Liverpool’s next assignment is Wednesday’s mouth-watering Champions League semi-final first leg against Messi’s Barcelona - and Robertson is relishing the ‘massive occasion’ in store at Camp Nou.

“We’re full of confidence, they’re full of confidence,” he said.

“Look, we know how good they are, but we’re a tough team to beat and that’s what we need to show. We need to be at our best, we know that, but over two legs we fancy ourselves against anyone and hopefully it proves that way. 

“It’s a massive occasion and we look forward to it. Now it’s all about resting and recovering and trying to get the legs as ready as we can.”

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Live: Watch LFC U23s v Blackburn at Anfield

Sun, 04/28/2019 - 07:00

Liverpool U23s face Blackburn Rovers in their final Premier League 2 game of the season at Anfield on Sunday - watch the game live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO from 3.30pm BST.

Kick-off is scheduled for 4pm, but our coverage begins half an hour earlier when Steve Hothersall will be joined by former Reds Dominic Matteo and David Thompson.

Click here to watch the game live>>

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Sat, 04/27/2019 - 23:59

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Reds dedicate Youth Cup win to Stephen Darby

Sat, 04/27/2019 - 15:00

Liverpool have dedicated Thursday’s FA Youth Cup win to Stephen Darby after the former Red was forced to retire earlier this season.

Darby came through the ranks at the Kirkby Academy and would go on to lift two Youth Cups with Liverpool, winning finals against Manchester United and Manchester City.

After six first-team appearances, his senior career flourished at Bradford City where he would become captain and make almost 250 appearances.

Darby, 30, retired from the game last autumn while at Bolton Wanderers after revealing a recent diagnosis with motor neurone disease. He has since set up a Motor Neurone Disease Foundation to raise funds and awareness about the condition.

Speaking about the dedication, LFC Academy director Alex Inglethorpe said: “Stephen was very much in our thoughts this week.

“He played in our last Youth Cup winning team in 2007 and captained the team to victory in 2006.

“He’s one of us and a huge part of our history as an Academy.”

City were the opponents once again this week as Liverpool won the trophy 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw after extra-time.

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Liverpool FC Women to host Academy trials

Sat, 04/27/2019 - 14:14

Young footballers have the opportunity to take their love of the game to the next level by trying out for Liverpool FC Women’s Academy.

Girls aged from U9 to U16 can take part in upcoming trials as part of the Liverpool Women and England talent pathway.

Successful players will join Liverpool Women’s elite Regional Talent Club (RTC) for the 2019-20 season.

The U14 and U16 squads are based at Liverpool FC’s Academy in Kirkby while the U9 to U12 age groups are based at the Jeffrey Humble football hub in Fazakerley.

The likes of Ashley Hodson, Niamh Charles and Missy Bo Kearns who have all come through the Liverpool Academy to play in the Women’s Super League.

The Academy recently secured a league and cup double and Liverpool Women are extremely proud to hold Tier 1 status, demonstrating their ongoing ability to develop elite female youth players. Players are developed within an elite training environment with expert coaching and support staff. 

Young girls can take part in various open trials apart from those at U16 level where an application process is required.

Players must live within 90 minute travel time of the base at Kirkby (L33 7ED) or Fazakerley (L9 6AG) and must have an English parent, grandparent or have been educated in England for five consecutive years.

The trial process and dates are as follows:

Trial Dates for U14s & U16s 

Venue – Liverpool FC Academy, Kirby

Tues June 4 – 7.15pm – 9.15pm – Open Trials

Thurs June 6 – 7.15pm – 9.15pm – Open Trials

Tues June 11 - 7.15pm – 9.15pm – Invite Only 

Thurs June 13 – 7.15pm – 9.15pm – Invite Only 

Trial dates for U9s to U12s

Mon June 3 - 5.30 - 7.30pm – Open Trials

Wed June 5 - 5.30 - 7.30pm – Open Trials

Mon June 10 – 5.30pm – 7.30pm – Invite Only

Weds June 12 – 5.30pm – 7.30pm – Invite Only 

The criteria used to select those for U16 trials will include those players currently in a regional talent club, those who have earned international representation and those who have county school representation or play in a boys’ team. 

To apply for any of the trials please click here.

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Vicky Jepson on Babajide potential, Bristol win and Birmingham test

Sat, 04/27/2019 - 14:00

In her latest column, Liverpool FC Women manager Vicky Jepson reflects on last weekend's brilliant 5-2 win over Bristol City Women, hat-trick hero Rinsola Babajide and Sunday's trip to Birmingham City FC Women.

I was absolutely over the moon with the girls when we got back to winning ways last Sunday with the 5-2 win over Bristol City Women. We scored five good goals at home but if I’m being honest the two goals we conceded we gave to them with our mistakes. We went into the break 3-1 up thanks to two goals at the end of the half and that put us in a very good position to go on and take those three points from a very good Bristol side who have done well this season.

We also showed great character to keep going after we were so unfortunate to lose at Manchester City in the last game, when they scored a stoppage-time winner. We have made it very clear to the squad that we want to finish this season on a high. We have two games left now and we had to bounce back from what I would term as ‘mad March’ when we had some very tough games against some of the best teams in this league. We took a lot of positives from that game at City and I’m just so glad that the girls applied everything they possibly could into our last game to ensure Bristol went away from our ground empty handed.

It was a great day for Rinsola Babajide, who scored a hat-trick. It’s about time we saw Rinsola show her true potential! I’m really pleased for ‘Rins’ because she shows that in training and I know she’s got the potential to do that more in the games, so I’m looking forward to see if she can bring that consistency into our final two games of the season. She got the signed football from the girls, I’m sure she enjoyed that moment, but now we’ve got to focus and get ready for Sunday.

Ashley Hodson is getting stronger game by game after such a long absence and she came off the bench to score a brilliant goal against Bristol. I think it’s fantastic to see someone come off the bench and affect a game like that. It was a great finish from Ash and well executed. She has scored two good goals for us since her return and hopefully there will be more goals to come from her because she is certainly capable of getting them.

It was a special moment for us when we got Niamh Charles back on the pitch and that was a big highlight of last Sunday for us. Niamh has been out a long time but what an impact she had. Bristol really struggled to deal with her when she had the ball and was running at them. That’s what she has got in her locker, she was a secret weapon coming off the bench on Sunday and I’m looking forward to Niamh getting more minutes before the season is over.

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On Sunday we take on Birmingham City in the Women’s Super League at their first-team stadium St Andrew's (kick-off 2pm BST). It’s one we are really looking forward to and we can’t wait to play at a fantastic stadium. Again, we know it’s going to be a really tough battle but we remember the last time we played them when they beat us 2-0 at Prenton Park, and hopefully we can put things right on Sunday.

Finally, our backroom team is now fully in place and I would like to reserve special praise for each and every one of them. The big thing for me is we have got a great team behind the team. It’s taken a while to put the right people in place and give the girls all the support they need to go and perform every week. It was sad to see Chris Kirkland go but we have a lot of respect for him and fully respect his wishes because he has a lot of other things he needs to focus on. Chris remains a great friend of ours and we wish him all the best. Craig Dootson has come in as our new goalkeeping coach and has done a fantastic job. Both of our goalkeepers have really responded well to Craig stepping up. He has lots of experience and it’s great for us to have brought him in. We have Emma Humphries, a UEFA A Licence coach. Emma has got lots of experience having been a professional player for New Zealand but also she has worked in Canada. She has fitted in perfectly and the girls have responded really well to her. Obviously Alan Jordan, our sports scientist and physio Hina Chauhan have been with us from the start and I can’t thank them enough for everything they have done for me and continue to do so. We also have a new analyst in Jordan Kevan. Jordan did a fantastic job at Stoke City’s Academy. He has brought so much to our team and we have been able to get more information about our opponents, so it’s just great to have that support around me and for the girls as well.

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Vote now: Who was Liverpool's April Player of the Month?

Sat, 04/27/2019 - 12:00

Liverpool rounded off a perfect April by beating Huddersfield Town 5-0 on Friday - and now it's time to select your Standard Chartered Player of the Month.

The convincing victory over Jan Siewert's side at Anfield made it six wins from six games during April for the double-chasing Reds.

A come-from-behind 3-1 success at Southampton started the month off, before FC Porto were defeated 6-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and Chelsea and Cardiff City succumbed to 2-0 losses prior to the meeting with the Terriers.

But who was Jürgen Klopp's star man across the month?

Cast your vote below now and stay logged on to Liverpoolfc.com to find out the winner soon.

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Video: McAteer and Barnes take on new BetVictor 'Training S.O.S.'

Sat, 04/27/2019 - 11:00

BetVictor's 'Training S.O.S.' is back for a new series as Jason McAteer and John Barnes join forces in the first episode to help a struggling team from Ireland stave off relegation.

After 13 matches without a win, it’s fair to say Greystones United – a Sunday league team based in Wicklow – were in need of some professional expertise.

Fortunately, BetVictor was ready to help.

Former Reds star McAteer was dispatched to meet the lads and get the rescue operation under way, before Barnes stepped in when they visited Liverpool to maintain the improvement in results by sharing his unrivalled football wisdom.

Get the full story in episode one of ‘Training S.O.S’ series two below…

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'Let's finish the season on a high at Anfield'

Sat, 04/27/2019 - 11:00

As Liverpool U23s prepare to bring the curtain down on 2018-19 against Blackburn Rovers on Sunday, boss Neil Critchley has encouraged his team to put on a show at Anfield.

The young Reds have won their last three matches against Derby County, Chelsea and Leicester City respectively, and end their Premier League 2 campaign at the first-team stadium this weekend.

Kick-off at Anfield is at 4pm BST and you can watch the game live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO. For ticket details, click here.

Read on for Critchley’s thoughts on Sunday’s game, the Anfield factor and his assessment of the season as a whole...

On ending the season at Anfield...

It’s a great way to finish off our season. We managed to do the same last season against Chelsea so we are looking forward to a tough game but with the added bonus that it is at Anfield which makes the difference to the players. It’s a game we are really looking forward to.

On the recent victories against Derby, Chelsea and Leicester

You know you are going to get different teams with different personnel at U23 level but it’s always important we show the principles that we try to enforce in training. We work closely towards what the first team are trying to produce and I think we have done that in good spells this season, particularly in the back half of the season when the results have been very encouraging.

On 2018-19 as a whole…

It’s very subjective because you are always looking for the players within the team to be progressing and that can obviously be open to opinion. I think there has been some good progression from certain individuals this season. We have been pleased with how some of the boys have done but we are always impatient and are always looking for more, and that’s our job. We are always striving for a higher standard and you never settle for what you’ve got. Even though we are happy it’s always: 'What’s next? What do you need to improve on, work on?' That never changes. That’s what we follow every day.

On looking to end the season on a winning note…

We have been on a good run of results and we want that to continue on Sunday. The performances of late have been very good and if the team are playing well then it gives the chance for the individuals to show what they are capable of. It’s a great end to the season, a good game to look forward to at Anfield and we want to put on a really good show, win the game and pick up three more points.

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Henderson on Salah and Mane's goalscoring form: 'It's amazing'

Sat, 04/27/2019 - 10:30

Jordan Henderson believes Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will continue scoring 'for fun' as long as Liverpool carry on providing them with sightings of goal.

The duo both bagged braces in Friday night's 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town at Anfield that took the Reds back to the top of the Premier League.

Salah's push to retain the Golden Boot was boosted as he moved ahead in the standings, taking his league tally to 21, with Mane trailing by just one.

In addition to their goalscoring output, Henderson also praised the defensive effort delivered by those up front.

The captain told Liverpoolfc.com: "It's amazing. The work-rate as well, which people don't look at as much [because] they want to look at the goals.

"They work hard for the team and when they get in front of goal they're clinical. That's the most important thing.

“They keep getting in the right areas and if we keep feeding them then they'll score goals for fun."

Roberto Firmino was forced to sit out the Huddersfield win with a slight muscle tear.

Daniel Sturridge replaced the Brazilian in the starting line-up, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Xherdan Shaqiri also contributing from the bench against the Terriers.

"When you're a player you just want to keep playing games and the lads that came on gave us a boost," Henderson added. "I thought Studge did brilliant coming in for Roberto.

"All really good signs, so we need to keep that going until the end of the season."

Liverpool's attention now turns towards Champions League matters ahead of the start of a semi-final tie with Barcelona.

The Reds travel to Camp Nou on Wednesday for the first leg before hosting the return fixture at Anfield on May 7.

Henderson concluded: "We all know how difficult it is to go to Barcelona, but it's a huge game that everyone wants to be involved in and play in.

"It'll be a great occasion, but one where we've got to be fully focused on what we need to do because they're a good side and we've seen how good they can be, especially at the Nou Camp.

"[It'll be a] Tough game, but one that we're really looking forward to."

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Robbo: We'll keep the pressure on City in title race

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 23:15

Liverpool will continue to push Manchester City all the way in the Premier League title race, Andy Robertson has stressed.

The Reds regained top spot again following a 5-0 victory over Huddersfield Town on Friday night.

However, City's win at Manchester United in midweek means they are in control of their own destiny and can move back into first place with three points at Burnley on Sunday.

"I watched the game on Wednesday. I felt if I watched it, it wasn't going to make much of a difference," Robertson told Sky Sports.

"We don't expect anything and all we can keep doing is winning games and putting the pressure on them.

"If they pick up the points then we know they win the league. But as long as we keep applying the pressure then hopefully they slip up.

"But we'll wait for that to happen hopefully."

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane scored braces in the victory over the Terriers on Friday, with Naby Keita also on the scoresheet.

Robertson provided the assist for one of Mane's converted headers to become just the third defender to record at least 10 assists in a single Premier League season.

Trent Alexander-Arnold also set up a goal during the Huddersfield win as the long-running battle between the full-backs to record the highest number of assists in 2018-19 heats up.

Robertson currently leads the way with 12 in all competitions, while Alexander-Arnold trails by just one.

The left-back continued: "[I'm] delighted. He got one as well [but] I'm just keeping in front.

"It's all about helping the team and it pushes both of us. That proves it by the numbers this season.

"It's friendly banter and hopefully it stays that way all the way through.

"Whoever wins it, it's going to be incredible and good numbers from both us."

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Jürgen Klopp's update on Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk fitness

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 22:58

Jürgen Klopp provided a further update on the fitness of Roberto Firmino following Liverpool’s win over Huddersfield Town and admitted his condition would need to be assessed ahead of next week’s trip to Barcelona.

The striker sat out the Reds’ 5-0 demolition of the Terriers at Anfield on Friday night after sustained a slight muscle tear during a training session at Melwood.

Klopp is optimistic Firmino can recover in time for Wednesday’s mouth-watering Champions League semi-final, first-leg encounter with Barcelona at the Camp Nou, but confirmed it was too early to be certain.

He explained to reporters in his post-match press conference: “Bobby trained yesterday completely normally, it was not high-intensity we just had to work on set-pieces a little bit and here and there a couple of things. I didn’t see it in training, it happened in the last situation of training and he felt a muscle a little bit.

“Now, the official diagnosis is he has a small tear in a small muscle, so apart from the word ‘tear’ everything else is positive.

“It is Bobby, so he might be ready for Wednesday, but we obviously don’t know in the moment. Because it is him, it’s rather likely that [he will be] than not, but we will see.

“So, of all the bad news you can get it is pretty much the best, but it’s still bad enough that he couldn’t play tonight.”

Meanwhile, Klopp confirmed there are no fitness concerns lingering over Virgil van Dijk.

The centre-back appeared to collect a knock in the early stages of the second half against Huddersfield, but completed the 90 minutes.

Asked if Van Dijk had picked up an injury, Klopp replied: “No, nothing. I asked him, he said, ‘No, no, all good.”

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Mohamed Salah sets new LFC goalscoring record

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 22:50

Mohamed Salah set a new Liverpool record with his double against Huddersfield Town on Friday night.

The No.11 scored once in each half during the 5-0 Premier League win at Anfield, which represented his 100th appearance in all competitions for the Reds since signing from AS Roma in the summer of 2017.

Salah’s second goal of the evening increased his tally for the club to 69 – a record for a Liverpool player in his first century of games.

The Egyptian moved ahead of both Roger Hunt and Sam Raybould (both 68 goals) to achieve a new benchmark in Reds history.

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