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Klopp explains Trent decision and midfield selection

Sun, 02/24/2019 - 13:17

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s recent return from injury and the availability of James Milner informed Jürgen Klopp’s selection decision for Sunday’s match against Manchester United.

Right-back Alexander-Arnold completed the full 90 minutes for the first time following a knee injury that sidelined him for four weeks in Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.

Starting with this afternoon’s fixture, Liverpool face a period of three games in seven days - leading Klopp to name Alexander-Arnold on the bench at Old Trafford.

“Just because Trent was out for a while, played the last game and we have two games coming up,” the manager said, when asked to explain his starting line-up.

“I don’t like to think too much about the games coming up usually, but it’s pretty much the first moment in the season for while that we could make a decision with Millie and we will need Trent in the next weeks very much. 

“So I don’t want to do it today and Wednesday, for example, which is a difficult task and we have Millie available, that helps as well, so all good.”

On what he wants from Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabinho in midfield on Sunday, Klopp continued: “Good football. I thought it makes sense. It’s a very physical game, United is physically strong and you need to be mature as well in these games, so that’s the reason.”

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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Manchester United

Sun, 02/24/2019 - 13:04

Liverpool make two changes for this afternoon’s Premier League clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Virgil van Dijk returns from suspension while James Milner is named in the line-up, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita dropping down to the bench.

Liverpool: Alisson, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Fabinho, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Subs: Mignolet, Keita, Sturridge, Lallana, Shaqiri, Origi, Alexander-Arnold.

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LIVE: Manchester United v Liverpool - follow the build-up

Sun, 02/24/2019 - 09:06

The boss on United's threat

Jürgen Klopp was asked how United have changed under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the two months since Liverpool inflicted a 3-1 defeat on them at Anfield.

"We see the Pogba Man United signed a couple of years ago, Herrera is in outstanding shape, all the offensive players were all there and were all good before but now they are full of confidence and use all their potential, so that makes a big difference," said the Reds manager.

"Sometimes it is how it is, you need some changes and in football it is very often the manager and it helps. It doesn't always help, but sometimes it helps, in this case obviously it has helped.

"It is a different side, a different style, but still United and so they have all different ways in their toolbox to get results. They can still defend deep and all that stuff, they have to sometimes, and they play high pressure in different moments, so it's all there, that's good."

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The view from United: 'Van Dijk and Pogba could decide it'

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 20:00

Liverpool travel to Old Trafford on Sunday for a headline-grabbing fixture against Manchester United that could put Jürgen Klopp's men back on top of the Premier League.

The Reds trail leaders Manchester City - who play Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final this weekend - on goal difference, but a positive result in this game in hand would move them above Pep Guardiola's side with 11 matches still to play this season.

Liverpool beat United 3-1 at Anfield in the reverse fixture in December, but much has changed at their arch-rivals since then.

Jose Mourinho left the club two days after that match and his successor, caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has revitalised the team.

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The former United striker, who won six league titles and the Champions League under Sir Alex Ferguson, has overseen eight victories during a nine-match unbeaten run in the Premier League that has propelled the Red Devils into the top four.

The Norwegian's only defeat thus far came at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain, but his side bounced back with a 2-0 win at Chelsea last time out to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

So, what can we expect from Solskjaer's charges on Sunday?

We spoke with ESPN general editor and United fan Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) to get the inside track...

What has Solskjaer done to transform Manchester United?

It's easy to say, but as so many have proven, putting smiles on faces and creating an atmosphere in a group is conducive to good team performances.

Solskjaer is more than that, though - he's been there five minutes and United already have a first-choice XI and a distinct style of play. 

It's not just on the field either. Solskjaer says the right things off the pitch and talks how a Manchester United manager should.

Paul Pogba is now the star of the show, how important is he to the set-up?

I genuinely believe he is the most important player in the league. By that I mean if you took out another team's key player, they'd be stung, of course, but not to the extent United are without Pogba.

He's enjoying the best scoring form of his career and if he plays well, so do United. 

Liverpool would be harmed if Virgil van Dijk missed a game (we saw this to an extent against Bayern) but United rely on Pogba to such an extent that it's hard to see them winning without him.

Which player has been the unsung hero of the Solskjaer revolution?

With regards to players, it's an easy one really: Victor Lindelof, Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic. But I am going to be awkward and flip the answer and say first-team coach Mike Phelan. 

A key cog in Sir Alex Ferguson's past teams, Phelan has returned and his acumen on the training pitch as well as his man management skills off it has been crucial in United's resurgence. It's just a shame we haven't seen him wear his shorts nearly enough.

How have fans' expectations for the season changed?

Fans expect United to entertain, first and foremost.

Now, there's an expectation to win and win well. A cup run (you could say that has already been achieved after FA Cup wins at Arsenal and Chelsea) and a top-four finish would salvage what looked to be a terrible season.

What have you made of Liverpool this season?

I had them down as title winners back in the summer. You can't reach a Champions League final then have a strong summer transfer window without expecting the most serious title challenge in years. 

You know what you're getting with Liverpool: fast, ferocious, passionate play. Perhaps Jürgen Klopp has reined things in ever so slightly this season but the old adage of "attack wins games, defences win titles" springs to mind here. 

The minute Klopp was appointed I had him down as ending this long title drought. The fans buzz off his charisma and the way he plays and that's a fearsome alchemy.

Which one LFC player would you like to see in a Manchester United shirt?

Van Dijk. United's defence remains, to be kind, a work in progress. While Lindelof is improving, if he had the league's best centre-back alongside him, United would be so much stronger.

How will United line up on Sunday?

There's whispers Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial could make surprise returns but I'd be shocked at that. Mata is wasted on the right but, as Liverpool fans know, he is a danger man in this fixture. It would be interesting to see if United are set up similar to how they played at Chelsea, with Mata in a diamond. 

Where will the game be won and lost?

Again, the two key men for me: Pogba and Van Dijk. While they are unlikely to come into direct battle often, whoever excels for their respective side can expect to be on the winning team. Van Dijk bullied Lukaku at Anfield, no mean feat, but if Pogba is purring Liverpool will worry.

What is your prediction for the match?

Not. A. Chance. Apart from being possibly the most superstitious of people not just in football but in life, you're not getting a prediction out of me for ANY game. 

Can I say that, er, we hope football is the winner? *cough*. Ahem.

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Stats: How Salah can make history against Man Utd

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 17:00

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah will become the fastest player in Premier League history to score 50 goals for a single club if he nets against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

A goal on his 63rd league appearance for the Reds would break Alan Shearer's record of reaching 50 goals in 66 appearances for Blackburn Rovers in 1994.

Liverpool's club record is currently held by Fernando Torres, who notched his half-century over 72 games.

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

Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool have lost only once in the last seven meetings with Manchester United in all competitions.

The Reds have scored in all but one of the last 10 league visits to Old Trafford.

The last 11 league meetings at United's ground have produced 37 goals.

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Twelve goals have been scored by Liverpool substitutes against United in league football. Only Stoke City (13) have conceded more to Reds players coming off the bench.

Daniel Sturridge scored on his league debut for LFC at United in January 2013 after coming on as a substitute.

Jordan Henderson could play the 300th Premier League game of his career, which will also be his 400th career club game in all competitions.

Another clean sheet for Alisson Becker will be his 15th of the Premier League campaign - the most by any Liverpool goalkeeper in the competition since Pepe Reina's 17 in 2009-10.

Sadio Mane has scored in each of Liverpool's last four Premier League games. The last Reds player to do so in five in succession was Salah (January to March 2018) - a sequence ended at Old Trafford.

Mane is one goal away from equalling his best ever tally in the Premier League - he scored 13 for Liverpool in his first season with the club, 2016-17. 

Liverpool have won at Old Trafford four times in a league campaign and gone on to lift the title - 1963-64, 1978-79, 1981-82 and in 1989-90.

The Reds have taken 30 points from a possible 39 away from home this season in the Premier League.

They have conceded fewer goals than any other team on the road in this season's campaign (eight).

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LFC U18s score late again to salvage Newcastle draw

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 14:52

Another stoppage time goal saw Liverpool U18s salvage a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United on Saturday.

Leighton Clarkson rescued the young Reds in the north east, with the midfielder’s last-gasp strike enough to earn a point that takes Barry Lewtas’ side top of the table by virtue of Everton’s 4-2 loss to Stoke City.

Lewtas’ U18s have now scored decisively in injury time on five occasions in the league this season, and the manager felt his team’s latest feat of escapology was fully merited given the balance of play throughout the 90 minutes. 

“They defended quite deep and looked to catch us on the counter-attack,” Lewtas told Liverpoolfc.com.

“It was hard, they were a tough team to break down. We created a few chances but just didn’t get that elusive goal, which is the only disappointing part of the performance, really. We just couldn’t create that final pass, that final cross to finish and they scored against the run of play.

“But in fairness to the lads, we kept playing, we kept trying to break them down and then we equalised in injury time again. 

“Sometimes them games can be really difficult. I think although we were patient in our attack and the way we tried to play, they defended ever so well: they blocked, they cleared and we had to start again. 

“It’s good experience for the boys, we’ve had a number of them games now, but sometimes you’ve got to give credit to the opposition. They blocked when they needed to block, they cleared when they needed to clear. They were in good positions to clear when we crossed the ball, so it was one of them.

“But I think a draw was nothing less than we deserved - if we weren’t going to win the game, we certainly weren’t going to lose it.”

With Everton and Manchester United - who were held to a 2-2 draw by Blackburn Rovers - also failing to win this weekend, Liverpool now sit a point clear at the summit of the U18 Premier League and have a game in hand on each of their closest rivals.

That match comes against Stoke at the Academy on Wednesday - and Lewtas is in no doubt that the young Reds are in for a challenging test versus the team that defeated Everton on Saturday.

“We’ve said to the boys that it’s great that it’s so close at the top of the table but we don’t want to be chasing results week in and week out because I don’t think that’s really healthy,” he continued.

“But we’ve got to keep chasing good performances and we’ve said that if we perform well, the results will take care of themselves. If we can keep performing to our levels until the end of the season, we’ll see where that takes us. 

“They’ve got to look after their own business and we’ve just got to keep focused on ours. We play Stoke on Wednesday and I know how tough that’s going to be. 

“Everton were in a tough game today against good opposition, and we’ll be in the same on Wednesday so we’ll see how we do.”

Liverpool U18s v Newcastle: Jaros, Walls (Savage), R Williams, Boyes, Larouci, Ritaccio (Tagseth), Dixon-Bonner, Bearne (Stewart), Clarkson, O’Rourke, Duncan.

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Manchester United v Liverpool: Key battles

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 14:00

Liverpool take on historic rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday as they seek to go clear at the top of the Premier League.

A draw, or better, would move Jürgen Klopp's men ahead of current leaders Manchester City, with 11 league games left to play until the end of the season.

The Reds beat United 3-1 at Anfield earlier this term but there is a new man in the United dugout - the third Red Devils manager Klopp will have faced since arriving at Liverpool in 2015 - and new impetus on the pitch.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's attack-minded approach has yielded eight victories during a nine-match unbeaten run in the league and Sunday's encounter against a Liverpool side that have outscored all but City this season threatens to be a real thriller.

We've picked out three key player battles that could help decide the match...

Romelu Lukaku v Virgil van Dijk

Having sat out Tuesday night's 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich due to suspension, centre-back Virgil van Dijk heads to Old Trafford fresh, rested and looking to reprise his dominant display from the reverse fixture in December.

The Dutch centre-back helped limit opposite number Romelu Lukaku to just 20 touches of the ball at Anfield, with seven of those coming in the United striker's own half.

Lukaku will hope to receive better service this time around, but the 6ft 2in striker will still face a real battle to get the better of an equally imposing player that can also match him for pace and technical ability.

Van Dijk has played more minutes in the Premier League than any of his outfield colleagues at Liverpool this term, helping to keep a league-leading 14 clean sheets in the process.

Lukaku, meanwhile, is still seeking to rediscover the form that made him United's top scorer with 27 goals in 2017-18.

The Belgian international has nine this term, with three of those coming in his 11 outings under Solskjaer. Arguably his best performance under the new regime came against Arsenal at the end of January when he provided a brilliant pair of assists in a 3-1 win.

Paul Pogba v Georginio Wijnaldum

With eight goals and five assists in his nine Premier League matches under Solskjaer, Paul Pogba is one of the most in-form players in the top flight at present.

Restored to the position in which he did so much damage at Juventus - on the left of a midfield three - the French World Cup winner has been revitalised.

Goalscorer, creator and destroyer all in one, the 25-year-old has become central to the way United play.

Lining up for Liverpool against Pogba will likely be Georginio Wijnaldum, who is enjoying an excellent season himself.

Wijnaldum's all-action midfield display against Man Utd

Despite the arrival of Naby Keita and Fabinho in the summer, the Dutch international has stepped up to become one of the mainstays of Klopp's midfield.

Back in a more attack-minded role recently, often playing as Liverpool's most advanced midfielder, the 28-year-old will be aiming to keep Pogba busy tracking back towards his own goal, but is more than capable of doing a defensive job if required.

He was a dominant force when the two clubs met in December and if he can repeat that on Sunday it will go a long way to giving his side the upper hand.

Victor Lindelof v Roberto Firmino

With Mohamed Salah tending to revert to his wider role for the bigger away games it could well be Roberto Firmino who is charged with terrorising the United centre-backs.

The Brazilian has largely played a more withdrawn, creative role this season but has still managed to net 11 times in all competitions.

The No.9 set up Xherdan Shaqiri for the final goal in the sides' previous showdown in December, against a United defence that featured Victor Lindelof.

The Sweden international and his colleagues couldn't cope with Liverpool's attacking trio that day, but he has since developed into one of the unsung heroes of Solskjaer's revolution.

The much-improved Lindelof was shortlisted for Premier League Player of the Month for January after a series of impressive performances and is now an automatic choice in the centre of defence.

The ball-playing centre-back likes to build attacks when in possession but also loves a tackle. That combination, plus his pace and excellent reading of the game, makes him a tough opponent to beat.

But he will certainly have to be at his best to subdue a Firmino-led trio - along with Salah and Sadio Mane - that have scored 38 times in the Premier League this season.

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Watch: Every LFC Premier League goal at Old Trafford

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 13:01

Ahead of Liverpool's trip to Manchester United on Sunday, whet the appetite by reliving every goal we've scored at Old Trafford in the Premier League era.

There have been an array of different strikes netted by the visitors in the fixture over the years, from long-range stunners to solo efforts bagged by the likes of Steven Gerrard, Danny Murphy, Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez.

You can see them all again in the video below now...

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Five memorable LFC wins at Old Trafford

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 12:00

Ahead of Liverpool's meeting with arch-rivals Manchester United on Sunday, we take a look back at five of the club's most memorable wins at Old Trafford...

Aurelio and co sink United (2009)

Liverpool came from behind to record a truly memorable 4-1 win over United on their own patch. Coming into the game on the back of the 4-0 trouncing of Real Madrid in the Champions League, the Reds played some outstanding football. Cristiano Ronaldo gave the hosts the lead from the penalty spot, only for Fernando Torres to run through and level the score. Steven Gerrard continued the turnaround, making it 2-1 with a spot-kick, and in the second half his clear run through on goal was halted by Nemanja Vidic. Fabio Aurelio sent the resulting free-kick into the top corner of the net with a magnificent effort, and substitute Andrea Dossena emerged to net another brilliant goal and seal a 4-1 win.

Gerrard nets twice in 3-0 win (2014)

Gerrard scored two penalties and also missed one as Liverpool cruised to victory over David Moyes' side. The Reds skipper opened the scoring on 34 minutes and added another spot-kick just after the break. Luis Suarez wrapped up the victory with a superb third goal six minutes from time, and only the heroics of David de Gea prevented a heavier scoreline.

Barnes at the double as Reds charge on for the title (1990)

John Barnes was the hero as Kenny Dalglish's team closed in on the title with a 2-1 win at Old Trafford. The talismanic No.10 opened the scoring on 15 minutes with a superb run and finish after a lovely link-up with Peter Beardsley, and then made it 2-0 from the penalty spot. A bizarre own goal from Ronnie Whelan on 82 minutes made for a nervy ending and Bruce Grobbelaar made a fantastic save from an acrobatic Brian McClair effort.

Murphy free-kick seals memorable win (2000)

Liverpool secured their first triumph at Old Trafford in 10 years thanks to Danny Murphy's fabulous free-kick. It was the first of the midfielder's hat-trick of winners at the ground.

A memorable debut for Thommo (1972)

Phil Thompson made his Liverpool debut as the Reds won 3-0 at Old Trafford. Two goals inside two second-half minutes laid the pathway for victory, Chris Lawler opening the scoring on the hour mark and John Toshack quickly doubling the lead. Emlyn Hughes added a third goal six minutes before the end.

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Play on the Anfield pitch with a Soccer School course

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 10:30

How would you like your child to not only learn to play the Liverpool Way, but to do so on the pitch at Anfield?

This spring, they can do just that on one of our special Anfield Player Experience courses, which are open for bookings now.

The two-hour Soccer School sessions will run from 6.30pm until 8.30pm on Tuesday May 14 and Thursday May 16 and are available to both boys and girls between the ages of five and 15 years.

The courses take place on the pitch at Anfield, meaning the youngsters will follow in the footsteps of the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and more in gracing the hallowed turf.

They’ll emerge from the players’ tunnel to You’ll Never Walk Alone for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and even have a chance to score a goal in front of the Kop.

The session will consist of participation in carefully designed practices with experienced LFC International Academy coaches and will cover all different aspects of the game.

All players will receive a medal, an LFC gift and a certificate signed by Ian Rush.

Click here for more information and to enrol your child on the course.

For more information on LFC Soccer Schools, click here.

Each participant on the Soccer School course may bring with them a maximum of two spectators.

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Alexander-Arnold hails 'incredible' Alisson

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 10:15

Trent Alexander-Arnold believes Alisson Becker’s performances this season have proven his status as one of the world’s elite goalkeepers.

Brazil international Alisson’s 33 appearances for the Reds to date have yielded 17 clean sheets and the concession of just 22 goals. 

His classy distribution skills have also added a new dimension to Liverpool’s game this term - and Alexander-Arnold has hailed his teammate’s ability and the ease at which he has adapted to life at Anfield.

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“Obviously it’s important for any team that wants to be really successful to try to have the best players that they possibly can in all positions and I think Alisson is definitely one of the best in the world in his position. He’s shown that many times already for us,” the full-back told Goal.

“He’s an incredible player and a really good person off the pitch as well, which is something that’s important for any team and especially us because we like to have a good team bond and he’s fitted in straight away and shown that he can adapt as well.”

“So he’s really changed a lot of things at the club.”

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

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 10:00

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 February 25

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 February 26

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 February 27    

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 February 28

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 March 1

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 March 2

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 March 3   

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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Sadio Mane: We're feeling confident and will give everything

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 08:30

Sadio Mane insists Liverpool travel to Old Trafford this weekend confident of becoming the first side to beat Manchester United in the Premier League since they were defeated at Anfield back in December.

The Reds recorded a comprehensive 3-1 victory over their rivals when the teams met in the first encounter of the campaign, with Xherdan Shaqiri’s brace adding to Mane’s opener.

However, the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager following that fixture has seen United remain unbeaten in all nine of their subsequent league outings.

Nevertheless, with Liverpool aiming to go three points clear at the summit of the division, Mane is relishing the occasion and the task in hand.

He told Liverpoolfc.com: “Of course, it is a dream of every single player to play in these kind of games – and of course, you want to win them.

“Everybody knows it is a derby and against United it is always tough, but we are confident and think we can do it. We are going to go there and try to do everything to win the game.

“It is different [for United] now. They have made changes, changed the manager and he is doing very well, winning almost every game. They are confident and so are we, so it’ll be a tough game and we will see what happens.

 “Every single game now for us is very, very big. We know that, so let’s focus and take it game by game.”

Liverpool currently sit second in the Premier League table heading into the weekend, behind Manchester City on goal difference having played one game fewer.

With Pep Guardiola’s side not in top-flight action this weekend, the Reds have an opportunity to return to the summit outright should they avoid defeat at Old Trafford.

“We always want to be top of the table – and you can only do that by winning games,” Mane continued. “We have another important game and we know if we win it where it will take us [in the table], so we will go there, enjoy it and try to win the game.

“As I always say, putting pressure on ourselves is not going to help us. This game is like all other big games – we respect them, but I think we can also beat any team.

“It will be a tough game, but we can still win because we have already won so many tough games. It won’t be easy, but we will go there to do everything to get a positive result.”

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Mane will go into the contest having scored in each of his last four Premier League appearances.

So how would he feel if he were to extend that sequence to five games?

“It would be great and I am hoping I can score for the team to help them win the game,” he replied.

“Of course, you enjoy playing the derbies. I have been very lucky and scored a few goals in them, so it would be great if I could score again.

“We are preparing for the game like we did all other games. It is a big game, so we will try to do what we have been doing in training to try to win.

“I would be very happy [to score], hopefully we’re going to do it.”

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Manchester United v Liverpool: Team news

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 07:00

Virgil van Dijk returns to Liverpool duty for Sunday's Premier League showdown with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Netherlands captain missed the midweek Champions League draw against Bayern Munich due to suspension but is in line to reclaim a spot in central defence.

Dejan Lovren (hamstring) remains sidelined but Xherdan Shaqiri's condition has improved after a minor abdominal strain limited his preparation for the meeting with Bayern.

"Dejan is not in, Joe [Gomez] is not in, but I think pretty much all the rest are in training at least," said Jürgen Klopp at his pre-match press conference.

"Rhian Brewster is still only in little parts [of training], Ox in bigger parts but not ready to play. The rest have trained and will train with us, but there is still a little bit of time.

"We thought if we needed [Shaqiri] for 10 or 15 minutes [against Bayern] we could bring him at least. Now he is another five or six days in training, which always helps."

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Klopp also reported that Liverpool are in their best shape, in terms of the depth of options throughout the team, 'for a couple of weeks'.

"We have to make a choice between midfielders, full-backs, even centre-half if I think about Fabinho again in that position," added the boss. "I could make a decision about it. That's good. For us, it's a good moment."

An appearance for Jordan Henderson would be the 300th of his career in the Premier League and 400th in all club competitions.

United are hopeful of having Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial available for the match after hamstring and groin injuries respectively.

The pair have yet to return to training with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad since sustaining the issues in the Champions League defeat by Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month.

"I hope and think Anthony will be ready and I hope Jesse will be ready because it's two different injuries," said Solskjaer, United's caretaker manager, on Friday.

"So maybe more hope than think, with Anthony as well, but he's got a chance. Anyway, we still hope Jesse could be ready. Let's see. We've still got a couple of days' training left and they need to be part of it."

On facing the Reds, who claimed a 3-1 victory over United at Anfield in the reverse fixture, Solskjaer added: "We know we're in for a very tough game.

"But I think they know that coming to Old Trafford will be a difficult one. I think they will pay us respect and we will pay them respect."

Last time out

Liverpool v Bayern Munich (February 19): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Chelsea v Manchester United (February 18): Romero, Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw, Herrera, Matic, Pogba, Mata, Rashford, Lukaku.

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LFC Foundation hosts Respect 4 All anniversary parties

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 17:41

LFC Foundation hosted two special events on Thursday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its inclusion project Respect 4 All.

Liverpool players Rhian Brewster and Alberto Moreno headed to Anfield to join the celebrations, meeting participants and their families and taking part in a Q&A.

The day was split into two events, with children under 15 attending in the afternoon and participants aged 16 to 25 in the evening. Both parties included raffles, games, a disco and awards presentations.

“It’s important that sports are accessible to everyone, no matter what your ability, so it’s great to hear about these projects organised by the LFC Foundation,” said Brewster.

“It was really nice to meet the kids today and see the smiles on their faces when we walked in the room.”

Part-funded by the Premier League and BT Disability Fund, Respect 4 All provides free weekly multi-sports and activity sessions for children and young people with complex and additional needs.

Sessions are run by FA-qualified coaches and take place six days a week in four locations across the Liverpool City Region: Anfield, Aintree, Wirral and Prescot.

For more information, including timetables and contact details, click here.

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Sadio Mane wins LFC's January Player of the Month award

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 16:59

Sadio Mane has been named Liverpool's Standard Chartered Player of the Month for January.

The No.10 held off competition from second-placed Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in third in a fan poll carried out on Liverpoolfc.com to land the prize for the first time this season.

Upon being presented with the trophy at Melwood, Mane said: “I just try to do what I can. As a team, I think there were a couple of difficult games for us because we like to win. But that’s part of football. We have to keep going, work harder and harder and get the results.

“We try to push as hard as we can and we still had [mainly] positive results.

“An award is always motivation, but I am always motivated as a player, to be honest. I am happy that the fans have voted for me and I would say to them we’re going to try to do everything to make this season special.”

LFCTV GO: Mane claims Standard Chartered Player of the Month

Mane started all four of the Reds’ Premier League matches during January, scoring in the 4-3 win over Crystal Palace at Anfield and the 1-1 home draw with Leicester City.

“[Improving] is what I am trying to do all the time because it’s what I have to do,” he said. “Since I joined Liverpool, I have tried to get better and better – and that’s what every football player wishes for. That’s why I keep working hard, but it’s football.

“For sure, you do always your best, try to work as hard as you can and help the team.”

The Senegal forward has been in fine form in February, too, netting versus West Ham United and Bournemouth in the Premier League before completing the 90 minutes of Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 first leg against Bayern Munich at Anfield, which ended goalless.

Standard Chartered Player of the Month winners 2018-19

August: Virgil van Dijk
September: Daniel Sturridge
October: Mohamed Salah
November: Trent Alexander-Arnold
December: Mohamed Salah
January: Sadio Mane

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Melwood gallery: Liverpool prepare for Manchester United clash

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 15:55

Liverpool continued to build up for their trip to Old Trafford with a Friday afternoon training session - and our photographer was there to provide a gallery from Melwood.

The Reds travel to Manchester United this Sunday aiming to reclaim top spot in the Premier League.

Their work towards that target was ongoing on Friday and you can check in on those preparations below.

Check out the full LFC training range and buy your own by clicking here.

Photos by John Powell

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LFC offers free coach travel for Southampton game

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 15:05

Liverpool FC is offering free coach travel to help supporters who will be attending the Reds' Premier League away fixture against Southampton on Friday April 5.

The club will provide free coaches to supporters travelling to St Mary’s, with fans being asked to pay a reservation fee of £5 per seat. All proceeds received will go to the Seán Cox appeal, to help raise vital funds to support Seán’s rehabilitation.

The coaches will depart from and return to Arkles Lane in Liverpool.

Further details will be announced in due course.

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Four fixture changes for Liverpool in April

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 14:59

Liverpool's four Premier League fixtures for April have today been rescheduled for broadcast purposes.

The Reds’ encounter with Southampton at St Mary’s will be contested a day earlier, with the fixture now set for Friday April 5 at 8pm.

Our Anfield clash with Chelsea has been moved to Sunday April 14, with kick-off set for 4.30pm. This match is subject to further change in the event of Liverpool reaching the Champions League quarter-finals and scheduling.

The trip to Cardiff City will now be played on Sunday April 21, getting under way at 4pm.

Finally, Huddersfield Town’s visit to Anfield has been rescheduled for Friday April 26 with an 8pm kick-off.

All games will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

Click here to view an updated fixture list.

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