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Jürgen Klopp on Joel Matip and Diogo Jota fitness latest

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 13:08

Joel Matip could come into contention for Thursday’s Anfield tie with Burnley, but Diogo Jota remains ‘a few weeks away’ from a return, Jürgen Klopp confirmed.

Matip has resumed full training alongside his teammates at the AXA Training Centre having been absent since the draw with West Bromwich Albion on December 27 due to an adductor injury.

However, Jota’s rehabilitation from a knee issue is likely to continue into February.

Klopp told his pre-match press conference: “So, first and foremost, Joel is in full training.

“Now we have to make a decision and we will see how that will be until tomorrow. Yesterday he trained completely normal.

“Diogo is still a few weeks away, I don’t know exactly how long but it will not be in the next one or two weeks. He needs time, the injury needs time.”

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Prior to the injury sustained against FC Midtjylland on December 9, Jota had struck nine goals in 17 appearances this season following his transfer from Wolverhampton Wanderers in September.

Asked whether he ‘missed’ being able to call upon the services of the forward, Klopp replied: “How much I miss a player is not important because when a player is not there it’s not allowed to miss him.

“I never think like that, it is just he is not there and that’s why we have to deal with the situation and that’s what we did.

“We are all happy when hopefully near future he will be back again."

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Thiago and Van Dijk named in UEFA Fans' Team of the Year

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 11:48

Thiago Alcantara and Virgil van Dijk were today named in UEFA's Fans' Men's Team of the Year for 2020.

The Liverpool pair claimed a place in the XI, which was decided by football fans around the world in an online poll that yielded more than six million votes.

Thiago had helped Bayern Munich lift the Champions League trophy in 2020 before his transfer to the Reds last September, while Van Dijk of course was integral to Jürgen Klopp’s side as they clinched the Premier League title.

Liverpool had eight nominees in the original shortlist, also including Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

UEFA Fans’ Men’s Team of the Year 2020: Neuer, Kimmich, Ramos, Van Dijk, Davies, Thiago, De Bruyne, Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar, Lewandowski.

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Media Watch: Read the latest LFC transfer rumours

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 10:07

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David Alaba transfer situation "unclear" amid Liverpool claim

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 10:02

David Alaba's future is still clouded in uncertainty following comments from both his father and manager.

The 28-year-old Bayern Munich defender looks certain to leave the club before too long, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.

The likes of Liverpool and Manchester United have been linked with the player, but Real Madrid have emerged as the most likely suitors, with some reports claiming they could even sign Alaba this month.

Full story: Daily Mirror

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Liverpool v Burnley: TV channels and live coverage details

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 10:00

Liverpool host Burnley in the Premier League on Thursday night – read on for details on how you can watch or follow the match.

The game at Anfield kicks off at 8pm GMT and will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK.

Extended highlights will be available to watch on LFCTV GO from midnight.

Don't miss a kick this season and throughout 2021 with our current offer of 30 per cent off an annual subscription to LFCTV GO.

Visit video.liverpoolfc.com and enter the code GOJAN21 to take advantage of the deal before 11.59pm GMT on January 31. Terms and conditions apply.

Our Match Centre will begin on Thursday morning on Liverpoolfc.com and the official LFC app, bringing you all the build-up to the game, minute-by-minute updates, audio commentary, interactive features and much more.

For global broadcast listings, click here.

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Liverpool remain in contention for Bayern Munich defender

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 09:53

Liverpool remain in the frame to sign Bayern Munich utility player David Alaba though Real Madrid are favourites.

The 28-year-old is out of contract in the summer and Madrid have offered a lucrative four year deal but he is still deliberating over his final decision.

Bayern are also still to agree a new contract with midfielder Jamal Musiala, the ex-Chelsea academy product has interest from Premier League clubs.

Full story: MailOnline

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Liverpool and Man City 'set to battle it out for Wolves star Adama Traore

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 09:38

Liverpool and Manchester City want to sign Adama Traore but Leeds United consider the Wolves winger out of their price range, according to reports.

The Spain international has previously attracted interest from clubs across Europe, including Barcelona, due to his dribbling abilities and lightening speed.

According to Spanish outlet Sport, Liverpool, City and Leeds are the clubs most interested in making a move for the winger this month. However, Leeds Live claim the prospect of Traore moving to Elland Road is 'pure fantasy.'

Full story: MailOnline

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Watch live: Jürgen Klopp's pre-Burnley press conference

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 08:40

Watch Jürgen Klopp's pre-match press conference live with us from 1pm GMT today.

The Liverpool manager will preview his side's home clash with Burnley by answering journalists' questions via video call from the AXA Training Centre.

Return to this page shortly before the start time to tune in.

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'We need to work harder and stay confident' - Gini Wijnaldum

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 08:30

Liverpool must double down on their work ethic in order to emerge from a rare barren spell in front of goal, Georginio Wijnaldum believes.

The champions have scored only once in four Premier League outings since last month’s ruthless 7-0 rout of Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

They do, though, remain the division’s most prolific side this season, having netted 37 times in 18 matches so far.

And Wijnaldum sees effort and application as the keys to once again unlocking their well-established goalscoring potential.

“It’s really strange, even for us, but that’s something that can happen,” the midfielder told Liverpoolfc.com, of the team’s recent attacking difficulties.

“What we have to do right now is keep the confidence and try to change it around because I think we have the quality that we can change it around. We’ve shown it in so many games. 

“The only thing we have to do now is work harder, work even harder than before, because you also have teams who are getting better. Teams analyse us, they were trying things to make it impossible for us to score goals, and that makes it even harder for us. So what we have to do is work harder to create chances and score goals.

“I think people are used to seeing us score a lot of goals, which we also showed against Crystal Palace. But this is the Premier League: teams are really good and they are getting better every year. 

“Also with technology you can analyse teams really good, know how they play and everything, so it’s getting much more difficult for us to score goals. 

“But still then we have the quality to make it even more difficult for them to stop us scoring goals, so what we just have to do is work hard, keep confidence and do the things we did before.”

We caught up with Wijnaldum ahead of Thursday night’s clash with Burnley at Anfield. Read on for the rest of our chat with the Dutchman…

Gini, you’ve played in all 18 of Liverpool’s Premier League games so far this season. How important to you is it that you’re nearly always available for selection? 

I think it’s really important [and] for the manager also because he can pick you always. I think also for the team, if you’re always available it gives confidence to the team because the team knows they can rely on you. But it is something you have to work really hard for because I have to work really hard to stay fit. I have to be lucky to stay fit because sometimes you cannot change it. If you get a muscle injury, or other injuries like if someone kicks you, it’s difficult to protect yourself from that, but I’m just trying to do as good as possible and take as-good-as-possible care of my body to stay as fit as possible for a really long time. 

You’ve only missed 11 Premier League games out of 170 since you joined the club. Does it mean a lot to you that the manager clearly has so much faith in you?

Of course it says a lot, that the manager has faith in you. I also feel the faith from the technical staff since I am here at the club so it gives you a really good feeling. I think every player that plays football wants to feel confidence from their manager and I’m lucky I have it. 

It gives me a lot of confidence [how often he is selected] and also a good feeling because you have the feeling that you work with a manager who believes in you and will always give you chances no matter what. Like I said, every player wants that. Sometimes you work with a manager who doesn’t look at you the way the manager looks at me right now so I am lucky and I am pretty happy that I am in the position I am in right now. 

How much do you think your game has improved during your time here?

A lot because when I came here, I think even before I spoke with the manager to join Liverpool, I was more busy as an attacking midfielder than anything and he said to me, ‘You can do more than only attacking, you can be more of an all-round midfielder than you are right now, you can be a much better midfielder than you are right now.’ And since I joined the club he was busy with me trying to improve my game and I have to say I am quite all-round, right now, as a midfielder. The only thing that I have to add to my game is scoring more goals here at Liverpool because I did it at Newcastle, I do it in the national team. I have to say that the positions I played in at Newcastle and for the national team are more attacking midfield and here I am more a box-to-box midfielder so in that way I already improved to be more all-round. But to make it complete is to score goals, then you are an all-round midfielder who scores goals. So there are plenty of things that I can improve. 

Does it annoy you that you don’t score as often for your club as you do for your country, or do you accept it because you play a different role here?

Of course it annoys me because you want to help the team, to help Liverpool, as much as I help the national team with scoring goals. But of course there are a few differences: in the national team I play as an attacking midfielder so I come more in front of the goal, but here we work on it also and hopefully I can add that to my game also - and sooner rather than later!

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On Burnley, then: how do you view the challenge they will provide on Thursday?

A really big challenge. Also because if you look at the previous years we played against them it was never an easy game. It was always a game where we had to fight to get the points. You could see it last season when we drew against them at home… so if you look at the history you see that every time when we play against them we have to give more than 100 per cent to win the game. So it’s going to be a really big challenge to win the game against them. 

It’s very tight at the top of the table. Does the Reds’ experience of title races give you an advantage over some of your competitors in terms of dealing with the pressure?

Well, we just have to show that we can deal with it. I don’t think the past will help you 100 per cent, we still have to show that we can deal with the pressure, to deal with being at the top of the table. We just have to put the pressure on all the other teams by winning games and then we will see who can handle the pressure and who can’t. Even though we know how it is to be there, we still have to work hard to stay there and even come in first place again. So you cannot rely on what happened in the past. It is a new year, a new situation, the competition is another competition… so we all have to deal with that and at the end we will see who deals the best with it.

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Order Liverpool v Burnley matchday programme online now

Tue, 01/19/2021 - 16:00

Liverpool return to Anfield action once more on Thursday evening – and supporters can purchase the official matchday programme for the clash with Burnley online now.

In the latest edition, Rhys Williams reveals what it's like to mark Harry Kane, learn from Virgil van Dijk and Fabino, and train against Mo, Sadio and Bobby.

And, in another in-depth interview, Mohamed Salah has a message for the fans from himself and the rest of the first-team squad, while Jürgen Klopp and captain Jordan Henderson assess the Burnley threat in their respective columns.

Elsewhere, the programme spotlights the 'Bosman' free-transfer ruling 25 years on and how it's affected Liverpool FC in the past (losing Steve McManaman) and present (gaining James Milner and Joel Matip).

To order your copy for home delivery, click here.

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Pre-order now: Limited edition LFC x Nike Chinese New Year top

Tue, 01/19/2021 - 14:00

Liverpool FC and Nike's limited edition Chinese New Year top is available to pre-order now.

The special item has been created with design elements taking inspiration from traditional Chinese Knots that are used as symbols of good luck during the New Year celebration.

Click here to pre-order yours online now.

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Max Woltman signs first professional contract with Liverpool FC

Tue, 01/19/2021 - 12:59

Max Woltman has signed his first professional contract with Liverpool FC.

The 17-year-old from Wirral joined the Reds at the age of seven.

Woltman broke into the U18s team in 2019-20 and has been a regular member of Marc Bridge-Wilkinson’s side over the last few months.

A skilful forward with an eye for a goal, he can play in several positions across the frontline.

Season highlights included his first goal of the campaign in the 4-0 mini-derby win over Everton at Finch Farm and the opener in a 4-1 victory against Newcastle United at Kirkby.

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Jordan Henderson becomes NHS Charities Together Champion

Tue, 01/19/2021 - 10:00

Jordan Henderson has today become the first official NHS Charities Together Champion.

The Liverpool captain will act as an ambassador for the organisation, which aims to assist with fundraising and support for more than 240 National Health Service charities across the United Kingdom in of aid staff, volunteers and patients.

Henderson said: “I’m delighted to have been announced as the first official NHS Charities Together Champion. It’s a massive honour for me.

“As part of being involved with NHS Charities Together I’ve heard first-hand from NHS staff about the challenges they face and how donations are making such a difference to them. As the charity’s official champion I’ll do what I can to shine a light on the amazing work NHS charities do to support the NHS.

“My relationship with NHS Charities Together began in April with the launch of the #PlayersTogether COVID-19 appeal and having family members who work for the NHS I know as well as anyone what impact the pandemic has had across the board. I was also extremely grateful to the NHS for the care they gave my dad last year when he was treated for cancer.

The NHS frontline needs our support now more than ever so I’m honoured to be announced as the first NHS Charities T… https://t.co/2SyNYqIxUA

— JHenderson (Jordan Henderson) 19th Jan 09:04

“The money being raised by NHS Charities Together is distributed to NHS charities across the UK who provide whatever support will make the biggest difference for the staff, volunteers and patients. That could include providing ways for isolated patients to speak to loved ones, a place to rest for staff working long hours and specialised psychological support for those struggling with stress, trauma and separation from their loved ones. The funds are also helping to support vital partnerships outside hospitals, such as hospices, community healthcare and social care so they can provide care to patients, volunteers and staff outside of hospital.

“NHS charities are also providing additional support where it is most needed by NHS staff, volunteers and patients in their area, with a focus on support for people who are disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 crisis, such as patients and staff from BAME communities and high-risk groups like those living with disabilities.

“In the longer term the money raised will also fund programmes to help staff and families recover fully once the crisis has abated, reducing the long-term impact on them and the people they care about.

“Stay safe, and I know it's not easy but try and stay positive through these difficult times and remember, protect the NHS.”

Jordan Henderson’s cousin Stephanie is one of many NHS staff working through the pandemic. The #LFC captain talks t… https://t.co/2GAVsgsF35

— BBCBreakfast (BBC Breakfast) 19th Jan 07:44

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Lewtas on 'excellent' derby display, Van den Berg, Koumetio and more

Tue, 01/19/2021 - 10:00

Barry Lewtas couldn’t fault the effort and performance of his team after Liverpool U23s played out a 1-1 draw with Everton in Premier League 2.

Tyler Morton’s fantastic equaliser cancelled out an early strike from Rhys Hughes in Monday's mini-derby at Southport FC.

The young Reds had chances to win as Fidel O’Rourke saw an effort cleared off the line and Elijah Dixon-Bonner fired inches wide from the edge of the area with the last kick of the game.

At the other end, Brazilian goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga also impressed with a couple of outstanding saves.

Read on for Lewtas' reflections on the draw…

On Liverpool's performance…

I thought we were very good and were unfortunate not to win it with the chance for Elijah with the last kick of the game. What was disappointing was conceding the first goal in the first minute, like we did in our last game against Tottenham. After that I can’t argue with the performance. We just couldn’t find that goal to give us the lead but I can’t knock the lads’ intentions to try and find a winner. Overall I thought we were excellent.

On his team not letting their heads drop after conceding…

When you concede so early there’s always a little bit of a worry about how the game is going to look, but to be fair the boys have trained really well and we are in a good place performance-wise so I wasn’t too concerned. We knew Everton would be a tough nut to crack. To be fair we had a lot of the ball and we risked it at times but I thought they defended their penalty area really well. Tyler scored a great goal for us and that was pleasing.

Real good performance from the boys in the derby tonight. Brave on the ball, dominant, creative. Stood up to the ph… https://t.co/yCZHwhKxIr

— Gazoneil (Gary O'Neil) 18th Jan 22:49

On the displays of Sepp van den Berg and Billy Koumetio at centre-half…

Sepp was fantastic, he really was. He was brilliant in terms of his defending and the way we built from the back and played. We went through Sepp a lot. In fairness to him he has been a real consistent performer for us so we are really pleased with where he is at the moment. He is full of confidence and playing at a really consistent level. I think Sepp’s calmness and maybe where he is at the moment, with his consistency, certainly helped Billy settle into the game. I thought Billy was really good and I was really pleased with some of his moments in the game because Ellis Simms is a really tough No.9 to play against. He’s quick, he scores goals, he’s physical and I thought Sepp and Billy dealt with that threat really well.

On why he believes the wins will soon return for his side…

We hit a bit of a sticky patch against Manchester City and the Blackburn game, we had a few difficulties there. We did lose our way in moments of those games but in our last game against Tottenham and this game against Everton - if we play like that we are going to win more games than we lose. Yes, we want to win games, but we want to play like that as well. We put a tough demand on the boys because we want to win playing our way and impose ourselves on the opposition. The bigger picture is how these boys are developing and there was some really good performances out there tonight. The bigger picture, as always, is can we get boys to the level they need to get to and support the first team? But if we continue to play like that then the next win is only around the corner.

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Inside Anfield: A different look at champions' draw with United

Tue, 01/19/2021 - 09:15

Watch how Liverpool's 0-0 draw with Manchester United unfolded from a different perspective with Inside Anfield.

The champions were held during a tense encounter with their arch-rivals on Sunday.

And the latest edition of Inside Anfield, which is available to watch above now, provides a fresh look at the action.

App users should tap here to watch.

Not yet signed up for LFCTV GO? Use code 2021GOFREE to start a free one-month trial now - this can be cancelled at any time.

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Match report: Everton 1-1 Liverpool U23s

Mon, 01/18/2021 - 21:04

Liverpool U23s played out an entertaining 1-1 draw with Everton in Premier League 2 on Monday evening.

The young Reds went a goal down extremely early in the contest after Rhys Hughes' opener at Southport FC's Haig Avenue. 

But they drew level in the 35th minute through a brilliant finish from Tyler Morton and then had opportunities to claim all the three points. 

Everton were reduced to 10 men late on but Barry Lewtas' side were unable to capitalise on the advantage and find a winner. 

In wet conditions, the Reds fell behind within a minute of the referee's whistle. An Everton move down the left resulted in Hughes side-footing into the bottom corner from the edge of the penalty area. 

However, Lewtas' charges recovered brilliantly from the blow. They could have had an equaliser earlier than they did, only for some last-ditch defending from Everton's Ryan Astley. 

In minute 20, Fidel O'Rourke pounced on a short backpass and nodded beyond the onrushing goalkeeper. The ball looked to be heading in, though Astley arrived just before the ball trickled over the line. 

Liverpool didn't have to wait much longer to draw level. 

Sepp van den Berg's effort towards goal in the aftermath of a free-kick was blocked, and the rebound fell nicely to Morton, who proceeded to expertly place the ball in the top corner. 

Jack Bearne then squandered an opportunity at the back post close to the break as the young Reds finished the first half on top.

They were left frustrated again shortly after the restart when Billy Koumetio was denied at close range by a fine reaction save from Harry Tyrer in the Everton goal. Leighton Clarkson then went close when he found the side-netting following a neat one-two with Jake Cain.  

At the other end, Liverpool needed Marcelo Pitaluga to smartly keep out a low free-kick from opening goalscorer Hughes.

Everton's Katia Kouyate was dismissed in the 86th minute for a rash challenge on Elijah Dixon-Bonner. And the Liverpool midfielder nearly won the game with the very last kick but fired agonisingly wide from the edge of the box. 

Liverpool U23s: Pitaluga, Gallacher, Koumetio, Van den Berg, Clayton, Clarkson, Morton, Bearne (Dixon-Bonner, 71), Longstaff, Cain, O'Rourke (Stewart, 65).

Unused substitutes: Jaros, Boyes, Savage.

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Free guidebook worth £7 per person with stadium tour e-gift vouchers

Mon, 01/18/2021 - 14:44

LFC Stadium Tours has extended its free guidebook offer when you purchase an e-gift voucher.

Let someone know you’re thinking about them or give yourself something to look forward to with an LFC Stadium Tour e-gift voucher.

And, as an extra bonus, purchase an e-gift voucher before February 22, 2021 and each recipient will receive a free 76-page copy of the LFC champions edition souvenir guidebook worth an additional £7 per person on the day of their tour. 

So, buy an e-voucher for a family of four and they’ll each receive a copy of the guidebook on the day of their tour – worth £28.  

During the LFC Stadium Tour, visitors will enjoy epic views of the pitch and city landscape from the top level of the Main Stand, see the home team dressing room, the press room, pass under the ‘This Is Anfield’ sign and take a spine-tingling walk down the tunnel out to the pitch and the manager’s dugout. 

There’s also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have a commemorative souvenir photo taken with the Premier League, Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup trophies.

All tickets include entry to the club's interactive museum The Liverpool FC Story, home of the six European cups, and the club’s newest exhibition The Boom Room. This latest display plays homage to the players and all who contributed to making this dream a reality. Showcasing exclusive memorabilia and world-class footballing talent, it gives a unique exploration into the DNA of this historic Liverpool team. 

To claim the free LFC champions edition souvenir guidebook, purchase an e-gift voucher here before February 22, 2021 and the recipient will receive their copy of the souvenir guide book on the day of their stadium tour. One guide book per person whilst stocks last. 

E-vouchers for the LFC Stadium Tour are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase, so there’s plenty of time to plan a visit to Anfield. There’s a choice of designs to personalise your e-gift voucher and upon payment, the e-gift voucher will be emailed directly to your email inbox to send on or print off yourself. 

Buy an e-gift voucher here.

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Loan watch: Harvey Elliott assists Blackburn again

Mon, 01/18/2021 - 10:21

Another Harvey Elliott assist helped Blackburn Rovers to a 1-1 draw with Stoke City on Saturday.

The 17-year-old Liverpool forward continued his impressive form for his loan club by teeing up John Buckley for their equaliser at Ewood Park. Elliott has now registered eight assists – along with four goals – in 21 appearances for Rovers.

Liam Millar and Taiwo Awoniyi were both involved in victories over the weekend. 

Millar’s Charlton Athletic beat Bristol Rovers 1-0 away from home, and Awoniyi started as Union Berlin overcame Bayer Leverkusen by the same scoreline. Loris Karius was an unused substitute during the Bundesliga fixture.

Elsewhere, Marko Grujic was brought on in the closing stages of FC Porto’s 1-1 draw with Benfica, while Ben Woodburn also came off the bench as Neil Critchley’s Blackpool drew 1-1 at Hull City.

Harry Wilson and Sheyi Ojo featured in Cardiff City’s 2-1 defeat to Championship leaders Norwich City, and two Academy left-backs were involved in 1-1 draws.

Adam Lewis made his Plymouth Argyle debut against Crewe Alexandra, while Anderson Arroyo’s Salamanca UDS finished level with Deportivo La Coruna.

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'There's nothing more exciting than a Merseyside derby'

Mon, 01/18/2021 - 10:00

Barry Lewtas expects much more to come from his Liverpool U23s side as they get ready to face Everton in their first Premier League 2 outing of 2021 tonight.

After disappointing losses to Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers, Lewtas and his staff were encouraged by the overall performance against Tottenham Hotspur in their last game of 2020 as they were unfortunate to lose 4-3.

Indeed, moments before Spurs scored a stoppage-time winner the Reds squandered a chance to clinch victory themselves from a set-piece.

Lewtas believes lessons can be learned from that defeat and he is hoping his youthful team can rise to the occasion in the mini-derby at Southport FC.

Sixth-placed Liverpool are just a point ahead of the Blues in Premier League 2, so there is plenty to play for when the rivals meet this evening.

Ahead of the 7pm GMT kick-off, which you can watch live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO, read our pre-match interview with Lewtas…

On a return to action with the first game of 2021…

It's been a while since our last game and it's exciting to get back to Premier League 2 and there's no more exciting game than a derby against Everton. We are all really looking forward to it.

On the 1-0 win over the Blues on the opening day of the season…

We got the early goal through Jake Cain but that was a tough day. We were a young side and giving away a bit of experience against a strong team, but I felt there was a number of good performances in there. It was a really good start to the season and we showed plenty of personality as well as performance levels, so there was a lot of positives we could take from that game.

On the outstanding display of Caoimhin Kelleher that day and his pride at seeing the goalkeeper feature for the first team this season…

Caoimhin has done ever so well and I'm really pleased for him. It's great that he has played a few games for us this season and then gone on to do well for the first team. Against Everton they were a real threat on the day with their two wide players and Caoimhin made some big saves for us.

On the return of defender Morgan Boyes after his loan spell at Fleetwood Town…

It has been a great experience for him. For us, it's important to allow players to get out on loan and give them that experience of what they eventually want to move into. It's a really important part of their development. In his absence we have had a number of partnerships this season that have done really well and Sepp van den Berg has been excellent for us.

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On the stoppage-time 4-3 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur in their last outing...

We had a tough couple of weeks in terms of results and performances going into the game and the overall performance, result apart, it was probably up there with one of our best performances of the season. We controlled the game for large parts and created some great chances. We showed a little bit of naivety conceding three of the four goals from set-pieces, which was the disappointing part of it. But, looking at the level of performance both collectively and individually, we were pleased with it.

On a hat-trick of assists for left-back Owen Beck against Spurs…

I thought Owen played ever so well against Tottenham and I was really pleased with him. Owen is a tenacious defender. What he gives away in terms of his size as a defender, that will come with age because he is only a young man. He defends ever so well but we've been encouraging him to get forward more and contribute more in the attacking areas, which he has done. Against Tottenham he was able to provide that extra quality with his final pass, and three assists - you have to be pleased with that.

On the key to victory in the mini-derby…

Everton have a really good team under David Unsworth, there's no question of that. We have managed to defend well in certain moments of the game so far this season and we have created chances, but at the same time we haven't been as ruthless in those moments and taking key chances. Against Tottenham we conceded three of the four goals from set-pieces, which is criminal really, so we have to be much better against Everton. We do realise how young we are as a team this season. That's not me making excuses but what can come from that when you have a young group is a bit of naivety. We have told the boys in this second half of the season we have to be better in both boxes and try to make sure the good play we have is backed up by some results.

On U23s captain Liam Millar signing a new deal and joining Charlton Athletic on loan...

Liam has done really well for us this season and has led by example. I'm really pleased for him to get this opportunity. Liam is an exciting player and hopefully he can show everyone what he is capable of. For us, someone else will now get the opportunity to take the captain's armband and hopefully they can take a lot from it.

Supporters are reminded that this is a behind-closed-doors fixture.

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Red Monday: LFC expands Unity Is Strength Community Response work

Mon, 01/18/2021 - 09:22

Liverpool FC is scaling up its Unity Is Strength Community Response work to help those most in need during the current national lockdown.

The club, its community team Red Neighbours and official charity, LFC Foundation, have been working together since the outbreak of COVID-19 to support their local communities during these unprecedented and difficult times.

Over the last nine months, the club has donated more than £300,000 to the North Liverpool Foodbank and The Trussell Trust’s foodbank network across the Liverpool City Region, provided 42,000 freshly prepared free meals (1,000 per week) to support local families, made more than 1,000 calls to isolated members of the community, gifted 1,500 festive food hampers to local families – including a fresh turkey and all the trimmings for Christmas – and donated thousands of LFC items and sweet treats to key workers.

This year, the club will continue to deliver this activity and more as result of important learnings made since March last year about what is really needed during this very challenging period.

The Unity Is Strength Community Response work will now focus its efforts on four key areas: food poverty, social isolation, physical activity and wellbeing, and volunteering.

Some of the support provided will include:

Food poverty

  • 1,000 fresh meals per week freshly prepared by Anfield chefs
  • LFC and LFC Foundation staff volunteers will support local foodbanks
  • Food parcels will be provided to local families in need
  • Breakfast and lunch parcels will be provided to vulnerable families during school holidays

Social isolation

  • Friendly phone calls will be made every day by LFC and LFC Foundation staff volunteers to local isolated residents via the club’s LFC Connect initiative
  • Letters and pictures will be distributed to local residential care homes via Red Neighbours’ Red Pals initiative
  • A range of ongoing accessible virtual LFC Foundation mental health support programmes. All virtual content will be available here

Physical activity and wellbeing

  • LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours staff will deliver an extended weekly virtual timetable of targeted 30+ physical activity and wellbeing sessions for every age group. More information is available here
  • Tailored school sessions and open access sessions. For more information, click here

Volunteering

  • LFC and LFC Foundation staff volunteers will provide support across all community response activity as well as assisting community groups across the Liverpool City Region (in line with government guidelines)

With today being Blue Monday, widely recognised as one of the most difficult days of the year for many, the club has also launched a raft of additional activities under the banner ‘Red Monday’ which may help those who are struggling see the day from a different, more positive perspective:

  • LFC Foundation is hosting a free student mental health workshop specifically designed to support students from across the city and beyond with their mental health

  • Three live mental health workshops are available via Zoom at 11am, 3pm and 6pm. For more information or to register, click here
  • Former Liverpool goalkeeper and LFC Foundation community representative Chris Kirkland will be sharing some top tips for positive mental health, which will be available on LFC Foundation’s social media platforms
  • The LFC family will also be creating and submitting letters and pictures for Red Neighbours’ Red Pals initiative to share with local care home residents

Matt Parish, director of LFC Foundation, said: “The work we started during the first lockdown in March hasn’t stopped, we’ve continued to support and stay in contact with our local communities.

“Both LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours initiatives had returned in an adapted and safe way with over 30 different programmes being delivered across the region each week, but the majority of these have had to pause again upon entering national lockdown.

“Whilst we are moving most of those programmes onto virtual platforms, we also feel it’s really important to enhance our community response work again in these four key areas to help as many people as we can as we move through another very challenging period.”

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