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Champions League final ticket ballot update

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 20:29

Liverpool FC can confirm that 30,508 qualifying supporters have registered for the Champions League final ticket ballot.

The club’s ticket allocation is set by UEFA and the governing body has confirmed that Liverpool will receive 16,613 tickets for the game, which will be played at Estadio Metropolitano in Madrid on Saturday June 1.

The full breakdown of the ticket allocation can be viewed here.

Those supporters who have qualified and registered for the ticket ballot have approximately a one in 4.6 chance of being successful to purchase a ticket on Friday May 17.

Now that the registration period has ended, the Electoral Reform Services will undertake the ballot process and the club will notify supporters of the outcome via email on Thursday May 16.

To ensure the safety and security of fans, the club urges supporters who do not have a ticket not to travel to Madrid.

Full details of the selling process are available here.

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Curtis Jones and Rhys Williams get England U18s call-up

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 15:07

Academy duo Curtis Jones and Rhys Williams have been named in the England U18 squad for the Slovakia Cup later this month.

The Liverpool youngsters will join up with their country ahead of four scheduled fixtures in the tournament.

England face Russia on Monday May 20, Slovakia the next day and Mexico on Thursday May 23, with a finals day to follow on Friday May 24.

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Liverpool to return to Marbella for Champions League final preparations

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 14:51

Liverpool will warm up for their Champions League final meeting with Tottenham with a week-long training camp in Marbella.

Standard Sport can reveal that the Reds will jet out to the Spanish resort next Monday (May 20) in order to prepare for European football’s showpiece fixture.

Jürgen Klopp had been considering Majorca as a potential destination for the camp, but has instead settled on a seven-day stint on the Andalusian coast.

Liverpool spent a week in Marbella prior to their appearance in last season’s Champions League final.

And they returned in February of this year for a mid-season break aimed at laying the foundations for a strong finish.

Full story: Evening Standard

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Matthijs de Ligt yet to decide on his future

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 13:24

Matthijs De Ligt has admitted he has yet to decide his Ajax future amid transfer links to the Premier League.

Liverpool, Manchester United and Man City have all been credited with an interest in the Ajax skipper this season with the Netherlands international starring for a young Ajax team that were seconds away an appearance in the Champions League final last week.

De Ligt has blossomed into one of the finest young defenders in Europe since making his first-team debut in the Eredivisie in 2016 and interest is believed to be strong from a number of clubs.

Liverpool have been one of the European giants linked in connection with a big-money move for De Ligt and the 19-year-old admits his future could lie away from the Johan Cruyff ArenA.

However, Virgil van Dijk's international colleague insists he is yet to make a decision on what his next move is.

"Has it been my last game at the Johan Cruyff Arena? I do not know yet," De Ligt is quoted as saying.

"There are conversations, but there is still no agreement. With who? The newspapers write, so choose one yourself."

Speaking last week, ex-Reds defender Jamie Carragher said he would love to see De Ligt pitch up at Anfield this summer.

Asked if he would like to see De Ligt sign for Jurgen Klopp's Reds, Carragher said: "I'd love that!

"I have never seen such a good defender at 19 years old. He plays as if he's 29 and at his peak already.

"You can only imagine how good he will be when he actually is 29."

A stumbling block for any potential move however would be Ajax's asking price with De Ligt rated at around £60million.

The Reds are unlikely to be paying out big sums on transfers this summer as Klopp seeks to merely fine tune a team that could enter into next season as European champions.

Liverpool are also well stocked for centre-backs with Joe Gomez and Joel Matip in fine form respectively when paired alongside the PFA Players' Player of the Year Van Dijk.

The Reds finished the campaign with the best defensive record in the Premier League, with just 22 goals shipped all season.

Speaking earlier this year, De Ligt admitted that he would like the chance to play alongside international defensive partner Van Dijk at club level.

"Virgil (van Dijk) is a player who has experience in the top leagues," he said in a video on

"Of course, you would want to learn from him. It’s very helpful playing alongside him in the Dutch team.

"It could happen (De Ligt joining him at Liverpool). He plays for Liverpool, a good club, but I’m not focused on them."

Source: Liverpool Echo

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Virgil van Dijk: We have to be proud - and look ahead to Madrid

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 12:39

Virgil van Dijk’s desire to lift the Champions League trophy has been fuelled further by Liverpool narrowly missing out on the Premier League title.

A 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield on Sunday ensured the Reds concluded a record-breaking domestic season on 97 points, one behind Manchester City.

The focus of Jürgen Klopp’s squad can now turn to Madrid, where they will attempt to go one better than 12 months ago in Kiev by beating Tottenham Hotspur to claim European club football’s biggest prize.

“Congratulations to City, they deserved it by one point. It was a great title race and I’ve enjoyed every bit of it,” Van Dijk said.

“But we have to look on the positive side and remember we are still in Madrid, hopefully we can end the season on a high. That’s what we are going to try and do.

“’Frustrated’ is the right word. I think we are all going to be a little disappointed because we are so close. To get 97 points, to play football like we have played all season, we have to be very, very proud. 

“I don’t care about another opinion, but we work so hard every day to be challenging to be as close as possible, but City were just a tiny little bit better than us, and that’s football as well.

“It doesn’t mean it is all over. We take a lot of things with us, we will take this on, and hopefully we can challenge next year and do even better.” 

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Following on from his crowning as PFA Players’ Player of the Year last month, Van Dijk was also named Premier League Player of the Season on Sunday in acknowledgment of his imperious form throughout 2018-19.

The Dutchman would, however, prefer to remember the campaign for collective, rather than individual, success.

“It’s a big honour, a huge honour, but I would swap it immediately for the Premier League title,” he stated.

“To get recognition for what I have done this season is always good, especially as defender, but it is all down to everyone around me, and without everyone else who has been working with me [and] playing with me it wouldn’t be possible. 

“Even the team behind the team [at] Melwood. The people who work there, the people around us are so important.”

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Reds support Mental Health Awareness Week

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 12:29

LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours are supporting Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 with a week-long programme of activities.

Run by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from May 13 to 17 and this year’s theme, #BeBodyKind, is focused on promoting positive body image.

During the campaign, Mental Health Foundation will be publishing new research, campaigning for change and offering practical tools and advice.

LFC Foundation will include positive body image content across all of its programmes throughout the week, with individual messages tailored to suit the specific age group and demographic of the sessions.

Research shows awareness and issues around body image can start at an early age, so LFC Foundation will also be running a primary-school focused ‘Mighty Minds’ day at Anfield alongside club mascot Mighty Red.

Similarly, Red Neighbours will be incorporating body image messaging into various sessions during the campaign, including walking football and walking netball.

Red Neighbours’ walking football team will also be joined by mental health charity Imagine Independence’s walking football team for a match at Anfield Sports and Community Centre on Friday, which will be followed by a tea and talk session in the centre’s cafe.

Click here for more information on Mental Health Awareness Week.

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Domenico Berardi wants to play for Liverpool

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 12:11

Sassuolo striker Domenico Berardi has revealed he would choose to play for Liverpool over any other team.

The Serie A forward has scored nine goals and set up five for his team-mates in 35 appearances this season.

The Reds are likely to be looking for an attacker this summer and the 24-year-old looks to have opened up the possibility of a move to Anfield.

Source: MailOnline

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Liverpool in for Maxi Gomez

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 09:51

Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez is a man in big demand.

The 22-year-old Uruguayan has a £43m release clause in his contract with the struggling Spanish side that Liverpool, Tottenham and West Ham are all prepared to meet.

Three points clear of the relegation zone of La Liga with one game to go, Celta would be forced to let Gomez go for far less if they failed to avoid the drop.

As things stand, however, they look extremely likely to stay up at the expense of Girona.

Source: Guardian

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The media on LFC 2-0 Wolves: 'Klopp's Reds are going to get stronger'

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 09:30

Liverpool finished as runners-up in the Premier League title race after a final-day 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield.

Despite losing only one top-flight game all season and claiming 97 points, the Reds ended in second place as Manchester City retained their crown by one point.

Sadio Mane netted twice against Wolves courtesy of two assists from Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Here is what the media made of the match...

James Pearce, Liverpool Echo

Liverpool, who signed off with nine successive league wins, couldn't have given any more. This has been a truly Herculean effort – 97 points, 30 league wins and just one solitary league defeat. No team in top-flight history has ever hit those heights and not walked away clutching the silverware. Liverpool have simply had the misfortune of being up against a formidable opponent in City, who finished the campaign with 14 straight wins to be crowned champions by a single point. It's another agonising near miss for the Reds' collection. Another tale of what might have been. But this time it feels different. This isn't a false dawn. Klopp's Reds aren't going anywhere. Their best years lie ahead of them – they are only going to get stronger.

Neil Jones,

Huge congratulations must go to the men from the Etihad, who got over the line having won 14 games in a row, and 18 of their last 19. Some achievement, some team. They have needed to be, to see off this Liverpool side. How can a team collect 97 points, win 30 games and lose just one, and end up as losers? Liverpool's pain is softened by their forthcoming Champions League final, but they know that in pretty much any other season, against pretty much any other rival, they'd have been crowned champions weeks ago. They dropped just 17 points all season. Liverpool should still be proud. The ovation they got at the end here tells you what Reds fans think of their team. They adore them, and rightly so. What memories they have been given, what a ride they have been taken on. What fun they've had along the way.

David Lynch, Evening Standard

There was nothing but hope as the full-time whistle sounded at Anfield to confirm an incredible 97-point haul, and for good reason. Inevitably, the Kop instantly turned its focus to European matters – there is a Champions League final on the horizon, after all. But that was simply an expression of excitement over what is to come, rather than an attempt to numb the pain of what had gone before. Thirty-eight games, just one defeat, the club's best ever Premier League campaign – how could any of this be greeted by sadness? And, as far as these supporters are concerned, the major trophy this team deserves is simply waiting for them in Madrid. Should that be collected with victory over Tottenham, thoughts can then turn to how to improve on a remarkable domestic campaign.

Simon Hughes, Independent

It will eventually dawn that this is a Liverpool team which has only finished second to one of the best and most expensive squads in British history, having recorded the third-highest points total ever, while also managing to reach the Champions League final for the second season in succession. In each of the four campaigns where Jurgen Klopp has led Liverpool, the last game of the season has mattered. There was the Europa League final and the securing of a top-four finish which opened the gate to Europe's elite competition, before those two finals which have kept each of the last two seasons going longer than any other team in England. Klopp has not only made Liverpool competitive again, he has made them fascinating. Even if you do not support Liverpool, you cannot ignore them. They are relevant.

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Jordan Henderson: We're disappointed, but can have no regrets

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 09:01

Jordan Henderson summed up Liverpool's monumental challenge for the Premier League title by reflecting: 'We can have no regrets.'

The Reds finished their domestic commitments in 2018-19 with a hard-earned 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.

Victory at Anfield took Jürgen Klopp’s team to a final points tally of 97 - the third-highest in the history of English football, but one short of champions Manchester City.

And, when asked to describe his overriding emotion post-match, Henderson told “It’s obviously disappointment. 

“We always believed that, until the last day, if we kept doing what we were doing then we’d maybe [win it] so it’s disappointing, obviously. 

“But I think after a few days, when we’ve got time to reflect, I think we’ll be proud of how we’ve performed this season and how we’ve pushed City right until the very end. 

“They’re an amazing team so they deserve it, congratulations to them. We’ve pushed them all the way and hopefully next year we’ll come back even stronger.”

The captain continued: “It’s been a great battle right until the end. Unfortunately it’s difficult walking around, saying thank you to the fans and we’ve got nothing to give back to them because they’ve been outstanding all season. 

“It’s hard and they’ve been amazing, but hopefully we can give them something in the Champions League final in a few weeks. 

“Our focus needs to change to that quickly. The next few days will be tough when we’ve got time to reflect, but football moves quickly and you’ve got to re-focus and think about the future.

“After giving everything in midweek it was always going to be difficult, but we did the job we needed to do and that was win the game. 

“I’ve got to say the lads have given everything. We can have no regrets, we’ve given everything for every game this season but unfortunately City were better.”

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Sun, 05/12/2019 - 23:59



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Mohamed Salah: We'll fight with everything again next season

Sun, 05/12/2019 - 18:50

Mohamed Salah insists he and his Liverpool teammates will give all they have again next season in pursuit of the Premier League trophy.

The Reds ended a record-breaking 2018-19 league campaign in second place with a points total of 97 and just one defeat in the loss column of the table.

Salah - who won the Golden Boot with teammate Sadio Mane and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - is determined to brush off his disappointment and begin another title charge when August arrives.

Speaking to Sky Sports after Sunday's 2-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers, the Egyptian said: "We did everything this season, we only lost one game. We got 97 points.

"I say congratulations to Manchester City and we will fight again next season for this trophy."

Salah and Mane share the Golden Boot award

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Liverpool 2-0 Wolves: Jürgen Klopp's reaction

Sun, 05/12/2019 - 18:36

Jürgen Klopp promised Liverpool will give everything again next season after falling just short in their pursuit of the Premier League title.

A 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield – secured through a Sadio Mane double – lifted the Reds up to a final total of 97 points but they finished one behind Manchester City in the table.

In his post-match press conference, Klopp expressed his pride in the remarkable efforts of his players across the 38 games – which included 30 wins and a single defeat.

The manager also explained his belief that Liverpool can improve again when they aim to go one better in the 2019-20 season.

Read a transcript of Klopp’s press conference below…

On his feelings after the game…

I said it now 20 times already: mixed. First and foremost, I have to say congratulations to City. I’ve said it a couple of times but I don’t want any broadcaster to miss that because that’s important, they played an incredible season. We did as well, but they won it and congratulations to Pep [Guardiola] and all the people at Manchester City.

Our season was good as well, a really good season, an unbelievable season. I can read all the stats, I can read all the numbers, it’s just really exceptional. The nice thing is if you would get an award for the biggest development jump I can remember, the boys would get that because it was completely different. We used the base from last year but made a big step, unbelievable, and there’s still a bit to come. It doesn’t feel like this in the moment, it’s not a moment for already telling people what they can think; everybody knows we will go again, 100 per cent. But in this moment, if you really want something you feel the disappointment as well. That’s of course what we feel in the moment.

It was nice to have the lap of appreciation, which you usually wouldn’t have after a situation like that, you go together with the families of the players and look at all the faces. I didn’t see anybody really on the ground, to be honest, completely done – people really loved what the boys did over the year. That’s already special after such a long season with all the things you could say about us and this club. We can decide how we deal with that and which information we can take out of that, nobody else can decide that. If we are ready to make the next step, we will make the next step. That’s the plan from tomorrow on.

On whether it was easy to deal with hearing the score of the City game…

No, obviously not. It’s difficult to prepare a team for a situation like that – to say, ‘OK, if we score and Brighton score, stay calm.’ How can you know exactly how the crowd will react? I thought it was the equaliser of Brighton, but they were obviously 1-0 up. I had no clue about that. It was a little boost in a very good atmosphere, going nuts. And then it was difficult, you could see it; Wolves used that actually in the situation.

Until then, we were really there, we controlled the game, we scored the goal and everything was fine, Wolves could not really get us. But then the 1-0 for Brighton opened the door for Wolves a little bit. But then it calmed down, it was clear when the atmosphere is not that ecstatic anymore then something happened at Brighton that we don’t like.

For us, I tried to take it like this. We only wanted to have 97 points and look after the game and [see] what it means for us then. But it’s easy to stand on the sideline and say that, it’s completely different to do it on the pitch. But I’m fine with the performance, not that it’s really important to judge it today. It’s another important thing. In very difficult circumstances, we won against a very strong Wolverhampton side 2-0. It’s impressive again, it’s just really, really good.

On any concern this is as good a season possible without winning the league…

No, I’m not worried. That was the season we played and next year we will play another season, a different season. That’s clear already. As long as City are around, with the quality they have, the financial power and all that stuff, it’s not that any other team will pass them easily, that’s clear. You need to be very, very close to perfection to win the Premier League as long as this is the case. But we made unbelievably big steps and I really expect more to come, that’s the truth. What that means at the end, I don’t know.

But if you see whatever happens to you in life as the only chance you ever had, I feel a bit for you, to be honest. There’s a lot to come, a lot of years and it’s all about you, what you do with it – and that’s what we do with it. People will tell us now it’s 30 years [since Liverpool won the league] but they have bigger problems, to be honest, all the people who will say that.

We will go again. This team tried it for the first time and I really think they did quite impressively to try the first time. And, on this road, to qualify for the Champions League final is pretty special. This team is one of the best that ever played for Liverpool, 100 per cent. But we play in a league with other very good teams, that’s what we have to accept and we do accept, no problem. We will go again, 100 per cent. But give me at least a few hours to come over that today.

On Alisson winning the Golden Glove award and the other individual accolades the players collected…

[It’s] very [impressive]. It always helps when a goalie makes a few saves. 21 clean sheets is quite impressive, well deserved. Virg won an award, I didn’t know before but I saw him carrying a boot; Trent smashed all stats for assists for full-backs and Robbo was close and nearly scored today; we have two of the top goalscorers, right? Look, if I would start telling you all the positive things I can say about this team we would sit here until an hour before the Champions League final starts, that’s the truth. It’s not really the moment for that; we know it and we feel it, it’s disappointing.

Watch: Alisson collects Golden Glove

It’s not a wonderful moment, it’s not exactly like that, but we have enough time to find out, to see exactly, and feel maybe how brilliant the season was. It was brilliant, 97 points is incredible, and only because City are there it was not enough. In each other country, it would have been easily enough. But here, that’s how it is, no problem with that because that’s the competition we are in. It’s not a competition of 30 years ago, 20 years ago or 10 years ago, that’s completely different. These boys were really ready for it and they have my maximum respect.

Not only them because I have to say, a lot of people say about the Liverpool supporters that they are so desperate about winning the league and stuff like that, but how they followed this path, how they followed this way, is just incredible. This club is in the best moment for a long, long time and it will not end because there is one team with a point more. We will keep going and then we will see what we get for that. If you would have thought before the season that we will have 97 points, everybody would have taken it. But then, somebody decided there’s another team with 98 points, so that’s how it is.

Watch: Mane and Salah win Golden Boot

On whether the team can draw on their experiences in the Champions League to challenge for the title again next season…

The Champions League is a little bit different, I don’t think you can expect to go for a second time into the Champions League final. I don’t say it will happen next year, 97 points or whatever, maybe it’s not needed, I don’t know. We will come again, 100 per cent. That’s clear. It’s similar; not the same, but it’s similar. The only thing that could have dropped my mood a little bit is if we would have lost today. It would still be a fantastic season, but I wanted to see the boys really try. The 1-0 of Brighton was difficult to deal with, but when it calmed down it was clear they [Man City] are one, two or three goals up or whatever.

When I asked after, I don’t know exactly, after 75 minutes I asked, Pep [Lijnders] told me it was 4-1 [at Brighton] – and everyone knew that without knowing it. So still being in the game, fighting for the result, scoring goals, celebrating – all of us. The fans knew the result [at Brighton], but they were still celebrating Sadio’s second goal like a completely normal goal. That is our face. We decide how much we enjoy this season and nobody else. I enjoyed it a lot. Not the final seconds of it, but all of the rest. This team is not a finished article and we will go again, 100 per cent.

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Andy Robertson: 97 points show how far we've come

Sun, 05/12/2019 - 18:10

Andy Robertson struck a defiant tone in response to Liverpool finishing second to Manchester City in the Premier League after a relentless title challenge.

The Reds amassed a points tally of 97 - the third-highest total in the history of the Premier League - but still fell short to Pep Guardiola's side.

And after concluding the league campaign with a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield on Sunday, Robertson highlighted the positives Liverpool can draw from a truly remarkable season.

Salah and Mane share the Golden Boot award

"It's one of them, 97 points - if anyone offered us that at the start of the season I think everyone would've took it," the left-back told

"We've come up against an incredible team and for us to get that close, it just shows you how far we've come. We've come a long way since last season and closed the gap to City.

"The good thing is that City know we're here now and we're not going anywhere. This squad will stay together and we need to put everything into next season.  

"We've not done much wrong, but we'll learn from it. We've still got a massive game coming up and then we can focus on next season.

"We've come up against an incredible team, but this team isn't bad as well."

Attention now turns towards June 1 as Jürgen Klopp's men contest their second successive Champions League final when they travel to Madrid to take on Tottenham Hotspur.

Robertson continued: "Man City deserve all the credit they're going to get.

"I think I saw it during the week that nobody has lost this Premier League, it's been won - and it's been won by an unbelievable team that's set the standard. We've kept up with them but we've just fell short.

"We're in the final now and we need to take that one step further that we didn't take last season.

"If we can do it then it'll be a hell of a season. We know how hard that game against Tottenham is going to be."

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Liverpool 2-0 Wolves: Five talking points

Sun, 05/12/2019 - 17:25

Liverpool concluded the Premier League season in second place following Sunday’s 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

While not enough to be crowned champions owing to Manchester City’s result at Brighton and Hove Albion, the Reds fittingly rounded off an incredible top-flight campaign with yet another victory thanks to Sadio Mane’s double.

Here are five talking points on the action from Anfield…

Ninety-seven points 

“Whatever happens, we are what we are because we have come together and we have all played a part. This is Liverpool now: a powerful collective who looks to live in the moment and embrace the joy of it.

“Thank you, Anfield - you are special.”

So wrote Jürgen Klopp in his final programme notes of the season. Well, his team are pretty special, too.

Their tally of 97 points represents a club record and the third-largest haul in the history of English football. Thirty of Liverpool’s 38 Premier League games in 2018-19 ended in victory, and just one in defeat. 

That, by any measure, is phenomenal. 

Golden boys

Mane’s brace on Sunday took him to 22 Premier League goals for the season - and secured the No.10 the Golden Boot, along with his teammate Mohamed Salah and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who also ended the campaign with 22.

Salah, meanwhile, is only the sixth player to be the division’s leading marksman for the second consecutive campaign after Alan Shearer, Michael Owen, Thierry Henry, Robin van Persie and Harry Kane.

There was individual recognition for Alisson Becker, too, after the Brazilian marked his 50th appearance for Liverpool with another clean sheet - his 21st in the Premier League, a total that makes him the outright winner of the Golden Glove.

Alisson’s 21 shutouts is also a club record in the division, topping the 20 Pepe Reina recorded in both 2005-06 and 2008-09.

Trent the record breaker

Mane’s early opener was set up by a low Trent Alexander-Arnold cross from the right - taking the No.66 to 12 Premier League assists for the season and a new record.

Prior to Sunday, both Alexander-Arnold and his teammate Andy Robertson had equalled the previous high watermark of 11 for a defender in a Premier League campaign.

And, when Mane unerringly converted from close range, the right-back surpassed that total. 

Alexander-Arnold later laid on the Sengalese’s second of the afternoon with a trademark delivery from deep that extended his tally to 13.

Fortress Anfield

April 23, 2017: the last time Liverpool lost in the Premier League at Anfield. 

Sunday’s win extended a formidable unbeaten sequence to 40 matches - or, if you’d prefer, two whole seasons, plus two games.

The Reds’ top-flight home record in 2018-19? Played 19, won 17, drawn two. Fifty-five goals scored, 10 conceded.


We’re the mighty Liverpool…’

‘…and we’re going to Madrid.’

The Anfield crowd reminded themselves of that fact regularly this afternoon, with the chant that has sound-tracked the latter stages of Liverpool’s surge to another Champions League final being sung with an added air of celebration, and perhaps defiance, this afternoon.

The Reds’ season is far from over. 

Next stop: Estadio Metropolitano on Saturday June 1.

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Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah win Premier League Golden Boot

Sun, 05/12/2019 - 17:12

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have won the Premier League Golden Boot with 22 goals apiece.

The Reds forwards ended the campaign as the division’s top scorers, alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal, thanks to their final tallies.

Mane moved level with his teammate by scoring both goals in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield on Sunday.

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Alisson Becker wins Premier League Golden Glove award

Sun, 05/12/2019 - 17:05

Alisson Becker has won the Premier League Golden Glove award for the highest number of clean sheets this season.

The Brazilian recorded 21 shoutouts during the 2018-19 campaign, amassing one more than Manchester City's Ederson after the final round of matches.

He is the first Liverpool player to win the accolade since Pepe Reina did in 2007-08 and achieved the feat in his debut season in the division.

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Match report: Liverpool finish second after win against Wolves

Sun, 05/12/2019 - 16:53

Liverpool finished the Premier League season in second place despite a 2-0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers increasing their final points total to 97 on Sunday.

Sadio Mane scored both goals in the match at Anfield, tapping in with 17 minutes played and heading home late on to seal his side’s 30th win of the league campaign.

But it was not enough for the Reds to overtake Manchester City, who clinched the championship with a 4-1 victory at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Jürgen Klopp’s men will now turn their attentions to their second successive Champions League final appearance next month, with Tottenham Hotspur the opposition in Madrid.

Team news

Klopp made two changes to the XI that began against FC Barcelona on Tuesday night, with Georginio Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah replacing James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri respectively.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was fit to take a place among the substitutes again.

First half

Liverpool kicked off on the front foot though without opening up the visitors, Divock Origi’s low shot from right to left a straightforward save for Rui Patricio early on.

But they found a breakthrough in the 17th minute courtesy of a neat move started and finished by Mane for his 21st goal in the Premier League this season.

The No.10 spread play out to the right from deep and immediately moved unmarked into the area to side-foot home after Trent Alexander-Arnold completed a one-two with Jordan Henderson and sent in a deflected cross.

Andy Robertson drew a decent, punched save from Patricio with an angled drive from 20 yards as the Reds, confidence buoyed by the opener, pushed for a second.

However, the match itself then drifted into an unusual lull as two quickfire goals were confirmed at the Amex Stadium – Brighton and Hove Albion briefly leading before a City turnaround.

Order restored on and off the pitch, Salah clipped an ambitious volley high into the Kop from a half-cleared Liverpool corner and Wolves then served a reminder of their own attacking threat in the last real action of the first half.

A quick switch of play from left to right saw Diogo Jota nudge an inviting pass into the supporting run of Matt Doherty in the right channel, whose sweeping effort cracked off the crossbar.

So the Reds took a one-goal lead into the break at Anfield and, with City now ahead at Brighton too, the status quo at the Premier League summit remained.

Second half

Alexander-Arnold took charge of a promising free-kick situation three minutes into the second half but the right-back’s attempt to thread the ball around the wall and inside the near post went wide.

From there, Wolves enjoyed perhaps their best period of the contest to that point, pressing Liverpool in at the Kop end and trying to use their natural width.

Raul Jimenez slashed a shot into the crowd when he found time to try his luck on the hour mark, though, and the Reds then fashioned a big opportunity to double the lead.

Origi’s lofted pass into Mane’s run in behind was returned into the middle, where the former could only hook a strike over the crossbar under late pressure.

Alisson Becker preserved his 21st clean sheet of the Premier League campaign with an excellent one-on-one save when Jota collected a long diagonal and aimed at goal.

And the Brazilian denied the same man as the clock ticked towards the final quarter-hour, Alisson catching Jota’s header from Jimenez’s flick on inside the box.

Wijnaldum was unable to turn in Robertson’s dinked delivery on the stretch at the far post but Liverpool did soon get a second goal to secure all three points.

Alexander-Arnold was the provider again with a sublime swinging cross for the waiting Mane to deftly guide a header past the reach of Patricio.

And so Klopp’s remarkable Reds ended an outstanding league season with only one defeat but one point short of back-to-back champions City.

Onto Madrid.

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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Wolves

Sun, 05/12/2019 - 13:59

Liverpool make two changes for their Premier League final-day clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield.

Georginio Wijnaldum returns in midfield in place of James Milner, while Mohamed Salah begins in attack, replacing Xherdan Shaqiri.

Elsewhere, Andy Robertson has recovered from the knock sustained against Barcelona in midweek to start in defence and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is named on the bench.

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Mane, Salah, Origi.

Subs: Mignolet, Lovren, Milner, Gomez, Sturridge, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri.

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