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LIVE: All the build-up to Southampton v Liverpool

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 10:30

Divock's vow

It's very, very early days in the Premier League but Divock Origi knows one thing: Liverpool's players will give everything to go one better than last season.

"It's going to be a very tough year in the Premier League again, which makes it interesting," the Reds striker commented this week.

"We like a challenge. Mentally, we're a group of fighters, we go out there and play our game. We have a lot of respect for the other teams. It could be a tight race, it's hard for me to tell.

"What I do know is that we're very hungry and we're going to challenge every team and try to win every game possible - and hopefully win something at the end of the year."

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Missing Men: Southampton 2015

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 08:00

Philippe Coutinho thundered a 30-yard rocket in off the crossbar as Liverpool beat Southampton 2-0 at St Mary's in February 2015, but can you recall the rest of the Reds' starting XI from that rain-soaked afternoon?

It took the Brazilian just two minutes and 43 seconds to give Brendan Rodgers' side the lead in the Premier League clash, with Raheem Sterling confirming the three points when he swept in Matt Targett's scuffed clearance after 73 minutes.

But who else featured in the victory that day? Can you fill in the Missing Men?

Fill in the blanks in the quiz below, or click the Next button at the bottom of this article to reveal the Missing Men...

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'We're ready to go again after Super Cup win' – Adrian previews Southampton trip

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 07:30

The tight turnaround between Liverpool's trip to Southampton and the UEFA Super Cup triumph has been somewhat eased by the euphoria of lifting silverware, according to Adrian.

Jürgen Klopp's side head to St Mary's today for their second Premier League fixture of the season after returning home from Istanbul on Thursday.

The showpiece at Besiktas Park in midweek involved extra-time and penalties following a hard-fought 2-2 draw, although Adrian believes the fact the Reds emerged victors should ensure they head to Southampton with a spring in their step.

"When you win you have a positive mind and the recovery is quickest and your body feels much better," the goalkeeper told Liverpoolfc.com.

"We know it was a very long game with extra-time and we have to fly back to Liverpool. But I have a good feeling that the people are really focussed on the next game, the Premier League.

"If we want to win the title, we need to make sure we're going to go for all the games 100 per cent."

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Deputising for the injured Alisson Becker, Adrian's decisive save from Tammy Abraham in the shootout in Turkey saw him pick up a winner's medal on just his 10th day as a Liverpool player.

Now, the Spaniard is determined to record the first clean sheet of his Reds career in what could be his third appearance for the club.

"It could be the next step after the debut at Anfield and the first title on Wednesday," he continued.

"It could be a great step forward to keep the first clean sheet at Southampton on Saturday."

Today's opponents opened their 2019-20 league campaign with a disappointing 3-0 defeat away at Burnley, leaving Adrian prepared for a response this afternoon.

The 32-year-old said: "It's a different game, they play at home, so they want to make a good game in front of their fans.

"Obviously they know we are Liverpool and we're going to go there to try and win. We need to do our jobs to the best of us and I think we can get the three points."

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Live: Watch Liverpool U18s v Stoke City on LFCTV GO

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 07:00

Liverpool U18s are in action on Saturday as they host Stoke City at the Academy - watch the game live on LFCTV GO from 10.55am BST.

Barry Lewtas' side started 2019-20 with a thumping 7-1 win at Blackburn Rovers last weekend - tune in to watch their second outing of the season this morning, with kick-off set for 11am.

Click here to watch the game live>>

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Southampton v Liverpool: Key match information

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 06:00

All the key match details you need to know ahead of Liverpool's Premier League clash with Southampton.

Match information

The game will be held at St Mary's with kick-off at 3pm BST.

How to follow

Listen to live commentary on the full 90 minutes here on Liverpoolfc.com. Steve Hunter and Nigel Spackman will call the action as it happens.

Get post-match reaction on LFCTV GO after the full-time whistle, with short match highlights available from 7pm BST.

Extended highlights will be published at midnight. Join LFCTV GO now and claim your first month for free.

The last meeting

A frantic Friday night contest between the sides in April saw title-chasing Liverpool emerge 3-1 winners.

Shane Long put Saints ahead but Naby Keita equalised before the break and late goals from Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson secured three points for the Reds.

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What the managers say

“Southampton is a really strong side with a very specific style of play. We had enough time to analyse them, it’s just that we had to do it immediately after coming back from the other game. We saw two pre-season games and the game against Burnley, so we have all the informations we need. They didn’t play as bad as the 3-0 looks and they will still be full of desire and confidence."

Jürgen Klopp

"I want to see a reaction from the team that is really believing in what they are doing and stay on the track until the last minute. If we are like that then we are not so easy to beat."

Ralph Hasenhuttl

Stat

A win for Liverpool would secure an 11th successive Premier League victory and equal the club's record.

The officials

Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistants: Scott Ledger, Simon Long
Fourth official: John Brooks
VAR: Craig Pawson
Assistant VAR: Richard West

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Stats: Klopp out to break Dalglish record at Southampton

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 22:00

Jürgen Klopp will break a club record set by Kenny Dalglish if Liverpool avoid defeat against Southampton on Saturday.

A draw in the Premier League clash at St Mary's will see Klopp amass 300 points in fewer games than any other Liverpool manager in history.

The meeting with Southampton will be the boss' 146th league match in charge. Dalglish reached the landmark in 150 games during the 1980s.

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

Liverpool's biggest ever Premier League win came against Southampton - a 7-1 victory at Anfield in January 1999.

The two sides have met 40 times in total during the Premier League era, with the Reds winning 20 and the Saints 10.

There has been just one goalless draw at Southampton in 44 league meetings - in November 2016.

Jordan Henderson could captain Liverpool for the 100th time in the Premier League.

Divock Origi's first goals for Liverpool were his hat-trick at St Mary's in a League Cup tie in 2015. The Belgian is the only LFC player to have scored a treble at Southampton.

Mohamed Salah has scored five goals in his four Reds appearances against Southampton. Only Robbie Fowler (eight) and Michael Owen (seven) have found the net more for Liverpool against the Saints in the Premier League era.

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Liverpool have completed three league doubles over Southampton in the last five seasons - including last term, when Klopp's side won 3-0 at Anfield and 3-1 at St Mary's.

The Reds have lost just one of their last 40 Premier League games and have won their last 10 - only the seventh time the club has reached double figures.

Liverpool's best Premier League winning streak is 11 matches, set between February and April 2014, and the longest sequence in their history saw them win 12 in a row in 1990, from April to October.

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View from Southampton: 'Attacking opponents suit Saints' style'

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 20:00

UEFA Super Cup winners Liverpool return to Premier League action on Saturday as they travel to the south coast to take on Southampton at St Mary's Stadium.

It took extra-time and penalties to decide the European final against Chelsea in Istanbul on Wednesday, so it will be a quick turnaround between matches for Jürgen Klopp's Reds.

Meanwhile, Ralph Hasenhuttl's Saints head into the match on the back of a 3-0 defeat in their season-opening fixture at Burnley and will be eager to rectify that in front of their own fans.

So, what can we expect from the hosts on Saturday? We caught up with chief sports writer at the Southern Daily Echo and Total Saints Podcast co-founder Adam Leitch (@adamleitchsport) to find out.

A tough opening result, but what positives did you take from the game at Burnley?

Saints competed well for an hour but then lost the game in 12 minutes of madness when they lost their heads and conceded three goals.

It was a heavy defeat, but ultimately there was little to choose between the sides other than a small and decisive patch in what was a tough opening-day fixture in poor weather conditions.

Do you expect many changes in personnel against Liverpool on Saturday?

There will be some, but it’s hard to judge how many. The bigger question will be whether there is a change in system.

Saints have Kevin Danso available for a possible debut. He joined on loan from FC Augsburg late on deadline day and couldn't play against Burnley, but there is a chance he could come into the defence.

Another summer signing, winger Moussa Djenepo, is pushing for a starting spot as well.

You would also expect Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to come back into the team. He is the captain and was due to face Burnley but had to drop out late on after being sick on the coach on the way to the ground.

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What do you expect from manager Hasenhuttl and his side in his first full season in charge?

There is optimism at St Mary’s that this will be a better season.

Having so recently been used to finishing sixth, seventh and eighth in the Premier League and playing Europa League football, the last two seasons of battling relegation have been hard to take for Saints fans.

Hasenhuttl arrived in December and quickly won over supporters and has the backing of everybody connected with the club.

It is overly optimistic to expect a dramatic improvement and a return to those heady days in and around the top six, but if he could get Saints playing better football and comfortably mid-table that would represent progress.

How has the summer transfer business strengthened the squad?

Hasenhuttl has signed players in each of his three top-priority positions and so that can only be a good thing.

They all fit the mould of being young and ambitious and Saints want to get back to that sort of recruitment, accepting that if they do a great job they will move on.

Che Adams adds pace and power to the attack, Djenepo is a return to a Sadio Mane-style winger for Saints, while Danso is an important new addition to the centre-half department.

The main disappointment is that Saints have struggled to shift on the large amount of deadwood they have knocking around, which continues to hold them back.

Who will be Southampton's key player this season?

Nathan Redmond was huge for Saints last year and continues to be key to what they are trying to do. If he can have another season like last term, or hopefully even better, then that will be massive for Saints.

Where do you think the match will be won and lost?

Saints’ style should be much better suited to playing against a team like Liverpool than Burnley. However, Liverpool’s extra quality clearly makes them a very tough opponent.

After the heavy opening-day loss, Saints will be desperate for a decent start to the game. If they can prevent Liverpool from scoring in the first 20 minutes and show they can compete then they have a chance to grow into the game.

If Liverpool score early and are well on top, it will be a long afternoon for Saints.

What's your prediction for the match?

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool.

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Fabinho returns to Brazil squad

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 18:17

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho is back in the Brazil squad for two friendlies next month, alongside Reds teammate Roberto Firmino.

On Friday, Tite announced his 23-man selection for meetings with Peru, in Miami on September 6, and Colombia in Los Angeles four days later.

And Fabinho has returned to the Copa America champions' squad, with Firmino also included but Alisson Becker not involved due to his current calf injury.

Meanwhile, Allan Rodrigues de Souza - the Reds midfielder who is currently on loan with Fluminense - has been called up for Brazil's Olympic Selection.

They will face Colombia (September 5) and Chile (September 9) in Sao Paulo as part of their preparations for qualifying for next year's Games in Tokyo.

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Southampton v Liverpool: Team news

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 18:00

Liverpool will make a late call on Adrian's availability for Saturday's Premier League clash with Southampton but Naby Keita has been ruled out.

Jürgen Klopp revealed news of an injury to Adrian during his pre-match press conference on Friday.

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The Spaniard sustained the freak issue amid the celebrations following the Reds’ UEFA Super Cup triumph in Istanbul in midweek, which were prompted by the goalkeeper’s decisive save in the penalty shootout against Chelsea.

Klopp explained a decision will be taken on the morning of the game whether Adrian can face Saints, though the No.13 himself is hopeful about recovering in time to play.

“Today I feel much better,” he told Liverpoolfc.com on Friday afternoon.

“I think I have many chances. I feel mentally ready and I also hope today with the treatment of the ankle it’s going to be much better. But I’m very optimistic.”

Keita, however, is still sidelined due to the muscle strain in the hip area he picked up in training on the eve of the Super Cup final.

“We don’t know exactly how long it will take. But he’s not available,” said Klopp.

Alisson Becker (calf) and Nathaniel Clyne (ACL) remain out of action for the Reds.

Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl reported no injury concerns for his team, whose season began with a 3-0 defeat at Burnley last weekend.

The south coast side have also welcomed centre-back Kevin Danso into the squad after he sealed a loan move from Augsburg earlier this month.

Danny Ings could feature against the Reds for the first time since joining Southampton, his switch having become permanent during the summer.

“We tried to push the [Burnley] game away at the beginning of the week, cancelled the day off, tried to analyse and work in our minds that from Tuesday on we can focus on the new game,” said Hasenhuttl at his pre-match press conference on Thursday.

“The challenge is big enough so it’s useful to take all the energy we have and focus on this game.

“So far we have not [got any injury problems]. We have worked very hard in the last two days. Today we had a lighter session, they were a little bit tired today because we have worked hard but no injuries so far.”

Last time out

Burnley 3-0 Southampton (August 10): Gunn, Stephens, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Bertrand, Romeu, Valery, Ward-Prowse, Ings, Adams, Redmond.

Liverpool 2-2 (5-4 pens) Chelsea (August 14): Adrian, Gomez, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Mane.

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Curtis Jones interview: 'I'm buzzing with new deal - I want to repay Klopp's faith'

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 17:29

Curtis Jones is determined to repay the faith shown in him after signing a new long-term Liverpool contract at Melwood on Friday.

The 18-year-old attacker, a graduate of the Reds’ Academy who made his senior debut in January, put pen to paper to commit his future to the club he has supported since childhood.

Afterwards, Jones sat down with Liverpoolfc.com for an extended interview in which he explained the emotions of agreeing a fresh deal and reflected on his development in recent years.

He also looked ahead to the future and outlined why Trent Alexander-Arnold is the perfect example to follow with regard to breaking into the first team.

Watch the interview on LFCTV GO or read on for a full transcript…

Congratulations on signing your new contract – tell us how special this feels for you…

For me, it’s massive. Being a local lad, my dream is to play for this amazing club. To see that the manager and staff have got the belief in me and have offered me a new contract, I’m absolutely buzzing.

Can we assume it was an easy, quick decision for you to make?

Yes, of course. At the point I’m at now in my career I think it’s very important to take decisions slowly. But this one was easy and straightforward. I’m happy to put pen to paper and I’m ready to kick on from here.

It’s special for any player to sign for the club or a new contract but is it slightly more for a Scouser?

Yes, 100 per cent. As I said, being a local lad it’s a dream just to play for the club. To have been offered another long-term contract, I’m absolutely buzzing and I can’t wait to get started.

It must feel so nice and special for your family as well. What’s it like when you see their pride in you signing a new deal for Liverpool?

As soon as I told them they were all buzzing. They all tell me to stay hungry and that the hard work continues. I can’t wait to get started. I told my mum first, 100 per cent.

You mentioned it’s a show of faith in you and it’s only 18 months since you signed your first professional deal…

I still had time left on my contract but the manager has showed that he wants to get me signed and wants to commit to working with me, and wants me to carry on working with him. It’s only right I show him how much of a part he has played for me and I’ll be giving back to him as much as I can.

What kind of conversations have you had around it, because a few other young players have gone out on loan but you’re staying and signing this new deal?

I haven’t got to the point of talking about loans yet. For me, it’s just about coming in every day, working hard and trying to be the best player I can be. Any time I’m doing well, the manager will come over and tell me; any time I need a bit of work on something he’ll always be the first to tell me. The talks with him are always positive, always helping me and guiding me on the right path. He’s the perfect man for it. That’s why it was an easy decision for me to sign.

We can all see his personality but he is straight to the point when he wants to improve a player. Does that get the best out of you?

Of course. At the point I’m at, coming from the Academy and going into men’s football, you need as much help as you can and as much honesty. The manager is exactly what I need. Every day I work with him is absolutely perfect for me and I’m only getting better.

You’ve been around the first team for a couple of seasons now. What is the biggest thing you’ve learned so far?

I’d say character; not coming up here to count as a number, to actually try to be a player and be counted on. The manager wants to play the youth and coming up here, it’s a massive boost that it’s the way he is with the kids. You definitely count yourself as one of the first-team players and it makes you work harder to try to push to get into the first team and be a regular starter.

There’s so much quality around you to learn from, so how do you go about studying them?

There’s a lot of quality – and there are different things I need. In terms of numbers, you look at goals and assists from the likes of Sadio, Bobby and Mo. In terms of doing the other side of the game – tackling, heading and winning the ball back – I look at the likes of Millie, Hendo and Fabinho. It’s just the perfect surrounding to be in, the environment is perfect. Everything I’ve learned has made me a better player.

Is their relentlessness inspiring as well? People like Jordan and James are never going to allow standards to drop…

Definitely. Being around them every day, they are exactly the same as the manager – when a youngster is doing well, they’ll be the first to come over and let you know. But as soon as you take your foot off the gas, they’re also the first to tell you because they just want the best for you. They see the talent and they have been there before.

The club is collecting trophies again, it was the second of the year on Wednesday. What was it like watching on and having the hunger for it to be you one day?

It was unbelievable. Being a local lad and supporting the team as a child, it’s amazing to see the club doing so well. But to actually be part of the team and know it could be you in a couple of years’ time is crazy.

You’re a versatile player – is that something you think benefits you at the moment or would you be looking to focus on one position?

For me, it’s perfect that I can play in a lot of positions. It gives me a better chance to get into the team and be a back-up for players in different positions. I’m happy that I can play in more than one and I’ll always stay that same type of player.

You got that cherished debut last season. How do you see your potential for more first-team minutes this term?

I would say that was my first proper season around the first team. Now, coming into my second, I’ve had a taste of what it’s like in the big world and against Premier League teams. It’s my dream to play for Liverpool in the Premier League. Now I’m hungrier than ever and I’m about to kick on and do the best I can to try to be a bigger part of the squad.

There’s a lot of talk about youngsters getting chances and wanting to be at Liverpool but it is real, isn’t it? You can see that with others progressing to the first team?

Of course. I just look at Trent as the perfect example; he’s a local lad who came through the Academy and the boss had all hope in him to put him on against a massive rival team in United [for his Premier League debut]. He played his role, he did it well and he has stayed there and kicked on to be one of the main players they look to if they need a bit of quality or magic. The boss definitely believes in the youngsters.

The Academy underpins everything in terms of pushing young players into the first team. How important has everyone in Kirkby been to getting you where you are now?

The coaches around me when I’m at the Academy are great. I get my game time there at times. If I have to train there, I make sure I go there to be the best player [I can be]. The coaches do everything they can to give me the same type of training as at Melwood. They’re great for players because they get them ready for coming up here.

What are your aims for this season, then?

I haven’t really pinpointed one but it’s definitely to become a bigger part of this great team. Hopefully I can get a [Premier League] debut and get a goal and give the fans what they deserve.

Long-term, what do you dream of achieving with Liverpool?

Being the captain of Liverpool Football Club, playing every week and winning a trophy is definitely what I’m looking to do. But I haven’t looked that far yet, I’m taking it step by step. My next step should be a big one and I can’t wait to see what it is.

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Photo gallery: Curtis Jones pens new LFC deal at Melwood

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 16:59

Curtis Jones penned a new long-term Liverpool deal at Melwood on Friday and our photographer was there to capture the special moment for the 18-year-old.

Having risen through the ranks of the Academy to first-team contention, Jones committed his future to the Reds and sat down with Liverpoolfc.com to discuss his delight.

Take a look at the young forward signing his contract, posing for photographs and conducting his interview in the image gallery below...

Photos by Andrew Powell

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Curtis Jones signs new long-term Liverpool FC contract

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 16:58

Curtis Jones has today signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool.

The 18-year-old, who originally joined the Reds at U9 level and has gone on to progress through the ranks of the club’s Academy to the senior set-up, committed his future by penning the deal at Melwood on Friday afternoon.

Jones told Liverpoolfc.com: “For me, it’s massive. Being a local lad, my dream is to play for this amazing club. To see that the manager and staff have got the belief in me and have offered me a new contract, I’m absolutely buzzing.

“At the point I’m at now in my career I think it’s very important to take decisions slowly. But this one was easy and straightforward. I’m happy to put pen to paper and I’m ready to kick on from here.

“As I said, being a local lad it’s a dream just to play for the club. To have been offered another long-term contract, I’m absolutely buzzing and I can’t wait to get started.”

A regular for Neil Critchley’s U23s, Jones has made one senior appearance for Liverpool to date, coming in the FA Cup third-round tie against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux in January.

In addition, he has been named on the first-team substitutes’ bench on three other occasions for the Reds.

The forward figured regularly in pre-season for Jürgen Klopp’s side and was part of the club’s three-game tour of the United States, as well as netting in the friendly fixture with Tranmere Rovers in early July.

“I haven’t really pinpointed one but it’s definitely to become a bigger part of this great team,” Jones said when asked about his aims for the coming season. “Hopefully I can get a [Premier League] debut and get a goal and give the fans what they deserve.

“Longer-term, my dreams are of being the captain of Liverpool Football Club, playing every week and winning a trophy is definitely what I’m looking to do.

“But I haven’t looked that far yet, I’m taking it step by step. My next step should be a big one and I can’t wait to see what it is.”

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Divock Origi on title talk: 'We like a challenge and we're hungry'

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 16:00

Divock Origi has brushed off last season's disappointment in the Premier League and insists Liverpool are ready to battle for top spot once again.

The Reds' total of 97 points in 2018-19 was still not enough to better Manchester City, who became the first side in a decade to retain the title.

The champions of Europe's quest to finish in first place this term started with a 4-1 opening-day victory over Norwich City and now sees them travel to Southampton on Saturday.

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“It’s going to be a very tough year in the Premier League again, which makes it interesting," Origi told Premier League Productions.

"We like a challenge. Mentally, we’re a group of fighters, we go out there and play our game.

"We have a lot of respect for the other teams. It could be a tight race, it’s hard for me to tell.

"What I do know is that we’re very hungry and we’re going to challenge every team and try to win every game possible – and hopefully win something at the end of the year.”

Last season saw Origi forge a reputation as a man for the big occasions with decisive interventions in the league and Champions League.

Some of the important goals arrived after he had come on as a substitute, with the striker happy to play any part that serves the best interests of the team.

"First of all, I know the coach makes all the decisions and I can only do whatever I can do and perform at my best," Origi continued.

"That’s what I try to do in training: to be at my best, to try to do whatever I can. Whatever role I need to play, I know the team comes first and I know we have a very good manager who knows how to deal with us.

"So it’s my duty to be at my best to be able to perform.”

He added: “There are a couple of very special goals, which I’m grateful for. Scoring as a striker is special and scoring crucial goals makes it even more special. These are things you can’t really control. I’m grateful for these moments.

"I’m somebody who appreciates them and gives them a good place, remembers them – because I need to remember the patterns of play for the future – but I try to live in the now and go to the future. I use it and try to build on it.”

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Inside Istanbul: How the Reds won the UEFA Super Cup

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 15:42

Take a behind-the-scenes look at Liverpool's triumphant UEFA Super Cup meeting with Chelsea in Istanbul.

The Reds won the fixture for the fourth time on Wednesday night as Adrian saved Tammy Abraham's decisive penalty in a shootout following an action-packed 2-2 draw.

Our cameras were in position at Besiktas Park to capture the best of the build-up, action and celebrations – and you can view it all in the video above.

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Adrian issues injury update

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 15:00

Adrian has revealed he is hopeful of being fit to start Liverpool's match at Southampton on Saturday.

The goalkeeper suffered a freak ankle injury during the celebrations of the Reds' UEFA Super Cup victory over Chelsea in Istanbul on Wednesday.

Jürgen Klopp revealed news of the injury during his pre-match press conference on Friday morning, admitting a decision on Adrian's fitness would be taken tomorrow morning.

However, the Spaniard is optimistic about recovering from the issue in time for the meeting with Ralph Hasenhuttl's side. 

Watch: Adrian issues injury update ahead of Southampton clash

Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com at Melwood on Friday, Adrian said: "Today I feel much better.

"It was a strange, weird situation because we were celebrating between us and one guy jumped from the crowd and started running.

"I think he slipped in front of us and also the security with him and made me a tackle from the side. It was a bit of a strange situation but I feel much better today and I hope [I'm] ready for tomorrow."

On his chances of featuring at St Mary's, he added: "Yeah, I think I have many chances.

"I feel mentally ready and I also hope today with the treatment of the ankle it's going to be much better.

"But I'm very optimistic to start playing tomorrow again."

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Jürgen Klopp: Oxlade-Chamberlain can take a lot out of first start

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 12:10

Jürgen Klopp believes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can draw lots of positives from his return to Liverpool's starting XI.

The 26-year-old made his first competitive start for the Reds since April 2018 during Wednesday's UEFA Super Cup showpiece with Chelsea in Istanbul.

Although he was withdrawn at half-time for Roberto Firmino, Klopp was encouraged by what he saw from Oxlade-Chamberlain's outing as a left-sided forward at Besiktas Park.

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Speaking during a press conference on Friday to preview the upcoming trip to Southampton, the boss said: "It was positive, physically especially.

"We all know Ox, with the potential that he has, can have much more impact in that game, but it's normal after a long period.

"There can be surprising ups in a situation like this but there [can be] downs 100 per cent because you just need to get used to all the intensity and stuff like this.

"Positionally, he didn't play [there] for a while. Yes, in pre-season he played it from time to time and all that stuff. That's why I said it was my responsibility and not his because I made the decision to play him there.

"But he was good, he played a pass for us – a sensational chance of Mo Salah. I'm completely fine with it."

Klopp added: "Ox was maybe not overly happy that we took him off after 45 minutes. He didn't say anything, but I can imagine!

"But it doesn't mean anything, it's just that it was 45 minutes at that intensity, in that game, the first half was really lively. I think it was absolutely worth it, so now we have to carry on.

"He has to carry on, we have to carry on and then everything will be fine." 

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Jürgen Klopp on Liverpool's defensive record

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 11:59

Liverpool’s early-season defensive record is of no concern to Jürgen Klopp, who has detailed how his side are working towards reaching the formidable levels attained last term.

The Reds kept 27 clean sheets across all competitions in 2018-19 but are yet to record a shutout in the current campaign, with their three fixtures so far resulting in the concession of four goals.

Ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Southampton, Klopp was asked about this comparison and whether the number of attempts on goal opposing teams have had thus far in 2019-20 is a concern.

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“It depends what you compare us to. If you compare us to August last year it’s not that big a difference,” the boss replied.

“It’s two things: I’m not sure how you felt after the game against Chelsea because the thing is they had a lot of finishes when they were offside and they don’t whistle them off when they don’t go in the goal, you get a goal-kick and not an offside situation. 

“When we make the analysis of the game we see it was two or three yards offside, not only a little bit so that means it was good defending but they still have a finish which everybody counts. 

“We know we have to improve, we know that we have to do a couple of things but a few things will just come because we are then longer together, in different situations and get used to it again. I said it before that football is unfortunately not like cycling, you can lose it a little bit and that’s how it is. 

“We have to find back on our best path, if you want, and that’s what we try, but how I said, especially in the early stage of the season you always have to find a way to win the game. That’s all what you have to do.

“We played City, obviously one of the best teams if not the best team in the world. We played Chelsea, I think anybody who thought they cannot play football anymore learned it better now, they have an outstandingly good team. And we played Norwich, they had chances but that’s normal for the start of the season.

“We scored four and then we didn’t react exactly like you wish for but that’s normal as well, you need to get used to that, to control the game in a better way. That’s all normal. 

“Analysis is important, criticism is sometimes important but it’s all about getting used to the situations again, working on the details and then everything will be fine. 

“We didn’t get worse over the summer in defending - why should we? There’s no reason for that, it’s just that other teams have good players as well. We respect that and if everybody else respects that as well, everything is OK.”

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Naby Keita injury update

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 11:30

Naby Keita has been ruled out of Liverpool's Premier League clash with Southampton on Saturday.

The midfielder sustained a muscle strain ahead of the UEFA Super Cup final against Chelsea in midweek and is not in contention to feature at St Mary’s.

“[He is] not available,” said Jürgen Klopp at his pre-match press conference.

“It’s a muscle thing and we don’t know exactly how long it will take. But he’s not available.”

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Reds to check on Adrian fitness ahead of Southampton clash

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 11:08

Jürgen Klopp has revealed Liverpool will need to check on the fitness of Adrian ahead of Saturday’s encounter with Southampton.

The goalkeeper, whose penalty shootout save from Tammy Abraham secured the UEFA Super Cup for the Reds against Chelsea on Wednesday evening, sustained a freak injury during the resulting celebrations in Istanbul.

Klopp confirmed during his pre-match press conference on Friday morning the club’s medical team will need to assess Adrian’s ankle issue prior to the journey to St Mary’s.

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Burnley v Liverpool: Further ticket sale

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 10:50

Liverpool FC has issued a ticket update for the Premier League fixture against Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday August 31.

The club have received an additional allocation of 64 tickets which will be available online to Season Ticket Holders and Official Members based Premier League away fixtures recorded during Season 2018-19:

17 games: From 11am on Tuesday August 20.

In the event tickets remain:

16 games: From 2pm on Tuesday August 20.

Supporters can purchase one ticket per person up to a maximum of four tickets per transaction.

Tickets are subject to availability and are allocated on a first come first served basis. We cannot guarantee that tickets will be available to all who apply.

For further information before travelling, please click here.

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