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Mon, 01/14/2019 - 09:15

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'He's the type of character you always want in your team'

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 08:30

Neil Critchley has described Liam Coyle as the sort of player every manager wants in their team.

Liverpool U23s host Brighton and Hove Albion in Premier League 2 on Monday - and you can watch the game live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO, with kick-off set for 7pm GMT.

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After an injury-hit 2017-18, Coyle scored his maiden goal at U23 level with a memorable strike in last week’s 1-1 draw at Tottenham Hotspur.

Read on for U23s’ boss Crtichley's thoughts on the 19-year-old midfielder, the meeting with Brighton, the latest on the fitness of Matty Virtue and Bobby Adekanye and more...

On Coyle's progress...

Coyley is the type of boy and type of character you always want to have in your team. You want to pick him, he’s an infectious boy in terms of what he gives you every single day on the training pitch and that rubs off on the other players. He has had his ups and downs with injury but he has hit a run of form now and consistency in terms of playing which has really benefitted him, and hopefully we can see the best of him in the second half of the season.

On the Scouser’s goal versus Spurs…

It was some strike and it’s not something he is renowned for. Actually during the warm-up he was doing some finishing and was striking the ball really well. As soon as the ball left his foot you thought it was in. It was a great strike and a great moment for him. You could see the way the boys reacted they were made up for Liam and I was glad it proved a decisive start for us.

Tottenham 1-1 LFC U23s in 90 seconds

On the 1-1 draw with Tottenham…

I was very pleased with the performance on the evening. There were a few different personnel involved in the game and considering the changes and the way the game went I thought everyone to man gave everything they have got and left nothing in the tank. On the balance of chances Tottenham will probably feel they deserved to win but for our endeavour, honesty, our organisation and togetherness I thought we deserved a point.

On the brilliant display of goalkeeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle…

He made some good saves and I was delighted for him because I think he typified the performance on the night. He hasn’t played a lot of games this season and it's not easy for a goalkeeper to be thrown in like that with very little game time and preparation. Kai and Dan Atherton have both been training magnificently well which is great credit to Mozzer [goalkeeper coach Mark Morris] for the work he does with them. It was a really difficult decision who to pick on the night and it was one we didn’t make until the very last minute really. Kai performed brilliantly well and Dan, his contribution to the squad and the team shouldn’t be underestimated. He has been unbelievable this season and his level of performance in training has been outstanding. With Kamil Grabara going out on loan they might get more opportunities. They have to be ready in case that opportunity arises. I would not hesitate in playing either Kai or Dan.

On the meeting with Brighton…

We always like playing at home and on our front pitch. Brighton will certainly provide us with a real tough test. They got promoted last season and they have got belief, confidence and a way of playing which they stick to. It will be an extremely tough game for us. We played them in the first game of the season, which seems like it was ages ago now, and it ended in a goalless draw. I remember the game was in doubt and could have been called off because of the rain, but we got the game on and it was an entertaining one for a goalless draw I thought.

On the performances of his side in the first half of 2018-19…

I think there has been one or two performances when you could point the finger and say we weren’t at our best but generally you know what you are going to get from our boys and it’s a great credit to the type of character we have got inside the Academy. It’s a great feeling as a coach to know when you put your players out onto the pitch you can trust them and they will give you everything they have got. I’m probably slightly biased but I don’t think our results have been warranted from the performances. We have slightly underachieved in terms of results, but I’ve been delighted with the performances. We always have to be belief in the process we follow at the Academy regardless of the results. Our U23 team doesn’t have a career in football, it will be the individuals who end up having a career. We just have to concentrate on the players all of the time.

On the fitness of Virtue and Adekanye…

Bobby is back training with us now. He has taken a bit longer than we had hoped recovering from his ankle injury but we wanted to get that right for him. It will be good for him to get a consistent run of training sessions in the next few weeks. Matty had a little setback with an illness he picked up just before Christmas but he has been out and doing a lot of conditioning work and will be phased back into training during the next week to 10 days. They are two players we have missed as well as Tony Gallacher. Tony is a little bit further behind Matty and Bobby with his ankle injury but hopefully he can get back soon.

On the return to action of Connor Randall after being out since September…

It has been a frustrating first part of the season for Connor after spending pre-season with us and then going out on loan to Rochdale. I was actually at the game when he fractured his cheekbone and it was only after about 10 minutes. That game against Tottenham was his first 90 minutes since pre-season and considering that I thought… he gave everything. At one end of the pitch he was trying to score and then the next minute he was back defending in his own penalty box at the other end trying to keep the ball out. I thought his fitness levels and his general performance was incredible. He needs a run of games now and we’ll see where he goes in the next half of the season.

On the return of Corey Whelan after his loan spell at Crewe Alexandra…

Corey had his experience at Yeovil last season in League Two and did well at Crewe. He has played a lot of games now in that division and has shown he is capable of playing in men’s football, which you are never sure of until they got out. He has ticked that box and has come back to us. It’s nice to have Corey back with us as he’s such a great man to have around. He is a good influence on our younger players but he’s also got his career to think about as well and we’ll try and help him with that because he deserves that.

On Isaac Christie-Davies being in the senior squad for the FA Cup tie with Wolves and Adam Lewis training at Melwood…

It was a really great moment for Isaac and we were really pleased for him because he is a lovely boy who is great to work with. He has been training at Melwood on and off for a few months and the first-team management and coaching staff have liked what they have seen. He had the chance to be on the bench last Monday which will give him a lift and it was nice for him to have that moment and fingers crossed he can have some more in the future. Adam has been similar to Isaac in training with the first team and the manager has had a chance to have a look at him. That’s our job to prepare them for those moments. We don’t want players just to go there and make the numbers up and be a tourist - they are there to show what they are about and grasp those opportunities. Adam has gone up there and done well so far. It’s only his first step and there’s many more steps for him to come.

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6.30pm GMT: Watch LFC U23s v Brighton live

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 08:00

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Sweetman-Kirk nets late winner as Women beat Yeovil

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 17:25

Courtney Sweetman-Kirk’s last-minute strike got Liverpool FC Women back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory away at Yeovil Town Ladies on Sunday.

The No.9 sealed a double, having also slotted home a penalty, to help Vicky Jepson’s side claim a vital three points in the Women’s Super League.

The Reds started brightly and Christie Murray went close with a free-kick from 25 yards that was superbly kept out by Meghan Walsh.

On 25 minutes, Liverpool were awarded a penalty; winger Yana Daniels was brought down by Walsh, and Sweetman-Kirk duly stepped up to make no mistake for the opening goal.

Six minutes into the second half, though, the home side were back on level terms as Emily Donovan pounced to make it 1-1.

The Reds pushed forward in search of a winner and Jess Clarke was twice denied after finding a way through the Yeovil defence.

Substitute Leandra Little thought she had scored two minutes from time but her effort was brilliantly kept out by Walsh.

However, with time almost up, Sweetman-Kirk pounced to net the second goal Jepson’s side undoubtedly deserved.

Liverpool FC Women: Preuss, S. Murray, Robe, Matthews, Rodgers (Little, 82), Bradley-Auckland, Clarke, Coombs, Sweetman-Kirk, C. Murray (Fahey, 78), Daniels (Jhamat, 60).

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Sweetman-Kirk nets late winner as Women beat Yeovil

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 17:25

Courtney Sweetman-Kirk netted a last minute winner as Liverpool FC Women got back to winning ways after a 2-1 win away at Yeovil Town Ladies on Sunday.

The No.9 fired a double as she also slotted home a penalty to help Vicky Jepson’s side claim a vital three points in the Women’s Super League.

Liverpool FC Women started brightly and Christie Murray went close with a free-kick from 25-yards out that was superbly kept out by Meghan Walsh.

On 25 minutes the Reds were awarded a penalty when winger Yana Daniels was brought down by Walsh, and Sweetman-Kirk duly stepped up to make no mistake for the opening goal.

Six minutes into the second half the home side were back on level terms when Emily Donovan pounced to make it 1-1.

The Reds then continued to push forward in search of a winner and Jess Clarke was twice denied after finding a way through the Yeovil defence.

Substitute Leandra Little thought she had found a winner two minutes from time when her effort was brilliantly kept out by Walsh.

However, with time almost up Sweetman-Kirk pounced to net the winner Jepson’s side undoubtedly deserved.

Liverpool FC Women: Preuss, S. Murray, Robe, Matthews, Rodgers (Little, 82), Bradley-Auckland, Clarke, Coombs, Sweetman-Kirk, C. Murray (Fahey, 78), Daniels (Jhamat, 60).

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Being Red: A keen footballer at 83

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 11:00

When 83-year-old Liverpool fan Sol Sorsky first attended Red Neighbours’ walking football, his limited fitness levels saw him only able take up the role of 'ball boy'.

Five months on, Sol has seen his fitness and confidence grow so much that he now takes part in the sessions as a fully-fledged player, twice a week.

Progressing from simply collecting the ball when it went out of play, Sol, from Old Swan, eventually laced up his boots to participate in the faster-paced matches on a Tuesday, alongside the Friday sessions he had joined straight away.

Since then, Sol hasn’t looked back and has further developed his skills on the pitch.

“Walking football has been absolutely brilliant for me. When I first started playing I wasn’t that confident, but as I’ve continued to come, I feel both my fitness and ability on the ball have improved massively,” he said.

“Being 83, I try to get out of the house as much as I can and coming to walking football twice a week is great. Not only do I get to play football again, I also get to socialise with all the other lads that come along, and I really enjoy the camaraderie we all share.”

Twice a week, local men between the ages of 50 and 92 attend Red Neighbours’ walking football sessions at Anfield Sports and Community Centre. 

Led by Red Neighbours team member Bill Bygroves, the sessions consist of a high-tempo warm-up with stretching, followed by a series of passing drills and competitive matches.

Walking football is part of Red Neighbours’ aim to support local residents and schools in the Anfield community, focusing on four key areas: food poverty and education; support for the elderly community; encouraging a physically active community; and creating memorable experiences for young people.

Sessions are held at Anfield Sports and Community Centre every Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm and every Friday from 11am to 12pm.

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Watch: The best of Robertson's relentless Brighton display

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 10:32

Andy Robertson was integral as Liverpool beat Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday - take a closer look at a typically relentless performance from the left-back above.

The Reds' 1-0 win at the Amex Stadium - earned by Mohamed Salah's second-half penalty - saw them bounce back from successive defeats and extend their lead at the top of the Premier League.

No Liverpool player made more tackles (three) or interceptions (two) than Robertson on the south coast, with the No.26 combining defensive diligence with attacking intelligence throughout another impressive 90 minutes.

LFCTV GO subscribers can watch the best bits of Robertson's display above.

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

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 10:30

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

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

Monday January 14

Premier League Kicks sessions

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

Respect 4 All Ability Counts session (Disability)

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

Tuesday January 15

Premier League Kicks session

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

Respect 4 All (Disability)

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

Red Neighbours Walking Football  

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 3pm-4pm

Open Goals

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

Wednesday January 16    

Premier League Kicks sessions

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

Respect 4 All (Disability)

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

Open Goals

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

Thursday January 17

Premier League Kicks sessions

Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Wavertree - 5pm-6pm (age 8-13), 6pm-7pm (age 14-17)

Gateacre School - 6pm-8pm (age 11-17), 7pm-8pm (age 12-16)

Respect 4 All (Disability)

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

Military Veterans

Netherton Goals - 5pm-7.30pm

Friday January 18

Premier League Kicks sessions

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

Respect 4 All (Disability)

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

Red Neighbours Walking Football  

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 11am-12pm

Red Neighbours Walking Netball 

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 11.30am-12.30pm

Saturday January 19

Respect 4 All (Disability)

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

Open Goals 

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

Sunday January 20   

Open Goals    

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

Military Veterans 

LFC Academy - 3pm-5pm

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The media on Brighton 0-1 LFC: 'Normal service is resumed'

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 10:10

Mohamed Salah netted the only goal of the game from the penalty spot as Liverpool edged out Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0 on Saturday.

The Egyptian king's 17th goal of the season saw the Reds extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points.

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

David Lynch, Evening Standard

It almost feels trite to say it, but goodness me how important is Salah to Liverpool? With Brighton’s defence sitting deep and looking seemingly impenetrable, the Egyptian produced a moment of sheer magic to bamboozle his marker and win a penalty. And there was no doubt about the outcome when he stepped up to take it and - ultimately - claim all three points for his team. The Reds are so blessed to have a forward like Salah, one whose impressive goal tally is matched by the game-breaking moments he produces time and time again. A number of Liverpool fans were justifiably concerned when it emerged that Fabinho was set for another stint as makeshift centre-back against Brighton. But they needn’t have worried in truth - the Brazilian was immense as Virgil van Dijk’s partner in trying circumstances at the Amex. Not only did Fabinho help repel the dual aerial threat of Glenn Murray and Jurgen Locadia, he also contributed two crucial interceptions when the hosts looked certain to score. Klopp will want him back in midfield sooner rather than later, but he will be delighted with his summer signing’s contribution here.

James Pearce, Liverpool Echo

Normal service has been resumed. Liverpool banished their January blues as they returned to winning ways on the South Coast. It wasn't pretty and it wasn't totally convincing but the outcome was absolutely priceless. Klopp puffed out his cheeks at the final whistle and went over to applaud a relieved travelling Kop. Victory over Brighton - secured courtesy of Salah's second-half penalty - extended the Reds' lead at the top of the Premier League table to seven points. But when the pressure was cranked up, Liverpool delivered. Not with a show of brutal force, but by showcasing the qualities which helped them set the pace in the first half of the campaign. This was all about guts, hunger, unity, resilience and the steely work ethic Klopp has instilled. 

Andy Dunn, Daily Mirror

Never mind the towering majesty of Van Dijk or the perpetual motion of Robertson, my guess is the outstanding Liverpool player at the end of 2018-19 proceedings will remain Salah. The winner here was his 14th Premier League goal of the season, enough to share top spot in the charts with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Harry Kane. No Liverpool performer is likely to be as crucial as Salah in the road to May and the growing possibility of that Premier League title. This was a crucial intervention to ensure a crucial victory. With Pascal Gross offending with both hand and left leg just after half-time, this was an absolute stonewaller, just as it was a nailed-on number when Arsenal’s Sokratis double-clipped the Egyptian’s calves the other week. But Salah seems to be perfecting that knack of getting the other side of a defender and, essentially, brake-testing his opponent. Scrambling back after being embarrassed by a wonderful footballer, the pursuer cannot avoid the tangle that ends with Salah on the deck. It is a subtle skill to go with his myriad other subtle skills, such as dispatching the kick with fierce accuracy. It was the slippery superiority of Salah that sealed the deal at the Amex and it will probably be his ingenuity that wins more of these tight encounters before the season’s end.

Jack Pitt-Brooke, Independent

Liverpool got their balance back this afternoon, recovering from their New Year stumble, grinding out a 1-0 win at Brighton and Hove Albion that restores their lead over Manchester City to seven points. At least until Monday night. If Liverpool do this 16 more times this season - or even just 15 - then they lift the Premier League title this year. Yes it is only 12 January but this is the time of year when we stop adding games up and start ticking them off. The time when performance goes out of the window and everything is hung on results instead. That is why there was so much jubilation from the away end at full time, such a clear sense that the great enterprise that is Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool is back on track. This was a classic title-chasing victory: away from home, narrow, nervy, never in total control, and reliant on a dollop of contingency to get them over the line. When they needed to win more than ever before, they found a way.

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Henderson: We're not thinking about the title race

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 07:30

Jordan Henderson sees no reason for Liverpool's players to change their 'game by game' approach as they continue to set the pace in the Premier League.

Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Brighton and Hove Albion consolidated the Reds’ position at the summit after the setback in their previous league outing at Manchester City.

Their 18th win in the division from 22 matches was secured through Mohamed Salah’s penalty amid what the manager, Jürgen Klopp, described as his team’s most mature performance of the season.

Henderson was part of the Liverpool side that launched a Premier League title challenge in 2013-14 and feels lessons from that campaign can be used in the remainder of this.

But the captain insists nobody in the squad is focusing on anything other than the next match – with each one considered the ‘biggest’ when it comes along.

“Obviously you can use that experience as much as possible,” he told Liverpoolfc.com. “But in my mind and all of the lads’ minds is just: ‘Take it game by game.’

“That’s all we can do and is what we have been doing up to this point – so why change it?

“The next game is the biggest game of the season, that’s how we look at it, and it’s a tough one again next week. We will keep taking it game by game and come the end of the season, let’s see where we are.”

Watch: The best of the 1-0 win at Brighton

Liverpool controlled the encounter at the Amex Stadium for long periods but genuine chances were at a premium across the 90 minutes.

Salah’s moment of individual quality was the difference, the No.11’s dribble into the Brighton box winning a penalty that he coolly converted himself.

Henderson felt the visitors’ efforts made them full value for the result but believes there is room for improvement in the coming weeks.

“It was tough but we expected it to be tough,” said the midfielder, when asked for his analysis of the meeting with Chris Hughton’s side.

“Brighton are a good team, especially at home. They defended really well and were organised and tough to break down. It was a very mature performance.

“We managed to get the goal and also defended well to keep the clean sheet, so overall we are delighted with the three points. But we can still be better and that’s what we will try to do.”

LFCTV GO: Henderson's post-match verdict in full

The Reds journeyed to the south coast in an unusual position for this season – that of having lost each of their last two fixtures, against City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

And their refusal to allow those disappointments to affect their confidence was an important factor in ensuring a response at Brighton, according to the skipper.

“We have spoken enough about the last two games,” said Henderson.

“All of our focus was on this game and you can only have the opportunity to get the three points in your next game; that’s what we had here and that’s what all the concentration was on.

“We are still very confident as a group and very together, as you can see. That plays a big part in confidence going forward and you could see we didn’t lose our confidence. We kept our nerve, were patient and got the job done.”

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Alexander-Arnold: Brighton win proves we're a top team

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 18:28

Trent Alexander-Arnold feels Liverpool confirmed their credentials as a ‘top-quality side’ by beating Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Reds made the trip to the south coast having suffered consecutive defeats to Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers in their last two outings, but responded to those setbacks with a gritty 1-0 victory on Saturday.

A penalty won and converted by Mohamed Salah in the early stages of the second half proved decisive at the Amex Stadium, and Jürgen Klopp’s side now sit seven points clear at the top of the Premier League with Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur still to play in this round of fixtures.

And Alexander-Arnold explained post-match that Liverpool’s recent dip made their win over the Seagulls all the sweeter.

“No matter what every game is important for us, but especially this game,” the right-back told Liverpoolfc.com.

“We knew we needed a win to get the momentum back and show that we are a really top-quality side and that’s what we’ve done, especially as it’s a tough place to come. 

“I think everyone in the league would agree that this is one of the toughest places to play, with good fans and a good solid team who are hard to break down. We found it difficult even at Anfield to score goals against them. We got a 1-0 win there and are happy to get the 1-0 win here as well.

“Questions were probably asked about our mentality and how we would bounce back from a [Premier League] defeat because we hadn’t experienced it so far [this season], and I think it was important for us to show everyone that we are a top-quality side and to bounce back and get the win. 

“Like I said, everyone knew how hard it was to come here and try and take points from Brighton so we’ve done it excellently and we will look forward to next week now.”

Brighton 0-1 Liverpool: Five talking points

The Reds had to be patient in their efforts to make the breakthrough against Chris Hughton’s well-drilled team, with their 77.2 per cent of possession in the first half not leading to reward in front of goal. 

But a moment of class from Salah - who was hauled down by Pascal Gross in the area after twisting and turning away from the Brighton man, and then smashed in the resulting spot-kick - breached the hosts’ resistance five minutes after the restart.

Alexander-Arnold continued: “The first half was definitely the harder half. In the second half they opened up a little bit more [and] the goal we scored probably helped us because they had to attack a little bit more and try to get a goal back. 

“Even when they opened up it was still hard to score past them, and I think we showed our resilience and defended well. They didn’t have too many chances against us.

“[They are] Incredibly tough situations, penalties, and I don’t think many people understand the pressurised situations they are, but Mo has shown again this season he is a quality player and shown he can tuck away his penalties as well. 

“Credit to him for winning it first and foremost and secondly to be able to put it away.”

There was some uncertainty as to whether Alexander-Arnold would be able to take his place in the starting XI after he sustained an injury in the warm-up.

However, the England international was able to shake off the issue and complete the full 90 minutes.

“It was just a roll of the ankle,” he said. 

“It was a painful one but I told the manager and the medical staff I would just need a strapping on it and a few painkillers and I’d be good to go. It was good from the manager to have the faith in me to still put me out there and all was good.”

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Brighton 0-1 Liverpool: Jürgen Klopp's reaction

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 18:25

Jürgen Klopp praised Liverpool's most mature performance of the season after the 1-0 win at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.

The Reds registered their first success of 2019 with a controlled display at the Amex Stadium, the second-half penalty from Mohamed Salah ultimately enough for three points.

Victory increased the lead held by Klopp’s men at the top of the Premier League and provided a response to the previous defeats against Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

After the game, the manager spoke to the media at his post-match press conference about the manner of Liverpool’s performance, the result’s importance and more.

Read on for a summary…

On Liverpool’s patience and mental strength in the game…

How I said, the headline before the game was ‘be ready’. The headline after the game is ‘very mature’. You saw the game and it’s obviously a big challenge for everybody to stay calm and to stay concentrated because each little situation can be a massive threat or counter-attack. And don’t make any fouls because Brighton are unbelievably strong around set-pieces; we don’t make harsh fouls but if you step too late – this kind of concentration level is difficult to keep, the boys did it. In the first half, we had four or five situations, which is absolutely enough usually, if you score in a situation like that – when we came into the box or won the ball back or pressed them and won the ball. If you can score in a situation like that, it’s all good. In the situations where we played around, that was OK as well, but in the moment when we chipped the ball and went for second balls, we had nobody for the second balls. We had runners but no guys for the second ball. The sixes and centre-halves were a bit too close together, we were a bit too wide, everybody offered the run in behind and nobody in between.

The second half was better. I really liked half-time – we could readjust a few things and the boys reacted on that. In the second half, we won the ball back, nice little counter-attack – Mo, Shaq I think and then Mo again in the box, clear penalty. We finished it off, which is good. Then, keep calm again, stay calm, keep the ball, play around, create, try to create without taking any risks because it was clear today was not a day for a massive result. Brighton didn’t change a lot because we were so dominant; it’s not that Brighton opened up completely and said, ‘From now on, we’ll try to attack everything’ and we could have a bit more space. They defended like they defended because they knew one mistake from us and they are back in the game. Not making mistakes is a difficult thing in football, it’s actually impossible. But not making decisive mistakes should be possible. We won it and I’m absolutely happy about that.

On Salah’s ability to win the penalty…

It was a brilliant situation. It makes sense for a striker to go dribbling in the box because it’s difficult for the defender to defend it clear. He was in a brilliant position in that moment – if he could shoot, for sure it was a big chance as well. That’s cool. Sadio had moments, Bobby always. We speak about maturity after the 1-0 but how they defend then, if you see it in their face – how Bobby is talking to everybody, bringing Sadio into position and all that – that’s the massive difference. That’s really cool. The boys worked really hard and deserved these three points, I think, absolutely.

On whether the performance was secondary to the result…

I faced these questions at the beginning of the season pretty often. We had results and people obviously thought the difference between the City game last year in the Champions League, or the Roma home game, was too big. That’s absolutely OK but we are not the Harlem Globetrotters, we have to deliver results. For that, we need to perform. The performance was good. It was not the best performance of the season in a few departments but I would say it was the most mature performance of the season. It’s so important. On good days, everybody can win football games. On an average day, not a lot of teams can win football games. On a bad day, only a few can win football games. Today was not a bad day but it was a difficult day for us. It was a difficult game because Brighton are doing really well. We played a lot of times against a 4-5-1 system but how they do it is different and it’s really difficult. Propper, Groß and Stephens in the centre; March and Locadia do really well; Murray is always a threat, if he gets the ball he can keep it for two hours and they can push up and stuff like that. It’s really, really good. It was clear before the game it would be difficult, so I’m really happy that the boys took the game like it is and were not waiting for it to click in the game somehow, and if it’s not clicking you get annoyed or frustrated and the performance drops. We had a constant level in a very difficult game and I’m fine with that.

On Fabinho’s performance at centre-back…

He’s a brilliant player and I was happy he could play today. It’s not that Brighton had one attack after the other – we had the ball most of the time so it makes sense to have a good footballer in that position. Brighton tried a little bit to bring the long balls to Murray and around him, which they did, by the way, against Joe Gomez in the home game as well. But he did well in these situations and with the ball. He has a defending brain and can do that in different positions. It’s good.

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On the importance of winning the next league game after losing at Manchester City…

Not because of Man City, to be honest, it’s just important. If you fall from the horse, the best thing to do is go immediately back on it. It’s good and important but we didn’t make a big fuss of the two defeats, to be honest. Especially the City game was an open game and you cannot a week later, only because you lose then against Wolverhampton and your manager makes 10 changes or whatever, start talking about losing football games or whatever. We never really speak about the games before, we concentrate on the game. We knew it was really difficult to take all three points here. I’m completely happy even with the way we did it because I saw pretty early in the game that it was a harsh one, really tough that we would come through. The scoring momentum we didn’t have today. The creating was OK but finishing, we were not at our best. All the rest – defending and all that stuff – was really good and so we deserved the three points.

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Klopp explains Alexander-Arnold injury issue

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 17:55

Jürgen Klopp confirmed an ankle injury sustained by Trent Alexander-Arnold in the pre-match warm-up could have ruled him out of Liverpool’s 1-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion.

The defender picked up the knock as the Reds prepared for the clash with the Seagulls at the Amex Stadium and required treatment from the club’s medical team.

Alexander-Arnold shook off the issue to take his place in the starting line-up and completed the entire 90 minutes as Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to seven points.

Asked what the injury was, Klopp told his post-match press conference: “I don’t know yet. It was the last situation in the warm up, I think he stepped on the ball – I didn’t see the situation, I only saw him going down. Immediately [you see] Trent on the ground, he’s a hard boy so that’s not a good sign.

“Then the Doc came and [said it was] something with the ankle. It was pretty painful. He made the sprints but I didn’t like the way he made them because when he slowed down, I thought it looked a bit like limping so I thought it didn’t look good.

“On the way to the dressing room, he told me the pain was away, had gone, then the Doc made a little treatment. Then he said pain-wise, it’s good now and should be OK, made a strapping [for it] and [he could] go out.

“I don’t know exactly what it was and I hope it was absolutely nothing; it was not nothing because it was really painful, but I hope it will not take long until he doesn’t feel it anymore.”

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Brighton 0-1 Liverpool: Five talking points

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 17:08

Mohamed Salah was again the difference between Liverpool and Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.

Just as he did at Anfield earlier in the season, the No.11 struck decisively at the Amex Stadium to earn the Reds a 1-0 victory over the Seagulls.

Salah’s confidently-dispatched second-half penalty earned a hard-fought yet deserved win that, temporarily at least, extends Jürgen Klopp’s side’s lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points.

Read on for five talking points on the action from the south coast…

A boss record continues

‘Striking back’ is a phrase Jürgen Klopp employs regularly when discussing the necessity to respond positively to setbacks.

And Liverpool doing just that in the Premier League has become par for the course under his management.

Klopp has never lost consecutive top-flight matches during his Reds tenure, with his record following defeats in the division now featuring 12 victories and eight draws.

16-0-0

Results-wise, Liverpool have quite literally been perfect against teams currently placed outside the Premier League’s top five so far this season.

Heading into Saturday’s game at the Amex, the relentless Reds had won all 15 of their meetings with those sides - and Salah’s firmly-struck penalty made sure that hugely impressive sequence was extended to 16 games.

Fabinho excels again

With Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez absent, and Joel Matip only fit enough for the bench after his month-long lay-off with a collarbone injury, Klopp once again deployed Fabinho at centre-back.

The Brazilian, a midfielder by trade who regularly plays at right-back for his country, put in an accomplished display in the unfamiliar role during the FA Cup third-round tie against Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier in the week.

A repeat of that performance followed at the Amex as, alongside the returning Virgil van Dijk,  Fabinho dealt with the twin threat of Glenn Murray and Jürgen Locadia with an air of confident authority.

And, for good measure, he also produced a superb, last-ditch block to deny Pascal Gross shortly after Salah had broken the deadlock.

Mo gets back on terms

Salah won’t be giving up his Golden Boot easily, it’s fair to say.

The No.11’s spot-kick represented his 14th Premier League goal of the season - moving him joint first with Harry Kane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the race to be the division’s leading marksman. 

Landmarks for Sadio and Virgil

There was a pair of milestone appearances for Liverpool on Saturday.

Sadio Mane played his 100th game for the Reds, and Van Dijk brought up his 50th match for the club while contributing to a vital victory.

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Match report: Reds bounce back with win at Brighton

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 16:52

Liverpool returned to winning ways and extended their lead in the Premier League with a 1-0 victory at Brighton and Hove Albion secured by Mohamed Salah's penalty.

The No.11 broke the deadlock five minutes into the second half at the Amex Stadium, converting the spot-kick after being fouled in front of the Reds’ travelling supporters.

And the strike was enough for Jürgen Klopp’s men to collect all three points and register their first success of 2019, before nearest rivals Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur play in the coming days.

Team news

Klopp made wholesale changes on the south coast, with only Fabinho – again at centre-back – and Xherdan Shaqiri retained from the starting XI at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night.

Sadio Mane made his 100th Reds appearance, Virgil van Dijk his 50th.

First half

Liverpool commanded more than 85 per cent of the possession in the opening 10 minutes and fashioned the first sight of goal with a crisp move.

Fabinho’s driven pass to the left wing from deep reached Andy Robertson, whose trademark touch and whipped cross found Roberto Firmino arriving just too late to make full contact in the centre.

Brighton inched into the game and, on the quarter-hour, Glenn Murray peeled into space inside the Reds box to meet a Pascal Groß delivery but flicked his header over.

Fabinho misdirected a lunging header from a right-flank corner as the nearby Van Dijk complained of apparent holding by Seagulls captain Lewis Dunk.

In truth, the match needed a spark – and it almost came from Shaqiri.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, having been encouraged repeatedly to sneak forward with greater regularity, stepped inside at the corner of the Brighton area and lifted in a precise cross off his weaker foot.

Shaqiri’s positioning and idea were correct – the unmarked No.23 aimed to glance the ball inside the left post – but his execution was a yard or two out of line.

And that, pretty much, summed up a tepid first half at the Amex Stadium.

Second half

There was a different energy to Liverpool immediately after the restart and Salah forced David Button into a low save when he scampered through the left channel and drilled an effort towards the far corner.

He did not have to wait much longer to celebrate, though.

The Egyptian’s nimble footwork carried him away from his markers and dangerously into the Brighton box, where Groß upended his man, prompting an instant point to the spot by the referee.

Salah stepped up to take the penalty and dispatched an angled, rising strike into the right side of the net, above the reach of Button’s dive, for his 14th Premier League goal of the season.

Still, the Reds were thankful to Fabinho for preserving their new-found advantage when he blocked Groß at close range in the box, the Brighton attacker having been picked out neatly from the right hand side.

Alisson Becker had to push a blast from Jürgen Locadia around his left post and, at the other end, Button spilled a Firmino punt as the game stretched in the closing stages.

Georginio Wijnaldum flashed a shot wide of the post after fluid approach work by Salah and Firmino, and Mane saw a hit on the counter-attack deflected out, but Liverpool had done enough and moved clear at the Premier League summit with a timely win.

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Sat, 01/12/2019 - 14:50
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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Brighton

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 13:59

Liverpool make nine changes for this afternoon’s Premier League clash with Brighton & Hove Albion.

Only Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri retain their places in the starting line-up from the team deployed against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup tie on Monday night.

Jordan Henderson is named in midfield at the Amex Stadium after recovering from a knock and Joel Matip is included among the substitutes, but Daniel Sturridge is absent from the matchday squad due to a virus.

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

Subs: Mignolet, Milner, Keita, Moreno, Origi, Matip, Camacho.

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LIVE: Brighton v Liverpool - follow the build-up

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 10:55

Here we go again, then!

Liverpool face Brighton and Hove Albion this afternoon in their first Premier League fixture of 2019.

Jürgen Klopp's league leaders will be looking to get back to winning ways and know that victory at the Amex Stadium would increase their advantage at the top to seven points, temporarily at least.

Stick with us for comprehensive rolling coverage of all the build-up, action and post-match reaction from the south coast.

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Adam Lallana fitness latest

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 10:24

Jürgen Klopp hopes to have Adam Lallana available for next weekend’s meeting with Crystal Palace.

The Liverpool midfielder missed last Monday’s FA Cup defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers due to a minor injury and will again be absent from the Premier League leaders’ squad to face Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.

However, Klopp believes Lallana will be fit for Palace’s visit to Anfield in seven days’ time.

“We are in close contact and it's just a shame for Adam,” the boss said.

“It's not serious, he'll probably be available for next week. It was only a little thing but it was enough to put him out of the Wolves game.

“Of course it's not nice, who would like that after the season he's had? But you can't change things that happened a day ago or an hour ago.

“You have to deal with it and he's dealing well with it, he won't lose confidence. He's been confident in all the sessions and has helped us a lot. He is a very mature person, it's all good.

“It's unlucky and a real shame that it happened. We were all like: 'Oh no, please don't do that.’

“It's always bad when you lose a player but especially at this moment. Nobody likes it but you have to deal with it.”

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Fitness issues have restricted Lallana to eight appearances so far this season, but Klopp expects the England international to positively impact the second half of a campaign during which Liverpool are targeting success both domestically and in Europe. 

“You have to get through this. With a long injury, it very often takes the same amount of time again before your body reacts exactly like it was before,” the manager continued.

“He's had a few issues now but he's a fantastic player. It's not about thinking ‘Oh it's happened again'. It's something different.

“I am still completely positive. Would I like to have him available? Yes, 100 per cent. It's brilliant to have him around as he can cool games down, he can be creative between the lines, he still has speed and all these things.

“It's not cool to lose him in a session, we didn't have many training injuries this season. He stretched to get the ball and it happened. Nothing else to say about it.

“Could he be in a better place mentally? Yes, if he was playing and had scored 20 goals in the last 10 games. But everything is fine. Adam knows that we need him.”

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