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Norwich City v Liverpool: TV channels and live coverage details

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 17:00

Liverpool visit Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday, with kick-off at Carrow Road scheduled for 5.30pm GMT.

The match will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK.

Two minutes of highlights will be available on LFCTV GO from 9.30pm, with extended action published at midnight.

You can listen to the game live with our free audio commentary service and follow the build-up, action and reaction as it happens with Liverpoolfc.com’s live matchday blog.

For Reds fans outside of the UK, global TV listings for the match can be found here.

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Liverpool FC Women's cup tie with Chelsea rearranged for Monday

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 16:14

Liverpool FC Women's FA Cup fifth-round tie against Chelsea Women has been rearranged due to the prospect of extreme weather.

The forecast for the arrival of Storm Dennis in the London area at the weekend put the 12.30pm kick-off at Kingsmeadow on Sunday in severe jeopardy, and the decision to delay the fixture has been taken in order to protect supporter and staff safety.

With the mutual agreement of both clubs and the Football Association, the game will now take place at the same venue a day later, at 7pm on Monday February 17.

All tickets already sold for the game will remain valid. Tickets are still on sale for the rearranged game, priced £9 for adults and £1 for children and over 65s.

Any supporters no longer able to attend can secure a refund via the Stamford Bridge ticket office by posting tickets back by 5pm on Monday February 24.

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Norwich City v Liverpool: Team news

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 16:00

Liverpool have no fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday's trip to Norwich City and are boosted by having Sadio Mane and James Milner in contention to feature.

The pair have participated in full training at Melwood this past week following their recovery from muscular injuries. 

Mane has missed the Reds' last two Premier League matches with a small muscle tear, while Milner hasn't been involved since limping off in January's FA Cup tie with Everton.

"It's good news," Jürgen Klopp said at a press conference on Friday. "They both trained from Monday – and they both trained through the last week anyway – so they are in contention."

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However, Xherdan Shaqiri will be forced to miss the encounter at Carrow Road with his calf injury. 

The No.23 and Nathaniel Clyne (ACL) are the only first-team players expected to be sidelined for the clash, which is Liverpool's first since the winter break.

On how his players can regain rhythm, Klopp added: "When you are always playing and playing and playing, it's not that we don't enjoy it, we enjoy it a lot.

"But to do something else for one week in the middle of a season is just nice. You are looking forward to the next game like you didn't play for the last half-year.

"So that's really nice and hopefully we can see that tomorrow."

Norwich boss Daniel Farke told a similar story at his media briefing, with defender Timm Klose the only injury absentee for the Canaries this weekend.

The hosts can also call on Ben Godfrey again after the centre-back served a three-match suspension.

"It's only the second time this season we've had three fit centre-backs available," said Farke. "It's good to have that competition back. We are delighted Ben is back.

"It's not easy for him. He's only had 60 minutes of football over the past nine weeks but he is in my thoughts.

"We have to be careful with him. I will always back Ben Godfrey but I have to take care and protect him. That's in my mind for tomorrow."

On his approach to the game, Farke continued: "Teams often choose to sit deep against Liverpool, but they're too strong against that in counter-attacks.

"If not, they'll score from a set-piece with Van Dijk.

"We have to have periods on the front foot, dominating possession and be fully aware there will be periods we have to be solid defending."

Last match (Premier League)

Newcastle United 0-0 Norwich City (February 1): Krul, Aarons, Hanley, Zimmermann, Byram, Rupp, Cantwell, McLean, Duda, Tettey, Pukki.

Liverpool 4-0 Southampton (February 1): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Firmino.

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'The standards at Liverpool are ridiculous - I love it here'

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 14:26

Andy Lonergan believes standards of a ‘ridiculous’ level are the driving force behind Liverpool’s near-flawless season so far.

The experienced goalkeeper has contributed to the successes of 2019-20 on the training pitch by providing support to Alisson Becker, Adrian and Caoimhin Kelleher both at Melwood and on matchdays.

And he has provided a glowing insight into the way in which Jürgen Klopp’s world and European champions, and Premier League leaders, operate.

“I don’t want to say just being among this group is enough because if I don’t train well I am disappointed and I want the next day to come around so I can put that right,” Lonergan, formerly of clubs including Preston North End and Leeds United, told The Times.

“A ‘well done’ from the lads, a ‘you’re on fire today’ shout… that’s the reward for me. That’s the reward.

“It could be from Mo or Millie [James Milner]. That is another motivation because if you are on their team, say Millie, Hendo [Jordan Henderson] or Virgil [van Dijk], you don’t want to let them down. You have to perform because they are not shy of giving you a rollocking.

“That is just the standard. If Mo gives the ball away, they are going to be onto Mo. That is why they are doing as well as they are. The standards are ridiculous.

“You get people and players at clubs who say: ‘See him, he’s not a trainer, he doesn’t fancy it, he just plays on a Saturday.’ Well, here, if you don’t train, you don’t play. Simple.

“The professionalism is unbelievable. I have been guilty in the past of thinking: ‘They’ve got it easy those Premier League boys. They are not playing every midweek, they have the best travel etc.’

“But the schedule is absolutely relentless and add to that the training is never less than 100 per cent. The training pitch is where they make the Saturday easier. It is like the boxer who says hard work is the camp, the enjoyment is the fight. It is the same here.

“My friends will say: ‘Who is not the best person? Who is this or who is that?’ I mean this: it is the most honest, down-to-earth squad that I have ever been in. People might find that hard to believe, but they are such genuine, good lads. There is just one goal for all of them.

“We win on Saturday and on Sunday morning we have a five-minute meeting in the dressing room and the gaffer is like, ‘next game.’ That is what it has been like all season. Win the next game.

“The title has never been mentioned, never been mentioned at all, we just focus on winning. Some of the lads wouldn’t know how many games we have played and the points total.”

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Lonergan takes huge enjoyment from working in such an elite environment, too.

“To be honest, it is a lot easier to motivate myself now than probably the last five years of my career,” he said. “I made some moves that didn’t work out and so my motivation maybe wasn’t as high as it should have been.

“Here, you have to prove every single day that you are at the level. That’s the motivation: to make saves, to be a good guy around the place. I love it. I know people might think it lacks a bit of ambition in a way, but for me it was a chance to try to excel in a different way.

“I have to prove that I can be in this company. After 20 years in the game, you need something that keeps you on your toes.”

Of course, Lonergan works closely with Alisson on a daily basis and considers Liverpool’s No.1 to be peerless in the world of goalkeeping.

“Firstly, as a person, he is the most humble guy I have ever met. Ever,” he stated.

“As a goalkeeper, there is no-one in the world near him. He makes everything look easy and he can do absolutely everything.

“You might watch Match of the Day and see him make one save, but if you watch him for 90 minutes and see what he does to affect the game, his decisions, his handling, his passing. Everything is outstanding.”

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Report: Brookwell nets a treble as U18s win friendly

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 13:32

Niall Brookwell returned from injury in style as he netted a hat-trick during Liverpool U18s 4-0 friendly win over Coaching Connexions at the Academy on Friday.

The midfielder has been sidelined with a knee problem since October and his return to action is a boost for Barry Lewtas.

With no fixture since January 25, this was a good exercise for the Reds youngsters against the Coaching Connexions academy side from Anfield.

James Norris opened the scoring with a sweetly struck free-kick with his left foot and Brookwell doubled the lead with a good finish from close range.

Brookwell made it 3-0 in the second half with a cool finish after a strong run into the box but he saved the best for last with a fantastic free-kick from the edge of the box, which he curled into the top corner.

Norris, playing in an experimental role as an attacking central midfielder, was a lively figure for the Reds.

A powerful run saw him surge past three players, and when the ball fell to Fidel O’Rourke, he crashed the ball against the bar with an effort from a tight angle.

Max Woltman excelled on the left side of the attack and was a constant menace to the opposition. The forward might have netted two himself but was denied by a couple of superb saves from the Coaching Connexions stopper.

Lewtas’ charges return to action next Saturday February 22, when they host Manchester City at the Academy (kick-off 11am GMT).

Liverpool U18s: Kelly, Wilson, Rodriques, Quansah (Beck), Savage, Hill (Morton), Bradley, Norris, O’Rourke, Brookwell, Woltman.

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Jürgen Klopp receives latest Premier League Manager of the Month award

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 13:06

Jürgen Klopp was presented with his fifth Premier League Manager of the Month award of the season on Friday.

The Liverpool boss was confirmed as the winner for January last week, having guided his team to five consecutive victories over the course of the month.

Sheffield United, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United were beaten with just a single goal conceded.

In claiming the accolade, Klopp set a new record for the most Manager of the Month awards in a single season. It is his eighth in total since joining the Reds.

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Jürgen Klopp on Norwich, Daniel Farke and regaining rhythm

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 12:20

Jürgen Klopp detailed his respect and admiration for Norwich City and Daniel Farke ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Carrow Road.

The Reds resume their Premier League season on Saturday with a top-versus-bottom clash in East Anglia.

The sides last met on the opening weekend of 2019-20, when Liverpool’s clinical cutting edge proved to be the difference in a 4-1 victory.

During his pre-match press conference, Klopp was asked whether the Canaries’ display on that August evening at Anfield – and specifically their attacking flair and creativity – meant their current league position surprised him. 

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“Is it a surprise? I’m not sure [because] this league is so strong so this can happen. What I really admire is that they stick to their principles, that they do what they do,” the boss replied.

“This game against us [on the opening day] is a very good example I think for the whole Norwich City season: really good football, super coaching, you can see all the patterns on the pitch, you can see all the movements from the training ground, [they are] very confident, conceding four in the first half but not giving up.

“For example in that game they scored and they had more chances and stuff like this. Yes, we could have scored more as well, but this is a good example for their season. 

“They caused 95 per cent of all the teams they played against real problems, [but] at the end they lost a lot of these games - that’s why they are in the situation they are. 

“But for me, it looks from outside that this club really sticks together, that they know what their position is, they know what they have to do and they are, strange as it may sound, in a really good situation, in a good moment in the club. 

“Yes, they want to stay in the Premier League difficult – that’s still possible, difficult but possible – but even if not you can see the transfers they made in the winter. They are all already with the perspective for where they will be next season, they will have a strong side again, nobody questions Daniel Farke for super reasons because he is doing an incredible job. 

“So there could be some consistency, which was maybe a little bit of a problem in the last few years with Norwich, I’m not sure. That’s very important. I was in a similar club at Mainz: we played good football but we couldn’t stay in the league at one point, we needed a bit to come back but it’s possible. 

“You need a plan for tomorrow and you need a plan for next month and you need a plan for the next few years and for me it looks like they have that so I have a lot of respect. 

“But again, we scored four, they scored one, that’s one of the problems they had, but they had much more chances in that game and that’s what we have to think about. It was a really good warning and a good start in the season for us, it was early, we were not that consistent at that time, we finished the game maybe too early, it was 4-0 at half-time. 

“That’s a tricky situation, can lead you on the wrong path, not 100 per cent fit yet, players not as long together as necessary and so we had to fight a little bit more in the second half but that’s completely OK. Now the teams are in a different situation and we will feel the quality of Norwich, but we have to make sure that they feel our quality as well.”

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Saturday’s game will be Liverpool’s first in the Premier League for two weeks following the mid-season break.

However, Klopp does not anticipate any difficulties for his team in terms of rhythm, due to the pleasing intensity of this week’s work at Melwood.

“With training,” he stated, when asked how he goes about regaining rhythm.

“The dream of a manager is that you have a full week to prepare a game, then you have intensity in training sessions which you usually cannot have – usually the most intense session is the game in a training week if you play Saturday, Wednesday and Saturday or Sunday again. 

“The three games are the only intense sessions you have really, the rest is tactical stuff, which is very important but never intense or never at the highest intensity. That’s now exactly the other way around, so we used that week, we trained a lot, we trained hard. 

“You lose, not really lose, but you have to find rhythm back – not the rhythm in between games but rhythm for playing football when we started. That was done then and since the quality has been really good in training, that’s how we want to have it. 

“When you are always playing and playing and playing, it’s not that we don’t enjoy it, we enjoy it a lot, but to do something else for one week in the middle of a season is just nice. You are looking forward to the next game like you didn’t play for the last half-year, so that’s really nice and hopefully we can see that tomorrow.”

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Liverpool to face Benfica in UEFA Youth League last 16

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 12:16

Liverpool U19s will face Benfica away from home in the UEFA Youth League last 16.

The young Reds progressed to the knockout rounds of the competition by topping their group with 13 points ahead of Salzburg, Genk and Napoli.

Their reward is a trip to the Portuguese side. The one-off tie is scheduled to be played on Tuesday March 3 or Wednesday March 4.

Friday’s draw mapped out the route to the final, with the winners of the meeting between Liverpool and Benfica to then take on Bayern Munich or Dinamo Zagreb away in the quarter-finals.

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Jürgen Klopp: We have to play through pain - and we do

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 12:08

Jürgen Klopp has explained why playing through the pain barrier is a necessity that the Liverpool squad does not allow to act as an obstacle.

Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com ahead of Saturday’s return to Premier League action at Norwich City, left-back Andy Robertson opened up on how the winter break had allowed him time to nurse a persistent foot problem.

The manager was subsequently asked about the issue of his players dealing with pain during his pre-match press conference at Melwood.

“There are so many positive stories about us in the moment, which is normal. This is another part of it, 100 per cent,” replied Klopp.

“I was a player myself; when I look back it feels like I played 80 per cent of the time through pain. Nobody appreciated that because I still played bad! It didn’t help, nobody asked then.

“It’s completely normal for a professional football player that you have to play through pain, that’s how it is.

“I said it last year, when Hendo got a knock in the Barcelona home game and it looked like it could be maybe not possible to carry on, at half-time I looked at him and he said, ‘it’s only pain’. These are the words we use most of the time: it’s only pain. It’s not an injury but it’s still pain, it distracts you and disturbs you and all that stuff.

“I know for Robbo it was very important because it was his left foot, which is the only useful foot actually for him! Now it’s much better, that’s good.

“After that long period, after December and January, there was no player in the squad who had not any pain somewhere. Everybody had something.

“But for Robbo it’s true, it was very important he had this week because he looks different now.”

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'It showed what a wonderful club we are' - Boss on Shrewsbury FA Cup win

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 11:52

Jürgen Klopp believes the occasion that saw a youthful Liverpool side defeat Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup reinforced just how special the club is.

A sold-out Anfield loudly backed the Neil Critchley-led team in the fourth-round replay last week as a Ro-Shaun Williams own goal set up a tie with Chelsea in the next stage of the competition.

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And the Reds first-team boss paid tribute to the performances of the club's youngsters and those that delivered the noise from the stands. 

"Absolutely great. I'm really happy for the boys," Klopp said of the victory. "I spoke to them now obviously and they all enjoyed it like crazy, they loved it. 

"It was absolutely sensational what our crowd made of this game – [such] a loud stadium. 

"Creating that atmosphere just shows what a wonderful club we are. I loved it. It was really great."

He continued: "I expected us to play a good game, to be honest, and the boys did. 

"The goal was a bit strange maybe but if there was a team who deserved to win in that game, then it was us. 

"So that was really cool. Sensational job by all the boys and Critch, of course."

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Jürgen Klopp's Sadio Mane and James Milner fitness update

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 11:15

Liverpool could welcome Sadio Mane and James Milner back into the fold for Saturday’s Premier League encounter at Norwich City.

The duo returned to full training at Melwood this week after recovering from respective muscle injuries sustained in January and may come into contention at Carrow Road.

Indeed, Jürgen Klopp confirmed during his pre-match press conference only Xherdan Shaqiri, Nathaniel Clyne and Paul Glatzel are currently sidelined from his squad.

The manager said: “Of course they are in contention, it’s clear.

“When Millie and Sadio are back, you start thinking immediately. That’s how it is.

“It looks like – and I hope it stays like this – apart from Shaqiri, Clyne and Glatzel, all players are in training.

“We have some good options and hopefully it stays like this, that would be really great for the decisive part of the season now.

“It's good news. They both trained from Monday – and they both trained through the last week anyway – so they are in contention.”

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Liverpool’s senior players were afforded some time off to rest and recuperate ahead of reconvening at Melwood on Monday as part of the Premier League’s inaugural winter break period.

Explaining how he believes the recess will prove beneficial, Klopp said: “Of course, the impact, it’s a bit of a pity that we have to explain the necessity and how useful a week break is. It was not more than a week, some teams had less, but I think a week was the longest.

"Some teams used it for a warm-weather camp and stuff like this. We sent the players all over the world, we wanted them to really rest and then we had now a week [in training].

“Yes, I can see a difference in training, but it is not about seeing a difference in the Norwich game or whatever, it is about using this time.

“Rest is only one word, it’s recovery, it’s recharging, there are a lot of things starting with ‘re’ which happen in that week - and that’s why we wanted it, that’s why we fought for it, we made some decisions around it and now the boys are back.

“We train completely normal; you don’t lose a lot in a week, but you can gain a lot and that’s why it’s so important. As I said, this specific thing is not about the Norwich game, it’s about the rest of the season and we will see.”

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Dejan Lovren and Ian Rush lend their support to Safer Internet Day event

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 10:30

Liverpool FC welcomed 450 schoolchildren to Anfield this week to take part in the largest Safer Internet Day educational event in the UK.

Reds star Dejan Lovren and LFC ambassador Ian Rush attended the event, where they met with the youngsters to discuss the importance of using the internet and technology safely as well as sharing some of their experiences.

“Events like these are so important for raising awareness,” said Lovren. “It’s key for youngsters to understand the dangers of being online but also how they can use technology in a safe, fun and positive way.”

The event, which took place in the Dugout Lounge in the Main Stand, saw the year five and year six pupils take part in an assembly, followed by an interactive workshop and a tour of Anfield before heading back to school.

Safer Internet Day 2020 marked the fifth year in succession that LFC has hosted this educational event at Anfield.

For more information on Safer Internet Day, click here.

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11am GMT: Watch Jürgen Klopp's Norwich City preview live

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 06:00

Jürgen Klopp will preview Liverpool's Premier League trip to Norwich City at an 11am GMT press conference today - watch it live with us.

The Reds return after their mid-season break with an away fixture at Carrow Road on Saturday evening.

See everything Klopp has to say about the game as he speaks to the media at Melwood.

Simply return to this page before the scheduled start time to watch free via YouTube.

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Two qualify to represent LFC at ePremier League grand finals

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 22:20

Donovan 'Tekkz' Hunt and Oliver Hall will represent Liverpool FC at the grand finals of the ePremier League tournament after emerging victorious at the club play-offs held at Anfield on Thursday.

Reigning champion 'Tekkz' was the winner of the eight-player competition on the XBOX edition of FIFA 20, while 'OllieHall134' also saw off seven rivals to qualify on PlayStation 4.

They both progress to the ePremier League grand finals, to be played over two days at London’s dedicated eSports facility, the Gfinity Arena, and broadcast live on Sky Sports.

In December 2019, all 20 Premier League clubs opened up online qualifying rounds for the ePremier League tournament.

The best 16 players earned a spot in the live play-offs to compete for a place in the grand finals – with one qualification each on XBOX and PS4 up for grabs.

The play-offs featured a series of group stages, with the eight players per platform pairing up into four teams and going head-to-head, with the winning four players for each platform then battling it out in a single-elimination stage.

Local Liverpool band and BBC Radio 1 playlist act Circa Waves were on stage to entertain guests with their DJ set at the start and close of the event.

The two LFC qualifiers will now come up against 38 representatives from the other 19 Premier League clubs in the grand finals, which will be held in London on March 27 and 28.

The overall ePL champion will walk away with £20,000 prize money, while the runner-up scoops £10,000.

This is the second year that the tournament has taken place, with top-ranking EA SPORTS FIFA player Donovan ‘Tekkz’ Hunt claiming the inaugural trophy for the Reds last year.

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Inside Training: Rapid rondos at Melwood ahead of Norwich test

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 21:30

Take a behind-the-scenes look at Liverpool's preparations for the upcoming trip to Norwich City with the latest edition of Inside Training.

The Reds return to action following their Premier League winter break as they head to Carrow Road on Saturday evening. 

Jürgen Klopp's men have been preparing for the clash at Melwood all week – and you can view the footage our cameras captured from Thursday’s session in the video above.

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Report: LFC Women suffer Arsenal loss in five-goal thriller

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 21:03

Liverpool FC Women fell to a 3-2 defeat against reigning Women’s Super League champions Arsenal at Chester FC's Deva Stadium on Thursday night.

Vicky Jepson’s side took an early lead, later drew level after a Gunners double and were ultimately unfortunate not to take a point that their overall play certainly merited.

Instead it was the visitors who claimed all three as Netherlands international forward Vivianne Miedema – one of the most prolific strikers in women’s football – netted twice, including the winner.

Arsenal almost went in front after only 40 seconds but Anke Preuss produced a fantastic save to deny Jordan Nobbs from close range.

And despite the away team’s control of possession in the opening stages, it was Liverpool who scored first on 14 minutes.

A fine pass from Rachel Furness put Rinsola Babajide clear. The No.20 did superbly to hold off the defender and showed great composure to calmly slot the ball into the net.

The Gunners soon turned the game around, however, with two goals in the space of two minutes before the break.

Firstly, on the half-hour mark, Liverpool lost possession and Arsenal broke menacingly down the right. The ball fell invitingly to Miedema, who made no mistake from close range.

Nobbs then rose high to meet a left-wing cross with an unstoppable header to make it 2-1.

Five minutes from half-time, a fantastic last-ditch challenge by Niamh Fahey denied Lisa Evans as she almost broke free in the penalty area.

It was a pivotal intervention, because in stoppage time the Reds stormed back to make it 2-2.

A long pass from Niamh Charles was headed into the direction of Furness, who produced an emphatic finish with her left foot to give Pauline Peyraud-Magnin absolutely no chance.

Jepson’s side continued to compete strongly into the second half, with Babajide, Charles and Melissa Lawley posing a threat on the counter-attack.

Jade Bailey almost found the back of the net direct from a left-wing corner, meanwhile, but Peyraud-Magnin did extremely well to keep the ball out.

Arsenal were always dangerous when they got the ball out wide, though, and it was from one such moment that the winning goal arrived.

With 78 minutes on clock, a right-wing cross found Miedema and she made no mistake with her header to snatch victory for the visitors.

Liverpool FC Women: Preuss, Jane, Robe, Furness, Fahey, Bradley-Auckland, Charles (Hodson, 80), Bailey (Clarke, 85), Babajide, Linnett (Roberts, 66), Lawley.

Unused substitutes: Foster, Murray, Purfield.

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Training gallery: Liverpool step up Norwich preparations at Melwood

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 18:25

Check out 26 photos from Liverpool's training session at Melwood on Thursday with our gallery.

The Reds travel to Norwich City on Saturday evening following the winter break and their preparations for the Premier League clash continued with a workout at their West Derby base.

Our photographer was present at the session to provide the images below...

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Mohamed Salah wins LFC Player of the Month award for January

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 16:59

Mohamed Salah was today named Liverpool's Standard Chartered Player of the Month for January.

The No.11 helped the Reds maintain their lead at the top of the Premier League in the month with victories over Sheffield United, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United.

Salah, who started each of the five league wins, scored three times and provided three assists to edge out Jordan Henderson and Alisson Becker for the prize in a poll of supporters on Liverpoolfc.com.

“Thank you. I am happy to win this award and as I’ve said before many times, the important thing is to win the games and I think we did well that month, so hopefully we’ll keep [going] like that,” the Egyptian told us as he collected the award at Melwood on Thursday.

Watch: Salah receives POTM award

Player of the Month is the second club accolade won by Salah for January, with his stoppage-time strike against United at Anfield being named the Reds’ Goal of the Month last week.

So, was that Kop-end finish his favourite moment of a fruitful month?

“Yeah, I think so,” Salah said. “I scored a goal against Man United after two years, so that was my favourite moment.”

Liverpool’s Premier League season resumes with a trip to Norwich City on Saturday, and Salah is raring to go following the winter break.

He continued: “I think we had a good break and everyone is fresh and everyone is excited to go again, so hopefully we will be ready for the game.”

2019-20 Standard Chartered Player of the Month winners

August: Mohamed Salah
September: Roberto Firmino
October: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
November: Sadio Mane
December: Trent Alexander-Arnold
January: Mohamed Salah

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Watch: Alisson Becker and Jamie Webster on LFC Later

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 15:00

Alisson Becker joins us on our sofas for a special edition of LFC Later, which airs at 9pm GMT on LFCTV and LFCTV GO on Thursday night.

The goalkeeper will drop into the studio for the latest episode of our light-hearted show to chat all things LFC and more.

And he’s joined by Jamie Webster, with the pair reunited for the first time since recording a memorable guitar session in the city last year.

With Jason McAteer hosting, topics up for discussion will include next week’s return to Madrid to face Atletico and the stadium which hosted Liverpool’s Champions League final win over Tottenham Hotspur last June.

Alisson will also offer some more insight into what it takes to provide an assist for Mohamed Salah as a goalkeeper, while tackling questions from his teammates Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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'Being on loan has taught me that three points mean everything'

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 14:00

A broken nose left Rhys Williams in no doubt about the nature and demands of being a centre-half in senior football.

It was during a midweek fixture away at Darlington in the early stages of his loan spell with Kidderminster Harriers when the 19-year-old endeavoured to head clear a free-kick arriving into his penalty area.

However, he just happened to do so at the same time an opponent was raising his foot high to flick the ball on.

"Welcome to non-league," Williams jokes in a conversation with Liverpoolfc.com. "I put my head in and he smashed me in the nose, it's broken. 

"They've scored while I was on the floor and the ref has let it run. Then we got beat 1-0, so everyone was going mad after that game. 

"I probably head 15 balls a half. It's quite direct but that's what I needed to get better at and I think I have done."

Williams joined the National League North side initially until the end of 2019. But having impressed in his 26 appearances, he is staying put for the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign. 

Even after just half a season of being permanently in a first-team environment, the defender is already seeing improvements in his game.

He continues: "I've gone there to improve defensively – the basics of the game, which I thought I needed to work on anyway coming to the end of my U18 season. I think I've definitely improved on those.

"It means everything, three points. I've bought into that quite quickly because you can see how much it means to people when you get beat. The fans are on you and every game is another opportunity. It's definitely a different pressure from playing U23s, where it's about developing yourself. 

"There, it's literally you need three points to stay in the team, to keep playing every week, to get a new contract. It's definitely more pressure but I thought I've dealt with it quite well.

"There's no feeling like playing against men. That's what you're preparing for. If I can say anything to the lads who get the chance to go out on loan, definitely take it."

Perhaps just as important, development off the pitch is also a knock-on effect from life out on loan.

"Here, you're really well looked after," Williams states, sitting inside a meeting room at the Kirkby Academy. "Everything is covered and you don't need to worry about anything. 

"But there, you really are left to stand on your own two feet. I've enjoyed that because it's going to make me better in the long run. 

"I cook for myself! But I'm sharing a house with two other players. The lads in there are really good with me. They're a bit older, so they've got a good head on them and they really look after me."

It's been a landmark few months for the Academy as plenty of prospects have been given opportunities to be part of Jürgen Klopp's Reds. 

Williams, though, has not escaped the minds of those within the facility and will return to Merseyside in the summer even more determined. 

"I get texts off the coaches quite a lot, checking how I am," he says. "They really keep in touch with you to see how you are. I'm happy that they're thinking about me. 

"I'm in a group chat with them all [his Academy teammates], so we're always talking. I'm happy for the lads because they're all my friends. 

"That definitely gives me an incentive to get as many games under my belt as I can and then come back and hopefully be pushing more for my own place in the team."

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