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Watch: Shaqiri's starring moments against Fulham

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 09:37

Xherdan Shaqiri enjoyed another excellent afternoon at Anfield as Liverpool defeated Fulham 2-0 on Sunday.

The No.23’s influential display in the Premier League clash was capped by a perfect volleyed finish from Andy Robertson’s deep cross early in the second half.

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Robbo explains quality of breakaway goal v Fulham

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 08:00

The quick thinking that led to Liverpool's opening goal against Fulham was an example of a top team functioning at their best, according to Andy Robertson.

Sunday’s Premier League clash at Anfield was goalless with the interval approaching and it was the visitors who had previously looked more likely to break the deadlock.

Indeed, they had the ball in the net 14 seconds before the Reds struck, only for an offside flag to chalk off Aleksandar Mitrovic’s header at the Kop end.

With Fulham still digesting the decision, Alisson Becker took an instant free-kick to Trent Alexander-Arnold, who released Mohamed Salah in behind to run free and score his eighth goal of the season.

Watch: Extended highlights of LFC 2-0 Fulham

“I’ve been there with Hull,” Robertson told Liverpoolfc.com as he explained the ruthless nature of the move. “You can’t put your finger on it but sometimes when you play against these big teams and you get a corner, it’s a relief and then you switch off.

“Al played it out quickly to Trent, who played a fantastic ball to Mo. We have just caught them off guard; they are all sprinting back and the ball is in the back of the net before they can even do anything about it.

“It’s harsh on them but that’s what all the top teams do and luckily we managed to do that. We got ourselves in front, that’s always crucial, especially in these games at home.”

Liverpool extended their lead early in the second half when Robertson’s deep cross found Xherdan Shaqiri at the back post and the No.23 volleyed home.

The Scot’s fifth assist of the campaign helped the home side ensure their unbeaten top-flight run extended to 12 games, with their tally of 30 points equal to the club’s best in the Premier League era.

“We can only look after ourselves and that’s what we’ve done,” said Robertson.

“The first half was a bit of a struggle but Mo popped up at the right time and the second half was a really professional performance. We could have had a few more; we really controlled it, which was pleasing.”

The Champions League defeat by Red Star Belgrade that preceded Fulham’s visit had given Jürgen Klopp’s side extra motivation on Sunday, admitted Robertson.

Their assured response in securing a 2-0 result saw the Reds temporarily take top spot in the division, though they were later leapfrogged by reigning champions Manchester City and ended the weekend in second.

Domestic football now pauses for the latest round of international fixtures, before Liverpool face a run of 11 matches in 40 days once they return to action later this month.

“Midweek was a massive disappointment – we don’t hide away from that fact,” said the left-back. “They scored two goals that are unlike us to concede and with everything that went on, it was a hard battle and we didn’t quite get going.

“But from the moment we landed back in Liverpool all the focus was on Fulham and it was all about bouncing back because going into the international break, it’s crucial to have a bit of momentum. In the league we’re doing that really well.

“After the internationals we’ve got really tough games coming up and it’s going into the Christmas period – that’s a bit tough on the body but we’ll all be ready to go and we’ll see where we are after that.”

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Liverpool FC stats - 2018-19

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 15:25

Appearances (as sub)

Roberto Firmino - 17 (4)
Mohamed Salah - 17 (1)
Alisson Becker - 16
​Sadio Mane - 16
James Milner - 16 (3)
Virgil van Dijk - 16
Georginio Wijnaldum - 16 (1)
Joe Gomez - 15 (2)
Andy Robertson - 15
Trent Alexander-Arnold - 14
Jordan Henderson - 13 (7)
Daniel Sturridge - 12 (8)
Naby Keita - 11 (5)
Xherdan Shaqiri - 11 (6)
Fabinho - 8 (3)
Joel Matip - 7 (4)
Adam Lallana - 5 (2)
Dejan Lovren - 4
Alberto Moreno - 3 (1)
Nathaniel Clyne - 1
Simon Mignolet - 1
Divock Origi - 1 (1)

Liverpool's 2018-19 Premier League and Champions League team stats

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Jürgen Klopp: We worked hard and we won - all good

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 14:58

Jürgen Klopp declared himself pleased with Liverpool’s performance as they maintained their unbeaten start to the 2018-19 top-flight season with a 2-0 victory over Fulham at Anfield.

Mohamed Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri struck the goals for the Reds to overcome the Cottagers and take their points tally to 30 after 12 matches – their joint-best ever total at this stage of a campaign in the Premier League era.

Afterwards, Klopp acknowledged his side were made to work hard for the win by a Fulham side who created a handful of first-half chances, but ultimately was satisfied by the manner in which his team secured maximum points as they signed off for the international break.

Read on for a summary of the manager’s post-match press conference…

On whether the game was tougher than he’d expected…

In a few moments it was tougher, in a few moments it was not tough. That’s how it is. When we saw the line-up we were obviously a bit surprised – how could we prepare for that line-up? It was the first time in the season I think that they played like this, with four or five centre-halves. It was clear then what would be their approach. So far, Fulham have always had a football-playing idea and today you saw it – after winning the second ball they were on their toes, they played football but with a lot of long build-up, a lot of long situations and Mitrovic did outstandingly well in these situations. So that was a bit tricky but apart from that I thought the boys did really well from the beginning. We created, we passed, we accelerated in the right moments. We had big chances early with Sadio, Shaq, Mo in the box where they blocked it in the last second, where the goalie could make a save. I don’t know how exactly many chances there were today, it’s not too important. We scored twice, maybe it’s a bit strange that one was after a quick restart and one after a set-piece, the second ball phase, but that’s very important as well that you have these situations and you can use it. So I’m completely happy.

Apart from scoring more goals it was a really good performance. Fulham always have the quality to cause problems, it was this time really good for our analysis that we had the Man City games [against them] because even though results were pretty clear, especially in the league game I think, City had to work really hard in these games. You only usually see the result but in this case we watched those games for analysis. So no problem with that. We had to work hard, we won it, all good.

On Aleksandar Mitrovic’s disallowed goal, which came just 14 seconds before Salah’s opener…

What can I say about that? I saw it once, meanwhile, so I am not sure. Was it offside or not? We didn’t get a goal against us. I don’t want to compare it but against Arsenal we scored a clearer goal which was not offside and didn’t get it. At the end you cannot change it. The most important thing is then reacting that quick in a situation like that – that was brilliant, Ali, Trent, Mo and done. That was a fantastic situation. On the other hand side, if you watch the situation back it was a very good routine of Fulham, I have to say. It’s difficult to see for the ref but it’s a clear foul on Robbo because Robbo is our second free man, our zonal guy to go there to avoid the cross, and he couldn’t because I’m not sure which player of Fulham capped him. It was a good routine and in the end we were a bit lucky. By the way, maybe because of Robbo he is not 100 per cent offside, with his heel or whatever, and before that somebody holds him. It is like it is. We cannot change it, Fulham cannot change it. The reaction was brilliant.

On his post-match chat with Slavisa Jokanovic…

I wished him good luck – that’s what I think makes sense and what we always do. It was not a long talk, but I have absolute sympathy for him in his situation. I think today they changed their approach for the first time; in the end it was not the result they wanted but you see this team has a lot of quality and they work really good together. I am wishing them all the best for the rest of the season. I watched them last year a lot in the Championship and it was brilliant. I don’t think a lot of teams with a football-playing idea get promoted from the Championship, but they really played football. That’s good and I think they should stick to it because that’s where they are really good, but of course you have to finish off your situations, you have to score from the chances you have.

We didn’t do that often enough to have a clearer result, but that was a bit the situation of Fulham. Nobody knows, even when it was lucky for us, in the situation of Sessegnon if he scores then what happens then. I think when I look at the performance today we were that much in the game, that much focused and concentrated that I think we would have won it anyway, but we don’t know exactly. For us it was good and for them not that good, that’s part of the job.

Shaqiri: Goals or assists - I'm here to help>>

On Naby Keita heading off on international duty…

If you ask me, I always want them to stay here but in this case, it is good for him. Guinea play one game against Ivory Coast I think and that will be tough for him, but good for him. He is fit, he is now four or five days in training and so now he will have another four or five days in training and then play a game. That’s brilliant for him. In this case I am happy. Most of the players only have one game, England and Brazil have two games and the latest games as well on Tuesday night. It is good that the Brazilians are at least in England so the travel stress will not be too much. It is like it is, we don’t have to think about it. If a player is fit and is called up then they go.

On Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson joining up with England…

Joe had all the games. With Joe we are not sure, we are in talks about that. Hendo is 100 per cent fit, he needs games as well and that’s cool. I cannot make the decisions for the managers of the different countries, so if they call them up then they go there.

Liverpool 2-0 Fulham: Five talking points>>

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Shaqiri: Goals or assists, I'm here to help

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 14:51

Xherdan Shaqiri wants to maintain a selfless approach to helping Liverpool achieve their ambitions this season.

The summer signing put Sunday’s Premier League clash with Fulham to bed when he carefully volleyed Andy Robertson’s cross home at the Kop end early in the second half.

His excellent strike doubled a lead previously established by Mohamed Salah and ensured the Reds extended their unbeaten run to 12 games and their points tally to 30.

“Very good cross… nice finish,” Shaqiri said of his effort before insisting the team comes ahead of any personal desire for finding the net.

“The [kind of] impact is not so important for me. I want to help the team,” the Switzerland international told Liverpoolfc.com after the game.

“When it’s with a goal or assist, it’s always good for the team. I came in the summer to help this team go forward and make the process better.

“I’m very happy with my performances, I just have to keep going like this and train hard every day. I hope we keep going until the end like this.”

That said, Shaqiri has scored or assisted in five of his last six Liverpool appearances.

The No.23, who was brought back into the starting XI after missing the midweek Champions League defeat by Red Star Belgrade, felt his side ultimately merited maximum points despite several first-half scares.

“It was important to make a good performance as a team after the defeat in the Champions League,” he said.

“We’re still unbeaten in the Premier League. It was a good performance, we scored two goals and didn’t concede; we were a little bit lucky but we didn’t concede. We just have to keep going like this.”

The final international break of the calendar year now forces a pause in that momentum, with a run of 11 matches in 40 days awaiting the Reds when they resume the campaign on November 24.

Shaqiri added: “Now it’s the international break, we wanted to win before that.

“Everybody can go to the national team and we hope everybody comes back healthy. That’s the most important thing. We just have to keep going and work hard. We are in a good way.”

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Sun, 11/11/2018 - 11:50
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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Fulham

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 10:59

Xherdan Shaqiri returns to the starting line-up for Liverpool’s Premier League fixture with Fulham at Anfield.

The forward is one of four changes made by Jürgen Klopp from the side deployed against Red Star Belgrade in midweek.

Fabinho, Roberto Firmino and Joe Gomez also come back into the XI, while Dejan Lovren, Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson return to the bench after fitness issues.

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

Subs: Mignolet, Lovren, Milner, Keita, Henderson, Sturridge, Moreno.

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LIVE from Anfield: Liverpool 2-0 Fulham - follow the action

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 08:00

'I am grateful to the fans - I want to repay them on the pitch'

An interesting, in-depth interview with Fabinho appears in today's edition of the Sunday Times.

The Reds' No.3 opens up on a range of topics, including his last three starts versus Red Star Belgrade, Cardiff City and Arsenal, and his gratitude to the support shown by Reds' fans during the early stages of his Anfield career.

"The three games I started were intense experiences for me,” Fabinho says.

“Against Arsenal I was disappointed with the balls I lost in midfield because when you lose possession against a team like that it can prove fatal. When I had the ball I could have been faster. Without it I did well, but I need to lose it less.

“One of the reasons Liverpool wanted me is my ability to tackle, win the ball back and put pressure on the opposition.

“I hope I can continue to show those strengths. When I wasn’t playing the fans had a great attitude towards me. They sent many messages, encouraging me to carry on, and this inspired me. So I am grateful to the fans here. I want to repay them on the pitch.”

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Henderson confident of Reds response against Fulham

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 06:00

Jordan Henderson is confident Liverpool will serve up a reaction to the midweek frustrations felt in Belgrade when they take on Fulham at Anfield today.

The Reds are aiming to bounce back after going down to a 2-0 defeat to Red Star in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Henderson acknowledges the performance in Serbia was not at the level Liverpool expect of themselves, but is convinced by what he’s witnessed at Melwood since that an improvement will be offered against the Cottagers.

He wrote in his column in the official matchday programme: “It’s inevitable in the modern era that people will now look to draw conclusions immediately, to want instant answers as to why and how, but we have to see the bigger picture, stay focused on all the things we’ve done really well and concentrate on what we can achieve going forward.

“As the manager often says, it’s always important to retain a sense of balance and perspective after a result – win, lose or draw. It’s even more important to sit down with the boss, the staff and your teammates to look at how we can collectively make sure it doesn’t happen again and put those learnings into practice in training and matches.

“That’s not to say we ignore criticism or feel it’s not merited after a performance and result like Tuesday’s, but we should only ever absorb it from those who matter. In our world that is the manager and his coaches, the supporters and ourselves. These are the opinions that matter to us and what we focus on in moments like that.

“Training on Wednesday at Melwood was as focused and sharp as you could have wished for, so it’s clear to me everyone is looking forward to the game today and signing off before the next international break with a positive performance and result. We are at our best when our mindset is of positivity and the right sort of aggression. And that positivity has to be focused on enjoyment of the game and taking satisfaction and pleasure from working hard for each other.

“I’m confident you’ll see a response from us this afternoon and we’ll be on the front-foot from the first moment, looking to put everything right, from how we defend as a team through to how we attack.”

Pick up your copy of the official LFC matchday programme at the stadium today, or subscribe online by clicking here.

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The view from Fulham: 'We've got to show desire at Anfield'

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 20:00

Liverpool host Fulham in the Premier League at Anfield on Sunday as Jürgen Klopp's side seek to bounce back from a disappointing midweek defeat in Europe.

The Reds suffered a 2-0 loss at Champions League rivals Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday night but focus now shifts to domestic duties and a home tie against the side bottom of the table.

Slavisa Jokanovic guided Fulham to promotion last season after winning the EFL Championship play-off final at Wembley, but the Serbian's side have taken just five points from 11 games on their return to the top-flight.

The Cottagers have conceded 29 goals during that time - to share an unwanted Premier League record with Southampton from 2012-13 - and are currently on a run of five straight defeats.

The Saints eventually turned things around to secure 14th-placed finish and if Fulham are to emulate that climb up the table they need a change in momentum.

So, what can we expect from the west London club on Sunday? We caught up with Fulham season ticket holder and host and founder of the Fulhamish podcast, Sammy James (@MrSammyJames), to find out.

Have Fulham's performances been better than the results this season?

After the opening four games, there was definitely a feeling that Fulham had been unlucky and the performances had merited more points. At the moment though, the poor results are pretty justified in my opinion.

How is manager Slavisa Jokanovic regarded by the fans?

There is still plenty of love for Slavisa. He took over Fulham when we were fighting relegation to League One, and within two years had us playing some of the best football I've ever seen at Craven Cottage. Giving us our first ever win at Wembley is an achievement that will never be forgotten, no matter what happens in the future.

Most of the fan base is hoping Slav can get us out this situation, but there is a feeling of frustration.

Will he have a special plan for Liverpool?

We haven't really changed our game-plan for the big teams so far this season, so that would suggest not. However, Slavisa is under pressure to turn things around, so he may try to go more defensive for this game than he would otherwise.

Have the 12 summer signings improved the team?

Fulham goalkeeper Sergio Rico

Not particularly. Finding a way of gel so many new players has been our main problem this season. Jean-Michael Seri is an incredible talent, but he's really struggled in recent games. 

The two best performing new players are probably Sergio Rico, who is a solid pair of hands in-goal, and Luciano Vietto, who is a strong threat on the wing - he's already chalked up four assists this season.

Which player should the Anfield crowd keep an eye on?

I would say Tom Cairney in the middle. He's just back from injury, but if he clicks then it improves the entire team. He likes to control the play from deep, and his high passing accuracy means that when he's in the team Fulham are able to retain possession much more effectively.

I expect him to have a bit more space on Sunday than he did at Huddersfield, and that should allow him to exert more influence on Fulham's play.

How do you expect Fulham to line up at Anfield?

I think he might play the same 11 as he did against Huddersfield. However, Slav has a tendency to surprise everyone with his line-ups, so I guess you can never be too sure! 

What is the team's biggest strength?

Generally, we are at our best when we play the ball on the deck and get our full-backs forward so that they can hit the byline and get crosses in. Last season, we would suffocate teams through our precise passing, and if they tried to press us, they would rarely be able to keep it up for 90 minutes. 

Sadly, in recent games, we've moved away from these principles in favour of more direct play towards Aleksandar Mitrovic, and it hasn't been working. Hopefully, Fulham can try to revert back towards old ways on Sunday.

What is your prediction for the game?

It's going to be a really difficult game, we all know that. Liverpool's league form has been extraordinary and the Reds are one of the most feared teams in Europe. We are on a run of five consecutive losses, so it looks pretty bleak!

I'm hoping though that Fulham really try to prove a point to the doubters that they do have the desire to turn the bad form around. Liverpool had a long trip and a bad result in the week, also the Sunday midday kick-off might mean the Anfield crowd is slightly more subdued than usual. 

I'm clutching at straws, but hopefully, these factors will work in our favour and we will come away with a shock 1-1 draw. I can't ever predict a Fulham defeat!

Premier League 2018-19 Premier League 2018-19

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Stats: Three records within Liverpool's reach against Fulham

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 16:00

Liverpool could set a trio of club records if they beat Fulham in the Premier League at Anfield on Sunday.

A win over the Cottagers by any margin will give the Reds their biggest goal difference (currently +16) and equal their highest points tally (30) ever in a Premier League campaign after 12 games.

And should Klopp's side keep a clean sheet against bottom-side Fulham, they will become the first LFC team ever to have conceded as few as five goals at this stage of a Premier League season.

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

Overall in the Premier League Liverpool have won 16, drawn four and lost six of the 26 meetings with Fulham.

At Anfield, the Reds have won eight, with four draws and one defeat.

The clubs last met in the 2013-14 season when Liverpool completed their second successive league double over the Cottagers.

Liverpool have kept nine clean sheets in the last 16 meetings with west London club home and away.

Daniel Sturridge's only hat-trick for Liverpool came against Fulham at Craven Cottage in May 2013.

Sturridge, Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez have scored the most against the Londoners for Liverpool in the Premier League era. All have netted four times.

Only against Aston Villa and Newcastle has Sturridge bagged more goals for the club - scoring five times. 

Eleven goals have been scored by Liverpool substitutes against Fulham. Only Stoke (13) have conceded more to players coming off the bench for the Reds.

Sadio Mane has scored for Liverpool in 19 Anfield games in all competitions. The Reds have won them all.

The Cottagers have won once at Anfield in 33 visits in all competitions - in May 2012 while Martin Jol was manager. 

In the victor’s line-up that day were former Reds John Arne Riise and Danny Murphy, plus ex-LFC youngster Alex Kacaniklic. 

Fulham's former Chelsea winger Andre Schurrle has scored 11 of his 15 career Premier League goals away from home - a ratio of 73 per cent.

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Report: U18s hit six in emphatic win over Reading

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 12:50

Liverpool U18s produced a powerful display to record a 6-0 victory over Reading in the Premier League Cup group-stage encounter at the Academy on Saturday.

The Reds dominated the first half for long periods and went close on several occasions but had to wait until the 38th minute when Paul Glatzel finally fired them in front.

Barry Lewtas’ side cranked up the pressure after the break and carved out several opportunities to extend their advantage.

They finally did so just after the hour when Glatzel slipped home his second of the afternoon with a neat finish when one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

Bobby Duncan then came off the bench to add a quick-fire brace, with Tom Clayton adding his name to the scoresheet in between.

Elijah Dixon-Bonner completed the scoring with a powerful close-range finish to seal an emphatic win for the home side.

Aiming to build on the 4-2 win at Stoke City in their first game of the tournament in September, Liverpool started assertively at the Academy and after Ki-Jana Hoever was foiled by a save from Myles Roberts, Edvard Tagseth was left clutching his head in his hands when his goal-bound effort was stopped on the line by Marcel Elva-Fountaine.

Fidel O’Rourke felt similar angst when he fired over unmarked on 16 minutes from eight yards out after being picked out by Hoever’s low centre.

Reading then demonstrated their threat on the counter just before the half hour when Thierry Nevers accelerated into space inside the Reds box and crashed a drive against Vitezslav Jaros’ near post.

However, the breakthrough finally arrived for Liverpool on 38 minutes. O’Rourke and Glatzel combined slickly and the latter found the target with clinical aplomb from close quarters.

Nevertheless, the lead was almost short-lived and Jaros was forced to claw Clayton’s wayward header back towards his own goal over the crossbar before the interval.

The pattern of play continued in similar fashion in the second period and Glatzel twice went close to converting when he first dragged a low drive across goal and wide before agonisingly coming a within a millimetre of turning the ball over the line from a low cross.

But the striker wasn’t to be denied on 62 minutes when O’Rourke sent him scampering into space on the right corner of the Royals’ area, and he dispatched a low shot underneath Roberts.

Duncan and Dixon-Bonner were introduced shortly after, replacing Glatzel and Jack Bearne – and they combined promptly for the third.

Dixon-Bonner surged into the area from a central position before switching left to Duncan, who netted with his first touch of the game by sweeping in.

Then, two goals in as many minutes added extra gloss to Liverpool’s lead when Clayton touched in from Luis Longstaff’s cross at a corner before Duncan profited from a mis-placed pass from Roberts to convert.

The forward almost complete his hat-trick, but Roberts atoned for his earlier mistake with a fine save; however, Dixon-Bonner did make it six for the home team when he lashed in from O’Rourke’s lay-off inside the box.

Liverpool U18s: Jaros, Hoever, Boyes, R Williams, Clayton, Clarkson (Ritaccio), Tagseth, Bearne (Dixon-Bonner), Glatzel (Duncan), O’Rourke, Longstaff. Unused sub: B Williams.

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Xherdan Shaqiri: We are focused only on ourselves

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 12:00

The form of other teams in the upper reaches of the Premier League table is of no concern to Xherdan Shaqiri.

Liverpool go into this weekend’s round of fixtures boasting a record of eight wins and three draws from 11 top-flight outings so far this season.

That, though, is only enough to be third at present, with Chelsea above the Reds on goal difference and Manchester City two points clear in top spot. Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, meanwhile, sit three and four points respectively behind Jürgen Klopp’s side.

However, ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Fulham at Anfield, Shaqiri insisted that Klopp’s players are focused entirely on their own business.

“I think we have to ignore that [other teams’ results]. We have to look at ourselves and make performances week to week, try to stay on our highest level and to try to win games so at the end of the season we can say we are proud of the season we played because we gave everything,” the Switzerland international told Liverpoolfc.com.

“We will see what happens, but the process the club had for a few years is going very well I think and that’s also the most important thing. 

“Everybody sees that and of course in the near future for everybody it’s important to try to challenge for titles, that’s clear, but at the moment we just have to look to ourselves and to try to stay on the highest level.

“We will see what happens, but if we keep going like this it’s going to be an interesting year for everybody I think.

“For us, it’s amazing how we are doing in the league at the moment. We are in very good shape and everybody is positive in this club so we are looking forward to the next games, to many games to come.

“We just have to keep going like this on the highest level and to work every day hard to compete against the good teams.”

Shaqiri: I'm very happy here - and there's more to come>>

A veteran of five domestic title wins from his spells with FC Basel and Bayern Munich, Shaqiri believes the secret to such success lies in concentrating completely on whichever fixture is next on the calendar.

And, while Liverpool’s Premier League form may have been impressive thus far in 2018-19, the No.23 is not satisfied yet. 

“I think you take it game to game, not to look and think ‘in four weeks we play against this team’: no, Fulham is on Sunday and we have to win that game, close that game, then go onto the next one,” Shaqiri explained.

“That’s the most important thing to be successful, to stay on the highest level, to work hard every day. Don’t say ‘we have 27 points so now we can relax’. 

“No, it’s just the beginning and we have to keep going like this and working hard to make ourselves better and achieve something and be with the best in the world. We are in a good way and we just have to keep working hard.”

Bottom-placed Fulham head to Anfield on the back of an eight-game winless run in the Premier League, but Shaqiri will not be underestimating Slavisa Jokanovic’s team.

“For me, they are the most important games, against these teams who try to defend for 90 minutes and play on the counter-attack and settle back,” he continued.

“It’s always difficult to play against them, they have nothing to lose when they come to Anfield. They can only win so it’s going to be a difficult game and we have to make a good performance because every game in the Premier League is very tough. 

“You need to turn up and to make a good performance to win the game.”

Klopp: Anyone who thinks Sunday will be easy should stay at home>>

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Win a meet and greet with Jürgen Klopp

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 09:40

The LFC Foundation Lottery is giving Reds fans a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet boss Jürgen Klopp as part of its super-draw this Sunday.

Two pairs of tickets to the upcoming LFC Foundation gala dinner – which includes a meet and greet with Klopp – are up for grabs, alongside a signed Liverpool shirt and a large cash prize.

The LFC Foundation Lottery enables UK fans to support the club’s official charity and be in with a chance to win cash prizes, signed merchandise and VIP experiences throughout the season.

Tickets can be bought either at the game or in advance here. Fans can also sign up for multiple draws by selecting ‘subscribe for multi-play’ at the time of purchase.

Draws take place at each home game, across all competitions, and all net proceeds raised are equally split between a single jackpot winner and the LFC Foundation. Winning numbers are announced on the LFC Foundation Lottery website and social media channels. 

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