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Fabinho: Let's replicate Arsenal display at Burnley

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 08:00

Fabinho believes Liverpool's fine display against Arsenal last weekend set a benchmark for the squad to fulfil for the remainder of the season, starting with Saturday's trip to Burnley.

The Reds made it three wins from three in the Premier League after a 3-1 victory over Unai Emery's side at Anfield, with Jürgen Klopp lauding a performance full of 'desire and passion' afterwards.

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The champions of Europe now head to Turf Moor hoping to take a 100 per cent start to 2019-20 into the upcoming international break.

"It would be ideal for us to go into this break with another victory in the Premier League," Fabinho told Liverpoolfc.com at Melwood. "We’ve started really well, we’re the only team to have won the first three games.

"We know that playing Burnley away is always very difficult. Last season was really tough, but we’re really confident and know that a fourth victory will be a great step for the start of the season. So we will play in the same way and go after the win. 

"We knew the game against Arsenal would be very difficult, one of the big teams in England, so we got to show our quality against such a strong, quality team.

"I think we played an excellent game, we won – which was most important – and I think it serves as an example performance for the rest of the season.

"So we can look at the good things we did and put them into practice in future games as well."

The victories over Norwich City, Southampton and Arsenal mean Liverpool are the only top-flight team to have won all of their opening fixtures to the new season.

There have been plenty of positives to draw from each of the team's displays in those three wins, with Fabinho particularly pleased at the different types of hurdles cleared.

"They were three distinctive and difficult opponents," the No.3 continued. "I think in our home games we managed to win by a good margin, we scored more goals and finished off the game quicker and could relax more in the final part of the game. I think this is why we conceded in our two home games because we slowed the pace down.

"Against Southampton, things were different. We went ahead which is important, but things were complicated towards the end of the game.

"I think it’s normal when you concede away from home [as] the opposition grow into the game, the fans get behind them and will cheer them on. But we were solid in defence and we brought the three points home and we hope to go from strength to strength." 

Burnley's start to the campaign has seen them take points off Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers, leaving Fabinho fully aware of the tricky task at hand on Saturday evening.

"Burnley are one of the most frustrating teams to play against," the Brazilian concluded. "You may win against such teams but you have to fight, sweat and really give your all.

"It’s a team that makes things very difficult. In the Premier League it’s not just Burnley, the majority of the teams are like this. Everyone knows that Burnley is a tough game, especially away from home.  

"They’re a team who’ve done really well against tough opposition this season. They got a good result away from home in the last round of games. They’ll be confident and have a player who’ll be full of confidence – [Ashley] Barnes, who has scored a lot of goals.

"We know their style of play, a quality team who play to their strengths with the ball and in the air. We know how difficult it is to play, we know the quality we’re up against and we’ll try and neutralise their threat and be the stronger team." 

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Watch live: Jürgen Klopp's pre-Burnley press conference

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 06:00

Watch Jürgen Klopp preview Liverpool's meeting with Burnley live with us from 1.30pm BST on Friday.

The boss will hold his pre-match press conference at Melwood ahead of Saturday's Premier League game at Turf Moor.

Simply return to this page shortly before the start time to tune in live via our YouTube stream.

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Liverpool's Champions League fixture details confirmed

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 20:57

Liverpool's fixture schedule for the 2019-20 Champions League group stage has now been confirmed.

The European Cup holders will begin their defence of the title against Napoli away from home on Tuesday September 17.

Jürgen Klopp's side then take on Salzburg two weeks later, before back-to-back meetings with Genk.

The Reds face Napoli at Anfield in late November and wrap up the group phase by tackling Salzburg.

Champions League fixtures

Tuesday September 17 - Napoli v Liverpool (8pm UK time)
Wednesday October 2 - Liverpool v Salzburg (8pm UK time)
Wednesday October 23 - Genk v Liverpool (8pm UK time)
Tuesday November 5 - Liverpool v Genk (8pm UK time)
Wednesday November 27 - Liverpool v Napoli (8pm UK time)
Tuesday December 10 - Salzburg v Liverpool (5.55pm UK time)

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68 training photos: Liverpool prepare for Burnley at Melwood

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 19:28

Liverpool's preparations for Saturday's game against Burnley continued at Melwood on Thursday evening - browse through 68 photos of the Reds' latest training session below.

Jürgen Klopp's side travel to Turf Moor this weekend looking to make it four wins from four Premier League outings prior to the season's first international break.

And our photographers were granted exclusive access as the boss and his coaching team put the players through their paces 48 hours before the match...

Photos by John and Andrew Powell

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Jürgen Klopp's reaction to CL draw and Van Dijk and Alisson awards

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 19:09

Jürgen Klopp described Liverpool’s Champions League draw as a ‘really interesting’ one before detailing his joy at the individual awards scooped by Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker on Thursday night.

The Reds were paired with Napoli, Salzburg and Genk in Group E following the draw in Monaco as they prepare to begin their defence of the European Cup.

There were also individual accolades presented to Van Dijk at the ceremony, with the centre-back named as the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year and Champions League Defender of the Season for 2018-19.

Alisson, meanwhile, was awarded the Champions League Goalkeeper of the Year prize for his role in last term’s victory.

Immediately after the event was concluded, Klopp sat down with Liverpoolfc.com in his office at Melwood to offer his instant reaction...

His initial reaction to the draw…

Napoli again! I don’t know how often I’ve now played against Napoli, but they’re obviously a very experienced side. I will need now to have another, closer look at Genk and Salzburg, but I already know they are very young, very exciting and very fresh, so it will be interesting, 100 per cent. I don’t think I’ve ever played against Salzburg or Genk, so that’s interesting. It’s how it always is, it’s not an easy group and not a group where we can hide behind anybody. We have to try everything to go through, but we are really looking forward to it like always. Now we know the opponents, when we were walking off the pitch from training I immediately spoke with Divock about playing Genk! We will do our analysis and research on all three teams, but we know they all played exceptional seasons last year. Of course, Salzburg are famous for bringing through new players, like they did with Sadio and Naby – they’ve found a lot of others, too. It will be really interesting.

On facing Napoli again, as well as Salzburg and Genk for the first time…

Napoli are just a really good side. The home game we played against Napoli was one of the best games we played because it was so rock solid. It was not allowed to concede against Napoli with the strength they have in counter-attacks. The way they play is clear and it’s really good. In the pre-season games, when we won 5-0 in Dublin I was not interested in the result. Now this year we lost 3-0 and that’s not too interesting, but you see just how good they are. They were not complete, we were not complete, but they are a really good side. Carlo [Ancelotti] has such experience and has won the competition so often. When they went out last year, it was pretty close – Ali made a big save in the last seconds, so they will remember that and it will be emotional, I am pretty sure. With the other two teams, I know how people are and immediately they will say these are the two 'smaller teams' of the group. They are not. I am not sure how it is for Genk, but for Salzburg they fought for so long and so hard to be part of the Champions League, so they will fight with whatever they have. They will have 30,000 in their stadium who will show how long they were waiting for it. That’s the group, so now let’s prepare for it.

On Van Dijk winning Men’s Player of the Year…

Brilliant! It’s really big. I wanted to call him immediately but he had to go on stage. I’m so happy for him; I’m happy for us as well because he knows that without the boys around him, he cannot win that prize. It’s a prize for all of us – but we send our big man there to get it. It’s big. It’s really rare for a defender. It’s such important information for football, such an important sign for football. Yes, we all love goals – we want to score them and see them – but more and more and more people get excited about defending. Virg is an exceptional defender, in the moment 100 per cent the best defender in the world, so he deserves that prize absolutely. It’s now the icing on the cake of the Champions League campaign last year. It’s really big and I’m completely happy for him and his family.

On Alisson receiving the goalkeeper award…

Congratulations as well. I would say well, well, well deserved. He had exceptional saves. In the final he made it look like all these finishes of Tottenham were so easy to save them – but they were not. He kept his nerves, calmed the game down in the right moment, made it quick in the right moment, saved our lives so often. So it’s so deserved. In the first season with us and immediately winning the Champions League. What a year he had, he won the Champions League, won the Copa America and now is the best goalie of last year 100 per cent. For me, he is the best goalie in the world in the moment. We just have to make sure it stays like this. He is now injured; when he is back, we are all waiting for that already, even when Adrian is doing an incredible job. Sending two players there and both winning the competition they are in, it’s big. It’s a really big day for Liverpool.

On the excitement to go again in the Champions League…

Of course. We think now about the Champions League and that’s it, from now on nobody thinks about the Champions League. We have enough time to prepare the games and we’ll do that. It’s brilliant, absolutely brilliant. I’m really looking forward to it. How everybody knows, everybody in Liverpool enjoys Champions League football, so it will be great. European nights at Anfield, everybody is welcome. And let’s do it as well as we can.

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Liverpool to face Napoli, Salzburg and Genk in Champions League

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 17:55

Liverpool will face Napoli, Salzburg and Genk in the 2019-20 Champions League group stage.

Thursday’s draw in Monaco pitted the European Cup holders against the sides from Italy, Austria and Belgium respectively in Group E to begin their defence of the trophy.

The Reds, of course, last faced Napoli in last season’s group stage. After a 1-0 reversal at Stadio San Paolo in October, Mohamed Salah scored the only goal of the game in the return at Anfield on matchday six to send Jürgen Klopp’s team into the knockout phase.

Liverpool have never before taken on Salzburg or Genk previously in competitive or friendly competition; however, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita both used to represent the Austrian club.

The group stage will begin on September 17/18 and conclude on December 10/11, with full fixture details to be confirmed on Liverpoolfc.com soon.

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Virgil van Dijk named 2018-19 Champions League Defender of the Season

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 17:31

Virgil van Dijk has been named UEFA Champions League Defender of the Season for 2018-19.

The centre-half was handed the award in Monaco on Thursday during the draw for the group stages of Europe's premier club competition.

Van Dijk beat Liverpool teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold and Matthijs de Ligt to the accolade after helping the Reds win the European Cup for the sixth time.

The 28-year-old played all but one match of the team's run to the Madrid final, where he was named Man of the Match in the victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

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Alisson Becker wins Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season award

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 17:19

Alisson Becker's stunning displays that helped Liverpool lift the European Cup have seen him crowned UEFA Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season for 2018-19.

The Brazilian's first campaign with the Reds ended in triumph as he was part of the side that beat Tottenham Hotspur in the Madrid final back in June.

He played every minute of Liverpool's route to glory and recorded six clean sheets in the process.

Alisson pulled off a brilliant injury-time save against Napoli to secure a spot in the last 16 and then made a number of crucial interventions to thwart Tottenham in the final.

The 26-year-old pipped Hugo Lloris and Marc-Andre ter Stegen to the accolade, which he received during Thursday's draw for the 2019-20 group stages in Monaco.

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Four Reds named in latest England squad

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 14:00

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have been named in the latest England squad for two matches in September.

Gareth Southgate announced his selection for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo on Thursday afternoon.

Liverpool quartet Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Henderson and Oxlade-Chamberlain will be part of the Three Lions group for the games, which will be held on Saturday September 7 and Tuesday September 10 respectively.

England host Bulgaria at Wembley and Kosovo at Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium.

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Live blog: Follow the Champions League draw and UEFA awards

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 12:01

Fabinho's feeling

After lifting the European Cup in his first season with the club, Fabinho is feeling confident about Liverpool's prospects for the 2019-20 edition.

Asked about today's draw, the midfielder told us: "The Champions League is a special competition and we're the reigning champions, so there's always going to be a lot of expectation about who we're going to come up against. We're relaxed about it.

"We're fully aware that when we return from this international break there will be a more intense fixture schedule with midweek games, but that's good - we like it.

"As we're the reigning champions, all the other teams are going to focus much more on us, they'll know more about our team.

"We're excited about this season's competition. We know how strong the team is and, as always, we have to work hard and with confidence."

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Liverpool U19s set for another UEFA Youth League campaign

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 09:30

Barry Lewtas will once again manage Liverpool's U19s in the UEFA Youth League this season, with Neil Critchley assisting.

The young Reds will find out their opponents in the group stages of the competition on Thursday, with the Youth League's pool phase replicating that of the Champions League.

And, as was the case in 2018-19, U18s boss Lewtas will be in charge with U23s manager Critchley acting as his No.2.

The 32 sides entering via their club's first team's involvement in the Champions League will compete in groups with the same teams and fixture list as the senior tournament.

The eight group winners will progress automatically to the round of 16. The eight runners-up will go into the play-offs along with the eight sides to advance through two knockout ties from the 32 domestic champions entrants.

The knockout phase of the Youth League will consist of single-leg ties, with the semi-finals and final scheduled to take place on April 17 and 20, 2020, in Nyon, Switzerland.

Last season, Liverpool reached the last 16 before being knocked out by Dinamo Zagreb following a penalty shootout.

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Quiz: Liverpool's 2018-19 Champions League group stage

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 09:00

Liverpool will discover their opponents in the 2019-20 Champions League group stage on Thursday - but how strong is your knowledge of the Reds' dramatic pool phase last season?

Jürgen Klopp's side would, of course, ultimately progress from Group C and go on to win the tournament.

So, how much can you remember about what happened in and around the six games against Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade?

Test yourself with the eight questions below...

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Timo Werner drops transfer hint

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 08:59

RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner still isn't ruling out a switch abroad in the future, despite only just signing a new deal at the Bundesliga club.

The Germany international forward was long linked with a switch to Bayern Munich, but should he opt to leave Germany then Liverpool were said to be at the front of the queue to sign the 23-year-old.

Werner - who has scored 10 goals in 25 appearances for Germany - would have seen his deal at Leipzig run out in the summer, when he could have left for free, but he ended up signing a new contract just hours before scoring in Leipzig's 2-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday.

When asked about a possible move in the summer by Sport Buzzer , he replied: "I don't exclude anything. I am and remain a player of RB Leipzig.”

Werner added that the addition of Julian Nagelsmann as Leipzig coach this summer helped him made up his mind to stay.

“Of course, that also played a role in my thinking," he continued.

Source: Daily Mirror

This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

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'We're excited to defend our title' - Fabinho on Champions League draw

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 08:00

Thursday's draw for the group stages of the Champions League provides Fabinho with a sense of excitement about defending Liverpool's title in the coming months.

The reigning champions, who are to be placed in Pot 1, will discover their opponents in the opening phase of the competition this evening.

The Reds' success last season and overall record in Europe under Jürgen Klopp gives Fabinho confidence about progressing to the knockout rounds this term.

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He told Liverpoolfc.com: "The Champions League is a special competition and we're the reigning champions, so there's always going to be a lot of expectation about who we're going to come up against. We're relaxed about it.

"We're fully aware that when we return from this international break there will be a more intense fixture schedule with midweek games, but that's good – we like it.

"As we're the reigning champions, all the other teams are going to focus much more on us, they'll know more about our team.

"We're excited about this season's competition. We know how strong the team is and, as always, we have to work hard and with confidence."

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Liverpool's possible Champions League opponents confirmed

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 22:31

Liverpool's potential opponents in the 2019-20 Champions League group stage have now been confirmed.

As reigning European Cup holders, the Reds are in Pot 1 for Thursday’s draw in Monaco along with Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester City, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Zenit St Petersburg.

They will be placed in a section with one team from each of the other three pots, listed below.

Jürgen Klopp’s men cannot face a fellow Premier League side at this stage of the competition, so will not be drawn with Tottenham Hotspur from Pot 2.

The first round of group-stage matches will take place on September 17/18 and the phase will conclude on December 10/11.

Pot 2

Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid
Borussia Dortmund
Napoli
Shakhtar Donetsk
Ajax
Benfica

Pot 3

Lyon
Bayer Leverkusen
Salzburg
Olympiacos
Club Brugge
Valencia
Internazionale
Dinamo Zagreb

Pot 4

Lokomotiv Moscow
Genk
Galatasaray
RB Leipzig
Slavia Prague
Red Star Belgrade
Atalanta
Lille

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Liverpool to face MK Dons in Carabao Cup third round

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 22:12

Liverpool will face Milton Keynes Dons away from home in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

Wednesday night’s draw paired the Reds with the League One side, who progressed to the next stage of the competition with a 4-1 win at Southend United on Tuesday.

The tie will be played in the week commencing September 23.

Full fixture and ticket details will be announced on Liverpoolfc.com in due course.

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Enjoy a Liverpool FC stadium tour for less

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 16:38

We’re offering fans the chance to enjoy the LFC stadium tour for less by offering a 20 per cent discount for a limited time.

During the tour of Anfield, you’ll enjoy epic views of the pitch and city landscape from the top level of the Main Stand, see where your heroes prepare for games in the home team dressing room, practice your interview technique in the press room, walk down the players’ tunnel and much more.

Also included as part of your tour ticket is The Liverpool FC Story, the club’s interactive museum, where you’ll have the chance to see our latest pieces of silverware now on display.

You’ll also see The Steven Gerrard Collection, featuring the former captain’s match-worn shirts, medals, trophies, England caps and much, much more. The museum is included with your stadium tour ticket.

To save 20 per cent on the LFC stadium tour, quote SUMMER20 when booking online, over the phone or in person on the day of your tour.

How to book

To read more about the LFC stadium tour and to book, click here.

Offer not valid on the matchday tour and legends Q&A. Offer valid for the LFC stadium tour taken on or before August 31, 2019 cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. LFC reserve the right to withdraw this offer without notice.

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Liverpool FC Women to face Glasgow Rangers test at Prenton Park

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 16:27

Liverpool FC Women will continue their pre-season preparations this weekend with a game against Rangers Women’s FC from Glasgow.

The match will kick off at 2pm on Saturday (August 31) at Prenton Park.

Rangers Women play in the Scottish Women’s Premier League and a familiar face will be among the group travelling to Merseyside.

Former Reds defender Gregory Vignal was appointed the head coach of Rangers Women this summer after a spell with the club’s youth set-up.

The Frenchman made 20 first-team appearances for the Reds between 2001 and 2003 before several loan spells including one at Glasgow Rangers. He left Anfield on a permanent basis in 2005.

Saturday’s game is open only to Liverpool FC Women season ticket holders, who will be admitted free of charge. Anyone who has ordered a season ticket but is awaiting delivery can just show confirmation of their order to gain entry.

You can buy a season ticket for Liverpool FC Women at the following link: https://sales.webticketmanager.com/llfc

An adult pays just £35 for a full season of football, while a family of four (two plus two) pays just £70.

LFC Women’s first Women’s Super League game of the season is now just 10 days away, with the Reds taking on Reading at Prenton Park on Sunday, September 8 at 2pm.

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Out now: LFC x New Balance 2019-20 blackout jersey

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 13:49

New Balance's special edition Liverpool FC blackout jersey for 2019-20 is now available to buy online and in selected official club stores.

The shirt is modelled on the Reds' home jersey for this season and builds on the centenary commemoration of Bob Paisley's birth. The legendary manager's signature is inscribed on the inside of the neck.

The jersey also features an iridescent front and forms part of New Balance's 'Live It' campaign for LFC, which champions the spirit that unites Reds across the world. 

The Liverpool FC x New Balance 2019-20 blackout jersey is available now in limited numbers online and in selected official club stores.

Click here to buy online now>>

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Families have fun at Anfield cookery sessions

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 13:01

Local families have been enjoying cookery courses run by the Trussell Trust and Red Neighbours in Anfield this summer.

The club’s community programme, Red Neighbours, teamed up again with the Trussell Trust, which is a national charity that aims to end hunger and poverty in the UK, to deliver a summer series of cookery classes for local families in Anfield.

The ‘Eat Well, Spend Less’ cookery sessions show families how to prepare nutritious meals on a budget and provide the skills and ideas to replicate healthy recipes together at home.

Lisa Polhill, a mum of four from Anfield, said: “The sessions have been brilliant, and the staff are so welcoming and lovely.

“It’s great to be able to find an activity that I can take part in with my kids that’s both enjoyable and educational. We are definitely going to replicate some of the healthy recipes we have learnt at home.”

Maria Roberts, also a mum of four from Anfield, said: “It was really good to get involved in the sessions, I attended three out of the four of them with my son.

“It was nice to be able to cook together in a safe environment and learn a few new recipes. I would definitely recommend it to other families.”

Red Neighbours also supports the Trussell Trust by hosting foodbank collections at every Liverpool home game. All food collected is donated to the North Liverpool Foodbank, which is made into three-day emergency food parcels for local people in crisis.

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