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25 years on: Robbie Fowler's iconic Arsenal treble

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 12:01

Four minutes and 33 seconds.

That's the total amount of time it took Robbie Fowler to score three times against Arsenal at Anfield, on this day 25 years ago.

It was a Premier League record that stood for more than two decades, until a certain Sadio Mane managed to achieve a treble in even quicker time when representing Southampton against Aston Villa in 2015.

Nevertheless, that sun-kissed afternoon a quarter of a century ago remains one of the iconic modern-day moments in Reds history.

And you can relive it all over again in our video above now.

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Gerrard, Fowler, Rush et al: Kop 10 Liverpool hat-trick scorers

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 08:45

It's 25 years to the day since a 19-year-old Robbie Fowler rocked the footballing world by scoring three goals within the space of four minutes and 33 seconds to give Liverpool a 3-0 victory over Arsenal at Anfield.

The historic achievement stood as the quickest hat-trick in Premier League history for 21 years until Sadio Mane, then of Southampton, took the crown in May 2015.

Remembering Fowler's four minute hat-trick

We've trawled through the history books to take a look at the Reds' most prolific hat-tricks scorers.

1. Gordon Hodgson – 17

Hodgson's feat, achieved in 11 seasons, will take some beating.

The South African-born forward arrived from Transvaal in 1925 and would net 241 goals for Liverpool – currently the third most in the club's history.

2. Ian Rush – 16

Rush scored one, Rush scored two, Rush scored three and Rush scored four...

The chant, of course, references Rush's quartet at Goodison Park in 1982, but the club's all-time top goalscorer was – unsurprisingly – no stranger to taking the match ball home.

Two prolific spells at the club saw him fall just one short of Hodgson's tally.

3. Roger Hunt – 12

As part of a 41-goal season in 1961-62, Hunt scored five hat-tricks to help Liverpool win the Second Division title.

The England World Cup winner – who was the Reds' top goalscorer for eight seasons in a row between 1962-1969 – is second behind Rush in the all-time scoring list.

4. Robbie Fowler – 10

It was a sign of things to come. In just his fourth appearance for Liverpool, Fowler became the fifth player to score five goals in one game for the club.

He did so at Anfield against Fulham in the second round of the League Cup in October 1993. "I do not want to go overboard about him, but I think he's going to be very special," manager Graeme Souness said afterwards.

His Arsenal heroics arrived less than a year later as hat-tricks became a regular occurrence.

5. Michael Owen – 10

The striker first netted three goals for Liverpool in a single game at the tender age of 17 in a 1997 League Cup fourth-round tie with Grimsby Town.

The 2001 Ballon d'Or winner went on to net eight Premier League hat-tricks during his career – the fourth most in the competition.

6. Dick Forshaw – 7

After slotting seven hat-tricks for Liverpool between 1919-1927, Forshaw left the club for local rivals Everton.

7. Jack Parkinson – 7

The Bootle-born goalscorer, who received two caps for England, once scored four goals at Anfield against Nottingham Forest in 1910 – during a season in which he was the First Division's top scorer.

8. Luis Suarez – 6

Half of the Uruguayan's hat-tricks came against one unfortunate team and goalkeeper. Indeed, Norwich City and John Ruddy were routinely victims of Suarez's brilliance for the Reds.

Wigan Athletic, West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff City also felt their pain.

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9. Sam Raybould – 6

Raybould scored six hat-tricks for the club between 1900-1907.

10. Steven Gerrard – 5

The iconic former captain first took home the match ball less than two months after guiding Liverpool to European Cup glory in Istanbul.

Welsh side TNS were on the receiving end of a Gerrard masterclass as the skipper netted three times at Anfield in the first leg of a first-round Champions League qualifier.

Trios against Luton Town (2007-08), Aston Villa (2008-09) and Napoli (2010-11) followed later.

Gerrard took great satisfaction in his final hat-trick for the club, scoring three times against Everton under the lights at Anfield in March 2012.

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Harry Chambers, Joe Hewitt and Billy Liddell are other former Reds to reach that figure.

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Alex Inglethorpe Q&A: Trent's impact, working with Jürgen Klopp and more

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 08:00

Academy director Alex Inglethorpe has explained the influence Trent Alexander-Arnold's progress is having on Liverpool's aspiring youngsters in Kirkby.

Former U18s captain Alexander-Arnold helped his boyhood club win a sixth European Cup in June in his second successive Champions League final appearance.

Inglethorpe opened up on how the Reds right-back's achievements have instilled further hope in those who want to emulate him, during a fascinating chat with Academy graduate Neil Mellor.

He also discussed the strong relationship between the Academy and first-team manager Jürgen Klopp, and much more - and you can read the first part of the interview below...

On the FA Youth Cup win over Manchester City last season…

It was a nice adventure for them all. They had to ride their luck at times and, typical in cup competition, there were moments you think you are going out. We had a very difficult game against Portsmouth early on, they came back to 2-2 and if it had gone to extra-time they were looking like the favourites to win it. We managed to find a way and I think that was probably similar to the final. We managed to find a way of staying in the game and we deserved to take it to a penalty shootout and we deserved to win it. But I think the real successes and relate far better is someone like Trent [Alexander-Arnold]. He is someone who has gone through the age groups and they [the young players] can see him playing in consecutive Champions League finals, they can see him playing every week in the Premier League and they can see him making a difference. That is tangible for a young kid to look at think, ‘That’s something that I hopefully can do and something I will inspire to do.’

On the impact Alexander-Arnold has had on the Academy hopefuls…

The thing I found interesting with Trent is that when he first broke into the team and when he came back to the Academy, the young players were really excited to see him but you kind of feel they are hoping it’s Mo Salah. Trent is really good and he has helped us out with the signings of the new U8s the last few years. He walked into the room [the day after the 4-0 win over Barcelona at Anfield] and you could see and feel there was a real buzz among the players and they wouldn’t have wanted anyone else there. If they could have picked any player they would have picked Trent. I think that’s a mark of how far he has come in terms of the thinking of the supporters and the young players here.

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On the advice he gives to the younger age groups at the Academy…

That’s the easy part for me because that’s almost like we’ve got to be the best Sunday league club. The boys are already going to have their dreams so that’s the time when we’ve got to become the best ever Sunday league club. No real pressure of anything other than going out and having fun and falling in love with the football. As they get older, inevitably the challenges will increase and the pressure will increase but that doesn’t have to happen until quite a bit later in their age at all I think.

I was talking with our head of Academy football operations, Nick Marshall, who used to be academy manager at Nottingham Forest. Nick is a really good member of staff here and myself, Steve Heighway and him were talking about players that we have worked with in the past. Nick talked about some of the Nottingham Forest players, I spoke about a few of the Tottenham players like Harry Winks, Harry Kane, Andros Townsend, and then Steve talks about the players he has worked with. It’s a game you really want to play with Steve because you quickly realise when he chucks in names like Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen, Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Steve McManaman.

The point of the discussion was: at what age do you first know a player will definitely make it? I’d be a liar if I said the likes of Trent and Kane because I think when you get to 16 and 17, usually you see characteristics when you think, ‘OK, they are going to be a Premier League player.’ The earliest out of all those players that someone could say, hand on heart, he’s going to be a player was aged 14 and that was Owen. Steve said that was the earliest he has ever known, which probably follows suit as he was playing in a World Cup at 17,18. To turn around to a five or six-year-old and tell them they will be a Premier League player is ridiculous.

On having a strong relationship with Klopp…

There’s definitely a trust here to provide players and, touch wood, there’s not been any complaints about the quality of the players and the quality of the boys who are going up to Melwood. The manager has been very complimentary and I think there has to be a trust from our side that when they are up there they are being taken care of with the work that is being done and you can see they are developing. You can see that whether it’s Curtis Jones, Rhian Brewster, Nat Phillips, Trent, Harry Wilson, they get better and they improve. Why wouldn’t they improve? Because they have got, in my opinion, the best manager in the world looking after them.

On his hopes and ambitions for the Academy this season…

The same as every year, I want players in the first team. No-one is ever saying to me we’ve got to win the U23s league, the U18s league, FA Youth Cup, UEFA Youth League. The only question I ever get asked is: who is next? So the answer to this question is hopefully to provide them with players that are interesting enough that they want them to train with the first-team squad, develop and become part of that first-team squad.

On the tough challenge of being a first-team regular…

The boy Trent is doing alright at the minute in terms of establishing himself and he’s getting closer to becoming an ever-present. The challenge is finding a way of getting into the team and staying in. First and foremost, they have got to take a world-class player’s shirt off him and then they have got to find a way of keeping it. Easier to say but harder to do, that’s the challenge.

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Inside Training: Back to work for the Reds at Melwood

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 15:42

With preparations now firmly fixed on a trip to Burnley this weekend, Liverpool were being put through their paces at Melwood on Tuesday morning - and you can take an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the session in the latest edition of 'Inside Training'.

After maintaining their 100 per cent start to the Premier League season with a 3-1 victory over Arsenal at Anfield, the Reds are now planning for Saturday evening's trip to Turf Moor to take on the Clarets.

Take an exclusive look at the players' latest work-out in our video above now.

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True View: Take a unique look at Salah's Arsenal penalty

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 15:30

Mohamed Salah emphatically crashed home a penalty against Arsenal on Saturday night to put Liverpool on their way to three more Premier League points - and fans can enjoy the Egyptian's finish from a unique perspective.

As part of the club's partnership with Intel, special 5k cameras were installed at Anfield to offer a whole range of new angles of replays.

And it means you can enjoy Salah's spot-kick from a somewhat different viewpoint in our video above now.

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60 photos of Liverpool's Tuesday training session at Melwood

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 15:17

Take a look at 60 photos of Liverpool's latest training session at Melwood below.

Preparations for the weekend trip to Burnley continued in West Derby on Tuesday - and our photographer was there to capture the Reds' work-out...

Photos by John Powell

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'Curtis, Rhian and Harvey were excellent all night'

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 09:30

Neil Critchley felt the performances of attacking trio Rhian Brewster, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott offered encouraging signs for the future as Liverpool U23s gained their first win of the season in Premier League 2 after a 4-2 win at Southampton.

The trio linked up impressively at the Staplewood Training Ground on Monday night to secure victory for the Reds over the Saints.

After their opening two defeats in 2019-20, Critchley’s charges gained the three points courtesy of goals from Brewster, Jones, Pedro Chirivella and Luis Longstaff.

Read on for Critchley’s assessment on a good evening for the young Reds…

On the 4-2 win…

It was hard fought in the end. I thought in the first half it was nice to get the first goal, a really good goal as well. But then we showed frailties in possession in our own half. It’s something that we have spoken about and we don’t seem to have learned from it and gave away a really poor goal. We then scored another good goal, a fantastic pass from Pedro and a good run from Curtis. Again, that is something we had spoken about - getting in behind them. We have had a lot of possession in our previous two games but not been near the opposition goal enough. We pressed higher up the pitch and we had a lot of chances in the first half and could have finished the game off. We didn’t start the second half very well but then scored from a corner. Then we again showed our inexperience and didn’t maintain our shape very well. We were too easy to play against and when they got it back to 3-2, they missed a really good chance to make it 3-3 and it was a crucial moment in the game. We got a little bit of luck that we maybe deserved and then we went on to win. It’s a nice feeling to win and we can now enjoy the long trip back home.

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On the clever link-up play between Brewster, Jones and Elliott…

I thought they caused a lot of problems with their movement, pace and energy. It was lovely for Rhian to get his first goal, he’s off the mark, Curtis got a goal too, a little bit of fortune but he made a lovely run in behind. I thought Harvey [and] his general play all night was excellent. He was a real thorn in their side and he showed really intelligence with his movement running in behind them. I thought his work-rate off the ball as well and his attitude to work for the team was fantastic. I was really impressed with him. I was really pleased with their contribution and hopefully they can take confidence from that moving forward.

On Saturday’s game against Manchester City at Anfield…

When you get the chance to play at Anfield it’s always a fantastic occasion. That’s where our players want to be playing and in bigger meaningful games in the future. We can go there with a win under our belts and we know it will be a tough game against really good opposition. They have got some good players and we need to improve again with our performance, but hopefully we can go to Anfield and play with the ball like we did tonight. We just need to improve defensively particularly when the opposition get a bit of momentum in the game.

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Carabao Cup third-round draw details

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 09:00

Liverpool will discover their opponents in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.

The draw for the next stage of the competition will take place live on Sky Sports following the conclusion of the tie between Lincoln City and Everton.

Third-round fixtures will be scheduled for the week commencing September 23.

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Fabio Aurelio interview: 'Liverpool have become even bigger now'

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 08:00

A return to Anfield on Saturday afternoon gave Fabio Aurelio a sense of just how much has changed since he departed the club in 2012.

Seven years on from the end of his second spell with the Reds, the Brazilian was back on Merseyside to see Jürgen Klopp’s team maintain their 100 per cent start to the new Premier League season with a 3-1 win over Arsenal.

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A positive beginning to 2019-20, including UEFA Super Cup success earlier this month, has followed on from the Champions League glory achieved in Madrid in June.

And as he soaked up the surroundings inside the Main Stand at Anfield that has expanded since his days here, Aurelio observed a shift in the mood of the club.

“It’s amazing. It’s a completely new experience now after the changes [to the stadium],” the 39-year-old told Liverpoolfc.com.

“I was here in 2014 for a holiday but it was July so there were no games, no football. It was a big pity because I would have liked to come back to Anfield.

“But now I had the opportunity for a massive game. I can see around how different it is and how big Liverpool has become. It was already big but now you can see how they grow, with the trophies and the [way the] team are playing.

“It is amazing to be back and feel that very good atmosphere here.”

Of the other 17 players in the Liverpool squad for Aurelio’s final appearance, against Fulham in May 2012, only Jordan Henderson is still with the club.

Much has changed for Henderson during the intervening time, too, and it was of course the No.14 who lifted the Reds’ sixth European Cup.

“He has responded to the expectation of everyone at the club,” said Aurelio of his former teammate.

“I remember when he came, it was kind of to support [Steven] Gerrard and replace him in the future. He has done the job and completed what everyone expected from him. He has more to do, I’m sure of that.”

Aurelio was the first Brazilian to sign for Liverpool when he joined in 2006 but has been followed by a succession of his compatriots, with Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino currently flying the flag.

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No surprise, then, that the ex-defender keeps a close eye on the Reds’ exploits.

“I follow a lot through TV, most of the games in Brazil,” he added.

“It was good to be the first [Brazilian at the club] and open the door. I’m happy that most of the Brazilian guys that came after me did much better than me! That’s good as well.

“I’m always following them and supporting Liverpool as a big fan back in Brazil.”

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Champions League group-stage draw details

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 07:30

The 2019-20 Champions League group-stage draw is set to take place from 5pm BST on Thursday in Monaco.

Liverpool, the reigning European champions, will discover their opponents for the opening phase of the competition proper as they begin their defence of the title.

As holders, the Reds will be in Pot 1 for the draw, alongside Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester City, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Zenit St Petersburg.

Eighteen other sides are already assured of their place in the draw, with six more to qualify via the play-offs across Tuesday and Wednesday.

Liverpool cannot face a fellow Premier League team in the group stage, which will get under way on September 17/18.

Fixtures will then be held on October 1/2, October 22/23, November 5/6, November 26/27 and December 10/11.

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Match report: U23s score four in victory over Southampton

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 20:56

Liverpool U23s produced a fine attacking display to beat Southampton 4-2 in Premier League 2 on Monday evening.

Rhian Brewster, Curtis Jones, Pedro Chirivella and Luis Longstaff were all on the scoresheet at the Staplewood Training Ground to give the young Reds their first win of the new season.

Brewster gave Neil Critchley's side the lead after 12 minutes of action but they were quickly pegged back by Will Smallbone's effort for the hosts.

Jones, captaining the team once again, made it 2-1 with 26 minutes on the clock before Chirivella added Liverpool's third in the second half.

Dan N'Lundulu's goal set up a tense finish but substitute Longstaff struck late on to get the Reds up and running in 2019-20 after defeats in their opening two fixtures.

It was an action-packed start to the affair on the south coast. Moments after N'Lundulu fired wide for Southampton, Liverpool went up the other end to break the deadlock.

It started with a neat one-two between Jones and Brewster. Jones was then afforded the space to run into the penalty area, with Brewster waiting in the middle.

Jones squared the ball to the 19-year-old, who made no mistake with a clinical side-foot past Harry Lewis.

But Liverpool's lead lasted less than two minutes.

A high press from Southampton saw them regain possession just on the edge of the visitors' 18-yard box. Smallbone advanced and then drilled beyond Caoimhin Kelleher to restore parity.

However, the Reds' response was perfect. A botched clearance from Saints stopper Lewis was pounced on by Chirivella before the Spaniard sent Jones through on goal with a perfectly-weighted pass.

Jones' finish ricochetted off the goalkeeper and trickled over the goalline to put his side back in the lead.

Southampton welcomed the half-time whistle after all three Liverpool forwards – Jones, Brewster and Harvey Elliott – went close to making it 3-1 towards the end of the first half.

There was an early let-off for Liverpool in the opening moments of the second period, with N'Lundulu grazing the post with a shot from a tight angle.

That scare, however, appeared to jolt Critchley's charges, who secured a two-goal lead shortly after. Morgan Boyes' header off a corner was parried as Chirivella reacted quickest to the rebound to poke home.

But the advantage was halved when N'Lundulu converted Jake Vokins' cross to hand the hosts a lifeline.

Then, Saints had two golden opportunities to level proceedings. Callum Slattery struck the crossbar with a looping header before Marcus Barnes could not convert when bearing down on goal as the match entered its final quarter of an hour.

However, Longstaff's strike wrapped up the points for Liverpool with six minutes remaining when his strike evaded a number of defenders and beat the goalkeeper.

Liverpool U23s: Kelleher, Hoever , Van den Berg, Boyes, Larouci (Gallacher, 64), Chirivella, Dixon-Bonner, Lewis, Elliott (Williams, 88), Jones, Brewster (Longstaff, 64).

Unused substitutes: Atherton, Clayton.

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Inside Anfield: Behind the scenes of Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 17:10

Go behind the scenes of Liverpool's 3-1 victory over Arsenal with our exclusive footage in Inside Anfield.

Joel Matip's breakthrough header was followed by a Mohamed Salah double as the Reds powered their way to a 12th consecutive Premier League win on Saturday.

Catch the moments you haven't yet seen from the game in the latest edition of our unmissable Inside Anfield series.

Click play below to enjoy footage from around the stadium, including the players' tunnel, pitchside and in the stands.

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Joel Matip on Burnley preparation, Arsenal win and goals

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 14:00

Joel Matip is eager to maximise the opportunity Liverpool have to use a full week to prepare for their trip to Burnley.

Just as before last Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Arsenal at Anfield, the Reds will have enjoyed the rare luxury of a seven-day gap between fixtures by the time the game against Sean Dyche’s team comes around.

Jürgen Klopp’s side will travel to Turf Moor looking to extend their winning start to the Premier League season to four matches, and Matip is happy that they will do so with a week of training under their belts.

“To have a whole week for preparation is quite nice so we can use it,” the centre-back told Liverpoolfc.com.

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Matip opened the scoring versus Arsenal with a fine header at the Kop end in the late stages of the first half, with Mohamed Salah’s brace after the break ultimately sealing all three points.

“We tried it over 90 minutes to come through. We had to be patient and the result was good, we won at home against Arsenal, that’s always good,” the No.32 said of the success over the Gunners.

“They were standing with two deep rows and with their speed in the front it was really difficult to come through, because they were standing by their own box. But in the end it worked.

“We tried to push but it was not easy to come through. We did it not too bad but against a high-quality team like this it’s hard for every team.

“[Our confidence is] not bad, but everybody knows it’s so early in the season so we are just looking forward to the next game and then we will see.”

Matip’s goal was his second of the season - and the defender hopes it will not be his last.

He continued: “I want to score more goals and it’s nice that I could score, but it’s early in the season and there’s still a lot to increase. Maybe I’ll get the opportunity to score a few more.”

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Timo Werner new contract has low release clause

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 12:47

Timo Werner has signed a new deal this week with Red Bull Leipzig, however it has been revealed that his contract includes a surprisingly low release clause.

The German international had been linked with moves to reigning Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and Champions League winners Liverpool over the summer.

It looked as though either club could sign him on a free transfer next summer had he not agreed a new four-year deal in Leipzig.

The 23-year-old joined Leipzig back in 2016 from Stuttgart and has been a stand-out performer for the Die Bullen, forming a formidable partnership with Denmark's Yussuf Poulsen.

According to Kicker, his new contract includes a release clause of just €30 million.

The low release clause likely explains his change of heart when it came to penning the new deal as any top club would be able to afford it.

And the likes of Liverpool, who have had a long standing interest, will be more than willing to use their funds to pry him into the Premier League.

Signing the striker for that price would be a steal for whatever club decides to pay as Werner possesses great talent and that is represented in his stats.

Since joining Leipzig three years ago, Werner has made 117 appearances in all competitions and has scored an impressive 63 goals and has made 28 assists.

Werner also has a stellar international record so far, scoring 10 goals in 25 games for his country.

In the opening two games of the season he has hit the ground running, scoring twice in as many games and has helped Leipzig to a strong start.

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Loan watch: Harry Wilson stars with stunning free-kick

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 11:53

Harry Wilson scored his second goal for Bournemouth with a spectacular free-kick during their Premier League meeting with Manchester City on Sunday.

The on-loan Liverpool winger was sent on as a substitute for the injured Charlie Daniels 37 minutes into the first half and reduced the hosts’ deficit by whipping a supremely accurate set-piece into the top right corner from distance.

“An incredible goal,” said Cherries manager Eddie Howe, whose side were ultimately beaten 3-1 by the reigning champions in the Premier League clash.

“I saw him do it so many times for Derby last year in big games for them. When we got the free-kick you hoped he might deliver something, but to actually see what he did, it was an incredible goal.”

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Ovie Ejaria and Ben Woodburn were in the goals too.

Ejaria set Reading on course for a 2-0 win at Kamil Grabara’s Huddersfield Town; the midfielder drove forward through the middle and dispatched a classy low strike in the second half.

Woodburn, meanwhile, opened his account for Oxford United with the first goal of an eventual 3-1 defeat for his team against Bristol Rovers in League One.

Loris Karius registered a clean sheet for Besiktas in a 3-0 home win over Goztepe, their second match of the new Turkish Super Lig season.

In the Bundesliga, midfielder Marko Grujic played the whole game as Hertha BSC were on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline at home to Wolfsburg.

Elsewhere, Taiwo Awoniyi got 25 minutes as a substitute for Mainz in their 3-1 loss against Borussia Monchengladbach.

Nathaniel Phillips helped Stuttgart register a clean sheet in Germany’s second tier, in a goalless stalemate with Erzgebirge Aue.

Allan Rodrigues de Souza was involved throughout a 0-0 draw for Fluminense at Corinthians in the first leg of their Copa Sudamericana quarter-final.

Two Academy loan players also featured at the weekend; Liam Millar played 70 minutes of Kilmarnock’s stalemate with Aberdeen, and Rhys Williams’ Kidderminster Harriers lost at home to Chester.

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6.30pm BST: Watch Southampton v LFC U23s live

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 08:00

Liverpool U23s face Southampton in Premier League 2 on Monday night - watch the game live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO from 6.30pm BST.

Kick-off is scheduled for 7pm, but our coverage begins half an hour earlier when Mark Benstead will be joined by former Reds Dominic Matteo and Stephen Warnock.

Click here to watch the game live>>

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Jürgen Klopp on Liverpool's defending against Arsenal

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 07:30

Jürgen Klopp felt Liverpool's preparations paid off in the way they defended against a dangerous Arsenal attack in Saturday's 3-1 win.

The Reds had to balance their trademark front-foot approach at Anfield with keeping at bay the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe in the Premier League contest.

They did so to victorious effect, with Joel Matip’s header late in the first half followed by a Mohamed Salah double after the break that clinched three points.

Lucas Torreira bagged a consolation for the Gunners five minutes from time but that did not influence Klopp’s satisfaction with his side’s overall defending.

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“It was all around a really good performance and Joel, for sure it was his best game of the season,” the Reds boss told Liverpoolfc.com post-match.

“People spoke about our defending. We work on our defending but not in the way people probably expected. It’s not about the last line; it’s a common thing, defending in the Premier League doesn’t work if you talk to [each individual player] and tell him, ‘We have to do this and that differently.’

“We worked really hard now on that, of course, like we always do but this week we had the time to do it. From a defending point of view, it was for sure the best game, against an incredible threat.

“One chip in behind, like the chance [for Pepe in the first half] was pretty much – it was not even a good pass, Hendo missed the ball – then they had the big chance and we needed Adrian to save us, very good again.

“But apart from that, we really defended really well. The goal happened when everybody was in the box, that’s nothing to do with defending. As we say in Germany, it was ‘I have him, you can take him’ but at the end nobody has the guy.

“I’m really overly happy.”

Liverpool will again utilise a week-long gap between fixtures as they next turn their focus to a Premier League trip to Burnley on Saturday.

And Klopp is eager to maximise the opportunity of extensive training before the match, given it is likely to be a while before such a scenario is repeated.

“[It’s] pretty much the last time for… ages!” he said. “We will use that. I’m looking forward to the week again.

“Burnley, we all know how tricky this place is. They are in a good moment. They play their style, they just continue doing it. I have the biggest respect for Sean Dyche and what he is doing there. It is always so tough to go.

“We need to prepare that, we will do that, and then the boys fly all over the world going for their national teams. Hopefully they will come back healthy and then the rest of the season starts pretty much.”

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Why Curtis Jones was given captaincy responsibility

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 16:00

Neil Critchley has explained why Curtis Jones was given the U23s captain's armband for the first time for the Premier League 2 game away at Chelsea.

The 18-year-old penned a new long-term deal with the club earlier this month and was given the responsibility of leading the young Reds out at Stamford Bridge last Monday.

The U23s endured a frustrating night on the field as they lost 3-0 to a Chelsea side containing the likes of international stars Antonio Rudiger and Michy Batshuayi.

But Critchley is sure Jones will benefit from the experience.

"I didn't take that decision lightly and I put a lot of thought into these decisions," the U23s boss told Liverpoolfc.com.

"Curtis is obviously a local boy and he has come through the Academy. If possible, we will always try to get somebody to lead the team of that ilk.

"I thought it would be the right thing to do to give Curtis some added responsibility and try to develop his leadership qualities within the team.

"He's a technical leader for us so he's brave enough to take the ball into any situation on the pitch, but he's also got a good football brain as well. So if he can pass that on to the others during the game in the good moments and the bad moments then I think that will help him to grow as a person, which is something I can try to help him with.

"You forget he is young at just 18, so to add that little bit of maturity to his game and a bit of responsibility I hope will help him."

The U23s are back in Premier League 2 action on Monday night when they face Southampton at Staplewood Training Ground.

Kick-off is at 7pm BST and you can watch the game live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO.

Read on for more from Critchley ahead of the match, including his thoughts on the start to the season and working with a young group so far…

On the pride at the Academy to see Jones sign a new long-term contract…

It's always nice when you see young players who have come right through the Academy and people have put a lot of effort, work and hours into Curtis and none more so than himself and his family. It was a really nice moment to see him have that opportunity that the club have backed him and he thinks the best place for his development is here. He knows he's got a lot to do and he's got things to improve on but it just shows what we think of him as a player, as a club, and hopefully now he can use the next few years to kick on and use his time here to get where he wants to go. We all know where Curtis wants to get to, it's how we are going to try to help him to get there.

On the return from injury of goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher at Chelsea…

I thought he was excellent considering that was his first game since June. He picked up an unfortunate injury during the summer which kept him out, so it was great to see him back out on the pitch. I was really impressed with how he played, he made some really good saves in the game so hopefully now he can build on that performance. He is another one who wants to kick on this season.

On the return of midfielder Herbie Kane from injury against Chelsea…

Herbie had a fantastic season on loan at Doncaster Rovers. He has been brilliant in pre-season and it was great to have his experience on the pitch. I thought he was a good influence and a calming influence on the other players around him because it is a young team and there are not too many senior U23 players at the moment. People like Herbie can provide that experience for the younger ones around him.

On needing a response from his team in Monday night's Premier League 2 clash at Southampton…

Without a doubt, yes. It's a long journey to look forward to. They got promoted last season, they always have a history of producing good young players and we will have to improve on what we have produced so far in our two games. We are not that far away. We've got to do that little bit better in lots of situations all over the pitch but there's still some encouraging signs from the players. It's my job and the staff's job to help the players recognise where we can do better and that's what we'll be trying to do before Monday night.

We've got to try to start the games better. We've maybe allowed the opposition to get a foothold in the game too early in both of our games so far. Ironically against Chelsea, I thought when we had the ball we were fine but we gave the ball away a little too cheaply and when you do that against good players you can get hurt. We probably didn't do enough on the ball when we had it in their half of the pitch and we didn't threaten their goal enough. So by doing those things better it means you are defending less. We are a team, a club, who likes to have the ball and we need to prepare our pressing moments better off the fact we know that we are going to keep the ball a bit better and get nearer to the goal. We've got some things to work on but obviously Southampton will have huge motivation playing against Liverpool. That's motivation enough for their young players so we know it will be a tough night but we'll concentrate on what we do and hopefully we can improve upon the games we have had so far.

On having a young group at U23 level so far this season…

That is important to remember. Sometimes how we judge these players is important. Harvey Elliott is only 16, Sepp van den Berg is only a year older and he can still play in our youth team. They are new to the club with new surroundings and new teammates. We have played against two good teams I think so far at U23 level and it has been tough for them. I've got to be careful how much information I give them and when I give it to them. The players around them are also quite young as well, so we've got to keep supporting them, making sure they know what their jobs are and what their roles within the team are. As you know at U23 level, there can be changes in the team from game to game, so sometimes it's difficult to build team cohesion. But as long as we see the right application, the right attitude and the effort then we always know we've got something to work with.

On the latest injury situation…

I don't like mentioning injuries because it sounds like you are making excuses but just for the morale of the group and the training, we are missing some key players. Jack Bearne will be out for a little while, which is a shame because I thought he made an excellent start to pre-season for us. Isaac Christie-Davies picked up an unfortunate injury against Oldham Athletic and then added to that, we are without Paul Glatzel and Abdi Sharif. Luis Longstaff has been out injured as well, hopefully Liam Coyle can return soon from his back injury. Hopefully we will have some of them back in the next few days to the next few weeks. Again, it gives other players an opportunity and that's up to them to take that opportunity. Hopefully some of the U18s will be seeing that as a chance to get into the U23s and prove themselves. We are fortunate we have got some good players to work with and we are certainly not complaining.

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Video: Roberto Firmino's best moments in Arsenal victory

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 10:10

Roberto Firmino exhibited his full range of skills to help Liverpool secure a 3-1 win against Arsenal at Anfield.

The No.9 showcased his sure touch, creative bravery and exceptional work-rate as the Reds maintained their 100 per cent start to the Premier League season.

See Firmino's best moments during the game in the LFCTV GO video above.

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'Salah capable of breathtaking moments of individual brilliance'

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 10:00

Mohamed Salah scored twice and Joel Matip was also on the scoresheet as Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday.

The victory ensured the Reds maintained a 100 per cent winning start to 2019-20 in the Premier League.

Here is what the media made of the match…

Neil Jones, Goal.com

Watch out, Premier League. The unbearables are ready to roll once more. Liverpool won the battle of the top two on Saturday evening, courtesy of a 3-1 win over an Arsenal side whose strong start to the campaign hit the rocks at a sun-kissed Anfield. And the manner of the Reds’ victory, with Salah playing a central role, should send a message to those wondering if Jurgen Klopp’s side could repeat their form of last season. Against Arsenal, though, they clicked into gear with a devastating second-half performance. Matip’s header got Liverpool in front at the end of a first half in which both sides had their moments, but it was the Salah show after that. The Egyptian won and then converted a penalty to make it 2-0, four minutes after the break. And then, 10 minutes later, came an ominous sight for Premier League defences, a reminder that this remains one of the world’s elite attackers, a player capable of breathtaking moments of individual brilliance.The Gunners hate coming here; they’ve now conceded 33 goals in their last seven visits, winning none. Elsewhere there was the sight of Trent Alexander-Arnold clocking up another assist, his corner headed home emphatically by Matip, and of Andy Robertson producing yet another lung-busting performance on the other flank.

Ian Doyle, Liverpool Echo

Salah, now three seasons into his Liverpool career, remains as potent as ever. Just ask Luiz. The shock-haired Gunner was frightened into the clear penalty awarded by referee Anthony Taylor four minutes after the restart, Salah slotting the perfect penalty into the top corner. But better was to come 10 minutes later. Found by Fabinho's perceptive pass on the right flank, Salah demonstrated his chief qualities in a devastating passage of play. So good, so Salah, a sixth goal in five games against the Gunners. And it ensured Liverpool now have the only 100 per cent record remaining in the Premier League and sit clear at the top of the table, a 12th successive top-flight win matching a 29-year club record.

David Lynch, Evening Standard

Klopp doesn’t often spring surprises when picking his team for big games, and so his starting XI for this one was entirely predictable in truth. But there was at least one interesting aspect of the German’s selection: his decision to play Matip ahead of Joe Gomez in the centre of defence. The pair have been battling for the right to partner Virgil van Dijk in the early stages of this season, and both had been given opportunities to prove their worth as first choice. However, Matip’s performance against Arsenal may well have finally made his manager’s mind up for him - for the foreseeable future, at least. As well as scoring the crucial opener, the former Schalke man was a rock in defence and a constant architect of Liverpool attacks with his incisive passing and ability to dribble. As hard as it might be on the improving Gomez, Matip deserves to keep his shirt until injury or form dictates otherwise.

Jonathan Wilson, Observer

By playing a diamond in midfield, Unai Emery in effect surrendered the flanks to the forward surges of the best pair of attacking full‑backs in the Premier League, Alexander-Arnold and Robertson. To an extent that is testament to the multiplicity of threats Liverpool pose. As Pep Guardiola has pointed out, there is probably no side in the world that attacks with such fury and such a range of options from narrow positions. Especially given how Salah and Sadio Mané tuck infield, it is understandable an opposing side feel the need to overman in central areas. But doing that inevitably meant Alexander-Arnold and Robertson, 23 assists between them last season, had a lot of possession. And that meant a lot of balls into the box. Again and again crosses flashed across goal.

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