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Pick up your LFC Women's programme v Man United

Sun, 01/12/2020 - 08:00

Liverpool FC Women take on Manchester United in their first home game of 2020 at Prenton Park on Sunday, with kick-off set for 12 noon GMT.

The official matchday programme is a great souvenir for the occasion and is packed full of great content.

Inside we hear from new arrival Rachel Furness as she prepares to make her home debut for the Reds and also catch-up with attacker and top scorer Niamh Charles who explains why she is hoping to find the back of the net on a regular basis this year.

Manager Vicky Jepson offers her thoughts in her regular column while captain Sophie Bradley-Auckland also looks ahead to the Barclays FA Women's Super League game in her skipper's notes.

There is a fab pull-out poster of vice-captain Niamh Fahey, the lowdown on our visitors from across the M62, a round-up of recent matches, a focus on the club's recent Player of the Month award winners plus all the facts and stats to keep you in the know.

So make sure you pick up your copy of the official matchday programme at Tranmere, priced £3.

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Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool: Watch extended highlights now

Sat, 01/11/2020 - 23:59

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Free video: Roberto Firmino's clinical finish to beat Tottenham

Sat, 01/11/2020 - 21:30

Watch Roberto Firmino's match-winning strike against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday in our free video now.

The Liverpool forward secured three more points for the Premier League leaders with a perfect touch and finish eight minutes before the break in London.

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Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool: Jürgen Klopp's reaction

Sat, 01/11/2020 - 20:21

Jürgen Klopp felt Liverpool merited their victory after overcoming Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 in an 'intense' Premier League clash in north London.

Roberto Firmino’s composed finish shortly before half-time settled Saturday’s match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – and saw the Reds break yet more new ground in what has been a near-flawless season so far.

61 - @LFC have won 61 points in the Premier League in 2019-20 - the most any side has ever registered after 21 game… https://t.co/xYAr2Q2lEt

— OptaJoe (OptaJoe) 11th Jan 19:22

Leicester City’s defeat earlier on Saturday means Klopp’s side’s latest success further lengthened their commanding advantage at the summit of the table. 

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

On the victory and how Liverpool had to obtain it…

We had to play for it – and in the end we had to fight for it, really hard. We could have closed this game earlier. We should have, I would say; the chances were clear. We had moments when we didn’t make chances, but they were ones I would say usually would have to be a 100 per cent chance. I think we played some exceptional football to bring Robbo on the touchline but then we didn’t find the free player or the defender blocked the last ball. We could have done better in these moments, but then it was only 1-0 and that’s normal. Against a team like Tottenham, it is not decided and in the end we needed luck in one situation and Ali in two other three other situations. Until 72 or 73 minutes, I think, we had 77-80 per cent possession, so it is a big challenge to come here and have that amount of possession knowing about the counter-attacking quality of these players on the pitch. It was intense, really, but I think we deserved the three points. It was not our best game we played so far, but it was a very good one and, as I said, [we played] really good football in a lot of parts of the game and in the end a proper fight. All good.

On Firmino’s performance and decisive goal…

When I went to him and wanted to give him a hug after the game, he wanted to stop and talk first. He said, ‘I know I should have scored more goals’... it was absolutely not what I wanted to say! It is true probably, but I didn’t even know exactly. He should have immediately with the first chance: it was brilliant play and then he hits somehow the goalkeeper and Oxlade hits the post. Yes, [he is] a super player, super. I don’t say this for the first time and will hopefully not say it for the last time. Pretty impressive.

On Liverpool’s record points total after 21 league games…

Look, I really try to respond in an appropriate way, but when somebody told me I didn’t feel anything. It is just not like that. I am in football for 50 years or so and if somebody would have told me that would ever happen I would probably have said it’s not possible. Now it happened I don’t feel [anything]. I don’t know exactly what is wrong with me, but it’s really cool and it’s exceptional. I told the boys, we made kind of an analysis after the game, what we should have done better, what we could have done better but of course I know if it would be easy to have that kind of winning streak then so many more teams would have done it. It’s obviously very exceptional but we didn’t think for a second before the game, I didn’t, and after the game somebody had to remind me about it. It’s obviously exceptional but if it stays like this then I can think about it in the next five years, after five years or so.

In the moment, I can just say what we try to do with all we have is still to create the basis for the rest of the season. The rest of the season is still quite long and we have a lot of tough games to play, the next one especially tough and we have to make sure we are ready for that. Today it was difficult, we made it a bit too difficult for ourselves because we didn’t finish it off, but not to forget or to underestimate the quality of the other team. It’s normal that they come back in the game like this and I am really happy. And I have to say, this stadium is something else. Thank you very much to whoever built this stadium that the away dressing room is probably the best in the league – thank you very much that somebody started that because other clubs, when they renovate their stadium, make the away dressing room smaller. This is exceptional, thank you very much.

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Virgil van Dijk: Record feels good but we're focused on improving

Sat, 01/11/2020 - 20:01

Virgil van Dijk insisted Liverpool will simply focus on how they can improve after a 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur set a new record and strengthened their position at the top of the Premier League.

Roberto Firmino’s clinical first-half finish secured a victory in London on Saturday evening which, following Leicester City’s defeat earlier in the day, increased the Reds’ advantage at the summit to 16 points.

No team has ever accrued as many as their 61 points from the opening 21 matches of a top-flight campaign – a statistic Van Dijk welcomed but will not allow to distract from areas that can be tweaked for the better moving forward.

61 - @LFC have won 61 points in the Premier League in 2019-20 - the most any side has ever registered after 21 game… https://t.co/xYAr2Q2lEt

— OptaJoe (OptaJoe) 11th Jan 19:22

“It matters after the game,” the centre-back told Sky Sports post-match, when asked if the narrow nature of the scoreline is an issue in light of that achievement.

“We want to analyse this game and do much better, especially the second half. But three points is massive, especially here. [We’ll now] focus on the next game.

“They are a good side, a fantastic side. The Champions League final must still hurt for them and they want to bounce back – any chance they have, they will try to beat us.

“Especially in the second half, they were pressing us and made it very difficult for us. We should have done better but three points is massive, so we’re very happy with that.”

He added: “[The record] gives us all a good feeling. You see, especially in the second half, there is still room for improvement. So, we’re going to look at the things we have to improve, that’s the mentality we have.

“Obviously we’re in a good situation but there’s still so much work we can do to make it easier at times. It’s a difficult place to come and three points is outstanding for us.”

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Match report: Firmino goal sends Reds 16 points clear with win at Spurs

Sat, 01/11/2020 - 19:25

Liverpool strode 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League with an accomplished 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur.

Roberto Firmino’s ice-cool finish eight minutes before half-time proved decisive on the Reds’ first visit to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Leicester City’s defeat earlier on Saturday meaning another victory increased their cushion at the summit.

Having controlled the vast majority of the match, Jürgen Klopp’s side successfully resisted patches of late Spurs pressure to register their sixth consecutive Premier League clean sheet.

The win also takes Liverpool’s points total to a staggering 61 from a possible 63 this season - another new record in a campaign of relentless brilliance.

61 - @LFC have won 61 points in the Premier League in 2019-20 - the most any side has ever registered after 21 game… https://t.co/xYAr2Q2lEt

— OptaJoe (OptaJoe) 11th Jan 19:22

Team news

Klopp made 10 changes from last weekend’s victory over Everton, with only Joe Gomez retaining his place from that FA Cup success.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain started in midfield, while Xherdan Shaqiri returned to the bench following his short injury lay-off. Takumi Minamino was also named among the visitors’ substitutes.

First half

Liverpool served notice of their adeptness on the break within the first two minutes.

A Tottenham corner was cleared and Firmino played an elongated one-two with Oxlade-Chamberlain before cutting inside on his left foot to shoot.

The No.9’s effort beat Paulo Gazzaniga, but Japhet Tanganga read his intentions and got back to block the goalbound strike. Firmino then set up Oxlade-Chamberlain on the rebound, but the midfielder’s low attempt hit the inside of the post and bounced to safety.

With Lucas Moura and Son Heung-Min up top, Spurs also carried a threat on the counter, and both forwards sent shots from distance wide during a lively opening spell.

Once the game had settled down, it was the Reds who dictated its rhythm, with Tottenham content to sit in and seek to hurt the visitors in transition.

Midway through the half, an Andy Robertson corner that found its way to Jordan Henderson via Mohamed Salah could have resulted in the deadlock being broken, only for Virgil van Dijk to nod the captain’s clipped cross straight at Gazzaniga from close range.

A carefully-crafted move involving Liverpool’s front three brought about their next chance 10 minutes prior to the break.

Salah threaded a pass into Firmino down the left, and the Brazilian found Sadio Mane with a cross. The No.10 miscued an acrobatic volley, though, and the opportunity was gone.

Moments later, however, the Reds did take the lead as Firmino finished off another fine passing sequence.

Salah did well to nudge the ball towards his teammate, who evaded Tanganga with a glorious first touch before calmly slotting into the far corner.

The advantage was nearly quickly doubled too, as Salah bested Davinson Sanchez in a duel of pace and body strength but then shot off target.

Second half

Moura wriggled free and blasted an attempt wide almost immediately after the restart, but Liverpool quickly reasserted their authority.

An uncharacteristically poor connection from Trent Alexander-Arnold meant his shot from an inviting angle went wide, before Firmino’s attempted curler, enabled by Salah’s unselfish lay-off, was gathered by Gazzaniga.

Firmino’s sight of goal came after Van Dijk had made a crucial last-ditch tackle on Dele Alli at the other end, however - the Dutchman clearing up following a rare miscalculation from Joe Gomez.

Oxlade-Chamberlain’s final contribution was a crucial one, the No.15 being replaced by Adam Lallana after he had diverted Son’s low attempt wide as Spurs looked to capitalise on Liverpool’s unusually merciful finishing.

With the game slipping away, Tottenham began to take more risks and Son and Giovani Lo Celso each spurned presentable chances to equalise as time ticked by, the latter particularly guilty as, unmarked, he slid a volley wide from Serge Aurier’s deep cross.

But, yet again, it was the Reds' day as their march in pursuit of the title rolled on.

2️⃣1️⃣ Games 2️⃣0️⃣ Wins Relentless Reds! ✊ https://t.co/9jnE2a1yTU

— LFC (Liverpool FC) 11th Jan 19:28

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Sat, 01/11/2020 - 17:20
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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Tottenham

Sat, 01/11/2020 - 16:29

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain starts for Liverpool in this evening’s Premier League encounter with Tottenham Hotspur.

The No.15 begins in midfield as Jürgen Klopp makes 10 changes to the team deployed against Everton in the FA Cup last weekend.

Xherdan Shaqiri is back on the bench after recovering from injury, as too is Takumi Minamino.

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Subs: Adrian, Minamino, Lallana, Shaqiri, Origi, Phillips, Williams.

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LFC Women set for Sunday high noon clash with United

Sat, 01/11/2020 - 14:30

Liverpool FC Women and Manchester United meet in a 'high noon’ clash at Prenton Park on Sunday with three valuable Women’s Super League points up for grabs.

The meeting of two of football’s traditional rivals sees the Reds seek to move away from the foot of the WSL table while fourth placed United will look to rebound from a shock 1-0 defeat to Bristol City last weekend.

LFC Women manager Vicky Jepson is hoping for a big crowd to cheer on her team with narrow margins continuing to frustrate the search for a first league win.

In her programme notes for the game, Jepson says: "We know that United have got so much class in their team and they’ve got a great leader in Casey (Stoney) so we understand that we’re going to get fully tested.

"But ultimately we have to test them as well and we certainly have the capability to do that so there’s no better time to bounce back. I’ve said that a few times this season but hopefully we can put things right this week.

"We've had a good week in training and we’re ready to face United.”

Tickets for the match will be on sale on the gate or click here to buy tickets.

Fans are reminded of the earlier than normal kick-off at 12pm with Liverpool fans using their usual Main Stand at Prenton Park while visiting Man Utd supporters will be directed to the Cowshed End behind the goal.

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Match report: U18s seal late comeback to defeat Stoke City

Sat, 01/11/2020 - 13:07

Liverpool U18s came from a goal behind to snatch a late 2-1 victory over Stoke City in their U18 Premier League encounter on Saturday morning.

The young Reds trailed just one minute into the game but held firm to level before the break, through Layton Stewart’s cool finish, and then grabbed three points when substitute Conor Bradley headed in four minutes from time.

Barry Lewtas’ side therefore maintained their pursuit of league leaders Manchester City, who they continue to trail by five points having played one match fewer.

Liverpool endured the worst possible start as the hosts took the lead after only 61 seconds.

A free-kick won high on the right flank was sent to the far post and guided back across the face of goal, where Andre Godfrinne was on hand to simply nudge the ball into an exposed net.

Jack Bearne almost put an equaliser on a plate for Stewart with 10 minutes played, but his sweeping cross from left to middle just evaded the Reds striker in the box.

Stewart then broke in behind the Stoke backline moments later and found a way around the stranded goalkeeper at the edge of the area, only for defender Mohamed Akandji to recover and block his subsequent shot from an angle.

It was the home side who enjoyed the better of the opening half, however, and their captain, Patrick Jarrett, twice drew a save from Jakub Ojrzynski with efforts from the edge of the area as the break loomed.

But there was still time for Lewtas’ team to level the score.

They did so with a lovely goal. Tyler Morton threaded a deft pass between the opposition defence to invite Stewart into a one-on-one and the 17-year-old capitalised courtesy of a sure, dinked finish over Nathan Broome.

There were half-chances at either end when the second period got under way – Stoke perhaps creating the more dangerous sights – and Ojrzynski was called into action again before the hour.

Tom Sparrow, who had previously seen a side-footer blocked on its route to goal, struck a rising shot from 20 yards that the Liverpool ‘keeper carefully palmed away.

With Akandji a constant obstacle to the visitors’ forays forward, much of the pressure was mounted by the Potters in the search for a winner – and they went close in the final stages.

Reece Jones’ surging run from his own half caused problems for the Reds and the ball was eventually moved to Jai Verma in the left channel. His attempt to clip a finish into the opposite corner went wide.

Instead, Liverpool scored a second.

Morton’s swinging free-kick from the right-hand side was plum for his waiting teammates in the box and substitute Bradley got enough on his header to nod the ball through the grasp of Broome and secure three points.

Liverpool U18s: Ojrzynski, Walls, Beck, Quansah, Savage, Balagizi (Wilson, 90), Hill (Woltman, 85), Morton, Stewart, Bearne (Bradley, 76), Norris.

Unused substitutes: Davies, Rodriques.

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LIVE: Tottenham v Liverpool - follow all of the build-up

Sat, 01/11/2020 - 11:00

Team news

So, what do we know ahead of kick-off?

Liverpool have Xherdan Shaqiri back in training, while Joel Matip has also participated at Melwood this week.

James Milner and Naby Keita are ruled out with muscle injuries, while Fabinho and Dejan Lovren won't return to full training until next week.

Spurs talisman Harry Kane is sidelined, with Moussa SissokoHugo LlorisBen Davies and Tanguy Ndombele also unavailable for the hosts.

Danny Rose is back in contention, however.

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'Takumi Minamino will be a very, very big advantage for Liverpool'

Sat, 01/11/2020 - 08:30

'I think he'd be the perfect son-in-law!' Gerhard Struber summarises on Takumi Minamino the person. And the former Salzburg assistant coach is just as effusive about Takumi Minamino the footballer.

"I think he'll be a very, very big advantage for Liverpool," Struber, the current head coach of Championship side Barnsley, tells Liverpoolfc.com. "His style is very close to the style of what Liverpool play."

Struber considered it a pleasure to work with Minamino during part of his five-year stint at Salzburg, where he scored 64 goals in 199 outings. 

But having also managed against the 24-year-old, he understands first-hand the headache facing Liverpool's new No.18 can cause.

"The difficult thing is he's top in one-on-one situations for dribbling and he's also good in combinations," the former boss of Austrian side Wolfsberger AC adds. "I think it's a very big task for every defender. 

"I think the only solution we had was to give him no space and no time. And maybe foul at the right time!

"He's a human with a big heart. I think he also has very, very big technical skills. In the opponent's box he has a big nose for goals. He has the technical skills in both feet. He can break the rhythm in a game in the offense. 

"He can lure the opponent and on the next step he can break the rhythm in the next level with the tempo of the pass and the tempo with his speed."

With Minamino possessing the ability to operate in any position in the final third, Struber is confident he'll be an extremely welcome addition to Jürgen Klopp's ranks. 

Particularly as the Japan international set out to develop certain attributes during his time at Salzburg that should work well in this current Liverpool side. 

“[We worked on] the Red Bull style to play against the ball, counter-pressing," Struber reveals. "We also spent a lot of time on the right moves in the last third, in the box. I think most of the time we took a big focus in the education to score goals. 

"Also in training we spent many time with final passes in the last third and also the final pass in the goal." 

Minamino won five straight Austrian Bundesliga titles at Salzburg, along with four Austrian Cup winner's medals. 

He will look to continue that winning run on Merseyside, forming part of a dressing room with European and world champions. 

"It's not a new world for him," Struber states. "I think now he plays with players that are the best in the world. For him, this is the moment to get the next step. This is a big motivation for him to work with these type of colleagues now. 

"I think he's a very calm person. He always will learn, he's very straight with his individual aims. He works very hard every day. He had always questioned what can he do to grow up."

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Missing Men: Tottenham Hotspur 2013

Sat, 01/11/2020 - 07:00

Luis Suarez pulled on the captain's armband and inspired Liverpool to a 5-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in 2013, but can you recall the other Reds that started at White Hart Lane that December afternoon?

Brendan Rodgers made Suarez skipper in the absence of Steven Gerrard and the Uruguayan forward responded with two goals and two assists.

Jordan Henderson, who excelled in an advanced midfield role, benefited from one of those key passes, but which Liverpool players scored the other two goals that day? Can you fill in the Missing Men below?

Fill in the answers in the quiz below, or click Next at the bottom of the page to reveal the Missing Men...

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10.55am GMT: Watch Stoke v Liverpool U18s live on LFCTV GO

Sat, 01/11/2020 - 06:00

Liverpool U18s face a trip to Stoke City on Saturday morning - watch the game live on LFCTV GO from 10.55am GMT.

Kick-off is scheduled for 11am at the Clayton Wood Training Ground and you can see all the action with our single-camera coverage.

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Pre-Tottenham stats: Liverpool out to secure record start to top-flight season

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 23:59

Premier League leaders Liverpool will set a new top-flight record if they secure victory at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

A win in north London would take Jürgen Klopp's Reds up to 61 points and become the best-ever start to a season in English football's top tier after 21 games.

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City set the current benchmark of 59 points during the 2017-18 campaign.

Liverpool have taken 58 points from a possible 60 so far this term, winning 19 and drawing one of their 20 fixtures.

City had the same tally at the same stage of the 2017-18 season, but drew their 21st game of the campaign away at Crystal Palace.

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

This will be Liverpool's first visit to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The Reds are three goals short of recording 150 in all league games against Spurs.

Liverpool have netted 94 Premier League goals against Tottenham. Only against Newcastle United (101) have they scored more. 

In 11 games in all competitions against Spurs, Klopp has won six and drawn four with a single defeat.

Mohamed Salah has scored five times in his six appearances against Tottenham, with four coming in the league. He has seven goals in nine career starts against the Londoners.

There have been 158 goals scored in Premier League games involving the two teams. Only against Arsenal (159) have there been more in Liverpool fixtures.

LFC's biggest-ever victory at Tottenham came in December 2013 when they won 5-0. Of the 18 players involved that day only Jordan Henderson is still at Anfield.  

Liverpool have scored two goals in each of the last five meetings with Saturday's opponents in league and cup.

The Reds have lost only one of the last 14 meetings in the top flight (4-1 at Wembley in 2017) and one in 16 in all competitions.

Klopp's men are undefeated in 37 league games. Only three teams have ever gone on a longer run in the top flight – Arsenal 49 (2003-04), Nottingham Forest 42 (1977-78) and Chelsea 40 (2004-05).

The Reds are looking for a second successive league double over Spurs as they won both fixtures last season (2-1), including the victory at Wembley when Georginio Wijnaldum scored his first away league goal for Liverpool.

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Tottenham v Liverpool: TV channels and live coverage details

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 19:00

Liverpool visit Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday, with kick-off scheduled for 5.30pm GMT.

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

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

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

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

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Missy Bo Kearns signs first professional contract with Liverpool FC Women

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 17:30

Missy Bo Kearns has signed her first professional contract with Liverpool FC Women and joined Blackburn Rovers Ladies on loan until the end of the season.

The 18-year-old, a member of the England U19 squad, is a homegrown talent who has progressed through the Centre of Excellence.

Last season, she was a member of the Academy squad, which won a league and cup double, and broke into the first team when she made her debut against Chelsea in March.

“I’m absolutely delighted to have signed my first pro contract with the club I’ve loved all of my life,” the midfielder said.

“I’m excited to go to Blackburn and gain some valuable experience playing consistently in a first-team environment.”

Kearns has gone on to make five appearances for the Reds, including scoring her first goal for the club against her new team, Blackburn, in November.

Reds manager Vicky Jepson said: “We’re delighted that Bo is continuing her long association with the club. 

“The next stage of her development is regular first-team games and I’m sure she will make the most of her time on loan.”

Meanwhile, Ellie Fletcher has returned to the club from her second loan spell at Sheffield United Women.

The 20-year-old defender is currently undergoing rehabilitation from a knee injury.

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Tottenham v Liverpool: Team news

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 16:15

Xherdan Shaqiri has resumed full training ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Tottenham Hotspur, but Liverpool will be without James Milner and Naby Keita against Jose Mourinho’s side.

Jürgen Klopp confirmed during his pre-match press conference that muscular injuries mean Milner and Keita are unavailable for the trip to London, along with Dejan Lovren (muscle) and Fabinho (ankle), who are set to begin training fully again next week.

Shaqiri, however, is in line to be in contention after a three-match absence due to a minor muscle issue, while Joel Matip is making positive progress following his lay-off due to a knee injury.

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“James and Naby are not available. Both are muscle injuries, different and for different people, so we see how quick they will be,” the boss said on Friday.

“We really don’t have to put a timeframe on it because we don’t know it exactly. We will see, we are open and whenever they want to join us again, they can – or when the medical department gives the green light.

“For sure, not for this weekend, not for next week, but then we will see.

“Joel was not part of all parts of training [this week]. He was outside on the pitch, which looked really good, but then he had to do his own stuff again. Yesterday he was part of the first part of training. 

“Shaq trained completely normal since he’s in. Dejan and Fabinho we expect to be back next week in full training. 

“That’s obviously good. If that’s then early enough for the United game, I don’t know but we will see. They work really hard in the moment and they go really through the paces, so that’s good.”

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Spurs will be without Harry Kane on Saturday after the striker joined their list of absentees with a hamstring injury.

Moussa Sissoko (knee), Hugo Lloris (elbow), Ben Davies (ankle) and Tanguy Ndombele (hip) are also sidelined, but Danny Rose has returned to training after his calf problem. 

Mourinho, meanwhile, told the media that Tottenham will be up against ‘the best team in our competition’.

“They are the best team in our Premier League and of course it’s a big challenge for us to play against them,” he said.  

When Klopp’s assertion that Liverpool must play ‘unpredictable’ football this weekend was put to Mourinho, he replied: “He can be unpredictable.

“He can play with Firmino as a No.9, he can play with Firmino as a No.10, he can play with Salah and Mane wide, he can play with Salah and Mane as strikers and Firmino dropping back, he can play Shaqiri and decide to change lots of things, he can play Origi. 

“He can do so many things that he can be unpredictable, yes. It’s more difficult for somebody that plays against them exactly because they have the potential for that unpredictability.”

Last match (Premier League)

Southampton 1-0 Tottenham (January 1): Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sessegnon, Ndombele, Sissoko, Eriksen, Moura, Alli, Kane.

Liverpool 2-0 Sheffield United (January 2): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

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Additional tickets available for Man Utd fixture following Fan Update process

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 16:00

Additional tickets for the fixture against Manchester United have been made available for official Members, as a result of phase one of Fan Update.

Tickets will go back on sale at 11am on Monday January 13 for Members who recorded four or more Premier League home games from the 2018-19 season to purchase, following the Fan Update completion deadline.

Official Members who attended 13 or more Premier League home games last season were required to complete the Fan Update process before December 31, 2019 in order to be able to access Anfield stadium with tickets purchased in the last Members’ sale.

Twenty per cent of these supporters didn’t complete Fan Update, therefore all tickets purchased by these Members have been subsequently cancelled as their accounts could not be verified, and these tickets will now be put back on sale.

The club took extensive measures to remind supporters to complete the process by the deadline and the consequences of not doing so.

Alongside extra tickets now available for the Manchester United fixture, cancelled tickets for the remaining Premier League home games will also be made available to official Members in due course.

Fans are advised to check here for further sale updates and announcements.

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Liverpool weighing up transfer move for Villarreal winger

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 14:00

Liverpool are reportedly considering making a bid for Villarreal's Samuel Chukwueze as they look to add strength in depth to their frontline.

The 20-year-old has been attracting interest across Europe following his fine performances in La Liga, and it is thought that Villarreal would accept a bid of around £34m for the player.

Chukwueze first caught the eye when he helped Nigeria win the U17 World Cup in 2015, and since then he has progressed into an important first-team player for Villarreal.

French side Lyon are among those said to be monitoring Chukwueze, but according to Foot Mercarto, Liverpool are also considering making a move.

The Reds have already made one signing this month with the acquisition of Takumi Minamino from Red Bull Salzburg, and the addition of Chukwueze would provide yet another option to their fearsome attack.

Chukwueze came through the academy at Villarreal and broke into the first team last season, making 38 appearances in all competitions and scoring eight goals.

So far this season he has made 18 appearances in La Liga, scoring three goals and creating one assist, and it would be a big blow for Villarreal to lose one of their most promising players.

Source: Daily Mirror

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