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Milner’s winning mentality & pressure on Man City – 5 talking points from Fulham 1-2 Liverpool

Sun, 03/17/2019 - 18:30

Liverpool battled their way to a nervy 2-1 victory at struggling Fulham on Sunday, with a positive result tinged with a few negative aspects.


Fulham 1-2 Liverpool

Premier League, Craven Cottage
March 17, 2019

Goals: Mane 26′, Milner pen 81′; Babel 74′

Milner’s Winning Mentality

 Liverpool's captain James Milner scores the second goal from a penalty kick during the FA Premier League match between Fulham FC and Liverpool FC at Craven Cottage. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

James Milner is one of only two Liverpool players with a Premier League winners’ medal—Daniel Sturridge is the other—with the Reds’ lack of winning experience something many see as a shortcoming in their title quest.

Sure, others have won trophies abroad, with Fabinho lifting the Ligue 1 title with Monaco for example, but Milner is a figure the Reds often look to in big moments.

One of the most mentally resolute players in the squad, it was no surprise to see the 33-year-old step up when it really mattered, stroking home a vital penalty late on.

In truth, his second-half cameo was far from outstanding—his sliced clearance played a part in a calamitous equaliser—but few players are more nerveless from 12 yards.

Milner has been there and done it twice with Man City—that winning mentality shone through on a below-par afternoon for Jurgen Klopp‘s men.

Solo Salah Looking Desperate

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the FA Premier League match between Fulham FC and Liverpool FC at Craven Cottage. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Mohamed Salah‘s performances have been nowhere near as bad as some have claimed recently, with key contributions made despite his goalscoring drought.

The 26-year-old experienced a disappointing day against Fulham, however, and it is increasingly clear that his desperation for a 50th Premier League goal for Liverpool is taking its toll.

It never happened for Salah at any point on Sunday and he was guilty of being greedy in the final third, seemingly opting for personal milestones over his team’s success.

That may sound harsh, but the Egyptian needs to get this drought out of his head.

It is threatening to be to the detriment of his team-mates, and such is his brilliance as a footballer there is no doubting that the goals will flow again soon.

A golden opportunity late on summed up his current plight, but a key positive is that he continues to get himself in those positions.

Complacency on Show?

 Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum looks dejected after missing a chance during the FA Premier League match between Fulham FC and Liverpool FC at Craven Cottage. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool’s trip to Craven Cottage was meant to be a saunter in the spring sunshine, especially with confidence flowing after the midweek victory at Bayern Munich.

Despite controlling matters throughout though, the Reds were far too complacent as the minutes ticked by, with 1-0 always a horribly dangerous scoreline.

The cock-up that occurred between Alisson and Virgil van Dijk summed up the malaise Klopp’s men found themselves in, after sloppiness in the final third.

A lack of ruthlessness in attack has been an issue of late, most notable at Man United and Everton, and Liverpool got away with it this time.

Anything can happen when you are only a goal up, and fortunately, Sergio Rico’s late foul on Sadio Mane and Milner’s subsequent spot-kick saved Liverpool’s blushes.

It is wrong to sound too negative on a day when the Reds went top of the Premier League, but this must be a warning sign ahead of the final seven league games of the season.

Van Dijk’s “Weakness” Exposed?

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during the FA Premier League match between Fulham FC and Liverpool FC at Craven Cottage. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Van Dijk has been a monstrous presence this season, putting together one of the great campaigns by a Liverpool defender.

Much of the talk in the buildup to the game was regarding former Reds winger Ryan Babel’s comments about Van Dijk having a “weakness.”

“He does have a weakness, I don’t want to say what it is. I don’t think in the Premier League anyone has made that aware yet,” said Babel.

Could it be that that weakness is his casual nature?

That was certainly on show when Babel capitalised on a limp header back by his Netherlands team-mate, eventually tapping into an empty net after similarly poor work by Alisson.

Van Dijk is the world’s best centre-back at the moment—one error shouldn’t change that—but if there is one minor criticism it is that he is almost too laid back for his own good sometimes, and that is something he himself has acknowledged.

Hopefully, that is the last mistake we see from him in an otherwise unrivalled season.

Pressure on City

 Liverpool's manager J¸rgen Klopp celebrates 2-1 victory over Fulham after the FA Premier League match between Fulham FC and Liverpool FC at Craven Cottage. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Right, let’s finish on a positive, seeing as Liverpool won!

Results are all that matter at this point in the season, and after experiencing the disappointment of the Fulham equaliser it was an impressive response by the Reds.

Three points were imperative at Craven Cottage and the win means Klopp’s team take a two-point lead over City, having played a game more.

While the champions remain favourites to retain their title in May, there is now a mental pressure on them heading into the international break.

Liverpool have done all they can to make them work for it, and it will be interesting to see how City respond when they themselves head to Fulham on March 30.

Pressure can do funny things.

We can all take a deep breath for a few weeks while the players head off to represent their countries—fingers crossed no injuries are picked up—and we go again at home to Tottenham in a fortnight.

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Jurgen Klopp gives latest on Jordan Henderson’s return – and confirms he will join England squad

Sun, 03/17/2019 - 18:26

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Jordan Henderson will still join up with the England squad despite an ankle injury keeping him out of Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Fulham.


Henderson was not present as the Reds fought back from a second-half scare to secure the three points at Craven Cottage and return to the top of the Premier League.

Having limped off after just 13 minutes of the 3-1 victory over Bayern Munich in midweek, the captain instead remained on Merseyside, with Fabinho taking his place in the starting lineup.

Called up by Gareth Southgate for the upcoming Euro qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro, it was speculated that Henderson could be forced to withdraw and be replaced by James Ward-Prowse.

But speaking after Liverpool’s latest win, Klopp provided a positive update on the 28-year-old’s fitness, saying he would be back fit in “three or four days.”

“It’s Hendo, and Hendo will go to the national team,” he told reporters.

“I think it will be two or three days still at Melwood, to make the rehab, and it looks positive.

“It looks positive, and I think he’s in contact with Gareth about when he can train in that moment, then he goes to the national team.

“If he plays, probably Gareth will decide then.

“But how I said after the [Bayern] game, it was really positive. Still not able to play today, but it was not that serious. Now in three or four days he should be fine.”

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It is unlikely Klopp is entirely content with Henderson heading for duty with the Three Lions, with the preference no doubt being to remain on Merseyside and prepare for the visit of Tottenham on March 31.

But the positive is that the midfielder will be back fit soon, and able to boost Liverpool’s options in the middle of the park.

Klopp is also expecting Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to return after the international break, though there will be considerably more caution over their game time than Henderson.

Naby Keita also missed Sunday’s win with a minor injury, but having been omitted from the Guinea squad to play the Central African Republic he can concentrate on his recovery.

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Watch Jurgen Klopp on “sensational” win over Fulham and Liverpool’s title pursuit

Sun, 03/17/2019 - 18:06

Jurgen Klopp felt James Milner’s late penalty in Liverpool’s 2-1 victory at Fulham had kept them in the title race.

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Klopp’s side lead the Premier League table heading into the international break after moving two points clear of Manchester City, who have played one fewer fixture, but having come so close to a damaging draw at Craven Cottage.

After the in-form Sadio Mane had given them a half-time lead, Milner, Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson Becker combined to gift former Liverpool forward Ryan Babel the chance to score Fulham’s equaliser.

Victory was ultimately secured in the 81st minute when Mane was perhaps fortunate to have been awarded a penalty following a challenge by the hosts’ goalkeeper Sergio Rico, and Milner scored from the spot.

“We want to stay in the race. That’s what we did,” said Liverpool boss Klopp. “Nothing is decided, but we can make sure we stay in the race.

“[First is] the best position you can be in. City don’t look as if they drop a lot of points, so we have to win, to win and to win. Now they have a game in hand but it was very important we won. We were really all very happy. You could see in our reaction.

“I didn’t see us panic. I liked how we reacted. The penalty doesn’t say we are sensational. Five or 10 minutes before the equaliser, we had so many little mistakes.

“We controlled the game completely, and then we gave Fulham the ball and the crowd woke up. But we had a very intense week, going to Munich, coming back, travelling to London, so I’m completely fine. Average game, sensational result.”

 Liverpool's captain James Milner celebrates scoring the second goal from a penalty kick with team-mates during the FA Premier League match between Fulham FC and Liverpool FC at Craven Cottage. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp was asked whether Jordan Henderson would be fit for England’s Euro 2020 qualifiers with the Czech Republic and Montenegro, given his absence on Sunday with an ankle injury, and he responded: “He will go to the national team. He has two or three days still at Melwood, but it still looks positive.

“When it looks positive and he can train, he will go to the national team. He was not able to play, but it’s not that serious. In three or four days, it should be fine.”

Fulham, who are 13 points from safety with seven games to play, have lost their last seven games and their next fixture is at home to reigning champions City after the international beak.

Caretaker manager Scott Parker has so far overseen three defeats from three despite some improved performances and he is aware he needs to start producing results.

 Fulham's Cyrus Christie (L) and Liverpool's Divock Origi during the FA Premier League match between Fulham FC and Liverpool FC at Craven Cottage. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“I’m really disappointed,” the 38-year-old said. “We were well in the game. Then Sergio’s made a mistake and we couldn’t hold on to what would have been a massive point.

“I understand that, in the position I’m in, my main focus is seeing improvements. But I understand it’s about results. I want them more than anyone. Do I see an improvement? For sure I do. But we’re just trying to get some results.”

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Klopp hoping to hit the 400 mark & why Liverpool’s front three are on par with last season

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 18:00

Liverpool face Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday; here are the key stats and facts surrounding the game ahead of kick-off.


Recent record

Overall in the Premier League Liverpool have won 17, drawn four and lost six of the 27 meetings, while at Fulham they have recorded eight victories while losing five.

There has yet to be a draw in their clashes in the Premier League era in London.

They have won five and lost two of their last seven visits to Fulham.

The Reds have won the last two league visits and look to complete a third successive win at Fulham for the first time.

The Reds have had four players red-carded against Fulham in the Premier League era: Josemi (2004), Philipp Degen and Jamie Carragher (2009) and Jay Spearing (2011). All came at Craven Cottage.

Surprise weapon?

 Liverpool's hat-trick hero Daniel Sturridge with the match-ball after his three goals helped the Reds come from behind to beat Fulham 3-1 during the Premiership match at Craven Cottage. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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

Daniel Sturridge‘s only hat-trick for Liverpool came against Fulham at Craven Cottage in May 2013. It is his only hat-trick in senior club football.

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

Only against Aston Villa and Newcastle has Sturridge found the net on more occasions for the Reds in the Premier League, doing so five times.

Daniel Sturridge‘s two away goals scored in the Premier league in the last 22 months have both come in London, at West Ham in May 2017 and at Chelsea last September.

Man in form

Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates scoring their second goal during the Premier League match at Anfield (James Wilson/Sportimage/PA Images)

Sadio Mane has scored four goals in his last three league games and eight in eight in the top-flight.

He has moved to within one goal of Mo Salah in both the league and all competitions this season.

Mane has 16 in the Premier League and 19 in total.

He has scored 10 goals for the Reds in 2019, one more than he netted before New Year.

Pivotal players

 Liverpool's Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' during the FA Premier League match between Everton FC and Liverpool FC, the 233rd Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Fabinho has started 16 league games for Liverpool, with the Reds winning 12 and drawing four.

Virgil van Dijk has scored more goals in his last four Reds appearances (three) than he had scored in his previous 55 games for the club (two).

Super season

 Liverpool's manager J¸rgen Klopp celebrates after his side's 4-2 victory during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Burnley FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After 30 games of this season’s league campaign Liverpool have, compared to the same stage of any previous Premier League season, their best goal difference (+51), their fewest conceded goals (17), most points (73) and hold their joint-highest league position (second).

A victory will see them beat last season’s points total for the whole of the 38-match campaign (75).

Their current tally of 73 beats their total in 18 previous complete Premier League seasons.

Only four times in the 28-season Premier League era have they beaten 76 points.

Not as effective?

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the third goal with team-mate Mohamed Salah during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Burnley FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Last season the Reds’ front three scored 57 goals in the whole of the league campaign with Mo Salah scoring 32, Roberto Firmino 15 and Mane 10.

They currently have a combined tally of 44, which is only one fewer than they had mustered after 30 games of last season.

Salah has scored one goal in Liverpool’s last nine games in all competitions and none in the last six.

He is one goal away from scoring 50 in the league for Liverpool in fewer games than any other player in the club’s history. This will be game number 67 and the record is currently held by Fernando Torres (72 matches).

Liverpool are four goals short of recording 400 under Jurgen Klopp in all competitions—this is his 196th game in charge.

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Fulham have lost all 10 of their games against the top six this season, scoring six times and conceding 30.

This is Fulham’s first season in the top flight following four successive Championship campaigns. They had been a Premier League club from 2001-14.

When scoring at Cardiff last October, Ryan Sessegnon became the first player born in the 2000s to score a Premier League goal.

Ryan Babel made 146 appearances for the Reds, scoring 22 times, from 2007-11.

Lazar Markovic scored three times in 34 Liverpool games and joined Fulham from the Reds in the January transfer window and has made a single appearance as a substitute for Fulham, in the defeat at West Ham.

Scott Parker is in charge of the club until the end of the season following the end of Claudio Ranieri’s 106-day tenure at Craven Cottage. The Italian won three of his 17 games as Fulham coach.

Fulham have lost nine of their last 10 league games and have suffered six top-flight defeats in a row for the second time this season.

The Cottagers have conceded 68 goals this season, more than any other team in the division.

Scorers this season

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the first equalising goal with team-mates during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Burnley FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool: Salah 20, Mane 19, Firmino 13, Shaqiri 6, Milner 5, Sturridge 4, van Dijk 4, Origi 3, Wijnaldum 2, Alexander-Arnold 1, Fabinho 1, Lovren 1, Matip 1, own goals 2.

Fulham: Mitrovic 10, Schurrle 6, Kamara 5, Chambers 2, R. Sessegnon 2, Ayite 1, Babel 1, Bryan 1, Christie 1, De La Torre 1, Odoi 1, Seri 1, Vietto 1, own goals 1.

* All statistics courtesy of Liverpool statistician Ged Rea (@ged0407).

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Fabinho back in, Lallana or Shaqiri to start? – Predicting Liverpool’s lineup vs. Fulham

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 16:00

Jurgen Klopp will recall Fabinho to Liverpool’s starting lineup at Fulham, where Adam Lallana and Xherdan Shaqiri will also hope to be called upon.


Another decisive week has gone brilliantly so far with wins over Burnley and Bayern Munich, but the Reds look to make it perfect with victory at Craven Cottage.

Klopp and his squad will be buzzing after a historic result in Germany, but focus must be retained with the chance to go top of the Premier League and build a lead over Man City.

After a big night in Munich, Klopp could make select changes on Sunday to ensure the Reds are fresh and sharp to deliver another winning performance.

However, some untimely injuries have struck to key midfielders, leaving Klopp’s options for rotation in that area relatively limited.

So how could Liverpool’s starting XI look at Craven Cottage?

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In his pre-match press conference Klopp confirmed Jordan Henderson is ruled out with the ankle injury that forced the captain off early against Bayern.

Naby Keita is a doubt due to a muscle problem, though his availability for matchday inclusion will continually be assessed.

Meanwhile, slightly worryingly, Sadio Mane wasn’t seen in Liverpool’s official training photos released on Friday.

There is no official word on an injury for the in-form Senegalese, so hopefully he is fit and available.

One big positive update came with Klopp stating that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be “100 percent fit” after the international break.

Until then, Oxlade-Chamberlain is not quite yet ready, with Rhian Brewster and Joe Gomez the only other known absentees.

 Liverpool's Adam Lallana during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Burnley FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp could make changes to his starting team and several Reds will be hoping to be called upon.

One of those is Adam Lallana, who is in contention for a second consecutive league start, while Xherdan Shaqiri will be hopeful of making an overdue return to the fold.

Options to freshen up the attack come in strike duo Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge.

And if Klopp wanted to conduct some rotation in defence, Dejan Lovren is available.

The Potential Lineups

 Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Fulham FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The impending international break provides a chance to recuperate, so there is no expectation for wholesale changes at Craven Cottage.

Another full-strength Reds team will be deployed, but it would still be no surprise to see Klopp conduct some gentle rotation.

It is highly improbable that any switches will be made in defence or the forward line.

Indeed, what has established itself as the first-choice back five should remain—with Alisson protected by Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson.

The regular front three—assuming Mane is fine to feature—are all obvious starters too, which leaves the only question as to what goes between.

 Liverpool's Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Fulham FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

One thing for sure is that Fabinho will start in the No. 6 role in Henderson’s absence—and it is just a case of which duo joins the Brazilian.

Sticking with Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner could be a risk after the Dutchman played all 90 minutes in Munich and the vice-captain played all but the last three.

Lallana could therefore enter for a second Premier League game running, replacing Milner who may feel the effects of a second start in quick succession.

That would see two changes made to the starting XI and see Liverpool start like this:

Alisson; Trent, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Lallana, Wijnaldum; Salah, Mane, Firmino

For a must-win game against struggling opponents, Klopp could reshape with a more attack-minded 4-2-3-1 setup.

Ten of the starting 11 from the above lineup would start, but one key difference would be that Shaqiri enters the fold instead of Lallana.

Liverpool will almost certainly dominate proceedings at Craven Cottage, so an extra creative spark and genuine match-winner would be useful in the final third.

It therefore seems an ideal time to reintegrate Shaqiri—especially to help him rediscover form and confidence to be ready to contribute to a big end to the season.

The Swiss international would play on the right of the attack, with Mane hopefully on the left, Roberto Firmino at No. 10 and Mohamed Salah up top.

The reshuffle would mean Fabinho and Wijnaldum operate as a two-man centre, with Milner again making way:

Alisson; Trent, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Shaqiri, Firmino, Mane; Salah

It has been a fantastic week so far for Liverpool, but the Reds must follow the great work produced at Anfield and the Allianz Arena with another crucial victory at Craven Cottage.

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Liverpool spared international break issues with Sadio Mane and long-distance travellers

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 14:46

A common problem for Liverpool in the international break, long-distance travel for Jurgen Klopp‘s multinational squad is not set to be an issue this March.


The Reds have often faced concerns over late returns for some of their key players after representing their national teams, with the Brazilian contingent particularly frequent flyers.

But ahead of Tottenham‘s visit to Anfield on March 31 there are unlikely to be as many problems, with the last break of the campaign proving a forgiving one.

Eighteen of Klopp’s first-team squad will be in international action over the next two weeks, but few will be travelling beyond Europe.

Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson will fly furthest, with Senegal hosting Madagascar (March 22) and Mali (March 26) and Scotland taking on Kazakhstan (March 21) before returning via San Marino (March 24).

This means both are set for close to a 7,400-mile round trip, but fortunately, Robertson will have concluded his spell with Alex McLeish’s squad a week prior to Liverpool’s next game, while Mane is back with four days spare.

 Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri with a ball in hands in the Knockout Stage Round of 16 football match between Sweden and Switzerland at Saint Petersburg Stadium (Krestovsky Stadium) at FIFA World Cup Russia 2018; Sweden won 1-0. Alexander Demianchuk/TASS

Xherdan Shaqiri faces a 5,700-mile round trip to Georgia (March 23), with Switzerland also taking on Denmark (March 26) in Basel.

Belgium play Russia in Brussels (March 21), before flying to Cyprus (March 24), with Strovolos a 5,500-mile round trip from Liverpool for Simon Mignolet and Divock Origi.

Again, all three of Mignolet, Shaqiri and Origi will report back to Melwood with considerable time left to prepare for a crucial clash in the title race.

While Brazil often head to South America to play their international fixtures, Tite’s side will instead take on Panama in Portugal (March 23) and are then away to the Czech Republic (March 26).

Klopp has been boosted somewhat by the omission of Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita by Egypt and Guinea respectively, while the rest of his key players will turn out close by in Europe.

England's Trent Alexander-Arnold during the FIFA World Cup Group G match at Kaliningrad Stadium - Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/PA Images

England host the Czech Republic (March 22) before a trip to Montenegro (March 25), and the Netherlands are at home to both Belarus (March 21) and Germany (March 24).

Croatia are visited by Azerbaijan (March 21) before a short flight to Hungary (March 24).

Joel Matip and James Milner are both retired from duty, Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno were all overlooked and Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will continue their rehabilitation over the break.

Jordan Henderson could also drop out of the England squad due to an ankle injury, with Klopp expecting his captain to be back fit to take on Spurs.

There could, of course, still be fitness issues picked up during the international break.

But the main positive is that most of the first team won’t travel far, and if they are, won’t return too late.

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A Liverpool fan in Munich: The travelling Kop, audible authority & taking over the Allianz

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 16:30

Liverpool’s success in the Allianz Arena means the adventure continues apace; Danny Gallagher sets the scene for another famous European night.


There’s always ‘that’ sound. The endless, air-consuming ring of a European away ground.

No recognisable words or apparent phrases, just a humming drone which clots and congeals, hanging in the atmosphere and increasing in decibel until it feels like it fills your entire head.

This is what greeted Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night.

A hostile whistling, from a fanbase desperate to see their side—recently seated back atop of their Bundesliga throne—make the European stride they so greatly needed.

It was all set up for the Bavarians, who were banking so heavily on that hard-earned Anfield 0-0. With the travelling Kopites shut away in the top tier, the acoustic advantage was clear…

More than a match

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the first goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg match between FC Bayern M¸nchen and Liverpool FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Little bother.

For the passages of play Niko Kovac’s side sewed together in the first half, the Reds weathered and weathered once more.

This is a different Liverpool. This isn’t even the Liverpool of last season’s heady run to Kiev, which blessed thousands of Reds with a lifetime of memories in that sun-soaked Shevchenko Park—regardless of the ultimate outcome.

That Liverpool was still wanting in the department of order and decorum.

Capable of flying off the handle and annihilating an opponent, yet equally as able to catch a glimpse of itself in the mirror and melt under a wave of self-doubt.

Those days are done. Klopp now has the Liverpool he wanted all along, and this is a real footballing side.

Some hours prior to kick-off, as Reds in their dozens drifted among Munich’s quaint Marienplatz centre, everything that is good about this football club came together.

In a week where fans have been making the headlines for all the wrong reasons, the travelling Kop stamped their authority on yet another far foreign land—with both respect and good intention.

 FC Bayern Munich supporters' banner "quote the two banners"during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg match between FC Bayern München and Liverpool FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Locals mixed with the newcomers, speaking glowingly about their first visit to Anfield last month, and recounting tales of woe of years gone by inflicted by a certain yellow cap-wearing Klopp.

Inside an Irish pub at the heart of Munich’s old town, a solitary young Red who had made the long-haul flight over from India stood nervously at the bar. Despite knowing every word to every chant, lips were sealed shut in fear of appearing out of place.

Several minutes later, and various clinking of glasses with a group hailing from Bootle, and the mental shackles were lifted—Allez Allez Allez belted out in full voice.

Did the preceding conversation of heavy scouse and Indian English make lots of sense to either party? Perhaps not. Did it matter? No sir, particularly when the common language is football.

There’s something really special about this club, on and off the pitch.

On-pitch domination

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the third goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg match between FC Bayern M¸nchen and Liverpool FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Back on it, however, Sadio Mane is now quietly going about proving himself to be one of the most in-form forwards in Europe.

His sending of Manuel Neuer for a bratwurst may have just about pushed the Gelsenkirchener’s faltering season over the edge.

Liverpool took to the Allianz like a seasoned boxer, absorbing what was needed before picking precision punches with aplomb.

If Mane’s opener penetrated the Bavarian sails, Joel Matip’s own-goal was merely a large wad of masking tape over the damage.

Belief did not radiate from the home side, despite the best efforts of adrenaline-injection from the vocal fans behind either goal—sending chants, as they did from one side of the field to the other in an impressive, masculine exchange.

Very German, yet ultimately very pointless.

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk scores the second goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg match between FC Bayern M¸nchen and Liverpool FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool had the game by the scruff of the neck and the ever-impressive Fabinho began to set the midfield by his own pace. Whenever he is fit, he should now be one of the first names jotted down on the team sheet.

With Bayern knowing a 1-1 scoreline wouldn’t be enough to seal progression, confidence drained from Kovac’s men and dissipated through the cold night air.

Right on cue, Van Dijk rose. Higher and higher, an absolute statue of a man. Rattling in another header and all but killing the contest.

If the Bavarians had been wondering what they had been missing in the Dutchman’s first-leg absence, they were now fully aware.

Bayern were restricted to just two shots on target in their own back yard. The very stage where, in the recent past, they ruled supreme continentally, during the Das Reboot phase of German football.

The Allianz is Ours

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring the third goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg match between FC Bayern München and Liverpool FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

And then it came. Cascading down from the upper tier and spilling onto the turf, the united voices of thousands of buoyant Kopites in an acoustic tidal wave.

The subdued Allianz permitted it, putting up little fight to drown out their guests. They knew, with a depressing certainty, that their team were not scoring the two goals needed in the dying stages.

There’s something quite beautiful about the elongation of ‘defend’ in the Van Dijk chant, and it permeated around the stadium like a force-field, ringing out like a national anthem as down below the Dutchman puffed out his chest and roared to the skies.

This Liverpool team is back where it belongs. Part of the very fabric of the Champions League, a team all wished to avoid in the quarter-final draw.

 Lyon player Laura Georges holds up Liverpool FC after making the draw during the UEFA Champions League 2018/19 Round of 16 draw at the UEFA House of European Football. (Handout by UEFA)

As the masses departed the bubble-like stadium and made for the exits, a trio of veteran Bayern matchgoers could be heard speaking of the driezack with the shaking of heads. The ‘trident.’

Liverpool are much more than their quite ridiculous front three, but their impact was scolding in Bavaria.

Mane’s brace, Firmino’s tireless ingenuity and Salah’s palate-knife assist in the final minutes, which should be hung in a gallery, such was its artistry. Each, mesmerising.

As shoulders rubbed shoulders and feet trudged in slow, uniform fashion to the packed-to-bursting station, the Allianz glowed red in the distance.

A vanquished red. A bloodied red. A Liverpool red. This is some football team.

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Insigne rumours latest, duo called up & potential European date change – Friday’s Liverpool FC News Roundup

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 16:00

We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Friday, on a busy day including Jurgen Klopp‘s pre-Fulham press conference and the Champions League quarter-final draw.


Today’s Main Headlines Insigne Not For Sale

 Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between S.S.C. Napoli and Liverpool FC at Stadio San Paolo. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Lorenzo Insigne has been loosely linked with a summer move to Liverpool, with rumours suggesting he is unhappy at boyhood club Napoli.

Club president Aurelio De Laurentiis has dismissed the reports, however, saying the diminutive forward remains priceless to the Serie A outfit:

“Insigne isn’t on the market,” De Laurentiis told reporters.

“I’m not aware of any interest in Lorenzo. He’s an extraordinary and attractive player, very few of whom are like him.

“When someone’s attractive like him, it’s normal if there are seven, eight, nine, 10 teams interested. However, one thing is to want him and another is to put money on the table.

“We want to see the colour of someone’s money first. There’s no price for Insigne, otherwise, we would’ve put a release clause in his contract.

“He knows this is my home and his home. We think alike.”

It was never a rumour likely to come to fruition.

Potential Champions League Blow

Champions League general image of match ball. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool are due to play the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals at Anfield, should they get past Porto.

That may have to change, however, with the Liverpool Echo reporting that the Reds’ schedule will be reversed if both Man City and Man United also progress, due to two teams from the same city not being allowed to play at home on the same night.

City play Tottenham in an eye-catching all-Premier League tie, while United face Barcelona in the more daunting task of the two.

Let’s hope Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho, Lionel Messi and the rest can send United packing and do Liverpool a favour, or even that Spurs knock out the Premier League champions for that matter.

Gerrard Talked Suarez Out Of Move

 Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez celebrate their side's 3-2 victory over Norwich City during the Premiership match at Carrow Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Suarez was famously a target for Arsenal in the summer of 2013, with the north London hilariously tabling a bid of £40,000,001 for the Uruguayan, then with Liverpool.

Speaking to Otro, Suarez has revealed that he was talked out of the move by Steven Gerrard, whose influence he hailed:

“We qualified for the UEFA Europa League but the season ended badly.

“I’m about to go to Arsenal, forcing myself to go, and Steven tells me ‘I promise that if you stay this year you’re going to take off and next year you’ll go to Bayern, Barcelona, Real Madrid or whichever one you want, but stay this year because you won’t be better off at Arsenal’.

“This was the last conversation I had with Gerrard at that moment and I told my agent that I had made my decision and I was staying.

“His words convinced me in that moment. They came from a person who cared for me, who wanted my well-being, who saw me suffer during training and saw me sad.

“They were words from a true captain that had an impact in that moment and helped me a lot.”

Without the legendary skipper’s vital intervention, we would never have had that 2013/14 season!

Parker’s Assessment Of Liverpool

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates after his side's 3-1 victory during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg match between FC Bayern München and Liverpool FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Scott Parker has the daunting challenge of trying to mastermind a Fulham win over Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

The Cottagers’ temporary man in charge has lauded the brilliance of this Reds side, admitting to reporters that they are one of the best on the planet right now:

“It’s a massive challenge, a team that are fighting at the right end in terms of going for the championship.

“They’re up there with the world’s best.

“The pace and the power they have is frighting. This team is up there, they have a top class manager and done well.”

Parker’s side sit 19th in the Premier League and 13 points adrift of safety heading into the weekend game—they are all but doomed already.

Karius Off To Olympiakos?

Goalkeeper Loris Karius of Besiktas during the Turkish Superlig Match between Bursaspor and Besiktas at Buyuksehir Belediye Stadium in Bursa , Turkey on September 02 , 2018 (Seskimphoto/Imago/PA Images)

Loris Karius‘ two-year loan spell at Besiktas isn’t going to plan, with fans jeering a recent performance and the goalkeeper taking legal action after not being paid for four months.

According to Hurriyet, Karius is looking for a way out and Olympiakos are keen on acquiring his signature.

Sport Witness claim that President of the Greek club, Evangelos Marinakis, “will hope to use his relationship with Besiktas chief Firket Orman to help get a deal done.”

Karius is highly unlikely to return to Liverpool if he does leave Besiktas, with his Reds career almost certainly over after last season’s Champions League final heartbreak and the signing of Alisson Becker.

Reds Linked With Rodriguez

 FC Bayern Munich's James RodrÌguez during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and FC Bayern M¸nchen at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool and Man United could do battle for the signature of James Rodriguez this summer, according to El Confidencial, via the Mirror.

The Colombian is currently on loan at Bayern Munich from Real Madrid, where he could do nothing about the Reds progressing to the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday night.

The Bundesliga giants are unlikely to keep him on permanently, however, while Madrid are willing to let him leave at the end of the season for £70 million, freeing up funds for new signings.

The reigning European champions have just brought in defender Eder Militao from Porto, meaning they will have three non-EU players next season already, without Rodriguez.

Not too much should be read into the story, however, with the 27-year-old arguably past his best and not necessarily possessing the dynamism required in a Klopp side.

Duo Called Up By Netherlands

Georginio Wijnaldum of Holland during the UEFA Nations League A group 1 qualifying match between Germany and The Netherlands at the Veltins Arena on November 19, 2018 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum have been named in the Netherlands’s 25-man squad for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Belarus (March 21) and Germany (March 24).

The pair have been two of Liverpool’s most influential performers this season, with Van Dijk the odds-on favourite to win the PFA Player of the Year award.

The Reds’ towering centre-back will captain his country, having been given the role by manager Ronald Koeman last year.

Klopp will be sweating over the duo staying fit before they return to club action, given how vital they will be in the Premier League and Champions League run-in.

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Jurgen Klopp not getting carried away with Liverpool’s chance to leapfrog Man City

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 14:00

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists his players have not struggled with the pressure of a title race so he does not expect rivals Manchester City to suffer either.


The Reds can return to the top with a two-point lead if they beat Fulham on Sunday, leaving Pep Guardiola’s reigning champions to play catch-up as they are involved in the FA Cup against Swansea.

But even with just eight Premier League matches left Klopp does not believe a win at Craven Cottage will exert that much pressure as he has seen first hand how his players have coped.

“Psychologically we didn’t struggle because we are not ahead of them any more and it doesn’t change,” he said.

“Being ahead of City is not that important but we have a game at the weekend and we want to win that game.

“Obviously we are then ahead but it doesn’t mean a lot. The game in hand for City is [Manchester] United, for sure not an easy one, but it is not decided at the weekend because of that.

“All the stories will be written but we will accept these stories because it would mean we would have won the game, which is difficult enough and the only thing we think about.”

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Klopp was speaking before the draw for the Champions League quarter-finals was made which pitted them against Porto, regarded as the weakest side remaining in the competition.

City have drawn domestic opposition in Tottenham but that, in itself, puts a different perspective on their April schedule.

They have a run of games in which they play Spurs three times (once in the Premier League) and Manchester United in the space of a fortnight.

And with Liverpool’s confidence boosted by their 3-1 midweek win over Bayern Munich in Germany, Klopp does not expect his side to let up.

“We have been in that situation for a while, it’s not that we change our mood constantly, we are focused on the season,” he said.

“The season means for us that we have to play two competitions—on Wednesday it was Champions League, from now on for a couple of weeks it’s Premier League.

“We were always focused and we will stay focused, that’s all that I will say. It’s not that we were surprised about ourselves that we can beat Bayern. Stay in that mood and everything will be fine.

“We try to be as long as possible in the tunnel to really focus on the football game and if there is something to celebrate at the end of the season we will be the first to celebrate, but until then let’s play football.”

 Liverpool's manager J¸rgen Klopp reacts as Leicester City scored the first equalising goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With Liverpool still fighting on two fronts, Klopp’s critics who say he has to win something after losing three finals during his reign will only get louder.

Not that the manager hears them.

“You can’t imagine how [little] I’m interested in that. I never thought about myself in that [way],” he said.

“My job is to do everything I can to help the team that we can be as successful as possible. I’m not searching to be remembered in 50 years or whatever people speak about me.

“I am not interested in who judges me. God judges me one day and that is the only thing I am interested in. What other people say about me I couldn’t be less interested.”

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Gini Wijnaldum at ease over new contract talks with Liverpool

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 06:00

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum believes team-mate Sadio Mane deserves to be in the same bracket as the Premier League’s top strikers.


The Senegal international scored his 18th and 19th goals of the season in the 3-1 win over Bayern Munich which put the Reds into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

That tally puts him only one behind Mohamed Salah. In terms of Premier League goals the diminuitive forward, who plays out wide and not through the middle, has 16 in 29 matches – just two behind leading scorer Sergio Aguero.

Mane has 10 goals in as many games in all competitions – including three doubles – and is enjoying his best goalscoring return in his five seasons in English football.

And that is why he has to be mentioned alongside the City striker and his in-form team-mate Raheem Sterling, Tottenham’s Harry Kane, and Salah.

“He is really good. The games tell you that, he is really important with his goals and assists. A good season, his best with us,” said the Holland international.

Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates scoring against Watford at Anfield ( James Wilson/Sportimage/PA Images)

“They (media) do not speak about him? I think the other players have shown they get the headlines but Sadio also.

“He has had a big influence on winning games. Mo did not score (against Bayern) but had a good game.

“People speak about the player who had two goals. A lot of players do the work and make the difference.

“You have to speak about everyone. For me, Sadio is up there with those players you named.”

Wijnaldum is the most senior, established player yet to be rewarded with a new contract after the likes of Salah, Mane, Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson all got new deals in the last 12 months.

 Liverpool's goalscorer Georginio Wijnaldum applauds the supporters as he is substituted during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

However, with the club still fighting on two fronts it is an issue the Dutchman, who still has more than two years remaining, is not concerned about.

Especially as a new contract will, in all probability, most be sorted over the summer ahead of next season.

“No. I did not speak with the club yet,” he said.

“(Is it) a problem between me and the club? I am not a person who has problems. That (contract) is something for the club. I will see what happens.

“I signed a five-year contract (in the summer of 2017) and I am still under contract.

“I just do my job to perform. A new contract has to come from the club.”

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Half-time regroup keeps Reds among Europe’s elite – Tactical analysis of Bayern 1-3 Liverpool

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 23:00

Virgil van Dijk only passed to Sadio Mane once during Liverpool’s 3-1 win in Munich, but the moment defined the game for its two outstanding performers.


Both went on to carry their side through to the quarter-finals with the help of a solid second-half showing from the entire team. As it turned out, that strike in the first half would have been enough on its own for them to progress.

Van Dijk finished the game having put in another commanding display which marks him out not just as the best defender, but one of the best players, in world football at this moment in time.

According to UEFA’s stats he misplaced just one of his 39 attempted passes, and to finish the game with a goal and an assist from centre-back shows how much of a contribution he can make in attack as well as in defence.

What makes him even more impressive is that Liverpool aren’t a side who shuts up shop and hopes for a break in attack. Some of the most highly rated defensive players play in defensive systems, but not Van Dijk.

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring the third goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg match between FC Bayern M¸nchen and Liverpool FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

For Mane it was two shots, two on target and two goals and he’s now replaced Salah as Liverpool’s most important attacker which, given how good Salah still is, takes some doing.

He’s often been the side’s auxiliary target man, via balls into his feet or in the air, and his goals showed his ability in both areas.

His first, flummoxing Manuel Neuer, was superbly taken, and his second was almost a carbon copy of his header against Watford.

This won’t be coincidence and finding Mane with crosses to the far post, whether he’s playing as a striker as against Watford and late in the Bayern game, or on the left wing, must be an approach they work on in training.

Winging It

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the first goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg match between FC Bayern M¸nchen and Liverpool FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Unusually, Liverpool began the game with Mane and Salah on the side of their favoured foot.

It was perhaps an attempt by Klopp to stretch the play early on, but they reverted to their usual roles around the time Fabinho replaced the injured Jordan Henderson.

Some of the talk from the neutrals reflected on how disappointing Bayern were, but Liverpool prevented them from being anything but disappointing.

Niko Kovac admitted that his side deserved to lose, and his players looked frustrated.

Star striker Robert Lewandowski almost went as far as blaming his own manager, suggesting that his tactics might not have given them the best chance of winning.

“We played too defensively, probably in the first leg as well,” he said.

“We played too few up front. In both matches we didn’t have many chances.”

Was Lewandowski not given the service, or did Liverpool prevent the would-be providers from finding Lewandowski? It was more like the latter.

 Liverpool's Joel Matip (L) and FC Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and FC Bayern M¸nchen at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

He soon moved from Van Dijk onto Joel Matip, and had little joy against either, other than lurking dangerously as Matip turned into his own net.

The Polish striker didn’t win any of his aerial duels and only managed one shot in the entire game. He also only managed to win eight of 27 offensive duels (30 per cent).

Though Liverpool’s first-half attacking play was scrappy, the German champions were able to do very little with the ball when they had it, thanks to a good defensive display from the Reds throughout.

Second Wind

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg match between FC Bayern M¸nchen and Liverpool FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

As a team, Liverpool appeared to struggle with their short passing and hit their intended target with 67 per cent of such passes according to UEFA’s post-match stats—but 87 per cent of their medium range passes found their man.

They needed to turn this around, and they did—thanks to some words from the manager at half time.

The second-half performance was praised by Klopp as, following that scrappy first 45, he reminded his players to play football.

“We had a change early and we wanted to play more football than we did in the first half, so we changed that for the second and it was much better,” he said.

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane scores the third goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg match between FC Bayern M¸nchen and Liverpool FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“The second half—I was really happy—not only because we scored two goals but because we played football. How mature it was, how strong we looked, how good we defended.”

Liverpool’s possession in the second half went up to 49 per cent from just 37 in the first period. They also completed 78 per cent of their passes in the second half, compared to 69 per cent in the first.

The manager picked out one specific moment in his post-match press conference, singling out a Trent Alexander-Arnold pass around the 50 -minute mark which broke three lines.

“There was a pass in the second half from Trent through three lines into Bobby, he turned, we couldn’t finish the situation but it was just brilliant.”

Notes

 FC Bayern Munich's Serge Gnabry scores the first equalising goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg match between FC Bayern München and Liverpool FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • The average positions show a standard 4-3-3, but this snapshot from a period of the game during the first half shows a similar shape to that which we saw for much of the game against Burnley.
  • It felt like Liverpool could have had scored even more than three, and that they didn’t wasn’t down to wasted chances, but the occasional wasted chance to create a chance.
  • The xG shows a tight match which was won by a good defensive display from the Reds, limiting one of the best sides in the world—who had scored 11 goals in their previous two games—to an xG of just 0.67.
  • Joel Matip was the second-best central defender on the pitch, and Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule are no mugs. Van Dijk’s defensive partner made five tackles and three interceptions.

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James Milner determined to right the wrongs after three failed cup finals with Liverpool

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 22:49

Liverpool midfielder James Milner admits the hurt of losing a Champions League final is driving the team as they try to correct that disappointment this season.


However, that does not mean they will be taking their eye off the ball in terms of chasing a first domestic league title in 29 years as the vice-captain feels they believe they can compete on two fronts – even if the critics do not.

The 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in Kiev last May was something of a freak result as Jurgen Klopp’s side were the better team until Mohamed Salah was forced off with a shoulder injury suffered during a tangle with Sergio Ramos.

Goalkeeper Loris Karius, suffering from concussion after an earlier blow, had a meltdown for two of the goals, with the other a fantastic overhead kick from Gareth Bale.

It left Liverpool with a feeling of missed opportunity, and a degree of injustice, something Milner wants to put right.

“I don’t think we think about that too much at this moment in time but it is a memory that never goes away too quickly. You still think about it now,” he said.

 Liverpool's James Milner looks dejected after the UEFA Champions League Final match between Real Madrid CF and Liverpool FC at the NSC Olimpiyskiy. Real Madrid won 3-1. (Pic by Peter Powell/Propaganda)

“Maybe – hopefully – if we get to the final, we can think about putting it right then.

“We probably took more positives from last year than negatives but it’s a bitter pill to swallow when you lose the final of the Champions League and the way we went down.

“I have been to three finals since I have been here (the League Cup and Europa League in 2016), lost them all and I am desperate to put that right.

“You are proud to have played in the European Cup final but you don’t go there to lose.

“Listen, I have loved every minute of my time at Liverpool but to have not won something when we have given ourselves opportunities is difficult to take at this moment.”

Liverpool still have two chances to win a first trophy since the 2012 League Cup and first under Klopp.

 Liverpool's manager J¸rgen Klopp prepares to bring on substitute captain James Milner during the FA Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the American Express Community Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The title race is still too close to call and Milner believes progress in Europe will help rather than hinder domestic progress.

“You know, it’s been so long since we won a league title. Even in recent years Liverpool haven’t won as many trophies as they should do for such a big club,” he added.

“Even for us now – we are a young team, we are improving but the chances we have given ourselves? We have to put that right.

“We have to get over the line in one of them.

“But (we can use) the thoughts of the run we had, the teams that we beat and the confidence that we gained.

“Then you see how we are playing in the Premier League – we have only lost one game – that is confidence and helping us move forward as a team.

“We are in two competitions and we can manage that, game-wise. There is the good feeling you get from winning in the style that we did (in Munich), the confidence going into the weekend.

“We got a good feeling from getting out of the group and we have got a good feeling after knocking out Bayern Munich. You can only take positives.”

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring the third goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg match between FC Bayern M¸nchen and Liverpool FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool remain a team few will want to be pitted against in Friday’s quarter-final draw because of their recent record in the competition.

Even Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola’s support for Bayern in the aftermath of his own club’s qualification for the last eight on Tuesday was as much about not having to face their north-west rivals as it was about his former employers.

“Ah, yes. That’s unlucky for him, isn’t it?” said Milner with a wry smile.

“I’d like to think teams have that respect for us.

“We got to the CL final last year. We got to the Europa League final in 2016. We are challenging for the Premier League.

“Whether teams take notice is not really for us to worry about but they take notice after they have played us and we have put them out.”

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Watch Sadio Mane & Naby Keita in latest instalment of brilliant Bezzies video series

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 17:30

Liverpool have released the latest video in their popular Bezzies series and this time it’s Sadio Mane and Naby Keita who go head-to-head!

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Watching the Reds’ squad pair off and answer questions about each other has provided fans with plenty of off-pitch entertainment throughout the campaign.

The likes of Roberto Firmino with Alisson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with Rhian Brewster have been highlights, with the humorous and personable nature of most players shining through.

This time around, Keita and Mane spill each others’ secrets and provide the laughter, with the No. 10 clearly keen to get his team-mate into trouble whenever possible.

 Liverpool's Naby Keita during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

That said, Keita is also revealed as something of a dressing room joker—albeit currently restricted to those he can converse with in French, just to avoid complications!

Mane quickly swats away any suggestion of the midfielder being quicker than him and reveals all about the duo’s conversations with their mothers—while Keita, in turn, has the lowdown about how long it takes Sadio to do his hair!

The first international goal scored by each is revealed, as is the perpetrator behind a lost mobile phone after a match against Brighton.

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool FC at Parc des Princes. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Both players have been friends since their time together at RB Salzburg, with each taking in an additional transfer before ending up at Liverpool.

Mane has gone on to become a pivotal player for the Reds under Jurgen Klopp and, given time, there’s no question Keita has the quality to follow the same path.


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Gini’s reasons for confidence & four get England call – Thursday’s Liverpool FC News Roundup

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 16:30

We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Thursday, following the Reds’ superb 3-1 win at Bayern Munich.


Today’s Main Headlines Gini Delighted With “Big Step”

 Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum (L) and FC Bayern Munich's Kingsley Coman during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and FC Bayern M¸nchen at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool had struggled in big away games this season until Wednesday, when they saw off Bayern without too many dramas.

Gini Wijnaldum played his part as usual and he told LiverpoolFC.com that the win was a “big step” in the Reds’ season:

“It was really good. We managed to win an away game at Bayern Munich—which is quite difficult.

“I feel like we’ve taken a really big step, because a lot of people said after the first match that it was not a good result to play a 0-0, but we had a good feeling about it because we didn’t concede a goal.

“We know the way we’re playing, we can always create chances so we were quite confident we would create chances here and score goals. That says something about the team itself.

“A lot of teams struggle here to get a result, but we still did it. We have a lot of confidence but we also work hard to bring things together in a good way.”

Liverpool’s quarter-final opponents will be revealed in Friday’s draw (11am GMT), with Premier League rivals Man City, Tottenham and Man United all in the hat, as well as Barcelona, Juventus, Ajax and Porto.

Classy Assessment from Kovac

 FC Bayern Munich's head coach Niko Kova? reacts during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and FC Bayern M¸nchen at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Niko Kovac’s Bayern side were outplayed by Liverpool over the two legs, with the Bundesliga giants managing just two shots on targets in 180 minutes.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Kovac showed his sporting side, congratulating the Reds and admitting they were too strong throughout the tie:

“We were up against very, very strong opponents.

“I’d like to congratulate Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp. They were the better team over the two matches.

“We kept the contest open until Liverpool’s second goal. You saw a set-piece can be decisive in a match like this.

“They closed us down well. We didn’t manage to play calmly and set up Lewandowski, that’s why it was a deserved defeat.”

Klopp Wants to Avoid English Clubs

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates after his side's 3-1 victory during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg match between FC Bayern München and Liverpool FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Four English sides have made the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2008/09, making the likelihood of Liverpool being drawn a familiar foe high.

Klopp confirmed after the Bayern match that he would rather avoid City, Spurs or United, being drawn against a non-Premier League club instead:

“We would all say avoid the English sides, try to play teams from Europe.

“But someone will play against someone! It’s not something we have to think about now—we will play whoever we will take!”

The general consensus is that Porto would represent the ideal draw, but once the Champions League reaches this stage, anyone is capable of being a major threat.

Mane up for Award

Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game, Bayern Munich (Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport)

Sadio Mane was magnificent against Bayern, scoring twice and wreaking havoc up against a creaking defence.

The Senegalese’s brilliance has not gone unnoticed and he has been nominated for the Champions League Player of the Week award.

Also up the prize are Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Leroy Sane—not bad company to be in.

Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in Juventus’ thrilling comeback against Atletico Madrid, Messi scored twice and registered a couple of assists in Barcelona’s 5-1 thrashing of Lyon and Sane netted in Man City‘s 7-0 rout of Schalke.

You can vote for Mane here.

Four Get England Call – but Glatzel Is Elsewhere

 Liverpool's Curtis Jones celebrates scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Derby County FC Under-23's and Liverpool FC Under-23's at the Derby County FC Training Centre. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Rhys Williams, Curtis Jones and Bobby Duncan have all been named in England’s U18s squad for their upcoming games against Japan (March 20), the Czech Republic (March 22) and Mexico (March 24).

The trio have all shone at Liverpool’s academy this season, with Duncan thriving, in particular, in tandem with Paul Glatzel up front.

Glatzel himself will be representing Germany U18s, however, even though he was born in Liverpool and was previously an England U16s international. Both of the striker’s parents are German.

Williams has produced some Virgil van Dijk-esque showings at centre-back for the U18s, while Jones has continued to impress in midfield when featuring for the U23s.

Meanwhile, Adam Lewis has been called up to the Three Lions’ U20s team for their clashes with Poland (March 21) and Portugal (March 26).

Champions League Final Ticket News

 The European Cup trophy on display during the UEFA Champions League 2018/19 Round of 16 draw at the UEFA House of European Football. (Handout by UEFA)

We’re not getting ahead of ourselves, we promise!

UEFA have confirmed that supporters of the two teams at the Champions League final on June 1 will be allocated just 17,000 tickets each.

That has led to concern that season-ticket holders of English clubs may not all be able to go, with four Premier League sides in the quarter-finals.

The showcase event takes place at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, which has a capacity of 63,500.

Another 4,000 tickets will be made available to the general public, with the remaining seats “allocated to the local organising committee, UEFA and national associations, commercial partners and broadcasters.”

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Virgil van Dijk and James Milner on who they do and don’t want next in the Champions League

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 15:48

Virgil van Dijk and James Milner have both assessed the upcoming Champions League quarter-final draw, giving an insight into who Liverpool are hoping for.


The Reds will take great confidence into the draw, having produced an excellent display on the way to a 3-1 victory over Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.

A Sadio Mane brace and another Virgil van Dijk header were enough to knock out the Bundesliga champions at the Allianz Arena, having been held to a 0-0 draw at Anfield in the first leg.

All eyes will be on Nyon at 11am on Friday, as Liverpool learn which of Porto, Barcelona, Ajax, Man City, Man United, Tottenham and Juventus they will play in the quarter-finals.

For Van Dijk, who spoke to Dutch outlet Veronica TV after scoring his third goal in four games, there is one side he would prefer to take on, though he joked it would “probably” be a fellow Premier League team.

“I really don’t care at all but we will probably draw an English club again,” he said, having played City at the same stage last season.

“Ajax? That would be a nice game. But it would be difficult because Ajax is doing fantastic in the Champions League.”

Van Dijk played for FC Groningen in the Eredivisie between 2010 and 2013, taking on Ajax four times, winning one and losing three, before another two meetings with the Dutch giants while at Celtic, with one win and one loss.

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Joining Van Dijk for an interview with BT Sport directly after full-time at the Allianz, Milner reflected on four English clubs making the quarter-finals for the first time in 10 years.

The vice-captain, who has played 38 times in the Champions League proper over spells with City and Liverpool, suggested none of the Premier League sides would be looking to play each other at this stage.

“It’s good for English football, that’s what you want. Fantastic,” he explained.

“I don’t think we want to play each other in the next round but we’ll see who we get.

“It’s going to be interesting. There are obviously a lot of good teams left, but we’ve got good feelings, obviously, from last year and those experiences.

“Hopefully we can carry those on and go as far as we can in that competition.”

Klopp echoed this in his post-match comments, saying “let’s try to play teams from Europe,” but there is certainly a bigger likelihood of being drawing against the sides Liverpool would prefer to avoid.

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Watch Jurgen Klopp’s post-match press conference – Bayern Munich 1-3 Liverpool

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 23:58

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes the 3-1 victory over Bayern Munich puts the club back “where they belong” in the upper echelons of world football.

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After five successive European defeats away from Anfield, Klopp’s side—losing finalists last season—came good when it mattered to beat the German champions in the Allianz Arena to secure a place in the last eight.

Sadio Mane’s brilliant opener was cancelled out by Joel Matip’s own goal before half-time but Virgil Van Dijk’s first Champions League goal for the club meant Bayern then had to score two more. Mane converted a far-post diving header late on.

“We set the bar for LFC, for this wonderful club, that we really are back on an international landscape of top football,” said Klopp.

“We all think that is where the club belongs and I am really happy about the result.

“I knew we had a chance and the boys made it happen and that is brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates after his side's 3-1 victory during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg match between FC Bayern München and Liverpool FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“There are some places in world football that if Man City, if Barca, if Real Madrid come here it is not expected that they will win, they know it is a very tough place to come.

“They are always an outstandingly strong team but we kept them as often away from our goal as possible.

“My impression was that there were not too many difficult situations around our box and that is a massive sign.

“That is the first step to winning a game like this. You cannot always play free flowing football. We found different ways.

“It makes me really proud and happy because I really think this club deserves awareness again.

“We are back, let’s carry on. We have a lot to improve, a lot to learn but we are back and I like that.”

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring the third goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg match between FC Bayern München and Liverpool FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There was very little in the performance which Klopp could take issue with, having gone into the game at 0-0 knowing an early goal for the hosts would have made things difficult.

“It is a big one. I am so proud of the boys,” he said.

“In a game like this you can never rest. It is absolutely deserved. It is so difficult to play here away at Bayern Munich.

“The first goal, I will want to watch it back like 1,000 times. Defensively it was so good. We didn’t defend the way we do usually in the away games of the Champions League but today we did.

Virgil Van Dijk gives organisation on set-pieces and he is dangerous. He is a massive threat. The size we have and the power we have…it was a big goal.

“In a game like this, there will be mistakes but you have to stay in the game. Control the moments you can control and stay in the game.

“The game didn’t look like Bayern ever outplayed us.”

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk scores the second goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg match between FC Bayern M¸nchen and Liverpool FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Bayern coach Niko Kovac, whose side went top of the Bundesliga at the weekend after scoring 13 goals in their last two matches, could only praise their opponents.

“You saw after the second goal how much quality they have,” the Croatian said.

“We still have two titles to fight for. We’re top in the Bundesliga and we’re still in the cup. Our goal is to win both of these competitions.”

Defender Mats Hummels, formerly coached by Klopp when the pair were at Borussia Dortmund together, was also gracious in defeat.

“I know Jurgen Klopp and he is very good at eliminating the opponents’ strengths and he showed that again today,” he said.

“The 1-2 took away our belief. After that Liverpool was the better team. Still this was not a great game of football.”

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Jurgen Klopp hails “very mature” Liverpool – and the Sadio Mane goal he will watch “500 times”!

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 23:07

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was understandably delighted after his side saw off Bayern Munich 3-1 at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night.


Though the overall game was sloppy at times in terms of possession, and certainly slow-paced to start with, the Reds were always in control and never looked flustered by their opponents.

Considering Bayern were on home soil, needed to take the game to Liverpool and had been in scintillating form of late, that calm and composed approach is a measure of just how far this Reds side has grown.

Klopp told BT Sport after full time that although there were a few details in-game which had needed to be altered, it was overall a sublime display which left him extremely proud of his players.

“The second half was very, very mature. In the first half we should have played more football.

“It’s not that you can never rest but you need to keep the ball. First half, we didn’t do that but in the second half we did brilliantly.

“It’s so difficult to play here away at Bayern, they don’t lose a lot so it’s a big one—I’m so proud of the boys.”

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring the second goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg match between FC Bayern München and Liverpool FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool’s front three came in for particular praise from the boss, not just for their efforts in the final third but for an all-round performance reminiscent of last season.

Klopp felt their work rate, tracking back and desire to get forward again was a key component of the performance—one the rest of the team had to catch up with at times.

“The front three worked brilliantly. We didn’t defend like that in away games in Europe [in the group stage], today we did.

“We didn’t push up the last line in a unit [along with the forwards in the first half], we showed pictures to the team at half time. That’s how we conceded the goal.

“There will be mistakes, but you have to stay in the game, control it when you can.

“The boys give everything and I liked it, the desire, the attitude, outstanding.

“What we did is just brilliant, the goals we scored were fantastic. I’ll watch the first goal 500 times! It was outstanding what he did there.

“It was clear the game didn’t look like Bayern would outplay us a lot, that gave us confidence, they struggled and we scored the other two.”

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg match between FC Bayern M¸nchen and Liverpool FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

As a former Borussia Dortmund coach, it might have been a little sweeter for Klopp than for most—but he naturally clarified his mind was only ever on a win for his current team.

He also acknowledged he’d rather avoid one of the English sides in the quarter-final—but is sure that at least two of the four will end up facing off in the next round.

“I didn’t want to beat Bayern [because of Dortmund], I wanted to win with Liverpool.

“If I can help Dortmund a little [as well] then great, but it’s for us. You saw the crowd, brilliant, enjoying the game, creating the atmosphere you need away from home.

“We would all say avoid the English sides, try to play teams from Europe.

“But someone will play against someone! It’s not something we have to think about now—we will play whoever we will take!”

The Reds will learn their fate in Europe on Friday—see all the details on the draw here.

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Mane’s perfect 10 & quarter-finals here we come – 5 talking points from Bayern Munich 1-3 Liverpool

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 23:00

Liverpool secured an outstanding 3-1 win away to Bayern Munich on Wednesday night, reaching the Champions League quarter-finals in the process.


Bayern Munich 1-3 Liverpool

Champions League Last 16 Second Leg, Allianz Arena
March 13, 2019

Goals: Matip OG 36′; Mane 29′, 84′, Van Dijk 69′

Mane the Main Man

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the first goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg match between FC Bayern M¸nchen and Liverpool FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sadio Mane has been Liverpool’s most consistent attacking player this season and his form was scintillating heading into the trip to the Allianz.

The Senegalese was again his side’s talisman on a memorable European away day, with one moment of sheer genius standing out.

Mane’s mesmerising opening goal was one of the great Reds Champions League strikes, as he took down a Virgil van Dijk pass superbly, dummied Manuel Neuer and dinked an impudent effort into the net.

He was a menace throughout, bamboozling Bayern’s defence with his quick feet and unpredictability, and he headed home the tie-killing goal late on too.

That’s now 19 goals for the season for Mane—only Mohamed Salah (20) has more—and 10 in as many matches, with his performances improving by the week.

This is the player whose exit to the Africa Cup of Nations felt fatal back in 2016/17, as he hits peak form at the perfect time.

Van Dijk Stands Tall

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk scores the second goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg match between FC Bayern M¸nchen and Liverpool FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Van Dijk had already put together an imperious campaign before Wednesday’s trip to Munich, with many pencilling him as the recipient for multiple end-of-season awards.

His influence is unrivalled currently, not only for Liverpool but also arguably in Europe, and he proved to be a key man once again.

Defensively he was a rock, winning aerial battles, snapping into tackles and never panicking up against the wily Robert Lewandowski, outlining why he is the world’s premier centre-back right now.

If his showing at the back was typically immaculate, Van Dijk also played a major role in the tie at the other end, powering an unstoppable header past Neuer to put the Reds 2-1 up.

It was effectively the moment Liverpool went through to the quarters, with the 27-year-old proving he is the Reds’ modern-day Sami Hyypia in the Champions League.

He is a man mountain whose impact has been truly remarkable in the 14 months since he arrived at Liverpool.

New-Found Pragmatism on Show

 Liverpool's manager J¸rgen Klopp reacts during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg match between FC Bayern M¸nchen and Liverpool FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

If Liverpool were a swashbuckling force capable of attacking brilliance and defensive ineptitude last season, their 2018/19 campaign has been defined by a more pragmatic style.

It may not always have been as easy on the eye, but it has ensured a remarkable points tally in the Premier League and qualification for the Champions League‘s last eight.

This new-found ability to control matches and showcase a more savvy side to their game was there for all to see on Wednesday night.

There was nothing remotely gung-ho about the performance, with a resolute defensive display standing out against one of Europe’s most dangerous teams.

Similarly, some of the dark arts were on show—something Liverpool previously lacked—with time-wasting clear on several occasions from the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, James Milner and Roberto Firmino.

This Reds side has grown up in the last 12 months, replacing free-flowing recklessness with great maturity.

Robertson’s Yellow the Only Negative

 Liverpool's Andy Robertson (L) and FC Bayern Munich's Serge Gnabry during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg match between FC Bayern München and Liverpool FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool were rarely tested against a disappointing Bayern outfit, which was due in part to their aforementioned defensive solidity.

As the game ticked into stoppage time, the Reds were closing in on an almost perfect night, only for one negative to occur.

Andy Robertson was the only player in danger of missing the quarter-final first leg through suspension, and his last-gasp booking was both avoidable and potentially damaging.

The Scot has become an indispensable member of this Liverpool team and they will lose both defensive quality and an attacking thrust without him in the next round.

It was far from Robertson’s best night on the whole, in truth, and his lapse in concentration allowed Serge Gnabry to ghost in behind, cross into the middle and force Joel Matip into scoring an own goal.

Still, we’ll allow him the odd off night from time to time, considering how magnificent he has been in a Reds shirt.

Quarter-Finals Here We Come…

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring the second goalduring the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg match between FC Bayern München and Liverpool FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Confidence wasn’t especially high going into the game, particularly given some of the insipid performances produced in big away games this season.

Liverpool progressed in style, however, even if they weren’t always at their most fluent best.

What awaits them now is an extremely open Champions League draw, with Premier League trio Man City, Tottenham and Man United all present, as well as Juventus, Barcelona, Ajax and Porto.

This is anyone’s to win and Liverpool will believe they can going one better than 2017/18 and banish the heartbreak of Kyiv.

Friday’s draw is sure to be a must-watch for any Reds supporter and Porto are the obvious side many will be hoping to be drawn against.

Will it be another quarter-final against City? Could Liverpool face United for the first time in the Champions League? Will Philippe Coutinho return to Anfield with Barca?

All will be revealed.

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Watch Bayern Munich vs. Liverpool online – Live Streams and Worldwide TV Info

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 17:30

Here’s how to watch as Liverpool’s decisive clash with Bayern Munich in the Champions League last 16 tonight (8pm GMT), live online and on TV worldwide.


The Reds are 90 minutes away from booking their place in the quarter-finals of Europe’s top-tier tournament, but face a formidable opponent in the resurgent Bayern.

After a turbulent start to the season that saw calls for manager Niko Kovac’s head the Munich giants have returned to form, and to the top of the Bundesliga, having leapfrogged Borussia Dortmund.

Victory tonight would be even more sweet for Jurgen Klopp due to his ties with Dortmund, but he will be solely focused on his Liverpool side as they look to go one better than last year in the Champions League.

Having drawn 0-0 in the first leg at Anfield, the Reds have the advantage of a potential away goal at the Allianz Arena, and will be encouraged by Bayern needing to take the front foot.

Will we enjoy another famous European night and go one step closer to May’s final in Madrid?

Check This Is Anfield for the latest team news ahead of the match.

You can also follow the game by downloading the This is Anfield app, including lineups, live coverage and all the reaction and analysis.

The match gets underway at 8pm (GMT)—or 9pm in Munich, 4pm in New York, 1pm in Los Angeles, 7am (Thursday) in Sydney, midnight in Dubai and 11pm in Nairobi.

UK Viewers

Bayern Munich vs. Liverpool is being shown live on BT Sport 2, which is available to live stream here.

This is Anfield will also be providing live coverage throughout via the This is Anfield app. Download free here.

US Viewers

Bayern Munich vs. Liverpool is being shown live on TNT in the US, which is available to live stream with FuboTV.

Get a 7-day free trial here to watch the match live.

This Is Anfield will also be providing live coverage throughout via the This Is Anfield app. Download free here.

Worldwide

Live audio commentary of Bayern Munich vs. Liverpool and a full match replay and highlights on will also be available on LFCTV GO here.

Get 10 percent off an annual subscription to LFCTV with the This Is Anfield exclusive code GOTIA10 by following the link here.

This Is Anfield will also be providing live coverage throughout via the This Is Anfield app. Download free here.

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Rest of the World

Supporters can find the Reds’ Champions League last-16 decider on the following channels worldwide:

Tring Sport 1, beIN Sports HD 1, beIN Sports HD 11, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN 4K Arabia, SuperSport 5 Africa, Flow Sports App, Flow Sports 2, Fox Sports Cono Sur, FOX Play Sur, FOX Sports 3 Cono Sur, Armenia TV, Optus Sport, Sky Sport 2/HD, Sky Sport UHD, SRF zwei, Sky Go, CBC Sport Azerbaijan, SONY TEN 2, SONY TEN 2 HD, Sony LIV, Belarus 5, Q2 Belgium, Proximus 11+, Fox Sports Cono Norte, FOX Play Norte, Canal+ Sport 2 Afrique, HRT 2, Esporte Interativo, TNT Go, Esporte Interativo Plus, TNT Brazil, beIN Sports Connect Malaysia, bTV Action, Voyo Sport, Goal.com, DAZN, Fox Sports 1 Chile, CCTV-5, PPTV Sport China, Fox Sports Colombia, Sky Sport 1 NZ, Cytavision Sports 1, Cytavision Sports HD, Cytavision Live, O2 TV, Viasat Ultra HD, Viaplay Denmark, TV3+ HD, TV6 Estonia, TVPlay Sports, C More Sport 1, Viasat Sports Premium, C More Suomi, RMC Sport en direct, RMC Sport 2, Cosmote Sport 2 HD, M4 Sports, Stod 2 Sport, K-Vision, BT Sport 2 (ROI), RAI Uno, Sky Calcio 2, SKY Go Italia, RAI Play, Sky Sport Uno, RSI La 2, KAZsport, SPOTV ON 2, SPOTV2, RTL 2, TDM Desporto, MaxTV Go, TSN1 Malta, GO TV Anywhere, Canal 3, Ziggo Sport Voetbal, Veronica TV, SuperSport 5 Nigeria, Viasport 1, Viaplay Norway, Fox Sports Peru, TVP Sport Live Streaming, TVP Sport, IPLA, TVP1, Polsat Sport Premium 1, Eleven Sports 1 Portugal, Look Plus, Telekom TV Live, Digi Sport 2 Romania, Telekom Sport 1 Romania, Match TV Game, Match TV Football 3, NTV+ Sport Online, RTS 1, beIN Sports Connect Singapore, Orange Sport 1, Kanal A, SuperSport Maximo, Movistar+, Movistar Liga de Campeones 1, Viaplay Sweden, SRF zwei, RTS Sport, TeleClub Sport Live, RSI La 2, RTS Deux, Digiturk Play, beIN CONNECT Turkey, beIN Sports 2 Turkey, Futbol 2, OLL.tv

You can follow the action with us by downloading the This is Anfield app for free.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold & Jordan Henderson called up for England’s March internationals

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 14:07

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson have both been called up to the England squad for this month’s clashes with the Czech Republic and Montenegro.


The Three Lions begin their qualifiers for the 2020 European Championships with a clash with the Czech Republic at Wembley on March 22, before heading to Montenegro’s Podgorica City Stadium on March 25.

With this being the last international break of the season, the hope will be that no further injuries are sustained on duty.

Gareth Southgate has named Alexander-Arnold among his three right-back options and Henderson in the midfield ranks.

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice is in the squad for the first time, having declared his allegiance to England after previously representing the Republic of Ireland.

And Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton is deservedly included after recovering from injury to produce an excellent run of form this season—a shaky display against Liverpool on Sunday excluded.

Jadon Sancho and Callum Wilson have also been called up, with fresher faces involved in the Three Lions setup in 2019.

England Squad for March Qualifiers

England's Jordan Henderson during the FIFA World Cup Group G match at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

Goalkeepers: Butland, Pickford, Heaton

Defenders: Stones, Keane, Maguire, Rose, Shaw, Alexander-Arnold, Trippier, Walker, Chilwell, Tarkowski

Midfielders: Alli, Dier, Barkley, Delph, Henderson, Rice, Loftus-Cheek

Forwards: Kane, Rashford, Wilson, Sancho, Sterling

Alexander-Arnold and Henderson are not the only Liverpool players on duty this month, with Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Gini Wijnaldum, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino among those also called up.

Mohamed Salah has been left out of the Egypt squad to play Niger and Nigeria, but the likes of Harry Wilson, Andy Robertson and Ben Woodburn will also represent their countries.

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