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Paul Tierney made more VAR errors than ANY referee in the Premier League

3 hours 7 min ago

Jurgen Klopp made his feelings clear about Paul Tierney during his time at Liverpool, and rightly so, with no VAR making more errors last season.

“I have no problems with any referees, only you.”

Those were Klopp’s words to Tierney following the 2-2 draw at Tottenham in December 2021, with there already having been a number of issues involving the official beforehand.

That was far from the last time their paths crossed, and the Liverpool manager even received a ban for comments about the referee after another clash with Spurs last year.

It was a rivalry that became a running joke, with fate tempted when Tierney was appointed for Klopp’s penultimate game in charge as he looked to avoid a yellow-card suspension for his Anfield farewell.

Jurgen Klopp accused referee Paul Tierney, second right, of unprofessionalism after Liverpool’s draw with Tottenham at Anfield (Peter Byrne/PA)

Jurgen Klopp accused referee Paul Tierney, second right, of unprofessionalism after Liverpool’s draw with Tottenham at Anfield (Peter Byrne/PA)

While it may have been deemed harsh of the German, there is clear evidence why Tierney is one of the most frustrating officials in the Premier League.

According to ESPN, no official made more VAR errors than the 43-year-old during the 2023/24 campaign, with his four equalled only by Stuart Attwell.

Tierney averaged an error every 7.75 games, with only Attwell (7.5 games), Darren England (5.5 games) and Tony Harrington (five games) slipping up more frequently.

That included his failure to intervene for Alexis Mac Allister‘s red card against Bournemouth, which was later chalked off after appeal.

Interestingly, however, Tierney’s own refereeing decisions were only overturned by VAR twice, with Harrington (five overturns in 10 games) finishing the season with the worst record.

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Harrington, averaging 0.6 subjective errors per game, is among the worst-performing referees overall, behind only Attwell (0.71 per game) and Michael Salisbury (1.07 per game).

John Brooks (0.14 per game) and Simon Hooper (0.16 per game) who both questionably sent off Liverpool players in the season just gone, were judged to have made the fewest subjective errors.

In other news, Liverpool were impacted better by VAR decisions than any other club than Brighton last season, though they also saw more VAR errors than any other team.

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Jurgen Klopp and Pepijn Lijnders have disagreed on Liverpool’s most influential player

3 hours 42 min ago

Jurgen Klopp and Pepijn Lijnders formed a world-beating team at Liverpool, but the departing manager and his assistant have disagreed on their game-changer.

Klopp, Lijnders and many of their colleagues have now left Merseyside, taking up ventures elsewhere or, in the boss’ case, enjoying semi-retirement.

Liverpool’s assistant manager will start work as head coach of Red Bull Salzburg this summer, supported by Vitor Matos, and will hope to emulate their success at Anfield.

The Dutchman will take lessons from his years working under Klopp, though it is clear that their relationship was as equals more than anything.

As they wound down their time together at Liverpool, the pair took in various interviews and events to bid farewell to the club.

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino says an emotional goodbye to the supporters as team-mate goalkeeper Alisson Becker embraces him after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Aston Villa FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino says an emotional goodbye to the supporters as team-mate goalkeeper Alisson Becker embraces him after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Aston Villa FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Per The Athletic, during a gathering with all club staff at Anfield that saw him host an hour-long Q&A, Klopp was asked for advice on building a great team.

“Build it around Bobby Firmino!” was the German’s candid response.

Speaking to The Redmen TV, however, Lijnders appeared to give a different take on the most influential player in Liverpool’s success.

“Ali, the one who made everything possible,” he said of Liverpool’s No. 1.

“Without this guy, no chance. No chance, no chance. You need a good, good goalkeeper to win trophies.”

Firmino and Alisson are undoubtedly two of the most important players in the club’s recent success, so neither could be considered the ‘wrong answer’.

 Liverpool's captain Virgil van Dijk (L) and manager Jürgen Klopp celebrate after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-1. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's captain Virgil van Dijk (L) and manager Jürgen Klopp celebrate after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-1. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There are other contenders, too, with Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold clearly in with a shout of having the biggest impact on this Liverpool side.

Put simply, it shows not only the quality that Klopp and Lijnders were able to work with, but also the ability to nurture their potential.

“Everybody thinks that we, tactically, are the inventors of everything,” Lijnders continued.

“Bobby Firmino invented that role, and knowing that he controls this, and Sadio and Mo in these positions, they play here, win the ball and they are in counter-attacking positions to score.

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“That was the idea, we use Mo, Sadio in the best [roles], we use Bobby in the best [role].

“But then we have new players, you need to start developing new ideas.”

Clearly, then, while Lijnders may believe Liverpool would have won nothing without Alisson, he is as big an advocate of Firmino as Klopp.

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Erik ten Hag thinks Arne Slot faces easier job at Liverpool than he has at Man United

4 hours 7 min ago

Erik ten Hag believes Arne Slot arrives in “better waters” at Liverpool than he did at Man United, summing up his feelings on the issues at Old Trafford.

With Ten Hag expected to be sacked regardless of the result of Saturday’s FA Cup final, there may be no reunion with Slot in the Premier League next season.

The two Dutchmen met on four occasions while in the Eredivisie, with Slot’s AZ Alkmaar twice triumphant over Ten Hag’s Ajax, who returned the favour against Feyenoord.

Both built strong reputations for their work in the Netherlands, but Ten Hag’s struggle since joining Man United has been a red flag for many Liverpool fans.

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The Man United boss himself believes Slot has a better platform for success at Anfield, which highlights how he feels about his job at Old Trafford.

“This is great for the Dutch trainers’ guild, and Arne Slot also fits Liverpool with his philosophy,” Ten Hag told vi.nl.

Jurgen Klopp and Pepijn Lijnders have left a strong foundation.

“He ends up in better waters than I did when I went to Manchester United from the Netherlands, in terms of structure in the club, in terms of balance in the squad.”

 Manchester United's manager Erik ten Hag (R) shakes hands withLiverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp after the FA Premier League match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Manchester United's manager Erik ten Hag (R) shakes hands withLiverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp after the FA Premier League match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ten Hag’s time in Manchester has been fraught with struggle both on and off the pitch, with the 54-year-old facing a ridiculous series of transgressions.

Though there is promise of change with their recent takeover, the club is in shambles, as highlighted by the news of Ten Hag’s sacking emerging before the FA Cup final.

In that sense, he is right, with Slot joining Liverpool at the best possible time – with Klopp only choosing to depart when he felt the squad was strong enough.

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Of course, Ten Hag’s words could be seen as piling pressure on his compatriot, but there is an honesty in his assessment of the two clubs.

Slot had previously turned down an offer to take over as Tottenham manager which, as Ange Postecoglou has since discovered, is also a much different proposition than head coach at Liverpool.

Better waters indeed!

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“It hurts us” – Arne Slot’s captain has told Liverpool players what to expect

6 hours 2 min ago

With Arne Slot beginning his job as Liverpool head coach next week, the Dutchman’s captain at Feyenoord, Gernot Trauner, has revealed what he’s like.

Slot will officially start work at Liverpool on June 1, though the 45-year-old has already arrived on Merseyside as he adjusts to his new home.

He has left Feyenoord after three successful seasons, and is tasked with an enormous job in replacing a legendary figure in Jurgen Klopp.

There is a sense of the unknown when it comes to Slot, despite his CV in the Netherlands, but Trauner – who joined Feyenoord soon after the coach and became club captain – has explained his management style.

“He was a very important factor in me coming to Feyenoord and has always relied on me,” Trauner told Flashscore.

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Arne Slot and Sipke Hulshoff (Alamy Images)

“He’s a tremendous specialist and has incredible ideas in terms of ball possession, buildup play and positioning. A lot of detail in running and passing.

“There is no pass without an idea behind it. He tries to move the opponents and find open spaces.

“He has a very good feel for what he has to tell the team in meetings, how he has to treat people, and whether he has to tickle someone.

“He is of a very, very high level. I can definitely imagine that things will also go very well for him in the Premier League.”

Arne Slot of Feyenoord get the applauds of the fans during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Feyenoord and PEC Zwolle at Stadion Feijenoord on May 5, 2024 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Hans van der Valk/Orange Pictures)

Arne Slot of Feyenoord get the applauds of the fans during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Feyenoord and PEC Zwolle at Stadion Feijenoord on May 5, 2024 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Hans van der Valk/Orange Pictures)

Liverpool were successful in convincing Slot to leave Rotterdam, but he had already turned down advances from the likes of Tottenham and Leeds as he awaited what Trauner labels “the right club.”

“Of course, it hurts us, we would have liked to have had him with us for longer,” the Austrian continued.

“But I’m not crying for him because it was clear that he would take the next step at some point. It was only a matter of time before he found the right club.

“Liverpool and Arne Slot could be a perfect match. I wish him all the best.”

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Only fellow defender Lutsharel Geertruida (127) has made more appearances under Slot than Trauner (104), so the 32-year-old is well placed to detail his quality as a coach.

Liverpool appear to have landed an intelligent, thorough head coach with a strong understanding of squad dynamics and man-management.

In short, as Trauner argues, Slot seems to be the “perfect match” when it comes to Klopp’s successor at Anfield.

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Thiago ‘contacted’ with unlikely offer to join new Barcelona setup

6 hours 42 min ago

As he leaves Liverpool on the expiry of his contract this summer, Thiago is reported to have been offered an unlikely role as part of Barcelona’s staff.

Thiago has departed Merseyside after four years, with the midfielder suffering a frustrating final season at Liverpool that brought just one appearance.

With no new contract offered, the 33-year-old has left along with Joel Matip, and the pair are now free to sign with other clubs.

Sides in Saudi Arabia, Spain and England have already been linked with offers to Thiago, but Spanish publication AS claim he is also attracting interest as a coach.

Barcelona announced their decision to sack Xavi on Friday – a month after persuading him to stay – with former Bayern Munich and Germany manager Hansi Flick set to take over.

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It is claimed that the club are seeking to appoint an assistant “who knows German and Spanish perfectly and who acts as a direct link with the squad.”

That arriving coach would be “fundamental in coexistence in the locker room” and “very open to dialogue with the players.”

Technical director Deco is said to be targeting “a former player who is going to finish his career,” with Thiago, Marc Bartra and Javi Martinez held up as candidates.

Thiago was the first player contacted, the report states, though there is a “certain pessimism in the club” that he would take the job.

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If he were to consider the position, it could mean ending his playing career earlier than expected – though a player-coach role would be an interesting proposition.

The 33-year-old certainly fits the job description as he is fluent in Spanish and German, as well as English, Portuguese and Catalan, and boasts a strong affinity to Barcelona having come through their academy.

When Liverpool confirmed the release of Thiago – who was given a guard of honour after the season’s final game at Anfield – Jurgen Klopp suggested he would continue playing.

 Liverpool's Thiago Alcântara, Kostas Tsimikas and Mohamed Salah after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Thiago Alcântara, Kostas Tsimikas and Mohamed Salah after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“I know injuries have been a frustration for him and also for us but the level that he was able to play at when he was available was incredible,” the manager said.

“This is what I will remember.

“Now he will go in a new direction with his family and we can only wish them well.

“Wherever he plays next I would be happy to watch. An artist of the game who will only ever paint the most beautiful pictures.”

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Fans will be surprised at how VAR has impacted Liverpool since it arrived

7 hours 8 min ago

While every football fan believes VAR and refereeing decisions go against them, data suggests Liverpool have been surprisingly impacted since its introduction.

VAR was brought into the Premier League five seasons ago, which provides a useful point to assess how each club has been affected.

ESPN‘s Dale Johnson has reviewed each decision overturned by VAR since 2019/20, with Liverpool benefiting more than all but one club.

Brighton are top of the leaderboard when it comes to overturns for and against, with +8, while Liverpool are second with +5.

That means that the Reds have seen five more VAR decisions go their way than there have been those that negatively impacted them.

 Liverpool's Harvey Elliott looks on as referee Paul Tierney goes to the VAR screen, before his goal is disallowed, during the FA Premier League match between Burnley FC and Liverpool FC at Turf Moor. Liverpool won 2-0. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Harvey Elliott looks on as referee Paul Tierney goes to the VAR screen, before his goal is disallowed, during the FA Premier League match between Burnley FC and Liverpool FC at Turf Moor. Liverpool won 2-0. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Aston Villa (+4), Man City (+4), Man United (+3), Newcastle (+3), Everton (+2) and Crystal Palace (+2) are the other clubs deemed to have been positively affected.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Wolves (-18) are out in the distance when it comes to the net score of overturns for and against them.

However, in the season just gone, no club was seen to have been worse-affected by VAR than Liverpool, with the Premier League‘s KMI Panel – comprised of former players and coaches – determining mistakes made.

Liverpool are claimed to have seen four VAR mistakes go against them and none in their favour, those mistakes being:

The flaw in this system, of course, is that it is still highly subjective – with one notable omission being Jeremy Doku’s high boot on Mac Allister in the 1-1 draw with Man City on March 10.

Johnson’s data also looks into “situations that the KMI Panel deemed to be a refereeing error, but not sufficient to be classed as ‘clear and obvious’ for a VAR intervention.”

Those are labelled referee mistakes, which surprisingly Liverpool are deemed to have benefitted more from than any other club in 2023/24.

Liverpool saw one official referee mistake go against them – Diogo Jota‘s second yellow card vs. Tottenham (September 30) – and six in their favour.

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The KMI Panel determined that penalties for Jota vs. Newcastle (January 1) and Dominik Szoboszlai vs. Bournemouth (August 19) should not have been awarded, while Ibrahima Konate should have been shown a second yellow vs. Everton (October 21).

Of course, this is unlikely to change how VAR is viewed among Liverpool fans – and it is questionable whether it really should do.

Every situation remains subjective, whether the opinion of officials on a matchday or ex-pros on the KMI Panel, and therefore it can never be cut and dried.

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Liverpool are now looking to replace more of Jurgen Klopp’s staff via LinkedIn

7 hours 47 min ago

After it emerged that Liverpool are advertising for a set-piece coach to add to Arne Slot‘s staff, two more positions have been posted via LinkedIn.

With Jurgen Klopp‘s resignation followed by an exodus of the manager’s first-team staff, it is a summer of upheaval at the AXA Training Centre.

That will include the appointment of a specialist set-piece coach, with the club advertising for a new role to support the arriving Slot, with Klopp’s assistant, Peter Krawietz, previously filling that duty.

READ: Why Liverpool want to hire a set-piece coach – to join Arsenal and Man City

Liverpool have continued their recruitment drive with two more job adverts, as they aim to appoint a new strength and conditioning coach along with a first-team physio.

The arrival of another strength and conditioning coach comes as part of a revamp of the fitness department, with Dr Andreas Schlumberger and Andreas Kornmayer among those to depart.

Schlumberger held the position of head of recovery and performance and Kornmayer served as head of fitness and conditioning.

The club’s job description explains that a successful candidate would operate “under the management of the head of physical performance.”

Slot is expected to bring at least three coaches with him from Feyenoord, with one of those being Ruben Peeters, who held the role of head of performance with the Dutch club and could replicate that at Liverpool.

 Liverpool's Curtis Jones goes off with an injury escorted by first-team physiotherapist Chris Morgan during the FA Premier League match between Brentford FC and Liverpool FC at the Brentford Community Stadium. Liverpool won 4-1. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Curtis Jones goes off with an injury escorted by first-team physiotherapist Chris Morgan during the FA Premier League match between Brentford FC and Liverpool FC at the Brentford Community Stadium. Liverpool won 4-1. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Meanwhile, the search for a new physio could suggest that there are more changes to the department than currently reported.

Liverpool count Lee Nobes as head of physiotherapy while Chris Morgan and Steve Lilley are first-team physios and Joe Lewis a general physio.

Whether any of those figures will leave the club this summer remains to be seen, but it is clear that Liverpool are looking to overhaul their structure off the pitch.

Part of that could be dictated by the arrival of Slot, who has been commended for his approach to maintaining the fitness of his players at Feyenoord.

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Ranked! Liverpool FC’s top 10 Anfield atmospheres under Jurgen Klopp

Fri, 05/24/2024 - 18:00

It has been an honour and a privilege to follow Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp every other week at Anfield, here are my 10 favourite games and atmospheres of the great man’s reign…

Privileged would be one word to describe the journey Klopp took us on, a rollercoaster of a lifetime that will see stories echo on through the generations.

I was one of the lucky ones, and here my 10 top Anfield atmospheres over Klopp’s nine-season tenure.

10. Liverpool 4-1 Chelsea, January 2024

 Liverpool's Dominik Szoboszlai celebrates after scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Dominik Szoboszlai celebrates after scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It wasn’t the end to the story we were all hoping for, but as always, there have been plenty of high points along the way.

The manager delivered a couple of his famous bollockings to the Main Stand earlier in the campaign and went as far as criticising his own supporters following the 5-1 victory over West Ham in the League Cup back in December.

Thankfully, Anfield responded in the right manner and the 4-1 thrashing of Chelsea just days after Klopp confirmed his imminent departure was one of a number of displays of defiance on the Kop that followed.

9. Liverpool 3-3 Leicester (5-4 pens), December 2021

 Liverpool's Diogo Jota celebrates after scoring the decisive penalty in the shoot-out after the Football League Cup Quarter-Final match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Diogo Jota celebrates after scoring the decisive penalty in the shoot-out after the Football League Cup Quarter-Final match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

What started out as a seemingly innocuous domestic cup tie reached derby levels of fever pitch during the glorious 2021/22 League Cup run.

Leicester‘s travelling support brought with them a depressingly predictable lack of taste, but their decision to poke fun at poverty was ultimately their own downfall as Anfield and Diogo Jota rose to the occasion.

8. Liverpool 1-0 Everton, January 2020

 Liverpool's Curtis Jones celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 235th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Curtis Jones celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 235th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

We played the kids on a Sunday night and they hardly touched the ball!

Just when you thought we were running out of amusing ways to beat our blue neighbours, Klopp struck fear into all of our hearts by putting out a team of teenagers for the Merseyside Derby in the FA Cup third round back in January 2020.

It was Everton‘s big chance to finally break their Anfield duck in the 21st century (the covid win still doesn’t count), and they kicked off as the bookies’ favourites following the team announcements.

Curtis Jones had other ideas though, and Anfield rejoiced at emerging victorious over Everton in the unusual role as underdogs.

7. Liverpool 5-2 Roma, April 2018

24th April 2018, Anfield, Liverpool, England; UEFA Champions League football, semi final, 1st leg, Liverpool versus AS Roma; Mohamed Salah of Liverpool says a prayer as he takes to the field in front of the Kop

24th April 2018, Anfield, Liverpool, England; UEFA Champions League football, semi final, 1st leg, Liverpool versus AS Roma; Mohamed Salah of Liverpool says a prayer as he takes to the field in front of the Kop

We weren’t supposed to be in the last four of the Champions League at such an early stage in the journey of Klopp’s Liverpool, let alone finding ourselves 5-0 up on such an occasion.

It was a real throwback to the good old days under Rafa Benitez in Europe, but with a team that were 10 times more fun to watch and a real sense that this was only the beginning.

European Cup semi-finals went on to become customary in the years that followed, but the bus welcome will live long in the memory, as will that frankly ludicrous opening 70 minutes.

6. Liverpool 2-0 Man United, January 2019

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (L) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mate goalkeeper Alisson Becker during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (L) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mate goalkeeper Alisson Becker during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The night we finally won the league.

We were cruelly robbed of the opportunity to celebrate our elusive 19th league title in the manner we all pictured it.

That is what makes me all the more grateful that we allowed ourselves to get so carried away when Mohamed Salah sealed the points against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s inferior bunch.

It had been five-and-a-half years since Anfield had dared to sing the words: “We’re gonna win the league.”

An unwritten, self-imposed ban inflicted by falling heartbreakingly short in 2013/14 prevented that in the interim.

We’ll always have that moment at the Kop end, a moment that went on to mean even more to us than it felt at the time.

5. Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea, April 2019

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There are certain things that can help Anfield catch fire over the course of 90 minutes.

Crunching tackles, refereeing decisions and opposition managers (naming no names) have all contributed at various points, but you’d struggle to beat two quickfire goals in the middle of a title run as a tonic.

Sadio Mane opened the scoring against Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea shortly after the break, but it is Salah’s scorcher that this game is rightly remembered for.

The goal elicited, to this day, the loudest version of ‘Allez Allez Allez’ I’ve ever heard in a league match, and it might even have shaken the ground enough to rival what we’ve conjured up under the lights on Champions League nights.

4. Liverpool 2-0 Man United, March 2016

 Red smoke billows across the pitch from the main stand as Liverpool beat Manchester United 2-0 during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 1st Leg match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Red smoke billows across the pitch from the main stand as Liverpool beat Manchester United 2-0 during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 1st Leg match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

One of Klopp’s greatest achievements as Liverpool manager is reaching three Champions League finals in the space of just five years, but the side’s run in Europe’s second-tier competition during his first season was arguably the catalyst for all of that.

The Reds’ only-ever European encounter with Man United promised to be an unbearable watch, but the first leg certainly wasn’t for the faint-hearted if you were sporting the white away kit.

It was the night the visitors were caught glancing over at the Kop during the pre-match formalities, the moment the realisation of what they were about to get themselves into set in.

I personally hope I never have to endure the prospect of that fixture in Europe again any time soon, but I’m simultaneously overjoyed that we got the chance to see the Reds do a number on our old rivals on a proper Anfield night.

3. Liverpool 3-0 Man City, April 2018

 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scores the third goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scores the third goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This was the night I knew we’d arrived, meant business and were ready to go toe-to-toe with the fellas everybody else told us were out of reach.

Nothing stirs the soul quite like facing a fellow English side on a European stage. Being underdogs and having to play the second leg away from home amplified the feelings of anxiety.

Luckily, though, the Reds played their Anfield trump card to perfect effect and blew Pep Guardiola’s team of superstars away within half an hour on the night he realised that the Reds were his biggest threat to an era of uncomplicated domination.

The Spaniard has been preoccupied with us ever since. It was a night that reminded me of being on the Kop against Chelsea when we simply weren’t prepared to allow a Premier League rival to show us up in the competition we know best as far as British clubs are concerned.

2. Liverpool 4-3 Borussia Dortmund, April 2016

 Second Leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Getty Images)

 Second Leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Getty Images)

A night that saw both clubs pick up a FIFA award for their unified rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, and possibly the one that set the tone for the miracles that followed in subsequent years.

Twice the Reds looked to be dead and buried after two early away goals were consolidated by a curled finish from Marco Reus just before the hour mark.

Yet, the air of inevitability that Klopp’s Liverpool have become famous for reared its head for the first time when Philippe Coutinho kicked off the fightback less than 10 minutes later.

The Kop has often been credited with sucking the ball into the net in times of desperation, but there is no greater example than that preposterous night eight years ago. There were some in the crowd with tears in their eyes.

1. Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona, May 2019

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If we’re honest, every other Anfield day or night in this list has been playing for second.

Klopp’s time at Liverpool has been littered with tales of his side making the impossible possible, but this one was absurd even by his lofty standards.

There would be no sixth European Cup had it not been for perhaps the greatest night Anfield has ever witnessed. No one gave us a sniff, but the manager told his players before the game: “Because it’s you, I think we have a chance.”

You sense he meant that as much about the supporters as he did his players, a side that didn’t include Salah or Roberto Firmino.

Rival fans will take great delight in telling you all about the myth of a Liverpool home crowd, but let’s have it right, there’s only one place on the planet where that turnaround would have been remotely possible.

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Salah’s new look, Slot arrives and Saudi transfer interest – Latest LFC News

Fri, 05/24/2024 - 17:11

Friday’s Liverpool FC news saw Arne Slot explore after landing on Merseyside, while Mo Salah revealed a bold new look after taking the clippers to his curls.

Arne Slot arrives on Merseyside

After being confirmed as Liverpool’s next head coach earlier in the week, Slot has arrived on Merseyside as he looks to settle into his new surroundings.

That included a trip to the Moor Hall Restaurant in Aughton, while the Dutchman is also said to have been spotted leaving Anfield by some supporters.

It would suggest that the club could officially unveil Slot as Jurgen Klopp‘s successor in the near future, with the 45-year-old likely to conduct an in-house interview as his first since taking over.

Slot is not due to formally begin work at Liverpool until June 1, and therefore his unveiling may wait until next week at the earliest.

But he is clearly eager to get started in his new position, which should be a big positive.

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 Liverpool's assistant manager Peter Krawietz embraces manager Jürgen Klopp before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-0. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's assistant manager Peter Krawietz embraces manager Jürgen Klopp before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-0. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
  • Saudi clubs are expected to push for both Salah and Kevin De Bruyne on free transfers when their contracts expire in 2025, which seems plausible (Telegraph)
  • Peter Krawietz has described Liverpool as “the only one club for me in England,” which surely rules out strange links with the Sunderland job! (LFC)
  • Portuguese coach Ruben Pinheiro, whose most recent experience is as assistant coach of CD Mafra’s U23s, has applied for Liverpool’s set-piece coach job – yeah, us neither! (Record)
Latest from the managerial circus – aren’t we glad we’re not part of it?!

  • Erik ten Hag will be sacked by Man United whether they win the FA Cup final or not – Kieran McKenna and Gareth Southgate are among six candidates to replace him (Guardian)
  • A flurry of bets has seen Jose Mourinho’s odds of becoming Chelsea manager for the third time drop dramatically – it really would be fitting of that club! (Evening Standard)
  • Barcelona have now sacked Xavi, a month after persuading him to stay, and he will be succeeded by Hansi Flick (BBC Sport)
Klopp update of the day and what you should read

Our departing manager has given a first update of life after Liverpool on his Instagram, with Klopp taking padel lessons…

And your Friday night reading comes courtesy of Danny Gallagher, who looks back on Klopp’s time in charge as he became everything Pep Guardiola ever wanted.

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