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Loan watch: Cup win for Randall as seven Reds feature

1 hour 43 min ago

Seven of Liverpool's on-loan players were in action at the weekend – read our round-up of how they fared in England, Scotland and across Europe.

On Friday night, Ryan Kent was an unused substitute for Bristol City in their 0-0 stalemate with Derby County.

Taiwo Awoniyi was unable to prevent Royal Excel Mouscron from losing 2-0 on the road at Sporting Charleroi.

Marko Grujic made his debut for Cardiff City in a goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship on Saturday. The midfielder clocked up 78 minutes before being substituted.

Matty Virtue was involved for just over an hour for Notts County, who lost 2-1 in their home meeting with Exeter City.

U23s defender Corey Whelan remained on the bench for Yeovil Town’s 2-1 defeat against Chesterfield.

In the Bundesliga, Divock Origi played the whole game as Wolfsburg were beaten 3-1 at home by Eintracht Frankfurt.

Connor Randall enjoyed a memorable afternoon on Sunday as Hearts defeated Hibernian in a Scottish Cup fourth-round Edinburgh derby at Tynecastle. The home side extended their run of not conceding a goal beyond 10 hours in claiming a late 1-0 win.

In the Netherlands, Pedro Chirivella created the equalising goal for Willem II in the 1-1 Eredivisie draw with Groningen.

Allan Rodrigues de Souza helped Apollon Limassol to a 1-0 success at Aris Limassol which maintained their unbeaten record in the Cypriot top flight.

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Iconic images: Five hundred and twenty-nine goals

3 hours 39 min ago

Throughout LFC's 125th anniversary year, Liverpoolfc.com will retrace the club's history through the striking images that plot a fascinating journey.

Sixteenth in the series shows two of the club’s greatest strikers basking in the glory of a trophy win that came at opposite ends of their respective careers. 

Between them, Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler scored 529 goals for Liverpool.

Five hundred and twenty-nine goals.

None of that astonishing total were scored in the game this celebratory photograph was taken after, though.

Thanks in the main to a virtuoso, two-goal display from Steve McManaman, the Reds had just defeated Bolton Wanderers 2-1 at Wembley to win the 1995 League Cup. 

The victory represented a 33-year-old Rush's 14th and final major honour as a Liverpool player, and a teenage Fowler's first.

That the duo's goal-laden careers overlapped was something Fowler was always grateful for. It was a textbook case of the apprentice being schooled by the master.

"He's done it all before and knows the ins and outs of the game," Fowler said at the time.

"I know I've been lucky. I'm learning from the best and if you don't learn from the likes of Ian, then who can you learn from?"

Partnering Rush up front, Fowler - who turned 20 exactly a week after this final - scored 31 goals across all competitions in 1994-95.

He would go on to net 36 times the following season - Rush's final term at Anfield - and then another 31 in 1996-97, after he'd inherited the No.9 shirt from his partner, tutor and mentor.

This iconic image depicts Liverpool's goalscoring past, present and future.

Click 'previous' to view the other photographs to feature in the series so far...

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What's on: This week's LFC community events

4 hours 13 min ago

Check out a schedule of local community events planned by the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours teams in the coming week.

For more information on these activities and the work of the two organisations, follow @LFCFoundation and @Red_Neighbours on Twitter or visit foundation.liverpoolfc.com.

Monday January 22

Premier League Kicks session
Walton, 7pm-8pm (age 11-19)

Ability Counts sessions (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-7pm (age 8-12) and 7pm-8pm (age 13+)
Speke Community Centre, 6pm-8pm (age 11+)

Tuesday January 23

Premier League Kicks session
Toxteth Firefit Hub, 5.30pm-7.30pm (age 11-19)

Respect 4 All (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-7pm (age 8-16) and 7pm-8pm (age 17+)

Wednesday January 24

Premier League Kicks sessions
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 5pm-6pm (age 7-12) and 5pm-6pm (age 8-13, girls only)

Respect 4 All (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-7pm (age 8+)                           

Thursday January 25

Premier League Kicks sessions
Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Wavertree, 5pm-6pm (age 8-13) and 6pm-7pm (age 14-17)
Gateacre, 6pm-7pm (age 11-17)

Respect 4 All (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 7pm-8pm (age 8+)

Military Veterans
Netherton Goals, 5pm-7.30pm

Friday January 26

Premier League Kicks sessions
Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Wavertree, 6pm-8pm (age 14-19)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 7pm-9pm (age 14-19)
Croxteth Sports Centre, 6pm-8pm (age 11-17)
Wirral Hive, 6pm-7pm (age 13-17)

Respect 4 All (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-7pm (age 8-16) and 7pm-8pm (age 17+)

Red Neighbours Walking Football – over 50s
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 11am-12pm

Saturday January 27

Respect 4 All (Disability)
Woodchurch, 10.30am-11.30am (SLD Child), 11.30am-12.30pm (Ability Counts), 12.30pm-1.30pm (SLD Adults)

Sunday January 28

Military Veterans
Academy, 2pm-5pm

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Tommy Lawrence funeral details

4 hours 19 min ago

The funeral of former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence will be held at 1pm on Tuesday January 30.

The Scot, who made 390 appearances for the club and won three major trophies, passed away at the age of 77 earlier this month.

His funeral will take place at St Elphin’s Parish Church, Church Street, Warrington, WA1 2TL.

Supporters wishing to pay their respects to Lawrence are asked to arrive by 12.30pm.

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Match report: U23s put four past Charlton in Premier League Cup

5 hours 13 min ago

Liverpool U23s boosted their hopes of qualification to the knockout stages of the Premier League Cup with a 4-1 win over Charlton Athletic on Sunday.

The young Reds controlled the Group G tie at Chester FC for long periods and took the points courtesy of Bobby Adekanye’s first-half brace and goals after the break from Toni Gomes and Harry Wilson.

Victory increased Neil Critchley’s side’s points tally to seven in the section, with trips to Bristol City and Stoke City ahead of them next month.

After the opening 10 minutes passed by with little action of note, Liverpool seized control of the game en route to going in front.

Gomes sent a header onto the outside of the left post from Adekanye’s cross before Yan Dhanda’s drive was repelled by Charlton goalkeeper Ashley Maynard-Brewer.

The ever-influential Wilson almost put one on a plate for Adekanye after completing a rapid one-two with Dhanda and sweeping the ball towards the back post, but the No.11 could not convert.

But the former Barcelona forward did break the deadlock in the 19th minute.

A similar move began with Ovie Ejaria sending a pass out to the right for Dhanda, who served a fine assist across the area for Adekanye to make amends from close range.

Herbie Kane blasted a brilliant effort from 25 yards that was destined for the top corner until Maynard-Brewer clawed it clear, while Brandon Hanlan reminded the Reds that their lead was slender when he ran through and swerved a curler just off target.

But the cushion Liverpool deserved was reflected in the scoreline on 39 minutes.

Kane picked out Adekanye with an excellent diagonal delivery from outside the box and the winger met the cross with a coolly-taken header back past the ‘keeper into the bottom corner.

Maynard-Brewer was at full stretch to palm out another angled Dhanda effort in the closing stages of the first half – and there was still time for the visitors to halve their deficit in stoppage-time.

Charlton stole possession at the edge of the Liverpool area and Louis-Michel Yamfam sped into shooting territory and dragged a finish beyond Caoimhin Kelleher.

Any hopes the young Addicks had of mounting a comeback were put to bed when the Reds grabbed a quickfire double early in the second half, however.

Wilson’s hard pressing in the opposition half forced an error that allowed Kane to lure out the ‘keeper and roll the ball square to Gomes for a straightforward strike into an open net.

And on 53 minutes it was four. Wilson raced onto a long pass over the Charlton defence and when Maynard-Brewer rushed out, the Welshman delicately lofted a finish home.

A deluge of rain did not deter either side from pressing for goals. Gomes worked Maynard-Brewer at one end, while Terrique Anderson pulled a low hit wide on the counter and then had a strong shot punched away by Kelleher at the other.

But the day’s scoring was done and Liverpool’s Premier League Cup ambitions received a timely boost with two games left to play in the group.

Liverpool U23s: Kelleher, Masterson, Juanma, Johnston, Alves (Longstaff, 33), Kane, Dhanda, Ejaria, Gomes, Wilson, Adekanye.

Unused substitutes: Sharif, Grabara, Glennon.

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Boss explains why Reds needed January break

7 hours 56 min ago

Jürgen Klopp has explained why the Liverpool squad were afforded a break between the Anfield victories over Everton and Manchester City this month.

The FA Cup Merseyside derby was the Reds’ 10th competitive fixture in 34 days as a gruelling festive schedule provided a stern test of the team’s fitness throughout December and into the New Year.

Klopp’s men emerged from the run with their unbeaten record intact – and followed up their short spell away with a thrilling 4-3 win against Premier League leaders City last weekend.

With so many games in their legs, the manager knew the time was right for the players to relax and rejuvenate before the intensity continues in the second half of the season.

“For us, it was always clear: the first moment we had the opportunity to give the boys a few days somewhere else, we would do it immediately. You have to do it after the unbelievably intense period,” said the German.

“In the last two years we couldn’t do it, we were always in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup. This year, there is nothing good to say about going out of the Carabao Cup other than you don’t have to play two games in a moment when everybody is pretty much on the edge.

“Using that time was clear, but will it make a difference? If you do the four days right and everything else wrong, then it will make no difference. I think it was right.

“Now we had [a kind of] pre-season. We had two weeks with six or seven training sessions, which is very important. We can remind ourselves and give information for different games. With City it was really important that we could train before the game, and now we can prepare for Swansea, which is important.

“I was pleased to give the boys these few days.”

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'Pressing from another planet' - LFC quotes of the week

9 hours 11 min ago

From a thrilling 4-3 victory over Manchester City for the first team to the U18s' FA Youth Cup heartbreak, it has been another action-packed week at Liverpool FC - here is a summary of a busy seven days in quotes...

“When I was a kid, I used to do a goal celebration that was a back-flip. I did it a lot when I was younger. It’s something I wanted to do again, but maybe it’s best not to try! I did it up to four years ago, but not anymore!”

Roberto Firmino explains the evolution of his unusual celebrations

“He was absolutely gobsmacked when he got home from school and opened the package – he couldn’t believe it. I still don’t think he can. He was bouncing around the house all night, showing his brother and phoning his nan, his uncle and other family and friends to tell them.”

Jason Daly reveals how his 10-year-old son, Rocco, reacted after receiving a signed jersey from Virgil van Dijk through the post

“Just after we scored the fourth, I’d won a couple of tackles and to hear them sing your name is always nice, especially the Kop, the noise they make. It started getting going and it gives you goosebumps.”

Andy Robertson on having his name chanted at Anfield during the win over Manchester City

“You get chills.”

Dejan Lovren describes watching the nine-minute, three-goal blitz against City

“In this period, we played pressing from another planet. Really, I saw a few nice games in my life but this period was really one of the better ones. I’m really happy.”

Jürgen Klopp used extra-terrestrial terms in his summary of that second half

“He is a great kid and a fantastic footballer. He is a mentally strong kid as well and I’m sure he will bounce back. Everybody is rallying around him and making sure he stays in the best place he can be in.”

Steven Gerrard on Rhian Brewster, who is facing a spell out with a high ankle sprain

“It says a lot about him as a person to make the decision he did. To choose to come and leave a club like that, with the other options he probably had, shows what kind of club this is and that he really wants to be here. Credit to him for doing that.”

Joe Gomez hails Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s decision to join Liverpool from Arsenal last summer

“He was my idol, I had his shirt and posters on the wall – it’s really special. I’ve learned more in this half-season than in the rest of my life.”

Edvard Tagseth is living the dream working with Gerrard for Liverpool U18s

“That we think we would miss him in our training group – with this quality squad – is maybe the biggest compliment you can give to him.”

The manager explains why Ben Woodburn’s importance to the first team means he won’t leave on loan this month

“That moment just showed how hard he is working and how well he fits into our side. It was great to see.”

Loris Karius on Robertson’s second-half pressing against City

“If something jumped in my face then maybe we will think about it, but if not we don’t actively look to find a new player that we don’t know so far and think that’s a solution. I could not really say we are active.”

Klopp reveals his policy for the remainder of the transfer window

“If you make a mistake, Liverpool punish you. They are so fast with Mane, Firmino, Salah and Oxlade-Chamberlain. They have the quality to run and make fast counter-attacks.”

Pep Guardiola on City’s 4-3 defeat at Anfield

“We had a long conversation about it and he’s looking forward to it. He wants to be a Liverpool player and I want him to be a Liverpool player. He gets the opportunity to play at Cardiff. It’s a very good decision.”

The boss discusses this week’s loan move for Marko Grujic

“We are on the wrong side of the result but I can’t be too critical of the team because they emptied everything they have got in terms of effort, commitment and desire – they gave the club everything.”

Gerrard was left frustrated but proud after the U18s lost their FA Youth Cup tie against Arsenal after extra-time

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Sunday's LFC transfer rumours

10 hours 22 min ago
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Toni Kroos wants to work with Jürgen Klopp

10 hours 27 min ago

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos want to work with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, according to reports in Spain.

Kroos is said to be growing frustrated at Real Madrid and has been hugely disappointed by this season’s failure to defend their La Liga title.

Spanish outlet Don Balon claim the Germany international has a number of offers on the table to leave the Bernabeu.

And the report says he is keen to jump ship and work with his fellow countryman and Liverpool boss Klopp.

Kroos has reportedly been told by his team-mates that Klopp is a fantastic manager to play for and the midfielder’s interest has been piqued.

Source: Daily Express

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

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Thomas Lemar blow for Liverpool and Arsenal

10 hours 39 min ago

Thomas Lemar is only interested in a move to Barcelona, according to reports.

It’s a huge blow for Liverpool and Arsenal who have been actively pursuing the Monaco forward.

Both clubs have made contact with Monaco over the France international, with a deal that would have seen the 22-year-old come to the Premier League last summer nearly agreed.

Eventually Lemar stayed with Monaco but Arsenal have made enquiries this month while Liverpool are expected to make a move in the summer if he is still available.

But it could all be for nothing, with the Daily Mirror reporting that Lemar is only interested in a switch to Barcelona.

The forward is said to have his heart set on a move to the Nou Camp. He will hope that the Spanish side make a bid for him in the summer, with reports suggesting he is on their wish list of players as they continue to rebuild after the departure of Neymar.

Speaking about the possibility of Lemar leaving, Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim said recently: “Today, the market is open. You know how crazy the market is.

“Things happen that even a club like Monaco cannot say no to. It happened to Liverpool [with Coutinho]. Things are as they are.

“The numbers today are incredibly big. Everything can change. The things I can say today are not true tomorrow.”

Source: Metro

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

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1pm GMT: Watch the U23s face Charlton live on LFCTV GO

10 hours 54 min ago

Liverpool U23s host Charlton Athletic in the Premier League Cup at Chester FC on Sunday afternoon - and you can watch the game live on LFCTV GO with our coverage starting at 12.55pm GMT.

Neil Critchley's side will hope to bounce back from their 3-2 defeat at Manchester City last week as they look for their first victory of 2018.

Kick-off at Chester is at 1pm and we will bring you the whole match live with our single-camera coverage.

Tune in via the stream below. Not yet signed up and want to watch? Click here to join now.

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Gerrard proud but frustrated after dramatic Anfield tie

11 hours 11 min ago

Steven Gerrard was left with mixed emotions after his Liverpool U18s side lost 3-2 to Arsenal in their 120-minute FA Youth Cup fourth-round tie at Anfield.

The Reds legend was proud of the effort and determination of his team on Saturday, but frustrated that they were unable to produce the equaliser in extra-time that their overall play merited.

With 11 players making their Anfield debuts, Robbie Burton had fired the young Gunners into the lead with a deflected effort, but 16-year-old Scouser Curtis Jones turned the tie around with two strikes.

Gerrard’s charges were five minutes away from victory but substitute Bukayo Saka ran through to finish emphatically, and in the first period of extra-time the same player set up Tyreece John-Jules for a Kop-end winner.

Reflecting on the defeat, the boss could not fault any of his players for effort.

“It was an unbelievable game and I think the supporters that came out saw a very entertaining game,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.

“Unfortunately, we are on the wrong side of the result but I can’t be too critical of the team because they emptied everything they have got in terms of effort, commitment and desire – they gave the club everything.

“Our performance was the complete opposite to Tottenham a few weeks back, so I’m very proud of them in that sense, but very disappointed and frustrated with the result because I don’t think there was much in the game between the two sides. It was a result that could have gone either way but congratulations to Arsenal and they are on the right side of it.”

LFCTV GO: Watch highlights from the Anfield tie

Gerrard took pride from the fact his side gave everything in the search for an extra-time leveller, having already reversed a deficit during the 90 minutes.

He added: “We showed great character and determination to get back in the game. At the end we were 3-2 down and were the ones who were looking to try and get back in the match.

“There were people cramping up, people who had nothing left to give but we were the ones who were threatening Arsenal’s box with crosses, and as a coach that’s all you can ask for, for your team to fight all the way to the end, and we did that.

“I’ve learned a lot about the players over the 120 minutes. I’ve learned that a lot of them are capable of handling this stage and the game and I thought a few of them did really well.

“There’s a few of them who deserve individual praise – I won’t name any names – and there’s a few in there that the stage was a bit too big for and they got found out, but that’s why we wanted to provide this environment for them to find those answers, and we learned a lot.

“I’m hurting now and I’m disappointed. It’s straight after the game and it’s still a bit raw and the dressing room is silent and people are down, but I’ve said to them, ‘look, we can’t change it and we’ve got to bounce back and lift ourselves’. We’ve got an important league game coming up against Stoke City in 12 or 13 days so we need to be ready to go again and protect ourselves at the top of the league.

“Arsenal have got some really good players in the forward positions. I thought their No.7 was magnificent for them, their No.10 was a threat, their No.9, and they’ve got some pace and got some quick boys.

“We knew they were going to have moments in the game and cause us some problems but we caused them many problems as well. It was a fantastic, entertaining game and I could quite easily be speaking now with us having won the game 3-2. It was one of those days.”

On a personal level, the chance to take charge of a Liverpool side at his beloved Anfield was a humbling occasion for Gerrard.

“I enjoyed the experience,” he said.

“I would love to be standing here now as a winner so I’m very disappointed with the result, but the experience of coming back here I loved.”

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Klopp: Loan move a great opportunity for Grujic

11 hours 16 min ago

Jürgen Klopp expects Marko Grujic and Liverpool to benefit in the long-term from the Serbia international's loan move to Cardiff City.

Midfielder Grujic made his debut for the promotion-chasing Championship club as a starter during their 0-0 draw with Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday after completing his temporary switch three days earlier.

With the 21-year-old having been restricted to six first-team appearances for the Reds this season, Klopp believes his development will be aided by the chance to play regularly in the second half of the campaign.

The boss told Liverpoolfc.com: “We miss him already in the training group because he developed really in a fantastic way. But because of the quality we have in the squad, it happened really often that he was not even in the squad. That’s not nice and he needs these 20 games in the Championship. I’m really happy for him. 

“We had a long conversation about it and he’s looking forward to it. He wants to be a Liverpool player and I want him to be a Liverpool player. He gets the opportunity to play at Cardiff. 

“It’s a difficult league as we all know. They are in a good position and maybe they will have play-off games, which would be a fantastic experience. So it’s a very good decision.”

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Swansea v Liverpool: Team news

12 hours 11 min ago

Virgil van Dijk is in contention to make his Premier League debut for Liverpool against Swansea City on Monday night after returning to training this week following a hamstring complaint.

The January signing missed the dramatic 4-3 win over Manchester City but joined in the team’s sessions at Melwood this week and is ‘completely fine’ ahead of the journey to the Liberty Stadium.

Daniel Sturridge is fit, but Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren and Mohamed Salah each suffered with illness during the week.

“Raggy was out, but hopefully back today. Dejan was out. Mo Salah was out, but hopefully back today,” Jürgen Klopp explained at his press conference on Friday.

“Mo and Raggy are on the good side of it already, but with Dejan we are not 100 per cent sure [if he will be back today].”

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Jordan Henderson and Alberto Moreno continue to make encouraging strides in their recoveries from respective hamstring and ankle injuries, though the clash with 20th-placed Swansea is likely to come too soon for either to feature.

“It is close, but maybe close and not enough time for Swansea,” the boss said of the Reds captain. “But [after that] Hendo is back and that’s good news.”

On Moreno, he added: “Alberto is back in training a few days longer and we have to see. We will not put any rush on him, but he will be back for sure after Swansea as well – or even maybe Swansea, I’m not sure.”

Loris Karius will continue in goal after back-to-back Anfield appearances against Everton and City.

There was positive fitness news for the Welsh club in the build-up to the game, meanwhile.

Defender Mike van der Hoorn had to be taken off during the Swans’ previous league outing, a 1-1 draw at Newcastle United, but made a prompt return to training and is available to Carlos Carvalhal.

The hosts are also hopeful of having Renato Sanches (hamstring) and Tammy Abraham (hip) for the match, while Angel Rangel (calf) is working towards full fitness.

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Match preview: U23s host Charlton in Premier League Cup

Sat, 20/01/2018 - 23:00

Liverpool U23s are back in action on Sunday when they host Charlton Athletic in the Premier League Cup at Chester FC.

Neil Critchley's side were held to a 1-1 draw at Charlton in their opening game of the tournament, then thrashed Bristol City 7-0, before a 4-3 defeat by Stoke City in their most recent group tie.

After home and away clashes with each team in the section, the top two will progress to the knockout stage.

The young Reds are currently third in the group but a trio of victories would secure qualification.

Where is the game being played? The tie is taking place at the Swansway Chester Stadium, home of Chester FC, with kick-off set for 1pm GMT.

How can I watch the game? We are showing the match live with our single-camera coverage on LFCTV GO. Click here to sign up now.

If you want to go to the match, tickets are free for season ticket holders and LFC Members simply by showing your card, otherwise it is just £3 for adults and £1 for children on the gate.

View from the manager, Neil Critchley

"We had a really tough game against Charlton Athletic down at the Valley early on in the season. We played out a 1-1 draw and this is a game we need to win.

"We know this will be an extremely tough game but we need to bounce back in this competition after losing our last game, 4-3 to Stoke City. We didn't play very well in that game and we need a response against Charlton.

"It's a competition we want to progress in and if we want to do that then we can't afford any more slip-ups because the games are running out.

"The boys have trained really well this week. There was a bit of a fresh look to the team last Friday against Manchester City with the players we have out on loan, and I think it will be similar on Sunday.

"Some of the boys who have been maybe slightly frustrated so far at not getting as many opportunities as they would have liked are going to get chances now, and it's up to them to grab that opportunity."

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Report: Youth Cup heartbreak for Gerrard's U18s at Anfield

Sat, 20/01/2018 - 21:17

There was heartbreak for Liverpool U18s as they suffered a 3-2 defeat against Arsenal after extra-time in their FA Youth Cup fourth-round tie at Anfield.

Steven Gerrard’s side trailed in the 16th minute of the clash, Robbie Burton benefiting from a significant deflection to find the net at the Kop end.

But Curtis Jones levelled moments before the interval with a composed finish from Rafael Camacho’s set-up and the 16-year-old bagged his and the Reds’ second moments after the restart – via a fortunate flick off a defender.

Their lead held until the final five minutes, when substitute Bukayo Saka found the roof of the net to force extra-time and the only strike in the additional 30 minutes came from Arsenal’s Tyreece John-Jules to eliminate the hosts.

There was a slow start to the affair on a cold afternoon at Anfield, with Trae Coyle denied by an excellent Neco Williams block while John-Jules let the home side off as he scuffed a decent chance wide from inside the area.

The Gunners did take the lead with 16 minutes on the clock, however, courtesy of a large slice of luck.

Gerrard’s charges cleared Xavier Amaechi’s free-kick delivery from the right hand side to the edge of the box, but the ball was recycled to Burton and his drive took a wicked deflection and sailed past the unfortunate Viteslav Jaros into the net.

Arsenal dropped deeper in an attempt to settle the tempo of the game and preserve their lead, leaving Liverpool frustrated in their efforts to pick a way through to goal.

Adam Lewis’ crossing from full-back offered encouragement without creating a clear-cut chance – but the young Reds did equalise with three minutes remaining in the first half.

Much of the credit for the leveller goes to Camacho for his rapid dribble along the left flank and the vision he showed to knock an outstanding assist into the area for Jones to nonchalantly side-foot back across Joao Virginia.

And the Reds carried their momentum into the second half to edge ahead on 49 minutes.

Jones persevered as he tried to create room at close range and, once a slight gap opened up, the forward fired a cross-shot that nicked off a defender and nestled in.

Gerrard’s team thought they had a third shortly after as Liam Millar clinically headed a Lewis cross into the top corner. A raised flag from the linesman quickly cut short their celebrations, however.

There were half-chances for John-Jules, Matthew Smith and Amaechi as Arsenal sought a response in a relatively balanced half of football – and they finally got one with just five minutes left to play.

Substitute Saka’s pace and trickery from the left flank fashioned an opportunity to shoot that he grasped by firing high into the roof of the net, meaning extra-time as evening fell.

Buoyed by the equaliser, the Gunners began the additional half-hour on the front foot and threatened when Amaechi – a constant nuisance to Liverpool – broke in behind and forced a hasty clearance from Tom Clayton.

They did take the lead in the 97th minute, though.

From a similar move, Saka was freed at the right hand side of the Reds box and his cross was converted under pressure by John-Jules.

Liverpool refused to give it up and a last-gasp, fingertip save from Virginia denied a bobbling header from Yasser Larouci deep into extra-time, but it wasn’t to be for Gerrard and his team and Arsenal move on to the fifth round.

Liverpool U18s: Jaros, N. Williams (Larouci, 95), Lewis, R. Williams (Sharif, 104), Boyes, Clayton, Tagseth, Dixon-Bonner, Millar (McAuley, 106), Jones, Camacho.

Unused substitutes: Glennon, Atherton.

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LFC U18s 2-3 Arsenal: How the Youth Cup tie happened

Sat, 20/01/2018 - 21:05
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LFC U18s v Arsenal: Live FA Youth Cup updates

Sat, 20/01/2018 - 14:49

Klopp: 'Enjoy it!'

Jürgen Klopp had a special message for Gerrard and his players ahead of the big occasion, insisting that the U18s should grab the oppportunity in their hands.

"I like the idea that the boys get the experience. Not only for Steven, he's had the experience there. But for the U18s it's fantastic to play at Anfield," he said.

"If you're a Liverpool supporter, go there and enjoy the atmosphere – and create an atmosphere. It would be fantastic if thousands of people could sing You'll Never Walk Alone. There's enough space at Anfield. Bring the noise there."

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'To have Lallana back now is a brilliant boost'

Sat, 20/01/2018 - 13:15

Adam Lallana's availability for the second half of the season will feel like a new signing for Liverpool.

The No.20 was sidelined until late November after sustaining a thigh injury in the summer and made his first start of the campaign at Burnley on New Year’s Day.

Having the England international at Jürgen Klopp’s disposal is a timely and ‘brilliant’ boost for the Reds as they embark on the upcoming run-in, according to Chris Kirkland.

“Adam is superb, he sets the tempo when we’re pressing and he has fantastic ability,” said the former Liverpool goalkeeper.

“It is like a new signing for us because he’s been out that long, so it is like we’ve gone out and signed him now in January and he’s a new player coming in. To have that is brilliant.”

Jordan Henderson is nearing a return, too, having joined his teammates in training at Melwood this week following a spell out due to a hamstring issue.

The captain is likely to come into contention for next weekend’s FA Cup tie with West Bromwich Albion, and Kirkland is pleased that his old side’s options are increasing.

“He’ll be desperate. He is behind the team and in the dressing room all the time, encouraging the lads. It shows the way he is,” added the 36-year-old.

“He has been out for quite a while and it’s a fantastic player to come into your squad and be available for selection.”

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Saturday's LFC transfer rumours

Sat, 20/01/2018 - 12:22
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