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'We have to stay positive in a game whatever happens'

49 min 45 sec ago

Jürgen Klopp does not expect Liverpool’s Carabao Cup tie with Leicester City to have much bearing on Saturday’s Premier League meeting, but the boss has acknowledged the need for his side to learn to ‘stay positive in a game whatever happens’.

The Reds will return to the King Power Stadium just four days after losing 2-0 there in the third round of the League Cup - a game that saw both Klopp and his Foxes counterpart Craig Shakespeare rotate their teams.

A failure to make their first-half dominance show on the scoreboard cost Liverpool dearly, with Leicester scoring twice after the break to secure their place in the fourth round.

However, Klopp expects Saturday’s match to unfold differently due, primarily, to the expected changes in personnel on both sides.

“I think both teams will not think too much about this game because there will be different line-ups for sure, on both sides obviously,” the manager said at Thursday’s press conference.

“I think Leicester has a typical style of play. They couldn’t play like this [on Tuesday] because Jamie Vardy is a pretty key player for this kind of play and also Mahrez is a key player for this. Both were not involved so that means it was different, but we know of course how Leicester play usually. 

“A lot of things will be the same and a few things will be different. It’s all about being really quick and after they win the ball they are really quick and pass it in behind. They go for set-pieces, Fuchs will be back probably so that means throw-ins are back in the game and all that stuff. 

“So we know about it. We did well in games and we did not so good in games against these things.”

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Despite the disappointment of ultimately being knocked out of the tournament, Klopp was satisfied with Liverpool’s display before the interval and urged his players to remain upbeat regardless of events within matches.

He continued: “I thought, and that’s the main thing, that we showed again good shape [on Tuesday]. Yes, we need to involve this kind of very useful aggression, we need to involve the greed, we need to involve the real fight for the result and even when we are 1-0 down. 

“With that many changes you cannot always expect everything but of course 1-0 is not a result which closes the game - if we’re in a 1-0 lead it’s not the close and the other way around it’s the same. But after 1-0 the game changed for Leicester, that’s how it is. 

“It’s not a big problem usually if you concede a goal if you go on playing like we did before, when we could also have scored, but in this moment it changed the game.

“We all have to fight for this - staying positive in a game whatever happens, that’s how it is. 

“In the beginning it was so nice, how fluent we are, how creative we are and how we are still fluent and still creative but we don’t score, so it’s a big problem. 

“For me, it’s important that I can help the players with staying really positive about this, plus changing the right things, plus including the right things. We are still in a good moment but of course it’s the Premier League again and we need results and that’s what we want to go for.”

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Watch free: Jürgen Klopp's pre-match press conference

1 hour 3 min ago

Jürgen Klopp previewed the Premier League clash with Leicester City today – watch his press conference again in full and for free with us.

Liverpool return to King Power Stadium on Saturday evening, having been beaten by the Foxes in their Carabao Cup tie earlier this week.

Get Klopp’s thoughts on the upcoming match, the condition of his squad and the latest Reds news by viewing his media briefing via our official YouTube channel below.

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Klopp: How LFC are working on defending second balls

1 hour 6 min ago

Jürgen Klopp has explained how Liverpool are working to solve their issues around defending second balls in order to avoid the concession of unnecessary goals.

The Reds have been bitten by a failure to deal with knockdowns from lofted deliveries in their last two outings - a 1-1 home draw with Burnley and 2-0 defeat away to Leicester City.

The boss is understandably keen to eradicate this flaw from his team's game, and insists work is being done on a daily basis at Melwood to realise that aim.

But he accepts it may take time for Liverpool to become totally natural in repelling an aerial assault from their opponents.

"It’s concentration but it’s also a little bit of readiness in these moments," he told reporters ahead of Saturday's trip to face Leicester - this time in the Premier League.

"So, the second ball situation, we have spoken about set-pieces since I’ve been here more or less. In different moments, we conceded a few goals with a first ball - cross-header, cross-volley, whatever - we solved this, so far.

"[We have] a much better formation, we use formation very well. That’s how it is, we cannot defend a set-piece with a header to the other half [of the pitch], a 50-yard header, so there will be an opportunity for a second ball.

"Fighting for these balls we need to do differently. What we have at the moment because of the situation is that everybody wants to help where the first ball is, you see this very often.

"We come too close together in the situation where the first ball is going after a throw-in. It means for the second ball we don't have a good formation but we really work on this.

"We see it in the game and, again, the step is in the wrong direction. Around these situations there is not the same confidence as there is [with] the ball, it looks much more natural.

"That’s the situation, each manager in football has another hole to fill. But, if you would ask me what would you prefer: Do you want your team perfect in defending set-pieces but don’t know how to play football, or would you prefer the other way round?' I still would take this one.

"We are on it, how you can imagine. But I cannot do it and say, 'Look at this, look at this, look at this!' In the moment, it feels like we solved it but in the situation you can see again we are back to old patterns or how we did it a few weeks before.

"We need to get more natural in these things because it's not that difficult to be honest but it happens too often, that’s how it is. Now we have to work - that's what we did already and that's what we do again. And then it will be even more difficult to create something against us."

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JK: Injury doubts won't affect our Leicester preparations

1 hour 23 min ago

Jürgen Klopp is confident Liverpool will be ready should centre-backs Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren both be ruled out of Saturday’s trip to Leicester City.

The duo will be assessed ahead of the trip to the King Power Stadium, with Lovren having missed the last two fixtures due to a back problem while Matip sustained a knock against Burnley last Saturday.

Nevertheless, Klopp is confident the Reds' preparations won't be negatively impacted upon by the doubts.

Asked how his side would set up if both were to be ruled out, the manager replied: “It would be the third game in a row for Ragnar if he plays again. Joe made a game in the centre-half position, so then we would have to see how we can manage it if it was to be like this. I don’t hope it is like this.

“Then Trent probably plays again at full-back and three days later again because Joe is suspended, stuff like this – it’s a normal day for a football manager.

“We will we have to see what we can do, but until I know it is not verified how it is exactly. I have to wait and we have to train with the boys if they can train today.

"Then we will prepare for the game and then we will see until Saturday, but there are still two days to go to see which players will be available.

“It is a normal challenge, it’s not that it’s worse or better than the other situations. It’s how it is. Players can get ill overnight and then you have to make another plan. That’s why we prepare pretty much everything when we know who we can use.”

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Boss: Give Oxlade-Chamberlain time to make an impact

1 hour 31 min ago

Jürgen Klopp has explained why Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should be afforded time to make his impact with Liverpool.

The England international was handed a first start for the Reds on Tuesday night but things did not go to plan, personally or collectively, as a 2-0 defeat was suffered against Leicester City in the Carabao Cup.

Klopp’s men return to King Power Stadium on Saturday for another meeting in the Premier League, and the manager was asked about Oxlade-Chamberlain’s full debut during his pre-match press conference.

“Ox had a few really good situations and a few unlucky situations,” he told reporters at Melwood.

“I thought he did really well in the moments when you could see that he tries to adapt to the style of play and all that stuff.

“He had a little problem with the calf, not an injury but a little problem. We all need to get used to this and manage it a little bit better.

“But it was his first game from the start, nothing else. After a game like this, that you lost and he didn’t make the best game in his life, people probably ask ‘Where is the impact he can make?’ But I’m not in doubt about this.”

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LFC fitness latest: Updates on Lovren, Matip and Can

2 hours 12 min ago

Liverpool will need to check on the fitness of Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Emre Can ahead of the Premier League clash with Leicester City on Saturday.

Jürgen Klopp confirmed on Thursday the trio are carrying knocks and will need to be assessed before the return to the King Power Stadium.

Lovren has missed the Reds’ last two outings due to a back issue, while Matip and Can sustained knocks against Burnley last weekend.

Klopp told his pre-match press conference: “It’s nothing major with Dejan but it was enough to keep him out of two games and he is not in training so far, so that means he is also a doubt for the weekend, which is not too cool.

“It’s the same with, but completely different [injuries], Joel Matip and Emre Can. They have little bits from the last game so we have to see if they can be back in training today or tomorrow, but it’s not sure at the moment.”

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Shana Tova to fans celebrating Rosh Hashanah

2 hours 23 min ago

Liverpool Football Club would like to say ‘Shana Tova’ to all of our supporters celebrating Rosh Hashanah.

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See your name in Liverpool FC history

3 hours 14 min ago

This October, a new official club book, Liverpool FC 125: The Alternative History, will be released to commemorate the club’s 125th birthday.

Inside, you’ll discover a celebration of the Reds like no other, featuring 125 varied things that made Liverpool FC the successful, iconic, fabled football club that is loved by millions around the globe – but told in a completely different way to bring to life the unique story of one of the game’s most famous teams.

Every person who pre-orders a copy by October 1, 2017 will have the opportunity to see their name, or a name of their choice, included on a special scroll of honour inside the pages of the publication itself.

Simply pre-order your book here and type the name in the ‘special instructions’ box, or email sportmedia@trinitymirror.com.

Please note, you are responsible for the spelling of your chosen name.

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Adam Lallana fitness update

3 hours 40 min ago

Adam Lallana took another important step in his rehabilitation on Thursday morning by running outside at Melwood for the first time since sustaining a thigh injury.

The Liverpool midfielder was out jogging at the training ground as he continues to recover from the issue he picked up during the Audi Cup final at the beginning of August.

Lallana was initially ruled out for ‘a couple of months’ but remains on track, recently confirming to Liverpoolfc.com that he is ‘getting on well’.

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More detail submitted on proposed Kirkby development

4 hours 2 min ago

Liverpool FC has today submitted further detail to Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council on its design for the proposed redevelopment of its Academy site in Kirkby.

Outline planning permission was granted by KMBC earlier this month and this latest submission deals with the outstanding information around the layout, access, scale and appearance of the proposed development.

While the submission marks another step forward on the club’s journey to bring its first team and Academy football training operations and facilities together on one site, there are a number of other key milestones and consents required before the certainty needed to progress the redevelopment of the Academy site is achieved.

It is expected that this reserved matters application will be reviewed by KMBC’s planning department later this year.

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Sophie Ingle agrees new Liverpool Ladies contract

4 hours 10 min ago

Wales captain Sophie Ingle has agreed a new contract with Liverpool Ladies.

The 26-year-old has been a key player for the Reds since joining from Bristol Academy in 2015 and was voted Liverpool Ladies Players’ Player of the Year 2017.

The versatile midfielder, who can also play in defence, was named Wales Player of the Year 2016 last season following a great campaign for both club and country.

On signing a new deal, Ingle said: “I am thrilled to have agreed a new deal and can’t wait for our first game of the season. I have really enjoyed my time at Liverpool Ladies so far and have a big belief that we as a team can go on to win trophies.

“Our squad has massive potential so I am really excited for what the future brings at Liverpool Ladies.”

Reds manager Scott Rogers was delighted to agree an extension with Ingle, adding: “Sophie has proven since joining in 2015 what a fantastic player she is, so this is a really important deal for the club.

“Sophie is a key player for us who is incredibly calm and composed on the ball, so we are really pleased that she has agreed to stay at Liverpool Ladies.”

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Sadio Mane: We will respond

4 hours 34 min ago

Sadio Mane insists Liverpool's recent run of frustrating form 'can happen' and fully expects his teammates to produce a reaction.

The Reds are without a win in four matches, with defeats at Manchester City and Leicester City sandwiching successive home draws against Sevilla and Burnley.

Mane has missed the past two games due to a domestic suspension and will complete his ban when Jürgen Klopp’s side return to King Power Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.

But the Senegal international is confident Liverpool can halt their winless run and resume the level of performance on show before the international break.

He told ESPN: “Sometimes it can happen in football, but the most important thing is the reaction and it is important to do that. We have a great team and great qualities in the team, and I think we will [respond].

“These kinds of results can happen in any team, but we will do our best to change the situation. We will try to take it game by game.”

Mane will make his comeback when Liverpool journey to Russia for the second fixture of their Champions League Group E campaign, against Spartak Moscow on Tuesday.

And the No.19 knows the importance of gaining a positive result after being held to a 2-2 draw when Sevilla visited Anfield earlier this month.

“It is very exciting to be playing in the Champions League because it is the dream of every player in the world,” the forward said.

“It’s a big competition in Europe and we have played one game already against Sevilla and did not get the result we wanted.

“Now we have to go to Spartak, but why not go there and win? I know they are a good team. They would not be in the Champions League if they weren’t.”

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LFC Ladies season tickets still on sale for 2017-18

5 hours 29 min ago

With just over a week to go until Liverpool Ladies play their first home game of the new season against Reading FC Women on Friday September 29, fans can still buy their season ticket.

Watch the likes of England internationals Siobhan Chamberlain, Alex Greenwood and Casey Stoney in action against some of the best teams in women’s football at the Select Security Stadium in Widnes.

The season ticket offers great value for money with entry included for all Reds home games across three major competitions – The FA Women’s Super League, the SSE Women’s FA Cup and the Continental Tyres Cup.

Season ticket prices

Adults - £35
Children (U16) and concessions - £17
Family (two adults and two children) - £70

Disabled supporters with wheelchair access requirements are asked to purchase season tickets for LLFC by contacting 0151 263 2361 or emailing LadiesEnquires@liverpoolfc.com to discuss individual requirements.

How to buy

Supporters can purchase season tickets online, which will be sent along with a welcome letter from Liverpool Ladies captain Gemma Bonner.

Individual match tickets can also be purchased. Adults are £5 online or £6 on the gate and children (under 16) and concessions are £2.50 online or £3 on the gate.

For any more information about season tickets for Liverpool Ladies FC, please email LadiesEnquires@liverpoolfc.com.

Supporters should note that although Liverpool Ladies play their first Women's Super League game of the season on Friday against Everton at the Select Security Stadium in Widnes, this is classed as an away fixture. Both teams share the ground for home games.

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Season Tickets still on sale for Liverpool Ladies FC 2017-18 season

5 hours 29 min ago

With just over a week to go until Liverpool Ladies play their first home game of the new season against Reading FC Women on Friday September 29, fans can still buy their season ticket.

Watch the likes of England internationals Siobhan Chamberlain, Alex Greenwood and Casey Stoney in action against some of the best teams in women’s football at the Select Security Stadium in Widnes.

The season ticket offers great value for money with entry included for all Reds’ home games across three major competitions – The FA Women's Super League, the SSE Women's FA Cup and the Continental Tyres Cup.

Season ticket prices

Adults £35
Children (U16) and concessions £17
Family (two adults and two children) £70

Disabled supporters with wheelchair access requirements are asked to purchase season tickets for LLFC by contacting 0151 263 2361 or emailing LadiesEnquires@liverpoolfc.com to discuss individual requirements.

How to buy

Supporters can purchase season tickets online which will be sent along with a welcome letter from Liverpool Ladies captain, Gemma Bonner.

Individual match tickets can also be purchased. Adults are £5 online or £6 on the gate and children (under 16) and concessions are £2.50 online or £3 on the gate.

For any more information about season tickets for Liverpool Ladies FC, please email LadiesEnquires@liverpoolfc.com.

Supporters should note that although Liverpool Ladies play their first Women's Super League game of the season on Friday against Everton at the Select Security Stadium in Widnes, this is classed as an away fixture. Both teams share the ground for home games.

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Reds eye Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano

5 hours 59 min ago

Liverpool are keen on RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, according to reports in Germany.

German publication BILD claim they are eyeing the France youngster.

The 18-year-old only joined Leipzig in January from Red Bull Salzburg.

And he has a new contract offer on the table from the Germans which would raise his buyout clause to €100m.

But Liverpool could still rest Leipzig’s resolve having agreed a deal to sign Naby Keita next summer.

Liverpool paid Keita’s buyout clause with an additional premium to make sure they could sign him next summer after interest from Barcelona.

Liverpool had wanted Keita in the summer just gone but the German side refused to sell.

And now they could have another decision to make if Liverpool go in for the defender.

Upamecano has been capped by France U19s and is expected to have a big future.

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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Live and free: Watch Jürgen Klopp's pre-match press conference

6 hours 42 min ago

Jürgen Klopp will preview the Premier League clash with Leicester City from 1pm BST today – watch his press conference live and free with us.

Liverpool return to King Power Stadium on Saturday evening, having been beaten by the Foxes in their Carabao Cup tie earlier this week.

Get Klopp’s thoughts on the upcoming match, the condition of his squad and the latest Reds news by tuning in to his media briefing via our official YouTube channel.

Return to this page before the start time to access the free stream from Melwood.

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Watch again: Live LFC training from Melwood on Facebook

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 20:21

Our official Facebook page provided live coverage from Liverpool's training session on Wednesday afternoon - and you can watch the footage again on demand.

The Reds returned to Melwood to begin preparations for their second meeting with Leicester City of the week – in the Premier League this Saturday evening.

See how Jürgen Klopp’s charges started their work towards a strong response following Tuesday’s Carabao Cup defeat against the Foxes in our stream from the training ground, which is available by clicking here to visit the official Liverpool FC Facebook page.

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'I've craved the feeling' - Danny Ings on his first-team return

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 19:30

A positive for Liverpool on an otherwise frustrating night at Leicester City on Tuesday was the return to first-team action of Danny Ings after an 11-month absence.

Little under a year after the striker suffered the second serious knee injury of his Reds career, Ings took a huge step in his rehabilitation as a second-half substitute at King Power Stadium.

Collectively, it was an evening to forget for the club as Jürgen Klopp’s team were eliminated from the Carabao Cup at the third-round stage by a 2-0 defeat to the Foxes.

There was a silver lining for Ings on a personal level, however, with his appearance from the bench the culmination of months of hard work and mental strength in recovery.

“It was mixed emotions really,” he told Liverpoolfc.com. “You want to get the win and you want it to be the perfect night, getting minutes after the long road to recovery, but it wasn’t our night in the end.

“But on a personal note, it’s great to be back part of it, being around the lads and getting used to travelling away. It was good to be back and hopefully I can build on that.”

Ings had previously played five games and scored one goal for the U23s as Neil Critchley’s side have made a perfect start to their Premier League 2 campaign.

The Englishman has been grateful for the opportunity to build up match sharpness with the in-form young Reds, but admitted nothing compares to senior competitive football.

“Being with the U23s is great for me because after such a long time out it’s the perfect platform to build your fitness up in and get used to your surroundings on the pitch,” he said.

“Critch and all the staff and players down there have been great in helping me try to get to my best again.

“It’s a different scenario when you’re playing first-team football – the stadium’s full, you’ve got the atmosphere, you’ve got the adrenaline going through your body. To get that feeling back was probably the biggest thing for me because it’s what I’ve been craving for such a long time.

“Even though it was such a short spell on the pitch and we didn’t get the result, it was a positive in the steps I’m taking on a personal level.”

After two years of dreadful luck, Ings has no intention of looking too far ahead.

Instead, the 25-year-old is focused on putting himself in the finest shape possible to be of benefit to Klopp’s charges for the rest of the season.

He added: “It’s such a serious injury so you’ve got to take it day by day without setting too high expectations at this stage. It’s about getting fit and getting to the best that I can be.

“Once I feel like I’m at my best again, I’ll build on that. I think last year I probably put a bit too much pressure on myself to try and impress everybody straight away when I knew it was going to be a difficult road after overcoming a serious injury.

“This time, I want to do as well as I can for the team, for the club – but I’ve got to make sure I’m focused on getting in the best shape I can be in order to do so.”

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Philippe Coutinho shortlisted for FIFA FIFPro World11

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 15:23

Philippe Coutinho has been shortlisted for the FIFA FIFPro World11 for 2017.

The Liverpool attacker is one of 55 players – comprised of five goalkeepers, 20 defenders, 15 midfielders and 15 strikers – nominated to feature in the line-up.

Taking into account performances during the 2016-17 season, the best XI in a 4-3-3 formation will be decided by the votes of more than 24,000 professional footballers around the world.

Coutinho was the Reds’ top scorer last term, bagging 13 Premier League goals as Jürgen Klopp’s side secured Champions League qualification with a top-four finish.

The FIFA FIFPro World11 will be announced on Monday October 23.

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Watch live LFC training from Melwood

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 13:03

Watch live coverage from Liverpool's training session on Wednesday afternoon via our official Facebook page and here on Liverpoolfc.com.

The Reds return to Melwood to begin preparations for their second meeting with Leicester City of the week – in the Premier League this Saturday evening.

See how Jürgen Klopp’s charges start their work towards a strong response following Tuesday’s Carabao Cup defeat against the Foxes in our stream from the training ground.

Tune in from around 2.15pm BST by clicking here to visit the official Liverpool FC Facebook page or accessing the free LFCTV GO feed below…

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