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Watch live LFC training from Melwood at 2pm BST

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 2pm BST by clicking here to visit the official Liverpool FC Facebook page or accessing the free LFCTV GO feed below…

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Grujic: We need to reproduce first-half performance on Saturday

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 12:05

Marko Grujic expects Liverpool to exact revenge on Leicester City when the sides meet again this weekend should they reproduce their first-half performance during Tuesday evening's League Cup defeat.

Jürgen Klopp's side were the dominant force in the first 45 minutes at the King Power Stadium but some dogged defending from the Foxes ensured the scores remained level at the break.

The value of that defensive showing became evident in the second period as the much-improved hosts netted through Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani to claim a place in the fourth round.

Reflecting on the game, Grujic told Liverpoolfc.com: "We played very well first half, created a lot of chances, but we didn't score unluckily for us. 

"We kept trying to do the same in the second half but, again, set-pieces [cost us]; a throw-in, we weren't in a good position and Leicester scored a really nice goal."

The Serbian midfielder, who played 90 minutes in his first start of the season, is now focused on Liverpool getting even when they return to the same venue for a Premier League contest on Saturday.

He added: "We have to not let our heads drop and focus on Saturday - the same pitch, the same opponent - we have to concentrate on the Premier League and the other cups.

"If we play again the same way as in the first half today and be more concentrated and score some chances, we will win on Saturday.

"It's a good thing for us, we create a lot. But we need to concentrate and score."

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#LFCinIndia: Liverpool FC to attend PL Live Bengaluru

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 10:30

Liverpool FC has today confirmed it will be attending the official Premier League Live (PL Live) event in Bengaluru, hosting an interactive LFC experience.

The free event designed for fans of all ages will take place at KTPO, Whitefield, Bengaluru from October 14 to 15, where supporters will be able to meet club legend John Barnes and enjoy fun activities in the LFC tent.

The Reds will be hosting a number of unique opportunities for Indian fans to get involved with the club and sample the Anfield experience in and around the two-day event, including LFC International Academy coaching clinics for local young supporters, exclusive competitions to win a host of exclusive LFC prizes and opportunities to have a photo taken against iconic Anfield backdrops.

Fans will also be able to watch Liverpool v Manchester United, on a giant screen at the event on Saturday October 14 at 5.30pm, surrounded by fellow passionate supporters.

Other activities at Premier League Live will include:

  • Live entertainment – live screening of five Premier League matches and local music acts and DJs.
  • Premier League 360 – through Virtual Reality headsets fans can experience the excitement of a Premier League matchday. From arriving at the stadium to the players stepping onto the pitch to the roar of the crowds.
  • The Kick Lab – fans can measure their kicking speed and accuracy and compare with Premier League players.
  • Striker Sprint – invites fans to sprint the length of a specially-made track, avoiding obstacles to finish in the fastest time possible.
  • Premier League Trophy Tour – an immersive zone that gives fans an educational and entertaining Premier League experience and the opportunity for a photo with the Premier League trophy.
  • My Premier League – photo booths that will create your own personalised Topps playing card.
  • Shirt names and numbers – fans can bring their club shirt to be printed with a Premier League player’s name for free.

Fans should pre-register for Premier League Live Bengaluru at www.premierleague.com/pllive and admission on the day will be on a first come, first served basis.

For further detail on Liverpool FC activities, please visit https://tinyurl.com/yc3d8lnv.

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Jürgen Klopp's verdict on cup exit to Leicester

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 00:30

Jürgen Klopp acknowledged his disappointment at Liverpool’s Carabao Cup exit to Leicester City on Tuesday night, admitting defensive errors cost his side at the King Power Stadium.

After a dominant first-half showing in which the Reds created several good goalscoring opportunities, the Foxes took the lead just past the hour mark via Shinji Okazaki after a cleared corner was hoisted back into the visitors’ area and found its way to the substitute.

Islam Slimani then made sure of victory for Leicester with his stunning 78th-minute strike, breaking forward from a deep throw in and driving into the top corner to end Liverpool’s hopes of progression in the tournament.

Afterwards, Klopp spoke to the media in his post-match press conference. Read on for a summary of what he had to say…

On his reflection on the game…

The story of this game is really easy to explain: we were the much better team in the first half, we played good football – really good - didn’t score, that’s sometimes a part of football. We were unlucky in one or two moments, maybe not clinical enough in another moment. But as long as we concede goals like we conceded today again then it is quite difficult. We should have scored three, but as long as you leave games open, you have to defend. You always have to defend these situations better. [The first goal came from a] second ball after a corner, I think… it was close, but it was not offside. Really close, so we need to make it more clear it is offside and the only thing you can do is to push up. You cannot defend always like we did against Arsenal and [start] a counter-attack or whatever. We had to push up and we didn’t. The second one is a throw in again and everyone can imagine we know how to defend them but obviously we don’t do it. It doesn’t feel too cool but it’s the truth that we are still a good football team. I see it but unfortunately it doesn’t feel it at the moment because we exited a cup competition. We wanted to go to the next round. Nobody was interested in who played the better first half, everyone was interested who will go through and we are not the team that will be in the next round for some good reasons.

LFCTV GO: Jürgen Klopp's post-Leicester press conference

On whether Liverpool’s players’ heads dropped after the first Leicester goal…

After the first goal you saw the heads from Leicester went up, so that was the biggest difference. It is a game-changer moments like this. You always have a chance to do it yourselves, or sometimes you are on the wrong side and that’s how it is. That we conceded like this, that makes me really, really sick. That’s hard. Then the reaction, you saw a young team, we played one-twos on the left wing at 2-0 and then [Leicester] made a counter-attack. These are mistakes I can live with because the two boys [Woodburn and Solanke] together are about 34 [in combined age], so that can happen. But defending set pieces, it wasn’t the first ball [for the first goal] – we had problems with this and now we had it with the second or third even and then the throw in.

On Philippe Coutinho’s withdrawal at half-time…

That was the plan before the game, he needs match time but it was not for a second the plan [to keep him on] and it was not allowed to let him play again for 90 minutes, or 60 or 70 or 80 or whatever. It was clear that 45 is the limit, we need to make him fit but we cannot push him through. That’s all.

On whether the No.10 is ‘on schedule’ as he works his way back to full fitness…

Yes, of course. 80 something [minutes] at the weekend and then 45 today.

On doing more defensive work in training…

We do it all the time. Defending is different things, it’s common together defending and it’s individual defending, it’s one-on-one situations, it’s two-on-one situations… I don’t think teams shoot a lot against us, I know they don’t, they have not a lot of finishing situations. We defend really well in a lot of moments - how everyone can imagine, we know how to defend a set-piece, a throw-in, and then you change two or three times and then in the end, obviously it doesn’t work. I’m in the boat, it’s not that I say ‘I told you and you don’t know’. I feel really bad in the moment about this, of course it’s not about not knowing it’s about doing it in that moment - that’s hard in the moment, it feels really hard in this moment to go out because of this [and] after that performance in the first half. But we have, we have to play like this, we are able - we made seven or eight chances and we still can play football, that’s cool, good, good, good, but as long as you concede goals like this it makes life really difficult.

On returning to the King Power this weekend…

Will I still feel sick when I come back here on Saturday? I lost more games in my life unfortunately and believe me or not, tomorrow morning I am fine. Yes we will come back and I will be before the game for sure in a better shape than right now.

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Photos: Liverpool knocked out at the King Power

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 23:38

A 2-0 defeat at Leicester City saw Liverpool eliminated in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

The Reds created plenty of sights of goal in a dominant first-half performance at the King Power Stadium, but were made to pay for not taking their chances as Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani scored for the hosts after the break.

View a photo gallery from the game below...

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Report: Reds eliminated from Carabao Cup at Leicester

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 23:35

Liverpool suffered elimination from the Carabao Cup at the third-round stage on Tuesday night as they were beaten 2-0 by Leicester City.

Shinji Okazaki came on as a second-half substitute to put the Foxes into the lead against the run of play after the Reds had dominated the opening period at the King Power Stadium.

The strike served to galvanise the home side – and they made certain of their place in the next round when Islam Slimani powered an unstoppable effort into the top corner as the clash ticked towards its finale, ending Jürgen Klopp’s side’s tournament hopes in the process.

Liverpool return to the same venue on Saturday tea-time for a Premier League encounter with Leicester, in which they’ll hope to end a run of four matches without a win.

The key points…

  • Okazaki comes off bench to put home tem in front on 64 minutes.
  • Slimani powers in second for Leicester on 78.
  • Oxlade-Chamberlain makes full debut for Liverpool.
  • Ings comes on for first appearance in 11 months after injury.

The team news…

Liverpool made eight changes to their starting line-up for the cup tie, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain handed a full debut.

Elsewhere, Danny Ward, Dominic Solanke, Jon Flanagan and Marko Grujic also began, as did Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and Philippe Coutinho.

Danny Ings was named on the bench for the first time since October 2016.

The first half…

Despite the changes, Liverpool set about taking the game to their opponents from the offer – and were almost ahead after just five minutes had elapsed.

Winning the ball back high up the pitch, Coutinho slid a pass into the path of Andy Robertson’s run into the area. The Scot steered it back into the centre, where Oxlade-Chamberlain arrived primed to turn it into the net; however, he was denied by an outstanding block by Ben Chilwell.

From the resulting corner, the Reds threatened again as Solanke made a nuisance of himself among a crowd of blue shirts, winning possession and drilling agonisingly across the face of goal from a tight angle.

Next, Coutinho bamboozled his way beyond three defenders and into the box, where a drive towards the near post was beaten away by Ben Hamer.

The Brazilian then had another attempt thwarted by the hosts’ goalkeeper before Solanke stabbed over the bar on the stretch when attempting to reach another Robertson centre.

The chances were being created frequently – even into first-half stoppage time, when a Coutinho prod presented Solanke with a chance, but he scooped over under pressure from Hamer.

Indeed, as the teams headed back to the dressing rooms, Liverpool’s attempts tally at goal stood at 13 to Leicester’s two.

The second half…

Ben Woodburn replaced Coutinho at the break and while the Reds maintained their first-half pressure in the early exchanges, the Foxes fashioned their best chance of the evening so far nine minutes after the restart when Demarai Gray’s low drive across goal had Ward momentarily worried.

And as the contest progressed, Craig Shakespeare’s side visably grew into it – and duly took the lead on 64 minutes.

A cleared corner was hoisted back into the danger zone, where Wes Morgan headed across into the path of Vicente Iborra. He nudged it back towards Okazaki, who diverted the ball low into the bottom corner.

Liverpool’s response saw Woodburn skim the roof of the net with a curler from the left-hand side of the box, while Ings was introduced for Wijnaldum.

The striker was close to an equaliser when he attempted to glance Woodburn’s cross around Hamer, but he couldn’t make the necessary connection.

However, Leicester’s influence on the game had continued to grow since making the breakthrough - and with 12 minutes left to play, they helped themselves to a second when Silmani cut in from the right and arrowed a powerful effort into the top corner, ending the Reds' hopes of progress in the competition.

The stats...

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Tue, 19/09/2017 - 21:35
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Klopp on eight changes, Coutinho fitness and Oxlade-Chamberlain role

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 20:54

Jürgen Klopp discussed his eight changes to the team, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's position and the fitness of Philippe Coutinho before Liverpool's Carabao Cup clash with Leicester City.

The Reds face the Foxes in a third-round tie at King Power Stadium and the manager has shuffled his pack, with only Coutinho, Ragnar Klavan and Andy Robertson remaining from the weekend draw with Burnley.

“Squads are wide and deep, so you can and have to do things like this. It will be exciting to watch,” Klopp said pre-match.

Asked where Oxlade-Chamberlain will be deployed in the system, the German continued: “If he starts in a front three, I don’t want to always see him on one wing or something like this.

“If he plays in the No.8, I don’t want to see him fixed in this position. It’s football; you have to defend in one position and you have to be very flexible in all the other situations. That’s what I expect from him in the long-term.

“Today he will start for the first time and that’s another thing I’m excited about.”

Klopp also revealed that Coutinho was eager to feature again against Leicester after making his maiden start of the campaign last Saturday.

The boss said of the No.10: “We thought a lot about it but I think it really makes sense. I spoke to him and he really wanted to have more minutes, so it makes sense to bring him again.

“He felt good [at the weekend], it was really only a little cramp in the last game, not even a cramp. Of course, he needs match time and now he can get it.”

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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Leicester City

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 20:30

Liverpool make eight changes for this evening’s Carabao Cup third-round tie with Leicester City.

Danny Ward starts in goal at the King Power Stadium, while there are also berths for Jon Flanagan, Marko Grujic, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dominic Solanke.

Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum begin too, while Danny Ings is named on the bench.

Liverpool: Ward, Flanagan, Gomez, Klavan, Robertson, Henderson, Grujic, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coutinho, Solanke.

Subs: Karius, Milner, Moreno, Ings, Markovic, Woodburn, Alexander-Arnold.

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Alan Kennedy has a happy Monday with Red Neighbours

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 17:45

Liverpool legend Alan Kennedy started the week with a smile as he attended Red Neighbours' Monday club at Anfield.

The man who scored two winning goals in European Cup finals for the Reds joined over 70 pensioners at the event, which sees care home residents and elderly locals come together on a monthly basis to enjoy socialising with like-minded people.

Singer Tony Ravel entertained the group with some classic tunes before a fun-filled afternoon of bingo, prize raffles and tea and cake was enjoyed by all.

The Red Neighbours team also presented Amy Myers - the wife of 'This is Anfield' sign creator, Ken – with a commemorative frame to mark his contribution to the history of the club.

Supporting the elderly community is one of the four key focus areas of the Red Neighbours programme, alongside food poverty and education, encouraging a physically active community, and creating memorable experiences for young people.

Check out our photo gallery of the event below.

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Leicester City 1-0 Liverpool: Live matchday blog

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 17:34

Confirmed LFC team news

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain makes his full Liverpool debut tonight as Jürgen Klopp makes eight changes to his starting XI.

Liverpool team: Ward, Flanagan, Gomez, Klavan, Robertson, Henderson, Grujic, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coutinho, Solanke.

Substitutes: Karius, Milner, Moreno, Ings, Markovic, Woodburn, Alexander-Arnold.

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Leicester City 0-0 Liverpool: Live matchday blog

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 17:34

Confirmed LFC team news

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain makes his full Liverpool debut tonight as Jürgen Klopp makes eight changes to his starting XI.

Liverpool team: Ward, Flanagan, Gomez, Klavan, Robertson, Henderson, Grujic, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coutinho, Solanke.

Substitutes: Karius, Milner, Moreno, Ings, Markovic, Woodburn, Alexander-Arnold.

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Leicester City v Liverpool: Live build-up in our matchday blog

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 17:34

'I'm excited to wear the LFC shirt again'

It's been 16 months since Danny Ward last played for Liverpool - and an eventful time it has been for the goalkeeper too.

Euro 2016, a play-off final at Wembley, promotion with Huddersfield.

Now the Wales international has the chance to stake his claim between the posts for the Reds, and he discussed the opportunity during an in-depth chat with us that you can read here.

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Gomez and Solanke on 2017 Golden Boy Award shortlist

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 15:29

Liverpool youngsters Joe Gomez and Dominic Solanke have been nominated for the 2017 European Golden Boy Award.

The Reds pair are included on a 25-player shortlist for the accolade, which is decided by a panel of journalists and organised by Italian newspaper Tuttosport.

The prize – which will be presented to the winner next month – acknowledges the continent’s best U21 player during the calendar year, with Gomez and Solanke among the contenders.

Gomez has re-established himself in the Liverpool senior side this season following a lengthy rehabilitation from injury, and was named England U21 captain in August.

Solanke joined the Reds in the summer, having helped England to glory at the FIFA U20 World Cup and been named the player of the tournament in South Korea.

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Liverpool U18s welcome Kick It Out to the Academy

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 15:00

Liverpool's U18 squad welcomed Kick It Out last week as football's equality and inclusion organisation visited the Academy to deliver a special workshop based around homophobia.

Steven Gerrard's side watched a short film called Wonderkid, which explores the issue of homophobia in football through the perspective of a player.

After watching the film, the U18s enjoyed a healthy debate on the subject with Kick It Out education manager Troy Townsend, Kick It Out tutor Marcus Gayle and the director of the film, Rhys Chapman.

Kick It Out has worked closely with the club for a number of years and focuses on promoting the message of equality, inclusion and anti-discrimination through the Academy programme.

Townsend said: "The Equality Inspires programme is having a significant impact within the academy environment and Liverpool as a football club continue to see the value and impact it has on its players.

"The Wonderkid film is a great educational tool for players to challenge some of their own preconceived thoughts about a gay player within their environment.

"The impact of the film enables the kind of group discussions unheard of within a changing room and the hope is that the positive conversations can continue long after the workshops have finished.

"Full credit must go to the players for engaging in discussions that can still be seen as quite uncomfortable but are certainly invaluable if football is to continue to break down its own stigma around homophobia."

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Back to school for LFC Foundation

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 14:31

The Liverpool FC Foundation has launched an extended programme of sports and educational activities in schools throughout Merseyside.

After a busy summer of holiday camps and events, the club’s official charity is heading back to school to work with a record number of children across the region.

Ten additional schools from the Anfield area have joined forces with the Foundation this academic year, meaning more than 5,000 local children will now be engaged in activities through its Premier League Primary Stars (PLPS) programme, building on the organisation’s work with local schools over the last 10 years.

Andrea Cooper, head of the LFC Foundation, said: “This is a fantastic programme and we are delighted to be bringing PLPS into even more local classrooms this year.

“There will be a host of activities on offer, including over 40 sports competitions and three mini-leagues throughout the year.

“Outside of sports, we will be running workshops on money matters, drug awareness, racism and road safety as well as working with the schools on interventions to assist children struggling with behaviour and confidence issues.

“We’re looking forward to another exciting year working with even more young people across Merseyside.”

PLPS works with local schools to develop the skills and ambition of pupils aged five to 11 years, working in both a sports and classroom environment.

Linked directly to the National Curriculum, PLPS focuses on the key areas of PE, PSHE, Maths and English and provides a wealth of free activities to support both teachers and parents.

In partnership with the Premier League, the Foundation will also be offering mentoring and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to teachers through one-on-one coaching during PE lessons and bespoke CPD follow-up sessions.

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Two-goal Harry Wilson sets first-team squad target

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 13:11

Harry Wilson revealed his determination to make up for lost time after netting both goals for Liverpool U23s in their 2-0 win over West Ham United on Monday.

The 20-year-old completed 90 minutes for the second time since returning from an Achilles injury as Neil Critchley’s table-toppers made it five straight victories in Premier League 2.

Wilson produced two outstanding finishes in the first half and looked sharp as the young Reds produced another excellent display.

After scoring 28 goals for the U23s in 2016-17, Wilson is now eager to build on last season, which included his first-team debut and regular chances to train at Melwood.

He told Liverpoolfc.com: “I missed a large chunk of pre-season through injury, which was disappointing for me, and tonight was only my second 90 minutes since May, so for me it’s about getting minutes and getting strong again, and scoring goals.

“Last season was a great one for me and I needed it after missing a large part of the previous year.

“This season is about improving myself as a player and trying to get into the first-team squad, because that’s what I want to do at the end of the day.”

LFCTV GO: The 2-0 win in 90 seconds

Reflecting on the win over the Hammers, the forward admitted it was important for the team’s confidence to keep their 100 per cent record going.

“We are happy that we have won the game but we are disappointed we didn’t score three, four or five because we had the chances to,” he added.

“I thought in the first half especially we played some great football, got the 2-0 lead and we could have scored a lot more.

“I was a bit disappointed not to get a hat-trick. I had a few chances in the second half, one on my right side and one on my left, but I can’t complain with two goals and a clean sheet.”

With an Anfield outing to come against Tottenham Hotspur on Friday night, Wilson is hoping the U23s can maintain their high standards and give another glimpse of their talents.

He said: “We have started the league season really well. That was only my second league game and the lads had three great wins before that, including a couple away from home, so it gives us a great platform.

“We are confident with the quality we have in the team that when we go forward we can create chances and score goals.”

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View from the opposition: 'It'll be a different-looking Leicester'

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 12:43

Ahead of Liverpool's Carabao Cup clash with Leicester City we got an expert view on the form of the Foxes from Rob Tanner, correspondent for the Leicester Mercury.

The sides, who will also meet in the Premier League on Saturday, face off in the tournament’s third round at King Power Stadium tonight.

Read on for Rob’s detailed lowdown on what the Reds can expect from their opponents, how Leicester are likely to line up and why the home crowd will demand progress…

How would you summarise Leicester’s form so far?

Steady, if not spectacular.

They were handed a very difficult opening six fixtures with away trips to Arsenal and Manchester United, plus home games against Chelsea and Liverpool, as well as facing two of the newly-promoted clubs, but while the results have not arrived, the performances have been promising.

They should have got something from Arsenal having led 3-2 with very little time left, and they frustrated United for 70 minutes. They also could have taken something from the Chelsea game.

They dismantled Brighton and it was only at Huddersfield on Saturday that they were truly below par, but they still took a point.

Have their performances deserved more than four points?

I think so, although there are obviously areas to improve on. They have been caught out at set-pieces on occasions, especially at Arsenal on the opening day. They look like they can score goals and new signing Harry Maguire has been excellent at the back, but City are still looking for that dynamism they had two years ago. When they start to play sides expected to be round about them in the table I think more points will follow.

Talk us through Leicester’s style of play under Craig Shakespeare…

Very similar to what it was before. They play 4-4-2, try to soak up pressure and then break quickly on the counter-attack. Jamie Vardy is still the main threat in attack and Mahrez is still the player to watch because he can conjure up some magic just when you think he isn’t on his game. He is a match-winner. But, overall, City still have the same identity under Shakespeare.

Has the starting XI been improved by the club’s summer transfer business?

Time will tell because we haven’t seen many of the new signings yet. Injuries have delayed the appearances of Kelechi Iheanacho and Vicente Iborra, while Adrien Silva is still hoping to be given clearance by FIFA to complete his move from Sporting. City have lost Danny Drinkwater and have never really recovered from losing N’Golo Kante, both to Chelsea. Wilfred Ndidi is a promising young midfielder and they have reliable figures in Matty James and Andy King, but it will be interesting to see if Iborra and Silva can strengthen City’s midfield.

What kind of importance do you expect Shakespeare to give the Carabao Cup?

A cup win would be fantastic for City and would be a realistic way of reaching Europe again, which Shakespeare has said will be the aim, but it is the FA Cup that City fans would love to see their heroes lift. The club has never won the FA Cup. The League Cup holds some fond memories for everyone from their frequent final visits under Martin O’Neill, so while I don’t expect Shakespeare to put out his strongest team, the fans will still want progress.

Is he likely to make changes? Who might come into the side, if so?

He will use it as an opportunity to give much-needed game time to Robert Huth and Aleksandar Dragovic at centre-back. Both are lacking fitness so it will be crucial for them to play. Iborra also needs a game in midfield and should come in. Demarai Gray and Ahmed Musa will be on the flanks, I expect, while in attack Islam Slimani and Leonardo Ulloa have had little match time so far. It will be a very different-looking City side to the one that will face Liverpool again in the league.

Where do you think this match will be won and lost?

City tend to have problems against sides who pack the midfield. Their system leaves them outnumbered at times, but it does give them more potency in wide areas and Gray is a special player. He links well down the left with Chilwell.

What is your prediction for the game?

I think this will go all the way to extra-time and possibly even penalties. Then it is a lottery, but I will pick City to shade it.

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Stats: Sturridge out to extend fine League Cup record

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 11:37

Daniel Sturridge could extend his outstanding League Cup goalscoring record for Liverpool against Leicester City tonight.

To find out the Reds striker's current goals-to-games ratio, plus nine more key pre-match facts courtesy of club statistician Ged Rea, read on...

Sturridge has scored eight goals in eight appearances in this competition for Liverpool.

Overall, Sturridge has netted 99 goals in his club career, with 61 of those coming for the Reds.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has netted six times in 13 career League Cup appearances.

The Reds have only met Leicester once before in this competition, winning 4-1 in a third-round tie in October 1986. Gary McAllister played for the Foxes that evening.

In total, Liverpool have played against the Foxes 11 times over both domestic cups, progressing five times from the previous seven ties.

Georginio Wijnaldum could play the 50th game of his Reds career tonight.

Jordan Henderson has played more League Cup games for the club (20) than any other current member of Jürgen Klopp's squad.

Ragnar Klavan netted the only goal of his Liverpool career to date in the 3-0 win over Derby County at this stage of last season's competition.

The Reds have won 11 of their last 14 away games in the League Cup.

Klopp's side have scored in 20 of their last 22 games in league and cup.

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Danny Ward: I'm so excited to wear the LFC shirt again

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 11:05

Danny Ward's 16-month wait for a competitive Liverpool appearance is set to end tonight – and the goalkeeper is eager and ready to grasp the opportunity.

The 24-year-old returned to the Reds this summer after a season-long loan spell with Huddersfield Town that saw him star as promotion to the Premier League was secured via the Championship play-offs.

Jürgen Klopp was sufficiently impressed to retain his services for the new campaign and add the Welshman into the mix at Melwood alongside Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius.

The former is established as the club’s first-choice stopper while the latter was fielded against Arsenal and Sevilla at Anfield, and now Ward’s patience will be rewarded as Liverpool face Leicester City in the Carabao Cup.

“I’m good to go,” the No.52 declared to Liverpoolfc.com after the manager confirmed he is going to start the third-round tie at King Power Stadium this evening.

“I had a little knock in pre-season, trouble with my back, which held me back for 10 days or so. But since then I’ve been training absolutely fine, I played the game in pre-season and I’ve been working hard on the training pitch to wait and see if I get a chance.

“I’ve not played a competitive game since [the play-off final at] Wembley, so I’m excited. And I’m excited to pull on the Liverpool shirt again after such a long time.”

Since his last Reds runout, at Swansea City in the Premier League in May 2016, Ward has represented Wales at the European Championship and, as mentioned, played an integral role in Huddersfield’s return to the top flight.

That eventful year away from Liverpool followed on from previous productive loan stays with Aberdeen and Morecambe for a goalkeeper who has never been short of confidence.

The difference now, according to the custodian himself, is consistency.

“Those experiences will help me because it gives you the reassurance in yourself that you know you can play at a big level on a big occasion and produce what you know you can,” he said.

“You obviously don’t know until you’ve been in that environment. I like to think it’ll hold me in good stead for the future.

“Playing more games obviously helps that; I’ve always been a big believer, even before my first loan at Morecambe, that you learn when you’re in that cauldron.

“I’ve been lucky that I’ve had loans that have gradually gone up – a month at Morecambe, six months at Aberdeen… and you learn more and more each time. It’s like a building block, what you learn from your first loan you take into your next loan and it carries on.

“It led to last year at Huddersfield, where I had a whole year playing nearly 50 games. It was brilliant for me because it gives you the chance to play on a consistent basis and that’s where you try to bring a consistent performance as well.”

Klopp’s intentions with regards to his goalkeepers have been clear from the first day of pre-season.

“We have young goalkeepers in the best age and they all are ready to play. We have to use this situation for the good of the club and the team,” the manager reiterated last week.

It’s a sentiment the trio of glovesmen agree with.

“The three of us go about our business and work hard. We all know the situation – there is only one shirt and one place in the team,” said Ward.

“It’s very different to any other position on the pitch and we know we’re all fighting for one place. It’s healthy competition, which is going to improve all of us.

“We all do the same training and we push each other on in training. Mentally, you’ve got to keep yourself prepared and be ready for the chance when it comes around. Keep going in training and don’t let your standards drop, even if the chances are you’re not going to be involved at the weekend.

“You’ve got to try to keep intact and wait for your chance to come around.

“It doesn’t just benefit you – it benefits the lads who are around you as well. Ultimately, the three of us have got to try to produce the best goalkeeper that we can, along with John [Achterberg], to give Liverpool the best goalkeeper we can possibly have for the season.”

As Ward attested himself, chances such as his at Leicester are inherently different for a goalkeeper than an outfield player.

So how can he go about making an impression against the Foxes?

“It’s staying concentrated,” the Welshman replied.

“The way we play, we have a lot of the ball and you might not be involved for a good few minutes. It’s making sure you’re organising people in front of you, being switched on and being alert to any threats.

“You’ve got to believe in your own ability in terms of shot-stopping and coming for crosses.

“Again, it is mentality – concentration and making sure everyone is doing their jobs in front of you, and it keeps you in the game if you’re talking to your back four for the 90 minutes.”

Although Klopp is expected to rotate his squad for the trip to King Power Stadium, the boss was at pains to stress Liverpool’s commitment to trying to win the League Cup for a ninth time when he previewed the game on Monday.

Ward joined the club shortly before the Reds claimed the trophy in 2012 – their most recent piece of silverware – and therefore acutely understands the will to end the wait for further success.

“When we won the Carling Cup, I had only just signed so I got a taste of the winning mentality Liverpool have got. We’re obviously disappointed not to have won more trophies since then,” he reflected.

“But every competition we go in, we go in with a view of trying to win it. There’s no point in turning up and making up the numbers, you’ve got to go in believing you can win the whole competition.”

Not that anybody is underestimating the opening obstacle on the course.

“Everyone can recognise Leicester have got quality after winning the league,” Ward warned.

“It takes some real quality, hard work and determination – which they have got bags of. You’ve seen that in the early part of this year, they are full of energy and have some high-quality players.

“They are things you get in the Premier League, which we’re going to have to deal with. Even though it’s a cup competition it’s Premier League opposition – top opposition with Champions League experience. You know you’re going to be in for a game when you go there.”

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