Jürgen Klopp today issued a message to Liverpool supporters ahead of Tuesday's Champions League clash with AS Roma at Anfield, declaring: "You've been the true star of this European campaign - now let's show our best to the world."
The Reds take on the Italian side in the first leg of the semi-final tie tomorrow night as they aim to take a step towards a first European Cup final since 2007, and the manager has stressed what a crucial role fans can play once again - just as they have done all season long.
Watch Klopp's message to supporters in our free video below.
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Jürgen Klopp assessed Liverpool's Champions League semi-final first leg against AS Roma at length during a pre-match press conference on Monday.
The Reds host the Serie A side in the opening leg of two to decide which of the teams will progress to the European showpiece in Kiev next month.
First, the world’s media gathered at Anfield to quiz Klopp on how the game is likely to play out, what difference the atmosphere could make, Mohamed Salah’s reunion with his former club, and more.
Read on for a summary…
On Salah winning PFA Players’ Player of the Year…
Fantastic. I’m really happy for him. He can be really proud of that, it’s a fantastic achievement. I think if all the other players vote for you that means the most to all players. I didn’t speak to him afterwards because obviously he was in London yesterday. But he will be back today and then I can tell him what I want to tell him face to face. It’s great. But he knows the season is not finished so far. There are a lot of things to come but I’m sure it’s a nice boost for him. And I really have to say, in a season like this when Kevin de Bruyne plays a season like he played, it makes it even more special. If anybody else would have voted, not the players, then I think it’s different. But the players know how difficult it is to score that many goals and to be involved in that many goals. So I really think it’s well deserved.
On what he hopes from Liverpool fans…
I think that’s pretty clear. In the stadium, do it again and better; outside the stadium, please show the respect we have to show. This is such a fantastic football club, an outstanding football family, known for fantastic atmospheres all over the world. If we can do what we did, creating an atmosphere in front of the stadium, let’s do it – I’m a big fan of that. But, please, show the respect they deserve. We are opponents on the pitch, of course, that’s the game. Everybody knows how nice and wonderful Rome is, not all the people know how wonderful Liverpool is. But we can show how wonderful the Liverpool people are, and the city and the spirit of the club. We can show that in 20 minutes before the game and then the whole world knows it. All the people who are with LFC deserve that we show that face.
On whether it will be strange for Salah to face Roma…
I think it’s pretty normal in football, it happens constantly that players change clubs and managers change clubs. I had it with Dortmund about two years ago. It’s actually a normal game but, yes, it feels quite special because you know much more about the other team than you usually know and you are more interested in the other team than you usually are. I’m pretty sure Mo follows the whole season of Roma; he had a fantastic time there, he became the player there which we now have here. Big, big credit to all the staff and players at Roma because they are all part of his development. Yes, it’s strange but in the end we are all professionals. Italian defenders are famous for not having friendly games so I think Mo will feel pretty early in the game that they are not his teammates anymore – and then he can strike back in a football way.
On similarities with Roma coach Eusebio di Francesco and whether he would like to manage in Italy one day…
We both wear glasses and have a bad shave! [We took] a similar way to the big clubs. He started with some smaller clubs and had big success, that’s how we had it actually. But style of play, I don’t want to talk too much about that. He loves football, that’s obvious. He has a football-playing side, build-up and good organisation; I love that too, every manager loves that. Yes, maybe there are a few similarities but that doesn’t make life easier for him or me tomorrow, it only means it will be difficult and I knew that before already. I don’t think it makes sense for an Italian club to work together with me because I can only order spaghetti in the restaurant and that is not enough to be a manager of an Italian club! I don’t think about anything [like that]. I had to talk too often in the last few days or weeks about when I’ll stop working. I don’t even think about stopping working, [it’s] only because people ask me. We will see what happens – que sera, sera! But not in the next four years, for sure.
On the ‘underdog’ status of the two clubs…
I do understand that probably a lot of people thought this semi-final would have been usually Barcelona against Manchester City. But it’s not, because it’s football. Roma made it possible and we did as well, that we are now here – and I think both teams deserve it. It’s really true: I came up the stairs at Manchester City and somebody told me Roma won 3-0. I thought in the first second, ‘not possible’ because the opponent was Barcelona. But I love that game because it is possible. We did something similar at City. They play an outstanding season but in these two games we deserved to win. Now we play against each other; maybe our situation is similar in the league. They have Juventus and Napoli, we have City and United – big challenges and big competitors, of course. But that’s not important.
First of all, it’s important that we can really enjoy our own football. At the end of the season there’s only one team who can win it. But it’s a long season and our job is to show the best we can. Even if it’s not the best of the league, we still have to show it. And that’s what we try constantly. Now we don’t play the league, we play the Champions League. We still know we had to win the last game of last season against Middlesbrough; which is not a nice feeling, it’s a final. Then we were qualified. We celebrated like we were already qualified but we weren’t – we had to play against Hoffenheim, which was quite uncomfortable. We won that as well and we started the journey. Now we are here, exactly the same as Roma. We both have the chance to go to the final and that’s all I need, I don’t need anything else. People talk about pressure or a ‘once-in-a-lifetime chance’, I heard before. It’s not like that. If I go to the final, it’s the second time in my life – nobody would have thought that. It’s possible and that’s nice. If it’s possible, let’s try everything to do it.
I like the way Roma did it. Obviously they brought in quite a good sporting director last year and they again did a fantastic job. Losing Emerson and Mo Salah is really difficult. We lost Phil Coutinho – that’s not a hobby, it doesn’t feel like fun. It’s quite difficult to find players like this, you have them on a specific level and you lose them. We really had a similar situation. But we continued believing in ourselves, and Roma obviously the same. They changed manager, we didn’t have to do that at least. He is doing a brilliant job. They have all my respect and if anybody thinks we two are the underdogs, who cares? We are in the semi-final and we can go to the final, that’s all I care about.
On whether his view of Roma changed after their win against Barcelona…
No. I watch quite a lot of Italian football, to be honest, it’s always really interesting. I saw a few Roma games. I know Edin Dzeko from Germany, I liked him as a player. I like watching him, to be honest. I’m not surprised. I was surprised after the first result that they had that kind of comeback against Barcelona because it’s pretty rare. But I love that it’s possible. The quality in the team and the quality in the squad, they could make seven or eight changes for the last [league] game and were quite comfortable winning. That’s a fact. That’s a big advantage for Roma, to be honest. I don’t care about advantages; we play at home, that’s a big advantage as well.
But they have pretty much a full squad available. That’s good, and all of them are good. They have different options in offence; of course Dzeko, clear, Schick, Under, El Shaarawy, other players. Nainggolan, De Rossi, experienced. Defence strong, wing-backs strong, Peres. It all looked settled, looked fit and looked experienced. And obviously for Roma it is a big thing the semi-final, like it is for us. We are not used to that. That’s good. We don’t have experience, that’s not good, but we are not used to it – that means you will see the excitement of both teams in a positive way. That’s how football should be.
On the role the fans can play at Anfield…
I don’t have to tell people what I want to see because they know it already, they are much more experienced in these moments than we are. They created a few of the most special atmospheres in world football. In the stadium, I don’t know exactly if the atmosphere can be better than it was against Manchester City, but if it’s possible let’s try. These are the very special moments; if you cannot enjoy that moment then something is really wrong with you! For the boys on the pitch it is hard work but it’s no problem, we knew that before. But it’s much more fun when you do it at Anfield. So I don’t have to say anything – I know they will be perfect.
On what it would mean to reach the Champions League final…
I don’t like to talk about things like that before we play it. It would be very special, everybody can imagine – very, very special. But it’s nothing to talk about. We have to talk about the game against Roma and not what it would mean if we go through. We have to deserve that, not to talk about it. That’s what we try to do with all we have.
Back in December, Liverpoolfc.com first published 'The Mohamed Salah story: In his own words' as our No.11 talked through his rise from making the breakthrough at his first club Arab Contractors to becoming the Kop's 'Egyptian King' in an exclusive interview.
It was the first - and so far only - time Salah had discussed in detail the moments that have enabled him to become the person and player he is today – from his early days outsmarting defenders on the streets of Negreeg in Egypt to becoming a formidable force domestically and on the continent.
On Sunday night, the Reds forward was crowned as the PFA's Players' Player of the Year - voted for by his fellow professionals - after an incredible season to date that has seen him net 41 goals in just 46 appearances until now.
So why not discover Salah's journey to this point in his career by revisiting his story, as told by the man himself?
This year will see the sixth memorial golf day and fundraiser in memory of Anne Williams, who passed away from cancer in 2013.
Anne lost her 15-year-old son Kevin at Hillsborough and she fought tirelessly right up until her last days to seek the truth about his death at the disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans in 1989.
The Anne Williams Memorial Golf Day will take place at Huyton and Prescot Golf Club on Friday July 6, and is another successful sell-out event. There are 70 golfers taking part this year and over 20 people are registered on the waiting list.
Since this event began, various charities have benefited from the funds raised - and this year’s main charity is An Hour for Others, based in Anfield.
Over the past four years the charity has achieved so much including:
- Refurbished community centres, homes of isolated elderly men and women families living in poverty and terminally ill children.
- Sent hundreds of local under privileged children and deserving families’ VIP style to football matches and concerts.
- Provided a platform for huge local businesses to volunteer staff to meet CSR responsibilities.
- Provided thousands of pounds worth of hampers, warm clothes, toys and presents to many families living in poverty and so much more.
This has all been achieved by kind hearted men and women stepping forward and offering what they can to build a stronger and caring community.
The charity is proud to have LFC player Trent Alexander-Arnold as their very first ambassador.
Also, this year Autism Adventures Liverpool will receive a donation for the great work that they do.
The Anne Williams Memorial Golf Day is looking for items to be donated that can be raffled or auctioned to raise funds. If you would like to help, please contact Sean Doyle via SeanDoyle1966@hotmail.com.
There is also a fundraising page where you can donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/l96x2o.
Steven Gerrard expects Liverpool’s game plan at Anfield on Tuesday to be based on taking AS Roma ‘out of their comfort zone’.
The Reds entertain the Serie A club in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie this week, with Stadio Olimpico the venue for next Wednesday’s second meeting.
Anfield also hosted the first leg of Liverpool’s last-eight encounter with Manchester City when, amid an ear-splitting atmosphere created by the home fans, a display of ferocious intensity saw Jürgen Klopp’s side race into a three-goal lead before half-time.
And Gerrard believes Klopp’s team will look to replicate that type of performance against Roma.
“I think Liverpool will come out with a high tempo at Anfield and really try to play at a speed to take Roma out of their comfort zone,” the legendary former Reds captain told Roma TV.
“I think Roma’s style and the Italian style is more technical and more at a different pace, whereas Liverpool’s main strength is speed and movement and a high-tempo, pressing game with the fans behind them.
“I think the big challenge for Roma is can they control that? Have they got the players to control that?”
Gerrard is no stranger to huge European ties involving Liverpool, of course, and the man who skippered the club to glory in the 2005 Champions League feels Tuesday’s first leg will define the outcome of the tie.
“I think they [Liverpool and Roma] have different styles, the leagues have different styles, but I think games at this level and of this magnitude come down to the small details,” he continued.
“You need little bits of luck over the two games. I think the big, important game is actually the first leg… when they [Liverpool] get in front, they’re quite good. I think Roma have to stay in the game for the second leg.”
A place in next month’s final, where either Real Madrid or Bayern Munich will await, is at stake, and Gerrard regards all four remaining competitors as serious challengers to lift the trophy in Kiev.
However, the manner of the Reds’ convincing 5-1 aggregate victory over City in the quarter-finals will have been recognised by their three rivals, he thinks.
“I think the reality is that the four teams deserve to be where they are, and I think there’s not one standout team which is a big favourite,” Gerrard said.
“I think, realistically, the four teams all have a really good chance of winning the Champions League, and I think Liverpool have earned the right now to be feared.
“Out of the four teams, Liverpool were the team that none of the other three teams wanted to face because they’re a very difficult team to stop.”
Liverpool FC will face Italian side Napoli in a pre-season friendly at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday August 4.
The Reds are set to return to the venue for a second successive year after beating Athletic Club 3-1 in front of a sold-out crowd in their final warm-up match ahead of the current campaign.
Tickets for the game will go on sale to the general public at 11am BST on Friday April 27 – and can be purchased via Ticketmaster by clicking here.
Prices range from €10 for children through to €125 for a family package (which includes two adults and two children).
A pre-sale will take place from 10.30am on Thursday April 26 for LFC Members, season ticket holders, hospitality season ticket holders and official supporters’ clubs members only.
LFC ambassador Ian Rush visited the Aviva Stadium today to announce the fixture, and said: “As a club, we have tremendous support in Ireland, so it’s always a pleasure to come to Dublin and play in front of our Irish fans.
“There’s certain to be a fantastic atmosphere in the Aviva Stadium when LFC and our Italian opponents arrive in August, and we thank the Football Association of Ireland for their support in hosting the game.”
AS Roma legend Francesco Totti has hailed Liverpool as a 'model to follow' ahead of the two historic clubs locking horns in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
But the former Italy international admits he might have preferred to be drawn against a different opponent given the Reds' record in past meetings between the teams.
Totti first encountered Liverpool as a seven-year-old, when they won a penalty shootout to deny his beloved Roma European Cup success in their own stadium in the tournament's 1984 final.
It was a similar story of disappointment 17 years later as Gerard Houllier's side knocked the Romans out of the UEFA Cup in a two-legged, fourth-round tie from which Totti was omitted with an ultimately successful Serie A title chase prioritised.
When the 2006 World Cup winner finally got to experience Anfield for himself in the second group stage of the 2001-02 Champions League, he and his teammates suffered a decisive 2-0 defeat that saw them crash out of the competition.
Reflecting on his memories of the club, Totti told Liverpoolfc.com: "When I hear the name Liverpool, [I think] respect, a big club, a big team, big fans, and a model to follow.
"Despite the negative result, I have nice memories of that game [at Anfield].
"The atmosphere, the feeling, the passion of the fans - it was very impressive.
"Obviously, if I think back to that European Cup final in 1984, it's a bad memory, so we would have probably have avoided such a draw.
"But we needed to pick one of the best three teams in Europe that were left, and now we are playing Liverpool."
Totti has been paying special attention to the Reds' fortunes this season following the summer acquisition of Roma favourite Mohamed Salah.
And, though the Italian football legend didn't quite expect the 41-goal Egyptian to make such a big impact, he is not completely shocked to see him thrive under Jürgen Klopp.
"This season I've seen a number of games of Liverpool, especially because Mo Salah is now playing there, I've been following it consistently," he added.
"Especially after the draw, over the past few days I've been watching their Champions League games and I really think it's going to be a tough game for both teams.
"To some extent, it surprises me that [Salah] has been doing so well in his first season at Liverpool.
"But, on the other hand, considering the quality of the squad, the coach they have - Klopp, to me, is one of the best coaches in the world - it didn't surprise me.
"They put him in the condition to express himself at his best."
Liverpool are reportedly closing in on deals to sign Norwich and Fulham wonderkids Ryan Sessegnon and James Maddison.
Liverpool are in the mix to sign the two players with Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal also attentive to their situations.
Jurgen Klopp has not broke the bank during his time with the Reds, instead pursuing deals he views as good value for money.
And website Anfield Edition claim Liverpool are on the verge of bringing both Sessegnon and Maddison to the club.
It is said Norwich City star Maddison expects to be part of the Reds’ set-up next season.
The 21-year-old has bagged 15 goals from 46 appearances despite the Canaries floundering under Daniel Farke this season.
Chelsea have appeared frontrunners to secure his signature.
But Maddison supposedly expects to be turning out for Liverpool next term alongside close friend Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The duo share a room together when on international duty with England’s U21 side.
And Anfield Edition also say Sessegnon is closing in on a deal to sign for Liverpool too.
The Reds are supposedly locked in talks with the Fulham star’s agent over a transfer.
The 17-year-old has bagged a stunning 15 goals and weighed in with five assists from 47 appearances.
And Liverpool are reportedly confident he will be their player next season.
United, Barcelona and PSG also want to snap him up.
Source: Daily Express
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Liverpool FC's new 2018-19 training kit has been revealed and items from the New Balance collection are available to pre-order online now.
The stylish range of shirts, jackets and performance wear – as modelled by Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane above – come in bright red, black, and dark grey, and will be worn by both the men’s and women’s teams next season.
Developed for movement and agility, the kit – which is sponsored by BetVictor – is engineered to be lightweight and comfortable whether training or relaxing.
Click here to browse the collection and pre-order items for guaranteed worldwide delivery on Friday May 11.
Today’s unveiling marks phase one of the New Balance training kit range for 2018-19, with phase two set to follow very soon.
Liverpool are keeping tabs on Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak who has a €100million buyout clause, according to reports.
Spanish publication AS have reported that Liverpool, PSG, Arsenal and Juventus are all interested in acquiring the 25-year-old's services.
The Slovenian shot-stopper is reportedly tied with La Liga giants until 2021 and has a €100m buyout clause.
Source: Daily Mirror
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Liverpool will train ahead of their Champions League semi-final first leg clash with AS Roma this afternoon - and you can watch a portion of the session live on our official Facebook page.
Jürgen Klopp will put his players through their paces at Melwood, with their work-out scheduled to start at 5.15pm BST.
Simply head to facebook.com/liverpoolfc then to check in on the Reds' preparations for Tuesday's match at Anfield.
Jürgen Klopp and a first-team player will preview Liverpool's Champions League clash with AS Roma on Monday - and you can watch their press conference live and free from 2.30pm BST.
The Reds boss and a member of his squad will address the media ahead of Tuesday's semi-final first leg at Anfield.
We'll be streaming their press conference live. Simply return to this page at 2.30pm BST to tune in for free.
Mohamed Salah's attitude and application earned him the PFA Players' Player of the Year award from his peers, according to Danny Ings.
The Liverpool forward collected the annual accolade at a special ceremony in London on Sunday evening, having won a vote of PFA members from the 92 Premier League and Football League teams.
The presentation came just a day after the Egypt international scored the 41st goal of his sensational debut season with the Reds and moved closer to the club record of 47, set by Ian Rush in 1983-84.
Liverpool teammate Ings sees acknowledgement from his fellow professionals as just reward for the way Salah has dealt with the demands and expectations on his return to the Premier League.
“He thoroughly deserves it,” Ings told Liverpoolfc.com.
“Credit to him, because he came to Chelsea and had a difficult time there, then went away, worked hard and came back – and this is the reward.
“It’s all the stuff in the background he has done. I’m sure mentally it would have been very hard for him to come back and give it another shot. The way that he has come in and been so ruthless, for us as a team he is great to have. And for the Premier League, he is a joy to watch.
“It’s evident that he has really worked his socks off to get into the position he is in now. It doesn’t just happen – it’s down to hard work and graft.
“I take my hat off to him and I’m sure everybody else in the Premier League does too.”
Salah's 2017-18 Premier League stats
Salah netted Liverpool’s second goal in a 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday by moving onto a reverse pass from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and lofting a cool finish over Ben Foster.
In scoring at The Hawthorns, the No.11 equalled the Premier League best of 31 goals by a single player in a 38-game campaign – previously achieved by Cristiano Ronaldo, Alan Shearer and Luis Suarez.
The 25-year-old is only the third man in Reds history to hit 40 goals in a season and, with at least five fixtures remaining, may surpass Rush’s huge haul before the end of the term.
Asked if the sense of history being made feels tangible, Ings said: “It really does.
“I’ve said before, he is the most ruthless player I’ve played with in front of goal. The amount of chances he creates for himself, when he’s in tight situations and he’ll muscle his way through players, people underestimate how strong he is. He has got a low centre of gravity and the way he jinks in and out of players is just unbelievable.
“I really hope he breaks every record that’s put in front of him, because he is a very humble guy, he takes it in his stride and I think he deserves it.”
Jürgen Klopp has congratulated Mohamed Salah after the Liverpool forward won the PFA Players' Player of the Year award.
Salah collected the trophy at a ceremony in London on Sunday after coming out on top in the poll of his peers from the 92 Premier League and Football League clubs.
The Reds' prolific No.11, who took his goal tally for the season to 41 in just 46 appearances on Saturday, saw off the challenges of Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Leroy Sane, David de Gea and Harry Kane to become the seventh Liverpool player to land the prize.
And Klopp has commended Salah’s achievement, with the manager telling Liverpoolfc.com: “It is really rare in football that you win as an individual, an individual trophy, because it is a team game.
“But in this, the team lives from personalities, from characters, from players and I am really happy that I had the opportunity to be your manager in the last year.
“I think this award, you are voted for from all the other players in all the leagues in England, is an unbelievable honour so you can be really proud and your family can be really proud.
“On behalf of the LFC family, again, congratulations. It was a fantastic ride so far, but you know we have still a few yards to go. With the best wishes for your future here at LFC, [from] your manager.
“And now, please grab the trophy and come home - we play on Tuesday! See you then.”
Jordan Henderson paid tribute to PFA Players’ Player of the Year Mohamed Salah by saying his teammate has been ‘amazing’ since the day he joined Liverpool.
Salah was honoured at a ceremony in London on Sunday evening, with his incredible first season with the Reds - which has featured 41 goals in just 46 appearances - being recognised by PFA members from the 92 Premier League and Football League clubs.
Henderson was also present at Grosvenor House, and the captain spoke in glowing terms about his prolific teammate - both on a personal and professional basis.
“As a person, he’s a really good person, he’s humble and genuine and he fits in really well with the group,” Henderson said.
“As you’ve seen, he came straight in in the summer, settled in really well in pre-season and straight away we knew we had a top player that’s come to the club to try and do something with our team.
“He was amazing in training, amazing in the pre-season games and he’s just continued that form throughout the season. He’s been fantastic, on and off the field.”
On whether Salah had exceeded his teammates’ expectations, Henderson stated: “I think we expected him to be good, but I think he’s gone above and beyond that really.
“He keeps improving, he keeps getting better and better with each game, more confident of course.
“Obviously the manager’s helped him loads since he’s come to Liverpool, the players have been brilliant around him, so he’s had a good group of lads that he’s come into and that’ll have helped him develop as well.
“But all the hard work goes down to him, he’s in the gym all the time, improving his strength and in training he’s always working hard for the team, and he gets his just rewards at the end of it.
“He’s always doing work behind the scenes, always in the gym doing little bits here and there and working on his shooting and stuff in training, always working hard on what he needs to do for the team first and foremost, but then his goal tally speaks for itself really.”
Mohamed Salah has been named the PFA Players' Player of the Year.
The Liverpool forward’s stunning debut season at Anfield was recognised by PFA members from the 92 Premier League and Football League clubs at a ceremony in London on Sunday evening.
A phenomenal tally of 41 goals in 46 appearances for his club so far this term helped Salah beat off competition from Manchester City trio Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Leroy Sane, as well as David de Gea (Manchester United) and Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), to land the prestigious accolade.
Speaking after collecting the trophy, the Reds’ No.11 said: “I feel great. I work hard and I’m very happy to win it.
“My personal thing is to win something with the team. I always think about the team, I don’t think about myself, so the most important thing for me is to win something with the team.
“We are very close now, in the [Champions League] semi-final, so hopefully we’re going to win it.”
When asked what has helped him maintain such outstanding form throughout the campaign, Salah replied: “I think the team. The team helped me a lot, the way we play, they help me, they pass me the ball a lot. So the team help me a lot, honestly, to perform and be in that shape.”
The Egyptian is the seventh Liverpool player to receive the PFA prize, following Luis Suarez (2013-14), Steven Gerrard (2005-06), John Barnes (1987-88), Ian Rush (1983-84), Kenny Dalglish (1982-83) and Terry McDermott (1979-80).
A superb double from Harry Wilson helped Hull City secure their Championship status for next season with a thrilling 5-5 draw with Bristol City.
Wilson netted twice from distance in a topsy-turvy match, with the Liverpool loanee netting an early opener at Ashton Gate with a classy left-footed finish. His clever free-kick later hauled the Tigers back to within a goal of the hosts at 4-3 down 18 minutes from time.
Hull, who went on to lead 5-4, were denied victory by an equaliser deep into stoppage time, but the point ensured they are safe from the threat of relegation.
Fresh from being named the club’s Player of the Month for March earlier in the week, Wales international Wilson produced another outstanding display that earned him the Hull Daily Mail’s Man of the Match award.
“Opened the scoring with another stunner before surpassing that with a decisive free-kick that made it 4-3. Seven goals in nine starts shows he’s destined for a higher stage,” wrote the newspaper.
Elsewhere, Lazar Markovic scored in Anderlecht’s 2-1 loss to Genk, Divock Origi appeared as a late substitute in Wolfsburg’s 3-0 defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach and Jon Flanagan played as Bolton Wanderers were beaten 4-0 by Championship champions Wolves.
In League Two, Matty Virtue completed the full 90 minutes as Notts County kept their hopes of automatic promotion alive with a 4-1 win over Yeovil Town, while Andy Firth’s Chester lost 3-1 to Maidstone United in the National League.