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Liverpool ready to enter running for World Cup star

Wed, 04/07/2018 - 11:35

Liverpool are being linked with a move to seal the transfer of Barcelona defender Yerry Mina after his fine form at this summer's World Cup.

The 23-year-old was a surprise hero for Colombia before their exit to England on penalties last night, as he netted a remarkable three goals in as many games from the back.

Of course, Mina’s main job is not to provide goals, and he could be a decent signing for the Reds at the back, which remains a position they could do with strengthening.

Fenerbahce are also believed to be in the running to sign the Barca ace, but Liverpool could provide competition, according to Turkish outlet Fotomac, as translated by Sports Mole.

Virgil van Dijk was signed from Southampton in January and proved an excellent purchase, so adding Mina could further help Jurgen Klopp’s side tighten up at the back.

Mina has been linked with Liverpool before, with Spanish TV show El Chiringuito claiming he could move to Anfield on loan.

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Hendo and Trent into World Cup last eight with England

Wed, 04/07/2018 - 00:09

Jordan Henderson saw his penalty saved but England reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup by beating Colombia in a shootout after a 1-1 draw in Moscow.

The Liverpool captain was tireless in the Three Lions’ midfield across the 120 minutes of a scrappy and frantic last-16 encounter at Spartak Stadium.

Gareth Southgate’s side looked to have won the tie in normal time after Harry Kane converted a 57th-minute penalty having been hauled down in the box.

But the South Americans levelled three minutes into stoppage-time through Yerry Mina’s header and nothing could separate the teams by the end of extra-time.

Henderson stepped up to take his country’s third penalty in the subsequent shootout but was thwarted by Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina, diving to his left to save.

However, Los Cafeteros hit the crossbar with their next effort and Jordan Pickford then brilliantly denied Carlos Bacca, allowing Eric Dier to net and book a place in the last eight.

Trent Alexander-Arnold was an unused substitute for England, who will now face Sweden in the quarter-finals at 3pm BST on Saturday July 7 in Samara.

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Inside Melwood: Day two of LFC's pre-season preparations

Tue, 03/07/2018 - 22:08

Liverpool's pre-season programme entered its second day on Tuesday - and our cameras were again granted access to go behind the scenes of the players' latest workouts.

With Melwood again bathed in sunshine, the Reds undertook two sessions at the training complex.

The first of which involved some aerobic work and passing drills, before the early-evening routine consisted of shooting practice.

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Robertson: Full pre-season under Klopp will benefit me

Tue, 03/07/2018 - 18:00

Andy Robertson expects to feel the benefits of what will be his first full pre-season under Jürgen Klopp.

The Scot missed the first three weeks of Liverpool's preparations for the 2017-18 campaign - including two UK friendlies and the same number in Hong Kong - as he awaited the completion of his move from Hull City last summer.

This time, however, he has been able to join up with his teammates at the first available opportunity, returning to Melwood alongside 25 others on Monday morning.

Reflecting on that fact, Robertson told Liverpoolfc.com: "[Last time] I came in a bit late and missed the trip to Hong Kong, which I was a bit gutted about. 

"I think I did the first three weeks with Hull so it was a lot different - it's always good to get a full pre-season with the team you're going to be with. 

"I knew I was leaving Hull last season so it was a tough one but this season I'm settled and I can really focus on pre-season. 

"Over the close season I've been working on getting fit and now I want to get fitter until August and it's all leading up to that West Ham game now."

With Liverpool out to ensure they can maintain a high-energy brand of football across a long season, Robertson described training at this time of year as 'intense'. 

But the 24-year-old has no doubts that the hard work will be worth it once the campaign gets under way.

He added: "The pre-season here is intense but I think it shows when the boys are flying in the first game of the season and then throughout. 

"Our sports scientists are second to none and they have it all thought out. 

"It'll be tough on the legs but it's all worth it when the season comes and you need to be raring to go instead of at maybe 80-85 per cent."

The Reds contest their first friendly fixture of the summer this Saturday when they head to the Swansway Chester Stadium for a meeting with Chester FC.

Robertson is excited to be able to pull on the shirt so soon, and said: "I can't wait. It's good that [there's] a game so quick, sometimes people do maybe a week or two lead-in that you don't have a game.

"It's good to get a game in straight away and pull on the strip, the last time we did it was the [Champions League] final, obviously. 

"It'll be good to get back into that kind of game feeling, the lads are looking forward to it, we've got a few good games coming up and we're looking forward to them all."

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Melwood gallery: 76 photos from pre-season day two

Tue, 03/07/2018 - 17:04

Liverpool stepped up their pre-season programme with the first of two training sessions on their second day back at Melwood.

Stretches and warm-ups were on the agenda on Tuesday morning as the Reds begin the build-up to 2018-19 and a long season ahead.

Our photographer was at the training ground to take pictures of the workout, which you can see in the gallery below.

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Behind the scenes images: Reds get set for Melwood session

Tue, 03/07/2018 - 16:41

It’s day two of Liverpool’s pre-season programme and the squad undertook a ball-work session for the first time this summer on Tuesday morning – and our photographer was on hand to capture behind-the-scenes snaps of the lads getting ready to head out onto the sun-kissed pitches.

The players and staff gathered to don their boots for the day’s maiden workout, during which they did some aerobic exercises prior to a range of passing drills.

Take a unique candid look at the moments before a training session takes place in our gallery below.

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Liverpool Ladies sign Jasmine Matthews

Tue, 03/07/2018 - 15:00

Liverpool Ladies have completed the signing of defender Jasmine Matthews from Bristol City Women.

The 25-year-old came through the youth system with the Vixens and was named the club's Players' Player of the Season for 2017-18.

Matthews is also able to play in midfield and gives Neil Redfearn more options as he strengthens his squad ahead of the new season.

"I have spent my whole career at Bristol City Women so this was a big decision for me to make but once I heard about the interest from Liverpool Ladies it was a no-brainer," she said.

"It is a fantastic club with real ambitions to challenge for trophies so I am really excited for the future.

"I would also like to place on record my thanks to everyone at Bristol City, from the youth set-up to the first team, for helping me to develop into the player that I am today."

Ladies manager Redfearn said: "I am delighted to have signed Jasmine as she is a real leader who I believe will play a key part for us next season.

"Jasmine's versatility was another bonus for us as she is equally comfortable playing in midfield as she is in defence.

"Jasmine had many other offers to join other clubs so I am really pleased that she has chosen to sign for Liverpool Ladies."

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Barca name their price for Liverpool target

Tue, 03/07/2018 - 12:23

Barcelona have named their price for Jasper Cillessen as interest from England increases.

Cillessen is being monitored by Chelsea and Liverpool this summer.

Cillessen has a £53.1m (€60m) release clause in his contract but Barcelona are hoping to bring in around half of that, according to SPORT.

The Dutchman, 29, has played back up for Marc-Andre ter Stegen for the past two seasons but wants to move on for first team games.

A move to the Premier League would suit but there are also interested parties in Italy.

Chelsea are waiting for Madrid to make their move for Courtois before moving for a replacement.

But they are also looking at Alisson Becker at Roma and Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel.

Liverpool also wanted Alisson and have looked at Jan Oblak but baulked at the fees for them, so Cillsessen is on their radar.

A deal with Liverpool however would be complicated due to the sale of Philippe Coutinho.

SPORT claim Barcelona were frustrated with how difficult negotiations for Coutinho were and they would not give them an easy ride to sign Cillessen.

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Photos: Players arrive for day two of pre-season

Tue, 03/07/2018 - 12:02

It was straight back to business for Liverpool's players as they arrived at Melwood for the second day of their pre-season programme.

A 26-strong group returned to the training ground on Monday to begin work towards the new campaign under the watchful eye of Jürgen Klopp and his staff.

Our photographer will again follow them throughout the day, starting with their arrival at the West Derby base a short while ago...

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Live from Melwood: Pre-season training day two

Tue, 03/07/2018 - 10:34

Day two

Shall we do it all again?

After a busy day at Melwood on Monday as pre-season kicked off, it's the same once more today with further initial work for Jürgen Klopp, his staff and players on the road to the new campaign.

Stick right here with us for updates from the training ground, as well as photos, videos, interviews and more.

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Klopp: Lijnders' return is really important for us

Tue, 03/07/2018 - 10:14

Jürgen Klopp has expressed his delight at being able to welcome Pepijn Lijnders back into his first-team coaching set-up this summer.

The Reds announced on June 5 the Dutchman would be re-joining the backroom staff in a senior capacity after spending the second half of last season as manager of NEC Nijmegen.

Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “It’s good. It’s very, very good. We sent him away for half a year to get very important experience and to have him back now feels just fantastic.

“When he came in the building, everybody was really delighted about that and was really happy about it.

“He’s a fantastic person and a fantastic coach, so it’s really important that we have him back and I’m really looking forward to working together with him.”

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Inside Melwood: Access all areas as pre-season training begins

Mon, 02/07/2018 - 22:46

Liverpool's pre-season preparations began at Melwood on Monday morning - and our cameras were granted access-all-areas passes in order to capture exclusive footage of the players and staff back at the training ground.

Naby Keita and Fabinho were among those who reported for duty, as well as a clutch of returning loan players including Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge.

The day consisted of a series of tests for the players, including the energy-sapping lactate testing drills.

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Firmino scores to help Brazil into World Cup last eight

Mon, 02/07/2018 - 18:55

Roberto Firmino netted a late goal as a substitute to help Brazil claim their place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup with a 2-0 win over Mexico.

The five-time champions had gone ahead early in the second half as Neymar's quick one-two with Willian resulted in the Paris Saint-Germain attacker finishing from close range.

And they wrapped up a contest they had largely dominated as Firmino, introduced in place of Philippe Coutinho in the 86th minute, followed in to finish a parried Neymar effort on the line.

Tite's men will face the winner of this evening's meeting between Belgium and Japan in the last eight, with that fixture set to be played on July 6 in Kazan.

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Jürgen Klopp on pre-season training: 'It's good to be back!'

Mon, 02/07/2018 - 18:41

Jürgen Klopp is delighted that Liverpool’s preparations for 2018-19 are officially under way after pre-season training began on Monday.

The boss welcomed 26 members of his squad, including new signings Fabinho and Naby Keita, to a sun-drenched Melwood for a day of physical testing ahead of the first of nine friendlies - against Chester FC on Saturday - his side will play before the new campaign begins.

Liverpoolfc.com caught up with Klopp at the training ground to discuss the arrivals of Fabinho and Keita, Mohamed Salah’s new contract, welcoming a number of players back from injury and more.

Watch the interview below, or read on for transcript of what the manager had to say…

On his summer holiday…

Not too bad, not too bad. Like here, we had the nice weather, so it was good - a nice rest. It was a perfect time with family and friends, but now to be honest I am happy to be back. It’s even better that it is for sure the best summer since I’ve been in England, so it starts very positive.

On starting to plan for a successful 2018-19 from the first day of pre-season…

That’s the plan. We are always ambitious, we are still ambitious, so we did a few nice things in the last couple of years, but we know as well that we can still improve so we want to build on the things we’ve achieved so far. We know all the good things, we know all the not so good things. Life is always [about] learning from your experiences, I hope we can show that. The first day is a testing day so the boys have to show how they worked through the summer period. I had a rest apart from being on the telephone for plenty of hours, but the boys will obviously have a programme - and if  they did it the tests will be good and we won’t have to do that much physical work, but if they didn’t it will be a little bit more intense!

On having Fabinho and Keita among those starting training…

Very, very happy to finally have Naby here. It took a while. Fabinho is also here and that’s perfect for the moment. It’s even better they can start from the first day with the training because they have to learn the most, they have to adapt to our style of play. We have eight games until the season starts and we will need them all. They all are important in a different way. They are here, we can start, that’s good.

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On Salah’s new deal…

It is, but it will not be a surprise that I have known this for a few days longer! It is a fantastic sign, I love it. It only shows the big difference this club has made. For the boys, they really know we are back on track. We are not where we want to be, but we are on a good way. These kind of players like him and Bobby [Firmino], they want to stay and be part of this in the future and that’s really a fantastic sign. It’s a big achievement for all of us. I really think the atmosphere around the club is again exceptional. That is what we all enjoy over the season and now we know that for quite a long time Mo Salah will be a part of it.

On Salah thanking his teammates for his success last season…

Because he is smart, he is a smart boy. He knows it. He is not the physically strongest player in the world and football game demands a lot of you from the physical side, so he needs these situations where he can show his skills. The boys worked really hard to bring him into this situation and our game developed a lot in the last year. It was not the same game as [in] the first matchday and the last matchday, or matchday 25 when we were maybe in the best shape, because we got used to each other and knew about the strengths of each other. It was really nice to watch and nice to work on. He knows he needs help [from his teammates] and that he says it shows he is a smart person.

On welcoming players back into the fold after injury…

It always feels a little bit like they are like transfer as well. Joe Gomez was out for a long time, but he was out in a very decisive period in the season after a very good season which he played, so it’s very good to have him back. It’s fantastic to have Joel Matip back, especially because Dejan is still at the World Cup and we wish him all the best for that – there’s no problem with having a final of England against Croatia! That’s the situation [and it’s] really cool. 

Clyney was already involved again in the last part of the season, but of course he’s as well like a new addition to the squad. The boys coming back from loan [too]. And now, it’s ‘let’s go’. It’s an intense time, but of course a very, very important time. You know how the season is, we don’t have a lot of time to do proper training in the physical department over the season, so we have to set the basis now.

That’s what we will do, we’ll not start like crazy because the boys had not the longest holiday in the world but they had a holiday so they need to get used to the boots again, that’s how it is. Whatever they do [during the summer], it’s not on a football pitch, it’s not in football boots so it’s a lot of running, athletic work, stuff like that and then we start involving the football again and first of all reach the level we had last year and then try to improve from that point. So far, so good and how I said, let’s go.

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Photos: Fabinho and Keita join familiar faces at Melwood

Mon, 02/07/2018 - 12:48

Liverpool's players and staff have reconvened at Melwood for day one of pre-season training - take a look at our gallery of exclusive photographs from the training ground below.

New signings Fabinho and Naby Keita are two of 26 members of Jürgen Klopp's squad to report on Monday morning as focus switches to 2018-19.

A day of physical testing is now under way, but the Reds joined the likes of Klopp and the returning Pepijn Lijnders in Melwood's canteen before getting down to work...

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Watch Naby Keita arrive for pre-season training at Melwood

Mon, 02/07/2018 - 11:56

Naby Keita is in the building for day one of pre-season training - watch Liverpool's new No.8 arrive at Melwood with our free video clip.

The Guinea international midfielder is one of 26 members of Jürgen Klopp's squad scheduled to report to the training ground this morning as preparations for 2018-19 get under way.

Watch Keita's arrival at Melwood above.

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Live Melwood blog: Day one of pre-season training

Mon, 02/07/2018 - 10:35

Confirmed comebacks

Jürgen Klopp and his staff will welcome back 26 players in total today and they are:

Camacho, Chirivella, Clyne, Fabinho, Gomez, Grabara, Ings, Jones, Karius, Keita, Kelleher, Kent, Klavan, Lallana, Markovic, Milner, Moreno, Ojo, Origi, Phillips, Robertson, Solanke, Sturridge, Ward, Wilson, Woodburn.

Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum featured for the Netherlands in an international friendly immediately after the 2017-18 campaign and will report back later.

That is also true of the Reds’ eight-strong World Cup contingent: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Roberto Firmino, Marko Grujic, Jordan Henderson, Dejan Lovren, Sadio Mane, Simon Mignolet and Mohamed Salah.

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Lovren's Croatia qualify for World Cup quarter-finals

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 23:47

Dejan Lovren and Croatia qualified for the World Cup quarter-finals thanks to a dramatic penalty shootout victory over Denmark.

Mathias Jorgensen put the Danes ahead inside the first minute in Sunday's last-16 tie in Nizhny Novgorod, but Mario Mandzukic quickly brought Croatia level.

Liverpool defender Lovren glanced Luka Modric's free-kick wide late in the first period, before the sides played out a keenly-contested - and goalless - second half.

Neither could force a winner during extra-time either, with Kasper Schmeichel saving a 116th-minute penalty from Modric, meaning spot-kicks were required.

And it was Lovren's team that prevailed 3-2 in the shootout to book a quarter-final clash with hosts Russia on Saturday.

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Liverpool trio nominated for 2018 Golden Boy award

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 18:44

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Woodburn and Herbie Kane have been nominated for the 2018 Golden Boy award.

The Liverpool trio are included on an initial shortlist of 100 contenders for the prestigious prize, which was established in 2003 by Italian newspaper Tuttosport to honour Europe's best young footballer over the course of a calendar year.

Nominees must be under the age of 21 and the recipient is decided by 30 journalists from media outlets across the continent.

Each month until November, 20 players will be cut from the list by the panel, before the winner is picked from a final group of 20.

Kylian Mbappe, of Paris Saint-Germain and France, won the accolade in 2017.

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Naby Keita arrival excites Gerrard and Alonso - Liverpool FC quotes of the week

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 14:52

Mutual appreciation between Liverpool No.8s past and present, a move in the right direction and a career landmark.

All this and more features in our latest round-up of LFC quotes…

“I chose Liverpool because it is a team I watched often - and I also spoke a lot about it with Sadio [Mane]. He told me a lot about the team and the club. I also spoke with the coach, who told me about the project for the team and that motivated me to be here.”

Naby Keita opens up on his reasons for joining the Reds.

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“It was an incredible day for me. He gave me the No.8 jersey. When it happened, it was a surprise and I didn’t expect it.”

More from Liverpool’s new No.8 - who was presented with the famous jersey by the man who wore it last…

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“Can’t wait to watch this fella #8.”

That, of course, was a certain Steven Gerrard, who is relishing the prospect of seeing Keita in action in 2018-19.

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“I saw the surgeon just now, he’s happy with everything, so we’re moving in the right direction.”

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s recovery from knee surgery is progressing well.

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“What an experience it was making my World Cup Debut! Gutted not to get three points but we now look forward to the last 16. Come on England.”

A competitive senior international debut didn’t end with the result Trent Alexander-Arnold wanted, but the Liverpool teenager looked anything but overawed by playing against Belgium at the World Cup.

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“I’m definitely proud of Jordan Henderson, who is showing through all the season that he had a great season and even with the [mental] fatigue, he shows that he is a real leader to Liverpool and also to the English team.”

Dejan Lovren has nothing but praise for his club captain, who has impressed for England at the World Cup.

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“He’s a big personality. He has the hunger, the will to compete, and after in football terms he’s an all-round midfielder.”

Xabi Alonso played against Keita twice in the Bundesliga - and the legendary World Cup winner has no doubt the Guinea international can succeed under the guidance of Jürgen Klopp.

Keita and fellow new signing Fabinho will join many of their Liverpool teammates at day one of pre-season training at Melwood on Monday.

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