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Liverpool v Burnley: Team news

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 18:21

There will be at least two changes to the Liverpool line-up when they resume their Premier League campaign by hosting Burnley at Anfield.

Simon Mignolet is set to return in goal for the Reds, Jürgen Klopp confirmed at his pre-match news conference, having been a substitute for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Sevilla.

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The home side are without the services of Sadio Mane against the Clarets, however, as the Senegal international begins a three-match domestic suspension following his red card at Manchester City.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain awaits a full Liverpool debut after two substitute appearances.

Meanwhile, Philippe Coutinho is in contention to start on Saturday.

The No.10 was introduced from the bench in midweek, and Klopp said: “He should be ready. He has trained outstanding in the few sessions we’ve had so far together since he was back.”

Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana remain ‘too far away to think about’ a return as they continue their rehabilitations from respective back and thigh injuries.

Burnley will travel to Merseyside without their captain, Tom Heaton, after the goalkeeper suffered a shoulder injury last weekend and subsequently underwent surgery.

Summer signing Chris Wood has scored in each of their past two outings – a winner against Crystal Palace and previously an equaliser at Wembley to secure a draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

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Match preview: U18s host Middlesbrough in PL Cup

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 18:05

Liverpool U18s are back on home turf on Saturday as they face Middlesbrough in their first Premier League Cup outing of the season.

Steven Gerrard’s side have been drawn alongside Boro, West Ham United and Sunderland in this year's tournament, and will need to top Group D to ensure a place in the quarter-finals.

The two best second-placed teams in the six groups will also claim a last-eight berth.

Read on for all the details you’ll need about the U18s’ next fixture.

Where is the game being played? The match is at the Kirkby Academy with kick-off set for 12.30pm BST.

How can I watch the game? Extended highlights will be available on LFCTV GO on Monday. Click here for details on how to sign up.

Last season head-to-head: The young Reds lost their last away game againt Middlesbrough, Rhian Brewster netting in a 2-1 defeat.

However, they exacted revenge in December's return fixture, with Brewster scoring twice in a 2-1 victory.

Classic encounter: August 22, 2015. Middlesbrough were reigning U18s Premier League champions and showed their quality by running up a 3-0 lead at Kirkby. However, Toni Gomes had other ideas and netted a fantastic hat-trick to level the scores.

Yan Dhanda then grabbed a superb late winner as the young Reds recorded a memorable 4-3 victory. Watch highlights of that game below.

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Leicester v Liverpool: Away tickets sale update

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 17:54

Liverpool FC have released the following away ticket update for the Premier League clash with Leicester City on Saturday September 23.

An extremely limited number of tickets will be available to all season ticket holders, official Members and fan card holders who attended two Premier League away games in 2016-17.

Tickets will be available online only from 11am on Monday September 18.

Supporters can purchase one ticket per qualifying supporter for up to a maximum of four tickets per transaction.

Tickets during this sale are subject to availability on a first come, first served basis and no guarantee can be given that tickets will be available to all who apply.

Click here for a step-by-step guide to purchasing tickets online.

For further information before travelling, please click here.

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Coutinho and Firmino named in latest Brazil squad

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 17:40

Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino have been included in the Brazil squad for two World Cup qualifying matches next month.

The Liverpool duo are part of Tite’s 24-man squad for the meetings with Bolivia on Thursday October 5 and Chile on Tuesday October 10.

Brazil have already qualified for the 2018 tournament as winners of the South American section.

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Jürgen: It's proper work when you face Burnley

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 16:26

Liverpool will need 'freshness in mind and in legs' to break down Burnley when the sides meet in the Premier League on Saturday, according to Jürgen Klopp.

The Reds fought two tough battles with the Clarets last term, suffering a 2-0 defeat in a game they dominated at Turf Moor and coming from a goal down to win 2-1 at Anfield.

Ahead of their latest contest this weekend, Klopp shared his appreciation for the committed plan deployed and carried out by Sean Dyche and his group of players in each and every fixture.

With the knowledge of Burnley’s tactics in mind, the manager warned that Liverpool must be ready for ‘proper work’ if they want three points.

Asked about the visitors’ start to the season, he told reporters: “It’s good for Burnley, but also good for all the people around.

“Yes, they won against Chelsea, who were one man down but that doesn’t mean too much against Chelsea. They came up in the last few minutes but Burnley played really well and used their chances.

“What I really like is what Sean Dyche is doing there; they have a clear plan, 100 per cent. You can see it and you can see it and you can see it in each game.

“They don’t make one step left or right, they stick to the plan and that’s so clear and is so difficult to play because all these players show big desire to defend all the situations. There is not one player in the team who you think ‘OK, he gambles a little bit in this or that situation’. That’s a big strength of Sean, 100 per cent.

“It’s good that everybody knows they had two away games and in these two away games they got four points from Chelsea and from Tottenham. Nobody should think tomorrow is an easy game for us.”

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Liverpool come into the match – their third in eight days – on the back of a heavy defeat at Manchester City and a 2-2 draw with Sevilla in the Champions League.

Burnley will pay no mind to the Reds’ preceding exertions, of course, and Klopp admitted that influences his own team selection and game plan.

“That’s something I have to consider when I think about a line-up – we need freshness in mind and in legs for this game,” the German added.

“There will be really small spaces. There are not a lot of easy situations where you can outplay them or whatever. That’s proper work; shooting in the right moments, passing in the right moments, crossing in the right spaces and all that stuff.

“It’s really interesting to play them because they are always on a really high level since I’ve known them. Maybe the best game we played against them was the first game when we lost 2-0. We were really strong in this game. We had shooting opportunities, we had the ball all the time, but they still scored twice and we didn’t score.

“But it’s not that we think about these games. We made a big step in all the areas you need for these games. But it’s difficult, everybody should know about this. If we are all ready for work then it can be really good.”

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'You have to work on it' - JK on defensive issues

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 16:21

Jürgen Klopp has provided an in-depth breakdown of the issues he believes have resulted in Liverpool conceding goals this season.

The Reds' backline has been breached on 13 occasions across seven games this term - a statistic that has resulted in just two clean sheets thus far.

Klopp remains adamant that a lack of concentration, rather than quality, is behind his team's porousness at times.

And the manager is keen for his players to take collective responsibility, rather than defer to the defenders.

"Our fault is that we obviously give you all the opportunity to talk about it, that's our mistake," he said.

It's a lack of concentration, I think. Everybody who played football missed the ball in whichever situation and, for a defender, like a goalkeeper, sometimes you can make a world-class game but in the wrong moment do something like this and it's a goal. 

"That's the problem for all defenders, but it's not a quality thing. How it is here, it looks like a little bit a self-fulfilling prophecy. 

"We are talking about this all time [but] everybody conceded goals so far. We cannot take out the five goals of City but, if we would, then we had a lot of games with decent defensive performances. 

"It would be easy to have a look at this team and say it's so exciting how they play - and I'm not sure if it’s the world in general or it's a Liverpool thing - but we are always looking for one thing we can be angry with or not happy with.

"That's the situation but it's our mistake that we give these opportunities. The first goal we conceded in the last game, we made five mistakes before the final mistake. 

"The second goal was a quick throw-in and, until he came between the two defenders, there were already three or four options to avoid this situation. 

"It's a defending problem but not a defending problem of the centre-halves. They can only defend what we give them and sometimes the situations are not to defend anymore. 

"I'm not sure if the second one is one of these situations but it was unlucky how he went through the two boys and then he scored. 

"It’s our job to work with it and it's not allowed in professional football to make a confidence thing of it because that would make no sense. 

"I said it after the game, I know, and my English is not good enough to make it 100 per cent clear but, if there would be a quality problem and if there would have been a solution out there, then we would have done it. 

"If there is nobody and no real quality issue, you have to work on it and that’s what we do."

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Boss: How we'll manage in absence of Sadio Mane

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 15:55

Jürgen Klopp is confident he has enough quality options at his disposal for the suspension of Sadio Mane not to significantly deplete Liverpool’s attacking thrust.

The forward will begin a three-man ban against Burnley on Saturday following his red card against Manchester City at the Etihad last weekend.

However, Klopp feels with the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to call upon, as well as Roberto Firmino’s ability to play on the left, the Reds will retain their considerable forward threat.

“We’ve known for a few days that Sadio will not play and it was clear before the season there will be moments when he cannot play, or should not play maybe in other games,” the manager said at his pre-match press conference.

“That’s how we reacted in building the squad so we have options, enough options. Roberto has already played left-wing, Phil can play there of course, Alex can play there and we have more options, so that’s all good.

“We can change the system, we can do a lot of things. It’s always difficult to replace top-class players in really good shape, but we did it last year at the end of the season when we had to play without him and in most of the games we did really well.”

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

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 15:52

Jürgen Klopp held his pre-Burnley press conference on Friday – and you can watch it again in full and for free.

Liverpool return to Premier League action when they host the Clarets at Anfield tomorrow, following on from the midweek draw with Sevilla in the Champions League.

Klopp provided updates on his squad and discussed the meeting with Sean Dyche’s side during the media briefing at Melwood.

And you can see everything the manager had to say via our official YouTube channel below.

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'Simon Mignolet is No.1' - boss explains goalkeeping situation

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 15:40

Simon Mignolet will return to the Liverpool goal against Burnley on Saturday.

The Belgium international was on the bench for the Champions League clash with Sevilla in midweek as Loris Karius took up duties between the posts for Jürgen Klopp’s side.

But Mignolet is set to resume his position for the Premier League meeting with the Clarets according to the manager, who explained the goalkeeping situation at his pre-match news conference.

“Of course,” said Klopp when asked if the No.22 will play tomorrow.

“That’s how it is. The easiest thing is for me because I’m the boss, I can decide things like this and players have to take it.

“If you ask a goalkeeper, ‘What do you think if I play Loris next game?’ and he says ‘That’s a good idea, I already wanted to come into your office and ask you for that’, something would be really wrong.

“I have said it: we need strong goalkeepers. We cannot every year find a new No.2 or No.3 or whatever and say ‘OK, now they are too young to want to play them but they are cool enough to sit on the bench the whole season, or they are that old that they don’t want to play anymore but if we need them they have to perform on the highest level.’

“We have young goalkeepers in the best age and they all are ready to play, all of them. So we have to use this situation for the good of the club and the team. That’s how it is and they take it.”

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The boss continued: “Simon Mignolet is No.1. I said it already. At the end of the season, he will have 85 or 87 per cent of all games I think. For me, that is the No.1.

“There will be other games, like the last one in the Champions League, where Loris Karius plays. Because he played against Arsenal, I think he was really ready and he played really well.

“Obviously the crowd needs to get a little bit used to his style of play but this is modern football; he takes the ball and he has cool build-up. I can’t remember one mistake, so he is in good shape and is a good goalkeeper – good for us, that’s all.”

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Jürgen Klopp: Coutinho in contention to start v Burnley

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 15:34

Jürgen Klopp has confirmed Philippe Coutinho is in contention to start Saturday’s Premier League clash with Burnley at Anfield.

The playmaker made his first appearance of 2017-18 for the Reds as a second-half substitute against Sevilla on Wednesday evening.

And with Sadio Mane suspended for the visit of the Clarets, Klopp is confident Coutinho’s fitness is at the required level for him to be considered for a berth in his XI.

The manager told his pre-match press conference: “You can build up and get minutes when you start.

“It’s not the moment where I talk about the line-up of tomorrow, but he should be ready.

“It was really nice how the crowd welcomed him [against Sevilla]. Nobody was 100 per cent sure about this, but I am really happy that we were, as a Liverpool family, sensitive enough to do it exactly like this. I think it was good for him.

“How I’ve said, he has trained outstanding in the few sessions we’ve had so far together since he was back.

“The game was not perfect of course, but that’s how it is after a long break. It helped him and helped us and for sure he is ready [for us] to think about.”

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Klopp provides injury update on Clyne and Lallana

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 15:28

Jürgen Klopp has revealed that injured Liverpool duo Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne are still some way from consideration for a first-team return.

Lallana has been out of action since sustaining a thigh injury during the Reds' pre-season meeting with Atletico Madrid in Munich back in August.

Clyne, too, has been absent from the start of the 2017-18 campaign due to a back problem.

When asked for an update on the pair's recovery ahead of his team's weekend meeting with Burnley, Klopp told reporters: "Adam and Clyney are too far away to think about.

"They have to build; maybe Adam can start running this week or the beginning of next week. 

"Clyney is improving a lot but, in the moment when he could start training completely normal - I'm not sure about when it will be - he will need time for a kind of pre-season. 

"That’s the situation."

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Mo Salah named Champions League Player of the Week

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 14:09

Mohamed Salah’s lively performance against Sevilla in midweek has been rewarded with the Champions League Player of the Week award.

The Liverpool forward collected 51 per cent of the vote on UEFA’s website to claim the prize after a deflected goal against the La Liga side capped an impressive display.

Salah saw off competition from Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) to pick up the accolade.

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Steven Gerrard joins LFC legends roster in PES 2018

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 14:00

Konami Digital Entertainment BV has announced that five former Liverpool stars - including Steven Gerrard - will join the roster of legends available in PES 2018.

In addition to the current Reds icons Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen and Ian Rush, this year PES fans will also be able to choose from Gerrard, Steve McManaman, Kevin Keegan, John Barnes and more that will be announced soon.

Purchase your copy of PES 2018 now>>

Through an extension of the official partnership, KONAMI will get unrivalled access to work with LFC to ensure the players and stadium are brought to life in the game and will also work together on future promotional activities.

KONAMI will also enjoy access to upcoming Liverpool talent for a much more realistic experience in PES 2018 including head scanning sessions for the squad, coupled with stadium capture sessions to help enhance the PES player experience when playing at Anfield. KONAMI will also see their LED promotion increase around Anfield as well as continued online and social support from LFC.

The agreement comes as KONAMI looks to expand its list of licences and partners to give PES fans the best possible playing experience.

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"KONAMI is committed to working with the very best in football, and Liverpool FC is the perfect partner to do so,” explained Jonas Lygaard, senior director of brand and business development at Konami Digital Entertainment BV.

“With its rich history, huge fan base and dynamic style of play, we are thrilled to continue working together with the club and will ensure that the best of both the past and present of Liverpool FC are perfectly reproduced in PES 2018.”

PES 2018 is available now on PlayStation®4, Xbox One™, PlayStation®3 and Xbox360™. The game is also available via Steam in a version that has undergone substantial improvements in terms of aesthetics and content, ensuring the game enjoys parity with the current gen formats.

For more information, please visit:

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U18s bring cheer to children at Alder Hey

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 13:00

Liverpool U18s made a special visit to Alder Hey Children's Hospital in West Derby earlier this week to meet young patients and deliver gifts.

The Academy players brought smiles to the faces of the children as they handed out presents and spoke with parents during their trip to the hospital.

U18s defender Adam Lewis said: "It is brilliant to be able to visit Alder Hey and bring a smile to the children's faces. All of the kids are so brave and manage to stay positive despite it being so tough for them and are a real inspiration to us as players.

"Coming to Alder Hey and seeing the reaction of the kids is so nice and I hope that we are able to give them a boost as they look to overcome illness."

Gill Kennedy from Alder Hey Children’s Hospital said: "We were once again delighted to welcome the U18s squad from Liverpool Football Club.

"Our patients and families loved meeting and chatting with the boys today. Alder Hey has a fantastic relationship with Liverpool Football Club and we hope to see them all again very soon."

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Video: A snapshot of a season's work in the community

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 12:30

This short video provides a snapshot of the work done in the community by the Liverpool FC Foundation and the Red Neighbours programme over the last season.

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Heading to Anfield on Saturday? Use our handy fan checklist

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 11:35

Are you heading to Anfield on Saturday for Liverpool's Premier League clash with Burnley? Our handy guide details all of the key information you'll need before setting off for the game...

Fans are encouraged to plan their route to the stadium in advance and arrive early to soak up Anfield's unique atmosphere.

Getting to Anfield

  • Plan your route in advance. LFC, Merseytravel and transport operators have been working together to help make matchday travel more convenient for supporters heading to the stadium. We encourage the use of public transport.
  • Only vehicles displaying a valid smartcard or permit, or fans with a pre-booked pass for LFC-operated car parks, will be allowed to park in the Anfield area on a matchday. Road closure times will also be in operation prior to kick-off for the duration of the 2017-18 season (90 minutes Walton Breck Road and four hours Anfield Road). To see a map of the available options, including express matchday services and more information on road closures around the stadium, please click here.
  • Make sure you allow enough time for any necessary security checks, which may include random searches. Bringing bags to the stadium is actively discouraged. However, fans arriving at the stadium with a small personal bag (i.e. handbag/medical bag) should expect this to be searched and tagged before entry. Bringing a bag may delay your entry and in some cases may lead to non-entry to the stadium.
  • Large bags are not permitted. Please do not bring large bags or luggage (such as rucksacks/briefcases/suitcases/suit bags etc.) to Anfield as they cannot be brought into the stadium.

Getting to your seat

If you have a general admission ticket for The Kop, Anfield Road or Kenny Dalglish Stand, please click here

If you have a general admission ticket for the Main Stand, please click here

If you have a ticket for a wheelchair user position or ambulant disabled seat, please click here

If you have a hospitality ticket for the Kenny Dalglish Stand, please click here

If you have a hospitality ticket for the Main Stand, please click here

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Iconic images: Crazy Horse meets, then defeats, Cruyff

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 11:30

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

Seventh in the series is a photograph taken immediately before the Reds secured one of their finest European away victories.

Three days before Liverpool travelled to Barcelona for the first leg of their UEFA Cup semi-final in March 1976, Bob Paisley labelled the game 'one of the great occasions in our club’s history'.

“We’ll be going there to get a result. By that I mean a result which gives us the chance of winning the tie at Anfield in the second leg,” the manager wrote in a column for the Liverpool Echo.

“Naturally, to win would be magnificent. To draw would suit us very well, particularly if it is a score draw. To lose by just one goal could be absorbed and overtaken in the home leg, but to lose by anything more than that would not be good.”

Paisley needn’t have worried about the prospect of having to mastermind an Anfield comeback.

His team, captained by Emlyn Hughes, achieved the considerable feat of beating a Barcelona side containing the likes of Johan Cruyff and Johan Neeskens on their own turf. 

John Toshack scored the only goal of the game to ensure the Reds not only marked their maiden visit to the Nou Camp with a victory, but also became the first English club to win at one of world football’s most iconic stadia.

Above, Hughes and Barca skipper Cruyff are photographed shaking hands and swapping pennants before the match. In the background, Paisley’s starting line-up is named on the Nou Camp’s electronic scoreboard.

Ray Clemence, Phil Neal, Tommy Smith, Phil Thompson, Ray Kennedy, Kevin Keegan, Jimmy Case, Ian Callaghan, Toshack and Hughes - along with substitute Brian Hall - made history that night and, six weeks later, Liverpool won the UEFA Cup by overcoming Bruges in the final.

This iconic image depicts a Liverpool legend exchanging pleasantries with an all-time great of the game.

Crazy Horse meets, then defeats, Cruyff.

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

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Leave no seat empty for Anfield clash with Burnley

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 11:22

No seat needs to be left empty at Saturday's clash with Burnley - or any game at Anfield this season - thanks to the Liverpool FC ticket exchange service.

Season ticket holders who cannot attend a match have the opportunity to reduce the cost of their season ticket and allow another fan to attend and support the Reds.

If you are unable to make the Premier League meeting with the Clarets, return your seat for re-sale to an LFC Official Member via the ticket exchange.

You may earn credit against the cost of your future season ticket.

Click here to release your seat now.

This is the only service to exchange tickets and aims to reduce ticket touting too.

Click here for FAQs and details of how much credit you can earn by using the ticket exchange.

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

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 11:01

Jürgen Klopp will hold his pre-Burnley press conference at 1pm BST today – and you can watch it live and free with us.

Liverpool return to Premier League action when they host the Clarets at Anfield tomorrow, following on from the midweek draw with Sevilla in the Champions League.

Klopp will provide updates on his squad and discuss the meeting with Sean Dyche’s side during the media briefing at Melwood.

And you can see everything the manager has to say via our official YouTube channel. Simply return to this page before the start time to access a free stream from the training ground.

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Find a lucky red ticket in Burnley match programme

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 08:00

Liverpool FC will celebrate the 125th anniversary of its first ever fixture, against Rotherham Town at Anfield in September 1892, at the Premier League match with Burnley on Saturday.

And to mark the milestone occasion, a special edition of the matchday programme will be on sale – including a competition to win one of three signed Reds shirts.

‘This is Anfield’ will feature a commemorative front cover, a unique look back at the club’s first game, an exclusive interview with boyhood fan turned first-team star Trent Alexander-Arnold, the memories of two Kopites who have been visiting the stadium since the 1930s, and a Q&A with CEO Peter Moore.

For the chance to win a signed Liverpool shirt, simply buy a copy of the official matchday programme from one of our sellers around the ground and check inside to see if you have one of three lucky red tickets.

If you find one, follow the simple instructions on the back and the prize is yours!

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