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Woodburn starts for U19s in UEFA Youth League

Wed, 13/09/2017 - 18:15

Ben Woodburn has been named in the starting line-up for Liverpool's UEFA Youth League meeting with Sevilla this afternoon.

The Welshman won't be involved in the first-team's clash with the Andalusian side this evening after being selected to be part of the U19s' first game in European competition this term by manager Steven Gerrard.

Woodburn features as part of a menacing forward line that also comprises Rhian Brewster and Liam Millar.

The game at Prenton Park kicks off at 5pm BST.

Liverpool U19s: Grabara, Coyle, Lewis, Masterson, Johnston, Kane, Jones, Tagseth, Brewster, Woodburn, Millar.

Subs: B.Williams, R.Williams, Hunter, Longstaff, Camacho, Adekanye, McAuley.

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Liverpool v Sevilla: Tickets sold out

Wed, 13/09/2017 - 16:27

Liverpool FC have confirmed tonight's Champions League clash with Sevilla, which kicks off at 7.45pm, is now sold out.

Supporters not in possession of a ticket are urged not to travel to Anfield.

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LIVE: Liverpool v Sevilla - build-up to the Champions League clash

Wed, 13/09/2017 - 16:12

Team news

Changes may be afoot in the manager's starting XI this evening.

Loris Karius is set to be in goal, Klopp confirmed at his media briefing on Tuesday, while Mohamed Salah is expected to be fit despite missing training with illness.

The boss also explained that Philippe Coutinho is 'fit and healthy' but stopped short of revealing whether the Brazilian will feature against Sevilla.

We'll have the line-up for you before anywhere else from 6.30pm BST.

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Match preview: U19s host Sevilla in UEFA Youth League

Wed, 13/09/2017 - 13:07

Liverpool U19s kick off their UEFA Youth League campaign when they host Sevilla at Prenton Park on Wednesday afternoon.

It is the first time since 2014-15 that the young Reds have been involved in the competition, and they are eagerly looking forward to what will be an invaluable experience in their development.

Where is the game being played? The match is at Prenton Park, home of Tranmere Rovers FC, with kick-off set for 5pm BST.

If you want to attend the game, admission on the gate on the day is just £3 for adults and £1 for children and concessions. Members and season ticket holders can gain admission free of charge, simply by bringing their cards to the ground.

How can I watch the game? The match is being shown live on BT Sport. We will have extended highlights available on LFCTV GO.

Last time out in the UEFA Youth League: Liverpool reached the last 16 in 2014-15, losing 2-1 away to Benfica. The highlight was a 3-2 victory over Real Madrid in St Helens with Harry Wilson firing a last-gasp winner.

View from the manager, Steven Gerrard

"You play against different tactics, different formations – a different style, if you like. You play against a Spanish team that play technical football and try to play between the lines. You might meet a team like Maribor who might decide to play long, we don’t know. But we will have these kids prepared. We are Liverpool Football Club and these games are about us as well, but it does give the lads the chance to travel with the first team and see how they go about it and that brings a little bit of pressure as well, because all eyes will be on the Academy to deliver results, and we look forward to that pressure."

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Pre-Sevilla stats: Reds closing in on Anfield landmark

Wed, 13/09/2017 - 12:57

Liverpool head into their Champions League meeting with Sevilla nearing an Anfield milestone in European competition.

Here, with the help of club statistician Ged Rea, we reveal what landmark the Reds are closing in on, along with seven other key pre-match facts...

Liverpool need two goals to record 200 in the European Cup/Champions League at Anfield.

The Reds have won the last four opening games of a Champions League group stage when they have been at home, losing only one in six in total (to Barcelona in 2001-02).

Jürgen Klopp has won his last five home games against Spanish opponents in Europe, with the most recent of those victories coming against Villarreal in the 2015-16 Europa League semi-final second leg.

Klopp has lost just two of his 15 European matches as Liverpool manager.

The Reds have met Sevilla only once before in European competition - the 2015-16 Europa League final, which the Spanish club won 3-1.

Daniel Sturridge scored Liverpool's goal in that game. The striker is still awaiting the first Champions League appearance of his Reds career, with all 10 of his previous European matches for the club coming in the Europa League.

Roberto Firmino's goal against Hoffenheim in last month's Champions League play-off win was the 400th scored by Liverpool at Anfield in European competition. 

Alberto Moreno played 62 times for Sevilla before joining Liverpool in 2014.    

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Jordan Henderson: The hard work begins again now

Wed, 13/09/2017 - 11:42

'The hard work begins again now.' That's the message from Jordan Henderson as Liverpool prepare to open up their Champions League group-stage campaign against Sevilla at Anfield tonight.

The captain feels it’s fitting the Reds should face the La Liga side in their first match back in the competition proper as it highlights the progress Jürgen Klopp’s team have made since their last meeting.

That, of course, came in the Europa League final of 2016 when Sevilla ran out 3-1 winners over Liverpool in Basel.

Henderson writes in ‘This is Anfield’: “In a funny way it’s quite fitting that our first opponent back in the Champions League proper is Sevilla FC. I don’t like remembering that final in Basel, because it was one of my lowest moments in football, seeing the club lose such an important game. But heading into tonight it does serve to emphasise the progress we as a team and club have made since then and continue to make.

“Losing that final meant we didn’t have any European football the next season. I remember being gutted that Liverpool and our supporters – and us as players – would have to watch the Champions League rather than play in it for another year.

“Well, the hard work and commitment of everyone involved last season means we are back in it now – but this is where the hard work begins again. It’s a really tough group we’re in and Sevilla were in the first two pots for the draw for a reason – they are an outstanding side and have a pedigree in Europe.

“But to be honest, one of the reasons that we as players are so delighted to be back in the Champions League is that we believe we can take on and beat anyone in it. We respect Sevilla but we don’t fear them. We know that to get a result tonight we’ll have to be at our very best and that’s something we are used to in the Premier League week in, week out. We all know our jobs this evening, and we know that the supporters know the importance of the role they can and do always play for us on occasions like this.

“Hopefully, together, we can make this the start of a European campaign we can remember fondly in years to come. That’s certainly our aim.”

Pick up your copy of 'This is Anfield' at the stadium tonight, or subscribe online by clicking here.

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Jürgen Klopp: All focus must be on tonight

Wed, 13/09/2017 - 11:30

Jürgen Klopp insists Liverpool must head into this evening's Champions League clash with Sevilla neither looking back nor forward, instead remaining firmly focused on the task in hand.

The Reds contest their first game of the tournament proper against the La Liga side, while Maribor and Spartak Moscow face off in the group’s other game.

Many have tipped Klopp’s men to progress to the next round of the competition – but the manager is refusing to be drawn on such talk.

He writes in ‘This is Anfield’: “I cannot emphasise enough how important it is that we all focus just on the immediate game in front of us. I understand the nature of football, of sport – in fact of life – meant that after the draw was made the first question I am asked is: how far can you go in the competition? It is a fair question and the human side of us always wants to look ahead. It just doesn’t help us – as a team – to look beyond the immediate challenge and tonight that challenge is Sevilla FC.

“The maximum we can achieve this evening is three points in the group. This in itself should be enough motivation. We play a top, top European team. Sevilla FC know what it takes to win matches in European competition – we know this ourselves.

“They are streetwise in European competition. They will probably consider themselves favourites to win this game tonight and to win our group. This is fine – it is for us to stop this.”

Liverpool go into the encounter with Sevilla on the back of a 5-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday, in which they were forced to play almost an hour of the game with 10 men after Sadio Mane was sent off.

Again, Klopp has urged his players to put the frustrations and disappointments of that afternoon at Etihad Stadium behind them when they take to the field this evening.

“I cannot ignore what happened in Manchester at the weekend, but it is vital that no-one is burdened with it when we start tonight,” he continued.

“There were some pretty painful lessons from the level of performance, but this group of players has shown repeatedly they are professionals who take the information, learn from it and improve. It is OK to be hurt by a result like Saturday but it is not OK to be wounded – it cannot impede our progress.

“We are still incredibly strong, as individuals but more importantly as a team. Tonight, together, we can show this again if we want to. It is up to us and the attitude we show.”

Pick up your copy of 'This is Anfield' at the stadium tonight, or subscribe online by clicking here.

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Liverpool v Sevilla: Team news

Wed, 13/09/2017 - 11:09

Jürgen Klopp discussed a number of team selection options ahead of the opening game of Liverpool's Champions League campaign against Sevilla tonight.

Loris Karius, who last featured in the 4-0 home win over Arsenal before the international break, is set to start in goal, the manager confirmed at his pre-match news conference.

Klopp was also asked about any potential involvement for Philippe Coutinho against the La Liga side, with the Brazilian ‘fit and healthy’ in the build-up to the tie.

“I could [give you an idea], but I’m sure all the Liverpool supporters around the world are ready to wait another 24 hours,” the boss responded.

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Mohamed Salah missed the team’s training session on Tuesday afternoon due to illness, having reported to Melwood but been sent home as a precaution.

However, Klopp is hopeful of the Egyptian playing a part, commenting to the media later that evening: “It should not be that serious. In this moment we expect him back tomorrow morning for normal training.”

Sadio Mane, who is set to serve a domestic ban following his red card at Manchester City on Saturday, is of course eligible to feature in European competition.

Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo named a 22-man squad for the journey to Merseyside, which does not include midfielder Johannes Geis or forward Nolito.

Of the starting line-up that faced Liverpool in the 2016 Europa League final 16 months ago, five are among the travelling party for only the second competitive meeting between the clubs.

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Watch: Jürgen Klopp's pre-Sevilla press conference in full

Tue, 12/09/2017 - 22:28

Jürgen Klopp and Joe Gomez previewed Liverpool's opening Champions League group-stage fixture with Sevilla at an Anfield press conference on Tuesday night.

The boss was joined by the defender to speak to the media as the Reds get ready to tackle the La Liga side at home on Wednesday evening.

Catch up with all of the latest news ahead of the European tie via our official YouTube channel below.

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Boss: We'll put all we have into Champions League opener

Tue, 12/09/2017 - 22:23

Jürgen Klopp insists Liverpool are ready to ‘put all we have’ into Wednesday’s Champions League meeting with Sevilla following their defeat to Manchester City.

The Reds welcome Eduardo Berizzo’s side to Anfield four days on from their 5-0 reverse at Etihad Stadium in a fixture that marks the club’s first appearance in the competition’s group stages since December 2014.

As such, while acknowledging the disappointment of succumbing to City and their numerical advantage following Sadio Mane’s first-half dismissal, Klopp has little doubt that his players will be fully prepared for such an occasion.

“I didn’t work hard on this because as human beings we have a lot of rights but we have not the right to be down because of something we were responsible for,” the boss told his pre-match press conference, after being asked whether he has had to lift morale in his squad after the weekend.

“I didn’t blame the boys for the second half, I had a big part in this, especially in the second half because I saw the game and I saw us on a good way with a performance which I was not happy with, but I saw that in a few parts we were for sure the better team. We should have been in the lead before they scored the goal, or after the first one or whatever.

“Yes, with 10 men it changed, that’s how it is. But, how it is when you have a problem, you can put your finger on it or you can ignore it. 

“It was not a problem with the performance, not until a specific point, and after that, how everybody knows, City or Manchester is the worst place to be with one man down on a day like this and we did not really well afterwards, we could’ve defended better. 

“But how I said, until we conceded the third goal I thought it also made sense to try to score actually, [but] after the third one it was again a different game and then the fifth one was in the last minute. 

“But tomorrow we have another competition and we worked so long, so hard for it and we actually plan to put all we have into this game. Nothing that happened last Saturday would stop us.”

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Watch Klopp and Joe Gomez's pre-Sevilla press conference in full

Sevilla arrive on Merseyside having made an impressive start to life under new coach Berizzo. 

The Andalusian club - who, like Liverpool, reached the Champions League group phase via the play-off round - have taken seven points from their first three La Liga games of the season, and Klopp is anticipating a stern examination of his team’s credentials on Wednesday.

“I expect a very strong side of Sevilla. That’s real Champions League, that’s experience, that’s technically-skilled players, that’s good match plan, that’s a hard-to-play team - they have all our respect,” the manager said.

“They’ve had good start in the season, they changed the manager and found again a really good one. It’s an outstanding job from Sevilla again in the last few years, lost now the sporting director and the manager and are still there and at the top of the league. 

“They’re a really strong side and it’s real Champions League. We know who we will face.”

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Klopp on Coutinho involvement in Sevilla clash

Tue, 12/09/2017 - 22:09

Jürgen Klopp has confirmed that Philippe Coutinho is 'fit and healthy' ahead of Liverpool's first Champions League group game of the season against Sevilla.

But the Reds boss stopped short of stating whether or not the Brazilian will be involved his his squad to face Eduardo Berizzo's men at Anfield tomorrow.

Coutinho recently returned to first-team training after missing the start of the campaign with a back injury and illness.

When asked if his No.10 might feature when Sevilla visit Merseyside on Wednesday evening, Klopp told reporters: "I could [give you an idea], but I'm sure all the Liverpool supporters around the world are ready to wait another 24 hours.

"He is fit, he is healthy. All other information about the line-up, I think, you have to wait until tomorrow.

"He is here [with] no [fitness issue]."

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Loris Karius set to start against Sevilla

Tue, 12/09/2017 - 22:04

Loris Karius is set to start Liverpool's Champions League clash with Sevilla on Wednesday night.

Having progressed through the play-offs by beating Hoffenheim, the Reds kick off their Group E campaign on home soil by hosting the La Liga side.

And, at his pre-match news conference, Jürgen Klopp confirmed that – as it stands – the German goalkeeper will be between the posts for the tie at Anfield.

“What I can say is, if nothing happens overnight, Loris Karius will play tomorrow – that’s true,” the manager said when asked if the stopper will feature in Champions League games this season.

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Reds confident Mohamed Salah will be fit to face Sevilla

Tue, 12/09/2017 - 21:34

Jürgen Klopp has confirmed Liverpool are confident Mohamed Salah will be fit to face Sevilla on Wednesday evening.

The No.11 was sent home from Melwood on Tuesday afternoon as a precaution due to illness, but is expected to be available to take part in the Champions League clash.

Klopp told his pre-match media briefing at Anfield: “Most of them are looking really good apart from Clyney and Adam.

“Mo, we sent him home tonight, that’s right. He was in; Mo said he can train, the doc said he could train. But then I asked the doc would be best for him and he said [it would be] if he doesn’t have to train because he has a little bit of a sore throat.

“It should not be that serious, so we sent him home so he cannot spread the virus, if it is a virus.

“In this moment we expect him back tomorrow morning for normal training.”

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'This is what you aspire to when you come to Liverpool'

Tue, 12/09/2017 - 21:20

Joe Gomez has described Wednesday evening’s Champions League meeting with Sevilla as the sort of game he hoped to take part in when he moved to Liverpool in 2015.

The Reds bring an end to a two-season absence from Europe’s premier cup competition on Wednesday when they begin their group-stage campaign against Eduardo Berizzo’s team.

Having played a part in the qualification play-off clash with Hoffenheim, Gomez is eyeing up what would be a debut in the Champions League proper.

And the 20-year-old says playing any part in the game would see him realise a lifelong ambition.

“That’s what you aspire for [when] you come to a club like this. It’s the level that everyone knows the club should be at and playing at,” Gomez told Liverpoolfc.com.

“For me, personally, it’s something I’ve always dreamed of as a kid and just to be part of the club going into a competition like this is special.

“Champions League nights are always special, especially at Anfield. So hopefully it’s the start of a good campaign for us.

“I think it’ll have a different feel because it’s the start of the group stage and we know that it’s a massive game - we’re actually in the Champions League now.

“I think it’s going to be a great atmosphere and hopefully it’ll be a good result as well.”

LFCTV GO: Spanish football expert Rob Palmer gives his view on Sevilla

Jürgen Klopp’s side go into Wednesday’s game off the back of a 5-0 defeat to Manchester City in their last Premier League outing.

For Gomez, the quick turnaround is beneficial for him and his teammates as they look to produce an instant response to that disappointment.

And he explained that a short run-up to the game has made little difference to the manner in which the Reds have prepared.

The England U21 captain added: “That’s one of the positives about the busy schedule is that when the game doesn’t go your way you can quickly get over it and just focus on the next one. That’s what everyone’s aiming to do.

“It’s not easy because it reduces the time you have to prepare for the game and to prepare for the opposition but it’s part of the schedule and you just have to get on with it, really.

“Every game we prepare the same. Obviously we look at the opposition and ways to exploit them but it never changes the lead up or the preparation for a game.

“It’s crucial it stays that way so we treat every game as a big game and the boys prepare similarly.”

Of course, Sevilla were the opposition as Liverpool suffered the heartbreak of defeat in the Europa League final in 2016.

But Gomez insists the squad don’t need the motivation of revenge over their Spanish opponents because Wednesday’s fixture is important enough as it is.

He continued: “Everyone knows it was disappointing for us to lose against them in the Europa League final but now it’s like a new phase, a new era, and I don’t think it adds to our desire.

“Everybody has already got that for this game and I don’t think just because it’s against Sevilla it makes it any bigger, I think it’s a big game regardless.

“Under Berizzo they’re unbeaten this season and they’re in good form in the league. They’ve had a lot of new players and a couple of changes of manager since we last played them so I’m sure they’ll be a different side.

“They’ll be a good challenge for us and obviously they’re a big side in La Liga so we’re definitely not underestimating them, we know their capabilities.”

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On demand: Watch pre-Sevilla training on Facebook

Tue, 12/09/2017 - 20:50

Liverpool put the finishing touches to preparations for their Champions League fixture against Sevilla with a training session at Melwood on Tuesday - and you can now watch the best moments of their workout on Facebook.

The Reds are set to make their return to Europe's premier cup competition on Wednesday evening when they kick off their group-stage campaign against Eduardo Berizzo's team.

Head to facebook.com/LiverpoolFC to watch back our live broadcast from the training ground.

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Melwood photos: Reds get ready for Sevilla

Tue, 12/09/2017 - 20:00

Preparations for Liverpool's Champions League group-stage opener versus Sevilla continued at Melwood this afternoon - and you can view a full gallery of photos from the Reds' latest session now.

Jürgen Klopp and his staff oversaw training ahead of Wednesday's match at Anfield.

Take a look at a selection of the best images of today's work-out below...

Photos by John and Andrew Powell

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Mohamed Salah fitness update

Tue, 12/09/2017 - 19:29

Mohamed Salah missed Liverpool's training session on Tuesday afternoon due to illness.

The No.11 was absent as the Reds continued preparations for the opening game of their Champions League group-stage campaign, against Sevilla at Anfield on Wednesday night.

Salah reported to Melwood but was sent home as a precaution.

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Spartak Moscow v Liverpool: Ticket selling notice

Tue, 12/09/2017 - 18:50

Liverpool FC have released the following ticket selling details regarding the Champions League tie away to Spartak Moscow at the Otkrytiye Arena on Tuesday September 26, kick-off 7.45pm BST.

The club has received an allocation of 1,145 stand tickets for this ALL ticket fixture.

Tickets will only be available to those supporters that registered their intent to travel to this fixture as previously announced here.

In order to retain the Spartak Moscow away ticket within your ‘purchase history’, supporters will be required to submit the following documents after the fixture has taken place:

Boarding Pass
Travel Visa (if applicable)
Copy of Visa receipt (if applicable)

Information regarding Visa reimbursements along with how to submit the above documents will be announced soon.  

Supporters who are not able to provide the required documentation will have the Spartak Moscow away ticket purchase removed from their purchase history and refunds will not be issued. We therefore strongly advise supporters not to purchase a ticket if they are not planning to travel to the game.

Supporters not in possession of a valid ticket are urged not to travel.

Ticket prices and sale dates

Adults £27

Supporters will be charged £22 per ticket due to the £5 registration fee already paid.

There are no concessionary priced tickets available for this fixture.

Hospitality Members

Kenny Dalglish Stand Executive Box holders, Premium Level and Centenary Club members who have registered their intention to travel will be contacted by the club.

Disabled Supporters

Liverpool FC has received within the allocation 5 pairs of wheelchair and personal assistant tickets. Supporters requiring a wheelchair space who have registered their intention to travel will be contacted by the club.

All Other Supporters

All supporters that have registered their intention to travel are guaranteed a ticket. You can check your registration here.

Tickets will be available online only from 8.15am Friday September 15 until 1pm on Tuesday September 19 to those supporters that registered their intent to travel to this fixture.

Supporters can purchase one ticket per qualifying supporter for up to a maximum of 10 tickets per transaction.

There will be no further sales for this fixture.

Travelling supporters should continue to check for any further announcements here.

Details to be provided at time of booking

Following UEFA guidelines, supporters MUST provide the following information for EACH INDIVIDUAL SUPPORTER attending. If someone else is travelling using your Season Ticket, Members Card or Fan Card, their details must be provided when making the booking.

We will not be able to make any changes to the booking once the purchase is complete.

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Ticket fulfilment (delivery and collection)

UK Based Supporters

Tickets purchased will be sent via Special Delivery at a charge of £5.65. Tickets will be sent to the registered address we currently hold on our ticketing system of the person making the booking only.

Supporters can alternatively request for their tickets to be held for collection from the Ticket Office, ANFIELD ONLY, by selecting the ‘Collect’ option online when making their purchase. Click here for details of when tickets can be collected. Tickets must be collected from Anfield no later than 12pm on Friday September 22.

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Due to the short timescales involved, all tickets purchased will be held for collection. Supporters should choose the ‘collect’ option when making their purchase. The club will contact these supporters to provide alternative collection arrangements.

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Leicester City v Liverpool: Carabao Cup away tickets sold out

Tue, 12/09/2017 - 17:29

Liverpool FC can confirm that away tickets for the Carabao Cup third-round tie with Leicester City have now sold out.

The fixture at the King Power Stadium is scheduled to kick-off at 7.45pm on Tuesday September 19.

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Top Bundesliga stopper on Liverpool offer

Tue, 12/09/2017 - 16:43

FC Koln goalkeeper Timo Horn has revealed that he turned down the chance to sign for Liverpool when he was a teenager.

The 24-year-old German, who is one of the most highly-rated shot-stoppers in the Bundesliga, is preparing to face Arsenal in the Europa League on Thursday.

Horn has been previously linked with a move to the Premier League. He could have joined the Reds as a youngster but has no regrets about deciding to stay put and completing his education in his homeland.

“In principle the thought of moving to England is appealing but it’s not something I’m thinking about right now,” he told the Independent.

“I can’t rule it out completely. I often had chances and offers to move to England as a youth player, but in my opinion the best goalkeeping education is here in Germany which is why I’ve always stayed.

“At the age of 15 or 16, Liverpool were very interested in me. But I didn’t go there because I felt the goalkeeping schooling in Germany was much better and I had enough examples, for instance Ron-Robert Zieler who came back after a year (at Leicester), and that’s why I stayed in Koln. It definitely wasn’t the wrong decision.”

Source: Liverpool Echo

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