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Keita: Watching Reds last season has given me huge motivation

Wed, 27/06/2018 - 14:58

Naby Keita has explained why watching Liverpool’s scintillating performances throughout the 2017-18 season served to further whet his appetite ahead of his transfer to the club this summer.

The Reds agreed a deal with RB Leipzig last August for the future transfer of the midfielder, meaning he remained with the Bundesliga side for the duration of last season, during which he made 39 appearances and scored nine goals.

Ahead of pre-season training starting on Monday on Merseyside, he will officially seal his move to Anfield on Sunday July 1 – and he can’t wait to get started alongside his new teammates after being captivated by their displays last campaign while watching on television in Germany.

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Keita, who will take the No.8 jersey, sat down with for an exclusive introductory interview – and subscribers can watch it online now. Not signed up? Click here to do so.

Alternatively, read on for the full transcript.

Naby, welcome to Liverpool… How excited are you to finally be here and be a Liverpool player?

Thank you. When you see how they performed last season it makes me want to do the same and to be a part of this team. I would like to be able to achieve a similar kind of season with them next season – but even better.

What made Liverpool the right club for you to decide to join when you made the decision last summer?

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.

What was it like knowing throughout last season you’d be coming to Liverpool at the end of the season?

It wasn’t easy for me to take in, but I had a contract with the team I was with so I had to focus on playing for them. But now I am here and it is another step for me.

Did you follow Liverpool’s matches? What did you make of the season?

Yes, I saw nearly every one of them! It gave me the motivation to be with the team and to try and find my place within the team.

How much are you looking forward to playing behind that Liverpool attack, with Mane, Salah and Firmino in front of you?

Very much. I think it really depends on the coach on whether I’m behind them. But I am looking forward to playing with them in this team. It is a team that can beat anybody in Europe and has a lot of potential. I can’t wait to play in this team.

What kind of qualities do you hope to bring to Liverpool?

Firstly, I am somebody who plays in a defensive role and we need to start with that, but then I need to bring the ball forward and help the attack. I’ve always got a desire to win – I believe I’m a winner.

And do you believe there is still room for improvement?

Yes, of course there is. When I see how things have progressed here, I think if I am brave I can do the same and develop further.

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How much are you looking forward to working under Jürgen Klopp?

I am really looking forward to working with him, but a lot of it depends on me and whether I have the courage to take my chance. And then how I perform on the pitch if I get that chance.

You already have someone you know very well here - Sadio Mane - how important is he going to be in helping you settle in quickly here?

Yes, of course he can help me. He is like family to me. We were friends at Salzburg, he was like a brother to me. After training we used to go home together. He was my best friend there. During my integration into the team, he’ll be there for me. We did eight months together at Salzburg and I’m looking forward to being his teammate once again.

How much are you looking forward to beginning pre-season training with your new teammates next week?

I am really looking forward to it. It obviously starts next week and I am looking forward to meeting my new teammates and getting started.

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You’ve already worn a Liverpool shirt before - tell us about that…

When I went into the changing rooms, the emotion took over me. I like the colour red, it suits me! I took the shirt, it is an honour to have this shirt and play for such a huge club. When I was young, I didn’t know a lot about Liverpool, but when I was coming here my father told me about the history of the club. When I was small, my local team actually played in Liverpool kits.

You’re taking the number eight jersey here – how much of a privilege is that?

Yes, it pleases me a lot. It’s an important number and it carries a lot of history – but more importantly for me, having this number gives me the motivation to play and to follow in the footsteps of the players who’ve worn this shirt before.

You’re the first player to wear that number at Liverpool since Steven Gerrard. I believe you’ve already met him…

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. When he came in, I looked and him and said ‘wow’ because he is a legend. He is somebody who always showed respect, who gave his all on the pitch, somebody who is loved here. If somebody like that gives you his shirt number, it’s not to play around with, it is to try and do as much as he did – that’s my motivation.

Lastly, for the Liverpool fans reading this interview, waiting to finally see you play for the club, what would your message be to them?

I am going to do my best to carry on helping the team progress, even more so next season. I hope I can make them smile.

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Closer look: Naby Keita checks in at Liverpool FC

Wed, 27/06/2018 - 13:58

Naby Keita was at Melwood this week to complete the formalities of his move to Liverpool, which will be confirmed on July 1.

The Guinean midfielder familiarised himself with the club's training base, Melwood, and gave an exclusive interview ahead of his Reds career getting under way.

Keita was also happy to pose for pictures for our photographers, providing an insight into his happy-go-lucky personality in the process.

Check out the best poses from LFC's new No.8 below.

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Profile: Naby Keita's journey to Anfield

Wed, 27/06/2018 - 13:58

With Naby Keita set to seal a move to Liverpool FC on July 1, get to know the midfielder better with our profile of his career thus far.

Keita was born and raised in Koleya, a district of Guinea's capital Conakry situated toward the tip of the Kaloum Peninsula, which juts out into the Atlantic Ocean on the country's western edge.

Football mad from a young age, Keita first began honing his talents with Horoya AC, the country's joint-most successful club alongside neighbours Hafia FC.

But even before the young midfielder had reached the first team with his hometown side, it became clear he needed to spread his wings and follow the well-trodden path to French football in order to make the most of his ability.

At the age of 16, Keita headed to Europe for trials with the likes of Lorient and Le Mans, suffering rejection from both before a chance recommendation to then-Ligue 2 outfit Istres went a long way to changing his life.

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The southern French club took a chance on the diminutive midfielder and he wasted little time showing why, scoring in a 4-2 debut win over Nimes.

Keita's first season in France ended in Istres' relegation to the third tier but the teenager's performances had caught the eye of former France and Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier who, in his role as head of global football for Red Bull, suggested the brand's Salzburg club make a move.

Now a senior international, 2014-15 was the season that the Guinean midfielder truly announced himself as one of European football's biggest young talents.

Twenty goals in 81 appearances for RB Salzburg saw Keita earn further acclaim and pick up two Austrian Bundesliga titles and two Austrian Cups.

He also made a new friend in future Reds teammate Sadio Mane - their time in Salzburg overlapping by a matter of months.

Of the Senegalese, Keita said: "At first, I wasn’t starting and it was very frustrating. I didn’t like it and it made the settling-in period harder. But Sadio said: ‘My little brother, stay calm. Your chance will come and when it does, you will make the most of it.’"

Having flourished during his two seasons in Austria, it was time for the midfielder to make another step up with Salzburg's sister club in Leipzig but, in typical fashion, he was not overawed by the challenge of the German Bundesliga.

Eight goals in 31 league appearances later and Liverpool had seen enough of the Guinean to know he would be an ideal addition to their midfield.

Although a deal could not be struck for the transfer of Keita in the summer of 2017, the Reds secured an agreement that would see him make the switch to Anfield a year later.

Now, after a season punctuated by yet more impressive performances, Keita is ready to take his next step under Jürgen Klopp.

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Naby Keita: Steven Gerrard handed me the No.8 jersey

Wed, 27/06/2018 - 13:57

Naby Keita has been allocated the No.8 jersey for Liverpool – and the midfielder has revealed how he was left astounded when Steven Gerrard handed it over to him.

The 23-year-old, who will formally complete his transfer to the Reds on Sunday July 1, will become the first player to wear the number since May 2015, when Gerrard left the club for LA Galaxy.

And Keita has revealed how he was surprised by the Anfield legend - then the club’s U18s manager - on his first visit to Melwood last August once the club had agreed a deal for his services with RB Leipzig.

He told “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.

“When he came in, I looked at him and said, ‘wow’ because he is a legend. He is somebody who always showed respect, who gave his all on the pitch, somebody who is loved here.

“If somebody like that gives you his shirt number, it’s not to play around with, it is to try and do as much as he did – that’s my motivation.”

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Lovren's Croatia through to World Cup last 16 as group winners

Tue, 26/06/2018 - 23:00

Dejan Lovren figured as a second-half substitute as Croatia progressed into the World Cup round of 16 as winners of Group D with a 2-1 victory over Iceland on Tuesday night.

The Liverpool defender came on in the 69th minute with his country leading 1-0 in Rostov thanks to a strike from Milan Badelj.

However, Lovren conceded a penalty soon after when he was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the area, with the spot kick subsequently dispatched by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

But Croatia made certain of maximum points from their opening three matches when Ivan Perisic netted in stoppage time.

Lovren and co will next face Denmark in the last 16 in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday.

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Oxlade-Chamberlain: Moping won't get me through rehab!

Tue, 26/06/2018 - 17:10

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has admitted to finding missing the latter stages of his first season at Liverpool and this year's World Cup through injury 'really tough' to deal with.

But the Englishman insists he isn't letting the disappointment distract him from giving everything in his bid to return to full fitness as soon as possible.

Oxlade-Chamberlain's debut campaign at Anfield was cut short by a knee issue sustained during the first leg of the Reds' Champions League semi-final meeting with AS Roma.

He was subsequently forced to undergo surgery, ensuring he would miss out on both the European Cup final and a likely place in Gareth Southgate's England squad for this summer's tournament.

But the 24-year-old isn't using the off-season to mope about his cruel luck, and is instead fully focused on his rehabilitation at the club's Melwood training base.

“It’s not an ideal time for me, if I’m being honest," he said.

“It’s obviously been really tough to miss out at this time of the season, at a time when I was feeling so good and felt like I was really finding my feet at Liverpool.

“I felt I was playing some good stuff, I was playing with a lot of confidence and I was a really enjoying my football, so for it to all come crashing down in one moment, with one tackle, it’s never great – but that’s football.

“As a character I’m positive and I’m trying not to let myself get too down, obviously I’ve got a tough rehab ahead of me and moping around isn’t going to get me through that!

“I’ve been watching the World Cup, following it and supporting the boys every inch of the way.

“I must admit the first game against Tunisia was tough to watch – it’s a moment when you realise what a great opportunity you’re missing, but these things happen in life and I’m keeping positive.”

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Oxlade-Chamberlain also revealed that he was overcome with emotion at full-time of the Champions League final, having seen his teammates cruelly pipped at the final hurdle by Real Madrid.

The former Arsenal midfielder, who played a key role in Liverpool's run to the showpiece fixture, explained that he was desperate to see his colleagues and the fans rewarded for their efforts.

He added: “The Champions League final was devastating to miss and at the final whistle when we didn’t win all this emotion came rushing over me and it’s something I’ve never really experienced before.

“I was out on the pitch and I’m not a crier at all, but I just knew how much everyone wanted it – the city, the fans, the club, the players – and when you get injured en route to something special you hope it ends out in the right way so it was all worthwhile.

“Seeing the boys put in the performances they did leading up to it and even in the final, I was so proud of them all. It was such a shame we couldn’t get that one over the line.”

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Gallery: The stadiums on LFC's pre-season tour

Tue, 26/06/2018 - 16:57

Liverpool's pre-season schedule kicks-off in early July and takes in nine different stadiums on a month-long journey across the UK, America and Ireland.

From the modest 5,376 capacity Swansway Chester Stadium a short trip down the M53 away, to the grandiose 107,601 capacity Michigan Stadium in the USA's Midwest.

Check out our stunning gallery of all the stadia, in fixture order, and view LFC's full pre-season schedule below.

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Pre-season fixtures
  • LFC v Chester - Sat, July 7 - Swansway Chester Stadium - Ticket Info
  • LFC v Tranmere - Wed, July 11 - Prenton Park
  • LFC v Bury - Sat, July 14 - Energy Check Stadium
  • LFC v Blackburn - Thur, July 19 - Ewood Park
  • LFC v B. Dortmund - Sun, July 22 - Bank of America Stadium -  Buy Tickets
  • LFC v Man City - Thur, July 26 - MetLife Stadium - Buy Tickets
  • LFC v Man United - Sat, July 28 - Michigan Stadium - Buy Tickets
  • LFC v Napoli - Sat, August 4 - Aviva Stadium - Buy Tickets
  • LFC v Torino - Tue, August 7 - Anfield - Buy Tickets

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Liverpool readying huge Marco Asensio bid

Tue, 26/06/2018 - 16:19

Liverpool are continuing their pursuit of Real Madrid ace Marco Asensio and are ready to make a £158m bid, according to reports in Spain.

Jürgen Klopp is said to be a huge fan of Asensio and sees him as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho.

Klopp tried and failed to complete a deal for Nabil Fekir before the start of the World Cup, and he has now been linked with Real Madrid.

And Liverpool are said to be continuing their pursuit of Asensio, according to regional television station Telemadrid, and picked up by national title AS.

Asensio was even asked about the links to Liverpool after Spain’s final Group B match in Russia, but he answered it bluntly and insisted his focus was on the international side.

"Liverpool? When the World Cup is over, we'll talk about that sort of thing, now I'm focused on selection,” he told reporters.

But Asensio is thought to be frustrated at the way he dropped out of the Madrid line up last season after a blistering start to the season, and his end to the previous campaign.

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Chester FC v Liverpool: Further ticket sale

Tue, 26/06/2018 - 15:39

Liverpool Football Club have released the following ticket update regarding the pre-season friendly with Chester FC to be played at the Swansway Chester Stadium on Saturday July 7, kick-off 3pm BST.

The club have received an additional allocation of 357 unreserved seating tickets for this all-ticket fixture.

Ticket sales will resume to Official Members online only from 2pm on Wednesday June 27.

Supporters requesting tickets for Under 5s must contact the booking line only on 0151 264 2500 on the advertised sale dates below.

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

ONLY IN THE EVENT TICKETS REMAIN: A general sale will take place online only from 2pm on Thursday June 28.

Supporters requesting tickets for Under 5s must contact the booking line only on 0151 264 2500 on the advertised sale dates below.

Supporters can purchase up to FOUR tickets each. (Please note this is the total number of tickets you can purchase, including any tickets bought in any earlier sale).

Tickets purchased during the above sales 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.

For further information before travelling, please click here.

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LFC host 40th Liverpool Cup finals

Tue, 26/06/2018 - 15:20

LFC’s Academy played host to the 40th annual Liverpool Cup final on Friday.

The tournament saw eight school teams from across Merseyside go head-to-head at the Reds’ Kirkby complex, where former LFC player David Fairclough was on hand to present the winning teams with their trophies. 

Booker Avenue Junior School edged past St Laurence’s Catholic Primary School to run out winners in the boys’ tournament, with the final score a close 1-0.  

Meanwhile, Malvern Primary School were triumphant in the girls’ competition, lifting the Jack Cross Cup after beating St Teresa of Lisieux Catholic Primary School 7-1. 

The Liverpool Cup, the brainchild of legendary Reds manager Bob Paisley, is aimed at providing schoolchildren from the local area with the opportunity to take part in a competitive tournament.

It is estimated over 100,000 youngsters from 200 Merseyside schools have participated in the competition during its 40-year history, many of whom have gone on to forge professional football careers. 

Take a look at a selection of photographs from the day below.

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Ladies complete Leighanne Robe signing

Tue, 26/06/2018 - 15:00

Liverpool Ladies have today completed the signing of defender Leighanne Robe from Millwall Lionesses.

The 24-year-old joins Neil Redfearn’s side having come through the ranks at Arsenal Women before moving to Watford Ladies in 2014.

Following two years with Watford Ladies, Leighanne then moved to Millwall in 2016, helping the Lionesses to third place in WSL2 last season.

On moving to Merseyside, Robe said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining the club and I’m really looking forward to working alongside Neil. It is a massive opportunity to make the step up to WSL1 and I am really excited for the new season.

“Although this is a transition period for the club, Neil has some exciting plans for the future and I have no doubt that we will have a successful season next year. This is a huge club which should be competing for trophies on a regular basis and having spoken to Neil that is definitely the aim of the club.”

Reds manager Redfearn said: “I am delighted to have secured the signature of Leighanne as she is a quality defender who is also a real leader. Leighanne is a tough tackling defender who is equally comfortable playing at full-back so gives us more options in defence.

“I know that a few other clubs in FA WSL1 were looking at signing Leighanne so we are delighted that she has put confidence in our plans for the future and chosen to join Liverpool Ladies.”

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Watch all nine pre-season friendlies live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO

Tue, 26/06/2018 - 15:00

Liverpool’s pre-season campaign will kick off in earnest next month – and you can watch all nine of our summer friendlies live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO.

The Reds will ramp up preparations for 2018-19 with four domestic fixtures in early July as Jürgen Klopp takes his team to Chester FC, Tranmere Rovers, Bury and Blackburn Rovers.

From there, they’ll head Stateside, where three mouth-watering matches await in the shape of Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Manchester United as part of the International Champions Cup.

After that, Liverpool will begin August with a clash with Napoli in Dublin before rounding off their pre-season programme at Anfield against Torino.

Fans in the UK and Ireland will be able to watch every single minute of these games live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO.

Meanwhile, supporters in the rest of the world can watch them as they happen via our online streaming service, LFCTV GO.

So, make sure you don’t miss a kick by signing up to one of our services now by visiting

Liverpool’s pre-season programme (all times BST)

July 7, 3pm: Chester City @ Swansway Chester Stadium
July 11, 7.30pm: Tranmere Rovers @ Prenton Park
July 14, 3pm: Bury @ Energy Check Stadium
July 19, 7.45pm: Blackburn Rovers @ Ewood Park

July 22, 9.05pm: Borussia Dortmund @ Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
July 26, 1.05am: Manchester City @ MetLife Stadium, New Jersey
July 28, 10.05pm: Manchester United @ Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Michigan

August 4, 6pm: Napoli @ Aviva Stadium, Dublin
August 7, 7.30pm: Torino @ Anfield

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Marco Asensio discusses Liverpool links

Tue, 26/06/2018 - 14:28

Marco Asensio has revealed he will hold crunch talks with new Real Madrid head coach Julen Lopetegui after the World Cup.

The Spain international, who has appeared as a substitute in two of his nation’s three matches in the tournament so far, has been linked with a summer move to Liverpool. 

Asensio signed a six-year contract last September which included a buyout clause which was set at £442million, but despite a stunning start to the season he failed to a cement a regular place in Zinedine Zidane’s starting line-up and was named on the bench for last month’s Champions League final.

Responding to Liverpool’s reported interest, Asensio said: "Liverpool? When the World Cup is over, we’ll talk about that sort of thing, now I’m focused on [the national team]." 

Lopetegui was dismissed by Spain on the eve of the World Cup having already agreed terms with Real Madrid and Asensio added he would discuss his future with Zidane’s successor in due course.

"I’m glad Julen has signed up for Real Madrid, after the World Cup we’ll talk things over with him." 

Liverpool have already signed former Monaco defensive midfielder Fabinho this summer, while Naby Keita, who agreed his move from RB Leipzig last summer, is due to link-up with his new teammates next week. 

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Liverpool working on secret goalkeeper deal

Tue, 26/06/2018 - 11:07

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is working on a secret deal for a goalkeeper after ending the Reds’ pursuit of Alisson Becker.

Liverpool boss Klopp wants a new goalkeeper with Roma shot-stopper Alisson regularly linked over the past few months.

The Brazil international, who is representing his country at the World Cup in Russia, has emerged as a top Reds target.

However, the Liverpool Echo say that Klopp has ended his pursuit of the 25-year-old.

Liverpool are not the only club trying to sign Alisson with Real Madrid and Chelsea also linked.

Real want him as a replacement for Keylor Navas who, despite helping Los Blancos win three Champions League titles on the trot, is primed to be shown the door.

Chelsea have also earmarked Alisson as a potential replacement for Thibaut Courtois.

And Liverpool Echo journalist James Pearce has now provided an update on Liverpool’s pursuit of a new No 1.

“Alisson was the No 1 target but Roma’s asking price and the keeper’s desire to join Real Madrid means those hopes have faded,” he said.

“His future will become clearer once Brazil are no longer in the World Cup.

“I’m sure a lot of work is going on in the background.

“Liverpool have been linked with a whole host of alternatives but I’m told there’s nothing in talk of making a move for either Burnley’s Nick Pope or Lazio’s Thomas Strakosha.”

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Reds target Nabil Fekir in line for new Lyon deal

Tue, 26/06/2018 - 11:06

Nabil Fekir will be offered a new contract if he rejects interest from Liverpool to stay at Lyon.

Lyon broke off talks with Liverpool earlier this month as Fekir, whose contract with the seven-time French champions runs to 2020, prepared to head to Russia as part of France's World Cup squad.

The 24-year-old's agent said last week the deal could still be on, but Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is ready to push the boat out to keep his club captain.

"I had an exchange with him the day after the night when we decided to stop talks with Liverpool. He was very calm. I immediately told him that if he wanted to stay, we could extend his contract," Aulas told Le Parisien.

"I had said before that we don't need to sell. We have the means to keep Fekir. The current tendency is that we don't let anyone go so that we have a better team and we strengthen it as planned.

"There will be no arrivals before July 1. There will be departures, which will be added to the accounts which are very good, even without a star leaving. We have a very strong financial structure. If Nabil left, it would be the jackpot."

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Klopp makes decision on centre-back signing

Tue, 26/06/2018 - 11:03

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has changed his mind on signing a defender this summer because of the five players currently at his disposal.

Liverpool boss Klopp has been tipped to rival Manchester United for Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld.

The Reds know they need to be tighter at the back if they are to dethrone Manchester City as Premier League champions next term.

And the Liverpool Echo’s James Pearce has now revealed that, with Klopp content, Liverpool are unlikely to sign a defender this summer.

“Not that I know of,” he said when asked if Klopp still had a defender on his list of priorities.

“Klopp was delighted with how Van Dijk and Lovren established a partnership in the second half of last season.

“Matip is also close to full fitness after his thigh injury.

“Gomez is on the comeback trail and I’d expect him to get some game time at centre-back in 2018/19.

“Then there’s Klavan, who is about to enter the final year of his deal.”

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Mohamed Salah scores but Egypt beaten in final World Cup game

Mon, 25/06/2018 - 19:23

Mohamed Salah scored but Egypt exited the World Cup with a 2-1 defeat against Saudi Arabia in Volgograd on Monday afternoon.

The Liverpool forward opened the scoring with a expert finish after 22 minutes, controlling a ball forward before hoisting it over the onrushing goalkeeper.

Egypt fielded Essam El Hadary in their goal – and at the age of 45, he became the oldest ever player to figure in a World Cup.

And El Hadary enjoyed a moment to savour when he saved a penalty from Al-Muwallad with 41 minutes played.

However, he was unable to keep out a second spot-kick for Saudi Arabia in the sixth minute of first-half stoppage-time when Salman Al-Faraj successfully converted.

And there was to be last-gasp heartbreak for Egypt as Salem Al-Dawsari swept in a 94th minute winner for their opponents.

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Dejan Lovren hails 'real leader' Jordan Henderson

Mon, 25/06/2018 - 11:54

Jordan Henderson has proven himself to be a ‘real leader’ for Liverpool and England, Dejan Lovren feels.

The Reds’ captain put in another impressive display in England’s midfield on Sunday, as Gareth Southgate’s side sealed their spot in the last 16 of the World Cup by thrashing Panama 6-1.

And Lovren, whose Croatia team have also advanced from the tournament's group stage with a match to spare, believes his club captain Henderson deserves credit for his performances for both club and country.

“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,” the centre-back said.

“I hope they can go as us and maybe somewhere we can meet later on!”

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Sadio Mane scores as Senegal held to World Cup draw

Sun, 24/06/2018 - 19:52

Sadio Mane opened the scoring in Senegal’s 2-2 draw with Japan at the World Cup on Sunday.

The Liverpool forward captained his country in Ekaterinburg and gave them the lead in the 12th minute, when Eiji Kawashima’s parry from Youssouf Sabaly’s shot rebounded off his shin and in. 

Takashi Inui curled home an equaliser for Japan before half-time, before Mane played a part in Senegal’s second goal, scored by Moussa Wague with 19 minutes to play.

At that stage, Mane and his teammates were on course to take charge of Group H with two wins from two matches, but Japan substitute Keisuke Honda slotted home a leveller to ensure the sides sit joint top of the pool with four points apiece.

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Jordan Henderson helps England rout Panama at World Cup

Sun, 24/06/2018 - 16:52

Jordan Henderson completed 90 minutes as England secured their place in the last 16 of the World Cup with a 6-1 demolition of Panama.

Gareth Southgate’s team went into Sunday’s match in Nizhny Novgorod knowing that three points would see them join Belgium in qualifying for the first knockout round of the tournament with a Group G fixture to spare.

And they produced a superb display to do just that, with John Stones’ headed brace and a pair of Harry Kane penalties being supplemented by a curling effort from Jesse Lingard to put them five goals to the good at the break.

Kane then completed his hat-trick on the hour mark - albeit fortuitously as Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s shot from distance deflected off his heel and looped into Jaime Penedo’s net.

Liverpool captain Henderson, who skippered his country after Kane was substituted, nearly added a seventh 18 minutes from time when his controlled volley whistled just past the post, before Felipe Baloy scored a late consolation for Panama.

Trent Alexander-Arnold was an unused substitute for England, who will meet Belgium in Kaliningrad on Thursday in a game that will determine who finishes top of Group G.

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