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Reds and Arsenal to battle for Real Madrid goalkeeper

Wed, 08/11/2017 - 14:35

Arsenal and Liverpool are both considering a move for Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas, according to reports in Spain.

Navas has been Madrid's first-choice stopper since the start of the 2015-16 season following the departure of club legend Iker Casillas. 

But despite his status as Madrid's No 1, Diario Gol report that Navas feels under-appreciated by the club's president Florentino Perez despite helping them to consecutive Champions League successes.

Full story: MailOnline

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Foundation helps Fire and Rescue service combat anti-social behaviour

Wed, 08/11/2017 - 14:20

The LFC Foundation's Premier League Kicks programme joined forces with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service to eradicate fire-related anti-social behaviour in the lead-up to Halloween and Bonfire Night.

The month-long initiative aimed to use the power of football to bring together local young people from across the city, encouraging positive social connections while highlighting the dangers surrounding the Halloween and Bonfire period.

During the October half-term, LFC Foundation coaches and MFRS delivered a three-day football camp to more than 60 youngsters at Croxteth Sports Centre, following a successful pilot in the summer holidays.

An U14s 7v7 tournament was also held at Toxteth Firefit on the eve of Bonfire Night, with five teams from across the Kicks programme taking part. After the competition, MFRS delivered a fire safety workshop to the youngsters, covering the dangers of wheelie bin fires, firework misuse and the impact of attacks on the emergency services.

Andrea Cooper, head of the LFC Foundation, said: “Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service is a key associate working with our Premier League Kicks Football+ programme and it’s really important to get these fire safety messages across to our local youngsters, particularly at this time of year.

“Our collaboration with MFRS has been running under the Kicks Football+ programme for the past 12 months, using football as an incentive to bring local youngsters together to address key issues, reduce anti-social behaviour and encourage personal development.”

Premier League Kicks sessions are free to attend and run at various locations across Merseyside on weeknights. Specialist workshops – covering drug and alcohol awareness, road safety, gun and knife crime, gang culture and key life skills – also take place throughout the year.

For more information, please contact Tony.Cosgrove@liverpoolfc.com or visit foundation.liverpoolfc.com.

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Lallana to step up comeback in Melwood friendly

Wed, 08/11/2017 - 12:58

Adam Lallana is ready to step up his comeback from injury by featuring in a behind-closed-doors friendly for Liverpool next week.

Lallana hasn't featured this season since injuring his thigh during the Audi Cup pre-season tournament in Munich in August.

The 29-year-old has accelerated his rehabilitation in recent weeks and remains on target for an expected return after the current international break.

And Jurgen Klopp will now arrange a 90-minute friendly at Melwood to further sharpen Lallana's fitness.

The game will also involve youth players and senior stars who have not been called up for national team duty this week.

Should Lallana come through the run-out, he could come into contention for Liverpool's next game against former club Southampton on Saturday week.

With Sadio Mane having recovered from a hamstring problem and Philippe Coutinho again available, Klopp could have some welcome options as the Reds head towards a busy period of 13 games between now and January 1.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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'Mane, Coutinho and Lallana returns are brilliant for us'

Wed, 08/11/2017 - 12:04

Following Sadio Mane's impressive return to action, Simon Mignolet's thoughts on the No.19 being joined in Liverpool's team by Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana after the international break can be summed up in one word.

“Brilliant,” the goalkeeper told Liverpoolfc.com.

“I think we’ve been a bit unfortunate with the injuries and the suspensions we’ve had so far this season. I think if you miss Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana at the same time, it’s never easy.”

Before he was a surprise inclusion in Jürgen Klopp’s starting line-up for Saturday’s 4-1 victory over West Ham United, a hamstring problem had prevented Mane from playing for the Reds since early October.

Of course, the Senegal forward - who laid on two assists for Mohamed Salah in a typically productive and industrious display at the London Stadium - also missed three domestic games in September due to suspension.

Highlights: West Ham 1-4 LFC

Coutinho, meanwhile, has been restricted to nine club appearances this season because of back and adductor issues and Lallana is yet to feature at all in 2017-18 after sustaining a thigh injury in August.

As such, Klopp has regularly been deprived of three players who scored a combined total of 35 goals last term.

But, with Mane now fit again, Mignolet is excited by the prospect of Coutinho and Lallana’s comebacks, with Klopp hopeful of being able to call on the pair following the international break.

“I think you have to deal with injuries throughout the season, you’re always going to have them, and that’s why you have a broad squad to deal with that. But if you have three of those kind of players injured at the same time, then it’s obviously a tough thing to deal with,” the Belgium international said.

“But at the same time, the squad’s stayed calm underneath it [and] I think they’ve worked their socks off as well here in Melwood to get back as soon as they could with the help of the medical team. 

“Hopefully after the international break they will be pushing the rest of the squad forward by adding in the goals and giving us a bigger platform to go from.”

The Reds’ home fixture with Southampton on Saturday November 18 represents their first of 13 games scheduled to take place before January 2. 

With such a hectic six weeks ahead, Mignolet is hopeful Liverpool will benefit from some better fortune in terms of players avoiding injury.

“This kind of period is demanding and therefore we will need everybody in the squad to deal with these games that will be thrown at us,” the No.22 continued.

“And if you get players like them [Mane, Coutinho and Lallana] coming back and being fresh after not playing much recently, that can give not only a boost to the team but also a boost to them individually. 

“They will be raring to go and very eager to get on the pitch and score the goals they’ve wanted to because they’ve been missing out, and I’m sure they will be ready for any battle that comes ahead of them when we come back after the international break.”

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Pep: The Academy is a big advantage for Liverpool

Wed, 08/11/2017 - 11:33

A collective desire to see homegrown players succeed, and the strength of the Academy, provide Liverpool with a 'big advantage' over their domestic rivals, according to Pepijn Lijnders.

The likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ovie Ejaria and Ben Woodburn have all forced themselves into the first-team picture under Jürgen Klopp, making senior appearances and training regularly at Melwood. 

Woodburn last month signed a new long-term deal with the club while another young forward who has yet to make his debut, Rhian Brewster, underlined his potential by top-scoring at the U17 World Cup as England clinched the trophy.

For Lijnders, the frequency with which the Reds are producing players capable of stepping up from the youth ranks gives them the edge over their Premier League competitors.

What's more, the Dutchman believes he is at one of the few clubs where there are expectations regarding the use of young talent.

He told Liverpoolfc.com: "There are a few clubs in the world, only a few, where success is not determined by just trophies, it's trophies and homegrown players. Liverpool is one of them, in my opinion.

"I come from a coaching culture where you produce, you produce and you produce and what you don't have, you buy. Sometimes I have the feeling in England it's the opposite. 

"I believe in it, I believe the Academy is a big advantage for us. These two boys and many others are on the right way. 

"Everybody always speaks about the future but it can't come quick enough, in my opinion! It's a new generation knocking on the door and we open the door constantly, I think, so there's a pathway. 

"It's a must for Liverpool – not just to create players but to win prizes with them. 

"Anfield is screaming for these players, they have everything and they give answers if you let them. 

"We are really pleased that they are part of our structure and part of our ambition."

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LFC World heads to Mumbai

Wed, 08/11/2017 - 09:30

Mumbai has today been confirmed as the next stop for LFC World presented by Standard Chartered.

The three-day event, which takes place at the High Street, Phoenix, Mumbai between December 8 and 10, will bring Liverpool Football Club directly to our Indian fans.

The roadshow will feature a range of activities that will engage fans of all ages and provide exciting opportunities to meet four Reds legends - Robbie Fowler, Sami Hyypia, Luis Garcia and Vladimir Smicer.

Last season, LFC World visited Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Shanghai, meeting thousands of fans along the way. 

Fowler, Hyypia, Garcia and Smicer will be present in Mumbai, with fans getting the chance to meet the iconic former Liverpool players as well as club mascot Mighty Red at LFC World signing sessions throughout the weekend.

LFC World is coming to Mumbai

Reds in Mumbai will be able to experience a dressing room photo station where they can sit under the shirts of current LFC stars Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah to recreate their own special dressing room image.

They will also have the opportunity to have their photo taken with the Champions League trophy.

Fans of football and all things technology can experience 'Inside Anfield' - a sneak peek into Anfield made possible by Standard Chartered Bank utilising Virtual Reality (VR) technology.

With the aid of a headset and earphones, the content puts fans in the players' shoes and gives a unique insight into the team's inner sanctum. Fans can experience how it feels to be in a Jürgen Klopp team-talk before walking out from the players' tunnel in front of the home crowd.

Supporters will also be able to experience the drama, scale and excitement of scoring at Anfield through a state-of-the-art VR experience that is the first of its kind. The platform, an elite-level tool used by professional footballers, will put fans in the shoes of an LFC player and give them the rush of scoring in front of the Kop.

The Kop Cinema is an immersive motion picture to give fans the feeling of matchday at Anfield as well as other highlights from the club's history. By entering through retro turnstiles and standing on the iconic terrace, this captivating activation will be one to remember.

On the final day, dedicated Reds fans can share the Anfield atmosphere at a viewing party showing Liverpool's derby game against Everton on Sunday December 10. For more details on how you can be a part of this, visit the LFC India Facebook event page.

Fowler, now a Liverpool FC ambassador, said: "For Reds in India, LFC World in Mumbai is the place to be. We know not all of our fans can make it to Anfield so this is our way of bringing Anfield closer to them. We can't wait to meet everyone!"

Shyamal Saxena - country head, retail banking, India at Standard Chartered Bank - said: "We are delighted to host LFC World in Mumbai and as the global partner of Liverpool FC we are able to bring money-can't-buy experiences to our clients and LFC fans here in India.

"As part of LFC World - presented by Standard Chartered, Liverpool FC legends will take part in various activities such as meet and greets, football activity and soccer clinics. This will be an experience worth cherishing for our clients and participants."

More information on LFC World presented by Standard Chartered can be found here>>>

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Salah v Arsenal | Salah v West Ham - which goal was quicker?

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 22:30

Mohamed Salah finished off another blistering Liverpool counter-attack last weekend – but was the goal at West Ham United faster than his similar effort against Arsenal?

The No.11 side-footed home at the end of a move that began with a clearance from a Hammers corner and saw Sadio Mane dribble the length of the pitch before setting up his teammate.

It was a goal reminiscent of Salah’s strike when the Gunners visited Anfield in August: an opposition attack stopped, followed by a sprint up the field and an unerring finish.

But which was achieved in the quicker time? Well, it is incredibly close. Find out the result in the split-screen video below...

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Stoke City v Liverpool: Further ticket sales

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 18:14

Liverpool FC have today released the following update regarding ticket sales for the Premier League match against Stoke City on Wednesday November 29.

The Premier League fixture at the bet365 Stadium is scheduled to kick-off at 8pm GMT.

A limited number of tickets will be available online only to season ticket holders, official members and Fan Card holders based on attendance at Premier League away fixtures during the 2016-17 season on the following days:

Attendance at 2+ games: From 2pm GMT on Wednesday November 8 until 1.45pm on Thursday November 9.

Only in the event that tickets remain, tickets will then be available to season ticket holders, official members and Fan Card holders who attended one or more Premier League away games in the 2016-17 season.

Tickets will be available online only from 2pm GMT on Thursday November 9.

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

For further information before travelling, please click here.

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Thursday: Liverpool's Sound premieres on LFCTV

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 15:18

LFCTV will take fans on a journey through the history of Liverpool's unique and unrivalled songbook in a brand-new and exclusive documentary.

Liverpool’s Sound, an hour-long tribute to the inimitable Anfield noise, will premiere on the channel at 7pm GMT on Thursday November 9.

The documentary begins at a time when Kopites were pioneering large-scale football chanting, transferring the sound of their beloved Merseybeat from the top of the charts to the Kop terraces.

Our film explores how innovative chants about star players became commonplace, rivalries were infused into song lyrics and European travel came to influence the Reds’ growing repertoire.

Classics like Poor Scouser Tommy, Every Other Saturday, Fields of Anfield Road and Liverbird Upon My Chest are examined in detail.

Liverpool’s Sound follows the evolution of our chants right through to the present day – and is brought to life by a host of Kopites who sing them with pride, home and away.

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Henderson withdraws from England squad

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 15:05

Jordan Henderson has withdrawn from the England squad due to injury.

Liverpool captain Henderson missed the Reds' 4-1 win over West Ham United on Saturday because of a thigh problem and has today been ruled out of the Three Lions' upcoming friendly matches against Germany and Brazil.

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Gomez eager to take England opportunity

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 12:48

Joe Gomez has already taken his chance at club level this season - and the Liverpool defender is determined to do the same on the international stage over the coming week.

An impressive start to the season with the Reds earned Gomez a first call-up to England’s senior squad last week, with the 20-year-old available to Gareth Southgate for the Three Lions’ prestigious Wembley friendlies against Germany on Friday and Brazil four days later.

News of his inclusion in Southgate’s squad delighted Jürgen Klopp, who labelled Gomez a ‘wonderful young player’ who is ‘ready for this, no problem’.

And Gomez, who found out about his call-up while en route to training at Melwood, has spoken of his pride at being selected while also outlining his eagerness to play himself into contention for next summer’s World Cup.

“It means a great deal to me. It’s obviously been a dream of mine to represent my country at senior level and it was a surprise, I wasn’t expecting the call-up, but it was great news for me and my family and all those close to me. It’s a dream come true, really,” he told the media at St George’s Park.

“This is my first call-up and it’s a great opportunity to play with the best players from all around the country and I’m looking forward to it.

“For me personally I just have to be confident with myself, I think. I think it’s a balance of knowing my ability but also trying to learn. I have to look ahead towards the future and I still understand that I’m a young player and I’ve got a lot to learn. 

“I’m aware that it’s a big opportunity to try and show that I’m capable of playing at this level and obviously I aim to do that but at the same time I’ve just got to try and enjoy it, try and take the pressure off myself at the same time. 

“But I am aware that it’s a big opportunity for me, especially leading into next year’s World Cup and obviously I have to try and strive to be involved in that. But I think I’ve got to take it as it comes really and just enjoy my football.”

Gomez has made 12 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool this season - nine of those games coming in the Premier League - with Klopp primarily fielding him at right-back.

Having come through two injury-affected campaigns, the former Charlton Athletic youngster is understandably relishing the chance to play regularly.

“It’s been good for me to get the games so far this season, I’m enjoying playing regular football. It’s been at full-back, which is one of a couple of positions that I like to play and it’s been good,” he said.

“We have an attacking style of play, a pressing style of play, obviously with the attacking presence in the team sometimes I’ll play a more defensive role. 

“But I’m just looking to try and focus on my role here, whatever that is, and try and learn from Gareth and all the coaches here and adapt to playing their style of football.”

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Internationals: Sadio and Dejan out to secure World Cup spots

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 12:10

Sadio Mane and Dejan Lovren face make-or-break fixtures for their countries' aspirations of reaching the 2018 World Cup in the coming days.

The Liverpool duo are two of 16 members of Jürgen Klopp's current first-team squad who are away on international duty during this fortnight.

Mane's Senegal require two points from their final two qualification fixtures against South Africa on Friday and next Tuesday to secure their place at the World Cup finals for the first time since 2002.

"It's going to be tough because we know how South Africa is, even when they are not in good form," the Reds forward told BBC Sport.

"We respect them but we also know we have quality and we have a great team and I think we can do it. Everybody knows what it means for the country - especially the fans - and I think it will be a dream for us and hopefully God will help us to qualify."

Lovren, meanwhile, is part of the Croatia set-up that must overcome Greece in a two-legged play-off - played on Thursday and Sunday - if they are to compete in Russia next year.

Joe Gomez could win his first senior England cap after being rewarded for his impressive form at club level with a call-up to Gareth Southgate's squad for their home friendlies against Emre Can's Germany and Brazil.

Should he recover from the thigh injury that kept him out of Liverpool's 4-1 win over West Ham United on Saturday, Gomez will be joined on Three Lions duty by Jordan Henderson.

Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho could play against their club-mates at Wembley next Tuesday in a game that comes four days after Brazil's meeting with Japan in Lille.

Georginio Wijnaldum and Andy Robertson are set to meet when the Netherlands take on Scotland in Aberdeen on Thursday, with the Dutch also playing against Romania next week.

Alberto Moreno is in line to win his first Spain cap since May 2014 after being recalled for their friendlies with Costa Rica and Russia, and Danny Ward and Ben Woodburn are with Wales for clashes with France and Panama.

Belgium have named Simon Mignolet in their squad for games against Mexico and Japan, with Divock Origi - scorer of four goals in nine Bundesliga appearances on loan at Wolfsburg this season - also included.

Marko Grujic has been called up by Serbia for matches against China and South Korea, while Trent Alexander-Arnold and Dominic Solanke are on duty with England U21s.

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'Boss, lad!' - Getting to Know... Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 11:55

What does Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain want to achieve in football? Who would Liverpool's No.21 most like to meet? And what's his favourite word?

The summer signing from Arsenal is the latest Red to reveal the answers to those questions and much more besides in our 'Getting to Know' feature.

So, to become more acquianted with the newest member of Jürgen Klopp's squad, take a look at the YouTube video below...

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Oxlade-Chamberlain: I'm being patient but I'm pushing

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 11:37

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain marked his first Premier League start for Liverpool with an important goal – and one he hopes can enhance his claims for a regular place in the XI.

The midfielder was deployed from the off against West Ham United on Saturday as Jürgen Klopp altered his formation with success at the London Stadium.

A 4-1 victory was secured – the Reds’ third in a row in all competitions – and it was their third strike of the night, from Oxlade-Chamberlain, that ensured Manuel Lanzini’s effort for the hosts could be nothing more than a consolation.

When the ball clattered the back of the Hammers net at the second attempt the No.21 set off on a passionate celebration in front of the equally elated travelling fans.

And while Oxlade-Chamberlain understands and embraces the battle for game time within the squad, he is determined to make such moments a habit and thereby increase his own opportunities.

“It’s never easy coming into a new team with as much quality as we’ve got here. It takes time to settle in and learn a new formation and style of play,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.

“I’ve had to be patient; I’d have liked to have played as much as I can, that’s natural. The only thing I can do when I get the chance is try to impress and help the team to win, with goals and creating chances.

“I’m going to keep trying to do that and keep pushing for starting places, just as everyone else will. That’s the best thing – competition for places.

“The most important thing is that we’re winning. I’m happy with the result and obviously it was nice to start as well.”

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The win in the capital followed up back-to-back 3-0 results over Huddersfield Town and Maribor at Anfield as Klopp’s men responded strongly to their disappointment against Tottenham Hotspur.

Oxlade-Chamberlain revealed the boss had set his players a pre-match challenge of maintaining the positive mood before domestic football takes a fortnight’s pause.

“The manager said it could be a great week and it was up to us how good the week would be, and how nice the next week will be,” he said.

“We knew we had to win and we wanted to win. We wanted to finish on 19 points by the end of the game. The boys were right on it all the way through the game to get that done.

“It’s the international break now, we can go away and regroup and then hit the ground running again.”

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Klopp: Oxlade-Chamberlain is so open to learn

Mon, 06/11/2017 - 16:37

Jürgen Klopp has praised Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's desire to quickly adapt to a new tactical approach since his summer move to Liverpool.

The deadline-day signing from Arsenal made just one start in his first two months with the club but has featured in starting line-up for the last two games - convincing wins over Maribor and West Ham United.

Oxlade-Chamberlain notched his second goal for the Reds in the latter fixture, finishing off a Roberto Firmino-led counter-attack at the second attempt.

And Klopp has been delighted with the early contributions of a player who he believes has shown the perfect attitude since arriving at Melwood.

“It was very intense for him, completely different to the things that he is used to,” the manager said.

“He did really well. I know for these offensive skilled players, how difficult it is for them, to have me all the time shouting. In the first half [at West Ham] when he was on the other side, it wasn’t good for my voice.

“I just like this player because he is already experienced but he is so open to get used to what we do and that is really nice.

“He needs to get used to the intensity that we ask. It’s not that Arsenal didn’t, they play fantastic football. But we are really on it with these counter-pressing things and the switch immediately to make the break.

“The problem is that we are all used to it and if you are not used to it, and you defend differently and you drop when they get the ball, that is a different thing.

“He knew when he came and we signed him that this will happen and we would ask for this and it is nice.

“But a lot of players are like ‘yeah, yeah, yeah, I want’ and he is like ‘what do you want from me?’ and he reacts. He will be a really important player for us.”

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50 Men Who Made LFC: Ian Callaghan

Mon, 06/11/2017 - 13:00

Liverpool’s all-time record appearance holder, the ever-popular Cally is rightly regarded as Anfield royalty.

During a highly distinguished Reds career he was a shining example of everything that is good about the game.

One of football’s true gentleman, he was booked just once in 857 Liverpool games and was the only player to survive the club’s fairytale journey from life as a mediocre Second Division outfit to the lofty summit of European football.

Along the way, he won almost every honour possible and the highest respect from everyone he came into contact with.

A 17-year-old debutant in 1960, his career can be distinctly divided into two sections. First as a raiding right winger who won domestic league and cup honours in the 60s; then as an intelligent, maturing, central midfielder who helped Liverpool conquer Europe in the 70s.

When he eventually left, aged 35, in 1978, he did so as the same affable individual who had joined the club all those years before but with an envious medal collection, a glowing reputation and a total number of appearances that is unlikely to ever be surpassed.

Who said nice guys don't win?

Click through our 50 Men Who Made LFC countdown below

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Highlights: Ings nets four as U23s hit seven

Mon, 06/11/2017 - 12:41

Liverpool U23s thrashed Bristol City 7-0 in the Premier League Cup on Sunday - thanks in no small part to Danny Ings' four-goal haul.

Ings also set up goals for Yan Dhanda and Harry Wilson in a comprehensive victory for Neil Critchley's team, with Conor Masterson also on target.

LFCTV GO subscribers can watch all seven goals from Chester in our highlights package above.

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Critchley: Ings deserved that - the goals have been coming

Mon, 06/11/2017 - 12:40

Danny Ings' four-goal contribution to Liverpool U23s' 7-0 win over Bristol City on Sunday came as 'no surprise' to boss Neil Critchley.

The 25-year-old bagged a first-half hat-trick and added another strike in the second 45 minutes as the young Reds recorded their first victory of this season's Premier League U23 Cup group stage.

Yan Dhanda, Conor Masterson and Harry Wilson also contributed goals as Critchley's team claimed a big win at Chester FC’s Swansway Stadium.

But it was seeing Ings back on the scoresheet after a luckless run in front of goal that most delighted the coaching staff.

"Danny deserved that today and we have said the goals have been coming for him,” Critchley told Liverpoolfc.com.

"For him to score in the first minute of the game, we were all genuinely made up for him, and you could see the confidence to start flow through him after that.

"His second effort was a typical striker’s goal in the six-yard box and his hat-trick, what a fantastic goal that was, a great finish, and then he gets another one in the second half.

"It's no surprise to us because Danny is a constant threat. He puts himself in goalscoring positions and he is a good finisher – we see that in training, so we are absolutely delighted for Danny.

"His all-round contribution was superb. Danny and Flanno [Jon Flanagan], two top professionals and top people, they coach the lads during the game and they make my job easier.

"Even when we are winning the game you can hear Flanno chatting to the boys about keeping possession and keeping it simple, and Danny was dropping back into midfield and keeping the ball.

"They coach the players on the pitch and they are a pleasure to be around and it’s great for us to have them with the U23s."

LFCTV GO: Watch highlights of the U23s' win over Bristol City

Critchley was particularly pleased to see his players produce a convincing response to their 2-1 defeat by Leicester City in Premier League 2 last weekend.

He added: "I was delighted with how we started because that was our message to the boys going into the game - our attitude and our approach had to be right.

"We had to show a response from the defeat against Leicester City last weekend and I thought we did that in emphatic fashion.

"We scored some fantastic goals, kept a clean sheet, and what was really pleasing is even when we are 7-0 up you saw players like Flanno and Matty Virtue flying back in the final minutes of the game to get back and help the team.

"That was probably the most pleasing aspect of the whole game for me."

The coach also had words of praise for Harry Wilson, who added his ninth goal of the campaign and provided two assists.

Critchley revealed he had planned to take the 20-year-old off at half-time to give him a rest ahead of playing for Wales U21s, but the player's desire to stay on the pitch forced a change of tack.

He explained: "Harry has got some international games coming up and I said to him I might take you off and save your legs in the second half.

"That was met by not the nicest of responses from H who told me in no uncertain terms he wanted to stay on, and thankfully he did because he deserved his goal.

"He hit the post, he put one just wide, and he was unlucky with that effort from the halfway line when the goalkeeper was out of his goal. I thought it was in from the bench!

"He scored a great goal right at the end. As soon as Harry cuts in from the line and links up with Danny he gets people off their feet because you always expect something to happen."

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LFC to unveil commemorative 125 Dream Scene artwork

Mon, 06/11/2017 - 12:00

Liverpool FC will next week unveil a truly unique artwork commissioned to commemorate the club’s 125th anniversary.

Earlier this year, renowned international sports artist Jamie Cooper was given the weighty task of creating a defining image that distilled past, present and future of this great club.

And his magical three-metre oil on canvas brings together 19 of the Reds’ greatest and one lucky young competition winner into one magical moment in time.

It also offers keen-eyed supporters a number of subtle nods to several other key figures and significant events in the club’s journey.

The Dream Scene composition is set to be unveiled at an intimate event at the Anfield store on November 16 before being put on public display the following day. 

Fans will be able to purchase their own copy of this one-off creation in club stores and online.

Take a sneak peek at the Dream Scene ahead of the big reveal below.

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Jürgen: We were all convinced by 'fantastic' Mo

Mon, 06/11/2017 - 11:40

There was never a doubt in Jürgen Klopp’s mind that Mohamed Salah would prove to be anything other than an astute signing for Liverpool.

Egypt international Salah took his goal tally for the Reds to 12 in just 17 appearances with a clinical brace in Saturday’s comprehensive 4-1 victory over West Ham United.

The summer arrival from Roma has adapted to life at Anfield seamlessly, with his speed, directness, technique and scoring prowess adding another dimension to Klopp’s already-potent forward line.

Having operated off the right for much of the season so far, Salah was deployed in a more central role against the Hammers - and to quite devastating effect, too.

In Focus: Mo stars against the Hammers

Speaking after the win at the London Stadium, Klopp revealed how he was certain the 25-year-old was the best option when assessing potential attacking additions during the transfer window.

Plus, the boss expects his No.11 to continue delivering throughout his debut campaign with the club.

Exclusive: Jürgen on West Ham win and Salah's stunning start

“We were sure he can help us. Michael Edwards, Dave Fallows and Barry [Hunter], they were really in my ear and were on it: ‘Come on, come on, Mo Salah, he’s the solution!’,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.

“When you have 20 players on the table, different players, it’s difficult to make an early decision, but we all were convinced about it so could make the early decision so we could really get him. He’s a fantastic person, a nice lad and a really good football player.

“I didn’t think if he can score 12 goals or whatever in 17 games [but] I hope he’s not finished now! 

“That would be nice, if we talk after the season about different numbers - and both numbers should be much higher.”

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