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Schaffe, schaffe, Häusle baue: Loris Karius' Liverpool plan

Wed, 18/04/2018 - 10:00

Biberach an der Riss, the south-German town that Loris Karius calls home, sits a relatively short – in European terms, at least – two-hour drive from Glatten, where his manager Jürgen Klopp grew up.

In ‘The Seven Swabians’, a fairytale popularised by The Brothers Grimm, the people of this region are somewhat harshly characterised through the story of seven travellers who meet a grisly end thanks to their own ineptitude.

And, as Karius points out with a smile at the start of a sitdown with Liverpoolfc.com at Melwood, the unfairly maligned Swabians are also renowned across Germany for being ‘really tight with their money’.

Of course, neither of these traits could be reasonably assigned to Liverpool’s No.1 or his boss and, as the former suggests - “In terms of having the same character as the manager, I don’t really think so…” – the pair in fact have very little in common in terms of their personalities.

But there is at least one Swabian adage, taken from the title of a popular 1964 song sung in the local dialect by Ralf Bendix, that both men would happily ascribe to.

‘Schaffe, schaffe, Häusle baue’ (‘Work, work, build a house’) pays tribute to the ingenuity and diligence shown by Swabians in pursuit of their goals, and has been adopted as a motto by natives of the area.

As such, it is fitting that a shared desire to build something truly special through hard work saw Karius and Klopp's paths converge at Anfield in the summer of 2016.

And, when it comes to Liverpool, it’s not hard to work out their ultimate objective - the house to be built, so to speak.

As the ‘keeper explains: “I spoke to the manager a few times when I came here and we had really good conversations.

“He told me everything about the club; his first experiences, what he thought was different compared to Germany, how he enjoyed his time here.

“He gave me a really good feeling and, of course, I thought this is a manager who can really develop me as a young player.

“I believed in his plan, so pretty quickly I was sure that this was the club where I could take the next step.

“When I spoke with the manager we both agreed that the plan is to bring – eventually – the title back here because that’s what the club deserves and wants so bad.

“That’s what we said was the aim, so we’re working on it every day to not just look at the past but to be part of the history soon hopefully.”

Thankfully for Klopp, Karius had already shown the single-mindedness necessary to achieve such lofty ambitions during the early stages of his fledgling career.

The goalkeeper was just 16 years old when he took the decision to leave Bundesliga high-fliers VFB Stuttgart for Manchester City, a club on the up following Sheikh Mansour’s 2008 takeover.

And just two years later, with his path to the first team seemingly obstructed, Karius took another bold decision in returning to his homeland via a summer loan move to Mainz before making the switch permanent the following January.

For many players, the setback at City would be enough to sow seeds of self-doubt. Not Karius.  

“I wasn’t worried at all,” he insists.

“I took a loan first and my decision was to leave permanently just based on that I wanted to break through to the first team.

“I thought I had a good chance at Mainz, I had a young coach who I thought believed in my development in Mainz and could see me breaking into the first team maybe not straight away but in the near future.

“In City, it wasn’t really clear. You had the England national team goalkeeper as a No.1 and I didn’t just want to sit around and wait too long and then maybe miss a chance or opportunity I would regret in the future.

“My plan was clear, I was 18 and said I’d take a step back to make the next step a bit later instead of waiting around.

“I took a little step back, played probably 100 Bundesliga games and then went on to a big club again. So, all in all, it was a good plan and worked out well.”

When the time eventually came to build on the progress he had made at Mainz, Karius once again evidenced the discerning nature so apparent in his on-pitch demeanour.

The Germany youth international’s judgement was not clouded by thoughts of a point-making return to the Premier League; rather his sole focus was on finding a club that represented the perfect fit.

He adds: “It’s not really just the league, the club has to be the right solution. I didn’t set the target that I had to be in the Premier League.

“Of course, it was something I maybe wanted to do but I was happy in Germany, I thought the league was really good there too, but the package [of] Premier League and Liverpool, I just had to do.

“It was the club that made we want to come here, not the league. All the history, it’s a great club with great tradition.”

Karius’ innate resolve has since received its sternest test.

The 24-year-old traces the struggles that blighted his first campaign at the club back to a broken hand sustained in pre-season, bemoaning 'probably the worst timing you can get'.

But now, as he nears the end of a second season that has seen him reclaim the number one jersey, keep eight clean sheets in his last 15 outings, and make some memorable saves, the German looks back on his lowest moments as key learning periods.

He explains: “That’s how it is sometimes. The years before, it always went my way – I was never injured, played three years through in a row, always played good, no negative things at all.

“That’s part of being a professional football player, there can be a spell where it’s maybe not so perfect.

“It was a new experience but now I can say I learned a lot from the negative stuff and developed mentally as a person, took it with me and grew with it.

“Sometimes it doesn’t go so quick and as a goalkeeper you have to be patient and just wait for it.

“If I didn’t believe it then I would maybe have said in the summer that we need a solution but I believed in it 100 per cent, that’s why it was always clear for me to fight my way back into the team.

“I’m happy that I was patient.”

LFCTV GO: Karius brilliantly denies Bolasie in the Merseyside derby

With Liverpool set to face Roma in the first leg of a Champions League semi-final tie next week, Karius has the chance to cap a season of notable personal growth with the biggest prize in European football.

But, even should the Reds enjoy what would represent a dream end to the campaign, their goalkeeper’s sights will remain fixed on the plan he and Klopp set out almost two years ago, and the work required to make it a reality.

He explains: “I hope there’s more to come, I’m pretty sure there’s more to come because I’m 24 years old, so for a goalkeeper it’s still quite young.

“I think I can improve in every part of my game, I have so much time ahead and I think there’s space for improvement in every single direction.

“I’m working every day to get better, the games help a lot because you can’t compare training to games.

“I’m pretty sure there’s a lot of space for improvement still.”

Or, as they say in Swabia: Schaffe, schaffe, Häusle baue.

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42 Melwood photos: Gomez returns as Reds gear up for West Brom

Tue, 17/04/2018 - 22:40

Liverpool were back at Melwood on Tuesday as their attention began to turn towards the weekend's Premier League encounter with West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns - and the fit-again Joe Gomez was among those taking part.

After beating Bournemouth 3-0 at Anfield on Saturday to maintain their hold on third place in the table, the Reds were being put through their paces once more as they gear up for their return to action at the end of this week.

Gomez trained alongside his teammates after returning to full fitness following an ankly injury sustained while on international duty.

As usual, our photographers were granted access to the session - and you can browse our gallery of the workout below now.

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Reds to face Dortmund, City and United in USA

Tue, 17/04/2018 - 17:24

Liverpool will face Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Manchester United in the International Champions Cup this July.

The Reds are heading to the USA for part of their 2018-19 pre-season preparations and are set to come up against some familiar opponents.

Jürgen Klopp’s side will play Dortmund in Charlotte, Manchester City in New Jersey and Manchester United in Michigan, in the ICC tournament.

Liverpool’s ICC fixtures

  • July 22: Liverpool v Borussia Dortmund – Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • July 25: Liverpool v Manchester City – MetLife Stadium, New Jersey.
  • July 28: Liverpool v Manchester United – Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbour, Michigan.

For more information about the International Champions Cup, please visit www.internationalchampionscup.com.

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Klopp wants Bayern Munich ace Vidal

Tue, 17/04/2018 - 15:45

Liverpool have joined Chelsea and Manchester United in the race to sign Bayern Munich star Arturo Vidal, reports say.

Vidal could leave Bayern Munich this summer with Chelsea and Manchester United both appearing his likeliest destinations.

However, reports have now claimed Liverpool are also in the running for his signature as Jurgen Klopp targets a Premier League title challenge next term.

Transfermarketweb say Liverpool want to sign the Bayern Munich star when the transfer window reopens.

The Chile star’s Bayern Munich career is drawing to a close following the Bundesliga giants’ signing of Leon Goretzka.

However, Liverpool are not the only club keen on a transfer.

Manchester United also want him and, with Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick all leaving or possibly leaving, a move could be on the cards.

Chelsea’s interest has also been well-documented.

Yet Antonio Conte’s imminent departure could see the Blues struggle to convince Vidal to move to Stamford Bridge.

Particularly if they have no Champions League football to offer.

Source: Daily Express

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Critchley admits mixed feelings after mini-derby win

Tue, 17/04/2018 - 15:26

Neil Critchley admitted to mixed feelings as a coach after seeing his Liverpool U23s side get back to winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Everton in the mini-derby.

With just one game to go in Premier League 2, the Reds increased the pressure on leaders Arsenal, who play their final fixture on Friday night away at West Ham United.

Critchley’s charges are two points behind the Gunners and host Chelsea in their last match, on a date still to be finalised.

Going into Monday night’s mini-derby, the young Reds were boosted by the inclusion of Melwood-based players Danny Ward, Dominic Solanke and Ben Woodburn.

And it was Solanke who set them on their way when he bagged the opening goal from the penalty spot, before Lewis Gibson turned a Rafael Camacho cross into his own net.

Liverpool captain Nathaniel Phillips added a third for the visitors to render a late strike from David Unsworth’s Everton a mere consolation.

Read on for Critchley’s post-match thoughts on the game…

On the overall display from his team…

Honest appraisal, I was disappointed with our performance. I think we’ve played a lot better than that in recent games and got nothing for it. It’s nice for the boys to win a game and to have that feeling of winning a derby is nice. In the first half Everton started better than us and had more intensity. Overall, I’m pleased we got the points but disappointed with the performance.

On the influence of the likes of Solanke, Ward and Woodburn…

You hope that they bring some experience and some maturity. I have to say, Danny is a fantastic example in the way he leads the whole team and the line. You’ve got to remember that Ben and Dominic are still very young as well.

LFCTV GO: Watch the best of the mini-derby action

On what he felt his side could have done better on the night…

I think we were too passive all evening. We weren’t courageous enough to go and get the ball and play, we took too many touches. The pitch was there to move the ball fast and switch it quickly but we didn’t do that well all evening, to be honest. Maybe in the second half we started a little bit better and showed better spells but it wasn’t for long enough and we didn’t see the game out well enough.

On keeping up the pressure on Arsenal at the top of the Premier League 2 table…

That is nice and hopefully we can prepare for our last game now where we have got something on it. You want those games at this level where they mean something because you find out a little bit about the players when they are playing under pressure.

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Dejan Lovren injury boost as Joe Gomez set for return to full training

Tue, 17/04/2018 - 14:47

Liverpool's defensive injury concerns have eased with positive news on Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez.

Croatia international Lovren limped off in the closing stages of the Reds' 3-0 win over Bournemouth at Anfield last Saturday.

However, Liverpool have played down concerns that the centre-back could be facing a spell on the sidelines. The initial prognosis is that it was only muscle tightness in his leg.

That will be a major boost for Jurgen Klopp ahead of next Tuesday's first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Roma at Anfield.

Lovren has formed a solid defensive double act with Virgil van Dijk and has been enjoying the best spell of his Liverpool career.

Fellow centre-back Joel Matip is out for the rest of the season with a thigh injury, but Gomez is on the comeback trail.

The 20-year-old defender is close to returning to full training – nearly four weeks after he damaged ankle ligaments playing for England against the Netherlands.

Klopp's squad will reconvene at Melwood today to start their preparations for Saturday's Premier League trip to West Brom.

Gomez, who has worked tirelessly to regain fitness, faces a clearing session with the rehab staff who will determine whether he's ready to rejoin his teammates.

The game against the Baggies could come too soon for Gomez but he should be available for the visit of Roma.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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Media Watch: All the latest LFC transfer rumours

Tue, 17/04/2018 - 14:39
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Monaco chief gives Liverpool advantage over Thomas Lemar

Tue, 17/04/2018 - 14:30

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has claimed he would prefer to sell Thomas Lemar to Liverpool ahead of Arsenal.

Jurgen Klopp's side had a £75 million offer for the France international rejected by the Ligue 1 club last summer.

Arsenal were also keen on Lemar as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, who was on the brink of joining Manchester City, but Arsene Wenger’s side were unable to agree a fee for the 22-year-old.

Both Liverpool and Arsenal are expected to launch new offers for Lemar at the end of the season, and Monaco have hinted that they would be open to selling the midfielder.

Speaking to Telefoot, Vasilyev was asked about Lemar’s future and warned interested clubs: "Good luck to those who want him."

Vasilyev was then pressed on a transfer fee which Monaco would accept for Lemar but the Monaco vice-president replied that the midfielder would ‘cost a lot’.

Telefoot also had a quickfire 'do you prefer' session with Vasilyev in which he was given a question and two options to choose from. When asked if if would prefer to sell Lemar to Liverpool or Arsenal, Vasilyev replied 'Liverpool'.

Lemar, meanwhile, has admitted that he was unhappy’ that his move to either Arsenal or Liverpool did not happen last summer.

"I'm not going to hide it, I was a little disappointed. I try not to think about it," he said last month. "I've kept working so that these clubs come back during the next transfer window."

Source: Metro

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Inside Anfield: The unseen story of Bournemouth win

Tue, 17/04/2018 - 13:58

Relive Liverpool's win over AFC Bournemouth from another angle with our exclusive footage from behind the scenes at Anfield.

The Reds maintained their impressive run of form with a 3-0 victory in the Premier League clash courtesy of strikes from Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

Our cameras were stationed around the ground – including the players’ tunnel and pitchside – to capture moments you cannot see anywhere else.

Watch the best bits from Saturday’s game in the free video below.

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Napoli star drops huge hint regarding Liverpool interest

Tue, 17/04/2018 - 12:37

Napoli midfielder Jorginho has given a pretty big indication he’s keen on a summer transfer to Liverpool amid links with the Reds and two of their main Premier League rivals.

Earlier this season, the Daily Mirror claimed Liverpool looked the favourites ahead of Manchester United and Arsenal to sign the £50million-rated midfielder, and this cheeky hint from the player on social media appears to confirm there’s some truth in that.

The 26-year-old has hinted he’d welcome a move to the Merseyside giants after ‘liking’ a social media post linking him with the club, which in modern football is a pretty good indication of a player’s plans.

Many recent transfer sagas have been dominated by clues from players over their futures, including Paul Pogba’s hints on Instagram before he ended up at Manchester United and some Twitter activity from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before he joined Arsenal in January.

Source: CaughtOffside

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Chelsea v Liverpool: Away ticket details

Tue, 17/04/2018 - 12:24

Liverpool FC have released the following away ticket details for the Premier League match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The game is set for a 4.30pm BST kick-off on Sunday May 6.

The club has received a total allocation of 2,925 stand tickets for this all-ticket fixture. Supporters not in possession of a ticket are urged not to travel.

Ticket prices

Adults - £30
Over 65s - £25
Under 20s (juniors) - £25

Hospitality members

Kenny Dalglish Box holders, Premium Level and Centenary Club members should contact the hospitality department on 0151 264 2222, option two.

Disabled supporters

The club has received within the allocation 11 pairs of wheelchair and personal assistant tickets. Ambulant tickets are also available. Wheelchair and ambulant tickets are free of charge. Please click here for more information.

Ticket sales

The below sales will take place online only.

Tickets will be available to season ticket holders, Members and fan card holders based on attendance at Premier League away fixtures during 2016-17, on the following days.

Attendance at 13 games: from 11am on Friday April 20 until 10.45am on Monday April 23.

Supporters who purchase during this sale are guaranteed a ticket.

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

Sales will then take place in the following order on a first come, first served basis, subject to availability. We cannot guarantee that tickets will be available to all who apply.

Attendance at 12 or more games: from 11am until 1.45pm on Monday April 23.

Attendance at 11 or more games: from 2pm on Monday April 23 until 10.45am on Wednesday April 25.

Attendance at 10 or more games: from 11am until 1.45pm on Wednesday April 25.

Attendance at nine or more games: from 2pm on Wednesday April 25.

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

Should there be any tickets remaining following the initial sales, the club will make a further announcement. Supporters are advised to check here for any sale updates.

For a step-by-step guide to purchasing tickets online, please click here.

For ticket fulfilment (delivery and collection of tickets), click here.

For travel information, click here.

For important safety notice information, click here.

For general information, click here.

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Five incredible stats following Liverpool's win over Bournemouth

Tue, 17/04/2018 - 11:15

Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool seem to be setting new goalscoring standards almost every matchday and this weekend was no different.

The Reds beat Bournemouth 3-0 at Anfield on Saturday as forward trio Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino all scored landmark strikes.

The LFC front three have now combined to score 82 of the club's 121 goals across all competitions this term, and they don't look like stopping any time soon.

But, while Mane and Salah's strikes set individual records, Firmino's low finish to complete the scoring against the Cherries brought about a club milestone.

The 300

The Brazilian's goal against Bournemouth was the 300th scored by the Reds during Klopp's 148-game tenure.

The former Borussia Dortmund boss arrived at Anfield in October 2015 and his side now average an incredible 2.03 goals per game - a better rate than any Reds manager in the last 15 years.

Fittingly, it has been Firmino who has led the charge, scoring more times under the German than any other Liverpool player.

The No.9 has played more games (130) and scored more goals (48) during Klopp's reign than any of his colleagues.

The case for the defence

But it's not just Liverpool's much-vaunted attack that has been impressive this season.

The Reds limited Bournemouth to just one shot on target at Anfield on Saturday as they claimed a 15th clean sheet in the Premier League this season.

To put that into perspective, only top-four rivals Manchester United have more shut-outs in the top-flight this term with 16.

In fact, over the season, Klopp's side have limited their opponents to just 94 shots on target - a miserly total beaten only by newly crowned Premier League champions Manchester City (77).

Mane makes history

Sadio Mane followed up his own header to open the scoring against Bournemouth and became the highest-scoring Senegalese player in Premier League history in the process. 

The former Red Bull Salzburg forward, who spent two years at Southampton before joining Liverpool in 2016, notched his 44th goal in the English top flight to overtake ex-West Ham, Newcastle and Chelsea striker Demba Ba.

Of all the players to have hit 10 or more goals in all of their Premier League seasons, only Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero (seven) and Eric Cantona (five), who played for Leeds and Manchester United, have done it more often than Mane (four).

Gini the pass master

Georginio Wijnaldum lined up alongside captain Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in a three-man midfield against Bournemouth and didn't misplace a single pass during the entire match.

The Netherlands international completed 100 per cent of his 42 passes; 21 of which came in the opposition's half, with four leading to shooting opportunities for his teammates.

Wijnaldum is only the fourth midfielder to have a 100 per cent passing accuracy in a Premier League game this season (minimum 40 passes), along with Tottenham's Mousa Dembele, Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny and Swansea's Ki Sung-yueng.

Mo goals

That just leaves the small matter of record-breaking goal machine Mohamed Salah. We could have had an entire article just on the Egyptian's statistics after he notched his 40th goal of the season across all competitions.

Salah has powered to that phenomenal tally quicker than any other player in the history of the club, taking  just 45 games to reach the landmark and beating George Allan's record of 40 goals in 49 appearances, which had stood since 1897.

But the LFC No.11s goalscoring exploits extend far beyond Anfield.

His 30 Premier League goals this season puts him in pole position in the race for the competition's Golden Boot, five ahead of Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane. He also leads Barcelona's Lionel Messi in a closely fought contest for the European Golden Shoe.

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Real Madrid star set to sign for Reds

Tue, 17/04/2018 - 11:12

Real Madrid star Dani Ceballos is set to sign for Liverpool this summer, according to huge reports from Spain.

Real Madrid star Ceballos was linked with Liverpool during the January transfer window.

However, the Spaniard ultimately stayed at the Bernabeu, where he has struggled for game time so far.

Ceballos joined Real Madrid from Real Betis in the summer but Spanish outlet Don Balon claim a move to Liverpool is now in the offing.

The Reds are expected to spend shrewdly this summer despite currently soaring under Jurgen Klopp.

And Liverpool are also likely to spend big with the Merseyside giants yet to replace Philippe Coutinho, who left for Barcelona in January.

Don Balon go into detail on Liverpool’s interest in the player.

It is said Klopp will ‘spare no expense’ as he aims to bring the player to the club.

Real president Florentino Perez will supposedly rubber-stamp a transfer at the end of the season.

But, in order to make sure he does not miss out on the player’s potential, he will include a buy-back clause.

Ceballos is now expected to be Liverpool’s first signing of the summer.

Yet Klopp is unlikely to stop there.

A goalkeeper is also on their radar with Roma shotstopper Alisson Becker their No 1 target.

And Liverpool have also been linked with the likes of Thomas Lemar and Paulo Dybala.

Source: Daily Express

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Rumour: Liverpool 'ready to battle Barcelona for France U21 star'

Tue, 17/04/2018 - 11:04

With Liverpool's profile higher than in some time due to their Champions League exploits this season, they are gradually being linked with a succession of players.

The latest, according to AS in Spain, is Sevilla centre-back Clement Lenglet.

The 22-year-old has been in impressive form for the La Liga side, and is said to have a release clause worth around £40million.

Which is interesting, given stories four months ago suggested that clause was £28m.

Anyway, the new report claims Liverpool are ready to threaten Barcelona's move for the player, with claims the Catalans have already opened talks with the Lenglet's representatives.

Indeed, Sevilla boss Vincenzo Montella was asked about this week, and said of Lenglet: “He is a champion with a strong mentality and in the future he can definitely play for Barcelona.”

To be fair, Liverpool's rumoured interest is not a new link.

Lenglet played for Sevilla against Liverpool in the Champions League, and was touted as a possibility for Anfield the following week.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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'The sky is his limit' - Ox lavishes praise upon Trent

Tue, 17/04/2018 - 10:30

Trent Alexander-Arnold's impressive recent form for Liverpool has earned him no shortage of praise from fans and pundits alike.

But appreciation for the teenager is even more substantial inside the Anfield dressing room if Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's words are anything to go by.

After the Reds bookended a week that featured progression to the Champions League semi-finals by earning a comfortable Premier League win over Bournemouth, Oxlade-Chamberlain was asked to sum up the contributions of his Scouse teammate following another fine showing.

And the former Arsenal man grasped the chance to wax lyrical about a player he believes is destined for the pinnacle of the game.

"I think he's grown massively. In every big game he's stood up and been counted," he told Liverpoolfc.com.

"I'm sure along the way he's had a few mistakes but whenever I've seen him make errors I've not seen them repeated and that's credit to him as a person as a player.

"To make mistakes at this level, you can come in for criticism and scrutiny, [but] he's learnt from it and got on with his business.

"He's never scared to get on the ball and produce great things going forward and defensively he's been outstanding.

"Over the two legs [against] Manchester City, it's the best performance I've seen from anyone over two legs in such a big game.

"And even more credit to turn up today and produce again - that's great for him going forward.

"The sky's his limit, he can go as far as he wants to in this game, he really can."

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'Firmino has his own style and that makes him special'

Tue, 17/04/2018 - 10:13

Roberto Firmino’s blend of goalscoring prowess and selflessness marks him out as a ‘special’ talent.

That’s according to a man who displayed similar attributes during his own Anfield career: Dirk Kuyt.

A clever late strike during Saturday’s 3-0 win over AFC Bournemouth took Firmino’s goal tally for the season so far to 25, meaning 2017-18 already represents the most prolific campaign of the Liverpool No.9’s career to date.

His 47 appearances across all competitions this term have also yielded 14 assists, and former Reds forward Kuyt is a huge fan of the Brazilian - particularly his willingness to prioritise collective success over personal glory.

Watch Firmino's 25th goal of the season 

“He has his own style and that makes him special,” the ex-Netherlands international told Liverpoolfc.com.

“That’s what I like in players. A typical goalscorer or different kind of striker, you see that a lot in Europe, but Firmino has his own style and he has his own speciality; he is scoring great goals but also feeding the players around him.

“He’s a great goalscorer but he’s also a team player in everything he does. I don’t know him quite well, but if I see him playing then he just wants to win with the team and he’s not the type of player who wants to score for himself. That, for me, is the biggest thing of Firmino. 

“He’s scoring great goals but he’s also giving great assists and then you are, in my eyes, a complete player who is a great thing for Liverpool.

“I think he’s also a very hard worker, he’s selfless and working hard. I watch almost all the games and the games I see then he’s always giving his everything. Sometimes he’s not scoring goals or giving assists, but for one thing he is always giving his everything.”

Free video: All 40 of Salah's LFC goals

Mohamed Salah also reached a goalscoring landmark as Bournemouth were beaten at the weekend, with the No.11 becoming only the third player in Liverpool’s rich history to hit the 40-goal mark in a season.

But, similarly to Firmino, Kuyt believes Salah will be motivated more by helping the team accomplish their targets than individual accolades.

“Mo Salah, I think he’s having a great season. I think Firmino’s having a great season and the team is doing quite well, especially over the last couple of months. But at the end of the day, these are individual achievements and the next step for them will be to have a team achievement,” he continued.

“The only thing then that matters is to win trophies and I think, from what I can see from these kind of players, they are desperate to win trophies as a team, not as an individual.

“As an individual, players like Firmino and Mo Salah are showing that they are doing really well, but now they want to achieve it as a team. That’s the next step and who knows, maybe they can do it in the Champions League.”

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Report: U23s keep title hopes alive with Everton win

Mon, 16/04/2018 - 22:57

Liverpool U23s kept their hopes of winning the Premier League 2 title alive with a 3-1 win over rivals Everton in Southport on Monday evening.

Dominic Solanke opened the scoring from the spot for the Reds, who doubled their advantage shortly after when Lewis Gibson inadvertently put through his own net.

Nathaniel Phillips then effectively confirmed a hard-fought victory in the second half as he turned the ball home from close range following a scramble at a corner, though there was still time for Bassala Sambou to net a consolation on the break.

Neil Critchley's team must now beat Chelsea at home in their final league fixture of the season and hope that Arsenal falter against West Ham United in order to clinch the crown.

The U23s were boosted by the presence of three first-team squad regulars in Solanke, Danny Ward and Ben Woodburn, all of whom started as part of a strong-looking spine.

But, with revenge for a 4-0 derby defeat earlier in the season on offer, Everton came out of the blocks quickly, and were close to opening the scoring after just three minutes.

Josh Bowler's left-footed effort from distance appeared to lack pace but it was just inches out in terms of accuracy, with Ward relieved to see it come back off the post after evading his despairing dive.

Nathan Broadhead threatened with a deflected free-kick soon after and, when Fraser Hornby headed a corner straight at Ward, it seemed just a matter of time until the hosts took the lead.

However, immediately after almost scoring, Hornby was involved in another aerial challenge at the opposite end of the pitch that handed Liverpool the chance to go ahead.

The striker clearly impeded Conor Masterson from Adam Lewis' free-kick delivery and, after the referee pointed to the spot, Solanke did the honours with the minimum of fuss.

Then, just four minutes later, and despite having played little football on a slow pitch, the Reds were two up.

Lewis' ball in behind gave Rafa Camacho space inside the box before the winger's low cross cannoned in off Gibson, much to the delight of the visiting bench.

The hosts regained their composure to threaten again as the half wore on, but Ward did well to deny Bowler before crowding out David Henen after a ball over the top bounced dangerously.

Bowler and Ward were again involved in the first chance of the second period, with the Everton man driving from deep and drawing a strong save from his Liverpool counterpart.

But after a scrappy passage of play up to the hour mark, the end of which was marked by a melee that saw Solanke and Hornby booked, the Reds began to take control.

Great work from George Johnston in the area almost allowed the visitors to make it three through Solanke, only for the striker's finish to be cleared off the line.

But there was no denying Phillips after Everton failed to clear a corner kick, the centre-back doing well to flick a shot past a mass of defenders on the line.

Solanke went close to making it four with an arrowed effort from distance as time ebbed away, but it would be Everton who struck the final blow, Sambou doing well to take in a ball over the top and poke an effort home.

Liverpool: Ward, Whelan, Johnston, Phillips, Masterson, Kane, Camacho (Millar, 84), Lewis, Solanke, Jones, Woodburn (Adekanye, 72), Solanke. 

Unused subs: George, Gallacher, N. Williams.

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Brazil v Croatia: Anfield ticket details

Mon, 16/04/2018 - 20:30

Liverpool FC have confirmed ticket details for the international friendly between Brazil and Croatia at Anfield.

The match will be played at 3pm BST on Sunday June 3.

The entire stadium will be ticketed and prices are varied depending on seat location.

Adults – £30 - £55
Over 65s – £23 - £41
Young adults (aged 17-21) – £15 - £28
Juniors (aged 16 and under) – £10

(Junior tickets must be purchased with adult, over 65 or young adult tickets. Tickets are available to purchase at a ratio of 3:1 and will be available in the advertised family areas.)

For a full breakdown of the pricing structure for this game, please click here.

Hospitality

Please call 0151 264 2222 for details, or buy online.

Disabled supporters

Click here for details.

All other supporters

The below sales will take place online only.

LFC season ticket holders (one per season ticket number): from 10am on Friday April 20.

LFC Members (one per Member number): from 10am on Monday April 23.

Supporters can purchase one ticket per season ticket/Member card up to a maximum of 10 tickets per transaction, during the above sales.

General sale: from 10am on Wednesday April 25.

Supporters not registered on LFC’s database can create an account here.

Supporters can purchase a maximum of 10 tickets per transaction, during the general sale.

Stadium access information

For this fixture, bar-coded paper tickets will be provided for all supporters attending and must be used to gain access into the stadium. Liverpool FC season ticket and Member access cards will not be activated.

Information for supporters of the visiting teams

To create an atmosphere with fellow supporters, we advise Brazil fans to purchase tickets in the Kop end and Croatia fans to purchase tickets in the Anfield Road end.

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

Click here for details on visiting Anfield.

Liverpool Football Club terms and conditions apply.

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Anfield to host Brazil v Croatia in World Cup warm-up

Mon, 16/04/2018 - 20:29

Liverpool FC today confirmed that Anfield will host Brazil v Croatia in an international friendly on June 3, 2018, kick-off 3pm.

The game will form part of both teams’ warm-up to this summer’s highly anticipated FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Anthony Bloch, director of events at Pitch International, said: “We are delighted, in cooperation with CBF and in partnership with Liverpool FC, to be bringing the Brazil and Croatia national teams to Anfield on June 3 and give the football fans in the north west an opportunity to experience some World Cup fever.”

President of the Croatian Football Federation, Davor Suker, added: "Brazil is the most attractive team in the world, and it makes me proud that the Croatian Football Federation has managed to agree this spectacular match in Liverpool.

"We are especially looking forward to enjoying the atmosphere at Anfield, where Croatia has never played before - it's a historic venue and I am convinced that our players will enjoy this match, along with our fans and all spectators. A match between two great sides such as Brazil and Croatia is surely worthy of such an iconic stadium."

In the past, Anfield has previously played host to prestigious sporting events such as the 2016 Four Nations Rugby League final, and Super League and World Cup Challenge fixtures.

Billy Hogan, managing director and chief commercial officer of Liverpool Football Club, said: “We are delighted to welcome two world-class teams to Anfield. Our iconic stadium will provide a perfect backdrop for such an exciting game in the run up to this summer’s World Cup and we are sure that players and fans alike will have a fantastic time.”

Tickets for the highly anticipated friendly will be available from £30 for adults with all U16 tickets at £10 via Liverpoolfc.com.

They will go on sale initially to Liverpool FC season ticket holders on at 10am on Friday April 20, Liverpool FC Members at 10am on Monday April 23, and to the general public at 10am on Wednesday April 25. Full details will be available here.

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Reds dealt a blow in pursuit of stopper

Mon, 16/04/2018 - 16:19

Roma have told Liverpool that they have "zero" chance of landing goalkeeper Alisson this summer.

Club president James Pallotta claims that the Serie A club will not be binning off their prized asset in favour of profit.

Alisson, 25, has been consistently linked with Liverpool over recent months - the team he will come up against in the Champions League semi-finals.

His performances in Europe have been particularly impressive throughout this season.

Roma have not conceded a goal in their last five Champions League games against Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Qarabag, Shakhtar Donetsk and Barcelona.

And Alisson's performances have ensured that he is keeping Manchester City stopper Ederson out of the Brazil team.

Pallotta accepts that Alisson will be on the radar of some of Europe's top clubs, but warns them that they will not get anywhere.

"We have no intention of selling him," Pallotta told Sky Sport Italia.

"I mean zero at all. I'm sure some people will probably come in with some bids, but I don't have any interest in selling him, he's a great goalkeeper.

"When we got him, I thought the same thing and as far as I'm concerned, I mean no."

Source: Daily Mirror

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