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What's on: This week's LFC community events

Sun, 10/09/2017 - 15:30

Find out what's going on in the local community this week with our latest look at a busy schedule for our LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours teams.

For further information on these activities and more, follow @LFCFoundation and @Red_Neighbours on Twitter and visit foundation.liverpoolfc.com.

Monday September 11

Premier League Kicks sessions

Toxteth Firefit  
Football 5pm – 6pm (age 8-10)

Walton  
7pm – 8pm (age 11-19)

Ability Counts session (Disability)

Anfield Sports and Community Centre
6pm – 7pm (age 8-12)
7pm – 8pm (age 13+)

Tuesday September 12

Premier League Kicks session

Toxteth Firefit Hub
5.30pm – 7.30pm (age 11-19)

Respect 4 All (Disability)

Anfield Sports and Community Centre
6pm – 7pm (age 8-16)
7pm – 8pm (age 17+)

Wednesday September 13

Premier League Kicks session

Anfield Sports and Community Centre
5pm – 6pm (age 7-12)
5pm – 6pm (age 8-13 girls only)

Wirral Hive
6pm – 8pm (age 8-12)

Respect 4 All (Disability)

Anfield Sports and Community Centre
6pm – 7pm (age 8+)                       

Thursday September 14

Premier League Kicks sessions

Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Wavertree
5pm – 6pm (age 8-13)
6pm – 7pm (age 14-17)

Gateacre
6pm – 7pm (age 11-17)

Respect 4 All (Disability)

Anfield Sports and Community Centre
7pm – 8pm (age 8+)

Military Veterans

Netherton Goals
5pm – 7.30pm

Friday September 15

Premier League Kicks sessions

Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Wavertree
6pm – 8pm (age 14-19)

Anfield Sports and Community Centre
7pm – 9pm (age 14-19)

Croxteth Sports Centre
6pm – 8pm (age 11-17)

Wirral Hive
Time TBC (age 13-17)

Respect 4 All (Disability)

Anfield Sports and Community Centre
6pm – 7pm (age 8-16)
7pm – 8pm (age 17+)

Red Neighbours Walking Football

Anfield Sports and Community Centre
11am – 12pm

Red Neighbours Walking Football – over 50s

Anfield Sports and Community Centre
11am – 12pm

Saturday September 16

Respect 4 All (Disability)

Woodchurch
10.30 – 11.30 (SLD Child)
11.30 – 12.30 (Ability Counts)
12.30 – 13.30 (SLD Adults)

Sunday September 17

Military Veterans Academy
2pm – 5pm

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Match preview: U23s host Manchester City at Prenton Park

Sun, 10/09/2017 - 11:00

Liverpool U23s are back in action on Sunday when they host Manchester City in Premier League 2 at Prenton Park - a match you can watch exclusively live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO.

Neil Critchley's side have won their opening three Premier League 2 games, and will hope for another quality performance in front of the live cameras.

Ahead of the game at Tranmere Rovers FC, here is our match preview...

Where is the game being played? The match is at Prenton Park, with kick-off set for 1pm BST.

How can I watch the game? We are showing this game live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO with our coverage starting at 12.30pm.

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

Last season head-to-head: In the away fixture, City won 1-0, but at Prenton Park the young Reds won a thrilling encounter 3-2. Ben Woodburn scored twice and Matty Virtue came off the bench to net a stoppage-time winner.

View from the manager, Neil Critchley

“It’s been a pleasing start to the season but as coaches you always want more, and we know there is always room for improvement. I have to say the application has been outstanding and that’s all you can ask for from your players. They have given us everything and it’s a direct consequence of how they have been training. It has been really competitive in a nice way, they challenge each other and they want to get better, and they have got their rewards for that.

“It was nice for the boys to pick up some silverware last week when we beat Fleetwood Town in the final of the Lancashire Cup. You always want to win things and as a player that’s what it’s all about. Full credit to Fleetwood who gave us a really tough game but we stuck together and it was great to see the boys celebrating with the trophy at the end.”

View from the player, Matty Virtue

“We have been very pleased with the way we have started the season as a group. We had a really strong pre-season, we all came back in a really good shape, and since day one we hit the ground running. Neil Critchley has worked us really hard in training, working on our shape and our movement and how he wants us to play, and I think it’s really showing in the games. In our last Premier League 2 game we came from behind to win 2-1 away at Arsenal. I thought the second-half turnaround was massive for us as a team. To score a 90th-minute winner it was great come back in the dressing room and we were all on a massive high. It was a good feeling.”

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Now: Watch U23s v Manchester City live on LFCTV

Sun, 10/09/2017 - 10:30

Liverpool U23s take on Manchester City in Premier League 2 at Prenton Park on Sunday - and you can watch the match live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO from 12.30pm BST.

Neil Critchley's side have started 2017-18 superbly with three straight Premier League 2 wins, and lifting the Lancashire FA Senior Cup in their last game.

For the best build-up, join Rob Jones alongside former Reds Dominic Matteo and Chris Kirkland from 12.30pm.

For more information about subscribing to either LFCTV or LFCTV GO, click here.

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12.30pm: Watch U23s v Manchester City live on LFCTV

Sun, 10/09/2017 - 10:30

Liverpool U23s take on Manchester City in Premier League 2 at Prenton Park on Sunday - and you can watch the match live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO from 12.30pm BST.

Neil Critchley's side have started 2017-18 superbly with three straight Premier League 2 wins, and lifting the Lancashire FA Senior Cup in their last game.

For the best build-up, join Rob Jones alongside former Reds Dominic Matteo and Chris Kirkland from 12.30pm.

For more information about subscribing to either LFCTV or LFCTV GO, click here.

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Sadio Mane sends message to Ederson after sending-off

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 21:20

Sadio Mane has sent a message to Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson following his sending-off in Saturday's Premier League meeting at Etihad Stadium.

The Liverpool forward received a red card in the first half of the game for a high foot against the Brazilian as he attempted to reach a through ball before the City stopper could clear.

Ederson was injured in the incident and subsequently had to be substituted.

“I hope and wish Ederson a quick recovery,” Mane posted on his official Facebook page.

“I am so sorry he was hurt during our accidental collision on the pitch and am sorry for him that he could not complete the match because of it. I pray he heals fast and is back playing very soon!”

Categories: LFC NEWS

Wijnaldum: We should have done better after Sadio red

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 18:24

Georginio Wijnaldum insisted Liverpool can learn from the way they reacted to losing Sadio Mane in their 5-0 defeat against Manchester City on Saturday.

The Reds were trailing to a Sergio Aguero goal when Mane was shown a red card at Etihad Stadium for a high challenge on home goalkeeper Ederson in the 36th minute.

Wijnaldum and co had been at least the equal of City until that point in the game, but ultimately suffered a heavy loss after the sending-off as Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane each struck twice.

While the challenge of containing one of the Premier League’s best attacks with a man less was always going to be difficult, the No.5 felt Liverpool could have readjusted better and must do so in future.

“It’s a really tough task. We have to learn from it because you never know when it could happen again,” Wijnaldum told Liverpoolfc.com.

“You hope it never happens again but things can happen in a game and we must make sure, if it happens again, we do better with 10 men than we did. City are a good team of course, with good players, but we could have done better with 10 men.

“You have to look forward but we still have to learn from this. There are plenty of things we can learn from this game; we have to learn from that and then move on.”

The dismissal of Mane was undoubtedly the decisive moment of the match.

Wijnaldum accepted the referee’s call but is certain his teammate’s intentions were not malicious as he tried to reach a ball over the top before the onrushing Ederson.

“If you look back at the game, it was crucial,” said the Dutchman.

“They scored the first goal with 11 men [in opposition] but we still created chances with the speed of Sadio and Mo [Salah]. It was really difficult for them to defend us. You have to change the way of playing if one man is sent off.

“[The decision] can go both ways. From what I saw on the replays, Sadio was looking at the ball. I think he didn’t even know that the ‘keeper was that close to him. It was just unlucky. The referee made the decision and you have to deal with it.”

Ederson had to be substituted as a result of the collision with Mane – and Wijnaldum offered best wishes to the Brazilian on behalf of the Liverpool dressing room.

“You are rivals but you never wish someone a bad injury. We wish him a speedy recovery,” he added.

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Jürgen Klopp's verdict on City defeat

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 17:49

Jürgen Klopp offered his assessment of Sadio Mane's red card, analysed Liverpool's performance and backed his team to learn from a 'hard lesson' following Saturday's 5-0 defeat at Manchester City.

The Reds suffered a heavy loss at Etihad Stadium after Mane was dismissed for a high challenge on City goalkeeper Ederson 10 minutes before half-time.

That incident came shortly after after Sergio Aguero had put the hosts ahead, and City went on to take full advantage of their numerical superiority.

In his post-match press conference, Klopp discussed that crucial moment and much more - including whether Philippe Coutinho is in contention to feature against Sevilla on Wednesday.

Read on for a full transcript...

On Mane’s dismissal…

An accident. A very unlucky situation. Of course, I think everyone knows Sadio did not see the goalie. It was not for one second that he had a look at the goalie or whatever, he just wanted to get the ball as soon as possible. That’s when happened then the red card and we cannot change it anymore. Hopefully the goalie is not seriously injured. I think in the first moment when all the people were on the pitch it looked like this. After the game he was in the dugout, so hopefully, as I said, it is not too serious.

On Mane’s reaction after the game…

He is very, very, very upset. We couldn’t keep him up, he was shocked about the situation and I am sure also about the decision because he didn’t think [it would be red]. If the leg is not where the leg is, you can also say it is a foul from the goalie. What can I say? In the end it is a red card and I am sure enough people will find enough reasons to say it the right decision and we cannot change it anymore. Of course, it had a big influence on the game today.

On whether he was encouraged by his side’s early attacking performance, or concerned by the defensive display after being reduced to 10 men…

Encouraged? No. Because I really expect from us; I expect from us that we are more stronger in the first half an hour. Both teams did not really defend really well, both teams were not compact really, but we had a lot of chances. We were pretty much [hard] to defend for City in these situations, they had two yellow cards on the 18-yard line.

It was, in a lot of moments, very unlucky for us but I don’t think we have to think too much about luck or something like this because we cannot change luck. But we can change performance. I know it’s difficult after the international break because they played in different positions, had different jobs to do, different systems and all that stuff, so it’s always difficult, but I thought we should have been in the lead in the first half. At 1-0 it was 11 versus 11 and it was a moment when we were in possession, everything was good. City didn’t play too high pressure, they made a little bit of pressure [for the first goal] because we played the ball back to Simon and he could only shoot the long ball.

It’s a normal challenge then, a little foul on Gini I think, but then because of the long ball we didn’t push up and two players were around Ragnar and one of them could get the ball. I thought they had two or three similar situations in the second half and that makes no sense. I know we can be really good, so after we have spoken about this I will try to help the boys to ignore the result today – not the mistakes we did, but the result because it’s already done. We should have scored, we should have had more chances, Mo was three or four times on the touchline in the 18-yard box, of even the six-yard box, and you have to find someone, but nobody was at the front post, nobody.

They were things you can speak about and change for the second half, but then with one man down it was a difficult situation at half-time because I was so positive about the opportunity we should still. Yes, with one man down against City, it is really not the best place to be, but we do it a lot of training – we defend with only seven players against 14. 

They cannot create chances if you are in the right space and use the offside line, which we did not do around the second goal. 2-0 down at City with one man down is not a really cool situation. It was difficult, but we could have done better in the second half. I am not concerned about this; it was a hard lesson today, but I know the boys are good enough and we will learn from it. What we also need to learn from the first half is that we need to influence the game in another direction, we need to score here. I think everyone saw it, so it was obviously obvious.

On Liverpool’s performance…

Both teams were not really compact, that’s true. I was also not happy about this, but we cannot have these situations if City would’ve defended perfectly so you can defend not perfectly and still win 5-0. Yes, we were not compact enough, all three up front were not really involved, we didn’t jump in the midfield [and] go on Fernandinho. It was one, two passes, and Fernandinho could turn, that was the first problem only because Fernandinho had the ball and could play it to De Bruyne and Silva, but they didn’t create many things from this.

Against City, you can always come a step too late and then they pass through the lines so that’s how it is. We had our chances but we were at a maximum of 60 per cent – that’s why I thought if it was still 11 v 11… I don’t care about the result too much, you can create again chances, do this better and be more clinical in the other situations and you will score goals. Obviously all went against us, and the good moments we could not use and the bad moments give us the punch, so that’s how it was.

On the Reds’ midfield and defence…

Two weeks ago we spoke about the midfield and actually we have four in the back line and then six in these situations that have to defend better. Yes, they could’ve done better, of course, but we could’ve done better with the ball. Also in the second half, a lot of things - you don’t lose 5-0 when a lot of things are right, but it’s not that I’m concerned in the long-term.

I think if City takes too much confidence from this game today they make a mistake, if we lose too much confidence because of this game we also make a mistake. After the international break, one man down, young players on the pitch in different positions, it was hard for the boys I know, but we don’t look for excuses. I don’t think we had influence on the red card, it was not a foul but at the end it was a red card so we have to accept it, but we were not overly aggressive or something like this, and that changed the game today. We know it, now we can talk about all the rest, but… what would have happened if we could have played 11 versus 11? But I don’t have the chance to watch this game, so I have to take this one and that’s how it is.

On whether the decision to substitute Salah at half-time was tactical…

Yes. He is completely OK.

On whether Coutinho could return against Sevilla…

Yes.

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Photo gallery: Reds beaten at Etihad Stadium

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 16:35

Liverpool suffered a 5-0 defeat against Manchester City at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

After Sergio Aguero opened the scoring in the Premier League contest, Sadio Mane was shown a red card for a high challenge on goalkeeper Ederson.

Gabriel Jesus doubled the hosts' lead in first-half stoppage-time and added a third early in the second period, before substitute Leroy Sane netted twice more.

See the story of the game in photographs below.

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Report: 10-man Reds suffer heavy defeat at Man City

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 16:27

10-man Liverpool suffered a first Premier League loss of the season as they went down 5-0 at Manchester City on Saturday lunchtime.

The Reds began the contest brightly at Etihad Stadium, but Sadio Mane’s sending-off for a high foot on goalkeeper Ederson just after the half-hour dealt their plans a decisive blow.

Sergio Aguero had earlier put City in the lead, while Gabriel Jesus grabbed a goal either side of half-time to add emphasis to their advantage.

Substitute Leroy Sane then added a further two as the contest edged towards its conclusion on a day to firmly forget for Jürgen Klopp’s side.

The key points…

  • Aguero gave City lead on 24 minutes after rounding Simon Mignolet
  • Mane sent off before half-time for challenge on Ederson
  • Jesus and Sane with a brace apiece also on target for hosts
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on at break for LFC debut

The team news…

Klopp made three changes for the contest from the line-up deployed last time out, with Mignolet, Ragnar Klavan and Trent Alexander-Arnold coming in for Loris Karius, Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez. New signing Oxlade-Chamberlain was named on the bench.

The first half…

As the heavy rain made way for sunshine at the Etihad, the contest got off to a lively opening between two of the most attack-minded teams in the Premier League.

Both sides threatened in the early exchanges, with the hosts required to defend a series of testing set plays from the visitors, while Kevin De Bruyne’s run and low shot brought a save out of Mignolet.

The Liverpool goalkeeper was called into action again shortly after, this time turning Fernandinho’s skimming strike around the post.

At the other end, Roberto Firmino couldn’t connect properly with a brilliant centre from Jordan Henderson, while Emre Can’s long-ranger was padded down by Ederson.

Next, Mohamed Salah’s burst of speed saw him completely leave Nicolas Otamendi for dust on the right; however, his attempt to deceive and net at the near post was read by City’s stopper.

A goal at either end appeared inevitable – and it duly arrived in the 24th minute, though it was Pep Guardiola’s men who were to profit.

De Bruyne slid a pass between Joel Matip and Klavan for Aguero to run onto, and he made no mistake in rounding Mignolet and slotting into the empty net.

Liverpool’s attempt to muster an instant riposte saw Can strike a free-kick from inside the ‘D’ the wrong side of the upright.

Nevertheless, Klopp’s side should have restored parity on the half-hour when they sprung forward at pace once more and Mane slid Salah through on goal after a brilliant turn in the centre of the park. But the No.11’s attempt to steer around Ederson was too close to the ‘keeper, who was able to save.

The Reds were then on the receiving end of their own good fortune when Klavan conceded possession to Jesus near his own area. Mignolet denied the Brazilian’s eventual effort and, indeed, John Stones’ clear strike at goal from the resulting corner.

Seven minutes before the break, Liverpool’s hopes of taking something from the game were dealt a huge blow as they were reduced to 10 men. Mane’s challenge when attempting to beat Ederson to a ball over the top was deemed dangerous by referee Jonathan Moss, who issued a red card. After lengthy treatment, the Blues replaced their goalkeeper with Claudio Bravo.

And further disappointment was to be heaped upon the visitors before the break when Jesus headed in a close-range second for City.

The second half…

Klopp elected to bring on Oxlade-Chamberlain for his club debut at the interval, replacing Salah.

But any faint hopes of staging a comeback were dashed when Jesus hooked in a third goal for the hosts after Fernandinho put Aguero through on goal and he elected to square for his fellow frontman to net.

With a Champions League game in midweek to come, Liverpool introduced James Milner and Dominic Solanke to the action to replace the tiring legs of Georginio Wijnaldum and Firmino, with the pattern of play now having taken on an entirely different complexion to the first third.

And their disappointment was compounded by Sane adding a fourth and fifth towards the end for the home team.

The stats…

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Jones and Camacho on the mark as U18s draw at Stoke

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 16:15

Curtis Jones and Rafael Camacho were on the mark as Liverpool U18s earned a 2-2 draw with Stoke City in an eventful encounter on Saturday morning.

Steven Gerrard’s side ended up with 10 men when goalkeeper Dan Atherton was shown a straight red card just before half-time, and Glen McAuley had to be sacrificed with Ben Williams coming on between the posts.

Jones fired the young Reds into the lead before the hosts levelled the scores. Camacho then made it 2-1 on 75 minutes with an excellent finish, but Stoke City again came back to earn a point.

Reflecting on the overall display, Gerrard told Liverpoolfc.com: “I’m proud of the boys and I feel for them because we deserved the three points today.

“I’m pleased with them but there are still a couple of things we need to address because we are not keeping leads for long enough.

“I was pleased to see Curtis get his goal to put us 1-0 up because he has been looking likely to score in our opening games and he was outstanding.

“We conceded a poor goal and I felt our goalkeeper could have done better with it.

“Then just before half-time on 43 minutes Dan came out of his goal and brought his man down, he was the last man, so I’ve got no complaints about the sending-off.

“We were the better team again in the second half and we pressed really well and created lots of chances.

“Liam Millar was a big threat down the left-hand side when he came on and that was probably his best performance so far.

“We then got our rewards on 75 minutes when Rafa showed great foot work, rounded the goalkeeper and slotted it into the net.

“I thought we were going to get over the line and win it 2-1 but they got a late goal and I was disappointed for the boys.”

Liverpool U18s: Atherton, Hunter, Lewis, R Williams, Glennon, Dixon-Bonner (Millar), Camacho, Tagseth, McAuley (B Williams), Jones, Longstaff (Griffiths).

Subs not used: Glatzel, Raitanen.

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Sat, 09/09/2017 - 14:15
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Klopp explains defensive changes for clash with City

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 13:49

Jürgen Klopp has explained the thinking behind making two changes to his back four for today's Premier League meeting with Manchester City.

As well as the return of Simon Mignolet in goal, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ragnar Klavan replace Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren respectively in the Liverpool defence.

“Dejan played last Saturday for 27 minutes. Last Sunday, the rest of the game. Last Tuesday, 90 minutes in a quite difficult game against Turkey,” said Klopp.

“He came back not injured, otherwise he wouldn’t be on the bench, but he felt the intensity a little bit. Raggy didn’t play the second game [for Estonia] and did outstandingly good against Crystal Palace. That’s why we have the players.

“With Joe it is pretty much the same; he played two games for England U21s and came back feeling the intensity a little bit. Trent had kind of fresh legs after only one game – so that’s an easy decision.”

New signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is among the substitutes at Etihad Stadium – and is ready to feature in the game if needed, Klopp confirmed.

“That’s why he’s here,” added the manager.

“I don’t expect that he knows everything about our game. We didn’t speak too much about it so far. Yesterday we had a very important session about tactical things. It’s difficult for a new player; we have a lot of words that we use all the time and for sure you’ll find that it’s our language. He’s here to help us.”

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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Manchester City

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 13:26

Simon Mignolet, Ragnar Klavan and Trent Alexander-Arnold start for Liverpool in the Premier League clash with Manchester City this afternoon.

The trio replace Loris Karius, Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez at the Etihad Stadium in the three changes Jürgen Klopp makes to the line-up from the meeting with Arsenal last time out.

New signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is named among the substitutes.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Klavan, Moreno, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Can, Salah, Mane, Firmino. Subs: Karius, Lovren, Milner, Gomez, Sturridge, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Solanke.

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Manchester City 5-0 Liverpool: Match recap

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 11:15

Team news

Jürgen Klopp has made three changes to the Liverpool team that comprehensively defeated Arsenal before the international break.

Simon Mignolet, Ragnar Klavan and Trent Alexander-Arnold come in for Loris Karius, Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is named among the Reds’ substitutes.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Klavan, Moreno, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Can, Salah, Mane, Firmino.

Subs: Karius, Lovren, Milner, Gomez, Sturridge, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Solanke.

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Manchester City 3-0 Liverpool: Live match coverage from the Etihad

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 11:15

Team news

Jürgen Klopp has made three changes to the Liverpool team that comprehensively defeated Arsenal before the international break.

Simon Mignolet, Ragnar Klavan and Trent Alexander-Arnold come in for Loris Karius, Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is named among the Reds’ substitutes.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Klavan, Moreno, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Can, Salah, Mane, Firmino.

Subs: Karius, Lovren, Milner, Gomez, Sturridge, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Solanke.

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Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool: Live match coverage from the Etihad

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 11:15

Team news

Jürgen Klopp has made three changes to the Liverpool team that comprehensively defeated Arsenal before the international break.

Simon Mignolet, Ragnar Klavan and Trent Alexander-Arnold come in for Loris Karius, Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is named among the Reds’ substitutes.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Klavan, Moreno, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Can, Salah, Mane, Firmino.

Subs: Karius, Lovren, Milner, Gomez, Sturridge, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Solanke.

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LIVE: Manchester City v Liverpool pre-match build-up

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 11:15

Team news

So, what do we know in terms of the likely line-ups at Etihad Stadium?

Jürgen Klopp confirmed at his pre-match press conference that Philippe Coutinho would not be part of the squad as he builds up fitness following a back injury.

The boss also remains without the services of Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is in line to make his debut after a deadline-day switch from Arsenal.

City manager Pep Guardiola has to cope without Vincent Kompany due to a calf injury sustained on international duty and former Reds forward Raheem Sterling is suspended.

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Stats: Sturridge returns to City on the brink of a milestone

Fri, 08/09/2017 - 20:00

Daniel Sturridge heads back to his first club on Saturday within touching distance of a goalscoring landmark.

To find out what milestone the Liverpool striker could reach against Manchester City, as well as six more key pre-match facts from club statistician Ged Rea, read on...

Sturridge is one short of 100 goals in his club career. His late header in the Reds' 4-0 win over Arsenal before the international break was his 99th, with the first six of those coming in 32 appearances for City from 2006-09.

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last five league games against City.

Their previous visit to Etihad Stadium ended in a 1-1 draw in March. James Milner, who made 203 appearances for City between 2010 and 2015, scored the Reds' goal from the penalty spot.

Roberto Firmino netted his first Liverpool goal in the Reds' 4-1 victory at the Etihad in November 2015.

Sadio Mane has found the net in each of Liverpool's opening three league games. Only one man has scored in all of the Reds' first four top-flight matches of a campaign in the last 29 seasons - Sturridge in 2013-14.

Liverpool have lost only six of the last 34 league meetings home and away, and just eight of the last 49.

Since the inception of the Premier League, the Reds have won 18 of the 40 clashes with City winning seven.

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Sadio Mane named Premier League POTM for August

Fri, 08/09/2017 - 19:00

Sadio Mane has today been crowned as the Premier League's Player of the Month for August.

The Liverpool forward scooped the accolade after scoring in each of his three appearances in the competition to begin 2017-18 in style.

Mane saw off competition from Reds teammate Mohamed Salah, as well as Phil Jones, Romelu Lukaku, Henrik Mkhitaryan (all Manchester United), Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield Town) and Alvaro Morata (Chelsea).

The No.19 was presented with the award at Melwood on Friday and said: “I am very happy to accept this award because it means you are in a good way, but I am trying hard to improve.

“I want to say thanks to all of my teammates because without them I am nothing.

“I am happy with my start to the season. Everyone loves to score goals for their team, and it gives me more confidence.”

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Match preview: U18s ready for Stoke City away test

Fri, 08/09/2017 - 18:45

Liverpool U18s hope to maintain their unbeaten start to 2017-18 when they return to action after the international break with an away trip to Stoke City on Saturday morning.

With one win and two draws, Steven Gerrard’s young Reds have made a favourable start to the campaign.

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

Where is the game being played? The match is at Stoke City’s Clayton Wood training ground, with kick-off set for 11am BST.

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

Last season head-to-head: The young Reds did the double over the Potters last season, winning 3-1 in Kirkby thanks to two goals from Glen McAuley and a late strike from Rhian Brewster.

In the away fixture in December, the Reds produced a thumping 5-1 victory with McAuley (two), Curtis Jones, George Johnston and Rafael Camacho on the mark.

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